Muslims And The Environmental Crisis

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rockville alameen wa Chateau La ilaha illAllah Liya Sala hain shadow under Mohammed Abu or solo optimalen via more saline, la masala wa sallam on AB decoder seleka Muhammad, wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa Pat, appraise the due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. And surely Allah is the friend and protector of the righteous. And I bear witness that Allah is one and has no partners, that Mohammed the son of Abdullah is a servant and his last messenger, may Allah always and constantly send peace and blessings to Muhammad, to his family, his companions to all those who call to his way and establish his sadhana, to the day of judgment as to what follows salaam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa

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barakaatuh

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Alhamdulillah It is a great pleasure to be with you again, to see the faces of my brothers and sisters that haven't seen in a long time. And I pray that Allah azza wa jal would make you successful, and would protect you

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in this work that we are doing in these very critical times. For the past year, I've been living in North America switched from the southern region of Africa into the far north and

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moving amongst the Muslims there, and seeing the changes the society is going through only confirms that this time period we are living in is extremely important one for Muslims now, we are in the barrel of decision. The actions we are making now will have a serious impact upon what will

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be happening to our families and our societies in the near future.

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Very serious things are happening on the ground. But the problem we are facing and you recognize this, especially in living in North America, is that we are living in an age of deception.

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It's a deception, where the human beings have developed the the power of illusion,

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where they can make you feel as though you are successful. They make you feel as though you are intellectual. They make you feel as though you're happy in your society, but in reality is something else. And so, a false construct a false world and electronic society is actually controlling much of what we are thinking.

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But in reality on the ground, there is something else happening. And the Prophet Muhammad Sal seldom did not speak from himself. He spoke from above seven heavens.

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And in one authentic hadith the Prophet Salaam is reported to have said the akuna fi activism in Jalan katha Boone sunako Manila Haji Mr. Lam Tesla and tombola.

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Er como yahoo. larrieu, the lunar crew, what are you thinking in? The process of them is reported to have said they will be near the end of time great liars.

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That jar loon like antichrist false prophets. They will come to you with a type of speech that neither you know your parents have ever heard of before.

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Beware of them. Beware that they take you astray. And beware that they put you into a fitna

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and so dakara Sula, this has come to pass.

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Did you digital technology,

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what digital technology has done with people's lives?

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They have come to us with a type of communication, as opposed to someone said, neither you nor your parents, you ever never heard of this before.

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They can make what is false seem true and make what is true, appear to be false. And they do it in such a professional way.

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They do it in such a way that you may be actually on the ground in the situation itself in the incident. And they say something totally different on the news agency. But you doubt yourself because they're so professional in how they do it. They are great liars. And so we've reached this point and what many people are realizing on the ground. You don't see this in the press

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is there is there is a groundswell that is coming up especially

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In the younger generation, and those are indigenous people, original peoples of the lands on the earth, that there needs to be a major change, they are waiting for something to happen.

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Muslims also

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are waiting for something to happen.

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We have

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over 26% of the earth's population.

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We have some of the richest people on the face of the planet Earth.

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We have huge armies. We have intellectuals, we have books, we have knowledge, you can now take the books of Hadith, and put it on a on a disk, put it in a chip

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and put it in your pocket, where's the great folk Aha. And we had the thing they had to travel 1000s of miles, just to get 100.

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But we can take that knowledge and put it in our pocket.

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But this is a contradiction we have reached, we have reached a stage

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where something serious

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will happen to us, you can look in Islamic history. And you can see because with our great wealth that we have, there is also great poverty.

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And when you travel distances amongst the Muslims, you will go in some areas where you will find Muslims living in extreme conditions. I visited the Sahara Cobra, in the great Sahara Desert, and met most Muslims, they're living on the edge of the desert

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with just enough to break their fast they are same kelela same salaat same way of practicing their religion but in terms of material things, they have almost nothing. Whereas in other parts of the world, you will find Muslims living in a very high standard of living.

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So this becomes a contradiction because we're all part of one oma.

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We also find that with the great armies and the great potential we have on the ground, that we feel humiliation.

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We feel that we're not being listened to.

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Our scholars, instead of dealing with the issues of the world, spend much of the time arguing over trivia. And the province has seldom said madala komen powder, Buddha Illa ooh to juggle, that people would not go astray after guidance. So they were given the ability to argue to debate

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and this has come to pass. So this is a contradiction. This is what I'm saying. wealth, poverty,

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potential educational potential

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argumentation,

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power in the land.

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But yet humiliation.

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And Allah azza wa jal tells us and the circle Harsha yeah you have Latina Allah tala well tanto enough soon maka

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choco la in the LA Kabir en de matar Milan wala Saku Luca la Vina nessa la ha unser home and fusa la ikkaku facetune. Allah tells us are you who believe, have the consciousness of Allah and let every soul look to what he has put forward for tomorrow and fear Allah? Surely Allah is well aware of all that you do.

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And be not as those who forgot a lot, he will make them forget themselves. Surely they are the disobedient ones. So this is the gem of wisdom coming out of this verse. lotsa kulu can Latina nessa la ha for unsolvable, unforeseeable,

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their wealth would not come to the assistance of the poor. The armies would not liberate

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their oppressed, their intellectuals would not be making achievements with their knowledge.

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And so in this type of a contradiction, Muslims now one of the difference that what are the movements happening, it's a new

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approach now to Islamic movement. And that is to look at history

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to look at what happened

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to the different sections of the Muslim world in the past, to take lessons from them in order to understand what is happening to us now. Because many of the things that happened in the past are actually being repeated today. And if you go back to the 13th century of the Common Era,

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the Mongol of the Mongol invasion.

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Then you will see

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Similar contradiction. You see a great empire

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that its leader is only symbolic, does not really have that that struggle. You know that that that ability or that desire to protect the oma. And you will see that although it appears to be a large oma, it is broken into nation states.

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You find that arm and ebonylife here who is writing at that time the great historian,

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he writes that at the time of just before the Mongol invasion, there was no judge who went from Baghdad to Mecca. They didn't have time, they were too busy with the junior.

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And the great dilemma. At that time, we're only being paid small amounts of wealth, where the slave of the

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old hundreds and 1000s of acres. And so the contradiction

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that was happening in the society caused this reaction. So natural law.

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And so this is happening to us as an oma, it is coming on stronger and stronger and stronger.

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A feeling of frustration. And at the same time, there is something major which is rumbling underneath.

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And so this contradiction facing us, is pushing us towards dealing with Islam in a serious way, not just in words,

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we'll have to deal with it 100%. And what is happening on the ground, is pushing the whole of humanity towards a major change. What is the reality of this illusion?

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What is the reality?

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For instance, recently,

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in in South Africa, and many of you

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are aware of the fact that the World Cup was in South Africa. And everybody looked to the society and you know, they built huge stadiums. It appeared, you know, to be a very important event that it united the people in the country.

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But the problem that happened after the World Cup left, and FIFA took most of the profits, after the World Cup left, that the country is left with huge stadiums. And they don't know what to do with the stadiums.

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And the poor are poor and the rich are richer, and South Africa now has been chosen as the most unequal country on Earth.

