from the Muslim Journal 10-28-05 TO 12-2-05)
Survival In Progress…”
W. Deen Mohammed
W. Deen Mohammed gave this First Sunday Public Address on Oct. 2,
2005, at the Homewood Hotel, 17400 S. Halsted, Home-wood, III. The
Homewood Hotel will be the venue also for the Oct. 21 - 23, 2005,
Ramadan Session with Imam Mohammed. See below for details.)
Greeting is Peace be unto you, "As-Salaam-Alaikum." We
always begin with G-d's Name, asking Him for His Blessings and hoping
He will accept what we present. We say, "Bismillah, Ir-Rahman,
Ir-Rahim"; With G-d's Name, The Merciful Benefactor, The Merciful
we say, The Praise and the Thanks are for G-d, the Lord and Sustainer
and Keeper of all the worlds. And the prayers and the peace be upon
His noble and generous Messenger, and what follows of that traditional
will begin by addressing our most important perception of ourselves
as Believers. That is the collective life, the life we all share,
the common life that we hope will take us always to the common good
and not to the hell fires of our passions.
Glorified is Allah, Who says in our Holy Book, the Qur'an, "Attention
you people. Reverence your Lord, the One Who created you from a
single soul and created from it its mate and caused it to spread
forth from both of them males many and females.
reverence Allah, the One Whom you involve, asking one another to
respond. And be regardful of female entrusted ties of relationships.
Surely, at all times Allah is watching over you."
is the Name of G-d for the people we call of the Abrahamic Faith
or the People of Abraham. They also are called the Heavenly Religions
by Christians, Jews and Muslims. Allah is not the name of any person,
no human, no object created or existing in the material world. Allah
is only the Name of G-d, the Creator.
want to address also the soul's inherent value and our belief in
Angels. From reading Sacred Scripture, we learn of a belief in Angels.
In the Qur'an, we learn that at birth every newborn is assigned
two Angels. Its one Angel is given to assist it in the victory in
its jihad of moral combat. Its other Angel is assigned to record
its deeds over the duration of the person's life.
focus on Guardian Angels speaks to a necessity imposed by nature
to bring souls to accept their own share in the responsibility for
the shape and outcome of their own lives.
the final analysis, not even pointing out Satan as the problem will
excuse any from their inherent responsibility. That is to say, we
are born with many rights. But we also are born with responsibility.
government of the United States and the Constitution of this great
land recognize this inherent nature or inborn gift from The Creator,
G-d, as we call Him Allah in Al-Islam for Muslims.
government document reads, "We hold these Truths to be self-evident."
And it goes on to say that not government but "The Creator
endowed or gave certain rights to human beings." They are called
"inalienable rights"; they cannot be taken away.
government took the position that not even the power of government
can take away those rights. It goes on to name those rights: Life
-that means the permission to have your own life and not have it
in the possession of somebody else is given by G-d.
time, as you know, this country tolerated slavery. And slavery took
away our life, not only our rights but our life. We were not free
to live our own lives. We had to live the life planned for us by
plantation owners and slave masters.
document goes on to read regarding these inalienable rights: "Among
these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
I was taking a few courses in junior college, I remember reading
in a text that one of the students had, that the pursuit of happiness
is understood as the right to have property. Every citizen in these
United States has the right to have property of their own.
know what G-d says to us in our religions - I am a student of the
Bible and the text of other religions, too. But I study mainly the
Bible and our Holy Book, the Qur'an.
reading in the Bible references to this same right or inborn nature
and its wonderful properties and how these properties are to be
protected by G-d, Scripture and the conscious righteous people,
so that no person will be deprived of those rights.
if they ever are deprived, it is the duty of the conscious righteous
people to go to the aid of those persons or individuals, who have
been robbed of their rights or denied their rights.
come now to human life and its spiritual or psychological dynamics.
