Channel: Hamza Tzortzis
Part 2 of powerful lecture series “Classified” held at Fanar, Qatar.
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smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah. To proceed. If one, a hot brothers and sisters, respected elders,
respected Elena, I greet you with a woman's Islamic greetings of peace as salaam alaikum, warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
hamdulillah. We are here again. Yesterday we spoke about the status quo, how Islam actually influenced
the positive aspects of the current status quo in the 21st century, namely, Western civilization or secular liberalism. And we spoke about how Islam can change the status quo. And we gave two key examples, which was justice intolerance, with a specific emphasis on the Jewish people. And historians from the Jewish nation have said about the Islamic tradition and its values. And we also spoke about economy. And we talked about the macro economic principles of Islam. How instilled in a social political environment will actually solve global poverty. And we gave many examples in history. And we were quite emotional about the topic because it's a very important topic, because we
understand as Muslims, we are here for the people who reject leanness, we're here Lynas, for the people, not millionaires, we're not necessarily from them, or we are part of the human family. But this is from a caretaker position that we're here to take care of the affairs of humanity in this is very important, because it's in line with a Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And this had had these can be found that have been in the 40 hadith of Unknowing is the 13th Hadith.
The Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in a Hadith, let me know that you hit belly, okay, he may have been enough, so he, you won't truly believe you won't reach the status of men. You won't elevate yourself as a Muslim from a spiritual perspective. Unless you love for your brother, we love for yourself. This ahi this Brotherhood is actually not Islamic brotherhood. It's human brotherhood. And we know this from the explanation of anila v. He said, this is insanity. This is humanity. And we have other traditions from Muslim in the Muslim of Akhmad, when he spoke about traditions concerning
loving for people, what you love for yourself. And we have one of the students even Timmy, I believe his name was Mr. Rogers. And humbly he collected this Oh, he developed this book called The Compendium. And there is a whole chapter on this hadith. And he discusses it means human beings. So really think about this from a self image psychological perspective. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam is saying that you won't truly believe and this is what we wish, we want to truly believe. We don't just want to be a Muslim. We want to be a movement and then reach the other levels, right? We all want to go close to Allah azza wa jal. This is our primary goal, because we want to love him.
And we want to enter Paradise, that eternal bliss.
So if this is the case, then the prophets of Allah who it was some is giving you criteria in order to reach that status, which is loving for others We'd love for yourself. So if I asked you the question, would you love the most I know you're gonna say Allah. Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is a part of our Akita, part of our credo framework, because we know that the province of Allahu Allah was on told us that we must have him more than our own parents.
And I've been thinking about this as a side topic. And I've been thinking, what are the rational reasons? Well, that was the Hickman behind loving the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam more than your own mother. Now, obviously, we see a lot of Hickman because it takes you to paradise prevents you from eternal hellfire. It gives you good in this life in the hereafter. Mohammed Hassan knows what's better for you than your mother does because he had ye he had revelation from Allah azza wa jal. So there's all these reasons, but I want you to think about it from a philosophical perspective. I like thinking quite a bit. All right.
we only know our mother is our mother on very weak evidence. If I were to ask you, how do you know your mother is your mother give me delille. What had the conclusive proof What would you say to me?
What would you say to me if I said to you, okay, She's your mother.
Prove it, brother,
mommy G, ama whatever you guys call in your languages, okay?
You can say, well, DNA does not true because do you have a DNA certificate home and say, Mom, I know your mother because of the certificate, even a good snack, right? There's nothing to do with that your current belief that She's your mother is based on testimony, testimony, authentic, validated testimony of your father, you trust him of your mother, you trust her, and of the doctor and someone signed something which is a written testimony. So you have four chains of narration in a way
four chains of narration.
That's it to prove that your mother is your mother.
That doesn't mean you have to doubt your mother equation, okay. But for the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we have 1000s and 1000s and 1000s of chains of narration that are authentic. If you look into the science of Hadith, and in Morejon, the science of the people in the biographies we have biographical data for 10,000 Sahaba.
This is a phenomenal so we have 1000s of testimonies saying that he is the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So from this perspective,
even philosophically, you must love him more than you love your mother.
there's far more authentic testimony. And I thought it was at the end just to get you thinking about things, okay. So
we discussed that we have to be here for humanity. And this is the self image thing. If I want to be a woman, then I have to give the thing I love the most which is Allah azza wa jal, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, to everybody else. And the way we do that is by showing the values of Islam to the rest of humanity. So today's topic is going to be on operation mainframe. Operation mainframe. Yesterday was status quo, today's operation mainframe. So what comes to mind when we think about Operation mindframe. For me, it's about the ideological or the ideological attack against Islam. Because it is without a doubt, the sociologist, Professor Tarik Mahmoud, he makes a
really good point in a book that was speaking about religion and secularism. He's an academic. And he basically said there is an anti muslim wind blowing across Europe, and anti muslim wind blowing across Europe. And this negativity is not necessarily on an individual level, although it can permeate through the individual level, okay, because we become racist, or they become prejudiced, right. But significantly, it starts from an ideological level. What do we mean by ideology, we mean about a set of thought and ideas, a particular framework that makes you see the world in a particular manner, like a worldview. Think of it as glasses, say you're wearing glasses, and you see
green, and everything you see is green. If someone is wearing yellow tinted glasses, they're gonna be seeing yellow. So this is like kind of the worldview the lenses in which you see the whole world, your ideological framework, which shapes your morals shapes your politics, it shapes your behavior, it shapes everything. And why is this? Why is the this ideological attack because we have to understand when it comes from an ideological perspective, the current status quo as we discuss the yesterday was what secular liberalism in a very loose manner.
