a.k.a: Five Percenters, Nation of Gods and Earths
A splinter group of the Nation of Islam
, "Five Percent" is also known as "Nation of Gods and Earths." That phrase refers to one of the basic tenets of the Five Percent movement: blacks are gods and women are earths. Members are known as "Five Percenters." "Five Percent" refers to the belief that only five percent of all people knows and teaches the truth. Ten percent conspires to hide the truth.
The movement calls itself "a culture" and "a way of life" and rejects being called a religion. It's teachings are referred to as "Supreme Mathematics."
(...) For the Five Percent
, education and family are of prime importance. The word "peace" is central to the teachings. The 34-year-old movement rejects drinking, drugs and fornication.
It also rejects most accepted history, authority and organized religion. The black man, the Five Percent teaches, is god.
They draw in part from the Nation of Islam
, such as the teaching that a scientist created the white man from the black man, who in turn tricked the black man into slavery.
Teachings speak of Allah as supreme being. Each man is god only of his own universe, his family, and not of other people.
While only black men are gods, others who accept the knowledge of the Five Percent can become "civilized people."
- That black people are the original people of the planet earth.
- That black people are the fathers and mothers of civilization.
- That the science of Supreme Mathematics is the key to understanding man's relationship to the universe.
- Islam is a natural way of life, not a religion.
- That education should be fashioned to enable us to be self sufficient as a people.
- That each one should teach one according to their knowledge.
- That the blackman is god and his proper name is ALLAH. Arm, Leg, Leg, Arm, Head.
- That our children are our link to the future and they must be nurtured, respected, loved, protected and educated.
- That the unified black family is the vital building block of the nation.
The Five Percenters are a splinter group that broke away from the Nation of Islam (NOI) in 1964, under the leadership of Clarence "Pudding" 13X. The name is derived from their belief that they are the chosen five percent of humanity who live a righteous "Islamic" life and thereby have manifested the "true divine nature of the black man who is God or Allah." This group rather than the NOI was primarily responsible for disseminating, popularizing and reinterpreting the "Lessons" or teachings of Elijah Muhammad among the adolescent generation of the sixties in the New York metropolitan area. In the twenty-five years since, the influence of The Five Percent Nation or The Nation of Gods and Earths (as they are now known) has grown enormously-many of the lyrics in contemporary rap music make direct reference or strong allusion to Five Percenter ideology.
The Five Percenters: A Teenage Nation of Gods and Earths
, by Yusuf Nuruddin. Chapter 5 from "Muslim communities in North America" Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York Press, c1994.
Islam in the Mix: Lessons of the Five Percent
by Ted Swedenburg
Prisons, hip-hop speading a new faith
AP, Nov. 15, 1998
They call themselves Five Percenters : The Department of Corrections calls them trouble
From POINT - South Carolina's Independent Newsmonthly, April 1996
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