Changing The Nation Through Education

Bilal Philips


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alameen wa Salatu was

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was hobby

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operates due to a lot of Peace and blessings, last prophet Muhammad so long while he was sending them, and all those who follow the path of righteousness until the last day.

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The topic this evening, changing the nation through education is the motto of my university, the Islamic online university.

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It addresses

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a current situation in the Muslim world today

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where Muslims

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have become

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the doormat

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the stepping stones of the first world nations

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Muslims are looked down upon,

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and Muslims look down upon themselves.

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if we look at the Koran,

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we find there a loss of data

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describing us in other terms,

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say, Come to my

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are the best

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A law has taken out of humankind for their benefit.

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The best.

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Though in the eyes of the world today, we are the worst.

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And the eyes of ourselves.

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We are the worst.

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But Allah described us as the best.

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So how do we get back?

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How can we become the best again?

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There was a time when we look back in history, we can all agree in the golden age of Islam, when we were the best. When people came from all around the world to study at our feet.

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In Andalus, in Baghdad,

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we weren't the best.

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times changed. And we ended up the worst

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or in the sight of the world, the worst.

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Last month Allah

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explained the characteristics, which made us the best

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because it is not simply a matter of birth.

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The Western nations look at themselves as be the best

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by birth by their birth, right. You're born and American,

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Canadian, British, French, German, you are the best simply because

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your birthright

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explains for us why he referred to us as being the best. He went on to say

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tamo Luna

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was at home and then moved

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to Minnesota.

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Because you command the good

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you prohibit the evil and you believe in a law.

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These three vital principles you command the good

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and the term which Allah uses for the good and Maroons.

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It means that which is no good.

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They didn't say tabula rasa.

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He said move around, build models.

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That which is known good throughout the world. Not just good

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In the eyes of Muslims, but good in the eyes of the whole world

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what how long can

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you prohibit?

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What is rejected? What is rejected by the whole of humankind as evil, as bad as not good?

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What do we know?

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And you believe in Allah, these are the three characteristics. The first two,

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we can say,

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addresses morality,

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what is good,

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what is evil?

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This has to do with morality.

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And you know, Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi Salaam

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had summed up all of Islam,

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all of the teachings of Islam, he summed it up, saying, in Mr. Moore as to the hotel,

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I was only sent to perfect for you, the highest of moral character.

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He summed up Islam as morality.

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Everything that we do in Islam,

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it has a moral object,

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a moral goal and it seeks

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whether it is prayer, a law says about prayer what

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what does the law say about prayer?

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Exactly in a salatu

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salam prohibits

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evil speech and evil deeds.

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So, that is the essential goal of the salon

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and hatch zakka.

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So, all of the other Pillars of Islam, any man

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whether it is Believe it

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or it's a belief,

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or its belief in the angels, all of it is connected to morality, to create a morally sound individual, a morally sound human being.

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And if we were to look

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at the time of Prophet Muhammad salam, Adios, if we look at that time,

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we compare the Muslims of Arabia

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with the rest of the world,

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people living in Egypt,

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in Persia, in Rome,

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technologically, Muslims were inferior.

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The technology of Rome, Persia.

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The Pharaohs

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was superior.

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But what did Muslims have? They had morality.

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This is what made them great.

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It was the moral principles behind the faith.

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This is what made Muslims great.

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And as long as Muslims hold on to those principles,

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they will remain great.

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Even if they are not great technologically, materially

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as the world is today

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what do we do

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and believe in a law

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That was the essence of Islam believe in Allah.

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If we look at the West today,

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they have rejected, believe in Allah.

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That is secularism.

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secularism is the rejection of belief in all,

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and leading

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countries of the West

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openly declare themselves to be secular democratic.

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secular being more important even than democratic.

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That is the key, secularism,

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removing God, from the equation of human life,

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human society, it's only a private thing.

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You can believe what you feel it doesn't matter. Because God isn't real anyway.

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God is only a figment of human imagination

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in one way or another.

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And of course, one to take God a loss out of the equation,

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then what happens to the society?

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They become lost in immortality.

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They become lost in morality, because they don't have a moral compass. To determine what is really good, and what is really evil.

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Then compass is what?

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How does the West determine what is morally good? And what is morally evil?

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I want to answer

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based on their needs, okay, to some degree, yes, is based on needs. But they have a means

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by which they determine good and evil,

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which is across all of the nations that means is what they call democracies.

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The rule of the majority,

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as long as the majority of the people hold that this thing is good,

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then it's good.

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If the majority of all that it is bad, that it's bad. And if yesterday they held it was good. And today, they felt it was bad, it becomes bad.

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And if tomorrow they feel it was good again, then we can become good again.

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There's no moral foundation.

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That is the reality of Western civilization today.

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And we see it in a variety of different forms.

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Among the forums, for example,

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when I went to school in Canada,

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in the 70s, in high school,

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there is a book which became

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compulsory reading interest on the compulsory reading list. It was called The Catcher in the Rye,

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The Catcher in the Rye.

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This is 1979 1950 20 years before when the book was first published, it was banned as pornography

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one two years before it was considered so vile, so corrupt,

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so evil that they banned itself.

