How to Give Dawah #2
Channel: Hamza Tzortzis
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think Tao really essentially, is more about you than anybody else to be honest. Because if you, you know,
try and fix words within
then what will be without like, what would you vote you would express in the real world will fundamentally help change people because look, at the end of the day, there's an Arab saying, you can't give what you don't have. Like, if I have five pounds, I can give you five pounds, if it's in my pocket, if I don't have anything in my pocket, then I can't give you anything. Likewise with the dollar. So if you want to show to the world, that Islam is rational, compassionate, and it's the truth, then if you don't have that within you in some way, then you won't be able to connect with others and give it to them. And that's why, why I mentioned the beginning concerning integrity is
very important. We need to have integrity not only to ourselves, but integrity to the shahada, that we believe Allah is the only deity worthy of worship and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is the final messenger, we need to have integrity to that Shahada. And that would fundamentally change how we become in the world, how we relate to ourselves, others and how we relate to Allah subhanho wa taala. Do you see because sometimes, you know, Tao just becomes an ego boosting exercise. I just want to be right. I never want to be wrong. Yeah. And that's a problem. So, you know, one key thing that you should learn in the Dawa is it's not about being right, well, Allah, you could be wrong.
And through your, through you been wrong, it helps guide other people. You could say, I don't know. And you not knowing an answer. Just through that humility could create a weakening in someone, we think no, but have to be right. No, give up your right to be right. You need to be true. And being true to yourself may mean that you realized you're wrong. And through that, it could guide people to the truth. And this is very important. We think, you know, I need to be right.
I never am never going to be wrong. No, be true to yourself. And that's what thou is about, is about being true to yourself, not always thinking that you have to be right, give up your right to be right. Just like the words of Imam Shafi, the famous scholar of Islam, Allah have mercy on him when he basically said that, you know, when he was when he had an interlocutor, when he was debating or engaging with someone, he would wish that the truth came from their mouth. Now there's an ethic there, there is a fundamental ethic, because he wanted to be true to himself that he would follow the truth, even if it means that he is wrong.
And this is very important. And, and underneath that means there's a lot of humility. There's a lot of loss, a lot of sincerity. But anyway, things that we're going to discuss later. So any other reasons why you hear something new? Yes, sister.
I think to justify that.
If we're going to live in dark covered.
You know what? I have to take you up on that? Yeah. So I don't follow those medieval constructs, okay, because
those medieval constructs are unhelpful. Yeah. So I give you an example. Yeah. So you could disagree with me. Now,
the idea of Dr. Cofer is a very interesting medieval concept. Okay. And it came from our tradition. But can you apply that concept in Britain?
I don't think so. I think there is we need a different narrative. I will say it's like we're citizens Yanni. If you don't see yourself as a citizen, if you don't see yourself that this is your home, then forget it. You know, I'm going to give dower because you're going against fundamentally against the ethic of the NBA. Because what did the Prophet say? Yeah, call me. Oh my people. Yeah. If you don't have that perspective, you're never gonna give Doughty we will probably because dower fundamentally is an expression of Marhaba is an expression of love, because the prophets of Allah who it was, I'm sitting in a hadith that is, hey, it's authentic. And it's on the Hadith found in
the Arbaeen. Or whenever we it's in Bukhari, interdigitated Kabir, and the person said, Love for Linux is Love for humanity, what you love for yourself. And if you love Allah and His Messenger, then you should give that love to other people. If you have the mindset, this is the cover. Yeah, and you follow all the kind of medieval constructs related to that. How on earth are you going to give people Dawa? I mean, your psychology is going to be fundamentally wrong, fundamentally wrong. I'm not saying medieval scholars are wrong. I don't follow this pro modernist trend in Islam. No, I'm a traditionalist. Yeah, Quran sunnah, the mother Hebe. I follow this absolutely. But you need to
follow it and progress with it with changing moral and legal variables and contextual variables are real Emma always did this. Why do we have alumni
A century that we respect, because that's what they did. They took the Quran and Sunnah within the sword and framework and they applied it in their context. So you have to be very careful system when I'm answering to Donald users as lamb to the slaughter. Yeah. But I'm just saying, generally speaking, we have to be very careful the way we articulate ourselves. These are our people. If you don't think this is your country, and this is your people, if there is a fundamental problem, you won't be able to engage with them in a positive way. You need to think your neighbor is my neighbor, whoever they are. You need to think that people in Scotland in Britain, or are your people just like
the Anbiya? Yeah, call me.
