The Wedding Night of Ascension
“Seest thou not how thy Lord extends the shade? And if He pleased, He would have made it stationary. Then We have made the sun an indication of it, Then We take it to Ourselves, taking little by little. And He it is Who made the night a covering for you, and sleep a rest, and He made the day to rise up again.” –Holy Qur’an, Surah 25, verses 45-47
In concluding this series on the Whirling Dervishes, background history and the observance of the Hour, I am reminded once again that this event was staged at UCLA in Los Angeles on the night of December 17th last year. We were celebrating not the death of the mystical poet, Rumi, but we were celebrating the wedding night of his Divine Ascension or union with Almighty God Allah. As we may recall in previous articles, it was stated that Rumi was the founder of the Mevlevi School of Whirling Dervishes 800 years ago. In as much as this prayer dance ceremony took place on the campus of UCLA at Royce Hall, it was a great historical turning point in relationship to the history of the Nation of Islam in America.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad identified this school in particular as the place where Master W. Fard Muhammad visited at some point in preparation to make himself known in the public in 1930. This same period of Rumi’s time 800 years ago, also corresponds to the rise to power of the Mongolian Nation under its leader Ghengis Khan. How interesting to learn in this millennium that historians treat both these significant figures as sharing a common genius and influence on world society. The recognition of the warrior nation of Ghengis Khan and his army ended with the establishment of a cultural revolution under the last ruling Khan, Kublai Khan, his grandson.
Kublai Khan at the end of his life turned from military conquests to a more sedentary lifestyle at the ancient site of Dadu (Peiking), modern day Beijing at the site of the Forbidden City, thus emerged a synthesis of the militant along with the spiritual virtues and the finest cultural attainment. Early in the last century was found a document of book entitled, the “Secret History of the Mongolians” in one of the palace libraries in the Forbidden City. It is not a coincidence that we are suddenly discovering some of our roots to be a part of this heritage in telling the story of our cultural links with tribes and people of the Steppes of Central Asia.
Being guided by the Divine Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, we are all on our planet hearing a common heritage in the rise of the Nation of Islam in America. The full saga of this story is most poignantly revealed in the reading of the Fourth Manzil (Portion) of Qur’anic chapters (17-25). From this material, I am preparing a documentary which is now in the making. It is not a coincidence that on that same day, the 17th, two months earlier that the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan ascended to meet his Lord above in the heavens in the month of September in 1985 in his vision-like experience in which God revealed to him what He Revealed.
It is not a coincidence that in my Mongolian vision, occurring one year earlier in 1984 that I traveled first to this site into Tepotzlan, Mexico, as a bearer of witness to this event. The welding together of the history of the East and the West covering the whole world of Africa, Asia and the Americas return us back to the origin of the Asiatic Black Man as being one nation, one kingdom, as it was in the beginning.
I reflect upon the words of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad upon at least two or more occasions which connect us to his Master Teacher. He stated to several of us at the dinner table that while he was at home, the men would gather in a circle dance singing the words the following song that I remember to the best of my ability: “Take me, take me to America to the state of Tennessee where I pray to my Allah to push the devil into the sea.”
Upon another occasion, he shared with some of us in 1974 at the Palace residence that some of us would be invited to a dinner that would be hosted by Master Fard Muhammad’s mother. During the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s Friendship Tour III, we were indeed hosted by a Muslim family who lived in the Caucasus Mountains in the country of Daghestan on the Caspian Sea. All of us who accompanied the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan were their guests during our visit up to the time of our departure. The Honorable Minister Farrakhan also met at the airport a representative from the Caucasus Mountains that identified themselves as being members of the Nation of Islam.
Finally, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad stated that Master Fard Muhammad was a wonderful dancer. Right footed as Fred Astaire and that he further danced with a water glass on his head with perfect balance, the glass never slipping from his head. Once again my thoughts went to the position and rotating of the evolutionary movements of the Whirling Dervishes, with their whirling skirts so elegantly flowing with the towering fez worn on the heads, never losing their balance as in the modern-day waltz on the theme of “My Beloved and My Beloved is Mine,” (words from the Song of Solomon).
I thank Almighty God Allah for opening our minds and our hearts and our spirit to embrace a new way of thinking, a new thought and a New World Order of love, peace and happiness.
“And We have not sent thee but as a giver of good news and as a warner. Say: I ask of you naught in return for it except that he who will may take a way to his Lord. And rely on the Ever-Living Who dies not, and celebrate His praise, And sufficient is He as being Aware of His servants’’ sins, Who created the heavens and the earth and what is between them in six periods, and He is established on the Throne of Power, the Beneficent. So ask respecting Him one aware.” –Holy Qur’an, Surah 25, verses 56-59