Memo to Neil Steinberg, Part 2

MEMO To: Neil Steinberg

From: Jackie Muhammad

Re: Your Attack on The Hon. Min. Farrakhan—Part 2

Recently I responded to your venomous attack on The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan in your column in the Chicago-Sun Times (“So Where has Farrakhan led his Nation,” September 30, 2012). Because I did not have an opportunity to exhaust my response to your diatribe, I am including additional evidence of The Minister’s worldwide success as the premier spiritual spokesman and teacher for the downtrodden and dispossessed masses of the people of the Earth. His skills as a teacher, orator and spiritual leader have been the envy of many nations for the past five decades.

From the 1960s to the present time The Minister has been considered a favored son of Africa. When he first emerged on the world scene, African leaders asked the Honorable Elijah Muhammad to have him come to their nations to teach his brothers and sisters. In 1982 the world witnessed his skills as an orator at Howard University’s Crampton Auditorium, where Minister Farrakhan introduced President Ahmed Sekou Toure, President of the West African nation of Guinea. The revolutionary Pan-Africanist and pioneer in his country’s fight for independence from France broadly smiled as Farrakhan delivered a rousing introduction of him shortly after he (Toure) had met with then President Ronald Reagan.

The unprecedented recognition that The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has received from religious leaders from around the globe has eclipsed the recognition and the accolades of almost every contemporary religious leader in the world.

First, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the head of the Nation of Islam and the teacher of Minister Farrakhan, said that The Minister is more valuable to him than a truckload of diamonds. On another occasion he said that Farrakhan was more valuable to him than all the wealth in the Earth. But if you don’t accept Elijah Muhammad’s word, what about the words of Muslims, Christians and Jews.

The Grand Mufti of Australia called him the Mujaddid, a term referring to a reformer who appears every 100 years to renew the faith. It is one of the most revered titles in Islam.

In 1997 hundreds of Muslims from around the world converged in Chicago at the International Islamic Conference in conjunction with the World Islamic People’s Leadership and placed a symbolic turban on the head of The Minister. Some referred to his work as the prophetic work of the Mujaddid. These were not wild-eyed irrational, fanatical Muslims; these were sober-thinking Islamic scholars. The Minister did not say this of himself—these global Islamic representatives of 1.6 billion Muslims said this of him.

Islamic theology may not have any bearing on you, but what about Jewish theology? Members of the Orthodox Jewish community, very strict observant Jews, have identified Farrakhan as “that Elijah who comes after Elijah that will lift fallen humanity.” Isn’t it interesting how similar their language is to the language of scholarly Muslims?

But that’s not all. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has become one of the most sought-after speakers on the Black Christian church circuit. Hundreds of Black Christian ministers rally to him. He has successfully blurred the line that distinguishes Christians from Muslims. Is he not bringing to life that biblical saying that “in Christ there is no Christian or Jew, but we are all one in Jesus”? There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male or female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28) In Romans 15:5 we find a similar passage: “So it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” Have you ever wondered why there is so little sectarian warfare between Black Christians and Black Muslims? Well, you can blame that on Farrakhan’s leadership.

Also, when The Minister addressed nearly two million men at the Million Man March, his audience was 90 percent Christian. His appeal has always been ecumenical, non-denominational and universal.

The Parliament of World Religions, described as the UN of world religions, an organization that meets once every 100 years, had him address their assembly. He was chosen by the Black Christian clergy to speak on their behalf. Among the participants at the meeting was the Dali Lama as well as the leaders of all the world’s religions.

Platform magazine, a Christian publication, named The Minister the Chuchman of the Year. And Rev. Jeremiah Wright and the members of Trinity United Church of Christ named him “Person of the Year.” Sepia magazine called him the “Miracle Man of the Muslims.”

Those are all mainly Blacks or Muslims speaking highly of him you might say. Well, what do White publications have to say?

Time magazine identified him as one of the top 25 most influential people in America. Vanity Fair magazine said that he is “one of 65 international leaders who shape and rule the world.” As you may know, the world comprises over 6 billion people and weighs 6 septillion tons. That’s a lot of weight to put on one man.

When he was the top box-office draw in Hollywood Bruce Willis—before the ADL pressured him to recant—said: “I still hold Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King up as heroes. These are guys who knew they were bucking the system and still raised their hands. Martin Luther King raising his voice got him capped for sure. He stood for civil rights, for fairness, equality of men. In this country today, 1998, down South black men and women are still being discriminated against. I’ll tell you somethin’: If I were black, I’d be with Farrakhan too….A lot of people feel Louis Farrakhan stands for a lot of negative things. But he is raising his voice against inequality. Anybody who stands up against injustice is a hero of mine.”

New Africa magazine listed him as “one of the greatest Africans of all time.” Compare that with Ebony magazine identifying him as one of the 100 most influential Black people in America. Your characterization of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is therefore at variance with that of the rest of the world. You may want to adjust your myopic viewpoint to bring it into focus with the rest of humanity. In the future, before you launch another diabolical attack on The Minister, you might want to do some fact-checking concerning the contributions The Minister has made throughout the world over the past 50 years.

Your poison pen articles may give delight to some of the information-challenged readers who scan your writings, but for the millions who have benefitted from the teachings of Minister Farrakhan, your hate-filled diatribe against him carries not an ounce of weight.

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