The Way Forward Part 3
Channel: Mirza Yawar Baig
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Maria respecter brothers, sisters elders, this is the third in my series of Hatha calls the way forward,
there is probably going to be a fourth one and I don't know after that
I want to say to you
that what we need to do is to start thinking long term.
Because it is not about winning one conflict.
It is about becoming influential, and creating a situation where there are no more conflicts.
It is about becoming influential, where you can initiate and direct local and national policy.
It is about becoming being in positions where decisions you take will impact people across the globe and inshallah for you these will be positive decisions and become sadaqa jariya for you.
History is a great teacher.
And they say that the the nations that don't learn from their history are condemned to repeat it and that is why I keep on going back to history.
Let me mention for your two
decisions, the effects of which the world is feeling to this day.
One was what is called the Sykes pico agreement of 1916.
The discussions were from November 23 1915, to January 3 1916.
This was a secret treaty between the United Kingdom and France with the assent
of the Russian Empire and the Kingdom of Italy to define their mutually agreed spheres of influence and control in an eventual carving up of the Ottoman Empire.
At that, at that time, the Ottoman Empire was very much alive and well.
The wealthiest empire of that time, and if it hadn't been carved up.
Every single oil and gas producing nation today would have been a part of the Ottoman Empire it would have become the most wealthy empire of history of humankind
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The sat with a map of the Ottoman Empire and the cabrita.
British and French diplomats Max Sykes and Francoise George pico drafted the agreement which was ratified by their respective governments on the ninth and 16th of May 1916.
The second agreement was called the Balfour Declaration of 1971 year later,
which was a letter from the United Kingdom's foreign secretary. Again a civil servant
not a king
to law Rothschild,
the leader of the British Jewish community for transmission
To the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland,
the Balfour Declaration was a public statement issued by the British government in 1917, during the First World War, announcing its support for the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine, which was at that time and Autobahn region, with a small Jewish population.
The big lesson to learn here is that what matters even more than who you are, is where you are.
environment dictates effectiveness.
A fish cannot even breathe on land. But in the water, it is the epitome of speed and grace
is not the ability of the fish. It is where it is in the water, which allows that ability to come forth.
Today, we have as many capable people as anyone else, believe me.
But they're not in the right places.
That must be our goal, to get the right person in the right place.
Now to change anything, you must own it first.
I can't change your house because I don't own your house. You cannot change my house because you don't my own my house.
If I want to change your house, I have to first buy your house, then I can change it.
Same thing for countries.
You cannot change what you don't own.
I'm saying to you, and by you I mean all the immigrant population who is here. First, second, third generation immigrants.
America is your country.
Try to get your mind around this.
America is your country. Not Syria, not Pakistan, not Bangladesh, not India, not Iraq, not Lebanon.
It is America. You are a citizen of this country. You are not a visitor
waiting to go home. This is home.
The truth is that this is already the case with your children believe it or not, because not one of them is capable of going back to Syria or Lebanon or Pakistan or wherever and leaving even one week. You know that I know that they know that.
This is critical because only when you think of America as your own country can you work to make it beneficial for the world.
If you read history, you will see that in every age, there's always been some Empire or nation with dominated.
Go all the way back 2000 plus years to the Roman era, but some one or the other always dominated the world. In the post world war two age it is America
with any anyone likes it or not, that is the truth.
And given the China and Russia are the other options, I'm thankful for this.
The citizens of this country have the opportunity to make that that domination of the world a blessing for the world.
Only you can do this not outside us. And therefore, you have two choices.
To complain about what is happening or to change it.
Allah subhanaw taala encourages us to become powerful and establish justice on the earth.
Allah subhanaw taala said in Al Anon su Solana well Latina man will fill the dunya well Yo Ma comb will ash had
a loss around it Allah said we certainly help are messengers and the believers, both in this worldly life and on the day a witness will stand forth.
And on the Day of Judgment, the witnesses will stand forth. And another place Allah subhana Denis Zafarullah said, we're all caught up to a Buddha natural min Allahu Fatone, Karim. Oba Sherrill meaning he will also give you another flavor for which you long held from Allah and imminent victory. So give good news or Prophet Muhammad Salah Salem to the believers.
