by The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

[Editor’s Note: The following text is excerpted from a September 23, 2001 speech delivered
by Minister Louis Farrakhan at Union Temple Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.]

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


Jesus said, “Let him that would be great among you, let him be your servant.” You cannot serve if you think you are greater than that which you are called to serve. To be a servant means you must see those whom you are called to serve as greater than yourself.

I have always loved you from a little boy, and I have always wanted to serve you, but did not quite know how. I was a musician, an entertainer, and thought that since Allah (God) had given me such an abundance of talent, that maybe my job was to make you happy through music. But I met the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X and they showed me that the way to serve you was to study the word of Allah (God) and deliver to us the truth. For it is said by Jesus, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

That service of your people is a noble pursuit. Becoming a servant of truth and the God of truth is a noble pursuit, but, as we mature in the word of Allah (God), we have to recognize that the vessel that Allah (God) chooses to deliver truth must be purified of the impediments that hinder the telling of truth. It takes time to purify. It’s a process that oftimes is full of pain, but, it is also full of introspection, where one must never be afraid to look at self and to point out, as best you can, the things of self that need improvement so that one may be an even better servant of Allah (God) and the people and the truth.

Did you know that there is power within you that needs to be released? The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us that Allah (God) is the Self-Created; He was not begotten. To prove His Self-Creation, He makes all living things bear witness to His Self-Creation. When a woman says that she is pregnant, that means that something happened between her last cycle and the one that she missed. She was not conscious of what was going on; therefore, she had nothing to do with it except to provide an egg. And the man had nothing to do with it except that he provided a sperm. But in the sperm was intelligence. It knew exactly what to do; it started seeking what it was to do something with, and found what it was looking for. The first cell of life began without mom or dad knowing what was happening. The intelligence in the first cell of life was Allah (God) Himself.

Look at that body of yours. You didn’t form the heart, the lungs, the liver, the pancreas, the spinal cord, or the brain. You didn’t give it structure of bones and sinews and flesh. You didn’t give it eyes to see and ears to hear and a tongue to speak and hands to fashion what was in the mind and feet to walk, but a God was in the womb, a Creator was in the womb. Allah (God) says in the Qur’an, “I created you in the womb.” If He, God, is the Creator of life, then all of our lives belong to Him Who created us. And honor and respect is due to the mother who bore us and the father whose seed generated life for us.

Who is the Creator? There isn’t but One and that is the Power Within. But power within needs to have an environment in which to grow. Mothers who smoke, mothers who drink, mothers who eat the wrong kinds of food and mothers whose minds are upset with the wrong kinds of thoughts are forming a life but creating a wrong kind of environment for that life to grow in. After 9 months, that which was initiated by Allah (God) comes into the world for a mother and, hopefully, a father to create an environment for Allah (God) to manifest Himself through that life that He created. That’s the power within that cannot be manifested as it should if you don’t have a loving environment.

The Holy Qur’an teaches us that when we are born into the world we are born into the world knowing nothing. Then how can you release the power of mind? Brain is not mind; brain is brain. Mind is the sum total of your knowledge, wisdom and understanding; how God’s Creation has affected you is what creates mind.

Allah (God) introduces Himself to us in the Qur’an saying, “I Allah am the Best Knower.” You can’t release the power within without knowledge. The thing that separates us from the beasts of the field is that there is a hunger and a thirst in the human being for knowledge. And that’s why in the first year of life, the child, so curious, learns to crawl. You didn’t tell it to crawl, so where does that intelligence come from? Nine months, 10 months later, it finds something strong and it pulls up; then it takes its first step. You didn’t tell it to do that; something within told it.

You speak around the child and it learns language. Whatever you do in that environment will affect the growth and development of that child so that the power that is within can be released. But what is the science that will allow us to release it? The power to release what is within starts with knowledge—the knowledge of Allah (God), number one; the knowledge of self, number two. These two areas of knowledge are inseparable. Without the knowledge of Allah (God) you can’t see your relationship or connection with Him, that damages your ability to release the power within. Without trust in Allah (God) or faith in Allah (God) you can’t release the power within.

When you have a love for, a knowledge of, and a faith in Allah (God), that’s the beginning of your release of power. When David slew Goliath, he picked up five smooth stones out of a brook. Goliath had the weapons of war. David had something else. David had faith. David had trust. David believed in and David loved Allah (God), so, although he picked up five stones, he only used one. And what is that one. That one stone represents the pillar of all faith: That there is but One God and your complete trust and belief in that One God sets you apart to release the Power that Allah (God) has already put within.

Allah (God) doesn’t choose several men to do his work. He chooses one. And that one, armed with faith and trust in Allah (God), becomes the shepherd entrusted to release the power of those that will listen to that one empowered by Allah (God). Each one of you does not need to look to us who are in leadership as though we have what you don’t have. Each of you has what you honor us for tonight. You just need to know how to release your own power and glorify your Creator by the release of the power within.

I’m going to give some characteristics that we have to have. Jesus said that the first commandment is that you should love Allah (God) with all your heart, soul and mind. Once you give yourself totally to Allah (God), in absolute love for Him, that’s the beginning of the release of your power.

However, Allah (God) will try you with that which you love the most because He wants to know: Do you love what you love the most more than I Who gave you what you love the most? You can’t love your son or your daughter or your mother or your father more than you love Him Who created your mother or your father, or your teacher, or your pastor, or your friends. You must love Him Who gave it all to you.

If He tries you with your son, or your daughter, or your friends, or your career, or your health, your sight, your limbs, and you lose something that you thought you needed, will you love Him then?

If you want to release the power within, then you must pray. When you come to pray, you come to that which cultivates the God within. Wherever you hear truth, no matter whose mouth it comes from, pay attention. Even if you think it’s from somebody you think is your enemy, if they speak the truth, then recognize it, humble yourself, and Allah (God) will lift you. He who seeks to lift himself, Allah (God) will abase; and he who humbles himself, Allah (God) will exalt.

I close with these words: Let this mind be in you the same that was in Christ Jesus. Commit his mind—which is really the way Allah (God) looks at things—permit his mind to enter you. His mind in you will release the power of you. “And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”