[Editor’s note: The following are excerpts from the speech delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan at Mosque Maryam in Chicago, Ill. on May 13, 2007, which is Part 5 of the One Nation Under God Lecture Series.]


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


(Sheik Ahmed Tijani: “Allah u Akbar! Allah u Akbar!”)


The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

What my brother was saying in Arabic is that God is Great and we recognize fully that all greatness comes from God, and He is the greatest of those who manifest greatness. I want to thank you for wishing me a happy birth anniversary. I don’t like to pay attention to those things, but last May 11th could have been the last one. So I’m really grateful to Allah that He allowed me to see my 74th birthday.


In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful, we praise Him and give Him thanks for His Messengers and the scriptures which they brought. We thank Him for Musa (or Moses) and the Torah, we thank Him for Jesus and the Gospel. We thank Him for Muhammad Ibn Abdullah and the Holy Qur’an, Peace be upon these worthy servants of Allah. I count it a great, great honor to be a student of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad without whose presence among us, I would not be standing before you today. Through him, I have learned to appreciate the value of the Prophets and the value of the scriptures and the value of Prophet Muhammad Ibn Abdullah.

I thank Allah for giving me life beyond my wrestling with death that I may continue to serve Allah (God) and to serve our people and to serve the whole of humanity. I am truly, truly grateful for the man that taught me and raised me from spiritual death. I am learning every day his value, and the value of every word that he spoke to us, that he wrote to us. Nothing of his words will fall without bringing back what those words were intended to accomplish. The word that he was given was designed to accomplish the greatest mission in the history of the world, and that is a mission that is called in Bible and Holy Qur’an, the Resurrection of the Dead.

As impossible as it seems to go to a cemetery and call people long dead out of their graves, this is how difficult it is to raise the Black man and woman of America and the world from a mental-death-like state that we could become once again the prosperous, united, intelligent, civilized people that gave civilization to the world.

I thank each and every one of you for honoring us with your presence today and I pray that the words from my mouth and the meditation of my heart, will be acceptable in the sight of Allah (God) and acceptable to you, that no matter what level of knowledge you are presently on, that today you will leave Mosque Maryam a degree or two more in knowledge than what you had when you came. Thank you.

Today is what they call Mother’s Day. I am very displeased, not with Mothers, but displeased with the commercialization of everything decent that human beings love and appreciate; someone is there to make a dollar from our love and we need to stop. There’s no such thing in a Muslim’s, Christian’s, or a Jew’s life as a day to honor our mothers. The Bible says honor your mother and your father. It didn’t say for a day. It didn’t stop with a day.

We literally detest the commercialization on everything in America that is holy or valuable so that business people make money from your love of Jesus Christ, your devotion to your mothers, your fathers, your loved ones. There’s some holiday always set aside to take money from the poor and I would hope that from today, you will never again buy a flower or Mother’s Day gift for your mother, but everyday that you live and breathe, you find a way to honor and respect your mother.

In the Holy Qur’an, which is the book of scriptures of the Muslims, we are taught by God, whose proper name is Allah, to honor and respect the womb that bore us. That is a commitment that Allah asked us to make as Muslims and as people who love righteousness, that everyone of us should give honor to that womb. Regardless of the condition of our womb, regardless of the fault that we may find with our mothers, that is the womb that allowed you to come into God’s creation to reflect and honor The Creator. So whatever the condition of your mother you are not her judge. Honor her, respect her, and everyday that you can think about what she’s done, the pain that she went through to bring us here is a mother’s day. If you want to give her a card or say something to her or take her out to dinner or sit in the house with her, let her know that you appreciate her.

This birthday business, people expect when they have a birthday somebody’s supposed to give them something, a life that has done nothing-expecting something. When your birth day rolls around, remember your mother because she’s the one that bore you with fainting and pain and every year that you are blessed to be alive, thank her. The Holy Prophet Muhammad, (PBUH) gave us a standard by which we measure our goodness. He said, the best of you is he who is most respectful of his mother.

One of the companions asked the Prophet, (PBUH) after God and his Messenger, who should we honor next? He said, “your mother.” And the companion said, well, who after that? He said, again, “your mother.” The companion said a third time, but whom after that? And the Prophet (PBUH) said again, “your mother.” Finally, the companion asked for the fourth time, and the Prophet said, “your father.”

You do not understand the value of a woman and her sacredness in the eyes of God. This subject today should interest mothers because every mother who gives birth worries about the future of her sons and her daughters. In this world mothers worry about their sons particularly, because this world is so heavily weighted against the Black male.

