Critical Issues Facing Muslim Women

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Khalid Yasin

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In Alhamdulillah

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wa salatu wa salam O Allah Rasool Ullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was early he was happy he was was he women Walla Walla for inner circle harddisk tabouleh

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well hadal howdy howdy Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was Sharon more, much better to have a coup de la kulu Middleton dolla dolla Latin for now,

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I will

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say that Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu.

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To our non Muslim guests,

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we extend to you the greeting

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and we say peace be upon those who follow the guidance.

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I would like to proceed by

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reciting a verse from the Quran

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which is appropriate for this subject that we will talk about today.

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It is mentioned in the Quran of the Villa humanus chatango rajim Bismillah Ar Rahman Rahim

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Yeah, you have Natsu Takara boo como la de holla. con man nothing wahida wahala para minha zoologia. Wasserman humeri Jalan kathira one is

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Matata la la de casa de la or ham in a la Cana Aleikum rakija.

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Allah subhanho wa Taala mentions in the Quran, this verse

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and it is appropriate for us to recite this verse.

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In the light of the topic, which we will be discussing.

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The verse says, all mankind,

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fear your guardian Lord, who created you from one single soul? So this establishes, first of all, that the concept of the male and the female in Islam is one of equality.

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This one

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one of equality, not sameness. sameness means exactly the same in their anatomy, exactly as the same in their psychology, exactly the same in their social role, they are not the same, but they are the same and equal in the sight of God, because they have been created from one single soul.

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So, the whole idea that Adam and Hauer or Adam and Eve, they will create it from one single substance.

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So in the sight of God, they are equal and their status is equal.

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wahaca minha Xhosa and from this single soul, God created the meat of Adam

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Hauer or Eve as we say in the English language. Well betterman humara Jalan Kaziranga, Lisa and create it from them, extract it from them a posterity of a countless number of male and females. So in the world today

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There may be some 6 billion people from that time when they were first created. We don't know how many people so God says countless number of males and females,

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meaning of different diversities, different nationalities, different ethnic backgrounds, but from the male and from the female, and from one single soul. So he says, What Taka la la de TESSA aluna, b1, Adham, Sofia, LA, and be mindful of God, by whom you demand of each other your mutual rights.

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You see, it is the mutual rights we are demanding from each other all the time, the man he's expecting his rights, the woman is expecting her rights, the husband is expecting his rights, the wife is expecting her rights, and the children they are expecting their rights. And whether those rights come from the one who has created that single soul. So God says fear God, be mindful of God by whom you demand of each other, through marriage, through relationships, your mutual rights, then he says,

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and be mindful and respectful of the wounds that gave you life. Now he adds something special to the verse because he wants to bring out the special position and reverence for the women

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and fear God.

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He says, and give reverence to the wounds that gave you life for the wounds that gave us life, our mother's, eventually, our sisters, our daughters, our wives. So God is adding something special to this verse, telling the men give a special reference, give a special sensitivity, give a special position to the wounds that bore your life. So therefore, this is consistent that the prophet SAW Selim was asked by a man One day, he said, O Messenger of Allah allows them which one of my parents should I give more reverence to

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my mother or my father, and the prophets, a lot of them said, Your mother, as a man said, and who next he said, Your mother, and he said, and who next, he said, Your mother, and he said, Who next he said, then your father.

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Here, the prophet, so awesome, was trying to say to this man, on the basis of reverence and respect, your mother, your mother, your mother.

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And in another place, the prophets lost them said, although many of them who had the thing they said this is a weak Hadith,

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he said, Paradise is at the feet of your mother, that means serving your mother.

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You want paradise serve your mother.

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He didn't say paradise at the feet of your father, he said, serve your mother.

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So here we have the sensitivity, given by the Quran itself, by the prophets, a lot of themself the reverence and the respect that must be given towards the women.

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Now, if such respect has been denigrated, if such respect or reverence has been undermined, by Muslims, anywhere in the world, it is because of their cultural ethnic,

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thinking. It has nothing to do with Islam, because after all, who are Muslims, they're just human beings.

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They're just human beings. There are people claiming to be Muslim, there are people claiming to follow the Quran, there are people claiming and assuming that they are embracing God's law, but they're just human beings. And in many cases, and I might say today, in most cases, Islam, and the practice of Islam is trapped inside of cultural pockets and bottles. And so when people see that Muslims are doing things on Islamic, repressive, oppressive, ignorant, it is because of their culture. And we must break that culture and bring the Muslims back to Islam. However, this has nothing to do with what the Quran says. This has nothing to do with what the prophet SAW said his

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example is. And what we want to talk about here today is the critical issues concerning Muslim women in the light of the Quran, and the prophetic behavior of the prophets, a lot of them not the critical issues that are facing women in their various Muslim ethnic national societies. That's something different. And as a sociologist, I will tell you, it is something quite different.

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And we can address all of that here today. Because we may be here, we may need several sessions to do that. We may need some more objective speakers to do that. And we might have to take you all the way around the world into 27 different Muslim countries to see what is Islamic and what is Muslim.

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And if we want to also discuss this issue, we should not leave it just to the critical issues of Muslim women. We should talk about the critical issues of women all over the world. Because as we pervade the status of women and the western

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societies we will see, we will see that in spite of this technological phenomena, and in spite of all of this so called democratic procedure, and in spite of all the intellectuality, we see that women in the West have been denigrated, to an extent beyond any time in history. But that's another subject. from a sociological point of view, we may need to have another seminar, a whole conference to discuss this issue. But today, we want to discuss the critical issues facing Muslim women in the world that they live in today.

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And I would say to our non Muslim guests, if you will be patient, and if you will be open minded. And if you will be objective for a moment.

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We will even address some of the phenomenon or the issues that have been come up in the press recently.

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And we'll discuss some of the Islamic or some of the Muslim misconceptions. Some of the Muslim misbehavior, some of the Muslim aberrations concern a Muslim woman.

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But we want to separate the two Muslim, Islamic

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and Muslim is just an individual.

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But Islam has its own sources, that is the Quran. Islam has its own sources and the behavior of the prophets allows them and I would say to you, that if we separate those two behaviors, the Quran the sources, the Islamic the the prophetic behavior on one side, and then the Muslim behavior on the other, we will see where those misconceptions liat.

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The basic position of Islam

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is that relative to the creation of the male and the female, they are

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equal in their status, they are equal in their status and the sight of God and they are equal in their status in the sight of man.

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No opportunities

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are prevented. A women are not prevented from any opportunities that men that are accessible to men. But we want to go back to the other statement that they're not the same.

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And unfortunately,

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although certain legislation and certain

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recent behaviors in the world have stretched the subject of femininity, to the degree where women are forced to pronounce themselves in such a way, they got to be the same.

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They want to do everything men can do. And then what happened, men want to do everything that woman wants to do. Men want to have babies.

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It's crazy.

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Women are marrying women.

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And men marry men. And they also want to have families, and they also want to raise, they will adopt children. I say that's crazy.

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We are stretching the issues. We are we are creating an aberration, and we will create another race.

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And they will be something and they will produce something other than what God has intended.

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Because they are not the same.

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Men and women are not the same.

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Don't have the same psychological properties. They don't have the same physiological properties. They're not biologically the same. They're not psychologically the same. They're not emotionally the same. And their social roles are not the same.

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In spite of the people who want to make them the same.

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And Islam

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makes no apology by saying that the men have their place in society and the women have their place in society and that place has not been designated by the men. nor has it been designated or legislated by the women. It has been designated and legislated by Almighty God who is the creator of the male and the female. Now, of course, we understand that there's some people that might be even in this room or some other people who say, well, we don't believe in God was fine for you. Believe in what you want to believe in.

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There's some people who say that we don't even believe that the male and female was created by any type of God, we believe they will always hear there was male and female apes or male or female dinosaurs.

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That's okay. Believe in what you want to believe in. But we have no apology to say we are in agreement with the Christians and the Jews to say

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that God is the Creator. And as a creator, he has fashion us as part of his creation. And we don't apologize for that. Matter of fact, if we Muslims and Christians and Jews put all of our our monotheistic power together, we are the majority in the world today. So let's just say that we all believe in creation.

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That's right 1.6 billion Muslims 1.3 billion, or let's just say 1.5 billion Muslims 1.5 billion Christians and Jews, we represent three quarters of the world. So it's creation by vote is that democratic.

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So on the basis of that, since we got at least

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a consensus on that issue, then we can move forward. Now.

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We say that the male and the female, they are not the same, but they are the same in the sight of God, they equalent inside of God, and therefore God's law should reflect that they are also equal in their social aspirations.

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Unfortunately, Islamic issues of women have been complicated and polluted by nationalism, culture and ethnic preferences. As I said, again, nationalism, cultural and ethnic preferences. So according to where you want to go in the Muslim world, you will see different types of ideas.

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And I'll be honest with you,

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I have been to 37 countries

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2723 of those countries, Muslim countries, where the Muslims are in the minority or the majority Muslim countries. And I have been shocked,

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shocked at some of the nationalistic cultural practices and ethnic practices among Muslims, relative to women and other things. But then I in my own maturity, I have to accept that this is just Muslims, it's just human beings. So I also will tell you, that in my travels

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around the world, I have also visited all of the major so called Christian Judeo Christian countries,

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the one that I was born in bushland,

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USA,

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the one that I was born in

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the UK, Australia, all the major Judeo Christian countries, and regarding women in particular, I'll tell you the truth.

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It is the most depressing when it comes to the status of women.

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It is the most depressing in the world today.

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You can even buy a chocolate bar without seeing a naked woman.

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It's unbelievable.

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How they take and denigrate our daughter's 12 years old. I remember Britney Spears, when she was just nine years old singing songs, ribbons in a hat.

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And look at her today, isn't it unfortunate.

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They have taken this girl and made this girl a total just a total package of capitalism. And in the course of it, they've turned this little young, innocent girl into a wide scale global prostitute.

