by The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

[Editor’s Note: The following text is excerpted from a message delivered
by Minister Louis Farrakhan on March 25, 2001 at Mosque Maryam in Chicago]

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


In order to be successful in establishing truth, we have to be imbued with the spirit of Allah (God). Otherwise, the persecution that follows revelation will prove to be too much and we will give up the truth to seek some comfort from those who would persecute us for the sake of truth.

There is no such thing as revelation coming to a people and that revelation is not followed by persecution, insult, injury, torture and even prison or death, but, those who really believe in the Message and the Messenger are imbued with a kind of spirit that no matter what persecution they receive on account of the Word, they become stronger rather than weaker; they become bolder rather than more reticent; they have the spirit of a warrior; they want to fight for the truth and fight for the establishment of a truth that would set their people free. This is why the scripture says, “Many are called but only a few are chosen.” Many will know it is the truth and love it, but, they will not have the strength to stand up for it under persecution or even unto death.
This particular prophecy in Isaiah is a forecast of The One that would come at the end of the world of Satan. Isaiah says, “The spirit of the Lord God is upon me because the Lord hath anointed me to preach glad tidings unto the meek.” This scripture is talking about the Black man and woman of America who are meek in terms of how we face the onslaught of our enemies in terms of our inability to cast off the yoke of our oppressor. The glad tidings to the meek is that the end of your oppression has arrived and the end of your oppressor has arrived, and, the most beautiful part of this is that the God Who is prophesied to come has come and is present and chooses a foolish people. Well, that is us. I am not trying to put us down, but, we are definitely rather foolish. It is not your fault we were made foolish by our enemies, but, the Book says that He would choose a people who were once a great people but are no people at all now. He says, “Thou shalt no more be the tail. Thou shalt be the head.”

As a Black person, Negro, Colored or African American, whatever you want to call yourself, you have such a poor view of yourself though you pray more than others, you go to church more than others, you shout more than others, you believe more deeply than others. Yet, you do not believe that Allah (God) would come to you, that He would choose you to bring a revelation that He has kept from the wise and the prudent men and the rulers of this world. Since you think like that, it is very difficult for you to see your value in this time.

No people in history have ever undergone what we have undergone. We have shown a tremendous ability to bounce back from the worst form of slavery and oppression. This tells us, as the Bible teaches, that you were not chosen for your righteousness. We are of the righteous but we are not acting that way. The scripture says that you were chosen out of the furnace of affliction because the furnace was designed for you to purify you and me, and, to make us the standard by which value would be measured. This is why the Bible says, “God’s coming would be as a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap.” You are considered to be like gold that you find in the depth of the earth, but, gold has to be purified of the dross that is on it so it can shine and become a standard of value.

When Allah (God) chose the Arabs, He chose a people that were nothing. They were ignorant, divided and steeped in filth, yet, they were the choice of Allah (God) to raise Prophet Muhammad [PBUH] from among them and give them the greatest revelation that had been in the world up to that time— the Qur’an. After this Book was revealed, Islam captured the known world, then, the west was discovered by the Europeans and Europeans have built a world now that has literally overtaken the world of Islam. Yet, Allah (God) says in the Qur’an that, “He sent His Messenger with the guidance and the true religion that He may make it overcome the religions—all of them.” Islam has been overcome by the powers of the western world. Why is that? It is because the Book (Qur’an) is here, the revelation is here, but, the real essence of the meaning of the Book is yet to come. The Book is designed to destroy Satan’s world. The Book is designed to prepare the believers in this Book for the Hereafter, which the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said means “Here on this earth after the destruction of the power of the wicked to rule.” A whole New World will come to the earth.

The most powerful country on earth is the United States of America. It would be foolish for us to think that the prophets could see into the future and not see America in their prophetic utterances. It is a nation in which is another nation, an entire people swallowed up by another people and are oppressed by that powerful people, and, that people refuse to let you go or give you justice.

You have had to fight, bleed and die just to go to the toilet with White people, to eat at a lunch counter with White people, to sleep in a hotel or motel with White people. You have had to die to have the right to enter a boardroom of Corporate America and you still do not have what you need to be free. You refuse to believe that the rulers of America are your open enemies. This is because you do not know what an enemy is.

Everything in nature has a natural enemy. An enemy is one who would deprive you of life, freedom, justice, equality, the pursuit of happiness, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, love, peace, brotherhood and unity. Who is the natural enemy of Allah (God) and the natural enemy of the Black man?

I have dogs at our farm and I have cats. At first they were natural enemies and would fight each other, but, since some of them grew together, the cat can lie down with the dog, but, I have other dogs that have never had that experience, and, if I let those dogs out of the kennel, they would kill every cat in sight; they would kill the sheep. So, enemies can grow together, and, when they get use to each other they forget that they are enemies, but, I watch when it is time to eat and the dog that appeared to be a friend of the cat will fight the cat. The dog gets confused sometimes, and, I see him going around the female cat. He can’t do anything, but, the tomcat does not like that. It seems like they get a little upset, and, the nature comes out in them because they are natural enemies. It should be easy for you to understand that you have had an enemy in order for you to be deprived of what it takes to have happiness, freedom, justice, equality, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, love, peace, happiness and unity. The minute we try to unite, there is always somebody from the outside that feels threatened by our unity; they break it up.

Your enemy never wants to see you independent of him. He must always be the master and you must always be the servant. And when you try to escape being a servant he finds devious ways to get you back under his wings. He makes you an offer that you cannot refuse—an offer in money backed by guns and gangsters. You do not have an army and the lure of money gets you. So, Beatrice Foods is now back in the hands of Caucasians. Motown is owned by Caucasians. Ultra Sheen is owned by Caucasians. BET (Black Entertainment Television) has been taken over by Caucasians. Russell Simmons struggled with Def Jam records, Def Jam Comedy, and they gave him an offer. Now he works for them. Mr. Bob Johnson, the former owner of BET, now works for Viacom. He received more than a billion dollars, but, what is the dollar? It is a piece of paper with a White man’s face on it and the value of that paper is going down every day that we live so what you have is nothing. They call it a partnership, but, all the while they are trying to find a way to take it from you. Why? Because independence is too much for you. You will begin to think that you are equal to them and you must never think that. In their mind, you, your children, your grandchildren and your great grandchildren must always be servants to your former slave masters and their children.

You may say, “Well, we are the enemies of ourselves.” Allah (God) did not make you that way. White people made you that way. Allah (God) made a man in His own image and after His own likeness, and, unless you are what Allah (God) made you, you are exactly what the White man made you, and, he made you a nigger, a coon, a shine, a ham bone, a colored boy, a worthless nothing. The sad thing is, that is the way we think about ourselves. That is why it is so easy for you as a brother to shoot down your own brother, because you do not see him as your brother. If he doesn’t wear the same color, if he doesn’t have the same sign, if he doesn’t live in the same neighborhood, then, he is something different from you. That is ignorance, and, that ignorance allows the enemy to feed you guns, feed you drugs, and make you the number one killer of yourself and your people.

You have got an enemy, brother, but, I want to acquaint you with your friend.

Thank you.

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