Channel: Yassir Fazaga
The Obligation On Muslims
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Yasser zaga Islam is not one horizontal line where everything is equally the same that is not Islam Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was the greatest Liberator that humanity has ever known that humanity will ever know we are the best Ummah that was erected for the welfare of mankind. Don't live today as if there's no tomorrow. Poverty is never celebrated in Islam. as Muslims self pity does not exist watch your character that becomes your destiny,
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ultimate aim of education in Islam is to make you eliminate a man and a woman because educated mind cannot be fooled. An educated mind cannot be exploited. And Mohammed Salah Salah will give the example me
a Muslim woman seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every single Muslim,
Now with a brief introduction of the speaker of tonight for the acid facade,
or the acid facade, especially guests here today is the Imam of Islamic foundation in the city of Mission Viejo, California, USA. He is also the teacher of Islamic Studies at the American University, Virginia.
Added to this he is the president of Eritrean Muslim Council in the US.
He has graduated from South University, Fairfax, Virginia, majoring in Islamic Studies. He has done his ms in psychotherapy from Long Beach State University in California.
This is with a brief introduction of the speaker of tonight now my requests brother Yasser to deliver his speech
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all praises due to Allah. And may his peace and blessings be upon our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, I bear witness that no one is worthy of worship but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was his final messenger.
Indeed, the best of speech is the book of Allah. And the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and the source of all matters is to innovate and religion and every such type of innovation is a misguidance and misguidance leads to the hellfire. I begin by greeting my brothers and sisters saying Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
What we wanted to be talking about tonight in sha Allah
And what does Islam say of knowledge
but I break it for
I really do not want this to be a traditional talk where I come and I tell you what are the virtues of knowledge, the fact that the very first verse that was revealed to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was simply because this is information that you know,
not that I'm going to be telling you something that you do not know. But we will try to take this a step over.
Instead of talking about divergence of education in Islam, we want to know, what should be the aim of education in Islam.
We want to know what why do we want to know?
What is it that we want to know? Now that we know what does Islam expect you to do with what you know?
It is the aim of education that we will be talking about here today are not necessarily the virtues of education and what not that this is not important, but I think the information is easily accessible by my brothers and sisters.
Let me start by saying, Why did Allah Subhana Allah sent Mohammed Salah law while he was alone? In a beautiful summary fashion, Allah tells us that there are six reasons why alloxan Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and levena una Nabeel me, Olivia Jade una Houma. tuban and don't quit, it will ngl those who follow the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in their own scripture, the Torah and the NGO, what does he do?
He enjoys that which is good when he
and he forbids and eradicate evil when you help.
And he declares lawful purities things that are pure when you have them.
And he declares unlawful things that are impute whatever and whom, to whom, and he relieves them of their burden when he can
and he liberates them of their shackles.
One of the missions of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is that he is a liberated
one of the aims of education. In fact, the most important, the ultimate aim of education in Islam is to liberate you.
make you a liberated man and a woman and three man and a free woman. When the slaves were brought into North America and South America, it was illegal to teach a slave reading and writing. A man by the name of Frederick Douglass taught himself to read and write and then he made a spectacular statement. He said, a man with knowledge cannot be in the slaved
cannot be in the slave. Now, the idea of slavery in Islam is not the stereotypical movie like image that is presented to us of slavery, meaning that he is someone that is topless, and there is someone holding a whip over him and he is bounded to chase. It is a form of slavery, but it is not the only form of slavery. So Allah says the mission of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam is to liberate you have your shackles. There are two types of shackles, shackles that are imposed on us by other people and shackles that are self imposed. we impose upon ourselves
shackles imposed on us by other people. Allah says do not settle down for the shackles do not accept these shackles. Allah created you a free man, a woman you live every man and a free woman. So liberate yourself of these shackles. Man apathy, let me Nancy Ramakrishnan, la semina,
he who humiliate himself and was not compelled to do so meaning that he did not have to be to live a humiliated life and you are not compelled to do so.
He is not one of us. He cannot be allies of being new being debased and humiliated and still claimed to be a believer, they just don't come together. A believer is a liberated man and a woman, free man and a free woman. So the aim of education in Islam, my brothers and sisters, is to liberate the individual, like I said, from the shackles that are imposed on us by others, and from the shackles that are imposed on us by our own selves. And they say that the hardest enemy to fight is the enemy that you either carry between your ears are the enemy that you carry between your shoulders. It's an enemy, but we're not necessarily aware of it. And we do not see an education happening.
To be or ignorance happens to be one of these shackles to the problem with shackles, whether they be self imposed or imposed on us by other people is that they limit you and they hold you back and you do not reach your potentials. You have the ability to grow. You have the potential, but the shackles are holding you back. Be the shackles that are imposed by people or be the shackles that you imposed on your own cells. So Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam came to liberate your of these shackles. So education is supposed to liberate because ignorance is the shackle around you Subhana Allah, you see the ones that are exploited, or the ignorant. And not only that, but it helps to keep them
They said that there was a doctor that was treating an older woman for cancer. She thought she had cancer, but she really did not have cancer. And she was a very rich woman. And every time she came to the doctor, of course, he had to pay for the visit. And it was very profitable for the doctor, that the woman keeps coming.
So what happened is that through time, he himself became a rich man.
The woman is coming for 20 years thinking that she has cancer. And every time she comes, and she gives money, she comes and she gets money, became so rich, bought a house, send his own son to medical school and college in high school, and his son ended up becoming a doctor himself.
So now that the Son is a doctor, the father decided to take a two week vacation because the son is taking care of the clinic.
During the two weeks when the father was absent, the woman was in the clinic. He says, I'm not feeling well. And your father usually sees me. So come over, they have an appointment, and he sees the woman. And in 10 days, the cancer was cured.
The father comes back to the clinic. And he asks, you know what happened? What did he do? He said, Dad, Father, there was this woman she thought she had cancer and in 10 days, I killed her cancer.
And the father said, You fall What have you done?
Thinking that you killed her from her cancer? Do you know it was her cancer that sent you to school? Do you know that you are a doctor today because it was what she was paying for the assumed cancer and that's why you are where you are. And then he said Son, you started practicing medicine all the wrong way.
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with one or both of them attain knowledge in your life, say not a word of contempt.
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But I trust them in terms of honor, and out of kindness, law to them the ring of humility and say, My Lord, bestow on them your mercy, even as the cherished message. There is no place for older gentlemen Islam.
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Why is that? Because it helped him in order for him to stay where he is, that should be ignorant.
For him, to keep the live standards and the status and the caliber and the living standards where he is, she had to remain ignorant.
So to her the ignorance was not only shackling her emotionally and psychologically neuros imagine someone thinking that they're living with cancer, they could die in a minute, but it was also financially exploiting her and he knew about it, yet he chose not to say anything about it.
And that is why Mohammed Salah
Lavalier was the very first verse that was revealed to him, Mohammed to you and your alma ekra. Read, read or recite in the name of thy Lord, read, and he would be thinking, this is a nation that was exploited by gambling, alcoholism and all social ills. And it says, read. Why is this because they say, the best line of defense is an educated mind. An educated mind cannot be fooled. An educated mind cannot be exploited. An educated mind cannot be manipulated. So what do you start doing? teach the people recite and read so that they are liberated, so that they think for themselves so that they're not bounded, and they're not confined? You know, they say that to Pamela.
One of the things that Mohammed Salah Salim came on top of that, you know, you liberate yourself. It's interesting, through religion, how people can be enslaved, you would think that religion frees people. But some people manipulate religion in such a way that you use religion to enslave other people. The Catholic Church has done it. Now the only way, the only way to make it to paradise, the Pope has got to be pleased with you. If the pope is not happy with you, then you are doomed. There is just no way you are making it anywhere. You've got to keep the pope happy.
And guess what money makes the pope happy.
give him money. Give him this give him that. The way they financed their lavish lifestyle, the way they finance. They're this or they're that, but then Allah comes in the Quran and tells us yeah, you have Lavina amanu or you believe in Nicosia, Amina
Luna, and voila, Sybil Barton. He said that many amongst the learned men, whether they be priest, or rabbis or moms who said that? Yeah, coluna Ahmad, and NASA will bottle they take the money of people, they eat the money of the people will bottle for no good reason, other than the fact that these people have gave into them. And these people are manipulating and molding them and exploiting them because of their ignorance. And that is why in Islam, blind faith, or blind following is neither accepted nor expected. It is neither accepted nor expected. You are supposed to do this willingly. You are supposed to make an educated choice that I am doing this because it is the right
choice. That's why again, we are told in the Quran. Another point also that the Quran makes. And the very interesting one is that as a believer, you should not be afraid of knowledge.
Because in other in a previous faith, the way people were exploited is that don't ask questions. And there is a story. And I beg the forgiveness of my non Muslim brothers and sisters here, especially if they happen to be of the Christian faith. I'm picking on the catholic church because I believe that there was a time in history where the church did not represent the teachings of Jesus peace be upon him. So this is what I am criticizing. And by no means I am criticizing the faith that was taught by a Sally salon. That that you know how sometimes kids, young children, they can have some very, you know, interesting questions. You know, sometimes you know, your child, your daughter or
your son, they come and they ask a question, and they really impress you. How did they think of this? So one time, this young kid comes into the church, Catholic Church, and there was the priest, the father. So the young child goes to him and says, Father, I have a question for you. What was God doing before He created us?
And that was, you know, it's a very nice question. And here the child is asking a very provocative question.
