1 There is so much food of various kinds in the earth for us to eat we could hardly mention by names.
2 We are the wisest of all life on the earth and in the heavens above the earth. Almighty God, Allah, in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, to Whom Praise is due forever, has taught me. We must have regularity in everything we do.
3 SINCE THE earth is full of food, this does not mean we should try to eat the food all day long. We should eat one meal a day and when we eat this or meal, be sure it is of the best food for our bodies to digest and to keep us alive without our lives being agitated by enemies from the food and drinks we put in our bodies.
4 We have to safeguard our health against the enemies of our health by eating one meal a day. This gives an enemy (germ) that may be in our food time to die to be completely dead at the end of twenty-four hours.
5 IF WE KEEP adding more food, it gives the germ strength and working power to destroy the very delicate and perfect machinery of our bodies. By nature we are made of the best. And, we have to continue to give our bodies the best and in a moderate way.
6 Fasting is one of the greatest "doctors" we have, Fasting is prescribed for us in the Holy Quran-an and it the Bible. The Bible does not teach us as much of how good fasting is health wise as the Holy Qur'an does.
7 THE BIBLE'S teaching on fasting is mostly spiritual purposes. On one occasion, we find where Moses fasted for the cure of his sister, Miriam, who had contracted leprosy because of speaking carelessly of Moses. Her brother (Moses) then had to seek a cure from God for her.
8 But fasting, as Allah prescribed for us, is to prolong our lives with better health by eating the right food and not eating too frequently.
9 FASTING DOES much for us. A three-day fast will tell the story, you feel better, your body begins to feel lighter and not weighty as it felt when it was filled with food: your thinking is clearer.
10 Let us fast as often as we feel that we have not a desire for food. If you do not desire food, do not eat it. Eat when you are very hungry (of course, this does not apply to the sick, because the sick are exempt from fasting).
11 WHEN YOU fast, it will advance you spiritually. The Holy Qur'an teaches us that Allah has a mighty reward for the believing men and the believing women, and the fasting men and the fasting women. This does not mean that we can do nothing but fast and still do many other evil things and be rewarded with good rewards.
12 When fasting is practiced for good, good results will follow. But, if we fast, as the Bible mentions in Isiah, just for debate, our fast is no good. The Bible teaches that the facts of people who go out and tell others that "I had a dream" and then call dreams visions, are not accepted .
13 SOME PEOPLE tell stories about something they accomplished on the fast that they did not accomplish. The Bible answers such a person in these words: If you dream a dream, tell a dream and do not try to tell a dream for a vision from the Lord, when you did not get such a vision.
14 We must remember that we cannot be "holier than thou," unless we are really holy. So, let us say of ourselves what we really are and not what we are not because it is good in the eye sight of God for us to speak the truth.
15 FAST! It cleans the impurities out of the blood and causes the body to eliminate the poison stored in it from previous meals -- sometimes from previous meals of many years, as the folds in our intestines can carry particles of food for a long time, and holds strength enough in them to keep us alive for two months. Our bodies store food in the folds of the intestines and in the blood stream.
16 After a fast of three days -- and from that to nine days -- these particles of food and poison that have accumulated will be eliminated. The blood is being cleansed of its impurities because the impurities have nothing to keep them in power to live; therefore, they die and leave the person happy and enjoying the results of a healthy body -- which is the greatest enjoyment we can have. WE ARE TAUGHT...and all religions teach fasting...so that includes us too. Of course, as long as we are in the Presence of God, we do not have to fast. But, we are not always in His Presence. In the Hereafter when all people will receive rewards of goodness who see the Hereafter, there will be no fasting.
17 WE,THE RIGHTEOUS, must fast as long as we are present and among the unrighteous. So, fasting is prescribed for us as well as those (people) before us. Let us take a look at the verse in the Holy Qur'an 2:183 translated by Maulana Muhammad Ali (copyright 1963): "O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard against evil." Here it tells us why Fasting is prescribed for us. It guards us against doing evil. Read the footnote of Maulana Muhammad All's translation of this chapter for footnote. No. 225.
18 WE HERE (Elijah Muhammad and his Followers)...I prescribe for you the month of December to fast in if you are able to take the fast -- instead of the regular month that travels through the year, called Ramadan by the Muslims: the month in which they say Muhammad received the Holy Qur'an. WHY DID I prescribe for you the month of December? It is because it was in this month that you used to worship a dead prophet by the name of Jesus. And, it was the month that you wasted your money and wealth to worship the 25th day of this month, December, as the Christians do. The Christians know that it is not the birthday of Jesus; for they do not know the birthday of Jesus. No one knows it, because being persecuted by the Jews, Joseph and Mary feared the death of not only their newborn baby that they were bringing to birth, but even feared for their own lives for committing the act out of wedlock. They feared Herod and his army and the religious set of the Jews condemning them to be punished with death. But, they were not to be killed for they were for a sign of the Black Man in America, according to the Holy Qur'an. See Holy Qur'an, Chapter 4:171.
19 While the Christians have deceived you in worshipping the birthday of Nimrod who was born the 25th day of that month, no man knows the day Jesus was born, but they (Joseph and Mary) themselves. This is a sign right there; no man of the evil world was to know when the spiritual birth of Muhammad was to take place. And, most surely they do not know. So, do not fast as the other religious people fast, for they have different objects and ways in which they fast, which are against the meaningful fasts that we take.
20 FASTING takes away evil desires. Fasting takes from us filthy desires. Fasting takes from us the desire to do evil against self and our brothers and sisters. We are created of the material of goodness. Therefore, good belongs to us and it should not be hard for us to turn to our own selves in which we were created, good. WE are approaching the month of December, in which we usually abstain from eating in the daylight hours, as the Orthodox Muslims do, the ninth (9th) month of their calendar, the month of Ramadan. I set up this for you and me, to try to drive out of us the old white slavemaster's worship of a false birthday (December 25th) of Jesus.
21 ALLAH (God) Who Came in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, to Whom Praises are due forever, Taught me, that Jesus was not even born during the entire month of December. THE scholars agree, that according to their history, Jesus could not have been born in December. ALLAH (God) Taught me that Jesus was born between the first and the second week in September, instead of December. But, no one knew the day of Jesus' birth except Joseph and Mary. BECAUSE of the Jews' hot prosecution against the birth of Jesus, the exact day of his birth was kept a secret, from the public. So, to break my people up from the worship of a false birthday of Jesus, we turned to abstaining from eating in the daylight hours during the month of December. This is, in no way, a FAST!
22 WHEN we abstain from food for so short a time as for early morning until after sundown and darkness begins to appear - we cannot call this a FAST, for we are eating the same way that we have always been eating (one meal in that day). IT is no FAST to me and to my followers to eat a meal after Sunday. We cannot call it a FAST! A FAST should be from two (2) to three (3) days without eating food. If we are seeking spiritual advancement, we should fast for three days.
23 IN the case of the Orthodox Muslims worshipping Ramadan by not eating until after sunset, and darkness approaches (they can eat all night long if they want to, until the next morning at dawn), they call this a FAST! THEY say that they do this in the Month of Ramadan because Ramadan is the month in which the Holy Quran was revealed to Muhammad. But the way that I understand scripture it teaches us that Muhammad received the Holy Qur'an over a period of twenty three years.
24 MUHAMMAD did not receive the Holy Qur'an in one night or in one day. And, if he received the whole Holy Qur'an in the month of Ramadan, WHY FAST in that month? IF we are given what we want (Holy Qur'an) in that month, without FASTING, I cannot understand why we should FAST in the month of Ramadan, for the first revelation of the Holy Qur'an was already given in that month, without FASTING. IT would look more proper for us to be rejoicing over the great salvation (Holy Qur'an) that Allah (God) sent to us, in the month of Ramadan.
