[Editor’s note: The following are excerpts from Part 2 of the “One Nation Under God” lecture series delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on Mar. 11 at Mosque Maryam in Chicago, Ill.]

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


hmlf03-11-2007.jpg The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan Photo: Oscar Muhammad

The Nation is bigger than any individual and when Master Fard Muhammad came to us, whenever He wrote a letter to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, He would always say, �Best wishes to you and the whole 17 million.� His concern was with the masses of our people and the individual only was valuable if that individual could help Him get to His people.

We give Him praise and thanks for His coming in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad to Whom praise is due forever. And we thank Him for His wise choice of His Messenger, Messiah, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. I greet all of you, my dear Brothers and Sisters, with the greeting words of peace, As-Salaam Alaikum!


To Minister Ishmael Muhammad, staff, laborers, Executive Council, my ministers from different parts of the country, our guests who came to visit with us today and to the Brothers and Sisters of the Nation of Islam, I am very, very, very thankful to Allah that He has allowed me to come before you once again. I want to thank all of you for your hard work that made Saviours’ Day such a great success. I want to thank all of the Believers who are watching and friends and well wishers who are watching around the country, for your help of me and my family and the poor of the Nation. Through your charity and your sacrifice you make it possible for me to be strong. Although I must confess that I’m strong in the Lord, and I don’t need assistance to be strong, but it’s so wonderful when you have people who support you that you’re not beholding to anybody but them. So I thank you for your support. And I thank Allah that I told my enemies that, if you want to stop blessings coming to me, you would have to have a ladder that reached up to heaven, and I don’t think you can go that high. Thank you. I thank the Council for stepping in, in my absence, and I thank you for your support of them, for ultimately the Nation must go on when an individual is incapacitated or dies. If that’s the end of the Nation, it should never have been in the first place.

The Concern of Master Fard Muhammad

The Nation is bigger than any individual and when Master Fard Muhammad came to us, whenever He wrote a letter to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, He would always say, “Best wishes to you and the whole 17 million.” His concern was with the masses of our people, and the individual only was valuable if that individual could help Him get to His people. So if you all want to be valuable and you want to be valuable in the sight of God, know that He is concerned with the masses of our people; the suffering of our people. And once you get comfortable, so comfortable that you forget where you came from and forget the people who are not blessed as you may be blessed, then God slowly will forget you and me and us. So we cannot afford to be a bourgeois Nation of Islam. We cannot afford, even in a time like this, to hobnob with the rich and the famous who are enamored by the Minister and you, that you forget the little man in the mud, cause that’s where God got us all from. He took us all out of the mud.

Councilwoman for the ‘little man’

I’m so happy to see Councilwoman Dorothy Tillman. She’s in a fight. Stand up Dorothy, please. She’s in a fight but we’re going to help her win this fight. Dorothy Tillman has never shrunk in the face of severe opposition. She has always stood for the little man. Now, they are tired of her and they have organized forces to defeat her. I would like to see us go into the 3rd Ward with flyers and knock on doors and tell the people that don’t want to come out, to vote. Tell them that if they defeat our Sister, they would have defeated us. May Allah bless you Sister Dorothy.

One Nation Under God

My subject on Saviours’ Day was, “One Nation Under God.” There are 192 nations on the earth with separate constitutions, separate flags, and that’s not what Jesus Christ wanted and that’s not what Muhammad wanted. Jesus and Muhammad wanted to see boundaries that separate human beings broken down, that there would be no boundaries, no borders—One Nation Under God. To say to our Hispanic Brothers and Sisters that they are aliens, is like they come from another planet. Those of us who live on the planet, can never be called aliens because you can die in any part of the earth and the earth will receive your remains, because you belong to the earth and more importantly the earth belongs to you, if you become the righteous. Almighty God Allah, never created the earth for the wicked. So, the Holy Qur’an talks about a time when the earth would cast off its burden. Well, the earth, technically, doesn’t have a burden. It holds very well; everything that comes up out of the earth, the earth handles it. Its weight is constant. It’s not like some of us that are overweight and we feel pains in the joints and Arthur. You know, Arthur [ritis]. Sometimes when you are overweight you put too much stress on your joints and as a result of that, you lose the elasticity of the joints. But the earth never crumbles under the weight of 6 billion people and all the structures that are on the earth, for they all came out of the earth and all return to the earth.