And the father thought about it. And he knew that this line of questioning is not really good, because it may lead to something else, meaning that you start questioning the authority, you start questioning so many things. So he wanted to put an end to this and what does he say? He said, Son, God was preparing hell for people like you.
Again, remember, I am not saying that this is the best that Christian theology has to offer. But I'm just saying that how people can use religion, to explore it, and to you know, and to shackle other people the same thing
Within the Muslim community, we have this you know, so and so person is a Wali, so and so person is a magician, so and so person is a sorcerer. And be careful if he ever does attachment against you or if he ever does this. So what happens is that people now are again are afraid, but yet comes to an end it liberates people from superstitious
man to be superstition, to be pessimistic or to be any of that is not part of a man. And you'll see how these people are shattered, a person of them would come and he would have a bird in the morning. If it goes right, it means that was a good omen if it goes left, because I am doing today. And you see people if they break a mirror, that is really bad news, if they spill salt, and that is really terrible. And if you walk under a ladder, then that is really bad. And you must get a rabbit foot so that it brings you good luck. And in the process, what happens is that you the person, the human that was creating was entitled, you behave in such a way that is very insulting of your
intelligence, when you think that a piece of rabbit food, or a piece of leather or a piece of wood or a piece of that can actually help you. Or even for that fact, sometimes we even use the Quran in such a manner.
The same thing that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam came to liberate us from we are going back into it again. And we are enslaving ourselves to it
doing the exact opposite of the intent and the mission of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
Again, that is not acceptable my brothers and sisters. So part of education again, is to liberate us. And ignorance happens to be a great chacal I gave the example of Congo. When the Belgians came to Congo. They exploited that land for so long. And so panela Africa is a testimony of how ignorance can be a great shackle in Liberia. To give you a quick example,
the Firestone company Firestone company is a company that is it belongs to a family. The name is Firestone. It's a family.
And what happened is that they Liberia in Southwest Africa, what they did is they lease the land of Liberia, hundreds upon 1000s of acres of rubber tree,
three cents per acre for 100 years.
three cents per acre for 100 years. And they have the rubber trees and they made their fortune and now the people of Liberia are exploited. Similarly the Belgians, they came in and they exploited that country to the bones. And then when they left, they only built one high school and it was for the children of the Belgium's that were growing up in Congo. But the locals were deprived simply because the more ignorant they are, the easier it is to exploit them. And Mohammed Salah Salah will give the example and he will say Talabani enemy.
seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every single Muslim. And there is another narration that says every single Muslim male and female Some people think that it's a weaker narration.
Not only that, but after the battles when he takes the POW the prisoners of wars and one of them wants to buy his freedom out what do they do? He would say, do you know how to read and write, we want you to teach 10 of the Muslim children to read and write and that will be your way of freedom.
You look into the Quran, the term and is mentioned over 1000 times. Allah speaks of him being the most knowledgeable, Allah speaks of the believers being knowledgeable Allah speaks of those who feel the most, or who are more out to him, or those who are knowledge and you look into this, and you just cannot believe how Islam celebrates the concept of education, keeping in mind that it is for the aim of liberating man and not having man exploited or shackled. Now this is part of the shackles that are imposed by other people on us. There are also the self imposed shackle upon ourselves. And again, that is really sad that a group of people came to me Allah May Allah be pleased with him. I
live in Abu Talib was a genius and extremely, extremely smart man. So one time a group of people they sat down and they said, you know, Annie is a very smart person. Let us ask ourselves a question, figure out the answer, and then present and pause the same question to Ali and see what he comes up with. And they said why don't we ask Ali? May Allah be pleased with him? What is the strongest thing that was created by Allah? Beautiful question. They said Let us ask him, what is the strongest thing that was
Created by Allah. Now here they are debating we think it's this, we think it's that Allah walks in. And they said, Allah, we have a question for you. What is the strongest thing that was created by Allah? So Allah right away points out his 10 finger stem things, as Avi has already delivered about the question before, and he knows the answer. He started with the obvious, he said, the mountains. They've been there for ages and ages. But you can cut the mountains down with metal. So metal must be stronger. But you can melt down the metal if you use fire. So fire must be stronger. But you can put off fire if you use water, so water must be stronger. But it is the clouds that carry the water.
So the clouds must be stronger. But it is the wind that direct the cloud, so the wind must be stronger. The same wind that directs the cloud, if I hold firm to my ground, it will not move me around. So man must be stronger than that cloud. But then he said the same man that is able to hold firm his ground. If he gets intoxicated, he loses his control over himself. So intoxicants must be stronger. But the same intoxicated man, if he goes to sleep, then that takes care of the intoxicants. But a man with anxiety will never go to sleep. The strongest thing that Allah created is anxiety.
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What is the strongest thing that was created by Allah? Now here they are debating. We think it's this, we think it's that and he walks in? And they said, We have a question for you. What is the strongest thing that was created by Allah? Allah right away, points out his 10 fingers 10 things, as he has already delivered about the question before, and he knows the answer. He started with the obvious, he said the mountains. They've been there for ages and ages. But you can cut the mountains down with metal. So metal must be stronger. But you can melt down the metal if you use fire. So fire must be stronger. But you can put off wire if you use water. So water must be stronger. But it is
the clouds that carry the water. So the clouds must be stronger. But it is the wind that directs the cloud. So the wind must be stronger. The same wind that directs the cloud. If I hold firm to my ground, it will not move me around. So man must be stronger than that cloud. But then he said the same man that is able to hold firm his ground. If he gets intoxicated, he loses his control over himself. So intoxicants must be stronger. But the same intoxicated man, if he goes to sleep, then that takes care of the intoxicants. But a man who has anxiety will never go to sleep. The strongest thing that Allah created is anxiety.
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he would say why. And you read in the statistics, 50 million Americans. These are the statistics that I know from the States. 50 million Americans suffer from anxiety. So many people are going through depression. So much of this is happening. And anxiety is fear of the future. We don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. And like I said the other day, the processor would wake up in the morning and he would say Allahumma in the hours that we come in Alhambra has an O Allah I seek refuge in You from being in the state of anxiety or from being in the state of hazard grief. I am so sorry about what happened yesterday. I am so worried about what will happen tomorrow. I will miss
out on living today. I am becoming a prisoner of my memories, a captive of my imagination that I am crippled as of today. But then comes down and says you know what? This summer it is poco mama
wifey. It is in the heavens, that your affairs are being decided. You are in good hands. And that is why Subhana Allah, part of the teachings of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is what we call emotional wisdom. You know sometimes when they hear the word wisdom, what do they think? intellectual wisdom, but Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam tells us what about him
Emotional wisdom, what to feel, and when to feel it and what is appropriate and what is not appropriate. The process along say, the Umbrella Movement, indeed amazing is the matter of a believer when he is hit with a calamity or when good fortune happens to him, he is grateful to Allah when something unfortunate happens to him, he is patient. And in both cases, the believer is when it's a win win situation. It was said that on time, it will have the potential Jelani and some of you may, you know, have a problem with that. But remember that you know, whenever you can gain benefit, that is what we are taught as Muslims, if there is something beneficial, it's something
that was said or done by someone take that good thing of them. My father Jelani great person, one time he is sitting in his Masjid, and he is delivering a speech. So one of his students or one of the people that work for him, he comes and he interrupts the class says, Hey, Mom, I'm sorry, but I have some terrible news for you.
The business, they, you know, they used to do business with India and through the sea. He said, Great waves came on, all your ships have drowned. And whatever was on them is gone. We lost everything. So Mr. Gilani kept quiet for a while not seeing anything, and everyone is waiting to see how he's going to react.
And hamdulillah he says, and he goes on with the lecture.
Few minutes afterwards, the same person comes back and he's all happy. He says, Imam, we were wrong. The ships have already crossed that port, and the waves came after the ships. So all the ships are safe.
Now I'm Julian again, kept very quiet.
Alhamdulillah he said,
He finished the lecture. And then people came after I said, mmm, you know, when you are given the worst news, you said, hamdulillah.
And then when you were given the best news, user hamdulillah What happened? said, you know,
when I was told, I checked my heart. And I wanted to see is my heart displeased with Allah because of this incident. And nothing of that happened. So I said, and hamdulillah
then he said, when I was given the news, I checked my heart again, am I loving a lot more because of this thing, meaning that I can be bought and sold because of some financial gain here and there, which is not befitting to our relationship with Allah. And he said, none of this happened. So again, I said, Alhamdulillah
what we call emotional wisdom. That's why the Prophet sallallaahu Selim said, calamities happen to everyone, we all have problems, that is part of life
in South Africa, but indeed man was created in the state of cabinet, you know, problems all the time. What is sad Is this my brothers and sisters, some of us can only see their problems, they can only live their problems, what happens is this problems are inevitable. They are inevitable, you cannot escape them. Problems are not capable, you have no choice. Problems are not capable, but misery is optional.
Misery is optional, meaning that it is not the problem that should worry you, but rather, how do you react to that problem? is a greater question to ask. So now part of what Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is teaching us is the emotional wisdom. Do not be under shackles, because of the type of way that you choose to react to the problems that are going around, liberate yourself of this live streaming problems are happening. And like we said the other day, if your problem can be solved, then don't worry. And if your problem cannot be solved, then worrying will not help you.
