“I congratulate Ayatollah Jannati for
defending religious freedom in Iran.”

Zahra, Blue Iran

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati and the Nation of Islam's trip to Iran


Evidence of the Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati’s official reception of the Nation of Islam appear on the Guardian Council’s website. They include multiple photographs of the Ayatollah and Minister sitting before the flag of the Islamic Republic under portraits of Ayatollah Khomeini and Khamenei. The caption under the photographs introduce Minister Farrakhan as “the leader of American Muslims” and as “the leader of the Islamic umma.”

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati receives Minister Louis Farrakhan and delegation from Nation of Islam at Guardian Council, 37th Anniversary Celebrations of Islamic Revolution, February 2016.

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati receives Minister Louis Farrakhan and delegation from Nation of Islam at Guardian Council, 37th Anniversary Celebrations of Islamic Revolution, February 2016.



In The Theology of Time, a compilation of Elijah Muhammad’s lectures, Elijah Muhammad claims that the Qur'an referred to him as “the Muhammad of your Holy Qur’an”:


“I am Elijah of your Bible, I am the Muhammad of your Holy Qur’an: not the Muhammad that was here 1,400 years ago. I am the one of whom the Holy Qur’an is referring. The Muhammad that was here 1,400 years ago was a white man, then they put up a sign of the real Muhammad. It’s there in Mecca, Arabia; they call it the little Black Stone. I looked at it. I made seven circuits around it. I kissed the little Black Stone, but I didn’t like kissing it, because I knew what it meant. It means that the people will bow to the real Blackman who is coming up out of uneducated people, having not the knowledge of the Bible and Holy Qur’an, which is why they made it an un-hewed stone: he will be uneducated. So, I was there kissing the sign of myself and I was afraid to tell them that this is me you’re talking about here.”

A live audio-recording of Elijah Muhammad’s lecture confirms the veracity of this statement.


The delegates of the Nation of Islam accompanying Minister Louis Farrakhan to Iran described the reason for their trip, including their visit to Qum, as propagating the teachings of Elijah Muhammad about the Mahdi. Please see Dr. Wesley Muhammad’s address on Saviours’ Day about Minister Farrakhan’s courageous stance in Iran:

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is the hub of the Muslim world’s hope for and expectation of the Mahdi. It is arguably that the greatest scholars in the tradition of the Mahdi are there. But we didn’t go to Iran with Farrakhan to learn from their scholars about the Mahdi. We went to the Islamic Republic of Iran to introduce them to the living reality of the Mahdi that they hoped for all of their life. And Farrakhan did that.”

Dr. Wesley Muhammad speaks on Saviours' Day about teaching Iranians about the Mahdi. For a transcript please click here.


Concerning doctrinal issues about the nature of Allah and the identity of the Mahdi, I refer you the 12th point of the Nation of Islam’s Muslim Program.


“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.”

The Muslim Program,
What The Muslims Believe (12)

Read the full Muslim Program of the Nation of Islam.


The 12th point—the witnessing that Allah appeared as a man named Fard Muhammad—is affirmed in almost all the invocations, sermons and publications of the Nation of Islam.

“Allah, to Whom be Praised, came in the person of Master W.F. Muhammad: the Great Mahdi expected by Muslims and the anti-Christs (the devils) under the names: Jesus Christ, Messiah, God, Lord, Jehovah, the last (Jehovah) and Christ. These meanings are good and befitting as titles but the meaning of His name “Mahdi” as mentioned in the Holy Qur'an Sharrief 22:54 is better.”

— The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad on the Great Mahdi

“The Twelve major Imams, as they are called in Islam, or in the Arab language, they don't have this one's knowledge. This one has a superior knowledge and that the other Twelve minor or the Twenty four elders, as you find them in the last of the book here, casting down their crown to that One that is conquering the beast and is delivering a people from that beast. They bow down to that One and give praise and honor to him.”

— The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad on Twelve Imams

The Majesty of Master Fard Muhammad's Love - The Final Call, July 25, 2017

An Interview about the Great Mahdi, Master Fard Muhammad. For a transcript click here.


In an interview with Press TV’s Nader Talebzadeh, the Islamic Republic’s official news media, Minister Farrakhan described his meeting with “His Highness,” the Grand Ayatollah Jannati, as “the most beautiful expression of love” akin to “being in the presence of divinity” and “the crowning achievement of our visit.” (see transcript 47.00) When asked if he found the Ayatollah “controversial,” Farrakhan described the Ayatollah as brilliant and effervescent, like a father. (see transcript 43.49)

The Honorable Minister Farrakhan's interview with Press TV about Ayatollah Jannati. For a transcript please click here.


I refer you to the following passage “Minister Farrakhan in Iran” published in The Final Call, the Nation of Islam's website on March 2, 2016.

“In his remarks to the press and in meetings, the Minister firmly declared the Nation of Islam believes that its founder, Master Fard Muhammad, is the expected Great Mahdi, or one who comes to guide Islam back to the straight path, and that the Hon. Elijah Muhammad, who worked 40 years to establish the Nation was raised as a messenger by the Great Mahdi and has been exalted to the position of Christ.”

Minister Farrakhan visits Iran | March 2, 2016
The Final Call editorial on the Nation taking the doctrine of the Great Mahdi to Iran.


Minister Farrakhan was also the guest of honor at the Center for Strategic Research. He held a joint press conference on February 9th, 2016 with Dr. Ali Akbar Velayati, the former Iranian foreign minister, and a close advisor to Iran's supreme leader. Dr. Velayti apparently referred to Minister Farrakhan as the new Bilal.

“Minister Farrakhan also shared how Iranian leaders called him “the New Bilal,” denoting that like the Ethiopian Black man who was the first caller to prayer in Islam, the Muslim leader from America is calling the faith of Islam back to the proper path. I must know if I can stand inside America and outside America and condemn the country’s evil, he said.”


The Honorable Minister Farrakhan's joint press conference with Dr. Ali Akbar Velayati, former foreign minister and advisor to supreme leader. Center for Strategic Research, Feb 9, 2016.


Dr. Ali Akbar Velayati, Secretary-General of the World Assembly for Islamic Awakening, accompanied Minister Farrakhan and his son, Mustapha, the supreme captain of the Fruit of Islam to an international seminar called “Foreign Guests of the 37th Anniversary of the Great Islamic Revolution of Iran.”

The Nation of Islam delegation departed for Iran on February 6th and returned to the United States on February 14th.

Minister Farrakhan visits Iran -  The Final Call, March 2, 2016

Dr. Ali Akbar Velayati hosts Nation of Islam at the World Assembly for Islamic Awakening, lecture titled “Foreign Guests of the 37th Anniversary of the Great Islamic Revolution.”


The Honorable Minister Farrakhan was the featured speaker at the 17th anniversary celebrations of the Islamic revolution in February 1996. He has also been a frequent guest of successive Iranian presidents, foreign ministers and ambassadors, all of whom have embraced him as their Muslim brother.


Minister Farrakhan and President Ahmadinejad meeting in New York in 2012.


Farrak speaks at dinner in NY, September 2010; in center, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, Ahmadinejad, Iranian Ambassador to the U.N. Mohammad Khazaee.