[Editor’s note: The following article contains additional excerpts from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s keynote address delivered on Sunday, February 25, 2018, at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois, to close the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviours’ Day convention.]


In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.

Look at the argument that Jesus is having with the Jews; it’s right in the Bible—and you haven’t paid attention to it. And look at you Christian: You don’t want Muslims in your church. “What that Muslim doing in our church?”

But you bring the rabbi in there all the time. You have never asked the rabbi: “Rabbi: Why you don’t love Jesus?” Because he’s White with money, you go in the synagogue, put on your yarmulke and act like you’re a Jew.  But you never had the strength to ask him: “Why did you not like Jesus?”

Recently in Israel, there was a Christian monastery and Jewish settlers there burned the door of the monastery. And guess what the Jews wrote on the monastery? “Jesus was a monkey.”

Why would they call a righteous servant of God a “monkey”? When some of you went to the Democratic National Convention, media people, people were in there eating popcorn, and you were serving, and they called you—monkeys. …

Barack Obama, the man that we sent to the White House with the help of many: The same way they thought about Jesus, who came with the authority of God to straighten them out, they hated Barack who came with the authority of your vote for him, to try to do what Trump is saying he wants to do, “make America great.” But he was a “monkey” in their eyes.


A slide of the Babylonian Talmud, one of the central works of Judiasm.

The Jewish holy book is the Talmud. Jesus, they wanted to boil him in hot excrement. If you don’t know what “excrement” means, it means human waste, cow dung, dog dung, chicken dung; anything that is the waste of the animal or birds, put it in a pot and boil it—and put Jesus in it.  …


Now let me tell you something about your “saviour.” Jesus of 2,000 years ago—I want you to study this: He never taught Black people. 

He never taught in Egypt, he never taught in Africa; he never taught anywhere outside of Palestine. How, then, could he be your saviour? He wasn’t sent to you and you love him more than anybody loves him—but you’re loving the wrong one. Not the one 2,000 years ago: He was not your man.

I said Jesus of 2,000 years ago was not sent to Black people; he was the last prophet to the “House of Israel,” the White race, and particularly the Jews, to warn them of the end of their world. Now look at the conversation that Jesus, in the Book of John, had with the Jews. He and the Jews were arguing, and the Jews said: “We are Abraham’s seed.” And Jesus said, “Well, if you were Abraham’s seed, you would do the works of Abraham.” The Qur’an says of Abraham: “He was neither a Christian or a Jew, he was an upright man, and he was not of the polytheists.”

So show me the Jew that’s upright. You’ve got some.

After claiming Abraham’s seed, then they took it up higher; they said: “God is our Father.” And Jesus said, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I proceeded forth and came from God. Now, you seek to kill me, a man that has told you the truth. I know you. You are of your father, the devil. He was a liar from the beginning, and abode not in the truth.”


Billy Graham is one of the greatest Christian evangelists of the 20th century. Do you know when they had the 75th anniversary of Time magazine, they invited everybody that was on the cover of Time magazine—and, I was on the cover, so they invited me. And there I was, with all of these “heavy” White folks. ..

Minister Louis Farrakhan spoke before thousands at Chicago Wintrust Arena on Feb. 25 for the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviours’ Day Convention


At the end, Billy Graham was down in front, and I went down to greet him. He was talking to Muhammad Ali, who was also on the cover of Time, and when Billy saw me, he broke away from Ali and ran to me, and held me—and kissed me and he treated me with such respect.

I wrote to his son, because I wanted to go and “let’s sit down and talk religion”; because he said, in the 1960s that Jesus was a Black man.

How many of you have seen that picture of Jesus on the wall in your homes, in your families’ homes, in the South—Jesus? But you only put it up there because you thought Jesus kind of looked like that.

They have many pictures of a Black Jesus and a Black Madonna—they don’t talk to you about that. But you’ll see the pope bowing to the Black Jesus and the Black Mary.  … They all have that Black Jesus—they know about him. But why won’t they tell you? 

