|How does one attain credit for fasting a lifetime with Allah? |
Imagine that reward! We have not had a truly impactful Month of Ramadan devotion unless we yearn for what we gained during its observation. We must strive to keep the spirit of the Holy Month of Ramadan throughout the year.
As we reflect on the Holy Month of Ramadan, we hope that we can say we have observed the month of fasting (Siyam) from food during long daylight hours this summer, the last 10 days of Night Devotion and prayer (Tarawih), the Festival of Renewal celebrations and prayers (‘Id al Fitr), the restraint of our passions, special attention to our prayers, and daily readings of the Holy Qur’an.
In the Month of Ramadan, the Revelation of the Holy Qur’an is commemorated to show our thanks for Divine Revelation from Allah (God). Throughout our lives we must honor this spirit through our actions and maintain study of this beautiful Revelation, a Mercy to all of humanity.
In this month of Shawwal (10th Month of the Islamic Lunar calendar), we may extend that spirit by fasting an additional 6 days to earn great spiritual and devotional reward. We may also fast any days we may have missed during Ramadan in this month or any like number of days missed before the return of the Holy Month of Ramadan. The Prophet of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever fasts Ramadan and follows it with six days of Shawwal, it will be as if he fasted for a lifetime.”
The month of Shawwal is an opportunity to facilitate the continuation of the Ramadan spirit by being one of the best times in which missed days in Ramadan are made up, and encompassing the 6 days of heightened reward. You can fast the 6 days consecutively or you may spread the days over the month. After Ramadan, Believers miss the joyful brotherhood and sisterhood, the fulfillment of feeding the poor, inspiration of seeking to fulfill our human destiny, and learning to build new kinds of relationships around righteousness. ‘Id celebrations should be strong memories that we are yearning to recreate by establishing a spirit of thanks and giving as part of our life activities. That’s heaven, peace of mind and contentment. That’s immortal life.
This is the space we are making to establish the New World in which we will exist. By seizing the Mission of Muhammad (PBUH), we are fulfilling that vision and we thank Allah for His Guidance, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan for the life-giving teachings that are raising us in the West.
We reflect on where we are in our self-development of God-consciousness (Taqwa). As the Holy Day of Atonement approaches, we reflect on the principle of forgiveness and the lessons learned during the Holy Month of Ramadan in controlling our anger by pardoning those who may have offended us-as we seek God’s forgiveness.
Additionally, we remember the importance of establishing an economic foundation for our communities and our need to build the society that we have been promised, ‘The Kingdom of God.’ We reflect on the feeding of the poor to combat the injustice of hunger. The spirit of fasting urges us to rebuild our wasted cities in the establishment of Freedom, Justice and Equality.
Through the taste of hunger, we find ourselves closer to the experience of our brothers and sisters suffering from the injustice of poverty, economic marginalization, dehumanization and denial of a quality of life that all are afforded under the rule of Allah, God.
Ramadan is the month we actualize the 5 principle disciplines of our faith- seeking excellence in their practice -and cultivate God-consciousness to carry throughout our lives.
Seize the benefit of the 6 day fast of Shawwal, Sunrise to Sunset, and do not allow Ramadan to become something we pick up when the month is here, and drop off when the month is gone.
Your servant and Brother,
Sultan Rahman Muhammad Student National Imam of the Nation of Islam | NOI.org/Prayer
In a tweet posted to his official Twitter account on April 30, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan announced, “On my 88th birthday, I will be celebrating the 250th birth anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven with the world premier of my performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto.”
Minister Farrakhan, The National Representative of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, will be turning 88 years of age on May 11th. The premier is scheduled to start at 7pm CDT and can be viewed online at http://ministersmusic.com.
Minister Farrakhan originally performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto on February 13, 2002 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Cerritos, California after only 7 months of preparation. According to an article that was published in The Final Call Newspaper, the concerto was performed before a crowd of nearly 1,700 during the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviours’ Day Convention that was being hosted in Los Angeles. It was dedicated as “A Musical Tribute to Humanity” and served as a fundraiser for Muhammad University of Islam in Chicago.
