THE NATION OF ISLAM S
WEEK 3 FRIDAY CLASS
T H E K N O W L E D G E O F G O D By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
Pages 5 - 11 (Minister Farrakhan’s Letter to The Believers)
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. Copyright ©2010 by Muhammad University of Islam
STUDY COURSE INSTRUCTIONS & PROCEDURES
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 FOR 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 during your study raise your hand for assistance. Each believer (student) should have a copy of this study course and its instructions to take home and continue studying on their own. All steps may not completed in the class sessions in its entirety.
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 or memorized; just the concept must be correct. b. 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 Time Frame: 30 min 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 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. 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.
STEP 1: Key Word Clearing What is a controversy? A controversy is a lengthy discussion of an important question in which opposing opinions clash; debate; disputation. It is a quarrel or dispute. The root of the word controversy means against or to turn in the opposite direction. What is a cardinal point? Cardinal means something of main importance; principal; chief. The root of the word cardinal means that on which something turns or depends. A point is a particular or precisely specified position. The exact or essential fact or idea under consideration. What does critical mean? Critical means forming or having the nature of a turning point. It means something that is crucial or decisive. It also means that which is indispensable; essential or of extreme importance; serious. What is a foundation? A foundation is the fundamental principle on which something is founded. It is supporting material or part beneath an outer part. It is the basis on which a thing stands, is founded, or is supported. What does interpret mean? To interpret means to explain the meaning of; make understandable. It means to have or show one's own understanding of the meaning of; construe. It also means to bring out the meaning of; esp., to give one's own conception of (a work of art), as in performance or criticism. The root of the word means an agent between two parties. What does it mean to appear? Appear means to to come forth, to be visible or to show. It means to present oneâ€™s self formally. It also means to come before the public. What is a guide? A guide is one who shows the way by leading, directing, or advising. He is one who serves as a model for others, as in a course of conduct. It is also a soldier stationed at the right or left of a column of marchers to control alignment, show direction, or mark the point of pivot. What does it mean to prepare? (preparation) Prepare means to make ready, usually for a specific purpose or event; make suitable; fit; adapt; train. The root of prepare means to set in order, get ready or to bring forth. What does finite mean? Finite means having measurable or definable limits; not infinite. It also means existing, persisting, or enduring for a limited time only; impermanent. What does infinite mean? Infinite means lacking limits or bounds; extending beyond measure or comprehension: without beginning or end; endless. To have no limit. What is a messenger? A messenger is one that carries messages or performs errands. He/She is a bearer of news. It also means a prophet. What is the hear-after? The hear-after is after this; from now on; in the future. It is the state or life after death. It means Immediately following this in time, order, or place; after this. It means belief in the afterlife. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that it represents here (earth) after the destruction or removal of the wicked.
QUESTIONS FOR STUDY SESSION STUDY GUIDE 19 / THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD (FRIDAY CLASS)
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 Study Session Discussion: 1. Can one be a follower of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and dismiss this cardinal principal (point #12)? Explain your answer. 2. What is the evidence or determining factor that shows that Allah has completed his favor on us? 3. Explain the work and characteristics of the Mahdi? 4. What does Master Fard Muhammad’s knowledge and understanding enable Him to do? 5. What is the Cardinal Point or belief of the Nation of Islam and why is this point such a critical, cardinal or foundational point? Questions For Further Study: 1. What is the Cardinal Point or belief of the Nation of Islam and why is this point such a critical, cardinal or foundational point? 2. What are the effects of the dismissal of this cardinal point of belief? 3. What is the purpose of the Holy Quran and our application of what is contained it? 4. What is meant by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s statement that Islam as we know it will not be in the Hereafter. 5. Why don’t we worship flesh and blood? 6. What is the significance of Prophet Muhammad’s experience in the cave of Hirah as it relates to The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s experience meeting face to face with Allah in Person?
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