What is Islam? (1967)
LOST – FOUNDS LOOK AT ISLAM: WILL IT CURE THEIR ILLS ?
Reprinted from the February 3, 1967 edition of MUHAMMAD SPEAKS NEWSPAPER
BY ELIJAH MUHAMMAD, MESSENGER OF ALLAH
AS THE word Islam is now being repeated in the language of the people of
North America, it should be made understandable, especially to the black
man (so-called Negro) for whom the purposes of Islam are intended.
America is not a representative people of Islam, therefore. the so-called
Negro could never understand WHAT IS ISLAM from a people who do not
believe or teach it. I will not take up in detail how Islam is applied to
every action of a believer — such as rules, regulations, laws and the
protection of these rules, regulations and laws. It is only the name
which I would like for my people to know and understand.
ISLAM IS now being offered to the black man for the first time —- the
once slave in America —- and it is the last time that it will be
offered to him. ISLAM means entire submission to the Will of Allah (God),
in the English language and in its original language, the Arabic, it
means the same only with significance applied which takes us further into
the knowledge of the word ISLAM. It it means entire submission to the
Will of Allah (God) then this submission to the Will of Allah (God) is a
law of Allah, which we all must obey in order to receive His favor.
EVERYONE must submit to Him, This Law works throughout the universe. It
was with the Creator in the beginning — entire submission to the Will
of Almighty Allah (God). The reason it is offered to the so-called
American Negro is to bring the so-called American Negro into the favor of
Allah — since they have been declared the true members of the Nation (
Those who have submitted) of ISLAM. ISLAM, according to the teaching of
the Holy Qur-an, was the religion of all of God’s prophets, from Adam to
Muhammad, the last. And, if ISLAM means entire submission to the Will of
God, this makes it clear —- since this is the Law of God — that
whosoever desires his guidance or favor, must submit to Allah (God).
IT IS THE preachings of the prophets of old the people should bow in
submission to the Will of God, if they desire the favor of God; His
Mercy; Forgiveness of their sins. Let us no more be mistaken on WHAT IS
ISLAM. When understood, it is the salvation of a believer. Allah says in
His Holy Qur-an, Chapter 2:112 — Nay, whoever submits himself entirely
to Allah, and he is the doer of good, he has his reward from his Lord and
there is no fear, for him nor shall he grieve,” This show that the
believer who submits himself to the Will of Allah is protected, since God
has no fear and has no need to grieve.
THEN ALL who believe in Him and submit to His Will become fearless, for
their protection is now in the trust of Allah (God). They are secure
under the power and protection of Allah. This is just the protection of
religion that the so-called American Negro, Lost and Found members of the
Nation of Islam need—for by no means do they have any protection
otherwise. They live among merciless and inhuman people who have
mistreated them for 400 years and, being ignorant to the knowledge of
self and God and His Religion, has made it impossible for them to seek
the help of Almighty God Allah against their vicious, merciless enemies
for their enemies would never teach them how to get help against them.The
removal of grief from the hearts of us, the so – called Negroes, is
salvation within itself.
WHAT IS ISLAM? It is is a religion of refuge, for us, from the plagues
and doom of this people (white Americans) — the non – Islamic people. I
ask you and warn you to take refuge in Allah and His true religion,
ISLAM, ISLAM was the religion that brought the white race out of the
caves and hillsides of Europe, as they call it today — by Moses, the
servant of Allah 4,000 years ago.
WE HAVE a few white people in America, who claim submission to Allah
(ISLAM), which number over 3,000,000. But, being by nature not true
believers, their clam is covered under secrecy. WHAT IS ISLAM? The
salvation of the American so-called Negro.
WHAT IS ISLAM? It is the power of God being offered to the American so -
called Negro, to make possible their stand against satan and his world.
WHAT IS ISLAM ? The religion of peace and contentment, WHAT IS ISLAM? The
religion of universal brotherhood and the friendship of God and the
nation of righteousness.
WHAT IS ISLAM? The light of truth which shineth and dispels the darkness
of falsehood. WHAT IS ISLAM? The help of the helpless poor.
WHAT IS ISLAM ? Our defense against our enemies. ISLAM — wealth and
complete happiness — our health and life. I thank Allah, in the Person
of Master Fard Muhammad, to Whom praise is due forever, for bringing to
us such salvation —the Religion of Islam. ISLAM IS predominantly a
religion of peace. It was before the world of evil and confusion and it
will be the religion of peace for all those who live to see the Hereafter.
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