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Yassir Fazaga

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One Ummah Conference 2011

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shaytani r rajim Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam O Allah Ashraful, ambia mursaleen shaffir and Muslim vino hubiera. Bilal Amin. Mohammed in Salvator, Beavis Allahu Allahu Allah, wa sahbihi Nepal hearing and the name of Allah, the Compassionate, The Most Merciful. Indeed, All praise is due to Allah we bear witness that no one is worthy of worship but Allah, and we bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is indeed his final messenger. The best of speech is the book of Allah on the basis of guidance is the guidance of Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam May Allah make us of those who listened to the best of speech,

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the Book of Allah unfolded the best of guidance, the guidance of our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, begin by greeting my brothers and sisters Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh who

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made the peace and the blessings and the mercy of Allah be upon you be upon your families, like also to start by praying for the people who will put this conference together the volunteers who are working outside XAML here, may Allah subhanaw taala reward them best. And I think that as our topic is about justice, it is very up

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evening by commending, acknowledging, congratulating and complimenting the people of Tunisia and the people of Egypt.

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That is very important.

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Because what has happened is

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these people have inspired us, they have revived hope in us that when people get up, when people truly stand up, they are unstoppable.

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And for this, appreciate and pay for the people of Tunisia, the people of Egypt, and definitely before that the people of Russia who taught us what it means to stand up.

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And like she hasn't said earlier, keeping also in our prayers, other people who are standing up for justice, be the people of Libya, the people of Yemen, be the people in Ecuador, be wherever they may be, if people are oppressed, may Allah Subhana Allah give them the strength to stand up.

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And it is no coincidence that the most repeated story in the Quran is the story of Musa alayhis salam. A figure like frown is mentioned 73 times in the Quran in 72 different sutras mostly met consumers because Freon is not just a historical figure later on is an everyday figure. But people need to look into the teachings and actions of masala his salon so that we are able to stand up for all the pharaohs who may come our way.

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And without justice, we cannot really have a civil civilization or a civilized society.

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That is why the Quran in its approach to talking about justice, the poor antics a very unique style

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in talking about it. For example, the Quran begins introducing justice as one of the attributes of Allah subhanho wa Taala that Allah Himself one of his attributes is that he is just, Shaheed Allahu Allah, Allahu Allah.

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Or even bill Crist. Allah bears witness. The angels will witness those who are endowed with knowledge and insight they all bear witness that Allah stands firmly for the justice. Yeah.

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Oh my servant, I have declared it illegal upon myself that I be unjust to you with an aroma and I have declared it illegal amongst yourself fell out of Allah. Therefore, do not oppress one another. oppression is wicked. oppression is evil. oppression destroys societies oppression destroys

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families as well. But keep in mind that when we speak about oppression, political oppression is only one kind of oppression. Domestic Violence is a kind of oppression.

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Elder abuse is a kind of oppression. Child abuse is a kind of oppression. Police Brutality is a kind of oppression. So when we speak of oppression, don't just go to the pharaohs up there. Like Napoleon said, said that most of the people who despise oppression, if they get the chance, they themselves will be the oppressors.

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The people who despise oppression, if they get the chance, they themselves will end up oppressing other people.

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So when we speak of oppression, we're not talking just this limited political oppression. We're talking about all kinds of oppression,

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police brutality.

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Public Enemy

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had the song.

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Don't ask me how do I know this?

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They have a song back in the 1980s. When rap music first started, no rap music back then actually had a division had a style, unlike what we see nowadays.

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So Public Enemy, one of the reasons why they were singing their lyrics had to do with police brutality.

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And in one of their songs, they would say, talking to the police officers, they said, You protect us from the criminals but who's going to protect us from you?

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You go to the police for protection. But what happens when the police are the thugs?

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What happens when the police are the gangsters? Where do you go at that point?

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So oppression creates chaos, resentment, anger, discontentment. So a lot begins by saying people I have made it illegal operate is so bad, that I have declared it illegal upon myself and I am declaring it to be illegal amongst you people.

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When the companions came from avicennia, from habersham, that's my hometown, by the way.

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The Prophet peace upon him gathered his companions. And he said, you know, why don't you tell me about the amazing strange things that you have seen in Habesha in that part of the world.

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And this companion said, Oh, Prophet of Allah. One day I was sitting, and I saw this incident,

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an old woman that was carrying her belongings on her head.

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And she was struggling with it. And she was walking by

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when a young man riding a horse came next to her. And for the sake of fun, he tipped over whatever it is that she was getting. She fell down on everything that she was getting fell down as well. And he was laughing.

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She got up and she looked at him. And she said, Yeah, Luca,

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Luca Mahajan is a jealous and medical Allah cracy for Muslim women of volume. She said, Oh, you jerk. Tomorrow when the almighty sits on his throne to avenge from to avenge the oppressed from the oppressor, you will see what will happen between us.

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And the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam was so moved by the statement of that woman.

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And he said, this at home. He said that no society can ever grow, can ever Norrish can ever come up, like for the Wii,

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or Wii era mutata said that no society can flourish, when the weak amongst them are too afraid of asking for any of their rights from the elites said that society would not flourish.

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And this is what we see nowadays. A lot of elites who are in charge of the affairs of the masses, with the masses have no say they are led by these self serving interest elites who are absolutely good for nothing but spreading corruption.

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Such a society is not worthy of this. It's not worthy of nourishment flourish, men are coming up.

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Second Stein that the Quran takes is the Quran emphasizes that one of the reasons why Allah sent messengers is that so that people would uphold justice

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The unit once.

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The test that we have sent Our Messengers was clear science and the book so that people may uphold justice. Why did Allah send moose Ali Salaam so that people may learn about justice? Why did Allah sent ECM Warhammer, Joseph Jacob any of the messengers so that people may uphold justice?

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Because justice, when people speak about Liberty and Justice and the pursuit of happiness islamically speaking, there is nothing wrong with these statements. But what happens is, these statements sound very good. And it's not in the sound of the statement where goodness is, goodness truly is in the application of that statement.

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So the court does not look for these flowery statements, self congratulatory statements that societies make about themselves, but rather it looks into the application of what it is that these societies make out of what is being sent. So Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was sent, so that people may uphold justice. Anytime there is injustice, Islam cannot be the

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misunderstanding of what we think Islam is. But anytime injustice exists, it can never be done in the name of Islam.

