The Good News

MyImamThis is the wonderful news, and that is why the Bible is called “Good News.” It is because Jesus came to open up to the people what I am opening up to you right now. But they robbed him and pretended that they killed him. They pretended they crucified him, and they admit that they robbed him.

You ask, “Where is that in the Bible?” They hung him naked. That is enough to tell you they robbed him. Wasn’t he a great ruler of honor and respect in the eyes of the people? Does he look like that on the Cross? No.

What is this trying to say of Jesus Christ? That they robbed him of his culture. He was sent into the world with a religious culture to give to the people to dress them up.

The Hon. Elijah Muhammad spoke about dressing you up in a new clothes, in a new and beautiful life. They robbed Jesus Christ of all of that.

How was that achieved? They fabricated a story and presented a lie as the truth and said it came from G_d about Jesus Christ. And they directed your attention from the real thing to the plans of Satan.

That is how they robbed him from what he brought to address the people in a new culture and new life.

Let us look at how G_d helps the people, not just us but people before us, all the way back to the first creation, Adam, himself. How did he help Adam? He helped Adam by calling his attention to the world of many valuable things and of great resources, trees aplenty.

The man in the jungle is running around about the trees, but all he knows about trees is what the birds know. Sometimes, he doesn’t know what the birds know and will only do what a dog will do. He will never think of the tree as having any value.

But Adam was not that kind of man. G_d did not make that kind of man; that kind of man had lost his Adamic life. Adam was created with an intelligence and a free intellect, and he had the nature and the desire to benefit his intellect by engaging everything within his sight.

So G_d helps people by connecting them back with what He connected their father, Adam to.  The natural creation, nature. Then He helps them by revealing to them Messages that are written by Him in the created things or in everything that He has made.

G_d says, “There are Signs in that that is above you and also in that in the earth, as well as in yourselves, too.” What word is used? It is the same word that is used for sentences or passages in the Qur’an,” Ayat”.

G_d speaks away from the Qur’an and says to us, “In the sky you observe and in the earth you observe, as well as in your own selves, are Signs,” and He uses the very same words that describe what is on the pages of Qur’an or that designates passages or words or messages from G_d in the Qur’an.

G_d is saying, “Before I revealed to a human being who needed to give you My Word from a human mind, heart, spirit and mouth, I had already spoken to you with everything I did on earth, in the sky and between and in you bears My Words, My Message to the human soul and intellect.”

G_d says, “There are many Signs to back up all that is being revealed. But how many pass by the Signs never giving them any attention?” As the Bible says, “Heedless, paying no attention.”

G_d helps us by feeding our intelligence, by feeding our brains and minds and by broadening our vision. He sharpens and broadens our vision, so that we perceive more and come to know more.

Can we overlook true education? No. True education is the main instrument that G_d created. You ask, “How did He create education.” You think on it. The main tool, main instrument, main means for helping us is “correct education.”

Look how soon the Muslims who followed Muhammed, the new Messenger and new Prophet on this earth, came into knowledge and sciences and the ability to build higher institutions of learning and became the leaders in the world for doing that. It happened very soon.

Historians who write about Muhammed the Prophet say that he is alone in that kind of achievement. That no human being on this earth in the history of man had ever achieved so much in such a short period of time. That is what they say. Isn’t that the promise in the Bible, when Jesus was born? “Behold, I come quick.” It does not take long.

You can read Scripture and lose something. But if you read it from cover to cover, from the beginning to the end, you will see that nothing remains the theme as long and as constantly as vision, perception, seeing. In the beginning of the Bible, in Genesis, with Adam, the question of him seeing correctly comes up: “Oh, don’t fear G_d. Listen to me and your eyes will come open.”

The strongest urge in human life is to see the Light. If I see the Light, I will see how to move, how to get around. I can feel more secure. So it begins with seeing. And the New Testament at the end of the Bible also begins with seeing: “And the blind man rejoiced that he had been blessed by Christ, peace be on Jesus Christ, to have his blinded eyes open.”

It is seeing. Seeing is perception. Seeing is having the ability to grow into understanding and to envision a better existence for ourselves. That is what G_d created us for.

G_d told Adam to dress the Garden. The Garden was beautiful; it was a Paradise. But it was missing the human contribution to it. So the human comes and produces and puts every other creature to shame.

The beaver can cut logs and build him a home in the water. The bee can make a beautiful air conditioned home to live in; this is science. The bee’s home remains cool, keeping a constant temperature. He builds it with wax produced with his own body, and what he digests produces the wax.

There are other creatures I can name to show you what they can do. But when you go out and look at the natural world untouched by man, nothing is done so big that it readily gets your attention.

The Empire State Building readily gets your attention. The lion will look at that and say, “Whoa, it’s time for me to retreat.” And the ants can actually make roads under the ground with his industry. But he cannot make something to get the attention of all eyes, like man has done.

We know man’s creation of pollution and all the bad news. But I am just talking about his ability, whether he has caused problems or not.

Man is given superior, super ability over all of the other creatures created by G_d. When you look at the Bible and in other Scripture, it tells you of man’s ability and capacity to produce. And G_d influencing him and instructing him is for him to be productive and produce in an abundance of goods.

G_d inspired him to do that. At the same time, G_d is promising that “the blinded eye shall see.” After the Hon. Elijah Muhammad, you should be able to interpret that for yourself.

It means the uneducated shall be educated. And their future does not depend on their masters. But G_d will reveal to one of the uneducated and make that uneducated the new leader and the new light for the world.

That is exactly what happened in the time of Muhammed the Prophet. G_d took a man not educated in Scriptures and not knowing the world of the Christians and Jews, not even interested in it. He was a man raised up among idol worshippers, but he, himself, was never influenced to follow their life. He kept the excellence of human nature.

