from the Muslim Journal 10-27-06 to 12-22-06)
W. Deen Mohammed’s Public Address at the 2006 Annual Muslim
W. Deen Mohammed
(The following Public Address was given by Imam W. Deen Mohammed
at the Annual Muslim Convention 2006, on Sun., Sept. 3, 2006, at
the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, III.)
witness that G-d is One, The Lord, Sustainer, Keeper of the Universe,
Who cares about all of His Creation, and especially the models of
human life for us -- the Prophets, upon them be peace. As it is
our tradition, we witness that G-d is One and we witness that Muhammed
is the Last Prophet, His Servant and His Messenger, upon him be
the prayers and the peace and what follows of that traditional salute
to the Last Prophet.
very happy to be here again for this last day program and very happy
and pleased with the success we are enjoying because of the hard
work of our committees, the general committee and also the executive
Rafah Muhammed has chaired that committee and has done a marvelous
job. We appreciate all of you, thank you very much.
Letter From Dr /Father Harding
in my hand a letter to me from our guest speaker who also would
have spoken at our beautiful banquet we had last night. It was a
beautiful banquet with beautiful entertainment. When I was a teenager,
the popular dance was bebop. The popular music was Jazz. Teenagers
knew the Jazz artists.
somehow helped us to keep our intelligence. This what they listen
to now is against intelligence; it is not helping us at all - the
popular music of this time, of today. The music has gotten worse
and worse for the mind as time progressed.
letter that I received from our second invited guest speaker for
the banquet, I want to share with you. It is from Dr. and Father
Harding, the president of the Martin University in Indianapolis,
IN., founded by him.
letter I'll read just as he wrote it: "In the Name of Allah."
And if I were to write him, I would say, "In the Name of G-d."
writes, "In the Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.
My dear Imam, it is with sincere and deepest regrets that I will
not be able to be with you on Sept. 2, 2006. For it is a great honor
to have been asked to be a guest speaker at the Convention.
work as president of Martin University and my stepping aside next
year has been overwhelming. This has been a test in my life, but
I am a spirit warrior. And I know that with the Grace of Allah,
I will survive.
am so honored to be your friend and to call myself a Christian Imam.
I hope this is not presumptuous, but that is what I am.
have very great reverence for my brothers and sisters of Islam,
especially Imams Mikal Saahir, Muhammad Siddeeq and David Shaheed
and their families.
hope you will forgive my lack of presence with you on Sept. 2,2006,
but I know I will be with you in spirit. In the Name of the Most
Gracious and Beneficent One, I am your friend, Reverend Father Bonafice
to share that with you.
Letter From Muslim World League Secretary General
received just a few days ago this letter from Muslim World League
Secretary General Office, Mecca, Mukarrama - Honorable, Noble Holy
City of Mecca, Department of Cultural Affairs.
Excellence Warith Deen Mohammed, member of World Supreme Council
of Mosques U.S.A., Dear Brother in Islam, As-Salaam-Alaikum, wa
rahmat-ullah - in the Mercy of G-d.
Secretary General of the Muslim World League based in Mecca Mukarrama
has the pleasure of presenting his best compliments to you and would
like to inform you that the First World Forum of Muslim Scholars
and Intellectuals on the Unity of Muslim Ummah (the international
Muslim community), organized in Mecca Mukarrama, between 1st and
7th of Rabi I, Hijah 1427, corresponding to 30th of March through
4th of April 2006, has issued the following four documents."
goes on to give the documents. "Final Communique for the First
World Forum of Muslim Intellectuals; item 2 Islamic Covenant for
Common Action; item 3 Final Communique of the General Coordination
of the High Committee of the Organizations; and item 4 Final Communique
of Media Meeting on Impact of Islamic Media in Achieving Muslim
are enclosing herewith four copies of the said documents, hoping
that you will make your level best to implement possible aspects
of them with the concerned bodies.
supplicate Almighty G-d to grant all to whatever serves Islam and
Muslims." It is signed: "Secretary General of Muslim World
League, Abdullah Abdul Muhsin ibn al-Turki."
most of you know that I have been a member of the Supreme Council
of Masajid/Mosques for a good number of years.
I was unable to attend this meeting - I was invited as a scholar;
I don't claim to be a scholar - but they invited me as a scholar
to attend and I really wanted to be there. But G-d didn't open the
way for me to be there.
to be present, because they invited me to present a paper on Muslim
Unity. That is my cup of tea, and it would have been very easy for
me to present an excellent paper to them on Muslim unity, that I
think would have benefited them a lot.
don't think that they don't get some of what I say in the United
States on Muslim Unity. I don't send it to them, but they have their
ways of getting it. They know me very well and keep up with me.
are struggling and working, and our spirit is getting stronger and
stronger. And our results are getting more beautiful and bigger.
OUR FRIENDS the FOCOLARE
have our friends who are members of the Focolare Movement here.
And I want to tell you what I know. They pray for the success of
our good works. And I know that their prayers have really helped.
is not just in a spiritual way. See this nice Italian suit made
in Italian factories. It is a good price we are getting, and I know
something happened in heaven because of your prayers. Thank you
have a lot going for ourselves, too. We will never give up. We have
a purpose, and we have a goal. We have a mighty cause and will never
a word that caught my eye in our newspaper and the expression was
"conventioneers." That is the first time I had heard that
kind of language, and it was publishing this weekend's program.
