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Curbing Youth Extremism and ISIS Recruitment
Channel: Siraj Wahhaj
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Topic: Curbing Youth Extremism and ISIS Recruitment
The Muslim community should not consider the San Bernardino, Boston Marathon bombing, Major Nidal Hasanâs Texas shooting incident and other local reported incidents as isolated cases. We have to dig into the real causes leading some of the vulnerable Muslim youth to adopt extreme positions and be easy recruits for external terrorist organizations like ISIS. Extremists abroad and the FBI at home are targeting vulnerable Muslims.. War-terrorism-Islamophobia is a nexus of evil that impacts Muslim youth in many significant ways. It is creating a high level of anger among Muslim youth, who a 2009 Gallup survey found are angrier than youth in any other faith community in the United States. Anger is also associated with mental health issues. This session discusses the very reasons behind the Muslim Youth extremism and prescribes a way ahead for how to curb and prevent it.
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Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim
Shinola ilaha illAllah hula hula sharika lah.
Saldana Mohammed Abu hora Salama bar.
Our Prophet Mohammed la salat wa salam said,
in the hub as my icon in de la. Abdullah
The names that is most beloved to Allah
is Abdullah Abdul Rahman.
We are called upon today
in this city of Chicago,
and Muslims around the world
to be a beacon of light.
1,700,000,000 Muslims around the world.
One third of them are in non Muslim countries.
So where do you find them?
You find them in France
10% of the population of France and Muslims.
Where do you find them? You find them in Germany?
Some 3000 messages in Germany? Where do you find them?
You find them all throughout Europe. You find them in the United States of America. You find them in Latin America, you find them in Africa, you find them in Asia, you find Muslims all over the world.
Right now to Moscow.
They're building a Masjid that will accommodate 60,000 worshippers
in Birmingham, United Kingdom,
had between 60 and 70,000 Muslims praying IED.
Dr. Oz masaka Rahim Allah.
He used to tell us
that years ago,
three or four people prayed he prayed together.
I was in Philadelphia last week. And the Imam awesome after she told me that the last Eve in Philadelphia had 50,000 Muslims
all over the world.
in Paterson, New Jersey.
The largest Masjid is in Paterson, New Jersey
is a Masjid that used to be a synagogue.
all over America. Muslims are buying synagogues and churches and turning them to messages.
When someone say Islam against the West, I beg your pardon. I am the West.
There seems to be a problem.
Problem of extremism.
But extremism on all sides. Let me give you a couple of examples.
Have you ever heard of Andre Carson?
He's a congressman a Muslim Congress congressman of the United States of America. Recently he was given death threats.
And the only reason he was given death threats is because he's a Muslim.
Two weeks ago, we had the first Muslim judge in New York City swiping on the Quran.
someone said that you have the audacity to sweat in on the Quran, and they sent a death threats.
New York City in Astoria, Queens.
A Muslim store owner was beaten.
And while the man was beating him, he was saying Death to the Muslims.
Last week, I was in Dallas, Texas.
In the masjid called Richardson Masjid
a dozen white men
with weapons rifles, marching in front of the masjid.
intimidating the followers there.
Why would they? Why would they march in they were rallying, they said because inside of the masjid they were practicing Sharia.
one out of three republicans
say that Islam ought to be illegal.
59% of the Republicans
agree with Trump
that Muslims ought not be allowed into America.
Not too far from here, Wheaton College.
I think two weeks ago,
an African American Christian professor
in solidarity with Muslim women put on hijab
and said that she would wear it for two weeks until
the holiday Christmas. She said she wanted to do it, to see what it looks what it looks like to wear hijab in solidarity with Muslim women.
She was suspended.
And they said that we suspended her not because she wore the scarf, but they suspended her because she had the audacity to say that the God that the Muslims worship and that God that the Christians worship is the same and they suspended hung
all over America. We have violence. We have extreme Islam against Islam.
But it seems as if every time
it appears as if a Muslim is doing something that's violent,
it becomes a bigger issue.
I would like to take a moment to show you a clip.
There are two
movies that I recommend you to see and I want you to write them down.
One is called
80 in parenthesis and then the word error.
Tremendous film, talking about an FBI informant who was a Muslim.
In the second, HBO called Newburgh for
I'm gonna play a clip for you the neuberg for if the brothers can set it up inshallah.
And then they have to stick around
to seeing what's gonna provide all the materials and the money, whatever they want.
Automatically, in some of the manufacturing
it's a small city just soak in and drown in a poverty. Somebody offers you a large chunk of change. What do we got to do?