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The rich are the richest, and the poor of the poorest. And the stadiums now like huge alien entities that just put down in the society. And nobody knows how to fill the stadiums up again. So this euphoria, the illusion of success, made the society feel like it was on top of the world. Or when the illusion goes, you're actually worse than you were before.

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What also came out of South Africa in the past few years, to break the illusion

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was a study that was done by scientists, because it is considered to be one of the oldest places of human existence in the Southern African region. So they studied

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the geology of the world.

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They studied the presence of different life forms. And they tried to go back in their studies about 500 million years.

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What they found out and what they came to the conclusion is that human beings are living in right now, what they call the sixth extinction,

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that there have been five major extinctions that have gone on over the past few 100 million years, these extinctions have hit

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different forms of life. There has been shifting in the plates of the earth, carbon dioxide,

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increase asteroid impact. There's been a number of big events that have happened throughout history where different forms of life have gone extinct. They don't exist anymore. You only see traces of these forms. We are in the sixth extinction right now. And this extinction is dealing with mammals. It is dealing with plants,

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mammals, birds, we are in the extinction to the to the extent that we have gone over 50% extinction

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by the misuse of technology

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over exploitation of the land

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Pollution

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we have, we are destroying the environment that was created

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to make our life enjoyable.

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In the northern countries where I am coming from in Canada now, what they found the shocking event that they found that this huge polar bears that live in the north of Canada, and they move across the ice at a certain time of the year that it's frozen, completely frozen, and the polar bears move across the ice. Now, the polar bears cannot move to their natural habitats, because the ice is melted.

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So they're stuck, they cannot go to their feeding grounds.

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There's certain places in the north where you can actually travel across the north of the planet. And for the first time,

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they were able to do moving boats and things. They've never seen this before.

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The ice is melting at a rate, which has never been recorded before in history.

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Some of the scientists try to become skeptical. They say, Oh, no, these things have happened before.

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The natural catastrophes that we are facing now underground,

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are the worst we've ever seen before.

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Already 2010. You know, this year

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has been the worst. It has been the hardest year in history, in terms of temperature. And now the ice that is hitting the northern countries, you see what is happening now in the north. And the snow and the ice that is coming down is a strange thing. Because normally the ice is higher up in the coal, but now it's a little bit lower. And they found that in the Arctic regions, there are insects that are escaping from below the Arctic north.

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Instead of going further south, insects are going north.

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So this is really weird.

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And when you watched the creatures of Allah subhanaw taala, they have an understanding that we don't have we're too busy with Twitter and Facebook and other things like that insects and birds. They're on the ground when the tsunami struck. Right, the animals first yield animals knew before the people

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and start going up to high land

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it before the actual people understood what was going on. And so animals now are reacting in a really strange way in the north. And what we are seeing we're seeing major floods, major tornadoes,

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you know, things that are going on, which are we we've never seen anything like this before. We had earthquakes in Toronto and New York.

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We didn't have earthquakes before.

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But we have earthquakes since I've been there. One was 5.7 on the Richter scale and like everybody else, and we never had anything like this before.

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The floods that are going on in Poland they had a flood earlier this year. And they said it was the worst flood in living memory. The flood and Pakistan As some of you may know.

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It they said it was biblical. They said it was like the time of North la sala a moving tsunami through the country

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never seen anything like this before

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the forest fires tornadoes.

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It is reaching a serious point. And it is interesting that for a long time Muslims did not bother themselves with the situation of the environment.

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Because they felt that because you know they have the Quran and the Sunnah and everything will be okay and we don't we're not concerned with this. We're more concerned with

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the rituals of Islam. But inserts of Rome, Allah subhanaw taala tells us I wouldn't be let him in the shaytaan regime. The Huddle facade Phil battery well, Baja de la casa bought it last, the Viva

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La La viaggio corruption has appeared

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on the land and the sea because of what humanity's hands have done, and we will make them taste what they have earned in order that they would return to the panel. This is an interesting verse because it is saying alpha sad Phil Barbary Baba.

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And when the comparatives of the pellets are solid looked at this verse,

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and they started to comment. It's interesting their comments the same because of the sins of Danny Adam.

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Because of the sins our transgression, they would be a decrease in

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vegetation,

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a decrease in animal life,

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there'll be a decrease in the fish in the ocean. This is what the even the Sahaba were talking about, during that time that because of what humanity sands have done, but the verse interestingly says, leave go home rather let the army do, they will taste it.

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And we have tasted it in North, they have what is called acid rain,

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where the rain because the poisons of the factory is trapped in the clouds, and it comes back down on you and the rain is acid.

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In the rain, which is supposed to be a mercy on you, it becomes an adaptive

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pollution in the water over half, more than half of the freshwater

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in the world, the rivers and lakes are destroyed. That is one of the beauties in Canada itself, because Canada has more fresh water than any other country in the world.

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But that is being destroyed also, because of this misuse of technology. But the verse continues, we will make them taste something of what they have earned in order that they would return to the path.

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So,

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what is happening to us is not by chance, it is an order that we would return to the path. And so this issue of the environment has become an issue of humanity.

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And it is one that Muslims will have to now seriously consider and those who are involved in Islamic organizations need to see this as an extremely important part of the of the work of Tao and also of the work of honorable Maloof when Nyan Mancha calling to the good and forbidding evil, because the very concept of elephants that humanity has been made as the Khalifa it does not only mean you know people think Khalifa Amir meaning ruling a political state. But the real sealaska is the representative of Allah subhanaw taala on the earth. This is the real key lessons. And that is what people are waiting for now, people are in a serious state of confusion.

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Earlier this year, they had a major gathering in Copenhagen.

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The leaders of the world came together.

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And at this event,

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the president of the Maldives, and other people, other leaders of endangered island states came forward to tell the world this is a crisis. They put it on the table.

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And so people said Copenhagen, and then they said Copenhagen

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that there's some hope. If the world would come together. During the deliberations, it came out that over 85% of the wealth of the world is being consumed by a small group, maybe about 10% of people who are consuming most of the of the of the wealth of the world. That one of the problems that has to be dealt with is there has to be the inequality between the rich and the poor.

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Because the poor are being forced to grow crops that are not their natural crops, they're forced to burn trees to destroy their environment just to live.

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And so the inequality is one of the problem. And then they could not come to a compromise. And so Copenhagen was not hoping Hagen it became no pun Hagan.

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No compromise.

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Earlier this year, or just now, there was another meeting in Cancun in Mexico, another major meeting.

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But the party industrialized countries did not send their leaders they only sent representatives. And you know, the conclusions that came did not really deal fully with the issues on the ground. And so the earth is waiting for something that people are waiting for something the oma is now

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right at a serious point of change. And a lot tells us very clearly in the law, hello, Bobby Coleman, up Roma be unforeseen. Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change that which is in themselves. And so this means that we need to have a re analysis of our understanding of Islam. What is it to be a Muslim?

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What is the responsibility?

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We put a lot of emphasis on a badger and that is our basis. those tools in our in our worship of

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But the data, the worship is supposed to lead us to something else. He better is not supposed to leave you alone. But it's supposed to take us.

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You know, it enables us to take

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responsibilities in the world.

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This responsibility of

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representing Allah subhanaw taala. One of the great issues now is the environment.

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And we need to see how it is that we can begin to be involved. What they are talking about now, is that

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rain forests are being cut down.

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Pollution is coming on so many different levels. And so I want to put forward to you a few points concerning our responsibility. Number one,

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we have to individually start to change our lifestyle.

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And to see our responsibility in terms of our relationship with the earth in a totally different way.

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If you're building a house, if you can get involved to building with solar panels, if you can start to do activities, where you are not creating a lot of pollution.

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When you invest money, when you look at projects, don't just invest in promissory notes. Don't just think about money as the solution to all of the problems. Because money which we depended on so much,

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is another illusion. It's an illusion.

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The dollar bills that you have a Dina's, the debtor, ham, the pounds, they go up and down like this.

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I went to the country of Zimbabwe, which was the British jewel in southern Africa. It's a beautiful country, beautiful falls and the people are probably the most educated people, you know, in the in the south.

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And the Zimbabwean pound was actually more than the British. And I went there with a group A few years ago. And I changed the $100 bills, and they came back with a bag of money.

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And they said here now you're a millionaire.

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I have like $10 million Zimbabwe balance.

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But if you want a Coca Cola, something that they're gonna ask you for like a million, a million pounds. And so every time they print their money, they put three zeros and they print it again, they put three more zeros.

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And it goes up and down like that. Why can the might, how can it be devalued like that? Because that paper is a promissory note.

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It's a promissory note, it promises you that there's gold in the bank, that paper is worth nothing, it's only a piece of paper with ink on it.

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And you you have a promise from a bank that you can turn that in, and you would get your equivalent in gold. What is happening today, they have printed so much paper, and there's not not enough gold and silver in the bank.

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And so there is a major devaluation about to come. Some of the great economists in America are saying that, by the year 2020, America could possibly be a third world country.

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It's very possible.

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And the large cities will have hundreds and 1000s of homeless people outside of the cities.

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And they intend to actually change the dollar and make a new currency like they made the Euro in Europe, they would make a metal

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which would be the Canadian dollar, the US dollar and the Mexican peso. So your dollar that you had, they will devalue it, and your dollar is worthless. You'll have to turn it in. And you'll only get 10% back of what it's actually worth. If you don't turn it in, you get nothing.

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This is what some of the major economists are saying.

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Because you can't pay debts

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by by borrowing more money.

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This is an illusion. Again, this is what the process of them said, kept the bone that job don't.

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They are false prophets liars. They're creating an illusion around us. And so in our life activities, we have to begin to change the way we function.

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And

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this issue of velocity is an extremely important one

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which begins Of course

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Without understanding that is part of our responsibility as Muslims, and especially those who are involved in dour, those who are reaching out to people of other faiths, this is a way that we can join together as human beings to try to

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preserve what is happening on the earth. And what we are proposing

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is

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what some call an Islamic Earth charter.

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And that is that we need to,

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number one respect and care for allows creation

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and to recognize

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the earth itself. And its diversity is a thing that called biodiversity, to recognize that, that insects and plants actually affect the way we live.

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We're not alone on this planet. And so, we have a responsibility and the prophets are seldom actually had this type of thinking. You know, in one Hadith, his report, they said that if tiama comes and one of you has a seedling, in his hand, clap the seat,

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imagine the day of judgment has come

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and you have a sin is a plant,

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okay, because the earth itself, this is the creation of Allah and this is an Amana or a trust, that we have been given.

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Also, we will have to work towards the protection of the earth, and the integrity of all different levels within our existence. And that means that, as I was saying, and this is what we're looking at, in the charter, that we have to adopt different means of production of consumption,

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reproduction, and we will have to look at the fact that part of the problem is inequality between the rich and the poor.

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That we will have to work towards

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bringing society into equilibrium balance, bringing back balance, that is the essence of Zakat, and sadaqah. If Muslims dealt with Zakat alone,

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if we really collected Zakat properly, and we distributed this, so those who were in need,

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we would solve many of the problems on the earth.

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And when we look at fic itself, we will look at fic that our jurisprudence our understanding of you know, our Deen

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you know gives us emphasis in the areas which are of importance. Imam Shafi Rahim Allah and looking at this, for instance, said that you have five pillars

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and of the five pillars, you have your Shahada, you have your solid, you have your socat fast and harsh, but if there is a drought,

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if there is a drought or famine, then the the the pillar of Zakah becomes more important than the other ones.

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This will be given supremecy

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because of the situation on the ground.

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And this situation now dealing with the earth means that we will have to be involved on a totally different level than we were involved with before.

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It will mean that we need to establish Shura mutual consultation on all different levels within our societies, that we will need to

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strengthen our younger generation to help them to understand what is in front of them

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in terms of struggling for the environment itself, and we need to promote a culture of God consciousness. And when we talk about Taka, Taka Allah azza wa jal, we are talking about alpha alpha Raja, we are talking about recognizing the presence Presence of Allah. And this shows itself in many different ways.

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By recognizing the creation of Allah, then we are in a sense, recognizing the Creator.

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And so, this is a movement that is being spread in different parts of the world, that we need to see how we can be involved. There are different ways that we can struggle in the desert areas. It is coming forward with the greening of the desert areas. In some places, what they are making is conservation areas where you actually you conserve your natural forms of life.

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Original forms of life in your area, you block you conserve it in an area in order to protect your biodiversity.

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So that your society can, hopefully, inshallah return to its natural position. So I want to leave you with these thoughts, and I want to open up the floor for any discussion. Concerning the issue of the environment. It is one being taken on Muslim Student Associations. dour groups, are now getting involved in the environmental struggle to work on all different levels of society.

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One level, of course, is to advocate that's on a governmental level. And that one is a little more difficult, unless you really have a lot of strength on the ground, in your area. Or we can begin individually by you know, recognizing the situation in the world, educating ourselves, and trying to live in a more clean and honest way, which really, for us, is fulfilling our responsibility as Muslims. So I want to open up the floor for any

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comments and discussions that anybody may have concerning this top

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floor is open for any questions that anybody has.

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Yes, this is a very important point, especially about the tablet, obviously, you know, living here in the desert, I mean, people should understand that more. But even in Canada, even in a place where we have more a lot of freshwater,

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we recognize that the son of the prophet SAW someone, you know, actually gives us the understanding that we should preserve the water.

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And we should not be wasting water, water, fresh water will be one of the most important areas of struggle in the coming 10 to 20 years. Right now in Palestine in Syria. And this area there freshwater is becoming a crisis.

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We know about freshwater right here, right?

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In terms of the water that we're drinking here.

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So you can only go so far with this.

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Okay, so so this is a serious situation.

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Now,

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this question in the back? Yes. Well,

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the social networks in terms of social networking,

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you mean like the Twitter and all that, things like that, you know, what I say? I mean, I come from a generation, I say, I was born in BC. And bc means like you but it actually was before computers.

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Or actually, I could say I was born in bf meaning before Facebook.

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Because Facebook has changed everybody's understanding.

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Right. And, you know, the point that I'm saying was social networking, we can

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you know, it's possible to to lead people and to share information with that, you know, which we've never been able to do before. Unfortunately, you know, a lot of it, if you don't know how to use it, if you get controlled by it, you spend more time on that machine in that false world than you do in reality itself. And there's so much the shaytaan has got so much power in the internet.

