Reprinted from the 10-5-2001, 10-12-2001 issues of the Muslim Journal
by Imam W. Deen Mohammed
(The following are excerpts from the Jumuah Khutbah (sermon) given by Imam W. Deen Mohammed on Friday Sept. 14, 2001, at the Harvey Islamic Center in Harvey, IL. Imam Darnell Karim, Resident /mom, had asked Imam Mohammed and the believers to participate in a day of prayer for the victims and their families from the worst terrorist attacks on the United States that occurred on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001.)
Dear Believers, As-Salaam-Alaikum. With Allah’s Name, the Merciful Benefactor, the Merciful Redeemer, We witness that there is none to be worshiped except Allah; He is the Only G-d. And we witness that Muhammad is His Servant and His Messenger, the prayers and the peace be upon him, and what follows of that salutation to the Seal of the Prophets, the Last of the Prophets mentioned in the Qur’an as a Prophet mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments – properly called in Islam, the Torah and Injil.
We see this time that we are living in now as the time or day of religion, when matters for mankind regarding how he should live on this earth are coming to a conclusion. The earth is no more an unknown place to be discovered by man. In the time of the Prophet, this part of the world had not been discovered. Now the whole world has come together like a puzzle, when parts of it were missing. The whole continents of North America and South America were missing from it. G-d had already predicted through His Prophets that the day would come when the whole earth would become one again, as it was in the beginning.
Never before on this earth did we have the great religions and their leaders coming together in friendship and working together, discussing the problems of mankind all over the world and working together for a better earth community, a better home for us all on this earth. Muhammad the Prophet was guided by G-d with the Qur’an as a man created for the job, with the logic suitable to receive the universal connection of mankind. G-d guided him to tell the people that the people on earth were once one community. And by suggestion in the language in Qur’an, we come to the conclusion that mankind one day again has to become one community:” As He created you in the first instance, so shall you return.” (Qur’an)