April 13, 2001
Responsibility: A Critical Concern for a
People Pursuing Business Establishment
Imam W. Deen Mohammed
(Imam W. Deen Mohammed gave the following address in Washington,
D.C., at the CPC Distributors Conference on March 11, 2001.)
I greet you with the greetings of all Muslims on this earth, over
1.25 billion now, with As-Salaam Alaikum. We praise G-d, who is
the Lord and Sustainer of all the worlds, and who has made everything
that we can see with our physical eyes for our own benefit –
not for Him.
G-d says that whatever is in the skies and whatever is in the earth,
that He has made it all to be of service to His Khalifah, and that
first Khalifah was Adam, the first of the prophets. He is not mentioned
as a prophet, but as our first father. G-d says that He has made
everything in the skies and in the earth to yield its benefit to
the man He created, so that it would be useful and beneficial to
all the descendants, the children of that man. That means all of
ALL OF CREATION SERVES MAN
When we look at the vast creation of G-d, just try to imagine that
G-d says to you that all of this is made for you. If you recall
the story of the creation of Adam, G-d said to the Angels before
He told the man that He made all of this for man, He told the Angels:
"When I have breathed into him of My Spirit, then you make
your submission to him." G-d ordered the Angels to make submission,
to yield to the man He was making.
G-d said to Satan, the only one who rejected the man – called
Iblis at that time, and was the leader for the rest of the Angels,
"What is the matter with you that you don't accept the human
being that I have made with My Two Hands?" Be mindful, it says
"with My Two Hands."
Then G-d says of His Two Hands, that He has everything in the control
of His Two Hands. It means that He has Two Controls, and everything
is in the hands of His Two Controls. That is in the Qur'an.
This vast world that we see in the sky and down here, including
ourselves, G-d made it with His Two Hands. So G-d used both His
Controls that He used to make the creation and the world and the
human beings. So man must be very special. The Two Hands that control
everything were used when He made the human being, man. Again, He
made the human being to benefit from the whole of His creation,
from everything that He has created.
THE POTENTIAL IN MAN
We live in a time when we see the reality of that capacity or that
potential in man. This modern civilization, the West, given its
start by Islam, by Muhammad the Prophet, the Qur'an and the thinkers
who heard the message of Qur'an and who heard the Prophet's preaching’s
and became scientists, they gave the West – the United States
and Europe –its start.
Now, look at what the West has done. The West focused on the sky
and brought useful things from the sky to us. They send spaceships
to visit different bodies in the heavens and they bring materials
from the surfaces that they visit. They are studying the atmosphere
and environment in the sky. So they are really doing what G-d invited
man to do, when He created the first man, Adam. That is to make
good use of all that He has created.
We know the sun's energy is harnessed to reduce the cost of heating
certain facilities. With gas prices up like this, I hope they will
study it more and bring me some of those reflectors and I'll put
them in my house to bring the gas bill down. So everything is working
in accord with what G-d has revealed, and that is what we should
PEOPLE WAIT FOR MIRACLES
People are waiting for miracles. They'll say, "If they can
show us some miracles like Moses' people witnessed, maybe we will
believe in G-d. Only if we could see the Red Sea part." That
is only child's play to what is going on today. I don't want to
see the Red Sea part. I want to see how to make the television to
show a human being in my living room, when he is on the other side
of the world. I'm looking at him and hearing him speak just as though
he is in my own living room. That is a bigger miracle to me, than
the parting of the Red Sea.
That is speaking as a common sense man. If I speak as your Imam,
I will say something entirely different. One addresses your psychology
–the parting of the Red Sea addresses psychology. But I am
talking about science and technology and they are about the biggest
miracle I know of in these modern times.
SOME ASK TO SEE G-D
Why have I gone to that extreme to address you for a few minutes?
It is because that is where you should start. When you wake up and
open your eyes to the outside, G-d shows you a big world with the
eyes He created for you. You will see the sky and it is unlimited.
Science, with all of its powerful telescopes, cannot see the end
of this world.
So the greatest scientist, with the greatest help that science
and technology can give him, is in the same position that you and
your little boy and little girl are in, when you and your little
boy and girl step out of your doors to look at this world that G-d
made. You can see what you see and they can see what you see and
beyond that, but neither the scientist or the common person can
see the boundaries or the limits of this creation.
Some of us want to see G-d, but it isn't possible to see the end
of what we are looking at. We can't see the end of what we can see,
but yet we want to see G-d. Now once you are free of this like I
am free, you are going to make a difference on this earth.
G-d says to us in the Qur'an, "No sights can catch Him."
He says in another place, "Look at My creation and tell Me
what flaws you see, what mistakes do you see in it?" This isn't
talking to a fool. G-d would not invite a fool to examine His Works.
So a lot of you all, the question is not meant for you. Some of
you don't have the brains to know the difference between the flaw
and the sign.
THE NEXT LIFE A NEW PERCEPTION
The wise look at what you call a flaw and see it as G-d's Sign.
When you get the whole picture, there are no flaws. It is a perfect
creation, and you can't improve upon it. To show you how wonderful
this creation is, G-d says that in the Next Life – when we
get the new life – we will look at it and say, "This
looks like or resembles what we were in before."
G-d is telling you, "My creation is good enough as I created
it. You just need to be awakened in a new perception of it."
Then you will have heaven while you live, in a life that will be
eternal without sickness, without trouble, without worry. All of
that will be gone. Would you believe that I am already in that?
I'm not affected by sickness or by troubles. G-d has given me a
protection inside here. No trouble or sickness can get inside here.
This body could be burnt alive, but inside will not be affected.
G-d knows that, and G-d has made me like that. It took more than
55 years to make me like that, but I am like that now. Thank G-d.