And secular liberalism, like any ideology wants to defend itself. That's just a natural thing to do. You want to defend the ideas you think to be true. You want to defend your metaphysics, your philosophy that you think is Huck, you think is true. And in this defense, there's going to be inevitable clash of ideas. Oh, as the various historians and academics wrote about the clash of civilizations, now, I don't necessarily agree with that perspective. But there is this ideological attack on any ideology. It doesn't have to be Islam, it's also communism. So there was the ideological attack against communism, ideologies want to defend themselves, and they're going to
create institutions within a particular organization. So even within a state, whether it's the education system, or whether it's any other system that's going to be manifesting his ideas, from an academic level, all the way down to the individual level. Let me give you an example.
Take the theory of evolution. Now I'm not going to say what's right to buy it. What's wrong about it? That's a different discussion. But just taking the theory of evolution, without a doubt is supports a secular, atheistic narrative. It supports a narrative that faith is based on a blind faith, no reasons. No rationality, no common sense. No thinking
Therefore, it supports the philosophical basis of secularism, which is divorced God away from Social Affairs. Evolution is a miracle, the way they've taught it in the West, is started from academia, and seven year olds understand the concept. It's filtered throughout every single human being in the western educational system. So this is again an example of how secular institutions which support ideas via the institutions and allow them to permeate throughout society. Do you see? And there's no alternative? Now to say there's no there is an alternative in England or America, you are seen as a young earth creationist using a solid backward as someone who doesn't have any ideas, who someone
can't explore someone who is irrational, someone who is really religious and has no idea about the intricacies of the interconnecting principles of nature. So you just do you see how ideology ideologies work? You see this all the time, even with the concept of freedom of speech. This is an ideological tool, because Muslims don't disagree with freedom of speech. I mean, to claim such a thing, stop talking. Yeah. But we say that freedom of speech doesn't really exist in its absolute form. Because freedom of speech is always negated by some of the principles. For example, in the West, you have things like libel laws, you have product defamation laws, you have hate speech laws,
so you have restrictions to speech. Even in Islam, Allah azza wa jal says, You can't swear. Allah doesn't like he says, In the Quran, Allah doesn't like profanity,
and the utterance of evil speech in society. So there are restrictions even within the Sharia. So the point is Muslims a little bit more profound and practical, we say, look, instead of talking about freedom of speech, let's create a more coherent definition. Because the most coherent definition is what that you can express yourself in the context of law and values, because this society is not necessarily going to say things as against his own values. So you express yourself in the context of law and values. So the discussion should be no, do we believe in freedom of speech, but the discussion should be? What law and what values? but that never happens?
Why does that never happen? Because they have an ideological perspective, freedom of speech is there, because they want to insult I have every right to draw cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu, alayhi wasallam. And even Isa, Allah, he said,
I have every right to swear your religion, I have every right to belittle and mock, because you have to understand this and be an empathize because I agree on how it emerged. Because remember what we discussed yesterday, we said that the Catholic Church used to use the classes on state to prevent any type of thinking, to prevent any type of ideology, ideas, concepts that was in Congress against with the Catholic tradition in his ideas. So we had Martin Luther and the reformation,
pegging on a church door in Wittenberg, his thesis attacking the Catholic Church. And after a few more social and historical milestones you had the religious wars, and then you had the post enlightenment movement that really wanted to move away from religion. So you could start discussing things without fear. We agree with this intellectual discussion, discourse is fine. But ideologically from a secular liberal perspective, you think about it, generally speaking, they still want the right to really belittle religion, in a non nuanced way, in a very shallow way. So they could keep the secular ideological narrative, that religion keep it at home. It has no say in the
intellectual public sphere
where it counts. I know America is seen as a soft secular country, because religion does have a say, but in reality, it doesn't. capitalism has a say, or neoliberal economic principle has, as I said, is all gimmickry. It's all gimmicks, right? It's a smokescreen, Islam, though, because it has a profound tradition. What does it say says, Well, this freedom to install is actually
obviously an ideological tool, and that's why they use it. But we should respond effectively and say, Look, freedom to insults actually goes against the very objectives of freedom of speech.
If you read the works of john Stuart Mill, who was one of the Apostles of the liberal tradition that spoke about freedom of speech and the liberty to speak and express yourself,
john Stuart Mill said the reason you need this liberty is not just because for the sake of liberty, it's because you want truth.
is the maqasid, the high intense the objectives of freedom of speech, true accountability, and progress. And they said, you need extreme expression to achieve these, we agree.
But to install, how
do you achieve these objectives? That's the question. If I spoke to this brother and I wanted to teach him, for example, quantum physics, and I start saying, you know your mother, and start saying bad things, sing to him, You smell and being even worse, I mean, you can imagine what I could say, is this insult, conducive to my objective of teaching him quantum physics? No. Imagine Stephen Hawking, the renowned physicist, he had a PowerPoint presentation. And he thought, being very rude to the country culture, or to the Islamic culture. And then he taught you quantum physics. I mean, would you take him seriously? I mean, would it be effective way of delivering his message? No. So
this freedom of insult goes against progress learning.
