“Whoever brings a good deed will have tenfold like it, and whoever brings an evil deed, will be recompensed only with the like of it, and they shall not be wronged.” Holy Qur’an 6:160
Early Saturday morning June 5, 2010, I had a wonderful meeting, with Dr. Patina and Brother Wazir Muhammad, over coffee. I first met him in 1958, in Los Angeles. He is a wonderful writer.
It would take up too much time and space and give my reason, for asking him to respond to this passage, that comes from the Holy Qur’an 20: 25-36.
It reads: “He said: My Lord, expand my breast for me: And ease my affair for me: And loose the knot from my tongue, (That) they may understand my word.
“And give to me an aider from my family: Aaron, my brother; Add to my strength by him, (32) And make him share my task – So that we may glorify Thee much, And much remember Thee. Surely, Thou art ever Seeing us. He said: Thou art indeed granted thy petition, O Moses.” (Emphasis mine.)
I had three wonderful conversations with Brother Wazir. He agreed to write three articles. But due to high blood pressure, he’s unable to write, right now. But, Allah willing next week, he’ll be able to finish.
I wrote this article in November 1982 for The Forward Times.
“At this point, let us look at why the word ‘Brother’ rather than ‘Minister’ is and will be used–for a while–in these ar-ticles respecting Brother Farrakhan. The reason is due to the deep re-spect this writer has for this remarkable Brother. It is also due to the profound wisdom of Brother Farrakhan’s de-cision (agreed to by his nationwide staff) that the officials of the Nation of Islam, under the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, divest themselves of titles, for the present, as he put it, ‘… not because titles are unnecessary, but they become counterproductive if the un-derpinning, the support for the title, is not yet in place.’ ”
In his “Memorandum To The Black Nation” (The Final Call, Vol. 2, No. 5), he continued,
“ ‘We must have the proper attitude, the proper mental view of the mission of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. We must understand Allah’s (God’s) aim and pur-pose for bringing Elijah Muhammad into the world.
“‘If we indeed want to carry on his work, then we cannot put titles on ourselves or ‘add cubits to our height.’ We should not exalt ourselves so that we who think we know may mislead others by making ourselves lords and guardians beside Allah for the people. We must first study and qualify ourselves for the po-sition that we may desire to hold. However, we should not de-sire these positions. We should desire the fruition of the will of God. And out of and working for the fruition of His will, we grow into a title that is consis-tent with our own character and the nature of us that makes us unique from our brother and sister. And, it is Allah (God) Who gave us our uniqueness, so it is only Allah (God) Who can give us our proper function and title in this Divine work.’”
“What Minister Farrakhan said of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad likewise applies to him too. We must have the proper atti-tude, the proper mental view of the mission of the Honorable Louis Farrakhan. We must understand Allah’s (God’s) aim and pur-pose for bringing Minister Farrakhan into the world.”
This article was written for the same newspaper, The Forward Times.
“On February 27, 1983, Brother Louis Farrakhan, the National Representative and Spokesman for and of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, delivered the greatest speech of his life. It will air on radio KCOH on Sundays from 6:15 to 6:45 A.M.
“It is, in a sense, a continuation of a major aspect of his Saviour’s Day speech of 1981. It was an exceedingly clear pre-sentation of the oneness of Christ and Muhammad, thus building on the base of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad chiefly through Brother Louis Farrakhan (and others) to bring the Black man and woman into true union–which means making ‘Black’ Christians true Christians and ‘Black’ Muslims true Muslims, which ultimately mean the same thing!!!
“No, there is no mistake in the above paragraph. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad is very much alive, well, and on his way back to do what is written of him in the Bible and Holy Qur’an.
“By no means is Brother Farrakhan a ‘crazy man.’ A crazy man could not have called together the exceedingly intelligent minds that he did. There were some of the finest brains (of Black people) in America in such areas as economics, the mili-tary, history, transportation, male-female relationships, com-munica-tions, education, mental health, politics, law, housing, our el-derly, religion, the international forum… “The theme of the four-day conference revolved around the practical use of knowledge and the methods by which Black people can become free.
“Dick Gregory told an audience, ‘We (Blacks) need help. I think you all are the group that’s going to do it. You have the discipline and the organization.’ He also said that the Nation of Islam is ‘farthest ahead’ and urged those who are not in it (in the formal sense) to at least consider ‘Muslim methodol-ogy.’ Dick Gregory was one of a dozen speakers and per-formers participat-ing in an international arts concert.
“I have much to offer about Brother Farrakhan’s exceed-ingly powerful speech–in terms of content and timing–in the next is-sue, Allah Willing.”
“Brother Louis Farrakhan’s illuminating speech delivered on February 27, 1983, was not only his greatest speech but I am sure that when all of the factors are considered and studied, it will prove to be not one of the greatest, but the greatest speech of all times up to this time. Let me explain. Paul, on the road to Damascus, experienced a conversion to Jesus (according to the book of Acts, chapter 9) which was a sign of the conversion of Brother Louis Farrakhan back to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. According to the book of Acts, chapter 9, as Paul came near Damascus, a light from heaven shone about him and he heard a voice from heaven–the effect of which was to turn him fully to Jesus. For three days he was without sight. And then the scales were removed from his eyes. Brother Louis Farrakhan went through an ex-cruciatingly painful experience of conversion (or you might say reconversion) in September of 1977. It will take more time and space than the limits of this article to go fully into this at this point, but in the course of future articles, I intend to give the full details of what I am touching at this moment.
“What I am driving at this point is that the Peter and the Paul of the Bible represent two aspects of Brother Louis Farrakhan’s development. Peter saw, walked, and talked with Jesus. According to Christian theology, Paul saw Jesus through the eyes of faith and really was greater than Peter. From 1955 through December of 1974, Brother Farrakhan walked and talked with the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. From 1975 to the moment of this writing, this Special Spokesman has not seen his Lord. Yet he sees him or under-stands him far better now than he did prior to 1975.
“His speech of February 27th reminds me of Paul’s writing of lst Corinthians, chapter 15, part of which is contained in verses 12 through 19, which read:
“Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resur-rection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.”
More next issue, Allah Willing.