from the Muslim Journal 4-18-08 to 5-9-08)
The Final Battlefield - Part 2
Imam W. Deen
This part of Imam W. Deen Mohammed's Public Address was given after
the conclusion of the worldwide radio broadcast.)
ALLAH, THE BEST OF CREATORS
We witness that
G-d is One, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the Creator
of everything. He is the First of Creators, hence He says in our
Holy Book that He is the Best of Creators.
We witness that.
Science witnesses that, especially in the world of the artists.
I have read the words of artists who say there is no art to match
the art that is in the natural world.
We know that
G-d is the G-d of humanity, the G-d of beauty, the G-d of excellence.
He has put it in our nature, that we are inside inherently inspired
to be better and better at what we do.
Some of us are
blind to the direction that drive should be going in. So if we clown,
we try to be our best at it. If we are tough, we try to be our best
at something. Because it is in our nature to do that.
If we can just
channel that energy in the right direction, all of us can have a
wonderful community life. All of us should have a higher sense of
purpose and existence. It is higher than the individual life and
existence. The highest purpose for human life and existence is community
"EVOLVED" MEANS "RAISED UP NATURALLY"
Allah says you
are the best community evolved for the good of all people. That
tells us that if you are narrow and just want community excellence
that will benefit you and your race, Allah is not with you.
But if you want
community excellence that will represent the excellence of mankind
and you want to share whatever you have that the others don't have
that will help them, if they are sincere at heart, you want to share
That is the
community Allah evolved. Evolved means He raised it up naturally.
When Allah says that you are the best community that evolved, He
is saying that He brought you out of nature. You are evolved upon
the excellence of your nature.
Allah is not
giving us something that is not already in our makeup to have. He
only is giving us something that He has already put in our makeup
for us to want or to have.
So it is called
the "Din al Fitrah," the Din of Original Nature in its
best, its purity. The first Eid holiday is the Holiday of Fitrah,
Eidul Fitrah. Isn't that revealing, that Allah established the religion
Then He guided
Muhammed to establish for us holidays, and the first of the holidays
in the Islamic calendar year is the month of the fast. The celebration
of that fast is the holiday of Eidul Fitrah.
What is Eid?
Eid is holiday or celebration, and what does it mean literally?
Why are you having a holiday? Why are you celebrating? It is because
I have returned to the nature created for me by my G-d. So that
is what we are celebrating.
comes before Hajj, although the Hajj has a bigger Eid. So what is
that telling us? Again, it is telling us that G-d created us to
have the right nature. And when we return to the right nature He
created for us, we have an occasion to celebrate because that nature
upholds the good life. It keeps the good life and promotes that
good life, growing and increasing in value.
Just the original
nature does that. Adam, if you look in the Bible in Genesis and
start with Adam's existence -that is the beginning of Genesis, of
human life. Look at Adam's generations. They are called Adam, too.
"He named them Adam in the day that He created them."
That is the same Genesis that speaks to one Adam speaks to his generations
generation, he has descendents. There is Abel who becomes the agriculturalist
and he has Cain who becomes the industrialist. Although the way
it is given, it looks like Abel becomes the shepherd where he raises
animals and Cain becomes the land developer.
But the first
stage for the land developer in the history of human progress and
community life is farming. So they are separated like that.
and sheep herding, he has children from those and they become iron
workers, making musical instruments. All of this is in the Bible,
and I am giving it to you straight from the Bible.
When I am talking,
I am speaking from Scripture. Don't think I am giving you my words.
I don't give you my words; I don't have any words. All of my words
come from Scripture or from somewhere else. That is the way we all
The first day
I was on my welding job, my supervisor was responsible to show me
how to start work, what to do. When the bell rang, he said, "Let's
go to the work bench, Mohammed."
He was a big,
tall, six footer, muscular but not fat and much older than me; he
had white hair. He looked as if to say, "I know this young
guy thinks he is looking at an old man."
He said to me,
"One young man was talking to another man who was older saying,
'I got my training from here and there. And I learned this and that.
And I know how to do this and that.' When it was time to work, the
young man said, "Yes, I know this process here.'"
And the older
man said, "Who taught you that?" And he had to think who
taught him that. He carried him through six or seven questions like
that. And at every question, he had to go outside of himself and
think where he got his information from.
So the old man
concluded, "You don't know anything by yourself, do you?"
So the old man wanted to situate me first by telling me, "You
don't know anything now. You are on this job and don't know anything."
