Historic Atlanta Address: Part 8
Imam W. Deen Muhammad
With the Name Allah, (In the Name of God) the Gracious, the Compassionate
America will join Al-Islam in great numbers, especially the Bilalians. You know the mentality of the Bilalian: Look how the great leaders of social reform and black nationalism sacrificed, beat their brains out, died weary, tired and worn out. They're only recognized when they die.
But an African leader can stand up and right away the black man in New York will go to hell with him.
Patrice Lumumba! Jomo Kenyatta! You know. All of a sudden we had a whole lot of Jomo Kenyattas and Patrice Lumumbas who never met Jomo Kenyatta. They don't know his philosophy. AH they know is that he was an African who stood up.
The poor Bilalian brother, African-American brother, who has been standing up every morning for 40 years, they don't see him. They can't appreciate him. We know the psychology, the mentality of the people, we should use it wisely.
It's only justice that we go to people who love us and invite us. If we get great recognition in the process and it hits the news and excites the African-American, that's wonderful!
Believe me it will happen. If we go to New Zealand and they hear that 50 per cent of the New Zealand community has adopted Al-Islam, that will change things in America, especially among the Bilalians.
Don't think it can't happen. It can. Right now most of the Third-World of deprived societies are afraid of capitalism. They are afraid of communism and they are afraid to remain where they are in their own isms. They are looking for something that will give them security and dignity, and Al-Islam is the only ideology.
It is not doing service to Al-Islam to refer to it as an ideology because Al-Islam gives birth to ideologies under its teachings. If you carry Al-Islam to those people they will see that here is the happy medium.
This is the perfect alternative. We don't have to be capitalists, we don't have to be socialists. We can be Muslims.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, if you would take just one note of Al-Islam and sing that note to your fellow men and the people in your community wherever they give you an opportunity, you will change this society. You have to have faith.
The Jehovah's Witnesses, what do they have? Look how bold they are. Look how dedicated they are. Look how they sacrifice their time. They are not afraid for you tell them,' 'get away from my door.'' They don't mind you hurting their feelings. They care more about the mission than they do their feelings. They knock on doors Saturday morning, Sunday morning, they're out on the streets different days of the week selling their publication.
What are we doing? We're waiting to hear when is the next national hook-up. Isn't that pitiful? I'm going to get a bat or something and come out here and just start acting like a crazy savage to wake you all up.
"Brother what have you done to propagate Al-Islam since the last national hook-up?"
"Well, I'm just waiting on the national. .."
"Bam!" Take a bat and put you in the hospital. Maybe while you're getting well in there you'll get your mind together. Here you have the product that the world will buy, from the lowest man to the highest. Believe me, the Pope would rather have what we have than to have what he has.
Allah is the perfect being. Allah is all righteous, truthful — no imperfections in Allah. Allah is Supreme and Perfect without any imperfections.
O Allah. Make us of those who purify themselves and of those who repent, and guide us in your path. Amen.
Peace be to you
Your brother is service to Allah,
Wallace Deen Muhammad
(To be continued)