In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
(Editor’s Note: This week we are presenting excerpts from an important Nov. 8 message by Student Minister Ishmael R. Muhammad, National Assistant to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Once again he shares timely, spiritual lessons and guidance from Minister Farrakhan and in this message focuses on the 2020 National Election. This message was delivered via webcast from Mosque Maryam in Chicago as the country grapples with the aftermath of a contentious presidential contest between the Democrats and Republicans. Tune in every Sunday, 10 a.m. CDT on www.noi.org/webcast).
We want to share with you today a few things from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, the Divine Guide and Warner in our midst, to reflect on the moment and the time we have entered.
The book of Proverbs, the 11th Chapter, the 14th Verse (Proverbs 11:14), reads, “for lack of guidance a nation falls.”
But it is not that America lacks divine guidance or the nations that proceeded her. A nation falls when that divine guidance is given and rejected.
We are living brothers and sisters in unprecedented times, a time of great trouble and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad writes in “The Fall Of America,” in Chapter 42 on page 180, “The days of trouble have now come to us from Almighty God Allah—the God who is the real owner of the heaven and the earth.”
He further writes in Chapter 40 on page 170 of this same monumental book, “The destruction and fall of the world that we have known is now without doubt, in process. When we refer to the world, we are referring to the world of the White man, for the world of the Black man has yet to come in. The world of the Black man by divine guidance is now merging in on the Old world of the White race. This makes the destruction and fall of the world of the White man imminent.”
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad wrote, “Here in America we can see nothing but the fall of America. It is no secret. It is obvious to the eyes that are open. If we want to close our eyes and minds and claim that we do not see and understand then we will be falling ourselves.”
He further writes, “This refusal to see is foolhardy for regardless to how we may desire to see the Old World stand we do not have the power to stave off the destruction that causes the world of the White man to fall.”
How we act, how we react, what we say and how we say it is critical in the current climate. In such a time like this, the Minister recently said to the Executive Council of the Nation of Islam “that we have to be wise, we have to be so wise in this hour to come through it with a minimum of loss. But surely by the time man is in loss except those who believe and do good and enjoin one another to truth and enjoin one another to patience.”
Minister Farrakhan reminded us first and foremost that we follow the Honorable Elijah Muhammad under his leadership. And, we should know, believe and be sure that Allah Who Came in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad is the Master of this Day of Requital.
He said to us nothing happens brothers and sisters without the permission of Allah, God. Nothing is happening, not just with His Permission, but nothing is happening without His Direct Intervention. He is in the middle of everything that concerns this nation and His people who are in this nation.
We say brothers and sisters as Muslims in our daily prayer in the Al-Fatihah, which means the opening, “In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful, all praise belongs to Allah the Lord of the Worlds, the Beneficent, the Merciful.” And then we say these words … “Master of the Day of Requital,” or Judgment. Thee do we serve and to thee do we beseech your help. “Master of the Day of Judgment,” and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad added these words, “in which we now live” to remind the supplicant of the time period that we are in and that this Day of Judgment in our prayer that is recited and prophesied in the Scriptures is now being fulfilled.
Throughout the Bible, and in particular in the Holy Qur’an, a Day of Judgment is mentioned. Both books, Bible and Holy Qur’an, speak of God’s Judgment. Both books prepare the Believer in God for such a day when God will punish the wicked and destroy Satan and his works. Here in the prayer we’re asking for none other, no one other than God to help us through such a day, such an hour, such a time. “We beseech Your help.” So, the Bible tells us in the Book of Psalms the 42nd Chapter, the 1st verse (Psalms 42:1) God is our refuge and strength an ever present help in times of trouble. The Minister said to the Council, “Many of our people are heavily invested in the outcome of this election and there are others in America who are also very, very heavily invested in the outcome of this election.” The Minister shared with us “that he does know of another time that has been exactly like this.”
