Table Talks with The Messenger
More Table Talks With Messenger Elijah Muhammad
The following is reprinted from already transcribed notes dated 6-16-74
In the Name of Allah, Master Fard Muhammad. And His Messenger, The
Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
*Unless specified, otherwise, all answers are given by The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Messenger of “Allah”
Our discussion ended in the last table talks relating to intelligent
behavior in the public particularly as it related to the Sisters. Our
last question and answer was:
Sister: What should you do if a Lost Found Man comes up to you to ask you
Answer: Tell him where the Temple is. Don’t stand out there trying to
tell him anything. Sometimes you find characters out there telling other
characters, he talk with them old Muslim Sisters. Don’t believe it? O.K.
here comes one of them now, watch me. This is just a disgrace. Just tell
them 5355 South Greenwood Avenue.
Sister: Dear Apostle, I was at a gas station across the street from the
Salaam Restaurant and you know they have contact with the Brothers and if
they want a chance to learn about Islam there is the Salaam Restaurant
and Your Supermarket. Well after getting my change, He wanted to start up
Answer: That’s right. That’s all it was for. While he talks with you, he
weighs you. He watches your actions and watches your words, He wasn’t
peculiar about that answer at all, he just wanted to weigh you out.
Sister: All praise is due to Allah that you have taught us that they
would try us like that out there.
Answer: You have to be careful or you will be the loser out there…A
person when they’re converted, which they will be, will say, “that sister
over there, I know her, I talked to her about this and that, and I was
just seeing if the teaching is the Truth that she shouldn’t be out there
talking to strangers “, when he will tell her about tomorrow.
Brother: They (The Lost Found) can quote the law better than you can.
Answer: Indeed they can. “I didn’t know you Muslims were supposed to do
this or do that.” Yes Sir, they will come up quoting law better than you
can. That shows you how well he is watching you and they are never
watching for good.
Note: In this same category a conversation arose at another time
relating also to the passing of conversation between brother and sister
Believers as well. Here is the general gist (although not the all of the
words) of the conversation.
Sister: Dear Apostle, I heard the Minister teaching something about
brothers and sisters giving each other the greeting, but I was on post
and I didn’t hear all of it. Would you mind going into that point.
Answer: Brothers should not be shouting all up and down or across the
street “As Salaam Alaikum”, to the sisters. If they do, the sisters
should act as if they don’t hear them. Remember, that today the Lost
Found knows the greetings just as well as you do and you might not ever
know with whom you are speaking. You might also notice that this greeting
from brothers and sisters may sometimes be used in a “flirty” way. We
must caution the brothers and sisters against such things.
A GENERAL COMMENT BY THE MESSENGER:
We have to be careful of this old evil time. Just like the Holy Qu-ran
teaches us, jealousy and envy, It will destroy you. We are reaching an
available state of our teaching and our work. We must be careful of that.
We don’t pay any attention to people who envy us or are jealous of our
accomplishments. We just go ahead in The Name of Allah praying for Him to
give us more progress.
Question Exactly how did Muhammad Ibn Abdullah come by The Qu-ran? Many
of the Scholars teach that he went up into a cave in the Mountain and
under profound meditation a voice came to him and he went back and began
to recite the Qur-an. This then is how Revelation came to him and thus as
it came to him he recited The Book from Time to Time. Some of the
Scholars say this Revelation came from the Angel Gabriel, yet none of the
Scholars even began to touch on the subject that you so beautifully
explained for us that is there is “The God saying” I am Allah The Best
Knower And The sometime use of The Word “we” coming from Allah.
Answer: Yes, brother, It is clear when you study it right here in The
beginning of the The Qu-ran, that Muhammad (Ibn Abdullah) was in a
similar way like others before the real Muhammad. He heard voices like
others. They heard voices say, The Lord saith unto them speak so and so
but they did not see the speaker of the voice. So Muhammad was the same
but he was not the right man for the Resurrection. In the Resurrection
God is in Person. The Last Messenger meets God face to face. He knows Him
as He is.
Brother: This is substantiated in the Bible alright but does it come
through in the Qu-ran, Dear Apostle? For example The Qu-ran is constantly
referring to that one who says I am the Last of the Prophets, and there
is none after me. I am the Seal. I think this accounts for the Reason so
many of the old Muslims get lost in the Qu-ran and will not accept you.
Answer: But that can’t be the Muhammad of 1400 years ago. He didn’t
resurrect The Dead. We are The Dead.
Sister: Dear Apostle, I was reading the Holy Quran a few weeks ago and I
am not certain but I think it was in The Chapter under The Star and The
Footnote mentions there that Muhammad was taught by God in person (see
Chapter 53 of The Holy Qu-ran – Footnote 2374-5th edition) face to face
and we know they don’t say that about Muhammad 1400 years ago.
Answer: That’s right and these Scholars always writing about Muhammad,
they won’t pick that part up. That shows they are opposed to anyone
claiming this office but Muhammad of 1400 years ago. The writer, Muhammad
Ali in his footnote points out that some of the Scholars think that it
was the Angel Gabriel speaking to Muhammad but he points out it was God
Himself. See, this couldn’t be the right Muhammad since he was pointed
out only as hearing voices. The Holy Qur’an teaches that the Saints hear
voices too, but this doesn’t make them Prophets. Now remember that for
this is beautiful. They (The Saints) hear voices too, but that doesn’t
make them Prophets. We have people in this old evil time that want you to
believe they have been inspired by God just in an old dream. “You know I
dreamed such and such a thing, I want to tell my dream.” But in the Holy
Qur’an such acts are condemned; it is very well put there to keep down
anything like that which came up in Moses’ time, a lot of diviners and a
lot of dreamers. Isaiah’s Teaching prophecy this same point: he says if
you dream a dream, tell a dream. Don’t try to make it other than what it
is by calling it a Vision. This is what most of them would like for you
to do, that is consider their dream a Vision. I didn’t have a dream they
say, I had a vision and I saw such and such a thing and I heard the Lord
say so and so…They do that today in order to claim divinity. So the
Bible is right when it warns us that if you have a dream just say I
dreamed so and so, don’t try to make it some kind of divine vision. I
asked the Savior about dreams and He said Brother, we don’t pay any
attention to dreams. Now think over this.
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