I thoroughly enjoyed Part 2 of the #ShutUpAndDribble documentary produced by LeBron James & Maverick Carter and narrated by Jemele Hill. It was great to see The Honorable Minister @LouisFarrakhan and the historic 1995 Million Man March included in tonight’s episode. That clip from The Minister’s MMM address was perfect.
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by Nzinga Muhammad
Contrary to the lies that many individuals regurgitate, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is not one to disrespect women. Throughout his entire ministry in a span of over sixty years, the Minister has proven time and time again how interested he is in the liberation and wellbeing of women. He has consistently put emphasis on the woman being the second self of Allah (God). He has consistently put emphasis on his teacher’s words that a nation can rise no higher than its woman. He has also consistently made mention of how crucial it is to protect and respect women regardless to whom or what. The Holy Day of Atonement Address on October 14th was no exception.
As most of us know, Minister Farrakhan spoke at the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre in Detroit, Michigan for the commemoration of the 23rd Anniversary of the Million Man March this past Sunday. From a woman’s perspective, what I found interesting about the address was the constant exaltation of women, particularly black women. In the spirit of the Million Man March and its theme of atonement, reconciliation, and responsibility, The Minister put accountability back on men while simultaneously uplifting women to our rightful place as God’s woman. Throughout the entire lecture he would mention our divinity, by stating that we as woman are sacred, and that that sacredness must be protected. He also mentioned that a lot of black men in particular don’t know how to handle, “women that are intelligent, that are go-getters, that are young, gifted, and black.”
In response to the controversy of the nomination of Mr. Brett Kavanaugh, Minister Farrakhan first acknowledged that Mrs. Christine Blasey Ford was definitely a victim of abuse, and he defended those who have been victims of sexual assault, especially in the workplace. He told how tears were in his eyes when he saw Ford’s testimony. He also briefly explained the trauma that rape victims face. He stated, “When that woman stood up and went through the horror of what Mr. Kavanaugh is alleged to have done to her, she had to relive it. Because that kind of thing when you experience it, you don’t forget that. It’s seared into your memory; you may put it behind you and think it’s gone somewhere, but when you least expect it, that thing will come out and make a problem for you.”
Minister Farrakhan also brought attention to the carelessness that female victims go through when accusing men in power. He said that, “A man can go on with his life and become famous. But when you dog a woman nobody seems to given a damn about how much a woman suffers.”
In this era of human history while we are seeing in the news more and more cases of mistreatment of women on a political level, women have been on the front lines protesting against this. Minister Farrakhan praised the fact that women all over the world are rising against the blatant sexism and misogyny perpetuated by people in power. He proclaimed that, “There will never be a change in the world until women rise from the condition that male authority has put them in.”
Minister Farrakhan even spoke against women being sex objects for male consumption and rejected degrading terms such as the “B word”. For years, Minister Farrakhan has been diligent in making sure that women are not cheaply used by men as some toy for pleasure.
The use of degrading language towards women is not a new topic he covered. He has been consistent in making sure that men and women are not comfortable in language that disrespects us. In the Million Man March Pledge that was repeated by nearly 2 million black men in 1995, one of the points that was made was that as men, they would not address any woman as the “B word.” It only made sense that this point was brought up once again, as it has become so normalized within our culture today.
Lastly, I admired the fact that the Minister honored the feminine side of human nature, or what many know as “the Divine Feminine”. He mentioned that Allah made him so that his feminine side would manifest in his “passion” and “artistic beauty.” He also put to rest any insecure thoughts that anyone might have about have a feminine side to them. He gave balance by saying those who are men aren’t necessarily all men, but have male and female components, and vice versa for women.
Overall, the lecture was not degrading or misogynistic. In my opinion, it was against misogyny and sexism itself. It addressed the problems against women that have been going on for years, but are trending now more than ever. The Honorable Minister Farrakhan was definitely on time with this address. Anyone who has concerns over his commitment to women must not have been keeping up with the work that he has done, and the message that he spreads.
