Reduced Concepts #03 Freedom, Jihad, and Knowledge

Adnan Rajeh

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The speakers emphasize the importance of freedom and the need for individuals to contemplate their own values. They stress the need for students to have a positive mindset and use their learning experiences to grow and learn about new opportunities. The importance of consistency and the importance of building a positive mindset is also emphasized.

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Of rights or the charge of of of

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freedoms. And you'll find it's it's still making

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that noise.

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Yeah.

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Hey, Shraddi.

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Yeah. Of course.

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Yes, sir. Alright.

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Today,

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the 3rd episode of, of reduced concepts that

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we're talking about Freedom, knowledge, and jihad, and

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they're a bit generic in terms of,

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as values or concepts. They're not necessarily specifically

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Islamic. The majority of this, this series until

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the end of it will be touching base

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on Islamic specific, values that I think are

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reduced. But I wanted to, to give you

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a little bit of a glimpse or or

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at least, talk about a few topics that

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I think,

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are worthy of of our analysis,

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that are generic, that are part of the

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world around us in general. It gives you

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methodology, a way to do that within your

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life about or regarding topics that you may,

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take as important in your own life or

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you see as as were important in the

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way that you grew up or what you

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thought was valuable for you to be able

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to re to reassess and analyze. And I

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think the example of, of intentions in our

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deen is a good way to kind of,

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walk into this, Because understanding intentions in Islam

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requires an ongoing process of renewal and. You're

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always kinda correct. You have to go back

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and because they can they they can get

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rusty and they can lose their essence and

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substance because it's just how we are as

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human beings. We lack that ability to,

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sometimes,

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to to to focus and to to remind

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ourselves exactly why we're doing what we're doing.

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So

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when we talk about freedom specifically, when we

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talk about freedom here in the west, freedom

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is the the the the cornerstone

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of, of the western

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civilization.

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It started in Europe and it moved moved

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its way over over to the western countries.

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And it became and liberty became the number

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one topic that everyone,

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looks into or talks about or wants to

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defend and and wants to protect. And I

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and I don't blame them, and I don't

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think it's something that is negative in any

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form or manner, actually. And I and I'll

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at the end of of talking about it,

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I I will touch base on what the

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Islamic view is of the concept of freedom

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and where and how we're supposed to look

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at it. But

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the example I'm trying to give through freedom

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is is the Western civilization was built on

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this extremely profound value of liberty.

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And then I I think it's not difficult

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for us to to see what has come

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of liberty today. Like, is liberty or freedom,

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which as a concept that this whole civilization

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was built upon, Is it the same today?

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Does it function in the same way? Do

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people view it in the same way? Do

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they practice it in the same way? Or

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has it lost value over time? Has it

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lost substance and essence over time? I think

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it's safe to say that almost everyone,

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living in the west knows that the concept

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of liberty and freedom has lost a certain

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degree of its substance just over over the

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course of time. And I think that as

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as people living in the west, unless

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we,

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renew this concept, unless we get rid of

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the reduction that has occurred upon this value,

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then as a society, as a country, we're

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going to we're going to suffer because of

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that. Like, I don't think we can afford

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not to go back and and renew our

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understanding of what freedom actually is. So the

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question that that that I pose here is

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is it just hate speech? Is freedom is

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there freedom of of of speech or the

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freedom of expression?

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Is it reduced just to being being able

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to say things that are extremely offensive and

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extremely harmful and hurtful to to large groups

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of people?

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Is freedom of speech or freedom of expression

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or freedom of of press just the freedom

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of saying things or taking something that is

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holy or sacred to a group of people

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and offending it or disrespecting it or talking

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about it in a way that lacks, any

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form of decency.

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Is freedom or is or personal liberties,

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are they are they means? Are they excuses

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for us to disregard the well-being of the

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collective or of the group?

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These are questions that I think we should

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be asking ourselves.

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And, yeah, there's there's an there's a lot

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for us to look at that. I want

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you to take this quote of of Chamstee.

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This is a really important quote

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that that he put out that a couple

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around a decade ago, he actually said said

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this one of his one of his books.

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He said the smart way to keep people

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passive and obedient is to strictly limit the

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spectrum of acceptable opinion.

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It's a smart way to do it. But

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allow very lively debate within that spectrum, even

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encourage the more critical and diss dissident views.

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That gives people the sense that there's freedom

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theme, freedom of thinking going on. Well, all

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the time, the, presuppositions

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of the system are being reinforced by the

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limits put on the range of the debate.

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So this may be a little bit complicated.

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But really what he's saying is that

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if you want to control people, you wanna

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do it in an intelligent way where people

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don't even notice that they're being controlled, you

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just make sure that you limit the spectrum

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of of acceptable opinion. You just put limitations,

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and then you encourage and you engage in

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in a lot of debate, in a lot

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of discussion and conversation within that spectrum. Right?

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And you encourage people who are opposing one

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another and you support them just as long

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as they say within the limitations that you

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have already put that along those presuppositions are

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are are set. And if you do that

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long enough, people will start to believe that

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those limitations are actually real, that they're sacred,

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that they're holy, that you can't think outside

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of them. And that's and that's basically what

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we're seeing here today. That's that's what's happening

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in the west. Now in the Middle East,

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they don't they don't, put themselves to the

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trouble of doing this.

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They just don't allow you to think. And

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if you try and think, then they make

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make it very clear for to you not

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to do it again.

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And they do it belligerently and very openly

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and just, you know, in a in a

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dictatorship fashion. They don't put themselves through this

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trouble. This here is the same thing. It's

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just happening in a much more

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there's more there's more finesse to it. It's

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just a little bit more, sneaky and and

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and flashy, and people don't notice it as

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as much. So when when I came here,

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this is what I found out to be

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the the the issue that there's really no

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freedom of speech here. It's just that the

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spectrum is a little bit wider. That's all.

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But freedom has a value. And this is

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what we're going to, you know, discuss over

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the, you know, the the the course of

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these days, is that values are only values

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if they're consistent.

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If they're not consistent, they're not values. They

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don't they don't really they don't mean anything.

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If if there's exceptions to these things, if

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there's exceptions, then then it's not really real.

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Like, there's no liberty. If there is one

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thing, just one thing that you're not allowed

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to question or talk about. One thing.

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There's an infinite number of things. If just

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one of them, is you're not allowed to

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think about this or talk about this or

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discuss it, then there's no liberty. There's no

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there's no difference between one thing not you

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know, not being able to talk about one

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thing versus not being able to talk about

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anything but one thing.

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Right? There's no difference between the 2. They're

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they're equally problematic. They just don't present the,

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the the the negative that comes from it.

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The consequences of that just just presents itself

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at different times in history. That's all. Just

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maybe when you limit it even when you

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severely limit, freedom, maybe you see the negative,

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yeah, any impact of that a bit quicker

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than you will when you have the spectrum

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a little bit wider. But freedom is not

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freedom unless you have the ability to just

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discuss and talk about absolutely everything. When you

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think about his life

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or you think about his dua, his dua

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was

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based on the premise

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of. This is what he this is what

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he was arguing with Quraysh the whole time

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the whole time. Just let me speak to

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people. Don't limit my my right to to

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to speak about what I wanna speak about.

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Like, I wanna explain things to them. If

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they accept it, they accept it. If they

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refuse it and reject it, they can refuse

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it and reject it. Islam, there's no way

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there's no space in it for for people

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to be coerced into accepting a religion. It's

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it's it's it's insane to even imagine that.

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But the prophet alaihis salaam's problem was that

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people the Quraysh were not allowing him to

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speak, that he didn't have the liberty to

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be Muslim, and people didn't have the liberty

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to accept Islam, and he did not have

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the freedom to go and speak to people

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openly. He had to do it under radar

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at all times, or else he was going

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to be persecuted and oppressed and and people

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would be, you know, threat their lives would

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be threatened. So this problem here is is

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really is real here in the west. We

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we we're we're allowed to talk about certain

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things. You can you can go ahead and

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you can speak out again against the, the

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the the politicians who represent you. Right? For

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us, it's refreshing for people coming from the

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Middle East. It's it's refreshing because you can't

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do that. You ever heard the joke where,

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right, where where a western politician is speaking

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a western leader is speaking to an eastern

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leader. So the western leader is trying to,

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Yaniv, preach a democracy

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or their their

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version of it to, to an Eastern leader.

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So you're telling, my people can, you know,

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walk in the street and openly curse me,

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and no one will speak to them.

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No one will harm them. So the Israelites

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said, yeah. The same thing. My people can

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walk in the street and curse you out

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openly, and no one will speak to them.

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No one will harm them either. They can

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they can curse you in my country too.

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So the I there's

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there we came and found that that was

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the case where, politically, you can speak out

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a lot. But then then you start figuring

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out that there are certain topics that if

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you do speak about, then then the outcome

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is not the same.

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And maybe you're not gonna be taken, by,

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by an intelligence agency, but there are other

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ways for for you to know that this

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is not, this is territory that you're not

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welcome to, discuss

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upon. So where do individual liberties end? This

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is why I wanna talk about when it

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comes when we talk about freedoms and liberties.

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Is there a limit to individual liberties,

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Or are they open for you to do

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anything, absolutely anything that you want?

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And I think that's something that,

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the the emphasis

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upon it in at this time and in

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this country and in this part of the

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world has become a little bit confusing for

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people.

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There's a lot of emphasis on individual liberties.

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The priority of the individual liberty has become

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has has trumped everything.

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Everything else is, cannot hold nothing can hold

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a candle to the concept of individual liberty.

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Regardless of what the consequences are, regardless of

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whether there is indirect harm from that individual

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liberty, regardless of whether the the the the

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well-being or the best interest of the collective

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is being compromised by the in by that

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individual liberty or not. And that, to my

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in my opinion, is a problem. Because one

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of the basic,

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laws or rules that societies are built upon,

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not just an Islamic society, but society in

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general, is is is do no harm or

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You're not allowed to to, you know, afflict

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harm upon yourself, and you're definitely not allowed

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to afflict harm upon others. But then the

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problem come becomes, how do you define harm?

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And this is where this is where this

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issue becomes a little bit more, tricky and

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difficult to talk about. How do you define

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harm?

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Individual liberties,

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they the way that they're designed and the

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way that people look at them here today

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is that they completely ignore any form of

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long term harm or indirect harm. Like, they're

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only they're only willing to identify or,

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acknowledge or recognize

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harm that is direct.

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Meaning, I mean, my my my my individuals

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my individual liberty ends when I'm starting to

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punch you or take away your wealth or

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threaten your life. That's where my individual liberty

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ends. But if I do something that will

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lead

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to the loss of your life, right, maybe

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a couple of years down the road or

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in an indirect manner, that is not identified.

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Like, it's not it's not the time to

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take into actually look or analyze that is

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much is much weaker. I'm not saying it

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doesn't exist at all. No. These arguments obviously

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these arguments amongst law lawmakers exist, but there

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is just not it's not as well emphasized.

