Education: A Sacred Matter Commentary of Imam W Deen Mohammed Spiritual and Social Sciences In this country, we have the separation of church and state and it has been misunderstood. I mean even the constitution-based separation of church and state in this country has been misunderstood. It is being acknowledged now (in high places) that it has been misunderstood and now they are trying to correct it. We can be affected by that, because we are trained in this society. We are trained in the institutions. We can be affected by that and we can be unconsciously excluding matters that we would think of as being spiritual matters or religious matters; being oblivious, being unaware of those things, i.e., the importance of spiritual life, or spirituality. This world had an aim and the aim was to secularize society. That was its aim in the material world, the business world, the commercial world, etc. Its aim was to secularize this religious society and we have been a victim like everybody else in this country. We have been secularized. Secularize means to take you from being under the control of G_d to being under the control of the world. That was the purpose. That was the aim and they have succeeded in doing that for most Americans. As adherents in the faith of Islam we should come from the logic that G_d has revealed to Muhammed, the Prophet, to all the worlds, in the Qur'an. G_d says, "Look at the objects suspended in the skies". "Earth" is a western term, "heaven" is a Christian term, not an Islamic term. The word in Islamic terminology is still, "Skies". There is not a different word for sky. But the same common word for sky is also the meaning of heavens; same thing, same word, "Samaa". Again, G_d says, "Look at the objects suspended in the skies; how they appear to be supported up there without any apparent structures holding them up".58 Now, we know that science tells us that this great mass that we live on (solid mass, gases, whatever) is also suspended in space. And, if we could be on another planet and look at this planet, as astronauts have done, we would see the earth hanging in space with no structures apparently appearing before the sporting it to hang there. So, what is holding it there? G_d s to think about it. That is why He pointed us to this; so we can think. "Think, reflect, for surely you receive benefits from that”.59 G_d gave us that to think on it and to benefit from the thinking. So, we think on that and right away without the information that is given to the learned class, or the educated society, we would say nothing is holding it up. But science gives us some explanation. The lay person (I do not care how intelligent he is) would look and if he did not know anything about science, he would say nothing is holding it up. And, that is what G_d knows, that nothing is holding it up but G_d! Yes, that is the answer. So, I do not say we should keep scientific explanations from the students, but we should point to that and let them answer the question, just like G_d wants all of us to answer the question. Do not give them what education says, first. Let the new student answer the question. You should say, "The moon, do you see it?” Tell them how science weighed it. Then you should say, "You know how much that weighs, that moon up there?" Ask them, "Do you know the depth of it, how big it is?" Tell them, "Say, do you see the little star up there, Saturn, or something?" Tell them how big that star is, how big its mass is, how much it weighs, and how it would overshadow the whole earth. They are very big in mass (Jupiter, etc.) and some others. Tell them about that. Say, "It is held up there. You do not see anything under it, holding it up, do you? Think about that. What is holding it up?" Tell them, "G_d holds them up". This strengthens the faith. Stronger in our abstract Now on the level of thinking for the educated in science to me it is a stronger reason. I have a stronger reason as a person aware of science than I had when I was unaware of the science. So, when I was unaware of the science, it was just faith. I see something I cannot understand. It is faith. It is G_d. Only G_d can do that. But now that I am aware of the science, it is a message from the material heavens to the material earth. It is the heavens that teach us that great material bodies are stronger in their abstract than they are in their concrete. So, we should be stronger in our abstract than we are in our concrete. It should be our abstract that is our strength and not our concrete. The energy, the magnetism, the universal gravitation, all of that is abstract. You cannot taste it. You cannot smell it. You cannot hear it. You cannot feel it. It is abstract. It is completely abstract. It cannot be pictured. You cannot draw it in any kind of physical form. It is airless and weightless space. You cannot even talk about molecules and electrons in there. So, you are talking about a void. Nevertheless, there is unseen power within the mass, unseen power that balances the great masses in the universe. When you run out of reasoning depend on faith This is a message to us, that when we run out of reason, depend on faith. We do not see it as a substance, but it is a powerful substance. It has molecules, atoms, electrons, protons, neutrons. It is a powerful substance. Yes, so when nothing else can hold us up, faith will. This is the greatest power, faith in G_d. G_d says that whoever will not accept the religion of Abraham debases himself. He discredits his own intellect. He makes himself a fool. That is Islam. Yes, I understand it. I certainly do understand it. Now, it is really stupid to know Islam and choose another religion. Take it from me who used to be stupid. I am not stupid anymore. "Deen al fitral laahel latee fataran naasa 'alayha, the religion of origin upon which He fashioned mankind".60 All the societies of mankind, or the communities of mankind, G_d is telling us very clearly, here, that this is not a religion brought from outside of you. This is a religion that has been expressed from within you and G_d is verifying and accepting the best that you have expressed of yourself. Seventh Heaven is highest human spiritual ascent There was no seventh heaven until Abraham got there. When he got there then there was a seventh heaven, meaning that is the highest the human being can go in his spiritual ascent. So man had already gotten there, then G_d revealed the seven heavens to those who did not know, for those who do not know and would not know if G_d had not inspired another man to see where Abraham went and how far he ascended to understand these ascensions and describe them for us. There is nothing spooky, no superstition in Al-Islam. It is all reality. Maybe we cannot understand it all because our creation is limited. It is not G_d. So we cannot understand it all, maybe, but there is nothing that is not real. Everything is real. G_d is real. Angels are real. Hell is real. This is Al-Islam. I am not talking from my head. I am talking from what I have learned of Al -Islam. Everything is real. See G_d with your intelligence G_d has made nothing and nothing exists that is incompatible or foreign and cannot be embraced by the five senses and human intelligence, even G_d. We cannot see Him, directly, with our intelligence, but we can see Him with our intelligence. He never said you couldn't see Him. He said, "You cannot see Me, directly"',61 You need references in creation to see Him. But you can see Him. Why would the Scripture say, "Every eye shall see Him"?62 And why would man long in his soul and in his heart to see his Creator? Would not his Creator be cruel to put that nature in his heart and in his mind and not answer what he wants? That would be a cruel G_d. G_d is a compassionate, merciful, loving G_d. I see Him better than I see you and I am not exaggerating. Allahu Akbar (G_d is Greater)! The straight path of the soul Seratal mustaqeem, the straight path, is talking about our soul, its intelligence and the urge, the Will of G_d that is in it. Everything that G_d created, His Will is in it. That is why it is given in this way. The Qur'an says that G_d has given something of His Spirit to everything." His Spirit means the direction for His Will. The flow, or direction of His Will, that is His Spirit. So, if you are not in accord with His Will and you have used His creation in an improper way, what you used is going to be against you in the final Day of Judgement. The Qur'an says your hand will speak out against you. The eye, every member of your body, will speak against you saying, "He used me. She used me." Why? Because the Will of G_d is in everything that He created. Everything from Him has His Will or something of His Spirit. His Will is a moving Will. That is what spirit means. It is moving for its purpose, to reach its divine purpose. The seratal mustaqeem is standing upright. Mustaqeem tells us of its path. Its path is not a path going horizontal like traffic does on the earth with streets and animals moving about. It is not going like that. It is going straight up. Its path goes straight up. To say, "Straight up", in Arabic it is