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Khalid Yasin

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Welcome to slump view. I'm your host Pacino, Hassan and I greet you with the universal greeting of peace. Assalamu alaikum. On today's program, I have our guests here, well known and renowned for his propagation of Islam around the world. She caught us in we will be discussing about Islam and America the problems and solution, Muslims.

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Welcome to the show. Thank you very much. Mashallah. So as far as with Islam in America,

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do you think that there's a problem with Islam in America? And if it is, what is that problem? What are the problems?

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Well, actually,

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what I like to discuss is Islam. And America, some people, it often comes up Islam in America,

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you know, like, like organ inside the body. But actually Islam as an entity,

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and America is an entity, right? And if you if you separate those two entities, and try to evaluate them,

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within Islam, the people who profess Islam and embrace Islam around the country, they have problems. We don't like to, we don't like to say that, you know,

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the family's Muslim family, we don't like to admit that. There's no problems in Islam, because Islam is, is the core and the sooner or the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad peace investment from the Quran as a revelation is perfect. And anyone in the world who examines it from the past to the present will find it's perfect and comprehensive. The life of the Prophet Muhammad peace invested upon is documented for everybody to examine, like an open window, yes, that he's an example for the whole world, those who know him and those who don't know him. And there's no human being in history whose life have been documented to such a degree. But nobody has found in the documented errors or

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blemishes in his life for me that he is worthy. For the world look at as an example, can we do human examples.

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But the Muslims as a people, we are people who profess Islam, we embrace Islam, we were born Muslims, we became Muslims. And so we say that our system of life is Islam, not within us as a body of people that have many problems, and have been examined and traveled the Muslim world. And and now so, you know, I've seen my universal family, my global family, everywhere, so 70 countries, 189 cities that they, you know, touch most of the places. So now Muslims as a people to be objective, I have to say that we have a lot of problems, we have a lot of resources, but we have a lot of problems. So when I talk about Islam, I'm talking about the resources of the Muslim world. And I'm

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talking about the deficit. So the problems of the Muslim world, including the Muslims in America, when I talk about America, and I am an American, I mean, by every definition of the word, I was born in America, born in Harlem, New York, raised in Brooklyn, New York, so on, you know, I'm a New York, homeboy. You know, you know, whatever people want to call it, you know, you know, and I've traveled all over my garden to the Dirty South and the dirty north.

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So I know the streets just like I know,

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the month the mosque, I'm just as comfortable in the street as I am in the masjid. So I know America, and I became Muslim around the time that Haji relationship is one of our modern

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heroes, better known to the public as NACA Max, I became Muslim in the same year that he was martyred.

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And so

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what I can say is that he was one of the voices that begin to unveil to us what we didn't know before some of the real problems that exist in America, or some of those problems that existed then they have been compounded now just they've been polished a little bit. They, you know, a problem

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is like something that just keep growing on the inside, but people can cover it sophisticated so that you don't really see it, or, or as he mentioned it, you can anesthetize the people, you know, you give them music, and you give them sports and you give them all kinds of little gadgets and gadgets change to do distractions. And so it's like no became, you know, somebody's pulling out a tooth or somebody's going operational you a major operation taking place, but you don't even know what's going on. It's your body, but you don't know because you've been anesthetized. So we Americans move in and out of the ghetto framework. Because now my shot from a sociological point of

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view, I look at human beings now differently. I don't see human beings anymore. Black and White, north and south, foreigners and

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No, no, don't look at him. Look at human beings as the people who occupy this earth, by the grace of God, they come by the grace of themselves. So the people that occupy them this earth that have intelligence,

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are humans because animals don't have intelligence, right. So the human beings that occupy this earth, either they are responsible, or they're not responsible, if the deaf, dumb, blind, crazy, dysfunctional, and different institutions make me sit in that responsible for the people living in working, wherever they are all over the world, speaking different language, they are responsible for the assets they have been given. We Americans, as human beings that occupy this part of the earth called America, we Americans, we have been told that we are privileged people. And we are

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from a economic point of view, from a political point of view, from a

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academic point of view, from many points of view, we are privileged people. But from a moral point of view, this is probably this is probably the the belly of the beast, the things that that take place in America and in Europe, among humans, inside their homes justified by the society and the government and put on billboards and just done from all the way up and down the line. It's not done anywhere else in the world, if it is done somewhere else in the world, that seems not on the same scale, where it is marketed and promoted. I mean, the moral degradation and sexual perversion and debauchery that takes place in this country and racism that is still present in this country is

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marketed and manipulated in used to such a degree that it has become a cancer that is eating away at the internal parts of the market. Now, having said that, I am a Muslim, and I am an American. So I have two families. I have a spiritual family, which is the Muslims from all over the world. And then I have a

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you can call it a a citizenship

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that I belong to. And according to the Islamic rules, I have certain responsibilities as a American citizen, I have responsibilities to my fellow Americans. I don't I don't have a special responsibility to black Americans. I mean, you know, because they're my family. Of course, if somebody is my family, I got special responsibility to my family. And if people who live in my neighborhood, I do, but that's simply because they're black. No, I have a responsibility to American I also have a political

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responsibility to my government. Because even though I don't agree with maybe I won't be with it, the International profile and the policies of my president, which I don't.

