In the book, Closing The Gap, anyone can read the meaning of the word “Gap.”
The word “context,” means this: “the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed; the parts of something written or spoken that immediately precede and follow a word or passage and clarify its meaning; in context considered together with the surrounding words or circumstances; out of context without the surrounding words or circumstances and so not fully; understandable.”
Now my reason for this article involves what happened to me right before the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and his delegation went to Cuba in 2006.
The word why means, “for what reason or purpose.” I must go into this much deeper. I’m starting it now. What comes below, I did not produce it.
Jabril Muhammad: Dear Brother Minister, to reiterate, I don’t remember the exact date when you and your party were in Cuba when I had an experience that I have mentioned to you twice. It seemed like it was very short. I woke up in it. It was maybe 5:30 a.m. when I woke up, when I knew I had just seen the Honorable Elijah Muhammad as clear as day. In the scene he was more to my left. I saw you. You were somewhat less clear and a little below the middle of the scene and somewhat towards the right. Almost simultaneously I heard what seemed to me to be a contingent, I wouldn’t say troops, but a small contingent or body of troops coming from over towards the upper right. That’s where their sound came from.
Then the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said to me, “They are coming for me in him.” Immediately, I knew he was referring to you. I woke up and the scene was still there. I thought to call you, but I said no that would be very improper. Moreover, I probably couldn’t reach him anyway. But it had an impact on me and then of course, when I got a chance I shared it with you.
About four days later I had another experience that did not directly involve our father or you. But there was a point of similarity. I intend to get to that at another time.
Be it the Will of Allah I intend to mention it, if Allah pleases, in a follow-up series of questions, I have in mind and answers from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, Allah willing, which will be volume two.
Now, Brother Minister, I would like for you to tell me what you think about that experience.
Minister Farrakhan: First, it’s a very profound experience that answers many questions for me personally and probably for others as well.
I would like to start by going back to the time when I was with the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and he said to me, “Brother I want your mind. I want you to line your mind up with my mind so that there will be one mind.” If that is not the perfect recall of his words, it’s 99 and 9/10% correct.
Then later on he said to me, “Brother, I’m going away. I’m going away to study. I’ll be gone for approximately three years. Don’t change the teachings while I’m gone. And if you are faithful when I return, I will reveal the new teaching through you.”
Now, of course, Brother Jabril, his words have great impact on me, but understanding them takes time. Then of course, in 1975, February 25th, ten-past nine New York time, ten-past eight Chicago time, I get a call from my son Joshua, who was at the hospital (Mercy Hospital) where the Messenger was, saying to me that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad had expired.
Coming to Chicago, seeing a casket with one that looked like my father and teacher, only about twenty to twenty-five years younger; participating in a funeral; carrying the casket to the cemetery; for me, at that time, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad had expired. None of the things then that he said to me made sense.
As you know I tried to follow W.D. Muhammad as he told me he knew the direction that the nation should take after the alleged demise of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. And so I told him that I would serve him, as I’ve served his father, as long as I could see that he remain faithful to his father.
As you know there had been difficulty between him and his dad. I did not wish to divide the nation, nor did I feel confident that I could lead in the absence of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, particularly if he were dead. I could hold the teachings if he were gone and I knew he was coming back. But he already taught us that you don’t come back from death.
In that case I didn’t believe that I could lead the nation, though he sat me in his seat; though he said many things that would lead me to believe that he wanted me to take his place in his absence. I didn’t feel confident. So if the Imam or W.D. Muhammad felt that he could, and knew the direction, then I would help him as I helped his father.
Thirty months later, I came to the conclusion that, that was not best for me–maybe even less time than that. I saw things that of which I disagreed and I did not wish to upset the house. So I decided to leave (quietly) and try to resume my music career, which was a complete failure. The God took away everything from me musically. I almost had nothing left.
I met you on that wonderful day in September of 1977. You gave me a book to read and on the third day of reading that book you came to the hotel room. And I told you, “Your eye operation was successful. The scales have been removed from my eyes.” And then the long journey began.
You gave me something to read. You told me even at that time that, “The Honorable Elijah Muhammad was yet alive.” And I, in my heart said, “Oh my poor Brother. He loves the Honorable Elijah Muhammad so much he can’t bear the thought that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is deceased.” And I said to him (Brother Jabril), “Well whether he’s alive or not, he’s not here Brother. So the work is on us to do.” And I gently passed it off.
I must state my reason fully for putting this out now in this article, next issue Allah willing.
Study these two photos carefully. It is part of this article.