The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad


The Messenger of Allah

There is so much food of various kinds in the earth for us to eat we could hardly mention by names.

We are the wisest of all life on earth and in the heavens above the earth. Almighty God, Allah, in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, to Whom Praise is due forever, has taught me. We must have regularity in everything we do.

SINCE THE earth is full of food, this does not mean we should try to eat the food all day long. We should eat one meal a day and when we eat this one meal, be sure it is of the best food for our bodies to digest and to keep us alive without our lives being agitated by enemies from the food and drinks we put in our bodies.

We have to safeguard our health against the enemies of our health by eating one meal a day. This gives an enemy (germ) that may be in our food time to die – to be completely dead at the end of twenty-four hours.

IF WE KEEP adding more food, it gives the germ strength and working power to destroy the very delicate and perfect machinery of our bodies. By nature, we are made of the best. And, we have to continue to give our bodies the best and in a moderate way.

Fasting is one of the greatest “doctors” we have. Fasting is prescribed for us in the Holy Qur-an and in the Bible. The Bible does not teach us as much of how good fasting is health-wise, as the Holy Qur-an does.

THE BIBLE’S teaching on fasting is mostly spiritual purposes. On one occasion, we find where Moses fasted for the cure of his sister, Miriam, who had contracted leprosy because of speaking carelessly of Moses. Her brother (Moses) then had to seek a cure from God for her.

But fasting, as Allah prescribed for us, is to prolong our lives with better health by eating the right food and not eating too frequently.

FASTING DOES much for us. A three-day fast will tell the story – you feel better; your body begins to feel lighter and not weighty as it felt when it was filled with food; your thinking is clearer.

Let us fast as often as we feel that we have not a desire for food. If you do not desire food, do not eat it. Eat when you are very hungry (of course, this does not apply to the sick, because the sick are exempt from fasting).

When fasting is practiced for good, good results will follow. But, if we fast, as the Bible mentions in Isaiah, just for debate, our fast is no good. The Bible teaches that the facts of people who go out and tell others that “I had a dream” and then call dreams, visions, are not accepted.

SOME PEOPLE tell stories about something they accomplish on the fast that they did not accomplish. The Bible answers such a person in these words; If you dream a dream, tell a dream and do not try to tell a dream for a vision from the Lord, when you did not get such a vision.

We must remember that we cannot be “holier than thou,” unless we are really holy. So, let us say of ourselves what we really are and not what we are not because it is good in the eye sight of God for us to speak the truth.

FAST! It cleans the impurities out of the blood and causes the body to eliminate the poison stored in it from previous meals – sometimes from previous meals of many years, as the folds in our intestines can carry particles of food for a long time, and holds strength enough in them to keep us alive for two months. Our bodies store food in the folds of the intestines and in the blood stream.

After a fast of three days – and from that to nine days – these particles of food and poison that have accumulated will be eliminated. The blood is being cleansed of its impurities because the impurities have nothing to keep them in power to live; therefore, they die and leave the person happy and enjoying the results of a healthy body – which is the greatest enjoyment we can have.

WE ARE TAUGHT…and all religions teach fasting…so that includes us too. Of course, as long as we are in the Presence of God, we do not have to fast. But, we are not always in His Presence. In the Hereafter when all people will receive rewards of goodness who see the Hereafter, there will be no fasting.

WE, THE RIGHTEOUS, must fast as long as we are present and among the unrighteous. So, fasting is prescribed for us as well as those (people) before us. Let us look at the verse in the Holy Qur’an 2:183 translated by Maulana Muhammad Ali (copyright-1963): O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you, as it is prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard against evil.” Here it tells us why fasting is prescribed for us. It guards us against doing evil. Read the footnote of Maulana Muhammad Ali’s translation of this chapter for footnote. No.225.

WE HERE (Elijah Muhammad and his Followers)…I prescribe for you the month of December to fast in – if you are able to take the fast – instead of the regular month that travels through the year, called Ramadan by the Muslims; the month in which they say Muhammad received the Holy Qur’an.

