Thursday, July 7, 2016

Patriotism

"Patriotism as we know, is an element in the social life of all people and we are all patriotic. The element of patriotism is always with us, but patriotism changes for us and sometimes we don't see or we don't identify the new patriotism. The old patriotism is still with us in our conscience so we don't identify the new patriotism.

What I mean by New World, is the unfolding or revealing of something that was with this country when the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution. That desire for a world wherein all the good human aspirations would be respected by the nation and by
the people of that nation, and that no one would be denied the free expression of his noble human aspirations and he would be able to pursue those aspirations.

That kind of environment doesn't come until moral freedom comes. That is, when people are able to express freely what they feel in their moral sentiments. This, to me, is the greatest difficulty for a society; to let the moral goodness just come out freely from all of the people. And I believe that the hurdles that we have come over; the hurdles of racism and now materialism are now dying.

Materialism and racism are still in the world, but I believe the "spirit" of the American people now is not racist and is not materialistic, and I am sure that what we are coming into now is the New World. That world that the founding fathers anticipated; the New World that is suggested in the lines of the Preamble to the Constitution that says that "All men are created equal and are endowed with unalienable rights."

This concept of man and the concept of the State being a State under G-d a state respecting G-d is really a way of saying or a way of expressing something else. That is, the need for the proper respect for individuals, for each and every individual regardless to his moral, religious persuasion; the respect for each individual. And when we see all beings as the creation of one G-d, and a nation and its people accountable to a G-d, then in that kind of thinking we have respect for each individual. We have a kind of sacred respect for each individual.

By New World we mean trying to help that spirit come to birth that has always been in the country. It is in the Constitution and it always has been in the country, but it has been overlooked and ignored, and even suppressed.

And now, I see the climate is right for the rebirth of this kind of respect for human beings, a sacred respect for human beings, for human life, for human aspirations." Imam W. Deen Mohammed

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Zakat - A Societal Necessity

by Imam W. Deen Mohammed
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As with all the great religions, charity is a fundamental principle in Al-Islam that has been prescribed for its adherents. The concept of charity has an important role in the life of the Muslim and Islamic society. Charity in Al-Islam is closely related to the concept of charity in Christianity, and perhaps in Judaism. I am sure that it is very close to the concept of charity for the Christians. Charity in Al-Islam starts with the minimum requirement, and goes to the maximum.

In exercising the maximum degree of charity, we must be prepared to share our wealth, our money and our homes with those who are out of doors. We must be willing to give up much of what we hold private and dear for the benefit of those who are shut out. Charity is a means for improving society. It is not seen as a desirable condition to be on charity. At sometime in a person's life, they should want to get off of the charity role.

Charity is a great necessity for the good future and well being of the society. G-D says that He has created us upon equality. He also says that He has favored some above others. There will be some of us with greater spirit, greater talents and greater skills, and those with lesser ability may find themselves at the mercy of the better achievers. Therefore, G-D wants to sensitize and keep us in touch with the best of our nature that He has given us. He wants to keep charity in our spirit.

The role of obligatory charity (zakat) in Islamic society is to relieve the pressures on the less fortunate by taking a percentage of the annual income from those who are more fortunate. The amount arrived at by most writers and teachers on the subject of zakat or charity in Al-Islam is 2.5 percent (two and one-half percent) of your annual holdings. This is not an income tax deducted from your wages. This 2.5 percent is determined and collected based on your total accumulated wealth.

Under this particular concept or ruling, if you own an automobile, your automobile is accumulated wealth. If you have a garden, a farm, agricultural animals or money in the bank, it is all considered part of your accumulated wealth. From the above, we can see that the range of accumulated wealth under the terms of zakat is very broad.

Zakat is not the only way the Muslim society survives economically or financially. There is also sadaqah, which is an additional charitable deed performed after the obligation of zakat has been fulfilled. There is a great range for sadaqah. We have sadaqah eid: charity in one form or another that is distributed to the poor and needy. Muslims on the two great Eids celebrations: Eid ul-Fitr (Sadaqah ul-Fitr), and Eid ul-Adha. the bigger eid or the greater eid. As stated above, sadaqah is another term for charity, and that is the term we use for charity given on those great Eid days. We use that term for the charity that we give on those great days.

Sadaqah is expected from everyone, the poor as well as those who are in a better situation. Many times we don't have very much to give, but it is the spirit of the charity that is important for human society. Every man and woman needs the spirit of charity in their life in order for them to feel healthy enough to meet the greater challenges of life. If you do not have charity in your heart, you will be unable to meet the challenges of life.