Why is this video premier so special? According a musical biographical sketch of Minister Farrakhan that’s found inside his “Let’s Change The World” music box set (released in 2018), “During the second movement of his performance of Beethoven, someone pulled the fire alarm which interfered with the recording of the live performance. Mr. (Charles) Veal was present that night and wanted Minister Farrakhan to go into the studio to re-record the parts that were affected by the sound of the fire alarm.”
The audio recording of Minister Farrakhan’s performance was released on CD and is now available on multiple music platforms, yet, this will be the first time that the video of Minister Farrakhan’s FULL performance will be made available for the world to witness and experience.
Spread the word and on May 11th, gather your friends and family members to tune in!
On April 25, 2021, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered a message live via Zoom during the homegoing service for the great hip hop artist Earl “DMX” Simmons, who impacted the world through music and film. The program was televised during the BET Network’s coverage of the touching goodbye to a rap icon. So much love is still pouring in for The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan from his divine words delivered during the funeral.
Here are some of the social media reactions:
Islamic Sciences: Ramadan Readiness Session presented by Imam Sultan Rahman Muhammad. The aim of these sessions is to enrich your knowledge of introductory practices of the Islamic Sciences. Learn to read the original Arabic of the Holy Qur’an, prayer, fasting, and recommended practices in the study of our faith.
Day 3 featured Brother Abdul Qiyam Muhammad who covered questions and answers of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan from book series “Teachings 2.0: Twitter Sayings of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan”. Watch the full replay below:
By Shawntell Muhammad (The Final Call Newspaper)
CHICAGO—Sister Sondra Muham-mad of Chicago is co-founder of Parents United to Build a Future for Our Children. The group’s name was inspired after hearing those words spoken during a lecture by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.
Together with her sister, a co-founder of the organization, the idea for a panel of youth to discuss issues with Covid-19 and vaccines related to the virus was put into action. Sis. Sondra stated, “A lot of times adults don’t let the youth speak on anything; the adults just make decisions. But the youth have minds too. And because they have a mind, we need to hear them express their opinions.”
On March 27, the organization hosted a virtual Youth Panel Discussion and Art Showcase on Covid-19, which also included music provided by Chicago’s DJ Chip.
Sister Sondra gave opening remarks after being introduced by event host Student Minister Abdul Muhammad.
Sis. Kasima Muhammad, lead Science instructor at the Muhammad University of Islam in Chicago, gave an informative and educational presentation on what viruses are and how they function.
The experimental vaccines for COVID-19 are being offered and heavily promoted to the public as safe and effective ways to stop the spread of the virus. Moderator Azeez Muhammad, 24, posed the question directly: “Do you believe that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe to take?”
The young panelists disagreed.
Nyah Tsai, 18, stated, “No, I do not believe that the vaccine is safe to take. Some common ingredients found in vaccines are aluminum and formaldehyde. Personally, I don’t want these harmful ingredients injected into my body. Meanwhile, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan advised us not to take this vaccine, so I will not be taking it.”
Chicago rap artist Qadir Hakim, aka Goalden Chyld, stated he believes it is odd how a vaccine is being heavily pushed for a virus that has a fairly high survival and recovery rate.
“If they believed that this vaccine was safe, the vaccine would be approved, it would not be classified as emergency use authorization,” added researcher-activist Rizza Islam.
“No, I do not believe that the vaccine is safe or effective. This vaccine is experimental. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan told us not to take the vaccine. The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad told his followers not to take the polio vaccine. We would be wise to listen to that advice,” stated Sis. Anisah Muhammad.
The National Representative to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, Student Minister Ishmael Muhammad, provided the audience with eye opening facts regarding the intentions and the reasons why the vaccine was created, and the detrimental effects to those receiving the vaccine.
“What Black Chicago Be Like” creator Korporate spoke on certain people contacting him to promote the vaccine on his platforms. Korporate is not taking the vaccine and will not encourage others to take the vaccine.
The discussion ended with an arts showcase and contest. The youth presented poetry, singing, a monologue, dance, and rap. The winner was Sis. Aminah Muhammad of Atlanta, Ga., who showcased a dance routine. As the winner, Sis. Aminah received $300, while the others received $150.
Sis. Sondra Muhammad thanks everyone who helped put the dialogue together, along with the participants.
