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A Healthy Patriotism

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  • yahya ibn muldrow
    A Healthy Patriotism By Imam W. Deen Mohammed (Imam W. Deen Mohammed gave this public address at The Mosque Cares First Sunday Series on July 4, 2004, at the
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 11, 2005
      A Healthy Patriotism

      By Imam W. Deen Mohammed


      (Imam W. Deen Mohammed gave this public address at The Mosque Cares
      First Sunday Series on July 4, 2004, at the Ramada Inn in Homewood,
      IL)

      We greet you with the Muslims' greeting, the greet-ing of Islam,
      Peace be unto you - As-Salaam-Alaikum. We always begin by thanking G-
      d for our life and our presence here on this day. We trust our Lord,
      Creator, Allah, in the Arabic language of our religion and of the
      Qur'an.

      We trust Him to protect us against straying or making mistakes or
      coming from our weaknesses, so that we do not make errors or confuse
      or make worse the life of those who are listening to us. We trust
      Him that we come from our strengths and not from our weaknesses.

      This is the day we celebrate as July 4th. I don't know how many
      Muslims take this day to be our day in a very special way. But I do.

      And I do, because I was taught as a little child, I can recall
      before I was 8 years old sitting in chairs like you are and
      listening to Ministers preach for my father and preach for the
      Nation of Islam.

      I can recall my father also saying about Mr. Fard, whom he said was
      his savior, and my mother said he was her savior. And he said to the
      Nation of Islam that this man was the savior for the Black man - not
      just for Muslims but for all Black people. That is what he taught.

      My father said that that person called Mr. W. D. Fard or W. F.
      Muhammad and by many names came to Ameri-ca on July 4, 1930. This
      has been documented and is in the very special printed materials of
      the Nation of Islam. I heard my father speak on that, and I can give
      you what he said in one sen-tence.

      He said, "He came on their Independence Day, so that we one day will
      be independent." That is what he taught.

      That is not the topic here, but it is a big part of this pre-
      sentation. The topic for today is "A Healthy Patriotism." This also
      is Patriotism Day. I don't know how many of you know what patriotism
      is or what a patriot is. Patriotism is from patriot.

      Patriotism is the support and loyalty and sacrifices that the
      patriot makes for his country or his fatherland.

      Note that I did not say "motherland"; it is for his fatherland.
      Although, he does have a motherland, which is the whole of his
      people and the land. But his fatherland even has a deeper meaning.

      I am going to introduce to you "Independence Day" and "Patriotism"
      to you, but I also want to share with you my personal experience as
      an observer of this day, as "Inde-pendence Day" for the Ameri-can
      people.

      My experience is that this is a fun day. When I think of this day, I
      think of parents going out with their children when the weather is
      good and drinking, eating roasted wennies and marshmallows, playing
      games and just hav-ing a good time.

      I think that most Ameri-cans, families and children, think of it as
      a fun day. And I do like to go see the fire-works, though I never
      liked to make the fireworks myself. I like the big fire-works that
      are shot up in the air and all of those beau-tiful colors unfold.

      Imam Muhammad Sid-dique of Indianapolis, Ind., told me that once he
      saw them light up the sky with the American flag. And I have seen
      that once, also. The American flag came out of the explosion; it was
      a beautiful firework. Some have colors like the rainbow. That is one
      way of looking at the 4th of July, in that fun picture or as having
      good fun.

      But we should not forget the real meaning of the 4th of July, and it
      is very serious. And a true patriot, his patri-otism is formed upon
      that serious meaning or formed out of that serious meaning of the
      4th of July.

      Numbers also have mean-ing, especially in Scripture or Revelation -
      not the Book of Revelation, but in Revealed Scriptures. The Qur'an
      is revelation. Those numbers have meaning, and it is given to us in
      the Qur'an plainly that numbers have mean-ings, so that we will
      under-stand.

      It is given to us that G-d created so much in six days. Remember
      that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years. The day is not
      just a 24-hour day. Some say it was created in six periods, because
      they understand that this is not days. They don't want the English
      read-er to think that it is six days of our time or our calculation.
      So they say "six periods of time."

