Tuesday, December 18, 2018

From The Final Call Newspaper

Peace in the hood & goodwill toward one another needed

By Charlene Muhammad

Instead of spending money and enriching others, Min. Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam are promoting acts of kindness that will increase peace, love and unity in Black neighborhoods.

Christmas is supposed to be about Jesus, joy, love and happiness, yet a mythical Santa and price-gouging merchants have taken Christ out of Christmas.

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam has called for a revolution in thinking and action this year to put Christ back into Christ-Mass.

Service and unity are important and build positive relationships.

“This Christmas let’s make it a real mass for Christ,” stated Minister Farrakhan during a recent address at Mosque Maryam in Chicago. “Christ is not interested in you going in the store and making the already rich rich, putting yourself in debt for another year to give out gifts. Come on! Jesus didn’t ask you to do that,” Minister Farrakhan said.

Examine the 10th Chapter of Jeremiah in the Bible, he said Nov. 18 in a major address. Going out in the forest, cutting down a tree, taking it home, decking it with silver and gold is what heathens do, Minister Farrakhan observed, referring to the verses in Jeremiah and their warning against following the way of the heathen.

Human connections and acts of kindness can increase peace in the ‘hood.

Leave the tree, the lights, and the mythical Santa alone, and don’t ever again spend money on children and give the credit to a mythical Caucasian, making them think they’ve got to look to White people to get things that parents purchased through sweat and hard work, he said.

The Minister offered an alternative approach and activity taken from the Holy Quran’s 107th Chapter titled, “Acts of Kindness.”

A kind word and a good deed can make a difference, said activists and advocates.

“It doesn’t cost money to be kind,” he stated. A smile and kind word to one’s neighbor would be the best gift,” he said.

“But this Christmas, let love break out in the ghetto. They won’t even know what happened the next day when they see a measure of peace.”

Proof peace is possible can be found in the historic Million Man March, said Min. Farrakhan. Peace reigned that Monday, Oct. 16, 1995, as nearly two million men gathered in Washington, D.C., at the Minister’s call, and not one arrest or crime was reported.

For those with money to spend, find a Black business, spend with their own, and keep the money circulating in their neighborhood, said Min. Farrakhan.

Abdul Sharrieff Muhammad feels the theme and the work for Xmas 2018 goes back to Minister Farrakhan’s guidance and instructions during the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March in 2015. The anniversary’s theme was “Justice or Else!”.

As head of the 10,000 Fearless Headquarters of the South and student minister at the Nation of Islam’s Southern regional headquarters in Atlanta, Mr. Muhammad pointed out how the Minister called for Blacks to make their communities safe and decent places to live three years ago. That was an act of kindness in itself, he said.

In Atlanta and other parts of the country, services and food are needed not trinkets and pricey gifts. Giving the gift of service is needed this year to put Christ into Christmas, said activists and advocates.

“The scriptures say when was I hungry and you fed me not? When was I in prison and you didn’t visit me? All that is what the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan wants us to do in an act of kindness,” said Mr. Muhammad.

The 10,000 Fearless Headquarters has been providing clothes, food and meeting people’s needs since 2015. “It’s freezing,” said Mr. Muhammad. “Our people are asking for food. It gives you life to help our people, and it’s an act of kindness.”

Since 2015, the Nation of Islam has called for a holiday spending boycott and “Up With Jesus, Down With Satan” to promote greater spirituality and rejection of materialism and crass consumption.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are the main days for feeding people, but it’s really a 24-hour job, he told The Final Call. “Somebody could come at that door and knock, and they’re hungry, and to see Brother Barry go in there and get on that stove and cook and feed them, when he doesn’t have to do that! He’s been doing that ever since we’ve been over here,” Minister Muhammad shared.

“I’ve seen him go and make sandwiches, when we don’t have no food, when food is short over here. I’ve seen him go in there and make a sandwich for a family that have come here late at night and ask, saying we don’t have nothing to eat,” he recalled.

Chicago Muslims feed the needy throughout the year and were encouraged to make an extra show of charity to reflect the life and mission of Jesus the Messiah.

He expressed gratitude for those who have donated clothes and shoes for the 10,000 Fearless to give away every day. “What we sometimes as a people will have in our closets, just sitting there collecting dust, it would be an act of kindness if they gave it to us and we could give it to the people because the people could use it,” Minister Muhammad said.

People are very appreciative of the food, clothing, and coats, he said. Sometimes people that live under bridges knock on the 10,000 Fearless office because it’s cold and they have nowhere to go.

“Brother Barry didn’t even know them. He allowed them to come in this house and spend the night. An act of kindness,” said Mr. Muhammad.

Carmella Muhammad, in Chicago, interacts with a young woman in a Windy City neighborhood.

Black Lives Matter in Los Angeles started an annual campaign called Black Xmas in 2014 in partnership with the Nation of Islam.

“Minister Farrakhan was calling on folks not to spend their dollars with the White corporations that keep us oppressed, and so we partnered with the Nation and helped to amplify that call,” said Dr. Melina Abdullah of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles chapter and chair of the Pan African Studies Department at California State University Los Angeles.

Every year BLMLA has from White corporations that benefit from and contribute to Black oppression and even Black deaths, she said.

Recently, they focused on the link between White capitalism and state-sanctioned violence in their campaign. For instance, the 2014 murder of John Crawford in a Beaver Creek, Ohio, Walmart, after an employee called the police when he was simply looking at merchandise, she noted.

“What we think about during the holidays is how corporations and capitalism try to drive us to spend our money with them even though they don’t value our lives, and so we say we have power and we have the power to withhold our dollars from those corporations and use our dollars for things that actually build strong, Black communities,” said Dr. Abdullah.

Black Lives Matter Los Angeles encourages people not to spend on things they don’t need. Instead of buying grandmother who is a music lover another sweater, donate that money to places like the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center in Leimert Park, that teaches Black children to play music for free, Dr. Abdullah recommended.

Donate to organizations that support loved ones in prison and if they do need to buy something, then buy Black, she said.

“Every day we have been profiling a Black-owned business that contributes to our community like Simply Wholesome, who hires not just young people, but also Black ex-offenders, who come out and can’t get jobs,” Dr. Abdullah explained. Black Lives Matter Los Angeles wants people to employ “Buying Black” all year long, not just in the 30-40 day holiday season.

“In November people were talking about the importance of the vote, right. If you spend your dollar, that’s a vote … . If you spend your dollars instead with a Queen Aminah, you’re voting for her! You’re saying we want your business to do well. We are voting for these kinds of businesses to grow and prosper in our community and then in turn benefit our community,” Dr. Abdullah said.

“Queen Aminah” is Aminah Muhammad of Muhammad Mosque No. 27. For years, she has not only provided clothing, jewelry, and cultural art to her community from Inglewood to Los Angeles to Leimert Park, but she, husband Larry Muhammad, and their family hold annual food giveaways.

