(Reprinted from the Muslim Journal 3-5-04 to 4-23-04)
"To Have Life Better and Abundantly" Part 2
Imam W. Deen Mohammed
(Imam W. Deen Mohammed gave this Public Address in Newark, N.J., on Sun., Jan. 11, 2004, during the Unity Dawah Weekend and CPC/ComTrust Business Conference hosted by Masjid AlHaqq.)
Praise be to G-d. We thank you all and greet you with the greeting of the Muslims, the greetings of G-d's servants who came before our Prophet Muhammed of Arabia, peace be on him, G-d's Last Prophet that He sent to this world, the Seal of the Prophets, Muhammed. They are the greetings of As-Salaam-Alaikum. Peace be upon you.
The beautiful sunshine today takes your mind off the cold weather. And if I had any problems, just looking at your beautiful faces and I know so many of your facings shining before me, that is enough to make my day. We thank Allah for each other.
There is nothing better than the good family life and unity. That is for private life at home or wherever we are. And even more importantly, it is for the family of believers. Believers are a family; we are a community. When we call each other brothers and sisters, we are saying we are a family.
We thank Allah. I got several calls before getting here, telling me that if I were here I would be very pleased. They were telling me that the spirit was very high. So I came here ready to go. Last night (Jan. 10, 2004) was very beautiful, too. I enjoyed every minute of it, and my visit here has been a great treat to me.
Sometimes you have one thing in mind that you want to share with the audience, but as you are in the same environment, same place with them and meeting and greeting them and seeing their spirit, you have to change your plan for your address. You change it slightly but always with the same interest.
That interest is, as the Scripture says, "To have life and to have it better and to have it abundantly." Allah revealed to us through Muhammed, the Prophet, "I have created you that you may grow." That doesn't mean to grow physically; everything grows like that. As long as you have life, you are going to be growing physically.
But G-d means grow in the life that He created us for. He has created us that we may grow in the life that He has created us for. That life, number one, is spiritual life. When you feel bad and it is not arthritis, when something is bothering you deep inside, that is spiritual life.
And Allah created us to have a good feeling inside. Not that pressure. Not that bad feeling. Not that emptiness. Not that fear. Allah created us to be in Paradise, and I am in Paradise. I am truthful with no exaggerations; I am in Paradise.
The physical world all about us, whether you live in a good land or bad land, in a good neighborhood or bad neighborhood, the physical things all around us once Allah says, "I'm going to give this servant of Mine, this worshipper of Mine Paradise," nothing negative, nothing hurtful, nothing sad, nothing ugly, nothing distasteful can penetrate your Garden of Paradise.
The Scripture says that when the faithful ones pass in, they pass by those suffering and hollering and making noise, burning in the flames of hell. They will pass by them but be at a distance and will not be touched or affected by hell, although they can look at it from where they are.
That used to be just reading for me. And I accepted it, because it is revelation. But now I have experienced it. The flames can be even closer to you.... Oh, I love you people! It is not everywhere you can get an audience like this who has a taste for this heavenly food that I love.
The ancient who were trying to be upright in their human nature but were living in a human world that was animal, in terms of its behavior, there were a few thinkers among them. And the thinkers were in the time of the ancient pagan world. They put in myth a food they called "heavenly food," and they called it ambrosia. I don't know if this is the same ambrosia, but it is heavenly food. Praise be to Allah.
Allah says He created us that we may grow in spiritual life. Spiritual life is the life of our soul. The soul is the big life that takes in everything. The brain feeds on certain things that it encounters or experiences. Whatever it comes in contact with, if it awakens interest in the intelligence or in the brain, the brain will engage it.
But the soul can't help it. It registers everything. A little baby crying too long in the meeting here, the soul will be disturbed and say, "Why don't someone go and help that mother with that child?" We will feel about that child, just like it is our own child. That is the soul.
The soul hears something in the inner ear and it may sound good to the brain, but the soul will say, "Something is wrong with that." But something can be so attractive to the brain that it will occupy the brain so completely, that the brain can't hear what the soul has to say.
That was the situation for our father in the Garden of Paradise. The deceiver talked to him and got his brain to be completely attentive to what the deceiver was saying. He got so involved, so engrossed in what the deceiver was saying to him about things that he did not have a complete knowledge of or hardly any knowledge of.
