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Celebrating 4 Years of Publication! As-Salaam Alaikum (Peace Be Unto You),

of my brother. Keep fighting beloved, we are here cheering you on!!!!! This edition is his is a very special double cover dedicated to you and all the warriors edition of H2H Magazine! We are cele- fighting trials on every level. #Salute brating our 4 year anniversary of publication AND preparing for the annual Similarly supportive during my journey Saviours’ Day convention that will be held in has been my sister Akilah Nehanda. A Chicago, IL! bright and shining star she is!

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I chose to do a double cover feature to highlight both events with 2 of my favorite people who have been great supporters of H2H and all of my endeavors. I am honored to return the favor to both Brother Reuben Muhammad and Sister Akilah Muhammad. Bro. Reuben, affectionately known as “real thots”, has been like the big brother I never had. Straight forward, loving, creative and always keeping REAL! Presently he is battling pancreatic cancer which, as he describes it, has been “a beautiful struggle”. I received a tweet, “God gives the hardest trials to His toughest soldiers”, and I immediately thought

She recently released her first musical project “The Best Part” and is a videographer of many films. She is an example of modestly, sisterhood, poise and she is certainly a creative force to reckon with. This month we celebrate her and her many accomplishments! Love You! We pray you enjoy this special editions of H2H! Peace & Blessings,

Ebony Safiyyah Ebony S. Muhammad Publisher & Editor-In-Chief


Contents

VOLUME 4 | NUMBER 12-1 | 2013

February/March 2013

Features

06 | What Is Saviours’ Day? 09 | What It Takes to be A Soldier In the Army of God 15 | Military Drill: The Exercise of the Gods 24 | The True Definition of A Fighter 26| Love Letters to Bro. Reuben 30 | Houston Drill Team on Elevated Places Radio Show 35 | If You’re A Queen Make It Reign (Cover) 36 | Uncovering Why We Cover 41 | Reclaiming and Guiding Our Daughters Virtue 45 |Modest Models, Inc. A Male Perspective: Deconstructing the Myth of Modesty 51 | Exclusive w/ Akilah Nehanda 61 | Love Letters to Akilah 64 | Farrakhan Speaks on Eugenics & The Birth Control Death Plan: A Message to HBCUs

23 | Connect the Dots Radio Program 49 | The Elevated Places Radio Show 49 | SOS Radio Show 49 | Harlem 411 Radio

Food & Nutrition

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69 | Our Cure Is In the Kitchen 70| Safiyyah’s Sweets & Treats: Navy Bean Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Inspire Me

05 | Tweets From #Farrakhan

Events

08 | The Time & What Must Be Done (Weekly Series) 08 | Saviours’ Day Convention 2013 08 | Saviours’ Day Drill Competition 14 | Liberated Sisters

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Tweets from #Farrakhan 1. When you find men and women willing to speak the truth, they are the real patriots. 2. Stand up for what you believe is right! And don't fear the consequences of man when you stand up for God and His Truth. 3. Self-assurance comes from confidence that you are able to do what it is that you desire to do of good in The Way of God. 4. We have to clean up our act. We have to make a serious change. We have our own foot in our own way of progress. 5. Even if you see it, you got to now believe that you can bring it! Believe that you can do what you envision that must be done. HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 5


What Is Saviours’ Day, and Who Is It For? By eric muhammad

In the Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful… The question that is most often asked during the month of February to the Muslims in the Nation of Islam is, “What is Saviours’ Day?” Saviours’ Day is the day when Master Fard Muhammad, the founder of the Lost and Found Nation of Islam in the West, was born in Makkah, Arabia on February 26, 1877. Therefore, annually in the Nation of Islam, we celebrate and commemorate our Saviour’s birth. Every February 26, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad brought together the faithful for Saviour’s Day conventions in Chicago to remember his Teacher’s birthday, re-emphasize his message of moral and spiritual renewal and announce his plans and agenda for the upcoming year. Min. Farrakhan announced the Rebirth of the Nation of Islam, which had been destroyed with the 1975 departure of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad. In 1983, during the Saviour’s Day address in Gary, Ind., Min. Farrakhan announced that Black men and women must be the “saviours” of themselves and their communities. He also announced that the spelling of the commemoration would change to “saviours,” in the plural form to represent that responsibility. (www.finalcall.com) He came to save and deliver a people who had become a nation within a nation, to free us from our former slave-masters and oppressors, and make us into one of the greatest nations that the world has ever seen. HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 6


“And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and he” —The Lord— “shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them.” Isaiah 19:20; Then Nehemiah the prophet, in the 9th chapter, the 27th verse writes: “Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them saviours”—plural—“who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.” Therefore, all people can attend the Crowning event of “Black History Month” and hear the life giving teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad as taught by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Minister Farrakhan stated, “By the grace of God you will hear it clearer than you ever heard, hear what God has to say about this year and beyond.” Minister Farrakhan, also stated, “Muhammad’s Economic Blueprint: Ending Poverty & Want” plan will be the subject at Saviours’ Day Feb. 24, calling a national fund to purchase farmland and begin training youth and rebuilding and redeveloping wasted cities, he said. Such an effort would yield $480 million in a year; Obama cannot make jobs for all of us who are unemployed, but we can,” he said. The question is whether Black America trusts Farrakhan, a man who is not a liar or thief and a man who gives back what is given to him.” So, all those who attend the Saviours’ Day lecture will walk away knowing, The Time and What must be Done, The Agenda of Allah (God)! The other educational, entertainment, and fun highlights of Saviours’ Day are Mother Khadijah Farrakhan Childrens’ Village, Workshops and Plenary sessions, incomparable Drill Competition, Essay and Art Competition for the Youth, Comedy Show, and Much! Much! More! See you all in Chicago at Saviours’ Day, February 22-24, 2013! Peace & Blessings, Brother Eric Muhammad HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 7


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Do you have what it takes to be a soldier in the army of god? By Niedria Kenny

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elegating responsibilities- Is process of assigning task according to skill, to achieve a common goal, fulfill a mission and maintain the vision as it relate to the assignment and purpose of the project. A person who delegated the work remains accountable for the outcome of the delegated

work. So I am sure thought goes into who is assigned what task. Confidence in who is placed in certain positions to do the work is usually the foundation. Delegation empowers a subordinate to make decisions. Rank identifies who is in charge—whom to look to for orders, guidance, and leadership. The Army has established a system of rank reflecting a person ’ s responsibilities and experience that operates through structures—from teams through battalions and larger units—in which people know their responsibilities to each other and their unit. The task you receive could be because of your rank, recent accomplishments or success rate. Task could be handed to you as a test of your strength and ability to advance to the next rank. It could be to enforce your rank by completing a series of test, exams, assignments, and challenges that come along with displaying your rank honorably. Are you a “ Four-Star General ” or a “ S taff Sergeant ” ? As a Sergeant, you may only be responsible for 4 -10 soldiers In a Squad, whereas a HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 9


