Prophetic Clarity & Social Justice – George Floyd
Channel: Mohammad Elshinawy
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. Villa hamdulillah. salat wa salam ala rasulillah. Allah Allah He was
to begin the name of Allah all praise and glory be to Allah and may find his peace and blessings be upon His messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and his family and his companions and all those who tread this path, just like a lot of hate on everyone for being with us.
I asked Eliza gel at the onset of this evening's talk, to show us truth is truth. And to enable us
to pursue it, to enable us to adopt it to enable us to commit to it.
Until we breathe our lives, then I asked a lot to allow us to see false hood as false hood.
And give us the ability to avoid it gives us the ability to denounce it gives us the ability to push back against it.
Until we breathe our last alone, I mean,
so this evenings, reminder, inshallah will be a
few short minutes of complimentary nature to complement today's cold. But
because I am quite fearful, that whoever hears either or may,
may jump to some very different conclusions than those I intended. And I asked a lot to forgive me if I was mistaken in my choice of dividing it into two talks.
But the idea is the subject of the hour, and the mayhem of the hour. In particular, we all know what the whole world is talking about, of the the murder of, of George Floyd, at the hands of that police officer, and everyone on the right side of history is demanding justice. But even among them, those that are demanding justice, they're demanding justice in different ways. There are disagreements with many people that I believe many of which are people of integrity. And groups have integrity, with their hearts in the right places, but they disagree on Outlook on perspective. And, as I tried to mention, at the end of the book, that we should, number one, make sure we are understanding this
role, this active role, we must play as part of the home of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, towards social justice
in a way that is informed by our sacred texts first, and then the proper application of those sacred texts.
by consulting the specialists are those most informed about how these would manifest on the ground, applying them in a certain way would unfold on the ground. And
I think this is extremely important to reiterate, at least, here and now that we must always differentiate between the fundamentals and their applications. And so we are agreeing many times and don't realize it on the sanctity of life on the demand for justice, but disagree on the applications of that, based on our assessment sometimes of how the application would be helping or harming the cause, the cause that we're in agreement on, and so just never allow the difference in application to cause you to disagree on the fundamentals or lose sight of those who are not disagreeing with you on the fundamentals. This is extremely important.
Your causes one your causes the greatest cause the cause of justice is a cause that allows committed himself to and it is just so profound that Allah as diligent Allah, the Most High said to us, yeah, he better do my servants and the authentic I did not see any harm to volmer Allah and FC, I have forbidden injustice even upon myself, and made it forbidden amongst the one with another. So do not fall into injustice. There is no exception to the justice, but the applications are a very different story. And so much mayhem has ensued. And there's a great deal of blurriness and fog regarding how to actualize this justice. And I am going to repeat the Hadeeth I ended the football with and then
add on it now in shallow Tyler, which is the height and body where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam spoke about blurriness spoke about confusion and fog and chaos. At the end of time, and he said that the counterfeiter noon, there are going to be tribulations. mayhem, confusion, lack of clarity. He said I'll call it we'll see how you can call him those who stay put who sit down in it are better than those who stand and those who stand in it are better than those who walk meaning walk towards it. And those who walk towards it are better than those meaning are better off than those who rushed towards it. Whomever go seeking it out. It will seek him out.
