The following text is from a speech delivered during the youth study group at The Final Call Administration Building in Chicago, Illinois on June 21, 2017.
In the name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful, I bear witness that there is no God, but Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger.
I greet my beautiful Brothers and Sisters in the Arabic language of peace, As-Salaam Alaikum, Ramadan Mubarak!
I first thank The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, His National Assistant Brother Ishmael Muhammad, and Brother Fontaine Muhammad for allowing me this opportunity to come before the People of God. Last, I thank you for being here willing to listen.
Today, I want you to think about what your mustard seed is.
As a recap in The Bible,
And He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Think of the mountain that’s in your life that needs to moved. Get rid of it! How? with your mustard seed. We know in The Bible it’s consistently reminding us to have faith. So what is the mustard seed in your life that exemplifies faith? Mine is affirmation.
Coming into The Nation of Islam, I realized everything was affirming me as Black.
Affirm means to confirm.
Let’s take a look at the last sentence of the Preface in Message To The Blackman:
“The reader will find that light in this book.”
It’s confirming that the reader will find guidance and truth. The key word here is reader, which means you have to be open to reading and studying what even may be unfamiliar to you.
Another definition for affirm is to express agreement with or commitment to; uphold; support.
So as we’re learning about ourselves, if we accept. That means that we’re agreeing with the confirmation and once we agree, we have a duty and responsibility to uphold.
There is a chapter titled “Accept Your Own and Be Yourself” in Message To The Blackman.
As a Black woman, I hadn’t been taught to accept me or to be myself. Not just as a woman, but no one around me was telling me to love myself for being Black. They would say, love you, but I hadn’t specifically had anyone to say love your Black self. In fact, I was on my way toward being an actress as an escape from me being me and as a way of focusing on everyone else, except self, and most of those characters had nothing to do with my history. Like Anne Frank, and Me. Here I am learning about The Jews. Where were my people that I could represent?
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said,
“Your black skin is the best, and never try changing it’s color.”
So yes color in this context The Messenger is referring to our skin. However, color has another definition.
Color: to give a special character or distinguishing quality to
Skin: it’s the external covering, it’s a shell
Well, let’s say your mind is in a shell. Which means that “your black skin”… let’s say “your black mind is the best and never try changing it’s color, it’s characteristics of being Black, the Original Man.” So now I’m taking on the color (characteristics) of God, Who is Black. I’m looking at my Black self and no longer taking on any roles of someone else. I look in the mirror and say I am Black. I accept and love my Black self.
So why is affirmation the mustard seed in my life that exemplifies faith? Because we are students first. In order for us to come into the knowledge of self, we must read. In Closing The Gap on page 104, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan says,
“The more we study, our thoughts will change and grow from what we thought and believe and understood yesterday to that which is closer to the thinking of Allah.”
So affirmation is the mustard seed in my life that exemplifies faith because feeding my mind on His Word just a little bit increases what I say I believe in, grows me closer to God and it brings me closer to my true self, taking on His color, His attributes and characteristics. It allows me to look at self and make necessary corrections.
The Nation is affirming because I am constantly working to renew my mind. [It’s actually what I’m held responsible for. As a member in The Nation of Islam, we are committing ourselves to actively being a part of a movement. That means, we must move because we have work to do and the work starts with our mind.]
Whatever you have in your mind is what you’ll think. Thoughts are transferred into words. And thoughts become things. Every time you speak, you project your next steps because thoughts go into the Universe. Just as God said “Be and it is”. [We too can say be and it is, but we must have faith to bring it forth.]
I know I’ve been talking about words, but they matter more than we think. We also can’t be lip professors. Remember affirm means to confirm and to commit. So my mustard seed proves that faith without works is dead. When we pray, we have to have faith in that prayer, but then we have to go to work. After prayer, after furthering your knowledge, you then have to go to work to apply what you learned and said you believe in.
So when you’re communicating, when we’re communicating, let’s pay close attention to the language we’re using. Ex. When you listen to The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, you notice he said “so-called Negro”. Let’s make sure we aren’t taking away the “so-called” when we speak. [He is very intentional in his language and as his students so shall we be.]
Where there is tearing, there is building. This world is trying to tear us down, but we are the builders. We’re going to build one another up. In fact we are already building one another. Where there is correction, there’s improvement. We need to correct our language because it’s a reflection of where you stand in your faith. Let’s strengthen our faith so we can unite. Self-Improvement is The Basis of CommUNITY Development. So let’s get to work on us first, so we can help one another.
On the Ramadan Prayerline, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said, “I Can do it. I Must do it and I Will do it.” Let’s take this affirmation beyond Ramadan.
You are waiting on God, but really it’s the god in you that you’re waiting on because The God is present today and He’s already in you.
A presenter on The Ramadan Prayerline said,
“The only obstacle is the obstacle we create for ourselves”.
So stop getting in your way. You are a walking mustard seed and it’s time for each and everyone of us to accept our purpose and responsibility. When you put your faith and trust in Allah, the mountains will be moved.
I close with jewels from The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan:
“What Jesus wanted us to do is go back in our mind and analyze our thoughts ‘cause that’s the real you, as a man thinketh, so is he. So if we cannot correct the way we think, then we have really missed in the work of reformation of raising the consciousness of Black people and making a better people, a better world. We will never make a better world until you make human beings to think on a better plane. And the thinking has to start with how you think about you.”
Let’s raise our thoughts. We Can. We Must. We Will. And if I may add, We Are.