The way forward part 5
Channel: Mirza Yawar Baig
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my river Brothers Sisters elders, in this series of Hatha Bucha I'm doing they are called the way forward and today's callback number five and they will be inshallah seven of these
I will try to define for you the problem that we Muslims face and are facing today globally. And we'll try to suggest to you in sha Allah
the way forward to a solution
but there are two critical things which you must remember as you listen to me, one that we did not reach this stage and this stayed overnight, and therefore neither is the solution going to work overnight. It's not magic.
Second, the only way and I want to make this very clear. The only way for the solution to work is if all of us, all of us without exception.
As long as you say hola ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasul Allah, you are included in that all the rest of what you believe and don't believe I don't care.
So you decide whether you believe in La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasul Allah or not
if you don't believe in that I have no quarrel with you.
But if you believe in that rest of what you believe and don't believe it's between you and Allah, not my problem, but you are included in this all all of us must commit to work with total sincerity and enthusiasm full energy
to create the solution and hold your breath some of our some of them some of us must be clear that you must continue to work even though you will not see any change
and inshallah in the seventh Haha, I will give you the line from the Quran and Sunnah I'm not giving anything I'm telling you is not my opinion, with De Lisle from Quran and Sunnah and Sera Take it or leave it
continue to work, even though you are obviously influenced me.
Way will not I'm not even saying may not will not see a solution, yet we must commit and yet we must work so that those who come after they will see the solution
I want to just highlight this because there is something called the tipping point and all this we will talk about later.
I want to highlight this because
I asked you to make dua for is the karma, for perseverance for steadfastness.
We are living in a revolution.
But it's perhaps not what you may think. Let me explain. We are living today in times that I call forks in history like road forks, you have you must decide go left go right. Forking times in history are characterized by turmoil, epidemics, wars, economic collapse, political instability, civil war and so on.
But it is precisely for that reason that the foundations of the structures of society are shaken and for a short time, it is given into the hands of ordinary people to change the path of destiny.
To give you some examples from history, the
Industrial Revolution 1760 to 1840, the War of Independence in India 1857, the American Civil War 1861 to 65. The First and Second World Wars, The Great Depression of 1930, which ended in World War Two in 1939, we show that not everything as a happy ending.
All of these are markers in history of changes in the paths of destiny.
There were others, but this list will suffice for us to see how the decisions of people of the time leaders and followers changed the path of destiny for others.
We do not have the time to do an analysis of each of these events to point out what those decisions were.
If anybody is interested, then I'm happy to sit with you and explain to you
but doesn't matter if you whether you understand the reasons or not it happened.
But today, we must do this because as I mentioned, we are living in another revolution. And what we choose to do or not to do, will define the path of destiny for generations to come.
Believe me, our destiny is in our own hands.
And that means in the hands of adults, not in the hands of children, not in the hands of youth,
of adults, who have money, who have power over thority you cannot escape it dumping it on the head of children, you cannot escape it dumping it on the heads of youth
they will inherit what you leave behind.
And that is why Rasul was salam never ran amok. In our under Sunday school. In our anniversary, he never ran a kindergarten, he taught adults.
And that is why this society,
whether it's good or bad, is because of adults.
And it is we adults who can change, who can act to change it.
Be careful what you teach your children.
And understand that children listen with their eyes.
Not with their ears, they listen with their eyes. They don't care what you say until they see what you do. And believe me this applies to everybody but especially with children.
We Muslims globally are like a ship caught in a storm, battered by winds and ocean currents driving it onto rocks. As captains of such a ship, we must do two paradoxical things simultaneously. One is be aware of the hostile forces that surround us
and the other one, yet not allow them to distract us from our goal of navigating the ship safely out of the storm.
The good news is that all storms and
the bad news is that any strong can sink a ship, where the Captain has no idea what the destination how to get there.
Navigation whether it's for ships or lives must be learned. It's not a birthright. It won't just come to you. This means that in order to learn, we must commit time and effort with teachers who know what to teach and how
it is not instant coffee. And it won't happen in your spare time. This is the choice that each one of us must make. Because it is we all will have to live our lives. If you think learning takes too long or is too expensive. Try ignorance.
Our biggest problem today is the absence of viable alternatives to leadership.
Our biggest challenge is to produce ethical model global leaders. Without that the world is doomed.
As I was walking in here, the police officer who's there outside
he stopped me and he said tell me when can we have peace?
I said the minute we want to have peace.
It's as simple as that.
When can you have peace? The minute you want to have peace both parties involved in the genuinely want peace it will happen right now. Before the end of this.
It is as simple as that
because without ethical
Model global leaders, the world is doomed.
We are fed and most of us believe and have internalized the myth that technology and wealth can solve all our problems. This is a lie.
