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October 10, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

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The mission of the N.O.I. as a whole and of each of its parts is the spiritual development of the Lost-Found Nation of Islam in North America and our people throughout the world. The mission of the N.O.I. is the resurrection spiritually of a dead people and the entire focus and meaning of its work is to bring about this resurrection as quickly as possible. This is the purpose that gives meaning to all other activities engaged in and is the criterion by which we expect to be judged by Allah and His Messenger, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. As such, the spiritual dimension must be present in all and excluded from none. (copied from  
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From The Final Call Newspaper

    Accidental death or murder?

    By Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor- | Last updated: Nov 10, 2015 - 11:51:04 AM

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    A campaign for justice for Muslim minister who died in Grand Rapids, Mich.
    Yreva Muhammad, second from left, thanks the Nation of Islam for the continued effort to get justice for her late husband, Student Minister Robert D. Muhammad. Standing behind her is Nation of Islam Student National Secretary Berve Muhammad, Student Minister Fontaine Muhammad and Student Minister Marcus Muhammad. Photo: Haroon Rajaee
    ( - A large group of Nation of Islam members converged on Grand Rapids, Mich., to demand the U.S. Justice Department open a full and complete inquiry into the questionable investigation surrounding the suspicious death of one of its members.

    It has been over a year since Robert Dion Muhammad, the 39-year-old leader of the Nation of Islam’s Grand Rapids Study Group, went missing in the waters of Muskegon State Park’s campground beach last year.

    According to Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler, his body was found the next day in Muskegon Lake in 28 feet of water. Details are sketchy but it has been reported that he struggled during an attempted swim, went underwater, and drowned.
    Muslims concerned with the status of the investigation traveled Oct. 31 from the surrounding areas of Benton Harbor and Detroit, Mich., as well as Rockford, Ill., Chicago, Ill., and some from as far away as St. Louis. Led by Anthony Muhammad, Student Assistant Supreme Captain of the Nation of Islam, and the Student Central Regional Captain Dwayne Muhammad, the Fruit of Islam canvassed Grand Rapids neighborhoods, along with Berve Muhammad, Student National Secretary of the Nation of Islam. Despite very cool temperatures and a persistent rain, the F.O.I. went door to door and spoke with residents on streets, sharing the call for justice, offering updates on the case, handing out information brochures and collecting signatures as part of a demand for further investigation into the death.

    The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, presided over the Islamic funeral prayer service known as the Janazah, at the Deliverance Outreach Ministries September 13, 2014. Speaking from the pulpit of the church the Minister expressed the hurt and pain of those who loved Robert D. Muhammad.

    “We intend to get to the truth of what happened to our brother,” said Min. Farrakhan. Whether it was a tragic accident, or foul play involved, Allah (God), the giver of all life, already knows, he said.

    “Even though we are hurt because we don’t know exactly what happened,” the Minister continued, “we bear our pain with dignity and strength.”
    The Fruit of Islam from Chicago, nearby cities, some from as far away as St. Louis, journeyed to Grand Rapids, Mich., to pass out information and get signatures for a petition calling for a full investigation of what happened to Student Minister Robert D. Muhammad. Photos: Haroon Rajaee

    What really happened?
    Standing before graphic photos of Robert D. Muhammad’s body, Berve Muhammad, who is also an attorney, pointed out discrepancies between the official version of events and what he said pictures showed. The explanations given by the Muskegon County officials are either incomplete or defy common sense, he said.

    “There are a couple of interesting things to note about his face,” said Atty. Muhammad. “Obviously he suffered some trauma. If he just swam and went under, his face shouldn’t look like that.” The photo showed bruises and what appeared to be wounds on the face of the late student minister.

    Some said maybe an object hit him underwater as he struggled to swim to the surface as an explanation for the bleeding and bruises, however, the Nation of Islam’s investigators remain unconvinced.

    “Nothing floats in the middle of the water. It is either going to sink or it is going to be on top of the water but no object that’s not alive is going to be floating in the middle of the water,” Atty. Muhammad continued, “but then of course if you are in the water and something strikes you, you are just going to move with the object, so it’s very difficult to understand how these bruises would have got on his face under the water.”