WHY DID I prescribe for you the month of December? It is because it was in this month that you used to worship a dead prophet by the name of Jesus. And, it was the month that you wasted your money and wealth to worship the 25th day of this month, December, as the Christians do. The Christians know that it is not the birthday of Jesus; for they do not know the birthday of Jesus. No one knows it, because being persecuted by the Jews, Joseph and Mary feared the death of not only their newborn baby that they were bringing to birth, but even feared for their own lives for committing the act out of wedlock. They feared Herod and his army and the religious set of the Jews condemning them to be punished with death. But, they were not to be killed for they were for a sign of the Black Man in America, according to the Holy Qur-an. See Holy Qur-an, Chapter 4:171.

While Christians have deceived you in worshiping the birthday of Nimrod who was born the 25th day of that month, no man knows the day Jesus was born, but they (Joseph and Mary) themselves. This is a sign right there; no man of the evil world was to know when the spiritual birth of Muhammad was to take place. And, surely they do not know. So, do not fast as the other religious people fast, for they have different objects and ways in which they fast, which are against the meaningful fasts that we take.

FASTING takes away evil desires. Fasting takes from us filthy desires. Fasting takes from us the desire to do evil against self and our brothers and sisters. We are created of the material of goodness. Therefore, good belongs to us…and it should not be hard for us to turn to our own selves in which we were created…good.

WE are approaching the month of December, in which we usually abstain from eating in the daylight hours, as the Orthodox Muslims do, the ninth (9th) month of their calendar, the month of Ramadan.

I set up this for you and me, to try to drive out of us the old white slavemaster’s worship of a false birthday (December 25th) of Jesus.

ALLAH (God) Who Came in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, to Whom Praises are due forever, Taught me, that Jesus was not even born during the entire month of December.

THE scholars agree, that according to their history, Jesus could not have been born in December.

ALLAH (God) Taught me that Jesus was born between the first and second week in September, instead of December. But no one knew the day of Jesus’ birth except Joseph and Mary.

BECAUSE of the Jews’ hot persecution against the birth of Jesus, the exact day of his birth was kept a secret, from the public. So, to break my people up from the worship of a false birthday of Jesus, we turned to abstaining from eating in the daylight hours during the month of December. This is, in no way, a FAST!

WHEN we abstain from food for so short a time as for early morning until after sundown and darkness begins to appear – we cannot call this a FAST, for we are eating the same way that we have always been eating (one meal in that day). IT is no FAST to me and to my followers to eat a meal after Sunday. We cannot call it a FAST!

A FAST should be from two (2) to three (3) days without eating food. If we are seeking spiritual advancement, we should fast for three days.

IN the case of Orthodox Muslims worshipping Ramadan by not eating until after sunset, and darkness approaches (they can eat all night long if they want to, until the next morning at dawn) – they call this a FAST!

THEY say that they do this in the Month of Ramadan because Ramadan is the month in which the Holy Qur-an was revealed to Muhammad.

BUT, the way that I understand scripture, it teaches us that Muhammad received the Holy Qur-an over a period of twenty-three (23) years.

MUHAMMAD did not receive the Holy Qur-an in one night or in one day. And, if he received the whole Holy Qur’an in the month of Ramadan, WHY FAST in that month?

IF we are given what we want (Holy Qur’an) in that month, without FASTING, I cannot understand why we should FAST in the month of Ramadan, for the first revelation of the Holy Qur’an was already given in that month, without FASTING.

IT would look more proper for us to be rejoicing over the great salvation (Holy Qur’an) that Allah (God) sent to us, in the month of Ramadan.

If you can convince me it is necessary to Fast in the month of Ramadan because of Muhammad receiving the Holy Qur-an, or the first revelation of the Holy Qur-an, then I will go along with it. However, since the Qur-an was received over a period of years, I am very much baffled in trying to understand why we should FAST in the month of Ramadan.

WE should be rejoicing because of receiving the Holy Qur’an and we should teach others to rejoice throughout the month of Ramadan, if it is because the Holy Qur’an was revealed in that month.

OF COURSE, this is the Arab way, in their religious belief, that they should FAST. But I do say that it is not necessary to FAST to get something that you have already received.

