BY THE HONORABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN | LAST UPDATED: MAR 10, 2005 – 4:35:00 PM
[Editor’s note: The following article is based on excerpts from Minister Farrakhan’s Saviours’ Day address delivered February 27, 2005 at Christ Universal Temple in Chicago, Illinois.]
In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.
We give Him Praise and thanks for His Mercy and His Goodness to the members of the human family. That Mercy and that Goodness is most exemplified by Allah (God) sending into the world prophets and messengers. Whenever a people stray from the path of His Divine Favor, before He punishes, He always raises someone to raise, guide, warn and remind the people that they should return to a right path, that they may be successful. As Muslims—and that only means one who believes in submitting his or her will entirely to the Will of God—we believe in all of the prophets no matter where they were sent on this earth. We know that all of the prophets came from one source. We believe in all of the scriptures that they brought, for there is nothing from Allah (God) but truth. So whenever He sends a prophet, He sends them bearing truth.
As Muslims, we believe in Moses and the Torah, or what is called the Old Testament. As Muslims, we believe in Jesus and the Gospel of the New Testament. We could not really be a Muslim if we did not believe in Jesus. As Muslims, we believe in Muhammad, (Peace be upon him and upon them). We believe in the Holy Qu’ran, the Book of scripture that Allah (God) revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
I am a student of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. I could never thank Allah (God) enough for His intervention in our affairs in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, the Great Mahdi or Guided One, Who came among us and spent three years and approximately four months and raised from among us one upon whom He would place a weighty word and a weighty assignment. That assignment was, and is, to give life to a mentally dead nation and, through that nation of people, give life to a world that is considered spiritually and morally dead.
I thank Allah (God) for the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and all that he taught that I was blessed to hear, all that he taught that I was blessed to understand, all that he taught that I was blessed to try to carry into practice. I greet all of you, my dear Brothers and Sisters, with the greeting words of peace. We say it in the Arabic language, “As-Salaam Alaikum,” but it means in English, “Peace be unto you.”
I am honored beyond words for what I see happening inside Black America. Even though we are suffering greatly and the masses of our people continue to slide further down, I am finding among preachers, leaders and organizational activists that Allah (God) has placed a common thread that is allowing us to find the common ground that will allow us to put aside petty differences. He is elevating our consciousness beyond denomination. He is elevating our consciousness beyond our own organizational thrust, philosophy or ideology to see, by His Grace, the bigger picture. The bigger picture is, and must be, what we can do collectively to solve the problems that have plagued us, as a people, for over four centuries.
We have the best educated Black people in the world living in North America. We earn from this economy reportedly $750 billion a year—three quarters of a trillion come through our hands. We are not poor, we are just poorly organized. We are not poor in terms of material strength, but we are poor in terms of the poverty of the mind and spirit. For the first time that I can recall, I traveled on February 26. I never go anywhere prior to the Saviours’ Day convention or on the day of that convention. For several years, Brother Tavis Smiley has asked me to be a part of the forum that he hosts during Black History Month, and I have turned him down because of its closeness to Saviours’ Day. But last year, as I sat watching the forum on television, tears formed in my eyes, looking at Black scholarship, knowing how brilliant our people are, and knowing that the only thing missing is the unity of us, as a people. We have allowed our enemies to interpret us to each other. We have allowed the media to shape how we look at one another and how we feel toward one another.
There is no doubt in my mind that the power structure of this world needs to be upset. The hypocrisy of the rulers of this world needs to be exposed. The deceitful hypocrites who use good words to draw ignorant people into their web need to have their system exposed and their cunning made known. When you have that kind of an assignment, everybody is not going to like you. When you have that kind of a mission, if you are not prepared to live and die for your mission, then you should leave the mission alone.
We live in a world of fake Jews. We live in a world of fake Christians, we live in a world of fake Muslims. If the real Jew, the real Christian and the real Muslim stood up, they would stand together because they would be standing on principles of righteousness, truth and justice. But when false Muslims, false Christians and false Jews beset us, the people get deceived who want to find God. The people get waylaid who want to truly serve God. That is why Satan must take over the mosque, church and synagogue; and Satan has already done it.
The church is not the church of Jesus Christ. Jesus would disown many of us who claim to be his. The mosque has been taken over by Satan. So has the synagogue. So, will the real Christian please stand up? Will the real Jew please stand up? Will the real Muslim please stand up? The world needs to see what Christ intended, what Prophet Muhammad intended, what Moses and the prophets that came to the Children of Israel intended, but not this charade in the name of righteous men.
Recently, I met with some very precious, spiritual men who are Christian. At my table was a Pentecostal, a great bishop, Bishop Larry Trotter, who said that he lives to break down the walls of denominationalism. At the final analysis, we said, if you are Baptist, Jesus never said in the Gospel, that he was a Baptist. Do not waste your time looking for it in the Bible, because it is not there.
I want to be what Jesus was. Don’t you? If so, we should not let a denomination stifle our relationship with our Christian family. Christ cannot be divided. Jesus never said, “I am Catholic,” “I am Pentecostal,” “I am Methodist,” “I am Episcopalian” or “I am a member of the Church of God in Christ.” He does not have anything to do with the labels that have divided the body of Christ. He is not pleased that we would exalt denominations over the meaning of his life.
When I was in Mecca, I met with Islamic scholars and wrangled over theology with them for three days. They wanted to know if I was a Sunni, Shiite, Hannifee or Hanbilee. No, I am none of these. I want to be what Muhammad was. He did not ascribe to any of these labels. Muslims have imposed these labels on the prophet to divide the house of Islam. But what was Jesus? What was Moses? What was Muhammad? If you do not want to go deep into the meaning of your scripture and study this, then you want to continue in false worship. Abraham did not say, “I am a Jew.” The Holy Qur’an says he was neither a Christian or a Jew, he was an upright man and he was not of the polytheists. Yet, Jesus and Moses paid honor to Abraham as the friend of God. Don’t you want to be what Abraham was? Don’t you want to be what Jesus was, what Moses was, what Muhammad was? If all of these great men were on this stage today, not one of them would be at variance with the other.
The kingdom of God is a kingdom based on righteousness, not compromise. We have to make a decision whether we want to be with Jesus, Moses, Muhammad and God. If we want to be with them, we can only be with them in that which they are with—they are with righteousness.
Righteousness does not have labels. My mother taught me that five plus two equals seven. Your mother may have taught you that four plus three equals seven. Someone else’s mother may have taught that six plus one equals seven. Another mother may have taught that seven plus zero equals seven. When the children get together, they start arguing over what their mothers taught them, believing everyone else is wrong.
But it is not that your mother was wrong. She knew in part, so she spoke the part that she knew. If we understood the basis of arithmetic, we would unite all the mothers and children, because understanding breaks down the things that keep non-understanding people divided and arguing amongst themselves.
Moses, Jesus and Mohammed would never be found arguing. Never. Their love for God is translated into their love for each other.