    And then, he drew attention to Robert Muhammad’s right hand which in the photo was morbidly frozen in the position of a tightly clenched fist.

    “As you notice Brother Robert’s hand … you see his hand … there was a struggle … there looks like there was a struggle just before he died,” argued Atty. Muhammad. “These are some irregularities with respect to his body that have yet to be explained.”

    According to Nation of Islam officials there were other concerns about the way the case was handled:
    Members of the Fruit of Islam visit Grand Rapids, Mich., passing out information in Grand Rapids, Mich., and obtaining signatures as part of campaign to obtain justice and a full investigation of the Muslim student minister’s death.
    Investigators did not interview one co-worker on the actual day of the incident, who occurred during an apparent outing with Caucasian co-workers.

    None of the investigators could explain the facial injuries suffered by Robert D. Muhammad.

    No forensic testing or photographs were taken of the boat that the deceased swam from.

    At Robert D. Muhammad’s burial, funeral director and licensed mortician Crystal Hardley, with over 17 years of experience in the industry expressed her doubts to The Final Call. “I just recognized the discoloration around his eyes did not line-up with a drowning victim,” said Ms. Hardley. “It was clearly not just a drowning,” she added.

    A strong family stands for justice
    The widow of Robert D. Muhammad, Sister Yreva Muhammad, has handled the death of her husband with quiet dignity and poise. The two were married in 2000 and have eight children, four sons Nioreh Dion (17), Solomon Isa (14), Toussaint Saalih (13) and Najm Sherrif (11) , and four daughters, Nikah Hanan (9), Shahadah Qamar (7), Ilyasa Mashariq-Hajj (3), and Mizan Qaharra (1) . Mr. Muhammad would have turned 40 on Sept. 6, the day his body was found by aquatic search crews.

    His widow spoke words near the gravesite of her husband located at Oakhill Cemetery. She thanked Minister Farrakhan and the Believers in the Nation of Islam for supporting her and her family after her husband’s death.

    “I want to thank the brothers for coming out to support and help Grand Rapids to look into this situation,” said Mrs. Muhammad. “The Minister has been supporting our family tremendously and I can’t even thank him enough. I really don’t know how to thank him enough except to give him these few words that I have of thanks and I don’t want to be found being ungrateful at all.”

    She said her husband would be “very pleased” to see the support from his Muslim brothers and sisters. “He was a steadfast soldier and he worked diligently to awaken the dead here in Grand Rapids,” said Mrs. Muhammad. “We will get to the bottom of this like the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said.”

    Robert D. Muhammad was described by those who knew him as a committed Muslim, husband and father, always available to serve those in need. He had led the Grand Rapids Study Group since 2006 and would be reliably posted up at the corner of Eastern and Franklin— a busy intersection in Grand Rapids—distributing The Final Call newspaper.

    Student Minister Marcus Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam Study Group in Benton Harbor, which is a little over 80 miles to the south of Grand Rapids, has been assisting with maintaining the Study Group since Robert D. Muhammad’s passing.

    According to recent census figures, Grand Rapids is 64 percent White, nearly 21 percent Black and 16 percent Hispanic. It is the second largest city in Michigan behind Detroit, which is 168 miles to the East.

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    An overwhelming success in Washington

    By Final Call News | Last updated: Oct 15, 2015 - 2:06:57 PM

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    WASHINGTON—With anticipation, steely determination and focus by activists, organizers and Nation of Islam Believers around the country—led by the tireless work and unceasing travel, vision and determination of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan—mobilizing for “Justice Or Else!”, the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, was intense. Plans for the gathering started after an April announcement by Min. Farrakhan that it was time to return to Washington, D.C. Yet in a few months, with no corporate sponsors, no huge national political backers, few establishment endorsements, and no mainstream media help, the U.S. Capitol and down the National Mall Oct. 10 were filled with throngs of people. They were drawn by a call to stand against pervasive racism and injustice with the invitation extended to Native Americans, Latinos, veterans and women to stand against oppression. Urban News Service put the number at hundreds of thousands and some estimated a million people and upwards. With substantial construction underway on the National Mall there was spillover onto side streets. It was an incredible gathering that was peaceful, loving and the beginning of a movement. The #justiceorelse  hashtag trended across social meeting on Oct. 10 and for days after the gathering. Now on the ground work begins and people are eager to get started. Join the movement at Look for more photos next week.


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Cleveland responds to Farrakhan's clarion call for 'Justice Or Else!'

By Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor- | Last updated: Sep 8, 2015 - 9:59:24 AM

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CLEVELAND ( - When the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan visited this city, it was a stop in a place that has experienced perhaps two of the most well-known incidents of the blatant disregard for Black lives in recent memory.
 “Tamir Rice has to be answered for! Malissa Williams, Timothy Russell have to be answered for,” Min. Farrakhan told nearly 2,000 people packed into Second Ebenezer Baptist Church Sept. 3. His visit was part of a national tour to promote Justice Or Else! a major gathering on the National Mall scheduled for October 10th. The Minister is the convener of Justice Or Else!—which includes a demand for an immediate end to police misconduct and killings, an end to fratricidal violence and an immediate end to racial and social injustice.
 The Minister was referring to the November 22, 2014, killing of young Tamir Rice, 12, who was playing in a park near the Cudell Recreation Center with a toy gun.  According to reports, a caller reported seeing someone described as “probably a juvenile” 
brandishing a gun that was “probably fake” to 911. The dispatcher reportedly did not relay that information to responding officers, one of whom was Timothy Loehmann.

The 26-year-old rookie shot Tamir less than two seconds after the patrol car pulled into the park. Outrage grew once video emerged of the incident. Tamir died the next day. The coroner listed the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the torso with injuries to major vessels, his pelvis and his intestines. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner ruled the boy’s death a homicide.

In the other horrifying notable case, on November 29, 2012, two Black unarmed suspects, Timothy Ray Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30, were killed by police officers who unloaded 137 bullets into the couple’s car after a high speed chase which ended near Heritage Middle School in East Cleveland.

Twenty-three bullets struck Ms. Williams in the head, neck, body and arm and 24 bullets hit the head, neck and extremities of Mr. Russell. Thirteen different officers fired shots at the car.

Officer Michael Brelo stood on the hood of the car driven by Mr. Russell and fired shots into the windshield. There were so many deadly shots, a judge ruled it was impossible to say Off. Brelo’s shots took the lives of the victims and therefore acquitted Off. Brelo of charges of involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan speaks Sept. 3.

In three days in the city, the Minister met with spiritual leaders and political officials from the Cleveland metropolitan area as well as with family members of those who have lost their lives while in police custody or due to police officers administering lethal force.
“This is a great city, but it’s a wicked city,” said Min. Farrakhan “Nothing is truly great if its greatness is in roads and buildings and great edifices and highways … that is not how God measures the greatness of a city or the greatness of a nation,” he added.

A nation is measured by how it treats its poor and most vulnerable, and too many people are homeless, living in poverty and without basic needs. A true man of God is obligated to deliver that message, even if it is not liked by the ruling powers, said the Minister.
“America stands judged! Too many homeless people living under bridges in the richest country on earth,” Min. Farrakhan continued. “A true man of God is not afraid to deliver the message of God even if it costs him his life. This is a day when all false men and women will be sat down.”

“Justice is a principle of fair dealing, justice is the law that distinguishes between right and wrong, justice is the act of weighing fact against action,” he said.

As he has stressed repeatedly in warnings to audiences nationwide, the Minister reiterated the right to self-defense to preserve the life that God has ordained.

“No man has the right to take your life and then deny you due process for the redress of your grievance,” said Min. Farrakhan. “I watched that judge with Malissa Williams and Mr. Russell. Shot at a vehicle 137 times—that’s a hell of a lot of shooting.”

To be a member of a police force, one must demonstrate shooting proficiency, some boasting to be expert marksmen, the Minister noted. Hunters know where to shoot an animal to cause the least amount of damage, while still killing it, preserving the body so it can be used or eaten later, he continued.

Min. Farrakhan led those gathered at the Tamir Rice memorial in prayer.
“This man is a hunter, but he is a liar and a murderer and the whole system backs him up,” said Min. Farrakhan. “This is a system that has to be taken down in order for the people, Black, Brown, Red, Yellow, and White to experience what God wants every human being to experience. This system can’t bring it. It’s just not constructed that way.”
Those who claim to follow God must hate the world of Satan, he said. Those who gave Black people religion taught them to love everyone—including their enemies—even though Whites never practiced that type of religion.