Four-Star General is a superior rank, responsible for 2-5 Corps, which are thousands of soldiers. As a Staff Sergeant, there are a number of things you will have to endure or accomplish before moving through the leadership and command ranks. By the same token, your responsibilities increase as a Four Star General and much more is require. GOD ’ s Army: GOD will test our strength, ability and faith by delegating task that I call trials. GOD probably won ’ t give a Four-Star General the responsibilities of a Staff Sergeant and Vice Versa. When you have achieved Four Star status, you can be considered his toughest solider. He needs you in high places, so he will continue to adorn you with missions that you have been prepped for. When you were once a Staff Sergeant climbing your way to the top, you experienced tribulations that were preparing you for the ultimate take over, which is fulfilling your purpose. He was building you up to be the warrior it would take to fight against any war. GOD has a purpose for you and your life, but he has to build you to handle it. And likewise, you being chosen by Him to be a warrior means you will hurt, cry, be sick but you will not faint. He says he will never leave or forsake you. He has ordained you as his mighty, which will preserver. He has commissioned you, given you the trials that someone else was not able to handle or will not be able to handle, they are not ready to handle. He delegated accordingly. He delegates with a purpose! The same goes in strength and conditioning in the armed forces. In boot camp, you are tasked with circuit training exercises that will build strength and endurance. If there is ever a time a solider will have to survive in the woods “ in the field ” for a long period of time, he has been taught those survival skills. He knows how to use the things that are there to guide him out of the woods. He knows how to care for wounds, he knows how to eat, and he can walk/run/swim for miles. With respect to war and preparation of the Army who will stand the test, the first Chapter of The Art of War, titled Laying plans; Sun Tzu writes:

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“ T he art of war is governed by five constant factors, to be taken into account in one's deliberations, when seeking to determine the conditions obtaining in the field. These are: ( 1 ) The Moral Law; ( 2 ) Heaven; ( 3 ) Earth; ( 4 ) The Commander; ( 5 ) Method and discipline. The MORAL LAW causes the people to be in complete accord with their ruler, so that they will follow him regardless of their lives, undismayed by any danger ” . Tu Yu quotes Wang Tzu as saying: "Without constant practice, the officers will be nervous and undecided when mustering for battle; without constant practice, the general will be wavering and irresolute when the crisis is at hand." Sun Tzu continues: “ HEAVEN signifies night and day, cold and heat, times and seasons. EARTH comprises distances, great and small; danger and security; open ground and narrow passes; the chances of life and death. The COMMANDER stands for the virtues of wisdom, sincerity, benevolence, courage and strictness ” . GOD prepares you for the next big thing. How many times have you heard someone say to you, “ I don ’ t know how you do it ” or “ There ’ s no way I could go through that! ” or “ I wouldn ’ t know what to do. ” Respectfully, this could be the Staff Sergeant talking to the Four-Star General. He does not know yet, what it takes. He does not know how to lay plans just yet, he has not built strength and endurance, he is not prepared to take on those responsibilities and therefore he may not be able to process what it takes to succeed on that level and ultimately, not capable of doing the job that the Warrior will do. Yet he is getting ready also. There is still a purpose for his life. We all have very similar but different lives. Some of us endure the pains and trials that others are completely oblivious to. This is because some things some of us are better equipped to take it on. HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 11


You cannot learn, grow or become a better at anything, even being a warrior, if you do not experience trials and tribulations. Things beyond your imagination, problems you feel like no one should have….You will be tested broke down and built back up through your trials. From that, you will rise from ashes; you will assemble courage at the core. You will become wise. This is what ’ s called the breakthrough. Have you ever heard someone say that your blessing is around the corner, you are so close to it. It ’ s the break point, just when you think you can ’ t do it. Trust that GOD will show up in you. There is a blessing in the lesson. You may be facing what you perceive as your greatest challenge right now. That may be so, but for the moment, see it as the opportunity to advance through the ranks. You were chosen for that trial according to your skill and by the acknowledgement that you are the toughest and very capable of seeing it through. Know that there is a power behind the purpose. He ’ s promoting you! Accept your promotion! Move beyond your position into your purpose! He assigned rank and delegated to you for a reason. To all the soldiers….warriors –Salute!

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Military drill: the exercise of the gods

One- on- one with Mosque #7 drill team of new york

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Ebony S. Muhammad (EM): In your own words, what is the meaning of military drill in the Nation of Islam? Why is it such an intricate part of our culture? Tariq Muhammad (TM): NOI Military Drill is the physical expression of a Muslim’s continuous struggle to exemplify the oneness of God through the exercise of discipline. As we stand in ranks; clean, crisp, strong, militant and protected by our brothers, we are forced to remove ourselves from the arrogance of the world and into the submission of humility in synchrony. This exercise means focus, determination, observation, alertness and awareness. This exercise means the physical manifestation of what a Muslim is supposed to be. This exercise means Islam. Military Drill is such an intricate part of our culture, because it demands those who submit to empty themselves of personal initiatives; taking on the mission of Allah (God) which is the unity of the Blackman and woman in America and across the World.

EM: Who are the F.O.I.? TM: The F.O.I. are the Fruit of Islam. They are the best part of the complete submission to the will of Allah. They are the men who protect our women, the fathers who guild our children and the vicegerents who were tailor made to build the kingdom of God. They are the “men who are the envy of men, the men who are the object of passion when women look at men; in whom is the spirit of God.” – The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan Many are called…but the F.O.I. are chosen.

EM: What attracted you and most men to military drill? Why do you drill? TM: Being blessed to grow up in the Nation of Islam, Drill was our Football, BasHURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 16


ketball, and videogames. Drill was our fun; our pastime. The competition of elimination attracted me and many of the other young brothers to drill. Elimination represented a group of soldiers, alongside on another, striving to stay steadfast to the word of Allah (our Drill Instructor). As we moved left, right, back and forth, keening solely in on the DI’s command, the team remained sharp and crisp as the sweat rolled from our faces. The battle of righteous competition continued until one of the last two soldiers anticipated the command and moved contrary to the word of God. Once the champion was rewarded by a strong round of applause for his excellent execution, the team was granted another opportunity to strive to exemplify the perfect execution of Allah’s word. Elimination instilled in us as young F.O.I. the core principles of obedience to Allah and His Messenger. Today we drill in efforts to transfer these principles from a physical application into tools to become the vicegerents for Allah and His Messenger. We drill to serve Him.

EM: What should someone expect to see and experience at a Nation of Islam drill competition? TM: During a NOI National Drill Competition one should expect to see militancy, creativity, precision, execution, poise, elegance and honor. Viewers will see the diversity in drill as they view the small nuances of the different cities; in addition to the mirroring images of formations and movements from all the teams, because although we may be from different cities we represent one God. The number one thing we pray every viewer can experience is the essence of true love the Nation of Islam has for Master Fard Muhammad, our long awaited Saviour. This exhibition is 100% in His honor.