Because both are value neutral tools. They're neither good nor evil.
If you don't know how to speak, the best Mike in the in the world cannot make give make you give a good speech, this technology, it propels what you say.
That is That's it.
It is the mind which decides how to use technology. So it is the mind that we must work on. The biggest and most important change that has happened is that today and especially in this country, we live in times when the voice of the ordinary individual can be heard.
Not every individual, but those who are elected to office.
And that process of election is open to everyone, especially at the local level. And that stood out to the national level. The question to ask is, how many of us take the trouble to get elected election doesn't happen by magic.
You can't buy it.
It happened by first getting visibility through social work, through helping people participating in public projects, working with people across boundaries of race and religion and culture. It happens by changing our isolationist ways and getting involved in our communities. It happens by thinking of where we live as our community.
If you want a metric to see where we are on this index, see how many people participate in our hunger walk once in a year,
this magic how many people
how many people participate in the dunk cleaning clock down cleaning drive?
How many people participate in a Black Lives Matter protests?
Or in food pantries?
giving a donation check once a year doesn't is not the same? Please understand this.
How many people participate in interfaith work?
Please add to this list and see what you can say about yourself. Ask yourself how many of us have friends who are not like us?
who don't speak our language? Maybe not a religion? Maybe not the particular brand of religion that we follow? Because May Allah bless us maybe you don't even need to go outside Islam. You got so many internal
how many have friends
not some transactional stuff meaning you go to their house, they come to your house, your children and so on so forth, hang out together and whatnot, and you have influence on them. They have influenced how many people have friends who are not like themselves, I'm giving you
Why is that important? Because the first documented arrival of Muslims in this land was in the 17th century the Transcend transatlantic slave trade. This was industrialized slavery and the most brutal subjugation of human beings in the history of humankind.
One place to visit
and merge is bought take note
is in Washington, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History.
Make this write it down as your
critical to survival, critical to education. If you haven't been there, you haven't seen it. You're uneducated.
In the mid 18th century, game, the first wave of immigrants from Asia and Middle East
and that was roughly 200 years ago.
Then ask let me ask you this question. 200 years
400 years Muslims have been there 200 years Muslims who came from Asia and Middle East who are also here?
were educated who have money.
Then why is it that there are only three Muslim members of Congress
in 200 years?
We complain that nobody listens to us.
How can anybody listen to someone who's not there?
If I list the top 10 US corporations by market cap the CEOs of all of them are in there not one is a Muslim.
global corporations run this world believe it or not
You have to be in the right place for your decisions to come. It's not just it's not just enough to be alive no
in the right place
believe me that both the examples I gave you of being elected or of being CEOs of global corporations
neither of these has anything to do with discrimination.
They have everything to do with focus. The truth is that we get what we pay for
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my brothers and sisters and elders, as I've said, Before, you are citizens of this country. You're not visitors, waiting to go home. This is home.
So participate and contribute.
On January 2019 61.
When I was six years old,
John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the president of America.
And in his inaugural speech, he made one statement.
He said, Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country
His historic words emphasize the importance of civic action, and challenged every American to contribute in some way to the public good.
As I said,
this has remained with me
for all these years, from 1961 to 2003.
And I tried to apply this in all the constituencies that I'm part of,
I don't ask what can they do for me? I said what can I do for them?
And it's a reciprocal world, you do enough you get enough.
You want to get we have to give simple as that. This is the this is going
these words are the secret of leadership.
Because leading rides on the shoulders of service, first you win hearts, then you shape destiny.
If you study the Sierra, you will see this reflected clearly. Rosa Rosa Salem was the most beloved man in Makkah, why
not because of lineage, not because of anything, but because of service
He became hugely popular not because he was canvassing for votes, but because of service. He was known for his kindness, his manners, his patience in the face of provocation. When he moved to Medina, he did three things in this order.
He created the OMA a brotherhood of faith as distinct and different from a brotherhood of tribal tribalism or, or lineage. Then he built his masjid, which became the center of the community as it is supposed to be. And he created a constitution and agreement.
That was the most inclusive, egalitarian document that you can imagine, which recognized differences of the most fundamental crime between people, but brought people together on issues of mutual importance.
What do we need to do today? Follow the sun.
Treat every Muslim as your brother, because Allah subhanaw taala gave them that place. who is a Muslim? They ask themselves Allah,
who is a Muslim? Yasser Allah.
He said the one who said La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasulullah
the one who prays face
In our Qibla
and the one who eats what we slaughter
Three conditions. The one who said La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasulullah the one who prays facing our fibula and the one who eats what we slaughtered.
He did not say the one who prays and raises his hands refer the one who does not do that one who moves his finger one who covers his head.
