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In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.
All praise is due to Allah, The Lord of all the worlds. We thank Him for the life that we have, we thank Him for the truth that He has revealed, we thank Him for being an unequaled Guide in the midst of a wicked, deceitful enemy. We thank Him for raising up among us the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, His Messenger/Messiah: The Exalted Christ that the world has been looking for, for the last 2,000 years.
They say if you want to hide something from a Black man, put it in a book. And if you want to hide the Birth of a Saviour for the Black man, hide Him in the ghetto.
“Can any good come out of Nazareth?”—that’s what they asked about Jesus. But Herod was looking for him. … And White America knew that a time had come that some divine help should come to us, so they were watching all the ports of entry because they knew He was to come “from the East even unto the West as lightning shines, for wheresoever the carcass is there shall the eagles be gathered together.” (Matthew 24:27-28)
Master Fard Muhammad, The Great Mahdi: He came to North America by Himself. He came under disguise. He came in the flesh and the clothes of our enemy. They looked, but they did not see, because they thought they were looking at one of their own when they were looking at one of us—a Man born to deliver us from the wicked hands of our oppressors. We thank Him for His coming. We thank Him for raising up the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and teaching him and giving to him an invincible truth; that no matter how hard the enemy has tried to put out the light of Islam with their pens and with their mouths, Allah is “perfecting His Light even though the polytheists may be averse.” (Holy Qur’an, Surah 61:8-9)
I thank Him for my teacher; I thank Him for my leader; I thank Him for my guide. I thank Him for being the father that I never had. I thank Him for allowing me to stay the course for 62 years and four months in The Classroom of God. I greet all of you, my beloved brothers and sisters, with the greeting words of peace: As-Salaam Alaikum.
‘Here I Stand’: To God Be The Glory!
Stephanie Mills [who sang “To God Be The Glory”]: I just knew you were going to “break my face” today; I knew I would not be able to be stoic, and not shed a tear in front of all of you who see me as such a strong person. But Stephanie sang my life.
There is nothing that I have done, nothing that I have been blessed to say—all the wonderful things that I have been guided to do up to this very moment came from the mind of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. He told me that he wanted my mind. He wanted me to line my mind up with his mind so that it would be one mind. I did not know how that could be accomplished. One day I was talking with my friend and confidant, Brother Jabril Muhammad, and I told him what The Messenger had said, and I said, “Gee, how … do I get his mind?” He said, “Oh, brother, that’s easy!” He said, “He has to bring you in the same path that God brought him, and you will walk right up into his mind.” To my Christian family, the scripture teaches, “Let this mind be in you the same that was in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5) Here, God is offering to the people of His choice the greatest gift of all, because their suffering, under served, has made them heirs to the greatest gift of all, The Mind of God Himself through Jesus.
“With His blood He has saved me.” What do you mean “His blood?” How does the blood of a man save another man? Blood is the life fluid of every living creature. … I had to live the life of Elijah to grow up into him. So now I can say to the world as Jesus said to Phillip, one of the disciples, when he asked Jesus, “When will we see the Father?”
[Jesus said] “Have I not been among you this long, and you have not seen Him? When you see me you see the Father, for me and my Father are one. I am in Him, and He is in me.” (John 14:9-11)
“With His power He raised me.” That’s why there’s not another Black man on this Earth that can speak with the strength and the power and the wisdom and the guidance of Louis Farrakhan. There is not a White man on the Earth that has the strength of Louis Farrakhan. I will prove what I am saying.
I have been in front of you for a lifetime. I have been in front of you for the last 40 years in the absence of my teacher. If you really want to know how good a student is, just leave the classroom: Children don’t mind monitors; they say, “That’s the teacher’s pet.” He left me with you.
