BY THE HONORABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN | LAST UPDATED: OCT 22, 2013 – 11:16:09 AM
‘The time and what must be done’—2013 Lecture Series, part 41
[Editor’s note: The following article contains a distillation of the first part of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s Holy Day of Atonement keynote address he delivered at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday, October 14, 2012 titled “Guidance for Our President and Our Nation.” This portion of the message serves as Part 41 of his 52-week Lecture Series on “The Time and What Must Be Done,” which aired on Saturday, October 19, 2013.]
In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.
Wars of aggression have now enveloped nearly all of the Muslim countries. I wrote a letter to President George W. Bush right after 9/11, dated December 1, 2001, and I warned him about his response to what happened. I wrote that his “anger would blind him if he allowed it to dictate his response.” That letter is a beautiful letter, full of prophecies that have now been fulfilled. Go read it for yourself; it is available online (http://goo.gl/dUfiaF).
What I was guided to write then: “… Afghanistan is only a preliminary to a much wider war which is already planned, and this war also has a home front aspect as well. [But] should you persist in this, you will do what no Islamic Leader is able to do. No leader of any Muslim nation can call for Jihad or Holy War and cause the Muslim world to obey that call. … However, Mr. President, if you follow what you have in your mind, which many of those around you are encouraging you to do, then you will do what Osama Bin Laden and no Muslim extremist could ever do. You will unite the Muslim world in hostility against America and Great Britain, and, you will use your great position of power inadvertently to call for a Holy War against the West. You will force the more moderate Islamic regimes either not to side with you, or to side with you at the risk of being overthrown by growing Islamist forces within their countries. The coalition that you are gathering will fall away from you, and you will have to pursue this war alone. …” Brothers and sisters, in 2012, France announced it would pull out of Afghanistan ahead of the U.S. and NATO. At the start of the invasion of Iraq, in 2003, 38 nations provided troops; but by 2009, 14 nations had withdrawn ahead of America. And the Muslim world now perceives America as using the “war on terror” as an excuse to attack Islam! According to the Pew Research Center’s “Pew Research Global Attitudes Project,” (June 27, 2012), the “favorability rating” of the United States while once high has now plummeted.
In my December 1, 2001 letter, I also wrote: “I am afraid that this extended war may take a turn that you and your advisors least expect, and involve America in the greatest of all wars, the War of Armageddon, in which no nation will be left out, including Russia and China.” President Bush did not heed that advice … What is the result of his heedlessness to Good Counsel? Tensions with Iran, and the conflict in Syria, a united China and Russia against America. Both countries vetoed U.S.-backed UN Security Council Resolutions threatening the Syrian government with sanctions three times; and China and Russia have both said they oppose any military intervention against Iran! China is importing oil from Iran against U.S. interests, while Russia is building a nuclear power plant in Iran. A former top Russian general said this year that an attack on Iran by America or Israel would be an attack on Russian interests.
Now, I don’t know whether President Obama read that letter, but he sure started his presidency in the spirit of that letter! President Obama wanted to bring so-called rogue nations around, offering them not a “clenched fist,” but an open hand. Everything he did to try and implement the good of that letter, and the good that was in his heart, the arrogant, racist, greedy element in America set out to destroy it. And in so doing, they have really destroyed themselves; and, unfortunately, they’ve also destroyed Obama, and made him now an agent of their wicked policies against the Muslim world.
Did not you hear me say a few years ago to “watch the weather”? Come on, now—we’re going to talk! You don’t have anybody else to “compare me” with but my father, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad! I told you to “watch the weather”; that, “the distress would come”—“the fall of your dollar and the weakness of your economy”! This is what the Honorable Elijah Muhammad has said, and this is what his faithful minister has said!
In 2011, President Obama shattered the single-year record for “disaster declarations” with 242 disasters in total! Before him, only President George W. Bush declared more, having signed an average of 129 disaster declarations a year while in office. He was in office eight years; and every year of his eight, over 129 disasters a year! And after 2011, which has the record of disasters, I said again, “Watch the weather!”—because God doesn’t fight with your cheap “weapons”! God fights with The Forces of Nature: Rain, hail, snow, wind, drought! He uses the insects and the animals, and turns nature against you! You can’t win in a war against God!