Why won’t they tell you of your kinship to Jesus?

Because that’s too much for you to know of good about the nature of you: It’s the same as the nature of Jesus himself.

What did Billy Graham say about the Jews? He was in the Oval Office, talking about the Jews, and he said, “This stranglehold has got to be broken or this country is going down the drain.” He said that in the Oval Office with President Nixon. And Mr. Nixon said: “You believe that?” And Mr. Graham said, “Yes sir.” Mr. Nixon said: “Oh boy … So do I. But I can’t ever say that, but I believe it.”

During the Saviours’ Day program, quotes by the late evangelist Billy Graham’s observations about the power and influence of Jews in the U.S. during a conversation with President Richard Nixon are shown on the monitor.

Here is the president of the United States: He believed what Billy was saying. He talked about their grip on the media; he talked about their grip in Hollywood, and how the Jews were responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out, turning men into women and women into men.


So, Billy Graham said: “No, but if you get elected a second term, then we might be able to do something.” So Mr. Nixon said, “But you must not let them know how you feel.” “They swarm around me, and are friendly to me,” Mr. Graham said, “because they know that I am friendly to Israel. But they don’t know how I really feel about what they are doing to this country.  And, “the greatest evangelist of the 20th century, a man that preaches Christ, says, “I don’t have no power and no way to handle them.” 

You can’t see why they hate me, like they hated Jesus?

“So, Farrakhan: Who taught you, that you don’t care nothing about their power?”

The pope says he is the vicegerent of Jesus Christ. What Jesus are you the “vicegerent” of? So the pope, when he has what they call an Apostolic constitution that means he doesn’t talk to none of his help, it comes direct from Jesus Christ. When you heard me in Washington (“Message to the President” press conference, November 16, 2017 at the Watergate Hotel), I delivered an Apostolic constitution. And I never consulted with anyone; I said: “I am here representing the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and he is speaking to you through me.”

Either I am tied to Jesus the Christ or I am a liar. But if the presidents are scared, and Trump is bowing down … poor Negroes: Oh, you don’t have a chance. But Farrakhan: His brow isn’t furrowed; he doesn’t have Parkinson’s. I have God. I have His Christ. And by his blood, he saved me. With His power He raised me; with His wisdom He made me. You can’t see that yet? What Black man you know could call a million men and two million show up? 

Stand up if you can do that.

I know Jesus Christ: He is my Lord and my Saviour. … I’m a Muslim—and I’m a Christian. I’m a Jew, too.  And I’m a Jehovah Witness.  All in good things I am. … And if you understand with root knowledge, you can tie all the branches together.  I was taught by a man who was taught by God. …

You can’t win against The Man I represent: He is God. He could recite 150,000 Years of History of our Planet—150,000. Six whole cycles of our 25,000-year history, he knew it all by heart. That’s The Teacher of Elijah Muhammad—and that’s what Elijah’s Teacher, and Elijah are teaching me.

I don’t fear the “wisdom” of any man.  I’m not bragging; it’s far beneath me to be a self-conceited boaster. I boast in The God whose blood has saved me, whose power has raised me, whose wisdom has made me into my Father.

It was by the authority of the Vatican that the first picture of the White Jesus was made. [Pope] Julius II asked Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci to come up with a picture; not of your Lord and Saviour—of the trickster. 

Jesus was none of that. So the pope says he’s the “head of the church”… are you sure about that, Pope Francis—are you sure?

If so, did Christ advise Pope Nicholas [V] to set down a papal bull that would make Black and Brown, and native people, slaves for life? Papa, you’re going to have to answer for this.

“Who are you, Farrakhan? What are you doing?”

I’m unmasking the deceivers.

Did you read about what they said about the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA Court)? They [the FBI] have to present something to the [FISA] Court; that the court will give the government authority to listen to all your conversations, follow you around. … I don’t know what court they went to, but I know they’re doing that for me. The FBI, in the 1960s, their own records show there was no group in America that they feared more than the Nation of Islam.