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And really, I'm not I'm not interested in

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what the lawmakers are talking about or what's

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happening in courts of law. What I'm interested

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in is the mentality of the human being.

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If the human being does not recognize that

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his your their actions

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have to be assessed to make sure that

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they're not causing harm, not just directly and

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short term, but indirectly and long term, then

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we're we're in a we're in a dilemma.

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We're in a real dilemma in the world

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in terms of what we and how we

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how we define our our own liberties.

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So how do we distinguish, for example, hate

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speech from from freedom of speech? Now that

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that first amendment,

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as they say,

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right for you to speak your mind. Well,

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how do you distinguish that from from from

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hate speech? Where you're saying things that are

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that are discriminatory

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or things that are that are racist or

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that, you know, are are putting people down?

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This is actually a very a very thin

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line, and it requires a lot of intelligence

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and and and a lot a lot of

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reflection. As Muslims, I mean, we we

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we absolutely

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do not accept any form of hate speech.

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This is a part of our deen, actually.

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And if you study any any aspect of

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Tezgi and you attend Tezgi of the groups,

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then you know that one of the first

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thing you learn is that yeah. I need

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yeah. You're not allowed to not forget about

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saying things that are harmful to others. You're

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not allowed to think things that are harmful

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towards others. Like, you're not allowed to even

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carry it in your and within within your

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mind. Because if you do, then that's an

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aspect of of a bad assumptions. That's an

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aspect of arrogance that you have. And you're

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not allowed to do that. Forget about actually

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expressing it openly and and carrying it as

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an opinion towards other people. You're not even

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allowed to carry it on the inside. Actually,

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Islam is more is yeah. The the bulk

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of the work of the Quran is to

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focus on how you're going to get rid

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of that from the inside of you. Yeah.

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Which is why I think is is is

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worthy of,

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of contemplation. When we talk about freedoms in

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the west and we talk about what hate

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speech

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is,

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it kinda seems that we've reduced this beautiful

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concept of freedom that that may that in

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that ensures that as individuals,

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we will be able

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to govern ourselves, we'll be able to speak

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out for ourselves, we will not be enslaved

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again, whether financially or socially or both,

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but then we reduce it to just wanting

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to to to say hateful things. And then

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when when someone comes up or or or

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when it's pointed out to you that that

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was, you know, that was racist or that

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was disrespectful, that was harmful to people, and

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there was no benefit. There's no gain in

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it. You're actually critiquing an idea of any

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sort. It's one thing to critique an idea.

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But if I have an idea and I

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and I stand by it, you critique it.

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Like, if you come here to critique my

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religion, that's not racist.

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I'm sorry. It's not racist if someone doesn't

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like Islam and he speaks out against Islam.

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I know it's not pleasant for you or

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me, but it's not racist because it's an

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idea. You can go ahead and you can

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speak as much as you want about an

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idea that you don't like. We actually welcome

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it as Muslims. Go ahead. Make your make

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your points. Make your arguments because we have

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a better one. We'll just have a counter

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one that will make more sense and actually

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work in our advantage. Like, if you go

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ahead and you speak out against a strong

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idea, you give us reason to to to

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rebuttal, and that rebuttal actually will be more

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powerful so it'll mean more in the long

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run. And people actually being closer to Islam

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than farther away because of the fact that

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you're making these statements.

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It's when you speak out against Muslims, for

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example, specifically.

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Not about the practice. Again, you're not focused

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on the practice, but you're looking at you're

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bulking them as a group of people,

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and you're giving them a specific,

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a stereotype. And you're you're belittling them because

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of that stereotype. That that's different.

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When you take a, a character

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within Islam, some someone who who's who's meaningful,

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someone who who,

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who is seen with a certain degree of

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sanctity, and you mock them.

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See, mockery is not critique.

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Mockery is not critique. For if I don't

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like, a leader of some sort, if I

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don't like, religious figure of some sort, then

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I have the right to point out what

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I think is wrong or I think was

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is problematic.

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I don't have the right to mock. Mockery

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is not, like, an an academic approach of

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of freedom. Like, it's not it's not a

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form of of of freedom of speech or

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critiquing or, criticizing or scrutinizing something that that

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you think is problematic.

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Mockery is a whole different which is basically

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what we reduce this to.

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Our freedom is just a freedom to mock

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and to make fun of things and to

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get laughs off someone else's

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sacred or holy figure or holy, or holy

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idea.

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And, many of you remember maybe back in

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2006

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and then 2,007 and and the characters that

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that that would that emerged from parts of

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Europe and even that would depict the prophet

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and it caused a lot of uprise and

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and anger within within the Muslim world.

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I look at this and the reason I'm

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talking about freedom because I wanna look at

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this from both perspectives.

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I don't think it's I I don't agree.

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I don't agree with the with with this,

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expression of freedom, expression of, of opinion in

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in a form of mockery. I don't think

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it's I don't think it's smart. I don't

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think I don't think it actually is what

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freedom is about. If I don't like Hinduism

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or Buddhism or Christianity, if you don't like

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a a religion, I think there's something wrong

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with it. For me to take the path

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of mockery, to take something that they think

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is sacred and make fun of it,

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which which serves no purpose. It does not

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actually get them to rethink

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their faith. It does not yeah. And he

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put them in a position where they have

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to now critically

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logically go through the points that I've made,

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but rather just feel extremely offended and feel

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hurt that they now are marginalized or targeted

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or they are the the the laughing stock

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of of a group, it doesn't work very

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well. Now the response Muslims had was worse.

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Our response was worse. Our response was that

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you don't have the right to say anything

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about about Islam or about the prophet, and

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that's not true. They have the right to

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say whatever they want. They have the right

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to express their opinions about him. They have

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their right to express the opinions about our

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deen, and they should. And if we don't

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have a strong idea, we should not be,

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Yani, holding on to it. Freedom is very

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important. Because if you limit freedom, then people

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will be stuck with a with a

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with a lousy idea for a very long

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time because there's no freedom of actually critiquing

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it. So not only do we think it's

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okay for people to speak against us now,

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we actually encourage it. Go ahead. Bring it

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on. Because our idea is superior, not because

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it's my idea or your idea, because it's

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Allah

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word. So we have complete confidence that Allah

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word and Allah

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teaching is superior to anyone else anyone else's

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argument. So bring it on. Because if you

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do, then we can respond, and then actually

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this argument becomes becomes meaningful, becomes fruitful, and

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the person who's listening will actually figure out

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who has the stronger and superior argument, and

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then you actually bring people to Islam more.

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So we're not against anyone critiquing. This is

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a problem.

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Muslims for a while, they they they look,

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no. You don't have the right no. You

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have the right to speak about whatever you

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want.

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You you can point out that mockery is

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not a very civilized manner of doing it.

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But to go break things and to try

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and kill people,

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and and for that to be embedded somewhere

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in the Islamic mind is is problematic

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because that's not we don't understand liberty we

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we don't accept that. We don't limit liberties

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as Muslims at all. We refuse any form

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of coercion. I'm I'm trying to make I

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know this is a little bit, I need,

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difficult.

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Not everyone will will agree with this, but

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I but I think it's important for you

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to contemplate.

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Because for a long time, even from an

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Islamic perspective, you've been led to believe a

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little bit that no. No. People don't have

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the right to say this or don't have

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the right to do that. No. They do.

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People have the right to to express their

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opinions, whatever their opinions may be. It's not

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a problem. The prophet

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invited these things. Here we go, give me

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bring bring it on. Explain explain say what's

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wrong about this so I can argue back

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with you.

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But to make something, oh, you cannot speak

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out against this. As a Muslim, you can't

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point out that that maybe was wrong. You

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can't point out that maybe the our history

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has has some serious flaws and there's some

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actual, yeah, any harm that was done by

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Muslims. You can't say that. You can't speak

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about specific figures that maybe they'd made mistakes.

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You can say the word mistake, then then

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suddenly you're no longer a Sunni Muslim anymore,

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and now you're gonna be called something else.

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So you're gonna be removed from the. Why?

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Based on what? You are limiting you're limiting

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a freedom of thoughts and freedom of expression.

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That doesn't serve anything in the long run.

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What that does is that after a while,

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it just people

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start to feel repelled, and they start ignoring

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Islam and they walk away from it. Because

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anything that is not any idea that is

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not open to critique

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is an idea that is scared and afraid

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and weak.

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That that's that's that's the end. And is

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is that Islam? No. And not nothing this

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time is like that. So there should be

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no problem of people expressing and speaking and

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and having their opinions.

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I believe that tyranny in this country

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exists or in this part of the world

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as just as bad as it exists in

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in the Middle East. I don't think there's

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any difference at all. I think it just

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comes in a different, package. I think it's

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a prettier package as most things here are.

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They're prettier packages. Yeah. Yeah. You'll you'll buy

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buy food. It comes in a nice little

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box. It's colored. And it's and in Syria,

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they give it to you in a newspaper,

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but here, you eat your. It's the same

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thing. It's just it's just the packaging is

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a little bit more fancy here. You know

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how to package stuff, but the tyranny is

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the same. The concept of a cancel of

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of cancel culture that has become a prevalent

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word. Like, it's a word that now exists

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in the, you know, within the realms that

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we live in. It's no longer something that's,

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it's

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it's it's very clear. The concept of cons

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of cancel culture, where someone can have an

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opinion, again, outside of those limitations that Shamsi

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was talking about, outside of those presuppositions

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that were, put there,

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you speak something outside of that, and then

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you can be removed. You can lose your

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job. You can have your reputation ruined. You

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can lose your relationships. You can lose your

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status. And that's basically all that the human

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being works towards. How is that different than

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just, you know, you're being thrown into a

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cell?

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At least in a cell, when you're thrown

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there, you still have your integrity and dignity.

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Your reputation still stands. Like, someone who speaks

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out against the government in the Middle East

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and then disappears or is thrown in jail,

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at least they can

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their legacy and their reputation stays something that's

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respectful.

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In the west, no. No. They don't put

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you in jail. Just make sure that they

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smear your name,

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that they just drag your name in in

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into the in the mud for a while

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so that you can't show your face anywhere.

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And you don't have the ability to express

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yourself properly anymore, and you're not taking seriously

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what you say.

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How is that any different? I don't see

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that to be any different. That's exactly what

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we're going through right now. The concept of

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of canceling people because they have an opinion

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outside of the acceptable range of or acceptable,

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the range of acceptable opinion.

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And remember when the when

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a 170 days ago,

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just after October 7th,

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And then for 3 or 4 days afterwards,

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they just bomb, bomb, bomb like crazy. And

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we went from, like, 0 deaths to maybe,

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like, 3,000 within within the course of just

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a few days, which was a huge. We

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had never seen that amount of of death

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within just a course of a few days.

