WEB POSTED 12-07-1999
Humility and rising to the highest place with God
Twenty-two years ago, on Nov. 15, 1977, in Chicago, Ill., at The Institute of Positive Education, under the leadership of Brother Haki Madhubuti, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan announced that he was going to lift the name of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and, on the same foundation left by his teacher, he was going to rebuild the Lost-Found Nation of Islam in the West.
He made clear that he would do what he intended, in the name of and with the help and guidance of Allah, Who came in the person of Master Fard Muhammad.
He repeated this announcement again the next morning at Rutgers University. There was quite a response. Many were overjoyed. Others were not.
Twenty-two years have now passed. And, although he has not completed all of what was divinely assigned to him to accomplish, he has succeeded magnificently in what he has done. Furthermore, since he is fulfilling that which was divinely written of him, there ought to be no doubt that he will fulfill the rest of that which he was assigned to accomplish.
Surah 87 is titled: The Most High. In the translation by Muhammad Ali it reads, in the first two verses, the following: “Glorify the name of thy Lord, the Most High! Who creates, then makes complete, and Who guides… .”
His footnotes are very beautiful and stimulating. They are worthy of careful study. Part of his footnote, number 2714, to the passage quoted above reads: “There is here in fact a message of great importance, not only for the Prophet, that he would be raised to the highest place to which man can rise, but for every man that, through the glorification of God, he can rise to the highest place to which he is capable of rising.”
What is the highest place to which man and woman can rise? What does to glorify mean? In the gospel of John, in the book of Romans, and elsewhere, in The New Testament, there is a Greek word translated into English to mean, “glorify.” One of this word’s basic meanings is: “to cause the dignity and worth of some person or thing to become manifest and acknowledged.”
We read very often, in The New Testament, about Jesus glorifying his Father or of the believers doing the same.
Later in this verse Mr. Ali wrote, in part that it is only when: “… man is in a state of prostration and assumes the humblest position of which he is capable … humbling himself to his utmost before God that he can rise to the highest place.” The “highest place” here can only refer to that state, that position in Allah’s universal order of things which is best fitting for this or that person.
The humbler we are, before the Divine Supreme Being, the closer we grow towards Him. The closer we grow towards Him, the higher we are rising or can rise into the possession of the best qualities of which our nature is composed.
False pride is at the root of such baneful qualities as jealousy and envy. We cannot reach that place and position Allah deems best for us with wicked weight of jealousy and envy. These evils stunt the development of the best qualities of our natural self.
The root and the fruit that these evil emotions (and/or mind-sets) produce, have no permanent place in the universal order of Allah’s creation. Then, how did these evils get started in His creation? Why did He permit it? Of course, this is part of the larger question of how could evil arise in the presence of the Almighty and Good God, Allah.
This question has finally been answered, thanks to Allah, in His coming and raising both the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Min. Farrakhan. (Some may ask why mention Minister Farrakhan in this context. I’m eager to explain this by the help of Allah.)
Serious students of the word of Allah agree too, that jealousy and envy were not in the origination of life and the universe. If people once lived life in such a way that jealousy and envy did not arise among them, why was this the case?
If it is true that Allah is now in process of uprooting these evils, in His work of the re-creation of life and the universe—and He is—then how did these evils originate? And, how are they to be uprooted and destroyed permanently now that we are in the time of the re-creation of all life and the whole of the universe?
Mr. Ali makes clear in note 2715, of his translation, of Surah 87, that these four acts of Allah—namely creation, completion, measuring and guiding—are actually four laws by which He governs everything—including each one of us. These laws or energies or forces emanate from His exercise of characteristics of qualities which compose His nature.
Scientists have proven that our thoughts, our ideas, are composed of atoms. So they are things. Therefore, they can be weighed and measured. They can be analyzed so that we may be able to understand their components; their ingredients; their parts; their function; their inherent power; their impact; their life span; etc.
As evidence that our thoughts are physical as well as spiritual, consider an article, which appeared in “The Arizona Republic” (October 27, 1999). It carried these opening words, from “The Kansas City Star,”about a recent study on the power of prayer. It began:
“More than faith, it may be fact: Ill patients fare better when people pray for them, even when they’re unaware that they’re the subject of prayers, and even when they don’t know the people doing the praying.
“So says a study conducted by researchers at Kansas City’s Mid-America Heart Institute at Saint Luke’s Hospital and published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study, one of the largest of its kind, offers the most compelling evidence yet linking improved health to what is known as off-site or ‘remote intercessory prayer.’ “
Atoms are made up of particles called protons, neutrons and electrons and there are smaller parts too. The protons and the electrons are charged and called positive and negative. What does charged mean? In what way are they positive and negative? How are the answers to these questions related to the ultimate Source of the overall power that holds the atom together, which is called the electro-magnetic force?
This world’s best thinkers cannot answer these questions. Can these questions be answered through a better understanding of the Creator of all atoms, Who is Allah, by His permission? Such understanding would take us deep into the inner nature of the constitution of His nature and into the secrets of how He exercises power over His creation.
It is written that He will gradually share this wisdom, and its power, with those who love Him and for the best of reasons at the end of the world.
Our thoughts or ideas, in their rudimentary form, are like the simplest atom—hydrogen. Although extremely tiny and that which cannot be seen with the unaided eye, they, nevertheless, exist as both physical as well as spiritual realities. So it is with our thoughts.
As we’ll see, this is relevant to understanding jealousy and envy. It’s also relevant to the righteous power in the call of Min. Farrakhan that produced The Million Man March.
Again, Mr. Ali points out in the note 2715, that “everything in creation is held under control” and is created or “made according to a measure and its progress lies along a certain line; and that it is God Who guides it or makes it walk along that line.”
What is the primary way that He provides us with the knowledge of our destinies and His guidance?
Let’s go to another translator of the Holy Qur’an. Mr. S. Abul A’La Maududi translation’s reads: “(O Prophet,) glorify the name of your Lord, the Highest, Who created and proportioned, Who set a destiny and showed the way… .” (I intend, at another time, to comment on Mr. Maududi’s use of the parenthesis at the opening of this passage.)
What better blessing could we possibly have, today, than to be given the proof, of who we really are, and to be given the proof, of the glorious place Allah desires for us—as given in the teachings from the Honorable Elijah Muhammad through Min. Farrakhan?
Allah set our destinies and has showed the way to the fulfillment of it. If you cannot see this, for your own life, in the life of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, you can certainly see this—how the laws work—in the life of Min. Farrakhan.
As we look more deeply into this subject, let us ponder: We cannot fulfill our destiny—which necessarily involves closing all gaps between Min. Farrakhan and ourselves—except to the extent that we understand jealousy and envy and destroy them, root and all, from within ourselves.
In a footnote number 3 Mr. Maududi commented on the words of Allah: “Set a destiny.” He wrote: “Set a destiny” [my note: Allah] determined beforehand what would be the function of a certain thing in the world, and for that purpose what would be its size, its form and shape, its qualities, its place of location, and what opportunities and means should be provided for its survival, existence and functioning, when it should come into being, and when and how it should cease to be after completing its parts of the work. Such a scheme for a thing is its ‘destiny’ (taqdir).
“And this destiny Allah has set for everything in the universe and for the entire universe as a whole. This means that the creation has not come about without a pre-conceived plan, haphazardly, but for it the Creator had a full plan before Him, and everything is happening according to that plan.”
This, of course, includes Min. Farrakhan—and all of us too.
More next issue, Allah willing.