What about the other one? accountability? Imagine we had george bush. Okay. George Bush, also known as
We had george bush here, for example, and I want to account him for his atrocious atrocities against the Muslims and non Muslims in Iraq, Christians died, many people died innocent human beings died 1.2 million according to some statistics. If I were to account him, and I start by saying,
You can't even speak sounds so stupid. You're an idiot. sound like you had no mother?
sound like you never been cared for before? What's the matter with you? If I said, Oh, these things? Is that conducive to me accounting him? No, he won't be afraid. You'd be chucked out of court, you'd be if you're a lawyer or a judge, you'd be finished. It's not effective mechanism in delivering your freedom of speech.
Even to say, I want to find out the truth about another community. And I want to ask you a question about Islam. Now, I can't say, you know, what does Islam say about the hijab? Why do you have the hijab? That's a nice polite way of asking question. What would come to you and say,
you force your women? You're an idiot, you're barbarian. I don't know nothing about you. There is a cover your women because they are ugly.
Now is that insult, conducive to finding a truth about another traditional culture? No. So you see from these very practical examples, that freedom to insert goes against the very objectives of freedom of speech, which is truth, accountability, and progress. So don't listen to these liberals, these Neo liberals who say, no, it has to be free, because it has to be free. I mean, why?
their objectives, you know, gonna just say things for no reason.
And especially when it comes to civilization discourse, if you don't know another civilization, drawing cartoons is uncivilized. And that should be a reaction, we should feel sorry to say, this is an uncivilized expression. You really want to know we live in this society, this global village, you will know who we are.
Then talk to us.
Discuss the last time you sat with a committee of earlier and had a discussion about our ideological viewpoint on what we can offer on the political table and solve issues to do with global poverty? When did you inform us whenever you discuss these issues with us,
but instead, again, because ideologies want to protect themselves, they use things like whether it's education or other institutions and ideas like freedom of speech, in a very skewed way to focus on the insult and
ridicule religion, especially Islam, and let me tell you why this is true. In France, there was a famous cartoonist, and he used to write as when he wrote in a famous French magazine, land busting, taking the Mick if you like, out of psychoses son, because apparently his son made just for money. He was sacked. It wasn't published.
So there's no freedom of speech for political sensitivities.
You see, do you see the hypocrisy and a dichotomy here?
We had other aspects, some newspapers, they did some cartoons on the Jewish tradition on the Christian tradition said no, this is gonna offend people. What was the freedom of speech there?
Do you see Do you see the point here? The point is are various examples that we could see as well that is actually shows the depressive behavior that these tools are used to support their ideological framework.
work. And unfortunately all Muslims fall into this. Like a we believe in freedom of speech and freedom to install, you know, we have to we got no choice. Look, we believe in freedom of speech, but we want to discuss what law and what value is going to tell that speech because you don't you don't disagree with containing speech because you have it yourself. We will discuss watlow and values. And that's when we could bring the discussion to the [???]tier to tau e to Islam. But we don't have the discussion would like yeah, you know, we just have to live with it.
Similar to the fact of hijab, especially in the West, many women and many sisters say, I wear hijab, because it's my free choice, another liberal narrative. I mean, frankly, technically, it's not your free choice, although you have a free choice, but you do it out of obedience, not because you had a choice, there's a big difference. So we're following the liberal narrative. Because if you support that narrative, then you should allow people's free choice to wear a bikini
or to run around naked. Do you see the point here is a very subtle point. Rather, we should be more positive and say, Look, your ideological perspective is actually force. Because if you won't even talk about the word freedom, and this is really interesting is freedom is an ideological word heavy is very loaded. Liberty freedom, who Rhea Aroha is very, you know, these kind of like, they're very loaded terms in the Western tradition. Now, we have to understand that what do you mean by freedom? If it means disobeying Allah is our agenda, this is not freedom. This is slavery. We have to turn the tables. And we have to understand that even terms like this has ideological implications. This
is why I'm focusing this in the first part of the talk. So you understand how a secular liberal institutions want to protect themselves. And they use subtle ideas that permeate throughout the Muslim mode and in the in the East and in the West, and the US institutions for this. We saw that with evolution, we see this freedom of speech. And now think about the word freedom. Now imagine, if we turn the table say I was a sister, I wore a hijab, instead of saying is my free choice, I said this, I said, My obedience to my Creator actually liberates me, unfortunately, you are in a state of slavery.
I am liberated. And let me give you a few reasons why and listen to these reasons.
There was an American writer that once wrote that your birth my birth, our birth being born, is I've been kidnapped and sold into slavery. kidnapped, then sold into slavery. Where are you from? Brother?
You Indian? Yeah. Did you choose to be Indian?
Did you choose to be Indian?
No. You are slave to ethnicity. You had no choice. Where are you from? Brother?
You Indian as well. You had a choice where you get where you from?
Brother. You're a man right? Did you choose to be a man? You had no choice to be a male?
Do you choose to have this kind of skin brother? nice tan brown skin. Mashallah. sobre? La? No.
Do you choose to be a French white man? No, you didn't
say it's impossible. It was impossible. It was impossible.
Sisters, did you choose to be a woman?
There you can. It was impossible for me to change. Do you see the point here? Can you choose to be cutting?
Any cutter is in the room?
