Channel: Mirza Yawar Baig
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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu wa salam O Allah Shara philomela mursaleen Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa sahbihi wa seldom at the Sleeman kathira and cathedra from abajo My dear brothers and sisters Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
Allah subhanho wa Taala said to us,
I will let him initiate on regime. Yeah, you Hannah. So in Salah Kanako min Decker in our own de
la la cabeza de la Lita arafa. In kurama, Carmen de la he of taco in la hora de mon harville. Which means Allah subhanaw taala said all mankind, we have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes that you may know one another. Very Lee the most honorable of you with Allah Subhana. Allah is that person is that believer who has the most taqwa. Verily Allah subhanho wa Taala is all knowing and all aware. Allah subhanho wa Taala told us that he created diversity of color and race, so that we may recognize is moderate and appreciate the care and love with which He created us. He created diversity of color and race so that we can praise Him by honoring each other.
It is the perversity of our cultures that we invented discrimination which comes out of arrogance which is given by which we look down on others, which is the surest way to reach Jannah.
Allah subhanho wa Taala told us that the most honored in His sight is the one who is the most pious, who has the most taqwa who is most concerned about the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
He or she is the one who lives by that single criterion for all decision making, which is, does it please Allah Rasool Allah sallallahu Sallam declared in a hotbar that he delivered during the days of Hajj, his Hajj,
where he said, Oh people, certainly your rubbish one. And your father, actually Salaam is one. An Arab has no superiority over a non Arab, nor does a non Arab have any superiority over an Arab, red skinned person meaning a white person is not superior to a dark skinned person. Nor is a dark skinned person superior to a white person, except through a taco, and this is in Muslim Obama.
In 1978, I read a book by Alex Haley called roots.
It was made into a TV miniseries which won practically every award in the book.
The story is set in 1750, about the Sega of Kentucky from the Gambia, West Africa, contact India was born to a Moroccan tea mandinka warrior and his wife Binta, he was Muslim. It is a story of pain and suffering of being treated worse than an animal because slave owners in America treated their dogs and horses far better of being assaulted, not only physically but mentally and emotionally spared deaths only because it is financially unwise to destroy your own property, not because of kindness. But above all, it's a story of dignity, of faith, of courage that has remained with me and illuminated my life in its darkest moments of loss and grief, with a message of hope and faith. Yes,
this is a novel, but it is based on real lives of those who didn't stand in lines before the gates of us embassies to get visas to come to this country, but who were torn out of their world, lives ripped apart, hearts shattered and hope murdered, to be transported in conditions that beggars imagination, to be brought to the shores to work in the farms and homes of those who consider themselves to be their owners, to raise their children to build their cities and monuments. Their sweat and tears and blood poured into the foundations to be buried and forgotten. forgotten that is by everyone except the one who created them
and remembered by anyone with intelligence to reflect that the more magnificent the superstructure, the deeper and stronger its foundation must be. The America that we see today is not defined by the names on billboards, but by names of those who stood down in the foundations so that others could stand on their shoulders. I saw a short video clip yesterday. A mother made it about her tiny perhaps two year old
daughter, who clandestinely had eaten some cakes, and is being questioned by the mother.
So the mother is asking her, did you eat the cakes? The little thing says, No, I didn't eat them. So the mother says, Who ate them? She says somebody else. So the mother says, You are telling me that somebody broke into this house, and did not steal the TV and didn't steal jewelry, and didn't steal money. But this is the case. That little two year old girl says, Yes, it was a black man.
That's the last sentence. It was a black man. And she says that without any prompting, now ask, Where did she get that from?
That is how early and where racism starts. That attitude is what killed George flight. That is what prompts every action of brutality against people different from ourselves. That is the real cancer.