I want to remind myself and say to you that we change to create change, we need people in four critical areas.
Legislature, judiciary, executive and media
lawmaking, interpreting the law administrating and minds during that means we need attorneys, judges, politicians, administrators, journalists and media specialists
professors of political science and sociology and financial experts.
My wife told me not to mean not to say this next line, but I want to say it anyway. She said you will offend all your friends. I said that will show me how many odd my real friends
we have enough doctors.
We have enough engineers and enough MBAs and enough mom and pop shops. So all my friends are offended. I'm sorry about that. That's the reality.
We don't need a Muslim doctor. We need a Muslim congressperson. Think about this after 75 years
of the formation of Israel and Palestine you have one single woman in Congress Palestinian woman
75 years one woman
but we mourn and we've grown and we complain and we complain and we complain
we need ethical moral power brokers with a sense of responsibility to an accountability velociraptor. Think of all the people in this community who you think are wealthy I'm I'm really on this making enemies pathway. Think of all the people in this community who you think of as wealthy people with big houses, big cars, whatnot, whatnot, may Allah I got similar he was big, right? What? But May Allah give you a lot of Baraka in your house, in your car and so on? And then ask how many of them are in positions of power?
Wealth? Yes, power?
What do I mean by power? Let me start small. How many of these people are on school boards?
Do they have children? Did they have children with their grandchildren? Do they go to school? Are you on the school boards?
How many are city councilors? How many are Aldermen? How many are Selectmen? How many are mayors?
How many of you are hearing these terms for the first time all them on Selectmen?
So when you meet somebody,
don't ask them, What car do you drive? Ask them, What decisions do you make
personal wealth makes you comfortable, but keeps you vulnerable. Power changes that equation. The road to power is totally different from the road to personal wealth.
You need to decide what you want for your children. And the children have to decide what they want for themselves
by minding your shop and inheriting it after you die or studying, medicine, pharmacy, MBA, so on and so on 20 or 30 years from the time they graduate, they may own their own house and they may have one or two nice cars
and be able to take maybe on holidays
but someone with power can take that away from them with one stroke of the pen
by pursuing power and influence. Instead, after 20 or 30 years, they will be in positions where their decisions can change the destinies of entire populations.
But the paths are totally different. And they must start on that path. Now
it takes 20 years it takes 30 Are we talking two generations.
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Let's consider four episodes from the Sierra of Roscoe nice and sell them to see how Ross was and sell them transformed his powerless state and used that power for good.
When he Salah Salem was forced to make his way to Medina, he was virtually powerless with his life in danger and had to hide in a cave to escape the enemy death squads. But he has data he conquered MCAD the head of an army of 10,000 the tribal chiefs, who had driven him out of Makkah saw that it was futile to resist and they're lined up to pledge allegiance.
Four incidents. First, the pledge of Aqaba, there were two of them by two Lacava.
Where the chiefs are Medina pledged to
defend him and his mission
and the cost of their wealth and lives if he migrated to Medina.
Now think about this, the migration to Medina was a blessing
because Medina was far enough away from Makkah to give him some Salah Salem, some peace and ability to increase his influence. And also Medina was strategically located on the trade route to Sham
Medina was a threat to the trading caravans Omaka. This was a strategic advantage.
Think about this. Before this Surah Surah Selim had gone to thrive, and he was not successful in life. We know the whole story of dive.
But if he had been successful in thrive, and if he had moved to thrive the entire was because of its proximity to the coloration maca. It's very possible that the forage could have attacked by him and killed him and finished off the mission.
So Allah subhanaw taala plan is always the best even though it looks initially that something is wrong. It's not wrong.
The second episode was the formation of the OMA with a brotherhood between the MaHA giran and the Ansel.
This was unique because the MaHA Giroux really refugees.
But instead of putting them in camps,
Rosa Rosa Salem made them into brother pairs of brothers. And the answer took them into their homes and into their families. And this brought together the two groups as one community in a unique way, with Islam being the reason for the bond instead of tribe or lineage.