He couldn't hear with the ear of his soul, so he was deceived into believing a rationale that was given to him by Satan, the Shaitan, the devil himself. But the soul never bought it. And the soul couldn't speak loud enough for the man, our father, to hear over the loud interest, the loud voice of Satan. He couldn't hear.
Satan was telling him how to come into another life, a higher life. And G-d invites us always to come into a higher life. And G-d tells us, "Never did He plan anything for His worshippers that Satan didn't scheme to produce the like of it" to always take us away from G-d.
Many people are looking for Satan in the city where the pimps and prostitutes and gamblers, the lost souls are. Satan has no interest in that. He had them thousands of
years ago. They are operating on his plan without him even being bothered. He is not interested at all in what is happening in the life of pimps and prostitutes and gamblers and drug dealers.
Satan says, "That is taken care of. But let me see what we can do about the Imam's life. Let's see what we can do about the Rabbi's life. Let's see what we can do about The Vatican. Let's give our attention to these boys who aren't playing our game. Let us work our way into their thinking so subtle, that they will be on our team, too, while they are thinking they are preaching the Word of G-d."
This is Scripture. I am coming from Scripture. This is what Scripture warns us of. We are invited to come to the life that G-d created us for. What is the life? It is the complete life.
Satan has tricked the world of religion into running away from the whole responsibility that G-d gave to man and leaving this world that G-d put us in to the wrong doers.
Allah says, "Who has said to My worshippers that this material world and the benefits of this material world are not for them?" This is the Qur'an. G-d says, "It is for them and exclusively for them in the Hereafter."
Let us address for a few minutes the second part of G-d's Statement, "It is exclusively for them in the Hereafter." That statement in its second part is saying two important things to us. First it is saying to us, "Don't worry yourself to death. Stop grieving over the misery you see in the world. It is only temporary. And I am allowing it.
"It is not exclusively for you yet. It is to be shared with the wrong doers. I have given the wrong doers the freedom to get whatever they can get out of this material world. But they are shut out of the spiritual blessings. That they can't have, neither in the here or Hereafter."
They will never experience the heaven that Allah put Adam in, before he fell. They will never experience the heaven that Allah put Abraham in. They will never experience the heaven that Allah put Jesus Christ in. They will never experience the heaven that Allah put Muhammed ibn Abdullah, sallallahu alaihi wa sallam, in.
They never will experience the heaven that Allah put the pious saints in from different religions. They will never experience the heaven that Allah has put the son of Elijah Muhammad in.
But Allah says He hasn't barred or shut anybody out of getting beans and cornbread, having cattle and land and bank accounts. He hasn't shut anybody out of that, because He is a Wonderful G-d. He is even good to His enemies. He has given us a sign in David. David had enemies, but he also had love even for his enemies.
Likewise it is for Jesus Christ and many of the pious saints, including Muhammed the Prophet. He even cared about his enemies, because they have a human soul, too. Who knows, only G-d knows who can be saved and who can't. We are just to try our best to be like our Lord in His Attributes of Patience, Justice and, most of all, Mercy.
Praise be to Allah. There is nothing that G-d has not extended mercy to, even to Satan, if you understand it. When Satan refused to accept G-d's Plan for human beings, did G-d say, "I'm going to whip you real bad for that." G-d said, "Since you are determined to do your thing, go on. You are free." That is mercy.
G-d says, "I'm not going to bring My Power down on you now. But at the end of your thing; your thing has an end. And when you reach the end of it, you are going to be in the fix that you plotted to have My human beings in. And I have created a fire that you don't know about. It consumes both men and stones."
G-d is calling the devil a stone. A stone can't feel. But did G-d give up on stones? No. He said that there are some stones, that under pressure, they will break or crack and water will gush forth from them.
What is this G-d is saying? He is saying, "No matter how hard hearted you have become, no matter how hard you have become as a life, I put water in you and that water will still be there. And the hell you are going to make for yourself will one day crack your stones. Water will gush forth from them, and even tears will fall from Satan's eyes.
Don't forget what Allah says in the Qur'an, "The Fire is real." I am not talking about something that doesn't exist or something spooky that you can't understand with your rational mind. The Fire of Hell is something you can understand with your rational mind.
