[Editor’s note: The following article contains a continuation of excerpts from the keynote address ‘What Does Allah, The Great Mahdi and The Great Messiah Have To Say About The War In The Middle East?’ delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on the occasion of Saviours’ Day, held at Huntington Place in Detroit, Michigan, on Sunday, February 25, 2024.]

In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.

For these last two months, I have been in my house, in my room, music room, baptizing myself in the pain and the bloodshed of my Palestinian family. 

Brothers and sisters, that is our family.  You may not think that, but it’s okay; you have to grow beyond yourself, and you have to know there are people in this world that are connected to you far beyond your own Black skin.  So, as I was baptizing myself in the blood of my family, it was building me up for what I am about to tell you all today. 


Palestinians’ right to exist is validated by Allah (God)

Prime Minister Netanyahu has a vision of Haaretz Israil.  Several states over there, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, they intend to annex that to what is called “Greater Israel.”  Do you know about that?  That man already has over 400 nuclear bombs sitting in the desert in Dimona, Israel, under where my Hebrew Israelite family stayed. 

That’s a lot of weapons.  And they, now, feel that they are the power in the Middle East, and they are.  They feel that they can manipulate America, because they don’t respect Joe Biden.  And they have not respected any American president; in the last 40 years, they have manipulated every president of the United States of America.

One of the great prime ministers of Israel is Golda Meir; pay attention to what she said [in a June 15, 1969 interview with Frank Giles, published in The Sunday Times]: “There was no such thing as Palestinians…  It was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine considering itself as a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country from them.  [To us] They did not exist.”  She is boldly saying, “Yeah, we took your country and threw you out,” because in their minds you don’t exist.

Of Allah’s Names (Attributes), there are two that mean “He Who causes everything that exists to exist” (Al-Khaaliq) and “He Who produces the means and maintenance of their existence” (Al-Hayy).  So, for this Jewish woman to say they have not, in her mind, any existence at all, see, this is the way they talk now. 

And by Mr. Biden bowing down …  And [using] my poor Black sister (Linda Thomas-Greenfield) that’s over the American representation at the security council: I saw her three times with a veto in her hand.  She is a mother, she is a grandmother, but she is being used to veto everybody’s disagreement with Israel so that it never carries. 

Brothers and sisters, if it means nothing in the United Nations—that because of the American veto, nothing gets done—America is canceling the United Nations.  So, for you now to think, “Well, we’ll take our case to the United Nations.”  For what? 

This has been with the United Nations for 40 years.  You don’t exist to them.  Moving you and me, and us, it’s petty stuff to them; taking you over, robbing you of your just due in every industry where you both are working together, they take you out because you don’t mean anything to them.

So, as I move on, here is what happened in Palestine.  They chose October the 7th, the birth day of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.   A real fight went on.  That was not fake!  That action was real.  And I’m looking back at the face of Netanyahu; and I am not sure that even though they were sure of the outcome, they never thought they would suffer what they suffered.  Hamas struck them in 22 different places, in the most fortified nation in the world! 

So how did they get in?  What happened?  See, people are asking that question.  They have an “Iron Dome [Missile Defense System]” that America provided; and every missile that is thrown by Hamas, they usually pick it off.  But not all of them.  They sent five thousand on that day, and not all of them were picked off; the Iron Dome failed. 

There were 22 breaks in The [Iron] Wall, which was impregnable.  You put a cat on that wall, and several means of protection will come out at once!  They have automatic machine gun fire; they have balloons, they have drones, they have weaponry!  But none of that was brought to bear on the 7th of October.  The truth is there was a stand-down that allowed these things to happen. 

When President Biden landed, he asked Netanyahu, “Uh, do you have any pictures?” And Netanyahu turned, in a way, and said, “Yes.  But when this war is over we’ll have an investigation, where all the things that are questionable now will be brought out.”  They thought the war was going to last just a few days.  They had overwhelming power!  Four months have passed, and now they are at the door of Rafah. 

Rafah is the last major city in Gaza.  They went from the north …  Now, I want you to think with me: They dropped leaflets and told the Palestinians, “Get out. You have (so many) hours.”  A million and a half Palestinians trying to get out …  And then they said “there are safe routes to the south”—but they started bombing those routes!  They have killed so many of our people, and thousands are lost under the rubble.  And all the atrocities that they said we were watching Hamas do, “beheading babies,” “raping women,” all of that was found to be false.