If I did not love God with all my heart, my soul, my strength, I could not have withstood what you put on me. If I did not love God and The Mission of the resurrection of Black people in America and all over the world, White people would have destroyed me a long, long, long time ago—But Here I Stand! With His power, He raised me. I am not a Negro! I am not a colored boy! I am a young God, growing up in The Classroom of God! My brother Malcolm stayed in The Class for 12 years and shook the world. My brother Muhammad Ali stayed in The Class for about 10 years and shook the world. It’s real easy to follow a man in the cool of the evening, but how many can follow him in the heat of the day?
I don’t care what they put on me. The government is my enemy; the powerful Jews are my enemy; scared-to-death Negroes are my enemy; and weak Muslims and hypocrites are my enemy! But here I stand, unfazed by a government that wants my life! I told President Trump what he was planning. He tweets about everybody else—he doesn’t tweet back at me.
“By His power, He has raised me” And by living the life that He taught me, that’s His “blood.” He has saved me. Saved me from cancer, saved me from the plot of the enemy to kill me. HERE I STAND!
A Man and A Mission
I am so happy that God allowed me to be with you today. I am so grateful. … And in that song that Stephanie sang, it mentions the gratitude (of the one praising God). God hates ingratitude. We have been the recipient of so much from God, and all He asks of us is a prayer, and to struggle against the weakness of self to do His Will, and that seems to be too much. It is so sad that if White people disapprove of somebody, we follow suit and disapprove. It’s so cowardly. … The Minister has stood for Black people strong, defended them when the government attacked them, though when the enemy put pressure on them, they would renounce me, denounce me, run away from me—yet when they were in trouble, they could call on me.
I, like my teacher, looked beyond our faults and saw our needs. I never try to judge you (as crazy as you are), because I love you. I just can’t help myself! I was born to love you. My teacher (told me), like his Teacher told him: “Take plenty. Take plenty.” I have taken plenty and I don’t complain.
I personally want to thank all of you that are in this audience—especially those who are in The Nation of Islam today or yesterday. We would not be where we are if it were not for you and your help of us. Sometimes we run into things (because working with us is taxing); if you don’t love Black people, you can’t withstand what we put on each other. I thank all of these wonderful people on this stage. I know that I am not, and could not be, who I am without you. I don’t care how little your contribution may have been, it’s great to me. I am here today because you helped me to be here. I want to thank Brother Ishmael Muhammad. …
Brothers and sisters, every man who has a job to do needs help. Every man that has a mission needs help. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad was given “the hardest job,” Master Fard Muhammad said, “of any man that ever lived.” You ask, “My God, what kind of job is that?” I want you to go to the nearest cemetery and start talking to the graves, and see what kind of reaction you will get from what’s buried there. After a while, people say about you: “Now, let me tell you something, that man is absolutely crazy!”—because nothing dead has ever come back from the grave. Elijah Muhammad said to me, “If there were any symbol that I could choose to represent me and my work, it would be a trumpet.” And that’s what we represent: The resurrection of our people. All these that you see (in The Nation), faces bright and shiny, dressed in white garments, and trying to be a better them? They were dead people just a few days ago! You say, “What do you mean, Farrakhan, they were ‘dead people’?” They had eyes, but they couldn’t see. They had ears, but they couldn’t hear. They had a tongue, but they couldn’t speak. So God gave me to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad as his helper—but He also gave me his son, Brother Ishmael, as a helper.
Now, all of these wonderful men and women that are my helpers, they go through something to be a helper, you know? And everybody can’t take it, especially in a military-line organization.
The Nation of Islam: See, this is not any kind of “organization,” this is absolute military! And let me tell you something: You don’t need to be in any organization that’s not military. Christian family (you know the song): “Onward Christian Soldiers.” But how many Christians are really soldiers? Paul (in the Book of Ephesians, Chapter 6) was trying to get us to put on “the whole armor of God,” that we may be able to stand against the wiles of Satan. Satan is a wily beast. And if you don’t have on “the helmet of salvation.” … well what is meant by “helmet?”
The blood of Jesus will put a “helmet” on your head because he is so wise. If you lived the life he taught you, studied the wisdom he gave you, (then you will be able to say): “Oh man, my helmet is on strong, man!” But you can’t play this “game” (called “life” without The Armor of God); so, you have to also put on “the breastplate of” what? “Righteousness.”