The Earth casts off its burden

So, what is the burden that the earth is carrying? God made or created the earth as a home for the righteous. That’s why He created the earth and man to live in harmony with His will. When we rebel against the Will of God and the law under which we are created, then we become a burden not only to the earth, but we become a burden to those who have to deal with us in our chicanery, our wickedness, our deceitfulness, our lying tongues, slithering on our bellies as I said Saviours’ Day, like a snake or a serpent. It’s a burden on the Black community to see Black Brothers killing Black Brothers, shooting and killing innocent babies because of our self hatred. That’s a burden and the earth is tired of the burden and the God Who created the earth is also tired of the burden, so He intends to cast off the burden of the wicked.

Means and methods for one nation

Now, what are the means and methods that such a great task of making one nation under God, would take place? There’s a verse in the Qur’an that says whenever the messenger desires, the devil or Shaitan will always cast, respecting the messenger’s desire. Jesus wanted one world. No Jew, no Greek, no nationality, no bond, no free, no male, no female, not that the sexes would disappear, but sexism would disappear and the woman and the man would take their natural and proper place in the scheme of the Divine order. That’s what Jesus wanted. Muhammad wanted the same thing. Well, as in the time of Moses, the magicians always cast first. In the time of Elijah when he challenged the baal prophets, they had to cast first. God always lets the wicked cast first and since He’s Master of the Day of Judgment, the Day of Requital, the Law of Requital, He’s Master of the Day of Religion. Even when the devil casts, God is Master of his casting. So, He makes the devil’s casting serve His purpose. That’s why I’m so confident of the victory of the righteous. I don’t care how bad it looks out there. I don’t care how crazy the community looks, we’re headed for victory because our evil has become so great that even the doers of evil are sick of their own evil because they are reaping some of the consequences of their evil and want a way out, but they want to control the way out and it’s not for the wicked. So, the devil is casting as we speak.

Establishing the rule of God

In our research, there’s a group called the Illuminati. These are some wise people, who are the real Satan. Now, my job, as I’m understanding my role now, is to call Satan out, because when Jesus comes in the world, he comes in to challenge Satan’s rule, to establish the rule of God. So, Satan hides behind dumb devils. I’m going to say it again. See, as long as Satan has some dumb devils to use, he doesn’t have to come out. But Satan sees the dumb devils turning, because Jesus in the world is casting out demons in the name of his Father. And all of you that came to the Mosque today, we have our special demons, even though the scripture says the Kingdom of God is within you. It’s true, but it’s buried under the demons. So, people have to be exorcized of their demons in order for the Kingdom of God to emerge out of the people. “Well, how can the Kingdom of God emerge out of me?” you say. “Cause I’m not a good person. I do lots of dirt.” I know, Brother, I know. But the dirt that we do is not us. The dirt that you do is behavior that is circumstantial. When we remove the circumstances and then exorcise those demons out of us, then the righteous nature of the people manifests. You can’t be made in the image and likeness of God and then remain a demon. No, that’s so contrary. The Qur’an says no matter what, you may call yourself a Christian, you may call yourself a Jew, you may call yourself a Buddhist or a Hindu; these are names that allow us to refer to ourselves. “I am a nationalist. I am an atheist.” Fine, but the nature of you, see, that’s there. You can’t alter the nature of God’s creation and the Holy Qur’an says you were created in the nature of God and the nature in which He created creation. All creation is created to submit to the law under which it is created. You are the same and if you were left alone, not under the influence of Satan, your real nature would come up, which is to obey God. But Satan is posing, perpetrating a fraud. Satan is having a field day with the dumb devils.

