Channel: Khalid Yasin
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hamdulillah salat wa salam ala rasulillah
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
the brothers and sisters, this is your brother shakalaka, she is speaking to you on my Facebook Live platform.
This is another episode called sky views.
And make no mistake, Sky views are my views. No one is responsible for what I have to say except myself.
I try my best to be sincere, straightforward and to keep it real. And today I have a special message. You know, it almost likes like I have to, like, get something off my chest.
My message today, you know, it has to do with
Muslims, who are first or second generation. Adams, Asians and Africans are Muslim brothers
who first or second generation Muslims from another country have a different social reality who have
immigrated to America. They have built Masjid, they have had children, families built their communities. And they are our Muslim brothers and sisters that we have interacted with for the last 50 years. So there's no issue of necessarily that we are prejudice or that we are polarized, or you know that we have some kind of African American nationalism, about ourselves, because we want to be, we want to treat certain issues in a very distinct way.
And it seems like every time that
I come on Facebook live, and I start addressing something which is relevant to the urban reality in America, something that is relevant to the African American reality, something that's relevant for the new Muslims here in America. It seems like every time I get online, and I'm talking about something, from my perspective, dishing out medicine, or prescriptions, for the most part for new Muslims, you know, some different brothers and or sisters, mostly brothers, they they have an issue.
You know, we're not Islamic enough.
You know, we're not understanding the core, and
you will not understanding the sooner,
you know, we'll we're violating or deviating from the Islamic rules. You know, our understanding is not correct. You know, we're not,
we're not subscribing to the, quote unquote, scholars whom they are familiar with. Or for that matter, we're not subscribing to the mainstream understandings of Islam. When it comes to certain issues.
they have a point. But that's all they have their own point, their own perspective. So in this particular talk, because I know some of you are listening right now, and most of you, you have a habit, you know that before you hear what has to be said, You can't wait. So you start commenting right away? Well, for those of you who just like to comment, without hearing the entire presentation, guess what? Today, I'm taking off the gloves. Now, if you don't know what that means, go to shake Google and ask him what that terminology, I'm taking off the gloves. What that is, in our vernacular, it means that I'm not going to be soft today. You know, I'm going hard. I'm going
rough. I'm getting a little graphic today. So you know, I'm not even got my coffee on today. So I want to let you know that I might say something that you really don't like, but guess what, it's not really going to matter. Because I'm saying what I believe is appropriate and necessary.
at any given time, this is a research that was done by a German revert Muslim. And I want to make reference to this. This research to get across the point.
This German revert Muslim said at any given time, there are at anytime at any given time of night or day because of the variation of times there are 20 million
in the world.
Muslim countries that are sitting in some shisha place, smoking, shisha. Now, if you don't know what shisha is, then you know that don't even worry about it. But guess what? The majority of Muslims they know what shisha is. whether they've been on Hajj or Umrah, or they've been to Egypt, or they've been to Saudi Arabia, or they've been to Pakistan, or they've been to Egypt, or they've been to Bangladesh, or they've been to the Gulf countries, or anywhere in the Muslim world, they know what shisha is. It's a pipe,
you know, was a long cord.
And they burned the cold until it becomes red.
And then after that, they put some kind of tobacco or fruit leaves or some other kind of substances on that cone, and they pull on it, and they, they blow in the air. It's called Hubli bubbly.
It's called shisha. They have some other names. This German researcher said, he's a Muslim, by the way.
At any given time, there are 20 million people. And he did this research about six years ago. So it could be 30 million. He said that there are at least 20 million Muslims who are sitting in the places smoking shisha
on an average of three hours a day. So three times 20 million. That's 60 million hours. He said they spend on an average the equivalent of 10 American dollars every time they sit down. So 10 American dollars, times 20 million people. Well, you know, that is, that's $200 million a day.
He said, and they are watching sports, soccer, music,
whatever, MTV. They're just watching TV, eating, smoking, drinking, fruit drinks, tea, whatever they're doing. But he says they're spending three hours a day. And they're spending the equivalent of $10 each time they sit. So look, do the math. 200 million is spent a day times seven.