The reason I chose John 8:32, is because Jesus said: “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”  He was talking to Jews!  And the Jews answered him, “We have never been a slave to any man.”  But the whole world right now is enslaved, and America is the greatest enslaved nation by The Synagogue of Satan. 

I never knew that my teacher was going to leave me and put me in a fight with Satan.  He knew what I didn’t know: He knew that I had the strength to withstand whatever they will do against me.  He knew that!  And that’s why Peter, in the scriptures, is called “a rock,” because he said, “On this rock I will build my nation.” 

That “rock” was the faith of one man that loved him enough to sacrifice his life, his family, his so-called career.  But here we are, back home in Detroit, by the thousands, to give honor to Master Fard Muhammad, Who came alone from Mecca and got The Nation of Islam started—and here we are!

Nebuchadnezzar: The prototype of modern-day beasts in human form

God wanted me to say today what is said in the scriptures about Nebuchadnezzar.  After I saw the war council, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad showed me, just the next night, in bold letters: “NEBUCHADNEZZAR.”  When I started reading about Nebuchadnezzar, he was a man who was so wicked, that God took out of him the heart of a human being and gave him the heart of a beast. 

Who could do to another human being what is being done to our Palestinian family, and let it happen and not think of a humanitarian crisis?  The crisis is not just what is happening to the Palestinians. 

The crisis involves what is happening to you, what is happening to me; what is happening to human beings who are more concerned with what they will lose by standing up, rather than standing up and facing the consequence of their stand, knowing that God will bring them out victorious.

So, the Bible says God was going to “open the graves” of all of those who have been slain under the wicked rule, really, of the Caucasian people.  They have killed so many …  But who will pay for the killing of Palestinians, men and women, and children?  Who will pay for the destruction of the Palestinian life and culture, and civilization? 

Who will pay for that?!  They don’t think they are going to pay!  And Netanyahu now thinks, like Pharaoh, he is God—and he talks to America like he is God (“I don’t need the money that you send me every year, because I’m making a lot of money!”).

I am reading a book; I want you to get it.  It’s called, “The Palestine Laboratory: How Israel Exports the Technology of Occupation Around the World.”  It’s written by Antony Loewenstein.  A Jewish man writing about what they have done to Palestinians as a “laboratory.” 

Everything they tried out to keep the Palestinians under control, do you know they made it into a business?  And in every country that has dissatisfied citizens, they sell them what they have produced in “The Palestine Laboratory.”  Every country, now, is buying Israeli methodology in keeping Palestinians under control. 

So, if you’ve got an angry community in your nation, “We’ll show you how to keep them under control.”  And the ADL spends money taking policemen out of the American cities to Israel, to learn the techniques of how to break you into pieces. 

So now, we’ve got the ADL in court.  I can run the list of how they have literally handcuffed American presidents.  So, when you vote, who are you voting for?  Trump will tell you, “Vote for me!  You don’t get nothing anyway from Biden, so you might as well vote for me.”  He said that to Black people. 

But Mr. Biden should be ashamed of himself, being the leader of a country that is reputed to be “the most powerful nation on the Earth,” and he is in Israel bowing to Netanyahu.  And I mean bowing.  And they tell him that they are not going to stop the war.  The latest thing I read was that they were going to …

If Hamas did not give up the hostages before Ramadan, they were going to continue the war through Ramadan.  They said they have to destroy Rafah, because that is where the break started with Hamas, through Rafah, through the southern part of Gaza.  So now they have to “get even,” so they say: “No, no, no!  We’ll fight, and we’ll fight through Ramadan.”

A history of spineless, fearful U.S. presidents

America is on her way down.  How many of you can see that America is not the same anymore?  Now, she can extend her time, but President Biden has to be a stronger man.  Do you remember last year in my talk, I mentioned the great evangelist Billy Gaham, and I mentioned President Nixon? 

There was a conversation that they were having; Mr. President was in the oval office, and Mr. Graham was on the phone, and Mr. Graham said there are “two kinds of Jews.”  He was telling Nixon, “They are the wicked ones who are the ones producing all this pornography and these filthy movies and whatnot, that has really destroyed the moral fabric of American life.” 

So, in truth, they wanted to do something about it; and Mr. Nixon, with his ability to send bombs all over the world, he said to Billy Graham: “I feel the same way you feel.  But I, I …  I can’t say it.” 

