Grace of God
[Editorís Note: The following
timely article is taken
from an article printed in the Final Call, Vol 1. No. 4]
says in the Holy Qurían that He created the heavens and the earth
with truth. He says that everything that He created, whatsoever is
in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth, glorifies God. Since
you and I have never seen God, then how do we get acquainted with
Allah created the heavens and earth from nothing.
What is the power and force in the nature of God that allows him to
create such a magnificent universe that defies the scholars and
scientists to compare anything to the beauty of what He creates?
There is nothing that any human being makes, fashions, colors or
reproduces that equals the beauty of Godís creation.
The two most repeated attributes of God in the
Holy Qurían are contained in Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim: In the
Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful. These two attributes,
"beneficent" and "merciful," have a single root
out of which they spring, and that root is love. Therefore in the
New Testament, we get the words: God is love. How does God express
He expresses His love in the quintessential
beauty of His nature by what He creates and what He does for what He
creates, and through what He creates.
God as a creator starts painting on the canvas of
space out of the beauty of His own nature. He gives us the sun,
moon, stars, galaxies, earth, mountains, flowers, and all kinds of
When you look at the flower, insect and animal
world, you see this huge array of creatures that manifest His
infinite wisdom and power and His matchless beautyóthe color only
He can give in flowers. This is the beauty of His nature.
Allah not only creates a thing, but He
nurtures what He creates and He sustains and maintains what He
creates. So, He doesnít just put something out there, He provides
for it everything it needs to grow to its eventual perfection. That
is a mighty God. Think about a God that has created everything that
you see and provides for every creature, from the smallest all the
way to the most magnificent, He has provided for that creature. That
is a mighty God. What did we do to deserve this?
Lessons in Creation
We just got here. All you had to do was to be
here. You didnít have to do anything for Him, He did it all for
us. Here is a God that creates a worm and provides for the worm. But
God just doesnít create things haphazardly. He creates things, and
for everything that He created there is a purpose; and in everything
that He created is a lesson for all of us to study. So everything
that God created is a messenger from Him.
The Qurían says that in everything that God
creates, there is a lesson for man, if man would be mindful. Solomon
said, "Thou sluggard, go to the ant, study her ways and become
wise." So hereís a creature God created that is under your
foot, but God says study what is under your foot for in it is a
lesson for you.
But man is arrogant and haughty. His lessons are
all around him but he refuses to become a submissive and humble
servant of God to learn from the things that are around him.
Your friends, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles,
cousins, and neighbors, in all of them are lessons. You have to look
at everything around you for this is the real book of God. It is not
the book that people write with their hands. It is the book that God
has put all over and around us, it is His creation.
Creation is a Book
Allah says in the Qurían, "I created you
in the womb." You donít give the credit to your mother. He
didnít say that your mother or father created you. He said,
"I created you in the womb." Who are your mother and
father? They are the agents of His creation. He uses what He creates
to bring about what He pleases.
When you were forming in the womb of your mother,
not conscious, He provided for you. He forces your mother by the
nature of the flesh to continue to eat and drink. If she wants to
live, she has to continue to eat and drink and as she eats and
drinks, you are growing in the womb feeding from what she eats and
Therefore, God must make you a wise woman,
because what you eat, drink and think is the basis of the formation
of what is growing within you. So you canít make a good child
until you make a good woman. You canít make a good woman until you
make a good man, because a good woman can be ruined by a no-good
man. In fact, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that there is no
such thing as a no-good woman. Every no-good woman that you see was
made no-good by a no-good man.
Female and male are the highest manifestations of
godís wisdom. In fact the Bible calls us the glory of God, not
"a" glory but "the" gloryógreater than the
sun, moon, stars and mountains and greater than anything that He
created except the human being. The human being can rise from sperm
floating in a bag of water to become master over what God has
God says "Not only did I create you in your
motherís womb, but before you knew you had a need, I knew your
need and I provided your need." That is Godís Beneficence,
Mercy, and Grace. The Qurían keeps saying over and over again that
"Little it is that you give thanks."
If you father scuffles and gives you a new pair
of shoes, do you just take the shoes and go out in the street and
scuffle and kick them and donít even tell the man: "Thanks,
Your mothers nurtured you when you couldnít
help yourself. She changed your diapers when you couldnít change
yourself. She cleaned us when we couldnít clean ourselves. You
mean to tell me that we donít want to say "thanks, mom,"
and show gratitude for a mother and a father that are the agents of
Godís creation of us?
Whatever you feel about your mother and father or
think they did wrong, you couldnít even think the thought, unless
you had them to bring you here to think about what they did wrong.
Honor Your Parents
God didnít raise you to be the judge of your
parents; God raised you up to honor your parents. Whether they are
in your sight worthy of honor or not, God requires it of all of us,
not of some of us, but all of us, to honor our parents. God doesnít
put any requirement on that. For instance, to only honor the parent
that worked hard and went out and cleaned white folksí floors and
doors and did all these good things for you, you only honor them?
No, thatís not correct.
If your mother is a junkie or a prostitute, she
fell into that because of conditions, but you are to respect her for
what God intended for her, even if she is not measuring up to what
It is the same with all of your fathers. Most of
us donít know anything about our father, but if you know where he
is, show him respect, because without him you could not be. Little
it is that you give thanks.
If you are not thankful for little things, you
will find yourself being ungrateful to God, who is the Giver of all
things. And when you get into trouble with God, you pay a very high
price for being ungrateful.
