[Editor’s note: The following are excerpts from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s keynote address on the occasion of Saviours’ Day held February 28, 2010 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. To order this message in its entirety visit store.finalcall.com.]
In the Name of Allah, Who came in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad to Whom praise is due forever, we thank Him for His coming. We thank Him for raising up one from among us,
His Messenger, Messiah: The Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
Every year around the 26th of February, we celebrate the birth of Master Fard Muhammad, Who came to us from the Holy City of Mecca in Arabia, and made Himself manifest to us on July 4, 1930. He came to save and deliver a people who had become a nation within a nation, to free us from our former slave-masters and oppressors, and make us into one of the greatest nations that the world has ever seen.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad told us that Master Fard Muhammad came as it is written of Him: without observation; as a thief in the night. And that He was, in fact, the long-awaited Son of Man that would come from the East to the West to seek and to save that which was lost. And the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that the Black man and Black woman of America were and are the Lost Members of the Aboriginal Nation of our planet from the Tribe of Shabazz.
This man, Master Fard Muhammad, pointed out to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad a dreadful-looking plane in the sky. A half-a-mile by a half-a-mile. A human-built planet on which were 1,500 little planes that are up there in fulfillment of Ezekiel’s vision that you find in the first chapter of the Book of Ezekiel, verses 1-28.
Read these verses, for this is a scholarly teaching today. You must read, and you must study, because every word that I say, you will meet it shortly.
Ezekiel had a vision of a wheel-within-a-wheel; a “cloud by day,” and “a pillar of fire by night.” Master Fard Muhammad taught the Honorable Elijah Muhammad for three years and four months, night and day; and then left him with the Mission and the burden of raising the Black man and woman of America up from a dead level, to a living perpendicular; and His work is called in the scriptures of the Qur’an and Bible, The Resurrection of the Dead.
Not the dead in the cemeteries or the graveyards of America and the world, but a people that have eyes but cannot see. Have ears, but cannot hear. Have tongues, but cannot speak. A people that have been killed mentally, morally, spiritually, politically, economically and otherwise. His mission was to raise this people up, and place them back where they once were: On top of civilization, which we have not been for 50,000 years.
Master Fard Muhammad pointed out to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad a blue and a red star that only appears once every 50,000 years, which signifies complete and universal change. We are now in the midst of a Complete Universal Change.
The world wants change; the world needs change, but the change that the world needs cannot be brought about by any politician of this world! This is a change that is to be brought about by God Himself. And this is why every February 26 we honor His birth—the Son of Man—the One that the world has been looking for.
The Muslim world is looking for the coming of “The Mahdi” (The Self-Guided One). According to the traditions, The Mahdi, when He comes, He will sit down every tyrant. He will set justice in the earth. He will kill the swine—the appetite in people for filth and indecency—and He will break the cross.
Not the cross that you have on your neck, but the cross of the duality in human nature: The horizontal nature of man that is dictated by the flesh, and the vertical nature of man that is dictated by the spirit. But when He finishes with His Work, you will sing, like we sing at Easter Sunday: “The strife is o’er, the battle done, the victory of life is won. All glory to this Risen Son, Hallelujah!”
Well, as the Muslim world is looking for The Mahdi, the Jewish world is looking for The Messiah, and the Christians are looking for the Return of Christ.
All are looking for a human being.
‘You May Sit As The Father’
When the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was among us, I was at his table speaking to him about a Father’s Day lecture that I had given. And in that lecture, I compared the oft-repeated prayer of the Muslims called the Al-Fatihah with the oft-repeated prayer of the Christians which is called The Lord’s Prayer. And as I was delineating my understanding of these two great prayers, he said to me:
“Yes, Brother. And you may sit as the father over the house when I am gone.”
I didn’t fully understand the meaning of his words, but when he said “you may sit as the father,” he was telling me that when he was gone, that I would sit in his seat with the authority and the power of his seat over a house.
And that house was not the tiny little Nation of Islam. That house represented 40 million or more Black people in America, and 4,400,000,000 Black, Brown and Red people over our Planet. And it even included the Caucasian as well.
So, I speak to you today, my beloved brothers and sisters, as a father! But I also speak today to the president of the United States, and the government of the United States of America; to the kings and the rulers of the world, and to the Pope and the religious leaders, because you, too, have to know that your time has come! And so has ours!
I desire to guide you and to warn us of things that are coming that you must try to prepare yourselves for, for we are absolutely living in the Change of Worlds.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad once said, “I am the richest man alive because God has given to me a nation.”
He was not just speaking of the Original People in America, he was speaking of that nation because in the end, which is right now, there won’t be many nations. There will only be One Nation under God.
All other kings, all other rulers, and soon, all other governments and all other flags will be done away with. And those who survive what is coming, you will be living in that which is called The Hereafter.
And The Hereafter means here, on this Earth, after the destruction of the power of this present wicked world to dominate the lives of the people of our planet.
