WATCH:: Minister Farrakhan Challenges Critics after Returning from Iran was last modified: December 19th, 2018 by BJ Blog Staff
Minister Louis Farrakhan
NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE HONORABLE ELIJAH MUHAMMAD AND THE NATION OF ISLAM
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE BENEFICENT, THE MERCIFUL.
Statement from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
regarding his trip to Iran and message to Iran and America
[Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, a U.S.-based religious movement, recently traveled to Iran and spoke to Iranian students and others. Below is a statement he issued regarding that trip and correcting false and inflammatory media reports.]
TEHRAN, Iran – I am not and have never been an enemy to America, nor the people of America. However, I love America enough to speak unpleasant truths that are in the best interests of an erring nation that perhaps she may change her conduct and course. I have an abiding love for the right to free speech, the right to a free press and the right every human being has to hear the truth. It is only truth spoken in season that can bring us what we desire of freedom, justice, equality and, ultimately, peace.
I was invited to Tehran University to speak to students and engage in a dialogue with Iranian students. I was also invited to meet with other members of Iranian society for discussions about their concerns for their nation and concerns about world affairs, in particular the sanctions placed on Iran by President Donald Trump and his advisors.
I never led a chant that called for the death of America or Israel, contrary to misreporting in U.S., British and Jewish publications and the intentional, malicious and false reinterpretation of my words. There is nothing more important than truth today. The truth of anyone and anything is enough to condemn any individual or institution. But to make media mischief by altering my words from their places is a betrayal of the right to free speech, the blessing of a free press and a violation of the people’s right to know. It is wrong and shameful that journalists and news organizations that should seek the truth would traffic in such lies.
I never led a chant calling for death to America. To say otherwise is a blatant falsehood and an attempt to paint me as an enemy in a very dangerous time as tension rises between America and Iran and nations around the earth reject unjust sanctions and heavy-handed U.S. foreign policy. I asked a question about how to pronounce the chant in Farsi during my meeting with Iranian students and an examination of the video shows just that. My point was to engage students in a talk about what gives a nation perpetuity versus that which undermines and destroys a nation. Evil, falsehood and violation of divine law doom nations to destruction, and the holy books of the world’s three greatest monotheistic religions warn us of such. So if Iran is moving as a nation to obey God’s law, to respect and educate women and to pursue righteousness, she is on a right course. And, if America has violated the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for the indigenous people and destroyed them, and if she has done the same for the Black and the Poor, America has not only violated Constitutional principles, she has disobeyed divine law and stands to be judged by God for her wrongdoing. And, American democracy, unfortunately, has always leaned toward and protected the interests of the White, the Rich and the Powerful.
So to stand with Iran against unjust sanctions and mass punishment is to stand in the proper place. To warn America that these sanctions—which have been rejected by the European Union, France, Britain, Germany, Russia, China and other countries—are wrong is to stand in the proper place. I am trying to help America face the error of her ways and see the enmity she is sparking across the globe alongside a growing loss of friendship. This is not good for America, nor the world and only marches us steadily to acrimony, conflict and the final war of Armageddon spoken of in the bible. America can no longer act unilaterally in the world and be successful. Success can only come from righting old wrongs and purposing just and progressive policies.
Some 40 years ago, Iranian students threw off the yoke of American domination through the overthrow of the Shah of Iran, a brutal dictator and tool of U.S. foreign policy. While the Iranians have problems to solve, as do every nation and people on earth, they are a proud and independent people. They do not wish to be under the thumb of America again. As I said several times in Tehran, the U.S. sanctions are a mistake. And, while dialogue should be a good thing, the U.S. has a history of lying and breaking her commitments. To survive, America must turn away from yesterday’s policies, go forward in a new spirit and seek a new direction.
America will never be undone by the angry chants of Iranians, or others who suffer under U.S. foreign policy. No foreign enemy will destroy America, but she faces divine judgment from God Himself. She faces an internal rot with her huge fiscal deficits, her fractured political system, her ugly political and public discourse, her frayed social networks, her rejection of spiritual values and a penchant for violence and mass shootings. She is a troubled nation. Her leadership is spiritually blind to the hour at hand and it appears as though they have the hearts of beasts.
Despite U.S. efforts to foment disunity and rebellion inside of Iran, the Iranian people may not be as gullible as America believes. Iranians have the right to resolve their own problems without outside interference, just as the U.S. has claimed its right to conduct elections free of Russian influence. Self-determination is a right of every nation.
The Muslim World needs unity and must find the path to reconciliation despite efforts to pit Muslims against one another. Satan seeks to divide Muslims and wants them to kill each other, while Allah God tells us in the Quran to be united.
It is also shameful that my visit to Iran was used by political hucksters and cynics to try to affect the recent political elections in the United States. The demonization of Louis Farrakhan will not solve serious U.S. problems and will not heal serious political and social divisions. So despite Donald Trump Jr.’s call for Democrats to disavow me and unjust criticism of me from some Democrats who reject me based on lies and political expediency, America needs a clear warner, who will speak the truth without compromise and without fearing the censure of any censurer. I am neither Right, Left nor Center. I stand on the side of Truth and wherever the Truth may be found. No political party or political leader has an exclusive lock on the Truth. They should stand for Truth whatever the Truth brings. Standing on truth is what will bring America perpetuity and if she refuses to change, she is destined for days of suffering and sorrow.