(Shawntell Muhammad is a Chicago-based freelance journalist. She can be reached at email@example.com.)
by Sultan Rahman Muhammad | @ImamSultanM | Guest Columnist
According to calculations, the lunar Month of Ramadan will begin on the night of April 12 and the first day of the fast begins April 13 before dawn (Fajr Prayer) until sundown. Observers of the fast abstain from food, drink and relations with their husbands or wives during daylight hours for approximately 30 consecutive days.
As we enter the Holy Month of Ramadan, the world of religion collectively engaged in the most sacred holidays of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—Passover, Easter, and Ramadan. Yet, if each religion had not failed humanity the true principles behind the ritual practices of these great faiths of freedom, justice and equality, would be the order of life.
Allah (God) Reveals in Chapter 2 Verse 185 of the Holy Qur’an: “The month of Ramadan is that in which the Qur’an was revealed, a guidance to men and clear proofs of the guidance and the Criterion. So whoever of you is present in the month, he shall fast therein.”
Before dawn we begin the fast with plenty of water or juice—or light nourishment to be sure we are well hydrated throughout the day. This light nourishment, which marks our intention to fast each morning is called Suhoor, an Arabic word meaning “of the dawn.” We fast from dark to dark and complete each day of the fast with prayer after sunset (Maghrib) followed by a meal. This time is known as Iftar, meaning to break fast.
Ramadan is a month in which Muslims celebrate the Revelation of The Holy Qur’an through daily readings, heightened prayer, acts of kindness and charity. The Month culminates, in its last 10 days through observation of the Night of Power or Majesty (Laila-tul-Qadr). Ramadan is a month of celebration in which children receive gifts, families and community fellowship.
The Holy Month ends with a communal feast called “Id-Al-Fitr,” the Festival of Renewal or Breaking of Fast. Feeding the poor is required prior to attending the morning prayer and feast as an active reminder of the principle of Freedom, Justice and Equality the spirit of the month encourages.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad writes, if you take the prescribed fast of Ramadan, “you are doing the right thing, until this evil world has vanished” on page 57 and 58 of “How to Eat to Live: Book 2”. Fasting during the Holy Month of Ramadan is an act of individual sacrifice and restraint in commemoration of the Revelation of the Holy Qur’an. Muslims around the world welcome the annual fast as a time of heightened devotion, self-analysis and self-correction, as we seek Allah’s (God’s) Mercy, Forgiveness and Salvation.
The Month of Ramadan is prescribed by Allah (God) as a prescription to build our ability to guard against the evils of the Satanic influences of the world and carnal desires of the “self” through the nurture of God-centered regard in every moment and aspect of our lives.
The practice of self-restraint or stillness through the act of fasting (sawm) is a principle action of Muslims practiced throughout the year to rid “self” of the impurities of mind, spirit and body. Fasting is uniquely designed to burn away the impediments of ego, excess, and self-destructive hungers that hinder human and community growth.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan teaches, “Fasting, one of the main pillars of Islam, is a principle that must be practiced by every believing Muslim. In fact, fasting has been enjoined in every age, by every prophet that has come to reform the conduct of man.” The Honorable Elijah Muhammad gives beautiful guidance in these words, “during this month, let there be no quarreling or disputing in our homes or abroad.” And, “In this month of fasting we shall keep our minds and hearts clean.”
Ramadan is a means for the Believer to deepen our discipline and purify our character. Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessing of Allah Be Upon Him) has instructed, “many get nothing out of the fast except hunger and thirst,” suggesting that there is no true reward or benefit in the fast for the one that is engaged in gossip, slander, idle talk, and other activities that are of sport and play, which take away from the remembrance of Allah (God), Most High. Muhammad (PBUH) is also reported to have said, “Fasting is a shield. During the fast do not use obscenity, nor yell at others, nor act ignorantly towards them. However, if anyone abuses you verbally or attempts to draw you to fight with him, say ‘I am fasting.’ …”
Minister Farrakhan teaches us in “Self-Improvement: Basis for Community Development Study Guides,” “Since fasting is given to us as a prescription—and a prescription is given to us by a doctor, telling us to take a certain medicine at and for a specified time, to effect a cure for a certain illness—in this case, Almighty God Allah is The Doctor prescribing for all of humanity. And now we are speaking specifically to the Black people of America, that fasting is to be used as a cure for a sick spiritual, moral, social and physical condition.
