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!!!