MUHAMMAD: Islamic 'Sun' Rising in the West — Among Us a 'Son' is Risen
Askia Muhammad | 7/30/2014, 3 p.m.
There is much conjecture, particularly in Islamic circles – based on Hadith (purported sayings of Islam’s Holy Prophet Muhammad [Peace Be upon Him]) – that humans will know that the Judgment Day is approaching when “The Sun will rise in the West.”
There is mockery of Muslims concerning this belief that the day will come when the earth will spin in the opposite direction causing the sun to literally rise in the West, rather than in the East. Muslims are accused of believing fake science, including, fake confirmations of this prophecy by NASA – the National Aeronautics and Space Agency.
Well, since the sun is always rising – and conversely setting – somewhere on earth at every single instant, it would be quite an event for the planet to stop spinning at the rate of 1,037 and 1/3 miles per hour, tilted as it is at an angle of 23.5 degrees away from the plane of the ecliptic, and then start spinning in the opposite direction. What kind of catastrophe would that cause for gravity on earth? It’s probably not going to happen like that.
The sun rising in the West is not an astronomical phenomenon, but rather a spiritual one. I believe it means that the life-giving, spiritual Light of Islam, like the life-giving light of the physical sun, will rise in the Western Hemisphere, not in the East, where Islam’s Prophet and Holy Shrines resided and still reside.
That Light of the Sun of Islamic wisdom, I believe is none other than the teaching of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad to The Lost Found Nation of Islam in the West.
It’s abundantly clear to me, looking at the amazing transformations in the lives of once-downtrodden Black folks and the bourgeois alike that members of the Nation of Islam (NOI) would be acceptable to live in any society. The descendants of enslaved Africans who were brought to these shores, then stripped of everything – name, culture, language, religion, all sense of dignity – have gone from being the “rejected stone,” to becoming the “headstone of the corner.” With Mr. Muhammad’s teaching they have, en masse, regained their foremost dignity.
So I think, instead of wondering what finest of the Islamic civilized societies into which the descendants of former enslaved persons might fit, the more fitting question to ponder is, which Islamic society – or any other society for that matter – would measure up to the NOI model.
In Nigeria, the Boko Haram, so called Islamic sect, are kidnapping girls, murdering innocent Christian women and girls. What kind of “peaceful” teaching is that? In Afghanistan, the Taliban murder girls to prevent them from being educated!
In fact there’s nowhere in Africa, nowhere in the Islamic world which measures up to the high culture of the NOI.
And there is one irrefutable standard with which the NOI trumps them all, and that is the treatment of women! The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught his followers to respect and protect their women, that no society rises above the status of its women, and he taught the women to protect and defend themselves, if necessary, and to conduct themselves according to the highest standard of decency at all times!