My last article ended with: “Now, this is being written on the last day of 2004. Is 2005 the 70th year mentioned in Daniel? What’s written that’s coming up?” Why? Because of current events, both small and large, within the Nation of Islam and otherwise, that corresponds to what is written in the scriptures to occur during these days.”
The last article was on the evil of envy, and continues: “If this is so, and it is, what is it about envy that blocks, impedes, or blinds a person from seeing that which is not only good and timely but good and timely in the ultimate sense in that it is divine?
“What is envy? What are its roots? Why is it so destructive? Dictionaries are of little or no help in defining the state of mind and feelings that the word envy represents. If you ever probe the study of morality, you will find that the extent to which envy influences vital issues is generally avoided by most writers, teachers, politicians, and scholars in all fields. Envy wears many faces or disguises.
“Have you ever considered that it is all but impossible to depict a person who is posing by him or herself, in a picture, in a way that tells the viewer that the person is envious? If you were to draw an envious person, how would that person look? It is very hard to do–—if not outright impossible—due to the fact that envy in a person cannot be detected apart from that person’s relation to the other that he or she envies. This is not always easy to see.
“Envy is an emotion that is directed towards another. Without the other (a target, a victim), envy cannot happen. You can show fear, happiness, anger or grief with far greater ease than you can show envy, in such as paintings or sculpture. It is no easy thing to portray the mind of a person who despises another for having a reputation, or some skill, which the person who envies may or may not lack, to some degree, but who rejoices at the other’s loss of such assets, even though that loss would not mean a gain for the person who envies.”
The article continued that, “Envy in no way can be a characteristic on which one can build brotherhood.”
The above are excerpts from materials written in 1968. But these subjects yet need to be re-studied by us all, especially since we’ve all now come to the “end.”
“The word ‘uncongenial’ means: ‘not sympathetic or compatible; not fitted; unsuitable; not to one’s taste; disagreeable.’ It also means ‘offensive and unfriendly.’ Due to the time, look further into this, in other translations, to deepen your grasp of what is in Allah’s words.
“This is indeed, God’s day of separation, of which the Bible, the Holy Qur’an, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan have been teaching and warning.”
In the article that followed (Vol. 20, No. 14-written December 29, 2000), I wrote: “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 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 re-educate, 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.”
Recently, Minister Farrakhan shared insights with me that I desire to share with you. So I want to continue this subject on “envy” after we read his words. I also intend to include a commentary on these words of the Messiah, at his home in 1972, in working out a serious problem, which were: “Whenever you accuse an innocent man of that which he did not do, the heavens and the earth cries out for justice for the innocent man. And the punishment he would have received, if he was guilty, falls on the head of the accuser.”
Minister Farrakhan respectfully raised the question of forgiveness. I desire to share his teacher’s response, including the conditions for forgiveness, Allah willing. Many have slandered and libeled Minister Farrakhan.
On December 20, 2004, I asked: “Brother Minister, one day, be it the will of Allah, we will have ambassadors through all the nations of the earth. What are the characteristics of a good ambassador?
“Minister Farrakhan: Every good ambassador is well versed in the policies of his government. If he’s an ambassador for Christ, he must not only know the laws and principles that govern the Kingdom of God, but he must also have some knowledge of the people and their culture and their ways to whom he’s being sent as an ambassador. Out of respect for the people and love for the people, and respect for their culture and their ways, then he uses the key of his knowledge to raise those people as a part of his ambassadorial assignment.”
Minister Farrakhan continues, next issue, Allah willing.