      G-d says His Charity, His Goodness can be seen in the corn that
      grows for us in the garden. The stark may bear seven ears of corn,
      and on each ear a hundred kernels. And in another place, G-d says He
      gives without count-ing, although He says the
      form of His Charity is like the corn that grows with so many grains
      on each ear. That is The G-d I worship.

      G-d is not like so many peo-ple who have to count every-thing they
      give. A real gener-ous person will just reach in his pocket and give
      every-thing he has. He may not see what he is giving; you may have
      to tell him how much he gave. There are some people just that
      charitable, just that kind and generous.

      Muhammed the Prophet was trusted with the wealth of the people. When
      the peo-ple needed something, he didn't go to get it for them
      himself. He would tell them, "Go to the treasure and get what you
      need." They would go, and he didn't go to see what they got.

      One fellow was walking back from the treasure, and he kept falling
      because what he had was so heavy. So the Prophet told him, "Leave
      some of that there. Take only what you can carry yourself."

      I subscribe to the South-town Daily and get their Sunday Southtown.
      On their front page is "The Meaning of Patriotism," as their head-
      line, the biggest thing on the front page.

      It gives a definition of patriotism as "beyond flag waving and
      parades and fire-works of Independence Day. The spirit is defined by
      sacri-fice, loyalty, service and kindness."

      Also carried in the Chica-go Tribune was something on this 4th of
      July day. If we want to understand what this day means, we have to
      do some research, because most of us are not in touch with the true
      history and unfolding or the development of our perception or ideas
      around patriotism or that support patriotism.

      Most of us are just follow-ing the habits of the people in our
      country. So for us, it is just a day to have fireworks and drink
      lemonade, the sour with the sweet in it, and that is about it for us.

      Thomas Jefferson is credit-ed and remembered for giv-ing us the
      language, "life, lib-erty and the pursuit of hap-piness."

      Mr. Fard, the teacher of my father who brought the plan for the
      Nation of Islam and left it with my father, if he said he came on
      this day, July 4, 1930, I am sure he didn't see the people at that
      time responding to him and being curious to study what he was saying.

      Most people hear some-thing and just heard it, that's all. They
      didn't give it any
      thought. That is in the Qur'an and in the Bible. There it says there
      are many Clear Signs that G-d gives around them everywhere, but most
      of the people go along heedless. "Heedless" means to pay no
      attention to it; it never reached their minds.

      Those listening to W.D. Fard or Mr. Fard Muham-mad were the same.
      They heard the words but gave those words no serious atten-tion. But
      I did from the earli-est days of my life. Especially things that
      came from my mother and father, I gave serious attention. I wanted
      to understand it, even as a little boy.

      I wanted to understand it, because I wanted to make it a part of my
      life. I wanted to take it in, I didn't just want to hear it. I
      thought that everything that they were giving me was needed in my
      life. So if I were to include it or incorporate it into my life, I
      wanted to understand it. And I wanted to feel that I knew what I am
      putting into my life.

      There aren't but a few souls born like that into the world. Most
      don't care and are not that serious about life.

      I am sure Mr. Fard was thinking of our being deprived of liberty.
      When he came, we were dis-criminated against in the South and
      treated like unwanted animal level people. I am not talking about
      slav-ery; I am talking about 1930. The laws weren't changed until
      about 1960 or after.

      So we had no liberty guar-anteed to us when Mr. Fard came. He saw a
      people in a country that claimed to be a country of democracy for
      all, freedom, liberty and justice for all. And he saw that a cer-
      tain race had been excluded from that and not even recog-nized as a
      human being on the level to qualify for that.

      I'm not talking about in the time of the 13 Colonies. I am talking
      about the 1930s in the United States, where the President was for
      all the states in the South and the North. And he couldn't be
      President, unless he got the majority votes in the South and in the
      North. But he tol-erated the South treating us like we were animal
      level peo-ple and not qualified for the rights of the majority of
      the people in the country.

      By the way, it was a Repub-lican President, and I am not saying
      anything to encourage you to vote for President Bush; this is just a
      coinci-dence that President Bush is also Republican. But it was a
      Republican President, a gen-eral, a great soldier, a great person, a
      great man - Dwight D. Eisenhower - who came out as a soldier to
      defend our rights to be included as human beings on the level with
      everybody else.