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And I will certainly don't condone the, the the the actions and behavior of our past president, Mr. Clinton, inside the White House, you know, that people can just say, Well, you know, the President, he's just a human being right. And, you know, and like, you know, make excuses. He's still a great man. He's still making $250,000 a year, he's still getting 100,000. But he's been, you know, me and we can move on, and even his wife, who was saddened about that stood by her man, you don't mean all that kind of stuff like that. And she can run for president. So I, you know, when she gets to the White House, you know, maybe she'll have a lot better White House to I don't know, but I'm saying I

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say that's wrong. I say, as an American, that's wrong.

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Now, if other people don't want to say it's wrong, I say that's wrong. I don't say it's wrong, because they're white folks, I say it's wrong, because human beings who have responsible positions should be more dignified than that. Shame on him, Shame on them. And I don't agree with the bush. I think Mr. Bush and his father, you know, just like those racists who were having slaves in the south, and they wanted to fight others just to keep the slaves? Well, I think, Mr. Bush, that is the Jr. and his father. Both of them is the same kind of people, they just sophisticated racist. But now the racism has moved beyond the plantation is not the north and the south. Now is the New American

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Century type of racism. Where because we're Americans opposed to white because we think we right we need to rule the world. We say because we got power, we say because you said we are absolutely correct, that we can go in anywhere and take anything and we could throw anybody, we can kill anybody, we could do anything. That's New American Century, but a century is only 100 years. So even if God allows them to do what they're doing for another century, I think that will be the lesson for America. I think if they keep acting that way, because every other people who were privileged

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And blessed in some part of the world that acted that way is gone in history. And history repeats itself. That's the law of God ain't the law of Holland. Yes. This is the law of Muslims. It ain't gonna be no Taliban, or it's not gonna be on Sunday. No, Iran is not gonna be no, no, no, no Muslim terrorists or whatever. That's what make that happen. This is not an issue, that we shouldn't have a war on terror. And if there is a war on terror, it should be the wholesale terrorists and the retail terrorists.

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You see, it should be the sophisticated criminals. And those are unsophisticated, we should start with terrorists going on funding, we started from the terrorists as taking place from within, going out, and the terror gives to me that's coming inside. Now, I think that's not to be fair. And that's only being objective. So now, this means that if we talk about Islam,

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we need to remove the misconceptions and distortions about Islam. so that people can look into Islam like this glass of water. Because if you know, if I was, if I didn't know, you, or you gave me a glass in the glass with black,

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and I ended with you drink, or whatever it is, I might say to you, I'm just what's that? You say? Oh, that's water. I say Okay, good, because I trust you because you Muslim, but if you know, if I see everybody else drinking alcohol, and you give me a glass and fill up, I suppose that you say Oh, don't worry about you know, so I have smell it. You see, see what's in it. Because I would say that for everybody else drinking alcohol might be from alcohol, I don't drink no alcohol. So for Islam, if we don't want people to suspect us, we want everything to be clear that we want. If we want people to understand Islam, and maybe they want to appreciate Islam and us, then our representation

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of Islam should be clear like this glass of water. mean clear means transparent. So, the Quran and the Sunnah, or the practice of the Prophet Prophet, so a lot of sense is clear, like the glass of water, anybody who sees into it can see right through it, can understand it for what it is. And the beautiful thing about it is that when the person is black, or white, male or female, tall, or short, rich or poor, whether it's in China, whether Africa, whatever it is, if they taste Islam, one time, they'll know if they like that or not.

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And this is the beauty of Islam. But we Muslims is something different. And we have to distinguish that when we talk to people, this is Islam. And these are Muslims. Now, regarding Muslims, I say, and I have to be honest about this, that there's a lot of misconceptions and distortions about Islam and Muslims, based on prejudice, based on ignorance based upon confusion, and then based upon the

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distortion or the distorted behavior of Muslims. Now, it's one thing that that's one of the major problems is that you have people that want to know about Islam or, or convert to Islam, but then they see different groups of people practicing different things. And they think that is Islam when a lot of times they put culture with religion, and they passed off as, as Islam when that's not the case. So we call that we call to China, to understand everybody wants to know, what is Islam? What is the basic principle of Islam, to make those comparisons to hear these different groups to Sunni to hear the,

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you know, the Nation of Islam, all those different groups is doing things a little differently. They want to know, what is Islam what should be practiced, what is the right way,

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then, we have to tell people that we have to learn to separate the people from the baggage.

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Separate a bit from the baggage

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because the baggage of what they brought.

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See the people who claim to be Muslims, ask them what they believe.

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Ask them what is Islam based on the beliefs? Ask them what the core answers ask them, What is the behavior of the Prophet peace and blessings upon? Then, you know, when you ask them that if they're honest, and don't ask just anybody, ask those who know those who have graduated from universities, those who are religious examples, as the best of the Muslims what Islam is and the majority of them will be honest enough to tell you the Quran says this. The Prophet Muhammad's life isn't as the opponent was like this. The next question is, then tell me why do Muslims do this, this, this and this, if they're honest, they'll say well, that's the culture. So then the culture is something that

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we can put that aside. It's like the peeling of the banana. We don't need that. It's like the peeling of the of the of the potato. We don't need that although now either they cook the potatoes now with the with the skin, because they find has the nutrition so cultures have some benefit, but

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If we really want to get down to the root of it, the world don't need the shell The world doesn't need my package, but we should give to the world is the medicine, the Quran itself. And so, what I always tried to say to non Muslims is that

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if you didn't want to know about Islam, go to a non Muslim source.

