Sometimes it takes something extraordinary to occur to push one into a certain direction. Sometimes it takes God’s intervention. For the Biblical Jonah, it took being in the belly of a fish for three days and three nights until he decided to do what Allah was calling him to do.

For Sabbath Muhammad, it took the Covid-19 pandemic.

22-year-old Sabbath Muhammad is known for her ministry work in the Southern Region of the Nation of Islam, her love for the Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, her service and her melodious, contagious laugh. As of recent, she is also a wife and educator from College Park, Ga.

Though she holds many titles and is many things to many people, we want you to get to know her as the founder of her independent virtual school, The Homeschooler’s Society, LLC. We want you to know her heart, her mind and her spirit.

Meet Sabbath Muhammad.

[Note: This interview has been shortened and edited for clarity]

Joshua’s Truth Magazine (JT): So, what about teaching interests you, and then also, what pushed you to open your own school? 

Sabbath Muhammad (SM): The Messenger said, you know, and I’m paraphrasing, whatever you like to do and whatever you do best, what you’re passionate about, that’s most likely what you’re born to do. And so with that, it all ties together now that I see it but I didn’t see [it] in the beginning. 

When I was little, I wanted to be an agricultural scientist. Well, let me just be frank, when I was little, little, I wanted to be a clown. I know how to juggle y’all. 

After that, I wanted to go into nursing, and I said, you know, why be a nurse? Let’s take it further. Let’s be an OB-GYN. I had plans to go to Cuba for medical school. I was doing medical classes for a long time. When I was in biology in college, I realized that I hated it honestly, like I was like, why am I doing this? I had the desire to help people, I know that. But in terms of, I guess, finding what fit for me, it was a hit or miss type of thing. 

In middle school, I was a tutor. I was a math tutor in particular. [I was a] tutor as a senior in high school, and then I was also a tutor in college, and I realized that I enjoyed helping other people find an answer.

Going back to middle school, my teacher, Ms. Nicole Best––and she literally was the best––but she said to me one day while tutoring, she said, Sabbath, you should really consider being a math teacher. 

Another thing that aided me in teaching was how other teachers dealt with you as a student. I hated that when I got into college, I hated how no one really cared. Of course you had some of your professors that were God-sent. But [you] can tell those who are there for a paycheck, and who really care about you learning the material.

During my college years, I also obtained a certification in being a para-pro, which is basically an assistant teacher. I went there for a job, because I needed money. I was trying to go [to school] for medicine. However, when I was there, I fell in love with what I was doing. And as I worked as an assistant teacher, I changed my major. I was in an elementary school in Columbus, Ga., and what kept me there was one, other teachers literally not caring about the student. I’d never known how much of a pet peeve that was for me, but it was. I hated that. You don’t know what that child is going through; you don’t have enough patience and love to bring out the God in that child. 

I had to quit because of Covid. I knew that I wanted to have my own money. And so I prayed to Allah, I prayed in Master Fard Muhammad’s name, as we’re taught, to mention the Master, the Messenger and the Messiah in our midst, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. And it was so crazy. I  was with my father one day. And we went to visit somebody I did not want to visit this particular day. He insisted, so I said fine. And if I did not visit this person, my school would not be in the position it’s in today, and it was literally Allah answering my prayers, so I know that my God is real. 

So, we were talking with this person, and she asked me what I did. I said before the pandemic, I was working at an elementary school. And she said, “Well, why don’t you teach online?” I said, “What do you mean? You know the schools are opening back up.” She said, “No, you teach online.”

A few months before, I had two jobs. I was working at an elementary school and at an after-school program at the same time. So I guess I had been trained to be dependent on [a] job because I was looking for a job, and I’m pretty sure that’s what it was, but Allah saw it fit to have it come through somebody to tell me, this is what you need to do. And we’re taught actually anyway, to have something for yourself. The Messenger said do for self or suffer the consequences. And if I had not done for self, I would be suffering the consequences. This pandemic has shown that, because a lot of people have lost their job. So, as soon as she said that, I literally got started, that day. 

I don’t want to work on things that there’s not going to be a demand for. So I posted on Facebook, I said, “If I had an online home school, would you be interested?” I got a message that day that said, “When you get started, I’m ready.” So because of that one yes, all you need is one… I opened [my school] in a matter of two weeks. 

JT: What role would you say education has in building a nation?

SM: Education literally shapes the nation. America would not have been built without knowledge. It was a corrupt knowledge, however, knowledge nonetheless, of who they are and who we are as a people. So, knowledge is the prerequisite. 

