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 [Editor’s note: The following article is excerpted from an hour-long message delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan as Part 7 of his 52-week Lecture Series “The Time and What Must Be Done.” This message originally aired on Saturday, February 23, 2013.  To order this message in its entirety on MP3, DVD and CD, visit or call 1-866-602-1230, ext. 200.]

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: The Black People of North America, and the Dark People of the World. He is also a Warner to the government and people of the United States of America, and the nations of the Earth.

‘Verb & Subject Agreement’:
When Past Mentality Conflicts With The Present Need of Action


“The Time and What Must Be Done” is a powerful message. You can’t deliver this Message, “afraid” of the consequences of such a Message. Elijah Muhammad, my Teacher and my Spiritual Father: He never shrunk from delivering that Message that Master Fard Muhammad gave him, no matter who disagreed with that Message.

In the end of his time among us, during The Theology of Time Lecture Series, he said of himself: “I am the ‘Jesus’ of the Bible, and the ‘Muhammad’ of the Holy Qur’an.”

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

I don’t preach a “dead” Elijah. I preach a living Elijah! I did not know that all the years that I was privileged to be at his table, he was “planting seeds” in my head, in my heart … Even though I didn’t know what those words meant, at the proper time those words would come to fruition. If you want to know how Elijah Muhammad “tried” his student, go get the book Closing The Gap, with Jabril Muhammad questioning Louis Farrakhan. And I only gave the trials that he put me through for “20 years”—not the trials that I have been under since I have been on this post, my father absent from me.

That Message that Elijah Muhammad gave me: For 10 years I was his “National Representative.” Not “spokesman,” but representative, because a “representative” is different from a “spokesman.”

A spokesman could speak the word, but not necessarily represent in ways of character, in morals, in courage, in fearlessness the man that he is “the representative of.” He put me on the radio for six years, broadcasting in his name; and he told me: “Brother, God has gone in front of you, and made friends for you all the way around the Earth.” I didn’t know what he meant. But in my trip through The Caribbean … everywhere I went I met prime ministers, finance ministers, I met ministers that were over defense, and all of them knew “Farrakhan.” Most of them were educated in America, and they grew up on “Farrakhan representing the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.”


Why did I spend such time sharing some of the stories of my life as a young child, growing into a man who accepted the Teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad? It is because I was put in “The Valley of Decision” with a letter that Elijah Muhammad sent to me, and it is in that “Valley of Decision” where we, Black people, are now if we know “The Time” and “What Must Be Done.”

Remember what I said about “verb and subject agreement”? Elijah Muhammad taught me The Best “English Lesson” that I could learn about “verb and subject agreement” when he told me: “Brother, we are in ‘The Present’—our actions must not belong to ‘The Past’. We are free, so we should act like ‘free men.’ Get out of a ‘slave mentality,’ looking for others to do for us what we could unite and do for ourselves.”

Brothers and Sisters, “The Time” is the end of our servitude to White America. Please understand that you are no longer to be their servitude slave. We must come out of their names: “Johnson,” “Jones,” “Smith,” “O’Reilly,” “Culpepper,” “Woodpecker”; “Mr. Green,” “Mr. Black,” “Mr. White,” “Mr. Brown”—these are their names. They are “creatures of” a creature while you are creatures of The Creator; so, you should wear a Name of God Himself for you are a Direct Descendant of God, the Aboriginal People of the Earth. You don’t look like a “free man”… All the great works that you do, you do it in their names; you’ve been baptized in their way of “civilization.” No wonder Master Fard Muhammad said that we were “savages.” A savage is a person that has lost the Knowledge of Self and is living a beast life.

Brothers and Sisters, when you get to know “The Time” then you must make a Decision: “I want to make a free step!” 

If you don’t, “Surely,” The Qur’an says, “man is in loss”—by the time!

Since the beginning of this lecture series I talked about the “loss” that will be suffered by both White America and Black America.

But I want to specifically talk to Black people about how you are “losing”: You know you are a “loser” because even though you had a “Black president,” you are not “satisfied” because he was not there to fulfill a “Black Agenda” in the first term; and now that he has been re-elected, in a second term. That is not what the “CEO” of a corporate giant, the United States of America, has to do. That CEO has to work for the stockholders, citizens.

The question is are you a real “citizen” of America? Or, are we “lawful captives” wearing their names? They made us “citizens” by the 14th Amendment—and took it away in the 13th Amendment. “What do you mean by that, Farrakhan?” In the 14th Amendment we were allowed to be a “citizen,” but it is stated in the 13th Amendment that if the slave returned to any “illegal behavior,” he could lose that status as a “free man” and as a “citizen.” … So look at how many Black people are in prison right now as “felons.”

