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The Decree of Death

Imam W. D. Muhammad


In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful; Peace and Blessings upon His Servant and His Messenger, Muhammad, forever. Amen.

There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.

As -Salaam –Alaikum

My Dear Brothers and Sisters:


57. It is We Who have
Created you : why will ye
Not witness the Truth?

58.  Do ye then see ?—
The (human Seed) that
Ye throw out,—

59 Is it ye who create it.
Or are We the Creators ?

60. We have decreed Death
To be your common lot,
And We are not
To be frustrated

61. From changing your Forms
And creating you (again)
In (Forms) that ye know not.

62.  And ye certainly know already
The first form of creation :
Why then do ye not
Celebrate His praises ?

Holy Quran Translation by Yusuf Ali: Sura 56: Verses 57-62

The Holy Quran says that death will come to the wrongdoer from every quarter, yet he will not die. What kind of death will come to a man, but will not cause him to die? What kind of man will not die when death comes to him? Almighty God has ordained a certain death under which all of us have to come, but there are other forms of death that God has not placed on anyone against their own will. If a person wants the kind of death that will not cause them to die, they can ask for it and take it. If they do not want it, they can reject it and live.



Some people have become physicalized in their minds and physicalized in their hearts. They cannot think with their minds unless they think in physical, concrete terms. They cannot think with their moral body unless they think in physicalized terms. These people are not human beings. The Holy Quran says that they are a herd (class) of people that strayed further away from truth than cattle. Among cattle we do find some sentiments that go out for a loved one and some care for the young, but there are many people who become so physicalized that they do not even have room in their hearts for their wife or for their children. These people are worse than dumb animals because they are not just satisfied to die themselves. They want to take everybody else with them in their death, even their wife and their own children. The physical death is the fear of these people. No matter bow plainly you present truth and reality to them, they will twist it into a lie. You can present reality to them so plainly that all of the five senses say, "Yes, that is the truth." The heart and the spirit say, "Yes, that is the truth." But the wicked, corrupt, deformed disbeliever in God says, "No, it is not the truth and I will not accept it."


Fear Of Death

Their fear is death and the physical activity in creation. They fear that if they come into Islam they will have to suffer pain after they are physically dead. They think of that pain as a physical pain. They are not ready to pay for their crimes. Rather than face the court by amending their ways and getting on the right track so that they can begin to load their scale up with good deeds that will save them from the great wrath, they back up further into the shadows of darkness. Certainly the physical death is death that no creature escapes. No one will stay around here forever, physically.


The Process Of Life

The mind produced by Satan that believes in a physically dead "savior" (Jesus) rising from the grave in physical flesh form is the mind of weak people. These people are not morally strong, nor are they strong spiritually. They have no muscles to hold themselves up unless that muscle is a "physical" muscle. They cannot accept a truly spiritual concept or spiritual knowledge because they can only live physically. It is a terrible existence for a human being to only be able to live physically. The only enjoyment he gets out of eating physical food is physical enjoyment. When a man comes out of the physical womb into the moral womb of life, all of his first appetites begin to satisfy him more.

The eating of a piece of bread is more enjoyable to a man who has risen above the physical womb to the moral womb of human development. Yesterday he was not able to feed on and to enjoy certain things because his mind was only physical. But after his mind and his nature have grown from a form that is just physical into a moral nature and form, he sees many, many more beautiful characteristics in the things that he experiences on a physical level. He becomes much richer in his physical life than he was before, simply because he has risen higher than the physical plane. He has risen up to a moral plane of life. When that man is able to rise even higher, up to a spiritual plane with rational balance, he is able to enjoy much more than he enjoys on either of the two planes before. Everything, Brothers and Sisters, begins to give you more pleasure; so why stay dead down on the low physical level of human existence. Why don't you try to understand the process of life?


A Womb Of Death

The process of life involves life and death. You first come into life, and then you have to die while you are yet living in your physical body. Your old mind and your old understanding keep you held in slavery by the gravitation that you are under. The womb in which you are forced to exist because of your ignorance of the higher plane of life is a womb of death. It was life while its time of life was in proper season. A plant that grows in the earth is living (not dead) before it breaks the soil and comes out into the air and sunshine. But if it never breaks the soil and comes up above the ground, it will eventually die. When we see the other seeds that were sown standing up as stalks of corn with many ears but we do not see a plant from this seed standing, we say that it is "dead." It was living in the earth as a seed when it got moist, when it swelled up, and when the forces of life caused it to burst open. But it did not have the strength to push up that little thin layer of physical dirt to get up to some sunlight, some fresh air, and some clean water.


Identify The “Dead"

So it is for human life. If you remain physical in your mind and physical in your heart's sentiments, a time is going to come when the world will see you as something that did not have the strength to come to life. That time is right now, Brothers and Sisters. Ten or twenty years ago you could walk around with a physical (dead) mind and with a physical (dead) heart. Then, the world did not see you as "dead." But now the light of Islam is coming out in the West and it is shining bright. It is showing up every physicalized brain and every physicalized heart. If you are dead, you are going to be identified as dead and you are going to be called dead in this day and time.

Your brother, W.D. Muhammad