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But remember this, my brothers and sisters,

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that in order for us to explore it, which is a major disease that is taking place nowadays in the world, with all the foreign deaths, that you know, third world countries have, there is a great book out there of really, really love for you to read, written by a man named john Perkins confessions of an

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Economic Hitman, where his job was to get third world countries in debts that they knew that they cannot afford to pay back.

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And what you do at that point is that you get a hold of people, because now they are under your control, they cannot afford the debt. So they start making concessions. And that is why it's the parent of law and daddies that is reported by Bharani, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught a Philomena de nitesh hora borrow less, you live a free man. You know, nowadays with the plastic money that we have, just go left and right, we buy stuff. I love that definition of the credit card when somebody said a credit card is nothing but a tool by which we buy things we don't need. With money, we don't have a price we can't afford to impress people we don't even like.

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So this idea

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about exploiting people, and you can be very civilized about it. In a very slick about it and by the end of the day, it really is injustice no matter what we call it.

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Third style that the Quran uses, Quran emphasizes that justice is an absolute value. Let me explain.

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Absolute value means that there is no example where it is okay not to render that value. For example, being truthful, never lying, that is a value but it is not necessarily an absolute value because there are remote conditions where lying might be okay.

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But when it comes to justice, the core and a false justice is an absolute value, there is never an exception to it.

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See, what happens is that when things are good, you know, as they say, being good to those who are good to you does not make you good.

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laughing when your tickle does not make you funny, or a fun person.

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All of that that does not make you that being just when everything is okay does not make you just truly our justice is tested into circumstances when we are moved by emotions and motives. Either the emotion of hate or the motive of love.

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So Allah said, Wait a minute, you uphold justice, no matter what, even if it be in favor of your enemies, you uphold justice.

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You uphold justice whenever

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even if it be against your own self because justice is an absolute value. You uphold justice, even if it is not in the benefit of those who are closest to you, be they their family members, your loved ones, your the cronies who hang around, none of that. Justice is an absolute value.

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It must be render even if it be in the benefit of your enemies you render justice. Justice is an absolute value.

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And then believers are called to it.

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Believers are invited in the urn. Yeah, you have levina ermanno. Or you who believe. And the minute you hear that, it means pay attention. If you claim to be one of them, then you better pay attention to what happens next. What is going next? Allah Subhana, Allah invites us. Khun awami Neville coast, said, stand up for justice, Shahada and Illa as witnesses for a law, stand up for justice, the believers are invited. Sometimes we are guilty of what we call group selfishness. Because selfishness may just be something that concerns me, especially in this culture that we are living in, there is a great book I think you will enjoy out there. It's called the epidemic of narcissism.

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And that is said that the way that the culture is nowadays, it is just breeding and growing. A lot of people who are narcissistic, people who are self centered, they only care about me, myself and I. So what happens is, now there is this idea of group selfishness, as a group, as long as it doesn't have to then think was the Muslims then handle it, none of our business. That is not acceptable, my brothers and sisters, that is not acceptable. And we have a tendency to do that. Police brutality, African Americans have been suffering from police brutality. And nobody spoke about it. Because we think that look, as long as it's not us, that's fine.

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Mexican Americans, people from Haiti have been suffering from discrimination when it comes to immigration. Look, as long as it's not us, we really don't care. But now the minute you see that, you know, the Muslims are the ones who are suffering from this. Now we are all up in arms. And how come? And how can this and how can that know how come we did not speak up when other people were suffering from it is really the question.

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So when Allah invites the believers, it does not say stand up for justice, when it's in the benefit of the believers know it stand up for justice period, wherever it is happening, to stand up for justice.

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But then see brothers and sisters, we can talk all these sweet things about justice and what the Quran said about justice. But it will be very difficult to continue on, without really defining what justice is, was beautifully defined by a theologian by the name of Al farabi. And farabi argued that justice is the ethics of sharing. It is the ethics of sharing. And he argues that no good is good if it's only good for you.

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The greatest of goods, the best of goods, or shared goods. What good is your health if people around you are not healthy, it further enhances your health that the people around you be healthy. So it's not good to just be healthy yourself. It enhances your own health, that you make sure that the people around you are healthy. What good is your freedom to express yourself, share your ideas. If the people around you cannot express themselves, or share their ideas. Because when people talk and share their ideas, their ideas, broaden our horizon, increases our understanding deepens the depth of our wisdom and intellectual ability. We are intellectually tickled when we hear people's other

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you know, other people's ideas.

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So he said, no good is good. If it's only good for you. What good is your wealth if people around you do not have

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wealth to be sharing with you? Because we have all got this erroneous mentality that says, in order for me to win, somebody else has to lose.

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In order for me to gain somebody else has to lose, and that is a sick mentality. So he said that it is really the ethics of sharing. And very quickly, what are we supposed to share?

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It is emphasized that we have to share five things, sharing them with lead into the implementation of justice. Number one, we have to share status,

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social status, what does that mean? It doesn't mean that we all have to be first class citizens or this now, what we mean by social status is that the acknowledgement that every human being is the holder of human dignity and integrity unconditionally.

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Brothers and sisters, this is very deep, to actually develop the understanding that every single human being is unconditionally. He is inherently by the mere fact that he is a human being, he is immediately a holder of human dignity and integrity. The Quran says, well,

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Benny Adam, we have indeed honored all the children of Adam, no exception.

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And when we say not exception, not exception, Allah did not only honor the Muslims, or the Arabs, or the men, or the whites, or the rich, or the young, or the old, or a law honored all the children of Adam,

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on all the children of Adam, absolutely no exception. The people that you hate most, they've been honored by Allah.

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You hated these, you hate what they do, but never forget, if the title Benny Adam, a child of Adam applies to them, then they are immediately holders of human dignity and integrity. And so, because of this, you know, the Quran does not appreciate this whole idea of the original sin.

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And the original sin is believed in own non Muslims, beliefs, theology,

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the original sin resides in the being of the individual, there is nothing that you can do to get rid of the that original sin. And that is why to have you have to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior in order for you to get rid of that original sin. And Islam says wait a minute, number one, sins are not inherited, they can only be committed by the individual.

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Number two, this is really beautiful. Islam says that since do not taint our being since taint our character our character is of our own choosing, but our being is from Allah and that being from Allah is always pure.

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This is beautiful.

