Muhammad Speaks Interviews Presidential Candidates

The-afrodescendant

From Electing A New Slave Master, To Electing A New Commander In Chief

Presidential Debate 2012

 By: Sa’iida Sattar

Editor’s Note: VP Ishmael Abdul Salaam’s responses will be added as soon as they are received.

On October 7, 2012, for the first time, a presidential debate occurred between current president, Ajani Mukarram and vice president, Ishmael Abdul-Salaam and presidential candidate, Major Ayesha Muhammad and her running mate, Ambassador Raashida Talib-Din. The debate was graceful, respectful, eye-opening, and a beauty to see. There was much pride in the audience as everyone had the same thought, “This is OUR election. We’re electing OUR president for OUR nation.” But to get to this moment was a long and hard road, a road that began before I was even in existence. As we all know, there was a point in time when afro-descendants weren’t even allowed to vote, way before there was even a Nation of Islam. According to the United States Constitution, the Fifteenth Amendment states that it “prohibits each government in the United States from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen’s race, color, or previous servitude.” But before we get the Fifteenth Amendment, let’s take it back even further. In 1789, Afro-descendants, were defined in the Constitution as “3/5 of a person” for counting representation and could not vote at all. In 1865, following the Civil War, Afro-descendants were given the right to vote and the “3/5ths of a person” clause was amended, hence the 14th and 15th Amendments. But the whites didn’t go down without a fight. Our people had to pass literacy tests, pay poll taxes, and even the office registry would close for lunch so that working Afro-descendants could not vote due to work. But even then, that was only half the battle. Yes, Afro-descendants could vote, however, only the MEN could vote. The beginning of the fight for women suffrage began in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848 with the first women’s rights convention. July 1890, Wyoming, which had to first become a state, became the first state to allow women to vote. So on June 4, 1919, Congress passed the 19th Amendment, which was later ratified on August 18, 1920, stating “The right of citizens to vote shall not be abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Now fast forward several years later, now in current news, America is focusing on a presidential debate; the re-election of President Barack Obama and presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. While the blind, deaf, and dumb Afro-descendants are taking a stand about which slave master to keep in power; the black faced puppet or the actual devil himself, the spiritually awakened Afro-descendants of the Lost-Found Nation of Islam, are taking a stand and choosing which leader to lead this great nation on for eternity. The main difference between voting for President Obama and voting for our own is, yes Obama is our brother, but he is not for us. He’s not for the greater good for his people. We now have a voice in choosing a leader that will lead us to the path of righteousness on a government built on freedom, justice, and equality. Not only do we have a black man running for president, but we have a black woman too. I was given the pleasure to interview our presidential/vice presidential candidates and here is their stand on what they will do for their nation:

Interview with presidential candidates,
Major Ayesha Muhammad and President Ajani Mukarram

Sa’iida: What is your name and a short bio about yourself?

Mjr. Ayesha: Major Ayesha Salaam Muhammad. I was born in Winnsboro, La. I am one of 14 siblings. I moved to St. Louis, Mo. when I was 16. Later, I moved to Los Angeles Ca. I studied at UCLA and at USC. I worked as an operator for the phone company. I joined the Lost-Found Nation of Islam in 1971 under the leadership of the most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. I worked as a Lieutenant and one the secretaries of Mosque 27 at Los Angeles, until the passing of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. In 1982, I joined back to the Nation of Islam, again, in Los Angeles, Ca. under the Honorable Silis Muhammad. I was given the rank as Captain over MGT/GCC and sent to Houston. In 1983, I enlisted in the Lord’s Legion of Women in Atlanta, Ga. where I served a 9 month term, and later was sent back to Houston as Captain. Shortly, after I started a military legion. I was raised to Commander and Chief over the Unit. I was successful for four, nine month terms. In 1990, I was asked by the Honorable Silis Muhammad, to go to Phoenix, Arizona, to start a military unit there. I was in Phoenix for one year and we were successful there.  After that year I returned back to Houston, and was raised to minister over the mosque. Later on, I was raised to national directress over MGT and GCC Captains. The Honorable Silis Muhammad, bestowed the name MUHAMMAD upon me. I sat as Speaker of the House of Representatives, and resigned and went back to school to receive a degree in Business Administration. About two years ago, I was given the rank of Major. Today, I’m running for President of the Lost-Found Afro-Descendant Nation of Islam.

