form the Muslim Journal 6-27-08 to 7-18-08)
Those Who Sacrifice”
W. Deen Mohammed
Peace unto all
of you, As-Salaam-Alaikum. It is great to be together again, and
Believers are always together, because our spirits and our hearts
are one. I was coming here and was told to see what was behind me.
It says, "WELCOME HOME!" And this is my home. I was born
My mother said
she brought me to Chicago in her arms; I was 11 months old. It is
always good to be here in Detroit. This is where a new life began.
African Americans came into a new life in 1930-1931, in this Motor
City. I always think of Detroit as my home.
was born in Hamtramck, Michigan, and that is the same as Detroit.
Detroit is so big,it envelops all of these small places like Hamtramck.
I was born on Yemen Street, and a lot of Yemenites live in this
city. I think they still live in this city.
Yemen is the
place where the Lady of Saba had her kingdom. She is called Sheba
in English. You have heard the story of Solomon and Sheba. This
story is not forgotten, because it is in the Qur'an as well.
The people of
Sheba's kingdom were not called Yemenites by the people of old history;
they were called the people of Saba. They were very progressive
and great builders.
A very prestigious
magazine and popular on college campuses recently carried a front
page story on the Ancient Yemenite people. Also many other Muslims
came to make their home in Detroit and have lived there for generations.
No wonder Detroit
is where we met Mr. Fard Muhammad or Mr. W. F. Muhammad, who introduced
himself to the poor African American community of Detroit - called
the Black Bottom.
He invited them
to come to "their religion." He called them "the
lost people, who had been lost from their religion." He established
the idea of the "Lost Found Nation of Islam in North America"
and called it "in the Wilderness of North America" or
the "Wilds of North America."
that and named their places not mosques or masajid; he named them
"Temples" after the order or design of the Shriners or
Masons. They called their places Temples and until now call them
Temples. Mr. Fard also designed a plan for us in North America and
called them Temples.
He started here
in Detroit and called this Temple No. 1. From here, Mr. Fard went
to Chicago, and the Hon. Elijah Muhammad already had been selected
from among the people here to be his assistant. So my father went
with him to Chicago. And there together, they established Temple
Before Mr. Fard
left America, they went to Milwaukee and they established Temple
No. 3. Those three Temples were established with the Master Teacher.
He was a Head Master in the Fiji Islands and in what is now called
Pakistan, although it was not called Pakistan then.
had not yet achieved political independence and established the
state called Pakistan. This was done in the early 1940s, and I am
talking about in the early 1930s.
Mr. Fard left
and went to Mexico, and after Mexico we don't know if he went back
to England — he also came here out of England, or he could
have gone back to Pakistan, then called India, his birth place.
Or he could have gone to the Fiji Islands, a place where he gained
a big following and was called Master G. He is still called Master
G by his followers in the Fiji Island.
Circumstances That Influence Us
We should know
these circumstances. We understand our own beginnings better when
we know the circumstances belonging to that beginning. That is why
I am talking about these things.
This is Memorial
Day, and this is a day that is very serious. We are supposed to
call to mind the veterans that are alive and dead and who made the
ultimate sacrifice to have this country safe and secured and protected.
We know wars
are fought and they are not always honorable wars, like the one
going on in Iraq right now. We know our presence in Iraq right now
is not for the American people and not for the Iraqi people.
It is for the
oil interest. You can say, "If we secure our interest in that
area for the protection of Israel and to make sure the oil doesn't
get into our enemies' hands...," you can reason like that.
But oil is business
and money, and look how our money has been hurt by staying too long
in Iraq. I was supporting our country going into Iraq, because our
country put Saddam in power.
I thought it
was our obligation to take a dictator who was oppressing his people
out of office, especially since we were involved in putting him
there and keeping him there.
But once Saddam
had been captured, I felt we had no reason to stay there, in my
understanding and opinion. Those people would be better off protecting
their own interest and bringing their own citizens into agreement
to support the kind of government that they were willing to support.
We respect the
will of the people, the will of a nation; that is the American way.
So we should respect their will to bring into place the kind of
people they will support.
THE PECULIAR NATION of ISLAM
Would you believe
the same professor who brought this strange and peculiar -and by
peculiar I mean there was none like it - the Nation of Islam....
There was no
organization like the Nation of Islam in the history of mankind,
until Mr. Fard came up with the idea and established it with us
and the honorable leader who passed away in 1975, the Hon. Elijah
Muhammad. Nothing like that had ever been done on the planet earth,
and I don't think it will ever be done again. That was a very unique
thing that was done.
