The Nation of Gods and Earths, sometimes referred to as NGE or NOGE, the Five-Percent Nation, or the Five Percenters is an American organization founded in 1964 in the Harlem section of the borough of Manhattan, New York City, by Clarence 13X, a former student of Malcolm X, who left his mosque because he disagreed with the Nation of Islam over the nature and identity of God. Members of the organization call themselves Five Percenters, which reflects their belief that ten percent of the people of the world know the truth of existence, and those elites opt to keep 85 percent of the world in ignorance and under their controlling thumb. The remaining percentage are those who know the truth and are determined to enlighten the rest. They are the Five Percent Nation.
Initially, the Nation of Gods and Earths was viewed as little more than an off-shoot of the Nation of Islam (NOI). However, while the Nation of Gods and Earths has been characterized as an organization, an institution, a religion, or even a gang, representatives of the Nation teach that it is a way of living. The New York City areas of Harlem (“Mecca”) and Brooklyn (“Medina”) are named after notable Islamic cities by members of the organization.
The Nation of Gods and Earths teaches that Black people are the original people of the planet Earth, and that they are the fathers (Gods) and mothers (Earths) of civilization.The Nation believes that the science of Supreme Mathematics is the key to understanding man’s relationship to the universe. The Nation does not believe in a traditional God but instead believes that the Asiatic Blackman is God [sic] and his proper name is Allah, an acronym for Arm, Leg, Leg, Arm, Head. As stated in an article by Naeem Mohaiemen, Five Percenters were the innovators behind early hip-hop slang, including “‘sup, G?” (originally “G” meant God, not gangsta), “Peace God” ‘What’s Today’s Science?” “Peace To The God’s)