Well, pointing out fault, pointing out our wrong is the first step. The second step is to acknowledge it. To acknowledge means to admit the existence, the reality or the truth of some reality. It is to recognize as being valid or having force and power. It is to express thanks, appreciation or gratitude. So in this context, the word acknowledgment means to be in a state of recognition of the truth of the fact that we have been wrong.
                                                                                                                                                  Minister Louis Farrakhan​

Qaadir’ Naqib is the founder of “Fight 4 Life” NO EXCUSES, a non-profit organization that was inspired through his journey of losing weight. He became known as The Wellness Preacher. He has organized numerous events and fundraisers in cities from Pasadena, California to Phoenix, AZ.

In 2015, He was inspired to send a group of youth from his hometown to Washington D.C for the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. Qaadir', who co-created J.O.E 626, grew up in a single parent home in a neighborhood known for gang violence and drugs. He was able to break free from the chains of his environment and started to mentor young males with a goal of preventing them from going down the wrong path in life. In the fall of 2016, he launched a 12 week manhood training course for young men from ages 8-18.

The second stage of the atonement process is to Acknowledge The Wrong. When we have been wrong or wronged by another person and it is brought to our attention, how do we handle it? Dear Pasadena I would like to challenge you to rise up and atone with one another. Do not say that there is no need for atonement when it is clear to a blind man that this city has a shadow of darkness over it.

We need a day of atonement with the community leaders, pastors, elders, deacons and more. When we can address what has been done behind closed doors to one another, that is when the dark shadow will start to remove itself.

However, that is only the beginning of the process. For each life that has been lost do to our weaknesses we have to pay the price for that, because just as the law of the land has a price for us to pay when we break the laws of the land and disobey, there are laws setup in the universe just like that, so we have to pay the price for the lives that could have been saved if we were obeying the father.

I do not intend to discourage us at all. however, my duty is to speak and write that which God places on my heart. Again I urge those who desire to make a change to call a meeting with the community leaders and clergy so that whatever has been done can be corrected and forgiven. Once that is done we can have a local million man march gathering for just the men to come together and devise a game of action plan that will generate jobs in the community. Do not ask the city for a dime, we have enough resources and funds to create jobs for our future youth, ourselves.

I would like to encourage each of us to face our wrongs done to ourselves, God, our family and friends. The same goes to us being wronged. If someone has done us wrong, let us confront that person in the best of spirits and allow our souls and minds a chance to heal. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why does God continuously forgive us after we break so many promises to him; using him as a rain coat? Why is it that he is so forgiving to us? Do you think that he forgives us because he is afraid of us? Or could it be that he wants to be able to function in a blessed state of mind? 

I got a call the other day from a brother that I will not mention at this time, however he is currently in prison and has been for over ten years. He reached out to me so that he can ask his victim for forgiveness. His ability to share what he did on the phone with me at that time was the words of a man that wanted to be free. Not free from the walls of prison, but a mental prison that he has been in. He expressed to me unknowingly that what he wanted to do was atone and the energy in his voice conveyed that this young black man wanted to clear himself. One thing that he said was "I want to man up for my part in the matter".  We are all holding on to something that is hindering us from being able to see things properly and as long as we can not see properly we can not respond in the appropriate manner to things that come our way.

When we atone we are putting on our wings, so that we can soar high and free in our lives. The brother that I mentioned above will be able to clear his mind in the near future. Our ability to acknowledge what we did wrong is powerful, especially in the black community we have so much pride and ego. Atonement is an important part of our well being it allows us to travel the land freely without hesitation. Let us put our minds to work right away, let us clean out our minds so that our bodies can begin to function properly. Starting next week we will be adding something new to each article. 

More next issue God willing..

Your Brother and Servant
The Wellness Preacher 
So fresh and so clean


FIGHT FOR LIFE: acknowledge the wrong

Posted April 14, 2017
By Qaadir Naqib