Let’s continue the words of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s address that he delivered at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California on Sunday, May 27, 2012.
Let’s look at the 103rd Surah (Chapter) of the Holy Qur’an, which is titled Al-‘Asr (“The Time”): “In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful. By the time! – Surely man is in loss, Except those who believe and do good, and exhort one another to Truth, and exhort one another to patience.” “Time” is bringing loss to humanity–time is doing that!
But there’s an exception: “Except those who believe and do good…” Believe” in what?? Well, you may say, “I’m a believer!” Sure you are; you believe in what you believe! But that’s not what the Qur’an is talking about. The Qur’an is speaking of a period of time where certain things are going to happen, when God’s Decree will be sent down; and either you believe in that Decree, and act accordingly; or you rebel against that.
When The Decree is sent down, it will split families apart; it will split churches apart, mosques apart, synagogues apart and nations apart, for that is a Great Time. Jesus said: “Two will be lying in the bed”–you can’t get no closer than that–“and He will take one, and leave one.”
Now just think about whom you’re lying in bed with; think about how comfortable it is, “the warmth of two in a bed.” Regardless of how you got there, or what your reason is being there, you’re there! And then something is said by God to the bed partners; then one will say, “I believe, and I’m going to get up out of this bed and do good!” and the other partner says: “I don’t believe that!” Then what happens? Each one will go their way; and one will lose, and the other will gain.
What makes this a “Time of Great Trouble” is that we’re living in The Time of The Judgment of this present world and its Order.
“Are you sure that we’re living in that Time, Farrakhan?” If you doubt that we are living in that Time, well, open your eyes–but get up out that bed, first; stop snorting for a minute, or drinking! Get out from under the influence of that which does not keep you sober and open your eyes beyond the radio and television, and look around you and see what’s going on in our world!
‘A Time of Trouble’ is seen in the reality of the world we’re living in. Look at the trouble “The Family of Christ” is in: We can’t even come together to change the horrible reality outside the church door! So the church is a “place of comfort” now, where you just go to pray about the troubles in life. But when church is over, you go right back to the same condition!
Look at the drugs on each corner; look at the madness that’s going on right outside the church, the mosque and the synagogue door: If we have religion, and “our religion” is the “religion of Jesus Christ,” and Muhammad, and the prophets, then why are we so weak to change reality when Jesus changed reality? Muhammad changed the reality of his time? But we are weak to change the reality of what’s right outside our door?
What is “the reality?” You don’t have what you think you have; you are really powerless because Satan is running amok. Amok is behaving uncontrollably and disruptively. Guidance in a Time of Trouble.
When you look at the weather, and you see tornadoes; you see storms; you see drought; you see wind like we’ve never seen it; cold like we’ve haven’t seen it; heat like we haven’t seen it. Food dying in the fields because the heat is burning them up; the cattle dying, looking up at the sun, gritting their teeth, because there’s nothing to feed the cattle. Soon, famine is going to be in the land–you can take it or leave it. There will be no Wendy’s for you; there will be no more McDonald’s for you. They won’t have anything to give you but the garbage that they’ve been giving you–and less of it! “Surely man is in loss…”
America is building toward war, now, with Iran. Did you know, Israel has never signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty? America has, and Iran has. Did you know that Israel would not allow people to go into Dimona, Israel to find out how many weapons of mass destruction that Israel has? She has a strong nerve to say to Iran: “We don’t want you to develop atomic energy for electricity so you wouldn’t be dependent on oil.”
It used to be they didn’t want Iran to have a “nuclear weapon.” They are saying, “Iran must not even have the capability of producing a nuclear weapon.” And now, the “drum beaters” for war against Iran are beating their drums. “Beating the drums” for what? And who is going to fight the war?
Mothers, you raise your children, but you can’t get a decent education for them–nor justice! Remember the BART police slaying of Oscar Grant in Oakland, California in 2009. This young Black man was shot in the back while he was lying on the ground, handcuffed. And I know you’re expecting justice for Trayvon Martin, but you can see how they’re “chipping away” at that right now.
How long can you take this injustice? How long are you going to wait, in each generation, to talk to your children about America as “the land of hope”–for you? How can you live in a country where you don’t have justice? Now the police are being emboldened in certain cities where they’re just shooting us down. Emboldened means to give someone the courage or confidence to do something or to behave in a certain way.
Well, “Guidance in a Time of Trouble” is to tell you that if you don’t make a right decision today, then we’re going to suffer even greater loss.
Let’s look at the word “consider.” It means, “take into consideration; take everything into account; think carefully about (something), typically before making a decision, and more.”
How many Black people live in your city? How many of them read the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s words? Why I’m asking these questions now? Read the words carefully of Minister Farrakhan and can you find them in the Bible and the Holy Qur’an?
Now I’m ending this article with the word “why.”
In the New Oxford American Dictionary why means “for what reason or purpose and used to make or agree to a suggestion.”
The word suggestion means an idea or plan put forward for consideration; the action of doing this; something that implies or indicates a certain fact or situation; a slight trace or indication of something; the action or process of calling up an idea or thought in someone’s mind by associating it with other things: the power of suggestion.
When the Honorable Elijah Muhammad first saw Minister Farrakhan, he gave him his assignment, or duty. That was February 1955. Why I’m writing this in 2015?
Have you been keeping up with the moves the Honorable Minister Farrakhan is making publicly in regards to the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March?
More next issue, Allah willing.