Messenger Elijah Muhammad Speaks in Baltimore, Maryland in 1960
Messenger Elijah Muhammad Speaks in Baltimore in 1960
The following are words of Messenger Elijah Muhammad transcribed from the
…Because the devil is the only man that hides truth, so when you say
that you are afraid to tell the truth then you are on the side of the
devil or a follower of the devil or a devil yourself. I hope you don’t
think hard of me.
Now, there is much that we have to get over in a short time. I don’t want
to worry your patience here on this afternoon. Of course, it’s very warm
and I am one that is suffering the same heat you are suffering. But it is
your life at stake.
We have twenty million people in America, today, that if the truth is not
told to them, every one will die like flies.
Suppose there’s a war be declared tomorrow morning, where is it a shelter
for you? Where is it a refuge for you? I say, my friend, coming up out of
the truth, if a war would start tomorrow, a holy war, and you and I are
wise enough to see the separation that is now being made. It is not made
to fight a threatened area or government of people. It is not made to go
against a certain country. It is to fight the whole entire human family
of the planet earth. That’s the kind of war that we are in today. It is a
war that will effect every heart of every human being and child on our
The Holy Qu’ran says that that day it will be such day of trouble. Such
grief upon the people, that even it will cause even children to turn
Your Bible says, there would be such a time of trouble, never was the
likes before nor will there be the like anymore after that time. You are
entering in that time today. Who are going to aware you of these things?
Who are you looking to aware you of the trouble that is now coming upon
Are you waiting to have your slave-master to teach you this? Did he teach
you anything about God and about the religion of Your Father for 300
He whipped you away from the Bible. He dared you to enter the Church.
Right? You don’t have to say , “right”. I know I’m right.
You was not allowed in the whiteman’s church for over 300 years. Now,
today, he has opened his door to you. He has translated his Bible. He has
revised it and revised it and revised it, in and out, and now …….the
Bible’s in your home. It’s not to no chain. No chain and lock on it. It’s
open to you. Right? And you don’t understand it. And he knows you don’t
You are in his Church. He segregated your church for you. Right? He
segregated your cemetery. Right? He segregated everything. He segregated
his house for you. Didn’t he? All right, what is all of this integration
about now, today? Don’t be a fool! Wake up and get wise! If I kick you
out of my house all the week, and daring you to come in my house, and
won’t allow you to drink out of my dipper, I won’t allow you to read my
book. All right, all of a sudden, here’s the book., here’s the dipper,
here’s the door, come in, come in. If I am wise, I will get afraid. I
think now you have a trick up your sleeve.
Millions of ignorant Black people, called Negroes… You are not Negroes.
There is no such thing as a race of Negroes. And any one teach you that
you should be called Negro, you are, then, a fool for saying that you’re
a Negro. You should oppose that name by anyone who calls you that. From
this day on, tell the world that you are not a Negro, you are a member of
the Asiatic Nation and from the Tribe of Shabazz.
Again, if you will have me to tell the truth to you, you are not Johnny
Doe. You are not Sammy Brown. You are not James Culpeper. That’s just
not your name. That’s the name of your slavemaster. And as long as you
are called by their name, and you answer to it, you belong to them. By
no means will they ever teach you to get out of their name. By no means.
And that they know, I’m telling you the truth. Because that name of
theirs will take you to hell with them.
Johnny Doe, Sammy Brown is not the names of Almighty God. You have to
have a name of God to see the Hereafter. You say, “Do yours?” Yes,
Muhammad, as you call it “Mohammed”, that’s a name of God. That’s one of
God’s names. It means praised and one worthy of praise and one that is
praised and praised much. That’s what it means in English. Now, you say
you don’t want to be called “Mohammed” (chuckled). You are foolish. You
would rather be called Mr. Woodstock or Mr. Woods, or Mr. Tree, Mr.
Roundtree, or Mr. Holmes, Mr. Pigpen, or Mr. Fish, or Mr. Byrd. You’re no
bird. You’re no fish. Why you want to be called by any such name? Mr.
Sawyer. How did you become a Sawyer? Brother you never have sawed. Mr.
Ax. Brother let me tell you one thing,Get out of such names!…
God, Almighty, have said to me that He have a name for everyone of you.
