Pivotal Moments in Islamic History Class #1
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I'll praise the due to Allah, Lord of the worlds and peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad, master the first and last, and his family, his companions and all those who call to his way and establish his sunnah to the day of judgment as to what follows Salaam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
Alhamdulillah this is the first in our second series, looking at pivotal moments in Islamic history. And like I said, the time we're in right now is a little bit strange. It's a transition period, because a lot of mother comes right in at just after seven. So hopefully by next week, and inshallah the following week will be totally into
the class itself, without having to have a break inside of it for us a lot of marketing. And this is a class to really again, bring out the importance of history itself, to be able to look at the experiences that Muslims have gone through
and to reflect upon these experiences. Because this gives us perspective and perspective is when we are able to not only take in information, but we understand what is the basis of that information.
Now the great hola Ma, when they wanted to understand the Quran, one of the subjects that was developed was called as Baba in the zoo. And that is the reasons for the revelation itself.
So it's not just the revelation.
You can just read the book. But if you don't know the circumstances around the book, around the revealing of it, you won't get the full meaning. And so, the history the background
gives us the perspective and the understanding about why the revelation came, and how we can put it into our own life. And this understanding of history is now starting to spread Alhamdulillah. For the last few decades, I've been part of a group pushing Islamic history, trying to get it across to people how important it is, for us to understand where we've come from.
Because sometimes we get confused. And this has become even more important today with artificial intelligence, and with information which is being created in a lab,
and then put forward in such a way that it appears to be true. So we need to have solid knowledge Illman Nafisa about where we are coming from, and where we are going. And there's so much bad news in the world today, I want to give you some good news. And that is concerning, especially for those students of Islamic history.
That this understanding of history.
It's catching on now. And by the mercy of Allah subhanaw taala.
I just coming back from a major symposium that was held in Georgetown, Guyana.
And this symposium was on the history and legacy of Muslims in the Caribbean region.
And it was sponsored by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which is like the United Nations of the Muslim world.
It is the second largest organization on Earth, after the United Nations. And one of the wings of the IC is a research institute called Rasika, which is based in Istanbul, Turkey. And so with the courageous leadership of Dr. Muhammad, kill edge, who is the new leader of the Ursa,
they reached out
to the Caribbean region 57 states, in the United Nations of the Muslim world, that's the closest we have to a drama, even though to a certain extent, it's sort of like the United Nations where they do a lot of talking, you know, and they put out resolutions, but at least it's a venue, it's a place where we have some sort of a feeling of
group or drama or feeling
they came up with the idea because of those 57 states. Two of them are in the West, there is Suriname, which is Dutch Guyana. And there is Guyana, which is British Guyana. And as you know, this is in South America. And Suriname has the largest Muslim population in terms of proportion in the whole of the Western world. Proportionately it's in surname.
Okay, this is South America. Now you got to go back to your maps, because most people don't even know where Suriname is. Okay, but it's the Guyana is three of them that are there, right. There's French, British and Dutch. And
so this was an academic session, but there was a lot of outreach, you know, to the community. And these are some of the brothers and sisters who are involved.
You'll see on the top this Muslim Student Association of University of Guyana, we're very active. And
the third of the second from the from the left side as
brother Mirza Muhammad from Trinidad, very active member of the Trinidadian community. And next to him is brother, Saab, Saab and the CUDA who is from Barbados, the island of Barbados. And then on the first row down on the right side, brother, Nori, Mohammed,
a leading activist from Belize. So Belize is Central America, British Honduras, right under Mexico. So there's a there's a big Muslim community there. And nori is one of the leaders next to him, brother Stanley, and he is from Suriname, he is Javanese is Indonesian. But he's not from Indonesia is Indonesian from surname
because they have a large community with big mustards and everything like that you would think that you're you're in Indonesia when you around them. So he came to represent that you
but Abdul Hakeem
is he's originally from Guyana living in New York. He's a he's a dark medical doctor, but he works. He spends half of his year in Haiti. So he's one of the leaders of the Islamic movement in Haiti. And they are building masjids centers in the southern part of Haiti, it's fairly peaceful. They're the gangsters are more in the north, you know, in the in the capital. So just give you an idea of some of the different delegates who came and presented papers.
So this is what it actually looked like.
The government of Guyana was involved. Now, this is a big thing. Because for the first time there's a Muslim,
Dr. Irfan Ali, who is the president of Guyana, and very active, sincere Muslim.
And so the government took this on very seriously.
Guyana has discovered oil and gas in Guyana. So suddenly, it's gone from the bottom of the economic list, shut up near the top right. That's what oil and gas will do for you, right? The Emir of Qatar was actually there last week. So this is how big it is the Emir of Qatar.
So so this is how big you know, Guyana has become, but Hamdulillah, this conference, was to bring out the history and the legacy of Muslims in this region.
