[Editor’s note: The following article contains edited excerpts from the keynote address delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on the occasion of the 21st Anniversary of the Million Man March and Holy Day of Atonement held Sunday, October 16, 2016 at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. This message is now available in its entirety on DVD, CD and MP3 @ store.finalcall.com.]
In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.
I bear witness that there is no God but Allah, The Originator of the heavens and the earth. To Him do we submit and seek refuge. We thank Him for His prophets and messengers, and the scriptures which they brought. We thank Him for intervening in our affairs, for before His intervention we were lost, even though many wonderful men and women were risen among us to help us. After these wonderful men and women left the scene, the enemy destroyed their work and rocked us back to sleep. But we thank Allah for His intervention in the Person of One that has been prophesied of, Al-Mahdi (“The Guide”), coming out of the family of Muhammad The Prophet, peace be upon him.
But my wonderful brothers and sisters who are looking for Al-Mahdi to come in the East: He came from the East, and He came among us in the West in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad to Whom praise is due forever.
Master Fard Muhammad searched among us, and He found one worthy to place a burden on him that had never been placed on a human before him, and He gave him, according to Master Fard Muhammad, “the hardest job ever given to any human being”—and that job is the resurrection of the dead so-called American Negro who has been put to death, and has lived in America for 461 years, robbed and spoiled. But today, The Spirit of God is coming into the Black man and woman, and we are rising, never again to fall asleep in the dust. …
You are the beloved of God whether you want to accept it or not. He has chosen us out of the furnace of affliction; He saw in us the material necessary to build a brand new world—that world that Jesus prophesied of, and we in the church pray for every time we say The Lord’s Prayer, saying: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it in heaven. No politics can bring about The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth!
We have to deal with fear and cowardice, because we are being asked now by God to stand up for truth, stand up for justice, stand up for righteousness, and be willing to challenge lies and liars wherever they raise their head.
Here we are now at the time of one of the most fateful elections in the history of America. … In this political season, we have two people: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Mr. Trump calls Hillary “Crooked Hillary,” and then from the other side, he is called “Lying Trump.” It was reported that someone was fact-checking Mr. Trump over three days, and they said he told 87 lies in three days. (Now you talk about somebody who wanted to disconnect you from God.) And Hillary calls him a liar—he calls her a liar. … This is interesting! And here is “little negro” in the middle, watching them go back and forth. Bless your heart! Yeah, poor you; you know, brothers and sisters, you really, really, really are being used big time today.
The Bible teaches (Matthew 12:26): “If Satan cast out Satan, how then can their kingdom stand?” I want you to pay attention to the Wisdom of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad who wrote these words in the ’60s. In his book The Fall of America, on pages 36-37, he writes in the article “The National Election”: “Injustice, crooked politics, and the breeding of corruption under crooked politics have been practiced ever since Adam to the present day rulers. Adam was the first crook. There has not been justice for the Black man in this race of people, and this is why the race suffers from the effect of chaos today. There are Black politicians who would like to use their Black people for selfish greed and will throw them behind any crook with money. Black politicians of this type have sold their Black brothers to suffering and shame for self-elevation with the crook.”
“I never heard that before, that Adam was a crook!” Well let’s prove it. We’ve been dealing with crooks ever since Adam got here. Look at what the Bible teaches of Adam. God talked to that man directly: “Adam, eat from these, the fruit of all of these trees, but this one in the middle of The Garden, The Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil, don’t bother with that one.” Now look, trees don’t have knowledge. They can teach you a lot if you study them; but they don’t have the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they just teach you from the nature that God gave to the tree. But Adam heard God clearly, and something came up in Adam. “Oh, it was a serpent; he didn’t bother with Adam, he went to Eve.” Poor sisters, how they drop that final sword of death on you, that you are the one tricking these men. But, they do call their women a “cute trick”… but Adam was a crook, because he rebelled against God. So the Bible teaches, “As by one man sin entered into the world.” There is the crook: Sin came in with Adam. What is sin? Paul said, “Transgression of the law.” He disobeyed God. What did God do? Put him out of The Garden, and he’s been raising hell ever since. He brought in the first dysfunctional family, Cain and Abel, and we’ve been messed up ever since. The Bible teaches, “As by one man sin entered into the world and sin passed to all men, so death passed to all men. But as by one man sin came, so by one man shall all be made alive.” Who is that One Man? That’s The Christ! That’s Jesus The Messiah! So who the heck are you voting for? That’s not “Trump Jesus,” not “Hillary Jesus”—that’s Satan over there! The devil is a liar… Do they lie? And White people are suffering today; there is a lot of chaos among them.