The real virus, far more lethal than COVID that is what we must combat and eradicate. It kills. It has killed for centuries, and it will continue to kill as long as we allow it to survive. Remember that in this warped, twisted and perverted situation. It is only those who die that we even hear about. We near we never hear about those who walk away. But with souls scarred forever. their confidence shattered, their hearts filled with rage at what they must endure because their skins have more color. children listen with their eyes. They don't care what you say until they see what you do. good parenting is the first line of defense against racism. Racism is not restricted to the
false idea of white supremacy or to America. hausa Fulani conflict in Nigeria is racism. White Black Indian conflict in South Africa is racism Uighur oppression in China is racism. Rohingya oppression in Myanmar is racism. All religious oppression and discrimination anywhere is racism. Indian Pakistani mothers looking for fair brides for their sons is racism. The huge revenue that cosmetics companies make from fairness creams in the Indian subcontinent, and in Africa is racism, that fairness has nothing to do with a sense of justice. It has to do everything with self hatred, and in gratitude to Allah subhanho wa Taala by trying to become something that he did not create and which
you can never ever become. In my nursery school in India, we learned a nursery rhyme which was Eeny meeny miney, moe, catch a tiger by the toe if he hollers let him go Eeny, meeny miney Moe. However, the word Tiger in the second line was not what we were taught. We were taught another word, the genesis of which I didn't understand until decades later, when I had lived in Ghana, and in America among African American people. The rain was not taught to us by white supremacists, but by our own South Indian teachers, not to teach us to be racist, but because we were being taught English. I love English, I use English, I write and speak English with total fluency. And I enjoyed very much.
And so I recognize English. If you Google this nursery rhyme, it says, and this is I'm quoting from Google, it says the second line definitely comes from America. Now why would one line in a nursery rhyme come from some other country because this is a British rush, Eli. That is when I this is what I am. This is when I understood the reason for the word in the rhyme which we were taught, and why it was replaced by the word tiger. Little did those who replace the word realize how true to the nature of the African American is the word tiger.
The fact that you are the survivors of a history that has no parallel in brutality, in me is evidence that you are the descendants of tigers and tigers, whose bodies slave owners could abuse but whose hearts and souls were and remain their own. sustained and
supported and strengthened by the one who created you and gave you a spirit that has no parallel.
English is a racist language. Not surprising, because it is the language of the greatest empire of bandits the world has ever seen. The British Empire were one corporate organization, the East India Company, wage war, annexed countries created famines, and slaved and tau and so thoroughly looted my nation that India which accounted for 25% of global GDP when the British graced our shores went down to 2% when they decided to stop bracing them all this was done with a full permission and sanction of the British government of the day, British clubs in India had signs at the gate,
which read dogs and Indians not allowed. That didn't apply to Indians, who cooked and clean and served them in those clubs only to Indians who may have dead to aspire to equality with their white masters. White supremacy is therefore intrinsic in the Indian in the English language. That is why in the time of my parents and grandparents, even though they were fluent in English, they never spoke it at home.
And if we spoke to them in English, they we were considered disrespectful, and were reprimanded either directly or by the fact that they never replied to us in English. English to them was the language of the British colonial rulers, which we learned because we had to, but which we never accepted as our own. I do not agree with that philosophy. Incidentally, as all languages are the signs of Allah subhanho wa Taala, and are a means of communication. They are tools which are value neutral, to be used to convey meaning, they are neither good nor bad in themselves, it is their use, which makes them one or the other. But let me give you some examples of how English is loaded with
discriminatory meanings. Jesus is white, as are all the disciples in the Last Supper, though we know that they were all Palestinian. Black is bad in English by default, unless you qualify that by saying, some of my best friends are black, which is a racist statement. If ever there was one, the member of the family who brings disrepute to it is the black sheep. A dream that makes you wake up screaming with fear, bathed in sweat is a nightmare. Someone who is mysterious, in a negative distrustful sort of way, is a dark horse. A lie, which is not really bad is a white lie. evil magic that is designed to make you suffer and die is black magic. And finally, income, illegal income,
which will land you in jail is called black money. Well, I must say in that respect, we are not racist because we all love black money. Dark Africa, as if the sun never shines there. Yet, a vast chunk of tourism revenue comes from people who spent hours upon hours lying in the sun on its beaches, trying to get to become dark. The term American Dream therefore, does not mean the same to all Americans.
That is what this struggle is all about. To make the American Dream equally attractive for all those who live in this land. I can give you more examples. But this is sufficient for now. I'm mentioning all this to show how insidious and hidden yet and for that reason, more powerful racism is you literally imbibe it with your mother's milk. And that is why we must recognize it and detox ourselves from it's lethal poison, which otherwise will destroy our souls. Racism is not about others. It is about us, about me, it's about you, like all poisons, it kills the one who eats it.
It's not my intention merely to generate for you a litany of grief to weep over, but to present to you a solution that is as applicable today in the 21st century world. As it was in seventh century Arabia.
A solution not only preached but practiced in our society, which was as racist as any in the world today. Yet, which was transformed into an example of racial harmony and mutual respect.
That stands out as an example for all time.
