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Saviours’ Day is the annual Nation of Islam commemoration of the birth of Master Fard Muhammad, the Great Mahdi of the Muslims and the Messiah of the Christians. The 2024 Saviours’ Day convention will be hosted in Detroit, Michigan on February 23 – 25 at the Huntington Center.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is scheduled to deliver the keynote address on Sunday, February 25 at 2pm EST. The title of his highly-anticipated message is: “What Does Allah, The Great Mahdi And The Great Messiah Have To Say About The War In The Middle East?”
Saviours’ Day also features workshops that cater to the needs of individual and community development, drill competition, F.O.I. and M.G.T. annual graduation, vending, Mother Khadijah’s Children’s Village and much more.
On Sunday, October 15th, Student Minister Ishmael Muhammad, National Assistant to The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, delivered a special keynote message from Mosque Maryam in Chicago for the 28th Anniversary of the Historic Million Man March/Holy Day Atonement. The title of his message was, “Atonement and The Great War”.
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On Saturday, October 14, 2023, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered the closing remarks for the Nubian Leadership Circle Summit IX convened by Brother Sadiki Kambon.
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The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan conducted the burial service for Minister Jabril Muhammad, August 2, 2023.
A final salute was made to Brother Minister Jabril Muhammad in a sentimental and beautiful interment ceremony on August 2 at the Phoenix Memorial Park and Mortuary in Phoenix, Arizona.
The “exemplar in the classroom of God” and longtime companion, aide and supreme witness to the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan departed this life on July 16. The Janazah (Islamic prayer service) for Minister Jabril Muhammad was held on July 30 at Mosque Maryam in Chicago.
In Phoenix, Minister Farrakhan led the burial service sharing poignant and reflective sentiments and fitting tribute to his dear brother and friend.
CHICAGO—Mosque Maryam at The National Center of the Nation of Islam was full to capacity as family members, friends, and Believers from around the world gathered to pay tribute to a man who was and is a pillar of Islam as taught by the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and exemplified by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.
Brother Minister Jabril Muhammad, known affectionately and lovingly as “Brother Jabril,” was honored during a janazah (Islamic funeral service) on July 30. The program was streamed live around the world. Minister Jabril Muhammad was a longtime companion, aide and supreme witness to the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of officiated the Janazah.
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CHICAGO— (FinalCall.com) On May 11, The Salaam Restaurant in Chicago was brimming with good energy, laughter, jazz music, and singing reminiscent of the women who sang smooth soul songs of past eras. Family, friends, and helpers of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan gathered in the joyous atmosphere in commemoration of the Minister’s 90th birth anniversary.
Minister Farrakhan has offered his life to his teacher, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and he has lived his life in service to humanity. Two years into the Nation of Islam, in 1957, he wrote the song “This is the One” and sang it for the Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s 60th birth anniversary, on October 7, 1957. The song provides an inner look into Minister Farrakhan’s heart then and now. As the song played at The Salaam Restaurant, a reflective look came over Minister Farrakhan’s face.
“They tell me he (the Honorable Elijah Muhammad) cried when he heard that song. It’s so easy when you love to write about what you love and who you love, and I love Elijah,” Minister Farrakhan shared at the conclusion of the song. “A lot of people say stuff, but they don’t back it up. But my word is my bond. I love that man, and I will give my life for him and for the God that taught him and for the people who they came to save,” the Minister expressed. “May Allah bless you all. Thank you so much.”
Interview conducted by Dennis Speed on May 9, 1995, with
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
and published in The New Federalist, June 12, 1995.
Reposted from Nation of Islam Research Group website
Dennis Speed, interviewer: I think that certainly for those who know your attachment to music, your practice and mastery of the violin, which has been part of your life for most of your life—almost your entire life—has shown a side to the world of Minister Louis Farrakhan that they never expected to see. It’s also posed an interesting question, which is: Why is it that you have this love of Classical music, and why is it that you don’t see any paradox between your love of this Classical music and its supposed European roots? Why is that a man of your stature and also of your persuasion, your entire orientation, sees this as complementary to what you do?
Minister Louis Farrakhan: Well, I know it’s complementary to what I do. The paradox is explained in growth. First of all, my mom gave me the violin and secured my teachers for me; and from an early age the only jazz violinist that I ever knew of was a man called Stuff Smith, whom Jascha Heifetz loved to listen to, because he was an absolute genius in playing jazz violin. I never was interested in playing jazz on the violin, although jazz was germane to the Black experience.
But the Classical music touched me. When I went to music school and we studied solfeggio, we studied the technical side of music, counterpoint, and then we had chamber music, we had orchestra, we had trio, and then we had our individual violin lessons, and I would stay in the music school all day, and during my free time I would go in a music room, and a dear friend of our family, who I think is still living, would give me hot chocolate, and I would sit in front of a huge, well, it was like a stereo system, but it wasn’t a stereo system at that time, and listen to Heifetz, and Joseph Segetti and Mischa Ellman and so many of the great violinists of that time—Efram Zimbalist. And I would sit for hours; and tears would fall out of my eyes at the beauty of this music.
Music comes out of the experience of people. There would be no jazz, no blues, no gospel, if it were not for our experience. So slavery and the suffering of the people gave rise to an expression out of that era. And if it’s not paradoxical for white folk to sing blues and play jazz and sing gospel, and we say “Whoa, look at this!”—they are tapping into our soul; and, through tapping into our soul, they’re tapping into the life experience that gave birth to that soul, that gave birth to this musical expression.
Now, European society, if you look at that society, in the Renaissance period and the period that gave birth to much of the great Classical genius of that period, when I listen to that music, I don’t hear “white.” I don’t hear “Jewish,” I don’t hear “black.” I hear God, speaking to human beings through a universal language from a unique experience historically and culturally at that time.
So I can tap into Beethoven, and I can live him, and to me, I find more harmony with that period than I find with slavery. Because my spirit has always been free. I don’t see myself as an enslaved person. I don’t like to sing blues. I like to hear them. But I don’t talk about how “I lost my baby.” I haven’t. “I ain’t got nobody.” I’ve got everybody. “I don’t have no money.” I’ve got money. I’ve got friends. So if that’s you, you sing the blues. I’ll enjoy it, but you sing it.
But for me, the free spirit that I feel in the expression of Handel, in the expression of Mozart, in the magnificence of Bach—I identify with that. “But these are white people.” I don’t know anything about their color. I never saw them. I wasn’t introduced to their color. I was introduced to the God in them, manifested in their music. And that’s the way the world is introduced to the God in us, through the manifestation of the art-form that comes from our cultural experience.
So to me, that’s why music is so important to bridge the gap between human beings in time periods; because here’s how you can tell whether something is of God. It is ageless. It lives. And the Classics live. Elijah Muhammad loved the Classics, and he was the exponent of blackness. But blackness is not national, he said. Black is universal, since everything started in darkness and comes out into the light. So when you are universal, then you are embracing that which is universal. Truth is universal. God is universal. Life is universal. Music is universal.
So the paradox, if I may say that, is this: When I accepted Classical music and fell in love with this music, that music connected me to the human family. I loved black people. I hurt over the pain of black people and wanted to fight for black people, but not to the exclusion of the rest of the human family.
When I met Malcolm X and the Hon. Elijah Muhammad, they narrowed my focus. Elijah Muhammad took me right out of music. He said, “come on out of there. I want you to be a preacher.” So when I put that violin down and narrowed my focus to black people, it was not harmonious with my music. So I began writing a new kind of music, based on the calypsos, and the calypsos began to reflect the racial thing, so I wrote “A white man’s heaven is a black man’s hell.” Have you ever heard that?
Speed: Yes, I’ve heard that.
Min. Farrakhan: Then I wrote plays and whatnot around the experience of black people. Well, I’m not caring about Europe, or I’m not caring about Asia, or I’m not caring about Mexico, Central and South America, I’m caring about the suffering of black people in America, Africa, the islands of the Pacific, the Caribbean, wherever black folk are.
And then in 1973, I brought my violin to Chicago and I played for him, in late 1973. And he liked it. He said, “You really can play that thing!” Then in ’74 I played for him again, after the Savior’s Day convention, right in this house. My brother, God rest him, and a trio, played ballads, very few Classical pieces, we played show tunes, pop things. He really loved it. And then after that, he called me one day and said, “Could you come out and bring your violin with you?” He said, “There won’t be anybody here but me and you and Sister.”
So I came out and brought my violin. At the end of dinner, we came over here, by the piano, and I played. And after I played, he said, “Didn’t you play that for me the last time you were here?” I said, “Yes, sir.” He said, “Well, don’t you know anything new?” “No, sir, I don’t.”
