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Do For Self Or Suffer The Consequences

Saturday, June 13, 2009Mustafaa Abdul Muhammad

The title of this post "Do For Self Or Suffer The Consequences" is from an admonition given by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan to the black man in particular and the black community as a whole. The Minister's words are in complete harmony with his teacher, The Most Hon. Elijah Muhammad, that we must "Do for self". 

We have a saying amongst us in the black community that when America catches a cold we catch Phenomena, which means that when the nation suffers we get the worse end of it. When America's stock market crashed in 1929 leading to the Great Depression period of the 30's this produced great financial stress that led many business men to suicide. However, we as black people in America had already been in a "Great Depression" during our sojourn in the country.

Today, many experts speak of the current economic downturn or recession as being the worse since the Great Depression. As it was then, 1930's, so it is today. We as black people continue to be on the bottom rung in society when it comes to life expectancy, economics, health, marriage and family. This is by no means to put down my own community or deny the successes that many brothers and sisters are achieving despite the odds. What I am speaking of is the overall picture reality for our people. 

In point #9 of the Muslim program The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad reminds us, "We do not believe that America will ever be able to furnish enough jobs for her own millions of unemployed, in addition to jobs for the 20,000,000 black people as well.

This was written in the 60's when we numbered 20 million, but now today we number around 30-40 million and still face high unemployment in this nation. 

What will we do? Should we sit at home praying and hoping for others to correct this problem?

 Of course, as tax paying quote un quote citizens we look for the government to help correct the problem. We should be wise enough by now to know if we do not unite and do for self to solve our problems they will not get solved. The Most Hon. Elijah Muhammad wrote in his phenomenal book, Message to the Blackman, in a chapter titled "A program for self development" wherin he gave us the following program:

1. Separate yourselves from the slave-master.
2. Pool your resources, education and qualifications for independence.
3. Stop forcing yourselves into places where you are not wanted.
4. Make your own neighborhood a decent place to live.
5. Rid yourselves of the lust of wine and drink and learn to love self and your kind before loving others.
6. Unite to create a future for yourself.
7. Build your own homes, schools, hospitals, and factories.
8. Do not seek to mix your blood through racial integration.
9. Stop buying expensive cars, fine clothes and shoes before being able to live in a fine home.
10. Spend your money among yourselves.
11. Build an economic system among yourselves.
12. Protect your women.

The above mentioned program is practicable in that it can be used by all of our people regardless to faith association or lack of, political leaning or other differences real or imagined. 

We must develop our self and our community. The Hon. Louis Farrakhan took as his Saviours' Day 2009 message the theme: "Accepting responsibility to build our community."

The answer to our problems is not hard to find. We will find that answer in our own hands and the collective hands of us as a people. 

Thank you for reading!

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