We love talking “God.” It’s nice. And we’re in the church, spiritually masturbating: doing things that make us feel good, but not living the life of Christ. If you don’t want to live the life that you preach, you’re no damn good. … Do you know it is righteousness that keeps you (“sustains you”) in a world like this? Do you know why they hate The Nation of Islam? It doesn’t mean that we are righteous, but we are striving to be righteous; and if you strive to be better today than you were yesterday, you are putting on your breastplate of righteousness. Then you have “the sword of” what? “The Spirit [which is The Word of God].” (Ephesians 6:17)
“The sword of The Spirit”: What is “spirit?” It’s the energy of life itself! You can’t go to war and not have any spirit!
Greetings to you. I am Minister Louis Farrakhan, National Representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, The Eternal Leader of The Nation of Islam, and that Great Preacher of Freedom, Justice and Equality to the Black people of America, the Western Hemisphere, and The Aboriginal People of the Earth.
The Great Preacher, Elijah Muhammad, has given us this subject: “The Time and What Must Be Done”—and this subject will be with us until Allah says “stop.”
‘The Uphill Road’ a Messenger of God must travel to deliver ‘salvation’ and ‘warning’
It is written in the Holy Qur’an, in the 5th Chapter, the 67th verse: “O Messenger, deliver that which has been revealed to thee from thy Lord. And if thou do it not, thou hast not delivered his message. And Allah will protect thee from men. Surely Allah guides not the disbelieving people.” To “deliver” a message like the one that we are delivering demands The Protection of God for The Messenger and The Message.
For 44 long years, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad preached this Message of “Salvation” and “Warning.” No matter what consequences he faced, no matter what threats came against his life, no matter who opposed what he said, he kept, before the world, The Message that Master Fard Muhammad, The Great Mahdi, gave him to give to us, to America, and the world.
In the Holy Qur’an, Surah (Chapter) 20 titled Ta Ha, verses 25-36, Moses is praying to God for a “helper”; and he is asking God to “expand for him his breast” and “loosen the knot from his tongue” that the people may understand his word. “And give me an aider, or a helper, from my family. …” Well, the scripture teaches in Holy Qur’an, Surah 7 Al-A’raf (“The Elevated Places”), verse 142 that God gave Moses “30 nights,” and “strengthened him with 10 more.” And at that 40th night, he told Aaron, his helper: “…Take my place among my people, and act well and follow not the way of the mischief-makers.”
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, for 40 years in the absence of his Teacher, was faithful to that Message. And in “the last 10 nights” of “the 40”: He made me his “National Representative.”
I did not know that he was preparing me to “sit in his seat” after his Departure, that I might continue his Work.
When I used to come and sit at the Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s table, he would mention a song; that, “I saw a man walking up a mountain 40 miles high, carrying a heavy load. And he said, ‘Lord, when will my help come?’”—and I wondered why he would say that occasionally, and look me in my face. And then he said: “When that man reached the top of the mountain, he said, ‘Hosanna! Hosanna! My help is come.’…”
Well, the highest mountain range in the world is “Mount Everest,” which is five and one half miles high; so there is no mountain “40 miles high.” But The Qur’an says in Surah 90 Al-Balad (“The City”), verses 12-16: “And what will make thee comprehend what the uphill road is? (It is) to free a slave, or to feed in a day of hunger an orphan nearly related, or the poor man lying in the dust.”
Elijah Muhammad had that “mountain,” that “uphill road” to climb for 40 long years; going to prison … Not because he was a “wicked” man, but because America did not want him preaching The Word that he was given while America was prosecuting a war with Japan. And after 40 years of suffering, 40 years of rejection, 40 years of being misunderstood, and mislabeled by The Wicked as a “hate teacher”; as “a man that Black people,” and White people as well, “should not listen to”—at that “40th year” he Departed from us.