Pres. Ajani:
My name is Ajani Mukarram and I was born in Augusta, Georgia where I resided until graduating high school from Richmond Academy. I later attended Tuskegee University where I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering. While in school at Tuskegee, I was introduced to Islam as taught by the Honorable Silis Muhammad. I entered orientation and later became a registered believer. I worked as an engineer for several years and later moved into management. I was commissioned as a minister by the Honorable Silis Muhammad and placed over the Tallahassee, Florida mosque until I was transferred to Chicago, Illinois. I have traveled extensively on behalf of the Lost Found Nation of Islam within the United States and abroad. I have given many lectures on college campuses and spoken in the United Nations. I have continued to concentrate on assisting Mr. Muhammad with developing the Afro-Descendant Government.

 

Sa’iida: What inspired you to run for president of the Lost-Found Nation of Islam?

Mjr. Ayesha: The Queen inspired me. She asked  me to run for President.
Pres. Ajani: I was inspired to run for President because I believe that this Government is the one spoken of that will last forever. I believe that I possess leadership qualities that can assist the Nation in its development and aide in our exodus out of America.

Sa’iida: What are 5 core values and how did they shape you into becoming the person you are today?

Mjr. Ayesha: A Sunday school teacher, my grandpa, my aunt, my desire to be with God and Islam.
Pres. Ajani: Integrity, scholarly, dedication, hardworking, persevering: I have been shaped by the fact that you are only as good as your word so I strive to be truthful and have integrity. I have always been a student and believed in putting my all towards learning new things and being a student of life. I know that sometimes it takes just sheer hard work to accomplish a task so I work hard at everything I do. I am dedicated because when I believe in something I give it my all. Lastly I have the ability to persevere because life will present good and bad times and one has to have the ability to get through the tough times in order to see the good times.

 

Sa’iida: What is your definition of leadership? Do you fulfill that definition?

Mjr. Ayesha: The ability to lead a group of people successfully.  Yes, I have done that.
Pres. Ajani: The ability to set a goal and lead or guide self and others toward the achievement of that goal; it is the ability to motivate others and get the best out of them. Leadership is also inspiring others. I work at it daily and am constantly striving to be a better leader.

Sa’iida: Do you see yourself as a positive influence for the Junior F.O.I. and M.G.T.?

Mjr. Ayesha: Yes, I do.
Pres. Ajani: I do see myself as a positive influence for the youth in the nation. I am excited about having a role to shape and mold the nation which will ultimately be passed on to the next generation. I am open to not only influencing the youth, but I am influenced by the youth and welcome their thoughts and suggestions for their Nation.

 

Sa’iida: As president, what are 5 major things you want to accomplish within your term?

Mjr. Ayesha: Military, the Hon. Elijah Muhammad three year Economic plan, bring back the food law, the end of the Month FAST, establish Businesses, and EXODUS out of America.
Pres. Ajani: I want to continue to get the government running smoothly that includes formulating an Executive cabinet. I want to establish a military for the nation that will help secure us going forward. I want to assist with the necessary steps to keep reparations at the forefront for Afro-Descendants including putting a viable bill before the United States government. I want to continue to build an economy that can sustain the nation financially and encourage the citizens to formulate corporations and business that will both aide them and the nation.

 

Sa’iida: What is the proposed timeline of those major goals and will they be fulfilled within your term?

Mjr. Ayesha: I do not have time. However; I do hope them in place by the end of my term.
Pres. Ajani: I propose to establish the cabinet in the first year and have it fully in place by the end of year two. The establishment of the military will commence in the first year and continue throughout my term. The reparations bill will be drafted and presented in the first year.

 

Sa’iida: During the debate, do you feel like you’ve addressed the main concerns of the citizens of the Lost-Found Nation of Islam? If not, what are some other concerns you would like to address?

Mjr. Ayesha: Yes.
Pres. Ajani: I feel as though I was able to get a number of my points across during the debate. The one thing that I would like to emphasis is the preparation each believer needs to make in preparing themselves for the exodus. They need to take this time to get a degree, trade, or start a business that they can transfer when we leave.

 

Sa’iida: In what ways will you help the nation realize the challenges we face and do the hard work overcoming them together?

Mjr. Ayesha: First, we need to identify our challenges, and then we can take measures through hard work to overcome them together.
Pres. Ajani: I think that I will assist the nation by communicating through my cabinet and working closely with the Congress. We will utilize the legislative process to put laws in place to keep our nation head in the right directions. We will have open forums and State of the Nation addresses to keep all citizens abreast of what is going on in the nation.