It’s very important that the community that buys from you and supports your business that we give back. You can’t just sit in your store and your business and look at all of the hunger and the mental illness and the problems that’s going on in the community and not try to do something about it,” she said.

Making a change is what drives Sudan Muhammad and her family to go into women’s shelters and provide meals to those suffering in her Washington, D.C., community.

In Atlanta, Muslims and Christians joined forces to work to improve living conditions in a suffering Black neighborhood.

Their most consistent acts of kindness over the years have been providing homemade meals, she said. It’s not just those that are homeless and living on the streets, but mothers whose gas is turned off, with no way to prepare decent meals for their children. Some don’t have the luxury of scrambling eggs for their children or fixing hot cereal, she said.

“In the name of Allah, this year alone, I know that we’ve cooked for thousands of people in my little, teeny, tiny kitchen. Thousands,” she said.

This act of kindness comes at a time when people are being kicked off food stamps and food bank and charity cupboards are bare, added Sudan Muhammad. But, she said, Allah (God) blesses her with organic food from many sources as well as feminine products for women’s shelters.

“I had my children with me and we were serving, and one sister was in an abandoned car. The windows were knocked out in the back. She was pregnant with twins in a car, freezing to death, and the only thing I could give her was some blankets and I took the coat off my back and gave it to her,” Sudan Muhammad told The Final Call.

Serving people at the grassroots level shows how much people really need help, said Pastor Ja’Mail Johnson of the Word Church in Houston, Texas.

Many became familiar with him, wife Natasha, and their congregation during Hurricane Harvey, which pummeled Texas in August 2017. The church provided help to those devastated by the flood.

Instead of going into debt, how about opening your heart and showing compassion for others, advocates said. Houston community groups worked together and donated items after devastating storms and floods.

“Churches have a responsibility to their communities, whether it’s during the holidays, or natural disasters or not, he stressed.

Through their Fulfillment Project’s Kicks for Kids, the couple has consistently distributed shoes to elementary students, provided meals through a community food pantry, provided disaster relief aid, offered social and physical activity programs for seniors, and provided shelter and other services for battered women.

“A lot of people during this time of the year, they feel that burden to give, or, then others, depending on your tax bracket, may feel the need for the tax break, so you give and you’re wanting a donation receipt, but I will say this, there are a lot of entities, more of your larger entities: Of that dollar that you’re giving, probably only five to 10 percent is going to get to that person that’s in need,” Pastor Johnson stated. That won’t buy a stick of bubble gum in this inflated market, he said.

In Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago and other cities, those committed to doing good say a great need exists and they could use helping filling that need.

“When you give to a smaller non-profit or a smaller grassroots effort, I really believe that you are touching the heart of that person, because those are the people that’s on the front lines,” Pastor Johnson said. “It never fails. When I’m in the trenches we really don’t have a lot of big entities there. They come out when there are national disasters, when the television cameras are there, when you can get a sound bite. But it’s a lot of people that are hurting and there would be no news coverage there to really capture the pain that they’re going through,” he said.

So he often struggles between disasters to get people to understand and help meet real needs regularly. “I don’t want to have to go through it and lose everything just for you to come and give me a sandwich and some Cheetos and tell me to have a blessed day,” he said.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

From The Final Call Newspaper

Liars, Liars

By Askia Muhammad Contributing Editor | Last updated: Dec 10, 2018 

WASHINGTON—Lies. Lies. Even more White House controversy. Convic- tions and additional prosecutions are now haunting Donald J. Trump’s every move as some of his former senior staff and cam- paign officials face prison terms for trying to aid a number of illicit schemes leading up to his 2016 election and beyond.

Meanwhile, there’s a lawsuit against Mr. Trump which says his business em- pire has illegally profited since he’s been elected, in violation of the Constitution, and there’s an unprecedented revolving door among senior staff who are not in legal jeopardy.

In a week which saw several widely discussed legal filings and sentencing memos, “the most significant filing of the week” may have been the memo related to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) said Dec. 9 on Fox News Sunday. Other observers agree.

“I think Trump is in big trouble. And I think that the two people he has to worry most about, (are) Flynn, and Cohen,” Prof. Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State Univer- sity said in an interview, “because they’re close to his inner circle. Flynn followed him every place and went on the mission to Russia. And Michael Cohen of course had been his ‘fixer’ for 10 years.”

“The defendant has assisted with sev- eral ongoing investigations: a criminal investigation ...” Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrote in a filing recommending that Gen. Flynn’s cooperation with the investigation warranted a sentence with no jail time. Gen. Flynn’s cooperation was, as they put it in the memo, “substantial” and “timely.”

Gen. Flynn “participated in 19 inter- views” and “provided documents and communications” according to Mr. Muel- ler’s filing, some even relating to an undisclosed, ongoing “criminal investigation.” The former director of the Defense Intel- ligence Agency was convicted of lying to the FBI.

In his appearance in court to plead guilty to lying before congressional com- mittees, Mr. Cohen, who served as a long- time lawyer for Mr. Trump, admitted he
had lied and “minimized links between the Moscow Project and Individual 1,” who is identifiable as Mr. Trump “in hopes of lim- iting the ongoing Russia investigations.”
Mr. Cohen lied to the Congress as part of a cover-up of Mr. Trump’s connections to Russia and the Russian government.

He has since spent more than 70 hours with investigators from Special Counsel Mueller’s office, including time testifying before a grand jury.

Not one to back down, Mr. Trump took to Twitter to blast for- mer FBI Director James Comey who testified Dec. 7 before poli- ticians as part of an investigation into the processes of the Depart- ment of Justice and the FBI into the 2016 presidential election and alleged Russian collusion, re- ported MSN.com. Mr. Trump who fired Mr. Comey—accused Mr. Comey of lying.

According to media reports, transcripts from Mr. Comey’s tes- timony revealed the FBI opened counterintelligence files on four individuals—all Americans—but that Mr. Trump was not one of them.

“Leakin’ James Comey must have set a record for who lied the most to Congress in one day. His Friday testimony was so untruth- ful! This whole deal is a Rigged Fraud headed up by dishonest people who would do anything so that I could not become President. They are now exposed!” respond- ed Mr. Trump via Twitter.

And then, there’s former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who’s in custody, awaiting sentencing. In a surpris- ing move, Mr. Mueller’s office said Mr. Manafort lied “on a variety of subject matters,” violating his plea agreement.

Former Trump campaign for- eign policy aide George Papado- poulos also spent a few days in jail after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with a man who allegedly informed him that Russia had thousands of emails with derogatory information about former Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.

And then there is Mr. Trump’s own penchant for untruthfulness. One day last September, for ex- ample, a published “Fact Check- er” reported he publicly made 125 false or misleading statements— in a period of time that totaled only about 120 minutes. It was a new single-day high.