To understand how important history is, and
on the right, I am there with the President, that's the president of Guyana there, FN Ali Hamdulillah. Very active, you know, rather. And then in the next picture, on the left, is UTAD, who's the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guyana. And Professor Muhammad kill ich.
Who is the head of Ursa. Oh, I see. And brother sodic, Rene, also, Turkish men, you know, part of the Ursa just to show you some of the delegates give you a feeling that is there. And, you know, to just give you a taste of what was being said, there, I'll give you just a few points, you know, that I presented in this conference, and this was something really big. So you actually have a convention that starts off with the Quran being read.
Okay, and then the Minister of Foreign Affairs,
and then myself, coming on, and then following this, you have somebody who is reading poetry, it's called not the not, you know, in order to do that was done by the Indian Muslims there who suffered in the in the indentured labor.
And then you taught himself, of course, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, you know, and Dr. Kill which he spoke, and then there was also a casita that was read in Yoruba, and Yoruba is one of the Big West African languages. So it is a praise to the Prophet SAW Salem, you know, read in Yoruba language. Okay, so this is something which would never be done
20 years ago, even 10 years ago, unheard of, but things are really starting to change in that region. And just to give you an idea of where this is going,
a few key points that you can think about. And this is important for students of knowledge, because for a long time, people who studied Islamic Studies, mainly focused on the Quran, they focused on Hadith Tafseer, you know, different subjects, but they didn't have in many cases perspective. So they would come in situations, and just give the Quran you know, the Hadith, but not understand the people.
And today that is crucial for us to have that understanding. So I want to give you a couple of points just to give you a taste of what is being said. The question kept because a person might ask, why are you having a historical symposium in Guyana, you need to have an economic one. We got to talk about the gas, the oil, you need to have a political one.
Because the Caribbean States now are going through changes. Everybody wants to be independent.
And what is happening in the world today is that people are breaking away from colonial rule. You especially see it in West Africa. So you see in Nigeria and Gabon and Mali
And these countries are throwing off the French colonial rule.
And so this is a new phase that we're entering into, as well. But the issue is, if you throw off the colonial rule,
then what's your perspective? Who's going to take over?
What's your understanding? And so hit these are a few points.
History has a lot to do with the living present.
What happened in history affects the way we think about ourselves, kind of think about these points. What happened in history affects the way we think about ourselves, the way we treat ourselves, and the way we are treated by others.
Okay, so if you think you come from nothing,
if you think you don't have a civilization, then you don't think much about yourself and people are not going to treat you like anything.
Now, the point is, the full potential of people for work in the living present, that leads them to a new future, can be activated, cannot be activated, to they have an alert, alive relationship with the past. So in other words, if you don't understand your past,
right, that you can't really deal with the present.
Next point is no person can truly can be truly released from the past until he understands the present.
Sorry, no person can truly be released from the past, until he understands the past, okay?
You can walk around carrying this phobia, this mentality, this attitude about yourself and your people.
True history can help correct the bias of the past and create a new vision for the future.
A person who is liberated from slavery and colonization physically, but not mentally, is still a slave.
Understand this point, somebody can say to you, you're free.
But if in your mind, you're not liberated, then you're still a slave. Because you will act like a slave, you will act subservient unless your mind is liberated. So what is happening now is that we are working toward the liberation of the minds.
Okay, if the economy is handled properly, we have to make dua for them. Because in many cases, having wealth, rapid, fast, very fast is a curse, not necessarily a blessing, you will see some of the Arab states what happened to them, and what's going on with the youth today.
Okay, so getting a lot of money in a short period of time isn't necessary. However,
if it's handled properly,
then you can literally change the condition of your people.
But that's not easy. You have to really understand yourself, you have to understand economics.
Okay, and you have to have a lot of wisdom to be able to come through the fitna.
this is an approach. And this way of thinking is a type of reversal. It's deconstructing history, taking it apart,
and then putting it back together, because we have been lied to so much. That before you start to deal with the truth, you have to deal with the lies. Because there are so many lies that are around us. And one of the points that comes up, it's like an elephant in the room. When you speak about the Caribbean area, is the fact that and this is something that most people thought all around the world. Okay, say okay, Suriname, Guyana, that's in the Caribbean. What is the Caribbean famous for Christopher Columbus. He discovered America in 1492.
So this is being taught all over the world.
And up until now, people believe in this, they think that he discovered America.