Conventioneers? When I was a boy, I loved the Three Musketeers.
So who are these Conventioneers?
I have a little poem. "Yes Ma'am. Yes Sir. Press hard upon
Sam. His spirit will surge. Conventioneers and Musketeers, putting
our life on the line, for the poor robbed of their mind."
leaders lead in the Name of G-d, you have done something very, very
serious. You are accountable to G-d. And if you are not sincere,
you are going to pay a big price one day, for being a fake, a phony.
And we have too many phonies among the religious leaders. Among
Muslims, too; I don't know who you are thinking about.
SPEAKER DR. OLIVER
guest speaker at the Banquet last night was so good for everybody,
Dr. Oliver. I know you want her to come back next year or at some
time. I know you do. She is a wonderful, down to earth, very intelligent
and wise woman, and a model Christian.
the Bible, and I know what Christians should have as an Authority
in their lives, and I know what should be influencing their lifestyles
and their behavior at home and abroad.
the Bible, too, and I am more aware of what's in the Bible than
the majority of the Christians.
majority of the Christians, especially in the West, in the United
States of America, are just like the majority of the Muslims. They
say they are Muslim but they don't know their Qur'an; they don't
know their Holy Book.
is the same for the Christians. They don't know their Bible, and
that is why we see the bad behavior we see in the neighborhoods.
That is the main reason for it.
is developmental, and developmental means it progresses by stages.
There is progress for the first stage and for the second stage.
It progresses by stages, and that means when you have moral life,
your moral Life should get better. Your moral senses should get
stronger. Your intelligence should grow. That's progress.
is how G-d made us. He made all life developmental. So you should
grow. The simplest Life you can think of grows by stages and becomes
bigger and more complex as it Lives.
PARABLE of PLANT LIFE
religions tell us that a parable of our own life is as a parable
of plant life, that we can see.
plant a seed. The seed seems to be dead. It is a dead thing, not
living. But if you plant it in the right circumstances or environment,
it becomes a living thing and opens up and shows what was locked
up in itself. Locked up in that small dead thing was a beautiful
life. And it is freed from that prison cell.
dead seed is freed and comes up a beautiful life. Our food from
grain, looking or appearing to be dead - corn, tomatoes, wheat,
or whatever it is - and all the life that G-d has made serves a
purpose. The grass we take for granted, but the grass does not only
give us beautiful sight for the front and back yard, the golf course.
grass, if you let it grow, makes a cushion for the small living
things that have to survive on the earth, like ants and other small
creatures, crawling in and out of the soil. The grass gives a cushion,
so when the cows step on it or when you step on it, those small
creatures have a cushion to protect them from being squashed or
grass especially reveals its origin. Its origin is a small seed
that appears to be dead. It grows up, and the last thing it gives
you is the seed at the top. It shows you its beginning. And it holds
its original beginning up high.
Prophets of the Scriptures are like this. They had this kind of
thinking and they identified with developmental growth into better
form and bigger form and more enriched form.
they saw that G-d wanted them to give back, as these plants give
back. And they give more than they originally had. They had one
seed, and they give back many seeds.
bear fruits so beautiful and flowers so beautiful. And others bear
that that is food for us on our tables -Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
and on until Sunday and over and over again, they give us food.
we all should be developmental in our life, and our progress should
move from stage to stage. And we should not be so selfish that we
don't share our life and give something of our life to those who
are in our environment. Especially to the small and the weak, who
will be crushed by the foot of the cow or man.
COURAGE to SUPPORT JUSTICE
to speak also to our people here - African Americans, because that
is what we are. We are black and from the Mother Continent of Africa.
African Americans are growing away from a painful memory of slavery,
segregation and KKK fashioned terrorism.
without the moral courage to support justice, when justice is also
against us, in African Americans the spirit is easily fueled by
fire -a jinn spirit. If we don't have our minds right, we will be
burned up in these fires, remembering the bad times.
not healed can flair up, when pressure is put on us a bit. Recently,
our friend, Andrew Young, former representative to the United Nations
and former Mayor of Atlanta, Ga., made the news. I'm sure he didn't
want to make that news. Our typical religious leaders and popular
politicians, too many among African Americans, do not support justice
when justice is against us.
friend, Andy, was coming from a painful memory. About 100 years
in the past in Charleston, S.C., and in Chicago, 111., and in other
parts of these United States had growing business life.
50 years past, a tough luck remnant of diehard survivors were bulldozed
and buried more than six feet under by a system of expressways.
had dry cleaners, drug stores, groceries, meat markets, barber shops,
beauty salons, tailor shops, shoe repair shops, restaurants and
auto mechanics, delivery cabs and jetnies - in Chicago going from
31st Street and what was called South Park - now it is King Drive
- to 63rd Street, going through most of the densely populated section
of Chicago for our people.
had our own cab service. We could go to South Park and take a cab
and go to our own department stores that one of the members of our
community, an African American Christian, bought from the Whites.
He was Mr. Puller, who opened a department store.