pronounced, "Astaqim". That is the language of the young fellows on the street saying, "Straight up, man." But this very word not changed, needing no altering, nothing added to it or taken away, the very exact expression was given to a man who came up to Muhammed, the Prophet. He said, "What can you tell me that no one else can tell me? Prophet Muhammed said, "Say, I have believed' and thereafter, Istaqeem, be upright." He told him, "Be straight up, man". He was telling that young man, "You are coming to me crooked and you haven't really accepted faith like you should, coming to me this way. Now you have to go back". As Christ, peace be on the Prophet, told Nicodemus, according to the Bible, "You have to be born again. You are not ready yet". Prophet Muhammed, in a way, was saying the same thing to him. "You have to be born again. First say, ‘have accepted faith' and thereafter be straight up". So long before the world of philosophy and sciences that we know, thinking men read into the ability to stand up straight. Before, the Prophets were called seers and at the same time they were called, thinkers. That is why the Qur'an puts emphasis on thinking. It goes back to the earliest name or description of this activity in man that brings him to enlightenment. And the earliest are those who devoted themselves to thought, thinking on matters of importance in creation to understand how this is formed. "How should I relate to it? What is my purpose in it, etc.?" These are the kinds of questions that the mind was asking. These men who asked such questions and some of them were women, were blessed to come to the light, to see the light of G_d's Will in matter, in creation, in people and in everything. Heaven a higher elevation The desire or the appetite in us is to become universal, to embrace everything, all sciences, all knowledge, etc. But how does it happen? The bird flies high and can see a broader field or area on the ground, like eagles and other birds that fly high, too. Men, thinkers, observing these things gave this description to the higher life; that it is a life that goes vertical, straight up to see better and to see more and the movement is towards the higher regions. Men going up on the mountain they found out that when you get up on the mountain the air is lighter and cleaner; and water that melts from ice on the mountain and comes down tastes better, cleaner and everything. So all of these things that they experienced of the higher regions brought them to say man is aspiring to go in that direction; in the direction of purity, in the direction of broader vision. All of that became heaven. They gave the name, "Heaven", to all of that. Heaven simply means an elevation, a higher elevation. The religious teachers and wise people they are the ones who gave this meaning to the higher life as a life standing vertical, a life growing vertical. Now, it says, "The likeness of your creation is the creation of plants."63 This is G_d speaking in Qur'an. Most plants grow straight up. A blade of grass goes straight up. That is to tell you that it is similar to your nature and the higher they go, the more developed, the more complex, the more their life is fulfilled. If you catch them low down here they haven't realized their life, most of them. But as they get higher they realize their life, to produce flowers, to produce seeds, to produce fruits. Some trees they produce mostly wood, but they just get higher and higher until they reach their maturity. The ascent of man In science, they speak of the ascent of man. You get that in college if you do not get it in high school. You get this language, "The ascent of man". It is in dictionaries and encyclopedias. You can read about the ascent of man and they are talking about all people on this earth, not just one people. This is a vertical path. The path of purity is the vertical path; the path of innocence, the path of purity, the path of purpose. Lastly, I say purpose because it is hidden in most of us. We do not know the purpose. We are wondering, "Why am I here? Why am I blessed to have all this?" You want to understand it. So purpose is usually the hidden thing that you come upon. But before you engage or focus on purpose you are already ascending because you have a natural desire just to be better. Your original human pattern, or fitraa, is pushing you up straight, pushing you to ascend. Ascending is about more purity and leaving more indecency beneath you, rising above indecency. It is about more justice, being fair by yourself and fair by others; being more just in the way you live your life in relationship to others. When you do this, you are ascending. You ascend and you reach a height where you can no longer accept that you be that far away from the job that needs to be done on earth, people suffering needlessly, people ignorant. G_d does not have to send you back down. The same thing that sent you up is going to send you back down. Now, you have to go back down. Where religion begins Everything that is ordered up there has peace. Scripture says, "Peace it is until the break of day, or the rising of the dawn, the spread of the dawn”.64 So now you come back down. You are not the peaceful region any more. You are down here on earth where there is a lot of trouble and you have a purpose to fulfill. You have a job to do and the earth is not ready for it. Look at the danger that is involved. This is where religion begins. The religious mission, the progress of religion starts now where you are down here with your fellow man. Your ascending put you all the way up in the darkest regions of the universe and up there you saw the stars, the many lights. There is only one in the day and that is the sun; one major light. The moon is seen sometimes in the day but its place is not there. You can hardly see it. It is a little dim light accompanying the sun in the day time. You go up there and see the many lights and the night is so beautiful. So, man comes back down to do his job, to answer his purpose, his calling that is on earth, not up in the sky. But he had to go up there to prepare his soul and his spirit to deal with the matters down here. Light on the script Now we are talking about man's soul in the objective world so let us go back to Revelation, the revealed sciences, the revealed knowledge. We are not talking about what the scientists are talking about in biology, physiology, anatomy, or whatever. We are talking about what G_d revealed for a composition, for a body of knowledge that will serve the soul, the spirit and the mind. G_d wants the soul, the spirit and the mind to be educated. So, G_d forms a body of knowledge to attend the needs of the soul, the spirit and the mind. When He is attending the needs of the soul He is talking in parables or He is talking in picture language. When G_d attends to the needs of the spirit it is still talking in parables, picture language. But now He is attending the needs in the spirit so that the spirit will not be satisfied with the picture language; so that the spirit will now want to go to the light, saying, "I know these pictures mean more than what I am understanding them to mean. G_d please give us light on your script." That is the spirit that He brings you to, attending the needs of the soul; the water, the spirit, the wind. And where are we going? We are going to the light of understanding. Then He begins to teach us like we begin in kindergarten. This is no more than a preservation of the method of G_d like in kindergarten. In kindergarten they give you pictures, objects, to play with that will stimulate interest in your mind. This is how they start you off. G_d now, is having us to want to understand these things that we did not understand. He puts in us the spirit of curiosity to understand what He reveals, the language, but we cannot understand it. We have a desire to understand it, to know how to use it, saying, "G_d, I know that You mean something. I know that You have hidden it in the Scripture. Open it up to me my Lord". G_d gives a role to the human brain So the emphasis is on the brain and when G_d says, “I am going to put a khalifah in the earth "65, He is saying, "I am going to give the role to the human brain"; that is, Adam, the man with the brain. G_d is going to put a man in the earth with a brain and with the freedom to use his brain. You see how the Scripture opens up to you when you have the right understanding? Now even the serpent comes to Adam. If he is coming to his brain you can understand that story much better, now. He is coming to a brain and what he wants to do is confuse that brain so that he will be free to keep his thing going in the earth without trouble from an enlightened human being. It is the brain. He comes to deceive the brain, not the heart. He came to deceive the brain of Adam, mankind. Adam represents all people, or man in his role over society. He comes to deceive the human brain. But how does he get to the human brain? He gets to it through the heart. There is the door, again. He gets to the human brain through the door. He starts appealing to what the man's heart responds to and the Bible uses Eve to say his heart is