(Nzinga Muhammad is based in Rochester, NY. Follow her Instagram @QueenNzinga13)
DETROIT—For the first time in history the Million Man March Anniversary will take place in Detroit, Michigan, at the newly-named Aretha Franklin Amphitheater, previously known as Chene Park. On October 14, thousands of Muslims from the Nation of Islam (NOI), family members, friends and supporters are expected to converge in the city which will be a homecoming for the 88-year Islamic movement
This October marks the 23rd Anniversary of the Million Man March and Holy Day of Atonement. The mosque community as well as residents of the City of Detroit are very excited about the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and Nation of Islam returning to the city of its founding.
The historic event is expected to take place with weekend long activities starting on Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14. The keynote address by Min. Farrakhan will take place on Sunday, October 14.
Key leaders in Detroit, community activists and organizers, clergy, civic leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, government officials, entertainers, Muhammad Mosque No. 1 Believers and other hard-working residents attended a town hall planning meeting about the Holy Day of Atonement at the only Black-owned hotel in Detroit in the Roberts Riverwalk Hotel newly-renovated Grand Ballroom.
It was a beautiful atmosphere with a view of the waterfront. The energy in the room was filled with excitement and anticipation of the discussion. Once the entire Nation of Islam Executive Council walked in the room to take their seats and start the Sept. meeting, the room filled to standing room only with approximately 300 people in attendance.
Student Minister Troy Muhammad of Muhammad Mosque No. 1 in Detroit welcomed everyone. Student Min. Troy Muhammad and members of the leadership team made calls to invite the community to have a seat at the table of planning activities and to receive their blessing by helping the man of God.
A divine movement in an historic city
“The response of the city was the response based upon the love and the heart of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. It’s a response based upon the coming of Master Fard Muhammad in 1930 because so many Believers were affected by the coming of Master Fard Muhammad that you can’t identify a family that doesn’t have a Muslim member in the family, so we are already familiar with those teachings,” he explained.
Though Chicago is the international headquarters of the Nation, and is where its flagship Mosque Maryam is located, Detroit is where the NOI was founded and established, July 4, 1930 with the appearance of the Great Mahdi Master Fard Muhammad. It was in Black Bottom Detroit where Master Fard Muhammad met, raised and cultivated thousands of Black men, women and children—among them, his top student, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Over the recent years, the Nation has hosted its annual Saviours’ Day Convention, commemorating the birth of Master Fard Muhammad in Detroit—the last gathering in the city coming in 2017. However, this is the first time the city will host the anniversary of the 1995 Million Man March called by God through Min. Farrakhan.
“When one comes teaching those teachings, it resonates with the people here, the words of the Honorable Louis Farrakhan resonate with our people here in Detroit, there is no question that the people will come out based on his name. I’m appreciative that they came out and I thank the people of Detroit for attending this meeting on behalf of the Minister,” Student Min. Troy Muhammad continued.
“People know that he donated 90,000 Final Call newspapers—and that cost, and that he wants to do a free event for the city of Detroit and everyone wants to do their part to alleviate the burden for the Minister. We chose the Riverwalk Hotel for this meeting because it is the only Black-owned hotel in the city, and because Mike Roberts is a strong supporter of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. If you want to attend this event and you live in Detroit, contact Muhammad Mosque No. 1.”
Min. Farrakhan gifted the City of Detroit with a special commemorative editions of the newspaper featuring the iconic Aretha Franklin, who called Detroit home. Ms. Franklin died Aug. 16.
Stu. Minister Ishmael Muhammad, National Assistant for Min. Farrakhan introduced each NOI Executive Council member and shared very important words about the history of the Million Man March and why Detroit is a special, spiritual and important city as Mecca to the Muslim followers of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad.
“It gives me great joy to come back home, personally, because it’s the city of my mother. And this is where we buried my mother,” he said, reflecting on his mother, Tynnetta Muhammad, wife of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad.
“This is the city of my father, the Hon. Elijah Muhammad. So, I have roots here, and each time I come, to be honest, I start realizing more and more that I really am connected to Detroit even though I wasn’t raised here. But more than that, this city is such a sacred city, and it has so many great men and women in this city,” said Student Min. Ishmael Muhammad.