The devil's existence is something we can understand with our rational minds. And if I had permission, I could put my finger on the devil right now. You know him. I can't put my finger on every one of them. But I can put my finger on the biggest and most concentrated company of them. And you all will see it plainly.
But once G-d shows us this, we are forbidden to show the world. Allah didn't take him out of his hiding place, and He didn't permit the prophets to take him out of his hiding place.
Now the Bible claims that G-d permitted the successor to Jesus Christ, Peter, to have the power to bind Satan for a thousand years, to lock him up for a thousand years and then let him go after the thousand years. Now why would any righteous servant of G-d want to let him go, if he ever locked him up?
Don't believe that story, even though it is in the Holy Bible. Since the day he has been permitted to be free, he has been free ever since. And nobody has the key to lock him up. He comes out when he wants.
And those who think they have the power to put him in jail and let him out are deceived. They don't have the power to do that.
All we have the power to do is respect our good nature, respect the good life that G-d created us with. And as long as we respect the good life that G-d created us with, we have a sure defense against Satan.
Something that seems small with no power has the power to defeat Satan, and that is your goodness inside you.
Just stay with your goodness and Satan can't touch you. If you practice staying with that goodness long enough and faithful enough you are not letting sex tempt you away from it; you are not letting greed for money tempt you away from it; you are not letting fear of wrong doers or bullies take it away from you — if you stick with that long enough, you will win guaranteed protection from Satan.
He won't be able to come at you in any way. You will be in Paradise, and he can never come into Paradise. He hates Paradise, just like he hates the righteous servant.
The wise in the language of myth and culture have told us that Satan hates this life. If you sprinkle some pure water on Dracula, what happens to him? If you bring him out into the light, what happens to him? He is OK in the dark or in the shadows.
The wise in the language of myth and culture have told us that Satan hates this life. If you sprinkle some pure water on Dracula, what happens to him? If you bring him out into the light, what happens to him? He is OK in the dark or in the shadows.
The water means your innocence, your innocent soul, your spiritual life. If he were ever touched by that, it is all over for him. So he makes sure he is not touched; he stays away from the righteous, and he stays out of the bright Light of Truth. He knows it will do away with him.
As long as you keep to your innocence, don't worry about the devil. Over a period of generations, of thousands of years, the people exaggerated the image and power of the devil. They made him bigger and more powerful than he was. They have him contending with G-d, as though they are on some equal plane.
In Islam, the Qur'an comes to correct that. It doesn't say that G-d has any contenders, not even the devil. He is no contender for G-d. G-d lets us know, "This Satan, this devil, that you know in your life, he is not My contender. He is your contender." He is the opponent or the contender of human beings, not of G-d.
G-d forbids that we even think something can challenge Him. Then He works on the problem of our thinking that the devil is so big. He says, "Fight the schemes of Satan (Shaitan), for surely his schemes are weak." It is not like the old teachings before the Qur'an came, that magnified him and saw big trouble in him.
They'd say, "Don't engage him! He is too powerful!" But the Bible, too, came to deal with that. It said, "Rebuke Satan." Don't just listen to him, and you know he is talking wrong. Rebuke him means to tell him he is wrong, and he will run from you. The Bible says, "Rebuke Satan, and he will flee from you."
That one statement kills all the other stuff about him being so powerful. Rebuke Satan, and he will flee from you.
I was convicted for failing to obey the Selective Service order and was spending time in Sandstone, Minnesota, federal corrections institute. The Jehovah's Witnesses were in there too for doing the same thing, failing to obey the Selective Service order.
There was this big, tall copper tone skinned Saintifier in the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses. He knew who I was. But he thought I was a Muslim so far away from G-d, that he thought I was Satan. So we are having a conversation, and I have always been the same as I am now. I don't believe in forcing something on you that you don't want.
So I was being very nice and respectful and was not trying to convert him. But responding to him and what he was saying to me, I had to make a little trouble for him. I was being as gentle as I possibly could. But he got so upset, he said to me, "Get behind me, Satan." That is what he said to me.
We both were in jail, and I guess he could move away from me for about 100 feet. So I said to him, "Hold up brother, the Bible says, 'Rebuke Satan, and he will run from you.' I'm not running, so what are you running for?"
