[Editor’s note: The following article contains excerpts from a message delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on the 24th Anniversary of the Million Man March and Holy Day of Atonement held at Christ Universal Temple in Chicago on October 13, 2019. This is Part 2 of a two-part article.]





I was thinking this morning about Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran, who came out of Paris, France, where he was in exile. He came back to the cheers of the people in Iran who were suffering under a leader that was put in power by the CIA. 

America you have to answer and you have cooked a hell of a meal for others but now you are going to have to sit down and eat what you cooked for others because it’s all coming back to you. 

Before I get to Iran, you have to understand what is going on in our world today. The separation is going on. You don’t have to beg for it. “Set your face for religion being upright the nature made by God and the nature in which He has created men. For in that day they will be separated.” God can’t use you if you don’t want right. He can fix it. You don’t present Him with a problem that He can’t solve. When you have a sign up on your church saying “Jesus Saves,” damn it you better know how to save. 

Jesus absolutely is a Saviour.

In Islam, my dear Imam, when the Madhi comes, the Madhi is the Self-Guided One who comes to guide those who are lost from the path of God back to the straight path of God. But when the Mahdi comes you’ll see Massi or Messiah with Him. 



You think Jesus of 2,000 years ago was in fact the Messiah. No. Jesus of 2,000 years ago was a prophet who prefigured the Messiah. The Messiah is not a prophet; the Messiah is the master of prophets. No prophet can claim to be a prophet until the Messiah lays hands on the fulfillment of what He said the Messiah would be and the Messiah does it. When he does it he verifies the prophet as being the prophet, therefore he’s the seal of the prophets.


The Mahdi. That’s why I went to Iran. I didn’t go to Iran looking for money. Let me get this straight to whores. I hate it that you have this kind of truth and go bending your back over and turning your backside up. That’s not a good picture, but damn it it’s a real picture. You run to other nations like Hagar was running to the hills. From whence will my help come? “I’m going to try Saudi Arabia, I’m going to try Jordan, I’m going to try Egypt, I’m going to try Trump. I mean I’m going to try somebody that got money.” And, make yourself a whore?

Once you take the money they start taking possession of you. Don’t nobody own Farrakhan. Farrakhan belongs to Allah! That’s why I can speak like I speak because I’m not owned by anybody. The Believers here support me so I don’t have to beg a damn soul for nothing.   

I’m so excited because Iran is a nation of 90 million people that believe in the Coming of the Mahdi.  Ninety million people who are ready to lay down their lives for Al-Mahdi, they’re beautiful people, the Iranians. You don’t see them starting war with anyone. 

Ask Mr. Trump in the history of Iran, show me where they attacked some other nation trying to take their wealth as you do, as America does. Show it to me! When you know the truth, no one can punk you, unless you just want to be a punk.

Don’t you want to stand up like that? Don’t you want to be a man like that? I am not bowing down to anyone but I’m on my way to the pinnacle of power in this White man’s world.

When you see the kings and the rulers bowing down, they’re not bowing down to me but they know that a superior wisdom and power fashioned me, shaped me. I didn’t shape myself. I was shaped by that little Black man, Elijah Muhammad. I was shaped by him. But he added something to that. 

You know I love playing the violin right? One of the greatest violinists that ever lived to me is a Russian Jew by the name of Jascha Heifetz. He was my idol. What? Don’t make me some cheap fellow that you think runs around hating Jewish people. That’s their propaganda. Come and hear me and meet me for yourself. 

Jascha Heifetz, I have his picture in my violin case. What? A Jew in the violin case of Farrakhan? Yes.  And next to the picture there’s my violin. He’s the god of that instrument. When I was coming up, I was on the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour and they said, “What do you want to do and be when you grow up?” I said, “I want to play the violin like Jascha Heifetz. I want to master the violin.” They took that right out of the script. “What is a nigger doing saying he wants to play an instrument like the greatest one that ever did it? How dare you aspire to be god.” Jascha had one of the greatest maestros as his teacher, Leopold Auer. One day the maestro was talking about his students and he called all of them up and told them about their beautiful playing and how proud he was of them. And one of the students after it was almost finished, he said, “but maestro you did not mention Jascha.” And the maestro said, “Jascha is not my student. He’s God’s student.” There are some people that God has His hand on and had His hand on them from before they were in their mother’s womb.   

One day Elijah Muhammad beheld me playing the violin, singing, dancing and acting and whatnot, plays that I had written. He sent for me. He said, “Brother you really have a lot of talent.” He said, “But your greatest talent is in the spiritual.” I didn’t know anything about “spiritual.” Then he asked me, “Would you give up all of this for me?” Without hesitation, I said, “Yes sir.” Then he said, “Do you mean to say that you would give up all your music for me?” I said, “Yes sir, dear Apostle.” I’m going to say this and I want you to mark time: Jesus can’t use you if there’s anything in your life that you live or love more than he and his Father. Don’t clap because I can’t ask you to give up a lot of stuff and you say “yes ma’am,” “yes sir.” I didn’t even hesitate. The beauty of the example is Jesus said, “No man comes to me, except he’s willing to deny himself. Then pick up your cross, then follow me.” 

