“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.
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In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.
The enemy calls today “Mother’s Day.” I don’t know how many billions of dollars the enemy has made commercializing on our natural love for our mothers, but in Islam, every day is a day to honor our mothers.
The commercial nature of the enemy is to make money on Jesus by celebrating what they call “Christmas;” and to make money on his resurrection, which is the day they call “Easter.” They also make money off of your girlfriend and boyfriend on what is called “Valentine’s Day.” A smart, crooked deceiver will think of everything they can to make money by sucking the blood out of the common people who are ignorant, and easily taken advantage of.
Women: The Foundation of Civilization
In the Holy Qur’an, which is the book of scripture of the Muslims, the 4th Surah (chapter) is titled Al-Nisa: The Women. Further on, you will see that the 19th Surah, titled Maryam (Mary), makes reference to the very special woman who is the mother of Jesus, the Messiah. This Qur’an was not arranged haphazardly—it was divinely arranged, so each chapter has significance.
The number “4” is a foundational number. You can’t become president of the United States until you’ve reached the age of “40.” Moses was “40” when he received God’s Command; and he was in the wilderness “40” days. Jesus fasted “40” days and “40” nights; and, consider the 450 years of the Black man and woman’s sojourn in America. This number, “4,” signifies that something was and is being done to lay a foundation.
Well, why women? What is a woman the foundation of? This world in which we live has been destroyed because the woman has been spoiled and laid waste. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us that where there are no decent women, there are no decent men, because the woman is the Mother of Civilization. Civilization is not judged by the man; civilization is judged by the female.
Man’s abasement of woman
I have traveled all over the world, and I have been in certain parts of the Islamic world where the woman can’t pray in the mosque with the man. In Africa, I saw that men would be in air-conditioned rooms saying their prayers, while the women were out on the dirt making prostration in the hot day sun.
But in Mecca, both women and men are at the Ka’bah, praying. Shouldn’t that be the example? What has happened to us throughout the world of Islam, that we have allowed old, cultural traditions to sideswipe the culture of Islam? The Islamic World needs reform. When you look at our world of Islam, we, as elder Muslims, see that we’re losing our children to the world. The Christian World also needs to be reformed in its expression of women; and even the Jewish World needs reform. Why? It is because an ignorant woman is the death of a nation.
How can any man be afraid to educate a woman; and deprive one of God’s creatures of the gift of knowledge, if we say we believe that Allah (God) is “The Supreme Being” and introduces Himself to us as “The Best Knower”?
Women are devalued in this society. It is heartbreaking to drive down certain streets in major cities and see beautiful women of every color, of every race, half nude and selling themselves to anyone who would purchase pleasure from them. Women have fallen so low, and it doesn’t seem that we, as men, care, because some will put our women up to this kind of behavior for the sake of money.
Once men are taught the knowledge of God, and the value of a woman, then men will kill to keep her safe! But because you don’t know her value, or yours, you play with her, devalue her, and laugh at her. How can she open her knees to you, and you impregnate her, and then walk away—without even a thought of responsibility?
When I was a young Muslim, working in a store in Elmhurst, New York, I saw two White policemen beating a young Black girl. It was my job to keep the store open, but when I saw those police beating that woman, I left the store and challenged the police. These police thought I was crazy; and, evidently, to them, I was—but I was “crazy enough” to try to protect a female. I warned them, with no F.O.I. around me, because Allah was sufficient for me: “Don’t put your hand on her!” They put her in the car, and I went down to the station to make sure they didn’t!
Now, what gives a man that kind of strength, where he doesn’t fear death? 1) It is love for your people; and 2) It is knowledge of the value of what that policeman was desecrating.
Woman: The Second-Self of The Creator
Who are you, Black woman? Do you really know how valued you are in the Sight of your Creator?
In the Holy Qur’an, Surah 4, verse 1, there is a very beautiful scripture that reads: “O people, keep your duty to your Lord, Who created you from a single being and created its mate of the same (kind), and spread from these two many men and women. And keep your duty to Allah, by Whom you demand one of another (your rights), and (to) the ties of relationship. Surely Allah is ever a Watcher over you.”
Here, the Arabic word nafs is translated as “being”; other Qur’anic scholars translate nafs to mean soul, or, essence. But if Allah created us from a single essence, what is that essence? How could Allah create man as His khalifah (successor), and the essence of that man is not the Essence of Him Who created man? Biblically speaking, you can’t say that man and woman are created in the image and the likeness of God, and the Essence of God is not in you.
