BY THE HONORABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN | LAST UPDATED: JAN 29, 2013 – 8:10:12 PM
[Editor’s note: The following article contains a distillation of the hour-long message delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s as Part 3 of his 52-week Lecture Series “The Time and What Must Be Done.” This message originally aired on Saturday, January 19, 2013.]
In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.
Greetings to you. I am Minister Louis Farrakhan, National Representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, that great preacher of Freedom, Justice and Equality to the Aboriginal People of the Earth, and in particular, the Black People of North America and the Western Hemisphere. He’s also a Warner to America and to us, as well as a Warner to the nations of the Earth. I am so happy and honored to have this privilege to speak to you once again on this great subject given to us by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad: “The Time and What Must Be Done.”
I would like to quote again from the Holy Qur’an, the 103rd Chapter titled Al-Asr (“The Time”), the verses of which tells us that “Time” is a standard by which we can judge our actions.
By the time!
—Surely man is in loss,
Except those who believe and do good, and enjoin
one another to Truth,
and enjoin one another to patience.
If we understand The Time, and judge our actions by The Time, then it is required of us to be in accord with The Time; and by so doing, we will not suffer “loss”. But if we reject the knowledge of The Time, and go contrary to “What Must Be Done” in accord with that Knowledge, then our rejection will not only bring us “loss,” but it will bring us death.
“By the Time! Surely man is in loss…” Who is going to teach us “The Knowledge of The Time”? This Knowledge has to come from God and His Intervention in the world at a time that He is judging the world. The people that live in the world must know that God is judging today, and He is going to make it so clear as to “why” He’s judging; and then give us that “standard”—and then command us to be in harmony with the requirements of The Time that we might be successful and come through God’s Judgment of this present world.
Well, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad has been chosen by Almighty God Allah in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, Who is The Great Mahdi (“The Self-Guided One”) looked for by the Muslim world, and The Great Masih (“Messiah”) looked for by the Christians and the Jews.
He is present. He is in the world. And it is He Who is giving us The Knowledge of The Time, and What Must Be Done.
The modern-day picture of ‘Moses’, ‘The Children of Israel’ and ‘Pharaoh’
In the Book of Genesis, Chapter 15, verses 13-15, God is talking to Abram, and He told Abram: “Your seed will be a stranger in a land that is not theirs. And they shall serve them, and they shall afflict them, 400 years. But after that time, I will come—and I will judge that nation which they shall serve. And afterwards, they shall come out with great substance, and go to their fathers in peace, and be buried in a good old age.” This is telling us that Abraham’s seed, in the future, would be “enslaved,” and you have a picture of that enslavement with “The Children of Israel” in Egypt.
In the Book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 18, verse 18, God is talking to Moses, and He tells Moses: “I am going to raise up from among them a prophet like unto you, Moses. And I am going to put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” And if you look in the Book of Exodus, Chapter 3, verses 4-10, God is telling Moses: “…I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians… Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.” And in the Book of Exodus, Chapter 5 we read of Pharaoh’s arrogance, his sense of “self” and “power,” wherein he said to Moses: “Who is this that told you to tell me to let this people go?” and Moses told them, “It was The God of our fathers; The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”
So we see the picture of “Moses,” we see the picture of “The Children of Israel,” and we see the picture of “Pharaoh” and Pharaoh’s refusal to do what God was commanding him to do by the mouth of Moses! And what was that command? That command was not to “integrate” The Children of Israel into Egypt—no! It was to separate The Children of Israel from the power of Pharaoh and the Egyptians, because He had a purpose for them. God was going to build them into a great people and a great nation that would be of service to the world! And even of service to Pharaoh and his people.
These scriptures teach us that “God had presented Himself to Moses”—and that has happened, in fulfillment of that prophetic symbolic “picture,” in North America: The Great Mahdi, or “Son of Man,” made His Appearance in America. He chose from among a people destroyed under the rule of this government of the United States of America; He chose a leader for us, a teacher for us—and a Warner for you, and the nations of the Earth.