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Mean, go to the library. Get the little Secretary Britannica, before you go to the mosque before you ask a Muslim who work with you or live with you or whatever about Islam. First, ask some authorities who may not be Muslim, but they are objective.

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teachers, professors, they might teach Oriental Studies they might teach, they might be authorities on the Islamic religion and the Muslim culture as them, go to sources that can't really lie about documentation of Islam. So, go to your university, go to your college, go to the public library, read about Islam from objective sources.

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After you read from objective sources, then go to a mosque, go to an Islamic Center, and ask them for a copy of the Quran. Ask them to give you a book, go to Islamic bookstore and get a small book on the life of the Prophet peace investment upon ending read that, then after you do that, go to Mohammed or Ahmed or Fatima or, you know, or Asia who work with you go to school with you ask them what is Islam? Now, they can't lie to you because you already get some basic, they have a little bit yeah. And when it brings up a stranger you didn't read before you say them?

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You question them now. So if you are objective from the beginning, and you are open minded from the beginning, open handed and open hearted from the beginning, you have the chance to understand Islam. So I don't say to people, they should be Muslims, because everybody necessarily shouldn't be, you know, when

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everybody you know, was a blind man going to a movie household.

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He alone

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movie house, he made it go somewhere and listen to some may only be in a movie house. So there are people in this life that blind morally and spiritually blind, okay, and something have blinded them. So no need for me to go on them telling them they should be Muslim. Now first what they need to do, they need to address that disease that have made them like that. So what I go to them and say, Listen, you know, there's some issues as a human being, I think that you need to deal with some moral issues, some issues of behavior, some issues of principle. And if I bring religion into it, they don't want to hear that because they too far off from that. So everybody should not be

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approached with religion. Some people should be approached with psychology. Some people should be approached with simple education, some people should be approached because they need food, they need clothes. You know, some people need a job. Because we are dysfunctional in different areas. Sometimes we need to become functional before we can understand what's right and wrong.

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So I say that when we talk to non Muslims, we should not we as Muslims should not first we want to promote our religion, you know, in pamphlet form or booklet form and you know the same why why you'll be Muslim? Why you look into Islam. If people look at Muslims, the question shouldn't be Why should a person want to be a Muslim?

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I mean, you know, what industry? Yeah, what most what industry that Muslims is controlling in America? What industry if it was somebody looking for a job? But industry Muslims control? If somebody want to go to university what Muslim University? I mean, you know, smite want to buy a cup? What kind of Muslim coffee get some I want to buy a house what solution we got from the boss. So you know, somebody gets sick, somebody's got a problem, you know, made it you know, what, what was the Muslim hospital. So these are things for me, human beings all around the world have needs and their institutions that address needs. So if we have institutions that serve the needs of the people, when

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people see that we respond to their needs, then they might also say, Oh, this is a Muslim hospital. What was it? What is

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the Muslim school? Oh, I just always give what is what's this Islam about? Then, then they may want to, but what would motivate somebody to want to be a Muslim just because of the fact that we say the Quranic book of God, and life of the prophet SAW Sam should be followed by a God in the world. That might be true. But what what motivated person to be that let's look on the other side? What would motivate people to become Christian? Please talking about in America now, we talked about in Africa. Why would people become Muslim to become a Christian in Africa, when they already have

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Muslim or Hindu or Buddhist or five worship or animistic? Why would somebody become a Christian? Because the Christian missionaries is going into Africa, not first with the cross, not first with the Bible, but they go on their medicine, they go on to building houses, they build a building. Well, it's giving people something to drink, you know, educating people and relieving them of their situations. So that appeals

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to them, given the kids toys, and again, they give the kids with lollipops with a cross inside.

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Then they give them injections that relieves them. But when it comes back to get the injection again, they say, Look, just come by the grace of Jesus Christ. If you want this medicine, just say, take Jesus Christ as your Savior. Firstly, they said, Well, no, that mean, we'll come back, and we'll explain to you again, but they give them food first. And

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they get well, you know, in a sense, so you and I must say all of them do that. But you know, just I'm just giving you an analogy. I'm just giving you an analogy. So I'm saying, we can see that it is more practical,

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to provide people with their needs. And Islam is the religion that brings Islam is a bread and butter religion. Islam is a religion of bringing relief to the people. Islam speaks about us and me closing the sick. I mean, healing the sick and closing the median, and dealing with the Yeah, team, the orphans and the widows and dealing with the family and building the community and protecting the morals and this one does not talk about Islam without just worship inside the mosque, reading through some scriptures, waiting for some holy days to practice in particular, you know, that's not the that's just some rituals that we do. Why would somebody want to do all those rituals? When they

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don't see the Muslims involved in nothing? Okay, let's

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talk about the things that you can't do. So you got you got poor people in Minnesota, I mean, Minneapolis, right. I mean, you I mean, you got that's gotta have some poor. I've seen the homeless people on the street, but I'm sure there's some place where there's some homeless people. So so.

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Okay, do the Muslims go around and talk to the homeless people or the people go to the Salvation Army?

