Islam is the eternal religion—there is no beginning nor end to it. It is the religion of every true book (religious scripture). We have five pillars that we stand upon which serve as the foundation upon which our whole life is structured.
“And he took his staff in his hand and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.
“And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.
“So, David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.”
—I SAMUEL 17: 39-40 & 49-50
The Book says that David picked five smooth stones from the water. In religion, stones are symbolic of laws or commandments. Five stones (commandments) had been formed smooth without flaw in them by the movement of water upon them. Water symbolizes the moral body of Truth.
When the Book says that “My people” are a standing water, it means that they are a moral body of Truth that does not move for anything but G-d. They are a standing water keeping the boundaries that G-d has given them.
The Line of David
David is in the Bible as a messianic (messiah) figure. Messiahs come in the line of David, meaning that they come to re-establish the order of David. The figure “David” does not necessarily represent a flesh and blood person, but it represents a type of person and a type of kingdom that is to be re-established. This type of person holds G-d both first and last in his heart and he is a type of person that is willing to go to any extent to see that the will of G-d is done on earth.
David was a prophet that was the builder of a strong government in his time. After he died, the strong government began to crumble with corruption under the rule of Solomon.
The return of a messiah like David means the return of a strong truth that will not give way under any force or power. That is the return of Islam in its pure state.
David used a stone to slay the chief enemy (strongest opposition). That was the great giant Goliath who was slain with a stone that David shot out of his slingshot and hit him in the forehead.
Pillar No. 1: Belief in the one G-d
That stone was the first stone (the first pillar of the faith in Islam): There is no god but One G-d (Allah). If you fire that one stone into the head of the enemy society, it will eventually bring them to their knees because their life depends on you worshipping something that is not Allah. If you don’t do anything but invite the people to worship Allah alone, they will be brought out of the hands of the beast.
The rulers of the evil world of grafted Caucasian mentality cannot rule unless you worship the things that they establish for you to worship. Once you stop worshipping the things that they establish for you to worship, they have lost you.
The first stone to destroy the wicked society is the purity of worship, the worship of none but the Creator and the Creator alone. David picking five smooth stones from the water is an answer to what we have as our five pillars of Islam.
We should give mental and verbal recognition to the commandment that there is no god but One G-d (Allah). Allah is the G-d of all of the Prophets or Messengers of G-d. Because the Prophet Muhammad (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) represents all of the Prophets of G-d, we say, “I bear witness that there is no god but Allah” and we also say, “And I bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and His Messenger.”
This first pillar shows that we have accepted the One Universal Truth (Allah) and that we bear witness that it exists independent of everything else. That Truth has witness bearers (prophets) that bring the Truth to the people. We recognize that this Truth, has now come to us when ‘we recognize that Muhammad is the Messenger of G-d.
Pillar No. 2: Prayer
We have prayer (at least five times per day) as a second commandment which tells us to give verbal recognition and also bodily recognition to the Truth that there is no g-d but One G-d. Once you recognize that there is one Single Being that is Divine that everything else should recognize, respect, and obey, you should do something to show that you have recognized this Truth.
You should throw yourself down in the most humble fashion to let the world know that you recognize one superior to yourself. Prayer in Islam is more than prayer in other religions. In other religions, prayer is an institution that reaches out in everything.
Every act of a Believer is prayer in Islam. The Holy Qur’an says that everything and every creature in creation performs his prayer. We know that animals, plants, and rocks do not stand up and say, “Allah-u-Akbar,” but they do the job ordained for them by the Creator. In doing the job ordained for them, they are worshipping Almighty G-d.
If we perform our prayer correctly, our prayer should be a twenty-four-hour prayer. We should remain in humble obedience to G-d for the whole of our lives. But there should be a physical demonstration that we are accepting the religion and the worship of Almighty G-d.
We demonstrate this acceptance by putting ourselves down upon the floor and touching the power development of our being (the forehead or mind) to the ground before our Maker.
If a man humbles that which is of secondary value or less in himself, he is withholding something that is of uppermost value. Muslims put their heads upon the ground to show that they submit the best of themselves to the Maker because they exist only because of Him. It is not because of ourselves that we have our crown (mind), our crown is given to us by the Creator so we put our crown on the ground before Him.
There is no better physical demonstration of humbleness and appreciation that you could give than to pray in the manner of the Muslim. The Bible says that every prophet of G-d prayed in this fashion. The Prophet Jesus, before he was arrested by those who came to crucify him, put his forehead on the ground and prayed.
In prayer, we give bodily testimony that we accept G-d. It is not enough just to say it, you have to act out your testimony. If G-d has given you a physical body, you should also make your body bow down to the Creator. If a ruler accepts a superior, he should also make those who are subject to him accept his superior.
