The Shackles of Slavery: Part 5
Imam W. Deen Muhammad
With the Name Allah (In the Name of God), the Gracious, the Compassionate
As-Salaam – Alaikum
(Editor's note: Following are excerpts from Mujeddid Wallace Deen Muhammad's "humorous exorcism" delivered at Malcolm X College in Chicago, Nov. 30, 1978 • Continued from last week.)
All praise is due to Almighty God, the guardian evolver and sustainer of all the worlds. The blessings and peace be upon Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah to us all.
O Allah, guide us, forgive us our faults, and grant us the blessings of faith. I bear witness there is no deity except Allah and I bear witness Muhammad is His Servant and His Messenger. Peace be upon him, his descendants, his companions, the righteous servants, all of them, and upon us in America and throughout the world:
Let's continue with "ball." The ancient people of Africa, the Middle East, are found in history worshiping ball. Ball brought them down to be lustful and filthy in their mannerism and behavior. Ball brought them down to the lowest of the low, according to their own historical report.
What does God say in the Quran concerning this? He says, "Surely man has been made by us in the best stature. Then, he is by consequence of his ignorance, debased to the lowest of the low.
Flesh in itself is not evil. But flesh is not a complete creature. Flesh is a metamorphizing creature. You should seek to understand these terms; the Jahcubite gave you a lot of terms and no meanings.
The frog is a creature that must be metamorphized. The frog is born as a little fish-looking thing in the water with gills. He developed gills — something that enables him to live in a world he's not destined for. As Jesus said, "It is expedient that I go away. For if I do not go away, the Comforter will not come unto you." Meaning you will not be metamorphized.
"I have taught you how to come out of the water and lose the gills of that small world, but now I have to go. I was only fishing you out."
Someone has to come now, behind me, and give you the new generation so that you will develop the lungs and nostrils of a man. That takes a little doing, in fact, that's a Divine work.
They are debased, reduced to the lowest death by consequences.
Aren't we the real sissies in this world? I don't know where you think the term sissy came from, but let me explain what "sissy" is in its original text.
A sissy is someone who thinks he can get on top of the world with a ball. And you can't do that. It has been proven in history that you cannot stay on top of the world with a ball. If you get up there, you fall right back down.
In the mythology, we find the king Sisyphus trying to stay on top of the mountain with a ball. Every time he gets to the top the thing rolls back down to the depths and he starts all over again, rolling it up the hill. He struggles and he struggles; sometimes it takes him a thousand years, he finally gets to the top of the hill and it starts rolling back down again. He repeats the same thing over and over again.
Their doctrine has put you into a sissy cycle. You are not in the cycle of the Mujeddid. You're in the sissy cycle.
They tried to put their mark on you to let their own people know wherever they are, all over the world, that we have these people in the form of ball and we have made them a sissy generation. They can go no higher than the sissy nature. When they reach the top of the world, they roll back down because they have no men legs. They are sissies.
They stamp you, "unisex," put blouses on you and laugh at what they did to you. They take a man that used to wear soldier suits and look like a hero; used to wear rugged Levis with tools of construction in them — a hammer, a screwdriver, a chisel. He was a man, he was building the world.
They put a flowered blouse on him, put ribbons and ruffles on him, made his pants so tight; one of the so-called heroes of the revolution has to make room in his pants for his groin.
What a sad, sad stage this world is in. But all praise is due to God, when a sore gets big and looks like it's inflamed, and it's nasty and almost bursting, that's a sign there's a cure right there. The healing is already taking place; that's why the manifestation of the germs are there.
"Before that awful and dreadful day of the Lord, I will send you Elijah the Prophet and he shall turn the hearts of the children to the fathers and the hearts of the fathers to the children, else I smite the earth with a curse."
"Who is Elijah?"
"Oh, that's a prophet."
Yes, Elijah the Prophet, but Elijah is also a title. Elijah is also a description and anybody can be an Elijah if they want to do that work.
What is the meaning of Elijah? They say Elijah means "Jehovah is God." Who is Jehovah? They say Jehovah comes from a name that no one can see or speak. I think they call it — the tetragrammaton. It's a scheme for four letter combinations — a mystery. What is this mystery? Natural motivation! Human drive! Human sentiments! And, human aspirations!
Put them all together and what do you have? Jah. That's not the God who created the heavens and the Earth. That's not the real God. That's the basic principles of operation in nature, in the creation.
Who worships Jah? The disbeliever who won't accept that a Divine, Infinitive Being created this world. He won't accept anything but the forces of operation in nature in the material world, so he worships Jah. He's a Jahcubite.
We don't worship these forces. We praise God who created these forces as well as He created us. What does God say? God says, "I created the men and the Jinn. I also created the angels. I order the angels and they obey every order I give them.
"I create them with wings, in pairs. Two, three and four." These are the forces of nature. The basic forces in creation. These are the angels. There were people who made the angels their god.
The Bible says there rose up a terrible people who put evils on the world worse than anything that it had ever seen. It says, they came up with a god of forces. A god that neither they nor their fathers ever knew before. This liar says that people have always worshiped angels before, and worshiped these forces.
Who can worship something they know nothing about? The man who knows about it can worship it. If I worship a tree and know nothing about its nature and I say God is in that tree, am I worshiping the tree or am I worshiping God? I am worshiping God. Though I say God is in the tree and I see the tree with my eyes, I'm not worshiping the tree, I'm worshiping God.
What did the ignorant pagans say when they were questioned about their worship of idols? They said, "We don't actually worship these idols; we worship the spirit that is in these idols." They believed that there was some spirit in the idol. They believed that they could pray to God and God would manifest through some object for them.
You know the knowledge of idolatry, I am sure.
They were asked by the Prophet, "Why are you constantly attending these idols — your gods? Your gods are not constantly attending your needs, but you are constantly attending their needs?"
They were so embarrassed by the question the Prophet put to them they said, "Look, we don't actually worship these idols, we just use them as a means of reaching God. You see these idols are not really God, they are our illah -Elijah."
"La illah illallah!" Oh! They are your illah? There is no illah except God who created the heavens and the Earth.
"Oh, no. This is not really our god. We know these things are objects. But they are a means for reaching God. They are our illah — La illah illallah."
This is where the meaning of Elijah comes. Elijah means a means for reaching God. E-L-I-J-A-H, a means for reaching God. Which god? "Jah."
Who was Master Fard Muhammad — the Master of his day — trying to bring this community called the Nation of Islam to? Was he trying to bring this community to God — Almighty God who created the heavens and the Earth? No! He was trying to bring the community to Jah!
(To be continued)