These names will live forever. Your Bible teaches you that the Name of
God will live forever. And the Bible teaches you that God will come,
Right? and He will call you after His own name. All praises is due to
Allah. But He can’t call you by these names and say there His names. You
say, “names mean nothing”. Brother, stick around. Just stick around.
Your Bible is very true, if you understand it. It teaches you that all
that have the name of the Beast went down with the beast. All that had
the name of the Father or the Lamb was seen on another shore singing the
song of victory. All praise is due to Allah!
You must be awakened. Someone must awaken you. It is not the fault of the
whiteman that you are not waking up today. I’m not charging them with the
fault of you not hearing the truth or believing the truth. Because the
truth is now being sounded in your ears. They’re not trying to prevent
me from coming here to teach you the truth. That’s goes well with them
and God, but you don’t know it. They are doing a favor for themselves to
even allow the truth to come to you. You won’t be able to tell them, when
the final day comes, that “If it had not been for you, Mr. Whiteman, I
would have heard the truth”. He will tell you, “Nigger, you are lying”.
You say, “I’m afraid to go out there and listen to that “Mohammed”. Why
should you be afraid? If I am here with the truth, why should you be
afraid of the truth? Is it due to you just actually, by nature, don’t
like the truth? No! You are not like that! You are made like myself. You
love the truth! But you are afraid of the whiteman. Scared that he don’t
like it. And if he don’t like it, you will pretend like you don’t like it
and suffer the evil consequences.
He is not preventing you from taking it. The whiteman is doing a great
favor for you, in a way speaking. I don’t fault them for your ignoring
the truth. I fault you! You say, “Well didn’t they prosecute you?” Why,
certainly they did. But they had it to do. They couldn’t help it. And I
told them they couldn’t help it. As they could not help but prosecute me,
I can not help but keep telling the truth.
You are a great people! You are not what you have been taught that you
are. You are a great people. You are a member of a great Nation. A Nation
having no birth record, and have no such thing as an ending.
There is no prophecy in no Bible, by no Prophet, nor in the Holy
Qur’an, that there will come an end to the Black Nation. No prophecy! If
you find it, bring it to me and prove it, and I’m ready to get down and
stop teaching Islam.
There is no such thing as an end coming to the Blackman. He has been here
ever since we had a universe and we have history, according to the word
of God, dating back to seventy-two trillion years. Seventy-two trillions
years that same sun that you see shining out there today, has been
And we have also a history of the star which is placed in our flag of the
universe, some sixty-six trillions years ago. And we also have a
knowledge of the deportation of our planet and the moon which took place
sixty-six trillion years ago by one of our own scientists, which taken
high explosives…they are trying to find that same explosive today to
destroy the planet…he’d taken high explosives drilled a tube into our
moon, which it was called moon, and a lot of our ancient people today
refer to the earth as moon, it is moon. And filled that tube full of high
explosives, set it off and it split our planet in two.
That part that you see up there tonight, that we call moon, it was
blasted away from the original bed or pocket that we were in some 12,000
miles and it turned over, dropped all the water of that part on this
part. That’s why this part, today, it’s surface is 3/4 covered under
water because we have that water that once was on the moon.
I don’t think this is a good thing to be teaching to you, but I want to
get to your history, gradually.
Now, a Black Scientist did that sixty-six trillion years ago. He was
smart enough to try to destroy us by drilling a tube into our earth’s, as
we call it today, surface about 4,000 …miles. He split the planet and
this part dropped 36,000 miles from the original pocket and found a
pocket and it started rotating. And we are the lucky people who were on
this part that we didn’t get destroyed with those who were once on the
moon. The moon is part of our earth. The astronomers, today, they have
learned that and they believe it. And God Almighty has revealed the
secret to me and not only the secret of the moon and the earth to me, but
has also given to me the secret knowledge of more planets, other than the
earth, even to Mars, the civilization on it and they have the language of
the people on Mars and they can speak to these people, they can question
them. They can make them react to our wicked. But they can not make us
react to their will.
