By Richard Muhammad

Divine essence in women must be respected and developed says Min. Farrakhan

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan Photo: Kenneth Muhammad

CHICAGO, Mosque Maryam ( – Speaking from the flagship mosque of the Nation of Islam, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered an inspiring, insightful message that urged women to have a greater regard for themselves and their divine nature to help produce the kingdom of God.

“God through the Messiah and the Mahdi wants to make a new people out of us,” said Min. Farrakhan, speaking before a live audience inside the mosque and an overflow crowd in Muhammad University next door. Mosques listened via webcast across the country, as did a church in Washington, D.C. and others who accessed his words via Internet broadcast.

Sisters listen to words of Minister Farrakhan

“The Mahdi or the Messiah can’t make a new people, a holy people without making a new and holy woman. You are the candidates for that,” Min. Farrakhan said. His May 10 message was titled “The Immeasurable, Limitless Value and Beauty of A Woman.” The Minister used Mother’s Day to focus on the importance of women and the need for strong, spiritually grounded and intelligent mothers.

Much of his message stressed an appreciation for the divinity of women, respect for their wombs, and a mother’s ability to impress greatness and righteousness on children before children are born.

“There are some women you look at that are not physically attractive, but physical attractiveness is not beauty,” the Minister explained. “The beauty of the woman is the beauty–the matchless beauty–of God, this is you on the inside.”

A woman’s womb must be respected as a manifestation of the self-creation of God and women must not simply offer themselves to men because of fame, money or good looks, he continued. “The Bible says a virtuous woman is more precious than silver and gold. How many virtuous women are in the world that we live in today?”

“This world in which we live has been destroyed because the woman has been spoiled and laid waste. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us that where there are no decent women there are no decent men because the woman is the mother of civilization,” said Min. Farrakhan.

Women have been devalued in society, the Minister continued, angrily castigating those who would traffic in women and girls in prostitution and immigration schemes. “Once you are taught of God the value of a woman then you will kill to keep her safe. It’s because you don’t know her value or yours that you play with her, devalue her–and laugh at her as she opens her knees to you. You impregnate her without even a thought of responsibility,” the Minister told the men in the audience.

Prostitution is a sign of how low the woman has fallen with men misusing women to get money, he said.

“Sisters you are candidates to be the women again of God and when you know who you are, you inspect men thoroughly,” said Min. Farrakhan. “No man is worth anything that will live off of a woman, that’s just not the way God intended things to be.”

Min. Farrakhan quoted Proverbs Chapter 10:1, from the Bible, “A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.” This scripture shows how valuable a mother is in making great men, he said. The Minister shared lessons from growing up under his mother, whose hard work, discipline and intelligence shaped his character and his life. Though no father was present, the Minister said his mother constantly worked and engaged in meaningful activity that fostered his development. When he was 16-years-old and a high school graduate, his mother took him and a check back to welfare office. She thanked the agency for its help, but said she would care for her son from this point on, said Min. Farrakhan.

Sharon Muhammad with her daughter, Khaliah Khadijah.

Mother Sumayyah Farrakhan also punished her son for wrongdoing, but especially punished him for lying, said the Minister. “She was making me a man who would not be afraid of the consequences of telling the truth. God cannot use you if you fear men as you ought to fear Allah. If we were unafraid, we could raise a nation better than what we are doing,” he said. In the Bible, the book of Revelation describes a woman pregnant with a man-child that would rule the nations with a rod of iron, said Min. Farrakhan.

“Sisters sometimes you are too weak to make a man-child for God because you compromise too much with that that devalues you,” he said. Society offers foolishness like reality shows and strips down female entertainers, instead of offering them as examples of the woman of God, he said.

“So you can get on a dance floor and show men how valuable the ‘booty’ is but how depraved the real beauty is. Sisters you are going to have to be stronger than what you are. You are much too weak compromising with a world God is taking out,” he said.

Children are smart and curious today, but “if they have a weak mother, a foolish mother, she’ll involve these children in foolish pursuits. We want to be like the woman the dragon was after, who had in her womb a man-child that was going to rule the nations with a rod of iron. Don’t engage in a lot of foolishness as you are making new life. Be serious about the life that is growing in you. You can make it into the likeness of God.

“Fill your head with knowledge. The more knowledge you have, the more you can see something great for what is growing within you and project it on to the one that is growing within. The child will come from your womb born to achieve,” Min. Farrakhan said.

Islam needs to reform view of women

The Christian and Jewish faiths need to reform their views of women, as does the world of Islam, which is losing children to Satan’s world, he noted. In some Islamic countries, women can’t pray in air-conditioned mosques with men, but are left to pray in the hot sun, the Minister said. However in Mecca, the spiritual center for Islam, women and men pray together at the Kabah, Min. Farrakhan noted. “Shouldn’t that be the example? What has happened to us that we have allowed old traditions, cultural traditions to sideswipe the culture of Islam?”

If the Taliban don’t want woman to be educated, the group is sentencing its nation to death, said Min. Farrakhan. He added that he was not sure if what he had heard about the group not educating women was correct. Allah (God) introduces himself as the best knower, so to deprive a woman of education and Quranic knowledge is wrong, as was a Saudi Arabian legal ruling that a man can rape his wife, Min. Farrakhan said. “What kind of man is that?” he asked. “She is a divine creature.”

Palestinian storeowners in the United States sell prohibited items and solicit Black women and girls for sex, he said. “What kind of Muslims are you that you would take advantage of the ignorant that the Prophet sent you to teach. If you are a Muslim, you have a responsibility to those who have never heard and that is to share with them the beauty of what has transformed your life, not to take advantage of their weakness or their wickedness.”