EM: The New York drill team were awarded 2nd place at the 2012 drill competition. How are you all preparing to make it as finalist to compete for first place this year? TM: Muhammad Mosque #7 Drill Team of New York City is striving to immerse ourselves into the essence of Master Fard Muhammad through practice, studying HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 17


and fasting. First Place would be nice but our goal is to assure the Nation of Islam that the Heart is beating faster than ever.

EM: What type of work and sacrifice is needed during this time of preparation as a drill team? TM: In this juncture of time, one month until Saviour’s Day, the type of work and sacrifice required is the same work and sacrifice it took for Master Fard Muhammad to knock on our ancestors doors and offer to teach them of their brothers and sisters in the East; the same work and sacrifice it took for the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad to go to work after Master Fard Muhmmad departed from him and left the NOI in his hands; the same work and sacrifice it took for the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan to rebuild his father’s work after the Angel Jabril removed the scales from his eyes.

EM: What makes the National Saviours’ Day Drill Competition such a highly attended and anticipated event? TM: The believers of the Nation of Islam are warriors, and any great warrior loves to see the execution of commands and the showcase of military excellence. The energy of this event makes it what it is!

EM: Is there anything you would like to add? TM: From your brothers here in New York City, the Heart of the Nation of Islam, we pray that all teams strive to represent the Oneness of Master Fard Muhammad as we join in a celebration of His sacrifice.

EM: Thank you and the New York drill team so much for your time! May Allah bless you all in your efforts to represent the Oneness of Allah (God) through drill and in every aspect of your lives. HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 18


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The True Definition of A Fighter: Prayers and Positive Energy For Brother Reuben "Realthots" Muhammad As He Battles Pancreatic Cancer

by Brother Jesse Muhammad Dear Blog Readers: A wonderful brother, father, friend, community servant and mentor, Reuben "Realthots" Muhammad, is in need of your prayers and positive energy. He has been in a serious bout with pancreatic cancer since April 11, 2012 and it has now entered Stage 4. I have known him since I was in the 9th grade and the word "quit" has never been in his vocabulary. He's remaining positive! Via his Facebook posts, he has garnered global support and love!!! In a January 11th Facebook post, he wrote:

“I just wanted to say THANK YOU to all who have supported me since April 11, 2012 in this medical trial that has been life altering. After 7 medical procedures to major sugeries the doctors say they can't offer any services beyond pain management to remove the mass which now is considered HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 24


Stage 4. So it is Allah (God), Myself, My Family, Team Reuben and ALL of YOU (yes some are Team Reuben too) vs this beast labeled a pancreatic cancer mass/tumor. *Really its been this way from day one* So I thank you for the visits (home and/or hospital), text messages, fruit baskets, cards, $ donations, gifts, pictures, smiles, flowers, massages, inspirational notes and other sweet somethings too long to list. These gestures have invigorated me to pray, fight, dig in deep pulling out my GOD force and re-energize to keep pushing. So as WE continue to fight I thank you in advance for all that we do to inspire and empower each other. Muhammad doesn't fight 1:1 so Mr. Pancreatic Cancer, lace your boots up because we're going to round 10.”

Then on January 12th, he posted:

“Have no doubts, I AM FAITHFUL and by no means on a death march........I will continue to embrace MY BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE! I continue to love life, persevere through difficulty, laugh with tears during the pain and cherish the entire experience of this beautiful struggle. No fears, no quitting and no negative energy around my atmosphere.... I AM NOT DEAD. I AM NOT ON A DEATH STROLL. I AM NOT AFRAID of DEATH. I AM LIVING. I AM A GIVER of LIFE. I AM LIFE in the SHADOW of DEATH” A international fast took place for Brother Reuben on Tuesday, January 15. People plan to not drink or eat from sunrise until sundown and pray for his healing. We Love You Brother Reuben! The fight is NOT over! You're already the winner. HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 25


Showing LOVE to Bro. Reuben! In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful. As Salaam Alaikum! Dear Brother Reuben Muhammad, My name is Brother Arvence Muhammad from Chicago, Il. It is my honor and blessing to share with you words of encouragement during your trying time on behalf of the drill team in Chicago and on behalf of the believers in Chicago. Your strength and faith in Allah during your trial has captured the hearts and love of many. You are a shining example of a soldier, believer and strong follower of the life giving teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad under the leadership of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. I know that sometimes your trial may become so difficult that you feel like giving up or become tired of fighting. My dear brother, it is during the most treacherous conditions and situations in life that causes the greatest light to shine from the darkest clouds that life may cover you with. Think of the time of the departure of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and how that darkness brought about an even brighter light that shined through those who stayed strong during that trying time. Also think how the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan had risen as a bright light that has given us all life from that state of darkness. Dear Brother Reuben, you are one of those bright lights that Allah made for this time so that He may speak through you to the entire world. You are a bearer of witness to the Grace, Mercy and Protection of Allah through your trial. In life there are those who give up, there are those who slow down, there are those who can’t withstand the intense pressures that a severe trial may cause when it enters into that individuals life. Even though the doctors and others may have given up on you, you must never give up on yourself. Diamonds are made under intense heat and pressure. Allah hasn’t given up on you, His Exalted Christ hasn’t given up on you and their Divine Servant and Warner in our midst hasn’t given up on you. After difficulty surely comes ease so fight hard and long like Allah’s Messenger and Servant fought hard and long. The finish line is near and the success of overcoming difficulty and trial will be met. May Allah bless you with success, happiness and may your cup run over with the Help of Master Fard Muhammad to whom all praises are due forever. Remember, the Greatest force is the remembrance of Allah! I am your brother and servant,

Arvence Muhammad

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Showing LOVE to Bro. Reuben! As-Salaam Alaikum Bro. Reuben, I would like to give you these words of encouragement, and remind you that hard trials are necessary to establish truth. I pray that Allah gives you the strength to remain faithful, and remember to always seek and find peace in Him and knowing that His Will will be done, whatever that may be. Trust in Him and Him alone, because He is the most wise. With that said, I pray that His Will is to bring you a full recovery and to come back even stronger and more faithful than you were before. I leave you in the best way I can, which is by offering you the best gift of peace in the Arabic words of As-Salaam Alaikum. Sincerely, Your Brother, Joshua Muhammad Houston Drill Team 2013 , . , ” ,

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Showing LOVE to Bro. Reuben! ASA Big Cuz, I love you blackman. You have the most amazing spirit to be in such a serious condition. You inspire me to keep going through any + every trial and tribulation. I thank Allah for you and I’m blessed to be called your cousin + your brother in the mission to raise our people to salvation. We bringing 1st place back to Houston for you. Peace, Bro. Tariq Muhammad ASA, Stay Strong Blackman! Allah is in control today! Keep fighting, never quit. Remember the end goal! Keep the faith. We’re going to Chicago to capture the 1st Place prize, Insha’Allah! Salaam, Bro. Robert Houston Drill Team 2013 , ,

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2013 Bismillah! Bro. Reuben, please know that we are praying for your continued speedy and complete recovery. The strength and high spirit you have shown during this trial has been inspiring. You are an example to us all in how to receive and behave during a trial from Allah. May Allah continue to keep, guide, and bless you and your loved ones! Bro Jasiri X and Sis Celeste HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 28


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I n Case You Missed I t‌. Houston foi drill team featured on the Elevated places radio show w/ dr. ava muhammad [Click image to listen]

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Uncovering Why We Cover By Zenzile Muhammad

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hy do we cover our heads? I would like to give you a little insight to why we cover and how it protects and elevates one’s body,

heart and mind.