If you do not have the courage to acknowledge the worship of Almighty G-d and if you do not have the courage to live a life that tells others that you worship Almighty G-d, you are not strong enough to accept the first pillar of Islam that we stand upon.
Pillar No. 3: Charity (Zakat)
Man is superior to anything that his mind might suggest for him to worship other than G-d. The worship of Allah dignifies you, but the worship of anything else shames you.
The third pillar or commandment of Islam is charity or “zakat.” You should sacrifice a part of Allah’s wealth, which He has blessed you to hold, in the way of charity to help those who are less fortunate.
Zakat is also a universal institution. It not only means going into your pocket to get money for those who need it, it means going into your heart and into your mind to get something to give to those that need it.
Muslims are a people who are not selfish. We want to share our blessings from Allah with others. Our own righteousness and our own way of life should multiply and fill the whole earth.
Charity in Islam is an institution which strives to attain equality in the distribution of wealth with which Allah has blessed his creatures. Although we may never reach that goal of equality of physical wealth, Allah always gives us the best (perfection) to strive for as a goal.
Pillar No. 4: Fasting
183. O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you that ye may (learn) self-restraint –
184. Fasting) for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill or on a journey, the prescribed number (should be made up) from days later. For those who can do it (with hardship) is a ransom, the feeding of one that is indigent. But he that will give more of his own free will―it is better for him, and it is better for you that ye fast, if ye only knew.
185. Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an as a guide to mankind also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong). So everyone of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spent it in fasting, but if anyone is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you He does not want to put you to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.
(Holy Quran; Yusuf Ali translation, Surah (Chapter) 2, verses 183 – 185)
The fourth pillar of Islam is too fast, especially in the month of Ramadan. Fasting is not new. All of the Prophets of God fasted. “Ramadan” is an Arabic word which means “heat” or “burning.” It takes its name from the kind of wrapping or protection given to man and animals in the hot desert heat.
When a person is fasting, he is under the burning heat of appetite for physical food. But while he is under this burning heat, a resistance to heat is building up in him. The muscles of his will power build up under the test of the desire to satisfy his want for food and drink.
The buildup of the will power is a kind of wrapping that will protect you from the heat, not only for the month of Ramadan, but for the rest of the year. There are many kinds of heat other than the temptation of food that will tempt you to break your will power and give in to the heat. If you fast properly during the month of Ramadan, you will get the resistance that you need to survive the “heat” for the rest of the year.
Pillar No. 5: Pilgrimage (Hajj)
The fifth pillar of Islam is pilgrimage: The Believer is to make the pilgrimage (Hajj) to Mecca at least once in his or her lifetime if he is able to afford the journey. This is not a new commandment.
The Bible told the righteous body of people to journey together. They have always had some kind of shrine or holy place to journey too periodically. Even today, Jew’s journey to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem periodically and Christian’s journey to the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. Muslims make the pilgrimage to the Holy City Mecca, not to Jerusalem.
The Qiblah, the center for Muslim pilgrims, is in Mecca. The Ka’aba, called “the first house,” was restored by Abraham and his son Ismail and it contains the Black Stone.
Muslims are not a people who want to set up a powerful kingdom to enslave other people, but we are a people who would like to see everybody worshipping the One True God as we worship Him. So, we make a pilgrimage to one center and we invite everybody to make the pilgrimage to that center.
Muslims live all over the world, but we have one center (Ka’aba) in Mecca, which is in the desert. We cannot boast of our Center as being in a glorious geographical place for appearance, so we all can equally identify with that humble place in the desert.
Whether we are rich or poor, we see less material wealth than we saw at home when we go there. But we see the beautiful sign given to us by Almighty G-d that out of poverty comes riches, out of nothing comes something.
Allah is All-Wise in His planning and in His wisdom. Out of the barren desert He brought up water for a spiritually barren people to drink and that great and glorious spiritual message revived the religious world.
Brothers and sisters, you do not realize how blessed you are today. It is prophesied in the
scripture that in the end of the world the glory will come to those who rightfully deserve it, those who have paid the price for it, and those who have the clean eye and the clean heart to recognize and to accept it.
The message of Truth that we have today is a powerful, precious, valuable, and dignified message. We are going to carry it before all people and all nations of the world.
Out of our dark night of ignorance, Almighty G-d has blessed us with a powerful sun of Truth (power) to rise on the horizon. The message that we bring to you is pure, unadulterated Truth.
You have the best G-d: Allah. You have the best religion: Islam. You have the best name: Muslim. You have the best book: Qur’an. You have the best commandments: the five pillars of Islam. You have the best center: Ka’aba at Mecca.
You have the best and you are the best. In the Nation of Islam we say, “Peace” to the rising Morning (Dawning) of God. We thank you for honoring us with your time to read these few words.
Your Brother W.D. Muhammad