Mr. “Trump’s tsunami of un- truths helped push the count in The Fact Checker’s database past 5,000 on the 601st day of his pres- idency,” the newspaper reported. “That’s an average of 8.3 Trumpi- an claims a day ...”

Even answering written ques- tions truthfully for Mr. Mueller’s probe of Russian interference and relatedmatters“wasanightmare,” Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told The Atlantic. “Answering those questions was a nightmare,” Mr. Giuliani told the magazine. “It took him about three weeks to do what would normally take two days.”

Meanwhile, in more legal trouble for the president: the at- torneys general of Maryland and Washington D.C. want access to the tax returns of the Trump Orga- nization, issuing subpoenas Dec. 5 as part of their efforts to estab- lish violations of the Emoluments Clause by Mr. Trump. The attor- neys’ general moved ahead with subpoenas after a federal judge set in motion the schedule for them to begin collecting evidence in their lawsuit challenging Mr. Trump’s ongoing business interests.

The lawsuit claims the presi- dent is in violation of the Consti- tution’s ban on emoluments—pay- ments from foreign or domestic government entities to the President—because of his continued interest in the Trump International Hotel.

For example, lobbyists representing the government of Saudi Arabia reserved blocks of rooms at Mr. Trump’s Washington hotel within a month of his election in 2016—paying for an estimated 500 nights at the luxury hotel in just three months, according to organizers of the trips and docu- ments obtained by The Washing- ton Post.

Beginning in December 2016, the group switched to the Trump International Hotel where the av- erage nightly rate at the hotel was $768. In all, the lobbyists spent more than $270,000 to house six groups of visiting veterans at the Trump hotel according to the newspaper. The lobbyists were reserving large numbers of D.C.- area hotel rooms as part of an un- orthodox campaign that offered U.S. military veterans a free trip to Washington, then sent them to Capitol Hill to lobby against a law the Saudis opposed, according to veterans and organizers.

“I think that they’re going to see that Trump, who lies, almost compulsively, is involved in a va- riety of things,” said Dr. Winbush. “I think he knew everything about the contacts with Russia. I think he’s in debt to the Russians for a large amount of money, because his credit was so bad in this coun- try,” he continued.

With the Democrats taking control of the House of Represen- tatives early next year, a possibil- ity of more investigations into Mr. Trumps dealings is a possibility even if impeachment is not, note some analysts.

“The level of criminality en- gaged in by Donald Trump, his family, his campaign, and his ‘fixer/lawyer’ is broad and sweeping, consistent with lifetime patterns of criminality on all of their parts (and we still have more to learn),” wrote Thom Hartman in an article on CommonDreams.org.

Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan has called Mr. Trump an “anomaly.” There’s never been a president quite like Mr. Trump, the Muslim leader stated. In a recent address from Nation of Islam headquarters in Chi- cago, Min. Farrakhan addressed the accusations of lying that have dogged Mr. Trump.

“I couldn’t call Mr. Trump, Satan. His pay grade is so far below Satan. I just said he lies but I’m not the one measuring his lies, his own people are do- ing that. A man that lies several times a day, he has a certain dis- ease. When stuff is coming out of your backside like a river they say you have diarrhea. But lies are coming out of your mouth like fecal matter running out of your backside when you’re sick: That man has ‘liarrhea. ...,” Min. Farrakhan stated during a Nov. 18 message.

“It’s a bad situation. I think there’s a fear—although I’m hearing it more and more—men- tioning the word treason. What Trump has done, is treason. I think that’s going to be pressure on the Republican Senate, that we’ve got to do something with this guy, otherwise in 2020, it’s not only going to be him gone, it’s going to be us as well.

“It looks bad. It really, really does,” Prof. Winbush concluded.(Final Call staff contributed to this report.)

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

From The Final Call Newspaper

Should Blacks Consider SEPARATION?

By Charlene Muhammad and Katrina Muhammad | Last updated: Nov 27, 2018

White youths counter-protest civil rights demonstrators who marched through an all-White neighborhood on the Northwest Side of Chicago, by driving through a riot zone on the Southwest Side with a sign and a Confederate flag, Aug. 5, 1966.

Next year will mark 400 years since a group of Africans arrived in Point Comfort, Va., after being kidnapped from their homeland to begin a life of brutality, subjugation and oppression as slaves to White colonizers in a strange land.

The patriarch of the Nation of Islam, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught that the first Black Africans were kidnapped and actually brought to America as slaves 64 years prior in 1555.

In this July 24, 1967 file photo, a Michigan State police officer searches Black youth on Detroit’s 12th Street after the previous day’s race riots.

One thing is clear: The over four century sojourn of Blacks in America has been a far cry from the Founding Fathers cry that “all men are created equal.”

The writers of the U.S. Constitution did not have Black or Indigenous people in mind when penning the document in laying out their vision for the country.

Decades of laws, legislation and policies under Republican and Democratic political leadership has undergirded this reality. Record numbers of Black politicians, professionals, and millionaires who are still tied to and intertwined within the mindset of White Supremacy and Black inferiority have failed to break the grip of mental slavery and servitude of Black America.

What is the solution?

Today, Black people are still the disproportionate victims of hate crimes in America. Seemingly every day, online footage of arrogant and condescending Whites, confronting and reporting Black men, women and children for simple activities, or for just minding their own business, is going viral.

Police wearing riot gear converge on a man with his hands raised Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson,Mo. On Aug. 9, a White police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed Black 18-year old, in the St. Louis suburb.

Hate crime incidents rose 17 percent in 2017, the third consecutive year of increases, according to the FBI Hate Crime Statistics released in mid-November. Blacks, again, top the list as targets of nearly half of all race, ethnicity, ancestry motivated hate crimes.

“The level of tribalism that was being fueled by presidential candidates, the acceptance of intolerance that has been condoned by President Trump and many others across the country has simply emboldened individuals to be more open and notorious with their racial hatred,” Derrick Johnson, the president of the NAACP, told the media.

“For at least the last 25 years, African Americans have been the most frequent victims of hate crimes, and with the flood of #LivingWhileBlack incidents that occurred this year, we have seen that hate crimes, hate speech and the general culture of intolerance and implicit bias are not exclusive to the extremist communities–they have become an inextricable hazard in the daily lives of Black and brown Americans,” wrote the NAACP in a statement.

The 2017 data, submitted by 16,149 law enforcement agencies (up from 15,254 agencies in 2016), provide information about the offenses, victims, offenders, and locations of hate crimes.

However, since the FBI started collecting hate crime data in the early 1990’s, Blacks have been the number one target of hate crime in every tally of bias incidents.