And say to the believing women that they lower their gaze and restrain their sexual passions and do not display their adornment except what appears thereof. And let them wear their head-coverings over their bosoms. And they should not display their adornment except to their husbands or their fathers, or the fathers of their husbands, or their sons, or the sons of their husbands, or their brothers, or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or those whom their right hands possess, or guileless male servants, or the children who know not women’s nakedness. Surah 24:31 Here in America, it’s generally accepted to “flaunt it if you got, showcasing our hair with elaborate styles and color; our face with make-up, and our bodies with or very little clothes to embellish the form of our naturally God-given attractive force as women. We have physical adornments which are created to attract the opposite sex for procreation. This world lends more celebration and attention to the sexual gratification of women than to the true purpose and mind of women.

But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. – 1Corinithians 11: 5-6 HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 36


Historically, Africans used hairstyles to convey various spiritual and social statuses. After being brought to America as slaves, we were dehumanized and degraded by shaving our head, forced to cover it with rough, unbecoming fabrics as not to show up white women around their men. Subconsciously and consciously we might still be rebelling against our former slave master’s practices, but in doing so, we are also rebelling against God’s Word.

If you look at Mary, she was put in a place where she could not be contaminated with the wickedness of the world…..Allah(God) needed a good woman, uncontaminated by the world, through whom He could bring the Messiah…Little did we know that when the television was made and we put it in our living rooms that the wicked ideas of a satanic mind that governs this world would come into our homes and spoil our women and children. - Closing the Gap, page 57 There have been many famous women in Judaism, Christianity and Islam that cover, but of the most well known and beloved of women is Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. She is depicted in numerous drawings with a veil, but very rarely copied by Christian women. She is mentioned in the Quran:

And mention Mary in the Book. When she drew aside from her family to an eastern place; So she screened herself from them. Then We sent to her Our spirit and it appeared to her as a well-made man. She said: I flee for refuge from thee to the Beneficent, if thou art one guarding against evil. Surah 19:16-18 What does it mean to screen oneself? What was she seeking refuge from? Why? The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad said:

Our women have been and are still being used by the devil white race, ever since we were first brought here to these States as slaves. They cannot go without being winked at, whistled at, yelled at, slapped, patted, kicked and driven around in the streets by your devil enemies right under your nose. Yet you do nothing about it, nor do you even protest. – Message to the Black Man, Page 60 There are countless reported and untold rapes assaults done to women every minute. One in five (21%) women reported she had been raped or physically or sexually assaulted in her lifetime. Annually in the United States, 503,485 women are stalked by an intimate partner. One in 12 women and one in 45 men will be stalked in their lifetime, for an average duration of almost two years. HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 37


Seventy-eight percent of stalking victims are women. Don’t you want the highest protection you can get for yourself and your family? Research has shown that non-verbal messages cover 70 to 90 percent of human communication. The head cover serves as a spiritual check for you and those whose minds are weakened by Satan’s world, sending the heart and mind towards self-correction knowing you are dealing with one that is publicly proclaiming acceptance of God’s Will. It protects your mind, and possibly, your person from offensive or damaging conversation and actions as well. Even though it’s mostly thought of as oppressive, it is in fact a social and spiritual protection for the man and woman. Neither are readily inclined to lead or be led astray. This keeps the purification of the heart and mind to be one with ALLAH/ God evolving more freely with fewer disruptions along the road of life. I, as Black women in America, have honestly found it difficult at times to be consistent in keeping my hair covered because of fear of rejection, feeling that I won’t be accepted by my family or peers. This gradually lessened with time, study of the Word of God, assessing my own thoughts and experiences day-to-day. I am more resolved in living what I know to be true in His Word to His Divine Servants because by my seeking HIS Protection, Guidance, and Pleasure alone, I’m still sane, loved, healthy, and still here. You can say I’m more comfortable in the skin and veil I’m in. Peace & Blessings,

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irtue is described by Webster’s Dictionary as 1. general moral excellence 2. a specific moral quality regarded as good 3. chastity 4. a) excellence in general b) a good quality 5. efficacy, as of a medicine - by (or in) virtue of because of.

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies (Proverbs 31:10-31) I say that Allah (God), the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan can! She can be found in the household of an MGT & GCC and wherever their word and work has taken a firm resting place! I am the mother of six children, five are daughters, and my duty since their birth has been to protect them from being in harms way. This is not only in the physical but also in the spiritual, emotional and moral realms. Living in a society such as this where, sex, violence and sport and play are the order of day, I have chosen to stand firm, and I strive to dress my daughters modestly from the very beginning. This means that they cover their physical forms from the lustful glares of men. (Holy Quran 24:31) Due to growth hormones in the food, little girls today are built like grown women, and if they dress as grown women of the world do, they will attract the same disrespect as those women. Little girls are not ready for the emotional and physical ramifications that come with such behavior. When it was time to shop for clothing, I was there, saying “yes” to this or “no” to that. Did this annoy them? Yes. Do I care? Hmmm, not as much HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 41


as I care about what Allah (God) is annoyed with! I sew well enough to make an entire outfit from head to ankle (smile), and I have attempted to get my children (including my son) interested in it. I've used the scenario of them designing and sewing clothing that others will desire, thus making them unique and individual. I believe that being different doesn't have to be viewed as negative. Our uniqueness and individualism should bring about pride and confidence in ourselves. "who can find me virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies...strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come..." My oldest is turning 18 in a few months and modesty is still stressed to her. I believe that this is especially imperative for her, because she is about to become an adult and now I must remind her in order to trigger the seed of "general moral excellence" that I planted early on. Also, I believe in the old school motto "my house, my rules" (smile). This is going to come as a surprise to some, but I don't allow my children to date. I know, I know, this is cruel and unusual punishment right? Unusual? Yes. Cruel? Not at all. Children do not have the capacity to govern themselves. It's true, why else would they be born to responsible adults (seemingly so anyway)? Since they are unable to govern themselves how could they possibly deal with the complex issues surrounding male/female relationships? Dating is an adult activity and when participated in by children it awakens the desire for sex in them. It encourages, premarital sex, children born out of wedlock, absentee fathers (mothers too sometimes, because the grandparents end up raising the children) and the list goes on. Our children should be encouraged to build healthy male/female relationships within the family first and develop their minds before they are ready to interact with the opposite sex in this manner. The music that my children listen to is also monitored. When I notice that my children are interested in a song, I study the lyrics and if the lyrics are inappropriate, I talk with them about why this song is not good for them to listen to. Do they like this policy of mine? No. Do they sneak and listen anyway? Of course (smiling)! However, my goal here is to continue to water that seed of righteousness with reminders. The Holy Quran says "remind for it rewards the believers." I am determined to make my children believe that virtue is its own reward! HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 42


