By The Final Call
- February 21, 2023
Saviours’ Day is an annual Nation of Islam commemoration of the birth of Master Fard Muhammad, the Great Mahdi of the Muslims and the Messiah of the Christians, who appeared in North America on July 4, 1930, and declared that the 400 years of bondage Blacks served in America had ended.
His coming and declaration fulfill many scriptures; however, perhaps most notable is the fulfillment of the promise God made to Abraham that his descendants would endure bondage in a strange land, among a strange people—before God Himself would deliver Abraham’s seed and judge the nation they served. Master Fard Muhammad was born on February 26, 1877, in the Holy City of Mecca.
He raised and taught the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, who dedicated over 40 years of his life to the resurrection of the mentally, morally, spiritually, and economically dead so-called American Negro. Each year he would convene Saviour’s Day and deliver a major address and expound on the Divine Wisdom given to Him by Master Fard Muhammad.
After the 1975 departure of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, in September of 1977, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan made the decision to rebuild the work of his Father, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and reestablish the Nation of Islam. Under Minister Farrakhan’s leadership, Saviour’s Day returned in 1981 in Chicago. In 1983, Minister Farrakhan changed the spelling of the commemoration from Saviour’s Day, as it had been, to the plural Saviours’ Day.
He explained during a message delivered in Gary, Ind., that the change meant that not only was Master Fard Muhammad, the Saviour for the Black Man and Woman of America but that the Muslims in the Nation of Islam had the mission of delivering the word and doing the work of resurrection as “little saviours” for the suffering masses of Blacks in America and suffering people around the world.
Thousands now attend the convention, which has grown to include workshops, plenary sessions, lively discussions, entertainment, social and educational activities for children and families, the Drill competition and closes with a major address by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.
This year’s convention is back in the city of the Nation of Islam’s headquarters and will be held February 24-26 at McCormick Place (McCormick Convention Center), 2301 S. King Dr., Chicago, IL 60616. This is the first full in-person Saviours’ Day gathering since 2020 due to the pandemic. This year’s theme for the convention is from the book of Ephesians in the Bible which states in part: “Put on the Whole Armor of God.”
Minister Farrakhan will deliver his traditional Saviours’ Day address, Sunday, February 26, at Wintrust Arena, 200 E. Cermak, in Chicago, IL. His message is titled, “The War of Armageddon Has Begun.” Doors open at noon and the program begins at 2:00 p.m. The message will be broadcast live via the internet on www.noi.org.