not him. His heart is Eve. So Satan went to Eve (that is the man's heart), offered to her and she took the apple and gave it to the man. Social life requisitions But, the Qur'an does not give it like that. It does not put the woman in a role like that. It says they both were seduced and they both ate of it. And, actually, the woman, the female, symbolizes a lot things in Scripture, the Bible. One thing is the man's heart and the woman is made from the rib of a man. Where is the rib? It is an encasement that encases his vital organs and encases the heart. He made his mate from a rib of the man, meaning close to his heart. But this has more of a spiritual message than it does anything else, except a social message. It has a spiritual message and a social message. But the spiritual message is directly in focus and directly addressed, that He made the woman from the rib of the man; because the rib is a bone that is rigid and it is thin but not too rigid to bend a little bit. And the way the rib cage is made allows the ribs to open up a little bit. A man can push his chest out. If he puts a lot of air in his chest the chest goes out. It is made to do that. And when you breathe the rib case responds to your breathing. This is logic that responds to the spiritual life. The social sciences, the spiritual sciences, all of them come from the brain. Man has been in the role of providing such for the whole society. So that is why the man is given before the woman in this story and then she is made from the rib. His wife is made from his rib. It is talking about how a spiritual society is going to be made from the man of the ground, of the earth. That is the agriculturalist. That the industrialist who it is going to be made from him. And if you look at the society now that is where that comes from. People follow opportunity made by the industrialists or the developers and following the opportunity made by them they soon form a little town; soon a big town or city. This is how it happens and their social life becoming bigger requisitions all these other things; stores to buy groceries from, to buy clothing from, systems to provide water to the area, other goods and everything. After a while it is a big, growing metropolis with all of these things that human beings need. It all came from an industrialist, or from industrial persons who got together and said, "Let us build this community"; or, "Let us build some homes here. Let us live in this area here". It grows and all those things come as a consequence of it. Where did it come from? Everything you use where did it come from? It came out of the ground. So everything goes back to the earth, back to the ground. Everything, human life, all life and all these products, all these benefits, utilities, or whatever, come to us out of the earth. Spirituality and Spirit The word, "Hawaa, means the habit of following an emotional impulse, moving on an emotional impulse without thinking. It is closely related to the name, Eve, in Arabic. The Genesis in the Bible says, "The eve and the morning was the first day. The wife of Adam,peace be on him and his wife, too, she is never given a name in Qur'an. The Arabs have a name for her in tradition, but in Qur'an you do not find her name. You only find where G_d says He made, "From one nafs, one soul, its mate".66 They became mates, male and female and they produced many men and women. He is from the soul. He is not flesh at this time. He is not being addressed as a flesh body when it says, "Nafsin wahidah" (one soul/person). He is being addressed as a spiritual body. The non-physical person He is made them from one soul. The Arabic word, Nafs, also means, person. But in this respect it is never thought of as a physical, material person, or as the flesh body. It is called something different. For example, in English, we say "Person, body". We have different terms. When you say, body, we think of a material body. When you say, person, we think of a particular person by name. When you speak of persons as persons you speak of them with some knowledge of them as a person. And if you have knowledge of them as a person your knowledge of them as a person is more important than your knowledge of them as flesh. I can see a person one time and see what you have been seeing for fifty years and I do not need to see any more. I saw his flesh, it is enough. For just a couple of minutes that was enough. I do not have to see his flesh for fifty years like you did. But you have seen what I have not seen if I am just meeting that person. You have seen the person inside of the flesh and that is what this is talking about. You get psyche and psychology from this same word, nafs. The word, nafs, in Qur'an and the Arabic language is more closely related in meaning to the psyche of the human person than it is to anything else. And you know from psyche you get psychology and it does not always refer to the study of the mind. Each one of us has our personal psychology. For each person there is not only a psyche, but there is also a psychology. Psychology means the way you are most likely to respond and behave, spiritually. That is why I said you are a spiritual body more so than a material body. In the world we study it and call it psychology. In religion we call it spiritual sciences, the spiritual sciences of the human nature and behavior. So from, "Nafsen wahidah", meaning, the single soul, G_d made two. We have to get away from thinking of Adam and Eve in a material sense, as flesh. If I want to say, "Myself, I say, "Nafsee"...Your self is, "nafs suka"; his self, "nafsuhu"; herself, "nafsuhaa"; themselves, and "anfusukum", the plural of nafs, meaning souls. Man's true self You would say, "My soul"; the same way I would say, "Myself, i.e., "Nafsee". In everyday language on the street you would say to a person, "Nafsee". And if you are in a class on the study of psychology and you want to say, "My soul", you have to say, "Nafsee." I think this is the more accurate way of referring to ourselves. You are not your body. You are not flesh. More importantly, you are the person in the flesh and that is spiritual. So your true self is your soul and it is like saying, "Myself. My soul, it is the same. We are calling each other soul brother, now, because we abandoned responsibility for material things. Now, we are just called, soul brothers, spooks who sat by the door. The spiritual life is the true life The Bible says the life began with Eve and the evening and the morning was the first day. This is a different life than physical people. Religion, the Scripture, is not about the life of biology. It is not to teach us biology. It is not on biology. It is on spirituality. It is on the spiritual side. That is the life. The spiritual life is the whole life. It is the true life. It is the real life. Man did not have life until what happened? G_d breathed into him of His Spirit and he became a living being, a living soul. He did not have life until the Spirit went into him; then, he was a living soul. This growth is in two dimensions. One is the physical dimension and when you study human life in the physical dimension you are studying biology or some kind of science of the physical life. That is not the Qur'an. That is not the Bible. That is not religion. When you study people as spiritual beings the emotional side is another side. It is part of our spirituality. The emotions are a part of our spirituality. Woman is the context I do not say all these words are perfect, because they are not perfect. For me, calling a woman, Eve, or spirituality, is not perfect for understanding. But when you look at Scripture to see woman's nature, to see what type of nature she represents, Eve, the first woman refers to the spiritual life, the spiritual side; but not spirit with direction. This is spirituality. The woman is spirituality. The man is spirit. One is the context, the other one is the movement, the drive in the context. Why is man like that? It is because G_d made man, the male, to be the provider as G_d says in Qur'an. He made man to be the provider and in earlier life when society had not formed all of this public life that we have to support our personal life and our home life, the man was the one who was responsible for the family or for his household; or if he got with his neighbors it was a tribal thing. It was still family. They went out to hunt and bring back food. Going out to hunt educated the man in the world. The man became educated in the world and the woman was left back. She was not educated in the world. So, what happened to her? She became more spiritual than her men who were on the outside. Even today, who do you find mostly in the Church? The woman. And it looks like the Mosque is turning out to be that way, too. The longer I preach the more I see females growing in the mosque and males, their numbers are dwindling. The female numbers are increasing. Women are more in touch with human life. They have to take the babies from infancy, from the womb and they have to care for those babies until they are ready to go out with the men out in the public life. The woman is more spiritual, so she is