Would you believe
that he, Mr. Fard, had his followers to form a baseball team, and
they played baseball right here in Detroit. Some of you are so stiff,
you put the flowers under the table instead of on top of the table.
Mr. Fard was not stiff like that. It is easy to go to extremes when
you don't know where you should be.
MUSLIM LIFE NOT FOR GRAVEYARD
We should know
what Muslim life is and understand Muslim life. Muslim life is not
in the graveyard, it is not under an iceberg. Muslim life is the
best human life possible on this earth.
To say "human"
means warm. Inhumanity is cold; humanity is warm. This is food for
thought; I love to cook the real food at home, to taste it and sit
down and enjoy it with company. Even in prison, I had to eat with
With G-d's Name, The Merciful Benefactor, The Merciful Redeemer.
We always acknowledge G-d, that there is no god but the One G-d,
the Creator of everything in the heavens and in the earth, everything.
And we witness
that Muhammed is the Seal of the Prophets to all people and to all
nations, the prayers and the peace be on him.
THINKING ON BILAL
when I was making this outline, I was thinking on Bilal Ibn Rabah,
may G-d be pleased with him, the Companion with the Prophet almost
all of the time and the one who would make the call to prayer -
called the muadhdin.
from the Arabic name for the ear, "udhun." When the call
is made, they put the hands on the ears - with one hand or both
hands to the ears. When you get up in age, you throw your hand up
to the ear to cup it and extend the ear out with the palm of the
You can say,
"Did you hear me?" There can be many reasons, if you do
not hear someone. But parents will tell a child who says they did
not hear, "You had better pay attention to me when I am talking
it means attentiveness. The muadhdin is supposed to be attentive
and calls the others to be attentive.
It is "attentive"
to what? The obligation to put G-d first. Bilal was the one assigned
to the Fajr Prayer, the first prayer before the sun rises. When
there is a little sign of light on the horizon, that is the time
for Fajr Prayer. Muadhdin." Bilal was assigned to that responsibility.
What do we say
of the prayer, especially the Fajr Prayer, with the Adhan: "Prayer
is better than sleep." And what kind of sleep is this? It is
the sleep of not being attentive to matters that you should be attentive
to, matters that deserve our attention. That is the sleep.
When we are
not awake or conscious of matters that we should be attending, according
to Scripture we are the sleepers of the earth. The call is to the
awakening of the conscious that our Creator wants in us. That is
the Adhan, the Call to Prayer. Bilal was assigned to that.
Bilal also was
looked down upon, like many of us were and still are looked down
upon by the people who are not black. In that time of the Prophet,
Bilal was looked down upon. One of the Companions close to him belittled
or looked down on Bilal. The Prophet said to him, "We all are
When the Prophet
said that, he was saying two things, importantly. First the Prophet
was saying, "When you speak disparagingly of one of us, you
are speaking to all of us."
the Prophet was saying, The nature that has been rejected in Bilal
and his people, that same nature is in all of us.
It would take
too long, but I could show that history supports that explanation
or gives proof for certain things and it does for what I am saying
now. It was a time in this country when the Blacks carried a heavy
burden in their soul. And Blacks were forced to go to things to
relieve their misery - to sing too much, to dance too much, to play
When we were
doing that to escape living a miserable life, knowing how we were
rejected and put down, unwanted and socially rejected, what happened?
upon spirit, the determination in our spirit to change things for
the better. But now the same condition has grown in other races,
and they have become persons who have given themselves to too much
fun making, too much play.
EVERYBODY NOW IS SOUL BROTHER
The Whites who
came from Europe to America used to be stiff like Frankenstein.
Can you imagine Frankenstein dancing on American Band Stand? But
in time, their soul was touched so much over the years, that they
are soul folks now. No longer is it just the Black man who is soul
The Asian comes
over here now, although he never was as stiff as the European, and
he is a soul brother now. Everybody now is a soul brother. Why?
Because misery and hell are everywhere.
soul is burdened and aggravated. To get away from facing that realty
and to get it out of their minds, they go to the extremes of pleasure.
I am speaking
to you as a psychologist, and psychologists started with the religious
preachers - not with the secular world, not with education in Europe
with religious leadership. If you think of how your preacher works
on you to get that offering, he is still the best psychologist in
BILAL A NAME ANSWERING PROPHECY
Bilal is the
name chosen answering prophecy. Bilal and prophecy go back to the
donkey in the Bible. The donkey had a rider on his back called Baal,
and there is a definite connection with "B A L L." "We
were having a “Ball” last night, man. So and So got
so drunk, he fell out on the floor!" "BALL."
