ATLANTA—Adorned in bright, colorful garments, the Muslim women of the Nation of Islam’s Southern Region, including the cities of Atlanta; College Park, Georgia; Augusta, Georgia; Macon, Georgia.; Birmingham, Alabama; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Nashville, Tennessee and Chattanooga, Tennesee, participated in life-saving efforts in their communities on September 30.
The M.G.T. and G.C.C. (Muslim Girls Training and General Civilization Class) and Vanguard (the warrior unit of the Nation, comprised of young women 16-35) knocked door-to-door in an apartment complex, handing out Final Call newspapers, “How To Keep House” books and flyers with information pertaining to mosque meetings.
The sisters were secured by the F.O.I. (Fruit of Islam), the men belonging to the Nation of Islam.
“When we went out in the community, the sisters were recalibrated on the spirit and the mission of the Teachings and our duty to our people. Their spirits were really high. I felt the energy. I felt the excitement. I felt the enthusiasm. And it made me also feel that same kind of excitement,” Sister Nusaybah Muhammad, Southern Regional Student M.G.T. Captain of the Nation of Islam, said to The Final Call.
After going door-to-door, the sisters walked through Greenbriar Mall, greeting the people with a wave, a smile and the Arabic greeting words of peace, “As-Salaam Alaikum.” In turn, the women of the community showered their love, support and compliments.
“We just wanted to be amongst our people. We just wanted to be present and in the spirit with our people, for them to see us, for us to see them, in that very freedom-fighting mode, if you will, representation of a Muslim modest woman who is serious about her faith and knows what it has done to impact our lives,” Sister Nusaybah Muhammad said. “It was amazing because so many of the women came up to take pictures of us. They asked how can I follow you on IG (Instagram)?”
She described the elation of one of the women in the apartment complex. “She lifted our spirits so high because it was as if we made her day, and I believe we did,” she said.
“It made us even that much more confirmed and convicted in the importance of going out as lifesavers to our people in doing the first work,” Sister Nusaybah Muhammad concluded.
—Anisah Muhammad, Contributing Writer