There are several Brothers and Sisters (most of whom were officials of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad) who heard the Honorable Elijah Muhammad designate our Brother–well to make it short for now–to sit in his seat in his absence in the late 60’s and early 70’s. The public needs to know this in detail, since the public has and will continue to be greatly impacted by this growing body of Muslims in the Nation of Islam. Those Brothers and Sister have an obligation to bear witness to the world these truths. It is written that good deeds remove the effects of bad deeds.
Consider this carefully: the Holy Qur’an in many places warns us in the strongest terms not to turn back from Islam. For example, chapter 2:217 reads: “And whoever of you turns back from his religion … these it is whose works go for nothing in this world and the hereafter.”
Then in chapter 47:25, we read: “Surely those who turn back after guidance is manifest to them, the devil embellishes it for them; and lengthens false hopes for them.”
Some scholars translate the Arabic with these words: “Satan has se duced them, and holds out false promises to them.”
The next verse tells that many people were partial believers. Elsewhere in the Holy Qur’an the Author makes clear that He well recognizes the varying degrees of hypocrisy in people, from tinge to total. Ultimately, as 47:30, 31 teaches, Allah will manifest this disease, that He calls hypocrisy, for our own benefit, and remove it from Black people for ever. This is taught elsewhere in God’s word.
Now let us move on to 3:84, where we are plainly told that Allah will not accept us in our rebellious state; that we must be submissive to Him and whoever He sets up to bring us to Him. But in the light of all that we have learned from the Honorable Elijah Muhammad; that which is writ ten; and that which is taking place in us, around us, and throughout the earth–this is the essence of what can easily and justly be extracted from that verse. Now let us move on to ponder verses 8591 of this same 3rd chapter (or Surah).
First, let us look at verse 85: “How shall Allah guide a people who dis believed after their believing, and (after) they had borne witness that the Messenger was true, and clear arguments had come to them? And Allah guides not the unjust people.” This verse is composed of two sentences.
Did not we disbelieve after believing and this after bearing witness that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was true? Did he not give us clear and convincing arguments of the truth of God, our enemies; ourselves; and his mission; the time in which we live and the changes God has set in motion for the destruction of this evil world and the setting up on earth of a brand new world–the kingdom of heaven or God? (These words of verse 85 refers to those who of us who were in the Nation of Islam be fore 1975.)
Look at the problem this verse presents. Look at the word “how.” What does the word “how” mean? Among its meaning are: In what way or manner; to what degree, extent, or amount; for what reason or purpose; at what price, for what sum; to what effect; with what meaning. The word “how” refers to a manner, method, or means of doing or bringing about something.
Let us go back to before the departure of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad in February 1975. If we could see what was about to happen to the Nation of Islam, from the perspective of Allah and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and if you had the power to either prevent the fall of the Nation, or to allow it to fall and bring it back again, what would you have done? Would it have been wise to prevent it from falling? The answer, simply stated, is no.
On the other hand, if it were wiser to permit the Nation to fall, then one of the many questions that would have to be decided was the question of “how” the Nation would be revived. This and other decisions would have to be decided before the Nation fell. Obviously they were.
Then don’t you think that Master Fard Muhammad and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad came to see eye to eye on the best method by which the question of “how” should be answered? Don’t you think the former brought the latter to see the “how” as He did? We are not considering some arbitrary, capricious, superficial choice involving Minister Louis Farrakhan. We are dealing with a very important aspect of an action involving Minister Farrakhan that flows out of the infinite wisdom and eternal counsel of God Himself.
Let us not trifle with such a serious matter, which the prophecies of the scriptures, fulfilled in Minister Farrakhan implies. He does not sit in the seat of his teacher from his own choice. He is the choice of the Being Who knows what we think and feel; even to what our minds suggests be fore it forms in our minds; Who comprehends all things.
(The wisdom involved in permitting the Nation of Islam to fall is the same wisdom used in causing its rise.)
He made the decision that Minister Farrakhan must sit in the seat of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad; for wise reasons, which benefits all who accept His will. Minister Farrakhan had absolutely nothing to do with his being chosen (to do what he has done) any more than he had to do with his birth and genetic make up!
The decision was exercised by the Living God, Master Fard Muhammad, for the Minister to function as he does. Actually, this illustrious Minister was assigned his task thousands of years ago.
In the book of John (chapter 16) we read that Jesus said that he had to go away; that it was necessary and even beneficial for his followers that he leave. But, he told them, not to worry. This has more than one reference.
Let us remember what is written in the tenth chapter of Romans, verses 1315, which reads, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?”
As you think over these verses, reflect over what Minister Farrakhan has done. Look at the next three verses, Romans 10:1618, “But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But I say, Have they not heard? Yes, verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.”
Has not our brother, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan carried the word of our Lord to the nations of the earth like never before?
More next issue, Allah Willing