by Willie Muhammad
Webster’s dictionary defines study as an application of the mind to books, etc.; to gain knowledge; v.t. to set the mind to; to examine carefully; to scrutinize; to ponder over; v.t. to read books in order to gain knowledge. The word study derives from the Latin word “stadium” which means “zeal.”
Have you ever thought about where we would be today if the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad had not recognized Master Fard Muhammad as the fulfillment of the biblical prophecies concerning the coming of God? Scary thought isn’t it? We are thankful to Allah that the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad did recognize Him! What was it that made it possible for the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad to recognize Master Fard Muhammad? The answer is the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s previous study of the scripture.
In “This Is the One” on page 150, Brother Jabril Muhammad writes concerning the Messenger’s first meeting with Master Fard Muhammad: “The Messenger would later say to his followers, and to the world, that the first thing that struck him about Mr. Fard was that His words and actions tallies with the Bible’s prophecy about what the coming One would say and do on His arrival. The Messenger could not but compare what he was listening to with prophecy of the coming of God in the book of Habakkuk and elsewhere in the Bible.”
Due to the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s previous examination of the scripture and a sincere/pure heart He, out of the many who saw Master Fard Muhammad, knew who He was!
During a believers meeting in New Orleans on January 14, 2006, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan had the following to say about the importance of studying: “Go home and study. See many of you don’t study your religion and you think you are going to attain something without studying. But if you believe in something you need to study it so you can become proficient in what you do.”
How would you grade your level of proficiency in the Teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad? The Bible & Qur’an? The Supreme Wisdom? The scriptural identifies of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan? Would you be able to explain, defend or teach what you say you believe?
THE IMPORTANCE OF STUDY!!!!!!
(Willie Muhammad serves as the Student Minister at Muhammad Mosque No. 46 in New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @BroWM46 and Instagram. Visit the official New Orleans mosque website @ noineworleans.org)