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“Be Still And Know That I Am God”

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ASSIGNMENT: Explain the phrase “Be Still and know that I am God” from our Moorish Literature


Neo: “If you knew what I was going to do, then where’s choice?”

Oracle: “But you’ve already made the choice, you’re here to understand why…”

The above section of dialogue aptly underscores the crux of the topic; for in dealing with the assignment we must first identify a number of things:

  • Who is speaking?
  • Where is he/she/it speaking from?
  • Who is being spoken to?
  • What kind of knowledge comes from stillness?

To address the first question with the answer “Allah” (Key 1, Moorish Questionnaire/MQ), while right and exact, overly-simplifies the issue, and therefore must be further explained in the next few keys (2-4).  Could it be that the Almighty Eternal and Incomprehensible actually occupies a space within our very selves?  My rhetorical question obviously answers the 2nd question via Key 4(in the heart), and Ch XXXVI verse 10 of Holy Koran of the MSTA/MHK:

“Know thyself and the pride of His creation; the lime uniting Divinity and Matter; behold a part of Allah Himself within thee…”

Now we move onto the 3rd question; whom is being spoken to if Allah is IN Man?

We find in Chapter II of the MHK that “Allah and Man are one, but through carnal thoughts and words and deeds man tore himself away from Allah, debased himself.”  We also find in the following chapter that within the flesh of man there are two selves; higher self and lower self.  One of the misunderstandings some have is that the flesh is the lower self, but remember the MHK Ch.XXXVI v.5:

“It is not in flesh to think, nor bones to reason…”

We further see in Ch. I that it was not the flesh that caused the fall; Man’s lost heritage as spoken of in Ch.XI v.36 is a condition of the returning Man’s full consciousness to his native plane of Soul, while still in the physical body (MHK Ch.XIX v.16; Act 2, Divine Constitution and By-Laws/DCBL).  It was in fact the carnal nature that sprang forth from the incarnation of Divinity into matter (not flesh itself) that became the foe that Man must fight, but Man made a choice to succumb to the temptation of carnal sensation.  The fall was complete when Man began to think that he is flesh as opposed to inhabiting flesh.  This facilitated the “tearing away” from Allah, in that Man’s consciousness was altered by the murky ethers of the flesh.  The part of Allah in Man that never fell became silent/dormant, and Man, in comparison to his Original State, was truly dead.  So we can see here that the One Being Spoken To is an original part of The Speaker, distorted by the carnal nature’s admixture.  The One Being Spoken To wanders to and fro, confused, helpless (seemingly) like a caged animal, knowing that there is something missing, frantically searching for the thing that will make him whole again, yet almost always choosing the wrong thing.  He does not understand the circumstances of his own condition, and worships/emulates everything but the One that should be emulated/worshipped; his Father.  As was once said by a wise man, he is easily led in the wrong direction and hard to be led in the right direction.  This frantic searching is aptly described by our Prophet in the MHK Ch.XXXIX v.28:

“Is it not a scene of delusion, a series of misadventures; a pursuit of evils linked on all sides together?  In the beginning it is ignorance, pain is in its middle; and the end is sorrow.”

When the Speaker-Allah speaks from within the bosom of Man, in the crucible of the Heart-the fusion place of both wills, it is in a still small voice, and if the One Being Spoken to is to hear it, he must quiet his carnal wanting (MHK Ch.VIII v.7).  To move onto the last question, the type of knowledge gained from silence is what we can call gnosis.  Derived from the Greek word gnostikos, or cognitive, it described aptitude and a sort of higher intelligence and ability analogous to talent.  It directly implies an acquisition of knowledge directly, where the Knower becomes one with the Thing To Be Known (MHK Ch. XI v.13).  The Asiatic celebration of Carnival (literally, ‘farewell to the flesh’) aptly describes the admonishment of Jesus “…let us forget the flesh….”(MHK Ch. XI v.16) and describes the process by which Man can shed/throw off the carnal imprint on his consciousness.

In closing, we are told in Ch.I, MHK that Allah and Man are ONE; that while Allah lives Man cannot die, and that Allah is leading on and victory is SURE.  Allah-in-Man has already made the decision, it is up to our fallen consciousness to understand why.

This is my humble answer to the assignment.  Although one of the board’s admins, we are ALL subject to critique, admonishment, and improvement, and I implore ALL of you to assist me for my own improvement.  I look forward to learning from your portion of understanding given by our Father-God Allah.


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