Minister Farrakhan calls for ending mental slavery and acquiring knowledge

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Guests, supporters and Nation of Islam members fi lled Mosque Maryam in Chicago to hear address by Min. Farrakhan. Photo: Richard B. Muhammad
'We want to live in a world free of cons, we want to live in a world free of tricks, free of lies, deceit and treachery and the only way we can live in a world like that is we have to become imbued with knowledge, love knowledge, have an insatiable desire for knowledge and that means we must become readers.'
CHICAGO ( - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan spoke to a standing room only crowd at Mosque Maryam, the international headquarters of the Nation of Islam Nov. 7, in his first message since his Day of Atonement keynote address in mid-October.

Like a spiritual surgeon, the Minister delivered a clear diagnosis identifying spiritual illnesses plaguing America and the world, in general, and Blacks in particular, and a divine prescription to cure the illnesses.

A major malady imposed on the overwhelming majority of people worldwide and untreated is gross ignorance, Min. Farrakhan explained.

Failing public education and illiteracy leaves the masses vulnerable to exploitation and misuse by a small wickedly wise group, he said. Blacks in America suffer from ignorance and its impact more than anyone else, the Minister added.

“This is not a race thing,” said Min. Farrakhan. “There are Whites, Hispanics and Asians in this condition, but we (Blacks) are the worst off, so the Bible says ‘my people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge.' ”

Donna Farrakhan and daughter Sumayya enjoy lecture with other Muslim women. Photo:
The inability to read or read well, based on inferior education, means the wise control the ignorant masses—whether using the poor as cannon fodder for war, exploiting consumers through seductive advertising and manipulation of natural urges or using “trash TV” to keep viewers preoccupied with gossip and sexual titillation. Meanwhile a powerful minority sucks the economic life blood and talent out of the masses and controls a world doomed for destruction by God, the Minister warned.

Those who should be preparing for world rulership are left groping in darkness, unable to tap into and unlock divine wisdom that leads to proper development, he continued.

If one cannot read well, hearing becomes the vehicle through which information is obtained, the Minister said. In the Bible, scripture continually urges people to listen to the voice of God, he said. But with the Prophet Muhammad of Arabia and the Holy Qur'an, the divine book revealed to the prophet by God, the first commandment is read, a sign that growth into divine power requires the ability to acquire knowledge through the written word, Min. Farrakhan explained. The command given to the holy prophet of Islam 1,400 years ago was also a sign that God would chose an unlearned messenger from an unlearned people in the last days, he said.

Blacks styled as children of Israel of scripture

Referring to his recently completed three-part lecture series “Who Are The Real Children of Israel?” he reminded the audience that the good news is Blacks are God's chosen people today. That divine choice is not to make Blacks arrogant, but to make better servants for fallen humanity and guides to bring a wayward world back to God's straight path, the Minister stressed.

“God doesn't raise you for yourself, he raises you for human beings who are suffering, so to make us wise is not to make us like our former slavemaster, that we would mistreat the people, but to make us wise so that we would share wisdom with those who are deprived and be the cornerstone of a new government, the cornerstone of a new world, the world that all the prophets said would come about at the end of this world's time,” said Min. Farrakhan. “I thank Allah that we are at the end of this world's time. I thank him that he has come to set justice in the Earth and I thank him for this extraordinary human being that he chose to be a Messenger-Messiah to us, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.”

(1)Men express approval of the message. (2) Audience member takes notes. Photo: Richard B. Muhamma
Minister Farrakhan said studying prophetic scripture grants insight and the ability to see future events and headlines as the current world shuts down: “Stock Market Crashes Worse Than 1929,” “Dollar Falls—Hyperinflation,” “Dollar Worthless” will soon be in the news, he said.

In the 1960s, gold was worth $35 per ounce and it is now worth $1,300 per ounce and a future headline could read “Gold at $2,250 an Ounce,” said the Minister.

“What are you going to do when the dollar that you love and will hurt others for has no more value?” he asked. “The value of this paper is steadily going down. What will be the future of America when private bankers buy up U.S. Treasuries?”

Food deserts exist in Black neighborhoods with little access to fresh fruits and vegetables, however, there is an abundance of fast food restaurants offered by merchants of death who sell cheap food that is unhealthy, yet marketed in a desirable way, he said.

“You are living off the garbage that is being fed to you, but it is killing the American people,” Min. Farrakhan said.

Though Blacks moved out of the city to the suburbs, many find themselves in areas that look good, but housing developments were built near areas where toxic waste seeps into water supplies and harmful chemicals are in the air, he said.

“Does the government really care? Does corporate America really care?” Min. Farrakhan asked. “No!” the audience unanimously answered.

“Then the last ones to care must be you, me and us and if we don't care, we go along with our own destruction because we are too cowardly to speak up, to unite and to bring about real meaningful change,” Min. Farrakhan said.

In their misplaced anger, many Americans, especially Whites, blame President Obama for the dying economy and their inability to find jobs, so recent mid-term elections resulted in the president's party suffering huge losses and right wing conservatives gaining power, he said.

But regardless of who leads the government, God has turned his hand against America and her economy will continue to falter, said Min. Farrakhan. Meanwhile the same small group sucks the economic life out of the country, he added.