That's 1.4 million. I mean, that's 1.4 billion. That's a week. So do that four times. That's $4.8 billion
That's 60 million hours, human hours, Muslim hours a day.
times seven. That's 420 Muslim hours a week. So do the math times for that 1600 and 80 million human hours. Now.
I haven't seen a fatwa.
I haven't seen any comments. I didn't hear any, any discussions on this issue by the major people that give dour. I didn't hear any fatwas, from any of the major people that talk about Islam, who's supposed to be the major scholars. I didn't hear anything about that.
We don't hear any thing about that advising the young Muslims and advising the older Muslims that this substance that they're smoking, what is it the time that they're spending? What is it the money that they're wasting? What is it and the music that they listen to? Or the soccer that they listen to? Or the sports that they're watching? Or the footwear hitch that they might be watching? What is it? I don't hear the scholars saying anything? In fact, we don't even hear whisper
into cook bars on Friday.
We don't hear any anybody get on the member and even mentioned that.
Because this phenomenon, by the way, this shisha smoking, this didn't come from the new Muslims. The shisha smoking. This came from the Muslims, especially in the places where the majority of the scholars reside, this where it came from, and they brought it to America. This is a phenomena they brought to America.
Now, let me give you another statistic.
The majority of the alcohol
sold in America, in liquor stores, in grocery stores, the majority of the beer and the alcohol that is sold
The majority of the lottery tickets that is sold is sold by Muslims.
I'm talking about here in America now.
The majority of the neighborhood stores that you might call bacala.
You know, grocery stores, little small stores, I'm not gonna get into the ethnicity of the people who own these doors, I'll say that they are Muslims. And they purposely put their stores in urban neighborhoods. And they sell the alcohol. And they sell the lottery tickets, and they sell the cigarettes. And they sell all the apparatus for drug paraphernalia, they selling it Muslims. And I say that the majority of these stores, these little
belong to Muslims.
These two statistics that I just want to drop on you right quick. Now, these are Muslims who came from Muslim countries. Sometimes you go inside their stores, they play in the corner and you know, they have a sign over top of their thing that says, have them in rugby, they got a sign over the you know, the sharp Ortega Bismillahirrahmanirrahim Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu there Muslims, and this what they're doing. Yet on Friday, when they go to the masjid, that their cousin or their uncle built, nobody says anything, not even a whisper.
And these are the masters that the new Muslims attend, because unfortunately, or whatever you might want to call it, incidentally,
the new Muslims have not been able to build Masjid from the ground. Now, why they haven't been able to do that we don't want to get into that. But I just want to say that most of the masjid have been built and established by immigrant based Muslims, those who came from another country, and they established a mosque, and May Allah bless them for that. And as a result of that, we knew Muslims, we have been for the last 50 years, praying in their places. And sometimes they give the cook bar in Urdu. Or in Arabic, or in Somali language. Or in some other language, they do that right in our face in our country. And nobody says anything about it. So you know, when we choose we Oh, geez, you
know, we older generation of Muslims, when we choose to sit down and have a chat, a talk, a naseeha, you know, about our situation and about issues relevant to our social phenomena. When we choose to do that, you know, I would think that it would be a courtesy, a courtesy for most of the brothers and sisters, whose mothers and fathers were born somewhere else, and who and they themselves, they are the second generation Muslims, I would think that you would give the courtesy of bowing out of most of those conversations.
Even if you think that you are religiously correct. You know, because you know, most of the fitna that brought about distortion about Islam and Muslims around the world. You know, some of it happened because of the enemies of Islam. That's true. But a great deal of the fitna, and the misconceptions and distortions about Islam and Muslims that have taken place in the world in the last 50 years, is as a result of Muslims in their countries, and their attitude, and their dysfunctional behavior. And their antithesis of Islam. And their,
ruthless criminal exploiters, some of their ruthless, exploitive criminal leaders.
You see, so this is what we have to deal with. This is a reality. You know that when we are approaching people to talk to people about Islam, first, we got to be cleaning up stuff that Muslims did. We got to be addressing stuff that Muslims did.
And that's not fair. Yet still, more people are accepting Islam in the United States of America. More people are accepting Islam in Canada, more people are accepting Islam and Britain and Europe, more people are accepting Islam in the in the non Muslim Western countries in one year
than 10 years in the entire Muslim world. That's a fact. Now I'll repeat that.