But the reality is that we have been bringing out now Alhamdulillah it's being brought out on a higher level. And we hope to be able to produce literature that can be standardized and put into schools and libraries, and change the discourse. Because if we deconstruct Columbus, and I use him as an example, because he it's probably the clearest example of the wrongs that have been done historically. Because Columbus, when he went
Across the Atlantic, he knew people were going across. If you read his memoirs, you will see that he knew that there were West Africans going across. There were Andalusi, Ian's who had made it across some of the people on his boat, we'll call Moriscos. And these are Muslims who had to hide their identity. Because of the Spanish Inquisition, they had to say I'm a Catholic, but inside they're Muslim. So they call Morasco.
And the Jewish people who are also persecuted by the Catholics, they will call they will call Moreno's. So Moreno or converso is a Jewish person who says I'm a Catholic, because in Spain at that time,
15th century if you if you said you're anything else, but Catholic, they would burn you alive.
So people would say other things and hide their faith.
So Columbus, when he reached the islands, in what is now the Bahamas, he thought he was an India.
And he thought he, the Taj Mahal, you know, is there and these are the islands go into the Mughal leaders. And so he called the people Indians, but they're not Indians. And this is something which is plaguing us up until today, not just in the Caribbean, in the United States. They're even changing the name of athletic teams, Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins, and things like this terrible insults to the indigenous people. The point is, Columbus study was, was an India. And the reality is, what he bumped into,
on his way to India
was an amazing civilization.
Because when you look at the Americas, right from Canada, all the way to South America,
there were over 75 million people. Think about this 75 million people living there. And that's when the number of the population of the world was not like today.
There was probably not even 2 billion people in the world, maybe less.
So 75 million people is a lot of people.
Mutually unintelligible languages 2000 languages. Okay, this is the civilization part of it, what's left in Peru, the Inca.
And you go high into the mountains, and you will see the Inca civilization, what rivaled any other civilizations in the world. And we can date the indigenous people back 10,000 years, some actually say 20,000. Yes. Okay. So, when Columbus went back to Spain, he captured some of the people found a little bit of gold. And he went back to Spain, but he couldn't properly describe where he had been.
So they outfitted him again, and his son, Ferdinand, and they sent them back across. And he made another voyage. But the reality is that Ferdinand found out Columbus never reached Central America. Ferdinand was in shock.
Because this pyramid, this is a pyramid here. Now look next to the pyramid. On the top left side, you see those white dots?
Those are people
who see the size of the spill, this is not Egypt.
This is in Mexico.
And so huge pyramids, Hanging Gardens philosophy. They were great civilizations in this part of the world. So what our challenge is, is to deconstruct the information,
we're not going to forget about Columbus, because he is an important person.
But you need to put Columbus in a in the right perspective, if I had the opportunity. And it's very political to write a history book, right. But I would say Columbus was discovered in 1492. You understand the difference in these in these two sentences. He was discovered because he was lost.
And he bumped into the Americas on his way to India.
This is how we have to literally turn things around.
And this is something which it can vary is very, very serious, and history itself.
Tonight, we're looking at our methodology to understand the methodology of history. And as we go into the pivotal moments, but history, this is what you get taught.
It's you it is usually regarded as a record of the past events that are arranged in some semblance of order, so as to be capable of interpretation. So you take events
historian does and he puts it in an order for you. Okay? That's what history is supposed to be. But they select information, they arrange it according to their understanding or their mandate. So in this case, they said Columbus discovered America. Now that's an important statement, because if you discovered it, there is no people there.
And you can do what you want other people, they're like animals, they're subhuman. So you can kill them. You can take their property, steal their gold, do whatever you want to do, because you discovered the place. See, so history is not really an objective, you know, science itself. Okay. And many times, as I said, it's just used to maintain the status quo. The Conqueror who writes the history.
Okay, Napoleon Bonaparte, to show you the Eurocentric thinking European thinking. He said that history is a myth is Karratha it's a fate a fable. It's a myth that is agreed upon. You know, we haven't Hadith Mustafa con la
is the Hadith Mustafa Cohen Allah He means Bukhari and Muslim.
So if you see Mustafa Hanalei after a hadith in Arabic, that means it was found in Bukhari and Muslim. So Bonaparte said that history is a fable a story, which is agreed upon. That's what your history is. Okay. So this creates Eurocentric thinking.
And all of us have to go through a change, especially our leaders, right?
To get Eurocentric thinking out of our minds, because it's affecting us heavy, for instance, they will say the North is developed, and the South is underdeveloped. Right? You see what they say, first world, second world, third world. The third world is Africa, Asia, that's the third world, right? Greenwich Mean Time, your basis of time in the world is Greenwich Mean Time, which is a London.
So London is the base of all time in the world, see what your mind is that your mind has got to change.
So we can look like Muslim, we can look like something else. Okay, but we're not actually fully liberated in our minds.
Even the world itself.
And this is an interesting study,
you know, this here is what is called an upside down map.
You can buy them, you know, in the stores, where it shows the world from another perspective. And if you go back to in Islamic history and geography, you will see that Muslim geography is maps like this.