Meaning they'll be pulled
putting themselves in harm's way. And harm's way here means what means putting their religion in jeopardy their religious commitment in jeopardy. So a person needs to try their very best to rein in their emotions with prudence and to compliment their prophetic passion, the passion of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam for justice, with prophetic clarity, this is extremely important. And he said something Allahu alayhi wa sallam from unwanted mljet and El Mirage and failure of whomever can find a refuge or a sanctuary or away from the chaos. Whoever can escape the chaos, let them do that. And so this obviously is not talking about quietism, whoever's reading, that is Miss reading this
hadith and Miss reading the, the legacy of our Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam. It's not even talking about passivity. Because sometimes you don't have a sanctuary you have no choice but to take a stand. And so the issue is, when you consult those best informed, as we said, and then you have a certain conviction, then you feel like you have no choice. Sometimes you have no choice but to act on that conviction. When you do so, do so without being headstrong, in what sense? do so without being absolutely positive that this application of the pursuit of justice is the correct application? And to highlight that, I want you to consider one How do you have the Prophet
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and then some factors after death in sha Allah, regarding the current crisis, just as an example, the disaster and the uproar, and the rightful rage over the murder of innocent so
this is a daughter of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that he would make. He's the one that lived his life, embodying justice calling to justice successfully, unlike so many others, successfully actualizing justice across the board, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the ability to do that, he recognized that it came from Allah and not from him. He at times felt confused sallallahu alayhi wa sallam on the timing on the method by which
change was going to be secured. Now. Because it changes from moment to moment. There was a time for example, when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam received verses to not speak about certain issues. And there were other times when he did not just speak about those certain issues he took matters into his own hands. And so to know which application not selectively choose or choose based on our biases, and go find some evidence in the planner, so now that confirm our biases, this is a gift from Allah. And so the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who received the Quran and was the sooner at times, even he, as I showed him, the one he says in this hadith that I'm practicing when
he was confused about the matter when he was seeking clarity about matters, once again, think of it in the capacity of social justice of the greatest projects, that his blessing life sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was invested in when he was confused and sought clarity. He would say he would call upon Allah and say, Allahu Akbar Gibran Isla Mika eat la Seraphin, O Allah, Lord of Gabriel, and Michael, and it's Rafi, another of the great noble angels
felted or semi watch he will, owner Originator of the heavens and the earth, I only met up with Shahada Knower of the unseen world and Tata como vena cava deca FEMA can or fie telefoon You are the one who judges meaning passes perfect judgment. You are the one who judges between his servants in that over which they dispute a Dini Lima study for free human will have to be in the neck guide me to that which has been disagreed over regarding the truth by your permission you allowed for this disagreement to happen you allowed for this to happen now allow for me to be of those guided to the right decision in the fog guide me to
the right choice in this disagreement that has occurred by your permission regarding the truth. He said in Nikita demon Tasha
You are the one who guides whomever he wishes to the straight path.
Okay, so what can we glean from this Hadeeth is beautiful that we should all be making because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam saw the possibility of him making mistakes in the application of the revelation in his
pursuit of justice and guidance and truth, then we should certainly by greater virtue, feel
compelled to learn this, and to make it incessantly to always ask Allah to guide us in the disputed matters over which people differ. Think about that. He's saying the words of this there are also very telling, Oh Allah, you are the lord of Gabriel, you are the lord of Michael, you are the lord of Israel feed the angels as great as they are, they are still directed by Allah subhanho wa Taala. They don't have the type of agency or will to choose the way we have. And so consider that the greatest prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is remembering and invoking a lot in the light of the fact that the greatest angels who cannot make mistakes are directed by Allah. And that is why they
cannot make mistakes. So me even if I'm the greatest prophet, I still need your direction, Oh Allah,
so that I don't fall into these Miss applications.
And then he said, Originator of the heavens and the earth, a lot zoa jen is the one that does things right the first time around, he is the one that does not
exercise trial and error. He is the one that created the heavens and the earth in perfect fashion, meaning perfectly livable, perfectly sustainable for life fashion, the first time around without a precedent without a blueprint without a prior model, or law. You're the director of the greatest angels, you're the one who originates things does them right from the first time around. And you are the one who guides whomever you will, whomever you don't guide, they have no guidance. All of us are misguided except those that you guide us these words are very telling these words are able to unlock for us that humility, we need to consider and listen and analyze. And then he says, guide me to the
right choices on these matters over which people dispute because you need to know that that
it's not just about saying the right thing, as we started talking about justice in principle, who disagrees on that, who in their right mind, who with a conscience will disagree on that. But how to see justice as Justice and how to properly pursue justice in a way that would not backfire sometimes into greater injustice. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said to us in a hadith for example,
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whomever believes in Allah on the last day must say that which is good or must be silent.
