[Editor’s note: The following article is taken from excerpts from an hour-long message delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan as Part 25 of his 58-week Lecture Series “The Time and What Must Be Done.” This message originally aired on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Click here to order this message in its entirety on MP3, DVD and CD or call 1.866.602.1230, ext. 200.]

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

Before we go into this subject, we must first define some terms: What is a “lie”? What is a “liar”? What is the meaning of “exposed”?

A “lie” is “a false statement made with a deliberate attempt to deceive; an intentional untruth.”  Everyone, at some point in life, has told a lie. But “telling a lie” does not necessarily make one a liar.


A “liar” is “a person who has lied, or lies repeatedly.” According to the Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, a “liar” is “one who is predisposed by nature to telling lies, intentional deceit to achieve an end.” And what is “the end” that The Liar wishes to achieve? It is the mastery of The Original People of the Earth until The Coming of Allah (God). “The Liar and The Lie” must be exposed.

“To expose” means “to be without shelter or protection; laid open to view; unconcealed; susceptible to attack; made vulnerable.”

Why must The Lie and The Liar be exposed? The Honorable Elijah Muhammad has said this “liar” that we are talking about is Satan: It represents a new people, a contrary people who were taught by their maker Yakub a System of Tricks and Lies that would enable them to achieve mastery of the Original and Aboriginal People of the Earth.

The mastery of the Original People by this new people would continue for 6,000 years until The Coming of God Whose very Presence, as the scriptures teach in the Book of 2 Thessalonians, Chapter 2, verse 8, would “consume the wicked with The Spirit of His Mouth on The Brightness of His Coming”:

“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.” God would expose The Lie and The Liar, and bring about an end to Satan’s world and civilization.

How does a Lie and a Liar become exposed? The answer is: By one who knows The Truth, and has the courage to tell The Truth, and a willingness to face the opposition coming from The Liar whose fear is “being exposed.”

‘The Greatest Lies,’ and the consequences for he who tells them

“Truth” is “a true or actual state of a matter; conformity with fact or reality; verity; a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like (as in ‘mathematical truths’); the state or character of being true; actuality, or actual existence.”

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us that everything in this universe was created in Truth and with Truth. There is nothing “false” in Allah’s entire creation. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught me that the human being is created with the same Truth that He Himself is of:

Allah created us, according to the Holy Qur’an in Surah 4 Al-Nisa (“The Women”), verse 1, from “a single essence,” and created our mates of the same kind. That “single essence” is The Essence of God Himself.

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that the human brain cells are created to think rightly; and the only way that the human brain can think rightly is if it feeds on Truth.

The human brain is created with the potential to bring up vision, and bring into existence what is envisioned. The human brain is able to “see” beyond the ability of the physical eye to perceive; and the human brain is capable of “hearing” beyond what the physical ear can hear.

The human brain is so potentially powerful, that great care must be taken that it is fed “the proper food” that will allow the brain to act, or be in the manner that Allah created it to be or to act. So, what is “the proper food” that will allow the brain to think rightly? It is Truth, and nothing but The Truth.

“Lies” have a damaging effect on the cells of the brain.  The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said to us that lies have the same effect on the cells of the brain as “planing a piece of wood against its grain,” for when you plane a piece of wood “against the grain,” you destroy the beauty of that wood.

Therefore, the power of the brain is also being curtailed, and its potential is being limited, by its ingesting Falsehood and believing and acting on what is false.

When the human brain is fed with Falsehood, we damage its potential to function as God intended. This is why Falsehood, and those who love Falsehood, can never have a permanent place in a Universe of Truth.

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us from the Holy Qur’an that when Truth comes, Falsehood vanishes, and “falsehood is forever a vanishing thing.” It is written in the Holy Qur’an, Surah 17 Bani Isra’il (“The Children of Israel”), verse 81: “And say:

The Truth has come and falsehood vanished. Surely falsehood is ever bound to vanish.” Why must Truth come if we are living in a Universe filled with Truth? It is because we have been the victims of a lie and a liar.

When I hear my Christian brother pastors and their followers preach, I always hear them say: “The devil is a liar.” “Satan” is The Greatest of Liars! When Almighty God, Allah, permitted a contrary world to come into existence from a contrary people, they began their rule by the telling of lies.

