by Eric R. Muhammad
As-salaam alaikum (Peace be unto you),
It is a great honor to be able to initiate this article with the greeting words of peace which implies civilization! Therefore, at the basis of what Saviours' Day means to me, is coming out of darkness (savage behavior) into light (a little saviour). What am I saying? Before the coming of our Saviour, Master Fard Muhammad, July 4th 1930, our people knew nothing of True Peace; and before my coming to our Saviour, I knew nothing of True Peace. As a Matter of fact, when I first heard the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan via the radio, back in the early 90s’, I thought it was Rev. Jesse Jackson. Now, that points to how disconnected and dead, I was, smile.
The scriptures teach us, "He came after His anointed one, to save His anointed ones." In 1931, the Master was preaching the knowledge of self when He met Elijah Poole in Detroit, Michigan. He taught and trained Elijah Muhammad for three and a half years, day and night into the profound hidden wisdom of the reality of God. He chose him to be His divine representative in continuing the hardest job ever given to man. Upon His departure in 1934, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad labored tirelessly to bring life to his mentally and spiritually dead people.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad identified Master Fard Muhammad as being the answer to the one that the world had been expecting for the past 2,000 years under the names Messiah, the second coming of Jesus, the Christ, Jehovah, God, and the Son of Man. When asked by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad to identify Himself, He replied, "I am the Madhi".
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.
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. To know, that I am a member of the people that Allah came to deliver and set on top of civilization, produces in me the spirit to continue in the path of His coming and Insha’Allah (God-willing), become the purpose of His coming. He said, “He came to make us into Himself.”
All of the above gives me the meaning of the following scriptural verses:
“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.”
In looking at the above history, it is all capitalized to me, in my journeying to Chicago with my family to share in the festivities of Saviours’ Day weekend with the Believers from all over the world and to hear from the Man of God, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. It is our Hajj (Journey) to the presence of Allah, where the Muslims (Pilgrims) say, “Laibak Allahuma Laibak, Here I am O Allah in thou august presence.” Saviours’ Day, in Chicago, is more than a ritual; you will find that your love of Allah heightens as you start preparing for your pilgrimage journey, with the sole intention of pleasing Allah. With your heart longing to reach your goal, you become purer in thought and deed. You avoid abuse, indecency, dishonesty, fighting and bickering, because you are proceeding on the path of Allah. Thus your entire journey constitutes an act of worship. How can, then you do wrong. This journey, in contrast to every other, is a continuing course through which a Muslim is practicing self improvement, the basis of community development. On this journey, then, you are pilgrims to Allah.
So, Saviours’ Day is not just a weekend, but it is becoming what Saviours’ Day means; and to me it’s the fullness of life-living in the Presence of Allah (God)!
(Eric R. Muhammad is a Student Assistant Minister at Muhammad Mosque No. 45 in Houston, Texas. Follow him on Twitter @Qudus)
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