The Cultural Revolution Begins/In Search of The Messiah
“Seest thou not that Allah is He, Whom do glorify all those who are in the heavens and the earth, and the birds with wings outspread? Each one knows its prayer and its glorification. And Allah is Knower of what they do. And Allah’s is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth, and to Allah is the eventual coming.” —Holy Qur’an, Surah 24, verses 41-42
The above-title of my article is taken from the 30-page book transcription of a speech delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on education presented in Detroit, Michigan, on May 12, 1984. He stated in a section of his speech entitled, “The Purpose of Suffering” the following words:
“… After undergoing 400 years of the worst slavery ever inflicted upon a people in the annals of history, we need to be educated, not simply in the facts of slavery, but also in the purpose of why White people brought us into slavery and why Allah (God) permitted them to bring us into slavery. When we can see our experience from Allah’s (God’s) perspective, we can suffer a little longer because we know the purpose. … Allah (God) never allows a people to come to greatness without struggle. Allah (God) never allows a people to come to greatness without hardship. Allah (God) never allows a people to come to greatness lying on beds made of ease. In the church, there is a song that says, “Can we go to heaven on flowery beds of ease, while others fought to win the prize and sailed through bloody seas? If I must reign, I, too must fight and sail through those same bloody seas. We must ask Allah (God) in the right spirit, ‘Why did You allow us to be brought here? Why did You want us to suffer like this? I know that education is the key, so if I only understood why, I would have the key to come out of sufffering or endure it better. In my suffering, I could develop character.’ … Character is the sea on which knowledge floats. Regardless of how much knowledge you have, your ship of knowledge will sink when you lose your character.”
On Sunday, August 7th, following the three-day Educational Conference held at Muhammad University of Islam in Chicago, I shared the following words:
Dear Sisters and Brothers, we have come to a point in our history that so much talking has to end and doing has to take its place. If we do not begin to internalize and activate the principles of our faith, then we are like a jackass carrying books and we cannot be of that character and expect that God will take us any further than that.
What is a book? You are a book. I am a book. We are a book. We are a reading and a testimony of the Reality of God in self. So as we search to find ourselves, we are going to end up discovering Almighty God Allah Himself.
Once you come to recognize and accept who you and I really are, we will be able to light up a torchlight for not only America but for the entire world to show and demonstrate the principles of righteousness.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us that one day we would be attacked; that the enemy being so angry and hateful to see righteousness, that he will attack us on the basis of righteousness. The attack would come not because we have done anything wrong or evil, but they are going to try to manufacture through laws, to prevent us from spreading the righteous example of a true Muslim. This message is for the Muslims of the entire Islamic world.
We have held during the last four days, ending today, what I consider to be a hallmark turning point in the Nation’s history, where we have been able to gather such powerful young people, young adults, writers, authors and hip-hop artists. We have the potential from this conference to be able to spread a new educational teaching throughout our entire community.
We can no longer just come and hear a lecture and say wow that was a great point, oh wow that was very inspirational. What are you going to do when you go out the door today? Will you just wait for the sun to set and then break fast during this great Ramadan and have no active, mental processing going on in your mind to change the way that we’ve been living, or dying, and come back to life again? The Life-Giving Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was to stand us up before the world and say that the most beautiful Nation is in the wilderness of North America. And you see all over the world now you have many enemies to righteousness in the proper view of God; they are among Muslims and they are among non-Muslims.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said don’t trust anybody, and I think that’s a good lesson for us all, don’t trust anybody. Why? Do you trust yourself that you are doing the right thing? Do you trust your mouth that you don’t need to put a harness on it, a bridle and stop the vicious use of your mouths to demonstrate non-Islamic behavior, but call yourselves Muslims?
We don’t have time for rosy speeches anymore. We don’t have time for anything but to put a check on ourselves as the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is guiding us and putting us back in what we would call a straight jacket of reform that we all must come under the obedience, the laws and the restrictive rules and regulations that was given to us in the beginning from Master Fard Muhammad and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. That is much easier to follow than to be a reject of God outside of the harmony of beauty and truth, because when we are protected, then Allah will take over our minds, our thinking, our walking, our actions and our thoughts.
“Seest thou not that Allah drives along the clouds, then gathers them together, then piles them up, so hat thou seest the rain coming forth from their midst? And He sends down from the heaven (clouds like) mountains, wherein is hail, afflicting therewith whom He pleases and turning it away from whom He pleases. The flash of His lightning almost takes away the sight. Allah causes the night and the day to succeed one another. Surely there is a lesson in this for those who have sight.”–Holy Qur’an, Surah 24, verses 43-44
To be continued.