[Editor’s note: The following article contains edited excerpts from the message delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey on Monday, May 23, 2016.]


I am a student of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and I could never thank Allah (God) enough for this great man that God gave to us to guide us to His straight path that we might reclaim our position with Him as the first people in the light of the sun, as The Original People of this universe:  We who are considered The First and The Last (“Alpha and Omega”).  I thank Him for His coming to us in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, Whom we see as the great expected Mahdi of the Muslims, a Guide for those who have lost their way. 

If the Muslims had remained faithful to Prophet Muhammad, followed The Qur’an, and followed his example, the Muslim world would not be in the condition that it is in today.  And if the Christians had followed Jesus, not just talked about him but lived the life that he taught us to live, the Christian world would not be so upset.  And if the Jews, who received so many prophets, had just said “I submit,” the world of the Jews would not be in the condition that it is in.  So Christians, Muslims and Jews have failed—God is not through with you yet, but the scepter of rulership won’t be in your hands any longer:  He has found material that has been tried in the furnace of affliction; He has found material that He can use as a foundational stone of an Eternal Kingdom. 

“Who” is this material that He has found?  The despised, the rejected, the unloved, the unwanted, the Black man and woman of America, The Choice of God today to help bring this whole family and this earth together eternally, under a new government of peace.  “For unto us a child is born, and unto us a son is given: and a government shall be upon his shoulders.” (Isaiah 9:6)  Not the American government.  Not the Russian government.  Not the Chinese or Korean governments.  Not the British and the European governments.  These are the governments of a world that has gone mad.  But on the shoulders of this One born, a government of peace; and He shall be called “Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Prince of Peace, The Everlasting Father,” and of the increase of His government of peace there shall be no end.  That’s The One I want to talk about tonight.

When the mark of Satan is on politicians, whom should you trust with your vote?


Mayor Ras J. Baraka

I’m here to honor Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, his mother [Amina], his family…  I stopped what I was doing and I said, “I must go to Newark,” because I heard that someone threatened him, threatened his family, and I thought I should come to let the forces of evil know that God has given Newark a good man.  You have had good men in the past, but there is something in the character of this man:  His father, Amiri Baraka, and his beloved mother nurtured him on the struggle of the ancestors that have gone on before us, that laid down a great path for us to walk in—not cowardly ancestors; not ancestors that wanted something for self and not for the people.  And so out of that family, that womb of a mother and that life germ of a father, came some sons; one of whom was the principal of a great high school here in Newark (Central High School), and I met him as he invited me to speak to his students (September 12, 2012).  And after speaking to the students, we went into an office and his dad was present, and Brother Ras talked to us about running to be mayor.  I was very nervous when I heard his desire, because that’s not an easy thing to do if you want to do it right.  He wanted to be mayor, and that means he had to campaign against somebody who might have been mayor, or had just left being mayor; but I wanted him to know:  “You’re not fighting to win the office of the former mayor; you’re fighting against a system that produces a series of men that never get the job done.”


We’re in a great election season, and the Black vote has always been necessary when it is war time and tax time, and when somebody would like to be president of the United States; and the Black vote is always courted with fervor, and many promises are made that never get fulfilled.  And after we vote for Lucifer or Satan, or the Devil, and they get the position that they were seeking, then they forget the promises that they made to us.  The Holy Qur’an speaks of men like that, and women like that; it says: “they promise only to deceive.”  (Surah 4, verse 120)  That’s the mark of Satan:  He knows how to make the right promise.  He knows how to give you hope in nothing; he knows how to make you taste what you want to eat, and yet you never eat it, and you end up dying of malnutrition.  Satan is a master deceiver.  In fact, the scripture says he deceived the whole world.  Are you living in the world?  Are we, who are in this world:  Has Satan deceived us once again?

Mrs. Hillary Clinton needs the Black vote.  She could never be president from Washington, D.C., down to Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. She went, seeking the Black vote.  She’s a smart woman, a very clever woman.  I mean, she knows how to win our confidence … because most con people run a confidence game. 

And there’s Mr. Donald Trump.  That’s a strange one.  I don’t know where he stands:  He hates you this minute and loves you the next; you’re ugly one minute, and you’re beautiful the next.  I don’t know.  But you know, I saw something in Trump that I liked (not that I’m going to vote for him), but here is a man, the first man in the history of those who run for the high office of president, who walked in front of members of the Jewish community and said, “I don’t want your money” and “I don’t need your money.”  Just stop right there!  I said, “Now, when a man can tell you ‘I don’t want your money/I don’t need your money; I’ve got $10 billion, I’m going to finance my own campaign,’ that man is free.”  See, he doesn’t owe any piper to call the tune for him, he calls his own tune—and he plays many different songs … . Smile.  I don’t know whether we’re going to dance the rumba tonight or the polka tomorrow; but “who cares?”  He’s rich enough to call his own tune.  That makes him a dangerous man.

Money runs this country.  Politics is a game played.  But the banks, the banking system, Wall Street:  They run the show.  You never get what you think you’ve got.  We sent Barack Obama there, a good man.  I mean, when you saw him campaigning …  Man, I got up out of my bed 5 o’clock in the morning and waited in line to vote for my brother—that’s unusual for me; me and my wife were out there.  But he was selected before he was elected

Politics is a dirty game.  And even if you’re clean, you have to be careful, because this game is so dirty: the clean ones get dirty when they get in it to play the game.  And that’s why I guess Jesus said, “Wash and be clean”—because after you get into that dirty game, you have to keep your garments clean by having something more pure to “wash in” to keep you from being sucked into the wickedness of this system of things. 






Student Min. Jackson

Now you know, members of the Jewish community control the media.  I’m not anti-Semitic, so don’t go there.  I just know the truth.  And knowing the truth is not enough!  A lot of us know the truth, but we are afraid to tell it; so if the enemy can terrorize you with his power to inflict pain, then he’ll force good people to bow.  Barack is a good man …  I notice that the mullah (Akhtar Mansoor) in Afghanistan was killed (in a drone strike on May 21st), and the media wanted to make sure that we knew that it was Barack who “pulled the trigger.”  Barack had to sign off on his death. The man who won the “peace prize” is now the head of several wars that are going on, and no drone goes off and kills people without his signature. 


The enemy knows The Time:  They have made my brother, Barack Obama, a killer—and they want him to pull the trigger on me.  Members of the Jewish community can’t take me anymore.  In the ’80s, when I stood up with Reverend Jesse Jackson, and protected him with the F.O.I. before he got Secret Service, that “Christian-Muslim Unity”:  They didn’t like that.  I’m not a politician; I hate politics myself, because I don’t know the art of compromising on truth.  Maybe some of you will try to teach me that game …  But God has brought me from where I was to where I am not by compromising my position that is principled, but standing up on that principle, and being willing to die on that principle before allowing myself to be an agent of corruptible people and forces.

This president is not the “Barack Obama” that we voted for.  He still has that good in him, but when you get up in high places, with your Black face, you fall in with the crowd.  I guess that’s why Paul said, “We war not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, and the rulers of the darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places.”  You get up high, and then all of a sudden we don’t know who you are.  Because when you get in the seat, you feel some electric shock in your behind, and you wonder “what am I sitting on?”  Then you find out that the real people who make people are the ones that made your seat.  They always give us an offer that “we can’t refuse,” and we end up bowing down.  Satan wins and God stands afar off—and so does justice.

Bernie Sanders:  He’s a Jewish man with a lot of character.  He’s said all the right words, and I believe he intended to do good, but he’s not strong enough to break the system.  The system is strong enough to break him.

Come to know The Force Who will help you withstand pressure from corruptible forces

I want to stop for a moment and recite a scripture, and I want you to look at yourself.  In the Bible, in 1 John, Chapter 4, verse 4, it reads: “Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.”

I want you to think about that.  How many of us cave in under pressure?  Here is your body, this beautiful body:  Every square inch of it upholds 15 pounds of atmospheric pressure.  And the reason you don’t cave in to atmospheric pressure is because you have pressure on the inside equaling the pressure on the outside; so you walk with that pressure and you don’t even feel it.  But the pressure of corrupt forces loves to corrupt good-intended men and women, and we cave in.  …  Some people think Farrakhan is crazy because he challenges forces; forces that have broken many men before him.  But they haven’t broken me.  I want you to look at your brother:  I am 83 years old and ain’t no way tired of fighting this enemy.  Look at my brow:  It’s not furrowed with wrinkles.  There’s a light around my face and around my head, because greater is He that is in me

But Who is the “He” that is in me?  You should want to get Him in you.  Because, I want you to understand that church and mosque is not a game; we can’t play with God, and play with Christ, play with Muhammad, and play with The Qur’an and play with the Bible, and quote, but never live what you preach.  I want to talk to you about this “Christ” that we all talk about, but if you really knew him you wouldn’t break so easily when Satan comes knocking at your door; you wouldn’t grow your business to a certain level and the enemy comes and gives you an offer that you can’t refuse, so you sell off years of people’s sacrifice for money.  So our banks close, and our great businesses, we lose them.  But we still have Jet, we still have Ebony, but we don’t have the building that Mr. Johnson sacrificed so much to give us something in downtown Chicago that we would be proud of; it’s gone now.  Essence magazine, gone now; BET, gone now; Independence Bank in Chicago, gone now!  Phat Farm, gone now!  Baby Phat, gone now!  Everything we got that would make us proud as a people:  When you get it to a certain height, here comes Satan.  I don’t give a damn how he looks; I’m saying it’s Satan coming after you!  You ought to know that Satan is going to try us all—you ought to know that. 

