The Resurrection and the Life

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Chapter 11 of the Autobiography of Malcolm X contains the entire book’s single most significant account and easily the most important occurrence in the man’s life. It unfurls on pages 282, 283 and 285 of a chapter titled ‘Saved’ and features Malcolm’s description of a supernatural visitation, whilst locked away in his Norfolk Prison cell, by a man whom he came to believe was none other than the Messiah himself: Master W.D. Fard.

Malcolm’s words: “It was the next night, as I lay on my bed, I suddenly, with a start, became aware of a man sitting beside me in my chair. He had on a dark suit, I remember. I could see him as plainly as I see anyone I look at. He wasn’t Black, and he wasn’t white. He was light-brown-skinned, an Asiatic cast of countenance, and he had oily black hair. I looked right into his face. I didn’t get frightened. I knew I wasn’t dreaming. I couldn’t move, I didn’t speak, and he didn’t. I couldn’t place him racially – other than that I knew he was a non-European. I had no idea whatsoever who he was. He just sat there. Then, suddenly as he had come, he was gone…..

It’s impossible to dream, or to see, or to have a vision of someone whom you never have seen before – and to see him exactly as he is. To see someone, and to see him exactly as he looks, is to have a pre-vision. I would later come to believe that my pre-vision was of Master W.D. Fard, the Messiah, the one whom Elijah Muhammad said had appointed him – Elijah Muhammad – as His Last Messenger to the Black people of North America…”

What you’ve just read is manifestly the single most significant thing Malcolm says in his entire Autobiography and yet it is the one account least studied or remarked upon by those who presume themselves to be ‘scholars’ and ‘experts’ on his life. The meaning of this account is plain enough: In appearing to an imprisoned Malcolm in the miraculous fashion in which Fard did this mysterious visitor was conferring on the convict a special status and assignment. That being: Malcolm X was to be the ‘Messenger of Allah’ whom Elijah Muhammad had mistaken himself to be. Malcolm X – not Elijah Muhammad – was Fard’s Last Emissary to this world.

Even more importantly it signifies that in murdering Malcolm X, his assassins committed a sin of such magnitude as to merit a penalty whose severity cannot be quantified in human terms.


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