So why are you worried? And then again, we learn the process alone will speak of many other shackles, Oh Allah, in ability of speaking of emotional wisdom, they say that there was a man that was blind,
and he was crippled. And he just had all sorts of problems. And he's sitting down, and he's saying Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah. So someone passed by him and said, hamdulillah Al Hamdulillah. Look at you. You're blind, you're crippled, you're bound to this chair. And all we hear for news of hamdulillah. What are you talking about? Susana? hamdulillah. That Allah gave me a tangle. That is constantly remembering Allah, Southern hamdulillah that he gave me a heart that has accepted the will of Allah, settle hamdulillah that has given me a body that is patient with the tests of Allah
Well, what happened is that he could have said, Oh,
look at this and look at that and you know, and you'd give yourself every single excuse to feel miserable in Allah.
Allah hates misery and faking misery or being grim misery upon yourself. It is not my brothers and sisters again, it is not befitting to the character of a believer, liberate yourself of this have what we call emotional wisdom. Similarly, emotional some people are just easily angered and that stops them from achieving. They break many friendships, they are always in problems with their spouses, they will always you know, they're they can be triggered by anything, but then the process alone time came to his companion said mentor aduna
Whom do you consider to be a strong person? So now the answer is very obvious. They said yeah, Rasul Allah Manya surah region, they said prophet of Allah, it is he who is able to rustle down a vermin. Then the process of them says la laser surah said the strength is not determined by you wrestling other men in our we minium liquinox.
He said, The strong man is indeed he who has control over himself when he is angry.
When we go again, emotional wisdom, liberate yourself of this. And then the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam goes on to say, of these shackles, his edges and Castle, in ability and laziness, ability, what it is, is that you have the desire you have the will, but you have no means case and laziness is when you have the means but you do not have the desires and the processes at all. I don't want to be in that situation where I am crippled. When I am shackled when I am put down and you know what they say about lazy people. They will always do more work tomorrow.
Isn't that what lazy people do? We will do more work. But tomorrow.
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what it is is that you have the desire you have the will but you have no means caste and laziness is when you have the means but you do not have the desires and the passions at all. I don't want to be in that situation where I am crippled where I am shackled when I am put down and you know what they say about lazy people. They will always do more work tomorrow.
Isn't that what lazy people do? said we will do more work but tomorrow. They have a funny joke about New Year's resolution. You know some people they do New Year's resolution they say you know inshallah this coming year I am going to lose 10 pounds. this coming year I am going to memorize a plan or this coming year I will be this or this coming year I will be that. So there came this person and he said this year I will stop procrastinating starting from next week.
said he will stop procrastinating but starting next week, not immediately, next week. So the processor will say I do not want to
In that situation.
And that's why I'm going to say something marvelous, who would say, I cannot see that I just cannot allow mania. In general, if, as I said, Allah I seek refuge in You from seeing or amazing it is he said that a person who is wicked, they have so much strength and enthusiasm, and a believer is so lazy. He said, it's not acceptable. How is it that I believe it can be lazy?
One more thing, my brothers and sisters, laziness is not only physical, because sometimes we think that it lazy because you know, he just doesn't move around. He just wants to sit. And you know, they have this saying, if you can walk, don't run. And if you can stand, don't walk. And if you can sit, don't stand. And if you can sleep, Why be up?
Okay? They use this logic. So many times, laziness is not necessarily physical. But sometimes laziness can also be mental, you just don't want to think
you give up thinking, you want someone else to do the thinking for you. The same brain intellect that Allah gave you, you gave it up, and you surrender that to someone else. Remember what we said earlier that Islam is not afraid of people asking questions. It's not afraid. It's all a matter of, you know, just give me proof. Now, the other day, Dr. Zakir made the statement he said, exactly. Like if you ever find this in the Bible, I will become Christian. That's what he said. You read into the Quran, and it says all in candelilla manual and in
the process, Allah will tell people say, a say, if they wrote has begun a son, I will be amongst the first to worship that son, but what is it?
In quantum sort of thing, just showing me your proof if you are indeed truthful, in what you're making. So believer is never afraid to ask questions. And that is why you hear an old sci fi, you know, go about the land and see the creation of Allah, use your finger divakar do this and do that. And now that the idea is it is so sad that as as Muslims, we are intellectually lazy, we let someone else and we depend on someone else to do the thinking for us. But we ourselves, we do not do any thinking. You know, they have a story. They say that a group of scientists they got together. And what they did is that they brought about 10 monkeys into a room, I think monkeys and odo are called
benders. So they had 10 monkeys in a room.
And then in the room, they placed like, where do you see this fan is they placed some bananas, like hanging from a rope. And there was a table in the room. So if a monkey stepped on the table, easily grab the banana. But then what they did is that they put along in the room, they put water hoses, ice cold water. And here is the thrill that every time any monkey makes an attempt to get the banana, the horse, the monkey with ice cold water. And not only that monkey, but all the monkeys, they get hosed down with the water.
So the first monkey goes to try it and he gets hosed down with the water and all other monkeys, they are now hosed down with the water.
So they tried four or five times. So the monkeys say, you know, it seems like every time we try to get up and get the bananas, we are getting hosed down. So forget it, no one is going to try it anymore. And then what the scientists did is that they took away the hoses, so there was nothing was going to happen. And then interestingly, they took a monkey out. And they brought in a new monkey into the room, and the bananas are still there. So now the new monkey comes in, and what does he see? He sees bananas and monkeys love bananas. Right? So he sees the bananas. So what does he do? He steps on the table to get the bananas, but something interesting happen. All the other monkeys they
gang up on him and they start beating him up, because they're afraid that they are going to be you know hosed down.
So now here, you know, the monkey doesn't know why he cannot have the banana. He sees bananas. He loves bananas. But these monkeys obviously don't want him to get the bananas.
Then what they did is that they put another monkey out and they put a new monkey in. So now we have two new monkeys and eight of monkeys. The new monkey comes in and what does he see? He sees the bananas again. And he wants to go and grab the bananas. But all the other monkeys including the new monkey that was previously beaten up, doesn't know why they all get together and they beat the new monkey.
Then you can imagine the story goes on to say a third monkey was brought in, sees the banana. Everyone starts ganging up on him including the two new monkeys. They don't know why they
beaten, but now they're beating this monkey,
a fourth monkey, a fifth monkey 678 910 no one has ever been hosed down was the water. They've never witnessed that incident. But because an old monkey did something the new monkey does not want to think for himself.
And sadly, what happens many times is that we behave like the new monkeys.
No, I'm serious. I'm serious. will lie. Sadly. We are the new monkey.
Where we don't know why I just happened to be there. What it is allow Ireland. I don't know. You know? Why I found my forefathers do it. So it must be good. You know, my dad was a good man. My mom was a wonderful woman. We have a beautiful culture. That's how they do that's how we do it? Or do you ever think about it? I don't need to someone else did the thinking for me.
So in the process, what's happening is that, again, we are putting these shackles around ourselves. And that is a shame my brothers and sisters are Muslim thinks I'm Muslim, analyzes a Muslim, reflects, you know, not only on big issues, politics and history and sociology and all these what you know what we are taught in the Quran, Fela jambul in zanele, Illa. bonhomie this man not think about what he eats? Do we need to look into the heavens? How does being raised as a kind of, don't they think energy Allah said, think about this, think about that. Think about this, think about that, that you should have three hours or divide your day into three different segments was at
some time to think, to do some thinking rather than being intellectually lazy. Let someone else do the thinking for you. Because it can really be a shackle. You are capable, you are a very smart person, but you never gave yourself that opportunity. You always thought of yourself very low, or you are just plainly being lazy. And then the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would say, Oh Allah, I seek refuge in You. I don't want to be shackled. I don't want to be I don't have chains around me that are a Fokker and proofer means poverty. And cover means this belief that these are shackles. He's saying I don't want to be worried about the future. I don't want to be sad about the
past. I don't be lazy, I do not want to go through an ability. I do not want to be in the state of poverty. And I definitely do not want to be in the state of disbelief. Because these are all shackles. You see poverty here everything. And it is so sad to panela so sad to the point where Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said Allah, I seek refuge in You, I do not want to be in that stage. Alibaba Talib used to say, have poverty being a man, I would have killed him.
Had it been a man I would have killed it.
Because of the catastrophes that poverty brings. Do you mean to tell me that a poor person that is just struggling, struggling to make living, struggling just for that day to pass by, and just put some food in his stomach, this person is analyzing and thinking of the dictators. I'm thinking of the politics and thinking of this and that he's too busy, too miserable to be in that to think that way. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, Allah, I do not want to be in that stage. And it is so sad that nowadays, Muslims are the richest, and they are the poorest. Some people die of obesity, because they eat too much. And others are dying of hunger, because they have nothing to
And here you have the commands of Allah.
You know, give, spend, make sure you alleviate the problems and the hardship of other people. Because these are shackles, the guy or the girl is very smart. We wish that she could have gone to school. But guess what, at this point, what happens is that they cannot afford school. Why one time I remember I went to refugee camps in eastern Sudan, in the Eritrean refugee camps. And there were people sitting in the room, and two of them were medical school students. Now being a doctor is a big deal. Maybe not here, but it was a very big deal to be going to medical school back there. So I said, you know, today is a school day, how come you're not going there? And one of them he put his
head down and he said, I am too hungry. I cannot understand anything. If I go there.
He could not go to school because he's I am just too hungry. I cannot go there.
And the other one was topless. He said, I don't have a shirt to go to school.
I mean, can you imagine
The brains, the potentials that are being lost in our cities, smart, brilliant young boys and girls, that can make a huge, big difference, what their circumstances are not helping them. So the province so don't say, Oh Allah, I don't want to be in that position.
May Allah never put any of us in that position.