To often have I heard parents say that they compromise with their children, which really, if they are truthful with themselves, means that they've given up. Wanting to not have your children upset with you, you choose to take the road of least resistance. Well, I say that Allah(God) charged me with the mission of raising my children and He wants it done His way, after all, He is Who they must be taught to worship. This being the case, shouldn't they know what Allah(God) expects from them? When they make close friends and they want to go visit or attend an event with those friends, I have to meet them first. This includes their parents when possible. I am under no illusion that my influence is greater over them than their peers. It should be, however, lets stay on the planet called “reality�. Children will do as children do. There is an old saying that "a child should stay in a child's place." Well allow me to add to that by saying that a parent should stay in a parents place. Most importantly as parents we must strive for virtue and be an example for our children. If we dress like a jezebels and pimps, listen to reprobate music and run around with the dregs of society, then what will our children do? We must begin again and know that our virtue is lying dormant within us waiting to be rekindled. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has taught us that "desire feeds the will." (Self Improvement: The Basis for Community Development Study Guide #5 Building the Will 1) This being the case, we must ask ourselves do we want virtue? We must get back to rearing our children for when you rear them; you are behind them pushing them forward toward excellence. I pray that these few words have taken root and sprouted the buds of re-dedication to parenting that we need to change the present society. May Allah (God) bless us with the light of understanding and allow us to wake up that virtuous spirit in us all! Love,

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A Male Perspective: Deconstructing the Myth of Modesty (Source: Modest Models, Inc) by Jesse Muhammad I grew up around mostly women because my biological father wasn’t present, I did not have any male cousins and did not have uncles to hang out with. This had a profound impact on me as it related to my perspective on the value women, how they should be treated, their overlooked resilience and their downright toughness through single motherhood, rocky relationships and more. When I first read the book “Message to the Blackman” by the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, I agreed with him so much as it related to his chapters on the respect, protection and elevation of the woman. His points were so profound! From reading that book and attending my first meeting in high school at Muhammad Mosque No. 45 in Houston, I learned about and encountered HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 45


the power of a woman covering herself—and loving to do so. This amazed me. Pardon my immature expression, but I honestly thought to myself at that time, “How in the world did Elijah Muhammad and Minister Farrakhan get fine Black women, who love to show their bodies, to cover up and love it?” This was far from the environment I grew up around. In the concrete jungles of the multiple projects we resided in Houston, throughout the halls of Forest Brook High School, and on the yard of Prairie View A&M University, showing it “all” was the mantra for young sisters. Modesty wasn’t in their vocabulary let alone in their minds as they walk malls for the latest freakish fashions. Yet, I would watch them get upset if a man stared at them, whistled at them, asked them for their phone number or even was bold enough to touch their body parts. The boys I grew up around saw this as an “open invitation.” The women of the Nation of Islam sent off an entirely different message. It is one thing to tell men you want them to respect your mind first but it is hard to expect that when you’re showing them all of your adornments first—leaving nothing to the imagination. HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 46


The women of the Muslim Girls Training and General Civilization Class (M.G.T.-G.C.C.) were showing me, as a young man, something I had never seen before. They showed me that it’s a myth that modesty and covering up is a thing of the past. They showed me that covering up have a stronger attracting force than walking around half-naked in stilettos. They commanded respect. I watched them walk into a room and everything stopped. Not because of what they had on, but because of what they represented and radiated: high civilization. Wait. Don’t get it confused or twisted, as the youth say, the MGTGCC know how to be modest and still out dress anyone in the building. No matter if it’s the elegant Dress 19, the sharp Vanguard uniform or business attire, they keep others in awe. Another myth they destroyed was that being covered up was somehow a tool to keep women oppressed. While in some foreign nations that may be true but not in the NOI. This is about love for self, dignity, and putting up a “clean glass” against the “dirty glass” (filth) of the world. Even in their elegant attire, they do not walk the Earth heavy nor do they turn up their noses at their fellow sisters who would prefer to “shake what they momma gave them.” However, they share a gentle word of encouragement and most importantly strive to be an example of the principles of womanhood and modest femininity. HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 47


What is my and our responsibility as men when it comes to modesty? First, we must applaud our mothers, wives, daughters, and nieces as much as possible when they are striving to be right in this world. Don’t assume they know, we must tell them. It’s not as easy as it may look. We should internalize the words by the Hon. Elijah Muhammad, “A nation can rise no higher than its woman.” That wasn’t meant to be a cliché or a t-shirt slogan. Its divine instructions on how we should see them through the lens of Allah (God). We can’t say from our lips that we desire a righteous woman and at the same time flocking to women who could care less about being virtuous. We have to be that which we desire in a woman. That’s critical. If we desire a woman that’s right, we must be that ourselves. We shouldn’t be surfing the web or social networking sites looking for half-nude photos to stare at and share. We should strive also to be modest as men in our attire (no underwear showing), our speech (no cursing), and carry ourselves as man striving to be a reflection of the God we say we love and follow. Thank you to the MGT-GCC and all women of the world for giving us a picture of how a woman of God should conduct herself. Modesty is a way of life. Peace,

Jesse Muhammad You are welcome to follow me on Twitter @BrotherJesse

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Ebony S. Muhammad (EM): First allow me to congratulate you on the release of your first album/mixtape "Nehanda: The Best Part" that released this past December! The exact release date, 12.21.12 had some significance that most of the world recognized as "the end", however what was the significance for you and why did you choose that day to be the drop date? What has the response been like so far? Akilah Muhammad (AM): Thank you so very much Sister Ebony! Well, I chose December 21, 2012, because as many know, it was predicted by the Mayan calendar that there would be a major Paradigm shift on that day. Many began saying that day would be the end of the world. Well, I believe that no one knows the day or time the world will end, however, I do believe that an old mentality must die in order for a new, more progressive mentality to reign supreme. I felt that introducing the world to my first musical project on that date would symbolize the beginning of a paradigm shift in music. The people want something fresh, music that doesn't insult their intelligence but inspires them to be better individuals. The response has been overwhelmingly wonderful. I've heard great reviews from both men and women of all ages. People have told me that they were pleasantly surprised. It's been featured in blogs, magazines, and on Cincinnati's 88.3FM "Xpressions On Air" radio show. EM: What was the inspiration, preparation and groundwork like for creating your album? What message are you hoping all of the listeners receive? AM: I really wanted to give the people who had been following my proHURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 52


