Messenger Elijah Muhammad on Muslim Conduct
Reprinted from Muhammad Speaks July 7, 1961.
We now are seeking the respect of the nations of the Earth. To get
this respect, or recognition, we must lay aside any old ignorant habits
practiced from birth. Being “loud” to self in public, is not good
manners. Too much “joking….yelling” at one another in public, using
“ugly-indecent language, swearing” at each other, calling each other
names, singing “foolish and filthy songs,” “dancing” and “shaking,
twisting” the body in public, “lusting” and looking with wanton eyes at
each other, “smoking, drinking the fire spirit” is no good. “Chewing, or
using tobacco” in any form, “form fitting clothes,” the wearing of shorts
by women or men in public is indecent. “Going bare-legged” in public,
“gambling, games of chance and whistling” is forbidden.
Keep the mind and body clean. Take frequent baths. A total bath should be
taken daily. “STOP EATING THE SWINE FLESH,” it is Divinely Prohibited
flesh. Two-thirds of our ailments can be traced to the eating of this
poisonous animal called the swine. Go cleanly dressed.
If you have only one suit, keep it clean. “Keep your house clean.” The
woman should “never” invite, or allow “strange-men” to come into her home
in the absence of her husband, father, brother (the son of her father).
Show respect for self and others. Respect and “honor” men in authority,
whether they respect you…or not. Provoke no one! Don’t steal, or take
“advantage” of one another because of the freedom to do so. “DON’T
QUARREL AND FIGHT EACH OTHER.”
For we are brothers – same flesh and blood. Would you like to continue
destroying your own flesh and blood? Would you like this? Protect your
daughters and women from evil and filth. Protect them from the love of
“strange men.” Rid yourselves of laziness, “be smart and industrious.”
Do good and “righteousness,” regardless to whom or where. Be not
wasteful, help to build a better future for self and kind.
“Patronize” your own people’s business. “Spend” your dollars among your
own kind. Serve “One God, Allah.” One religion-ISLAM, BE NOT DIVIDED.
Have love, unity, brotherhood first among yourselves. Help to secure a
home on this earth that we can call our own. “Do something for self and
kind in the way of building a better future where we can enjoy “Peace,
Security, free from the shadow of death of our enemies.”