Two years ago, a shining star in the America Muslim community passed away, Imam Warith Deen Mohammed (RA), who was the son of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad that led the Nation of Islam from 1934 to 1975.
Since Imam Mohammed’s death as with most leaders, there have been internal divisions and conflicts among his students. An internal family conflict immediately after his death led to a courtroom confrontation over his estate. Furthermore, some have claimed authority in certain matters because of their personal relationships with him or that they were told “something special” that he didn’t tell anyone else. The “something special” comments reminds me of the old “ancient Chinese secret” adage that I used to hear as a kid.
Such shenanigans took place after the death of Prophet Muhammad (SAAS), so such was to be expected. The real shame is that there is a void of leadership within this circle of knowledge as taught by Imam Mohammed to advance his perspective in an authoritative, , systematic and recognized manner both domestically and internationally.
I believe that over the years, however, an organic process will evolve in which a religious office and a socio-political office with recognized, legitimate leaders will come into being. This leadership, G-d willing, will not hold Imam Mohammed (RA) up as an infallible leader, who gave timeless fatwas (as some speak of him today), but will advance and exemplify his methodology regarding the overall practical application of Islam in America.
Imam Mohammed was very adamant that he should not be compared to Prophet Muhammad (SAAS) and that he would give examples of the mistakes that he made or when not to come to him for counseling or advice. Running business enterprises and the issue of marriage are two such instances.
Nonetheless, he was the greatest American Muslim leader to date in my analysis though many who were not his students would rank Malcolm X over him. In these days of mosque protests and proposed Qur’an burnings, I miss a voice such as Imam Mohammed’s advising the community and weighing in on the public discourse.
Click here to read a piece that I wrote in Illume Magazine titled “The Political Legacy of Imam WD Mohammed”.
Today’s khutbah was given at Masjid Wali Muhammad in Detroit; its resident Imam gave the sermon at Cobo Hall for the 2008 Ramadan Sessions.
1st part – The importance of the Night of Power and the call towards education.
2nd part – Warning of avoiding power struggles & fitnah after the passing of Imam Warith Deen (WD) Mohammed (RH).
I was only able to record the section of yesterday’s portion of the interview featuring Imam Ibrahim Pasha from Atlanta on Akbar Muhammad’s show. I did not hear the comments of Min. Louis Farrakhan following Imam Pasha due to having to leave for iftar.
Pay close attention to Imam Pasha’s comments. http://www.zshare.net/download/1883095044abdb8a/
With the Name of G’d, the Merciful Benefactor, the Merciful Redeemer
وَمَا مُحَمَّدٌ إِلاَّ رَسُولٌ قَدْ خَلَتْ مِن قَبْلِهِ ٱلرُّسُلُ أَفإِنْ مَّاتَ أَوْ قُتِلَ ٱنْقَلَبْتُمْ عَلَىٰ أَعْقَابِكُمْ وَمَن يَنقَلِبْ عَلَىٰ عَقِبَيْهِ فَلَن يَضُرَّ ٱللَّهَ شَيْئاً وَسَيَجْزِي ٱللَّهُ ٱلشَّاكِرِينَ
G’d says in the Qur’an (3:144):
Muhammad is no more than a Messenger, and indeed [many] Messengers have passed away before him. If he dies or is killed, will you then turn back on your heels [as disbelievers]? And he who turns back on his heels, not the least harm will he do to G’d; and G’d will give reward to those who are grateful.
Upon the passing of Prophet Muhamamd (SAAS), mayhem broke out in the city of Madinah. Some of the companions of the Prophet (SAAS) didn’t even believe that he (SAAS) died. `Umar bin Al-Khattab (RH), the second khalifah, stated that the Prophet (SAAS) had left his people like Moses (AS) left the Children of Israel for 40 nights, and that upon his return, he (SAAS) would dismember those who said that he (SAAS) died. `Umar also stated, “I will cut the neck of anyone who says that the Messenger of G’d is dead!”
Abu Bakr (RA) then stated, “Oh people! If any worship Muhammad, then know that he is dead. But if it is G’d that you worship, then know that He is Living and does not die.”
Then Abu Bakr recited the verse from the Qur’an stated above.
In regards to the recent events of the passing of Imam WD Mohammed, I felt it appropriate to post this history. Imam Mohammed wasn’t a prophet even. In fact, he used to tell his students, “Don’t compare me to the Prophet. I’m too small in comparison to him.”
We can not stop now!