More than half of all of the hate crimes last year, focused on a person’s race with 2,012 Blacks targeted. That year, Blacks were only 13 percent of the nation’s population and yet accounted for 28 percent of all hate crime victims. One in 5 hate crimes focused on a person’s religion, targeting 938 Jewish Americans. These numbers are just the tip of the problem.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, approximately 250,000 hate crimes take place each year in the United States, but only two percent are reported to the FBI.

According to the report, “Hate Crimes Rise in U.S. Cities and Counties In Times of Division and Foreign Interference,” published in May by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino, among the 10 largest American cities in 2017, anti-Black hate crime was the top category in five of the eight cities that supplied breakdowns for such incidences.

Recently in a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky, a White gunman opened fire, killing a Black man and Black woman at a grocery store. Police have stated race was a factor in the shooting and the accused gunman had also attempted to enter a Black church beforehand.

Separation is the best and only solution to the racism, violence, tyranny and oppression plaguing Blacks in America teaches the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.

That is in part why Student Minister Dr. Ava Muhammad, national spokesperson for the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, has been on a national tour outlining the case for separation and the failure of integration to Black people. The tour began in Birmingham, Ala., in June and has included stops in Memphis and Detroit.

A town hall meeting with Student Minister Ava Muhammad dealing with separation is scheduled for Dec. 1 in St. Louis at Muhammad Mosque No. 28.

The purpose isn’t to persuade Black people how wicked White people are, but to inform Black people that they must prepare themselves to self-govern beginning where they live, said Student Minister Ava Muhammad.

“We’re specifically talking about a series of town hall meetings with the express purpose of preparing our people—the 40 to 60 million descendants of slaves here in North America—preparing us for a referendum as to who desires to accept, or reject being separated from the slave masters’ children and establishing a land of their own,” she told The Final Call.

There are those who feel the call for separation is a “pipe dream” that will never happen. But, take a look at Blacks’ current condition in America. Blacks are already “segregated,” which means “separation of an inferior by a superior,” Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan teaches.

“If the intent of the government in advocating integration is to trick us into believing that our 400-year-old enemy has now become our ‘friend,’ and that we should forgive and forget and be glad to take part in this great American way of life, then the intent is evil. So, the result of such evil intent can never bring justice to a people who are aggrieved,” the Minister outlined in an address titled, “The Question of Integration vs. Separation.”

Separation is different than segregation, he explained. “The Honorable Elijah Muhammad has said to us that separation is a voluntary act done by two equals who realize that they cannot get along in peace, so they come to a decision that it is ‘best for us to separate: You go your way, I’ll go mine.’ ”

In cities like Chicago, Blacks and Whites still live in a society that is separate but not equal. There are completely different homeownership rates for Blacks versus Whites, gaps still exist between Black and White wealth and income. There is health care inequality, disparate employment and underemployment rates and lack of access to technology when it comes to race and other racial gaps in opportunity and even life spans.

A counter demonstrator uses a lighted spray can against White nationalist demonstrators at the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12, 2017. Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and police in riot gear ordered people to disperse after chaotic violent clashes between White nationalists and counter protestors.

All reflect that for Black America, inequality and inequity is still a painful reality.

In “The State of the Nation’s Housing 2018,” researchers indicate that compared with 1994, Black homeownership rates have increased just 0.3 percentage point while White rates have risen 2.2 percentage points, widening the Black-White gap to 29.2 percentage points.

According to the 2018 State of Black America report, produced annually by the National Urban League, Blacks and Hispanics are avid consumers of digital technology, but are grossly underrepresented in the digital workforce. It is estimated that fewer than five percent of Silicon Valley’s workforce is Black.

Blacks and Hispanics earn a median household income of $38,555 and $46,882, respectively, compared to a White median household income of $63,155, said Urban League President Marc Morial in the State of Black America report.

“People of color are persistently under or unemployed. Nationally, African Americans have the highest unemployment rate at 7.5 percent, followed by Hispanics at 5.1 percent,” he said.

The 2014 U.S. Census Bureau indicates 27 percent of Black men, women and children live below the poverty level, compared to just 11 percent of all Americans. Nearly 40 percent of Black children live in poverty compared to 22 percent of all children in America. A 26 percent poverty rate for working-age Black women ages 18-64 is harrowing, and the poverty rate for working-age Black men is 21 percent.

“Every measure of human development and human progress demonstrates to us that we’re living in two separate worlds, and the world we’re living in is really this master and slave situation where we provide the labor for this country,” said Yoel Haile, political director for the Afrikan Black Coalition, a statewide coalition of Black college student unions in California.

Mr. Haile argued Blacks provide America’s creative genius but suffer most from mass incarceration, school suspensions, lack of access to health care and unemployment.

He encouraged Blacks not to get caught up in the fanfare and hysteria of the political elections, even with Democrats winning the House in Congress. Like the Barack Obama presidency, Blacks won’t gain liberation, he said.

“We’re already separated,” echoed Dr. Opio Sokoni, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based activist and professor. Over 50 percent of Blacks in America live in the South, he pointed out.

Dr. Sokoni believes redlining still occurs, along with gentrification which puts Blacks in different residential areas, but Blacks are not as segregated as they used to be.

He pointed to neighborhoods and places across America like Chinatown and Hasidic Jewish communities which run themselves as proof “separation” is viable.

“They have their own quasi-government … but they have a certain type of culture … their own form of justice and how they deal with each other, so it (separation) happens here, in this country, right now! But it’s not written into law,” Dr. Sokoni continued.

“We have been oppressed and don’t even know it. Our separation first has to come by the way of information. We are not separated economically with our oppressor. We have to separate economically from our oppressor,” stated Minister Fuqua Bey of Moorish Science Temple No. 25 during the Separation tour’s Sept. 29 stop in Detroit at the Charles H. Wright Museum where he participated as a panelist.

Nation of Islam Student Minister Wesley Muhammad, PhD., a researcher and scholar, moderated the gathering. Panelists also included Reverend Dr. Joann Watson, Jamo Shabazz of the Melanic Islamic Palace of the Rising Sun, and Negus Vu of Peoples Action. Attendees included many community leaders and activists, Detroit residents, and Muslims.

History has proven that Black people can function at a high level in their own enclaves, similar to other ethnic groups. Detroit was a prime example. Participants at the town hall reflected on Black Bottom and Paradise Valley saying these historic Black neighborhoods were not solely slums. These neighborhoods had an element of affluence and housed many successful Black businesses.

The community of Black Bottom and neighboring community Paradise Valley were home to many musicians and entertainers especially jazz artists and prominent businesses like James H. Cole Funeral Home, Charles C. Diggs, Sr. Funeral Home, the Detroit Urban League, the Michigan Chronicle newspaper, The Detroit Tribune, Biltmore Hotel, B & C Club, Horna Ferguson’s St. Louis Restaurant and the Nation of Islam’s Temple No. 1, they said.