Who is riding
the donkey's back? Baal. Baal did not ride the camel's back and
did not ride the horse's back. Baal rode the donkey's back. So how
do they control the ignorant masses?
Give them the
spirit to "have a ball." And they have to carry that ball
or that spirit upon their soul or upon their backs.
You don't see
your soul. Your soul is always behind your back sights. So a ball
riding my back is really my own soul riding my back. The circumstances
that I am living in have turned my soul into a burden that is riding
American people are the most ridden of all people, when it comes
to ball. No other people have been carrying the rider of his own
soul that has become too pleasure directed, too fun directed - not
just pleasure. Some are motivated for different reasons to seek
happiness and be pleased.
Some find their
pleasures in many things. But those who find their pleasure in
fun life, they are the ones with a ball on their backs. And no people
are more involved in fun life than the African American.
That is what
we live for. We go to church to pay our dues; that is a temporary
stop. We are going to be finished with that as soon as the preacher
stops preaching. We are gone and looking for some fun. This is serious.
JOVIAL SPIRIT TARGETED for EXPLOITATION
Bilal is a prophetic figure representing what the world has done
to Black people. They see us having this jovial spirit, a tendency
to be given to fun life and merriment, and they target us for exploitation.
They say, "Here is a group we made a lot of money off. Let's
keep them in fun life."
Look how they
help us to get on the stage and act a monkey. We didn't have enough
money to finance our fun; our fun was financed by other people.
I am not going to mention any names, and I don't recognize that
language of "Jews and Gentiles." All people are "human."
BILAL CHOSEN to CALL for PRAYER
All over the
world, Muslims are making the Adhan. Who did the Prophet choose
to make the Adhan? An African. Not just any African, it was an African
who had been enslaved.
of the Prophet who became the second ruler or khalifah, Abu Bakr
As- Siddeeq, may G-d be pleased with him, on behalf of the Prophet
and the believers, went and took his own money and paid the ransom
for Bilal, to buy him from his cruel slave master.
He learned of
Bilal accepting Islam and rejecting the many gods which was the
religion of many people of the world.
and Judaism were present, many people of the world were still pagans.
But Bilal refused to accept more than One G-d. He was tortured so
much, that he was too weak to speak.
And he would
hold one finger out, like the Muslims do when sitting in prayer
in jalsa position, sitting down and saying, "I witness that
there is but One G-d."
would come to check on him and ask, "Are you ready to give
up that religion?" And Bilal would put one finger out. His
master would put a big hot stone on his chest and make him lie out
in the hot sun with that heavy stone on his chest, hoping that he
would say, "I give up that religion, and I will obey you, master."
But Bilal never did, and he was freed.
That is just
one man. What Black people from Africa were made slaves in America?
It was us from Africa made slaves. For what reason, were we captives
of war? No. We were not fighting anybody, unless it was ourselves
on the continent of Africa. It was not against the White man.
ENSLAVED as CHEAP or FREE LABOR
But we were
enslaved by Christian Whites for no other reason than they wanted
free or cheap labor to help develop the new land, the new world
as laborers -farmers, cotton pickers, etc. That was the reason.
White people, who were poorer than those in the North and the East
and less educated than those in the North and in the East also were
used. The big guys didn't just want you for picking cotton. They
were looking way down the line; they were making a "servant
Let's go back
to Scripture. Scripture says Noah the Prophet got drunk and was
lying nude. He had three sons, and the oldest one was Ham.
HAM'S CHILDREN, THE CANAANITES
that is Egypt. The Scripture says that Egypt is in one of the two
Misraines - the two Egypts, one is northern and the other southern.
One is now called the Sudan, no longer called Egypt.
giving us figures; these are not true people. These are depictions
of major dispositions in the souls and natures of people, making
some to appear silly and given to too much fun.
Another is depicted
as too serious. The other is the beautiful nature and the one who
wants to be at peace. These are the three sons of Noah.
Ham was not
cursed directly. The curse he earned fell upon his children, and
his children were the Canaanites.
If you listen
to that word Canaanites, you can hear the word "canine."
The children of the Canaanites have been barking for the last 10
or 15 years. Whenever they are excited, they bark - at the dance,
at the movie.
