| The Holy
Land can never be secured with carnal weapons. Righteousness is the only security for that
-Min. Louis Farrakhan
In The Name of Allah,
The Beneficent, the Merciful.
What good is knowledge without
moral character? He who attains to knowledge but does not develop moral character
becomes a devil. When you know and you are immoral, you use your knowledge to suppress and
oppress and deprive others of their rights. But, if you gain knowledge and moral character
at the same time, then you will use knowledge to extract not only from the earth its
treasures, but from the human soul its treasures.
I wanted to use this sacred place to deliver a message to
the American administration; to the American people; to the Islamic world; to Prime
Minister Netanyahu and the Israeli government; and to all those who seek peace.
In a few days we will be celebrating the Holy Month of
Ramadan, the month in which the Holy Qur'an was revealed. At the same time that we will be
celebrating Ramadan, the Christian world will be coming out of their Holy Day which is
called Christmas. The theme for all Christians during Christmas is: "Peace on earth,
good will toward men."
I hope President Clinton and the leaders of the West wish
peace to Bro. Muammar Qadhafi and the Libyan Jamahiriya, and wish peace to Saddam Hussein
and the people of Iraq, and wish peace to the Islamic world in general. But, we cannot
have peace without good will. And, we don't have a good will except it is Allah's Will.
I would like to, very humbly, acquaint the American
administration with Allah's Will-Allah's Will for the people of America; Allah's Will for
the Libyan Jamahiriya; Allah's Will for the human family.
Islam is the religion of peace. All of us who practice the
principles of Islam will find the abode, or place, of peace. The greatest gift to the
human being is peace and contentment of mind; but, no human being can have peace and
contentment of mind who deviates from the nature in which the human being is created.
Allah says in the Qur'an, that the nature of the human
being is Islam, or to submit entirely to do the Will of God. So really, the way to peace
is obedience to God. This world wants peace, but it's unwilling to submit to the Will of
God. Therefore, the slogan, "Peace on earth, good will toward men," is nothing
but a slogan until the American administration, the American people, and the people of the
world, really submit to do the Will of God.
There is a scripture in the Bible that reads: "They
shall seek peace, but they shall not find it." This has been a century of war.
Millions of lives have been lost in this century. The human being has become so darkened
of mind, that the human being loves gold, or silver, or money, or material things above
the sanctity of human life.
We have seen in this century World War I. Why did they
have World War II? Because the conditions imposed on the vanquished by the victor were so
wicked that it led to World War II. Wherever there is a victor and a vanquished, there are
terms for peace. But ofttimes, the terms for peace are so oppressive, that in the spirit
of the people who are vanquished, there is anger and there is resentment. Out of that
resentment comes a leader who will speak to that condition, (and) if necessary even go to
war to relieve that condition.
Because of the conditions imposed on Germany after World
War I, Hitler arose for World War II. After World Ware II, we experienced the Cold War.
There has never been any just and lasting peace because-even though (there has been) peace
time-justice did not prevail.
Vietnam is the only nation in the 20th century to win a
war and establish terms for peace that it was pleased with. But even though the Vietnamese
were the victors, they could not impose terms on America, whom the Vietnamese vanquished.
None of us in America experienced any hardship from the loss of the war. But the
Vietnamese people united their country, and now have established their own will over their
The Palestinian people are sufdering. Jerusalem is an
occupied city. That part of the world is called, "The Holy Land," and history
has taught us that no power has been able to hold on to Jerusalem by means of force.
The message that I desired to give to Prime Minister
Netanyahu is this: The Holy Land can never be secured with carnal weapons. Righteousness
is the only security for that land. The Holy Land demands a Holy People to live on that
land. Whether Palestinians or Israelis, or Christians or Muslims, if the people who live
there will not live according to the Will of God, that land will not be their homeland.
The Holy Land is the heart of the earth. It has given most
of our prophets. But, if the heart is diseased, then the whole body is corrupted. The Holy
Land is now diseased. And, we either need to stem the disease, or have a heart transplant.
The Israelis want a homeland. The Israelis want their own
flag. The Israelis want their own sovereign state. The Israelis want self-determination.
The Israelis want to develop their people and have trade and commerce with the nations of
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, "A man is not a Muslim
until he wants for his brother what he wants for himself." The Palestinians want a
land of their own. The Palestinians want their own flag. The Palestinians want their
independence and sovereign existence. The Palestinians want and deserve the right of
As long as the Israelis will not allow the Palestinians to
enjoy these human rights, there will never be peace in that land, nor will Israel ever
have security. The power of the United States of America cannot secure Israel in injustice
to the Palestinian people. The Oslo Peace Accords have been violated by the Israelis,
according to President Yasser Arafat.
We ought to understand that if we don't have the power to
enforce what's on a piece of paper, we may never realize the fruit of these agreements.
Therefore, the Palestinian people are literally living in a concentration camp. The
Palestinian people are living under a form of apartheid. They have to have passes to go
from one village to another, even in their own territory.
The Muslims cannot go to Jerusalem today in Al-Aqsa Mosque
if they live in the West Bank and Gaza, unless they have permission of the Israeli
President Arafat said to us that they are losing $10
million a day. They cannot sell their flowers. They cannot sell their fruits and
vegetables. They cannot sell their clothing on the international market.
At the end of the 20th century, the clouds of war are
gathering over the Holy Land. The clouds of war are gathering over Baghdad. And even in
the distance, we see a cloud of war blowing toward the Libyan Jamahiriya. The Iraqi
people, as we speak, are suffering 400 deaths per day, due to sanctions. More than 890,000
children, 12-years-old and under, have died as a result of sanctions. More than 1.4
million Iraqis have died since the end of the war. But the sad, sad fact is, that the
Muslim ummah has acted as an accomplice in the death of these Iraqi babies.
