In our world today, we find many people who claim to be religious; with an overwhelming fear of death.
I don’t know why this is so.
Since the majority of the followers of the 3 monotheistic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Al-Islam, claim that they believe in a Life after Death.
They all believe that they will meet The Master-Creator in the Next Life.
Christians especially believe that they will be welcomed into the bosom of Jesus Christ, in the After-Life.
There they will then, receive their rewards for their belief and for the good and righteous deeds that they did while living on Earth.
So why, do they have this overwhelming fear of death?
Could it be that the majority of religious people on Earth; don’t really believe in what their religion teaches?
Or could it be, that quite possibly; many Jews, Christians and Muslims are really hypocritical to the teachings of their own faith group?
And they fear that the evil and immoral things that they have been doing, in this life will land them in Hell and not in Heaven.
OUR LIFE JOURNEY
Our existence from the moment the sperm entered the egg, within the wombs of our mothers, have been nothing but life and death.
We die to one phase of our existence to come alive to another phase.
We die as sperm to come alive as a fetus growing in the bodies of our mothers.
We then die as a fetus to come alive as babies; when we leave the bodies of our mothers.
When we die in this physical world we come to life in another world.
This Next-Life, quite possibly is a Spiritual World.
Our Creator has Revealed in Scriptures, that this life in the Hereafter is the final phase of our existence.
This is what The Master-Creator has Revealed in the Qur’an about our stages of life and death:
With The Name of The One True *G-D, The Merciful Benefactor, The Merciful Redeemer
O mankind! if you have a doubt about Resurrection (after your death):
Then (Consider this), **WE have created you out of dirt, then out of sperm, then out of a leech-like clot, then out of a morsel of flesh, partly formed and partly unformed, in order that WE may manifest (G-D’s power) to you:
And WE cause whom WE will to rest in the wombs (of their mothers) until an appointed time; then do WE bring you out as babies, then (nurtured you) that you may reach your age of full strength:
And some of you are called to an early death, and some are sent back to the feeblest old age, so that they know nothing (senile) after having known (so much):
And (further), you see the Earth barren and lifeless, but when WE pour down rain (water) on it, it is stirred (to life), it swells, and it puts forth every kind of beautiful growth (in pairs).
This is so, because The One G-D is The Reality: it is HE WHO gives life to the dead, and it is HE WHO has power over all things.
(End of verses from The Holy ***Qur’an)
WEAK FAITH IN THEIR CREATOR
Religious people who claim that they believe in The Lord-Creator of the Heavens and Earth; but, says that they NEED guns in order to protect themselves from bad people; shows a lack of faith and trust in The Creator.
The Master-Creator is the best Protector.
In the Divinely Revealed Scriptures (Torah, Gospel, Qur’an), HE tells us that HE Alone has control over our lives and death.
We do not live in a war zone in the United States of America.
There is no war taking place; where large numbers of our citizens are killed everyday.
When Dylan Roof murdered those worshippers in the church in South Carolina; some members of the African American clergy, were saying that guns should be allowed in churches.
They were saying in their hearts, but not with their mouths;”that Jesus cannot protect them while they are in their churches.”
What they are saying in essence is that The Creator cannot protect us while we are in our houses of worship.
THE MORE YOU TRUST THE CREATOR THE MORE HE WILL HELP US
We must put our complete faith and trust in the All-Mighty Creator.
Nothing happens to us good or bad in this life unless HE allows it.
We can have an arsenal of weapons; and still get killed.
When it is our time to die then we will die.
None can protect like HIM.
The more we put our faith and trust in HIM for everything, the more HE will help us.
THE MERCIFUL CREATOR CONTROL EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE IN THIS CREATION.
Did Jesus of Nazareth tells his followers to arm themselves with weapons for protection against the Romans or others?
Have Christians forgotten the Lord’s Prayer from the Bible, in Psalms 23?
“The Lord-Creator is my shepherd; I shall not want.
HE maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
HE leadeth me beside the still waters.
HE restoreth my soul:
HE leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for HIS Name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
For Thou art with me; THY Rod and THY Staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
And I will dwell in the House of the Lord-Creator for ever.”
(End of Psalms verses)
The more you put your complete faith and trust in HIM; the more HE will help you in your life.
A weak faith in your Creator, will lead to a hypocritical religious behaviour in your life.
Only people who don’t believe in The Creator, and in Life after Death, should fear death.
They believe this life is more important than anything else.
They wish that they could live for hundreds of years.
They will do everything they can, to prolong their life in this world.
They see death as emptiness. They believe death is the end of our existence.
Those who truly believe in The All-Mighty, knows that nothing will happen to us unless HE allows it to happen.
So to get guns in preparation for what MAY happens shows a lack of trust in our Creator.
As I said before; we don’t live in a war zone.
The citizens of the United States of America, are not at war with each other.
Despite what some media outlets like FOX News; have been saying.
They highlight every racial incident in the country.
