by Master Elijah Muhammad


         We must study the words and the different positions taken by the Muslim in his daily prayer.
This helps us to understand better the true way to worship Allah (God). The following short
prayer should be said by all darker people in America, as it fits us so well.
“Our Lord, do not punish us if we forget or make a mistake. Our Lord, do not lay on us a
burden as Thou didst lay on those before us. Our Lord, do not impose upon us that which we
have not the strength to bear; and pardon us and grant us protection and have mercy on us.
Thou art our protector, so help us against the unbelieving people.”

         Our prayer in the past was made to Jesus, the last prophet God sent to the Jews, according to
the way we were taught. It is wrong to take Jesus or any prophet of God as His equal. We may
pray to God in the names of the prophets, but not pray directly to the prophet. The Sender
(God) is greater than the sent.

        We have been away from our own people and native land so long that we longer turn in the
direction of home to pray. You follow the way of your enemies who are against Allah (God)
and His religion (Islam) and all black mankind. You will be acting wisely to begin turning and
traveling eastward, to the God of our fathers, otherwise your prayers are hopelessly made to
Jesus and to a god which neither you nor your teachers know anything of.

          According to the teachers of Christianity, no man has ever seen Him nor can see Him unless
he dies. That is infidel teaching. Why are you representing something that no man has ever
seen nor will see (a mystery god; unknown)? Why are you praying to a dead prophet who, the
infidel teachers claim, is now alive in heaven, sitting on the right side of His Father, who is

called a spirit, yet the Son is not for He has flesh and bones. And this flesh of the Son,
wounded 2,000 years ago, does not heal nor does it decay, according to the Christians’

         This is the greatest falsehood ever told, or the greatest mistake ever made. Such doctrine
cannot be proved true. Most of such believers will try to contend that the spirit which they
feel that the Christians worship, and still there is no proof that god is something other than
man, for a spirit must have a base. Let us recite another prayer of the Muslim.
“Glory to Thee, O Allah, and Thine is the praise. Blessed is Thy name and exalted is Thy
majesty and there is none to be served besides Thee. I betake me for refuge to Allah against
the accursed devil.”

         Study the words of the Muslim’s prayers and try finding anything to equal them in any other
religion. The Christians have no intelligent prayer service set forth in the Bible. There is no
mention of God teaching Adam to pray. Jesus set forth only one prayer to His disciples and
did not appoint any certain time to recite it.
The following is the oft-repeated prayer of the Muslims:
“In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful; all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the
worlds, the Beneficent, the Merciful, Master of the day of requital. Thee do we serve and
Thee do we beseech for help. Guide us on the right path of those upon whom Thou hast
bestowed favors, not of those upon whom Thy wrath is brought down, nor of those who go
astray. Amen.”

         What a good prayer for one who is lost from the right direction as the so-called Negroes are to
pray. They (the white race) cannot regain paradise because they are not members of that
family. But, on the other hand, the lost-found so-called Negroes are really, by nature,
members of the original family of paradise. It was by prayer and the turning in the right
direction (toward the Holy Temple Mecca) that delivered Jonah from the belly of the fish
(Jonah 2:2-4) which is only a type of us here in America (the anti-typical fish) who has
swallowed us.

      Our prayers will be speedily heard and Allah will fight our battles against our enemies and
bring them to disgrace.


[Excerpt from Message to the Blackman in the America by Elijah Muhammad]