“The Tea Party is galloping on, and the American people think that Obama has taken their country,” said Min. Farrakhan. “The country has been taken all right, but it's not by Obama. Obama has not offered to buy the U.S. Treasuries. America is so in debt that the Federal Reserve can offer to buy U.S. Treasuries (bonds) and print money and put money into America's sick economic system and the stock market goes up as the wealth of America goes down.”

Mental shackles and poor education

America's education system produces millions of functional illiterates and while Blacks are no longer shackled physically, they remain mentally enslaved, said Min. Farrakhan.

“The worst kind of shackling is when you are supposed to have an education and yet the education does not give you power to make a life for yourself. Those are serious shackles.”

“What are you being taught that you can actually use?” Min. Farrakhan asked. “Almost nothing! That's perpetrating a fraud! To bring you to college and ask your parents to pay this kind of money and then you borrow money from the government. And when you leave college and can't find a job, you have a debt to pay and no money with which to pay it, that's perpetrating a fraud!”

He gave more future headlines, such as “War Is On The Horizon,” “Israel Attacks Iran,” and “America Comes to Israel's Aid.”

The enemy uses a “bait and hook” scheme that entices poor young Blacks and others into the military, looking for jobs and a chance to go to college, Min. Farrakhan said.

But soldiers trained to hate an enemy and trained to kill are serving multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and returning to ghettos with no jobs but trained to destroy, he said.

The soldiers often suffer from physical injuries and mental anguish but the government shamelessly tries to deny veterans needed medical attention and care, the Minister said.

Women are sent to war and leave their children at home, something not done in earlier times, he added. “You can't kill and nurture at the same time. By nature you are a nurturer of human life, but once they take you out of the home and put you in boot camp and send you to Afghanistan—then they had to teach you of an enemy that would take your life and put it in your heart to take that enemy's life. So before war, they have to make you hate the people they are going to send you to fight war against,” said Min. Farrakhan. “Someone who doesn't respect your life is your enemy, but why are you going over there when your enemy is right here?”

Former President George W. Bush, neo-con and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, ex-Vice President Richard Cheney, and then high-ranking Black officials Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell went home at night, but the families who lost loved ones in foreign wars for drugs, oil and U.S. control of the Middle East still suffer the pain of loss, the Minister said.

“But who can tell you the truth? If someone stands up to tell you the truth, we are anti-American, we are haters. When in fact, we are the real patriots freeing the American people from the bondage of ignorance that allows government to misuse their lives.”

Lack of spiritual values in society

Blacks are shaped by a society that upholds material wealth yet places little or no importance on morality or the means by which material wealth is gained, Min. Farrakhan noted. If deception or wickedness is used to get wealth, society says the important thing is that riches were obtained, he said.

Americans are enslaved by depravity and uncontrolled sexual desires displayed on tabloid TV programs, like the “Jerry Springer Show” and the “Maury Povich Show,” he said. These programs don't deal with higher values or upliftment.

Using the Lessons given to the Nation of Islam by founder Master Fard Muhammad through the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Min. Farrakhan explained how Blacks are kept illiterate to be used as tools and slaves. A tool is something “used to accomplish another's purposes,” he noted.

The world's masses are under the rule of those described in Nation of Islam Lessons as the “ten-percent” who know the truth but will not tell or teach it, the Minister said.

This group, the “Bloodsuckers of the Poor,” feed the masses of the people lies, he said.

Blacks must learn to read to escape the grip of those who foster and exploit ignorance, said Min. Farrakhan.

“If you refuse to learn to read then God cannot instruct you in his ways—except through your ability to read his communication that he gave to his Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him,” said Min. Farrakhan. This man who could not read or write and his unlearned people were raised by God to great learning and scholarship, showing one who starts out illiterate can manifest divine greatness, glorify God and fulfill a great destiny.

“When you don't know how to read, you cannot evolve into the great civilized man and woman that you could become. Illiteracy is a blight on the human family,” said Min. Farrakhan. “We love you. What we hate is the ignorance that disallows you from realizing your full potential.”

The book that became the Holy Qur'an came through Prophet Muhammad, however, the book was for a Muhammad that would be in that same condition in the last days of the present world, that man is the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, said Min. Farrakhan.

“The children of Israel would receive an Ummi messenger-prophet Messiah, a man that could neither read nor write, a man from the hills of Georgia, a man that had to sharecrop,” said Min. Farrakhan.

Referring to the recently released Volume Two of “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews,” the Minister addressed his Jewish critics again. He noted ordinary Blacks don't come into contact with Jewish people today, but athletes, entertainers and talented Blacks are approached by Jews offering to manage their careers and the truth of so-called Black-Jewish relations must be known. “The Secret Relationship, Vol. 2” uncovers how Blacks were taken advantage of by Jews and how wise Jews gained control of the Black economy.

“I know you don't like Farrakhan. I understand, but I am not a hater of you. I know how you got where you are, I know how you became who you are,” said Min. Farrakhan. “I was taught it by a man who was taught by God and I cannot go back on that knowledge. I can't act as though I don't know when I do know.”

“We want to live in a world free of cons, we want to live in a world free of tricks, free of lies, deceit and treachery and the only way we can live in a world like that is we have to become imbued with knowledge, love knowledge, have an insatiable desire for knowledge and that means we must become readers,” said Min. Farrakhan. “It's not about hate, it's about removing ignorance that allows others to use you as a tool and also a slave to keep you shackled to ignorance.”

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