PHILADELPHIA—Student Minister Nuri Muhammad was greeted with resounding appreciation during a special weekend series of events at Mosque No. 35 in Wilmington, Delaware, on December 2 and Mosque No. 12 in Philadelphia from December 3-5.
Guests heard Student Minister Nuri deliver powerful messages on various themes and undergirded with strong moral principles, which energized and enriched Believers, visitors and guests in attendance. He spoke on significant issues facing the country based on the Teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and represented by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.
Nearly 400 people came to hear Brother Nuri, who serves as the student minister of Mosque No. 74 in Indianapolis. Many were enlivened by his warmth and honesty.
During his Wilmington lecture, Student Minister Nuri delivered a powerful message of hope with the title “Born to Win.” Offering keen insight, he revealed a simple yet profound truth to his audience: they were born to succeed. He shared that anything can be achieved with the right mindset. During his presentation, Student Minister Nuri encouraged and motivated audience members in pursuit of their endeavors. He countered false beliefs such as “can’t” and encouraged the importance of facing trials instead of avoiding them. He explained that “trials purify.”
His advice, grounded in faith, informed the audience that no matter what tribulations they face, God will bring them through. The audience was captivated from the moment the presentation began in Philadelphia on a windy and rainy Saturday afternoon. His topic of “Somebody is Trying to Kill You” resonated with many living in the city, where the Black murder rate is among the highest in the nation. Brother Nuri highlighted how Black men would become endangered if this trend continued. He emphasized how language can be weaponized, specifically through rap music, using slurs such as “nigga” that are loosely thrown around without thought.
This presented an interesting question to those listening to Student Minister Nuri’s message—what is today’s music doing to shape the minds of Black people?
“In 1950, the primary influences on our children were home, school, and church—structures that provided crucial guidance for growing minds,” he said. However, today these foundational moral institutions no longer hold as much sway in young people’s lives. “Peers, music, and social media platforms have taken precedence and are modern-day youth’s primary sources of influence,” he pointed out. He explained that this shift in the type of influences that shape Black children is calculated social engineering resulting in death.
On Sunday, Dec. 4, Student Minister Nuri delivered the message, “How to Love a Black Woman.” He explained that the cornerstone of nation-building is family and that Black families have been under attack since we were brought over as enslaved people. He pointed to examples in ancient Black history and scripture to point out that a king was rarely seen without his queen, and that relationships were represented by husband and wife in scriptural texts.
During his message, Student Minister Nuri—a husband and father—shared several keys to a successful and loving marriage. He explained the importance of a husband treating his wife with love and respect, exhibiting loyalty, providing for her financially, surpassing her in good deeds, and listening attentively. He also quoted an old saying to emphasize the importance of a husband providing for his family: “If you woke up broke, you had no business going to sleep.”
Monday night, December 6 was the crowning moment of Student Minister Nuri’s lecture series in the area, as he addressed a men only audience of F.O.I. (Fruit of Islam) from around the Delaware Valley region, who came from as far away as Camden, N.J., and Pittsburgh. The audience also included men who were not registered in the Nation of Islam.
He spoke on his book topic, “A well Made Man.” Throughout his message, he explained what it takes for someone to become a “well-made” individual.
He also explained that Black men should recognize and embrace their divine nature by accepting that they have the same DNA as God and are descendants of God Himself. The youthful-looking student minister argued that if God can do anything, so too can they and that they possess the same power to rise above their current situation and accomplish incredible works.