The Guidance of Allah
Imam W. Deen Muhammad
With the Name Allah (In the Name of God), the Gracious, the Compassionate.
(Editor's note: Following are excerpts of Chief Imam Wallace Deen Muhammad's historic New World Patriotism Day speech delivered in Chicago's Grant Park on July 4th, 1978. Continued from last three weeks.)
All praise is due to Almighty God, the guardian evolver and sustainer of all the worlds. The blessings and peace be upon Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah to us all.
O Allah, guide us, forgive us our faults, and grant us, the blessing of faith. I bear witness there is no deity except Allah and I bear witness Muhammad is His Servant and His Messenger. Peace be upon him, his descendants, his companions, the righteous servants, all of them, and upon us in America and throughout the world:
When this world woke up and found that it was diving down to death in materialism, it was too late for it to change the course and take the vehicle back up into the spiritual realm.
The West took a crash-dive into the water of human nature, and thank God, the Chief Imam, following the Quran, is around here with a boat to take the casualties in.
It's not our fault that three people had to lose their lives. Not three individuals, but the three essential developments of the human being had to be lost before we came in with the boat to save them.
The human heart was lost, drowned in the waters of human nature. The human brain went down, drowned in the waters of human nature. The human spirit went down, drowned in the waters of human nature. But thank God we have a boat. We have many more people to repopulate the world.
If we just make sure that nobody else goes with that flyer that doesn't know that the destiny of man is not in the sky but on Earth, we'll be alright.
God established human nature for human beings. This is our message today. God did not establish human nature for us to reject and take on some nature that is not human.
Almighty God established human nature for us to take on that nature and then grow in that nature until we reach human fulfillment. Human fulfillment is the ability to rise up off the Earth and fly in the air.
Flying in the air is just a temporary thing, living on the Earth is the essential thing. Does the bird go up in the air to stay?
We have been kept in the skies of spirituality. God did not intend for us to stay in the skies of spirituality —that's just a trip that we can make occasionally when we need to enjoy the pleasure of flying.
Even though you might not be church goers, you know this story. We were told that in the beginning of the world there was a man and a woman — Adam and Eve. They populated the world. The world fell under sin because the man and woman committed the sin.
The world became so heavy, so burdened with sin, that God decided to wipe out the whole world.
We are told by God of the mission of the Prophet Noah. How He told him to build a boat to save the people because the world was going to be drowned by water.
We're told how the whole world was covered with water and that the world was saved because there was a boat, Noah's boat. Noah was instructed by God to build that boat.
He didn't build it from something that fell out of the sky, he built the boat from something that fell on the Earth. He built the boat of timber, wood from the trees that grow on the Earth. Noah built a vehicle on Earth that saved him from the flood.
Now, dear people this is the 4th of July, 1930s and some of you remember that date, don't you? July the 4th, 1930 — remember?
Are you saying the Chief Imam is misreading the instruments? No, I have the boat that's saving you from the people who misread the instruments. I've got my glasses on.
I know my eyes are not good enough to see everything. I know I need help, and believe me I wear my glasses. When I look at Divine signs or ordinary things, I don't trust my own vision. I trust the guidance of God. I put my glasses on.
We find here in Grant Park, Muslims, who just yesterday said America was doomed, who said the system was wicked, the leadership was the devil, the American Flag was not the flag of stars and stripes, but the flag of scars and stripes. Now they're marching with the American Flag holding it proudly. You tell me this is not God's work? No man has been given the power to turn a people around from that extreme to this extreme.
I'm often questioned — "Chief, haven't you lost a lot of the old members?" And they don't believe me when I tell them, no. We haven't lost a lot of the old members. We lost a lot of the members that came in between the old and the new.
The old saw what was happening when these people weren't yet around, so they have seniority in knowledge of the history, the growth and the development of this community.
There are those who came around in the '60s; they don't represent this group, they represent that in-between group. When they came in the Honorable Elijah Muhammad had already established the seed.
Allah is the perfect being. Allah is all righteous, truthful — no imperfections in Allah. Allah is Supreme and Perfect without any imperfections.
O Allah. Make us of those who purify themselves and of those who repent, and guide us in your path. Amen.
Peace be to you
Your brother in service to Allah,
Wallace Deen Muhammad