I ended my last article with these words: “The Bible condemns us for violating the ‘Golden Rule.’ In fact, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad told me, in 1956, that if that rule were obeyed, there would be no need for a po lice force. Naturally, we want such a force to be just, too.”
Remember the Golden Rule. Also, remember, America, what is written, “As thou hast done.”
These campaigners against the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam do not realize that they are planning against themselves. I’m reminded of words the Honorable Elijah Muhammad spoke wherein he once advised an opponent who came out against him in public, with these words, “Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.”
I’ve made several other points in these last few articles to make this point that I was ultimately driving at: the importance of the person who is murdered, or on who an attempt is made, largely deter mines the nature of the power and force of the reaction. Now, suppose there was in fact a plot to murder the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and an actual attempt was made.
Suppose the plotters are manifested? I remember the Honorable Elijah Muhammad–who did escape the death plot–said to Minister Farrakhan that through him he would be able to get all of his people. I ask, then, how impor tant is Minister Farrakhan? And what will be the re action if there is an attempt made on his life?
So much has been spoken and written through the elec tronic media, print media and just from person-to-person con cerning the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan that this raging controversy has forced many people, both Black and White, to raise the ques tion why are so many “big” people coming down on this one Black man? I have heard the question raised again and again, just what is this man really saying that has so many people upset–and so many other people defending him?
I have heard from coast to coast “little people,” more Black than White, but an increasing number of Whites speak in defense of this man. Of course, the majority of White people are not as well acquainted with him as Black people are.
Now, as the fury of the phony “righteous” indignation of the White press subsides, somewhat, as it will, what’s next? Well, we can expect more blasts composed of lies, half-truths, etc. There are a few being loaded up right now.
You can tell much of the quality of the head and heart, as well as the worth of the position of a person, or, in this case, the White press, by the quality of the evidence used to support their position. When one (or the White press) resorts to what they have, in their reporting of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s words, it is clear (to me, anyway) that we are coming close to the time when those who opposed God, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the rise of Black folks, will be forced to make their final choice.
What will that final choice be? Well, let us ask how many op tions are left? If, in fact, God has visited America–and He has–there can be but two options for White America respecting His will for Black people. Of course, this goes for us, too.
In short, we–both Black and White–either accept and we reject His will. Let us examine these options. Will Whites reason with the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and his National Representative, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan? Will America do better than what the Bible says Egypt did by Moses and Aaron?
In many respects, Minister Louis Farrakhan is very unique among the great Black preachers of either this or former times.
Did you know that he is regarded by a growing number of what is referred to as Third World peoples as the spokesman for them all–all that is who have suffered (and still do) from the oppression of those who have ruled the world for the past 6,000 years?
I have been privileged to read and listen to some of the words of a few representatives of nations and peoples around the globe, which accurately reflect the thinking of millions of such Brothers and Sisters. To them, indeed, Minister Louis Farrakhan is their spokesman, too.
A few days ago, I ran across an affidavit by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan that I which I plan to share with the readers of this column. In the affidavit, he stated: “My name is Louis Farrakhan. I am the Minister and the National Representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam.
“As one who is a part of a group that has suffered within this country to be recognized as a religion, that we might prac tice our faith, particularly in the penal institutions of America or wherever we are, unhindered, we share the burden and the suffering of the American Indians, whose desire is to practice their reli gion, its rites and ceremonies, and worship the Great Spirit in the manner that they so choose.
“Being a believer in one of the three great revealed reli gions of the world, I recognize the intolerance and even the ig norance that many persons hold concerning other faiths or other ways of worshipping God.
“We can never grow to understand people, nor to properly communicate with them, to build a brotherhood with them, un less we begin to learn and appreciate their language, their cul ture and their religion.
“Religious arrogance dictates that we can only have broth er hood with the Indians on our terms, without respect for their terms; we must convert them to Christianity, Islam or Judaism before we can recognize them as our brothers and sisters in faith. Though the revealed religions have come to us through the prophets and through scripture, the truest form of the true religion is that which comes to us through the Creation and the laws, which govern it.
“Those who want to convert others to ‘their’ faith take the arrogant position that the Indians must learn from them, as though the Indians have nothing of religion and knowledge to teach the world. With this, I greatly disagree, for this kind of arrogance fosters distrust, dislike, hatred and injustice.
“As a student of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, I have gone among my Indian brothers and sisters to study and learn, as well as to impart what I have learned. I have experienced their sweat lodge or ‘anipi’ ritual of purification, from which I have gained so much spiritually. I have also visited with the Indians and watched their Sundance ceremony. Again, for me, it was a tremendous learning experience.
“I humbly petition this Court, in the name of Allah, the One True God, that the Indian people be allowed to practice their re ligion freely, and that their right of freedom of religion be re spected by all. This act of respect could be a first step in be ginning to heal wounds that have been inflicted upon this people for over 500 years.”
This is really a document that requires careful study and un derstanding. At this point, I will raise but one question and re spond to it in future articles. What justifies Minister Farrakhan in speaking for the Indians?
More next issue, Allah willing