- Faith & Family
As a 16-year old girl who has been a part of the Nation of Islam (NOI) for about eight years, I’ve seen what a true family really looks like. My immediate family and I don’t live close to the rest of my biological family; they live all the way up north. So, coming to the mosque is comparable to visiting a huge house filled with all of your loved ones. Those are the people you rely on. They’re the ones that you may get angry at for a couple minutes, then look right back at them with a smile because they love to see it.
I believe that the Nation of Islam can provide this for everyone because we’re not about hatred, but we’re just the opposite. We’re for justice, love and peace.
A nation hidden by myths
There are many misconceptions about the Nation. But the truth is that the Nation of Islam is a nation striving to be in accordance with God’s will. We want unity with Christians all over the world, Muslims, Jews so humanity can be lifted out of it’s current wretched condition. Some people just know us as the Farrakhan-following, bow tie-wearing, bean pie-eating and Final Call selling people who roam America. But is that all you know?
The Nation of Islam has provided for so many people the pathway that they were looking for – you can head over to one of Muhammad’s Mosques and hear a testimony for yourself!
It’s important to me that you know this because all the Nation (including myself) wants is to see all of humanity -regardless of their color – free. We want people to be free physically and mentally. Aren’t you tired of seeing multiple police cars in our communities? Aren’t you tired of riding by Liberty City and seeing a man walking with a blunt in his hand or a woman walking around half naked. Let’s do something about it then.
With all of that being said, I am formally inviting everyone to Muhammad’s Mosque at 5600 NW 7th Avenue in Miami. Someone is waiting to receive you, I guarantee it.
By Janiah Thomas
Miami Times contributor