Imam Mohammed’s vision for establishing the growth of Muslim community life in America parallels the example of how Prophet Muhammed established and cultivated the growth of Muslim community life in Medina – The City of Light.
After the Muslim migration from Mecca because of the horrific persecution of Muslims there, Prophet Muhammed’s successful efforts there, became an obligation of all Muslims to establish community life. This is the direction of the school of thought of Imam W. Deen Mohammed in America.
Paraphrasing Imam Mohammed: We cannot be satisfied in our soul as community man, until we establish community life in America.
We cannot fulfill our religious life in America, until we have a piece of geography, a physical piece of geography in the United States of America.
Muslims in America must have that physical piece of land and our own Mosques and schools, and hospitals, clinics, businesses, banks. The neighborhood must be managed by Muslims. We must call the time for Adthan on our own jobs. We must regulate the industry to accommodate our spiritual life. No one else can do it for us as Muslims.
At the 1997 Islamic Convention Jumu’ah, Imam Mohammed laid out the irrefutable strategy for Muslim community life in America.
If we honestly examine the activities of other Muslim groups in America, we’d have to come to the conclusion that they took Imam Mohammed’s advice and are implementing his strategy, especially since September 11, 2001.
So must we.
Here are excerpts from that historic Jumu’ah Khutbah from the 1997 Islamic Convention.