They have been spreading paranoia and fear, that has made many weak minded Americans very fearful.
When you pass these people in public, who have been programmed with a steady diet of fear from the media; you can see the look of fear in their eyes.
I have lived in the USA for almost 50 years; and I had never encountered so many fearful looking Caucasian people.
Even during the era of the black Panthers and black militants groups of the late 1960s, and early 1970; when there was a lot of talk about racial war; Caucasians were not so fearful as they are now.
Many of these fearful people have been buying an arsenal of weapons in preparation for a coming racial war in America.
A racial war that will NEVER happen!
Many of these fanatical gun collectors, usually end up using their guns to kill their wives, husbands, children, friends, neighbours, co-workers, innocents strangers at the mall, students at colleges or universities, elementary school children or to kill themselves.
Many people who have guns; have a strong desire to use them.
They are just itching for the opportunity to use their guns.
They put themselves in situations, where if they didn’t have their guns with them; they would fear to tread.
They will initiate confrontations with strangers; so that they will then be able to shoot someone.
Then they will claim that they feared for their lives.
They were the ones carrying the guns; but they were afraid of someone else, who didn’t have a gun.
George Zimmerman would not have followed Trayvon Martin that night, if he didn’t have his gun with him.
Most of these gun owners are really cowards without their guns.
They would never confront anyone; unless they have a gun on them.
In their minds, the image that they have of themselves; is alway one with a gun in their hands.
In their homes they will most likely have photos or videos of themselves with their guns.
They imagine themselves as their favourite actors in movie scenes, with guns in their hands.
Having guns makes them feel invincible.
They no longer behave like normal Human Beings.
These gun fanatics have developed a gun mentality.
They believe every argument can be solved with a gun.
No matter what the problem is, to them the solution is always to use their guns.
True believers in the All-Mighty knows that protection only comes from our Lord-Creator.
Some people may have an arsenal of weapons; but, when it is their time to die nothing will save them from death.
Some people believe they should teach their children how to use guns.
There have been many, many incidents of children shooting their siblings or friends or using guns to kill their parents.
Do you remember the news story about the man who taught others how to handle and shoot guns at a gun range?
He was accidentally killed by a little girl with an Uzi he was showing her how to use.
And many other incidents that show the fallacy of teaching children how to use guns.
The Lord-Creator of the Heavens and Earth controls both our lives and death.
There is a saying I remember from the past that goes:
“He who fears to lose his life, will lose his life.”
Which means, if you keep worrying about something bad happening to you, then it will happen to you.
People of Faith should stop worrying about their death.
We have no control over the time or place that it will happen.
And, nothing will happen to anyone in their lives, unless The Master-Creator of the Heavens and Earth allows it to happen.
Death is not a punishment.
It is part of the process of our existence.
So keep calm, and continue to do the best that you can in this life.
Don’t worry about things, that you have absolutely no control over.
*G-D instead of god which spelt backwards is dog. This is not a respectful spelling of a term to be used in reference to the Lord-Creator of the Heavens and Earth.
**WE, US, OUR are references in the Holy Qur’an to all of the forces of power (Angels) under the control of The Creator. They manage all creation. They are totally obedient to The All-Mighty G-D, and obeys HIS Commands without question.
*** The Holy Qur’an was Revealed to Muhammed Ibn Abdullah of Arabia in the 7th century. This Revelation from G-D came to him through the Angel Gabriel over a period of 23 years.
Muhammed could neither read nor write. He is referred to in a few places in the Qur’an as being “unlettered.”
Neither Claudette Colvin nor Rosa Parks were the first African American women to refuse to give up their seat in the United States of America’s segregated public transportation system.
We belittle our own people and the history of their courageous fight against their mistreatment; when we believe foolish things like that.
To say that after 80 years of segregated public transportation in America, (trains, trolleys, buses,) that it was only in the 1950s that an African American woman refused to be discriminated against while riding.
This shows that many of our people don’t know a thing about our history.
Many nameless African American men and women had refused to be discriminated against on public transportation many, many years before the 1950s.
Many of them were beaten, jailed and sometimes killed for refusing to move from their seat.
They rightfully argued that they had paid the same price for a ticket and they should sit wherever a seat was available.
Because of the way many people of African descent were discriminated against on public transportations, many refused to ride them.
African Americans like Dr Benjamin E. Mays the mentor of Dr. Martin Luther King, stated in his autobiography that he would not allowed himself to be treated disrespectfully on the segregated trolleys or buses; so he walked instead.
Above Dr Benjamin Mays with Martin L. King and below with his fellow college graduates
Even Jackie Robinson (the first African American in Baseball Major Leagues) was involved in an incident with a Caucasian bus driver when he was in the Army on a military installation in the 1940s.
Also it was a historical fact that the great Baptist Preacher, Dr Vernon Johns, hitchhiked whenever he travelled rather than ride segregated transportation.
