Channel: Khalid Yasin
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Dear brothers and sisters,
I'm not really sure
if any person
any major task
They are people that by one act can destroy something by themselves.
But there are not many people
who can build anything
by themselves. And when we discuss the issue of leadership, this is what we need to understand
the measure of leadership.
And before we discuss
we need to ourselves think about how it impacts upon each one of us.
We need to be able to measure ourselves before we measure others.
And we need to also ask ourselves, what are we using as a measurement tool, because
if you don't use the right tool, you will wind up choosing the wrong leader
or you will wind up being chosen
as the role leader because men choose and God chooses.
And there are tools
And most of leadership in the world today
with good intentions
based upon solid, reasonable justification justifications, but somewhere along the line, human desire
with mo fire
blended inside or under a leader, and then that leader became consumed, and then different kinds of leadership have manifested themselves in the world today.
Now, there may be
a few non Muslims here.
Although, in my humble opinion,
the non Muslims of this country deserve to hear this more than the Muslims.
Because Muslims are already sitting with something on their table. They already have the court and to judge leadership they already have the sooner the judge leadership and the Imam who spoke before me already spoke about that measure of leadership, the measure of the court and and the measure of the Sunnah. So we Muslims, we already have something on the table.
But our non Muslim
human beings, fellow human beings, they don't have a solid paradigm. They don't have a solid criteria.
And that's why the world is being ruled today by non Muslims.
We do have some 2627 or 29, Islamic or Muslim countries, but by way of remote control, they are ruled by non Muslims.
And because the non Muslims don't have a moral paradigm,
they're dealing with popularity, or they're dealing with power. These are two things that rule the world today. popularity. This is called an out of the house
by the desires,
the desires of the leader, and then he shares those desires with the people and that he get his own party and not desires of that party. fight to keep him in office.
He will satisfy their desires. And then the desires of another party will oppose that party in order to keep, you know, to either somehow overthrow or outvote so they can get in and feed their desires. That's called popular leadership.
And then you got leadership by power.
And these are those who take control by force,
or by inheritance,
like your good queen.
Most of you wouldn't say, you follow the queen.
But that's because you don't take the time to understand how your government came into power, who gave them power. This used to be a colony.
The Spanish rule this country first and took everything they could take until after they became weak enough, then the British came and ran them out. And they took over and took everything they can take. And then
when it became time globally,
for all the colonists to pull back, because they had to look after their own countries, because there's a time even for imperialists that they had to pull back and look after their own backyard. So they pull back, when they pull back, they left governors, and those governors were trained by them.
And those governors, they assigned administrators to run the institutions that those colonizers, those colonial powers put in place, and you have the fruits and the products of those institutions. And you are the fruits and the products of colonialist thinking, and it is only Islam that has the ability to break the chains on that kind of thinking and that kind of slavery.
Now, those that don't have Islam, the non Muslim leaders that don't have Islam, you can't blame them. If they can't jump up and fly, they ain't got no wings.
You can't blame them. If they can't come up with the ideology that can take control of their resources. They don't understand it, they cannot do it. And within this system of belief, it doesn't exist. There is no liberation from that kind of slavery.
I give you an instance, I give you an example.
A statistic that a Trinidadian intellectual that I respect gave to me.
And it's like public knowledge. So they like I'm telling y'all something that's secret. I'm not giving you no classified knowledge. I just want to tell you how you're being raped. I want to let you know how you're being exploited. I want you to understand the long arm of colonialism. I want you to understand remote control, I want you to understand exploitation. So I'm on this did that to you?
And I'm sure all of you know
that Trinidad is an oil producing country. Don't you know that?
Don't you know that?
But did you know
that the price of oil today in the world market is 78 US dollars a barrel? It was 75 about a month ago, but now it's 7878.
US dollars a barrel.
But because of a special relationship, which the Great Britain the crown has with this government. A Ceiling by agreement has placed has been placed onto all of Trinidad. And so BP and all those other family of exploiters.
They put a ceiling and so they get your order forever. For $25 a barrel.
That's why you pay the difference. That's why your country can't move forward. That's why your roads are like it is that's why your infrastructure is the way it is. That's why your institutions are the way it is. It's not because you don't have money because those in the upper crust, those in the upper class. Y'all got money.
Matter of fact, you got so much money, you don't even know what to do with it.
I'm talking about the upper class. And some of those are sitting in this audience right now is part of the upper class. And even some of the religious people in this country is part of the upper class. And because the upper class themselves, get their needs, their bellies full and more, they don't even say nothing about the exploitation.
Because the colonizers, they always want some fat cats, they always want some fat rats, they always want some people that they can just give more than what they need to say, ah.
not what we want to talk about now.
I'm just flicking a match in the dark.
But we want to turn the lights all the way on. We want to talk about leadership. We want to talk about the measure of leadership. We want to talk about leadership in the world. We want to talk about historical leadership. We want to talk about scriptural leadership, we want to talk about moral leadership. And we want to talk about immoral leadership so that we can come in understanding that what the world needs today. And what your country needs today is to examine itself its conscience, and also whether you are a leader or a follow up, or whether we are whether the government hears this message, or you who pay the taxes here, this message that needs to be a review
on the measure of leadership.
Now, there's different kinds of leaders
and we need to understand who they are, what they are.
Today, if we ask nearly anyone in the world,
what is the leader,
or what is the meaning of leadership, we would get some of the following answers.
A leader is a person out in front.
A leader is the representative of a company.
leader is a representative of an organization or in this case, a nation.
A leader is the person who excels at something that they do.
A leader is a person who has been given or has accepted a major responsibility.
A leader is a person who has the power and the influence to govern.
A leader is a person whose influence or capabilities distinguishes them from others. Now, these are some common definitions of leadership. And I say, we could accept any one of them or we could accept all of them.
A leader is an ordinary person with an extraordinary responsibility, and an extraordinary set of circumstances. That is the one that I prefer the most.
Now all of the above, are answers that were given when people just like yourselves were arbitrarily questioned.
most people gave definitions to leadership, but only a few included what they expected from a leadership. You see.
Very few people that were asked
about the definition of leadership included what I would expect from a leader. So you ask yourself, what do you
Muslim, Christian, Hindu, black, or white or East Indian, West Indian or tall or short? Male or female, rich or poor? What do you
as a human being? What do you expect from a leader?