The Detroit Urban League noted that in 1942 this all-Black community was home to 151 Black physicians, 140 Black social workers, 85 Black lawyers, 71 Black beauty shops, 57 Black restaurants, 36 Black dentists, 30 Black pharmacies, 25 Black barbershops, 20 Black hotels, 25 Black dress shops and a host of Black grocery stores, pool halls, roller rinks, social clubs, car lots, theaters and much more. Residents of Black Bottom even nominated their own “mayor” to represent them at city council meetings.

There were several Black townships that thrived after the Civil War and through Reconstruction in the U.S. where Blacks owned businesses, educated their children and supported one another.

“I was educated on plausible solutions that was presented by the audience and the panelists. We need to separate at home first, the first thing is working on ourselves first and psychologically deprogram this White supremacy control that has been holding over us for centuries,” said Nicus Vo.

“Self-governing is necessary. Separation is important for our people. It’s that time. We have been thinking of it, but it’s time to put it into action,” added Jamo Shabazz.

In addition to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Marcus Garvey, Noble Drew Ali and the Communist Party of the 1920s and 1930s also advocated for or spoke of separation, noted Min. Farrakhan.

“The Nation of Islam is calling for a separation in reality. Separation is the official position of the NOI. The only solution to the problem in America is separation. Our current reality is death, a house of death, we exist right now in the house of death,” said Dr. Wesley Muhammad.

“Dystopia is the opposite of utopia. Black life in America is dystopic. We have identified the mechanisms of death. If we seek life, we have to leave that house of death. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said it’s more important to teach us separation than prayer.”

(Starla Muhammad and Nisa Islam Muhammad contributed to this report. Charlene Muhammad reported from Los Angeles and Katrina Muhammad reported from Detroit.)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

From The Final Call Newspaper

Min. Farrakhan Speaks with His Excellency Mohsen Rezaee, Secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council, in Tehran, Iran



(Editor’s Note: The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered a powerful message Nov. 18 at Mosque Maryam in Chicago. He provided details about his recent trip to Iran, the reception and reaction he received and taught extensively on the reality of the Great Mahdi and the Messiah and their direct connection to the Nation of Islam. The Minister issued a direct challenge to those who have falsely labeled him and the Nation as anti-Semites and haters and called for a public showdown where the truth can be proven before the world. The Minister also shared how he met with His Excellency Mohsen Rezaee, the secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council, a legislative branch of the Iranian government in Tehran. Mr. Rezaee is also an advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader and a former commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Below
is an edited transcript of their meeting Nov. 4 in Iran. Editing done was simply to make the article easier to read because of some translation. None of the content or spirit of the message was changed. We urge our readers to carefully examine and digest these powerful and enlightening words. We also urge you to make sure that you stay tuned for Part 2 of this important article next week, God Willing.)


I was weighing very carefully the time, the government of America and what America, I believe, is planning against the government and people of Iran. We have never been closer to war as we are right now. For the last 20 or more years, out of the Pentagon, plans were developed to overthrow seven Muslim nations in five years. The Generals that were a part of that plan, one of them, exposed what was in a memo that he gained from Paul Wolfowitz, one of the Neo-Conservatives, a Zionist, who has always felt that you can’t make peace with Iran because you cannot change Iran’s thinking. So, Iran must be destroyed.

They never sleep. They’re working in Iran as we are speaking developing an internal enemy. It was the same with Muammar Gadhafi. The CIA was working in Libya with disaffected Libyans from Benghazi. When America would attack, they wanted Egypt to attack Libya from the East and the assets of the CIA inside Libya would rise and kill Gadhafi and others.

They’ve all but succeeded in overthrowing with the Arab Spring many Islamic regimes that they disliked. A big surprise came in Egypt when Mohamed Morsi of the Islamic Brotherhood became president. Within a short time, America through their assets in Egypt, organized a coup against the legitimately elected president of Egypt.

My dear brothers and sisters, I am so full because I have been blessed by God to know what they’re planning against Iran. Not that you don’t know it because you do, but I don’t know whether we are taking the proper steps to block their evil plans. So here we are. I warned Brother Gadhafi that they were going to bomb Libya, the airfield, the water project. And, within days they bombed.

Right now President Trump cannot chastise Muhammad Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi because they’ve made a tremendous investment in the Saudi government in the friendship of Muhammad Bin Salman with Jerad Kushner, the son-in-law of President Trump. Our president called Saudi King Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud and asked him to gather all the Sunni nations in Riyadh and invite him. And when Mr. Trump came to Riyadh, you listened. I’m sure you and the Supreme Leader listened very carefully. Mr. Trump’s aim was to extract from the Sunni nations pledges to buy the latest weaponry of America.

Then he proceeded to try to unite the Sunni nations and direct their anger at the Shi’ite Muslims. With all humility, we have allowed the division that took place at the deathbed of the Prophet to last for 1,400 years with no resolution of that which happened that split Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims. Allah says in the Qur’an that we did not become divided until knowledge came to us, splitting up our religion into sects and parties; each party rejoicing in their part due to envy. If envy is at the root of something, the root is rotten, so the tree and its branches will not bear the fruit that Allah desires.

So, your excellency, this is why I came because it is important that we are guided correctly in this hour, lest the Middle East will be the trigger of World War III where no nation will survive intact. I will close by saying, the Mahdi, to whom praise is due forever, it is written that He would set down every tyrant and set justice in the earth. Righteousness and wickedness cannot coexist, and each nation that is Islamic has to reconcile its own deviation from the Qur’an. We cannot allow politicians who are trying to win friendship with Shaitan to lead our nations because they can’t speak straight words because they want to compromise. You cannot compromise justice. You cannot compromise truth. You cannot compromise righteousness.

So the whole Islamic world must be called to repentance for putting the Holy Qur’an behind their backs as though Allah revealed something that has no merit in the modern time, in a modern world. So, our prayers, my dear beloved, brother as a warrior who had to fight and kill your own Muslim brothers because Shaitan came between us.

I was telling my host, this morning, that I had a meeting with Prince Bandar bin Sultan in the Saudi embassy in Riyadh. I asked him, why are you letting American troops into this Holy Land? He tried to assure me that they had agreements with America that when whatever they were there to do was finished, they could be asked to leave, and they would leave. So, I asked him: have you checked the treaties that America has made with the native people of America? How many treaties did they break? Did you see what they did to brother Muammar Gadhafi, of Libya, after he submitted and gave them his weapons of mass destruction on a promise that they would bring him out of the cold and treat him with respect and honor?

Why is our memory so short that we are not profiting from what we see happening with those who make agreements with America? So, a new president comes in and rips up the agreement. He never gave back the billions of dollars that they have of Iranian sweat and blood in their banks that they control. Now they are ready to go to war. Prince Bandar said to me, “we gave $80 billion to Saddam Hussein of Iraq. And with the help of America, we went to war with Iran because they feared Imam Khomeini and the Iranian Revolution.”