They are a people that is not exactly like us, but they walk on two feet,
like you and I. But they are taller than we are. And they are more
skinnier than we are. And they live 1,200 of our earth years. The white
race have been suspecting that there was life on Mars, not only on Mars
but there is life on Venus.
There is life on many of the other planets. Seven planets of our Solar
System have life on it. And it is known. But it is not known to the white
world because they are a very young people, who were just brought about
in the last 6,000 years and their science, their knowledge of astronomy
just came about here less than 500 years ago. And the old original
astronomy among our people who today, keeps his mouth shut, in order that
he may not enrich the present world with such knowledge, they have kept
it as a secret.
But today, as it is written, the secret of God and the universe must be
made known because it is the last days of this world. And, my beloved
Brothers and Sisters, you are the original people of the earth and you
have no right to be longing for social equality or integration into the
white race because you don’t belong in their blood and they don’t
belong in your blood. I want you know that.
You’d be so foolish, today, that would like to destroy your blood and
their blood by intermixing it. I don’t think you have two cents worth of
knowledge. Especially when you are the First and the Last. The First
means that you were before this world and you will be after this world.
The Last means after this world.
Why should you destroy yourself. Why should they offer you such
opportunity today, when you were lynched yesterday for even looking
towards them like you wanted to marry one of their daughters. Why do they
want you to marry their daughters today? Why do they want your sons or
your daughters to marry their sons.
There are not any intelligent white people that actually wants this thing
to happen, though they are permitting it to happen. But the lower class
of white and black love this kind of filth. It is nothing but filth. And
you, since you were a slave here for 400 years now…300 years your
parent’s back was lashed by the white slavemaster and you worked for him
for nothing and was not given any freedom whatsoever and when they said
you were free about 98 years ago, they had not given you nothing to start
with, therefore you were handicapped to leave them, because you had
nothing to go upon, so you fell right back into their power as a free
slave. Since you have become ……
….Please pardon me. They are having a little trouble with hearing on
the outside so they want to rig me up here. I’m talking about the chains
of slavery. Looks like the secretary here wants to chain me….
So you, who have suffered the lash… Your father, my father, for 300
years, has been subjected to lyncher’s rope and the limb and his father
that he cooked your flesh. He fried your flesh in the fire, for even
looking at his girl. His girl didn’t have to tell the truth. Just say
that you were looking at her like you wanted to say something, that meant
your life. Right?
What kind of fools are you now, today, wanting to marry a people who have
enslaved you and have deprived you of Freedom, Justice and Equality,
while lynching and killing your sons and daughters for even acting like
you wanted to sweet-heart with them? What kind of people are you? Are
you crazy?! You are crazy!
Will integration make you the equal with white people in America? No!
That won’t make you their equal! They are not going to give you the
privilege of being the President of America. That’s equality right there.
If you have the equal chance of becoming the President of the country,
that’s different. But you are not going to get that.
Are they going to divide their fifty states, that they have, equally with
you? No! Well why do you want to destroy yourself with them? Is it just
only a good laugh from them and a pat on the shoulder? Is it only false
promises that you want? When heaven’s doors, now, is swung wide open for
you to walk in, your own heaven with your own people and with equal
justice, equality with them, and you mean to tell me that you will take
a false promise while here is a true promise made to you by Allah? That
He will give to you wealth, and plenty wealth. He will give to you
treasures of the earth. He will give to you Friendship of the people of
the earth. He will prolong your life. What more do you want?
You have already been deceived by your slavemaster. Now, today, just
because he says you can vote for him, that that means that you’re in
heaven? Does that mean that just because he says that you can marry his
daughters and boys that he don’t care that you marry that that means you
that you have become his equal? I should say not. Because he has always
taken your women. For 400 years, he has spotted you like a leopard. There
was no equality in those days, was it?
What do you want to do today? Make a fool of yourself! Walking around, a
Black man wanting a white woman. White woman wants a Black man. But I
don’t think the white woman’s a fool. They’re not foolish. They’re wise!
They see you have opportunity to see the Hereafter. They know they don’t
have one. They know they were created for hell. They know that you were
not supposed to follow them to hell.
I say, my Beloved Brothers and Sisters, you are making a fool out of
yourself. It is you, today, who are the loser, who will reject your own
salvation. It is not that white man out there that is stopping you from
going to your own. It is you, don’t want to go to your own.
