Minister Farrakhan To Announce 'A New Beginning' Oct. 19 in Chicago

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Nation of Islam Leader to Make Major Statement at Mosque Dedication The leader of the Nation of Islam has invited an array of religious, political, social, business leaders and international guests from Africa, the Middle East and beyond to attend the Oct. 19 dedication of the movement's flagship Mosque Maryam in Chicago. The dedication follows a major renovation of the historic south side house of worship and school and will include a message that reflects a deeper exegesis of the teachings of the 78-year-old Islamic movement. The event is open to the public and will be aired live via webcast at http://www.finalcall.com.

The leader of the Nation of Islam has invited an array of religious, political, social, business leaders and international guests from Africa, the Middle East and beyond to attend the Oct. 19 dedication of the movement's flagship Mosque Maryam in Chicago. The dedication follows a major renovation of the historic south side house of worship and school and will include a message that reflects a deeper exegesis of the teachings of the 78-year-old Islamic movement.

"Many have desired to know and gain a better understanding of the Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the founder of the Nation of Islam, and a better understanding of the religion that has captured the attention of the World, the religion of Islam," said the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, in an invitation letter.

"We have restored Mosque Maryam completely, and we will dedicate it to the universal message of Islam, and the universal aspect of the Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. It represents for the Nation of Islam, a new beginning," he said.

The dedication ceremony and a major address by Min. Farrakhan will take place at Mosque Maryam, located at 7351 South Stony Island Avenue, on Sunday, October 19 at 2 p.m. The event will mark another significant development in the history of the Nation of Islam in the city of Chicago, which the Hon. Elijah Muhammad said would be the capital of Islam in the West. The event is free and open to the public and will be aired live via webcast at http://www.finalcall.com.

FOR MEDIA PROFESSIONALS PLANNING COVERAGE OF THE EVENT

Reserved space for media is limited. Media organizations interested in coverage should respond immediately. To request media credentials for this event, go to http://www.finalcall.com/press

Requests for media credentials will end at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 17, 2008. You will be notified via telephone or e-mail if you have been credentialed for the event.

  • There will be no video cameras or flash photography allowed in the main sanctuary.
  • There will be a press mult and pool feed provided that will meet your audio and video broadcast specifications located in a designated area on the grounds of the event.

Doors will open at 12:00 p.m. (CST) and close promptly for media at 2:00 p.m. (CST). Members of the media must present official media credentials or a Letter of Assignment and photo ID on the day of the event.

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