Unveiling the Number 19

[Editor’s Note: This article is a reprint that was published on January 10, 2007; and The Final Call will continue to publish articles by our late and dear Mother Tynnetta Muhammad.]

“And Solomon was David’s heir, and he said: O men, we have been taught the speech of birds, and we have been granted of all things. Surely this is manifest grace. And his hosts of the jinn and the men and the birds were gathered to Solomon, and they were formed into groups.” -Holy Qur’an, Surah 27, verse 16-17

As we enter the New Year, we have successfully completed our Ramadan Fast in October and the Hajj pilgrimage during the last days of December 2006. What does the New Year 2007 hold for us, and the nations around the world? Three powerful months have passed in which the Nation of Islam is going through its severest test and trial, ending at our Saviours’ Day event scheduled for the end of February 2007. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is passing through a more severe health crisis as he is carrying us all safely through to the other side to meet with our Lord. This period of the Nation’s history marks the conclusion of a stage in our journey to meet face to face with God himself.

In tracing through the history of the Mongolian nation and its leader, Genghis Khan, we have discovered that the sequels in his history fulfills in the 13th Century of our present era is remarkably similar to the history of Prophet Muhammad (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and the revelation of the Holy Qur’an leading to the birth of the Nation of Islam in the West. It is somewhat like the experience of dejavu. In a repetition of the history of other nations that is taking place in our present moment of time. In our review of Elijah, the Prophet’s history in Kings I and II, we also discovered powerful similarities that link these former histories to the history of the Nation of Islam in America.

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After slaying the 450 false prophets of Baal, Elijah takes leave to a location in Mount Horeb, the Mountain of God, where he conceals himself in a cave. He is yearning for God to reveal himself. Interestingly enough, this scenario along with the anointing of Elisha to take his place in his absence, occurs in 1 Kings, chapter 19 through verse 19. While he is there in the cave, the word of the Lord comes to him saying, “What doeth thou here, Elijah?” Elijah responds that his life is in jeopardy taking flight from his persecutors. “And, behold, the Lord passed by and a great and strong wind rent the mountain, and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, a still, small voice.” 1 Kings, Chapter 19, verses 11-12 It is in Chapter 19, verse 19, in which the Lord guides him to anoint Elisha to take his place in his absence.

As we continue this narrative on Elijah and his slaying of the 450 false prophets of Baal, we cross over as a reminder that in the final conquest of Genghis Khan’s military strategy that he appears on the battlefield with four companies of 100 men each and himself on an ox cart (bullock), accompanied by a 50-person guard unit, thus, a number equivalent to 450. In the Battle of Uhud, in the time of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), it was 50 archers who were given the most strategic position at the hill of Uhud in the time of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). In the history of the Birth of the Nation of Islam in America, this number, 450, could represent 440 years of enslavement, with the number of the additional 10 years from the Million Man March, would give us the year 2005, which was the edge or limit of the time that the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan gave for the closing of this cycle.

In our last article, we spoke about President George W. Bush’s visit to Mongolia in the year in November of 2005 espousing democratic principles. Literally to set the record straight, scholars have discovered from many nations around the world that Genghis Khan’s rules and laws of conduct that reveal certain democratic principles that Americans consider to be the core of a democracy. In quoting from the book, “Modern Mongolia: Reclaiming Genghis Khan,” published in 2001 by the joint effort of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the National Museum of Mongolian History: “The American definition is based on four pillars: participatory government, ruled by law, equality under the law, and basic personal freedoms and human rights. If we examine the history of Genghis Khan through historical accounts, we can see that he established some form of all four pillars for the Mongolian people during his rule.”

In establishing a democracy with independence and sovereignty rights, I quote another section of this book, “Genghis Khan’s first gift to his people was to unite them into one independent nation, a nation that had the right to make its own laws… As military strategists and genius, he utilized a system which is based on the decimal 10 to appreciate how he made the system work, I turn to a scholarly work published by Jack Weatherford entitled, “Genghis Khan,” wherein he writes the following: “He organized his warriors into squad, or arban, of ten who were to be brothers to one another.

No matter what their ten group or tribal origin, they were ordered to live and fight together as loyally as brothers; in the ultimate affirmation of kinship, no one of them could ever leave the other behind in battle as a captive. Ten of the squads…formed a company, or zagun, of 100 men, one of whom they selected as their leader. And just as extended families united to form lineages, ten Mongol companies formed a battalion, or migan of 1,000 men. Ten migan were then organized into a tumen, an army of 10,000; the leader of each tumen was chosen by Temujin (Genghis Khan), who knew the qualities needed in such a leadership position.”

I close this subject with a final quote from another scholar, N. Vitsen, who visited Mongolia in the last century who described the skill of Genghis Khan’s warriors. This quote is printed by courtesy of the magazine entitled, Inspiring Mongolia, published in the winter of 2005. “…Mongol commanders were shrewd tacticians knowing when to use their advantage of mobility to defeat enemy armies with a large number of men. No battle would begin without scouting and spying.”

“And the day when the trumpet is blown, then those in the heavens and those in the earth will be struck with terror, except such as Allah please. And all shall come to Him abased. And thou seest the mountains–thou thinkest them firmly fixed–passing away as the passing away of the cloud: the handiwork of Allah, Who has made everything thoroughly. Surely He is Aware of what you do.”
-Holy Qur’an, Surah 27, verses 87-88

To be continued.