African Americans here may remember what I am saying about Chicago.
Mr. Fuller's department store was a great pride for us.
lifted our souls and our spirit, to get the cab on a street where
only our men were driving cabs - nobody else. We could go from wherever
you lived on the South Side and get into a jetnie or cab line operated
and owned by African Americans.
from South Park Street, you would catch a street car. Buses came
later. And you could go east and west. But you went north and south
using the African American jetnie cabs.
businesses, as Andy spoke - and he is my personal friend; I have
spent time with him on more than one occasion - were mostly mom
and pop stores, as we called them. Not these big massive giant super
stores we have now, like WalMart and others, they were much smaller.
NOW WE are QUITTERS
Asians and Arabs - old comers and newcomers -will look at the property
in the neighborhood that we ignore. They look at our dead business
streets and come in with their frugal ways and give life to dead
- business life to a community that is dead business wise.
of how much respect the quitters can expect. We are quitters. What
are we blaming it on? When the newcomers come, that is what they
see us as - quitters. How much respect do you think we are going
to get from them, looking at us and knowing we are quitters?
have to change our spirit to have a change in our lives for the
better. Our spirit now is not to accept criticism. If one of our
own kind criticizes us to help us, to get us to wake up to see our
own shortcomings, so we can help ourselves better, we immediately
become enraged and treat him as though he is racist: "You are
not a Black brother."
have to change that. This public address is intended to give us
a clear picture of ourselves that we need to look at - our collective
behavior and our inherent life that all of us have at birth, when
we come from our mothers. We come with the same human essence, the
same human worth that every other people come into this world with.
PEOPLE of THE BOOK
of the People of the Book - that is an expression from our Holy
Book referring mainly to Christians and Jews - our Qur'an says have
not knowledge. If you don't have knowledge, what can you expect
from the people?
ignorant in the days before civilization or savages did not have
the intelligence to better their condition, until G-d saved them
from their condition.
you right now would be told of a savage area existing on this planet
today and you are told, "Go there and help those people,"
you wouldn't be too quick to go there and help them. You would fear
for your life.
to tell you that the KKK members were savages. And if any are still
living with that mind, they are savages. They call themselves Christians,
but they do not have knowledge of their Book. If they did, it would
change their way of thinking and behaving.
hold on to Scripture without knowledge; they have Scripture by faith
only. The world's best known Sacred Scriptures are about human society
beginnings, mystical beginnings and also about predictions of how
life will end.
here means community life; how community life begins from the natural
life that the Creator gave us.
begins from that life and grows from that life and upon that life,
as well as how it will be concluded. Conforming to man's G-d given
life for community and the behavior that man should have, that is
what keeps life for humanity, the human family.
lifestyles that rob the community of life and rob the community
of vital character and brings about the death of our communities
-moral death, spiritual death, cultural death, material death -
is something that has taken us from progressing, from following
developmental life, to regressing and losing our progress.
developmental life is what our great leaders, our heroes, wanted,
even during the time of slavery and after -from Frederick Douglass
and before him, Nat Turner and John Brown a White man.
thought John Brown was crazy, because he made the great sacrifice
to tell the world, especially America, that slavery was wicked and
it had to be stopped. He was killed.
Frederick Douglass to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we had wonderful
developmental life is what our great leaders, our heroes, wanted,
even during the time of slavery and after - from Frederick Douglass
and before him, Nat Turner and John Brown — a White man.
thought John Brown was crazy, because he made the great sacrifice
to tell the world, especially America, that slavery was wicked and
it had to be stopped. He was killed.
A CRIME AGAINST NATURE
Frederick Douglass to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we had wonderful
leaders and all of them wanted us to be G-d fearing. All of them
wanted us to be of good moral character. So losing your good moral
life is a big crime, especially when you look at the price that
was paid to keep moral life in us. It is a big crime.
is a crime against the nature G-d created for you, but it's also
against all those wonderful heroes we had, who were trying to lead
us who were deprived of community life by slavery. They were trying
to lead us to a noble, honorable, rich community life.
are in the way of progress. You don't know how much your life is
governed by myths. Looking into myths and the nature of myths tell
us a lot about the freedom that we have and the freedom that our
great leaders hold precious.
freedom we enjoy in America - once you are given freedom to be responsible
for it on your own, the freedom that manifest under your control
may be poison, very detrimental to the freedom that was intended
noble men, who formed the ideas for this democracy, didn't see freedom
as the freedom to do anything you please, to even become nasty and
indecent or to become criminal. That is not the freedom they worked
for. That is not the freedom they left for us.
FREEDOM OF FREE THINKERS
to them was the freedom of the free thinkers. And their interest
was freedom of the mind, freedom for the intelligence, freedom for
the best that was hi the soul of man.
wanted to be like the plant, to let come out of the dead body, the
dead mind the most positive things deposited in there by G-d, The
Creator. They wanted to see that freed. They didn't want the freedom
that we have now. This freedom is destroying us, destroying our
families and destroying our communities.
