-Contributing Writer-

Led by Sister Sandy Muhammad, the Student National M.G.T. & G.C.C. Captain of the Nation of Islam, the Sisters treated the Fruit of Islam to a special Father’s Day Appreciation Dinner complete with live music, dancing and emotional expressions of love June 17.

Emceed by Sister Kacia Muhammad, the evening was filled with tributes of words, spoken word, and songs by various sisters to their husbands. Attended by both married and single brothers, the event showed the value, relevance, and reality of a strong marriage and its impact on the community.

“One of the reasons for the Father’s Day Dinner was to show our appreciation for the F.O.I. who because they have accepted the Teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad have stood up and are good husbands and good fathers in a world like the one we live in today, where this is not the norm. We, the M.G.T. under the leadership of the Student National M.G.T. Captain wanted to show our love and support   to the F.O.I. for going out into the community to help the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan spread Islam to our suffering people,” said Sister Kacia Muhammad.


The evening, which included an exquisite four-course meal and music from Zzaje, a popular instrumental band, was designed to thank and recognize the F.O.I. who are brothers, fathers, uncles, and committed supporters and workers on behalf of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.

“I am extremely grateful and thankful to Allah for our Sister Captain Sandy who motivated the idea for this event. I thank Allah for her spirit and I thank Allah for all the sisters who helped make the event a success,” said Student National Trainer and Student Central Regional F.O.I. Captain Anthony Muhammad.

The sisters completely transformed the gymnasium of Muhammad University of Islam into a marvelous, tropical themed black and white affair complete with table adornments that included candles, tablecloths and an ostrich feathered centerpiece.

“It was a slice of heaven, the ambience, the music, the love displayed in every detail of the decorations of a gymnasium that was transformed into a virtual paradise. To see Black men the object of honor and praise for their efforts to be good fathers and husbands was a welcome contrast to the daily dose seen and heard about Black men. It certainly was an evening to remember,” said Dr. Robert Muhammad. “Thanks once again to Sister National Captain Sandy and her team for a wonderful display of love to the mighty FOI.”

The brothers were served a meal that included navy bean soup, tossed salad, seasoned brown rice, sautéed garlic green beans, carrot soufflé, herb baked chicken, blackened salmon, eggplant parmesan, and a variety of desserts.

“To hear other sisters share their love for their men and of course Almighty God Allah was powerful. I am thankful to Allah for the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan for producing and nurturing such a spirit in our sisters and I thank him for being such a beautiful example and really the greatest example of a man that I have witnessed and been able to study,” said Sandy Muhammad.

Many brothers expressed that the show of appreciation inspires them to do work on behalf of the Nation of Islam and the Black community to mentor, teach and share the message of the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. The evening ended with a song by Student Supreme Captain Mustapha Farrakhan.