The Late Imam W. Deen Mohammed
Reflections: Imam Mohammed Speaks at the First Corinthian Church of Harlem
(Imam W. Deen Mohammed gave the following address at the First Corinthian Church in Harlem, N.Y., on April 16, 2005.)
Scripture says, “The dead will be resurrected, and there will be an awakening with three blasts.” But G-d also says there will come a time when only one blast will stand the dead up. And that is what I’m giving you now, the one blast that will stand the dead up.
All you have to do is keep your interest focused and stay clear. Keep that in mind and never forget in anytime and any day you are living, that your First Interest should be your Maker Who made you and everything. Wake up with it and go to bed with it, and I guarantee you that you will not need any more rakats to keep you standing.
I am not telling you to change the prayer. G-d has obligated us with revelation, and our Holy Book is our Guidance. But I am telling you that that will bring you to success.
Allah says in the Holy Book, “If anyone holds on to, seriously, that there is but One G-d, and don’t make gods with G-d….” You don’t have to write it out as, “There is another god and I have found him at such and such place.” You already have made a god with G-d when you make sex the most important thing in your life.
When you make anything else the most important thing in your life, then you have already made a false god and put it over or above G-d.
The idol worshippers, even in ancient times, were not so stupid to believe that a cement or clay thing that they made could hear them and speak. But they would respect it as though it had that power, submitting to it. Those who designed their society and the order for them knew those things couldn’t speak.
Those things represented something else that they respected – a principle or interest that they held high. The little material monu-ment or statue was nothing in itself, except that it repre-sented something high in their life.
The intelligent people would have those things in their society and respect them and still have educa-tion, science and government and an army to defend them. They had sports and a good life, with those idols as their gods.
This is because the intelli-gent and informed among them knew that those idols could not do anything in themselves but represented a higher ideal or higher princi-ple.
When I am coming to you with what your soul wants, your soul will hold you here against your own wishes. So keeping the interest straight and keeping it before you in focus with other interests, or not replacing it or not threat-ening it, is what preserves life.
And if G-d is that Interest, your life will be preserved for sure. Lost interest means lost life. Our people, as a whole, had more life as a people -not as an individual – had more life when they were slaves than we have now in this time of plenty.
Why? Because all of us were of one mind, when it came to our life as a people.
That mind was: “We need help, and this world will not help us. We need G-d.” That was what our conclusion was: Our only Friend is G-d; our only Help is G-d. That was our conclusion, until we found friends among other people to work with us for our liberation, for our free-dom.
Even when we had friends, they were so few and their means so small, they had no power to change government, not even in the South where slavery was legal. So still our main Help we turned to con-sciously was G-d.
And we were crying out so pitifully to G-d and so sincerely to G-d, that many of us pledged to G-d: “G-d, if You will be our Friend, we will never part from You.” We made an oath to G-d. And once you make a sincere oath to G-d, you may forget it later but G-d never forgets.
Let me tell you something today in this place and in this time. We made a pledge to G-d – our ancestors, our forefathers and mothers. Their pledge to G-d was accepted by G-d.
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