Unveiling the Number 19

“O you who believe, if you obey those who disbelieve, they will make you turn back upon you heels, so you will turn back losers. Nay, Allah is your Patron, and He is the Best of the helpers.” –Holy Qur’an, Surah 3, verses 148, 149

The title for this article comes from the words of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad to his students and members of his household during one of his table talks. He elaborated further by stating that, in the histories we read in both Bible and Qur’an, we do not know what part of these Scriptures we will repeat or what part we can avoid or walk away from. It becomes apparent only after we have actually fulfilled such and such part which is intended for us.

It will never be revealed by looking for it; for if this were so, we would never be tested and would always seek to identify with the best part, without realizing that we could be walking into the path of that which may not be so pleasing, and proves to be a test for us. This is why Allah is described in the Holy Qur’an as being the Beneficent and the oft-returning to Mercy.

According to the Holy Qur’an, which is the root of Muhammad, it is revealed that, if the Prophet had been acquainted with the unseen, no evil would have touched him. We never want to become acquainted with that which may cause grief or will prove to be a trial for ourselves and others; but these days come in turns, that Allah may make a distinction between the Believers, the disbelievers and the hypocrites. Each one of the battles and the prophetic events that are revealed in the Holy Qur’an and the history of the Prophet were designed by Allah to do just that.


“If a wound has afflicted you, a wound like it has also afflicted the (disbelieving) people. And We bring these days to men by turns, that Allah may know those who believe and take witnesses from among you. And Allah loves not the wrongdoers, And that He may purge those who believe and deprive the disbelievers of blessings. Do you think that you will enter the Garden while Allah has not yet known those from among you who strive hard (nor) known the steadfast?” –Holy Qur’an, Surah 3, verses 139-141

While the enemies were pursuing the Honorable Elijah Muhammad throughout the several cities in which he took refuge on the East Coast, beginning in 1935, the Master had given him a list of 104 books to read at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Some people have asked what is the significance of all these numbers, as is also expressed in the Parable of the Number 19?

“What does Allah mean by this parable? Thus Allah leaves in error whom He pleases, and guides whom He pleases. And none know the hosts of thy Lord but He. And this is naught but a Reminder to mortals.” –Holy Qur’an, Surah 74, verse 31

 As I continue my Testimony on this most controversial issue concerning the departure of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, many question, or are in doubt, as to what really happened to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad following his announced death on February 25, 1975. So, too, were the people in doubt about the whereabouts of Jesus after his purported death on the cross.

“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 in His presence. And Allah is ever Mighty, Wise.” –Holy Qur’an, Surah 4, verses 157, 158

It is clear to me that this is talking about a future Jesus, whom the enemies would attempt to kill, but would fail, because God would take him unto Himself.

For further proof, let us return to the Letter written by the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad to Brother Jabril Muhammad in Phoenix, Arizona on November 25, 1966, nine years prior to his actual departure. “In the Psalms prophecy, he was taken under a cover of darkness. While the enemies were after him, God made the heavens a dark thickness of clouds, and under cover of this darkness, God came down and picked him up.” The Honorable Elijah Muhammad closes this portion of his letter with a reference to Daniel’s prophecy and the 81st Chapter of the Holy Qur’an.

Reflecting on all of the above, I close with the quotation of those verses cited in his letter from the 81st Surah, so that we may gain a greater understanding of what is written and how, under varying circumstances, we fulfill those parts.

“Nay, I call to witness the stars, Running their course, (and) setting, And the night when it departs, And the morning when it brightens, Surely it is the word of a bountiful Messenger, The possessor of strength, established in the presence of the Lord of the Throne, One (to be) obeyed, and faithful. And your companion is not mad. And truly he saw himself on the clear horizon. Nor is he niggardly of the unseen. Nor is it the word of an accursed devil.”Holy Qur’an, Surah 81, verses 15-25

To be continued.