G_d called Muhammed, and the first word He said to him was “Read. Read in The Name of Your Lord Who Created. He created the human person from a clot or mount of blood adhering or holding itself.” Then He repeated it the second time.

He said, “Read.” Twice G_d says to Muhammed, “Read.” “And your Lord is Most Generous.” He was going to give him a lot more than he could even count.

“The One Who Taught the human being with the pen.” What pen? It was the pen of His Creation. He taught him with the pen of His Creation and with the ink of Created Processes.

Then He says, G_d Himself, “If all the trees on earth could be converted into writing pens, and the seven seas multiplied over into ink, all the trees would be used up and all the seas would be used up, before you use up the Words of
G_d.”

That use to just be fascinating and attractive. But now it is science in my head and in my heart. It is science. Muhammed the Prophet said to his followers, “Do you know what that is?” His followers were always patient and had the respect to wait on him to say what it was.

Perception is the theme from Genesis to Revelation. Perception is the theme from Surah Al-Fatihah to Surah An-Nas. Allah was first introduced to Muhammed as the Creator, not as Allah.

If there were not a plan to work against man’s intelligence, so that the majority are eliminated, excluded, taken out of the race, out of the competition and out of the reward, then G_d would not have designed Scripture the way He designed it. He designed it in that way, because there is an enemy of mankind, of human kind, stepping out ahead of you all the time.

This enemy will create a picture of the world for you to benefit him, the enemy. So G_d has to counter the messages of the enemy by giving you Messengers and Prophets from Himself, to expand your vision, so you can see clearly in this world of darkness. So he said “Read” twice.

G_d is addressing the bad conditions that were prophesied in Scriptures that came before to the People of the Book, Jews and Christians. It said darkness was spread all over the world and nowhere to find the light.

It says a man came upon a little book and picked it up and couldn’t read it. So he went to someone who could read letters or print.

He asked them, “Read this for me, please.” The person said, “I’m sorry, I can’t read.” He was illiterate like he was, if not to the same degree. He comes to another and asks, “Read this for me.” That person said, “I can read the letters, but this is sealed.” What does seal mean?

Seal means locked up. You can’t get out of the lock up, unless the authority who has the key comes and opens up the gate to let you out.

Seal means it is locked up, by the way the language is composed, by the way the knowledge and its meanings and expressions are composed. It is locked up against all but those who have the key for unlocking the knowledge. There is one who can unlock the literary piece to bring out the knowledge.

Industrial man, the son of Adam, calls a creature in the water “seal.” Why? It is because normally, it is a creature that is black like midnight. And it is a creature that is slick and smooth and just slides through the waters. So it is a “Seal.” The one who sealed it is too smooth and too slick for you.

God helps us by freeing and expanding our vision and our eyesight and our perception of reality.  Blindness in Scripture refers to ignorance, that we are just not properly informed, not properly educated or not educated at all. It is talking about those who are blind to the life of Truth that G_d revealed for all people.

It also says in the Bible that there will come a famine that will spread all over the world. It says it will not be a famine of food, but a famine of hearing the Words of The Lord, a famine of hearing the Words of G_d.

Jonah was on the boat sleeping, and G_d had given him a mission to go to Nineveh. This is addressing every human being, men and women. The servants of G_d everyone have been created with a nature to serve G_d on this earth.

Do you think Muhammed wasn’t serving G_d’s Purpose, before G_d called him? He didn’t know Islam and he didn’t know how to read Scripture, but he was already living the human excellence that G_d gave him. He didn’t have to fast for 40 days, because he kept the good life intact.

G_d said he had lived among us 40 years, and that is a lifetime. Life of the common man is 40 years, not 40 calendar years. It is until his nature and what he needs to survive in G_d’s Creation comes into his conscious.

Universal is 4. There are 4 mountains and 4 portions of birds put on 4 mountains. And there are 4 winds blowing on dry bones, bringing them to have flesh and live again. G_d has given every creature its provisions in 4 measures.

You didn’t have to wait on a Prophet to get that; He created you with that. The Constitution guidelines that set the pattern for the growing Constitution of these United States says everyone has inalienable rights.

Don’t say, “Our Messenger.” He is Allah’s Messenger. We didn’t send him, and we didn’t give him what to preach or what he delivered. We are not the Sender. So he is not “your Messenger.” He is your Prophet.

What is the difference? A Prophet is a warner, warning against things to come and opening the eyes to things to come, a seer into the future. That is a Prophet. That ability also is in you, as it is in every Prophet. It is a common property of human creation. That ability is a property of my own nature.

So if he manifested that also in himself, then he is “our Prophet.” He was a human person just like we are. The ability is in all of us, but it came out in our leader, Prophet Muhammed.

Muhammed looked at his people suffering and didn’t know the religious way to search Scripture to find answers. But he was moved in spirit to go away from his people, his countrymen, and go up in a mountain by himself and find a secluded opening in the mountain. He went into the mountain and sat there away from all the people.

He poured out his pain and suffering, and G_d saw him in that state. Muhammed didn’t know who to call on. He didn’t say, “Allah” or “Moses.” He didn’t say “Jesus.” But he knew in his nature to go away from his people, and not to go down but to go up, so he would have a better view of what was around him.

He ascended up the Mountain of the Light, as it is called. This began to feed his mind, and his mind became broader and broader. His soul was humble by nature; it wasn’t an arrogant soul. The more he saw, the more he humbled himself.

G_d saw him in that state and spoke to him, saying, “Read.”

[Imam W. Deen Mohammed – excerpt – First Sunday – October 2nd, 2005]

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