My Journey in Islam is Transforming

Prior to joining The Nation of Islam, I voiced what I wanted for my life and I had an exhausting list of questions that were hard to find answers for. So when I attended my first lecture on Sunday, January 12, 2014, it was shocking to see and hear some of what I wanted for my life and to receive answers to questions I had for years. It only took one meeting to plant seeds in the womb of my mind and heart. No, I wasn’t sure about joining just yet, but I knew I wanted more. It was a lot to process. Could this all be too good to be true?

Following a couple of weeks, I decided to take a trip to the mosque. This time I attended my first processing M.G.T. & G.C.C., Muslim Girls in Training & General Civilization Class on Saturday, January 25, 2014 and returned to the Sunday meeting on January 26 to hear Sister Ava Muhammad. It was nice to see and hear a Black woman speak so freely on what she believed in, in such a civilized and confident way. The spirit and the manner in which she delivered the message resulted in me joining The Nation of Islam and I have not looked back since. From there, I worked hard to understand the prerequisites of The Teachings of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Later that year, I became a registered member of The Nation of Islam on September 20, 2014.

After eighth grade, I was moving to a mindset that no longer wanted to be in the close company of women. There were girls who backstabbed me and I felt as if I could no longer trust women, but I knew it wasn’t best to take men as “close” friends either. I knew that there was power in women coming together, but I wasn’t sure if that was possible for my life. Being in the processing class opened my eyes to a powerful sisterhood. The way I observed the processing instructors, it made me see the beauty in women collaborating and being one united front. My work as an empowerment coach now meant so much more then just some thing I was doing. Listen to the full interview here.

So when I walked into the registered M.G.T. Class, I was very grateful for being chosen by Allah to be considered as His girl who is being refined. Not only am I becoming a better individual, I am collectively aiding in the betterment of the condition of this world. The world will not improve, until the woman is uplifted. A nation can rise no higher than its woman, so if I’m not being elevated, I understand that it’s best to remove myself from potentially detrimental situations. I am the standard. We the M.G.T. are the standard and Insha’Allah (God Willing), we will be pleasing to The Most High.

StudentBeing the standard is easy to say, but it’s not easy to grasp what this means in totality. If we are truly the standard, which we are, then this implies that there’s a lot of work that must be done. 75% of work is with the woman. As much as I can recall, the woman has always been on the frontline working, alongside the man and without the man. Being the Second Self of Allah (God), we make no excuses. We work even when we’re tired and through the pain. This work requires an ongoing study. Can a woman who does not study say that she is fulfilling God’s Will? I know an M.G.T. cannot. In the very title is a reminder that we must train and be in class. So to be an M.G.T., we must humble ourselves to always be a student. I am always thankful to say and show that I am a student of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad under the divine guidance of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.

I am thankful to The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan for standing firm in his Islam and in The Mission to resurrect the dead. Had it not been for The Minister, I would not know about The Nation of Islam or our true history that is not shared in this world’s educational system. Most of all, The Minister has helped me embrace who I am, all of me, the duality of me that most could not stand to receive a glimpse of. One of the many of gifts that he’s given is Self-Improvement: The Basis for Community Development study guides, which has been a tremendous aid. Throughout his stand as the representative of his teacher, The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, he has reminded us of the importance of resurrection (killing the devil and raising the god within). No matter how much I tried to improve myself elsewhere, I was also searching for more because I was never feeding from The Source. It is The Teachings that have allowed me to continue becoming who I am supposed to be. I can never thank this beautiful man, who has sacrificed himself for humanity. Referring to him as a humble man is the least.

As my personal testimony, I must share that The Minister’s profound statement, “Pain is the mother of creativity” is one that has helped me most. Accepting Allah (God) and declaring to Him that I want to serve in The Mission of raising the dead is not easy, especially when the first dead that has to rise is you. And then after you’ve been raised, while you’re bringing more home, there is always more work to be done with the person in the mirror. Raising the dead in us is an ongoing task. It’s one that I don’t want to stop and wouldn’t have the option to opt-out of, if I wanted. As I’m continuing to learn that self-improvement is painful, I’m also learning that it’s purifying. Trials are purifying and just as painful as it is to become one with Allah, it’s just as ugly to look at others in their pain sometimes. I’m not sorry for saying that. I’m keeping it real. We can all be some ugly people. I’m learning that just as ugly as I can be in my healing process, others around me are just as ugly. This understanding is helping me be more forgiving to myself and anyone that has possibly caused me an ounce of pain. The reality is that we cause pain on ourselves more than we like to point the finger. People are not perfect and this includes the people who follow Allah (God). Islam is perfect though. Islam is the be all. Look at the word, “ISlam”. It’s like BElam. Okay, I’m corny, but I hope you see the point I’m making.

