Nathaniel Omar interviews Imam W. Deen Mohammed Aug. 25, 2001.
Q: Brother Imam, we want to thank you for giving us this opportunity to interview you on the Hajj. Over the years, you have taught us to look deeper into concepts -religious concepts and other concepts. Is Hajj like that? Does it have surface meaning but also a more powerful and deeper meaning that those without insight are likely to miss? Would you explain?
Imam Mohammed: As-Salaam Alaikum. I think the meaning that is most important is not deep, it's plain. It's plain and easy to grasp by ordinary minds. But it's the meaning that I think most of us miss. That meaning is the one given by the learned scholars and Imams. This obvious one says that Hajj is the unity of mankind, especially in Islam. Islam is a model and should be the model of Islam for mankind, for all people.
It is the Unity in the humanity that G-d created when He created our first parent, Adam, Peace be upon him. The meaning is Unity and Oneness for humanity under G-d. The Hajj is a return to your innocence -your purity — your original spiritual mental and social nature that G-d created us in, when He created the first people (or man).
That's the life that G-d wants us to return to. That's the real meaning of Hajj. It's a struggle — it's a struggle to unite humanity. You know that humanity is divided. Divided because of power, greed for power, greed for wealth, greed for the material world, and also sometimes for no other reason than "my family is all I care about. Don't bother me with yours."
Q: In 1967, you made Hajj when the rest of us were in the Nation of Islam and you met Maulana Maududi. You were a young man, in your early 20s. A lot has changed since then. You met him on Arafat. Tell us about Arafat and its importance and the importance of that meeting with Maududi.
Imam Mohammed: Arafat gives the Muslims a chance, the leaders and the common man, too, if he is interested in having some responsibility or some role in society. Arafat is an opportunity for him to come and hear the most learned leaders in Islam. They will be Imams, They'll be educators. They'll be political figures, presidents, kings maybe. They'll be doctors and lawyers — all the professions - all the important professions will be represented there at Arafat during the Hajj.
That gives us a chance to benefit from each other's experience — knowledge and faith, too. When a man of extraordinary strong faith speaks on politics or economics or social life, that man also communicates his strong faith to you — even though his language is the language of his particular profession or field.
So I know that a person or a weak battery can get charged up, get pretty strong just being here to hear what the good leaders are saying.
I was there once when Maulana Maududi was there. I learned that he was there because I could hear them saying: "Maulana! Maulana's under such-and such tent!" Then someone said "Maulana Maududi" and that rang a bell!
I said "Wow! Maulana Maududi!" I recalled reading some of his books from my father's library. So I said, let me find out where he is. While I'm thinking that, someone came; "Brother Wallace!" I said, "Yes." "Maulana Maududi wants you in his tent." And they came and got me and took me to his tent, and I met him and sat right near him.
He said this: "We have to be very aware and careful that we do not try to guide the Muslims in America — assist them, but don't try to lead them." That's what he told me on Arafat, with the tent full and they were all outside the tent. He was very popular with the Pakistanis and the Indians. He was of Pakistan and of the Indian people.
Q: Now we have celebrated Eidul Adha here for many years. Tell us about celebrating the Eid in Mecca. What's it like and also making the Eid Prayers while we're there?
Imam Mohammed: Eidul Adha in Mecca is much different from Eidul Adha away from Mecca. And it's simply because Eidul Adha is celebrated on the 10th day of the Hajj. It is the climax, the highlight of the Hajj, the meeting on Arafat, according to Muhammed the Prophet or the Rites of Hajj.
In Mecca, in the Holy Precincts, you are experiencing the difficulty of Hajj and also the wonderful blessing of Hajj with many Muslims from all over the world -celebrating the sacrifice of Abraham (PBUH) on Eidul Adha. You celebrate it with all those whom you unconsciously but strongly feel a bond with now, because you went through this together. And the crowd is oh so many times magnified, and the celebration too is so many times magnified! So I think that's the difference.
The difference is you are there and you have gone through difficulty and you have received many blessings. Now you are celebrating with so many Muslims from so many different faces and dress and languages, etc.
Q: A brother is handicapped. When he goes on Hajj someone will have to carry him. And he is concerned about the cost of carrying him around. He said his children will help to pay his way. He wants an opinion on that. So would you explain the concept of carrying the handicapped through the Rites of Hajj.
Imam Mohammed: If he's from our community, we should do our best. If there is any brother physically able, young brothers who have physical strength, enough of them to carry our brother, we should have our own brothers do it and let them get extra rewards for doing it.
Q: He's a big brother!
Q: Now when the Hajjis returned recently a group of Muslims met them at the airport and some of the Hajjis were crying. Those who met them said it was an almost unexplainable experience. Some were saying there is no place like America. Would you comment on the trip and returning home and what makes the trip so profound.
Imam Mohammed: They were crying! Well, I cried a lot — not at the airport — I cried while I was there all during Hajj. I was crying; tears were coming, but mostly because this was my first Hajj. Crying mostly because I was thinking on Islam and all of the people there, all these different people.
I saw people who looked just like my relatives. I saw a man who looked so much like my father's brother, Uncle Jam, that I wanted to say Uncle Jam!" Something helped me and I got closer to him and I saw he wasn't my Uncle Jam. But even up close, he looked more like Uncle than my father and my brother. And you know how much my father looked like him.
This man was his height, shape, head — everything -features. So I was crying. I saw people who I only saw in the National Geographic with strange dress and strange looks. So that's what was on my mind.
And I was thinking of "me" walking on the same ground that the Prophet walked on - same ground that perhaps David The Prophet walked on. It's the land where many prophets have been on -that area.
That was touching me, and where I came from was touching me! That I came from parents who came from Georgia, and they didn't have education. But they met W. D. Fard and had their whole life changed. And because of that, their son was there walking those grounds and witnessing those things. That kept me crying. I never cried because of hardship or because of being away from the conveniences that we have in our great country. That wouldn't make me cry.
I was prepared to face rocks. They should go when I went in 1967 on my first Hajj. And Saudi Arabia was a land of Bedouins — not a land of oil rich Arabs. They looked for their money during the Hajj, or they were businessmen working outside of Saudi Arabia builders of mosques, etc., getting money like that. Only a few people of Saudi Arabia had the chance to get really rich, like they have after the oil business came into their hands.
So I thank Allah they didn't go over there when I went over there. The streets were mostly rocky; there weren't too many sidewalks and no industry built up then. Only Aramco, and that wasn't the Saudis at that time. So hardship didn't bother me. But I still empathized. I started to say sympathize. I empathized with our pioneers and with our weak in physical strength. Those who are weak and frail because of sickness or because all are not blessed to have strong physiques and those who are short patient. I really empathized with those who are short in patience.
This world makes you short patient and you cannot be comfortable over there with short patience. You'll be in hell, if you have short patience. You have to be patient and you have to be cool when everybody else is hot. That's difficult for most people. But for Hajj, that is what it is.
The word "Hajj" means "meeting the opposition — putting your force against the opposition that's in your way." That's what Hajj means. It means "putting your force against the force that's against you." And the first force against you is your own tendency to be lax before Allah's Orders or His Commands, what He's asked you to do. That's the first thing you must overcome -your own weakness in yourself. And you know the Prophet said "the biggest Hajj is the Hajj of your own nefs." To defeat those things that's working against you being the Muslim that Allah wants you to be. That's the greatest Hajj! Overcoming those things within your own self.
So Hajj is struggle and I think we need better orientation before we go to make Hajj. We need to meet together — all those in the local places — every major Imam in the local places. If he has people going to Hajj he should meet with them and explain Hajj. That you are not going over there to have a vacation. You are going there for struggle - to struggle with your own soul - deliver your soul there before G-d — as G-d wants you to deliver it — not angry — not cursing somebody -not wanting to hurt somebody or anything.
So that's the struggle. And you have to understand that there are weak ones among other people like there are weak ones among us — their weak ones may not be able to contain themselves — they may be rude to you — they may bump up against you — they may push you out of the way so they can be the first one to kiss the Blackstone. You are going to run into all kind of difficulties and we need to have an orientation before we go over there.
I came back too and I didn't see anybody looking and I made Sajdah on American soil — Glorifying G-d. I wanted to put my head and nose and hands and feet on American soil. I made Sajdah on American soil. We do have the most socially mature and advanced country, I believe, in the world.
Q: Brother Imam, I want to talk about the rites of sacrifice — how important are the rites of sacrifice? What should those of us who are poor pay for an animal? What are our choices of small animals?
Imam Mohammed: That's really a problem - I should say a concern. That's what we should be addressing. I have already been asked to give my opinion about what we should do. Now my opinion may not be accepted by the Hajj Admin-station in Saudi Arabia — but this is my opinion. It's not fair to tell poor people that they have to spend a big sum of money to sacrifice a lamb or a goat or a cow and use the scale or the reasoning or logic that was arrived at by someone looking at business people, people with money.
These are poor people. The money that you have to pay to sacrifice in a cow is okay for business people — people making a decent income. But for poor people who struggle just to make a little more than minimum wage, there should be a greater number permitted to share the cow. They want you to buy all of the cow, all of the lamb and all of the goat.
I was over there and caused a little disturbance once — a peaceful disturbance, "peaceful resistance" like Dr. King. I let them know that I wasn't going to accept it. They were asking our poor to donate to the poor of Saudi Arabia, and I thought that we were the ant hill of wealth and they were the Mount Everett of wealth. That wasn't fair to us. So my suggestion is that we insist that more people share in a cow or a lamb or a goat or whatever is being sacrificed. So that it's easy on each one of the poor members participating or sharing the animal.
Q: Now in Suratal Fajr, G-d speaks of the 10 nights and the commentator says that refers to the 10 nights of Hajj. So will you speak on this and also tell us what it will be like at night and our duties at night during Hajj?
Imam Mohammed: Until the sacrifice, those 10 days? I would say that we shouldn't be so quick to want to go to bed, because many times during the day, there's opportunity to take naps to sleep a little bit. So if you are in a good situation with informed Muslims and pious people who love G-d.,. By pious, I mean it's obvious to you that they love G-d and they love His Messenger Muhammed (PBUH), and they love believers, and they love Islam, the Qur'an, the religion.
If you are in such circumstances or such environment, my advice is don't be quick to leave those people and go to bed. I benefited more by being in association with genuine Muslims who could offer something to me, in an exchange with them or a conversation with them. You can even pick up a little Arabic.
You are hearing it so you pick up a little Arabic too. I learned to make my way around just by making Umra quite often and on the Hajj time, just by mixing with people and having exchanges with them.
Then if you don't do that, spend your night in prayer when you are not sleeping. Spend your night in prayers, in Du'a, Do that anyway. Take part of the night to make Du'as for not only Muslims at home but you should remember home first. Then make Du'as for all and include in those du'as to Allah prayers for all Muslims on this earth, all around the world: Palestinians and all the suffering Muslims all around the world.
Q: Now we want to talk about eating on Hajj. Where will we get food? Also fasting on Hajj. What are the rules on fasting on Hajj?
Imam Mohammed: Fasting on Hajj should not be, unless it is the Tradition of the Prophet. And even then I would suggest that you be very cautious fasting on the Hajj, I can't recall but it seems like way back in the depth of my mind there might be some recollection of the Prophet (PBUH) fasting one day on the Hajj, but I'm not sure of that. I can't say. But only during the daylight hours, like you fast in Ramadan — if you fast. But I would strongly suggest that you don't fast on Hajj.
You need to take water often, good water, pure water and you need to eat as you would normally eat at home. Because your body is being tested. Your body is going up against a lot, just having your body in a completely new physical or geographic environment. The land is different, everything is different, the scenery is different. All that is notably taxing your mind and spirit, but it has an effect also on your physical body. So they shouldn't fast in my opinion. They should take care of themselves, because the general won't tell the poor soldier to fast. It's almost like being in the Army.
Q: Now we have been told that some people in the Holy Precincts are there to commit crimes. What methods can be used to avoid becoming a victim of theft or loss of funds or being swindled?
Imam Mohammed: Now there are thieves who will steal even from those who are protecting the senior citizens. So be aware that everybody there are not there for the Hajj — they are there to rob people. Some of them come just to catch something neglected or to slit your moneybag and let it drop off in their hands. You won't know you lost it, until you get where you're going and look at your dress or feel your dress. So there are experts who know how to do those things.
I was told this in 1967. Now this is a long time after 1967 and the people have become much more corrupt all over the world than they were back then. So you should be very careful.
The Saudis now are very hard on criminals. Very hard! Saudi Arabia has gotten a reputation of being very hard on criminals, and the reputation when I was there I wasn't aware of this. I knew some of their laws, Islamic laws, but I didn't see those laws applied to person who was coming in to Saudi Arabia.
Persons coming into Saudi Arabia with drugs, to steal, face some serious, serious justice there. I would advise them to be very careful. I wouldn't even want to see a criminal lose a hand or Jose their life. So I'm speaking now with compassion for the criminal. If you are going there for that reason from our community, be careful! The law is very severe. And they don't play at all: Swift and very severe.
Q: Now there will be a large number of Muslim from this community, the Muslim American Society, joining you for this Hajj. One thousand or more. You must feel blessed to have such a large delegation. Tell us what this Hajj means to you, now that you're taking your own community with you.
Imam Mohammed: Well, I asked for 2,000, you know. But many went last year, so we may not get but a thousand; if we get that this year. Then who knows, except Allah. We could be surprised and late comers might come and we could get 2,000 this year. I don't know. Everything is with G-d.
You said I must feel like a very blessed man. I am. But you all should feel that even stronger than I do. You are a very blessed people to have the son of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad taking you to Hajj.
Q: Al Hamdulillah. Now you did take a large number of Muslims before. Can we talk about that Hajj?
Imam Mohammed: Yes. This was some years ago. In fact, it was a few years after I became leader. We made our first Hajj and we had a delegation of three hundred. And that number was increased because Bro. Jabir Muhammad at that time was still enjoying having a pretty good income because of Muhammad Ali. He was managing Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer who ever stepped into the ring.
So Jabir paid for a big number of our senior citizens to go on that Hajj. It was a great Hajj. I saw a picture recently of myself during that Hajj. The Saudis had given me their garb, and I had on their dress. I was dressed like a Prince in their robe, and the brothers from my security and other brothers in our community were all around me.