So Europe was not on the top, it was underneath.
It was not on the top. And really, if you look at the world, right, we're like a, with this ball floating around. Okay, so North is on the top, and South is on the bottom, who decided that North is the top.
Because if North was the top and everyone on the south, you'd be falling off the Earth, right?
Because you're on the bottom, but gravity pulls everybody in, you see it. So whether you're in the south or the north, that's your perspective of things.
And that's how Muslim historians thought they did not center themselves in London, in Europe, they consider the North to be backward
to be a backward uncivilized place. It is not where civilization came from.
Okay, so this, this is the type of thinking, you know, that we're presenting, and we will manifest it in our course. Inshallah, you know, as as we go along.
And I want to give you an example of Eurocentrism. And this is one of the most stark examples you can find. And that is the case of Africa.
And you will see what is happening with African countries? Why are African people so angry?
Why they don't want to see the French at all?
Why do they feel that they're so oppressed?
because so much has been taken, stolen out of their country. And nothing has been given back to the people, right? Look what they did to the minds of Africans and the rest of the world. Because if if you're going to take a country like this, you have to psychologically control the people.
They say the scientists say that a horse,
which is much bigger than a human being a young boy can get on top of a horse and ride the horse. Because the horse perceives that boy as a giant.
It's the perception that the horse has, otherwise the horse can just kick the human being
Wait, why is a little boy riding on top of us?
It's a prospective, right? So what they did was they did the maps Gert Gerhard Mekkatorque Mercato. In the 16th century, he drew the map. That's the map that people most people use today. It's called America Topo. Map. Okay. And
in the Mercato map,
he made Africa, he made North America really big see the size of North America here.
Look at Greenland, how big it is, look at Africa.
Okay, the reality is, Africa is three and a half times the size of the United States.
Okay, you see Greenland there.
The reality is that
Greenland itself, Africa is 30 million square kilometres. And Greenland is 2 million.
Africa is 15 times the size of Greenland, look at the size of Greenland here, like to Greenland would make all of Africa. That's the map that our children are studying, right.
So they're being confused, not just with transgenderism.
They're being confused with other things too, this is before that.
Look at the size. And this creates in people inferiority complex. And it creates in other people, the European superiority complex, both people are sick,
because both cannot deal with things properly. Now, Africa,
is so big,
you can put India and China inside of Africa, and you still have room.
Now, think of your minds of countries of the world, right? The size of India, the size of China fits inside of Africa.
And you could even piece together Europe and get it in all inside of
this is a total distortion. And so another German scientists are no Peters, he produced the Peters projection,
which is a little bit more accurate.
Right, and you can get a pietist projection map actually, if you haven't, if you're into geography, the speed is projection, you can get that which gives you a little bit more, you know, have a perspective of you know, Africa, how huge the place really is.
And how much wealth there is an Africa is unbelievable. Up until today.
And what is happening now is that the minerals that are needed to take us into a new age, in terms of not using gas, and here the lithium and manganese and phosphates and whatnot, it's in Africa.
So, the Europeans, they called Africa a backward place that has done nothing for civilization.
Okay, but the reality is with ancient Africa, the ancient Egyptians, who were African people, by the way,
they you built huge structures, long before Greece long before Rome. And the Greeks were the Greeks were not racist people, by the way, the Greeks in the history, they say, we got our civilization from the Egyptians, and they were dark skinned people with curly hair, no problem.
Okay. And so, this shows you the level of distortion that has happened with Africa. Now, this struggle to deal with Africa itself, that is not necessarily our struggle here that we are talking about. In this particular class, African people themselves
are going to have to deal with this.
Okay, this is because this is a distortion that has gone on
within their within their lands, for Muslims. Okay, we are in another field.
And we have to be able to benefit from the knowledge that the Quran has actually given to us. Right and to understand our history, Allah says in the Quran, insert a null verse 36, while a cut bath Nafi coldly omitted Rasulullah an Arab Abdullah was 20 with target and we certainly sent into every nation
a messenger saying worship Allah and avoid false deities. Okay, of the people were some whom Allah guided and have them with those upon whom era was decreed. So travel through the earth see rueful art
See what was the end of those who denied the truth? Travel. That's what Allah said, you have to travel, you have to understand what the reality of the world is. And that is important for Muslims. So what I'm saying here as a basis for our discussion is that we should not be Eurocentric. Right centered in Europe, we should not be Afro centric, which means you're centered in Africa, we should not be indo centric.
We're centered in India, we should be what I call Mecca centric.
Our base is Mecca.
And it's from there that our thinking has to go. This is a major educational change that will have to come about at all Islamic institutions, all everywhere, from the bottom level, all the way to the top. And if you go back in time, and read our history books, read our tough CFDs they thought differently than us. And unless we make that change mentally, unless we understand our history, and what happened before us, we can continue to go in this never ending cycle. So in other words, in simple terms, we need to know our story, not his story. See the difference in the two history? That's his story, right?
