Volume 5, Number 19 April 29, 2002
Deja Vu II: Pharaoh Who?
by Dr. Ridgely Abdul Muímin Muhammad
(I apologize for taking so long to produce another article. However, we are in the middle of planting season at Muhammad Farms and Mother Nature gives you one chance to get it right, so please forgive me.)
Let us start out with some quotations from the Bible, Genesis 47:20-23.
"20 And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them, so the land became Pharaohís.
21 And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof.
22 Only the land of the priests bought he not; for the priests had a portion assigned them by Pharaoh, and did eat their portion which Pharaoh gave them; wherefore they sold not their lands.
23 Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for
Pharaoh; lo, here is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land.
Now, letís ask a few questions. Question 1: Why did Joseph have to buy the land from the Egyptians for Pharaoh? Was not "Pharaoh" already the king over the land?
Question 2: Why were the Egyptians moved to the cities? Who were these "Egyptians" anyway?
Question 3: When Joseph says "I have bought you this day...", does this make the Egyptians chattel slaves to "Pharaoh?
Question 4: Who was this "Pharaoh" anyway, and how does that relate to the Black farmers and their struggle against the USDA?
First of all letís go to the World Book Encyclopedia for an understanding of the term "Pharaoh". "Pharaoh was a title of the later kings of ancient Egypt. The Egyptians did not call their ruler pharaoh until the Eighteenth Dynasty (1570-1300 B.C.). Even then, pharaoh was not one of the kingís most important titles. Writers of the Old Testament usually used pharaoh as a title for the king of Egypt."
The World Book is correct on two points:1. The Old Testament does refer to the kings of Egypt as "pharaoh" as though it was a proper name and not a title. They never give you a specific name that would tie you to a historical character. Why? 2. "Pharaoh" was a title of later kings. According to Dr. Budge in his "Hieroglyphic Dictionary" the term "pharaoh" or "per-aa" meaning "great house" was used by 4 kings of Egypt, all foreign invaders starting in the 27th not 18th Dynasty.
The first set of these latter day invaders, who called themselves "pharaoh", were Persians: 1. Xerxes, 2. Khabbasha, and 3. Artaxerxes, in that order. Now we do have a historical figure "Xerxes" who, according to the World Book Encyclopedia, became king of Persia in 485 B.C. and who, according to the Bible in Esther, did persecute some Jews in Persia. Of course, this was some 800 years after the reign of Ramesses II, who Bible scholars try to pin the Exodus on.
The next set of invaders and usurpers who used the title of Pharaoh were the Greeks or Macedonians, namely Alexander II. The Persians and Greeks were not the first to invade Egypt and usurp the throne. The Hyksos, or "Shepherd Kings" were the first way back in the 15th through the 17th Dynasty about 2000 B.C.. Some of them, according to James Blaikieís "A History of Egypt", carried the names "Yekeb-hal", "Jacob is God" and "Yekeb-baíal", "Jacob is Lord". Could these be related to Joseph and his father Jacob in the Bible or "Yakub" in the Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad? Hmmmmmm?
So back to our previous questions, did the Egyptians enslave the Jews or did the followers of "Yekeb" or "Jacob" or "Yakub" enslave the Egyptians? Why were the Egyptians (Black Africans) herded into the cities? And what does this have to do with the Black farmers and the Black people of today?
Maybe nothing, but the Black farmers are completely bewildered as to why the USDA has conspired to take their land and why their own lawyer, Alexander Pires, sold them out for a few pieces of silver. (Well maybe $18 to $38 million is not just a few pieces of silver.) We donít know exactly what Al Pires got, the same way that the Black farmers never knew exactly what the white farmers got from the USDA that rightfully belonged to them.
Now the Black farmers have been deprived of their land and their children have been herded into the cities. So if I bring a Biblical or spiritual perspective to our plight, excuse me. However, "I smell a skunk, so he canít be far. Somebody has been dipping in the cookie jar." This cookie jar is the tax payers money that was used to enrich the white farmers down South at the expense of the Black farmers. Now tax payer money is being used to develop genetic weapons to poison Black African people in America and Africa, who have been taken off the land and corralled in cities, "Deja Vu II".
On Memorial Day Weekend the Ministry of Agriculture and the Georgia Chapter of the Black Farmers and Agriculturists Association (BFAA) are sponsoring an "Agriculture and Black Survival Conference" to be held on the campus of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. For details go to www.MuhammadFarms.com and click on "Agriculture and Black Survival Conference." It is now time to plan and act.
The modern "Pharaoh" ainít playing with Black people. The intent of the government of the United States has been made clear. The "Shadow Government" has been exposed. Genetic, chemical and biological war has been declared against the darker people of the world. Read "Biotechnology, Weapons and Humanity" written by the British Medical Association and come to the "Agriculture and Black Survival Conference", May 24-27, 2002 in Macon, Ga., to develop an answer.