Now this is your brother. When I told him, the Hon. Elijah Muhammad, I wouldn’t play again, I went in the studio and tried to record some of my songs. I sent it out to him. He called me right away. He said, “I thought you told me that you were giving all this up.” I said, “Yes sir, I’m giving it all up but I wanted a record made of it.” He said, “Oh alright.” 

When I gave up all of that, then I could put myself in a position to be fed now, that he could make me into himself. I’m talking science now. You’re not looking at a Negro. You are not looking at a cheap man who is trying to pass himself off as some leader or teacher. No. If I didn’t give up what I loved, he (the Hon. Elijah Muhammad) could not make me into himself. He said, “I want you to line your mind up with my mind so it be one mind.” Did you hear what I said? “One mind.” 

I said to one of my companions who’s here, “Brother, how do I do something like that? Line my mind up with his mind?” And my brother said, “Oh that’s easy. He just brings you the same path that God brought him.”

At a certain point Jesus became one with the Father. He couldn’t say “I’m one” until it had happened. In the ’60s he (the Hon. Elijah Muhammad) said to me, “God has made me to take His place among the people and I am making you to take mine.” I didn’t know what he was talking about. I don’t know but I’m being made. Now you’re looking at a made man. You’re looking at a man made by God. That’s why I don’t have an equal, unless you are willing to be made by God. None of you can equal the anointing that God has put on his servant. Some of you are so angry now. Some of you want to hurt me. I say this to you, poor little fellow. But I say this to Mr. Trump, poor big fellow. Don’t even think about harming me.  I’m going to say it again. Don’t even think about harming me! Because the day you think it and then move to do it, that is the day you sign your own death warrant with God.

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said in December of 1973, “Brother I did not make you.” I was so hurt. I said, “Yes, you did. Nobody else made me but you.” And, he said it again, “I didn’t make you brother.” A little softer, I said, “but you did make me.” Then he said, “I gave you the same teaching that I gave everybody else. I never took you off on the side and taught you. Only God could have shown you how to put the Teachings together the way you have done.” Then he said, “No brother, I did not make you. Allah made you for me.” Take it or let it alone.

Then he (the Hon. Elijah Muhammad) said, when he was going, “There’s two of us backing you up brother.” One of them was sufficient. But he said, “There’s two of us backing you up—Allah and myself.”

Now in Iran I went there and I was nervous about going. We paid our own way. And, I took about 17 people with me. We paid our own way thanks to the Believers. While I was in the plane, I was in first class. I love flying Southwest, that’s my favorite airline. Because I travel with so many people and they have a little make believe first class section. They call it business select. I was in the real first class on the trip to Iran—real. I had my little own cubbyhole. I started to pray and I was begging God, “Am I doing right to go here to Iran at this time?” And as I’m praying my prayer was interfered with. I can’t lie to you and say, “God came to me in my cubbyhole and said”—so many of us are liars. But He did come to me and I started weeping. He said, “You’re in the right place, at the right time, and I will give you the message that you should deliver.” Now there’s something on YouTube, I think, about our trip and it begins with me coming off of, I don’t remember how many hours the flight was but it was a lot of hours. There I was in the airport and my hosts were talking to me. I was telling them about my experience on the plane. I said I was weeping and my body was shaking. And they didn’t say what I said as to why I was going to Iran. I had a message to deliver. They didn’t say that part but it’s okay. What was the message? When I got off the plane I called Imam Sultan Rahman Muhammad, who was already there. This is our national imam, great grandson of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. I asked you, Brother Sultan, to go and get the history of Prophet Muhammad before he died, the messages that he sent to the Khosrau of Persia, the Negus of Abyssinia, to the Caesar of Rome and bring it to me so I could study it. Did you do that for me? 

Imam Sultan Rahman Muhammad: Yes sir.

Min. Farrakhan: Did I say anything to you at that time about the message I was going to deliver? 

Imam Sultan Rahman Muhammad: No sir.

Min. Farrakhan: Not at all. Were you with me when I was with the Supreme Leader? 

Imam Sultan Rahman Muhammad: Yes sir.

Min. Farrakhan: Did you witness the message that I delivered? 

Imam Sultan Rahman Muhammad: Praise Be To Allah. Yes sir.

Min. Farrakhan: Were you there son? 

Mustapha Farrakhan: Yes sir.

Min. Farrakhan: Did you witness the message that I delivered to the Supreme Leader?

Mustapha Farrakhan: Absolutely.

