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Blessed Ramadan: Breaking Bad Habits and Making New, Good Ones

Blessed Ramadan: Breaking Bad Habits and Making New, Good Ones

[Source: The Final Call]

BY THE HONORABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN

Blessed Ramadan

A Special Message by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

[Editor’s note: The following article contains edited excerpts from a message delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on “The Final Call Prayer Line” during the Holy Month of Ramadan 2010.]

In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.

I bear witness to The Oneness of God. I bear witness that He, and He alone, is worthy to be worshipped and praised. I bear witness that He, and He alone, is The Creator of all things, The Sender of all prophets, and The Ultimate Revealer of all truth. I bear witness that He, and He alone, holds the treasure of all that He has created. And I bear witness that He has sent into the world, and raised among every nation a messenger, prophet or warner, to guide the people to His straight path.

We thank Him for His intervention in the affairs of Black people in America in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, The Great Mahdi, Who has come among us. And by “Mahdi,” we mean “Guide,” “The Self-Guided One Who Guides.” We thank Him for coming and for raising up among us His Messenger whom the world will come to know soon as Massi, or, The Messiah: The Honorable Elijah Muhammad.

I greet all of you, my dear brothers and sisters, with the greeting words of peace, we say it in the Arabic language: As-Salaam Alaikum.

During this month of Ramadan, each day we are to read one-thirtieth (1/30) of the Qur’an so that by the end of Ramadan, we shall have completed the reading of the whole of the Holy Qur’an. This is a very special month of prayer and fasting and sacrifice that is prescribed by Allah to give us the discipline necessary by forsaking the things that are natural: food, water, and, sexual relations with our spouses during the daylight hours. Surely, if we can master hunger, and thirst, and the drive for sexual co-habitation throughout the hot days of August, then it will be easier for us to leave off lying and stealing, gambling, the use of drugs, or anything that is unnatural that takes us away from the pure service and worship of Allah. So this Ramadan will be the Ramadan to break bad habits, and start to making new, good ones. Breaking the grip on those things that we thought had a hold on us that we couldn’t stop.

I am grateful to each and every member of the F.O.I. for their work in helping me to spread the Message of the Teaching of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad that is designed by Allah to lift the most downtrodden of the members of the Human Family: The Black man and woman of America first, because we have been put in the worst condition of any people that ever lived, so much so, that the prophet of God described us as “dead.” And as difficult as it would be for us to visit the cemetery and blast a trumpet, and cause the dead in those graves to rise up out of those graves is the difficulty of The Mission that Allah placed on the shoulders of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.

The Resurrection, first, of our people, and the Resurrection, after that, of all of the members of the Human Family who have been blinded by the touch of Satan, and the falsehood that he has introduced into the world; the rebellion that he has introduced into the world, making evil fairseeming to man. We thank Allah for the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and this Invincible Truth that He has given to us that begins the process of raising us up from a dead level, and standing us upright before God and Man.

We are reminded in the Holy Qur’an of the faith of Abraham; and the Qur’an says that “Who forsakes the religion of Abraham but he who makes a fool of himself? And certainly we made him pure in this world, and in the Hereafter he is surely among the righteous. And when his Lord said to him, ‘Submit,’ Abraham said, ‘I submit myself to the Lord of the Worlds.’” And the same did Abraham enjoin on his sons, and so did Jacob, saying: ‘O my son, surely Allah has chosen for you this religion, so die not unless you are submitting ones.’”

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