Whenever the human being lacks discipline, the society reflects that lack of discipline in the manifestation of excesses: Excessive eating, excessive drinking, excessive sex, the lust for material things, the greed for power, the overpowering of our intelligence by anger and envy. All of these excesses break the spirit of brotherhood and destroy human society.”
The Month of Ramadan is not designed to be a hardship but a means by which we can reach the goal of a self-less, God-centered regard for everything we engage rather than a self-centered and selfish tendency to succumb to vain urges to heedlessly feed our hungers.
Minister Farrakhan writes, “Practically every evil comes out of a hunger that we desire to satisfy. Since, we cannot discipline that hunger, we exceed the limits. Fasting, therefore, is prescribed.”
The Month of Ramadan should produce a collective spirit among the Muslim community, through the intentional practice of self-restraint and mindfulness of purpose to commit ourselves wholly to the universal cause of the rise of humanity.
Allah (God) has Revealed in verse 90 of Chapter 16 of the Holy Qur’an, “Surely Allah enjoins justice and the doing of good (to others) and the giving to the kindred, and He forbids indecency and evil and rebellion. He admonishes you that you may be mindful.”
(Sultan Rahman Muhammad serves as the Student National Imam of the Nation of Islam and resident Imam of Mosque Maryam National Center, Chicago. Visit NOI.org/ramadan, follow @ImamSultanM on Twitter, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
by Tariqah Shakir-Muhammad, Shawntell Muhammad and Jihad Muhammad
Father. Soon-to-be husband. Hip hop prophet.
These are the names most will remember for hip hop icon DMX. The legendary artist passed away in New York, according to a statement released by the family. He was 50 years old.
“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart, and we cherish the times we spent with him,” the family said in the April 9 statement. “[He] inspired countless fans across the world, and his iconic legacy will live on forever.”
Born Earl Simmons, he grew up in Yonkers, N.Y., and began writing music at a young age despite a turbulent childhood and struggles with addiction. His transparency about his struggles and past shared in his music helped inspire millions worldwide.
“DMX didn’t hide behind the pain, he was very transparent with the pain,” said national community organizer, activist and rap artist YoNasDa LoneWolf.
“That’s why everyone is feeling like, ‘man, this was someone that was just so open and vulnerable.’ … So, a prophet died this week, but in the holy scripture we look at them as testimony and carry on.”
The man behind the songs “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” and “Party Up (Up in Here)” used his distinctively gruff voice and thoughtful messages in his rhymes to become one of rap’s biggest stars.
The Grammy-nominated performer died after suffering “catastrophic cardiac arrest,” according to a statement from the hospital in White Plains, New York, where he died. He was rushed there from his home April 2.
His family’s statement said DMX died with relatives by his side after several days on life support.
Memorial plans were not yet set at Final Call press time.
He rapped with a trademark raspy delivery that was often paired with growls, barks and “What!” as an ad-lib—built a multiplatinum career in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but he also struggled with drug addiction and legal problems that sometimes put him behind bars.
“His message of triumph over struggle, his search for the light out of darkness, his pursuit of truth and grace brought us closer to our own humanity,” his record label, Def Jam Recordings, said in a statement describing him as “nothing less than a giant.”
Fellow hip hop artists remembered him likewise, with Eve praising him as “one of the most special people I have ever met” and Nas calling him “Gods poet” in an Instagram post.
DMX made a splash in 1998 with his first studio album, “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot,” which debuted No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The multiplatinum-selling album was anchored by several hits including “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” “Get At Me Dog,” “Stop Being Greedy” and “How It’s Goin’ Down.”
DMX followed up with four straight chart-topping albums including “… And Then There Was X,” “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood,” “The Great Depression” and “Grand Champ.” He released seven albums, earned three Grammy nominations and was named favorite rap/hip hop artist at the 2000 American Music Awards.
DMX arrived on the rap scene around the same time as Jay-Z, Ja Rule and others who dominated the charts and emerged as platinum-selling acts. They were all part of rap crews, too: DMX fronted the Ruff Ryders collective, which helped launch the careers of Grammy winners Eve and Swizz Beatz, and relaunch The Lox, formerly signed to Bad Boy Records. Ruff Ryders had success on the charts and on radio with its “Ryde or Die” compilation albums.