Some of you quake in your boots when God gives you a message. Moses was shaken when God gave him a message to deliver to Pharaoh, “hey, hey hold it God.” God had to strengthen his backbone and He did.  He didn’t have to strengthen mine. Once I got the message it was about 500 top leaders in Iran in that room. And I started telling them that I come from Black people in America who were victims of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. 

In other words, there is no place I go in the world that I don’t bring you with me because you are the reason for my existence. I told them since they love the Mahdi, have studied and devoted their whole life, hoping for, looking for and expecting the Al-Mahdi—I said I came from America to tell you that the Mahdi is not to come, He has come. And He has visited us in America and He raised up Elijah Muhammad and I represent the two of them to you.

I told them the Mahdi came amongst us, stayed among us three years and four months and He raised Elijah Muhammad as His Messenger-Messiah. When Elijah Muhammad asked him, who are you? He said, “I am Mahdi and I came to guide you to the straight path that you may be successful.” 

Then he told us that this man spoke 16 different languages and wrote 10. I told them that He traveled to every inhabited part of our planet. He pictured and extracted the language of the people on Mars. He knows the beginning and the end of all things. Then I told them, He came, and said America is Number One on His list to be destroyed. He pointed out a dreadful looking plane in the sky. The greatest mechanical object ever produced—a half mile by a half a mile. You call it the Mother Wheel. In it are 1,500 bombing planes. Ezekiel saw this Wheel in 595 B.C. Ezekiel saw The Wheel way up in the middle of the air. The Wheel is real. I said years ago I was taken to The Wheel and I’m not a liar. You can’t find me lying. It’s beneath my dignity to tell a lie because if I lie to you that means I’m afraid. To hell with everybody when it comes to what I know, what I’ve experienced. 

When I told some of colleagues my experience on The Wheel, they said, “oh Farrakhan you can’t say that. These Negroes—aww man they’ll eat you alive.” I told my colleagues, “But I’m a soldier.” All of you are under orders but I am under orders too. When God gives me a command I carry it out. Isn’t that what Jesus said in the book? “Whatsoever the Father says, and whatever the father bid you say,” I have to say. That’s me. You put that in your pipe and smoke that and get real high. As my brother from L.A. says, ooh wee. (Smile.) I told them that the forces of nature are in His hands and they are His weapons that He’s using to bring America and this world to judgment. 

Now naturally you’re in with all these high placed religious leaders, generals, it’s just me and my team.  But I know that when Muhammad sent a messenger to the Khosrau of Persia, the Khosrau was so angry with Muhammad that he killed Muhammad’s messenger. You all, members of the delegation, were there. You heard what I said to the generals in another meeting. And I said now you can do with me what you will. 

See when I go, I go to die on the word because I live for the word. This is no fake n—-r, this is the real thing. “There ain’t nothing like the real thing baby, ain’t nothing like the real thing.” 

I left Iran. I came back. But now when the scripture says about the things that God is going to do and then Jesus said this is the beginning of sorrows. … You think the Minister is heavy but this is my Research Team down in front. Would the Research Team stand up? These wonderful brothers and sister make the Minister look good. And I’m so grateful to Allah for each one of you and the help that you have given to me in delivering the word. Sometimes you see the man out front but you don’t see the people that are behind that man causing the motion of that man. It’s like a watch. You see the hands moving but the thing you don’t see is what’s moving the hands. I have wonderful helpers. I have wonderful soldiers, male and female.

We spent $114,000 to take our team to Iran. When the sanctions came in you knew I wasn’t coming back to America with $114,000 U.S. dollars in my pocket so that they could say, “See Farrakhan went over there and they paid him.” I cursed out my hosts and then I told them I didn’t come over here to eat your food and accept your hospitality, I came to deliver a message. And a couple of them said, “We don’t believe that that man, Fard Muhammad, is Mahdi.” I said, “I don’t expect you to you just heard it.”

I said, “Here is what I do expect. Since you have been looking for Him and I come to you representing Him so you don’t have to look anymore, than it would be wise for you to study me, study the message, study the man that taught me, study the two that back me and answer the question: Is He the Mahdi?”

He comes to set down every tyrant. That’s deep. He comes to set justice in the earth. That’s really deep.  He comes to break the cross and kill the swine. What do you mean break the cross? Because the cross is a vertical and a horizontal piece of wood, crossing each other setting up righting in angles on four sides. 

But Jesus mastered the cross. I use to sing when I was in church and I still go to church. I love the church. What kind of Muslim is you? I’m a from God Muslim. You are the righteous; I don’t care what you call yourself. God has come for us all. I used to sing that song in church “the strife is o’er” on Easter Sunday, “the battle done, the victory of life is won. All glory to His risen son. Hallelujah.” 

