Editor’s Note 2014

Bismillah (In the Name of God)

“The time to be “empowered” is NOW!”

Everyday we wake up is another opportunity to improve and transform our lives. The access to technology and the internet has given us the opportunity to gain knowledge and communicate information in a manner of seconds.  We should actually have “more” time to study and to exercise, not less.  However, if we let our computers and other people become “time wasters,” we will “lose time and lose touch.”

The Sun shines on the “just” and the “unjust.”  However, it is how we receive or our response to God’s mercy that is a true testament to our character.  Are we honest?  Or do we find ways to undermine truth and truth givers.  The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has been and continues to be a “Truth Giver,” “regardless of whom or what.”

The book, Closing the Gap, is full of ‘treasures of truth” because it is a series of “inner views” or interviews of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, the convener of the Million Man March and a man of God in our midst. It is time to “quicken” the pace.  It is time to apply and utilize our understanding of what God has given us.  It states, “Perfecting our understanding of what God reveals increases the level of energy.  Hearing it, knowing it, and believing it, is one level, but understanding it and applying it, is the highest level of activity”(p.321).  It is time to engage in that “high level activity.”   We can “make up” for lost time by quickening the pace or doubling our actions to empower ourselves to grow spiritually, mentally, physically and financially.  As we grow in improvement, our value grows.

As women, we have to strive hard to understand our value.  We, as women, need to take a pledge that WE will not stay with men who abuse us or our children, WE will stay away from men who call us out of our name etc.  In Minister Farrakhan’s Mother’s Day lecture May 2013, he mentioned that women were “three times as valuable” as men.  Some time later, I had a brief interview with Bro. Thomas Jehad, a former lieutenant and pioneer in the NOI said that, yes, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that 75% percent of the teachings is with the woman, but he also mentioned that a “missing gold nugget” in the teachings is that the Messenger also told his ministers that 25% of your work is behind the podium, but 75% of it is in the streets.
Let us take these wonderful words to heart and strive to appreciate one another more and more and show gratitude through our work.   This issue highlights admirable men and women in their work and service to others.  It is time that we live up to what God created us to be, in his image…A “God.”
May God bless us all with peace, love, health, wealth and happiness.
Your Sister,
Audrey

 

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