by Hadrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad (rta)
In this poignant and timeless message delivered as a Friday Sermon on October 16th, 1987, Hadrat Khalifatul-Masih IV rta addresses the root of racial prejudice and discrimination. Popularly referred to as “The Detroit Address,” Hudur rta uses the lens of the Holy Quran to analyze the causes of poverty, racism, and prejudice. He addresses the problem of race relations between African Americans and Pakistanis by drawing lessons from the story of Prophet Nuh as [Noah]. As he discusses the cultural challenges affecting each race in the US, he explains that both groups are vulnerable to the same spiritual disease which manifests in different ways. Hudur rta applies the teaching of the Holy Quran to develop and offer tools to cure this disease. He urges that we must learn to openly embrace the poor and marginalized with the loving message of Islam.