But, he had already said to me: “Brother, you may sit as ‘The Father over The House’ in my absence,” and he would send people to me from time to time, telling me, “Remember, brother, Aaron had a hard job when Moses left. …” And so when he left, I did start having a “hard time”—and it continues to this very moment. But as my Spiritual Father, Elijah Muhammad, was faithful in delivering that Message without fear of The Enemy’s evil plans against him, I, too, am delivering that Message.
I am sorry that it’s preaching “the doom of a world” and “the salvation of a people.” Nevertheless, it is what must be taught in order that you know and understand “The Time and What Must Be Done”! Again, if I don’t do this job of speaking truth to power, even if it costs me my life, or imprisonment, or being rejected and despised, and cast aside, nevertheless, I must do what I am commanded: “O Messenger! Deliver the message that has been revealed to thee from thy lord. And if thou do it not, thou hast not delivered His message, and Allah will protect thee from men.” So far, The Protection of Almighty God Allah was with the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, who told me, “Brother, there’ll be Two of Us backing you up: Allah and myself.”
So regardless to how “hard” The Truth may be, it is not my intentions to hurt your feelings, or to preach “gloom” to you that would become “frightened”—unless it frightens you into making The Change that will cause you not to continue to suffer the loss that you are now suffering, which is going to increase.
The Duty of ‘The Watchman over The House of Israel’
I would like for you to study what is written in the Book of Ezekiel, Chapter 3, verses 16-19. As God is talking to the “Son of Man,” He says to him: “Son of Man, I have made you a watchman unto the House of Israel. Therefore, hear the word at My mouth, and give them warning from Me. When I say unto the wicked thou shalt surely die, and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked of his wicked way to save his life, the same wicked man will die in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet, if you warn the wicked and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your soul.”
I have “heard The Word” from His Mouth, and I am giving Warning to you! I am trying my best to save your life because The Terrible God that was to come is present, and the things that He’s prophesied, and given Jesus The Warning to give to you of “The Signs of The End”: God is making fulfillment of His Promise!
So by my warning you, even at the cost of my life: If you don’t do it—if you don’t change, if you don’t get away from your wicked way, God says you will “die in your iniquity.” But if I warn you, and you still persist in wickedness, your blood is not on my hand.
And to all of you “spiritual teachers,” you “religious scientists”: Stop preaching “gospel” that does not include “The Judgment of the world” which we are now facing! What kind of “spiritual leaders” are we if we won’t warn the people?
By Jabril Muhammad | FinalCall.com
We continue from Isaiah, 43 verses 1-13 where God through prophet Isaiah spoke to us, telling us to:
1) Fear not, for I have redeemed you—ransomed you by paying a price instead of leaving you captives; I have called you by your name, you are Mine.
2) When you pass through the waters I will be with you, and through the rivers they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned or scorched, nor shall the flame kindle upon you.
3) For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt [to the Babylonians] for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba [a province of Ethiopia] in exchange for your release.
4) Because you are precious in My sight, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you and peoples in exchange for your life.
5) Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east [where they are dispersed], and gather you from the west; [Acts 18:10.]
6) I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Keep not back; bring My sons from afar and My daughters from the ends of the earth,
7) Even every one who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed, whom I have made.
8) Bring forth the blind people who have eyes, and the deaf who have ears.
9) Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the peoples be assembled. Who among the idolaters could predict this [that Cyrus will be the deliverer of Israel] and show us the former things? Let them bring their witnesses, that they may be justified; or let them hear and acknowledge, It is the truth. [Ps. 123:3, 4.]
10) You are My witnesses, says the Lord, and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know Me, believe Me and remain steadfast to Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me.
11) I, even I, am the Lord, and beside Me there is no Savior.
12) I have declared the future, and have saved the nation [in times of danger], and I have shown that I am God, when there was no strange and alien god among you; therefore you are My witnesses, says the Lord, that I am God.
13) Yes, from the time of the first existence of day and from this day forth I am He, and there is no one who can deliver out of My hand. I will work and who can hinder or reverse it?
