Letter to the Ministers, March 11, 1965
The following is a letter written on March 11, 1965 by Messenger Elijah
Muhammad to his Ministers.
In the Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Most Merciful Saviour, Master
of the Day of Requital. To Him alone do I submit and seek refuge.
Dear Brother, Minister:
The quality of being prepared is a necessary qualification of being a
Minister. The best way to help me is by the methods I select for you. If
you are not going to help the way I want you to help, it is best that you
do not do anything. I’ll do it myself.
If I interpret scripture for you, tell these interpretations as I
stated them. Tell you audience I told you. The people know you did not
get it from yourself.
You are to follow the way I tell you to go. God gives it to me. I got
the Message from Allah. I have nothing to do with the Message of Allah
but deliver it to you.
It is written that out of the lamb’s mouth came a two-edge sword (the
Truth) which was sufficient to destroy the lies of the beast.
You should study the life and works of the Messenger in the Bible and
Holy Qur’an. There is nothing in the Messenger’s life which is not
written in a book.
Study everything in the book. Defend the Messenger with everything
you learn from the books pertaining to him and put it in the proper place
Study the Bible and Qur’an. You cannot take Yacub’s history and defend
it as I can. It is best that you teach the people what you heard me
teach. You are bearing witness to the people that I am the man from God.
You are to show proof that compares with predictions.
You have not seen God but you believe that I have seen Him. You are
teaching this to the people. Do not make the mistake of not keeping the
Messenger in Front.
It is very tempting for you to make people think you got something
from yourself. Allah is Watching you. He is the one who exalts you.
You must first learn if the people are believers. This is one of the
main things holding the Temples back.
Beware of this Ministers, you must be tried. Maybe some of you may be
put in jail and beaten but Allah will deliver you out of it all if you
are true believers as He did me and others. Hold on to what I have taught
you about me and our work.
As Ministers, I want to assure you that you have no right to fear! I
am not responsible for belief. Allah holds me responsible for the clear
deliverance of the Message. Allah told me, “nobody wants us but me” This
we know to be true. Allah blesses us with safety.
As Allah told me and the Holy Qur’an teaches the Messenger, “All fear
shall be removed from you and nor shall you grieve.” Do I show any fear
of anything to you? I rely on Allah.
Do like I tell you and you will be successful. If you have the least
doubt in me as the Messenger of Allah, do not follow me. I am Warning
you. If I find any Minister acting weak, out he goes. If you have any
weakness, it will grow.
Forget about your wants. The Holy Qur’an teaches do it like the
Allah’s greatest desire and my greatest desire is for you to believe
the truth. The Holy Qur’an is a Message put in the mouth of the last
We are building a new world. I have to follow close to my Lord. You
have to follow close to me to follow Him.
The Holy Qur’an says: Whatever Allah and His Apostle say, you say, we
hear and obey.
If Allah allows or causes me to be killed or die a natural death that
does not mean that you should turn back or take what I have taught to be
I am the Last Messenger to you. The ones coming after me are Executors
and not Messengers, of those who do not believe.
It was Noah, God talked to about the flood. It was Moses, whom God
talked to about the destruction of Pharoah.
Do the best you can and your names will be like stars.
May the peace and blessings of Allah forever be upon you.
Messenger of Allah
March 11, 1965
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