Prophet was asked by the strong oppressor who was ruling the land
that he was in, "If I banish you from the land, what would
you have? How would you survive?" The Prophet answered him,
saying, "The One Who created me will guide me."
great thinkers studied human creation and got great guidance and
insight into human creation. They got great guidance from how human
beings are constituted. They used that knowledge to improve upon
the life, to advance the life, to progress the life, according to
the Will of G-d or the Plan of G-d for human life.
how people have come into great life, great comforts, great benefits.
We have to return to Scripture and follow the best of our religious
leaders. The best of our religious leaders!
politicians of Chicago say, "You reward your friends and punish
your enemies." We should reward our good leaders and punish
our bad leaders. You punish them by not serving them. You punish
them by not following them.
DARWIN was a THEIF
is believed that after man discovered language, he began to progress
greatly. We shouldn't take language for granted. We shouldn't just
speak any kind of way. You are created with a brain, the highest,
richest, most resourceful brain in creation. No animal, no insect,
no bird or whatever has been given a brain like yours.
the brain, our Prophet said, the Prayers and Peace be on him, "G-d
said He did not give creation anything more useful than the human
brain." When you love ignorance, you work against your precious
brain. When you think of yourself as uneducated, as poor, know that
we all were born uneducated and poor.
our human tools and our original human spirit made us turn to the
best that we could find outside of ourselves and inside of ourselves.
And we worked ourselves out of ignorance, and we worked ourselves
out of poverty.
don't believe in Darwin's Theory. He was a thief; he stole information
or was given it by others, and he didn't give G-d Credit for it.
Then he put it in his language that hides G-d, The Creator, so that
we would worship him. We didn't evolve from apes. We evolved from
original, precious human life. And we become apes, when we leave
HUMAN NATURE WONT ACCEPT ABUSE
can't forget the freedom role of our pioneers. There are many of
them, who paid a great price. The nature that G-d gave man won't
accept abuse, mistreatment or injustice. We naturally rise up against
such. Nat Turner knew he would die. John Brown knew he would die.
Douglass had a better opportunity, for the abolitionists were working
at the same time. These were Whites, who all along since then were
joining us and supporting us and risking their lives, to help us
get attention and justice in this country.
of us don't know Elijah Lovejoy and David Walker, but we know Sojourner
Truth and many others and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the last of
our great freedom fighters. But do you know the Hon. Elijah Muhammad
was also a freedom fighter?
have so many little problems that become very big problems. We called
ourselves Colored people. It was hard to get us to change from calling
ourselves Colored and to say we were Black.
the Hon. Elijah Muhammad kept driving the point home, and it caught
on. And Christians and all of us started to call ourselves Black
and proud that we were Black.
Brown, the most dynamic performer that I have ever seen, I was asked
once did I want to meet him after a show. And I said yes. So they
took me backstage to meet him to say, "Thank you, Mr. James
Brown." I said to him, "We really appreciate you for making
us proud to be Black." He had the song called "Black and
looked at me as if he were surprised to hear me speak that way.
He said, "It was your father who inspired that in me, Elijah
MR. FARD'S TEMPLE BUILT to FALL
you who have been in the name of Muslims and Islam for 40, 50 and
60 years, you also have to thank Allah, thank G-d for the teacher
of my father, Mr. Fard. He gave us a strategy that would eventually
make us give up the dead part of the life he gave us.
a seed is put in the ground, when life comes into it, the life come
out of the inside and the dead part on the outside is left to go
the way of death - eaten up by the earth. Some are lifted up, like
wheat grass, but the dead parts fall down to the earth.
many Scripture readers here, and I know you. If you read Scripture,
you should also understand that it is prophesized that the Temple
would not stand forever. The Temple was built to fall. But it was
built to hold a message, the life, until the life could come up.
the Temple, itself, as a material thing falls to the ground. It
must fall. "Destroy this Temple, and I will build it up in
three days." That is prophecy and Scripture. Don't you know
Mr. Fard understood that? He understood that and built his Temple
not to stand forever, but to be destroyed.
said, "Oh Wallace, that guy destroyed everything we had!"
No, I did not. I destroyed only what Mr. Fard wanted to die in time.
It was to serve you for a while, hold you for a while, inspire you
for a while, feed your life until you see that a lot of dead stuff
was in this and throw the dead stuff away.
be to Allah. I was watching ABC Channel 7 and came up on a Loyola
University commercial, a Catholic school. They had the words, "...
also treatment of the spirit." They have so many courses that
you have to take, if you want to finish college. But they say they
also offer courses for the treatment of the spirit.
YOU ARE from N-I-G-E-R
aren't big enough to take in all of these Negroes, these African
Americans, these Niggers. "Oh, he used the wrong word!"
What's wrong with Nigger? It means the same thing as Negro means.
dumb Southern White Supremacists learned that a lot of us who came
from Africa, and a place that was rich and colorful one time in
history, called Niger. But it is not pronounced n-i-g-g-e-r; it
is n-i-g-e-r. So he started calling us incorrectly n-i-g-g-e-r.
nigger is a better word than negro. Negro is just a color and does
not take you back to a place and a culture, but Niger does. We have
to wake up and straighten out our minds. Now, we don't want to be
some Spanish people standing on the street say to each other, and
I understood a little Spanish, "Los Negroes." They were
saying, "Those Negroes." But actually what they were saying
was "Those Blacks." Negro in Spanish means Black.
the way you use a word gives it a meaning, also. So the way the
dumb White Supremacists - and I keep calling him dumb, because that
is the only way I can excuse him. He had to be dumb, uneducated.