The 22nd Anniversary of the historic Million Man March/Holy Day of Atonement observance will be held in Newark, New Jersey. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, the National Representative of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and The Nation of Islam, is scheduled to deliver the closing keynote on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Newark Symphony Hall. According to the Nation of Islam’s website and social media postings, the title of his address will be “Separation or Death”. The message will be carried live via webcast at 2pm EST at https://www.noi.org/webcast
By: Salih Muhammad
History will absolve me – Commandante Fidel Castro
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad wrote, “Of all of our studies, history is most guaranteed to reward our research.” History examines the patterns of human behavior and relationships, providing its student with a striking understanding of context. A cursory examination of Black history indicates that every great leader we have produced has been met with a litany of obstacles and controversies that impacts their ability to work on behalf of the people. Many of those whom we presently honor did not receive such honors while they were alive. Why?
With more than 60 years of dedication and unwavering commitment to the liberation of All Black People, Minister Farrakhan stands as one of our most consistent and successful leaders. Although he has received praise from global leaders such as Fidel Castro, Kwame Toure, former Ghanaian President Jerry John Rawlings, and Yasser Arafat, Minister Farrakhan remains the central, most controversial figure in Black America. The hatred that is summoned at the sound of his name is rooted not in treacherous action, but the following myths that disguise the underlying truth that exposes them.
Some oppose Minister Farrakhan on the assumption that he, and the Nation of Islam are responsible for the assassination of Minister Malcolm X. However, in a January 22, 1969 memo, the FBI actually take credit for the assassination of Malcolm X through the Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO). COINTELPRO is the same program responsible for the death of Fred Hampton, Mark Clark, and countless other Black Leaders. Malcolm’s secretary, Ms. Sarah Mitchell stated the following in regards to the night before his assassination:
“He said now anyone could kill him and everyone would blame the Muslims … He said, ‘We’ve been set up, and they succeeded.’ Malcolm X planned to recant his criticism of Muhammad at the Harlem rally that afternoon, Mitchell said, but he was gunned down before he could do so. She disputes a widely held belief that angry Muslims were behind the assassination.”
Homophobia & Transantagonism
Although I acknowledge that the spiritual views of Minister Farrakhan & the NOI in regards to Queer & Transgender identities is rooted in Islamic beliefs that conflict, I believe that we can work toward Operational Unity with love at the root. On March 25, 2011, Min. Farrakhan stated, “I love my people who are lesbian, homosexual, transgender. Don’t make no difference, I love you.” The words are very clear and are supported by his actions. Not once, has the NOI or any NOI member committed physical violence upon our Black LGBT family; and we welcome opportunities to build and heal any unintended pain in unity. Furthermore, the love of all Black people is not a transaction; or a consequence of Queer & Trans contributions to our struggle; rather a deeply spiritual and pure love of all Black people.
Gwendolyn Rodgers, a National Black Justice Coalition Emerging Leader (a Black LGBT Advocacy organization) examines this unfortunate reality in this beautifully written article. Gwendolyn asks us to reevaluate our perceived differences and consider, “Can we not operate in our silos for a common cause of liberation? Or do we not want to be truly free?” Is it possible to create unity without uniformity? To listen through disagreement?
Misogyny, Misogynoir, and Black Women
What has been most interesting around the charges of misogyny, misogynoir, and sexism within the Nation of Islam has been the complete absence of the voices of NOI women on the subject. Kathleen Currin interviewed such women and found that “all the women interviewed expressed over and over again that they loved their experiences in the Nation of Islam, precisely because it taught them that they could accomplish what they wanted.” Professor Ula Taylor of UC Berkeley offers that “many women joined the ranks of the Nation of Islam because of the “problematic dynamics within the Black power movement.” In fact, every NOI Mosque is constitutionally mandated to have women in leadership, up to and including Mother Clara Muhammad’s active leadership of the NOI from 1942 to 1947. Similarly, a survey conducted by Dr. Bayinnah Jefferies found that 89% of respondents (both male and female) agreed that “women were always highly respected within the community” and “had comparable roles to men” in the NOI.