Now that really touched me. Now that was some experience. I'll tell you how I felt. I felt firstly grateful to Allah that these people far away from the real picture of international Islam were with me. Elijah Muhammad's son, my mother's son Wallace, with those big numbers and good people. We were the best, and we're still the best. Good, sincere, loving people, loving Allah and loving one another and just loving to do what Allah said we were supposed to do, whether we understood it or not. So I was very touched by that. And I was there not as an individual, I was there as a representative of the whole community that we inherited.
Q: Now Brother Imam, these are all my questions. You might want to have some closing comments to wrap it up.
Imam Mohammed: For Hajj, yes. I will mention again that it's absolutely necessary that we have our local representatives give us a description of just what we are to expect when we make Hajj. Give us all the important details and mostly let us know that it's difficult. It's not a vacation.
Q: Thank you very much Brother Imam. Praise be to Allah. It's a beautiful sermon.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Thank you, Sis. Sahirah, International President of this great women's international organization. We are very proud of them. They dignify all of us with their service to humanity, especially to the women who need their services, who need their help. And we know that if you help a woman, you help many.
Prayers and the peace be on our Prophet Muhammed. That is the traditional salute to him. He said to one who was asking him how to share himself with this mother and father, who had become of old age and both of them needed his help. He was asking the Prophet how was he to share himself with his mother and father.
The Prophet said to him, "Help your mother." The man was still waiting for more from the Prophet. The Prophet again said, "Help your mother." And then he said, "And help your father." So the emphasis is on the mother, and the mother is symbolic of the collective group, the family, the community, the congregation.
We have a sign in the House that we turn to when we worship in prayer, in congregation and prayer. The House is called Ka'bah, and Ka'bah means "connection." And G-d says to us in our Holy Book of the House that we call Ka'bah, that in it are blessings for many people. For Muslims all over the world, it is a sign.
It is a sign that scholars in Islam say is the Fifth Pillar, a sign of the unity of all mankind. It is the Fifth Pillar or fifth essential in the practices of Muslims. And there are five of those essentials.
The First of them is to witness that there is One G-d, Who is responsible for everything, bringing into existence everything that exists. That is The Creator, and we witness that He is One. And we witness that Muhammed (PBUH) is His Messenger.
Second is Prayer, to worship that One. Once we acknowledge that He is G-d, we should worship that G-d.
Third is to give in Charity. Fourth is to Fast, to restrain ourselves for G-d. G-d says in an inspired Hadith (saying of the Prophet), "Fasting is for Me." He says, "Let the fasting person know who sincerely fasts in the month of Ramadan" - that's the Fast month for us - that "the breath of the fasting person with G-d is like the best perfume in the nose of the people."
That is how much G-d loves one who fasts for the sake of obeying G-d, having a disciplined life and obedience to G-d.
And the Fifth and last of those fundamental practices is to make Pilgrimage to visit the House.
Life is all about making connections. To have life, you have to make the first connection. That's what the President in the New England area has just done about two weeks ago. She made the connection, she and her husband who is an Imam I have known for some time.
Although I have never had any personal dealings with him, I feel as though he is my personal friend, Imam Dawud. May Allah bless this union with all the joys that you all want and expect. Ameen.
So life is all about connections. And then G-d wants us to know that even the forming of life in the body of our mother and her body, the forming of life is connections. He gives us the water and the thickening of water adhering, water trying to hold firmly together.
Blood is forming together, adhering, and then the fetus lump; the flesh now has formed and is holding. And it goes on to bone forming in the flesh. Then Allah says He covers the body with flesh, and after that there is another creation.
So G-d wants us to know our two creations. We have one creation that's flesh, special flesh, human flesh. It belongs to the animal world, but once the human spirit comes into it, it shouldn't be animal anymore. It should be human.
He wants us to know we have two creations. Then we are created all over again,
and that's the human person inside the body. Religion, not just Islam - but the great religions, are all about acquainting us with the life inside the body, that second creation.
It is the true life and G-d says of that life, He formed you in your mother and He formed your picture and made it most excellent in your mother. When the baby is delivered, you see a beautiful baby girl or a beautiful baby boy. And we see a picture and want that picture, that new baby. We've got to have that picture.
G-d said he formed all our pictures in our mothers. He made your picture most beautiful, most excellent, the most handsome one. That's the human spirit and the human personality that G-d wants us to have in common with each other.
We should have one human spirit accepting all people in the family of man or human family. We should have one basic spiritual nature.
It's all about respect. It's all about giving, struggling, striving. Muhammed the Prophet (PBUH), when he was concluding his mission, he said many things. But one thing he said because he was persecuted and had to fight to free religion. He said G-d ordered him to fight until the religion is no more persecuted, and the people are free to worship under G-d.
This is Qur'an. This is the Word of G-d through Muhammed, the Prophet (PBUH). He said to the people - he didn't say "no more wars," but that's what I think he meant. "After this is only Taqwa and Jihad." Taqwa is a word we use for sacred respect. It is translated as fear sometimes, but it means sacred respect.
The fear is the fear to break that respect, to lose that respect. And G-d says, "And fear G-d." But it also means give G-d the respect that G-d is due. And, "All of your close family ties begin with mom and dad." Muslims, like Christians, are supposed to hold the life of family sacred. And anyone who violates the family commits a very bad sin.
Whether it be an outsider, an enemy of the family or a member of the family, when you violate the respect we should have for family, it is a major sin. G-d has placed nothing before family, except Him.
He also says, "Close family members who have close family ties have first rights in the Book of G-d,"
In America, I learned when I was a child that charity starts at home and spreads abroad. Take care of family first. This is both Christianity and Islam.
Life begins for human beings in Heaven. The person who loves G-d doesn't worry; if G-d says their life begins in Heaven, that's good enough for them.
They are not going to get pencil and paper and try to figure out things. We can see that life starts in Heaven every time we look at the little baby that mama delivered; that's that heavenly life. The baby comes here with a spirit that has not been changed.
The world can change. Mom and dad can change. But that baby comes here with a spirit, the same spirit that G-d gave the first baby that was put on this earth, that existed on earth or in Heaven.
G-d wants us to know that He is going to guide us. He is going to put us in circumstances that are going to be too much for us. He says the creation of Heaven and earth is a bigger creation than that of man.
Why does He say that? He says that, to tell all of us that the human being is not able to manage this material world, that we have to be supported upon, without the Help and Guidance from G-d.
We know that in the story of the beginning of mankind, a kind of a Genesis in Qur'an, G-d said there was a rebel in the Heavens that we call Iblis. The Christian language would call him Satan; the Arabic word or Qur'anic word is Shaitan.
There was a rebel among the Angels. His name was Iblis, and he did not accept that man should be made a khalifah in the earth. Khalifah in the earth means one responsible for rule or authority that human life should have in the earth. Iblis did not accept that; he didn't like that and was not a true Angel but one of the Jinns.
Angels are made of Pure Light. Jinns are made of fire. Jinns are made as passionate creatures. When Iblis did not accept G-d's Will, G-d said to him, "Get you down from here, all of you." Because of what this Jinn did, man also was sent down for human life, sent down from Heaven to the earth.