This brother made parole before me, and then I got out and got back in the Temple. My father would not let me preach, and I think he didn't want me to make trouble for my parole. He was afraid that I might say something that would go against my parole. First I thought that I was still under punishment, but later on I understood it as my own protection. He was protecting his son.
But I was in the Temple one night, and who do I see? My friend, the Jehovah's Witness. When our eyes met, we were so happy to see each other. No matter what kind of situation you had with your "homie" in prison, when you see that person outside of prison you are happy.
You were both confined together and both put in a bad situation, and when you are both out of that situation, you are happy. You forget every argument you had.
That is the same way it will be for us, when we get out of this trap that the world has put us in. And our wayward leaders, straying from righteousness that they had in slavery and immediately afterwards, have put us in this trap.
When we save ourselves from this prison of ignorance, misguidance, deviation from the Law of G-d, deviation from faith and love for G-d, when we break out of this, we are going to be just like those "homies" that see each other when they get out of prison.
We are going to love each other. It will be: "As-Salaam-Alaikum, brother. As-Salaam-Alaikum, sister. Praise be to Allah." We are going to get it back.
The Jehovah's Witness said, "I just came to see you." I told him how happy I was to see him. He asked where I lived and I told him. He said, "I'm going to come by your house." And he did, but he never joined the Nation of Islam.
Isn't that something? He came out of prison, found out where the Temple was and came there just to see me. He never tried to convert me to be a Jehovah's Witness again. All he wanted was to be in my company as a friend. It was wonderful.
Allah invites us to life. Genesis is an invitation to life. It is talking about the life that G-d created human beings for. It is not the life of rats, cats, dogs, sheep, cows, chickens, rabbits, snakes. No, it is a special life.
None of those creatures were created for the life we were created for, and none of them can benefit from what Allah created as we can. None of them.
Animals have intelligence, like we do, like we do. I used to think that they couldn't reason, because science said they couldn't. But science is making a big mistake. Some animals can reason.
I believe that is what is being said, when G-d says He made some animals on the same day He made man, on the Sixth Day. He didn't just make man on the Sixth Day;
He made some animals also on the Sixth Day.
This is Genesis in the Bible. And if you understand it, it is the same thing that is in the Qur'an. It is in the Sixth Chapter of the Qur'an, called An'am or the animals. But that Six represents the Day that He created man.
Allah says in the Qur'an that there is no creature that crawls upon the face of the earth that Allah has not assigned his life in a community similar to yours. There is the community of birds, the community of ants, the community of bees.
Bacteria have their community. The microscopic life that you can't even see with your eyes has its community, and they are crawling, too, upon something.
The life that G-d wants for us is the life that you can't have without the tool for the soul being established. What is the tool for the soul? Your intelligence. Your brain. You cannot have the life Allah created for the soul, until you establish your brain.
Your soul goes out like air in a balloon. If you can imagine the skin of the balloon being the extent of space or as far as you can go out in space, the air is the soul and the air is pushing the balloon out.
And Allah has created space, so it will extend as far as our life requires it to.
There is no limit to it.
As far as your soul wants to go out, let the germ of life be alive in the soul and it will push, it will fill the balloon up with the spirit and life of the soul. That balloon is not limited like the balloons we buy for our children; they will burst, when it reaches a certain limit.
That skin that Allah has given to hold the core life of our soul will keep expanding forever. It will keep opening up forever, to give your soul more room and to want more. It opens up to unlimited expansion, unlimited extension, unlimited room. You can have as much as you want. Allah created us like that.
But something as small as the point of a needle can hit the balloon and lose all of the air. I guess that is why Allah revealed that Satan had been disappointed, and that, "This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My Favor on you and have given you My Choice of religion, Islam."
But G-d also says, "Don't drop your guard now. Satan has given up hope of deceiving you in big things, but be aware of him coming at you in small things." Like your respect for your husband, sister. Like your respect for your wife, brother. Like your respect for your parents, children. Like your respect for your children, parents.
These are the things G-d made us to naturally manage. It is the nature of the heart to take care of these things. But when Satan comes at us with his schemes, he takes everything available to him and uses it to take us out of the life that G-d created us for.
