WEB POSTED 08-06-2002

As in the interview, published some months ago in The Final Call, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan continues to explain how we may get through this dark period into the light of the better day—the Hereafter. The scriptures verify his efforts.

 The scriptures are very valuable. Use a concordance, take a little time and look up such words, as “dark” and “darkness.” This yields great benefits—but only in the light of the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, to which the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan bears illuminating witness. 

Our ignorance of the scriptures has been (and its) being challenged since the arrival of Master Fard Muhammad and His resurrection of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, with the true meaning of the scriptures, which tallywith the events of our day.

If we try to understand why, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s Teacher made the understanding of the scriptures an essential part of his/our new (and supremely better) education, we would have a healthier attitude towards the scriptures than many do. We would also be thankful for the exquisite wisdom of the use of the scriptures by Minister Farrakhan (and his teacher) to advance us. False pride, jealousy and envy are among the hindrances to such gratitude.

Understanding reduces stressful surprises.

Now, we just can’t intelligently deny Isaiah’s words, for instance, that refer primarily to Black people here in America, with the rise and work of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, in 1931, and with the rise and work of Minister Farrakhan, from 1977 onwards.

“The people who walk in darkness have seen a great light; those who live in the land of intense darkness and the shadow of death—upon them has the light shined.”

“ … on that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of gloom and darkness. The humble would rejoice in the Lord and the needy or the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. For the ruthless, the terrible one, shall vanish; the mockers and the scorners will be cut off. Those who lay traps with meaningless arguments, against those who uphold the right, will come to an end. (9:2; 29:18-21)

We’re warned in 1st Thessalonians 5:20, (and throughout the Qur’an, as Mother Tynnetta Muhammad continually preaches), “… do not treat prophecies with contempt.” But many still do. So in the words of Minister Farrakhan, “… gaps continued to develop and broaden. So it’s written, ‘That day shall not come except there be a falling away first and the man of sin be revealed.’

“Falling away is a gap. It’s written that “… they will not any longer endure sound doctrine …”—a gap. Who are these teachers that you are now heaping to your ears that tickle your ears? See, to tickle your ear, means they say the thing that is congruent to the judgment that you’ve made of the wise, thus increasing the gap, which confirms you in your madness.

“So to get through the dark hour now one has to look deep into one’s self.

“Now the wise man is gone but he has shown us a comprehensive knowledge of why he did what he did. That which he shows you, what did it produce in the follower? Did it produce love? Did it produce faith? If it did then you will go back and remember all the things that he taught that you had doubt in and you will make it through the dark hour until his return.

“But if his comprehensive knowledge makes you say, ‘Aw this is more falsehoods. He’s trying to justify the garbage that he did.’

“Then you will stick to your judgment of him and in the dark hour you will be the loser.”

The fuller part of what Minister Farrakhan quoted of 2nd Timothy 4:3 reads: “For the time will come when they will not any longer endure [tolerate] sound doctrine … ” This is that time. This passage goes on, in part: “… and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to misguided ideas.”

“… whoever  acts hostilely to the Messenger after guidance has become manifest to him and follows other than the way of the believers, We turn him to that to which he (himself) turns and make him enter hell… .”(—Holy Qur’an 4:115)

The good ones are advised (in several translations), in verse five, to try to be: “calm, cool, steady, sober, keep your head in all situations, keep control, be careful and sane” as they “endure afflictions, sufferings, face hardships, accept and suffer unflinchingly every hardship, stand steady.” How long? Until HE comes, Whose right it is to rule. (There are levels here). Meanwhile, let’s take example after Minister Farrakhan.

Brother Jabril:  “In the gospel (good news) of Luke, 18:8, we read: ‘When the son of man returns shall he find faith on the earth?’

“In the 12th verse of surah 57, of the Holy Qur’an we read: ‘On that day you will see the faithful men and the faithful women, their light gleaming before them … Good news for you this day! … That is the grand achievement.’

“Verse 13 (of surah 57) is directly related to the parable of Jesus of the ten virgins, in the 25th chapter of the gospel of Matthew. In these verses the Holy Qur’an emphasizes ‘faith.’ Why the emphasis on faith? ”

Minister Farrakhan: “It would appear that the wicked have triumphed over God and the righteous, in this lull before the storm. So, like the five foolish virgins who used up all of their oil, they were unprepared when the bridegroom came. He would come when it was dark, and they had no oil left.

“If he came in the day they wouldn’t need oil. But he comes at the darkest hour, which is just before the dawn of a new day. They can’t go out to meet him because there’s insufficient oil, or light in them, to light their way to him. But there would be some wise virgins who had some oil left.

“There will always be a faithful few that will come out to meet him.”

Brother Jabril: “Your words remind me of what Elijah was told, in the book of 1st Kings. He thought he was by himself. But God made him to know that there were 7,000 that had not bowed their knees to Baal.

“What is the primary quality that must be developed in those of us who would correspond to this 7,000, who will not bow their knees to Baal and who will qualify to be the five wise virgins?”

Minister Farrakhan: “The greatest of the qualities is humility. Because humbleness would allow us to be clearer in sight of what the Master has taught. You can tell the righteous, they walked the earth full of knowledge? No! They walked the earth full of money? No! They walked the earth heavy with power? No! They walked the earth in humility and in humbleness. If we’re humble, messages can come to us from sources whence we think not to keep us going through the dark hour until the dawn of the light of a brand new day.”

More next issue, Allah willing.

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