What is “the greatest lie” that a liar could tell? It is to lie about God, The Originator of the heavens and the Earth. And “the next greatest lie” is to lie about “the self” of the human being and its connection to The Originator. These are The Greatest Lies … and he who tells them is The Greatest Liar.

The Holy Qur’an speaks about those who lie concerning God. In Surah 11 titled, “Al-Hud,” the 18th verse of the Maulana Muhammad Ali Translation reads: “And who is more unjust than he who forges a lie against Allah?  These will be brought before their Lord, and the witnesses will say:

These are they who lied against their Lord. Now surely the curse of Allah is on the wrongdoer. …” If Satan can hide The Knowledge and Truth of God, Who is The Source of Truth, The Source of Light, The Source of Life and The Source of Power, then the brain is put into darkness if: 

1) the energy or spirit that comes from The Presence of God and The Truth is not present, 2) the power that comes with Truth is not present; and 3) The God Who is The Source of it all is also absent in our lives—and He is absent in a world that is built on a lie.

Jesus asked the question: “What man building a house would build it on sand?” ([NIV] Matthew 7:24-27, “The Parable of The Wise and Foolish Builders”). When we build our lives on Falsehood, that kind of foundation can never have permanence.

In our Supreme Wisdom Lessons, the “English Lesson No. C1” given to us by Master Fard Muhammad, to be used by the women and girls of our Muslim Girls’ Training and General Civilization Class to give to our children as a “bedtime study,” teaches us that “we were made to fear from the time we were babies.”

But then The Question is asked, “Why does he fear, now, since he is a big man?” and The Answer comes back: “Because the Devil taught him to eat the wrong food.”We are, as a people, very afraid of this contrary man.

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad has said it is not the Caucasian, or the White man, as much as it is our fear of them that keeps us from making the progress, and taking the steps to make the progress that we should make. But why are we afraid? Why won’t we stand up as a people for what is right and just?

It is because we suffer from The Burden of Fear. We are restricted by that burden. …  The Caucasian put fear in us “when we were babies,” as the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that we drank “the milk of fear” from our mothers’ breasts. “Fear” produces a hormonal or chemical reaction in the breast from the brain.

When a woman is made afraid of what would happen to her or her child, or a circumstance that produces “fear” and “insecurity,” this, then, is bred into us. And this is why we must take care of any nursing mother’s mind; that she is peaceful and content. But this is also why we must take care of how we slaughter the animals that we are going to eat.

For if the animal is made afraid, the same hormonal reaction that is found in us from being made afraid, you will also see it in the animal—the meat will be tougher.

So when you eat the meat of an animal that is not slaughtered in accord with The Laws of God, then you are not only drinking “the milk of fear,” but eating the food of fear, both spiritually and physically.

“Food” is “any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, to maintain life and growth.” “Food” should have a nutritional aspect to it in order for it to produce growth, in order to maintain the life that God has given. In order for us to grow properly, the food that we ingest must have that property that makes it considered as “food.”

Anything that does not produce life is not really “food.” By Allah’s Grace, what we are trying to show you is that once an Enemy is made that is the very opposite of God, then he does the thing that is opposite good.

So, if “food” must contain the nutrients to “sustain and maintain life,” then the opposite of that is he gives you food that is deprived of nutrients: Something that will destroy life. This is the same on the spiritual plane: We eat the “wrong food” (lies in our brain), and what it is doing to the power capacity of the brain.

The same man that is feeding us lies is also feeding us food. He does the same thing to the food that he is doing to our brains, because he taught us to eat the wrong food.  “A man” is what he eats”; as Jesus said, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”

Exposing the nature of one whose desire is to deceive us about The Reality of God

Satan’s first deception is making God a “mystery.” In Chapter 1 of Message To The Blackman in America, under Part 1 of “Who Is That Mystery God?” on page 2, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad states:  “If one teaches a thing [that] he himself does not know, he can be charged with lying to the people.

The word ‘mystery,’ according to the English dictionaries, is something that has not been or cannot be—something beyond human comprehension.  The unintelligent, or rather one’s without divine knowledge, seem to delight themselves in representing [the] God as something mysterious or unknown. 

Such teaching (a mystery God) that God is a mystery makes the prophets’ teachings of God all false. There should be a law made and enforced upon such teachers until they have been removed from the public.” “The Lie” and The Liar must be exposed.

