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Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem? In the name of Allah, most Gracious most Merciful. salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. Peace be upon you, and the mercy of Allah and the blessing of Allah.
On behalf of epma, the eastern Phillipsburg Muslim Association, and I ecpa, the Islamic education center of Pennsylvania. I would like to extend a warm welcome to you. And thank you for attending this special Black History Month event entitled Malcolm lives where we will honor the life and legacy of El Hajj Malik el Shabazz, Malcolm X.
To properly commence our presentation, we will have a resident recitation of the Quran by brother Faruk Hassan.
Salam, alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
Law holla you
salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
For our black history month program this evening, we're honored and grateful to have an amazing group of speakers who will share their personal insights into the life and legacy of Malcolm X, and how he and possibly others have contributed to the African American struggle for social justice in the United States.
Our first speaker this evening, is the man that would Walid
emem that will lead is currently the executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations or care,
which is a chapter of America's largest advocacy and civil liberties organization for American Muslims.
He man Well, he has also studied the disciplines of Arabic grammar and morphology,
foundations of Islamic jurisprudence, sciences of the exegesis of the Quran, and Islamic history during the era of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam through the governments of the first five caliphs. Without further ado, he banned our
beloved brothers and sisters. This lamp Mr. Mr. Lake and Rocco Pillai Tada, but a cat
even a shade or Jean Bismillah R Rahman Rahim
and hamdulillah he Thamud hamdulillah and hamdulillah he added the math is somewhat he will although we're off to loose allottee we're Timo to slim, Allah Nabina was watching was Habiba Mohammedan
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first of all, let me say that it's an honor and a privilege to be here with you all this evening in this virtual space. And in this night, which proceeds or comes before,
that the day, which is the 56th anniversary of the assassination, or we could even say the martyrdom of Al Hajj Malik Shabazz Rama to lie to Allah lay that he is commonly moreso known in the American society, as Malcolm X.
In this very brief time, I'd like to mention two issues as it relates to his life and I'm looking forward to hearing the rest of the speakers share their insights, as well as things that have been transmitted to them in regards to our beloved brother and hygiene, Malika Chavez.
touching on him, specifically, some people may say, Well, why talk about him? And in fact, why even deal with this issue of Black History Month of especially talk about Malcolm X? Why are we doing this? What does this have to do with our Deen
and I humbly suggest to you all,
or just my perspective,
that we as Muslims, we honor the best. And the three righteous first generations of Muslims celibacy.
And also past those first three generations, we look at other generations of great scholars. And those people have noteworthy status that Muslims draw inspiration from Muslims a pig can benefit from, be it.
Scholarly benefit, civil, a civilizational benefit, cultural benefit,
social political benefit.
And as us as Muslims here in the United States of America,
there are a few figures that are as consequential to the history of Islam in these United States of America, especially after the era of reconstruction. And we know that the first Muslims on the shores in large amounts were actually enslaved Africans who were brought here as cattle from West Africa. But of those most consequential figures would be el Hajj Malik, el Shabazz. rushworth allow you to either lay
the first is the first point I like to make in my reflections.
We know that a lot of super handy what the Allah says in the Quran, Allah in the LDL law, that hopefully I'll lay him without him, you have to know
that most certainly surely the patrons of Allah, the Olia of Allah, there is no fear upon them, nor shall they grieve.
And within the first which even goes to the second that highlights this issue more, I'd like to make a comparison between the life of El Hadji Malika Chavez with something that we can see as a mirror of something somewhat similar to one of the great companions of Rasulullah. Allah, he has a little celebrity was to them. And that great men
is a Sahabi giniel. Some man of pharmacy, love
some man what he loved one was born in a Christian household.
Excuse me, he was born in a Zoroastrian household and I met juicy household
and selling man, well, I'd love one. Once he came into contact with Christianity, he left the way of his parents to religion of his parents of the Met juicy faith, the Zoroastrian faith, and became a Christian.
Then later on, of course, after being in Mecca, men some men, as we know from Islamic history have been enslaved.
So man was
when he came across our beloved the Prophet sallallahu alayhi, WA the other he was talking with Salim, he then accepted Islam
and we look at likewise
Refer to Laura Lee. He was born from Christian parents.
Then when he came in contact while in prison,
through the teachings of two of his brothers, he then embraced the teachings of the Nation of Islam in left a
he left Christianity.