What is this life? In its best and complete picture, it is the life that has been given to us by The Life. And the highest life for us is The Word of G-d. That is Qur'an, true, pure, perfect revelation.
When it comes into our life, it gives us a chance to have a bigger and better and more beautiful life, and certainly a much more productive life, than we had before.
Is it really a new life? No, it is the same life you had before. The Sign is in Jesus Christ, and most of the students of scripture missed it. So Allah revealed it again. As Jesus Christ predicted it would happen, the Spirit of Truth would come. He revealed it again to Muhammed the Prophet.
The same Signs that Jesus came to show the world, that came in the clouds of the heavens and in parables, here G-d brings them again in plain language. This time it is not in the clouds of the heavens but in broad daylight. He is a man whom G-d chose to be His Last Messenger to fill the role of the Seal of the Prophets.
This man was not called by G-d so that he would be made clean and sanctified and holy and righteous, or made fit to be G-d's servant and messenger. He was already fit before he knew G-d. He was already the complete human being that G-d wanted before he even knew a religion.
Muhammed didn't know of religion proper. He didn't know Judaism or Christianity. He didn't even know the Sabean religion, and it was in Arabia. In his part of Arabia, there were no Sabeans. Those Arabs were not interested in that kind of thing; they were boasting in their own knowledge.
Their knowledge was common sense reasoning. If you didn't come to them with that, they wouldn't accept anything. They didn't believe in the Hereafter or Life After Death. They didn't believe in G-d the way religion believed in G-d, and Muhammed was born among them.
Those Arabs worshipped idols and believed in the creations of their fathers. Whatever their fathers made and told them that it was a god and had some kind of super power, that is what they believed in.
They had 365 of those idols, and had them in the house called the Ka'abah, the house built by Abraham, the highest in the worship of G-d. Abraham built the house there, but they had lost its meaning and had put their false gods in there, the little models that they made or crafted with their hands.
G-d chose Muhammed because he did not worship any of those idols. He chose Muhammed because Muhammed would not follow the ignorant behavior of his people.
They would celebrate once a year and go around the Ka'abah, with the poor ones in the nude. The rich ones told the poor, "If you join us, you have to be naked." It meant that they had not produced any knowledge; they could produce no clothes to wear.
They had a faint knowledge of what the Ka'abah indicated or signified. They knew it signified human life in its origin or a symbol of the original home of human life.
The original home of human life means the life of the innocent baby. And for a society, it is the society in its innocence, in its natural goodness, before it becomes greedy and a warmonger.
Margaret Mead, the researcher, discovered a society in this time, no more than 50 years ago, and told about them as having no concept for crime. Now isn't it something, how Allah, the Creator of this world, let this world exist and be changed by scientific and industrial man?
But that man missed a little spot in this last day of revelation. That little spot survived to become known in this last day of revelation, when man had the power to change everything in his environment, to redo it, take it away from nature or whatever. So Margaret Mead discovered them and put those people back in history, so it would be there for the rest of times.
It will be there for the rest of times, because this is the end of times. There's no change coming. Nobody is coming to this society to take it over and make it different. This is the biggest that we can become with the brain. We only can build upon what we have now, but we cannot become any bigger now with the brain.
This is the end of times for this scheme, this run of things, that G-d planned for, that the devil planned for. We are living in the finality of the miracles of Satan and of the Miracles of G-d. Nothing is coming bigger as a challenge to the soul of man.
Here G-d has allowed this society to be hidden from the explorers, who have gone all over the world looking for things untouched by them, so that they can get it and touch it and see what they can change or make of it.
This one little people survived, and Margaret Mead said they had no concept of crime. That they were just like innocent babies when born. They trust each other with everything and don't fight each other. They are naturally good.
Isn't Christ Jesus a sign of that? That though he is a human being like us, in the world, he is different from the rest? Innocent. Pure. Wanted nothing but goodness for himself and others. Really, he was put in the world to want it for others, because he was born with it. He didn't have to go after it for himself; he was created with it from the first day.
Then Muhammed came. Here is a man, Jesus Christ, was a sign in the manger with animals in the Nativity with animals. Here is Muhammed in the beginning of the new world of Islam, in its Nativity, with animals but unspoiled by the animals, untouched by the animals.
