THE NATION OF ISLAM S
WEDNESDAY CLASS WEEK 23 MESSAGE TO THE BLACKMAN Pages 255- 264 (Hypocrites, Disbelievers & Obedience)
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Study Course Instructions This study course is designed to be done both in a course room, mosque, study-group 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. THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE TO BE FOLLOWED IN OUR CLASSES. Purpose of this Study Course Guide: The purpose of this study course guide is to guide you through this course of study. 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, however it is strongly recommend that you continue to work on this study course at home at your own pace. Important Note: During the study course session, if you have any questions raise your hand for assistance. Each believer (student) should have a copy of this handout and its instructions to take home and continue studying on their own. All steps may not be completed in the class sessions in its entirety.
Study Course Steps Step 1: Key Word Clearing 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) 2.) 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 or memorized; just the concept must be correct. 3.) Second time through: Once finished with the drill the first time, you start again from the beginning, this time without the answers in front of you. Your partner asks the question and you answers. If the answer is incorrect, your partner shows you the answer. Look at the answer again and repeat until you have grasped the concept, then continue to the next one.
Step 2: Independent Reading After completing step one, you may begin to read the selected reading materials. Step 3: Check Your Understanding Questions: Time Frame: 30 min Review the lists of questions. Each question Time Frame: min is formulated to check your30 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 answers at the conclusion of this session. Sufficient time may not be given during class session to answer all of the questions. If you do not finish in class, please continue this step at home.
What is a hypocrite? A hypocrite is a person who pretends to be what he is not. It is a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs. According to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, a hypocrite is one who first says he believes in Islam and then disbelieves and seeks to oppose the Messenger and those who believe in him and his God. (MTTBM pg 262)
KEY WORD CLEARING
What is chastisement? Chastisement is suffering, loss, or hardship imposed in response to a crime or offense; punishment. What is meant by inordinacy? Inordinacy is that which exceeds normal limits; unrestrained, as in behavior or emotion; immoderate. What is the definition of wandering? Wandering is moving from place to place without a fixed plan; roaming; rambling. What does deviate mean? To deviate means to turn aside, as from a route, way, course, etc. It means to depart or swerve, as from a procedure, course of action or acceptable norm.
What is a sympathizer? A sympathizer is a person who agrees with or supports a sentiment or opinion. What is meant by victory? A victory is a success or triumph over an enemy in battle or war. It is the ultimate and decisive superiority in any battle or contest. What is grief? Grief is keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow; painful regret. What does it mean to regret? To regret is to feel sorrow or remorse for (an act, fault, disappointment, etc.); to feel sorry, repentant, or upset about. What is meant by shame? Shame is the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, ridiculous, etc., done by oneself or another. What is the definition of appoint? To appoint means to name or assign to a position, an office, or the like; designate. What is a fool? A fool is a silly or stupid person; a person who lacks judgment or sense.
What does it mean to pacify? To pacify means to appease; quiet; calm. It means to reduce to a state of submission, especially by military force; subdue. What is a promise? A promise means to give an assurance of (something to someone); undertake (to do something) in the future. What is the definition of strict? To be strict means characterized by or acting in close conformity to requirements or principles; complied with or enforced stringently; rigorous.
STEP 3: Check Your Understanding The following questions are for discussion at the conclusion of the study session. The remaining questions can be completed at your own pace as you continue your study at home. You can use your book if you need help answering the questions. Write your answers on a sheet of paper.
Questions For Discussion: 1. Why is it that those who disbelieve, it matters not whether you warn them or warn them not? 2. What is a secret council? 3. When the wicked and the opposing leaders plan against the Messenger of God, who are they really planning against? Explain. 4. Who is the only one in the position to judge God’s messengers and servants? Why? 5. What is meant by “one man can’t judge another man’s servant?” 6. Give examples of false promises offered by the government? 7. Why does the government hinder our progress? What do they fear? 8. Why does the enemy hate us (Muslims) so much? 9. Explain how obedience to the Messenger is obedience to Allah. 10. What should be our behavior and disposition when in the presence of the Messenger of Allah? Is this a sign of how we should also treat one another? Explain. 11. Explain how the hypocrites of Moses, Jesus and Muhammad’s time are the same during the present time. 12. What does it mean that Allah and His Apostle are considered submerged into one?
Questions For Further Study: 1. Why is the religious hypocrite the most unwanted and hated? 2. What happens when one acts hostilely toward the Messenger after guidance has become manifest? 3. Does the Messenger of God, beg the people to believe? Why or why not? 4. What is meant by “the same enemy who fought and killed you yesterday cannot turn overnight and become your friend.” Explain. 5. Why is it impossible to get along in peace with the enemy? 6. What is the only solution to the problems between the slave and the slave master? 7. Is it the will of God that we be separated from the enemy? What evidence do you base you answer? 8. Why is Allah hard on those who disobey the Messenger? 9. How does the Honorable Elijah Muhammad define a hypocrite? 10. What is the punishment waiting the hypocrite? What will/do they suffer? 11. According to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Allah and the Holy Quran will not permit the murder of a hypocrite. Why? What does Allah desire?
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