Today, on Thursday, May 11th, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan celebrates his 90th birth anniversary. It is an incredible blessing that we are able to see a day such as this. His is our Friend, our Redeemer, our Champion, our Inspiration.
He is a man with a purpose so fervent that it knows no failure. He is a man loved by those who seek truth, freedom, justice and equality. But he is also a man who is purposely misunderstood by those who hate him and what he stands for.
During his Saviours’ Day 2023 message titled “The War of Armageddon Has Begun” he laid out his mission: “My mission is to expose Satan, uncover him, so that you may fall away from him, and come back to God and come back to yourself so you can escape the doom of this world.”
For decades, The Minister has been the subject of hateful attacks by racists, and those who claim they are Jews but are not.
We want to declare on this holy day that The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is NOT who his enemies claim he is. We have become acquainted with his bold fearlessness, his divine love and unwavering commitment to God and His people.
We want you to get to know this caliber of man who has the power to save. We want you to become acquainted with The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.
Work of Redemption
Sarah Mae Clarke, later known as Mother Sumayyah Farrakhan, gave birth to her son, Louis Eugene Walcott, on May 11, 1933 in Bronx, New York. Mother Sumayyah was a native of St. Kitts, an island in the West Indies. She raised her two sons, Louis and Alvan, in a disciplined and spiritual household in Roxbury, Massachusetts. She was a Black conscious woman on the fringe of the Marcus Garvey movement and exposed her sons to the principles of freedom, justice and equality as well as material such as the Crisis magazine.
It was a natural progression, then, that 90 years after giving birth to him, her son, Louis Eugene Walcott, would be known as the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, a man who has dedicated his life to the liberation of Black and oppressed people all over the world.
“Of course, my mother had a lot to do with the forming of my heart because she bore me in sorrow and in pain and because she was so insecure during my formation in her womb she was constantly seeking God. So I came to birth from her womb, as all creatures do, insecure but seeking security,” the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan says in the book, “Closing the Gap” compiled by Jabril Muhammad.
In the book, Minister Farrakhan details aspects of his childhood that have contributed to him being the man he is today. He recounted being impressed by the beauty of God’s creation and looking out his window to see the blue sky and clouds.
“I remember as a child of three walking in Bermuda and the smell, the beauty of the smell of sweet grass, the blueness of the sea or the ocean, nature. I remember the sadness that I would feel as a child listening to the talk of the suffering of our people. So my heart was forming back then,” he expresses.
He also remembers finding security in God from an early age.
“From a little boy I remember running down in the street which was like right around the corner of my house, or apartment, and I felt the spirit of God just something on me where I was extremely joyous. I was just running and I knew that spirit from a child, that it was God on me,” he describes. “In that moment feeling that overwhelming sense of joy, peace, and complete security in Him.”
That little boy went on to become a young, popular and charismatic musician who thought his purpose was to heal through music. That is, until one fateful Chicago night when he was 22 years old. Minister Farrakhan was the featured performer in a nightclub when he ran into an old friend, who led him to his uncle and some friends from Boston who had become Muslims. They asked him if he would like to hear the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, who was carrying the keynote address for the Nation of Islam’s Saviours’ Day convention, and he readily agreed.
After his first time hearing the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, he returned to New York where he was living and started attending Temple No. 7. He officially joined the Nation in October 1955.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s life after joining the Nation can be summarized in two words: love and sacrifice. He rose through the ranks as a lieutenant, F.O.I. Captain of the Boston Temple and Minister of Boston and eventually, New York. Throughout his early journey in the Nation, he had given up his music due to an instruction from the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and had struggled with poverty, as he would often work odd jobs to provide for his family. Even so, he still labored, and he still gave what he could towards charity. Due to his love, sacrifice and labor, he went on to become the National Representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, a title he still holds today.
When the Honorable Elijah Muhammad departed in 1975, it took the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan less than three years to make the decision to start rebuilding the work of his teacher. The Nation of Islam’s website details some of the labor Minister Farrakhan has undertaken.
- In 1979, Minister Farrakhan founded The Final Call, an internationally circulated newspaper that follows in the line of The Muhammad Speaks, in the basement of his home.
- He reestablished the Saviours’ Day convention in 1981 in Chicago. In 1983, he changed the spelling from Saviour’s Day to Saviours’ Day.
- In 1985, he introduced the POWER concept.
- Under the Minister’s leadership, in 1988, the Nation of Islam repurchased its former flagship mosque in Chicago and dedicated it as Mosque Maryam, the National Center for the Re-training and Re-education of the Black Man and Woman of America and the World.
- In 1991, Minister Farrakhan reintroduced the Three-Year Economic Program, first established by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
- In 1993, he penned the book, “A Torchlight for America.”