figured as spirituality and the man is figured as spirit. The arrow that is used as the sign for the man, it is something that is designed to go fast and far in the wind. The woman's sign is of the cross. Imagine all lines being equal and all angles being equal. That is the female sign. What does it mean? It means to check, control, keep in certain boundaries. Isn't that the responsibility of the female, the mother at home, to keep her children in check, to keep them at home in the private life and not let them go out and be influenced by the world? So the signs are correct. The soul comes before consciousness G_d in the Qur'an says, "G_d taught Adam the names of all of the things "67 and He made Adam from the dust of the earth. Adam was a land man and he became an industrialist and the industrialist gave us these signs. He knows better. He is Adam. We do not know. G_d taught Adam all the names (not us). But, "He reveals to whomsoever He pleases what He wants to reveal. To whom He reveals there is nothing to cause him to stray. To whom He gives guidance there is nothing to cause him to stray. And from whom He withholds guidance there is nothing to guide him".68 This is G_d in the Qur'an. You have to have a check for the male. It comes out of the circle. The male comes out of the female and I have never known one to come here any other way. Engage the whole environment So, spirituality is first. Soul and spirituality come before consciousness in the world; then, man gets an interest as a hunter, or as an explorer, as a curious person out in the world. He begins to get many interests and those interests have homes. They are based back home. They start back home. "I have a wife to take care of. I have a wife and children and I need to take care of them. I have to go find supplies and bring them home, find the needs for the wife and children and bring them home". So his life is worldly drawn, worldly directed. It is drawn by the world. It draws him out there and her life is in check. He is the free spirit. She is anchored at home and that is still true of most men and women, today, but not all. We have a big number of women who do not fit that description at all. They are arrows. This is the first meaning for Adam and Eve, i.e., human spirituality; and, the aim in that spiritual nature or in that body we call the spiritual life or the spirituality is to go from private life or from home life and engage the whole environment. That is what the male has done. He has come from the private life and gone out. Why does he want to take this life out to the public or out in the world? It is because he was forced to go out into the world himself to provide sustenance to his family. So he goes back home to his wife so he can find comfort, tranquility in her, to find peace there in her because he is of her and she is of him. So he goes back home from his weary day in the world hunting and whatever. He had to run up against it. It was tiring and not peaceful all of the time for him. So he goes back home to his people. Then, he has to go back out again to the world. He came from her. They came from one another and there they find their peace at home with each other. Separate the two movements But, now he is forced to go out in the world to provide the material needs for the home and other needs that now come into play. He is providing the material needs for her and it is very difficult going from a world that is dead to the life that his reality identifies with and his wife and family identifies with. Consequently, it is a trying thing just to keep going out. So nature will urge him saying, "Convert these people out here to your life so you will have peace out here in the world, also." That is the motivation. The motivation eventually is, "I have to do something about these people. They do not have the life we have and it is hell coming out here every day to earn a living and going back home". Let us not leave the idea that we have been conditioned to separate these two movements. The movement of man as a builder, an industrial person and the movement of man as a soul needing peace and satisfaction in order to be comfortable in the soul, not in the flesh, we separate these two. And we come now to the conclusion of these things. That is where we are right now in the world, at the conclusion of all these things prophesied in the Scriptures. The industrialist is head of the Church I see more evidence in the industrial world that they have more knowledge into the meaning of the Scriptures than the Church and all of these other religious places. Religious establishments have very little understanding. That is why Adam has become the head of the Church. In these United States who is the head the Church? They are separated. They did not say separate but equal. They said the separation of Church and State. They did not say the separation and equality of Church and State. The boss is the mayor. The boss is the man in this society we live in, the United States of America. Stick with Scripture. Do not leave where I am. The boss is the man and the woman is his helper, helpmate, helpmeet; whatever you want to call it. That is in this world and it is for true life. In the Bible, it says, "The head of the woman is the man". I am giving you the exact words. "And the head of the man is G_d". This is the Bible. So how do these meanings progress? The meanings progress or originate from the perception that woman is typical of human spirituality. Do you see how I am saying that? I say, typical, because there is an exception to every rule. Man is typical of human spirit. Spirit means going out and having a direction like an arrow or a spear. They call it spirit. A spear is a rod or a stick with an arrow head on it and it is made like that to travel fast and long distances in the air. "I in you and you in me" Now, the meanings have progressed, so you have to know not just one Mary. You have Jesus Christ, one man, but you do not have one Mary. There are four Mary's in the Bible; Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, upon her be peace and three others. All of these Mary's are not having the same meaning. The meaning of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, is not the same as those other three Mary's. They are different and so it is for man. He becomes different, too. There is only one Jesus Christ, but in the Bible, he said, "Why have you crucified me continuously?”69 So that means they have crucified him and others as well; not just him in his own person, but also others they have crucified. They say they crucified Saint Peter. Again, Jesus says, "As you have done to the least of these you have done onto me." How are we to understand that? It is not talking about an Asian or an African. He is talking about a spiritual body that is in all people, that is in every man. That is why he said, "I in you and you in me"70 speaking to his followers. Types inside the soul All of these are not the same because if we understand it John was, also. He was John by mission and by his role he was John. John in the Qur'an is Yahya. John in the Bible was not he also Christ Jesus inside his nature? He had Christ inside his nature. We have to get away from seeing these figures as flesh or members of a race and see them in the real meaning that we find in Scripture. You should see them as spiritual types inside of the human body, or the human nature. They are types inside of the soul of human beings. Then, cannot you understand if I say to you, "Woman is also man?" That is given in the story, the myth, mystical story, of the mother of Jesus Christ, peace be upon them, that G_d made a man from a woman, not from a man. No matter how we translate it or interpret it, if G_d made a man from a woman and no man is his father, then there must have been man in woman; but not the flesh and blood man you are thinking about. The real type, the drive to go out and make the world fit for human life, is also in woman and the proof of it is that she gave birth to the spirit without man touching her. I heard one imam of the immigrant Muslims, those who came here from overseas, who had been here a long time. I think he came from overseas when he was very young. He was speaking to a group, an audience and I was in the audience. In fact, I was actually with him. I came to that occasion with him. He said, "G_d made a man from the ground without mother or father. That was Adam. Then He made a man from a woman without a father and that is Christ." That stuck in my mind and I said to myself, "G_d was obligated to do that if He says He made man from the ground, the material reality and we see that come from mother, male and female. We come from a woman." If G_d said He made man from the ground, due respect to the woman is that He has to make man from a woman. We know we do not see any men made from the ground. We see all men coming from woman. From dust to industry So, to give respect to woman the reality of our history is just that, man is establishing his life. I am talking in the plural, not just one individual. He established the life for himself and others. He established that life, firstly