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30,000 expected at Nation of Islam convention in Detroit

February 15, 2017 at 11:40 am 12 News
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Louis Farrakhan, Leader, Nation of Islam is seen during his speech.Rosa Parks Funeral at Greater Grace Temple Church.Detroit, Mi, November 2, 2005, Detroit, MI. (The Detroit News/Clarence Tabb, Jr.)

For the second year in a row, the Nation of Islam is holding its annual national convention in Detroit as the group seeks to deepen its presence in the city where it began in 1930.

Up to 30,000 are expected to attend the four-day gathering of the Nation of Islam starting Thursday at Cobo Center and concluding at 2 p.m. Sunday with an address at Joe Louis Arena by Minister Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the African-American group.

Known as Saviours’ Day, the gathering commemorates the birthday of Master Fard Muhammad, who started the group 87 years ago in the Black Bottom area of Detroit. The Nation is now headquartered in Chicago, where it usually holds its convention, but this will be the fourth time it has held its convention in Detroit in the past 10 years.

Titled “The Ultimate Challenge: Survival of the Black Nation,” this year’s convention comes at a politically tense time in the U.S., with a new administration after eight years in office of the first African-American president. But Muhammad said the focus of the Nation of Islam remains the same regardless of politics: being self-sufficient economically and socially.

Farrakhan’s message on Sunday is titled “Have No Fear For The Future: The Future is Ours.”

Farrakhan “has always called on us to get ourselves together,” said Student Minister Troy Muhammad, who leads the Detroit chapter of the Nation of Islam. “His biggest plea is for us doing something for ourselves, because that’s our responsibility. No one is going to do it for us. Many thought that if Hillary Clinton wins, she would do it for us. Some thought, if Donald Trump wins, he would. But at the end of the day, no politician can do it. We have to do it for ourselves.”

The Nation’s message resonates for many in Detroit, which is 79% African American and where the Nation’s themes of black self-empowerment are popular. Farrakhan’s Detroit lectures draw packed crowds, including at Joe Louis Arena in recent years.

Farrakhan has called in recent years for members of the Nation of Islam to invest in Detroit and buy property in the city.

“Detroit is very special to the Nation of Islam,” said Muhammad. “A few years ago, Minister Farrakhan asked the members to invest in the city of Detroit, move to Detroit, and do business in the city … the perfect city to rebuild. He wanted us to be involved in that rebuilding, to help build the city of Detroit in all its aspects.”

Many who attend Nation of Islam events are not Muslim and of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

“As a child growing up … the Nation of Islam has always been a steadfast force of positive inspiration for me, a lifelong Baptist,” said Sam Riddle, a Detroit activist and political consultant. “Role models embodying self-respect and self-love will fill downtown Detroit, making Saviours’ Day a profound good news story.”

Open to all, the workshops at the convention include discussions about housing, marriage and family, civic participation, agriculture, and emergency preparation. It will include a special session at 10 a.m. Saturday in Cobo titled “The War on Islam,” which will address what it sees as growing attacks on Islam, such as the recent travel ban aimed at Muslim-majority countries. And there will be a Children’s Village with activities and games for kids.

The Nation of Islam is believed to be the oldest, continuously operating black nationalist group in the U.S. It believes that one day, African-Americans should form their own nation, but in practice, stresses a conservative message of self-help.

“We have to continue to work hard and be the best we can be, to build our communities and make them safe places to be,” Muhammad said. “We have to continue to work on black on black violence and crime in the city, and don’t worry about some of the things we’re seeing or hearing, because we have a responsibility to do something for ourselves.”

Maria Muhammad, a member of the Nation of Islam in Detroit, says the group has helped many locally. When Fard Muhammad arrived in Detroit, his message appealed to many African-Americans in the middle of an economic depression and racism in the job market and housing.

“Islam is a way of life and so it teaches us … a knowledge of ourselves, which was taken away from black people in America when we were taken from our homeland and brought here and enslaved,” she said. “The knowledge of self is one of the main components that our people get in the Nation of Islam. … If you know who you are, you’re able to better know your purpose in life.”