gress more of me. I know that once you come out with projects people want more. I also wanted to create a full CD just to explore myself and my capabilities and to sharpen my song writing skills. I have 13 tracks on the CD. If you don't count the intro and the two message interludes, I really only have 10 songs. I recorded 2 of those 10 songs over a year ago. The other 8 songs I began recording around October 2012. I chose most of the beats online. There are only three original beats on the entire Mixtape; "Champion" (produced by Jahleel Muhammad), "Just Listen" (produced by Sunni), and "What I want" (produced by Brent Jackson). The writing process was liberating, fun, frustrating, funny and creative. The majority of the Mixtape was recorded and mixed by Zin. Some of the tracks were recorded and mixed with Joshua Dada of Live Out Loud Productions. The tracks were mastered by Rance X. "Keep Her Sacred" involved many technical hands, one being Levi Siffel aka Teckrhyme. I am also grateful for those who collaborated with me on this mixture, Sister Nailah, Brother Michael X and RG. I hope the listeners are inspired to be a better version of themselves after listening. EM: What are your thoughts about the music industry as it stands today and the depiction of women and girls? What contributions are you hoping to make to the industry? AM: I think the music industry is more "industry" than art. I think artists don't have enough creative control and thats why we, the people, are being bombarded with the same messages of Sex, drugs and violence that we've been bombarded with in mainstream music for the past decade or more. This is why I don't plan on signing with a major record company. I value being an independent artist. Women and especially Black women HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 53


are still being used as sex symbols in music videos and hip hop lyrics, and people have grown so accustomed to this that it's no longer an outrage; it’s just the norm. I refuse to be made into that image. I know who I am and that image is not me. I would like to show the world that you can be a mainstream singer without being overly sexualized. You can also have a positive message accompanied with a hot beat. This has been done before with artists like Lauryn Hill, India Arie, Sade, Whitney Houston, etc. However, I feel like it needs to be brought back in 2013. EM: You're a recent graduate of the historic Howard University and you specialized in film production with a minor in fashion. You produced documentaries such as "We Bear Witness: A Hajj of the Heart", music video "Best in the World", a glimpse into the world of a MGT in "Stuff MGT Say" and a number of other projects. Where did your passion for film and performing arts begin and where do you see yourself in 10-20 years from now?

AM: I originally didn't know what I wanted to major in at Howard. I had a theatre background coming from The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) in Houston, Texas. Therefore, I knew I wanted to do something artsy (smile). Film seemed to be perfect after taking some introductory courses in the field. I immediately began having ideas of different films I wanted to shoot and so instead of waiting for my professors to assign me a project I would just check out the camera and shoot. My first HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 54


solo project was an hour long feature documentary "We Bear Witness: A Hajj of the Heart." I only knew the basics about film and editing, but with any passionate project God inspires me with, once I have the idea I MUST do it no matKAMIKAZI PHOTOS ter how tiring it is to complete. The other projects I filmed and edited weren't as challenging after that major one. When it comes to vocal arts, I've always performed in shows since I was very young. My Elementary school, Thompson Elementary, really helped cultivate the artist within me with all of the different programs I was involved in there. For that I am grateful. In 10-20 years I see myself being in a more advanced place in my art. I see myself having had experience touring all over the world, having received several Grammy's, and at least written and directed one feature film. EM: Let's discuss your unique upbringing. You're born and raised Muslim and are a Registered Member of the Nation of Islam and a student in the Muslim Girls' Training & General Civilization Class (MGT & GCC) that all encompasses a culture of modesty, structure, discipline, health, spirituality, character building and more. For those who did not have this as an early foundation, what was it like growing up within this lifestyle especially as a female, and how has your rearing and continued study prepared you for combating the pull of this world and for your divine purpose? AM: Growing up hearing things such as "A Nation can rise no higher than HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 55


its woman" and "The woman is to be respected and protected", and then seeing my mother and her friends put into practice being women of high standards, I couldn't help but to have that confidence rub off on me. Those are just some of the things sisters are taught in the Nation of Islam. Growing up in a single parent household, I had a lot of time to observe my mother, Angela Muhammad, her behavior, her dress, and the values she lives her life by as well. While most girls my age would want to play outside, I would rather be sitting up under the adults and observing them and their interactions, because it was fascinating to me, regardless of their religion. The MGT & GCC are taught to put God first and we have fun within the confines of righteousness. I had an extremely fun childhood and at the same time I was a pretty disciplined child. When I was ages 2-5 years old, I lived with my mother and three other MGT. It was like a MGT house. Ha! I looked up to them and wanted to be like them. When you are around gorgeous young Black women who are working out, going to the mosque, eating healthy foods, fasting, studying and praying every day, you can't help but to want to be like that. I was fortunate to have that experience as practically a baby. That’s a major reason why I have such a strong foundation. I was exposed at an early age to what it’s like to be a young striving woman in Islam. I saw how they chose their clothes, cooked, groomed themselves and men weren't inappropriately in and out of the house. I don't remember hearing fowl language either. It made me love Islam and Allah (God) even more. The Teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the love for Minister Louis Farrakhan is KAMIKAZI PHOTOS HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 56


embedded in my heart. There is nothing in the world that is more attractive and fun than what I saw everyday growing up in a Muslim household. This is also why I am such an advocate for women in my music. I want to see us do better for ourselves. EM: What was it like carrying your lifestyle into Howard University? How did your classmates and others respond to you and how were you able to utilize the Teachings of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad as an attracting force? What legacy are you hoping to have left on campus for those to come? AM: When I entered Howard University I had mentally prepared myself to face college life and to not fall for the things I heard college was about. I was overly prepared to be like “NO!� So the transition was way easier than I could have ever imagined. What I realized is that people can't force you to do anything. College is all about choices. Yes there is pressure sometimes, but you have to have enough foundation within you to know what your standards are. I was greatly received at HU. People complimented me every day on my clothes and it was major fun without clubbing, drinking and foolishness. I had a great time just laughing and going from room to room on my dorm floor. I had a good time meeting new people in the cafe and talking about our hilarious professors. The students at Howard were very respectful of me and they understood that I was serious about my way of life and I was asked all the time why I cover my hair and I would simply explain to them the importance of representing modesty in my attire as a Muslim girl. HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 57


I even won the title of "Miss Bethune Annex" in my dorms Pageant. My platform "Empress Me� was of course about empowering girls to become better in their lives. I was completely covered in all of my pageant dresses and they still gave me the crown. I hope I made it easier for the other sisters who are in the NOI who now attend the University. When I entered I believe I was the only practicing MGT who lived on campus. By the time I graduated there were at least four. So I was grateful that I was able to talk to them and help them in any way I could before I graduated. EM: Now let's discuss the online movement that has taken over so many across the country and parts of the world; the hashtag CoveredGirls. How did it all begin and what kind of feedback are you receiving? Why is this message of being covered so important to women and girls today? Considering how opposite this world is to covering up, why do you believe the hashtag has become so catchy? AM: The afternoon of January I posted a collage of myself in different modest attire on Facebook with the caption: "Promote Modesty at all times! Who's with it?! In 2013 we gotta show our girls that they are more than Flesh! Forget what this Industry says! ♼". I then typed this Facebook status, "I'm challenging my sisters out there who love modesty & don't mind the "Covered Girl" look (get it? ha!) to post a pic or make a collage of urself in ur cute non-revealing fits! Casual or fancy! U don't have to be muslim to do this!! It can b a pic u already have on fbook, share it AGAIN! HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 58