When we asked that question,
some people said
I expect a leader to have courage and strong morals.
How many of us would agree with that? I expect the leader to have courage and strong morals. I agree with that. How many other people agree with that
To have the courage to speak about that which is unpopular,
and to have the morals that force him or her to even give their life before they compromised the morals of the country.
I expect a leader to find solutions for major problems, and to be willing to sacrifice himself or herself for the cause of the people.
On the other person said,
I expect a leader, to be honest,
to consult his constituency, and to be willing to make the hard and the unpopular decisions.
Another person said, I expect a leader to place the welfare and prosperity of his people, above that, of himself.
Between the definitions offered,
and the expectancies given, I think that we have a good measure of leadership.
I think, between the definitions, and what is expected by most people, we have a good measure of leadership.
The problem is, like everything else in life, you have to have a model.
You can come up with a measurement, because that's theoretical.
You can come up with a measurement for a house, but you got to have some kind of a design, you got to have a model, you got to have a house that was already built. And then you got to build more like that. So leadership requires a paradigm. Leadership requires a model, there's got to be somebody that fits completely the measure and the expectancy of leadership. Because if you don't have that person, then you're reaching in the dock, then you're gambling, you may as well go to the casino and look for a leader and hope you get one.
Because you spend your money, you spend your votes, you put your hard time in putting somebody in the office, when you know he lying to you already know he lying, because he would lie in before. And if a person would lie in before you don't think you go get in the office, all of a sudden start telling the truth.
Politicians by nature are liars.
We don't say all of them, though, a politician starts out just like you and I, but the Prophet Mohammed. So a lot of them said, a man starts telling lies until he gets written down as a complete liar. So when you lie, and the prophet SAW Sam said, one of the signs of a liar is that when he makes a promise, he don't keep it.
When he makes an oath, he breaks it.
That's one of the signs. And we constantly see over and over that whomsoever we vote into office, because they never represented the model. And we didn't have the measurement for our expectancies. They disappoint us and they failed, and what they say why because they never had the capacity from the beginning.
We have to know what is the measure of leadership. And then we have to select, we have to request we have to nominate, we have to prepare, we have to cultivate a leader that has already been trained and develop with the morals, with the constituency, with the principles with the behavior, with the character already having the reputation that fits the measure of leadership.
Now, we can't blame those that are in office right now. And I'm not going to point no fingers. And I hope that our good Prime Minister and our good president, I hope that they don't feel as if I'm lambaste in them or roasting them or toasting them. No. In fact, I'm not even thinking about them.
Because when the wind blows, it blows off.
All the debris away.
And presidents and prime ministers are human beings that live, get sick and unpopular and die, because people are like that one day you like them. And one day you don't. So one day they're here, and one day, they're there one day there with you another day gone, then you put somebody else in a place. And they say the same thing. The other one said,
because you can't get good leadership, when the people themselves say no good.
So if you want to blame somebody, people, blame yourself Muslims, because if the Muslims were courageous enough, if the leaders of the Muslims could step forward, if the Muslims took the time to evaluate, and sacrifice and consolidate their unity and their resources, we already have the model and the Messenger of Allah sallallahu wasallam.
So since we have the model, we can take a leader who is perspective, we can take a leader who had been dominated and we can put him in a special environment so that we can reasonably be sure that when he gets to that office, he has the tools to do what he says.
But right now,
Muslims don't have the institutions that is even able to produce a bridge from the madrasa to the office.
We don't even have a bridge that goes from the mosque to the presidential palace.
We don't have a bridge from the mosque or the madrasa to the public institutions, the Muslims can even solve the problems in their mass of the madrasa or their homes, you know, they can't build no roads.
You know, they can't build no airport, you know, they can't negotiate no international deals, you know, if somebody invaded this country, the Muslim day, able to command and coordinate no defense system, you know, the Muslims, they are able to participate and no geological research in order to determine that make up the water and the roads and the environment. You know, the Muslims, we can't do that. Because, you know, we just to Muslim.
We too focused on rituals. Would you focus on halau meat?
Because we like to eat.
So we will make sure our brother knew he
was allowed or not.
And we will ask every Muslim when we go in his house, how he cooked chicken, where he buy it from?
But we don't even ask our wife when she pregnant. And she got that gynecological exam that she got to go to, you know that that pre Natal exam, we don't even ask her what hospital she went to. And what doctor she was examined by? Was it a male? Was it a female that went all up inside her and checked her out and told her Mr. Mohammed, I'm glad she take off your clothes and go in the back. I'll be right there.
We don't ask nothing. All we say as babies everything all right.
We asked where our children is born, where the Muslim hospital where the Muslim clinic
where the Muslim services, the Human Services, the social services, where all they
know we so busy building moss, we so build busy looking at temples and minarets and rugs and books and so and so that we don't even question we don't even participate in the building of the society's resources and infrastructure.
And so our society has to be run.
And if some of the people who prospectively are the best people who have access to the model, who have access to the resources, who have access to the delille, the proofs and the evidence is the Quran and the Sunnah. The best example for humanity. We have that example. And we say every single day, Aloma suddenly Allah Muhammad, we say it every day.
But Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam.
When a person saying the name Muhammad
got to the presidential palace, I believe somebody told me that five years ago, you had a president named neural Hasson in the presidential palace. Is that correct?
We'll see. I don't want to stand
out understand how 150,000 Muslims who are arguing about allow me
Who talking about you know, madhhab? Who talking about ideology? Who talking about who is the longest and you know who's who's a Jill Babb is the correct, most correct and who argued about the beard and who argued about whether you say, Darlene, Darlene, Darlene. I want to say how 150,000 Muslims who have and most of them are part of the rich, middle class of this country, how y'all let somebody come inside the presidential office, as you already had a man named neural haason.
From what I understand,
one of the good things he did when he got to the presidential office, he replaced the alcohol with coconut water, low egg, but
he allowed no fixing that what y'all call it?
Well, y'all call it Texan.
He affected sound like threaten.
Y'all didn't allow no threatening office? I mean, he did notice now I'm saying no, I ain't doing that. We got to bring integrity to the offense, we got to bring honor to the office, we got to bring morality to the office, and which will help Muslims, I will bring that to the office.