No. Okay, so you can speak about countries in
because I heard is a form of nationalism going on? in Qatar. Which To be honest, I mean, let's be frank is not very Islamic. I mean, Let me paint a picture for you guys, which is another secular thing, an ideological thing, which we should mention, I'll go back to the freedom thing in a minute, just pause. I need to take this off my chest here.
A man who used to kill your brothers and sisters and massacre them.
Who knew nothing about your tradition and disrespected your tradition?
took over the Muslim lands, and then drew lines on a map.
And these lines define who you are.
Well, why the Muslims are stupid. We're stupid sometimes. No offense. Whoever believes in nationalism on this level is an idiot. Foolish. Well, luckily, I believe this fullness of my heart. If you adopt nationalism as an authority over your religion, you are lost. You are lost. There are various ahaadeeth will lie. Check them for yourself as Serbia and nationalism is like biting your father's private parts.
Yeah, some Macedo mentioned this hadith. By in this context, we must because it's a terrible disease that has destroyed
onma 52 nations this we need to relax, which really see some for what it is. I love Mira Mira min, the belief is a mirror of another believer. So don't point them saying, oh, you're wrong, because we have diseases in our hearts as well, but elevate them and say, Look, my brother. Yeah, yeah. And express yourself, have all mentioned this because it's part of the ideological war if you like by splitting our nations, and it's made the Muslims define themselves by some lines, that some guy that didn't even know you drew, Allahu Akbar. Think about if you put it in perspective, it's a joke as severe. Don't get me wrong, be proud of your culture. Be proud of your tribe, you know, this this
lover, they belong to a tribe as well. This is not an issue, but to take it as an authority over your religion. This is dangerous. This is haram, the Prophet sallallahu it was I'm stumped. His phone said he is underneath my foot
is a wake up call for everybody. And we should really express this don't have an inferiority complex. Don't be scared of your reserve. Speaking the truth according to the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, speaking, the Huck does not bring your life shorter, and it doesn't take away your music risk.
So, let's go back to the freedom issue. So you didn't choose these things you didn't choose your socio economic context. So you're a slave in a way to this socio economic context. Similarly, if you just obey your carnal instincts in your desires, you are a slave to your carnal instincts and desires. If you do things just because Qatari TV or Bollywood Hollywood Bollywood wherever these words come out from every have any word yet all this stuff coming out, you do it just because of the celebrity culture you know, I have to look like this. And you know, and I have to wear a moustache because in my culture, much need to Cushnie
which means in order to if you don't have mustache, you don't have anything suppiler they have this in Pakistan. Yeah, even the parents have told us like you know, now don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to condemn anybody. I'm just trying to show how we have social influences are given when you know like a man you know, it was like this because, you know, I don't like dressing like this. But But to be honest, I don't have any dress since you saw him yesterday. I just like anything I'm just like a Pakistani I don't like an Arab I just like a Western I I use some of my dad's clothes. That's why I was born my dad's clothes. So the but the point I'm trying to say is this is that you know, I
wouldn't wear something that wouldn't be socially appreciated, right? I wouldn't come here with I don't know tracksuit and a hat. And you know, with a big chain on my chest and opening my ankle. You know, what's up, man? While Guan? Yeah, I wouldn't be like this, would I? Because no socially acceptable. So we have social influences that influence even the way we do things, right. This is what you call a social construct, or the development of a social norm that affects our disposition, and who we are when it comes to clothing when it comes to ideas, because human beings have a need for certainty. And when they're not certain about something, they look for society as that
certainty. So we emulate society. So we're a slave to social pressure.
We're a slave to our context. We're a slave to our desires. This is why the Muslim Ummah is free. She's truly liberated when she wears the hijab. How dare they say us is not free? Well, like our sisters are more liberated than anybody else. Why she doesn't do for social pressure. She doesn't do for her ego. She doesn't do because other people tell her she doesn't do it because of a context. She does it for Allah azza wa jal, which transcends all of these things, and that gives a true freedom. Interestingly, the word
has the same etymological root as raha, which is like a liberty in Arabic freedom. So Dodo is always looking for freedom. And the way it does that is how by worshipping Allah azza wa jal, the 14th century theologian and scholar in opium What did he say? He said, true Liberty lies in Judea, in servanthood and slavomir, to Allah azza wa jal, because Allah knows you better than you know yourself. Allah knows Hamza better than Hamza knows Hamza. So when you're in a state of servanthood, with a lot, you're truly free.
And if you're not enslaved to Allah azza wa jal, you have a slave. Imagine if we turn the tables like that, but no, we say away job because my free choice
is all about the narrative. It's all about what kind of lenses are you using to see the world? Imagine we had our amazing sisters going on TV or radio writing articles and saying, I'm more free than you? Because I'm not doing it for the enslavement of my ego or the enslavement because the celebrity social culture culture, L'Oreal, because I'm worth it. Yeah. Oh, that rubbish. Yeah, I'm not doing it for these things. I'm doing it for the one that created all of these things, which frees me from the shackles of the dunya be that narrative you can't is a very
While I was in Norway,
and I spoke to this 19 year old, very clever guy, and I spoke to him about the concept of freedom, because you know, in Norway and in Western culture, freedom is a big thing. And I turned the tables. And he was really worried he thought he wasn't free anymore. He said, Well, the only way to do that now to become free is worship God, that's true freedom from that perspective.
