Channel: Hamza Yusuf
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I feel the spirit here this year was much higher than last year. So I want to speak to you tonight about a very important topic that I feel is absolutely necessary that I speak about because I would not be true
to what I am feeling inside. In
A group of people
a school filled with children.
And that resulted in the deaths
of several 100 people including around 175 children.
And this atrocity unfortunately was done
once again, in the name of our religion.
And I feel that
we as Muslims
are suffering all over because of the acts of a handful of people.
And we must, in one voice, condemn and completely reject the concept of indiscriminate killing in this religion. It is neither from the religion
nor is it sanctioned by the religion in any reading of our pre modern tradition.
It is a modern phenomenon.
And unfortunately, those practicing it have learned it
from the Neolithic elements within Western tradition who innovated it from Marxism
and from Asian philosophies that have a concept of the Kamikaze.
This is not our tradition. And we must recognize that it is doing untold damage to Islam because we cannot be so short sighted
that we do not see the eyes of history looking upon us as a community. And I feel that what happened in that that school
is more heinous than the destruction of the Church of the simple curve that occurred under the insane fatimid ruler a hack can be on the left and we suffer the fact that that is recorded in the history books a blemish
on the Muslim peoples as long as people read history, we must reject indiscriminate violence against innocent
because blood is too precious and it is our more that sanctified the blood of Benny Adam Minh as the daddy got cut up
Germany and and for that reason the sanctity of life. We agreed upon Benny's raw eel and by extension upon the Muslims, that anyone who kills a soul without just cause or brig injury in the air.
Terrorism, that is if they have killed all of humanity. And this is what has happened, we do not count numbers. We do not say they killed 30,000 of us or 3000.
We do not count numbers, every soul is sacred. And this has to be reestablished on the earth. Once again, the teaching of Abraham on a sit down. And that is why our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam warned us
public home publikum Ella, Hulu 15 beware of extremism in religion in religion, because it is extremism and religion that destroyed the peoples before you. He did not warn it if it was not a real and serious threat to the Muslim community. And so we this is the issue of the age. This is the issue that the Republican Party is basing their entire platform on basing an entire political platform in the most powerful military nation on the earth. It is based on the idea that Islamic fanatics are a threat to the security of this country, and this must be condemned.
We have a society now, that is facing social disintegration. We have the erosion of the middle class in this country. We have homeless people, we have joblessness, we have erosion in our schools of the standards of education, that were once the pride of this country that produced the scientists who are now imported from places like India and Pakistan.
This is the reality, we have an entire continent of Africa that has had over 40 million deaths by AIDS. Twice as many people as died in the great plague of Europe, the black plague 40 million human beings. And yet there is no funding for research into this plague that is afflicting the women of Africa, in great numbers, that we are looking at 100 million people that are facing death by the plague of AIDS. And yet we're spending $500 billion on a defense budget that is nine times greater than all of the defense budgets on this planet put together. That is not right. It's against every principle upon what this country was based. And this is the second extremism that I want to talk
about. I believe that this country is being hijacked by a select group of extremists themselves. Islam is not the only religion that suffers from extremism. There is an extremist agenda in this country that is not in the best interest of the United States. And it's the goodness of this people that every war that this country goes to is always done in the name of the highest ideals of this country. Because the hypocrites that use those ideals for their own advantages. Know that in the hearts of the Americans is a love of truth, a love of justice and a love of liberty. And they believe that those should be values and virtues that are promoted throughout the world. And Muslims
are here to stay. And Pat Buchanan said in a very profound essay, if this government thinks they can wage war on Islam, like we waged war on fascism or communism or any other ideology, they have another thing coming because Islam has been here for 1400 years and proved itself indestructible. Islam is indestructible.
indestructible, and that is what pat buchanan had to say. I respected republican Islam is indestructible