We read in
the dictionary the meaning of dynamics, and I want you to understand
how I am using this word. So I am reading the entry that fits this
language I am using here now. "Dynamics is pertaining to energy,
motion in relation to force."
the conclusion of this world, we find that the ancient people of
religion and the words of the seers and the wise tell us how man's
world will come to a conclusion. We see this as wisdom, and we see
much of it as prophecy. I won't use any of that language referring
to the end of time in an attempt to give that picture of the last
of us in church life or in mosque life or in whatever religion you
have, I am sure that you are aware of the many pictures given to
us of the last days.
natural causes, human life will be pressured into moving forward.
Also by the extending or intensifying of pressure bringing to bear
more pressure, pressure behind pressure on human life, it is forging
a meeting before Him. I am giving you the language of Qur'an. Him
language of the Qur'an is "one pressure behind another, pressuring
the hearts of the people." Sometimes, it will become so unbearable,
people will wonder, "Is there a G-d." The pressure will
have become so much on them.
another focus on the dynamics of human survival and progress, it
is revealed that this pressure and struggle in the soul will bring
the human perception to be eye-to-eye with the Fires of Hell.
shall be brought closer and closer, and you shall see Hell with
clear vision, with sure perception or correct perception."
This is Qur'an. But reference to this is also in the Bible.
fact, whatever came to us in the Qur'an, it came to us addressing
what had come before to the people called Jews and Christians, both
called by us as given to us in our Sacred Book, "The People
of The Book," meaning the people of the Scriptures that were
revealed to Abraham, Moses and Jesus Christ - peace be on them all
- and the many others whom I didn't mention.
religion has been the world's biggest oppressor, the Qur'an says
religions' merits are more than the demerits. The Qur'an's fresh
air way of addressing prophetic "End of Time" is intended
for the sharpening of human perception.
in the intellect regarding the history of religion how, in one hand,
religion has been offering charity and giving charity, and in the
other, religion has been greedy for power even over nations.
important it is that issue baggers serve themselves well by being
conscious of the fact that some Scriptures clumsily fabricate a
message bearing cloth as a strategy for survival and also as a strategy
strategic planners, in planning the death of brutal, savage governments
also subtly plan a peace times and a time for discarding their cloth
stained with bad blood.
spiritual and social dynamics, rising public awareness and literacy
in the public, rising respect in government for the value of the
common citizen and their publics, honoring the equal rights of the
common citizen in the life of the state, all of such makes understandable
the prophetic Qur'anic expression: Day of Religion.
the Qur'an, the expression Day of Judgment is the same as Day of
Religion. Of Sacred Scripture, the Qur'an's Words read: "None
can touch it." It means none can reach its insights but the
purified ones. None can touch it but the purified ones.
of man's Holy Scriptures are arduous fitness exercises in moral
leadership training. Engagers who remain constantly devoted will
grow in moral firmness to qualify for a seat at the table of ethics
and global rule or order.
the Words of G-d in Scripture are intended to produce a special
leadership for the world. But you have to go through arduous training.
In world religions, the student will find the most disturbing reading,
on first sight, when you start to read the Scriptures. If you are
morally sensitive and curious, you are going to find the reading
of Scripture very disturbing on first reading.
on second sight, you are going to perceive the most intriguing and
productive literary fabrication. You are going to be amazed and
will say, "Oh, this is the most productive literary fabrication
I have ever experienced or read!"
the Qur'an's first word in its revealing itself to our Prophet Muhammed,
the prayers and the peace be on him, is "Read!" This word,
"Read," is prophetic, having to do with old prophecies.
