By The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad


The Messenger of Allah

The woman is the man’s field to produce his nation. If he does not keep the enemy out of his field, he won’t produce a good nation. If we love our vegetable crops we will go out and turn up the leaves on that vegetable stalk and look carefully for worms that are eating and destroying the vegetables. We will kill that worm – right?

Again, we will go out into the cotton field and look for the enemies of our cotton and try to kill that enemy. We study poisons and chemicals of the earth and we pour these chemicals on the enemies of our crops to keep their enemies from destroying them. We love a crop that we can produce every year, every season, so well that we will kill every enemy that we find seeking to destroy it.

We will even kill one another if we find the other one our there trying to steal that crop.

Is not your woman more valuable than that crop of corn, that crop of cotton, that crop of cabbage, potatoes, beans, tomatoes? How much more valuable is your woman than these crops that you should keep the enemies from destroying the crops. Yet you are not careful about your women. You don’t love them. Why? It is because you have allowed visitors to run in and out of your house, thus they have destroyed your love for your woman and your woman has not the love for you that she should.

That is a good sign. Until we learn to love and protect our woman, we will never be a fit and recognized people on the earth. The white people here among you will never recognize you until you protect your woman.

The brown man will never recognize you until you protect your woman. The yellow man will never recognize you until you protect your woman. The white man will never recognize you until you protect your woman.

You and I may go to Harvard, we may go to York of England, or go to Al Ahzar in Cairo and get degrees from all of these great seats of learning. But we will never be recognized until we recognize our women.

On visiting with a couple of my sons in what they call the Near East, in 1959, I began in Turkey. We traveled form Turkey down to Africa to Ethiopia and the Sudan. We visited Arabia (Mecca and Medina), and we visited Pakistan. We returned home from Lahore, Pakistan, on or about the 6th of January, 1960. We didn’t even find on that entire tour such a thing as not recognizing the black woman.

Everywhere we went, the Black man recognized his woman. He had great respect for her. We dined in many of the “top (as you say in slang) homes”. We dined with some of the most influential people of these countries – government people. In some of their homes, we never did see any of their family, only men.

The waiter was a man or a boy, not any woman. My beloved brothers in America, you have lost the respect for your woman and therefore you have lost the respect for yourself. You won’t protect her; therefore you can’t protect yourself.

She is your first nurse. She is your teacher. Your first lesson comes from your mother. If you don’t protect your mother, how do you think you look in the eyes of other fellow human beings?


  1. Me Says:

    No Justice….No Peace

  2. Sister Min. Telijah Muhaddath Says:

    Man can rise no higher than his woman.
    Where there are no decent woman there can be no decent man.
    She is your first nurse. She is your teacher. Your first lesson comes from your mother. With all of this knowledge before us, some brothers find it hard to see the sisters as ministers. In the May 12, 1967 issue of the Muhammad Speaks, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught on how one becomes a Muslim Minister. When asked the question: How does one become a muslim minister the Messenger of Allah reply: “A believer who accepts the truth that God Almighty has brought us in the person of Master Fard Muhammad, to Whom praise is due forever–is automatically a minister. He may start teaching this truth even the woman. They all become ministers. I have been a muslim minister for over forty years. As Salaam Aliakum. Ps. May Allah bless the Nation to see the real purpose of the Woman.

  3. shabazz Says:

    truth is what he speaks take or leave

  4. Ansar El Muhammad Says:

    The black woman is the first woman to walk in the Sun! She must exhibit the finest qualities of what a real woman defines. MOC which is the acronym for MOTHER OF CIVILIZATION, once we as MOC’s learn what our job is we then learn the divine value of our role as Mothers of this Planet.

  5. ali cosby Says:

    alllah is god they say who is the origal black man the maker the owner the cream of the uniserval god of the uniserval women cant be muslim they would have to serve muslim men has i wives

  6. Stanley Montgomery Says:

    Every black man in America must read this. Read, Read, Read, ( Now Act).

  7. ida mae bennett Says:

    Very true the black man in america must respect the black woman to rise above his conditions

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