History of Islam in South Africa – Episode 02

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Villa rajim Bismillah R Rahman Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala Sayidina Muhammad Ali. He was so happy he married my beloved brothers and sisters in Islam. Assalamu aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.

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All Praise to Allah subhanho wa Taala shadow Allah, Allah, Allah Allah, I'll be witness that no one has the right to be worshipped except a lot. We praise Allah and we thank Allah for all the goodness and mercy that he's bestowed upon us and we seek protection and refuge with Allah for the sins of the mistakes that we have done. ask Allah to bless us in this work of Juma to bless us in our Eman and our families, our businesses, our health, our music, our sustenance in this dunya and they are Fira May Allah guide us in the week to come and we send our love of greetings and salutations to beloved Nabi Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, to his pious and pure family to his companions

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and all those who follow him soon until the end of time. May Allah bless us to be on the sooner in this dunya and may we be in his companionship in the agenda to Philadelphia, amin Al Hamdulillah, Al Hamdulillah, we continue from last week discussing our heritage and our, our history. And as I said last week, will largely by Allah, us this Muslim community here in Cape Town, it is almost nothing short of a miracle that we have survived. We've come through very, very difficult periods. And there are many Muslim communities that are not survived. Many Muslim minorities that winked 20 3040 years ago, maybe even just a few years ago to Western lands, and they lost the deen completely the

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pressure was too much. The pressure just have an environment that wasn't Islamic. Our forefathers and our grandparents they lived in a society that was extremely antagonistic against our Deen. In fact, our Deen was outlawed for a long period of more than 100 years, it was illegal to be a Muslim. Yet this Deen survived Al Hamdulillah. And it is now as we said last week, a model it is in many ways a model for many Muslim minorities around the world. They wish to have the kind of inclusivity that we have. For example, today, I was in the CEOs Office of words, and I dress like this on Fridays, I go to work like this changing, you know from one attire becomes hassle burden. So I said

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you know, and there's no issue, no problem. We are accepted, no problem. It's fine. Because we Alhamdulillah have that level of recognition. It didn't come overnight. It came with a lot of difficulty and struggle. From our forefathers, our setup was solid. And we are living over that, that benefit. So to continue our history. We see for example, we've been in for more than three years in Cape Town. But 200 years in Durban. We mentioned how colonial powers came first it was a shipping company, the voc from them, the Dutch color colonizers in the West, Western Cape, they got pushed out by the British. And as the golden diamonds were discovered, more and more of South Africa

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became colonized. Then we stopped last week, and we set off the world war one in World War Two. And of course, Europe was we most of the fighting happened. The colonial powers of Europe lost the strength, because they ended up destroying each other. And the world moved into post colonialism, the world began to become independent India called independence, Australia became independent. and South Africa as well broke away from the British Empire became part of the Commonwealth as we call Commonwealth meaning the old, the old colonies of the British Empire together, they form what we call the Commonwealth. I don't know what's so common about it, all of it went to Britain and

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Commonwealth for Britain, not so much for the rest of them. And

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at the turn of the World War Two, what was it like? So we said, the British and the Dutch had along the borders, the Afrikaners, and the English speaking whites had been ruling this land and there was great tension there many wars between them. And now that British power was coming to an end, and South Africa was going to be ruled by themselves. They formed the union with a republic, the Union of South Africa, which was a government governing itself. But of course, exclusive to white rule. The government, of course, you could vote and it's democratic and independent, but only for the white vote. And as an as South Africa was determining was deciding what kind of country was going to

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be. You had those who spoke that South Africa needs to follow the modern world and become open and it has to have equality and human rights. You had another side that was out of fear, the politics of fear. And this politics of fear reoccurs itself. We spoke about it many years ago, not so long ago, when the elections in America with Trump. And we spoke about what's happening with Brexit. It's a politics of fear. You have two types of politicians. You have the politician who talks to you about hoping and dreaming about building a better future about looking at the problems and fixing it. And then you have the politician who speaks about nightmares, that if I if you don't elect me, they're

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gonna come for you and your kids and they will take your land and the

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You know, if not for us, you'll be washed away. And this is the same fear and the same rhetoric, the same talk that you find in Europe currently, why you find Nazi parties rising up again? And the slogan today? Do you live in Europe today? And what is the number one cooling called the thing that really pushes the agenda, it's anti Islam.