Dumb devils

You say, “Well, am I a devil?” Could be, because a devil is a rebel against God. You say, “But I’m not rebelling against God.” Well, if you look at God’s commandments; if you look at God’s laws and His statutes, then measure your actions to God’s law and you tell me, are you a dumb devil or are you in the image and likeness of God? And the reason I say a dumb devil, because any time you act against your nature, that’s being quite dumb, because nature defines limits for you.

Act within the bounds of your nature

The lion is free as long as the lion stays in its natural habitat. If the lion ventures out of that into the big city, somebody’s got to trap it, somebody’s got to shoot it, somebody’s got to kill it, because it’s in the wrong place. You venture into the jungle and don’t know what you’re doing and that’s not your natural habitat, then the lion may have a nice meal. So you’re free to act within the bounds of the nature in which you are created. The reason I say we are dumb devils, because the nature of us is to submit to God, but the enemy has made evil fair seeming. So, we do evil, thinking we’re doing right, and we wander right outside of the nature and then we suffer the consequences. That’s why you’re dying at 30, 40, 50, 60. If you get to 100, you’re senile; you lose your thinking; don’t know who you are or where you are, who your mom and dad is, who your children are. That’s bad shape. But the old patriarchs, they lived to 800 years. But we won’t make that. I don’t care how much in nature we come in harmony with, we can extend our days but you won’t make the days of the old patriarchs because you have not been trained up in the way that you should go. You’ve been shaped in iniquity and born in a rebellious world, so your body and your mind is paying the price of rebellion. That’s why we lead in all the diseases. I’m not trying to hurt our feelings by saying we’ve become dumb devils, because Satan is wise. He puts the people in rebellion to God and makes them think that rebellion is equal to submission.

The Illuminati and its aims

So this group, the Illuminati, a secret society in Europe in the late 18th century, it is said to be made up largely of the international bankers that controlled mainstream media, the work force; they control education and its systems. They control companies, banks, energy supplies and governments. These things are controlled by the richest people in the world, such as the super rich Rothschild and Rockefeller families. Now, when I told you two weeks ago about the birthday of Master Fard Muhammad, February 26, 1877; just as Yakub, the father of this world, understood his future when he was 6 years old, Master Fard, when He was 6, saw Himself pushing the Rothschilds, the Rockefellers, the DuPonts, the Astor family into a lake of fire. So, He saw Himself not dealing with the dumb devil, but He saw Himself dealing with Satan themselves. “Well, well, well, I thought that Satan was a spirit.” You’re not a spirit. If the dumb devil is not a spirit, the wise Satan cannot be a spirit. The God Who comes to remove Satan and his power has a spirit, but is not a spirit. In the Bible, in II Thessalonians, it teaches us that that day shall not come except there be a falling away first and the man of sin be revealed. Not the spirit of sin—the man of sin—revealed, uncovered, because he’s hiding, looking like a philanthropist. In a business suit, hiding. He’s got on the clothes of truth. As the old joke went, truth and lie went swimming one day, lie took off its clothes and truth took off its clothes and both of them jumped in the water. While truth was enjoying the water, lie jumped out of the water, put on it’s clothes, and then put on truth’s clothes. So when truth came out of the water, he didn’t have no clothes to put on. So naked truth is running after a well dressed lie.

Now, these rich people hide behind many organizations, such as the United Nations. That was never set up to give justice to the people. The World Trade Organization, the Council on Foreign Relations— these are just organizations, but the wise are sitting up behind it. The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank—how do they destroy the sovereignty of nations?

