The Time and What WE Must Do: "Chipping away at our love and zeal to be involved in the work."

Student Minister Willie Muhammad
Guest Post by Willie Muhammad

When I think of words to describe the weekly broadcasts of the Honorable Louis Farrakhan, in his 52 part series titled, “The Time and What Must Be Done,” slang used by youth whom I work with comes to mind. 

When they see someone giving their all to something they are involved in they say such a person is, “Going hard.” The Honorable Louis Farrakhan definitely is, the fact of the matter is he has always done so. As a result MILLIONS of people have been impacted by his work being done in the name of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and his teacher, Master Fard Muhammad. One question that consistently comes to my mind every time I view the weekly segments is, “What must WE (those in the Nation of Islam) do during this time?” I am thankful for Brother Jesse Muhammad for giving me the opportunity to share some of what has come to mind after asking myself this question, on his award winning blog. 

One of the first thoughts that come to mind in relation to this question is, one, we cannot lose hope in the resurrection of our people. I think as a Nation, the increase of the savage behavior of our people, which now due to technology is now more visible, is chipping away at our love and zeal to be involved in the work of resurrection. During my short time here on earth, one thing I have noticed is that people tend to stop participating in that in which they feel is not showing any significant results. During this critical time we cannot afford to do so. Doing so will result in us losing favor with the Savior who came Himself to save them. To those of us who may be battling to still believe in the complete resurrection of our people, I would just like to offer the following thought hoping it will help re-strengthen our belief. 

First, is Satan (Iblis) more of a believer in Master Fard’s ability to resurrect our people than US? I asked that because in the Holy Quran Iblis makes a statement that shows despite his rebellion to God, he was certain that the people of God would be raised. In Surah7:14 Iblis says, “Respite me till the day when they are raised.” Is Iblis more of a BELIEVER than you and I? 

I close with this short story until the next entry. Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day he was walking along the shore. As he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day. So he began to walk faster to catch up. As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn't dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer he called out, "Good morning! What are you doing?" The young man paused, looked up and replied, "Throwing starfish in the ocean." "I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?" "The sun is up and the tide is going out. And if I don't throw them in they'll die." "But, young man, don't you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it. You can't possibly make a difference!" The young man listened politely. Then bent down, picked another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves and said, "It made a difference for that one."

(Follow Student Minister Willie Muhammad on Twitter @BroWM46. Visit the official New Orleans mosque website @ noineworleans.org)

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