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We are the enemies, we are the new enemy number one, before it was maybe communism, if we, if you, if we don't win the elections, the communists will take over our country before that maybe it was anti semitism, the Jews, or the the blacks. Now it's Muslims, we are. You see, sometimes politicians, they need an enemy, they need an enemy to point the finger and say, that's the bad guy. And if you don't support me, this guy is gonna win. And we've had bad guy. So the same thing happened in South Africa. And you had a party, the nationalists, the National Party, the NP, and they told basically the white voter, whether you racist or not, whether you support the party don't

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ultimately you have a privilege, you have all the benefits of this country. And if we are not in power, the darker races will come for you. And they will take your land, and they will take your schools and your kids, and in nnn. And so of course, the National the National Party won the elections, the NP won the elections. And the policy was, of course, to bring this concept of apartheid. Now, this is where most of us we know the history from here. This is where most of us we understand. But again, when you look at South Africa, the real problem or the real debate, and the real struggle in this land, was really about haves and have nots resources.

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For a select group, to have all the resources at the expense of another, the Afrikaners came, and they took the resources at the expense of the CUI and the indigenous people the British came to away from the Afrikaners. I mean, and this is And today, we still have this problem, this battle for the dounia. And the tragedy of our country is that it's a fight between the haves and the have nots. We have in our country, our history, we have basically, for the last 400 years, it's been one person, one group must win and every, everyone else must lose. And that's not the way and I believe going forward. And we'll talk about posts about the the new world that we are in. as Muslims, we are very

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good, we have a unique perspective, we understand that dunya is not the be all and end all that for you to win, or for you to be successful by exploiting others. That's not success. And we saw Baraka in that, and you continue having animosity and hatred and violence.

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That is enough to show to see to everybody that Alice dounia is wide enough, so long as one group doesn't exclude the other. And this is a problem that still has not been soft. For three 400 years we've been fighting.

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It is this issue of, of economic enslavement, economic colonization, economic exploitation, that remains the dounia, the battle for the dunia. Of course it's the end, and we'll continue fighting until the end of time. But as Muslims, we have a unique perspective in that. So let's continue. So once the National Party basically won the elections, the grand idea, the idea to solve the problem was to say, every race, every group, you stick to yourself, you govern and you control yourself. And they divided us into four categories.

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Blacks, colors, colors, of course, is a misnomer, and it's a sensitive word. In fact, in other countries, I think it's like illegal to even say you are colored. That's a offensive term. Of course, yeah, in South Africa, it's part of our understanding and candidates is really a race that is I was watching a video someone said there's no such thing as a what is current, it just means you're not white, you're not black, you're not Indian, but then you just cut it

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and again shows you the inconsistency of this view Malays colored or coils and colored or a half white, whatever you were you cut, it just shows to you that the to take away your humanity. And to put you in a box, part of the colonial process. So they put us into four boxes, black, colored, Asian, or Indian, and white. And obviously privileges will shade based on which was split based on color, the job opportunities you had, because you have a certain level. You could only go to primary school. That's as far as you went. If your color you got to go a little further Indian a little further black, white, you could actually go and finish university.

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And this of course is to continue the process of experimentation and just to look at some of the laws. And for many of us, I didn't live and experience it. And it's hard for us to imagine

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People living with this. Let's look at some of the laws which will legal at that time you had, for example, the prohibition of marriages act where it was illegal for people of different races to get married to one another.

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Illegal that at that time it also speaks to something side note your morality. morality is something just fluid. While they tell you it's fluid, they'll say 50 years ago for a white person to marry a black and white man to marry a black woman was seen as immortal In fact, illegal now, okay.

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What was seen as immortal 50 years ago in terms of graceful lady, what do we end today's okay? Just understand that our concept of right and wrong is affected by society. society will tell you today it's okay to dress in a certain way for a certain group of people to get married. For us, morality doesn't change a lot has dictated what is right and wrong. And even if it's unpopular, even though we come to a time when someone will say for example, for example, they'll say polygamy is immoral. We say no, they will say for example, racing in a certain way for women to cover here is oppressive. We say no, these moral lines do not change, because it just shows you 50 years ago, the same people

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who made the laws, you see the OSI model from a white man and a black woman to get married, you seem to see modern life changed your mind completely. To show you you don't this concept of morality is just what go with the flow.