Why the subject, “The Limitless, Immeasurable Value and Beauty of a Woman”? Some women may look in the mirror, and think, “Oh, I am not so pretty.” They may not be considered physically attractive, but physical attractiveness is not beauty, that is why I am teaching on the limitless, immeasurable value and beauty of all women. The beauty of the woman is the matchless beauty of God. This is you on the inside.
The Qur’an says that Allah is “not begotten, nor does He beget.” He is Self-Created. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches that Allah (God), in His Limitless Wisdom and Power, created Himself in Triple Darkness; and that we don’t know how long it took Him because nothing was there to measure time. God created Himself, and then studied Himself; and, out of Himself He made a Second Self. Sisters, you are from Allah (God).
You are bowing to your emotions rather than developing your power to reason above your emotions. In this hour you’ll be talked to a lot by your own disappointments, by your own anger and frustration over things in your life that you evidently can’t control, and you become bitter. That won’t help you to make it through. #Farrakhan
[Editor’s note: The following article contains edited excerpts from the keynote address delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on Sunday, July 30, 2017 during an event honoring Reverend Willie Wilson’s 44 years of pastoral service at Union Temple Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. To order this message in its entirety on DVD, CD and MP3, please visit store.finalcall.com or call 1.866.602.1230, ext. 200.]
In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.
To my dear brother, friend, companion, and pastor, Reverend Willie Wilson, to his dear wife and lifelong companion, executive pastor Mrs. Mary Wilson; to her daughter and family, and to the wonderful brother who played the soprano saxophone so magnificently … to my brother and friend and pastor, Reverend Walter E. Fauntroy, and to all of you, my beloved brothers and sisters, I greet all of you with the greeting words of peace. As-Salaam Alaikum (Peace Be Unto You).
Moses brought 10 commandments; Jesus only brought two. Jesus said that the first commandment was to “love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength” (that’s everything), and the second command is like unto it, “Love your brother, or your neighbor, as you love yourself.” Therein is a great problem. Because the slave master of the Wilson family, and the slave master of the Johnson family, and the slave master of the Barry family, and the slave master of the Walcott family—and the slave master of the family whose name you wear, as a sign that you’re still connected to the slave master of your father: that’s a problem, because all the good that you do in life, you do it in their name.
The White slave master made sure, as Reverend said, that he was going to teach us a certain version of Christianity, a version that Christ himself would reject; because that version made White people God, that version gave you the wrong image of Jesus. That version gave us White people as a god beside God, and therefore they beat us into calling them “massa.” They mistreated us if we didn’t say, “Yessa! Yessa!”; and when they were walking the street, we had to get off the sidewalk into the street to let massa pass. So that version of White man’s religion made us a more fitting tool or slave, therefore we could not love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, neither could we love our brother because we had not true love for ourselves.
So, truly, Black folk need Jesus all right—but we need the right Jesus. Black folk need Jesus all right, but we need a Jesus that can save us from White people; we need a Jesus that saves from their corrupted culture: we need a Jesus that can save us from lesbianism and homosexuality, fornication, adultery, drug addiction and gambling… . We need a Saviour.
So the Jesus that Dean Howard Thurman taught Rev. Wilson about was the real Jesus; that Jesus that could transform you from being a “nigga,” a “Negro,” and what I said the last time I was here that is put in the back of your collar (“Made in America”): We needed a Jesus that could save us from what White folk have turned us into. That Jesus was The Jesus that was to come. The Jesus that was here 2,000 years ago was a prophet; and the New Testament is 25 percent history of the Jesus of yesterday, but 75 percent prophetic of Jesus The Messiah Who would come at the end of the White man’s world. You can read the New Testament, but you just have to escape that version.
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When we know that each one of us has been gifted with a gift from a Mighty Creator and none of us are in this room without something special to offer. None of us are alive on this planet without a gift that marks and separates us from the next person, but not separates us in the sense that we are divided, but separates us in that each of us is unique. As Muslims, we say, “Say He, Allah, is One.” He’s One, unique, incomparable, and so are you. There are no two snowflakes alike, no two raindrops alike, no two blades of grass alike. Your fingerprints, footprints and voiceprints are all different from your Brother’s and Sister’s. Each one of us has never been before and will never be again. That’s the infinite wisdom of a Mighty Creator. So, when I look at you and you look at me, we are looking at individuals that there’s no one like, never was before, and won’t be again. This is our moment in time to unite our uniqueness and pass on to a succeeding generation the legacy of what we, in our uniqueness and our recognition of each other’s greatness, have accomplished in the long march toward total liberation. – The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan