The Way Forward #06
Channel: Mirza Yawar Baig
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Rahim Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala sherfield Ambia even more serene Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallam this even cathedra and cathedrals.
By my Bible, we continue with our series of photon called the way forward. This is the sixth
in that series.
Most of us, especially Muslims are historically illiterate.
Meaning we don't understand history, we don't know our own history. And our cherry picking approach to history ensures illiteracy.
However, our lives won't change until we learn lessons from history, and break out of the vicious cycles that we are caught up in.
We don't learn the lessons because we can't differentiate between critiquing and critical analysis and criticizing.
We cannot differentiate between critique critiquing and critical analysis and critique and criticizing.
We have no capacity to objectively analyze incidents in history, without either hero worshipping those involved or trashing them.
People who don't learn from history are condemned to repeat it. That is what we are doing today, both globally and locally in our organizations. We do the same with each other, and have this insane, unspoken rule. For me to love you and be your friend, you must agree with everything I say.
We must develop the capacity to not only accept dissent, but to encourage it and learn to disagree without being disagreeable. We must not only accept those who disagree with us, but value them because they help us to look at another side of our pet theory.
Without that, it is very easy to blind ourselves to reality until we meet it face to face and realize that it is the face of multiple modes.
Here's a short history lesson.
Since the late seventh century, Muslims have lived in empires and have imbibed the culture of feudal subjugation.
For first the Manomaya 661 to 750. Then the man who abuzz 750 to 1258. See, after that rose, three great Muslim empires the Safavid Empire in Persia, which ended in 1736, the mobiles in India, which ended in 1857, and the Ottomans,
which ended in 1927. Today, most Muslims live
in democratic, non Muslim countries.
The dynamics of society, opportunities for development, citizens, rights and obligations are all changed.
If we still want to live in the fantasy of empire, we will be discarded.
It is time to wake up and face the reality of our existence today.
is far better.
That today, our condition is far better than it was.
Let me share my perception through the lenses of political science and psychology. emotional maturity is the process of changing our mindset from others are responsible for me to I am responsible for myself and others.
So are we adults are still children.
In transactional analysis,
Eric Byrne calls it the parent child ego state. The parent has authority and the child is powerless and blames authority for whatever happens to him.
It is always someone else's fault. To mature emotionally is to break out of the cycle and become adults.
Most people are physically adults, but emotionally still children are looking to the parent which is outside authority to solve their problems.
So let's do a self check. Let me ask you, what is your greatest most urgent desire as you sit here today?
Don't say Jana Jana happens after you die in this life. What is the right drivers get them wanting what you want right now?
What would it be?
Job car house marriage holiday?
What is it?
things for ourselves. Now ask yourself
all that you thought you have in your mind are those things for yourself or for others for the ummah.
And that's why they say the difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.
The sign of emotional maturity is to think of others.
The finest example of this word the Gambia, Alaimo, Salah,
they live for people
and the date for people
and the end of his life
when resources Allah was passing away
Gibreel Islam came to inform him that Allah subhanaw taala
wanted to meet him.
At that time,
the sorcerer seldom did not ask him
about the future of his family.
He asked him
what will happen to my own
concern for others is the sign that we have majority concern means action. Without action. It's only words useless, powerless, and worthless.
So the next question is,
if you claim to be concerned about the Ummah, what are you doing about it?
we had a self test, a self check test last week
the 25 mile march for ceasefire in Palestine.
It was an opportunity to see our faces in the mirror.
You know if you participated or not.
And you know why? And you know, why not?
However, let me remind you that the market was organized by Jewish voices for peace under the leadership
of a college student.
A young woman by the name of Molly Aronson, Molly Aronson, write that in big goal letters and stick it on your wall and look at it every day. Molly aaronson,
Why did she do this?
in material terms,
to think about this, given who she is, what happens in Philistine in what happens in Palestine, Gaza, makes no difference to
absolutely zero difference.
And doing this resulted in paying a very heavy price.
Yet, she did it knowingly. So on the Day of Judgment, when she and we will be asked by Allah subhanaw taala What did you do? She will have an answer.
And what will be what will the answer be? For those who did not participate?
This is what growing up means.