From the midst of the animals, Muhammed walked, and went up in a mountain to get way away from the animals, so he could not hear a thing they were saying. He couldn't be bothered anymore with the picture of their shameful behavior. He went up in the mountain as high as he could go, and there he found a little opening.
He went into that hole and cried out to the skies. He didn't know G-d by the name of anything. All he knew was the idol worshippers called their idols "gods." He cried out up there: "Help my soul. Take this burden off of me." And G-d's first word to him was, "Read."
Muhammed knew that G-d wasn't talking about read the daily newspaper. He knew G-d didn't mean read a business contract. He was making and writing business contracts. So Muhammed understood what G-d meant, when G-d said, "Read." And Muhammed said, "I can't read."
G-d meant, "Read My Communication to man for his salvation." Muhammed never had any scriptures in his hands. He never had a priest or monk or holy man to teach him scripture. He couldn't read.
This is in the Bible. There will come a time when there will be a famine and it will spread all over the world. It won't be a famine of food. It will be a famine of hearing the Word of G-d.
Again in the Bible, it says, there will be a little book, and the people will not be able to read that book. And a man will come upon that book by chance. He will have it in his hand but won't be able to read it. He will go looking for somebody to read for him this strange book that he has come upon.
He goes to the first person, "Will you please read this for me?" And the first person says, "I'm sorry, I am not literate. I can't read plain language."
He keeps going and finally comes upon another man and says, "Will you please read this for me?" And the man looks at it and says, "It's sealed." SEALED! It's locked up from people who don't have this kind of knowledge.
But along comes one who looked like he had been slain from the foundations of the world. He is not even alive to the foundations of the world. "A little lamb without spot or blemish." Not a wolf going out to kill something, sneaking and lurking in the shadows. Not a wild bear.
It is a little lamb that wants nothing but to be left alone with his family. He is not out to kill a thing. Praise be to Allah. He comes up and sees it and takes the book. But he has to reach up for it, for those who have it are in power and are high up.
The little lamb is way down here on the ground with the poor and common people. He reaches up and grabs the book, and he breaks the seals and reads it. That was Muhammed the Prophet. But he couldn't do it, without G-d's Help. That was Jesus Christ as a Sign.
G-d had to tell him more than once. G-d told him once, "Read." He said, "I can't read." G-d told him the second time, "Read." And he said, "I can't read." The first time G-d told him to read, Muhammed was responding from his experiences: "I can't read. I have never been educated to do this."
The second time G-d told him to read, Muhammed responded with his intellectual ability, his rational mind, his brain. And Muhammed said: "I can't read." G-d told him the third time, "Read." Then Muhammed didn't speak from his mind. His soul began to read. And his brain heard it, and his brain spoke it to men and they wrote it down.
Now we have the Qur'an. Praise be to Allah. See what we get when we are in good company! G-d blessed Abraham to see where He wanted us to go with our lives.
Abraham couldn't see it happening in his time; the time for it was too far in the distance. Abraham couldn't live to see it, but G-d gave it to Abraham as a vision, as a hope. And Abraham passed it on down to others and charged others to pass it on down to others.
For eventually, the time was going to come when you could go into this vision called The Promised Land. Moses wanted it, but he didn't have enough time to see it. So he appointed Joshua spirit. He appointed the holy spirit in the people and held it responsible to carry on after he was gone.
But Joshua only could fight the battle of Jericho. He couldn't live to see it either. But he did bring the walls down. Then Jesus Christ came, and he as a Sign was the Promised Land. He was a Sign of the Word. But the Sign had to be read and understood.
Jesus Christ said, "I'm doing my best to show you. But I have to go away. For if I don't go away, the Comforter will not come unto you." The Comforter means the ability in you to receive this and to understand it clearly.
Jesus Christ was saying, "It won't come, unless I pull myself out of your sight. You are looking at me and you won't see it." Isn't that the way Truth is sometimes? You have to get away from it to see it; you have to back up. If you are too close, you can't see it too good.
Then comes Muhammed the Prophet fulfilling the prediction, "When The Truth comes, falsehood vanishes. For surely, falsehood, by its own nature, is a vanishing thing."