And I heard him.
He ignored my
schooling, although I was certified as a combination welder at this
welding school on the West Side of Chicago. It was known to train
you in all the fields. It had a good reputation.
The point is
that we should not brag. No matter how much you know, somebody else
knows more. Never boast at what you know.
Never feel you
know it all; none of us know it all. Allah says in the Qur'an, and
it is meant for everybody but is said specifically to the scholars,
"Above every possessor of knowledge is Allah, the All Knowing."
Praise be to Allah.
CAIN and ABEL INDUSTRIALIST and SOCIALIST
back to how industry evolved. It started with the farmer and the
shepherd, those who produced animals and those who produced grain
or food from the earth. It went from that to ironworkers and those
who make instruments for pleasure.
It comes up
to today. Cain lives today. Who is Cain, today? Cain is the industrialist.
Who is Abel, today? Abel is the socialist. See how they live? They
haven't gone anywhere. But the work has evolved and progressed.
It is no more simplified. It is industry, science and technology
Cain, was guilty
of killing his brother - he killed him while they were at work and
spilled his brother's blood on the surface of the earth. That means
that he didn't kill a human being outright. That means the materialist
socialized the socialist.
Instead of the
socialist remaining in his own social life and science, the materialist
became so big that he overcame that movement and brought that movement
under material production and under materialism.
That is the
killing of the shepherd and the killing of his brother. But in the
Qur'an, Allah says He was feeling compassion on him because he was
feeling sorry about what he had done.
And Allah caused
a little bird to come where the blood had been spilled on the ground,
and the little bird scratched the ground to cover the blood with
who was guilty asked, "Why didn't I have the decency to at
least cover my brother's blood? That was the beginning of his repenting.
It is a very beautiful story.
GIVE CREDIT WHERE IT IS DUE
A magazine is
doing a special and I was interviewed for it. Although I was no
where near being up to par for that interview, except in my spirit.
I had help which was my son, Mohammed. He took care of me and came
in and checked on me nearly every hour. He hasn't lost the good
heart he has.
out of town with her family and called. My son told her I was not
doing too well. So she told him to warm up some of the vegetable
soup and give it to me and maybe that would help. So he did and
brought it to me at my bed.
When he came
back the next time to check on me, he said, "Khadijah called
and she is the one who suggested that I warm up the soup for you."
So I said, "That's my boy. That is Warithudin Mohammed's son."
The wrong one
would never say that they got a call and was told to warm up the
soup. I thank Allah for him. Life is not so easy all of the time;
sometimes it is very, very hard.
So I went to
the interview, and the questions were coming one right behind the
other. Though I was not feeling like doing the interview, I was
able to be as precise as the questions were, and we covered a lot
They are interviewing
our association as a part of an article to cover African American
Muslims, immigrant Muslims and the state of Black America on the
whole. This special issue will not be out until August of this year.
promised me that he would send me copies right away. The maga-
zine is named Islamica, which I had not yet seen copies of. But
I will try to make the magazine available to you here or at least
introduce it to you here. I'll give you the information, and if
any of you want to you will be able to subscribe to that magazine.
I want to tell
you something surprising. I thought this interviewer was a Muslim
from Jordan working for the press in Jordan. I was told he was from
Jordan. But come to think of it, his business was not based in Jordan
at all; his business is based in the United States.
He then told
me that he was Jordanian but was not a Muslim in Jordan. He said
he was not a Muslim until he met some brothers from my association.
He said, "I am a convert, just like you are." I had to
tell him, "I was born Muslim. You mean like the brother who
introduced you to our association."
But here is
a man looking like a Jordanian and is one and was not a Muslim but
came into the faith through our association. The brothers influenced
him to become a convert, and he is proud of that.
So he is sure
qualified to write about us. He came the same way we came, although
our road goes back to the plantation.
interview with me was conducted by a Jordanian whose name is Michael
Vincent Perrez. Sounds like he was in the French quarters, wherever
he was over there. He had his wife with him and she looked like
the same people he was, Jordanian or Lebanese. She assisted him
and they worked together very well.
When he was
getting ready to leave, I said something and in response he said,
"Insha Allah." So I said, "Yes, Insha Allah."