- In October 1994, Minister Farrakhan led 2,000 Black people from America to Accra, Ghana for the Nation of Islam’s first International Saviours’ Day.
- On October 16, 1995, the Minister drew nearly two million men to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the Million Man March.
- Minister Farrakhan returned to the Mall in 2000, convening the Million Family March.
- In May 2003, he launched a prostate cancer foundation.
- On May 3, 2004, he held an international press conference to expose the plans and schemes of then President George W. Bush and his advisers.
- In October 2005, Minister Farrakhan again convened on the National Mall for the “Millions More Movement,” the 10th Anniversary of the Million Man March, where the 9 Ministries were born.
- In 2011, he and the Nation of Islam purchased and delivered a water purification system for Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
Over the course of the last 11 years, 2012 to present, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrkahan has continued to help Black and oppressed people. With the rise of social media came new ways to distribute the life-saving Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. He hosted the first-ever #AskFarrakhan Social Media Town Hall in September 2012, where he answered countless questions from people on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. January 2013, he launched his 58-week lecture series, “The Time and What Must be Done.” With the help of the “Farrakhan Twitter Army,” he began to trend nationally on Twitter every week.
Minister Farrakhan’s sheer love has caused him to give guidance to women-only audiences—in April 2015 in an address titled, “Save Our Girls,” and in September 2022 during the Nation of Islam’s historic Vanguard Retreat attended by young women and girls up to age 36—youth-majority audiences such as the Nation of Islam’s Saviours’ Day Youth Summits of 2021 and 2023, men’s only audiences such as his November 2022 special message to the Muslim men of the Nation, and diverse audiences such as his October 10, 2015, 20th anniversary of the Million Man March address on the National Mall, where he spoke to young and old, Black, Indigenous, Mexican, Asian and all poor and oppressed people in America and throughout the world.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has also continued to give guidance to America and the nations of the earth through significant messages such as his November 26, 2017 press conference in Washington D.C., his July 4, 2020 message, “The Criterion,” and his Saviours’ Day 2022 and 2023 addresses, “The Swan Song,” and, “The War of Armageddon Has Begun.”
Yet, despite the beautiful and loving heart that he has carried from childhood to his 90 years of living, despite finding security in God as a boy and growing up to sacrifice his life for the liberation of oppressed people, laboring tirelessly for 68 years to teach and to guide, there are those who have insisted on labeling the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan as a “hater,” and as an “antisemite.”
The Enemies of a Good Man
Throughout history, the label of “antisemite” has been given to those who are critical of Jewish people. Jewish organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League have attached this label to Black leaders who are not haters of Jewish people, but who may criticize their use of power to oppress others. The list of Black and other leaders, entertainers and politicians they have called “haters” and “antisemites” is staggering.
In a 1992 interview with The Final Call Newspaper, Minister Farrakhan stated, “Since 1984, I’ve been charged by members of the Jewish community with being an anti-Semite or, to be more specific, anti-Jewish. I have taken offense at that bigoted statement, for it appears that anyone who is critical of Jewish, or Israel’s, behavior is labeled an anti-Semite. This is done to frighten the person or persons who are critical of Jews or Israel into silence. But Jews have the freedom to write or say what they please about anyone or anything. In the last several years, especially, people dare not speak out against any outrage done by Jews.”
It was in 1984 that Minister Farrakhan’s conflict with the Jews began. During that time, he was supporting the Rev. Jesse Jackson in his bid to become the next U.S. president.
Following comments Rev. Jackson made about how he thought the Palestinians should be treated more fairly, members of the Jewish community began to hold demonstrations outside of his campaign events chanting “Ruin, Jesse, Ruin” and sending him death threats.
“Right then, he was labeled an ‘anti-Semite,’ and Jewish power started ratcheting up such a negative campaign against him, that I was concerned that they would create an atmosphere that they would kill my brother,” Minister Farrakhan said during his Saviours’ Day 2023 address in February.
During a 1984 interview with NBC, Minister Farrakhan advised Jewish leaders to sit down with Rev. Jackson to discuss differences. He also warned them, “If you harm this brother, I warn you in the name of Allah, this will be the last one that you harm.”
Following this, Jewish leaders began to attack Minister Farrakhan’s good name, character and the good work he was doing to improve the condition of Black people.
- In 1984, The Minister was censured by the U.S. senate in a 95-0 vote.
- In 1985, a Black Chicago bank was pressured to refuse to deposit a $5 million loan to Minister Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam from Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi for economic development.
- In 1993, Jewish leaders pressured Black leaders to disinvite Minister Farrakhan from speaking at the 30th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- In 1994, some male members of the Nation of Islam went into several Washington, D.C. projects to clean up the drug problem. They were known as the “Dopebusters.” Jewish influence caused the government to shut down the project.