Take a peek at what the Ku Klux Klan are writing and saying about you.
Running the country with such pamphlets and ……..with the cross, your
Christian cross, on it. They take your Christian cross, set it afire on
your own yard, and then they want to beat you up. Right?
Where is the God and the Jesus that don’t protect this cross. Where are
they? He sets your church afire. Burn you and the church, both. Where is
the help of Jesus and …You have 38,303 churches in the country,
according to the government statistics. All right what are these 38,000
churches here in America doing for your Freedom and your Justice.
For 98 or more years what have they did to stop the lynchers from
lynching you. Thirty-eight thousand churches means 38,000 pastors. What
have these pastors done in the way of Freedom, Justice and Equality for
the Black man. What have they done? They couldn’t do anything for us
because the pastors have been also lynched, beaten down at the church.
Where was their help. If they were sent from God, they must have hid
Himself behind the tree somewhere. He didn’t come to your help, when you
were being beat out of the church, dragged around over the streets,
beaten up in the jailhouse. When your license was revoked, where did your
God go? Did He tell the white man to give them back to you? What happened?
I say, my friend, I’m just here with the truth. And don’t care nothing
about it hurting. The knife hurts you on the operation table, but it’s
trying to get rid of that which is hurting you. So if this truth is
hurting you, while I’m operating on you, you will feel good afterwards.
At least, I’m sure after a while you will be healed and you will walk
The Ku Klux Klan says this is not a different race of people, this is the
Southern white people and the Northern white people. What do they put out
here before you and I? The Klan says …”Fire your nigger” They want you
to be fired off from their jobs so that you will become helpless, perish
to death, be subject to them so that they can treat you as they want to.
I say, they are not they only ones. There’re some Klansmen around here in
Catholic churches, in Baptist churches, in Methodist churches, in
Sanctified churches. There are Ku Klux Klans every where. I saw lots of
them as I was coming to Baltimore today. They don’t have to put on a
hood! He says here, “some white men…” I want you to listen, because you
are the type of people who are so foolish, you just love, love, love
everybody but yourself. And you have that old foolish teaching among you,
talking about, “We must love everybody. We must love our enemy.” You are
a bigger fool…”Do good by them”. He appointed them to destroy them.
Now, if you are going to do good by them, then you are one of them. Your
not with God. You are with the enemy of God.
He says, “We must defend ourselves. Now, they must defend themselves.
Think over that, now. They must defend themselves. You’re their slave,
but they must defend themselves. They have you here, helpless, under
their foot, in their power, don’t have anything but employment of a job
among them. Don’t own one state in their union, Don’t own one seat in the
Supreme Court. You don’t have a representative sitting there to represent
your people here for Justice on the Supreme Court. Right? You don’t have
one there. You don’t one in no other court, though you are there
pretending that you are seeking Justice, but you are giving the justice
according to the way that they want you to give it. And I always hate to
go before a Black judge because I know he’s going to throw The Book at me
in order to get promoted by the white man.
Why are you like that? Because you are filled with fear. And this fear
was put into you, when you were babies and you nursed it from your
mother’s breast. She also nursed it from her mother’s breast. It’s been
uphold centuries. For centuries it has come down to you, put here in the
Negro. What must we do today to get that fear out of you? Teach you the
knowledge of yourself, and the knowledge of your God, and the knowledge
of Islam, the true religion. And when you accept these three, you’ll
have no more fear.
The Alabama Klansman who nailed the sign on the tree…There’s a sign on
a tree there in Alabama, it reads: “White people fire your nigger
workers.” Down in Alabama, where you slaved for him those 300 years. in
servitude slavery. Right. Now, he says, “Fire that nigger. Get him out of
here.” He don’t need you no more. Right? He has invented machines;
tractors, to plow his earth for him. He don’t need you to plow no mules
anymore. He has his own machinery to harvest his crops. He don’t need you
to harvest his crops. What does he need with you? “So, go fire the old
nigger. Put him out. He’s beginning to think, now, he wants to be one of
us. Get rid of this nigger ’round here asking to be white folks.”