25 If you can convince me it is necessary to Fast in the month of Ramadan because of Muhammad receiving the Holy Qur'an,or the first revelation of the Holy Qur'an, then I will go along with it. However since the Quran-an was received over a period of years, I am very much baffled in trying to understand why we should FAST in the month of Ramadan.
26 WE should be rejoicing because of receiving the Holy Qur'an and we should teach others to rejoice throughout the month of Ramadan, if it is because the Holy Qur'an was revealed in that month. OF COURSE this is the Arab way, in their religious belief, that they should FAST. But I do say that it is not necessary to FAST to get something that you have already received.
27 WE should all thank Allah and be grateful to Allah (God) for Giving us the truth, or the great Revelation (Holy Qur'an), that will guide us into a clearer truth than we have had in the past.
28 SO, I am not asking my followers to FAST in the month of December because of the birth of a prophet (Jesus) nor do we want to worship his birth or worship because some great revelation was sent down to another prophet. No, it is just to keep my followers from worshipping falsehood, instead of truth, and to prevent them from spending their money in the falsehood, instead of truth, and to prevent them from spending their money in the falsehood of Santa Claus.
29 There are so many untruths that the people of untruth (white race) have mislead us in. We must come out of untruth, we must come out of falsehood. I do know that FASTING is good. I have tried FASTING for many years myself I do know that FASTING is good for our health and FASTING is good for our spiritual advancement.
30 IT is actually good for us to take a FAST and abstain from eating food for a period of days. BUT, you are not actually FASTING when you are going to eat everyday, regardless to what time you may set for the meal if you eat within twenty four (24) hours, you cannot really consider it as a FAST. AND, so I say to my followers, WE ARE NOT FASTING (in December) we are just abstaining from taking a part with false worship. We abstain from eating meat throughout the month of Ramadan-the month of December. IT is good for us to abstain from eating meat, for we should not eat meat at all. Meat is not good for our health nor for our body.
31 ACTUALLY by nature, we were not made to live off meat. Allah, (God) Who Came in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, to Whom Praises are due forever, taught me, that no meat is good for us, except the little young pigeon (squab) that has never flown from its nest. But, we eat meat.
32 BEEF-coarse meat, such as beef, we should not wear out our stomach trying to digest this coarse meat. We should not eat any meat, not even lamb. ]
33 FISH-We can eat fish. Fish is raised under a different atmosphere Fish is from a different world of life. Fish is born and fish lives in the water of life. Fish if good for us.
34 BIRDS- Allah (God) taught me that no bird is good for us to eat, and if you watch the nature of a bird you will also agree that the bird is not fit to eat.
35 BUT, following a people who the Qur'an describes as "eating like a beast" (white race), they eat anything that they want to eat and they do not care concerning the harm that it is doing to their life. It is hard to live a hundred (100) years eating the way the white race eats, not to think of being able to live from 200 to 900 years like Noah and Methuselah lived.
36 ALLAH (God) Who Came in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, to Whom Praises are due forever, Taught me that the people of the planet Mars lives 1,200 of our earth years.
37 I do not know what they eat of their planet life, as Allah (God) did not Teach me what they eat. And I did not ask Him in the first place.
38 THE PEOPLE of MARS eat what their planet produces for them to eat, as the planet produced the people of Mars and it produces the food that they eat. I do not know what the planet produces, other than the people of Mars. IF I could fly to Mars, I do not know whether I could say, "Prepare, fish, lamb or chicken," and have it prepared for me. FAST for 3 days, FAST for 3X3 days, FAST for 9 days or FAST for 27 days. FASTING is good for us. It gives our blood time to cleanse itself, and in so doing it makes us think clearer. IF you make a habit of FASTING you are not going to get sick. Abstain from eating, if you are eating the right kind of food, you can FAST but when you eat again, you poison your body. STAY AWAY from that which is not good for us
ABSTAINING FROM FOOD, FROM THE RISING OF THE SUN, UNTIL THE SUN SETS,THIS IS NOT FASTING.