Revelation and Its Influence on Culture:
Imam W. Deen Mohammed
The following address by Imam Deen Mohammed was given in Norfolk,
Va., at Booker T Washington High School, on June 23, 2000.
of Arabia declared the worship of G-d, he used the term in the Arabic
language, because that was his language and G-d revealed to him
the message in the language that he spoke. When he declared belief
in G-d, he was saying to the Arab people: "G-d is One."
in that time, 14 centuries ago, in many gods. The history on the
beginning of Islam in the land of the Arabs, Arabia, tells us that
those people before Islam believed in about 369 different gods.
Those gods were given physical shapes and made into idols.
the Prophet told them that "G-d Creator, The One G-d, The Invisible
G-d, but nevertheless The Manifest G-d, The G-d that we do know
— 'Your G-d and our G-d is One and the same G-d."
preparing a people who had worshipped 369 or more gods to join the
effort of the people of The Book, to make this world a world to
accommodate all people as one family of mankind or as one human
family. This is very important to know. The people fought Muhammed,
although he did not want to fight. They tried to kill him and tried
to kill his followers. They tried to stop the spread of the religion
of Islam, and the Prophet was told to fight them in the defense
of the religion until religion is free for G-d.
Here is a Prophet remembered in history as a prophet who had to
go to war. He was a prophet who took up arms. Many of the reports
present him as the prophet who spread the religion by the sword.
When the fact of history is that he only picked up the sword to
defend the religion and the followers of that religion against idol
worshippers, who wanted that religion to be put away and never seen
again. This is the truth of it.
If you listen
to the language of Islam, it tells you what Islam is all about.
It tells you what we want. The first language is given to us in
the Call to Worship. It is called The Adhan in Islamic terminology.
Adhan means that which gets your ear; it is derived from the Arabic
word for ear. It means that which gets your attention. We are given
a Call to Worship that is intended to get our attention.
The first words
of the Call to Worship are: G-d is Greater. Many translations say:
G-d is the Greatest. That is true, but that language in Arabic says:
G-d is Greater.