Stand for Peace, Amherst
Channel: Mirza Yawar Baig
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Bismillah wa Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah, whereby
I begin in the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful, and send salutations on our Master Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam peace and blessings be upon him.
We stand here today for peace.
We stand here together, because it is possible that it may be said about us that we failed to stop oppression. But it must never be said about us that we failed to protest.
We are here to protest against the horrific aggression of Vladimir Putin and the war that he has unleashed on Ukraine. We stand with the people of Ukraine and against Putin.
We stand here even more for justice.
Because peace is an effect. Peace is not the cause. The cause of peace is justice. Until justice is established, peace can never happen.
All injustice is evil, and must be resisted and defeated. The most beautiful self test for justice is what our Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam peace and blessings be upon him said a Bedouin came to the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam
grabbed the stirrup of his camel and asked, he said, Yasser Allah, or messenger of Allah, teach me something to go to heaven with.
He, the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him said, as you would have people do to you do to them, and what you dislike being done to you, don't do to them.
Compare this to the famous story about the great Rabbi Hillel, once there was a Gentile, who came to Shamai and said to him, convert me on the condition that you teach me the whole Torah. While I stand on one foot.
Shove I pushed him aside with the measuring stick that he was holding. The man went to hell with the same challenge, Hillel said, That which is despicable to you, do not do to your fellow. This is the whole Torah. The rest is commentary, go and study
in Matthew 712.
So whatsoever you wish that others would do, do you do also to them? For this is the Law and the Prophets.
It is the same role in all religions. All wars are evil, not only because of the innocents who die, but even more because of the innocents who survive. Bereaved their lives destroyed, dreams shattered and a bleak, cold future to look ahead at.
That is why Allah subhanho wa Taala our Creator
warned us and said I'll be live in a shaitana regime mean Agile is olika Katana Allah bunny salam ala Anna Humann Khattala nuff some be ready enough sin Oh, facade in the Lord Furqan nama Khattala NASA Jamia Romana hiya Fergana here, NASA Jamia,
he said which means because of that we ordained for the children of Israel, that if anyone killed a person, not in retaliation or murder, or to stop the spread of mischief in the land, it would be as if he killed all mankind. If anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind. To kill one person, one innocent person is equalent to annihilating the human race and to save the life of one innocent person is equal into saving the entire human race. Please note, we are not saying Here Allah did not say here the life of one Muslim anybody, one innocent life is equal to saving the life of all humanity, and killing are taking one innocent life is equal to taking the
life and murdering of all humanity. This is Islam.
No stranger to Europe, the last European war being the Bosnian genocide, as late as 1995. Since the Middle Ages, European nations have fought one another, the natural outcome of the feudal system of Lordship and served them to escape that the ancestors of some of you came to this country. Sadly, they brought the same system to this country, which resulted in the genocide of the indigenous, Native American population.
And it in and it also instigated the transatlantic slave trade,
perhaps the greatest in the greater greatest crime against humanity ever to be committed on the face of the planet.
What happened? Because wars make profit. What we see is the destruction of the lives of innocent people. What we don't see is the rigging of cash registers for the sale of weapons of mass destruction. Millions of lives are devastated so that the top 1% of 1% can get wealthier.
wars happen, because we have made it and we find it acceptable to raise our families on earnings from building weapons, which have only one utility to destroy the families of other people, just like ourselves. No matter who wins or loses weapons sellers always make money. wars happen because we glorify war mongers and invaders, and do not mention the untold suffering that they caused in the world. In the words of the poet Mahmoud Darwish, the war will end, the leaders will shake hands, the old woman will keep waiting for her martyred son, the girl will wait for her beloved husband, and those children will wait for the heroic father. I don't know who sold our homeland. But I saw who
paid the price.
In the midst of the tragedy of war in Ukraine. To my great shock and surprise, I saw the treatment of refugees of color, callous references to them by media anchors, who demonstrated the ignorance of history along with naked prejudice and racism.
Ordinary white Ukrainians treating other Ukrainians, people of color,
Asian people, African people, with cruelty
and with and in an insulting and horrible manner.
I don't want to mention the terribly painful details of what was and continues to happen as we speak. But I will ask one question. If we cannot show compassion to our fellow sufferers in the midst of suffering, then when will we do it?
Islam says about race and ethnicity and color. Yeah, Are you honest? Enough Allah Kanako Minda, Corrine wounds were janicoo combs your oboe Acaba, Isla Lita Bravo in a Kurama comingle La Jolla Cancun in the Lucha Ali Moon Habib, which means all mankind, we have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may recognize one another that you may know one another. Verily, the most honorable of you, with Allah is the One who has the greatest piety, the most Taqwa Verily Allah is all knowing and all aware. Islam is not only non racist, but anti racist. Narrated Abu Nadra are they allow no may Allah be pleased with him? Rasul Allah is Allah
Allah salon. The Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him said in his hotbar in his sermon on the second day of the ship, after performing hajj, he said oh people were really your rob your Lord. Your God is one and your father are the Malays Salaam. Your father is one. Verily, your rub your Lord is one. Your father is one. Verily there is no superiority of an Arab over a non Arab or of a non Arab over an Arab or of a white man over a black man or of a black man over a white man. Except in terms of Taqwa except in terms of piety. Have I conveyed the message
at all those gathered they said the
Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him has conveyed the message.
In confusion, I remind myself and you that it is a sign of intelligence to learn from history, because it is the law that those who don't learn from history are condemned to repeat it. Thank you very much