[Editor’s Note: This article was published online on July 6, 2006.]
It’s written that: “Faces on that day will be happy, glad for their striving, in a lofty Garden, wherein thou wilt hear no vain talk.” (Holy Qur’an 88:8-11)
My last article closed with: “Now, reflect over the last nearly 29 years of Minister Farrakhan’s teaching, work and sacrifice, day and night into the many next days and nights afterwards, ever since he stood up, to rebuild his teacher’s work, for the benefit of his people and countless others. To properly ‘reflect’ over his teachings, work and effect, we must start with and know–not guess at–the facts.”
When we want to learn of the life of a human being and ignore or otherwise refuse to seek the basic facts of that person’s life from that person, we are off to a wrong start. Certainly, other persons and various documents are critically important in forming one’s final view of another. But it will have to go much deeper, as we’ll prove. But repeatedly, those who oppose the Nation of Islam used to act as though the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and we who followed him prior to 1975 were fossils that could only be understood on the basis of their interpretation.
Well, by the help of Allah, in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, his ministers and followers worked hard to change that false picture–up to a point. Then came a time when there was nothing left of the Nation of Islam but the foundation left by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Then, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan arose and built on that foundation, left by his teacher, and has brought us to the point where we are today, nationally and internationally.
An indication of that progress is that our enemy has decided to annihilate us–completely.
It’s recorded in the Holy Qur’an that: “They desire to put out the light of Allah with their mouths and Allah will allow nothing save the perfection of His light, though the disbelievers are averse.” (9:32)
Again, it’s written that: “They desire to put out the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will perfect His light, though the disbelievers may be averse.” (61:8)
We are urged to seek refuge in Allah, “from the evil of intense darkness, when it comes.” (113:4)
I ended my last article with: “Let’s see if his early history contains facts that tally with the interpretation of scriptures God taught the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.”
As I prepared to do the best I could to continue this line of thought, it occurred to me to raise a question to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on June 8, 2006, while he is here in Phoenix, Arizona. His wonderful and insightful answer is parenthetical in the course of what I am stating, by Allah’s mercy.
Minister Jabril Muhammad:
Brother Minister, how would you define the art of conversation? How would you define the best kind of conversation Muslims should be engaging in, especially in this critical hour, as it’s getting darker?
Allah gives to every creature the ability to communicate with its own, to be able to share with other members of its species, what its aim is, what its desire is, to fulfill the natural inclination of the species.
The highest manifestation of communication is language that He gives to the human being to express its desires, concerns, needs, disappointments, frustrations. But all of it is manifested through language.
The art of communication is a lost art among human beings. I guess the Tower of Babel and the confusion of languages is demonstrative of the chastisement of God in disallowing human beings to be able to communicate at the highest level.
So with us as a people [Black people of America], who were taken from our original language and culture, we have developed skill in communicating through various means, sometimes other than language. But the highest form of communication is language that is used to communicate the wisdom of God.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad told me once that, “It takes 500 seconds–eight minutes and 20 seconds for the light, traveling at 186,000 miles per second, to travel from the sun to the Earth.”
Likewise, he said, “It takes 500 seconds–eight minutes and 20 seconds for the blood to make a complete circuit between the heel and the brain and back.” He said, “When you go to visit a person that is sick, if you put the right word in their ear, within eight minutes and 20 seconds you will see a change in the spirit of such person.”
What that told me was that the level of energy, light, spiritual power that is contained in right words communicated from the right motivation energizes the brain of the recipient of such word. That energy is delivered to every part of the body, thereby increasing the energy level of that person.
As I looked at what the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was saying to me, I recognized that there were levels of conversation that carried varying degrees of electrical energy. The lowest form of energy, which takes away from the energy of the human being and causes that person’s shoulders to droop; their face to drop; their countenance to change, is conversation that is negative dealing with slander, backbiting and gossip.
This type of conversation–which is so disruptive to unity, brotherhood (and) social relationships that reflect the highest qualities of civilization–is the kind of conversation that Allah condemns in the Qur’an. He likens the slanderer, defamer and gossiper or that kind of person to the most hated of all creatures–in His eyes– which is the swine or khanzir.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said khanzir means: “I see it foul and very foul.” So the Qur’an says, “I will brand him (the slanderer who steps far outside of the limits) on his snout,” which says that this type of person is like the pig groveling in filth looking for dirt to spread about another human being. “I see it foul and very foul.”
When you communicate with this foul discourse, it can never lead to the type of activity that a higher level of discourse would bring about. So slander, gossip, defamation, secret counsels that engage in this foul, despicable means of communication leads to a person falling down, mentally, spiritually and humanly, to then act on the lowest level of human behavior.
When Almighty God Allah reveals His Word, which is called divine revelation that unearths secrets of Himself and His creation, that man (and the wisest of men) had not discovered up until that time–no matter how high the wise have gone with their wisdom and their ability to communicate their wisdom–when God so chooses to raise an individual and give that individual divine revelation, that is akin to putting the highest wattage of electricity in the head of that human being.
The human being who comes at the end of the world does not have a high wattage. What he has is beyond that. He is compared to the light of the sun, which carries light, life, energy and warmth to all of creation. Therefore, no creature can live without the energy of the sun. Nothing of life would survive without such energy.
The continuation of his words, next issue, Allah willing.