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It was immoral. For a person of a certain color to walk on a site, a certain part of the road use it was immoral to use a certain toilet. And now you've changed how does that work. Whereas the morality of a law is for every time in place until eternity, whether it's popular or not popular, whether it's okay or not okay with society, when it is strange. And as the professor says, a time will come with being a Muslim is strange, you will be the outsider, you will be looking like the outcast, so glad tidings the stranger because in his time abuse, also known when he came, it was immoral to have a daughter, you if you're a man, you buried alive, that was normal. That was what was good. And

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Islam came in change that. So time will come we are unpopular. And we stick to what Allah says, because that's the Huck whatever, we had the group areas Act, which of course we know,

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split the land up in terms of suburbs based on the race. So this suburb belong to the whites and the suburb belong to the blacks. And this suburb was for the colors and the Indians. And so so that's why today, we still have your Indian islands, your Malay areas that your white area, and of course, who got the cream of the crop, of course. And today, we see that exploitation continue. Because those areas that were designated for a privileged class, that's where the best schools were built. That's where the best hospitals are built. That's where the universities were built. Now, 30 years, 20 years after apartheid, when we want to send our kids to those schools, and those universities, we

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can't afford to get into those suburbs. So our kids are still suffering, still go into a second class school. We can't afford a private school. So you still have to go to a government school that was never upgraded for years.

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This is something that we have to understand, no matter which side of the debate you on, understand how these issues still perpetuated today, this colonial process is still felt today. So these group areas, and of course, one may, I mean, you should know this. People that don't live in this country are surprises. So what if you happen to live in an area that was designated for a different race? Well, they took you out, they forced you out like district six, before all of you out and they dumped you in a new area. And that's where you had to live. And both did they compensate, you know, your life of building. There's so many of us that can tell stories of our grandparents that had

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houses and homes and businesses in the most prime locations, but was thrown out, and our history of displacement taken from Indonesia, India, Bharatiya Dumpty pushed out remember the bucur is outside of town, the blue cup so you people, you your type of people live up in the mountain away from us. And as the town becomes bigger, now we want to land so we push you out further behind the mountain, the cape flats so this is a history our community is a history of being exploited. What is beautiful about our history and something which we take great strength from our community, while they oppose oppression you can do opposing the oppressor isn't just through violence.

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without fighting without killing without shedding blood, they oppose it. They will push it out and they took they could take our houses they took our businesses, we never allowed them to touch the machines. Those The only buildings that still stand in district six are the three massage it slowly

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and when they pushed us out to new areas, Belgravia Mitchell's plane, we both knew massage it and that's the legacy of our grandparents.

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They didn't have the education. We have

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They didn't have the opportunities where they could never go to higher management, own companies and these kind of things as we do today. They didn't have the wealth that we have, but how many mosques do they build Subhanallah with what

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if we can pay the amount of madrasas, masajid organizations, they sit up together in that kind of environment to maintain massages in the cape flats and still the massages that were thrown out, Constantia in Dyslexics maintain those masjids Subhanallah to get people to sit on the message committee, just one person is such a challenge. How did they do it Alanna only through the grace of Allah, and the real determination from very ordinary people, very simple people. But they did extraordinary things.

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The past low, and I think this was felt more by our African brothers who had to. And again, if you look at the, the,

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the genius, the evil genius of apartheid, it's no it's no secret. If you go to any cities of Africa, you'd find the CBD top and you'd find the prime areas, the suburbs close by is for the white elite. And then as you go further out, you find the buildings become more rural, and the colors of people become darker, so that the people who earn the least they love the further from the CBD, they must travel the most and pay the most. So sometimes we get frustrated. But remember, there is someone that travels an hour earlier than you in the day. And they travel An hour later in unity, and they get paid less than you. And so the people, so many, so long, a big amount of the money just goes to

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getting to work, the paycheck goes for transportation, and again, why it is to continue to enslave a group of people that fit our own system, if you don't need to the money. It's the same to keep you down, that you just survive day to day. That's how it is designed. It was designed like that. If you look at how our suburbs are with the railway system and bridges, it is to keep communities isolated and controlled. Evil, genius, evil genius. So people had to have passes on them to go from one one suburb to the next. What are you doing in this area, you're not gonna get the right color. You had to have a passport, in a land that you were born in, in a land which belongs to you, your ancestors

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were a man who came only 50 years ago, tells you to carry a passport in this land of your motherland. Something to think about, you know,

