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MUHAMMAD: Farrakhan Speaks

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan addressed the world in a three-hour speech from his Michigan farm on July 4, 2020. That date was the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Nation of Islam in North America.

On July 4, 1930, W. Fard Muhammad, a man from Mecca, Arabia, began teaching Black people in Detroit’s “Black Bottom” neighborhood that they were descendants of royal ancestors, not the “shines” or “coons” or “niggers” that they were depicted as in White America.

“Master” Fard Muhammad, and his deputy, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, delivered a message to Black people that, right up to this very minute, changes the lives of those who accept the message — regardless of race, creed, or religion — for the better.

Minister Farrakhan has been an adherent of that message for 65 years. This writer has been a follower for 51 years.

The Minister’s address was streamed online to tens and tens of thousands of viewers online. It was broadcast live over Washington’s listener-funded community radio station WPFW-FM (89.3). It was also streamed online by Revolt TV, the content provider owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs. Bravo!

The speech had been scheduled to air on the Fox Soul TV streaming service, but pressure from the Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish organizations forced Fox to cancel their broadcast. They accuse Farrakhan of anti-Semitism. That is a patently false charge intended to blunt his message which has awakened Black people to follow a righteous lifestyle: to abandon drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, crime, adultery, all the bad lifestyle choices which render Black communities weak and vulnerable.

The message calls Black folks to insist that White America desist from the wicked practices which enslaved and oppressed them for more than 400 years, and which continue to this very day — from slavery, to Jim Crow, to the horrendous practices which are inflicted right up to this very minute: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, among the most recent and most visible representations.

Why wouldn’t everyone who looks upon the wretched condition of Black people in this society welcome a message with a proven track record of reforming the addicts, the criminals, the pimps, the prostitutes? Well, the folks who profit from Black ignorance and self-destruction, selling them the products and tools of that scourge would certainly not want to lose the patronage of their loyal customers.

So let me say, very plainly, that anyone outside the Black community who interferes in Black people receiving a message of deliverance from one of their own — just like they did with the Right Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey — is not a friend of Black people.

Black leaders don’t go around meddling in who the speakers are at Jewish events. Why should Black folks allow outsiders to dictate just who and who is not acceptable to address Black audiences? Well, that’s the state of affairs.

I understand there are some Black thought leaders who don’t like Farrakhan, and would just as soon see him sit down and be quiet. But on Monday, Oct. 16, 1995, they couldn’t keep more than 1 million MEN from coming to the steps of the U.S. Capitol for the Million Man March, a call to atonement and reform. That call to a better life, and the ongoing message of the Nation of Islam, was, and is, irresistible if allowed to be heard.

Even as these self-interested deceivers of Black people chant hatred of Farrakhan, and do everything in their power to prevent the rise of Blacks from poverty and ignorance, they cannot cite one single injury that has ever been committed against one single Jewish person by Farrakhan or his followers. The Minister is a good man! Neither he nor any of his followers carry any weapons — not so much as a pen-knife.

The “hate” that Minister Farrakhan is accused of teaching is hatred of ignorance, hatred of slothfulness, hatred of bad habits and of eating bad food. He teaches his followers to study the ways of the Righteous Prophets of God, from Abraham to Moses to Jesus to Muhammad (May Allah be pleased with those Righteous servants of His). He teaches prayer, and fasting, and most importantly, to not do anything to anyone, you would not have done to you.

Can any of those in the ADL or the Southern Poverty Law Center who falsely accuse the Minister say the same? No, they can’t!

To the contrary, White folks have continually conspired to hold Black folks down, and to render low any successful Black communities — such as in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Rosewood, Florida, which were torched and destroyed in the early 1900s, because those Black folks found a way to unite with one another and to prosper. White could not countenance Black success in their midst.

In their downward spiral, Blacks meet no resistance. But you let a Black group start an upward course, like the Nation of Islam under Farrakhan, they will encounter resentment and resistance at every step.

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass told us of this phenomenon in a speech on Sept. 25, 1883. “If he comes in ignorance, rags and wretchedness he conforms to the popular belief of his character, and in that character he is welcome; but if he shall come as a gentleman, a scholar and a statesman, he is hailed as a contradiction to the national faith concerning his race, and his coming is resented as impudence.”

So anyone wishing to see for themselves the message of peace, not of hate, that Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered on July 4, 2020, the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Nation of Islam in North America, should go to noi.org to view the webcast.

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Askia Muhammad

WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.

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