Was Abraham Successful
Baltimore, Md. – The Qur’an states that success does not depend on numbers. That’s an important distinction to make. A lot of our people claim to be followers of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad yet define success by worldly standards. We define success by fame and fortunes. Unfortunately these standards are subjective and arbitrary. By these standards the Nation of Islam under the Messenger wasn’t successful. Sure we had hundreds of thousands of believers and millions of sympathizers, but our numbers never rivaled the church. Also at what point do you judge success? A cake half-baked isn’t yet a cake, but the only ingredients missing are heat and time.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught that our people will not believe until after the painful chastisement comes. The Qur’an says on that day they will believe but how will belief profit them? Scripture is full of hope for the believers but despair for disbelievers and non-believers. The prophecy of the 144,000 is hope for the righteous but sad in the overall context of how many dies if only 144,000 are saved? The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that Allah disagreed with the old prophet’s prediction. We can beat their prophecy. We can, but we may not. However, this is taught to us to prevent us from limiting our efforts
The pain of the possibility of failure has created in some believers the desire to create different paradigms trying to tinker with the Messenger’s program to make it easier to reach their definition of success. Others change the teachings all together to accommodate the desires of the people and subsequently become hypocrites themselves. While yet still others create virtual mosques or talk shows where they can judge the efforts of others from the sidelines without being a member of a Temple or doing the work themselves. The Messenger never answered questions about our numbers, because a general doesn’t tell the enemy how many troops he has on the battlefield.
Scripture says Abraham was considered a friend of God and the father of the righteous and the father of the three monotheistic religions of the world. The Qur’an says that Abraham was the first to call us Muslims and the first one to see our condition here in the west. In our prayers we call for Allah to bless Muhammad and the followers of Muhammad with the success that he blessed Abraham with. Did Abraham have fame and fortune? No. In fact the Bible says that when Allah agreed to save the cities in exchange for finding ten believers present, Abraham couldn’t produce ten. Yet he was successful. What is our definition of success? Master Fard Muhammad provided it when he told the Messenger “ Elijah if you can’t find one who believes 100% in everything you teach, then bring the keys and you and I will go together.” You see the Messenger didn’t have to get one million… just one. It’s not the quantity of believers it’s the quality of belief i.e. 100% belief.
It’s painful for the believers, Laborers, and Ministers to stand up and represent the Honorable Elijah Muhammad in this climate at this time after the Messenger’s physical death. Our people reject the message because they see it as not bearing fruit. We teach we are gods and the original man and should seek to be more productive in order to attract the righteous. There’s an old saying that ‘your actions speak so loud I can’t hear what you say’. The Messenger said he keeps the fine cars in his driveway not because he needed them or drove them but because we wouldn’t listen to him if he didn’t have them. These things should never be the goal but they should be the byproduct of our success. Money, good homes and friendships in all walks of life. So yes, today MUHAMMAD SPEAKS but it’s equally important what MUHAMMAD DOES. Get to your local Temple at once!