I mean, what could he have done for the Muslim to allow him to slide out to office, you had the presidency in your hands, and you let it fly out.
So I think you need to keep quiet.
When y'all be talking about the Prime Minister and the president and what they do what they don't do, you need to shut up.
Y'all need to get your act together, Muslims, you need to get back you need to get what the moral minded Hindus and the mo minded Christians and the moral minded those that even got a religion and put together a moral majority, and see if you can get somebody back in the office who might be called neuro Muhammad.
Because then we have a chance to demonstrate
the measure of leadership.
Unfortunately, whether people achieved leadership by force, or some demonstration of power, or when they have been elected to office, by popular vote, the democratic process, it is rare that we find the characteristics that define leadership in the principles that we would expect in a leader. It is not because the leaders themselves are bad. They're not. They're human beings who have aspirations. They're intellectuals. They're human beings who have families, just like you and I, they're human beings that have a dream that human beings who were at one time politically sincere or naive, they are people who came into an office with some aspirations of goodness, that they could make a change.
But when they got there, and they saw all
opportunities just sitting there.
And all those fools sitting out there.
Man Look, a whole lot of opportunities sitting at my feet, and a whole lot of foods out there, say rah, rah, rah, make a good man bad.
And the only thing that stops a person from exploiting a situation or exploiting foodist people, people who like to party, and people who like to turn lime, and people that like to relax, and people that like to argue, and people like to be pretentious, and people themselves that are blind, and selfish and greedy. The only way when a man gets to that point that he doesn't exploit it is that he got a set of morals that won't allow his conscience to do that.
And up to this point,
I'll be very clear.
Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism has not produced for the world, a consciousness that has allowed a Christian or Buddhist or Hindu president to get to an office and do not corrupt the land or exploit the people.
And I have to say that in the present world, we live in 95% of all the Muslims, who is also an office have corrupted and exploited their people, because they just puppets of those same outreach centers that we call those, those people who used to be the colonialists. So we're looking for new leadership today.
I will be honest with you, after traveling to the Muslim world, it is the Muslim world. That is my family because I accepted Islam and these is not people and I can't divorce my people.
So the Muslims, you hear in Trinidad, the Muslims anywhere else, you are my people. So now I'm working to try to bring my people up some kind of way.
But I'll be honest with you,
it is a huge task.
Because the Muslims, it's just like crabs in a basket.
They can't get out the hole, and they don't want nobody else to get out the hole. So as soon as you start trying to start getting out the hole, the other Crabs just bring it in, bring it back down, because misery loves company.
We are so miserable as the people.
We have so much low self esteem as a people all over the world. Muslims have the highest set of morals to aim at the end. They have the highest legislation and inspiration to aim at the core. And they have the highest set of morals to aim at to retain the life of Mohammed's last name, but they trying to live like French, they're trying to live like the British, they're trying to live like the Spanish. They're trying to live like the Germans. They're trying to live like everybody but themselves. So when a person want to live like everybody, just like everybody eat like everybody and act like everybody but themselves, it means they have an identity crisis.
We Muslims are suffering from identity crisis. That means you got self esteem, your self esteem, you got a self hate that hate yourself. So you when you look at another Muslim, you be hating them because you see yourself in them. You see because the prophet SAW Sam said, a Muslim is the mirror of his brother. So when you look at your brother and sister, you don't really want them to excel, not before you excel.
Yet the prophet SAW Sam said,
you can never believe that he loves your brother, your sister, what's your love for yourself? We got to begin to love each other.
We got to begin to respect each other.
We got to begin to look and examine again the resources that we have in front of us the Quran and the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam we got to stop imitating other people. We got to stop taking other people's values, other people's principles, other people's standards, other people's inspiration, other people's clothes, other people's names, other people's culture and putting that putting ourselves in that bottle. So you got inside you got Muslim on the outside but on the inside you we just as careful as we can be
go to the malls everybody run into the malls trying to buy that last that dress denim jeans that coat that jacket that this or that made by Ralph Lauren made by Gloria Vanderbilt made by this or that faggot homosexual lesbian Kapha coming this
you don't want to wear no shirt say Mohammed Omar you know shape say Ayesha, you don't want to wear no shirt that faith Oh, blouses say Fatima? No, you want to wear something that's got one of them. Let's bow names on it. One of the most favorite names on them.
And for me, Look, a faggot is a faggot, homosexuals, a homosexual, and God said is wrong. And so publicly or privately that homosexuality, I'm saying, Let's be nism I'm saying Mommy, mommy families and daddy daddy families is wrong. This cover up is criminal, and it will infect and it will contaminate contaminate our society if we don't say no.
But since those labels and those styles and those different products is coming from the countries that have an agreement to exploit you, your leader he can't say no.
Because if he's saying no, the big mega bucks, that bringing those casinos those big mega bucks that bring in put up the malls, the big mega bucks that bringing fast food that bring fast sickness and fast death, the big mega bucks that bringing all that corruption including under the cover them drugs, that alcohol that prostitution, that gamelin all the mega bucks, make it hard for a leader to say no.
So what to do sometimes
in his house for his own family, he said no
But when he gets to that office painted white, or blue, or whatever it is, he's just like,
oh, by the way, we try to do some things over here and we try to see what they do.
Like, just ignore it.
If you don't flatly say, everybody, you know, got their own right to do what they want to do. And, you know, we live in a world today where everybody should have a right to make their own choice. No, like, that's that new talk.
That's that new talk.
But a leader used to be able to step forward and say, no, we're not gonna have that here, that's ungodly. That's not good for our families. That's not good for our religions. That's not good for our country and our society. And I'm gonna stand against it, it costs me my life, if it costs me the popularity, if it costs me the office, I'm gonna stand against it, because my family and my conscious and my connection to God would not allow me to stand by and say, yes.
We had leaders like that at one time.
It is not because the leaders themselves are bad, deficient, or necessarily at fault or corrupt. No, I don't believe that, in most cases, they are ordinary people, like you and I, who were either elected for an extraordinary set of circumstances or challenges, or made a decision some time ago, to exploit an extraordinary set of circumstances.
The world may not agree or approve of how a person became a leader.
The world may not agree or approve on how a person became a leader.