What does a liar and a deceiver fear? Just the truth. We don’t have an army, we don’t carry weapons. Our weapon is the truth.

What have I done to make Jewish people hate me?

Have you ever heard that one of these that listen to me went out and harmed one Jewish person?

If we are a “hate group,” show us by our deeds what justifies you calling us a hate group. There is not one thing that you could say with truth that we have done to Jewish people. But we’re “the hater”?

Do you know that the Jews from Europe—there’s several grades of them, you know: There’s the Ashkenazi Jew, there’s the Semitic/Sephardi Jew, there are the Ethiopian Jews, right? Do you think that they are treated well in Israel? 

Are the Sephardi/the Semitic Jews treated well? No, they are not. Do you know that they are asking, ordering the Ethiopian Jews to follow the movie: “Get Out!” That’s their Jewish brother in faith. That’s the Palestinian homeland, but there are certain roads that they can’t ride. … They are the mother and father of apartheid—the Jews.


Billy Graham said they’ve got a “stranglehold on our government.”  Have I said that? 

What do I suffer for telling the truth? Every day of my life, whatever I try to do of good, they come behind me.  Whatever I try to do of good, they come behind it to destroy it. Since the Million Man March, the FBI has worked to destroy the mosque from within. Do you think everybody in the mosque that says “As-Salaam Alaikum” is a Muslim? Hell no. These are agents, some of them of the very government of the United States of America.

Brothers and sisters, there was a picture that surfaced that was taken in 2005 by my brother Askia Muhammad, a Muslim, at the Congressional Black Caucus.

And when that picture that was taken in 2005, which the Congressional Black Caucus did not want it exposed—they say they sent it to my chief of staff, and he wasn’t going to expose it. I’ve got beautiful pictures with Barack; I would never let them out, because I knew they were looking for anything to destroy our brother! But we held that picture. And Askia wrote a book, and he called me; he said: “Farrakhan, look in the book, you’ll see that picture.” … When they found that picture in his book, did you know the Jews went crazy?

Now, you’ve got to think: What have I done that you hate me so much, that you’re going to Obama, telling him: “You denounced him once, now you’ve got to denounce him again!” …

There are a lot of people in here that were in the mosque; they’re not in the mosque now [because of] some disagreement, or just got tired. Keith Ellison (Democratic representative from Minnesota) was in The Nation in 1995; he was selling The Final Call newspaper.  And, being in Minnesota, he wanted to help his community. He’s a lawyer, so he wanted to help his community, so he wanted to become a congressman.

I’m not here to bash my brother. Let me tell you something: When you want something in this world, the Jew holds the door. You remember that picture of them taking Jesus up on the mountain? They said, “Your Father told you He was gonna give you a kingdom,” and Satan said, “But look out here, Jesus, your Father is late in this ‘kingdom business,’ but I own all these cities out here. If you wanna run, just bow down to me.” See, that’s where he traps you: You walk like a little punk because you want something, and they seem to have it, so you will turn on your brother for some advantage in their world. 

So when the Jews found out that he was in The Nation: “All right, Mr. Ellison, come on, now. You’ve gotta denounce Farrakhan as an anti-Semite—and maybe we’ll let you run.”

“Well, I was with him …”

I don’t want you attacking brother, because you ain’t so strong yourself.  If you want something from the White man and you have to denounce me, how will you act when your trial comes? See, like the disciples of Jesus: “I didn’t know that man! I never … I never seen him before!”

And they run away from me like I’ve got a plague. … So, you must either have been sent by the devil to listen to what I say, but you don’t have to do that; I’ll give you the tape—you can take it to the FBI office. 

The FBI has been the worst enemy of Black advancement. 

“Can you prove that, Farrakhan?” See, the Jews have control over those agencies of government. … This enemy: He is so angry with Farrakhan, that now if you like me, you have to either hide it, especially if you want advancement in the White man’s world. 

