Acquire knowledge. It enables its possessor to distinguish right from wrong; it lights the way to Heaven; it is our friend in the desert, our society in solitude, our companion when friendless; it guides us to happiness; it sustains us in misery; it is an ornament among our friends and an armor against enemies.

— Elijah Muhammad

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There are three signs of a hypocrite: when he speaks he speaks lies, when he makes a promise he breaks it, and when he is trusted he betrays his trust.


Knowledge of one's identity, one's self, community, nation, religion, and God, is the true meaning of resurrection, while ignorance of it signifies hell.


Four things support the world: the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the good, and the valor of the brave


Accept your place in the sun as it was originally before the creation of this world... The black man is the first and last, maker and owner of the universe.


Four characteristics constitute anyone who possesses them a sheer hypocrite, and anyone who possesses one of them possesses a characteristic of hypocrisy till he abandons it: when he is trusted he betrays his trust, when he talks he lies, when he makes a covenant he acts treacherously and when he quarrels he abuses.


No nation respects a beggar.


Asking good questions is half of learning.


A Muslim has five duties towards another Muslim;

to return a salutation, visit the sick, follow funerals, accept an invitation and say 'God have mercy on you' when one sneezes.


When the first man created Himself, He was the light of the circle.

Then He willed the sun into being It was 6 trillion years between the making of the sun and the creation of man.


On a certain day shall every soul come to plead for itself, and every soul shall be repaid according to its deeds; and they shall not be wronged.


And they will ask thee of the spirit.

Say: The spirit proceedeth at my Lord's command; but of knowledge, only a little is given to you.


They know the outward shows of this life present but of the next life are they careless. Have they not consider the heavens and the earth and all that is between them but for a serious end, and for a fixed term? But truly most men believe not that they shall meet their Lord.


About Elijah Muhammad

Quotes 28 sayings
Profession Political leader
Birthday October 7, 1897

Whatever good works ye send on before [death]... ye shall find with God.


... and we will test you with evil and with good; and unto us shall ye be brought back.


One hour of contemplation surpasses sixty years of worship.


Reviling a Muslim is disobedience to God, and fighting with him is infidelity.


Whoever is humble to men for God's sake, may God exalt his eminence.


He who believes in God and the Last Day should honour his guest;

he who believes in God and the Last Day should not annoy his neighbours; and he who believes in God and the Last Day should say what is good or keep silent.


By God ye shall be called to account for your doings!


Your Lord is bountiful to mankind: yet most of them do not give thanks.


Love of self comes first. The one who loves everybody is the one who does not love anyone.


Discard your former slave-master's names and be willing and ready to accept one of Allah's Pure and Righteous Names that He Alone will give our people from His Own Mouth! A good name is, indeed, better than gold.


Whoever knows himself knows God.


The search of knowledge is an obligation laid on every Muslim.


Who are the learned? Those who practice what they know.


Accept your own and be yourself!


The Negro wants to be everything but himself.

.. He wants to integrate with the white man, but he cannot integrate with himself or with his own kind. The Negro wants to lose his identity because he does not know his own identity.