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I'm sorry if there's somebody here that's related to her. But that's just the issue. She's She's She's, that's what she is. That's the issue. And I can take a number, a number of others of any different

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ethnic background, it doesn't matter. It's just that the media and childhood in Bollywood and Hollywood and what they want to do with the female, and what they exploitation and the oppression and the repression that they have done to the to the woman to such an extent, to such an extent

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that there is nothing left for the sanctity of women at all.

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And they don't care about schools, they don't care about churches in the UK. You can go to a school and a church on both sides of the street and write a big Billboard and naked woman is sitting right there. And there's nobody who's can say anything.

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I can't understand it.

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How has the world gotten to an extent that capitalism and commercialism itself can just rule our senses and undermine and just override our moral sense of dignity, a church, a school and a picture of a naked woman or naked man right on the Billboard right next to the school right next to the church. And we as the Moral Majority, we can't say anything.

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I say that's the denigration of the female. I say that's a denigration, that's an aberration. That's an undermining that's demoralization. That's repression.

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But that's a different subject. I just want to be balanced and say to you that I am abhorred when I have visited some Muslim countries, and I am abhorred with some of the Western civilization, countries that I have visited or live in, in regards to the issue of the female.

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So let's be balanced when we approach this topic.

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Islam unfortunately today is in a prison

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Now that prison is not Abu Rob,

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and a prison is not

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what's the place in Juba Guantanamo Bay. That's not where Islam is in prison that no Islam is in a prison of Muslim nationalism.

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Muslim, ethnicity, Muslim culture, because Muslims, every single group of Muslims want to put Islam and trap it, and wrap it in their own ethnicity. Because human beings have done that throughout the years, they want to take the religion of God, and they want to put it in their own bubble. They want to market it in their own name under their own language, and they own culture. And if it were not for the basic precepts of the Akita, meaning the monotheistic practice of Islam, some Muslims would also make an Arab God, Indian God, a Pakistani God, African gods, not that they would do that.

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Because this is the nature of human beings to do that. But firstly, the first principle of Islam is law in the law,

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that there is none to be worshipped except Almighty God. And there should not be any depictions. And this is not an anthropomorphic concept. God's not be depicted as a man, or as a woman, or as a child, as a tree, or as a bird, or as the sun or the planets. And God is not in the world, but God has created the world, and the world is creation, and God is the Creator. And since most Muslims I say, 95% of all Muslims will observe that, then we cannot make a cultural, nationalistic, or ethnic

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ethnical representation of God. But Islam as a faith, unfortunately,

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has been subdued, and has been trapped by culture. And because of this, many misconceptions, many distortions many misrepresentations have taken place regarding Islam, and you Muslims, and we Muslims should be very honest, that some of those misrepresentations, and some of those distortions is not the fault of non Muslims, whether the media or private citizenship, some of it is the fault of Muslims themselves.

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And we must be honest about that, we should not be in denial about that, we should not always be pointing the finger at somebody else know, if I'm standing behind a cracked glass.

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I should not get an attitude when people see a distorted figure.

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Maybe I should remove that cracked glass,

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or I should move away from it. So people can get a clear view, then what they get a clear view about that I will say, Why are you still saying something distorted when I'm giving you a clear view?

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Islam is in the prison of nationalism. Islam is in a prison of culture. And Islam is in the prison, the confines of ethnic preferences. And it can only be released by the practice and the use of the sources of Islam, which are the Quran, and the Sunnah. And I repeat that for our non Muslim guests. If you want to know something about Islam, the source you need to go to is the court and

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not the Muslims.

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The next source you need to go to is the prophetic behavior

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of Muhammad Sallallahu, alayhi wasallam.

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These are the legislative sources of Islam. These are the religious sources of Islam. And if you want to know anything, you must go to the sources.

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I will not know about New Zealand by just walking down the street and seeing some people from New Zealand and say, Oh, I know everything about New Zealand. Look how these people are.

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No, I have to know about the language to know about the history history, know about culture, go to the Chamber of Commerce, go to the town hall, had to go to the museums have to go to the universities have to talk to the people you're sitting with the common people, I got to talk to the intellectual people, I got to talk to people in government, I got to talk to people in neighborhoods, to male and female children, I got to look at the whole package to understand what is this country called New Zealand?

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What are the values? What are their principles? What is the legislation? What kind of government do they have? Then I can if I'm still objective person, I can then make a well rounded decision or I can make a well rounded opinion or assessment and say, I have visited New Zealand and when I transfer that idea to people and if I'm still objective,

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probably I have tapped into the sources. I say the non Muslim cannot look at a Muslim woman and say Oh, see how these Muslims are and see a Muslim as Oh see how these Muslims are, are really headline and news just to see how those Muslims are not that's not fair. That's not objective.

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Studying comprehensive

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loss if you have a computer at home, if you want to know about Islam, you don't have to talk to Muslims. I want to know about the stock market. I don't have to go down to the stock market and I'd go to the stock exchange and go right I can put it in Google. Google gaggle giggle whichever you got

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just put in code n. Qu r a n put that in. See what comes up,

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put in Mohammed bin Abdullah because you get a whole lot of Muhammad's but with the son of Abdullah

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because that's the first Mohammed and the first Mohammed Abdullah, the Prophet and the Messenger of God,

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peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.

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Then you look to the sources.

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What is the Quran as a book? What is the Quran is a source of legislation? What is the Quran is a source of inspiration. What is the Quran as a source of education? What is it?

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Who is Mohammed salado? What is his biography?

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What is his manner? What were his habits? What were his principles? What is his legacy? Look at it, study it. Take a day, take two days. If you're really concerned, take three days, make an objective study.

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After you do that, then start seeing Muslims in the history in the present.

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And see what has happened to these Muslims see how they've been shattered and spattered and splattered all over the world

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and see why they themselves are presently in a disarray. And people who are in transition people who are in disarray, they cannot themselves reflect the true sources of their beliefs.

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That is being fair. As a historian, as a sociologist, as an educator, as a teacher, I have to take all those things into consideration when I talk about Muslims. When I talk about Islam, when I talk about the Quran, when I talk about Mohammed Salalah Islam and when I talk about the phenomena of Islam and Muslims in the modern world today, I take all of these into consideration. And I think that any one of you non Muslims who are even minded people, decent people,

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objective minded people, open minded people, people who themselves are not filled with prejudice,

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who haven't already made up their minds before they examine the sources. I think any one of you will go home and reread and rethink and reassess.

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And I think that you'll be surprised with what you come up with. Having done that, for us Muslims, we have to bring our thoughts, ideas and feelings into accordance with what Muhammad's allows them brought. What is that the Quran and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah awesome said.

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None of you truly believes until you bring your power,

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your power, your desires, your feeling your ideas, your emotions, into accordance with what I have brought. That means he said

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you are not a believer. You can say you are Muslim, but you're not a believer. Until you bring your desires your feelings and your emotions into accordance and your inclinations into accordance with what I have brought. What did he bring? He brought the court and he brought the Sunnah he did not bring his Arab ism.

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He brought the code and the Sunnah to current legislation and the Sunnah as an explanation. So we Muslims must bring our desires, our feelings, our emotions, and our inclinations into accordance with what he brought quote, and the sooner we have a tendency as Muslims to be reactionary, you know, every time somebody pushes a button, we just flat out we just get all out of whack, we can go ballistic.

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And so when people see that we are that way, this is just they just push buttons.

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You're gonna react to those muscles, push that button,

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push that button. And so we are just reacting and people who want reactions, because of media and news, they just keep pushing buttons.

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While we should not be buttons to be pushed,

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at the same token, not only should we not be reactionary people, we should also not be ourselves in denial.

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We should not be blaming the non Muslims. We should not be blaming the Christians or the Jews, blaming them for everything that's going on with Muslims all over the world.

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Saying that they are corrupting our religion. They are doing this to us and they are doing that to us. No, this is Muslims and denial. These are Muslims being reactionary

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the brothers and sisters

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The critical issues of women are many, and cannot be adequately covered in an afternoon session as this one, perhaps there needs to be a major conference convened for three days with several workshops, seminars and sessions for propositions. And I really mean that, I think that the proper thing to do would be that in every major country where Muslims are a minority and where Islam has a tendency to be misunderstood, I think that we cannot address this in an afternoon session like this year, it is too profound, it is too multifaceted. We need to have a three day conference and we need to invite some international people, some professional people, some non Muslim people, to interact

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and discuss these issues and come up with propositions that can be presented to the parliament, to the Chamber of Commerce, to the educational people. So that a clear picture of what we intend as Muslims, and what has been intended by the Quran and Sunnah can be presented. At the same token, the concerns of the country,

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the concerns of the country, and its various aspects also can be taken into account. And we come up with propositions and resolutions, but this cannot happen in an afternoon.

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So what do you think about that the people in media, what do you think about the people who are intellectuals? What do you think about that the common people that we should have a three day conference in New Zealand, a three day conference in Australia, a three day conference in the UK, a three day conference, in France, and so forth, and so on until a global conference of Muslim leaders, including women are held to deal with some of these resolutions and some of these propositions, then I think we might get a different picture of this issue.

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But since that's only a proposal, my job this afternoon is to try to see if I can just touch upon trial, you know, skim across the water

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of some of these issues. So don't blame me if you don't go deep into some of these things you want me to get into. Because I know there's people here who just want to go deep into a couple of little issues here. But I'm not gonna do it.

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I'm going to skim because there's about nine or 10 little issues, and the best we can do is skim over them. And try to see if we can touch all the little islands.

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In this ocean of information,

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we would probably want to invite some of the local Australian scholars or so on local New Zealand scholars or scholars of the of the local or international status, students of knowledge and we may want to invite other internationally known scholars and students of knowledge to assist us in covering this vital topic, Muslims and non Muslims.