He had stepped out of the door and his wife looked back in and said,
"Ma' Salaam." And I said to her "Ma' Salaam."
said, "When one gives you a Greeting, give them one similar
to that Greeting or better." She felt comfortable with "Ma"
Salaam," and that is how I greeted her. Ma' means "with"
and Salaam means "Peace." The expression means "Go
in Peace" and it means "Goodbye."
I said that
to say this. I don't believe she was converted to Islam like he
was. It doesn't mean she is Christian or Jew. Some people have given
up on religion and become neutral.
I knew a Lebanese
who was Christian, Danny Thomas — a nice man, a likable person.
He had a TV Show and articles in the newspaper. I met him once and
he said at our parting, "Ma' Salaam." And I said, "Ma'
Salaam." Danny Thomas was a good strong Lebanese Christian.
Now I want to
share some more information with you on WD 40 or Mr. W. D. Ford
Muhammad, who also was known by two or three other names.
ARRESTS OF THE HON. ELIJAH MUHAMMAD
the Hon. Elijah Muhammad for what they called "contributing
to the delinquency of minors" -just to make the charge sound
What the charge
actually was for was him keeping the children out of public schools.
He kept them out of public school, because his teacher told him
to set up a school and teach his own children. That is what he did.
He spent some
time in prison and was then let out. But they got him a second time
not long after that, less than two years, on draft evasion charges
and convicted him.
The charge carried
another charge of "subversive teachings" to under mind
the United States of America. The judge dropped that charge and
only sentenced him for refusing the draft.
He would not
accept to have a draft card, not to mention being inducted. He was
sentenced to five years in the penitentiary without parole - five
When they were
first arrested, they were arrested in Detroit. The leaders and everybody
who went along with the leaders were put in jail - men and women.
About a year
or so later, the same thing happened in Chicago. They were arrested,
men and women, and put in jail, because they insisted on teaching
their own children and having their own school.
The police confiscated
the early lessons -- Student Enrollments, English Lesson Cl, Actual
Facts and Problem Books. The FBI took copies of all of those things.
When the Hon.
Elijah Muhammad was released from prison, he told us that the officer
who cleared him for release told him, "Elijah, go on out and
teach as you were before." The officer told him that.
He was going
to do that, because he had been teaching in prison and made several
converts in prison. One was a wonderful Minister, Minister Louis.
He turned out
to be a very influential Minister. Everybody liked to hear him speak.
He could inspire you and arouse you. He was educated and did not
talk like a preacher; he talked like a professor. His major was
He had a nervous
condition in his jaw from using so much drugs, but he would say,
"Islam is no vain imagination or superstition. Islam is reality."
We loved that brother and loved the way he taught. He was a teacher.
I bring this
to your attention to say to you: What did Mr. Fard put into his
esoteric, private, organizational teachings to make the FBI tell
the police department to leave him alone and let him teach as he
was teaching before?
FARD CAME TO SOLVE "THE RACE PROBLEM"
make it easy for me to tell you again, that Mr. Fard did not come
into America just to help Blacks. He came into America to show America
how to solve the race problem. And it was to show them that Blacks
have less of a race problem than you. "You are that fallen
Angel Lucifer. Lucifer is in you. You are that bright and morning
The Bible says,
"Oh Lucifer, why have you fallen? It is because you have exalted
yourself in the Heavens. And you would exalt yourself up to the
very Throne of G-d and put yourself there as G-d." That is
the Bible. You who know the Bible know that I am giving you the
Then Jesus comes
behind that and says, "I know your Father. He abodes not in
the Truth. When he speaks a lie, he speaks his own lie." That
means nobody gave him the lie; he invented the lie. "You are
not the children of Abraham. You are the children of your father,
This is Jesus
Christ speaking to the Gentiles. I will finish this shortly, insha
Allah. And I do not say "Insha Allah" from habit. I say
it from my conscience, "Insha Allah."
There was a
sister named Dorothy something X and I gave her the name Fardan,
before I even saw her. Some brothers were asking me for names for
different ones, and I said to tell her that I think her name should
I was told she
was a Catholic before she converted to the Nation of Islam, and
I was told that she was a White woman. I knew she was not stupid
or naive. She was a Catholic sister in the church, and I knew she
would think about the name I gave her.
So I gave her
that name "Fardan," which meant a person influenced by
Mr. Fard. Finally, I met her in my office. She came to my office
and wanted to speak with me. When I saw her, she said "As-Salaam-Alaikum,"
and I said the same to her.
