Envy blocks, impedes, blinds one from seeing a divine servantBy Jabril Muhammad | Last updated: Sep 12, 2013 - 4:33:26 PM
Minister Farrakhan has crisscrossed America while delivering the knowledge of the meaning and message of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad in an astounding manner. He has done this accurately and consistently. The reaction of the overwhelming majority to his presentation makes it clear that not only is his preaching of The Final Call welcome, but it is on time.
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 this evil, called 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.
It is fully my intention to go further into this quality, which has absolutely no redeeming features, and in no way can be a characteristic on which one can build brother/sisterhood.
(I wrote some books, many years ago that involves this situation—the end of this world. I must mention it involves stealing. I’ll explain later on, next article about stealing, Allah willing.)
At the root of the trouble that “Jesus” had was envy in the hearts of those he came to uplift, according to the Gospels. According to the book of Acts, at the root of the problems Paul had was envy.
It is evident, from many passages in the New Testament that the writers thought that they were living at the end of the world. For example, in 1st Corinthians 10:10, 11 we can read: “Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed by the destroyer.
“Now all these things happened unto them for examples, and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”
The end of the world was not 2,000 years ago. And the lessons that others in the scriptures were given were ultimately intended for us. The greatest lesson of the scriptures and/or the times through which we are passing is mentioned in several ways, and in several places, in both the Bible and Holy Qur’an.
One of these spots is in John 5:39. It reads, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life; and they are they which testify of me.” The “me” is the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Those who understand (Holy Qur’an 13:43) bear witness that he is that “me.”
The readers of both books are told that they should believe on the grounds of the works that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad has done, if on no other basis. His works will lead a reasonable person into the deeper grasp of his identity.
So it is with Minister Farrakhan. His works are manifest. They clearly testify to his identity. Both those of us who followed the Honorable Elijah Muhammad prior to 1975, and those who did not, have been granted the favor of God—the Supreme Being—in that He has not only raised His Personal Representative (the Honorable Elijah Muhammad) from among us, but out of His great mercy He provided His Apostle with an apostle—Minister Louis Farrakhan— to bring into remembrance the only doorway out of the hellish condition we were brought into by our slave masters.
I’m writing right here that without knowing and understanding Minister Farrakhan who is in our midst today, you cannot know or understand the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
Let us take advantage of this opportunity divinely provided through Minister Farrakhan, before it is too late. It’s, the Final Call will not be issued forever; it’s a “Call,” but not a “book” but His “Call.”
Look at Minister Farrakhan. I’ve written of him and I’ve taken many photographs of him—but not for money.
This is part of what the Honorable Elijah Muhammad required of us in a talk at the Temple on Stony Island Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, July 30, 1972. His exact words were:
“I want to remember today I have one of my greatest preachers here ...” (at this point he turned his head towards Minister Farrakhan who was sitting among the other ministers) “... what are you hiding around the sycamore tree for, brother? Come on out here so they can see you.
“We have with us today our Great National Preacher, the preacher who don’t mind going into Harlem, New York, one of the worst towns in our nation or cities.
“It is our brother in Detroit or Chicago, or New York. But I want you to remember every week, he is on the air helping me to reach my people that I can’t get out of my house to reach like he. I want you to pay good attention to his preaching. His preaching is a bearing of witness to me, and what God has revealed to me.
“This is one of the strongest national preachers I have in the bounds of North America. Everywhere you hear him, listen to him; everywhere you see him, look at him; everywhere he advises you to go, go; everywhere he advises you to stay from, stay from. So we are thankful to Allah for this great helper of mine, Minister Farrakhan.”
I did not hear the Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s words at the time. I was not in Chicago for this meeting in July 30, 1972. How do I know his exact words and why am I’m writing this now when the Honorable Elijah Muhammad “left” the U.S.A. in 1975 and he is not dead?
When you use anyone’s words, in an article, or a book, from one that was speaking, it must be done in a way that tells the truth.
More next issue, Allah willing