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A Soldier For Muhammad Laid To Rest

By Final Call News | Last updated: Apr 18, 2017 - 1:25:06 PM

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Student Minister Ishmael R. Muhammad leads Janazah prayer at funeral service for Bro. Maurice Muhammad in Chicago. Photos: Haroon Rajaee

CHICAGO— Members of the Elite 50 Plus and others, recently shared reflections and memories on the life of one of their own, Brother Maurice Muhammad. The Elite 50 Plus named by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, is a special squad at Mosque Maryam, comprised of F.O.I. (Fruit of Islam) ages 50 and over.

Bro. Maurice died March 28 after a courageous fight against prostate cancer. He was 68. Family, friends and members of the Nation of Islam gathered at Jones Funeral Home, April 4 for a celebration of life and Janazah (Muslim funeral service) officiated by Student Minister Ishmael R. Muhammad.

Bro. Maurice’s longtime friend Bro. Barney Muhammad, also of the Elite 50 Plus shared the following sentiments on Facebook about his brother in Islam.

“...I would like to see every member of The Elite 50 Plus in their F.O.I. uniform...” was the constant proclamation of our newest Ancestor Brother Maurice 7 Muhammad who made his transition on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 following a long fight with prostate cancer.

Service to His Nation unconditionally was the trademark of Ancestor Maurice 7 Muhammad. There was no post to(sp) menial for Him to hold nor would He walk by any property of The Nation of Islam without cleaning any visible trash, plugging rodent holes, or repairing a defective gate.”

“God’s Work” was the name of the maintenance company he and his son Ishmael Kareem Muhammad operated with integrity and tireless drive. Brother Ancestor Maurice 7 Muhammad’s trust in Allah was seen in all his activities in spite of the cancer that was ravaging his body,” wrote Bro. Barney.

Nation of Islam First Lady Khadijah Farrakhan (left) greets Sister Debra Muhammad, wife of Bro. Maurice during repast at Salaam.
He recounted two events last year, a May 12 and July 14 regular second Thursday Community Service Buffet sponsored by the Elite 50 Plus Squad at the Salaam Restaurant, in which Bro. Maurice was celebrated for his work with Sister Margaret Mahdi and her Mahdi Theatre Company as he acted in such plays as ‘A Raisin In The Sun’ and others.

“When interviewed by Former Final Call Editor-In-Chief James G. Muhammad, Brother Ancestor Maurice pleadingly said to all the men present at the gathering, “... If you haven’t been tested for prostate cancer, go.” He offered this special advice when he came to honor Brother Student Lieutenant Khalil Muhammad despite fighting cancer that he said had metastasized, said Bro. Barney.

“One of Brother Ancestor Maurice’s task at each Elite 50 Plus event was to provide humor for the gathering. On July 14, 2016 he delivered his final joke with sunglasses as a prop even though he had not the strength to hold the microphone.

“We ask all to put a ring of love around Brother Ancestor Maurice’s family; his wife Sister Debra Muhammad, his son Brother Ishmael Kareem Muhammad, his daughter Sister Kenya Muhammad, and all the other family, and loved ones who now cherish his memory.

May Allah Be Pleased with our Brother and grant the promised rewards to His survivors. We encourage all to study the life and times of our newest ancestor, Brother Ancestor Maurice 7 Muhammad,” Bro. Barney concluded.

Childhood friend and longtime activist Mark Allen of National Black Wall Street Chicago also shared an emotional tribute to Bro. Maurice also know as “Reece” on Facebook.

“We grew up together on 78th & Peoria as part of the first Black families to live on the block. Reece was a hell of a drummer, he and his band played behind people like Peabo Bryson and others then we, along with my brother J Minor Allen, Harold Baker and others with musical gifts used to have jam sessions in the “People’s Family Basement,” Bro. Mark wrote in part.

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan greeted family and friends of Bro. Maurice Muhammad at Salaam restaurant.
Bro. Maurice was born Nov. 3, 1949 at home in Chicago. His parents were Vernon Wilson and Alberta Mattox. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marines in 1969 after serving in Vietnam. He was musically talented and an avid drummer who performed professionally. In 1995 at age 46, Bro. Maurice accepted the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad under the leadership of Min. Farrakhan and joined the Nation of Islam. He also attended the historic Million Man March.

He was inspired by the N.O.I.’s “Do For Self” message and as a result, he and his son Ishmael K. formed a maintenance and repair company called “God’s Work.”

Bro. Maurice met Debra Muhammad in 2007 and the couple married in 2012. He leaves to cherish his memory and carry on his legacy his wife Sis. Debra, sons Ishmael K. , Aziz (Basheerah), daughter Kenya 4X, three brothers, a sister, several grandchildren, extended family members, the Nation of Islam and the Elite 50 Plus.