WEB POSTED 01-16-2001

Ignorance, jealousy and envy:
Obstacles to the rise of God’s people

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Farrakhan The Traveler—Volume One is composed of articles that I wrote for The Final Call from the summer of 1981 through the end of October 1984.

My aim in those years, and ever since, in all that I’ve
written and spoken about the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, was and is to help others see this magnificent Black man more like Allah and His Christ saw and see him.

In the course of this effort, I’ve had to take up the subject of jealousy and envy. There has never been a Black leader in America who has not suffered from those whose hearts are diseased with jealousy and/or envy.

Given both the depth to which we have fallen, and the depth of the depravity of our former slave-masters, opposition to any Black leader, working to lift us from hell, will intensify in proportion to that leader’s nearness to the Almighty God.

Given the condition of the people of America, the maximum degree of opposition is to be directed to those directly chosen by the Divine Supreme Being, to reeducate, reform, and free Black people of America.

A major factor in this opposition is the exploitation of jealousy and envy, which already exists, in Black people. We must know the history of Black people in America, to understand that deadly form of jealousy and envy, which has plagued us as a people during our stay in America. Think into this.

Human beings always make comparisons between human beings and between things. Without the ability to make comparisons we would have no science; humans could never become civilized; progress would be impossible.

It is not the comparisons that are evil, in and of themselves. It’s why and how we make comparisons that determines whether or not jealousy and or envy arises in our hearts. Jealousy and envy are among the worst spiritual diseases which we must be absolutely freed from if we are to see the best part of the hereafter. These diseases are love killers! The Holy Qur’an gives terrible warnings to those of us who “blow” our salvation due to these diseases.

It’s impossible to grow into one’s own divinity—which also means growing ever closer to Allah—except to the extent that we remove envy and jealousy from our hearts. After we have heard and read about these spiritual diseases, it is still up to each person to do this service for themselves.

We’ve heard that God helps those who help themselves. Does God ever help those before they help themselves? In the case of the Black man and woman of America, God had to help us before we could even begin to help ourselves.

In a speech made by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, in the 1960s, he took up a part of the 16th chapter of the book of Ezekiel and interpreted it for us. He took us deep into the unfathomable love of the Almighty for us—a wretched people.

In the book of Ezekiel, we’re pictured as a newly born baby, unwashed, not cared for, on whom none looked with pity or compassion. It reads that on the day we were born we were despised. Then it says that the Lord saw us in this terrible condition and like the good Samaritan, in a parable made by Jesus, He took charge and took care of us.

In the very significant fifth chapter of Romans, we are given another example of the depth of the love of the Almighty for us. In the light of the wisdom of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, a reading of various translations of Romans 5:6, 7 and 8 can produce a deeper sense of humility and gratitude, in us—-you too—who are the focus of the divine love described in this chapter.

How can you continue to doubt God’s love for you in the light of the words and works of Minister Farrakhan? If you don’t see, it is because you refuse to see.

Isn’t it interesting how often we act like Hagar, looking for that which is right under our noses? Look at the valuable jewels of truths are to be found in the study guides of Minister Farrakhan, which far too many of us do not value as we should.

The quality of our participation, in the study sessions, with his study guides—or our absence from such meetings—reflects the quality of our understanding, or lack thereof, of the divine purpose and value in those study guides. Let’s do better.

Minister Farrakhan is an international leader as well as an educator of the highest quality and rank. Nevertheless, there are those among us, who claim to love him, but who deeply dislike one another. Do you realize how dangerous this is? We are not Muslims, unless or until we love for each other that which we love for ourselves. Love “for each other,” at the very least, includes, to have empathy with, or for, your fellow believing brother or sister.

If we are among the followers of Minister Farrakhan and we continue to carry covert hatreds, resentments, etc., and since we are right at the END, then we stand in danger of absolutely losing our salvation, and of entering the worst part of hell, here and hereafter. Let’s resolve such problems real soon. Time is running out.

Master Fard Muhammad urged us to study. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad urged us to study. Minister Farrakhan urges us to study. If we continue in ignorance, the quality of our love will never grow or mature into the kind of love that produces the unity that God wants us to have to survive the fall of this world, that we are yet in, and to help build His kingdom.

Proper study is at the root of our growth into that love, which helps us to get rid of envy and jealousy. Minister Farrakhan’s call to us reminds me of the call to prayer. In both calls we are urged to come to success, or full self-development. In both instances we are invited to learn how to utilize the means of our own self-development. And if we pray properly (which is also a form of the highest study) we realize that we cannot develop unless we also help others in their development.

Today (the day the article was written) is December 29th. For the five weeks, since I’ve been “down,” I’ve thought of what could I place, in this column, that would be timely and useful—especially at this time, so that I would have more time to heal. I’ve thought about the crucial subject of “type” and “anti-type,” which I covered in articles at the end of 1982 and for a few months into 1983.

This subject is critical in developing divine insight. It’s an excellent way to gain a deeper understanding of the justification of God’s control, and/or influence over the consequences of the actions of men and nations, to make it all serve His purposes with divine prophesy.

I intend to take up this subject of “types,” which I covered 18 years ago, the study of which (in my case) began in 1957, from the Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s use of the terms “type, and “anti-type.” This study helps us in understanding our Beloved Minister Farrakhan.

Meanwhile, and for now, I am drawing from eight chapters in the as yet to be published book, Farrakhan God’s Man On The Straight Path. These chapters deal with “Moses and the Wise Man.” We’ll then take up the subject of types, etc. This may take a few months.

We’re an impatient people. Our impatience makes what is difficult more difficult. Impatience makes resolving conflicts harder to do. Perhaps reading the following books will cause us to improve our appreciation of the wonderful fountain of wisdom contained in Minister Farrakhan’s study guides. His study guides, and the speech out of which they came, constitute the launching pad of a world-wide movement. Can we really say that we are really a part of this movement, in the best sense, unless we—like Minister Farrakhan—are in the love of one another? Without this kind of love, we don’t really love him, nor the Two Who back him!

Consider: “Coping With Difficult People,” by Dr. Robert M. Bramson; “Resolving Conflicts,” by Wendy Grant; “Dealing With People You Can’t Stand,” by Dr. Brinkman and Dr. Kirschner; “Forgiving the Unforgivable (sub-titlted, Overcoming the Bitter Legacy of Intimate Wounds)” by Beverly Flanigan, M.S.S.W.

I began writing on Moses and the Wise Man, for The Final Call, with the intention of making a book. I wrote the first five articles in two days. Here is how it began.

“This is being written on what is called ‘Good Friday,’ April 1, 1988; also called by some, ‘April Fool’s Day.’ This didn’t occur to me until I sat down to write these words.

“It occurs to me, however, that the ironies and paradoxes involved in: ‘Good Friday’ and ‘April Fool’s Day’—if we had space to go into them—might make a very interesting means of introducing an in depth commentary, or essay, on the prophecy that involves Moses traveling with an unnamed Divinely-Wise Man, as described in the Holy Qur’an.

“The scholars and scientists are divided over whether Surah 18:60-82 is referring to a historical event or a spiritual experience of Moses, such as a vision. In either case, what we have here, is that which points to something to come, well after the time of Moses. In fact, these words refer to that which would occur in the time period called the resurrection of the dead and the judgment of the world; which is now.”

More next issue, Allah willing