And he frowned. That was ’74; and in ’93 I performed what I had never played in public ever before, the complete Mendelssohn violin concerto. And for two years, I had to work. Now you get me back into my Classical roots! Uh-oh. What does that mean for Farrakhan? His breast expands, his horizons expand, and he sees the pain of black people; but now, through music, he sees the pain of the total human family. This is preparation for a universal message, that he ultimately has to give to more of his people. So I see that Elijah Muhammad knew this, and he was telling me, “go back and get your music and play something new.”
So that’s my connection to Classical music, and I pray that God will allow me to live a little longer, because I’m working now on the Beethoven violin concerto, the Bruck violin concerto. I want to ultimately play the Tchaikovsky and the Brahms; and if I can do those five concertos, and do them well before I leave this planet, and get a violin that is a world-class violin, I’ll be, sho’nuff, a happy soul when I leave this earth, because I will have seen, by God’s grace, the empowerment of our people, a reconciliation, hopefully, of us, the wounds in our families being healed, the rise of a righteous group coming out of America, to affect the world. And I [will have] done what God wanted me to do; and I can leave happily, and look at this magnificent life that I’ve created. And I can thank Him and thank Him and thank Him, for just being alive, coming into this world, in this magnificent creation of His, and now it’s time to go.
But I will have produced children and young people who will take things on to new levels. And I believe God will give me a vision of those new levels, so that my end, death, will be so precious and perfect and meaningful; and I say this to you, in conclusion: What is life all about, but to live it in service to the Creator of life and to further the evolutionary development of His Creation toward perfection? What is better?
That’s why I believe death must come to us all, because we’re not perfect; and only through the attraction of male and female, and the production of new life that we can feed and develop to minimize our mistakes and make newer ones, but certainly not repeat ours, that they are more close to the perfection that God desires than we are, so we go off the scene and give rise to a better generation. And they go off the scene, giving rise to a better generation. And God continues in every generation.
I’ve learned just to look at my life, and look at life, and to just be thankful for being a little speck of dust that God allowed and formed into a human being. And I’ve got to serve Him in this in return, to the best [of my ability]. And I can never die; because the I in me, is Him, who is eternal. And I don’t think I would have known that lesson if Mr. Muhammad hadn’t given me the nod: “Don’t you know something new?” and then frowned.
Now I can tell him: “I’m learning a few new things.”
So may God bless you and thank you for the interview. I feel very good about it, because sometimes I don’t even know what I know, until I’m asked; and the most beautiful thing of all is to probe somebody, to extract from them what is revealing, so that they don’t return to the dust keeping things that should have been and could have been shared with others.
Learn more about The Minister’s Music here: https://www.letschangetheworldmusic.com/lcw
Excitement and anticipation are in the air because Saviours’ Day 2023 is just around the corner. The Nation of Islam convention is known as “The Crowning Event of Black History Month” and is taking place in Chicago from February 24-26. Members of the Nation of Islam, visitors, guests and supporters are eager to participate in a full weekend of activities and hear and see the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. The Minister is set to deliver his keynote message titled, “The War of Armageddon Has Begun.”
Saviours’ Day is a commemoration of the birth anniversary of Master Fard Muhammad, Allah (God) in Person born on February 26, 1877, in the Holy City of Mecca. Master Fard Muhammad traveled 9,000 miles to North America, where He found the downtrodden Black man and woman. He raised and taught the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, who convened the first Saviours’ Day convention. The tradition of Saviours’ Day has been carried on through the work of Minister Farrakhan.
This year’s Saviours’ Day convention is the first full in-person convention since February 2020, before the pandemic shut the world down. Informative and critical plenary sessions and other activities will take place at McCormick Place Convention Center and Minister Farrakhan’s keynote address will take place at Wintrust Arena.
The Nation of Islam Executive Council and National Laborers have been working nonstop to make Saviours’ Day 2023 “the best Saviours’ Day ever.” The theme for this year’s convention is taken from the book of Ephesians 6:11 which states in part: “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
Every presentation that will take place during the convention is to arm the believer with the impenetrable armor of God, that they can make it through the final chapter of the end of the world of Satan, Student Minister Ishmael Muhammad, National Assistant to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, told The Final Call in a previous interview.