You may be wondering: “Are you sure that Elijah Muhammad is that man to give us the knowledge of The Time?” Well, let’s look at the people out of which he came, and let’s look at the substance of what has happened to this people, the Black man and woman of America.
America: No matter what you have done in the world of evil, what has brought The Judgment of God on America, and on you, is what you have done—and continue to do, and plan yet to do—with The People of God. God has chosen us to be His people, as it is written in the scriptures, and He would be our God. And God is exceedingly angry now with you, America, because you have rejected the Knowledge of The Time, and He is displeased with Black people who have been hearing this Knowledge, and refuse to come away from The Oppressor and unite and do something for self. So both, now, are in the position to suffer more and more loss.
In future broadcasts, by The Grace of Allah, I want to talk to White America. I want to talk to you about “why” you have been made; the purpose of your life. Even though you have done evil on this planet, that “evil” was ordained by God! And when we get into the nature of you, there will be the understanding of why that nature was necessary, and the good that would ultimately come from a nature that was made by God to be in rebellion.
The signs of this great nation’s fall are all around us
“The Time and What Must Be Done”: Why are “White America” and “Black America” suffering loss? Why are America and Black people not only “losing,” but every day the loss is being compounded because of the rebellion? What kind of “loss” are you, and we, suffering because you refuse to accept the Knowledge of The Time, and act in accord with it?
Let us look at how you’re “losing.” According to our research, here is “the fall” of this great nation:
“Foreclosures and homelessness in America”: About 3.9 million homes went into foreclosure in 2011; in 2010, 3.8 million; in 2009, 3.4 million; in 2008, 3 million. So in adding up these figures, it amounts to 13 million Americans who have lost their homes to foreclosure in the last five years. More than 3 million people are homeless, and the fastest growing segment of the homeless population is families with children.
“America’s banking systems”: In 2008, 25 banks failed and were taken over by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (F.D.I.C.). In 2009, 140 banks failed; in 2010, 157 failed. And while there were 92 banks that failed in 2011, in contrast, 39 banks failed in 2012. However, in the five years prior to 2008: Only 11 banks had failed. So, to date, you have almost 1,000 banks that have closed and were seized by the federal government.
“The debt status of these ‘United States’”: The U.S. debt is now $16 trillion. What about the condition of the states that we are living in? Many of these states are on the verge of bankruptcy, with several of them ready to declare a “financial state of emergency.” The budget gaps that states have had to close for fiscal year 2013, which began July 1, 2012, totaled $55 billion in 31 states—that amount is smaller than in past years, but not enough to say that the states and the economy are “recovering.”
“Status of wealth among American households”: The poverty rate for Black people in America reached 21.8 percent in 2011. According to estimates released recently by the U.S. Census Bureau: The 1.2 million households whose incomes put them in the top 1 percent of the United States saw their earnings increase by 5.5 percent last year while earnings for the others fell 1.7 percent for the 96 million households in the bottom 80 percent (those that made less than $101,000). And, workers have lost an average of 25 percent of their 401Ks, while the wealth of the 400 richest Americans went up by $30 billion.
Approximately 150 years after the end of “legal” slavery, the net worth of White families averaged $113,000; but for Black families, it’s just $5,600—and more than a quarter of Black families have no assets at all. The “wealth gap” between Whites and Blacks has quadrupled since 1984 and is now wider than it has ever been. Even high-income Blacks have assets of only $18,000, while middle-income Whites are getting even richer! All of the financial gains made by the Black middle class over the last 30 years have now been totally wiped out by this latest economic downturn called “The Great Recession.”
“Incarceration rates”: Black people are 12-13 percent of the American population, but we make up 72.7 percent of the almost 2.1 million male inmates in jail or prison. That means “1 in every 10” is in prison or jail on any given day. There are more Black men in prison today than were enslaved in 1850; more young Black school dropouts in prison or jail than have paying jobs. These “trends” have been intensified by the disproportionate impact of the “war on drugs” in which two-thirds of all persons in prison for drug offenses are “people of color.”
