“Relationships” according to Imam W. Deen Mohammed (1983)

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From the desk of MAVA National CDR

Mulzim R. Fidai,

Peep Support Specialist

IMAM W. DEEN MOHAMMED: Don’t you know Allah created us to be helped by relationships? We are to be helped by our family members, by our friends, by our neighbors, by institutions, and by established people in society.

We are even to be helped by the physical environment. We should have a helpful relationship and a productive relationship with the physical natural environment.

Allah has made all of these relationships to help in advancing us. They are not to hurt us. But when things go seriously wrong within you, then no relationship can help you.

There are people now who have no relationship that will help them. They have no relationship with relatives, friends, institutions, teachers, established people or the government. There is nobody who can be of any good in their lives, and it seems that nothing can help them.

Some of them will say the world and government are just no good. But why don’t they look at themselves a little more? There is still a lot of good out here in the world.

The bad things are in the sanctuary. And this comes from the Bible. For I have read in the Bible where it says the world would come to a deathly state where there is no hope.

People in time were trying to trace the problem and they located it in the sanctuary itself. Pollution had come into the sanctuary, and for that reason the whole society was messed up. That is the sanctuary of your own good self-interest.

When that interest becomes polluted, twisted and corrupt, the whole life is eventually lost. We have to keep our own self-interest healthy and in good condition, honest, upright, and respectful of things that should be respected.

This applies especially to the value of the human soul that Allah has created. It seems that everything comes into life through the door of self-concern.

Because of this matter, our task in recognizing situations of favorable and unfavorable relationships with self becomes very important. We have to examine all the relationships of self with something else.

This even applies to your money. The human being is a sensitive creature, and everything that we come in contact with eventually brings about a relationship.

It will either be one that is hostile or one that is acceptable, desired and loved. We may even become seemingly helplessly attached to it.

We are creatures of relationships, and that is what it means when Allah says He has made you mates.

The first mates we think of were Adam and his wife, and from them came all other mates or men and women all over the world, so the Scripture says.

But we have to understand that Allah is pointing out to us a fact of our nature…; that we do not exist or multiply or grow except upon relationships.

Those relationships are abstract as well as concrete. You have a spiritual side, and it has its mate also. You have a moral life, and it has its mate. You have affections, and they have their mate. You have intelligence that operates in abstract, and abstracts have their mates.

You, in your whole abstract concept or picture, have a mate with the objective world. We are mated, and everything that touches us and that comes near us in our environment becomes a mate. It either becomes a hostile relationship or a welcomed relationship.

So do not take lightly anything that has touched you…; your money, your children, your property, or your friends. Do not take lightly any of those relationships.

You will have to work at keeping those relationships from going rotten and making you a bad person. We know we have to watch this relationship we have with this world out here.

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