by Naba’a Muhammad and Shawntell Muhammad
The Final Call @TheFinalCall
The summer of 2022 has shown just how vulnerable global infrastructures really are. Around the world, extreme heat and fires dominated the atmosphere. It’s no accident, but further proof of the divine chastisement that God Himself is unleashing on the world, and in particular, recently on Europe and America.
July temperatures in the United Kingdom are usually in the 70s, however, an unprecedented heat wave descended upon the country with 104 degree temperatures. The majority of homes, office buildings, and public transportation do not have air conditioning.
Some of the country’s railway tracks buckled and some of the tracks caught on fire due to the extreme heat. Commuters were encouraged not to travel unless absolutely necessary.
The Pacific Northwest was bracing for a major heat wave just as the Northeastern part of the United States was forecast to see a slight break in extreme temperatures at Final Call presstime.
In Washington state and Oregon temperatures were forecast to top 100 degrees Fahrenheit in some places the week of July 25.
“To have five-day stretches or a weeklong stretch above 90 degrees is very, very rare for the Pacific Northwest,” said Vivek Shandas, professor of climate adaptation at Portland State University. At least two heat-related deaths have been reported in the Northeast.
The scorching weather comes as the opposite side of the country saw forecasts for slight cooling after a stretch of days where temperatures topped 100 F in multiple places. Philadelphia hit 99 degrees July 24 before even factoring in humidity. Newark, New Jersey, saw its fifth consecutive day of 100 degrees or higher, the longest such streak since records began in 1931. Boston also hit 100 degrees, surpassing the previous daily record high of 98 degrees set in 1933.
Europe: Fires and oven-like temperatures
The Hammersmith Bridge in London, built in 1887, can now be seen with silver foil around it because of the country’s heat wave. A statement from the Hammersmith and Fulham Council reported, “Engineers are working round the clock to keep 135 year old Hammersmith Bridge open during the hot spell. The council hired world class engineers to cover the bridge with a $503,000 temperature control system to keep the bridge at a safe temperature and alleviate any stresses on the pedestals.”
A heat wave broiling Europe spilled northward July 18 to Britain and fueled ferocious wildfires in Spain and France, which evacuated thousands of people and scrambled water-bombing planes and firefighters to battle flames in tinder-dry forests.
Hundreds of heat-related deaths were reported in the Iberian peninsula, as high temperatures have gripped the continent in recent days and triggered wildfires from Portugal to the Balkans. Some areas, including northern Italy, are also experiencing extended droughts.
In France, heat records were broken and swirling hot winds complicated firefighting in the country’s southwest.
“The fire is literally exploding,” said Marc Vermeulen, the regional fire service chief who described tree trunks shattering as flames consumed them, sending burning embers into the air and further spreading the blazes.
Authorities evacuated more towns, moving another 14,900 people from areas that could find themselves in the path of the fires and choking smoke. In all, more than 31,000 people have been forced from their homes and summer vacation spots in the Gironde region since the wildfires began July 12.
More than 30 forest fires around Spain have forced the evacuation of thousands of people and blackened 85 square miles of forest and scrub.
Passengers on a train through Zamora got a frightening, close look at a blaze, when their train halted in the countryside. Video of the unscheduled—and unnerving—stop showed about a dozen passengers in a railcar becoming alarmed as they looked out of the windows at the flames encroaching on both sides of the track.
At least 748 heat-related deaths have been reported in the heat wave in Spain and neighboring Portugal, where temperatures reached 117 F earlier in July.
In Britain, officials have issued the first-ever extreme heat warning, and the weather service forecast that the record high of 101.7 F, set in 2019, could be shattered.
Regional records in France were broken in over a dozen towns, as the weather service said July 18 was “the hottest day of this heat wave.”
Extreme weather punishes the U.S.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan in an annual Saviours’ Day address stated, “Remember what I said last year? Watch the weather? … America and the world had the worst weather in recorded history and this year portends even greater calamities and hurt for the American people and also Europe.” He was speaking in 2011. But the warning could have been issued yesterday given current conditions.
He has consistently warned of how Allah (God) is using the forces of nature to humble and destroy the evil rulers of this world.
There are direct health effects like heat stroke, which occurs when body temperature rises to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, leading to organ failure, and heat exhaustion. High temperatures can also worsen conditions like high blood pressure and can limit the effectiveness of certain medications.
Millions exposed to dangerous conditions
Dangerously high temperatures threatened much of the Northeast and Deep South July 21 as huge swaths of the country sweltered under a heat wave that could continue for days and send temperatures soaring in places like Boston, Little Rock and Virginia Beach.
As some temperatures neared 100 degrees Fahrenheit, millions of Americans sought comfort by staying in the shade of homes or in air-conditioned offices, and cooled themselves in fountains, at beaches or in cooling centers.
In the New York City area, weekend temperatures again soared into the 90s—below triple-digit records—but the high moisture in the air will make it feel well over 100 degrees, said one expert.
Excessive heat warnings—issued when the heat index surpasses 105 degrees Fahrenheit continuously for at least two hours—were in effect in parts of the Deep South and pockets of the mid-Atlantic.
Heat advisories extended along the East Coast, from South Carolina to southern Maine.
In the Tidewater area of southeast Virginia, temperatures were expected to reach nearly the century mark, but humidity will push the heat index beyond 105 degrees, said meteorologist Tim Gingrich.
“People could suffer heat exhaustion and heat stroke if they’re outdoors for a significant amount of time,” Mr. Gingrich said. “You don’t want to be outdoors in the hottest part of the day.”
Cooling centers sprung up across swaths of the country to provide relief from the stifling heat and high humidities.