He became Muslim. Because he really saw that everything I've done, because of my ego is limited. It's because of social pressure is limited. Because of my context, I had no choice in this.
But when I enslave myself to the divine reality to Allah, it frees me from the dunya. And I'm truly liberated.
This makes sense if one and a half watt brothers and sisters, it's a very profound concept.
So we see how ideologies want to protect themselves. And that's why this operation mindframe
this ideology now would use educational systems that institutions, media, whatever the case may be, to support its narrative.
And unfortunately, it's come to the case where now they're going to be well, they are condemning Islam. It's political ideological manifestation, like Islamic law, or Sharia law. The Sharia belittling the show, you see this all the time, there's even groups Muslim, so called Muslim groups, that anti Sharia,
liberal Muslim forum, British muslims for secular democracy or something, you have all these types of people coming out that's supporting that Sharia is backward.
And this is an ideological move, because secularism doesn't want Sharia because it's anti second of none perspective, because they don't want a lot to be the one who is legislating and is an authority for us. Right? And this is very interesting. And the way they've developed a narrative is by saying Sheree is backward is barbaric. You cut the hand of the thief, you barbarian, you stone the adulterer, you vicious animal, you know, the Sharia is just the who, dude, they don't think of everything else on you know, melotte, or social transactions, or Zika. or dealing with poverty, or knowing your neighbor, taking care of your neighbor, spirituality, everything else in the [???]tier
they ignore [???] is these handful of punishments. And they made a caricature, while like brothers and sisters Listen to this.
In the West, they made a cartoon of the [???]tier because of this ideological perspective ideological attack on Sky News, for example, does anyone know what Sky News is?
Even on Fox News, or CNN, they would paint the [???]tier in the following way. There is a big man with a full blackphone Okay, and his beard is up to his chin. And he's standing outside the supermarket. And there was a poor boy. He runs into the supermarket to steal a cookie because he's hungry. He can't afford any food. There is a niqab, his sister seen just from one eye.
And what happens they find out that he steals the cookie and the boys wanting because he's hungry and he's running out of supermarket. The brother, he tripped him up with his beard.
He falls on the floor, the boy, the sister from her vein and her niqab. She pulled out a sword. She gives the boy's hand and go Lola cuts it off. This is the cartoon that's been played throughout the Western Australia. A lie I'm telling you. It's a caricature. They've caricatured a deep nuanced legal philosophy coming from the Quran and the Sunnah.
Or because of his ideological perspective.
And this is why as Muslims, we need to turn the tables and say, Look,
there are a few reasons why we know that the Sharia the ideology of Islam, and its political and social manifestation is far more profound than yours. There are a few reasons The first reason is on a metaphysical perspective, meaning that our basis, our aqeedah, our intellectual foundations are true.
secularism and secular liberalism arose as a result of a compromise. It wasn't based on luck, or ideal, something philosophical, it was like we're killing each other in Europe, there's religious wars. So what we have to do is try and get along and be individualistic, and you keep a religion here and then we start thinking about other things. It was a compromise.
So it's based on weak foundations.
Even professors of political theory, they discuss this and say it came from weak foundations is one professor from Queensland in Australia. He says, If secular liberalism came from such a shallow
limited perspective and a limited his limited historical exercise, then how can we say applies for everybody? It was the EU the European product, because the catholic church would stamp down on the type of thinking.
Do you see it came from a shallow premise? So why do we now assume this was going to work for the rest of the world, which is not true, because we've seen this with minority rights. And we've seen this with other religions coming in to other Western countries. And this is this type of clash with liberalism. And they have to redevelop the ideological framework and the ideas about how to bring minorities into the question was a different long technical discussion. But the point I want to say here is that second is a given Mashallah basis, but Islam hasn't got a shadow basis we can prove our basis. And therefore whatever comes from Huck is Huck, whatever comes from truth is truth. If the
roots are strong, the fruits are going to be nice.
If it comes from a lie, then it's going to be true. So what we need to do is really re emphasize on our either the soul of the deen the foundations of the deen. We know our Prophet Mohammed Salah who it who is truly a prophet. This is something we'll discuss in a little later lectures by somebody to think about, if we could prove the profits on the love widecombe is a profit. We could prove the Quran to be a miracle and intellectual challenge to the whole of mankind, well in contemporary human medicine,
but to be sort of in the middle, he would also had the acumen Gunilla hinku, saw the pain and suffering doubt about this book. If they're in doubt, intellectual challenge that we have sent to our servant, then bring one chapter like it, and bring your supporters and witnesses besides Allah, if you're truthful in your claim, this is an intellectual challenge to mankind.
We know that Allah azza wa jal exists, the universe began it requires an eternal cause and uncreated cause, with certain attributes that are in line with the Islamic conception of the Divine. So these are things that we could prove. And that's the case, if Allah exists, the Quran is from Allah tallied is true, the prophets of Allah why this is true, that whatever emanates from this truth is true. This is known even in Western philosophy is called epistemic foundationalism epistemic foundation is a big word for saying very simple, is basically saying, you start with known truths that form your basis, and you build upon them. That's it.
So we could show metaphysically, that Sharia law is better than yours. And we don't even have to discuss the law, because we know where it came from. A transcendent source. That's the first point. The second point that we could do is really articulate our philosophy for politics in the Sharia. And we demystify Sharia law, because at the moment, they think can't handle it, because you guys are barbaric is done with justice, you found some guy, he couldn't afford some food, your hands off, it doesn't work this way, we have a very detailed, amazing social model. For instance, in our social model, the first basis, the first line, if you like, is that we have cohesive values.