An Islamic society has to finance important new projects. If you are an independent Muslim nation, you have to finance the defense of your homeland. There are also other forms of revenue, but in Al-Islam, it is all charity. The role of zakat is to improve social life for the less fortunate. It is to help them have the basic necessities of life: food, clothing, shelter, education, a chance to free themselves from an impoverished situation and provide them with an opportunity to establish themselves. As we say here in America, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste," and "It is better to teach one to fish, than to give him a fish."

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Why We Celebrate Father's Day

Wall Street Journal Article Excerpt

Updated June 13, 1997 12:01 a.m.

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Imam W. Deen Mohammed heads the Ministry of W. Deen Mohammed, the largest African-American Muslim group in the U.S.:

"In most of the countries of the world, religion has treasured traditional family life, in which sex has meaning as a strong bonding element between husband and wife. In this view, sex has an inherent social aim. Its purpose is organized family life.

When sex is understood and valued in this way, and its human and social meaning is carried over into public quarters, then public life has a strong social and moral foundation. Thus it was men who saw honest work as an expression of their masculinity who were most sought after by decent women. Such men also understood sex in the context of civilization, and took seriously their obligations as husbands and fathers. The term "father" commanded respect.

What has come to be called "pop" culture has crowded out the traditional view of sex and morality. If we are to restore civilization's traditional respect for fathers, we must first restore respect for the traditions on which it was based."

Friday, June 10, 2016

09/03/1976 - RAMADAN

With Allah’s Name, the Merciful Benefactor, the Merciful Redeemer; Peace and Blessings upon His Servant and His Messenger, Muhammed, forever. Amen.
 
There is no G-d but Allah; Muhammed is the Messenger of Allah.
 
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, we ask Allah's joyous blessings upon His Servant and Messenger, Muhammed, to whom He revealed the Holy Qur’an. In this month, Muslims fast because this is the month (Ramadan) in which the Holy Qur’an was revealed.
 
It is a guidance, an evidence, and a criterion for all people. In Islam, a great beauty is that moral development is equally possible for women as it is for men. There is no distinction between the male and the female in the way of piety — spiritual development, moral development.
 
In this article, we want to look at the meaning of the fast for Muslims and we also want to look at the problems encountered by those who do not understand the meaning of "fast."
 
Muslims are not spiritualists, we are human beings. Spiritualists seek to develop the spiritual nature or the spiritual form, but they forget about the human development and material development.
 
We are not trying to "see" something that is not already seen when we fast. The heavens and the earth have already been revealed. We see stars in the sky, we see the sun, we see ourselves, and we see many of the manifestations of Almighty Allah.
 
The Holy Qur’an says that Allah is both the apparent and the hidden. We do not have to worry about the hidden things in creation, we believe in the apparent things. We
trust that Allah will reveal whatever is necessary for mankind and we trust that He will also give us what He has promised us. That promise is life in this world and life in the Hereafter.
 
The Pursuit Of Mysteries
Muslims are not people who are overly concerned about the mysteries of things. There are many individuals and many communities that love the mysterious things of life and who spend their valuable lives looking for something that does not exist.
 
Some of them think that they should be able to put G-d in a test tube or under a microscope on a slide. They think that G-d is something that is inferior that can be examined like we examine matter (common creation).
 
But G-d is a superior being and it is not within the power of any human being nor is it within the power of creation itself to contain Him. Because G-d Himself contains everything, it is not in our power to grasp Him in His entirety.
 
The Holy Qur’an says that G-d is Al-Akbar, meaning that He is the bigger or the greater. How can that which is smaller contain that which is larger? It is impossible. Once a man grasps a thing in its entirety, he has become the master of that thing. If we are going to become the master of our G-d, then our G-d will no longer be the G-d — we will be "G-d" over our G-d.
 
So we Muslims are not people who mystify ourselves or who engage in the pursuit of mysteries. There are many people all over the world who have mystified themselves by engaging in the pursuit of mysteries.
 
They have gone out of the real world as hermits, monks, and nuns, leaving the development of the society to others. Today the world needs saving, but what do they have to offer to save the world? They can offer nothing but spiritual exercises that are of no real consequence or significance when it comes to running the world.
 
G-d's Ruler In The Earth
Muslims are people who have been called the caliph of G-d. A caliph is the man (mind) or human being who is G-d's custodian or G-d's ruler in the earth. He is put here to tend to the matters in the physical world. If man becomes too "spiritual" or too mysterious, he neglects his number one job which is to be a custodian in the world.
 
