THE NATION OF ISLAM S
M E S S A G E T O T H E B L A C K M A N By The Honorable Elijah Muhammad
As Salaam Alaikum! Welcome to the NOI Study Course. We hope and pray that Allah will bless you with a productive study and a deeper understanding of the Teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
As Salaam Alaikum!
Study Course Introduction This study course is designed to be done both in a course room / mosque or self-paced at home. Certain parts of this course (Key Word Study) will be done with a partner. Other parts will be done independently (by yourself). When its time to partner, you and your partner (twin) are to follow the steps provided in this guide. The study course is laid out in the order you do them. It is important not to skip any steps of the guide. Purpose of this Study Course Guide: The purpose of this study course guide is to guide you through the study of Message to the Blackman. Time to Complete: Although the hour and a half that we have for study this evening will hopefully allow you to progress through most of this study, you can also continue to work on this study course at home at you own pace if you are unable to complete it in the alloted time. Important Note: If you have any questions or difficulties, get in touch with your student minister or coordinator. He/She is there to help you get the most out of this study course. Each believer (student) should have a copy of this study course and its instructions to take home and continue studying on their own.
Study Course Steps Step 1: Key Word Clearing Time Frame: 30 min Key words are important words related to key concepts found in the reading. Having a good understanding of the meanings of these words will help each student better understand the important concepts and ideas of the study as well as eliminate misunderstandings that come with misunderstood words. Use the key word list and definitions found in this packet to do the drill (exercise) a and b. 1.) Select a partner (closest to you) and study the Key Words together, through reviewing the questions and answers to master. (If done in course room or mosque/study group the time allotted is 30-45 minutes) a. First time through: The student has the questions and answers in front of him or her. The partner asks the student the question, and the student answers it. He/She can look at the answer if needed. The answer does not have to be word-for-word; just the concept must be correct. b. Second time through: Once finished with the drill the first time, they start again from the beginning, this time without the answers in front of them. The twin asks the question and the student answers. If the answer is incorrect, the twin shows him/her the answer. The twin has the student explain the answer in his or her own words. Once the student has it in his or her own words, the twin re-asks the question
Step 2: Independent Reading Time Frame: 30 min After completing step one you may begin to read MTTBM pages 15 - 23 (9 pages). Step 3: Check Your Understanding Questions Each question is formulated to check your understanding of the key concepts and ideas found in the reading. Answer each question on a sheet of paper and be prepared to discuss your answer at the conclusion of this study class session.
STEP 1: Key Word Clearing What does it mean to gather? Gather means to bring together and take in from scattered places or sources, to pick up from the ground or a surface, to draw together or toward oneself. Gather also means to develop a higher degree of. Also, to summon up (a mental or physical attribute such as one's thoughts or strength) for a purpose. What does Mahdi mean? Mahdi means a muslims messianic leader; esp., such a leader and prophet expected by Muslims to appears on earth before the world ends. Mahdi is an arabic word which means the Self-Guided One who guides others back to the straight path. He makes his appearance at the end of Satan’s rule. What does it mean to destroy? • Destroy means to put an end to the existence of (something) by damaging or attacking it. It means to completely ruin or spoil (something). It also means to bring to total defeat; crush. What is a judgement? • A judgement is the act of judging; deciding. A legal decision; order, decree, or sentence given by a judge or law court. It is a debt or other obligation resulting from a court order. A judge is a person designated to determine the winner in a contest or settle a controversy. What is the resurrection? • Resurrection is a rising from the dead, or coming back to life. It is also a coming back into notice, practice, or use. (Webster’s Dictionary) • The rising to life of the spiritually dead and the Great Resurrection are one and the same. And the first stage of in our spiritual resurrection occurs through the stimulation of our self-accusing spirit; that is, when the inner voice speaks, guides, warns, reproves, exhorts and accuses us of going contrary to what is right... (Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan / The Study Guides) What is an infidel? • An infidel is a person who does not believe in a particular religion, esp. the prevailing religion. It is a person who holds no religious belief. Also, one who doubts or rejects a particular doctrine, system, or principle. What is fear? • Fear is a feeling of anxiety and agitation caused by the presence or nearness of danger, evil, pain, etc.; timidity; dread; terror; fright; apprehension. Also, respectful dread; awe; reverence. What does it mean to be dead? • Dead means no longer living or deathlike. It means lacking positive qualities, as of warmth, vitality, interest, brightness, brilliance, etc. It is characterized by little or no movement or activity; slack, stagnant, unresponsiveness and having the appearance of death. Also, as in electricity, it means having no current passing through (dead wire). What is Armageddon? • Armageddon is the place where the last, decisive battle between the forces of good and evil is to be fought before Judgment Day. Also, any great, decisive battle. • The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches that it means “armies gathered together for doom”. • Armageddon is the final war of Judgment and separation of the righteous from the wicked, of which I am sent to teach. (The Honorable Elijah Muhammad / Message to the Blackman) What does successful mean? • Successful means having a favorable outcome. It means the coming about, taking place, or turning out to be as was hoped for. It can also mean having achieved wealth or eminence.
STEP 2: Read Message to the Blackman pages 15 - 23 (9 pages) Sections: • The Coming of God and The Gathering Together of His People • The Coming of the Son of Man • The Infidels are Angry • Allah, The Best Knower • The Days of Allah
STEP 3: Check Your Understanding After reading each section, answer the question(s). If you have any difficulty answering the questions, it’s ok to look back in the book. Write your answers on a sheet of paper.
The Coming of God and The Gathering Together of His People 1. Who are His people that will be gathered? 2. What did Master Fard Muhammad teach and reveal to the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad? List examples. The Coming of the Son of Man 1. When does the Son of Man make his appearance and what are the signs that He is present? 2. Why must we have a new ruler and an new government? The Infidels are Angry 1. What is producing the anger of the enemy? 2. What is the significance of the Son of Man being born of both people (black/white)? 3. What is the hardest problem today as it pertains to black people? Allah, The Best Knower 1. Why would the rulers during Moses time not accept his representation of God and what is the eventual result of this rejection? The Days of Allah 1. What is meant by the phrase “days of Allah”? 2. What is the evidence that proves that we are living in the “days of Allah”? 3. Who are gradually becoming the most successful people in the world? What is producing this?