WE should all thank Allah and be grateful to Allah (God) for Giving us the truth, or the Great Revelation (Holy Qur’an), that will guide us into a clearer truth than we have had in the past.

SO, I am not asking my followers to FAST in the month of December because of the birth of a prophet (Jesus) nor do we want to worship his birth or worship because some great Revelation was sent down to another prophet. No, it is just to keep my followers from worshipping falsehood, instead of truth, and to prevent them from spending their money in the falsehood of Santa Claus.

There are so many untruths that the people of untruth (white race) have mislead us in. We must come out of untruth, we must come out of falsehood.

I do know that FASTING is good. I have tried FASTING for many years myself. I do know that FASTING is good for our health and FASTING is good for our spiritual advancement.

IT is actually good for us to take a FAST and abstain from eating food for a period of days.

BUT, you are not actually FASTING when you are going to eat everyday, regardless to what time you may set for the meal. If you eat within twenty four (24) hours, you cannot really consider it as a FAST.

AND, so I say to my followers, WE ARE NOT FASTING (in December) we are just abstaining from taking a part with false worship. We abstain from eating throughout the month of Ramadan – the month of December.

It is good for us to abstain from eating meat, for we should not eat meat at all. Meat is not good for our health nor for our body.

ACTUALLY by nature, we are not made to live off meat.

ALLAH, (God) Who Came in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, to Whom Praises are due forever, Taught me, that no meat is good for us, except the little pigeon (squab) that has never flown from its nest. But, we eat meat.

BEEF – coarse meat, such as beef – we should not wear out our stomach trying to digest this coarse meat. We should not eat any meat – not even lamb.

FISH – we can eat fish. Fish is raised under a different atmosphere. Fish is from a different world of life. Fish is born and fish lives, in the water of life. Fish is good for us.

BIRDS – ALLAH (God) Taught me that no bird is good for us to eat, and if you watch the nature of a bird, you will also agree that the bird is not fit to eat.

BUT, following a people who the Holy Qur’an describes as ‘eating like a beast’ (white race) – they eat anything that they want to eat and they do not care concerning the harm that it is doing to their life. It is hard to live a hundred (100) years eating the way the white race eats – not to think of being able to live from 200 to 900 years like Noah and Methuselah lived.

ALLAH (God) Who Came in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, to Whom Praises are due forever, Taught me. That the people of the planet Mars lives 1,200 of our earth years.

I do not know what they eat of their planet life, as Allah (God) did not Teach me what they eat. And I did not ask Him in the first place.

THE PEOPLE of MARS eat what their planet produces for them to eat, as the planet produced the people of Mars and it produces the food that they eat. I do not know what the planet produces, other than the people of Mars.

IF I could fly to Mars, I do not know whether I could say, “Prepare, fish, lamb or chicken,” and have it prepared for me.

FAST – for 3 days – FAST for 3 x 3 days, FAST for 9 days or FAST for 27 days. FASTING is good for us. It gives our blood time to cleanse itself, and in so doing it makes us think clearer.

IF you make a habit of FASTING – you are not going to get sick. Abstain from eating, if you are eating the right kind of food, you can FAST but when you eat again, you poison your body.

STAY AWAY from that which is not good for us.


17 Responses to “HOW TO EAT TO LIVE/FASTING”

  1. Bigchange Says:

    I believe in word of allah,fasting is the only way to live the time allah has proscribed for us to live.The less you eat the longer you live!

  2. Sha'Allah Allah Says:

    The Messenger teaches that fasting is the cure for ALL our ills both Mental and Physical. Not dianetics, not raw diets filled with nuts on the menu, FASTING. The Savior said ” do not let me catch you weighing other than yourself”. How many times does your pulse beat per minute? How many cubic feet of atmosphere do you breath per hour? Are you (the Hypocrite) robbing us(the True Believer) of our atmosphere? Why do some of these so-called ministers in the NOI look like they eat pork? How can you trust a fat person? Fat people are lazy, weak and greedy so again I ask how can you trust a fat person? Obey Allah and his Messenger. Eat one meal a day or one every other day, eat the right foods and fast it is prescribed you us. Peace.

