WATCH:: Minister Farrakhan Challenges Critics after Returning from Iran was last modified: November 23rd, 2018 by BJ Blog Staff
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
Amid recent attacks thrown at the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and lies spewed by mainstream media, women of the Nation of Islam took to Twitter once again to defend the name of Farrakhan.
Topics included comments made by Alyssa Milano, Debra Messing and a statement made by the Women’s March, all regarding the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.
Alyssa Milano, an actress and activist, is refusing to speak at upcoming Women’s March events unless Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour, both activists and organizers of the Women’s March, denounce Minister Farrakhan for what they consider to be anti-Semitic remarks.
I denounce Farrakhan.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 27, 2018
In the past, Mallory has had to defend her decision to work with the Minister and to attend events such as Saviours’ Day earlier this year and Justice Or Else! in 2015. Milano was among those who called Mallory out for “turning a blind eye to the hate spoken about a group of people.” Others called for her resignation, according to Atlanta Black Star.
“Will and Grace” star Debra Messing called out the Women’s March for not denouncing Minister Farrakhan. On top of that, she supported Milano’s decision to distance herself from the march.
What do Nation of Islam women have to say about that?
“Tonight we stand to defend the Honorable Minister @LouisFarrakhan against blatant lies that have circulated. Tonight those lies will be dismantled,” was the initial tweet by Ebony Muhammad, moderator of the chat.
Participants were asked to explain why claims of Minister Farrakhan being an anti-Semite, a bigot, a hater of the LGBTQ community and a man who’s against women, are untrue.
The sisters began firing off immediately.
A1: The issue with The Minister is he CAN'T be run off. He will not bow, because the power that backs him is greater than ANY power that attempts to come against him this is why they must lie they find weak ones who need their favor or those who rely on the wicked for sustenance.
— nyese joshua (@nyesej) November 14, 2018
A1: If the Minister was preaching anti-Semitism, his followers would have responded with hatred. He has been labeled an anti-Semite for over 30 years, but no harm has ever come to any Jewish person by a member of the NOI. #CoveredGirl #Farrakhan https://t.co/fBHH1fR27A
— Fudia Muhammad (@GiveBirthToAGod) November 14, 2018
Many women said Minister Farrakhan can’t be classified as a bigot because of all of the friendships he has with people from various backgrounds. Not only that, but he lives by the principle of seeking knowledge.
A2 A bigot would never take time to squash beef between (non-Muslim) rappers, empathize with his people in the LGBT community or invite members of the @womensmarch and others w different views/faith to be apart of 10/10/15 Justice or Else etc. @LouisFarrakhan is no such thing. ??♀️
— Kenya Muhammad (@PeliKEN_Fly) November 14, 2018
The Minister has been nothing but an example of the Joseph that you read about in the Bible that had a coat of many colors. His world friendship tour found him meeting White Russian Muslims and people of many backgrounds and faith traditions. Bigots dont do that. #CoveredGirl
— Rahima Muhammad (@SisterRah) November 14, 2018
A popular lie going around about Minister Farrakhan is that he hates the LGBTQ community. The women participating in the chat debunked the claim.
I remember the minister saying that some of the brightest among us come from our LGBTQ+ Family (he calls them family). And that we can’t go anywhere without them. So…. I don’t know where they get this lie from. #CoveredGirl #Farrakhan
— Queen Nzinga (@QueenNzinga13) November 14, 2018
Q3: The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan's guidance for the LGBTQ community comes from scripture. That is where men of God speak from. And he has stated & demonstrated REPEATEDLY that he loves all people regardless of how our lives line up w/ scripture. #CoveredGirl #Farrakhan
— Renae A. Muhammad (@RenaeAMuhammad) November 14, 2018
The women also rejected the idea that denouncing Minister Farrakhan would take away from his work, and they directly challenged Alyssa Milano and Debra Messing on their motives and their seemingly hypocritical stance.
by Fudia Muhammad
In Self-Improvement: The Basis for Community Development [Study Guide 20: Closing the Gap], The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan wrote, “One day Master Fard Muhammad told the Sisters that a time would come when they would let the devil into their living rooms and entertain him. Little did we know that when the television was made, and we put it in our living rooms that the wicked ideas of a satanic mind that governs this world would come into our homes and spoil our women and children.”
An expectant mother whose greatest desire is to give birth to a god must make tremendous sacrifices. She must walk her post in a perfect manner, keeping always on the alert. She must be vigilant; observing and protecting herself and her child from wicked ideas and images coming from a satanic mind. Casual, everyday activities that usually seem mundane and nonconsequential are anything but;especially when life is forming in the womb. Most pregnant women are naturally more careful about what they consume during this delicate stage – they are conscious of food, drinks, medications, caffeine intake, etc. Women are also very careful when deciding which physical activities are safe to participate in while pregnant. But what is often overlooked is what we consume mentally, such as our entertainment habits.
During his How to Give Birth to a God lecture series, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said to the Sisters, “The trainer and the teacher, the shaper and the molder is you. So, what is in you, mother, is what’s going to be in your child. And since you make his brain, then what does your brain constantly think about? Is it the soap opera? You’re making a baby, ‘Hold it baby, hold it now…Let’s put on the General Hospital; All My Children, that’s on.’ Now you call your friend: ‘Yes honey and that woman murdered that man!’ See you’re thinking about murder; you’re thinking about all these negative things while you’re producing a new life. It’s better to turn off the TV while you’re pregnant. Don’t go to no movies and hear somebody saying, ‘m-f’ and ‘f-you’ and ‘You S-O-B’ – and you’re looking at death and murder, and mayhem, and you’re bringing your pregnant wife and little babies that you’re nursing…”
Violence, sex, profanity, madness and lies are laced in every form of entertainment – television shows, movies, music, etc. All of which are now easily accessible on our mobile devices. So, today the devil is not only in our living rooms; but we are now able to entertain him everywhere we go. Soap operas may not be as popular in 2018, but they have been replaced with foolish reality shows that are becoming more and more outrageous.
Let’s look at what happens at the movie theatre. Why should we sacrifice going to the movies while pregnant? Our unborn child cannot distinguish which thoughts are being directed towards him or towards someone or something else. This is because thoughts do not instantly compartmentalize. So, when we are in the theatre watching a movie filled with mayhem, murder, death, pandemonium and filth – on a mega screen with thunderous acoustics – we become consumed and atone with that environment in an instant. We become increasingly excited as the plot thickens and the movie reaches its climax. The creepy music begins, which warns us that someone is about to die in a brutal manner; but we cannot take our eyes off the screen – so we watch, then wish we hadn’t. We cannot un-see or un-hear anything. Our heart rate increases, and we realize that we, too, are out of breath as if we were the actual victim. The grotesque image and environment stay with us sometimes for hours after the movie has ended. Are we getting the picture? Profanity, lying and scheming in the plot of a movie works the same way. Our eyes are watching; our ears are listening; and our brain is processing and recording everything coming off the screen. And since thought is liquid, the brain of our unborn baby is easily absorbing the same sensations.
Since the pregnant mother is asked not to go to the movies, her husband should do the same. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said, “You should stay with her because she’ll be quick to think that you’re rejecting her because her shape is changing and you’re running out; you’re always with the boys. When she’s pregnant, you need to be with her…You don’t do crazy things with a woman while she’s carrying your life. You give her good things to look at.”
Television is not as magnified as movies, but it has a similar effect because it is continuous. We must turn off the television for most of the day. In our society it seems that we have an unwritten rule that states, ‘If I am in the same room as a television set, then it must be turned on.’ Many of us fall asleep watching television and then wake up and start the process all over again. What are our brains constantly soaking up? Silly reality shows or sitcoms – watch them once and you’re addicted. Ridiculous dramas that depict Black people, in particular, in the most degenerating roles; but we think that it’s harmless entertainment. We consume music videos filled with filthy lyrics about sex and debauchery; not to mention the barrage of images showing our scantily dressed sisters parading about. We fill our heads with so much foolishness on a daily basis and then wonder why our children are so heavily inclined to sex, violence and profanity. It’s time to stop the madness and break the cycle.