This operation was specifically designed to turn them into terrorists. Do what you want to be.
Once you see something like that, you can't unsee it.
You must see that movie, you can download it. If you can even watch it tonight. You should do it.
Number one sisters.
I discovered something recently.
I grew up watching Mission Impossible. Have you ever seen that?
If you study this case, and many cases like it
notice what a law says unquote and yeah, you already know me know. It's 10 ibuka film in a van in the back that
will lead to just assume
oh you who believe stay away from most cases of suspicion because suspicion in some cases is a sense
What you saw here is what is called a sting operation.
They sin in every Masjid
That's been known for years. So it's one thing to have a spy. But there's another thing to have an agent provocateur.
What is an agent provocateur?
An agent comes in a spy comes in, and he watches the people. And he looks at any kind of tendency. And then they target those people. And then they're going to try to make them extremist.
years ago, I'll never forget.
I was in my Masjid
in a brother came to me a Muslim brother and said he mom. So Raj.
I know where you can get hand grenades.
So yeah, and why would you? Why would I want hand grenades?
He wanted me to bytes.
And had I said okay, where can you get hand grenades. The next thing you know, you'll be reading about mmm Suraj quarter off to jail somewhere.
They come in and they look at people now, can I can I be honest.
In my Masjid in New York City,
we have a couple of crazy brothers
And you can get those folks to do most everything.
And that's what they did to these brothers, these four Muslim brothers. Some of them weaken their faith. An agent provocateur came and said, let us blow up a temple let us blow up a church let us blow up a synagogue.
And so it was a sting operation and these brothers went to jail for 25 years. This case inshallah will go to the Supreme Court case, is the same old principle of coming into the masjid and radicalizing the people in the masjid.
I'm going to show you one more clip.
Brother show this clip.
Here's a man who was a agent and a foreman of the United States government. Even came to my Masjid, I knew the brother. And again, you should watch this movie. I'm going to show you a small clip. The brothers complaint now.
Talk when people came to my work today.
Don't say Please don't say story.
People came to my work today and talk to me.
don't like the word informed.
They want to make a big bus.
This is a
person of interest.
The FBI routinely uses informants to criminalize first amendment protected activity. And this is the same pattern that emerges in case after case after case
if something happens to me, but where does that leave my family?
I'm not in control of this.
They are in control of it.
What I want to do in the next few moments, brothers and sisters
is advice from one of your uncle's.
Think about this if you
think about these cases, and then we'll conclude
a lesson quarter
Oh you believe? Yeah you know the nominal Atilla wa t rasuluh.
Oh you believe, obey Allah and obey the messenger,
Ola Amata Min kume and those charged with authority among your internet XActo for sharing for rudo who is alive or soon in consuming only Bella while Yeoman Ashura and obey those charged with authority. If you differ with those charged with authority, refer it back to Allah and the messenger. If it is you believe in Allah and the Last Day,
you have a right to question authority.
The only one that we obey absolutely is Allah and His messenger. Everyone else. We have a right to ask questions. For instance, I was in South Africa, I'll never forget one morning. I was at the masjid for fudger prayer.
And when they were about to make this, this a lot, they turned out every light in the masjid.
And so we prayed the prayer when the prayer was over.
I talked to the brother next to me, I said, Brother, why did they turn off the lights? He says, I don't know.
You should ask the Imam. So I went to the Imam. I said, Hey, Mama, notice I'm from New York City. And I noticed that when you before you call the comma, you turn that all the lights? Why did you do that? He says, Oh he ma'am. Brother, this is what we do. I said, but why do you do it? He says that's just the way it is. So we have to be very careful that we are in fact obeying a lot in the messenger.
1400 years ago something happened and I think Allah blessed us for it to happen. So that the Prophet Alayhi salat wa salam could teach us a lesson.
The Prophet sent an answer, in head of a delegation and told the people to follow Him, obey him.
And he went.
And when he went on the expedition, he got angry at these people. And he said to them, did the Prophet say obey me? They said, Yes. He said, I order you to go get firewood, and they went and they got the firewood.
He said, Now I order you to light the fire, and they lit the fire.
And then he said, I order you to jump in the fire.
And they looked at one another.
And they looked at one another and said that we followed the prophet to stay away from the fire. So as they hesitated, the fire went out. In the anger of the men dissipated.
And the word got back to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon them. I want you to listen what the prophet said. There's three versions. One Muslim, two boccardi. I say all three of them. Number one, Muslim Hadith. The Prophet Alayhi salat wa salam said,
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Malhotra Joon Minh,
in the metadata field maruf had you gone in that file you would not have come out because obedience is only what is right.
Bukhari Hadith, a little bit different.
Load the Hulu, her Mahara Juha Ella Yeoman qiyamah
had you gone in there, you'd never would have come out until the day of judgment
in the middle of mellow Anima Tata filma Ruth, obedience is only that which is right and just and the last one is the scariest of the mall.
Loud duck Aloha. makara Juha Abba, in the metadata field maroof had you gone in that fire, you will never have come out for obedience is only that which is right, just unfair.
I've learned that all this that you see around us is nothing but a game.
It's a movie.
It ain't real.
And you brothers and sisters have to be very careful, because it's all an act.
How many of you saw in the movie mathematics?
When you have a movie, you have what is called the casting director. And the casting director is the one to make the determination who's going to play what role so the cast
Director decided that Denzel Washington will play Malcolm X and not Brad Pitt.
It is. When you look at the movie Malcolm X.
You said, Oh, this is Malcolm. No, that's not Malcolm.
It's a movie.
And these people, brothers and sisters, I'm telling you, we're dealing with people that's got an agenda. And the agenda is to destroy Islam is no question about that. If it's wrong for Muslims to attack innocent people, then it's wrong for non Muslims to attack Muslims. All of it is unjust. All of it is extreme. So our religion is a religion of balance. But balance is in the eye of the beholder.
There was a Muslim
living in New York City, a businessman, very successful. He decided that he wanted to run for Congress of the United States of America. Good Muslim brother. I helped them.
I took them to different Masjid. We raised money, we went on the radio, we went up, went on television. He didn't win, but he did very well.
He decided to go to Hajj to go to Mecca.
And when he came back, the first thing that I noticed that he had a beard
and he said to me,
mmm Suraj I used to think
that to pray five times a day would be extremely.
This brother turned his life around. Now he's a full fully practicing Muslim.
In London, I was there in August.
And after me, after Jamal Badawi
and another brother we spoke
in the in, in the question and answer period,
a Muslim school teacher stood up,
almost with tears in his eyes.
He said that we as school teachers must observe the Muslims in our class.
And if any Muslim in our class is becoming more righteous, we must report them.
Imagine how the students feel
that now they are under suspicion.
If now they want to practice their faith, they're under suspicion.
No, we are not radicals. But we are not gonna let someone define our faith. We're gonna be Muslims, all the days of our lives. We're gonna wear a hijab. We're gonna do everything that a Muslim supposed to do. But we're not going to be extreme. Be going to obey Allah and His Messenger began to be servants of Allah. And that's what it's all about. It's not about killing. It's about being servants of Allah, the Almighty. If we do that,
Allah will bless us. actual question, how many of you heard of Martin Luther King Jr? Raise your hand.
Did you know that in 1964, he got the Nobel Peace Prize.
Who can tell me? Where was Martin Luther King?
When he learned that he had won the Nobel Peace Prize, where was he?
Not Washington DC. Nowhere.
Jail. Excellent. But wrong.
Where was he?
What do you say?
I tell you where he was.
He was in a hospital.
He was exhausted.
And you know why he was exhausted. He was fighting for his people
And you know what his message was? non violence. When Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968. Did you know that there were 110 riots around the country that cause people to lose their lives, lose property, lose businesses.
I'm saying to you as I conclude
in Mecca, muscles wall pressed
and those 13 years Allah
Never, ever mentioned once, even about fighting back.
Allah was training his own man, training his own man to be servants of Allah, training them to do what Allah say do not to fight not to kill. It wasn't until after 13 years and migrated to Medina, then finally, Allah revealed in court and what caught the Lucy cccb de la allatheena, you caught the Luna Ko, well, I tried to do in the LA LA
and fight with those who fight against you. But don't go beyond the boundaries of Love, love, not those who go beyond the boundaries. The key is that we are servants of Allah, and we do what the law say, we're here in America, and we are going to make America better. We're not going to hide our faith. We're gonna show the light everywhere. I want to remind you, I want to remind you, I want to remind you, that the Prophet gave an example of what we are in.
We all in the same boat. He mentioned the bad people who tried to put a hole in the boat. He said, If you hold his hand, you will save him and you save yourself. If you let him go, you destroy him and you destroy yourself. We want America better. We want America hold and we are going to stand out and show the light of Islam and we're gonna do it without patience, I love and obedience to Allah and the messenger. May Allah bless all of you as salaam alaikum