And then once he left the Nation of Islam,
he embrace the mainstream Akita, the mainstream creed
of Islam. So two of these great individuals were on a quest. And they were searchers that when they came across something that was off though something that was better, they would leave that which was inferior for that which was superior. And we see the likeness of this in the life of Malcolm X, mirroring the life of cement or photo see him leaving Christianity for something better, and then leaving the ideology of the Nation of Islam for that which is best for the way of the Quran. And the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa Allah, Allah, he was happy, he was something just leaving Kabira
The second piece, and this has
reached me, through hearing the speaker, myself, must have been about 20 years ago, close to 20 years ago, as well as hearing this also relayed by mmm Suraj Hodge Javi the whole lot data.
There was a man who was a companion
of Alhaji Malika Chavez.
And his name was Benjamin Corinne.
Benjamin Kareem left the Nation of Islam. When Malcolm X left the Nation of Islam.
And he was one of his supporters. He was with him. When the when the first thing that Malcolm did after he left the nation was he established Muslim mosque Incorporated. That was the first organization he established. She established a second organization later called the organization of Afro American unity. But by his side during that time,
was brother Benjamin green.
And what brother Benjamin Kareem used to do is that he would introduce Malcolm
he kind of like the hype man, he would introduce Malcolm, then after Malcolm will come to the stage to the rostrum.
Further, Benjamin will then sit by Malcolm,
to observe the audience to observe the crowd and to be a type of protection.
So what has been relayed?
is on February 21 1965, but the autobahn theater in Harlem, New York, backstage,
Al Hajj, Malika Chavez, ruff, malaita la
tow brother Benjamin, Kareem.
Don't sit next to me today.
Have you introduced me?
Don't sit next to me today.
And brother Benjamin
came back to Malcolm and said you know, you don't have us searching people at the door today.
And I need to be there by you to stand guard to make sure nothing goes wrong because of course, it was love tension when Malcolm left the nation, and there were some suspicious faces in the audience that they saw that they recognized from Harlem.
Then it is reported that Malcolm X Rushmore to lie to LA
told Benjamin Corinne ruff muscle de la
Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And this shows or as it relates to health, and I'll let him allow him Yes, the newness shows
his status. It also shows his chivalry. It shows his ethos,
preferring others over himself.
Brother Benjamin Kareem said that Malcolm said, and I will say it in Arabic first before saying it in English.
He said that Malcolm told him
Let me know how to comb your hair by me Leah, he may use a Boolean FC.
was like who's gonna protect you? So that Malcolm gave him a hug and told him.
The Prophet Mohammed said,
none of you believe into love for your brother what you love for yourself. Don't sit you're not next to me today. And when brother Benjamin Kareem left the stage shortly after he heard gunfire
when our beloved martyr, Alhaji Malika Chavez was gunned down on that fateful day in Harlem, New York.
This when Allah subhanho wa Taala mentioned minnow meaning the javelin
there from believers there are men they're real men.
A lot of them say men Amina the Koran. He didn't say amongst the believers or a male's.
Right, we're speaking of the E JAL, which has an outward aspect. But there's an inward aspect to real men.
And we know that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was surrounded by real minimal Sahaba. And if we look to Muslims in the United States of America, if we look to Islamic history, in the in this land on the shores,
then we can surely count. El Hajj Malik el Shabazz is one of those real men of one of those people
who overcame the fear of people and put his fear properly in Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Those individuals, those real men who who speak the truth and keep their covenant with the loss of Hannah with Allah,
and those people who have altruism, who are chivalrous, who prefer
others over themselves, including their safety. We ask Almighty Allah Subhana Allah to Allah
Hajj, malgus Chavez amongst the Shahada. We ask Allah sukanto with Allah
to guide his offspring
and to protect them.
We ask Allah subhana wa Allah, that when we have reflections on Malcolm, that we take the best from those reflections, and that Allah Subhana Allah guides us to embody the best of what Malcolm embodied from the best of creation habibollah Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa early he was up he was a long way from in como Salaam wa Alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
does that a lot have Zakat? I care you ma'am, though. Thank you so much for insights and reflection.