But keep on going, you’ll understand it better—not “by and by,” but very soon!
Distress, affliction: Consequences of rejecting repeated warnings
After repeated Warnings that go unheeded, the problem is getting worse. In the Holy Qur’an, Surah 6 Al-An’am (“The Cattle”), verse 42, it says: “And indeed We sent (messengers) to nations before thee then We seized them with distress and affliction that they might humble themselves.”
What is the meaning of “distress”? It is “great pain, anxiety or sorrow; acute physical or mental suffering; affliction; trouble; a state of extreme necessity or misfortune; the state of a ship or airplane requiring immediate assistance, as when on fire in transit.” What is the meaning of “affliction”? It is “something that causes pain, suffering, grief or misery.” Whenever Allah (God) sends you a messenger, He then seizes the people with distress and affliction, not to “destroy them,” but that they might humble themselves to a Messenger that comes to them from among the “meanest” of the people (definition: “those having little or no money, goods, or other means of support; dependent upon charity or public support; the needy, the indigent, the destitute, the penniless, the poverty-stricken, the meager, the miserable, the unhappy and the pitiable.”)
See, an arrogant leader wants to know “What credentials do you have? What college did you matriculate from?” Your colleges don’t prepare “messengers,” your colleges prepare those who bow down and serve you!
Well, if we just look at the distress and affliction that America is under as we speak: The result of that distress is how you’ve handled The Warning from the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and his faithful minister to you! You’ve done everything you could, and you are still planning to destroy me and The Nation of Islam! Yes, yes, yes … And all that I have said you would do, you have done: You’ve killed Muammar Gadhafi. He’s no more. You’ve killed Saddam Hussein. He’s no more. You’ve killed Osama Bin Laden. He’s no more. But your problems are greater now than they were then.
My brother Gadhafi opened the door to you! He wanted to “come in out of the cold” [from years of U.S.-imposed sanctions]; and you sent U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who found himself in Benghazi among the enemies of Gadhafi, working! And while Gadhafi had opened the door for him, Ambassador Stevens was working to destroy the Revolution of Gadhafi—and to destroy Gadhafi! And so, America: You sent weapons … You sent your planes and your bombs, and you killed my brother! But you were so anxious to destroy him, that you were feeding “Al-Qaida,” and you were feeding “religious extremists”! So, it is only natural that Ambassador Stevens should go to Benghazi, and meet his own fate from those whom he was educating to destroy a man and a revolution. And some of you are now saying that “if Gadhafi were alive, Stevens would still be alive,” because that country would still be under control.
Brothers and sisters: Don’t expect me to be a “watered-down” Farrakhan … You are hearing Truth from a man who is not afraid to tell The Truth—even at the cost of my own life! During a leadership conference held in Charlotte on October 13, 2012, I said, “I know they plan to kill me. But it won’t happen.” You plan against my family … But you can’t come to me, and tell me “you’re going to kill” my dear wife of 59 years, or, kill my children—I said, “Kill them all! We were born to die …” You will never kill my family, unless it pleases Allah! We are not afraid of “death”: We love death like you love life, because we know we will never die! I’ll come back from the grave to put my foot in your behind …
So, America, you are about to come out of Iraq, but what have you left behind? You’re talking about coming out of Afghanistan, but the bleeding and the dying is still going on … What you have left behind is worse than what you found. And your condition is worse now than it was in the ’80s and the ’90s.
After The Warning that God gave me to give to Bush, he left office in disgrace. He was so disgraced that you wouldn’t even invite him to your Republican Convention, because you did not want his presence to cast a dark shadow over the man that you had elected to be your “standard bearer.” So you have hamstrung a she-camel—but I am the she-camel!
Dear Muslims: You all are going to have to study; because all of the punishments that are written of in the Holy Qur’an never came to pass in the time of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him—never! But every plague … Every plague that is written in The Qur’an is going to come to pass in America, under The Modern Pharaoh, in The Modern Rome, in The Modern Babylon—in The Modern Sodom & Gomorrah! Take it or let it alone!