Minister Farrakhan’s prolific support of Black Women and girls for six decades has been unprecedented. Phrases like “The Black Woman is God,” or “A Nation can rise no higher than its Woman,” find their roots in NOI theology and Minister Farrakhan’s spiritual exegesis. In 1998, Minister Farrakhan made Dr. Ava Muhammad the first woman to lead a Mosque (Atlanta, GA) in the world. Today, Dr. Ava is his National Spokesperson, a role comparable to the one Malcolm X’s once held. Dr. Ava is a just one example of the type of empowerment, renewal, and upliftment that Black Women across the country experience from their relationship with Islam. Similarly, the Million Man March and Justice or Else gatherings featured legendary Black women, including Maya Angelou and Dorothy Heights.
Since the 1980’s, Minister Farrakhan has weathered the storm of being consistently and repeatedly called anti-Semitic. The accusation has been so intense that it has lead to Zionist protest with slurs such as “Who do we Want? Farrakhan! How do we want him? Dead!” The accusations have been so misleading that the white-led Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the NOI and Minister Farrakhan in the same grouping as the Ku Klux Klan, although the NOI has never been known to purvey violence. The KKK has a long record of murder and terrorism; the NOI has none. The truth of the matter is that the charge of anti-semitism has been used historically and presently to condemn those critical of Israel. Consider this August 14, 2002 interview between NPR’s Amy Goodman and former Israeli Minister of Education Shulamit Aloni:
Goodman: Often there is dissent expressed in the United States against policies of the Israeli government, people here are called “anti-semitic.” What is your response to that as an Israeli Jew?
Aloni: Well, it’s a trick. We always use it.
Anti-semitism is vastly different from a political critique of Israeli imperialism.
Is Farrakhan still relevant?
Some may suggest that Minister Farrakhan no longer carries relevance, except the controversy that seems to follow him. Min. Farrakhan is responsible for hosting the four largest gatherings in Black History, most recently Justice or Else in October 2015, each averaging at least one million Black people. No other leader has been able to maintain such a strong appeal, especially in spite of a complete media absence in coverage before, during, or after the march. Or consider that under his leadership, the Nation of Islam maintains bases in more than 120 cities across America, and more globally. Countless artists, entertainers, politicians, and other renowned Black folks have embraced Minister Farrakhan publicly; and the Nation’s impact on Black social and political realities has remained consistent. Lastly, the Nation of Islam under Minister Farrakhan’s leadership is one of the only remaining strong, independent, Black Organizations we have.
The harsh reality is that too often our perception of Black leaders is shaped and influenced by white popular media, long standing assumptions, and a sheer lack of knowledge. The notion that he is no longer relevant is as unfounded as it is absurd. The reality is that corporate (read: white) sponsored media has intentionally excluded anything related to Min. Farrakhan, creating the false appearance that Minister Farrakhan is no longer relevant. How does Justice or Else happen and without one corporate (read: white) media entity covering it? The media’s opinion of the Minister can be found in a March 1999 New York Post–America’s 7th largest newspaper–cartoon depicting Minister Farrakhan’s decapitation.
One may not agree with every single thing that Minister Farrakhan says, but certainly 60 years of sacrifice for Black people deserves respect. To his example, we owe gratitude. I conclude with a remarkable reminder from Sister Assata Shakur: “The first thing the enemy tries to do is isolate revolutionaries from the masses of people, making us horrible and hideous monsters so that our people will hate us.”
(On January 14th, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan will be speaking at this year’s Afrikan Black Coalition Conference. For more information see the flyer below and visit: http://afrikanblackcoalition.org/abc-conference/)
(Source: FinalCall.com) Holiday decorations are up, Christmas songs ring out in stores across the country, and “cha-ching” sounds emanate from cash registers, but don’t be fooled, because many fed up with injustice, police violence and racism are rejecting spending, commercial overkill and debt this holiday season.
Echoing a call by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, many Black activists and others agreed it’s time to boycott as Season 2 of “Up With Jesus! Down With Santa!” moved forward. The goal is to curb shopping until Jan. 2, 2017.
By strategically engaging in economic withdrawal, Blacks can begin putting power behind their demands and build a new and better reality, Minister Farrakhan stated in the run up to Justice or Else!, the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. in October 2015.
