[Editor’s Note: This article was published online on April 11, 2005.]
Can you envision the Apostle Paul preaching Jesus, in several cities, over three decades—and counting—with Jesus above him, looking down, directing him?
Can you envision Minister Farrakhan preaching the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, in several cities, near three decades—and counting—with his teacher above him, looking down, directing him?
Today is Easter. By the end of this day, there will have been an untold number of words spoken and written of this day’s meaning. How many of them will really relate to how millions of America’s Black people will totally rise up out of our miserable state of condition?
Soon, it will become clear to millions of Black people—and others of our kind—that the great drama of The New Testament, centering on Jesus, has been, and is really being fulfilled here in America. Their remembrance of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s words on Jesus this past Saviours’ Day and at other times, combined with the terrific events to come, will compel everyone to realize the truth of these days.
The Muhammad Ali translation of the Holy Qur’an reads of Jesus that: “They killed him not … but he was made to appear to them as such. And, certainly, those who differ therein are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge about it, but only follow a conjecture, and they killed him not for certain: Nay, Allah exalted him to His presence. And Allah is ever Mighty, Wise. And there is none of the People of the Book but will believe in this before his death. …” (4:157-159)
Think back to February 1975 and the announced death of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. It’s one of the excellent places to start with the staggering implications of the death and resurrection of the Jesus of your Bible. It helps to see that you and Jesus are closely and directly related. This has been one of the secrets kept from us until a little over 70 or so years.
Remember the words of Minister Farrakhan’s teacher: “Everything written in the Bible was written to give us a picture of today.” How clear do you see? In what kind of light do you see? What is the source of your light on this subject?
On page 36of Is It Possible That The Honorable Elijah Muhammad Is Still Physically Alive??? we read: “A. Maududi: ‘(It was to carry out His secret plan that) He said, ‘O Jesus, now I will recall you and raise you up to Myself and cleanse you of (the uncongenial company and the filthy environment of) those who have rejected you. … ’”
Do these words refer to the events of 1975? Are they soon to be repeated? Just what are we seeing, as we read these words? If they have nothing to do with the salvation of millions of ex-slaves, why should we bother reading them?
The wicked plan. But their plan has already been incorporated into His plans—both open and secret.
On page 46 of Is It Possible That The Honorable Elijah Muhammad Is Still Physically Alive??? are these words: “A. Maududi points out, in commenting on verse 157 of chapter four, ‘A comparative study of the Qur’an and the Bible shows that most probably it was Jesus himself who stood his trial in the court of Pilate, but they could not kill or crucify him, for Allah raised him to Himself. This is what happened.’ Then he gives his opinion in his footnote.
“Towards the end of this long footnote he writes, ‘As regards how ‘it was made doubtful for them’ that they had crucified Jesus, we have no means of ascertaining this matter. Therefore, it is not right to base on mere guesswork and rumors an answer to the question how the Jews were made to believe that they had crucified him, whereas in fact, Jesus the son of Mary had escaped from them.’
“After a detailed note about the many different views Christians have of the nature of Jesus’ ‘death’ on the cross, which shows they have no real knowledge of it, Mr. Maududi writes (in his note #195) that Jesus’ enemies did not succeed in killing him. Allah raised him to Himself. But, he writes, ‘it is silent about the nature and details of the matter and does neither say explicitly whether Allah raised him bodily from the earth to some place in the heaven, nor does it say that he died like other mortals. … It has been couched in such language that nothing can be said definitely about the incident except that it was uncommon and extraordinary. The following considerations lead to the conclusion that the incident was extraordinary: First, the Qur’an uses the words (here the Arabic word is given) ‘Allah raised him to Himself and ‘I will raise you up to Myself’ … for the incident and these words are liable to give support to the ‘Doctrine of Ascension,’ one of the Christian beliefs, which misled them to attribute Divine qualities to Christ. Had it not factually been an extraordinary incident, the Qur’an would never have used such ambiguous words as helped support a doctrine of God-head of Christ which the Qur’an refutes so strongly.’
“We will skip his second reason why he thinks the Qur’an (or Allah) regards this incident as something very special. His third reason reads: ‘… if the incident that has been related here meant merely the natural death of Christ, the use of words, ‘And Allah is All-Powerful and All-Wise’ in connection with it, would have been quite meaningless. These words can appropriately be used only in connection with some extraordinary manifestations of the power and wisdom of Allah.’
“He then makes a strong case for the idea that the words of the Holy Qur’an do give just cause for the conviction, that some have, that in some way Isa was taken to a place of safety with Allah.
“At one point he writes, ‘Why does the Qur’an not use a direct word for death, instead of such a word as this which is liable to support the doctrine of Ascension, which in its turn, has given rise to the Doctrine of the Divinity of Jesus? The use of this word is a clear proof of the fact that there was something extraordinary about the incident. Above all, the doctrine of Ascension is further strengthened by the Traditions according to which Prophet Christ, son of Mary, will come again to the earth and fight with Dajjal (Anti-Christ). These clearly and categorically prove the Second Coming of Christ to the earth. Therefore, it would be more rational to believe that he must be living somewhere in the universe before this Second Coming than that he might be laying dead somewhere.’”
This scholar’s words are worth studying. Meanwhile, ponder again:
Can you envision the Apostle Paul preaching Jesus, in several cities?
Can you envision Minister Farrakhan preaching the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, in several cities?
WHAT DOES THIS TELL YOU OF YOUR VALUE?
As we’ll see next issue, Allah willing, there’s a profound relevance between Minister Farrakhan’s expanding heart and the unveiling of this most unusual time.