And remember, no Rahim Allah He says that what does it mean to say that which is good or be silent, he says that means that the sooner the example of our profits from Allahu Allah, he'll send them is for you to wait and listen and analyze something we don't do anymore, right? until you are sure there is greater benefit. That's what he said, A preponderant benefit in speaking, he said, if there's greater harm in speaking, or he said, Listen to this equal benefit and harm in your assessment, to speaking of remaining silent, then the sooner is to be silent. Because when he said, if
you have something good to say good means it has become clear to you that the greater good isn't me speaking. That's when you should speak. And that's it's very, very difficult, right?
Aside from the fact of highlighting
the discrepancy in the pursuit of justice and the demand of justice, in the repercussions and consequences between different ethnic groups,
the inconsistency in vindicating the rights of justice for certain communities, in particular, the African American community, aside from highlighting that,
and May Allah forgive me, if I fall under virtue signaling, whatever that is, I learned the term a few days ago, I have not said anything about how to actually go about this. Because in the past week or two, I have told people I need to understand the situation better, I would not want I'd rather be the last person on board the right train, than to be Leading the Leading the train in the wrong direction. I don't want to fall into eating my own words and not respecting expertise. Sometimes you saying the right thing at the right time isn't even the right thing, because someone else should be saying it. Because represent representation is also huge.
And so the fact is, are so many. Also, you need to realize that under what platform you say it and what are the implications of of your correct words.
To the particular audience you're speaking to, how will it be used?
Sometimes you saying the right thing could in fact be distracting from the duty of the hour? Something that is theoretically correct. You know, I'll give you one quick example before I close.
Many people argue and I and this could very well be correct. take it with a grain of salt
If you don't accept it, but it does seem to make a degree of sense, if you believe it is totally ridiculous, then you should reconsider that things are not as clear as you think, once you put emotions aside, and you listen to your critics, for your blind spots, that when people say Black Lives Matter, they are not detracting from the value of life of others, they are highlighting the fact that these lives matter as well, as opposed to the other lives who automatically are recognized as sacred life. Another example is when people
say, we have to have equality among humanity, and inclusivity. For all. This is certainly a good call. But what is understood by that because, for example, us as Muslims, we kind of do differentiate, we don't accept bullying for everyone, we don't accept
violence against anyone discriminating from people's
to earn a living and have security in society, and their social welfare and all of these things. But that doesn't mean we believe in the quality of human behavior, we believe in the quality of human beings. And some people try to melt that all in one pot with a beautiful term of equality and inclusivity. But we as Muslims may agree with the term not realizing what is intended by it by most of those who use it, or most of those who may hear it from us. We believe in human beings in the quality of human beings, Allah created all people equal, irrespective of where they came from, irrespective of their skin tones, all of that, right. But we don't believe in the quality of human
behaviors, right? We believe that there's a code of morality that God approved of, and a code that we need to warn people against for their welfare. In this world, the next
I tried to hopefully, pull us from the abstract to a little bit of the application to realize how much we need to be on the right side of history, but with prophetic clarity, and until you don't know something, then you duck in private and ask Allah for clarity until he shows you your duty in public. And we will continue to learn and continue to look to those who best understand our sacred texts and best understand
how to apply those sacred texts in light of the dynamics of a very complicated, very agenda filled, very entangled, very politicized world. Nevertheless, in an election year, may Allah bring justice to the oppressed, and allow us to be an instrument for His justice in this world. May Allah protect us from oppression and injustice, and inconsistency and in an approving of all of that, a lot of them I mean, may Allah guide our tongues to speak when there's greater benefit in speaking and protect us from the lust of uttering words that could send us in their destructive directions in this world in the next album, I mean that everybody will leave it there.