He was Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam raised as an orphan. His father died before he was born. His mother when he was five, his nurse, Baraka bin talara, raised him, and he called her own me, my mother. She was the only person who knew him and was with him from the day he was born to the day he died, the only human being who was with Muhammad Salallahu alaihe salam, from the day he was born, to the day he died.
He preached a religion that grew so powerfully that today, one out of four human beings follow it on Islam. But when he started preaching it, his followers were rejected. They were maligned, they were boycotted, they were tortured and they were murdered, for believing in one God, Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Its first Mata was may have been yet or they allow a black woman spirit to deaths, because she said La ilaha illa Allah. Then there was a black man, Bill alameen wa sallahu, who gave who became the first person to call the people to pray up to prayer. And he called the Azhar from the top of the Kaaba, his elevation to that position was because he had paid his dues, and was the Beloved of Allah subhanho wa Taala and of His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wasallam. What were the dues that he paid?
It was to lie on the burning sand of the Arabian Desert, his arms and legs spreadeagled tied to sticks with a huge rock on his chest, tortured by his slave owner ommaya been hauled off for saying that God is one and He is Allah. Decades later, somebody has been asked
to tell him about the best memory of his life. He said, it was when I used to be tortured by being forced to lie on the burning sandwich or rocker my chest and my slave on I used to say, give up this religion, and I will free you. And I would say I hadn't I had I had done I had the one the only one, the one the only one. And I said that because it made him insane with rich money I mean health could try to subjugate and dominate the body of Bilal or the Allahu, but his heart and soul belong to Allah subhanho wa Taala and were filled with love for him gelato. And so when the time came after hatanaka who did Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam choose when he had everyone including himself to raise
the first call to prayer the first other than in the history of the world. He chose Bilal bin Roberto delana. That he was African and an ex slave in a highly racist culture also serves to emphasize the fundamental principle in Islam, that all of us are equally human, equally valuable, equally precious in the sight of Allah subhanho wa Taala. That our race and color or form do not make us superior to anybody else. That the most honorable in the sight of Allah is the one who is most concerned about pleasing Him. Today as we pro strip as we protest against racism in America, let us remember that we are against all racism. Let us remember that our stance is normal. Our
standard is live giving live confirming. in America today, all people of all races are standing together to give a message loud and clear that Enough is enough. We reject arrogance. We reject racism. We reject discrimination, irrespective of its basis. Because we believe in equality of all humankind. We believe in the right to dignity and respect that every human being is entitled to as I watched the visuals of police chiefs with their fellow officers, bending the knee kneeling to seek forgiveness for what some of their numbers had done. As I watched visuals of ordinary white folks kneeling to see forgive seek forgiveness for violence done to people of color in America. I said to
myself, this can only be in America. And this is what makes America great.
It is not your money, or your military power or technological superiority. It is your people, black people, white people, Hispanic people, Native Americans, Indian sub Continentals, Asians, all standing together against racism, standing together to support and enforce justice, standing together to protect the world.
weak, the minorities, it is your laws which allow protests which allow you to stand for justice, even if that is against the government of the day. It is your society that recognizes that patriotism is love for the nation, not for the political party in power, for justice can never be done until those who are not affected by injustice, are prepared to stand up against it. That is what I am seeing here. And in that there is hope, enormous hope that you will succeed inshallah, and that we all oppress people everywhere will succeed inshallah, your fight against racism, discrimination, and injustice is a fight for its victims everywhere in the world. I take solace from
this, and I see all for all oppressed people everywhere. It is also for the same reason that I am very dismayed and alarmed, and taken aback and heartbroken. When I see the visuals of looting and vandalism from city after city. I plead with you.
Please do not destroy your own cause. Please do not destroy the cause of all of us who stand with you. Please do not destroy
the cause of those
who are with you in this in this struggle, looting and vandalizing strengthens the hands of those who oppose us justifies the brutality and injustice meted out to us. They do that claiming that we are dangerous and must be kept enslaved for the safety of others do not act in ways that they will use as evidence for this for that they were right. Remember that if the looting continues, then the smoke from the fires will obliterate the justice of our cause. We must protest against the looting because that too, is injustice. We cannot allow injustice in the name of fighting against injustice. All injustice must stop. Justice must prevail in the life of Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi
wa sallam, we have the best role model to follow. Let us stand together for justice and show the world the real reason why America is great. JACK ma Hara sumana calama bionic wanna shadow Allah Allah Highland Nesta Haruka lahoma wanna to Lake wa Salam alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh