God’s use of suffering is very interesting to study. If suffering is properly used, it aids greatly in the development of character. Both Moses and Jesus knew that Aaron and Peter were go-ing to fall before they would rise to take on the mission they were assigned to. Think over the following quote from This Is The One, a book I wrote in the early 1970s.
“As there were two phases of Moses’ work, there are two phases of the work of the man like Moses–Messenger Elijah Muhammad. Moses liberated his people from the bondage of Pharaoh and his people. But he did not have that which could bring the ex-slaves success in the country, or land, where they were going. So the scriptures teach us that Moses had to go up to the mountain and meet God again. He had to meet God again to get that which he and the people had to have in order to be successful in the “promised” land. In that land, they were to become independent. So they went on for a while, then God gave it to Moses at the proper time.”
Let me explain why I quoted this paragraph and how it fits to the awesome truth I am in the process of bearing witness to. Except for the words, “Messenger Elijah Muhammad” in that paragraph, every word is from the mouth of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
It was in the month of October 1967, when he and I were discussing the writing of a book or two, to aid the public in un-derstanding him better. In the course of those days while dis-cussing that book, he gave me a few powerful points for that book. He told me to write them as though they were from my-self. I’ve told people this from time to time–always for the same purpose–that they may see the Honorable Elijah Muhammad better.
Before going further let me make clear to the reader, the ul-timate point I’m driving at involves certain facts about the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan that the readers should know before a certain event, or combination of events, takes place. I’ve been trying to decide just how far to go. I have made that decision. I hope these articles are printed and read with care.
I will close this particular article this way: There are points, or issues, I have raised in past articles that I have decided to come back to and explore–to the max. This includes items on Malcolm that tie into the present. I will also have to quote the other sections from This Is The One that are the exact words of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad that he gave me for that book in October of 1967.
Let me take you back to that time, a little, so a fuller con-text can be provided for those quotes.
Naturally, only so much can be put in an article of this size. I’ll squeeze as much as I can in each, on this vital series of points.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad gave me the paragraph I quoted last week–among others–during October of 1967. We are discussing what was to become This Is The One and his de-parture to Master Fard Muhammad.
I believe it’s important to go back to that time so that certain words, that were actually from him, can be seen in a better con-text. He had arrived from Chicago to Phoenix the first week or so of September. He was a bit angry and irritated. It was, in part, due to the hypocrisy he saw and knew would intensify, and the effect it would have on our people.
A few weeks earlier, in August, as he told me; his wife (Sister Clara Muhammad) reported to him a derogatory thing that their son (Wallace D. Muhammad) had said about Master Fard Muhammad. This was after a discussion between father and son about the significance of Mecca and the father had re-tired for the night.
The next day the father (the Honorable Elijah Muhammad) called his son to him. The father told me, with tears in his eyes, the essence of that meeting. He told me at one point that “That boy, he told me he never did believe that man [Master Fard Muhammad] in that picture, was God.” He was to go over this subject, or the essence of their discussion, from an-other angle later that same month.
He arrived, as I wrote above, during the first part of September from Chicago. I vividly recall that he spent the first two weeks teaching about the origin and nature of the spiritual disease called in the Holy Qur’an “hypocrisy.” He spoke “morn-ing, noon, and night” on this and the ways of hyp-ocrites. And he spoke of things yet to come from such people. It was really “something else!”
It was not until the next month that we got into the subject of what was to become This Is The One. And still later in that month, we got into the subject of his departure.
In order to save space, I won’t repeat the quote from This Is The One, page 146, that I quoted above. He gave me those words during October of 1967, except for the words “Messenger Elijah Muhammad.” I do not recall the exact day. It was after the first part of the month, just after his birthday, on a day during which he told me, among other things, that “If Allah had not told me how I was going to escape, I would have no hope.”
Let us not lose sight of the fact that the man who said those words had already proved to be the wisest and the most powerful leader Black America ever had.
To many of us who followed the Honorable Elijah Muhammad he told us that he had to leave us, for awhile. Some things he told all of us in public statements. Some things he reserved for cer-tain ones at his table. And then there were certain details that he would tell this one, or that one (or ones) and not others. Then he would tell the latter “this” or “that” that the former did not know.
Well, if you could put into a large room those of us to whom he told things pertaining to his departure and the things that would come after–whew!!!
My concern here is to bring out, within the limits of these articles, that which pertains to the validity of the position and work of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. And I hope to make clear how this bears upon the destiny of America and Black folks in America.
There are some powerful things coming up. The more we know, the better prepared we can be.
It would take more space than a few of these little articles to go deep enough into the statements made by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad that I have personal knowledge of, from 1961 through early 1975, that pertain to his departure. However, I will do my best to touch it so that the reader gets some sense of the reality of this experience that I have shared with others.
More next issue, Allah willing.