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And when we're talking about that that look.

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All these got all these people are civilians,

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but you're you're killing civilians. You can actually

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not actually killing the, the fighters or the,

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you know, the resistance. You're not you're actually

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taking out women and children in their homes,

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and it was not even coming through media

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outlets. It was people just holding up phones

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and showing I'm not sure if you're watching,

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if you're keeping up anymore, if you're able

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to. Yani. But, the images that are coming

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that are emerging from,

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neighborhoods in Gaza is just,

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Yani. The last time I saw destruction that

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bad was in cities in Syria back in

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2012 and 13 and 14 when they when

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when when the regime bombed and destroyed complete

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regions just to to, you know, to silence

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the

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the

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you know, and to silence the resistance.

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And when we tried to talk out against

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it, all you got was the questioning. Do

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you condemn Hamas? You do you do you

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condemn?

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And because they just want to see if

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you maybe you'll say something outside of the

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range of acceptable opinion.

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They just want you to say something else

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because that would that's what that then then

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then they can counsel you. Then then whatever

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you say afterwards doesn't matter. Like, if you

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you have an amazing argument, but you say

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if you refuse to condemn openly, the, now

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you've said something outside of the range of

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acceptable opinion, and now you can be canceled.

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And anything that you have to say or

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any opinion that you carry now can be

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completely ignored and neglected. It doesn't have to

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it doesn't matter anymore. Because of that person,

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they they're an open supporter of they're they're

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an open supposedly they're an open supporter. I

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mean yeah. So so they're no open supporter.

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The the argument doesn't matter? Yeah. No. It

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doesn't matter anymore.

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How does their argument doesn't how is that

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possible?

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How if the if someone has 2 opinions,

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one that's good and one that's bad, the

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bad one will cancel this good one. That's

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that's that's how we're going to think about

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things. Imagine if we did that in science.

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Imagine if we did that in science, if,

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if a scientist had a good opinion and

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bad opinions and the bad opinions that can

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cancel the good ones or the bad research

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cancels all the good research. That is not

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how this works. But this is what we're

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we're we're dealing with today. So when we

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talk about liberty, because we've accepted the reduction,

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of this value,

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just to the ability to mock,

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to have satire, to have late night shows.

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Like, there's 6 late night shows now. You

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can watch it. Or they just they just

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mock politicians. You can do that. You've accepted

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that this this this value is gonna be

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reduced. Just the ability to, you know, mock

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politicians

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and to, you know, protest and carry hate

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speech based, and then walk and and and

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then undress yourself and walk however you want

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on the street and and put out whatever

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obscene material online. No problem. If we've accepted

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the reduction so now what we're dealing with

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is this. We're dealing with this. We don't

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have the ability now to speak our minds.

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You don't have the ability to have an

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opinion on certain things. You know that.

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When the poster came out in Western a

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year and a half ago remember that? That

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was a time. That was a fun time,

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wasn't it? That was fun. When that when

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that poster came, yeah, came out, we figured

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out everyone's like, well, who's gonna say something?

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No one's gonna say anything.

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Why would they say? Why would anyone say

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anything? Why would you come up publicly and

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and and speak out against, Yani? Why? Why

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would you do something that was going to

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literally end your life

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right then and there? And everyone who's gonna

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sit down and watch, no one's gonna do

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it. Of course, they're not gonna do it

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because we don't have a community set up

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to allow us to protect we we don't

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have any we don't have a set up

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to protect our liberties. We're living in a

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time where your liberties outside of a certain

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range are not protected, and we don't have

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a communal setup to actually protect people who

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want to question some of those some of

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those limitations. We don't have it. So you

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have to you have to dance around the

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topic, and you have to be very careful.

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How are you going to address it? When

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you didn't have to really. You don't really

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have to. From a logical perspective, their arguments

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make no sense at all. There's no longer

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an, an issue of logic anymore. Like, when

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you're arguing, you know, the the when we're

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talking about we're gonna talk about, like, gender

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identity later on in this course or in

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this, series. But when you talk about these

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things,

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logically or scientifically or psychologically, there's no basis

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for for the majority of these arguments almost

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at all. Like, logically, it makes no sense

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the way what what what they're saying. Doesn't

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make sense biologically. Doesn't make sense socially. Doesn't

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make sense psychologically.

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But but that that doesn't matter because they

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were able to limit the liberties regarding

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addressing or criticizing the actual topic. That's smart.

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I have to say, Johnny. Touche.

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No. Pretty brilliant. That's a smart way of

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doing it because you don't have an argument

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at all. Just

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take the the, the spectrum and just shrink

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it a little bit and put it outside

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the spectrum. So the moment you open your

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mouth, you're you're

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no one no one's interested in hearing what

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you're trying to explain. Like, yeah, I want

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to no. That exists for a lot of

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things.

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If if someone wants to talk about health

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care

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health care. Yeah. If you if you open

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your mouth and start saying, maybe maybe

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the system that we have here is not

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is not gonna work. Maybe it's going to

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crumble under its own weight at some point

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in the near near future, and then people

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will die. A lot of people will die.

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Do maybe we don't wait for that. Maybe

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we start talking about may having a 2

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tier system. You say that and immediately you're

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removed. You're removed. Now this is this is

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a far right person because that's outside

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of

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the of the spectrum of proper of or

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appropriate or acceptable opinion. At least in certain

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realms, they are politically and in the health

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care world. You can't talk about this stuff.

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Can't come out and say these things.

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It's a problem that we are living in

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a time where, yeah, I need you want

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you want to offer a I don't I

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don't care about the politics. I'm not trying

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to say that someone I just just listen

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to it. Nope. Nope. The moment you say

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that, it it's not going

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to be fully public forever and ever than

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harass, you're evil.

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Alright?

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Accepting that is accepting a limitation on our

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liberty that I think is, I mean, is

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problematic. How does Islam view liberty?

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The beauty of all this is that Islam

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came to people who were truly free.

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Islam was revealed to people who were truly

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free. Even those who were enslaved amongst them

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were free.

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Even those who were enslaved amongst them were

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free because their minds were free.

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Even if maybe they didn't have the ability

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to take care take care of themselves financially

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or they had to work in service of

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others, but no one told them how to

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think. And no one no one told them

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what they could or could not say or

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who they could or could not be. This

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was a hallmark of Arabian

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people.

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As an Arabian man, you get on your

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horse, you take your sword, and that's it.

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That's it. You did you spoke and did

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what you you you feared no one

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aside from whoever was going to bring a

00:27:00--> 00:27:01

sword and fight you back. That's it. There

00:27:01--> 00:27:03

was no limitation of what opinions you you

00:27:03--> 00:27:06

you wanted to have about anything, about absolutely

00:27:06--> 00:27:08

anything. It's because of that it's because of

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that Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala chose the Arab

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to receive this message because they had nothing

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else going for them. Honestly, they had nothing

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else going for them. Aside from their, you

00:27:17--> 00:27:19

know, the mastery of their own language, really

00:27:19--> 00:27:20

not there was really nothing else. They didn't

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they were not extremely they were not,

00:27:23--> 00:27:25

well educated. They were not scientifically advanced. They

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didn't have an amazing

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public they had no political governance whatsoever at

00:27:28--> 00:27:30

the time. Their ethics were, you know, up

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and down, and some ethics were extremely problematic.

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Their understanding of of certain things were, but

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they were free.

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They were free. They were never conquered.

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Now,

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arguably,

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not for the right reason, but they were

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never conquered.

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My my understanding of it is that they

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were not conquered because none of the, yeah,

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any

00:27:50--> 00:27:52

empires around them thought it was worth conquering

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them. Because it was why? It's a desert

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and it's

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there's nothing there. Why why go why why

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go through the trouble of trying to organize

00:28:00--> 00:28:02

these people? They have nothing anyways. Just leave

00:28:02--> 00:28:03

them. So they're never conquered. Forget about the

00:28:03--> 00:28:05

reason for it, but they just never were.

00:28:05--> 00:28:07

They they lived freely for for over a

00:28:07--> 00:28:07

millennia

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or over a millennium that they lived like

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that. So they were the best group to

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receive this message. Because this message of Islam,

00:28:14--> 00:28:17

you cannot you absolutely cannot carry this. You

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cannot live as a good Muslim if you

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are not free.

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Yeah. Tawhid

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I talked about this yesterday, and I wanted

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to leave that as got an extra piece

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for it today. Tawhid, another thing that it

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does for you, that it frees you from

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the red lines that others will draw. So

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it's not just the fact that Allah subhanahu

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draws the lines and then you accept those

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lines and you live by them. But no

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one else gets to draw lines.

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No one else gets to force you,

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within a box.

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No one else gets to tell you who

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you are or what you can and cannot

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do aside from Allah

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It doesn't mean that you won't follow a

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law. No. No. It doesn't mean that you

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don't come to a line and accept a

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law, but it means that you are critical

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of that law. It means that you will

00:28:55--> 00:28:56

speak out against it when you don't think

00:28:56--> 00:28:58

it's acceptable. It means that you will question

00:28:58--> 00:29:00

things and that you will stand up if

00:29:00--> 00:29:01

you think that there is oppression or or

00:29:01--> 00:29:04

transgression happening towards you or towards anyone else.

00:29:04--> 00:29:07

That's what this means. So Muslim, because of

00:29:07--> 00:29:09

Tawhid, is free. He's not enslaved by other

00:29:09--> 00:29:11

people, not by wealth because Allah

00:29:12--> 00:29:14

not by strength because Allah

00:29:15--> 00:29:17

not by but by the fear of life

00:29:17--> 00:29:17

because Allah

00:29:19--> 00:29:21

because you because you you you're a servant

00:29:21--> 00:29:22

to Allah He is the one who dictates

00:29:22--> 00:29:23

these things so you're not

00:29:27--> 00:29:30

You're not shamed out of out of being

00:29:30--> 00:29:31

who you are and speaking what you want

00:29:31--> 00:29:33

to speak as a servant of God, as

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servant of Allah

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So this this piece of it is actually

00:29:36--> 00:29:38

extremely important for us as Muslims to remember

00:29:39--> 00:29:41

that we value liberty. We value we value

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it very much.

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And and for a Muslim to look at

00:29:45--> 00:29:47

liberty as something that is that is negative,

00:29:48--> 00:29:50

the, oh, there's too much Sharia. You've heard

00:29:50--> 00:29:52

this before. I'm sure you've heard this before.

00:29:52--> 00:29:53

I'm sure you've grown up somewhere and someone

00:29:53--> 00:29:55

said, oh, no. These countries have too much

00:29:55--> 00:29:57

haria, too much too much. What do you

00:29:57--> 00:29:59

mean too much? Or you want less?

00:30:00--> 00:30:02

We want less? You want it to be

00:30:02--> 00:30:03

similar to what you're living right now in

00:30:03--> 00:30:05

where in the situation that you're in? That's

00:30:05--> 00:30:06

what you want?