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This is our Deen

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Allah to be taught look man Muslims non Muslims, every human being but karma bunny Adam and that's why we have this beautiful story I live in Abu Talib he is somebody you know, verbally abusing somebody else. And and he was just really just annoyed by the verbal abuse that was taking place. So, at least

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in the

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event

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I said my brother, he may not be a Muslim, but he is your equal in humanity. He is your equal in humanity when it comes to that nobody is superior or inferior to anybody else. So we have to share status, not look down upon women not look down upon those who have got different pigmentations from us or because they have less money than we do. And this is where we really need to be honest, my brothers and sisters within our Muslim culture, some of us are sexist.

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Some of us are racist, and we have to acknowledge this not that we approve of it but we say Look man, this is in our society and it really does not belong there. People go to hygiene they come back they ask them how was had man had was tight I saw people from all walks of life I saw black people red people, you know yellow people green people, and they come back and they still racist.

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They go there appeared like we were all celebrating our diversity. You go as a racist you come back and you still are racist and then you come back man had was tight.

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Not your head.

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Or people would go So what was the most difficult man going between Safa and Marwa man that was tough man.

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It took the longest time it was the most tiring. So your Hajj was the commemoration of something that a woman did. It was the most tiring for you. It was the most difficult and it was most time consuming. You were sexist before you went to had you went there and the most difficult part was imitating a woman you come back and you still sexist, then you say man had was tight.

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So this idea of sharing status. And so that is why before we exploit people, what we have to do is that we have to dehumanize them. See, we human beings are funny people. We're all people. That's very redundant, but we humans can be very funny sometimes. In order for us

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to

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when we are exploiting other people, there is got to be some process that we have to take. And we have to do something about this status. We have to make sure that these people do not share the status with us.

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So what we do is that we dehumanize them, we deem them to be less humans than we

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We are. And the easiest thing to do to dehumanize people is to give them a label, put a label on them, call them niggers, and that is the end of the story.

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Call them Gentiles. That's the end of the story. Call them infidels. That's the end of the story, call them Catholics. And that's the end of the story. So you take these, this label, you dehumanize the people, and then you make it morally okay for you to exploit the people. When Europeans first came to North America, Howard Zinn tells this story in his book,

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he said that a group of indo Europeans were discussing amongst themselves,

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because when they came in, they had to deal with the it was it was okay for them to kill the the, the Indians, or the natives. But then they had the problem was the children. They were not sure what to do with the children, because they were arguing do these children have? Do they have a soul or do they not have a soul?

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And they finally said that they do have a soul. So they must be worthy of baptism. So they've got to be baptized. And the argument was, should we baptize them or not baptize them. So they finally decided that they were going to hold the babies with their feet, dip them in the water, baptize them, take them, throw them against the wall, or throw them against the tree and kill them, but at least we baptized them before we call them

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a process of dehumanization. you deem them to be less humans than you are. That is why they said the West does not have a problem with human rights violations. I don't believe that the West Mashallah they're very good when it comes to human rights violations. The problem is not with their human rights violations. The problem is in whom they define to be human.

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Once you are admitted to be human, then you cannot be violated. But the problem is, do you really see me as your equal.

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So in order for us to truly uphold justice, this idea must really be ingrained in us that every single human being is always a holder of human dignity and integrity, brothers and sisters, no exception. locker room nanny, Adam, there is no exception.

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Second thing that we have to share

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is that we have to share wealth.

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If you believe that I am a holder of human dignity and integrity,

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you must work in providing me a life that really reflects your belief that I am a holder of human dignity and integrity, wealth, money, money, talks, money kills.

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Money, man, people were just after money left and right. All wars are economic.

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Motivated by greed, the idea of increasing mindshare at the expense of somebody else's share. That's what's leading to wickedness. When people can sit on piles of gold, and other people are dying.

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Remember, this speech was delivered by somebody he came in. He said, by the way, every three, every three seconds, there is a baby dying in the world because of starvation, or starvation related diseases. And then what that person did was he went like that.

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A baby died.

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Oh, let's do it again.

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Another baby died.

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Well, this is how quick it's happening.

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By the time that we are done, many babies that need not to die will be dying, not because there isn't enough for us. But there is so much greed that is going on that it leaves very little for the rest of us.

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How do we explain that the US hosting 5% of the total population of the world, yet spending 50% of what other people spend on military military equipment? How do you make sense of that?

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How do you make sense of that?

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Why is it that 20% of the people of the world enjoy 86% of the resources of the world.

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I was watching TV last night I was watching the news about poverty in Egypt.

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And they said that some people who sell fruits, the guy who is selling the fruits cannot even afford to taste his own food because it's that expensive.

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will lie some people in the Philippines. They grow fruits they themselves the guy is putting his sweat and day and time and effort in

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labor in it, they cannot take some of that fruit to their own families.

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Because what has happened is that a group of elite corporations, the Halliburton, the tactiles, all these big corporations, they've decided that they want to make more money at the expense of the little people.

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So wealth must be shared.

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Number three power has to be shared, having a say in your destiny,

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having your voice be heard. What good is it that you believe that I am a holder of human dignity and integrity, but I have to keep my mouth shut?

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What good? Is it? The people who are revolting nowadays in Egypt, and Libya, in Algeria, in all these places, what is it that they're saying? Yeah, some of them are revolting, because just the oppression man. Why would you be why would you be ruling for so long? What makes you so unique, so different, so special?

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That you think that there is nobody else to do what you're doing?

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But Subhan Allah Subhana Allah, you know what they say that if you look into the psychology of around in the Quran, one thing that you will see very clear about him is the narcissism in this person, that these people are just so self centered, so admiring their own selves. When he says hon Allah. I am indeed the highest deity that you have. I'm your Lord. He would say that would equal outcome in law. I only want you to see what I see. And you know, when you look into the story of somebody like Zen and Aberdeen, go see dictators never learned

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dictators, the one that passed away the ones that will inshallah pass away inshallah inshallah very soon in our lifetime, Europa. Al Ameen.

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Say, I mean, don't laugh, say I mean, we want them gone.

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Okay.

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This man, they've seen Chow Cisco before them. They didn't learn. They saw Carlos, they did not learn. They saw Noriega, they did not learn. They see all these people around them, and they don't get it. It was Subhanallah then at the end, the guy from Tunisia. You know, he's been serving his masters in France for so long. His plane takes off and he goes, can I land? No You can you too toxic. Nobody wants to come close to you. The guy kept begging, he's up suspended up there. He's begging Can I please land and people said no.

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One place he was running out of gas. They said, well, you can come in and get gas and you know, get out. This is the guy that thought that he had all this idea of power.

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They love this, you know, power and the ability to control everything, everything.