and in the history of the progress for human society addresses, directly, the abundant resources in the ground. That is why I used the expression, "From dust to industry". He starts, first, in the ground. That is Scripture and that is reality. After a while the public life becomes such a big life with comforts and everything built into it that it becomes a life separate from the material efforts of man. It becomes education, schools, churches, religious places of worship, cultural places. It becomes government, political owners, all of these developments. Now we have a new reality. It is not the original ground that man survived upon. Now man's work has brought in another world. Man's work has given us man's world. For want of a better expression, I say, "Man's world". It is not the ground producing the thinking, the human sensitivities, the spirit and all that makes my soul or my life. It is not the ground anymore feeding that, directly. It is a new order, a new man-made order that is feeding that. So the ground is not producing us, directly, anymore. It is the city life or the community life that is producing us. We are getting our new minds and our new leaders, our new careers, our new occupations and whatever, all of this from this new reality. It has now become the mother. It is the mother now, not the Mother Earth. It is society that is giving birth to us. So, we should see that the real progress for industrious man is coming from agricultural life, the simple life of the farm, or something similar, to the life of city builders. If you notice in Scripture, especially the Bible, it is the big cities, the big populations that are given female names. Nineveh, Babylon, all of these cities are called women in the Bible, because those circumstances are now producing people. They are producing their thinking and interests. Look at how the woman changes from spirituality. Her perception, firstly, is spirituality. Now she is a big mama. She is accommodating all of these things. To say that woman is spirituality is not enough. Woman is spirituality and woman is environment. The environment produces us, but the environment changes. With man's progress the environment changes. The environment becomes more complex and much more productive, in time. You must get the sex thing out of the study of knowledge and religion. It is not about sex as we understand sex. Look at how the Bible starts off with Eve. Why? It is because those men back there at that time, when they were writing Scripture or Scripture was being inspired and conceived, they were bothered already by big populations that were giving themselves to sin and corruption. The allusion here is to Eve. It is that we began in ignorance, not only that we began in spirituality. There was no light. It was in darkness and in time born of and out of the darkness. Then comes the light and the light is the sun. Light is symbolized as the sun. Knowledge is light When Jesus Christ asked, "Who do you say I, the son of man, am?"71, he was speaking of himself in the same sense as Scripture before him spoke of man; man, both as a flesh and blood person, but also as enlightenment, the sun of man; the enlightenment for man, but also of man. Man's enlightenment came out of man. Knowledge is in the head of somebody and they share it with us. Knowledge is light, then it comes to us out of the head of somebody. The son (sun) of man is the one who gives light to mankind, or becomes the light for mankind; the one who comes as a light for mankind. Jesus Christ was alluding to that when he said, "Who do you say I the son of man am?" Son, then, is an allusion on, or to the light of man, or the enlightenment of man. So, we should think of Adam, too, as an illumined body, not just as a body or a spirit inspired and made conscious, knowledgeable and wise by Gd. He represents a body of light and this kind of reasoning is not just limited to people of the Book. It is all around the world. All of the myths in the world have started just like that. "My Mother is black" I was studying about the Buddha and he said of himself, "My mother is black". This is Buddha talking in religious, spiritual language. He pursued his destiny or his calling. Something was driving him to search the darkness. His mother was black and he was driven or motivated to search the darkness. So, that mother is not a biological flesh and blood mother. He is talking about his mother as his country, his environment that he was in that was in ignorance. He saw it in ignorance like Muhammed, the Prophet, saw the Arabs of the land that he was born in. He saw it in ignorance, darkness. Buddha saw his people, the way they were living in darkness and he said, "My mother is black". He goes on to the road of enlightenment. As he progresses in that road he comes to see the nature of his society as his mother. The first mother he saw was the land that gave birth to him, or the land that supported him. That was his first mother, the society that he was member of. Then later he sees the nature. He gets wisdom and insight and he sees the nature explaining their behavior. Nature is referring to the inside, the inner picture, or the necessary workings of things within a body that give it character or give it design. That is nature. He finally gets insight into the nature of his society and he is still seeing his mother as black. The first black is the darkness that is the absence of education or the absence of knowledge. Darkness is the absence of education. So, the absence of knowledge is the first darkness. The next darkness is the nature, itself; those things that operate to make things what they are and to make them perform as they perform; and his mother is black. He says he finally was illuminated. He reached illumination and he became a body of light. That meant G_d (I know they do not say, "G_d", in Buddhism, but I am saying, "G_d". I believe in G_d) illumined him, made him see and understand things and he became the light for his society. The Illumined One, they called him, shining bright with light. Is that any different from Adam? No, it is the same subject. Here is Adam, the man of the ground, man working the earth. G_d blessed him to see inside things, to know the nature of things and to give them their names. So, actually, he was an illuminated body, too. He was the first light for man, the father for mankind. The eye of the darkness The Bible says his female counterpart was Eve, meaning that it was darkness. Buddha says, "My mother was black". It is saying the same thing. The most ancient of these spiritual movements perhaps we cannot go any further back, I do not think, than Egypt and their god, Osiris, the sunlight. That was their god in ancient Egypt. Osiris is the sun. He is the light. He was eclipsed by his wife and in some stories, it is his mother, Isis. She eclipsed him. What brings darkness? It is a material body in the way of the light. This is world science...The material body blocks the sunlight and that is how we get night. So, what is night but a big shadow of the earth? That is all it is. The sun is on the other side casting a big shadow of the earth on us and that brings night time. It gets very dark. If they taught our children that in elementary school it would be easy to teach them. You can reach any child with that. All you have to do is give them a demonstration. Shine a flashlight over an object and there is a shadow, darkness. You can show them how the object blocks the light and makes the shadow, the darkness. If the shadow is big enough, as big as the earth, then there is going to be a lot of darkness, at least for those people in the eye of the darkness, like in the eye of the hurricane. The eye of the darkness is going to be very dark for them. This is a kind of teaching that will make you feel good inside; that will make you feel that you are free and at peace. As a consequence, it will make you much more productive. The creation of the human being needs what, first? Peace and quiet. G_d says the life germ, sperm of man, is placed in the female and it is put in a situation where it is safe and at peace, protected from noise and trouble, safe and at peace. And because G_d has created a situation like that for the life germ, that life germ completes itself and gives us a whole person, physically, male and female. What a great production! G_d says that production is made possible because it is placed in a situation where it is at peace and protected from harm and trouble. And we are told the story that we all began our existence in Paradise. We were conceived and then put in the world to produce; conceived in Paradise and then put into the world to produce. We were able to produce because we were conceived in Paradise. G_d brought us from a peaceful state free of burden, not hurting and then He put us in the work field to work; and we are able to produce because we were formed in heaven. These people who are being formed in the hells of the street cannot you see why they are not productive, why they cannot contribute to the establishment, to the structures in their neighborhoods? They offer nothing because they are created in