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Yeah, okay. So maybe why didn't why the Salvation Army call itself army? Maybe we should be looking into that. Why do you get what why do you got a right to have an army?

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Muslim don't have a Salvation Army. We should we should have an inspiration army at Salvation Army, the Salvation Army. But everybody knows that the Salvation Army. It is not a military organization. Although it is built on military principles. They were military uniforms. Their officers have captain's lieutenants and all of that. And the original Salvation Army structure was structured on the basis of military. So because they had that regimentation, but the thing is that their focus was human service, because their focus was human service in the name of Jesus Christ. People don't even associate like that anymore. People say that Salvation Army does what it thinks people, close

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people, houses people.

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Okay, because now the Salvation Army is the largest faith based service organization in the world. So go to every major city in the world and in America, me, not in the world, but in America, the largest faith based organization in the end America, Salvation Army, go to every big city in America, in America, Salvation Army got a huge building. Because of what because government grants for faith based organizations, Salvation Army's getting 3% or 40% of that money, huge amounts of money. Why the Muslim don't intelligent enough to do the Salvation Army's don't know, Muslims are so engaged in rituals and culture that they can't see they can't see the forest for the trees. So what

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I'm proposing to different Muslims, as I move around and proposing to non Muslims, is that we take a good look, we Muslims should take a good look at our Islam, our system of life didn't take a good look at ourselves, purge ourselves of a lot of this culture, and personal, national racist stuff that is clouding the issues of Islam purge ourselves of that reform ourselves, so that we would be better models and, and representatives of Islam, the system that we represent, that I'm saying to the American people,

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this country was established upon some principles of God, country, justice, and the people and freedom and liberty and all these different things. And even though if even if those days was kind of like us as a veneer, you know, and there was something else going on, you know, you know, that Masonic Illuminati, all that kind of stuff was going on, but still the principles was there. So if this was the country in this country,

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Established like that, with a constitution that's got all those phrases inside of it that attracted people to come here. I say that that was good. Because those same principles that Islam that America was established upon, is the same principle that Assad was established upon. brotherly freedom. Yes, liberty, justice, God, that's what is set, you know, so Islam got a lot. The American got a lot in common with Islam, the Constitution of Islam, and the Constitution of America got a lot in common if we were to put them into practice, therefore, the Muslims who live in in America, you see, we got a lot in common with the American people ideologically. But from a cultural point of view, there's a

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wall of misunderstanding. From a personal point of view, there's a wall of misunderstanding, we did knock those walls down. So to the Muslim people who live in America, we can start to have a real appreciation for the American people and their and their ills and their problems in their situations. And then the American people, they will be able to look into the Muslims who's in America and see that they have a genuine concern in America, not just to take not just to be taken from Marco, but they got something to offer. Now, when that wall is removed, and a reciprocation starts taking place. When people start giving a ticket, people start listening, people start

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offering advice to each other, you'll find the prejudice starts to go away, you'll find that the missed conceptions and distortions start to be modified, you start to see people talking, you know, eyeball to eyeball, heart to heart, you know, you find that when Muslims live in neighborhoods, that people start to say, Oh, wait a minute, I don't know what they're talking about on the news, but fanatics and, you know, extremists and terrorists and whatever. I got Muslim friends, I got Muslim neighbor, I got a Muslim colleague and a great people. Together, we eat together, our children play together, I don't listen, I'm in bed today, moms didn't visit my church, you know, we go to the PTA

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together, you know, they got American date, that the American values, they are supporting the American values, because those American values, they don't conflict with those Islamic values. And I and I acknowledge that those Islamic values that they have is good values. So when people start saying that, that is a possibility, you see, there's a great prospect that through Islam, some of the ills of America can be addressed. And at the same token, some of the ills of the Muslim world through American principles and institutions, those problems can be addressed. It's It's a simple formula for me as a sociologist, I'd like to see if I say,

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in morality, what is the meaning of morality? And what's the meaning in morality? morality means what is right what is sound, what is healthy, that everyone can see? What is morality, morality is just the opposite. Okay, so we Muslims, through the Quran, to the son of the Prophet peace, upon I say that we have the moral high ground as my position. I say to fellow Americans, that read the Quran, and look at the life of the Prophet peace and blessings upon you find that the Muslims through is through the Quran and the life of the Prophet we have the moral high ground is all over the world. And as a result of that, in spite of the problems in the Muslim world, usually our

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families stay together.

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So look at him up in spite of all the sophistication, all the sophistication and the progress in technology and science and you know, all the things that they're doing what happened to the families?

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The families America is a it's a fading family. The average person is in America. They don't even know the extended family anymore. If you don't have a dinner that you know, we've talked about the dinner table ain't no dinner table. There is no breakfast table, no dinner table.

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McDonald's, Burger King pizza took over tables,

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no Sunday dinner, no, nothing could kind of Dennis. Mom and Dad got their own business. Mom and Dad eat by themselves. Mom and Dad got their own set of friends. And sometimes they

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were working on smoking.