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their aspirations, that is wicked,

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for them to share environment.

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Look, man, this whole planet earth belongs to all of us.

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It's all of us. Yes, we will be ethnically related to one place, geographically being born in one place, but by the end of the day, it is all ours.

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That we love it and we be loved by it. Love that Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam will confirm

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that this earth is your mother be good to it.

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And that leads us into that final point and that is sharing responsibility. We cannot just expect others to do without us wanting to participate, wanting to contribute and what better ways means of contributing then contributing to the encouragement of justice? We want to do that brothers and sisters. Let us make sure that wherever justice is that we take an active role in participating in that encouraging justice maximizing justice, please do so. Let us volunteer. Let us donate blood. volunteer at the soup kitchens, volunteer at the homeless shelters. Let's just be the big brother.

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Maybe you can tutor maybe can help recent recent immigrants who come to this country and they have no means of getting around. That is all part of facilitating for justice. That is how we manifest that we really believe that everybody around me is a holder of human dignity and integrity. That is how we do it.

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Let me tell you in sha Allah In conclusion,

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what the people of Egypt have taught me and taught all of us

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Number one,

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Pharaoh appears very strong.

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The Pharaoh initially appears very strong, they are just undestructible. There is nothing that you can do to the Pharaoh.

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But Malcolm X said it so beautifully. By the way, it's Black History Month.

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Okay, so Malcolm X said it beautifully.

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He said, and I'm paraphrasing here, he said that what oppressors do is that they don't make you look at them.

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They make you look at their shadow.

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And you know that at times, the shadow is much bigger than the actual person.

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But then Malcolm said, the closer you get to the monster,

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the smaller the monster becomes.

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The closer you get to the monster,

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the smaller the monster becomes.

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Decades may go back, decades may go by and nothing happens. And in a week, decades may happen.

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And this is what we have seen. Decades went by, nothing happened in one week, decades happen.

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So number one is it's really possible.

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But do not be busy and afraid because of how big the shadow of the monster looks. But rather be motivated by the goodness of your own press what it is that you are pursuing justice and liberty for all, not liberty for some liberty for all.

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The power of numbers, I love this the power of numbers. Numbers are beautiful. In fact, numbers in the Quran are mentioned as an Scaroni amatola Allah

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is going to Allah Mustafa will remember the boundary of Allah on you, you worry very few in numbers and people would just take advantage of you. But then a lot increased your Allah reminded the people of add kisara can make you big in numbers. But what good are the numbers? If the people are not there was beautifully said that one scholar was invited to give a speech. And when he came to give the speech, you know, the organizers really worked very hard to get as many people into, you know, for the event. So he came there. And you know, the people who attended the event were very few numbers. So the organizers were very disappointed. So he looked at them and he looked at the

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organizers and he said people do not be disappointed by our numbers.

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We are not looking for numbers amongst the faithful. We are looking for faith amongst the numbers.

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We are not looking for numbers amongst the faithful. We are looking for faith amongst the numbers. Change never took place because the majority wanted it. Change always takes place because there was a committed minority behind it.

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And then the whole idea of just a beautiful usage of technology.

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No, I don't like to say that this was a Facebook revolution. No, this revolution was the people's revolution.

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But the people who had access to the net had access to the social media, they really did excellent job with it and for that we commend them. So technology is not bad. It's what we make out of it. We can either use it or misuse it.

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And then this point, and I wish to spend some time on this point.

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Peaceful

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please pay attention to this

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peaceful opposition,

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peaceful standing up for oppression that is very important. See, you cannot be seeking a mobile end with unknowable means.

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If we are going to seek a noble mission, then we make sure that throughout the way all the actions that we take are mobile. We cannot use the same means of the oppressor to fight the oppressor. That just makes us oppressors but on the other side.

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So I love the idea that people were demonstrating in the most peaceful of ways. And they said it's not blood that we are here for we are willing to give our blood for this, but we are not here to spill people's blood. So Panama is one of the most beautiful parts of the story of Musa and Sharon is that a lot invites for on that. One of the missions of Musa alayhis salaam is to go to Pharaoh

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I'll invite him back, because they say that it is very easy to win over your enemy. But truly the mission ought to be to win your enemy over.

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Listen to this, it's very easy to win over your enemy. But truly the mission ought to be to win your enemy off.

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And I'm looking into what has been accomplished in 18 days, the least the least amount of violence taking place. And I'm just thinking, How foolish it is to be a suicide bomber.

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There is nothing heroic about a suicide bomber will lie there is nothing heroic about killing innocent civilians. There is nothing heroic about wanting to bring a civilian airplane down. There is nothing he wrote about that. And we should not be afraid of saying it. Not because it's pretty politically correct, or the media might be watching. No man because we believe it.

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Not only do we believe it as theology as an ideology, but also practically speaking, we have seen it.

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It was not the killing that did it. It was not the bombing that did it. It was the peaceful demonstrations that we saw that really did it.

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And Subhanallah the people who died, over 300 people gave their lives in this beautiful revolution. May Allah Subhana Allah bless their souls, Europa alameen. What we see there is this promotion of martyrdom. martyrdom is not just about dying, it is about dying, so that somebody else can live.

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It is about me giving my life so that I can make somebody else's life easier. And at that point, that is martyrdom.

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There is really nothing heroic about just going on a on a suicide mission and doing all the foolishness that we see around us.

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So like I said, we see this, applaud the people, and definitely pray for the people who are disappointed are pursuing justice, the people of Libya, man, that dictator has been there forever.

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While law he has been in power longer than I have been in this world.

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And I am old.

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And it is really time for all the slugs to go.

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They really need to go. However, and I promise you this is my final thought here.

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They say that revolution does not end when we get rid of the dictator.

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True revolution begins when we get rid of the dictator.

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What is going to become of us?

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Who are we going to become mission accomplished? part of the mission has been accomplished. We got rid of them. But now the question is what is going to become of us? This was something that the Africans used to say, you know, they would fight to liberate themselves from the colonization of the Europeans, wicked colonization of the Europeans where they did nothing but absolutely deplete the resources of the Africans. They would say that true revolution does not end when the colonizer leaves through revolution truly begins when the colonizer has left. My last hand to Allah keep on strengthening the people of Egypt. Give them the wisdom that goes to the people of Tunisia as well.

