[Editor’s Note: This article was published online on July 13, 2009, and The Final Call will continue to publish articles from our late and dear Mother Tynnetta Muhammad.]
“O you who believe, remember Allah with much remembrance, And glorify Him morning and evening. He it is Who sends blessings on you, and (so do) His angels, that He may bring you forth out of darkness into light. And He is ever Merciful to the believers. Their salutation on the day they meet Him will be, Peace! And He has prepared for them an honourable reward.” –Holy Qur’an, Surah 33, verses 41-44
Webster’s dictionary states that independence is the quality or state of being independent and Independence Day is a civil holiday for the celebration of the anniversary of the beginnings of national independence. Specifically July 4 is observed as a legal holiday in the U.S. in commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. There are two other words that we should study that, incidentally, are defined within the context of independence yet independently applied just the opposite in reference to the Black man’s
status as an indentured servant. An indentured servant, according to Webster’s dictionary, is a person who signs and is bound by indentures to work for another for a specific time, especially in return for payment of travel expenses and maintenance. To be independent is not to be subject to the control of others: self-governing: not affiliated with a large, controlling unit: not requiring or relying on something else: not looking to others for one’s opinion or for guidance in conduct: not requiring or relying on others (as for care or livelihood).
Now by taking into consideration all the above definitions and terms, we may ask the question in what way do we as the Black subject ex-slaves celebrate Independence Day along with our former slave masters when we were not even considered to be full citizens of this country. We had nothing to do with the writing of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, which was being written, signed and delivered for the Independence of the American people. The knowledge I wish to share with our readers connects to a Body of Knowledge that has been long kept a secret and lost from us and our forefathers beginning well over 400 years ago when we were made captive slaves and brought to these shores during the Mid-Atlantic Slave Trade.
The slave trader, John Hawkins, brought our first foreparents over on a ship named Jesus in 1555. The date of 1619 is given as the official date at Jamestown, Virginia, for our actual merchandising as slaves to our former White slave masters and society. There were 64 years that intervened between our first landing in 1555. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad has taught us that our cursed parents were Muslims and the slaughtering of many of them and their children took place in order to destroy the Teaching or remembrance of Islam among us. This was the first primary stage of brainwashing and death that took place. Further teachings from the Honorable Elijah Muhammad give us the mathematical root of this number 64 years being taken out of their present calendar, so that they would not know the exact ending of the power and rule over us.
In “Our Saviour Has Arrived,” by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, we read on page 29, Chapter 11: “For the first time since our fathers fell into the chains and shackles of their enemies and were brought here for the purpose of being made blind, deaf, and dumb, we have come to the knowledge of self, to the knowledge of our God, our people, and to the knowledge of the way back to our native land. … Our fathers were brought here; not that they came of their own accord. They were brought here. They were forced to come here. They wanted to return home, but they could not swim 9,000 miles. They stood on the shore of North America with grief–tears flowing down their Black cheeks, begging that ‘Ship,’ ‘Oh, Ship Jesus, take me back.’”
In the “Fall of America,” on pages 72-73, he raises the question: “Whose Independence? Now the White man and the Black man are both free on this day. The coming of Allah (God) on this day means the freedom of the Black man, too. The clear significance of Allah’s (God’s) coming on this day shows the great wisdom of Allah (God). Everywhere the White man may be, even in Europe, the earth belongs to the Black man. Let us rejoice on this day, the 4th of July, in the coming of Allah (God) Who came in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad to Whom praises are due forever and give thanks to Him. Let us enjoy the independence he brought to us and the freedom, justice and equality. He brought these things to us not by killing off the red Indian nor any original settlers. Justice and righteousness are the ammunition used by Allah (God).”
Mathematics and the science of everything in life is the foundation teaching of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad that he received from his Master Teacher, W. Fard Muhammad. Exactly 154 years intervened between the White man’s Independence Day, first celebrated in 1776 to the year 1930, with the coming of the Master on that exact day July the fourth. This number of years, 154, represents the New Body of knowledge called the Supreme Wisdom, which was given to the Lost-Found members of the Nation of Islam to bring them back into the true knowledge of self and the knowledge of God and the knowledge of others that inhabit our planet earth. This is the independence that we celebrate among our own here in the United States of America. Happy Independence Day!
“O Prophet, surely We have sent thee as a witness, and a bearer of good news and a warner, And as an inviter to Allah by His permission and as a light-giving sun.” –Holy Qur’an, Surah 33, verses 45-46
To be continued.