The Return of Genghis Khan after 800 years and its meaning for us today
“Surely Allah and His angels bless the Prophet. O you who believe, call for blessings on him and salute him with a (becoming) salutation. Surely those who annoy Allah and His Messenger, Allah has cursed them in this world and the Hereafter, and He has prepared for them an abasing chastisement. And those who annoy believing men and believing women undeservedly, they bear the guilt of slander and manifest sin.” -Holy Qur’an, Surah 33, verses 56-58
This edition of The Final Call newspaper is being published on October 31 (Vol. 25, No. 6, November 7, 2006). Many powerful events have taken place during this month of October including the Ramadan telephone Prayer Tsunami service, which ended on the last celebrated Night of Power of the Ramadan Fast wherein we had the greatest number of participants than any previous day. We were blessed on the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 29 to hear a special telephone message from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, which was webcast around the nation. It is very interesting to note that the last lecture of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad on the “Theology of Time” occurred on this same date in 1972 at Mosque Maryam. It was during that lecture that he shared with some of his laborers and family members afterwards that Allah (God) had taken away his spirit and he went into a period of silence. Within three years, in 1975, he was no longer among us.
Beginning on the final day of our Nation’s observance of Ramadan, October 23, the same spirit came upon me during the Night of Power. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan in his powerful delivery on October 29 reviewed aspects of his Vision-Like Experience on the Wheel in communication with the Honorable Elijah Muhammad by stating that a scroll-like writing came down in front of him and entered his head, which he stated contained information that has carried him all the way through from that experience until today.
In the gathering of information for the book, “Closing the Gap” by Brother Jabril Muhammad, one of the last testimonies that he needed to complete his book was requested of me as one of the first witnesses of the Honorable Minister Farrakhan’s Vision-Like Experience, which occurred on September 17, 1975. It is also noteworthy that the Honorable Minister Farrakhan disclosed his 17.5-mile walk in which he was yearning for communication with the Honorable Elijah Muhammad in October 1984.
All of these parallel lines of interconnecting thoughts become a part of our spiritual psyche as we are all yearning to be at one with our God and at peace and harmony with ourselves.
I make these opening statements as we continue the series on the 800th Anniversary of the Mongolian Nation and its founder, Genghis Khan. There are many parallels that we will see between his divine call to unite the Mongolian nomadic tribes of the Steppes and the history of Prophet Muhammad, may the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him, to unite the nomadic tribes of Arabia and to the birth of the Nation of Islam to unite our people in America.
The celebration of the 800th Anniversary of Genghis Khan and the Mongolian Nation took place in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian Historical Museum of Natural History belonging to the Smithsonian Institute on Oct. 6-8. On Oct. 7, we celebrated the birth date of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
I believe it is fitting to give a little background information on the historic timeline of Genghis Khan and the empire he established. Genghis Khan was originally named Temujin in 1162 A.D. He united all the Mongolian tribes into a great Mongolian Empire in 1206 A.D. When he was just a youth of nine years of age, his father was murdered by the clan chief of the Tatars. Genghis was deserted along with his mother and siblings. He had early on demonstrated charismatic leadership qualities, which enabled him to form a group of faithful followers and make important alliances with various tribal chiefs.
His military genius lay in the fact that he organized his men into units of tens hundreds and thousands. Their families were then attached to these military units and all were trained in expert horsemanship, teaching the children from the early ages of four to six, the shooting of the bow and arrow in which they were masters, the use of the sword, cavalry and catapult. They were experts in war and are renowned for conquering more land populations than any single leader in the known world.
By the time of his death in 1207, Genghis Khan had conquered territory from China to the Caspian Sea. His descendants extended the empire from the Black Sea to the Korean Peninsula, incorporating Russian princedoms, land bases in Bulgaria, Middle East, Central Asia and all of East Asia.
In our upcoming articles, we will continue to study the history of Mongolia and its founder, Genghis Khan, as it relates to the rise of the Nation of Islam in the West. The Mongol Empire was the embodiment of an ideal held by Genghis Khan, which was the concept of one world state. Genghis Khan was the first ruler in history to embrace the concept of a nation encompassing the entire world. Could his vision be reborn in America today?
“O you who believe, be not like those who maligned Moses, but Allah cleared him of what they said. And he was worthy of regard with Allah. O you who believe, keep your duty to Allah and speak straight words: He will put your deeds into a right state for you, and forgive you your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger, he indeed achieves a mighty success.” -Holy Qur’an, Surah 33, verses 69-71