[Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted from Volume 32, No. 52 and The Final Call will continue to reprint articles written by our late and dear Mother Tynnetta Muhammad.]
“And certainly We have made distinct in this Qur’an for mankind every kind of description; and man is in most things contentious. And nothing prevents men from believing when the guidance comes to them, and from asking forgiveness of their Lord, but that (they wait) for the way of the ancients to overtake them, or that the chastisement should confront them.”—Holy Qur’an, Surah 18, verses 54-55
The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us that Prophet Muhammad died from a broken heart at the age of 62 ½ years. He further told us that Muhammad learned in the course of his Mission that he was unable to convert all of his people of the Arab nation that were settled and dispersed throughout the Near or Middle East. Particularly, this was true in Arabia. The Prophet foretold that after three generations or centuries from him, the people would no longer be of him and would go astray from the Straight Path of Islam. Reformers would be raised in every century to help give guidance to the people up to the time of the Coming of the Great Mahdi.
These prophecies have been fulfilled from the time of the 10th and 11th centuries, beginning with the Crusades and the constant wars of European states in their campaign to establish Christian dominance over the world, and were particularly troubled by Islam’s Presence in the world from the 7th century, A.D. This clash of civilizations between the Cross and the Crescent continues to this very hour. Where did the Arab originate as a branch of the Caucasian race of Semitic origin? Where did the Jewish people come from and what is their Semitic origin? And what happened to the Aboriginal populations in the area of our world before the coming of the immigrant Arabs and Jews?
According to the Divine Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, when the White man left the island of Patmos or Pelan, they entered the Arabian Peninsula and started making trouble among the Indigenous people of the land. As we may recall from an earlier article, we spoke about how many of the children were so frightened at their strange, unalike appearance, that they stoned many of them on their doorsteps. Others were hidden away in some of their households, while others escaped into the hills of Central Asia or Eurasia and lived among the tribes and People of the Steppes and among the northern tribes that were already established there. Another larger group were exiled into the caves and hillsides of Western Europe where they were left without Divine guidance for 2,000 years and became savage until our scientists raised Moses to teach them civilization and how to master the original people through deception and falsehood.
They had a very difficult time surviving this period of their history, as the Honorable Elijah Muhammad has pointed out to us the Caucasian’s True History as taught directly from the Great Mahdi, Master W. F. Muhammad. We read much of this history in the 18th Surah of the Holy Qur’an entitled, Al-Kahf: The Cave. In our Nation’s Book of Supreme Wisdom Lessons, we are given a reference to yet another Cave by Master Fard Muhammad entitled, “The Book of Cave out of Darkness,” which describes the state of Michigan, its weight, and all things pertaining thereof, including an earlier mention of the City of Detroit.
In the early days of Islam, Detroit is referred to in our history as Mecca, and Chicago as the City of Medina. Between these two cities, the flight of both Master Fard Muhammad and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad took place under severe persecution of our open enemies, while a New Era was proclaimed exactly following in the prophetic footsteps of Prophet Muhammad over 1,400 years ago during the Hijrah or Flight of Prophet Muhammad (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) took place. The Prophet, under severe persecution, fled from the Holy City of Mecca to Medina in Arabia in 622 A.D. This flight marked the turning point in the Era of Islam and a New Calendar was introduced based upon these events that transpired in the Life of Prophet Muhammad. It was in a Cave called Hira, some three miles distance from Mecca in which the Prophet and his sole companion, Abu Bakr, escaped and hid for three days while the Quraish Army were seeking to take his life.
From this chronology of events, Islam had its starting point and the Arab Lunar Calendar was introduced. So, too, in our Nation of Islam’s mathematical chronology of events, we began our birth as in a Cave in the Western Hemisphere, in the Wilderness of North America where Islam came to birth in a period of gross darkness and ignorance, among an unlettered or illiterate people considered by the builders of this world as rejected and despised and as being no people at all. We were persecuted by our open enemies and former slave masters, since the time of slavery to the present moment of time. Yet, we continue to thrive and survive into the 21st century, gradually coming out of the Cave of Darkness and Ignorance on this Western horizon, giving birth to a new Era or Dispensation of Islam regardless to the threatening death plots of the caveman’s society and world.
“And We send not messengers but as givers of good news and warning, and those who disbelieve contend with falsehood to weaken thereby the Truth, and they take My messages and the warning for a mockery.”–Holy Qur’an, Surah 18, verse 56
To be continued.