‘Moderate’ vs. ‘extreme’: The Restrictive Law of Islam is Our Success
It looked like President Obama understood our attempt to guide President Bush; because, President Obama: You campaigned on a platform of “change” which resonated with the American people and the people of the world. They had hope that maybe you would change the direction of the nation from where Bush had taken it. And in the beginning, it seemed as though you did want to do that; but, unfortunately, you fell in with the Neo-Conservatives, and you started fulfilling the agenda of all the former presidents against Iraq, against Libya, against Cuba, against Iran, against Korea, against Somalia. And everywhere you see Islam rising, America did not want an Islamist state to follow!
America, you say you want a “moderate” Muslim. What is that? I’d like to ask the Book of Scripture called the Holy Qur’an : Is there such a thing as a “moderate” Muslim? Either you are (a Muslim), or you are not (a Muslim). Here is a Book (the Holy Qur’an) that represents “moderation”—oh, yes! This Book tells us “avoid extremes, for most extreme is sin,” does it not?
Well you say: “Farrakhan! It seems ‘extreme’”—for a Muslim, according to The Qur’an, to “take an adulteress, and give her 80 stripes”; or, “behead someone that is a Jew,” according to Jewish law, “for adultery and fornication”; and, for “killing homosexuals”—“and all of that! That seems very ‘extreme’!” It is. I want you to follow what I am about to say …
Master Fard Muhammad came, and He taught us Sharia Law. He taught us—and His Servant, Elijah Muhammad, taught us, and I am teaching you—how to respect The Law, so that you can go anywhere in the dominant Muslim world and be at ease in a society that imposes Sharia! We didn’t smoke. They do. We didn’t drink. Some of them do. But the good ones? They won’t. We didn’t use drugs, fornicate, commit adultery, kill our babies through abortion. We followed “The Law”—The Law of God! We know that imposing the strictness of Sharia, after coming out of a loose, corrupt government, is wrong! When a people have been under those who are the enemies of Allah (God), and have lived loosely, you have to gradually bring them back to the strictness of God’s Law! But if you just “put it on them,” then answer this question: Which one of you are “holy” enough to kill people who offend God’s Law, when you, the leaders, are the biggest offenders of The Laws of God?
We have a Modern Meaning, given by Master Fard Muhammad, to “Sharia.” Those of you who think Sharia is a “curse,” The Nation of Islam has written a book called “The Restrictive Law of Islam is Our Success”: Go take it, and read it! And call me back, and tell me that this is not a law that if we lived it, America, and the American people, would be safe!
And to The Muslim World: There is a thing being practiced in the Islamic world called “honor killings”; and for some Muslims who have come to America, their daughters have fallen in love, and have “offended the honor of their families,” and “The Law”—and the mother and the father have killed them. They call it “honor killing,” but I am saying to you: Go back to your country! You are in America, now—you are in a place that has no respect for righteous law! What did you bring your daughter here for, and put her in an environment where sex and fornication and freakishness is the order of the day? And if she falls victim to that, you have the nerve to kill her? What did you come here for?
A little girl in Pakistan (Malala Yousafzai) was shot in her head, and in her neck, by someone who claimed to be a “Muslim,” denying her the right to be educated … Our world of Islam needs to be reformed! And that reform will not be guided by those in the East, that Guidance for reform of the Islamic world is coming out of the West—and we, The Nation of Islam, are that Light!
Dear Muslims, there are 99 Attributes of God; these are His Names. But there is a feminine part to practically all of The Attributes! Hakeem means “one possessed of wisdom”; so if a man is named “Hakeem,” and his wife “Hakeema”: How would you deny her knowledge, which would raise her level of civilization among the beasts of the field? How could you deny knowledge to a female? What kind of “Muslim” are you? We challenge Muslims in America: Rise up and educate your people! Know that you’re in an environment that is lawless! And if your daughter “slips,” be merciful; bring her home! The “dishonor” is you killing her. … We have to clean up the House of Islam.
Christians, is your House clean? Then if we are going to clean up the House of Islam, you clean up the House of Christianity, for it, too, is full of hypocrisy! Clean up the House of Judaism: It, too, is full of hypocrisy! Clean up The House of Religion.
I guess, America, you’ll have to search, now, for a “moderate Muslim”—and a moderate Muslim, to America, you mean a Muslim that will countenance America’s foreign policy and directives. If that foreign policy counters justice and truth of this Book, Qur’an, then all of us have to stand with The Truth of this Book; and that will mean we will have to stand against your policies if your policies go counter to what is right, what is true, what is fair and what is just.