DMX made his way as an actor. He starred in the 1998 film “Belly” and appeared in 2000′s “Romeo Must Die” with Jet Li and Aaliyah. DMX and Aaliyah teamed up for “Come Back in One Piece” on the film’s soundtrack.
The rapper would later open Aaliyah’s tribute music video, “Miss You,” alongside her other friends and collaborators, including Missy Elliott, Lil’ Kim and Queen Latifah, after Aaliyah’s 2001 death in a plane crash at age 22.
The rapper starred in 2001′s “Exit Wounds” with Steven Seagal and 2003′s “Cradle 2 the Grave” with Jet Li.
The Hard Knock Life Tour in 1999 featuring Jay-Z, DMX and others, was one of the most successful hip hop tours ever. The tour was secured by members of the Fruit of Islam. Hashim H. Muhammad, a Chicago hip hop artist himself and F.O.I., helped secure DMX throughout the multi-city event. He shared how during a stop in Milwaukee, DMX want to go to the city. Hashim Muhammad accompanied him visiting ’hoods. DMX gave and received love as “an extremely humble, spiritual, and fearless brother,” he said.
On the Atlanta leg of the show series, a video later shown in a movie about the tour captured Hashim Muhammad in an impromptu rap “cypher” with Jay-Z, DMX and others. After the freestyle, which is an iconic hip hop moment, Hashim Muhammad recalled how DMX pulled him close in a show of love and respect. “He wanted to stay grounded, he did not want to get the big head,” said Mr. Muhammad.
The Hard Knock Life Tour also included Redman, Method Man, and special guests Ja Rule, Eve, Beanie Sigel, and Amil. This was a major tour since venues and promoters weren’t booking shows for fear of violence. Abdul Aziz Muhammad was asked to work with security based on his work with R&B singer Monica.
Aziz Muhammad had Hashim Muhammad and Damon Muhammad, also known as “Young Khan The Don,” as part of the security team and a hip hop collective. The Hard Knock Life Tour lasted three months without violence. “It was actually being on this tour that we saw the effect that DMX had on the audience.
He had an attraction power similar to that of Tupac. He was raw, by himself and the people were vibing with him. Swizz Beatz was his DJ at the time,” said Damon Muhammad. He recounted a private conversation where DMX shared his thoughts about mortality.
“One of the main things he wanted to share was that he didn’t believe he would live past 30. He was 28 at the time. I quickly began to dispel that just by sharing with him that we have the ability to strive to live a better quality of life and to transform our life,” said Damon Muhammad. He shared how the life giving teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad changes lives and assured DMX his life could change too.
During a Chicago stop DMX visited The Final Call Building, home to the newspaper and Min. Louis Farrakhan’s video ministry, the Nation’s Salaam restaurant, and Muhammad University of Islam. Abdul Aziz Muhammad said, “We had over three months of communication with him and all of the artists in the Hard Knock Life Tour … We really bonded.”
(Source: FinalCall.com) A panel of nine men from the Nation of Islam gathered by Zoom during Saviours’ Day weekend to discuss points from the booklet, “Social Media Guide Book: The Wise Use of Social Media.” Their dialog focused on utilizing social media in the best manner and to exemplify how men of righteousness should conduct themselves in a world filled with distractions and foolishness.
To set the stage for discussion, Student Minister Willie Muhammad, from New Orleans, who moderated the Feb. 27 private men-only workshop, read an excerpt from week 14 of “The Time and What Must Be Done,” a 58-week lecture series by Minister Farrakhan in 2013.
“I think we should strive to fill the airways of the social media or the internet with intelligent discourse, rather than the vanity, useless, foolishness, constantly being used on the internet, on Facebook, on Instagram, on Twitter pages. I would also like the ministers of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad under my leadership to respond intelligently to the people that are raising questions. Everyone who doubts the truth of what we are saying and exclaiming their vitriol and bitterness to what they are hearing from us, but never ever should we go down in the gutter with those who choose to go there,” said Minister Farrakhan.