Women gravitate toward men who are stars, or potential stars, because the woman of God is attracted to men in exalted places, the Minister explained. “You have thoughts in your mind as to how you would like to console or comfort somebody you feel is worthy. And this is why sisters, Satan is always after the woman. He can’t bring the man down unless he goes through the woman.”

Satan wants to deceive women

The slave master wanted to destroy Black people and took away their original parents and their language, culture, history religion, God, and true nationality, Min. Farrakhan said. The righteous foreparents of Black women didn’t wear miniskirts, haltertops and revealing clothes, he said.

“If Satan’s desire is to create an adverse world, he has to deceive and beguile the woman,” said Min. Farrakhan. “Do you know your value in the eyes of your creator?”

Women and men are created from the same divine essence from God, he said. You can’t say men and women are created in the image and the likeness of God and the essence of God is not in you, Min. Farrakhan said.

(Top) A busload of students from Chicago’s Harper high school enjoyed Minister Farrakhan’s message. (lower) Mosque Maryam in Chicago was filled to capacity with an overflow crowd in the Muhammad University of Islam’s Gymnasium to listen to Minister Farrakhan’s special Mother’s Day message. Fourth from left is artist Chico DeBarge.

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught about the “Respect, Control and Protection of the So-called Negro Woman,” which Black women reject, he said. “But you can never protect a woman that you can’t control,” he said. “You are not going to mind being controlled if the man is under the control of God. When a man is a good maintainer of a woman she doesn’t mind, if she’s a good woman, she doesn’t mind his exercise of control because a man under the control of God is not going to be wicked in the exercise of authority, but will be just, fair, listen to his wife and will submit to truth.”

Though the second Sunday on May is set aside for Mother’s Day, women and mothers should be honored every day, said Min. Farrakhan. The enemy commercializes on the love of mother with Mother’s Day; the love of Jesus on Christmas Day; the resurrection of Jesus on Easter, the love of boyfriends and girlfriends through Valentine’s Day, he observed.

“I don’t know how many billions of dollars the enemy has made commercializing on our natural love of mothers,” said the Minister. The commercial nature of the enemy is to “make money on everything they can think of to suck the blood out of the common people who are ignorant and their ignorance is taken advantage of by a smart crooked deceiver.”

God works in your womb, that’s how sacred you are, said Min. Farrakhan. “No man should have access to the sacredness of your womb, unless he is worthy. Not because he is cute, not because he is popular, not because he has a little money. Your womb is too precious to throw it away,” he said.

Allah says he created the woman that man might find peace and quiet of mind in her, he made that nature coming out of pain of self-creation, coming out of toil and hard labor there is a need for comfort. A woman is to be a comfort to a man who is a man, he said.

“When Satan gets a hold of the woman, he encourages, exacerbates and makes mischief with her natural power to give consolation and solace to a man,” said Min. Farrakhan. “So the woman of God is so different from the woman that has been captured by Satan,” he said.

Young girls discover their power of attraction and want to see how attractive they are, he added. “Satan is creeping up into a woman that is beginning to know the power of her attraction but not her value,” he said. The value of a female is not her form or face, but the beauty of God within her that needs to be cultivated, the Minister said.

“From this day forward make no merchandise of your women and girls, treat them with respect and honor even if they don’t deserve it because underneath all of their foolishness, they are God’s child,” the Minister told the men in the audience.

Women enjoy ‘truthful’ message

Golden Pashal, a 23-year-old, was glad to see teenage boys listening to Min. Farrakhan and what he had to say about respecting women and young females respecting themselves despite influential, negative images on TV. “It makes me want to change the people I hang around, change what I say, and change how I eat so I could have my own man-child, I could have my own Min. Farrakhan,” said the young Black woman, who was pregnant. By sharing his upbringing on welfare with a strong mother, the Minister was showing you can struggle and come out on top, she said.

Lisa Anderson, a 40-year-old mother of three, described the lecture as a reminder and a refresher. “I felt like it was personally my message. We don’t grow up with the standard to respect ourselves as we should,” said the mother as her 10-month-old son Solomon played nearby. The Orland Hills, Ill., resident attended the mosque meeting with her niece, Ms. Pashal. Women have to present themselves a certain way to get respect from men and reflect on where they are going, she said.

Jenay Jones, 17, drew inspiration from the words spoken on Mother’s Day. In her public school, young girls dressing provocatively, getting pregnant and doing things they should not do need to hear this message, she said. “Basically he is telling you to respect yourself and how not to let a man disrespect you and treat you any kind of way,” the teenager said.

“I am just a mother to my whole family. I am the one who has to hold everybody together. To come in and get this great message, to get this truth, and be inspired, and get that strength and know I am in the right place and doing the right thing and I was appreciated. I was acknowledged today,” said Patricia Pulliam, a 57-year-old mother of five from Chicago. Ms. Pulliam said the lecture was one of the most sincere, truthful presentations of what she feels she is as a woman and a mother. “I can’t wait to get home and share this message with my daughters,” she said. Her daughters are age 40 and 39 and she has a granddaughter who is also a mother.

Sis. Crescent Muhammad, 26, of Mosque Maryam, called the lecture “beautiful.” “It was something all of us as men and women need to hear,” she said. The Minister’s message about the value of a woman’s virtue, covering herself, saving herself for a man and putting God first struck the young mother. “You can’t get this anywhere else. Women are not taught they are virtuous. They are not taught a nation can rise no higher than its woman. We’re not taught to value ourselves or men aren’t taught to value women,” she said. The message today was much different from the usual messages put forth in society, she added.