He had to be uncivilized.
being so dumb, he called you nigger. And the spirit he came from
made you hate that word. So I understand how the word got the meaning
that you hate.
QUALIFY FOR FREEDOM
we need to rethink and research, because we are not doing much with
our community life. I believe this ignorance has to be seen, firstly,
for us to come into a new mind and take charge. We have to qualify
qualify for freedom and economic empowerment, the faithful must
defeat this spirit to be nasty that is in us at home and in the
it were just in the streets, it would not be so bad. But that nasty
spirit we have is in the home, too: Regressive minded, shameful
lifestyle, show off spirit, silly monkey nature, spirit to just
have simple foolish fun.
are being destroyed, people. We have been influenced into having
tunnel vision, but we are not a community of Cyclopes.
Cyclopes have tunnel vision. The Cyclopes couldn't do much with
their life. In myth, they have one eye in the center of the forehead
- not two eyes, one eye.
revealed religion, so that we would take pride and cherish the human
creation. In our Holy Book, it says, "See how He has given
you two eyes, not one?" It is so you see inside and outside,
to see and question; to see and examine what you see.
see and investigate what you see. To see and dig into what you see.
is how we become educated, and if we want to follow the professor
or the teacher, we have to be guided into that understanding.
you cannot learn by just looking on first sight; you have to have
a second sight. You have to "look into," not just "on."
THE NUKE BOMB
man's ignorance nukes his world. We still see the clothing - you
are growing in dress. Clothing gets more popular; you get richer
and more attractive. The buildings are getting more attractive and
accommodating. The material is just growing and growing. But what
is inside? Nothing.
is what the nuke bomb does. The nuke bomb takes away the life of
the people but leaves the money standing, so the victor won't come
to rubbish. The victor will get rid of you but take over your material
like the nuke bomb will do that for towns, for houses and banks
and big buildings, leaving them all standing unharmed, the breath
you are breathing from the poisoned cultural air is nuking you.
physical body is still there, but the person we know is dead, gone,
vanished - disappeared.
these words of Maya Angelou. I saw them in the movie of Ma'Dear's
Family Reunion. She says, "The sun has come. The myth has gone.
We see in the distance our long way home." Beautiful, so rich
when you connect , what she is saying with us, the African American
says "the sun has come"; G-d opened her mind and gave
her knowledge and insight. "The myth has gone"; the false
pictures that once were realities in our minds are gone. She got
the life out of the dead, the myth.
myth gives you something dead, but it holds life. She was blessed
to get into the myth and see the real truth, the real life, so that
myth as a dead thing disappeared.
She was able to then see where our people should be taking ourselves,
where we should be taking our community life. So she concluded with
"a long way home."
sun has come. The myth has gone. We see in the distance our long
way home." It can be a long way, or it can be a short way,
too, if we stop following the worst of our leaders and start following
the best of our leaders - it could be a short distance.
THE TOUGH GRASS
see all the great material achievement. But I was walking along
the street and noticed that through the concrete sidewalk, through
a very small crack, there was growing grass. And the grass that
was strongest was the tough grass we don't want for the lawn; we
call it crab grass.
about it: If grass tries to get out from under concrete or grows
in concrete long enough, it is going to get tougher and tougher.
brings about ease; facing the difficult brings about ease. There
was this little grass breaking through the concrete.
I was taking my walk in the forest preserve, but it is also a park
with a nice walkway of five miles or more. And I noticed the blacktop
was coming up little grass through the asphalt. You know they call
us the "grassroots."
if you let them, will grow all over a building, covering it up.
They are little flimsy things that will grow up all over a building.
a movie about New York City that was a movie to try to get us to
turn around from savagery. It showed how wild gangs had become popular
in New York.
and civil government had disappeared and New York was occupied by
wild folks, wild motorcycle riders and others.
vines and growing plants made a jungle of New York, covering it
all over. In time, knowledge and science tells us, if man neglects
his world — in time — you won't even find a trace of
time, knowledge and science tell us, if man neglects his world,
you won't even find a trace of it. Iron will rust and become dust;
steel structures will all come down, not to mention the wood that
will deteriorate much faster. All of those things will go.
SCRIPTURE SAYS SEARCH HISTORY
says, "Search, travel and see what became of great nations
before you." You don't find hardly any trace of them anymore;
they have been buried under the ground.
time, wind will cover them with leaves and other things. Rain will
help bring them down. The weather will wear them out. Trees will
drop leaves that keep piling up. In a few thousand years, those
leaves go back into the earth and become dirt, as do all organic
earth keeps rising up, and what you made keeps going down. Pretty
soon, you can't find any trace of the material accomplishments of
a great people. So what gives us a start will also bury us and put
us out of sight. That is G-d's Creation.
says, "Think not, man, that you are bigger than the Creation."
