A Valuable Blackman Part 9
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad has humbly, but clearly stated that, the Muslims in America are actually a blessing to her, if she but understood. Sometimes, he said or wrote this to warn America against her wicked plotting against his followers.
Second Peter 3:4 recorded the sentiments of those who scoffed (who showed contempt by derision, ridicule or mockery) who said, or thought in their hearts, “Where is the promise of his coming? …all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”
And again, II Peter 3:9-13: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to His word, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
How, then, could such people truly respect those who truly represented a man whose character they either doubted; held in contempt; and/or even secretly mocked? What effect did all of this have on the Minister’s class, at that time? Hence, the need for the clearing from the public’s minds the slander and the like directed at the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, at a time after his departure.
This work of clearing the name of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad began on the rise of the Honorable Louis Farrakhan, in 1977. The Minister gave his greatest defense of his teacher sixteen years later, in 1993. It was occasioned by the movie made about Malcolm X.
The movie about Malcolm came out at the end of 1992. The Honorable Louis Farrakhan gave a stirring defense of his teacher–the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, in February, 1993, in two speeches.
Now, with the Jews, and other opponents of the Honorable Louis Farrakhan, and the Nation of Islam, are on the slander campaign and rampage, during the latter part of 1993, and the first part of 1994, these and other signs indicate that it seems America is getting ready for her all out attack on the Nation to rid herself of us forever. What a shock she is in for!
Well, it is well understood that there is a set time, in the wisdom of God, for the trumpet of truth to be broadcast in America. Allah did not give Minister Farrakhan an unlimited time to teach truth in America. This fact is reflected in the fact that Master Fard Muhammad, according to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, had said more than once that He had a limited time to be physically among us. After the initial meeting between Him and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, in September, 1931, beginning a month later, He taught him for the next 40 months. Then He departed.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad was to, and did, teach for the next 40 years. Then he departed.
In the 1960s the Honorable Louis Farrakhan became the prime minister of all those who represented the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. He was to suffer from the jealousy and even the envy of others, who concealed varying degrees of disbelief in the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. This was not universal. But it was a large enough problem to become a factor in the fall of the Nation of Islam.
There were certain times when God told Moses (and later on other occasions, He told both Moses and Aaron) that He was going to kill the “chosen” people because of their continued rebellious spirit and acts. Notice, however, how many times Moses and Aaron fell down and begged God to have mercy and to grant them more time to correct the people. How did God respond? He heard their prayers. He gave them time; sometimes with conditions.
As early as late in 1932 or early in 1933, Master Fard Muhammad said to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, one day:
“Come on Karriem. We got about all we are going to get.” He broke down and cried: “Master, if you destroy them destroy me.” That’s love of a very special kind. (Before He gave his servant the name Muhammad, Master Fard Muhammad had given him the name Karriem.)
Master Fard Muhammad’s words were designed to bring from His servant that very response, in an increased measure. It was to elicit, to drawout deeper reserves of His servant’s love for us. It was one of God’s ways to lift His servant to the next step He deemed necessary for success in his mission. God’s ways often seem strange; even paradoxical. That is because of our distance from His wisdom. Surely, His ways are not strange to Himself.
So years later, in 1964, in response to His servant’s prayer, Allah again granted the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, his desire for more time. Not long after he moved Minister Farrakhan to New York City. There he intensified his preparation of his Minister for the work he was yet to do.
Let us look into the use of the word “as” by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, with reference to his Minister, the Honorable Louis Farrakhan.
The word “as” means: as if; in or to the same degree in which; when considered in a specified form or relation; in the way or manner that; in accordance with what or the way in which. When used as a preposition “as” means: like; in the capacity, character, condition, or role of. Role, in this sense signifies function. Among the definitions of “function” are: the action for which a person or thing is specially fitted or used; that for which a person or a thing exists; the definite end or purpose that the one in question serves, or the particular kind of work one is intended to perform.
Minister Farrakhan sits in the seat of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. He is a very honorable man. No, he has never said, nor is it being stated here that he is the father. But he does sit “as” the father. And, he is being made a father like his father. The important point here is that there is a law embodied in this “as.” In his statement that he (the Honorable Elijah Muhammad) was making his Minister to take his place among the people, even “as” Allah did by him; we are looking at of the exercise a profound law.
Let us go a little deeper, into this law. Among the factors requiring the Honorable Elijah Muhammad to depart when he did, was the degree, or the extent, to which he had grown–in every respect–to be like his Teacher, God Himself. Another man, closer to the people, had to be produced, and placed over the people, in the place of the one who had to leave to accomplish the next phase of his work. This man had to be the next man closest to himself.
(We’ve already noted that just as Master Fard Muhammad had a limited time to be openly among the people, so was this the case of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.)
Again, in order for the people to fully rise, someone–the proper one–had to be prepared to give the proper witness, in the proper manner, of the exalted state of the one who was to leave. Furthermore, he would have to inform all of that which the one who had departed was doing, which would affect all life on earth–from his exalted state. In other words, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad simply could not accomplish the next phase of his work while living physically, on a day to day basis, among us and others. He had to be in another location. He is. Yet he had to have one like himself among us. He has.
More next issue, Allah willing.