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But 20 years later, it became required reading for every high school student in Canada.

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What happened?

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The way of thinking of the nation had changed. So what was evil 20 years before became? Good, great, good. So good is this compulsory, you have to read it.

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of naked women in magazines, newspapers

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before the 70s, back in the 60s in the 50s, this was called pornography. These are images now.

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they used to sell magazines, under the table onto the counter.

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It was illegal, these magazines, playboy and these kinds of things.

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But in the 70s, in 1974,

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page three, that is when you open up a newspaper, first page is page one. second page is page two. The next page is page three.

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on page three, in the UK,

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there is a picture of a naked woman.

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They call her the sun girl, the Sun newspaper, in 74.

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showed in every edition, a naked woman on the second third page.

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They said no this is artistic expression.

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What was pornography?

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All those years before became artistic expression.

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It is nothing less than corruption

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in the 60s,

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if you ask the average western North American, Brit, etc.

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What are your views on homosexuality?

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The average North American would say

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it's filthy. It's not. It's evil. It's bad.

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And if they're already religious, they will quote from the Bible saying it is an abomination unto the Lord. As mentioned in the Bible, great evil.

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And back then in the 60s, psychiatrists had it listed in the list of sight psychological problems,

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sicknesses, illnesses, and they had treatment special treatment for it, as well treatments, electric treatments, in a way they will connect electrodes to the head of the person send shocks into the brain, all kinds of things to try to correct this

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By the 70s, mid 70s.

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It was removed

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from the psychologists Bible.

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If you ask the average North American Westerner, what do you think about homosexuality? They were saying now it's an alternative lifestyle.

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different strokes for different folks

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to complete upside down.

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And they replaced

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the sickness of homosexuality with what they call homophobia.

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What is a phobia? It is a dislike for homosexuals.

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So those who dislike the despise of a sexual now they were declared to be sick, who needed to go to the psychiatrist and get reprogrammed.

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Whereas moron continued on.

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And this is the most obvious corruption that is promoted on the biggest scale

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in Canada just last year.

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They passed

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It bill,

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the Parliament passed a bill

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allowing the teaching of homosexuality in kindergarten.

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from kindergarten,

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what is going to

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be the product of that society? You're teaching children in kindergarten about homosexuality?

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Of course, the way they do it. You might wonder how are you going to teach a little kid about homosexuality?

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Well, they have specialized

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developing books, which will teach them subtly. So what they do they have a book called my two dads.

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Everybody knows that one mom.

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The book is called my two dads.

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So the book talks about Johnny, who has a dad and a mom.

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And Tommy who has two dads.

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And they will talk about Tommy's two dads about how great they are, how they take him to the park and take him to the to the beach and the ticket football games and then taking care of their kids. Oh, wonderful time, it is true that

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Johnny has an okay time with his dad, mom

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taught me a great time with his two dads.

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They didn't say the word homosexuality in there.

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But they have put it in the mind of the child, that it is okay to have two dads.

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That's how they do it.

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So this is corruption,

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corruption that has reached a peak where it's going right down to the children and pouring it into their brains.

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This is a crumbling society.

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I know.

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Most young people like yourselves, studying gold is

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getting your degrees and things you're thinking. As soon as I get my degree, my next thing is

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first visa I can get to America, Canada, UK, God

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gave me

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Believe me, it will be a big mistake.

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If you're going to get higher education and come back as one thing. But if you're going because you think life is better there,

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then you will find a big surprise.

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And very big surprise, because you can imagine

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if children are being taught that this whole thing is going on in that society.

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So given this state,

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this state where a slab

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still retains its moral principles. What was wrong 1400 years ago, in the time of Rasulullah sallallahu

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remains wrong today and will remain around till the end of this world.

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That is a solid foundation of morality, it will not change. The modernists say well know times have changed the modern times now. And people look at life differently and we you know, have different experiences that that

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say, if God commanded us,

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telling us that this thing is wrong, it is wrong forever.

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That is what makes a society great. Its moral foundations are solid unshakable. But

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the problem is

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much of the Muslim world today

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doesn't do it.

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Muslims all over the world

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are confused about what really is Islam.

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We're confused.

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So we might accept some of these things in Toronto.

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They set up a homosexual mosque,

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a mosque Masjid, for homosexuals.

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These are confused.

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In the Muslim world in general, we have this state of confusion we don't really know what Islam is.

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So we're not solidly commanding the good and prohibiting the evil. And even our belief in the law is shaken.

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We have confusion.

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Some of us call on Hamlet.

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Some of us call on saints.

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We have a whole group who call on the moms on Hasson to say,

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this confusion

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for many Muslims, we have lost sight of who is alone.

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We know the name of Allah.

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But to know who he is, we don't really know. And so we get involved in all kinds of deviations.

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We wear charms and atomists, believing they will protect us.

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So how can we change this situation?

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We're talking about a situation of ignorance, where customs and traditions have superseded Islam,

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where we're commonly unable to distinguish between what is Islam and what is custom.

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How do we fix this situation? How do we correct it?

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The only way

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is by

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where we change our own understandings and the last one that I'd said in the law

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changed che