The fulfillment of the prophets
In 1981, after being underground for 41 months gathering people to help in the rebuilding of Elijah Muhammad’s work, we had our first Saviours’ Day of this new dispensation at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. And at that time, I mentioned to the world that the man, Elijah Muhammad, that we all thought was dead, was very, very much alive.
When I made that statement, I knew there would be a falling away from me, because I and we, some of us, had seen a body. And there was a death certificate; there was a funeral; there was a burial, yet, I said to the world that Elijah Muhammad was indeed alive.
Some thought that I was an incredible liar; that I had lost my mind. And, some who were in the ministry under my leadership walked away, and many of my Nationalist friends walked away from me, because they could not understand how I could stand before the world and say that a man that the world believed was dead was actually alive!
But for 29 years now, I have maintained that position. It’s interesting that the 29th Surah of the Qur’an is called Al-Ankabut (The Spider), and it says: “Do men think they will be left alone on saying ‘we believe’ and will not be tried while others were tried before you?”
Well, that was a trial for those who walked with me. That was a trial for me, because many, though walking with me, walked timid. Well, after 29 years, the work of those who condemned me as a “liar” has waned. And by the Grace of Allah, our work will continue to grow.
So, the things that I will say to you today, some of you will believe, and some of you, unfortunately, will disbelieve. Some of you will come closer to me, and others will depart from me, but all of this is in the Hands of Allah, for the things that I say today are the things that I must say to tell you what is coming; to help to prepare you for what is coming.
Also, to tell you something about myself: I am a brother that many of you have been looking at for years. And some people think I’m a “prophet.” It’s true; some preachers call me a “prophet,” but I have to tell you the word prophet is too cheap a word.
Prophets come in the absence of God, like moonlight in the absence of the sun, but I don’t come like that. I come directly from the Light of the Sun, and so “prophet” is not for me.
I come to fulfill that which you have read of your prophets.
The City in the Sky
On the night of September 17, 1985, I had a vision-like experience in a tiny little town called Tepoztlan where there is a mountain on top of which is the ruins of a temple dedicated to Quetzalcoatl, the Christ figure of Central and South America—a mountain which I have climbed many times.
In this vision, I was carried up onto The Mother Wheel by a smaller plane, where I was brought into a room that had a speaker in the center of it. Then, a scroll rolled down in front of me with cursive writing on it, and as I was trying to come close to read it, Elijah Muhammad spoke to me these words:
“President Reagan has met with his joint chiefs of staff to plan a war. I want you to hold a press conference and make known their plans. And tell them that you got it from me, Elijah Muhammad, on The Wheel.”
Then he said: “You have one more thing to do. And when you have done it, you may come again to The Wheel,” and I would be permitted to see him face to face.
In that short time, he dismissed me. I got back into the smaller plane, and it took out of a tunnel, went up into a terrific height and turned. And when I looked down, I saw like a city in the sky. This is that city that you all talk about that’s in the Book of Revelation: “And I saw as it were a New Jerusalem come down from heaven like a bride. …”
Now, in the vision, the plane dropped me off outside of Washington, D.C., where I had the press conference. Then, the vision was over. The next morning, I woke up, and it had completely left my mind. But on the 19th of September, a great earthquake shook Mexico City. And when that earthquake shook, I was standing up, praying, and the room began to shake under my feet.
It is not an accident that a great earthquake took place in Chile! This was a precipitant of what I have to tell you is coming to America that you will not escape!
The war against Islam
Brothers and sisters, God has shown me the mind of every president since Reagan from that one experience that I had on The Wheel.
The Zionists are in control of the Congress. They have planned a war, and they are sucking President Barack Obama into their plan. They’ve crippled President Obama with his legislation, and now they’re building up the public for the next war.
Remember what they did to Colin Powell? The intelligence community gave him skewed information to fit a policy that was out of the State Department and the White House in order to build up the war against Iraq—and they never found any Weapons of Mass Destruction!
When they bring a Black man up into power, they bring him up into power to use him to sanction what they are about to do and what they are going to do. And they put a “Black face” on it so you can be deceived into believing that this is what you should be apart of!
But as long as I’m here, I will tell you the truth. Then you can do with it what you will.
And now, they are getting ready to use Barack in the same way. This is sad, because he is dependent on any advice that he gets from the military.
Did you notice how he upped the number of troops to be deployed? The military doesn’t like it if you’re not going to have a heavy budget for the military. Check out what they spend for education, and then check out what they spend for weapons. They’re not interested in cultivating you! It’s a war machine up there, and poor Brother Barack is in the midst of that.
He’s in trouble. And, he needs our prayers. There is skewed information coming to President Barack Obama, and his pretty Black face is being used to say something about war with Iran. I know what’s going to happen, and I can’t join him in that one. I can’t back him in that.
So I’m asking the president, will he sign an Executive Order, like Franklin Delano Roosevelt did against Elijah Muhammad, to take him off the street because he couldn’t stand his voice when America was prosecuting a war?
I can’t back you in a lie. I know what the real war is! It doesn’t have anything to do with “terrorism”—that’s the cover! Underneath that cover is a war against Islam.