What follows is "The Wheel: Is It Real or Reel?" a
chapter from an unpublished book, written in 1995, titled "Where Is The
Honorable Elijah Muhammad?"
Is there really a huge physical plane, made like a wheel,
which is a half-mile by a half-mile in diameter, which often flies high above
the United States of America? This is what the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said
was true time and again, publicly and privately, for over forty years. He
made it very clear that his information about this wondrous plane came
directly from God Himself, Whom he declared that he met in person.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan bears witness to
the same, publicly and in private.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught that this huge plane
is a half mile by a half mile and is the literal fulfillment of Ezekiel’s
vision of a wheel like plane in the air, that would be seen in the last days
of this world. This prophet’s vision was of wheels in the middle of a wheel.
There are 1,500 smaller planes carried by this much larger plane.
Ezekiel’s vision is described in the very Bible which
bears his name, on which thousands of United States government
officials—including presidents—have sworn on as they assumed their offices.
Is he right? Is this huge wheel-like plane really under
the control of his Teacher, Master Fard Muhammad? Is such a plane—with 1,500
smaller planes—really up in the skies? Is it for real? Or is it "reel"—like
so much that comes out of Hollywood: phony, deceptive, insane and inane—the
product of overworked imaginations, or the device of those trying to put one
over on the public?
On April 19, 1994, on the CBS-TV program "48 Hours," Dan
Rather reported that at least 25 million people in the United States have
reported that they have seen these planes. There have been other reports that
show that the number of people who have seen these planes, in the U.S. alone,
is actually much higher than the figure reported by Mr. Rather. In any case,
have these millions been looking at the same planes which the Honorable
Elijah Muhammad described?
Like many others, over the years, I have read, seen on TV,
and listened to much about what is called "UFOs." Like many, I have also
gathered a little of this material, in books, a few magazine articles and a
few video tapes of TV programs dealing with the subject of "UFOs." What I
have gathered, I know, is but a tiny speck of material in comparison to what
has been generated over the years.
Although I’ve had a fascination for astronomy as far back
as I can remember, my interest in this subject broadened, deepened and
intensified, as it has for so many others, due to the teachings of the
Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
Like millions of others I too have seen what are commonly
called UFOs. I’ve seen both the "baby" planes and the Mother plane; the
latter at least twice. On each occasion I was among others. Only on one of
these times, however, did I clearly see the shape of these smaller planes.
That was in July 1952, when my brother and I accompanied our mother, during
her vacation, to a place in the country, the name of which I don’t remember.
I do recall that we were about three miles from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and
about five miles from Annapolis, where West Point is located.
There was a lake close to the home in which we stayed. We
could clearly see it, as the house we were in was only about two hundred or
so feet from the water. The lake was about a mile and a half across. I was
familiar with it as I had rowed a boat across it (against my mother’s will.)
One night, as we were sitting on the porch, in discussion,
three large oval shaped lights suddenly appeared; seemingly out of nowhere.
My mother, brother and another (who was a friend of the owner of the house),
and I saw three saucer shaped objects. They seemed to be sitting out up over
the lake. We were transfixed; stunned.
They just hovered above the lake. I vividly recall that
they were in the formation of a triangle or like a pyramid. I could not take
my eyes from them. After what was to me a long time they just vanished.
Later, I learned that we had watched them for about twenty minutes. It was
reported in the newspapers in Baltimore, the next day, that at least eleven
people—including two policemen—saw these same objects or planes.
This was before I ever heard of the Honorable Elijah
Muhammad, or of his teachings. I would later learn that 1952 was a year when
there were an unusual number of what many call "sightings" of these planes;
especially in that area, which included the capital; Washington, D.C. and the
We’ve all had our experiences in relation to the so-called
UFO phenomena, regardless to what our views on this subject may be. If we
have never seen one, we have probably met at least one person who has had
some kind of experience with these planes and their pilots, on one level or
another, if we are a young adult or older. If we haven’t, we will.
Like most, I’ve read a few, seen on TV several more and
have discussed with a few others their experiences which involved stunningly
close encounters with these "baby" planes.
One such person is Sister Betsy Jean Farrakhan, Minister
Farrakhan’s eldest child and her son, Anwar. One of the reasons their
experience is so memorable is that she witnessed one of these "saucer" shaped
"baby" planes right outside of the ninth floor of the very same
hospital—Mercy Hospital—where the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was admitted on
January 30, 1975. She was there due to her Sister (Donna) giving birth to one
of her children, which was on August 12, 1988. It was during the next
evening, around 7:30 or 8 o’clock, when she and her son had the experience of
their lives. The full text of their powerful experience appears in the
appendix of this book.
In 1994 Sister La’Tanya Muhammad and Sister Amatullah
Muhammad had the amazing experience of seeing one of these planes only about
150 feet away and about 75 feet high over their heads for about ten minutes.
Sister La’Tanya’s daughter, Saharah, was not far away with a friend, getting
ready to go to school, after her mother had dropped her off. She also
described the same plane.
Their description of the plane—like that of Sister Betsy
Jean and her son, Anwar—are detailed and vivid.
Of course, there are many instances when folk lie in
claiming encounters with these planes, or in other instances, they just make
a mistake about what they saw. Fine.
But there was no mistaking what over sixty or seventy of
us saw in upstate Arizona, however, a few years ago. It was a memorable
experience, on Big Mountain, in July 1986, on an Indian Reservation.
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