Mr. Biden, according to what we are hearing, is not only ahead in the popular vote but it was just reported by all of the news media that he has won enough of the Electoral College Votes to be the next president of the United States of America.
But there are so many unseen realities that will be coming up in the next few days as they continue to count the votes. The Minister said, “I’m not invested in this because whoever wins if it is the right one, the Messenger of Allah, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said it will delay the hour of reckoning that America is facing. And anything brothers and sisters that can delay, hold-off, postpone for the moment the storm that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad predicted is a blessing to us all.”
Minister Farrakhan gave us in our Study Guides a study course entitled “Rising Above Emotions into the Thinking of God.” If we allow our emotions to get the best of us, our emotions cloud judgment and impair our ability to see and make proper decisions and judgments in a time such as this. So, the Minister said, “Since He (Allah God) is the Master of this Circumstance, we should not be emotionally invested in anything or anyone but God. For He is the Master of this Development however it evolves.” Then he said that he did not want any follower of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad under his leadership, our leadership, and he qualified that statement by saying, “notice how I said under our leadership meaning the two that back me and myself, and if you are with me the two of them are your teachers and leaders as well. So, whatever I’m saying to you, this is the time that you must obey my words to you or we will pay a very serious price.”
This is why the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said to us “wherever he tells you to go—go. Wherever he tells you to stay from—stay from. And when you see him, look at him—and when he speaks listen to him.”
And the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said, “continue to hear my Minister Farrakhan.”
The Minister said, “this is more appropriate for you or equal to the next breath you take, listening to your brother.” “His teaching,” referring to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, “is a bearing of witness of me. And if you continue to listen to me Elijah Muhammad is speaking. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said I will have you so smart that you will have the devil around your finger as a little string, and you will not even know he is there unless you look at him. That is how important the words that I speak at any time are and should be to each one of us.”
So, we have been given a directive from the Minister in the Nation of Islam. But what is good for me is good for you and what is good for those of us who follow the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, under the leadership of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, is good for every member of the Black nation.
The Minister instructed us that no follower of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad under “our leadership,” he and the two that back him, should have anything to say, including posting on social media, concerning the 2020 elections. He advises us and directs us that we should just be quiet. Let Allah speak through the events that He is bringing to pass.
Brothers and sisters this is a very serious and dangerous hour that we have entered. We know that President Trump is a very proud man and he loves to win. But losing, the Minister said, Mr. Trump can’t handle that too well. And the Minister said that if the president should lose this election and a man that he mocked—and that he thinks is so inferior to him wins—if the Whites of this nation look at him and see him in a weakened state even in victory then the image of Kamala Harris as vice-president, a heartbeat away from the president, becomes a focus.
So White people have come out in record numbers, out of their hiding places from rural America, to vote for Mr. Trump hoping that if they poured out in great numbers he would win. This is the condition of America right now. People on both sides are heavily invested. People on both sides are being fed toxic words. Words that undermine the institutions of America. Words that are an anomaly to the behavior of presidents. Words that are an anomaly to the peaceful transfer of power.
So, this toxic poisonous explosive talk, the Minister said, can be set off.
The president’s rhetoric and careless speech is feeding his supporters, so emotions are running very high. Nearly 150 million Americans voted in this election, a record number. According to the numbers on Nov. 8, nearly 79 million cast their vote for Mr. Biden. Over 70 million voted for President Trump. So, the country is divided and the focus in the battleground states is on the population centers of Pennsylvania, which is Philadelphia; Georgia, Atlanta; in Michigan it was Detroit, Wayne County. So, the votes are coming from the inner cities, the most populous of the population in these battleground states, and it’s largely come in from the African American community. This means and shows that our vote has, according to what they reported, determined the outcome of this election.
Now you recall from a recent Final Call newspaper column where the Minister was quoting from the scriptures where God is talking about vexing the enemy with a foolish people. The Minister pointed out the behavior of Blacks and what Whites in this nation have looked at on their televisions and how bold we have come out. In recent months, Whites feel in the NBA, Black Lives Matter, that we are speaking to them in a manner that they feel is not our place. So, the sentiment in the country is that Blacks should be put in their place.
