Monday, June 6, 2016

The Beauty of the Name Muhammad & the Legacy of Muhammad Ali

Now, there are Caucasians (European/White) people in this country (USA) and worldwide that may express great admiration/respect and even love for Muhammad Ali. {Of course there are Negros too; however I will classify you with the Caucasians for the purpose of brevity - because you will share similar activities/actions and attitudes.} So what say you for those of us who also bear this name Muhammad - do you deny us access, opportunity and respect, equal with the best in this society? When you see Muhammad or other Muslim Names does it arouse suspicion, disdain and repute? Is your sincere appreciation and respect for Muhammad transferable to those of us who live and contribute to this country and the global community or are you really just faking? How about for those of us who dare to stand proudly as Muslim and demonstrate high civilization and intelligence? Or are you afraid to be associated with a Muslim?
Better still, do you understand that Muhammad Ali never "left" the Nation of Islam (The Nation) but followed The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad (TMHEM) until his departure in 1974, and then remained with Imam Warith Deen Muhammad through various transitions of the faith and movement afterward? Do you know that he visited Mosque Maryam and THMLF in 2002.? A clear sign of his love and appreciation of his basis/roots - The Nation of Islam.
He did not go out seeking to change his faith nor did he ever denounce The Nation or TMHEM for that fact. Also, Muhammad Ali did not choose his name it was given to him by TMHEM. Today, those of us who subscribe to the tenets of this faith - Islam (as Muhammad Ali); introduced and taught to us by TMHEM, today exemplified by The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, wear this same name - Muhammad. Muhammad was given to us too - we did not just wake up one day, read a dictionary, become self aware, convert to Islam and change our names to Muhammad.
Moreover, Muhammad was hated, vilified, mocked, stripped because he spoke and lived truth to power. What truth you may ask - just start with two books that Muhammad directs all of us to study - The Holy Quran; The Message to the Blackman, referenced in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that led to Muhammad Ali's acquittal.*
Muhammad Ali was not careless with his words - as a certain head of state recently claimed. He was deliberate, direct and never needed interpretation - he was not taught by Malcolm X, he was taught by TMHEM to speak straight words, as we who follow this teaching are also taught. Muhammad gives all of his students access to the knowledge; everyone is allowed to excel at their own pace. Muhammad Ali like Malcolm, like Farrakhan are exceptionally great. TMHEM also inspired countless black nationalist scholars scholarship such as Maulana Karenga and James Baldwin as well as the epic Roots by Alex Haley.
Therefore, if you really love Muhammad Ali, then you would seek first to understand and then be understood. You would seek to uncover the roots of his fearlessness in the face of loss, suffering and death. You would stop trying to revise, interpret or so-called correct "him/his life/his meanings/his message" now that he is not in this dispensation of time and place. You would not say things like, "oh Muhammad Ali was not like the other Mooslems, he's different" - thereby making him a token Negro; token Muslim. Realize and recognize that Muhammad always speaks for Self, by the way we are taught that in the teachings of TMHEM.
But don't worry, that's what we the scholars of Muhammad are here for. We will not let you write him (or us) down in history with your bitter twisted lies - we will rise! We may not have your high level profile platforms to get our messages across - but still we will fight to declare the truth of our lives and message. We will fight your lies, subtleties and bold faced insults with truth, directness and confidence. And we will do it just like a Muhammad.

*Joining the Nation of Islam more than a mere confession of faith. First one must study the teachings of TMHEM which includes foundational books such as The Message to the BlackMan; Fall of America; Our Saviour Has Arrived; and the Supreme Wisdom Lessons. One is examined and then receives an X. The X symbolizes that the student has learned critical tenants of their faith and is prepared to live in accord with those tenets. Students can also demonstrate exceptional abilities to share/teach others which may earn the student a name such as Ali; Muhammad; Rahman; Karreim; etc. Additionally, one must study intense reading materials written by numerous scholars on religion/spirituality; economics; sociology and history.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Why The Holidays Will Never Be the Same!

The Ornaments hanging on our trees...

'Tis Not The Season: Boycott Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Ch...'Tis Not The Season....Boycott Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas
          Posted by Minister Louis Farrakhan on Friday, November 27, 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015

The JUSTICE PROJECT: Kalief Browder

Watch this story about Kalief Browder...

Then, ask yourself this question...

WHAT IS/WOULD BE JUSTICE for Kalief, His Family?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


2015 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March!!!  For those who were blessed to be there 20 years ago, this year culminates with a significant theme: "JUSTICE OR ELSE."  

Many of you may be familiar with the many issues of violence, the threat of violence and fear Persons of color face daily living in American Society!  On October 10, 2015, all organizations including 100's of Grassroots Organizations will join with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan in Washington, DC to demand an end to injustice - OR ELSE!  I'll let the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan explain the "OR ELSE":

Please forward & share this communication with as many persons as possible - because "the revolution will not be televised."

To register and support this event simple click here - JUSTICE OR ELSE!  

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Love Hate Relationship Between Black Folks & Themselves

How to free a people can be a very difficult and challenging thing.  It involves removing many lies, tricks and deceitful beliefs and practices regarding the self(1) and others.  These so-called latest happenings between black folks and the police - these events are always happening, never stopped happening and may continue to happen - represent merely another chapter in the Book of Exodus between black folks and the powerful/those in authority.  The Book of Exodus entails a sundry of powerful and destructive acts to drive the oppressed and the oppressor apart due to the oppressor's inability to view and accept the oppressed as "equal" and deserving of freedom, justice and equality.  The problem has even been mischaracterized according to Dr. Samori as epitomized in mainstream media- as a war like relationship between blacks and the police.

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The truth is the problem relationship is much bigger and complex than that.  Perhaps, it is truer now more than ever that those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.  I argue that this is exactly the case for far too many black folks.  We forgot about the brutality of our enslavement and have allowed black history month to be taken over by the likes of Mickey D's.  We forgot about the brutality, sheer destruction  and loss of lives from the Civil War(2) - because the then United States could not peacefully agree on the forty million dollar question - what to do with the Negro?  Therefore, many whites would have rather died than to give freedom, justice and equality to black folks.

We forgot about Jim Crow - a system implemented utilizing the earliest "police" that was intent on keeping blacks subservient to whites in all facets of society.  Police have always been the scapegoat for the powerful and those in authority implementing control and using brute force to maintain it against undesirable populations.  By the way, Jim Crow never fell, it just changed forms with many whites taking off their klan robs and handing it in for a robe (for example judges), a suit and tie (for example attorney's ) or another uniform (for example, police).  

We forgot about the lynching that was allowed to take place in this country under the watchful eyes of the law.  We forgot about all the black lives loss repeatedly in this country due to "stop and frisk," "3 strikes your out," "shoot first ask questions later," "stand your ground," and the list goes on and on.   

So, what does "freeing" black folks look like?  If I had to guess, a good start looks like this... 

National outrage and resistance as protests grow and continue!

A new era of social and political consciousness for Black athletes?

Jay Z, Common, Russell Simmons urge NY governor to reform justice system

But we've got so much more to do!  Each one reach one teach one!

1. The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson
2. Roughly 1,264,000 American soldiers have died in the nation's wars--620,000 in the Civil War and 644,000 in all other conflicts.

What will it take for Black America to Reclaim Our Roots?

Does Rev. Jackson's comments have any validity?

What will it take to dismantle the prison to school pipeline?

Do Blacks and Whites Have Different Views when it comes to Names, Religion & Patriotism?