The convention is also a way for people to reunite across generations, said Maria Muhammad.

“We have people of many generations who were touched by Islam,” she said. “Some are bringing their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, to give them a reintroduction to a way of life.”

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  1. drillbeast February 15, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    This should be good………
    Can we get a LGBTQFREAK convention going there at the same time?

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    • ltuser
      ltuser February 15, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      Better yet, where area all those Pu**y hat wearing women protestors when we need them.. Perhaps they should go to detroitstan and show up to protest rather than rant at trump…

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  2. Roger February 15, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    What about the “Great Wheel Up In The Sky”, eh ?

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    • 440volt February 16, 2017 at 2:01 am

      Pretty good Journey song. But then most of them are pretty good.

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  3. columba February 15, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    “Islam is a way of life and so it teaches us … a knowledge of ourselves, which was taken away from black people in America when we were taken from our homeland and brought here and enslaved,” she said.

    Well, it was the Muslim slave traders who arranged for those black people to be enslaved and taken away from their homeland — and note the correct sequence of events: first captured and enslaved, and THEN sold for overseas shipment — so what exactly is her point?

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    • doced February 15, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      How dare you cite facts and history. Fanatics, Lefty-Loonies, and the rest of the psychos on the extreme Far Left, including Farrakhan and his racist followers, have no interest in knowing the facts, or the history. All they know is what they feel, and what they so clearly feel is hatred for everybody who isn’t them. Oh, why has not “Minister” Farrakhan ever been arrested and charged with hate speech, incitement to riot, sedition, conspiracy, tax evasion, and more, I’m sure? Does anybody have the answer? More to the point, though, does anybody NOT have the answer?

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    • hit912 February 15, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Whatever it is crackers are to blame. Butat least he says earn what you get,don’t look for hand-outs.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser February 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      Facts and history never matter to liberals, unless THEY are the ones who created the narrative that make up those “Facts” and history…

      [Butat least he says earn what you get,don’t look for hand-outs.]

      A broken clock is right twice a day. Doesn’t mean its something to look up to.

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  4. ltpar February 15, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    What a great place for a terrorist attack. Oops, sorry I forgot, these are terrorist supporters.

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  5. Srini Varadarajan
    Srini Varadarajan February 15, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    A huge display of one of the REASONS that Detroit’s correct name for donkeys-years is Decesspool!

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  6. notw February 15, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    That’s funny that all these folks follow islam when muhammed owned slaves and even called them raisin heads.Hypocrites calling white folks blue eyed devils.
    Not my words but muhammads. Search it out for yourself.
    Here I did it for you:Muhammad, the apostle of God, the Islamic prophet of peace, was a slaver. He owned 40 slaves some of them blacks. Muhammad had kept his female slaves as concubines, so did his comrades and pious companions.
    And:Black Muslims today are so uninformed that they don’t even understand
    that Muhammad had many black slaves and called them raisin heads (Hadith vol.1:662, vol.9:256 )

    Allah’s Apostle said, “You should listen to and obey, your ruler even if he was
    an Ethiopian (black) slave whose head looks like a raisin.” (Sahih Bukhari Volume 9, Book 89, Number 256)
    Muhammad warned that dreams of black women meant disease was forthcoming. (Hadith; vol.9:162,163)
    Muslims are taught that Africans “annoy the Prophet” (Ishaq 243), have hearts “grosser than a donkey” (Surah 9:61)
    Muslims are taught that blacks should be left to die if injured, and should be denied intercession and
    entrance to heaven (Bukhari: Volume 4, Book 52, Number 137).

    Will they all be waiting for the mother ship that farrakan said he was brought up on? You know, the alien ship?

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  7. 440volt February 16, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Simple solution. About an hour before the festivities are to begin, open the breakers for “maintenance” on the switchgear that supplies the chosen venue. Keep the circuit down for about 72 hours. That should do it.

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