Critical Issues Facing The Muslims In The 21st Century
Channel: Khalid Yasin
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for this set of presentations.
We also want to thank the
brothers and sisters from the Jonas
organization of Copenhagen, and also the brothers from Kingdom Islam, for the very hard work and coordinating this set of lectures that we have done in Copenhagen and also in your city.
We also want to thank the cooperation of the local masjids.
elders and students nominee scholars of the area for their moral support for what they're doing.
We want to thank the brothers and sisters, the local brothers and sisters for the hard work that you have done for the money they have spent to come in to support this program also.
And we also we want to thank
the the members of the media, who might be here in cognito.
We always welcome to media where the pro or con is a free country, nobody has a right to
have their opinions,
just as it would be expected of us living in this country, to be aware of the Constitution of the country and to obey the law. We tell the media also it's only fair, that all these years, you're talking about Islam if you didn't read the book, and you didn't look to the life of the Prophet, and we think that is very unethical.
We want to thank the non Muslims who might be here, whether it is one or two, or many of them.
And to be very frank, about the matter, if there are any non Muslims here, we pray to Allah subhanaw taala that our behavior and that our message that touches you in a positive way.
We don't expect non Muslims to agree with everything that we say.
We don't agree also with everything we find in the non Muslim countries, but we use what we feel is good. And we tolerate the rest. So we asked non Muslims to be patient, we don't expect you to agree with everything that we say, but to express tolerance for what you disagree with.
It is the responsibility of Muslims to
not simply in a historical capacity,
not simply from a point of view of doctrine.
But you need to present Islam
within the context
of the society that you live in.
I mean, it's beautiful, to tell everybody that Islam is based on the Quran and the Sunnah it is, those are the sources.
But we have to bring the sources of Islam, the Quran and the Sunnah. And we have to bring it within the context of the real circumstances of the society that we live in. Otherwise, we're off the page. We're out of touch. We're inconsistent, and people cannot appreciate it. You can't keep pointing to the past, and to the people in the past and saying that this is our reference, this is our reference. That's feel good. say that's the reference. But people want to know, how does Islam fit here and now, whether in America, whether in Europe, whether in Australia, or anywhere else in the Western world, people want to know, where does Islam fit today and now
and what? Don't keep talking about what Muslims used to do? We used to have our civilization we used to have halifa we used this for us
Today, that's not good enough. It's about what you're contributing now, today, what are you contributing for the future? That's what the world really wants to know. And that's what we are obligated as Muslims to do. We got to show the relevancy of Islam. And that's the meat of our discussion today.
Now, let me make a couple of things clear, you know, that might not be clear.
Because, you know, even among the Muslims, we got a lot of haters.
You know, Muslim police,
you know, Muslim critics, you know, Muslims and professional critics on the Muslims.
But they're not critics on their own behavior, or on their families on their own neighborhoods.
So I'm going to suggest a couple of things because, you know, I noticed people sitting in the audience got a lot to say, especially in the hallways, and outside, got lots to say you never say people's face. But you say in the hallways, you say behind computers at night, you say on the phone, you wish you get on the outside and you say you say like, you know, your authority or something. You know, somebody asked why the shake is dressed in a suit?
Well, first thing I'll say is none of your business.
That's the first thing. But to put it in another context, okay, I travel all over the world.
And to be very frank with you, as a courtesy to non Muslims, in airports, planes, trains, wherever it is, I'm traveling, I won't be dressed and hooked up looking like Osama bin Laden.
Gopal, Allahu Allah.
May Allah have mercy upon him and except my prayers, is make exceptions, good deeds. So I won't be walking around the world necessarily looking like I just came out of the desert, or the jungle or mountain or wherever Muslims live. I love whatever the Muslims love, their dress, their culture, their food, all of that. Although the sooner the prophet SAW Sam, which he adopted from the out of people, and I love his modesty. I love his behavior, to the best of my ability. I try to wear that. Appreciate that. But that doesn't mean I gotta get on a plane. I gotta go everywhere I go. I'm in the operating room, and I'm in the classroom. I'm in the restaurant. I'm in the kitchen. I'm
cooking, I got to have on a turban and a long coat and a stick.
I wear what I wear, according to the time, and the place and the circumstance. And if you don't like it, I just go back to the first thing. Man hospitalists never the morning. Talk to whomever. Yeah, it's part of being a good Muslim to mind your business.
Have you said that?
Then some people want to know.
And they need this. Okay. Check where you went to school there? Well, I learned under a tree
from country to country.
That's what I learned. I sweat a little bit of time in Saudi Arabia, Mecca, Medina, my main scholar teacher is there. But I get a little bit from him. I sat here in there with different scholars, students of knowledge, I got a little bit from them. And today,
I don't need a lot of big knowledge, classic knowledge because whatever I don't have, I can pick up the phone I can get on the computer, and the people who got it, they can give me the evidence that I need, whether it is a fatwa, or it is,
or whatever it is that I need explanation to see. And I trust them. And I rely upon them for what have I cannot get or extract from them.