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These issues involve both the responsibilities of women as well as the rights of women. Although most women would like to talk about their rights. I would say we need to talk about the responsibilities and the rights that would be the fairest thing to do.

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Unfortunately, many women

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want to focus upon their rights. While they blatantly disregard or remain ignorant of their responsibilities.

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We also have to realize that Islamic knowledge, whether it is fit, meaning the Jewish jurisprudence of Islam Tafseer the explanation and commentary on the Quran, the seerah, meaning the documented legends, the documented picture and preservation of the prophets life, peace and blessing upon them, whether it be the Sunnah, that is the actual authentic sources of what the prophet SAW Sam said or did or that he remained silent about whether we want to go into any of these things, we would also have to realize that this Islamic knowledge remains pointless and abstract, without a structure without a vehicle or without an institution to house deliver and execute them. So therefore, it

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would not matter how many medical doctors I'm giving an example here, it wouldn't matter how many medical doctors, professors or lawyers we had in our society, if there were no hospitals, universities or courts to deliver the actual services to the public.

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Perhaps this is one of the most glaring and critical of all the issues, because we are as Muslims, neglecting the major responsibility of building the presence of community and because we have neglected building the presence of a community. Because of that, these aberrations and these misconceptions, they remain as they are, because the way that issues are addressed in a society, the way that issues are addressed and resolved it is through the establishment of institutions. When you establish an institution, that institution can study, harness and resolve problems on an ongoing basis because as an institution, it has the resources to do that. But we Muslims

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We are about rituals. We concentrating on rituals, and we're not concentrating on building institutions. Therefore, most of the blame for our instability is from our own selves and not from others. Of course, that's college comments. And some of you Muslims may say, I don't agree, that's fine. I'm glad we live in a democratic society.

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We Muslims want to build masjids. And we want our children to attend Muslim schools.

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But we are developing the physical and ideological community to support but but are we I'm asking, but are we developing the physical and ideological community to support this Masjid or the school to illustrate this point, let me give you this example.

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Muslims come to the mosque for perhaps 15 minutes a day. That is, if you come to the mosque, 15 minutes a day, five times a day, you come

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after Margaret, Asia, those are the five prayers. So let's say every Muslim, every good Muslim, excluding the woman, because the woman, they can't come five times a day because they don't take care of the children take care of the other things. And you know, this comes into discussion about the social roles of the woman, if the woman was coming five times a month, like the man is coming five times a day tomorrow, where are the children, who picks the children up, who drives you know, who goes to the shop, and who takes care of home, who takes care of the home front, the Minister of the Interior, for the most part got to be in the interior.

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And our women, they are the ministers of the interior. That's the social political role that God has given them. And every government has a Minister of the Interior. And they got also one that's for the, what they call the Minister for the outside foreign policy men. Now the foreign policy man, he can't be all in inside all the time. And the minister the outside all the time the roles are reversed.

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So if the men are going to the mosque, 15 minutes a day, five times a day,

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and they go into the mall, 45 minutes on Friday, that's it. All their MOS is finished, it's gone. It's done. 45 minutes on Friday, 15 minutes a day during the day, the MOS and the role of the MOS for the Muslims is finished.

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So what does the mosque represent? For all the rest of that time? Because five times a day, 15 minutes is how many how many minutes? Is that?

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75 minutes, isn't it? Is it?

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That's an hour and 15 minutes 45 minutes on Juma. What is that? That's two hours. So two hours a week. The Muslims are in the mask if they're good Muslims.

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But God gave us 168 hours to live. So what is the rest of the time? 166 hours a week? What role does a mosque play?

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Ask yourselves Muslims. It's supposed to be your town hall.

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It's supposed to be your place of congregation is supposed to be a place where you resolve your problems. It's supposed to be your school. It's supposed to be your mentors. It's supposed to be the place where you distribute your money. Your charity is supposed to be the place in semi where people who have problems. It's supposed to be your religious court. Yes. Because even in this country, if the Muslims stood up and asked and expounded you will get your rights to have your own religious courts, because in this country, I think, but in Australia and the UK and and other places in Canada, the Jewish people, because they have stood up and articulated themselves. They have their

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own religious courts.

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So why could Muslim do that as a precedent they call that precedent or proceedings. But we're not thinking that way.

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So I'm illustrating to you, once or twice a month, Muslims come to the masjid for a two hour lecture like this one or class This is good. However, in this process, the masjid domestic administration cannot and I emphasize cannot regulate the lives of these people. The rights and responsibilities of Muslim women just as men are constitutional. And I want to emphasize that the rights and responsibilities of women in Islam are constitutional and not arbitrary. They're not emotional, and they're not dictated by the men.

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Because the Constitution of Islam is built upon something called sherea sherea.

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sherea comes from the Arabic terminology, it comes from the terminology of a watering place in the desert. The Arabs were looking for a watering place where they can stop and drink water and the animals could drink water. And if they could not find a place like that a person in the desert who couldn't find water, what would happen to them?

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What would happen

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then the animals would die. Therefore, the watering place was a place of life. And Sharia or Sharia was a place that led towards what life or death

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So the law in Islam is considered to be what? A matter that regulates what life and death. This how important Sharia is for the life of the Muslim. It came from that Arabic terminology. But here it is not a water in place is the place in which the inspiration, the legislation, and the inspiration of God descends upon the human beings in their collective places.

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So, as a constitution, women, just like men have constitutional rights, meaning,

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rights that need to be executed, rights that need to be preserved, and rights that need to be guaranteed by the Islamic authority. Unfortunately, Muslims live in as minorities in a non Muslim country that doesn't exist in the Islamic authority, not that it should not be there should be. I think that Muslims took natural process to get involved, not to be isolationists. Not to be over here, this different ethnic group and this different ethnic group, but to be involved, that is come out of your houses, come out of your messages, sit and talk with the people who are in Parliament, sit and talk to the people who are in government, sit and talk to the people who enter the Chamber

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of Commerce, talk to the business. People, talk to the people who are involved in community services, talk to the people in education, bring the best of the minds of the Muslim and talk with them and integrate with them and assimilate with the society and you will find that Muslims will develop among themselves a minimal amount of authority over their people.

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I didn't say rulership, I said, authority,

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influence, legislative influence,

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without clearly defined and demonstrated authority, all the beautiful talking, teaching and preaching remains abstract, weak, and considered optional by the Muslims themselves. Therefore, why should it be respected or regarded as relevant to the society by non Muslims? I repeat my ledger said, If Muslims themselves just do a bunch of talking, teaching and preaching for themselves, and that teaching and preaching is misunderstood. Abstract doesn't have any real application in the society, and Muslims are unstable, and Muslims themselves are destabilized themselves. Why should we expect that in a sense of weakness and lack of clarity? Why should we expect that other people

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respect us? Why should we think that they should respect us? No, as a human being they should respect we should get respect like everybody else. But why should our beliefs and why should our religion be respected when it is not even Understood?

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So I'm putting the onus on us first, before we start blaming others and putting the onus on us.

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If I want my position, if I want my religion, if I want my beliefs, if I want my family, if I want my people, if I want my values to be understood, and respected, I must present them in a dignified way. And I must present them as other people in New Zealand.

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I must use my own constitutional rights as an individual, present my ideas, my beliefs, and I must, I must do it from the top all the way to the bottom to my neighbor, all the way to the Congress.

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And I must, I must use all the natural means and resources to do so because that is the way people do not respect something that is in the basement, you put something in your basement, you forgot it's already there, you're not going to respect it. It's in your basement, but you forgot that

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you put something in the attic, you know, and you forgot it's there. It is something valuable. You forgot, it's there. It's collecting dust, you're not going to respect it. We Muslims, we're in the basement, and we are in the attic of the societies where we live in whose fault is that you don't want us keep staying in the basement. You don't want to stand in the attic, bring it out in the open and be prepared to expound upon it and do not demand of anybody that they should respect you any more than they respect. Anyone else will not do any more respect to anyone else. Regardless of all the fancy talking what we say about our religion, no, put your case forward like everyone else. If

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you're in New Zealand, you pay taxes, you are a citizen, your children are here, your family is here. This way your investments are on the basis of being a New Zealand person, then you say if you believe your values have a better way, we got a right to market our values, like everyone else has the right to market their values, but first you have to become known.

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You have to become transparent.

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You have to make disclosures. That's part of the process. Some of the critical issues

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of Muslim women among the many critical issues that need to be clarified for people to understand

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issues about like, let's take this, this one that just most recently this, this issue about the beating of women. And let's talk about that for a minute.

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I mean, I'm sure there's a couple of people here tonight that just want to hear that issue. So let's talk about that for men.

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This beating issue women, this beading women issue. Let's let's clear this up very in a very nice way. First of all, let us just first say that neither the court and nor the prophetic behavior, it promotes beating women. Now Now,

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now because if you just take up, if you just take a what they call it,

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they call it a bit when they want to do a commercial or they want to take something somebody says, well, they call it a sound bit, you just take out a couple of words and just throw it up there.

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This is not fair. Because it can be taken out of context. If you want to understand something, you might need to put it into context. You take the words before and the words after you need to take the whole thing and look at it and say, Whoa, I accept that I reject that, oh, I understand that. But you can't take a sound bit, strike it out, throw it up there and say this, because Did you know that maybe until just recently, I don't know the society, I didn't study yet this. But in the Western world, my country, Bush country.

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In my country,

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corporal punishment for children was just stopped constitutionally 12 years ago.

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That means that a man or male or female, a father or mother, if their children was getting out of order, they could slap them up a little bit.

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And even they will use this

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you know, Brooklyn half love it.

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And just 20 years ago, I would not well, no more than 20 years ago, let me not fabricate that 40 years ago,

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a little bit further than that.

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50 years ago, when I went to a little grade school, a little bad boy school. Yeah, I was a little bad boy school

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is all boys because we was all bad.

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And they put us into school to kind of like modify our behavior. One of the rights that the teachers had in that school was that all the teachers had a little thing like that.

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If you got an online teacher to come outside, and he just whacked you about 510, the wax. And after he gave you those couple of wax, he asked you, you want to go inside, or you want some all.

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That's how they modified our behavior. And I'll be I'll tell you the truth of the matter. That modification was good for me.

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I graduated from that school as the valedictorian of that school, because it modified my behavior. That kind of behavior now in America is unconstitutional.

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Even a parent today in America cannot use that kind of corporal punishment in their homes. As a matter of fact, I just read in Copenhagen,

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Denmark, I'm sorry, that a child is able to take their parents to court and divorce the parents.

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Yeah, you have argument with your children. You tell your children shut up and go to bed or whatever the case might be to say you're oppressing them.

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You tell them what time to be home to say you're oppressing me.

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Tell them what to wear. They say you're pressing me. You keep cooking the same food every night. You're oppressing me.

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I want them parents anymore. So children, the children can find some advocates on their behalf. And they can get a lawyer, the lawyer bring the children in the court, the parents of the court and the children wants to divorce the parents and take them semi surrogate parents just in Denmark.

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I say that stretching the issue a little bit too far.

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But yes, I say that. In America, there was a time when parents could arbitrarily modify the children behavior by beating them. But today, almost in every Western society today, you cannot do that anymore. If you beat your children, you can go to jail.

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So that's why children can spit into children the parents faces today. chunky kid, little child in the supermarket. The mother was trying to tell the child some sheep child check the parents.

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I seen a cartoon the other day a child mother was talking to the parent that your child just spit in the mother's face Shut up.

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So she can't slap him. If she slapped him, she's gonna jail.

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So we come up with a situation where the children are ruling the parents

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but this is because of the conflict of issues.

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The conflict of interests in the society. So I'm saying, in Western society if it were permitted to be women be children just recently. But now today we say this is not common usage, it is not constitutional, it cannot be done.

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We say that because of the progression of the sensitivities of the society, whether we agree, we disagree, we Muslims, according what the prophet SAW, Sam said, he said, when your children get to be seven years old, teach them to pray. And if they don't pray, when they're 10 years old, give him a little bit of that.

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He didn't say slapped around, beat around, just bust them over the head, shake them to a frigerator. That's what that what he said, do know, he said, Give him a little bit of that. A little encouragement.

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But we would say today, that if a Muslim child is 10 years old, and you give them a little bit of that, they might run off to the council run off, don't send me to the court say my father, mother. They beat me a little bit, then you're going to jail. So the Islamic rule is that if you're living in a society where that's unlawful, you cannot do that.

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Do you follow me?

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So the Quran said, Yes, Laguna. And one of the verses of the Quran says when a man has a rebellious wife, that means she's unseemly in her conduct. She come and go, she comes late at night. She does this. She does this she disrespects so far, that the prophet SAW Selim said, he said, at militia that means talk to her, give her admonition, tell her how you displeases, I kinda want her tell her don't do that anymore. Then he says after that separate from her bed, separate from the bed, he didn't say separate from the house separate from the bed. That means continue to do all the responsibilities as normal. But when it comes to conjugal relationships, stop, don't sleep with her.

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As a matter of fact, sleep in the same room. But don't sleep in the bed. That means no sex.

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That's hard that is hard for the man or woman. But the promises are same here saying if you really want to control her behavior, or if you really want to admonish her, if you're really displeased with the way she's acting, you deny yourself and you also deny her. So panelo

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then he says that if she continues even after that, then the Quran says you have trouble when

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it says apply light corporal punishment was that was the context to it, it must not swell, it must not cause bleeding, it must not cause any breakage and it must not cause any damage to her skin. So what can you do? Can it be that is that?

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Secondly, it must not be on any one of her parts of her body, okay, which are the sensitive parts of her body. So what cannot wait to be in the bottom of her feet.

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The third thing, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that if even doing that, hitting on the leg or tapping on the shoulders, or if you if that would call of a worst reaction, don't do that. looks upon a lot of wisdom. Now let's put it in context. In the adult society in which this court and came to the Adams first did when it first

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came to the Adams first. So in this society, it was considered something of Earth. How many adults here know the word of

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common usage? Huh? custom. So among the Arabs, this issue, yes. It was consistent with the earth of the atoms of that day. It was not outside of the context, it was not abnormal. So when the law said yes, to them, it was something to modify, because out of the net day, maybe they just take something like this and beat the wife with it. Or maybe in that day, the man he has something like this.

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See, so Allah subhanaw taala is modifying their behavior. And he's saying yes to buena coffee, fun, three light. And the professor Sam is saying that even in doing it like that, if it's more, if you don't think you can correct the behavior, because she gets even more Wilder, more arrogant, more boisterous, even from that don't even do it.

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Because today, different reactions could happen if a man separate from the bed, the woman she might get crazy. If he if he touches she might get more crazy. She might pull out a gun and shoot him.

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Or she might wait till they go to sleep and do something that other lady did.

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So if you could anticipate a reaction like that, that would be worse. You couldn't correct the behavior. The Prophet said, don't do it. And lastly,

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Look at the life of the Prophet awesome himself. The Messenger of Allah loves him throughout his entire life. He never even struck an animal. Is it true?

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The prophet SAW loss and never struck an animal.

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One of the people that served him all of his life, a companion of the Prophet SOS in the serves him from the time that he was 11 years old, until the prophet SAW son passed away. He said, I served the prophet SAW him throughout his entire life. And he never even said to me off.

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He never even said to me why you didn't do that? How can you so and so, you know, somebody serving me?

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And he forgot, what's wrong with you?

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Didn't I tell you so and so? Most of us the profits or loss and he never even said to that person? How can you didn't do that? What's wrong with you? That person served him for over 40 years and the professor's never said that. The third thing, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

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He never ever laid his hands on his wife, except in a way of kindness

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in a way of showing mercy,

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or in a way of dignity or decency. And there was never in the life of the prophet SAW Sam any complaint by any wife.

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During the time of the prophet SAW Sam, no companions came, no female companions came and said, Oh, prophets, awesome. Your companions, who are our husbands, they are beating us and they are this and they are that? No, this wasn't among the last time this wasn't done because he did not approve it. So even though the Qur'an based upon the earth of the Arabs, even though the Quran said this, the prophet himself, what did they do? He didn't do it. He wasn't disobedient to God.

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It was just that the Quran says certain things for us as a last resort that we don't have to do. Allah said in the Quran, regarding the women, plural marriage, he says, Let's now surah out Rebecca, he says two three or four? Yes.

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There's wisdom behind it. You women wouldn't say there's no wisdom, wisdom behind it. But there's a wisdom behind it. We can discuss this in a different issue, a different setting, but there's a wisdom behind it. But look at the prophet SAW since he was a man he had to take 234 now he didn't. In fact, God said.

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He said one is better for you. If you only knew. Did you say that?

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One is better if you only knew in another place. He said that even though he said

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that he said you men can never be fair with women. So look, look what God is discouraging. He's telling you what to you. One is better if you only knew you want and you watch out.

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You don't get yourself in trouble.

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You got upset to caught?

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There's some reaction is gonna come. There's gonna be some fitna that one is better if you only knew. But for those who fall within the category, and the social, political, psychological conditions of thought, were there women outnumber the men, and there are no prospective men to marry those women. Then God says two, three or four. But did you know that in the Muslim world, only one out of 750 men? This is a statistic you brothers need to keep in mind sisters, only one out of 715 Muslim men are going to take another wife doesn't feel good for the other 714 sisters.

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Now God gave the permission is not us.

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But 714 men, either because they're afraid.

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Or because the situation that allow it, they can't afford it. They don't have enough body. They don't have enough mind. They don't have enough money 714 brothers didn't actually do it

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makes some users happy.

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So one of the 714 sisters 15 citizens in here, you will have a second or third wife. It's possible. But then it may not matter. Because your husband probably he's rich. If he gives you all the things you want, and you know he got another wife too. But you got all the things you want. Yeah, it might make it work for you. But the issue here is, even though God said that into court, and do we have to do it?

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No.

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So this issue of women beating is taken out of context.

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If a man in Australia or New Zealand or the UK or America, Muslim or otherwise chooses to beat his wife, you're going to jail

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unless she's silly enough to let you do it without reporting it.

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Because if I was the father of the daughter who was beaten,

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we might all go to jail.

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You go to jail.

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beat my daughter, and I'll go to jail for beating you.

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So this issue, the Muslim ladies in the UK and America, in New Zealand, Australia, because of the earth, the earth of this society, you don't have to worry about that.

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Don't take it out of context, and we're not violating the code. And if we don't beat our women, we're not violating the code on what we're doing. We're suspending the enactment of that, because they are not doing that. Therefore, we need to pass this issue up, because it does not have meaningful application in our society today. So can we move on to some of the other critical issues here? Thank you. The next thing is about the hijab, the the wearing of the headscarf for the women, this seems to have become so major, a major

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aggravation. Why should women who want to wear a veil? Why should this have been such a source of aggravation today? Why is that I don't understand it.

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I mean, if a naked woman walked in this room here, men and ran a bikini, or G string,

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she would have the right to just walk just like anybody else. If a woman came down here, and she was wearing a G string and walked right across here and went back upstairs came down malefactor 123.

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We will be like, Whoa,

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what's going on here?

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But we couldn't say anything. Because it is accepted in the society for a woman to wear this in public. And there are some beaches in this country and some places in this country where you guys some people call themselves naturalist.

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And you know, they are I don't have to tell you, that is they believe that they should just walk around all the time naked.

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That we can't make a judgment call because according to legislation, the naturalist have a right. There's a man that was running across the whole UK for three months. Can you imagine that three months, with nothing but a hat and a pair of boots on?

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I mean, he's running, can you imagine a man running through a village?

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Got a hat and a pair of boots on? Because he's a naturalist? And these are his constitutional rights.