But most certainly history will document and future generations will be able to judge what they did was they became leaders. You know, I like to use an example that I have a right to use more so than talking about Trinidad. You know,
you know, he wasn't that bad of a president, you know, as presidents go, I mean, he was charming. He had charisma. He had some convictions, you know, he had he had, I liked the way he used to comb his hair.
You know, Bill Clinton Plus he, you know, he played jazz, you know, sometimes he used to play that saxophone. So he was cool. Bill Clinton.
You know, Bill Clinton,
when it come to presidents,
he had some popularity because some positions and some characteristics and some positions that he took, and he will go down in history as one of the most articulate one of the most popular presidents before that situation about that girl underneath the desk inside the Oval Office.
a President in the Oval Office, you know, the most politically sacred place in America.
We was talking about opportunities, how a man is faced with the opportunity. And when that opportunity comes, if you don't have the morals at that time, you see, when he got here, you got the morals, he's don't violate that sanctity. And he's gonna go down in history. Everybody is gonna know what Bill Clinton did. And it's gonna be written in history, that he was the most foul, he was the most immoral and he brought the greatest desecration and embarrassment on the White House and the American people than any other president in history.
So history has a way of closing doors.
My objective this evening is not to perform and critique upon non Muslim leadership or to use this platform for finding fault. It is, however, my objective to examine to diagnose and assess the measure of leadership in the light of the critical and central issues facing humanity in the contemporary world.
A wise person said
all of you is like a shepherd.
And oh my god will hold you responsible for that which is under your custody.
The shepherd are the custodian of the people and their principles and their honor, and God will hold him responsible for what is under his custody.
is the shepherd and the custodian of his family, his household.
And Almighty God will hold him responsible for that which is under his custody.
is the custodian of her household and her children and herself, in the absence of her husband,
an almighty God will hold her responsible for that which is under her custody.
That wise man was the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam.
Since this is a public lecture, and not an academic thesis, I will try to confine myself to the broadest spectrum of leadership, I want to explore 10 specific characteristics of leadership with you. And in doing so provide us
with provide us, most of whom are follow us with a reference to the measure of leadership, and to provide our leaders, including those
who are your leaders here in Trinidad,
the good Prime Minister and the good president of this country, also to provide them possibly with a piece of advice, possibly, with a suggestion, possibly with an inspiration that they can bring into their office and bring into their chance
to put something down in history
that will be different than their predecessors,
whomever and wherever these leaders may be, we want to provide them with a paradigm, a model by which they can both inspire and measure themselves.
The style of leadership
Because today, we got different kinds of leaders, we got dictators, we got visionaries, we have the charismatic leader, we have those who wish only for power, and Empire.
Those are the kinds of leaders that we have today.
We have special challenges of leadership,
ambition, expectancy, opposition, and issues. These are the challenges of leadership.
We have history and legacy,
what came before them, and what they leave behind.
We have the caliber of leadership,
the extraordinary, and the phenomenal. Those are the kinds of leaders that the world has seen ordinary leaders, they come a dime a dozen.
You have peculiar leaders, people who themselves are perverts, people who themselves who have changed the context of human thought to
people who come out of the context of what is normal
to you, then you have extraordinary leaders, some that have extraordinary memories, some who have extraordinary speech, some who have extraordinary energy, some who have extraordinary principles, we have those, but the world hasn't seen recently, a phenomenal leader.
Because a phenomenal leader has to follow the measurement of the phenomenal leaders of the past. And the most phenomenal leaders of the past was the prophets and the messengers of Almighty God.
Phenomenal leaders are both extraordinary.
Because they had a phenomenal set of morals.
They had a phenomenal set of guidelines.
They had a phenomenal measure of commitment. They had a phenomenal connection to God and principles and therefore
They serve humanity in a phenomenal capacity, and only someone coming with that measure of leadership will bring phenomenal leadership back to the world to date.
leaders need special tools and resources of leadership. For instance, leaders need to rule.
leaders need diplomacy, leaders need scholarship and leaders need to be activists. These are special tools that human beings bring to the office of leadership, rulership, diplomacy, scholarship and activism.
Another challenge that a leader has is whether he is a slave of traditional thinking, or whether he is a slave of contemporary thinking. But very rarely do we have a leader that is balanced to bring traditions into play and balance and in harmony with contemporary thinking. But that's the kind of leader that we need.
locked into tradition,
and followers locked into sensationalism.
This is one of the challenges of leadership we have today.
leaders who are scholars
who are locked into their scholastics, who are living in the past, who living off of nostalgia, who pimping off the past,
because of their letters, because of their distinction
because of their erudition, they ought to be considered as leaders forever.
And some of the followers is high of the leaders.
And they don't get so high is that they don't create like a whole sensational idea about this leadership they following and they can't never get off. They can't never break that addiction to that leader. So you got these leaders locked into tradition, and you got the followers high office sensationalism.
leaders must sole the responsibility. And followers must pledge their accountability. That's what the mom just spoke about. leaders have to shoulder responsibility for every decision that they make.
They have to shoulder it, they have to go to sleep at night, and way they are conscious for the decisions they make on behalf of their people. That's a real leader, then leaders, we will make better leaders, if we are more accountable to those leaders, as the mom spoke about just a few moments ago.
A wise man wouldn't said
the best of your leaders are those whom you pray for. And they pray for you. And the worst of your leaders of those that curse you and you curse them. It seems that most of our leaders today are the latter.
They rob us.
And we try to find every way that we can to rob them.
They oppress us, they curse us with their oppression and their exploitation and their corruption and we curse them.
We have to ask ourselves, what choice have we made in this free society for leadership?
Do you want to join the New World Order.
And that is the globalist expansionist theory. And that is to conquer as much and as many as you can, in the name of globalism. Since now, the exploiters realize that none of them can control the world by themselves, that all the wolves of society, all the dogs of society, all the all the sophisticated Pirates of society that have banded together and formed something called the New World.
Order. They said, Look, we know we can't take it and keep it by ourselves. So let's get together and just take the whole thing all at one time and keep it.
That's called a new world order.
That's what is meant by the terminology, globalism.
Then you have mega star personality.
This is cultism.
