Editor’s note: The following article is derived from an October 3, 2010 address by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, which is the third installment of a series titled “Who Are The Real Children of Israel?” delivered live from Mosque Maryam in Chicago, Illinois.]

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



Who are The Real Children of Israel? The first time that the name “Israel” is mentioned in the scripture is in the Book of Genesis, where “Jacob” is wrestling with an angel. And they wrestled through the night, and when the morning came, Jacob had prevailed. So his name was changed from “Jacob” to “Israel.”


Now, this may be controversial to you, but the Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us that the name “Jacob,” in Arabic, is “Yakub.” Those who make mockery of what God has revealed to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad say Yakub was an “evil scientist.” Wrong! He was a Scientist of our people; he was an Original Man.

When we join the Nation of Islam, we’re just enrolling in The Classroom of our God; so we have a Student Enrollment that asks the question: “Who is the original man?” “Original” means “that from which all other humans come.”

Black people were born Builders. We were born Architects of Civilization. But what are we building today? What has happened to the Original Man, that today people look at us narrowly, as though we never contributed anything to the onward march of civilization?

As students of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, we gave the answer to that question: “The original man is the Asiatic Black man, the maker, owner, cream of the planet Earth, God of the universe.” That’s a heck of a description of you, but it is so far from your thinking about yourself, that you say, “This must be a dream that somebody’s telling me that about me!”

However, God says in the scripture that: “My Ways are not yours. My Thoughts are not yours. I am from above. You are from beneath. And as far as the heavens are from the Earth is as far away My Thinking is from your thoughts.” That has deep meaning.

The Purpose for Yakub’s New People

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us Yakub was a Scientist who saw in the genetic makeup of the Black man that he could bring out of us a New People who are the opposite of The Original. That is not “evil.” That is High Science!

Yakub saw in the Original Man other nations: It is there in the Bible, the Book of Genesis, where it states: “from one blood came all human beings.” “Blood” is the life fluid of some living thing, so scholars didn’t just say “from Black people came all human beings,” they said “from one blood”—and they left it to us to figure what blood is genetically powerful enough to produce the entire human family. Anthropologists cannot find the Black man’s Origin! We are The Origin, and Our Originator is God Himself!

The object of Yakub was to make a people unalike that would be attractive, because of the “Law of Unalike Attracts and Like Repels.” Yakub would teach a new people a new way of civilization that was in opposition to the Natural Order of The Universe and The Nature of God in His Creation of Life.

A new people; a new race: This is referring to the Caucasian people, called in the Bible “Adam.” And once Yakub was successful in making a New People, this New People would then come under the name “Israel”: A conqueror, one who prevails over an angel by God’s Permission. Yakub was a great man, and he produced a great people.

All of us are under “Israel.” All of us, Black people, Brown people, Yellow people, Red people, are under the rule of the Caucasian people, and all of the races have been affected by their rule.

(Please study the words of Apostle Paul in the Book of Romans, from the New Living Translation Bible: Chapter 2 under the section “The Jews and The Law”; and Chapter 3 under the sections “God Remains Faithful” and “All People Are Sinners”.)

The Usurpers of Our History

Now, the first time we meet a major picture of “The Children of Israel” is in the Bible when they are in “The House of Pharaoh.” In many places they are called “The Israelites,” but there they are described as “The Children of Israel” who were living in a nation that was not theirs, in a land that was not theirs, under subjection, under oppression and under tyranny of Pharaoh and his people.

How long were they there? God told Abraham that his seed will be in bondage in a strange land, among a strange people, for 400 years. “After that time”—God talking—“I’m going to come. I’m not sending anybody. I’m coming!” He said, “And I will raise up from among them a prophet.” Moses.

Now Moses was not an “integrationist”; Moses came to separate The Children of Israel from Pharaoh and his people because God had a Purpose for The Children of Israel, and that was to go into a land that had already been carved out for them! But they had to break away from Pharaoh in order that God may fulfill His Promise to them, which was to take them through the Wilderness into a land of their own. Isn’t that interesting?

Now, the Jews say: “We fulfill that”—but Egypt has the oldest recorded history; and we don’t find that in history at all, that some people named “Jews” were in Egypt. They like to claim that “they built the Pyramids when they were slaves in Egypt,” but they don’t know how it was built today, and can’t do it again. These are usurpers of our history!

The U.S. Seal and The Star of David



This is The Seal of the United States of America, where you’ll find the Latin words E Pluribus Unum, which means “Out of many, one.”


But the symbol is of an eagle. In one talon it has arrows representing “war”; and in the other, an olive branch representing “peace.” America talks peace, but she grows strong through war.

The eagle has nine feathers that represent the Nine Jurists of The Supreme Court. And in a “halo” above the eagle’s head are 13 Stars. If you were to draw with your finger over the six outermost stars, the points would make up The Star of David:



This is Israel: The conqueror of the world, the conqueror of Space, the conqueror of the depths of the sea. The conqueror of the People of God! But the scripture teaches: “Though you exalt yourself above the stars of heaven, yet will I bring you down to the sides of the pit of Hell.”


