Value is best measured in terms of service

[Editor’s note: In the coming weeks, the Farrakhan the Traveler column will feature a chapter titled “A Valuable Blackman” which is from an unpublished book written in 1984 by Minister Jabril Muhammad.]

A Valuable Blackman


The Saviour’s Day Conventions of February 22, 1981; February 28, 1982; February 27, 1983 and February 26, 1984 revolved around messages coming through the Honorable Louis Farrakhan which marked significant turning points; not only in the history of this annual event, but in the history of the Nation of Islam as a whole.

Due to the unique position of the Nation of Islam, these speeches, and their effects, are significant events in the history of Black America and the world.

A careful assessment of those speeches and the circumstances, under which they were made, should compel the learned of the world to seriously ponder: Just what is the source of the power which accounts for, supports, and is the basis for the mission of Minister Farrakhan?

The word “marked,” as used here, according to various dictionaries, means: To give a precise indication of; to give grounds for believing in the existence or presence of; an object or point that serves as a guide.

According to The Oxford English Dictionary, the definition of “turning point,” that applies here, is “a point at which a decisive change of any kind takes place; a critical point, crisis.”

It was not mere coincidence that the Honorable Louis Farrakhan was 44 years and 4 months old when he started, in September 1977, to do what he has done from that time onward. Nothing about his rise and work was or is accidental.

No one can sanely deny that the rise of Minister Farrakhan marked a turning point in the history of Black life in America. Even his worst detractors have been compelled to admit that his rise has world-wide ramifications.

These detractors, however, stop short of the only logical conclusion that can be reached about the power behind Minister Farrakhan. When pressed for an explanation of Minister Farrakhan’s success they grudgingly admit to a power backing him which they cannot encompass nor overcome.

The truth is, as the term “marked a turning point” is being used here, that Minister Farrakhan’s rise and work, at this most critical time in history, is part of the outworking of a vast plan, which was foreseen, discussed and then formulated with the highest mathematics, then written that way many thousands of years ago–in advance of its fulfillment in these days of the full manifestation of God and His truth. This plan grows out of and manifests the eternal purpose of The Lord of the Worlds for all life and of the whole of the creation of the universe. Soon this will be clear to all.

What came through the Honorable Louis Farrakhan, during those four consecutive Saviour’s Day speeches, from 1981 through 1984; comprised the greatest testimony ever delivered by anyone up to that time. Moreover, those talks were indicative of greater testimonies and service he is yet to render to Black people and to humanity.

If his testimony is in fact as extraordinary, as will be described here, it presupposes, among other factors, that he possessed a special combination of qualities at birth. With the proper guidance he would one day be capable of delivering a special testimony, which would have a tremendous effect throughout the earth.

The greatest testimony must come from one of the greatest men who ever lived. A brief consideration of the true value of the Honorable Louis Farrakhan, in the “narrowness” of terms, is the subject of this chapter.

Greatness, in and of itself is meaningless, except in terms of one’s value. Value is best measured in terms of service. Even though it will be taken as this author’s personal bias, nevertheless, the Honorable Louis Farrakhan is a most valuable man, first, in the sight of, the Two Who back him; namely, Master Fard Muhammad and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad; and to those of us who are with him.

The Saviour’s Day Convention speech, delivered by the Honorable Louis Farrakhan, on February 26, 1984, was the fourth consecutive time, starting in 1981, when this mighty Minister proclaimed that his teacher–the Honorable Elijah Muhammad–was very much alive; that his teacher was guiding him; and that indeed, his teacher was actually the Christ that the world had been looking for during the past two thousand years! In proclaiming what he did he was rendering one of the greatest services any human being could provide for others.

Meanwhile, all of the elements–both good and evil–relevant to the destiny of the Nation of Islam, which were present nineteen years ago, in 1975, were also present in the 1984 convention. Then–in ’75– it fell. Now it won’t. In a great measure it won’t fall due to Minister Farrakhan’s unique testimony.

What were the factors that led to the fall of the Nation of Islam nineteen years ago? To what extent are these factors still present? What made the Honorable Elijah Muhammad so sure that after the fall of the Nation of Islam it would rise again–never to fall again? Is a part of the reason it will not ever fall again is that the good, being generated in us will overwhelm the evil–both within and without? Even though it may not be so perceptible, time will prove this to be true.

More next issue, Allah willing.