Messenger condemns False Teachings
Messenger condemns False Teachings
Transcribed from the audio-tapped lecture of Messenger Elijah Muhammad on
October 15, 1972
We are here to correct you of some of your mistakes, and to declare
your innocence of those mistakes. Some of those mistakes you are guilty
We want to correct you in the public so the public won’t think that
we are going along with these mistakes, of backing you up in them. I
don’t back you up in that which is other than the truth. I don’t care
what you say, because it could be on me. “Mr. Muhammad, you are God, you
are Master Fard Muhammad.” Don’t tell me that. Master Fard Muhammad is
the One that I’m representing. I am the man who just wants to take my own
place, and then leave the place that I don’t belong in to the man who
I have heard some of you so-called believers putting your place in
somebody else’s place and making yourselves somebody else. What you are
making is other than the truth.
We want our people to be converted out of un-truth into truth. We
don’t want to add nothing to the truth, because that will make it other
than the truth.
We’re going to make it a habit of exposing you before those whom you
lied to, letting them know that you were not telling them the truth.
I don’t back you up in telling other than the truth. I am going to
force those who are seeking truth to not to back you up in it, and to
walk out on you, because I’m going to tell them the truth. If you tell
them other than the truth, I’m going to tell them that you told other
than the truth right before their face, like you told them other than the
truth to their face. I’m going to tell them the truth to their face.
I’m not here to preach lies, I’m here to preach the truth. You have
lived under falsehood all your lives. The truth has come and falsehood
We were born under falsehood; consequently, we love falsehood rather
than truth. As the Bible puts it, “They’re born under darkness, we love
darkness rather than light; so, when light comes we flee back looking for
You have many things being taught and put out to the people as though
I teach you that, so you will get your lies accepted.
Brothers and sisters, I do not teach the people other than the truth.
What I teach is truth. I’m not here to add anything to the truth. I’m not
here trying to make you think I’m something that I’m not.
If you think that I’m trying to make you see me in the light of
something I’m not, get your book and come on and I will get my book and
will prove to you that I don’t go beyond the scope of my mission which
Allah has given to me.
If I say anything beyond what I’ve been missioned to do, which you
can’t find me backed up in the scripture of truth, come to me and I’ll
pay you a hundred dollars for every word – oh no, that’s not enough, ten
thousand dollars then for every story that I tell you which is other than
If you find anything I’m doing that you can prove is other than
righteous, I will give you ten thousand dollars if the answer cannot be
located in the scripture of truth.
There never was a false prophet sent to the people in the past, and
this is not one standing before you. Some of the things that I do, you
may label as being other than right, but that’s just because you have not
read the scriptures. You haven’t learned what the Last Man should look
like, what he should do or how that the book teaches you that he is a
Fulfiller. You don’t take the time to read what a Fulfiller is.
When a man comes to you and is sent by another one, and tells you
that he fulfills Jonah’s scriptures, well then , you should go and read
Jonah and learn what Jonah did, to see if whether or not this man
fulfills his work. Fulfill means to do the same work which that man did.
If the man you’re talking to corresponds, then he’s fulfilling; however
if you don’t see Jonah’s work, in this man’s work, then he doesn’t
fulfill Jonah’s work. Fulfill means to do what another one does. So be
careful about how you label people to be something that they are not.
I want you to know that I don’t condone falsehood, and if you want to
do so, you are not following me, you’re following yourself.
I have some brothers who are just going out making up text of their
own and delivering it to you to believe.
I’m going to teach you the history of Jesus as Allah gave it to me,
but please don’t you try teaching it unless you’re going to teach the
Some of you are going wild, telling everything you think. We don’t
want what you think, we want what God has taught us. We want His thinking
and not yours.
This is what gives the people a wrong understanding of us. Here
stands a liar on this corner and there stands a truth bearer on that
corner. The people don’t know which one to believe. The liar just says
whatever comes up. All you know is how to tell something different from
what you’ve learned. I don’t want that kind of man or woman following me.
