THE CHRISTIAN HOLIDAYS
By Messenger Elijah Muhammad
(Our Saviour Has Arrived, page 165)
February 26, 1974
"My Dear Black Brothers and Christian holidays that you celebrate are holidays for white people and not for Black People. The white people do not worship any day belonging to Black People. Why should you worship their days...days which are to their interest and not to the interest of the Black Man?"
By Messenger Elijah Muhammad
Muhammad Speaks Newspaper, December 25, 1970
The Great False worship is but a
few days away (December 25,
1970). The worship of Jesus'
birthday, which they claim is on
the 25th of December is one of
the most open other than the
truth. And, the authors of their
religion, Christianity, know that
they are wrong in trying to tell
the whole world that that is the
day Jesus was born on. Not a
man on earth knows that day,
because it was not mentioned
according to Allah, in the Person
of Master Fard Muhammad, to
whom Praises are due forever,
the God of the Righteous
and Truth. The way that He has
taught us of Jesus' history makes
sense. His birth could not have
been made known since the
authority of his time was
intended to kill him. They knew
that he was not coming to help
them. They got a little mixed up
in his appearance; or looking for
the birth of a Mighty One to come and change the Jew's government and people for hell-fire. Though Jesus,
as God taught me, was actually believing that he could convert the Jews until he learned the history of the
Jews.Then he changed his mind and denounced them as being a race of devils and his word of truth had no
place in them. Because there was no truth in them by nature. They were not made of truth, therefore, the
Christmas, the 25th day of December that you worship every year, is not the birthday of Jesus.
SOME OF YOU do not care whose birthday it is just as long as you are off from work and acting like a
fool, wasting up all your money that you have made that year to buy whiskey, a few fine clothes, new
automobiles or something to help enrich the world that has taught you such things.
Here is what Allah taught me of the 25th day of December: He said that this is not the day that Jesus was
born on. Jesus was born in September between the first and second week. No one actually knows what day it
was, but it was in the first part of the month of September, because, as I have foresaid, the Jews were
watching for his birth to kill him, but they were mistaken. The one that he was actually taken for to be Jesus
was not that one They though that Jesus 2,000 years ago, was the Mahdi, the Great Messiah that they called
the Christ or the Messiah Coming at the end of their time to destroy them and set up another kingdom of the
God's like Him. God taught me that the 25th day of December is the day of the birth of Nimrod, and that the scientists know
that that is Nimrod's birthday. Nimrod was a leader, born as an opponent of Moses' teaching. Allah taught
me in the person of Master Fard Muhammad to whom Praises are due forever, that this man was born in the
last 300 years of Moses, 2,000 years. The whole of the scope of independent teaching of Moses is 1700 years
and not 2,000 years, because of this Nimrod breaks the 2,000 years by 300. But. nevertheless, Moses gets
the credit for the 2,000 years,because this little fellow was not able to do what he was doing and his work
was to reach not only 2,000 years, but the complete 6,000 years of the white race's civilization. Nimrod was
an evil, devil man, and according to sketches of his history, here and there that you may run across as I did
nothing good is said about him. He was an opposer of Moses' Law and Order given to him from Allah (God)
to guide Israel into independency of the original Nation of the earth.
The teaching that parents give to their children of the Santa Claus coming on the night of the 24th prior to the
25th of December, to bring presents to the children, are false. And, some say that his transportation is some
kind of sled so he can get over the snow and ice pulled by reindeer this is also something the children look
for in the South,where there is hardly any snow for a cat to walk on let alone a deer. But, yet, they are taught
the same thing. Then,they go so far as to say that Santa Claus comes down the chimney with all those deer
and with all that load of toys. Now you know that there has to be a mighty large chimney to accommodate
those deer and carts of presents for the children in the community. Then, the child grows up believing this is
the truth as the parents affirm their lie by scratching on the back of the chimney making marks in the soot to
make the child think that the Santa Claus came down the chimney . I know , as I saw and believed the same
thing when I was a little boy. They had lied to me, and I thought that they were telling the truth,until I saw
mommy and daddy putting things in the cloths one night while I was keenly watching to see the Santa Claus.
But, to my surprise, it was my father and mother, and I told my sister what I had seen that night. So, I was no
longer a believer in the strange Santa Claus after catching them "red-handed" (slang). I could hardly enjoy
the Christmas gifts that day after thinking over what I had so strongly believed what they had taught me was
Santa Claus, and had learned that he was my parents. And, then you learn the truth about Santa Claus after a
certain age, then they stop giving you anything. They tell you that they will give you your presents in person.