And I appreciate the parallel that you you drew between Malcolm X and Salman al Farsi. And and I hope that that's a benefit for many of us who studied the history and who, who seek to
draw inspiration from the stories of the Muslims of the past. And I can definitely say that the life of Malcolm X
Malcolm X as a historical figure, and as an African American man, I drew so much inspiration. When I first became Muslim as a 20 year old and the life that I live, and the inspiration from his story. It was amazing. So thank you very much for that reminder.
Our next speaker for today
is brother Ibrahim. Mohammed. He Sam jabber.
Brother Ibrahim is a former professional basketball player
and author, spoken word poet, teacher, mentor, and student of knowledge.
He's currently the youth director at IE CPA.
And we welcome brother Ibrahim
Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim, Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah, Karim Allah and he wants to be a Jemaine
on February 21,
1965 the phone rang in the apartment of my grandfather he Sham jabber.
The voice on the other end of the phone
at Hajj Malik shabads Malcolm X has been assassinated.
My grandfather said in the law he was in LA he Raji own from a law we belong into a law we returned.
And he thought to himself, Hodge maleek is martyred and martyrdom places one in the ranks of the prophets. The caller x, when were the Muslims wanting to claim the body of the Fallen martyr. I am on my way, replied hace sham.
He put out several calls to messages in New York to see what steps have been taken. But as he said, not even the Hoot of an hour.
It seemed as though the rifles had stifled the voices of outrage and courage in a time when it was needed the most. And instead, the bottom this barrel of uncertainty and fear caused waves of despair to ripple effect across the hearts of men. Not even the Hoot of an hour.
He thought to himself, this world is broken throat so cut injustice reigns while the blood of Heroes is washed away. The waves of revolution the shouts of protests, the flames of rebellion, have all been calmed.
By this time, the Muslim community in Elizabeth New Jersey was not not knocking at his door. How many are there in the entourage? he asked. 60 thus far and more already in waiting.
9665 was a time of thick smoke in riot gear. The socialist and civil revolution in America was not escaped except through death, or victory, and by any means was the mantra on both sides. My grandfather address the congregation
Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah. My dear brothers in Islam, our duty as Muslims call upon us to take action and action that may cause some of us not to return home.
his oldest son at the time was only 10. But its duty to Allah, and the fear that Malcolm would be written away in the history books of black nationalism as an angry anti American rebel and advocate a violent an instigator whose revolutionary appeal brought about his own demise. That fear compelled my grandfather to stand up to smother the lies regardless of the consequences despite the threats on their lives. To him, death was more honorable than remaining silent to survive. And to his surprise, he looked over to his right to find his wife, right by his side.
She reminded him to call his fellow Haji in Brooklyn. They had made pilgrimages together in 1962. Hodge, Amir Hudson, who my grandfather described as a mountain with a volcano inside. He was the only silver lining left beneath the New York sky. He answered the call
assalamu Aleikum I'm waiting for you brother he Sham I'm waiting.
The United in Brooklyn and set out together for the precinct in Harlem with the body of Malcolm waited to be claimed. Hodge Hudson said. Hodge Malik had only one weapon left death. They arrived at the station with hordes of reporters crowding the doors in disorder while armed officers boarded the steps on both sides. My grandfather, the chosen spokesman for the task, told Hodge Hartson to recite the Hodge cry as he walked into the station hoping that Hodge maleek would hear and smile,
bake, I'm here or I'm here. I'm here. Oh Allah, I'm here.
Hodge wasn't just an honorary title that they bought just to be adorned in the pilgrims crown, it meant more than the fulfillment of certain rituals and rites. for them. It was almost like a second Shahada, a declaration of faith. It was an indication that they had indeed embraced the pure and pristine
In reality of Islam and shed, the MIS teachings of the mini pseudo Islamic groups that were prevalent at the time, for none was allowed to enter into the holy precincts of Mecca, except with the key of La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasulullah.
For that, Hodge, he Sham Jabba embraced Malcolm while he was still alive. And now he was back to embrace him again after he died.
After work that next day when he arrived back home, he found his wife visibly shaken, sitting next to the phone, not even 24 hours and the death threats had already began. And before he could settle in his favorite chair, the phone rang again.
If you get involved, you're going to get the same fate as Malcolm
latifi jabber was a southern belle Gentoo as a cloud, but could brew up a storm in a hurry. She said if they put their hands on you he Sham send them to the cemetery. According none other than Malcolm himself, he Sham he Sham they have already killed one heart She said and Malcolm's wife and children are depending on you to make sure everything is authentic. You just can't let the Muslims down. Regardless of the threats.
