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The Honorable Minister Louis 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.
I would like to open this interview for those reading to understand the amount of courage it takes to discuss such an issue, despite how it’s “trending” on social media right now. I guarantee you it is not trending by the hands of those who have suffered sexual assault or abuse of any form as much as it is by those seeking to exploit the pain and trauma of survivors, causing them to relive their experience all over again.
Niedira Kenny is one of my closest girlfriends, whom I’ve known over 15 years. She is also one of the strongest women I know who inspires me endlessly…and her stance within this interview further solidifies my sentiment of her. We’ve been through it all together, and I am deeply honored that she came to me 1) to open up and share her story with me, and 2) to ask me to help her share some of her experience and perspective with the world for the very first time since it happened, nearly 5 years ago. Because I too share a similar story and have been a megaphone for countless of others to share their stories, I knew the magnitude of the call I received.
This is not only a message to the critics who spew their unsolicited and vile comments via social media, but this is a word of Empowerment for those who feel like the wounds of their experience(s) are being torn back open by these recent events in the media and news. Not only do we share your story, but we are coming to your defense to push back against those who have no right to oppose why you chose your particular path to healing!
Peace & Love,
Ebony S. Muhammad, Publisher of Hurt2Healing Magazine…and Survivor.
Ebony S. Muhammad (EM): With the recent surge of survivors of sexual assault speaking out, we’ve also seen the unfortunate pushback of their courage to finally tell their story. There have been those on social media who speak, most of the time out of ignorance, as the authority of when survivors should give their report/account. From your perspective and experience, why does the time vary for survivors to speak out?
Niedria Kenny (NK): The short answer is because we are all different and we process differently. The long of it is, many factors play into why a person has chosen to be silent, resulting in disclosing of their assault to occur years later.
Factors such as fear of losing employment. Fear of being judged and told that you did something wrong. Fear of being called a slut or whore or as a mother, fear of being stigmatized as a bad mom because you were out in the first place instead of “home with your child/children.” However, no one knows that your child was with the other parent the night it happened, and you have a right to be able to go out to eat or to the mall or to dinner etc. Fear that you’ll share your story and it will fall on deaf ears. Fear of your attacker striking again. Fear of people not believing you. Fear of people picking apart your story to say that you could have prevented it and concluding with comments about how you did something wrong.
When it’s not a random rape attack by someone you don’t know, you fear that you will have to see them again. You work together, you’re a part of the same social circle, you attend the same church, you do business together, they are family etc. You don’t see a way out. You are embarrassed and simply don’t want anyone to know what happened to you.
For some, like myself; after the attack they are still in survival mode their selves. So, reporting the assault for the sake of “speaking out” to prevent “others” from potential danger and to be the one to put a rapist behind bars, is an afterthought. They are thinking about what they need to do, to continue to survive. If they can do this without saying something, which in a lot of cases is what they have done; then that’s what they do. That’s what I did.
REF: Survive, outlive refer to remaining alive longer than someone else or after some event. Survive usually means to succeed in keeping alive against odds, to live after some event that has threatened one
REF from video game perspective: Survival mode, or horde mode, is a game mode in a video game in which the player must continue playing for as long as possible without dying in an uninterrupted session while the game presents them with increasingly difficult waves of challenges.
Then, there’s fight or flight.
REF: What Happens During the Fight-or-Flight Response. In response to acute stress, the body’s sympathetic nervous system is activated due to the sudden release of hormones. The sympathetic nervous systems stimulate the adrenal glands triggering the release of catecholamines, which include adrenaline and noradrenaline.
When you’re done fighting you take flight: It happens at the time of the assault and like adrenaline; it last until it doesn’t last. And like the adage, “It is …. until it isn’t anymore.” In other words, “What will be, will be, until it isn’t anymore.” That includes pain… and fear.
