A Must Read: A Torchlight For America by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Written by Jesse Muhammad

For those looking for a timely book to read this month, I strongly recommend that you purchase a copy of A Torchlight for America by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. This book was published in 1993 but the guidance is greatly needed right now by all of humanity. Yet it has been overlooked.

As to why he wrote the book, Minister Farrakhan responded to a question posed by Brother Jabril Muhammad on July 15, 2006 found in his book Closing the Gap on page 389. Here is an excerpt:

Brother Jabril: Brother Minister, about thirteen years ago, you wrote and published A Torchlight for America. Why did you write it?

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan: In studying the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, there were times when his language was very condemning of the government of the United States, the White people of America and the world, for their evils done and planned to do against the rise of Black people universally. Then there were times when the Honorable Elijah Muhammad spoke a gentle word to Pharaoh, as the Qur’an teaches, that perhaps he would mind.

Thirteen years ago, when I began to see deeper into the irrelevance that the government of the United States saw in Black people, and their desire to get rid of us—which they deemed as a useless piece of property, I wrote A Torchlight for America to try to stay their hand from carrying out a plan of mass destruction of our people by showing them that among us is a light; is a guide for them that could save America from the destruction that Allah had planned for this nation.

I also sought to show them, that among these so-called useless Black people was a group that God had raised as a bearer of warning and good news. Therefore, A Torchlight for America was written with that thought in mind. As Allah did say to Moses, you know, in other words, “Don’t be so hard on Pharaoh just yet. Speak a gentle word to him, perhaps he may mind.”

A Torchlight for America is a gentle word that offers solutions to the many, many problems that America is facing, that Black people are facing and in some cases, that the world is facing, so that he, Pharaoh—the government of America—might say, “Well wait a minute. There is utility in this people and perhaps we’ll put this plan of destruction for them on hold.” And that’s my motive."

With the present state of the economy and the on-going debate over the health-care crisis, Minister Farrakhan outlines solutions in Chapter Five (Rebuilding the Economy) and Chapter Seven (Ending the Health-Care Crisis).

"We would like to offer the words of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, with ourselves as an example of what those words can produce, as a “torchlight” for America", says Minister Farrakhan in the book's preface. "I hope that you receive this torchlight with open ears and an open heart, with the aim of discovering those truths that can lay the base for developing honest remedies for the condition of America."

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  1. A favorite of mine. The Minister lays out actual solutions. With a lil tweaking to fit the current economy, this would be the answer to our problems!

  2. Whoa! You are right. Obama should have this book in the Oval Office.

  3. I agree with you on this Brother Jesse. Everyone should read this book.

  4. Thank you for that excerpt because I didn't understand why he would right a book titled that but now it makes TOTAL sense. Farrakhan is awesome!

  5. I have this one! Classic book.

  6. I have this book. It's a really good read. I'm amazed at how Min. Farrakhan was so ahead of the curve. My favorite ideas include: 1. Retraining programs, 2. Partnership b/w urban poor and working class and 3. Employee ownership and profit-sharing programs.


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