by Minister Louis Farrakhan
The most interesting decision of choice made by Allah (God) is His choice of Jesus
The method by which Allah (God) chooses His Prophets and Messengers is the best example of how we should choose our mates. Allah (God) has a purpose in mind, and, He chooses the person and people best suited to fulfill His aim and purpose. A man without an aim or purpose in life is not in a good position to properly choose a mate. I know that females also have aims and purposes for their lives, and in this world, sometimes, the man will subordinate his aim, and works hard to help his wife to fulfill her aim. However, when both are in love with Allah (God) and filled with the desire to see His Will come to fruition, then, both will use their gifts, skills, and talents toward the fruition of Allah’s (God’s) Will. In this case, the woman helps the man in his aim and purpose for Allah (God) and both are fulfilled in carrying out the Will of Allah (God).
Allah (God) knows the heart. So, it is true, He knows best where to place His Message in order to fulfill His purpose. Since we do not know the heart, the process of courtship and becoming as fully acquainted with the proposed mate as we can is absolutely a necessary prerequisite to form a good and proper union. This is why sex before marriage is forbidden; the beauty of its expression, and the pleasure derived from it can cloud our ability to make the proper discovery to aid us in making a proper choice. This is why the Law of Allah (God) is so harsh on fornication. Since Allah (God) hates divorce, but, will permit it, His Law is very hard on that which clouds the mind disallowing us to make a proper selection of a mate. This alone should teach us the power of sex and its extraordinary effect on our hearts and minds. It can absolutely interfere with our ability to make a good decision.
When we intake excessive amounts of alcohol, we become a liability on the road. Therefore, we must not drink and drive. When we ingest certain medications, we are told we should not drive or make any important decisions until the effect of this medication wears off. This is the great power of sex in clouding the mind, thus, interfering with that rational mind that will allow us to make a good decision. In some marriage ceremonies it is stated that we must enter into this union with a sober mind.
Sober – habitually abstemious in the use of alcoholic liquors; temperate; not intoxicated; straightforward in character; serious; plain or subdued; not garish; devoid of frivolity, excess, exaggeration, or speculative imagination; characterized by self-control or sanity; reasonable.
It is also clear statistically that sex before marriage must have a negative affect on proper union because well over 50% of all marriages end up in divorce. This should tell us that there is something that we are doing in marriage that is wrong. One of the signs of the decline of any nation or civilization is its rate of divorce.
How did Allah (God) choose Jesus?
Allah (God) knew Jesus before He came to birth. He knew Him before He was conceived in the womb of His mother. Jesus was chosen thousands and thousands of years before He was born. Some scholars say that He was chosen from the beginning when Allah created the heavens and the earth and put the universe on an evolutionary course toward perfection. Some Christian scholars say that Jesus was born into the world to perfect the creation of Allah (God). He could not perfect creation until He perfected the human being. It is only when human beings obey the Will of Allah (God) perfectly that we will be able to bring into existence a perfect civilization.
This perfect civilization of perfect peace is referred to in the Bible and Qur’an as the Hereafter.
Although Jesus was chosen of Allah (God), this did not prevent Him from
being maligned, evil spoken of, falsely accused, persecuted, brought before the Roman courts and finally sentenced and put to death. At a certain point when one of the disciples expressed to Jesus his strong desire to see His Father, He said, “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He hath seen me hath seen the Father: and how sayest thou then, shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me…” John Chapter 14 verses 9-10.
This is a marvelous statement made by Jesus, but, this statement of what Jesus suffered teaches us the hardship of the journey to become one with Allah (God). There is similar hardship entailed in the journey of struggle of two human beings through the institution of marriage to become as one.
In the Bible, the second Adam who is this Christ Figure also needs help. The help that He needed, He had to make suitable or fit to be His helpers. These were His disciples who, through their trials, tribulations, and struggles became Apostles; and through them a church, a community, and/or a nation was to be formed that would be wedded to Christ. As in the beginning, the woman was made fit for the man to fulfill his obligation to Allah (God); so, in the last days, a body of people will be made fit to be the helpers of this Messianic Figure.
In the New Testament it reads, “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church; and he is the savior of the body. Therefore, as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.” Ephesians Chapter 5 verses 23-24. This is setting up a ratio and proportion. As the nation is to Christ, the woman is to man. This church, community, and/or nation is formed by Allah (God) to help the Messiah in His Mission. This church, community, or nation is referred to as the Body of Christ. This church, community, or nation will have to go through trials, tribulations, struggles, persecution, some members of this body will be imprisoned and some members will even be put to death in the struggle to become one with Christ; even as the female and male will have to struggle to become one with Allah (God) and with each other.
According to the Bible, woman is made from man, and, according to the Qur’an both male and female are made from a single soul or essence. So, the woman is a part of man; therefore, to mistreat, abuse, disrespect or to be unkind to her is really to be all of that to ourselves. It is written, “What Allah (God) has joined together let not man put asunder.”
Allah (God) today is joining the man with the woman in a Divine Union and the church, community or nation is being joined with this Messianic Figure in a Divine Union, but, this effort toward union or unity will be tested by Satan. Therefore, it is written in Second Thessalonians Chapter 2 verse 3, “For that day (Judgment) shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.”
What Allah (God) puts together let not man (the man of sin) put asunder. Satan’s world desires to separate a good man from a good woman and vice versa, and, he certainly desires to separate believing Muslims or Christians from their Head which is Muhammad, the Mahdi, the Christ Figure or the Messiah. These are not three or four different persons that the three monotheistic religions are looking for; it is really two human beings under the title of Mahdi and Messiah. These titles tell us of the great work that they are to perform. We are to be called out of this world to be married or wedded to this Messianic Figure. The Bible teaches, “For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew Chapter 22 verse 14.
There will be, according to scripture, only 144,000 fit to be stars, laborers or helpers of this Messianic Figure in His work of redemption, salvation and establishing the Kingdom of Allah (God) on earth.
We become agents of Satan and most hateful in the sight of Allah (God) when we deliberately try to break into or break up a marriage and a home, or break up a union between a believing person and his or her God. This is why the death penalty is given in the Mosaic Law to fornicators, adulterers, homosexuals, and lesbians. Why? Because Allah (God) desires to make a great family and to make a great nation.
Although Allah (God) has given such a harsh law to these types of sin, today His Mercy and Forgiveness covers us, and, He promises to purify us from all of the things in our behavior that displease Him.
In a future article, I hope to deal with the problem of homosexuality, lesbianism, and its affect on the development of family.
Moses, in making a great nation for the glory of Allah (God) had to put a strict law into force to protect marriage, family, and nation. This is why we have said that the best yard stick to judge any action, plan, program or thought is to ask the question, does it strengthen the male and the female in their growth? Does it strengthen the bond of marriage and the integrity of family?
Brothers and Sisters, it is incumbent upon us to work through our difficulties as we struggle to become one. It is my fervent hope and prayer that Allah (God) will grant us wisdom, knowledge and understanding that will cause us to rise above our emotions and natural urges that we might be wise in the process of selection, so that marriage will once again be looked upon as that most important of all institutions that is the foundation of family, nation, government and all systems that work for the benefit of man and mankind.
Thank you for reading these words.
More next week if it is the Will of Allah (God).