Tuesday, July 25, 2006

"Clarence 13X was Suspended twice for beating his Wife!!"
-Min. Akbar Muhammad, International Rep. of the NOI (7/16/2006)-

Peace Fam! How you? Yo’ on Sunday July 16th I was invited to come out to Mosque 23 in Bethlehem (Buffalo, NY) because Minister Louis Farrakhan’s International Representative, Akbar Muhammad was going to be giving a lecture particularly about a free land acquisition taking place in Ghana that is offered to Original People throughout the Diaspora. It’s a project being spearheaded by a Philadelphia Based Company called “The 2020 Group”.

Now I did alittle research prior to this and I was anticipating getting the specifics of what this was about from his perspective knowing that he had more of an in-depth view of Ghana since he lived there for some years. Anyway, very little was mentioned about the actual Project and Akbar Muhammad focused primarily on a 6 Day Youth Retreat Camp he was Advertising as a Tour Guide. The Camp was basically a Project he put together where he takes groups of youth to either Ghana or Egypt. He spoke very little about the land acquisition project and people who were interested had to actually ask for the name and contact information of the Company who’s promoting it. Besides promoting his Youth Retreat Camp, Akbar Muhammad also promoted different magazines and books he encouraged people to buy, and tapes of some of his lectures. Now here is the most interesting part of his lecture.

Akbar Muhammad said he came into the Nation during the first resurrection in the early 1960’s and Registered as a Muslim in the Historical Mosque #7 in Harlem, New York. This puts him (named “Larry” at this time) smack dab in the middle of one of the most controversial times of our History here in North America. This was a time when Elijah Muhammad and Malcom X. was going through their disagreement, Louis Farrakhan (then “Louis X”) was starting to come up, Muhammad Ali was blowing up, and of course The Father (then Clarence 13X) was coming into his own. There were others during these turbulent times, particularly a brother named Abu Shahid (then “John X.”) who is still alive and well living in Power Born (Pittsburg, PA). The most interesting part of Akbar Muhammad’s lecture was when he went into talking about a DVD he was selling entitled “The History of Mosque #7” (Video Link), which goes into the History of the 5 Percenter’s and Clarence 13X (The Father)!

Because Akbar Muhammad was in Mosque #7 at this time when everything was going down in the 1960’s as far as Malcom X. leaving, The Father starting the Nation of Gods and Earths (then “The 5 Pecenters”) and other historical situations, he had a lot to say, particularly about “The Father” and how the 5 Percenter’s got started.

One of the most controversial issues and questions that people often ask about the Nation of Gods and Earths is “Why did Clarence 13X or The Father leave the Mosque?”. During Akbar Muhammad’s lecture he stated (without reservation) that “Clarence 13X was suspended from the Mosque for 30 days because he beat his wife Doris. When Clarence returned from his suspension he beat Doris again and this time he got suspended for 90 days. During this 90 day suspension he never came back”. Akbar Muhammad also stated that, “After a while Clarence began to get confused about the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and started teaching lessons to kids in the streets. This gave birth to groups of youth who had a distorted view of the teachings and eventually they began to refer to themselves as 5 Percenters”. Akbar Muhammad went on to state that he lectures on the whole history of where the 5 Percenter’s came from on his tape “The History of Mosque #7” and that, "I would debate with any 5 Percenter who thinks they know this history any better than me because I was there"! Akbar Muhammad eventually ended his statements by saying, “I knew Clarence very well, he was a confused man”!

Now that’s the first time I even heard some shit like this. Immediately after the lecture I went outside and called my brother Abu Shahid who was actually in the Mosque at the same time and I asked him about this. Abu Shahid is almost 80 years old and is a brother who’s down to earth, practical and tells it like it is. For some years now he’s been doing a 5 different public access Programs and he’s the CEO of The Universal Street Academy and is actively involved in the Community out in Power Born (Pittsburg). He’s definitely well known and when I meet people from Pittsburg and ask them about him they definitely know him!