Now, if you go to work tomorrow, and Jews are your boss, don’t tell them where you’ve been. They ask, “Where did you go yesterday?” You say, “I went to the movies and I saw Black Panther and I feel like a new woman and a new man because I see I’ve got Black heroes!”

You can only be ruled by your desires if your desires are not in check. So I’m not mad at Keith Ellison. I want him to do what he wants to do. Help your people! But the president of Iran invited us to a dinner with the president; he had Muslims from all over the country, and Keith Ellison was one; Andre Carson was one; Brother Munir Muhammad was one; I was one. We were there. 

They went to the members of the Congressional Black Caucus that looked like they were smiling at me: “So be careful … act like you don’t have teeth at all.” And they’re making all my brothers to suffer.  

Why do they hate me with so much passion? Because Jesus, my brother who was their last prophet, was 2,000 years too soon. I am on time.

Second Thessalonians, 2 and 9: “That day shall not come except there be a falling away first and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” These wicked Jews—not the righteous Jews. These wicked Jews that you find in Revelations—and that’s what Billy Graham said to Nixon. “There’s two kinds of Jews. There’s the kind in Revelation 2:9 and 3:9 that say they are Jews and are not, but they are of the synagogue of Satan.”

Silly Joe Biden, former vice president of the United States—Silly Joe: He goes in the face of the Jews and doesn’t know how to handle their power. So he said, “You all”—he’s praising them—“single-handedly, through Hollywood, made America accept same-sex marriage.” And I mean, it was in the newspaper, and then, of course, it was gone. 

Now, to my dear beloved brothers and sisters who are lesbian or homosexual, or LGBTQ: I don’t dislike you; I am your brother, I love you. But wait. I am a minister of the real Christ: I can’t tell you that you are acceptable. I can tell you, “You can come as you are, but with Christ you can’t stay that way.”

Some of us are going to have to make some changes in order to be in the Kingdom of God. You feel bad? I’m not your enemy. But in Israel, they have gay parades, in the Holy Land; and they’re having the gay parade a few miles away from what remains of Sodom and Gomorrah. They are not instructed by history. … God did not create man to lay with man.

But you are being chemically programmed against your nature. You don’t know it. When Dr. Wesley Muhammad, Nation of Islam student minister, tells you these things, you get angry with doc—but the government knows they have a plan that comes out of the CIA, “[Project] MKUltra,” where they are targeting Black men, to make us soft. They hate the violent tendencies of the 1960s, and now they want to re-program us to be soft. So the Jews that run television, they have Black people on it, but they want the softest ones, the sweetest ones. And they get angry, if we say something; they say we’re “homophobic.”

I don’t hate people who are lesbian—I’ve got it in my family.

Let me tell you something: Our families are the same as the world. The world doesn’t stop getting us into trouble because we are Muslim. So hell, don’t act like you’re perfect—you know damn well you’re not. But that doesn’t stop us from loving our kinfolk that are victims of a psychological and chemical imbalance.

We are the world … and whatever is in the world is in us. God does not care to punish us; by His blood He wants to save us. And do you know if the blood is purified of the chemicals that the enemy is putting in the food, in the water, your thought processes will be different. So “How To Eat To Live”: We go back to learning how to fast. If you can’t discipline your stomach, you can’t discipline your sex organ. So you’re being ruled by your sex, by your desire for that kind of “pleasure” that is momentary; not lasting long. So the Qur’an said, “man is made in haste.” 

I want us all, by God’s grace, to thank God that a Saviour has appeared. Thank God that a Man that’s got that kind of Knowledge and that kind of Power has chosen us to be His people, and He has come to be our God.

He is the real Jesus. He loves us. He didn’t come to kill us, He came to save us from our sins. By His blood, He has saved us and we are still in the process of being saved. He hasn’t stopped saving. You said it right: “Jesus Saves.” Not the one 2,000 years ago: He is as dead as Abraham and Moses. But The One we represent.