THEN, for the first time, the child learns the truth that he was only deceived by what they had taught him.
This teaches the child in an early stage to lie, because the parents bring them up with lying.
SO, I ask all the children who read this article on Santa Claus to tell your parents to give you the presents that
they want to give you, and do not tell you that some Santa Claus is going to give them to you, because they
are the ones who buy the presents for you. Oh yes, they take other than the truth for a lot of fun, while we
cannot take other than the truth for fun, when it is not fun. That is a sin before God. There is no lie in Him at
all, and if we believe and follow Him, we must be the same and not liars. But, this is due to the nature of the
white race who was made like that. They were a false people, leading the people wrong, falsely. And the time
will come when they will wake up like the child who wakes up to the knowledge that the real Santa Claus is
his father and mother, so will you wake up to the Real God for his (white race) time is up and you will find
out that the God is Yourself. And, your parents, the Black Man, was the first God who created the heavens
and the earth.
SO, my little Brother and Sister, go home and tell your parents to buy you such and such things if you want
something for the 25th of December, and tell them they could give it to you; as they are the ones who are the
real Santa Claus for you.
AND, there is no such thing as your worshiping Jesus on the 25th of December. He was a righteous prophet
of God, 2,000 years ago, and they disgrace this righteous prophet and his name by worshiping a false day thathe was not even born on. And, the material they use to worship the Jesus is drinking, whiskey, beer, wine and
fighting, gambling, doing all acts of evil on that day. When I was a little boy coming up, the men folk would
think that they were not taking Christmas unless they had plenty of liquor, and whiskey to drink and they
would get half drunk, and vomit all over the streets and highways. It is a sin and disgrace to be calling
yourself worshiping a righteous person and celebrating his birthday with all kinds of drinking and gambling.
This shows you that this was not the Jesus' birthday, because if you acted like this on the real birthday of the
righteous, the God would punish you. You do not get away with mistreating the righteous and not be
punished. The evil people have a time to flourish in evil doings to do all kinds of evil until the end of their
time, which is now. That evil will be punished in the day of the God of Justice and Righteousness. You will
read that righteous people, even to prophets, were killed by the white race. Jews and some of those who
killed the prophets were not destroyed because it was the time that evil was to triumph over the righteous.
Now, today is the day of Allah (God) and His World Will Be a World of Righteousness, Freedom, Justice,
and Equality. And, we cannot get away with falsehood in His Day and Time and in the building up of His
Kingdom without being punished, immediately.
SO, I say little Brother and Sister, go home and remember that mommy and daddy is your Santa Claus, and
they ride in cars and not in ice-sleds with six to eight reindeer pulling it. That number six represents the time
that falsehood would triumph. That is the number of the white race, mean they would triumph for 6,000
by Messenger Elijah Muhammad
Our Saviour Has Arrived, pages 168-172, (February 26, 1974)
If You look at the emblems which represents these two religions and understand their means, you will say, "How could I have ever been a Christian? Or ever to have believed in such a religion which will display such a gruesome sign -- a murdered prophet to beckon me on a path to murder."
The whole history of the white race is written in the shedding of innocent blood. They kill the righteous. Do you not hear how openly they speak of killing me and my followers? Do you not see how they go in gangs, armed to the teeth, to kill me and my followers? They try to provoke us to strike back at them -- innocent people upon whom they prey.
They attack our meeting places like wild jungle creatures; actually shoot up the walls of our temples to show their hatred of the righteous and the right-doer -- without any cause whatsoever, as you see and know. We carry no weapons, but this is no defense or excuse to the white race, which is, by nature, made to attack and kill the innocent without an excuse.
They go in carloads and truckloads, raiding the poor innocent Black sections to take our lives without any cause or provocation whatsoever -- wrecking our property -- knowing that we have no arms. They cowardly, evilly come in great numbers as though they expect a great army to rise up against them. Cowards!
They have no respect for good. They bomb our Black Christian brothers’ churches in the South. They Shoot them down on highways, in their homes and on the job -- anywhere he can satisfy his lust for blood; a blood-thirsty wicked human beast.
They go out on the streets and run down the poor Black man to take his life, with no excuse except their hatred of him and to bear witness to the truth of himself that he is the devil.
They have the nerve to tell the poor innocent victim (Black man) that the teacher of the truth is teaching hatred of him! Who could love him? There should be no need to teach hatred of you to a people who were born and brought up under your feet and who daily experience the cruel blows from your heavy boots, because that person already knows that you are the heartless enemy -- who will not let him go free in a separate place here in this wide territory.