But you’re the president of the United States.  I mean, you can’t say anything about this?  And Mr. Graham, a deeply spiritual man, said: “Yeah, I know, and I can’t…  I can’t say anything either.” 

If you are a Christian evangelist, and you know Jesus Christ, how could you ever let words come out of your mouth that “you can’t handle something,” when the scriptures tell you, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”?! 

“This anti-Semitism is stronger than we think”—this is Nixon talking—“It’s unfortunate, but this has happened to the Jews; it happened in Spain, it happened in Germany. It’s happening.  And now, it’s going to happen in America if these people don’t start behaving.” 

Mr. President, how are they going to start behaving if you won’t use the power to help them to see that they are out of line? 

Now, The Minister, he is not worried about that!  “Why not?”  Have you checked my Backup?  I am not afraid, I don’t want to displease God.  Because if I didn’t say all that He showed me, He might be displeased with me.  …  I told you from the beginning that there was a scripture that was going to govern my whole talk; a couple of scriptures, two in particular.  Jesus said to the people who believe in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings,” and then he says, “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

You mean to tell me that there is a truth that is so powerful, that once you hear it, you’ll feel free?  Free to say what you want to say, free to think what you want to think?  Free to be yourself?  Free to worship The God that you wish to worship?  Free to practice righteousness if that’s what you wish to do? 

Muslim world leaders: Stand up for your Palestinian brothers and sisters!

Do you know that our Palestinian family, they don’t have strong friendship in the Muslim world.  Why is that?  Are we Muslims?  Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said, “You are not a Muslim if you don’t want for your brother what you want for yourself.”  Now, I know that the Muslim world feels the pain of the Palestinians, but they are afraid—afraid to stand.  And from the rostrum, I am asking the Muslim world to stop fearing the consequence of standing. 

You have taken oil money, and you have bought the service of some of the finest engineers, architects, people of extreme vision, and you brought them into the Middle East.  I used to go to Abu Dhabi when there was nothing but a hotel you could go to, but when you come out, it’s just vast desert that you’re looking at.  My brother Akbar, my international rep, who is here today, we were in Abu Dhabi

The beautiful hotel we were in, I came out that morning and looked at the desert, and I saw new buildings coming up.  I said, “Brother Akbar, all this beauty that we’re looking at now, it can be lost in the twinkling of an eye because of war.”  I knew from the Honorable Elijah Muhammad that war was coming to the Middle East.  I’ve been to Mecca, I’ve been to Riyadh, I’ve been to Jeddah. 

When you go there now, they’re building beautiful buildings.  But I also saw a flood hit Mecca.  And when I saw that, I said, “You see?  You can’t get away from Allah’s power.  And if you don’t want to act the way you should act, He can touch you wherever you are and bring you to ruin.” 

So, I am saying this openly to my brothers and sisters in Islam: You have to stand up against the genocide that is happening to our Palestinian family.  They do not need platitudes; they don’t need cheap talk.  They need the Muslim world to unite and say to Israel what you should say.  But I’m going to say it today, to Israel …   

One of the nights that he was revealing to me, in the middle of the night there was the screen again, and one name, “NEBUCHADNEZZAR.”  And that man, Nebuchadnezzar: Allah turned him from a human to a beast.  And when I looked at what was happening to our Palestinian brothers and sisters, I saw why Allah showed me Nebuchadnezzar; because Netanyahu was becoming a beast in human form, with no feeling at all for the Palestinian people and for what they were causing the Palestinian people to suffer.

“Well yeah, I know that’s rough…”  But when we say “that’s rough,” that’s so cheap.  That’s not what you should say as a human being.  So, what is happening in Palestine becomes a test for the whole human family

If you could look at their suffering, and it don’t move you, you have lost your humanity.  If you can see a dog suffer and have compassion…  If you can see your favorite horse suffer, where you’ve got to put him down, you feel pain!  Palestinian mothers are crying over the loss of their children!  I watched them cry; I watched them touch their babies that are dead, and don’t want to let the baby go to be buried. 

That’s not a barbarian feeling, that’s a human feeling.  I saw Jews that were suffering, too, burying their dead, and weeping as the Palestinians are weeping.  These are not barbarians!  They have suffered from Israel’s presence in Palestine.