So those who graduated from somewhere, beautiful, use what you got.
let it show in your behavior.
But the companions of the Prophet symbolizes them. The major ones 6465 66 companions and process them. They didn't learn in an institution. They learn directly from each other from the profit sauce and from the type of aid from the activity. They learn and they took it from wherever they could take it from mela, bless them, that they were in close proximity to the Prophet, may Allah bless them, that their aim was in close proximity to the Sahaba. They
may Allah bless them, that those who is HIV and it was in close proximity to Milan bless them for that. That's our reference. That's the generation that we use. And after that, every Muslim got it from wherever they could get it from. That's what a lot tells us to do.
For either to not have to lose.
So if there's people here, who feel that what I have to say is illegitimate, and uncertified because I
graduate from anywhere, okay, then after I finished doing my call, you just take it, wrap it up and throw it in the trash on your way out the door, it's no problem. So it's okay, you don't have to take from me, you can take some wherever you want to take it from. So, having said that, these are kind of like disclaimers,
you know, put a couple of things straight.
The other thing is, some brothers and sisters, they go a little bit above, you know, maybe praising people, personalities, putting them where they don't belong it. So you know, on the internet and other places, keep this conversation because I've seen a scholar from America, I didn't have to tell nobody that
I didn't call myself a scholar doesn't say that on my business card, and the homeboys to Homeland Security, when they asked me what I do.
Generally, I lecture at universities, that's what I, that's what I prefer, I lecture in my
school schools are generally I lecture at universities, why? Because the universities wherever they are in the world, they are neutral
platforms, neutral. The faculty is there, the administration is there, the general community is accessible there, the students of there, so it's a neutral place. That's why I like the last lecture there. And secondly, lecture in the universities, you have the good prospect
of reaching non Muslims. But if you lecture in Masjid, you know, you're not gonna see too many non Muslims there.
I hope that those disclaimers will explain a few things. And I want to go right into the subject this evening. And
what I want to talk about is the challenges facing Muslims living in the modern society.
This lecture, now this particular lecture, I have delivered
probably in some 12 1314 different countries.
I don't know how many times. So this is not a brand new lecture, the lecture I've delivered before. So I'm just going to warm it up. You know, like some some real good heavy rock.
That's like some Moroccan soup,
or some real good Somali tea
is gonna warm it up with what's good is good.
You don't need to make up Brian know, if you already got it, just warm it up.
So I'm just going to give this presentation, as I have given it before, within the context of the time and shall not just ask for your patience.
Tonight, I would like to speak about the subject that is, in my opinion, one of the most important issues for us to consider. It's an issue that surrounds us, sustains us. Yet many of us go through our entire lives without ever giving any serious thought or consideration.
It's not a sophisticated issue,
nor one that requires technical knowledge, like the water we drink, and the air that we breathe, most of us will not address this issue until the lack of it threatens our lives,
or our personal welfare. The issue that I want to talk about tonight is the community that we live in. I'm not talking about the Muslim community we live in, I'm talking with the general community we live in
the communities that we share
with neighbors and colleagues and coworkers.
I'm talking about the society that you live in a society that welcomed you,
a society that gives to you a society that provides resources, material and human resources to give you services,
a sense of empowerment.
This is not a sophisticated issue.
It's not a philosophical issue.
And it's not one that really requires a lot of technical knowledge.
As a result of fiber optics and telecommunications, the world that we live in has become a global village or a global community.
Yes, we cannot escape or deny the realities and the dynamics of the local community. And what I mean by that is that if we were not watching TV, or radio, or reading newspapers, or using the internet, or the big screen TVs, or our telephones
60% of the things that we are concerned about, we won't even know about it.
And maybe that itself is a challenge. Being overloaded with so much information from somewhere else, that you cannot take care of what is next to you.
You need to take care of ourselves. Look to ourselves, get up in the morning. Before you check your email.
Before you get on the phone talking to people, get up in the morning, and look in the mirror and check yourself.
See what you did yesterday. Ask yourself, what you should know if you did not. Ask yourself why you didn't get up, make fighter.
Ask yourself, where are your children?
as yourself? What are you going to do the rest of the day?
What's your plan for the day?
Examine yourself. After that, examine your family.
Check your house,
go inside the rooms of your house, see what needs to be washed and fixed and organized and cleaning. This is like simple things before you check your email for you get on the phone. When you start turning on TV, see the news. When you start talking to people about other things that's going on.
As a result of fiber optics and telecommunication The world has become a global community.
Yet we should not escape. And we cannot escape or deny the realities and the dynamics of the local community.
Before our profits and loss have passed away,
he was on his deathbed.
And he was coming in and out. You know, like a coma, of consciousness. And every time he came out of consciousness jabril Allah Islam was reminding him about the neighbors,
and the promise of Sam, he thought perhaps the neighbor would take something from whatever he might
possess, would inherit something from him, although we know that people don't want to inherit from a prophet.
