HOW TO DRESS
MESSENGER ELIJAH MUHAMMAD WARNS THE M.G.T. & G.C.C.
Against Wearing Foreign Styles and Marrying Foreigners
Reprinted from June 28, 1968 edition of Muhammad Speaks
This is a warning to the M.G.T
& G.C.C. against adopting the
African dress and hair styles (this
applies to the Brothers of the
F.O.I. also) and seeking to
intermarry with foreign people
whether they are Muslims or not;
and against accepting traditional
African tribal styles and garments
with gay colors.
Such Sisters will be dismissed, from now on, from the circle of Islam,
wherein I am the shepherd.
No style of dress is to be warn but the style of real Muslim people and
the one that I am offering to you. The head piece of traditional and tribal
African people who are other than Believers of Islam is also forbidden
for you to accept.
If you are not satisfied with the styles I give you then I am not
satisfied with you being my follower.
Do not love to marry foreign people other than your people of
America (your own Black brothers and sisters who have been lost and
now found by God, Himself). If you do, I will no longer respect you as
Remember what intermarriage did for the people of Moses in
Median and elsewhere wherever they mixed with foreign people? They
took them away from their God and they were forbidden by Allah to intermarry with people whose
faith was not their own and later, a death penalty was effected on the for such things, because the love
of such foreign disbelievers takes away your faith and your religion that God, in the PErson of Master
Fard Muhammad, to Whom praises are due forever, has given to you for your success.
As intermarrying with foreigners did to the people in the time of Moses, it will do the same here in
this day and time, if you marry foreign disbelievers and traditionalists. They were not believers in
Islam and brothers and sisters who are going "drunk" in love with just anyone whom they think is of
their kind, will not stay in the circle here with me.
I will not permit it. God has not sent me to mix any such thing as intermarrying or associating in such a way as "sweethearting: with foreign people. A closer knowledge of this will be given to anyone
of you who would like to come and ask me personally, but you are not to do these things.
God is only after you to make you an example for the world to be guided by. You are being given the
tops of the Divine Wisdom and He wants to make you the greatest of all people of the earth.
Study Jesus' parables of the "Prodigal Son"," The Lost Sheep" and "The Lost Tenth Piece of
Silver" and other parables of the Old Testament and you will find many parables there made of you
and me here in America, as being found and returned and put on top.
"This was the name given to the training of women and girls in North America, how to keep house, how to rear their children, how to take care of their husbands, sew, cook and in general, how to act at home and abroad. These training units were named by our prophet and leader of Islam, W.D. Fard."
By Prophet W. D. Fard
Lost-Found Muslim Lesson, No. 1:14 (1933)
"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?" By Messenger Elijah Muhammad, (Message to the Blackman in America, page 59) 1965
Department of Supreme Wisdom
A WARNING TO THE M.G.T. & G.C.C.
To Repent and Do The First Work
By Elijah Muhammad: Servant of Our Saviour
O you Muslim Girls Training and General Civilization Class, of the wilderness of North America,
whom the Lord, Our Saviour, found and chose for Himself; and made for you a Law and Guide, that
you may excel Nations.
REMEMBER: How you have turned back. Repent of your lewd ways and return to your Saviour.
Amend your ways, and He will return unto you, and forgive you of your faults and make for thee a
Light. For you have sinned and did a hateful thing in the sight of Allah. By casting aside the Moral
Precept in which He gave you.
REMEMBER: How He chose you and made you teachers and taught you how to clean yourselves from
evil things. He gave you pure food to eat and good clothing and brought for you bracelets, earrings,
neck-chains, hair-broaches, and head ornaments and taught you how to form yourselves that, that
beauty the devils had robbed you of might return unto you again. And as long as you followed this
Divine Law, you began to return to your beauty.
Your skin became beautiful, your form became graceful, your health was returning to you. And
everything you laid your hands to He made it prosper. Your fame went abroad, and thine own
enemies, began to admire thee. "Yea, moreover: Our Saviour took you and carried you about and
amused thee from city to city, that you may know that He was thine Saviour. And that He had the
power to make for a Heaven in the wilderness if only you believe and obey. HEAR NOW: O Muslim
Girls Training and General Civilization Class. How you have fallen from the right way, that you are
no more admired, but are looked upon by thine enemies as most hateful. And they whisper among
themselves saying, are these the models that were to be for the lost found? How they degraded
themselves. You have fallen, gone back to that which your Saviour did come and pull you out. What
meaning have you in painting your faces, putting false eyebrows on, reddening your lips (nails) with
paint, painted lips, cheeks, hair burned out, straightened by hot irons, using swine grease on it, and on
thine faces. Dressing in tight form fitting clothes, so as to show thy form and thus tempt men and boys
to commit adultery with thee.
You have gone and stood in the highways, and on the street corners and winked with thine eyes. Yea
and open thine feet to strangers or whosoever will. Yea: you are like a red hot oven, the filthful lust of
adultery is eating you up. You have brought shame upon your Nation , as well as your family. Your
innocent children, your husband can not hold their heads up before the Nation, because of the lewd
ways of adultery.
You have loved the ways of the devil and despised your own in which Our Saviour, has brought thee.
The cry of adultery is in every city, throughout the country, from our women and girls, for men to
come and lie with them that their shame may be increased.
In several of the larger cities, our women and virgin daughters are hiring themselves to the devils to
use their bodies for fornication purposes; these evil adulteresses are sometimes found among so-called society, spreading untold misery of white devils disease, besides corrupting their children and
themselves with such diseases as white and syphilis. When are we going to rise from such shameful a
generation, following after the styles of the devils, and have thrown our intelligence into the garbage
Our little children going to the schools, sweet-hearting with devil boys and girls. This starts them
crazing for adultery and vice of all kinds. Know you not, that 90% of our girls virginity is first
destroyed by the devils. And near the same percentage in corrupting our homes between man and wife.
