[Editor’s Note: This is a reprint and was published online November 21, 2006.]

Some months ago, I was writing a series of articles that included as its goal what was most important for anyone anywhere to know of (deeper than about) the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. I did not finish that series; but I did not get sidetracked, as will become clearer later. However, now that Closing The Gap has been released and is being read, it will make it easier for me to get to my goal.

It will become even easier when the number of readers of Closing The Gap gets into the thousands and then into the tens of thousands, and more people are brought closer to his mind, heart and soul by reading his own words.


I now want to get to the most important thing or fact for anyone anywhere to learn of Minister Farrakhan, which is very relevant for anyone to learn of him for their own lives.

On October 28, 2001, I wrote an article that appeared in the Volume 21, Number 8 issue of The Final Call. It contained the following words that are relevant for this moment, which includes the fact that some do not want to close the gap.

I have to touch this to get to where I am going, Allah willing. That article read, in part:

“Day after day, week after week, year after year, Minister Farrakhan presents the absolute cure to our spiritual diseases, the worst of which is hypocrisy. Unless we’re cured our gifts will prove to be worthless.

Towards the close of Paul’s mission, hypocrisy rapidly increased among his followers, threatening what he and those with him were building.

“Even though the hypocrites were brought under control towards the end of Muhammad’s life, they yet hid, ducked, dodged and stealthily worked and burrowed their way into positions of influence and power and when they felt the time was right, with their troops, they moved to take over the Caliphate. That was close to the end of the work of the four men called in Islamic history, ‘the rightly guided Caliphs.’”


“It was written in Jesus’ prophecy in the parable of the wheat and the tare. The Greek word, transliterated “zizania,” is often translated “tares.”

“In Jesus’ parable, tares (or darnel, the modern word), refers to a plant that looks like wheat. It’s a different, harmful plant from wheat. It’s not wheat at all. It was planted by God’s enemies. It’s not very easy for the untrained eye to see that it is not wheat, before it comes to fruit. If you say you have such sight, who trained you?

“The darnel becomes really poisonous immediately before harvest time and is thus most dangerous just before it comes to fruit.

“The darnel’s seeds or fruit contains a poisonous soporific drug; a drug that induces deep sleep or causes one to become drowsy and lethargic. It has in it a narcotic drug that causes slumber. Some say it’s in a poison in the fungus, which follows the seed. Both are deadly.

“‘Darnel’ are allowed to grow among the ‘wheat’ until harvest. Afterwards, it’s separated from the Believers and burned.

“Why only at harvest time and not earlier? They grow side by side in the same soil. Pulling up the darnel would damage the roots of the wheat also. To go through a field of wheat, pulling up darnel would mean trampling a lot of wheat, and would damage the roots of the wheat.

“One rotten apple can spoil the rest. How does it occur? As it rots, it releases an acidic substance, gaseous in form, which gets on and causes the other apples in close proximity to it to likewise become rotten.

“So the Messiah said one hypocrite is worse than 100 disbelievers. So suppose you have 15 or 20 or more such folk? Total madness and chaos!

“But despite the presence of such characters, the Nation of Islam will not fall again. The work Minister Farrakhan is doing–right now–is a major factor in its not falling again. The Divine Supreme Being and His Messiah and Their hosts (of whom the wicked are mostly unaware) guarantee Minister Farrakhan’s (and our) success.

“The pressures the Believers are now undergoing are a major aspect of their preparation, to fashion them into diamond-like jewels that they may serve Allah in the next phase of the development of His Kingdom, as it is written in the scriptures.

“Remember, ‘Allah wastes not the reward of the believers.’–Holy Qur’an 3:170.

“Those who refuse to drink all of the spiritual medicine Minister Farrakhan continuously offers, which is manifested in our actions in a major way, as the ‘golden rule’ as it is called, will soon be separated from the Believers at a time not far off, as it is written.

“Read the parable in Chapter 13 of Matthew about the sowers of God’s truths (the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Minister Farrakhan) and the types of ground (hearts) they work with. We must honestly ask ourselves: Into which of the categories mentioned in that parable do we fit, at present?

“If we are not in the best category, remember, Minister Farrakhan holds out the torchlight by which we may see how to move into the best position with Allah. He holds that same torchlight by which America can improve her standing with God Himself.

“We must hurry before the wall (which will have a door) is raised, as described in Surah 57, section 2 of the Holy Qur’an. It’s written: ‘The hypocrites …will say to those who believe: wait for us that we may borrow from your light. It will be said: Turn back and seek a light. Then a wall, with a door in it, will be raised between them. Within it shall be mercy, and outside of it chastisement.’

“The parable of the 10 virgins in Matthew 25:1-13, which warns us against going into a slumber caused by the effect of the spiritual tares or darnels, that keeps us from preparing for Jesus’ imminent return.

“All of the virgins got drowsy and went to sleep. All woke up. Then, they were separated. What separated them? Some had ‘oil’ and the others did not. Read of it.

“Read the opening verses of the 11th Chapter of Revelation. What was measured for use in God’s Kingdom was protected. The unmeasured was left for the Gentiles. What does the word ‘measure’ mean and why was it used?”

To take the next step to get to that which is so special for us to know of Minister Farrakhan–which is contained in Closing The Gap–let’s go to Surah 16, verse 22 of the Holy Qur’an, translated into English by Allamah Nooruddin and Amatul Rahman Omar, we read:

“Your God is One God. But as for those who do not believe in the Hereafter, their hearts are strangers (to the truth), and they are full of vanity.”

More, next issue, Allah willing.