Blessed RamadanBy The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan | Last updated: Jul 1, 2014 - 9:26:47 AM
[Editor’s note: The following article contains edited excerpts from a message delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on “The Final Call Prayer Line” during the Holy Month of Ramadan 2010.]
In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.
We thank Him for His intervention in the affairs of Black people in America in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, The Great Mahdi, Who has come among us. And by “Mahdi,” we mean “Guide,” “The Self-Guided One Who Guides.” We thank Him for coming and for raising up among us His Messenger whom the world will come to know soon as Massi, or, The Messiah: The Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
During this month of Ramadan, each day we are to read one-thirtieth (1/30) of the Qur'an so that by the end of Ramadan, we shall have completed the reading of the whole of the Holy Qur'an. This is a very special month of prayer and fasting and sacrifice that is prescribed by Allah to give us the discipline necessary by forsaking the things that are natural: food, water, and, sexual relations with our spouses during the daylight hours. Surely, if we can master hunger, and thirst, and the drive for sexual co-habitation throughout the hot days of summer, then it will be easier for us to leave off lying and stealing, gambling, the use of drugs, or anything that is unnatural that takes us away from the pure service and worship of Allah. So this Ramadan will be the Ramadan to break bad habits, and start to making new, good ones. Breaking the grip on those things that we thought had a hold on us that we couldn't stop.
I am grateful to each and every member of the F.O.I. for their work in helping me to spread the Message of the Teaching of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad that is designed by Allah to lift the most downtrodden of the members of the Human Family: The Black man and woman of America first, because we have been put in the worst condition of any people that ever lived, so much so, that the prophet of God described us as “dead.” And as difficult as it would be for us to visit the cemetery and blast a trumpet, and cause the dead in those graves to rise up out of those graves is the difficulty of The Mission that Allah placed on the shoulders of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
The Resurrection, first, of our people, and the Resurrection, after that, of all of the members of the Human Family who have been blinded by the touch of Satan, and the falsehood that he has introduced into the world; the rebellion that he has introduced into the world, making evil fairseeming to man. We thank Allah for the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and this Invincible Truth that He has given to us that begins the process of raising us up from a dead level, and standing us upright before God and Man.
We are reminded in the Holy Qur’an of the faith of Abraham; and the Qur’an says that “Who forsakes the religion of Abraham but he who makes a fool of himself? And certainly we made him pure in this world, and in the Hereafter he is surely among the righteous. And when his Lord said to him, ‘Submit,' Abraham said, ‘I submit myself to the Lord of the Worlds.'” And the same did Abraham enjoin on his sons, and so did Jacob, saying: ‘O my son, surely Allah has chosen for you this religion, so die not unless you are submitting ones.’”
Abraham, the Qur’an teaches, was an “upright man,” and “he was not of the polytheists.” He was so upright, that according to both Bible and Qur’an, he is known as the “Friend of Allah.” And all of the prophets—Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, peace be upon them—all refer back to Abraham as their foundation of belief in One God, and the worship of The One God, and not associating any rival or partner with that One God.
So the prayer that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad gave us to say as part of our morning prayer, was put together by Master Fard Muhammad taking ayats of the Qur’an, and putting them together in a prayer that sums up our condition:
“Surely I have turned myself to Thee, O Allah, trying to be upright to Him Who originated the heavens and the earth and I am not of the polytheists. Surely my prayer and my sacrifice, my life and my death are all for Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. No associate has He, and this am I commanded and I am of those who submit.
“O Allah! Thou art The King, there is no God but Thee. Thou art my Lord and I am Thine servant. I have been greatly unjust to myself and I confess my faults, so grant me protection against all my faults, for none grants protection against faults but Thee, and guide me to the best of morals, for none guides to the best of morals but Thee, and turn away from me the evil and indecent morals, for none can turn away from me the evil and indecent morals but Thee.
“O Allah, Bless Muhammad and Bless the true followers of Muhammad, as Thou didst Bless Abraham and the true followers of Abraham. Surely Thou art praised and magnified.
“O Allah, make Muhammad Successful, and make the true followers of Muhammad Successful, as Thou didst make Abraham and the true followers of Abraham Successful. Surely Thou art praised and magnified.”
Prayer is that we should make Allah the exclusive object of our focus: “Surely I have turned myself to Thee, O Allah …” Well, nothing turns on its own. There’s always a power present that turns a thing; and the power that turns the Earth is the light of the sun, and The Power that turns man towards God is The Divine Essence within himself. When that Divine Essence is touched by the Word of Truth, it begins a Process of turning.
And then we declare that we are “not of the polytheists”: This is a grave sin to set up rivals and partners with Allah, so our prayer says: “… and I am not of the polytheists.” And then the worshiper is made to say from ayats of the Qur'an: “Surely my prayer, my sacrifice, my life and my death are all for Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. No associate has He, and of this am I commanded. I am of those who submit.” To “submit to Allah” and to “obey His Messenger” is what the Qur’an consistently advises us to do through the mouth of the prophets.
So there is nothing that stands between the worshipper and The God Who originated the Heavens and the Earth. It is your own prayer to Allah that will help you out of your difficulty. It is your prayer, out of a sincere heart, for it is you who are the sufferer; it is I who am the sufferer. It is you and I who are petitioning God to relieve us from distress, from affliction.
But remember, the Qur’an says: “And when Allah relieves us of our distress, and of our affliction, Lo! We set up other gods beside Him. Surely man is ungrateful.” Let us not fall into that category of ingratitude. When Allah pardons us, when Allah forgives us, when Allah relieves us of stress and affliction, turn to Him, celebrate His Praise, and glorify Him night and day, for surely, perfect praise of God relieves the Believer.
And God loves those who praise Him! Not that He is in “need” of our love, or our praise, but when we love Him, and praise Him, that is good for our own souls, and it shows our gratitude to Him. So He loves those who praise Him, and He loves those who remember Him much. And the Qur’an says He would not love us were it not for our prayers, so it is The Remembrance of Allah that is The Greatest Force in restraining us from the doing of evil.
And now I close: When Allah raised up Abraham and Ishmael, they prayed to Allah to make them “submitting ones,” make them “Muslims.” And from their offspring, Abraham prayed: “Raise up a nation submissive to Allah,” and then he said, “Show us our ways of devotion.” And many times in our reading of the Qur’an, when Allah raises His prophets and messengers, He always gives the people a way to demonstrate their devotion to Him.
The Nation of Islam was raised by Master Fard Muhammad. He came to North America by Himself. He came to the worst part of Detroit called “Black Bottom, Detroit.” As the Bible teaches of this Coming of the Son of Man: “He made Himself of no reputation, and became obedient unto death,” how would we interpret such scripture?
“He made Himself of no reputation.” The prophets predicted His Coming, but when He came, He never said, “Look at Me! Here I am! Do you know who I am?” He never spoke any such term. Nor should we. We should never point to ourselves as though we are “The Great One.” We should always point to Allah, for He is The Greatest of those who share in His Greatness.
Master Fard Muhammad set The Example. He became “obedient to death.” Here we are, a dead people, under that which is considered death. The Working of Adam's World of Rebellion produced death, and He came in among such people that are considered “dead.” And He came to a people that had been killed mentally and spiritually by an Enemy.
And yet, He walked among us with great humility, knocking on our doors, seeking to start a conversation with us that would raise us, with knowledge, from our condition.
Master Fard Muhammad: What a Great, Great Man Who came among us. He did a Great Work, He raised a great man, and He went away. And He never asked us for anything: He did a Work that bore witness of Himself—isn’t that the Best Example for us? This is why the Qur’an advises us: “Vie with one another in good works.” And let our works testify to who we are! Not saying it from our mouths, but doing it by our work.
In the Bible, Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works. And glorify our Father which art in heaven.” What is our “good work”? Our good work is to spread a Word that gives Life to our people, the same Word that gave Life to us. Our duty is to become Messengers of that Message; and learning that Message, studying that Message, and reaching into that Message that came first to the Black man and woman of America. And then learning the Universal Application of that Message, and bringing it from here to the ends of the Earth.
“And show us our ways of devotion...” Allah has shown us, The Nation of Islam, our way of devotion, and that is not only to purify ourselves by the way we eat and the foods we eat, and the drinks we drink, and the prayers we say, and the righteous conduct that we strive to manifest, but to do The Good Work of bringing a Message to a people who have been destroyed for the lack of Knowledge.
To those that work in The Cause of Allah: May Allah increase you in Knowledge, Wisdom, Understanding and Power. And may He grant you Protection as you go forth among the people to deliver the Message. And remember Allah's words to His messenger, as recited and recorded in the Qur'an:
“O Messenger, deliver the message. And if you do it not, you have not delivered the message. But if you do it, surely I will protect you from men.”
There’s always danger in delivering the Message of Allah that confronts evil, that condemns evil, that raises a people that are victims of oppression, and guides them to greatness! There's always danger attached to that, because those who have made merchandise of the people don't want to see the people delivered from their hands.
But don’t fear. They are wicked. Fear Allah, and Allah alone! And deliver the Message! And if you do it, surely Allah will protect you from men.
So I thank you for allowing me this privilege to address you. And I join you in keeping up our prayers for the sick and those afflicted. May Allah bless you, may Allah grant you His Wisdom and Protection. And may He make you successful in all that you do of good!