You know, for most people, if I were to ask you, you're a public school, especially, what was the worst subject for you? What would you probably say? History?
Why? Because you don't see yourself in the book.
You're talking about, you know, King George and you know, this one, you know, all the history of Europe, but you don't see yourself so you get tired and bored. Why do you want to know? That's his story, right?
But we need is our story. So this is the basis of our pivotal moments, right is the start to tell our story. But still, students of knowledge will argue
now history that's not part of Islamic studies. But you know, what Allah have understood now that 1/3 of the Quran is history.
And this history is called causes. Causes PESA is a story pass us is the plural 1/3 of the Koran is history.
And what this history gives us is principles, principles by which we can function in the world, just like scientific principles, water boils at a certain temperature, it freezes at a certain temperature, when you learn these principles now you can become a scientist right? So your history is going to give you perspectives which you can start judging what is happening around you with the Quran and Sunnah as your guide.
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Okay, there is knowledge in this * Susana Casa Salah Allah home Jatropha Karuna Allah tells us, sir, to wrap. So relate the stories in order that they may reflect Allah is telling us relate the stories, go over these things, understand these things so that we can reflect. Right? So of course, the most valuable stories of the past. The most valuable is the biography of the Prophet Muhammad sounds like that's the most valuable story because the Quran was revealed, right in that 23 year period, and then his companions.
Right, so this is of extreme importance to us. And we'll touch on some points from the Sierra
and the Companions, because this was the best generation that ever lived. Right? Was that early generation and the promises alum said, Pharaoh, NASS colony, to Molina yo, Luna home to Medina, yo, Luna, the best of people is in my generation. And then the ones that follow them, and then the ones that follow them. Okay, these are the best generations.
So, this is some idea. I want to break. Like, you know, our class is set up in such a way that we will have some interaction and feedback, if anybody has any questions, and then we'll go on to another section, you know, of our study. I want to open up the floor if there's any questions that anybody has concerning the methodology, right? This is the methodology that we're dealing with. Okay, floor is open for any questions. We have a class here we have an online class right?
So it's a big online class that's there, and they may have questions as well. But if anybody has any questions, feel free to ask any questions.
Great, we'll talk more about what you mean by the NACA centric concepts, the Mecca centric In other words, Eurocentric
centers you everything in Europe,
right you think from Europe, Afro centric means you sent to everything in Africa. So Mecca centric, would be that revelation that the first house of worship was, was was there. And, and then the Prophet Muhammad SAW Salam came from there, everything went out. So when we look at history, we're we're looking at it from a from the prophetic eyes of the Ummah coming out of Mecca. Right then going to El hubba Shah, then going to Medina and then the world. So it's a different way of looking at things. So I'm using this term Mecca centric.
Okay, this is not to deny anybody else's history. But this is the center as in Mecca.
And that's not just Arab history either, by the way,
because at that time in Mecca, the biggest enemies of the Muslims were Arabs.
They were the biggest enemy since Kurdish.
Okay, so Becca centrist, it's a matter of changing your perspective on how you think about yourself, and how you think about the world.
The other questions anybody has floor is open.
We do have a question online, okay.
Okay, this is a history class. It's not our Theta class. But generally, you know, just to answer your question aushadhi is a it's a way of approaching our theta. And
when Islam spread rapidly,
it met different philosophies and different cultures. And so the Greek philosophy came into the Muslim world, Roman philosophy, Indian philosophy, Egyptian, all types of thought started to come in, especially to Baghdad, which at that time became the center.
And so people started to translate the Greek way of logic into Arabic.
And a movement developed called Elmore Tesla,
which is a group that was used like a Greek philosopher, philosophical way of approaching Islam, to make a long story short,
and they became powerful in Baghdad, even one of the Khalifa smart Moon actually became, you know, one of them so they became really powerful. But the great orlimar Imam Ahmed have been humbled, Rahim Allah, he stood against them.
Now, there were some scholars, one of the scholars abolhassan archery, he was part of the Morteza law and he broke away from it. And he went to the Sunnah.
And what he developed is a way to argue
to against the more Tesla a philosophical approach to dealing with these type of arguments. Imam Ahmed 's position was
I want the Quran and the Sunnah I want straight, no filler, don't get me this philosophy.
But ash rd, because a lot of people were confused. He developed a system of debate.
But he was understandable, Gemma. Now, some people say that there was so much more Tesla in him. He couldn't get it all up. So sometimes it sort of shows in some of the debates. But basically the Ashati is Alesana Wajima. Yes, it is. As high university you know, Ansari, alasa. Egypt. This is Asha the center
is alpha. Right? So you got to say that alpha is not on the Sunday was your ma. That's insanity.