Why is Jamal Khashoggi dead? Because some in Saudi Arabia said he was an Islamist. There’s another adjective that they used in front of Islamist. A radical Islamist and that’s what they thought of Imam Khomeini, a radical Muslim. So, the radical Muslim is dead, murdered. So, can we make an arrangement with America that they will respect?

Minister Louis Farrakhan, of the Nation of Islam, meets with Mohsen Rezaee, secretary of Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council in Tehran. The council is part of the legislative branch of Iranian government.

I’m sorry for talking so much but I am full, and I did not come here to accept your hospitality and your kindness and not leave something here from Al-Mahdi for you to think about. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us the Mahdi visited every inhabited part of our planet. But His work would not begin in this area of the world because of its decadence. Look at your Qur’an, every destruction that Allah brought about, he brought it about in this area of the world. How is this the Holy Land anymore? So, the Mahdi came to North America, the Citadel of Wickedness, because we were there enslaved for 463 years. Satan made us into himself well; when you look at a Black man, you’re looking at a White man in Black skin.

We reflect the evil of the wickedness of Satan. Al-Mahdi came, and he raised up Al-Massi. Don’t look for the Messiah to come out of the Muslim world. You are not worthy to produce such because of your deviation. We, the Blacks in America, rejected and despised were chosen by Allah to raise a light in the dark corner of wickedness. So, the sun of Islam is not rising in the East today. You cannot give us guidance because you have lost it yourself.

You need to be guided again to the path of God that has been forsaken and that is why the Islamic World is closing down in front of our eyes, so the sunlight of Islam is rising from the West. Not from the Whites of America, but from Black people whom many have rejected and despised. But today, Allah has given us a light and we will shine that light and whosoever will, will be guided by it. Please excuse my passion. I love you and I love Islam and I love this area of the world, which was once the domain, not of White Muslims, but of Blacks.

Yes, the Tigress and Euphrates Rivers, this is where civilization began. It will be returned to its former greatness only if we repent, bow down in submission and come back to Allah and the Path of the Prophet; and Allah will forgive us for deviation and raise Islam again. That’s why I’m here. I didn’t care whether you accept me or reject me. I’m not here to become a part of false friendship. If we’re a Friend of Truth, we’ll be friends. If we’re a Friend of Righteousness, we’ll be friends. So, my dear General, you’re out of the military in a sense but you’ll be back in it shortly. The greatness of your mind will be needed again.

And even though we’re older now, the young don’t have what you have. And they should have listened to the Supreme Leader. When you violate good guidance coming from your Supreme Leader, there are consequences. You can’t make those kinds of mistakes and not pay a price. So, I beg you, if I’m blessed to speak to my government from here, I will warn them of sanctions. They give you sanctions but Al-Mahdi, Allah, is going to sanction them not with sanctions but with Divine Judgement. If America does not repent, which I don’t think she will, she is finished as a great nation.

What is the theme of my talk? Is it about hegemony? Yes, America is losing the trust and friendship of many nations. America, like Babylon, is fallen. And Donald Trump is the right man to speed up her fall. Allah put him there to bring about the fruition of His will. The Christians say the devil is a liar and every day they’re mocking how many lies he tells. Allah created the heavens and the earth with truth. There’s nothing in this universe that was created by a lie except Shaitan; but even he is rooted in truth otherwise he could not deceive those who are truthful.

I didn’t expect to say these things. I don’t use notes. People sit down, and they write I should say this, and this will get this response. No. I speak from here, my mind, and here, my heart, to there, your mind, and there, your heart. You can do with me as you please. This is one of the greatest nations on this earth and you have set up a theocracy, but Al-Mahdi said he’s going to set down every tyrant and set justice in the earth. He’s a man born of a woman but anointed with tremendous power by Allah, the Most High. I come in his name and in the name of Al-Massi, the Messiah. I don’t expect you to believe that right away, but you are not foolish people. A false man you can easily dismiss him; but a truthful man who speaks from the guidance of Allah and His Messiah, you can’t dismiss Him except at your own peril.

Thank you for allowing me this privilege to have these few words, and if there’s any question that you would ask of me, my dear brother and brothers, I’ll do my best to try to answer it as succinctly as possible.

His Excellency Mohsen Rezaee: Bismillah Ir-rahman, Ir-rahim. (In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.) I felt very privileged at what you said. Your words came from your heart and mind, settles on the heart and mind. You speak with truth. We’re gratified and express much gratitude that you came at a sensitive time to our country. Your coming at this point and time shows that there’s no distance between us and you.

It’s obvious that we’re together. Our Islamic Revolution raised the Islamic flag. First, we think of Islam and then about you all.

Iran cannot survive without Islam. I have extra love for Islam. All Islamic nations say if they don’t think of Islam first nothing would be left for them, and now we’re being oppressed because of Islam. If Iran hadn’t raised the banner of Islam, we would have been oppressed so much, so many times. First the Europeans and the Americans have come to our area for the past three centuries and others. We have been occupied for the past three centuries by them, even Germany and France. The reason is because they’re afraid of Islam. They’re afraid because of the Revival of Islam in these countries. Our economy, our culture, our laws are becoming Islamic to reflect us. They’re afraid of us. There is enmity in the West because of Islam, and it’s in relying on Islam that we can survive and save ourselves.

Without Islam, we cannot reach anywhere. … The main war is between Islam and the West now. But in this world, Iran, Iraq and Syria cannot do it by themselves. We have to unite, including Muslims from Europe and the United States of America and also our own area. The Muslims of the world have to unite.

We have a need to form international hegemony against the rule of the West. We invited you to talk about coming together and being united against this oppression that has lasted for the past 300 years. It’s a unique opportunity. (It) put you on such difficult position. It’s a good opportunity. We think further than this and we want to reach an accord and unity with the Muslims in America and form an international campaign. We respect the Afro Americans in a very special way. We consider old Africans, especially African Americans, the heart of the Islamic Revolution.

When the students occupied the U.S. Embassy in this campaign which was done independently from the government, it had nothing to do with the government. Then the Imam Khomeini ordered, first of all, the Afro Americans should be released along with the women that were there. This signified and points to the fact the Afro Americans are with us, a part of us. The Imam was trying to say that by liberating the Afro Americans from the Embassy to show the world that we have no problem with these people.

We hope that as you have come, we can have more private sessions to discuss these same topics about closing in and uniting between us and yourself.

