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Originally published 2.24.15
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan blasted Rudy Giuliani for recent comments on President Barack Obama.
During a Feb. 18, 2015 gathering of “elite conservative” figures, the former New York mayor said, “I do not believe that the president loves America.” “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up, through love of this country.”
Minister Farrakhan asked, “How did you grow up Giuliani? A privileged cracker! Or I should say, a privileged devil! You grew up on the sweat and the blood of Black men and women who made America before your fathers got here!”
Minister Farrakhan’s comments were delivered during the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviours’ Day 2015 keynote address on Feb. 22, 2015 at Christ Universal Temple in Chicago, IL. Watch full video @ http://NOI.org Webcast Archives.
by Melissa Muhammad, The Final Call Newspaper
With the advent of technology a host of opportunities and dangers have opened up with the use of social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo groups, Linkd In and other virtual communities that bring people together.
On Feb. 26 at the Rosemont Hotel, during the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviours’ Day convention, a group of experienced, talented and successful menâ€¯ and women of faith came together to discuss the pitfalls and benefits associated with the use of social networks.
Among them were Alexander Muhammad, an IT administrator from London, England; Yvonka Muhammad who is also known as Chicago lyricist â€œ19â€ and her blog is in the process of becoming a graphic novel, Houston-based writer and blogger Jesse Muhammad, Carlos Muhammad of the Luv 4 Self Network and Tariq Muhammad of the Friends of Farrakhan social network.
The purpose of the workshop as explained by coordinator Tariq Muhammad of Phoenix was to enlighten the believing community and the general public about the proper use of social networking sites.
Despite some risks associated with the improper use of the social networking, success is still to be had via the Internet. Jesse Muhammad talked to attendees about the leverage, branding, growth and revenue opportunities that social networking presents. He emphasized the need to have purposeful internet usage. â€œCorporations have a Facebook page, why? Because that is where the public is,â€ said Jesse Muhammad.
The spirit is still high from Saviours’ Day 2010 and I have tons to blog about over this next week. But I will throw in a few others here and there so I won’t overwhelm you with my excitement. (smile)
This year not only was I behind the camera lens along with taking notes for my Final Call Newspaper assignments, I was blessed to be a presenter at three workshops this year.
My first one was on Thursday, February 25 at the I-Nation Media training organized by Nisa Islam Muhammad. I presented on ways to leverage social media tools such as blogging, Twitter and Facebook. Other presenters included Sis. Nisa and Jaye Delai of Charlotte.
On Friday, Feb. 26, I was part of the Social Networking Online workshop organized by Dwayne Muhammad of Phoenix. I was one of the panelists which also included Carlos Muhammad (Baltimore), Yavonka Muhammad (Chicago) and Alexander Muhammad (London). I had an opportunity to share my 7 Banging Blogging Tips….funny title, huh? Well people enjoyed it. I will share those tips in a separate post.
The last one I was apart of was the Gangsters to Gods males only workshop on Feb. 27. I was honored to be on the panel with Student Minister Nuri Muhammad, Shahid “The Math Doctor” Muhammad, Chea Muhammad, Marc Muhammad,Student Minister Abdul Hafeez Muhammad and Dennis Muhammad. The dialogue was dynamic and very serious.
You can read more about these workshops and many others in an upcoming edition of The Final Call Newspaper.
More Saviours’ Day 2010 blogs coming up!
–Brother Jesse Muhammad
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(Photos by Hannibal Muhammad, Jabari Muhammad and Jesse Muhammad)
I was blessed to be there to witness it.
After enjoying three days of workshops focused on self-improvement and community empowerment at this year’s Saviours’ Day convention, the man of the hour was the focus of the world on February 28. When the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan took the stage at Chicago’s United Center, the crowd of 20,000 plus erupted in anticipation of his guidance and warning in the message titled “The Time and What Must Be Done”.
“Some people think I’m a prophet,” Minister Farrakhan said. “But I have to say, the word ‘prophet’ is too cheap a word. Prophets come in the absence of God like moonlight comes in the absence of the sun. I come to fulfill that which you have read from the prophets. I come in the light of the sun.”
“It’s not an accident that a great earthquake took place in Chile,” said Minister Farrakhan, 76, who spoke for over three hours. “It precipitated what I have to tell you today of what’s coming to America. You will not escape…I desire to guide you and warn you of things that are coming that you must try to prepare yourselves for because we are absolutely living in the change of worlds.”
His keynote address culminated the annual celebration of the birth of Master Fard Muhammad, who founded the Nation of Islam in North America 80 years ago. Minister Farrakhan delivered a serious warning to President Barack Obama, the government and the leaders of the world.