“FOI are not attention seekers. FOI are humble so when we see that we are in an environment that condones things that are against the standards that we strive to uphold, that’s when the challenges come in and we have to overcome that need for praise and that need for attention,” said Brother Joshua Muhammad from New York
When the panelist was asked what are some positive examples of how to use social media, Brother Joshua Muhammad from Atlanta said, he uses social media to humanize Minister Farrakhan. “As a student of history I am aware and know that the plan of the Cointelpro and the government likes to assassinate the character of the leader before they assassinate them … they have misused his image to make it seem like he’s out of touch with the people, a hater or angry and I show his mercy. So whatever they try to use to demagnetize the minister I do what I can to magnetize him,” he said
Brother Ben X, a social media influencer, spoke about how he uses clips and messages of Minister Farrakhan to have a positive effect on millions of people all over the world. “If we have the masses of the people following us on social media we can have the same effect that the Honorable Minister Farrakhan had on us. Because they can go directly to him, they can listen to his direct spirit,” he explained. “I’ve had people DM (direct message) me saying, the message and the video stopped them from committing suicide …,” shared Bro. Ben X.
Bro. Khaliq Muhammad and Bro. Rizza Islam also shared tips.
“You have to be wise with what you post and not just put anything and think that there will be no consequences. The authorities which is a third party can see what you post and your family and friends see the example you are demonstrating. As the Honorable Minister Farrakhan teaches us to demonstrate by being the best example, he said put the clean glass next to the dirty glass and let the people pick from which to drink,” said Rizza Islam.
Brother Qiyam Muhammad from the Ministry of Information closed out the session by quoting Minister Farrakhan’s words to his son, Student Supreme Captain Mustapha Farrakhan, about his (Minister Farrakhan’s) use of social media. “The Minister has a Twitter account, the Minister has a Facebook account, the Minister has an Instagram account, but you can’t find nothing personal about the Minister on his account. Because he’s always dropping wisdom of God and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad,” he said.
“The Minister is the Criterion, the standard, the way, the measure and the blueprint by which we can be successful in utilizing social media,” said Bro. Qiyam.
—J.A. Salaam, Contributing Writer
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent the Merciful.
April 6, 2021
Brothers and Sisters of the Black Community, members of the press, and the American People:
We have prepared this statement to answer some of the many inquiries that we have had over the last few days about Mr. Noah Green. Naturally, we, like most of you, were disturbed watching the news of an assault on the U.S. Capitol where one police officer was killed, one was injured, and Mr. Green was killed.
We speak on behalf of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, the members of his family, all of the registered Muslim members of the Nation of Islam, and all people of good will everywhere, in that, we are in sympathy with the victims of this tragedy. And we are in sympathy with the families of these victims. And we, like you, can only offer them condolences and our deepest sympathy for their loss. Our prayers are for the full recovery of the officer who was injured.
The Nation of Islam has no history of violence against the government. Federal, state, and local law enforcement are all well aware of our history.
We have held four national marches, including the Historic 1995 Million Man March, which we know to be one of the largest gatherings in the history of the United States of America and the most peaceful on the U.S. Capitol grounds. We had a good working relationship with the U.S. Capitol police during each of these historic events.
It is being reported that Noah Green was a “follower” of the Nation of Islam. This young man, Noah Green, we believe may have attended our Saviours’ Day convention in Detroit, MI in February 2020. In March of 2020, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, we closed our Mosques, and began conducting meetings and classes remotely. A search of our records indicates Noah Green was not a registered member of the Nation of Islam. It appears that in late summer (August-September) of 2020, he started the process to begin his study to become a member, but he did not complete the process.
He did make a donation to the Saviours’ Day Gift. Every year, the followers and supporters make a charitable donation to the Nation of Islam’s Saviours’ Day Gift charity. Every donor who makes a donation of $1000 or more is issued a Certificate of Completion. This certificate does not establish that the donor is a member in good standing in the Nation of Islam.
Mr. Noah Green’s alleged use of an automobile as a weapon and the alleged possession of a knife as reported, violates our teachings. We absolutely disavow this act that resulted in the senseless loss of life. It is shocking for us to learn that someone who was attempting to be a part of our ranks may have been involved in something as tragic as this.