Greater war is on the horizon. Every mother is concerned that she nurtures her children from birth to 17, 18 or 19, and in America as a Black or Hispanic child or a Native American, there are limited opportunities for us. The door is then open for us to go to prison and the door is open for us to join the armed forces of America. Many of our children end up in the theatre of war and if they are blessed to come home, many of them are never the same.

We are talking today on Part 5, One Nation Under God, the War of Armageddon, Who Will Survive and How Strong is our Foundation? This is a subject that every mother and father should be concerned with. Today, our talk will be devoted to that which we depend on to buy goods and services, which is called the U.S. Dollar. I recognize that we love the dollar (“Benjamins”), so I happened to find a few and I brought them out because we have become enslaved to the symbolic power of a dollar that really is losing its value everyday.

We have deceived for this. We have tricked for this. We have lied for this. We have killed for this. At the death of our loved ones, we have fought over this and what this could buy of material things. I want to talk about the dollar, but I want to start with something that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said since he’s my teacher, and the base of what I’m going to say is in his book, “The Fall of America.”

On page 87, he talks about the “Decline of the dollar”. If it is the Will of Allah (God), I hope to be able to show you why we can no longer trust in this (dollar) as the God we trust.

We should learn, and quickly, who is the God that we should put our trust in. Putting trust in this, (dollar) in a few days you are going to see men with hundred dollar bills lighting their cigars because the value of this dollar will be worthless.

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad writes, “The stronghold of the American government is falling to pieces. She has lost her prestige among the nations of the earth. One of the greatest powers of America was”—past tense— “her dollar. The loss of such power will bring any nation to weakness, for this is the media of exchange between nations. The English pound and the American dollar have been the power and beckoning light of these two great powers.”—America and the United Kingdom—“But when the world went off the gold and silver standard, the financial doom of England and America was sealed.”

At the time of his writing, the British pound had already lost 50 percent of its value. The American dollar has lost everything now as backing for her currency, which once was backed by gold. For every $5 note and up, you could take this paper and go to a bank and get $5 in gold; and from the $1 note up, you could go to the bank and get silver.

Now, you can’t get gold, you can’t get silver. When this falls, you can’t get anything for the dollars that you fight over, that you hoard, that we amass. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad writes, “The note today is something that the Government declares they will give you the value in return, but does not name what that value is.” Then he writes, “This is the number one fall.” Therefore, the fall of the dollar is the number one fall, and when it falls, everything else will come down after it.

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad doesn’t go on to prophesy what will happen if there’s 100 percent inflation. He said, “Your guess is as good as mine.” What should we expect, he said, even in the next 12 months? Well, I think there’s enough information today that we might be able to safely predict what we’re going to face in the next 12 months, in the next 24 months, in the next three years, in the next five years. We don’t have a lot of time.

All of us that are Christians, and I say this to my Muslim family, this is a Christian country. No matter how much we love the Holy Qur’an and the beauty of the Holy Qur’an, you cannot converse with the people of America unless you develop a good understanding of that which they believe in. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is our example. He could talk to Christians, to Jews, to Zoroastrians, it didn’t make any difference what their religion was, he knew something about what they believed. He could teach them out of their books, then bring them to the book that Allah (God) was revealing to him.

Having said that, we shall open to the Book of Revelations. We shall start with the 17th Chapter because it’s very important that we understand what John, the Revelator was seeing of the time, because it’s clear that we are living in the end times. Every sign that you could think of that the Bible and the Prophets foretold, you can see it already manifesting. We are living at the end of this system of things.

John, the Revelator says, “An angel came and he carried me away in the spirit, into the wilderness.” This word “wilderness,” is an important word. What wilderness? A wilderness is a place that’s uncultivated, undeveloped and here John is carried into the wilderness. I’m going to make it a little plainer as time goes on by the guidance of Allah (God) and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. “And I saw a woman sitting upon a scarlet colored beast, full of the names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns; The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, decked with gold and precious stones and she had a golden cup in her hand that was full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication.” Now, that’s a heck of a description. A man carried out in the wilderness. He sees a woman decked in all this finery, sitting on a beast. Well, what kind of a place is that for a dignified woman, sitting on a beast? And the woman had gold and precious stones and pearls. I mean she had money, and more than money she had material substance. But the woman was holding a cup in her hand that was gold, but in it was abomination and the filthiness of her fornication.

