September 17, 1993
Inaugural Interfaith Prayer
Imam W. Deen Mohammed
Imam W. Deen Mohammed gave the following presentation at the Inaugural Interfaith Prayer Service for President Bill Clinton in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20, 1993.
He first opened with the statement:
"Our Prophet said he saw in a vision the followers of Moses, the followers of Christ Jesus, and his followers (peace be upon them) in heaven, in Paradise. With that I give you this reading from the Book of all the Muslims which numbers about one billion now, today."
The Imam first recited the Quranic ayats or verses in Arabic and then translated them in English.
The English translations are here given:
"Surely, those who have faith and those who are Jews and those who are Sabians. Whoever believes in God and the last day and does good work, for them is a reward with their Lord. There shall be no fear on them nor grief." (Qur'an 5:69)
Imam Mohammed in reference to Prophet Muhammed's Farewell Address stated:
"Our Prophet Muhammed said, 'There is no superiority of a black over a white, or a white over a black or a nationalist over another nationalist or an Arab over any other nation.' He said the only criteria is consciousness, regardfulness."
Again from the Holy Qur'an Imam Mohammed read:
"Oh, people: Surely we have created you from a male and female and have made you nations and tribes that you may regard each other and recognize each other. Surely with God the most honored one is the most conscious one of his duty to God." (Qur'an 49:13)
"Freedom Is To Move
In Our Intellect To A Greater Vision, A Greater Purpose, To A Greater Responsibility Until We Are Comfortable With Ourselves
In Our Life And In Our Purpose On This Earth.
Until That Happens, We Will Continue To Be A Burdened
And Confused People. It's A Natural Requirement, The Life Of Every Human Being That Their Intellect Be Liberated." -Imam W. Deen Mohammed As-Salaam Alaikum