“They are going to skew intelligence, like they did for (Colin) Powell to try to trick (President) Obama into a war with Iran,” warned Minister Farrakhan.”If you go to war with Iran, I can’t join.”
Thousands from across the globe also viewed Minister Farrakhan’s address via Internet webcast . I had the opportunity to do up to the minute updates on Twitter and upload live shots to Facebook. The Twitter hashtag for the entire Saviours’ Day weekend was #sd2010.
Here are some of the most retweeted quotes from Minister Farrakhan’s Saviours’ Day keynote.
“I am ready to do what God has for me to do”–Farrakhan #sd2010
“We owe Haiti a debt of gratitude”–Farrakhan #sd2010 #haiti #sd2010
“Traitors have to die. You can’t betray your people”–Min. Farrakhan #sd2010
“When I finish this message today you will see the wheels over every major city”–Farrakhan #sd2010
“For the first time, common people are angry with bankers”–Farrakhan #sd2010
“America we’re not going to let you turn Haiti into your paradise so you can rape our women. We not!”–Farrakhan #sd2010
“I don’t talk in the dark. I tell them to their face.”–Farrakhan #sd2010
“Kings of the world seek my counsel but I can’t even get a meeting with a congressman here”–Farrakhan #sd2010
“Just stand up and do God’s work and don’t care about what people think!”–Min. Farrakhan #sd2010
“I’ll die before I lie. It’s not worth it. I don’t have time for lying.”–Minister Farrakhan #sd2010
“The righteous and the wicked can not have fellowship together”–Minister Farrakhan #sd2010
The online interaction was energetic and I will be posting more pictures and highlights over the next few days. For more extensive coverage of Minister Farrakhan’s message as well as the entire Saviours’ Day weekend please pick up The Final Call Newspaper.
Minister Farrakhan announced that he did not deliver everything he wanted to share with us and he plans to speak live from Mosque Maryam in Chicago on this Sunday, March 7.
Happy Saviours’ Day!
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(Saviours’ Day 2010 is just a little over a week away and the world is preparing to make the pilgrimage to Rosemont, IL. The Saviours’ Day Committee has been working diligently and part of that team is marketing director LaTonja Muhammad. Last year she hosted a forum titled “The Michelle Obama Effect” that was also featured in the USA Today. This year she is preparing to facilitate yet another powerful workshop geared towards the greatness of women. I went one-on-one with her.)
Jesse Muhammad (JM:) When did you fall in love with Saviours’ Day? When was your first time attending? How did it make you feel?
LaTonja Muhammad (LM:) My first Saviours’ Day was 1993. I had never seen so many black men and women treating each other with so much respect. I was so proud, in particular, of the men that I saw. They looked so strong and dignified. I fell deeper in love with this teaching that it could produce that kind of effect in a people who were considered no people at all.
(JM:) Last year at the annual convention you organized a workshop titled “The Michelle Obama Effect”. What motivated you to have a workshop with that title? What was the overall response and impact of that session?
(LM:) The Michelle Obama Effect was birthed out of a desire to explore the impact of the first Black Woman – a descendant of slaves, to become First Lady of The United States of America. Black women in this country have always been viewed as “second” best, even by our own men when they obtain positions of power and influence. So, when Michelle Obama delivered her speech at the Democratic National Convention in August of 2008, I was on my way to Denver the next day; tears flowed from my eyes as I walked through the airport and saw every newspaper had Michelle’s image on it. And for the first time, I saw Black women actually smiling and speaking to each other, not out of formality, but out of sincere respect.
You know it’s like the movie, “Waiting to Exhale”. I think we all were able to exhale because for the first time a more accurate picture of who we are as women, was/is before the world. We are second to none! The scriptures put it like this: the last shall be first, and the stone that the builders rejected would become the corner stone of the new world. That panel was a way to celebrate Michelle, not as an individual, but what the world loves about Michelle is the essence of the Black female. We are brilliant, strong, caring, maternal, and oh-so stylish!! Mrs. Robinson, Michelle’s mom, said it best, “Michelle and Barack aren’t new. There are thousands of Barack and Michelle(s) all over this country.” And I wanted to honor the Michelle in all of us.
(JM:) For Saviours’ Day 2010, you have put together a panel of illuminating women for the workshop titled “I Am Woman” to be held on February 27. Who are the panelists? What message do you want attendees to walk away with from this seminar to take back to their respective cities?