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They don't you don't say you don't? Yeah, you don't I'm saying so what has happened is all the values is gone. When the family values is gone, then you get nothing but individuals who can be taken advantage of some more technology, less humanity, that debt is so but let's look at it from this point of view. Okay, because we're all here together. We can look across the table at each other across the street from each other and see, does my neighbor who's from somewhere else does he have an asset that I need in my life. So these people from Somalia or the people from from South

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The radio people from Egypt or people from Bosnia or whatever we have moved into America, you know, do they have an asset, although they're here, and they've been moved out of their countries, when they come here, is there an asset that they have, that as an American, I can see, they still keep their families together, I see them still eating together, you still see the cat this year, they get this extended family where Mother, you know, mother and father, children still play together. We haven't had nothing like that in America for the last 30 years, we got to ask them, what that asset comes from, it comes from a behavior was the behavior come from our conditioning, where the

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conditioning comes from the moral high ground of the court, and the Prophet Mohammed Carlson, because family is first, we don't take the time to get to know our neighbor to speak to each other to extend.

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We don't we don't do that everyone's own little culture.

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That's right. So we're to blame for them. Of course, this isn't the same look, when there's a breakdown inside the family

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usually, is the fault of the mother and the father.

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Usually, if there's a breakdown in the family values, then the communication of the family in the progress of the family, in the dignity of the family, look to the mother and the father to see what had happened. Because there's a breakdown, the breakdown started somewhere. And usually you'll find out there's no communication between the father and mother, sometimes a father and a mother lived together. I don't have it for 40 years. But in my no communication, they just tolerate each other. Good. They'd rather be you know, there's not like misery loves company, they'd rather be with each other miserable than to be somewhere else miserable. So the kids deal with this misery in this

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toleration all day labs until they find other friends and other things that they want to do. And the cycle just keeps on going. So this is America. And I say that America has a lot to offer the world we can see that products and services. But now, what is the moral high ground in America?

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Ask yourself, ask others, the moral high ground America has been lost. America has no no morality that they can go and give to the entire world. Nobody in the world wants America's form of morality. We can talk about democracy. And that's just a coined phrase. It means mean the ability for everybody to speak, do their own work, that's beautiful. I'm an American citizen. And I cherish the privilege that I can speak in the public. I can write a book, I can buy land, I can establish an institution. That's part of being American. That's a privilege that, that, that I do not abuse, and I do not trivialize wherever I go in the world. I make it clear to people that I'm a Muslim, but I'm

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an American, and my passport meaning something that in spite of the fact that I'm black, and I came out of a racist society, well, this is a different day.

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And that wherever I go in the world, I let people know that well, you know, in America, there's more animal rights.

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In most Muslim world, and most Muslim countries, there are human rights.

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Now, that happens to be a fact that you because of the court, and that's not because the behavior, the process is awesome. That's because the culture, and the racism and the nationalism and the personalism. And other problems of the Muslims in the world have dusted three layers over the Quran. So now, the justice of the court and you see the brightness of the clarity of the court and the power of the court. And it can be felt normal, because you've got these layers of other stuff that have come over top, I say those things need to be removed. It's just like some silver or silver dollar dropped in the street. 20 years ago, if you find it in the street, it's not be what dusty,

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Rusty, dirty, whatever. But if you take it and pick it up, polish it off, it's clean, it's still silver. The Quran is like that. The sooner the Prophet peace and blessings be upon us like that. And it's a well it's a stream, it's a treasure for the whole world. And I say every non Muslim, if you can read, or you can listen, you could read the Quran, you do read about the Prophet Muhammad peace investment poem, or you need to listen to it. If you don't want to never be a Muslim. See what's on TV and media. And that's another way to keep the phone wanting to know about true Islam. Because they believe what's on TV, most of them believe 100% what they see is true and this is how it is

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well.

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That's true about Islam. That's true about everything.

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Media.

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media has a way of distorting everything.

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Okay, because what is media for media is to put images and ideas in the minds of people to sell products. Exactly.

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Okay, so

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Americans who pride themselves on, you know, we know all about the world is this is the most narrow minded people you can find. When it comes to the world. Ask the average American, ask them where Sri Lanka, is that

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just just a conversation say, where's Beijing? Where Sri Lanka as the average American asthma, asthma, what is the GNP of America? What do we import? What do we export? As the average American? What's the average income? As you know, the American middle class? What do we mean by the middle class? What do we mean by the upper class? What do we mean by poverty? What is poverty in America, the average person in America doesn't understand that poverty in America probably means high class. And somewhere else, because the average person living in the ghetto, they got at least two TVs,

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they got at least four or five, six pair of shoes. I mean, everybody in the house, they got a toaster, they got a washing machine, you know, they got a cardigan computer. They got they got a VCR, they got they got they got they got iPods, I mean, at least it was on welfare now. And they

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make Tao Burger King pizza. So how they have

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this poverty level. So many

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Americans are so

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Americans are so programmed and conditioned by media. They believe everything the media says there is no was done in their own house. They don't even know what's going on in the school they send the children to so it is not just that the media exploits people about Islam, the media exploits people about everything, it just that from a it is the government's the present government's position, that Islam is an ideological danger.

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That's what they believe. Now I say Islam is not a danger to a mark at all. Islam has never been a danger to the entire world. In fact, Islam is a treasure.

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Islam is an asset.

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But to say that Islam is an asset, and to say that Islam was a treasure, is to say that there's something in america that's missing. It is to say to somebody that that there's some deficits in Islam, because if if Americans need Islam, that means there's something that's void in America.