There is no such thing as a “moderate” Muslim! All Muslims live their lives according to The Will and Law of God. Even in the time of Paul, when the authorities in Rome wanted him not to preach in Jesus’ name, they said, “You can preach whatever you preach, just don’t preach in his name!” and Paul answered: “Shall I obey man? Or shall I obey God?” If you are true to your faith, Christians and Muslims, you will love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. And if you are a true Muslim, your oath is “My prayer, my sacrifice, my life and my death are all for Allah, The Lord of the worlds”—that is no “compromise with unrighteousness”!
It is interesting that America is “spreading democracy” abroad by the use of the sword—the same thing you accuse Prophet Muhammad of doing, of spreading Islam “by the sword”! Now you have your military bases everywhere; you’re trying to spread your brand of radical democracy at “the threat of the sword,” or at the threat of holding back from other nations aid to them! You have 1,077 U.S. military bases dotting the globe; and in what they call “black budgets” (a budget that is secretly collected from the overall income of a nation; the U.S. Department of Defense has a black budget it uses to fund “black projects,” i.e. expenditures it does not want to disclose publicly): The “covert, secret principles” in these budgets, nobody actually knows for sure.
America: You don’t have much more time.
In the early 1970s, television host Tony Brown invited all Black leaders to go on television to answer a question: “Is it too late?” And, the question that is before us now is: “Is it too late to do the necessary thing to right the ship (affairs) of state?” Is it too late, because when you have been diagnosed with an illness that could potentially become terminal, the time to act is the moment you get the news! But if you delay in acting, the disease continues unabated, and when it starts attacking your vital organs, that is when you want to now take the medicine. But then the question becomes, “is it too late?”
I think that no matter what we say, it may very well be too late. I think the madness in America has reached the point where they will openly want to kill The Righteous. It has reached a point of madness, where they say: “If I’m going down, I’m taking everybody down with me!”—that’s madness … And we are right back to The History of “The God of the Moon”; Who couldn’t get all of the people on the planet at the time, when “Moon” and Earth were one, to speak the same dialect, so, He drilled a hole in the then-called “Moon,” and set it off! It fell 36,000 miles and was shot out 12,000 miles, and the water from the Moon fell to this part called “Earth” so that the Earth is three-quarters (3/4) water, one-quarter (1/4) land! And the Moon that once had water is now the means of attracting the waters of the Earth, and balancing the waters of the Earth, so that the water does not drown out Civilization.
So White folks: You are “The God” of your world. This is your world; this is not God’s World. I know… What you want to say from John 3:16: “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son; that whosoever would believe in him would not perish, but have everlasting life.” You are “right”—but, wrong!
God never loved this world, for He preached the doom of this world before it even came into existence! Yes, yes, yes! “God so loved the world”—notice the definite article: The World that He is bringing in through Al-Mahdi and The Messiah! He is bringing in a new world, and He loved that world so much that whosoever believed in that one who would bring in that world: You would not perish, but you would become a part of a world that would see no end. It is called “Everlasting Life.” It is called “The Hereafter.” … Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that world?
The October 3, 2012 Presidential Debate: An ‘angry Black man’ ill-advised
How many of you saw the presidential debate held on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at the University of Denver? Were you somewhat disappointed? It was like your “champion,” President Barack Obama, “didn’t show up for the fight.”
Didn’t it look to you like he was not focused? Didn’t it look to you like something else was on his mind? I’m not “making excuses” for him, I just have to tell you what he looked like to me. Did you know that in any part of a minute, anything that goes on in the world that ill-affects America’s vital interests, President Obama knows about it shortly after it happens? Every morning he gets what is called a “briefing book,” and everything that is going on in the world, he has to read it. Ask yourself: What did he read that day? What was said to him that day?
On October 1, 2012, a tape recording of a speech that President Obama made in 2007 aired on television; I would like for you to compare how he looked then, to how he appeared during the October 3rd debate: If you look at my brother, he looks somewhat “bewildered.” And there have been many things by political commentators since the debate, such as “Romney went away from all his positions that he had been speaking for the last year and a half; and it threw Barack off.” I’m not “buying” it! Brothers and sisters, if you’re a “fighter,” and you’re preparing for your opponent: You study your opponent’s movements, you study his fights, and you work your strategy out according to how your opponent presents himself! And if he changes his strategy, and comes out fighting different—and you lose the first round, or the second round: When you go back to your corner, it’s called “adjustment time.”