That is what true freedom and dignity means
to step out of our comfort zone and do something for someone when we are not personally affected by that hardship.
Our parenting, oppressive governments, our schooling system, all contribute to delaying maturity and prolonging childish thinking and behavior.
was conquered by Mehmet the second
How old was he when he conquered Constantinople?
20 years old.
The same age
as some of your children
who have free food?
who live in their mom and dad's home free of rental? rent free.
Who have a nice cell phone paid for by daddy. Bill paid for by daddy, the drive a nice car, paid for by daddy
with gas paid for by daddy.
And then if you meet daddy, and you say Where is your son?
That is I don't know.
Your choice. You want to raise kids like this, then don't blame anyone else
if they grew up,
bodily physically, but mentally, they're still four years old.
to change our future, we must grow up. This means to simply ask one question, What can I do? And then go and do it.
It means that everyone I was must donate, Energy, Thought, prayer dua, and money to things that help us all as a community and not expect some outside authority figure the government philanthropic people or institutions to do it for us.
Empire and slavery ingrain the child into us, the child ego state into us
globally, that is the state of Muslims today.
We must break out
and break our mental shackles and take charge of our destiny if you want to succeed.
Allah subhanaw taala told us
that he blessed us so much that we can't even count his blessings. He said Oba atta can mean Colima tomo Wen Tao though the amatola Hilah to her so hot in in Santa Lazaro Oman Kufa, he said which means and he has granted you all that you asked him for.
If you try to count Allah's blessings, you will never be able to count them.
Indeed, humankind is truly unfair, and totally ungrateful.
They are oppressors, their saloon Kapha.
Ask yourself, if we reflect on our thoughts about ourselves, are they mostly negative or positive? Monitor your conversation? When you speak about this country, you speak about where you live, you speak about your job, you speak about the weather, you speak about anything political situation, economic situation, what comes out of your mouth,
negative statements, or positive statements, complaints, or gratitude, what comes out of your mouth?
individually or collectively, do we consider ourselves blessed or deprived, powerful, or helpless in control of our destiny or not?
The truth is that we are the architects of our own destiny.
This is an amazingly powerful realization because it means that we have the power to change our situation anytime we choose to change it.
But that will happen only if we act, not just talk about acting.
Unless around data created us and give us intelligence and taught us through his books and his prophets and messengers that we are free to choose, but that no choice is free. Every choice has a price tag. Every choice has a consequence. This is not even theology, theology. This is observation, logic and reason which we see every day of our lives. And so if anyone thinks that our society that is based on the single minded pursuit of profit at any cost, can be free from the consequences of this philosophy, then surprise, we can only live surrounded by crime, misery, fear and pain.
It is only when we live by a law that was made by the one who is unaffected by our actions and who has no personal stake in it. He gets nothing from it, he loses nothing. But he made the law for our benefit.
When we follow that law, only then can we be assured that the results will be positive
that law is an Islam.
That law is Al Islam
that is what this hobby lobby or the AMA, or the Alon said to the Persian gender Rasta before the Battle of kharsia in November 636 See, Rooster asked him why the Arabs are come to challenge the Sassanian empire. What gave?
Robbie I've been Amerada
the confidence to reply in the way that he replied
ask yourself this question
what gave him the confidence to reply?
Let me have an ammeter that under said the SRG labor University labor Isla Eva do not believe that first one
mean Jor el and Yan Illa, Adela teen Islam. Number two,
mean they still have the dunya Illa Sati dunya. Number three, three reasons we came to extract the slaves from the worship of slaves to the worship of the runt of the slaves, to extract them from the confusion of different religions and laws and so on into the justice of Islam. And to extract them from the construction of the life of this world, into the expanse of the life of this world and the ACA and thereafter.
To justify inaction and blaming, we indulge in a psychological copout, which I call globalizing problems. For example, Muslims complain that media is hostile to us that we don't have a robust Hala Islamic financial system, that politically we have no power and authority, and so on and so forth.
But if you ask, what can you do to change this?
What is the answer? The answer is what can I do? I am only one person.
We forget that everything begins with one person. Allah didn't send armies of Gambia or even teams on via he sent one man for an entire nation.