That adrenaline manifest in running, hiding, being very quiet… just as you would if your life is still in danger. You feel as though you are still under the attack. So, you sit there, and you be quiet so that no one will know. No one can find you when you’re quiet and you stay tucked away in that dark corner, unseen. You wait for it to “go away” (the feeling: the attacker) You hope that it will just “go away”
When the feeling subsides, and you feel “safe” sometimes you talk about it. That could be years later. That could be the next day, depending on how long it took that individual to come to grips with what happened. If they are lucky, they realize it was not their fault and then, they begin to speak.
It is important to remember when we are addressing one’s actions and response to anything, that everyone is different. We are created with same but not equal body parts or processing abilities.
With that simple understanding first, we would allow ourselves to be less critical when judging a person’s willingness or unwillingness to come forth at which the time their assault happened or at a later date when determining them to be credible or not and when chiming in with our own premature hypotheticals about what we would have done or what someone in that situation would have done.
For so many reasons, a person chooses to disclose it later: They have sought help for themselves and are now strong and courageous enough to talk about it without fear of judgement. They know they did nothing wrong. They are ready to take the next step to address what has happened so that they can overcome a fear of the past. They are willing to stand in the gap for others because they can identify with why someone else didn’t say something- so they come forth as a sacrifice to try to assist the next person to ensure they are not alone and that it’s ok to come forward. They want to be a part of the solution by educating and bringing awareness to aspects of why people don’t speak up. They couldn’t do any of this before, because they couldn’t do it for themselves at the time. You can’t help others if you are not well yourself. You must take care of yourself before you can take care of others.
Your fear of not surviving becomes overpowered, overshadowed with your determination to live and to assist others in doing the same. And this…. May take time.
NK: I would have to wholeheartedly agree with the Minister’s statement here, as it pertains to the gravity of a rape! A part of me died, which had to be restored. If you know anything about GOD’s timing, you know that it can never be seen in between the second hands of the watches we wear or on the clocks we watch. He has an eternal and divine timing source, which we could never comprehend. Knowing or being able to process His timing is incomprehensible.
What we are to do is pray for our healing and trust the process, have faith in the source of our existence and survival in knowing that His mercy and grace is sufficient.
EM: How can judgmental comments, ignorance, limited knowledge and lack of experience concerning what survivors go through damage the willingness for them to speak out?
NK: In the age of social media, which provides a platform for information to exist on a level where it is shared and seen daily by millions; Anything from a bad customer service experience to the most recommended DIY project is recommended and distributed by its users. There is no mistake that the news on social media travels faster than newspapers can press it, T.V. reporters can report it and online publications can upload it.
Victims and survivors of rape are among those users. Because this too, it is a topic of discussion. Especially since the #MeToo Movement.
I have to say that judgmental comments, ignorance, limited knowledge and lack of experience concerning what women and men go through might just be the number one cause beyond a person’s fight or flight, survival mode; which impairs their ability to speak out.
With regards to women and myself; they have already run these scenarios through their head when internalizing and thinking that they did something wrong or deserved it, because the world put a definition on people who dress or look a certain way being susceptible to rape to justify it happening. They have already been made to feel that rape is not a crime punishable by jail-time. They have already been made to feel that such a violation on their body is not serious enough to warrant jail-time of a first offender or a high-profile public figure, or even a random man who preys on women…. And that their precious bodies or even virginity are not worthy of consideration when it comes to being violated.
So, when they are ready to speak, they encounter what they feared in the beginning; which are those comments about how it took so long to talk, how they were dressed and not limited to what they were engaging in when it happened. They do not want to relive it again under public prosecution and humiliation and embarrassment.
Comments and judgements are the reason a victim may retreat from speaking even though they are ready to tell the story. Why? They are not ready to be attacked again by a much larger forum called “the world.” They don’t want to live through the assassination again, the humiliation or embarrassment on a larger platform this time and by people making statements about what they could have done when the issue is not what they could have done or should have done. The issue is that rape shouldn’t happen, so any comment about why it happened is repulsive. Victims will often refrain from making comments or speaking publicly after seeing how others (the public, social media users, ignorant people, people who have never experienced it, people who are protecting others) respond to another victim’s story. They began to reassess their own story all over again.