The Jesus that I know?  Satan took him up on a mountain—Satan always knows what your Father promised you that you haven’t gotten yet, and Satan comes in between the Promise and Its fulfillment, and says, “I’ve got that.  Just bow down to me and don’t worry; ain’t nobody going to bother you, I’ve got this.”  So they took Jesus up on the mountain; and when they got him up on the mountain, Satan said, “Hey!  Look at all of that; see, your Father told you that you were going to have a kingdom, but it ain’t come yet.  But, look at all of that:  That’s mine.  If you bow down to me, all of this can be yours.”  And Jesus had the strength to say, “Get thee behind me Satan.”  …  When the enemy can’t make you afraid, then he gets terrified. 

To all the Black men that are in the house:  There is a plan afoot to feminize you, dress you up in little sissy clothes.  They love to bend you, Black man—and it seems like you don’t mind bending; you don’t have the will to resist.  The Bible teaches, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you,” but if you don’t resist him, he’ll stand there and overcome you.  When you are going to wake up, Black man, to see that there is Power today for you?


There is a reason the Jews never did like Jesus (not the Jesus the prophet, but Jesus The Messiah).  Brothers and sisters, Jesus the prophet foretold Jesus The Messiah; in The Qur’an it talks about “The Messiah,” that “He will open the eyes of the blind, by Allah’s permission.”  Jesus The Messiah doesn’t have the power on his own to do it, but with God’s permission, he will open the eyes of the blind, he’ll make the deaf hear and the dumb speak—by God’s permission; he will even raise the dead to life by Allah’s (God’s) permission.  And he will take clay and form it into a bird, and breathe into it, and it will become a bird by God’s permission.  The Messiah is not a “prophet,” The Messiah is, really, the end of prophets.  The Messiah is not a prophet:  The Messiah is God’s Presence in a Human Being.  We are talking about that “He” that you have to get in you.

Concerning “Jesus The Messiah,” the Holy Qur’an, in Surah 5 Al-Ma’idah (“The Food”), verse 110, does not say God will “reveal” to him the Book. No. It says God is going to teach him the Book and the Wisdom, the Torah and the Gospel.  He is going to know it all.  It is one thing to “reveal” something to you, but that doesn’t mean you understand what was revealed; but when God becomes The Teacher (and He is The Best Knower of those who know), and when God chooses to teach you, He explains the things that confounded the prophets.  And that is why Muhammad, in The Qur’an (Surah 33:46), is called a “light-giving sun.”  He is not “moonlight.” 

Prophets are “moonlight,” meaning the moon reflects the light of the sun while the Earth is in its shadow.  But when God comes, a prophet’s “light” is nothing.  Try and see something at night even with a full moon:  All the features of it, you can’t quite make it out; but you can see the form of it, you can see some things about it—but when the sun comes up in the morning, everything is made clear.  That is what The Messiah does with just a word out of his mouth:  He makes things that you thought you understood clear.  Jesus the prophet was a foreteller, he foreshadowed The Messiah.  Who were his enemies?  He had many enemies; he was hated without a cause!  How could he be “the son of God,” and God put him through all of that?  And yet, Jesus never complained … 

But look at this:  I am a man that’s up in age, and I am not tired.  I’m not tired of working for us. …  So tell me, what is the Power that fuels the sun?  They say, “Farrakhan, how do you keep going?”  Because I am powered by my love for God, and my love for you, and my love for the truth, and when I am speaking the truth, I light up—because it gives me life to give you life! 

A trusted leader is one who has been thoroughly tried


Min. Louis Farakhan on the rostrum at church in Newark. Photo: Richard B. Muhammad

To my brother Ras Baraka, and to all of us in leadership:  Allah (God) says in The Qur’an, “He tried Abraham with certain commands,” and then the scripture says, “… and when Abraham had fulfilled them, God said ‘Surely I will make you a leader of men.’ ”  You don’t get to be a leader from God until you’ve been thoroughly tried.  …  Ras is a different kind of mayor.  Yes, he is Black, and you are Black, but don’t be silly that because he is Black he’s got to do everything for the Black and nothing for the other members of society that he is the mayor of.  You can’t think like that and be “intelligent.”  He has to work for you, but that doesn’t mean he mistreats others that he is the mayor of because that’s what they did.  How are you any better than them if you start acting like them when power comes into your hands?  God is going to make you a ruler: “Thou shalt no more be the tail, thou shalt be the head, and the last will become first.”  It’s all talking about you coming up out of this, and God making us into a world ruler and the cornerstone of a Kingdom that can never die.


