Keynote Address by Imam Abdessalam Yassine
Translated by: Farouq Bouasse
1st Iowa Muslims Convention, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
Date: Saturday, March 31, 2001 | Muharram 6, 1421
[The entire speech can be read on this topic “The Great News!“]
Islam is not a “religion”
The Meaning of Man
This World and the Hereafter
Islam, the Message
Development and Underdevelopment
Justice and Spirituality
Defamatory Campaigns against Islam
Modern man no longer wonders!
The “what” and the “why”
O Bewildered Man!
I seek refuge with God from the Evil One,
In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful,
May God’s blessings and peace be upon our beloved Messenger Muhammad, his Family and Posterity, and his Companions. All praise is due to God, the Lord of all creatures.
On this day of Sunday, March 25, 2001 (corresponding to Dhu-l-Hijja 29, 1421 A.H.), I will begin my talk with greeting my brothers and sisters who are gathering in the State of Iowa with the greeting of Islam: May God’s peace, mercy and blessings be upon you. Then I address a special salutation from the Qur’ān to the respected men and women who will join us—God willing—in the path of guidance: May God’s peace be upon those who have followed Guidance.
Respected brothers and sisters,
The major claim of the people in all the countries of the world—be they advanced or underdeveloped, rich or poor, mighty and oppressing or weak and oppressed—is that of justice and peace. We too, in the Justice and Spirituality Movement, claim justice and equality between all people, and claim peace in the world. Why? For the simple reason that peace and justice are an integral part of the Message and Mission of Islam.
The national attention in America is presently focused on Islam, and views Muslims as a horde of violent terrorists. Such heavily skewed vision is formed by a defamatory campaign conducted by certain biased newspapers and superficial commentators that have neither time nor readiness to sit down and listen to Islam from the mouths of Muslims.
On the ground, Muslims are not one coherent, monolithic bloc. Muslims, indeed, live in a wide area of scattered countries and have a long, eventful history. Anyone who then takes just one part of their history as a piece of evidence to render his judgment, or contents himself with hasty press commentaries, will understand of Islam none but the reactions of Muslims who protest here and there in the vast lands of Islam; he will comprehend of Islam’s Message none but the one imparted by superficial, biased commentaries whose intent is not to present an objective view of Islam and Muslims, but rather to sully the image of Islam and Muslims.