You are not bigger than the Creation. The Creation supported you
coming here, and the Creation will take you away and erase your
think ourselves too important; we think ourselves too wise; we think
ourselves too mighty. Put the mightiest of you tough men in a small
room with an ape, and we know what will happen. You can't have anything
but your muscles, no pistol, no knife or anything else. We know
what will happen; I can hear you now singing soprano. Trying to
show your toughness to people makes you small.
MAN'S VISION BECOMING STERILE
is becoming sterile mentally. He cannot come up with a vision anymore
to advance his world. We had great men and women of vision in our
past, who helped advance the human life for American people. The
intelligence of the people is becoming sterile.
males on the street level and otherwise are becoming show offs,
bullies, a little global species of little-daring big men. Aren't
we, Mr. President Bush?
years ago, I was a guest of Yasser Arafat in the Palestinian quarters,
a camp rigged and designed obviously to me to contain Palestinians
under extreme pressures to take away the human quality from their
life and drive them out of their human form and existence.
there, I observed their distressful existence, and I also observed
their unflinching moral and political determination and their human
concern. That included their human concerns and feelings for Jews.
I know Palestinians are a humane people. They are not what you see
and hear about.
QUALIFY FOR FREEDOM
have to qualify for freedom and economic empowerment. The African
American people, coming from slavery and seeking opportunities in
this world, had our attention, our interest, our focus on this world.
Our politicians and all were focused on this world for coming in.
you get in, you should stop putting so much attention on this world
and put some attention on your past, on your human essence, to see
if you can better your human essence, so you will be qualified to
get more freedom and to have economic empowerment.
lifestyles that we see in the street are blinding us. Rich cities
of the ancient were walled in. They had special gates through which
a tourist might enter.
was one of those great ancient cities. It had civilization with
scientific achievements over most of the world and at one time over
all of the world.
is told to introduce us to myth, in the Egyptian mythical religion.
It goes like this: To enter that city, you have to solve the riddle.
You come to the gate and there is an oracle above the gate, a mythical
creature that could speak to you in your language. The oracle would
ask: "What moves on four, then on two and then on three?"
answer that you give should be, "The man." Now if you
can't answer the question, you cannot be the man.
is ordered to keep the need hi the human soul and its expression
in community life upper most on man's agenda.
can work for money, you can work for knowledge, you can work for
popularity - you can do all of that forever. But if you don't have
the essential life of the human creation on the agenda as something
you are supposed to study, watch and keep, to know when something
is influencing it out of its form, to know when something is working
against it..., to see if the culture is hurting it.
have to have watchers. All of us can't be watchers. So you should
choose those good leaders of yours, in the church, in the synagogue,
and certainly in the mosque. Without leaders, you are doomed. Without
leaders, you are dead. Without leaders, you are not going to have
anything - eventually.
and his influence are going to take it all from you. I am not talking
about a mystery. Satan is real. Hell-fire is real. You want me to
show you Satan. Look in the mirror; you probably have become so
corrupt, all you have to do is look in the mirror.
MAN IS A FAMILY
says to us, "Oh you who believe, save your own souls and save
your families from the wild fires of blind passions." That
is the Qur'an, our Holy Book. For both community and secular society,
family life is first. The whole world of achievements has to be
seen as tracing back to family.
is a family. The first unit of society is the community unit called
family. It all originated from there. That is why G-d wants us to
identify with the whole human family on the planet earth, so we
can be prepared to survive and enjoy all the riches that G-d created
for us - and not destroy each other.
G-d tells us that we all came from a pair, a male and a female.
And they had children and family was established. And those families
progressed and became tribes and nations.
GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER
tells us how it all started and how we got to be where we are. He
says that He did that, not that you should tower over each other
with your egos, but that you should get to know one another, to
become acquainted with each other.
you become acquainted with the people from a distant land, that
you called strangers, in the mind of the savage he would want to
conquer them and take over their land. But that is the ignorant
man, not the divinely guided man. G-d says that He did not make
you different for you to tower over each other and look down on
each other, or despise one another.
says He made you different, so that you would be curious to get
acquainted with these new people or other people. When you become
acquainted with them, you will find that G-d gave them something
that He didn't give to you. G-d gave them a land and an environment
that you have no experience in.
Marco Polo went to China, he came back with a lot of help for his
people. I am sure Marco Polo did not say, "Take an army into
China." He was so happy to learn of the things that they had,
that were not available to him and his people, he brought those
things home and said, "Here is something we have never seen
was more than silks. It was also gunpowder that the Chinese were
using for festivals, like we use on the 4th of July, with beautiful
that Ku Klux Klan type man, when Marco Polo brought it back and
he saw it, he saw a way to kill people will it.
have to return to family values. As the Focolare people stress all
of the time, "Be Family." Be family at home and be family
with all people.
one thing can save our community life, if we would just accept it
and act upon it. Be family at home and in the community, with all
of your neighbors and all people.
the time of Muhammed the Prophet, they had no jails. They had no
hospitals as such. They had no family services institutions as such.
obligation was on the people. The rich were to provide for the poor,
the orphans who would have been left in the street to survive on
Muhammed PBUH) influenced he rich to share their wealth with the
orphans and with people who needed it. They were to take those children
and the widow mothers and save those mothers from prostituting themselves,
so that their children would be fed and survive.
were to take that problem away from them by telling them, "Yes,
I will take you and your children." They raised those orphans
as their children.
