Saturday, October 3, 2009

God, The Chosen People, and Illegal Immigration: What is God's opinion of the Immigration Debate?

In any group photo, the natural response is to look for one’s self. Unfortunately, the world has been fooled by the lie that the Bible is God’s testament of his love for our conqueror and open enemy. This is in direct contradiction to God’s purpose for the revealed word and his raising of prophets, messengers, and sages. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan teach us that the Bible and Holy Qur’an are prophetic scriptures that show the history of European domination of the Aboriginal peoples and tell us of God’s favor on the oppressed in the final judgment of the world. If we see the scriptures properly, we see Allah (God’s) hand at work, where we may have thought we were forsaken.

If God saw deeper into the future did he see the suffering and taking of indigenous lands, and the domination of those cultures? Did he see the enslavement of Blacks in the western hemisphere? What about the present crisis of abuse of so-called “Illegal Immigrants”, the arriving masses escaping America’s economic stranglehold on Latin America? According to the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the Bible not only reveals the motivations of the wicked opponents of immigration, but the natural unity that exists between Blacks and Latinos.

Naysayers classify this as a “presumed alliance” only effective for political expediency, but any unity based on temporal political motivations is doomed to fail. If our ancestors indeed did exchange cultures, and the historical shared experience of European domination joined our blood, then unity should be formed on the basis of kinship---not for the crumbs of a system that hates both people. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that we must first be brothers (and sisters too!) for the process of unity to begin.

We have let the labor movement, community organizations, and insincere political parties prevent the formation of real unity between both communities, and as a result, stood in the way of our own freedom. How important is the unity of the oppressed to the foundation of the Kingdom of God? Did God foresee a need for a coalition of the oppressed? Allah (God) has placed signs in the revealed word that make this type of unity essential for the very construction of a new world to take place.

An appeal must be made and the basis for unity cannot be a common enemy. How can Satan, who has been the common denominator of our division, be the basis for our uniting? The opposite is true. It must be God, our father, who unites us. God’s pattern does not change; he always finds the oppressed and enslaved people, raising messengers from among them. Such was the case among the Children of Israel, who were under a death plot for fear that they would increase in population and join onto an enemy of Pharaoh and Egypt. Towards the end of Pharaoh’s power, there was a weakening of Egypt’s borders and large numbers of undocumented “aliens” strained their divinely afflicted resources.

There was confusion among the population of ex-slaves regarding the acceptance and treatment of these “alien” immigrants. God admonished them through his servant Moses with these words, “'When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. 34 The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 19:33-34, New International Version)

It is worthy to note that this acceptance of immigrants extended to the priesthood of the Children of Israel. Even David and his son Solomon, both considered prototypes of the Messiah, fully embraced immigrant labor, conducting a census and even employing them as foremen in the construction of Israel’s holiest Temple. Apparently, these were undocumented immigrants among God’s chosen people. This is described in the Bible, in the book of 2 Chronicles, “Solomon took a census of all the aliens who were in Israel, after the census his father David had taken; and they were found to be 153,600. He assigned 70,000 of them to be carriers and 80,000 to be stonecutters in the hills, with 3,600 foremen over them to keep the people working.” (2 Chronicles 2:17-18)

So despite religious tradition and historical genealogy, God ordered that cast aside in favor embracing an oppressed group with a “shared experience”. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught that the scriptures were history written in advance and that 75% of what was written referred to a future time, and should not be looked at as yesterday’s historical record. It is no accident that the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s work has exposed the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad beyond the scope of Black America. His work prior to 1975 gave tremendous signs of this. How critical is this aspect of God’s work among the indigenous and original peoples of this hemisphere? With gang conflict and episodes of violence erupting daily between the two communities, those who would be the peace makers are forced to look into the root of this bloodshed.

The Holy Qur’an reminds us, “And hold fast by the covenant of Allah all together and be not disunited. And remember Allah’s favour to you when you were enemies, then He united your hearts so by His favour you became brethren. And you were on the brink of a pit of fire, then He saved you from it. Thus, Allah makes clear to you His messages that you may be guided.” (Holy Qur’an 3:103)

Now is the time to begin the process of unity between Black and Latino, with God---The Originator, and our origin in Him as the common denominator.

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