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of course of the of the system of of destroying a community. Allah subhanho wa Taala when he began reforming a very backwards society, the atoms of Jamelia was of the worst I mean, you won't find a community as bad as they didn't even begin with worship May Allah began with

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it, you could fix this muscle here, and it automatically everything else will fall into place. And the people the elite, they understand that if you deprive a community of education, you deprive them of potential and power, and that's why you had this Bantu Education Act, which means certain groups of people got a certain quality of education, whereas other groups of people got the advanced education, the technologies, the doctors, the lawyers, because technology once you are supports a certain group, technologically, you'll always be superior. And Allah promises we see this so many times Allah says in the Quran, yet for our lead, Lena Amman, Raja, Allah will elevate in the dunya

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and in the Akira in the dunya, those who have knowledge and a man, so those of a man Allah elevates them. And those who have knowledge whether they have a man or not, if you have an education, you've got a trump card, and you will be elevated meaning you'll be superior. How you use it, of course is up to you. There is no secret that the countries the United States, they have the most universities, the most libraries, the most people that are studying postgraduate studies, the countries that are most advanced of those who are the best education system, and it was a deliberate, a deliberate step to give the darkest skin people of this country and inferior education, which means you will never

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ever become higher management, even and SubhanAllah. How many kids in Khayelitsha, we men and Berg are actually the potential of they could be geniuses, but they never have opportunity.

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How many people across the world because of the because of the circumstances they never get to unlock the full potential. And that's it continues today.

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So the Muslims behind Allah we, we found ourselves in the sooner we didn't have control about the situation. And our Ola and I'm honest one, there's no other way to describe that Allah knows bases earlier. You have to mention the work of the llama. What keeps our community together? Yes, good people, but

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leadership of an AMA from its inception played a vital role in keeping our community together. So what did they do? Right? How did they survive? How did they get it right in this kind of context? Number one, they focused on a very community based Islam.

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It wasn't just about the masjid. It was about fixing people's lives, people were struggling out the struggling to make ends meet, struggling with oppression, struggling with kids that are getting a deal. And the Imams and our leaders were community leaders. And they took people not just Islam, it's not just about worshiping Allah in the masjid. It's about making your life fixing your life out they

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they took simple steps to keep the community together and there's a lot of this discussion about you know, cultural activities like cadet and molar and whatever. Beyond the theological discussion, the community side of it cannot be ignored, cannot be ignored bringing people together. I mean, even before apartheid, people that couldn't read or write what's amazing is you find Allah ma from Malaysia, Indonesia, they impose the Malaysian languages we will speak Malaysian, we said no, we find ourselves in a new country we as Allah will learn Africans and will teach you in your in your language, and we will educate you even if you are not Muslim, because knowledge is power. They open

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them addresses to Muslims to learn to read and write, to show you that this class system that you find yourself here, this is not how it should be. This is not how Allah deigned life. They focused on being good Muslim, in terms of be a good person. focus on the important stuff. Yes, make your Salah on time, dress appropriately eat halal. They had symbols of Islam that we as Muslims, we don't do these things we don't drink. We don't eat Haram. certain times of the day, whatever your master your boss says you come to tomorrow, we're going to come to Juma we won't compromise on those things. But beyond those things, we are part of this community. We did not ISIS even though we were

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forced to live in our own Muslim communities, we weren't isolated. We're part of the greater part of this country. When we worked, people knew that we were honest people, whether they liked the color of the skin or not. They knew that we were people of integrity. And Allah was the great gift of the Prophet Salaam. The great strength of his Tao was o'clock. He came to a community. And he was known for being the best of them in terms of honesty and truthfulness, kindness, sincerity, and the hallmark of someone who always shines through whatever religion you follow. Whatever belief system you have a HELOC is beautiful to everyone. And that's what I when am I focused on being a good

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person. And that is what is one of the reasons for the success of this community. That you don't have to give Dawa by knocking on the door and talking about Islam. From a theological basis. Your Tao is in your interactions with people, the person you are in the office, you are an ambassador for the deen.

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So people will give and we live in a time and hamdulillah with this a lot more a lot more understanding. But if you show that I'm a dedicated worker, I'm a diligent worker, you make yourself the best worker in the company, the company will have no problem giving you time for tomorrow for eat. Because they know this is serious.

