[This text was published online December 18, 2010.]
The following is an excerpt from pages 131-133 of Closing The Gap. After reading this, let us please answer these few questions from our hearts. Do I know at least 10 people whose lives seem to be full of chaos? Do I know at least 10 people whose lives seem absolutely upside down? Do I know at least 10 people to whom I would like to get this answer that the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan gave to this question?
Does your answer go something like this: I got a lot on me, but these 10 are so valuable that I must make the effort to do what I must to get 10 copies of this book into their hands within a week!
Minister Jabril Muhammad: Brother Minister, from time to time, over the last near 25 years, we’ve discussed things that have come up in the Nation of Islam in America and events worldwide that involve the reality of chaos. Adversity and chaos–of course these are relative terms because nothing is chaotic to God. Nevertheless, there are times, as we move through our own lives, especially in this most critical of all times, so much seems absolutely upside down. Please explain the part that chaos has in the plan of God and how should we see it in our personal lives and utilize it.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan: It would seem to me that in order to understand what chaos really is and how it serves the purpose of God in establishing order, one must go back to the origin of creation, to when the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught of God’s Self-creation.
The first atom of life that sparkled in the universe contained positive and negative. Since the first atom that sparkled in the darkness had positive and negative, then all of creation bears witness to that atom–that there is no positive without negative; there is no darkness where you cannot find light; there is no death where you cannot find life. Death feeds life and life feeds death. They’re companions of each other.
If light and darkness are companions, and life and death are companions, then, in a certain sense, God and Satan are companions, good and evil are companions, chaos and order are companions; but one feeds the other and gives birth to the other.
So the scholars and scientists who talk about the “Big Bang Theory” talk about chaos as though it was first. They don’t really know the root of all of this. Out of what seemed to be chaos came order. This produced motion.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, who taught us so much deeper than these scholars and scientists, taught us that the first law is motion. How can you produce motion unless these opposites are present? With positive and negative charges, you produce motion. That motion may appear chaotic at first, but then the second law comes into existence, which is order.
Out of what seems to be only chaos comes order. Out of darkness came light. Out of nothingness came everything. Out of death comes life. So then, in another sense, out of evil comes good; out of demon, devil or Satan comes God. How is that?
Was God Satan at first, and then became God? Not in that sense. But the Holy Qur’an says that the jinn came before the man. In my humble opinion, it means that this fiery spirit and temperament is seen in the infancy of development, where one must learn to control the emotions in order for the rational mind of a man to come forth.
If you look at babies, they want immediate gratification for the change of a diaper, for the bottle or for whatever they have a desire. So they cry. If you don’t attend to them right away, you will see their cries demonstrating an emotion that makes their face red with the flame of anger. So in the development of the human being, we go through these stages.
What about God? What about the making of a God? If we are created from God, then the adversity that He went through to evolve into Himself shows us the path of all things to come to that point or place in development that God intended.
So, what’s called “chaos” serves order.
What we are experiencing now is the chaotic disorder of the breaking down of a world that will give birth to the order of a new world. This chaos is absolutely and vitally necessary to create the motion toward order.
The evil that Allah has permitted to touch the earth almost completely has created such dissatisfaction with evil that even the evildoer wants a way out of evil, because there is no peace in evil. There is no real productivity now in evil. There is diminishing return in the doing of evil. There is complete loss and frustration in the doing of evil.
The human being’s nature is to be made secure. Now in this chaos, everybody is insecure. We’re hungering for that security, which brings peace, for unrighteousness has had its sway.
The greatness of the evil has determined the greatness of the good, which has come out of the desire of the sufferer of evil and even the doer of evil–reaping the consequence of evil–to get out of that, into peace and security.
Thus the evil, under the Satanic rule, demands the Presence of God to bring order out of the chaos, as it is the Presence of God in the world of evil that is producing the disorder and chaos that are ending one world and bringing another.
Later in Closing The Gap, we read his answer of some of what he went through that made him into the kind of Brother that he is.
Minister Jabril Muhammad: Brother Minister, I would appreciate it, for myself and everyone who reads this book, if you would take us sequentially through your trials. What are trials?
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan: First, what is a trial? A trial is that which brings forth from the person being tried what is hidden of both good and evil.
Trials make manifest what is within. This is why Allah says that He will try the Believers at least once a year–severely. Trials make manifest. The manifestation of defects leads to the perfection of the human being.
In the world of God and righteousness, trials are as necessary to the perfection of the human being as water is to the growth and development of life; and sunlight and air are to the nurturing, preservation and origination of life.
Having said that, my first trial inside the Nation came after I accepted to follow the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. I believe I received my “X” on the fifth of October. Within that same month of October or early November, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad sent a letter to Mosque No. 7 asking all who were in music or show business that they had 30 days to get out of show business or leave the Temple.
More, next issue, Allah willing.