You know, the Minister said it best. He said, whoever comes across the diameter of your knowledge controls the circumference of your activity. Everything that we see is based upon people’s knowledge and what they perceive to be true. You know, so, knowledge is very, very, very powerful, just like the education system. 

[Teachers] can take a thought or a mindset, whether it’s correct or incorrect, and you can control our future. So education is very, very important, because it can lead the actions of our children, which is literally our future. 

JT: What goals do you have for your school by the end of 2021?

SM: So we have social studies, and bi-weekly we have a Black studies course filled with Black excellence, Black knowledge. We learn about White people all day and what they’ve accomplished but they’ve taken us out of the history books except for being a slave. So I have to be able to show them that we’ve done so much and that our minds are amazing. So with that being said, we have four core subjects. 

My goal for the next few months is that I’ve been applying to grants, praise be to Allah. I want to expand the courses. In the educational conference for Saviours’ Day 2021, they talk about what music does to a child’s mind in opening the god in them, because music is a whole other mathematical language, believe it or not.  How the conception of art and how things are put together, what that does for a child’s mind in opening not only creativity but literally math. 

So my plan is to have, if we get, when we get the grants, Insha’Allah. This year, when we get both grants, if it be His Will, I want to have a room for music classes, whereas I can have instruments for students and pay a teacher to teach them music.  

I want to instill language classes so they can learn Spanish and Arabic and French, as the Minister told us to learn the languages of the world to communicate with all people. I want them to be able to see the world. 

I want to take our science classes to the next level where they have the microscope in their room. I want physical things that will just enhance it and take it to the next level.

And so by the end of this year, that is a plan by next school year, to have those items to take the school to the next level as an online school but Insha’Allah, the best online school.  

JT: You’re a newlywed. How does marriage help in Nation building?

SB: I am a newlywed, and I will give the best that I can based upon being a newlywed and based upon the Teachings, because the Minister has given us everything that we need, literally. So my experiences have been very enlightening.

In terms of building a nation, we’re taught that marriage is one half of faith. If you’re a studious single person, then [that’s something you know]. But it’s another thing to experience it, and say, this is what the man of God meant. Like oh Allah, and I’m currently experiencing it and I see, I feel it. I knew it, I never doubted it at all, but now I feel it, and I can go into depth into what that means. Of course, I’m still learning, but I feel it.

We have to understand that Allah literally brings out of you all the impediments. He is literally making you into a god. And why do I say that? How do I say that? Because it is something when you have another person living with you and they bring out things that you didn’t know were there that you couldn’t even detect. And it’s because they are a different gender, it’s because they’re right there looking at certain things. The male brings out of the female certain things and the female brings out of the male certain things. 

Marriage is beautiful because it tests your faith. It tests your faith in Allah. It brings out things that you didn’t know were there. And so you know that’s why marriage is the cornerstone because we’re taught if you have a strong family, you have a strong community. If you have a strong community, you have a strong nation. That’s true. Because if you worked it out as a married couple, you’re teaching your children to work it out as a married couple. You’re teaching your children to withstand. You’re teaching your children to have faith in Allah, to go to that prayer rug when the other person may get on your nerves.

If you don’t have faith, if you don’t have persistence, marriage is not gonna last long. And so marriages don’t last long, because one, people get married for the wrong reasons. This person looks nice. It’s lust. It’s not true love, because love is duty.

Do you love them even when it’s hard to love somebody? That’s the thing. Love is literally action. But people don’t know that. They think it’s a fluttery feeling in their stomach, and it’s not. Love is literally, do you love somebody within their impediments, even after they’ve made a mistake? I still love you. Let’s just do it. Do you love?

Marriage is a cornerstone because it literally builds the whole nation, and marriage is education. So education is the cornerstone and marriage is the cornerstone. They build nations.

Marriage is a cornerstone because it literally builds the whole nation, and marriage is education. So education is the cornerstone and marriage is the cornerstone. They build nations.

JT: How can love and unity be a defense against the enemy’s attacks?

SM: We’re taught that our unity is more powerful than an atomic bomb. And if you look at that word, atomic, that’s atoms. Not even a nuclear bomb. An atomic bomb. That means it breaks up the function of your body, right. So our unity is more powerful than something that can tear your anatomy. Wow. That can tear your biological makeup, man.

When atomic bombs go off in countries overseas, the people are disoriented physically. It’s really, it’s horrible. It’s horrible, right. But our unity is more powerful than that. Than an atomic bomb.

I’m putting my fingers together. Unity is putting your fingers together; love is keeping it together. Because even after you come together, okay, now you need the patience and the persistence to keep those fingers in that woven net.