The second point goes to the situation with the Islamic world. Today, the world of Islam is in its most difficult circumstances. You know about what just happened in Myanmar. Myanmar, Syria, Africa, this hand of Shaitan is mutilating the Islamic world. You know about Nigeria, what just happened in Nigeria just recently, a few days ago. The Islamic world is in its most difficult situation. The Muslims are seeing the most, the worst oppressions. At the same time simultaneously, the great improvements in the world of Islam in America, Europe. After they put down Saddam Hussein, they began to take control of those countries of Islam. They couldn’t do that. They haven’t been able to succeed. They had to retreat. Yemen, Syria, they were fighting with what they had with interest.

We believe that within the next decade, this region will be liberated from the Americans. We believe that the same power, the power that you were talking about, is behind this. I don’t have time to tell you about the details of how the Americans defeated Iraq and Syria. There is no time to explain this. There’s a lot of intelligence of what the Americans intended to do in Syria and they were not successful.

This past few months in Iraq, some of these Iraqis got to go into Parliament and offered $1 million each so the Americans would (control) the Prime Minister of Iraq but they were not successful. Another group took over the power in Iraq. In Syria, it’s the same scenario. Yemen, the same scenario. There were a lot of intelligence of defeats of the Americans, and also the British. Recently, Israel was in Abu Dubai … the Israelis created a base in Abu Dubai. That’s how they’re controlling … they were managing that base. But an incident destroyed their whole plan.

Europe and America, England think they can manage the world. But they don’t know that the world is a mess as an owner. Inshallah, falsehood will always be destroyed. What is missed is truth and sincerity. With falsity and with firepower you cannot challenge God. God Almighty is more powerful than all of them and in the end is God and His campaign is victorious.

Inshallah this victory is close.

The third point is about Iran itself. You know that it’s forty years. It’s four decades that the Americans have created problems for us.

Remember the time with Saddam Hussein. It was with the help and the support of America. Before that there was a coup d’├ętat in Iraq. … Those that were caught in the coup d’├ętat they said that everything we did was by American directions—the terrorist attacks and different explosions just after the revolution. And, of course, you know about the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) which was agreed upon from the former President Obama and continues the policies of sanctions against us. But we are certain that we are going to defeat them Inshallah. …

The Americans have some people inside of the country and we know who they are. We are watching them. We are sure that Allah will help us and will put the sanctions behind us. We have difficulties, but we’ll get along. Between our Supreme Leader and the people there’s a good relationship. The people trust the Leader. Many in the Islamic world, people come with the help of the people in Iraq and Syria. They get martyred. They get injured in the war, the voluntary forces fighting with the occupiers. When we have people like that … volunteering in defending our country, we have a good relationship. We will resist these sanctions.

Trump is doing psychological war. He took aircraft carriers near North Korea but then he went and started talking with the North Korean leader. He lies. He also says a lot of rhetoric. We are very happy that we have met you. You’ll have a good time; your delegation will have a good time. You are our brothers, we love you and you are to be trusted.

(See next week’s edition of The Final Call Newspaper for the conclusion, Part 2, of this article.)

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

From The Final Call Newspaper

Come On Out

By Starla Muhammad @simplystarla23 Managing Editor

Minister Louis Farrakhan

CHICAGO—Not mincing words, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan issued a direct challenge to those members of the Jewish community and others who continue hurling false and erroneous charges that he is anti-Semitic. The Minister addressed those accusations and discussed his recent trip to the Islamic Republic of Iran and other topics while boldly declaring that the Nation of Islam stands on a foundation of “invincible truth,” during a two-hour address in front of a capacity crowd Nov. 18 from the Muslim movement’s headquarters at Mosque Maryam in Chicago.

Women in audience applaud during Nov. 18 program

“Those of the Jewish people who want me dead, there’s a way you can do it; because my teacher said he was willing to give his life if one word that he taught was false. And I’m willing to offer my life for the word that I teach from the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. You want me dead? Prove that I have lied, and I will offer you my life. But will you offer me yours?” Min. Farrakhan stated matter-of-factly and with the confidence of a man who has worked tirelessly for over 60 years in the mission of his teacher.

Since the early 1980s, when he came to the defense of and provided protection for Rev. Jesse Jackson—who was running for president of the United States while receiving virulent opposition and even death threats from Jewish groups during his campaign for the Democratic nomination—Min. Farrakhan has been accused of being anti-Semitic for daring to criticize and point out wrongdoings of those in the Jewish community whose actions have harmed, interfered with or taken advantage of Black people.

In 1985 the Minister addressed a crowd of 25,000 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Jews and others protested outside the arena, many of them chanting, “Who do you want? Farrakhan! How do you want him? Dead.”

The attacks on Min. Farrakhan from that point have never ceased and have increased exponentially since the beginning of this year. White and Jewish political commentators, media personalities, celebrities and conservative and progressive pundits have increased pressure on their Black counterparts, demanding they disavow him and exercising their unrelenting need to maintain power and control over the affairs of Black America.

“If we prove you to be the liars will you offer your life? Not that we’re going to take you down to the river like Elijah did but our God is a witness of what you say and what you claim. If you’re willing to offer your life, he’s willing to take it,” Min. Farrakhan continued.

During the program, he touted the young scholars of the Nation of Islam and his research team for uncovering and revealing through the historic writings of Jewish academics, sages and rabbis, the inordinate influence, power and control Jews have exercised in the Black community from slavery through today. He also exposed the origins of the White race based on the teachings of Elijah Muhammad. White people are not natural people on our planet, explained Min. Farrakhan.

“See, if you were natural, you would be a native. The native Palestinians are Semitic people; been in Palestine for thousands of years. But this that crept out of Europe, stealing the birthright of the Semitic Jews, the Semitic Arabs, he’s against the Palestinians; they’re Semitic people. Well, where is the real anti-Semite,” he pointed out.

It’s our time

“We have fine teachers, some sitting here, some over there, some couldn’t make it here today, but I’m calling for my enemies—I’d like to get Don King to promote it—a showdown at Madison Square Garden,” the Minister said referring to the boxing promoter and businessman.

“A showdown! Why not? We’re ready to die for what we believe! So, come on out Mr. (Jonathan) Greenblatt of the ADL and bring Mr. (Abraham) Foxman with you. Come on out Alan Dershowitz. You that say we are haters and anti-Semites,” thundered Min. Farrakhan. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Mr. Greenblatt (CEO/National Director) and Mr. Foxman (former National Director) and attorney and former Harvard Law professor Dershowitz have obsessively targeted the Minister for years in futile efforts to discredit him with the false label of anti-Semitism and demanding that Black leadership condemn him.

Capacity crowd fills Mosque Maryam at Nation of Islam headquarters of being an anti-Semite.

“Come on out from your hiding place. Leave your n**gers at home! Come on out! You think that the Nation is only Louis Farrakhan? You think that I’m the only one that can battle this enemy and beat him down? We’ve got stars here!” the Minister thundered as the audience stood, clapped and cheered. “Come on out, since you love to say we are the haters, come on out and prove it,” he challenged.