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And certainly,

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we know that

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Islam is the fastest growing system of faith in America and the world. So why people gravitated towards Islam but all this because look, in spite of what the media is doing, you see, look, you know, for you know, for instance, look, you said God has His way, and people got their way.

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See, the message of God is gonna be it's gonna be it's gonna it's gonna be received by the hearts and minds of human beings, irregardless of all the smoke and all the the deceptions and chaos and if God wants some disease to hit you, up, you can be eating organic foods, or you're like, God wants you to get struck by disease, you don't get it. And if God want to cure you of something, you can go to 1000 doctors and say that they no hope, but a God want to kill you, God will kill you because God get the power in his hands. So, Islam is the tool that God has offered to the world, not to Arabs, not to Asians, not to Africans, not to some people. But as long as I'm very by the seat, and my

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experience, cinema Cinema is that any person who sits down one afternoon, one evening or one morning

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and examines the court and by themselves

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just just objectively

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and I'll tell you your listeners your audience a day I dare you to get the correct I mean, go your internet and put in Google guy we'll give it whatever you got to put put it in court. And then after I read it and recognize it on the on the internet, you can get the whole court and yes, you can. Okay, so sit down and read it. Not not because you know, college senator, anybody just sit down read just like you read something else. Just read it. Put in the Prophet Muhammad.

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We say peace and blessings be upon him because he do that, that

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that invocation, but just for the Prophet Muhammad, and it seems like

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a day. Why because if you take an hour

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or two and read something for an hour or two, I guarantee you that you're going to want to read another hour.

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You're going to want to find a haka. Doesn't matter.

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Be like this here. This cannot be true. Maybe somebody's lying, check some other websites and read some other books. And then you find out that people said, Well, why didn't know about this man? How was it never read about this book? I mean, it just got a book written by once you find out that this is God's book, I mean, you know the same God of Moses, same God, Abraham, same God, Jesus and God, no, same God, you know, john about same God. And you see that Muhammad, he's from the same amount of profits, you know, Abraham, no, Solomon, David, Isaac, Jacob, strike john Baptist Muhammad.

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Know that, because nobody told me about that you never took the time to look into it. Now, then, you could take a little bit further, if you really want to take the time to look, go, go inside your house one day.

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Shut the phone off.

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Pull out the plug from the refrigerator. Cut off all the lights. Put everybody out the house. So as salads, you'll pull out all the shades. No, no, no distractions at all.

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And then go inside a closet inside your house and sit in that closet in the dark for half an hour and think about that. Think about what you read about the Prophet Muhammad peace have they come out of their closet?

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I dare you say that's crazy. He's totally crazy.

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Yeah, okay.

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Because sometimes we need solitude. I say go inside that closet standing up before you go into another closet laying down.

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See, once you go inside the grave, you in another closet? Yes.

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But you can come back out this time. I say go into a closet that you can come back out and think about your life.

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Then after that, you might you might be ready to select something different.

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Don't always be listening to what people tell you. Learn to think for yourself. If the Quran is no good, read it and say it's no good. If the life of the properties invest upon is no good. Read the Bible and say no good. But don't let something good just pass you by because other people saying something. And you know that the Daily News or the tribune or whatever they call it here, they tell the truth. Now they don't even tell all the news because they know all renews. So you can't rely upon them. You can't live live on channel two, channel six, CHANNEL SEVEN, Fox, CNN or beacon No.

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You can't rely upon them to bring you the evidence you got to find for yourself.

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When people are lazy to do that they don't want somebody just gave him what they need. They want to work they don't want. They don't feel like they have to, then I'll tell them, what a dentist put up on a billboard, just leave the teeth alone, don't go away.

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Just go away. So just leave life just just as everything is valuable will just go away.

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I say to Americans, that this is a wonderful country. A blessed country means that in spite of the sins of the people, when God blesses the area of people, he gives it to them, and he gives them a time. No matter what sins they do, what oppression, what filth, what disrespect and ungodliness that they do if God said he gives them this power, and he gives him these these privileges for some time, nobody can take so nobody can't do nothing with America right now. It ain't because george bush and cause no other but it's because God has given America its time.

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But Americans shouldn't be arrogant.

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Because whatever God has given anybody was never for a long time. It was only for time.

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Oh great nations have come and go and every nation has its infancy, has its adolescence has its adulthood and has its old age. And I say that America is in the twilight. It's like a star that that fell already. But when you just see in the light, but it fell out the sky 1000s of light years ago. So the falling, the failing of America. It may has already happened. But it just hasn't manifested itself to us. But we're living in America, we have a chance to plan something different. We have a chance to change the course, says the solutions that Americans have to talk topic. Americans have to communicate. Americans have to bring God back to the table. God America's Got to bring morality back

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to the schools to the government. They keep that out they took the game. Well, this is the battery of schools. This is this the battle that goes on in life. So spiritual warfare.

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And I say, I say that all the people of morality, whether they're Christians, or Hindus, or Buddhists, or, or Muslims, or whatever they are, the Moral Majority of this country and the Moral Majority of the world, they gotta talk, otherwise the immoral minority. And I believe in my heart, that basically all human beings is good inside of human beings. Even the worst of them

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is good. But there's some human beings that have made a pact with the devil.

