Question: I think that one of the reasons the Muslim community is weakened is because of its intolerance towards other religions. How do we relate to those whoMessage 1 of 1 , May 24, 2007View Source
I think that one of the reasons the Muslim community is weakened is because of its intolerance towards other religions. How do we relate to those who do not believe that there' is no G-d but Allah (swt) especially family numbers who are Christians etc.?
Al Islam promotes religious tolerance
Q. 41.34; Treat enemy kind he may become a friend
Nor can Goodness and Evil be equal. Repel (Evil) with what is better: then will he between whom and thee was hatred become as it were thy friend and intimate!
Imam W.D. Mohammed:
Well now that question has one problem for me, except for that one problem I don't have any problem. Religious tolerance is what Al Islam promotes.
It was not the Muslims trying to get rid of the church, trying to destroy churches, it was a fanatical Christians trying to destroy Mosques. I am talking about the time of the crusades. So Al Islam is a religion of tolerance, not only religious tolerance, but tolerance in general. Let us say for example you have an enemy, following the traditional scripture of a certain wisdom for dealing with enemies Allah (swt) reveals to Muhammad (pbuh), you do not treat every enemy the same. Some enemies you can give them kindness for their dislike and hatred.
And it says sometimes you can turn an enemy into a bosom friend. So it does not tell us to give up on our enemies, it says you can work on your enemies with kindness and sometimes an enemy can be converted to become a bosom friend. It means a very close friend to your heart. So Al Islam is a religion of tolerance.
There was a question about G-d. We do not have any tolerance for shirk. You have a god with G-d, you claim that there's more than one G-d, we do not accept that. Because we embrace Christianity and we embrace Christian people it does not mean that we are saying we believe Jesus Christ is G-d and we believe the holy ghost is G-d or at least we believe differently and that we don't care whether you believe it. Yes we do care, we do not want people believing that any is G-d but the One Who created everything, if it is not the Creator it is not G-d.
Allah (swt) says, "Who are these who claim to be god and they were not around when I created the heavens and the earth? Who are these latecomers coming up saying that they are G-d? Can they create the heavens and the earth?" He said, "If I would wipe it all out they could not bring themselves back into existence," this is what G-d said. And G-d said the whole creation, the heavens would be. outraged that they say the Beneficent! Creator has a son.
That tells us how serious it is for us in Al Islam, we cannot say that G-d had a son, what did Allah (swt) say about the Christians? "And most of them do not know their own religion." So are we to treat them bad? We know they do not know their religion, if all of them knew the religion like the Pope or like a few in the leadership of Christianity, none of them would be telling you to worship Jesus Christ. The Pope knows Christ is not G-d, he knows there's nothing but one G-d, the Creator, he knows that. He knows how this man (W.D. Mohammed) believes also, do you think he would invite me into the Vatican and embrace me, I mean embrace me like a Muslim would embrace, he hugged me.
Q. 3.64; Let us not raise from among us a lord
We hugged, the Pope hugged the son of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad, now do not think that our call for dialogue in religion is any different from the call of Muhammad the Prophet (pbuh) our first leader in Al Islam.
Certainly he called for religious tolerance, told his soldiers leave the cross don't even destroy a cross, to respect the sacred things of the church, the synagogue and the monastery, so there were other religions too. He told them not to defame nor to show disrespect for sacred things, he was teaching civilization, respect, but at the same time G-d put these words into his mouth in the Qur'an to the Christians or to people who believe that there's more than one G-d in G-d. G-d has some kind of trinity inside of Him Muhammad said, "Let us come to common terms that we can respect that none of us raise anyone from among us as G-d."
There was a plan for someone from the Jews to be a god for everybody
Isn't Jesus Christ from the Jews? Aren't we raising up someone from the Jews to be a god for everybody? That is exactly what that is addressing, do not raise anyone, Jesus Christ or nobody else as a god. And your Imam if you accept me, some of you don't and that is okay really I don't need it. G-d Knows I need no attention for myself, I need no attention to myself or for myself. So if you do not like me it is okay. If I knew you did not like me but like to learn more I would love you and want to work with you, my love and feelings for you as a person and this audience would not change and I know you don't like me. I don't like you because you like me, I like you because you like what you should like and that is G-d, truth, obedience, righteousness etc. I asked you males and female helpers I said, "Let us form a committee or a group for the removal of all images that pretend or portray divine, other than G-d." You joined me and we demonstrated, you went to churches and everything.
Since that happened look how the display of Jesus in a physical form has gone from the eyes of the public and from their conversation, preacher in the church now preach and give little attention to Jesus Christ as G-d.
That was the case when I was a young man. You go there that was all they talked about was Jesus Christ as G-d as though there was no Creator, no Father. And they called him G-d, they prayed to him as G-d and that was all you got was Jesus Christ, now they are saying, "Father" right? So there is not a lot of attention to the son, more attention is given to the father. So what is that? That is the wisdom of Al Islam given to Muhammad (pbuh) firstly, that is the wisdom of Al Islam in me dealing with that subject in that way. Don't you still see it in the paper? Do you think kings are not reading that paper, do you think higher ups in government don't read that paper? They do. The king of Saudi Arabia reads that paper, high ups in the government of the Islamic world read that paper, but also high up in the government of the United States and other Western nations read that paper. You think they don't pass the word around?
Cross image is the act of savage primitive people
They say, "The son of Elijah Muhammad has a statement in there shaming us, appealing to our intelligence asking us to not shame our nation, that a civilized government should also have religions that are civilized." And it's not civilized to tell us that G-d is a man whose body was killed and hung up on the cross, they say half-naked, that is a savage picture. That is the act of primitive people and here it has survived all the way up into this most advanced age of ours, that thing has survived. And it took the son of Elijah Muhammad without education from the higher quarters to bring this shame to their faces and they are pulling it back out of circulation.