So Brother Ras has been a mayor for going on three years, and look at what he’s trying to do:  He is trying to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Newark.  He used to work to bring The Bloods and The Crips together, to stop us from killing each other, and he invited me to mediate and to do something to help in that regard.  The mayor needs you now.  “He needs us how?”  He needs us to be men.  Look, he wants to create jobs so you don’t have to sling drugs; he wants you to enjoy the good work of your hands, not put your woman out on the block to become a prostitute so that any strange man that comes can have her and all you want is the money, and you want the mayor to turn his back?  Come on …  He is the mayor!  He needs our help! 

That’s why I’m here tonight, because I heard he went to the Port Authority; I heard that he told them that “the contract that we have with you, you’re only giving us one-third of what that contract specifies.”  And the courts, they’re your people—“So you’re robbing the city of Newark that I’m the mayor over, and I could give my people more services if you came up with your part!”   And some of them didn’t like that he said this to them, in private

He wasn’t trying to bully them, he just said:  “Look man, the contract says this, you’ve got to give us this.”  See, that’s man talk.  Now of course, they want to punk us; they want to feminize us: “We ain’t giving you nothing!  We’ve got the muscle.”  Maybe; maybe you’ll meet some muscle …  I came here tonight to stand for my brother, to stand for his mother, to stand for his family, and to stand for you.  They’re spreading all kinds of rumors, now, in the Black community to break the magnetism of the mayor with his people.  That’s how Satan works.  …


“Greater is He”:  I was a guest in the home of Mr. Edgar Bronfman Sr., the man that owns Seagram’s.  I’m sure you know Seagram’s, but you may not know the owner.  But I was at his penthouse apartment.  It was arranged by Rock Newman and Mike Wallace.  There I was in this big powerful Jew’s apartment; and when he came in I was sitting, and I stood and shook his hand, and he said:  “Hello Farrakhan.  Would you want a drink?”  I said, “No sir.  I don’t drink.”  He said, “You drink orange juice, do you?”  I said, “Yes.”  He said, “That’s me.”  He said, “Do you listen to music?”  I said, “Sure.”  He said, “That’s me. … Do you go to the movies?”  I said, “Occasionally.”  He said, “That’s me!” 

See, this is how they punk you:  They know you ain’t got no money, and they’ve got a lot of money, so you’ve got to come to White folk with your ideas.  So when they ask you, “What do you want to do?” and you say (in a scared, timid voice):  “Well, we’re trying to mumble, mumble, mumble.”  You’ve already been feminized …  So the White boy, when you go with your ideas:  He starts asking you about your idea; and if he can’t see himself in the idea, he starts turning it a little so that ultimately it favors him.  And then he’ll ask you, “Well, what do you need?” and the next thing you know, he’s running you.  So when Mr. Bronfman was telling me what he is (“I’m that/I’m that”), I said: “Mr. Bronfman, I know you are a very powerful and influential man.  But The God I serve?  When He gets ready for you, all your power and influence can’t keep you here one fraction of a second when He says your time is up.”  So I said, “Who is the real Power?” 

Then we went in to have dinner, and we were eating.  Oh, the dinner was really nice, too.  We Muslims can eat the Jews’ food, because their diet and our diet are quite similar.  And they laid it out.  I wondered why in the hell I ate, because I thought maybe they would have poisoned me, you know what I mean?  But as my son said, “Yeah, but he knew we knew where to come.”  See, there’s one thing about you, when you lose your fear:  We don’t care nothing about what you think you’ve got.    So, we got to the dinner, and he was going on again about his influence and his power:  He wants me to ask him for something. 

I didn’t come there to ask him for anything.  I said, “You know, Mr. Bronfman, there is a verse in the Holy Qur’an that goes like this: ‘If a flea or anything smaller lights on your plate and takes a crumb out of your plate, you don’t have the power to call that flea back and tell the flea, Drop that crumb back in my plate!’  So if you can’t command a flea, why should I let you command me?”  GREATER IS HE!


Study these words from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 15, verse 54: 

“So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”

What does it mean?  We are corruptible now: We can take a price and betray each other, be treacherous to one another; but when love, and The God of Love, has entered into you, then the corruptible shall have put on incorruptible.  You understand?  They have no price that they can give me—none—to betray you.  Why is that?  Because the He that is in me makes their offer of corruption a laughable matter.  And see, the “mortality” is your flesh:  That is bound to die!  But when that flesh has put on immortality, meaning that God, now, is The Ruler and Master of your flesh, then you have taken mortality and put on immortality, because what you worked for in building the Kingdom shall never die—and you, with it, shall never die.

So come on, brothers and sisters, let God come in:  Let Him be The Light of your life!  Let Him be The One that you love!  And when He comes in, Satan can’t occupy that space anymore.

Thank you for reading these words.  As-Salaam Alaikum.