      That's something we forget, and we shouldn't forget those things.
      And our leaders who know those things should make it a point to keep
      their constituency aware of these important things.

      I don't belong to either party. I don't belong to the dark people's
      Jesus Christ party you call the Democrats, and I don't belong to the
      Republican Party. I am a free man in this country, and I sup-port
      what I believe deserves my support. I don't care if it is Democrat
      or Republican. I am looking for the right person.

      Think about the parties. The symbol of one is a donkey, a dumb ass -
      speaking from the dictionary, and I want to be sure you've gotten
      the full meaning. The other's symbol is an elephant, a big, huge,
      massive creature, whose nose is very unique. You can't find any
      living creature with a nose like that.

      He can give himself a show-er with his nose. He can eat something as
      small as a peanut, picking it up with his nose and putting it in his
      mouth. And he can take that nose and tighten the muscle up in it and
      push down a building like a bulldozer. That nose is unique.

      The only thing I've found that seems to warrant the attention and
      admiration like his nose is his equilibrium. With all of that
      massive weight, he can walk across something no more than two inches
      wide, if it is strong enough to hold him. He can get upon it and
      walk on a little small edge. Not only can he walk it, he also can
      balance himself on one foot, raising all of that huge thousands of
      pounds of weight - raising himself up and standing on one foot.

      That is the symbol for the Republican Party, a big mas-sive
      creature. I can't identify with either party. I don't have enough
      money to buy an ele-phant, and I don't want a don-key.

      Getting back to the 4th of July The Ku Klux Klan, the KKK, some of
      you remember them. Don't think that they weren't patriots. They were
      patriots. The White Citizen's Council is made up of patriots. These
      were enemies to our rights or our coming into our rights as citizens
      of this coun-try.

      But how your patriotism is formed depends on your per-ception of the
      land itself. If you perceive the land as the land opened up for
      Whites only, then your patriotism is going to look quite different
      from Thomas Jefferson's and others who perceived this land as a land
      for all people and wrote descriptions of beliefs and principles that
      they held.

      They wrote documents to live as long as we have lived in this
      country in a language that was designed to accom-modate not only
      Christians, but also for other people who would be coming to this
      land of freedom and opportunity.

      They were wise men with good hearts and foresight planning this
      Nation, the political edifice of this govern-ment, the United
      States, so that one day it will not be an offense to any good and
      well meaning person. It will wel-come the Muslim. It will wel-come
      the Hindu. It will wel-come the Buddhist. It will wel-come the Jew.
      It will welcome everybody who comes with good intentions and well
      meaning.

      There is nothing in their language to exclude any who should be
      accepted: "We hold these truths to be self-evident. That all men" -
      didn't leave out a one - " are created equal and endowed by their
      Creator" - recognizing a Creator over all of us. They were religious
      and made it clear that they believed in G-d, and they could not take
      authority that belonged to G-d.

      So they said these rights are inseparable from the peo-ple; these
      rights are inalien-able - the people could not be separated from
      those rights by the government or by any other power. It was because
      those rights had been given to them by virtue of their cre-ation by
      their G-d. Their lan-guage did not exclude any-body.

      So the idea that the South imposed upon the whole coun-try and made
      us suffer under
      it was really unconstitutional at the very beginning. They shouldn't
      have amended any-thing. The amending was done, so that history would
      be continuous and not lost. That was the only reason why it was
      necessary to make amendments.

      The body of the Constitu-tion, itself, is like an organism. You
      couldn't take away from what was there, but it can grow. It can grow
      from the idea that was given to us by the Founding Fathers and from
      there it grew according to our needs or what we would permit or
      allow or not allow.

      As we look back at it, we may see that one part is not acceptable
      anymore. But you don't cut it off, you just amend it. The language
      of the Found-ing Fathers is clear and com-plete enough for them not
      to have done what they did to us.

      But as you know, even some of those Founding Fathers were guilty of
      having slaves and of not changing the atti-tude of those people who
      had slaves. They died leaving slave masters.