That's people worshipping rock stars, and people worshipping football stars and people worshipping
movie stars and people worshipping other kinds of stars. So that, you know, once a person is a movie star, or rock star, or a porn star, or any kind of mega star, then they got a chance. Even if they nobody bought a body builder who can't even speak English, they got the chance to become a governor and a president just because there is a, you know, body builder and you know, kennings speak English, but they are megastar, they don't buster, do you know all the movies that are not down and burned out? And everybody that bought them tickets? Did you know that he got to be worthy to run the country like Ronald Reagan, cuz he did all what Ron Reagan did, and Ronald Reagan was the president
of California. So why Shouldn't he be the president of California Governor? And then that means Why should he also become the president of the United States? That's what you call megastar cultism.
We follow in that in our country, in this country in different ways.
Then you've got industrial, scientific, pragmatic, intellectual people who should be president or leaders just because of those accomplishments.
And then, lastly,
you have the choice of scriptural
Now, you might say to yourself, this guy now he gets deep.
He get into like antique.
He gone way back, we talked about scripture. What are you what are you talking about? I'm talking like poses. I'm talking like Abraham. I'm talking like, David, I'm talking like Solomon, I'm talking like john the baptist. I'm talking like Jesus Christ. I'm talking like the Prophet Muhammad. So a lot of scriptural leadership's who got the endorsement from God.
that scriptural leadership is the most phenomenal leadership in the world. And we need to put our support behind those who support and stand for scripture. You people of Trinidad, Muslims, Hindus, Christians, all of us together, as in this boat, we need to examine our scriptures. And see if we can bring a candidate representing our scriptures, and then see if those candidates can be examined and see who has the widest spectrum of spectral leadership possibility. And then we should then put our vote behind that person because that person has the highest prospect to serve the interests of this country.
we need to measure our present leaders, but morality, spirituality, by the Scripture, by their morals, and that will tell you what is the measure of their leadership.
And we need to make the sacrifice
for a person to get to that office to represent us.
But you Muslims, if you won't support, if you won't advise, if you will consolidate yourselves into some kind of galvanized group of people who are committed to that kind of leadership. No one will ever respect and nobody will ever even listen to you.
We need a new thinking, a new energy, a new vision. And that leads me to the conclusion of my comments.
I want to just make a short overview of what some graphs
Route people said about your leadership, we're talking to the Muslims now.
Now, this is not what I said. This is what some grassroot people said this morning.
People who are people just like you and I,
this is what they said about the leadership that you have. Now, this is not blaming the leadership. This is not slandering the leadership, not No, not at all. We're just making the diagnosis so that we can start from the ground and see if we can correct a situation. Like I mentioned, I gave the analogy, it's a way that if you are constipated, and you can't move your bowels, you need an enema, you need something to get that impaction out the way.
Now, it might sound graphic, it might don't feel good. But once that impaction is out the way you feel relieved.
the Muslims of Trinidad, are the most constipated people from a leadership point of view than I've ever seen anybody in the world.
Now, this is what some grassroot people said,
about the situation of leadership in this country,
among the Muslims now.
So let's be more personal,
just be more personal. Let's take care of ourselves. Let's look at ourselves. Let's look at our own family. Before we start talking about the Prime Minister and the president, can we take care of ourselves, then we can address the Prime Minister and the president, maybe we got something to invite them to.
I was told that one of the major problems of this country among the Muslims is that you got an upper class,
upper class people
who are the most prestigious privilege, rich people among the Muslims. And they don't like the poor people. They don't, they don't mix with the poor people. They don't want no poor people around them living in a neighborhood coming to a mosque, they don't want any associated with these poor people.
And as a result of that, these rich people, they select special scholars, to be their tools to be their voices to be the imagined representatives of their mouths and their agencies. And they build beautiful houses for those religious leaders. And they build other things for those leaders. So those leaders can't say nothing about what they do.
And as a result of that, if a poor person has a need, if a poor person has a question of a poor person isn't a predicament, they ain't got nobody to come to, especially not the representatives of the rich people.
Now, that's what some of your people said.
They said that some of the mouse here that have some of the leaders here, they don't never step outside their mouth, or outside their home or outside their area to even go visit no poor people in this country.
And they said that some of the rich people in this country are not just rich, they are filthy rich.
They are the fat cats. And they are the fat rats of the Muslims.
And they don't come to know fudger prayers, and you don't see them maybe except on eat.
When you see them in the street, you wouldn't even know that they Muslim, not them not their wife, not their daughter, not even a dog or cat.
They just Muslim in a name. They just went numb labels. They just you know them Bismillah salaam aleikum Muslim Mashallah hum to the non Muslim that just Muslim on occasion, but they don't pray they don't fall out. So the Kabbalah was I can cut
they ain't doing nothing for the Muslims in general.
Thing building no hospitals, they ain't building those schools. They build no universities, they build no infrastructure. They're not building no social services. They're not giving up nothing. They just building more houses, buying more land, buying more cars, and you know, just getting fatter and fatter and fatter and they got to get some rich they got to get some stuff
To be able to give them fat was to keep them poor people await
some of the rich people
give their daughters to Hindus.
And I'm told
that the new Muslims in this country, most of them, that take their Shahada from the Hindus, most of them that takes Shahada from the Christians, those dark people, most of them people come from, you know, Daigo Martin, those people that come from Lebanon till those people from those areas, you know, when they take Shahada, we happy for them, but the rich people ain't happy for them.
The rich Muslims ain't happy for them.
The rich, you know, the servants of those rich people. I mean, the religious servants of those rich people don't scholars who got them big houses next to the rich people, they ain't happy for them.
Because in America, we had some people like that too.
We used to call them Negros,
negros was freed slaves who thought that they was like the master.
And Malcolm, may Allah reward him, Alhaji Malik Chavez, he spoke about the field Negro and house Negro he spoke about the field nigga and the house nigga. And you got a whole lot of house niggas in this country.
Only thing they are religious house niggas
they exploiting the country and they exploiting the people and they eating as much Korean doubles as they can get.
And they're only given fat was $4 and Dave, scholars for dollars, and they live it as good as they can live as long as they can live. And they don't care nothing about no Islamic movement, about no Islamic community by no Islamic institution. They don't care nothing about No. Islamic Dawa.