And then also the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and by the way, do not misunderstand me. Islam does not necessarily rebuke poverty for being poverty. But Islam is definitely against poverty, if it is due to the injustice of the way wealth is distributed, or the way greed is going on. If that is why there is poverty, then yes, Islam hates and Islam is against it. And if that poverty is again, the result of the laziness of that individual, then again, Islam hates that kind of poverty. Poverty is never celebrated in Islam. You are not a good person, because you are a poor person. Some people misunderstand being you know, a person that is, you know, just very humble does
not have any money. They think that is the meaning of
truth in Islam is what do you have the dunya in your hands, but not in your heart? That is how it is. I have it in my hands Masha, Allah the process when we used to say Nirmal masala will have the solid, he said the best of wealth is that that belongs to the righteous of men. Now you will see if he is a righteous man, he should not be wealthy. That's how we were taught. If you are an MLM a chef or a pious person you're supposed to be miskeen. Can't be rich, cannot accept any of that. But these were not the teachings of Islam.
All Muslims believe in the one and same amongst
all Muslims believe in the final and same messenger of Allah Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam for and it is the last revelation of Allah. Allah Himself said, right, I will take care of preserving myself, I would not entrust it to anyone. Dr. Jamal Badawi a day when no wealth or children would be of any help accept those who come to Allah with a clean hurts, because after all, we came from the dust and to dust we are returned.
Why one time I remember I went to refugee camps in eastern Sudan, in the Eritrean refugee camps. And there were people sitting in the room, and two of them were medical school students. Now being a doctor is a big deal. Maybe not here, but it was a very big deal to be going to medical schools back there. So I said, you know, today is a school day, how come you're not going there. And one of them, he put his head down and he said, I am too hungry, I cannot understand anything. If I go there.
He could not go to school because he's I am just too hungry. I cannot go there.
And the other one was topless. He said, I don't have a shirt to go to school.
I mean, can you imagine the brains, the potentials that are being lost in our cities, smart, brilliant young boys and girls, that can make a huge, big difference, what their circumstances are not helping them. So the prophet SAW said, Don't say, Oh Allah, I don't want to be in that position.
May Allah never put any of us in that position.
And then also the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And by the way, do not misunderstand me. Islam does not necessarily rebuke poverty for being poverty. But Islam is definitely against poverty, it is due to the injustice of the way wealth is distributed, or the way greed is going on. If that is why there is poverty, then yes, Islam hates and Islam is against it. And if that poverty is again, the result of the laziness of that individual, then again, Islam hates that kind of poverty. Poverty is never celebrated in Islam. You are not a good person, because you are a poor person. Some people misunderstand zoo, being you know, a person that is, you know, just very humbled
does not have any money. They think that is the meaning of
truth in Islam is what do you have the dunya in your hands, but not in your heart? That is how it is. I have it in my hands Mashallah. The process when we used to say Nirmal masala will have the solid he said the best of wealth is that that belongs to the righteous of men. Now, you'd see if he is a righteous man, he should not be wealthy that
We were taught, if you are an MRI machine or a pious person, you're supposed to be miskeen. Can't be rich cannot accept any of that. But these were not the teachings of Islam. And interestingly, and that's why Islam says that it is not what you have. It's not your possession, or your position that gives you self worth or self value. That is not it. You know, one time a man came to him.
And he said, You know, I am a very rich man. Would you like me to give you some money?
and pay him said, How much money do you have? And the man said, was a big smile on his face, and become sooner as a dino? I have 50,000 golden coins, that is a lot of money. So I looked at him and he said, Would you like to have another 50,000 golden coins? And the man said, Yes, indeed, it will make me happy. Every time said, You are still a poor man.
Why is that? Because it is not how much we have. That makes us rich. It is how what we can do without that really makes us rich.
And then the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam goes on to teach us because his mission is to liberate man, the whole idea of education is that you'd be a free man and a free woman, you don't want to be in that situation. Poor people are financially deprived.
We believe that people who have not heard the message of Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wasallam, are spiritually deprived. They can be spiritual people, but the message of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is the ultimate says, I do not want to be spiritually poor. And I also do not want to be financially deprived. I want to be in that state of richness, not again, not that is defined with material gain. And then the Prophet sallallahu Sallam goes on to talk about the different chapels educating the Muslim woman, and he goes, was elevated daily,
I do not want to be overwhelmed by deaths. I don't want to be overwhelmed by depths.
In a sense that you keep borrowing and borrowing and borrowing. I don't know if you have credit cards here in you do have credit cards here in here. By this, we have easy payments for you. If they are payments, they are not easy. And if I have to give it to you, it's not easy. And you know, what is the sad part? And they said it so beautifully. They said,
We buy things we don't need. And I want you to pay attention to this. When are we borrowing money? Okay, why are we borrowing money for these three reasons, okay? We buy things we don't need.
With money. We don't have to impress people we don't like.
Isn't that the case, we buy things we don't need Allah, you will not die. If you don't have a TV, you will not die if you don't have a computer, you will not die if you don't have. So what happens is, we buy things we don't need. With money we don't have, sadly to impress people we don't like.
So in the process, what's happening, we are always losing at the expense of what you know, you have to work external, you cannot spend more time with your family because you need a second job and what have you. And in the process, we are being enslaved. We're being enslaved To what? To our desires, because it's very tempting. Look, it's just 4000 rupees, and you can pay it in 10 months. Think about it just 40 or whatever it is, and you get very tempted, and you know, his saliva is coming down. And you are you know, going over and saying, This is easy. Of course I can do this. But that was for the computer only and then something else came out and then something else is coming out. So
we get part of this. One time the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said Allahumma in the bigger, meaner cofely wamena Dane said Oh Allah, I seek refuge in You from death. And I seek refuge in You from this belief. So someone was there said prophet of Allah, you are saying it in the same statement, that you are seeking refuge in Allah, that you don't want to be in the state of disbelief. And you don't want to be in the state of depth. And the process of them said yes.
Proceed the idea. Look into the bigger picture of my brothers and sisters. And that is Islam wants you to feel and live a free life all the time. And then the processor says all the becoming a bit dangerous.
societal pressure, societal pressure. No, we only think that societal pressures for younger people, but we all go through it when we stop doing what is right. Because society does not approve of it. Oh, no, no, no, no, no, I know. It's right. I know you have a good point. But we cannot do this. What are people going to be saying about us? No, no, no, that's not good. That is not good. You know, the greatest test of
Your Eman is this if there is something that needs to be done, but society is not going to like it? Will you go along with the flow? Or will you stand up and say no. I was talking earlier to a professor here and he said, we have got to stop the culture of silence. Why is that? Because silence is the worst type of betrayal.
You see it, you know it's wrong, but then what happens? just afraid of what people are going to say. I know, my family, you know, holla You know, I think in my opinion, Allah knows best. But if you were to ask me, What do I think was the most difficult day to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. I say it was the day when he was commanded by Allah to marry Xena.
Remember, Xena was married. Zayn, was what we would call nowadays, the like the person who was the godfather of fate he adopted him.
And then Zaid ended up marrying Xena suicide is married to Cena.
And for some reason, the relationship between Zayn and Xena does not work out, does not work out for whatever the reason is. So they get a divorce. And then a law enforcement Hamad sallallahu wasallam that you are going to marry Cena
wife or the ex wife, the former wife of your adopted son, can you imagine this?
Can you imagine this? That here you have adopted someone and now he divorces his wife. And now you're being commanded, you've got to marry that woman
to the point where the process
was not feeling good. He wouldn't want to do it. So Allah says one Allahu
Allah is about to reveal that which you are trying to conceal. Why is that? Because societal pressure is a reality my brothers and sisters, however, it is people with believe that are going to stand up and say, This is wrong.
I don't care what you say. I don't care what society thinks. But it is wrong. You know, in the process, what happens is that again, and this is so beautiful, because Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam always addresses reality. He said, he said this man, Vanessa is hot in LA he Sahaba Nasrallah, he was a hit, Allahu Allah. He said, Whosoever pleases people, by displeasing Allah, people are going to be displeased with him. And on top of it, Allah is also going to be displeased with him. And you see it, it happens all the time. We just keep giving him for the sake of pleasing people, but they've never pleased. They're always asking for more and in the process, what we are
displeasing our Creator with without confirmatory when we don't say anything.
Oh, be quiet. And then the process of them says, woman or Bala based hearty, nasty radi Allahu alayhi wa Ganesha. And then he said, whatever pleases Allah, by displeasing people, he did not mean to displease people, but people were displeased because of the choices that he made. He said, So Allah is pleased, but the people are not pleased. So what happens is, Allah will be pleased with him, and will make people pleased with him as well.
Because of the type of choices that we make.
But my brothers and sisters, you cannot see wrong and don't do anything about it when people do it. People do you know, I came fond of reading the papers nowadays. I get it in the morning. So I want to go you know, to the exciting news. In the US News is always sensational, you know, you look for action, someone is killed or someone was sharp, or there is a chase or you know, so I go to the page where there are problems, and almost on daily basis since I've been here, you know, the dowdy problem and how women are suffering from it, the chauvinism, the oppression that is taking place, no one's saying anything about it, because, hey, you know, if everyone is quiet, why should I say
something about it?
I was told today that you can say that, if you are just seeing no problem.
If you are hearing again, no problem. But if you start speaking, aha, that's the end of the world. I think it's an ode to saying but I don't know how to say it.
But that is a thing. So there is that type of betrayal that is going on, and referred to by the professor as the culture of silence, where we see but we're not willing to talk and Mohammed Salim said this is actually
shackled, because tomorrow it will happen to you. And the same way that you can quiet, other people are going to keep quiet.