Every good fighter knows how to make an “adjustment! So if Mr. Romney was doing something “different,” then you make an adjustment—you don’t get lost in what he did! But something was bothering our brother … Pay attention to this: When that video was played of his speech in 2007, it was said, “Obama was talking to a Black audience; you notice when he talks to Black audiences, he talks different than when he talks to White audiences?” In other words, he’s a “chameleon.” “His language, his speech pattern was different …”—and then they characterize his talk, as though he’s an “angry Black man.”
So if Barack Obama is “angry,” and they’re putting that out two days before the debate, then his handlers, like the communications director for his reelection campaign, David Axelrod: “David” didn’t give Obama “five smooth stones,” to throw! Mr. Axelrod told Pres. Obama: “Look, president, they’re characterizing you as an ‘Angry Black Man’, so you can’t go out there and ‘beat up’ on this White man, because you gonna look like an ‘Angry Black Man,’ and you gonna lose the White vote!” I don’t know whether he fell for that; but, on a radio program in Chicago, they were saying that Michelle Obama was “upset” with the advice that her husband received. I don’t know the truth of that; however, let’s say he was “advised” poorly—you know how it is when you want your man to “throw” the fight, because you had bet on the other man while you claim to be for your man? I’m not saying that was the case, but do you know that Obama is a warrior? You can see in his eyes when he’s determined; he’s a fighter! He was just “off” that night.
Now I would say to our dear brother: Look, you’re not going to win any more White votes by being “kind” and “gracious.” You are already “kind,” you are already “gracious.” Brothers and sisters, every time Obama tried to be “a little Black”—not even “some” Black, just a little Black: Do you remember back in 2009 when Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. was at his home, trying to fit a key into his door? Somebody saw him, and reported to the police, “There’s a Negro over there trying to rob the man’s house!” The police came, and Mr. Gates told them, “Look man, this is my own house”—and they arrested him! Now, Mr. Gates is “a friend of the president”; and so the president rose, and spoke up in defense of his brother. There was a big “pushback” from the president doing that; and then the police and Henry Louis Gates are at the White House, (drinking beer together); it was a “teachable moment.” And when Trayvon Martin got shot down, the president said: “If I had a son, my son would look like Trayvon Martin.” Now, he’s “in trouble,” because he “spoke out.” His critics complained, “It’s like you took sides!” See, when White folk hire you—and I have to say it like that—they want you to be “all the way” for them!
Even Miss Oprah Winfrey: She went down to South Carolina to fight in the preliminaries for Mr. Obama. Immediately, she was not the “darling Oprah” anymore—and she had to “pull back” from campaigning for him in that manner! See, you need somebody that’s going to stand up for you! You need somebody that is not afraid to “go to bat” for you!
You need somebody that will argue The Case for you! And God has heard your cry, and given you a champion in the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and his faithful minister!
My brother debated, and he had 39 minutes “and change,” and Mr. Romney had 38 minutes. Consider an October 4, 2012 article that appeared on Alternet.org; they said he spoke “27 myths in 38 minutes” (article titled “Fact Check: Romney Told 27 Myths in 38 Minutes During the Debate: Romney won praise for his performance but only accomplished this goal by repeatedly misleading viewers”).
What is a “myth”? If you’re thinking that a “myth” is a lie: See, a myth doesn’t have to be a “lie”; a myth could be rooted in facts, but, it is still a mythological conclusion, based on erroneous interpretation of a fact! According to the dictionary, one definition of “myth” is “a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation, especially one that is concerned with ‘deities’ or ‘demigods’ and explains some practice, rite, or phenomenon of nature.” The second definition is “an invented story; an idea, or a concept” (used in a sentence: “His account of the event is pure myth”); and the third definition is “an unproved or false collective belief that is used to justify a social institution.”
Now, what is a “lie”? A “lie” is “A false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; an outright falsehood.” So if in 38 minutes a man spoke 27 lies, then he is “a lie-a-minute Mitt”!
And, “who won the debate?” Some say Mitt Romney did: “Oh, he beat up Obama!”—but you don’t care that Mitt Romney lied! You don’t care that he misspoke! It just was a “great performance”—a great, lying performance, on a night when the brother was off-base.
