Falsehood and Hypocrisy!
Reprinted from the May 28, 1971 edition of Muhammad Speaks Newspaper
By John Woodford, Editor
a costly two – full – page ad in the New York Times to explain its position. AFTER ALGERIA nationalized some oil properties and simply declared its sovereignty without compensation over others, Western oil interests, through the governments and media they control, announced on one hand that they are being ‘generous’ to Algeria in how much they say Algeria should be paid but on the other hand, if Algeria greatly disagrees with them over this matter they threaten to bring the range of legal methods’ into action. ALGERIA DECIDED to answer the oil monopolies at great length not because they love or fear these plundering giants or want to contribute to the New York Times, but because the falsehoods being spread are dangerous poisons which, if swallowed, will infect the minds of people struggling to be free all over the earth. THE OIL COMPANIES base their arrogance on the notion that they have a legal right to the wealth under another national State’s soil. Algeria points out that this claim is in direct opposition to international law ALGERIA PROVED that the lie is intended to make Algeria pay French companies an ‘indemnity’ for Algeria’s own public property which ‘cannot therefore become a property of any company, Algerian or foreign,’ unless the Algerian State grants a concession. THIS USE of hypocrisy and falsehood to force Black people to do without something which is ours by right or to pay double or triple to get back something which was stolen from us is not a new trick. But each time it is used it must be exposed or otherwise it will do its damage. THE NATION OF ISLAM, and particularly The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, are being assaulted right now by the same falsehood and hypocrisy used against Algeria .And as in the case of Algeria, the truth is a sufficient defense WHITE PEOPLE use to attack the Nation of Islam directly. But this had the wrong effect for them so today Black people are encouraged if they either attack Mr. Muhammad’s program or if they ignore it and pretend it does not exist so that Mr. Muhammad’s achievements can be credited to others. SOME BLACKS who are caught up in this deceitful activiy are aware of what they are doing; others are no doubt exploited through their own ingorance.To protect the latter group from undeserved hostility I will mention no names in listing examples of hypocrisy and falsehood : A BLACK MAGAZINE writer recently gave the late Malcolm credit for starting Muhammad Speaks newspaper. This is an error often repeated. True, there was a publication. Mr.Muhammad Speaks which Malcolm helped start. But this paper was based upon the newspaper columns which Messenger Muhammad had long published in other Black newspapers and upon Malcolm’s own speeches. It’s emphasis did not include news. FURTHERMORE THE MESSENGER puhlished a small newssheet called Muslim News in the 1930′s when Malclom was a boy. Muhammad Speaks, the national and international newspaper, was begun under the direction of Mr.Muhammad, with Herbert Muhammad, Eugene Majied, John Ali and Lavinia X (Jones) putting together the first edition in the basement of Mosque No. 2 in Chicago. TO POINT OUT the truth does not mean one bears malice toward Malcolm or the family surviving him. But all men can rest more easily if their reputations are based on the truth. IN THIS REGARD let me mention another popular misconception spread recently by a great Black actor – director – playwright. This man gave Malcolm credit for rescuing the word ‘ Black’ from the degradation and slander placed upon it for so many years by white racists. We can all be happy when another Black person, or anyone for that matter, recognizes the crime committed against Black people through corrupt use of the word ‘Black BUT WE MUST INSIST at the same time that credit for this great change be given to the man who led this recovery of our heritage. It is hard to think that anyone supporting Freedom, Justice and Equality for Black people could either forget or ignore the fact that The Honorable Elijah Muhammad championed the dignity of ‘Black’ – of the word and of the people — when it embarrassed almost all of us if the word dropped from our lips unless we were cursing. AND SPEAKING OF Freedom, Justice, and Equality – one of the most powerful slogans ever advanced by an oppressed nation-listen to what a noted Black college president says on that score in a recent article: HE (MALCOLM) was symbolic of an unquenchable desire for freedom. His unrelenting stance on questions of justice, equality and freedom appealed to their (young Blacks) fierce indignation over their frustrating condtion.’ (Emphasis added) . CHANGING THE ORDER of the words does not make them Malcolm’s as any good scholar would know. But not content with this misinformation, the Black college official goes on to credit Malcolm with the following ‘guiding precepts’ which all informed Black people in the country – those with degrees and those denied formal education – know are part of Mr. Muhammad’s fundaental teachings. Here is the quote: ‘ HE (MALCOLM) believed that “heaven and hell were conditions of life endured by people right here on earth; the Black man will never get respect until he learns to respect his woman… Black people must turn their backs on tobacco, liquor, narcotics, dancing, gambling,movies, lying, stealing and domestic quarreling. ‘ NOW IF MALCOLM himself were sufficient to do in life or in death (which is where white oppressors bestow ‘approval’ on Black freedom fighters as Mr. Muhammad has long tried to make us see) what this Black colleges president claims he can, why would newspapers schools,o magazines and other things controlled by some of the worst white people provide so much time and space for praise of Malcolm? YOU CAN SEE though the phony generosity, though, when you read in the college official’s article a suggestion that Malcolm’s life and book became a basis for a new religion for Black people ! Those who would play Peter or Paul to Malcolm will find the white American versions of the Caesars quite willing to play along. They know what such a movement will aid them. Just look what they have gained through the Vatican ! OUR ENEMIES ARE especially happy when Black people leading such a movement show this kind of insensitivity and ignorance to the nature of Islam. I again quote the college official: ‘…..A BLACK ex – convict labeled a hustler, and worse, and converted as a Muslim in the Nation of Islam and ultimately to the Moslem religon; (Emphasis added ) MANY PEOPLE indcate only their ignorance by showing that they think there is some significant difference between the words ‘Muslim’ and ‘Moslem’. PEOPLE, WHITE and misguided Black, are so ready to imply that a theological or religiousy system of Black people in North America mustbe phony or of some inferior quality in comparison to ‘true’ religion based in other lands that thay make fools of themselves putting great significance in spelling of ‘Muslim’ or of ‘Muhammad’, ‘ Mohammed ‘, ‘Mohamet’ or any of the many variations . MANY WORDS from other alphabets are spelled in different forms. The only dfference between Muslim’ and ‘Moslem’ or ‘Muhammad’ and other forms is that those used by the Nation of Islam are more faithful to the Arabc alphabet. THE LIST OF hypocritical and false practices is by no means used up in these few examles. But regardless of the method used- and even regardless of the motive -the SOME PEOPLE WANT to build a backward movement by goading unstable youths to violence when such tactics can only aid our enemies in legitimizing an escalation of their genocidal policies – such people are attempting to use Malcolm to mislead his sincere admirers. His good qualities – the long, hard study put in under the guidnace of Mr.Muhammad are ignored. And what our youths are really being told is that by being a degenerate, a hustler and quick – to – kill they are being ‘revolutionary’ like the ‘real Malcolm’ , the result is to distort Black history and to base an appeal to Black youth today upon the sandy grains of half – truths, fantasies and wild emotions pre – Muslim Malcolm. OTHER YOUNG BLACKS are being told that Malcolm discovered some great, abstract ‘Moslem’ or ‘humannistic’ or some other label of ‘Truth’ in the last eleven months of his life THIS NAMELESS MYSTICAL abstraction they would have impressionable Blacks substitute for a program of real social progress in health, housing and education, for emphasis on the well- being of the most downtrodden and exploited Black people, for dignity bestowed on hard work and for soldarity among all Black people who sincerely want progress — all of which are consistently advanced by Messenger Muhammad year in and year out .YOU CAN MEASURE the effectiveness of Mr. Muhammad’s program by comparing it to the cleearly understandable program and goals he sets forth. This is the kind of leader and leadership – basis that our enemies do not want us to have, one based on real things and events in the real world.
THE FALSEHOOD AND HYPOCRISY of French and US oil companies have angered the Algerian government so much it decided to pay for
THAT IS WHY so much hypocrisy and falsehood surround information about the Nation of Islam today.
WHITEMAN AND THE HYPOCRITES LOVE MALCOLM
Reprinted from Muhammad Speaks October 3, 1969
A great affront has been made to the Black people of Chicago and America by naming a school after Malcolm right in the home of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Long have we witnessed the efforts to make a martyr out of Malcolm Little, known better as Malcolm X. Many times people have said— nothing should be said about or against Malcolm X as this brings about an element of division in the Black community. It is known and let it be understood, that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is 100 per cent for the Black man in America. The only division has come from the Black man being divided from the Honorable Elijah Muhammad by awkward leadership and the overt and sublineal intervention of our former slave masters. This effort throughout the country to glorify Malcolm by the former slave master and his puppets, is a great attempt to weaken the leadership position of Messenger Muhammad or to embarrass him and finally to make and fester a bed of opposition to Messenger Muhammad. It is not an issue of can’t Muhammad withstand opposition as Messenger Muhammad’s ability to overcome his opposition is a test of his being the Messenger of God and further proof to his opponents and provides an opportunity for Allah to make Himself known by backing up and supporting the Honorable Elijah Muhammad over any and all his opponents. Muhammad’s opponents are considered by him and God as a gnat chewing at a mountain. But Messenger Muhammad’s job is saving souls of a fallen people, the Black man of America. It is in this realm, keeping our people from avoiding a confromtation of fire, the issue of Malcolm is brought up so Black people may avoid the false impetus provided by that tragedy of building up reverence for Malcolm. Just as America is concerned and anxious over the present Viet Nam crisis and is eager not to get involved in another self-destroying crisis . . . so, too is Messenger Muhammad even greater concerned in saving the lives of the Black man of America from the doom and destruction divinely planned for America. In view of this development by the slavemaster and unknowing jealous and envious Black leaders to get Black people to defect to idol or hero worship of Malcolm or some other Black or white man as his benefactor or Saviour is why this issue is brought up. It is not on digging into the grave of Malcolm and presenting and rehashing irrelevant issues. No! This is the argument of the unknowing, but the scholars and scientists know Messenger Muhammad is going about the only work among the dead of bringing the Black man of America from a dead state to the live state. Long have the Black people of America had self-styled , hand-picked establishment (power structure, the man downtown and funded government – sponsored organizations) leaders. This is not the case of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, who boldly states that he is the direct representative of God, as a Messenger, and was chosen in person by God, Who came in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad. None of Mr. Muhammad’s statements of being the Apostle of God have been challenged or disproven by any theologians. Let us examine the psychology behind naming an institution here in Chicago after