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empower the people of Libya, empower the people who are working in bringing about justice and getting rid of the injustice that will have a Holla Holla Holla Holla Sina Mohammed Salah Monaco la vaca

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Pinochet Blanca rajim Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala MV mursaleen shaffir nibi no hubiera al amin, Mohammed and Salvator Beavis. Allahu Allahu Allah Allahu wa sahbihi Nepal hearing and the name of Allah, the Compassionate the

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Most Merciful. Indeed All praise is due to Allah we bear witness that no one is worthy of worship but Allah, and we bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is indeed his final messenger. The best of speech is the book of Allah and the best of guidance is the guidance of Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam May Allah make us of those who listened to the best of speech, the Book of Allah unfolded the best of guidance, the guidance of our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. I began by greeting my brothers and sisters Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh, who

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made the peace and the blessings and the mercy of Allah be upon you be upon your families, like also to start by praying for the people who will put this conference together the volunteers who are working outside XAML here, may Allah subhanaw taala reward them best. And I think that as our topic is about justice, it is very

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evening by commending, acknowledging, congratulating and complimenting the people of Tunisia and the people of Egypt.

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That is very important.

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Because what has happened is

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these people have inspired us, they have revived hope in us that when people get up, when people truly stand up, they are unstoppable.

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And for this, appreciate and pay for the people of Tunisia, the people of Egypt, and definitely before that the people of Russia who taught us what it means to stand up.

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And like she hasn't said earlier, keeping also in our prayers are the people who are standing up for justice, be the people of Libya, the people of Yemen, be the people in Ecuador, be wherever they may be, if people are oppressed, may Allah Subhana Allah give them the strength to stand up.

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And it is no coincidence that the most repeated story in the Quran is the story of Musa alayhis salam. A figure like frown is mentioned 73 times in the Quran in 72, different suris mostly makansutra

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because Iran is not just a historical figure, for our own is an everyday figure. But people need to look into the teachings and actions of Mashallah his salam, so that we are able to stand up for all the pharaohs who may come our way.

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And without justice, we cannot really have a civil civilization or a civilized society.

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That is why the Quran in its approach to talking about justice, the forum takes a very unique style in talking about it. For example, the Quran begins introducing justice as one of the attributes of Allah subhanho wa Taala. That Allah Himself one of his attributes is that he is just, Shaheed Allahu Allah, Allahu Allah.

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Or even Bill chryst Allah bears witness, the angels will witness those who are endowed with knowledge and insight, they all bear witness that Allah stands firmly for the justice. Yeah.

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Oh my servant, I have declared it illegal upon myself that I be unjust to you which

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Rama and I have declared it illegal amongst yourself fell out of Allah. Therefore, do not oppress one another. oppression is wicked.

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oppression is evil. oppression destroys societies or present destroys families as well. But keep in mind that when we speak about oppression, political oppression is only one kind of oppression. Domestic Violence is a kind of oppression.

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Elder abuse is a kind of oppression. Child abuse is a kind of oppression. Police Brutality is a kind of oppression. So when we speak of oppression, don't just go to the pharaohs up there. Like Napoleon said, said that most of the people who despise oppression if they get the chance they themselves will be the oppressors.

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The people who despise oppression, if they get the chance, they themselves will end up oppressing other people.

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So when we speak

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oppression. We're not talking just this limited political oppression we're talking about all kinds of oppression,

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police brutality.

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Public Enemy

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had a song.

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Don't ask me how do I know this?

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They have a song back in the 1980s when rap music first started, no rap music back then actually had a division had a style, unlike what we see nowadays.

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So Public Enemy, one of the reasons why they were singing their lyrics have to do with police brutality.

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And in one of their songs, they would say, talking to the police officers, they said, You protect us from the criminals but who's going to protect us from you?

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You go to the police for protection. But what happens when the police are the fox?

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What happens when the police are the gangsters? Where do you go at that point?

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So oppression creates chaos, resentment, anger, discontentment. So a lot begins by saying people, I have made it illegal. It is so bad that I have declared it illegal upon myself and I am declaring it to be illegal amongst you people.

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When the companions came from avicennia, from Habesha, that's my hometown, by the way.

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The Prophet peace upon him gathered his companions. And he said, you know, why don't you tell me about the amazing strange things that you have seen inhabit in that part of the world.

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And this companion said, Oh, Prophet of Allah. One day I was sitting, and I saw this incident,

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an old woman that was carrying her belongings on her head.

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And she was struggling with it. And she was walking by

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when a young man riding a horse, came next to her. And for the sake of fun, he tipped over whatever it is that she was getting. She fell down, and everything that she was getting fell down as well. And he was laughing.

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She got up and she looked at him. And she said, Yeah, Luca,

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Luca, Salah Mahajan is a GLSL medical inaccuracy

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of Lumina volume. She said, Oh, you jerk. Tomorrow when the almighty sits on his throne to avenge from to avenge the oppressed from the oppressor, you will see what will happen between us.

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And the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam was so moved by the statement of that woman.

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And he said Lockwood this at home. He said that no society can ever grow, can ever Norrish can ever come up, like for the Wii, Hawaii for a home in an era mutata said that no society can flourish, when the weak amongst them are too afraid of asking for any of the rights from the elites said that society would not flourish.

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And this is what we see nowadays. A lot of elites who are in charge of the affairs of the masses, with the masses have no say they are led by these self serving interest elites who are absolutely good for nothing but spreading corruption.

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Such a society is not worthy of tardies, it's not worthy of nourishment flourish, men are coming up.

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Second time that the Quran takes is the Quran emphasizes that one of the reasons why Allah sent messengers is that so that people would uphold justice

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the unit, ones in

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the human nashoba just so that we have sent our messengers with clear signs and the book so that people may uphold justice. Why did Allah send moose Ali Salaam so that people may learn about justice? Why did Allah sent Isa Mohammed Joseph Jacob any of the messengers so that people may uphold justice?

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Because justice when people speak about Liberty and Justice and the pursuit of happiness islamically speaking there is nothing wrong with these statements. But what happens is, these statements sound very good. And it's not in the sound of the statement where goodness is, goodness truly is in the application of that statement.

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So the Quran does not look

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These flowery statements, self congratulatory statements that societies make about themselves. But rather it looks into the application of what it is that these societies make out of what is being sent. So Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was sent, so that people may uphold justice. Anytime there is injustice, Islam cannot be the

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misunderstanding of what we think Islam is. But anytime injustice exists, it can never be done in the name of Islam.

