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Social networks have been aflame with jokes, memes and reels about “unidentified flying objects” (UFOs) ever since the U.S. government’s admission of their existence. Black people, in particular, have taken to social media to question, “What does that have to do with me? I have bills.” 

The existence of the objects has everything to do with Black people, according to the Teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the Eternal Leader of the Nation of Islam. The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad started teaching on the reality of the objects as early as the 1930s, before they were ever on the government’s radar. He identified a “Mother Plane” or “Mother Wheel” that carried within her 1,500 smaller wheels, or “baby planes.”

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, National Representative of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, has since given in-depth accounts and descriptions of the Mother Plane and her smaller baby planes. 

The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad

On September 17, 1985, he was directly brought aboard the Mother Plane in a Vision-Like Experience in Tepoztlán, Mexico. The 38-year anniversary of his experience has now come to pass. Following his September 17 experience, Minister Farrakhan delivered a detailed press conference at the JW Marriott hotel in Washington, D.C., on October 24, 1989, titled, “The Announcement: A Final Warning to the U.S.-Government,” where he exposed the plans of the U.S. government based on the words he received from the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad during his experience.


“It is perhaps more significant today than ever before,” Memphis-based Student Minister Ilia Rashad Muhammad said to The Final Call, in reference to Minister Farrakhan’s experience. “This experience that the Minister underwent would not just affect him, but would ultimately affect the Nation of Islam, our critics, our enemies, and eventually the world.”

The Great Announcement

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan opened his Announcement with words from the Book of Ezekiel, Chapter 3, verses 18 and 19: “When I say unto the wicked, ‘Thou shalt surely die,’ and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way to save his life, the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.”

Pyramid built on peak of the Sierra de Tepoztlan, Mexico.

“It is in this spirit that I make this Announcement,” Minister Farrakhan said. 

He then detailed his experience. It started with him being carried up a mountain with a few friends. As they reached the top of the mountain, which lies the ruins of a temple dedicated to Quetzalcoatl, the Christ-figure of Central and South America, a Wheel appeared at the side of the mountain. A beam of light came from the Wheel and carried the Minister up into it.

“As the Wheel lifted off from the side of the mountain, moving at a terrific speed, I knew I was being transported to The Mother Wheel, or The Mother Plane, which is a human-built planet, a half-mile by a half-mile, which the Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us of for over 60 years,” he said.

“The pilot, knowing that I was fearful of seeing this great, mechanical object in the sky, maneuvered his craft in such a way that I would not see The Mother Plane and then backed quickly into it and docked in a tunnel. I was escorted by the pilot to a door and admitted into a room.”

While in the room, Minister Farrakhan heard the voice of his teacher, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, from a speaker on the ceiling.

“He spoke in short cryptic sentences; and as he spoke, a scroll full of cursive writing rolled down in front of my eyes—but it was a projection of what was being written in my mind. As I attempted to read the cursive writing, which was in English, the scroll disappeared and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad began to speak to me again,” Minister Farrakhan said. 

Photo taken in October of 1989 with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C., delivering a press conference on his Vision-like Experience on the Wheel. Photo: Final Call archive

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said to him: “President Reagan has met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to plan a war. I want you to hold a press conference in Washington, D.C., and announce their plan—and say to the world that you got the information from me, Elijah Muhammad, on The Wheel.”

After the experience, events unfolded from September 1985 into February 1986 that caused Minister Farrakhan to slowly realize that the war mentioned by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was against Muammar Gadhafi and the people of Libya.

While in Tripoli, Libya, on March 16, 1986, Minister Farrakhan repeated his vision publicly to representatives of approximately 80 nations, and he warned President Reagan and then-Secretary of State George Shultz. 

“During the confrontation in the Gulf of Sidra between the United States Air Force and the Libyan Air Force, it was reported in the press that a bright orange object was seen over the Mediterranean. The Wheel was, in fact, present and it interfered with the highly sensitive electronic equipment of the aircraft carrier that was in the Gulf of Sidra, forcing it to return to Florida for repairs,” Minister Farrakhan said during his Announcement. 