Doesn't that happen? You know, I think it was a Unitarian priest. Unitarians are part of Christianity, or they consider themselves part of Christianity. And he was in Germany. And here is what he said. He said, one day first he was talking about the Nazis in Germany. He said, when they first came to the communist, I did not do anything about it, because I was not a communist.
And when they came to the unionist people were organized in unions, I did not do anything about it, because I was not in a union. And when they came to the Jews, I did not do anything about it, because I was not a Jew. And when they came to the Unitarians, that is me, no one was left to say anything.
The same way my brothers and sisters, we are repeating that same sad lesson of history, where we have not beautifully it was said by Martin Luther King, he said, if your freedom is not enhancing the freedom of others, then your freedom is of no value.
It is of no value, because no one is free. As long as there is someone in this league,
there is none. None like that happens. And in the process, what you are doing is that you are speaking for the oppressed, but at the same time, you are also ensuring your freedom. Because it won't happen. The same way that you spoke today, someone will be there to speak for you. So your culture may not like it. And think about the social problems that you have here. Domestic Violence, how come we don't talk about it?
Women are beaten up a year about another point, I really don't care whether they're Hindus, Muslims, Christian areas, that is irrelevant.
I hear that someone today, you know, she swallowed acid to kill herself because of pressure because of dowry.
You can say, you know, these are problems not in the Muslim community. But guess what? They will soon creep into your community if you don't speak about it. When people are beaten up. Now you beat? How about tomorrow? Someone is beating your daughter or beating your sister? How would you like that? Why don't you address it?
Have you ever considered You know, there are so many people with HIV with AIDS in our community? I wonder how they're feeling. I don't care how they contracted the disease. It's reality. It's there.
Have we said you know, as they've been ostracized by our community, stigmatized by our community, what is really happening with them?
If we know that Muslims or non Muslims go through that, wonder how they feel?
Really, I wonder how they feel? How is their family doing? How can we don't bring these issues up? How about the orphans and the neglected and the poor and the widows? How come I am not doing my part?
You know, in the States, some people are very skilled with quotes. And I love quotes. Some people have the ability to capture great meanings and captivate great meanings again, but they just use very few words. And that is why the process I'm used to say, odd job, man, I'll tell him, I was given the ability to say a lot using very little words. So in the States, here is what they say. They say, think globally, but act locally.
Think, globally. Yes. You know, I want the problem of poverty to end in the world. I want oppression to end in the world. I want the people of Africa to be free. I want the people of South America to be respected. I want the people of Palestine to be liberated. And I want the people of this and I want the people of that fine, great global thinking. But locally, what are you doing? You are thinking globally, but you are not acting locally. So what are you doing, you're being very revolutionary in your thoughts. very impractical in your actions.
And again, it's a shock, and you're just sitting there and just putting philosophy left and right. But that's again, that is not the spirit of a Muslim. They have a story, you probably know the story, but it really hits home. When we say that many times, we can be revolutionary in our thoughts, but very impractical in our actions. They said that they were a group of,
of rats and mice playing all over the place. But then there was this cat every day would come and snatch away one of the mice and one of the rats. So what the mice and the rats did is that they made a conference and they said you know we've got to discuss this problem. If this cat keeps taking one of us every day. Soon, there will be no one of us left. So we've got to do something about it. So they held their conference was not like our conference, of course. So they held their conference and they are
Talking about, you know, what needs to be done, what do we do? What do we do? And then this brilliant crap gets up and he says, I've got a brilliant idea. What we need to do is tie a bell around the cat's neck. So every time the cat comes near us, clink, clink link, we hear the bell, and we all run away.
And they all say, brilliant idea, and they start celebrating. So someone asked, how are we going to put the belt around the cat's neck
was a very revolutionary idea, but it was very impractical. So now we are in the process of setting it.
Again, you know, when you have the means, or the when you have the desire, you lack the means or castle laziness, when you have the means but you lack the desire and the will and the process and said I don't want to be in that position. And then finally, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would say, of these shackles would say, Well, how awful were Parma. So that Oh Allah I seek refuge in You from being a coward. And I seek refuge in You from being a miser, a greedy person. Coward being coward. That is something that Islam absolutely despises.
And Islam, By the same token, encourages courage. You've got to be courageous as a Muslim, you say? And that's why the process of them said, you know, many times you know, people say, why are we not talking about tawheed? Why don't we talk about al Qaeda listen to al Qaeda. Now listen to this statement, beautiful statement of tawheed Allah and I am nan hadoken mahavir to nursey mina Nicola happen is our semi IB for in the hula agilan whether you
listen to the statement, let not your feet of people stop you from saying that which is just and right for people do not bring your departure day closer, and they do not push back the systems that are laterals to give
me say this one more time, let not your fear of other people stop you from speaking the truth for people do not hold the day of your departure meaning your death and they cannot withhold that which Allah chose to give you this is why if the heat is
when you have that complete trust in Allah subhanho wa Taala. In one time I was teaching a class, I was talking about the names of Allah, the Beautiful Names of Allah. And then I would ask the students, what's your favorite Name of Allah? You know, what does it mean? And why do you like it? So there was this African American brother, a revert to Islam, someone that came back to Islam. So you know, people usually say all my favorite name is Al Karim. My favorite name, most generous. My favorite name is Al Halim sublime. My favorite name is Allah was forgiven. And then this African American brothers that my favorite Name of Allah is a meet the one that causes death.
It's a beautiful name. But you know, people usually don't choose a meet the one that causes death as their favorite name.
Why did you choose unmeet as your favorite name? And he said, You know what? Whenever I see wrong, I speak against it. Because I know that only Allah can take away my life. That is where the heat is. That is what we call strong freedom. It is not how well you are able to verbalize it, how eloquently you can say it, how passionately you can speak about it. But how do you demonstrate it in action? That is what matters most, you know, we are not better than the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. But we know more than the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. We know more, but we're not better, even though they knew far less than what we know now, that made
them better people.
Now, instead of pondering about this, you know, Allah says about himself that he is a semir.
Allah, here's all now I personally do not really care how Allah hears. To me, Allah hears, so I better watch what I say.
I'm going to be careful what I say because that's what is important to me. Someone else have well, how does he and we get into this, and it just strips the whole spirit of the name and the whole spirit of Africa away from this. So in Islam, you be courageous. But here is the thing. What is courage? Because sometimes I want to be a brave man, but I don't even know what it means to be a brave man. See my brothers and sisters. Courage is not the absence of fi
you can be afraid and still be a very brave man. musala is a great example. Every time you see the name Moosa next. It will be the term house
but it's how I feel
Hey, Moses rose, the staff are this thick it turns into a snake and moose is afraid.
Do not be afraid. Or Moses, we want you to go to Pharaoh brown and talk to him.
said Allah we are afraid. So this is the Prophet of Allah musala salam, speaking in such language mosa go to ground, I'm afraid.
Can you imagine this? Almost we want you to go to that city survive. Allah says, Allah Allah. Allah, Allah. Allah. Ha ha.
Yeah, Moses came into the city when people were distracted, and he was afraid and he was very vigilant. Do you see what I'm saying? My brothers and sisters, were saying that courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is doing what is right despite the existence of the fear
Anything which contradicts the core of any of the other scriptures is wrong.
The Quran is 100% the word of Allah Dr. abou Amina Milan Phillips. Everything else was mopped in. It's clear. It's his fault. And we call to that truth. This isn't the truth.
cuz sometimes I want to be a brave man, but I don't even know what it means to be a brave man. See my brothers and sisters. Courage is not the absence of fi
you can be afraid and still be a very brave man. musala histogram is a great example. Every time you see the name Moosa, next to it will be the term house.
But it's how I feel.
Okay, Moses rose, the staff are this thick, it turns into a snake and moose is afraid
of wizard Do not be afraid. Or Moses, we want you to go to Pharaoh drown and talk to him.
said Allah we are afraid. This is the Prophet of Allah musala salam speaking in such language mosa go to Brown, I'm afraid.
Can you imagine this? Almost we want you to go to that city survey. Allah says, Allah Allah. Allah, Allah, Allah. Hi, Eva taraka. Moses came into the city when people were distracted, and he was afraid, and he was very vigilant. Do you see what I'm saying? My brothers and sisters, were saying that courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is doing what is right, despite the existence of the field.
Musa alayhis salam was afraid, but did he stop? He did not. He was afraid. You know what, it is the right thing to do? I am afraid but I will not. If you stop, you're a coward.
You're not a coward. Because you have that fearful feeling in you. You are a coward because you let the fear stop you from doing what is right.
And that's what we want. Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is doing what is right, despite the existence of the field.
No, speaking of the culture of silence, the culture of silence, you know, the prophet SAW Selim said, he said the best of martyrs is my uncle Hamza of your llama and mela be pleased with him.
Then he said and similar to him is a man that spoke the truth in front of a tyrant and the tyrant put him to death.
That's why we say the moral courage to speak the truth, many times is far more superior than courage that can be displayed in the battlefield. battlefield you go and you die Mashallah brave man, brave woman Mashallah. But the courage to speak the truth, to say it, then that takes a lot, a lot of courage. Because of the consequences of it, be it because of the society big and because of whatever it is, please be responsible when you do that. But in principle, let's just have this vision that this is what is you know, what is happening with things. And then finally, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would say, or Allah, I seek refuge in You from being in the state of Tama. Being a
miser, someone that is not willing to share someone that is so consumed and preoccupied with me, myself and I, that is really what is important to me, me, myself and I, outside of this boundaries are very, very small, just me, myself and I and that is it. Not knowing that the great prophets of Allah have taught best when he sadly
As salam used to say, Blessed are those who give. Blessed are those who give the blessings you're getting because you're giving.