"Get down into the earth, into life. There, you will find all of your needs, and there you will die, and from there you will be raised up again." G-d is saying that man's life is to be lived on earth in the community of people, human
Man is not an Angel. He has angelic qualities; he can serve in the role of an Angel; he can even behave as an Angel, which is rare. Man's description is human, not Angel.
G-d said, "If the earth had been populated with Angels, He would have sent you an Angel as a Messenger." He didn't. He sent you a human person, Muhammed the human mortal, as he is called in the Qur'an.
G-d is telling us that we have to accept to live in circumstances that we have on earth. We have to have G-d's Help to manage, because without G-d's Help, it is too much for us.
We don't have to tell too many mothers in the ghettos that. She knows it's too much for her. Her children turn to the street, and she can't call them back. There is nothing she can do about it but just see her children go the way of the streets.
She can call everybody and not get any help. Everybody comes, but hardly ever anybody can help. Her children are gone.
That's because the world is a bigger influence than human influence. If we let the world and the circum-stances in the environment that we have in the world, if we let those circumstances and that environment go against human life, then we lose our children to that life, that Pope John Paul II, who has passed - may G-d have him in Paradise and Peace, Ameen - "the Culture of Death."
He called that cultural influence we have in the street that is negative and against human decency, and these are his exact words, "the Culture of Death." So G-d wants us to have leaders who have the faith and spirit that they can manage circumstances in their environment and influence the environment, so the environment supports the human life that G-d wants for us.
Muslims are not only obligated to take care of their souls - yes, we are - but those of their families as well. G-d says take care of your families. "Save yourselves and your families from the Fires of Hell." Those fires are not just burning below the surface of the ground. They are burning wherever we are, and many of us are better than six feet below the surface of the ground.
We think we are walking on the ground, but we are not. We are more than six feet under, and the Hell Fires are leaping all over us.
We want to be able to manage circumstances. We can't do this alone; that's why G-d wants us to be a community. G-d says, "You are a community."
He doesn't want us to be anything but a community. The congregation is supposed to be the congregation of the community. The Muslims are a congregation.
Congregation means coming together, holding together. He could have used another word, which would make you want to think of comparing yourself to some other community. But He said, "... And you are the Best Community evolved for the good of all people...."
We want to strive for community life, and we want to have our community life in the way that G-d guides us to have it and to have that community life welcome all people.
We are family. Humans are family. So we have to welcome all people who belong to the family of human beings. Welcome them and see no differences.
When you come to lie point where , ou meet them and you become friends with them as good persons and you come to the point that you've forgotten that this person belongs to another race, you've forgotten that person belongs to another religion, you become friends, you welcome each other, you live with each other and go places with each other, greeting each other "hi" and "how is your family," asking about each other's relatives - when you reach that point, you have joined and have successfully come back into the family of mankind as created by G-d. And you will be in heaven.
Muhammed, the Prophet (PBUH), our Prophet, the Prophet of the Qur'an, made faith a condition of love and made faith also a condition of getting into Paradise. He said, and I am quoting him word for word, "Never will you enter Paradise, until you have faith. And never will you have Faith, until you practice loving one another."
In the beginning of the Nation of Islam around 1931, we have the records saying that the teacher of the Nation of Islam came from overseas and began teaching in Detroit, Michigan, where the first Temple was established. And the first chapter of this great International League of Muslim Women organization was established too in Detroit.
The Nation of Islam, as I knew it - I was born in 1933 and remember 1943 and 1953; that's 20 years. All of those years, if you met a member of the Nation of Islam and you told them you were a member, they automatically accepted you as their brother and sister and you could feel that love.
We had love for one another. That's what was strong among us, that we had love for one another. We lost that during the change, when we stopped thinking about G-d so much and started thinking about ourselves - getting money, Black Power. All that took it away. We lost that genuine love we had for one another.
Over recent years, the past 10 years at least, I see that love growing again. And the International League of Muslim Women is really a great haven of love for one another. That, we feel. And you are helping us grow that love back. You are helping the community grow that love back that we lost. We are getting it back.
We have to understand, too, that we need special efforts like the International League of Muslim Women, special organized efforts. People should look for coming together. People should look for those of similar minds, when you want to do things, when you have a need that is not being fulfilled, it's strong in you and you want to do something about the situation.
Look for those who have your kind of thinking, your mind. Look for those in whose mind is the same fire burning, burning for something special. Then you group with those of like minds. You should group together and have your leader. When people come together, the leader manifests. The one who is best qualified will be known, and you'll have a leader.
This is how we want to multiply productive work. We want it to multiply. Let's not stop the work of the International League of Muslim Women. Let's find out what's the need in our community. Let us say, "Hey, I'm not going to wait for Imam W. Deen Mohammed to say 'shazaam' and create this.
"He is not superstitious; he doesn't believe in that kind of magic. I'm going to do something like these women have done, like Sis. Sahirah Muhammad." Praise be to Allah. We thank Allah for her and all these great sisters.
Don't forget to identify with the "striving for," and today we are still the "striving for." If I remain the leader, I'm going to be the leader of the "striving for." When you get rich, I'm going to retire and will ask you for money. But I will always be the leader of the "striving for."
I think that is what Muhammed the Prophet (PBUH) meant, when he said he was offered two ways to go. He was offered to travel through the mountains, and he was offered to travel through the plains. He said he chose to travel through the plains. So identify with the "striving for" firstly, right at home in your community.
Identify with the "striving for," and let us test our leaders, when they come before us to lead us. Let us see if they have love and compassion for the "striving for," not the "lazy for." See if they love and care to serve the needs of the "striving for." If they do, then they are the leaders who we want and they must show us by their actions that they love human beings, that they love people.
That they are not just working for the dollar or working to pay their bills. That they are working because they love people and want to see the whole life better, not just one life or some better - but all the life better. Then we should support them.
I'm saying this because we live in a time when most of us have lost our human life. We are in human form, but we have lost our human life and are subject to have show-off leaders and people who are promoting self-interest, first and last. Those people will deceive us and themselves. All of us lose, when we accept such persons as our leaders.
So in my conclusion, we want to keep Taqwa and Jihad. Keep the Sacred Respect that G-d wants us to have, for G-d first, but also for human relationships, especially those family ties and all things that He, G-d, has made sacred. Then we want to always identify with people who are striving for a better life.
Thank you, and Peace be unto you. As-Salaam-Alaikum.
We greet you with Peace. Peace be unto all of you, As Salaam Alaikum. We live in the best times, perhaps, ever on this planet earth. I know in man's history, this is the best time ever. Jesus and Muhammed, the Prophets, peace be on both of them, pointed to this time. They said that much greater things would happen in the times ahead.
They did not say the greatest things were happening in their time. They pointed to the future. Now we have come to that future. There is a saying that can be applied to many kinds of situations in our family life and public life and especially in this time where man is connected all over the planet earth.
TIME POINTED TO BY JESUS AND MUHAMMED
There was a time when man did not know that man was living in another place. If you were in the Old World before the New World was discovered, they thought that was all the world. They thought they already were connected with all the people; they did not know about people all over the world.
