“And your Lord says: ‘Pray to Me, I will answer you.’ ”
—Holy Qur’an 40:60
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered two very powerful “speeches” on the 28th and the 29th of November of this year. I’m slow to write my reaction to his speeches on those dates. It’s due to my condition (which I’ve explained) and the nature of the power, depth, and the divinity of his speech. I hope to comment later, Allah willing.
Now, he answered a question from me that produced the book Closing The Gap. If you have not read my previous article, for whatever reason, I hope you will read it, so that you can learn the experience that produced his reaction (or answer) that produced this book, without hesitation.
Please, study his answer. Then re-read his answer. It’s on page 326-332 of Closing The Gap.
Minister Farrakhan: First, it’s a very profound experience that answers many questions for me personally and probably for others as well.
I would like to start by going back to the time when I was with the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and he said to me, “Brother, I want your mind. I want you to line your mind up with my mind so that there will be one mind.” If that is not the perfect recall of his words, it’s 99 and 9/10 percent correct.
Then later on he said to me, “Brother, I’m going away. I’m going away to study. I’ll be gone for approximately three years. Don’t change the teachings while I’m gone. And if you are faithful when I return, I will reveal the new teaching through you.”
Now, of course, Brother Jabril, his words have great impact on me, but understanding them takes time. Then of course, in 1975, February 25th, ten-past-nine New York time, ten-past-eight Chicago time, I get a call from my son Joshua, who was at the hospital (Mercy Hospital) where the Messenger was saying to me that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad had expired.
Coming to Chicago, seeing a casket with one that looked like my father and teacher, only about twenty to twenty-five years younger; participating in a funeral; carrying the casket to the cemetery; for me, at that time, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad had expired. None of the things then that he said to me made sense.
As you know I tried to follow W.D. Mohammed as he told me he knew the direction that the nation should take after the alleged demise of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. And so I told him that I would serve him, as I’ve served his father, as long as I could see that he remain faithful to his father.
As you know there had been difficulty between him and his dad. I did not wish to divide the nation, nor did I feel confident that I could lead in the absence of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, particularly if he were dead. I could hold the teachings if he were gone and I knew he was coming back. But he already taught us that you don’t come back from death.
In that case I didn’t believe that I could lead the nation, though he sat me in his seat; though he said many things that would lead me to believe that he wanted me to take his place in his absence. I didn’t feel confident. So if the Imam or W. D. Mohammed felt that he could, and knew the direction, then I would help him as I helped his father.
Thirty months later, I came to the conclusion that that was not best for me—maybe even less time than that. I saw things that of which I disagreed and I did not wish to upset the house. So I decided to leave (quietly) and try to resume my music career, which was a complete failure. The God took away everything from me musically. I almost had nothing left.
I met you on that wonderful day in September of 1977. You gave me a book to read and on the third day of reading that book you came to the hotel room. And I told you, “Your eye operation was successful. The scales have been removed from my eyes.” And then the long journey began.
You gave me something to read. You told me even at that time that, “The Honorable Elijah Muhammad was yet alive.” And I, in my heart said, “Oh my poor Brother. He loves the Honorable Elijah Muhammad so much he can’t bear the thought that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is deceased.” And I said to him, “Well whether he’s alive or not, he’s not here, Brother. So the work is on us to do.” And I gently passed it off.
He (Jabril) gave me what I would call a commentary or something that you would add to a book that’s not in the book and he gave it to me to read on the Honorable Elijah Muhammad possibly being alive. And I didn’t even want to waste time with something like that. Because at that time I said, “Oh poor fella, you know, well we’re going to go on and rebuild the work of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.”
One day, almost two years later, he was in my Lincoln Continental in Chicago, and he saw what he had given me, kind of ground up a little under the front driver’s seat. So he took it out and smoothed it out, like one would do a wrinkled coat or shirt and knew that it wasn’t destroyed. And he put it back in my hands.
I finally decided I’ll entertain him. I’ll read it. And as I began to read what he wrote, the words of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad began to make sense. They couldn’t make sense if he were dead. But, if he escaped a death plot, then the words that he shared with me made almost perfect sense.
I say, almost, because he told me he would be gone for three years, approximately. And he was going away to study. Now it was approximately three years. It was actually 30 months. I was up; ready to take on the Herculean task of attempting to rebuild his work.
Now what you saw in your experience crystallizes all of this for me, because he now was in me; growing in me. But there were certain experiences that I had to undergo for him to fully grow in me and for me to fully grow in him. So Elijah did come back. He came back in the person of Louis Farrakhan. He came back in me because my love for him; my adoration of him; my surrender of myself to him.
(THIS IS REAL POWER!)
More next issue, Allah Willing.