There is so much joy in giving a lot of joy. But you deprive yourself from it when you do not give. Sometimes it's a smile. Sometimes it's a good word, beautiful word, you know, says How many times do you compliment your young sons and daughters, because being a miser is not necessarily money. It's not only financial, you can be miser, with the love. You don't love enough. You can be miser whose hugs you don't have enough.
You don't say good words enough. You do not express you know how positively you feel about you know, I say this to the brothers here in a sometimes the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was asked, you know, whom do you love most? And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said,
No, he said her name in public and he expressed, you know, his love to her in public. So I said to one of the brothers, if that was really the case, in your case, let's say that, you know, the most person that you loved in your life was your wife, would you say? He said, Oh, no, forget it. I will never say that. There, why not? It will make her head to Big brother. He said, you know?
So what does he do? He chooses not to share something like this with his wife, or sometimes even with what we say, unto Pamela, we can be very greedy, and very stingy with what we can potentially say. But we don't say it. We're very quick to criticize, to rebuke to scold and point out the wrong and all this, but if it's good,
we have very few words, can you realize this? There is just we have got a bond, we can make a dictionary of negative words, we can really, but then, you know, complement complement this. Good. Can you say something else? Very good.
Something very, very good. You know, and that's where it ends.
They say that, and please excuse the child finish of the story. But there is some wisdom in it.
They said that one time,
two frogs, you know, frogs,
two frogs were playing in the forest in the jungle. And they're singing and playing and jumping up and down and being very, you know, carefree worryfree they're jumping here and there. And as they're playing, not paying attention, they fall into a well, now the two frogs fell into a very deep well, so the frogs, you know, start yelling, please help us on the other frogs. They hear the yelling, and they come and they see. And they looked down. And the whale was very deep. And they just knew there is no way the frogs are coming out. But the frogs and they are trying to take a leap and try to jump out. So now the friends start yelling, give up. No. Please don't torture yourself. You're torturing
us. Please give up. And you're the frogs are trying to walk out and trying to jump and the friend sorry, please, you are torturing us. Please don't do this. And they're trying to come out. Please stop this stop. And please, and they're trying to jump. So one of the frogs jumps all the way up, on comes down, head first, and kills itself.
The other frog is still trying. And the friends up there or the so called friends. They are yelling, please give up. You're torturing yourself, you're torturing us. And the frog is trying to come out trying to come out. And finally the frog took this big, great leap and jump and makes it out of the world. So the other friends come to it. And they say, Did you not hear what we were telling you? And the frog looked at them and said, You all know that I have a problem hearing I thought you were cheating me up and that's what kept me going.
But see, the moral of the story is this. Words can give life on words can give death.
They give life to that frog. And they definitely give Death to the other frog.
And many times we put shackles around other people.
And many times we put shackles around ourselves. Because we do not know the joy of seeing Jazakallah Hydra, you mean it from the very bottom of your heart? That was an excellent job that you have done. Or I am so proud of you or I love you so much. You know unfortunately sometimes we feel that the more religious you become, you know, the more rigid and tough and insensitive and numb and decent the size that you have to be. Why is he talking all that sweet? You know, sometimes
is supposed to be a chef, you know, you don't talk like this. But if you look into the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. That's how he always spoke.
Men can Minami La Jolla mill after fileopen hyaluron. Only a small lady who believes in Allah on the Day of Judgment, either say something good, or Be quiet.
Now, what do we think when we say I want to illustrate my belief in the day of judgment and my belief in Allah, I'm going to pray more, I am going to fast more, I am going to do this more. And the pastor says, you know, what? How about what you say? Why do you have to be such a miser and such, you know, greedy with it? My brother's like there is so much joy into this. Let me conclude with this.
The aim of education in Islam I said earlier, is to liberate, live an enjoyable life. And as free as liberated as possible, where you are walking, and working with all your faculties, emotionally, you are healthy, intellectually, you are healthy, you know, even when feeling good, if you are just healthy all over the place. However, the way we have defined education nowadays is this. We said, well, there is a distinction between the secular knowledge and the religious knowledge. Islam does not recognize any of this. Islam does not recognize any of this, once a brother was reading a book, so a brother came to me and said, Oh, what book are you reading? Is, and I'm reading a book on
towhead. So let me see the title. And he opens the title. And it was a biology book. And he said,
What are you doing? I asked, What book are you reading and use it? I am reading a book onto hate. That is for my non Muslim brothers and sisters to hate is the concept of the oneness, emphasizing and stressing the oneness of God. monotheism said, I'm reading a book on monotheism, and you're reading a book on biology. He said, it further enhances my belief in monotheism, the more I know of this, because part of knowing Allah and we ought to know Allah subhanho wa Taala is by the creation of Allah. You see the Taj Mahal and you appreciate the architecture. You see a good car and you appreciate the designer and the engineer of the court the same way you see the creation of Allah The
more you learn about the creation of Allah, you appreciate the creator Allah subhanho wa Taala.
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you see a good car and you appreciate the designer and the engineer of the car the same way you see the creation of Allah The more you learn about the creation of Allah you appreciate the creator Allah subhanho wa Taala. So Islam does not make this distinction between secular knowledge and religious knowledge. However Islam puts this condition, recite, read in the name of your Lord.
That is the condition. It's got to be in the name of Allah. Otherwise we will end up raising barbarians.
But what we want is someone who does that reading someone that does education
But he does it In the name of Allah.
When I do my biology, I'm doing it in the name of Allah, my physics is In the name of Allah, my sociology, my politics, my history, whatever it is, I am doing it in the name of Allah.
Whatever it is that I learned, again, it will tell me about Allah. So in Islam, there is no distinction where we think, you know, success is being a doctor is being a lawyer. And if you're a Shia miskeen,
even some hamdullah It's interesting, because the higher score, I don't know about India, but but back where I come from, you know, if your score is higher, you go to medical school. And if it's a little lower than you do engineering, and if it's a little lower, you do this. And if you absolutely have no hope, become a chef.
It is sad, but that's how we look at it.
It is really sad.
Like they say, you know, what is your son doing? My son is going to medical school. Oh, Mashallah. That is great potential. And what is your son doing is going to be shaved
my condolences to you, you know,
now, but why? Why is this? Why is this? See, we are telling the medical doctor as if you are becoming a medical doctor, it's like you're becoming an atheist,
as if that is wrong. And again, on this part, we will say, my brothers and sisters, that is not acceptable. That is not acceptable. Let us see that. You know, there is this distinction Islam does not note. And it was very common that the great scholars of Islam were doctors, they were mathematicians, they were into astronomy, they were into geography and physics and what have you, and they were also known for being great Muslim scholars, there is no that distinction. So let us pay attention to this. Number two, I think because we are not aware of the aim of education in Islam. Unfortunately, we have trivialized Islam.
And made it very shallow. Give you an example.
What we do is that we make small, what Allah bakes big, and we make big, what Allah makes the small, let me give you an example.
The term ye team orphan,
is mentioned 18 times in the Quran. Now Allah mentioned something one thing, it must be important, right? If he mentioned twice, and must be more important, three times really important four times 18 times it means that it is very, very, very important. Now, and please do not misunderstand me pay attention to what I'm saying. How about making evolution? How many times is it mentioned in the Quran?
Once in Surah, ADA, and maybe once in Surah, Nisa, let's say maximum twice, and it says, you go you wash your hand, you rinse your mouth, you wash your face, you wipe or you wash it, and you do this and you do that, and have the story. In one verse, or one and a half verse, Allah speaks of colors, easy, just go ahead and go with it. However, however, we spend more time, more time on discussing than we do discussing the welfare of the orphan.
And that is making a mockery of the Quran.
Because Allah is making this far more important, yet you are occupied with that which is less important. Why is this?
So now we are thinking that you know, knowledge of God to be very well articulating my point and all the this issue. And again, please do not misunderstand me. I am not saying that this is not important. But I'm saying let us give due weight, according to what Islam and what the Quran did. I am not going because an issue is important to me. I'm going to make it your concern.
Because it's a question that I raised, it does not have to be your question. It does not have to be your issue. However collectively when I see that Allah said more about this, and he said that you know, it leads to the Hellfire aloo masala confusion soccer they will be asked what are you doing in the Hellfire? Listen to this beautiful, beautiful powerful verse. alumina, silica concrete soccer. How are you doing here in the Hellfire carlu akumina mousseline, we will not have those who prayed while I'm nothing no permanent miskeen and we will not have those who fed the hungry and the orphan.
Can you believe this? Can you imagine this? yet? I make my main concern, you know, on something like this. Let me tell you one more thing.
The teachings of Islam are not all the same level.
Some are important. Some are less important and some are more important.
Someone would jump and say, wait a minute, are you saying that Mohammed Salim brought something that is not important? That is not what I am saying. I am saying that the level of importance is not the same. Islam is not one horizontal line where everything is equally the same that is not Islam. Rather Islam is a slope, where there are things down here, and there are things that are up here and to be occupied with this, at the time that you are neglecting this, then you are making a mistake. Let me give you an example. In fact, let me give evidence for that statement. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that he man, belief faith is about 70 some branches, the highest of it is La
ilaha illAllah. And the lowest of it is to remove harm from the path of people. Now we get to use the term highest and use the term lowest what is that telling me
that there is a high and that there is a low? Imam Abu Hamad Al Azhar made a phenomenal statement. He said there is a hadith where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says there is nothing by which my servant may come closer to me, other than that which I have made an obligation upon him, and my servant who would want to come closer to me through extra acts of worship, until I become his side by which he sees his ears by which he is here. I stand by what he grasped. And what have you. Remember Mohammed was Allah said, People pay attention to the latter part of the Hadees. But they do not pay attention to the beginning part of the Hadith, Allah said, if you want to get closer to me,
then let it be through that which I have made an obligation upon you. So what does he say? He said, people are more keen in praying taraweeh than they are in praying ashia in general.
