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The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan Reveals To The Black Nation: God’s Healing Power

[Editor’s note: The following article was first published in The Final Call newspaper, Vol. 10, No. 16 on August 5, 1991, as the second installation of a special five-part series on health penned by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. This is the continuation of the first excerpt from part 2 of that message.]

Paul wrote, “The wages of sin is death.” What kind of sin is he referring to, since everybody has to die? The kind of death that the prophets die is not the kind of death we die.

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches that Allah (God) does not take a prophet’s life without that prophet’s permission. You have never read in Scripture where a prophet was on his way to the market and suddenly died of a heart attack. Allah (God) has so much love and respect for His Servants that He will not take them without their permission.

You have read in the Bible and the Holy Qur’an instances where Allah (God) gave a prophet a certain number of years to work and then granted the prophet’s request for an extension. He continues to send Messages for a time and then the prophet finally decided, “It is time for me to come in now, I have done my work.” There is no sense in staying around after you have completed your job.


The prophets did not live long. They did not live 500, 600, 800 years. Were they sinners? No. They were from the people they spoke to and Allah (God) had already set the time for the people to live in the world, based upon the degree of sin that the people were living in.

Moses lived 120 years. That was the time that Allah (God) gave the people of that world. By the time of David, the wickedness of the world had gotten so bad, until the days of life shortened to three score and ten, which is 70 years.

The prophets knew how to live, but they were in such an adverse world, Allah (God) allowed them to do their work and then He took them away—but when the man Jesus comes, He is a different kind of man, according to both the Holy Qur’an and the Bible. The Jesus figure comes to end death and introduce to the people a way to live that will extend their days:

“I come that you may have life and have it more abundantly.”

Sarah, in the Bible, was bearing children at nearly 100 years of age. You may say, “That is fiction.” No, that is not fiction. You can die young in the ability to procreate human life, because you live so badly that by the time you reach 40, you are considered too old to bear children. By whose standard? The standard set by a no-good, rebellious devil?

Many would say that a man my age should be ready to “hang it up.” By whose standard? It is foolishness to say that a person who has not reached 60 is “old.” I am in the world, but I am not of it, and that is a big difference.

If you are in the world, and of the world, then yes, I would be considered “old,” because the White man’s world places such a low ceiling on life that if we can get past 55 years, we are “old”—it is time to start thinking about crippling diseases and funerals.

You should be ashamed of yourself to think of dying at 60 or 70 when you have not even begun to live. But when you meet Jesus, He will give you abundant life, because He will teach you what foods to eat and what foods to store in your house.

The problem I cited from The Problem Book in my last article is the Problem of the Black Woman, but also of the Black Man. Do not think that I directed it only to the Sisters, because spiritually, Brother, you are a “wife,” too. The whole Believing Community of the Nation is a wife of the uncle of W.D. Fard.

We weigh other than ourselves whenever we think and act other than our righteous nature; we are overweight, sloppy and slovenly. Do not think because you are thin, you are healthy. Some of you are skinny, sloppy and slovenly. Any pig-eater that is thin is unhealthy.

To be “overweight” is to carry a burden that we were not made to carry. Your frame was not made to carry the swill (garbage) that you put in it and on it. Nor was our mind made to carry the burden that comes from sin. The Holy Qur’an says that the Earth will “cast off its burden.”

The burden that the Earth will cast off is not physical weight; it had at one time more than 5 billion inhabitants. It is now over 4 billions, so it is not overburdened with the number of people that are on it, but the kind of people that are on it.