Lute Alayhi. Salam was offering his daughters to the people of loot. What does that mean about his psychological state?
Yeah, it is different paradigm, right? Different paradigm. Exactly. So you need to start thinking like that, because Dow fundamentally is an ethic. It's not an ideology, because ideologies can change. Because ideologies are like first principles, the lenses you put on your eyes in order to see the world and sometimes they could be wrong,
based on certain context, but But fundamentally, Tao is an ethic is how you see humanity, how you see yourself, and how you see the MCSA, the high objective of the dean, which is we want humanity to reconnect themselves to Allah subhanaw taala. If you don't have that in place, it's going to be very, very difficult to connect with someone, honestly. Yeah. So I would not use that language, or that philosophy, I would say, we are citizens in this country. And we have a sense of compassion. We have, you know, a sense of, you know, moral leadership, but we should take more leadership, and help our people call me in order to reconnect themselves to humanity. And we do that through compassion,
and through reason. And we have a sense of forbearance, which we're going to talk about later because forbearance him, you know, Allah is Al Haleem, he is the forbearing. So we must have him as well, which was a key characteristic of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam. And I'm not gonna get into details now because it's part of the characteristics of the art but it's something very important we need to consider. So to cut long story short, based on this point,
love for humanity, where you love for yourself, if you love Allah and His messenger, you should give that love to others. So essentially giving dower is sharing that love. Also consider your fellow citizens as your people your comb. Okay, you want to give dollar then you need to follow the best people who gave doubt, which were the NBR. And they had this empathy and huge concern for their people. Huge concern. Yeah, I've called me oh my people, to the point where the process someone was injured in the Battle of
I heard, I believe, sallallahu alayhi wa salam, someone suggested and told him when you curse them, he said, I didn't come here to curse and actually the Arabic is I didn't come here to condemn or to curse. But I came as a mercy.
Yeah, and then he said to Allah, Oh, Allah, you know,
forgive my people, there's an intimacy there might people, right?
So if you have this kind of linguistic filter of the recover, you're gonna give them Dower, you're gonna give them something else, which obviously, you shouldn't. Yeah, so but I do appreciate where you're coming from. Because, you know, you come from a scholastic background, but I think, you know, a key, a key function of someone who's teaching you this material should teach you how to contemporize it within our moral, moral, and social context that we have today. And that's one of the biggest challenges for many of our scholars, is we're standing on the shoulders of giants. How do we make it contemporary? Some things will be an echo a mirror, some things may be tweaked because
variables change and that's the whole job of HD head. Right? What is the head is the head is basically to work hard linguistically, to derive from the Quran and Sunnah via and also via a framework to apply to unprecedented times. And Muslims being minorities are relatively unprecedented, isn't it? Yeah. So we need solutions, right? And I think that kind of language is not helpful. That's what I'm saying. Okay. And Allah knows best and I could be totally wrong. And many times I have been totally wrong, but that's life. But these are this is for me to share with you. Okay. So mindset is very, very important.
So course objectives. We're going to discuss why Tao is a part of everyday life.
We're going to hopefully try to instill some sense of sincerity and motivation to give Dawa give the kind of confidence talk to anyone about Islam.
and given an effective map on how to give dower now, please bear in mind this is like a level one type, of course. So we're not going to go too deep into the kind of philosophical discussions at this stage. Yes, there'll be some of it going on, but not on a kind of, you know,
level where we're splitting the philosophical here. And, you know, we're not saying that this course is the only way you should give dower there are many ways of giving Dawa. We're not claiming this one way. It's my way or the highway. No, this should be part of your tool set. Okay. And he may not even work for you. Okay. So take what's useful, disregard was useless, and then add what is your own? And those were the words of grizzly when he was talking about martial arts. Yeah. But it's but it's so true. Even with things like this with experiences and learning how to give dower you know, sometimes I do this way will work for me. That's useless for me. So disregarding it was my own. It
becomes part of me, you know, and that's very important for us to consider