Black men are half as likely to die at any given time if they’re in prison, but they are more likely to die if they walk the streets of the inner cities of America. This is horrific! And it is going to get worse.
“Unemployment rates”: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in November 2012. The number of unemployed persons was at 12 million, and the “under-employed,” another 10 or 12 million.
The “Black unemployment rate” is 13.2 percent, double that of Whites! The White rate stood at 6.8 percent. The “racial gap” in the unemployment rate defies educational attainment and occupational endeavor. Blacks with at least a Bachelor’s degree had a 7.1 percent jobless rate in 2011, while the White rate was 3.9 percent. Black workers with only a high school education had a jobless rate of 13.5 percent, while similarly-educated White workers had an unemployment rate of 8.4 percent.
Larry Summers, former Obama chief economic adviser said in September 2009: “The level of unemployment will by all forecasts remain unacceptably high for a number of years.” Well, if you can’t make jobs for your millions of unemployed, you certainly can’t create jobs for ours.
Black people in America: Our condition worsens as America’s condition worsens. The American “dollar” is the “currency of favor” throughout the world. If America goes down because of a global nature of economics, then when that dollar goes, the whole world that has been dependent on trade and commerce with America will go down as well. We are losing… Let’s continue to study our loss. And, in studying it, we hope that there’s time for Black and White and Brown to do something in accord with The Time, to lessen the suffering that is going to increase in this year of 2013.
“How do you know that, Brother Farrakhan?” It is written in the Holy Qur’an, that whenever God sends you a messenger, He “seizes the people with distress and affliction”—not to “kill” them, but that they might humble themselves to the Knowledge that is being given to them; that they might save themselves!
Brothers and sisters, can’t you see how we are losing? It is because all The Teachers that tried to get us to see that we must “get up from the foot of White America” to “unite” and “pool our dwindling resources” and “do something for our self”: We’ve turned a deaf ear to them, because we want to “move in” with White people; we are so “happy” to have a “Black president”! But “the Black president” is only there to sell you the “hope” that America has a place for 40 million of us in the future.
No, brothers and sisters, we can’t use Barack Obama like that. There is no “hope” for America to make a place for 40 million of us, and provide a future for us. We are going to have to do that for ourselves.
‘Armed militias’, ‘assault weapons’ and growing dissension inside America
I would like you to look at what is happening inside of America regarding “armed militias” and the increase of sales in “assault weapons,” for this will tell us what condition is in the country since Barack Obama was elected in 2008.
Did you know that in 2008, when brother was elected, there were only a “few hundred” militias? Today, there are 1,200 militias. And since he was re-elected, according to what our research has shown, thousands of Americans have gone to buy guns.
But these “gun enthusiasts” are not just buying “handguns,” they are buying “assault weapons.” And since the December 2012 massacre of children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, many gun supporters had the feeling that “Obama” and “Congress” were going to outlaw those kinds of military-style assault weapons, so they rushed to the gun shops at such a pace that the F.B.I. could not keep up with “proving the worth” of these persons to have a weapon in their homes.
There are those who argue, “Well, it’s the 2nd Amendment that gives us that right to bear arms!” Well, in discussing the “2nd Amendment”: You cannot discuss that Amendment without discussing the context in which that Amendment was made a part of the U.S. Constitution. This is a serious, serious, mistake on the part of those who use it to say that “all of the American people have the right to bear” the kind of arms that they’re being sold—but the arms that the American people are being sold are actual “weapons of war”!
What will this bring? There is a movie now in theatres, Django: Unchained that depicts a Black man killing White people. Who made this movie, and why? White people are buying guns at a phenomenal rate… These are not Black people in the gun stores—these are mostly White people buying weapons and ammunition to the degree that the stores have run out of ammunition to sell. What are they preparing for?
When you go to see this movie, know that those that “own Hollywood,” and those that “write scripts” are writing scripts and getting our actors to play the part of “angry Black men killing White people” so that White people in America who have these guns will start preparing their minds for a Race War.