Our poor choices for movies, television shows and music while pregnant are evidence that there is no reverence for the womb; nor is there reverence for the mind. Righteous women and men should be focused on producing children that are going to put an end to the filth that is being promoted through these channels. Women must desire to co-operate with God in the procreation of human life. She should be feeding on wisdom, feeding on the Word of God and showering nothing but love on the womb.It’s interesting that Master Fard Muhammad said that we would entertain the devil; not the devil will entertain us. The devil is killing us, butwe are handing him the knife. The enemy only exists because we feed and nourish him constantly. “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you!”
(Sister Fudia Muhammad is a member of Muhammad Mosque No. 64 in Austin, Texas. She is married to Student Minister Robert L. Muhammad and they have been blessed with four children. Sister Fudia holds a Master’s degree in Education – she is a writer, an educator and an advocate for God-centered child-rearing.)
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Sisters: Your womb is sacred because that’s the workshop of God. The prophets are created, the wise men, the sages, the scientists, everything that you want is answered through your prayers, through the womb of a woman.⠀ ⠀ A man must be worthy of you to have access to the workshop of God.⠀ ⠀ Full video link in bio. #Farrakhan
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful, I bear witness to the Oneness of God, the Oneness of His prophetic community and the Oneness of His People. There have been many religions, many sages and wise men and each one that taught us, taught us something good. But what God demands today is not a religion that is truth mixed with falsehood, not a religion that is somewhat good, but this is the time that God would give us One Faith, One Lord, and One Baptism.
I, too, with my brother believe in Jesus, the Christ. We say Muhammad but Muhammad is an Arabic name which means “one worthy of praise and praised much.” Jesus is worthy of praise, not the Jesus that they taught us of. Sorry. I know you love him, and you have every right to love Jesus; but it’s time that you get to know Him. Not as a White man hanging on your wall but a Black man born from your loins and from your womb.
Jesus of 2,000 years ago was 2,000 years too soon to fulfill what Jesus, the Messiah, would be born to do. I’m honored to be among my Christian family. Jesus of 2,000 years ago talked about one coming. He said, “When He comes.” He didn’t say “when I come back.” He said, “When He comes, the spirit of truth, He will guide you into all truth.”
Why do you think the enemy has given you a White Jesus to worship? Because indirectly and subtly, he wanted you to worship his image so that when he as King Jesus called, you would answer. He made you to love him because he gives you nothing. You’ve been catching hell ever since you have been in America from the same White Christians that you say is your brother. He’s not your brother. He can never be your brother, not by nature but if he accepts to bow down to God, we can be brothers in faith.
You give them nothing to submit to other than your love for them and your desire for them to accept you as their own brother, which they have never done.
Rev. Willie Wilson said, “I’m not a Christian. I’m a follower of Jesus, the Christ.” In the Book of John, Jesus said many things about who he was, but you can’t read that he said, “I’m a Christian.”
We need to talk, and we need to stop this spooky preaching to our people. “He’s somewhere up in heaven.”
Why are you looking up for Jesus and heaven? The enemy has taken the earth out from under your feet and made you love it. He doesn’t look up in the sky for Jesus. He looks to himself, his ability to think, his intelligence, his knowledge and he creates.
Jesus, the Christ. Christ is not his last name. Christ is his title: The anointed of God to crush Satan and take his world out of existence.
Can you walk with that Jesus? Can you walk with Christ who does not love this world? If you walk with Him, the world cannot ill effect you.
If you walk with Him, you can stand and say, “Greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world.”
None of you preachers preach like Farrakhan. When you preach with one eye on your enemy to get approval, you start watering down the word of God because you want acceptance from the enemy of God rather than honor coming to you from God and His Christ.