hell. But if we remain devoted to this religion we will create an environment like this. We are being formed in heaven right now, those who are sensitive to what is happening. We are being formed in heaven right now and we can go in the world and be productive. They won't cripple us with their sins and our souls will be sensitive to the needs of human life and each one will go his own way, to his own interest; and we all will contribute to the building of a new world. This is happening all of the time. It is not to come. A few can save the future for the many It only takes a few to wake up and save the future for the many. There are strong ones among the whites and strong ones among the blacks who are holding their life and waking up to just what is going on. In time, we will have a great new leadership and we will recover. But in the meantime, the new reality, this new world situation, demands that those who know do not just know for relief. Relief is to free you to have more energy, more faith to work. We should be working hard, giving all of our energy to work hard on the life you are building. Do not put all your energy outside of the work field. Know the field of work that we are in and work hard to build on our grounds, spread it all out and go everywhere with it; and not just, "I have a good feeling that my heart has been relieved. I think I understand this world". No, you are freed up to work more. Power in the social nature of man Referring to the power of the social nature of man, G_d says in the Qur'an, "He sends down iron"72, or, "He revealed iron for mighty war"73 and it has reference directly to the title of the chapter in Qur'an, Hadid, or Iron. We speak of weight lifting, sometimes, and we say they are pumping iron. Now that reference to iron is power. The reference to iron in the Qur'an is a much greater power and that is the social nature of man. If it is used it is very powerful and when men go to war to defend themselves, or their country they depend heavily on what? The social nature, saying, "Brothers, comrades in arms, do not forget your families! We have to defend our families!" So the social nature is usually what government leaders call on. They try to appeal to that social nature to get the men they need and the supplies, equipment, arms whatever, for war. We have come to a time when the social nature and the family life has been ignored. So they just impose what they want on you and do not ask you for anything; just some more money to finance it. Dhul Qarnain, some say he is Constantine (around 325 AD). In the Qur'an, his name is Dhul Qarnain and some of the scholars think he is Constantine. He was the one who thought he had a vision. G_d says in Qur'an that he built something to keep Gog and Magog from being at each other. He built a wall of iron and then he poured over the iron molten lead. The iron was not showing because it was covered by the lead. The lead was obviously a protection for the iron because lead does not rust quickly like iron. It holds longer. So the lead is over the iron to protect it. But lead is a poisonous metal and iron is not. Iron is an element we need and even need to consume. It represents the social life. So he built a great wall, meaning a protection and he built it, firstly, appealing to the social interest of the people and got their interest heated up so hot they were passionate in support of what he was doing. He let it cool or set and then he poured molten lead over it. The iron is the science of the social nature of man in society and the lead is religion. But more specifically, it is the religion of the West that is so slick you cannot get over it; and you cannot climb up on it. A play on language There is a play here on the language, too, i.e., "lead" and "led". Like "read" and "read" (pronounced, "red"). Lead is in the present or pointing to the future and led is always pointing to the past. You put all those past lies together and it is lead. Put all of those ancient lies together and add lies to it and it is lead. That is what it is, poison smelt, very slick. If rain falling on it does not change it because it is impervious to human sentimental nature; to cold. If you leave lead out and put a piece of iron in the same temperature, when it starts to get cold, feel the lead. It is colder. The lead will be cooler than the iron though they are in the same temperature environment. The temperature is cooling the same, but put them side by side and when you touch the iron it will not feel as cold as the lead. To me this is a sign of G_d's presence; that everything in His creation speaks to what is happening to man's nature and life. It says He created the universe so that mankind would have His Mercy. He created the world expressly for His Mercy, a mercy to mankind. "The One Who created me shall guide me" The Prophet, Abraham, peace be on him, is seen as our second father in the three sister faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Al-Islam. In our Islamic, scriptural teaching he was responding to the oppressor over the nation and the oppressor was trying to tell him that, "You are stupid. If you will not be with me, you are going to meet with nothing but bad consequences. How will you be able to survive?" So, Abraham responded to him and said, "The One Who created me will guide me”.74 That is what he represents to us the teacher. He connects us with the creation, all of it, the whole universe and gives it to us as a field for our inquiry, a field for our curiosities and studies; the whole universe. Abraham made that matter whole and one. It is tied together by one logic and he goes from there to the belief that there must be a Cause behind this great system of matter and that is G_d, the Creator. So really what we are seeing are things happening to us in our social life, like American Bandstand and Soul Train. American Bandstand had primarily a white audience and was white directed. But Soul Train was African Americans and I think somehow Soul Train cancelled out American Bandstand. Now, everything is entertainment. The music world is influenced by our soul. We have influenced the whole of America. Ebony Magazine came out with a special many years ago and the title was, "The Browning of America". What Mr. Johnson and his staff were saying in this publication, in my understanding, was that they brought us here to be their servants, to carry their burden; to be totters of water, cutters of wood, etc.; but encouraging us to go into entertainment. They really put us in a situation to humanize their soul because our soul was already looking for its humanity. So, they put us in a situation to really humanize their spirit and that is what has happened. A lost social contract Our early stage performers, entertainers, they were much like those that developed in the Caribbean. They were inspired by the trials and tribulations and also Gd's presence in our life, the help we were getting from G_d in our life. They were inspired by that and when they performed and expressed what was inside of them they also communicated the need in our soul for advancement of the intellect. They did that and they did such a beautiful job. However, now, over the years we were separated, and as one African American writer said, "Somewhere behind me I got separated from my social contract." (Editor's note: The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison) When we were physically freed there was a burning desire in our mothers and fathers for the acquisition of knowledge. So, they went to books, lots of reading and everything. It was a great start. G_d was with us and we were with G_d, but somewhere, I think, during so-called freedom from physical bondage we began to be manipulated by those who assisted us when we wanted to establish a career for ourselves, to go into fun life. And most of the intelligence was drained off from the original groove that it was in to be this world's entertainers. We came to love entertainment so much until we just want to entertain. We do not care who we entertain. It is all in the common African American walking the street. It is in him to be an entertainer, to love fun life and to be an entertainer. Adam, a disposition in the intellect After my studies of Scripture for so many years, if I were to want to present right now, the man, Adam, I couldn't present him better than through the story of men like Dr. George Washington Carver, the noted scientist of the peanut and other plants; because Adam is not a flesh and blood person. Adam is a disposition in the intellect that respects the creation, all of it and mates with the creation. We believe that G_d made the creation to be mated. It is for man to mate his intelligence with the creation. They are mates and if they do not mate there is no production except nature. But once they mate then we have production, science and all the other great benefits that we get. So, we need men like Dr. Carver right now to reconnect us with our own original nature or soul and with an appreciation for matter in the systemic universe. Speaking again of education, we know there are serious problems for education. We all need