Overall in life, which Islam is a way of life, we are constantly being tried because everyday there is a test to pass/past (excel in and move forward). I used to hate test, especially pop quizzes. Now, my goal is to take the test and take my time through it. I’m in no rush. I am in the class of God and I have a lot to learn about Him and myself. Instead of asking “why me” or “why this test required”, I am thanking Allah that He still sees me as worthy and I am continuing to purify my heart, so that my mind can be prepared and so that my actions align with my mental and spiritual being. My Islam is transforming and I understand that this is an ongoing process for me and those surrounding me, so I’m covered with Allah’s armor, so that I can put forth my all.

I Am Covered Through Trials

I was blessed to be born and raised in The Nation of Islam with a personal decision to officially register in 2014. I joined because I saw no other way of life worthy to accept. None proved to be a path I belonged to.

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is the literal reason I was born, for if he had not penetrated the minds of my parents with the truth of Allah (God), then they would not have married and conceived me. He is the ultimate example of a human becoming a god, just as Jesus 2,000 years ago said we were! What hasn’t he done for me?

John 10:34 Jesus answered them, is it not written in your law, I said, ye are gods?

As a registered member of The Nation of Islam, I have the opportunity to strive towards perfection and ultimate godhood in the M.G.T. & G.C.C., Muslim Girls in Training & General Civilization Class. However, it is a challenge to be in this world and not succumb to being of this world. I have stumbled plenty of times, but what helps me be steadfast is the protection of the sisterhood. The sisterhood is the equivalent of God’s covering (the “hood”).

Through everything, I know I have Allah and my sisters to make it through. Islam is trying in a world that does not approve, but I’m not done giving my all for freedom.

Allah’s love for His girl, Sister Terrika Muhammad

I am a “Nation Baby” so I was raised in the Nation, but I did still choose Islam for myself. Because we are a curious people with free will, we all have that period of time where we wander from the religious beliefs that we were raised knowing. That lasted approximately six months for me. I realized quickly that I belong in The Nation.

img_0241-2I started hanging with my college friends, you know, living the “college life” and Allah (God) always showed me that I didn’t belong. I had a death experience at least twice. One, an associate was under the influence, and almost drove us off the road. The people around me all thought this situation was funny, but I knew, Allah’s goal was to snatch me back in. I was even put on probation from college being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Thankfully, I completed secondary education with a Bachelors of Science and am currently in the field of technology in accordance with my studies. Then, I was completely oblivious to where I was in that moment. The song that I relate to, that literally had me in tears was Crawl by Chris Brown. I had to crawl my way back to The Nation, to Allah. Quickly!

He gave the human being something that He never gave any of His creatures. He gave us the free will to choose and then He offers us the right way. But He lets us choose if we wish to follow His Way.
– The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, A Prescription for Humanity (article)

The Nation of Islam set me apart from the people I was around in public. I was taught things that the world could never teach me. I was taught that cleanliness was next to godliness and that I could literally become God! I am the Second Self of God. What an honor that is! If all women knew that, we would carry ourselves better and move like we were on top on the world. Because we literally are. We build nations. I wouldn’t have learned these things had it not been for Master Fard Muhammad, The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. I love them for their sacrifice and for saving my life.

The Nation of Islam showed me how special I was from a young age and helped me to see my true value. Being an M.G.T., Muslim Girl in Training gives me that okay to still be a little girl in Allah’s eyes, while still evolving to be the best woman that I can be. One who is always willing to learn more from God and His servants.