When God raises a Warner in a powerful nation, it is a blessing and a mercy. But rarely do the powerful rulers of such nations see the Warner or the Warning as valuable until it is too late. May Allah bless the powerful ones in America and those who control America to heed this warning. Medicine often has a slightly bitter taste but when taken in the proper dosage medicine can bring about a healing. The United States, a sin-sick nation, needs a healing and Allah God is offering a healing today provided that His guidance is followed and his Warner is heard.
The choice, however, remains with the American people and those who are in leadership. May Allah God bless this people and nation to make the proper choice.
by Fudia Muhammad
People who lie repeatedly are called liars; classified as untrustworthy and considered despicable. On the other hand, people who lie repeatedly to children for the sake of some tradition are generally excused and even enabled to help to keep the lie going. Why is it justified to continuously lie to our children while it is frowned upon in most other circumstances? Who said this was okay? Admittedly, we are all guilty of lying; but when it comes to lying for the sake of traditions– that Black people have adopted from our former slavemasters – the hoax becomes elaborate; and often lasts for many, many years. The three most oft-repeated lies that American parents tell their children concern the existence of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy – all are made-up mythical, magical, imaginary characters.
It is never a good idea to lie to children; not in the name of playful fun or for the sake of preserving a fabricated tradition. Lying is anti-God; which also makes it anti-self. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan stated, “The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that Allah (God) created within us 14 billion brain cells. That’s an awful lot of brain cells! ‘And every brain cell,’ the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said, ‘is created by God to think right.’ Allah (God) never created the brain to think wrong…when Falsehood is introduced, and men begin to entertain false ideas, false concepts; and take Falsehood for Truth; where men begin to think and meditate on that which is False, giving their lives and the power of their brain to that which is false, then you start destroying the power of the brain cell to bring up vision.”
The Bible teaches – “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” (Proverbs 29:18). How could we have vision while nursing from falsehood which goes against the grain of our brain, destroying its power, one lie at a time? The terrible irony is that the optimal time for children to learn, birth to six years old, is also the same span of time in which they are bombarded with the lies about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. Babies and toddlers learn so much faster than adults because not only are their brainsgrowing physically; but this is the time in which their cognitive development is accelerated. This means their brain is still being fashioned; but instead of taking advantage of this peaking mental acuity,we are introducing lies. Whatever goes on while something is being fashioned becomes a part of the very nature of the thing that is being fashioned. This goes for both truth and falsehood. Once brain cells have been destroyed, they cannot be restored; only Allah (God) has the power to replace our brain cells after death. And nothing destroys the brain cells created with God’s Truth, faster than Falsehood.
The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad gave his followers 16 Restrictive Laws and 10 Guiding Rules of Conduct that we strive to uphold everyday of our lives. One of his Guiding Rules of Conduct states, “No lying (speak the truth regardless of circumstances).” Regardless of the circumstance, the situation, the condition, the factor or the tradition; we should speak the truth! This is not easy to do; but it is required if we want to follow the example of the Father. We are taught that the one thing that God cannot do is lie. His very existence and the Truth that governs the creation of His Universe dictates that everything He says and every action He takes is THE TRUTH.
Good parenting does not involve lying. The external consequences of a so-called, “white lie,” may not be immediately evident – but what is happening to the brain cells of the parent who tells the lie and the brain cells of the child that is forced to receive the lie and make sense out of the nonsensical? Reindeer cannot fly! Jolly Old Saint Nick does not deliver gifts to every child on earth in one night! There is no Tooth Fairy! And bunnies do not lay eggs! This is not innocent fun. An “innocent lie” is an oxymoron. Lies cannot be innocent; every lie is embedded with a negative consequence.
We can easily prove that both Christmas and Easter were never intended to truly celebrate the birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But if one believes that they were – then at least celebrate the Lord on those days. This is why we say, ‘Up with Jesus, Down with Santa!’ What is wrong with parents telling their children that they are responsible for those wonderful gifts? Tell them that it was mommy and daddy who put the money under their pillow. Then, tell them that Easter has nothing to do with bunnies, eggs, candy or new dresses; it is about our Savior, Jesus Christ‼ Be honest with children. They will eventually learn the truth anyway. We should not give our children a reason to ever distrust us as parents. We are hypocrites if we expect our children to be truthful with us, but we are not willing to model honesty for them.
If the devil is a liar, then the righteous must be the truth tellers. No excuses – we must stop this insanity. If we are being honest, keeping up these lies do more to serve parents in the eyes of their peers than it does for their children. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s mother would come down very hard on him and his brother for lying. She would say, “I’m gonna beat you more for lying, because a liar will steal and a thief will murder, so I’m gonna stop you at the lie.” Child psychologists are now bearing her witness. Studies show that the lies of a parent can have detrimental effects on their children’s behavior. The children are more likely to lie themselves, become cheaters and increase in deviant behavior.
According to the scriptures, truth is freeing for everyone who embraces it. It is the truth that makes us free. Lies keep us in mental and spiritual bondage. Let’s get away from deceiving our children for the sake of traditions. As we mature, we are supposed to grow closer and closer to Oneness with Allah (God). Immersing our children in falsehood for the first several years of their life is reversing their natural course towards God. “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in people who are trustworthy” (Proverbs 12:22, NIV). What a wonderful existence to be able to walk the earth secure because we know that we are among those whom Allah (God) delights!
(Sister Fudia Muhammad is a member of Muhammad Mosque No. 64 in Austin, Texas. She is married to Student Minister Robert L. Muhammad and they have been blessed with four children. Sister Fudia holds a Master’s degree in Education – she is a writer, an educator and an advocate for God-centered child-rearing.)