Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim
THE HONORABLE ELIJAH MUHAMMAD’S (PBUH) TEACHINGS ON DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
MESSAGE TO THE BLACKMAN IN AMERICA
“If they (Martin Luther King and his followers) would accept the right way, which is the belief in Allah as God and Islam as a religion, and demand a place on this earth for our 20 million or more people that they can call their own, I would demand that every one of my followers join forces in a minute!
“And if what they are asking for would be granted them, it would only be short-lived; nothing permanent is in it for the so-called Negroes. It would be very foolish for a leader of 22 million once-slaves to ask for temporary employment from their slave-masters’ children, who now use the 22 million for sport. (Sicking dogs on the so-called Negroes was done only for sport to see the frightened so-called Negroes run for their lives.)
“But as soon as the so-called Negroes turned upon the dogs and policemen with stones, Washington, D.C., ordered the Army to intervene – not to help the so-called Negroes against the white southerners, but to help the white devils against the so-called Negroes if they tried to defend themselves. But as long as the dogs and policemen were biting and clubbing black so-called Negroes, it was all right.
“This clearly shows how much we are in dire need of unity, but the unity must be backed by a power superior to the power of our enemies. This power is in Allah and the Nation of Islam whose arms are outstretched if we would only accept them.
“Martin Luther calls himself a preacher and has written a book to try to fool you, to make you love the devil himself. How can Martin Luther, being the minister of God, he claims, teach his people to love their enemy, when God Himself said he had set a day to deal with his enemies. And he said himself, according to the Bible that Martin Luther reads, that there were two brothers – I loved one and hated the other.”*
“Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner, would have honored himself and his people if he had refused the medal. The money could have been accepted, since his people need it. Even if he did not need it himself, there are poor among his followers who really need financial help. He won neither peace nor justice for his people.
“Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., wants brotherhood with white America for himself and his followers. As reported here, the Nobel Peace Prize was conferred on him in Norway. Reverend King sharply warned in St. Paul’s cathedral that ‘A doctrine of black supremacy was as great a danger as one of white supremacy.’ He followed up with the words, ‘Unless men and nations live together they will perish together.’
“Then came the statement according to the paper, ‘Too many of our white brothers are only concerned with their economical problems, their social status, their political powers and their so-called way of life.’ Of his own people he said, ‘We must not seek to rise from a position of disadvantage to one of advantage substituting injustice of one type for that of another.’
“I have never heard of any such talk coming from a leader’s mouth in all of my life. If a man is NOT going to rise from a position of disadvantage why is he preaching for the passage of the Civil Rights Bill for his people? No wonder he had the privilege of going into a cathedral where no so-called Negro had ever stood in the pulpit. He is ignorant, preaching for brotherhood of white people and destruction of his own people, because brotherhood with the white people means the destruction of the black people. According to the Bible – he preaches from it – you should not make friends or have friendship with the wicked if you are the righteous, and you should not worship the devils. Most certainly, the white man is the devil – his own Bible teaches him that.
“He said, ‘God is not interested in the freedom of white, black or yellow man, but in the freedom of the whole human race.’ Here, again the Reverend shows that he has not studied the scripture, for it surely teaches you that the world has been under the rule of satan (the devil) for 6,000 years, and now separation must come between God’s people and the devil so that the righteous can survive. This kind of talk coming from a theological college graduate is almost unbelievable. How many American so-called Negroes would like to follow a man who speaks like one who cares nothing about them?
Reverend King has made it clear that he never wants the black man to rule, because he knows it will be ‘just as dangerous as white supremacy.’ This shows that all black people should disregard anything that a man like that says. He disagreed that his people should ever rise from the level of a subjected people of slavery. I would like to ask the Reverend under whom he would like to live, since he condemns the ability of both for the supreme character of ruling the nations of the earth, as the white man has done and enjoyed for the last 4,000 years.
“He wants to be a brother to the white man and wants the black man to be like the white man. This is continued enslavement. I am just wondering how many followers he has after his last statements.