See how you
are manipulated to do things that shame you in the eyes of the intelligent
and learned people of the world. It is time to break that. Professor
Fard left something that went into Elijah and went out of Elijah
into Wallace Mohammed, and we are ready to break that forever.
Here is the
story of Prophet Noah being seen in his nakedness and drunk and
his son, an African -Egypt is in Africa - behaves in a shameful
way - showing ignorance instead of intelligence and laughs at the
condition of his father.
For that, he
is cursed. The curse does not fall immediately upon the African
people, but it falls later on those who were lesser evolved culturally
and politically – the Canaanite people.
INTERESTS and ADAPTATIONS BECOME GENETIC
were superior in iron work. Do you think that left us? Just like
the tendency to give ourselves to fun life is still with us, the
skill for iron making and making ornamental designs never left us.
If you go to the Carolinas, you will find that the African Americans
there are known for beautiful iron works.
were builders in ancient times, and the Palestinians who live in
Israel today are the builders for Israel. Some things we are born
with in our genes from our father, our first human type —
But over a long
period of time, over generations, if a particular people give themselves
to certain interests, to certain occupations, eventually that spirit
will go into their children and be seen manifested in their children.
Not only will
that interest go into their children, but their children will be
easily adapted to the same jobs and occupations that their forefathers
were adapted to. We are great wood carvers -Africans and African
American people - designing and making things with wood. It came
from our ancestors and has survived in our genes; it's genetic.
This Bilal type
is also genetic. We are not Africans anymore, but we are certainly
Bilals. We are easily moved by sadness and joy, by the extremes
FROM JOVIAL to JUVENILE
We are the ones
like the black woman of Africa, who saw the white woman who could
not nurse her baby. So she went to the white woman and said, "May
I take your baby? I am nursing my baby." And she nurses the
baby of the white woman right along with hers.
are in us, and they are beautiful. But extremes need to be controlled.
You say, "Those people like jubilation; they like to be happy.
They are jovial." But what about "juvenile"?
That is where
it is going, if you don't check it. You will go to an extreme where
your whole people, the grown ups, will become juvenile. The next
thing is juvenile delinquency.
When you see
all of our boys out there, some of them 30 and 40 years old, still
acting like they are teenagers standing on the corner, having no
interest in getting a job and taking care of a family, they have
become juvenile delinquents. It is because the whole race has given
itself to too much fun making.
They have burned
out the intelligence of the brain with too much fun making. This
is very serious. Once you know what caused your condition, then
you should just automatically stop behaving that way and show the
people, "I am not of that mind anymore."
Don't let me
hear that you went to a party and partied the whole night or weekend.
If you have been doing that, you should say - after hearing what
I am telling you, "No, I am not doing that anymore."
in the Scripture carries "baal" upon his back; I'll just
say he carried "having a ball" upon his back, always having
a ball. He carried "baal" upon his back and his own soul
was riding him. He stopped, because he saw an Angel in the path
ahead of him, standing blocking the way.
the Scripture, the Angel had a flaming sword in his hand. Even a
donkey will stop when seeing something like that. When he saw that,
he asked his rider, "Why have you struck me, strapped me these
THE THREE: LIVING FLESH, MIND and SPIRIT
in the physical body, the flesh. When a baby is born from its mother,
it has no life anywhere except in its physical body. It becomes
conscious of our world, then life starts in the mind and in the
soul. But before that time, there is no life anywhere except in
the physical flesh.
The baby is
not expressing itself yet. Sometimes, they don't wake up automatically
on their own. The doctor has to strike the flesh to get them to
breathe air and for air to come into them.
Once they breathe
air on their own, now he is a living child, a human. If he does
not breathe air, he is called a still born. He is dead and never
came into life as a human person.
first life is in the flesh before even the conscious comes on and
life comes in the mind. If the mind hangs around long enough, that
particular child is going to develop its own spirit. Now the child
is a living spirit. Living flesh, living mind and living
spirit. That is the three.
The donkey asked
the rider, which is a living soul, "Why have you struck me,
strapped me these three times?" No answer came. But the donkey
had stopped being a donkey. The donkey spoke with man's voice, not
with an animal's voice, not with a donkey's voice.
I close this
out by saying Mr. Fard had a point, when he told them to form a
baseball team. Everything that happens in human life, as designed
by our Creator, has a sign for our intelligence, for our mind to
read. And everything carries both knowledge and mercy.
When you understand
the knowledge in the problem, now you have a way to bring mercy.
Peace, As Salaam Alaikum.