mother tynNetta muhammad
Writer, Composer, Educator, World Traveler & Follower of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad since 1957
Mother Tynnetta affectionately called “Mother” by her contemporaries, was born in Detroit, Michigan. Since early childhood she has studied many world cultures and societies. A gifted child in oratorical and writing skills, she developed a wide range of creative expression in the performing arts, including theater and dance. She often appeared in public recitals and was a regular performer on local television stations at an early age. When 16 she embraced the Divine Teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, who guided her to the study of the Holy
Qur’an. Ever since, she has been devoted to the study of the Divine Word of God. She was chosen as wife of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Leader of the Nation of Islam in America. The inspiration for the expression of her gifts is drawn from the Spiritual Guidance of His Divine Teachings. Her study of the Holy Qur’an has become the foundation of her music compositional works and creative spirit. Mother Tynnetta Muhammad, self-taught without formal training in music theory or instrumentation, credits her musical expression to be—“A Gift from Allah and an answer to a Prayer.”
In 1959 she was chosen to be the first Muslim woman columnist in the Pittsburgh Courier, the Los Angeles Herald Dispatch and the Muhammad Speaks newspapers, writing under the title “The Woman in Islam”. Mother Tynnetta currently writes a weekly column in the Final Call newspaper entitled, “Unveiling the Number 19.” She has participated in many noteworthy international conferences and has authored several publications on Islam rooted in the Divine Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad from its global perspective.
Mother Tynnetta began the publication of the Cultural Links News Journal in 2002 to support the Honorable Elijah Muhammad Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization which she founded in 1978 to promote the expression of the cultural arts. Through the publication of Cultural Links, Mother Tynnetta is able to promote educational programming dedicated to the study of the arts and sciences of civilization to audiences around the world.
She is the fashion designer of the Dress 19 collection and has introduced the Al-Tai Fashahnn ensemble, inspired from her journey to the Al-Tai Republic in Russia. Some of her fashion designs were featured in the July 1996 issue of Essence magazine.
Mother Muhammad has been greatly aided and supported throughout the years by the late, Alice Coltrane, wife of the legendary jazz artist and genius, John Coltrane. Mother Tynnetta has cultivated a lifetime and endearing friendship with the late Syretta Wright (Muhammad), former Motown performing artist and lyricist and former wife of Stevie Wonder. Syretta is the founder of the performing artists and dance ensemble The Divine Hands.
Other notable friendships include the late Miriam Makeeba and Mrs. Winnie Mandela, rap artist and movie producer, Oshea (Ice Cube) Jackson and wife, Kimberley Jackson. Mother has developed an ongoing, friendship with the Unification Church and its leadership and Founder, the Reverend and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon, affectionately referred to as "True Parents" and "Mother and Father Moon." Through them the doors of communication and cultural links were opened to the Mongolian people.
In 2009, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan introduced one of Mother Tynnetta's original compositional works entitled "Ta Ha: The Final Call Symphonic Suite" to a large audience during the Saviours' Day Convention. Mother Tynnetta Muhammad is an assistant and Spiritual Helper to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, appointed by her husband to continue this Great Work of Divine Unity and Global Mission in the Spiritual Resurrection of our people worldwide embracing the whole of humanity.
She recently attended an International Leadership Conference in Mongolia accompanied by two outstanding Vanguards, Sister Anita Muhammad from Washington, D.C. and Sister Vivian Lee from the Oakland California bay area. This event has inspired Mother to present an entrepreneurial and ambassadorial training program for the MGT Vanguards in partnership with the entire MGT Class. Mother is gifted with a psychic sense of perception seeing into the future of a new world, which will flourish upon the vibrations of peace and unlimited progress for the Righteous.