Peace...the writing bug hasn't really hit me recently, but I've been saving this one up for just such an occasion...This Brother, Self Born Allah (Hon. Asukile Salik Bandele), has written a magnificent piece about one of the most controversial of the Lost-Found Muslim Lessons, It was Originally given by W.D. Fard as part of a secret ritual in the early 1930's and led to some controversy, to say the least. Afterward, this lesson was distributed to Nation of Islam members by Elijah Muhammad in his time (but only to members), and is given with full interpretation nowadays by Allah's 5% Nation since that time. Taken on face value, the lesson may appear to advocate racism, murder, terrorism and the like, but when you scratch beneath the surface, or better yet dig beneath the surface as this Brother has done so eloquently, the in-depth introspection that results is truly a thing of absolute beauty...so enough from me, read on and Enjoy!!! Peace...Au
EXTINGUISHING THE DEVIL AND
THE KNOWLEDGE ADD A CIPHER DEGREE OF THE LOST-FOUND MUSLIM LESSON NUMBER ONE
By Self Born Allah
(Hon. Asukile Salik Bandele)
Author's link: http://www.myspace.com/selfbornallah
The attribute ‘Muhammad’ is very Powerful: Truth Full; an elixir that the Righteous can imbibe to Refine Ourselves. The attribute Muhammad comes from the Arabic word ‘Hamd’, which means ‘Praise’. According to the English language, the word ‘Praise’ is to “express a favorable judgment of: commend; to glorify (a god or saint) especially by the attribution of perfections”. This general definition is from the Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition. When We examine the etymology of the word ‘Praise’ We learn that it comes from the Middle English by way of the Old French ‘preisier’, which means “to prize”; it is directly related to the Late Latin ‘pretiare’, “to prize”, from the Latin ‘pretium’: Price. We Know and Understand that a good attribute (name) is worth (price; value) more than silver and gold. We learn from Bible,
“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold”.
Being interpreted, it is best to Be ‘One worthy of Praise’ (Muhammad), having favorable judgment and Being commendable, because this marks You as a “god or saint” with attributions of perfection.
Perfection is what We strive to attain to. We do this by constantly examining Ourselves and standing perpendicular to the
“The only devil from which man must be redeemed is self, the lower self. If man would find his devil he must look within; his name is self. If man would find his savior he must look within; and when the demon self has been dethroned the savior, love, will be exalted to the throne of power. The David of the light is purity, who slays the strong Goliath of the dark, and seats the savior, love, upon the throne”.
(The Holy Koran of The Moorish
According to Our Living Principles of Supreme Alphabets, Love, has the numeric value of 12 or Knowledge Wisdom, which Borns to Understanding. Or, Allah (1) is to Be (2) in order to Be Cee[n] (3).
The Degree mentions “four devils”, and I have alluded to the Idea that ‘four’ could very well pertain to Our Foundational Square or Truth. According to Supreme Mathematics, 4 is Culture or Freedom, which is I-God expressed Divinely as I.S.L.A.M. When We Live I.S.L.A.M We are worthy of Praise. We have Righteous attributes that constantly re-Mind Us of Who We are; this is the good name that has Us worthy of Praise: Muhammad. The reward or ‘prize’ We receive by living out Our Culture or Freedom is a placement at the Root of Civilization, symbolically referred to in the Degree as “free transportation to the Holy City of Mecca”, where We will actually --- by virtue of “Love”, or Knowledge and Wisdom, --- have traversed through “Hell” (the abode of devils) to make Ourselves (save Ourselves) “Right”.
