from the Muslim Journal 03/30/2001)
LIFE OF THE HUMAN FAMILY PART: 5
W. Deen Mohammed
When the Arabs
of the time of Jahiliyyah saw the life that G-d created all people
for and saw Muhammed as a living proof of that life, they fell in
love with that leader. Then they left their chiefs and made Muhammed
the One Chief of all Arabia. He united all the tribes into one human
from the peninsula of Arabia into North Africa, West Africa and
went over into Persia and all the way over into Europe and finally
into Asia, and now in America and all over the world. From that
one man, from that one effort assisted by G-d, he put light on the
life that G-d chose for all people.
It was to tell you that you are "Khalifahs." G-d said
to the Angels: I am making in the earth a Khalifah." This is
a term that is Qur'anic. The Arabs, themselves, had to be taught
the meaning of Khalifah by Muhammed the Prophet, because their language
did not have Khalifah it until the Qur'an came.
If you read
the Qur'an, it will tell you, but you have to study the term itself,
and you have to be assisted by G-to come into the full life of just
what this is. According to the teachings of the Qur'an in plain
language, Khalifah is a human being who G-d Himself made. He designed
him and He ordered his life. He gave him this special design that
makes him this special human being. That is the Khalifah.
has in his spirit and in his nature a desire to stay with that design
that G-d gave him. He as a desire not to lose that and to keep that
design that G-d gave to him for his human life. If something takes
him out of that, he is uncomfortable. If something tempts him to
come out of that or influences him to move from that a little bit,
he uncomfortable and wants get back with that.
That is his
nature, his natural desire – to get back with that. So G-d
said to His Angels: "I am making such a person in the earth."
And they were disturbed by that, because they knew the human beings
– some of them would stay with it and some them would not.
MADE HUMAN BEING FREE
G-d was also making the human being free – G-d never made
the human being without also making the human being free; it is
the world that takes away our freedoms. G-d created every human
G-d was making
not only a Khalifah, but He was making this particular person to
be free. To be free to think on his own and to have his own opinions,
to have his own choices, to choose some other life if he wants and
come out of the life that G-d put him in — if he wants.
In the Genesis
of the Bible, the serpent deceives him, offers him another choice
and makes it look so nice and so easy and so right, that the man
is deceived by this serpent and he eats of the fruit of the forbidden
tree and loses that life that G-d created him for.
In the Qur'an,
it is very similar. It says that Satan made a suggestion to him
and he followed the suggestion of the Satan — he and his wife,
both — and they both fell from the high place that G-d created
them for in life. They were expelled from the Garden of Paradise.
It is the same story that we find in Genesis.
TO BE HONEST, KIND, TRUSTFUL
All of us are also created to be honest. I don't care how dishonest
we have become. We are all created by G-d to be honest. We were
all created by G-d to appreciate kindness. That is why all babies
cling to their mothers, because they learn from the experience of
being helpless —they can't feed themselves and can't take
care of themselves — they learn that this one takes care of
me when I am hungry and cleans me when I am filthy and makes the
bed comfortable for me, when it is not comfortable. She makes my
diaper dry and comfortable. This is the one who cares for me."
That human being
in the form of an infant naturally attaches itself to that mother
or person; sometimes the mother is dead and another woman is doing
that. It attaches itself to that person and feels indebted to that
person and grows up and As Allah says in the Qur'an: "Why doesn't
man think back on his own life and recall how he came into existence
and how he has come to be what he is now? Why doesn't he rehearse
his own history?" From his own individual beginning from a
mother to where he is now; from the womb of a woman to where he
We know that
we were not born to be unkind to the one who is kind to us. We were
not born to be distrustful of a person who had proven that we could
trust them. All of us have in our own human nature the capacity,
the ability to be trustful and to be a person of faith — a
WORLD WANTS TO TAKE AWAY FAITH
The world wants to take that away from us. What world is that that
wants to take faith away from us? It is the world of the devils.
The same one who deceived our first father is still around to deceive
us. The world of the devils wants to take away from us an appreciation
or a spirit or a tendency in us or the inclination to trust those
It is because
if we keep that in us, we will begin to become stronger and stronger
as followers of G-d and His Prophets. Because there is nothing in
creation or beyond that is more deserving of me trusting it, than
the One Who gave me existence when I had no existence. I had no
existence and The Creator gave me existence. I know I can trust
Not only did
He give me existence, He also assisted me with human sensitivities
and human perception and human intelligence and human freedoms.
He assisted me so that I can grow and improve upon my own life and
get more and more out of life and out of the world of things in
the environment. He created me like this.
I know I can
trust The One Who trusted me. He trusted me with my existence and
then trusted me with the tools of intelligence that raise me above
the possibilities and capacity for animals. Then He gave me freedom,
so that I can do anything I want with my powers. Now if I can't
trust one like that, then what can we trust?
How many bosses
do we have who will trust us like that? How many governments on
earth are there that trust human beings like that?
Only The Creator
Who created us will trust us like that. So when you come to really
know the logic of believing in The Creator, G-d, then you also come
to know that G-d is The One Who has the greatest faith in you.
I love Dr. Robert
Schuller, a Christian Evangelist, for many reasons. He has a big,
impressive television ministry. And he says, when he is speaking
to his great worldwide audience, "I believe in you, and G-d
believes in you." He, G-d, would never trust us with this freedom
that we have that stones don't have, trees don't have, animals don't
have – only human beings have this great margin, this great
dimension of freedom that we have and should be enjoying.
the roach, and I have studied the roach's history. The roach has
always been around and you cannot keep them out of high places.
The roaches in Egypt were in the house of Pharoah. The rulers of
Egypt durint the time of the ancient pharaohs were so tired of trying
to keep them out, that they made a roach a god. A roach is one of
the gods of ancient Egypt.
One thing about
that roach – he walks today the same way he walked when he
was crawling the walls and floors and tables of the ancient pharaohs.
And he does the same dance that he did then, and he sings the same
way and flirts with his wife the same way and his shoes are the
same. He has changed nothing.
But man is free
to expand his imagination and to see new pictures for himself and
says, "I'm going to get this kind of shoe and this kind of
suit." He just decorates himself. He says, "I would like
to fly like an eagle." He couldn't do it right then, but pretty
soon he is in a 747 flying like an eagle and looking down on the
eagle that can't fly that high.
WHO KNOWS SELF KNOWS G-D
Muhammed the Prophet, prayers and peace be on him, said the person
who knows himself has known his Lord. When you really come to know
yourself, of how special you are and this great freedom you have,
then you know – you don't guess, you know there is a Living
G-d who loves you and has taken care of humanity from the beginning
to today. He has assisted human beings to come back into the high
life that He created them for, so that those of the future will
have a chance to keep moving forward in the road to human excellence.
It is so they can have that great life on earth that G-d created
When you come
to know that, you yourself as a creator with all this special freedom
and with all these special talents raised above all the other creatures;
you know you could not do that for yourself. So the logic is that
someone or something did this for me. So you find your G-d after
you find yourself.
The logic is
to see self and when you see self in the true self-form, then you
know that G-d did this. I didn’t do it and animals didn’t
do it, because I am over them. Mother Nature didn’t do it,
because this has put me above Mother Nature. How are you above Mother
Nature in this human type? G-d says: "Everything of the earth
and the sky will yield its treasures to you, if you obey Me in this
form I created for you.”