The Lord God, our Redeemer, the Holy One of Islam, through prophet Isaiah, and more clearly through the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan makes clear in verse 14 that he will thoroughly defeat our enemies; for, as He states in verse 15, “I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.” (The Black man and woman of America are really the “Israel” referred to in this verse.)
Again, in verses 16 and 17, He says, that He will defeat our enemies.
The above is from the “Amplified” Bible and the following verse, number 18 is from the “New International” Bible, in which He states that we are to, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” Moreover, in verse 19 He strongly states, in effect, that He is doing a new thing, among us, with us and through us.
Verse 21 is so beautiful as God states we are a people—who were obviously nothing—whom He has formed for Himself that we might show forth His praises.
Verses 22 through 24 cites our iniquities. The end of verse 24 is very touching in that it is said of us that we, “…have only burdened Me (meaning God) with your sins, you have wearied Me with your iniquities.”
But look at verse 25 where He states “I, even I, am He Who blots and cancels your transgression for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” This is all very beautiful and touching indeed.
Again, in the New Testament, the followers, and the people of the son of God, or the Christ, are referred to as his bride and at a certain time a “wedding” takes place between the Christ and his followers under the symbol of a bridegroom and a bride. (Matthew 25:1, 5, 6 and 10; John 3:29; Revelation 9:1; 18:23; 21:2; 22:17.) Doesn’t all of this sound like the making of a family to you?
We learned from the Honorable Elijah Muhammad that for 66 trillion years the secret wisdom of God was handed down generation after generation among just a few families.
Now, in these last days, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad revealed to us that this previously concealed wisdom—the greatest of all—is now being given to us, a sleeping nation, and through we, who were a dead nation, to the world. The people who have been absolutely at the bottom, unwanted by all, except God, are being raised to the top through the releasing of the utmost of truths.
By Mother Tynnetta Muhammad | FinalCall.com
—’And Thy Lord Comes With the Angels, Ranks Upon Ranks’ (Holy Qur’an, Surah 89:32)
[Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted from Volume 33, No. 18 and The Final Call will continue to reprint articles written by our late and dear Mother Tynnetta Muhammad.]
“And in whatever you differ, the judgment thereof is with Allah. That is Allah, my Lord; on Him I rely, and to Him I turn. The Originator of the heavens and the earth. He has made for you pairs from among yourselves, and pairs of the cattle, too, multiplying you thereby. Nothing is like Him; and He is the Hearing, the Seeing. His are the treasures of the heavens and the earth—He amplifies and straitens subsistence for whom He pleases. Surely He is Knower of all things.”—Holy Qur’an, Surah 42, verses 10-12
During one of the dinner settings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad in the 1970’s, he shared with a few of his followers a series of dreams in which he was stepping off of one revolving sphere onto another revolving sphere where the setting was all too surreal or of another world. He described seeing different colors greatly enhanced in tones and frequencies as in the green color for grass, trees and bushes. He described men dressed in apparel unlike the garments in today’s society.
They were like a type of uniform that I tried to imagine being worn by the actors in some kind of space odyssey such as Star Trek. He said that they appeared very focused, concentrating on their work assignment without conversation and they walked with a quick moving stride.
He told us that this dream occurred twice within a year’s time. He was also shown a book which had guilded or illumined Arabic Letters of which he could only recognize the letter “Lam.” These dreams occurred in the month of September. Is it a coincidence that the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan had his Vision-like Experience on the Mother’s Wheel also in the month of September? What was it that the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad was shown? Was it a glimpse into the future world where color and sound, and imagery are far advanced technologically from our own? Was he shown the operation of the Mother’s Wheel and the type of civilization on board this man-made planet? Did he visit the City in the Sky in advance of his being taken in 1975? Is the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan walking in the same footsteps; and are we, as a people, community and nation being prepared to take this journey in the sky?
