Sister Michann and Sister Rainelle were all smiles as they honored the pioneers for their years of service. Photo: Sharon Muhammad

by Lameesa W. Muhammad

CINCINNATI—In the spirit of Saviours’ Day 2023, Muhammad Mosque No. 5 in Cincinnati, Ohio, honored seven pioneer M.G.T. in its first “Elevated Tea Time” celebration held on Saturday, February 18, 2023.

This event was organized by Student M.G.T. Captain Madeline Muhammad and the local M.G.T. planning committee. For this occasion the sisterhood of Mosque No. 5 paid homage to seven pioneers whose efforts helped to establish the foundation and pave the way for others to join the ranks of the Nation of Islam.

Pioneer M.G.T. Sister Barbara J. Muhammad shows her gift and honorary certificate.

The pioneers who were honored included: Sister Yvonne Muhammad (registered in 1954), Sister Dorothy Muhammad (registered in 1964), Sister Barbara A. Muhammad (registered in 1965), Sister Najiyyah Muhammad (registered in 1967), Sister Sandra Muhammad (registered in 1970), Sister Barbara J. Muhammad (registered in 1972), and Sister Malikah Muhammad (registered in 1974).


The day’s event began with limousine service for the pioneers who were picked up from their homes and escorted to the “Elevated Tea Time” celebration held at Mosque No. 5.  Much to their surprise, they walked into a supremely and elegantly decorated tea room filled with gold embellishments and beautiful yellow flowers. 

The sisters were escorted to their seats where they were surprised with a celebratory welcome from their fellow M.G.T. sisters who were awaiting their arrival.  The pioneers each gave their testimony of perseverance and fortitude during their time in the Nation of Islam and shared fond memories they collected over their years of service to the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.

These pioneer sisters were treated to a slide presentation honoring their presence and received gifts from the heart from their fellow M.G.T. as an expression of love and appreciation for their service and commitment.  Junior M.G.T. Sister ShariYah Muhammad read a poem entitled, “A Sister’s Love” to the pioneers as her way of showing thankfulness to them for setting the way for her to follow in their footsteps.

Each sister was served tea and light and healthy, delectable food  as they were surrounded by the energy and love of their Nation of Islam family. A photographer was on deck to capture the occasion as it will remain a moment never to forget.

These seven pioneer sisters have committed a combined total of 395 years of service to the Nation of Islam and on this day, they were recognized and honored for all that they have done.