Don’t add to what you hear me saying, nor take from what you hear me
saying. It is the truth that I have received. When you go adding and
taking from it, you make it other than the truth.
I want to tell new people to stop listening to any such talk or
teaching that is not the same words that I am teaching. I would rather
for all of them to come hear what I am saying directly, and if they find
me telling other than the truth, then the whole teaching is other than
You won’t find me telling you other than the truth. Not nothing I
say. If you think I’m telling other than the truth, come and explain to
me what you think is other than the truth and I will give you a check for
ten thousand dollars before you leave here. If that’s not enough, I will
make it ten thousand times ten thousand.
My goal to God is to tell you the truth, because a liar reared us and
we can’t leave that liar with his lie. We have to have the truth to GO
Anything that I say, you’re always welcomed to question me on it. I
don’t run from you just because you want to ask questions. I should say
not; I’m here for you to question me on the knowledge of the truth, which
You are offered that freedom by God Himself, Who taught me to ask Him
questions and learn all about myself. I’m equipped with the truth from
Almighty God Allah. Some of it you may not understand, but don’t try
condemning that which you don’t understand yourself. Don’t fancy out
nothing. Just tell the plain old truth.
I want to straighten out these false teachings, so that you may know
the truth from myself who received it directly from the mouth of God.
As I said, I’m willing to pay with my life for lying to you, if you
find me lying. No, I’m not going to lie; no sir, I’m going to tell you
the truth even if only one of you listens to it. I won’t add a lie to it
to make a house full of people listen to it. I’m going to teach you the
A person could say, “I come to a place like this and you mislead me,
telling other than the truth of what the Messenger has taught? Well
brother, I don’t care to walk with you in the Gate.”
What do you think I am, a liar? Try and prove it. I’m here directly
from the face of God, as it’s written. I didn’t come of my own; I was
raised up in your midst and sent to teach you the truth. No man on Earth
could teach you what I’m teaching you.
Why do you add to it? Why do you throw lies into it? As people listen
to you, they will tell it, then you will be brought before me one day and
I have the power with God to put a finishing touch on you.
I’m certainly very dissatisfied with you rising up and taking hold of
the truth, then putting it back before the people as lies from yourself.
We may not like you after a while and I’m asking you to stop before we
dislike you. When saying, “We,” I mean God Himself and I.
You are doing wrong things. We are here to kill the liar and destroy
him who has destroyed the people of righteousness, by misleading them in
the way of other than the truth.
This is a good way to learn who your brother is. Just make up lies
and go tell it to the people, making them think I’m teaching you that. It
means you are coming to me. I’m not teaching the people other than the
truth. It is you who are taking and ripping the truth apart by adding
parts of your own lies to it. You won’t get away with it. I’m most
certainly that little fellow who’s called a Lamb in the Bible, bound to
get you for it.
Why would you come here to get truth to go and tell other than the
truth with it? Get truth now, then add other than the truth to it. You
shouldn’t come here; this is the wrong place. This is where you come to
learn the truth.
I defy you to prove what I teach here is other than the truth. I do
that every time I get on the stand.
I want people who love the truth. I want people who love the results
of truth and the result of the lies and the liar. I can prove everything
I preach to you, everything. I prove to you that it is the truth, not
only that, everything I do can prove that it’s the truth.
We believe that we have very intelligent people. We want them to
listen to the truth, even to something of business which we should be
doing and not to a lot of little brothers who don’t know what they’re
talking about, just opening up their mouths saying what they think.
I want you to know that I’m not participating in such foolishness and
I don’t teach any. They’re the foolish brother or sister who take the
teaching and try making themselves look wise, but are actually making
themselves look like a fool. I don’t condone nothing of the kind. The
truth alone is sufficient to make you admire it or you can disbelieve and
leave it alone.
We are trying to make you see the importance of us doing something
for self. I have, with the help of Allah, believers who follow me to
bring to you an example of people who want to do something for self and
if you are qualified to help us, come in and help. We will greatly
appreciate your help and pray to Allah to give you the quality if you
don’t have what’s needed to join up with us.