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But remember this, my brothers and sisters,

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that in order for us to exploit, which is a major disease that is taking place nowadays in the world, with all the foreign deaths, that you know, third world countries have, there is a great book out there of really, really love for you to read, written by a man named john Perkins confessions of an

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Economic Hitman, where his job was to get third world countries in debts that they knew that they cannot afford to pay back.

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And what you do at that point is that you get a hold of people, because now they are under your control, they cannot afford the debt. So they start making concessions. And that is once upon a law that is reported by Bharani. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught me that they need to

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borrow less, you live a free man. You know, nowadays with the plastic money that we have, just go left and right, we buy stuff. I love that definition of the credit card when somebody said a credit card is nothing but a tool by which we buy things we don't need. With money, we don't have a price we can't afford to impress people we don't even like.

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So this idea

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about exploiting people, and you can be very civilized about it, you know, very slick about it. And by the end of the day, it really is injustice no matter what we call it.

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Third style that the Quran uses, Quran emphasizes that justice is an absolute value. Let me explain.

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Absolute value means that there is no example where it is okay not to render that value. For example, being truthful, never lying, that is a value, but it is not necessarily an absolute value, because there are remote conditions where lying might be okay.

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But when it comes to justice, the false justice is an absolute value, there is never an exception to it.

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See, what happens is that when things are good, you know, as they say, being good to those who are good to you does not make you good.

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laughing when your tickle does not make you funny, or a fun person.

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All of that that does not make you that being just when everything is okay does not make you just truly our justice is tested into circumstances when we are moved by emotions and motives. Either the emotion of hate, or the motive of love.

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So Allah said, Wait a minute, you uphold justice, no matter what, even if it be in favor of your enemies, you uphold justice.

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You uphold justice whenever

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even if it be against your own self, because justice is an absolute value. You uphold justice, even if it is not in the benefit of those who are closest to you, be they their family members, your loved ones, your the cronies who hang around none of that. Justice is an absolute value. It must be rendered even if it be in the benefit of your enemies, you render justice, Justice is an absolute value.

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And then believers are called to it.

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Believers are invited in the urn. Yeah, you have Lavina ermanno. Or you who believe. And the minute you hear that, it means pay attention. If you claim to be one of them, then you better pay attention to what happens next. What is going next Allah subhanaw taala invites us goon, a woman who just said stand up for justice, Shahada and Illa as witnesses for a law. Stand up for justice. The believers are invited. Sometimes we are guilty of what we call group selfishness.

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selfishness may just be something that concerns me, especially in this culture that we are living in. There is a great book I think you will enjoy out there. It's called the epidemic of narcissism. And that is that the way that the culture is nowadays, it is just breeding and growing, a lot of people who are narcissistic, people who are self centered, they only care about me, myself and I. So what happens is, now there is this idea of group selfishness, as a group, as long as it doesn't have to do anything with the Muslims than ham delights, none of our business. That is not acceptable, my brothers and sisters, that is not acceptable. And we have a tendency to do that. Police brutality,

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African Americans have been suffering from police brutality. And nobody spoke about it. Because we think that look, as long as it's not us, that's fine.

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Mexican Americans, people from Haiti have been suffering from discrimination when it comes to immigration. Look, as long as it's not us, we really don't care. But now the minute you see that, you know, the Muslims are the ones who are suffering from this. Now we are all up in arms. And how common How come this? And how come that know, how come? We did not speak up when other people were suffering from it is really the question.

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So when Allah invites the believers, it does not say stand up for justice, when it's in the benefit of the believers know it stand up for justice period, wherever it is happening, to stand up for justice.

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But then see brothers and sisters, we can talk all these sweet things about justice, and what the Quran said about justice. But it will be very difficult to continue on, without really defining what justice is, was beautifully defined by a theologian by the name of Al farabi. And farabi argued that justice is the ethics of sharing. It is the ethics of sharing. And he argues that no good is good, if it's only good for you.

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The good rest of goods, the best of goods or shared goods, what good is your health, if people around you are not healthy, it further enhances your health that the people around you be healthy. So it's not good to just be healthy yourself. It enhances your own health, that you make sure that the people around you are healthy. What good is your freedom to express yourself, share your ideas. If the people around you cannot express themselves, or share their ideas. Because when people talk and share their ideas, their ideas, broaden our horizon, increases our understanding deepens the depth of our wisdom and intellectual ability. We are intellectually tickled when we hear people's

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other you know, other people's ideas.

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So he said, no good is good, if it's only good for you. What good is your wealth, if people around you do not have

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wealth to be sharing with you, because we have all got this erroneous mentality that says, in order for me to win, somebody else has to lose. In order for me to gain somebody else has to lose. And that is a sick mentality.

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So he said that it is really the ethics of sharing. And very quickly, what are we supposed to share?

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It is emphasized that we have to share five things, sharing them with lead into the implementation of justice. Number one, we have to share status,

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social status, what does that mean? It doesn't mean that we all have to be first class citizens or this know, what we mean by social status is that the acknowledgement that every human being is the holder of human dignity and integrity unconditionally.

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Brothers and sisters, this is very deep, to actually develop the understanding that every single human being is unconditionally, he is inherently by the mere fact that he is a human being, he is immediately a holder of human dignity and integrity. The Quran says, well,

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Adam, we have indeed on all the children of Adam, no exception.

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And when we say no exception, no exception. Allah did not only honor the Muslims, or the Arabs, or the men or the wife, or the rich or the young or the old or Allah honored all the children of Adam.

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On all the children of Adam, absolutely no exception. The people that you hate most they've been honored by Allah

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you hated these

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You hate what they do, but never forget, if the title Benny Adam, a child of Adam applies to them, then they are immediately holders of human dignity and integrity. And so, because of this, you know, the Quran does not appreciate this whole idea of the original sin.

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And the original sin is believed in on non Muslims, beliefs, theology,

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the original sin resides in the being of the individual, there is nothing that you can do to get rid of the that original sin. And that is why to have you have to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior in order for you to get rid of that original sin. And Islam says wait a minute. Number one, sins are not inherited, they can only be committed by the individual.

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Number two, this is really beautiful. Islam says that since do not taint our being since taint our character, our character is of our own choosing, but our being is from Allah and that being from Allah is always pure.

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This is beautiful.