- In 1994, Time Magazine published a cover of Minister Farrakhan with a headline that read, “Ministry of Rage.” The cover also alleged he “spews racist venom at Jews and white America.”
- Also in 1994, Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, was lured into a murder plot against Minister Farrakhan by an FBI informant. Instead of seeing her as his enemy, he saw through the plot and came to her defense. He hosted an atonement and reconciliation event with the wife of Malcolm X, Dr. Betty Shabazz. The event was held as a fundraiser for Qubilah because Minister Farrakhan knew she had been tricked and manipulated into a plot to assassinate him.
- In 1995, The Minister spoke to a sea of nearly 2 million Black men from various backgrounds and religions during the Million Man March in an effort to reconcile and repent for their wrongs done as men. Despite the attacks in 1994 and years before, the Million Man March was an overwhelming success. At the time, CNN reported 2.2. million households tuned in. That was more than any special they had aired that year, including President Clinton’s state of the union address and the Pope’s address to the United Nations.
Following the success of the Million Man March, and the media’s failure to turn people against him, Minister Farrakhan was largely ignored in mainstream media from 1996 to 2007. However, he began to get his message across on social media.
In 2011, he began his journey on Twitter. Then, in 2019, Twitter suspended his account over claims of hateful content. His accounts were also banned on Facebook and Instagram. However, it backfired because instead of stifling his message, those who love and support him began to spread his words even more on their own accounts.
“You’ve never had a conversation with me but somebody made you to hate me,” Minister Farrakhan said during an hour-long message in response to the social media bans in 2019. “But after you get acquainted with me, the hate began to be diminished and you began listening. After you began listening, your hate began to turn to love.”
Another method enemies of Minister Farrakhan have used in an attempt to turn people against him is the “Farrakhan litmus test.”
When a Black leader, entertainer or athlete shows any kind of support for Minister Farrakhan, they are pressured into denouncing him and calling him a hater. This was seen on a public stage when then-presidential candidate Barack Obama was pressured by Hilary Clinton to denounce Minister Farrakhan. This same kind of scenario played out on The View when activist Tamika Mallory was questioned on her support for Minister Farrakhan but refused to denounce him.
The Honorable Minister Farrakhan said in a lecture on July 11, 1993, “This is why white folk gotta ask all of you who are in positions of authority, ‘What do you think about Farrakhan, what do you think about him (Farrakhan),’ and based upon how you answer, they can determine how alive or dead you are. How you relate to me and what I teach determines how alive or dead you are, in the eyes of the oppressor.”
Despite these feeble attempts, and more, Minister Farrakhan has proven over a span of decades how pure his heart is and how dedicated he is to the upliftment of his people.
For Which of His Good Works do You Stone Him?
The lie of antisemitism has been a shadow following the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, attempting to block the brightness of his light. And yet, it is just that: a lie. To ascertain the truth, we must first ask the question, “What is the meaning of ‘semitic?’”
According to the definition that comes up on Google, taken from Oxford Languages, ‘semitic’ means, “relating to or denoting a family of languages that includes Hebrew, Arabic, and Aramaic and certain ancient languages such as Phoenician and Akkadian, constituting the main subgroup of the Afro-Asiatic family. Relating to the people who speak Semitic languages, especially Hebrew and Arabic.”
A semite is, “a member of any of the peoples who speak or spoke a Semitic language, including in particular the Jews and Arabs.”
It can be truthfully argued that the original people who spoke the ancient languages mentioned were Black. In the definition of ‘semitic,’ we see the term “Afro-Asiatic,” which is very similar to the language used by Master Fard Muhammad, the founder of the Nation of Islam. He described the Black man and woman as “Asiatic.”
The definition of “Afro-Asiatic” is, “relating to or denoting a family of languages spoken in the Middle East and North Africa. The family is commonly divided into five groups: Semitic, Omotic, Berber, Cushitic, and Chadic. Ancient Egyptian was also a member of this family.”
“Omotic” is a group of languages spoken in Ethiopia. “Berber” is a reference towards the pre-Arab inhabitants of North Africa. “Cushitic” is a group of East African languages primarily spoken in Ethiopia and Somalia. “Chadic” is a family of languages spoken in Central Africa, in parts of Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon in particular.
With all of these languages originating in places where Black people have long inhabited, it can be inferred, then, that the Semitic languages also originate in places historically inhabited by Black people. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches that the original language of the Black man and woman is Arabic, and our origin lies in that part of the world where Arabic is commonly spoken. It can be argued, then, that the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is not an antisemite, because to be “antisemitic” would be to be anti-Black.
