CLARENCE 13X: TAUGHT THE FIVE PERCENT NATION HOW TO USE THE LESSONS AND BECOME GOD
By Fahim A. Knight-El
This writer on April 22, 2010, traveled to Danville, Virginia which is approximately sixty (60) miles from my home; although, I had traveled to Danville on many other occasions prior to this date, but this spring I went with my Third-Eye in which to observe and get a feel for where Clarence 13X Smith, Father Allah was born (it became a minor pilgrimage for me). This writer can only imagine what Danville may have looked like geographically and socially in 1928 when Clarence 13X entered the world. You can still feel in 2010 perhaps the racist aura that he may have experienced and the political, social and economic disparities between blacks and whites still exist some seven decades later. Although, segregation officially ended in 1954 and civil rights was further ensured with the passing of 1964 Civil Rights Act. The slave mentality is still overwhelming amongst our people in Danville and the only light that I saw was a small Sunni Islamic Masjid named At-Taqwa Islamic Center; located at 120 S. Union St, Danville, VA. (Reference: Michelle Alexander; “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”). (Reference: Lord Jamar: YouTube Link: http://www.babygrande.net/jamar/ ).
I drove down highway 86 North from Hillsborough, North Carolina heading toward Danville and you can still see the rural and agriculture landscape where perhaps farming was still very much a part of that region of Virginia, which would have been no different than yesterday. Danville is a hilly town and with a blue collar flavor—it appears to be commercially depressed, but there’s evidence they are slowly moving towards urbanization. Perhaps the reasons that Father Allah migrated to New York (Mecca) were no different than what I was visualizing some sixty years later—social disparity. Black oppression was still evident and the culture was still steeped in all the symbols of white supremacy. (Reference: Chip Smith; “The Cost of Privilege: Taking on the System of White Supremacy”). (Reference: Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes; YouTube link:
There is organization in America, as well as in other parts of the world known as the Five Percenters or better yet known as the Nation of Gods and Earths (NGE). Thus, the founder of the group was named Clarence 13X Smith, a former follower of the Nation of Islam and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Clarence 13X Smith in 1963 defected from the Nation of Islam and others maintained that he actually received an indefinite suspension for repeated infractions that were deemed un-Islamic conduct such as gambling, drinking and smoking, etc (there is a lot of controversy of why Clarence 13X was ousted from the Nation of Islam). The Nation of Islam had strict rules of conduct relative to clean living—its followers were prohibited from consuming alcohol, eating pork, gambling, partying, lying, stealing, cheating, etc. (Reference: Wakeel Allah; “The Naked Truth: From the Goal Mind of Abu Shahid, the Elder of the Nation of Gods and Earths”).
Although, many of the early Nation of Islam followers were recruited from the correctional and penal institutions of America and became rehabilitated after hearing the life giving teachings while in prison. The best known convert who had spent a number of years incarcerated was Minister Malcolm X (who transformed his life in prison). (Reference: Alex Haley; “Autobiography of Malcolm X”).
I believe that Clarence 13X was attracted to the Nation of Islam and Temple Number 7 (Harlem, New York) because of the former street hustler and later turned Muslim, minister named Malcolm X who was able to talk their language and had nothing but respect and love for the ghetto life style—essentially it was this counter-culture life style that was always intriguing to Clarence 13X and not many Nation of Islam ministers understood it as well as Minister Malcolm X.
This was where Malcolm X earned the street nickname Detroit Red as a petty hustler (earning his street credentials) and he understood the rules and the lifestyles of those who sold dope, committed burglaries, committed robbery, thievery, ran numbers, con games, pimping and prostitution because he himself was part of many street enterprises in Harlem, New York prior to his Islamic conversion. The streets also were the best recruiting ground for the Black Muslim movement next to the prison system from its humble beginnings in 1930. (Reference: Dennis Walker “Islam: and the Search for African-American Nationhood; Elijah Muhammad, Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam”).
What was the mission of Master Wali Fard Muhammad? Which ultimately became the mission of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Father Allah Clarence 13X and the answer to the question was found in the lessons—the civilized man job, duty and responsibility was to teach civilization to the uncivilized. It was always a mission of salvation, in particular to assist those who were made blind, deaf, and dumb to the knowledge of self by the 10%. Who is the 10%? Answer: “The rich; the slave-makers of the poor; who teach the poor lies—to believe that the Almighty, True and Living God is a spook and cannot be seen by the physical eye. Other wise known as: The Blood-Suckers of The Poor”. (Reference: Elijah Muhammad; Muslim Lesson No. 2 (1-40) pursuant to the 120 given by Father Allah, Clarence 13X).
Who is the 85%? "The uncivilized people; poison animal eaters; slaves from mental death and power, people who do not know the Living God or their origin in this world, and they worship that they know not what—who are easily led in the wrong direction, but hard to lead into the right direction". (Reference: Elijah Muhammad; Muslim Lesson No. 2 (1-40) pursuant to the 120 given by Father Allah, Clarence 13X) and (Reference: Pen Black; “Gods Earths and 85ers”).
The Nation of Gods and Earths for over forty-seven years has not been able to totally shun this street reputation and this has led to mainstream media depicting the organization as a street gang. Thus, in most of the State and federal prisons across the wilderness of North America, the NGE is classified as a "security threat" therefore, the Devil disallows them from having access to various lessons and materials and if caught with Five Percenter and/or Nation of Gods and Earths information this would be considered being in possession of illegal contraband (deemed by the authorities as gang paraphernalia and subject to disciplinary action).
Yet, at the same time the Nation of Islam who is considered a religious organization is allowed access to the “Supreme Wisdom Lessons” in which the Nation of Gods and Earths incorporates these same lessons as part of 120 degrees, but is somewhat prohibited from having the same lessons if they come under the heading of NGE. But even the Nation of Islam in many correctional institutions they have to go through Sunni Islamic Chaplains to gain access to their materials, who has assigned them as the so-called legitimate overseers over the Islamic prison ministry (many of them are Arab ass kissers and definitely are believers in that Mystery God).
Perhaps the United States Government can justify denying NGE its entitlement to being respected under the First Amendment Right, which is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution to all “American” citizens and yet get away with discrimination because of the Nation of Gods and Earths non-religious affiliation. There would be a huge outcry if the Nation of Gods and Earths were a recognized religious organization and their constitutional rights were in violation, thus, you would have the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) tearing the legal walls down seeking justice and legal retribution. However, some of the incarcerated members have brought lawsuits against the Federal Bureau of Prisons and State prisons for discrimination, committing civil rights violations and First Amendment obstruction.
Moreover, very few in the so-called mainstream society have ever heard of the Nations of Gods and Earth (Five Percenters). But most of those youngsters who identify with the Hip-Hop culture have been singing their rhythms and lyrics for years. Wikipedia online resource stated: “Early Hip-Hop acts affiliated with the Five Percenters, and who spread its teachings through Hip-Hop, include two highly regarded MCs of the late 1980s–early ’90s conscious rap era, Rakim of Eric B. & Rakim and Big Daddy Kane. These two acts, as well as some of their other contemporaries, infused Five Percent teachings and symbolism throughout their music and videos. This reputation brought fans of Rakim in particular to refer to him as "the God MC." Not soon after Rakim and Kane's heyday rose acts who were even more explicit with allegiance to the NGE, most notably Brand Nubian, Poor Righteous Teachers, and the Wu-Tang Clan. The popularity of these acts sparked a boom of new NGE students”.
There is Lord Jamar Five Percent album and many more Hip Hop artists who identify with the Five Percenters. (Reference: Felicia M. Miyakawa; “Five Percenter rap: God hop's music, message, and black Muslim mission”). Spewing out the mathematics and science found in 120 degrees lessons and building with the supreme wisdom and inspiring a new generation of Gods; where in the cipher knowledge (is not necessarily rooted in Judaism, Christianity and Islam) is born outside of religious theological structure. There is no organizational priesthood or ecclesiastic hierocracy (Prince Cuba in his writings has constantly reminded the Gods of this most important plank) associated with NGE and also unlike the Nation of Islam there is no centralized leadership or divine priesthood. (Reference: Michael Knight-Muhammad; “ The Five Percenters: Islam, Hip Hop, and the Gods of New York”)
Yet, the Allah School in Mecca in New York serves as a sort of decentralized headquarters where official Nation of Gods and Earths literature, books, programs, instructions and gatherings take place. The Gods come in peace and show and prove (the science of demonstrating one's ability to recite lessons and using mathematics and science to provide evidence for the credibility of the knowledge, which must be rooted in the 120 degrees lessons given to us by Father Allah (Clarence 13X). (Reference: Sunez Allah and CBS Alife Allah; "Knowledge of Self: A Collection of Wisdom on the Science of Everything in Life").
So many of us who have embraced "The Lessons" have become parrots and have committed "The Lessons" to memory as though this is the zenith of our intellectual matriculation and can regurgitate them back just like a train parrot (this writer is not downplaying the importance of the lessons having an oral tradition. Master Fard Muhammad (1877-?) required Elijah Muhammad (1897-1975) to learn the questions and answers to the Supreme Wisdom lessons (he was required to commit these lessons to memory) and had to answer (recite) each question and answer 100% correctly before moving on to said lesson number one.
It took him three and half years to master the lessons and from that point W.F. Muhammad had created a God who did not believe in the teachings of a mystery God that did not exist. Who is that mystery God? Answer: “There is not a mystery God. The Son of man has searched for that mystery God for trillions of years and was unable to find a mystery God. So they have agreed that the only God is the Son of man. So they lose no time searching for that that does not exist”. (Reference: Clarence 13X (W.F. Muhammad and Elijah); 120 Degree Lost - Found Muslim Lesson No. 2 (1-40); Question #10).
The oral tradition of learning the lessons and the memorization exercises are only part of the process in which we must ascertain the ability to interpreted 'The Lesson" and truly search out the practical and most inner philosophical meaning and then use the knowledge to build a spiritual and physical kingdom on earth by acquiring money, good homes and friendship in all walks of life. The knowledge (the 120) should move us beyond just convening at Universal Parliaments—we can not claim to be part of the Nation of Gods and Earths and not be empowered by the knowledge of self and demonstrate the power and essences of being a God. The lessons asked the question: “Who is the 5% in the Poor Part of the Earth?” "They are the poor, righteous Teachers, who do not believe in the teachings of the 10%, and are all-wise; and know who the Living God is; and Teach that the Living God is the Son of man, the supreme being, the (black man) of Asia; and Teach Freedom, Justice and Equality to all the human family of the planet Earth. Otherwise known as: Civilized People. Also are: Muslim and Muslim Sons".
This writer believes that Father Allah with all his heart believed that the Black man was God and this is why the Five Percent Nation do not preface their name Allah with Abdul (Arabic for servant) but Father Allah instructed them to wear the name of God (Allah). Father Allah understood that if we claimed to be the original man (father of civilization and God of the Universe) there was no other name that was more fitting to bestow on members of the Nation of Gods and Earths. Moreover, in 1963 he questioned the half original man Master Fard Muhammad's (the founder of the Nation of Islam) ethnicity and nationality who the Nation of Islam taught that "We believe that Allah (God) appeared in the person of Master W. Fard Muhammad, July, 1930, the long awaited "Messiah" of the Christians, and the "Mahdi" of the Muslims". Clarence 13X allegedly declared that no half-original man could be God and this theological challenge is what many believed that led to his falling out of grace with the ranking officials at Temple Number Seven.
In Student Enrollment lessons (1-10) it is asked: Who is the Original man? Answer: “The original man is the Asiatic Black man; the Maker; the Owner; the Cream of the planet Earth-Father of Civilization, God of the Universe”. The lessons were enough convincing evidence where knowledge is born and was proof positive that the Nation of Islam's God-Head was a genetic hybrid and wasn't a full blooded original man. Master Fard Muhammad looked almost white and Clarence 13X felt this image was a theological contradiction.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad met Master Fard Muhammad (Wali Fard Muhammad) on July 4, 1930 and immediately established the Department of Supreme Wisdom (this became the first show and prove classroom), but these lessons were for registered Muslims only and it was the secret teachings of the Nation of Islam, which was closely guarded by followers of Messenger Elijah Muhammad and for thirty-four years no non-believer had access to the Lessons. But Father Allah, Clarence 13X after his suspension took the lessons to the streets and started teaching the youth outside of Elijah Muhammad's Temple number Seven structure.
Allah Jihad in his most revealing book titled, "The Immortal Birth" stated: "Allah took his message to poor, delinquent and hard-core street youth. Many of them were drug addicts, dropouts and incorrigible black youth that society had long since failed and given up on. Using the Supreme Mathematics and Alphabets, Allah taught them the meaning of their names, age (degree), why life was so hard and cold for the Blackman and other significant unpleasant facts. The First Born. His student he named Karriem, later to become Black Messiah. Allah chose him to be the first black youth with this knowledge because of his ability to attract the youth in the community and because he was a black seed (meaning a dark complexion)”.
Allah Jihad continues: “Fundamentally to Allah's teachings was that the black seed was the first seed and most dominant. Since the number 'one' represents the principle of knowledge in the Supreme Mathematics, the black seed being the first seed was referred to as the 'knowledge seed'. Therefore, Allah understood that Messiah's nature was to be a source of knowledge. Messiah brought other black youth to be taught by Allah. Allah began by teaching nine black youth. The number nine represents the principle of 'born' in the Supreme Mathematics. Nine is the highest number in the numerical system, thus, it means to be complete." (Reference: Allah Jihad; "The Immortal Birth"; pp. 298-299).
The Nation of Gods and Earths considers themselves to be Free Thinkers and not part of the Islamic religion; yet their vicarious history of being an offshoot of the Nation of Islam; it has caused them to be labeled as heretic and a blasphemous organization (no different than the Nation of Islam) relative to how they are viewed by so-called mainstream Islam (in particular by Wahabbi led Sunnism). Some of the NGE members have gone to great lengths to try to distinctly separate themselves from Nation of Islam, but what draws the two groups together are the lessons; Yet, simultaneously this is where they part company as well; the 120 Degrees (lessons) is taught by the Five Percent Nation as secular catechism, which is more steeped in Esoteric, Occult and Gnostics—this is more evident in the Supreme Mathematics and Supreme Alphabet Lessons. NGE quest is to discern the scientific value and philosophical lessons being imparted in the 120 degrees. However, the Nation of Islam has always interpreted the lessons from a religious paradigm, which was more rooted in the Nation of Islam's historical and religious worldview and most of all correlated the 'Lessons' to the Bible and Qur'an in which a theological explanation was more important to how the ‘Lessons’ were going to be perceived and taught to the Lost-Found members.
For example, Master Fard Muhammad asked the question: Who made the Holy Koran or Bible? How long ago? Will you tell us why does Islam re-new her history every twenty-five thousand years? Answer: "The Holy Koran or Bible is made by the original people, who is Allah, the supreme being, or (Black man) of Asia. The Koran will expire in the Year twenty-five thousand; (nine hundred eighty years from the date of this writing).The Nation of Islam is all-wise and does everything right and exact. The planet earth, which is the home of Islam, and is approximately twenty-five thousand miles in circumference. So the wise man of the East (Black man) makes history or Koran to equal his home circumference---a year to every mile. And, thus, every time his history lasts twenty-five thousand years, he renews it for another twenty-five thousand years". (Reference: Clarence 13X 120; also W.F. Muhammad and Elijah Muhammad: Lost-Found Muslim Lesson No. 2 (1-40)).
The NGE is much more interested in the secular value—science, numerology and the mathematical equations of the 'lesson' rather than being overly concern about receiving the Holy Qur'an and Bible as theological guides given by some external Being (‘God’) to govern human existence relative to moral and ethical jurisprudence. Yet, many Five Percenters study the Qur'an and Bible, but often it’s done out of respect for knowledge and not out of some religious conviction. The Nation of Gods and Earths have tried to vehemently distances themselves from such groups as the Five Percent Nation of Islam and the Allah-Team; these "NGE' persons and groups have tried to attempt at synthesize the Nation of Islam theological teachings along with the secular NGE culture ideology by correlating and bridging the ideological gap between these two organizations by making an effort to meshing—the sacred and secular realms of knowledge. I think both organizations need their soverign independence from each other.
Dr. Wesley Muhammad (aka True Islam) and Wakeel Allah, the author of two books, titled, "In the Name of Allah Vol. 1: A History of Clarence 13X and the Five Percenters" and published a second volume of the same title. Wakeel Allah scholarship represented a galvanizing of scattered Five Percent lessons and history, which was for over three decades the ‘120 Lessons’ were only complied as photostat carbon copies (my first introduction to lessons were handwritten copies), which was dispense and taught orally.
Many Nation of Gods and Earths view both Wakeel Allah and Dr. Wesley Muhammad as straddling the fence and to use a religious terminology some NGE members view both of them as “hypocritics” and are not worthy to be called Five Percenters. Both of these Gods for some of the NGE members are just a little to cozy with Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam (they do not desire for NGE to be co-opted by the Nation of Islam and this is very much understandable). Yet, their opinions of these above detractors, in my opinion, represents a fundamentalist disposition and it reminds us of how religious organizations are ran and it's slanderous to discredit other Nation of Gods and Earths members for deviating from "centralized" directives or what is deemed core NGE teachings (every God has the right to Build).
This writer is always open to a good "Build" and doesn't matter to me whether or not the NGE sees certain Gods as being credible; I am interested in the substance and content of the knowledge and not necessarily focusing on the personality. This writer has found Dr. Wesley Muhammad books titled, "The Book of God" and "Black Arabia and the African Origin of Islam" as very credible sources and I can personally care less about his connections to the Nation of Islam. If you are truly Free Thinkers, thus your quest for knowledge shall not know any intellectual confinement, but outside the box thinking is beyond intellectual limitations.
What is the Duty of a civilized person? ANS."To teach the uncivilized people, who are savage civilization (righteousness, the knowledge of himself, the science of everything in life-love, peace and happiness)”. The Cipher is a circle but the ancient sages and gurus saw the concept as a method of transforming a text in order to linking knowledge to the never ending sphere (“What is the birth record of the said, Nation of Islam?” Answer: “The said, Nation of Islam, has no birth record. It has no beginning nor ending. It is older than the Sun, Moon and Star”). We must come to the realization that truth and knowledge are seen as 120+120+120=360 degrees, the representation of a complete circle. Study your ‘lessons’ and show yourself approved.
Fahim A. Knight-El Chief Researcher for KEEPING IT REAL THINK TANK located in Durham, NC; our mission is to inform African Americans and all people of goodwill, of the pending dangers that lie ahead; as well as decode the symbolism and reinterpreted the hidden meanings behind those who operate as invisible forces, but covertly rules the world. We are of the belief that an enlightened world will be better prepared to throw off the shackles of ignorance and not be willing participants for the slaughter. Our MOTTO is speaking truth to power. Fahim A. Knight-EL can be reached at fahimknight@ yahoo.com.
Stay Awake Until We Meet Again,
Fahim A. Knight-El