Channel: Bilal Philips
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hamdu Lillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah operates due to alignment as Peace and blessings beyond the last messenger of Allah.
role of youth
in the oma
is a critical role
you represent the future,
what happens to you now?
The decisions you make now
will determine the future for the oma.
So it is very important
for you to be clear as to what role you should be playing.
Right now, you are in
preparing yourselves for the medical profession,
which is a good thing.
It's a service to the oma.
a generation ago,
people did the same thing.
10 years ago, 20 years ago,
somebody was standing on a stage like this, and addressing you are those who came before you in the same way.
But the 10 years have passed 20 years have passed.
is there any difference?
that you will be from the university is no different from the product of 10 years ago,
or 20 years ago.
And we see the state of the oma
as it is
attacking each other,
unable to play
calling too good than a last month Allah
gave us when he described us as being the best of nations, quantum chromatin, or digital in us.
When he gave us that
He gave us it on the basis that we call to the good
we prohibit the evil
and we believe in Allah.
So we have to ask ourselves,
how are we calling to the good
any different from the way the previous batch
of students call to the good
because if there is no difference, then there will be no change
area of medicine because that's where you're in.
That's the field that you are based in.
So everyone every member of society has a role to play
based on the area in which they're working the knowledge which they have the abilities which Allah has blessed them with.
I would encourage you
to think, as they say, outside of the box.
Right now, you're in a box, which the previous batch was and the previous batch before them were unnaturally the box produces the same results
to keep doing the same things.
You'll get the same results
for you to expect different results while doing the same things.
This is illogical.
It can't happen, it won't happen.
how could we think beyond the box?
What I would suggest, as I've spoke said, suggested to some of the organizers
we should set higher goals.
Beyond just simply graduating as doctors and going out and being doctors.
There are already many in the medical cut universities, colleges across the country, and there are many who are already doing the same thing.
How about trying to do something else?
something which can impact on
on the Muslim world.
Some of you might think, well, who are we?
We're just regular students like everybody else. What could we do that would have that kind of impact on the whole of Pakistan and the world?
I always tell people,
whenever I discuss this type of thinking,
that if somebody were to upset
to my parents,
who were non Muslims,
when I was born,
that I would become a Muslim,
would study and become
a Muslim scholar,
and will become a teacher of Muslims. With a university with over 200,000 students across the world, they would have looked at that person and said, You're mad,
is not possible. He's not even a Muslim.
But Allahu Akbar,
a long walk about
Allah can make the impossible possible.
What we look at as being impossible right now, a lot can make it happen.
It's really about us committing,
it's about us committing to try to make a change.
Leave the job of possible or impossible to Allah.
If we make the effort, then a law can make it happen.
So this is why I propose
organizers that we need to set a goal
a high status goal as students,
which is beyond just graduating as a doctor getting out and being a doctor.
If I were to ask each and every one of you, why did you choose medicine?
What do you think the answer is gonna be?
What do you think the answer is going to be?
helping humanity. That's nice. But I'm sure if you really ask the people, you know that helping humanity that will be 1%.
The 99% are going to be as one brother said, you know,
the money because medicine doctors make more money
than other professors.
That's why we're being doctors.
So, what is does it mean means that we are driven by
we are in fact no different from students, non Muslim students in America, Canada, France, no different
they have the same thinking.
And because of that,
because of that,
we have characteristics
which are hated in Islam
characteristics which are hated in Islam,
but which are common to students all over the world.
And the main characteristic
for which students are known globally
students motivated by material,
follow the principle Machiavellian principle of by any means necessary.
If this will get me the marks, which will get me the position, get me the job, I'm ready to do it.
So, if I were to ask you as students,
how many of you
can raise his or her hand
and say, what law he by a law, I have never cheated on any test or examination? Since I've been in this
university or in school? If you put your hand up for me now, can you do that? Well law he's swearing by a law, I see among the women 123456 hands among the men 1234
that is the reality
can we change society with that
this is the problem.