      They were much like Mr. Fard, who would do a thing and then trust
      the people with it. He would say, "I know I have a lot ofBS here,
      but right now this is what they under-stand. As they become better
      thinkers and fine tune their lives, they will get rid of the stuff
      we have left." The Founding Fathers were very much like Mr. Fard.

      Mr. Fard said enough in clear and plain language to clear up every
      lie he permitted to be put in his name. And the Founding Fathers
      said enough and said it clear enough, that in time it would kill
      every falsehood or every lie they per-mitted their name to be put
      upon.

      This is a beautiful and won-derful time we are living in. You all
      can't see like I can. This is a wonderful day. See how nice the
      weather is on this 4th of July. We thank Allah for that.

      What I want to bring to your attention with this address today on
      patriotism is what I think is missing in most of our minds and
      hearts, that I think is absolutely necessary for us to make progress
      and not lose it. Study the people who make real progress and real
      sacri-fices for the people.

      They die and pretty soon our life is right back where it was before
      they started helping us or even more regressed, more backwards, more
      confused, less meaningful than it was before they started working on
      us. We need something in us, in our minds and in our hearts.

      That is what a true patriot is. He or she lives with some-thing very
      special and very
      meaningful as an understand-ing of what it is to be a citizen of
      America.

      They live with that in their minds and in their hearts, and their
      spirit is drawn to that. And they make sure that then-children
      succeed that. They are common families, not just the rich - the rich
      and the poor, the haves and the have nots.

      Among the poor are some real patriots. They are very devoted to the
      best that this country offers and the best tradition that this
      country offers and will not separate from it.

      They will make sure that their children understand it and appreciate
      it. They will lose a child or two or more, sometimes all of the
      children are lost in their hearts and minds - not physically.

      This will worry them. But they die with dignity and with strength.
      They are happy that they shared with someone who wasn't their child,
      with another friend or those who would open their ears and invite in
      what they were offered.

      When I began as your leader, I said to myself, "No way for us to
      achieve what we want to achieve in this country, if we don't do what
      the rest of the Blacks - espe-cially the Civil Rights lead-ers -
      were asking for our people to do. And that is to claim your rights.

      Claim your rights! Don't have people tell you that you are not
      included. Don't have them tell you that you can try, but you won't
      make it; that you can invest, but you will never see what you are
      after. No.

      The law should govern the people. What they say is the authority
      should be respect-ed by them. This was my thinking back when I just
      started out as leader. I said if they don't respect it, that takes
      nothing away from the law that they don't respect.

      The whole White race may not have respect for it. But if I know how
      to read it, the law is above all of the people, until they get the
      majority of the people to change it. And as long as they can't
      change it with the majority of the people, that law stands, that
      authority stands.

      I said to myself, I don't care what they think of me. They may think
      that I am not worthy of being included as a citizen or worthy of the
      rights and privileges of citi-zenship. I don't care, as long as I
      know there is a law that says I should have that. Until they change
      that, then I am going to live as though this country belongs to me
      as much as it belongs to any other person.

      I made that my decision long ago. And I said, this is the
      psychological disposition that all of us need, if we are going to
      succeed in getting our share of this country. That was my
      determination.

      And don't think G-d wasn't with me. I can't remember a time when I
      didn't ask G-d to be with me.

      My mother could put a whipping on you when you made her angry or
      disap-pointed her. And when I thought she was coming at me, I called
      on G-d like that poor Black man who had been caught by a White mob
      before the law changed down South.

      I cried on G-d, that there was no friend but G-d. I had G-d in my
      life as far back as I can remember, seriously.

      I said to myself, I have to share this with the followers and then
      get them to under-stand that it is necessary, in order for them to
      make progress in this country toward the goals that we had before us.

      The Hon. Elijah Muham-mad didn't leave any small goals before us; he
      gave us big goals to reach. So I said that the followers have to
      have this in order to succeed and in order to keep the progress.
      Don't lose it every time a soldier dies in our community.

      The people have to have what will live in them and what they will
      hold on to, whether the leader is dead or alive. I said to myself, I
      have to work on this. I began. I even worked with the chil-dren in
      the school and was over the school at one time on Stony Island
      Avenue.