He was the Minister for the Dexter Avenue Baptist church in Montgomery Alabama before Dr Martin L. King took over.
In fact Dr Johns’ lectures were the catalyst for the beginning of the Civil Right Movement during the late 1940s into the 1950s.
Dr Vernon Johns travelled all over the United States of America to give lectures at various churches.
(Check out the movie called The Vernon Johns Story starring James Earle Jones)
During the late 1800s Ida B. Wells refused to move from the train compartment she had purchased a seat for.
The train conductor ordered her to move to a segregated area.
She was forced to move; but, she later sued for monetary compensation from the train company and won.
However on appeal she lost and had to repay the money she had received.
As I said before neither Rosa Park nor Claudette Colvin were the first African American man or woman; to refuse to give up her seat and move to a segregated part of the bus.
I don’t know how this erroneous interpretation of what Rosa Parks, did became the focal point of the incident in Montgomery Alabama.
The media, I believe is responsible for this mis-information.
They have deceived the public into erroneously believing that she was the first person of African descent who would not move to the back of the bus; when ordered to do so.
Her refusal sparked what became for the first time in our history in America; African American en masse refused to ride on segregated buses.
That had never happened before.
Almost 100% of the African Americans in Montgomery, Alabama, refused to ride the segregated buses.
Before the incident with Rosa Parks, the NAACP in that city had been looking for an ideal incident on the buses, to legally challenge segregated busing.
There had been incidents in the past on the buses in Montgomery; but, the African Americans involved were not the kind of individuals the NAACP, felt would give them a good opportunity to win in the courts.
The NAACP wanted a person whose moral character was impeccable.
They wanted someone that no one could claim had a disreputable personality.
When the incident happened with Claudette Colvin, the NAACP was ready to go into action.
They felt that they had a good case because she was a teenager and also she was not involved with any type of criminal activity.
However, they later learned that she had a boyfriend and that she may also be pregnant. (This was the 1950s not 2015).
So they decided to not, go forward using Claudette Colvin.
Rosa Parks was part of the local NAACP; but, what happened to her that night was unplanned.
The segregated bus rules were; that African Americans could sit in any available seat on the bus.
However, if a Caucasian came on the bus and there were no seats in the front then the African Americans would have to get up.
Rosa was supposed to give it to a man much younger than her.
She said the thought came to her then; about the hypocrisy of the South, concerning their respect for women.
Here she is an elderly woman and she had to get up to give her seat to a man much younger than herself.
And the reason was because he was a Caucasian.
When it came to racial matter, southern chivalry didn’t exist.
African American women were never addressed as Mrs.
They were addressed by their first names or called aunty.
Rosa Parks said at that moment on the bus, she was tired of their hypocrisy and refused to move.
The local NAACP decided to go forth using Rosa Parks to challenge segregated busing.
Because she was a well known and respected member of the city, she was over 40 years old and she also had an impeccable history in the community.
But when others in the African American community of Montgomery, heard about what had happened to Rosa Parks; they had other ideas on how to respond.
One suggested a total boycott of the city buses.
Her name was Mrs Jo Ann Robinson.
She printed thousands of flyers asking the community to not ride the buses on a certain day.
This one day boycott was so successful, that the leaders in the community decided to continue it until the bus company accepted their demands for changes.
They formed a group called The Montgomery Improvement Association and elected Dr Martin Luther King as the leader.
The boycott lasted for about a year.
This was the first time that African Americans in the thousands, had brought about a major change against a racist policy by direct, nonviolent action.
Despite threats of losing their jobs from some of their Caucasian employers, they refused to ride the segregated buses.
Other African Americans around the country saw what could be done by our people working together to bring about changes.
They wanted to challenge racist policies in their part of the country.
Once our people initiated direct confrontation with other racist policies all around the country; good hearted non African Americans joined in to support our efforts.
That is why Rosa Parks is remembered and applauded all around the world.
Her action on that bus brought about a movement that ushered in major changes to the United States of America.
THAT IS THE GREAT LESSON FROM THE MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT.
Our people working together, in complete unison to bring about positive changes.
That is why the manipulators of our country has instructed their media, to focus on a single individual; Rosa Parks.
Not the year-long lesson of unity; shown by the African American residents of Montgomery, Alabama in 1955.
We need that kind of real, unity today.
Not just crowds of people on the streets shouting insults at the police. Or carrying signs saying ‘black lives matter.’
We need our leaders to identify the problems within the African American communities.
And then ask OUR people to follow, whatever strategy they have devised to solve those problems.
African Americans are the only ones who can bring about positive changes in the African American communities.
Once we change and improve the situation in our own communities; then others outside of our community will have to treat us with respect.
Waiting on Caucasians and others to change and treat us with more respect will never happen unless we change first.
We have to stop our slavish worship and imitation of Caucasians.
We have to stop depending on them to bring about positive changes in our neighbourhoods.
We have to stop depending on them to be the source of all our financial support.
We must create employment for our people.