My grandfather understood that struggle was not to be avoided for fear of death because and to know your Derek como email too.
Wherever it is, you are deaf shall overtake you. Even if you be in towers four to five, and my grandmother Whitten let him flee from the duty that had fallen between his hands, even if he tried not even if helicopters and army tanks surrounded on all sides, he assured her that he would be just fine.
Imagine preparing for the burial of your fallen brother and your own death at the very same time. In that case, there's no one else to call except the divine
is prayer. Or No.
Lord forgive us and our brethren who preceded us in faith and make knot in our hearts enmity against those who have believed the Lord You are indeed full of kindness, Most Merciful. Oh my Lord grant me a tone which should always speak the truth in heart which should preserve faith and the character which will stand firm in accordance with the teachings of Ellis lamb. mean
Saturday, February 28 1965. Time for the janaza
Hodge has been put in place a security team that was strategically blend in with the crowd. 1000s had shown up that day to say farewell. Upon arrival, my grandfather's swept through the crowd unnoticed until he reached the captain of the police force and was safely escorted to a private space inside. He changed out into his full Saudi regard yet and came out on the balcony to work silence sense of our as a scary quietness came over the entire room. He very slowly walked to the front of the clothes coffin and turn to announce, I am about to perform the janaza prayer.
Allah be his witness in that trying moment in history, a symbolic statement of struggle, courage, triumph and victory. Allahu Akbar, the final rites of a believer are finally underway, which alleviates the charge upon the oma on Judgement Day, along with ECMO. Let the world never be mistaken about the identity of that men whose for evolution was only completed by Islam. My grandfather wrote, I love the Hodge maleek Malcolm because he was an expression of
self respect, honesty encouraged, he was dynamic. You had a humble humanitarian, which is the makeup of a true Muslim. He expressed a wisdom that cannot be traced back to the Ivy League schools of Western imperialist, as well as a commitment to truth that demanded that he stands firm against enemies and so called friends. Allahu Akbar, as salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah
six strong men as scored at Malcolm's coffin to the hearse as Haji Sham made the hot call one last time, bake,
bake, Oh Allah here I am, Oh Allah. Oh Allah.
goals of Malcolm into his mind.
On this pilgrimage, what I have seen and experience has forced me to rearrange much of my thought patterns previously held, and to toss aside some of my previous conclusions. This was not too difficult for me. Despite my firm convictions. I have always been a man who tries to face facts and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds it I have always kept an open mind which is necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of intelligence search for truth.
at the cemetery, Betty stood in the comfort of my grandfather's shade, as he stood over the grave about Hodge maleek, Malcolm X, and prayed a wonder in that moment if it ever crossed her mind that 32 years later, she'd be calling on my grandfather. One last time. She summoned Sam to the hospital after she had been severely burned, and she began to make preparations for her final place of return. He led her once more in a prayer, but this time she was unable to stand. All she could do was pray using the index finger on her injured right hand alarm like Bell,
semi Allah mind Hamida
my grandfather feared that her legacy would be lost and she would not be buried according to the guidelines of Ellis lamb, and a 32 year old struggle started all over again. It was my father this time, who went to New York from New Jersey, to address the designated Imam to ensure that Betty's coffin would be carried this time by the sons of his Sham
lab May Allah
Oh Allah, here I am. Allah
Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil aalameen or salat wa salam ala rasulillah hickory mala alihi wa sahbihi igmi
that is a
piece inspired by a chapter in my grandfather's book, entitled the call. And it goes into that very, very intense moment in his life. Very, very challenging experience where he had to make a decision,
you know, to step up in a time when not so many people were doing so. So hamdulillah
that was inspired by one of my greatest inspirations, my grandfather was hamdulillah and I hope it was of benefit to you all, and that you also enjoyed it as well. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless you all, and also bless this gathering and the rest of this program this evening on hamdulillah As salam o Alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh Welcome Salaam Rahmatullahi wa barakato brother Ibrahim, what a powerful presentation. What a powerful presentation. The the the idea.
Imagine you've mentioned imagining preparing for the death of your brother
and your own death at the same time. I mean, masala, the courage and the honor the sense of duty that your grandfather and your father exemplified. May Allah give us all that type of courage that type of dedication to this Deen any
next in our
program, we will have a presentation by a sister Adrian cost settles. Sister Adrian is a revert to Islam and she wants to share her story.