Praise facing the Qibla the prayer is to Allah let Allah accept it or reject not your problem.
The one who said Lila hail Allah Muhammad also he didn't say the one who has this in his heart
because you can go in the heart and check
he's the one who said it. Leave him alone.
There's a famous Sierra story about Osama bin Zayed Arabella who was like a grand surrounding results.
Were in one Surya in one battle.
A man came face to face with him he the man shouted Masha Allah Allah Allah Allah, masha Allah Muhammad Rasul Allah but Osama killed him because he had some private issue with him.
Other people saw that they reported racism
there was someone called me said whatever
you the true the man said Lila Hey Lola, and you still killed him
was on Wednesday the other line he said yes. Hola II said that yesterday that is not in his heart.
You want inside is that your point is hard to see.
Osama bin Laden says i wish i the Earth would open and swallow me.
He said I wish I had not been a Muslim until this time because then I could have accepted Islam and my sin would have been forgiven. So that's why I was so angry when I said he is not sincere is a human inside is a huge Act is that
follow the Sunnah treat every person every Muslim as your brother and your sister.
Don't worry about
which sector in which business they do and what they do and what the face looks like if they've got a beard of the garden. Don't worry about
all of those things are important. I'm not saying okay there's not an Akita is important. You die with the wrong Athena you go to Jana.
The beard is Sunnah, sunnah, mwah cada
and so on and so on as well. But that's not your problem. That is the issue between the Abdon is
your and my problem is treat him like a brother because Allah made him your brother.
Allah subhanaw taala said
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see the honor Allah said you are one community you are one of my one religion one people why because I am Euro
because I am Europe, Allah did not even say because you are Muslim because you are the one that I am your imagine the honor Allah is connecting us with him because I am your absolute worship me. And in the incident moving to Allah Samantha said we're in a hottie uma taco Mata ye the honorable comfortable.
Truly you are one people.
And one Oma.
Why? Because I'm Europe so have Taqwa me, Eva and Taqwa is the sum total of the life of the human being. He worships only Allah and with Taqwa he is concerned only for the reader of Allah subhanaw taala. Every action is Allah, please read this.
This is our religion.
This is our religion.
Allah subhanaw taala told us and taught us that our job is to worry about our own beliefs and actions and treat everyone else as our brother and sister leave their beliefs and action between Allah and then because that concerns them.
Except if their actions are harmful to society, then in that case, you correct them.
But today, we want to sit in judgment on who will go to jail and who will go to Jana, as if we are the owners of Jana, Jana.
Let us worry about where we will go.
And that is what Islam teaches us to focus on our iman and Ahmed. The truth is easy to see but difficult to swallow. But if we want change, we must swallow it.
In 1631 the construction of a building was started in India which was completed in 1652. At a cost of in today's money, 1 billion US dollars. The net worth of the man who built it was 25% of
global GDP of the time, global the GDP of the time in today's money was 40 trillion, which means this man was worth 10 trillion.
Do the sums.
Elon Musk is worth two 50 billion.
That man was worth 10 trillion.
You could buy and sell Elon Musk having gems.
And on top of that, you're not just money and the money was not the network was not shares in Wall Street. net worth was gold and silver and jewels.
Come to me some other time I'll give you the details. You will drool.
And he had authority he rolled over one of the most powerful empires of the time. His name was Shuddha.
In the building, he built his called that mile
1631 in 1636, four years later, another building was started across the world, close to where we are in America. The person who initiated that was a Puritan minister. He earned his master's degree from Cambridge University in England, and he died at age 31.
Sharjah ruled for 3030 years.
John Howard died is 31
Thanks to his effort, and amount of 500 pounds, was sanctioned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and John Howard, bequest 50% of his wealth $150,000 to that building,
that became a school a university, a college university.
Today, both buildings exists.
The first one has two occupants, both dead.
The second one
has been producing leaders in all aspects of society since 1636.
It is the first college in America as the wealthiest endowment of $50.7 billion and has the largest library on Earth.
The difference between these two stories is the difference between sight and vision.
And that's why they say much worse than not having sight is not having vision.
It shows graphically that it is not resources or power, but vision which has the biggest impact.
I have two questions for you. First question is What is your vision?
What is your wish?
And the second question
that I have is What are you prepared to do about realizing it?
Because the reality is, there is only action that comes and that is why in Islam, the emphasis is on faith and action and not on faith and knowledge. Eman will amaro sorry, not Iman, or Elmo son.
Because only knowledge practiced has effect.
The biggest challenge today is to understand that Islam makes us winners in this life and the Accra.
The lives of the NBA mussalam show that it is a strong connection with Allah subhanho wa Taala
a clear vision, dedicated effort and the ability to win hearts. These are the secrets of success.
It is for us to live and learn and live by this.
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