“Imagine a White man telling us not to hate and we’ve been under his hatred ever since we’ve been here,” said Min. Farrakhan. “We’ve been under it so tough that we now hate ourselves.”

Satan’s influence is in houses of worship, which is why those claiming to be Christians and Muslims and Jews are limited in their effect and there is so much chaos, confusion, and disorder going on within houses of worship.

“Satan always likes to come in the straight path of God to deceive as many in God’s path as he can to make you unworthy of the promise that God has made to you,” said the Minister. “Satan is devouring human beings.”

There is a battle between those who benefit from the continuance of Satan’s world, and those who represent the new world governed by God’s natural laws.
“When Christ comes, he must upset the order of Satan and reset it in the natural order,” said Min. Farrakhan.
The car driven by Timothy Russell is shown April 10, in Cleveland. Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo, 31, was tried and acquitted on two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the November 2012 deaths of Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30, after a high-speed chase. The defense attorneys, prosecuting attorney and the judge visited the warehouse where the car and two police cruisers involved in the chase were stored. Photo: AP/Wide World photos

The Minister said following the “Justice Or Else!” gathering on Oct. 10, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington, D.C., representatives of the movement will “fan out all over the country” in preparation for Black Friday without Black people. It is part of a holiday spending boycott and economic withdrawal intended to show Black displeasure with injustice and to punish an unjust system and unjust society.
“On Black Friday, they shouldn’t see a Black face,” said the Minister. “Instead of them spying on you while you are shopping, make them look for you because you are not shopping!”

There must be a recalibration of traditional celebrations that take place for Christmas in Black communities, he said.

Bishop Eugene Ward of Greater Love Baptist Church said the Minister’s appearance in Cleveland was an answer to a prayer.  A friend who is a member of the Nation of Islam in West Palm Beach, Fla., told him a little over a month ago during a telephone conversation that Min. Farrakhan was going around the country speaking. After hanging up the phone, he immediately went into prayer and asked, “How can I get Minister Farrakhan here?” Two days later, he received a call from Rudolph Muhammad, a member of the Nation of Islam in Cleveland, who said a place was needed to host Minister Farrakhan who wanted to speak in the city. Tears came out his eyes.

“It is about us as a people becoming tighter and pooling our resources as well as our efforts together to make sure that something gets done in this country. It is Justice or Else!” Bishop Ward told The Final Call. “I’m thankful the Minister was here.  It was an answer to a prayer, and I’m thankful to God for pulling all this together.”

Jonetha Jackson works at Cleveland State University and is pursuing her master’s degree. She called Min. Farrakhan “wonderful” and fully supports the movement.

“He speaks the truth, he doesn’t sugarcoat anything and just tells the plain truth. I’ve always said that we need to take our money out of the oppressor’s hands because we enable them to oppress us when we fund them,” said Ms. Jackson. “I got my fist up and I’m fighting back! Justice or Else!”

Philip Yenyo, executive director, American Indian Movement, Ohio
Philip Yenyo, executive director of the American Indian Movement for the state of Ohio, expressed solidarity with Min. Farrakhan’s call for justice. “I really like the ideas that Minister Farrakhan has about economic sanctions,” said Mr. Yenyo. “Our wealth lies in land, and that land is being taken from us.”

“This movement that he is fostering—especially with the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March—is going to be something really big,” predicted Mr. Yenyo. “This is something that is going to electrify this country, and start unifying us.”

Student Minister Michael Muhammad, who leads Muhammad Mosque No. 18 in Cleveland, said the prayers of the people were answered with Min. Farrakhan’s arrival and guidance-filled messages delivered during the time he was in the city.

“Cleveland responded extraordinarily well, thanks be to God. The people of the city of Cleveland called for the Minister to come and they responded in overwhelming numbers when they knew he was coming,” said Mr. Muhammad. “I know the enemy is thoroughly upset, but that’s good, because they have to know that it is God’s time now and God has come for his people in Cleveland.”