Channel: Mirza Yawar Baig
© No part of this transcript may be copied or referenced or transmitted in any way whatsoever. Transcripts are auto-generated and thus will be be inaccurate. We are working on a system to allow volunteers to edit transcripts in a controlled system.
Villa hermano Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala Shafi lambay will mousseline Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa sahbihi wa seldom at the Sleeman Kaziranga, Sierra Nevada. My brothers and sisters, I have spoken to you about what 2020 taught us.
And I want to talk to you about some major changes that we are already seeing, but we'll see more in 2021 and what that means for us as Muslims and what we need to do about them.
The purpose of the Juma hotbar is to help people to recognize challenges and to interpret them and be able to deal with them and develop a strategy so that when the challenge hits them, they are not overwhelmed.
There are seven major challenges that we will face going forward from 2021 onwards.
And inshallah I will speak to you in detail about all of them.
I'm just listing them now. The number one challenge, toxic politics, tending towards fascism, and the destruction of democracy.
Number two, poverty and income disparity, which is the direct effect of predatory capitalism. Number three, artificial intelligence and disruptive technology,
changing lifestyles, digital nomads, the implications of this for primary and secondary education. Number four,
climate change, and specifically, water shortage.
from oil to electricity, the generation of power using solar wind and wave energy, global warming in general, away from coal and nuclear, and cut on emissions from all sources. Number five, a focus on science, medical research, space exploration, cultured meat,
stem cell research, resulting, but one of the results of that is organ regeneration, and its impact on lifespans. Number six, social media, fake news, mind steering, dopamine addiction, leading to ADHD and other more toxic conditions. Algorithms determining what we watch what we believe, how we vote, and who rules us. And number seven, the challenges that all of these together will pose for education, especially Islamic education, to train graduates, our allamah who come out of the Jamia looms, who can understand the world and interpret it in the light of the Quran and Sunnah.
One underlying truth and that is that current systems must change.
It is essential to remember and remind others that Islam continues to remain relevant and valid as our means of negotiating the obstacle course of life in the light of the Quran and Sunnah. So that we not only deal with challenges, but we use them to understand and demonstrate the glory of Allah subhanho wa Taala Jenna Geraldo in more powerful terms. Now, let us look at each of these in detail and today I will talk to you about the first one which is toxic politics.
There appears to be a global trend towards fascist politics and the emergence of autocratic leaders.
They have taken recourse to the age or practice of demonizing certain groups to divert the attention of people and gain supporters for their cause until they have total control.
They did that with different people. They did that with the Jews for centuries. They did that with the communists. They did that with dark skinned people with the black people. And today, it is a turn of the Muslims. Same game plan seems to work without change.
Media, the executive, legislature, opinion leaders all
seem to be falling in step, and toeing the line of fastest leaders. It seems that the only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing.
COVID-19 help these leaders who used quarantining and lock downs as tools of mass control, and shut down all dissent under the guise of protecting public health. civil society has been beaten into submission. And self censorship is in place in many countries, where it is no longer even necessary to suppress dissent, because dissenters have very painfully learned the price of dissent and have given up Illa Mashallah. America is a shining example of the opposite, where civil society and institutions, including politicians, who are usually the most reluctant to change, stood up against the dominant narrative, and differentiated between patriotism, which is loyalty to the nation and
chauvinism, which is loyalty to their party or group, or part of them. Sadly, this is not the case in other places, where patriotism is confused with majority arianism and nationalism is portrayed as the cardinal virtue. And anyone who dares to challenge or even question the dominant fascist narrative is immediately labeled anti national, and solutionist. Democracy has taken a huge beating, especially because all the fastest changes are made in the name of democracy, no matter how illogical and contradictory that may be. And dictators have positioned themselves as elected representatives of the people. The question is, what is our role as Muslims? What do the Quran and
Sunnah teach us? And what is the best way to implement that teaching in our lives and practice? The first thing we learn from the Quran and Sunnah is the importance of justice. We don't just learn this as being something good to do. But something that is critical to practice, promote, and legislate, about which we will be held accountable by the one who sees and hears and knows what is in our hearts. Establishing justice, and standing up against injustice is not an option, but the very purpose of the existence of the Muslim man and woman and Muslims as a community. Allah subhanho wa Taala defined as bite we need to remember this and ensure that our behavior reflects this truth.