Let's show the world we're more than flesh! 'A Nation can Rise no Higher than its Woman!'- Elijah Muhammad ♼". I couldn't believe how many sisters immediately began posting their pictures. The term "Covered Girl" is a phrase coined by Sister Faatimah Muhammad from New York, New York. It's a play on words from the popular make up brand "Cover Girl." When you think of a Cover Girl you immediately think of beauty and femininity. A CoverED Girl is beautiful and feminine but she's also a stylish, modest and God-fearing woman. Because the name is so catchy many of the sisters decided to label their pictures with that name. Once other sisters saw how it was labeled it caught on and soon women from all over the country and world began to post collages of themselves and friends in modest apparel with the hashtag "CoveredGirl". It then immediately spread to Instagram and twitter. Not just Muslims but even some Christians began to post their pictures. This Modesty Movement even made its way as a story in the award winning blog, Brother Jesse's Blog. It was also beautiful to see how the men on these social networks, FOI in particular, were cheering us on to continue and telling the sisters how beautiful they looked WITH CLOTHES ON. To this day, I am still being tagged in #CoveredGirl pictures. I thank God for using me in this way and helping us sisters to see that virtue still reigns supreme and that those who live their lives by that fact are truly not alone. One day the entire world will catch on to this movement and understand that you can dress Feminine yet Fierce, Cool yet Covered, HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 59


Fashionable yet Modest. In a society where half nude images of our favorite female artists and celebrities bombard us every day it is refreshing to be reminded that our true beauty lies in our moral character. EM: Fill in the blanks: The most important thing(s) in life to remember is/ are________________. Never _____________, and always __________________________________. AM: The most important thing(s) in life to remember is/are God, family, and you create your reality. Never compromise your virtue, dignity, and self respect, and always compete with yourself to be better not with other people. EM: Awesome! You are such an amazing example, sister and friend! May Allah continue to bless you in ALL of your endeavors and make ALL of your dreams come true. AM: All Praise is due to Allah! Thank you so much for the interview Sis! Follow Sister Akilah on Twitter @OfficialNehanda Download “The Best Part� mixtape by clicking on the image below!

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“I, humbly, feel that Allah (God) blessed my womb with Akilah because she has such a peaceful disposition and a pure heart. She's always been a very prayerful and honest young lady, and I am so proud of the fact that there is nothing superficial about her. My daughter has always been exceedingly fearless where it pertains to articulating her righteous convictions, and I marvel at her quest to accomplish each one of her goals without compromising those beliefs. I have no doubt in my mind that Akilah is a gift from God--sent here to spread a plethora of joy, positivity, and a message of love and unity. Above all, I both adore and admire Akilah because of her unwavering faith in the God we serve and for her unyielding desire to obey His Messenger. I am, extremely, grateful that He chose me to be her Mother." —Angela V. Muhammad

“The thing that I'm most proud of with Akilah is that she has accepted Islam not as a pastime but sincerely as a way of life. She has taken on the awesome responsibility of striving to be a good role model for young Muslims. Her overcoming obstacles is a true testament to her faith and what Allah has deposited in her as perseverance. I thank her mother for being the person that she is; and taking care of and guiding the precious gift that Allah has allowed us to bring into the world. Akilah I love you and I pray to Allah that he continues to bless you in all of your endeavors in helping the mission of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and now being carried by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Peace/Love” —Durce Muhammad

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Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan on Eugenics & the Birth Control Death Plan: A Message to HBCUs

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n spite of the numerous economical and social challenges Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) face, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan sought fit to personally pay a visit to these college campuses to address those in leadership as well as the general student body with a message of guidance. Prairie View A&M University, Bowie State University and Tennessee State University were among those visited. Minister Farrakhan spoke to the woes plaguing students of each university, including the subject of abortion and birth control. “Sixty-seven percent of all pregnancies are unintended. We were just having fun and oops, 30 days later I’m missing something. So Pro-Choice or ProLife? None of the politicians want to deal with this as they should. Unintended pregnancies puts the female, sometimes the male too, in the valley of decision”, Minister Farrakhan told the students. A young woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, told Hurt2Healing about her experience in college regarding her abortion. “I wasn’t married, 21 [years old], I could barely take care of myself and I was still in school. Even though my boyfriend wanted it, those were enough reasons for me not to want to. I had regrets later on in life”, she expressed. His message to those within earshot of his voice was not to condemn, it was to impart truth and compassion. It is safe to say that the majority of the youth today have been and are being miseducated about their true value and destiny beyond themselves as individuals. “You are so precious and exceedingly valuable to God, no sacrifice is too great to get the truth to you even at the cost of our lives”, he expressed. Yet, there are those in power who seek to destroy this particular generation. Today, it is a known fact that the origin of institutions such as Planned Parenthood, founded by Margaret Sanger, and eugenics were designed to control and ultimately annihilate the birth rate of non-white groups; specifically Blacks. Planned Parenthood was originally called “The Negro Project” (1939) as part of a plot to minimize the Black population growth with abortions and HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 64


sterilization (birth control). 1 out of 3 women in the U.S. have an abortion by the age 45, according to Planned Parenthood. The age bracket for birth control and abortion campaigns are significant because these are, ironically, considered the best years to conceive a child. Yet, with each abortion the chance of conceiving is reduced and the risk of miscarriage increases. What Abortion Clinics Don’t Discuss with Women and Girls Minister Farrakhan spoke the following words to the majority student audience during his visit to Tennessee State University. “Since Roe vs. Wade in 1973 over 50 million abortions have happened in America; 50 million murders. You say, ‘Wait a minute, I’m not a murderer’. I know you’re not. Not here (pointing to head), not intentionally, but once life in conceived that life is real and its growing in your womb. You may say, ‘I’ve got a college education and I don’t need a baby right now. So abortion is legal, so I’ll get one.” He continues to say the following, “So in a clinic we go and life is taken from us and flushed away and we walk away, but sometimes the conscience begins to eat at us, because we’ve taken a valuable life”. What these abortion facilities fail to do is inform the girls and women of how this decision will affect them and their relationships presently and in the future, with themselves and others. Although the decision is immediate, the distress of such as decision lingers for years. During Season 1 Episode 5 (part 2) of What Chilli Wants, Chilli, whose real name is Rozonda Thomas of the popular musical girl group TLC, expressed in her first counseling session how having an abortion at age 20 affected her psychologically and emotionally, which subsequently had an affect on her ability to have fulfilling relationships with men. “I was in the relationship. I got pregnant; first time and I didn’t have the support. I was so scared, and I didn’t know what to do and chose to not have it. It was one of the biggest mistakes”, she begins. “I’m 20 [years old], and my career hadn’t really even started. How can I do all of that? How can I be a mommy? It [the abortion] messed me up. It broke my spirit”, she continued. She concludes her thoughts about her abortion with the following, “I feel like it changed me from not my strong self anymore. I felt like I gave in and I broke to what someone else wanted. I would break down and I would just cry… because I wasn’t a mommy. I cried almost every day for almost 9 years”. Although Chilli ultimately didn’t want the abortion there are some women who prefer this decision without the influence of another person, who still suffer emotionally. That is another aspect HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 65


