from the Muslim Journal 2-2-07 TO 2-9-07)
in the Parable of a Plant
Imam W. Deen
following is the First Sunday Address by Imam W. Deen Mohammed at
the Homewood Hotel, in Homewood, III., on Nov. 5, 2006.)
If the child
could not balance itself and walk like is, its life would be very
difficult. The world is made for people who stand up on two feet.
If you crawl around, your life will be very difficult.
Like the plant
has to fix itself firmly in the earth to be nourished and grow to
its full size, its maturity, we have to fix our child, our sons
and daughters, firmly in reality. We have to situate them firmly
in reality, so they will be able to bear their weight that Allah
has created them for.
G-d did not
create them to stay small. G-d created them to grow, to increase
in size, and they need to be given the care and understanding that
they need to support their weight and not have to struggle so hard
with supporting their weight.
GROWING IN A BALANCE
If he is not
growing in a balance, it is going to be very difficult. Just think,
the child is going to grow up pretty soon to be 170 to 180 pounds.
Imagine if 100 of those pounds were on one side. Imagine how difficult
it will be for that child to walk and balance that weight.
But if the weight
is balanced correctly, the gait, the walk is so easy. So we have
to teach our children balance in reality. Don't fail to teach them
what they need to know to be successful in a real world.
A real world
requires that they accept more and more responsibility as they grow
year after year and grow bigger in size. They are going to have
to accept more and more responsibility.
Our First Father,
Adam, G-d said was a man made of the ground. People of the ground,
made of the ground like Southern farmers, know to prepare their
children to live in reality. They prepare their children to provide
for themselves, one day, food, clothing and shelter.
They have to
be ready to take on a wife for the males and be ready to accept
the responsibility to provide living quarters for the female and
the children that will be expected from her. The Southern people
knew naturally to prepare their children for this reality.
In the modern
city world that we live in now, we don't do that. We leave it to
the police or to the gangs or to the criminals to teach our children
how to live in this world. We've given up, it seems. It seems that
we think we can't manage our responsibility as parents anymore.
We turn them
over to the world, and we have to change that. I know that many
of you are not guilty of that, but there are too many of us who
are guilty of turning the child over to the streets.
We are talking
about a noun — this plant can be a thing, a living biological
body called plant life, and it could be an establishment. It also
can be an idea planted in the mind. It could be something "implanted"
or put in the mind, hid away in the mind to produce its affect without
the awareness of the person or the mind that was impregnated.
Mr. Fard, the
teacher of my father Elijah Muhammad, created many things in the
forms of ideas and thoughts and language, that he intended to go
into the mind without your awareness, without you being aware of
the purpose for which it was put in your mind.
He wanted to
have it grow in your mind, in the dark, and affect your life to
one day change your life. He was planting seeds in the human mind;
that is another meaning of plant.
You plant something
in the mind and it grows in the mind. And some of them will grow
with your awareness of them growing, while others are slipped into
the mind. They grow without your awareness.
If a good Shepard
or gardener plants seeds in our mind, the results in the future
will be good for us. And we may reap a harvest of wonderful and
great things, wonderful and great ideas that we couldn't see or
perceive with our own minds or eyes.
It had to manifest
itself, produce itself, and show its growth in our life, for us
to know, "yes, we are pregnant." Implanting is like impregnating.
Implanting in the mind the ideas or seeds of thought is impregnating
the mind. Ideas born in the mind are somebody's babies.
I once observed
a person talking about the things that he had produced and he was
showing them to observers. He said, "I am proud of these. These
are my babies."
CREATIVE THOUGHT OUR BABIES
sex and produce children; they don't have to go to school for eight
years and for four more years and four more after that or six more
years. They don't have to have all of that education. It is natural
for them, habit for them, to have children.
It is no big
deal to have sex and to have babies. The big deal is to have creative
thought. Then as a people, look at what you have done for the space
that you live in. Look at what you have done for the space that
was once vacant, barren, not productive.
In a few generations,
you look back on that space and see it just blossoming with wonderful
creations that came out of the minds of your people. You can look
at it and say, 'These are our babies."
That is a human
achievement; that's better than an animal. An animal cannot have
much of that. Bees build honeycombs and birds build nests and sometimes
stay in the trees long after the birds are gone, just like the squirrels.
But they don't
leave skyscrapers. They don't leave factories. They don't leave
plants that are producing many, many creations.
what the industrialist called his factories? Plants! Adam is the
FROM DUST TO INDUSTRY
When I was a
young Minister about 30 years ago, I said, "Man means mind."
I also said, "We have to go from dust to industry."
said that G-d made man from the dust of the earth. It was dry, for
it hadn't rained. And He caused the rain to fall down and wet the
earth, and He formed the man of the earth. That is just what is
happening right now.
There is dust
everywhere, and I am trying to bring a light rain down — a
rain of your good feelings, a rain of your good concerns, a rain
of your good sentiments, a rain of your affection for the right
thing. I am trying to bring that water down and let it touch the
dust, to give it something to let it hold together.