You see. Now there are extremes within that type of thinking that go outside, but basically it is part of the lesson. Okay. But our class we want to focus on this historical part. And not so much in our pizza or in fact, it's not everyday fifth class. We want to get into Okay, any other questions? Anybody has? floor is open.
Now, what are some of the benefits from studying history? Right, this is an orientation class. You're getting toward the subject. You will get clarity on some controversial issues. You see the story that I just told you about our abolhassan luxury. If you didn't know
His history if you didn't know what happened, how he changed from what Tesla, you know, into the Sunnah and what he was doing you would never know that it's actually part of the Sunnah.
So history tells you that it also gives us respect and love for Prophet Muhammad Salah if you really want to, you know, love the Prophet, you got to know his life.
You have to know it. It increases our Eman.
Especially when we go through different points in Islamic history. It's a practical application of Islamic lifestyle. That's what we need today. Because we're being confronted now with some different issues that other people have not been confronted with before. So we have to have a spirit the spirit of Islam in dealing with confrontations. How, how is the spirit developed? And how did Muslims function in critical points in Islamic history?
And also, it will give us a more broad base objective understanding of our Islam. And this is important because a lot of people get caught up in these schools of thought and you know, what not they're saying I'm Hanafi or Shafi and you know, my act either is this and you're that you're a Sufi or Salafi and they get caught in a little alarm about what history shows us that the Imams were students and teachers of each other.
A person came to me one day and he said brother, Abdullah, Kedah Hanafi Marissa Shafi
he was serious. Can 100 feet Marissa Shafi and I said brother are we Jehovah's Witnesses and Catholics?
The Imams were teachers and students of each other.
This is not another religion.
But without understanding the history of the Imams, you would not know their relationship with each other. You wouldn't know that Imam Shafi went to Baghdad and he prayed an Imam Abu Hanifa is Masjid
Abu Hanifa had died.
And then it was fajr prayer, and then Fajr that the Shafi is Redrock Knute especial DUA and they asked Imam Shafi to lead so not the Imam
and he led it he had no dua, Knut
afterwards, his followers said, why why do you do this? With dua, he said, I respect the position of Imam Abu Hanifa.
And I'm in his mosque.
So he knew
that you're just as well in so now without reading it. You see, if you didn't know that story,
you would know the difference. Some say no, I'm Shafi. I'm not Maliki.
If you didn't know the fact that Imams it, that was a Mexican group came to Imam Malik in Medina.
And they said we have a student with us. And the Emir wants you to take him as a student Imam Malik said Take him away. Because I don't follow Amir's Imam Malik would not follow the rules.
Then he looked at the boy, he said come here.
And he tested the boy and then he said put him in my circle.
That boy was Imam Shafi.
Imam Shafi was Imam Malik's best student. So how now can you say I'm gonna Shafia your Maliki
right and look down on the other person, Shafi was a student
and he improved certain things. He did improve certain things.
But there's value in all of it. And this is what our study will give us. And just just to conclude, I want to give you an example of how history can understand your understanding of something.
In the year 610,
right in the beginning,
when the province of Salam was, you know, teaching, the Oneness of Allah,
the Quraysh, were getting frustrated. So they gathered their leaders together in the Najwa. Right in the Kaaba itself, and they chose Allah will lead Evelyn Burera to lead the meeting. And they said, how can we destroy the image of this man? You know, like today they have a think tank. They want to destroy Muslims who say, What should we say? We'll call them fundamentalists?
We'll call them Islamists.
We'll make something up these think tanks Islamophobic think tanks. There's millions of dollars being spent for Islamophobia, right. So this is like an Islamophobic Think Tank. They want to destroy his him
Ah, and so they said to him, Can we call him Kahin?
Because a cane is like a wizard. He's like a wizard. Right. But Al Waleed, the Arabs were, they were, they were honest to a certain extent. And when he said No, he's not a carrier. He doesn't wear their clothes. He doesn't have their formulas.
They say okay, let's call him Majnoon is insane man.
And other will lead said no.
Because he doesn't gurgle. And he's not a crazy person. He's calm.
They said, let's call them shot yet. Let's call them a poet.
And will lead said he's not a poet because this court n is not poetry. You know, you have poetry and prose. prose is like when you're telling a story, right? So you could say that the Quran to a certain extent is like rhymed. prose.
You're telling the story of use of Alayhis Salam in perfect rhythm.
Nobody can talk like this. That's why the Quran distinguishes itself. That's why people will accept Islam just listen into the book because they can't talk like this. So it's Waleed said, No, he's not shy. They said, What about saya magician because he's breaking up families, right?