Muhammed told them, "Don't call them 'slave'; call them 'my
child.' Treat them as your own child, your son or your daughter."
It was connected with prophecy and Scripture.
was revealed that those who would accept the Word of Gr-d and live
the Word of Gr-d, that He would inscribe the Word of G-d upon their
hearts. They would have it in their hearts.
don't have to have all of these taxes spent on law enforcement,
jails and penitentiaries. If we can bring human life back to the
Plan of G-d, we would be much richer than we are now. Just shiploads
and truckloads of money could be saved, if we would just have it
in our hearts to be kind, to have mercy and forgiveness.
we would just live with those three — kindness, mercy and
forgiveness — we could save our communities a lot of money.
are we benefiting by following this way we have in the world of
turning our backs on G-d? The Satan.
are you benefiting, when you go take the earnings you got over two
weeks and go buy all this stuff from the grocery store - you buy
10 pounds and through out five pounds? Who are you helping? Satan.
wants the money to come back into circulation, no matter how dirty
it is. Drug business, that's what Satan wants. You are dying of
drugs. The parents are hurt and the son is suffering, because the
son has been turned into a drug addict. It pains the neighborhood.
is suffering, when drugs take over the life of the family or the
whole neighborhood. Other crimes take over the neighborhood. Somebody
is paying for all of that. Dollars buy drugs. Dollars buy all of
the sins that we are committing.
Satan wants the dollars to grow fast as they can and big, so the
dollars can get back into circulation. Satan is the greediest of
all the creatures in the community. He is the greediest of them
all and wants that money to keep coming. And he doesn't care how
extreme greediness makes his brain work only for money, control
and dominance. He has been doing this since man was put in The Garden.
is when he started, and he is way ahead of everybody else —
when it comes to how to get money to move and grow. He is responsible
for most of the growth of money in these United States. Satan!
telling you to go back to your human self and see what happened
to it, to cause you to lose your precious life.
man, the free thinker, the philosopher and the scientist, how they
engaged in study of Mother Nature, the natural existence inside
and outside, and how progress was realized for man in society or
in community. And civilization grew, wealth grew, the comforts grew
and the good life grew.
is where socialization originates. It is not just socializing as
we do at a party or at some happy occasion, but socialization is
the knowledge that we get from each other when we engage each other.
intelligence speaks to me; my intelligence speaks to you. Your concern
is passed to me; my concern is passed to you. We see that we can
fare better, if we cooperate or support each other in the common
cause or the common good. That is how man progresses.
increase in time for Mother Nature ruled society — it births
societies and rules in societies. Then man gets all of this knowledge
and he knows how to use Mother Nature and how to exploit Mother
Nature. In time, he then becomes the enemy of Mother Nature.
have to return to the best of human existence. Our main motivation
should be the motivation to preserve the best of human existence,
human life. To preserve it, you have to be aware of its line of
progress in history.
are not asking all of you to carry this burden. We are just trying
to wake up the many, so the few good ones can take the lead and
have more support from all of us — Insha Allah, G-d Willing,
that is coming; that is happening.
look at the simple things, like food. We buy food outside of our
community and bring it into our community. These necessities —
like food, clothing, shelter, transportation — should be the
responsibility of every individual sharing the life of neighborhoods
or sharing the life of communities.
should have our strong leaders leading the way supporting this.
Look at the money we could have in the poor African American communities,
if we would be determined to have all of the grocery stores owned
and operated by us. "How can you do that, Mister?"
you can see the great purpose and the great benefit coming to us
from doing that, then you would have the energy, the courage, the
patience to support a program that said: "Do not go outside
of your neighborhood and buy your food. Wait until your brother
who is qualified to build that store and operate that store gets
work for it; promote it; run for it and go out and beat the drum
the whole neighborhood know, we are not going to accept going out
of the neighborhood to buy our food. We came from farms in the South.
We know how to grow food. Let's have the Black farmers become strong
can solve these problems!
story of the first man is to tell us that G-d made man powerful,
resourceful, and he can manage for himself in a wilderness or environment
that has not been developed. So you should ask yourself, without
even looking at the Qur'an or Bible: How did the first people exist?
did they exist before there was industry? How did those exist before
science, before doctors and lawyers, before carpenters and welders?
They are the ones who started all of that for the industrialized
was much like that 30 to 40 years ago. China did not have foundries.
Mao Tse-Tung had his people making iron in their backyards. He told
them, "We can do this and do it on our own property."
now how China has become so big and competing with other nations
for recognition, especially in economics. China has such a huge
work force, they present strong competition to the industrialized
knows, I have been willing. I told you back on Stony Island some
20 plus years ago. If it takes it to get us to grow our communities
in business and support our own schools with our own money and support
our own religious life with our own moneys and advance our communities
with our own money, you should be willing to give up this money
you are spending on cars and start riding bicycles.
like the Chinese and make a rickshaw, a cab on a bicycle. Put a
couple a big strong brothers who like to show off their muscles
to run this and take the delicate ones and the ladies shopping or
wherever they want to go. That is what the Chinese are doing, and
I believe they are still doing it.
is comfortable in the rickshaw. It is nostalgic; something says
to you, "This is mamma pushing me down the street in the buggy."
