Minister Farrakhan is the best example of which I know, in the way of spreading the message of his teacher–that, admittedly, has great difficulty factors in it; primarily due to our mental and moral condition–as he “tirelessly” works night and day, as his mentor did, for the resurrection of his people and for the enlightenment of others. He does what he does out of a big heart of love. Those who seek to sway the public’s attention to their view of Islam would do well to study his example.
He exemplifies the principle set down in the 16th section of the 16th Surah of the Holy Qur’an, verse 125.
“Call to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation, and argue with them in the best manner. Surely thy Lord knows best him who strays from His path, and He best knows those who go aright.”
This is from the Muhammad Ali translation. This is how Yusuf Ali translates the same verse.
“Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious; for thy Lord knoweth best, who have strayed from His path, and who receives guidance.”
To speak and write without having the facts, or without a proper examination of the facts, is to be irresponsible. To speak in public, or to publish material, without respect for the facts; to write or speak carelessly; or with reckless and wanton abandon, about issues that involve the destiny of a whole people–who have already suffered unspeakable evils–is to reveal that he or she is unworthy of the respect of those who thirst after truth. To speak or write foolishly about the fate of America, in a manner that tickles the ears of the fickle, is to fail to grasp the magnitude and nature of the times in which we live! To communicate to the public one’s distaste of the views, or teachings of another, concerning the best way to solve the serious problems of Black people and this nation, by means of slander; libel; jest and ridicule, is to reveal spiritual, intellectual, and moral bankruptcy, and is to indirectly admit that your position is a complete failure and is deficient of good values.
Black people have had a horrible time, in this land of lies; of slander; of wicked libel of all sorts–all of which springs from the worst of motives. We have been the object of mockery; of scorn; of the worst kind of invective and cannibalistic treatment. Why should we continue to pour that same pail of polluted swill on each other? Who benefits? Those of us, who would inform others–especially those who say they are Muslims–who offer to the public that which, we view as best for our people, and for this country, are duty bound to (1) do our homework; (2) speak and write on what we know; (3) and when we are offering an opinion, say that it is just that. We should not pretend that an opinion is a fact. This does not mean that opinions are false.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that mixing up truth with falsehood was/is the policy of devils. That is 100 percent true, whether Black or White!
Let us remember, this is a place where people earn huge salaries and are honored for being wicked–especially with their mouths. Black people have been the worst victims of the evil use of the mouth. This is also a place where people gain high career positions by lying and stealing. So for a Black person to engage, or to continue to engage, in the methods of the wicked to gain their objectives, or to spread their views, is to be one of them. This kind of thing is in the process of being stopped by God Himself.
Nevertheless, many are doing this: employing the techniques, the very methods of the enemies of their own people, to advance their views and their programs, which they claim are for the benefit of their people. This kind of evil selfishness leads to that which is worse. Some have murder in their hearts for those whose views they cannot disprove and yet oppose–even now.
All of this was expected; anticipated and factored into the divine plans of God well before this world ever came into existence.
Some have become so infuriated; so enraged; so furious over fundamental aspects of the message of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, borne witness to, by his best Minister, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan–in a manner that is winning millions–that they will stoop to any level to discredit the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and now, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. How far are they willing to go?
Whenever one feels compelled to use underhanded methods, or force (physical violence) to either discredit the position of others, or to destroy those whom they oppose, when their underhanded ways fail, they have admitted one of two truths about themselves. They either don’t have truth on their side; or it is on their side, but they lack faith and confidence in what they say they believe. This, then, degenerates into disrespect for their own professed views. This is either due to an insufficient grasp of their faith, if it is the truth, or they never had the truth or enough of the truth–in the first place. In any event, this results into feelings that their position won’t win in the end. If people get into such state, and are not careful, they lose their balance. Then they might do almost anything. They may even resort to aggressive violence. Such methods against God’s truth will fail today.
Allah is not with the aggressors. He does not guide those who disbelieve His reality and His truth.
Let us look at this from another angle. Let us look at the position of some of the detractors, who view Muslims, in the Nation of Islam, under the leadership of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, as off base; “totally out of order”; unwitting dupes; misguided fools; or outright disbelievers, who are foolishly willing to bring down on themselves the wrath of America and the world for our imbecilic; ridiculous; backward; even retarded views and beliefs. Let’s say that is so. How ought those who are convinced that we are far off the path of Allah to treat us? How should those who feel, or are convinced, that they are on the right path; on lofty ground; in God’s grace–how should such people treat and deal with us whom they view as groping in the darkness of falsehood?
What feelings arise in those who look upon their Brothers and Sisters, whom they feel are misguided? Are their hearts moved, for example, with the emotions of Muhammad ibn Abduallah, who loved his people and did everything he could to save and spare those whom he sought to bring under the banner of Islam? By what criterion; by whose example; according to what pattern; with what measure will you act by and treat us?
Whatever we use to evaluate others, reveals ourselves to be whatever we really are–at that time, anyway. This interaction reveals those on the right and those on the wrong path. It is written that with what judgment that we judge, we shall be judged. That is what Jesus was supposed to have said. I am not sure that he said that. Moreover, if that was the measure for judging, the great miscarriage of justice that has prevailed–especially in America–would continue and be compounded.
The Holy Qur’an gives a more profound view of the mind and heart of God and the manner of His judgment in the last days of this world. (All I can do, here, is to make a few notes, on this vast subject, from what I’ve learned thus far. Certainly, my insight into this area, in contrast to what I imagine there is to know, is nothing.) He looks at whether our good deeds were heavy or not. Then He rewards us according to the best that we did. Those who truly believe in Him reflect, or manifest, His spirit. Right belief triggers, or unlocks, the flow of the spirit of God, that is within us, by reason of our being born of Him.
More next issue, Allah willing.