I asked Brother Cedric Muhammad and Sister Latonja Muhammad to write introductions to this book, “Closing The Gap.” Meanwhile, please read these words of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan that is in this book. I intend to explain why I asked both of them to write the introduction to this book. It’s important.
PART VI: DETERMINING THE QUALITY OF OUR PERCEPTION
Brother Jabril: Brother Minister, I want to begin with the concept of mood and how mood affects our perceptions and our understanding of the critical word of Allah (God). You commented yesterday on this subject with reference to a recent Farrakhan the Traveler article, which included the bearing our moods have on our efforts to learn the words of Allah (God). Please give us the benefit of your comments.
Minister Farrakhan: What we bring to whatever we look at is what gives us our perception of that which we are looking at. Knowledge influences perception. However, if we do not know what we are looking at, then, the perception we have of that at which we are looking is not as full or complete as it could be, or would be, if only we had knowledge and further understanding.
In the Holy Qur’an, there is a verse that reads, “We take Allah’s colouring, and Allah is best at colouring.” I believe it means we take Allah’s (God’s) view and how Allah (God) views His own creation is how the believer views Allah’s (God’s) creation. But we cannot see His creation without His help. His help comes by introducing the knowledge to us of that which He created, and, the deeper aspect of perception is understanding the purpose for which He created what He created. It is only when we understand the purpose for the creation of the thing, we are looking at, and the lessons He intended in it, that we can say we have taken fully Allah’s (God’s) coloring.
Please read Minister Farrakhan’s full answer to my question. Read from page 51-53.
In this part we read Sister Latonja Muhammad’s words. It starts on page xv. I gave part of Brother Cedric’s introduction which starts on page vi, that I gave in part in the last article. Her words start here:
“Every student’s dream is to be close to his or her teacher. So close that he or she is considered the favorite; and even closer, that one day, the student hopes to be ‘like’ or ‘equal’ to the one teaching.
“Any good student yearns for the day when his teacher calls upon him; because he takes pleasure in showing the teacher he got his lesson. He takes pleasure in being pleasing his in the teacher’s sight.
“Not only is it the student’s desire to be ‘like’ the teacher, or to one day become a teacher, it is the aim and purpose of the teacher that the student one day equals and even surpasses him. This is what fuels any good teacher. It is his driving force, it is also what gives him patience with the student, for he sees and knows the power that is active in the teacher lays dormant in the student. So it is the teacher’s aim to ignite the energy that is potential and turn it to kinetic.
“So the teacher will perform all kinds of ‘stunts’ (if you will) to get the attention of the student, to show the student what is inside of him. But, often times, instead of the student(s) taking hold of the truth of the witness of his teacher as a sign of his own attributes; all the teacher gets is more accolades, claps, cheers, tears and salutes. But, that’s not what he (the teacher) is after. In fact, he wants none of that; his greatest desire, that in which he came into the world for, and that which he will give his life for; is for his student(s) to become what he or she already ‘is.’
“The Honorable Elijah Muhammad stated that ‘the ultimate aim and purpose’ of Master Fard Muhammad was/is to make ‘each one into a God.’ If that is His purpose, and The Honorable Elijah Muhammad wouldn’t have a purpose, except for the purpose of the Master; and Minister Louis Farrakhan wouldn’t have a purpose, except for the purpose of the student of the Master; then it is safe to say, that the ultimate aim and purpose of Minister Louis Farrakhan is the same as the Master, to make each one of ‘us’ into a God.
“ ‘For this cause I have come into the world,’ said Jesus; ultimately to be the bridge that connects and binds man back to his original state; where there is no gap in thought, where there is no separation between man, and God. This couldn’t be achieved by Jesus or any of the Messengers of Allah, unless they themselves went through the ‘process’ or actually stood ‘in the gap’ between man and God.
“Well, where exactly is the gap? It was put like this in the Old Testament: ‘My thoughts are not your thoughts and neither are my ways your ways. Mine are from above while yours are from beneath.’ Then it went on to say, ‘that as the rain falls down from heaven, so shall my word be, that cometh out of my mouth, it shall not return unto me void, but shall accomplish what ‘I will’ and prosper whereunto I send it.
“It’s clear by this statement that someone is operating or ‘thinking’ on a higher level and therefore able to ‘do’ greater things and accomplish more than the one who is operating beneath. So there forms a gap or difference in the results of a person whose thoughts are from above, and the person’s whose thoughts are from beneath. The gap exists in the ‘thought consciousness.’ And if the gap exists in ‘thought,’ then the gap can be closed by ‘thought.’
“I guess we can say that the story of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is a true love affair. A man in love with his teacher, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, in love with his God, Allah, Who Came in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad; and in love with his people and humanity. What better love than this; than a man would lay down his life for his friend?
“As you read, this book, Closing The Gap, you are literally taken on an intimate journey into the heart, mind and soul of a man. His destiny, didn’t start when he met the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, it began in his mother’s womb. In fact, when he heard that God had raised a messenger for our people, he was a little upset, asking God, ‘Why didn’t you choose me, you know I love my people.’ And the Honorable Elijah Muhammad almost had to whip him, to get him to see, that he, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad didn’t make him; he said, Allah made Farrakhan for him.”
I thank you for reading this.
More next issue, Allah Willing.