Matthew 18:3 “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

God’s servant in our midst, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has given me life! I think life should include fulfillment, purpose, honor, humbleness. Minister Louis Farrakhan has taught me how to achieve all of that, plus more! I have a life with untapped value that I am still learning how to discover from The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.

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As I’m continuing to discover my value, I see the importance of dressing modest, which brings up a challenge that comes with being a Muslimah: what do I wear?! Especially in the summer. Almost every store wants for you to conform and show some kind of skin! I am overcoming it by getting my own clothes made. Sometimes we have to go the extra mile for things we love. My Islam is love.

Sister Fatimah: The Revolutionary

I was born in the Nation of Islam, but I accepted for myself and officially registered approximately two and a half years ago. As a registered member, I am a part of the M.G.T. & G.C.C., Muslims Girls in Training & General Civilization Class.

In short, M.G.T. to me means being willing to be shaped into the model of the new woman that comes out of the mind of our Saviour, Master Fard Muhammad.

There are many challenges that I face being a Muslimah, but my number one challenge in this journey is getting other women to understand that we are by no means oppressed. This is a spiritual path that we chose after all else had failed us.

Islam comes after everything else fails.
– The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Everything Has Failed (article, republished from Message To The Blackman)

Sometimes I feel ostracized by others (not necessarily in my sister circle) because they see Muslimahs as weak. They don’t understand our expression of womanhood, so they judge us. Fighting hard to be righteous in this world is strength and Islam has allowed me and many others to freely express our femininity at the highest level. I want others to see the freedom in Islam.

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has done so much for me that I can’t thank Allah enough. I would say the most paramount thing is helping me to discover and understand my intrinsic nature. His guidance has enabled me to see deeper into self and realize my value as a co-creater with God, not just physically, but spiritually. No other teacher or preacher of religion on this planet is elevating the black woman in America and really all women over the world.

He has encouraged me to remain steadfast in this journey of self-development so that Allah may use me to be an example for my daughter and other girls/women. The knowledge of self and of Allah can absolutely transform our lives!

There may be many challenges that I face, but it is my Islam that is making me stronger. My Islam is revolutionary. As long as I have Allah, I am a force and will continue to stand in the fight to serve as a vessel who is contributing toward bringing in the new world.

Sister Sharanda Died Three Times to Live

Prior to joining The Nation of Islam, I’d been having visions into future experiences. I am and always am destined to be spiritually inclined. I believed in a higher being or divinity, however I believe in The All. As a spiritual teacher, Jesus left principles that are worth adhering to. I understand when they ask Jesus how do you pray, he answered you pray unto the father. I pray only to The Creator, my sustenance comes through The All.

You are not taught to pray to be heard by Moses and other prophets, not even Elijah whom they say went to Heaven whole soul and body. If Elijah cannot hear a prayer and he was not killed as Jesus was, then how can Jesus hear a prayer? We must not pray to dead prophets. They can’t hear our prayers.
The Muslim loves all of Allah’s prophets, but we will not pray for life to come to us from a dead prophet; not even to Muhammad who lived nearly 1,400 years ago. We pray in the name of Allah and mention the name of His last prophet in our prayer as an honor and thanks to Allah for His last guide to us.
– The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Day of Resurrection of Dead So-Called Negroes Has Arrived (Reprint from Our Saviour Has Arrived)

The vision before I accepted was of my death 3 times. Did I die? In the last one, I cried out to Jesus and in the vision I said no “Allah”. I awoke confused of this vision, but it brought about an intense craving to read and learn. Thus, for months I did nothing but read all of the books I could find. I did not sleep – my family a woke and slept and each time they found me reading.

“When he is [you are] taught the spirit of truth, He will guide you into all truth.”
– The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, The Crucifixion of Jesus

Next, I went through tremors and shaking when something moved me to my core, as confirmation that I was receiving truth. To say this is Divine intervention is correct. So much synchronicity happened in my life; it initially started when I came to America. I was meant to be here – Destiny would have it no other way.

The power of thought, as manifested through the Law of Synchronicity and The Theology of Time, projects all things coming to pass in the appropriate moment and place.
– Mother Tynetta Muhammad, A Picture is Worth a Thousands Words (article)

An MGT in The Nation of Islam is a woman knowing and accepting that all possibilities are open for me, I can accomplish what I will. That I am my own ruler. I design my fate according to my actions and deeds and first and foremost to do no harm. It means to me that I have accepted peace from within myself, from Allah no force can break. It means to me that the oneness of Allah is all I need.