    • resurrected Says:

      all fat people are not greedy and lazy.most of our grandmothers and great grandmothers were overweight,but they are the reason we are the history for yourself.ASA

    • Malik Shy Says:

      Why the angry response brother?

    • Saleem al-aziz Says: the nation of Islam does not belittle or hurt feelings, now i don’t know what min. You are under but my min. Was supreme min. John Muhammad (may the peace & blessing of allah forever be upon him) in the temple there were f.o.i who was overweight but we was taught to never make fun or belittle or say anything that would cause distress so with that being said we can’t unite our people if were going to go about it in that manner..peace

  3. rawlifewizard Says:


    I am not a muslim, nor do I think I have to be to recognize the truth in these words of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. My research and personal observations and experience on myself have proven that these words are correct as far as the fasting.

    As far as the eating habits of “white people” per se, I think though some would consider these words racist, it is accurate if you understand that though there had been great African civilizations (Mali, Ghana, Songhai, etc …) who had their own share of gluttons who ate too much in ancient times, in recent memory (the last 400 yrs or so), the gluttons for the most part were the rich or White Collar class who happened to be white.

    I must also admit, my only knowledge of T.H.E.M. was from the movie “Malcolm X”. I was not aware that he was wise on these subjects. It is sad that the knowledge of fasting as a cure for many ills has been lost in favor of corporate, capitalist greed and doctors marketing pharmaceuticals which are really just poison to get you addicted.

    If you wish to follow my fasting journey, check out my blog

    May peace be unto you

  4. David p Says:

    Great article. I’m no longer eating meat as of today. Only fish.

  5. FAST-THING Says:

    Thank to Allah and thank to Master Fard Muhammad and Elijah for producing someone like Eric Muhammad for clarification on Fasting.
    I wish all the followers of Elijah must practice the true teaching and have the REAL APEARANCE of the honorable Messenger as many
    followers today look in every feature and aspect like alcoholics, drug addicts in the manner of the enemy cracker swine feeders.

    As a scolar listenning to Farrakhan(though I give him credit) saying publicly that he smokes and drinks in Cuba and even said he wanted to humanize the audience: In Islam? In God? In Fard? In Elijah?

    Such statements must be private because nobody is perfect and for that matter should not infect followers as a representative.

    And, humbly I hope Eric Muhammad must reply a letter from Spain
    for establishment of a temple sooner.

    May God bless all the Nation and the Mahdi, those who slept in the in path.

    Assalam alaikum

  6. Antonio Mapson Jr Says:

    Thank you.

  7. Keith Says:

    Great article the HEM as always makes complex subjects plain.

  8. Donald Carter III Says:

    I am not muslim nor christian but a believer in Christ and respect all faiths and very much will be adopting some of these muslim customs. I really believe in fasting, I didn’t even know but Ahayah God told me to start eating only one meal a day 6 months ago and I’ve been feeling much better. I only drink one bottle of red wine a month for the stomach sake according to the bible and light intimacy. I am learning to get fit and exercise now. You muslims got it right, I’ve notice christians eat pagan unclean food and are undisciplined and hate the idea of fasting which the Prophet Isa promoted to cast out demons. May Ahayah, Isa and Allah & Alpha & Omega keep all of us and learn the path of Holiness

  9. Sharron Says:

    Wow!!! I just wanted to know, how Malcom x ate, I learned alot about fasting also, thanks

  10. Theresa Says:

    I would like to know if you’re a diabetic could you still fast

  11. james Says:

    yes! fasting is excellent for diabetics, Get Mr.Muhammads book (How to Eat to Live) vol.1&2 and live a long and healthy life..

  12. Motwain Says:

    This Is great knowledge, This Is the cure for all Illnesses…

  13. Jojo Says:

    I think Elijah muhammad was right about mars. We should try and find out what they serve so we can live a long time. Elijah muhammad lived a long time on earth following his own advice on fasting and diet. He was 78 years old when he died. He had lots of children from different women, but he was true to his advice on diet.

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