“For when the trumpet is sounded, That will be–that day–a difficult day. For the disbelievers, anything but easy. Leave Me alone with him whom I created, And gave him vast riches, And sons dwelling in his presence, And made matters easy for him, And yet he desires that I should give more! By no means! Surely he is inimical to Our messages. I will make a distressing punishment overtake him.”
—Holy Qur’an, Surah 74, verses 8-17

As I begin this article, I wish to thank all of the brothers and sisters and the student laborers of the Western Region for honoring me during the Mother’s Day weekend of celebrations and their courteous display of etiquette and good manners in respect to all the mothers of the world. On Saturday afternoon, May 7th, a gathering of young people, their parents, guest artists and friends were privileged to see an extraordinary performance sponsored by


the Shin Yun Performing Arts staged at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. We were given special V.I.P. tickets and seating by the organizers of the dance company followed by an after reception in which we could speak with some of the hosts and performers and choreograph artists of the ballet.

Everyone who attended was absolutely delighted at the skill, professionalism and fine arts experience that we were exposed to. The beauty of the set designs, costumes and choreographed routines which covered 5,000 years of Chinese classical dance immersed with acrobatic and gymnastics, enriched with their own musical orchestra, combining Western and Chinese traditional instruments all conducted by a female was stunning. We were privileged to have in our midst some of the members of the Divine Hands pantomime Dance

Ensemble with their current manager, Brother Jamal Muhammad, who resides in Phoenix, Arizona, and made the trip to be a part of the ongoing efforts to teach our young girls the refinement and artistic, creative side of our nature.

The Divine Hands was founded by Sister Sareeta Muhammad, formerly of Motown and continuing in her footsteps is her son, Jamal Muhammad, who is also a professional airline pilot. We also had one of the artists Lily Yuan who performed in my compositional work TaHa: The Final Call Symphonic Suite that debuted in Chicago and introduced by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan as a gift to the Believers and to the Nation during our Saviours’ Day celebration in 2009.

As we continue unfolding the culture of the performing arts, let us inspire our young people in particular to continue on this most important or essential course that leads to a new mind of creativity. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad has stated that Music, Color and Medicine represent the essence of God’s true religion. To this equation I will add the words of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan which he made in the city of Phoenix, Arizona, following a small, multi-media production entitled: “Music, Color and Medicine for the Healing of the Nations in 1983. We know that when we trace our origins back to cosmic dust, we find the elements of the genetic material that makes up our DNA. In the Hawaiian language (Ha) means the breath of life and in the breath of life, we have to find water as the basis of sustaining our life. In this gene pool, came our planet earth along with the other planets of our solar system and our Milky Way galaxy of stars.

The Saviours’ Day theme for this year is The Scientific Analysis of the Divine Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. If indeed there was an original Big Bang at the start of creation or zero point, our universe has been expanding ever since repeating patterns of space-time, creating other new galaxies of stars beyond our reach in parallel universes. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad has stated that the whole scope of Master Fard Muhammad’s teaching is astronomy and that he, too, has the power to create entire new galaxies all born of star material.

The coming new world cycle prophecied in the Mayan Calendar is identified as the beginning of the sixth Sun or world following the present world order. In Surah 74, entitled: “Al-Muddaththir: The One Wrapping Himself Up,” introduces to us the Number 19 and represents the signature of God on all of His Creation. It is stated that this number stands over the hell that we have made for ourselves on earth and is used to make a distinction between the Believers, Disbelievers and the Hypocrites who would be separated into groups over which angels are wardens of the fire. The Disbelievers question the meaning of this Number 19 and are confused about its application.

In the writing of my book, “My Life’s Journey Traveling with the Wise Man, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, a Living Testimony,” I give a description and a spiritual analogy of the story of Dress 19 in the manufacturing of modest dress wear for our women. In closing, I quote from a section of that book beginning on Page 17: “‘The One Wrapping Himself Up’ is the title of the 74th Surah of the Holy Qur’an, and reveals the Secret of God’s Identity and Presence in the world under the Number 19. The Number 19 is the basis of the miraculous mathematical code of the entire Holy Qur’an’s Revelation, as discovered by the late Muslim scholar and friend, Dr. Rashah Khalifah, (may God’s favor be upon him and his family).

“I have begun my story of Dress 19 with this spiritual analogy, which goes to the spiritual root and significance of my designs as the source of my inspiration. As the concept of the Dress 19 collection evolved, I have come to a greater spiritual understanding of the creative process that is rooted in Divine Inspiration. The Dress 19 has come to express a part of our new evolving culture whose trademark and signature manifests the Oneness of God and humanity and is a part of our manufacturing philosophy.

“The 19th Surah of the Holy Qur’an is named, Maryam, after the Mother of Jesus, making Mary and her son a sign to the nations. In 1989, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan was guided to rename our Mosque Headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, Mosque Maryam, after the name of the Mother of Jesus. This brings the entire Mosque complex, School and Educational Center into a convenanted role in further revealing the significance of the Number 19. According to the Divine Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Mary and her Son were given as a sign to be studied by the nations because they represent a people and a community that would come to birth in the West under that sign.”

“I will cast him into hell. And what will make thee realize what hell is? It leaves naught, and spares naught. It scorches the mortal. Over it are nineteen.” —Holy Qur’an, Surah 74, verses 26-30

To be continued.