But You would rather hold them here under your eyes so that you can do evil things to them -- beat and kill them while they are helpless. Your enemies would gladly arm every one of them, but Allah (God) does not want us to bear arms.
He wants to show you that he is God. He wants to fight you with His weapons, the forces of nature -- rain, hail, snow, and earthquakes; the sun, moon, and the star. As little as we respect that little dried up piece of our planet called moon, which looks harmless, it has such power of magnetic pull on our planet that it could affect our lives.
Now comes the Christians’ big holiday which they call Christmas. With all the fantastic foolishness of jungle savages, they pretend to love worshipping the prophet on the 25th day of December. They stagger drunkenly all over the streets, campuses, and most of the homes and churches, with card games, dice and other games of chance and all kinds of whisky and beer -- to celebrate that great prophet; with fighting and killing and eating swine flesh. Such is the day which they call the birthday of Jesus.
They have nothing of good in their behavior. It is like Isaiah said, "This people worship me with their mouth but their hearts are far from me." This is true.
It is all false that Jesus was born on the 25th day of December. But the poor Black slave, who used to rejoice that his master gave him one day of rest from the hard labor which he was made to serve, until any day his master said was a holiday was all right with him, as long as he did not have to work.
Until this day, they do not stop to ask what is the meaning of his holiday and where it sprang from. There is no holiday of the white people which the so-called Negro should worship as his day. He never seeks to find a day of his own on which he can worship.
He seeks to worship what the white man worships -- and feels rejected if not permitted to go to war with his master regardless of whom his master is fighting, even though it be his own brother or family. He thinks he is disgraced if he is not involved in whatsoever his master is involved in, and he believes he has a share in it because he wants the love and respect of his master so much.
In fact, He does not believe in what he teaches you of Christianity. Even the very basic principle of Christianity is wrong and false (three Gods in one). And that one of them had to die, He being the Son of the Father, to save the wicked world of the Caucasian race is the most damnable teaching against your peace and happiness. It takes you right out of life.
Another false practice on the 25th day of December: the children between the ages of 3 and 12 think a Santa Claus is visiting them, making them believe they are getting presents from some foreign or strange person other than themselves (the parents).
Some of the parents go so far as to scratch the chimney and tell the children "Santa came down here last night." This is outright false and telling other than the truth. They even have pictures made and commercialized on it.
How could one come from way around the North Pole driving a small sled-like cart? And where did he buy all of those toys? How does Santa drive his sled in the South where there is no snow or ice for him to drive on? They rob themselves of the honor of the child at his receiving their gifts.
Jesus is garbed up and commercialized on by a world of evil and sin and you like this, my people -- you love this now. You defy anyone, even God Himself, to try and remove your love of what is false.
You cannot prove that the 25th day of December is the birthday of Jesus and you are preaching out of a Bible which does not carry any such history. It gives you an idea that He could not have been born on December 25 by these worlds "While the shepherd watched their flocks by night."
If it had been in December, could they have been sitting out at night watching the flock eat good green grass? December is wintertime! Winter starts on the 21st day of December -- you are four days into winter there.
Of course, there are some parts of the earth where winter does not come and there is pasture for the sheep all year round. But it is not like that in Palestine -- in the winter, especially at night.
According to the Christian saying and representation, the Son of God is worshipped. His birth is mocked and disgraced with drunkenness, murdering, gambling, and every type of evil committed on such a day by the Christians while the Muslims walk through the midst, soberly, peacefully fasting through the month and not thinking or drinking alcoholic beverages -- not eating the flesh of anything -- eating once a day, and that only at night.
At the same time, the evil Christian would disgrace the name of one of the most perfect prophets of the past, Jesus. Should not God take revenge on them for such mockery of Jesus? They lie when they say Jesus was born without the agency of man. Then they lie of his death and say that he rose again physically.
And yet, the Black preacher today, in this modern, advanced spiritually scientific world which represents such falsehood, scorn the truth of Islam (entire submission to the Will of God). Should not the preacher be divinely chastised as it is written that he will be?
The Pope of Rome knows that his followers here in the West are making a mockery of Jesus and his teachings, but he will not try to change it, for he is the father of it (church).
The Sign of Christianity is death. The sign of Islam is life. Teach your children the truth. Make them practice truth. Make them practice truth, and do so yourself, as their guides.