learning and there have been persons for some time now in education that have been addressing the problem, the need to almost rewrite history, especially the history of our experiences in the new world on this continent; the misrepresentation of Native Americans, the Indians, etc.; and how education has given an incorrect picture of the black race in the early days and still we have problems of trying to bring things to be correct. Native Americans are a people who protested the dominance of the white man in their lives, the dominance of his thinking, his way and they are so, I would say, offended by the way it was done that they would rather just be at a standstill than to go forward in the white man's world. However, some of them are not remaining there. They are getting a piece of the best of the material world. Global inclusion We are now living in a world when natural forces, social dynamics, cultural dynamics, political dynamics, and trends, etc., seem to be pointing to the time of the conclusion. There is a powerful statement in the Qur'an. "He made the earth as a place for your meeting"75 a place to bring you together. That was said more than 1400 years ago when man did not know the whole world. It is not in history that they knew this continent existed. But now we have one map of the whole earth and everybody knows of the necessity, the need to have resources from each other. And the benefits from the skills and developments that others far away from us have gained in their separate world of experience on this planet earth are all coming together now and they call it Global Inclusion. That is where we are now. The human soul is now the leader At this time in history the human soul is the leader whether we know it or not. The human soul that G_d created is really the leader of this one world. It was already ready to embrace the true nature. The human soul was ready long before we came to see the necessity of coming together as a world. The human soul was ready to accept black, white, red, Chinese, African, British, whoever. We (African Americans) were the most rejected people on this earth, but it was not just here. The Indians rejected their blacks and they called them the Untouchables, the Hindus. They are correcting all of that now but everybody rejected the blacks. I think black scares people, because you cannot see in the dark. I think it is fear. It is natural to fear darkness. You get up and everything is dark so you feel your way under fear. There is a certain amount of fear there and for some darkness is more threatening than for others. Serious contradictions for our intelligence Getting back to African American's very unique, peculiar, beginning in this world, in America, it separated us from traditional life and the support that you get from traditional life that others had. This peculiar circumstance separated us from that. We were separated even from a connection with G_d, because they did not permit slaves to read the Bible because they were afraid if the slave learned to read he would become educated and become a big problem for his master. So, the slaves had to console their souls, the inner life and that inner life told them that somewhere there is a just authority that is responsible for this beautiful world, the sunrise, the rain that comes after the drought. Something is responsible for that and the white man was conveying G_d, but would not let us read the book that would bring his G_d to us. As a result, we came to realize a G_d without help from the Bible, without help from anybody. We listened to what the white man was saying about his religion and his G_d and it sounded good. And a woman named, Julia, said to the white people who were behaving in the ugly way that they can behave sometimes towards blacks, "You look like G_d in the face but you are behaving like the Devil in your hearts." She meant the white man's G_d, the white Jesus Christ. We had to start without any help from history, without any help from society and this is the way Adam began on this earth. So, that orientation and that dependency on the soul and the external world that G_d made has brought us to be a very special people in this country; so special until America, according to CNN, is no more just America. It is black America. We did not want to leave Jesus Christ as a scriptural figure. But we wanted to leave him as a white man. I could never stand him as a white man, because the white man was not a good picture when I was coming up. Some of us do not know how deeply ingrained it is. Serious contradictions for our intelligence were on our soul. It was so serious and made an imprint upon our soul so deep that it almost has to take something like facing death, suddenly, to bring it back. I experienced being with a Muslim sister who was elderly, but very youthful. Something happened very suddenly. It was so frightening and hurting for her that she went back to herself before her church self and she said, "Oh, lordy Jesus!" She was a Muslim who had been living for years with the Honorable Elijah Mohammed. Interfaith transparency The world stage is changing for help to mankind and language says a lot that is being used in religious circles of educated religious people who are interested in coming together whether they belong to the same religion or not, to address the problem for mankind and looking to see, "Are we contributing to that problem." Religion has contributed to that problem and religious leaders now are coming together, those who know that and want to change. They are using such expressions as, "Transparency". The secular world is also using that term. But the first time I heard it was years ago from religious leaders who were meeting to address the problems of society, the world that religion might have contributed to. Transparency is not a new occupation for religious leaders but it is a new term and; not entirely new, because the Qur'an says, "This book is a book that comes clear and open, transparent"76 I think the term, politically, started in Russia when one of the Russian leaders said they wanted to promote openness. To correct their mistakes, they are going to have to read Scripture, again. You can have a disposition that the world gives you as a Muslim and when you read the Qur'an all of G_d's precious jewels are locked and you cannot get them out. You cannot reach them and there is no road for you to go and follow to find them. Patterns for your thinking It is the same for Christians. If their mind has been influenced and directed by the world many of them cannot find the precious teachings of Jesus Christ. They read the Bible and they read nothing but rituals and stuff and they miss the precious direction that Jesus represents as a sign for man to reconcile his life again with nature as Adam did. He is the second Adam, Jesus Christ. Reconcile your life again with the nature created by G_d and then you will find patterns for your thinking that will bring you to the great destination that G_d wants you to reach for your capacity and your potential inside of you; a virtual heaven on this earth. That is what G_d wants for us. Innocence says a child shall lead them. It won't be a child. It will be a grown up but it will be someone who is innocent in his intent, or in his design on the world. So, he will be as innocent as a child. I couldn't have imagined that the world would be socially advanced to where it is now and scientifically advanced to where it is now. I couldn't have dreamed it. But, if you are a true believer you have goodness already and your goodness earns you faith. You are a true believer already and that kind of believer represents a small percentage of the congregations now in most of the churches, mosques, temples, or whatever, in this time we are living in now, the modern time secular society. Those persons come and their batteries are charged all the time and they go to church just to get more energy for the battery. So they are never weak as a battery. But, the great majority they go there just to pay their dues as they say and they hear a sermon that excites the soul, the spirit and they go off. However, on Monday it is gone. By Monday the charge has worn off and the charge is, "Get that money. Pay these bills, etc." Then, they have to go back on Sunday. But now, they do not go back. They will go on Christmas, maybe. Ritualism a problem in religion Prophet Muhammed spoke about the effect of religion on people, how it is superficial, cosmetic and they miss the real ingredients, the nutrients in the religion. A man was brought to Prophet Muhammed, a man who was following the religion, spiritually and doing all the rituals. He prayed all the five prayers, never missing his prayers and other rituals. He was always completing them. He fasted when the month of fasting came and they gave this beautiful picture of achievement for this individual that they brought to the Prophet. The Prophet asked, "Who takes care of him? Who provides his needs, his food, his clothing?" They said, "We do." He said, "You are better than he is." It shows that the Prophet saw ritualism as Jesus Christ did, who put down ritualism in