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“O soul that art at rest, Return to thy Lord, well-pleased, well-pleasing, So enter among My servants, And enter My Garden!”—Holy Qur’an, Surah 89 Verses 27-30
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.
His casket was ceremoniously brought into Mosque Maryam accompanied by Nation of Islam Honor Guard dressed in striking blue uniforms. At the front of the sanctuary, they lifted the casket above their shoulders before carefully putting it in place.
As the believers in the audience stood, raised their arms and saluted, the air was filled with the heartfelt chorus of “Allah U Akbar!” (God is the Greatest).
“We are gathered here today for a very special tribute in honor of one of the great helpers of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, Minister Jabril Muhammad,” said Student Minister Ishmael Muhammad, National Assistant to Minister Farrakhan. “We mourn the loss of a father, a grandfather, a husband, an uncle, a brother, a soldier in the cause of Allah (God). We lift his lovely wife, his children, his family in our prayers and thoughts.”
Student Minister Ishmael explained, “Today we will be introduced to this special man, this beautiful human being, Jabril,” and that “we will learn something of his life through the obituary.” But, we will learn his divinity and the special divine role he played in the liberation struggle of Black and oppressed people as well as his priceless, invaluable contribution to the Nation of Islam, he continued.
“And that role that he played will be introduced to us by none other than the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. In my humble opinion and I’m sure it’s shared by many: Brother Jabril was the greatest witness of the Messiah, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Jesus—hands down! He was the greatest witness of his brother, his Minister, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. We thank Allah for Brother Jabril Muhammad.”
The service was a testament to this man’s incredible achievement as the central and key figure of assisting Minister Farrakhan in resurrecting the Nation of Islam after the departure of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad in 1975.