“The widespread death, rising racism, mob attacks and police brutality on Blacks coupled with economic deprivation and stark poverty, requires that something must be immediately done to address and correct the condition. The failure of the U.S. government to give justice to its former slaves requires that we present ourselves in unity to make the demand for Justice or Else!” Minister Farrakhan stated.
“Let us start by not spending money we either don’t have or cannot afford during the Christmas season. Why should we make the merchants rich by their wicked manipulation and exploitation of the emotions of children, parents, families and those we love, with their pagan practices that have nothing to do with the celebration and observance of the righteous servant of God, Jesus?”
Take the day, the entire season, to give thanks to God for the gift of Jesus, share that great gift of God and what he taught, Minister Farrakhan instructed.
Advocates and organizers had been waging online and on the ground battles for justice with petitions and protests, and those have been effective, but the impact has grown with a focus on Main St. and merchants.
Minister Farrakhan, for example, called on Blacks to pool their $1 trillion purchasing power to build institutions and create jobs for their people.
Justice or Else! demands an immediate end to police brutality and mob attacks and justice for the Native American Indians, the Mexican and Latinos, for women, the poor, the incarcerated, and veterans, and, it means land, said the Minister.
“I personally believe that 2017 will be the best year for Black people, maybe ever, because to me the most exciting part is we have the ability now to communicate with each other without asking for White people’s permission,” said Dr. Boyce Watkins, a Black author, economist, political analyst and entrepreneur.
“I don’t think Donald Trump is going to be as friendly in certain elements of political justice as the Obama administration was,” he explained. “Unfortunately, there are a lot of Black people who are motivated by fear, and there’s almost nothing they’re afraid of more right now than Donald Trump and the Trump administration. So now they realize all they’ve ever had was people like Minister Louis Farrakhan and others, who can provide a type of leadership that’s far more authentic to what Black people are trying to do.”
Economically, Blacks are gaining by leaps and bounds every year, due to the development of technology and awareness, he said. They’re moving closer to a world in which Blacks will spend hundreds of billions more money in their own communities, support each other, and connect emotionally, psychologically, politically and intellectually, Dr. Watkins predicted. [READ MORE]
by Richard B. Muhammad
(Source: FinalCall.com) Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison is seeking to lead the Democratic National Committee as the party seeks someone to bring Democrats into the political Promised Land. There is nothing wrong with Rep. Ellison’s desire to move his party forward or his desire to help make America progress.
But he must be condemned and lambasted for trying to make his political bones by smearing the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. The Minnesota congressman has been attacked for a connection with the Nation of Islam years ago, while in college and for support of the Million Man March.
The Anti-Defamation League and others have branded Rep. Ellison as unfit for office, saying he is tainted by the anti-Semitism of Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. Given that neither the Minister nor the Nation are anti-Semitic, a man with principles and courage would have stood up on the truth, the track record and the history of the Minister and his followers. Over the past 40 years, the Nation and the Minister have not harmed nor prohibited any Jewish person from exercising their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It was not Muslims who chanted in the 1980s, “Who do you want? Farrakhan! How do you want him? Dead!” as the Jewish Defense Organization did. It was not the Nation of Islam nor the Minister who were involved in a 1990s alleged death plot featuring Jewish federal stooge Michael Fitzpatrick. Mr. Fitzpatrick seized on the pain and vulnerability of Quibilah Shabazz, a daughter of Malcolm X, and federal authorities charged her with planning the murder of the Minister. It was the Minister whose blast of truth shook the feds as he declared the FBI has never been his friend. The Minister declared he wanted nothing to happen to Malcolm X widow Dr. Betty Shabazz, or her daughters and pulled the covers off of an old enemy, while seeking reconciliation. His stand was so incredible the feds essentially dropped the charges against Qubilah Shabazz and a rapprochement between the Nation and Dr. Shabazz started. She was featured as one of the speakers of the 1995 Million Man March. The prosecutors in this fiasco, by the way, were located in Rep. Ellison’s home state of Minnesota.