Allah is sufficient for me—there is no God but He. On Him do I rely, and He is the Lord of the mighty Throne. (Holy Qur’an 9:128-129)

Being in The Nation of Islam, I am blessed to say I have not come across many challenges. My family at first questioned why, but let it go, because of love and tolerance for each other. Friends have not questioned my faith. One went as far as saying, I knew your spiritual path would take you where you wanted to be. She said and I quote:

“You are an all or nothing type of person.”

I may have died three times in a vision, but it saved me. Islam is Life.


Interested in knowing some of the books I read during this time:

  • At the beginning, I was guided to Psalm and completed this Book in The Bible.
  • I read Hermès Trice The Great twice
  • Dare to Believe by Mary Rowland
  • The Secret of Freemasonry by Elijah Muhammad
  • The Secret to Perfect Living by James Mangan
  • The Holy Qur’an
  • Study Guide 19: by The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
  • The God Tribe of Shabazz
  • The Genesis Years (unpublished and rare writing)
  • The Motherplane by The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad
  • The Book of Enoch
  • Books on Aristotle, Plato, and Osho

Seeing “Nation of Islam” in print makes some people uncomfortable 

I get a kick out of reading books, while I'm traveling and purposely showing the cover to allow others to see. It's something about their discomfort of my comfortabilty that just makes me smile on the inside. 

On my way back to Chicago, I spent some time reading Let This Mind Be In You: The Master, The Messenger, The Minister by Brother Nuri Muhammad. I thank our Brother for adding the logo on the cover at the top to make it clear who he follows. I know everyone who reads the book may not be a follower of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. However, I am a follower and his student and am always happy to be a walking influence in this mission. 

While I know the world thinks differently I am happy to be a divergent.

What is the mustard seed in your life that exemplifies faith?

The following text is from a speech delivered during the youth study group at The Final Call Administration Building in Chicago, Illinois on June 21, 2017.


In the name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful, I bear witness that there is no God, but Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger.

I greet my beautiful Brothers and Sisters in the Arabic language of peace, As-Salaam Alaikum, Ramadan Mubarak!

I first thank The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, His National Assistant Brother Ishmael Muhammad, and Brother Fontaine Muhammad for allowing me this opportunity to come before the People of God. Last, I thank you for being here willing to listen.

Today, I want you to think about what your mustard seed is.

As a recap in The Bible,

Matthew 17:20

And He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Think of the mountain that’s in your life that needs to moved. Get rid of it! How? with your mustard seed. We know in The Bible it’s consistently reminding us to have faith. So what is the mustard seed in your life that exemplifies faith? Mine is affirmation.

Coming into The Nation of Islam, I realized everything was affirming me as Black.

Affirm means to confirm.

Let’s take a look at the last sentence of the Preface in Message To The Blackman:

“The reader will find that light in this book.”

It’s confirming that the reader will find guidance and truth. The key word here is reader, which means you have to be open to reading and studying what even may be unfamiliar to you.

Another definition for affirm is to express agreement with or commitment to; uphold; support.

So as we’re learning about ourselves, if we accept. That means that we’re agreeing with the confirmation and once we agree, we have a duty and responsibility to uphold.

There is a chapter titled “Accept Your Own and Be Yourself” in Message To The Blackman.

As a Black woman, I hadn’t been taught to accept me or to be myself. Not just as a woman, but no one around me was telling me to love myself for being Black. They would say, love you, but I hadn’t specifically had anyone to say love your Black self. In fact, I was on my way toward being an actress as an escape from me being me and as a way of focusing on everyone else, except self, and most of those characters had nothing to do with my history. Like Anne Frank, and Me. Here I am learning about The Jews. Where were my people that I could represent?

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said,

“Your black skin is the best, and never try changing it’s color.” 

So yes color in this context The Messenger is referring to our skin. However, color has another definition.

