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The Human Faculty for REASONING

Recently, I have been studying the language of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan over the last roughly 50 years since listening to him for the first time during the Theology of Time lectures by the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. I do not wish to indulge the reader in making judgements as to who was the better speaker between all of the various Ministers representing the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad at that time or even to the present. I am trying to discipline myself to not make judgement with conclusions in the area of ‘better’ or ‘worse’ between the Servants of ALLAH. However, I recently, in my study of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, found what I believe is without question a real distinguishing quality in all of his speeches which I found to be his God given ability to REASON with the Teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the listener.

Reason: (Noun) “A cause, explanation, or justification for an action or event.”; “Good or obvious cause to do something.”; “A premise of an argument in support of a belief, especially a minor premise when given after the conclusion.”; “The power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgments by a process of logic.”; “What is right, practical, or possible; common sense.”; “One's sanity.” (lexico dot com powered by Oxford).

Our ability to reason is prerequisite in the preservation of our own sanity as well as the integrity in our communication with all of our relationships. The greatest enemy of our ability to reason in interpersonal as well as intrapersonal relationships is unbridled and undisciplined emotionalism. I seem to remember, when studying at the University in Mexico, one of my teachers telling us that in negotiation, “if you lose your temper, you lose your deal”. Clearly, when we become emotional we lose control of the original goal and objective when communicating with another human being.

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan once stated that “when God makes a decision, emotion has nothing to do with it.” This would mean that there is no emotional force that is influencing the disposition of God’s Reasoning on anything. As an exercise for self-development in the area of our reasoning ability: how much do our emotions play a factor in the decisions that we make on a daily basis? Some of us have difficulty maintaining discussion on certain topics without being influenced by shifting, unstable emotions. I one day picked up a book at the bookstore in an airport where the title of the book moved me to purchase it. The title of the book was “Emotional Intelligence 101”. Intelligence is a word that defines life's ability to learn. In fact, scientists involved in the study of astronomy find that if there is life on other planets in our solar system, it is generally found 19.5 degrees from either the north or the south of its poles.

My mother, Tynnetta Muhammad, discovered this number 19 in her study at the same time as some parallel studies were being conducted by an Islamic scholar in Tucson, Arizona in the year 1980. The power, or capacity, mathematically discovered by my mother was later interpreted as being the secret code indicating the presence of ALLAH (God) in various significant dates and measurements found in various consequential and significant events in the world and throughout the universe. Dr. Rashad Khalifa, a Muslim scholar, discovered the mathematical sequence of the number 19 throughout the Holy Qur’an itself. May ALLAH be pleased with this great discovery in the studies of Dr. Rashad Khalifa.

I am reminded that Truth revealed before its time or out of season can be construed as a lie. When Truth is revealed before its time, it challenges the people’s ability or disability to reason. In fact, it may cause insanity and a violent response based on the inability of some to put stated information into practical application or even logistical comprehension. Patience is a saving grace that we all must learn to first apply to ourselves, then to those members of our family or society that we are intimately (confidentially) close to, starting with every human being you encounter on the street, on your job, and in every social setting.

Reasoning is a process that takes time! To be in any kind of relationship interpersonally requires that we demonstrate respect for the process of reasoning. For this reason, often when there is something important to us that we want someone to consider, we often say… “think about it and get back to me” or “think about it and let me know what you think”. This brings to mind that we may all know something about ‘reasoning’ as it is very natural for the human being to do so. The real challenge in reasoning is patience. Have you ever heard the saying “everybody has common sense, it’s just not common practice”?

In my conclusion for now, let’s consciously practice greater reasoning with ourselves and others as we are all growing, challenged with the vicissitudes of life. But remember, start reasoning with yourself before making any decisions. As the Minister teaches us, God Himself does this. In this way, we can solidify our life journey in Rising Above Emotions into the Thinking of God which guarantees and secures for us success! 😇

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