[Editor’s Note: This article is a reprint that was published online on March 20, 2004.]
“When the souls are sorted out, being joined, like with like …” (Holy Quran 81:7, Yusuf Ali translation)
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan continued: “So the Qur’an backs Jesus up in these words, ‘Set your face for religion being upright.’ Come back to the nature of Abraham—‘set your face for religion being upright’—being righteous, living up to a standard laid down by God, ‘before there comes from Allah that which cannot be averted.’
“What is it that ‘cannot be averted’? It is the judgment of the righteous and the wicked—‘before there comes from Allah that which cannot be averted.’
“And then it says, ‘And on that day they shall be separated.’
“So the talk about ‘we all want unity, we hate this divisiveness’ runs counter to the fact that this is the day when the children of light cannot walk with the children of darkness; those who love good and righteousness cannot walk with those who love wickedness and evil.
“And what is the standard by which we measure right and wrong, truth and falsehood, light and darkness? It is that which God has revealed through the mouth of His prophets—His laws, His statutes and His commandments.
“So if Jesus could say that the first and the greatest commandment is to love God with all of your heart, soul and mind and strength, well think about that kind of love and what that means. If you love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, then you won’t be easily led to disobey God. You will not follow your low desires and make that a god beside God. You won’t allow Satan to make what God has condemned fairseeming to you. If you love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, then you have to look at yourself and see what is it in my own actions and words that the God of righteousness will be displeased with? If I love Him, I’ll get rid of that which is not in His favor.
“The second commandment is like unto it, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The Jesus was not fooled by the questioner who asked, ‘Who is my neighbor?’ He explained that his neighbor was like the one who came from Jerusalem to Jericho and did a good job on the poor man and put oil in his wound. He put the man on his own breast and took him to the innkeeper and told the innkeeper to take care of him.
“So he taught them that they should love like the Good Samaritan, but he ought to love the innkeeper, too. But to love those who beat him in his head, I don’t think so.
“The Christians got this love thing all wrong in saying ‘we don’t love your sin, but we love the sinner.’ God doesn’t make those kinds of distinctions. If you love sin and you are a sinner, then you have to get yourself in the way of God and you make the time to repent and get it together.”
Master Fard Muhammad is fulfilling the prophecy that “the Lord will execute His sentence upon the earth, quickly ending His dealings, justly cutting them short.” The Living Bible Romans (9:28). (“Earth” here symbolizes the wicked.)
The Son of Man is now shortening these times that threaten all life. (Matthew 24:22; Mark 13:20)
In Galatians (the fourth book after Acts), we read (variously) in different translations that:
“When the fullness of time was come, [when the right time finally came; when the appointed time came; when the term was completed; when the proper time came, the time God decided on] God sent forth His Son born of a woman …”
But remember, as Minister Farrakhan has pointed out, this Son is significantly referred to as the Son of Man.
In connection with this, consider the opening paragraph from the introduction of “Taking Responsibility for the Past” by Janna Thompson:
“History is a tale of unrequited injustice. Treaties have been broken, communities wiped out, cultures plundered or destroyed, innocent people betrayed, slaughtered, enslaved, robbed, and exploited, and no recompense has ever been made to victims or their descendants. Historical injustices cast a long shadow. Their effects can linger long after the perpetrators and their victims are dead. They haunt the memories of descendants, blight the history of peoples, and poison relations between communities. They are the root cause of many existing inequities. Historical grievances have provided people with a justification for enmity, a reason for seeking revenge. They are at the heart of some of the bloodiest struggles and deeds in both historical and contemporary times. For many of the descendants and successors of those who were wronged, they are a motivation for seeking justice—the focus of demand for reparation.”
This is true, within limits, as prior to the making of this wicked world, such evils were not the case. Nevertheless, we must make the effort to understand the history of this evil world to grasp why it and we (Black people) are the way we are.
All ought to know by now (smile) that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad began teaching Black people in this country in the early 1930s that we are of the Original people whose history goes back to the beginning of time. In fact, time began with the first life—a Black man. Trillions of years later, or 50,000 years ago, a Black scientist, who knew our future—and knew the reason or the necessity of what we were to undergo at the hands of the wicked—began to prepare our ancestors.
This preparation for what we were to undergo at the hands of the wicked meant he had to take his family and go down into what is now called Africa. Of course, that part of our earth was not called Africa at that time. The name “Africa” is after a White man. No White man or Caucasian existed 50,000 years ago.
He started a process that, among other things, made us a far tougher people than we were at that time. It involved a 50,000-year fall which became complete during the last 6,000 years—and especially during our enslavement here in America, where we were made a “no people.”
As we proceed, we’ll see that slavery’s effects were embedded in us on the molecular cellular (subatomic) level but the spiritual teachings presented by Minister Farrakhan cures from beneath the subatomic, the very root cause of all of our problems.
As we move deeper into this, there is something Minister Farrakhan shared with me after he saw The Passion of The Christ that’s instructive in understanding the above, him as a human being, his assignment, and our sojourn in America.
The Messiah referred to the Believers as “candidates for the Hereafter.” They must be unlike this world’s candidates for rulership.
Look at Matthew 20:25-28; Mark 10:42-45; Luke 9:46-49, which teach that this world’s rulers mostly play the big shot, are arrogant and filled with false pride, as they connive and slander (but delude themselves) on their way to what they see as the “top,” which in reality is the bottom! They are of the “tares.” We must get out of “tare-ship” before we’re burned!
Righteous competition for us would include selling this newspaper and Farrakhan’s Saviours’ Day taped speeches and getting our people to our meetings.
More next issue, Allah willing.