What has been prepared for us and how long will Minister Farrakhan be permitted to remain among us before he is taken? These are all questions upon which we may ponder as we revolve on this earthly sphere and plane of existence surrounded by a universe teeming with life. Upon another occasion, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad shared with a few of his laborers during the dinner hour in the Palace in 1974 about the appearance of Master Fard Muhammad and His promise to him that he would be allowed to see the people on Mars. Many readers and members of the Believing Family may not readily accept this advanced kind of thinking pertaining to the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and many may be perplexed about the intensity of the Minister Farrakhan’s current webcast teachings about the Reality of the Mother’s Wheel and how it works.
In preparation for his departure and our witnessing of this Grand Event, which marks the finale of the time given to our open enemies and former slave masters to dominate and rule over our thinking and our minds, we are being called to a New World Order uniquely different from his world and way of life. Those who believe, lucky are they.
Following the warning of the servants of God sounding their trumpets revealing the Word of God, another Mechanical Instrument has been prepared when sounded from that Great Wheel will vibrate so powerfully that glass will be shattered and buildings will come crashing down to the earth and total terror will reign.
We pray that we will be lucky enough to survive and be taken up and out of this region of destruction when that event comes to pass. The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad described this Event as being the most dreadful of days to come. “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.”
“Allah is He Who revealed the Book with truth, and the Balance; and what will make thee know that perhaps the Hour is nigh. Those who believe not in it would hasten it on, and those who believe are in fear from it, and they know that it is the Truth. Now surely those who dispute concerning the Hour are far astray. Allah is Benignant to His servants; He gives sustenance to whom He pleases; and He is the Strong, the Mighty.”—Holy Qur’an, Surah 42, verses 17-19
To be continued.
Delivered Sunday, December 3 in Austin, Texas at Muhammad Mosque No. 64
“This is the way of the Gods. One God is not allowed to pattern after another God when it comes to universal change. He is to use His own Wisdom. The white man brought about a universal change and so will Master Fard Muhammad, Allah, (God) in Person, bring about a new universal civilization even as Yakub, the father of the white race, brought about a new universal wicked people and a wicked rule over righteousness.”~The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad “Our Saviour Has Arrived” (Page 110) #ElijahMuhammad #study #NationOfIslam 📚
[Source: The Teachings 2.0: Twitter Sayings of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan]
Question: What is the difference between a disciple and an apostle?
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan: One can never become an apostle before first becoming a disciple. Those twelve that Jesus taught first were disciples, disciplined to his teaching and message. As they grew and then were inspired and anointed by the spirit, in that upper room experience, then they became apostles.
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Paul doesn’t ever teach that he received wisdom from God beyond or above that which God revealed to and through Jesus. He does teach, however, that Jesus said and did things, which could not be understood until after he had gone to the Father—God. These things that he taught were laid by God chiefly on him to preach. In some instances, he referred to a major part of what he taught as the mystery of Christ.
The word mystery, in the general sense, means anything that is kept secret or remains unexplained or unknown. It is something that is not fully understood or that baffles or eludes the understanding. In the religious or theological sense, it means, any truth unknowable except by divine revelation. Again, it is a truth that is incomprehensible to the reason and knowable only through divine means. In other words only God can reveal or make this kind of information available. There are other, more specific, definitions of this term, used by the Catholic Church, and by others.
Like Jesus, Paul, and the other disciples, had to suffer for the gospel, or the body of wisdom God had revealed. This suffering was due to the difficulty in getting the people to see and accept what they taught. God used their suffering as a means of purifying them so that they were made better vessels in the transmission of His truths.
Let us look on this in terms of the subject of tests and trials. “What is a test? What makes a test a test? What is done with a test once it is either failed or passed? What effect will passing or failing this test have on you? Just in what way does this particular test which involves Jesus, serve Allah’s purpose?
“When you test something, or someone, you use some means to evaluate. Underlying the means or methods used are some kind of rules or principles. You are trying to determine quality(s).
“Any good dictionary will give the following ideas about the word test: examination or trial; any critical examination or decisive trial; means of trial; subjection to conditions that show the real character of a person or thing in particular.”
