The Minister speaks in 1957 at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago as the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Minister Malcolm X look on. Photos courtesy of NOI Archives

“Since you and me are witnesses here this afternoon in this world that we live, we have been so greatly misunderstood that I desire that Allah send to me a little helper; for 22 years I have worked hard wherever I was, or may be, to try to get into your ears and into your hearts the truth that Allah has revealed to me.”—February 26, 1954

“The first time Elijah Muhammad laid eyes on me, physically in His presence, He came over to me after dinner. He said, ‘Brother, you remind me of David.’” 

The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad said of the name “Farrakhan,” that “It is a modern up-to-date Name of God.”

“Wherever You are, the Mosque is.”


“God has made Me to take His place among the people and I am making You to take Mine.”

“For that one speech that you made to my worst enemies, I will pray to my Allah that if you ever turn hypocrite on me, that He will go after you and bring you back.”

“Brother, You take America and I’ll take the world.”

“A Man preach like that don’t have no sin.”

“Man preaching … They can’t help but to fall in like that. Got the whole big city New York all stirred up … That man is a preacher I’m telling you. Out of all the other ministers, I’d take that man. Like the disciples did Paul. Paul was one of the greatest preachers that the disciples had. He wasn’t one of the disciples but he came up and beat all the other disciples … That man is a preacher I’m telling you. He makes all the words fit. Put them right in place.”

“If I was all of the other ministers, I’d take pattern at Him. Like the disciples did Paul. Paul was one of the greatest preachers that disciples had. Well, he wasn’t one of the disciples, but he came up and best all the other disciples.”

“Brother don’t worry about where You are in the Scriptures.  You make My great commission known and I will represent You to the people.”

“Two-thirds of the Holy Qur’an was for Me and one-third is for some other Fellow; and I’m going to let Him worry about His part.”

“Whoever You bless is blessed.”

“Brother, you don’t have to study. Stand up and Allah will speak through you.”

“Brother, when You find out who You are, You’re going to have to struggle to hold Yourself down.”

“Brother, Allah has gone in front of you and made friends for you all the way around the earth; and you will meet them at the proper time.”

“Take the crescent out of that design, because the crescent stands for ‘equality’—and you have no equal. Have a star coming out of the sun.”

“You are more valuable to me than a truckload of diamonds and gold.”

“You are more valuable to me than a thousand planes with a thousand head of sheep on every plane.”

“You are more valuable to me than all the wealth that is in the earth for it was here when I got here and it will be here after I am gone, but through You, I will get all of my people.”

“I want you to remember, today, I have one of my greatest preachers here-what are you hiding behind the sycamore tree for brother? (He chuckled)-c’mon around here where they can see you.” (A rousing round of applause ensued). “We have with us today,” the Messenger continued, “our great national preacher.

The preacher who don’t mind going into Harlem, New York, one of the most worst towns in our nation or cities. It is our brother in Detroit and Chicago or New York. But, I want you to remember every week he’s on the air helping me to reach those people that I can’t get out of my house and go reach them like he.”

“I want you to pay good attention to his preaching. His preaching is a bearing of witness to me and what God has given to me.”

“This is one of the strongest national preachers that I have in the bounds of North America. Everywhere you hear him, listen to him. Everywhere you see him, look at him. Everywhere he advises you to go, go. Everywhere he advises you to stay from, stay from. For we are thankful to Allah for this great helper of mine, Min. Farrakhan.” (Another rousing round of applause ensued).

“He’s not a proud man. He’s a very humble man. If he can carry you across the lake without dropping you in; he don’t say when you get on the other side, ‘You see what I have done?’ He tells you, ‘You see what Allah has done.’ He doesn’t take it upon himself. He’s a mighty fine preacher. We hear him every week, and I say continue to hear our Min. Farrakhan. I thank you.”