What kind of nature would someone have to have to deceive us about God? This is why the scriptures of the Bible refer to this being as a “serpent.” He starts off in the Genesis as a “serpent,” but by the time we get to Revelation, he’s a dragon. The Serpent deceived Adam and Eve, but The Dragon in Revelation has deceived the entire world.

In the Holy Qur’an, in the 114th Chapter Al-Nas (“The Men”), it reads: “Say I seek refuge in the Lord of men, The King of men, The God of men, From the evil of the whisperings of the slinking (devil), Who whispers into the hearts of men, From among the jinn and the men.” Every Muslim, before he says his prayer, he or she says:

“I seek refuge in Allah against the accursed Satan”—this is telling us that we are seeking refuge from“The Satan” that is on the outside, but we are also seeking refuge from that which is inside ourselves that would make us susceptible to The Lies of Satan. In the Book of Ephesians, the 6th Chapter, the 11th verse, it reads: “Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of Satan.”

That “slinking” devil, who “whispers” into the hearts of men: “To whisper” means “to speak very softly using one’s breath without one’s vocal chords, especially for the sake of privacy.” Now, if somebody is “whispering,” for you to hear it they have to be very close to your ear.

But if they are whispering into your heart, then “your ear” has received it; your heart has received it—but that is also something that is coming from within. And “slinking” means “to move or go in a furtive or abject manner; moving like the crawling of a snake (or a ‘serpent’).

So this is Iblis, or “the jinn”: A “fiery,” “serpent” spirit that rises when you hear a command—that you know it is right. But then “the whispering” comes from the lower side of you; that you really have to have spiritual consciousness to avoid whispering coming from yourself. 

The same spirit that is in every human being who is morally awakened, that accuses The Self of whatever we do that is wrong: There is a companion spirit that also speaks to us from within that can cause us, using deceptive intelligence, to make us to deviate.

When we identify Truth, and what Truth is, then Satan’s Greatest Deception is to give the lie to “The Reality of God.” The Holy Qur’an says Allah (God) is “the only reality.”

In the Yusuf Ali Translation of The Qur’an, Chapter 31 Luqman, the 30th verse, Yusuf Ali translates:  “That is because Allah is The (only) Reality, and because whatever else they invoke besides Allah is Falsehood; And because Allah—He is The Most High, Most Great.”

Allah (God) is The Only Reality! Everything else passes away except Allah! Satan wants us to worship him, so he preaches “God” in a way that makes God absent in our lives so he can stand in The Place of God!  Satan puts fear into you of himself, that you may obey him!

Then in obedience to him, he turns you completely away from obedience to God! Satan is showing you that he is “God,” and he has taken God and made Him a “mystery.” Then he, Satan—The Caucasian—comes to you as “something real.” God is not, then, a reality in your life.

You say it, but you don’t really make God “real” in your lives! So when The Enemy comes, we shake and tremble because he is real, and “The God” he has taught us of has no real reality in our lives. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be afraid of anything or anyone but God.

The fate of Lucifer (‘Satan’) once he is exposed

Study these words in the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 14, verse 12-19: “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how you are cut down to the ground—you who weaken the nations!

For you have said in thine heart, ‘I will ascend unto heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God … I will be like the most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to hell, to the lowest depths of the pit.

Those who see you will look at you narrowly, and say, ‘Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, who shook kingdoms; Who made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed its cities; who did not open the house of his prisoners?

But you, Lucifer, are cast out of your grave like an abominable branch, like the garment of those who are slain, thrust through with a sword, who go down to the stones of a pit like a corpse trodden underfoot.”

Oh, this is why Satan is so afraid to be exposed—because this scripture tells us that no matter how “high” he has gone making people to think that he is “God,” yet he will be brought down to the sides of the pit of hell. And this is why he must make you stay away from anyone who is teaching a Truth that will expose The Lie and The Liar.

Yes, it is true. They don’t want you to come near to Farrakhan: “Stay away from Farrakhan!” They make Farrakhan “The Litmus Test” for any Black man or woman who wants national recognition, seeking a national or state office. But let me tell you, my dear brothers:

You can treat me like “a tree whose fruit is forbidden,” but I can tell you: The day you eat of this “fruit,” from this “tree”—from The Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad—you will come alive. 

Your eyes will open with a clear sight. You will begin to become a new man and a new woman. And you that are bound by The Lies of Satan will be set free. And this is why Jesus said, “You shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you free.”