      What you have rights to goes back before the United States, this
      kind of percep-tion of your entitlement, what you are entitled to as
      a creature of G-d on this earth that man did not make. The Creator
      made it.

      This goes back to that time before government and even before man
      and his authori-ty. It is in Islam and in the Qur'an, where the
      language of the scholars was formed upon the language of the Qur'an.

      Every man created is enti-tled to what G-d has created. No man is to
      be discriminat-ed against. It isn't to be based upon anything but
      jus-tice; you can't deny it.

      It would hurt me to know how the poor Native Ameri-can Indians with
      their arrows and hatchets were out powered by those with firearms,
      and how the Indi-ans eventually lost and had their land taken from
      them and they were put on reser-vations.

      They were told to stay on that reservation. And if they came off
      from there, they had no protection. Their life was dictated to them,
      and they were confined on restricted areas of land. That hurt me.

      But what I have learned about our life as products of the earth,
      although we say G-d created us, we ourselves are products of the
      earth. And obviously we are special products of the earth, who have
      the ability to use the earth and even to alter the picture of the
      earth that we live on.

      This is in the Qur'an. I am not giving anything that I can't defend
      as a Muslim teacher or as an Imam. So I said to myself, G-d says
      that if you don't behave in a way to keep your rights or your land,
      He will let another peo-ple come and take it from you.

      So the writers of legalities, on what is legal, for land-holders in
      the Muslim world have put into writing that if you don't attend your
      land, then others have rights to it.

      Is that any different in the United States? No. If you neglect your
      property in the United States, if you don't pay your taxes, or even
      if you pay your taxes and your property becomes an eye sore and a
      problem for your neighbors, your neighbors can bring you to court.

      And if you don't correct the problem, the government may take that
      land from you. Many people have lost their land just because they
      abused it or didn't care for it. So there are other rules that go
      with that entitlement.

      With that cleared up, let us come back to our rights. Whether you
      own a house on the block or not, maybe you don't own anything on the
      block and just share a room with somebody. But you live on the
      block, and when you walk out on that sidewalk and see trash on the
      side-walk, it is supposed to bother your heart.

      Why? Because that is your living quarters. You don't just live in
      the small bed you sleep it. That is your outside. You sit on the
      porch. You come back and forth to that address.

      Every time you see some-thing bad, it hurts the spirit and weakens
      your life, when you walk in your house and you have something bad on
      your mind and in your spirit. That condition that you had to walk
      through to get into the door of the house.

      That is your living space. And as a citizen of the coun-try, you are
      entitled to any part of the public as much as any other citizen is
      entitled to a part of the public. The public domain is shared by all
      of the citizens.

      But they have us thinking that this is the White man's city, the
      White man's street, the White man's sidewalk. In fact, they have
      intentionally manipulated you and inten-tionally influenced your psy-
      chology to get you to have that attitude.

      The "they" I am talking about is not the White man but the wicked
      man, the man who wants to keep out as many as he can from produc-
      tion and reward. He is greedy and wants it only for a very few.

      And he loves power and knows that if the few have control over the
      many and the properties, they will have great power and no one will
      be able to challenge their power. They are too power-ful.

      But if the thing is made right and the many are encouraged to come
      into pro-duction, authority, wealth, his share will be diminished
      and he will not be as strong and won't be able to dictate life and
      circumstances and the future of everybody else.

      Who is this "he" I am talk-ing about? It is Shaitan, the devil in
      man's form.

      Any living brother is the savior of the dead brother, if the dead
      brother wants to be saved. I am a living brother. You have to be
      living to save. When Jesus Christ died, they lost their Savior. He
      had to be resurrected, so he could continue to save. He came back to
      life.

      So this 4th of July is not just for modern times and for the United
      States of America. The real meaning was with man thousands of years
      ago. It came with Rev-elation from G-d.

      Muhammed the Prophet, the prayers and the peace be upon him, said
      there would come a time when the peo-ple would see him and Jesus
      together. They are together in many ways. Also, he is described in
      the Qur'an as a man raised up from the peo-ple like a brother, like
      unto Moses.