But he was thinking to himself, why jabril la snam keep telling them about the neighbor.
Because the prophet SAW said, wanted us who are living and well,
he wanted us to be conscious of the heart of the neighbor,
our neighbors, colleagues, co workers, neighbors, students, faculty, business people, that we interact with every day, they have PUC, they have a right to our good behavior.
And so for lots of panels, I was reminded at the end of his life,
and therefore the practices have warned us about the rights of the neighbor, that's your local community.
If you really want to know about a person,
forget about what they say about him in a magazine.
Forget about all the hand classes that people make about him and we say he's this, he's that no, go to his or her neighborhood and ask their neighbor about them, then you're going to know something
from the macro to the micro, that means from the large to the small. Our lives are connected and intertwined by the community that's around us.
It is the intention or the neglect of it, that will inevitably determine the actual quality of our lives. Sometimes, we are so preoccupied with our personal acquisitions, our personal interests, and our individual attainment that we cannot see beyond ourselves. We can see beyond our culture, we can see beyond our family, we can see beyond our own particular religious views.
We fail to see the connection or the impact
that a homeless man or woman have on our lives. When we pass them in the streets.
We fail to make the connection or understand the impact on our lives of the homeless. The way we're frustrated, the disadvantage
the young people,
some of them because of lack of guidance and anger in the jail.
We should be real about this.
That many of our younger brothers
young Muslims holding core and they're in the jail
while the students of knowledge arguing about madhhab
the father's is insistent on praying behind who they think need to be prayed behind and they say inside the little cultural messages
in the city where I live in Seattle, Washington
When I visit the jails,
I find a lot of young Muslims in the jails
or they wind up in the jail
because there's a generation gap
masjids is generally for the older people
in the streets is for the younger people.
We didn't make the messages attractive for the young people. And then we blame them because they don't come to the masjid. They don't stay when they do come.
We fail to make the connection or understand the impact on our lives. The homeless, the way with the youth. The disadvantage, the fatherless, the poverty stricken people that confused and frustrated people ran on time for them.
We so busy profiling
with the sunan outside,
criticized criticizing, segregating ourselves, blaming people talking about dirty Cafritz. You know, I hear this all the time, brother said we don't have to be listened to no dirty Cafritz.
You know, we don't obey them dirty Kaffirs.
whose passport you got?
Give the passport back.
And go back to where you think is clean.
Don't take dirty money from the hands of the non Muslims, if you think they're dirty,
don't live in the houses, that the dirty government that you want to call them have provided for you and your children and your wives in many cases. Don't take a welfare check.
Y'all feel what I'm saying? Brothers, you know what that is.
So don't eat from the dirty hand. So don't be
Don't be double standard. Don't become the non Muslims dirty. The processing didn't do that. Maybe some of them and some of us we are like that. And we need to speak about that, where it applies. But don't be talking about the government and how corrupt they are. But you yourself is still drinking from the breast of the government.
So let's be fair, let's be ethical. Let's be truthful about the matter.
We fail to understand and therefore to emphasize and empathize with this segment of the society, we fail to realize that they will more than likely become one of the statistics of alcoholism, drug addiction, violent crime, juvenile delinquency, prostitution, and other dysfunctional behavior.
We usually don't take notice until one of our own family members become one of those statistics. See,
what do we care about a homeless lady in the street? What do we care about a homeless man in the street? What do we care about the kids is out in the street with guns until you go to Copenhagen. And you see that just this past week, young Muslims shooting other Muslims in the street.
Now we're all of a sudden, we're concerned about young people.
But we're not concerned about those same young people who gave down to our young people and brought them out into the street.
Suddenly, we realize that regardless of our status, while cultivated stations in life, we're all part of a community.
And if we want to improve the quality of our lives, we have to certainly have to improve the quality of the community when the message of the law so law says made his his law by the permission of a law.
He made his
when he arrived in Medina, he didn't isolate himself.
He didn't tell the Muslims to go to a corner of Medina and stay there.
He didn't build this Masjid and segregated from non Muslims.
The process is domestic was open, Christians and Jews
and Bedouins. They were welcome to come and sit in a car from him.
And when the prophet SAW Sam first gave his first order, his first order to socialize and integrate with the people of Medina.
able to watch a
man or woman. This was one of the oldest he gave. You see, this is not the religious order. Took him time is the issue of courtesy.
Give food. He's telling the Muslims go and give food over up your houses and invite the people for food. And when the people invite you go to them and eat with them.
Man arasta woman lamb tada and get good greetings to those who know and who you don't know.
Of course, you know a person to listen. Salam aleikum wa Salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh What if a non Muslim says to you How are you how do you feel Salaam peace we can say to them Salaam please. But we can say specifically men. Buddha
is the point those who follow the guidance. Like we should have good words to say to the people we should not leave from our home and come back to our home school face
to face you know that we write frowning
Muslim prime you know, we still practicing? You know, we just you know everybody looking at me checking in.
To look at me
waving your hand at me, you know me.