Right now all of us are on our own cross. You don’t see it yet but you are walking upright and living downright funky. But the battle is raging inside of ourselves. You want to do right but something in you is saying, “Oh what the hell try this, you’ll like it.” So we’re in a constant struggle against this flesh. This flesh comes from the earth, this flesh is going back. 

But the Scripture says, “Oh grave where is your victory, oh death where is your sting?” See the grave can only claim what belongs to the grave. The body belongs to the grave and when you live your life to serve the pleasures of the body, rather than seek the pleasure of God, you’re already dead inside this flesh waiting for the time to throw dirt on yourself, or someone else will throw it on you. But a man that lives for God, a woman that lives for God, can ask the question, “Oh grave where is your victory?” Because you can destroy this body but you can’t destroy a soul and a spirit that works for God.

So a real Christian doesn’t focus on death; a real Christian is in the circle of eternal life. Do you understand what your brother is saying? So death doesn’t have a sting for us. It stings you when you’re a part of that. But when you’re with God and with His Christ, you’re not a part of that. You’re free from this. So a spirit free from the flesh is in the presence of God. I said a janaza prayer service the other day of my brother in Phoenix. I said, do you remember when you came into the world and were learning to pray how mama and grandmamma taught you: “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.” The Qur’an comes right back and says, “Allah is He who takes men’s soul by night and those on whom the decree of death has passed He keeps that soul.” But if the decree of death has not passed to you, you retrieve your soul and wake up the next morning. I said, “I don’t know about you people. But when He takes my soul at night He writes on it.” That’s why you don’t have to see me with notes and books. I’m like Paul. Paul got his from on high. 

When you’re connected, it’s a fountain of living waters. You can meet me in the night, meet me in the day, I don’t give a damn where you meet me. Give me a subject on God to preach and I’ll preach it right there without hesitation. Do you know why? Because I’m anointed of God.

Now look at what’s about to go down. All these are the beginning of sorrows: Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted and shall kill you and you shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended and shall betray one another and shall hate one another and many false prophets shall rise and shall deceive many and because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

I know that I have a rendezvous with destiny. Mr. Trump cannot continue to allow me to speak as they have taken me down from Facebook, Instagram and social media. Help yourself. See freedom of speech is not real. So because the Minister speaks like he speaks, people think that I say these things in the toilet but when I come out I don’t say anything. Ask the people that are around me. I’m the same in private as I am in the public. I’m teaching. I’m delivering the word and I’m enjoying my life because my life is in God’s hands. So when they come to get me, don’t worry yourself. They may try their best to kill me. I’m just laying it out. But I’ve never been more willing and more ready to die for the freedom of our people.  So the devil or White man doesn’t have to try to frighten me—that ain’t happening. I’m not running from you, I’m running to you. 

But just remember when he gave up the ghost and the beauty of his heart was made known; not when he’s preaching, not when he’s doing miracles. The beauty of his heart is known when he’s on that cross. He loved the people. And, he was willing to sacrifice his life for the good of the people. 

I don’t think God is going to let them kill me. But if it pleases Him, it pleases me. But like Paul said, “I kept the faith. I have finished my course, now it’s laid up for me a crown. And I go to receive it.” See I don’t believe I’m going to die. I believe that this young man—notice how I said that. Look at me. This young man will be going away for a short time but I will be back to continue the work. 

But in the meantime all of you have work to do. I’m saying to you in my absence don’t let the enemy take you off your post. Remember your Lessons. What does it mean to be civilized? A civilized person is one having knowledge, wisdom, understanding, culture, refinement, the pursuit of happiness, is not savage. 

What is the duty of a civilized man? Well don’t tell me you’re falling down on your job. Your job is to teach the uncivilized and be an example of civilization. That’s your duty. And if the civilized man does not perform his duty, which is teaching civilization to others, he should be punished with a severe punishment, beaten with many stripes. 

Nobody is getting away today. I’m going on my journey through the portal of death but I’m not running from it. They will attack us. Fight with those who fight with you. They did that to the early Christians.  The early Christians were sent to be eaten by lions. But they survived in the catacombs of Rome. You can’t be any less. Don’t look for peace from the enemy of peace. 

So may God bless you, may God guide you, may He protect you, may He grant you an ever increase in knowledge, wisdom, understanding and power that we together—Muslims, Christians, Hebrews—put to flight Satan and all his powers. There was war in heaven, and Michael the Archangel, they gathered up Lucifer threw him out. You’re going to win if you fight. 

So I want to say to my beloved brother and friend Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Catholic Church, one of the finest men that I’ve had the privilege of meeting since I’ve been here in Chicago. Is the White man the devil? Not this one. He’s from God. And every devil out there—because there’s a lot of Black ones too—let’s clean up our act. No more fake Christians, no more fake Muslims. People who love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength—and love our brothers, love our friends, as we love one another.

Thank you for listening. As-Salaam Alaikum.