      So this 4th of July is not just for modern times and for the United
      States of America. The real meaning was with man thousands of years
      ago. It came with Revelation from G-d.

      Muhammed the Prophet, the prayers and the peace be upon him, said
      there would come a time when the people would see him and Jesus
      together. They are together in many ways. Also, he is described in
      the Qur'an as a man raised up from the peo-ple like a brother, like
      unto Moses.

      First he is like Jesus Christ. They have a lot of things in common,
      but what do they have in common more than anything else, that is
      more important than anything else? It is that nei-ther one of them
      was educat-ed by the world. No man and no institution educated them.

      Both of them were not the children of educated parents. They were
      not the children of any priest or rabbi or teacher of Scripture.
      They both were men who had been blessed by their Cre-ator to be pure
      and honor-able by nature, not by educa-tion. No one taught them into
      that. They had it by nature.

      Their own natures gave birth to them. It birth them as honest,
      truthful, pure, etc. When Muhammed was grown as a man, he kept that
      original untarnished unspoiled nature. And the people witnessed it.
      This is in history and it was docu-mented by non-Muslims in that
      time.

      They called him "As-Saadiq," the Truthful. They gave him that title
      before G-d commissioned him, before he turned to G-d.

      By the way, his people worshipped idols; the Chris-tian people would
      call them heathens. These were the people he was born among, idol
      worshippers or hea-thens. And their history says that he never
      worshipped the idols.

      He was called As-Saadiq because he was always known for speaking the
      Truth. They called him El-Amin which meant that he was known always
      to be trustworthy; he would never betray your trust.

      No church made him; no synagogue made him; no monastery made him; no
      priesthood. Nothing other than his own nature kept him that way.

      Jesus Christ is portrayed in the Scripture, in the Bible, as being
      the same kind of life, if you under-stand it. It is said that he was
      born in a manger, where animals were kept, but he didn't come out an
      animal.

      Both the Bible and the Qur'an say that he was born pure, and his
      purity was pre-served. He didn't lose his purity, no matter what was
      heaped upon him. And he was born of a pure woman, a pure nature.
      Praise be to Allah.

      These men are alike, and in time, the learned, the stu-dious, the
      observant, the curious minded in religion would eventually discover
      this, if they are not afraid to go into the Bible.

      If the Muslim student is not afraid to go into the Bible with an
      unbiased, not prejudiced, not condemning it, but looking to see what
      is there, and the good there to recognize and respect it - if you go
      to the Bible like that, you will come to the under-standing that I
      have given you of Jesus Christ's cre-ation.

      If you study the Qur'an the same way, you will come to the
      understanding that I have given you of Muhammed's creation. It is as
      plain as day in the Qur'an.

      Allah says, "No," He does-n't have sons like you have sons, a man
      and woman coming together sexually and having a child. When G-d
      wants one, He creates them.

      G-d said, "None of you are G-d; you are the children of your father,
      a human being." Someone will say, "Oh, but not Jesus Christ." So let
      us see what The Gospel says.

      The genealogy of Jesus Christ, where he came from, is traced back to
      Mary and Mary is traced back to her father. And it goes on back to
      Adam, the first man who was created by G-d. That is the Bible.

      This is the 4th of July, Independence Day. And what is so important
      about this special day? America is saying with the 4th of July that
      this Nation is built upon the natural evolution of human life. Human
      life evolved out of nature, out of the earth by G-d Who planned it.

      And eventually, that life will come to the right per-ception, the
      right idea and the right plan for the future of the society. So this
      day that we celebrate for Inde-pendence of this country has in its
      meaning, shrouded in the celebration, covering the true thing.

      There is in the core of this day that we celebrate mean-ing that
      will live on. It still will be living in the hearts of the saints
      and the righ-teous. And they will have the language of the Found-ing
      Fathers supporting this idea.

      Even if this country were to be destroyed, this idea is a portable
      government. It is the portable government that G-d evolved for
      mankind. If the country goes away and a few of us escape, we can
      establish the same thing as good or better in time, in another life
      or on another piece of land some-where else. It is portable and man
      can carry it.

      I have the understanding of how to create life again, political life
      that will grow into a great gov-ernment. I have it, and I bet many
      others have it. But if the whole country would be lost, if G-d
      spared my life I could get it going again somewhere else in another
      land or in another place.