(LM:) â€œI Am Woman: Awakening Your Spirit of Excellence and Virtueâ€ is taken from Sojourner Truth’s 1851 speech “Aint I A Woman?â€ during the Women’s Rights Convention. At that time, she challenged the rights of the Black female to equal education, religion, and our right to “exist” as women. This workshop takes a look at the history of the “sojourn” of Black Women in this country. How far have we come? How far have we strayed? How do we answer the “Aint I A Woman?” It’s an extension of last year’s dialogue on the Michelle Obama Effect. From Sojourner Truth to Michelle Obama, our advancement as women has come from our intimate relationship with God or the I AM. Black women have been the spiritual backbone of our families and Allah (God) through the female has guided us through trouble times.
Through a partnership with Sister Audrey Muhammad of Virtue Magazine, we have assembled a panel of women who have helped us grow closer in our relationship with Allah (God) to achieve real success. I’m very honored that Mother Tynnetta Muhammad, wife of The Honorable Elijah Muhammad will be joining us, Dr. Ava Muhammad, and the great Dr. Iyanla Vanzant. Also joining us is Zondra Huges, editor and chief of N’Digo Megapaper and former relationship editor for Ebony Magazine.Atiya K. Salaam of L.E.A.P International, is co-sponsoring the event along with the Susan G. Komen breast cancer movement. Just two days ago a study was released about the racial disparities of breast cancer, stating that advanced breast cancer diagnosis among Black women remains 30 to 90 percent higher compared to white women. And Black women are still more likely than all other women to die from breast cancer. So, we’re excited about the breast cancer material that is being provided by the Susan G. Komen organization, because we shouldn’t be dying from a disease that can be beat. And an example that it can be beaten is in our moderator of the panel discussion who is a breast cancer survivor, WVON’s news director and author of “The Pocket Book Monologue,” Sharon McGhee.
(JM:) What else are you looking forward to during this year’s Saviours’ Day convention?
(LM:) I’m really looking forward to Minister Farrakhan’s lecture The Time and What Must Be Done. We are in a very serious time as never seen before. Everything that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad has taught we are experiencing it today.
The Minister is no doubt a Divine Reminder of his teachings and Warner among us. When the earthquake hit Haiti, the Minister warned us that we must prepare because what came upon Haiti would soon be at our doorstep. The 4.3 earthquake that hit Chicago last week was evidence of the Minister’s warning just a couple of weeks before. I happened to have been up during the quake and felt the house shaking. We can no longer afford to waste time; when we are given an instruction we must move out on that instruction because in this hour it will be the difference between life and death.
Originally published 2.15.10
by DeAndrea X
My plane touched down to a blanket of freshly fallen snow. The ice cold air bit my cheeks as I fondled around baggage claim for my things. I hopped on my hotel shuttle and got snuggled into a corner as I made my way from the airport to my hotel. I looked out the window very bright eyed and excited.
I had never really been in the snow. I was amazed at the beautiful brick structures of downtown Chicago. We arrived at my humble hotel. I got my things to my room and fell back on the bed and just looked at the ceiling. I canâ€™t believe I made it. My first Savioursâ€™ Day.
I opened up the curtains of my window and took in every bit of the city. Dirty snow lined the streets as taxis lined up in front of the lobby downstairs. Little bundled people waddled down the streets with steaming cups of coffee and tea. I could hear the rumbling of the train as it passed by. The cold air from the window began to seep through the glass. I closed the curtains and began to unpack â€¦ I canâ€™t believe Iâ€™m here. I made it to Chicago to hear the Minister. My heart was filled with so much joy. I think I might have cried into my luggage as I pulled out my garments for the next day.
That would be the first of many trips to Chicago. As a baby Muslim my favorite part of being at Savioursâ€™ Day was just being around the believers. It was the one time of year where there would literally be thousands of us gathered in one spot. We were all well dressed and well mannered. Every where you turned there was heartfelt greeting of peace and paradiseâ€¦like heaven on earthâ€¦
â€œAs Salaam Alaikum Sister!â€â€¦.. â€œ Wa Alaikum Salaam!â€
Originally published 5.4.09
Sister Latonia Muhammad of Muhammad Mosque No. 45 performs poetry during the 2009 Pre-Saviours’ Day Celebration in Houston on February 21st.
Getting to Know the Believers of the Nation of Islam 2009 Series is the brainchild of the Muhammad Mosque No. 45 Ministry of Information. The purpose of this series is to familiarize the world with the brilliance and talent that is within the ranks of the NOI under the leadership of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.
Directed by Jesse Muhammad and Produced by Hannibal Muhammad of MOI Design Engineers