No. Finally, they decided we will call him a OSI yet,
right? Because he's causing a lot of confusion amongst our people. And they started spreading propaganda against the Prophet salsa. And there was one person al Walid there was Abu Jamal and another person named Bill Haas, Ebony while a savvy. So these two were the leading propagandists, like some of these Islamophobes like leading ones who talk against Muslims. So these were two big ones, right? Especially, alas, if any while he would follow the Prophet around, and whenever the caravans would come in, the Prophet SAW Selim would go to the people and speak to them. And you know, then I'll ask would come, and he would say to the people leave this man. He's avatar.
He's an avatar.
Right? And obter means somebody who is cut off
because he has no male offsprings.
He had no sons that survived, his sons died by the will of Allah.
So in Arab society at that time, if you have no sons, right, it's a, you know, male based society. You don't have a lineage in that patch, you know that that patriarchy, you don't have a lineage. You don't have people who will fight for you. You don't have poets. So in a sense, you're finished. So this man is Epta. And this must have heard the Prophet SAW Salah very much, because he was a man right? He was human. It's like an insult, right? And then Allah subhanaw taala revealed
the protocol and woke up and ensured I Isha Smilla Rahmanir Rahim in our Thai nachliel CalStar Farsan Lila Rebecca, one Ha, in Sharon IACA, who an avatar, Allah revealed. Surely We have given you an abundance of cows out.
So pray to your Lord and sacrifice. Surely your enemy is the one who will be cut off.
Look at this.
This is like this is the shortest chapter in the Quran.
So 10 words is the shortest chapter.
Everybody knows this, right? When you want to read your fast a lot. You read your follow up and your NAS and you know your cancer. Everybody know every Muslim probably knows this is the shortest chapter in the Quran. But it is expanding and expanding and expanding and expanding and will continue to expand to the Day of Resurrection. How is this? Most of us just read it right. But we don't know. The reasons behind it the history. We don't know how decisive this was.
In the Altai Narco Costa, Verily, We have given you El calstock,
which is a river in paradise. And it pours down into a household, which is the watering place is like a pond and the day of judgment. And people will go to the house, and the process alone will be there. And if you drink from it, you will never be thirsty again.
It's called aloud
and it's fed by our culture. But our cows are all also
its form in Arabic coauthor from Kaltura it means it means it's a word that they call more
luck. It's an open ended word.
So in other words, it's not just cathedra is not a lot. It is an abundance. So when you say it comes out in Arabic linguistically it's an abundant something that continues and continues and continues. It's an abundance. So it's not just the river right?
The Arabs say disel casa, what is that council? So the Sahaba may Tafseer of this.
And it comes in some of the big books of Tafseer. What does our Casa some say of the council is Kelly Mala ilaha illallah, Muhammad Rasool Allah, this is something is the prophet is connected to Allah subhanaw taala.
Some said, No, it's also
you know, Kassala told us hub, that the person had so many companions, and they grew and they grew and they grew look at today, they're still growing. That's our culture.
Also, the his Dawa was answered, it's still being answered by people today. So these are all forms of El CalStar. So when Allah said in Thai Narco Casa
for some leader, a bigger one, so this is a man whose feelings are hurt is down, insulted, abused, people being killed. And Allah said, I have given you an abundance. So pray to your Lord and sacrifice in other words, keep praying to to your Lord sacrificed get your foundations together, don't worry about them. Because you have an abundance.
Okay? In the shower the alcohol uptight. Now look at this.
This means most of the scholars say this is talking about alas ebony why Allah Sami
in the Shani aka the one who insulted you, he will be cut off.
Now, if you go to the Arab Street today, and you ask Arabs, do you know Allah wa l? I'll ask him if anyone asks people and nobody except for a historian, or Islamic scholar will tell you I guess I know him. But you might know his son. It's Ahmad ibn Alas, radula. One Almost Famous Right? Or you might know his grandson Abdullah he Ibn Ahmad ibn Alas, radula Juan Houma. But you don't know about us, right? Look at the verse set in the Shani aka who will abtot
the one who insults you. He's gonna get cut off, not you.
How did the Prophet Sal Sanlam
How is he not cut off? Right now. They did a study
of the names in the world.
And they found out that the most popular name on Earth is Mohammed. Because Muslims use that name with asbestos their sons is going to be in everybody's name. There was there was a brother from the Sudan I studied with his name was near the passport in the Arab world his father,
son, father, grant three, his passport said Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed, three of them aren't his passport, right? Three right? In just one person right?
In the United Kingdom, England.
About 10 years ago, they announced that the most popular name in Britain now is Muhammad. It used to be hairy.
But Harry's gone.
Okay, so look at this, this name is all over the world. And he he lost his cut off see the miracle in this verse.