Well when I asked Abu Shahid did he know Akbar Muhammad he sarcastically said “Yeah I know Larry, what the @%*! was he saying about The Father this time? Did he tell the story about how he walked through a cipher of 5 Percenter’s while wearing his uniform and they split like the red sea?”. I said no and when I told him what Akbar Muhammad said about The Father being Suspended he simply said, “The Father left because he wanted to leave, we both wasn’t making no money in there plus when Malcom and Elijah fell out it was many of us that didn’t want to take sides because we loved both of them brothers.” Abu Shahid also went on to say, “The Father ain’t talk bad against the Nation, why nigga’s always want to try and throw dirt on his name like that?”. We talked for awhile and he built with me alittle about his story, about how he came up with the conceptualization of Supreme Mathematics while studying the 13th Problem in the Problem Book, how he caught a gun charge after he left the Mosque and some other Actual Facts about his life. Is interesting how we have an Elder like this in our midst and people take him for granted like that. He jokingly talked about how when he goes back to the essence, people going to make him into a Christ Figure just like the rest of them and be walking around saying “Abu Shahid said this, Abu Shahid said that!”. He has an incredible sense of humor, a young daughter (Princess Jhonazyia) who hasn’t even reached her early teens yet (Yeah he’s almost 80!), and be rocking sweat suits and gear like the youth! He’s definitely a jewel amongst us!

Now some people will argue that, “If we don’t have the actual facts about why The Father left we can’t make an accurate assessment of what we have?”, then I encourage you to get this information and even if you can find some type of Nation of Islam documentation that would verify this Suspension then go ahead. Since this is about being just and true (Righteous) then that is information we should have. As a matter of fact, if you hear that Akbar Muhammad will be coming to your local Mosque or area to lecture go out and see him. He usually has a question and answer period at the end of his lecture and you’ll have a chance to ask him some questions. I’ve personally come to the conclusion that regardless of what the circumstances were regarding him leaving I’m glad he did! If not, my Family Tree wouldn’t exist nor would I. As I’ve stated time and time again, our perfection exists in our humanness! That humanness is precisely what gave The Father the ability to personally connect with the frailties he saw in our youth in the streets. Regardless of what he did, I’m sure he did some things that he could have done better just like all of us. Simply put, he was a man who simply recognized his Godliness and did what he could to express it, and encourage others to recognize the same thing in themselves. Unlike the Mysteries surrounding the lives of Master Fard Muhammad, Elijah Muhammad and soon to be Louis Farrakhan, The Father should remain as a reminder of our human quest to express our Divinity.

Now if is an Actual Fact that The Father was beating on Doris like a Jimbe Drum, hey, that will definitely add on to our history (to say the least!)! In Elementary I mushed this girl in the face who then stabbed me in the chest (it just broke the skin) with a dull #3 Pencil (not #2!) and in Junior High I Karate kicked this girl who kept harassing me but I haven’t laid the smack down on any woman as an adult! If I feel like I’m about to get Rick Flair on a female, then I’m gonna leave that muthafucka’ alone!

I know (personally) that many Gods and Earths have idolized “The Father” to the point of worship. We need to realize that his struggles either true or rumored (in a society that seeks to oppose and suppress it) is a Lesson within itself! A Lesson that teaches about “function” and “impression” more than anything else! So instead of going back and forth about the validity of “The Father beating on Doris like Mr. beat Ceily on The Color Purple”, think about how this idea is designed to “function” and the “impression” it’s going to make upon non-critical thinkers! Akbar Muhammad is Louis Farrakhan’s “International Representative” and he’s promoting this agenda everywhere he goes. The 5 Percenter’s or Nation of Gods and Earths wasn’t even the topic of his lecture, he simply went into talking about it to promote his DVD’s. Whether true or false, he has a platform to promote this idea, so think about what this idea is determined to do! Think about it!
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