      That is security, that is peace, that is salvation, when you know
      that you have been blessed with the perception and the way to form a
      society that will live, when others are dying and passing away.

      Look at the longevity of this country, this form of gov-ernment we
      have. Look how it has survived, when gov-ernments are falling all
      over the world. It is not because it has been so righteous; it is
      because it has been blessed with the sacred knowledge of how to form
      government life of a people, of a government under G-d.

      Never did it disown its Father. The leaders of this Nation never
      turned to Com-munism or atheism and dis-own or disrespect G-d.

      I said this too in my young years as a minister. Imagine yourself
      now as a father with monumental wealth and immeasurable power and
      influence. And you have two sons.

      One of your sons remember you all the time, but he is out beating up
      people and taking their property and selling whiskey and getting
      them to gamble and do all of those things. Now you don't stand for
      all of those things, but this son remembers you all of the time.

      The other one does not drink and does not gamble and wants all the
      land to be shared by the people and just authorizes a few officers
      to represent them — though they get a good living for rep-resenting
      the people.

      They want all the people to share the wealth and don't want any
      banks holding the
      wealth. And they don't want any small number of people holding up or
      piling up the wealth. These are the Com-munist people.

      These are your two sons. One son isn't drinking and isn't smoking,
      and he has put the dope dealers out of busi-ness. That is what Commu-
      nism did. But he says, "You aren't important. It's not important
      even to remember you."

      And among those with the other son who is doing all the bad things,
      there are others who don't even like the bad things the people are
      doing. They really are working against those bad things. They are
      trying to make the family of the brother who is remem-bering you a
      better family, and they are making progress.

      Tell me, who will you acknowledge? The one who is not selling drugs
      and not let-ting the people play and do nasty things and won't let
      them gamble. But he doesn't remember you, and he will punish the
      others if they come out of their houses and start talking about you
      in the public.

      That is what the Commu-nists did for 70 years. Who would you
      recognize as your son? You would recognize the one who remembers
      you. Even though he is doing bad things, he remembers you. And he is
      not imposing the bad things that he is doing on all of the family.

      He permits anybody in the family who wants to not to go that way.
      They don't have to rob and steal. You will remember that son. Well I
      have just given you a picture of G-d's Position.

      The Arabs were reading the Qur'an and reading it right about G-d. We
      had the Qur'an, too, but we were say-ing "G-d was Mr. W. D. Fard in
      the human flesh." The Arabs knew the Prophet who got the revelation,
      and they were acknowledging the right Prophet, Muhammed the Prophet
      of Arabia.

      We were saying that the Hon. Elijah Muhammad was the messenger of G-
      d. And we weren't interested but for just a little bit in Muhammed
      of Arabia, whom the Qur'an was revealed to.

      But we had good intentions, and our religion was sincere. And we
      wanted to be all the way straight, not part of the way. We were
      acknowledging Him before great America and taking the risk of living
      our different life here in the face of great America.

      They were coming in from Muslim countries changing their names to
      Robi, Jack, Sam, Tobi, ashamed to come out. This country didn't say
      you couldn't have your reli-gion in this country, but they weren't
      coming out in the open with their religion. They were keeping it as
      quiet as they could.

      Now the same G-d that I just described sees these poor descendents
      of slaves, how they were treated and how they wanted to be treat-ed,
      and He sees in their hearts how they really want-ed to be upright
      and on the right path for G-d. And they are speaking a language that
      G-d can't accept.

      So G-d says, "I'll take care of them. I'll teach them Myself. They
      are going to learn the Qur'an, and they won't learn it from the
      Arabs. I am going to inspire them, and they are going to learn it
      from My Inspiration. One day, I am going to favor them over the
      rest."

      The Hon. Elijah Muham-mad said that day was com-ing, and the day is
      here. The Muslims that Allah is with are not those Muslims over
      there. It is the Muslims in the United States of Ameri-ca, and they
      were here while others were mum and afraid to speak.

      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 coun-try, 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. Thank you, Peace be unto you As-Salaam-
      Alaikum.





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