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Farrakhan: How strong is the foundation, can we survive?

By Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor- | Last updated: Mar 5, 2014 - 9:03:52 AM

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Minister Farrakhan points to banner with some heroes of the Black struggle. Photo: Tim 6X

CHICAGO - Mosque Maryam, the international headquarters of the Nation of Islam, was packed to capacity. A standing room audience filled not only the main sanctuary, but also the prayer room downstairs to hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan continue his Saviours’ Day message, “How Strong is the Foundation: Can We Survive?”

Having been warmly received by a crowd of nearly 19,000 in Detroit the week prior and speaking for two and a half hours, he had more to say and wanted to deliver the second part of his message March 2 in Chicago.

“Chicago is a great city with some powerful and magnificent Black people in it, so I wanted to come and see you,” Min. Farrakhan said.

As he did the previous week, the Minister delved into the lives and thinking of many in the pantheon of historical Black leaders, who represented different points along the ideological spectrum of Black liberation. Over a century later, Blacks are still fighting to achieve freedom, justice, and equality—the desire of leaders from Frederick Douglass in the 1800s to Clarence 13X, founder of the Nation of Gods and Earths, and Min. Malcolm X, the Black nationalist icon of the 1960s.

Black people have done all they could to be accepted by White society, but it has not mattered.

“The more we try to please our open enemy, the more  we try to please our oppressor, it seems like in every generation we are fighting the same battle against the same enemy,” said the Minister. “He passes on his madness to generation after generation and we pass on our ignorance generation after generation and somehow, this has got to stop, and I think God has chosen us to put a stop to it.”

The time has now come for Black people—who are very valuable in the sight of God—to accept responsibility to build God’s kingdom on Earth, the Minister explained.

“The end of your oppression has come, and God has come to deliver you from your oppressor and settle you in a land of your own under his presence and guidance,” said Min. Farrakhan. “That means accepting responsibility to be an agent of change!”

A cross section of Black America was represented at Mosque Maryam. Photo: Toure Muhammad
Telescopes are peering way into space and no ‘heaven’ has been identified in the sky, though that is what Black people have been taught for generations through Christianity, he continued. ‘Heaven’ and ‘Hell’ are conditions of life, not an afterlife, said the Minister.

“Your heaven and your hell is right here on this Earth! God is here, the devil is here, the righteous are here, the wicked are here and this is the time that the gods will take the devils into hell!”

As an example of the continued injustice Blacks have suffered in America, he spoke about “Stand Your Ground” laws, which are related to high-profile deaths in the case of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis. Both unarmed young Black teenagers were shot and killed by grown men who claimed to have felt threatened by the mere presence of the innocent young Black boys. The Minister asked what would happen if Black people began to claim “Stand Your Ground” defenses across the U.S. in their interaction with White people.

“How many Black men walk the street and feel threatened?” asked the Minister. Many raised their hands. “But Stand Your Ground is not for you. “Stand Your Ground” is for White folks to hide murder behind a law.” 

Overhead shot of crowded Mosque Maryam Photo: Toure Muhammad

Strength: The ability to withstand pressure

You can tell the true value and impact of a man by looking at his enemies, said the Minister. It is clear that with the government of the United States against him, as well as the Satanic Jews who control entertainment, the media, and business, Minister Farrakhan is the only one standing against those forces and has not been moved away from his focus and assignment.

Likewise, Black people have suffered through the worst form of slavery and oppression of any people who ever lived, and now after that suffering, there is a future filled with great promise for those who take the opportunity to qualify for establishing the kingdom of God.

“You are strong too,” said Min. Farrakhan. “We have a great future and the enemy knows it and he wants to deprive us of the future that God has promised us.”

Leaders today have to be willing to die for the people they desire to serve. Only people who are willing to die to become free can truly develop what it takes to break free of the spiritual, mental, and even physical bondage of their oppressors, said Minister Farrakhan.

“When you lose your fear of dying, you become free,” he said.

‘Real’ Black history

The names Denmark Vesey, Gabriel Prosser and Nat Turner nor the actions associated with their lives will ever be discussed during what is called Black History Month in most school systems in America, because they do not want young Black minds to get acquainted with true revolutionary leaders, explained Min. Farrakhan. All of those men planned or led slave revolts, were betrayed, and ultimately were killed, he noted. These men who were willing to kill their oppressors to be free will never be taught about for fear of inspiring Blacks to be willing to kill for freedom today, said Min. Farrakhan.

