THE PAPER: THE NO. 1 PROGRAM
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Messenger of Allah, speaks on the Muhammad Speaks Newspaper, Sunday, November 4, 1962
There is truth in our newspaper, Muhammad Speaks! There are some of us who say we are willing to give our lives for the truth or that we will die for Islam. Yet, we are not willing to go out and among the public and offer the truth to our dead Brother living right next door to us! Think over that!
The truth is right in our paper. Your dead brother who is living next door to you, does not know it! Why don’t you go knock on his door? Say: “Brother, wouldn’t you like to read this? Here it is.” You are then helping to raise the dead. You are doing charitable work for the cause of truth. However, you say, “I cannot sell papers.” Why are you telling me, brother, that you will give your life? You cannot give your life for that which you will not give your time.
Some of us show that when we sell the paper, we care nothing about the truth. We take the money we make for the paper and use it for ourselves instead of using it for the truth, by paying for our papers. You should be ashamed of yourself! You should sell a million papers in Detroit alone. The people are not rejecting the paper. It is you who is refusing to carry the paper to the people. You are the one. The people want the paper!
Throughout the country, I find very little opposition to the Muhammad Speaks Newspaper. Everyone now wants to read what Muhammad is saying. I don’t blame them! Anytime a man comes under the chains of bondage of the white man, then speaks and says the things Muhammad is saying, I would walk ten (10) miles to buy one. If you give them to me to sell, I would not sleep until I was turned down by all of the people with an arm full of papers.
Brothers, this paper will get you rest. It will bring life to you. It will unshackle you. It will establish you on something that is your own. Be ashamed of yourselves. You have the preachings. So go sell a paper to the person without the truth from the one who is preaching. Do your part of charity toward the truth.
Don’t say: “you don’t have time”. Yet you have time to “die for the truth” but no time to represent truth. Of which one are you telling the truth.
Allah is bringing light to a people that sits in darkness – all praise is due to Allah.
There are many who have not even been to a meeting of Islam. The paper gets the truth to them. The Christian world is on fire, but Islam will live in a cool place!
Note to Minister: Our newspaper is very important. I am charging you with the responsibility of instilling the followers at your Temple the spirit to put a successful effort on your own.
This paper must go into every home, every issue. This paper must not die because of the lack of enthusiasm or effort.
Note: What we are asking is small compared to what the devil is asking for us and even his own people.
The devil will take people into his army for two or three years and some lose an arm, a leg or an eye and may even become paralyzed for his cause. Being asked to sell Muhammad Speaks is not half as bad as that!!!