We are a product of a system
a system which has been developed not by us,
it has been developed in the West in western civilization.
The medical training the Medical Teaching system that we have here is a clone of what is in Cornell or wherever the great medical universities of the west
where the educational system
is has been produced in a secular
And as such, all of the texts, all of the modes of teaching and everything have been honed, that has been, you know, developed
to promote this way of thinking.
So, how to change it?
If you're not a part of the solution,
then you are a part of
How do we change from being a part of the problem to being a part of the solution?
This is why I said we need to set
goals beyond the box.
What went before when before
we are here now, what do we do with now? For one?
I would like you
I would like you because
Can I ask Are there any non Muslims here? Can you put your hand up
we don't have any non Muslims everybody's Muslim here.
be difficult for us to all raise our hands now.
And swear by a law that from this day onwards, we will never cheat again.
Are you ready?
Can we see those hands?
How can we repeat while law II?
Again, while law he
I will never
cheat on any examination
for the rest of my life.
That's the point, a starting point.
You know it's evil.
Because the prophets of Salaam said man rashanna.
felice, me now, whoever cheats us is not of us is not the true Muslim, you're fake.
If cheating is your way, then you are a fake Muslim, you might have the name Fatima, or Muhammad.
But you are not a true Muslim.
Because this is not the characteristic of a true Muslim.
And you know, Prophet Muhammad, Allah
that, there will be people
who will do the deeds
of the people of paradise. The things which will take people to paradise praying, fasting hydrolyse, they will do these deeds
as it appears to people, but they would be from the people of hell. This is in Sahih Muslim, that they would be from the people of hell.
there will be a lot of people, the most common name in the world today is what Muhammad,
there will be a lot of people in hell with the name Muhammad.
And a lot of people in hell with the name fathima.
This is reality.
These names are not going to take us to paradise.
It is living Islam, that's going to do it. So the goal, what can we set? How can we change this situation? How can we be a part of the solution?
set the goal,
to be more than just a regular doctor,
be a specialist.
Beyond specialization till you become a teacher,
as a teacher of medicine,
you are now in a position to change things. As a regular doctor, you can only do what regular doctors do, at least if you don't cheat, that's good. That's a good thing. But a better thing is that you strive to be at the top of your profession. So that you can produce let the goal be
a college of medicine, which is the Islamic College of Medicine. What does not exist in Pakistan today.
There is no Islamic College of Medicine.
Or is there one that I don't know about? Tommy,
there is no Islamic College of Medicine.
In that Islamic College of Medicine, medicine would be taught with Islamic ethics.
So that the generation who would be produced by that college would be one who can change the world, change Pakistan and change the world at least in that field.
So this is what I invite you
to set for yourselves
beyond the box,
something which is a worthwhile achievement, that you leave this world and you leave behind you a legacy which people will look back 100 years from now and say you know
this idea was born
and the college was produced. And believe me, if you are produced the Islamic College of Medicine in Pakistan, you will find people coming from all over the Muslim world who want to go into medicine.
But there are all these other issues that are there.
You will become, as they say, the mecca for Islamic medicine,
changers of the world to come.
as I said, in the beginning, nothing is too great for Allah.
that this thought you would give time to commitment to
and pray that Allah would make it manifest.
Pakistan can do it.
Saudi Arabia has the means.
without the will,
don't produce anything
in your life, you have the will.
Allah will provide the means.
that is the brief reminder
that I wanted to share with you today. I'll give you a chance to ask some questions related to it.
Just to help the idea, grow further.
Okay. Your your question or comment is that medicine as it is today
is as it would be in an Islamic
institution. If we had the Islamic College of Medicine,
the same thing you are learning, and the way it is being taught would be the same. What's the difference?
everybody agree with that?
So in other words, there's no need for an Islamic College of Medicine.
Well, let me say this,
that the essence of Islamic teachings,
Prophet Mohammed Salah Ahmed said, in Mr. Boies, to the 10 member, Makarem, Allah Clark, I was only sent to perfect for you the highest of moral character traits.