And in the case of the last of them, Imam Colombia, say you will Musa Ali, Mohammed Mustafa sallallahu alayhi wa he was salam. Allah subhanaw taala send one man for the whole world until the end of time, one person
the individual is the most powerful unit because it is the only one on which you have power.
You on yourself, me on myself.
If we focus on this, and correct and empower it, we empower the whole room.
So on that topic, let me tell you about what these binaries were 12 million the whole world, people who follow Yamaha and the Dow The waters
are only 1 million.
Let me tell you what these communities do.
They donate. Every person every earning member
donates 10% of their monthly earnings. You're not talking here about 2.5% of wealth the whole year, we're talking about the their salaries, their earnings, the business earnings,
they donate 10% of their monthly earnings to the community to the Common Fund every month.
And from that different education, healthcare and entrepreneurship. They are undoing in schools.
They give startup funding to their people.
And they have hospitals.
That's why all beggars in our countries that either she also need
the know is why these bodies
in the US,
there are 3.5 million Muslims.
If each Muslim donated $5 per day
to a central fund. That's the price of a coffee, one coffee.
We would have
hold your breath.
We would have $6.387 billion
$6,000,000,387.5 million per year,
almost six and a half billion.
With that in hand. Ask
what can we do with 6.5 almost billion per year
Here in this handled County, we have maybe 5000 Muslims.
If each Muslim,
and I'm talking now about
everyone, men, men, women, children.
If each Muslim donated $5 a day, same price of one coffee, two account font, we would have 9,125,000 per year
9,000,001 25,000 per year.
No need then to do any fundraising for anything. We could establish a world class Islamic school.
We could set up a VC fund, a venture capital fund for startups. And we could support anyone who wants to enter politics.
That is the choice which shows whether we are grown up are still children with beards.
Do you want to spend more time more money or how bad the public school system is?
Or do you want to create a world class school?
It costs us $5 per day. So Buddha or shut up.
It is this sense of personal commitment to the collective
the Ummah that distinguished the sahaba.
We have heard the story
of Rasulullah. Selim raising funds for the gospel of Starbuck,
he asked people to donate was one in a farmer the Allahu Akbar Amarna over
and above. They tell her sad been over been over the Mohammed bin Muslimah Rhodiola Juana was made and others give as much as they could
have brought everything he owned. was also Selim asked him what have you left for your family? He said Allah and His Rasul enough for for them for my family.
Then there was this hobby,
whose action is mentioned.
But not even his name.
He was not one of the leaders. He was a daily wage earner
in some date God.
He came with a handful of dates, you know, hold your hand like this and fill it with dates and see how many dates that is
maybe 1520 30
He came with a handful of dates. And he presented them to the seller like this and he said yeah, Rasul Allah, I worked all day today, and this is my earning, I have nothing else. But I would like to donate this to your fund.
Those who doesn't sell and receive those dates in both his hands. And then you scattered them on top of all the material that was gathered there. And he said, Allah subhanho, data deluge and Allah who accepted all your charity, because of this. Now imagine what that's the hobby must have felt. And the huge honor the wrestlers and said I'm giving
Thomas the effort.
This happened because the savvy didn't say it himself.
After all, I was on a bus and over with him over the top and I woke up another law no one right. All of these are wealthy people. They have given so much, what difference will my one handful of dates make? So what is the point in me doing it?
Instead, he would have said to himself, they did what they wanted to do. I must do what I see as my duty.
what others do or don't do does not affect my duty.
And when he did that, Allah subhanaw taala honored him to the action and words of Rasulullah Salaam in a way that he could not possibly have imagined.
That is what I mean by personal commitment.
That is the meaning of being free. That is what we need today. If we are serious about impacting our destiny, we need moral ethical principle Muslims focused on the good of the nation and the world in position of positions of power.
That takes tears before Allah subhanaw taala in the night.
That takes tears before Allah subhanaw taala in the night
and it takes working together
it will happen
If we grow up and decide to take charge of our destiny, the alternative is slavery. The choice is ours, because it is our future that is at stake.
Ask Allah subhana inteligente the level to help us to do that which is pleasing to Him and to save us from that which is not pleasing. Or Salalah Hara Nabil very rarely he was a member of the gang or Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.