Now we have been connected all over and are living in the time of a global community. Man has finally come to be one global community connected with human beings like himself all around the world. This is the first time this ever happened in history. Do you think the Servants of Allah, Allah's Prophets, didn't know about this time coming? Yes, they did. They knew the time was to come when people would be connected all over the world. They knew when that time came, it was time for man to be like he was in the beginning.
How was man in the beginning? In the beginning, before man made his world over G-d's Creation, we were supported by the natural world. As we progressed in our separate nations and countries and places, we got more and more out of the nature that G-d created and more out of the natural world and more under or in man's world.
EXACT SCIENCE DEPENDS on G-D's CREATION
Man's world grew with the help of science that expresses itself out of nature or through nature. You cannot have the science of anything, unless you first respect nature as Allah made it. If you don't, you will have no science. They call it objectivity and other names or that you take the subject who is doing the work out of the subject matter. If you want to develop a science of any particular area or matter, you have to study what Allah created and respect it and don't deviate from what it says. If you let your own self come into it and influence it, you will never arrive at the exact science.
That alone should give us the respect for G-d and what G-d has revealed. You cannot advance yourself but so far, without respecting the order of matter and the order of nature established by "Creator." If you don't believe in Creator, then it is that which was established before you touched it. You don't have to believe in Creator. But just know you couldn't get anything, until you respected the world and its nature in its state and composition and under its laws, etc., before you came into the picture - before you touched it. This is in Qur'an.
SAME G-D MADE HUMAN SPIRIT
Science is telling us now, and we are getting it by the way of the news media, but it is coming from science and religion, that we are living in a time now when science and religion are coming together, are compatible. The Same G-d that made the material world from which we get the scientific disciplines is the G-d that also made human spirit.
He established that spiritual life upon a logic. He created that spiritual life to one day wake up to His Plan and have insight into things, so that he can guide his life in accordance to G-d's Plan for mankind, for all people on this planet earth. If he does that, just as science opened up great treasures and changed the world so it is so much more convenient and comfortable for us now, likewise for the spiritual realm, the spiritual life.
MODERN DAY MIRACLES
If you obey the logic established by the Creator, established by G-d Allah, and respect that logic and use it as your tool to improve upon spiritual understanding and advance your spiritual vision for the future, you will have in the spiritual realm the miracles we have in the material realm.
These are miracles. Some will say, "No. The miracle was walking on water." You can walk on water all day long now, and no one will pay attention to you in this modern scientific world. No one has time to waste watching you walk on water. They want to see a ship sailing on water with materials coming out of the earth coming to market. Now you can get their attention.
"Oh, G-d parted the Red Sea. That was a miracle." Yes, the water went out and they walked on dry land. I have been over there, and believe me they have earth movers now in industry that can go and change the whole waterway. They can dig it out, pour dirt in it, close it up and open it up somewhere. They can change the whole geography in that area. The Scriptures say the wind blew all night long. We have wind blowers that are powerful in industry. They can turn them on the Red Sea at that point, and you will see dry land. They will blow all of that water out of there.
Those miracles of the past are not miracles now. The miracle now is that as suicidal as man is, he has survived his own deficiencies. He has opened up so many wonderful opportunities for human beings. G-d says in the Qur'an, the Book of the Muslims, and in the Bible, the Book of the Christians, that He put man in the Garden and made everything in man's surroundings useful to him. He told man that this is for you to use. The fish in the sea and whatever grows out of the land, and the Qur'an adds, even what is up in the sky — the sun moon and stars - were all made to serve man. Back then, man was traveling on the high seas and oceans and using the stars to help him find his location and keep it and follow the direction for his point of destination.
This is ancient knowledge for the use of the stars. But look now how we know the composition of the planets and the objects high above in the space far away from us. We know out there are the same elements we have here - copper, iron, zinc and on and on. The creation is similar; the same elements we have on earth are also out in space. Creation is similar, and man knew long ago by G-d's Plan - yes, G-d planned this — that small meteors or objects would fall from space, some would burn up before they hit the ground and others were so big they would hit the ground and be burnt but not burned up.
G-D SENT DOWN THE IRON
They found that there was iron in them. There is a reference to this actual thing that happened back then, and it may happen again. In the Qur'an, it says, "G-d sent down iron for mighty war." Man would increase his power as a war maker, fighting wars using swords of iron.
Man did not start out using iron or metals. He started out using his fists. He then saw a limb broke off and if handy, he learned how to make a club out of wood. I'm sure he wanted mahogany wood, if he could get it. But if it were a soft wood, he would use that. Finally, he was able to make iron tools for peace and iron tools for war.
These are the things we should progress on. Now I want to tell you something that should make you believe in something bigger than man. I don't care what you call it. But you should believe in something more powerful than man, more helpful than man.
NEED FOR SOMETHING MORE POWERFUL, MORE HELPUL THAN MAN
Although the world has advanced, it is still having a lot of trouble. So we still need something more powerful than man and more helpful than man. We are always going to need G-d; the more we progress, the more we will need Him.
Look how hopeless our leadership looks. The earth looks the same to me. We planted flowers and they look the same as they did 25 years ago. But our leadership is deficient.
I want to bring this to your mind and tell you that the great scientists of this world are on the same level that you are, when it comes to asking this question that I am going to ask: Where does time start and stop? Science has not answered it and will never be able to answer it.
To have time, you have to have something in motion. And to have something in motion, you have to have space. Where does space start and stop?
G-d, The Creator, made the man and put the man on earth in some space. Then He told him of the great future that He planned for that man.
He said, "Everything that you see in existence, I made it to serve you." Man did alright when the "you" as G-d used it included all human beings that would come from that man or that time in generations. It included all the people of the world.
SEDUCED BY THE SERPENT
But he was seduced by the Serpent, or The Satan in his raw picture, to think independently, to not fear something bigger than he is, to not fear something that made all things exist and made him exist to utilize or get help from all things.
He stopped thinking like that and fearing to disobey or doing something wrong. He was put in the figure of a serpent but it wasn't like the serpent that would bit you and you get to the doctor fast enough and it may never affect you anymore. This Serpent, if it bits you, you will be suffering forever or until you find G-d again.
I am asking you where does space start and stop. They can map Chicago or map the earth. They can map the solar system. But eventually, they will get out so far, they cannot map the Universe. There is no map to say it is the map of the Universe. They will never have it.
Another question about space: If you have an idea of where space runs out, what is on the other side? The Great Creator on the Holy Pages of our Book says, "Observe the skies and those things you see up there. They appear to you to be held in space without any structures holding them up."
WHAT IS REAL?
Why does G-d speak to man and to woman in that way? It is to tell us, "I want to help you, for the material objects have caused you to believe in
them. You think they are real. You say of them, 'That's the truth; that is real.'" And G-d wants to change the way you think.
He says, "Even that that you think is real and is supposed to follow some kind of reasoning that you respect, then explain how these big objects are up there?"
The farther an object is away, the likelihood is that it is huge in size but the smaller it looks in our eyes. An airplane up high will look like you can put it in your hand. But the closer it gets to you, the bigger it gets.
Your eyes cannot see size correctly, unless you are close up to the thing you are trying to get some idea of or have some reasoning about. G-d is telling us that those things that you have faith in, you don't know everything about it.
Some smart ones who went to school are saying, "We know what holds those things up." Yes, from the great pioneers of science, you were given theories. But theory is not necessarily fact. Theory in the material world is like faith in the spiritual world.