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This is our Dean

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Rolla to be taught, Look, man, Muslims, non Muslims, every human being at karma bunny Adam. And that's why we have this beautiful story. I live in Harlem, he is somebody you know, verbally abusing somebody else. And he was just really just annoyed by the verbal abuse that was taking place. So at least he said he has a

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Muslim and

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I said my brother, he may not be a Muslim, but he is your equal in humanity. He is your equal in humanity, when it comes to that nobody is superior or inferior to anybody else. So we have to share status, not look down upon women not look down upon those who have got different pigmentations from us, or because they have less money than we do. And this is where we really need to be honest, my brothers and sisters within our Muslim culture, some of us are sexist.

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Some of us are racist, and we have to acknowledge this, not that we approve of it, but we say Look, man, this is in our society and it really does not belong there. People go to Hajj and they come back they asked him how was had man had was tight. I saw people from all walks of life I saw black people, red people, you know, yellow people, green people, and they come back and they still racist.

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They go there appeared like we were all celebrating our diversity. You go as a racist, you come back and you still are racist. And then you come back man had was tight.

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Not your head.

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Or people would go So what was the most difficult man going between so far? And what one man that was tough man.

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It took the longest time it was the most tiring. So your Hajj was the commemoration of something that a woman did. It was the most tiring for you. It was the most difficult and it was most time consuming. You were sexist before you went to had you went there. And the most difficult part was imitating a woman you come back and you still sexist? Then you say man had was tight.

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So this idea of sharing status, and some handler That is why before we exploit people, what we have to do is that we have to dehumanize them. See, we human beings are funny people. We're all people, that's very redundant. But we humans can be very funny sometimes. In order for us

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to

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when we are exploiting other people, there has got to be some process that we have to take. And we have to do something about this status, we have to make sure that these people do not share the status with us.

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So what we do is that we dehumanize them, we deem them to be less humans than we are. And the easiest thing to do to dehumanize people is to give them a label, put a label on them, call them niggers, and that is the end of the story.

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Call them Gentiles. That's the end of the story. Call them and for those that's the end of the story, call them Catholics and that's the end of the story. So you take these, this label, you dehumanize the people and then you make it morally okay for you to exploit the people. When Europeans first came to North America, Howard Zinn tells this story in his book.

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He said that a group of you know Europeans were discussing amongst themselves

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because when they came in, they had to deal with the it was it was okay for them to kill the the the Indians or the natives but then they

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The problem was the children, they were not sure what to do with the children, because they were arguing do these children have? Do they have a soul? Or do they not have a soul?

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And they finally said that they do have a soul. So they must be worthy of baptism. So they've got to be baptized. And the argument was, should we baptize them or not baptize them. So they finally decided that they were going to hold the babies with their feet, dip them in the water, baptize them, take them, throw them against the wall, or throw them against the tree and killed them, but at least we baptize them before we killed them.

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A process of dehumanization, you deem them to be less humans than you are. That is why they said the West does not have a problem with human rights violations. I don't believe that the West Mashallah they're very good when it comes to human rights violations. The problem is not with their human rights violations. The problem is in whom they define to be human.

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Once you are admitted to be human, then you cannot be violated. But the problem is, do you really see me as your equal.

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So in order for us to truly uphold justice, this idea must really be ingrained in us that every single human being is always a holder of human dignity and integrity, brothers and sisters, no exception. locker room nanny, Adam, there is no exception.

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Second thing that we have to share

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is that we have to share wealth.

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If you believe that I am a holder of human dignity and integrity,

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you must work in providing me a life that really reflects your belief that I am a holder of human dignity and integrity, wealth, money, money, talks, money kills.

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Money, man, people were just after money left and right. All wars are economic.

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Motivated by greed, the idea of increasing mindshare at the expense of somebody else's shale. That's what's leading to wickedness. When people can sit on piles of gold, and other people are dying.

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Remember, this speech was delivered by somebody he came in. He said, by the way, every three, every three seconds, there is a baby dying in the world because of starvation, or starvation related diseases. And then what that person did was he went like that.

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A baby died.

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Oh, let's do it again.

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Another baby died.

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Oh, this is how quick it's happening.

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By the time that we are done, many babies that need not to die will be dying, not because there isn't enough for us. But there is so much greed that is going on that it leaves very little for the rest of us.

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How do we explain that the US hosting 5% of the total population of the world, yet spending 50% of what other people spend on military military equipment? How do you make sense of that?

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How do you make sense of that?

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Why is it that 20% of the people of the world enjoy 86% of the resources of the world.

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I was watching TV last night I was watching the news about poverty in Egypt.

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And they said that some people who sell fruits, the guy who's selling the fruits cannot even afford to taste his own food because it's that expensive.

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Well, like some people in the Philippines, they grow fruits, they themselves the guy is putting his sweat and day and time and effort and labor in it. They cannot take some of that fruit to their own families.

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Because what has happened is that a group of elite corporations, the Halliburton, the tactiles, all these big corporations, they've decided that they want to make more money at the expense of the little people.

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So wealth must be shared.

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Number three power has to be shared. Having a say in your destiny.

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Having your voice be heard. What good is it that you believe that I am a holder of human dignity and integrity but I have to keep my mouth shut.

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What good is it? The people who are revolting nowadays in Egypt and Libya in Algeria. No

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All these places, what is it that they're saying? Yeah, some of them are revolting because just the oppression man, why would you be why would you be ruling for so long? What makes you so unique, so different so special?

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That you think that there is nobody else to do what you're doing.

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But Subhan Allah Subhana Allah, you know what they say that if you look into the psychology of around in the Quran, one thing that you will see very clearly about him is the narcissism in this person, that these people are just so self centered, so admiring their own cells. When he says hon Allah, I am indeed the highest deity that you have. I'm your Lord he would say that would equal out when he comes around, I only want you to see what I see. And you know, when you look into the story of somebody like Zen in Aberdeen, go see dictators never learned

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dictators, the one that passed away the ones that will inshallah pass away inshallah inshallah very soon in our lifetime, Europa. Al Ameen.

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Say, I mean, don't laugh, say I mean, we want them gone.

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Okay.

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This man, they've seen Chow Cisco before them didn't learn. They saw Carlos, they did not learn. They saw Noriega, they did not learn. They see all these people around them, and they don't get it. It was to Pamela in Aberdeen, the guy from Tunisia. You know, he's been serving his masters in France for so long. His plane takes off and he goes, can I land? No, you can you too toxic. Nobody wants to come close to you. The guy kept begging, he's up suspended up there. He's begging Can I please land and people said no.

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One plays he was running out of gas. They say well, you can come in and get gas and you know, get out. This is the guy that thought that he had it all. But this idea of power.

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They love this, you know power and the ability to control everything, everything.

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That aspirations that is wicked.