Sister Adrian Cox settles is the owner and CEO of math doesn't matter LLC, which is an online tutoring Resource Center. She is also a math specialist, teacher, tutor, and educational consultant. She strongly believes that all students can learn given the right learning environment. And she's also my lovely wife.
Assalamu alaikum everyone, again, my name.
Again, my name is Adrian and I am a vivre to Islam. When I think about inspirational stories of reverts to Islam, I think about my life, and I think about the life of Malcolm X. Surprisingly, our stories have a lot of parallels and similarities.
Starting out as a young kid, oh, starting out as young kids, we both had a two parent household
until our dads were removed.
As a result, our mom, our moms experience mental instabilities.
Later, both of us had to move to a foreign environment. He his was the detention home in Michigan, and I had to move to the housing projects in Baltimore City.
Through the years, he will use his street smarts to maneuver the streets to benefit himself. Whereas I will use my book smarts to get better grades and school.
malko eventually went to prison, where he was self educated
about words, philosophies, ideologies. And on the other hand, I went to an HBCU called Morgan State University, where I learned about the African diaspora and
different types of systematic racism.
We both were very aware of the unjust system in place for African Americans. And we both knew that we had to be educated in order to in order not to be victims of the system.
And he was very, very educated.
While in prison, he adopted and learn the ways of the Nation of Islam. And for myself, I became more involved in the Baptist Church.
While he was debating, I was given I was touched I was given testimonies.
Malcolm little changed his name to Malcolm X eventually, because he did not want to cry the last name of his family slave owners, he wanted to depart from that.
When he when he was released from prison, he became he became a very active minister and teacher for the Nation of Islam.
However, for me,
I became a very passionate math teacher.
Before malko was introduced to this to Sunni Islam. He was known for his passion, knowledge and the way that he fought for the teachings of Elijah Muhammad of the Nation of Islam. Later, he decided to leave the nation because there was some conflict between him and Elijah Muhammad, which eventually resulted in him making his pilgrimage to Mecca, a home danila.
However, for me,
before I before I was
was introduced to Sunni Islam,
I was writing sermons for my calling to be a future Christian preacher.
I had a strong passion to be a preacher, and I was writing sermons.
Soon after that, I was exposed to a Muslim during the month of Ramadan, at the school where I taught that
this Muslim man was fasting, praying and reading the Quran daily. I was very
impressed, because I have never seen someone be so disciplined spiritually and physically.
That really piqued my interest. So I started researching Islam. And eventually I became Muslim.
The best thing ever.
By the way, that Muslim at the school is my husband,
Malcolm and I felt the same way about Islam. We felt accepted and appreciate it. I'm from all people, people from all colors and cultures.
For once in his life, Malcolm X, lastly known as El Hajj, Malik el Chavez,
felt that people saw him as a man. I mean, he knew that people actually saw him as a man for once in his life.
It was like he was in a different world.
And, you know, it was a beautiful experience for him to actually feel like a man that said that you have to go through that. But it was a beautiful experience for him.
In this inner slum, everyone is supposed to be treated, eat like an equal.
Everyone. If you're not treated like an equal, it's not Islam, it's the people is not the religion, but it's the people.
Not only did Islam make perfect sense, to Malcolm and I,
it also gave us guidelines on how to live our lives. You know, from the beginning, to the end, what to do in this circumstance, to what to do in this circumstance. Everything is laid out for you. So you always have something to go go to when you need help.
Islam is so important, especially to African Americans. Because Islam allows us to be free, within a system that was designed to be against our freedom.
It is the solution to oppression.
It is a privilege to be able to compare myself to our How to leak out your bass
known as Malcolm X, because he was a great inspiration to the world.
But before I go, I would like to say a quick do I for him.
May Allah grant al Hajj Malik el Shibez. Jennifer DOS and May Allah forgive his sins, because of all the people that his life had led and will continue to lead to Islam. I mean, I mean,
I mean assalamu alikum walaikum salam wa rahmatullah wa barakato thank you so much as the agent for that inspiring message. And I do want you to know, and I want everyone to know that I'm very humbled when my wife tells that story of how we met and how she noticed
my behavior during Ramadan. And, and I'm grateful to Allah, that that interaction led to us having successful marriage inshallah, and children and in living a life of Islam, so I'm very, very grateful. And I'm very humbled, and I appreciate your message system.