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So much power, the things that come up in front of you and that you're facing. I went on to the Facebook myself, I thought it for a long time. And they said no, no, go on Facebook. So then you go on Facebook, and all this things that come in at you.

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And people will display their whole life

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alarmist on you, you will know somebody, you talk to them and you don't know your friend, you don't know much about your friend, you go into Facebook, and here's his life.

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It's like he's taking his clothes off in front of the world.

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Okay, so So this really needs to be controlled. And what we're trying to say to the youth, is that you need to spend more time in the natural world. Every time you go to the natural world. And you are traveling, whether you're in a forest, or whether you're in the Sahara, right or you're out on the ocean, you are in the creation of Allah.

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And Allah subhanaw taala is creation is perfect.

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You see the beauty in how Allah is that we are the ones here whenever something comes wrong, it's us pollution

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or it's something that we have done wrong. But if you can find the part of creation, that it's in its natural state, not polluted by people,

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you know, then you will you come back to your fitstar

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you know, to your natural self and that is something

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that we need to do.

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I was just with some brothers in Kuwait, they were saying that, you know, they still try to spend some time going out in the desert,

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they will get the attempt. And they will get, you know, simple things and, you know, put away your cell phones, whatever, just go out into the Sahara,

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and spend some time out there under the stars, right? live a simple life, get up for pleasure, right? Get the water and liquid without a tap and everything's make your salaat. You know, hear the sounds, and whatnot. This is the natural state

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of every human being has to do, we have to, you know, really come away from these, these false constructs. However, it's a tool, which can be used in a positive way. This Wikileaks thing that is like,

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everybody's talking about WikiLeaks.

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But you don't know what's going to come out of the leak.

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Right, anything can come out of there. And you don't even know who actually made the leak in the beginning, right? This is really the issue now.

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Why do they even make the leak. So there's all kinds of things going on

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with this, and you see, and this is where

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his illusion, it's such it's such an illusionary world that you don't know sometimes whether it's true or false,

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you're not sure.

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And that's we want yaqeen

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the more yaqeen that we have, the more reality we have is the better for us. We want to deal with Yaki

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and not with deception. And this is something that we can introduce to the society, especially people who are involved in Dawa, and whatnot. For instance, it's just a small thing here. But every time I come back to these countries, you know, the, when you go to the shopping centers, the plastic bags,

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what they're doing, and in some of the other countries is that, you know, you get a bag, you buy a bag, and you have a cloth bag,

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right there trying it here.

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It didn't work. But when you when I come here, because there's so many bags, you end up having 20 bags, people just throwing things in the bag, it's all in the mobile more and more bags, where does the plastic go? That plastic doesn't dissolve? This is one possible biodegradable plastic, because otherwise, I'm wondering, where does all this plastic going?

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And how long can we continue to put these chemicals, you know, into the ground without expecting a you know, a reaction, which is going to come back on us.

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And this is serious now that it's changing everywhere. And we can start, we need to see this. And especially I'm talking to people who are who are, you know, involved in Islamic work, you know, here and discover Islam and those who are individually motivated, we need to see this as part of our responsibility as most.

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It's not just making a lot of other things that we need to start to think

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how we project our lives, how we organize ourselves, how we consume, how we are even even our rubbish, how we throw it away, all of these things will have an impact upon our lives.

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We don't see it now.

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But but but it is it is coming in some parts of the world. It's almost too late. The saying now and some of the island states in the Pacific, they don't have much time.

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They don't have much time at all, before the water is going to take them all. They're actually making an evacuation plan

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where they're going to take the people there countries are literally going to be under the water.

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So nobody is safe from this. Nobody that reclaimed land

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that we live on. And here in Bahrain, we live on so much of the reclaimed land.

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Right? We claim something this could be claimed back.

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Right last summer holla.

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This can be claimed back very easily.

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And so if we don't take our responsibility, do this, there's going to be a reaction. Okay, it's going to be a reaction. Well, you know, again,

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is an illusionary thing which is set up, you know, where the news will always bring you bad news that's going on everywhere. But there's good news to it. This is people who are you know, entering Islam, as people who are changing their lifestyles, there is good that is happening in different parts of the world. And, you know, the key issue for us, number one, we have to start with ourselves. We can begin with ourselves and with our families and our communities. You know, then and we ultimately have to believe

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The promise of Allah is true. You need to read the books and Hadith, Allah madrasah, the signs of the last dates, because we're close. And so we need to believe and understand, you know, that the what will be happening as we move through the Day of Resurrection. Okay, and understand we're in a process right now. So, you know, we keep the greater picture of things, but on a personal level, we have to strive to do something now. And believe it, you know, we believe that Allah will ultimately bring about, you know, the protection of the believers, and, you know, times will change? Well, you know,

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there wasn't, there was a hope that the Gulf on a governmental level, that they would take their responsibilities. But it turns out that they're not really ready at this point to do this. Because unfortunately, there is a small elite of people, you know, who are controlling the vast resources of the world. Right. And so, you know, it was hoped that through discussion and through reasoning, you know, that, you know, this equilibrium could could come about, and people could see, everything's gonna be destroyed, but they, they're not moving.

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You know, so, in Cancun, in Mexico, you find a lot of the indigenous people on the ground as organizing being done, you know, now all over the world, with the indigenous organizations, people on the ground, you know, trying to advocate, you know, to the governments in their societies, in order to bring about change any way they possibly can, before it is too late.

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And really an alarm, those bests, I believe that the environment itself is going to force us to change.

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You can see it coming up. Because once that thing hits you, you're finished. That volcano in Iceland that went out, it just destroyed air traffic. Just a little bit of smoke.

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Right little like to have this little bit of this to climb like one of the LMS and stop. Right? Suddenly, nobody can fly. That's how delicate it is. We think our system is powerful. But it's delicate, our Twitter and you know, this overnight, this thing could go off. So if if we have no more social networking without handheld machines, then what can we do?

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We can some people can't talk to each other anymore. They have to talk to that. So you have to do maybe it's better for goes off for a while. So we can learn to talk to each other.

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And really, they get so mad with this wiki, they might turn it off anyway.

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It turned it off for a while. I mean, it's true. I mean, some people now in many of the countries even to drive around their own city, they have the Google Map, right?

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He doesn't even know if he doesn't have the thing. He doesn't even know how to get home. So what happened to that, you know, connection with the North Star. And, you know, and you know, finding our way around now google map. So what's the Google sheets on? It gives you the wrong map?

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What if he tells you to go the wrong way?

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Then your whole thing is based on this electronic world, right? So we have to put it down sometimes, and try to go back. I say I'm born in BC, right? before computers. That's not a long time ago. That's only in the 90s. That's not a long time ago. But for some people, they can't even think about existence without

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a cell phone. They can't even think about without a laptop. How can you live? What can you do? How can you enjoy yourself?

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You see, it's an illusion.

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It's an illusion.

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And this is the way it is? What about hyouta dunya Illa matar over the life of this world is nothing but material deception.

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So the more things we can do, to come out of the deception, it's actually better for us spend some time everybody needs to spend some time out in the desert, go on the ocean. Sometimes.

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I went out I was in mascota. I went to at the end. Abu admit, is one of the old Romani sailors. And he took us on the boat. And we went to Russell hut. So the end,

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okay, he's in the ocean there and the waves are in front of him. And he said, Go to the right pole to the left. That's what this is about 1000 waves. And the brother said he looks at the wave. It's like a road.

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He sees a road in the waves.

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Okay, so another understanding altogether, did he pull out his Google Map and say, which wave Should I go to the right the Google thing.

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He naturally sees his way through the ocean.

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Because of his connection with the stars and with the natural things, right. And this is what we all need to spend some time doing this.

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Whatever environment you come from, spend some time, you may not be able to go into our environment, that means you got to go in the snow, like put on your things and go out into the snow for a while, in a cold environment. Okay, but that's a good experience to

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just like living in Bahrain in July and August, you know, is an experience

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that people should go through. These are extremes in temperatures.

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Right? And so, you know, but what we need to be more in tuned with the natural world.

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Any other final questions that we have before we close? Yes, this is a very important point. Because really, when you look at the life of the prophets of Solomon, you look at what he has given us. Look at it closely. Right, not on a superficial surface level, we will see that character is the essence of Islam, as a Prophet, peace be upon him said in them. He said, Well, it's true, this is in the mozzarella, Malik, who is to leave will tell me my Muslim o'clock, I have been sent in order to perfect the best in character.

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And one of them was asked, What would be the main reason why people would enter Paradise. And he said, tequila, or hospital Pollock

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is the consciousness of Allah and good character. And what will be the main reason why they will enter hell, he said, alhfam will flourish,

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the mouse and the private paths.

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So really, we need a new analysis of our Islam, honestly. And if we don't do this, I feel that a lot would erase us and replace us with another people. This has happened in the past, replace us with another people altogether. Because somebody has to take up this responsibility of the Philippines, to deal with this earth. Somebody has to do it.

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And the organizations around the world, they're looking for somebody. And it's frustrating, as a Muslim, you look at a distance, because we've got the answers, we have the answers, we have a holistic way of living.

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These principles are within our way of life. And it's still alive. Okay. But somebody will have to put this into practice now. And if we don't do it, and some of those poor people who are suffering now, right, who you think they are nothing, Allah can give them power, and give them authority in the same way that the companions of the prophets of Salaam, they were poor people at one time, they had nothing. You see stories of them, they were starving so much, that they even had to put stones on their stomach, because they were so hungry, right, and then a lot gave them authority in the land. So the same thing could happen again, if Muslims don't wake up, before it is too late.

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And so, in this type of a contradiction, Muslims now one of the differences, what are the movements happening, it's a new

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approach now to Islamic movement. And that is to look at history,

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to look at what happened

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to the different sections of the Muslim world in the past, to take lessons from them in order to understand what is happening to us now. Because many of the things that happened in the past are actually being repeated today. And if you go back to the 13th century of the Common Era,

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the Mongol of the Mongol invasion,

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then you will see a similar contradiction. You see a great empire

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that its leader is only symbolic, does not really have that that struggle. You know that that that ability or that desire to protect the oma and you will see that although it appears to be a large oma, it is broken into nation states.

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You find that arm and ebonylife here, who is writing at that time, the great historian,

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he writes that at the time of just before the Mongol invasion, there was no judge who went from Baghdad to Mecca. They didn't have time. They were too busy with the junior

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and the great dilemma. At that time, were only being paid small amounts of wealth. Were the slave of the

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old hundreds and 1000s of acres. And so the contradiction

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that was happening in the society caused this reaction. So natural law

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And so this is happening to us as an oma, it is coming on stronger and stronger and stronger.

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A feeling of frustration. And at the same time, there is something major, which is rumbling underneath.

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And so this contradiction facing us, is pushing us towards dealing with Islam in a serious way, not just in words,

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we'll have to deal with it 100%. And what is happening on the ground, is pushing the whole of humanity towards a major change. What is the reality of this illusion?

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What is the reality?

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For instance, recently,

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in in South Africa, and MIT, and many of you

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are aware of the fact that the World Cup was in South Africa, and everybody looked to the society and, you know, they built huge stadiums, it appeared, you know, to be a very important event that it united the people in the country.

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But the problem that happened after the World Cup left, and FIFA took most of the profits, after the World Cup left, that the country is left with huge stadiums, and they don't know what to do with the stadiums.

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And the poor are poor and the rich are richer, and South Africa now has been chosen as the most unequal country on Earth.

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The rich are the richest, and the poor of the poor.

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And the stadium's now like huge alien entities that are just put down in the society. And nobody knows how to fill the stadiums up again. So this euphoria, the illusion of success, made the society feel like it was on top of the world. When the illusion goes, you're actually worse than you were before.

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What also came out of South Africa in the past few years, to break the illusion

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was a study that was done by scientists, because it is considered to be one of the oldest places of human existence in the Southern African region. So they studied

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the geology of the world.

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They studied the presence of different life forms. And they tried to go back in their studies about 500 million years.

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What they found out. And what they came to the conclusion is that human beings are living in right now, what they call the sixth extinction,

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that there have been five major extinctions that have gone on over the past few 100 million years, these extinctions have hit

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different forms of life, there has been shifting in the plates of the earth, carbon dioxide,

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increase asteroid impact. There's been a number of big events that have happened throughout history where different forms of life have gone extinct. They don't exist anymore. You only see traces of these forms, we are in the sixth extinction right now. And this extinction is dealing with mammals. It is dealing with plants,

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mammals, birds, we are in the extinction to the to the extent that we have gone over 50% extinction.

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By the misuse of technology,

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over exploitation of the land

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pollution,

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we have, we are destroying the environment that was created

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to make our life enjoyable.

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In the northern countries where I am coming from in Canada now, what they found the shocking event that they found, that is huge polar bears that live in the north of Canada. And they move across the ice at a certain time of the year that it's frozen, completely frozen, and the polar bears move across the ice. Now the polar bears cannot move to their natural habitats, because the ice is melted.

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So they're stuck. They cannot go to their feeding grounds.

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There's certain places in the north where you can actually travel across the north of the planet. And for the first time,

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they were able to do moving boats and things through. They've never seen this before.

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The ice is melting at a rate which has never been recorded before in history

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some of the sciences

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Try to become skeptical. They say, Oh, no these things have happened before.

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The natural catastrophes that we are facing now underground

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are the worst we've ever seen before.

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Already 2010, you know, this year

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has been the worst. It has been the hottest year in history, in terms of temperature. And now the ice that is hitting the northern countries, you see what is happening now in the north. And the snow and the ice that is coming down is a strange thing. Because normally the ice is higher up in the cold, but now it's a little bit lower. And they found that in the Arctic regions, there are insects that are escaping from below the Arctic north.

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Instead of going further south, insects are going north.

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So this is really weird.

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And when you watched the creatures of Allah subhanaw taala, they have an understanding that we don't have we're too busy with Twitter and Facebook and other things like that insects and birds there on the ground when the tsunami struck. Right, the animals first yield animals knew before the people

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and start going up to high land

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it before the actual people understood what was going on. And so animals now are reacting in a really strange way in the north. And what we are seeing, we're seeing major floods, major tornadoes,

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you know, things that are going on which we've never seen anything like this before. We have earthquakes in Toronto and New York.