And this L caster, the Prophet SAW seldom,
he was by himself received the revelation. And from him, it spread around the world. And this influence civilizations, the golden age of Islam, without the golden age of Islam, they would be no Renaissance in Europe. You see,
all of this came from one man
in knock it knock on Caltha.
You see, we have given you an abundance, you will not understand this, unless you understand the history around that chapter.
See how important history is. It gives us perspective and it is something which is critical for us. And inshallah we want to look at certain key pivotal moments in Islamic history to understand some of those pivotal points that can help us today with so many things that are that are attacking us and moving around us in this world that we are living in.
So I want to
open up the floor for any general questions that anybody may have concerning these, this particular part of our study, floors open
check online and see if there's anything any questions
what are some of the comments
about the subject matter anything things?
I saw them on a map about two weeks ago about Africa and its landscape. Exactly. Country.
What you said is ideal, but not the reality today.
The world needs to understand.
Okay, so floors open up any any questions anybody has, this is how we're going to run the class, we'll we'll deal with the subject. And then further.
There was a time during this
golden age or even like, I would say, pre modern times, maybe three 400 years ago, if you're a famous author, or an influential author, or whatever is call your, you would write or you think in Arabic as a Muslim. But that is no longer there, except for only the Arab world. And even the other one, like if you go to Algeria, or like Morocco, and things like that, they probably always, you know, their first language, and writing and scholarship would be, for example, French. And even in countries like Egypt, maybe they would prefer to write in English, there was someone in Persia influential they want their readership to be influential. Go go. And basically, it's spread over the
whole world, right? In Ireland, someone from Indonesia, for example, was right there. That's right.
So what happened? And how can we go back to them? Well, you see, this, again, is
no, like, it's because they don't really, they can read that very famous author, but it's the language of the earth, and they can do it. Right, you see, this is part of the colonization of the mind. Like one scholar, he said, a beautiful statement, he said, the colonization of the imagination.
Think about that statement. Our minds will colonize. You know, it was one of the clearest cases it was in Turkey. Yeah, the turkey. Right. When Ataturk, they changed the letters, they changed the alphabets from the Arabic by doing that, you divorce the people from that same thing happened with with the other countries, because all of all of our countries were writing with a form of RGB script, you know, which is Arabic, you could write Persian, Swahili, you know, all the different languages you could write, you know, and that keeps you close to it. So part of the colonization was, you have to go to public schools and learn French, English, Italian, if you want to be
civilized and get a job.
Okay? Only ones that madressa just keep them all learners or whatever, in the majesta.
But if you want to be civilized, you've got to learn this, that was a colonization of the mind. So what we have to do now, we have to reverse it.
And some of the countries in Morocco and some of the countries they have because we come back, again, the official language, so they're switching around the languages. It's coming back. And but that's part of the decolonization. And it's not only just language, like I say, history is a serious thing. And we don't realize how we've been affected by history, our minds brainwashed into thinking that we have no hope. We have to be under the Europeans, we have to be under non Muslims. The more Western you are, is, the more civilized you are. You see. So this is part of an educated starts in our education systems, right from when the child is young. It has to has to begin. And this is, once
we have authority in our countries, we have to begin to make this change. But this is not going to be easy. Because the West has colonized our educational systems. They've literally colonized it.
Okay, and so those countries that are breaking away, and really making a change will have to change their curriculums change the way you know, the way they do things to be fully independent. And this is not going to be easy, but we're in the process
Alhamdulillah this conference we had was a breakthrough, because this is now this information is going to be sent around to the 57 countries you know of the UIC you know, so people to start appreciate their history, appreciate their legacy and not look at everything from a Eurocentric point of view. Now, the other general questions anybody has? Yes, probably.
Yeah, so this this this is part of it because the word here it is a form of Ibadah you know to do that so in other words, keep to your fundamentals are fundamentals is as solid as a cat, you know, hedge, you know this to keep you keep your fundamentals going, don't worry about
and that's a very important thing today
because sometimes we get so worried about what's happening in the news, you know, and we don't hang on to the fundamentals of our deen
the other general questions or anybody has, floor is open.
So Inshallah, we will be continuing on, I'm not sure next week, when Margaret will be, but more than likely, we'll be starting the class around 715 or so
once it gets close pass, but normally it'll be seven o'clock, we're starting seven 715 We'll start and we'll go like this to about 830 You know, then we have the class you know, so we have a chance to go home and still enjoy eating. So alhamdulillah your May Allah bless you for coming out here today. And to bless our brothers and sisters online. As we have any numbers of the people who came online
about 400 people online
right, so you're not alone in this class. Right.
So to our brothers and sisters online, you know from different parts of the world. Have a safe journey home and inshallah we'll see you next week Subhan Allah who have declared that shadow Allah Allah and enter the stock for Luca to be like, market as Arwa Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa salam Wa alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh