The Role of Rituals, Symbols, Scripture, Myth and Religion According To Imam W. Deen Mohammed (raa)
THE SACRED LIFE IS THE HUMAN LIFE, IN ITS ORIGIN, IN ITS FORM AND DESTINY, INTENDED BY ALLAH
MUSLIM AMERICAN SPOKESMAN FOR HUMAN SALVATION “ We are united by the most powerful bond of all-- our common human origin”
“ I came out with tools that nobody had before and a vision that nobody had before” “ Imam’s Effectiveness Meeting” Harvey, Illinois. December 1997
“ ..from one language environment that was designed to contain us until we could get help into another language environment...” “ Imam’s Effectiveness Meeting” Harvey, Illinois. December 1997
“ Scientific concepts (are) hidden in the symbolic language of Scripture.” Elijahville, Georgia "Jumu’ah"July 29, 1983
“ When we understand the scientific factor in our situation, we will have a greater appreciation for our lives. We will come to a greater sense of motivation in our lives” “The Pleasure Principle” W. Deen Mohammed (raa)
“ It is the hidden of the matter that gives us the greatest knowledge of the matter and puts us in a situation to get the greatest benefit of the matter” 2-6-97 The Night of Power Atlanta, Ga.
"Much of what the masses of people have been given as religion are shells devoid of the kernel of real knowledge. This includes Christians, Jews, and I must also add Muslims.”
Signs In Our Selves “ Everything that Allah has created is either a sign of something that is in us or of something that he wants in us.” “ The wise always see created things as symbols and metaphors of things in their own lives.” WDM Abraham Family first Sunday (June or July '07?)
"Scripture is giving us figures; these are not true people. These are depictions of major dispositions in the souls and natures of people" “The Abraham Family” First Sunday Melchezidek Commentary 7-4-78 "G'd Established Human Nature For Human Beings"
Sacred Journeys, Sacred Rituals, Sacred Symbols, Sacred LIfe Sacred Symbols, Sacred LIfe “ The Night Journey of the Prophet” “ Salat” "The Ka'aba" "The Hajj"
“ The Night Journey of the Prophet” “ Scripture will use figurative expressions, figurative speech and abstract symbols to address what is actual and what is scientific, what is very real.” 12-28-80 Imam Warith Deen Muhammad National Broadcast
“ Whatever is in this ascension is also in your potential, it is also a human possession, its also in you. That you have in your creation also potential to arise or ascend to these levels of human excellence” Imam’s Retreat Randolph, Virginia January 16, 1999 “ The Night Journey of the Prophet”
“ The Night Journey of the Prophet” "Seven Levels of Excellence for the rise of human nature and conscience (The Sacred Life)" Imam’s Retreat Randolph, Virginia, January 16, 1999
“ The Night Journey of the Prophet” 12/21/01 Ramadan Session Adam Represents the mortal man Jesus, John represent the spiritual man Joseph represents the intuitive man Idris Represents academic pursuits Aaron Represents the culture Moses Represents government (Abraham Represents Universal thinker, Universal heart; Universal Spirit Imam’s Retreat Randolph, Virginia, January 16, 1999)
“ The Night Journey of the Prophet” Imam’s Retreat Randolph, Virginia, January 16, 1999 Imam’s Retreat Randolph, Virginia, January 16, 1999 Adam Represents the Potential in the 5 senses and in matter Jesus, John Represent Spirit of the Body expressed in the positive and the negative Joseph Represents Intuition Idris Represents Universal Culture evolved from the intuitive capacity Aaron Represents Culture evolved logic Moses Represents Classic Education from Pristine Culture; Education after Error Abraham Represents Universal thinker, Universal heart; Universal Spirit
“ The Night Journey of the Prophet” Mirrors Man’s Cognitive Developments Mirrors Man’s Cognitive Developments Adam Represents The 5 Senses Jesus, John Represent The 5 Senses Elaborated Joseph Represents Acquisition of Abstracts from Concretes (e.g., Letters, words refer to things) Idris Represents Comprehending multiple "Class" Membership (e.g., Late Concrete Operational Stage) Cont’d -----
“ The Night Journey of the Prophet” Mirrors Man’s Cognitive Developments Mirrors Man’s Cognitive Developments Aaron Represents Comprehending the Logic in the Relationships between things (e.g., Dawn:Night R Birth:Death; Early Formal Operations (7-13y.o.); e.g.,WDM on Mother: Son; Wife: Husband relative to Man's “Earthly” Evolution ) Moses Represents full repertoire of reasoning skills (Adolescence). Able to select, organize and reorganize things or ideas according to one's purpose Abstractly (“in their head”) .