Allah subhanaw taala said, quantum Hara omata no Bridgette leanness that morona Bill Maher roofie what and how now Anil moon curry what took me Nabila, which means you Muslims are indeed the best community that has ever been brought forth has been selected, extracted for the good of mankind, all mankind not only Muslims, you enjoy and what is right, and you forbid what is wrong, and you believe in Allah. Allah subhanaw taala told us that we exist for the people, for all people, not only for Muslims, We exist to spread goodness around us wherever we might be. We exist to promote goodness, and to prevent evil, no matter where it may come from.
We do it because we believe in Allah. And in our meeting with him on the Day of Judgment. Allah subhanho wa Taala specifically mentioned justice and defined the standard for it. Allah subhanaw taala said, Yeah, you Hello, Dina Amano Kono kawaii novel tasty Shahada
vusi comb. We need a new Allah carabin a goon Ronnie Nova key for LA whoa la v be Hema
and de leeuw. We're in Palo Alto de
la Ghana. Bhima Tama Luna hubiera.
Allah subhanaw taala said which means or you who believe, stand out firmly for justice as witnesses to Alice van O'Donnell, even though if it is against yourselves, or your parents or your kin, be that person rich or poor. Allah subhanaw taala is a better protector of both than you. So do not follow the lust of your heart, lest you may avoid justice. And if you disagree
to witness or refuse to give it Verily Allah subhanaw taala is ever well acquainted with what you do.
I remind you, my brothers and sisters, that no statement can be stronger than to tell us to stand for justice as witnesses to Allah subhanho wa Taala
from whom nothing is hidden, even if it is against ourselves, our parents, or anyone of any significance or status. In Islam, nobody is above the law. Rasulullah sallallahu demonstrated the best example of this, and held even himself and his family as subject and obedient to Allah subhanho wa Taala. As law, establishment of justice is of prime importance in Islam.
the very basis of Islam is on the establishment of the first principle of justice, which is to worship only the creator and not anyone or anything else. That is the essence of our head. And the distinguishing, differentiating an identifying feature of Islam.
The same principle extends to everything else in life, which where we are directed, to give everyone their due, and to stand for justice, even if you stand alone, especially if we stand alone, because the need for standing up against injustice is greatest, when we were when most people do not have the courage to do so. In the famous heavies about standing for justice rasulillah is our solemn said, on the authority of Jose de la hora de la no narrated rated I heard
him saying, whoever Have you sees any evil, let him change it with his hand. And if he is not able to do so, let him change it with his tongue. And if he is not able to do so, then with his heart, which is hate the action, and that the last one is the weakest of faith, and this is a Muslim.
To stand up against injustice is not an it is not an option. It is the reason we exist. It is critical, because without it society will collapse and disintegrate and degenerate into chaos. rasulillah salam staring them in the head is a Muslim. Let not respect for men prevent you from speaking the truth when you know it. Do not let respect for people do not let respect for men prevent you from speaking the truth when you know it. In other hobbies in Muslim
Rosaura Salaam Tarik benci have reported a man asked her soul as a solemn what is the best Jihad Rosaura. Surah Salam said, speaking a word of truth before our tyrannical ruler,
who there have been a man who narrated that Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam said, by the one in whose hand is my soul, either you command good and forbid evil, or Allah Allah Allah Allah who will soon send upon you a punishment from him, then you will call upon him, but he will not respond to you. And this is in Jami at tirmidhi. In the final, another Hassan even imagine it was narrated that I just said the hora de la ha ha ha, our mother, she said, I heard Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam saying enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil? Before a day comes when you call and you are not answered? May Allah subhanaw taala protect us. Sometimes I keep wondering whether these days have
already come. rasulillah salam said in the final hobbies which I want to say to you,
to help your brother, whether he is an oppressor or he is the oppressed one. The people asked him Yasuda Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we understand that we must help him if he is oppressed, but how do we help him if he is the oppressor? rasulillah salam said, by preventing him from oppressing others.