But, we respectfully say to the members of the media and to the American people, Timothy McVeigh confessed that he was a Christian, but nobody blames the church for his misconduct. No one would blame Jesus or their pastor for unlawful and immoral behavior that is contrary to the teachings of Jesus. You have criminals, people that do horrific things, but we never know their religion. It’s not important because religion does not teach criminal behavior. Criminal behavior is an aberration. Criminal behavior is a violation. Criminal behavior is absolute rebellion toward what God teaches through the mouth of His prophets.
When thousands of American citizens engaged in an attempted insurrection, attacking the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, resulting in the deaths of five persons and injuring many, the news media did not question what their religion was.
Nowhere in the teachings of Islam, nowhere in the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, could we countenance any man taking the life of an innocent human being. For us, human life is sacred. And the violation of human life is a violation of God, Himself, because He’s the giver of life and He’s the ultimate cause of death. But He doesn’t give us the right to kill innocent people. That is against our law.
We are taught “to never be the aggressor in word or in deed”, for Allah (God) hates aggression and is not with the aggressor. This is our teaching. In fact, all of us who are members of the Nation of Islam have been instructed not to carry any weapons—not so much as a penknife—not on our persons and not in our homes. We do not rely on weapons of war to defend us. We rely on our belief and our faith in Allah (God).
We condemn the wicked mischaracterization of some media reports trying to tie this tragic incident to the teachings of the Nation of Islam and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, and all people of good will should do the same as well.
So, most of us, like you, are questioning why would this young man allegedly do such an act? If he did, what happened to him? What caused this? The family released a statement published in the Washington Post saying of Noah Green, he “was not a terrorist by any means.” He had been studying for his master’s degree in business administration but had also suffered from “depression and potential mental illness.”
It has also been reported in an article from CNN, that he shared on social media, “I have suffered multiple home break-ins, food poisoning, assaults, unauthorized operations in the hospital, mind control.”
This young man had struggled in his early life but overcame much as a student to graduate with a degree in finance. He had a wonderful, noble idea to help the black and brown people through his knowledge of finance. “I am sure,” Minister Farrakhan states, “had he been blessed to come through the crisis that he was going through, he would have been a star in the mission of the resurrection of our people. We need to know what happened to our brother.”
So, our research is continuing into what happened to this young man and we cannot rest until we find out what caused him to take a turn like this. We are saddened by the loss of this brother with such great potential.
With heavy hearts we offer sympathy and condolences to his mother, father, family and friends.
By Ebony S. Muhammad | Originally written Feb. 18, 2021
The short answer: I follow FARRAKHAN!
The longer answer: As a Believer and student of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad under the Divine Guidance of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, EVERYTHING that we have been taught and trained has been my saving grace! As a proud and active MGT&GCC (Muslim Girls’ Training & General Civilization Class), EVERYTHING that we are taught and trained has been my saving grace!
Let me be very clear. I have warranted concerns about this storm especially with extremely low temperatures and continuous power outages. Along with that, I am not experiencing anxiety, and there is a major difference between the two.
Several years ago The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan warned us to watch the weather. Since then, I began receiving google alerts for weather reports and I have the weather app on my phone that I check daily. The world can see that Minister Farrakhan’s warnings are not empty!
I was blessed to see this storm approaching the Wednesday before via my weather app. I went to the store for a few items on Thursday. The local news (from what I saw) didn’t report the storm until Saturday, which caused chaos and massive lines. Because of Minister Farrakhan’s instructions to watch the weather, I was blessed to get that early start and avoid crowds. We are still in a pandemic, the Pestilence from Heaven, so avoiding crowds is critical. ‘Watch the weather’ doesn’t just mean while it’s happening or after it happens. It also means before it happens. Just like in the case of Noah and the Ark. He prepared ahead of the storm and warned others ahead of the storm.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan instructed us to continue storing food and water during this time. All praise is due to Allah for his guidance!
We have been instructed to pressure can simple foods. I thank Allah for the MGT&GCC (Muslim Girls’ Training & General Civilization Class) and our brilliant Student National Captain Sister Naeemah Muhammad and her incredible staff for organizing and facilitating a formal training in pressure canning and water bath canning. Because of this class, I have been properly prepared for moments like this.