The Four devils that We, as Righteous people, should forever Be alert to are “Lust, Envy, Hate, and Jealousy”. Of course, there are other lower-self propensities that We must beware of, but Lust, Envy, Hate, and Jealousy, seem to Be at the root of much of Our Nation’s and the world’s waywardness. Father Allah taught Us to Master Self, and part of this process has to do with leaving certain things alone; not letting certain things set up shop in Our Minds. This is a Way of killing or murdering the Four devils. Devils of whatever type are “100% weak and wicked and will not keep and obey the Laws of Islam”. We are to Be Powerful (The Truth) as opposed to Being weak; Righteous (or Just) as opposed to Being wicked. We observe the Laws of I.S.L.A.M within Self --- at Home and abroad. We do not want to have characteristics (ways and actions) like “a snake of the grafted type”: two-faced, forked-tongue, and slithering movement. No! As We come along with Our studying of 120 Degrees and applying the Best Part to Self, We --- as One worthy of Praise --- will learn that We do not “ reform the devil”; meaning We do not endeavor to dress Our devils up and present them other than what they are: “so they [have] to be murdered” or done away with. We must purge Ourselves of weak and wicked inclinations, and this will only Be done when We apply Knowledge and Wisdom to Our Cipher: 120. Consequently, this will Born Understanding: the Best Part. If We do not attend Rightfully to the Life sustaining Force expressed through 120 and Our Keys of interpreting them, We take the chance of having Our devils or snakes creep up and “sting someone else”. Be that sting a diluted teaching; the rationalizing of criminality; misogynistic Ideas; Earths manipulating Gods with the Power You, or whatever: this is not a game of joke.
Each One that does I.S.L.A.M --- “Muslim” --- is required, not suggested, “to bring in four devils, and by having and presenting four at one time” --- or 4 plus 1 equals Power to Refine Your Self --- the reward is You Being identified (symbolic to the “button on the lapel of [Your] coat”) as One worthy of Praise. This is the purpose that the button serve: to call attention to a particular decoration, slogan, or Idea. Think on that. But it will Be Your Freedom --- Free Dome (Free Mind) --- that will transport You, via the wings of Justice, into the Equality of 120 --- 1 + 2 + 0 = 3, which is Our Universal Family of Islam --- where, based on Your Knowledge and Wisdom applied to the Cipher of Reality, You will Cee --- Understand --- Muhammad: One worthy of Praise.
Muhammad , the One worthy of Praise, serves as an example for Us, both in Islamic lore and 120 Lessons; Christians, Jews, Buddhists, or Hindu. At any rate, Muhammad’s life is worthy of study. We have in Qur’an:
“Ye have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful patter (of conduct) for any one whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the praise of Allah”.
(Qur’an 33: 21)
The words translated as “praise of Allah” in the above verse are “wa dhakarallaaha”. These are very significant because, “dhakara” means something closer to ‘remembrance’, and Allah is the Supreme Being, of which We are Members.
“Recite (atlu, from talaa, follow) what is sent of the Book by inspiration to thee, and establish regular Salaat: for Salaat restrains from shameful and unjust deeds; and remembrance of Allah (dhikruullaahi) is the greatest…” (Qur’an 29: 45)
Yusuf Ali, comments:
“The tilaawat of the Qur’an implies: (1) rehearsing or reciting it, and publishing it abroad to the world; (2) reading it to ourselves; (3) studying it to understand it as it should be studied and understood (2: 121 of Qur’an); (4) meditating on it so as to accord our knowledge and life and desires with it. When this is done, it merges into real Prayer [Salaat], and Prayer [Salaat] purges us of anything (act, plan, thought, motive, words) of which we should be ashamed or which would work injustice to others. Such Prayer [Salaat] passes into our inmost life and being, for then we realize the Presence of Allah, and that is true dhikr (or remembrance), for remembrance is the bringing to mind of things as present to us which might otherwise be absent to us. And that is the greatest thing in life. It is subjective to us: it fills our consciousness with Allah. For Allah is in any case always present and knows all”.
(The Meaning of The Holy Qur’an, A. Y. Ali)
Also in Qur’an We have this:
“Then do ye remember Me; I will remember you. Be grateful to Me, and reject not Faith (wa la takfuruuni)”.
(Qur’an 2: 152)
Again, Mr. Ali offers:
“The word ‘remember’ is too pale a word for ‘dhikr’, which has now acquired a large number of associations in our religious literature. In its verbal signification it implies; to remember; to praise by frequently mentioning; to rehearse; to celebrate or commemorate; to make much of; to cherish the memory of as a precious possession”.
“O ye o believe! Let not your riches or your children divert you from the remembrance of Allah. If any act thus, the loss is their own”.
“Riches and human resources of all kinds are but fleeting sources of enjoyment. They should not turn away the good man from his devotion to Allah. ‘Remembrance of Allah” includes every act of service and goodness, every kind thought and kind deed, for this is the service and sacrifice which Allah requires of us. If we fail in this, the loss is our own, not anyone else’s: for it stunts our own spiritual growth”.
Well, “dhakara” is the root word of the Arabic word “dhikr”, of which good Muslims do when they meditate upon the attributes of Allah.
But more than that, dhikr” and “dhakara” also means “males” as in Man. Look at this verse of Qur’an:
“O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male (dhakarin) and a female…”
Significantly, this verse is from the Qur’anic surah (degree; chapter) entitled “Al Hujuraat” or “The Inner Chambers”. It is the Culture Born Degree (49) and imparts Knowledge and Understanding (13) which Borns to Knowledge of God ( 4 + 9 + 1 + 3 = 17), and gives Us the ability to Build positively with Our Queen (Q,17) and Destroy the negative: 1 + 7 = 8; and this pertains to He or Her (H,8) with Knowledge of God. Most people, --- Muslim, Christian, Jewish traditional Afrikan religionists and scholars included --- cannot Master this Culture or Freedom, which is I Self Lord And Master. Why? Because they seek to call Muhammad from “without the Inner Chambers”:
“Those who shout out to thee [Muhammad] from without the Inner Chambers --- most of them lack understanding”… (Qur’an 49: 4)
The “Inner Chambers” --- Al Hujuraat --- are the Inner Teachings of Truth of what Muhammad is. Those who ‘shout’ have no “understanding” or “Intelligence” (‘aql): Talking loud and saying nothing. They have tied or connected their “intelligence”--- a root meaning of the word ‘aql --- to an exoteric rendering and concept of Islam and Muhammad. But examine the word ‘remember’: Re + Member. “Re” is a prefix meaning “again; anew; back”. “Member” means a “constituent part of a whole”. Therefore, to “remember” is to join back again with the Whole that You are: Uni (One) Verse (Way). This is a Universe that We are: A Unity, in the sense of Being Whole.
The surest Path to Re- Membrance is to take the devil[s] off Our Square. Do not Be “Insane in the Membrane”, as Our illustrious brothers from Cypress Hill puts it. Re-Membrance is what it is all about; Being Whole. The literatures and sacred writings of the world --- exoteric and esoteric Sciences --- tell this story. Our Science of Supreme Mathematics is to bring Us into Enlightenment. There is much that I could add to this Build; suffice it to say that extinguishing the devil[s] and Re-Membrance of/with Allah is a task that will make one worthy of Praise and the Light of the world. I close this build with a passage from D.H. Lawrence, from his monumental work, Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Those with the Eye to Cee will Cee. Peace!!!
“…I was talking about the mental life…Real knowledge comes out of the whole corpus so the consciousness; out of your belly and your penis as much as out of your brain and mind. The mind can only analyze and rationalize. Set the mind and the reason to cock it over the rest, and all they can do is criticize, and make a deadness. I say all they can do. It is vastly important. My God, the world needs criticizing to death. Therefore let’s live the mental life, and glory in our spite, and strip the rotten old show. But, mind you, it’s like this; while you live your life, you are in some way an organic whole with all life. But once you start the mental life you pluck the apple. You’ve severed the connection between the apple and the tree; the organic connection. And if you’ve got nothing in your life but the mental life, then you yourself are a plucked apple…you’ve fallen off the tree. And then it is a logical necessity to be spiteful, just as it’s a natural necessity for a plucked apple to go bad”.
(D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover)