“Only those are believers who believe in Allah and His Messenger, and when they are with him on a momentous affair, they go not away until they have asked leave of him. Surely they who ask leave of thee, are they who believe in Allah and His Messenger; so when they ask leave of thee for some affair of theirs, give leave to whom thou wilt of them, and ask forgiveness for them from Allah. Surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.” -Holy Qur’an, Surah 24, verse 62
Reflecting over the last several days of an impacting event that took place in Atlanta, Ga., I was fully appreciative of the tremendous work of Sister Carmen Muhammad and Sister Sonya Muhammad in producing a turning-point women’s event entitled, “Women Working Together–Honoring Women of Substance.”
The foundation or principles of the program, which included workshops involving women’s issues, an incredible night of fashion, dining and spiritual food for thought, terminating with the awards program, was rooted in the self-empowerment of women coming together from many walks of life to establish a bond of a strong and powerful sisterhood.
Unique remarks were offered by a candidate for the presidency of Sierra Leone, Mohamed Yahya Sillah, who spoke to the regal beauty of womanhood, but also the woman’s unmatched ability to counsel and guide men, as well as other women, in affairs of state. He particularly spoke of his mother, who helped him to recognize the contributions of women in all stages of the welfare of society.
It was a transforming event which initiated a calling for strong testimonies of women in America and all around the world dealing with family issues, and social and economic development.
Women, along with children, have been the underclass for several centuries, having to endure the worst crimes against humanity. Today, the heavens are being uncovered, and the cry of abused women in every category of their life is being revealed to the shame of hypocritical religious creeds and the domineering power of mankind which has subjected her to untold butchery and atrocities.
“And when the one buried alive is asked, For what sin she was killed…” –Holy Qur’an, Surah 81, verses 8-9
In a recent webcast at Mosque Maryam in Chicago, Ill., the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan referred to the endemic sorrowful condition of women in society who have become estranged from their duties in the care of their homes, their children, and their husbands, and that we must turn this situation around and come back to our home base.
The shameful period of slavery, where we were chained in the holes of slave ships headed for America and the Diaspora, forced us into captivity by our former slave-masters to become a sex object for their pleasure and to breed offspring that they would control and rule.
During the very timely address delivered by Sister Minister Donna Farrakhan Muhammad at Muhammad’s Mosque No. 15, representing and speaking on behalf of her father, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, she shared with the audience a section of the Willie Lynch document entitled “Breaking the African Woman.”
It was very clear from the information she shared that we were shaped to become his woman to do his bidding and were no longer the women of God and the helpmeet of our own Black man and family. She hurled truth at falsehood, until it knocked out its brains.
In the book “Message to the Blackman,” on pages 185-186, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad quotes the statement made by a Mr. Henry Berry while speaking in the Virginia House of Delegates in 1832 describing the situation that existed at that time in many parts of the South:
“We have as far as possible, closed every avenue by which light may enter the slaves’ mind. (The avenue of the light of Allah you are unable to shut out from coming to us.) If we could extinguish the capacity to see the light, our work would be complete; they would then be on a level with the beast of the field and we should be safe. I am not certain that we would not do it, if we could find out the process and that on the plea of necessity.”
I extend my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to both Sis. Donna and Sis. Maria Farrakhan, daughters of Min. Farrakhan, and especially Mother Khadijah Farrakhan, who received the Humanitarian Award of Lifetime Achievement. I also thank Sis. Carmen, Sis. Sonya and the Women Working Together Planning Committee for their recognition of my contributions as wife of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
I felt that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was present with Master W. Fard Muhammad in the birthing chamber of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and the birth chamber of our New Spirit of Sisterhood, uniting women working together for self empowerment, respect and dignity in the restoration of our families, and the carrying of a Torchlight of a New World Order and Civilization of Peace and Righteousness.
“Now surely Allah’s is whatever is in the heavens and the earth. He knows indeed your condition. And on the day when they are returned to Him, He will inform them of what they did. And Allah is Knower of all things.” -Holy Qur’an, Surah 24, verse 64