These comments made out ignorance will hush a victim, therefore setting off a mass destruction of victim’s stories, whereby they then retreat to their black hole. OR the comments will produce a firestorm of others who are willing to talk in defense for others. And therefore, you will see people who decide to tell their stories 2-5-10-15 years later. It’s not that they have an ulterior motive in sharing. It’s that they have been reading comments, processing comments and they are fed up with the ignorance, so they decide to speak! But for the ones who are not there just yet, sadly but understandably; they retreat.
by Fudia Muhammad
If we were to poll a large group of parents and ask if they were one-hundred percent ready for parenthood – or even 80-90% ready, most would say, “Absolutely not!” If Allah (God) required us to be one-hundred percent ready before reproducing, the human population would have faced extinction eons ago. This is not to say that the application and preparation to become parents should not be taken seriously – it certainly should. But if we waited until every aspect of our lives was perfect, we may never become parents. The purpose of this article is to share a few areas of focus that will help future and current parents reach a level of comfort and confidence before conceiving; whether it’s their first or fourth child. Knowing that we have actively prepared by making sure crucial elements have been achieved, allows us some level of peaceand readiness for parenthood.
There are seven primary areas of focus we should be aware ofthat will prepare the body to conceive new life. Though our primary focus is on the body, we should approach this with an understanding that there are other areas that shouldbe settled before deciding to become parents. The two biggest areas are marriage and finances. If we are not married to someone with whom we are equally yoked, mentally and spiritually, then we are not yet ready to reproduce. Our spouse does not have to be perfect, but they do need to be perfect for us. If our finances are nonexistent, we are not ready. Again, we do not have to be wealthy, but we should definitely be financially stable. Once these two areas are cemented, it’s time to prepare the body.
AREA 1: The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said that we should take at least one year to clean up our bodies before conceiving. The intention of both husband and wife has to be to purify their physical vessels before conceiving. Each must desire to have optimum cleanliness of mind, body and spirit. This must be discussed and planned together. There is nothing more powerful than a made-up mind. Our mind has to be made-up to produce children who will make a tangible impact on the world – we have to desire to give birth to gods. Great children are desired long before they exist. If desire is absent, the will cannot be fed and if the will is not fed, we will not make the necessary sacrificesto transform desire into reality.
AREA 2: Women should schedule a preconception visit with their midwife or OB-GYN and get a complete gynecological exam and overall physical, including bloodwork. This should be done at least one year before trying to conceive, and then again one month prior to conception. This is the best way to know what health issues are specific to you. Men should do the same with a family practice physician. Our health is paramount; including good oral hygiene – so see the dentist! Do not be discouraged by any health challenges uncovered – be grateful for such knowledge. Almost every negative condition can be reversed by changing our diet, daily habits and making different lifestyle choices.
AREA 3: We must cast away all harmful, foreign chemicals and substances. This includes drugs (crack, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, inhalants, synthetics, etc.); over-the-counter and prescription medications (most of which have natural and much healthier alternatives); alcohol; cigarettes and all tobacco or nicotine products; caffeine; and all forms of hormonal birth control. All of these vices quickly enter the bloodstream and therefore will become a part of the genetic make-up of a woman’s eggs and a man’s sperm.
AREA 4: Invest in a copy of How to Eat to Live: Book I & II by The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and practice the diet he describes as a prescription for our ills and to give us abundance of life. Our healthcare practitioners will tell us to begin taking folic acid and prenatal vitamins prior to conceiving. However, if we are strict in our discipline and practice of the principles detailed in these two books, not only will we not need additional vitamins and supplements, but we will be able to prevent and reverse illness and disease.