When you don’t have love, you don’t have the binding force to keep your new unity together. Why? Because the Minister said that the root of a satanic mindset is “I am better.” When you think that you’re better because of whatever you have, that’s the root of Satan. That is the root of a Satanic mindset. So love and unity is very powerful because one, we need unity. We need to be able to come together. 

JT: How are you preparing yourself for separation?

SM: I’ll say the first thing, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made––and I don’t say this lightly––was getting registered [in the Nation of Islam]. That’s the first thing, because there’s levels to it, right. So the first thing was getting registered, was saying to Master Fard Muhammad, now I’m accepting my own. What is your own self? Your own self is a righteous Muslim.

The second thing is to be that, right. So writing my letter, striving to be one with Master Fard Muhammad was the first step. And two, following His program. [In the study guides], the Minister was talking about how one continues the ideas of Satan. And we do it sometimes as believers. How do you continue the idea of Satan? It’s as simple as one, not going to our classes. It’s as simple as not following How to Eat to Live (a book by The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad detailing the proper diet, directly from God Himself). 

[A form of separation] is as simple as eating one meal a day. It’s as simple as keeping your mouth out of the devil’s kitchen. 

Even in terms of what we talked about the school. This has just been such a blessing because I have been able not only to give a space to the Muslim, the Muslim children, my Muslim babies, but I have other students as well. And when I tell you. Oh Allah, I’m so thankful. I play the Minister every morning and they pray every morning. They literally say a Muslim prayer. And when I tell you I have seen a change in them.

I had Brother Abdul Qiyam come on as a guest for one of the classes, and he sent all my students a Teachings 2.0 Twitter book. All of them. Yes, all of them. And one of the moms texted me and she said, “Thank you for the book.” And I told her it was from him. They weren’t there that day so they didn’t know, but they did receive the book. She said, “Thank you for the book. I’ve been studying the teachings, as of recently, and I am teaching my son (who’s in my class) to do the same.” 

When I tell you, they’ll come in the class and they’ll change their slave name for the Zoom and they’ll put “Muhammad.” I mean, listen, who knows, and I’m so thankful. Who knows where they’ll be in the future, praise be to Allah, because of the Teachings that I’m trying to, by his grace, instill into them.

I strive to aid our Student Southern Regional Minister, Minister Sharrieff, as best as I can with the 10,000 Fearless Committee. The Minister said, he made a declaration on 10.10.15 that he wanted 10,000 Fearless, and he wanted us to be the forefront, the vanguard of making our communities a decent and safe place to live. And so, he made Brother Sharrieff the National Interim Director of the 10,000 Fearless (a group of fearless men and women established by The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan to make their communities a safer and more decent place to live). So he’s over all the 10,000 Fearless across the nation. And so to be able to help him with that on a national level, make our communities a safe and decent place to live. Oh Allah. I’m thankful because it’s literally changed our environment as Black people and getting ready for separation as we speak.

I also aid in Rise Magazine. And the viewpoint behind Rise Magazine was that Minister Sharrieff wanted all people to see, Muslims, Christians, Jews, not only the work of the Muslims, but the unity of the Muslims with different communities and what the Muslims are doing. And so for people that understand that reading is important, and we’re growing to that knowledge, as now a lot of people do. Our enlightenment in that sense of reading is growing. So for people that do read, to be able to aid in words from the Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad in that sense is a blessing. 

JT: What advice do you have for those who may want to start their own businesses?

SM: The first advice is just do it. Sometimes we’ll have doubt in ourselves. We’ll do that. When someone said, I’m trying to stop smoking, how do I stop smoking? And the Messenger didn’t do this whole long drawn out response. He said just do it. And to me, that shows that any habit that you want to break as well as form, all you need to do is have the will to do it and then get it done. And sometimes our will is tainted by the environment and circumstances around us. Our will is tainted by the devil inside of us.

The second thing I would say is to be studious. I love studying for my own self. And I know that if I did not study, if I didn’t try to add on to my personal knowledge, I wouldn’t be as far as I am and as far as I know I can go and Insha’Allah am going. And so the Minister said, study your motive for a thing. 

Studying, we build a sense of humility and a reliance on Allah. And you can’t have any type of business without reliance on Allah.  With that relationship with Him, it’s easier to obtain what you’re supposed to do with yourself if you don’t know what you’re supposed to do with yourself. Because sometimes you just know you want to start a business, but you don’t know how to start it. That’s completely okay. But to be able to rely on God and ask Him to show you. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an, call on Me, I will answer you. That’s a promise. That’s a promise. That’s a declaration, but we don’t try Him. 

Third, study people who’ve already done it. Ask people who’ve already done it. 

Never be afraid to be humble. Never be afraid to gain your knowledge.

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