What they want is one world, a world government with one currency so they could control all the wealth of the earth. So, governments now are being forced to sell the assets that really belong to the people, and they’re gradually losing their sovereignty and they place the citizens in poverty to repay their debt. That’s why I asked you to read a book on the Federal Reserve, because most of us think the Federal Reserve is something owned by the U.S. government, but the Constitution of the United States says that the government should print money. In 1913, a group of international bankers took over the printing of money. This is why Revelations talks about a synagogue of Satan, it didn’t say a church. Now, don’t get angry with me. Go read the Bible. Why did it call it a synagogue? Because it’s a group of people with a like mind and their aim, whether they are Jews and Gentiles and Asians, but they have the same mind: To control the assets and destroy a useless population. So when, in 1913, the Congress, under the Federal Reserve Act, legalized international bankers to print the money, in the same year the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith was formed, because some of those that came from Europe called themselves Jews, but they were Satanic. To be a Jew is to be a favored person in the sight of God. These are people hiding in the clothes of the chosen, but they’re really Satanic. Let’s go on. In that same year that the Federal Reserve Act was made law. B’nai B’rith was formed, because anybody that saw what was happening and spoke against it would be labeled as Anti-Semitic. The same year, the IRS was established, so that as America borrowed money from the Federal Reserve, you would be saddled with the debt. So, they had to take money out of your pay to pay off the debt to the international bankers. In the same year the FBI was formed. So, the FBI is a watchdog to protect the international bankers and their scheme to destroy the sovereignty of America. Well, the little dumb FBI agents, they’re just little dumb devils, but the real powers, they remain unseen until they are called out in the open. Then the war, the real war of control of the earth is on between God and Satan!

Illuminati privatizes governments’ natural resources

So, conspirators are going into countries, telling governments, “You have to privatize.” Privatize means you’ve got to let private interests buy the rights to your natural resources. So, all over the world, these are bloodsuckers of the poor. Elijah Muhammad didn’t miss when he called them the 10 percent; the bloodsuckers of the poor, buying and controlling government assets. They bribed governments. If you read the book on the economic hit man, this man was working to undermine governments in the world. He would go into a nation, study them and offer them money. “Uh, you need electricity. You need a better airport. You need deep sea port so that ships can come in and bring tourists. You need this. You need that.” So, the leaders of the government saw this money coming. “Why, you can build roads.” So, the money would come but they couldn’t build it. Halliburton and Bechtel would build the roads. Halliburton and Bechtel would build the new airport. Halliburton and Bechtel would build the new water port so that the big ships could come in. This is a scheme. Then, if the government said, “No!” Then they send the jackals in, undermine your government, organize coup’s against you and then if that don’t work, assassinate you. This is your America, but it’s the America you don’t know nothing about. It’s the America that you sing about that’s the land of the brave and the free. That’s madness! You’re not free and you have very little bravery to stand up when you know the truth. You still slither on your belly like a snake.

They bribe governments with political donations. No foreign government can send money to America to finance somebody’s election, and they want to get rid of somebody like Dorothy Tillman. Her root is in the people, but the people are not sophisticated enough; they haven’t been, to come out of their pocket with the necessary funds to keep her safe. So, organized labor will get behind a candidate to defeat somebody that stands in the way of their doing something that they want to do, that they know she wouldn’t stand for. That’s Satanic. And the dumb devils, well, they just fall in line. These rich, rich families that control the media, control the system of education in the world.

Your education benefits others

Now, you say that you’re educated. It’s pitiful, because they’ve dumbed down the American people so much since I was a young boy. Just dumb. Don’t know how to read graduating from high school; reading at the 8th grade level, or saying, “Well, to heck with it. I’ll just leave and drop out of school.” Well, they know that once you drop out, you drop out of the educational system that allows them to control you. How do they control you? You strive so hard, bless your heart. You get your B.S. degree and that’s exactly what it is. Did I say something wrong? You get your Master’s degree, your Ph.D., and what are you doing? You’re looking for a job. They got you. See, their job market is a net where you catch fish. You made them, so catch them. So, you go to work for corporate America. They give you $65,000, $75,000 a year. You move out of the hood, get you a nice little home, get you a car—maybe have two cars in the garage. Bless your heart. And you say, “Praise God! I got out of the ghetto.” But you just got out of the ghetto into another net, because with all your education you’re not using it to help your people get up. You are using your education, to help yourself get up within a system that you can never control.