But if he pursues the light that has been given to us by the prophets and that has been made pure, perfect and complete by Prophet Muhammed (May Allah be pleased with Him) in the Holy Qur’an, he will not be led to extremes.
 
The true light of G-d will lead us down the even path, the middle way. We follow that light which will lead us to more perfection, more development, and a greater abundance of all the goods that G-d has provided for us.
 
His goods are not limited to just spiritual goodness, but He has opened up the channels of material goodness, spiritual goodness, and many other blessings.
 
The Holy Qur’an says that Allah's blessings are without number. He blesses us and we cannot count His blessings no matter how much we desire to count them.
 
The Muslim life is a full life, a balanced life, and a life that accepts the challenge that G-d has given to us. That challenge is to live "in" this world and not to live outside of the world.
 
When we fast, remember that we are not trying to discover a mystery, but we are trying to better deal with the things that are already revealed. If we do this, we will be successful.
 
The Fiery World Of Desire
The meaning of Ramadan according to the Arabic religious dictionary is "great heat." In the Arabian Desert, it gets so hot in the middle of the day with the sun heating the desert that the feet of the animals have to be wrapped in order to protect them from the burning heat of the desert.
 
The month of fast takes its name from the great heat of the desert. The spiritual meaning of the word Ramadan is this: we live in a world that is adverse to us (pulling against us). It is a world that tries to excite our weaknesses and to build up the fires of destruction within us.
 
So we live in a world that is a fiery world of desire for those things that lead to extremes and destruction. We call them "the flames of passion," in the words of the poet.
 
These are flames that excite the person to extremes, that make him spiritually drunk, that make him morally drunk, and that make him mentally drunk.
 
Because we have to have some kind of protection against the flames of passion of the flesh, G-d has naturally equipped us with a protection. Man is to blame for his sins and for the wrongs he inflicts upon himself.
 
G-d has created the world naturally. If we look at the natural truth that plainly exists before us, if we follow it, and if we nee our good senses — we will not get in so much trouble.
 
Mercy Instead Of Justice
 Holy Qur’an 31:1-3 A guide and a mercy
 
1. A.L.M.
2. These are verses of the Wise Book, -
3. A Guide and a Mercy to the doers of Good,-
 
Because we lose our senses, G-d comes to us with mercy instead of with justice. It is a mercy that He revealed religion to us because He has already been good to us without blessing us with revealed religion.
 
He has established the order of justice, the order of sanity (balance), in His creation. Even without a revelation from a prophet, any creature can come into this world and live a good life, but when we go off on the wrong track and" ignore the rules that G-d established in His natural creation, then He comes with mercy.
 
The Holy Qur’an says that it is revealed as a mercy to the people. Prophet Muhammed (May Allah be pleased with him) is not a justice to the people nor is he something due to the people, he is a mercy to the people.
 
At the beginning, there was no necessity for G-d to reveal His truth to us because His way has always been right. When the way of G-d is corrupted by man, there is a need for some one to come and correct it.
 
When G-d sends his Messengers or His prophets to correct the way, it is a mercy to the rebellious, ignorant, and greedy people.
 
Appetites Unchecked By Knowledge
Muslims have the Ramadan fast as a protection for us. During this month, we learn to control the destructive, fiery passions of the biological nature. The biological nature needs a horseman over it, riding it and keeping it in check. If intelligence does not keep it in check, we begin to act like animals that can only follow their instincts.
 
Even though animals do not have the power to reason with intelligence, there is no problem of obesity among them because they follow their instincts. The human being does not follow instinct, his intelligence is supposed to guide him. The Holy Qur’an cautions us against being misled by our "appetites unchecked by knowledge."
 
When there is much food available to eat, the man who is weak in will power and knowledge will gorge himself because he is not checked by instinct. G-d has given him intelligence with which he must check himself.
 
Islam is a religion that awakes our full form and our full being, and it shows us what we should do (the proper thing to do). Islam teaches us to use our intelligence and to check the wild flames of passion.
 
When you blow on a flame and give it more air, it rises up higher. When the winds of emotion and the winds of false spirituality blow on the desires in our flesh, they blow them out of proportion (out of form). Pretty soon, they have become wild fires that take over our whole body. After awhile, they take over our house and our community. The winds of desire and the winds of emotionalism blow against the fires and make great flames that set us afire and that burn up the good which Allah has created for us.
 
