By Ansar El Muhammad
The Lancaster California State Prison Nation of Islam Study Group hosted their first Annual N.O.I. Peace & Reconciliation Conference. Special guest speaker was the Nation of Islam’s Western Region Student Minister Tony Muhammad. Also in attendance was Western Region Student F.O.I. Captain Brother Halim Muhammad and Local Student Captain for the Antelope Valley, Brother Greg Muhammad.
Around 100 men attended the event which included a broad sector of street organizations and neighborhoods of Los Angeles and the Northern Bay Area.
Student Minister Tony Muhammad spoke on the necessity of all the neighborhoods and (so-called) street gangs uniting all the way from L.A. to the Bay, and establishing peace, economics and alliances.
He spoke about how he once took two Rollin 60’s Crips and two Hoover Crips to Chinatown. “Can you read their signs?” he asked them. “Do you see any Black business or stores? Because this was not established for you! I wanted to teach a lesson, how other people serve and look out for themselves and their own kind first!” He said then he took them a short distance to Koreatown and to little Tijuana.
Student Minister Tony spoke on how he brought the same two gangs together to discuss ending the senseless violence between them. He said they told him of all the lives lost on both sides and of all the blood shed between them and how there’s 30 years of history of them being enemies and at war with each other.
“What about your 400 year old enemy and the millions of Black lives lost? Your and my grandparents and family members?” Student Minister Tony said to the audience. His comment drew a quick response and thunderous claps from the men gathered. A mental break through is needed, he explained. “Start the unity movement here in prison!” he said. “Give your brother a pass.”
Student Minister Tony Muhammad told the attentive crowd of men at the Dec. 13 gathering that surely the prophets of old had to see the Black man of America in this terrible condition. He shared Isaiah 42:22, stating, “But this is a people robbed and plundered; All of them are snared in holes, and they are hidden in Prison Houses; they are for Prey, and no one Delivers; for Plunder, and no one says, ‘Restore!’”
This was a history making event at Lancaster State Prison where the N.O.I. Study Group has been established now for four years.
“We are now in Muhammad’s time! So this means not only will Muhammad be seen, but Muhammad will be active! All praise be to Allah. The devil’s time is up!” said Brother Ansar El Muhammad, N.O.I. Student Study Group Coordinator for the Antelope Valley, which includes the prison.
Be not distracted by foolishness and sport and play. We get loud and excited when the football game comes on, but not when truth is being shared. “Fruit! What team are we?” shouted Brother Ansar during his opening statements. “Team Farrakhan!” The F.O.I. on post yelled. “Team who?” “Farrakhan!” “Team who?” “Farrakhan!” the men shouted.
Student Minister Tony Muhammad, after a Q and A session, closed with the Holy Qur’an verse 3:103 stating: “And hold fast by the Covenant of Allah all together and be not disunited. And remember Allah’s Favor to you when you were enemies, then He United Your Hearts so by His Favor you became Brethren and you were on the brink of a pit of fire, then He saved you from it. This Allah makes clear to you His Messages that you may be guided.”
Reported by Ansar El Muhammad