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And that is what our our simple folk did when they came to fix your roof. You don't have to worry, I'm gonna steal your stuff. You don't have to worry, I'm gonna harm your family, or I will shortchange you overcharge you Why? Because my Dean teaches me not to do that. And that is what something that we are losing the basic principles of the deen that insomnia sometimes we debate so much about theological stuff. And we forget the basic crux of being a good person. So

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not that they were they were highly educated people, deeply knowledge people, but they focus on very simple getting the basics right. Perfect the basics of your eating your dressing your ibadah and be a good person. And that formula, ally it works. Even today. The Sahaba if you look at the prophets of Salaam, the Sahaba, were not the most educated if you put

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you know, say no Baccarat on one side. And you put him on Shafi remember, Hardy in terms of book knowledge, yes, these great scholars are books in the highly literate people. But the man of course of abubaker is far superior. Why? Because the insomnia that they got from the prophets of Salaam. And this is what I say to us, we are now an educated community. In fact, many of you here have degrees. Many of you even might have studied Islamic Studies. But to translate that into being a good person is a lot more difficult, something which our forefathers might have had an edge on us, giving back to the community. So during this whole process, when apartheid came on the stage, and we

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will always you know, Subhanallah even though we went through a lot of oppression, we're not a violent community.

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And that is and I must mention, it's a very important point in the Western world. For example,

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Muslims feel the only way home after an announcement. In the light of our history coming from Indonesia, we all know of the tragedy of the tsunami that affected the island in Indonesia. This collection is for Indonesia, today's collection for Indonesia for the the people that are struggling with lost their homes, lost their family members, please donate generously, a lot and may even be a distant relative of ours. That is struggling, alone make it easy for them. Allah protect us from a loss from from these calamities, Allah safeguard and make those who are going through hardship, not replace that which they've lost with something, something between the studio and the author, please

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donate generously. So for Indonesia inshallah. So

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there was a beautiful article that was written about the very first time we protested, you know, the Muslim community where we went through a lot we will take our houses were taken, we will take it from our lands who do humanize if we never oppose we never fought back the hikma as well, obviously, if we raise a first they come with a tank, so we understood violence on Canal, the first time as a community, we were disobedient. Do you know when when they closed the

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very first time the Muslim community in Cape Town actually protested was when they didn't allow us to bury in the cemetery disclosed? Because we don't use coffins, right? We bury And on that note, tomorrow, insha Allah, we're going to have our Nightmare on Elm Street, the night of the buzzer. We'll talk about what happens in the cupboard. In fact, there will be a grave for those who have the courage to get inside and experience it. Feel what it's like to have it they will talk about what happens the moment you solace. What is it like that first night in the cupboard? It will be a topic tomorrow. So because we don't bury with a coffin or with a with a coffin, and there was an epidemic

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of smallpox epidemic, they felt that when we bury our dead, they they would you know, infect the population. Of course, that wasn't true. So they closed the tunnel bottle. That was the very first time we as a community stood up and rioted, but protested. So we were very peaceful community in spite of the oppression. So when apartheid came on the stage, we looked at the argument and said, Well, what is your What is your response? We knew it was unjust. We knew it was Haram. We knew it was evil. It was shaytani. Yeah, it was complete evil against the deen of Allah. And the allameh. Most of them unfortunately, for whatever reasons, and through the Heckman their wisdom, they took a

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sort of a political stance, they said, you know, we step back, we allow politics to run itself, and we just focus on on our ibadah. But of course, there are many of us activists, that young people that became involved in the struggle and that was for the right thing was the good thing was the quick thing. And in my model, for example, one of the few imams rahimullah that was involved actively and of course, he played with his life Rahim Allah Shaheed. So, and we therefore have a long history,

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maybe not from the highest levels, but the people, ordinary people, students, young people that got involved in the struggle, they felt the dollar amount might not be doing enough, the older people, Elvis weren't doing enough. And this is going to always be the case, you would find our leaders, our elders will always be slow to the act. Why? Because they have a more holistic view, they have to think about everything. And it's our younger generation, most will always be a little more radical, be more energetic, they want change to happen overnight. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad. But this is going to be a reality. And we have to be part of that process. Even now, we have issues

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today, for example, people building buildings here in the blue cup, maybe the committee members have been slow to act and the youth want to be a bit more agitated. We cannot allow one group to act without consultation, we need to act together.

