Editor’s note: The Final Call newspaper published this letter on July 26, 2012.
Dear Believers in Allah and Followers of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, I am exceedingly grateful to the brothers of the Fruit of Islam (F.O.I.) and the sisters of the Muslim Girls Training (M.G.T) and General Civilization Class (G.C.C.) who answered our call to go out into the streets, to the most dangerous parts of the cities of America, to see if we can initiate a process of real and meaningful change.
The message of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad transformed our lives. The lives of the people of our communities can be transformed, for it is written, “Be ye not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds.”
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s teaching – Islam – placed love in our hearts for our suffering people and a desire to see our communities made into decent places for all of us to live.
The sisters of the M.G.T and G.C.C. were the great supporters of the F.O.I. and had a tasty meal waiting for the brothers when they returned from the streets.
Soon, the sisters will be led into the streets to inspire our women to do that which will make us to be seen as a highly civilized, self-respecting and spiritual community of Believers in Allah (God). All of us will be coming together to help our communities to rise from their present state.
No money offered
We desire for the world to know that we do not do these things for money, nor were we offered any money from any municipality to come out into the streets to try to stem the rising tide of violence. We came into the streets, and by the Grace of Allah (God) will stay in the streets out of the love that we have for our people and our desire to serve them.
It is written in the Holy Qur’an, “Do no favor seeking gain.” Do the favor or good work and the gain will come. We do not do what we do seeking any honor or praise, for all honor and praise belongs to Almighty God Allah.
Neither are we doing this for media attention, so I am asking that no minister or representative of the Nation of Islam give any interviews. Should not we be tired of talking? Let them interview our work and let our work speak for our noble motives.
Honor from God
There were good words written and spoken about our initial effort by members of the press, by members of the city government, by members of the police community and by the common people.
Although we appreciate that, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said to us, “Honor is never truly given until the work is done.” We have just started. So although we are grateful for the good words and thoughts, we must do the work and let the honor come from God.
It is written in the New Testament, “Let your light so shine before men that they will see your good works and glorify your Father which art in heaven.” If it is the Will of Allah (God), we will be going into the streets en masse every Monday, but also throughout the week into those areas which we touched on Monday to meet with the people and to set up local organizing committees made up of members of the community as we did for the Million Man March.
We must be consistent
One young man with whom I spoke said, “Brother we do not have any money, we do not have any jobs; we do what we do just to survive.” I was deeply touched by this brother’s words and saw in him and so many others of our young men and women powerful leadership qualities.
We have to find that method that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said will make Muhammad Mosques the employment centers for our people.
In the very near future we hope to call all our pastors, and all our civic leaders and activists into the streets for our work is no longer in the mosques, the churches, the synagogues or our office buildings. We must all dedicate and devote time to the problem in the streets.
‘A beautiful people’
Our people are a beautiful people; all they need to bring out their true beauty is to be loved; and to be loved means to feed them the knowledge that will remove the blight of ignorance, which makes us the playground for the wicked (Satan).
The love that I am referring to is not this emotional feeling that is not accompanied by duty. I am referring to the awesome Power of Allah’s (God’s) Love that is bound up in His Word.
In the Book of John it reads, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…and that Word became flesh and dwelled among men.” The Word comes first, and the work to fulfill the Word comes next. Then, we will see the vision that the Word gives us manifested into flesh or in reality.
Be dressed up
All F.O.I. must be in ‘Class A’ dress when we go to meet our people. I remember when I was young, on Saturday nights my Mother would make my brother and I bathe and clean up; and on Sunday morning we would put on our “Sunday go-to meeting-clothes” so that we may go to church to worship God.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said to us, “Whenever you look at a Black man you are looking at God.” Although this may sound strange, the Scriptures teach, “Ye are all gods, children of the Most High God.” In the Genesis of the Bible it teaches we are all made in the image and likeness of God.
And in the Holy Qur’an, Adam (man and woman) are said to be Allah’s (God’s) “Khalifah” or vicegerent, which means we have the capacity or potential to stand in the place of God as good stewards over His Creation.
So when we go into our communities to look after our people, it is more precious, more meaningful, more righteous, more spiritual than going to church; for in our going to serve our people, that is the highest form of the worship of Allah (God).
Fast and wise
In conclusion, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said to me, “We must jump up and make a faster pace.” In the Book of Proverbs, we are instructed to study the ways of the ant and become wise.
The person who is asked to study is called a sluggard. A sluggard is a lazy person who loves much sleep, a procrastinator who puts up excuses for the doing of work; and one of the excuses that this lazy, trifling person puts up is, “I cannot go out because there is a lion in the streets.” Although our young people are like great young lions, yet we who say we love them must not be afraid to go out into the streets to serve them.
We all must be like the ant, working to produce the Kingdom of God that Jesus and Muhammad represented wherein we all would be able to live together on this earth in peace based on the principles of freedom, justice, equality and submission to do the will of Allah (God).
Best wishes for our continued success in serving our people. As-Salaam Alaikum.
Your Brother and Servant,
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
Servant to the
Lost-Found Nation of Islam in the West