In 1987, a year after Minister Farrakhan publicly announced President Reagan’s plans in Libya, the truth of his Vision-Like Experience was verified in the news. The news that President Reagan and his Joint Chiefs of Staff had secretly planned a war made the front pages and the headlines of The New York Times Sunday magazine and the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

“In the article which followed, the exact words that the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad spoke to me from The Wheel were found, that the president had met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and planned a war against Libya in the early part of September 1985,” Minister Farrakhan said.

That war, he said, only served as a sign of “an even more significant and consequential event, which was to come several years later:” that President George H.W. Bush had met with his Joint Chiefs of Staff, under the direction of General Colin Powell, “to plan a war against Black people of America, the Nation of Islam and Louis Farrakhan with particular emphasis on our Black youth under the guise of a war against drug sellers, drug users, gangs and violence.”

After announcing President Bush’s plans, Minister Farrakhan then laid out the operations of the FBI, including the campaign to destroy Black leadership, the dirty tactics used against those who fight for justice, the agents planted in Black organizations, including the Nation of Islam, and the counterintelligence program under FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. He also talked about how the media fed the American public negative portrayals of Black youth and how police instigated gang warfare to justify the government’s plans of slaughter.

Minister Farrakhan closed his Announcement with a warning to the president, the government and the people of America to leave the Nation of Islam alone and to cease and desist from planning against the future of Black people in America and the world.

“I warn you that I am backed by the Power of Allah and His Christ and the Power of that Wheel in which I received this Announcement. And the moment you attempt to lay your hands on me, the fullness of Allah’s Wrath will descend upon you and upon America.

And before you will be able to establish your mockery of me, if that is what you wish to do for what was revealed to me in The Wheel, you will see these Wheels, or what you call ‘UFOs’, in abundance over the major cities of America,” he said.

“And the calamities that America is presently experiencing will increase in number and in intensity, that you might humble yourselves to the Warning contained in this Announcement, or be totally destroyed from the face of the Earth.”

“This is a final warning to you. The ball is now in your court. You may do with it, with me, and with us as you see fit,” he concluded.

Controversy and the Night Journey

Shortly before Minister Farrakhan’s Vision-Like Experience, he found himself in a controversy with members of the Jewish community due to his defense of Rev. Jesse Jackson during the reverend’s 1984 presidential campaign.

Student Minister Ilia Rashad Muhammad, author of the book, “UFOs And The Nation Of Islam: The Source, Proof, And Reality Of The Wheels,” shared that just before Minister Farrakhan left for Tepoztlán, he spoke at a forum in Los Angeles, where members of the Jewish community were chanting, “Who do you want? Farrakhan. How do you want him? Dead.”

“It was these members of the Jewish community that were calling and urging on the Minister’s assassination. So it was under that pretense, if you will, under those conditions, that the Minister left Los Angeles and went to Tepoztlán where he received this Vision,” Student Minister Ilia Rashad Muhammad said.

The atmosphere of hostility concerning Minister Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam was still present when Minister Farrakhan delivered his Announcement. Two weeks before George H.W. Bush was elected president, he delivered a speech at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles and promised that he would lead the fight “against those whom he and certain leading members of the Jewish community determined to be anti-Semites,” Minister Farrakhan said.

“He indirectly referred to me as ‘the villain.’ Evidence is now mounting that those were not empty words of the president, but those words, as in the past, have been translated into a program, a policy and a war that has been designed to destroy the Nation of Islam and Minister Farrakhan with a particular focus on the growing strength of Black youth,” he added.

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s Vision-Like Experience, which occurred amidst controversy and hostility, is both biblical and Quranic. 

Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) received a similar experience amidst a hostile environment. When the Prophet (PBUH) visited the city, Ta’if, shortly after the passing of his uncle and wife, he was met with mockery and ridicule. The people threw rocks at him, causing him to be wounded and covered in blood.

After the Prophet (PBUH) recovered from the attack and re-entered Mecca, he experienced his Night Journey and Ascension, where he traveled from Mecca to Jerusalem in the span of one night. Though the Prophet (PBUH) was called a madman, similar to the labels placed on Minister Farrakhan, like the Minister, he was able to describe in detail his experience. 

