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    Off and on, I’ve touched on the fact that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was given, by The Great Mahdi, the hardest job of any man who ever lived. We know this, because he said that The Great Mahdi called the “job” he gave him just that.

    The Honorable Elijah Muhammad prayed for the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan to assist him with his job or task. With the help of the Living God, he prepared Minister Farrakhan to assist him.

    From the inception of this newspaper, I was blessed to bear witness to an aspect of this subject, by writing on the relevance between Minister Farrakhan and Aaron, in that Moses asked for a helper from God in the earliest stage of his mission, from a sense of his own inadequacies. However, Almighty God, in granting him his Brother Aaron as that helper, did not do so out of any sort of weakness at all.


    He granted him his Brother Aaron out of wisdom and strength. Part of his foresight was a part of his wisdom and power. He foreknew His own plan, to its full accomplishment.

    His plan included a time when Moses would have to come back to Him, to get wisdom from Him for the people, in the next major stage of their existence. He knew that He would have to help Moses prepare Aaron for the time when Aaron would have to sit in Moses’ seat–teaching and guiding the people.

    At that earliest stage of his assignment, Moses–who was a sign of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad––did not fully know his future. In fact, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad told me, that he once told Master Fard Muhammad that he would be able to get us all in about six months. A little later, he said to me that he told his Teacher, that he would be able to get us all in about a year and a half. Then he chuckled as he said to me, “Brother, if anybody would have told me back then that I would still be here trying to get you all in 1966, I would not have believed it.”

    I, personally, cannot say exactly when he knew he was about to meet his “Aaron.” There may be others around who were blessed to know that. If they do, I hope that they would accurately share this knowledge that adds an important item of our history. But I do know that he openly spoke of this helper on Saviours’ Day 1954. He met this special helper a year later, as I have written in this column, on Saviours’ Day 1955 known now, the world over, as the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.

    A part of my desire for the book, “Closing The Gap,” was to have Minister Farrakhan include in his answers to my questions, what he could of his trials. For his trials were an essential part of his preparation to qualify for sharing in the task or burden Almighty God placed upon the shoulders of his teacher, which was, and is, indeed, the hardest job ever given to any human being who ever lived.

    In the Holy Qur’an, we read: “Give me … Aaron, my brother; add to my strength by him, and make him share my task–so that we may glorify Thee much, and much remember Thee. (20:29-34)”

    And then:

    “And Moses said to his brother Aaron: take my place among my people, and act well and follow not the way of the mischief-makers.” (7:142)

    I want the reader to know, that I’m one of several Brothers and Sisters who has known the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan–in my case since 1955–for many years. Regardless to the discomfort or pain that he endured, from time to time, during the years of his being prepared by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, in person, I know of no instance when he ever spoke, even “under his breath,” against his teacher.

    There never was a significant helper, such as a prophet, an apostle or warner from God, who did not have to undergo unusual experiences from God as He prepared, sustained, developed, as part of their overall preparation, who also did not experience unusual pain. There were times when such men were allowed to be placed in the hands of the wicked, in very difficult or even excruciatingly painful circumstances. Read your scriptures.

    In fact that which occurred in the lives of such persons, were signs of what were to take place in the lives of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and his Minister–Minister Farrakhan. I intend to get to “our” part in an article or two.

    So as Minister Farrakhan spoke of the first nineteen years of his trials from time to time, for “Closing The Gap,” he wept.

    Before I end my comments, on that thirty page section of his book, I wish to place before the reader a few definitions that the reader may reflect as deeply as he/she wishes, on this major aspect of Minister Farrakhan’s life. And I’m asking the reader to reflect on the kind of heart that was made in Minister Farrakhan, for God’s purposes, that enabled him to share the burden of his teacher–a heart that was specially put in the service of each one of us–whether we are of the righteous or the wicked.

    Please, now, consider these definitions.

    “Sigh, sob, moan and groan are not synonyms, but they come into comparison, both as verbs when they mean literally or figuratively to emit a sound indicative of mental or physical pain or distress.

    “Sigh implies an involuntary expression of grief, intense longing, regret.

    “Sob strictly implies a sound made by a catching of the breath when one is weeping or when one is both speaking and crying, or when one is speaking and at the same time trying to restrain one’s tears.

    “Cry, weep and some other words that I don’t need to take up, agree in meaning to show one’s grief, pain or distress by tears and utterances.”

    More of these definitions as they apply to Minister Farrakhan’s heart next issue, Allah willing. Now, in closing, consider this item as food for thought. What is the opposite of “study” or “to study?” Again, more next issue, Allah willing.