00:30:07--> 00:30:08

It's a problem when we look at liberty

00:30:08--> 00:30:11

in a negative way because some will use

00:30:11--> 00:30:13

it in a chaotic manner or some will

00:30:13--> 00:30:14

use it for hate speech or some will

00:30:14--> 00:30:16

use it to offend other people. But what

00:30:16--> 00:30:18

are you better off doing?

00:30:18--> 00:30:21

Limiting liberties that will cause people to lose

00:30:21--> 00:30:23

the ability to actually practice Islam properly and

00:30:23--> 00:30:25

they lose their integrity and they don't they

00:30:25--> 00:30:28

can't carry this message versus accepting liberty with

00:30:28--> 00:30:30

the good and the bad. And then trying

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to take this concept that has been reduced

00:30:32--> 00:30:35

and and and and resurrected again to for

00:30:35--> 00:30:36

it to be exactly what it should be.

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Not only should we

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accept freedom of speech and freedom of expression

00:30:41--> 00:30:43

and freedom of religion and freedom of we

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should all we should also,

00:30:44--> 00:30:46

I mean, be be champions of it. I'm

00:30:46--> 00:30:48

gonna end with this part for for freedom,

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COVID.

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COVID is the argument I make when it

00:30:51--> 00:30:53

comes to individual liberties and and understanding.

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COVID is the perfect example.

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Have the liberty to do whatever you want

00:30:59--> 00:31:01

unless you harm people.

00:31:01--> 00:31:03

Now I'm pretty sure the guy who was,

00:31:03--> 00:31:03

you know,

00:31:05--> 00:31:07

deep frying his lovely bat, Tiani,

00:31:08--> 00:31:10

and putting some salsa and try to get

00:31:10--> 00:31:12

bring himself to have his meal, didn't really

00:31:12--> 00:31:15

think that doing that was going to have

00:31:15--> 00:31:17

this is free freedom. This is liberty. I

00:31:17--> 00:31:18

can eat whatever I want.

00:31:21--> 00:31:22

But then you did that, and then the

00:31:22--> 00:31:24

you you shut down the bloody planet for

00:31:24--> 00:31:25

2 years.

00:31:25--> 00:31:27

And you and you sent us into a

00:31:27--> 00:31:28

in a financial

00:31:29--> 00:31:32

recession that we did that we weren't anticipating

00:31:32--> 00:31:33

at least for another decade.

00:31:33--> 00:31:34

At least for another 10 years, we're in

00:31:34--> 00:31:36

a position right now as a as a

00:31:36--> 00:31:37

not not just as a country, but as

00:31:37--> 00:31:39

a but a but as a globe, as

00:31:39--> 00:31:41

a as a planet, in in a in

00:31:41--> 00:31:42

a in a deep financial

00:31:43--> 00:31:43

predicament

00:31:44--> 00:31:45

because of the behavior of a couple of

00:31:45--> 00:31:47

people. Now I'm not blaming them, by the

00:31:47--> 00:31:49

way, at all. I'm just saying that if

00:31:49--> 00:31:50

you didn't learn if you didn't learn from

00:31:50--> 00:31:53

that, that your behaviors have to be scrutinized

00:31:53--> 00:31:55

under the lens of whether they can cause

00:31:55--> 00:31:57

harm maybe indirectly in the long run. And

00:31:57--> 00:31:59

if that matters, then we we're we're, you

00:31:59--> 00:32:00

know, we're running into into

00:32:01--> 00:32:03

problems. We reduced liberty. Just

00:32:03--> 00:32:06

instead of it being reason, just question authority,

00:32:06--> 00:32:09

to stand up against oppression, to govern thyself,

00:32:09--> 00:32:11

to to express them ourselves so that we're

00:32:11--> 00:32:11

not

00:32:13--> 00:32:15

so we don't end up with dictatorships and

00:32:15--> 00:32:17

we don't end up with with actual, actual

00:32:17--> 00:32:18

persecution

00:32:18--> 00:32:20

to just I want to do whatever I

00:32:20--> 00:32:22

want. I get to do whatever I want,

00:32:22--> 00:32:23

and no one gets to tell me what

00:32:23--> 00:32:25

I what what I can and cannot do.

00:32:25--> 00:32:27

That we've reduced it to that, and that's

00:32:27--> 00:32:28

a problem.

00:32:28--> 00:32:30

Because now that becomes the the emphasis of

00:32:30--> 00:32:33

this value, and that can cause cause harm.

00:32:33--> 00:32:35

We've seen it cause harm. What happens the

00:32:35--> 00:32:37

the next time someone eats something else?

00:32:39--> 00:32:42

What what happens in then what? When another

00:32:42--> 00:32:44

super virus comes along and starts

00:32:45--> 00:32:47

then what do we do? Lock down again?

00:32:48--> 00:32:49

How many times can we can we actually

00:32:49--> 00:32:51

afford to do these things? And this is

00:32:51--> 00:32:53

just a simple example of, Yani, of,

00:32:54--> 00:32:56

of help when there's so many so many

00:32:56--> 00:32:57

more. When we talk about,

00:32:58--> 00:32:59

Yani, the social,

00:32:59--> 00:33:01

social behaviors, how you dress and how you

00:33:01--> 00:33:03

do deal with the opposite gender, what you

00:33:03--> 00:33:06

expose, and how you, you know, oh, it's

00:33:06--> 00:33:08

my, it's my life. It's my body. It's

00:33:08--> 00:33:10

my eyes. I can look whatever I want.

00:33:10--> 00:33:10

I can say

00:33:11--> 00:33:12

sure. But you're part of a society.

00:33:13--> 00:33:15

You don't think that your behaviors will affect

00:33:15--> 00:33:17

the larger group as a man and as

00:33:17--> 00:33:17

a woman?

00:33:18--> 00:33:19

It's just I can do whatever I want.

00:33:19--> 00:33:22

That that's no. See, this is the problem.

00:33:22--> 00:33:24

When the the emphasis on just individual liberty

00:33:24--> 00:33:26

and there's no sense of what the collective

00:33:27--> 00:33:29

what the group actually benefits from, That that

00:33:29--> 00:33:31

that what you're doing actually harms the group

00:33:32--> 00:33:34

that actually causes harm to to to people

00:33:34--> 00:33:36

around you. It's it's it becomes a a

00:33:36--> 00:33:39

problem, you know, when a difficult situation.

00:33:39--> 00:33:41

The second topic I wanna talk about is

00:33:41--> 00:33:41

jihad.

00:33:42--> 00:33:43

To exert that's what it means. It means

00:33:43--> 00:33:45

to exert effort. I'm not gonna take much

00:33:45--> 00:33:46

time for for the next 2, but, I

00:33:46--> 00:33:47

want you to take time and think about

00:33:47--> 00:33:49

it. Jihad is a word that we have

00:33:49--> 00:33:51

been, taught or designed I mean, programmed to

00:33:51--> 00:33:54

be ashamed of or to say under our

00:33:54--> 00:33:56

breath. And if the and if the word

00:33:56--> 00:33:57

comes up, you kinda just whisper it down

00:33:57--> 00:33:58

because you don't want someone else to hear

00:33:58--> 00:34:00

it because the because we it's been used

00:34:00--> 00:34:01

in a way that is so negative that

00:34:01--> 00:34:03

we don't want to talk about it. Even

00:34:03--> 00:34:05

though Islamically, it's probably one of the most

00:34:05--> 00:34:07

important Islamic concepts that we have. It's extremely,

00:34:07--> 00:34:09

extremely important. Like, it's central within what Islam

00:34:09--> 00:34:11

is. It's 41 times in the Quran. That's

00:34:11--> 00:34:13

a pretty high, yeah, recurrence for a value.

00:34:13--> 00:34:15

For a value, it's a high recurrence for

00:34:15--> 00:34:17

something that the values don't come in the

00:34:17--> 00:34:19

Quran, like, in in that, degree of frequency.

00:34:19--> 00:34:21

Other toolkits do and names of Allah, for

00:34:21--> 00:34:23

example, and other acts of worship. But when

00:34:23--> 00:34:25

it comes to values, this is a pretty

00:34:25--> 00:34:26

high one to talk about jihad. And jihad,

00:34:26--> 00:34:28

it means to exert effort.

00:34:28--> 00:34:31

Juhd is your effort. Yeah. Jahad, that means

00:34:31--> 00:34:33

you you strived against something. You're striving against

00:34:33--> 00:34:34

something.

00:34:35--> 00:34:36

Now

00:34:36--> 00:34:38

the prophet alaihi sallam says,

00:34:42--> 00:34:44

The, the head of this matter is is

00:34:44--> 00:34:46

submission of Islam, yani, is submission.

00:34:46--> 00:34:48

And the pillar of it is your connection

00:34:48--> 00:34:48

with the and

00:34:49--> 00:34:52

the pinnacle of it, the highest point on

00:34:52--> 00:34:53

the the hump of the camel,

00:34:54--> 00:34:56

which is the pinnacle, is jihad. It's the

00:34:56--> 00:34:57

concept of jihad.

00:34:58--> 00:35:01

The problem, obviously, is the is the common

00:35:01--> 00:35:02

or ongoing

00:35:02--> 00:35:04

and confusion of this word or mixing of

00:35:04--> 00:35:05

this word with combat,

00:35:06--> 00:35:08

with with with being in the battlefield.

00:35:09--> 00:35:10

Now the word jihad,

00:35:11--> 00:35:13

existed way before it was permissible for Muslims

00:35:13--> 00:35:14

to bear arms.

00:35:15--> 00:35:17

Yeah. And so on the way to, to

00:35:17--> 00:35:17

Madinah.

00:35:21--> 00:35:23

Now you've given the permission to bear arms.

00:35:23--> 00:35:24

And the verses that would come after that

00:35:24--> 00:35:25

in Surah Al Nisa, for example,

00:35:30--> 00:35:30

so

00:35:34--> 00:35:35

The Quran had to do a lot of

00:35:35--> 00:35:37

advocacy to get Muslims to prepare themselves that

00:35:37--> 00:35:39

they were going to have to fight. They're

00:35:39--> 00:35:40

going to have to defend themselves. They're asked

00:35:40--> 00:35:42

they're going to have to build an army,

00:35:42--> 00:35:44

bear arms, and go into combat. The Muslims

00:35:44--> 00:35:46

didn't wanna do that because for 13 years,

00:35:46--> 00:35:48

they they weren't, and they like that. They

00:35:48--> 00:35:51

like the the peacefulness that Islam brought to

00:35:51--> 00:35:52

them, and they like the fact that they

00:35:52--> 00:35:53

were, you know, civilly,

00:35:53--> 00:35:56

they were civil in comparison to others who

00:35:56--> 00:35:57

were barbaric. But it doesn't mean that you

00:35:57--> 00:35:59

don't so, of course,

00:35:59--> 00:36:01

jihad, a part of it is,

00:36:02--> 00:36:03

is that.

