[Editor’s Note: This article is a reprint that was published online on October 18, 2016.]
.. eight will bear that day thy Lord’s Throne of Power.
Surley, it is the word of an honoured Messenger
… And surely it is the certain Truth.
(Holy Qur’an 69:17, 40, 51)
If one examines the powerful arguments for God’s existence given by the theologians of the major religions, and those of the scientists, who work with the physical aspects of creation, any reasonable person will be convinced that there must be a God. But the Holy Qur’an goes further. Its Author tells the reader that He is the Best Knower. In this book He bears witness to the Truth of Himself and shows that His creation does too. He shows that His own word given to His prophets and messengers is weightiest in testimony and bears Him witness. He declares that everything submits to His will … willingly or unwillingly. The Holy Qur’an presents better arguments than that which the scholars can produce for God’s existence, character and nature. The real understanding of this book has been given to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. But Who is He? Who is God?
A very few have theorized that God might be a man. But The Honorable Elijah Muhammad has proven not just that God must be a man, but that God is Man and Man is God, and that One Man in particular is Supreme over all.
The third part of this testimony refers to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s powers. One of these powers is his ability to take the laws of nature, and the laws of both man and mankind, and show that they bear witness to the truth of what is in his head–his mission, message and program. Such a man, living by what he teaches, which is in accord with the laws of nature, and able to demonstrate such power, obviously knows beyond doubt how he came by such power. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad is such a man. He declares to all that he has met with God Himself. In addition, he teaches that God has made known to him His aims, purposes and will. He (the Honorable Elijah Muhammad) says that he is not the author of his mission, message and program. Further, he has said time and again that the source of his power to do as was just stated is from the God that he met and was missioned by. Surely a man with such experience would have the utmost certainty of the rightness and goodness of his teachings and work. Wouldn’t you?
Every follower of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is a witness to the truth about him. We carry this witness in our innermost selves. What is this witness? It is the realization of this truth by means of living by its principles. The power to do this is produced by the teachings and example of the Messenger. He is our example. God is his example. This is what makes a Muslim so sure of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
Still, a Brother or Sister may ask, “How can I be sure?” We’ll point to something that most anyone can do at once that will demonstrate the truth of what is said above and be benefited at once.
The Orthodox Jews expected the coming of the Messiah. Most Christians claim that Jesus was the Messiah.
They expect his return. They call this return “the second coming.” The Muslims expected the Mahdi. Examination of what the Jews expect of the Messiah, and what the Christians expect of Jesus, (whom they call the Christ), and what the Muslims expect of the Mahdi, shows that they are either talking about the same man, or three different men coming to do the same thing.
A reading of the scriptures that these three groups use to support their views shows that they either see this expected one in two aspects, or they see him coming at least twice. Moreover, their writings often show that they expect someone to accompany this great One. In fact, there is a blending or a merging of the two so that it is not always easy to tell when they have in mind, one or the other, or both.
(And, don’t forget, the Christians also speak of the coming of the holy ghost or spirit.) Further examination of the scholar’s writings makes clear that they regard the expected one as coming from God, and in most instances a forerunner will precede him. The blending or merging just mentioned in writings of theologians refer to the coming One and His forerunner. In most cases, the Christians call Jesus a god, and yet a man from God. In most instances, the Jews and Muslims refer to the Messiah and the Mahdi as a man from God. Again, if one examines what each group believes their respective Expected One will do, it is clear that He would either have to be the Supreme Being, or a man commissioned directly by Him. Finally, in most cases (in this writer’s limited experience) the scholars of these three groups expect this God or Man, and His forerunner or servant, to close out this old world and bring in a new world. How well have the scholars understood the scriptures before The Honorable Elijah Muhammad began teaching? We can get an idea by observing their students. The students are confused. One will find a lot of confusion in their writings over what we should expect and from how many.
Since these scholars say that they expect the Messiah and Jesus, who is called Christ, and the Mahdi to come, where is He going to come from and where should we expect Him to go? These scholars will have to admit that He will have to come, either from the sky to the earth, or leave one part of the earth and go to some other part of this same planet. Which is it? Where on earth will He arrive? In other words, what country or in what government will He appear?
Most of the theologians agree that He will have a forerunner, or one man, to precede Him. Since He leaves one place, goes somewhere else, it makes sense that the place He goes to is the place where He produces His forerunner or representative. The scholars must accept this, or fall back on the idea that before He leaves to go where He is going, He will make a messenger for that place. This does not make sense.
For instance, if He made His messenger in the place He is leaving, what will He do in the place where He is going? If He makes a forerunner in the place He is leaving, as well as where He is going, this means He will have two messengers. Why would He make two messengers? If He did this, it would be contrary to the way we should expect Him to act in the Last Day. There is no basis in scripture for believing that under any circumstances He would want more than one messenger in the Last Day. So the scholars would probably agree that the God will produce His messenger in the place where He is going. Does this involve the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan? Also does this involve the Bible and the Holy Qur’an?
More next issue, Allah Willing.