In the eyes of many people, Minister Farrakhan staked his reputation and risked being thought of as insane. He opened himself to public mockery by announcing that he had come to believe that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was alive, even though he believed that he had seen his teacher’s body in a coffin at the end of February 1975.
Nevertheless, he stated not only his convictions, but he offered to pay whatever costs were required to have the buried body, said to be that of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, exhumed. He mentioned that there were two dentists who had dental records, which would verify whether or not the body in the ground was that of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
Moreover, the Minister announced that if it was truthfully determined that the body in the ground reported to be that of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was in fact his, he would stop teaching!
It is one thing to say that you believe the Honorable Elijah Muhammad died of natural causes in 1975. It is quite another thing to say that there was a death plot and that it succeeded.
If there was a plot, and if it was successful, then murder took place. If there was a plot, which did not succeed, did it fail because he died of “natural causes” before it was put into effect?
Or, if it failed, was there another reason?
We would agree, no doubt, that it is still quite another thing to say that not only was there a death plot, but that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad escaped it; was restored to full health; and is with Master Fard Muhammad on that huge wheel-like plane that is even now flying over our heads.
Minister Farrakhan is an honorable man; sincerely motivated; totally committed to the rise of his people, in particular, and humanity in general. Moreover, he is certainly not insane.
He stated in his October 24, 1989 press conference that God would show a sign of the truth of his press statement. God did. The day following his press conference a “UFO” was seen over Washington, D.C. That “UFO” was a sign from God. It was shown on television in Washington, D.C., for the three days that followed his press conference.
President Bush, his staff and the general public in that city, which includes representatives of the nations of the Earth, has access to the full text of Minister Farrakhan’s statement. It was printed in full in The Washington Times. Excerpts appeared in The Washington Post. The entire audio of his statement was aired on radio. … They read it. They heard it. They were aware of the “UFO” sighting. When reporters questioned the White House on the Minister’s press statement, they did not mock him; nor did they brush him off. They said in public, “No comment.”
Try to put yourself in Minister Farrakhan’s shoes for a moment. Imagine that you have studied, followed and worked for the Honorable Elijah Muhammad for 20 years. You’ve heard him speak, not of his death, but of his going to Master Fard Muhammad–alive. He gives you instructions that seem meaningless if he dies before that blessed second meeting. All of a sudden you are told, on the morning of February 25, 1975, that your leader and teacher is dead. What effect would that have on your mind, if you were in the Minister’s shoes?
Remember, he was the National Spokesman of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam. His voice was heard all over the earth. What do you say to the Believers and to the world?
Then, imagine seeing a body, a few days later, which you have every reason to think was your leader, in a casket.
Then, 30 months later, out of sheer love for the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, his people, his teachings, his works and his program, you decide to make an announcement to the world, that may cost you your life and the lives of your loved ones. You decide to lift the name of your teacher and build on the foundation he left in order to raise your people up from their degraded condition, to a superior state of life. That was September 1977.
It’s now November 1977. You publicly announce your intentions to lift the name of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and rebuild the Nation of Islam. Time passes. You now have very few friends and relatives with you, to a certain extent. At that point, they don’t see as fully as you do. Your resources are between extremely slim and none.
You have faith in Allah and in the word of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. However, you still believe your teacher is dead and that you will never see him again.
Different aspects of the words and deeds of your teacher are coming back to you. You are faced with skepticism and doubt from those who love the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. More than that, you are faced with the hatred of many of those who claim to, or really do, love the man you love, but hate you, out of misunderstanding, and reject your effort to lift his name; to awaken Black people and to set them on the right course to him.
The American government, other governments, various groups, as well as hypocrites–all of these oppose you. These powers seek every means possible to discredit you, as they ultimately planned and worked for the destruction of that which you now seek to resurrect and represent.
Your life is threatened. Several times. Hugh bribe offers are made to you. Some of these evil offers are in the thousands. Others are into the hundreds of millions of dollars. These bribers urge, even appeal to you, to go and work for your people. They say that you are a leader in your own right. But, they add, “just don’t do your work with the name of Elijah Muhammad.” They want you to leave his name out of your effort. They don’t want his name to be remembered!
You are broke. But you vehemently reject them all and their money. Some you tell to go to hell, and then some.
Time passes. It’s now 1980. You finally read the letter your Brother asked you to read. You begin to entertain the thought of the possibility of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad being alive. Statements and testimonies of varying quality and importance continued to come to you, as you continue to reflect over your personal interaction with the Honorable Elijah Muhammad over 20 years and the things you heard him say.
Then, finally, it crystallizes. You become one-hundred percent convinced, primarily on the basis of the Word of God, and to somewhat lesser extent, on powerful circumstantial evidence–that the profound obligation to state this conviction publicly. So you decide to do it Saviours’ Day 1981. You know you may be looked at by both friends and enemies as crazy or as an opportunist. Nevertheless, you must do what you must do.
On February 22, 1981, you do it before about 3,000 people. You do it in Chicago, six years, or 72 months, after it was told to the world that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was dead!
To those who say that the vision granted to Minister Farrakhan was solely the product of his yearning or craving for communication with his teacher, I ask was Ronald Reagan’s war and murder of Libyans also the product of the Minister’s yearning or craving? Was not Reagan’s attack on Libyan people real? Did it not happen? Has it not been established beyond all shadow of a doubt that Mr. Reagan planned this war with others a few weeks before the Minister’s vision?
This set of facts alone absolutely confirms the truth of the vision and the integrity and sanity of the Minister–for those who needed it. Furthermore, the vision confirms the fact that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is alive and the Mother Plane is real. And it tells us much more.
What kind of courage, what kind of dedication, what kind of strength, and what kind of purity would a man have to have attained, to carry out such a stupendous assignment from a man whom the world thinks is dead?
All I am asking the reader of this little and limited book to do is consider the possibility that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is alive.
December 19, 1989
(Republished from introduction to “Is It Possible That The Honorable Elijah Muhammad is Still Physically Alive???” by Min. Jabril Muhammad.)