FAITH SUPPORTED BY CREATION
Our faith is not based upon nothing, speaking for all religious people, no matter what religion they belong to. Our faith is not without support. We came into faith as mankind with a history on the planet because the material creation suggested that there is a Designer behind this.
The thinkers who thought into the world they were looking at came to the conclusion that these things are not here by accident. There is a logic supporting it; there is a design supporting it; and there is a message coming from it to the heart and mind of man who thinks deep.
It is serving him and advancing his thinking and taking him into great fields for the future. Spiritually, they were able to see that. They came to the conclusion that this world had a Maker, and they called that Maker "Creator, Lord, G-d," by many names in History for G-d.
It all means that He is the Unknowable. You can't know Him like a chicken laying an egg. You can only know Him in part, not in His Totality. He is too big to be digested or taken into the small confines of the human mind, thought and reason.
We only take in as much as we can chew or see and understand. And that is a
very small amount, when it comes to seeing G-d.
THE SERVANT NOT GREATER THAN THE MASTER
Even the greatest ones that we thought associated with G-d on earth or that "G-d was in this man." What did Jesus Christ say, "The servant is not greater than the Master."
The Qur'an, speaking in the same line of reasoning, says, "Jesus Christ, peace be upon him, speaks and says (speaking to G-d), "You know what is in my seu7soul, but I know not what is in Your Self."
You who are familiar with the Qur'an know that reading. Even Jesus Christ, the one they say is one in Trinity or one in Three, a "tripodal" figure, called a god along with G-d, the Holy Ghost, even he says the son is not as big as or greater than the Master, that the Master is Greater than the servant.
The Qur'an comes 600 years later almost, and it is revealed to Muhammed through the Angel Jibril and to all human beings now who want to be followers of the Qur'an and believers as Muslims and followers of the Prophet, says that Jesus Christ said: "You know what is in my soul/self, but I know not what is in Your Self."
Jesus is limited as a human person, just like all of you. But I think some of you are still hung up on a "man god." When I was a young boy, before I got into my teens, there was no way I could understand how a man could be god. I never believed in that.
Some say, "You grew up in the Nation of Islam. You are your father's son." But a lot of you never believed in that either, and you were of no kin, no blood except by humanity and race. Don't lie to me; you didn't believe it either. I will open your eyes, if I have to come in and pull up your eyelids.
MUST UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ACCEPT
I always wanted to understand what I accepted. I said to myself as a child, "A man a god? How did he get here? He was born a baby like everybody else? He poopooed on himself? He let water out on himself? He cried for someone to feed him? He had to wait for someone to come and wash him up? Is that god?"
I said, "Good G-d Almighty!" As my Grandfather would say, "Great balls of fire! That is surprising." That is disrespecting G-d, to say that He came here as a baby, poopooing on Himself and waiting on mommie to give him some milk. I am not saving something I shouldn't be saying and shaking up the world of something that it put together. Not now.
If you notice, those things that use to suggest superstitions and spookism, this modern world of global connections put all of those things out of sight. You can hardly find it.
It used to be all over our neighborhoods, and almost all of my friends who were Christians had something in their homes to spook somebody up. But it is all being pulled back and done away with.
SUPERSTITIONS ROLLED UP LIKE SCROLL
It is in Scriptures, in the Bible and Qur'an, saying, "The sky as you know it shall be rolled up as a scroll, made obsolete," of no more value. They take the scroll and put it away, and it will stay there. A scroll's value is for future study, research, to learn what happened back then. Then they pull it out. But as for the practical need on earth today, it is put away. It is of no use.
That is the time we are living in now. When those things were unreal and contributing to the insanity of the preachers - yes, the insanity of the preachers.
You can be functioning as an insane person and be sane in your natural ability, until you pick up insanity and believe it to be reality. Then you come across as an insane person.
You can come back to the real world and perform carpentry and brick laying and perform as a sane person. But as soon as you pick up that scripture that you can't understand, you begin functioning as an insane person.
Isn't that what we see in the politics of today, like somebody drinking strong drinks and getting tipsy and losing their rational balance and speaking in tongues and shaking and hollering and carrying on?
PAUL ON THE HOLY GHOST
"He is making mockery of the spirit in the church, of the Holy Ghost." Paul said that he could not deal with the Holy Ghost. He said those speaking in tongues can't translate it. He said he'd rather edify, have a picture in mind and build up a text, a speech or presentation built up with a base, putting material upon material.
He said first you have to have a base, and it has to be real, have a logic and be rational. Then you can put other materials on top of that. As long as you edify, that is you continue to build upon that structure. And you respect the reasoning or logic established in the base. When you add a line to it, that line also respects the logic in the base. And then the whole thing is rational and understood by the human mind.
Now you have a structure of logic upon logic. This is what Paul pointed to as needed.
THE REAL HOLY GHOST
If the Holy Ghost could do something for us, our neighborhoods would be bustling with all kinds of life and production. But that is not the case. Our home life wouldn't be as bad as it is, if the Holy Ghost could do that — the Holy Ghost as we understand it.
The Real Holy Ghost is not a big drink of wine and go tipsy in religion, I mean big ideas that make you go heels over head. The Real Holy Ghost is nothing but Divine Inspiration. It inspires your heart, your brain, your feelings, your soul. Inspiration can affect us in all of our best places within us — Inspiration from G-d, the Creator.
The Prophets of old were inspired and called Seers, for they could see what the average person couldn't see. They looked at the heavens and earth and how the seasons changed and the movement of wind and studied all of those things.
They came to the conclusion that all of those things were the Handiwork of a Being that we could depend on, if we obeyed His Laws, His Way. They were inspired to come to that conclusion.
Some may have fallen out and fainted, but I am sure they woke up without a hang over. But if you wake up and want another fix, you have a hang over.
Instead of wanting another fix, take what you have and go out and fix the neighborhood, fix the families. You have something now strong enough to bring people away from foolishness to serious business.
This is no time to be wanting to pass out again. But you will get someone to work you up into a spell. When he knows he is pushing your emotional button, he is going to stay right there, until he gets you to faint, to pass out. That is the preacher who is preaching for a big offering.
THE GOOD PREACHER
We have other preachers who did not come there to get money. They came to serve G-d. They came there to work the field of intelligence and compassion and to produce more people to do more positive things for their own families and their neighborhoods and for the world. They will talk to you in a sobering voice and won't try to make you faint.
Some preachers may think I am trying to hurt them. But I love them more than they love themselves. If they loved themselves as much as I love them, they would stop bathing in the water and splashing water all around. Then you dress up and go to work for The Man and make a few dollars.
Then you come back home and get in the pool again and splash around and pass out in the water. Someone has to pull you out before you drown.
You wouldn't be doing that, if you loved yourself as much as I love you. So I say I love you more than you love yourself. I don't mine hurting your feelings, if it is going to make your life better and take misery out of your life and free your life to go forward and progress in the world.
I don't mine you saying, "I don't like him." I don't mine you saying, "I don't support him." I don't mine you saying, "I don't believe him." That is OK. I am going to still work with you and I'm not going to give up on you. I am not the only one. We have a lot of good people who are not going to give up on our people who are lost from the Plan of G-d.