Well, dear president: You have to remember you are fighting for your presidential life. You’re fighting for the vision that you have for the Democratic Party, and, for the country! President Obama, you said there are “two distinct paths that are diametrically opposed; different”—this is what you said! Then if you’re willing to fight for your vision, then during the second presidential debate on October 16, 2012: Come out ready to fight for what you believe is in the best interest of the country; and maybe, you can regain your place!
‘The National Election’: You can’t save the lives of the American people on the basis of a lie
Brothers and sisters, study the words of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad contained in his monumental book The Fall of America, in Chapter 8 titled “The National Election” on pages 36-37. These words are from the 1960s, when he was speaking of the presidential election taking place then; he said: “This election is one of the most serious in the history of American government”—would you say the same exists today?—“because either party that seeks the office of presidency is faced with the problem of saving the lives of the [American people]. If the present party”—at that time it was Democratic—“remains in office, you know the answer. If the Republican Party takes over, you should know the answer.”—“should”—“There will be a lull before the storm. The storm can be delayed, and every hour and day that it can be delayed is to your benefit.”
Heed my words: Neither President Obama and the Democratic Party, or Mitt Romney and the Republican Party, can save the American people. It takes a radical solution—and you can’t lie to the American people, and produce the right guidance for the American people, on the basis of a lie.
To the White folks who are ready to vote for Mitt Romney, listen to me good: That man is in a “bubble”; and his “bubble” is not real! Mitt Romney is a cheerleader: “Sis-boom-bah. Rah-rah-rah. Come on, White Team: Let’s get that Negro out of office!”—see, that is a “rallying cry” of a man that has no plan. Mitt Romney does not have a plan! Throughout his campaign, he has said: “I will return jobs! I did it at Bain Capital; I…”—“blah-blah-blah-blah.” Not in this climate, Mr. Romney! You already went to Israel, and bowed down. When Mr. Romney went to Israel, he “wore out his knees”; and now has a “patch” on his knees! He told Israel, and his “dear friend” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “We’re not going to let Iran get a nuclear bomb. Obama’s ‘talking’, but we will back you!”
Now, America, you’re already broke. You don’t have any money! Where are you going to get the money to wage another war, when you’re broke and spending borrowed money on the wars that you just started? Somebody has to say it… AMERICA: YOU’RE BROKE! If there is another war, you’re going to have to borrow some money—but who are you going to borrow it from? You’re not borrowing it from China! But, the Federal Reserve is “ready to print”…
Print up as much as you want, “Federal Reserve,” because it’s your end, too! How absurd is “printing money with no back-up”? And every day that they print more money, the value of the money you have in your pocket goes down! This is the silliness, the foolishness, of your “leaders,” who constantly reassure you: “We’ll fix it!”
But President Obama has almost “wore out his knees,” too! Oh, I mean he may not have a “patch” on his knee, but he was down there long enough to “rub a little something” in that knee! President Obama told Israel, and AIPAC (the “American-Israeli Political Action Committee”): “Even though we’re in an economic downturn, don’t you worry! Because, the money that we’ve been giving to you, we’re gonna give it to you again—and add some more to it!” Well, if that isn’t “deep-knee bending”…
Now, I’m not “making stuff up.” We’re in bad shape, brothers and sisters.
Remember this: Israel is the third most powerful nuclear nation in the world. Did you know that? Israel will not confirm or deny that she is a “nuclear power”—but Israel never signed the “Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty”! Israel would not allow any atomic energy experts to come in and inspect her nuclear plant in Dimona, Israel; but now, she is the “prosecuting attorney” for a “non-nuclear Iran.”
Ayatollah (“supreme leader”) of Iran, Ali Khamenei, issued a fatwa (a religious edict, or “ruling”) stating that, “Atomic weapons are against Islam.” I am not so sure about that, though, brother! I heard something from my Teacher, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad … I don’t know whether it’s “wise” to say it, but I’m going to say it! The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that: “Teachers are going to come to teach the Black man and woman everything that we would need to build an independent existence. Even down to the peaceful or non-peaceful use of the atom.” Those are his words to me!
