[Editor’s Note: This article is a reprint that was published on July 15, 2015.]
It should be noted, here, that there was a specific set of exchanges–during this critical juncture (between the teacher and his pupil, from about 1968-1972) during which the latter wrote a letter to his teacher; in response to certain things his teacher was unfolding to him. I’ve seen a draft of that letter. I bear witness that it constitutes the fulfillment of “Peter’s Confession.”
In fact, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad had, over the years, made certain statements to Minister Farrakhan that led (guided) him to the recognition–to a certain extent–that his teacher was the Messiah/Christ, and that he had a special future work to do in connection with this recognition.
According to the word-picture painted in The New Testament, the followers of Jesus came to see him much clearer after he departed and went to his Father (God). This word-picture is being fulfilled, in reality, even as you read these words. We are, for instance, living out, or fulfilling, the book (in the Bible) of Acts, as well as other writings and histories.
None of this is to ignore specific truths the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said to this or that person, among his relatives, staff, followers and to others. None of this is intended to ignore their value to the rise of Black people.
However, this is to say, that to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, his Minister, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s value was/is far beyond what is generally thought of him even today. And this is to say, that it is extremely dangerous to try to harm him. I am not overdoing this.
More on how his value indicates the value of Black people to Allah, next issue, Allah willing.
I did not see fully, before the Honorable Elijah Muhammad left the U. S. A, but I had written two books that involve both men. I cannot go deep into this now, but I intend to do it, next article.
As far as I know, not one of the critics of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and The Nation of Islam has publicly faced up to the real issue: Did he or did he not meet God?
When you present a person with the true knowledge of how The Honorable Elijah Muhammad became the Messenger of Allah–from Whom he received his infinite wisdom and the Source of his unique success–and when you provide a person with the proof of that truth, that person is going to react in one of two ways. He, or she, will either accept or reject it. This rejection can take more than one form. Doubt or uncertainty is one form. Disbelief, appearing as indifference or disbelief leading to actual opposition, is another form of rejection. Virulent hypocrisy, appearing first as an acceptance, but later on becoming manifested for what it is, is another form of the rejection of the truth.
The vast majority of Black people in America are in doubt about whether or not Muhammad met God, here in America. Interestingly enough, Black people do not seem to find it hard to believe that Moses met God in Egypt, nine or so thousand miles away and four thousand years ago. Black people still sit in the church house listening to the Black preacher of White Christianity telling them “that I am from God.” Father Divine said he was God.
However, Black people did not seem upset over this. But, with the help of “White power” and the “Uncle Tom” leadership, many Black people were given a confused picture of the basic facts concerning the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. As was shown last chapter, much of what passed for fair criticism and comment on the mission and person of the Messenger was no more than slander and libel.
This is not to say that many of the critics do not have good intentions. There are those who do mean well, and in fact, wish the Messenger and his followers “all the success in the world.” Many such people prove that they are sincerely motivated, because upon getting a better understanding of the identity and wisdom of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, they make fitting changes. But all are not like this.
When shown the truth to the extent that even the basis of their objections is removed, some people continue to cling to false beliefs. These are they who say in effect that “I won’t believe what you say, even if you prove it is the truth.” This is sheer perversity and foolishness. And this book is not intended for such persons. What could they gain from it?
Let us consider the fact that there is one fatal crucial point on which the disbelievers in the divine mission and work of the Messenger agree. They do not accept him as a man who has actually met and has been commissioned by The Supreme Being. Whether well intentioned or not, whether passive or not, whether mildly or violently opposed, on this one point, I repeat, all disbelievers concur. The Holy Qur’an calls those who do not accept the Messenger for what he is by the name “disbelievers.” This book of wisdom in verse 13:43 clarifies the disbeliever’s stand regarding the Messenger. In one place it reads:
And those who disbelieve say: Thou are not a messenger. Say: Allah is sufficient for a witness between me and you and whoever has knowledge of the Book.
In this verse we have the essence of the position of the disbelievers and the perfect answer and defense against their disbelief.
One of the beautiful facts about the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is that he never gets into the mud of slander and libel, even with our worst critics. He has not and does not use the underhanded, rotten devices that many of our enemies have and still use. For whenever one resorts to trickery to sustain their point of view, they are at the same time admitting defeat and the lack of true value in their stand.
Certainly, the use of trickery has been successful during a little over the past 6,000 years. But we are in a new day when trickery and wickedness has just about run its course. The “sun” light of truth is enough to reveal the slanderers for what they are and their sayings for what they are worth.
Besides all this, the word of Allah to Messenger Elijah Muhammad contains the following: … argue not with the People of the Book except by what is best … Holy Qur’an 29:46.
And again it is written in the Holy Qur’an:
Call to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation, and argue with them in the best manner. Holy Quran 16:125.
Now, Minister Farrakhan is the best example of which I know, in the way of spreading the message of his teacher. That, admittedly, has great difficulty factors in it, primarily due to our mental and moral condition–as he “tirelessly” works night and day, as his mentor did, for the resurrection of his people and for the enlightenment of others.
He does what he does out of a big heart of love. Those who seek to sway the public’s attention to their view of Islam would do well to study his example.
Why am I writing this now? The word “why” means for what reason or purpose? I intend to go much deeper into the above involving the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.
More next issue, Allah willing