From The Final Call Newspaper

We are indebted to Brother Jabril Muhammad’

By Student Minister Ishmael Muhammad
- July 18, 2023

Letter from Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Student Ishmael Muhammad

[Editor’s Note: The following remarks were delivered by Student Minister Ishmael Muhammad, National Assistant to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on Sunday, July 16, 2023, from Mosque Maryam in Chicago on the passing of Student Minister Jabril Muhammad, a longtime companion, aid and supreme witness to the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Minister Farrakhan. The Final Call will pay honor and tribute to the life and legacy of this Beloved and Dedicated Servant of Allah (God) in an upcoming issue. May Allah Bless us all.]

It is with great sadness that I announced that we lost Brother Student Minister Jabril Muhammad, formally Brother Bernard Cushmeer, May Allah Be Pleased. We’re not here forever but that brother lived his life in total dedication to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. He has left us a treasure trove of knowledge, all bearing witness to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.


Brother Jabril Muhammad was named “Jabril” by the Minister from Bernard because he represented the Angel Jabril that visited Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon him. Those of you who are familiar with the history, Prophet Muhammad would go to himself in a cave and he was agonizing and pained over the condition of his people. And I believe … it was the western mountain right there in Mecca, Arabia, which we visited and climbed. And in a cave, where he would often sit and it looks over the valley of Mecca, the angel visited him. Not a spook, not a man with wings, but a human being. And the first words that the Angel Jabril gave to Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon him—which is found in the 96th chapter (of the Holy Qur’an) were these words: “Read (“Iqra”), Read in the name of thy Lord Who creates.

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