But even if we ignore the historical truths of Black people being “semitic” and look solely at the people who call themselves “semitic” in this modern day and time, we see that there ARE those who have ancestral ties to the part of the earth unjustly claimed by Israel, such as the Palestinians. There are also those with no ancestral ties but have attached themselves to this term “semitic” to justify their behavior, actions and oppression against other groups of people. Seeing that the Honorable Minister Louis Farrkahan speaks out against any and all oppression, he, of course, is one who sympathizes with the plight of the Palestinians and has called out so-called Jews who justify their behavior through religion.
It is those so-called Jews, who cannot claim to be the original speakers of the Semitic languages, that have placed the lie of antisemitism on Minister Farrakhan.
It is clear to see that the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is the only one battling so-called Jewish powers on such a public stage, using scripture and history. Isn’t this reminiscent of Jesus’s struggle with the so-called Jews of his day? Didn’t they also attempt to smear Jesus’s good name and deceive the people about who he truly was? Why? Because they knew that his message represented the end of their power.
The book of John in the Bible shows us this fear that the Jewish religious leaders, known as the Pharisees had of Jesus.
John 11:48 says, “If we let Him go on like this, all the people will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take over both our place and our nation.”
This is parallel to what some Jewish leaders say about Minister Farrakhan today.
In a November 2022 article in the Jerusalem Post, Jewish businessman Adam Milstein wrote, “Farrakhan must be treated as a persona non grata in America. For too long, his poisonous presence and rhetoric have been tolerated. Politicians and celebrities that support or echo Farrakhan and his vile ideology must be held accountable. He and his NOI organs and acolytes must be denied the reach afforded by social media, where he boasts over 350,000 followers on Twitter. Otherwise, we’ll be dealing with the antisemitic and extremist fallout of many more Kanyes in the years to come.”
Furthermore, the Pharisees were also upset that the people loved Jesus and desired that his disciples be censored.
Luke 19:40 says, “And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, ‘Teacher, rebuke Your disciples. ‘But He answered and said to them, ‘I tell you that if these should keep silent, the rocks would immediately cry out.”
So-called Jewish leaders of today not only attack Minister Farrakhan, but also some of his most prominent students who echo his message.
Minister Farrakhan has called out these so-called Jews as the Synagogue of Satan, who call themselves Jews, but who are not Jews. They have played a major role in the oppression of Black people. Is this antisemitism, or is it simply the truth?
The book of Revelations 3 and 9 says, “Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you.”
There is no one else who has the courage like the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan to stand firmly before the entire world and pull the cover off the Synagogue of Satan.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has called for a public showdown of the so-called Jews who have labeled him antisemitic and other poisonous labels. The Minister’s long history of controversy with the Jews can really be cleared up through a public discussion, debate or showdown.
Yet, none have taken Minister Farrakhan up on his offer. If he is indeed “antisemitic,” then would not a public showdown “expose” the truth of his feelings? But if he is not antisemitic, and he is not, then such a showdown would only prove the widely circulated lie placed on his name.
In Part 18 of his 2013 58-week lecture series, “The Time and What Must be Done,” the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan questions: “Are you ready for the showdown? Are you ready to come out from where you hide? Are you ready to meet us and our scholars in the public, so that the world may see who is ‘a liar’ and who is telling the truth? And if I am lying, I am willing to pay with my life! Are you willing to pay with yours?”
He further states, “If there is to be a ‘showdown,’ it must be in a public place where all the media of the world can witness this—since you’ve poisoned my name all over the Earth.”
The silence of the so-called Jewish leaders, who attempt to poison the good name of Louis Farrakhan, and their lack of response to the calling of a public showdown should speak volumes.
You Cannot Stop Farrakhan
Throughout the decades, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has withstood baseless and vicious attacks from his enemies. Yet, he still stands. He has withstood criticism from some of his own people who don’t truly understand his mission. Yet, he still stands. He has withstood attempts on his life by those who want to see him dead. Yet––he still stands.
Let us be clear: there is nothing––absolutely NOTHING––that will stop the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. His mission is clear. His aim is evident. Most importantly, it is backed and commissioned by God, Who came in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, and the Risen and Exalted Christ, The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
Isn’t it obvious that you cannot stop Farrakhan? You cannot stop God. He will succeed in his Mission to seek and to save Black and oppressed people.
It is time now that the world knows the truth about the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. He is not a bigot. He is not an antisemite. He is not homophobic. He is not a racist. Instead, he is the man who is walking in the footsteps of Jesus, anointed by God to redeem a fallen people and expose the Synagogue of Satan.
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NOIRG.COM, “I HAVE BEEN VINDICATED!” Min. Farrakhan discusses Black/Jewish relations”