|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:
(The following are edited remarks delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam during the April 25, 2021 homegoing service for the great hip hop artist Earl “DMX” Simmons, who impacted the world through music and film. The message was delivered live via Zoom and televised during the BET Network’s coverage of the touching goodbye to a rap icon. May Allah (God) be pleased with our brother and strengthen and console his family and all who were touched by his gifts.)
In the Name of Allah.
As Salaam-Alaikum (Peace be unto you),
My dear beloved brothers and sisters, to Uncle Ray Copeland, to the family of our brother, Earl “DMX” Simmons, and to all of you that are present to pay your condolences to the family. But most of all, to honor a man that God sent this way to give us lessons to grow from.
I’m so thankful to God to have this opportunity to hear from Reverend A.R. Bernard. I enjoyed every word you spoke.
To all of you that spoke of our brother in such a beautiful way, to all of the family who demonstrated their magnificent love for him, but most importantly, your love for each other. That makes me so convinced that the future of Earl “DMX” Simmons is great because each child, each female that was in his life will carry his legacy on and greater things will they do if they hold on to the beautiful man that is their father.
To his ex-wife to Tashera, to his fiancé Desirée, to all the children and to all of you out there, that like myself, I met him through his music. I really got to know him like Reverend Bernard by listening to his music.
Sometimes we don’t know why circumstances in our lives were like they were. Sometimes we are upset with mom because of this or that, upset with dad because of this or that, upset with siblings because of this or that, but what we may not know or realize it’s these circumstances when you were in the womb, it’s these circumstances that were in your environment when you came from the womb that have shaped you and marked you for the future and for that which you are going to do like dad to affect the whole world.
Did you know that your dad’s life, love, pain and suffering shaped him to be a voice for our young people and young people all over the world? He suffered in his life. He had pain in his life. He had joy in his life, but he lived his life transparent. Many of us in public life, we are one thing in the public, and another thing in private. Not Earl Simmons. DMX was who he was and who he is. The reason he has affected the people in the hip hop genre and human beings across the globe is because he was genuine. One sister that was talking, she said, “man, he was a prophet.”
Those of us who study the Bible and the Holy Qur’an and other religious texts, we may not see him as a prophet, but he actually was. God used his life to educate, to teach and show the world that you can come up the way he did, but struggle, and then overcome the struggle and reach beyond your pain and your suffering and yourself to affect the whole world that is just like you. We came up on the rough side of the mountain brothers and sisters. We didn’t have an easy life. God ordered it that way so that we could serve his purpose through our pain to affect the whole of humanity.
And that’s why the Bible says, the last will be first. The bottom rail is going to come to the top and you will no longer be the tail, but God is marking you to be the head. I want to tell you something about Jesus and why your sadness won’t endure for long because you will learn how to contact your father.
When Jesus was among us, brothers and sisters, he had a shorter life than Brother Earl. But the time that he spent among us, his suffering, his pain, his deep love and commitment to the Father, Jesus told us how to contact him after he was crucified, resurrected, and left us. Your father is not gone. He’s absent, but you can bring him back. Listen to the words of the Master at the Last Supper. Didn’t he call his disciples, sit them down, and took some bread, broke that bread? He said this is my body that I have given for the New Testament. You can’t bring something new and better in the world if you only know a good life. Jesus did not have that kind of life. He was hated without a cause. He was persecuted and then crucified yet he remains in the memory of billions. And I as a Muslim, he will always be in my life because I know that in order to be a real Christian, you must walk after him. Look at his words: If any man would be my disciple, you have to deny yourself. But you must pick up your cross and then walk after Jesus.
Look at Earl, look at DMX.
He didn’t have an easy life. No. He had a successful life because he found out his purpose and before life was over, he found the door. He was like a lion in a cage, like many of our Black brothers and sisters, with pent up thoughts of greatness, the thoughts of God. I know my young beautiful brother said, “that’s my dog.” I know, I know in the world you would say dog because the dog they say is a man’s best friend, but not with a Christian. God always will be your best friend.
And your father, here is how you get in touch with him and keep him with you. Now what did Jesus do? They call it communion. He broke the bread. He didn’t give it all to one person. He didn’t hold it all to himself. Your father has 15 children. Each of you has a piece of him. That’s your part. Your gift God has given you belongs wholly to you. But if you have communion with your father, like you have communion with Jesus, as Jesus said to his disciples, “And lo I will be with you to the end of the world.”
So my dear beloved family, don’t grieve to the point where you can’t see your way. Sorrow, yes. But the scripture says joy is coming in the morning—and you can believe it.
If you look at a cross, a cross has a horizontal bar; a cross has a vertical bar. This cross is the duality in the nature of the human being.
We come into the world on a horizontal level, but we’re not to stay that way. Abraham, the Qur’an says was God’s friend. Not because they say he was Jewish or Muslim. No. He was God’s friend because he lived an upright life. And that’s the struggle of every Christian, every Muslim, the struggle to be upright, to live a righteous life. Though your nature is righteousness, you must rise above the level of the beasts of the field.
Your father spoke so beautifully about the low life. Our people are locked in that duality with very little in uprightness, but we’re living our life on a horizontal level. And that’s why Jesus told us that the dead will rise. It doesn’t mean that the dead necessarily in the cemetery will rise because all of us are operating on a dead level, dead mentally, dead morally, dead spiritually, dead politically, dead educationally. But the power to rise is all in us. So never ever think of father as a dog, turn it around. Think of your dad as God. When he rapped God was rapping. When he spoke, God was speaking. When he talked about his hard times in life, he was struggling within himself.