“And upon her head was a name written, Mystery Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth.” This woman was so unclean that she was called, “the mother of harlots.”

She was not only the mother of these kinds of women (harlots), she was the mother of the abominations that were practiced throughout the earth. John the Revelator continues, “And I saw that woman drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.” She was wicked. Then the scripture said that she had seven heads and ten horns.

John, the Revelator said, “I’m going to tell you the mystery of the beast that carried her which had seven heads and ten horns.” John, the Revelator said it meant seven mountains and the ten horns, which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore and make her desolate, naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.

And then another angel came and he cried mightily with a strong voice saying, “Babylon, the Great is Fallen and is become the habitation of devils; and the hold of every foul spirit and a cage for every unclean and hateful bird.” John says; “for all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.”

Let’s look at a few definitions here. This Babylon was called Mystery Babylon. “Mystery.” We know the history of ancient Babylon, that’s not a mystery. This one is a Mystery Babylon. According to the dictionary, mystery is “something not fully understood.” It’s “a religious truth, comprehensible only by divine revelation.” The Old Testament says that Babylon could have been healed. No matter how bad Babylon was, Babylon could have been healed, but she was not. Her rulers were so arrogant in ancient Babylon. They had the people of God in their midst. They had defiled the people of God and they did not want to release them so that God could use them. So that started a fight with God. Ancient Babylon was so blind by her own sense of power, that she refused to consult history that would have taught her that no enemy has ever won a fight against God.

Babylon rejected the warner that God had placed in her midst. So the neighboring nations rose up against Babylon and Babylon was destroyed and the neighboring nations that dealt with her felt the weight of her fall, because her fall contributed to their fall, because Babylon was a world power.

Now, we’re not talking about ancient Babylon. We’re referring today to the Mystery Babylon that is found in the book of Revelations that gives us a hint of the end times. This Mystery Babylon was holding a golden cup. It was gold on the outside. She represented this mother of harlots. The gold cup represented something so precious, so foundational to success as gold on the outside. Purified material that was formed into a cup that beckoned the world to such a beautiful exterior, but inside she was filled with abominations and filth of every kind. The standard that Babylon represented was freedom, justice, equity, the rule of the masses. She represented material strength, where one’s needs could be fulfilled and all within her society could be whatever they determined they wanted to be.

She was a golden chalice/cup on the outside, but unfortunately, the scripture teaches that she was filled with filth and abomination of every kind on the inside. When our behavior is abominable, it means our conduct is so bad that it incites the loathing and hatred of God for that conduct. So, the woman had incurred God’s wrath. Allah’s (God’s) first effort is to warn that we have incurred his displeasure which would soon bring about his wrath.

Mercy and grace takes precedence over punishment. He always raises a warner to warn us that we are in a dangerous condition or position; but in that warner is a healing for that society and a healing for the people if the people would heed the warning. So, ancient Babylon could have been healed but she was not. The scripture says, “Babylon, the Great, is fallen.” The scripture didn’t say, Babylon, the Great, will fall. Babylon, the Great, has fallen. It says, “Babylon, the Great, is fallen.” “Is” represents a state of being, but it’s present tense. It means that the process of the fall has already begun. It means that the very thing that any great nation is afraid of, has already happened and all we’re waiting for is the ultimate crash of what has started the fall, because gravity does not permit you to check your fall.

Why is Babylon falling? She has become the habitation of devils. Habitation means the act of inhabiting or the state of being inhabited, a natural environment, or locality, a place of abode or residence, a native habitat. The environment of Babylon is so loathsome, so putrid, so filthy, that it is a natural environment for devils. It says it’s the hole of every foul spirit. A hole is a deep, dark crevice that an animal burrows in and finds a hole.

This Babylon is a deep, dark hole and it contains every foul spirit and it is a cage, a home, for every unclean and hateful bird. In “The Fall of America,” by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, he talks about certain birds. Now, the Bible and Holy Qur’an use birds, beasts and fish to describe the characteristics of human beings. You have an owl. You have a crow. You have a buzzard. You have a raven. These are the things that eat on the flesh of others. Now, this place is a place for every unclean and hateful bird. I don’t want to keep you in suspense, but this Mystery Babylon, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us is the United States of America. Her influence is all over the world and she has spread her filth and abomination in every nation of the earth and all the nations have drunk of the wine of committing fornication with America.

Yes, it is true and it’s unfortunate that it is true that America’s environment is so foul that it has become the natural place of anybody who wants to rebel against submission to the Will of God.

To be continued.