of abortion that clinics do not tell their patients. The process, itself, subjects the girl or woman to suffer from depression, anxiety, or what is known as Post Abortion Stress Syndrome (PAS). According to PostAbortionSyndrome.com, PAS “affects everyone and is a form of posttraumatic stress disorder. The process of making an abortion choice, experiencing the procedure and living with the grief, pain and regret is certainly, at its very core, traumatic. As with any trauma, individuals often try to ‘forget’ the ordeal and deny or ignore any pain that may result”. On BabyCenter.com women share their experience with abortions and how it is still affecting them years later. One member shares the following: “I have had three abortions. I was 16 and my parents paid for it. I am now 32 years old and I have three children. I had the abortions prior to being saved. I truly regret the decisions. At the time of my abortions I was in an abusive relationship I felt alone and abandoned by everyone. I know abortion is wrong. I now have what they call post abortive syndrome. I struggle with depression and anxiety.” What If Mary, Mother Of Jesus, Had An Abortion? During the college tour, Minister Farrakhan discussed the circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus. “I want you to consider Mary, the mother of Jesus. There were extenuating circumstances surrounding her pregnancy, so Joseph was minded to put her away privily. The Jews of that day, if they found her and couldn’t bring a father there she was guilty of fornication and the punishment was death. Now look at what she was carrying in her womb. She was carrying a world savior. If she thought of the extenuating circumstances surrounding her pregnancy and killed that life, Jesus would not be known to us today”. Niedria Kenny, a single mother, gave birth to her son under distressing circumstances and made the conscious decision to not have an abortion despite the lack of support. “Raising my son has been an experience for no words. He has added blessings to my life. It has been challenging doing it in a city without support of family and one that I knew I would face. I braced myself early on for the ups and downs, and the downs have been few. If it were a battle, I came ready to fight and so I win. Choosing life for my child was choosing life for myself”, she stated. Minister Farrakhan expressed his views on the matter as it related to the recent elections and the position of Pro-Choice or Pro-Life. He explained his stance on being both. He explains, “Your HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 66


womb is sacred. Exercise choice. The choice is ‘I’m going to choose carefully who I admit into the sacred chamber where life is conceived”. He explained that his position for being Pro-Life is allowing the life conceived to come to full term to serve as a blessing for the parents and whole of humanity. “I don’t want you to grieve if you’ve had an abortion. Don’t do that, because I represent God and He is quick to forgive”, he says. “But look, if tonight you’re pregnant, and it happened on the campus and you told that boy, ‘I’m pregnant’, and you know his answer, ‘What the hell you telling me for? You know what to do about that’. But I’m telling you don’t be afraid. Your womb contains a blessing for you, your family”. The Birth Control Death Plan The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad wrote an article published in the Muhammad Speaks newspaper entitled, “The Birth Control Death Plan”, where he explains that this world’s form of birth control is really sterilization and ultimately the elimination of a future Black nation. Mr. Muhammad writes, “I say beware of being trapped into the kind of disgraceful birth control laws now aimed almost exclusively at poor, helpless black peoples who have no one to rely on”. He goes on to say, “The motive behind these schemes is not designed to promote the welfare of black families, but to eliminate these families in the future.” Hurt2Healing spoke with Dr. Wesley Muhammad, who is a single father with a son and daughter about the matter of birth control. “I have to be both mother and father as best as I can. I do my best to do those motherly duties that I’m able to; given the fact I am a man. These discussions of birth control, abortion and the beginning of her cycle I have assumed responsibility and have tried to do the best I can” he said. He concludes with the following words, “There’s a divine process that takes place in that womb, and I help her see that putting Satan’s chemical via birth control in her womb is contaminating her womb”. According to Planned Parenthood, More than 99% of girls 15-44 at some point have taken birth control. 58% have indicated that they use birth control outside of pregnancy prevention. The number one reason indicated of why women choose to have an abortion is due to social concerns (28%) and next due to lack of resources or finances (23%). Therefore, the Hon. Elijah Muhammad’s words of warning clearly reveal the hidden objective of abortion clinics. With the same persistence and marketing campaigns as Planned Parenthood and similar clinics in our community provide, the message Minister Farrakhan and the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad convey is that we must have an even stronger presence and voice to educate our people, especially our young girls, of their value and the divinity of the life they bring into fruition. HURT 2 HEALING | FEB/MARCH 2013 67


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Our Cure Is In the Kitchen Natural Home Remedies for Common Health Problems

Asthma They’re Steamed Up Over This Remedy Several people proclaim their success at fighting asthma with steam. Adding essential oils such as peppermint and eucalyptus are a great aid as well. After filling a teapot with water, bring it to a boil and remove from the stove. Carefully hold a towel over your head and the pot to trap the steam. Breath deeply. It usually takes about 5 minutes for the airways to clear. Apples and Carrots I recently read that another natural remedy for combating asthma attacks are eating plenty of apples and carrots—or drinking carrot juices. They both contain anti-inflammation properties that bring ease in minutes. For medical concerns, Consult your physician.

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Safiyyah’s Sweets & Treats

Navy Bean Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (Source: Everything Navy: A Muslim Cookbook) Ingredients 1 c. cooked navy beans 1/2 c. butter 1 c. Raw sugar 1 c. brown sugar 2 c. all-purpose flour (unbleached) 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1 c. chocolate chips 1 tsp. salt 2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal Method Drain cooked bean, puree in food processor until a thick paste is formed. Measure 1 cup of bean puree and cream with butter and sugar in mixer. Add eggs and vanilla. Blend well. Add all other ingredients. Combine thoroughly. Drop rounded tbsp of dough onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F for 16 minutes or until golden brown. ENJOY!

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Special Thanks… I would first like to thank Almighty God, Allah, Who came in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, His exalted and living Christ, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and Their divine reminder and guide, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan for the courage and inspiration to compile such writings and subjects for the betterment of myself and others, THANK YOU! I would like to extend my deepest and most sincere thanks to all of the contributors to this month’s edition; Akilah Muhammad Niedria Kenny DiLauris Muhammad Zenzile Muhammad Jesse Muhammad Hannibal Muhammad Arvence Muhammad Jasiri X & Celeste X Modest Models, Inc. Mosque #7 Drill Team (New York) Mosque #45 Drill Team (Houston) Nation of Islam The Final Call News The Ministry of Justice Connect the Dots The Elevated Places Liberated Sisters Sounds of Soul Harlem 411 Wise Intelligent Brother Jesse Blog Brother Hannibal Blog Deric Muhammad (dot) com National Black United Front

To ALL of the Hurt2Healing supporters...I cannot find the words adequate enough to express to you of how much I appreciate all of the love and encouragement you give! I don’t take for granted the time you lend to read this publication! HURT 2 HEALING THANK YOU!

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