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Richard Muhammad (FCN): As-Salaam Alaikum. I’m Richard B. Muhammad, editor in chief of The Final Call Newspaper. We are pleased to have our founder, publisher and the National Representative of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, with us for a year-end 2016 and looking ahead at 2017 interview.
Brother Minister as always we are pleased and honored to have any opportunity to speak with you and to hear words of insight, analysis and guidance—but especially as we go into the New Year. I thank you personally and I thank you on behalf of our staff, our readers and the F.O.I. (Fruit of Islam) who take this newspaper across America.
On January 20, 2017 a major change is scheduled to take place in America with the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States. What does this change portend for the United States, the world and Black America?
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan (HMLF): First let me personally thank you Brother Richard, your staff and all of those who take this paper in every part of the United States of America and even in other parts of the world. Thank you for your service, your stellar service, in the year 2016.
We thank Allah for bringing us to this point safely through this year and we pray that Allah will be gracious and merciful to us and even make 2017 a more successful year in expanding the readership and the influence of the wonderful messages that are in this unique newspaper.
On January 20, 2017 there will be a change of the guard. Many, many Black, Brown and Native people are worried over what may come from a Trump presidency. Some Caucasian people are upset but many more see hope in Donald Trump, who has already broken all of the norms of what presidents say and how they say it, what they do and how they do it. He is a huge question mark in the eyes and minds not only of many inside America but people who rely on America throughout the earth are concerned about what his presidency will bring.
We take this approach: Nothing happens but by the permissive or active Will of God. Certainly the American people, 64 million of them, voted for Mrs. Clinton. But Mr. Trump took the presidency and shocked the media, shocked the political pundits and shocked capitals around the world. So what happened is from a power bigger than the powers that usually control. We happened to see it as a possible lull, as the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, predicted before the storm. But his presidency is not going to avoid the storm and therein lies the great problem and question that his administration faces in the upcoming years of his tenure in office.