African sisters, I remind you and myself, remember that when we talk about these bodies, and teach them to our children and our students, it is good to be prepared to be held up to that standard by them. Parents and teachers like to talk about speaking the truth, but they don't like to listen to the truth when it comes to them. There are many famous cases in our history where ordinary people stood up against rulers, and they're standing up was respected and appreciated about sre bill if they'll Harris
al Kindi ravintola
Who was appointed as a judge in Basra? He was a man who lived during the time when I was a cell number you never saw him. So he is not considered as a hobby, even though he was a contemporary of the Sahaba from his asylum, and of Rosaura sir himself, it is related that one of them Catalano purchased a horse on approval, and gave it to somebody to ride it to test it out. The horse got hurt in this ride during that process, and what will happen Rolando wanted to return it, but the owner refused to take it back. In the dispute that arose srei
Rhonda Laurie was chosen as the arbitrator, he gave the verdict he gave the ruling that if the horse had been written with the permission of the owner, meaning the rider Ddf specific permission from the owner, then it could be returned. But otherwise, no. In this case, the rider was the horse was given to the rider, not by the owner of the horse, but by
the law. So therefore, Shrek
said the horse cannot be returned and says no one has to pay for it.
Think about this, here is a ruling that is being given against the halifa during his philipa
what was an hour of the learners reaction? So then our avellana said that this is the right decision. And at once he appointed Shira alano as the Saudi of Kufa, Sharif Avalon who remained as a caddy in Cova. And in Basra, and for for totally over a period of 60 years.
I would like to draw your attention to the importance of including we're talking about toxic politics, and therefore I would like to draw your attention to the importance of including citizenship in our school curricula. What does citizenship mean? Is it only to vote once in four or five years? Or is it to participate in democracy by volunteering, activism,
working to ensure equality, human rights and dignity, poverty alleviation, and all that it takes to make a society compassionate, positive and productive. We need to change our aspirational goals from being merely the accumulation of money, and possessions to working for the benefit of all people. These things must be serious subjects, not only to study the theory related to it, but to have students to practice it in monitored participative sessions with their teachers, actual practical sessions monitored and participated in by their teachers. Our schools must become centers of excellence, connecting with people all around us, and providing help to those in need. citizenship
is about nation building, not only about winning elections, it needs understanding of the power of the role of the so called ordinary citizen, which children must learn, experience and exercise. This can only be done by making it an intrinsic and integral part of education. From the earliest level, Muslim must take the lead in this. Remember, the world listens with its eyes. People don't care what we say, until they see what we do. We must walk our talk, or we will fail.
Justice wins hearts. Justice changes perspective, Justice is the cause. Peace is its result. To achieve a result, we must address its cause those who claim to want world peace must check if justice is established in the world. Without justice, there will always be struggle and strife because there will always be those who stand up against oppression. The definition of peace in the language of all oppressors throughout history to this day has always been the same that is silence in the face of injustice. Islam stands against this and call silence in the face of injustice, cowardice, and the biggest injustice of all. I want to conclude with three quotes from Martin Luther
First one, our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Then he said he who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helped to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. And finally my favorite of his quotes, coward is asked the question, Is it safe? expediency ask the question is it politic valid?
asked the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question, Is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right. This is our biggest challenge today across the globe, common to all of us as human beings, we must establish justice, because injustice is more costly than whatever it costs to establish justice. When we face Allah subhanho wa Taala we will not be asked what happened. We will be asked, What did you do? I asked Allah subhanaw taala gelato to be pleased with you and never to be displeased and to help you and me to practice what we speak and to become walking talking role
models of Islam and of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam are Salahuddin Abdul Karim Allah Allah He was savage vain. erotica hora, Jaime hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen