“The revelation of the Book is from Allah, the Mighty, the Wise. Surely We have revealed to thee the Book with truth, so serve Allah, being sincere to Him in obedience.” Holy Qur’an, Surah 39, Verses 1-2.

In remembering our Sister Michelle in her continual passage to life in the midst of the month of red October, she has left us with much to study about dedication, sacrifice, and service in the way of Allah (God). As the seasons of the year alter and change, slipping gently into winter, spring, summer, and fall, we live our lives without a comprehensive knowledge of every step we take in our journey. Surah 18 entitled “The Cave” gives us a most poignant view of the circumstances of life that carry us in our voyage from places, persons, things and events which repeat themselves over and over again in cycles until we come to know the reality of God manifesting in our lives as the Ultimate Truth. The month of October has been full with its store of events engulfing global humanity standing on the brink of total destruction. Our voice as a Nation within a Nation of America is impressive and noteworthy to take into account. Why is October referred to as a “Red” month? October 7 is recognized and observed as the birth date of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad who was born in Sandersville, Georgia, in 1897, A Night of Majesty and consequence that has extended itself into the present hour with a sense of magic and majesty that we yet behold. This is also the month often referred to as Indian Summer because of continuous warm days of summer blending into Fall or Autumn hoping never to enter the cold and severe days of a winter frost and chilling wind. This same month saw the flaws of a government, the greatest on earth, heating up the debate for a pre-empted attack on Iraq and its President Saddam Hussein and the innocent victims of its war cry issues raised to the heights of the United Nations and the Security Council were gripped in feverish pitch. This was the month where Chechen Fighters invaded a theater of performing arts in Moscow resulting in the use of highly toxic gases by the Russian Government which led to the deaths of over 150 persons from among the invaders and Russian citizens. On October 16, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan satellited his message across America and the world against the war and its dire consequences to be avoided at all costs. This event also marked the 7th anniversary of the Million Man March. This month also witnessed a series of unprecedented sniper killings traced to two individuals who have been indicted on charges to these crimes, which may also include other accomplices. This outrage was followed by the shooting death of a legendary rap/hip-hop pioneer, artist in Queens, New York, and an earthquake with children victims in Italy and the eruption of Mt. Etna; and yet, another earthquake in Sicily on the eve of Halloween, our Sister Michelle, an employee of The Final Call newspaper, a reporter/journalist with outreach to the greater community with Jet Magazine recognition for her photo story recently acknowledged, she became part of the legacy of Red October. What is the state of our Nation? Why do the innocent perish? Soon this old world order is passing quickly to make way for a New and more world order of peace and righteousness. In this setting of deepening world crisis comes the remembrance of our Sister Michelle with strength to her mother, father, family and friends as we, too, are fellow travelers in our continual passage to life. “He has created the heavens and the earth with truth; He makes the night cover the day and makes the day overtake the night, and He has made the sun and the moon subservient; each one moves on to an assigned term. Now surely He is the Mighty, the Forgiver.” Holy Qur’an, Surah 39, Verse 5. To be continued.
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