The Black leaders upheld in America’s educational system—which has as its foundation White supremacy—are those who make the oppressor feel comfortable, or whose lives are presented in a sanitized way, he added.

It is for that reason Minister Farrakhan displayed images of fearless leaders on a banner behind him on the stage at Mosque Maryam. He paid tribute to strong Black women—Fannie Lou Hamer, Ida B. Wells, Rosa Parks as well as Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth—pointing to their images on the banner and reading words from Underground Railroad conductor Tubman.

He also read words of scholars Edward Wilmot Blyden and Frederick Douglass showing there is more to Black history than what is presented in schools and television specials in February.

His reference to “Black Moses,” Tubman brought the crowd of over 2,000 packed into Mosque Maryam to its feet, as she called for unity and expressed faith, God would send others to fully free Black people.

“These are the leaders on whose shoulders we stand,” he said.

Perhaps the most striking example of false history has been the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. During his yearlong online lecture series “The Time and What Must Be Done” as well as tours in the Southern part of the U.S., the Minister talked about Dr. King’s ideological progression which carried him further toward Black self-determination and away from a staunch integrationist platform.

“I know Negro history was last month, but we should have it every day of every year studying about ourselves and what the enemy has done to make us like we are today,” Min. Farrakhan said.

The Minister spoke about those who advocate armed struggle, including Nelson Mandela prior to his imprisonment, and the role of his wife at the time, Winnie Madikizela Mandela, who implemented harsh punishments for those who collaborated with the murderous apartheid regime and White minority rulers that oppressed and killed Black South Africans.

“People that want to pick up guns to kill the enemy for our freedom have always been considered the most dangerous among us,” said the Minister. “You would not be a natural man if you didn’t want to kill those who kill you and get away with it!”

However, the Minister said, timing is everything, and since Whites in South Africa controlled the weapons and the intelligence apparatus, Whites had the advantage in any armed struggle, and South Africa would be destroyed in a war. Mr. Mandela chose the path of politics and won the presidency of South Africa, however, he did lose some followers who wanted to pursue a more aggressive path, Min. Farrakhan said.

“You have to understand this dynamic; people walk with you, as long as the walk with you satisfies a need in them,” said Min. Farrakhan.

Warning and the end

After teaching for 58 years, and the last 37 years absent his teacher, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Min. Farrakhan has never backed down from defending his teacher or Black people. Elijah Muhammad offered a model of a fearless Black leader and his national representative follows that model. Faith in God and faith in the existence of the “most deadly mechanical instrument ever in history,” the Great Wheel which fulfills the biblical prophecy of Ezekiel’s Wheel, a so-called UFO that can destroy America in 12 hours upholds the Minister’s boldness.

When you know God, you don’t fear man, he said.

“Many of you know me from your college years, when you were young students. I’ve taught you, I’ve taught your parents, I teach your children; I’ve taught four and five generations of our people,” said the Minister. “Farrakhan has touched every aspect of Black life with the word. But my teacher said the word is not sufficient. It’s going to take more than the word, and I’ve come to that conclusion.”

“You need a whipping and the whipping is now in the house,” warned the Minister. “I’ve done my job and now I’m talking to the winds! I want you to know, there’s not going to be any more good days!”

Dr. Ava Muhammad, Minister Farrakhan’s national spokesperson, called his message “profound, exhilarating, but sobering.”

Ishmael Muhammad, national assistant to Min. Farrakhan, told the audience that they would hear the voice of God coming through Min. Farrakhan. The Minister has kept his vow to take the teachings of the Most Hon. Elijah Muhammad to every nook and cranny of America, he noted.

Min. Farrakhan fulfills scripture and has been a faithful warner, said Ishmael Muhammad. “He is not before us from himself,” he added.

 (Eric T. Muhammad contributed to this report. For more on Part 2 of Minister Farrakhan’s Saviours’ Day message titled “How Strong is the Foundation; Can We Survive” see page 20. The entire message  is available in DVD, CD and instant Audio/Video download. Visit