God has come after The Children of Israel.

What is a “child”? A child is a “boy or girl,” “son or daughter,” “baby, infant.” A child is “any person or thing regarded as the product or result of.” Black people are not, now, “The Children of God”—you are “The Children of Israel”! You are not made, now, in the image and likeness of God, you are made in the image and likeness of White people who have conquered you, mastered you, and made you into themselves!

The symbol of the eagle in The Seal: The scripture teaches, “Wheresoever the eagles are gathered together, there shall the carcass be.” Now look at your condition. Who are you? You are the remains of a once Great People!

When you go to a funeral parlor, you go to visit “the remains”: You see the form of the person that you once loved, but the spirit is gone out of that person. They have eyes, but they can’t see! They have ears, but they can’t hear! They have a tongue, but they can’t speak! And they can’t walk—somebody has to move them from here to there because life is no longer in them.

You and I are like dust: Tiny particles of matter that have no form, no purpose.


The Children of Israel: The preposition “of” means possession, so where you have “John’s house”—the apostrophe and “s”—when you break it down, this means “the house of John,” or “the house belonging to John.”

You and I are “The Children of Israel,” possessed by another people! Mastered by a stranger; living in a strange land! Being made other than ourselves! So if The Man of Sin made us after himself, then he made us in rebellion to The Way of God.

Children of Israel: You are the product of White people. Don’t be mad at me. That’s what we’ve been! So when the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said, “Accept Your Own and Be Your Self.”

Well, who is “Your Self”? You’re not a White person. “My Self” is a Righteous Muslim!

The Good News, Our Goal & The Enemy’s Plan

The Four Gospels tell you about Jesus—not the Jesus of today, but the historical Jesus who spoke in parables. This Jesus spoke in parables so that the people would get a picture of The Future through the parable. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said 75 percent of what you read in the scripture for Jesus is about a Future Man that comes at The End of The World of Satan.

I am saying to us, as Muslims, Jesus is the most important person that we have to understand if we’re going to see it out of this present world.

Study Holy Qur’an, Chapter 3: Al-Imran (The Family of Amran). Through verses 44-53, we’re getting a picture of the angels revealing to Mary that she is going to have a child, and that child is going to be named “The Messiah”: “When the angels said: O Mary, surely Allah gives thee good news with a word from Him (of one) whose name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, worthy of regard in this world and the Hereafter, and of those who are drawn nigh (to Allah).”

Is “Messiah” a “name,” or a function? His name was Jesus, the son of Mary, The Messiah. “And he will speak to the people when in the cradle and when of old age, and (he will be) one of the good ones.”

Some of the commentators say, “Well, every child learns to speak when they’re young in the cradle; or two years old, they learn how to talk …”—this isn’t talking about that, or when of old age! Jesus died, according to the Bible, when he was 33 years of age. He never lived among the people to get old, with the hoariness of his hair. This is talking about “The Messiah.”

The scripture teaches that he will speak to the people “when in the cradle.” See, he would be an infant; he would be The Product of Al-Mahdi. And when he was awakened, even in his infancy as an Awakened Original Man he will speak when in the cradle, and he’s going to live to be of old age.

“And He,” God, “will teach him the Book and the Wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel …” The scholars try to put this back 2,000 years ago, saying that “the Book” here is The Torah and The Gospel. Wrong, scholars! One of the names of this book Qur’an is Al-Kitab—not “a” book, but “the” Book.

And God didn’t say He was going to “reveal” something to him—God is going to teach him! When you “teach,” you impart knowledge of or skill in; you give instruction in, you impart knowledge or skill to. “To teach” is to explain, to make plain, to make clear, to render intelligence, to make known in detail, to assign a meaning, to interpret, to make clear the cause or reason of, and the account for; to give an explanation of.

This is what you found here today! I didn’t just tell you what the Book said, I told you what it meant, because I met with Jesus! I’ve been taught by Jesus! I am His Principle Disciple, take it or leave it!

“And (make him) a messenger to the Children of Israel, tell him to say I have come to you with a sign from your Lord …” When you see “The Sign,” you’ll know that your Lord has visited you, is Present, and is with you!

This is The Good News of The Gospel: That you are to receive The Messiah Himself as your Teacher! That you are The People to receive a Visit from God; and He is going to raise one from your midst and make him your Messiah!

The Jesus that you’ve got to know about is the Honorable Elijah Muhammad! That Jesus that you must become acquainted with is the man that taught me, that I could represent him to you!

You’re not looking at somebody who is “appointed”—you’re looking at a man that is anointed to preach this Gospel to you and to your people and to the ends of the Earth, take it or leave it! So The Enemy is planning my death, and they are planning the destruction of The Nation of Islam. And they are planning, with skill, to turn us from The Goal.

What is The Goal? Separation in a state or territory of our own. If we compromise that, we’ve compromised The Will of God for us.

May Allah bless you, The Real Children of Israel, to grow up! And let’s be men and women, and build a Future for our people!

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