April 20, 2001
Responsibility: A Critical
Concern for a People Pursuing Business Establishment (Part 2)
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.)
For anybody who deserts what we are doing and have shared our history
of pain and suffering, of being put down as a people and then experience
what has happened to make us the new people that we are, then you
have nothing coming but hell fire if you don't join us and be sincere
and straight. That is the prediction of Wallace D. Mohammed.
THE GLOBAL MARKET
Let us come closer to home now. We have mentioned the global market,
and what I have said to you is that the global market welcomes all
people. You are not discriminated against. You will meet some individual
who will dislike you because of you or because of your identity
with your people or with your religion. That will happen forever.
People are not going to be angels and are not going to be perfect,
but they are not that many. Why worry about those people? There
are too many others to deal with who have no problem and they welcome
you. All they see is another human being, and they are in the great
numbers – not the ones who are still warp minded.
The Hon. Elijah Muhammad wanted us to go outside of the United States
and to have business interest in other countries. It was the Hon.
Elijah Muhammad who brought products from South America, from Peru
– the Whiting H and G – and Chinaware from China and
leather goods from Pakistan, coffee from Africa and many other things
that we realized under his leadership.
AN UNSELFISH EFFORT
Now we have an effort going again that is a national and international
effort to improve the material state of our lives. We are not doing
We want our Christian neighborhoods to benefit from our presence
in a Christian neighborhood. We want the town that we live in to
benefit from our productive presence in that town. In the state
and in the whole country, we are not selfish. We are for humanity.
Allah has freed us for humanity and has ordered us to be of service
to all humanity. G-d has ordered that.
Muhammed the Prophet stated it in his own words: "The best
and most useful of you is the one who is most useful to humanity,
to all people." So we know where we are today. And we know
we were like a baby or human seed or life germ planted in the body
of a woman and developing to one day be out of the small confines
of her body and take its place in the world of mankind.
WOMB OF THE NATION OF ISLAM
The Nation of Islam was like the body of a woman, and a germ was
put in there to produce a new Black man and a new Black woman. And
it lived and survived and on the ninth hour it was delivered into
the world to take its place among the people of the world, mankind.
That is what has happened.
We are now determined to do our best in our lifetime to realize
our most as G-d-fearing people looking to make not only a spiritual
contribution but also a material contribution that will live many
generations after we are gone, and I hope until the day that this
world is brought to an end.
I hope that we will not slow down and not give up, but pass our
interest on to our children, as it was passed on to me from my mother
and father and to you all and plan to live on this earth for as
long as this earth lives.
FAITH IN YOURSELF
If you have that kind of boldness or that kind of faith in yourselves,
you are going to catch up and begin to surpass others. It is destined
to happen. It is because you have been emptied more than any other
people on this earth. We were brought here from Africa and emptied
more than any other people that existed on this earth. And I do
What we had in our heads and in our hearts were emptied. What we
had in our souls and in our spirits were emptied. We were left as
empty vessels, as the slaves of the white people who owned us.
Then something started to happen and the empty vessel said, "I
realize that I'm empty, but I don't think that is what G-d wants
for me. And no matter what the White master says, I don't believe
that G-d wants this bad situation for me."
The moment he or she started to think that way, the life started
to come into that empty vessel – the life that belongs to
that vessel. And over a period of time came Frederick Douglass and
all of those great women, too, Harriett Tubman and the others.
NEW LEADERS EMERGED
In my time there was Benjamin Mayes and many others like Dr. Martin
Luther King and the Hon. Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X Shabazz.
They were putting something in that vessel.
At the same time there were people bigger than Malcolm and W. Deen
Mohammed already feeding on the universe and thinking on what G-d
wanted for me and that this world was wrong. They were saying that
G-d did not want this for me and that this was an evil thing put
into this world.
And the life was coming into the vessel and becoming stronger and
stronger. And when they saw a leader, they joined him, whether that
leader was Frederick Douglass or Booker T. 'Washington or Marcus
Garvey or the Hon. Elijah Muhammad or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Those who are actually sometimes bigger than the leader will join
the leaders and looked up to them because they were bigger in terms
of their voice and were applauding the leaders as representing them.
To be continued.
2001 Imam W.D. Mohammed