[Editor’s note: The following article is based on excerpts from an hour-long message delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan as Part 14 of his 58-week Lecture Series “The Time and What Must Be Done.” This message originally aired on Saturday, April 13, 2013. To order this message in its entirety on MP3, DVD and CD, visit store.finalcall.com, or call 1.866.602.1230, ext. 200.]
In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.
It seems as though that some of you are so upset by what I am saying, that you write disrespectful “tweets” and words, calling Louis Farrakhan: “Crazy Louie.” Of course, that is your prerogative to be cheap, and disrespectful, if that is what you feel. But I am in excellent company when you call me “crazy,” or a “mad man.”
When you refer to me as a “mad man” or as “crazy,” you put me in good company—in the company of The Prophets and Messengers of God who challenged the powers of their day with Truth.
But look at what is written in the Holy Qur’an, in the 68th Chapter titled Al-Qalam (“The Pen”). Verses 1-6 reads:
“In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.
(By) the inkstand and the pen and that which they write!
By the grace of thy Lord thou art not mad.
And surely thine is a reward never to be cut off.
And surely thou hast sublime morals.
So thou wilt see, and they (too) will see,
Which of you is mad.”
“By the inkstand and the pen”: Whose “inkstand”? And whose “pen”? Allah says in The Holy Qur’an, in the first chapter that He revealed to Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, Surah 96, Al-’Alaq (“The Clot”), verses 1-5:
“Read in the name of thy Lord Who creates—
Creates man from a clot,
Read and thy Lord is most Generous,
Who taught by the pen,
Taught man what he knew not.”
“Read” … I have been “reading” the writings of God’s prophets, and every one of them that came to a powerful government that had gone wrong, and faced them with Truth revealed by God Himself—these prophets were called “mad men.”
And you know, America, just as you are used to people being afraid of your immense power, as those were afraid of the immense power of those governments in which the prophets appeared, yet: The prophet was unmoved by the power of the government, and that government’s ability to do him harm. So naturally, if he’s un-phased by your “great power,” which has you drunk on yourself, then of course you would see him as a “mad man.”
Blacks who stood up against the atrocities committed upon them by Whites in the South or the North were always referred to as “crazy n—-rs”; but, the “crazy n—-r” either was killed, or you left him alone because you felt that he had to have “lost his mind” to challenge you.
Some of you “Tweet,” and write, and say that: “Farrakhan should be exterminated ASAP”—as soon as possible! You cannot reason with what I am saying, so the first thing that comes into your mind is that “Farrakhan should be killed.”
Is that the way you do when you cannot support your argument with facts? Is that the way you do when you have nothing to cast at The Truth—except Truth that will bear more witness to The Truth? Because certainly, when you cast Falsehood at Truth, you have no “power” with Falsehood to undermine The Power of The Truth! There, again, you put yourself in the position of those who couldn’t take The Truth of the prophets of their time, and sought to kill them.
I must respectfully say to you—and even to those of my own Black brothers and sisters, and even those who follow me, who feel that I “can’t be touched”: I don’t think it’s wise to think that way. Of course, they can “touch” me, if it pleases Allah; they can arrest me, if it pleases Allah. They can bring me before their courts, if it pleases Allah.
But, take my life? No. Unless that pleases God, and I don’t think it does, you can’t have my life. And just the thought in your mind of being desirous of taking my life, when all I am doing is giving you The Truth that will guide you away from God’s Destructive Power; if you think like that: Then you have already sentenced yourself to what you desire for me.
The scripture tells you “how you should handle The Servants of God”—particularly myself. If you don’t like me, well, I’m not “loved” by everybody. But what is the most important thing: I am loved by The Two that back me, and that is The Great Mahdi and The Messiah Who have Power over all things. So, if you don’t like me, that’s on you. But I am going to continue to tell The Truth.
In the Book of Psalms, the 105th Chapter, the 15th verse it reads: “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” And then in the 2nd Chapter of Psalms, the 4th and 12th verses read: “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision”; and, “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little … .”
“Kiss the Son, lest he be angry with you,” and you won’t tarry but “a little while”—for The God that I serve “sits in the heavens and laughs” at you; and, The Lord will have them “in derision.” …
God, and His Messiah are backing me to speak to you as I am speaking. Not out of “hatred” for you, but out of concern that you have reached “the end of your rope.” And if you’ve ever seen a “hanging”—which of course, we Black people in America have seen much of when that person gets to the end of that rope, the rope yanks the neck and breaks your spine, and there is no more to you. That is where you are: You are facing your destruction, and I am trying to warn you in hopes that you might save yourselves, and your children.
So to those who may be inside The Nation of Islam, or outside The Nation of Islam, that desire to take my life: Just having “the desire” has already put you in the crosshairs of The Two that back me. And believe me; you can’t do me any harm except that which Allah permits. You would be wise to heed this:
If you can’t deal with me with “facts,” and if you can’t dispute what I say with truth; then if what I say is “false,” you can defeat me with “your truth”.
But, I don’t think you can.
Some of my own people fear for my life because of the Truth I am bringing to the American people and to the world. They know that whenever a Black man speaks like I am speaking, he is usually killed, or put in prison; assassinated. And you know they assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., they assassinated Malcolm X. … America: You assassinated many others. So, this is your “pattern”.
