I’ve written more than one book. The first one is This Is The One: Need Not Look for Another. That was in 1970. Many things happened from that time to now.
The word “traveler” means a person who is traveling or who often travels.”
In The Final Call newspaper my column is titled Farrakhan The Traveler. Later, I want to tell the reader why I titled it such.
I asked the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan a series of questions over the years.
There was a debate over reparations to Black people of America, held at Boston University, on November 11th, last year. They omitted God and whether or not He is an active part in the resolving of this explosive problem.
No subject is more controversial than God. So regardless to how controversial or explosive a subject may already be, it automatically reaches its extreme in controversy when God is introduced to the subject.
The majority of humanity claims belief in God, while also admitting that the world seems to be on the brink of annihilation.
Certainly God is often superficially mentioned in relation to the serious problems in which humanity is entangled. But if God is really introduced in serious discussions of the world’s affairs, the level of “controversy” goes through the roof.
How would the audience at Boston University have reacted if God were really introduced into that debate? If the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan introduced God at that meeting, it would have been 100 percent different and enlightening.
The Bible teaches, in John 7:24, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” (KJV) The Phillips Modern English Bible reads: “You must not judge by the appearance of things, but by the reality. The New English Bible reads:
“Do not judge superficially, but be just in your judgments.” The Amplified Bible reads: “Be honest in your judgment and do not decide at a glance–superficially and by appearances; but judge fairly and righteously.”
Many make misjudgments respecting Minister Farrakhan’s health; the intensity of his Godly love; his tremendous will power; and the fact that his Backers continuously empower him.
In Is It Possible That The Honorable Elijah Muhammad Is Still Physically Alive??? I wrote:
“In the Holy Qur’an we read in Surah 10:36-39, part of which teaches us that the rejecters, who follow conjecture, reject Allah’s revelations, which their state of mind won’t permit them to grasp, even as they judge His wisdom, which is in the process of accomplishing that for which He revealed it.
“Such judgmental persons are casting unjust stones at the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, and at we who follow him, even as others like them did to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and his followers in the past.
“They don’t realize that in their expressions of contempt for the Ambassador of Christ: the Honorable Louis Farrakhan, they are showing their contempt for the wisdom of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, who chose Minister Farrakhan under divine guidance, to teach and do as he is.”
English dictionaries are inadequate to define the state of mind in the word “judgmental.” So, I asked my Brother and Minister. Ponder the wisdom of his answer.
Brother Jabril: Brother Minister, yesterday, in a limited way, we discussed the state of mind of one who is judgmental. You mentioned a tendency in human nature, which the word ‘haste’ defines. You mentioned history’s judgment on the judgmental contemporaries of certain kinds of persons and why. Please comment.
Minister Farrakhan: Let’s start with the word tendency. There is a natural tendency in the human being to look at a circumstance, an event, or a person and hastily make some form of judgment. Oft-times when that person comes closer to the subject, digs deeper into the event or the circumstance, they recognize that their first judgment was improper, incorrect.
This tendency that exists causes the human being great trouble because unfortunately, when we make a hasty judgment of an event, a circumstance, or a person, our ego can get involved in that judgment and therefore, that judgment could be a blinding factor in our properly relating to the event, the circumstance, or the person.
There is in human nature, as the Holy Qur’an teaches us, that the man is made in haste. This is why the Qur’an counsels us to gain the quality of patience. If we were by nature patient, we would not make hasty judgments. But because by nature, we are hasty, then we make hasty decisions based on hasty judgments.
I find, in my experience with our people and with human beings generally, that that tendency is real in everybody. It takes great discipline to withhold the tendency, or to control the tendency to make snap judgments without having not some of the facts, but as many of the facts that are possible to be known. This is why I believe that the Bible teaches, “Judge not lest you be in danger of judgment.” Because no matter what we think we know, only God knows all of the factors in an event, in a circumstance and that which is in and surrounds a person.
Only God, the Best Knower, is qualified to really make a judgment. His judgment, then becomes a trial for the judgmental, because He sees so much when He judges, that it takes the hasty judgmental person time to catch up to the wisdom involved in a judgment, or a determination made by God, and they may do much harm to themselves and others until they catch up to His judgment.
This is why most great men are never properly seen by their contemporaries. The veiling of divinity, by the flesh and the drives of the flesh, causes people to be blinded by the flesh, making hasty judgments of that which is divine. So great men have to be judged by history, not by their contemporaries.
When our Beloved Brother, Martin Luther King was assassinated, and I looked at his funeral on television and began to weep, and I asked the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, why did I react like that, when we thought so differently from Dr. King? He said, “As long as the testator lives he is writing his testament.”
The testator is the person, who every day of his life, is writing his testament. Life takes so many twists and turns that one can never fully know a person until death puts a period to the writing.
He said, “Then the historians come and gather all of the bits and pieces of evidence of this person’s life and work. Then the historians assign this person his or her place in history.”
So in truth one can never receive one’s reward while one is alive. Your true reward comes after death has put a period to your testament and others can now view your life, its work, its impact, starting with the gathering of as many of the facts as can be known. Those facts give the person who reads them and digests them, maybe a totally different view of the person, or the event, or the circumstance, than [from] the contemporary, who lived when that person, was apart of that event and was a part, or an observer of that circumstance, whose judgmental state of mind miss-judged.
So in concluding my answer to that question, it would seem to me that none of us is truly capable of making a true judgment. And none of us is patient enough to wait for God to judge an event, a person and a circumstance. So history will always be correcting our judgments.
More next issue, Allah willing