“Trying to Be Upright”
On Prayer: “Being Upright”
Sister Betty Muhammad, who held the post of Secretary to Messenger Elijah
Muhammad in 1967 and 1968, and as she put it, “was priviledged to sit at
the table with Him taking dictation as He answered the many letters…”
published this letter, among others, in her book “Dear Holy Apostle”.
“Dear Brother: Regarding your question on the prayer, being upright is
the original proper wording for the prayer. It was I who added, ‘trying
to upright,’ because you are not upright until you obey and carry into
practice the Principles of the teachings of the Religion of Islam.
This we are not doing in America. We are trying to be upright. Even where
you are now (prison) you cannot practice the Principles of Islam, as they
should be in prison. So this is why I added the word ‘trying’.”