WEB POSTED 03-09-2000
Commemorative of The Nation of Islam in North America
Mother Khadijah Farrakhan:
A beloved First Lady
takes a special kind of woman to be the wife of the Honorable Minister
Louis Farrakhan. In fact,
when Khadijah Farrakhan was made
they broke the mold. She is
often imitated but never duplicated.
came to Islam with her husband, then Louis Eugene Walcott, in 1955.
She was Betsy Ross and they had only been married a brief two
As Minister Farrakhan enrolled in the Fruit of
Islam , his wife also enrolled in the Muslim Girls Training and General
Civilization Class under the direction of Sister Captain Anna Lois
Muhammad in New York City.
sisters in Mother Khadijah’s class would include many important
figures such as Sister Betty Shabazz, the late wife of Malcolm X.
Farrakhan, as she is often called, was an eager student and quickly rose
to the top of her class. She was trained by none other than the
Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
Soon Minister Farrakhan was promoted to be the minister of Boston’s Temple No. 11.
Since they both had Boston backgrounds, they were right at home
and worked tirelessly to build the New England area into one of the
Nation of Islam’s key developments from 1956-1965.
1965, after Minister Farrakhan was promoted to the National
Representative of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad and relocated to Mosque No. 7
in New York City, this husband and wife team went to work immediately
bettering the quality of life for New Yorkers from Harlem to New
the leadership of Sister Captain Aminah Rasul Muhammad and First Officer
Medina Farrakhan, the former wife of the late Alvan Farrakhan, Minister
Farrakhan’s older brother, New York City’s M.G.T. had one of the
country’s largest assemblies of Muslim women in the United States.
1975, she and her family relocated to Chicago. After Minister Farrakhan
decided to rebuild the Nation of Islam under the teachings of the
Honorable Elijah Muhammad in 1977, she became the “new” Nation’s
first treasurer and secretary when the couple opened their home to host
“study group” meetings in Chicago.
shared her skills in office systems and communications, particularly in
developing the secretarial department, that invaluably helped launch
many of the Nation of Islam’s programs and thrusts that have become so
popular in mosques across the globe.
Minister Farrakhan’s popularity grew, her responsibilities expanded to
fund-raising, registration of new members, a free food distribution to
homeless families, humanitarian aid for the flood victims in the south,
heading Nation of Islam delegations overseas at the opening of mosques,
schools, historic foreign policy missions in Africa, addressing the
Million Woman March in 1996, receiving and hosting visiting First Ladies
of African countries, and directly helping one of the century’s most
important figures, her husband, Minister Louis Farrakhan.
a Saviour’s Day Believer’s meeting, the Minister described her as
“his best friend.” Quite a compliment from one of the most revered men on the
same love and affection that warms and comforts the Minister in his best
and worst times is shared with all who meet her.
One of Mother Farrakhan’s special skills is
sewing. She started as a child and has been sewing ever since.
She is responsible for elevating the style of dress for Muslim
women. She designed the military uniforms worn by the Vanguard class.
this uniform has received world wide acclaim for its military look
combined with its feminine appeal.
fashions have been featured in shows in America and Africa. Her designs
have wide appeal that are adored by women everywhere and can be
purchased from her own factory.
is unlike any other and wears the crown of the First Lady of the Nation
--Nisa Islam Muhammad