Color: to give a special character or distinguishing quality to
Skin: it’s the external covering, it’s a shell

Well, let’s say your mind is in a shell. Which means that “your black skin”… let’s say “your black mind is the best and never try changing it’s color, it’s characteristics of being Black, the Original Man.” So now I’m taking on the color (characteristics) of God, Who is Black. I’m looking at my Black self and no longer taking on any roles of someone else. I look in the mirror and say I am Black. I accept and love my Black self.

So why is affirmation the mustard seed in my life that exemplifies faith? Because we are students first. In order for us to come into the knowledge of self, we must read. In Closing The Gap on page 104, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan says,

“The more we study, our thoughts will change and grow from what we thought and believe and understood yesterday to that which is closer to the thinking of Allah.”

So affirmation is the mustard seed in my life that exemplifies faith because feeding my mind on His Word just a little bit increases what I say I believe in, grows me closer to God and it brings me closer to my true self, taking on His color, His attributes and characteristics. It allows me to look at self and make necessary corrections.

The Nation is affirming because I am constantly working to renew my mind. [It’s actually what I’m held responsible for. As a member in The Nation of Islam, we are committing ourselves to actively being a part of a movement. That means, we must move because we have work to do and the work starts with our mind.]

Whatever you have in your mind is what you’ll think. Thoughts are transferred into words. And thoughts become things. Every time you speak, you project your next steps because thoughts go into the Universe. Just as God said “Be and it is”. [We too can say be and it is, but we must have faith to bring it forth.]

I know I’ve been talking about words, but they matter more than we think. We also can’t be lip professors. Remember affirm means to confirm and to commit. So my mustard seed proves that faith without works is dead. When we pray, we have to have faith in that prayer, but then we have to go to work. After prayer, after furthering your knowledge, you then have to go to work to apply what you learned and said you believe in.

So when you’re communicating, when we’re communicating, let’s pay close attention to the language we’re using. Ex. When you listen to The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, you notice he said “so-called Negro”. Let’s make sure we aren’t taking away the “so-called” when we speak. [He is very intentional in his language and as his students so shall we be.]

Where there is tearing, there is building. This world is trying to tear us down, but we are the builders. We’re going to build one another up. In fact we are already building one another. Where there is correction, there’s improvement. We need to correct our language because it’s a reflection of where you stand in your faith. Let’s strengthen our faith so we can unite. Self-Improvement is The Basis of CommUNITY Development. So let’s get to work on us first, so we can help one another.

On the Ramadan Prayerline, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said, “I Can do it. I Must do it and I Will do it.” Let’s take this affirmation beyond Ramadan.

You are waiting on God, but really it’s the god in you that you’re waiting on because The God is present today and He’s already in you.

A presenter on The Ramadan Prayerline said,

“The only obstacle is the obstacle we create for ourselves”.

So stop getting in your way. You are a walking mustard seed and it’s time for each and everyone of us to accept our purpose and responsibility. When you put your faith and trust in Allah, the mountains will be moved.

I close with jewels from The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan:

“What Jesus wanted us to do is go back in our mind and analyze our thoughts ‘cause that’s the real you, as a man thinketh, so is he. So if we cannot correct the way we think, then we have really missed in the work of reformation of raising the consciousness of Black people and making a better people, a better world. We will never make a better world until you make human beings to think on a better plane. And the thinking has to start with how you think about you.”

Let’s raise our thoughts. We Can. We Must. We Will. And if I may add, We Are.

As-Salaam Alaikum!


If we say we believe in a Higher Power, we should be able to identify what the mustard seed in our life is. It took me some time to identify mine. However, I am thankful for the Nation of Islam for showing me how beautiful Black is. Not just my Black skin, but the color (characteristics) of being Black has given me so much purpose.  

As a Muslim are you offended that Trump breaks White House tradition of hosting Eid Al-Fitr dinner?

The White House has hosted Iftar for approximately twenty years. With Donald Trump as POTUS, apparently he has zero intentions of celebrating Ramadan or at least supporting a national tradition. This is not a surprise to me and honestly why should this matter?

Eid Mubarak (Blessed Festival)!

What is Eid Al-Fitr?

The festival of breaking the fast that closes the month of Ramadan.

Are you offended as a Muslim or nah?