Even though we are the best of His creatures, you
must never turn away from God, because if you turn away from Him,
you turn away from the source of your and my evolution into Him.
To my Christian Brothers and Sisters who are
present, Jesus was not an accident. Jesus was a man grateful to his
Father. He was a man who was so in tune with God, he stayed so in
the light of his Father that he became the light of the world. This
Jesus figure was evolved by God up into Himself, which is where all
of us should become as human beings. We are to evolve into God.
Evolve Into God
So, God will manifest in us and through us, for
the human being is the glory of God and is Godís vicegerent to
take Godís place on Earth. This is our domain, to rule and govern
it, but we cannot govern it unless we evolve into God. We must never
turn away from Him, because to turn away from Him is like the planet
turning away from the light of the sun, then we are in the dark and
whenever we are in the dark, we suffer what darkness brings.
Darkness brings the cessation of labor. As the
Qurían says, the night is for man to rest or sleep and the day He
made for man to rise up again. There is a spiritual day where we
make progress, and there is a night where we just go to sleep.
Just look at us. We are not in the day, we are a
people who are walking in darkness, gross darkness. Darkness covers
Black people, not only here in America, but in Africa and throughout
Have we turned away from God? Yes, because if we
were in the Light of God, we would manifest Godís light as we
would be evolving into Him. Jesus said, "I and my father are
one." Do you know what that means? I in the father, the father
in me, I in you and you in me: what is he saying?
He is saying that Godís greatest grace is to
give man guidance and wisdom to grow man into Himself, man is no
longer man, but becomes a reflection of God.
Thus, God is in man and man is in God and I and
God become one. How do you become one with God? Submit your will
entirely to do Godís Will, then God starts working in you, through
you, so that as you walk, God is walking. If you talk Godís Will,
God is talking. When you act Godís Will, God is acting. It is no
longer God and a prophet, but it is God and extensions of God. This
is why the Qurían says over and over, "We created the heavens
and the earth and we ordered the stars and raised the
mountains." We did this. We who? It is not we ants and bees, it
is we human beings acting on the Will and carrying out the wisdom of
God, acting in concert with God as the agents of God.
When we turn away from God, we donít evolve, we
degenerate from God to man to beast to serpent. This is where we are
Negro: Satanís Handiwork
Sisters and Brothers, this is not what God
created. This is the handling of the white man and his world. God
made us to evolve to perfection that He might be made manifest in
and through us. But who is manifest through our actions today? It is
not God. We are Satanís handiwork. We are carnal-minded, low-life
and non-productive people.
Beavers do more work than Black people. Beavers
build more for their children than we build for ours. Birds build
nests, foxes have holes, but these sons of men have no place to lay
If the white man doesnít provide for Black
people, we donít have the mind to provide for ourselves. We are in
bad shape and we are not Godís creation. We are the handiwork of
When God sees His creation degenerate, then Godís
Grace comes into existence. He doesnít leave you like you are. The
Qurían puts it like this: "If God were to punish man for his
sins, not one soul would be left alive on the earth." That
means you and I, reverend, are supposed to be the spiritual guides
of the people, but the reverend and I stand in need of Godís
mercy, of His Forgiveness.
Well, if we stand in need of His mercy, what
about the people? There is nobody in here, out there, around here,
in Mecca, Rome or any holy city that doesnít need Godís
Forgiveness or His mercy. We need it and we really donít deserve
it, yet out of that love, that beauty in His nature, He says,
"I am not going to leave you like you are, but I am going to
raise one up from your midst, just like I do the clouds. I raise
clouds up from the earth by the power of the sun and the moon,
having an attracting power on the water of the earth and it draws
the water up in a fine mist that the naked eye cannot detect."
As that mist forms with other mist, it forms what
is called clouds. Then the cloud gets heavy with water, then God
blows the cloud with winds over a dry, dead earth. And when the
cloud distills and water falls to the earth, the seeds germinate,
burst and swell, sending a root down and a shoot up and then the
dry, dead earth comes to life. That is Godís mercy. He does the
same with human beings.Ö
In the Qurían it reads like this, "O men,
call to mind the favor of Allah to you. Is there any creator besides
Allah, who provides for you from the heavens and the earth? There is
no God but He. How are you then turned away?"
God asks a question, because after he sends
warning, the people are turned away from that warning, but out of
His grace. He raises someone to turn you back. And if you reject
that one, He gives you time and then He shows you in His signs that
he is with the one that He has chosen.
And when you become so dark in the heart, due to envy, that envy
produces hatred and hatred produces murder and the Grace of God is
sought out to be murdered, then God removes His Grace and brings
down His wrath on the people.
I respectfully say to you that the Honorable
Elijah Muhammad said to us, "Let Israel serve as a lesson for
us Black people in America." Why?
Look at the Jews. They say that they are the
chosen of God. If you look in the Qurían, in Surah two, and
throughout the Qurían, God brought them favor after favor and
grace after grace. After He guided them, they turned back. Then He
turned mercifully to them and guided them and raised them back up;
and then they turned back again. Then, He turned mercifully to them
and raised them up and, finally, He turned them to that which they
turned themselves and His wrath came down upon the people.
Brothers and Sisters, Allah saw our condition.
The condition of Black people in America is not a good condition. No
one in this audience can argue with us that white people didnít
bring us here to make us citizens. No one in this audience can argue
and say that white people have treated us fairly. At this very
moment, there is no justice in them for us as a people.
Would God see us, the original people of the
earth, in this shameful condition and not be merciful to us?