“ The Night Journey of the Prophet” Mirrors Man’s Cognitive Developments Mirrors Man’s Cognitive Developments Abraham Represents Flexibility of Thought and Logic “ The ability to develop a framework based on a logical rationale about relationships among objects or ideas in the framework, while at the same time realizing that the arrangement is one of many possible ones that eventually may be changed based on fresh insights.” (e.g., Edison, Einstein, Dr. House.)
“ The Night Journey of the Prophet” Mirrors Man’s Cognitive Developments Mirrors Man’s Cognitive Developments Abraham Represents Flexibility of Thought and Logic Abraham and the idols 21: 51-70 Nimrod 2: 258 6: 75-80 (Star, Moon and Sun) 37: 83-113(Idols;Sacrifice of his Isma’il)
“ The Night Journey of the Prophet” And They All Made Sajda Behind Muhammad (Pbuh) : The 8th And They All Made Sajda Behind Muhammad (Pbuh) : The 8th “ We know the sajdah was done by Prophets before, but it wasn’t made an institution or an established practice until Muhammad the Prophet and he said the position of sajdah is the best position of the salat and in this position eight points of the human body is touching the ground, grounded, right? The open hands(1, 2), the forehead (3), the nose (4), the two knees (5,6) and toes of each foot (7, 8 points). There’s a lot of symbolism in this that has significance or reference to Muhammad as the 8th, in that picture we get, shows us the ascension of human essence (The Sacred Life).”
"Understand that prayer is a picture of the rise and fall of civilization..not (as) the rise and fall of industry, (but) the rise and fall of human life in its excellence." (The Sacred Life) 12-1-2001 "The Spiritual Material Establishment, How Are They To Work In Al Islam" Salat: The Rise and Fall Of Human Excellence
Salat: The Rise and Fall Of Human Excellence “ Human life in its excellence, where does it start? With my mind paying attention “Allahu Akbar”. (Takbir Tehrimah) My ears are open and I’m paying attention. It starts with attention to something.”
Salat: The Rise and Fall Of Human Excellence QIYYAM “When I recognize in my highest evolution I recognize that the Creator, Allah, is greater. Greater than what? Greater than the creation. Greater than what? Greater than me, “Allahu Akbar”, after I realize that and I give recognition, I glorify G-d I recite His communication to me, how He inspired me, what He brought me to understand and to know. I rehearse it.”
Salat: The Rise and Fall Of Human Excellence RUKU: “ I rehearsed it and then I am humbled. I go down to my knees. And I remember I wasn’t always standing on my feet I was walking on these and these (hands and knees) like an animal and I praised G-d when I acknowledge where He brought me up from. And because I praise Him like that we say, “Sami Allahu leman hamida,” G-d hears who praise Him.”
Salat: The Rise and Fall Of Human Excellence SAJDAH: “Then we go down immediately to Sajdah, right and I say Allahu Akbar glorify G-d that’s why I say glorifying G-d going up and down. When your business is crumbling glorify G-d, when your life is falling apart glorify G-d. When they all say you’re down and out glorify G-d if you do you’re going to rise back up. So you go down to sajdah, Allahu Akbar, and you touch the floor in sajdah with the nose, forehead, palms, knees, toes.”
Salat: The Rise and Fall Of Human Excellence SAJDAH: The forehead is symbolic of your rational mind, your rational thoughts. The nose is symbolic of your intuitive powers, in this language.
