Historic Atlanta Address: Part 10
Imam W. D. Muhammad
With the Name Allah (In the Name of God), the Gracious, the Compassionate
They should be happy and we who are still here should not blame them for our problem. Why? Because I know and you know that no one person was responsible for what went on in this community in the early 1970’s or at other times. It was a result of the whole national spirit and change. The national spirit and mind that developed brought about all those things that left us with losses and ugly kinds of things in our community. But I don't blame any of them.
Some of the Imams, some of the ministers that left think I blame them. I don't blame them. Some of them have two wives and a girl friend, babies, carrying on polygamy. That's their business.
1 know what influences bred this kind of thing and made it possible for them to go into that. I don't blame them. I don't blame anybody. It was something that none of us could control. It was something that just had to happen to make us open our eyes so we could see better.
You can't blame it on the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. You can't blame it on his ministers. It was just something that crept in and we all allowed it. Nobody stood up and checked it.
We know a lot of things fed it and there are many ministers who thought they were doing wrong. But who do you blame? Nobody!
Minister John, Minister Muhammad, Minister Hasty. Minister Farrakhan. all of them as far as I'm concerned are free. They're free and clean as far as this community is concerned.
What they did after they left, that's their problem. What they do on the outside, that's their problem. We don't hold anything against them. We make no demands un them. Nothing at all!
Who is to blame? If we blame anybody, we have to blame all of us. Everybody that was present at that time. If you didn't like it, you should have walked away from it. But you didn't.
A lot of them had excuses. You can't condemn a man for that can you?
Right now, if I should suddenly start allowing things, can you blame the people that do what I allow them?
If I come up and take on another wife and I don't tell the brothers that this is wrong, and he takes on another wife, don't blame him.
If I take the money and buy two Cadillac’s, and he takes the money and buys a Rolls Royce, can I blame him? No!
To get at the root of it, you have to really attack the evil in this society, because it was really the outside evils that sneaked in and found weaknesses in our community, then called the Nation of Islam, and they fed those weaknesses and corrupted our society.
We can't blame anybody on the inside, all of us were guilty who stood for it and stayed with it.
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 in service to Allah.
Wallace Deen Muhammad