Messenger Elijah Muhammad Speaks on Malcolm and Wallace
Messenger Speaks on…
The following is an excerpt from an interview granted to the National
Educational Television Network. The series of interviews took place in
Phoenix, Arizona, and were conducted over a period of several days, by
the staff of San Francisco station KQED.
Excerpt from Message To the Blackman, Pages 306-307 and 308
QUESTION: Well, now if in time, sir, your grandson, Sharrieff or your
son, Wallace or Malcolm, ever expressed the desire to return to follow
you again, would you accept them?
ANSWER: There is nothing unforgivable, the Holy Qur-an teaches you. The
only thing that is unforgivable is this: that you will not accept Allah
as God and not accept His Messenger as His Messenger. These two things
are one, we say, the belief in Allah is the belief in the Messenger of
the Prophet of Allah.
The belief in the Messenger or the Prophet of Allah is a belief in Allah,
if you disbelieve in one you disbelieve in both.You cannot believe in one
and disbelieve in the other. This is the knowledge the world has not
realized, and this is what God wants the world to know.When God chooses
His representative for the people, He speaks to the people through that
representative, and if the people will accept that representative (we
call them prophets, apostles or messengers), then they are accepting
But if they reject him and still say they believe in Allah, they are
considered enemies of Allah and disbelievers. Because that is Allah in
that representative and you cannot accept one without accepting the
other. You have got to accept both. You cannot get the blessings of Allah
if you reject His Messenger. Now, these boys that you were referring to,
they do not worry me; I do not give my time arguing with them or talking
about why they believe or disbelieve.
I do not even argue with them because I knew these things in the
beginning. I knew they would act like this, some of them. I was told
about this 34 years ago. But they did not know these things, and I am not
excited, as the public would be, or as the public would like to see.
In some cases, if the son disbelieves in his father, his father must be
wrong. But that is not so when it comes to a Messenger of God. If we say
that is true, then it stands true in the common life of the family.
There are some children who never sincerely accept their father as they
should. There are some fathers who never accept their children as they
should. So this is the nature of the human family of the earth, and when
it comes to spiritual teachings, it is also the same. Not all of the
family of a Messenger are such as Noah and Lot.
They do not always have true believers, but that did not detract one atom
from his messengership.You do not take advantage of that unless you get
into war or trouble with God. You do not say, “I do not believe in him
because his own wife or his own son does not. Why should I follow him?”
You would be getting yourself in trouble, because that is given. I do not
care anything about those who fall away from me after I have pointed out
the truth to them and despite this they get wrong and go away from that
I am not responsible for this, for whatever they say against me, it is
against themselves. What they preach and tell the people in order to get
the people to disbelieve in me is much like Absalom and his father,
David. Absolom stole the affection of the people because he thought he
looked better and younger than David. He thought, therefore, the people
would follow, that he could steal the people over to himself and get rid
of his father as king and be king himself. But he was not to be king. The
man that was to be king had yet to be known; that was Solomon.
These facts are all put there to deepen our knowledge, and time repeats
these things over again and again. And so this is what we face today, and
I am not surprised the public is surprised, some of them at the deviation
of Malcolm or my son Wallace. I am not surprised. But they cannot yet say
that I am not the Messenger of Allah. They cannot take that away from me.