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We need to act together. And it was because of young as a Muslim community that got involved and May Allah bless those who have got involved. But today we see the benefits. Today we find the government that is very complimentary of the Muslim community. Because we stood side by side, there are those who said even though I'm getting a privileged education, I will refuse this education because there are millions of people that are being deprived of a basic education,

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I will not be I will not be part of a system that exploits 90% of the population. And therefore they were part of that struggle. And of course, I'm not going to go into detail we all know the story of the struggle. We know for example of the most senior members of the ANC was in Robben Island brother my home kathrada part of that part of that struggle and you know I I must mention this, because we in this message that I spoke to a person who was at Robben Island as well an uncle of mine and he mentioned that once a month was a highlight for not just the Muslims but for the non Muslims as well. When the old Imam Mr. Mani proceed of this motion to come to Robben Island, not because he

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would they said it wasn't so much that he gave our he gave words of inspiration but what they love the most is he had sweets in his pocket.

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They said that sweet was what they look forward to. As viola, we think a sweet might have changed the perception of someone who became the president of this country who made a policy that affected the Muslim community. But because there was this respect, that this community is with us, how many lives has changed because of that small act of Nevada.

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And this is the lesson we learn our professor Sam tells us,

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we need to stand against oppression and support the oppressed and the oppressor. So how do we understand supporting the oppressed? How do you support the oppressor by fighting him and stopping him, that we fight opposition, whether it is for us audiences, whether it is our own kind, that's lopressor. We say, Tara, whether we are not the victims of oppression, but we stand with the oppressed. Our Dean is the Dean of just justice. And we see the benefits of that today. So as the ANC Of course, we know for many years, they they also took initially a policy of non violence, we're not going to harm people, we're going to use political means. And if you look at the heroes, today,

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when you talk about a revolutionary new year, people say we they call themselves a revolutionary, it is maybe an educated, it's violent, it's aggressive, the revolutionaries of our time, and I take Nabi Musa, for example, as perhaps the most famous revolutionary in the Quran, he stood up against oppression,

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a prince educated cultured, when you look at the leadership of the ANC, back then lawyers educated people, gentlemen, Mark McGann D lawyer,

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if you want to if you have that zeal, that energy to change communities, or change an organization, change the mindset, begin by educating yourself to learn and get a degree, sit yourself, have a family take care of him, then come back and we talk. But just controlled energy is destructive.

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In our minds, the revolutionary is the guy with the machine gun in the bazooka, that's not the revolutionary. It's the guy with a book in hand in the pin. A person who is cultured, who is civil, who is against fighting, but if pushed, if you have to fight it, fight for something, but if we can avoid violence, and that was one of the solemn

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non violence, but if of course, a time comes, you have to defend yourself, defend yourself. But at the core of it peace, peace loving, and that's the the makeup of a to revolutionary, someone that changes. And these were very educated people, gentlemen, in a way. And so initially it was, it was against violence. I mean, of course, they realized that talking is not going to work. You cannot just talk to a film, I'm going to listen, some something action needs to be taken. And of course, when the ANC went, the route of sabotage, you know, they were locked up and the leadership were put in jail. They were in Robben Island. And of course, we know for 27 years. And while that time

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happened, they were many people behind the scenes. And I imagine there are many people that paid a lot. The names didn't get mentioned on the radio. The names are not in any newspapers, but they paid the price. They lost out on a easy future. They lost out on an education, they lost out on the family, they were locked up. And Allah bless them. We benefit of the struggles like the only other kamya we are indebted to them, we can't pay them back. But of course, as you progress, they get the rewards with Allah. How many people how many females For example, we don't know the names, first Masjid in South Africa, donated by a female assistant lady, these are not mentioned so much. But

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those are the people that the the goodness is only alive at all is only with Allah subhanaw taala. And while we continue as a community, that legacy the agenda goes to them as it goes to them. So of course, while the leadership was locked up, things became more intense violence. In South Africa, the youth stood up and eventually, you know, the unjust the rulers lost behind dialysis. Have you not seen what we did to film and our mood, the oppressor will never even prevail, Allah sponsors will argue but in the end of the day, the moutoku always when you will only you will only move for this amount of time and ultimately, Allah will bring you down and obviously they will brought down

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now post apocalyptic of the apartment and I want to end up and this is really the important part. I mentioned. I did a talk on

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Musa and pheromone. If you look at bunnies or eel they were the chosen people during the time when they opposed fit on. But after a lot of taken away the operation and a lot given them the opportunities, what did they do? They became a new body, they became the customer.