Reading can be mentally, morally, intellectually and spiritually
liberating. However, the benefits are expected to only be opened
for the constantly devoted student.
using our five senses, they are necessary if we are to gain any
knowledge or information. Knowledge and information must come through
the five senses. I know perhaps you are thinking that knowledge
is intuitive. That is true. But if you don't use your five senses
and work those senses very diligently and constantly, there will
be not true intuitive knowledge.
fact, some authorities on the psychology of man say that really
the sixth sense that we come to understand - intuition or inspiration
- is all the senses in one. It is the power of the five senses producing
one sense or one medium - intuition.
who are students of their religion do not believe that man have
any power over intuition. It is the sacred property of G-d, and
He does not allow us to have command over it.
by using our five senses, we are brought into another dimension,
a spiritual dimension that brings information to us without our
personal control over it. For that reason, we believe in Angels.
is a medium working in our life and in the world to bring us information.
Or I should say "mediums." The one medium is the medium
we call Angels, but they are themselves performing different roles
- there are many.
Prophet spoke of the five senses to protect us from the harm of
Satan, the enemy of mankind, or called Shaitan in our religion.
He spoke on the five senses, because Satan is the enemy of all human
is he the enemy? It is because the human being, in their natural
mind or nature, do not want to dominate anybody. They don't want
power over people, but Satan does. Satan wants to rule everybody.
And Satan wants power over everybody in every nation. That is Satan.
average human being, we don't want that. Human beings in our true
nature do not want that. So we want the sharing of power, the sharing
of authority under One Authority that we all agree is over all of
us. And that is G-d. That is what we want.
being against that wants to trick us and deceive us and make us
think that religion is something different from what G-d intended
Allah, G-d Most High, says, "Never did G-d prepare something
Messenger or Prophet, that Satan did try to present the likeness
if that is true, if G-d produced a Bible, then Satan also wants
to produce a Bible. If G-d produced a Qur'an, Satan also wants to
produce a Qur'an.
he wants to make it look so much like the one G-d gave you, that
you can hardly tell the difference. Or the average person will not
be able to tell the difference.
love for one another, we need to love one another. How are we going
to survive these powerful schemes that are designed to reach the
hearts and minds of all people and cause them to deviate from the
Plan of G-d? How are we going to survive that, if we don't love
have to be strongly bonded together. And the strongest bond for
humans is love. Thus G-d says, "You should love Muhammed the
Prophet, His Messenger. You should love him more than your own self
and your own families."
It is because he is the Life that is your salvation. Not only in
him, but that same life is in all of you, in all of us. He is representative
of the life that is our salvation. We should love him more than
our own life, because most of us don't even perceive correctly that
life in us that is our salvation.
is called Christ nature. It is called Muslim nature. It can be called
by other names. But most of us haven't achieved it, have not reached
it and have not grown upon it. So we live a life that Satan planned
for us, or we live a life of our own whims, imaginations and impulses
or whatever spirits we come into.
these lives cheats us out of the precious life that G-d created
us for. And we look at these lives that we are living and say, "I
don't love this life I'm living as much as I love Muhammed the Prophet
is your true life and sacred life; he is your best life and he works
liberation, for your salvation. So he says regarding love and what
we desire or wish for ourselves, "The Muslim is one who wants
for his brother what he wants for himself." And he warned that
we would not be blessed by G-d, until we want for our brother what
we want for ourselves.
be to Allah. What did he say about the five senses? Did he say the
five senses are to believe in G-d or to witness G-d and to pray
and to give in charity and fast the month of Ramadan and make the
Pilgrimage to the House? That is what he said when he was asked
"what is Al-Islam."
addressing the five senses, he did not say that. He said, "If
you don't use your five senses to take care of your affairs presently
and for the future, you are going to lose the ability to use your
It is because you are not alone; there is the enemy of the human
being who has been around longer than you. He is older than you
and wiser in the ways of the world than you.
Bible calls him the most subtle of all the creatures on the earth.
That means he is the one that you are most likely to overlook. His
presence and his wisdom keeps him hid from human view. It is very
hard to find him and to detect him.
his ways of reaching you through your weaknesses are so subtle and
so hidden and so intelligent, the average one cannot with stand
him and cannot keep back his advances.
the Muslims, we seek refuge with G-d from the Rejected Satan.