And then, you know, once a year, we think we doing people a favor. We have what's called Open, open house day for the masjid. Check it out.
It's the house of Allah. And we live in in the community with the people. And we're going to open the doors one day, and then we're going to invite them to come to the masjid and we want them to take Shahada. I don't really think so.
So we need to check our behavior, to check our attitudes and how we're dealing with the people. Because our prophet SAW sin. He was the night that
used to be attracted to the prophets, a lot of them because he was smiling at them.
He was patient with them.
He was remembering their names. And he was waving at them and greeting them and calling them by their names and offering them advice. Walking down the road city with them dealing with them in the marketplace, even without profit so long snapper was in Medina, he did business with Yahoo Geez.
Yes. You remember the Hadith Sahih Hadith. When a yahoodi came to the messenger, the prophet SAW said, demanding a debt to be paid from the promises of Sam. And he stood over the prophet SAW Sam said, yo, Mohammed, give me my money. See,
the competitors, they will slap him.
They want to take his head off. Because they feel he's insulting the Prophet saws. And but what did he say about that?
He said leave him. He has a heart on me. He has a right over me. You don't have a right to cursor, or you don't have right to insult him. But he has the right to demand from him. So the processing was just very nice and calm. And he said, Jim, I don't have your money now. I cannot pay you right now. But if you'd be patient, be patient with my money now.
It's not even a fan of the law until the proper source of all missing of the last exam. I have an orchard of big palms at the end of Medina.
I would play him with that
process and say do you want to hit w what
do you what did he do? He says no. I did not really come to seek my money. I wanted to see if he was really a prophet or not.
If you had allowed your followers to abuse me, then I know you're not a prophet.
And if you would not allow them to abuse me because of my right then I know you all profit. And then he said I showed you in that you know in the law, why should you Anima Hamada Rasulullah sallallahu said, See, it's just the behavior of the prophets.
And when our promises have passed away in other life
when he died, he owed some money to a Jewish man.
So they took his armor that he used to wear for jihad.
And they sold it and pay the debt to that yahoodi man, can you imagine that?
So this is part of the Sierra of the process of this part of the process and don't forget that part.
How can we enhance or empower our community?
Some people will answer this by saying that we need to address and upgrade institutions that deliver services, such as schools, hospitals, housing, etc. Some people will say that we need to improve the municipal infrastructure, such as the roads, the transportation, the social services, others will say that we need to reduce taxes, crime and unemployment. That's what people say. That's what people say. I say that all who say those things are right. However, I can remember the status of all of this 50 years ago, and 50 years ago, we were saying the same thing that doesn't improve relationships necessarily. That doesn't help improve the community. The community has not improved
because of the physical issues. The community is improved by the value of the people, how the people are able to interact.
Brothers and sisters, I will almost guarantee you, we can't guarantee much of a minute tomorrow, we can't guarantee but I will assure you that if you make an assessment of your behavior, if we make an assessment of our behavior, if we take a different position with the non Muslims, we clean up our personal act, we clean up our home, we clean our family, we clean up our neighborhood where we live at.
We contribute something to the society, like our prophet SAW Sam did before he was commissioned as a prophet. When he was a young man, he did own a group called infant food,
healthful food. This means a group that is dedicated to doing service for the society. So I promised them, you know, when he was young, he was a shepherd.
I probably saw Sam when he was a young man. He belonged to health and food. Social Worker, our prophet SAW Sam, when he was a young man, before he got married, he was a businessman. See that Shepherd, social worker, businessman.
All that prepared him to be a prophet. So if we want to follow the Sunnah, but also also do the same things, let us take care of people in the society like a shepherd takes care of the sheep.
Let us go to our neighborhood, as we see bottles, and cans and dirt in the street, we get the broom, we clean it, we don't wait for somebody else to do it. We do that.
And you see snow and ice in front of your neighbor's door. You go and get that snow and ice out of the way, put some salt down because you know there's the old lady living over there or they maybe they will be harmed, but they will feel about you then
do business with them. Then they will do business with you. All of this is conscious, we know the process a lot.
telecommunication, fiber optics, international travel, medicine, media, and other forms of modern technology have brought many improvements and increased dimension to our lives. However, it has not significantly contributed to a higher quality of life. For most of us.
This is because real enhancement,
and genuine empowerment. It is not achieved by material accurate acquisitions and influence. On the contrary, today, the level of technological and institutional progress of the Western civilization is unsurpassed by any country in the world. The Western world from a material point of view is out in the front.
Yet, in every community, vigorous small poverty level, or upper class we find chronic, emotional, psychological and social disorders that have reached uncontrollable proportions.
If we make a pathological assessment,
and we make a forensic assessment,
we will discover at the root of our dilemma for diseases eroding the very fiber of our community.
Stress anxiety and confusion in morality and corruption.
The burden of debt and overtaxation spiritual deprivation and gross materialism
A wise man said
was on duty
a wise man. The prophets of Allah
And say Allah, I suspect you knew from anxiety and grief, from lack of filth and laziness, from stinginess and from cowardice, from being overpowered by death. And from the oppression of men, or law, I asked you to suffice me with what is lawful to keep me away from what is unlawful, and make me free and make me independent of everyone and anyone other than you.
According to our mother, Angela, she said, Never been the messenger of a loss of loss him in his prayer, but he made that door.
So we should make that door also.
These are diseases that interfere with our thinking, our sensitivities, our mutual respect for one another, and our sense of dignity and morality.
Every society in history has that has allowed itself to develop this pathological path and characteristic found itself on the precipice of civilizational collapse. And every community that fails to reform itself and restore his moral balance will suffer what we are suffering and how long
the process is the loss
is I can walk on harbor man. There, Sir, this is the room.
I say to you, brothers and sisters, that this country that you're living in, and my country, this society that you live in, and also my society,
and communities just like this 150 years ago, they had no problem with prayer in the schools.
They had no, no problem in saying Almighty God.
And even in my country.
It was part of the American Constitution, the pledge of allegiance to say, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. That's what they used to say. But today
they don't say that anymore.
In my country, you can teach children about God inside the classroom, you can even make a prayer in the classroom, and the teacher opens up the class with a prat they're gonna find
we must ask ourselves what is happening? What has happened to the mention of God and our dinner table? In fact, we have to ask ourselves, what's happened to the dinner table?
Even in the Muslim world,
we find in the Muslim world 35% or 40% of the Muslims. They don't even eat breakfast with their families anymore.
They don't even eat dinner with their family anymore. Everybody stopped somewhere on the way in somewhere, you know, man, okay, you might be in halau Dona, whatever you want to call it. You know, you might meet me in a Somali you might be in some some boots up. You know, you might be I might be Hawaiian and all that. But you're not at home with your family.
fathers and mothers are not getting up in the morning and praying together. Father, let him pray. He come back home and all children and the mother fell together before the kids go to school before he goes to work. It's not happening anymore.
In fact, we lost the dinner tables. And we lost the breakfast tables, to McDonald's, Burger King and Pizza Hut.
In fact, today, most Muslims, when they invite each other don't have something to eat. Guess where they go?
They go to a restaurant. I mean, the fact that the food is halau as good, beautiful. But why Muslims don't invite each other to each other's home. Tonight this afternoon, when we left from here, today's man said Pamela I'm sorry man y'all and get what I got.
Man I had about the best Somali meal man I had like about five years.
Why? Because some people said please invite a chef to our house.
Is that being
said a lot of
We must ask ourselves what has happened to the mission of God and our dinner table. In fact, well, the tables that families used to sit around.
We have sacrificed the family for fast food. Fast Money fast like fast sex and fast pleasure.
If you ask me. We have to bring God back to our home. We have to bring God back to our life. Our community
Our family and ourselves and bring God back means bringing the mentioning of Scripture and morality back.
A wise man. The prophets of La Sensei, take care of five things before five things. Take care of your youth before your own age. Take care of your health before your illness. Take care of your wealth before your poverty. Take care of your free time before you become busy. Take care of your life. Before your death,
we have to call people back to God and scripture. We have to call ourselves back to morality and taqwa we cannot give in to the immoral minority or the immoral majority. We cannot give into complacency and frustration. We cannot justify being reactionary.
Somebody insults us.
We curse them.
Somebody insults, the problem solves them. We want to burn down the billions.
And somebody wants to burn the pot and we want to kill them.
So when you get that from?
What do you get that from? I mean, the professors and give us a beautiful example.
When he went to die, and he had nobody to protect him, and he went looking for protection to
a place about 42 miles from Mecca. He went there looking for protection. And when he went there, he couldn't even enter the town because the people from the town they sent the bad the worst people in the children to throw rocks at him and spit at him and to insult him. And so the problem symbols run out of town.
And he sat down on a run
blood running down his body.
And he did not blame the people he blamed himself. He thought perhaps that alarm had not was not pleased with him. But his message was not effective.
So while he was sitting in that situation, Allah subhanaw taala he said jabril
and jabril said to him, or promises that Allah He gives Salaam to you, he imagined that Allah, He gives special to here to the promised land.
And he said, Oh promises sound a lot all in me that if you want, I would order the angels of these mountains, to bring themselves together bring these mountains together on those people who did that to you. So what did I promise I'll send you do I mean, if it was me, are you but what we have done?
that's being reactionary. But our prophet SAW said he was a visionary.
And a lot of said about him.
Rough Martin little island, he was a mercy. So our product sells. And he told you really simple, no, I don't want that.
I want the Lord to spread them because perhaps in the future generations, some of them will become Muslim. So Panama City is today.
It is one of the most beautiful cities in Saudi Arabia today.
It is the place where all the flowers of the country it comes from ties today. And all the people have died today they are Muslim, say so.
A lot. So brothers and sisters, our promises have taught us from that to be tolerant, to be patient, not to be hard. Not to be reactionary. But to have a vision. Because one day, you'll know how many of your neighbors and your colleagues, your co workers and some of the worst of people, you know how many of them may become Muslim. So many of their children will become Muslims, we just have good behavior and be patient.
We cannot give into frustration and despair or
reaction. We cannot ignore or procrastinate about our situation and circumstances. We Muslims have a responsibility to collaborate, cooperate with every good person, and every good agency in order to preserve the integrity of the society. You and I need to become familiar with the origin of the society, the old, the common good, what is known to be good in the society,
whatever is good, and now to be good in the society that we also know is good. We cooperate with that. We recognize that we collaborate with that and we also
Adjust ourselves to the origin of the society and not bring our own cultural baggage and put it in the middle of the path.
Think about it Muslims, if you go to a church, and and I mean, you might say to yourself, why would we be going to a church
just to see how other people live and worship.
You don't have to go to the church to do what they do.
But you need to go and visit. So you can build a sensitivity towards these people. You want them to come to the masjid, but you don't never want to go to church, if you invite them to the mosque, you don't think is correct for them to invite you to their church. You don't have to go to the church and worship. And they don't have to come to the masjid and worship. It's called reciprocity.
You know, it's called give and take. And one of the things that you will recognize, if you go to the churches here in your country, the churches are clean,
I mean, you know, the Catholic churches, they might be having some problems with bringing the children and leaving them there.
That's unfortunate, when you can leave your children in the church where they go be safe.
So it's like, you know, the chickens in that seat, you know,
it's like a fox in the henhouse. Well, in this case is like Fox in the chickadee house.
you go to the churches, and you find the church is clean.
They know where to put the shoes, they know where to put the coats. They don't have to arrange the Bibles. The kitchen is clean, the floor is clean, the windows are clean, they removed the snow and the ice and the place is clean.
I want to tell you about the masjids.
We need to learn some lessons.
Sometime in masters, we look like a bootcamp.
You know, because we think to ourselves so much. That's our message to you, man, we can just let it be like, no, it's not your message. A lot of them call it your message in the message either.
Who the masses belong to.
They belong to law, I don't care who paid for them. I don't care who built them. I don't care who occupies them. The message is a workers. They're also a lot.
And what house deserves to be cleaned more and often the church or the masjid
nursery, so let's be truthful.
We need to learn some lessons from the Hindus and the Buddhists and the Christians.
Muslims all around the world and the Muslims. They haven't learned yet what to do with the shoes.
I mean, just what to do with the shoes.
The student of the process have said
faith has over 70 branches here decided right faces over 70 branches, the smallest of which is removing and other from the 30th
the smallest of which is removing something harmful from the path. So aren't the shoes on steps and piled up outside the door of that mosque? Isn't that harmful? I'm asking. I'm asking.
You don't get me
or you don't want to admit
of the shoes piled up in front of the doorway of the mosque is that harmful or not?
And not only is it harmful but it's against the law.
It's a fire hazard.
It's a health hazard.
And technically, the fire marshal can come to that mosque while you're praying and take a picture of that is such a mess get down but they don't because they don't really want to aggravate the Muslims.
So one of the things that all of us can do if we really want to do something when we go to the masjid
you know wait to all Muslims go inside and they already inside you know pray right. Put all the shoes upon them. Put them on nice.
Come on nice. When they come outside. They're gonna be looking around to
find the shoes that the young boys and young girls is telling to Baba shoes on.
They'd be like they don't
Want to say thank you?
Who told you to put them over there?
Who told you don't be touching my shoes?
Okay, thank you let the next time get a big box. It's about that tall.
And all the people that put their shoes in front of the masjid, in front of the doorway.
So I'm going to come outside and look around. You can tell me all inside that box, then they're gonna have a real attitude because they can't get to him because the boxes are too tall.
teach the people what to do with
the method that you pray in. They don't have no shelves, build shelves. They got shelves, when you come to the masjid, pick up the shoes and put them on the shelf until gradually gradually we teach the Muslims behavior, which is part of the sooner the
young brothers and sisters if you want to influence the masjid come to the masjid on Saturday and Sunday like soldier time, pretty fudger and after all the old people leave you guys stay
and get some disinfected.
Vacuum the roads, clean the toilets,
clean the sidewalks, wash the windows, shampoo the rugs. You know when they come back for daughter? Let me lay man who did that for the young people did that. See them when the young people want to have an activity at the malls are the old jeans Don't say no
jeans, no old guys and girls.
So what they're gonna say now, the young people are the ones cleaning them off.
The young people is showing their respect and their love for the house of the law and for their parents by cleaning the house of a law so we can all cooperate and do something and make things better. Then
you will be proud to invite non Muslims to come to the masjid
all Muslims, for us enjoy the writing for building the wrong America model. The National mooncup is a fundamental part of our social responsibility. Allah says in the Quran quantum hierarchy.
he says you are conjunct Kira, you are the best oma.
That means from the beginning. Until now we have the best Omar
ness extracted out of humanity.
Because you order what is right you command what is right, I'm going to do my roof does not mean and join in the right it means commanding what is right. And to command something, you've got to have influence. To command something, you have to have some power to command something, you have to have some leverage in the law, you wanted Muslims to be in position to command. He wants to be in a position to have leverage. He wants to be in a position to have any influence. That's why the process is preferred. For us men and women to do business as opposed to working for other people.
Other people, you're not going to gain much leverage.
It's good for you to work and earn Hello sustenance. But Muslims should know that it is preferred for every Muslim
to do business. Now how you select business, how you do businesses up to you. Sisters should do business, basically from their home
where they don't have to get on buses and trains and highways and be mixing and compromising themselves to be dealing with other men. Sisters can do services from the home, men do business. Then you will have customers male or female, Muslim, non Muslim and to doing business. People will learn what kind of person that you are. Because when you do business with people just like a doctor, you have conversation with them, don't you? You have interaction with them. You see they come to know your behavior, your kind of how fair you are. They discuss different issues with you. And so it's better for Muslim to do business. I don't care what kind of service I don't care what kind of
school or kind of degree you have. I still do business.
We should ask ourselves two questions. What is the community
community is an organized group of people
that have institutions.
And they recognize some kind of authority. They have some kind of leadership.
Bobby said there's no sign without Gemma.
You don't mean there's no code and no sooner he meant that there is no way for the people to see evidence of the Quran and the Sunnah, except when there is a drama,
and no drama without an image of a leader and authority
and no leader unless you obey.
This is a community.
How does the assignment community interact with other communities, through their behavior, to the goods to the results? How does the different components of the Islamic community identify interact with each other in the same way that we pray, with discipline?
With discipline, with respect, with dignity, with competition for cervical highlight,
race compete with each other in goodness.
Howard is decisions reached in Islamic community? Through Sure.
And when the Muslim gathered together, inshallah,
how do they reach the final decision,
they reach the final decision by leaving the final decision to the Amir.
That's our way
we have the right to talk and counsel and suggest but at the end, for the Welcome to Allah laws for the launch of the philosophy. And that is he has the right of veto. And so the meal in our community, the volume hammer in our community, he can listen to everyone, and whatever idea they have, but at the end, doesn't go by the vote of a majority, I think in the Unreal makes a decision. And we all accept and comply with that decision.
There's a lot of challenges facing the Islamic community. Some of us are minorities,
and also Islamic communities in the Muslim world, they also got lots of challenges. And you can see, just in the past two years, you can see some of the problems that the Muslims have in their own countries. And we can see the problems that Muslims have as minorities living in the Western world. So we all have some unique challenges
as a government or as a global entity,
but we have assets, and we have liabilities. And since those assets, we produce products and services, and the liabilities that we have, we have patients who have suffered, we have discipline
and we should work to cultivate and we should work to participate in the Islamic community.
one scholar he said as we'll start barely have a deal, that the future the future of this world, belongs to Islam.
The future of this world belongs to Islam. I didn't say belongs to the Muslims. No, this world is under
the authority of Allah
and the lies promises in the Quran, who are the answer level Sula, who did the Buddha Medina haka Lila,
cutting him caffeine, while cutting him loose raccoon walau. Can you help NASA?
Is he a loss upon data centers profit source and 1500 years ago?
With the food at
will detail how Islam
technically and all that it may prevail over every kind of system. Even though the unbelievers with the Justice
even though the Muslim King, the idol worshipers would detest it, and even though the monastics the hypocrites among the Muslims are protesting.
It is a serious, depressing and very obvious void in our lives as Muslims living in a technologically advanced country like this one, and like my country,
will with tremendous institutional resources. Yet we Muslims choose to live as individuals wrapped up in various religious cultural expressions that we call Islamic centers.
We Muslims must think about our place, race, culture and religion. We must think about and be genuinely concerned and working for positive change in our society. We have to be in
involved and committed to social activism.
And once upon Allah, he said in the Quran in a minute.
So you say it's translates. So do good brother in law, he loves to do good. But there's another way to translate this
into Yamaha every week.
When the man was about ready to finish
his talk in the second standing.
He makes the job. And we all say me and mean me.
After he finishes his drive, he says in the La Jolla.
well, young Ha.
He says that,
and we're not thinking about what he says because we think when he says that, he's getting ready to pray, we start getting ready, you know.
He started getting ready for the prayer, we start standing up and moving. But you should think about that if because this is a social order. Verily, Allah subhanho wa Taala has ordered you upon justice for everyone. Well, Excel
and benevolence. benevolence means being able to spend that on what you have for other people having the knowledge that are going to reward you and he's going to replace what you're giving. And people come to know that Muslims they are benevolent.
The Creator, he said, welcome the owner a little higher.
What's up Marina Del Mar Ruth was in Hong Kong nother monka, Amal says
and let you become
an oma inviting towards higher, what does it mean Higher.
Higher means goodness in a society.
Goodness that comes from your behavior, goodness that comes from your thinking, goodness that comes from your goods and services, goodness that comes from the contribution and the investment that you make into society
and that you are already what is good
as Muslims, we must provide the example of good morals and a source of guidance and inspiration to address the problems of our society. The prompts often said verbally I have been raised to perfect good manners.
So the sooner the process is based on good manners, not based upon the outside dress, how you cut your throat, how you cut your how you wear your your your knees, or your your hijab and how you wear your pants. And you know what, you gotta Miss swag by using a toothbrush or using some of the all this is beautiful. But that's the outside
you know, there's some brothers.
I mean, they shave their beard.
And that's not good.
That's not good.
But some of the brothers who shaved the beard and wear a beard on their heart
a good brother.
We make it always available to help us feed this other brothers they got the beard they got
they got the miswak man remember
some of the down
last one to give the last one to give the salaams last one to give any kind of help.
We need both of them.
We need both. But they both learn something from each other.
Same thing goes for the sisters. It's not just enough sister for you to be wearing gloves. And in the car. domain you got all the hookup now you can see man and that's it. She hooked up. Masha love
We love for me when I see the copy sisters in the Western world. Go girl.
Wow, man. Come on a system a copy. She got that kind of hot like that. With all these haters out here. She wearing niqab as a representative of us.
We got a system man.
But that's not the end of it.
Because there's a lot of good sisters. They didn't even get to the hijab stage yet. They still struggling with a good system. We got to honor them. We got to respect them. We got to tolerate them, give them good mercy.
cannot justify stinginess, selfishness and prejudice against anybody.
We speak about what we believe is wrong, we have the right to do that. I mean, capitalism can talk all kinds of crazy stuff about us, calling us fanatics and terrorists and extremists and
wars, about seven or eight words for Muslims.
So when they be doing stuff that a law says, Don't do, we have the right to speak about that too.
It's like men marry men and women married women.
They don't like me to talk about I don't care. I'm saying it's wrong, cuz animals don't do that.
I will call him when I'm not supposed to call it.
You know, but I'm gonna tell my children you don't say that. People be walking a dog, man. You don't mean the dog the like, you know, dropping stuff all over the place and urinating all over the face. I'm telling my kids, man, watch out for the dogs.
We can't shoot the dog.
And we can't shoot the owner of the dog. We got to be tolerant. Let me tell my kids watch out for the dogs.
No one will be convinced of the beauty of Islam, when the conduct of Muslims are ugly.
Although we Muslims believe that Islam is the very best proposition for this society and the world, we have to convince the people with our own behavior, we have to lead with our character, because the fruit will always fall close to the tree.
For the non Muslims who are present on who may hear this talk, put the best construction on it. Don't be hating.
I want to say that you must be genuinely concerned about the overall condition of your society. You have to be
human must not be complacent about your own aim in life. You should read and research every aspect of your life and your chosen system of life. You might be a Christian, you might be a Hindu, you might be Amelia, she may be a theist, atheist, or miss or something Vegas.
You might be anything. But basically as a human being, you may not have really decided upon any religion or system of life.
You should try to determine if the system of life that you belong to the religion that you belong to, whether it is fulfilling to you and your family.
You should be clear and you should be sincere. And ask yourself, does your religion and your system of life answer the basic question? What is the purpose of our lives?
This has to be one of the most critical questions for you. And for me, for the society in the world. In fact, there's no better question than to determine what is the purpose of our life.
We Muslims we believe that the core is
the inspiration the revelation in the legislation, Almighty God revealed to the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam Who is the most profound human being in the history of mankind. We believe that the Quran and we believe that the life of the Prophet Muhammad SAW Sam has outlined and defined the purpose of human life in this universe and given Islam as a system to facilitate that divine purpose. So I want to appeal to your heart, your conscious and your common sense.
I would like to invite any non Muslim who has been thinking about Islam really about the song I would like them to invite them to consider examine or to embrace Islam are they non Muslims?
is one and the other non Muslim in
to the other non Muslims here.
You see this is indicative of our situation. We must be so righteous that we cannot invite a non Muslim to come here we got to say
no to everything.
I mean, everything.
Take off some of your shirts and even the sisters take off some of the stuff that got me get home and see the jeans they got on. See the shoes they got on. See the shirts they got on what names they got on, see the bags that they got, what names they got on senior brothers, you know what kind of training suits they got on whose name is on them. We got names on everything we went and they not name Don't say like on the date or method. We like Tommy Hilfiger metal Christian
Do some crazy stuff like that.
So they invite us or we can invite them.
I mean 200 300 Muslims come together and you didn't think about on the way invite a non Muslim
I mean, you should bribe them to come
to this lecture. It's gonna be deep.
If you come, I'm gonna drive you there and drive you back home for dinner. I'm gonna hit you off.
On top of that, is a really
So when they come, they can hear they can see they can smell Islam.
They might make a choice to become Muslim. They don't become Muslim they might be
Yo man, Miss