Reverend Dr. Ishakamusa Barashango was an African scholar who gave us “Oath to the Ancestors.” Born in 1938 he is the author of many books including:
- Afrikan Woman the Original Guardian Angel
- Afrikan People and European Holidays: A Mental Genocide, Volume 1 and 2
- God, the Bible and the Black Man’s Destiny
- Afrikan Genesis: Amazing Stories of Man’s Beginnings
Dr. Barashango also was the brother-in-law of Mumia Abu Jamal being wedded to Jamal’s sister Lydia since 1996.
Oaths in the bible
The Reverend Dr. Ishakamusa Barashango gave us the oath to the ancestors. One thing about the oath most people may not recognize: it is bible based. Many instances of ancestor oaths can be found in the Bible:
the covenant he swore with an oath to our ancestor Abraham.Luke 1:73
Thus I will fulfill the oath I swore to your ancestors, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, the one you have today. “Amen, LORD,” I answered.Jeremiah 11:5
You will be faithful to Jacob, and show love to Abraham, as you pledged on oath to our ancestors in days long ago.Micah 7:20
Remember the LORD your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.Deuteronomy 8:18 NLT
Based on those and other instances, African Christians need to know this oath is completely in line with their beliefs. As Dr. Barashango himself says,
now you know I use the Bible as a revolutionary textbook because I am a African nationalist freedom fighter and I come in the tradition of the theology of black liberation founded by such great masters of that genre as the Right Reverend Nat Turner, the Right Reverend Gabriel Prosser, Henry Highland Garnett and a host of many others only one possible way I can approach this book or any other book and that has a freedom fighter for the liberation of our people and because it was originally our book before was tampered with we can define it in any manner and interpret it in any manner that we desire to and we always define it in the context of African historical reality.RBG| Dr. Ishakamusa Barashango: Solving the Mystery of 666
The Oath to the ancestors by Dr. Ishakamusa Barashango
Blacker than a thousand midnights.
It is to you, we your children, give respect and honor.
We call upon You and welcome you in this place.
Let your presence fill this place.
Who have been purposely excluded from the history books, so that the world would not know of your greatness.
Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave civilization to the world…
Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave the arts to the world…
Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave music to the world…
Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave the sciences to the world…
Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave mathematics to the world…
Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave medicine to the world…
Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave literature to the world…
Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave philosophy to the world…
Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave God consciousness to the world…
We thank you for devoting your life to make a future for us, your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Now stand with us, strengthen us, guide us, teach us, and protect us from the snare of our enemies!
Rise up, O Afrikan Ancestors, and let our enemies be scattered
And give us the wisdom and the boldness to deal with our oppressors and those who would hinder the liberation and empowerment of our people.
Rise up, O Afrikan Ancestors, and live in us.
We will not fail to honor you!
We will not fail to respect you!
We will not fail to hear you!
And we will Not betray you!