00:36:03--> 00:36:05

Is a part of jihad for sure. But

00:36:05--> 00:36:07

is that what the word actually meant? No.

00:36:07--> 00:36:08

The word when it first existed in the

00:36:08--> 00:36:09

Quran

00:36:15--> 00:36:17

These verses were revealed in Mecca way before

00:36:17--> 00:36:19

the concept of combat was even acceptable, before

00:36:19--> 00:36:20

before bearing arms was even permissible.

00:36:21--> 00:36:23

So this word was used by the prophet

00:36:24--> 00:36:26

at a time when bearing arms was not

00:36:26--> 00:36:28

even an option because the concept of jihad

00:36:28--> 00:36:30

was much wider than that. Scholars talk about

00:36:30--> 00:36:32

14 different categories of jihad,

00:36:32--> 00:36:34

starting with the the jihad of the,

00:36:35--> 00:36:36

of your nafs and and jihad with the

00:36:36--> 00:36:39

tongue and against, sin and and and regarding,

00:36:39--> 00:36:41

doing good deeds and just goes on. And

00:36:41--> 00:36:43

then the the last or the the final

00:36:43--> 00:36:44

one that Ibn Qayim has in his in

00:36:44--> 00:36:46

his al Mahad and he has also

00:36:48--> 00:36:48

He

00:36:48--> 00:36:50

has he he talks about the final one,

00:36:50--> 00:36:53

which is jihad with with the sword when

00:36:53--> 00:36:54

you when you have to actually go in

00:36:54--> 00:36:56

con it's one of out of of 15

00:36:56--> 00:36:58

different categories, 14 different categories of of what

00:36:58--> 00:36:59

striving actually is.

00:36:59--> 00:37:01

But what does jihad do? Jihad is in

00:37:01--> 00:37:03

regarding the purpose of your life,

00:37:03--> 00:37:06

the ambitions that you have, the achievements or

00:37:06--> 00:37:08

the activism that you do. Yeah. The self

00:37:08--> 00:37:10

purification that you're trying to achieve. That's where

00:37:10--> 00:37:12

jihad jihad is an umbrella concept. If you

00:37:12--> 00:37:14

understand it properly, it makes sure that everything

00:37:14--> 00:37:15

that you're doing in your life, you get

00:37:15--> 00:37:16

ajul for. Everything.

00:37:17--> 00:37:19

Everything absolutely, everything that you're doing will fall

00:37:19--> 00:37:21

under the bigger picture of you striving for

00:37:21--> 00:37:21

the sake of

00:37:22--> 00:37:23

Allah. So getting up in the morning, going

00:37:23--> 00:37:25

to work, you're getting

00:37:26--> 00:37:28

Doing your job properly, get Taking care of

00:37:28--> 00:37:29

your family,

00:37:29--> 00:37:31

get Because it's all forms of It's All

00:37:31--> 00:37:34

forms of you working against the challenges in

00:37:34--> 00:37:36

this life to achieve a goal of pleasing

00:37:36--> 00:37:36

Allah

00:37:37--> 00:37:39

with the totality or the entirety of your

00:37:39--> 00:37:41

life, the bigger picture of who you are.

00:37:41--> 00:37:43

The The umbrella concept for jihad is very

00:37:43--> 00:37:45

is very rich. It's very important for us

00:37:45--> 00:37:45

to

00:37:47--> 00:37:48

contemplate.

00:37:49--> 00:37:50

So if you look at,

00:37:53--> 00:37:55

what it ends up meaning, it ends up

00:37:55--> 00:37:58

being a state that you are constantly in.

00:37:58--> 00:37:59

You're always in the

00:37:59--> 00:38:01

state, state of mujahada. You're you're never outside

00:38:01--> 00:38:03

of it. You're always striving against things.

00:38:03--> 00:38:05

When we reduce this beautiful concept that actually

00:38:05--> 00:38:08

that literally allows every aspect of your life

00:38:08--> 00:38:09

to be an act of worship, that puts

00:38:09--> 00:38:11

you in a position where you are constantly

00:38:12--> 00:38:15

assessing your you know, your your surroundings and

00:38:15--> 00:38:18

working towards a goal and striving against difficulties,

00:38:18--> 00:38:21

reduce that just to to to combat, which

00:38:21--> 00:38:23

is maybe less than 1% of of of

00:38:23--> 00:38:25

when it's used and less than 1% of

00:38:25--> 00:38:27

Muslims have ever actually had to do that.

00:38:27--> 00:38:29

If you think about historically, how many Muslims

00:38:29--> 00:38:30

have had to be in a position where

00:38:30--> 00:38:32

they had to bear arms, very few. It's

00:38:32--> 00:38:35

very very specific points in history, very specific

00:38:35--> 00:38:37

times. The the majority of Muslims the majority

00:38:37--> 00:38:39

of Muslims of Saudi Haen lived and died

00:38:39--> 00:38:40

and never built war arms, never had to.

00:38:40--> 00:38:42

And then why is it talked about so

00:38:42--> 00:38:42

much?

00:38:44--> 00:38:45

It's talked about a lot, Danny, in terms

00:38:45--> 00:38:48

of of, of combat because it's the ultimate

00:38:48--> 00:38:49

sacrifice.

00:38:49--> 00:38:52

Striving requires sacrifice of your time, of your

00:38:52--> 00:38:53

effort, of your energy, of your passion, of

00:38:53--> 00:38:55

your wealth. You're striving. You're you're putting you're

00:38:55--> 00:38:56

putting all of that forward.

00:38:57--> 00:38:59

The ultimate sacrifice is when you put your

00:38:59--> 00:39:00

life on the line.

00:39:00--> 00:39:02

So the Quran talks about it a bit,

00:39:02--> 00:39:04

and it points it out because

00:39:05--> 00:39:06

it challenges you.

00:39:06--> 00:39:09

Are you you fully accept your status as

00:39:09--> 00:39:10

a mujahid,

00:39:10--> 00:39:12

someone who is who is constantly striving? Yes.

00:39:12--> 00:39:14

Well, are you willing to put your life

00:39:14--> 00:39:15

on the line? No. Well, then there's something

00:39:15--> 00:39:17

missing. You had it's not it's not again,

00:39:17--> 00:39:19

it's not constant. So values have to be

00:39:19--> 00:39:21

consistent. You have to be they they can't

00:39:21--> 00:39:22

be an exception to them. You guys, you

00:39:22--> 00:39:24

know, offer everything but not that. That doesn't

00:39:24--> 00:39:26

work. It doesn't mean anything then.

00:39:27--> 00:39:29

Then there's some self serving purpose that, you

00:39:29--> 00:39:30

know, you're doing this for. You're not actually

00:39:30--> 00:39:32

doing it for the right reason.

00:39:32--> 00:39:34

But if you're willing to offer your life,

00:39:34--> 00:39:36

then you'll offer everything else that is less

00:39:36--> 00:39:38

valuable. Your wealth is less valuable. Your time

00:39:38--> 00:39:40

is less valuable. Your your your passion, your

00:39:40--> 00:39:42

energy, your expertise, your knowledge, all that is

00:39:42--> 00:39:44

less valuable than your ROI.

00:39:44--> 00:39:46

So if you're willing to put your on

00:39:46--> 00:39:47

the line, then you put everything else on

00:39:47--> 00:39:49

the line. That's why the Quran talks about

00:39:49--> 00:39:51

it, not because the Quran is blood hungry

00:39:51--> 00:39:52

and that the only and that the meaning

00:39:52--> 00:39:55

of jihad is specifically to to fight. But

00:39:55--> 00:39:57

because as an example, it serves as the

00:39:57--> 00:39:59

ultimate one. It serves as the ultimate example

00:40:00--> 00:40:03

of striving, where you put the most valuable

00:40:03--> 00:40:04

thing you have on the line for the

00:40:04--> 00:40:05

sake of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala.

00:40:06--> 00:40:09

I think I think that understanding jihad also

00:40:09--> 00:40:11

puts us in a position where we not

00:40:11--> 00:40:13

only accept but also welcome challenges.

00:40:13--> 00:40:15

You see, it's a it's a it's a

00:40:15--> 00:40:15

mindset

00:40:16--> 00:40:18

where you're expecting that life is going to

00:40:18--> 00:40:20

be challenging. You're not walking in with the

00:40:20--> 00:40:21

expectation.

00:40:22--> 00:40:24

Oh, expectations ruined so much.

00:40:24--> 00:40:26

Yeah. I mean, if you understand how expectations

00:40:26--> 00:40:27

work, you you live

00:40:28--> 00:40:30

it's it's it's, you know, 60% or 70%

00:40:30--> 00:40:32

of how I live my life. It's just

00:40:32--> 00:40:33

you have if you have the right expectations,

00:40:33--> 00:40:34

you'll live better.

00:40:35--> 00:40:37

Right? If I go tomorrow to work,

00:40:37--> 00:40:38

in my mind,

00:40:39--> 00:40:40

I'm going to see, you know,

00:40:41--> 00:40:43

one consult in the morning and 3 in

00:40:43--> 00:40:44

the afternoon.

00:40:44--> 00:40:45

That's that's what I'm expecting.

00:40:46--> 00:40:47

I go, and I end up seeing seeing

00:40:47--> 00:40:49

3 in the morning and 6 in the

00:40:49--> 00:40:51

afternoon. That's a bad day. I walk away.

00:40:51--> 00:40:52

I'm I'm I'm physically upset.

00:40:53--> 00:40:55

Physically upset. I don't wanna be. If I

00:40:55--> 00:40:56

went in that morning thinking that I'm probably

00:40:56--> 00:40:58

gonna see all the consoles in the morning,

00:40:58--> 00:41:00

all 4 of them, and probably gonna see,

00:41:00--> 00:41:01

like, 10 in the afternoon. And I end

00:41:01--> 00:41:03

up seeing 3 and 6. I'm happy.

00:41:03--> 00:41:05

Right? See the difference? I'm happy.

00:41:05--> 00:41:08

Same timing, same thing. It's just 1st day,

00:41:08--> 00:41:09

I walked away upset. 2nd day, I walked

00:41:09--> 00:41:11

away happy. It's just about it's it's all

00:41:11--> 00:41:13

in here, what what what I was expecting.

00:41:13--> 00:41:15

If you expect a lot from the other

00:41:15--> 00:41:15

person,

00:41:15--> 00:41:18

you're going to be very, very, very, very

00:41:18--> 00:41:18

disappointed.

00:41:19--> 00:41:22

Very. Going to be constantly disappointed and upset

00:41:22--> 00:41:23

because

00:41:23--> 00:41:25

rarely do people ever live up to your

00:41:30--> 00:41:31

People

00:41:35--> 00:41:37

People ask me, oh, hold on. How do

00:41:37--> 00:41:39

you do all this? That's what I expect

00:41:39--> 00:41:39

from myself.

