WEB POSTED 09-18-2001

And the gospel must first be published
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The way we are reacting to the efforts of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, especially since his last Saviours’ Day Speech, is having a great bearing on the destiny of each of us. As it was written, in the scriptures, we are being sorted out. We are being placed, as the Author of the Holy Qur’an specifically states it, “like with like.” (81:7, Yusuf Ali)

In the first section of Surah two, in the Holy Qur’an, we are introduced to the knowledge of three sorts of people. In the first section of Surah fifty-six we are told: “When the inevitable event happens .. . It will be a calamity which will abase and exalt.”

Then Allah says: “You, then, shall be divided into three classes.” (Maududi) M. Z. Khan puts it: “..you will be divided into three groups.” Different translators use different words, such as “sorts,” etc.

Of these three kinds of people, the hypocrites are the most difficult for the Believers to identify. Generally, the immaturity of Believers, in certain instances, resembles the behavior of hypocrites. These instances are always in the “negative” or bad things. The hypocrites always resemble the Believers in the “positive” or good things. Believers at their worst may seem like hypocrites. Hypocrites, at their wicked best, may seem like Believers.

(Why does Allah permit hypocrites among His flock?)

It is the trials and tests, through which all of us must pass, which evolves and manifests us for what we really are. The greater the test or trial the greater the manifestation of what is in us.

On page 84 of Message to the Blackman the Honorable Elijah Muhammad gave us seven reasons why he stressed Islam for us. I hope you will read it, as my space is limited.

Among the points he stressed was that we must learn “what to think.. .” He made clear that this is relevant to our being healed of physical and spiritual ills.

Prior to 1975 the enthused Believers were eager to study the material given to them by Allah through the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Since 1977 the enthused Believers are still eager to study the material given to them by Allah and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad through Minister Farrakhan.

Minister Farrakhan is a great educator. This can be easily seen, for example, in his magnificent Study Guides. The meetings we have, with their use, have the effect of moving the participants ever closer to oneness with Allah. This always occurs when (1) the participants are lovers of God’s truths; (2) are rightly motivated and (3) the meetings are conducted as he instructed us.

Why “as he instructed us?” The manufactures of products know how it ought to be used. Minister Farrakhan knows how we should use his study guides.

A major factor in how well we use these guides is our attitude towards them, and him. If we believe him when he said that these guides came on the order of Allah, we’ll see them one way. If we doubt, then we’ll see them another way.

It’s the same with The Final Call. If we see it, and its publisher (Minister Farrakhan) rightly, we’ll see and treat it one-way. If we misperceive it and its publisher, then we’ll act another way.

A man from God must use every fit means to proclaim and propagate the word of God to the people. Among the methods used by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was to publish a little newspaper, in the early 1930s, titled: The Final Call to Islam. Many years later he published Muhammad Speaks. Minister Farrakhan published The Final Call a little over twenty years ago, following the orders and the way of his teacher.

Last issue I wrote: “We are living in the days of the fulfillment of the prophecies written in the scriptures for this time—which includes the publishing of this newspaper!”

An in depth comment on this will have to wait for another article to get into the truth of the statement of the previous sentence. But consider this.

“… I will publish the name of the LORD… .” (Deut. 32:3) “That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.” (Ps. 26:7) “The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.” (Ps. 68:11) “Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken … . (Jer. 50:2) “Publish in the palaces … and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say … and behold the great tumults in the midst thereof, and the oppressed in the midst thereof.” (Amos 3:9) “… the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.” (Acts 13:49) “And the gospel must first be published among all nations.” (Mark 13:10)

It can be easily proven that these are among the prophetic signs (types) of the publishing work of Minister Farrakhan and his teacher, with the Believer’s help. I can’t do this in this short article.

Anyway, many are ignorant of this. Many, if taught, still would not believe. Why? Because they don’t believe the greater truths about Minister Farrakhan and his teacher. The implications of such ignorance and/or disbelief are enormous.

In the 32nd chapter of Deuteronomy, mentioned above, part of the answer is given. It reads in the fifth verse that we are a “warped and crooked” people. How did we get this way? Well, Satan did it. We’ve kept up his evil work on us.

Now, God came and raised the modern Moses and Aaron, with truth, to unwrap and straighten us out, to make us acceptable to Allah.

Minister Farrakhan’s study guides is a divine tool to help remove from us the impediments to our becoming one with Allah. He explained the four great ones, namely, materialism; sexism; racism and nationalism. He showed us how to help self and each other get rid of these large heart poisoning/mind warping mental traits.

Again, what traits composes one who is materialistic; who is a racist; who is a narrow-minded nationalistic person, who believes in sexism?

Minister Farrakhan has said, in effect, that some of these little deadly “isms,” which compose these larger death dealing “isms,’ are tunnel vision; narrow-mindedness, pettiness.

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language 4th Edition states: Tunnel-vision 1. Vision in which the visual field is severely constricted, as from within a tunnel looking out. 2. An extremely narrow point of view; narrow mindedness.

Narrow mindedness: “Narrow minded; Lacking tolerance, breadth of view, or sympathy; petty.”

Petty: “1. of small importance, trivial 2. marked by narrowness of mind, ideals, or views. 3. marked by meanness or lack of generosity, especially in trifling matters.”

Allah said there are “positions awaiting” us for which He wanted us to qualify. Will He accept us with these deadly “isms?”

Minister Farrakhan has taught against: self-righteousness; short sightedness; the unwillingness to change our thinking, feelings and behavior in the light of new truths; delusional thinking developed by greedy ambition and covetousness, mixed with self-blinding false pride; the dependence on assumptions rather than properly understood facts; superstitiousness; spookiness; being opinionated; hard headedness.

More next issue, Allah willing.

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