I feel very much at home in this place with my brother, and I thank him for the honor that he has bestowed on me for asking me to be the speaker for Men’s Day on the subject, “Righteous men ready to rule.”
Let me stop here and just say thank you. I cannot accept the honor. I certainly cannot accept the praise for the Million Man March. I would be one of those arrogant, self-aggrandizing nincompoops if I tried to steal credit from God, thus fulfilling the scripture “Will a man rob God”? Rob him every day, not only in tithes and offerings, but we rob him when we do things in his name but don’t honor him by telling the people that what you did, and what happened, you’re a product of God.
I love Mayor Marion Barry. I will die with that man in my heart. A warrior spirit is the spirit of Jesus, the Christ. Jesus doesn’t come back to play with you, and he’s not coming back to teach you. He did that already; and made disciples to continue to teach. But the Bible that I read, he came back with a sword in his hand, a sword in his hand, dripping with blood. Some of you foolish Jesus lovers. How could you be foolish and a lover of Jesus? Because you don’t understand him. You don’t really know him. So, you draw close to him with your lips, but your lives are a testimony of your rebelliousness against the same Jesus that you say you love.
You can’t fool me with praise, jumping up and down and beating a tambourine to get me excited that you really love Christ. He said, “This is a people that draw nigh unto me with their lips.” But in our daily lives we deny the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Christ is God in the person of man. Christ was a living human being. Jesus, he was born of a woman. So, we can have men that are righteous, men ready to rule, but where did they come from? None of us that are ready to rule that are here came without the agency of man and a woman.
So, the time is just not for men to rule. Men have been messing up rulership for thousands of years saying that a woman’s place is in the home. No, her base is the home, but her place is wherever her gift will take her if she’s free to be who she really is.
When you saw me at Aretha Franklin’s funeral, you asked, “Farrakhan, why didn’t you speak?” Sometimes you can speak more powerfully by being quiet. I didn’t have to say anything.
I love my Aretha and I said, “I just want to be one of the mourners of our great loss.” I told the family, “I don’t want to speak.” Speakers like to keep speaking. Speakers like to hear themselves speak. I’m a speaker but that day God didn’t give me the spirit to speak. I was in heaven watching my sister’s homegoing. Tears fell out of my eyes when I saw my cousin Cicely Tyson and Reverend Jackson at the casket and they were lowering the lid, and I felt something for Aretha that I have not felt before.
We were not close in the sense that I knew how she cooked and had dinner with my sister. So many of us are just surface dwellers. We say a eulogy, or we say nice things about our little experiences with great ones that pass but we don’t see deep enough. I didn’t want to speak. I wanted to enjoy the mourners because I was one of them. Everyone that sang, I felt so good watching the soul of Black people. I felt so at home and comfortable listening to people preach.
I did not wish to speak but everybody that started writing said, “you didn’t have to. You spoke very loudly.”
They talked about these men looking at singer Ariana Grande’s posterior. I was not in that conversation. I held Ariana, but I held her like a father or a grandfather would hold his granddaughter; and I saw a beautiful woman just looking and staring. And I said, “Ariana, is that your mom”? She said, “Yes.” I said, “Mom, come over,” and the three of us took pictures. The enemy tried to crop me out of the pictures.
T.D. Jakes, I love that man and I told him. I said “Brother, you are one of the greatest Gospel preachers in this nation and in the world.” He said, “Coming from you, I accept that.” I tapped him in his chest. I hugged him around his arms, and I kissed him on his cheek. Why you do that? You a sissy? No, but I’m in love. I’m in love with you. I’m in love with the people that you would think are the worst of our people, but I bow to them in love because I know who they really are. You say, he’s a homophobic man. Stop it.
I have people in my family that are lesbian and gay. What? I love them. That’s my family. I wasn’t sent to judge them. I was sent to look beyond their faults and see their need. Reverend Wilson can tell you, if he remembers. I was down in Georgia with Tavis Smiley and one of those discussions he holds. A gay brother was in back of the stage, and I walked up to him, Mr. Keith Boykins. You know him very well, and I hugged him.
