Thousands of Muslims packed the Cobo Hall today to hear American Muslim leader Imam WD Mohammed deliver the Friday sermon.
What I found most interesting about today’s sermon was the section where he continued his discussion about the intrinsic excellence of man and that man’s role in its “Christ-like” and Muhammad (SAAS) like nature is to elevate thinking to the level of scientific observation in all matters.
The example that Imam Mohammed gave was quite interesting in his reference to man’s purpose being higher than animals. He stated that animals have family life, male animals in some species look after their families, have sex outside of public view and groom themselves. Thus, a man looking after his family is nothing special, for animals even do this much.
He stated that man’s role is more elevated than this in its purpose to govern varying aspects in this material world under G’d, and that this can only be achieved by those who are alive morally and intellectually, not dead.
He stated that most in our society are morally dead. Having money and a family doesn’t make one alive to purpose.
This made me reflect immediately on Sen. Obama’s recent remarks about black men taking care of their families. On one hand, he’s right for this is incumbent on men. On the other, it made me also think that this is nothing special to call men towards taking care of their families and that being a man in the sense of Adam, Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad (SAAS) is so much more than this base responsibility.
People are driven by expectations. If they expect nothing, they achieve nothing. If they expect to live a life no more elevated than the animal life, they live the animal life of seeking the bare mininum. Turn them onto their human purpose and potential, their character will be close to the prophets, and they will be the renewers of civilization and innovators that help advance humanity.