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FROM THE NATION BUILDERS ARCHIVES

THE NAME OF

Peace,

It bears articulating that over it's course, the nation has been recipient to a plethora of names. The prominence of "The Nation of Gods and Earths" as the present day ascription, is historic in its inception. It is also representative of a pivotal national impasse. Throughout our history few national consensuses have been achieved. The level of cohesion requisite to an at least reasonable administering of a consensus of even the simplest form is extremely rare in our social equality. In example of this, whenever the question of the universalness of laws among us is put to discussion, although one or two broad contentions can be made, like for example, it is a universal law with us that "the nation" doesn't eat swine, the historic rarity of this advent quickly becomes evident. Lengthy tenure in this nation will see this reality profoundly reiterated.

From the onset of history immediately following The Father's return, the charge to plot our nation's course is inherently upon those who choose to stand responsible to an above average level of duty. The name of the nation of present, did not just happen upon us like many of the others that were derived from all manner of sources, some unflattering. Seldom upon command has the nation been persuaded to embark a cohesive course in this post Father era. The name, "The Nation of Gods and Earths", represents such an achievement. We are The Father now. Again, it just so happens that the name, "The Nation of Gods and Earths" for many years was not the commonly used moniker. Until fairly recently, (within approximately the last 15-20 yrs) among nation members there were multiple variations on the nomenclature attached to the nation. This condition still persists somewhat today, although to a not so severe degree.

 

THE NATION

 

From the early popularity of names such as The Five Percenters, The Five Percent Nation, Allah's Nation, Allah's Nation of the Five Percent, The Five Percent Nation of Islam, et al., the nation remained in a state of constant flux in this regard. As with much concerning essential unification issues, the idea of the commonality of names was just not a priority for the national intelligentsia and architects of our social equality. The need really didn't receive urgent status until the historic advent of the nations entrance into the tabloid media era. During the mid to late 80's, with the emergence of the nations first true tabloid type newspapers, (THE WORD and THE FIVE PERCENTER) the opportunity was recognized and seized. In a deliberate calculation to render public consensus on this critical component in the unification process, the editors of these tabloids, at the time (with whom I have extensive history), in concert with their respective clans, did determine to agitate for, promote, and reinforce a common consensus on our name, THE NATION OF GODS AND EARTHS. Indeed only years later by deliberate design and with the approval of the elders did the father's decree reach its present day prominence; it's status finally achieved by a conscious, concerted effort. Our history often transpires to the captive intrigue of a few that are as catalysts. Mainly though, it occurs under the noses of those many who will see it not in its unfolding.

Peace,
Elamjad Born Allah