And as White people want to turn those guns—and you will turn those guns—on these young Black men who are killing each other in unprecedented numbers, I’ve warned you, my brothers and sisters! I’ve warned you that what you’re doing will bring upon you death and destruction!
These “little guns” that you have in your possession are no match for the guns that soon will be coming against you! If you pay no attention to what God has revealed for your salvation, then as the Bible teaches in the Book of Numbers, Chapter 21: Those who rebelled against Moses and Aaron were bitten by “fiery serpents.” This only means “angry, White people” that hate your very shadow…
The American people are dissatisfied with their government. A sign of this is the fact that after Barack Obama was re-elected, 20 states had 25,000 people ready to secede from America. Is this a “good” sign? And if America goes over the “fiscal cliff”—which maybe you will; then if 2.1 million jobless can’t get their unemployment benefit payments: How will they feed their families? And what will it produce in the society? Oh, this “Time” is so serious! What will become of us and this great nation if we refuse to come into harmony with God’s Will?
And what is that “Will”? You have to let the Black man “go”! You have to help him to go for himself on some of this Earth that we can call “our own.” More of this type of Teaching on “what to do” will come in following broadcasts.
But I say to America: There is no need for so much blood to be shed if we would but sit down and agree on a Course that’s best for America, best for Black and Brown people, and best for the Native American people. And to Black people: You and I must agree that we can correct our own condition with The Guidance that God has given to us through the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
The Divine Solution of ‘Separation’ and The Consequences of opposing it
Well, we’re in 2013 now… As we reflect over these statistics, what do they tell us? What should you expect in this year? America, I’m sorry to tell you: The calamities will get greater and greater, more severe. Unfortunately, there will be tremendous loss of property and increased loss of life.
With “Hurricane Sandy,” and the nor’easter” “Athena” that followed immediately after, they are saying that the federal government can offer to the residents of the East Coast that suffered loss $60 billion; however, the governors of the States of New Jersey and New York say it’s more like $80 billion they will need. Where’s that money coming from? FEMA does not have it! So the president that promised he was going to help has to go before a Congress that’s “upset” and ask for $80 billion.
FEMA is running dry, because the rate of calamities that is striking America is “one after another”: You don’t have enough money to restore the communities that are being destroyed by these disasters! And with the 29 states are already under “drought” conditions, what will happen when the beef cattle are dying because you can’t get food to them? In Texas, the earth dried up under the foot of the cattle; so that they are eating the cattle because they can’t feed the cattle anymore!
Things are not going to get “easier,” they’re going to get worse.
I pray that you will respond to this Call. I pray, America, that you will see and know that you can’t provide for us any longer. You know this, so stop deceiving Black people, making us think that you “have a way out of this” for us—you don’t have it! And if you are honest with us, then our leaders will be able to come together to work out a future for us. But as long as you take a “certain class of men” and promise them “wealth and nearness to you” as the scripture teaches the Holy Qur’an, Surah 7 Al-A’raf (“The Elevated Places”), verses 104-114: If they oppose such a Divine Solution of “Separation,” then I fear that your wickedness in opposing The Solution that God has offered will cause greater and greater disaster; soon, earthquakes will strike America, and many, many lives will be lost.
And it won’t just be “White lives” that are lost; it’ll be us, and you. We’re in this, really, together.
White America: You control the media, you have “the power,” yet, you’re fighting a Solution that would give life to you and that will save your country, and give life to us and save us from the destructive fall of this great nation.
Be warned, America, that “The Time,” and “What Must Be Done,” is at your door. And as conditions worsen, we are all in “The Valley of Decision” where we will have to decide between: “Shall we obey our lusts? Shall we obey our greed? Shall we bask in the dwindling power that we have and say, ‘We’ll fight God!’? or, “Shall we come into harmony with God’s Will?” Know that you cannot fight God, and “win.” All of The Forces of Nature will be brought against you, as they are now being brought against you!
May God grant you the wisdom to sit with your own scholars and scientists and reason with what God has asked, and let’s come together and do what needs to be done.