Thank you, brothers and sisters, for allowing me this great privilege to speak about my brother. I love him much. I thank God for his life. His life has touched my life. His life has touched your life, but now you must break free like a lion. The scripture said, there’s a lion asleep in Judah who will wake him? You are that lion. You’re asleep, but it’s time for you to awaken. Where’s the kingdom of God? Where is it? Jesus said the kingdom is within you. So come on up, come on out and let Earl Simmons, DMX, know he will never die. Because he will always be here affecting those in the rap community and musicians and entertainers and those who want to live a good life. So I close with these words. Thank you, my dear sister Tashera for the comfort that you gave him and the children that you gave him. Thank you. Thank you to the women in his life. Your role was important because you consoled him. A man that was always in pain, but you gave him comfort. You gave him solace. Thank you so much.
Thank you to the beautiful children that he leaves behind. May God bless you. May He grant you His protection. May He guide you. May He help you to discover the gift that He gave, in particular, to each one of you. And like daddy found his gift and it exploded on the world, find yours and make your mark in life and give God the praise. Thank him that He allowed Earl “DMX” Simmons to be your dad. I’m glad that I got a chance to know him and meet him from the divine side. He was a prophet. God doesn’t only use prophets who have had good, wholesome lives. No. DMX had a life and he educated and taught the people that are still in the worst part of that life. Lift them up. Come on, brothers and sisters who rap, take his example as your guiding light and rap with conscious lyrics that cause people to rise from the grave of ignorance. I love you all and may God shower His blessings on each and every one of you. Thank you, Rev. Bernard. Thank you for all that you have done to lift this wonderful brother. May God bless you, bless your church, bless those who see the value of the man that God loaned to us and now has taken him back to Himself. The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Peace unto all of you. As-Salaam Alaikum.
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 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.”
(The following words were delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan to the family members of the great hip hop artist Earl Simmons, who impacted the world through his music and film as DMX, his stage name. The words were spoken in an April 3 telephone conversation as our brother was hospitalized. His highly successful career included an initial studio album in 1998, which debuted No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. A multiplatinum-selling artist, he released seven albums, earned three Grammy nominations and was named favorite rap/hip hop artist at the 2000 American Music Awards. He also starred in movies and was featured on film soundtracks. Min. Farrakhan offered a prayer, heartfelt words and pastoral care to the family. The prayers and interaction were desired by the family and was facilitated by Muslims and Uncle Ray Copeland of the Simmons family. At the time of these words Brother Earl Simmons had not departed this life but was on life support. May Allah (God) be pleased with the life and work of our brother, comfort his loved ones and all whose lives were impacted by his great gifts.)
As-Salaam Alaikum. (Peace Be Unto You.)
Those words my dear family are a prayer for Allah’s (God’s) peace to be with us all and at a time like this, Allah’s (God’s) peace is what we need to make it through an hour we have entered.
To Uncle Ray and family, we want our brother to return to us whole though we don’t know what Allah’s (God’s) will is. I don’t want to refer to him by his celebrity name. To all that are gathered together around Brother Earl’s bedside, I don’t know what the Doctors have said to you, Uncle Ray and family.
Doctors know what they know and we respect that but no one can call time on him or us other than He who gave life to him through the womb of his Mother and the life germ of his Father. And he, Brother Earl, is with us today because Allah (God) has brought him forth and only his Creator can call time.
And when the Creator calls time on us, there is nothing for us to do but submit that this is the irrevocable will of Allah (God). His blessed Mother who brought this giant into the world may not have known the time that she was pregnant nor could she call the time of her delivery, she had an idea of time.
But Allah (God) is and has never been absent, He can’t be shut out, He’s present. Brother Earl is His creation; Allah’s (God’s) creation. What we know of Brother Earl, he has been a blessing to us through his talents and gifts that only Allah (God) can give. This is our brother, and this is a man I’ve been personally moved by in his life and in his work with his gift.
He was loaned to the earth but he came from Allah (God), that’s why the scriptures teach us of both Bible and Qur’an; that the Lord is the giver of life and He is the ultimate cause of death.
Oh Allah (God), if Your will is different from our desire of life for him please give us the strength to bear Your will. Knowing that no soul dies but by Your permission; the term is fixed!
If this is the time for Brother Earl to return to Allah (God) we can’t stop it. We must accept it.
I know one day my term will come as all of you that hear the sound of my voice know that one day death will touch us all so the precious gift of life that we now have we owe it to ourselves and to Allah (God) to do the best we can with our lives to make life better for each and every member of the family … but let’s go beyond that.
Our people are suffering and among us, there’s wisdom, there’s skill, so Allah (God) give us the desire to save our people from the destruction You are bringing upon this wicked nation!
Let’s rise up and know there’s time that we have so let’s use our time wisely to clean up our lives and stop allowing death to come through our mouths in the food that we eat and the drinks that we drink and the smoke that we smoke!
Let us clean up our lives and make our lives a living testimony to our gratitude to Allah (God); for our lives and Brother Earl’s life.
Let’s praise Allah (God) for the wonderful work Brother Earl did when he was among us, and elevating the consciousness of the many people he touched. We pray that Allah (God) will keep him in the hearts of all of us that he positively affected. We hope the young rappers will learn from his marvelous approach.
Thank you very much for allowing me this privilege to pray with you, to pray for my Brother Earl and for us. May Allah’s (God’s) peace be with all of us.
As-Salaam Alaikum. (Peace Be Upon You.)
On April 13, 2021, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered a timely message to the Muslim world as well as non-Muslims during the Ramadan Prayerline.
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