I’ve written about this in past posts on how on an occasion, years ago, some of us were gathered around the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan critiquing our progress as Laboring Officials when someone raised the question as to how we should speak to the people. The Minister responded with a question in these words: “How does Allah (God) like to be spoken to?” And then he went on to say “Does God like to be told what to do?” With this question, I found myself wondering what is the best way to speak to our people as well as what is the best way to speak to God? When in the precise moment that I was thinking this, the Minister responded: “God likes to be petitioned. That’s how we should govern our speech with our Brothers and Sisters”.
I reflected on this word ‘petition’ and of course, as you review its definition, you will also find the word ‘appeal’. When we petition someone, it is a manner of addressing them with regard and high respect for their position of authority as in a court or legal situation. We appeal to court and, generally, it is from a lower court or council that we’re appealing to a higher one. I know we don’t think much about each other, however, if we would learn how to properly address one another, regardless of our civil rank or domestic authority, we would be appealing to the better part of each other which evokes God and promotes peace. If I have a difference with my wife, or with my children, regardless to whom may be in error, but if I could appeal to them in language and in mannerism, I can appeal to the God within them.
The Concept of God, as taught by the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, is One that compels the intelligence to seek God in every human being that is before you, including yourself. One day the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan was sharing with us from the scripture how the Eyes and the Ears of the Lord are everywhere. Then he shared that every human being, regardless of their creed, class, or color, has two eyes and two ears by the permission of Almighty God ALLAH. This caused me to think that even if I were around people who I don’t know and assume they do not know me, yet God is present through their sensory, assessing me; so I cannot take anyone for granted.
Let’s look at this word, ‘appeal’: (Transitive verb) “Make a serious or urgent request, typically to the public.” (in Law) “Apply to a higher court for a reversal of the decision of a lower court.” (lexico dot com powered by Oxford).
When we go into a legal courtroom we know or are advised that our decorum, as it relates to how we are dressed and most certainly our mannerism in court, plays a very important role in whatever is our appeal in the court’s decision making in our case. Now imagine when we are addressing each other, whether domestically with blood family members, or casual acquaintances outside of the home; do we not want the best outcome of all interpersonal relationships? Of course we do. Then it is critical that we learn how to appeal to what we want from each other. And the best way to appeal from each other is with the sensitivity that you’re actually appealing to God through each other.
I’ll close here with the words of my father, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, who said: “Every time you look at a black man, you’re looking at God.” And just so that there are no misunderstandings that divide race, creed, or class, my father was speaking to all of us, and in particular, Black people. The fact that human beings exist is proof of the existence of God. I would like to leave this post with the thought of how much we could improve the frequencies of communication in our world if we simply look for God and listen for Him in every person and address one another with the respect that you would give God when you pray. 😇