“I heard the Rev. King say on television that he wanted white people to be his brothers and not his brothers-in-law. He loves our enemies. Any black person who believes in himself should not go near or even listen to this type of teaching. It is really awful to hear a man say such things when he has been beaten and thrown into jail seeking the right to exercise the rights of a member of his own black nation.
So, in view of such statements, Rev. King is of no good among black people. What are you going to do? Are you going to follow such teachings, or will you turn around and join your own kind? I cannot see, nor can I understand, why the so-called American Negro is so blind, deaf and dumb. We have the right to live and do for ourselves and our children. We do not want any more promises, and we cannot get along in peace with a universally known enemy of black men.”
QUESTION: Mr. Muhammad, would you make some statements about Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement?
ANSWER: Yes, I think Rev. King has been doing a good job according to his knowledge. He has been trying to do his best to get our people some justice in the way of civil rights. I believe that he means well, and I believe he would have done better if he had known more about the time and the people and the history and what must be done in such times.
He has the desire to see his people dealt with according to justice and not according to injustice. But he does not know that he is living in the time when justice is bound to come to his people. However, it is only through Divine and not through civil government. And that goes for most of the groups who are trying to do something for the betterment of our people.
They, most of these leaders, have good intentions, but they just don’t have the right instruments to work with, and they do not know how to use the instruments, since they were not appointed to do the job.
But all of our people today have the desire to do something for themselves and, first of all, to see injustice removed from the whole.
We have suffered injustice at the hands of the white people for 400 years, and today some want to be called “Citizens of America,” but all of this without the qualities that go along with freedom. We are today, I repeat, imbued with the spirit of justice for our people, and something must be done. This oppression cannot go on forever.
What the civil rights movement is trying to do is just another effort to bring home to our people a better life. But this is the time when our people should and will get a better life on a permanent scale. NOT on a TEMPORARY scale.
The political administration may change every 4 years. The Constitution gives to the people of America. And if we understand it well, it was not written with the so-called Negro in mind. It was written for the white citizens of America and not the slaves.
The slave is not mentioned there and it was not in the mind of these lawmakers that he should share equal justice with the master. No, he was considered to be the property of the master. Therefore, the servant or the slave cannot get justice – equal justice – with the master unless the master wants to give up his position as master.
If the master gave up his position as master, the slave would soon become his equal, and the slave would probably vote for equal justice, go to the White House or become the ruler of the country, if the equal justice were obtained all the way through as it should be. But the Constitution was written by white people for white people and not for you and me.
We were under the slave-masters at that time, and again I would like to make clear: I am not fighting those leaders who are trying to do something good for our people, or get something better for them. But I do oppose them in their way of opposing that which is good and which would be just and permanent for our people. For we now have come to the time when we want justice and equality. We want freedom equal with other people. They have never made us citizens, and under their law we cannot be made citizens. We could never be citizens as stated in their first slavery courts.
If we want to go into the facts about it, we are not the equal of the American white man, nor are we citizens with him here. We are in alien country. We are aliens and not citizens.
And this is proof that we have to admit and not to try to hide to make some black brother feel good. To tell a black brother that he is a citizen and has equal rights is like telling a child to go to sleep on the 24th night of December and on the next morning awaken and Santa Claus will have left a present in your stocking when THAT is Santa Claus talking. And the child, when he grows up, learns that. Well it is the same thing with us. We have had a lot of Santa Claus teaching, and now we are growing up because we know that a lot of these Santa Claus teachings were nothing but a lot of pacifiers. We are no longer satisfied to be pacified. We want something permanent.
THE FALL OF AMERICA
“In the South, we saw Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., a graduate of theology as I am told, on his knees, begging the divinely condemned people (the white race) for brotherhood.”
“Self first – The “reverends” are the enemies of their (our) own Black People. If the preachers do as the white slave master tells them to do the white slave master kills them as he did Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“But since they are the devil’s disciples, he should kill them if they do not obey him. That is right, if the devil wants to be a god like Allah, for Allah will kill those who do not obey him!