This started from the devils homes and offices. Nurses are attacked by devils, and are lured by a few
shiny nickels or steady employment.
Dear Beloved Sisters: I am Allah's Apostle to you. To warn you that this evil of yours shall and must
be stopped at once, or be destroyed by hellfire, with devil. I must make a people to meet the
appearance of Our Saviour's return. Repent and reform yourselves from uncleanness, and stop
rebelling. And obey the Law of Islam, and Allah's Apostle and you will see the hereafter. The time has
come: Make yourself ready.
REMEMBER: Problem #2. That Our Saviour, wrote for your admonishment. Anyone of you who
have read and understands the Problem should show an example to the others by reforming
yourselves. My opinion of Problem #2, is given here in the following. These Problems should be read
and studied every time the Class meets. And any one of you not trying to live up to the Law laid down
by Our Saviour for our improvement, must be stricken from the roll at once. No more time to waste on
rebels, and fault finders of Islam. Come right or not at all. Our Saviour helps us who try to do His will
and punishes the hypocrites.
Ethel Sharrieff (b. Oct. 24, 1922 - Dec. 11, 2002) Ethel Muhammad, daughter of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad) Was the Captain of the Nation of Islam's M.G.T under her father's leadership. The original idea of an M.G.T. factory came from Sister Ethel, which initially started in the basement of their home. She made everything she wore and sewed for sisters all over the country. She also established factories all over the country. Sister Ethel was the first sister to be called 'Sister Instructress' by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Ethel Sharrief was married to Supreme Captain Raymond Sharrieff for 53 years.
MESSENGER ELIJAH MUHAMMAD'S INSTRUCTIONS TO THE LABORERS
I don't want to go to the white man for anything. We have enough among ourselves if we can save.
As laborers, they will look at you and say, "You are not smart". As laborers you are supposed to be smart.
Laborers must be willing to confront their workers with wrong.
I am not pleased at all with the devil's world. Their only aim is to stop our progress.
It is most important to be on time. Always.
We must do things better and faster than the devil and the originals. We don't want anybody taking their time. Make them go faster. As heads, we must know principles of how to get people going and get them to do their jobs.
We are preaching fast progress, we don't want any slow-down.
On the spiritual side, we say "Take it or leave it." We have millions of people to
We can have a great show of progress in a year on any job we are put on. When it
comes to a year. We should show the best in us.
We don't mean to play or show.
We are dealing with a careless nation and we have to make them interested.
In running money matters, we have to be very careful.
You got to build up for a nation in order to get.
We can't do these jobs sitting in our houses and cars. We have to get out and talk
Laborers who proceed with caution because they are lacking confidence and faith
in Allah and my work are on the way out.
Ten or twelve people are nothing for a meeting or store. We should be shooting
for something bigger: ten or twelve hundred.
Let us be sure we know.
Have trained people to do the jobs or the work.
The Saviour said "The Restricted Law is our success."
I don't want any more boasting (representing something, self or others) as more
than what it is.
We are trying to get going with our inexperienced self. But, we want to be the
When you get people to sit at your money-box, they won't always be true.
Allah told me you are not that important to stand around begging you. You can't
afford to lose that time. You got millions of them. When the time comes, they will
We need intelligent help to prepare the necessities for our people.
All old laborers should get back and let new ones do it, as the old laborers know
what to do or what is to be done, but don't do it.
We are not going to let people learn on us at our expense. Get the experience
somewhere else, and come back to us. We are in a hurry.
You must have the ability to go over and over again the error of a Laborer. You
must challenge their ideas of know-how.
Get right down to the base of things, at once.
Your job is to see that Orders are carried out. Just to see that so and so is working,
is no big job. But, to see that so and so is doing the job right.
Do it right or else.
As a Captain, you must see that Orders are carried out.
Time is the essence. I will not wait on anyone.
I need all of my Laborers to be tops and in order.
Allah said to me, "Take courage and do it." And we are going to do it.
Set a time for people doing jobs. Then, if they don't do it make them pay a penalty
for not keeping their word.
You will be faced with trying to hold your post. If you do like I tell you, you will
hold your post.
You have to study. You may improve on that man, if you know what he has done.
Go after error. Go to the tap-root of the tree. Cut it and it will not produce
We are the master. We rule where we go. You got to lay hold to the right stake.
A Laborer must have ability to subordinate their own intent or desire to be the
Leader or to their Superior.
Get to learn to be a Salesman for the Nation.
Must find a channel to sell.
We can't stand around talking to converts. We have got to learn business and talk
Listen good. Watch good and take steps that I tell you, unless I charge you with
We can't fool around. We can't make mistakes.
Concentrate on big business. Big business for the nation. Get men with know-how.
Get a smart Assistant.
All the time, I am thinking of tomorrow; of the smart ones coming in; the
Scientist, the Scholar; the one who knows; is coming in. We can't live in Musa's
When I tell you something you must let me know the results of what I told you to do within the time set.
Keep your Mind and interest on the Nation as the Nation is taking care of you.
We may say we can get along with the Nation but it would still be based on what
the Nation has given to you.
We have this coming, and I want to make it more. I want to advance the Nation's
income. When we get these places, we want to make something for the Nation. We
don't want patches. We want fields.
There are many ways we can work without getting our necks chopped off. We
intend to take over and do what they have been doing. Of[course], if we can overtake them
and get them to do it.
Learn what they have and improve on it. We have got to be perfect. If not, we are