I’m here in Chicago thinking about the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and his words that he delivered on Saviours’ Day in Detroit, Michigan on February 19th. I’m also thinking on what Allah will bless him to say to the world on Sunday, February 26th.

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said this in front of others. In a very direct way, he told Minister Farrakhan that he was the “Aaron” of the scriptures and that he had been looking for him.

Now, mind you, he had already been working on, with and through Minister Farrakhan for several years. I met him in February 1955.


On certain occasions onward throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad added to what he was telling Minister Farrakhan about his relation to himself; his intrinsic value in the divine work; and he gave him insight into his future. This is in the Bible and the Holy Qur’an.

One day the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said to Minister Farrakhan: “I did not make you, brother.” Minister Farrakhan responded, a little excitedly, “Oh yes you did, Dear Holy Apostle. Yes you did.”

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad sternly told him: “Be quiet and listen.” He repeated that he did not make him. Then he said: “I taught you like I taught the rest. But only Allah made you able to put the teachings together, in the unique way that you have, of putting the teachings together. Allah prepared you for me.”

What is involved in Allah’s preparation of a human being to serve others in this unique way? This is something to ponder: a man who is the direct work of God, to serve His highest purposes. Such a man is the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Such a man is the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad repeated that which he said on an earlier occasion that Minister Farrakhan was the answer to his prayer for a helper from his family.

Not long afterward he used the same words that you can find in Chapter 7, verse 142, of the Holy Qur’an, that Moses used in speaking to Aaron before he left the physical presence of the people. The words that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad used were that Minister Farrakhan could “take my place among my people.” This is exactly what Moses told Aaron before he went to his Lord.

Still later, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad called Minister Farrakhan to Chicago, and at dinner, with the then National Secretary present, Brother John Ali, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said, “Brother, I called you here so that I may share with you some of my burden.”

The Minister sat, waiting for the Honorable Elijah Muhammad to give him some new instructions, or new assignments, that would, in effect, “… share with …” the Honorable Elijah Muhammad “… some of his burden.” The only thing the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said on that occasion was that Brother John Ali was to open up all the records of the finances of Temple No. 2 so that he might better see what was going on. This never came about during those days. However, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was seeing far into the future and preparing his servant to meet the future–which is now.

Sometime later, Minister Farrakhan would think of these and certain other experiences of his with the Honorable Elijah Muhammad in relation to such The Quranic passages as Chapter 20, verse 29 through verse 35: “And give to me an aider from my family; Aaron, my brother; Add to my strength by him, And make him share my task, So that we may glorify Thee much, And much remember Thee. Surely, Thou art ever Seeing us.”

Then there was another time when the Honorable Elijah Muhammad told Minister Farrakhan the following, “I am going away to study. I will be gone for approximately three years. What I have given you is just a wake-up message. Don’t change the teachings while I’m gone. If you are faithful, I will reveal the new teachings through you on my return.”

During still another meeting, the Minister was informing the Honorable Elijah Muhammad of insights that he was gaining into what is called the Lord’s Prayer. Those insights included what he and others already knew of the Messenger’s position as the father over the Nation. Now, in response to the insights of the Minister into the position of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad relative to the thirty million plus Black people in America, he said, in part, “Yes, and you can sit over the Nation as the father when I’m gone.”

Let us study the word “as.” It is similar to the sense of the meaning of the word “like,” or “similar to,” or “roughly in the same fashion as.”

Master Fard Muhammad gave us–an entire Nation–to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, under the guidance of Master Fard Muhammad, made Minister Farrakhan to sit in his seat during his absence.

The elevation of Minister Farrakhan among us reflects the elevation of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.

And the elevation of Minister Farrakhan reflects, or is an indication of the rise of a nation!

Now, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad had already said to Minister Farrakhan, “Brother, you are more valuable to me than a truckload of diamonds and gold.” At another time he said, “Brother, you are more valuable to me than a thousand airplanes with a thousand head of sheep on every plane.” Finally, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said to Minister Farrakhan, “Brother, you are more valuable to me than all the wealth that is in the earth, because the wealth of the earth I met when I came here and I shall leave it when I’m gone. But through you, I will get all my people.”

He also said, around that same time, “As Allah made me to take His place among the people, I am making you to take my place.”

On another occasion he told his Minister, “I want your mind.” He then repeated this. I think it should be mentioned that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad had already explained that and how Allah had taken over his head and heart. The will of God and his will had become one. Certainly, this was not achieved without hard work, testing, trials, and suffering. (If you want to be one with God, you must come on the same path that involves suffering. Much of this is due to the condition God finds and brings us from.)

Among the things that Almighty God Allah and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad did for Minister Farrakhan (and, therefore, for the rest of us) was to put the Minister through a purifying process, to make him fit to teach millions. He is the Special Representative– for God and His Christ to Black people in America, to the Indians, to Mexicans, even to White people … . He knew exactly what would take place to purify his Minister, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, for the next phase of his work.

Of Minister Farrakhan, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said outright that he was (and is) the best minister that he ever had. And he said this, mind you, at his home during December 1974, in his dining room, full of ministers.

That was the last meeting with his ministers as a group. That was the last time the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan saw his teacher, although he was to see a body, which to him was that of his teacher. That event was a few days after it was announced to the world that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad had died.

How do you see this now? Does this involve jealousy, envy or nothing? What is your reaction?

More next issue, Allah wiling.