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And they don't break that pack, because you're assembling them into the pact of loyalty, listen, evil, dog, wicked, human beings, that you cannot believe the things that they will do. But they are a minority. And I say that the Moral Majority, and we Muslims, we are only part of the Moral Majority Christians in America, you know, there are people who are Christians. I don't just mean born Christians. I mean, people who go to church every day, people who believe who read the Bible, people who know that fornication is wrong, people that know that adultery is wrong. No, don't do it. Don't take it as wrong. People that know that homosexuality and lesbianism is wrong. People that

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notice stealing and robbing and killing and invading is wrong. People have noticed wrong, and that's ungodly. I will say that when I say that, don't tell Christians, they need to do Muslims. First, that all the moral people of America stand up together.

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Let the moral minded people, let's talk together. And let's start to talk about America, and how we can heal America. Let's let the Muslims come with what they got that the Christian come with, they got the Hindus and the Buddhists, everybody come and talk about it. Now, I'm not saying let's create a one world faith. That's not what I'm talking about. I believe that as long as we got the moral high ground, I will show Christians when we come together and talk, I believe that the court is got spiritual high ground, it is the book of God. I said about the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, I said that he is the most comprehensive, universal profit and messenger for the whole world. That's

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my conviction. And I can talk with them about that. But if they don't accept that I can't keep shoving it down their throat.

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Let's deal with the problem together.

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I can't tell I can't say what we Muslims, we can be dealing with them Christian, dealing with Jewish people, we don't get them from Hindus and Buddhists four days from now we are in a boat together. It's called America. Either we solve the problems of America together,

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or this country will fall out and those who have immigrated here when the bottom of America fall out when they're going back to

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we got to appreciate the essence of America.

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But in order to appreciate the essence of America, we got to save America from the immorality and the degradation and the things that is eroding the bottom of this country. Then when we come to Islam, yes, we are Muslims. And we believe we have the spiritual high ground we think we have the the we think we have the credibility for a point of, of the of the court and in the light of the Prophet peace and blessing upon we have the scriptural high ground. We have the prophetic high ground, we believe that I can talk with Christians and all people all over the world and show them that. But the bottom line is, I say that Muslims have many problems. Just look all over the Muslim

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world as your problems. I say that some of the institutional integrity that's in America, we need to transfer that to the Muslim world, because the Muslim world has institutional morality.

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See, America has institutional integrity.

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But in the Muslim world, we have institutional morality. But in the Muslim world, we have internal spiritual morality that you can see in spite of all the challenges affecting the Muslims, still their families are intact. You don't find very many Muslims drinking, drugging, perverting? You don't find that too much. You don't find too many lesbian homosexual Muslims, you don't find that. I mean, I'm not saying that anything that doesn't exist.

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Now on billboards, you know shows as approved by the government, you're gonna find no Muslim men marrying Muslim men, Muslim women and non Muslim women endorsed by a Muslim country and government, you'll never see that. So it hasn't reached that level. So I say that the morality of Islam is inside.

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But the immorality is in the institutions. See, the immorality of a mark is blatant like a like a like a cancer. That's, that's just oozing pus. You can anybody in the world can see it. But the institutions of America

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have integrity.

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You see the post office in America, but time to say it's both open and open.

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You see the schools, how they operate the universities. How

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operate, you see all the institutions and all of America, offering services, all kinds of diversified services all over America from coast to coast, people get services and people come here, because of the institutional integrity. I say, the institutional integrity that America has shown the world and is leading the world, the Muslims in their countries, they need to get that institutional integrity, but the morality that is inside Islam that has that that's inside the Muslim people, that we can see the evidence of it. Americans need that. So we have something often.

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So when we talk about Islam, we talked about America, Islam and America problems and solutions, I say that cause us to talk,

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open mind, open heart, open hands. So when Muslims and non Muslims who also fellow Americans begin to talk reciprocal, across the table, honestly, across the table, from the on the top, all the way down to the bottom, we're going to see that first we're going to discuss the problems and make an analysis of it, then we're going to make a diagnosis of it, then we're going to find the solutions. And the solutions on both sides. The solutions are in Islam. And there's some solutions as in America, and we happen to be here. So I'm just trying to put forward a hypothesis or our proposition

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that the Muslims of America, the 60%, that are immigrants, need to wake up and smell the coffee. I say all the immigrants live in America, I don't care if you're third generation immigrants, you need to wake up smell the coffee. If this is your country, then you have responsibility to this country. And if you don't think this is your country, why are you Why are you here? Why do you keep taking the tax dollars are the people you see? Why are you acting? Why you isolated? Why do you not why you don't want to call yourself an American, but you've taken from the American people, you should wake up and smell the coffee. If you don't think you are an American, and you don't owe a responsibility

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to other fellow Americans, then what you need to do is take the gift that's been given to you by America and go back wherever it is you want to go to.

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Now, on the other hand, the American people need to look at what their government is doing to them and what kind of role the government is taking them down. And there's nobody that can stop the American government to take us down this road does not lead us, I think, to oblivion to moral degradation, debauchery and hatred from the entire world. And nobody can stop the American government except

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people.

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Now God can stop all the people from saying before God brings his judgment down in America, which inevitably will come

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out and they say they they say, and we say this is a government, by the people, for the people. So the people that speak up.