Mr. Ellison, who was captured in at least one photo distributing The Final Call while in college, condemned the Minister as he sought his new place. But his cowardly and baseless repudiation is nothing new. While running for Congress a decade ago, his “I’m not with Farrakhan and he’s a hater” narrative started.
But let’s go back and examine words published in the Nov. 6, 1995 edition of Insight News, a Black weekly in Minneapolis: “Third, Minister Farrakhan is a role model for Black youth; however he is not an anti-Semite. He is a sincere, tireless and uncompromising advocate of the Black community and other oppressed peoples in America and around the world. Despite some of the most relentless negative propaganda anyone has ever faced, most Black people regard him as a role model for youth and increasingly, a central voice for our collective aspirations.
“I am sensitive to members of the Jewish community who have been lead to believe that Minister Farrakhan is anti-Jewish. I believe they should do two things: engage in a dialogue with Black people who support Minister Farrakhan (which includes Cornel West, Jesse Jackson, Ben Chavis, Dorothy Height and many others) and urge their leadership to engage in the dialogue proposed at the Million Man March.
“The White community, however, must come to the realization that there are too many Black people who have been cleaned-up, taught and uplifted by Minister Farrakhan for us to let anyone gratuitously insult him anymore.”
That’s pretty powerful language and a powerful argument penned by one Keith X Ellison. Yes. That’s the same Rep. Keith Ellison who represents the Fifth Congressional District in Minnesota and seeks to chair the Democratic National Committee. He was also once known as Keith Ellison-Muhammad.
If Mr. Ellison once believed those things about the Minister and changed his mind, that’s his business. We will leave Allah (God) to judge and handle the hypocrites. But what cannot be tolerated are the lies, the slander and false narrative against Min. Farrakhan. These lies cannot be proven, nor can these false charges be sustained. The Minister has been a strong voice for Black self-determination, a warrior against Jewish paternalism and control of Black people and a sledge hammer against the wall of White supremacy and neo-colonialism. None of that work would make him the favorite of a system or wicked people whose demonic rule he is working to destroy.
But Mr. Ellison knows better. Years ago sitting in my Chicago office here at The Final Call, when I was managing editor, there was no question about Min. Farrakhan and who he was. There was no question when Mr. Ellison, aka Keith X Ellison, aka Keith Ellison-Muhammad, came to Chicago for an urban peace summit in October 1993 that featured Min. Farrakhan, or a vital summit in Kansas City that included Min. Farrakhan as the major speaker and one who helped legitimize the anti-violence movement in April 1993.
The problem comes from a simple place: “All of you that want national and state prominence: Sometimes I am the ‘litmus test’ to see if White folk can do anything good for you. And some of you are so weak and so cowardly, that your desires mean more than the integrity of your being. But every time I forgave my brothers, and kept moving forward,” observed Min. Farrakhan in a message delivered Oct. 30.
The Minister’s forgiveness and willingness to suffer insults apparently has led some to think that there is no end to his patience and smearing him is acceptable— just come back and apologize in the dark later. No. This man’s life’s work, his status as a vibrant elder and indispensable leader in our community cannot and must not allow that. Mr. Ellison and those who would misuse the Minister’s name for their personal advancement must be confronted and their hypocrisy and cowardice must be condemned. How can Rep. Ellison speak of justice for the poor, a just U.S. foreign policy, social change that improves the lives of people and respect for all and denigrate a man who has worked to achieve those goals for longer than the congressman has been alive?
Shame on you Mr. Ellison for your pandering and shame on us if we don’t call you out for it.
[Editor’s note: The following article contains edited excerpts from the keynote address delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on the occasion of the 21st Anniversary of the Million Man March and Holy Day of Atonement held Sunday, October 16, 2016 at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. This message is now available in its entirety on DVD, CD and MP3 @ store.finalcall.com.]
In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.
I bear witness that there is no God but Allah, The Originator of the heavens and the earth. To Him do we submit and seek refuge. We thank Him for His prophets and messengers, and the scriptures which they brought. We thank Him for intervening in our affairs, for before His intervention we were lost, even though many wonderful men and women were risen among us to help us. After these wonderful men and women left the scene, the enemy destroyed their work and rocked us back to sleep. But we thank Allah for His intervention in the Person of One that has been prophesied of, Al-Mahdi (“The Guide”), coming out of the family of Muhammad The Prophet, peace be upon him.
