‘ĪD/EID AL-FIṬR GREETINGS FROM THE HONORABLE ELIJAH MUHAMMAD COMMEMORATIVE CENTER
There is an ‘Īd for every nation and this is our ‘Īd. (Ḥadīth)*
On the occasion of ‘Īd/Eid al-Fiṭr, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad Commemorative Center (HEMCC) conveys best wishes for an ‘Īd/Eid al-Fiṭr mubārak to the Muslim community in the United States and abroad. May your ‘Īd/Eid be a blessed and joyous one!
FROM THE HONORABLE ELIJAH MUHAMMAD COMMEMORATIVE CENTER
O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may learn self-restraint.
(Qur’ān 2 [Al-Baqarah]:183)*
The people will remain on the right path as long as they hasten the breaking of the fast. (Ḥadīth)**
The holy and blessed month of Ramaḍān—the month of fasting—is upon us. On this occasion, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad Commemorative Center (HEMCC) wishes the Muslim community in the United States and abroad a Ramaḍān mubārak (blessed Ramaḍān). May Allāh (exalted is He) ease your fast and bring forth many blessings upon you and your families.
Ramaḍān is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar or hijrī calendar. The fast entails abstention from all food, drink and sexual intercourse from dawn until sunset for 29 or 30 days. The Ramaḍān fast is collectively observed by the majority of the more than 1.5 billion Muslims residing in over 200 countries and representing close to a quarter of the global population.*** During Ramaḍān, Muslims purify themselves through self-restraint and charitable acts; perform voluntary prayers; read and recite the Qur’ān; and seek the forgiveness and mercy of Allāh. As Allāh says in chapter Al-Baqarah (The Cow :185), the Qur’ān was revealed to the Prophet Muḥammad ibn ‘Abdullāh (may peace and blessings be upon him) during this month.
The Center sends special greetings of peace to all Muslims living in regions gripped by strife and instability. We ask Allāh to help our brothers and sisters remain determined in their fast and resolute in actively returning the reign of peace and justice to their lands.
The Center also extends greetings of peace to the friends of the Muhammad family, who have supported the family's work for over 80 years. For more than 40 years, the Hon. Elijah Muhammad was the leader of the Nation of Islam, the world-renowned and largest Muslim-member organization in the United States. He was also the founder of the first Muslim school system in the United States, father of the late Imam W. Deen Mohammed, and mentor of Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz), Minister Louis Farrakhan and Muhammad Ali.
*‘Abdullah Yūsuf ‘Alī, The Meaning of The Holy Qur'ān. New Edition with Revised Translation and Commentary (Brentwood, Maryland: Amana Corporation, 1408 A.H./1989).
**A saying attributed to the Prophet Muḥammad ibn ‘Abdullah (may peace and blessings be upon him), as narrated by Sahl ibn Sa‘d, a companion of the Prophet, in Ṣaḥiḥ al-Bukhārī, volume 3, book 31[Fasting], number 178. The fast ends daily at sunset . This saying encourages Muslims to break the fast without delay. June 15, 2015. - click for source
***“Mapping the Global Muslim Population: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Muslim Population,” October 2009, The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, Washington, DC. June 15, 2015. - click for source
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad Commemorative Center (HEMCC) is a family project initiated in 2006 by descendants of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad. HEMCC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is incorporated in the state of Illinois. The mission of HEMCC is to promote universal awareness of the historic contribution and legacy of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad, a famous twentieth-century social reformer in the United States.
Birth Anniversary of Sister Clara Muhammad,
the wife of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad
and the first lady of the Nation of Islam
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad Commemorative Center takes time to recognize the birth anniversary of Sister Clara Muhammad, the wife of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the first lady of the Nation of Islam
Clara was born on November 2, 1899 in Cordele, Georgia to Quarters and Mary Lou Evans. Clara, her two brothers and two sisters, grew up on their parents’ ranch. They attended public school and worked in the fields. Clara's mother’s family the Thomas’s were known for their good Samaritan characteristics and their quest and support for education. These traits helped shape the great woman that Clara later became.
Migration from the southern states to the Midwest. They took up residence in Detroit, Michigan where they met a stranger known as W. Fard Muhammad. For three and a half years Master Fard taught and groomed Elijah to be the leader of the newly-formed Nation of Islam (N.O.I.). Clara was her husband’s first convert and his best follower. During the early stages of the development of the N.O.I., Clara and her family endured many trying events.
In 1931 Clara took a courageous stand for the right to educate her children in her home when home schooling was illegal. She refused to enroll her children in public school. As a result, she and her husband were charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors. Her brave stance against a truant officer paved the way for the establishment of the largest private elementary school system for African American children in the United States of America.
For many years Clara served as her husband’s liaison to the N.O.I, delivering both written and verbal instructions to the lead minister in Chicago while her husband and all able-bodied men were imprisoned for draft evasion. During his incarceration Elijah Muhammad was a model prisoner and was allowed to teach his fellow inmates about Islam. His request for a Qur’an was denied. Sister Clara copied on paper English translations of verses of the Qur’an and brought them to her husband! Thanks to her courageous devotion, the Nation of Islam survived and inmates enjoy access to the Qur’an. Clara Muhammad remained devoted to her husband, her family, and to the Muslim schools until her death on August 12, 1972. She was the strongest and most courageous and dedicated woman of her time. She upheld a posture of grace, righteousness, kindness, and dignity and her example was unparalleled by most women of her day. Her spirit lives on.
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