Min. Farrakhan held up several books written by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad including Message to the Black Man, The Fall of America and others, telling the audience the guidance and programs contained in the writings would be a basis for debate with those who oppose him. The trio of books by the NOI Research Department: The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, volumes one, two and three was a response, the Minister explained, to the unfounded attacks on him by Jews.

“Now these books got us in a lot of trouble. Our research department got so angry with White folks calling us anti-Semites, they went and researched the history of the Jewish relationship with us. Not all Jews, but those that have exploited us to our disadvantage and to their advantage,” said Min. Farrakhan.

“If you really want to know why they’re so hateful of us, it’s because these books expose their wickedness in dealing with us.” Despite death threats and threats of violence spewed toward Min. Farrakhan, there is no record of any member of the NOI under his leadership harming any Jewish person or attacking a synagogue.

“They talked about a 67 percent increase in anti-Semitism and you can’t find one that is a follower of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad under my leadership that has done anything to Jewish people so how could we be the haters?” asked Min. Farrakhan.

The Ashkenazi European has no connection at all to the Holy Land, he added. “So, in a showdown prove to us that you are Semitic. All—let’s go on with it; it’s our time now.”

A message of invincible truth

The Middle East has a lot of cleansing to do and the Arab world has a lot of internal cleansing to do to, explained the Minister. He visited the nation, formerly called Persia on the heels of U.S. imposed sanctions. He met and spoke with religious leaders, representatives of the government, students at Tehran University and held a press conference at the studios of Press TV on Nov. 8 to confront the false media reports that he led students in anti-U.S. and anti-Israel “chants.”

“I want to tell you why I went,” Min. Farrakhan stated as he explained an important aspect of the history of Prophet Muhammad. “Before the Prophet, Peace be upon him—and I’m speaking of Muhammad ibn Abdullah—before he passed of this earth, he said to the Muslims, there is no superiority of the White over the Black. He said there is no superiority of the Black over the White. The one that is most careful of his or her duty to Allah, that’s the best among you,” he continued.

In our 400-year sojourn in America, Blacks have been underfoot, and some White or light-skinned people think that Black people are born to be under the foot of others. God allowed the White man to put Blacks in a condition that only God himself could get us out of, explained Min. Farrakhan.

The country of Iran is predominantly Shia and this school of Islamic thought is looking for the Mahdi, or Self-Guided One/Son of Man who is prophesied to come from the East and will set down tyrants and establish a new world government of righteousness and peace.

“God allowed a condition to be set up with a country that nobody could sit down and a people that nobody could raise up but he came by himself. He came to raise us up and to bring our enemies down,” said the Minister.

The 85-year-old world leader shared that he originally did not want to go on the trip based on how he was treated last time he was in Iran but that he prayed to Allah (God) on the airplane and received confirmation from his prayer that he was in the right place at the right time, just as Prophet Muhammad delivered messages to the rulers of various nations 1,400 years ago.

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the highest ranking official in the country. He met with Min. Farrakhan recently in Iran.

Leaving no stone unturned, he spoke boldly and unapologetically to Iranian leaders that the Mahdi, Master Fard Muhammad visited Black people in America and raised up a Messenger from among them, Elijah Muhammad. The Minister met with Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the highest-ranking official in the country who serves a lifetime term of office.

In detail, Min. Farrakhan shared how he explained who Master Fard Muhammad is, his origin and mission among Black people in America and what he taught Elijah Muhammad about the planets and the dreadful looking human-built planet in the sky designed to destroy America.

“When I got finished, they sent me a note because I do tend to be a little long winded but I had to get my message over and they let me do that and in the end I asked the great leader: ‘What would you have me do when we get back to America’? He said, “‘Continue preaching Islam the way you do.”’

Min. Farrakhan thanked members of the delegation that accompanied him and brought them forward to stand on stage at the conclusion of the program. The delegation included NOI officials, members of his security team and Final Call editorial and video staff. Min. Farrakhan acknowledge deach member of the delegation, sharing affectionate and kind words about the men who ensured his safety, security, comfort and made sure operations ran smoothly. “I personally want to thank all of you,” the Minister said in part (See Min. Farrakhan’s center article for more information and a picture of the delegation.)

Imam Sultan Rahman Muhammad, national imam of the Nation of Islam and great-grandson of Elijah Muhammad, was part of the delegation that accompanied Min. Farrakhan to Iran.

“Many of our Muslim brothers and sisters from around the world have seen us (Nation of Islam) as strange in that we have come up in the belly of Satan’s world and Allah has granted by his grace one to be raised from us who would lead us into the straight path of Allah at a time when the Muslim world and its leaders and scholars have deviated from the right path,” said Imam Sultan Muhammad.

Minister Louis Farrakhan, of the Nation of Islam, meets with Mohsen Rezaee, secretary of Iran's Expediency Discernment Council in Tehran. The council is part of the legislative branch of the Iranian government.

“In this hour when the nation of the Islamic Republic of Iran is in the crosshairs of the United States of America, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan went to speak not only to the students and public of Iran but the government of Iran, the Ayatollah of Iran and directly to the Supreme Leader himself, Ayatollah Khamenei. In his presence there he had on his heart one thing and that is to deliver and declare a message that he was raised to deliver from the Honorable Elijah Muhammad to our brothers and sisters of what is known as the seat of Shia scholarship in the Islamic world.”

Mohamad Yazdanpanah and his wife Safa Emam are from Iran but currently live in Baltimore. Both attended the Nov. 18 program. Mr. Yazdanpanah told The Final Call he recently became familiar with Min. Farrakhan through online videos.

Muslim women at Mosque Maryam Nov. 18 in Chicago.

“I only know him for three days, not even three. My wife is right there so she knows. God is my witness as well. ... I had heard of Minister Farrakhan before, I heard of Elijah Muhammad before but the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan only two days,” he said.

“I just listened to videos on the news report with Iran so that was one hour; one hour in a church I think was the anniversary of the Million Man March. That’s not even a total of three hours; just a few readings online but that was all. I bought my ticket last night, about 6:30 a.m. was the flight and we’re going back tonight.”

Mohamad Yazdanpanah and his wife Safa Emam are from Iran but currently live in Baltimore. Both attended the Nov. 18 program. Mr. Yazdanpanah told The Final Call he recently became familiar with Min. Farrakhan through online videos.

Not everybody gets the chance to go and see the Supreme Leader face-to-face, his wife added.

“Even though it’s not necessarily a privilege because as Brother (Farrakhan) mentions there are flaws, including in Iran even though our government of Iran is trying to take a stand against tyranny and oppression. But there are flaws and brother mentioned a few of them so it’s not necessarily a privilege to meet him but it’s something very special; there’s no doubt,” said Mr. Yazdanpanah.

(To view Minister Farrakhan’s Nov. 18 message in its entirety, visit noi.org.)