As-Salaam Alaikum! When a person is busy, they’re active. So the science of business is the science of the life activity. The life activity, that is dictated by the nature in which we’re created, is that we must utilize what God is giving to us, develop it through knowledge and use that with what God has already put here to become productive; to be producers. ~ The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
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).
Originally published 5.20.09
by Jesse Muhammad
for The D-Mars.com Business Journal 30th Edition
If you meet or hear any successful person saying that they got where they are by themselves, then I suggest that you no longer listen to that person because they are being untruthful. There is no one individual on the planet that has achieved one iota of success by themselves.
Someone paid a price. Let me give you a personal example.
On May 11, my grandmother, Myrtle Jackson Ross, was blessed to turn 80 years old. For weeks, my family planned a huge surprise birthday celebration for her to be held on May 2.
But something happened two days before the event. Early that morning,
she started experiencing severe breathing issues and had to be rushed to St. Josephâ€™s Hospital. After running some tests, the doctors determined that she
had to be admitted into the hospital for at least two to three days and that
meant of course she could not make the surprise party.
Our initial thoughts as a family were to postpone it, but we would not have been able to reach those hundreds of invitees in time so we decided to go on with the show. The plan was to videotape the entire program, take countless photos and present it all to her as a gift.
I sat and listened as speaker after speaker spoke on the greatness of my grandmother. Houston political figures spoke of the behind-the-scenes work she did to get them elected. Her great grandchildren sung songs, played the trumpet, performed on the piano, read poetry and even delivered speeches in her honor. Her three daughters held back tears as they spoke on how she raised them to be the great women they are today.
All of her grandchildren, including me, spoke about how hard she was on all of us and how she never accepted mediocre performance. This is the same woman that used to put something on my backside for making a B in class when I attended Fonwood Elementary…thatâ€™s how serious she was and is.
So although my grandmother was not physically present at her own birthday party, her indomitable genes, influence, love and helping hands were there through all of us. That one woman has touched so many people in her 80 years but she always honors
those who have helped her because her motto is â€œDoing For Self Doesnâ€™t
Mean By Yourself â€.
It doesnâ€™t matter if youâ€™re getting a degree, starting a business, or winning an award, always take the time to appreciate those who paved the way for you or helped you along the way. You didnâ€™t do it alone.
P.S. My grandmother is out of the hospital and will be enjoying her gift soon. (smile)