Praise be to
G-d. We have to become producers. We share as a group a history.
I am not just thinking of us as Muslims, for first we have to realize
that we are descendants of parents who were brought to these shores,
to the West, to America to be slaves, part of slave labor.
We share an
experience, and it is an experience that has left strong imprints
on our very souls. So in this soul life or spiritual life, we have
strong ties to one another.
It is because
we have experienced over the generations, over a long period of
time, things that left hurt and things that left joy and pleasure.
That is what
makes us kin-folk. That is what really makes us soul brothers and
sisters. It is the experience that we shared that others did not
share with us. So we don't have that spiritual bond with them, that
depth of soul with them that we have with one another.
The Irish have
their own history of suffering and joy, and they are bonded together
by their history. Now, if we forget the history or change and don't
care anymore about remembering it, we lose the strong ties, the
strong bonding. We lose the strong spiritual bonding.
No matter how
much we jump and shout, or dkihr ourselves out into space as religious
people, soon as we get out of the hypnosis - or even under the hypnosis
- we are not really loving one another.
We are just
stroking ourselves. For we go right back to kicking each other in
the face and killing each other and robbing each other and giving
each other drugs.
Why is that?
It is because we have been separated from the history of our shared
experiences that bonded us spiritually together and made us brothers
and sisters. That made us hurt when one of us was hurting. It made
us want to do something about bad conditions in our neighborhood.
We have to get
that back. And we can get it back. We are getting it back right
now, for there is a fine rain falling down. I feel it! It is a fine
steady rain coming down on the dust. And the dust is holding together
a little better now.
We have to make
it all the way. We can't fail those who have paid the big price,
so we would be free today. We can't fail the preachers who risked
death, knowing the world didn't want them preaching what they preached:
Manhood for the Black man.
The White Supremacists
didn't call you a man; they called you a boy. Now here comes one
who said: "I'm not your boy. I am a man, just like you."
to one interviewer questioning him on television. The interviewer
asked, "What do you all want?" It was a good question,
since they were calling all White folks devils and saying they wanted
to separate from them. And that their time had come to an end.
If I had been
on the other side, the one who was on the side of the world that
was going to end, I would be concerned, too. Maybe we could make
a deal. So they asked Malcolm, "What do you want?" Malcolm
said, "Ask yourself, what do you want?"
saying that he was not a boy anymore. That he was a man talking,
and he wanted what a man wants.
a man, and you should know what a man wants." First you want
that your wife be "your wife" and not somebody else's
wife. And our wife as our community was somebody else's wife!
They are plowing
our community. They are implanting in our community. They are producing
in our community. And the community is growing, but not by our thinking
and not by our efforts and not by our SEEDS, SEEDS, SEEDS!
It has to change
and it will. Actually, it is changing. Getting back to establishment.
The Hon. Elijah Muhammad, before he passed, saw that we had a plant.
He called it the Muhammad Speaks paper plant, and the paper grew
to be the largest circulation of any Black or African American newspaper
in America. No matter how we got it, we got it.
With that great
increase in circulation, the Muhammad Speaks newspaper provided
most of the cash flow, more than even the import and export business.
It was the greatest producer of cash flow.
It enabled the
Hon. Elijah Muhammad to continue to do big things, like buy thousands
of acres of farmland in Alabama, Michigan and other places. There
was big growth.
I don't know
if the Hon. Elijah Muhammad understood the creation of our First
Father from dust. I don't know if he understood the parable of the
creation of human life as a parable with a plant.
I do know if
he were here to hear his son right now, he would jump and shout.
I do know that he loved Scripture, and he would be jumping and shouting
and my mother would, too.
I doubt that
he understood those things, because a person who understands Scripture
and is speaking to a religious body, you can't help but to share
that with your congregation. So I am sure he would have shared that
with his congregation. But you know they say that G-d works in mysterious
G-d can cause
things to happen, and if you don't know what is going on, it can
look spooky. It will have you saying, "What in the world is
your head to see if it will change or look the same afterwards.
If it looks the same, then you have to try to grow to understand
what is going on.
I look at my
father's life, his preaching, his words, his actions, and I know
G-d intervened. He could not do that by himself.
He could not
have done that by himself, on his own limited education, thinking
and mind. In fact, if he had been the most educated Black in America,
he couldn't have done it, unless G-d assisted him and intervened
in his life.
I know that
for a fact, after looking at his words and his life and how it grew
over the many years of his leadership and where he left off. He
left off where all people should start.
For many years,
he just taught us what we called The Lessons or Teachings of the
Nation of Islam, Problem Books, First Student Enrollment, Lesson
No. 1, Lesson No. 2, English Lesson No. 1, 14 Questions and Answers,
34 Problems. He had students.
Then he put
out a book of his own, How To Eat To Live. And that was a good book,
so good that one of the high priestess in the Black community in
Herbal Foods and Health Foods had it, when I went to her place -
Dr. Fultona of Chicago. Dick Gregory, the comedian and political
activist, brought a lot of attention to her.