by Starla Muhammad | Managing Editor @simplystarla23
CHICAGO—The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, like his father and teacher the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, continues to demonstrate an unequaled love and unparalleled commitment to the resurrection and upliftment of Black people, and he also continues to prove that he is the greatest defender of Black people.
This was the central theme of a message delivered by Student Minister Daniel Muhammad at Mosque Maryam in Chicago. He set the tone of the presentation by explaining the importance of Black people understanding who we are in the eyesight of Allah (God) and how and why the enemies of righteousness work to keep us connected to Satan’s world.
There are divine qualities of Allah (God) and He deposits these same special characteristics—called attributes—into human beings, Student Minister Daniel Muhammad explained. When the Supreme Being brings forth new life, He shares His Essence with that life.
“Well, we are direct descendants of Allah (God) and being His children, those 99 Attributes that He has are also shared with us. Of course, He is Supreme in those Attributes, but we carry them to a smaller degree, as well.
And this is why in the Nation of Islam, we believe in carrying the names of God because we have His attributes and we are His children,” the Chicago-based student minister stated, during his message titled, “Farrakhan: Our Defender,” at Nation of Islam headquarters on November 20. The address was also streamed online.
“So, you see a bunch of us walking around with the name Muhammad (one worthy of praise, one praised much), with the name Kareem (generous), with the name Ali (high, elevated), because we want to be named after our Father and our Creator, which is Almighty God Allah but the enemy wants us to have his names,” he told the audience.
The enemy of Black people wants to disconnect us from our relationship with God and connect us with him, Student Minister Daniel Muhammad explained. “So, during the time of slavery, he removed all of the names of our ancestors, and he gave to us, his names. So, some of us are walking around in 2022, named after colors:
Mr. Black, Mrs. White. Some of us are named after fabrics: Mr. Cotton, Mrs. Cotton. Some of us are named after our oppressors themselves: Jones, Johnson, and Thompson. And the last time I checked, you put your name on that what you own.”
In the Nation of Islam an “X” is given upon becoming an official member of the Nation to replace the slave master’s name, disconnecting us from our enemy, and we are awaiting our Holy Names which reconnect us back to our love and those 99 Attributes of Allah (God), he explained.
In His monumental book, “Message to the Blackman in America,” the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the Eternal Leader of the Nation of Islam, includes a chapter called, “A Good Name Is Better Than Gold,” Student Minister Daniel Muhammad continued.
One of the Attributes of Allah (God) is Al-Muhaymin, which means The Protector, The Guardian, The Defender. Throughout the scriptures, explained Student Minister Daniel Muhammad to the audience, the servants of Allah (God) exhibited this unique attribute.
When examining the long line of divine men and women, when we look at the servants, prophets and messengers of God, we see that all of them take on this attribute of Allah which is to be a protector and a defender of their people, he continued.
Giving examples contained in the Bible, Student Minister Daniel Muhammad spoke of Abraham, Moses and those servants who were defenders of their people. Today, it is Minister Farrakhan who demonstrates this divine attribute in his nearly 68-year history—47 years absent his teacher—of being a defender, protector, and guardian of Black people.
“When God chooses a servant, He is looking for one who has the same quality of heart that He has, that will do everything in their power to try to reach and conform the people. He will do everything in his power to get the people to repent of their sins and to turn from their wicked ways, and, because every effort would have been put forth when history is written, the people will see that God was justified in rendering His judgment,” he continued.
“See some of us, we get so impatient with God because we don’t have the heart of a defender. So, some of us fall out of faith because we want God to execute judgment on our time,” stated Student Minister Daniel Muhammad.
Throughout his presentation, the audience was shown various slides with scriptural references and examples of Minister Farrakhan fitting this description of having a heart fashioned after God’s heart, and of one who exemplifies the function of a “watchman,” as referenced in chapter 33 verse 7 in the book of Ezekiel. This verse states, “So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.”
A watchman is the first layer of defense in a nation’s military and their job is to keep watch and warn the people of impending threats and to keep them from harm, Student Minister Daniel Muhammad continued. “The watchman is vital as a defender of the people because he is the difference maker between an onslaught and a proper military defense,” he stated.
A watchman must also be fearless and willing to risk their lives for the sake of their people. There are those who claim to be watchmen for Black and oppressed people but then when the people are attacked, they fail to show up.
“They don’t sound the alarm. They sit by quietly waiting for things to play out. This is why we thank Allah for men like the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, who are willing to risk it all in order to defend our people!” stated the young student minister, husband, father and businessman.
Giving examples of their sacrifice, Student Minister Daniel Muhammad shared with the audience that in the late 1950s and early ‘60s the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was a “watchman” by warning Black people not to take the polio vaccine.
“The beauty of that guidance from that watchman is that we can now look back in hindsight and see that he was 100 percent correct and was on post, as a watchman. Because the scientists now bear witness that the polio vaccine was cancer itself. So, for those who took it, it was like injecting cancer into your body,” he explained.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad was not afraid of the consequences or repercussions faced due to His sacrifice as a watchman, and His top student, Minister Farrakhan is the same as his teacher.
“Did we make the mistake of thinking that Elijah Muhammad was some scatterbrained conspiracy theorist? Did we not trust the watchman? And did we not trust the defender that God has raised for us? See if the villages don’t believe the watchman when he blows the trumpet, they are putting themselves in serious danger,” Student Minister Daniel Muhammad told the audience.
“And just like his father, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is also the watchman. He also told us as meaning within the last few years, do not take the COVID-19 vaccine. Now, they have drastically slowed down the bombardment of propaganda in regard to this vaccine.
But the reason for that is that there are studies being done all over the world, where there are teams of doctors and scientists saying that the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan was correct all along. Did we shrug him off? Did we cast him aside? Because again, if the villages don’t believe the alarm of the watchman, we are putting ourselves in a very precarious position.”
During his presentation, Student Minister Daniel Muhammad also shared examples of the many times over the decades when Min. Farrakhan has been at the forefront of defending Black people in general but also including Black politicians, entertainers, athletes, clergy, other public figures, and even Black institutions and countries around the world.
With the Minister’s recent defense of basketball star Kyrie Irving and hip hop artist and businessman Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, from false charges of anti-Semitism, he continues to exhibit the attribute of the Defender and he is an example of why and how Black people should treat one another. It is critical that Black people establish oneness with God and oneness with one another, explained Student Minister Daniel Muhammad.
“It behooves us to really study this attribute of Allah, Al-Muhaymin, The Defender, and we should study the life and the example of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. He is that son of man of the scriptures, that great Defender, the Watchman over the house of Israel.”
To view the message, “Farrakhan: The Defender,” in its entirety, visit media.noi.org