Volume 9, Number 11 November 7, 2006
by Bro. Gerald Muhammad, MOA Jackson, Miss
"And (make Him) a messenger to the Children of Israel (saying): I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, that I determine for you out of dust the form of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird with Allah’s permission, and I heal the blind and the leprous, and bring the dead to life with Allah’s permission; and I inform you of what you should eat and what you should store in your houses. Surely there is a sign in this for you, if you are believers." –Holy Qur’an, Surah 3, verse 48
"Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, by hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; Lest at any time they should see with their eyes and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them."-Matthew, Chapter 3, verses 13,14,15
We who follow the teaching of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and/or we who understand the wisdom of that teaching know the importance of land and agriculture. As Minister Lee, of Charlotte NC put it, ‘agriculture is the first culture.’ The Messenger, as the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was and is presently known, in the book Message to the Black Man taught ‘The acquisition of land has been the factor for more wars than any other cause. Economists agree that, in order for any type nation or system, capitalism or communism, democracy or totalitarian or what have you, to exist and have a degree of independence, there must be ownership of land.’ He gives us his life, his writings and his students as examples of ‘..what you should eat and what we should store in our houses.’ Minister Louis Farrakhan is a product of the teachings of the HEM.
Now, if you will, consider the following questions. 1) What conditions would necessitate a Messenger to his own people ‘..what you should eat and what you should store in your houses.’ (Necessitate means to require or to make unavoidable; to make compulsory)? 2) What brought down the ‘great’ Islamic empires like the Ottomans, Safavids and Mughals? 3) Are 1 and 2 above connected? The answers lay not in military defeat alone, but in the takeover of the land and control of its production.
According to The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World the Islamic countries may be divided into four broad agro-ecological region, each defined principally by climatic conditions, characteristic systems, and historical development. The Tropical Asia region is a noncontiguous area comprised of Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The Central Asia region includes the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrghyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The West Asia and North Africa region includes Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, and the Arab countries. The Sub-Saharan region is the belt of countries between Senegal and Guinea in the west to Somalia in the east, excluding Ethiopia.
The movement began in Tropical Asia, where the English and Dutch established monopolistic trading companies that evolved into military and political traditional agricultural sector, either as in-kind taxes or as forced deliveries of produce, but as European economies expanded during the Industrial Revolution and market demand both grew and deepened in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the old trading companies gave way to direct colonial administration by European governments, and European capital directly intervened to encourage the production of crops exclusively for export. This entailed new forms of production, particularly capital-intensive large plantations specializing in a single crop and using hired or coerced labor.
Russian penetration of Central Asia began in the eighteenth century with military incursions into the Kazakh khanates. By 1876 the tsar had absorbed the Khanate of Khoqand, and by 1900 the Uzbeks and Turkmens were under imperial protection. Military conquest was followed by agricultural colonization. Vast areas of grazing land were expropriated from the Kazakh pastoralists for the purpose of settling peasants from European Russian and the Ukraine. Agricultural settlement was followed by industrialization under the Soviet regime, and during the same period there was the almost complete abandonment of nomadic life and individual farming. Both were replaced by forced state collectivization of animal and crop production.
In the agrarian history of West Asia and North Africa, the first half of the nineteenth century witnessed European economic penetration of the old Ottoman and Persian Empires that at least nominally ruled over most of the region, and eventually foreign commercial interest came to control the majority of the trade with the outside world. In some areas, most notably Egypt under Muhammad Ali Pasha, local dynasts sought to stave off foreign control by organizing monopolistic state production, processing, and export enterprises.
In Islamic Africa south of the Sahara, agriculture changed little until the establishment of European colonial regimes in the last decades of the nineteenth century. In the Late 1850s, the French began to extend their control up the Senegal River and to foster local African production of peanuts to help meet the growing European demand for vegetable oils.
So, in my conclusion, until we the Black, Red, Yellow and poor Whites, come into the proper understanding, so that Matthew 13:16 ‘..blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear’ becomes fulfilled, we must support the Three Year Economic Program set up by the HEM and the Ministry of Agriculture set up by the Honorable Louis Farrakhan. Let us get some of this good earth to call our own and put it under cultivation for our needs. More to come, Allah willing.