The Muslim ummah is so divided, so fragmented, so desirous
of friendship with the West, that they fail to see that the Muslim ummah is losing the
friendship of Allah. The Muslim ummah could have ended the sanctions on Iraq and Libya, if
we were truly a Muslim community.
If this microphone fell on my foot, my mouth would respond
by saying: "ah-h-h!" If you are suffering in Libya, where is the cry among the
Muslim ummah? If our people are suffering in Sudan, or in Iraq, or in Cuba, or in North
Korea, where is the outcry of the human family?
As we speak, President Clinton has sent ships and planes
and troops into the Gulf. According to what we saw on the television, the American
soldiers are being inoculated against biological weapons. At the same time, the American
media is saying that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction hidden somewhere in
What have the weapons inspectors been doing in Iraq for
seven years? Now they are saying that there may be weapons of mass destruction in the
various palaces. I wonder could this be a pretext to bomb the palaces and use weapons of
mass destruction on the Iraqi people, then claim that after they bombed the palaces they
bombed a supply of biological weapons?
Could it be that President Clinton would like to leave as
his legacy, that he was the president who got rid of Saddam Hussein? Are the soldiers
being inoculated against biological weapons because America intends to use biological
weapons, then send her soldiers in to seek out Saddam Hussein? I'm just raising this as
You might say: "Well, Farrakhan, that seems
far-fetched." But, America bombed the water supply of Iraq. America bombed the sewage
treatment plants, mixing sewage with water, creating disease. America dropped bombs on
Iraq with depleted uranium in those bombs. This uranium has poisoned the water, poisoned
the earth, and now all kinds of cancers are seen in Iraqi children and Iraqi people. The
effect of this radiation, its intensity, is 20 years; twenty years from the time of the
dropping of the bombs, the radiation will be half of its power. This means that a whole
generation has been sentenced to death.
Who are the advisers of President Clinton? Some of them
are more loyal to Israel than they are to the future of the United States. I would
respectfully say to the President of the United States, he needs better advice.
Whenever a people suffer in a great nation, God always
raises up from the people, one who would be a warning of justice and truth and peace to
that nation.We believe that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad has been raised up in America as
that voice of warning to the government.
As a servant of Allah and a follower of the Honorable
Elijah Muhammad, it is my duty to continue his work. I am here in Libya, not in defiance
of the United States government, I am here in Libya in obedience to the Will of God.
The Libyan people are Muslims, and I am a Muslim. The
Libyan people are hurting, and I feel their pain. It came over the news this morning that
the Justice Department of the United States government, condemned my visit to Libya. Why?
Am I a slave? Is America a plantation, that I must seek permission of my government to
visit my own brother?
If I was the Pope of Rome, who has established diplomatic
relations with Libya and desires to travel to Tripoli, what would President Clinton say?
If I was His Holiness the Pope, and I visited Cuba, as the Pope will do, insha-Allah, next
month, will President Clinton condemn the Pope for visiting Cuba? No, because the Pope is
the Pope. The Pope is white, and the Pope is free. But I am Black. I am a descendant from
slaves, and they don't recognize that I am a free man.
In closing, the greatest threat to peace on this earth is
the arrogance of a super-power that is out of control. You, the Muslims, must rise to
recognize that the West is at war with Islam. The West is afraid of the power of Islam,
and no matter how they put it, their aim is to crush the power of Islam.
Muammar Qadhafi is the revolutionary leader of a new wave
of Islam. You, Jamahiriya, represent a seminal stage of what Islam will be in the future.
Don't look at yourselves as small because you only have four million to six million people
Remember that the atom also is small. But, when the atom
is cracked it creates a chain reaction. This is why they want to crush the Libyan
Jamahiriya, they are afraid of the chain reaction. They refuse to focus on the
Man-Made-River, one of the greatest technological and scientific achievements of this
century. They refuse to focus on the spiritual, social, and political philosophy of the
Arab Jamahiriya. Why? Because they fear that this will spread.
I visited the hospital just an hour or two ago, and this
was the first time I was happy to be in a hospital. I had to take a few tests, and this is
the first time I was happy to give some of my blood. I knew I was among my brothers.
My dear brothers and sisters, peace on earth will only
come when the Muslims rise up again to do the Will of Allah.
Allah says in the Qur'an: "You are the best nation
raised among men. You enjoin good and you forbid evil. You believe in Allah." You
must rise up and see yourselves, not as Libyans, but as an international people. Whatever
good is in Libya must be exported in the entire world. Brother Muammar Qadhafi has
guaranteed your human rights.
Let me conclude with these words: Every human right is a
human need. We are created complete, yet incomplete. Therefore, food is a human right. To
deny any nation food is to deny them their human rights.
Muammar Qadhafi has made sure that you produce much of
what you consume of food, therefore you look to me like you are very well fed.
Muammar Qadhafi has given you free education from
pre-school all the way through the university. Education is not a privilege, it is a human
right. Every nation that educates its people is a nation that God is pleased with.
You have one of the most beautiful hospitals in the world,
and all medical service is free. That is protection for your human right to be healthy,
well-fed, well- educated, in a cohesive society. It appears to me that Muammar Qadhafi is
one of the greatest preservers and fighters for human rights that there is on the earth.
I thank God to be here, and no matter what I suffer in the
United States, I want the world to know that Muammar Qadhafi is my brother. Muammar
Qadhafi is my friend. And I love my brother. And I love my friend. And I would never
abandon my brother and my friend, no matter what pressure comes from the government of the
United States of America.
The Libyan Jamahiriya is also our friend and our brothers
and sisters, and you have millions of friends and brothers and sisters in the United
States of America.