Call me a NATION sympathizer (CORRECETD)


1. it’s not my place to judge ANYONE

2. i never forget where i come from or how i got there.

3. one owes a debt of gratitude and loyalty to all previous “teachers” and providers of faith, education, culture etc. WHETHER you outgrow their process OR their methods turn out to be perfect or NOT!

that said, Min. Farrakhan’s statement sounds awfully Islamic, almost SUNNI Islamic at that.



Official Statement from The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
and The Nation of Islam on the passing of Imam W. Deen Mohammed


September 9, 2008
Contact: Minister Ishmael Muhammad
(773) 324-6000

CHICAGO—We mourn the loss of our brother Imam W. Deen Mohammed. We thank Allah for him and his great contribution to the ongoing work of Prophet Muhammad ibn Abdullah (P.B.U.H) and his work of helping to create a better understanding and image of Islam in America and throughout the world.

Our prayers and our thoughts are with the Mohammed family, with the followers and all those who feel our great loss.

this particular blog is not really meant to be a purveyor of conflict or argumentative (really neither is the other blog, cuz I RULE ON THAT ONE. HA. ), but on the eve of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed’s departure I think it’s important to note that Min. Farrakhan’s comments denote

1. “We mourn the loss of our brother”; a conscious embrace of the concept of “ummah” or community as it relates to the black Muslim community. ALLAHU AKBAR.

2. Then as referenced to the Islamic community as a whole, he makes reference to the seal of the prophets “ongoing work of Prophet Muhammad ibn Abdullah(P.B.U.H)”;  (where in early times the Muhammad reference would be to “Master Farad Muhammad” or the “Honorable Elijah Muhammad”). ALLAHU AKBAR.

3. This is extremely important because ultimately this can and should lead to a total awareness and recognition ot the TOTAL UMMAH (COMMUNITY) which in my mind at least,also includes the christians and jews as referenced by the Constitution of Madīnah, an early document said to have been negotiated by Muhammad in AD 622 with the leading clans of Madīnah, explicitly refers to Jewish and pagan citizens of Medina as members of the ‘Ummah’. ALLAHU AKBAR.

Well, obviously I’ve come a long way in my Islamic experience and life direction, from a brash, pro-black young Public Enemy-styled REBEL to a seeking, but still following young member of the FOI (Chuck D of PE did say “follow for now” on Don’t believe the Hype!) who harbored more resentment, than appreciation for “Wallace” as I used to refer to the Imam as because of his growth (which I perceived as disassociation from his father’s teachings etc.)

I hope that the examples of GROWTH and SEEKING that the Imam represented, as well as the humility to “back up” a bit and remember his roots, both family and organizationally are remembered. 

In 1999, many years after the “split” in the Nation, Imam attended “Saviour’s Day” a celebration in part to his father the Hon. Elijah Muhammad and

The imam joined the Friday Jumu’ah prayer service, a highlight of the three-day weekend event, at the special invitation of Min. Farrakhan in an effort to continue the process of resolving differences between the communities of the followers of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad since 1975.

During brief remarks, Imam Muhammad said he is praying for the success and good health of Minister Farrakhan, “that he will be around for a long time to help bring us to the right direction, and to the great goal and great destination of being a united ummah (community) on this earth.” Min. Farrakhan was unable to attend the event.

Responding later to reporters that his appearance represents reconciliation between his followers and those of Min. Farrakhan, the Imam noted that "the day of Jumu’ah is very special day, the very best day of the year. Our Prophet (Muhammad) said this is one of the two best days of the year, even better than our two Eids (feasts).

“I couldn’t resist coming here knowing that (The Nation of Islam) was observing this day. I haven’t lost my friendship with Minister Farrakhan,” he said, adding that the day “Inshallah (God willing) is coming” when he and the Minister will be one.

Introduced by Min. Farrakhan’s son Mustapha, whose eyes began to well upon embracing the imam, the young Farrakhan extended an “invitation of unity and brotherhood to the whole Muslim community.”

“As a son of my father, I know he’s very proud this day. On behalf of my father … we extend this invitation of unity and brotherhood to the whole Muslim ummah that wants to see freedom, justice and equality (to all),” he said.

Mustapha Farrakhan noted that the Muhammad and Farrakhan families are united “spiritually as well as physically,” referring to the marriages that have occurred between the families of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Min. Farrakhan.

Allah knew that we would have our differences, but Allah knew that in time we would settle our differences and become one community, and one nation,” Ishmael Muhammad, the assistant minister of Mosque Maryam and a son of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad, told the congregation of Muslims.

These are the types of events and mutual embraces and understanding of faith that at least, THIS MAN would like to continue to see, ALLAHU AKBAR. 








~ by siddiq khalifah on September 10, 2008.

One Response to “Call me a NATION sympathizer (CORRECETD)”

  1. As-salaamu-alaikum!

    Praying that you are having a blessed Ramadhan! I must say that I like your style. I too, am hurt by the loss of the Imam. In the past I was misinformed about him and others who had to make tough choices. There are many people that make statements about leaders, devoid of an understanding of what it takes to lead. I am a victim of this, and I am not alone. I have a comrade who is working on a film that explore the American Muslim experience, and that experience would be lacking without this brother and others. Although, when compared to other Muslim leaders around the globe and country his methodology didn’t match, however who is to say that at certain times certain measure must be taken to ensure the survival of the Ummah. Placing burdens upon people that they cannot bear is one of the things that leadership should not do, and this is why the role of leadership is a serious one. With his passing is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on our positions and how they can keep us from positioning ourselves for growth and development. This Imam transcended the Islamic community and engaged Jews and Christians, (while others as you mentioned on the Detroit press site) disguised themselves and apostated. I would love to remain in contact with you brother, and exchange information. May Allah swt give us the good in this world and in the Hereafter. Ameen.
    Please feel free to visit my blog.


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