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We didn't have earthquakes before.

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But we have earthquakes since I've been there. One was 5.7 on the Richter scale it like shook everybody's house. And we never had anything like this before.

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The floods that are going on in Poland, they had a flood earlier this year. And they said it was the worst flood in living memory. The flood and Pakistan As some of you may know.

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It they said it was biblical. They said it was like the time of North la sala a moving tsunami through the country.

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never seen anything like this before

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the forest fires tornadoes.

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It is reaching a serious point. And it is interesting that for a long time Muslims did not bother themselves with the situation of the environment.

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Because they felt that because you know they have the Quran and the Sunnah and everything will be okay. And we don't we're not concerned with this. We're more concerned with

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the rituals of Islam. But inserts are wrong. A lot of our data tells us I wouldn't be lacking the Shakedown regime. The hotel facade fill battery well, Baja Hema Casa itns yuvika Honda de

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la la viaggio corruption has appeared

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on the land and the sea, because of what humanity's hands have done, and we will make them taste what they have earned, in order that they would return to the panel. This is an interesting verse because it is saying alpha sad Phil Barbary Baba.

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And when the comparatives of the pellets are solid, looked at this verse,

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and they started to comment, it's interesting their comments the same because of the sins of Danny Adam.

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Because of the sins our transgression, they would be a decrease in vegetation.

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a decrease in animal life.

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There'll be a decrease in the fish in the ocean. This is what the even the Sahaba were talking about. During that time that because of what humanity sands have done, but the verse interestingly says ludovica home rather than the Emmylou, they will taste it

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and we have tasted it in North they have what is called acid rain.

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Where the rain because the poisons of the factory is trapped in the clouds and it comes back down on you and the rain is acid.

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In the rain, which is supposed to be a mercy on you it becomes an adaptive

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pollution in the water over half, more than half of the freshwater

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in the world. The rivers and lakes are destroyed. That is one of the beauties in Canada itself. Because Canada has more fresh water than any other country in the world.

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But that is being destroyed also because of this

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misuse of technology. But the verse continues, we will make them taste something of what they have earned in order that they would return to the path.

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So,

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what is happening to us is not by chance, it is an order that we would return to the path. And so this issue of the environment has become an issue of humanity.

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And it is one that Muslims will have to now seriously consider. And those who are involved in Islamic organizations need to see this as an extremely important part of the, of the work of Dawa and also of the work of honorable Maloof when I am calling to the good and forbidding evil, because the very concept of Philippines that humanity is remade as the Khalifa, it does not only mean, you know, people think Khalifa Amira, meaning ruling a political state. But the real philosophy is the representative of Allah subhanaw taala on the earth. This is the real key lessons. And that is what people are waiting for now, people are in a serious state of confusion.

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Earlier this year, they had a major gathering in Copenhagen.

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The leaders of the world came together.

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And at this event,

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didn't president of the Maldives and other people, other leaders of endangered island states came forward to tell the world this is a crisis. They put it on the table.

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And so people said Copenhagen, and then they said Copenhagen

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that there's some hope, if the world would come together. During the deliberations, it came out that over 85% of the wealth of the world is being consumed by a small group, maybe about 10% of people who are consuming most of the wealth of the world, that one of the problems that has to be dealt with is there has to be the inequality between the rich and the poor.

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Because the poor are being forced to grow crops that are not their natural crops, they're forced to burn trees to destroy their environment just to live.

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And so the inequality is one of the problem. And then they could not come to a compromise. And so Copenhagen was not Copenhagen, it became no pun Hagan.

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No compromise.

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Earlier this year, or just now, there was another meeting in Cancun in Mexico, another major meeting.

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But the party industrialized countries, did not send their leaders they only sent representatives. And you know, the conclusions that came did not really deal fully with the issues on the ground. And so the earth is waiting for something that people are waiting for something the oma is now

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right at a serious point of change. And a lot tells us very clearly in the law hilarya Bobby Coleman,

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be enforcing a law will not change the condition of a people until they change that which is in themselves. And so this means that we need to have a re analysis of our understanding of Islam. What is it to be a Muslim?

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What is the responsibility?

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We put a lot of emphasis on a badger and that is our basis. those tools in our in our worship of Allah, but the better, the worship is supposed to lead us to something else. He better is not supposed to leave you alone. But it's supposed to take us

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you know, it enables us to take

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responsibilities in the world.

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This responsibility of

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representing Allah subhanaw taala. One of the great issues now is the environment.

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And we need to see how it is that we can begin to be involved. What they are talking about now is that

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rain forests are being cut down.

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Pollution is coming on so many different levels. And so I want to put forward to you a few points concerning our responsibility. Number one,

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we have to individually start to change our lifestyle

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and to see our responsibility

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See, in terms of our relationship with the earth in a totally different way.

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If you're building a house, if you can get involved in a building with solar panels, if you can start to do activities, where you are not creating a lot of pollution,

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when you invest money, when you look at projects, don't just invest in promissory notes. Don't just think about money as the solution to all of the problems. Because money which we depended on so much,

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is another illusion. It's an illusion.

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The dollar bills that you have a Dina's, the debtor him, the pounds, they go up and down like this.

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I went to the country of Zimbabwe, which was the British jewel in southern Africa. It's a beautiful country, beautiful falls and the people are probably the most educated people, you know, in the in the south.

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And the Zimbabwean pound was actually more than the British. And I went there with a group of a few years ago. And I changed the $100 bills, and they came back with a bag of money.

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And they said here, now you're a millionaire.

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I have like 10 million Zimbabwe pounds.

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But if you want a Coca Cola or something like that, and they ask you for like a million, a million pounds, and

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every time they print their money, they put three zeros and they print it again, they put three more zeros.

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And it goes up and down like that. Why can the might How can it be devalued like that? Because that paper is a promissory note.

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It's a promissory note, it promises you that there's gold in the bank, that paper is worth nothing, it's only a piece of paper with ink on it.

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And you you have a promise from a bank that you can turn that in, and you would get your equivalents in gold. What is happening today, they have printed so much paper, and there's not not enough gold and silver in the bank.

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And so there is a major devaluation about to come. Some of the great economists in America are saying that, by the year 2020, America could possibly be a third world country.

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It's very possible.

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And the large cities will have hundreds and 1000s of homeless people outside of the cities.

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And they intend to actually change the dollar and make a new currency like they made the Euro in Europe, they would make a metal,

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which would be the Canadian dollar, the US dollar and the Mexican peso. So your dollar that you had, they will devalue it, and your dollar is worthless, you'll have to turn it in. And you'll only get 10% back of what it's actually worth. If you don't turn it in, you get nothing.

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This is what some of the major economists are saying.

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Because you can't pay debts

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by by borrowing more money.

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This is an illusion. Again, this is what the process of them said, kept the boon that job don't.

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They are false prophets, liars. They're creating an illusion around us. And so in our life activities, we have to begin to change the way we function.

