“Let us take a look again at our own Black independence and how it came on this same day of the 4th of July … at the Coming of Allah (God) Who came in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, to Whom praises are due forever, on July 4, 1930.”

—The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, “The Fall of America,” page 68

“What Master Fard Muhammad found in Black Bottom Detroit was the carcass, the remains of a once great African people that he had come to save, to restore, to repair, to reconcile, to resurrect and to reconnect to our own people and our own natural religion, which He said is Islam.”

—The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, “One Nation Under God,”Feb. 25, 2007


On July 4th, the day of America’s Independence celebration, a Wise and Mysterious Man appeared in North America, although He had been coming in and out of the country for 20 years.  He was from the Holy City of Mecca in Arabia.

His name—Master Fard Muhammad. He is Allah (God) in Person and is the long-awaited “Messiah” of the Christians and the “Mahdi” of the Muslims. This Wise Man revealed Himself publicly for the first time in 1930 in an area of Detroit, called “Black Bottom.”

Master Fard Muhammad announced the beginning of His mission to restore and resurrect His Lost and Found people, the Black man and woman of America who were captured, exploited, dehumanized and abused to serve as slaves for over three centuries to the Caucasian, White race.

His mission was to teach the despised and rejected Black people a thorough knowledge of God and themselves, and to put them on the road to self-independence with a superior culture and higher civilization than they had previously experienced.

The Nation of Islam commemorates July 4th as Independence Day, not for America, but for the Original or Aboriginal people of the Earth, as it represents the time of the Coming of Master Fard Muhammad, The Saviour for the Black man and woman.

Upon seeing and hearing Master Fard Muhammad for the first time in Detroit in 1931, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad—understanding biblical scriptures—immediately recognized Who this Mysterious Man was. Known then as Elijah Poole, he approached Master Fard Muhammad after a meeting and said to Him:

“I know Who You are. You are The One that the world has been waiting for, for 2,000 years.” The Saviour replied, “Well, who else knows it other than you?” He then said to the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad for him to “hush” as it was not time for him to say or reveal to the world Who He was.

Over the next three years and four months, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad was personally taught, day and night, by His Teacher, Master Fard Muhammad, nonstop. In the 1930s the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and 25,000 other “converts” or Believers in Detroit, quickly worked to help Master Fard Muhammad build and establish the Nation of Islam.

Before Master Fard Muhammad left in 1934, He made the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad His choice and gave him “the hardest job of any man that ever lived,” to resurrect, restore and rebuild the rejected and despised Black people of America.

He taught the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad the knowledge of self, the knowledge of God, the knowledge of the enemy of God, and the knowledge of the true religion of God—Islam. He also chose the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad to be His Divine Representative in continuing this most difficult task of bringing truth and light to His people.

Today, Their mission is being continued by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, Their Divine and Anointed Servant.

Why July 4th?

The United States marks the 4th of July as its independence from England and it is the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted. So, why did Master Fard Muhammad choose that day to appear in America?

The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad explains this significance in his seminal book, “The Fall of America,” in the chapter titled, “Independence Day.”

He writes: “Now, the history of the 4th of July shows that it is the Independence Day of the American White man. They wrote the Declaration of Independence for themselves. The White man did not put anything in the Declaration of Independence for the benefit of the Black Man, who was the servitude-slave of the White man at that time.”

For over 400 years since being kidnapped from Africa and deposited in America, Black people have endured slavery, suffering and death through legalized and government-sanctioned forced bondage, Jim Crow, Black Codes and discrimination on all levels.

While America celebrates its independence every year with fireworks, parades, flag waving and more, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad explains it is because they are celebrating independence for White people.

He further explained that any joy that the Black slave may have experienced on July 4th was because that was a day he or she did not have to work. He also wrote that there is no need for Black people to celebrate the White man’s independence.