We learned of some of our people who are qualified to help build.
We’re coming after you. You’re not rejected nor anyone else. We just want
the people who can build according to the blueprints we give them. If you
cannot build according to the blueprint, don’t accept the job, because
you hurt your reputation with your own people.
We don’t want you cast out of the job that we could have the money
borrowed to have done. Confess what you can do. Don’t tell us what you
cannot do. We’re real glad if you can do it, but don’t accept a job if
you know you can’t do it, just because you are our brother. Just say,
“Brother, I’m your brother, but I can’t do this job.” Then we will know
what to do, but don’t take a job from us knowing you’re not qualified to
do it; no, that hurts you and us. We want to admire your ability to do
I’m so happy to learn that we have people among us who can do
anything. We have some wise and well trained people, but they never were
able to get together and do something for self. I want them to get with
me and I’ll show them some places where they can go to work and do
something for self. Yes. To leave such great people sitting idly by, just
listening to thoughts and never materializing the thought it’s not good.
Get these people, that have the know-how, to work. Let them do the
work. Who would be any happier than I, to know that I have MY OWN PEOPLE
here who have the knowledge of that which we want to do? There is no man
among you who is happier than I am to know that you can do these things
for yourself. Some people think that none of us know anything, but we do
have people who know something. They have not proved their knowledge so
that others will know that they know.
WE WANT TO FEED OURSELVES. My beloved listeners, if you want to feed
yourselves, you should be compelled to go to the farm; that is where
people find food. Don’t be ashamed to go and do for yourselves, raising
food in the country.
Originally that is where our fathers came from and I want you to know
that if we are to be a nation and a strong nation, we must go to the farm
to feed our stomachs. Also, there we can feed every our backs with good
Put good clothes on our backs from the farm. These things we have to
do if we expect to live on this earth and get its yield out of it.
We have to and dig into it like the devil has done. He dug into it and
made himself rich with a stomach full of good food from our labor. Think
He looked at us and made us pull the earth’s wealth out for himself
and left us poor. Now, he says we’re free.
Let’s make good of this freedom, then if he tries to hinder you from
making good of that which he claims he has given to you, then make good
in both ways. Make good at stopping him from getting what he has given
There is one thing I would like to warn you of. Get you a name. I
will show you how to get it: a name that will live. You can’t see the
Hereafter with the white man’s name. Every Black man on the earth knows
the white man’s name from your name. Don’t wear that name. Don’t be
called by his name. If you don’t do anything but tell the world, “I’m the
Lords servant, but He has not given me His name yet,” that’s better than
wearing a white man’s name.
Just tell them that, “Yes, I have a name; it’s in my God’s
profession.” Well what is that?” Well, you can call me God. Call me
Allah; call me Gabriel, or call me anything, but a white man’s name.” We
don’t want the name of the devil.
The Bible teaches you and me that, “All that had the name of the
beast (call him a beast) they went down with the beast.” I’m not to tell
you other than the truth. I am the next closet one to Allah. I don’t
think Allah will take a liar for His Right Hand – or His Right Hand would
be a liar. No. I tell you what He taught me and it’s up to you to believe
it or let it alone.
Don’t be like those of whom the Holy Qur’an speaks of as saying, “Oh,
would that I had followed the Messenger. Oh, would that I had taken away
with the Apostle after the truth had come to me.”
The world is in an awful condition. They want to shoot these people so
bad. They’re out telling them now. Since Japan has joined up with Korea
and China, they are not afraid to tell you that they’re ready wild John.
That’s what they call the devil. I’m saying GET OUT OF THE WAY OF THE
SHOOTING OF WILD JOHN.
Are there any questions? You may ask anything you want to. I’m very happy
to answer them if I know the answer. I don’t say to you that I know all
the answers, unless He reveals them to me. Sometimes He reveals them by
the time you get the question out of your mouth. I don’t previously have
the knowledge, but while you are asking the question, He tells me the
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