You, here in Baltimore, in Washington, and in New York, and in
Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, all throughout the Northern country
and West and Eastern part of the country, in Boston, running around
grabbing the arm of white people, “Oh yes, it’s all right for us to mix
here.” I should take you and drop you in the Atlantic Ocean for being
You don’t think over the brutality that is going on daily on the heads of
your own Black men and women. Some of your women are beaten and trampled
upon like beast. And yet, you stand with folded arms unable to do
anything, but just say, “umph, umph, umph, that’s a shame, that’s a
shame” It is a shame for you to stand up there, a big old Black strong
man and say “umph, umph, umph”! If you’d get up and fight like hell, you
would not need to say “umph, umph, umph”.
“I’m scared. I’m scared. They may beat me. I’m scared”. You should be
beaten. If I had an old coward people like that, I would beat you myself.
Unable to fight back, well, “I’d just beat you at will. Every time you’d
make me angry, I’d beat you. I would do the same and you would do the
same. Nobody respects a coward. But everybody respects a fighter. You
have been made harmless. And a good name the Bible gives to you – Sheep.
We are just like sheep. The wold helps himself to the sheep and the
others parade right around there and say nothing. They don’t try to put
up no fight. No.
I say to you my friend. You couldn’t live no where on this planet with
such cowardice in you. This kind of coward is not absolutely welcomed by
no nation. Even your Black African Brother will not welcome you with such
cowardice. I know many of you have been to Africa and I was there the
first of the year myself. Many of you. But they don’t want no cowards.
They want people that have some backbone. Not a boneless person who will
fold up at anything. They want a backbone in you. And yet you say,
“Let’s go to Africa”. Who wants you?! In your condition, they don’t want
I travelled from Turkey, stopping in every capital, all the way down to
Sudan and Ethiopia and back to Arabia and visited Jedda, Mecca and Medina
and stopped in that other little place out there where the oil wells is
going on. I forget the name of it.. and into Pakistan and left out at
Pakistan. And I talked with everyone that was worthwhile. And I know that
they are really happy that I am teaching you Islam, but they know that I
am having a hard job doing it. So many of them with tears in their eyes,
running down their cheeks, saying to me, hugging and kissing me, saying,
“Brother, I pray Allah that you be successful in getting our people into
Islam, that we may be united again. We will get out of our houses, here,
for them.” They’re are offering you their homes. They’re offer you
absolute palaces to give you if you will come to them. They said to me,
“if you would stay here with us, if you don’t like this palace, we will
build you one.” I said, “No, no. I must go back to my people, because I
have a job to do.”
They are real happy that you are now, some few of you, are accepting
Islam. Why? Because they know that Islam is the religion of the people of
earth. And that if you don’t accept it, today, you are the loser. They
can’t help you. They can’t take you back in their home believing in
Christianity. They are driving Christianity off their land, off their
soil. Chasing it away, and throwing the Bible back to the missionary,
telling him to get out with his book and don’t come back. They are doing
that. And no Jesus and no God is chasing them for doing such.
My friend, you could take and do away with all of the Christianity on the
face of the earth. The kind that you have. And The God will smile to you
and Bless you.
Jesus’ religion was not Christianity. Christianity came after his death.
I want you to know that. You know it yourself. Christianity is an
idolized religion and it stays in the hands of those who organized it.
They have the head of the Church, they call him Father. They recognize
him as Father – The Pope of Rome. Right? That is the head of the Church
and the Father of it. And you say, the head of my church is Jesus. When
did Jesus head the church? Is there a prophecy in the Bible that he was
even the judge of the church? No.
The Bible, the last book in the Bible, teaches you that when Elijah come.
What Elijah says to you, after him, God will appear. And God will appear
in His Holy Temple and not in a church. Holy Temple means the Mosque of
Islam. Not these kinds of things, brother, that you have here. In this
house God put his name. God never put his name in the Church. No. No.
He put his name in the Mosque of Islam. Not in the Church.
I say to you, you are wrong for believing like that, but you are not
absolutely responsible for it because you had no Teacher of your own for
the last three or four hundred years. I’m your first direct Teacher from
God, so I don’t charge you for believing like you are, but I will charge
you for remaining in such foolish things.
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