Below is a brief statement from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on the passing of the Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York and who departed this life on October 28, 2022.

To the family and friends of Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, and the congregation of Abyssinian Baptist Church, the Nation of Islam and I extend our deepest condolences on the passing of our great brother. New Yorkers have lost a great brother and friend, and I have lost a friend and a brother. May Allah, Guide, Bless and Protect Abyssinian Baptist Church and its congregation and all those who have been touched by Reverend Butts, whether in a church service or in an administrative position in a college or university.  

I have known him since he graduated from Morehouse College, and we became friends. My last talk with him was a few weeks ago and spiritually we always met on common ground. I shall miss him as my brother and friend and I pray that Allah’s (God’s) Peace will be with his family, his congregation and his friends. His was a job well done and a life of service well lived. I shall keep him in my heart until Allah (God) calls me in. Peace Be Unto You All.


As Salaam Alaikum.

Your Brother and Servant,

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan