WEB POSTED 04-23-2002

If you had faith the grain of a mustard seed

Minister Farrakhan: “One can never overcome the natural obstacles and impediments to one’s growth without faith in God; that tells us that this that is in front of us is not an immovable object. So Jesus said “If you had faith the grain of a mustard seed, you could say to the mountain, be removed and it would be so. Or you could say to the sycamore tree, be uprooted and be planted in the depth of the sea.”

“So faith in God is the prerequisite to overcome adversity. With a Muslim, when we say “Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim,” it is a prayer seeking the help of Allah to help us with whatever we are engaged in.

“So is there anything that we cannot do with the help of God and belief that you have His support? This is why the most Honorable Elijah Muhammad said to me, when David went after Goliath, he picked up five smooth stones from a brook, but he only used one. He said that that one was “Bismillali—”In the name of Allah.”

“Every prophet of God, though one person, was able to do just magnificent things in the name and with the help of God. So all of us today are called to the apparent impossible—to raise a people from the dead; to overcome the adversity of a negative world; to plant and nurture the seed of a new world; and overcome all opposition to that truth until that truth is firmly established in the hearts and minds of the people. But it can only be done in the name and with the help of Almighty God Allah.

Brother Jabril: “Brother Minister, from time to time, over the last near twenty-five years, we’ve discussed things that have come up in the Nation of Islam in America and events world wide, that involve the reality of chaos. Adversity and chaos—of course these are relative terms because nothing is chaotic to the God. Nevertheless, there are times, as we move through our own lives, especially in this most critical of all times, so much seems absolutely upside down. Please explain the part that chaos has in the plan of God and how should we see it in our personal lives and utilize it.”

Minister Farrakhan: “It would seem to me that in order to understand what chaos really is and how it serves the purpose of God, in establishing order, one must go back to the origin of creation; to when the most Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught of God’s Self-creation.

“The first atom of life that sparkled in the universe contained positive and negative. Since the first atom that sparkled in the darkness, had positive and negative then all of creation bears witness to that atom—that there is no positive without negative; there is no darkness where you cannot find light; there is no death where you can’t find life. Death feeds life and life feeds death. They’re companions of each other.

“If light and darkness are companions and life and death are companions, then, in a certain sense, God and Satan are companions and good and evil are companions and chaos and order are companions, but one feeds the other and gives birth to the other.

“So the scholars and scientists, who talk about the, “big bang” theory, talk about chaos as though it was first. Well, they don’t really know the root of all of this. Out of what seemed to be chaos, came order. This produced motion.

“So the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, who taught us so much deeper than these scholars and scientists, taught us that the first law is motion. How can you produce motion unless these opposites are present? With the positive and the negative charges, you produce motion. That motion may appear chaotic at first but then the second law comes into existence, which is order.

“So out of what seems to be only chaos comes order. Out of darkness came light. Out of nothingness came everything. Out of death comes life. So then, in another sense, out of evil comes good; out of demon or devil or Satan comes God. Well how is that?

“Was God Satan at first and then becomes God? Not in that sense. But the Qur’an says that the jinn came before the man. In my humble opinion, it means that this fiery spirit and temperament is seen in the infancy of development, where one must learn to control the emotions in order for the rational mind of a man to come forth.

“If you look at a baby, they want immediate gratification for the change of a diaper; for the bottle or for whatever they have a desire for. So they cry. If you don’t attend to them right away, you will see in the baby their cry, demonstrating an emotion that makes their face to become red with the flame of anger. So in the development of the human being, we go through these stages.

“Well, what about God? What about the making of a God? If we are created from God, then the adversity that He went through, to evolve into Himself, shows us the path of all things to come to that point or place in development that God intended.

“So, what’s called “chaos” serves order.

“What we are experiencing now is the chaotic disorder of the breaking down of a world that will give birth to the order of a new world. So this chaos is absolutely and vitally necessary to create the motion toward order.

“So the evil that Allah has permitted to touch the earth, almost completely, has created such dissatisfaction with evil, that even the evildoer wants a way out of evil because there is no peace in evil. There is no real productivity now in evil. There is diminishing return in the doing of evil. There is complete loss and frustration in the doing of evil.

“The human being’s nature is to be made secure. So now in this chaos, everybody is insecure. We’re hungering for that security which brings peace, for unrighteousness has had its sway.

“Now the greatness of the evil, has determined the greatness of the good that has come out of the desire of the sufferer of evil and even the doer of evil, reaping the consequence of evil, to get out of that into peace and security.

“Thus the evil, under the Satanic rule, demands the presence of God, to bring about order out of the chaos, as it is the presence of God in the world of evil that is producing the disorder and the chaos that is ending one world and bringing another.”

The above explains why “we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:22)

The worst kind of trouble arises from slander. Surah 114 urges us to seek refuge in Allah from the whispering of the slinking devil, who whispers, not into the ear, or the head, but into the very hearts of people. They do this so subtlety, that later the victims speak vicious slander about others with passion, from their very hearts, that of which they are either totally or partly ignorant (Also see —Holy Qur’an 17:53; 88:8-11; 8:13-17; 74: 74:42-47.)

More next issue, Allah willing.