I will tell you like it reads in verse 71 from the Holy Qur’an in Surah 10 Yunus (“Jonah”), when they didn’t like Noah, and got tired of Noah’s preaching. Do you know what Noah said to them? God is telling Noah to tell the people: “ O my people, if my staying (here) and my reminding (you) by the messages of Allah is hard on you, on Allah do I rely; so decide upon your course of action and (gather) your associates. Then let not your course of action be dubious to you, so have it executed against me and give me no respite.”
In other words, “Gather all that you have of your forces, and give me no respite” meaning: “Don’t let up on me, because I surely am not going to let up in the preaching of this word. So come against me, then, with all you have because it won’t be enough to stop what God has in store for you.”
If you don’t like what I say: Go off somewhere with your scholars, and reason with what I say. And if you find me to be truthful, then your duty is to aid me—not fight me; and that will take some of the weight off of you that is on you. Instead of seeing Farrakhan as a “hater of America,” you should see me in the light of one who loves the land in which I was born, and sees America as the greatest country in the last 6,000 years.
I am warning you because I want to see the country avert the consequences of her evil by encouraging her, in the short time that is left, to really “change”—a change that God will believe in. Not a change that the ignorant believe in, but a “change” that God will know that you really want to save your lives, the lives of your children, and carve out a new future for yourself.
I think I’m being very patriotic, and I thank The Founding Fathers for the freedom of speech that they guaranteed in The Constitution of the United States of America. And those of you who think I “hate the country,” and you tell me I should “go back to Africa,” or I should run to North Korea or someplace: The whole Earth is ours—and so we won’t have to “run” anywhere.
But maybe, if you keep up your foolishness, you won’t have any place to run yourself.
To the media, “The Fourth Estate”: You are under control. And as long as “The Fourth Estate” is not free, then how will the masses of the people be able to know when their government and their leaders have become tyrannical?
Dear Believers: Don’t fear for me, or for yourself. And don’t go away thinking that they are not going to try to put their hands on me, or bring me before their courts. Of course this is already written, and it is in their plans; it’s going on now as we speak. But, don’t worry about that. Because all their “planning” is against themselves; but they don’t know it yet. But you will sooner than you think … So if you come against me, and try to deceive some of those around me, that a “Judas” will rise up from among those “Disciples,” go right ahead.
But I warn you, my “Judas” brother or sister, the scripture teaches in The New Testament it would be “better” that you “had not been born” (Book of Matthew, Chapter 26, verse 24), or that “a millstone had been around your neck, and you had been dropped in the depth of the sea.” (Book of Luke, Chapter 17, verses 1-2).
And in The Sermon that Jesus made on The Mount (Book of Matthew, Chapter 5, verses 11-12), in the last of his Beatitudes he said: “Blessed are ye when men shall persecute you and revile you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake”—and then comes “the hard part”: “Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad. Great is your reward in heaven, for so did they the prophets that were before you”—do I look like I’m “not happy”?
I am rejoicing, because I am walking in The Path of The Prophets of God.
America, now, is at war with Islam, make no mistake about it. Every time they kill a leader of Islam, another one rises. Why? You can’t kill, or destroy, Islam. Because Islam is The Nature of God, and it is The Nature in which He has created this Universe. Remember, when Jesus came into Jerusalem, riding the ass and the colt; and the Jewish Sanhedrin said, “If we don’t stop this man now, the whole world will go after him.” Is this why it led to his ultimate crucifixion?
Is this what you all thought when you saw my call of a million Black men, and nearly two million showed up? Was your thought that you “have to stop Farrakhan and The Nation of Islam now” before the whole world goes after us?
We traveled the world, and you saw my acceptance in Africa, Asia, and in the Islamic world; in The Caribbean, in Central America and South America. In the Islamic world, even in the Holy City of Mecca when we made Umrah, or “The Lesser Pilgrimage” during the last 10 nights of Ramadan:
The Saudi government put a police escort for me and those with me; and they escorted us from Jeddah to the Prophet’s mosque in Medinah; and from Medinah to Mecca. And at The Ka’abah in Mecca, young people broke down barriers to come and touch me—not out of “hatred,” but out of love! Is this what you fear?
What is it about Islam that you fear? And what is “Islam”? The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us, and all Islamic scholars bear witness, that “Islam” is entire submission to do The Will of God. Did not Moses submit his will to God? Did not Abraham, The Father of The Righteous, submit his will to God? Did not Jesus say, “Not my will, but Thy will?”
The Muslims in America are most peaceful and productive; they have contributed much to the development of this society in medicine, in science, in engineering, in research and development. But the FBI has been infiltrating mosques and creating conditions to entrap Muslims; and then you say, through your media, that you have “stopped terrorists.”
This is all a part of your aim of “invoking a terrifying internal and external enemy.”
I would like you to study the following prophecy of “Babylon’s Doom” from the 13th Chapter of Isaiah, verses 2-11 [NIV Bible]: “Raise a banner on a bare hilltop, shout to them; beckon to them to enter the gates of the nobles. I have commanded those I prepared for battle; I have summoned my warriors to carry out my wrath—those who rejoice in my triumph.
Listen, a noise on the mountains, like that of a great multitude! Listen, an uproar among the kingdoms, like nations massing together! The Lord Almighty is mustering an army for war. They come from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens—the Lord and the weapons of his wrath—to destroy the whole country.
Wail, for the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty. Because of this, all hands will go limp, every heart will melt with fear. Terror will seize them … the day of the Lord is coming—a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger.
The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light. I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.”