Newsweek tweeted “Trump breaks White House tradition of hosting Ramadan dinner” and as I seen Muslims retweeting this all I could think is why would we care and why are we spreading his news? Why should we look to the White House to host a celebration for us? Ramadan is given to us from Allah (God). As Muslims we should be free, which means we don’t need permission from America, the country that took us away from living out our true nature of being Muslim, one who submits his entire will to do The Will of Allah (God). So no I’m not offended by Trump or the rest of the administration under the White House. However, I am offended by Muslims who feel as if this is a disgrace. The fact that we don’t have one day recognized as a national holiday as a part of corporate americas holiday calendar is ridiculous, but even that is not anything that we should focus on.

Lets celebrate & focus on us!

For everyone who observed Ramadan, lets put on our own Iftar and focus on us. We are gods who belong to Allah (God) and need to stop looking to others gods beside The Almighty to do for us. We have everything we need to do what’s required of us.

This morning on the Ramadan Prayerline, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan warned the Muslim world that we are a target for the chastisement of Allah (God) due to our great division. This means we have our own work to do to so that we’re no longer in violation of His covenant. I’ve been reflecting on how I’ve divided myself individually and want to ensure I recommit to the covenant I’ve made with Allah (G0d).

I’m not concerned with Trump and honestly did not want to acknowledge what the White House is or is not doing. However, when I notice that some of us aren’t focusing on where our attention should be, it’s my duty to hold us all accountable. We all have to be dutiful in this area.Lets focus on how we’re going to successfully unite with one another.


I would love to build with others on the topic of uniting the Muslim world. The Minister has already done his part and is continuing to be our example. He is such a beautiful divine servant, reminder, and so much more in our midst. Gratitude. 

Lets go to work family.

God’s Number One Fisherman

The Foundation; Can We Survive?”, one of my favorite lectures. A great lecture to study, if you haven’t had the chance (all of them are great).

My first time hearing The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan was watching This Man Jesus. I was amazed by how bold he spoke and how there were facts after facts. However, my experience of hearing him in-person was incomparable to a recording on YouTube. In February 2014, I was blessed to attend my first Saviours’ Day and listen to God’s number one helper in our midst. The entire weekend I was filled with so much serenity. Tears of joy continued to fall from my eyes the more and more I learned of this Beautiful man that God has in our midst.

I cried because I couldn’t believe I’d been so far away from the knowledge of self all of my life. I’d been looking for a leader that I could follow and trust to guide me to Allah (God). The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is the man who has been the best example for me.

Louis Farrakhan Chicago Radio Interview: How to take control of the black community! (3-minute clip)

He has helped me understand Jesus not by what he teaches alone, but through his actions. He continues to teach me the importance of transparency, growth, how to embrace my Black self, how to love my Brothers and Sisters, how to have a voice for the oppressed, fight for Freedom, Justice, and Equality. He outworks everyone with a smile, which reminds me that I have zero excuses for being productive. I have learned my true value as God’s girl because of him through his ongoing work of uplifting women. He uplifts women by informing us of our true connection to Allah (God). He knows his mission that’s been given to him. However, he’s a humble man. He’s so humble that he doesn’t ask for us to address him as “The Honorable”. He reminds us that he’s our Brother. He does not take the credit. He always gives the credit to Allah. He’s our example, our reminder.

Although, The Minister is much more than a fisherman. We cannot deny the fact that he continues to reach people all over the world. He literally has friendships in all walks of life, as God promises. He may not have been the person who you initially heard, upon being introduced to The Teachings of The Honorable Elijah Muhammad. However, I’m sure he’s inspired you. You may not be a registered member of The Nation of Islam, however I’m sure he moves you. Maybe he’s put something in you, maybe it’s a spark to do the work in your community. Whether you’re contributing or not, The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad said The Minister will get all of his people. I pray I’m one of the chosen.

 

I am thankful for God’s Mercy, who is The Minister. I am truly loving this divine man and am so thankful that we still have him in our midst. I am so thankful to be a member in The Nation of Islam.

Happy Anniversary to this Divine, selfless being! I am so thankful to Allah for The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.