“A test is something stronger, more specific than a trial. It is a trial under approved and fixed conditions, or a final and decisive trial as a conclusion of past experiments. In a test you determine something. A test settles a controversy. A test is a decisive trial. A test is a way of establishing something or reaching a convincing conclusion. Like the word “trial,” “test” carries something of the idea of the separation of the good from the bad in a person or thing.
The Holy Qur’an teaches that trials purify. How? What is the process by which trials purify? How does that which is so painful; so uncomfortable; so difficult result in the removal of impurities in our make up or character? Is there another way? Are there any circumstances or conditions that one can be in which one can gain purification that does not involve tests and trials?
Remember, this statement, or idea, (of Holy Qur’an 29:2 “trials purify”) is from the mind of the Author of the Holy Quran, Who, almost from the opening of the words of that glorious book, states that He is the Best Knower.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan taught, in a series of study guides, that we should not be afraid to discover our faults; bad qualities. He even urged us to look for them with persistence and to be happy when we find them. So said his teacher before him. Why should we be happy to find faults, or bad traits in ourselves? So we can more easily get rid of them. It is like the removal of rocks in the road on which we are traveling to a good destination.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said to some of us that it would take him 40 years to understand his mission. This means that the first 40 years of his work among us would ripen him into the ultimate understanding of his mission.
We are tested in many ways; by many factors, in this or that aspect of our being every day. Some of the tests seem so good, that we do not regard them as tests; for we usually associate the concept of “test” with that which is painful, distressful, or the like. If you were given a million dollars, right now, you might not regard that as a test. It is, however. Just because a thing may in fact be pleasurable, beneficial, and good, does not mean that it does not in some way constitute a test, or tests, or a trial.
We usually think of a trial or a test as posing some painful problem that we must bear and/or overcome. Now, of all these kinds of tests, especially those that trouble us most, come from what other persons say and/or do respecting us. The most difficult ones are especially in relation to those whom we love. They say something about us that we do not like, for whatever reason. And they do something to us, or regarding us, that we do not like, for whatever reason. We become distressed, or troubled, to one extent or another. The more we love the one(s) whom we perceive, or who did produce for us the test/trial, the more pain we experience.
Allah is acutely aware of all of this, and watches and when He pleases, He acts to help us, if certain conditions are met. Of course, there are times when He acts to generate the condition in which He can serve all involved without our having done that which produces these conditions. It depends. He knows what is best for every living thing, so says the Holy Qur’an. But let us not get ahead of ourselves.
Those whose words and/or deeds trouble us may or may not be aware that they trouble us, or they may be partly aware. These persons whose words and/or deeds test us, are either more good than bad, or more bad than good. Very, very, very, very, very, very, very rarely do we ever find that we are tested by, or even come in contact with, (under ordinary circumstances) perfectly good persons. We do, however, more often than we think, come into contact with totally evil persons.
(The Holy Qur’an teaches in Surah 18 of a group whose deeds are so foul that they won’t even be weighed on the Day of judgment. I can’t get into all of this right now, it would be too much for this article.
The point here is that, yes, some may have done, or did do, us wrong with words or deeds. We of times become so upset as to lose our balance and say and do rash things.
Most every one of us has fulfilled exactly what this word means. Rash means: acting too hastily or without due consideration; made or done with reckless or ill-considered haste.
Many times we either curse God, as if He was to blame or we, at least, think unfunny thoughts about Him; even to asking Him, or someone, why He didn’t stop this or that, which is giving us so much pain. Later we may see that we misperceived God’s purposes in these situations. If we do, in time, we are blessed.
Those who give us pain may be good or bad persons. They may have done what they did intentionally or unintentionally. All of this is important. But what is infinitely more important is the intention of God in permitting the test; in permitting the trial; in permitting the trouble, the distress, and the pain. Let us remember that the “problem” could not be if Almighty God had not allowed it to be.
More next issue, Allah willing.