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And

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this issue of Beloved, is an extremely important one,

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which begins Of course with us understanding that is part of our responsibility as Muslims, and especially those who are involved in dour, those who are reaching out to people of other faiths. This is a way that we can join together as human beings to try to

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preserve what is happening on the earth. And what we are proposing

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is

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what some call an Islamic Earth charter.

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And that is that we need to

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number one respect and care for allows creation

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and to recognize

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the earth itself. And its diversity is a thing that called biodiversity, to recognize that that insects and plants actually affect the way we live.

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We're not alone on this planet. And so we have a responsibility and the prophets are seldom actually had this type of thinking in one

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defect report, they said that if tiama comes and one of you has a seedling in his hand, clap the seat.

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Imagine the day of judgment has come.

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And you have a sin, He said plant,

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okay, because the earth itself, this is the creation of Allah and this is an America or a trust that we have been given.

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Also, we will have to work towards the protection of the earth, and the integrity of all different levels within our existence. And that means that, as I was saying, and this is what we're looking at in the charter, that we have to adopt different means of production of consumption,

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reproduction, and we will have to look at the fact that part of the problem is inequality between the rich and the poor.

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That we will have to work towards

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bringing society into equilibrium balance, bringing back balance, that is the essence of Zakat, and sadaqah. If Muslims dealt with Zakat alone,

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if we really collected Zakat properly, and we distributed this, so those who were in need,

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we would solve many of the problems on the earth.

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And when we look at fic itself, we will look at fic that our jurisprudence our understanding of you know, our Deen

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you know gives us emphasis in the areas which are of importance. Imam Shafi Rahim Allah and looking at this, for instance, said that you have five pillars

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and of the five pillars, you have your Shahada, you have your salon, you have your circuit fast and harsh, but if there is a drought,

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if there is a drought or famine, then the the the pillar of Zakah becomes more important than the other ones.

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This will be given supremecy

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because of the situation on the ground.

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And this situation now dealing with the earth means that we will have to be involved on a totally different level than we were involved with before.

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It will mean that we need to establish shored up mutual consultation on all different levels within our societies, that we will need to

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strengthen our younger generation to help them to understand what is in front of them

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in terms of struggling for the environment itself, and we need to promote a culture of God consciousness. And when we talk about Taka, Taka Allah azza wa jal, we are talking about alfalfa Raja, we are talking about recognizing the presence Presence of Allah. And this shows itself in many different ways.

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By recognizing the creation of Allah, then we are in a sense, recognizing the Creator.

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And so this is a movement that is being spread in different parts of the world, that we need to see how we can be involved. There are different ways that we can struggle in the desert areas, it is coming forward with the greening of the desert areas, in some places what they are making his conservation areas where you actually are, you conserve your natural forms of life,

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your original forms of life in your area, you block you conserve it in an area in order to protect your biodiversity, so that your society can hopefully inshallah return to its natural position. So I want to leave you with these thoughts, and I want to open up the floor for any discussion. Concerning the issue of the environment. It is one being taken on Muslim Student Associations. dour groups, are now getting involved in the environmental struggle to work on all different levels of society.

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One level, of course, is to advocate that's on a governmental level. And that one is a little more difficult, unless you really have a lot of strength on the grounds in your area are we can begin individually by you know, recognizing the situation in the world, educating ourselves and trying to live in a more clean and honest way, which really for us is fulfilling our responsibility as Muslims. So I want to open up the floor for any

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comments and discussions that anybody may have concerning this top.

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floor is open for any questions.

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But everybody has.

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Yes, this is a very important point, especially about the tablet, obviously, you know, living here in the desert, I mean, people should understand that more. But even in Canada, even in a place where we have more a lot of freshwater,

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we recognize that the son of the prophet SAW someone, you know, actually gives us the understanding that we should preserve the water.

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And we should not be wasting water, water, fresh water will be one of the most important areas of struggle in the coming 10 to 20 years. Right now in Palestine in Syria, and this area there freshwater is becoming a crisis.

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We know about fresh water right here, right?

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In terms of the water that we're drinking here.

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So we can only go so far with this.

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Okay, so so this is a serious situation.

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Now,

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the question in the back, yes. Well,

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the social networks in terms of social networking,

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you mean, like the Twitter and all that, things like that? You know, what I say? I mean, I come from a generation, I say, I was born in BC.

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And bc means like, no, but it actually was before computers.

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Or actually, I could say, I was born in bf meaning before Facebook.

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Because Facebook has changed everybody's understanding.

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Right. And, you know, the point that I'm saying was social networking, we can,

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you know, it's possible to to meet people, and to share information with that, you know, which we've never been able to do before. Unfortunately, you know, a lot of it, if you don't know how to use it, if you get controlled by it, you spend more time on that machine in that false world than you do in reality itself. And there's so much the shaytaan has got so much power in the internet.

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So much power, the things that come up in front of you and that you're facing, I went on to the Facebook myself, I thought it for a long time. And they said, No, no, go on Facebook. So then you go on Facebook, and all these things that come in at you.

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And people will display their whole life.

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Almost on you, you will know somebody, you talk to them and you don't know your friend, you don't know much about your friend, you go into Facebook, and here's his life.

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It's like he's taking his clothes off in front of the world.

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Okay, so So this really needs to be controlled. And what we're trying to say to the youth, is that you need to spend more time in the natural world. Every time you go to the natural world. And you are traveling, whether you're in a forest, or whether you're in the in the Sahara, right? Are you out in the ocean, you are in the creation of Allah.

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And Allah subhanaw taala, his creation is perfect.

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You see the beauty in how Allah is that we are the ones here, whenever something comes wrong, it's us pollution.

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Or it's something that we have done wrong. But if you can find the path of Allah's creation, that it's in its natural state, not polluted by people,

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you know, then you will you come back to your fitstar

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your natural self, and that is something

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that we need to do.

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I was just with some brothers in Kuwait, they were saying that, you know, they still try to spend some time going out in the desert,

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they will get the attempt. And they will get, you know, simple things and, you know, put away your cell phones, whatever, just go out into the Sahara.

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And spend some time out there under the stars, right? live a simple life, get up for pleasure, right? Get the water and liquid without a tap and everything's make your salaat you know, hear the sounds, and whatnot. This is the natural state

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of every human being has to do this. We have to, you know, really come away from these these false constructs. However, it's a tool, which can be used in a positive way. This Wikileaks thing that is like

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everybody's talking about WikiLeaks.

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But you don't know what's going to come out of the leak.

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Right, anything can come out of there. And you don't even know who actually made the leak in the beginning, right. This is really the issue now.

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Why do they even make the leap? So there's all kinds of things going on

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with this. And you see, and this is where

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his illusion, it's such, it's such an illusionary world. But you don't know sometimes whether it's true or false,

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you're not sure.

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And that's we want yaqeen.

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The more yaqeen that we have, the more reality we have is the better for us. We want to deal with Yaki

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and not with deception. And this is something that we can introduce to the society, especially people who are involved in dow and whatnot. For instance, it's just a small thing here. But every time I come back to these countries, you know, the, when you go to the shopping centers, the plastic bags,

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what they're doing, and in some of the other countries is that, you know, you get a bag, you buy a bag, and you have a cloth bag,

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right there trying it yet.