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And for three months, nobody could say anything about it.

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Well, I say that in a society where people are allowed to express themselves that way.

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Why should there be a problem about Muslim women?

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Whether in the schools or otherwise choosing the preference to cover their heads? Or to cover their bodies with loose garments? Why should it be such an uproar? Why is there a need to for the media to assault and say Muslims want to take over our society, Muslim want to impose their values upon us and so forth. But I want to remind them

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that until 15 or 20 years ago,

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the nuns in the church in the Catholic church they had to wear it isn't right or wrong.

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And just recently, the Catholic Church has relaxed, the Uniform Code of the nuns where they can show a little cleavage.

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Thinking that way a little bit, you

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put the cross right there in the middle.

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They'll have to wear a headpiece anymore. And they can show a little bit of sigh.

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But that's their right. We can say anything about that. But when I went to church, when I went to church to the Catholic Church, when I was 17 years old, all the nuns were looking like the sisters are looking today.

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So society has changed, but why should our values have to change? Those Muslim ladies who want to wear the full scarf and want to wear loose clothing? They're doing so because God said so not because their husbands said so? Not because the Arabs are Indonesians or Malaysians are Africans. Now they're doing it because God says so. So if our religion, which is the same religion of Moses, and Abraham and David and Solomon, Jesus and john the baptist, if we have the same religion as all those prophets, and we are all monotheistic people, basically Christians and Jews and Muslims taken our sources from the same taken out of Scripture from the same sources, and we can see in the

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history of our religions that women dress this way consistently than Why is it an aberration because our women want to wear that today.

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They want our women to do? Do they want our women to take off their head scarves and all put on G strings?

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Would that be sat over there? Now y'all all the same, now it's okay.

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Now we say it's not okay. And we say as Muslims, we have the right to preserve what we consider to be decent and dignified clothing, and apparel and appearance. And we think we think that we are fortifying, we think that we are making a good moral contribution, we think that we are doing something that will support the morals, the principles of and the status of women in this society, we say that's what we think we're doing. And do we have the constitutional right, to make what we consider to be a moral contribution to the fiber of this society based upon our religion? Of course we do. And we don't have to apologize.

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And if somebody wants to know, if we are unable to explain, we do not have to explain.

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But what we should do is the people of the media,

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the people of the media, or the people of government, who feel that they don't understand what's going on, we should send them to people who are qualified to expound upon this issue in a dignified, educated way. So that people would not think somehow or another, that all these women who wearing the scarf got an ak 47 underneath a scarf, or they got a bomb, they come in inside somewhere with a bomb,

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you know, stereotypes.

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But the issue is, we Muslims, the Muslim ladies in particular, you do not have to explain to anybody why you are dressed the way you are dressing.

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Just like others who are undressed, do not have to explain to anybody why they are undressed, it's a matter of choice. Unfortunately,

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if I'm living next door to some people who choose to be naturalist,

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I can't say anything, the only thing I can do is move.

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And if they live next door to me, and my wife is dressed like that, they can't say anything. All they can do is what move that society we live in it. Everybody has free movement. And we have to deal with the patient with each other.

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What about this issue of forced marriage, forced marriage, where Muslim men are forcing their daughters to get married to who they want them to get married to?

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This is an Islamic, this is cultural.

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This is cultural. This is an Islamic. There's nothing in Islam called forced marriage. Those who are doing it, or doing it the based on that tribal, ethnic, cultural practices.

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How's the father gonna force his daughter to marry somebody? I mean, she don't even know this guy.

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But because that's his cousin, or that's the son of his brother. Or that's his family. That's somebody for the guy. He they Bangladeshi. So he gave, she will take her to Bangladesh to force her to marry. And then after they get married, give him a card where he can come back.

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No, no, no.

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This is oppressive. This is repressive. This is an Islamic also, it's unconstitutional. As a matter of fact, I think that in New Zealand, it is also against the law. I think that in the UK, it's against the law in America, it's against the law, and it should be against the law.

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Because nobody has the right to do that. However,

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if a father has a daughter that is 16, and he thinks that she's a little bit active.

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And do you know she's already kind of like looking at boards and boards, looking at how they interact and SMS messages and blah, blah, all that kind of stuff going on? He said, Hold it, wait a minute now. I can't [???]ting on last and no unit.

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The you know, for the unit for she for she finished the unit. There might be something else going on.

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So he said, Look, our maximum range was right now. So he begins to make an arrangement for his daughter to get married. And he says to her, listen, there's a young man that I met.

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He's working. I know his family, and I think will be good for you to marry him. This is not a forced marriage. This is called an arranged marriage. So her parents and his parents arrange for them to be married. And those people they agree those young people agree.

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And so the young girl she goes to live with his parents or they he comes to live with her parents because they're young, they're still in school. This is called an arranged marriage. Islam says nothing wrong.

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With that, it's nothing wrong. Why? Because the arrangement was done as protection of the children and out of the well being, and by the consent and everything of the parents. But Islam says, when that girl becomes herself, an adult, and she don't like that marriage, because she couldn't make all the choices. She couldn't look into the whole background. She didn't like it. She wake up one day and said, No, this ain't the right guy. Or he's not really working, he was working, but he's not working. Now. He doesn't want to go to school, I finished school, this guy doesn't want to sweep the streets and hang out in the streets, I'm going to become a doctor, it's not gonna work. She has the

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right to know that marriage. That's what Islam says. So we say that's fair. She got married out of the consent, I mean, out of the will of her parents are concerned for parents to protect her to protect the honor of the family and everything. But when she gets to be an adult, she can make her own decisions, and she can do what she can and know that marriage.

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So there is no forced marriage in Islam.

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Let's talk about the issue of female circumcision.

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You know, you got all these feminists going over Africa and all that [???]. I mean, ain't got no, they don't want to feed the people, then we're building houses for the people. They don't want to change the social conditions of the people. But all of a sudden, they enter this frenzy about female circumcision. Oh, how can they do something like that? Well, we say that this is not an Islamic practice. That's a cultural practice. And if Muslims are doing that, that horrendous type of action, this is an Islamic, and if they were in a society like ours, they would be punished. So it's an Islamic, unfortunately, it's a tribal practice, which is widespread in different parts of Africa,

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and different different parts of Asia. Unfortunately, it is widespread, but it is not Islamic. It is tribal. It is ethnic, it is cultural. It has nothing to do with Islam. Islam doesn't support that. So let's separate this issue and say, yes, Muslims are doing that. But it is not is lemak. Now the reasons why Muslims are doing it, they say they're doing that to modify the agitation and tendencies of women towards becoming too sexually explicit in and motivated and seductive, and so forth and so on. Yeah, I don't have to get into the detail. Y'all know what I'm talking about.

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But islamically It's a mutilation. It's a mutilation. But look, let's look at some other mutilations. Nobody said anything about that. Mr. Gallo brother, Allo brother, Michael Jackson.

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No, Mike.

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I knew Mike when Mike was living.

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See, when he was just 11. And Mike was just as brown as I am.

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And when I had hair,

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Mike's hair was just like mine.

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So I don't know what I don't know how all that stuff. I don't know what.

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And Mike didn't have no demos here. And Mike didn't know puckered lips. And Mike didn't have no bleach skin. And Mike did have a whole other stuff. He I don't know what happened.

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That is mutilation. But it's called an America and modern society is called cosmetic surgery. So in this country, they say instead of saying mutilation, they say cosmetic surgery, when it applies to what's happening with those tribes. They call it mutilation.

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No, I say cosmetic surgery is mutilation. And unfortunately, now did you know now that cosmetic surgery takes up for 26% of all surgery in the world

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26%. That means one out of every four surgical procedures in the world of done for cosmetic reconstruction.

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And they get paid more money than engineers to reconstruct and disrupt people's lives.

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So I'm putting this into context to say it's still not Islamic, no matter how people want to try to justify. So it is something Muslims do, but it has nothing to do with Islam.

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Now about women working women have the right to work in any field that they want to work in Muslim women. They can be doctors, they can be lawyers, they can be engineers, they can be dentists, they can be teachers, and if a Muslim woman she wants to put on combat boots, and all that and ak 10 she want to go to Iraq wherever she want to fight and, and the tanks in the trenches and she wants to battle with men.

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do karate and she she won't do combat, she can be gi Jane,

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if that's what she really wants to do, Islam does not prevent her from doing that. But what Islam does is to discourage her from that because Islam says, look, sister, now you might be pumping on, you know, you might be doing karate and all that you might be taking all kinds of attitudes and, and supplements and building your body up and you know, you might be taking things to suppress hormones and you might cut your hair, shave your hair off and put on the boots and everything. But I'll tell you, when you get out there and come back with a brother, who did just as much and poppin as you,

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you will not be able to sustain the level of combat like a man.

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Now if his sisters think they can you go out this uniform go out and fight.

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But history says that no country was so foolish as to send a regiment of women out to fight against a regiment of men. I asked you, if anybody here knows of any country in the world that has sent out a regiment of 2000 women to fight against a regiment of 2000 men, all of them the same equipment, did they never in the history of the world. Why? Because we understand that basically, although women can do what is called combat support, women can be present on the battlefield, women can even dress in battle give, they can get engaged, but they do not have the ability to sustain over a period of time, the same intensity of direct combat as men.

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That's because males are not the same as women. And women are not the same as men. Now, I'll tell you on the other side, it has been discovered that when it comes to combat support, that means logistics, crunching the figures, find out where the tanks is at and all kinds of stuff like that women are able to do better combat support than the men.

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And you know what i found as a teacher, I'll tell you something else I discovered. I discovered that in my class in high school class. When I gave CIT when I gave my female when I gave my female students an assignment to do when I gave my female students homework to do when I gave them classwork to do when I gave them assignments like that. Do you know the women in the class, the young girls in the class, they always outperform the boys.

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That the girls came back, their assignments were typewritten.