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We have now come out of oppression. And Allah has given us freedom and opportunity that he has not given most Muslim communities on Earth.

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We can both massage it as much as we

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want, we can build madridistas as much as we want. We can give classes and teaching, you can learn Deen from A to Z as much as you want, you can dress in any Islamic attire that you want. If you stole if we don't do those things now, what is the excuse now in the past, the excuse was I couldn't was illegal, I'll be a priest, I'll be discriminated against. Now the excuses to students, the only person to fight now is yourself. And we know if we will lie, the taste of hardship is easier to bathe and the taste of ease allows testing, that's what blessings are giving us free do as you want. And this is where we a person is ruined. So as a community or as a young generation, if you are in

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your 20s 30s or 40s, and you have a job, and you can sustain yourself and your family, we need to ask ourselves, this legacy that I see what is my contribution going to be? What will I leave behind? Because there are people that sacrifice with their lives with their wealth, to build a platform that I am benefiting? What platform Am I going to give over to my my kids, I have this great blessing that Allah has given me I can be a Muslim in peace, and I have the full opportunity to live my life to the fullest of my potential. What is my excuse to Allah? What am I going to answer the day of Allah of the Deaf gamma to Allah? What did you do? What Masjid Have you been involved? In? What

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organization have you been part of? These are the questions we must ask ourselves. Because we cannot allow, we cannot slip with ourselves to think our grandparents who had a lot less achieved a lot more than us. Why? So the challenge of I suppose a part of it is us as leaders will Amma to get together and solve our problems. The only enemies we have is ourselves, I'll fix our own house messages that are not being maintained. Because we as a community maintaining or debating over unnecessary things, while our youngsters are becoming disconnected. Not because there's someone grabbing them or forcing them away from the dean in the past, they couldn't attend madrasas. They

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couldn't leave the school to come to Juma. Now out of laziness, they don't attend, or because parents don't encourage them.

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In other parts of the world, people need to fight to dress and eat quickly. We have it free, but we choose not to go to the Hello, restaurant not to dress correctly. So what is our excusing those things? So we live in this very post apartheid, dangerous time of complete freedom huria and the only the real Jihad the hard jihad is for us to fight ourselves inside and to have as a community now to plot and plan and think will we survive another 300 years? Will we be able to put some leadership and some things in place today that will save God as for the next 300 years? Why have we not increased from 2%? We've been 2% for like 300 years, why have we not gone beyond that? Why do we

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still see you know, people that have sub human conditions loving the and we we are a privileged community? If you compare us everyone feels very poor. Everyone feels a bit low price even feels, but we're lucky. If you compare what other parts of our community has, but they don't have you realize that we are privileged and our earlier they took it upon themselves to fight the unjust to fight the problems, even though you're gonna fix them. We cannot be put off we cannot say, well, that is a black community problem, crime, poverty, housing doesn't affect me to the issue. No. If you ignore the community, a time will come when that community will ignore you. When your needs are

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neat when you have needs, they'll forget you. So we pray to Allah in this time, that this community maintains itself that we should be a leadership for Muslims across the world, that we can get our act together. As leaders can be guided and work together, our business people can get involved and share their wealth our youth can become energetic about the right things that our social problems we can get above that, and we can practice our Deen the freedom that we have and obtain the full potential when we stand before Allah we can see Allah every blessing you gave me. I have fulfilled the Amana quickly. Allah bless us or not curse us with this. Amin

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will continue next week. inshallah we'll talk about the pioneers and some of the stories of how Islam kamya Next we'll continue with this theme and a few few questions or a few announcements as I said, inshallah. We will begin next week next, rather tomorrow evening of the Shai our Nightmare on Elm Street, the night of the buzzer, everything about the cover to the to the souls travel do they meet each other? How do you benefit someone what happens to you what happens to me when we into the cabin? How do we prepare for that inevitability of death? How do we prepare for it? What is the punishment in it? What are the rewards in it? We'll discuss all those things tomorrow. It's half

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past eight at the Burano center the blue building, about an hour, an hour and a half.

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Insha Allah bioprospecting we should be done inshallah, then of course our women around the messenger series, Episode 18 and 19. Coming up next week discussing very interesting topics. If you'd like to be part you can join our WhatsApp line. Any questions concerns comments with [email protected] sokola Haida Solomonic