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So our next speaker
will be Sheikh Omar Suleiman.
Shaikh Omar Suleiman is an American Muslim scholar, civil rights leader, writer, and public speaker. He is the founder and president of yaqeen Institute for Islamic research and in Islam
an adjunct professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University
welcome sick almost a lay man because I can look at where the receipts and I want to cut everyone
know how that all sorts how much too low and early he was talking to you man well ah
Mashallah brother received I want to thank you for
those beautiful words and Michelle loved the program that you all are putting on for converts in particular may last time bless you in that And may Allah subhanaw taala allowed to be a source of strength for all of you and a source of guidance for you and then to make you illuminating guidance to everyone and everything that's around you alone. I mean, so Zach Hello Hayden. I pray that a loss of hundreds that allow us to gather in person I think Allah subhana wa tada for the opportunity to be with you virtually and I asked Allah subhanaw taala to allow our next time together to not be virtually but instead to be together inshallah time person.
There are many beautiful people that are speaking over the course of the next two days and 100 of those that have preceded me and those that will come tomorrow, some of them that have a much more intimate look at the history of our brother Malcolm of hedge Monica Chavez, why him a whole lot either. And I was thinking about what it is that I could contribute to the conversation. Considering you know, Mashallah, there are people that are far more qualified than me to speak on the subject. Especially tomorrow, Chef Mohammed, Jabba everyone that spoken is more qualified than I am on the subject, but check Mohammed jabot, who had an up close and personal look at the family by leading
the genomes of Dr. Betty Chavez, Lima latonya. And I have an interview with Dr. Hoffman to respond that's going to air tomorrow, in fact, where he said something very profound. He said that what Dr. Betty Chavez suffered was no less than what our brother Malcolm had to endure, in terms of her suffering. And we often forget the sacrifices of the many behind the scenes and those that are thrust out front in the process of being in the lives of such heroes and becoming heroes themselves or being heroes themselves. So may Allah have mercy on our pioneers, our four runners and May Allah subhanaw taala allow us to follow in their footsteps a lot. And I mean, I want to start with a quote
actually, from Dr. Betty Shabazz, lahemaa hola todos, about Malcolm, that I think can help frame the brief remarks that I want to offer tonight and shout lots out. She said that there is nothing mysterious about my husband. He treated people as he wanted to be treated, and he practiced what he preached. There's nothing mysterious about my husband, he treated people as he wants it to be treated, and he practiced what he preached. Malcolm has many qualities that
we admire, that we look to and that we benefit from and that we gained from but I think one of the most prominent yet least spoken about in terms of his contribution, his legacy is his sincerity. That sincerity manifests itself in two ways in regards to Malcolm or him hold on to it. One of them is his ability to evolve along with the truth, as he encounters the truth, that Malcolm is fearless when he encounters the truth, and that fearlessness means courage when he sees an injustice. And so the truth is on the side of the oppressed, always in the eyes of Malcolm. And so he takes on the most unpopular causes, the causes of everyone from the Vietnamese, to the Palestinians, to the
Japanese, that were protesting the nuclear bombings,
to, you know, all of the revolutions that were prominent in the continent of Africa, across Africa, in the 1960s. Malcolm does not shy away from taking on the most unpopular causes, because that is the truth. And so Malcolm stands with the truth when it's on the side of the oppressed, and it's always on the side of the oppressed. But it's also that Malcolm has a fearlessness with himself when he encounters the truth in terms of beliefs that will cause him to have to radically shift his own lifestyle, his own outputs, and his own contribution. And that's where you find the sincerity of Malcolm in terms of his willingness to challenge himself, his self that he always goes with the
truth. He grows with the Hulk as it comes to him. And he mentioned that he, he wanted to be remembered in that way, as someone who was sincere. Someone who you know, when he was faced with the truth, would always bring it into his life and would adjust to the truth rather than making the truth adjust to his whims and his desires. And that is the foundation of the most
interaction, not just with society but with a loss of Hannah horchata first and foremost that when the truth comes to us, we adjust to the truth. We don't try to make the truth adjust to us. Malcolm never tries to make the truth adjust to him, he adjust to the truth both in regards to his his submission to his Lord as well as his societal interactions and standing with the oppressed and and standing against injustice, wherever that injustice may be, and whoever it's against. And so, that's the practicing what he preached part that when Malcolm was challenging society to be better, and challenging individuals to be better, Malcolm himself was a proof of what commitment can do to a
person's creed and character Malcolm himself rahimullah watts, is a shining example of how a person can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to the truth and become a shining lamp of truth. And so you find he educates himself, he picks himself up, he