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Their assignments will need. Their assignments were thorough, the assignments were attractive, they put them into those slots and folders. The boys always scribbled some stuff.

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The boys never did the research. The boys always late the boys always got excuses. The boys always in the class jumping around pushing each other. So we say that intellectually. And I'll say this to you, it is my understanding from historical research, that in many cases, in many cases, women are able to intellectually outperform men.

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Thank you very much.

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But it doesn't mean does it mean that they are not equal in their access. So in Islam, women can work in any field they want to work in. However, Islam discourages them from work that may compromise their morals may endanger them from a moral standpoint of view,

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a type of work that might put them in a sense situation where they're coming home late at night, a situation where they might be prey or victim, a situation where a woman is working by herself with men, a situation where she's married and have been in halwa, that is have been in seclusion with men might cause some kind of pollution on her reputation of thought. So Islam discourages that. But as to women being able to work, have their own businesses, being professional, go to school have free access to education, Islam puts no limitations on them. Only what Islam does is Islam puts it into perspective, to protect them, to guard them their interest as mothers, as daughters, as sisters, and

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as wives.

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The issue of poor marriage. We talked about that a little bit, the issue of social representation.

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Women must be represented in the society as they are as human beings. They have the right if there's a Congress, women should be able to, to serve on the Congress. If there's a Senate, they should be able to serve on the Senate. If there's a board of trustees

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cooperation, they should be able to represent that inside the mosque. And let's be clear about this issue inside the mosque. If there's something called an assembly imaginisce a gathering a representation of the Muslims,

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the sisters should be able to be represented on dimensionless.

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I didn't say that the woman should have the ability to become the Imam, because islamically the women do not be as the Imam, for reasons that Islam has justified,

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that generally the society is represented by the men.

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The head of the society is the man. That is the general position of Islam. But if there are no men that have the intellectual capabilities, if there are no men who have the moral capabilities, if there are no men who got the physical capabilities, it could happen that a Muslim woman could become the president of that country. It happened in Pakistan. It happened in Indonesia. I mean, it happened in some other places. But we say generally, in a Muslim country, this wouldn't happen, but it can happen. But let's talk about the measures the gatherings of the Muslims, can the Muslim lady beyond the mattress, of course, you can say she cannot.

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Who said that Muslim woman can't sit and represent the interests of women represent the issues of children and cannot represent themselves and women can't vote to see who should become the Imam who should become the Amir who said that women can do that the prophet SAW them didn't say that.

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The companions of the Prophet SAW some abacha Ilan Omar Nakata.

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As an alien avatar, they didn't say that. No, we didn't say that the Muslim lady should be sitting someplace over in a room by herself with some men. We didn't say that. But we said that that Muslim lady who was a representative, she should be able to have the say, so the vote the representation and effect community of Muslims like anyone else.

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And those men who say otherwise,

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they are just having a static historical idea about the role of women. Women shouldn't come outside the home. All they should do is stay home, go shopping, make sure the food is done when I get home. That's that mentality. But that's not Islam. Because Let me remind you brothers about that who think that issue of the law on her who is the wife of the prophets of Allah will send them

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she taught 272 of the scholars of Islam who was companions today, she taught 272 hafsa. She taught 114. So that means that How does she teach them? She didn't mix with them. But they came outside of her door on a daily basis, and she lectured to them. And she taught them knowledge that only she could have given to them. Secondly, she was the holder of Hadees that her father didn't know that. didn't know that was mine. But I found it know that Ali abitata they didn't know why because they were Heidi's dealing with the personal matters of the profits allows them that only she knew. The other thing is that she was an authority on Hadith, second only to one other person who was that Abu

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Laila,

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only one of the companions had more Hadith was more than 30 of Hadees in Asia, Abu huraira. And thirdly, she was a half of the Quran that she memorized the Quran herself, while she was with the Prophet sallallahu wasallam.

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So Muslim women should have social representation, they should have their own right of divorce. That is, if a situation takes place, that woman doesn't want that that relationship she should not be forced and that relationship the woman has, there's a front door of divorce, and there's a back door of divorce. One is called the right that the male has because he pays the dowry, and because he gives to support the maintenance, the other one is called holla. It is the back door of divorce. And a woman came to the profits to loss in the first hola in Islam, and she said Jada sort of lost and lost them. My husband is one of the best men of Medina. She didn't say nothing wrong. He's one of

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the best men of Medina, but almost never lost us. And I think if I stayed with him, I will endanger my religion. This was she said,

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and later on, we look and see what happened. She married this man. She married him. And she thought it was good man and everything. But one day she saw him walking with two very handsome brothers.

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Energy saying that he was looking.

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He was he was walking in the middle of two very handsome brothers. And she said Oh man, this guy

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you

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She saw that she had a feeling for a handsome man. And her husband wasn't very handsome. She was honest. She said, He's one of the best men of Medina. But I think if I stayed with him, I would endanger my religion, which means she's saying that maybe she will have feelings for somebody else.

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The Messenger of Allah is awesome. Esther, will you give him back the dowry which he gave to you? She said, Yes. He said, then take, give him back the dowry and you observe one day

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did he go to the husband and ask now he didn't, the process of giving the holler. This means that Muslim woman, if she goes to whoever is the authority among the Muslims, and says, I don't want to be with that man anymore.

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She can get color. Nobody can stop her from that.

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So she has the right of divorce. She has property rights. In fact, you sisters know. And you brothers know that the wealth resides among the women in our community more so than it resides among the men, you know that I guarantee that in this room right here, the woman got more money than the men.

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Women can own that property. Women can inherit from their father, they can inherit from their brother, they can inherit from their uncle, they can inherit from the grandfather, they can inherit from their son, but the Father, the Son, the uncle, they never inherit from the women, but they have to keep on doing what

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taking care of the women, the son got to take care of the mother, he got to take care of his sister, you got to take care of his Granny, you got to take care of his arm, you got to take care of his wife. So the wealth resides among the women because the women do not have to take care of the men. And the women don't have to take care of themselves. So the wealth builds up among the women. And so property rights have been the right of women from the first day of Islam. The last thing, women have the right to vote, and women have the rights to have to, to work towards leadership. Now leadership doesn't necessarily mean the virtual leadership of the nation. But why should not women be having

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positions to lead and to represent different segments of the society, for instance, for instance, Muslims keep this in mind, in the time of Omar Abdullah, when he was the second Khalifa,

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this is during the right after the prophet SAW slim, there was a woman whom he assigned to be in charge of one of the areas of Medina, the source of Medina, and she was in charge of that marketplace to do what to govern how business was done in that part of the marketplace. Some of the competitors, they complained to him, this is

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how you select this woman, when there's many men can do their job. He said, No, you be quiet. That woman is doing the job better than any one of you. And as long as she's doing that job, she is representing me.

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So if that woman was doing that job, it means that a woman could be in charge of a government department. A woman could be selected to be charge of a government administration. And why not?

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They have minds.

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They are humans, their thinking their citizens, they have the rights. And if it does not interfere with their ability to take care of their families or themselves and doesn't compromise their morals. Yes, they have that right. And it is the duty of the Muslims who are in positions and the society at large to make a determination of their rights. And if any one of you sisters or brothers want to see how that works. Maybe you don't see it here, get on a plane and go to Malaysia.

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Get on playing and go to Malaysia. You see how it's operating. That's a Muslim country. They have Sharia they're going see how it works. We don't say that it's the best representation, but we say it is working, go and see it.

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So brothers and sisters, what I'm advocating today is that women along with the support and encouragement of us men need to work for the empowerment within the Muslim society. We need to work for the empowerment of women within the Muslim community and the greater community. It doesn't mean creating new roles. It doesn't mean innovative titles. It doesn't mean rearranging what has been determined by Latinas messengers. So a lot of them. What it means is wanting our sisters, our mothers, our daughters to be educated and doubt involved and having a feeling of confidence and self esteem. You will find that any nation that has neglected or oppressed or humiliated their women,

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they subsequently were isolated, eventually oppressed by others and today have been humiliated. Women should not feel intimidated or insecure about giving liberties and resources to our women. We should feel blessed and fortunate to be guided by Islam for having the wisdom of the Quran and the Sunnah. I have a few recommendations However, for our sisters, one all what Muslim women should adopt a program of Islamic study including fit and wackier all Muslim sisters

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engage themselves and study when you understand Islam. When you understand the Quran, when you understand this one, you will be empowered by that knowledge and people will not take advantage of you.

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All Muslim women should evaluate their compliance with the rules of hijab. All Muslim women themselves should understand that the issue of hijab the proper dress in the mall, just the Muslim woman didn't come from their husbands didn't come from their societies, it came from Allah subhanaw taala. And you should be in compliance with that all Muslim woman should connect themselves to an Imam,

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a Muslim leader,

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a student of knowledge, or a scholar, to represent them in matters of adjudication, for instance, if there's a problem between you and your husband, you can always go to the family. Now, a lot of times the family members be on the side of the husband,

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you have to go to a neutral party, you got to go to the Imam, or you got to go to a student of knowledge, or you got to go to a scholar, how do you adapt that relationship with them, I don't mean go and sit with the man. I don't mean go sit with a student of knowledge. I mean, build the relationship through seeking the knowledge. So therefore, when you have a situation needs to be adjudicated, you can contact that student of knowledge of that demand to represent you in that issue of knowledge. All Muslim women should prepare themselves for marriage, and responsibilities of marriage. So all the sisters who are in this room, all the Muslim ladies who are of the age of

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marriage, you should begin preparing yourself for marriage. Or you should be asking your fathers of your uncles or your representatives. Why having some arrangements made for me to get married. All Muslim women should find out all they can about their respective community, Masjid or center. If you don't know what's going on in the masjid. If you don't know what's going on in your center, if you don't know who, Who's the man who's the matchless, how they spend the money, what's going on, is because you don't want to know what's going on. Because if I was a woman, which I am not,

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I would go and find out what's going on. I want to find out how the money is collected. Who's spending the money? I don't find out what the programs what's the what's the what's going on? Why there's no school here. What where's this? What's the program about the school? I want to find out? What's the right what's the activities? What's the five year plan? What's the message? I want to see the constitution? You got the right. If you put the pressure on these brothers, they will give you your rights.