OF ISLAM LANGUAGE COMING FROM THE BIBLE
Before she got
started, I said, "You joined the Nation of Islam and you were
a Catholic and a White person?" She said, "Yes."
I said, "Actually, that was a concern for me and I could not
understand that." She said, "I know I am not a devil."
And that was
enough for me. She didn't have to say another word to me. I knew
she was sincere and she was coming from the heart. She said, "I
know I am not a devil." So how come a White woman will join
a man who is calling all White people devils by nature? He said,
"Every one that is born is a devil by nature."
But she knew
how to look into language and how to make the connections. She arrived
at that understanding by recognizing that Mr. Fard did not invent
that language. He got it from somewhere. She saw that language coming
from the Bible, where it said, "Lucifer was a bright star in
Do you know
the Black Stone in the Ka'bah has a lot to do with that same idea
of a bright star falling from heaven? Abraham was looking for a
spot on which to build the House for G-d. The stone fell down from
was white in the heavens and it burned from white to red to black,
and it hit the earth as black. Abraham took that as an answer from
G-d, telling him where he should build the House. And he made that
stone the corner, the most important place in the construction,
in masonry as the cornerstone of the House.
MOVEMENT AFTER JESUS CHRIST
It also is a
sign of the movement after Christ Jesus in the leadership of his
followers, that went from addressing social issues of the people
to studying and dwelling on the hidden sciences in Jesus' teachings.
them more than anything was about how many "natures" there
are, the three natures in one or human nature separated from divine
That was the
issue, and they argued it for three hundred years, going into the
4th Century. They were not able to settle this issue for the Christian
Western Church under the Pope settled it, and they settled it like
Peter understood it from the very beginning, when Jesus Christ asked
Peter: "Peter, who do you say I, the son of man, am?"
tells us that Jesus Christ was telling Peter, "Begin your answer
with this. I am the son of a man.... Peter, who do you say I, the
son of man, am?"
have rushed to your head real quick, "No, Jesus is not the
son of man. He had no father. He is not the son of man."
That is true.
But by genealogy, say there was no Joseph, and he is the son of
Mary. Did Mary have a father? So he had a grandfather. And he traces
his genealogy or life line all the way back to Adam. That is the
Bible. The Bible says "Adam," tracing his genealogy back.
SEPARATE SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE FROM CALENDAR LANGUAGE
If he came from
Adam, is he the son of man or not? Did he have a father or not?
All of us call Adam our Father, and he is a man. So we have to understand
this and separate spiritual language from calendar language.
he had no father. And who is he? He is a Word and a Spirit from
G-d. G-d created him. Word wise, he had no father, for G-d revealed
him and thereby created him. So in Islam, we do not accept to say
that Jesus Christ was born of a man. That is wrong and un-Islamic.
in reality is not flesh and blood. Jesus Christ in reality is the
Revealed Word of G-d. And the Revealed Word gives you a Spirit.
Once that Word goes into you, you get a Spirit. And where is that
Spirit from? It is from the Word. And where is the Word from? It
is from G-d.
FARD HAD A SCHEME
G-d has given
me all the help I need and more to make it clear, plain to you that
Mr. Fard had a scheme, a strategy, to attract us to build up ourselves
in a way that we would be happy and proud of our achievements in
the Nation of Islam or as the Temples of Islam.
But when the
circumstances would favor us coming out as citizens with full rights
of citizenship, the intelligent ones and educated ones who could
see light in scripture separated from the ink print, that eventually
one from among us would lead us to the international Ummah of Muhammed
That was the
plan, but it could have missed before I came out of my mother. It
was known that she was pregnant with me. Mr. Fard said, "If
it be a boy, give him my name."
THE PROMISE MADE TO FARD
my name on the wall behind the door, and the door was close to the
wall — if you closed the door, it would cover my name and
you wouldn't see it. But if you opened the door, my name was in
that space that the door would cover written there in chalk: Wallace
That is all
it said, and that was one of his names. He told them to promise
him that they would give me his name. And he told my father - now
this was before I was born, so I had to get this from them - speaking
to my father, he said:
me that you will raise him to help us in this work." He said
"us." So he had sensitized my parents and sensitized me
to grow up one day and accept the responsibility to help Mr. Fard
and help my father.
me to not fear prying into his language. This is the language of
the man who asked me to help him. And because G-d blessed me with
a sincere heart and with a pure heart, that is what has saved me.
And I was able
to look into his language and come out on the path from the Temple
to the Mosque.