Prophet said, "If you don't use your five senses to take care
of your affairs presently and for the future, you are going to lose
the ability to use your five senses." Why?
is because you are not alone; there is the enemy of the human being
who has been around longer than you. He is older than you and wiser
in the ways of the world than you.
Bible calls him the most subtle of all the creatures on the earth.
That means he is the one that you are most likely to overlook. His
presence and his wisdom keeps him hid from human view. It is hard
to find him and to detect him.
his ways of reaching you through your weaknesses are so subtle and
so hidden and so intelligent, that the average one cannot withstand
him and cannot keep back his advances.
the Muslims, we say: "I seek refuge with G-d from the Rejected
the Prophet is reported to have said also on the five senses to
his learned disciples, followers and students, "If anyone would
wash five times in a river, the person would be clean of all impurities."
Now we know some of us can get so filthy, we could wash 50 times
in the river and still be unclean.
was not referring to a physical river. A river is a directed flow
of water. What the Prophet is saying is that if you clean yourself
with your five senses being put in a stream of spiritual obedience
that pursues the same Object or keeps in the same Direction, never
reversing, never going off its course -like a train on its tracks,
if you keep to that, you will be purified, you will be cleansed.
have many who have kept to their religious devotion and have their
spirit for their Creator and have done that constantly over long
periods of time and have realized that they are blessed to be protected
from the suggestions of the Satan and protected from the temptations
of the world and ungodly people.
the situations they are in are like virtual hell; every description
they find in the Book of hell, they see it all around. And they
feel the agony of the burning fire touching others, while they are
spared. So we know the Power of G-d's Word, and we know He has created
us to get that Power by our sincere and constant devotion, never
five senses can take us up, that is advance our life, and the five
senses can take us down. G-d says, "Whoever spends on his own
soul -spends on the upkeep and advancement of his own soul in accord
with what G-d wants of him - will certainly be successful. And the
one who does not spend on the good condition and advancement of
his own soul will certainly be a loser, losing everything."
Muhammed the Prophet was addressing the five senses, he was addressing
the things that operate in our human nature - in our body, in our
mind, in our soul, in our spirit - operate there to assist us and
bring us closer to the great life and great end that G-d wants for
reference to the five senses is in the Bible, in the New Testament.
It says that Christ Jesus, peace be on him, was approaching and
saw a woman washing at the well. He said to this woman: "You
have had five husbands over you, and the one you have now is not
he talking about the five senses of smell, sight, hearing, taste,
feeling? No. He was alluding to those senses as key factors in the
problem, but he was not addressing those five senses directly when
he said, "You have had five husbands over you, and the one
you have now is not yours.”
meant, you have had five senses ruling in your life or in your nature.
And you have had a life given to you that compliments your nature
and preserves for you your five senses. But now you are following
rituals and culture that G-d didn't give you. The world gave you
are following a sixth principle that shouldn't be your husband and
shouldn't be our mother. That is the wayward culture, the culture
influenced by The Satan, himself.
us go back to the expression Day of Religion that is also to be
read or translated as Day of Judgment. The word, Deen, has a connection
with the word, Dan, which means Debt.
is Allah saying when He uses the expression Day of Religion? It
is the Day that you must answer for the Debt. The Day is coming
when all of us must answer for the Debt.
may be indebted to the Founding Fathers of the United States for
this beautiful land that we live in. But before these United States,
this whole earth was G-d's House of Worship. Before the United States
and all the nations preceding the United States, this beautiful
earth was indeed beautiful - before the nations put their pollutions
and their hands on it and influences in it, it was most beautiful.
was called by the Revelations "The Garden of Eden," a
beautiful paradise. When we go to a virgin land, one that hasn't
been spoiled by man's works and industry, that small peace of land
is called paradise by those who discover it.
G-d, says in L]L our Holy Book, "The Earth is My House of Worship.