If Mr. Biden, and what has been announced that he will be the next president of the United States stands, the Minister said we don’t get involved with joy or the emotion of the loss. We go to our God and we should be wise as we move about because death will be the companion of those who laugh loud and mock those who rejoice. If Mr. Trump loses don’t rejoice at his loss. No emotion should come from us of joy or sadness because we know that it is all in the hands of Allah (God).
So, everyone that talks—and we do love to talk—should shut our mouths in this hour and let Allah guide the talking through the events that He allows to come to pass. No matter what we think of this, people will be pushing us to have something to say. And the Minister said, “I think our answer should be we have nothing to say, God is now speaking.”
We recently lifted these words from the Honorable Elijah Muhammad from “The Fall Of America,” and they appeared in our Final Call Newspaper on the National Election where the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said over 50 years ago that this election is one of the most serious in the history of American government because the party that seeks the office of presidency is faced with the problem of saving the lives of the people of America. If the present party, Democratic at that time, Republican today, remains in office you know the answer. And if the Republican Party takes over (which is the Democrats today) you should know the answer.
Look at what the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said, he said there will be a lull before the storm. The storm can be delayed and every hour and day that it can be delayed is to your benefit. The point is it cannot be put off forever. It cannot be delayed forever. What is the meaning of a lull? It is a temporary calm, quiet or stillness; calm or to send one to sleep. Lull means to give or leave; to feel a false sense of safety.
When we are led to feel a false sense of safety in our victory and what the victory promises in fulfilling our hope it causes us to be less alert, less watchful. We go to sleep at a time when danger is present. The Lull before the Storm.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad warned us brothers and sisters. He said, “We must remember that our vote is strong and powerful only when and where the White man can use it to get into office over his White opponent. But after the election and the victory there are very few favors that come from his office to the Black voters who helped and aided him in getting in the office. Why? Because he does not owe the Black voter anything as long as he has to feed, clothe and shelter him.”
The deception of the enemy is real. The devil only makes promises that he has absolutely no intention on fulfilling. The election of vice president Biden and his running mate, Vice President-elect Sister Kamala Harris—who is an absolutely brilliant, highly intelligent Black woman—puts her a heartbeat away from the presidency. This in itself is historic because it will be the first woman to ever have been elected to the office of the vice president and she could become the next president of the United States of America.
The fact that she is Black does not bode well for those who resented the fact that the country had its first Black president in Barack Obama. So, there’s a lot of hatred. There’s a lot of anti-Black sentiment in the country. It’s a very hostile environment. But we are reminded of the words of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad there will be a lull before the storm.
A weather related storm is a violent disturbance of the atmosphere manifesting in strong winds, usually rain, thunder, lightning or snow. A storm is any disturbed state of body. Storms are created when a center of low pressure develops with the system of high pressure surrounding it. And this combination of opposing forces creates winds and result in the formation of a storm. If you describe a situation as the lull before the storm you mean that although it is calm now, there is going to be trouble in the very near future.
So here are two opposing emotions, a low pressure—those that are disappointed, those that are saddened—surrounded by the emotions of joy and happiness in the celebration that your candidate has come out on top. So, we’re in the middle of these emotions that are running on one side high, and low on the other. These conditions of opposing emotions can set the country off.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, in “The Fall of America,” said in the Lull Before the Storm, “I am afraid for you that you will receive what the people before you did receive. Allah, God is very angry brothers and sisters with America and the tricknology that she uses on the dead to keep them dead. And that you are very disappointing to God and to the original man who knows himself; a very few of course.”
The false show of a glorious future that the wicked is putting on is at hand. We must remember Daniel’s prophesy that at the end of the war desolations are determined. But before this happens Allah, God, will bless the people with a good time as He did the people of the past who wronged themselves and did not pay attention to the prophets warning among them.
