Training to push the number one program in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE—The men of Muhammad Mosque No. 3 hosted a communications seminar during the Juneteenth weekend. This event made establishing friendships throughout the city a priority while receiving valuable instructions, promoting unity, cooperation and divine guidance during a time of distress and uncertainty.
Canvassing the city with The Final Call newspaper and invitations to the mosque and mosque-sponsored events, FOI (Fruit of Islam, the men of the Nation of Islam) from as far away as Minnesota and Illinois knocked on doors, shook hands and offered words of love and brotherhood on behalf of the local Believers and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.
Student FOI Captain David Muhammad is the trainer of men for Muhammad Mosque No. 3 and said following models of success toward becoming more effective communicators is a win-win for the local mosque and overall community. He told The Final Call that the highest calling one can receive is to be a servant of God’s people and as such, to become a helper in the process of making the masses free, justified and equal to all mankind.
“Our first work is the resurrection of the dead, as given to us by the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, and to do this, we have to be capable helpers of the Minister and we need training as well as inspiration to give our people that vital information that saves lives,” Student Captain David Muhammad said of the morning training session presented by Brother Hashim Hakim Muhammad at the Hillside Family Resource Center.
“We did the training to make sure the brothers felt confident and competent to go out among our people and reach into the trenches to offer the ‘life-giving teachings’ of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad.”
Brother Hashim Hakim Muhammad, a top distributor of The Final Call newspaper and a “fisher of men” for more than 10 years, said being dedicated to the cause of Islam has rewarded him spiritually as well as materially through sharing tried and tested methods of sales and communication. He told The Final Call that spreading the word of truth is of vital importance, particularly in the hour of America’s unraveling and that heeding those words will save lives.
“The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that some of us would reach the door of the Hereafter and lose our lives and it is this work that gives us divine favor and that gives our people a chance at survival,” Brother Hashim Hakim said. “We are responsible for not only hearing the message, but the scripture says we should be doers of the word, not just hearers of the word. We must be responsible, and response is the key word in responsible,” he said.
Mr. Charles A. Robinson, 71, who moved to Milwaukee from Chicago in 1980, said he has read The Final Call for decades and that he appreciated the presence of the FOI in his neighborhood because too many people, particularly youth, are on the wrong path.
“I like the way your program works, doing (for self), you can have your own business, your own money, have your own farms, you can have everything for yourself, you don’t have to go depend on somebody else to give you what you really need,” Mr. Robinson told The Final Call. “We can raise our own vegetables, we can have our own banks, we can have our own grocery stores, but nobody wants to work together.”
Brother Hashim Hakim explained it is for these reasons, and the seriousness of the hour, that training members of the Nation of Islam to communicate more effectively is essential, describing his technique as the best method toward overcoming the fear of rejection.
“Seed-or-Sell’ is to help brothers and sisters with their number one impediment in becoming successful in anything, especially Nation-building,” Brother Hashim Hakim said. “It takes the sting out of rejection, so I put brothers and sisters in the mindset to drop a seed, (because) you don’t see a flower the same day you plant it. But if you keep putting the proper amount of water and the proper amount of sunlight, one day you’ll have a beautiful flower or whatever it is you’re trying to grow,” he explained.
Milwaukee representative of the Nation of Islam, Student Minister William Muhammad, told The Final Call that Student Captain David Muhammad was the driving force behind the day of training and getting into the streets with the paper. The day ended with delicious and well-prepared meals by the sisters of the MGT, the Muslim women of the Nation of Islam.
“Anything that will spark, renew, and reinvigorate the spirit in the FOI, to go out and work in the community to raise our people, we always welcome it,” Student Minister William Muhammad said. Sunday’s activities included members of Muhammad Mosque No. 3 representing the Nation of Islam in the Milwaukee’s Juneteenth Parade.