When I first learned about Fard (as a child, literally and intellectually!) he was larger than life to me! I never became a Registered “Believer” in the NOI but I did view the Man in Mythological terms. Kinda like the same way kids glorify Chris Brown today! Anyway, almost every story I heard about this Man would make David Blaine look like an Amateur! “Elijah Muhammad never saw him sleep”, “Fard is on the Mothership studying”, “Fard moved a star with his finger”, “Fard controls the weather” and the tall tales and legends go on and on! In light of Actual Facts, none of these (and other) instances have been Show & Proven to be true. For all practical purposes, these carefully constructed “Beliefs” simply serve the purpose of strengthening the faith of oftentimes faithless followers. I look at it like this, regardless how comforting and euphoric it feels to “believe” our child ate today, it can’t be compared to knowing for a fact that they had a nutritious halal meal. Like one of my Elder’s Abu Shahid say’s, “Belief never supersedes Knowledge”!
In the movie Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee spoke these famous words, “It’s like a finger pointing to the Moon. Don’t concentrate on the finger or you’ll miss the Moon and all it’s heavenly glory”. To me, I see these “tales” about Fard as just a finger, something designed to point you somewhere else! Many members (not all!) of the NOI that I know seem to always be engrossed in staring at the finger and consequently, they miss the “heavenly glory”. In otherwords, instead of simply co-signing the story that “Elijah Muhammad never saw Fard sleep”, analyze how that practical information (regardless of it’s validity!) can function in your life! The idea of “someone never seeing you sleep” is Peace if you really think about it practically! If many Muslims got the point they wouldn’t “sleep” on the Lesson’s (Supreme Wisdom) that Master Fard & Elijah Muhammad compiled as the FOUNDATION of The Teachings! It’s very, very rare to come across a Muslim (including Ministers!) who study The Lessons enough to know them by heart. I’m saying this because some brotha’s/sistah’s in the NOI try to discredit members of the NGE (Nation of Gods and Earths) because we “supposedly” don’t follow Restrictive Laws. It never occurs to them that it takes a tremendous amount of commitment, endurance, discipline and restrictive focus to memorize all 120 Lessons (the bulk of Supreme Wisdom!) and be able to recite them by heart! I ain’t even talking about breaking them down, I’m just talkin’ about spittin’ them off the dome! So don’t get it twisted fam, the flyest, most spectacular Ball Player’s usually aren’t in the NBA (NOI), it’s the cat’s that rep the streets and we (The NGE) hold this Knowledge like Street Balla’s! We “handle” (dribble) The Lesson’s with a sense of insight, self confidence, flair & finesse that would make the Harlem Globetrotter’s take notes! How else do you think The Father was able to grab the attention of the youth? He was swift, educated, entertaining and socially in tune with the youth, something that many adults find impossible to do!
Nowadays when some brotha’s in the NOI hear that you’re a member of the NGE there’s usually a quiet sense of respect (at least in your face it is!). The type of respect that was shown to the Master of the Green Destiny Sword in “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”! I understand from some of my Elders that it never used to be like that back in the day. Now all brotha’s don’t have that sense of respect and for the few who have had the unfortunate experience (but blessing in disguise!) of trying to duel with the Lightening Tap, Self-Styled Wisdom of the Gods they learned very quickly never to assume that because we may appear to look like regular people that we are like them! One of the “other Rules and Regulations that are not mentioned in this lesson” (28 Lesson, 1-40) is as follows; “Don’t even step in the Arena if you BULLSHITTIN’ WITH The Lessons, because it’s Mentricide”! Let’s be real about it, because many (not all!) NOI brothers be stiff like Herman Munster, pitifully try to clone themselves into Farrakhan and keep Supreme Wisdom (The Lessons) on they shelf collecting dust they just ain’t ready to test our swift swordplay! It’s like Walker Texas Ranger vs. Tony Jaa! Now the blessing in all this is the fact that we show them how to flexibly express Islam as a living, breathing reality, not as a sterile ritualistic practice. And as painfully as many of them would like to admit it, we show them how it’s done!
Now alot of this stagnated, unworthy servant attitude that many (not all!) Muslims in the NOI have is because of their star-struck “Massah” Fard Muhammad belief that he is above them! This Religiosity is no different than how many Christians sweat Jesus, Buddhists deify Buddha and "New York" praised Flava Flav! To visualize Fard as a Man who got up with an erection in the morning, a human being who urinated/defected, brushed his teeth/hair and hung out with his boy Elijah is damn near impossible for many of them. Even now some of them cringed by reading that last sentence! He was a Man damn it!