AREA 5:Both men and women have to establish a regular exercise pattern and routine. Stagnation is death – we have to get moving. Women in particular need to prepare their bodies to be fit for pregnancy. Conception can be difficult if we are extremely underweight or overweight. During pregnancy, this can lead to an unhealthy birth weight and/or complication during labor and delivery. So, we should strive to be at a healthy weight prior to conception. If you have not been exercising, start slowly then gradually increase the duration and level of intensity every couple of weeks. We should focus on cardiovascular exercises, increasing muscle strength and flexibility during this preparation year
AREA 6:As women we should use the months before trying to conceive to get an understanding of the dynamics of our personal monthly cycles – menstruation and ovulation. This is solely the woman’s responsibility, but what she discovers must be shared and discussed with her husband so that conception does not take place prematurely. When a woman is about to ovulate, the hormones can be detected in her urine, saliva and her skin by using ovulation kits. There are also clear changes in her basal body temperature and cervical mucus. However, in order to determineone’s personal pattern, these changes must be charted and recorded over a period of several month.This makes it possible to pinpoint ovulation, so conception can take place when desired.
AREA 7: Humans do not exist on the physical plane alone. The body is affected by the mind and the spirit; and how we feel about ourselves physically has a bearing on our willingness to strive to achieve mental and spiritual greatness. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said that prior to conceiving, women should say in prayer, “O Allah (God), help me to produce from my womb, a son or a daughter that will glorify you and change the reality of the world’s condition – bless my womb…” He went on to say that if this is said over and over again, it will be in our blood, in the cells of our brain and in our eggs. Thought is a chemical substance. It permeates from the mind and travels throughout the body, affecting every cell – from the brain to the heel. Every action is first preceded by a thought, so we must work to rid ourselves of internal vices which are affecting our mental and spiritual health.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said, “So as you get yourself ready…First thing you [have] to do is weed out your garden. Pluck up the things from yourself that you know will not be good for your child to feed on in your mind: Bitterness, envy, jealousy, hatred, vile behavior, that comes from vile thoughts; you [have] got to make a sacrifice and get rid of that, if you want to produce a child for God… Get your womb together. Get this womb (mind) and this womb (body). Both wombs work together, co-operating with God; for the resuscitation, reformation, regeneration, and procreation of human life.”
(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.)
By Jabril Muhammad | FinalCall.com
In the previous article you can read these words:
“I’ve put these words in a book concerning the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. I intend to comment on these words, next issue, Allah willing.”
The word, “why” means: “for what reason or purpose; on account of which; for which; the reason for which; a reason or explanation.
In the last article, I wrote these words from the Honorable Elijah Muhammad: “Since you and me are witnesses here this afternoon in this world that we live, we have been so greatly misunderstood that I desire that Allah send to me a little helper.”
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad spoke those words in 1954. What caused him to use those words in 1954? I was not there when he spoke those words to others?
In 1955 the Honorable Elijah Muhammad first saw the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan as his “little helper.” He gave Minister Farrakhan his “assignment” right then.
I’m using the word assignment, which means: a task or piece of work assigned to someone as part of a job or course of study; the allocation of a job or task to someone; the task or post to which one has been appointed; the attribution of someone or something as belonging; an act of making a legal transfer of a right, property, or liability; a document effecting such a transfer.
But this word also means much more in this situation.
In the book Closing The Gap, we can read:
Brother Jabril: You were nineteen years old when you first heard that God had chosen a Messenger for our people?
Minister Farrakhan: I was standing on the corner of Massachusetts and Columbus Avenue. I heard that God had raised a Messenger for our people. And I started walking because I was a little sad and I questioned God and I said, “God why didn’t you choose me?
You know I love my people.
And as I walked, I think I had tears in my eyes. I said to myself when this happened in 1931, I wasn’t even born. So the sadness went away, right away, and I knew I had to go and meet this man and offer him my help.
Then you can read this:
Brother Jabril: Please tell us a little bit of your mother’s efforts how she filled you with love for our people, the kind of material she gave you to read.
Minister Farrakhan: I remember one of the primary newspapers was The Crisis Magazine. In it was the writing of W. E. B. Dubois.