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So I'm saying to people, as an American, I think I have a right. I mean, as far as I know, you know, Patriot Act in this new terror and all that this modify, modify rights, but still, we still got the rights to be able to say, No, I don't think this is right. And yes, this is what I believe is correct. We got rights, promote our beliefs, and our values. And as Americans, I think that as a Christian, as a Hindu, as a Buddhist, or Muslim, or atheist, or whatever you are bringing your morals and your principles and your values, bring it out on the table, let's talk about it. Let's talk about problems. And the solutions America, we as Muslims, we say that we got problems, and we

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won't be honest about it, but we believe that we got solutions.

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So we should look that we should be looked at if I was a black doctor, of Muslim doctor, you know, and you know, like, and even if I look like Osama bin Laden coming to your house, but if you're in pain, and I got that black bag, and I believe you, would you say thank you, of course. Because I believed you. I say that the Muslims in America got a relief for Mark. We don't we don't have it in a black bag. But we got a relief for Mark. But you get asked me? What is it that you think that Muslims can offer America? Then on the other hand, the question Muslims got to have, what does America have? For me? We already enjoying what America has for us. So it's only right in Islam, that

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if somebody gives you something you should be

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grateful and want to give something back? What do we have to give back to

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our personal resources,

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the spiritual resources and guidance that we have received from Allah subhanaw taala through the Quranic prophet.

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So I want to start this kind of dialogue, you know, how small it is and how it goes and as my contribution to the American society and as a part of what I consider to be my legacy, and, you know, there are people who I respect who were not Muslims, because they left the moral legacy and

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There are Muslims that I respect who left the moral legacy. I'm asking, oh my God, let me benefit from those who left the moral legacy of Muslims. And then those who were Muslims who left moral legacy, I'm asking a lot, let me be a benefit for them in this life. And also, hopefully, I'll be with them in paradise. So this is this is what the message is about. This is not about us. as Muslims, it's about us, as Americans. And then it's about each one of us as American. What do we have from where we came from? And who we are? What do we have to be able to resolve the issues of America? And as Muslims? What can we take from America,

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really, realistically, to address the problems of the Muslim world and to address our own problems as Muslims living in America? So the same, I think we took a lot more time than a lot of just split this up.

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Issues

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needed to be heard, yeah, maybe the next time we come to talk with you, we could talk specifically about some of the issues.

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Because I'm sure some of your listeners might say, Wow, we're talking in their minds might be a whole lot of issues in their mind stacked up about Muslims that we didn't get a chance to talk about yet. And then in my mind, I didn't really elaborate upon the problems that I have lived with and witnessed in America. So we need to talk about those issues. And then one by one, when we talk about perspective solutions, and maybe the dialogue will begin maybe somebody, some people more intelligent than us more resourceful than us, we'll take it to another level.

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But thank you very much sister for the work that you're doing. Your programs called Islam and review Islam. Islamic view, yes, well, I say that all the people who are watching free cable, because nothing but a little bit of time, should watch this program and support the system. And especially all Muslims in this in this city, shame on you, all of you should send Yeah, all of you should send $5 or dollar or whatever you can to the sister. So expand her work because she don't work for you. You know, somebody is out on the frontier fighting for you, and you home sleeping, enjoying the safety yoson somebody else out there fighting us your support that person could while you sleep and

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invest in that person, that that balance for you to make you able to sleep and rest. So I said, here's a system that's out there battling on the frontier. And the Muslims of this city, I say this to be about 100,000 20,000 Muslims in the city. If you know, let's say, three, two thirds is children. So they got no money. They prefaces the procedure. But the other 40,000 Muslims in this city and all them just say $1 a month, just $1 no money. So the dollar to the system, we may find that six months from now, the system is on mainstream television. Now we can barely talk about some issues.

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So that's what I propose. That's what I'm trying to say. Now. If there's not if there is no other Muslims, that's got a TV program here. Don't be Don't be with it with the kids. It's because you don't know what to call it. Yeah. Don't be hating. No, don't be playing

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a hater, you know, you know, don't be jealous and envious. You know why to sit? Oh, she's black, squishy nobodies, bla bla bla bla. No, no, no, you see yourself sitting here, because Muslim Brotherhood from smaller brother Abdullah, another brother sitting across from me by the moment, you know, so we Muslim represented the whole world. And we all can see the situation that we here, if we had more time, if the sister had an hour show, if she had a mainstream show, we could invite different people, Mayor councilmen, you know, when they call it the Chamber of Commerce, we can really discuss issues, but the system doesn't have the resources to do so. We need to provide those

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resources. So May Allah bless you. And if I get a little plug for, you know, I in media.

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And media is an organization that is licensed broadcast, satellite television, we have to be licensed in Europe. And we are we will be collaborating some other organizations that have ambitions to broadcast television will be webcasting some purpose of life television, probably after how much maybe four or five months we'll be broadcasting proposal by television. And what we will be doing is providing system receiver with some backup some support that she needs. So it's about collaboration and cooperation. And so I'm advising all the Muslims media is the way that we want to

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promote Islam, because that's the new this this this is real battlefield.

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Images and Words

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Ideas are penetrating houses and hearts and minds faster than anything else. So we should support the system so that our message of goodness and our message of Islam could reach recipe. Thank you so much

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for coming on the show.

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Thank you for watching Salaam Assalamu alaikum