ISLAMIC SCHOLARS FROM AROUND WORLD
CHICAGO—Making his first national public appearance in a year,
the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan welcomed a cross-section of
Muslims, including Islamic scholars from throughout America and the world
to open the Second International Islamic Conference and annual Saviours’
Day Convention, held Feb. 24 in Chicago at the McCormick Place.
During the opening session of the four-day conference, co-hosted by the
World Islamic People’s Leadership, Min. Farrakhan stressed the relevance
of the teachings of the most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. He also explained
the necessity of the methodology of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad’s teacher,
Master Fard Muhammad.
"As a man who studied the condition of our head and the condition
of white America’s head, so what he used a strange methodology (to teach
us)," said Min. Farrakhan. "(Master Fard Muhammad) didn’t
prescribe what you thought he should, but the patient is on the road to
recovery," he said.
The Nation of Islam leader also stressed his love for the Muslim
community worldwide. "I love Allah, Prophet Muhammad, may the peace
and blessings of Allah be upon him. I love every Muslim on this earth, no
matter where they are, what their color is," said Min. Farrakhan
under a banner which read, "Living up to Our Responsibility as
Muslims in Establishing Islam in the new Millennium." "If you
love Prophet Muhammad, if you want to follow this Qur’an … I love
The group of multiracial Muslims joyously greeted Min. Farrakhan’s
return and stressed the need for the unity of Muslims worldwide. During
the opening session, it was clear that the many Islamic scholars, both
nationally and internationally, viewed the event as the beginning of a new
day in Islam.
Sheik Farhat, representing Sheik Tantawi, the Grand Sheikh of Egypt’s
Al-Azhar University and speaking through a translator, urged the Muslims
to put aside their differences, unify themselves and prepare for what’s
being planned against those (striving to submit to Allah’s Will).
"Our Muslim ummah (community) is one ummah—based on the Oneness of
Allah. I am very, very happy especially to see Min. Farrakhan in such
remarkable shape. We around the world have been in deep concern over his
health," said Dr. Alim Shabazz, formerly known as Min. Lonnie Shabazz
under the leadership of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad prior to 1975.
Also present was a sizable delegation representing Imam Warithudeen
Mohammed and the Muslim American Society in addition to a large number of
senior citizens from the Nation of Islam.
"Min. Farrakhan is that one, with others, who will establish the
oneness of Allah. We believe Min. Farrakhan has the power, spirit, desire,
sincerity, and strength of character to make our community one ummah
(community) throughout the world. I can’t wait to hear the revelations
that will come through Min. Farrakhan on Sunday," he added.
"I see the sincerity in Min. Farrakhan and the organization (in
the Nation of Islam) that I don’t see elsewhere. We must combine these
efforts with all Muslims throughout America," said New York prison
chaplain Warithudeen Umar, formerly known as Wallace 10X, who was a
student minister under Min. Farrakhan when he was the minister of New
York. "I know he’s a passionate man affected by Allah and he is
fearful of Allah."
"This (conference) should be on the front page of every newspaper
throughout the world," said Sister Sapphire Mann Ahmed, M.D., New
York-based health care professional.
Photo: Participating in Jummah Prayer on Friday, February 25, 2000 are:
(l-r) Imam Munir El Kassem, Chairman of the Board of
directors of the London Islamic School in London Ontario, Canada;
Saeed Sabri, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Holy land; Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan;
Imam Warithudeen Mohammed; Sheikh Muhammad Salisu-Shabas and Chief Abdul
Kadir Tahir, both of Accra, Ghana.