the Gospel. He saw ritualism as a serious problem for the advancement of society and he let them know that. That story of the Prophet is there to let world leaders know who will get acquainted with the Qur'an and the Prophet that the big problem for us in the world is ritualism. Everybody needs to be re-educated People have to have substance for the guidance of their life. Human beings begin as thinkers. All human life begins as a thinker and the thinker develops into the philosopher. Whether you reach that point of philosophical inquiry where you are serious about knowing the nature of things or just the outer appearance, you want to know: "What makes this work, shape up, or take that form, etc.?" You become scientifically oriented before you become scientific as we know science in the world today. We all begin as thinkers and we all begin with patterns of thinking. Our thinking takes patterns and if we do not have an orientation that has its source in matter, in the real, natural world creation, if we do not have our beginning there, then we take patterns sometimes that are faulty from the beginning. One faulty pattern follows another and most people are just creatures of random thought and random patterns of development for the growth of their mind or mentality. That is why the world is in such a mess. It seems like it is a job too big for us to say everybody needs to be re-educated. We need to have some kind of supplements to our curriculum or education that would include how concepts in nature, plant, animal life, etc., have inspired concepts in science; and how you can see the helicopter in the world of insects and birds, i.e., the humming bird. You can see the principle in these animals that will make you not be so frightened by the inventions of science and modern man. Scripture communicates by symbols and signs They overwhelm us with their knowledge and with their creations and they mystify us to the point where we just become paralyzed and we do not want to even deal with it. We do not want to even think about it. We do not want to even ask any questions because the challenge it too much for us. But if we could get more help, i.e., the nature series, if you have a normal, natural mind you appreciate that and it is so good. But why do not they make it clear that, "We are not only showing you nature but we want you to know that really man's beginning is the beginning of his curiosity for understanding, for looking at and appreciating these things. We are showing you that this is in nature. And that is how education developed. That is how science developed, etc." They should tell the viewers that, but they do not. But I think they think everything is by signs. G_d says in the Scriptures (the Qur'an and the Bible I think has the same story almost exactly) that when Mary was about to give birth or carry Christ Jesus, peace be upon Mary and her son Jesus Christ, she was put in the care of Zacharias, a Prophet. He is both in the Gospel and in the Qur'an. He was told to fast three days to get himself in condition to care for her. It said, "And do not communicate. Do not speak, except by signs”,77 stories, etc. And that is the way you should leave it. That is the way you should leave the world. If the world does not wake them up the way G_d made it, leave them alone and tell them to go to school for education. End Notes Qur'an references are from the Abdullah Yusuf 'Ali translation. Bible references are from the New Revised Standard Version 58) 31:10. He created the heavens without any pillars that ye can see; He set on the earth mountains standing firm, lest it should shake with you; and He scattered through it beasts of all kinds. We send down rain from the sky, and produce on the earth every kind of noble creature, in pairs. 59) 51:55. But teach (thy Message) for teaching benefits the Believers. 60) 30:30. So set thou thy face steadily and truly to the Faith: (establish) Allah's handiwork according to the pattern on which He has made mankind: no change (let there be) in the work (wrought) by Allah: that is the standard Religion: but most among mankind understand not. 61) 7:143. When Moses came to the place appointed by Us, and his Lord addressed him, He said: "O my Lord! show (Thyself) to me, that I may look upon thee." Allah said: "By no means canst thou see Me (direct); But look upon the mount; if it abide in its place, then shalt thou see Me." When his Lord manifested His glory on the Mount, He made it as dust. And Moses fell down in a swoon. When he recovered his senses he said: "Glory be to Thee! to Thee I turn in repentance, and I am the first to believe." 62). Revelation 1:7. Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. 63) 71:17. "'And Allah has produced you from the earth growing (gradually), 64) 97:5. Peace!... This until the rise of morn! 65) 2:30. Behold, thy Lord said to the angels: "I will create a vicegerent on earth." They said: "Wilt Thou place therein one who will make mischief therein and shed blood?- whilst we do celebrate Thy praises and glorify Thy holy (name)?" He said: "I know what ye know not." 66) 4:1. O mankind! reverence your Guardian-Lord, who created you from a single person, created, of like nature, His mate, and from them twain scattered (like seeds) countless men and women;- reverence Allah, through whom ye demand your mutual (rights), and (reverence) the wombs (That bore you): for Allah ever watches over you. 67) 2:31. And He taught Adam the names of all things; then He placed them before the angels, and said: "Tell me the names of these if ye are right." 2:32. They said: "Glory to Thee, of knowledge We have none, save what Thou Hast taught us: In truth it is Thou Who art perfect in knowledge and wisdom." 2:33. He said: "O Adam! Tell them their names." When he had told them, Allah said: "Did I not tell you that I know the secrets of heaven and earth, and I know what ye reveal and what ye conceal?" 2:34. And behold, We said to the angels: "Bow down to Adam" and they bowed down. Not so Iblis: he refused and was haughty: He was of those who reject Faith. 68) 35:8. Is he, then, to whom the evil of his conduct is made alluring, so that he looks upon it as good, (equal to one who is rightly guided)? For Allah leaves to stray whom He wills, and guides whom He wills. So let not thy soul go out in (vainly) sighing after them: for Allah knows well all that they do! 35:9. It is Allah Who sends forth the Winds, so that they raise up the Clouds, and We drive them to a land that is dead, and revive the earth therewith after its death: even so (will be) the Resurrection! 35:10. If any do seek for glory and power,- to Allah belong all glory and power. To Him mount up (all) Words of Purity: It is He Who exalts each Deed of Righteousness. Those that lay Plots of Evil,- for them is a Penalty terrible; and the plotting of such will be void (of result). 69) Hebrews 6:6 and then have fallen away, since on their own they are crucifying again the Son of God and are holding him up to contempt. 70) John 14:20 On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 71) Mathew 16:13. Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14. And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15. He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16. Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah,[a] the Son of the living God.” 17. And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. 18. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 19. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 72) 57:25. We sent aforetime our messengers with Clear Signs and sent down with them the Book and the Balance (of Right and Wrong), that men may stand forth in justice; and We sent down Iron, in which is (material for) mighty war, as well as many benefits for mankind, that Allah may test who it is that will help, Unseen, Him and His messengers: For Allah is Full of Strength, Exalted in Might (and able to enforce His Will). 73) 34:10. We bestowed Grace aforetime on David from ourselves: "O ye Mountains! Sing ye back the Praises of Allah with him! and ye birds (also)! And We made the iron soft for him;- 34:11. (Commanding), "Make thou coast of mail, balancing well the rings of chain armour, and work ye righteousness; for be sure I see (clearly) all that ye do." 74) 26:78. "Who created me, and it is He Who guides me; 75) 6:98. It is He Who hath produced you from a single person: here is a place of sojourn and a place of departure: We detail Our signs for people who understand. 76) 2:2. This is the Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear Allah; 98:1. Those who reject (Truth), among the People of the Book and among the Polytheists, were not going to depart (from their ways) until there should come to them Clear Evidence,- 98:2. A messenger from Allah, rehearsing scriptures kept pure and holy: 98:3. Wherein are laws (or decrees) right and straight. 77) 3:41. He said: "O my Lord! Give me a Sign!" "Thy Sign," was the answer, "Shall be that thou shalt speak to no man for three days but with signals. Then celebrate the praises of thy Lord again and again, and glorify Him in the evening and in the morning."