(Reprinted from the Muslim Journal 5-4-01)
and its Influence on Culture: Part 1
Imam W. Deen Mohammed
address by Imam W Deen Mohammed was given in Norfolk, Va. at Booker
T Washington High School, on June 23, 2000.)
Our greeting is Peace be unto you, As Salaam-Alaikum. We thank G-d
for our life in this time of the conclusion of things, when the
world is becoming one again. We witness that G-d is one and cares
about all of His creation and especially all of His human creation.
We witness that
Muhammed of the Qur'an, the Holy Book of Islam, is the Last and
Seal of the Prophets, one coming to promote freedom of religion
and freedom from all forms of slavery. Not just physical slavery
or slavery to physical things, but also slavery to non-physical
things – slavery to falsehood, slavery to ignorance, slavery
to corruption. People are often made slaves to those things that
are not physical.
a good life for us, and that is what we want to focus on for this
time to address you here in this beautiful and lovely city with
a lot of possibilities for us to develop and grow together –
Muslims with our neighbors, the Christians.
All the people
of the great religions have been informed by their scriptures of
a time coming that is going to require each of us to respect a relationship
with our fellow man that enables us to work together for a world
of peace and a world of prosperity. Islam promises us a good life.
G-d says in our Holy Book that He will give us a good life and good
of the beginning of man in a Garden of Eden in a beautiful environment
is really a picture of the world to come, more so than a picture
of what the world was. It is a picture of the world to come. G-d
is telling us how He began the creation of human beings, so that
we will focus on the future and know that the multiplying of the
people, the generations, the nations is going to burden governments,
families and individuals.
come for the government, families and individuals, when we accept
the conclusion of things as predicted in scripture. The People of
the Book, we call them Jews and Christians and also now Muslims.
Our scriptures tell us of the conclusion of things. That we are
going to have to accept the Plan of G-d, as it was in the beginning.
He made us one
family. He created us as one human family, and one day we will have
to be conscious of that oneness of the human family and work together
for a beautiful life of peace and prosperity.