She would always bring home a Black newspaper—The African American, The Pittsburg Currier, those two especially.
And always in those papers there were stories of lynching and mistreatment of our people. Of course, that deepened my desire to see someone who would come along who would free our people.
That’s what led to my questioning my Sunday school teacher, that if God had raised Moses for his people and He always sent some prophet, or somebody, to deliver people who were oppressed, why hasn’t God sent somebody to deliver us?
Brother Jabril: How old were you then?
Minister Farrakhan: About seven or eight.
Brother Jabril: How old were you when you stood on the chair?
Minister Farrakhan: Eleven years old.
Brother Jabril: When you were first looking at the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, what were you thinking?
Minister Farrakhan: I was a little frightened that he seemed to know what I was thinking. But then he told me “Don’t pay any attention to how I’m saying it, you pay attention to what I’m saying and then you take it and put it in that fine language that you know. Only try to understand what I’m saying.
That event was February 25th, 1955.
What does the word “relation” mean? In the New Oxford American Dictionary we can read this: “the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected; a thing’s effect on or relevance to another; (relations) the way in which two or more people, countries, or organizations feel about and behave toward each other.
Does this involve the Resurrection? If so, what does it mean at the end of this time? Does it also involve the word “Commission?”
Commission means: the authority to perform a task or certain duties. an instruction, command, or duty given to a person or group of people; an order for something; a work produced in response to such an order; a group of people officially charged with a particular function.
How many know the history of the King James Bible and God Himself allowing it to come up in this way?
In the Bible, we can read in Exodus Chapter 4:1-16.
And Moses answered and said, But behold they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice; for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee.”
And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said. A rod.
And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.
And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:
That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.
And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.
And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.
And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.
And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.
And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?
Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.
And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.
(In the Bible, Aaron was appointed by God to help Moses )
And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.
And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do.
And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God.
That was in February 1955 when the Honorable Elijah Muhammad first saw the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Why am I writing this article now?
More next issue Allah willing.
By Richard Muhammad | FinalCall.com
The recent decision by Netflix to cancel a documentary about the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam isn’t really about the movie not being seen. It is about a relentless campaign to smear, isolate and destroy a man who has devoted his life to Black people and the cause of freedom, justice and equality.
Destroy? Isn’t that a rather strong word? Not really.
If you look at history you know that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had a domestic counterintelligence program. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover wrote in a 1967 directive, “The purpose of this new counterintelligence endeavor is to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit or otherwise neutralize the activities of black-nationalist, hate-type organizations and groupings, their leadership, spokesmen, membership and supporters.”
One of the meanings of neutralize is to “kill,” or “destroy.”
The FBI’s domestic war pitted Black groups across the political spectrum, from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and civil rights groups to the revolutionary Black Panther Party, against one another. FBI operatives also infiltrated these groups and pit members against one another. Then there were assassinations, like the 1969 killing of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in Chicago. The FBI operation knew virtually no bounds and in its efforts to destroy the Nation of Islam and other groups.
So, if the government worked to destroy a movement yesterday and a man resurrected that movement today, is it possible that the man would be left alone? Emphatically not! When he brought back the Nation, beginning his work in the late 1970s, Min. Farrakhan was clearly a threat. His uncompromising voice and his independent support base only added to the desire to destroy him.
When he called nearly two million Black men to Washington, D.C. in 1995, despite ridicule and no help from major corporations, civil rights groups, unions, political organizations or sponsors, the Minister’s threat level rose even higher.
Despite a media disinformation campaign, including a widespread media white-out for some 15 years, Min. Farrakhan has kept working and challenging the evils of America. He has traveled abroad and made international connections while condemning the evil of the U.S. government, which Dr. King called the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.”
The Minister was sanctioned by the Senate in 1984, with no Blacks in the upper chamber of Congress, and a federal lawmaker from Indiana is seeking House sanction of a man who is not a government official and who has never even been arrested.
While the media assaults have been constant, an onslaught has come full force since February 2018. Alongside the “condemn Farrakhan” chorus of the enemy is the effort to punish, kowtow, bludgeon and smite anyone who comes near Min. Farrakhan. We saw that with the pitiful yelps of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) declaring he wasn’t with Farrakhan and the pressure exerted on activist and Women’s March co-chair Tamika Mallory by those who hate a man Black America and others love.
Scripture shows us Pharaoh worried about the growth of the children of Israel and wisely tried to destroy them. Pharaoh feared the children of Israel would join onto an enemy and come against those who had oppressed them. Biblical rulers also sought to find and kill deliverers, just look at the stories of Moses and Jesus. Is this a prophecy that points to today or a work of fiction and relic from yesterday?
The divine word, if understood, shows us what is happening today using signs and symbols of yesterday.
Blacks in America fulfill the prophetic picture of the children of Israel and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, patriarch of the Nation of Islam, is the modern Moses, and Min. Farrakhan is the modern Aaron. And, there has always been a fear that Blacks might join on to a foreign enemy or become a domestic threat inside the United States of America. That’s one of the reasons for the super-surveillance and over-policing of Black people and targeting of Black organizations.
Also pushing the federal government are the wicked members of the Jewish community, who have opposed every good deed and all of the good works of a good man.
According to the New York Times, Jewish groups pressured Netflix to drop the documentary.
“This film will not be released on Netflix. Due to an internal miscommunication, it appeared to be scheduled for release on Netflix, but it is not. We apologize for any confusion this has caused,” a Netflix spokesperson said Aug. 1.
But the Minister’s documentary was to appear on the global streaming platform with promos of the movie cited in overseas listings.
The Nation of Islam, in a statement, said: “The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan produced a documentary entitled, ‘My Life’s Journey Through Music’.
“As late as July 30, 2018, Netflix published that this documentary would be ‘Coming August 1’ on its media platform. On July 31, 2018, less than 24 hours before the airing of the documentary, the Nation of Islam became aware through news and online outlets that Netflix decided not to air it due to ‘internal miscommunication’.
“The Nation of Islam has not been informed of what was the alleged ‘internal miscommunication’. The timing of Netflix’s decision—at the 11th hour—to cancel the airing of the documentary affected millions of potential viewers and raises more questions than answers:
“In light of this untimely sequence of events, did Netflix bow to outside forces in canceling the airing of the documentary?
“Did media pressure contribute to this result?”
Consider that. Why this one man, why the unceasing opposition, why the rabid reactions?
by Fudia Muhammad
For a first-time young mother, the cries of her newborn can stir a range of emotions. She may experience moments of excitement followed by stress; happiness coupled with anxiety; elation deflated by a nagging concern, “Will I be able to interpret my baby’s cry?” The role of a mother is extraordinary and those new to motherhood can easily be overwhelmed. Motherhood can be an emotional rollercoaster for all new moms; but some are just better at managing it than others. One thing a new mother knows for certain– a crying baby means something is wrong! Therefore, she may believe that a pacifier is the best invention ever known to man since it appears to satisfy the baby and buys her some time.
Unfortunately, the momentary comfort and peace of mind gained by the use of a pacifier pales in comparison to its lengthy drawbacks and potential health risks.These negatives can be exacerbated by a mother who lacks experience as well as discipline; andoveruses the pacifier. The baby’s cry is instinctive and it forces the mother to respond. The sound and intensity of the cry will determine the speed of her response. The misuse of a pacifier can interfere with a mother’s ability to decipher and interpret the specific needs of her baby, if she is quick to reach for it at the first whimper.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has taught on the universality of a baby’s cry and how the cry is evidence that we are all born with faith. A baby’s cry is a prayer. It is an indication of the baby’s innate faith at birth. The baby cries because he has faith that his cry will be answered. When the mother answers the cry (prayer) of her baby by feeding him, changing him, holding him, burping him or soothing him to sleep, his faith is rewarded and strengthened by heractions. This is proof that mothers are God’s representatives in the lives of their young children. As children mature, they eventually grow to no longer cry for mommy; butinstead pray to Allah (God) for aid.