And even though our Black population is growing, and our Brown brothers’ population is growing; and the demographers are saying that by the year 2046, America will be a “Brown Nation”—every man with a “vote”—well, do you think that the racist element in White America wants to see that reality when “every vote will count,” and their population is diminishing while ours is increasing? That means with “one vote” you could be governor, with “one vote” in the hands of Black and Brown, you could be senators.

In “one vote” you could be ruling America.

How does that “sit” with a racist mind? It doesn’t sit well … So “birth control” must be practiced among the Native people, the “Indians”; among the Blacks, among the Mexicans. This “birth control” is a Death Plan for us.

God is contending with America over the  Black man and woman’s complete liberation

“What Must Be Done?” We must separate from our Open Enemy and begin the thought in our mind, “We are free people! Let’s take a ‘free step,’ and build a Nation of our own.” This is what God Promised! God doesn’t “Promise” the Children of Israel “a land of their own”—and fail to get it for them! He Promises, and He Fulfills His Promise.

Some of us are asking the government of the United States of America for “reparations.” They don’t even want to consider it. Well, America, you will have to consider it, because the scriptures that I quoted to you in Part 4 of this Lecture Series from Book of Isaiah, Chapter 49, verses 24-26: “Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?…” Absolutely. God is contending with you now for the Complete Liberation of His People.

When Abraham Lincoln was in the “Lincoln-Douglass Debate,” he sent for some “Negroes” who were “educated,” to come to the White House; and they didn’t want to leave “massa,” they wanted to stay in America. And believe me, some of you are like that too. But I will say this: I want to have the chance, unhindered, to teach The Time and What Must Be Done to every Black man, woman and child in America. And after we teach that subject, then we should take a “vote” as to “How many of us want to stay with our Open Enemy?” or “How many of us want to be separated from them in a land of our own?”

“The Promise of God” is a land flowing with “milk and honey”. “Milk” means you have animal husbandry; and “honey” means you have bees that are “pollinating flowers,” you have “vegetation”—you have land that is fertile, land that is productive.

“What Must Be Done”: America, you don’t have anything for us to do. And your plan for us is genocidal. You are hoping for a “Race War,” you are hoping that the guns that you have amassed can be used to slaughter Black people.

Let me say in a “heartbeat”: We, in the Nation of Islam, do not carry “weapons,” because we want to show you, and the world, that we are a People of Peace. So as Muslim followers of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, you can’t find guns in our homes; we are “civilized people” in that we settle our disagreements with Truth. In fact, we are forbidden even to argue with one another, for The Truth settles all arguments. So “the winner” in our homes when there is a “dispute” is determined by seeking: “Where is The Truth? Where does it lie within the dispute?”—and it takes a rational mind, not people guided by “emotion,” to find The Truth and act on the principles of The Truth.

And since I have been on this post, by the Grace of God, we have never picked up arms to harm one another, or to harm anyone else. And even though they say, “Farrakhan is an anti-Semite,” yet, you cannot find one Jewish person that anyone who follows me has ever harmed. Nor can you find us in a vengeful spirit against White people. Naturally, we will fight with those who fight with us, but we are commanded never to be “the aggressor.”

“What Must Be Done”: What is essential to Life is that we must be properly educated now. Our colleges and universities must educate the Black man and woman for self-independence. We need all branches of Engineering! We need Medicine! We need Law! We need “Science”; we need Biology, we need Chemistry! We need all of The Sciences that will help us to build an independent existence!

Did you know that in Cuba, Comandante Fidél Castro had offered us a thousand scholarships for Black and Brown and poor White to come to Cuba in their medical program; and in six years we would come out “doctors,” ready to pass any exam in America to be qualified to practice medicine? And the only thing he required was that we practice that medicine in the communities out of which we came. That’s a great offer, when you consider that Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, last year had 30,000 applications to the Medical School, but only 3,000 students could be chosen—27,000 students had to go somewhere else. Where did they go? Why is it that we don’t have enough “doctors”? Don’t be “afraid” to go to Cuba, by thinking: “Well, they’re Communists!” In upcoming broadcasts I’m going to talk to you about this “blockade on Cuba” and what America must do to win back her favor with the nations of the Earth.”


So I want you all to think about What Must Be Done.

To Black people: We must pool our resources. On February 24, 2013, at our annual Saviours’ Day Convention, the subject was “The Economic Blueprint of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad to Fight Against Poverty and Want.” You need to know what we must do to prepare a “future” for ourselves. Whether it’s here or elsewhere, we have to “get busy” and get up from a “begging” position. And if you doubt and fear this, thinking, “We can’t leave White America! I mean, that’s not ‘intelligent.’ Where would we go?” We will talk about that in one of our next broadcasts.

To the government and people of the United States of America: If you say “separation is not the answer,” then I say to you: Separation of us from you is the Only Answer. And you will soon come to know it.