In essence, in purpose, in the role of fulfilling the promise of G-d, who is Jesus? Jesus Christ. Who is Muhammed? Jesus Christ. They are the same. And Prophet Muhammed said, "There will come a time when you are going see Christ Jesus and me together." What he was saying is that, "You are missing it now, and I can't tell you. But I am Jesus Christ." The world missed it.
But he is not the Jesus Christ. He is that purpose that was in that Jesus Christ. As a human being, he had the same essence that was in Jesus Christ. The human essence of Jesus Christ and the human essence of Muhammed the Prophet are the same essence, one in the same.
Where does the origin go back to? To the first man G-d made fit for the Garden, Adam. If you study The Gospel of Jesus Christ in The New Testament, it will trace the genealogy of Jesus Christ back to Adam. And it says, "And Adam was created by G-d."
Then Allah revealed to Muhammed in the Qur'an to say, "The likeness of Jesus Christ is Adam, and he was created by G-d." It says the same thing, and we don't know that it is commentary on what I just gave you from the Bible.
When I say "we," I am speaking of the scholars. I am down here and they are way up there in Saudi Arabia and Al Azhar University. I listen to what they say, with their great voices way up there, and I come back home with the little that I came there with. I don't buy what they had to give. I left their big stuff right there where they were.
I know that for many of you, even some who are my good friends, this is a challenge. They will say, "I know he can't have more than those big boys. He can't be into something that they aren't in."
Haven't you been put down as a people lower than any other people on this earth? To believe that you were subhuman and kin to apes and monkeys? To believe that you were cursed by G-d, just because of your color? Didn't the Scripture say that the lowest rail shall be made the highest rail?
If that is true, then a Black man from slavery history, a distant child of slaves, from the most put down race on the planet earth, if the Word of G-d is to be fulfilled, has to be brought from the bottom and put on the top. If not, then G-d didn't tell us the truth.
And I have come to know G-d's Justice. Whatever G-d permits to happen to innocent people, and we know a lot of our fore parents weren't innocent; they were liars, thieves, whoremongers and killers of their own people. And we know that they didn't just look for the criminals, when they brought us over here and put us in bondage.
They just grabbed us up and grabbed up the Little Lamb and made a big mistake. G-d then said, "You can do that to those criminals. You can do that to your people. But I will not let you do that to My worshippers. And because you mocked the whole people when you did it, I am going to lift up the whole people in America, until they are higher than anybody else in the knowledge and skills and use and performance of My Words."
And that has happened already. It is just a matter of time for you to respond to the great life that G-d put in us and become the great people in the material environment that you can be, just on the power of that Light that has come into the son of Elijah Muhammad. And that is a fact.
G-d knows I want nothing for myself. And a few of you know me and know that I want nothing for myself. I wish I had a way of saying this and my picture was hidden. I wish there was a Bro. Shabazz or a Sis. Jamillah, anybody, to say this instead of me.
But I don't have anybody to say this. I want no attention to myself. I want nothing but to be left alone with a private life. I would be happy if someone else would be this man as a leader.
But this has already happened. The people up high in the great religions on this
earth, not just Christians and Jews there are other great religions on this earth, and they have seen what has happened in the midst of our people.
They have seen how we have gone in two different ways. Some have gone for righteousness following Christianity and the Church. And other Blacks or African Americans have taken the way of the new Islam that came into the United States by way of the mysterious W. D. Fard.
They have studied this thing and have more knowledge of these mysteries than you have. And they have come to the conclusion that G-d is performing a great work again. He is creating a people again, like He created a people before. And this time, He is creating a people out of the African Americans or Blacks of America.
Believe me, they know that and are studying and watching what they are seeing. They are benefiting spiritually and intellectually from what they are seeing. And they are benefiting politically from what they are seeing.
When G-d puts new life into the world, that new life not only feeds the area that G-d put it in. It also sends out its light and its influence to the whole world and the whole world benefits.
A great thing has happened in the United States of America. I could not even stay with G-d, if I did not see what was happening in the United States of America.
No Christian church could get me, and certainly no Mosque of Arabia or Egypt or of anywhere could get me.
Would you believe this little fellow with just a few hours of college education was sitting over there with the big boys of Saudi Arabia, in a meeting of the top scholars, and I told them, "There is no way that you all could get me to become a Muslim, if I had not experienced what I experienced in America under the Hon. Elijah Muhammad."