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For that to share environment.

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Look, man, this whole planet earth belongs to all of us.

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It's all of us. Yes, we may be ethnically related to one place, geographically being born in one place, but by the end of the day, it is all ours.

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That we love it and we be loved by it. Love that Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam will confirm

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that this earth is your mother be good to it.

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And that leads us into that final point. And that is sharing responsibility. We cannot just expect others to do without us wanting to participate, wanting to contribute, and what better ways means of contributing than contributing to the encouragement of justice? We want to do that brothers and sisters, let us make sure that wherever justice is that we take an active role in participating in that encouraging justice maximizing justice, please do so. Let us volunteer. Let us donate blood. volunteer at the soup kitchens, volunteer at the homeless shelters. Let's just be the big brother.

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Maybe you can tutor maybe you can help recent recent immigrants who come to this country and they have no means of getting around. That is all part of facilitating for justice. That is how we manifest that we really believe that everybody around me is a holder of human dignity and integrity. That is how we do it.

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Let me tell you in sha Allah In conclusion,

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what the people of Egypt have taught me and taught all of us.

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Number one,

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Pharaoh appears very strong.

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The Pharaoh initially appears very strong. They are just undestructible there is nothing that you can do to the Pharaoh.

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But Malcolm X said it so beautifully. And by the way, it's Black History Month.

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Okay, so Malcolm X said it beautifully.

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He said, and I'm paraphrasing here, he said that what oppressors do is that they don't make you look at them.

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They make you look at their shadow.

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And you know that at times, the shadow is much bigger than the actual person.

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But then Malcolm said the closer you get

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To the monster,

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the smaller the monster becomes.

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The closer you get to the monster,

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the smaller the monster becomes.

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Decades may go back, decades may go by, and nothing happens. And in a week, decades may happen.

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And this is what we have seen. Decades went by, nothing happened in one week, decades happen.

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So number one is it's really possible.

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But do not be busy and afraid because of how big the shadow of the monster looks, but rather be motivated by the goodness of your own purpose what it is that you are pursuing justice and liberty for all, not liberty, for some liberty for all.

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The power of numbers, I love this the power of numbers. Numbers are beautiful. In fact, numbers in the Quran are mentioned as an AMA, Scaroni. Allah, Allah

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is going to

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remember the bounty of Allah on you. You worry very few in numbers and people who just take advantage of you. But then Allah increased your Allah reminded the people of add kisara can make you big in numbers. But what good are the numbers? If the people are not there was beautifully said that one scholar was invited to give a speech. And when he came to give the speech, you know, the organizers really worked very hard to get as many people into, you know, for the event. So he came there. And you know, the people who attended the event were very few numbers. So the organizers were very disappointed. So he looked at them, and he looked at the organizers and he said people do not

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be disappointed by our numbers.

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We are not looking for numbers amongst the faithful. We are looking for faith amongst the numbers.

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We are not looking for numbers amongst the faithful. We are looking for faith amongst the numbers. Change never took place because the majority wanted it. Change always takes place because there was a committed minority behind it.

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No, and then the whole idea of just a beautiful usage of technology.

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No, I don't like to say that this was a Facebook revolution. No, this revolution was the people's revolution.

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But the people who had access to the net had access to the social media, they really did an excellent job with it. And for that we commend them. So technology is not bad. It's what we make out of it. We can either use it or misuse it.

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And then this point, and I wish to spend some time on this point.

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Peaceful

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please pay attention to this

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peaceful opposition,

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peaceful standing up for oppression. That is very important. See, you cannot be seeking a mobile end with unknowable means.

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If we are going to seek a noble mission, then we make sure that throughout the way all the actions that we take are mobile. We cannot use the same means of the oppressor to fight the oppressor. That just makes us oppressors but on the other side.

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So I love the idea that people were demonstrating in the most peaceful of ways. And they said, it's not blood that we are here for we are willing to give our blood for this, but we are not here to spill people's blood. So Pamela, one of the most beautiful parts of the story of Musa and Sharon is that Allah invites you to own that. One of the missions of Musa alayhis salaam is to go to Pharaoh and invite him back because they say that it is very easy to win over your enemy. But truly the mission ought to be to win your enemy over.

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Listen to this, it's very easy to win over your enemy. But truly the mission ought to be to win your enemy.

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And I'm looking into what has been accomplished in 18 days, the least the least amount of violence taking place. And I'm just thinking how foolish it is to be a suicide bomber.

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There is nothing heroic about a suicide bomber. There is nothing heroic about killing innocent civilians. There is nothing heroic about wanting to bring a civilian airplane down. There is nothing heroic about that. And we should not be afraid of saying it.

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Not because it's pretty politically correct or the media might be watching no man because we believe it.

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Not only do we believe it as theology as an ideology, but also practically speaking, we have seen it.

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It was not the killing that did it. It was not the bombing that did it. It was the peaceful demonstrations that we saw that really did it.

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And Subhanallah the people who died, over 300 people gave their lives in this beautiful revolution. May Allah Subhana Allah bless their souls Europa Allah mean, but we see there is this notion of martyrdom. martyrdom is not just about dying, it is about dying, so that somebody else can live.

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It is about me giving my life so that I can make somebody else's life easier. And at that point, that is martyred.

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There is really nothing heroic about just going on a on a suicide mission and doing all the foolishness that we see around us.

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So like I said, we see this, applaud the people, and definitely pray for the people who are disappoint or pursuing justice, the people of Libya, man, that dictator has been there forever.

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Will law he has been in power longer than I have been this world.

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And I am old.

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And it is really time for all the slugs to go.

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They really need to go. However, and I promise you this is my final thought here.

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They say that revolution does not end when we get rid of the dictator.

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Through the village revolution begins when we get rid of the dictators.

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What is going to become of us?

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Who are we going to become mission accomplished? part of the mission has been accomplished. We got rid of them. But now the question is what is going to become of us? This was something that the Africans used to say, you know, they would fight to liberate themselves from the colonization of the Europeans, wicked colonization of the Europeans where they did nothing but absolutely deplete the resources of the Africans. They would say that true revolution does not end when the colonizer leaves through revolution truly begins when the colonizer has left. May Allah Subhana Allah keep on strengthening the people of Egypt. Give them the wisdom that goes to the people of Tunisia as well.

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empower the people of Libya, empower the people who are working in bringing about justice and getting rid of the injustice zappanale Allah Allah Allah Allah Allah sedena Mohammed Salam Alaikum