Upholding hope for a better tomorrow in the midst of adversity
Channel: Sherman Jackson
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Allah ye why, because
suddenly, we have suddenly become only the selling of avocado.
you like to talk to me
about some of the law. And particularly,
I want to
clarify one thing very quickly, especially for our non Muslim guests. The Arabic that I just recited is not some kind of code in anything.
prevent the picture of the prayer, Moses is actually prepared to go before the Pharaoh and to tell him to let my people go.
Something I want to say particularly to my our defense attorneys very seriously, it always warms my heart. And it gives me a sense of confidence in the future, to see so many anonymous authors come out in support of these kinds of events. And it, it warms my heart. In fact, it brings me back to the part of the examples of Prophet Muhammad.
And I think it bears recollecting that the Prophet himself has not non Muslims, who also have various and sundry points, in fact, that time is a critical point in his career center for to lend their support to the Muslim community. And the Prophet himself was an individual who was always very excited and explicit, and expressing gratitude to those novices who came forward and contributed, in how many Muslim community in their time of need, and
of following his example, and extend my heartfelt thanks to those non Muslim brothers and sisters who have come out the support of character now.
I've been told I had about 15 minutes to talk, and I'm an academic anybody knows,
about 15 minutes,
I'm going to try and be as economical as I can. With my words, one of the things I want to sort of say, as a sort of overall frame, for the remainder of my comments, is the following. And it's important for both the Muslims as a community as a, as a community, in fact, for us as a country to recognize this is a fact. And no amount of obfuscation would conceal the Muslim community in this country today, because
there are people who do not want to see themselves able to carve out a dignified existence for themselves. But it's important for us to know that Muslims in America had entered
While we individual,
the ideals of our religion
or the ideals of our religion, then they
are violation of the ideals of barbarism. And he saw turn around, and we want to know us and respect us now. In fact, we even want some of us, some of us, we even want America to do that which should be, do not a can do.
Human beings are endowed with natural defense mechanisms.
And the first impulse upon a cadre
is to make sure that you're safe. There's a simplistic approach,
Because, again, as human beings we're going to be in
America as a society and also has its defense mechanism.
And the only way that we need to get those defense mechanisms to relax is to engage our
Want to engage our leaders and try to engage our enemies? What does the command say about this?
It's been in the
as I can I know that between you and he
that there was no,
you will find them as it is a close friend now. But point here is the following, we cannot engage in the false hope of being able to just run through the situation that we are in right now, we're going to have to walk through this. And we're going to have to walk through this with VVT. And we're going to have to walk through this while we engage our hangers, while we engage our co workers while we engage our government.
And over a period of time, as we go about the business of actually showing who we are in real time and in real space, not simply in theory, nothing
below the ground in the world of actual configuration,
that will produce a situation whereby we, in the spirit of the Prophet Muhammad SAW Allah when it was others, we will be able to open up some psychological space, we will be able to open ourselves so that those who are around us can look into and see what
and when we are able to do that. But we will establish our genuine relationships, relationships that have said all of the propaganda that's floating around around us.
False hope is the hole in things that are not grounded in reality.
It's an embrace of reality, whatever it is
underwritten by the belief that
ultimately, truth and justice will prevail.
And the only way that we can embrace the notion that truth and justice will prevail
is to be very self assured, and our relationship with guaranteed ultimate truth and justice.
And to the extent that our relationship with the ultimate guarantor of justice is weakened.
That man, we will try to run
to run as fast as we can, not to learn any of the lessons out there.
Not to take
the moment of PT, but to get usable as fast as we can,
as most of our time
and ask the question,
What basis do we retain?
what is the father mama's face?
Now people today emigrated from 10,000 miles away, but some people among whom he was born and raised, what did they say?
You are mad. You are if you are to say you just want power.
That's an all he says. They forced him out of his arm.
And yeah, what did he do?
He did not lose hope.
He was always confident he did not lose hope or confidence in himself. He did not lose hope in God and he did not lose hope or confidence in his society.
The God always be always believed that he existed,
that he will ultimately remove the psychological barriers between the Netherlands and the 70s between him and his society.
Because he has a company
Here's what he had as the problem, he has a tumor. And for that reason, we don't find the two extremes that we often see today in the practice of the Prophet Mohammed.
People who are rude, and just hurry up and get out. They go to extreme. The one extreme is, you receive extreme trying to appease everyone.
You don't like things to be said about, you don't know why those stairs, you don't want those in your windows, you don't like those anyways. And so when you want to do it, you want
to try and appease
to explain in a way to apologize for everything that said about
you want to make your religion come out to them, so that they saw what they're saying about you, even if it means changing your religion. Even if it means corrupting your religion, you just want to get out that that's what
we the other way is you.
You will make a society.
Talk about me, talk about my religion,
say things bad about me. I hate you.
I don't have anything to do with you.
I'm not hard.
These are the two or three things. But
when we lose hope, and we try to run through.
And this is why we ask almost all community, we've got to come back to confidence.
We've got to come back to being confident.
And we've got to build strength, from the lessons of our teacher, our Prophet Muhammad, upon release, number one face a greater crucible than the path.
And by the way, if you think it's difficult to sell to enemies who are strangers, try standing up to enemies who are friends, who have family members, who are countrymen, who've known you all your life, try that.
The Prophet alayhi salam was able to really firm in his principles. He didn't become hard hearted.
He didn't become weak and apologetic, nor did it become harder.
This is the model that we have to embrace see it now in America. And among those things that goes along with this is when we get away from false hope, we will stop hoping for a better future without sacrifice.
we institution is there any Muslim in this room who doesn't believe that Muslims in America needs solid first grade institutions?