There would be no appeal. Did they want to give me holiness? There is plenty of that in the church. Do they want to make the soul feel good? You can go to the dope house for that; the biggest drugs in the world are in the United States of America.
They looked at me and could say nothing. They didn't even ask me why. I am Wallace D. Mohammed, son of Elijah Poole Muhammad. Why would I put on the stuff they wear for the desert of Saudi Arabia and I am here in the cold of Chicago? Why should I try to look like the Saudis?
Look how G-d has let things develop in the major happenings of the world, even in Saudi Arabia, the holy land, our most sacred quarters where The Haram is, the sanctuary of sanctuaries for Muslims.
Saudi Arabia became a partner of Britian and the United States, with the birth of Saudi Arabia on that land that was the land of the Arabs. It wasn't called Saudi Arabia then; that came from Abdul Aziz AsSaud, which was the king's name.
He became the liberator of Arabia for his kind of government and life, called the Revival of Islam. And he stopped the people from doing un-lslamic things around the Ka'aba. He did a great thing to bring the people back from primitiveness and savageness, which they were going back to.
He was a desert man, the first king Abdul Aziz As-Saud. But he had a scholar working with him to change this trend toward idolatry, who started the revolution. His name was Wahhab.
So the soldier was not an intellectual; he was just a common man who got with the scholar, Wahhab, and got the support of Britain and the United States and a few others, but mainly Britain and the United States, so he could get into power.
He formed an agreement, a pack, with the United States, in his time. And that pack was passed on down to his children, the princes, from that time to this time with King Fahd.
The present situations for the two governments, Saudi Arabia and the United States, is this. Saudi Arabia is obligated to keep its friendship and agreement with the United States. And the United States is obligated to do the same with Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia depends on the United States now and had been depending on it for many things, even for its security.
So here is the son of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad, who remembers the United States allowing me to be called "Nigger" and shut out of the blessings that G-d created for all people and leaving it only for Whites or those they said it was OK for.
I was shut out of the restaurants and had to go to the back door for my food and to sit on the back of the bus. I had to sit in the balcony of the movies and wait until the White people told me it was OK to laugh. And I had to use a fountain marked for Black people and Whites used one marked for White people. I remember all of this.
Now I see the United States in its great power, and it has Saudi Arabia like its pup. The lion has a pup. Saudi Arabia, the great sanctuary for Muslims, is like the pup to the United States of America.
I am the man who has witnessed all of these things. So do you think I am impressed with Saudi Arabia, the pup of the United States? When now I have the spirit to improve the United States?
I remember its history and congratulate the United States for cleaning up its act. I congratulate you for living out the promise of your best leaders, the ones who formed this Nation, who conceived it, and promised all of its citizens life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
I congratulate you for keeping the promise and freeing it, so all of us whom you treated like you did can have it now. But don't think that I will trust my life and soul to the United States.
The United States did not save my soul; it only freed my body. G-d saved my soul and G-d opened my mind and G-d showed me how I can make a world. G-d has given me the love and the interest in this Nation that I now claim as my own, to work with my people and get in the competition with those who are leading America and make America better.
We are in that competition, and we are not going to let anybody tell us where the Promised Land is for us. G-d has shown us where the Promised Land is.
Muhammed is a sign, although he brings a clear message. He, in his person, is also a sign; he is the eighth one in the ascension. Abraham was the highest one before Muhammed, and in terms of level you could not go higher than Abraham went — the level seven.
But here is one with a number higher than seven, whom G-d blessed to go up from the first level that Adam was on to the highest level that Abraham was on. Here is the level eight, and there is nothing as high as that up there. So he has to come back down.
Muhammed is eight, although there is no eighth level. He is up on the seventh level and cannot go any higher. But before he goes back home, he leads all of them in prayer everyone of them, even his father Adam and father Abraham, Moses and Jesus Christ also.
It is because their prayer he is to fulfill as the Seal of the Prophets. He has to go down stairs to establish the Kingdom that was to come.
The eighth is the Kingdom. The eighth is the Promised Land. The eighth is the community life that G-d created Adam for, and all of us are its rightful inheritors.
Thank you. Peace be unto you, As-Salaam-Alaikum.