“So the devil kills those whom he sent and who will not obey him-so look out “reverend!” Be careful “reverend!” The white slave master has proved in our own eyes and hearing by killing Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. who thought he was blessed to go to heaven; but instead he went to hell with his enemies.
“I do not mean a hell that is in the earth someplace, brother. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. went to hell in the wickedness of his white enemies – trying to satisfy his white enemies. He gets no credit for all of the work that he did for his enemies, and his enemies know that.
“I dare any one of the Christian theologists to try to prove that Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. went anywhere else. Good man that he was, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was deceived and frightened to his very heart by the enemy.
“Self first. Think for self first!! When Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. talked with me at my home, I saw in him that he wanted to believe me; but, he was so afraid of his enemies.
“Self first, you cannot serve two masters. I tried my best to put fearlessness in him. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. admitted to me that I am teaching right. He admitted that the white man is the devil, but he was afraid to take a stand and preach that the white man is the devil.
“The white man had set Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. up with a $50,000 Nobel Peace Prize. For this money the white man desired that Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. go to hell with the devil. The devil did take Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to hell.
“If Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. had lasted to this day he would have been in the same corner with me. The devil had Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his power through fear.
“But good hearted Black Brother, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a good heart but he was yet dead spiritually; yet he was smart enough in his studies to see the truth of what I am saying.
“So I went down to the Coliseum that we had rented for a mass meeting and I told the public what a great time Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and I had at my home. I told the public what a great man Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was, and the white enemy showed Rev. Martin Luther King. Jr. what a great man he (Archdeceiver) was and he set Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. up with the prize money.
“Just as it is written the arch-deceiver is capable of deceiving the whole world, except God’s last Messenger (Lamb) (Bible Revelations).
“Rev. Martin Luther King was not the disciple of the Black man. He preached integration with the white people and become white folk, and then the white man killed him. The white man does the same to you, although you follow what the white man tells you to follow and you worship the white man.
“Many times, I have reminded you that Rev. Martin Luther King was not trying to separate you from the enemy, but instead he was trying to unite you with the enemy. Rev. Martin Luther King was not seeking a home for you as Moses was seeking a home for Israel who was opposed in Egypt. In modern day America, I am seeking an independent home for you. Rev. Martin Luther King did not do this. Rev. Martin Luther King taught you to submit to the white man and to become one of them. All of your life you have known that this is destruction – after so-called freedom. It is the same as the dog returning to his vomit. The Black man was vomited out of the white man and now goes back to the white man…
“The white man is right when he says that you are free. You are free; but if you go back to him for him to put chains on you again, he will do so.”
“Look at what they did to Martin Luther King, a man who was trying to be their brother, a man who publicly taught that he did not want to draw the white man’s blood. He said if there was any blood to be spilled, let it be the Black man’s blood. His word came true. Poor Man.
He was without the knowledge of self, his God and religion and so filled with fear of his four hundred year old enemies, that he could never get salvation for his people from their enemies.”
OUR SAVIOUR HAS ARRIVED
“You are brought up believing and worshiping white and hating Black. ‘I want to integrate. I want to be the brother of you white people.” That’s what Martin Luther King said. When he started talking about being the real brother, then the white man killed him because the white man knows that his race cannot produce Black children!
The Black God. The Black man’s God. He could not say out there to the public, between 20 and 30 million people here, he could not say: ‘I would like that all of us unite who are Black.’ He could not say that! He was a lover of white people – the people that nature did not make him to be. Nature made him to be one member of the Black People. And then after all the hell that white people have given to his people for 400 years, he comes out talking about: “I don’t want to be your brother-in-law; I want to be your real brother.” A man who is supposed to be a theologian, who has studied theology and the scriptures of the Bible is fool enough to tell the world that he wants to be his slavemaster’s brother. I say, Brothers, you worship all the leaders you want. I am not trying to force you to follow me. I am happy without you if you are happy without me!”
* Malachi 1:2,3 Romans 9:13