refuses to be shackled by the people around him and he refuses to be shackled by despair. And he continues to go forward until the final breath that Malcolm takes, there is sacrifice and so that's the second part of this is really to sacrifice. Malcolm willingly will be the one to sacrifice himself, rather than put others in harm's way. That means that after his house is firebombed, Malcolm will not go and stay at any hotels, homelessness panela, he will choose to be homeless, overstaying at anyone else's house because he doesn't want to put anyone else at risk. He doesn't want anyone else's house to get attacked. That means Malcolm will not take you know will not live to
a standard that you know, could could compromise the integrity of his cause. That means that the autobiography which becomes one of the most influential books in in the 20th century and carrying on forward into the 21st century and inshallah I will continue to be as influential as it is and more influential as time goes on, because Malcolm lifts through all of the attempts to silence and even in his death, that means that Malcolm never got to benefit in this dunya in this world from his autobiography, instead, the autobiography outlives him and when you talk about, you know, the Hadith where the Prophet salallahu it who was sending mentioned three things that the believer leaves
behind how many Muslims make draft for Malcolm, how many Muslims make they're out for Malcolm and actually cry, as they make they're out for Malcolm attribute their Islam the most precious thing in the world to them, their Islam, they're coming into faith and finding purpose and faith to Malcolm and make do out for him and ask a loss of appetite to reward him. And so you talk about the doodads that he receives. You talk about the Saba jatiya how many people are the savoca, Daddy of Malcolm X and has Monica Chavez, how many good works organizations institutions efforts are from the southern Nigeria of unhedged? medica Chavez? Malcolm X Rahim Allah tada I know that I personally would
attribute much of the good and I don't attribute any of my shortcomings to hedge medica Chavez, but much of the good institutionally that I've been able to be a part of, not because of me, but because of others, but I attribute it also to Malcolm X and has medica Chavez, I pray that he gets a share of some of that good how many good works have come have come about because of Hajj Malik, el Shabazz, Malcolm X, Lima, Todd, and when you talk about our in knowledge that is beneficial, how beneficial is the knowledge that Malcolm left behind? So I've had a lot like how much good isn't the light on? Will he receive we pray that Allah sometimes I'll reward him fully for, for for the
autobiography and the way that it has picked people up and brought people to their Lord, and allowed them to become the best versions of themselves because they see the best version of Malcolm in what he was able to become, by the grace of Allah subhana wa Tada. So when you think, you know, and you interpret our V knowledge that is of benefit, you know, we pray that Allah subhanaw taala him to benefit from the knowledge that he left behind, and it's from, we pray, a sign of his sincerity, that
his his desire to introduce people to Islam,
you know, came true through efforts that he probably would have never imagined would take place after him. So for example, you know, you think about the hedge, Malcolm wrote about how he wants to be the introduction to hedge he called hedge Islam's best advertisement. He knew what he knew what he was doing when he was talking about the hedge the way that he was talking about it when he got back, and he knew that it would open the eyes of many Americans to Islam, and many people in the world to Islam. And how many people had never seen the images of Hajj until they saw it either through
the writings of Malcolm or movies about Malcolm or something to do with Malcolm Rahim a whole lot on he dreamed he dreamt of the day that the hills would be lined with people coming from North America to do Hajj. And Allah Subhana which Allah has allowed that to happen and much in part because of what he was able to do. His janazah being the first televised funeral, you know, Muslim funeral, nationally televised Muslim funeral and the list goes on and on. So I want to end with this inshallah Tada. And that is, that when Allah subhanho wa Taala calls our attention to great people that came before us, Allah subhanho wa Taala calls our attention to them for two reasons, either
because they were speakers of truth, they were, they were speakers of truth, or a loss of hundreds out of calls us to their resilience upon the truth. Those are the two reasons that Allah subhana wa, tada calls to our memory. Good examples. Of course, they're bad examples as well, good examples, a loss of hundreds of calls their memory to us so that we can remember, they're speaking of the truth or their adherence to the truth, meaning their resilience. And that's the suburb, the patients that we find the struggles that we may face for adhering to the truth. The pressure that we may face for adhering to the truth, are nothing like what this man was single handedly facing. It is remarkable
and extraordinary what this man was carrying as a burden because of his adherence to the truth and his full knowledge that he was going to be killed for his adherence to the truth. But at the same time, his his, you know, his courage in advancing the cause of truth. It's not like when Malcolm realized he was going to be killed, that he took a step back, and then he slowed down. No, he actually went further, he went further and further and further and further. And I end with that, I mean, I mean, IV Javelin saw that pull. Now I don't have to lahardee I'm in home and pull on them and you're on my bed, dilutive diva. They're believers that are truthful to the promise that they
made to their Lord. Some of them are given an opportunity to fulfill their promise to their Lord right away, and some of them are delayed in the fulfillment of the promise, well, not bad, the route of delay, but alas, pantai says, they do not shake and their resolve, they maintain their resolve.