“The significance of His coming to us, on the Independence Day of the White man, is very great,” he wrote, referring to Master Fard Muhammad. “It is their day of great rejoicing. As with former peoples and their governments, their destruction took place when they were at the height of their rejoicing.”

He further explained that July 4th is the day of rejoicing of the White man over his opponents and that Whites wrote the Constitution for their people, not for Black people.

“Since this is his day which he set aside for himself, then what part, Black brother, do you have in this day? Your part is not mixed with his part in the way of his own White politics and physical independence,” the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad continued.

He then delves into the Bible to further point out the significance of how Allah (God) dealt with wicked kingdoms of the past and how it relates to America today.

He cites the example of King Nebuchadnezzar’s history and what happened to him at the height of his kingdom. Allah (God) never destroyed a powerful people nor deprived them of self-independence when they were in trouble or when they were sick with grief, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad wrote.

“He made them to feel happy. He made them think that they would live forever. So it was with the coming of Allah (God) in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, to Whom praises are due forever, on His coming to us, on the 4th of July, 1930.

His presence meant the destruction of the independence of the White race and especially, America over the Black man. Allah (God) visited the Black slave, for he is more in need of help to enjoy freedom of self.”

Minister Farrakhan also explained the significance of the Saviour’s Coming on July 4, 1930, and stated that it is, “not for us to celebrate the White man’s independence, but for us to know that God had come to declare our independence, and gave us a Flag…

Why the Black man and woman of America?

In the message, “The Majesty of Master Fard Muhammad’s Love, from January 1, 2006, Minister Farrakhan pointed out that although He was from Mecca, Master Fard Muhammad walked among Black people “who had a foul existence.”

“Yet, the stench of our foulness never displeased Him to the point where He rejected us. He knocked on doors and began teaching Black people of our people in the East. Then, He would tell them about the mosque meeting if they would like to hear more of the Teachings.

He would ask them to bring their friends. All the time He was teaching, He was also looking for a man,” the Minister continued. That man was the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad,” he said.

The Bible refers to the “Lost Sheep” and the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Minister Farrakhan teach that this refers to the Black man and woman.

In his book, “Our Saviour Has Arrived,” in the chapter, “He (Allah) Makes All Things New,” the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad states that it is Black people in America who are referred to as the lost member or lost sheep of His (Allah God’s) people.

The awakening or rise of the Black man in America must come first because he is the choice of Allah (God) in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad for “building a new heaven on earth,” he explains. Because of what was done to Black people by the Caucasians, they are without the knowledge of self and lost the knowledge of God, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad explains.

But in the Bible, Allah (God) states in part, “Behold, I make all things new.” 

“As God created the present heaven and earth out of nothing, so will God, in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, build a new heaven on earth from nothing (a people who are nothing) so that this world will have no claim on the making of the new people of the new heaven on earth,” the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad writes in “Our Saviour Has Arrived,” on page 111.

He continues: “The Black man must be awakened to the knowledge of self—that he is not what the White race has taught him to be. He must come out of this hopeless state. He thinks he is worthless. He should be brought into a state of worthiness and the knowledge and reality of his great place into which Allah (God) in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, will put him in.

He is to place him on top and not the bottom—because the bottom is where he is today—and make him no more the tail, but the head. He is to become the head of civilization of the new world or new heaven or earth. He is not to rule over this people, but he is to be the ruler of self, after the rule of the Caucasian, wicked world.”

Master Fard Muhammad is the Supreme Being and the Saviour of and for the Black man and woman. As Point No. 12 states in “What The Muslims Believe,” in “The Muslim Program,” which is found on the inside back page of The Final Call newspaper:

WE BELIEVE that Allah (God) appeared in the Person of Master W. Fard Muhammad, July 1930; the long-awaited “Messiah” of the Christians and “Mahdi” of the Muslims.

We believe further and lastly that Allah is God and besides HIM here is no God and He will bring about a universal government of peace wherein we all can live in peace together.”

Stay tuned for additional coverage in an upcoming edition of The Final Call.