by The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
[Editor’s Note: The following text is excerpted from a message delivered
by Minister Louis Farrakhan on March 25, 2001 at Mosque Maryam in Chicago]
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Christians, Muslims and Jews, all are expecting somebody to return. I did not say something, I said somebody. The Christians are looking for the Christ, but, you are not looking for a spirit. You are looking for a man. Then, let’s stop talking about a spirit and understand the man that is supposed to be here.
The Messiah is a man. The Mahdi is a man, but these are men embodied with the Sprit, the Wisdom and the Power of the Eternal God made manifest in a human being, who is coming to set human beings free, and, to destroy the wicked human beings. He is coming to set up a government of righteousness. The Bible says, “For unto us a child id born, Unto to us a son is given; And the government shall be upon his shoulder: And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end. …” But, he’s a man born of a woman.
The Mahdi is also a man coming out of the family of Muhammad. He is a man who has so much anointing of power from the Eternal God that he is self-guided; and, he comes to guide that which has lost the path back to the straight path of Allah (God). He is so powerful that the Book says he will break the cross. I do not want Christians to be upset, but, you sing a song that says, “On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, an emblem of suffering and shame.” Since you have been under the cross, have you been suffering? You sure are ashamed of your Black self, your Black people and your roots in Africa. Why are you ashamed? It is because a liar told you that your people were running around in Africa with bones in their noses, living in jungles and had built no civilization. They want you to think that you should thank Allah (God) that the White man came and got your Black self out of Africa and brought you to America to civilize you, and you believed that, but, at the Million Man March and at the Million Family March, I stood in front of a glorious Capitol Building built by your Black brother and sister slaves. They built the White House, but they were found in the jungles, then, who taught them how to build the mansions for the master; how to sew clothes for the master’s woman; how to teach the master’s woman how to cook?
King Constantine of Rome had a vision, a dream, and he saw the cross and he saw over it these words in Latin: In Hoc Signo Vincase, meaning, “With this sign, we conquer.” Everywhere the White man went with this sign, he conquered. The Black man of Africa, the Blacks in the Pacific, the Brown people of Central and South America are poor, ragged, hungry, naked and out of doors under this sign. You may have a cross around your neck, and you may think that it is going to protect you, but, if they murdered my Savior on such an emblem, why should I glorify the emblem of My Lord’s suffering? There is good meaning in it, but, I want to show you the real slick, slimy, deceitful and snake-like movement of your enemy under this sign. They meant this sign to show that you had been conquered by them and that you are under their power in the name of Jesus, but not the real Jesus. The white image of Jesus that they made as a savior for you is meant to have you worshipping White people while believing you were worshipping God and His son.
I don’t have to prove it. You are the living witness. If it meant good for you, why aren’t you in a better condition and elevated into the pure knowledge of Jesus Christ where you could be an example of Jesus Christ and His Righteousness and His Holiness? You are a winebibber, a dope user and a free for all woman under the sign that you say represents our Lord. You are a homosexual and a lesbian under the cross, and, the sad thing about it is, those of us who preach the Word will not try to reform you that you would reflect the life of Jesus Christ. You can come any way you want to come as long as you bring your money. This kind of teaching makes people angry, because, they want a Jesus that will tolerate their madness. That is why you like a church where you can go and put down some tithing and go on about your freakish business. You want to be able to buy your way into heaven, sing your way into heaven, shout your way into heaven, but, that is not going to happen!
In the Book of Job, it says, “The sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.” Allah (God) recognized that the sons of God were keeping bad company. So Allah (God) said, “Whence comest thou Satan?” Satan responded: “I come from walking up and down, to and fro in the earth, seeking whom I may devour.” Now here is your slave master who packed our fathers in the holds of slave ships, urinating and defecating on themselves, on one another, and, many of them died. When they got here, the same man who said he was a Christian put them in chains and sold our mothers and fathers. Now you say, “Minister, why should we go back and rehearse that. We’ve come out of that now.” Who said so? Every time you go to school or turn on your television, they are teaching you about the holocaust, and the Jews never get tired of telling you about how Hitler put them in ovens. Why do you get tired when somebody starts telling you how White people put you in chains, hung you from trees, drowned you in the rivers and the lakes, castrated you, and continue to imprison you falsely?
When the Mahdi comes, He is going to break the cross. It means He will break the power of the wicked who have used this sign to deceive the peoples of the earth under that sign. The Mahdi will break the influence of false Christianity—not the true teaching of Jesus, because all of the righteous all over the earth love Jesus and would bask in His True Teaching, and, the True Message of Jesus Christ would free humanity from Satan overnight. Jesus is the key. He absolutely is the door, but, all warfare is deceit, and, the enemy is the master of deceit. The greatest deceit of all is to deceive us about self, about God, about Jesus, and, about the True Religion of Allah (God).
Now, here’s the good meaning. The human being has two natures. One nature is horizontal, which allows you to walk like the lower animals with your tongue hanging out like a dog. These are human beings who take their low desires and make them a god beside Allah (God). The Holy Qur’an says, “Set your face for religion, being upright, the nature made by Allah in which He has created man.” Your nature is to walk upright. You come into the world lying down, then you learn how to crawl, but, as soon as you find something strong you pull up and you grow in uprightness. This uprightness is what separates you from the lower forms of life.
Since the enemy of Allah (God) has been ruling, and, this is his world, humanity does not live upright. Humanity lives on a horizontal plane. We prey on one another. We are like snakes. Our tongues do not speak truth. We are liars and deceivers like the pale-skinned man that came to the Native Americans and the Native Americans called them fork tongued because their word meant nothing. Their treaties mean nothing. They promised us 40 acres and a mule, and, it meant nothing because if you do not have the power to make them do what they promise, then, their promise means nothing.
So, when the Mahdi comes, He is a man and He breaks the cross, He kills your appetite for filth and brings us to uprightness.