00:41:39--> 00:41:41

Like, if I don't do it, I'll actually

00:41:41--> 00:41:43

be, you know, physically upset.

00:41:44--> 00:41:46

I'll be mentally depressed that I didn't I

00:41:46--> 00:41:48

didn't do all of this. I mean, shame

00:41:48--> 00:41:50

on me. How could I not? So it's

00:41:50--> 00:41:51

an issue of expectation.

00:41:51--> 00:41:53

If your expectation is,

00:41:53--> 00:41:56

15 minutes of when we make it 20,

00:41:56--> 00:41:57

you're upset. If you're coming in with 2

00:41:57--> 00:41:58

hours and then make an hour and a

00:41:58--> 00:41:59

half, you're happy.

00:41:59--> 00:42:01

Right? It's just an expectation. With time,

00:42:02--> 00:42:04

with training after a while, now you're okay

00:42:04--> 00:42:05

with it. You're okay with 1 an hour

00:42:05--> 00:42:06

and a half. So if I end up

00:42:06--> 00:42:08

finishing 1 hour 25 minutes, you walk away,

00:42:08--> 00:42:11

you're like, awesome. That was amazing. He finished

00:42:11--> 00:42:13

5 minutes early. You feel good. Even though

00:42:13--> 00:42:15

maybe the year before because you you were

00:42:15--> 00:42:17

so it's all about how you what expectations

00:42:17--> 00:42:19

you carry in life. Jihad is a mindset

00:42:19--> 00:42:21

where you're expecting is going to be difficult.

00:42:22--> 00:42:24

There's going to be challenges. So when if

00:42:24--> 00:42:25

a day comes by and there's no challenge,

00:42:25--> 00:42:26

like,

00:42:26--> 00:42:29

well, that was nice. It's only one problem

00:42:29--> 00:42:30

just today. I didn't have to deal with

00:42:30--> 00:42:31

a 100. But you walk into life where

00:42:31--> 00:42:34

no, I want smooth sailing smooth sailing, please.

00:42:34--> 00:42:36

I I'm I'm here for the smooth sailing.

00:42:36--> 00:42:37

Where is that line? Can I stand in

00:42:37--> 00:42:38

that line? I I'm I'm here for the

00:42:38--> 00:42:40

ease. I don't want any then you're gonna

00:42:40--> 00:42:42

be very, very disappointed and very frustrated because

00:42:42--> 00:42:44

it's going to be difficult. Jihad is very

00:42:44--> 00:42:46

important for us. It is without we've lost

00:42:46--> 00:42:48

it. We've reduced it to just combat. And

00:42:48--> 00:42:49

since we don't we're not in combat, we've

00:42:49--> 00:42:51

completely removed the word. We don't think the

00:42:51--> 00:42:52

sheikh could talk about it. We don't really

00:42:52--> 00:42:54

look at the verses as important, but it's

00:42:54--> 00:42:56

a mindset that puts you prepares you to

00:42:56--> 00:42:58

deal with difficulties. And if you live like

00:42:58--> 00:43:00

that, then you'll always be pleasantly surprised when

00:43:00--> 00:43:02

things are a little bit less difficult than

00:43:02--> 00:43:03

you thought they were going to be. You'll

00:43:03--> 00:43:05

always be you'll always be a little bit

00:43:05--> 00:43:07

happier, and you'll hold yourself to a higher

00:43:07--> 00:43:09

expectation and be more productive. You do more

00:43:09--> 00:43:11

because you're holding yourself to high expectations. You

00:43:11--> 00:43:12

expect nothing from people around you.

00:43:14--> 00:43:15

Try it. Try to expect very little from

00:43:15--> 00:43:17

people around you. That's how you keep

00:43:18--> 00:43:19

friends. Well, that's how you keep friends. That's

00:43:19--> 00:43:21

how I, you know, I you survive doing

00:43:21--> 00:43:22

dawah.

00:43:22--> 00:43:24

Very little expectations from anyone. You come here,

00:43:24--> 00:43:26

I expect no one to show up. I

00:43:26--> 00:43:28

expect this not to work out. I expect

00:43:28--> 00:43:30

not not to be online. Because if I

00:43:30--> 00:43:32

expect it all to be perfect, then the

00:43:32--> 00:43:34

moment there's a problem, I'm gonna get upset.

00:43:34--> 00:43:35

Why wasn't the title right? Why wasn't the

00:43:36--> 00:43:37

because I was expecting something. Don't expect anything,

00:43:37--> 00:43:40

and you'll be pleasantly surprised the majority of

00:43:40--> 00:43:41

your life. I know it sounds, yanny,

00:43:42--> 00:43:43

cynical, but it really isn't.

00:43:44--> 00:43:46

If you stop expecting a lot from others

00:43:46--> 00:43:47

and start expecting a lot from yourself, it

00:43:47--> 00:43:49

changes the whole thing. Jihad puts you in

00:43:49--> 00:43:51

that man mindset. Look. What's coming is going

00:43:51--> 00:43:53

to be a lot of problems. There's gonna

00:43:53--> 00:43:55

be difficulties and challenges. You're expecting it. You're

00:43:55--> 00:43:57

ready. You're welcome. Yep. Bring it on. Bring

00:43:57--> 00:43:58

it on. That's what I'm ready for. I

00:43:58--> 00:43:59

have all this I have a loss of

00:43:59--> 00:44:01

on my side. I have that my understanding

00:44:01--> 00:44:02

in my deen. I'm ready. So if you

00:44:02--> 00:44:04

come run through through a day or 2

00:44:04--> 00:44:05

or a small

00:44:05--> 00:44:07

a small patch in your life where it's

00:44:07--> 00:44:07

quiet,

00:44:08--> 00:44:10

it's it's very pleasant for you versus

00:44:11--> 00:44:13

yeah. I mean, you're constantly worrying about things

00:44:13--> 00:44:14

getting a little bit difficult. And when they

00:44:14--> 00:44:17

get difficult, you lose your your ability to

00:44:17--> 00:44:19

to function because you weren't expecting it. I

00:44:19--> 00:44:20

hope that you know what I mean? This

00:44:20--> 00:44:22

is why I'm talking about concepts. We've we've

00:44:22--> 00:44:24

we've lost it. We've lost what jihad meant.

00:44:24--> 00:44:25

We don't have it because we reduced it.

00:44:25--> 00:44:28

We accepted it just being combat. And We

00:44:28--> 00:44:29

don't actually have it for what it is,

00:44:29--> 00:44:31

which is extremely helpful for us as Muslims.

00:44:31--> 00:44:33

Education or knowledge.

00:44:33--> 00:44:35

We reduced it to I'll end with this,

00:44:35--> 00:44:37

Inshallah, and, we'll be done a few minutes.

00:44:37--> 00:44:39

We we reduced it to a a degree.

00:44:39--> 00:44:41

Just to a degree. Something you put on

00:44:41--> 00:44:41

the wall.

00:44:42--> 00:44:44

Point people to it. That's what I did.

00:44:45--> 00:44:46

If you have 4 or 5 of them,

00:44:46--> 00:44:48

the the the more, the better. You have

00:44:48--> 00:44:49

them nicely framed. You put them on the

00:44:49--> 00:44:51

wall. People can walk into the room and

00:44:51--> 00:44:52

read them for a few seconds, and you

00:44:52--> 00:44:53

watch them as they do,

00:44:54--> 00:44:56

feeling good. It's it's reduced to a degree,

00:44:56--> 00:44:58

and it's it's a problem, Alain. One of

00:44:58--> 00:45:00

the most knowledgeable people that ever taught me

00:45:00--> 00:45:01

in my life didn't even go to school.

00:45:01--> 00:45:03

One of my teachers knew memorized

00:45:04--> 00:45:05

with the

00:45:05--> 00:45:07

by heart. He'd never been to school in

00:45:07--> 00:45:07

his life.

00:45:08--> 00:45:09

He could he could quote

00:45:10--> 00:45:12

from his mind, from his head. He could

00:45:12--> 00:45:13

quote word for word.

00:45:14--> 00:45:15

This man knew more Arabic than I've ever

00:45:15--> 00:45:17

met a human being on this planet know

00:45:17--> 00:45:18

Arabic.

00:45:19--> 00:45:20

Never been to school in his life.

00:45:20--> 00:45:21

Reduce it to a degree.

00:45:22--> 00:45:23

It's important. I'm not saying a degree is

00:45:23--> 00:45:24

not important. Like, remember I told you this

00:45:24--> 00:45:26

at the beginning that I am not saying

00:45:26--> 00:45:27

here that what we're reducing

00:45:28--> 00:45:29

something to is not valuable. Like, when you

00:45:29--> 00:45:31

talk about Jihad reduced to combat, is combat

00:45:31--> 00:45:33

not important? No. It's the pinnacle. I'm not

00:45:33--> 00:45:34

saying it's not important. I'm just saying that

00:45:34--> 00:45:36

we're losing the bulk. I hope this is

00:45:36--> 00:45:38

making any sense to you because if I

00:45:38--> 00:45:40

see see, I have expectation. If if I

00:45:40--> 00:45:42

expect if if someone if someone puts this

00:45:42--> 00:45:43

out that, yeah, anyway, he's saying this is

00:45:43--> 00:45:45

not important, I'm gonna lose my mind. Like,

00:45:45--> 00:45:47

no. I'm not saying that what is things

00:45:47--> 00:45:49

are being reduced to are not valuable. I'm

00:45:49--> 00:45:50

just saying that we're losing the bulk of

00:45:50--> 00:45:51

what actually is important and and and we're

00:45:51--> 00:45:53

stuck with something that that that is just

00:45:53--> 00:45:55

a a a slither of what the actual

00:45:55--> 00:45:58

value and count concept once was. So for

00:45:58--> 00:46:00

education, for it to be reduced to just

00:46:00--> 00:46:01

a degree that you put on the wall,

00:46:01--> 00:46:02

it's problematic.

00:46:03--> 00:46:05

You you you you're gonna be very disappointed

00:46:05--> 00:46:07

when you when you graduate and you don't

00:46:07--> 00:46:09

feel like you know more. You don't feel

00:46:09--> 00:46:10

like you're ready to deal with life. And

00:46:10--> 00:46:12

you'll find out that to learn things, you're

00:46:12--> 00:46:13

gonna have to do that on your own.

00:46:14--> 00:46:15

University just give you a tool to know

00:46:15--> 00:46:17

how to look things up. If I if

00:46:17--> 00:46:18

a patient comes in with a certain type

00:46:18--> 00:46:19

of cancer, I know where to look to

00:46:19--> 00:46:21

figure out what type of chemotherapy or what

00:46:21--> 00:46:22

type of therapies you can get. You don't

00:46:22--> 00:46:24

know how to do that. Not because I

00:46:24--> 00:46:25

didn't want with you. You just didn't go

00:46:25--> 00:46:27

through medical school and training in in internal

00:46:27--> 00:46:29

medicine and medical oncology. But within your

00:46:29--> 00:46:30

law,

00:46:31--> 00:46:31

if something comes up and,

00:46:32--> 00:46:35

and he says, but doesn't know what what

00:46:35--> 00:46:36

to look up. He knows where to find

00:46:36--> 00:46:38

it. I would have no idea even where

00:46:38--> 00:46:39

to begin. I have I'd have no training

00:46:39--> 00:46:41

in that. But to actually be proficient

00:46:42--> 00:46:43

from a knowledge perspective,

00:46:43--> 00:46:44

to be proficient, you have to do a

00:46:44--> 00:46:46

lot of work on your own. It's it's

00:46:46--> 00:46:47

it's the it's the work that you do

00:46:47--> 00:46:49

later. It's the reading that it's it's a

00:46:49--> 00:46:51

personal reading that it's a personal effort that

00:46:51--> 00:46:53

you put. Islam was a well, I the

00:46:53--> 00:46:55

the the the tradition of Islamic knowledge was

00:46:55--> 00:46:57

so beautiful. It was oral. Like, you know

00:46:57--> 00:46:59

how how how you learn Islamically? I try

00:46:59--> 00:47:01

to do this in the academy is hard

00:47:01--> 00:47:02

because the number of students, Michelle, is high

00:47:02--> 00:47:03

and I don't have enough people to help

00:47:03--> 00:47:05

me. But the way this would happen is

00:47:05--> 00:47:06

that if I taught you a method,

00:47:06--> 00:47:09

the way you would pass the, the the

00:47:09--> 00:47:11

assignment, you would come you know, pass the

00:47:11--> 00:47:13

course, you would come, recite it, and explain

00:47:13--> 00:47:14

it to me as if I didn't know

00:47:14--> 00:47:15

what it was.

00:47:15--> 00:47:17

Right? And you you would prove to me

00:47:17--> 00:47:19

that you understood it by being able to

00:47:19--> 00:47:21

explain it. And if you were stuttering and

00:47:21--> 00:47:22

you weren't able to, you know, explain things

00:47:22--> 00:47:24

and define them and then you would basically

00:47:24--> 00:47:26

say to yourself, say, I I don't know

00:47:26--> 00:47:27

what I'm doing. I need to go back

00:47:27--> 00:47:29

and study this again. You basically do it

00:47:29--> 00:47:30

yourself. You didn't you need the teacher to

00:47:30--> 00:47:31

tell you you you don't know what you're

00:47:31--> 00:47:33

doing because you don't have the the capacity.

00:47:33--> 00:47:34

That's how it was done. That's how I

00:47:34--> 00:47:35

learned a lot of what I'm doing. I

00:47:35--> 00:47:36

had to sit down and explain.

00:47:36--> 00:47:37

And that's why I learned a little bit

00:47:37--> 00:47:38

how to talk about stuff. I had to

00:47:38--> 00:47:40

sit down and articulate, explain to my teacher

00:47:40--> 00:47:41

as if he was a grade 5 or

00:47:41--> 00:47:43

grade 6 students. And

00:47:44--> 00:47:45

then he would listen and he well, if

00:47:45--> 00:47:46

that makes then he would question me. Well,

00:47:46--> 00:47:48

that doesn't make sense. What does that mean?

00:47:48--> 00:47:49

And if I couldn't answer questions, I I

00:47:49--> 00:47:51

got lost, then then go back go back

00:47:51--> 00:47:52

and study again.

00:47:53--> 00:47:55

These exams are garbage, Willy.

00:47:55--> 00:47:57

You know, they they assess nothing.

00:47:57--> 00:47:59

Exam assess nothing. They they they get they

00:47:59--> 00:48:00

get you the degree, but they they don't

00:48:00--> 00:48:02

teach you anything, just so you know. I

00:48:02--> 00:48:04

have written more exams than probably everyone in

00:48:04--> 00:48:05

this room.

00:48:05--> 00:48:07

I've the number of exams I've written is

00:48:07--> 00:48:07

ridiculous.

00:48:08--> 00:48:09

And I can tell you that you learn

00:48:09--> 00:48:11

almost nothing from exams. They don't they don't

00:48:11--> 00:48:13

they're not a very good assessment tool. Even

00:48:13--> 00:48:14

the OSCEs that you stand up and do,

00:48:14--> 00:48:16

they're not very good assessment tools. Assessment tools

00:48:16--> 00:48:18

to assess people's knowledge requires time. There's a

00:48:18--> 00:48:21

law it requires ongoing observation and investment in

00:48:21--> 00:48:24

their in their in their learning process. Produced

00:48:24--> 00:48:26

by academics is is knowledge only academics? Is

00:48:26--> 00:48:27

it just yeah. I mean,

00:48:28--> 00:48:30

those high degrees of, you know, law and

00:48:30--> 00:48:31

medicine and

00:48:31--> 00:48:33

engineering. What about the other stuff? Are they

00:48:33--> 00:48:35

are they not, important? Does it have to

00:48:35--> 00:48:38

be an academic degree? Is knowledge nothing else?

00:48:39--> 00:48:40

How about skill sets?

00:48:41--> 00:48:42

Should knowledge be applicable?

00:48:44--> 00:48:46

Is it important for knowledge to be applicable,

00:48:46--> 00:48:47

or does that not matter?

00:48:47--> 00:48:49

Do you do you ever think about the

00:48:49--> 00:48:51

amount of useless information that that you pick

00:48:51--> 00:48:53

up on a daily basis?

00:48:53--> 00:48:55

Just when you're staring at your phone and

00:48:55--> 00:48:57

looking at media, the amount of of useless

00:48:57--> 00:48:59

information that you learn, stuff that will you

00:48:59--> 00:49:00

will never

00:49:00--> 00:49:01

ever require.

00:49:02--> 00:49:04

You learn something about how snakes mate or

00:49:04--> 00:49:04

how

00:49:05--> 00:49:06

or where where tigers

00:49:07--> 00:49:08

like to live in the jungle and how

00:49:08--> 00:49:10

they who cares? Like, how is that going

00:49:10--> 00:49:12

to explain to me how that's going to

00:49:12--> 00:49:13

affect your life in any form or manner.

00:49:13--> 00:49:14

It's just it's just clutter in the brain.

00:49:14--> 00:49:16

It's just information your brain does not need

00:49:16--> 00:49:18

to know. You don't have to memorize it.

00:49:18--> 00:49:21

And we've disconnected learning and education from mentorship.

00:49:22--> 00:49:23

This is my, you know, this is my,

00:49:23--> 00:49:25

you know, pet peeve in life. And we

00:49:25--> 00:49:27

disconnected learning from mentorship. It's not there's no

00:49:27--> 00:49:28

mentorship anymore.

00:49:29--> 00:49:30

Just here's information. Go.

00:49:31--> 00:49:33

Here's information. Here's how you use it.

00:49:33--> 00:49:35

Here how here's how it's supposed to affect

00:49:35--> 00:49:36

your character watch. This is how you behave

00:49:36--> 00:49:38

with it. This is how you make sure

00:49:38--> 00:49:39

it doesn't go to your head. This is

00:49:39--> 00:49:40

how you make sure you use it for

00:49:40--> 00:49:42

service. This is how it humbles you. This

00:49:42--> 00:49:44

is how it puts you at awe of

00:49:44--> 00:49:45

the universe and of Allah

00:49:45--> 00:49:49

Without that peace, without that per interpersonal, but

00:49:49--> 00:49:51

it's useless, Walehi. What is the, Ministry of

00:49:51--> 00:49:53

Education called in Syria in in the Middle

00:49:53--> 00:49:54

East? You know what it's called?

00:49:56--> 00:49:57

It's called.

00:49:58--> 00:50:00

It's called the ministry of raising.

00:50:01--> 00:50:03

Raising, not talim.

00:50:03--> 00:50:04

Talim

00:50:04--> 00:50:06

and educators. 1st, it's talim. That's what knowledge

00:50:06--> 00:50:07

is supposed to be. We disconnected

00:50:08--> 00:50:10

knowledge from mentorship, and now now we're suffering.

00:50:10--> 00:50:12

Even in Islamic even in Islam, we we

00:50:12--> 00:50:14

have they come, they memorize, recite the soul,

00:50:14--> 00:50:14

and believe.

00:50:15--> 00:50:16

I didn't realize that was the case in

00:50:17--> 00:50:18

for a while later because that's not how

00:50:18--> 00:50:20

I learn and that's not how I teach.

00:50:20--> 00:50:21

When I have a halakh, I don't do

00:50:21--> 00:50:22

that. I listen to them, but, no, we

00:50:22--> 00:50:24

sit down, we chat. I get to know

00:50:24--> 00:50:26

them, know them well. I poke, I probe,

00:50:27--> 00:50:29

I bother them, I follow them. I I

00:50:29--> 00:50:30

so in Syria,

00:50:31--> 00:50:32

we started,

00:50:32--> 00:50:35

we started this Quran program there. We went

00:50:35--> 00:50:37

we had 350 students at the end out

00:50:37--> 00:50:38

of a in a in a village that

00:50:38--> 00:50:40

only had 3,000 people to begin with. Right?

00:50:40--> 00:50:41

So we had almost all of the kids.

00:50:42--> 00:50:44

And I had a deal with both schools,

00:50:45--> 00:50:47

the elementary school and the and the they

00:50:47--> 00:50:48

would send me

00:50:49--> 00:50:51

the report cards of their students

00:50:52--> 00:50:53

to me. They would come to the report

00:50:53--> 00:50:54

cards would come to the masjid, like, to

00:50:54--> 00:50:55

me. I would pick them up, and I

00:50:55--> 00:50:57

would hold the kids accountable. And there would

00:50:57--> 00:50:59

be a day an annual day of fella

00:50:59--> 00:51:01

where all the kids who who who raise

00:51:01--> 00:51:02

their feet are up

00:51:03--> 00:51:05

and I would hold it because their parents

00:51:05--> 00:51:07

didn't care. Their parents didn't care if they

00:51:07--> 00:51:08

if they if they stayed in school or

00:51:08--> 00:51:10

not. Their parents didn't even most of the

00:51:10--> 00:51:11

parents didn't even know their kids were coming

00:51:11--> 00:51:12

to the Masjid. Like, most of the parents

00:51:12--> 00:51:14

didn't even know that their kids like, I

00:51:14--> 00:51:16

remember, like, I ran into I I watched

00:51:16--> 00:51:18

one time a a father come to the

00:51:18--> 00:51:20

Masjid because he was asked to bring,

00:51:20--> 00:51:21

like, a Mazolt,

00:51:22--> 00:51:24

Yani, diesel. And he found his kid there.

