March

A Million Captive Ears

October 13, 2015

It’s truly beautiful how Allah (G-d) gives us freedom to advance our lives however we see fit, to make a plan and go after it. We make a plan and He blesses our good intentions and brings about its success. And sometimes we make plans with bad intentions and He still over-encompasses and overwhelms our Plan with His Plan.

This weekend’s events were just such occasions. We witnessed another historic March to Washington, sponsored by Minister Louis Farrakhan. It reminds us of the history of the original Nation of Islam which evolved from the good-intentioned plan of W. D. Fard and the good intentioned work of Honorable Elijah Muhammad. I believe Fard’s plan was good intentioned because I believe he truly wanted us to someday come into the true understanding and true message of Al-Islam, but we also know that he took a short cut by trying to accommodate our belief in a physical manifestation of G-d in flesh. He took the short cut of appealing to our anger and emotional hurt and past history of oppression in America and glorified black flesh which had been demonized and demonized the white flesh that had been seen as divine.

Allah says in Qur’an that the greatest oppression of man is false worship, so if we are talking about true freedom the greatest liberation that man can hope for is the liberation from a false concept of G-d. That is the message that I would have liked to see come from a Muslim sponsored event if you have a captive audience of a million people. But it was not my event and G-d is the best judge. Nevertheless, we know that G-d Plans will subsume all of our Plans and His will be the one to prevail in the end.

This isn’t to say that social justice and economic justice is not important. This is just saying that there is a hierarchy and correct worship of G-d is most important. As long as we believe in a man god, be it white Jesus or pseudo-white Fard, we’re still enslaved. We’re still enslaved when we believe in the superiority of black flesh. We’re still enslaved when we respond emotionally when a rational response is called for.

That is the tool of the Politicians, and preachers. Play on their anger and emotions. Look at what South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on the future of the GOP. “The demographics race we’re losing. We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.” He is acknowledging that their success is in stoking anger. And now we can see how people like Donald Trump and Ben Carson can say the outrageous things they say and still generate large followings. Should we use the same tools? Of course not. In the long run it’s going to be the rational minded people that survive and end up on top.

Is there any logic then in us taking up the same tool and thinking that its gong to serve us in the long run? Yet we continue to appeal to the anger, emotions and frustrations of our people and as a community body we end of flailing prn arms and legs, expending a lot of energy and resources without accomplishing much.

Yet, Allah (G-d) still is in charge with His Plan and see how he takes even bad intentions and advances the good. As The Huffington Post headline confirms:

“Sorry, Islamophobes: Your Anti-Muslim Rallies Ended Up Inspiring Acts Of Love And Service”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/islamophone-hate-rallies-counter-protest-love_5617ff19e4b0e66ad4c7c191

Now we have another group who, at the same time held anti-Muslim rallies in different cities. You can’t see any good intentions or good results in their efforts. Some have suggested, that they intended, as did Dylan Roof who killed 9 innocent African Americans in a South Carolina church that they intended to ignite violence or a race war. Most of these people are Christians, People of the Book, and Allah (G-d) has pointed them out and their attitude toward Muslims.

Surah Al-Maeda, Verse 59: Say: “O people of the Book! Do ye disapprove of us for no other reason than that we believe in Allah, and the revelation that hath come to us and that which came before (us), and (perhaps) that most of you are rebellious and disobedient?”

But again Allah takes their plan against Believers and uses it to advance His Plan. So we pray that Allah (G-d) bless Minister Farrakhan and the many thousands of supporters who went to Washington DC to advocate for justice with successful results. And we should also pray that he soften the hearts of the sick people in the society and heal their disease.