In a liberal secular society. If you read the works of Professor will kymlicka, Professor Charles Taylor and others, you see that they say, in a liberal society, you can't have listened very carefully, you can't have a conception of the good life.
You can't promote good values, because they're assumed that human beings are going to have a marketplace of discussion to say what values they should follow, it cannot be promoted. And the issue in a secular liberal society if you have capitalism, then individualistic and excessively greedy, and excessively
atomistic values are going to be more apparent. And competition is going to be more apparent rather than other values, because you have the big rich capitalists, really feeding you what kind of values you should have. So the government doesn't see what the conception of the good life is. But in Islam, we say no, we have this cohesive values, justice, mercy, Rama tolerance. And then the other line of the social model is that we promote these values, unlike a liberal tradition gives a vacuum it's a moral vacuum, in political theory, study liberal liberalism and seconds and gives you that moral vacuum. But from a design perspective, a more brave from a government and institutional
perspective, that we promote these values, Rama compassion, what was the last time you heard Obama, or David Cameron or the Western leaders really focus on orama focus on justice, focus on cohesion, rather, what they always talk about on an ideological level, they may speak about these things, but not ideologically ideologically. They speak about freedom, the pursuit of happiness, Liberty.
That's the whole campaign was based upon that. He caught economy
but Islam has a different perspective.
This is no, we're gonna not only have cohesive values, but promote them. So that's the second level. The third level is, we have mechanisms in society to prevent wrong
in a liberal, secular ideological perspective, because it's really a free market, not only economically, but also socially, you could almost do what you want, regardless of the implication, because as long as I'm not hurting anyone, very shallow philosophy will lay, you know, when they say this, I think they're intelligent. Well, if I'm not hurting anybody, how would you know the impact of your action?
How do you know I mean, the pugnacious arrogant attitude, you're gonna say to me that this action you're doing is not gonna affect anybody. How on earth do you know?
We need to be brave like this as Muslims.
So we have mechanisms to prevent wrong. For instance, with regards to economy, we know in Islam, everyone, the state authority must provide food, shelter and clothing.
This is not the case for western states. By the way, we have many homeless people, especially for the conservative driven.
So food, shelter and clothing, so it means no one's gonna steal because of food.
Also, we have to understand that we forbid subliminal advertising, which was only forbidden in western countries, but to be honest, it still happens anyway, but they probably changed the name for it. subliminal advertising happens all the time. He has a very pretty woman coming on TV, and she's sending you some amazing cat food. I mean, Since when was cat food related to repeat a woman do you see? So when women who own a cat, they be like, ah, if I buy that cat food, maybe I'm gonna look like her?
Or the magazines, right? Wow, she's so gorgeous. Well, she doesn't exist. She's pretty really foggy lady that had Photoshop by the way. Yeah, they just like the dimensions of her face. But they pretend that these are human beings. So we think oh, I have to be like that. And all societies in the Muslim world have become like this, especially you Asians will lay you become criminalized mentally. You, your mother would say you have to marry a nice Indian woman. But she has to be fair and white. She has to look white, you know, Fair and Lovely. You know that the cream that you have to make your women look whites.
I was in Malaysia for two years ago, I saw big poster. Seven lovely because White is right.
I was I laid the SmackDown on the Malays, man. I was like, what's wrong with you people? This is a sickness. You think you're following the West. But when you go to women in the West who doesn't say I want, but they don't have anything.
They say I want to dark and handsome. Well, I don't know what we want. We don't even know what we want support. It is crazy.
America is having single gender universities now because they know it's the single gender one gender only is for most successful Katara hurt having a mixed gender University is now I mean, it's like banana philosophy.
I mean, it doesn't make sense, does it?
So we get colonized mentally even from these perspectives.
So these are the subliminal type of advertising effects. In Islam. That's forbidden. You know, this subliminal artifice to deal with your subconscious and manipulate you like this is forbidden is like someone being a trickster, because according to the summoner, we know that someone who cheats, so there's quite the mocassin of Islam, they may not be direct deleted. But when we take all of the Islam together, we see that it's forcing you to certain perspective. And I would argue I'm not a chef, by the way or Mufti he could be a chef twice. I'm not a chef. More of a milkshake than a chef. Yeah, vanilla my favorite. So the point is, there'll be sublimit out has to be totally Haram. So
there are mechanisms in our society that prevent crime and prevent these diseases in the first place. What is Allah were to say about is no do not approach is inner approach, meaning the steps towards Haram is haraam. The step towards something evil is even in itself.
So we have these mechanisms absent from a second liberal tradition. Then on top of that, the next level is that what do we have? We have an amazing justice system. We don't believe in this kind of loose beyond reasonable doubt kind of approach. It has to be quite conclusive. We have various Hadees intermedia and other places of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said it's better to release nine duty people and have one innocent man being punished. So it's quite higher burdens of proof.
ignorance of the law in many cases in the Sharia is a valid excuse. Go to Saudi and Saudi gets bad press, rightly so in some cases, but in the Sharia courts, they're doing a good job in some places. Sure. hazemag
Headed from London was talking to me about this when he was studying as a jurist. And he was, you see, the scholars were two couples, one couple, and they did dinner. And they were both married, for example. And the Mo, were giving them excuses. Did you know it was horrible? I mean, you know, they said, you know, because I'm from another country, maybe there wasn't Islamic education, they gave him so many benefits of the doubt what law he was beyond imagining is beyond imagination. So we have higher burden of proof, as an honor. And then let me I'm going to discuss in a bit, but then on top of that, we have suitably harsh punishments. So for someone to get punished, he has to escape the
cohesive values, or escape the propagation of the cohesive values, escape the mechanisms in place in society to prevent crime in the first place, then escape the high burdens of proof, then he's going to get punished. And if he does, he probably deserves it. Because look at that. Do you see, and by the way, we have to give people excuses, because even taymiyah said, If you know that someone does something, don't report it.
He said he don't have to report it.
Tell him to ask for forgiveness. We know the famous story of Mr. Raja. And when he went into someone's house, and he saw someone either drinking, and someone was dancing friend.
Omar couldn't do anything. He was the minimum minimum. But he could have he could establish the hoodoo to punish him in any shape or form. Why? Because he did what he did wrong as well. He went into someone's house without the permission of spy, whatever the case may be, which he shouldn't do in the [???]ter. It's not valid in a court of law.
And what happened was, they met later after a few months in the marketplace. And he said, I repented to Allah for drinking and an omen was really happy. And almost also repented for me coming to your house. And that's it. So repentance is key is most important than anything.
And therefore from and because it's highly better the proof is actually shows us a philosophy of deterrence. See, rather than we want everyone's handle, we don't, we don't want people to be stoned, the professor some didn't want he moved away. When the woman came to him. He said, Go away, go away. And then he said, you know, suckle your baby, feed your baby. And after two years come to me, some of them I say, even if she didn't come, he would include it.
So it's a deterrent effect.
And let me give an example on how this works. Let's take a Xena as an example.
Need for just witnesses pious witnesses? What does this mean? It means that they must pray. It must be good character. It must have not lied before. I mean, have you liked before brother? I mean, we've done some line before. Right? So you couldn't be be witnesses? Really? Yeah. So you have four jobs witnesses, right full price witnesses, the account of what they saw, has to be almost identical. If there's a discrepancy is thrown away, and they get a lashing By the way, they get punished. Also what they saw, it can't be in someone's house. Because you can't spy you're not a pious witness anymore. We know the heads of the person, somebody who took up someone's house,
someone has a right to take your eye out.
throw stones at you. And if you I came out in the Colossus, yo, don't spy don't look.
So it has to be done in public. The Act has been in public and the lmsc. The pen goes in the ink. You know what I mean? Yeah.
Now, let me tell you something here. I was brought up in Hackney, I used to go to Soho, very bad area in London, and voila, he I have never even seen or heard of people doing it in public before. It's impossible. So he shows the highest bidder, the proof indicator is for deterrent effect, rather than we want people to be punished. But the western ideological perspective, Operation mindframe was to teach people these are barbaric tradition. But if you see the way that I've just discussed with all these varying levels, that's upon Allah. It's a profound, unique model that's going to save humanity. And we've just discussed social punishments and crime. We haven't discussed anything else.
But I would argue Continuing from this ideological perspective, secular liberalism has actually destroyed destroyed humanity and destroyed its nations. Because liberalism, if you think about it is based on what we spoke about this yesterday on individualism. That's the premise of individualism is the idea that the individual is an abstracted entity, divorced from social attachments, even feminist philosophers like Professor Marilyn Friedman, she makes an interesting point says look, we can't be individualistic anymore. It's wrong. ontologically means that the nature of individualism doesn't make sense because human beings learn by social practices. We're social human beings, so
there must be a balance. And this relates to the Hadith of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam, which shows our philosophy on crime and punishment. It's not just based on the individual it we also include social rights. You know, the Hadith, I believe, is in Bukhari, about the people who preserve the rights of Allah is like a boat. There's an upper deck and a lower deck and the upper deck is given fresh
To the lower deck, but they stop and the lower deck can make a hole in the bottom of the ship. What happens to the ship? It society it seems like a imagery for society it sinks. Because of this individualism is where I'm not giving you I'm giving you the data or the Quran and Sunnah anymore, whatever the case may be, has this had it as many lessons for social theory. So we don't have an individualistic model on crime and punishment. It's more social balanced. So we have to understand the lenses where we see these things.
And this shows that in an individualistic society, we have so many bad things like in England, you know, there are 167 rapes every day.
That's According to Amnesty International, UK 90,000 rapes a year
90,000 rapes a year, one in seven children are victims of child abuse. According to NSPCC research, around 14 children
every day, either hang themselves in their bedroom or commit suicide.
I believe dr. oz Manor was here a few months ago Mashallah metal preserved him. And he was stopped by the police on the airport to say where you're going, what you're doing. You know, he said to them very profound. He said, You are chasing ghosts. you're chasing phantoms. These are illusions. He said, you know, in our country in our own country, 14 children every day, hang themselves in their own bedroom.
And the policeman has his his mouth was open. And you're talking to me
do the real problems. He said.
There's an interesting report published by the children's society report in 2009. They concluded on page number four, that all of our social ills is because of individualism.
It's very subtle, what's in it for me, I'm alright jack. And this is why many people complain about social fragmentation in decay in our society. I mean, there was an old woman who died, his son was next door neighbor, and they didn't know she was dead. Sure if they found out after a few months when he was smelling.