Salat: The Rise and Fall Of Human Excellence JALSA: “The left foot is like dead. You are not up on it at all, you’re sitting on it. It is lying down like its dead. The left foot it is symbolic of the ignorance that you used to support your whole body with. The unconscious support says, “I have nothing to do here, this is a higher responsibility than I’ve been carrying.”
Salat: The Rise and Fall Of Human Excellence 2nd SAJDAH: “Every time we make two sajdah. Its definitely a renewal, its like the sun rising and setting life and death, but look how wonderful that death is if the meaning of sajdah is what we think it is, look how wonderful that death is, that death is a death to your own mind isn’t it? You’re being reconciled again with the universal order of G’d.” 3-20-92 Sajdah, Masjid Ramadan Session, Little Rock, Ark
Salat: The Rise and Fall Of Human Excellence Qa’Ada: “When you finish and come up from sajda the last time you sit. You are supported by your thighs, your legs, right? Now if you want the support of the masses, (then) perform as G-d wants you to perform and you can sit and rest on the throne that is really the masses that support you. The seat of it is the masses that support you.” “ You are sitting upon the people, (that includes) those who do nothing but support you spiritually, just ready to offer spiritual support. And those who support (your through) industry are the right leg.”
Salat: The Rise and Fall Of Human Excellence TASLEEM: “And you say As Salaamu Alaikum. (To your own heart first) My heart houses all of you, my heart reaches out to all of you. As Salaamu Alaikum and because I have come to this beautiful state as a thinker and as a lover of mankind I can now tell the conscious order of society peace be unto you. As Salaamu Alaikum and the mercy of G-d. G-d’s mercy is with us now because we have conformed in the best mold that He created for our development as human beings. As Salaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah.” (To the left also to the unconscious order of society)
The Hajj: The Sacred Life’s Sacred Journey to The Sacred House The ultimate journey of the Sacred Life of the Human Being, in universal scope and representation, as an individual and as the whole of humanity is captured in the memorial of the Ka'aba and the ritual of the Hajj.
The Hajj: The Sacred Life’s Sacred Journey to The Sacred House “ The meaning (of the Hajj) is Unity and Oneness for humanity under G'd. The Hajj is a return to your innocence —your purity — your original spiritual — mental and social nature that G'd created us in, when He created the first people (or man). That's the life that G'd wants us to return to. That's the real meaning of Hajj. It's a struggle — it's a struggle to unite humanity." Muslim Journal August 2001
The Hajj: The Sacred Life’s Sacred Journey to The Sacred House Why did some, before the advent of Al-Islam, perform the Rituals of pilgrimage nude? “ The baby (i.e., Adam from Clay) expresses the natural innocence in the behavioral nature of the Human Being. The Ka'aba is the symbol of that behavioral nature (Original Nature)”.
The Hajj: The Sacred Life’s Sacred Journey to The Sacred House Who built the Ka’aba Abraham or Adam? From Adam to Abraham is the path of human development according to the will of Allah. "Every one of those (Prophetic figures in the Israa) came out of Adam's life; they were in his picture. And his picture released what had to be released to fulfill the picture that G'd wanted for man –Adam and all people.” Harlem, N.Y., First Corinthian Baptist Church, Sept. 18, 2004
The Hajj: The Sacred Life’s Sacred Journey to The Sacred House Abraham built the Ka’aba from Adam for Adam? "When you say "istaqbal ala Al-Ka'aba", you're saying you recognize that house as a sign of the origin. They say Abraham built it, but it's believed that Adam was there. It was for him first. It was for Adam even before it was built by Abraham and his son Ishmael.” Ramadan Session in Athens, Georgia February 25, 1995
So a part of the perfection of Al-Islam as a way of life and as the completion of Allah’s favor upon us is that in it’s texts, symbols and rituals it has given us every logic and strategy needed to preserve, nurture and realize the plan of Allah for our life. We just need to learn how to “Iqraa/Read” them. And by the special grace of Allah upon us he gave us one in Imam W. D. Mohammed (raa) to teach us how to - “READ” ALHAMDULILLAHIR RABBIL-AALAMIN! AMEEN