Malcolm, you know, knew, months, months before he was killed, that he was going to be killed. But he spoke more, and he did more, and he moved forward more and more and more and more. And that is something that we can all take as an example and Charlotte's that when people say in the NASA pajama comm that the people have gathered against you, in the case of Malcolm, that was, you know, not just, you know, just a disgruntled or plot against him from the Nation of Islam, but that's the CIA and the FBI and all sorts of international intelligence agencies that want Malcolm Det. So you talk about in the NASA agenda, document, you think about the the powers that conspired against Malcolm
and what is the result that is supposed to happen to us, it's supposed to give us zyada to EMA, not just cause us to remain unshakable in our faith, but to increase this in our faith. And we see that with Nakamoto him a whole lot out of continuing to move forward. And we pray that he is better in the sight of Allah subhanho wa Taala than he is in our sight. And we pray that Allah subhanaw taala forgive him for any shortcomings, and that he lost pounds, I grant him the reward of everything that he intended and everything that came about after him that was inspired by him. Even if he did not intended a loss of parents, I'd give him the reward fully And may Allah subhanaw taala allow us to
be adherence of the truth. May Allah subhanaw taala gather us with the prophets and the martyrs and the truthful ones. And the racist ones in the highest level of gender for those Aloma I mean, he's not gonna hate him once again, for letting me be a part of this program. May Allah bless you all in the last panel, it's out of public and your programs and I want you to counsel. Well, I think I'm still not alone but a guy who does that kind of head shake, Suleyman for those powerful, powerful words.
And I just read, just reflect on on on your, your words, the courage that that theme obviously comes up over and over again, as we reflect on our brother Malcolm. And, and the idea that he increased his activity and he increased his his, his his efforts
to spread Islam in the face of certain death. It's it's a, it's very, very humbling and it just, I think you just have to like care for those words. And
so what I want to do is
sorry, a reminder tomorrow at 2pm
Be part two of our program. At that time, we'll be joined by Sheikh Mohammed jabber who will present Muslims of the African diaspora. So please be sure to join us tomorrow at 2pm. And right now I'd like to reintroduce brother Ibrahim, who will give us our closing remarks. Sally controla
Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim hamdulillah Hello benign amino acid out to us. And I'm assuming that he can remind me again, I said, I'm why they called everyone. And thank you so much for taking out the time and your busy schedules in your Saturday evening to be with us tonight. I'm hoping to benefit from the story of a true giant, a true man, a true example. And a true Muslim and hamdulillah who was Malcolm X, also known as an Haji Malik, Allah Chavez, as his legacy continues to echo and resonate, even in our times, you know, the fight that he fought, has not been won. And we see that more and more now. Even an odd times, you know, so it's very important to remind people of that,
to keep it going when hombre de la as brother Rashid mentioned tomorrow 2pm my father,
Sheikh Mohammed jabber, the son of a sham jabber
will be sharing a historical presentation, tracing Islam back through the transatlantic slave trade. Many of the Muslims as was mentioned earlier, many of the slaves were brought from lands that were predominantly Muslim, such as Mali, Timbuktu etc, etc. that will be the task of my father tomorrow to really give the details how many nine are behind me so please do be with us tomorrow. And also spread the word spread the word we do want as many people as possible non Muslim or Muslim it doesn't matter to be present and to benefit from the presentations that are being put forth when handling that there's nothing much else to say I think the speakers they did such a amazing job and
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