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Greetings to you. I am Minister Louis Farrakhan, National Representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, The Eternal Leader of The Nation of Islam, and that Great Preacher of Freedom, Justice and Equality to the Black people of America, the Western Hemisphere, and The Aboriginal People of the Earth.
The Great Preacher, Elijah Muhammad, has given us this subject: “The Time and What Must Be Done”—and this subject will be with us until Allah says “stop.”
‘The Uphill Road’ a Messenger of God must travel to deliver ‘salvation’ and ‘warning’
It is written in the Holy Qur’an, in the 5th Chapter, the 67th verse: “O Messenger, deliver that which has been revealed to thee from thy Lord. And if thou do it not, thou hast not delivered his message. And Allah will protect thee from men. Surely Allah guides not the disbelieving people.” To “deliver” a message like the one that we are delivering demands The Protection of God for The Messenger and The Message.
For 44 long years, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad preached this Message of “Salvation” and “Warning.” No matter what consequences he faced, no matter what threats came against his life, no matter who opposed what he said, he kept, before the world, The Message that Master Fard Muhammad, The Great Mahdi, gave him to give to us, to America, and the world.
In the Holy Qur’an, Surah (Chapter) 20 titled Ta Ha, verses 25-36, Moses is praying to God for a “helper”; and he is asking God to “expand for him his breast” and “loosen the knot from his tongue” that the people may understand his word. “And give me an aider, or a helper, from my family. …” Well, the scripture teaches in Holy Qur’an, Surah 7 Al-A’raf (“The Elevated Places”), verse 142 that God gave Moses “30 nights,” and “strengthened him with 10 more.” And at that 40th night, he told Aaron, his helper: “…Take my place among my people, and act well and follow not the way of the mischief-makers.”
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, for 40 years in the absence of his Teacher, was faithful to that Message. And in “the last 10 nights” of “the 40”: He made me his “National Representative.”
I did not know that he was preparing me to “sit in his seat” after his Departure, that I might continue his Work.
When I used to come and sit at the Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s table, he would mention a song; that, “I saw a man walking up a mountain 40 miles high, carrying a heavy load. And he said, ‘Lord, when will my help come?’”—and I wondered why he would say that occasionally, and look me in my face. And then he said: “When that man reached the top of the mountain, he said, ‘Hosanna! Hosanna! My help is come.’…”
Well, the highest mountain range in the world is “Mount Everest,” which is five and one half miles high; so there is no mountain “40 miles high.” But The Qur’an says in Surah 90 Al-Balad (“The City”), verses 12-16: “And what will make thee comprehend what the uphill road is? (It is) to free a slave, or to feed in a day of hunger an orphan nearly related, or the poor man lying in the dust.”
Elijah Muhammad had that “mountain,” that “uphill road” to climb for 40 long years; going to prison … Not because he was a “wicked” man, but because America did not want him preaching The Word that he was given while America was prosecuting a war with Japan. And after 40 years of suffering, 40 years of rejection, 40 years of being misunderstood, and mislabeled by The Wicked as a “hate teacher”; as “a man that Black people,” and White people as well, “should not listen to”—at that “40th year” he Departed from us.
But, he had already said to me: “Brother, you may sit as ‘The Father over The House’ in my absence,” and he would send people to me from time to time, telling me, “Remember, brother, Aaron had a hard job when Moses left. …” And so when he left, I did start having a “hard time”—and it continues to this very moment. But as my Spiritual Father, Elijah Muhammad, was faithful in delivering that Message without fear of The Enemy’s evil plans against him, I, too, am delivering that Message.
I am sorry that it’s preaching “the doom of a world” and “the salvation of a people.” Nevertheless, it is what must be taught in order that you know and understand “The Time and What Must Be Done”! Again, if I don’t do this job of speaking truth to power, even if it costs me my life, or imprisonment, or being rejected and despised, and cast aside, nevertheless, I must do what I am commanded: “O Messenger! Deliver the message that has been revealed to thee from thy lord. And if thou do it not, thou hast not delivered His message, and Allah will protect thee from men.” So far, The Protection of Almighty God Allah was with the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, who told me, “Brother, there’ll be Two of Us backing you up: Allah and myself.”
So regardless to how “hard” The Truth may be, it is not my intentions to hurt your feelings, or to preach “gloom” to you that would become “frightened”—unless it frightens you into making The Change that will cause you not to continue to suffer the loss that you are now suffering, which is going to increase.
The Duty of ‘The Watchman over The House of Israel’
I would like for you to study what is written in the Book of Ezekiel, Chapter 3, verses 16-19. As God is talking to the “Son of Man,” He says to him: “Son of Man, I have made you a watchman unto the House of Israel. Therefore, hear the word at My mouth, and give them warning from Me. When I say unto the wicked thou shalt surely die, and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked of his wicked way to save his life, the same wicked man will die in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet, if you warn the wicked and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your soul.”
I have “heard The Word” from His Mouth, and I am giving Warning to you! I am trying my best to save your life because The Terrible God that was to come is present, and the things that He’s prophesied, and given Jesus The Warning to give to you of “The Signs of The End”: God is making fulfillment of His Promise!
So by my warning you, even at the cost of my life: If you don’t do it—if you don’t change, if you don’t get away from your wicked way, God says you will “die in your iniquity.” But if I warn you, and you still persist in wickedness, your blood is not on my hand.
And to all of you “spiritual teachers,” you “religious scientists”: Stop preaching “gospel” that does not include “The Judgment of the world” which we are now facing! What kind of “spiritual leaders” are we if we won’t warn the people?