The Fire That Does Not Consume
We want the fire that burns, but that does not consume.  It is the fire that consumes gross matter, but that leaves the purity in the human being. The purifying fire does not burn up that which is good, it only burns up that which is no good. As it burns out the falsehood and gross matter, it sends out polluted smoke from the body and leaves nothing but a clean, healthy person. That is the fire of Allah, a fire in which the believers love to bathe. It does not harm the righteous, but it burns up the devil. He screams in pain when he is burned by this fire because his life is in filth and falsehood. The true believer, however, relaxes and bathes in the fire of Allah because he knows that it is the fire that will purify him in his human form.
 
May Allah bless all the Muslims with a successful Ramadan fast.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial Day



Quote by Imam W. Deen Mohammed


"This is the Memorial Day Weekend, and memorial means that this day honors somebody or persons who should be remembered. They are the people who fought and lost their lives, so we could have this peace and security that we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America. We honor them and pay tribute to them on this day.


Also we must take full advantage at every occasion, when there is a holiday that gives us time off from work, to meet together for every important interest that we have as a community, to study and strengthen the situation for our schools and masajid, for our business people, for our financial needs.


The sick have to be taken care of. The little ones without parents have to be taken care of. These are all obligations spelled out for us very clearly in the Holy Qur'an. The weak have to be taken care of, not to mention that our investments have to be protected. As much as possible, we want to qualify to finance our own investments. So we have to work at that.


It is not going to happen, unless we work for it. Allah says that there is nothing for the human person, except that he strives for it, that you make a real hard effort - you have to strive for it. It is very difficult, and you are going and going but it is not with ease. It is with difficulty. That is our history."

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother

Imam W. Deen Mohammed Weekly Articles - 1978-April-7

As-Salaam-Alaikum

A woman's identity is in her basic nature—motherhood. A woman's unique nature creates her motherhood. She does not have to birth a child to come into motherhood. "Mother" as a social role, a leadership role for which physical motherhood is a symbol. Motherhood does not mean ability or capacity of only giving birth; it also means in addition, having the responsibility and authority of a mother (to look after and care for life as the mother does. Therefore, all women are by their nature and qualities mothers. Little girls are mother-like. The reproductive function in a woman naturally gives her distinct physical and social desires and a strong motherly interest in life and society.

Women need to take a new look at the role of motherhood in (the world and they need to re-assess, re-evaluate and re-establish the importance of the role of motherhood in the world. Motherhood is the most valuable attribute to society. Woman does not have to have a baby, or even be fertile to be a mother. To be a mother is to be a mother-like leader. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), called women who served the community well—mothers. In the Catholic Church system where clergy or officials are arranged in order of grade, rank, or class, the highest rank of female is called mother, usually Mother Superior. These cloistered females certainly do not have babies or children of their own. They are called mothers because they fulfill the beneficial leadership role that Almighty God has assigned to the female.

Women are mothers first and always. They are mothers for their families inside their homes, but they should also be mothers for the block that they live on, for the nation they live in and for the world that we all live in. In short, mother means leadership in society. Mother leadership is essential. The loss or absence of this very important role has caused many of the problems in the world today.

Women need to repossess the lost leadership role of motherhood. They should be active leaders in the community. We need motherhood leadership at every level of national life. Women, because of their natural stamina and keen interest, should push for the creation of a better life that would benefit and cover the whole world. Women should work for things that will be completed by them rather than start and stop in the first stage and leave them as many men often do.

Apathy is the absence of feeling for each other as we should feel, It is the lack of concern about the terrible things that are happening around us. In other words, apathy means lack of interest and indifference. Mothers cannot afford to be apathetic, because all of the worthwhile, desirable and excellent qualities which the world needs rest in a very significant part and depend on the leadership of motherhood. That leadership is naturally concerned about the health and welfare of all human life—the home, the community and the nation.

If, through changing times and attitudes, a conspiracy has formed to diminish the role of women or cause women to become apathetic, it is our duty to disarm the conspiracy and re-establish and restore women to their rightful and deserved role of leadership in our society. And we should lend our whole and sincere support to their efforts in assuming their leadership role as mothers of the nation. When we have done this, we will have reached the core, the central or innermost heart of society. That is motherhood.

We must have motherhood in the home and in the nation. We need those sentiments serving the best interest of the nation which are by nature female generated. We need the keen eye of motherhood watching over the land. Intelligent men know world leadership is best when it is combined with the wisdom which originates from fatherhood and with the wisdom which originates from motherhood. Female interest coming from the lungs of motherhood reaches us as solutions to problems and not merely as attacks upon conditions. The leadership role of motherhood over the nation requires that women meet the present challenge to eliminate the corruption and cruelties which modern society has imposed upon the woman. Because of the imposition of cruelty and corruption which surround us, the motherhood forces of heart and intellect are needed to save human life for America and the world.

