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Minister Louis Farrakhan doesn’t spend all of his time spreading the good news and organizing the Nation of Islam. Recently the minister saw Jay Electronica and Jay Z perform at the 10th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival and he approves. Following the performance he penned an open letter for Final Call, the and addressed criticism Jay Electronica received following his performance. He also commented on Jay Z’s 5 percenter chain.

Farrakhan shares that he is “very proud of the Fruit of Islam (F.O.I.) and the Believers who stood with Brother Jay Electronica as he delivered what he delivered to the people” at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. The minister also stated that Jay Electronica was not “perfect in his representation” of the Islamic beliefs, but reasoned why it was acceptable:

I understand that some criticized Brother Jay Electronica’s use of profanity while wearing the uniform of the Fruit of Islam (F.O.I.) of The Nation of Islam.  I humbly and respectfully ask:  Has any of us who have accepted Islam and its required high degree of moral excellence and civilization ever said or done anything that is less than representative of what we believe?  I am sure that all of us, if we are honest, would have to say that we have

At the end of Jay Z’s appearance during Jay Electronica’s set, the  head of Roc Nation placed a 5 Percenter chain over Electronica’s head and proclaimed “peace to the gods.” According to Farrakhan, that is a moment even he would have gotten life from:

So, if someone offered me what Brother Jay Electronica was offered by Brother Jay Z, I too would accept it with the biggest smile on my face, for I too, as all of us in The Nation of Islam, are The Five Percent:  Poor Righteous Teachers who are called to teach the 85 Percent, and free them from the chains of slavery and subservience as tools of the 10 Percent.

Check out Farrkhan’s full letter here.




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