SPACE NEEDS RESPECT
I started off with space. Space needs respect, and it depends on what space you are in for the amount of respect demanded of you. The more serious and important the happenings in the space you occupy, the more you are going to have to raise your level of respect.
Man was first put into the Garden. It was not a place bad for him; it was a place good for him. He didn't have sin speaking to him from all around and everywhere. He had cleanliness and righteousness and obedience to the Plan of G-d speaking to him from all around. But the Seducer came up to him.
This is at the beginning. The generations had not come into existence yet. This was a regular place or a paradise for the original father, Adam, and his wife.
It was suggested to him that he not follow his behavior that he had naturally, that he should question that behavior with his own independent mind and thinking. And it was suggested to him that what he believed to be a restriction is not really a restriction.
"You are afraid to work on your own and work for a better future and have more in your possession. No, G-d didn't intend for you to do that. You don't really die, when you break the law that you believe to be His Law. Your eyes come open."
THE EVIL SUGGESTER
This is the Evil Suggester, who is seducing the man out of his best mental form, his best social form, his best moral form. He says, "Your eyes will come open, and you will be like G-d and the Angels living forever. You won't die."
The man thought he would die if he submitted to sin, and the Serpent suggested to him that he wouldn't die. That he would just come into a new way of thinking and doing things and be like G-d and the Angels, creating and having power above the norm, above the natural expectations.
The Serpent is telling him that. Why is he called "Serpent? Serpent has no hair. Serpent has no legs. Serpent has no feet. But the Serpent moves pretty fast, with no feet and no legs. How is he moving? He is moving with his skin. What is the skin symbolic of and represents in our life? It is that that feels.
If you want to understand what the picture language is saying, it is: Man moves by feet and legs; left and right, he moves. But here is something that moves by skin.
What is it suggesting to the mind? That if man would move by feeling, he can move faster in certain situations than if he traveled with his legs. You can't run with the physical body and get there as fast as if you would just following your feelings.
Your feelings are searching for the destination. The Serpent is coming into the man through his skin, through his feelings. And feelings are very suggestive and will not always take you to the right conclusion. Man cannot arrive at the destiny that G-d wants him to arrive at on this planet earth following feelings.
"FEELING" YOUR WAY CAN MISLEAD YOU
Feelings for the pure at heart is a big help. But for the person wanting to take over, feelings will take you to hell. In the place that is sacred, you follow your best nature and you won't go wrong. Your behavior will be good there. There was no problem in the Garden, until man was seduced by his own intelligence.
We call it Satan, because it is not working now to please G-d. It is not seeking what G-d approves of. It is now seeking to advance the person. The motive is selfish; the intent is selfish; what you are looking for is selfish.
He, Adam, never said, "Let me talk to Eve about this, and let's see what the two of us conclude." He acted arbitrarily, completely on his own, as if there were no other authority but him.
That picture of problems for humanity in the Garden before the generations were multiplied is telling us that if you want to succeed in this life on this earth, whether a poor person selling fire wood or the person dominating the
scene, whether you are the boss and everyone comes to you for answers, if you want to be successful and advancing on this planet earth, making progress and surviving the temptations so you will have something down the road, you have to act as if you are not alone.
DON'T ACT ARBITRARILY
Don't make important decisions on your own. Don't act arbitrarily, as though there is one judge and you are that judge. We know nations have matured and societies have matured and have learned that no matter how smart one individual is, if they want real progress and to have a bigger future, they have to establish some democratic order, democratic process — establish shura baynahum, if they are to be successful down the road.
BORN IN HEAVEN FROM YOUR MOTHER'S WOMB
The whole Garden that G-d is talking about is inside your soul. When He creates you from your mother, born from your mother and you don't know anything, the one thing we do know is that you have no criminal behavior.
When it says that man is born in heaven, it means that you are created in the confines of your mother's body. And when the Lord, Himself, designed that temple and the interior, all of it, as long as you are in that temple, you can do no wrong.
When you come out as a product from that temple, you have no criminal behavior and no criminal attitudes. You are ready to be shaped into a beautiful person. That is G-d's "people making," your mother's body.
But when you come out into the world of man, who has already been seduced by his own serpent inside of his own nervous system, or inside of his spiritual body, he messed the world up.
TWO KINDS OF CRIMINAL
You come and get under those influences, pretty soon you might be a criminal. You don't have to be a criminal under the law. Any time you love funk more than you love decency, you are a criminal.
You are killing the hope for us having the Garden. You are corrupting the space that should be kept clean and decent. So you are a criminal already.
There is more than one kind of criminal. There are two kinds. There is the criminal in front of the judge and there is the criminal that offends decency.
When you offend the standards for decency, and have no conscious and no hurt in doing it and grow to enjoy being hasty and have nasty behavior, you are the criminal in a decent society.
Nature supports us having that beautiful decent life. The human nature that G-d gave us, that is first in us, supports us having that kind of security -security from evil, security from violence from each other, security from indecency that may come from each other or from ourselves. You have a virtual paradise on earth, if you respect it.
The message that this picture of paradise that G-d gave us, if it reaches you and you respect it, you can have that right now in your home. You'll say, "Oh, the children. We can't handle them." But you could handle them when you first got them. Take the ones you can't handle now, and put them in a detention home and start all over again and protect what you give birth to.
If the TV is making bad behavior for your children and making them disrupt your life at home, then don't let the TV come on. Or when it comes on, you be right there and make sure it is a nature series or education channel. We can defeat this thing.
When G-d said that He put the man on the earth and made him responsible, it doesn't only go for that time - in the beginning. It says, "As it was in the beginning, so shall it be in the end." You still have the ability to be responsible for the space you occupy.
And now you have help. Don't act arbitrarily like Adam did and lose your future to the Serpent. Consult other decent people, other right minded people like yourself. Work with them and get help from them, from their intelligence and their brain. Let them help you with your life and you help them with their lives.
When Jesus said, "Wash you each other's feet," he was talking to 12 that represents the whole world. There are 12 hours of the day and 12 hours of the night. Twelve represents the world of the spiritual, and it represents the world of the rational.
FISHERMEN OF MEN
It says in the Bible, "Follow me to land and I will make you fishermen of 'men,'" not of fish. A fish is spiritual in nature and moves upon spiritual influence only. It goes in the water, going from one thing it sees to the next. If that is not what it wants, it flips its head to something else showing in the water. And it keeps going on reflexes like that.
That is the spiritual body that can only have good life in the spiritual realm described as water. He said, "Follow me. I will lead you to land. And I will lead you to become fishermen of men." I will lead you to become fishermen of persons who are not given to reflex actions, who are not limited by impulse. They have rational minds.
Jesus Christ, like Abraham, was a person of rational faith, not just spiritual faith. And he wanted to take them inland and start a new order with them — a people who had respect and love for the spiritual. He wanted to lead them in the land, and he was going to start a New World Order.
And he did start a New World Order with them. If you don't think they accomplished something great for the material world, tell me who gets the credit for the advances we have made as a great Nation of the United States of America? Atheists? No. Communists? Church people? Yes!
A G-D FEARING NATION
The Church people have supported our Nation and supported our leaders in government and have supported them till now. And they have had to respect a Christian, G-d fearing public or population. They have served that population. And the scientists and political figures, all of them, have respected the religious nature of this citizenry and they have done wonders for them.
