“Women have been catching hell a long time. And I’m not going to let anyone who is with me continue to make women suffer out of the ignorance of the world in which we live. ‘We, the people.’ When did that take place? Women aren’t part of the people? We, the people and women just got the right to vote a little more than a hundred years ago. But it’s just ‘We the people.’ Women are not people? Women that produce people are not people? There has to be a revolution in the world to let the world know that the mistreatment of women has sentenced this world to death.”
Those words were spoken by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, National Representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Sept. 24, 2019, during a message delivered in the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Four years later and the country is on an unstoppable spiral downward to the abyss of hell, as women continue to bear the brunt of spiritual wickedness making corrupt decisions in high places.
America does not care about women, let alone Black women, and never has. The true friend to Black women and all women is God Himself. The prophets and messengers of God have always made a place for women where society would cast them out. We see this in the example of the Biblical Jesus and his relationship to Mary Magdalene, who was a prostitute. Yet he never judged or condemned her, and she ended up being one of the women who stood around him while he was on the cross.
In Minister Farrakhan’s Study Guide 19A, titled “Who is God,” he talks about the origin of the woman. “The woman is made after the womb out of which God created Himself, and in the woman is the Secret of God,” he says.
He then goes into the women around Jesus, starting with Maryam, or Mary, an African woman, and the circumstances of her giving birth to Jesus. Mary was forced to flee with her baby out of Palestine and into Egypt, Africa, but in her fleeing, God was there. God was present as she gave birth to Jesus in the harshest of circumstances.
“The Holy Qur’an says of Mary, she was honored ‘above all women.’ A whole surah (chapter) is given in honor of her name. Not the mother of Prophet Muhammad, not the mother of Abraham, not the Mother of David, but the Mother of Jesus,” Minister Farrakhan says.
He continues: “Sisters, Mary is a prototype of you. If you look at the ‘Marys’ that were around Jesus when he went to the cross, there were six women around him. The women never failed Jesus, but all the men except John walked out on Jesus. When he went to the cross, women ministered to him all the way.”
In Islam, we see the woman, Hajar, or Hagar, an Egyptian woman, at the center of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage all Muslims must make to the holy city of Mecca. Hagar was the second wife of Ibrahim (Abraham) and the mother of Ismail (Ishmael).
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan goes into Hagar’s circumstances in an address to the American Clergy Leadership Conference on Sept. 22, 2018, at the Life Center Church of God in Christ in Chicago.
“When we go to Mecca for Hajj or pilgrimage, we have to run between two hills, the Safa and Marwa, following the path of Hagar. Hagar was the wife of Abraham, you could say. But she wasn’t the first wife, she was the handmaid. … Abraham didn’t have any children at that time and Sarah was not able to produce at that time,” he says.
After God allowed Abraham to have a son by Hagar, Sarah, Abraham’s first wife, kicked her out of the home.
“Hagar is in the wilderness now. That’s Abraham’s wife, she’s in the wilderness running. She’s looking to the hills for some food, something. So in David, the Psalms, it says … and you will look unto the hills. But that’s a period and then a question: From whence, where is my help coming from? And scripture says, your help is coming from the Lord. And at the foot of Hagar when she was about to give up on life, a bubbling well came up and every Muslim, when we go on our pilgrimage we drink the water from that ever-flowing well, the Well of Zamzam,” the Minister says.
Alone, kicked out of her home and now running in the wilderness, Hagar suffered great hardship. But in her greatest time of need, God proved to be her Friend. She asked for His help, and He responded.
Mary and Hagar, two Black women, underwent extenuating circumstances, but in their pain and suffering, God was present. It is only natural, then, that just as God has proven Himself to be the True Friend of the Black woman, that Black women, in turn, gravitate towards men who resonate with the essence of God.
In Study Guide 19A, “Who is God,” the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan asks the question, “What is there in a woman when she knows and recognizes a man of God? That woman will move heaven or hell to back that man of God.”
I would like to argue that part of the answer is love. As God is a woman’s True Friend, it is easy to love Him, as we know He has our best interests at heart. We know He loves His daughters, and we love Him in return. So when a man of God comes and we see the spirit, presence and light of God in that man, when we see the love God has for His daughters reflected in that man, then we’re going to be with that man no matter what.
That man I am describing is none other than the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan himself. Minister Farrakhan has been working on behalf of poor and oppressed people for most of his life. When he started rebuilding the Nation of Islam in the absence of his teacher, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, in the late 1970s and 1980s, he never failed to mention the plight of women in his lectures. From the 1980s to today in 2022, in the majority of his speeches, lectures and talks, he has found a way to say something about women, whether that’s the oppression of women, the rise of women or the importance of raising the consciousness of women.
Minister Farrakhan even addressed his affinity toward women in Part 1 of his lecture series “How to Give Birth to a God” in 1987.
“Farrakhan, I noticed when you teach, you seem to favor women. It’s because I was made wise from the cradle by my mother. Somebody was going to have to come along to free the woman. Somebody was going to have to come along to put the woman in the right state and frame of mind, give her the right frame of reference from which she could draw power to make a change,” he said. “That person was the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, but I was so in tuned with my father that if 75 percent of his work is with the woman, why should I not lean in the direction which is the heaviest part of his work if I am his student and his helper?”
The work of these two men, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, would not exist were it not for the coming of Allah (God) in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad on July 4, 1930. When Master Fard Muhammad came to America and revealed Himself, He set into motion a new paradigm shift that would include women as nation builders. He came to set down all tyrants, including those who operate at the helms of the oppressive systems of racism and sexism. He gave women access to the upper echelons of knowledge that were previously denied to women.
He taught the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, who taught the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, who now teaches the world, that women in general but Black women in particular deserve honor, respect and protection.
Just as the Biblical Jesus accepted Mary Magdalene, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan accepts and holds sympathy for women of all walks of life. He simply understands us, and that’s what sets him apart from the average man, and that’s what makes him the true man of God in our midst today. Because just as God is the True Friend of the Black woman, so, too, is the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.