So I am already in heaven, and I know that when this is gone and
nothing is left, it won't affect what is in here, because it is
not affecting it now. Praise be to Allah.
So let us see the big picture first. We don't have time to bring
us from Day 0 to the present time in 2001, March 10, so we will
just make a quick trip and know that I am leaving out many important
scenes from then to now. The next scene we want to see is the world
market of today.
THE WORLD MARKET
The world market not too long ago was determined mostly by what
you could buy on the market. It was determined mostly by the industrial
nations. Now it is not. You can buy products from the Third World
in your most attractive or strongest stores that you have in Washington,
D.C., in Chicago, in New York City, in Los Angeles. We can go to
the market place and buy products from small developing countries
and even from those countries that are not even yet identified as
I was surprised when I bought an item of clothing and got home
and looked to see where it was made and it was in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia is not a country that you look for manufacturing to
be there. But Saudi Arabia has opened its doors or borders to business
people and working people, and they have come to Saudi Arabia and
established their businesses from nearby or surrounding countries,
as well as those a far distance away, like Asia, Europe and America.
We have a brother in our community with a spice line or seasoning,
and his product is sold in Saudi Arabia. You can buy caps in our
stores here in America and it will be made in Bangladesh. We have
now what the business world is describing as a global market. This
is a new change in business.
I was strained when I visited Red China with the U.S. Chinese Friendship
Group. But I was interested to know, "Can we come here, too?"
The Hon. Elijah Muhammad had already turned me on to our obligation
to think big and try to work for big results. I am there. I have
never seen a time in my life when I was not aware of our interest
here as a people – not as individuals, not as temples or mosques
or schools, but as a people. I have never forgotten that interest.
I am there in China and I am thinking the way I have been conditioned
to think. I am conditioned to think for us as a people. So I asked
someone in the marketplace, still Red China at the time –mainland
China. I asked, "If one of us came here, could we purchase
here like I see this White man from the South doing?"
That was many years ago and America and China were not on friendly
terms. But here is the White man from the South, I think from Georgia,
there purchasing. No law was preventing him from buying from Red
China and taking it back home. So I said to him. "Could we
do that too?" The look in his eyes told me, "We would
much rather have you here than to have him here. They are not yet
our friends. But we have no problem with you; you are our friends.
We like you Blacks." It was not us as Muslims, but us as Blacks.
COMMITMENT A VIRTUE
Many soldiers have experienced that overseas, where they did not
blame their economic problems or war – military problem –
on the African Americans, though we were over there serving the
United States of America. Everything that I say is not my thinking,
but I want to expose these things to you.
Any citizen who goes abroad fighting in the United States Army
should be blamed like any other citizen who is fighting in the war.
We are not to be excused for anything. You could have gotten shot
over here if you said you didn't want to go. So then you should
stand up for your flag over there. That is my belief. I believe
in being a loyal citizen, even if it is in a dung house, until we
can make it a clean house, I'm going to fight for the dung house,
until we can get the house we want.
If I commit myself to something, I have to go all the way. I can't
betray it. We are talking about the global market. Red China is
in a much better situation now with the United States, in terms
of their relationships. We are in a much better situation now to
do business with Canton, if we want to. But we don't have to go
there. There are so many markets that we can go to, and we have
some very good friends.
Don't think that our friends are only Muslims. The Hon. Elijah
Muhammad said something, and I don't think he knew anything of what
I am talking about right now, although he may have. I think he was
looking at Mr. Fard, his teacher who told him, the one we used to
call Savior or god in the person, that if he would follow what was
given to him, it would put our people who followed the Hon. Elijah
Muhammad in heaven at once. Good homes, plenty of money and friendships
in all walks of life.
FARD WANTED US TO COMPETE
I know that was said to attract us and to hold us, but let me tell
you something. The man who told us that was not interested in money
and clothing and physical homes. He was interested in freeing our
minds and our souls to be independent in our own thinking and in
our own souls to go and compete in this world.
He wanted us to be removed of everything that made us doubt our
own selves. He wanted to remove the stigma of Negro and Nigger and
Black in a negative sense and make it positive and work for us and
free us to go and compete in this world with all other people. That
is what he wanted, and he achieved it.
It is very difficult to understand, when you are looking at just
one thing he said. But if you look at everything he said, you will
see a logic. The logic is saying that it is more important on what
is in here than what is out there. If you can make what is inside
of you right and free what is inside of you, then you can compete
with anybody out here in this world.
I am convinced that we can compete with anybody out here in this
world. If our hunger to prove ourselves, to prove our own worth
stays with us, maybe not in my time or maybe not in the generation
of the youngest ones here but in time – 100 years or 200 years
from now – if we don't lose this hunger and remain decent
minded and innocent hearted, we are going to become equal to the
best and maybe better than the best that exist on this earth. It
is in us and has been put in us.
Slavery burned it in. The Hon. Elijah Muhammad's teachings reinforced
the best that we wanted. He reinforced that, in terms of our belief
in ourselves and what we can achieve. It was belief in our own selves.
The Hon. Elijah Muhammad made that a deeper impression on us, a
much bolder impression on us.
It is in my blood and in many of you and it is not going anywhere.
It is in some of our people who don't call themselves Muslims, who
have been touched by what the Hon. Elijah Muhammad and our works
have done in these United States. The Hon. Elijah Muhammad impressed
some other places too, for he went outside of the United States
with his teachings before he died.
That impression is not going to leave us. It is going to make us
a giant of a people. You insincere ones will only be tortured. The
flames of Paradise for us will be the flames of hell for you. The
more we progress, the more you will be tortured. It will remain
To be continued
2001 Imam W.D. Mohammed