They are religious people identifying with us in faith. And look at the great Sign from G-d: The Marxist, the Communists. They eliminated G-d and removed G-d from their ideology and wouldn't allow people to practice their religion in the public. How long did they live with that kind of government? I will answer it for you; it was for 70 years, and then they collapsed.
Now the Muslims go to the Mosque publicly and have their religion practiced. Christians came out of their confinements, when the government of the Soviet Union changed. They came out and resumed their religious practices.
They opened the church doors of the cathedrals that were still around. And it was sudden, like over night when the permission was given - in five to 10 hours, it was like the whole 70 years of a picture of Communist rule over religion was gone, and religion was back.
THEY TOOK G-D OUT of THEIR PLAN
They took G-d out of their plan for material and social advancement. And they only lived for 70 years. America lived to become the only Super Power. Was it because America was more decent? Not necessarily so. It was not that America was more decent, but that America recognized that there was An Authority over man.
Let me bring us down to our situation. I am a parent at home, and I'm speaking for all of us. I have two children; one goes out and drinks and smokes weed and may take such strong drugs, that I have to go get him out of the hospital and try to help him out.
But that one, who is sinning and having all the girlfriends he wants and everything else, or the girl who is having all the boyfriends she wants and everything else; we have come to a time when it is just "heads or tails." So whenever I see that child, the child still respects me. He is even half drunk or half drugged, but he is happy to see his momma or daddy.
Now the other child is not drinking, no weed and has only one wife, and no girlfriends. But he says, "I don't have a father or a mother." Which one will your heart go out to? That is the answer you will see, when you want to know why G-d kept America and let Russia or the Soviet Union fall.
GOODNESS IS ON THE RISE
Some months or year ago, I said, "Goodness is on the rise." Now look at the proof: Barack Obama. Goodness is on the rise. Here is a man who made himself known about one year ago at the Democratic Convention. They are so impressed with him, because he is so clean and straight. Look where he is now.
If he loses everything from here on and gets no more support, and someone else gets in the White House, what he has done to sensitize African Americans, Hispanics, poor Whites, rich people, everybody high and low, cannot be erased or removed. Allah has enthused into the human world a power pack of energy for renewing this whole planet.
Whether you want it or not, you are going to get better because of the rise of Barack Obama. Whether you want it or not, you are going to become a better human being. No body will have to force you. You are going to become that just because of your being in touch as a human being with feelings. You have already been touched by him, and that is going to grow and grow.
Think about it. Think of how your children behaved before Obama was seen rising in the sky of the high Nation of the United States of America. Before he was seen rising and no acknowledgement of him, as it is now he is supported by different races with their money backing him, reflect back on the spirit and behavior of your children, before that.
Already there is a change for the better. Your children are more sensible and respect good sense now. Your children have started to grow anew under the new sun that is shining on the whole world from the United States of America - Barack Obama.
You say, "Oh, you are lifting him up too high." No, I am not. Allah has lifted him up that high. Isn't that what Scripture says: As the one man is falling who thought he could go it on his own, making decisions by himself, brought all of us down and causing all of us to lose sight on G-d's Plan in our lives, so will one man coming back into his innocent nature, and speaking from and acting from his innocent nature, can cause all of us to rise again.
LIFTED UP ON INNOCENCE
That is what Allah says. That is what G-d said in the Bible. It is the same thing. Jesus Christ, speaking from his innocence, said, "Lift me up, and I will draw all men unto me." The Books are saying the same thing, if we know how to see the likeness, the similarities.
Scripture is much more valuable than any one of us think it is, more valuable than the average preacher thinks it is. Scripture has brought us to this progress that we are realizing in the world right now.
Before the Qur'an was revealed, the Church was under darkness. The Synagogue was under darkness. And when the Qur'an came, as it began to be preached or read publicly and lived and shown the way to follow it as demonstrated in the life of Muhammed the Prophet, when that occurred the dark world of churches got an interest in this new thing that was happening.
THE RENAISSANCE STARTED IN SPAIN
In Spain, they studied together - Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders. We are talking about facts. Those groups who were there in Spain were the ones who led what is called the Renaissance. They are the ones who led the West back into scientific research and industry. The West had given up on it.
Women were oppressed during that time and did not have rights or freedoms. They were treated as the servant of the male, servants of their husbands. That was their value.
One Scripture said, "Let not the voice of the woman be heard in the congregation." I am giving you the exact wording, and I will not say what Scripture.
That meant she could not be heard in the public; if she wanted to be heard, she had to go home and talk privately. But all of that has been overcome. And what society has that been overcome in? It is in the Christian society, not in the Atheist or Communist society or Marxist society.
It is in a society of believers that has been overcome and by believers who claim faith in G-d and have a respect for Scripture. That should be proof that what came from G-d has been better for man, than what man comes up with alone or by himself. As man tries to be a dictator or one person judge, a one man rule, it did not happen that way.
I want you to look at these things. If you think you know it all, don't forget the first questions I asked of you in the beginning. How come those with G-d's Word are the societies that are rulers right now? The others are under the society of the people of faith.
G-D INSPIRES PERSEVERENCE
It is because G-d inspires a sincere person or person He knows will be a good consequence for His Plan to seek and never lose faith, to search and never give up, to persevere in spite of dark weather, threatening weather.
They persevere, hold the line, keep their hands on the stern and go straight through the storm that is warning of death and destruction. They don't believe it. They say, "G-d says go forward. G-d says take this direction." They don't care what happens.
The vehicle can turn upside down in a wreck, but they are saved. So they get out and keep going in that direction on foot, in the same direction. They will keep going, until they find a situation to make another vehicle. Then they will get another vehicle and keep going forward, keep going.
Such persons are pushed into the future with help from G-d, so that they have faith. They already have been told by G-d's Word what is going to be the conclusion. So they don't care what comes up, saying that there is going to be a different conclusion.
"AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING"
They believe in G-d and hold to the conclusion G-d has given them. They say, "As it was in the beginning, so shall it be in the end." Innocence started the world, and innocence will get it started again.
You may think things are lost and may never come back. But if innocence ever gets in the picture, and it starts to rise, it is going to draw all men unto it. So we have language in Christian theology that means the end; you are looking at what you believe is going to be the conclusion of all of these things.
But G-d has revealed the conclusion of all these things. So tell me, Brother and Sister Muslims, what is more important for us? What we are and where we are now? Or what we will be and where we will be later?
Understand this. Religion has a light on the Path of Life, that gives men vision, if they recognize that Light, and it takes us into the future. And when the end comes, those who did not get it from G-d are going to be lost and think the end of the world is here.
But those who got the information from G-d on how His Plan works in man's life and in man's world to conclude matters, from the East to the West to the North to the South, all around the globe, it is going to happen.
"As it was in the beginning, so shall it be in the end." There was a man in a circumstance, and that circumstance looked as if it were the whole of reality. Now, here is a Nation in a circumstance, and that circumstance looks as if it is the whole of reality.
But just as G-d was going to move that man from his own private paradise and make him fit one day to share the paradise with all the people on this earth, so it is today.
Peace be unto you, As Salaam Alaikum.