In England and Australia, a baby’s pacifier is commonly referred to as a “dummy.” In the United States a dummy refers to a mannequin or human-like doll. It is also an offensive term used to convey that someone is stupid. But the root word ‘dumb,’ was commonly used to refer to someone who is mute or cannot speak; unable to communicate verbally. So the “dummy” or pacifier is given to stop the baby from crying; which is his way of communicating his needs to the mother or caretaker. So, why would we want to render our babies dumb, mute or even pacify them?
Allah (God) does not silence us when we call on Him. In fact, it is His nature to respond. The Holy Qur’an reads, “And when My servants ask thee concerning Me, surely I am nigh. I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he calls on Me, so they should hear My call and believe in Me that they may walk in the right way” (2: 186). He wants us to know He answered our prayer, so that our faith in Him may be strengthened, which will encourage us to continue on the right path. Allah (God) declares that He cares for those of us who pray to Him.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said, “Babies have a bigger faith sometimes than grown-ups.”As God’s representative in the lives of our babies, we should never allow the cry of a baby to go unanswered. We should also not get in the habit of silencing their cries without addressing their specific need. Babies do not have the competence to deceive or connive. They cry because a need is not being met and we are obligated to satisfy it. You cannot spoil an infant, so we should never reject a baby’s attempt to be comforted. In extreme cases of abandonment, studies have shown that babies whose cries go unanswered, eventually stop crying. Faith unrewarded leads to disbelief. We want our children to grow in faith, not grow out of faith.
We must also consider that pacifiers can pose potential health risks for our babies. Pacifiers are made out of latex, silicone, plastic or rubber. Synthetic latex pacifiers can contain nitrosamines, a known carcinogen. Silicone pacifiers often use chemical softeners; and both silicone and plastic pacifiers often use colorants. Even 100% natural rubber pacifiers can contain carcinogenic chemical compounds if they have not been baked in a special oven for days and thoroughly washed multiple times, then sealed. If a pacifier must be used, do it sparingly, but first do your homework. Be sure they are free of Bisphenol-A (BPA), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), phthalates, parabens, allergens, artificial colors, endocrine disruptors, chemical softeners, and carcinogens.
While there is some debate about the potential for a breastfeeding baby to suffer from nipple confusion if a pacifier is introduced, there is no doubt that introducing a pacifier too early can affect the mother’s milk supply. The more the baby nurses, the more the mother’s milk supply increases. If the baby is offered the pacifier too often, the mother will be inadequately stimulated and will not produce as much milk; thereby making breastfeeding difficult.
Additional issues may develop if pacifiers are used extensively into toddlerhood. They can increase the risk of ear infections because the continuous sucking and swallowing motion changes pressure behind the ear, which leads to fluid build-up in the middle ear. Pacifier overuse can also lead to serious dental issues, thrush, facial rashes, gas and delayed or distorted speech.
The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad stated that the reason we have such a great percentage of delinquency among minors is because our children are not fed from their mother’s breasts. He also wrote, “A baby nursed from its mother’s breast will love its mother more than the baby fed from the bottle. He loves the bottle.” The baby’s attachment and longing should be for its mother, not for a bottle, a toy or a pacifier. The baby’s brain is still developing during infancy and toddlerhood at a rapid rate – we should take advantage of this time by securing his connection and bond to human life and not to things. Otherwise, he may grow up to have more love for material objects than for humanity.
Parents who know they are not disciplined, should not even buy a pacifier. We may convince ourselves that we will only use it occasionally, but it is terribly habit-forming for the parents and the baby. If we have one available, we will use it and when most parents use it once, they will use it a hundred times. Pacifier woes can be agonizing and unforgiving. I’d take the cries of a baby over the tantrums of a toddler any day!
(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.)