“Allah blessed him to experience what became known as the Night Journey, wherein he received revelation and was taken into the inner sanctum of Allah. Well, that is a foreshadowing and a prefigurement of the Honorable Minister Farrakhan’s More-Than-A-Vision Experience, where he, too, was taken up into the inner sanctum of Allah where one Mighty of Power had taught him, the Lord of Strength,”

Student Minister Ilia Rashad Muhammad said. “And it is this experience that we read about in the Qur’an and that we read about in the history of the Prophet, and we are actually living the fulfillment of it right now as we speak, and the point person in all of this is that messianic figure among us, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.”

Student Minister Ilia Rashad Muhammad described that the Prophet (PBUH), just like Minister Farrakhan, has human qualities and that the Night Journey solidified certainty from Allah.

“Nobody wants to be rejected. Nobody seeks that type of controversy, that dangerous controversy,” he said. “So this experience came at a time that offered the Minister a level of certainty from Allah, and it is that certainty that has allowed him to withstand the most powerful Satanic forces of this world.”

He shared that everything of significance Minister Farrakhan has done can be traced back to that Vision-Like Experience, from the “Stop the Killing” and “Men Only” tours in the early ’90s to the historic Million Man March on October 16, 1995, which was attended by almost two million Black men.

“The Minister knew the plots and plans that were afoot from the highest echelons of government because he had received divine revelation in the Vision-Like Experience, and that revelation has proven to be a saving grace for Black America,” Student Minister Ilia Rashad Muhammad said.

The government’s continued activity

In 2023 just a few weeks shy of the Minister’s anniversary of his Vision-Like experience, the Pentagon unveiled a new website for the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office, the office charged with investigating what the government has dubbed, “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP). Via the website, the office has shared “UAP reporting trends,” information gathered on the objects via congressional reports and briefings and press material from the Department of Defense.

Min. Louis Farrakhan, shown above with the late Liby-an leader Muammar Gadhafi, in Africa. Photo: Final Call archive

The office will soon be accepting reports from current or former U.S. government employees, service members or contractors with direct knowledge of government programs or activities related to UAP dating back to 1945. It will announce when a reporting mechanism for the general public will be available.

Though the government “has finally expressed that they are and have been concerned over the presence of these planes,” Student Minister Ilia Rashad Muhammad said he doesn’t “expect the government to be fully truthful in their efforts, because if they are truly honest and sincere about UFO disclosure, then they would come to those who disclosed this information in the first place, which is the Nation of Islam.”

“But since they have not done so but instead have done just the opposite by trying to censor us and run from the truth that we have that answers these phenomena, then we find most of their efforts hypocritical,” he added.

As for Black people jokingly questioning on social media what UFOs have to do with their everyday livelihood, “if we knew better, Black people would understand that the presence of these so-called UFOs is proof and evidence that a superior power is here on our behalf,” Student Minister Ilia Rashad Muhammad said. “And it is extremely important that we take heed to this reality, because our salvation, our physical salvation, our salvation as a people and our future is directly connected to this reality.”

“Black people should be the first and foremost to be standing and shouting over the fact that there’s a power in the world that is greater and far superior than our oppressor’s power. So only a fool would mock such a reality that governments and militaries have been spending countless billions, even trillions of dollars trying to study,” he added.

“If it’s that important to the most powerful governments and militaries of the world, we would look like a fool trying to mock this phenomena in this day and time when all the evidence proves it to be true. But more importantly, we should be thankful, and we should understand that that power is represented by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.”

Earlier this year, Student Minister Ilia Rashad Muhammad released the first episode of a documentary film series titled, “Answered.” Though the episode is just a prelude that gives an introductory overview of the reality of the wheels, it has received great feedback.

“Every review that we’ve had has been nothing short of spectacular. So, there’s a great anticipation for part two, and that episode of ‘Answered’ will involve the Coming of God,” Student Minister Ilia Rashad Muhammad said. “And fortunately, we hope in the coming weeks to have that available for viewing as well, so get ready.” 

The prelude episode can be found on media.noi.org, under the category, “The Wheel.”