The Nation of Islam is Empowering

I did not know my purpose in life before coming into The Nation of Islam. In fact majority of the time I was just surviving mentally, spiritually, and physically. When I say I was just surviving, I mean I was existing, but not living. I was not confident, but today I’m empowered and I’m thriving as a member in The Nation of Islam.

Today is my born day, physical birth of coming into this world and I can never thank Allah enough for my mother and for His Coming.

If you do not know it, everyday is Mother’s Day. Not just today that Mexico acknowledges or this upcoming Sunday that the world has marked on calendars. So I thank my mom for her sacrifice everyday.

Today is also Mother Tynetta’s birthday, the wife of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Therefore, today is special because of Mothers. Mother Tynetta is one who paved the way for us and who encourages me.

Back to today and not knowing my purpose in life. Mark Twain once said, 

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” 

Not only did I not know my purpose, I did not have love for my people. For those who know me personally, that would probably be hard to believe. I always wanted best for my people, but because of the anger and mistreatment that we have for one another, I did not want to be bothered. It does not feel good or right to even make that known. We can all relate though. We do that with our family. How can we say, “I don’t want to be bothered with my family?” and why is that? Our people are our family, so if we’re not going to spend time with our family, who are we going to spend time with?

I noticed I did not love myself in a way that I thought I did. I know I didn’t because if I don’t want to be around my Black people, then it’s something about myself that I did not want to confront. And there was something that I did not know about self yet. So, I needed to tap into my thinking. What was I thinking? That we are a pathetic people. How did I improve my thinking? By being affirmed.

The Teachings of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad has allowed me to love all of me.

Upon coming in one of the first things I learned was that God is in fact a Black man. My thought was the Supreme Being looks like me? Jesus having hair like wool is a real depiction and reflection of me? Wow!

Then I read “Accept your own and be yourself.” As a Black woman, I hadn’t been taught to accept me or to be myself. In fact, I was on my way toward being an actress as an escape from me being me and as a way of focusing on everyone else, except self, and most of those characters had nothing to do with my history. I do love everything about acting, however, the reasons listed above our true about why I needed acting at the point in my life.

The Nation of Islam was my first introduction of what affirming Black looks like and because of that I was able to begin affirming myself.

As I read through each page of Message To The Blackman in America, written by The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad (The Messenger of Allah) I grew to love myself in ways that I did not know was possible. The very dedication itself is an affirmation.

…To My People,

The S0-called American Negro, Freedom, Justice, and Equality; Happiness, Peace of Mind, Contentment, Money, Good Jobs, Decent Homes — all these can be yours if you accept your God, Allah, now and return to His (and your original) religion, Islam.

After a few months of being in The Nation of Islam, I realized I love my people, but I actually needed to know about who we are in order for me to grow in love with my people. Although, I wanted to learn about Black History in school, I never asked anyone why slavery alone was taught as Black History. Yes, I questioned it in my mind, but I never vocally inquired about the concern I had. Coming into The Nation, I learned that Black history is the beginning and has no ending. Learning about my Black self and God, who is Black, it allowed me to love my Beautiful Brothers and Sisters.

Today, I can’t help but love being Black. I never had a problem being Black, but today I appreciate it more than I ever could. I have patience because I remember when I did not have the knowledge of self. I remember feeling so confused. I literally was blind, deaf, and dumb. I received Light and can’t help but spread what I’ve been given.

Prior to coming the mosque, I became an Empowerment Coach. I didn’t quite understand why I was in that role. However, after my first few months at the mosque, I realized I was walking in my purpose. My work with empowerment groups has been impactful. Honestly, dedicating time to uplift others has helped me become a better person. I understand the pain more, not because I’ve been through a lot of what my brothers and sisters have, but because I know The Time we’re living in and I hope we can all understand who we are and where we need to be. 

I seek to understand where the anger and mistreatment is coming from. We all struggle with PTSD, starting with slavery. Therefore, I’m open and I’m happy to be here for my family as long as my family is willing to share. It won’t always be easy, I won’t always have patience, but I’m here. I’m not bothered. I’m ready to fulfill my purpose because I am thankful for The Work of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and His Extension The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan for The Teachings and their love for us, for me.

I am living, walking confidently. I am empowered and thriving as a member in The Nation of Islam. My purpose is to empower and I’m living it out.