But my wonderful brothers and sisters who are looking for Al-Mahdi to come in the East: He came from the East, and He came among us in the West in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad to Whom praise is due forever.
Master Fard Muhammad searched among us, and He found one worthy to place a burden on him that had never been placed on a human before him, and He gave him, according to Master Fard Muhammad, “the hardest job ever given to any human being”—and that job is the resurrection of the dead so-called American Negro who has been put to death, and has lived in America for 461 years, robbed and spoiled. But today, The Spirit of God is coming into the Black man and woman, and we are rising, never again to fall asleep in the dust. …
You are the beloved of God whether you want to accept it or not. He has chosen us out of the furnace of affliction; He saw in us the material necessary to build a brand new world—that world that Jesus prophesied of, and we in the church pray for every time we say The Lord’s Prayer, saying: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it in heaven. No politics can bring about The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth!
We have to deal with fear and cowardice, because we are being asked now by God to stand up for truth, stand up for justice, stand up for righteousness, and be willing to challenge lies and liars wherever they raise their head.
Here we are now at the time of one of the most fateful elections in the history of America. … In this political season, we have two people: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Mr. Trump calls Hillary “Crooked Hillary,” and then from the other side, he is called “Lying Trump.” It was reported that someone was fact-checking Mr. Trump over three days, and they said he told 87 lies in three days. (Now you talk about somebody who wanted to disconnect you from God.) And Hillary calls him a liar—he calls her a liar. … This is interesting! And here is “little negro” in the middle, watching them go back and forth. Bless your heart! Yeah, poor you; you know, brothers and sisters, you really, really, really are being used big time today.
The Bible teaches (Matthew 12:26): “If Satan cast out Satan, how then can their kingdom stand?” I want you to pay attention to the Wisdom of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad who wrote these words in the ’60s. In his book The Fall of America, on pages 36-37, he writes in the article “The National Election”: “Injustice, crooked politics, and the breeding of corruption under crooked politics have been practiced ever since Adam to the present day rulers. Adam was the first crook. There has not been justice for the Black man in this race of people, and this is why the race suffers from the effect of chaos today. There are Black politicians who would like to use their Black people for selfish greed and will throw them behind any crook with money. Black politicians of this type have sold their Black brothers to suffering and shame for self-elevation with the crook.”
“I never heard that before, that Adam was a crook!” Well let’s prove it. We’ve been dealing with crooks ever since Adam got here. Look at what the Bible teaches of Adam. God talked to that man directly: “Adam, eat from these, the fruit of all of these trees, but this one in the middle of The Garden, The Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil, don’t bother with that one.” Now look, trees don’t have knowledge. They can teach you a lot if you study them; but they don’t have the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they just teach you from the nature that God gave to the tree. But Adam heard God clearly, and something came up in Adam. “Oh, it was a serpent; he didn’t bother with Adam, he went to Eve.” Poor sisters, how they drop that final sword of death on you, that you are the one tricking these men. But, they do call their women a “cute trick”… but Adam was a crook, because he rebelled against God. So the Bible teaches, “As by one man sin entered into the world.” There is the crook: Sin came in with Adam. What is sin? Paul said, “Transgression of the law.” He disobeyed God. What did God do? Put him out of The Garden, and he’s been raising hell ever since. He brought in the first dysfunctional family, Cain and Abel, and we’ve been messed up ever since. The Bible teaches, “As by one man sin entered into the world and sin passed to all men, so death passed to all men. But as by one man sin came, so by one man shall all be made alive.” Who is that One Man? That’s The Christ! That’s Jesus The Messiah! So who the heck are you voting for? That’s not “Trump Jesus,” not “Hillary Jesus”—that’s Satan over there! The devil is a liar… Do they lie? And White people are suffering today; there is a lot of chaos among them.