Don’t get caught up in the lull because it makes you unaware of unseen realities and if your emotions are on high it will impair your ability to see what is on the horizon.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad loves us, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan loves us and it is the love that is from God. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said I am afraid for you. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that Allah, God, destroyed those who wronged themselves and did not pay attention to the prophets’ warnings among them. They thought they were fooling Allah, God, but Allah, God, surprised them. He made the people rejoice for a short time with a show of great prosperity and at the height of their great prosperity suddenly He destroyed them. … America’s end, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad wrote, will not come while she is going around with her head hanging down, with her heart aching and failing because of the things that are coming on her nation. No. She will be made to enjoy good times. Well, it appears that has already happened.
Coming into this present year 2020 the stock market was up, it broke records, unemployment was down; the country was optimistic of a promising future of prosperity and full of hope and out of nowhere an unseen enemy struck and the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Did you know that in the first World War the influenza virus, Spanish flu as it was called, came towards the end of the war. World War I started in the year 1914, a war that lasted about four years, and the Spanish flu struck towards the end of 1917 going into 1918. And that year 1914 is very significant for the Honorable Elijah Muhammad pointed out to us and taught us that it represented the end of the 6,000-year period that the Caucasian people were given to rule.
So here we are in 2020 and this time a virus pandemic hits before a great war that is on the horizon. …
So, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, brothers and sisters, warned us of a great war in “The Fall Of America.”
In a chapter entitled “Fuel For The Fire,” he’s letting us know how to act and how important it is for us to not add fuel to the fire.
Fire fed with fuel, this subject is taken from the Holy Qur’an Chapter 85, Verse 5. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad writes we do not hope for peace as long as we add to the war that which serves as fuel to a fire. He says to us, the fire cannot go out as long as we keep it burning by adding more fuel.
As we close, we want to say to President-elect Joe Biden, while we were organizing for the Million Man March, Congress passed a law and that was the Crime Bill that he was one of the chief supporters of. You have acknowledged Mr. Biden that it was a mistake and we are taught that mistakes should be corrected.
In the Nation of Islam our lessons tell us that mistakes shall not exist.
Not that they will not be made, but not exist because when a mistake is made it should be corrected so that the consequences of those mistakes shall cease to exist. The Crime Bill, Mr. President-elect Biden, did a lot of damage to our people. Putting tens of thousands of our men in prison, ruining the lives of tens of thousands of families and it was not the common White folk that did these things. It was those in seats of authority, those in power. It’s not the common White man or White folk that have done irreparable harm to Black people but those with badges that shoot us down in the streets, stop and frisk us, break into our homes and kill the innocent members of our family. It is our hope, President-elect Biden, that you will right the wrongs of the evil done to Blacks and correct the mistakes made.
This will, perhaps, cause God to extend your time and spare the nation from His Wrath. You are witnessing unprecedented storms, record heat, fires raging in the West and storms upon storms pounding the Gulf States. Winter is coming and the Bible says God has stored up snow and ice in the North to bring down on His enemy. President-elect Biden, you are elected to this seat as the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said to save the lives of the American people.
What will save the lives of the American people from a second wave of the coronavirus that has mutated? Do you think that shutting down the country will stop the virus? The Bible tells us that when God sends a plague upon the land, if the people will humble themselves and pray and seek God’s continence and turn from their wicked ways, repentance is the only thing that saves the nation, Mr. Biden. Repentance was the only thing that saved Nineveh from the destruction and wrath of God.
America has to repent for the evils done to the people of God, for the evils done to the nations of the earth. It is in your hands now it appears, Mr. Biden. Don’t forget our people helped put you in office. We want nothing less for our people than justice, real justice. And we want to be separated and given a state or territory of our own. We want no more parts of your institutions; they all have failed. We don’t want your education anymore. It has failed to cultivate and develop the Black boy and the Black girl to grow up with self-love, self-respect and moral character and decency. We want to be free indeed and be given the chance to build a nation of our own.
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