 

Sa’iida: As president, how will you select your administration?

Mjr. Ayesha: I will ask for a bio and from that information and along with what I know about the person I will make my selection.
Pres. Ajani: I will interview potential candidates for open cabinet positions weighing their credentials and seeing if they are a good fit to work within my administrations. I will be looking for leadership, qualifications for the position, enthusiasm, and diversity. I want a good cross section of people that can present both sides of the argument to each topic discussed.

 

Sa’iida: What is the best quality about your running mate that prompted you to choose them for a running mate?

Mjr. Ayesha: Raashida, is a hard worker.
Pres. Ajani: My running mate is highly intelligent and has his own mind, and though I come with my view of how things can be done he also has his own perspective and is open to sharing his thoughts even if they differ from mine.

 

Sa’iida: What are the most important principles you’d follow in governing and leading your administration?

Mjr. Ayesha: I will follow all of them.
Pres. Ajani: The most important principle I will follow is first and above all else I am working for the nation and I am elected by the people to implement a platform that will move us forward. I will operate with the utmost integrity and leadership. I will listen to my cabinet members and work diligently with them and the Congress to move our nation forward.

 

Sa’iida: What are the most important qualities you’re looking for in the people you want to have in your administration?

Mjr. Ayesha: Truthful, righteous, love our people, love our nation, love our Savior, respectful, and a peaceful person.
Pres. Ajani: I am looking for intelligent, hardworking optimistic people who understand that they have to give it their all to see our nation rise and become a nation among others to be reckon with. I want people on my administration that will persevere through hard times and not get complacent through good times.

 

Sa’iida: How will you create an environment for innovation within your administration?

Mjr. Ayesha: I will create an open environment where we can exchange new ideas. No single person has all the ideas. This will be a team.
Pres. Ajani: I will create an environment for innovation by being open to all ideas whether they come from me or from one of the nation’s citizens. I will create an environment that’s conducive to getting the best idea off the table after many have been placed on the table.

 

Sa’iida: Do you feel like you’re ready for this task at hand?

Mjr. Ayesha:  Yes I do.
Pres. Ajani: I am absolutely ready for the task at hand and I am excited about the growth of our nation and the election process. I feel that both me and my Vice President are well equipped to face any challenge and to put in place an administration that will be very successful in forging our nation ahead.

Sa’iida: What is the best thing about running for president of the Lost-Found Nation of Islam?

Mjr. Ayesha:  We are moving closer to the take off.
Pres. Ajani: The best thing about running for the President of the nation is that we actually have a government and we are developing it quite nicely. The work of the Honorable Silis Muhammad in continuing the work of Messenger Elijah Muhammad is in fact today a reality. The government is in place. That is the most exciting part the rest of it will occur because we are taking the necessary steps to continue the development of the nation.

 

Interview with vice presidential candidate, Ambassador Raashida Talib-Din

Sa’iida: What is your name and a short bio about yourself?

Amb. Raashida: Ambassador Raashida Taalib-Din, I came into the nation at the age of 19 in the year of 1981 got my letter accepted in Oct. of 1982. Married Amjad Taalib-Din, now deceased, and to this union came three children, Ibin Amjad, Misshaka and Akilah and two grandchildren, Nadiyah and Ibin the third. I lived In Chicago all my life. I have a Bachelor’s of Arts in Business and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Served as the Secretary for Abu Bakr for two years and President Ajani Mukarram for over 17 yrs. currently Secretary for the Westside Mosque in Chicago, under Minister Ahmed Saadiq. In 2009, I was accepted as Emissary by Mr. Silis Muhammad and the Core Ambassadors and the next following year was knighted Ambassador. Was assigned to the North American Reparation Taskforce and before that Joined Congressman Danny K. Davis Reparation Taskforce and became Co-Chair with Chair Person, Cecelia Butler of N’Cobra doing Town hall meetings, panel discussion, workshops and the Congressman state of the District events join consists that our theme will always be (All Roads Leads to Reparation) in Chicago. Joined forces with Ambassador Ida Hakim, founder of CURE were she came in 2001 and did an Ethno-Genesis Workshop. Raashida Taalib-din, Ida Hakim and Cecelia Butler developed and submitted a Concurrent Resolution Document that is now in Congress (H.CON.RES. 452, in the 107th Congress 2D Session). The Concurrent Resolution must be update to reflect our identity, Afrodescendants.