More people are embracing Islam, in spite of all the misconceptions, distortions and you know, all the conspiracies
against Islam, that's taking place in the media, and through the behavior of Muslims, and all of that still in the Western world. More people are embracing Islam in one year than are embracing Islam in the entire Muslim world.
So there is a reason for that.
And I would just like to say to
the brothers and sisters in Islam, all of us who are Americans, or living in the West, and we are sharing the constitutional liberties of the countries that we're living in. And yes, you can talk about anything you want. You can give your opinion about anything that you like, or that you dislike, you can do that. And Facebook is like that, you know, anybody can just get on Facebook and make a statement that they want to make, you know, it could be a silly statement. You could be narrow minded, you could be sick, you know, you could be, you could be stupid. And you can still make a statement. Why? Because Facebook is like that. Well, guess what this is Facebook Live. This
is Chicago scene. This is my, my page. And this is sky views. So when I'm giving my opinions and talking about relevant issue issues, my theme is Islam in the 21st century, I never called myself a scholar, even if somebody else wants to call me that.
The best I can call myself as a student of knowledge, or like a student, of a student of a student, that's all I say. And a law he knows best. But as a senior Muslim, as a social activists, as a great grandfather, as a grandfather, and as a father and a brother and a Muslim. Living in America, having traveled to 97 countries in the world, I have my responsibility,
to give advice, especially to the new Muslims, to give advice, especially to the African American Muslims. And I say yes, especially to the African American Muslims, because these are my people. And when Mohammed ciloxan, first came, he came to talk to his people. Yes, it was a universal message. But first, he had to deal with his people. And although I'm representing a universal language, I mean, a universal religion, and system of life. And I'm doing and I'm doing my best to be objective and open about things. There are times when I have to deliver my message within the context of the mentality and the social realities of my people. And when I do that, I think it would be a courtesy,
for those who's not of that population, who's not part of that particular social phenomena to bow. And just be like, you know, the furniture, the on the side, listen, if you've got a comment, give a constructive comment.
But for the most part, you should bow out, because you don't hear new Muslims making a lot of comments about what's happening in Turkey, or what's happening in Saudi Arabia, what's happened in Malaysia, what's happening in Pakistan, and Bangladesh, and what's happening in Burma, and what's happening in Egypt. No, you don't hear us talking about those things, especially when the scholars are addressing those issues. We don't have anything to say we listen, we observe, we appreciate.
You should do the same thing you should listen, you should observe, you should appreciate and even when you disagree,
you should disagree with respect. And if you don't have to voice your disagreement about something that doesn't have the social context that is relevant to you, you should sit on the side and take your notes and allow other people who are sharing that experience of the medicine and
let them enjoy that moment. Because we have our moment. We have our issues. We have our priorities. We have our language, we have our culture, we have our history. And guess what, we may not understand the Arabic language, as well as some people. We may not even understand Islam as much as some of the great profound scholars, but we're not stupid.
And we're not ignorant.
And we've read the same books, and we've come to the same conclusions. And we perform the same hedge and we're reading the same core n and many of our children, they're speaking Arabic better than the Arabs. So therefore, I would say to you, please, allow us.
Give us the courtesy
to discuss issues that are relevant to the new Muslim phenomena that are relevant to Muslims in the 21st century, especially in the Western world. And if
Don't agree, then just don't agree silently.
Because there's so many face page facebook pages, there's so many issues, that we have nothing to talk about we new Muslims, we don't get in it. We're not in it. You know, there are about 37 major Muslim countries, and all of them are engaged in some particular phenomena in the world today, but we don't have much voice about that. So when we're talking about Islam and the Western world, and the phenomenon of Islam in America, and the Islam that we are dealing with, with our grandchildren, our great grandchildren now children and ourselves than I would say, I would ask our dear brothers and sisters who are first second or third generation
Just bow, listen,
appreciate. Take your notes. Give us that courtesy. We deserve that. So this is Charlotte yacine. And I told you I was gonna take the gloves off a little bit. I didn't curse. Although, you know, we come from we come from a people that you know, sometimes you don't have to read people.