So what it is that Islam has to offer the world, we don't have the technology, but we have the morality, if we know it, and we teach it.
So if right now,
the College of Medicine has produced you all, who cannot raise your hands and say you never cheated, that we say the college has failed? islamically that is a major failure.
Major. It's not something small. I mean, because if you think about Okay, what you have to study all the textbooks and you know, anatomy and all this other immune systems and all this stuff that you have to study. You think that's so small? No, that is huge.
That is huge.
So just setting up the college in such a way that the Islamic ethics Islamic moral principles are introduced.
So that the students graduate and they all can raise their hands and say we have never cheated. I will say that is a great success.
Because such medical professionals are going to have a solid positive impact on the society. Because now when you call on those moms, those professionals who have come out of that college with that kind of morals, you say, listen, we have a segment here in Islamabad of people who are so poor, they cannot
Access medicine, we need volunteers
to, to give community service to the community
to help our brothers and sisters.
They will be right up there.
concerned is money. You know, if I go and I take my time and go and do this love, it's time I don't get money, time is money, right? It's not what they say Time is money, you know, hey, I'm giving all this time I'm not getting any money back from it. What is the motivation?
This is the point. It's huge. And I'm not going into even the, you know, the fine details, of course, arguments about evolution, all this other area.
I'm just dealing with
That alone makes a big change how many cases in America, you have every year of doctors, leading professionals etc. arrested
for what? Sexual Abuse
use of women.
Even though they made this moral code, that the Hippocratic oath and all this other kind of stuff, they did it but they still Why? Because morals God, not there. So people, when they find themselves in positions of abuse of they think they can get away with it, they'll do it. Because there's no moral fiber there. So that's what we're talking about.
Bringing that moral fiber back.
So that every class which is taught, whether it is anatomy, or
endocrine systems, or whatever you're teaching,
a moral message is included.
The professor who is teaching will work in the moral message in that field.
As well as
educate you, to the great scholars, medical scholars of Islam, who contributed to that field.
Mostly, you know, if you mentioned Great Western medical professionals, scholars,
inventors, etc. You know them by name.
That's what they're all in your books. But there are hundreds of other great scholars who are Muslims, you have no idea about
who contributed to, to medicine in ways that you are completely ignorant of.
So this should be brought into the class room, so that you have that connection, Islam medicine, there is a connection. It's not a separate thing.
Bringing in that moral medicine principle, and then even in terms of areas of specialization, one of the medical principles that would be in the Islamic Medical College, is that any young man who says that he wants to become a specialist. He wants to specialize in gynecology. We sell him No,
Somebody might say, Well, why not? You know, medical doctors, you deal with everything. Why can't you have male medical gynecologist?
Do I have to explain the details of this? I think we're clear on this, right? This one's very obvious.
Right? Just as if a woman wanted to specialize in prostate cancer with Tila No, no, no, no. Leave that one. Let the men do that one.
did anybody ever tell you that? No. The door is wide open, you know, knowledge, get a tower, no problem. Learning be whatever you want to be.
If the money is in prostate cancer,
go for it.
So we in the medical Islamic Medical College will have another view.
So when you think to graduate and set up
Linux etc, you know, you need a team, male and female,
female to deal with the female things, male to deal with the male things, you know, that we don't just take one doctor who says he does everything okay? He has to learn in case of emergencies, everybody will learn both sides in case of emergencies, but as a practice, you know, you focus on the males, and you focus on the females.
So, this is all a part of Islamic Medical College. So, people come through the college with that way of thinking that approach, then coming out into society, they will make a change.
So it is not the same.
There will be common factors which are the same, you know, principles of embryo embryo embryonic development, and, you know, these things are, there's not an Islamic version.
You know, that's the facts, the facts are the facts, but how we use those facts,
how we approach the field of medicine
will determine ultimately, whether as professionals, we will be able to make a difference? Or will we just be like the batches before?
Question from the women's side please, three questions.
The first question
going to the west, non Muslim country, to gain knowledge, can we do that? Yes.
