WEB POSTED 08-27-2002
In Chapter 27, page 148, of Our Saviour Has Arrived, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad wrote:
“Concerning faith in Allah (God), the Bible teaches you and me that Allah (God) met Abraham and upon submission he was able to get the honor of being the friend of God because Abraham submitted to the Will of Allah (God). The history of Abraham is the history of all of the righteous who submit to do the Will of Allah (God)—they are successful.”
On page 77 of Volume 11, which introduces Surah 37, of The Meaning of the Qur’an, Mr. S. Abdul A’la Maudidi wrote:
“The most instructive of the historical narratives presented in this Surah is the important event of the pious life of the Prophet Abraham, who became ready to sacrifice his only son as soon as he received an inspiration from Allah. In this, there was a lesson not only for the disbelieving Quraish, who waxed proud of their blood relationship with him, but also for the Muslims who had believed in Allah and His Messenger. By narrating this event, they were told what is the essence and the real spirit of Islam, and how a true believer should be ready to sacrifice his all for the pleasure and approval of Allah after he has adopted it as his Faith and Creed.
“The last verses of the Surah were not only a warning for the disbelievers but also good news for the believers who were passing through highly unfavorable and discouraging conditions on account of their supporting and following the Holy Prophet. In these verses, they were given the good news that they should not be disheartened at the hardships and difficulties they had to encounter in the beginning, for in the end, they alone would attain dominance, and the standard-bearers of falsehood, who appeared to be dominant at the time, would be overwhelmed and vanquished at their hands. A few years later, the turn the events took proved that it was not an empty consolation but an inevitable reality of which they had been foretold in order to strengthen their hearts.”
Starting in Volume 20, No. 6, of this newspaper, I reported the deathbed confession of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Witnessed by others, it was a powerful testimony of the quality of his heart; his faith; his love.
I wrote of a meeting with Minister Farrakhan, in September 1999, when he told me what his daughter, Sister Fatima, told him that he said, while he was unconscious and literally dying, in a hospital room a few months earlier.
He asked his daughter to come into the room where we were, that I might hear her testimony. She told me that while Dr. Alim, her and others worked feverishly to save his life, her father slipped into unconsciousness. He was about three minutes from death. In that state, she said, he thanked Allah, for everything that He had either put or allowed into his life. She told me that he said to Allah, that if it was His will that He take him in death, at that time, then he—Minister Farrakhan—was ready. She said that he thanked Allah over and over again.
I was, and am, very privileged to have heard what I did. I wrote that it was significant to me that a lawyer—Lewis Meyers—was present, when she later told her father what he had said. Brother Lewis and later Ministers Ava and Arif Muhammad (both also attorneys) explained to me the value of deathbed confessions, which I put in those articles. New subscribers may obtain the series on Minister Farrakhan’s deathbed confession, (and a series on “PAIN”) any day on or before August 26th at: www.writtentestimony.com.
Minister Farrakhan is a man of great compassion, from which springs his empathetic sensitivity, which Allah used for his peace mission. There was danger from aspects of the American government. There was danger from overseas powers. There was danger from those who love him, but misunderstood him. There was danger from the shallow-minded and also from the weak of mind. Then there were the hypocrites. Danger yet persists.
He was prepared to die, if necessary, for the principles embodied in the purpose of his peace mission. Even though he did not feel it would happen, he did those things one does in preparation for the possibility of imminent death. Minister Farrakhan is a strong believer in the complete righteousness and the absolute authority of Allah to do as He wills.
Remember, his teacher promised him they would meet again and, in short, he was divinely promised much that he would attain before death.
He has been a most extraordinary worker for the Nation of Islam, since 1955, when he entered it. Can we really say he has been rewarded for his hard work and sacrifice from then until now? Sure, he has a few creature comforts as they are called. But can we call those things his reward, while he has and is catching hell from every quarter; from every segment of the population in this country? No and yes, as doing good brings its own reward. But has his name been fully cleared?
Many—whites and otherwise—know he is a righteous and a truthful man. Their voices are not heard, however, above the noise of the wicked and the ignorant. There are also those who wait to see which way the wind is blowing. They won’t speak truth to those whose power is both tiny and limited. They don’t have the courage of their convictions.
Can we say that he has lived to see the fruition of his life’s work for which he has sacrificed all? Not materially!
Yet, he was willing to die for the cause—for which he has proven his love and to which he has dedicated his life—if that was Allah’s will, in spite of all that he was promised.
I’m saying straight up that Minister Farrakhan is motivated by the highest kind of intelligence and the deepest kind of love. He did not do what he did for personal gain, nor vanity, nor reward. He acted straight out of divine guidance which utilized his intelligent love of the truth, of and from Master Fard Muhammad; the Honorable Elijah Muhammad; our people in particular; humanity in general.
Some years ago he wrote that his Study Guides came on the order of Allah. He said the same of The Million-Man March. He said the same of every significant thing he has done, especially since his more-than-a-vision-experience, on September 17th, 1985, when the Honorable Elijah Muhammad spoke to him from the Wheel.
Did you see, hear, or feel what he did that moved him to say and do what he has, especially since 1977? What do we really think of him? Allah knows.
We Muslims mention Abra-ham’s name, in our prayers, every day. We accept Allah’s words about his worthiness. Now, suppose you lived about 5,000 years ago. One day you see Abraham, taking his son up a mountain. You learn from him, or others, that he was taking his son to a place to sacrifice him. You hear that God told him to do this. What did you really think of Abraham when you first heard this?
More next issue, Allah willing.
(Editor’s note: Due to formatting problems, several paragraphs in last week’s Farrakhan the Traveler were inadvertently combined. The Final Call apologizes for any confusion this may have caused readers.)