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It didn't work. But when you when I come here, because there's so many bags, you end up having 20 bags, people just throwing things in the back, it's only more more more more bags, where does the plastic go? That plastic doesn't dissolve? This is one possible biodegradable plastic. Because otherwise, I'm wondering, where does all this plastic going?

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And how long can we continue to put these chemicals, you know, into the ground without expecting a you know, a reaction, which is going to come back on us.

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And this is serious now that it's changing everywhere. And we can start, we need to see this. And especially I'm talking to people who are who are, you know, involved in Islamic work, you know, here to discover Islam and those who are individually motivated, we need to see this as part of our responsibility as most.

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It's not just making a lot. It's other things that we need to start to think

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how we project our lives, how we organize ourselves, how we consume, how we are even given our rubbish, how we throw it away, all of these things will have an impact upon our lives.

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We don't see it now.

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But but but it is it is coming in some parts of the world, it's almost too late. The saying now and some of the island states in the Pacific, they don't have much time.

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They don't have much time at all, before the water is going to take them off, you're actually making an evacuation plan

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where they're going to take the people, their countries are literally going to be under the water.

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So nobody is safe from this. Nobody that reclaimed land

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that we live on. And here in Bahrain, we live on so much of the reclaimed land.

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Right, we claim something this could be claimed back.

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Right, last summer holla.

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This can be claimed back very easily.

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And so if we don't take our responsibility, do this, there's going to be a reaction. Okay, it's going to be react well, you know, again,

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is an illusionary thing which is set up, you know, where the news will always bring you bad news that's going on everywhere. But there's good news to it. This is people who are, you know, entering Islam, as people who are changing their lifestyles, there is good that is happening in different parts of the world. And, you know, the key issue for us, number one, we have to start with ourselves, we can begin with ourselves and with our families and our communities, you know, then and we ultimately have to believe that the promise of Allah is true. You need to read the books and Hadith, Allah madrasah, the signs of the last days, because we're close. And so we need to believe

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and understand, you know, that what will be happening as we move through the Day of Resurrection. Okay, and understand we're in a process right now. So, you know, we keep the greater picture of things, but on a personal level, we have to strive to do something now. And believe it, you know, we believe that Allah will ultimately bring about, you know, the protection of the believers and, you know, times will change? Well, you know,

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there wasn't, there was a hope that the Gulf on a governmental level, that they would take their responsibilities. But it turns out that they're not really ready at this point to do this. Because unfortunately, there is a small elite of people, you know, who are controlling the vast resources of the world. Right. And so, you know, it was hoped that through discussion and through reasoning

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You know that, you know, this equilibrium could could come about, and people could see everything's gonna be destroyed, but they, they're not moving.

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You know. So, in Cancun in Mexico, you find a lot of the indigenous people on the ground and organizing being done, you know, now all over the world, with the indigenous organizations, people on the ground, you know, trying to advocate, you know, to their governments in their societies, you know, to bring about change any way they possibly can, before it is too late.

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And really, and a lot of those bests, I believe that the environment itself is going to force us to change.

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You can see it coming up. Because once that thing hits you, you're finished. That volcano in Iceland that went out, it just destroyed air traffic. Just a little bit of smoke.

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Right little like to hand this little bit of this to her like one of the LMS. Is that right? Suddenly, nobody can fly. That's how delicate it is. We think our system is powerful.

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But is delicate, our Twitter and you know, this overnight, this thing could go off. So if if we have no more social networking without handheld machines, then what can we do?

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We can some people can't talk to each other anymore. They have to talk to that. So you have to maybe it's better for goes off for a while. So we can learn to talk to each other.

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And really, they get so mad with this wiki, they might turn it off anyway.

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It turned it off for a while. I mean, it's true. I mean, some people now in many of the countries even to drive around their own city, they have the Google Map, right?

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He doesn't even know if he doesn't have to think he doesn't even know how to get home. So what happened to that, you know, connection with the North Star. And, you know, and you know, finding our way around now google map. So what's the Google sheets on? It gives you the wrong map?

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What if he tells you to go the wrong way?

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Then your whole thing is based on this electronic world, right? So we have to put it down sometimes, and try to go back. I say I'm born in BC, right? before computers, that's not a long time ago. That's only in the 90s. That's not a long time ago. But for some people, they can't even think about existence without

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a cellphone. They can't even think about without a laptop. How can you live? What can you do? How can you enjoy yourself?

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You see, it's an illusion.

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It's an illusion.

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And this is the way it is? What about hyouta dunya Illa Matata hora. The life of this world is nothing but material deception.

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So the more things we can do, to come out of the deception, it's actually better for us spend some time everybody needs to spend some time out in the desert, go on the ocean. Sometimes.

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I went out I was in Muskoka I went to at the end. Abu admit, is one of the old Romani sailors. And he took us on the boat. And we went to Russell hut. So the end,

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okay, he's in the ocean layer, and the waves are in front of him. And he said, Go to the right pole to the left. That's what this is about 1000 waves. And the brother said, he looks at the wave, it's like a road.

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He sees a road in the waves.

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Okay, so another understanding altogether, did he pull out his Google Map and say, which wave Should I go to the right the Google thing.

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He naturally sees his way through the ocean.

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right because of his connection with the stars and with the natural things, right. And this is what we all need to spend some time doing this.

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Whatever environment you come from, spend some time, you may not be able to go into our environment, that means you got to go in the snow, like put on your things and go out into the snow for a while in a cold environment. Okay, but that's a good experience to

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just like living in Bahrain in July and August, you know, is an experience

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that people should go through these are extremes in temperatures.

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Right And so, you know, but what we need to be more in tuned with the natural world.

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Any other final questions that we have before we close? Yes, this is a very important point. Because really when you look at the life of the prophets of Solomon, you look at what he has given us. Look at it closely. Right not on a superficial surface level. We will see that character is the essence of Islam. As a Prophet, peace be upon that in them. You

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said, Well, it's true, this isn't the mozzarella Malik, who is to leave with me my hostel o'clock, I have been sent in order to perfect, the best in character.

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And one of them was asked, What would be the main reason why people would enter Paradise. And he said tequila or hospital khaolak

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is the consciousness of Allah and good character. And what will be the main reason why they will enter hell, he said, alhfam will flourish,

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the mouse and the private thoughts.

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So really, we need a new analysis of our Islam, honestly. And if we don't do this, I feel that a lot would erase us and replace us with another people. This has happened in the past, replace us with another people altogether. Because somebody has to take up this responsibility of the Philippines to deal with this earth. Somebody has to do it.

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And the organizations around the world they're looking for somebody. And it's frustrating as a Muslim, you look at a distance because we've got the answers, we have the answers. We have a holistic way of living.

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These principles are within our way of life. And it's still alive. Okay, but somebody will have to put this into practice now. And if we don't do it, and some of those poor people who are suffering now, right, who you think they are nothing, a lot can give them power, and give them authority in the same way that the companions of the prophets of Salaam. They were poor people at one time. They had nothing. You see stories of them, they were starving so much that they even had to put stones on their stomach because they were so hungry. Right and then a lot gave them authority in the land. So the same thing could happen again. If Muslims don't wake up before it is too late.