By Sister Kenetta Muhammad and Sister Karriemmah Muhammad
The Atlanta Local Organizing Committee (L.O.C.) & the 10,000 Fearless Men & Women Headquarters of the South initiatives of the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March, Justice or Else March that was hosted in Washington D.C., establishes the first Economic Development venture in Atlanta called Blue Seas Express & Catering. A casual environment, ‘soul-fully healthy’ Southern cuisine fastly becoming a local favorite.
This new eatery hosted its Grand Opening on Thursday, August 4, 2016 by way of a Coalition of organizations & supporters led by Student Regional Minister Abdul Sharrieff Muhammad (Nation of Islam/10,000 Fearless), Reverend Timothy McDonald (First Iconium Baptist Church). When you walk in the restaurant, all guests are extended a “Welcome to Blue Seas!” greeting, bound to put a smile on any face. The menu complete with classics such as mouth-watering Southern Fried Chicken, Fried Fish, Grilled Salmon, Navy Bean Soup, Philly Fish Subs & The Supreme Bean Pie. One of the crowd favorites is quickly becoming the One Dollar ($1) Steam Table, that includes steamed vegetables, Mac-n-Cheese and your choice of meat.
This venture ties right into one of the initiatives that followed the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March which was “Buy Black”. The command was to boycott Christmas and support our own businesses and develop businesses by pooling resources. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said at the March, “Our Unity is more powerful than a nuclear bomb.” All those that attended the March went home with the zeal to support their own, meaning Black Businesses. The key to the success in the black community is economic withdrawal, taking our dollars for example, and putting them in black owned banks. After the March the 10,000 Fearless Men & Women formed as an extension to the Atlanta L.O.C., with the mission to “Make our Community a Decent Place to Live,” an instruction given by Minister Farrakhan. In order to bring that into reality, we would have to find ways to create jobs, programs and patrol our own community to bring love & unity deeper into the black community.
The Final Call Newspaper recently reported “Black buying power continues to increase. It is currently $1 Trillion but is forecast to increase up to $1.3 Trillion by 2017.” The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has been urging the black community to pool our resources as he was taught by The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Minister Farrakhan stated, “We really need to sit down together as brothers and sisters and plan an effective economic strategy to pull our people up out of this poverty and want that is rooted in ignorance.” This economic strategy will come from the leaders in the community, we have to stop begging people to do for us what we can do for our self.
At the grand opening ceremony Reverend Timothy McDonald said, “The Atlanta L.O.C., we never stopped meeting after 10.10.15, we are a model and we want to share what we are doing with the world. We left our egos at the door, Muslims and Christians, we are one people and there is one God. We are in one of the most violent areas in the country, Student Minister Sharrieff and I have come together in spite of the opposition but when God gives you a task you can not listen to the opposition. We have to build up this community economically and feed our people. We have God on our side, and Allah is nowhere through with what he has planned for us.”
Student Minister Sharrieff and Reverend McDonald are making history and they plan to help every city around the country duplicate the same strategy. One of the guest that joined and ate at the Grand Opening was Faye Coffield, County Commissioner of Dekalb County, she said “That was some of the best fish I have ever tasted and vegetables were beyond belief, it was all good and I will definitely be back.” This was the sentiment of all of the customers that came in that day and the restaurant has been very busy since then.”
The grand opening ceremony was attended by many community leaders such as Bishop Greg Fann, Reverend Gerard Durley, Pastor Derrick Rice, Reverend Albert Love, LaMarcus Cook, Betty Maddox, Tammy Parrish, Student Minister Darryl Muhammad, Student Minister Tremon Muhammad, Student Minister Shaun Muhammad, Brother Terry Muhammad, Student Minister Arzo Muhammad, Brother Captain Craig Muhammad, Brother Christopher Muhammad and Brother Khallid Muhammad.
Student Minister Sharrieff stated, “We thank Allah for the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s divine instructions and commands. We look forward to working together with our Christian family, so we can show the entire world that we can work together and make progress.”
If you would like to Support Blue Seas Express & Catering visit them at 890 Joseph E. Boone Blvd Atlanta, GA 30314, call at 404-330-8818 or visit online at www.blueseasexpress.com.