I said, “How are you doing, brother?” That didn’t take anything away from me. There was one great singer. I went backstage to his dressing room and he said, “Farrakhan, I’m gay.” That didn’t stop me from hugging my brother. He loved my beautiful alligator shoes. I said, “You like these shoes”? He said, “Yes.” I said, “Okay.” Next time I saw him, I gave him a pair of alligator shoes, gave one to singer Donnie McClurkin. I didn’t have shoes for Yolanda Adams. (Smile).
They say I’m a hater. You have never been loved until you’ve been loved by Christ. And if I follow Jesus, I could never turn my back on a gay person, a lesbian, transgender, whatever you call yourself. Tell me something, which one of you in this room could say you’re holy? Don’t start lying because I know what I’m looking at.
See, we like to look at somebody that is doing something that we are not doing and point them out as the sinful person while you blind yourself to your own evil. The Jesus I know he said, He came into this world to save his people from their sins. Stop it. If you know that we are sinners, all of us, all of us, even the holy ones.
I need salvation. Don’t you?
That’s why Jesus is so special because he’s not like Moses bringing the law. If you violate the law, stone him to death. Moses did that. You remember Jesus finding the woman in adultery. Isn’t it interesting no man was involved? I don’t know what kind of adultery she could commit. They didn’t bring the man and all of the Jews of that day had a stone in their hands. Jesus was so beautiful.
He looked at the people ready to fire their stones, like they were ready to fire their stones at Mayor Marion Barry, fire stones at Bill Cosby, fire stones at people that are doing some stuff now, but they never pick up a stone and cast it at themselves. Jesus knelt down and said, “Which one of you that is without sin, you cast the first stone.” Everybody had a stone, they dropped the stones; and Jesus said to the woman, “Woman, where are your accusers”? But then he went further.
Since he came to fulfill the law, he said, “Neither do I condemn and accuse you.” And, look at his words, “Go and sin no more.” That’s why you love Jesus and rightly so. You just don’t know him yet deep enough because if you really knew Jesus deep enough, it would be reflected in the way you live your life.
Jesus, while he was among us, said, “Let this mind be in you.” What kind of mind is that? The same that was in Christ Jesus. How could you be a follower of Jesus and a loser? You don’t know him. Because the mind of Christ should be in us because that is what his father wanted him to bequeath to us. The White man has had us for 463 years and he worked to put his mind in us. That’s why I came here one Sunday, and I talked about the Black-White people. You’re Black on the outside, White on the inside, and deny it. Some of you are superstitious. Don’t you bring nothing Black in my house on the first day of the new year, but you know Jesus. You need to stop lying to yourself.
Did you see singer Fantasia? I talked to her backstage. She had her husband with her. I said, “You know, brothers. Aretha sang a song called, Angel, and in her song she was looking for an angel.”
You didn’t much find one, did you? She didn’t either. So, she was still looking. She wants an angel in her life. She deserved an angel in her life. When I listened to my sister Ayanna sing, I felt the power of her spirit. Ain’t no way in heaven or hell a man could have a woman with that kind of spirit and that kind of soul and not try to be an angel.
So, I said to his Fantasia’s husband. I said, “Brother, Fantasia is looking for an angel.” He said, “Well, she’s been an angel to me.” I said, “I know, but I want you to be an angel for her.” We take advantage of our women. We use them. We corrupt their gifts. You need a man, Sisters, made in the image of God, not in the image of your former slave masters and their children.
At the funeral, I didn’t have to talk, and my enemies seemed to go crazy. Did you notice that?
Have you ever asked yourselves why are they like this toward Brother Farrakhan?
The Million Man March was ordered by God and God had given me the heart that would allow his spirit to come through me. Every one of you that preach, the heart of Jesus is always exposed. You see the pictures. Paul said, “The Jew is not the Jew by the circumcision of the male organ. The Jew is the Jew by the circumcision of the heart. Our people are dead. You might as well pick out a plot of land. Oh, God, no. It’s too expensive. Let’s go to the local crematorium. Righteous people should never burn. That’s what God promised the wicked.