00:51:24--> 00:51:25

And he's like and his name the kid

00:51:25--> 00:51:27

is Mohammed. I never remember it's Ham Hamad

00:51:27--> 00:51:29

Adnan his name was. His father was name

00:51:29--> 00:51:30

is Adnan as well. So he looked at

00:51:30--> 00:51:31

him. What are you doing here? Why aren't

00:51:31--> 00:51:32

you at home? He's like, I'm at the

00:51:32--> 00:51:34

halalakha. What halalakha? What?

00:51:36--> 00:51:38

Since when I've been at halalakha, he lives

00:51:38--> 00:51:39

there, like, for 3 years.

00:51:39--> 00:51:41

Yeah. Yeah. He he memorized.

00:51:41--> 00:51:43

And he's telling his name, I know.

00:51:43--> 00:51:44

You know.

00:51:45--> 00:51:47

He he didn't know. That was the, that

00:51:47--> 00:51:48

was the reality of the of the sign

00:51:48--> 00:51:50

that we're living in. They didn't they didn't,

00:51:50--> 00:51:52

these kids, we have to mentor them. We

00:51:52--> 00:51:53

have to teach them. We have to take

00:51:53--> 00:51:55

them. You have to invest in them as

00:51:55--> 00:51:56

human beings, you have to spend time. We

00:51:56--> 00:51:58

actually we actually made the papers 1 year.

00:51:58--> 00:52:01

Like, we have a Marcus Sakhafi, brother

00:52:01--> 00:52:03

Samir. He ran it. He ran it, and

00:52:03--> 00:52:05

he actually did, he he he he he

00:52:05--> 00:52:07

gathered data for us. I didn't know he

00:52:07--> 00:52:09

was doing it. We went from a 11%

00:52:09--> 00:52:11

retaining of students. Like, I when I was

00:52:11--> 00:52:13

in grade 6 6 or grade 5, there

00:52:13--> 00:52:15

were there were 2 classes of 30 students

00:52:15--> 00:52:17

in my village and the other village. So

00:52:17--> 00:52:18

altogether, you're talking

00:52:19--> 00:52:21

60 and 60, a 120 students. In grade

00:52:21--> 00:52:22

10, there was

00:52:23--> 00:52:26

13 of us from both villages. That's it.

00:52:26--> 00:52:27

13.

00:52:27--> 00:52:29

13 out of a 120 13. That's the

00:52:29--> 00:52:31

retaining level. We were able to take it

00:52:31--> 00:52:33

from 11 or 12% to 47%

00:52:34--> 00:52:36

within 2 years. In 2 years. That doesn't

00:52:36--> 00:52:38

happen through just samya or roe. No. That

00:52:38--> 00:52:39

kind of that happens with child and then

00:52:39--> 00:52:41

you get to know the person. You invest

00:52:41--> 00:52:42

in them a little bit. You actually spend

00:52:42--> 00:52:44

time with them. That that's being lost. We're

00:52:44--> 00:52:45

losing that. We don't have that anymore. We're

00:52:45--> 00:52:46

not doing that in our communities. We're not

00:52:46--> 00:52:48

making sure that teachers are actually doing that.

00:52:48--> 00:52:49

This is why we're trying to make some

00:52:49--> 00:52:50

changes.

00:52:50--> 00:52:52

Skill sets. Seal cut skill skill sets are

00:52:52--> 00:52:54

knowledge. Knowing how to present yourself. Walk into

00:52:54--> 00:52:55

a room

00:52:55--> 00:52:56

and

00:52:57--> 00:52:58

my name is

00:52:58--> 00:52:59

and knowing as a young at a young

00:52:59--> 00:53:01

age, be able to do that confidently.

00:53:01--> 00:53:02

Like your dad, come in, say salaam, and

00:53:02--> 00:53:04

then you run away. Go stand behind the

00:53:04--> 00:53:05

roof. That's not cute. It's not cute. If

00:53:05--> 00:53:07

you're young, it's not cute. You'll walk in,

00:53:07--> 00:53:09

give salam, be very clear on who you

00:53:09--> 00:53:10

are and state state.

00:53:10--> 00:53:11

Manage money. I don't know how to do

00:53:11--> 00:53:13

it. If it wasn't for my wife, I'd

00:53:13--> 00:53:14

be standing outside the Masih after the asking

00:53:14--> 00:53:16

for donations for myself. And if my wife

00:53:16--> 00:53:18

didn't if my wife didn't take care of

00:53:18--> 00:53:19

the I would give the to stand outside

00:53:19--> 00:53:20

because I don't know how to manage money.

00:53:20--> 00:53:22

I didn't learn. No one taught me. And

00:53:22--> 00:53:24

we didn't I my my dad managed money

00:53:24--> 00:53:24

for me all my life and I never

00:53:24--> 00:53:26

learned how to manage money. And there's a

00:53:26--> 00:53:27

lot of other stuff. And and and time

00:53:27--> 00:53:29

management time management, the number one problem for

00:53:29--> 00:53:30

all the youth that I feel with. Time

00:53:30--> 00:53:31

management.

00:53:31--> 00:53:34

Sleep management. You don't know how to sleep.

00:53:34--> 00:53:35

I I you would think

00:53:36--> 00:53:37

out of all the skill set that comes

00:53:37--> 00:53:40

naturally. Apparently, it doesn't. Apparently, people don't know

00:53:40--> 00:53:41

how to sleep. They don't know how when

00:53:41--> 00:53:42

to go to how to go to sleep,

00:53:42--> 00:53:43

when to go to sleep, how long to

00:53:43--> 00:53:45

sleep, how to make sure that they have

00:53:45--> 00:53:46

good sleep hygiene, and they'll wake up in

00:53:46--> 00:53:48

the morning and go do their thing. And

00:53:48--> 00:53:49

they manage their time where they do this

00:53:49--> 00:53:51

in the morning, then they I I scheduled

00:53:51--> 00:53:53

my when I'm in my twenties, I scheduled

00:53:53--> 00:53:54

bathroom breaks.

00:53:54--> 00:53:57

I scheduled bathroom breaks. I scheduled leisure.

00:53:57--> 00:53:58

Like, the time that I had off, I

00:53:58--> 00:54:00

mean, I'm gonna have time I had fun.

00:54:00--> 00:54:01

I had fun. I I did I did

00:54:01--> 00:54:02

everything.

00:54:02--> 00:54:03

Oh, I had I had a lot of

00:54:03--> 00:54:04

fun. I got friends with my friends. We

00:54:04--> 00:54:06

had motorcycles. We'd go. We'd do whatever we

00:54:06--> 00:54:07

wanted. But it was scheduled. It was by

00:54:07--> 00:54:10

schedule. It was by schedule. This is what

00:54:10--> 00:54:11

this is when I was going to do

00:54:11--> 00:54:12

it. So when I was doing it, that's

00:54:12--> 00:54:13

it. I wasn't doing anything else.

00:54:14--> 00:54:15

Learned how to these are skill set. This

00:54:15--> 00:54:16

is not knowledge.

00:54:17--> 00:54:18

This is, like, this is the this is

00:54:18--> 00:54:20

knowledge. This is the most important knowledge. What's

00:54:20--> 00:54:21

the point if you know how to, you

00:54:21--> 00:54:24

know, subtract and subtract and add and then

00:54:24--> 00:54:25

divide and and you don't know how to

00:54:25--> 00:54:27

run your life. You don't know how to,

00:54:27--> 00:54:29

you know, sleep properly and wake up in

00:54:29--> 00:54:30

the morning and do your thing. You don't

00:54:30--> 00:54:31

have to what's the point? If you don't

00:54:31--> 00:54:32

have to don't know how to deal with

00:54:32--> 00:54:33

people. If you don't have that the the

00:54:33--> 00:54:35

social skills to know how to speak to

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others and listen to them and interact with

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them in a positive manner and accept criticism

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and feedback and offer it in a way

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that's respectful as well.

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How do we view human sciences? We we

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talked about human sciences in this community. Everyone

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has to be the right? Everyone. Your kids,

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all of them. All of them because that's

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all that matters. And or Mohan Dessin or

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maybe Mohammi. I remember you know the proverb?

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So what what is the what is the

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future of an Arab kid? Either a doctor,

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an engineer, or dead. Well, that's it. There's

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no there's no

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we're all human sciences. We have no one

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because we did this, because we, you know,

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and who and who am I to speak

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in? I'm a physician myself, Yani. But but

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when you but I what about human sciences?

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What about political sciences? What about arts? You

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know? What about media specialties? Why are these

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not important? Why are these frowned down upon?

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Oh, that's all he studied.

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The the poor guy comes out, what do

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you do? I studied the political sciences.

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Well, he's not a doctor.

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How are you going to do do you

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not see the value of this today? You

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don't see the problem that we're in because

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we don't have people in these specialties.

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Are trades and crafts not considered education? So,

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you know, are are plumbers and and welders,

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are these not people people

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mechanically not people who are educated Is this

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not a a valuable piece of knowledge? We

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have to see we've reduced knowledge to one

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thing. It's a degree on the wall that's

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taken from a university where it's higher education.

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Everything else is not worthy. It's not important.

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It's and that's untrue, and that's wrong. And

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knowledge is sacred. In Islam,

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I'm on with this. Islam, it's lifelong learning.

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I don't do I need to preach to

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you the importance of

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in Islam? I hope I don't have to.

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I hope that we've done enough here to

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is the most important thing you have as

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Muslim. You are commanded to do this all

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your life. From the moment you're able to

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understand to the day you die, you continue

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to learn. You learn everything that is worthy

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of learning. Everything is worthy of learning. You

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learn it. Whether it's Islamic knowledge, whether it's.

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Anyone know the the the picture in the

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in the background here?

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Do we have an idea what we're looking

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at?

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No. We're very close, though. No.

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Yeah. Right? That's there.

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The first university ever ever was built by

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a woman by the name of Fatima and

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then tune tune tune it. It was called

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because it took in the people from

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and didn't know the city. It took in

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till this day it works. Till this day

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it still happens. And as a university that

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was started in the 3rd Islamic century, the

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3rd Islamic century, the 9th century in terms

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of to 20 24. The 9th century,

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it taught medicine.

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It was a degree in medicine. They gave

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me degrees in medicine and degrees in Sharia.

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It's the earliest. It's in the Guinness book

00:57:00--> 00:57:03

World Books Book of World Records. It's the

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earliest university to offer a degree in in

00:57:06--> 00:57:06

sciences.

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Yeah. That's how we view knowledge as Muslims.

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We view it as something that is beautiful.

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That is why that everyone has something to

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offer. Everyone is knowledgeable within what they know

00:57:14--> 00:57:16

how to do. We should value that knowledge.

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We should respect that knowledge, and we should

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I hope that was a benefit to you.

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I hope that was a benefit to you.