Going as a female,
to these countries to gain knowledge, can we do that? Yes, if certain things are in place, to protect the female to ensure that she is safe.
If in the masjid,
we have coeducation
in the time of Prophet himself, Salah
in the masjid, the men sat in the front, and the woman sat in the back.
they were taught,
whether in the football or general.
So, technically speaking, this is not an Islamic, if there is a separation,
then it is possible.
But the issue is now where it becomes a free for all, where everybody sits anyhow, anywhere, whatever, then
it is not productive.
And it is not Islamic.
That's the point. So the issue of CO education, we have to be careful, because sometimes we recognize islamically co education is harmful, but it's when it's done in a harmful way.
But co education just as a principle that men and women are taught at the same time by the same instructor. This is part of Islam. It's not
otherwise. the wives of the Prophet SAW Selim taught males and females.
The Deen Hadith, etc.
I showed Yolanda was fourth most prolific narrator of Hades. I mean, a huge portion of the deen the shediac she taught
so we try to find that balance.
That's how our way is the balanced way. Look at alika jalna Come on Martin was a TA
and that way Allah made us the balanced nation, not going to one extreme
nor going to another extreme.
male side Go ahead.
Okay, question. Should the Islamic Medical College be produced by evolution or revolution?
Whatever way brother. You know, if you get there, inshallah, hello, revolution or halaal evolution
It's all good.
We're not going to set the limits of you know what it's going to take, right now we need to commit, make it a goal and work towards it. The circumstances that we will be faced as we strive to do, it will determine whether it needs a revolution or evolution.
No doubt it will evolve.
But at certain points, you may have to revolt
the confines of Islamic parameters
from this room inside
fundamentally, it is permissible.
Fundamentally, it is permissible.
the issue of deception
what raises questions about the process, but the general concept of living in another country, you know, becoming a citizen of that other country is, as a basic principle halaal. But we have to ask ourselves, you know, what is our intention? Now, if you are from a segment of society or a country where you're fleeing,
you're fleeing, and you lose nationality, you have to find some other place to live. And that is what has become available, then we will say that that person is excused. This is necessity.
But where it is just the question of prestige, are
you carrying an American passport, doors open, that don't open otherwise?
Or it's just prestigious,
then we'll say, That's not
sufficient to justify doing that.
It's possible to live there, gain the knowledge, do the Dow all of these other things without necessarily becoming a citizen?
Since you know that it involves this element,
which is against Islamic teachings.
you stay within the bounds which have been set.
This is the reminder that it's time for namaaz salon.
Take the last question then from the woman side. Go ahead.
Oh, little person. What is your question? Oh, you're just straight. Oh, that's you, you, you you. You just put your hand up. But I guess you shooing away flies or
anybody else from the woman's side? No. Last question from the men go ahead.
Okay. I don't know you. I think you weren't here when we raise the hands about who cheated?
No, you didn't raise your hand. But you were here when we had this raising of hands, right?
No, no. No brothers question is, or his comment is that
the doctors should be the most perfect Muslims, because they have seen the wonders of law in the human body as they study it, etc, etc. So in that case, they should be the best of Muslims. So why do we even need an Islamic medical college?
But the reason why is we said is that simply knowing about the body does not make you the best of Muslims. What makes you the best of Muslims is knowing a law.
It's knowing a law
and understanding the message which a law has sent through Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam and applying that message in your life. This is what makes you the best of Muslims. You know who allies
You understand the deen of Allah and you follow the way of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam we know that's fact why? Because those are the three questions that Allah has the angels asked you in the grave, who is your Lord? What was your religion? Who was your messenger?
So obviously that's related to this life. That is the best Muslim. Whether you are doctor, lawyer, engineer, fireman. That's what makes you the best of Muslims. So the Medical College was necessary, as we said, because the current state of medical training and teaching is based on non Muslim systems, which is, for the most part, without ethics. Without morality, they've removed morality from
This is secularism This is the secular societies product.
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