The module on the migrant from Makkah, most of whom had nothing
immediately had relief and a sense of belonging that formed one united community.
Allah subhanho wa Taala revealed Quran about this and called them Omata Anwar Hida and honored them by declaring that he was the reason for the Brotherhood.
Where he said Jana Jana low in the Javi Omar to como Mata Wahida one Arab Bukom farmborough dune in Surah of Colombia is indeed this religion. This Brotherhood is Omar, yours is one of mine, I am your rub, so worship Me alone.
And moving on, he said, we're in a heavy Yamato como Mattawa Hida one Arab bow comfort taco. He says Surely this religion this ummah of yours is one OMA and I am your rub, so have my Toccoa only.
Second third incident was a covenant of Medina, which brought all the people in Medina, the Muslims, the Jews and the volunteers, together on a common pact of mutual assistance and security. There was freedom for each group to continue to worship their gods and to live their lives, according to their personal laws, but unite if there was any external threat.
If you are looking for an example for a pluralistic multicultural, multi religious society, it is right there in the life of Rasulullah, Salah Salem himself.
He didn't force everybody to convert to Islam,
to live according to your life, but come together for things which are of concern to all of us together. There's a very important reason I'm saying this.
The most significant thing about the 53 article document was that everyone accepted the leadership of Rasulullah Salam and he became the ruler and arbitrator in all matters.
Finally, the fourth one is the Treaty of the BL salehoo.
Which again on the face of it appeared to be one sided and humiliating for the Muslims, but which Allah subhanaw taala called and manifest victory, Allah's revealed Quran and he said in a fatahna comfortable villa. In fatahna, laka Fatone Medina. Allah said we have given you a manifest victory.
Now, this was a victory for three reasons. One, because it was the first time that the Quraysh recognized rasool Allah is Allah Selim as a head of state. Until then, he was Oh, my cousin mine, everyone's normal cousin nervous, he's the head of state. And the treaty was between him between Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam and do the whole incident of seven early writing it as one as one
It was a treaty between him and the courage of Makkah. It was not a treaty between the courage and the people of Medina. No, it was a treaty between Mohammed Salah Salem
as the head of the state his name and the coalition MCC is very, very important historical element of that treaty. Second, it was a final test of obedience for the Sahaba Rizwana image by him to see if they would obey. Rasulullah saw Salam without question in a matter where many did not agree with him and were unhappy about what he was planning to do.
Today, people say we have no Khalifa, I say we have, we have 1.2 billion Haulover
1.8 billion for everybody.
Nobody wants to follow anybody else.
This is our problem.
This is a very, very major problem.
That was a test of the sahaba.
And obedience is seen only where
you don't like what is happening.
The third was
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third of the reasons was the title celebrity via the game a time of suspension of hostilities. And because of that Islam spread like never before. The only 1400 people who went with Ross Ross herself to the via, but there were 10,000, who went with him to Makkah two years later.
All these incidents show that to seek power and influence in society is very important. If we want to change our situation, there are things that can only be done if you have power. And that is what we must focus on. Talking about PA We live in a country where an ordinary person can aspire to local and national leadership, unlike the countries where most of us come from.
But do we know what to do to get there? Are we thinking about this? Today my questions day. So let me ask you some more questions. What is the connection between the House of Representatives, the Congress and the Senate?
What happens if the House of Representatives and Senate pass a law but the president vetoes it? What happens to that law?
What is the career path for someone who wants to become a senator?
What is the relationship between the Congress, the Supreme Court and the president of America?
How many of you are thinking about this for the first time in your life?
My message to our youth
is as follows. Plan your careers with power in mind. Not just money, the power to do good to change the rules of the corrupt merciless society that you have inherited. You didn't make it. But you can unmake it. But only if you want to and are willing to dedicate your life to it. Your life will be immensely satisfying. Very interesting, great fun. And we leave a legacy of honor and BSR kajaria But it will not be comfortable or easy.
This is a generational project. But if you don't step forward today, you will live to regret it for the rest of your lives.
It's your life
and your choice.
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