With G-d’s name, the Merciful Benefactor, the Merciful Redeemer
MESSAGE from M.E.M.P.H.I.S. #9
Recap of Points of Emphasis That Our People Need To Hear More Of
Rashad Sharif, Imam
Masjid Al Mu’minun, 4412 South Third St., M.E.M.P.H.I.S., TN
From “Message from The Promised Land” #1 – Straight vs Straaayed
~ Jesus is a Brother worshipper/servant to all other worshipper/servants of the One True G’d.
~ We should seek to go STRAIGHT, not STRAAAAYED.
~ The Honorable Elijah Muhammad & NOI modeled Straight, Self-Respecting, Masterful Progress.
~ The Promised Land is an improved condition of self.
~ The Promised Land is Mastery; it’s FOR MASTERS ONLY.
~ The Wilderness is for the circumstantially dependent; the Promised Land is for the shapers of circumstance.
~ The human destiny of Mastery was set forth in the earliest pages of Genesis and Baqarah.
~ The downline of The Honorable Elijah Muhammad & NOI have a head start.
~ Every human being is Missioned and Empowered to Monitor and Perfect His/her Industrious Soul.
From “Message from The Promised Land” #2 – The Way of Mastery
~ Scripture has Eternal Wisdom that HAS NOT BEEN DONE AWAY WITH.
~ African-Americans have a scriptural parallel in the Hebrews who came out of Egyptian slavery.
~ Freedom without Mastery is wandering in the Wilderness.
~ The Promised Land is a “No Wandering” zone.
~ Mastery requires aligning ourselves under our divinely decreed Destiny to be Masterful.
~ G-d’s Messengers are Models of Mastery.
From “Message from The Promised Land” #3 -Allah’s Supremacy is Real ; Pharaoh’s is Delusional
~ The image of Pharaoh as Master is illusion & delusion.
~ False rulers need to oppress; the One True Ruler has no needs.
~ American white “Supremacy” has an ancient parallel in Pharaoh.
~ The Honorable Eljah Muhamad has an ancient parallel in Moses challenging Pharaoh in Pharaoh’s land.
~ One effect of slavery is that we don’t picture ourselves as Master.
From “Message from The Promised Land” #4 The Way to the Promised Land Has NOT Been Done Away With
~ “Wilderness” = WILD-ER-NESS.
~ WILD-ER-NESS calls for a prescription of DISCIPLINE.
~ NO CHANGE in the Way of Allah/Creation of Allah/Words of Allah. (H.Q. 33:62 / 35:43 / 48:23)
~ Clergy failed to lead our people, as a people, to the Promised Land in 40 years after 1968 (ending 2008).
From “Message from The Promised Land” . #5 – Guess Who Has To Change
~ The opposite of Slavery is Mastery (not mere freedom).
~ The Bible and Qur’an tell of the same 3-stage journey (from Egypt to Wilderness to Promised Land).
~ Surah 13, Ayah 11 (M. Asad) G-d does not change people’s condition until they change their inner selves.
~ The Rev. Dr. MLK’s paradigm progresses from “Freedom” to “Promised Land”, but mostly we missed it.
~ We, as a people, were left with The Promised Land never explained to us.
From “Message from The Promised Land” #6 – What and Where Is The Promised Land
~ L.A.N.D. = Life According to Natural Development.
~ Slavery & Wilderness are not natural conditions or stages of human life.
~ LAND also = GROUNDS (logic to stand on / logical base / under-standing).
~ “Human” comes from “humus” (dark, fertile soil / land).
~ Actual survey results of 102 public high school students’ idea of what is the opposite of slavery.
~ Effects of slavery include looking for white people to change so that black lives will improve.
~ Effects of slavery also include the idea that pursuing academic mastery is “acting white”.
From “Message from The Promised Land” #7 – The Really Big Payback
~ Deen/debt = “You owe it to your Creator to pay back what he gave ya when He made ya.”
~ Our people should be confronted with the fact of their failure to enter the Promised Land.
~ Our people should be confronted with the cost of not accepting Mastery.
~ Our people should be confronted with the cost of rejecting the modeling of the NOI among them.
From “Message from The Promised Land” #8 – The Promised Land As A Legacy and Destiny
~ Surah 24: Ayah 55 = The PROMISE of Establishment in the LAND.
~ Muslims will teach Legacy & Destiny of Mastery to the whole people, since the other clergy won’t.
Please be on the lookout for the next Message from The Promised Land at www.masjidalmuminun.com. We thank you for your time and attention, and always remember: Every human being is M.E.M.P.H.I.S. – Missioned and Empowered to Monitor and Perfect His/her Industrious Soul.
[ Expanded from Jumu’ah presentation at Muslim Journal’s 11th Annual “A Time To Be Grateful”.]