Ancient Olmec and Mayan sites facing each other in the midst of flood disasters in the states of Tabasco and Chiapas
“Until, when he reached (a place) between the two mountains, he found on that side of them a people who could hardly understand a word. They said: O Dhu-l-qarnain, Gog and Magog do mischief in the land. May we then pay thee tribute on condition that thou raise a barrier between us and them? He said: That wherein my Lord has established me is better, so if only you help me with strength (of men), I will make a fortified barrier between you and them: Bring me blocks of iron. At length, when he had filled up the space between the two mountain sides, he said, Blow. Till, when he had made it (as) fire, he said: Bring me molten brass to pour over it. So they were not able to scale it, nor could they make a hole in it.” –Holy Qur’an, Surah 18, verses 93-97
And the suffering continues to mount in the state of Tabasco and in nearby Chiapas. It is a reminder of Katrina lying within the coastal regions of Mexico: the people caught off guard; the breaking of the dikes and dams with the overspreading of coastal waters and rivers, the loss of life, property, hunger spreading far and wide; the potential epidemics of Cholera, Dysentery, and water-born diseases, including Malaria and Dengue Fever from the lack of good drinking water, food and medicine supplies affecting the youth and the elderly; thousands of people jumping off of rooftops and wading through murky in hospitable waters with scarce rescue missions launched from government and military agencies.
The damage to homes, property, crops and cattle has been measured at nearly 100 percent. In the most recent accounts cattle was discovered with three dead carcasses strewn across the country on the outskirts of the city of Villahermosa. This disaster is recorded as the worst event in the country’s most recent memory. Approximately three months earlier, the coastal regions of the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun, and the Maya Riviera zones reaching down to Belize, including Campeche and parts of Honduras, were stricken with devastating torrential rain, with hurricane force winds and flooding; reaching into neighboring countries of Guatemala and Nicaragua.
What is happening to our great Planet Earth, combined with the explosive condition of global politics? These are all signs of what the Honorable Elijah Muhammad warned that are only the beginning of troubles with the worst yet to come. Global Warming, yes, but what are the Divine Factors that we are facing combined with what man’s hands have wrought? The main victims of both of these devastating events, the Katrina disaster and this Mexican holocaust are all indigenous of the Original Family that populates our planet. As one reporter recorded the words of one of the victims really says it all; “We don’t have much more than hope in God.”
As we continue reporting on this tragedy, we welcome all emergency aid and help that we can muster from among ourselves to be good neighbors. The MXODUS Tour group is gathering emergency funds and supplies to send to the ravaged flood victims in the states of Tabasco and Chiapas. The ancient monument that we visited co-mingling with the contemporary society of Mexico’s indigenous people is a part of our responsibility as we give our testimonials of the MXODUS Tour.
As we gathered for our farewell dinner in Palenque, Chiapas, at the end of August, the youngest member of the tour, Raqqayah, daughter of Akilah Muhammad, Travel Organizer for the tour from St. Louis, Mo., stated in one word her overall impression was, “Happiness.” Her brother, Jihad, who is pictured in the above photo with the monument of the Olmec Head, was thoroughly incaptured by the environment that we were in. Our young Brother, Khalifa, 16, a student in Mexico who played the dramatic role of Yanga at the Yanga Festival had this to say; “It is an experience that opens your eyes to the depth of the Black man’s history in America and to the great influence of Black civilization all around the globe.”
They say that love is the binding link that connects family together, wellthey’re right! The MXODUS Tour is all about bridgingthe gap betweenthe Black and Brown family. WhenI wasin MexicoIcould tell that the gapwas closing. I could feel the love from my Brown Brothers and Sisters.The MXODUS Tourwas priceless, I am so thankful for being apart of history. Thank you, Mother Tynnetta Muhammad and Professor Toni Humber and all ofthose on the tripfor thisamazing experience.Yanga!Once again thank you so much. All praise is due to Allah. –Jamal Malik Muhammad, Inland Empire, California
The MXODUS Tour was an eye-opening experience.We were exposed to those things that you don’t get on a vacation.It was educational and extraordinary in that we were with ‘everyday people’–wewere family. We saw many Olmec heads. We felt their ancient presenceand knew that they were much older than we had been told. –N’zingha Asantewa, Los Angeles, California
“I am truly grateful for Allah’s mercy and grace. Throughout the entire tour, I felt that Allah and His Christ were showing us and guiding us to experience the “ways of ascent.” Allah (God) and His Christ desire that we know them and re- cognize them in a hint and in a sign. This MXODUS Tour of 2007 was a vehicle by which we all traveled not only physical terrain, but also journeyed into a better understanding of Allah (God) as The True and Living God of us all.” –Judy Muhammad, Washington, D.C.
“I was fed both mentally and spiritually as I witnessed the many historical findings that have been uncovered in this area and began to see and understand the Teachings of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad from an entirely new perspective. The fullness of the earth bears witness and holds the keys to His Teachings, many of which can be found in Mexico. Everyone, I believe, should strive to participate in this tour. Two or three brothers and sisters are already planning to travel with me on next year’s tour! –Mavis Muhammad, Gainesville, FL
“He said: This is a mercy from my Lord, but when the promise of my Lord comes to pass He will crumble it, and the promise of my Lord is ever true. And on that day We shall let some of them surge against others and the trumpet will be blown, then We shall gather them all together. And we shall bring forth hell, exposed to view, on that day before the disbelievers. Whose eyes were under a cover from My Reminder, and they could not bear to hear.” –Holy Qur’an, Surah 18, verses 98 thru 101
To be continued.