So it becomes very individual. Even when you go to America, you see this kind of rugged individualism, to go to a coffee shop, you have to drive 10 minutes. There are no pavements anymore. And unfortunate cotton has become like this is the American model. There's no sense of community, no sense of tribe no sense of humanitarianism. I'm driving everywhere.
And it's because of individualism, because it's the kind of value that's really instilled in us. And it's very subtle. When you go on the underground tube station in London, you see us notice, and it says, Please give up the seat for pregnant women or the elderly. You may think, oh, that's quite nice. But the point is, why do they have to tell you?
And somebody says this is mandatory by law? Why do they have to tell you is because we become so individualistic, we don't do these things anymore.
So what about me? It's my seat, man.
Do you see the point is very subtle, and it's affected the Muslims as well as individualism. But we forget the Hadith of the Prophet Sonam el momento, murottal mcminn. The believer is a mirror of a believer, if you're sad, I should be sad. If you're happy, I should be happy. If you're sinning. It's my sin. I need to elevate you. But what happens now? You see a brother, you find out let's talk about the sisters pick on them.
You see a sister?
She took a hijab off? Oh, this isn't me like.
Yeah, point out her, you know, feel great about myself. Like first thing is social comparison theory. It's like psychology. compare yourself to others to make your self feel great.
But as a Muslim or as a Muslim, what should we do? We should consider that we have taken our hijab off
and be really concerned.
And be very worried. Because I mean, we're believers is another Hadith and Muslim ammirato Muslim, but he has a weak chain. But the point is, the concept is that we are mirrors of each other. We are one body.
So if someone's sitting, you're sinning, so elevate him help him. And this way when we give naziha to people, something like yeah, hey, that's Haram. Nice stuff for law. Sherpa. Yeah, I would say everything to them. Yeah, I've seen this.
But if we had the philosophy of every time I speak to a brother or sister, I'm speaking to them, like, it's my own mother. She did that. You know, see, he'll be fantastic. And if you know see who else for the sake of Allah know your ego, you'll be even better.
It's very simple but individually has affected our heart is a disease of the heart, making us feel that we're Supreme.
And we need to remove this individualism.
And this would affect our charity would affect our behavior, it would affect everything. But the point is from an ideological perspective, you see how institutions and ideologies build institutions and mechanisms within the state to infiltrate their ideas and support their position, we spoke about freedom of speech, we spoke about education, evolution as an example. And we spoke about freedom.
And we saw how they attack Islam on an ideological level, specifically Islamic law, but then we demystified Islamic law and this is something that we have to do, we have to show it from a metaphysical perspective is come from alone, we could prove that's true, could earn some Allah's existence miracle of the Quran, Prophethood of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam will come some truth is true. And of course, articulate in a very different dynamic that look, look at that social model is profound.
And we show how relevant and applicable shutter is as we did yesterday when we talked about economics. So this essentially, is Operation mindframe. And now we have to have the mind frame to deal with this operation.
And hopefully, I've woken you up to certain things like you know, become very colonized. I know these are very shallow examples, you know, fair and white and stuff. But these are real.
About the way we talk and the way we walk in the way we dress and even the way we eat sometimes. Yeah, you know, my father, he's not Muslim, but you know, he's still a hero for me because he's a very distinct man. He doesn't give a crap what anybody says, well, law he, he's not a slave to the dunya. My dad, my dad was unemployed for years. I mean, I came from the ghetto and in Hackney, in London, I remember I used to collect pennies underneath the floorboards and the and the city to find pennies to buy my mom's sanitary towels from the chemist. Yeah, I mean, I was brought up like that this I was into the age of 1516. We were like this in my, my block of flats was in a ditch. It was
called the downs estates. You know, my mom was scratched up and hit in my mom. My grandma was beaten up, they were made, they made her to defecate herself. You know, it was rough with her in the 80s. in Hackney, it wasn't easy. I mean, you know, you guys think, you know, some places in Qatar is scary. I mean, you come to my area, man. I mean, you know, and the way some of you walk you probably get mugged anyway. Look like women, some of you that they you know, they'll take all your clothes off and make you run away naked in the street. Yes. You know, we need to have this book straight up, right. It's almost a bit. Think humility is like being like, you know, a servant. Oh, humility is in
the heart one.
I'm not saying be arrogant. I'm saying, you know, be confident. Yeah, this is very important. We need to because some spiritual traditions in the Islamic spectrum, sometimes coming from India, yeah. You know, sometimes teachers that you have to be like this and you know, you're good Muslim law is wrong. You know, we take you in the Jamelia, you're great basketball players, they're good boxers, they were good with the women, they're good with their mouths, they had all these good traits or energies. And then when they become more practicing, they say they are bad. And they become nice. So Paula, if you read this Hubbard had dynamic characters, they took what they used for
the Juliet and they used it for Islam. You see if you're good with them after the girls start speaking giving the see her You see, you're good in fighting you know what to do.
So not to get us in trouble Yeah, ambiguity saves lives.
Anyway, so the point I'm trying to say one, you know this individually we need to clear out from our hearts inshallah we did together and will do together by reminders by various different things that we could do as a community inshallah to Allah Subhana. Allah Houma will be humbucker shadowman in an untold suffering to Blake son when he graduates Allah