Most of the rich people, the rich Muslims in this country, they never gave a Shahada and a life
they got non Muslims can form and they factories in a field, they got non Muslims working form, like animals working on that minimum wage, they got him working, and they never gave him a call and or talk to him about a lawn this messenger sauceman.
And most of these religious institutions and malls, they don't want no pole Muslims coming there.
Because most important Muslim started coming out. One of them go ask for a daughter.
One pole Muslims coming up, they might go to Medina and get a get a graduate from the Ministry, one of them institutions and really learn to religion more than those who is the servants of the rich. And then they might wind up being the mom, you don't want that to happen. You don't want no black mom.
Oh, but y'all won't say we like that.
No, you're not really like that. But you are the beneficiaries of that conspiracy. So those who are the beneficiaries of a conspiracy, those who are sharing the money that was robbed from the bank, they just as guilty as Jesse James.
Another one of the problems of our leadership that I was told was you have
a serious cancer of cultural and religious innovation.
That is people that brought cultural baggage from India, from Kashmir from Pakistan from under the earth, they brought some new ideas from inside their minds, and they don't put it inside the religion. So you can't tell the difference between the cultural baggage and Islam.
So you got a country here that's been infected, a country that's been contaminated that uncovered the core and covered it with new ideas that uncovered the Sunda with big data and innovation. And if anybody's say that ain't no authentic hadith
ain't no such do I like that?
What you doing a mom while you get that firm, all of a sudden they don't call your name.
They can call you a Wahhabi
they will say he's a Wahhabi
because anybody that's talking about a correct Akita without no bidder, he got to be a Wahhabi
or they gonna say he are terrorists. He are extremists.
They don't call the Prime Minister they don't call the president they don't say why this guy here what was going on this guy's is a infiltrating this guy's infected our country because we bout that.
when we start talking about pure Islam, the Quran and the Sunnah I'm not talking about no Madhavi Islam. I'm not talking about no secularist Islam. I'm not talking about no me my lamb yo lamb, his lamb her lamb, Trinny lamb. I am talking about that kind of lamb. I'm talking about Islam.
When you got somebody talking about the pure Hadith, and Fira of Rasulullah, sallAllahu, said what evidence, the Akita, the fundamental Tao he of Islam, that's pure Islam. And that's what Muslims everywhere is supposed to be about. But when somebody starts preaching that he gets a label in this country.
Why? Because the fat cats and the fat rats and those up at the top who enjoyed that level of prestige, they don't want to hear that, because that might mean a threat to the positions of influence will stay Whoa, well, I got to tell them, sooner or later, the worms gonna eat into your staff.
Sooner or later, they're called and, and the sooner as don't come over all that. Sooner or later, the grass root people don't get hold of this towel here. And the grass root, people don't get hold of that pure sun and the grass root people don't mix with some of the middle people, and then people gonna come up, and they're gonna start asking questions, they're gonna start knocking on doors, and they're gonna start shaking them polls, and they're gonna start saying, we don't want to hear that bid on that cultural fixation, no more.
Then Trinidad is going to be honest way to something which is called Islamization. It's gonna be on its way towards something called nada. Nada. slamming, is gonna call on new enlightenment for Islam. It's coming like a new, a new movement for Islam. It ain't no new Islam. It's just a new movement for Islam. It's the establishment of Islam, because we got to establish Islam in our lives, in our homes, and our messages. We got to establish Islam in this society so people can see it. Like those lights. We got to establish Islam, not just practice Islam, because you can't keep practicing something that you want to win.
You got to get out on the field and play.
We got to establish Islam. If we want to win, we got to establish Islam, not keep practicing that as a culture.
Then you got this polarization between the leaders. Y'all know what I'm talking about. The leaders don't even talk to each other. You got 160 messages here. I heard somebody said no 160
and 160. It's almost 200 messages, just 40 of them. Don't nobody mentioned them because they too small.
You don't feel mastered and got at least one minaret. They don't even count it like no match in here. Today. No match it. They ain't got no minaret.
So you got 160
maybe 200 messages in this country. And the moms of this country, the scholars of this country. You know, they got Indian arrival date. They got emancipation day, they got this day that day, you know, in this country here, you ain't got to have no holiday to drink no rum. You ain't got to have no holidays and lime. You can lime and rum every single day. You can have a party every day. It's like Caribbean spirit in this country here. But you ain't got a day in this country that the scholars and the moms come together and talk about the problems of the people
and whose fault is it is your fault.
It's your fault. Because you are afraid to step to those leaders and ask him Brother ivam
brother Amir, brother, Chairman, brother, president of our company, our cooperation, our agency our message our organization, Brother, brother, movie brother, moolah, brother, Mufti, Brother, brother, brother, brother, brother, look why you don't come together with the rest of the brothers who are leaders in this country. Why you don't come together and talk about the problems of the people. I asked you Muslims here when the last time that you know in the history of this country, that half of the leaders
came together and talked about the problems of the Muslims. When?
When was it?
Was it a year ago?
Was it two years ago? Was it five years ago? Was it 10 years ago? Was it 20 years ago or never
done You are a unique set of fools
because they nobody in the World. Day, no group of people in the world that call themselves a constituency, whether religious or political, or otherwise, and go have no leadership that don't meet at all in order to talk about their problems. So we got to be a unique set of fools.
And I say it's time for us
to flip the coin.
It's time for us to wake up out of this stupor.
Not just in Trinidad, but all over the world. Muslim got to stand up and say, as a Muslim woman, as a father, as a businessman, as a common person, one who don't have no knowledge. I'm a holder a mom. I'm a holder of Mufti Maulana moolah Chairman, President leader Amir, I'm holding them responsible, because I'm ready to be accountable. Now, how many of us is ready to be accountable? Raise your hand Muslims.
See, I see you hesitating. That's the problem.
You don't want to be accountable. You say you Muslim, but you don't want nobody telling you knocking on your door reminding you about 5g prayer. You don't want nobody checking on you. You don't want nobody telling you that you should pay your circuit. You don't want nobody saying that. You don't want nobody asking you why you gave your daughter to a Hindu. You don't want nobody arbitrating your marriages. You don't want nobody arbitrating your arguments, you don't want nobody looking at it and enjoying the right forbidden or wrong. That's why you don't want to be accountable. And that's why you've been exploited every single day.
Let me ask the question again.
How many people here
the leaders that they pay their taxes to, to be responsible for what they spend those taxes on? How many people here would like that?
How many people here would like the leaders who take the taxes and collect them to be responsible to give us a report on where they spend it for? How many people here
and if the leaders, the political leaders who take our tax dollars said, You must fulfill the duties of citizenship, then I'm going to give back some of those tax dollars to you every year. That is if you become good and better, more productive citizens. I get you back 25% of your taxes. How many of y'all would be willing to be more responsible?
You see how much profit bring out.
But in being accountable to Muslim leadership, you know, you want responsible leadership, but you don't want to pay the price of accountability. And that's why you're gonna always be exploited. And that's why your prayers ain't gonna be accepted.
You can pray all night.
You can make Vic all day.
But people that are disobedient to leadership, people that are unaccountable to leadership. The prophet SAW Sam said, whomsoever obeys the law obeys me. Whoever disobeyed the law disobeyed me. whoever obeys the ruler obeys me. And whoever disobeys that ruler disobeyed me. So there's got to be a Muslim ruler, there's got to be a Muslim ruler. If you are a follower, the ruler will be there. But if you're not ready to follow, there will never be a ruler.
Another one of the problems that the brother said to me
is that this hostility among the socially disadvantaged, they said that most of the people, that's some of the people that's shooting people, kidnapping people, murdering people, rather than people selling drugs, prostitution, so far, some of these people is Muslims, or they used to be Muslims, but they were treated so bad, but some of these Muslims, somebody rich Muslims, that they don't flip the script, and now they got areas that they don't put up signs and said, No Muslims are loud.
And if you go in those areas, when a Koofi
when a thought
You will get shot on the spot.
What has two problems there?
Because they didn't put enough fear. And you Muslims to tell you don't come in that area, which is a part of Trinidad that you pay your taxes for. You let these people, you don't let these little pimples. You don't let these little criminals you don't let these little these little bugs, these bacteria, these criminal minded people because they're hostile. You don't let them set fear in you. So you don't even want to go down that way and no coffee, so you just leave him alone.
That's one problem. But the other problem is, how did they become so hostile?
How did they become so hostile?
Well, I was told they became hostile like that because of mistreatment.
Well, we Muslims should go talk to them, we should go and talk to them and say to them, that there is a bridge that we can heal those wounds, we can bring some of them back, we can reform they're thinking, we can make rocks, we can create good people out of but people we do it every day as a mom.
you got inside prisons in America,
some of the biggest congregation of Muslims in the whole continent. Why because we have found a solution to reform criminals in the prison by reaching out to them. So I say that we have a way to reach out to those people Indigo button, those people that live until those people in those other areas out there who you say they cannot be reconstructed and reformed, they just a scum of the earth.
When I say some of those scum of the earth, have become Muslims, and they are right now some of the most prestigious and energetic and respectable Muslims in this country, but you wouldn't know it.
Then we need a change, not from the top.
Change very rarely come from the top.
When your change has to come from the bottom,
we need to change that come up like the grass, like the grass that come up through this concrete that breaks through the concrete. We need that patch to start coming up. We need to go down to the grass roots go down to the people in the street, go down to them poor people, because the prophets of God, they started out sitting with the poor people. And I say we got to go back to the poor people. Because when we go to the poor people, it will make us humble because we could relate to the poor and the prophets lost them said I was born among the poor and the god bless the poor.
We need to have a grassroot movement.
We need to have a town hall movement, a town hall meeting,
where once a month, or every two months, we got 5000 10,000 Muslims that come together, and we got 15 or 20, or 50 of the leaders sitting right here answering questions. How many Muslims here would like that
we should rent this place right here.
Or some other place like it.
And had all the Muslims, many who want to come free all around here, what seats, what lights, then we just get 15 or 20 of whatever leaders will come from the grassroots on up just to respond to your questions, just to begin building some kind of leadership just to start responding to the issues to start a matchless assura assura that will that will receive your questions and give you answers and give you guidance and inspiration. Even if they weren't but 10 or 15 liters. And it wasn't but 10 or 15,000 a few people, I say that when 10 or 15,000 of you people sign a public referendum that is also signed by 10 to 15. leaders. I think those people on the top they're gonna start listening. I
think those people on the top go start recognizing and we don't seem to know people on the top, they're gonna start coming down into those grassroot meetings and wanting to hear what's going on because they know that when they get to be 20,000 25,000 50,000, some people from the top go start falling to the bottom and some people from the bottom goes
Thought rising to the top, then we're gonna find some cooperation.
How many people is willing to be part of that 15 20,000 part of that grassroot Islamic movement, raise your hand and let me see. But don't tell him Don't lies, because you're gonna be answerable to God tomorrow.
Well, if that's so,
then I say about long distance or any other distance, I say that myself, the mom and other people that's in America, I say, We're with you, I said, we can help work to make that happen. I said, we're gonna work to make it happen. Until the conspirators among the Muslims, the monastics among the Muslim, write some letters against us, and we just can't come in no more.
But we know that all the power, and we know that all the glory is for the law. And if all the peoples gathered against you, to cause you some harm, then gonna cause no harm, except what a law is written. And if all the people gathered together to cause you some benefit, they're not gonna cause no benefit that a law has not already written, depends have been lifted, and the pages are dried. So Muslims, I'm saying, we got to do what we say.
can be the first night of a new day,
a new year, a new age for this country. But it will be because you people love the grass roots. It'll be because you people who are the sons and daughters of Muslims, you people will raise your voice and put your hands together, you people will make more prayers, you will pay more for cotton, you will make more sacrifice, you will try to be better brothers and sisters, to change your condition and to establish the deen in Trinidad
established Islam in Trinidad. And I don't mean cultural Islam, I mean, build genuine Islam.
The brothers told me that we need a bridge
to cross over
meth hab to meth have
the special interest group,
the racism, the partisanship, and the egotism and I say we don't get ready to build those bridges.
We can build those bridges, and we don't cross them. And we're gonna keep on. And two brothers and sisters,
fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, Muslims of this country become a beacon of light for the Caribbean.
And you Muslims have the opportunity to do it. And we make dua to Allah subhanho wa Taala that he'd be a witness for what we say
that we have an opportunity to change this country.
And that in doing so, we have opportunity to change the world. But a lot of change the condition of a people until the people change what the condition inside themselves.
I ask is there a non Muslim in this place of any non Muslim sitting in this place today?
Raise your hand so I can see you
are non Muslim 12345678.
Maybe I can't see that far to license all but I see at least eight 910 might be 2039 Muslims in this room. And I say some of y'all non Muslims in this room, you have read the Quran, or you read some of it.
You read about the Prophet Mohammed sauce lamp or something about his life.
You know something about Islam that some Muslim friend, neighbor, colleague, talk to you about.
And if there's a Muslim, non Muslim that's in this crowd, that feel within themselves
is a worthy, honorable way of life. And they believe that there's nothing to be worshipped except God and only God.
And they accept that Muhammad is the Messenger of God, as a non Muslim here, I believe that come on down here and take the Shahada and get this money right now.
In a non Muslim that's here now, that believes that none of the worship except Almighty God, and that Muhammad is the prophet of Almighty God. Stand up and come down here now.
If you brought a non Muslim here,
if you escorted or convinced a non Muslim to come here,
I suggest that you ask that non Muslim
to come down here and get the opportunity to embrace this treasure called Islam.
Get a brother seat.
Come on, brother. Come on up the steps if you want to.
Now, brothers and sisters,
our talk tonight was about leadership. It wasn't really about Islam.
I just wanted to see
if we could talk about something that ain't got nothing to do with Islam.
We didn't talk about no beliefs.
I just want to see if there's people that are sitting with us. That's just got the feeling. They can feel it's right. It's like, I don't I can't read no music, but I can feel that beat.
And there's people sitting here, people here Trinidad, like this brother, and just brother right here. You don't have to talk religion to him. They just be with you while you're talking about the problems. And they can see that Islam got the answer to the problems. They could feel that Islam got the answer to the problems, and they come right on down and take the Shahada. What's your name?
Kwame, and Peter.
Kwame? Did you ever read the Koran?
Part of it?
Peter, did you read part of the Quran?
Did you read something about the Prophet Muhammad?
Did you read some about the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him?
Nothing. But you believe that there's none of the worship except Oh my God. You believe that there's no worship except Oh my god.
This is important.
And there are 1000s
there are 1000s of people
here in Trinidad, who believes just like Kwame. And just like Peter.
And I asked you
what you heard about ma?
Do you bear witness that he's a prophet?
From what you heard, that he confirmed Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ prophesied him, that he said he was God's final prophet and messenger. Do you accept that?
You accept that?
Well, let's make it simple
for Kwame and Peter. Because there's plenty of people out there that's gonna teach you. We got books that you can read, brothers that you can sit with.
But what you need to do tonight, is just make a testimony, that there is nothing to be worshipped except God. And that Muhammad is the Messenger of God. I'll say it in Arabic.
Because it's like a formula. And then I'll translate it. And when I translate don't mean nothing more than what you said.
It's a simple word.
It's two sentences. When you accept it,
you take upon it the commitment to be a Muslim. And to do your best to follow the law of the
U except the court and as a book, to read, to study. And as a guide for your life. You accept the Prophet Muhammad to be an example for you. That means you accept not just his example. But that is the final profit. And so that means the example of all the profits.
Do you accept that Kwame?
Yeah. Do you accept that Peter, then say after me
You could sit at the same time. It doesn't matter if we don't hit
alayhi wa sallam a shadow shadow, Allah. Isla ilaha illallah wa
la sharika lahu wash hadoo.
Done up to who
alayhi wa salam ala
Peter Kwame, you just said the words of the Islamic testimony, what you said is, I seek the protection of Almighty God from every evil thing, including shaytaan, or the devil. You said in the name of God, who is the most compassionate and the Most Merciful?
There is none to be worshipped except Almighty God.
And that Muhammad is the prophet of Almighty God, the Messenger of God. Then you declared, you said, I declare, I testify. I witness that there's nothing we worship except Almighty God. And he is one, one, without any partners, and that are bear witness, I declare that Muhammad is the final prophet and messenger of God, His servant, and his slave. Then you said, peace and blessings be upon him? Do you accept that?
you come from a Christian background?
there's something else we need to say.
That is that Jesus Christ is the word and the spirit of Almighty God, and the Messiah that was sent to marry. So he was born as the son of Mary, but he is not one of the gods of three. And he is not the Son of God, but that he is a messenger of God and the son of Mary. Do you accept that? Do you accept that?
Then, let's say and I bear witness, I bear witness that Jesus Christ is the Messiah
and, and the spirit and the word sent by God to Mary and she was chest on the show. I mean,
Mashallah, Allah bless you, brothers, brothers and sisters, we got one more operation to do
in this field.
Now, I want y'all a whole lot. Can we go do something else for you too.
Brother and Sister, we got another operation.
This one calls for something that you got to do
to keep this work going on,
to pay for all of this.
To make sure that IBM
goes on now that it goes to satellite
that expands to do this work of dour for Trinidad, Tobago, and for the whole Caribbean, and then for the United States of America and Canada.
But it can only happen when you and I take money from our pockets.
And given in the way of the law
and a portion of what we collect.
We don't give something to Kwame and something that Peter because when people become Muslims, we should share something with them and give them some free gift from ourselves that they can use and appreciate along with the books.
So I want everybody in this
everybody in this
to raise their hands.
If they feel as if IBM is doing work that's worthy of their support, raise your hand.
Raise your hand.
Now I want you to put your hands down. But I want you to put them into your pockets now.
Take your hands down and put them into your pockets, put them into your purse, and bring out those blue bills.
and put them in those boxes.
Because this is the time for you to bear witness for what you said, just like Peter and crumbing, just that witness to what they felt.
Now I don't take notes
that the brothers walk with those boxes
and let the Muslims fill up those boxes to support the work of IBM.
And no Muslims here
can tell me that you don't have nothing to give.
And that's why we didn't charge you for coming here.
We felt that if you came here and you wasn't charged at the end, if you were inspired, you would give
and every Muslim or non Muslim here
should give to support the work that they see in their faces that come inside the living rooms every day.
We say sapochnik Allahumma
Chateau La Ilaha Illa and want to start from the corner to Lake wa salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa about a cartoon