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All Muslim women should find out and I don't care. I don't care if the brothers don't wanna invite me back no more.

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Doesn't matter.

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What's right is right. And I'll be very honest with the brothers. If you allow the sisters to get involved. I'm gonna tell you what will happen. The sisters will make sure the grass is cut.

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They may show that they may show what do you call it landscaping. They do all the landscaping, they'll have to curtains on the windows. They make sure the toilets are clean. They make sure that the hookah rug is hoovered, they'll make sure all the areas is nice because women are different from men when it comes to particulars. When you find a mosque, which is not sustained, which is not maintained, which is dirty, which is a which is trash all around the place the outside the inside. I'll guarantee you that no women around

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when you find a mosque is well lit.

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When you find a mosque is clean that smells good. You see where the landscaping is done. When you find a mosque where the children are always there and active and in and out. I guarantee you that's a mosque where the sisters are involved. So I asked you is the mosque for the men or is the mosque for the community.

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The mosque is for the community, sisters.

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Sisters insist upon your involvement, and brothers do not feel insecure. The masks don't belong to you. It belongs to the community.

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All Muslim women should encourage other Muslim women to be energetic and committed to Islamic movement. All Muslim women should respect their husbands, preserve their homes, protect and advise their children and God their whole selves, especially their tongues.

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All Muslim women should be more concerned about the responsibilities than demanding of their rights. All Muslim sisters should learn the basic Dallas skills, the propagation of Islam so that they may discharge this duty among other women in New Zealand. Almost a woman must develop a worldview. don't develop a view of just yourself, just your home, just your family, just your husband, just your local community, but look about the world. Think about Muslim woman in the world. Think about the whole world. Think about the society. Think about the nation forget to get the whole view. And then when you think about the whole view then think about yourself, your children, your husband, your

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family, your community, how it fits in with the nation view how it fits in with the worldview, then you will find that you will be more functional

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So that they are not narrow minded. And they have confidence that Islam has the capability to address the world issues and to eventually offer the world a new proposition. Dear brothers and sisters in Islam, I want to really thank

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the brothers, the Muslim association of Canada, I want to thank the the non Muslims who took it took the major sacrifice to come here today and sit for an hour, hour and 15 minutes or so with us, I want to thank the Muslims who came out and even those of you who brought your children and more than that, I want to thank these young Muslim children, those of you who have sat down and remain city, I mean, this is like phenomenal.

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You know, some of you children came and sat and remain disciplined, I want to really thank you.

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So I want to I want to thank also the, the local council, who has given support or interaction with the Muslims of this August, this area. And I want to thank the media representatives that are here today, in spite of the fact that we did not allow you to film because one, I'll tell you why. Just to be clear with you. First of all, I'm not a scholar.

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And therefore, I don't want what I have to say, to be brought out to the public as if you know, some some international scholar, he said so so. So that's not fair representation. The other thing is that if the media wants to interview me in particular, where I will be responsible for what I say, I'm willing to meet with them while I'm here. And then I'm responsible for what I say. And a fair representation will not be like depicted for the Muslims in general. The other thing is that we don't want to get caught off caught up in some kind of a, you know, where you get put into a frame, you know, where somebody take some pictures or take some footage. And then after that they add some

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stuff in there. And you only know what they what was going on. So I don't want to do that. So the media, people who are here, if you represent the newspaper, or you represent the radio, or you represent the television, then you can meet with my representative and we can set up an appropriate time. We don't mind because we got nothing to hide. Nothing at all. And I think that Islam, maybe I can't answer all things. But the Quran and the Sunnah of the prophet SAW some can answer all things. And we don't mind we have complete transparency for you. And finally, before we answer some questions, because I'm sure there's a few questions here, when we begin to answer questions, they

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should be on the topic. The topic is the critical issues concerning women. So don't ask me about Ben Latin.

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I don't I don't know where he is. I never.

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I don't I never met him and I'm not responsible for nothing. So let's, let's not even get into that. Okay. So I think before we do, however, answer the questions, I think that we Muslims, we do have to pray.

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This is a very, this, this is a very,

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very problematic question. And because of the fact that you're asking me how that might be taking in some maybe 37 different countries in the world where this Muslim woman could be a resident of have based upon their culture based upon their tradition based upon their language based upon some of the geopolitical dynamics, how would they react? I wouldn't be able to say that. However, let's say let's answer. Let's ask that question a different way. What does Islam say about the Muslim lady? Who's Who lives somewhere? And she decides she wants to what? Maybe you? You mean, she wants to change her religion? Is that what you mean?

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Because there's a difference if she simply wanted to change her lifestyle, but not her religion? That I don't think really you understand me then she's just a situation where there are Muslim ladies that live in Pakistan, Muslim ladies that live in Nigeria, Muslim ladies that live in Morocco, Muslim ladies that live in Saudi Arabia, and for some reason or another, they kind of want to change their lifestyle. While the society each society absorbs that every family absorbs that differently. But I don't think really, that we can make a case study of it to say that she would be under any less duress than if a woman was born in a Greek Orthodox family, and she decided she

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wanted to marry a Muslim. How would that family feel? How would she react to that? She would be under pressure, there would be some.

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I think there would be some aggravation there. I think there would be some psychological

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A positioning there, I think she would be discouraged, she may be present prevented, she may be oppressed, she may be punished. She may be a lot of things could happen. I'm talking about whether she was born in Greek Orthodox, or whether she was born Muslim, it really all depends upon the fiber of the family, the intellectual ism of the family, the society itself, there's a lot of parameters you want to think about. But I don't think that the Muslim woman, as a person is under any more duress or any more pressure, or would be prevented from her individual or human rights any less than she would if she was born Greek Orthodox or Catholic or any other religion. That's my answer.

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Brother, I'm a nursing student and I have to be in contact with men and all the women and sometimes it gets really up close and personal, is this hot arm, sometimes I come in contact with them physically, sister, let me say this to you. If you are a medical student, you need to focus more upon medical issues of women, you need to try to minimize your contact with men, especially where you will be forced to be in halwa with a man to treat him that means in a separate place where there are no eyes and nobody else because you will put your reputation you put your integrity into question sometimes, because maybe late at night or early in the morning or situation, nobody else is

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on that floor. Nobody else is inside that room and demand he got to expose itself or whatever the case might be. So the Muslim lady who is a medical professional, she usually minimises her medical profession to women, issues regarding women, and sister Look, there are more women in the world than men.

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So if you were to sort of like guide yourself towards the issues regarding women, I don't just mean gynecology. But I mean, you know, things regarding children, women, you know, family issues, and stay away from as much as you can. However, if you are forced, although that is not your inclination, to obey emergency or a situation special situation that you have to treat a man. Islam says, as long as you put the best construction and protection on that issue, you can do so because on the battlefield, when Muslims needed to be their wounds wrapped, women were serving them women was treating them women was changing, dressing the wounds, women, young symbols giving them water,

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women, young women had to come in contact with men who was not their husbands or their brothers or their family members. So if the situation calls for it, if there is an unusual set of circumstances, then Islam addresses that unusual set of circumstances. But you should select for yourselves a profession or an area of medicine that generally doesn't put you in that kind of contact to compromise your issue of hijab and the law, he knows the best? That's a fair question, but it's a fairly general one. That's why I sort of answered it there or you can go to the website, there's a website called Islam today. And it is supervised by

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someone older, male also wanted to reward him, it is supervised by him. And he is a wide minded, qualified, certified scholar that you can be in contact with today. So some of these questions here, go to Islam today. And there are four or five other websites. If you come to our website, we will guide you towards that a lot of these questions can be answered by certified scholars or students of knowledge in sha Allah

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says how can we as Muslims stop negative media coverage of women's rights, you cannot stop it, the only thing you can do is address it. And we want to address it but you cannot stop it. What you need to do is Muslims, you need to have four or five brothers used to have two or three brothers and two or three sisters who themselves understand the media. They understand the language of the media, they understand the principles and and protocols of media, they understand the major issues that media is addressing. When an issue comes up, don't have people who are unskilled talking in front of the camera, because they're gonna trap you, they're gonna trick you, they're gonna put you in a

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situation of embarrassment. And later on, you're gonna be trying to wiggle out of it. And the more you wiggle, you will be more and more and more like quicksand. So don't do it. Always. If somebody asks you a question, who's from the media say to them, honestly, listen, I'm not a representative of the Muslim community. I can't speak on behalf of the Muslim community, but I can speak on behalf of myself, but I don't have no qualified knowledge. So when you say that, then the listeners will understand that you overtly did what is called disclosure.

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refer them to the people who have authority or last panel data set in the Quran

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refers

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to Allah tala, who is the analytical, the analytical, Quran and the Sunnah, the people of knowledge to fukuhara Allah refer them to those who

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Possible people, they will get responsible answers. That's the best way for us to do until we create our own media.

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First, he says, I think assistant, you obviously spoke Arabic or understand the language. does one need to learn the language to be a better Muslim? Listen, let me say this to you.

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To answer this question Are any Muslim,

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a person that goes to a doctor that already understand something about medical procedures would be a better patient.

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A person that goes to a pharmacist that knows something about the language of pharmacology will be a much better person that takes the medicine. So obviously, Islam, the sources of Islam, it came down to why the revelation came and out of it. Allah subhanaw taala says in the Quran, and Allah Allah

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will be revealed this Koran in an Arabic language of proclear, and prospective Arabic language in order to benefit the atom, the mind, so the Arabic language will increase our understanding of Islam, understand our understanding of the Quran of the sooner and understand increase our our understanding and ability to transfer because that is the formula. So yes, every Muslim who learns the formula, even in a small amount, and my knowledge of the Arabic language is probably a just a small amount, on a scale of one to 10. Maybe my knowledge of the language is a three or four.

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But that allows me at least to transfer some things to appreciate some things to understand some things a little bit more. And for me to get to the four or five, six or seven, I go to people who have better knowledge of the Arabic language, but I don't say that a person has to have knowledge of the Arabic language to be a good Muslim. No, they do not. They do not. Islam is not set like that.

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minimally to perform the prayer one has to know what Al Fatiha the process and said and fattier, there is no Salah without uhlmann kita Oman keytab is Fatiha. So if you can recite the seven verses of Al Fatiha in the Arabic formula, you can complete your prayer minimally. But that doesn't say you should leave it there. Now you must continue to understand the shock of this a lot. You must understand the other rules of this a lot. From that you need to seek knowledge, seeking the knowledge means in the language seeking the knowledge coming from the sources. But it is not the issue that we have to become advised to become good Muslims, or that Arabs have some kind of special

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position in Islam. That is not the case. Because some of the major scholars of Islam after Mohammed, so awesome, and the companions of the Prophet SAW slam some of the major scholars of Islam, they was not Arabs at all. But it didn't mean that they didn't have

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knowledge of the Arabic language. So let's not put these two things together a good Muslim and the Arabic language. No, a good Muslim is from here from the heart, have the under good understanding and good practice, good morals, good intentions, but all of that will be complemented and of course you to move up in the data set of knowledge if you have commands of the Arabic language.

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It says and what about if a doctor is a man and he has to get in contact with women as a patient? Look, the the male, the Muslim man, the Muslim doctor, why would he be why would he want to be a gynecologist?

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I mean, why would a Muslim man what all the what all the medical choices that he has? Why would he want to be a gynecologist?

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Well in Islam, we do not put the morals before the money.

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Ever. Why would a man he wants to be staring at ladies private parts? handling women putting his hand up inside women? Why would he want to be gone to all of that if he has taqwa fear of Allah subhanho wa Taala and his 99 branches of medicine he can enter why he entered that one.

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No, no, no. Generally speaking, the Muslim doctor would not go that route unless he's not practicing his religion. Or maybe he don't have Taqwa or in that area, that place there are no Muslims to be able to deal with that problem. Because if that man was skilled as a gynecologist, and there were issues relative to women that were very critical, and he was the only one that could that could deal with it. Whether from a point of surgery of a point of treatment or analysis or whatever, if he was the only want to do it again, who would have to do it. He would have to do it.

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But generally speaking in New Zealand, we don't have that kind of problem. So I would say generally speaking the Muslim doctor, he would not choose to be a

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colleges in New Zealand, with all the different ways there should be women, doctors, for women.

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And that poses another question. The Muslim man when your wife become pregnant, should you take your wife to the hospital? And just have any kind of doctor examining your prenatal examination and stuff like that? The answer is absolutely no. You must go to the hospital. And when you find out, she's pregnant, you must say to the hospital, I'm a Muslim, we're Muslims. And she can only be exposed to a Muslim lady and to a lady doctor, not a Muslim doctor, but a lady.

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But sometimes we find that Muslims themselves bring their wives to the hospital.

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And

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the doctor just comes out and he says, Oh, Hello, Mr. Mohammed. How you doing? Hello, Mr. Mohammed. I, Mr. Mohammed, sit down over in the waiting room. I'll see you in a minute. Miss Mohammed, born and get undressed? I'll be right back.

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Wait a minute.

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I mean, some of the Muslims, they don't want their Muslim brother to say Salaam to their wife. You know, I say I said she's just a Salaam Alaikum. Sister.

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Why are you saying to them to my wife?

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You know, me, the brothers. They don't want us even say Salaam to the wife.

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But then the wife goes to the hospital. And he said, and then the doctor says, Mr. Mohammed, take off your clothes. I'll be right back.

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What's going on here?

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No, the rules should be that we have the right to our sensitivities. And we should ask, not just asked, but we should insist that when our wives are examined, they are examined by female doctors.

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And that when a man comes into my wife, when she's in the hospital, that he has told hollett Doc,

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wait a moment, my wife is not dressed yet. Give her a chance to put herself together that he can come in and he can write down his notes and all that debt, and she's not exposed. But many times the Muslims themselves are not observing this rule. So their wives are exposed. And you can't blame the people because I have went to the hospitals and said that about my wife. They said, Oh, what are you making a big deal? All these other Muslims is coming in here. Nobody else said that about said that was special. I said, Yeah, my wife is special and I'm special.

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And if this hospital will not send me acquiesce to this rule, often another hospital either if I gotta travel a day, and my wife and I got to live somewhere else, we got to find a place where there is a female gynecologist, whether it's a female doctor, whether it's a female that's going to deliver that child. And, and hamdulillah by the grace of Allah subhanaw taala, every single time we have insisted, we have found the last panel what Allah He gave us in semi what we asked for.

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So Muslims, it is not just their fault, it is sometimes our fault.

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We booked this place until five minutes ago.

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That means we over the time.

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All right.

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So I'm going to ask one more question. And that means we gotta be out of here, I'm sorry.

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So I'm a Muslim woman who loves my career, sometimes I feel I have to joke with my male colleagues and and, and build rapport with him, so that they will complete the task to me. My question is, how can I go? How far can I go in my career, and yet not against my son principles? Sister, listen, you got to do the best job that you can do without violating the issues of hijab without violating the issues of protocol, without violating the issues of your morals, you know how far you can go use your heart. If you got the trust of your husband, and you got the trust of yourself and you feel a loss of power to Allah, you have to carry your influence within your The, the, the atmosphere of

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your company, or the atmosphere of your place of work to the best of your ability. However, if you believe in your heart that you are compromising something, if you think you went over the top, you will know it inside your heart, follow your heart system. Do not sacrifice your family, do not sacrifice your morals. Do not sacrifice your principles. Do not compromise your hijab, for the job that you have. I don't care what it pays.

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But you be the judge of that. And you let your husband be the judge of that. And don't let anybody else be the judge of that. So all I can say to you about that. Brothers, sorry.

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The sister took up all the time.

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But after all, it was the sisters evening anyway. So the brothers they will have another session of the critical issues regarding many.

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We want to thank all of you for being patient, especially the non Muslims who stayed or those who were here previously. You want to thank the media. I want to thank all the sisters want to thank all the brothers and want to thank all the children. This one, this one, this one, this one, this one and that one. All thank you very much Somali calm

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After

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doing all the things that you and I do, and at night, standing in prayer for four or five hours at a time

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and in the day, fighting the battles,

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discharging the armies,

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giving the time and the rulings explaining the Qur'an instructing the people in behavior. How could a man do all of that? and stand four or five hours at night at one time?

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What kind of human being could that be?

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Let me tell you, after Christopher Columbus came back and claim that land for King Ferdinand and Isabella,

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they sent more ships.

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Within 150 years.

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They destabilize massacred, killed, liquidated, eliminated 89 million native Indians as they call them,

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to take control of what they call the new world.

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So we got 56 and we got 89. You keep adding for me, please? How many?

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487 million.

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That's half a billion people. They never defined any of these actions in these barbaric tragic intrusions, criminal occupations, destabilization stabilizations murder and protracted crimes on humanity. They never called it what

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terrorism is.

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It's unbelievable.

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How a concept

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could be forced on the world with their eyes wide open.

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And all the lives all the time that people go to church, read the Bible, talk to their priests, the leaders themselves around the dinner table, prayed to God with their eyes open or close and don't understand the trilogy. And they accepted that it's simply a mystery that cannot be explained.

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The Islamic position regarding that is that generally, generally, the role of men

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is to protect them generally, to represent to protect outwardly, just like you have never in history, heard of an army army, a country going to war against another country, and they sent a female regiment.

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It has never happened.

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There's a reason for that. With all deliberations going on, America didn't say no female resident

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because generally speaking, answering the lady's question, they are equal in front of God, but they're not the same.

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You see if a law rat ran across you right now

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is right, right or wrong? And they just got finished praying the morning trail. They stopped planning the bank robbery.

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Or they call it the lady or lady call up the man they want to meet together. So we meet

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for lunch.

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But before we go have this meeting that we don't have, let's pray.

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So can we pray today? We had a meeting together. So where are we going for me? It was good to have smiles. I pray I pray that afternoon.

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So before the afternoon press, it will be gone through the media house. So here's what we don't do. We take a little drink and we start skipping smooches whatever is it it's a it's a sunset prayer.

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Nice Not gonna happen.

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So the whole issue of the prayer the Prophet the Quran says in the salata 10

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Hi, I'm Sasha Woodman COVID is correct. Verily, the prayer is a preventive deterrent against human tendencies towards doing what's wrong.

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And one day, she wake up, and she puts on niqab

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and she puts her full clothes on, no more lipstick,

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no more perfume.

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She doesn't talk to the men. She's not working anymore because she understands to keep her higher, to keep herself. She stays home and take care of her home and her husband says, What's happened to you?

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She says yesterday, I read an A and A quote and I read the Hadith from the prophets, a lot of them and it made me cry to think about my religion and I'm not doing that no more. And so he said, then I don't want you. You have become extreme.

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So she has now become stranger.

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Come to the lab. If he leaves her, we asked a lot to give another stranger.

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The Muslim neighbor, the Muslim coworker,

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the Muslim colleague.

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They are the ones that are blocking the way for people understanding Islam. Because people are getting confused. They are confusing Muslims with Islam.

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And part of us uncovering the treasure sometimes means moving Muslims out of the way.

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Now that the treasure is open and plain and clear and uncovered for anyone to see

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I ask

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Are there any non Muslims here

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tonight

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that would like to inherit this treasure. La Ilaha

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Illa law

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