The Earth is My Masjid."
we think about the many tribal people living in their traditional
native life, again untouched by industrial nations, their concept
of property is different from our concept of property.
will say the land does not belong to any one of them. No member
of the tribe can claim ownership of the land; the land belongs to
all the people.
the river, they will say it is mutual property, because "we
didn't make it." Even if there are fruit trees, no one native
can claim possession of the fruit trees. They say that, because
they didn't make it. The fruit trees were here all the time, and
they never know when they began.
you think the Qur'an missed this great idea and great way of perceiving
external objects and reality made by The Creator or formed before
man? It does not.
the Qur'an says, "The Earth is the House of Worship of G-d,"
it is addressing the idea that has been for generations and generations,
in time forgotten, in what we call Native people.
is the idea that what we didn't make, we cannot make claims on it,
and we cannot use it selfishly and deny others the right to it.
That is common property, and it is an idea a little stronger than
the common good. Praise be to Allah.
look at the saying of the "Day when we must answer the Debt,
the Debt to G-d, The Creator of everything." That is the language
in the Qur'an and Bible, but more specifically in the Qur'an, calling
G-d by title, "The Creator of Everything."
don't believe that there is more than One Creator. There is only
One Creator. It says, "Look at the design in creation, in the
matter and in everything you see or behold - in the sky, in the
earth, everywhere - can't you see that One Artist did it, not two?
Qur'an says that if there had been more than One, we would see conflict
and discord. Because we know when any two minds of bosses from people
do a thing, there is going to be a struggle for the upper hand in
it and discord, unless they agree in one.
how do they agree in one? They agree in One Authority over them
both. Then they can show unity, consistency, harmony, etc. That
is what we want for our life on this planet earth.
don't want it to be tormented by adverse spirits and Big I's and
Little U's bagging issues. There are a lot of issue baggers that
have risen up here lately and are very popular. They have no real
purpose of their own or no real plan of their own. They just want
to stay popular and benefit from their popularity. I call them "Issue
is the day when we have to pay the Debt owed to our Creator. What
are we going to pay Him for? You didn't make your life. You can
go back to every human being ever thought of, and no human being
formed their life. It was formed by a Superior.
human being made the brain, the mind and nervous system to be as
it is and to work as it does. No human being created or made such
a powerful or wonderful productive computer we call the human life
or human person. Nobody did that but G-d.
we have been able to achieve with ourselves, with our own lives,
by studying our own lives and by studying the area out in our environment
- the environmental life of both dead and living things - whatever
we have been able to achieve is not owing to the computer, any more
than the computer you are using deserves credit for what it does.
does not deserve credit for what it does. The one who designed the
computer and brought it into existence and the persons who worked
to bring it into existence are the ones who deserve credit for what
that computer does.
you sing beautifully. The persons who sing beautifully and get people
to rave and swoon by the thousands, most of them praise G-d. They
recognize that their talent is from G-d. So it is for the artist,
the painter, for the true scientist, all of them will not accept
too much credit. They will mention G-d and acknowledge G-d in their
to conclude leaving this picture on your mind. This is The Day of
Religion, the Day of Paying the Debt, making up for the Debt. What
does G-d want from us? Nothing. He just wants you to acknowledge
that He made all of this possible and not man. That is all He wants.
wants you to be fair and honest and not proud and arrogant and boastful.
He wants you to acknowledge that it is not you, but it is your Creator
Who made all of this possible.
else is this expression saying? It is a comment on the old use of
the term "religion." It is telling you that what you have
known as religion is charity and theft.
has given you on one hand and robbed you on the other. The message
of the Qur'an and the hidden message in the Bible is to expose that
theft and to prepare us for the day we are living in.
is the Day of Manifestation of all good and all bad. So we can make
the proper choice, so we can succeed on the Path that G-d gives
you. This concludes this Radio Address today. To all of you in our
Radio Audience, peace and happiness, the happiness that only G-d
can give, "As-Salaam-Alaikum" - The Peace be unto you.