We all understand.
But if we are hoping for solid institutions
that are not from our sacrifice, of money, blood, sweat and tears
if you believe that we need to shift
we cannot entertain the thoughts of the day.
Because what will happen is
and we will be undermined
we have even less of a possibility of bringing those institutions into being brothers and sisters. You know, we really about some of the companions of the Prophet contributed
to his mission.
We know the failure story of all who came up and said
you know, I never got jealous of Obama except for one occasion. I can and I
to to support the Muslim community. I can't
justify the other law
I had come forward again,
given all of what he had,
you see, he is a people who deny
They have real
will do the best that we can do, we have confidence that God will guide our efforts and success.
And even if because of stuff that we see in this sideline of ours, we know that justice,
that we will get exactly what we deserve from God.
That your whole
farm is the thing that women go on with the same guy, that's
the same the sector's
given the same amount,
the same word, and something's going to change.
One of my concerns to my fears right now is what we lay down for the Muslim youth of the future.
And I say that, and I know we've heard it a number of times here. But I say that because I understand the university professor, I'm in contact with Muslim youth all the time. And I know some of the psychological pressures, that they are upgrading them.
And I know if they are not boy supportive, to the point that they can sustain sustain hope
that they will ask them to homelessness.
And while many people think that radicalization, is something that somebody wakes up one day and decides to do, the reality is that Muslim youth, or any other youth for that matter, and some of us need to be reminded that we will use one day too.
But when most of us
are led to the point that they are hopeless,
that is when we are more susceptible to any ideology of radicalism, because that
is precisely what's going to deliver the fossil
and then fix it or blow
these are some of the kinds of things that we have to be very aware of. And as we go about our business of both interacting with our organizations, and interacting with the larger community, led people who engaged is not impossible, but a true hope that grounded in reality. And we believe that if we do our best, God will guide our efforts to success. I think he would do that. And we all we all need that.
And so this is not a new era.
This is an era of hope, will and
will be an era for us. Because we are
and no matter how
no matter how big challenges they see, no matter how dire the circumstances may appear, we will be vulnerable.
And we will never allow
anybody to disabuse us of that hope. Because
if we allow anyone to disabuse us of
that is open the box, no matter what we do after that, we've lost
I want to say one last thing about about the future.
part of the strength,
the power, and the beauty of our religion
is not that it allows us with that, which guarantees that level always wins.
It is that it allows us with that, which it enables us to face everything that a human existence has to offer.
whatever come holla as Muslims, we can face it with dignity.
I don't know what the future holds, and neither does anybody.
But to remind us, of something, the price of a poor man,
you think about this, please, the Prophet says,
he says, if I knew the future
I would have done nothing. But all that is good.
And bad things would have never touched it.
a Warner, in a really a good title for people who hold with trust is in God.
If the President
is not able to guarantee the future,
we will not be able to guarantee the future.
So this is a problem, because the desire to guarantee the future, our economists have tried to guarantee the future.
And tough catches up.
For us, to seek to entertain the hope of being able to guarantee the future
you know, that's the first step towards you toastiness
as he is where the problem comes,
when the lack of utopianism then we cannot deal with we cannot because
we have to have always the idea.
And if the ideal
from the center, then I set that up
and stuff. If it doesn't come with persuasion, then
if it doesn't come numbers, then I try.
If it doesn't come to one of those
because I have to know the ideal.
I can't deal with the real.
And none of the pressures that we presently have right now. These are impulses that we have to resist.
And when the dominant culture, and I want to tell you something about my country, I'm in my 50s. So I've seen a lot. That sounds yummy with some of us.
50s now, and I've seen a lot
of Americans love people who set it up for them,
even if they don't like it.
And Americans can't stand people who are wishy washy on their principles.
I remember seeing
a special on Muhammad Ali, I'll say this when I was
on a special Muhammad Ali.
And I remember anything 67 When Muhammad Ali
got on Tokaj national TV without a big fly.
And he said
that it's strictly on his time. And he said
if they want to line me up before firing squad tomorrow, I am ready to die before I abandon the religion of the snap. That's what he said.
If they want the one on the often farmers spot on
this there's a Sports Illustrated sports writer who talks about this. And it's my father used to be from the old school.
He was trying to allude to the fact that
he wasn't as richly tolerant as we are today.
In fact, when George Wallace was running for President, my father voted for George boss.
Oh my father so nice.
And being willing to sacrifice even to die.
He said my father said to me, you know, son amila very many chances to stand up and be a man. And I'm not sure I agree with what this young man is saying. But he's a man
voted for Georgia and God
this is what we have to understand, we now to be able to learn from us, neither should you, we're not going to be prepared to the future. Now decision for what you can guarantee with our faith in Allah Allah, without,
without central security, and know that
nothing else really matters
we can be gearing up to things that we as a Muslim community will have a dignified existence in America. And we as a Muslim community will honor the pleasure of Allah.
That is the mission of the Muslim community, and hopefully, care and all the other national organizations who receive recognition from the community in terms of what they contributed to that reality.
at a given time to do so. But again, I want to thank all of you for coming tonight, I want to thank Chair for inviting me, I want to applaud for all the work and I want to invite us all to engage in the real, of being able to put forth our best effort and to say, sustain those institutions that will make a positive contribution now on to the future of also community, but to the future of this country, because of this country, in this country. If this country fails as a
community, if it allows us to lapse into that old adage of create peoples. That's what
this country allows us to do that
so that you and me and take you safely back to your home some dinner