This summer is shaping up to be one of the hottest on record—not just in the United States but across Europe and other parts of the globe.
In Arkansas, a combination of searing temperatures and moist air across much of the state prompted warnings about excessive heat—which could cause some people to succumb to heat stroke and other weather-related ailments.
New York Public Radio reported on its website, “Not everyone has air conditioners, however, in states such as Oregan and countries such as the United Kingdom that have more temperate climates but have nonetheless recently experienced unusually extreme temperatures. Many people can’t afford to own or operate them. In the United States, about 42 percent of classrooms lack an air conditioner.”
Many “experts” attribute the growing devastating weather events to global warming. However, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad stated in his book, “The Fall of America”: “All around the Southern Border of America, storms are raging. There are tornadoes and heavy rains, and more storms are on the way, one right after another. And in the North and Far West and in the East, America is surrounded with the judgments of Allah (God). There are earthquakes and the sea is raging. The Pacific Ocean is now angry and is raging and tossing up great waves as never before.”
The eternal leader of the Nation of Islam warned that Allah (God) is using the forces of nature against the United States.
“Why should these things hit America? The Revelations teach you why. It is because America is filled with devils and has such unclean persons living in America. That is true under the symbolism of a hateful bird. Every filthy, slimy, wicked person comes here for a haven, where he can do any wickedness he wants to do, the country is open and welcomes that type of person,” Mr. Muhammad continued.
“I’ve been telling you, watch the weather. Every day the weather is getting worse and worse. The White meteorologists cannot tell you what the weather’s going to be; but my teacher told me. Who’s your teacher, Farrakhan? My teacher is The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad,” said Minister Farrakhan.
“Without him and the Great Mahdi, I wouldn’t be here, but he told me there are two of us backing you up: Allah and myself. They are worried about the weather. The president (Donald Trump) knows something. He says he doesn’t believe in climate control (climate change) and that we can do something to stop this,” the Minister stated in a message titled, “The Man Jesus and How Not To Fall Into Idolatry,” delivered July 21, 2019, at Mosque Maryam in Chicago.
Northeastern University, in a July piece published online, described how the extreme weather is striking various parts of the globe, including the United States. “The combination of larger wildfires, hotter heat waves and more intense hurricanes is prompting experts at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Cambridge to dub summer ‘the danger season,’” noted the article, titled “Can infrastructure and tourism endure triple-digit temperatures, extreme weather during the ‘danger season?’ ”
One expert pointed out how a “ ‘megadrought’ in the U.S. Southwest is making fires more difficult to contain, resulting last month in New Mexico experiencing its largest wildfire ever, the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fire.”
“Extreme weather poses a risk to summer tourism, making travel inconvenient or downright dangerous in beloved destinations around the globe,” the Northeastern University article added.
Axios joined the chorus with a July 19 story: “Some 40 million Americans are under heat alerts due to ‘dangerous and intense,’ potentially record-breaking heat across the Plains and Mississippi Valley that’s expected to expand into the Southeast this week,” wrote Rebecca Falconer.
“The big picture: The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for Texas, and there are heightened fire dangers in several states. Firefighters are already battling 89 large fires across 12 states,” she continued.
“In addition to the Texas wildfires, 70 large fires were burning across Alaska, and firefighters in both California and Nevada were battling three big blazes,” she observed. “New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming each had two large fires ablaze, according to the agency. Wyoming, Arizona, Nebraska, Idaho and Montana each reported one large fire.”
Axios Philadelphia writer Alexa Mencia took on the topic of extreme weather’s impact. “Philadelphia’s prolonged heat could affect your health,” warned the headline on her July 19 story. “Philadelphia’s prolonged stretch of hot and muggy weather forecast this week could put the health of vulnerable populations at risk,” she wrote. Forecasters were predicting “dangerous period of heat and humidity in the city,” which is often killer heat in urban and especially poor areas of cities.
“Extreme heat poses the greatest risks for the elderly, infants, pregnant people, those with preexisting medical conditions, and anyone without access to cooling,” she wrote. “Philly’s low-income neighborhoods are often hotter, due in part to low tree canopy, fewer green spaces and more exposure to asphalt surfaces—legacies of redlining. The most common heat-related illnesses are heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn and heat rash.
“Children will experience 35 times more life-threatening extreme heat events than kids born about 60 years ago, according to research published this year,” Ms. Mensa added. “Heat can be disruptive to transportation networks. Amtrak last week issued an extreme heat warning for the Northeast region, warning of potential delays for trains running between New York and Philadelphia,” the writer explained.
She also offered this advice and warning: “If you don’t have air conditioning, make sure to open a window in your home if you’re turning on a fan. Otherwise, it can raise temperatures, creating an ‘oven effect,’ according to city officials.”
As the Hon. Elijah Muhammad taught and Min. Farrakhan has explained, the earth has existed for trillions of years and was not made to be a paradise for the wicked. So, the burden the earth is carrying are those who are evil and delight in and perpetuate unrighteousness. Allah (God) is removing them today.
The earth belongs to the righteous so the wicked have been trying to settle on the earth, and today even seek somewhere else to settle because their time is up.
In addition to physical fires and heat the country and world are experiencing there is another fire, “Fire Fed With Fuel,” written about by Messenger Messiah Muhammad in “The Fall of America,” published in 1973. “The Fire Is The War!” he warns. That war is raging now in Europe and opening the door to wider war with the U.S. adding fuel to the fire by sending weapons into Ukraine in a proxy war with NATO against Russia. We urge you to listen to the voice of divine guidance in our midst, Min. Farrakhan, and fly to Allah (God) for refuge in this critical hour.
(Reporting by the Associated Press was included in this article.)