There is something very pleasant about it. You can still go to downtown
Chicago and get in a horse drawn buggy to take you around the city
for sightseeing. It is nostalgic.
hear a lot of talk about heredity. Inheritance is in the language
of the Founding Fathers. They say we have inherent rights, and we
are losing our inheritance. We are losing our original heritage
of human excellence and a spirit to grow better and do better and
accomplish more. That is inherent.
means that no one gave it to you; you had it by birth. So what we
accomplish as a people trusting in G-d and working for a better
life in the South, isn't that heritage? If a people forget and get
separated from their heritage, they will be in bad condition.
is developmental, continual progress after progress. So if you leave
the history of your heritage, how are you going to continue that
progress? So you are just starting out in the dark; the struggle
was to put you in the Light.
Scripture, heritage is very important. And the most important inheritance
is to come into the human creation that G-d made possible or that
G-d gave you. That is the most important heritage.
words on the political scene - the Democrats and Republicans. For
me, we have been hurt by just following something because we think
it is what we should do or we think we owe it something.
that is why many of us follow the Democrats and vote Democratic
- we vote Democratic religiously, as though Jesus Christ is the
leading Democrat. That is no good. You follow something so long,
and you find out it is not helping you, you should question it.
I could tell you much about the Carter Center founded and headed
by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Roslynn. I am
asking you to consider supporting the noble work of such persons
as Jimmy Carter.
is a wonderful man, and I don't have enough time to tell you all
that he is doing. He is helping suffering people all around the
world - especially in Asia, Africa and in America.
is from the materials that he sent me, and in return I had my office
to send $6,300 contribution to the Carter Center. I wish I had more
money, for I would have given more.
offered to join the Ambassadors Circle that provides critical funds
for the Center's operation and programs.
permits the donor to join the ones who come to the Center and get
executive briefings and allows that person to hear reports on the
progress being made by the Center.
told, "Your generosity will help the Carter Center to have
resources to sustain our worldwide efforts to wage peace, fight
disease and build hope."
That is what they are doing and the results are almost unbelievable,
that private citizens can get together like this. We know he was
President of these United States and that says a lot about what
he should be able to do, but it is still amazing.
says, "... despite only recently having emerged from 14 years
of bloody civil war, Liberia has emerged as a model nation seeking
to represent peaceful elections.
a historically significant election last October, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
became Africa's first elected woman president."
did that happen? The Carter Center workforce went there and stood
by them and worked with them and gave them the faith, that the gangsters
would not be able to overcome them.
it a shame that African people have stopped being responsible for
their own life and community and let gangsters take over. That is
not just in Africa; that is here in America.
on a reservoir of trust that began with mediation efforts started
by the Carter Center in the early 1990s, they have made progress.
And now it is a model of how a country can have a democratic process
and enjoy voting and electing their officials.
want to point out another Democrat to you all, one whom a lot of
us put down - President William Jefferson Clinton.
Clinton also makes trips to Africa and other places. He put his
office in Harlem; he could have put it somewhere else. He put it
in Harlem, N.Y., right in our midst.
is a city where we achieved a lot for community life and business
60 or 70 years ago. We lost it all, because we gave up.
Clinton also goes to Africa and makes great contributions to that
suffering continent. He opens up opportunities that will be to the
betterment or give Africa a better future.
want to include Senator Barak Obama. He is here in Chicago, and
he recently made a trip back home to his family in Kenya and to
other parts of Africa.
Obama is a quality human person. These are the people we should
be looking at. These are the people we should be organizing to support.
to mention someone else who is a Republican -Condoleezza Rice. The
lady is educated, resourceful, brilliant and powerful. Now how am
I going to choose between the Democrats and the Republicans?
me, if it weren't for my knowledge of the works of Jimmy Carter
and the role that Bill Clinton is playing right now, and a few other
Democrats that I know, I don't even see a Democratic Party.
is the Democratic Party? It doesn't exist, except in a few noble
Democrats who are serving humanity and not just politics.
you heard the news that I am a Republican; I was honored by the
National congressional committee to be selected as a First Republican
I have never said that I was a Republican. I never asked to be recorded
as a Republican. And I regret that I ever went to vote and got recorded
as a Democrat.
want to interfere in your political life and how you vote; that
is not right. But I am letting you know that I am not committed
to either party to vote for them, and I never will be.
going to vote for the good guy. I am going to vote for the clean
guy. I am going to vote for the true guy, I don't care if he is
Democrat or Republican.
to share a little poem with you, and it is a tribute to our hero
in our moral life, Bill Cosby:
nasty cold water got us in hot water?
Where goes today's youth?
Most live a life of lies, few a life of truth.
The slow walking three....
(the three boys who performed at The Muslim Convention, Culture
Night, Sat., Sept. 2, 2006 -they had a powerful message)
Says blame points back to you.
That impulse for every fun thing in the street groove keeps us prone
Now watch the street language or be hung by it.
Clean your asphalt.
Don't be drugged off.
We know street life is a drag.
Now get yourself out of that bag!