Isn't that the case? Ramadan, you know, everyone wants to come and pray. taraweeh but wait a minute, Allah is telling you, if you want to come closer to him, it is through that which he has made an obligation upon you. That is Wait, you know, my heart is much happier when hamdulillah I pray that Russia was America today, whether I pray or not, is much a vibe very much alive. I don't pray, Mashallah. But I have made something or I've done something that was beloved more by Allah subhanaw taala. What happens is that some of us have what we call a microscopic personality.
What does that mean? We have the ability to see that which is a small, very, very well,
if it's a small, we can see it extremely, very well. But you know, what happens if you have a microscopic personality is that you may be able to see the details, you see the details, but you miss out on seeing the bigger picture.
Isn't that what happens? You're very aware of the details, but the bigger picture you are lost. See, focus is what is not paying attention to details only focus is paying attention to the details without losing sight of the bigger picture.
One time and this is mentioned in Buhari
as none epinephrine alone, the lahab number they went to make Hajj
pilgrimage, and when they got to Minar as man was leading the prayers, this is after the death of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam and he decided that he was going to pray for us.
Now traditionally, when in Minar, during the time of Hajj, you shorten your prayers. So you pray to Ross.
So he is there. And so Abdullah have now margosa and said, You know, I have made Hajj was the process.
And in this specific place, at this specific time, I prayed behind him and he prayed to rock us. So maybe you should pray to rock us
on earth man was of a different opinion. And he prayed for us. Now imagine this imagine this not only you have a sound Hadees and authentic hadith, you played behind Mohammed Salah mahalos and you are so shoot, there is no more assurance that there could be no more certainty more than this. So as man prays for rockers and Abdullah press behind him for us. So after the Salah people come to Abdullah Abdullah just could not understand what you did. You said you saw the processes in play took us you played for us with us madness, man. Maybe you should have waited for a man to finish his forecast. And then you come and you do to us like you have seen Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
does. Then Abdullah Abdullah said this and I want you to pay attention to it. He said that is so wrong. shortening my prayers is a Sunnah the unity of the Muslims.
is an obligation you do not waste an obligation to perform?
Do you see that wisdom?
Do you see the ability of looking into the bigger picture,
you are aware of the details. But at the same time, the details because you're so well focused on them do not necessarily make you lose sight of the bigger picture. My brothers and sisters, education is beautiful. But let us do it for the right reason. It's not enough that we know we must act upon what we know. And we must also share what we know with other people. And I say this and I will repeat it again. We are the best oma or we are the best oma like Allah said, that was erected for the welfare of mankind, not for the welfare of the Muslims.
Muslims living in any part of the world, he's our brother, we should feel for him. Muslims are suffering. Muslims are butchered Muslim as slaves. And some of us even they don't feel they don't cry over that. Solomon armory is one organism pain, the whole body feels
whether he's in India, with his bodies, whether he's wherever the Muslim is, he is my brother, I should feel for him.
My brothers and sisters, education is beautiful. But let us do it for the right reason. It's not enough that we know we must act upon what we know. And we must also share what we know with other people. And I say this and I will repeat it again. We are the best among or we are the best, like Allah said, that was elected for the welfare of mankind, not for the welfare of the Muslims, for the welfare of mankind. And I go back again to what was said earlier, what is your contribution, my contribution, her contribution to humanity nowadays, if we claim that we are the best, then that comes with responsibility, and we must provide evidence for May Allah Subhana Allah make us
facilitators of peace. May Allah Subhana Allah make us amongst those who help and contribute to the welfare and to the progress of humanity. Example acclaim for being so attentive, and again on your behalf. I would like to thank the organizers for this beautiful conference, I think that they have set the bar up so high that when I go back to the States, unless it is something of this caliber, no more conferences are going to impress me, people of Chennai Mashallah I think you have really started a beautiful center here, locally, but inshallah It will also be felt and be seen globally, but make sure that you are always part of it. Be part of it, the brothers are saying, you know, this
thing is costing Mashallah It's beautiful. You know, when I come here and I want to see, I wonder who paid for it. I wonder if they need help. I wonder if there is something that I can do. And if there is and there is something that you can do about it, then do not miss out. For the prophet SAW Selim says Adele Alan Heidecker, finally, he will facilitate but he or she, who facilitates for goodness will be rewarded, as if he has done that goodness. Hello, Allahu Allah sallallahu ala nabina Muhammad
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inspirational speech, I hope we'll all be able to benefit from it in Sharla. Before we go forward with the question and answer session, I strongly urge all the brothers and sisters to stick on to the topic. Like always say inshallah, I will try to be as firm as I can to filter out the questions that are not related to the topic inshallah, I encourage you to ask questions and and get more benefit out of Sharia so that we can all further benefit from the remaining session inshallah. So, there we are ready for the first question.
You said in your talk that
you prefer salons in one want to be in a position of inability.
So, I would like to ask like, if a person is in that position, like he'll have the means, but he has potential. What exactly is he supposed to do?
So, good question. We said that it is not fitting to the character of a Muslim that he be in the state of humiliation
Very quickly, there is a difference between humility and humiliation. Humility is praised in the Quran, you be humble. That's what humility is. humiliation is when you are put down and belittled and debased. So that's what we're talking about. Remember my brothers and sisters, let us learn to accept that which we cannot change because it will make us feel better. But what happens is this,
like, not our circumstances, depress us about ourselves, and think that this is temporarily inshallah things will get better. In the meantime, I may not be able to do the best, according to my potential, but the question is, what is the second best that I can do? And that is why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to say, is the angular Wallah attaches a headless element Pharaoh was saying the law he Well, he said, be concerned with that, that benefit, you must, and do not be hopeless, or give up and always seek the help of your Lord. And never say, if I do this, if I have done that, if, because it will just depress you further and more and more, and say my brothers, many
of us are not really living up to our potential. Maybe it is because due to our laziness due to this, but what happens if I'm not living up to my potential, because of circumstances that are out of my control? I will say, what is the second best?
The second best goes next to my list. And that is what I'm going to do.
you emphasize on reading, for the believers, as mentioned the Quran
we Muslims do read Quran for the guidance as consent to the awareness. You also emphasized reading physics, biology, other subjects. Is it advisable from for I mean, in Islam, that we also read other scriptures in order to have an awareness of what it speaks about?
Again, it would have to depend on the intention and the why. Remember what the process of them said, he said, we occupied be consumed with that that benefits you most. If Dr. Zakir is reading the Scripture, then I can see why. And I can say Mashallah, if you're going to be to become the next doctor Zakat night, please read the Scripture. But if you are in an area where there are absolutely no people have the scripture that around you, then I would say, you know what, all the guidance, actually guidance comes from the Quran information may come from other source. So I would say let us read the Scripture that pertain to us directly and not necessarily, you know, so I would say it
really depends on who is asking that question. As far as reading the Scripture, if you deal with them all the time, and you are engaged with interfaith activities, and what have you now say, it would be advisable that you learn something about their faith, so that you are able to relate and give. But if that's not the case, then I would say no, it is permissible in Islam. There are different places in the Quran, where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Allah subhanaw taala, he was, you know, ask them, ask the people that have the scripture as the people that were before you ask the people. So in principle, there is nothing wrong with it. There is a story of Mr. Maha
pub one time reading into the Torah, and the pastor Salim came to him and he said, What are you doing? And he said, I am reading the Torah. And the person themselves said Omar, why do you need the Torah when you have me? Why would you do that? And the scholars have said that the that story is not authentic, the authenticity of that incident is did not really take place. And also it would have not been appropriate that you seek other scripture when you have Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam with you.
My name is saya I am from Pondicherry, I am doing my B tech. My question is what should be our reaction to the education which is confusing to community?
worker it is more interesting, which will create confusion in community but it will be more interesting, what should be our reaction to that kind of education? Can you be a little bit more specific like some mosyle problems, which we have in especially in Tamil Nadu, some scholars may tell something different from other scholars. So it is creating big problems, but they are not that major. Remember, you know,
filler or having different opinions is not necessarily bad. It is healthy. The problem is not the fact that people may have different opinions. The problem is how do people react to the fact that there are different opinions, there is no problematic and this is what is causing the fitna give you an example. great amount of hanifa according to remember hanifa you raise your hand once in the Salah, and that is it. That's it, you don't raise your hands anymore. One time he was praying next to Abdullah Abdullah Mubarak. Now Abdullah Barak raises he
Every time he says Allahu Akbar,
can you imagine this? Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, even in sujood, he raised his hands, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. And he's sitting next to him, Abu hanifa. And remember, hanifa was not only smart, but they said that he was a very funny man. He had a great sense of humor. So when the Salah was over, he looked at him and he said, Abdullah, what are you trying to fly flipping your hands up and down every time?
And I laughed, and he said, You know what, Imam, you raise your hands the first time and I thought you already flew away from us.
But that's exactly how they took it. He is of this opinion, I am of this opinion, life goes on.
