WASHINGTON—Raising 2015 Saviours’ Day Gift donations in the Mid-Atlantic Region for the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and Nation of Islam was an easy task that sent waves of excitement through the D.C. mosque on a recent Saturday evening.
The foyer at Muhammad Mosque No. 4 looked like a scene from Wall Street. Telethon telephones were ringing and keyboards clicking with contributions donated by Believers and supporters March 28 during the 3rd Annual Saviours’ Day Telethon, which was streamed live to Believers over the internet.
Every year as Saviours’ Day, the annual commemoration of the birth of the founder of the Nation of Islam, Master Fard Muhammad, approaches the Believers in the Nation of Islam work tirelessly to raise gift funds to pay for the work of the Nation and provide resources to Minister Farrakhan.
While there isn’t a dollar amount big enough to give to a man who has sacrificed his life and that of his family for nearly six decades, the Believers would be remiss if they did not honor and display their love for The One who saved and enhanced their lives by Allah’s permission.
“We believe in Allah and knew that if we were willing to take the first step in faith that he would take all of the necessary steps guaranteeing our success,” said Student Minister Abdul Khadir Muhammad, who oversees the Mid-Atlantic and Eastern Regions. “During our first year and in less than three hours, the Saviours’ Day Telethon raised $17,000; year two $30,000 and now in year three, Allah blessed us to raise over $67,000, all at little or no cost. So filled with the love for our beloved Minister, we moved forward in faith and Allah answered our prayer. All praises are due to Allah,” he added.
Sitting in front of telethon operators were laptops, cell phones, scripts, and pledge forms linking them directly to telethon call-in numbers and giving operators the ability to easily process on-the-spot transactions.
The first phone call rang in a little after 6 p.m.: “As-Salaam Alaikum, Happy Saviours’ Day! Welcome to the 3rd Annual Saviours’ Day Telethon,” said one of eight operators anxious to process donations. The telethon’s 800 number facilitated the acceptance of contributions from Mid-Atlantic regional mosques and study groups and donors anywhere in the United States—including those who were at home or even at the movies.
Aishah Muhammad of Muhammad Mosque No. 4 said, “The Messenger taught us to work cheerfully and fear not. We made that a reality here at Mosque No. 4 during the 3rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional telethon and I am so proud of the Believers.”
Junior Fruit of Islam members Alonzo Campbell and Wakil Farrakhan turned in telethon donor cards to master of ceremonies Richard B. Muhammad, editor of The Final Call. He announced the donations live during a webcast and encouraged Believers and supporters to keep giving.
While calls were coming in and running totals announced, the Mid-Atlantic Regional headquarters provided live entertainment with spoken word artist Nailah Muhammad and twin harpists Hadiyah and Safiyah Muhammad of Youth Creations.
As the night drew near and the phones slowly quieted down, sighs were heard throughout the mosque as the 2015 Saviours’ Day Telethon was slowly coming to an end. Operators began shutting down their operations, while Believers cheerfully left the sanctuary, celebrating the success that Allah had given them in raising thousands of dollars in less than three hours.
Well after the official telethon ended, Saviours’ Day gifts and love for our beloved Minister continued coming in. Believers in the Mid-Atlantic Region and supporters knew after starting the drive with no money, Allah had blessed them for their faith and their work.
Fully standing on Allah’s promise, the Fruit of Islam in the Mid-Atlantic Region decided not to stop. They worked the 2015 Saviours’ Day telethon mission into third gear, stretching well into the following Sunday and Monday. Hitting the home run stretch, thousands were raised—well exceeding totals from the previous year.
Standing in ranks, the Believers declared, “All praise is due to Allah!” and vowed to begin planning for the 2016 Saviours’ Day Telethon.
“The spirit of the mosque was so high. All of the cities that called in on the telethon sounded very excited about raising money towards the Saviours’ Day Gift to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakan. The harp entertainment was a nice touch to this phenomenal event,” said Trenna Muhammad of Muhammad Mosque No. 4.