VP. Ishmael:

 

Sa’iida: What inspired you to run with your perspective presidential candidate of the Lost-Found Nation of Islam?

Amb. Raashida: Madam Candidate, Ayesha unyielding loves for our nation made me want to be by her side and support her moving our nation forward.  She has such a rich history and I have always admired and respected her for the sacrifices that she has made she is truly one of our pioneers. She was over 4 Lords Legions, she help get the land in Atlanta, the Mosques and have done this and at no point in time have she ask for anything in return.  She always helped and our Saviour, Silis Muhammad, Our Monarch Queen Misshaki.  If it was not for her, I’m not sure where we be in regards to our Nations Tangibles.

 

VP. Ishmael:

Sa’iida: What are 5 core values and how did they shape you into becoming the person you are today?

Amb. Raashida: Truth, righteousness, freedom, justice and equality these entire core values shaped me into the person I am today.  They give me my true history of race, put me on the path of being righteous, freed me to no end of what my will can accomplish and be.  Continually gives me justice and equality which is something that I think is evolving in the world as we speak.
VP. Ishmael:

 


Sa’iida: What is your definition of leadership? Do you fulfill that definition?

Amb. Raashida: One who can guild and be guided with honor, respect for others and have integrity and humility. I believe I do fulfill this definition cause I have people that I lead and I know I exhibit these qualities if you would ask them about me.
VP. Ishmael:

 

Sa’iida: Do you see yourself as a positive influence for the Junior F.O.I. and M.G.T.?

Amb. Raashida: Yes I do. Our Jr. F.O.I. and M.G.T. need heroes and leaders that they can inspire to grow into as I talk more about where I have come from and where I am at now in my life I know they will feel that anything they want to do in their life is obtainable.
VP. Ishmael:

 

Sa’iida: As vice president, what are 5 major things you want to accomplish alongside your president within your term?

Amb. Raashida: 1. Help with obtaining food, clothing and shelter for our people. 2.  Traveling North America and throughout the Diaspora singing the praises and lifting him UP, our Leader the Son of Man, Silis Muhammad.  3. Update the Concurrent Resolution Document.  4. Get more Commissioners to join the North American Reparations Taskforce.  5. Help with transitioning the Believers and those who want to leave America and join on to the Afro-descendant Nation.
VP. Ishmael:

 

Sa’iida: What is the proposed timeline of those major goals and will they be fulfilled within your term?

Amb. Raashida: Well number 1, 2, and 4 will be on going and I can see them lasting longer. Hopefully if elected, for our first term the people will see a need to elect us for a second if we have not accomplished all of the above mentioned.
VP. Ishmael:

 

Sa’iida: During the debate, do you feel like you’re running mate addressed the main concerns of the citizens of the Lost-Found Nation of Islam? If not, what are some other concerns you would like to address?

Amb. Raashida: I believe Madam Candidate Ayesha did mention our core concerns for the Afro-descendant Nation here in America is to make sure they transition to places of safety and obtain food, clothing and shelter.

VP. Ishmael:

 

Sa’iida: In what ways will you help the nation realize the challenges we face and do the hard work overcoming them together?

Amb. Raashida: Right now I think the Afro-descendant Nation is realizing that we have to move get out the way and not get trapped in Hell. So as we go into our administration communication, communication, informing staying in close communication with our people as we are going down this road of Exodus.
VP. Ishmael:

 

Sa’iida: What is the best quality about your running mate that prompted you to run with them?

Amb. Raashida: What I said in the second question, about Madam Candidate Ayesha, her righteousness and love for the nation.
VP. Ishmael:

 

Sa’iida: How will you create an environment for innovation within the administration?

Amb. Raashida: We would create an open environment were all ideals will be concerned that would benefits our Afro-Descendant government.
VP. Ishmael: 

 

Sa’iida: Do you feel like you’re ready for this task at hand?

Amb. Raashida: Well I will go down fighting for the liberation of my people and will do all that I can within my power.
VP. Ishmael:

 

Sa’iida: What is the best thing about running for vice president of the Lost-Found Nation of Islam?

Amb. Raashida: I will be helping establish GOD’S KINGDOM ON EARTH and will be the First Afro-descendant Woman to hold the VP.  WOW.
VP. Ishmael:

 

There you have it! All praises be to Allah.

 

As-Salaam Alaikum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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