[Editor’s Note: This article is a reprint that was published online on December 7, 2004.]
A few days ago, I saw these words on a sign on the lawn of a church: “No two who both believe in God can hate each other.” This ought to be pieced apart.
A Brother, who identified himself as a Christian and Deacon of one of the churches identified as The Church of God in Christ, wrote me. Here is part of what he wrote:
“Dear Brother Jabril, I just joined your mailing list. Your articles in The Final Call newspaper have been an inspiration of great value as it relates to our Brother (Earthly Messiah), Minister Farrakhan.”
Later in his letter he wrote:
“If only our people, and all people for that matter, would not let titles divide us any longer. Minister Farrakhan is the greatest follower of Jesus I have ever met in my short life of 43.”
On November 3, 2002, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered an especially poignant speech, as he dedicated the Good Samaritan Ecumenical Church, pastored by Reverend Eddie Carthan, in Tchula, Mississippi.
Reverend Eddie Carthan concluded his introduction of Minister Farrakhan with these stirring words: “Today, we’re in a new era. We must erase racism from the minds and hearts of men and women all over this world.
“I bring to you the one whom God has sent. This is our Brother. Let me say this. I’m a minister and I’m a Christian. But I know that they have been trying to trap this Brother for years.”
The reverend then issued a warning to the government of America, not to harm even a strand of Minister Farrakhan’s hair.
He concluded with: “I bring to you–let’s get on with it–I bring to you the speaker of the hour, the man whom God anointed; God appointed; God selected; God raised from North America to the world, the greatest leader in this era on the planet Earth, Minister Louis Farrakhan.”
At one point, well into his delivery, Minister Farrakhan said:
“The architect that made you; the architect that made me; the architect that made us; this is supreme architecture–there is no architect that did this. Took gold and stone and water and the vegetation of the earth and formed me and you from dust, from nothing; from a tiny germ of life, as the Qur’an says, ‘a cloudy bit of water,’ then He formed us. This is the real house of God, for He lives here. So when you come here to this house of stone and wood, you act real holy-like.
“Brother asked me, ‘Should I stand here?’ when he sang his beautiful song–‘His eyes are on the sparrow. I know He watches me’–as though there is something so hallowed about this.
“You, who were fashioned by God, couldn’t stand in a place fashioned with wood. This isn’t greater than you. This is not more exalted than you. He didn’t go to any cross for some wood. (There is) nothing here more valuable than you, nothing out there is more valuable than you.You are the house of the Living God, only Satan … occupying God’s house. We have to kick him out.
“You sing a song ‘The devil is mad and I’m so glad because he missed a soul that he thought he had.’ [But] he has most. He has most.”
“This kind of preaching makes you think. Come up off your sanctimonious hypocritical, self-righteous spirit, because you’re going to meet Him, we’re going to meet Him in judgment. He already knows it all. [Emphasis mine.]
“When Jesus came to the earth, and says, whosoever–when he knocks–whosoever will let Him in, he will sup with them. It didn’t mean that he was going to come up necessarily to your door and knock and eat what you have on your table. But he knocks on the door of your consciousness. And if you let him in through the word, he comes in. You have to give Him a place inside your heart that he can stay with you. He comes in the form of a seed, like the seed that you plant in the ground, but if you water it and nurture it, it grows and manifests what’s hidden in the seed.
“See, ‘In the beginning,’ my Brother said, ‘Was the word and the word was with God and the word was God.’ Well, if you allow that word to come in and have a repository or place in your heart, then you feed the word, it bursts, and God is in the word; His holy spirit is in the word. Then, as you grow into that spirit, you’ll become a child of God. So, when people see you, they’re looking at God, and when they hear you, they’re hearing God.” (I think we ought to ponder and even memorize these words.)
All praises are due to Allah for our beloved Brother, Minister Farrakhan. All praises are due to Allah–period! Why? Because the Honorable Elijah Muhammad wrote some years ago: “Our every good thought we owe to Allah.”
It is ultimately out of our thinking (and corresponding emotions) that consequences follow. If our thought was good, then it was from Allah. Good results follow. Therefore, we can’t justifiably accept praises for the good results that originated in Allah, even if it came through us. The natural thing to do is to give the praises to Allah. Otherwise, we’re arrogant, falsely proud fools!
Don’t you see that the higher Minister Farrakhan goes, the humbler he becomes and the more praises he gives Allah?
As for me, as I first said in one of the first talks I ever gave, I have never had an original thought in my life. I still haven’t.
One of the ideas I sought to bring out to us in the interview I conducted with Minister Farrakhan is that his life has been a life of thorough preparation. There is no such thing as short-cut preparation. So many of us are into “short-cut” methods and thus short-circuit our progress. I wanted to bring out what led to the profound instruction to him, in his teacher’s words: “You don’t have to study.” I wanted to show not just that, but why Minister Farrakhan was made such an example–after his teacher’s example–of how we ought to proceed to make progress along divine lines in our lives.
What I’m pointing out is that Minister Farrakhan’s words are more critical now than ever, due to certain conditional and unconditional prophecies being fulfilled right now.
In Vol. 21, No. 22, we continued:
Brother Jabril: You became a registered Muslim in 1955. Did you study?
Minister Farrakhan: Oh yes. This was a new field for me. I was so fascinated by the Teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, as taught by Minister Malcolm X first; Minister Lucius in Washington, D.C., Minister Karriem in Baltimore; the minister in Detroit and other ministers of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and young Minister George, out of Philadelphia–these were men who were profoundly influential in my development.
Are you aware of the honor and respect that Minister Farrakhan demonstrates towards Minister Lucius and Minister George, after all of these years and why? What are we to learn from this quality of Minister Farrakhan?
More next issue, Allah willing.