It's core could be described as simple powerful truths: Blacks in America are the fulfillment of the prophecy of Abraham's children enduring suffering and bondage among a strange people and a strange land before the one scripture calls the Christ, and in Islamic tradition the “Great Mahdi,” would come to deliver and uplift this fallen people. This mighty one would also judge and destroy America for her evils, just as empires were destroyed in the past, and make a great nation out of a once-destroyed and foolish people, the children of America's slaves.
This mighty one, whom the Hon. Elijah Muhammad taught was Master Fard Muhammad, came on July 4, 1930 to declare the independence of the Black man and woman of America. He also has supreme power and wisdom and will usher in a world of peace and justice, never to be destroyed, Mr. Muhammad said.
So in an era of spiritual and conventional warfare, socio-economic unrest, poor health, starvation, and weather calamities, which have steadily increased in America since the coming of Master Fard Muhammad, the teachings of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad are critical for Black survival.
“The Hon. Elijah Muhammad's teachings are medicinal,” began scholar and Nation of Islam member Dr. Wesley Muhammad, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Islamic Studies. He has also taught at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the University of Toledo, and has presented or lectured at the University of Mainz, Germany, the University of Chicago, Duke University, Emory University, Morehouse College, Spelman Collegeand Clark Atlanta University.
“When we each and collectively take the proper, prescribed dosage, the Islam of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad has the power to heal the many, post-slavery pathologies that afflict our community: social, psychological, spiritual, economic and political. Knowledge of self and others is the root of this teaching,” he says.
That knowledge includes understanding the divine nature of the Original people and the devilishment endured while under the rule of Caucasian people. It is the knowledge of God, unlocked in the children of America's once slaves, and the knowledge of the devil, or the Satanic actions and attitudes of Whites and a nation guilty of evils at home and abroad.