Our MGT class also inspired me to purchase certain inexpensive equipment in the case of loss of power! Yes, we lost both power and running water – most of the time at the same time. The guidance of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad in How To Eat To Live teaches us how to maintain on simple foods and what to store in our homes and the method of boiling water to distill it. All of which saved me a tremendous amount of anxiety about food and water.
When I sat in my vehicle to run the engine, I saw so many of my neighbors leave and return with food and water in some of the most dangerous weather conditions. We have been instructed by authorities to stay off of the roads because they were considered unfit to drive on.
I see the communication threads of those nearby (community app) asking where they can buy food and if restaurants were open.
During our rolling power and water outages many in the community app were experiencing so much anxiety and frustration about losing power and water. I have to bear witness and thank Allah, Who appeared in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, for The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan for our training that I could be prepared, as much as possible, patient and obedient during the outages.
I also keep a MP3 player full of messages by Minister Farrakhan and his student ministers. I listened to the comforting and powerful words of guidance during the outages. I have my books and workbooks from MGT class and publications of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad that keep my mind engaged and my spirit elevated.
When the power and water came back on, I strategize to do tasks that required power and water in anticipation of being without both during another rolling outage, which happened and still is happening.
Although I’ve always been a very neat and clean person, our class in How To Keep House and the manual of keeping a clean and safe environment from our MGT class has been a phenomenal aid, because now I am inside of a building with many more people at the same time due to no one being able to leave. So being able to maintain and even increase my clean environment is also an effort to keep the results of other people’s less than clean habits at bay.
When I need to leave my home to tend to my vehicle or take the trash out, I have to anticipate passing by more people than usual. So having a supply of face masks (now doubled) to protect myself has been lifesaving! Our How To Sew class and face mask patterns and instructional videos have been lifesaving! To have the privilege of learning all of these skills AND put them into practice ahead of needing them have been lifesaving! To Believe in all that has been given to us for these exact moments, have been lifesaving!
Most importantly, remaining prayerful and tightening up my relationship and connection with Allah (God) has been my saving grace! Striving to keep up prayer throughout the day with or without power, praying for peace, calmness, patience and perspective has been my saving grace! Accepting what I can’t control and knowing Who is in full and complete control has been my saving grace! Feeling the Presence of Allah (God), feeding on the Word of God, knowledge, training, information … I bear witness that we have not been left comfortless, we have not been forsaken, we have not been left helpless or alone! This has been my saving grace!
I also thank Allah for my immediate family. During my entire childhood through high school we took camping trips (no electricity or running water or cabins) that taught me how to enjoy being without certain comforts by having the essentials and alternatives.
We also went on ski trips every single year from my childhood through high school, and I was taught on how to maintain in weather conditions I wasn’t used to. I remember being at the top of a slope with my mother who saw I was having trouble breathing due to the altitude and saw I was becoming scared. She instructed me to not cry because it would make my inability to breath worse. She also told me that my tears would seal my eyes shut because of the extreme cold temperature. In other words, don’t panic. Stay calm or things could get much worse. Understanding how to be calm in situations like this is critical and has been lifesaving!
Along with that, I grew up in a home that kept several cases of water at a time, canned foods, an enormous supply of batteries, lanterns in every room, flashlights, matches and emergency candles. Looking back at this helped me see that being prepared for what might come was normal and necessary!
For full disclosure, my parents and sisters are from New York, so they were raised in extremely cold weather. My parents also visited the Mosque in New York while in college and had Muslim friends. So I see that they’ve been impacted by the Teachings of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, directly and indirectly! All praise is due to Allah!
It is only by the Grace and Mercy of Allah (God) and The Teachings of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Guidance of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan that I am as calm as I am!
According to news reports, we are still not out of the woods. A city of Houston alert just went out warning of a Hard Freeze over the next 24 hours. Along with that, temperatures aren’t set to rise until Saturday or Sunday. We are still experiencing rolling outages of both power and water. Reports also state that this Winter Storm is moving to other parts of the country.
If you are not following the Divine Guidance of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, you are literally risking your life and the life of your family and loved ones!
Get what you can, do what you can while it is still day. Follow Farrakhan!!!