This body, once you die, the cells die, the body begins to decompose. As much as Cora Masters Barry loved Mayor Barry, when death came she couldn’t keep him in the bed. So once death comes, the dead have to be separated from the living. Lord have mercy, and they put the dead in a grave and then the Prophet Isaiah said, “And the grave cannot praise God.” A living dog is better than a dead lion.
When death claims us, the spirit of life that he breathed into us returns, but the body goes back to the earth. Stop saying that your loved one that played the trumpet in life, is up in heaven playing the trumpet. Stop saying that your lovely grandmother that used to sing in the choir with the melodious voice is up in heaven singing in an angelic choir. Singing with what? Spirits don’t have vocal cords. Just stop speaking the White man’s garbage and calling it religion.
Why can’t you stomach the truth that Jesus offered everlasting life, not because you gone live forever. Death takes us out of the picture. If you live on a farm, you really understand things better. You see the bugs come young, the trees come young. The bushes come young. They age. They die. They’re gone. But every one of us has been given the ability to reproduce ourselves.
When you look at these cowboy movies and they’re depicting a horse back in 18-something, that horse ain’t here no more; but a horse that looks just like that is here for you that are here to ride it. Do you understand what I’m saying?
So, your children are your workshop for a better future for you. If you don’t want children, that’s okay. Every tree doesn’t bear fruit, but if you don’t bear children, your seed, your lifeline dies. We’re going on into the future and what Jesus represented was a kingdom that will never die. So, when you come with Jesus the Christ, you enter a circle of life. Like my son said, You came here from a chain of infinity and you’re just for a moment, but you’re linked to infinity through your children.
White folks know that. They never wanted George Washington Carver to have children. He was like a castrated man because he was so brilliant they did not want him to bring children into the world. And right now they’re killing our youth. The life germ in you is being corrupted by the foods that you eat and your whole body, even if you learn to eat good food is being corrupted by the thoughts we think. We need a complete makeover. So, God says, “I’m going to take out of you a heart of stone and I’m going to give you a heart of flesh.”
We talked about this wonderful man, Jesus. He opened the eyes of the blind, made the deaf hear, the dumb speak, raise the dead to life, cleansed the lepers. The Qur’an adds “by God’s permission.” He didn’t do it on his own, but Jesus represented the indwelling presence of God in a human being. That same spirit can reside in all of us if we submit ourselves and become obedient to God and a true disciple of Jesus Christ.
You saw how White folks went crazy. I didn’t say anything. I didn’t do anything. I just sat there for nine hours. All these so-called lovers of Aretha, they couldn’t stay until the end of the service. They were busy. They had other things to do. But the Minister got there at 9:30 in the morning, and I didn’t leave until the benediction was said. I love my Aretha.
The pictures that I chose of her to put in The Final Call Newspaper were pictures that dressed her in her divinity. She was a beautiful soul. Reverend, you have to come and see you are part of God, you are a member of the Creator’s nation. Former President Bill Clinton did the best he could, but he fell asleep a few times. It was very difficult for him to hang out with us and you had the nerve to say he was the first Black president. Stop talking like a fool. He was the worst president for Black people and you should never, ever forget that.
After the Million Man March over a million and a half Black men registered, voted and changed the direction of the 1996 election. The vote is important. You have a whole new set of Black people that are desirous of our vote. Brown people and White people that want to do this job better. Me Too. Women are the strongest force for change. And, if you help a Black woman to go to Congress, or to become a major officeholder or whatever, she’ll do the best that she can. But I want to warn you: if you get in bath water that dirty people have used and had a ring around the tub, you don’t get in that water until you’ve cleansed the tub and put fresh water in the tub.
Go ahead and get as many of our people as you can to vote; but I want you to be realistic. The system of White Supremacy rules the political, educational, spiritual, cultural, economic, legal, whatever you want, see White Supremacy is ruling. Don’t get it twisted.
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.