Let me humor you for a moment, when it’s said that Fard was invited to dinner over a family’s house and he ate everything they served and then taught them about how to eat to live this is how I see it going down; Knowing that most people in Black Bottom MI migrated from the South, that’s probably the first time Fard had some Sweet Potato Pie, he probably had the shits all night from eating chitterlings & collard greens wit hog mauls, and his blood pressure probably spiked like Billy “White Shoes” Johnson! You know women was definitely trying to holla’ at him, and his pheromones probably made them hoes accost him like Jubelo, Jubela & Jubelum harassed Hiram Abiff! Make no mistake about it, Elijah and Fard rolled together! Elijah put Fard down on the street shit like Bubbles did 5-0 on The Wire. They hung out, they laughed together, shared tears together, and got upset with eachother at times! Yeah Fard is the 24th Scientist who was taught by 23 other Scientists (who happened to be his Father & Uncles), but he came to the Wilderness of North America to search for his long lost Uncle (The 25th Scientist)! The Uncle who his family wasn’t fuckin’ wit like that! Remember, we are of the Tribe of Shabazz right? “Rebellious” ass Black Sheep’s of the family who went into the Central Asia Jungle and thugged it out 50,000 years ago! Study your Lessons.. .
Anyway, when the NOI particularly chooses to focus on “the person of Master Fard Muhammad” instead of grasping “Allah” in his person, they misunderstand the reason that he came! Consequently, you begin see people gazing off in the Universe waiting for a person to return on the Mothership while neglecting their “person-al” responsibility on Earth! Now don’t get me wrong, I think it’s perfectly healthy to investigate the paranormal, Ufo’s, Bigfoot, Orb’s and all of that unknown shit, I just think that it is hypocritical for some members of the NOI to criticize a Christian for their “beliefs” when alot of what they be saying is belief’s too! A Christian has the right to believe that Noah put all the animals in the world in one Ark just like the NOI has a right to believe that Fard can beat Michael Jordan in a one on one game of Basketball (That dumb shit was told to me by a NOI brother before)!
I’d like to conclude by saying that although Allah was “in the person” of Master Fard Muhammad, the Black Man “is Allah”. There’s a difference. Fard didn’t come over here to have people performing salat with his image in our mind! Nowhere in our Lessons (Supreme Wisdom) does is say that Master Fard Muhammad “is” God or Allah. A cursory glace at the lesson’s would bear witness to this fact! The Lessons clearly mentions Fard as “OUR PROPHET” on two separate occasions yet the Black Man is referred to as Allah, God, the Supreme Being, the Original Man, and Son of Man countless times! Allah was said to be “in the person” of Master Fard Muhammad because World History even tells you that it’s rare to see Higher Consciousness righteously dwelling in a physical form that’s dealing with the physiological, psychological, social and economic issues associated with albinism! A good illustration of the sense of alienation, aggression, overcompensation, gross assimilation, inadequacy, uncivilization, apathy and pathology that a person with albinism goes through is in Walt Disney’s Tarzan! It’s a lot of weight to carry knowing that you are genetically an endangered species and that anywhere on the Planet Earth you go, your a stranger!! Fard was indeed an exception just like it was an exception for his Father Alphonzo to “go up in the Caucasus Mts.” (pun intended!) to get him a White Girl that he had to civilize and have a son with! I’m sure his brother’s had jokes!
So the next time you find yourself drifting off and fantasizing about the Hereafter when Fard & his Legion of Superhuman’s comes back to slay the fire-breathing Dragonfaced White Man, save “The Believers” and make a pork free Universe, get a grip! You have the right to believe that, but as the 18th Lesson in the 1-40’s states, “The duty of a Civilized Person is to teach he who is savage Civilization, Righteousness, the Knowledge of Himself, the Science of Everything in Life, Love, Peace and Happiness”. As a “said person of that ability” (20th Lesson, 1-40’s) it’s our proactive responsibility to make things happen right now and be clear that “There is no Mystery God” (10th Lesson, 1-40’s) that’s gonna do it, not Fard, Elijah, my Momma or my child, ME! While it is respectfully critical to acknowledge Allah (Universal Mind/Consciousness) that “came in the person” of Master Fard Muhammad, it is essential that we grow in the understanding that the Black Man “is” Allah (Universal Mind/Consciousness)! It’s all in your Supreme Wisdom (120 Lessons) just take a moment to look! And oh yeah, True Master’s produce Grand Masters!!!!