by Willie Muhammad
Below are five practical methods that I personally use to still study today. These five methods have been taken from a book that I wrote that lists 38 practical methods you can use as well. The full 38 practical study methods can be found in my book titled, “38 Practical Methods to Use to Study the Teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad.” As I mentioned earlier, this book came out of frustration in asking people what methods do they personally use to study. Nearly every time I would ask, I would get vague responses that did not really give me the help and guidance that I needed.
#1 – Read all of the Messenger’s books and the Minister’s article’s repeatedly. Repetition aids the memory process and helps us to recognize information or details we may have missed. For example in karate, the students are
instructed to perform various katas (prearranged martial moves, which train the student to respond in either an offensive or defensive manner) over and over again. The constant repetition allows the movements to become second nature and provides the student with opportunities to perfect his/her skill. The more we read the Teachings the more it becomes a part of our natural thought process.
#2 – Ask yourself a question about some aspect of the Teachings you personally want to learn more about or think you know about. Once done, look for answers to the question in the Messenger’s books, Holy Qur’an and Bible. This will deepened your understanding of the Teachings.
#3 – Every now and then we are all asked a question about the Teachings that we do not know or cannot effectively answer. Take the question and go home to find the answer.
#4 – When reading the Bible and Holy Qur’an or any one of the Messenger’s books, never overlook a referenced subscript letter, referenced verse or footnote. Read it. Doing so leads to greater understanding and enriches our study.
#34 – Read the writings of those who attack our program, beliefs, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Write down every major point found in their attack and then go and find scriptural, historical and scientific ways to refute what they say.
(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)