by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
[Editor's note: The following text is excerpted from a message delivered by Minister Louis Farrakhan
on April 23, 1989 at the African American Summit in New Orleans, La.]
In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful
In the Holy Qur’an, in the 103rd chapter, called "Al-Asr," meaning "The
Time," it reads: "In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. Consider the
time, for by the time surely man is in loss, except those who believe and do
good, and enjoin one another to Truth, and enjoin one another to patience."
Time dictates agenda. When you know the time, you know what must be done.
What must be done is the agenda. It is predicated upon a good understanding of
the time. If you don’t know the time, or do not believe in the understanding given
of the time, then you will not adopt the right agenda. And if you do not adopt the
right agenda, then surely man is in loss.
We have been having conferences after conferences after conferences, but these conferences have not
produced an agenda that has lessened the suffering of our people. Why? It is because we have failed to
understand the time and the requirements of the time; or we know the time, we understand the time, but
are too cowardly to move according to the requirements of the time. "Man is in loss, except those who
believe and do good." We all want to do good, but good is not good for the sake of good; good is good
when it is appropriate, proper, in accord with time and the requirements of time and brings about a good