Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, We believe, and will not be tried? And indeed we tried those before them, so Allah will certainly know those who are true and He will know the liars.” Holy Quran 29: 2, 3.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad told many of us that he expected to one day meet again with his Teacher, Master Fard Muhammad.
This chapter, we can read in the Bible, contains an occasion in which the Honorable Elijah Muhammad touched on his future in a manner, which bears directly on the question of whether or not he is alive–physically and otherwise.
In it the Honorable Elijah Muhammad spoke, in what to me, was an especially poignant, moving and weighty manner, about his future. It’s one of those experiences one has, which makes an indelible or lasting impression on one’s heart.
The ninth chapter of the book of Daniel, especially the part about the “seventy weeks of years” is what suddenly came to my mind.
I wrote a letter to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and informed him of this vision and my response to it. In his return letter he acknowledged the truth of what Master Fard Muhammad said of this vision. He said he could not go through what he was going through without the continuous and direct help of Master Fard Muhammad.
Then he stated, in this letter, in answer to my response to this experience, that one day he would be the object of a particular death plot from which Allah, partly through the agency of special human beings he called angels, would enable him to escape. His letter clearly indicated to me that this future effort to murder him would be greater than all of the efforts, which others had, and were still making, to take his life, which went back at least to 1935.
It seemed clear to me, from what I felt of the spirit of his words, that this would be the greatest effort on the part of his (our) enemies to kill him. And, it was clear to me that he expected this plot and attempt to be in the future; beyond the time of his November 1966 letter.
However, he confidently continued, that Allah would send His angels who would come down and pick him up (rescue him) on what he called a dark and cloudy day. He also gave me chapters and verses from the Bible and the Holy Qur’an to study that referred to this future event.
He finally wrote that he would take me further into all of this when he saw me, be it the will of Allah. I immediately studied what he gave me and then put the letter away. I thought about this subject for a few days. Then it sort of faded from my mind.
Although I was blessed to see him, from time to time, during the next 11 months, it seems as if I had forgotten the subject. Nor did he bring it up during the times we saw each other after I received his letter of November 1966.
About a year later, during one afternoon, in October 1967, he told me to call the automobile insurance company with whom we were doing business. He said he wanted the Captain’s (Brother Abdul Allah’s) car and my own, under his insurance policy so that we might get better rates. I did. At one point the agent asked me of his driving situation in Chicago. That I did not know. At the time of my telephone conversation, with the insurance agent, he had gone up to his room. Since there was not enough time to get to him and then back to her before her office hours closed, which was within minutes it was agreed that I would get back to her the next day. He did not come down for dinner that night.
During that time I was painting his office. I was still at it the next morning when he came down for coffee. When I knew he was down and the insurance office was opened I went to the dining room and brought him up to date on where things were about his request. He asked me to get her on the phone. I did. Before I could leave to return to painting he invited me to have coffee and orange juice. Of course, I accepted.
I wasn’t paying attention to what he was saying to her until he seemed to have a bit of difficulty remembering his age. That got my attention. I looked in his direction. After a moment of a bit of hesitancy he said to her that he was seventy and blushed as he did so. As he hung up the phone and returned to the table, still blushing, he said to me, “You know Brother, sometimes I forget my own age.”
His remark triggered something that had come to me some years ago, which I had not spoken to any one. I simply had no reason to do so. It was just one of those things which just sits in the mind of many of us, without our attaching much importance to it, which later turns out to be more significant than we had first realized.
My response to his remark was unplanned, unexpected, and spontaneous. Sometimes later I wondered to what extent was this simply a fortuitous event–that which happens by a fortunate accident or chance–or was it deeper.
To his blushing remark I simply commented that his age was of importance with me. I had no idea that this would open up what it did. He immediately unnerved me when his countenance suddenly became very stern and serious. He looked sharply at me as he sat down. I did not know what I had said to cause this sudden change.
After he sat down he again shot another serious glance at me. He asked me “What do you see in my age, Brother?” I said I knew there were connections between his age, at certain points in his life, and certain prophecies.
He continued looking at me with that same stern expression as he asked me to give him an example. I mentioned the ninth chapter of Daniel. He said, “Get my Bible.” It was behind him on the T.V. As I got up to get it I recall thinking that I did not ever recall seeing any of his Bibles downstairs, as opposed to up in his bedroom or in his office. As I picked it up I noticed that it was the King James Version.
He asked me to turn to the ninth chapter of Daniel. I did. He said, “Read it.” As I looked at the 24th verse I noticed that there were little “Xs” besides each of the last four verses of that chapter. They were verses 24 through 27.
I read aloud from the book of Daniel, beginning in 9:24: “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
“And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off– .”
He interrupted me with these words: “How do you see this ‘cut off’ Brother?” I responded that from all I had learned from him and from the scriptures I knew that this referred to him but that this did not mean death for him. I said it meant that he would go to be with Master Fard Muhammad.
Does this involve the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?
More next issue, Allah willing.