He has his proof. He has his proof. His intention to do what he thinks best represents the way Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam prayed. His intention is to pray in the best way he thinks represents the Salah of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and of it. That's one point. The second point is that whenever Mohammed Salah talk he thought was simplicity did not complicate matters. He said some more Kamara, I
pray as you have seen me pray, a better one would come into town. And he will seem to celebrate and he would go and he would pray. You know, sometimes you go into the books of the law, he I do not know where they got this from. And by all means, I am not in the position to criticize the people that are writing it. However, I feel it would be a better representation of the message of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said that there are 15 conditions to make sure that your initial Allahu Akbar is correct.
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What is your duty to yourself is written in what is your duty towards your parent is duty is within? What is your responsibility between you and the Prophet is in the what is the response between you and fellow mankind is everything is within a plan is a sin for all Muslims who do not share with your friend.
He said that there are 15 conditions to make sure that your initial Allahu Akbar is correct. 15 conditions 15 conditions just to make sure that my initial Allahu Akbar is correct. He wants to know, where do I place my hands. He wants to know if I am verbalizing Allahu Akbar, good or not? grammatically. Am I making a mistake? Or am I not making a mistake? And then he wants to know how high did my hands go? How long did they come back? Come on. This is not how I'm taught. And I would not appreciate something like this. It may be detailed. It may be interesting to hear. But it really does not represent the spirit of Mohammed Salah said, Pray as you have seen me pray, I will do this
and don't do that. And he would say you know, boys to be Hanafi Somehow, I was sent to man with a religion that is simple and easy. And that is what attracts many people that come into Asana say no, it is very easy to understand your athletes. It is very easy to go and do the acts of worship because they're not very complicated. You do this you do this and end of the story Allah explained in one verse, or one and a half verse in the Quran. And that was the end of it. What I do not like is when we make small what Allah made big and we make a big deal of that which Allah did not give the same amount of attention. That would be my problem. So I would say you know, it may be
interesting, it may be if you're doing it for the sake of academics, then it would be good but if it is further confusing you then I'll say look at someone that you trust most and he becomes your reference point. will of Allah knows best. Any more questions?
Mississauga I want a guideline from Nvidia and the topic may be different
Afghanistan was attacked, we are keeping quiet because we are not Afghans. Again, when the Iraqis attack, we were keeping quiet because we are not Iraqis. When tomorrow Syria is attacked, we will also do you know,
hear our stories, old histories rewritten
by Zionist in the same day, economically, one section is trying to spy on us in all the industries which are dominating. Now, these, these people are making attempts in this condition, except a praying God, is there any alternative, please? It's a good question. And you can sense the frustration and the anger in the brothers voice. And rightly so. One thing Remember, a Muslim is never pessimistic, my brothers and sisters, remember this always. It may be difficult now, but Subhana Allah who never know the goodness that can come out of it. Let me give you an example. The average number of people that accept Islam in the US before 911 were 25,000 people, every year
become Muslims. When 911 took place, the September 11, massacres, the attacks,
you know, we are thinking in the message of La ilaha illAllah. Our massages are going to be closed, they're probably going to target the Muslims, they're probably going to do this and no one would ever be interested in Islam. Now, September 11, to March The next year, that's how many months,
five months 34,000 people accepted Islam.
Now, you'd never think this, you would never think that, you know, a catastrophe can come with so much goodness in it. The same days, they show some Palestinians dancing in Gaza, you know, celebrating what happened in Philistine, you would think that you know what that is it from now on. That's it, the Palestinians can just forget about it. In October of the next year, over 100,000 Americans march in Washington, DC to speak on behalf of the Palestinians.
It looks initially it looked very bad. But you know, a lot of fantasies in ellerslie you throw in the mail or
indeed with every difficulty and hardship, Allah brings ease. Again, Allah says Allah brings ease, so they will be ease. The question is, what can I do to be part of that process? It could be or become a better student in my school, I will contribute positively more to the people that are around me. I may not have the ability to defend the Iraq war to defend the Syrians or to speak on behalf of the people of South Sudan. I may not be able to do so but always remember what we said earlier, act locally and think globally. That is what we do. And in the process, always we do this because we are told a hora Bismillah Arabic everything that we do is done in the name of our Lord,
seeking His blessings and seeking his aid in the process. Allah Allah Allah knows twist, if possible, I really beg your forgiveness. inshallah, let's make this the final the last question.
Okay, further case study. Paper Holly.
I have two questions. One is last question.
In Muslim, there are separations of many Gemma's some Gemma's may be called stubley and San Dimas in there is in Muslim community there is no not in unique then maybe the separation. So in the came to my my knowledge, there may be one Jamaat will be inshallah entering in Jana. We don't know which which is the right Gemma with Jamal, we have to follow. So there may be a misguided mis misunderstanding between different scholars. Will you prove this through in Quran any versions? And surah and seconds is whether there is this lommel what is the way of prejudice law? Whether there is this clump allowed?
Through this media, we can preach Islam to all like video courage, all those things, but there is there is the allowed in slot. Please answer. As far as your first question is concerned.
We do hear this all the time. There are complaints that you know, there's so many groups going around, these groups are recruiting for themselves and these groups are recruiting. And in the process, this group is telling you that this group is wrong. And this group is telling you that this group is wrong. And it can be very frustrating, especially to our younger brothers and sisters. You know, I want to feel comfortable because it's a religion. It's a dean, you know, this is serious business. So I want to make sure that when I
I belong to a group, I want to make sure that I belong to the correct group. So the frustration is understandable, although not justified, the action, the fact that the way we are so divided, give you an example. Here's how I look at it. This is my personal opinion, I say, we all complement one another, we have five different fingers, my finger by itself, my farm by itself is not really a it's not a it won't do me any much. However, my fingers collectively, we complement one another. This finger may be deficient in that which this singer has. So collectively, we all add to the power of one another. So I'll say Mashallah, my brothers in Jamaica, and we have seen them in the US, I do
not go I do not have the courage. I spoke of courage, I did not have the courage of going to a bar or a nightclub because I saw a Muslim brother or sister entering where, however, my brother from Jamaica would see a Muslim brother or sister going into the nightclub or into the bar, they would go to them and they say, brother, this is really wrong. Why don't you come to us? Well, I love that. I really love that in them and I want them to remain because they are going taking a brother or a sister that I do not have the means of going and getting that brother and sister.
Similarly, there is another group, they are so active in the colleges, they are so active in the universities, I love them because what they are doing is that they are keeping the identity of my Muslim brothers and sisters had these groups not being there, these brothers and sisters would have been lost. So the way I look at it is Masha Allah is taking care of this Mashallah these people are taking care of that, Mashallah they're taken care of here. And he and collectively we complement one another. In the process, I do acknowledge all I know, maybe this could have been done in a better way. Maybe they do luckier me, but no one is perfect.
That's one. Another point is this, that I may be wrong to a certain jamara. As far as organizational is concerned, they're organized, I want to be part of an organization because by myself, I really am not able to do much, but my allegiance belongs to the Muslim Ummah, and also to humanity. I am not going to hate or love people, because whether they belong to my party, or they do not belong to my party, the person that belongs to them actively will lie, he loves Allah and His messenger. And he wants to please Allah and His Messenger, the person that happens to be Salah, one will lie, they love Allah and His messenger. And to me, that is enough, I want to be liked, because these people
chose to join a group that loves his messenger. So my brothers and sisters, again, I see that diversity is healthy. However, it is the way we are reacting to our diversity that is not very healthy.
Open your hearts and just say no, I will accept the brothers. But he remains my brother and sisters, maybe we will talk and do something else. Let me ask you this, this conference right here. Do you think it makes a difference? Whether you are at ability or what other groups are here, or Salafi or this or that? Don't you find the people you know is Dr. Zakir and Avaya what they have presented? Do did we not all benefit from what they have to say?
It was so beneficial, that we have got some non Muslim friends attending.
So you're telling me that non Muslims may attend and benefit that Muslims may not attend, because they want but I have a problem with this kind of logic. And that's why whenever we see these types of division, although they may look religious on the outside, but the Quran says they are to to want to turn against a man has to have one mukuro be avena by no matter what all Baba, when they became negligent of that which was revealed to them, we put animosity and hatred amongst them.
So the minute I see animosity and hatred, I say, we've done something wrong, because that's not how it's supposed to be doing. And then the prophet SAW Selim would tell us, you know, should I inform you about the best of deeds the best? They're better than fasting all the time and praying all the what is it prophet of Allah, he would say it is to reconcile between people. But we're never engaged in reconciling. We're always engaged in dividing people. And finally, I'd say that you know, the second question is regarding using this type of venues to spread the word of Islam is one of the most beautiful things nowadays, is this concept of internet and videos and CDs and cassettes,
because they are a way of spreading the deen of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Dr. czaka told us the other day, these programs will soon be if you find them beneficial, is that that these programs will be eight to 150 nations are going to benefit from it.
The other day I was watching the news here. And as I was flipping the channels, I recognized one of the priests back in the US his message
is going to the people of India. And I said so Pamela,
a priest in the US, has his message heard in India? Why can't an Imam a shave that has something to offer? Why can't his message be heard to the people of the US and to the people of this and to the people of that. So I think they are a beautiful way Alhamdulillah we see that they are being put into good use. Let me tell you this. Do you know how fast internet is? It is 3000 miles a second. That's how fast it is 3000 miles a second.
By the time I blink, the person is already somewhere else, blink twice and they are in your blink again and they're in you know and the other part of the world 3000 a second. And Allah has facilitated this for us and now it is up to us to make good use of it and May Allah bless the brothers that are making good use of this again, Zakouma here. Thank you for your attention. do not need to keep you here for so long had a la
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