Malcolm. What was the motive behind this? Long has the white man taken up the mantle of the fallen and the dead among Blacks for them to idolize and to follow. Mind you now , the white man does not advocate the worship of Malcolm for his people; but only for those Blacks who are inclined to doing Black in parts; to keep them from accepting the the whole realm of Black as advocated and preached by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad for the past 39 years. It is only after Malcolm turned hypocrite to the religion of Islam and his teacher, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, did the white man take up the exportation of Malcolm as an example for Black people. Why didn’t the white man do this before the fall of Malcolm from the graces of Islam, the religion he professed to be in and taught during the more than nine years he followed the Honorable Elijah Muhammad? Malcolm, himself, acknowleded that his awareness of Black and the preachings of it all came from the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and many examples of his speeches or writings prior to his fall as a hypocrite (religious term used to describe one who turns away from that which he professed or believes; militarily, they are called traitors; and, politically, they are called turncoats). Long have we witnessed the white man doleing out pieces of things as “meat on a bone” to keep the Black man from going to his own; such as “reward after you die” (a lie which has been exploded by the teaching of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and not commonly believed by the Blackman ). “Masonry” represents 33 degrees, a fraction of the truth, as Islam represents the whole of it–360 degrees. “Greek letters, fraternities and sororities” as a form of brotherhood as Islam represents the base of all brotherhood. And now, the idolization of Malcolm’s and Martin Luther King’s as examples for Black people to follow. We are well on to this trick of picking dead men (Jesus, Booker T.Washington, Martin Luther King and now Malcolm). If there is someone in America or the world who loves Black today, they must attribute this tendency to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. It is easy to see why we pick up fallen and discarded leadership as we have been raised in a slave-mental environment. But it is time that we do not fall victim to that human tragedy that occurs from smaller men because of jealousy and envy. It is known that the division of Blacks is perpetrated by church leaders who are trying to cover their false spiritual teachings in a variety of do-for self plans taken from the teaching of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. If Black is loved so well, why don’t these leaders and their followers patronize the Salaam Restaurant where they know, and the world knows the best of food is prepared at prices adjusted to the Black community and not with the excuse or reason that smoking is not allowed and no drinks are served and indecency is not permitted. If Black is loved so well, why don’t they and their followers patronize Your Supermarket, which sets an outstanding example of superior products being offered for sale in meats, dairy, produce and staples. If Black is loved so well , why don’t they acknowledge and follow the man who has made it so predominate in getting to the root of it all by letting us know that we are the Asiatic Blackman. The Black man of America will not be fooled by all this glorification and elevation of Malcolm. Malcolm was nothing more than a student of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and not even a good student as he did not keep on the right path of continuing to follow the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Why does the whiteman resurect Malcolm? Why does the whiteman want you to think Malcolm was a wonderful teacher and why didn’t God save Malcolm from guns which brought him down? Messenger Muhammad stands before you and your guns but Messenger Muhammad has the power with him Who has power over the gun holder and the gun. You can’t kill him unless God allows you to. The whiteman knows he would be committing suicide, but he would like for you to do it. Why would he think Martin Luther King was so great for you? Why didn’t he let him stay alive? White people killed him. He decided to try to integrate with you, honor you and yet you killed him. Is this the pay for us all trying to integrate with you? Martin Luther King nor his successor have had any success. Malcolm was for continuing the rule of the white man when he went back to him and began preaching the whiteman as an equal to or superior to the Black man. If worshippers of a dead Jesus are coming to a naught, what do you expect to happen to you who are now being deceived into Malcolm lovers? We say both phony Black leadership and the white groups trying to prevent the divine prophesy of the religion of the Black man by intervention of God through an appointed Messenger, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. But the Black man will not be fooled by these plans of self-help, Head Start, Black Capitalism, Black Nationalism,Afro-Americanism and other pseudoplans which are designed only for one thing, to keep the Black community specifically away from accepting the right teaching of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Our heritage is more than tribalism, hair dos, dances and music. It goes further back than West Asia being named Africa by Alexander. Muhammad goes to the root to give us a high civilization. Malcolm’s brother, Philbert Omar — who introduced Malcolm to the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the Minister of Muhammad’s Mosque No.1 in Detroit, Michigan; and Malcolm’s older brother, Brother Wilbert, is in the Mosque there also. They too, like the rest of us, had and have the opportunity to go and join the ideas Malcolm advocated after turning hypocrite but they chose to stay with the righteous in the right path the Messenger is preparing for us. Would be worshippers of Malcolm would do well to think many times before pursuing along this idiotic course. It is already well written and documented, the doom and destruction God would put on our slavemaster. The white man honors and respects Messenger Muhammad. The Black man of America should follow him.