Peace be to you
Your brother in service to Allah,
Wallace D. Muhammad

Thursday, April 14, 2016

QUOTES by Imam W. Deen Mohammed

"What we should be concentrating on is establishing ourselves; the whole life, and follow our own purpose.  That purpose for us now is to obey the law as Muslims following the Quran and the Prophet (PBUH)."
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"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."
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“G-d gives us a picture that he is drawing. G-d is painting a picture with words and is making a big screen before our eyes with beautiful things, with men and challenges for the men, to get us to see the life that He wants us in.”

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"It's important to know ourselves to see the picture clearly: Muslims are not just a people of faith, Muslims are not just a people belonging to a religion, Muslims are people obligated to live a model community life. G-d says He made us a witness for mankind, a witness for all people. Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) is a witness for us. He's a witness for us, if we are following his way, and a witness against us, if we are not following."

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"Whatever excellence Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) achieved in life, it was possible for the mortal human being, because he is a mortal human being just like us. And the point is made; it is emphasized in the Qur’an so that we would know that. That Prophet Muhammed’s (PBUH) excellence is not something that’s up in the sky, beyond human reach. Prophet Muhammed’s (PBUH) excellence is on earth with mortal human beings. And we are obligated to grow into that excellence that is exemplified in Prophet Muhammed (PBUH), peace and blessings be on him. That’s the human being women, men; all of us.  We are to grow into the excellence of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH), because he is the example for all of us."

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“G-d created people to be a community and it is only in community where you get your full freedom to live out your capacity or your ability as a human being.”

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"The human family has human family solidarity. As our destiny, we have to accept the unity of the human family. Man has progressed socially and materially on this earth with a position now, globally speaking, that we cannot accept to ignore other nations and other people."

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"This is Independence Day, and I am inviting you to come to my meaning of Patriotism and walk these streets and know that they belong to you as much as they belong to any man.  And see your future in this country and believe that the world is open to you as much as it is open to any man.  Go on and build a great life for yourself, as much as any man in the United States of America."

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"All we have the power to do is respect our good nature, respect the good life that G-d created us with. And as long as we respect the good life that G-d created us with, we have a sure defense against Satan.  Something that seems small with no power has the power to defeat Satan, and that is your goodness inside you.  Just stay with your goodness and Satan can't touch you. If you practice staying with that goodness long enough and faithful enough - you are not letting sex tempt you away from it; you are not letting greed for money tempt you away from it; you are not letting fear of wrongdoers or bullies take it away from you if you stick with that long enough, you will win guaranteed protection from Satan.  He won't be able to come at you in any way. You will be in Paradise, and he can never come into Paradise. He hates Paradise, just like he hates the righteous servant."

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"The Qur'an makes it possible for the human intellect to connect back with the creation as Allah intended for the intellect to be connected with the creation. The Qur'an is therefore the key, the miftah; the key that opens up the creation again for man to get the proper benefit that Allah, his G-d, his Lord, his Creator intended for him. That's a great mercy!"

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"Education is the greatest tool for advancing the society"

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“We are disciplining our whole life for the Sake of G-d, and G-d says in the Qur'an: "Fasting is for Me."

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"We have to understand that Prophet Muhammed (PBUH), when he was leading his people with others with him like Abu Bakr, he said to them: "See that you don't uproot or destroy the culture of the people. But give them Islam so that it will modify their culture and beautify the culture of the people and make it strong for G-d."

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That tells us that all Muslims are free to have their own cultural life expressed by them and that it should come out of them. We shouldn't impose culture on another people. We are talking about culture now in the sense of dress, not education. But education, too, is culture and it has to come out of them too, and it has to be influenced by Qur'an and Prophet Muhammed's (PBUH) life."

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"We should understand this as our Prophet (PBUH) told us, that Allah created the world to bring us together, to draw all people together. Now we see the answer to that. We don't have to guess at what that means any more. The material interests have brought us together to be seen as one world; mainly in transportation, communication and economics.  We have to live with one another and live side by side as nations and work together as members of a One World Order. The Prophet (PBUH) said Be careful how you treat your neighbor."

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"If you want to really do something about your condition, learn to respect money. In your religion everything deserves respect. If you get $10 in your hands, then know that is $10. Look at what you need today and spend that $10 very carefully. If you can manage today without touching that $10, then do not touch it.  I don't care how poor you are, you are supposed to save something for tomorrow."

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"Muhammed the Prophet (PBUH) said that G-d has inscribed excellence on or for everything. And another saying of his (PBUH) is, whenever the believer endeavors to do something, the believer seeks to perfect it, to make it excellent."