You can’t go to a “gun fight” with a tomahawk: The only reason America is not bothering North Korea is because North Korea can fight back! And as long as Muammar Gadhafi was making “nuclear” and “weapons of mass destruction,” they talked about Gadhafi, but they weren’t messing with him! The U.S. government wants to make sure that Pakistan keeps a “good grip” on her nuclear power; and America is always plotting how to get in, and get it. Well, China has it; and next door to China is India: Those two countries don’t get along sometimes on the border, and so India has her nuclear/atomic weapons. And because Pakistan and India don’t “get along,” Pakistan said, “I’m going to get mine, too!”
There’s one thing about a “bully”: You may not have as many (nuclear weapons) as he has, but if you have “one,” and you know where to throw it, that bully is going to “talk to you”—but you can’t even “dialogue” with Israel, because “they have” and “you don’t have”! But if you attack Iran, that is going to be “catastrophic,” according to what the former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates reportedly said: “The results of an American or Israeli military strike on Iran could, in my view, prove catastrophic, haunting us for generations in that part of the world.”
Blacks, Muslims, Americans: What is your position on an ‘attack on Iran’?
All right, Muslims! All right, Americans! Now, if they do attack Iran, what is our position going to be? What Is Your Position? “Well, uh, I don’t know. I—I have to fight for my country …” Yes, this country is “yours,” but you better have a stake in it before you go fighting! See, Elijah Muhammad said we can’t spend our lives taking the lives of others if we don’t have something to fight for. Yes, it’s “ours,” but how much land do we own in America that would allow us to produce an existence for our self and our people? No! This is our country; then give us a part of it!
Brothers and sisters: You’ve got to talk like this! You’ve got to think like this! It is ours—but you don’t own any land that you can call your “own”! That is why in the Holy Qur’an: Moses and Aaron were talking about “land”; and, Allah (God) says: “None of you own the land. Allah created this. He is The Owner, and He allows humans to steward what He created.” Consider Surah 3 Al-’Imran (“The Family of Amran”), in verse 25 where it states that Allah (God) is “The Owner of it all,” and He takes The Kingdom from whom He pleases and He gives it to whom He pleases: “Say: O Allah, Owner of the Kingdom, Thou givest the kingdom to whom Thou pleasest, and takest away the kingdom from whom Thou pleasest, and Thou exaltest whom Thou pleasest and abasest whom Thou pleasest. In Thine hand is the good. Surely, Thou art Possessor of power over all things.”
I have said—and my detractors have not challenged me effectively—that we, The Black Man and Woman of America, are the real “Children of Israel” that you find mentioned in the Bible and the Holy Qur’an! And if we are “The Children of Israel,” and we are: God promised us “a land flowing with milk and honey,” because that is the only way we will be able to provide a future for ourselves and our people!
So Allah (God) takes The Kingdom from whom He pleases; and then He said “I will give the land to you, and then see how you act”—in the Holy Qur’an, Surah 10 Yunus (“Jonah”), verses 13-14 it reads: “And certainly We destroyed generations before you when they did wrong, and their messengers came to them with clear arguments, yet they would not believe. Thus do We recompense the guilty people. Then We made you rulers in the land after them, so that We might see how you act.” Now, if you act like those whom He may displace, you won’t hold it long. If you’re going to be corrupt and rotten and unjust, and mistreat people who don’t have your “color”; who are not a part of your “creed,” or not from your “class,” then you will be uprooted! But brothers and sisters, you have to be a different kind of people that will give Justice to all, regardless of creed, or class or color. And you have to be grown up by God to have that kind of Mind, that “no person living under your rule will be deprived of Freedom, of Justice, and Equality.” That is your destiny.
Can I ask you a question? How many of you believe, and agree, that what you read today is true, and is good, for us—and America—as a people? Then if you agree that it is true, shouldn’t we work together as a people to produce a good future for ourselves and our people—Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists; White, Black?
See, once you have the right Base, you can unite the whole of Humanity as The Prophet Muhammad wanted to see it, and as Jesus came to produce it! Then, we will have “One World. One Faith. One Lord. One Baptism”—that is the world that is coming in. And you have been Chosen to bring that kind of World in.
So I thank you, brothers and sisters, for reading these words. May Allah (God) bless you, as I greet you in peace: As-Salaam Alaikum (Peace Be Unto You).