Channel: Yusuf Chambers
If we look at our society today, we clearly see a decline that corresponds with a growing lack of morality or even a common one that we can all accept.
As a society, we are not working together and all the social indicators and statistics that are presented in this talk show that British Society is collapsing around us.
Social indicators like the rise in Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD s), vicious dog attacks, gun crime, growing debt, depression, suicide are all pointing in on direction – to destruction. That is unless we as a community make a change.
Yusuf Chambers then looks at the example of Islamic Spain, a multicultural, multi ethnic society that our very own British society is based upon. What is the common denominator that is mission – God, or Allah in Arabic.
Today’s modern society has done away with the God and that ultimate designer and creator has now been subjugated by His creation.
Where is the positive engagement from the Christian and Jewish societies? The statistics show that the Churches and Synagogues are growing emptier year on year.
When are we the Islamic Community in Britain going? Our Mosques are still full but for how long?
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Salam Alaikum and peace be upon all of you. If you are don't understand what Salaam Alaikum means peace be unto you. That's all it means. It doesn't it's not rocket science is not difficult to understand. It doesn't involve anything to do with terrorism.
Okay, so there's no bombs under your seats. Okay? And just to hasten fourth, we mean you no harm As salam alaikum peace be unto all of you from London
from St. James's Park.
I mistakenly called it the stadium of light earlier on, please forgive me.
There is no light here. It's dark outside anyway. But I just like to sort of welcome you and explain who I am really, I sometimes I don't even know who I am actually, frankly speaking, you know, I wake up day in and day out. And you know, I look at the media. You see, I turn the TV on Sky News, BBC.
And I think to myself, sometimes, I don't really want to be alive in this world.
It's a pretty difficult place to be, regardless of whether you're black white,
Newcastle, United Football supporter or Bristol city's border like me.
for my sins.
It's difficult if you're a Muslim, wearing a hijab, hijab is that covering that women put on their hair.
And it's difficult if you're a Muslim, it used to be very difficult if you were black in this country.
And I hail from an area in Bristol called simples. I spend a lot of time there.
And our topic tonight really addresses the issue of community cohesion. What exactly is community cohesion?
It's a difficult one, it's one that the government struggling with the police that I'm working with a struggling with, the youth workers are struggling with. And frankly speaking, I don't know anyone who doesn't who even understands the term community cohesion
is a difficult one.
And analysis of modern Britain, is what is entitled but of course, I can't do adjust justice to the topic, so vast as an analysis of modern Britain in 60 minutes, or even 60 hours or 60 days. But what I can do is touch on some pertinent points from an Islamic perspective,
from a human perspective, for as part of as Muslims consider every single human being in this planet, to be the children of Adam and Eve.
And this is what I want to present to you tonight. real community cohesion means that I want to address you as the children of humanity, not as Muslims, as Bengalis as Newcastle people, or Bristol aliens. But as human beings of the wonderful network of diverse cultures and communities of religious groups.
Some of them very good, some of them not so good. Some of them following paths, which are harming us, some of them following paths, which are adding wonderful benefit to our culture and our society, our wider society in Britain today.
This is where we start from.
We look at fear of violence and crime in our society today.
And later on
our fellow colleague, the guy who's coming now, you know his name, what's his name again?
Tupac, was it? No, he's dead, right? Anyway, he's coming. And he will explain from firsthand evidences from firsthand anecdotes that, you know, getting involved in crime, in violence, in drugs, in prostitution in gangs, ain't no good. In his words, is going to be like that.
Breaking Point or breaking point is what I really want to discuss with you guys is is there is there a point now we have to sort of stop, you know, in our tracks, think for a while contemplate, discuss with other people of different faiths and different cultures and different ethnic backgrounds. Have you got any ideas about how we can get on better? This is community cohesion through community cohesion is not about I heard it in the Daily Mail
and you guys are bad.
I turned on the BBC. And the story told me that you guys are all terrorists. This is the way unfortunately, that we people, we find out about each other, instead of going to each other, addressing each other, identifying with each other, trying to understand each other's needs concerns, as neighbors, as fellow citizens, we look at the media and 85% of the non Muslims here, find out about Islam through
you guessed it, the tabloid journals. Wow. No wonder we hate each other. I'd hate you. I'd hate the Muslims. If I read those things every day.
Thank God, I meet them. And I celebrate the differences and the similarities between Muslims and non Muslims.
But I want to also end with a discussion about Sharia, you know, Sharia or Islamic law, because there's a lot of confusion. There's, of course, Bishop, Ron Williams has made some statements about Sharia, taken totally out of context by a national media, in my understanding is a good Christian guy, who just wanted to say a few words, he didn't want to harm anyone. And funnily enough, the Muslims didn't even get involved in this discussion.
the non Muslim audience is out there. institutions, and the media, engaging with one another, discussing this topic. And really, the people they should be asking, Are the people who know about Islam and Sharia law, but it didn't happen. And this is partly because of the lack of ability of Muslims to really get involved in the wider in the mainstream. They've been isolated to for too long.
911 made them go out and reach out into places they've never been before.
Star Trek, you remember Star Trek?
boldly go where no man has gone before. Now. You're all too old. Come on, you must see what Star Trek in the past Star Trek. Okay. See, I didn't watch it. Right. So, look,
I want to show you this to start with. You want to read it, but don't read the fifth, sixth. Anyway. The problem is these something people are rubbish in their own country. They come over here they bring nothing except problems of no interest about us and our ways. Ages live among their own. Who said that? Why did they say it? Put your hands up? If you know
you got any ideas? I'll accept any answer.
Who said it? And why?
bush have my job.
Yeah, he wouldn't use that word actually.
Right. Um, anyone else with any other suggestions? This is serious comment. I mean, it's pretty awful comment to start with
BNP, who they? They hear? I don't think so. I don't think the BNP would say things like that. Would you? Do you really? Maybe Anyone else?
Okay, listen, listen, I'm gonna tell you. You ready? You ready? Can you read it? This is a
quote from an angry Spaniards. Referring to the 300,000 Brits that go to the Costa del Sol and ruin their lives in Spain.
Our favorite European friends, our favorite, you know, you know, we love the Spaniards we love going on holiday there.
We've all been there, haven't we? I've been there a few times on the Costa del Sol back in the days we used to go there.
And this surprises me. But what does it indicate to you? It indicates that we need to sometimes turn the
turn the stuff around, put the boot on the other foot and we need to engage with new ideas. These are new idea for most people, they would never have guessed that that statement would come from a Spaniard and talking about us as Brits. So it's like that when you're wearing a hijab sometimes, not that I wear hijabs, right, but my wife tells me like, right, it's like that when you are engaged, you know, as a different cultural religious group within a majority or a minority within a majority majority. And
community cohesion is about breaking down those barriers.
But it's about having a level playing fields, a level playing field to discuss those things, a forum where we can all, you know, understand one another and have a better shared common future for everyone. Really, I think that's what this is all about tonight. This is what this event is about. And this is wonderful that you know, we've got so many people, it's a shame, sometimes that it has to happen. Because the media, get involved and say, that's this guy who, you know, became Muslim, who used to be a gangster is coming down to town, it should be that we just call each other and say, we got this fantastic event, fantastic venue, we've got some great guys coming down, come and join
the party. And we come down, but it didn't happen like that. It happened because we are obsessed with the media.
And we listen to the media.
We don't listen to our mothers and fathers kids. We don't listen to the teachers. We don't listen to our police officers on the beats. We cast them, we curse them, we cast our mothers, this is the way we become. And I will show you through quite a number of social indicators that we have become like that. And it's really shameful, regardless of race, color, culture, creed, color, gender, we all like that. Now, we're all like, why, and what can we do to address the needs of our white community? And to get on well, for better common futures for everyone? This is it. Now this is a statement, I want you to read this statement.
Because I want you to know the Muslim community a little bit better. This is what they were one day. It's not what they are now. This is the statement.
Yet, they were knowledge and learning everywhere. Except in Catholic Europe, at a time when even kings could not read or write, or Maurice King had a private library of 600,000 books. At a time when 99% of the Christian people were wholly illiterate. The Mori city of Cordoba had 800 public schools, and there was not a village within the limits of the Empire where the blessings of education could not be enjoyed by our children, the most indigent peasants, and it was difficult to encounter even a Moorish peasant that could not read or write. We're talking about an age around between 700 to 14, or the late 15th century. This is Spain in the 15th century, where that Spaniard
was talking from right, the one who said he hates the Brits, because he you know, they destroy their lives. They don't care about us, and we don't.
Spain started off like this, there was a period of 800 years of Muslim rule where people lived under Sharia conditions. The Christians used to live together, the Jews would live together. And many Jews consider that that was the golden age of Judaism in that period of 750 years.
In 1492, the Muslims lost their power. And the Christians came and took over their lands. The Christians were told you either live or you die. Okay, sorry. The other way around, the Muslims were told you either lie, sorry, die, who you leave, don't lie with they had to lie. Actually, there's not it's not a lie. They had to lie to stay, because they say that we're Christians.
This is a terrible event in 1492.
Yet, in 1992 500 years later,
the world peace talks were held in Barcelona. The World Cup was held in Barcelona. The Olympics were held in Barcelona. Why?
Interesting, isn't it? How on earth are we supposed to get on as human beings as civilians, as brothers and sisters in humanity? If we're being told that 1492 was a great year
when Muslims was massacred and thrown out of Spain?
You see, so these are the starting points where we, we need to educate people. A lot of Muslims don't know what I'm telling you. Now, a lot of Muslims, I've had to tell them and correct them. You know, just Portugal. The word Portugal where does the word Portugal come from?
Both a gala. Botha gala means the land of oranges in Arabic, it's an Arabic term. So that is a place that had
Islamic beginnings or Muslim beginnings. And Cordoba Alhambra, Alhambra, the Palace of Alhambra. It had it has the highest number of tourists in any place in Spain, not the Casa Del Sol.
Bravo, you will find Alhambra, the palace there where the Muslims had their seat of power and create their civilian. Their wonderful, you know, civilizations from there
are the greatest tourist attractions Spain has. And lastly paella.
Does anyone know what paella is paella you know that rice and seafood and chicken it's lovely isn't is a good dish. That's actually a Muslim dish. What happened? They used to pass the plate around the courtyard. Okay. Right like that. And they used to put a little bit of rice on there but a prawns, the next neighbor put something on next neighbor put something on until they got back to square one. And they used to give that to the poor in the in the courtyard, that dish is actually like a charity. So just a few things I wanted to tell you about Spain, okay, because a lot and I've spoken in Spain, and many Spanish never knew where the dish came from. And they never knew anything about
Muslims even being in their lands, because nobody educates them. Even in the schools here, you will find that no one tells you anything about the history of the Muslims, as far as they're concerned, from the 700 to the 1300. With the Dark Ages, and we don't talk about it, it was only the dark ages in Europe, I have a letter from a king, they in back to the 11th century saying, asking the Sultan in Cordoba, saying, Can you please accept my two daughters and educate them? You know, because we don't have any places for to educate them.
So, this is a starting point.
Let us look as a community
as a group of people who really want to love one another for the sake of Allah in my terms if for the sake of God, okay, for your sake, I don't know who you love. Maybe you love your daughters and your sons. I love my daughters, my sons as well. But we need to reach out to one another and be honest with each other. Be honest. We need to look at crime. We need to look at alcohol. We need to look at youth violence. Dogs, you know vicious dogs, where I come from, in Ladbroke Grove, the grove, as they call it? Yeah, man, the growth. You get me? You understand me, man. Actually, all of this is, you know what my children are talking. And so I know, I know the lingo very well. In the
growth per household, you probably find at least one dog, you know, and these dogs are not they're not like poodles, you know, poodles, you can cake and get away with it. These dogs, if you kick them, you'll lose your foot. I'm telling you. So you go around, and we start to look at these different problems that we've got in society, the STDs, STDs was that dialling code? No, it is a sexually transmitted disease. Okay, these are the things which are happening amongst us. And it's not always being explained by our governments, by our politicians, by our you know, senior medical people in the right way. Rape, and I want to look at debt. So let's start off with the United
Kingdom, which has in 2004 had the highest burglary figures of 18 EU countries. You see, we have to deal with this day in and day out. If I leave anything in my car, you know, I leave anything in my car, even an old coat. Somebody was smashed the window in Lovegrove in London. Yeah, I don't know if it's like that in Newcastle is as bad as that
is good. It appears that I should come and live up here. shouldn't I? You got any dogs? Those big vicious ones? Okay, right. That's two good things. Okay. We do have massive burglary figures in these in this country. Okay. And day in and day out. We're worried about who's going to knock on our door. The other night. I was just sleeping like you do in the night? Yeah. And suddenly, the bell rings from outside intercom.
half asleep, half awake, strong. Push the button, let them in not thinking
this guy comes up to the door. And I look outside through the people like you do in London, believe me. And sky covers the people up and starts banging on the door. Oh
my god. You know what you want to know about fear? Fear of crime. Usually three o'clock in the morning. Someone's banging on your door covering the people up. And he's drunk because he's doing this. Yeah. Oh man. He wants to get in. He wants me bad.
I found the police
in Lubbock grow
It's not a good idea, because there's not enough of them. So you pick up the phone. Hello. I need you urgently. Please come now. There's a madman knocking on my door. Yes. Well, how long has he been there? Look, he's knocking on my door. Why do you need to know? No, I need to really, you know, get let just explain what is he look like and look, just get someone over here quickly. I'm worried
kids are in the other room just next to where he's knocking, right? Phone goes down 40 minutes later, he's still there, and the police haven't come.
This is the fear of crime. I'm talking about brothers and sisters in humanity. This is the fear of crime that we don't seem to be able to understand is happening.
Eventually someone comes on the in the passageway, and he sort of goes off 10 minutes later the police say Is everything okay?
I'm not blaming the police and blaming me. I'm blaming us, because we don't work together to have cohesive societies, cohesive communities where these people won't be allowed to do that. It's not the fault of the police is not the fault of the social services is the four of us. Neighbors, one another, loving one another for the sake of God. Like I said, Muslims, you should be that.
Christians you should be that Jews, you should be that. humanists you should be that. And we have a better society. For everyone shared common futures like they say.
You get me. You get me me.
How about the kill?
Turn on any PlayStation? Any 3d, whatever it is bloody game. And on the computer on the silver screen, wherever you turn it on. The kids are killing kids. And the kids are killing characters. And the characters are killing the kids.
Bang soon have shotguns not recommended? Yeah. Big vicious dogs, ugly monsters. terrorizing our children.
Most of it has to be said, comes from America.
gang culture comes from America
comes from I'm not blaming the Americans. I'm blaming us. Like I said, You've got children. killing children. Kids, I can see them in the audience here now. old enough to kill now homicides, murder.
Yeah, killing them. And then you got some kids killing their parents. This is happening as well. You got kids killing teachers. This happened in London, two years ago,
headmaster of the school, he got murdered by some of the People's.
And it's all the sort of
it is this media that we allow to oppress us with, you know, like I say, the
PS tos and the psps.
And I think the Wi Fi, or the Wi Fi is coming now. And my son has it there. So I watched him play it.
And you know, it's not too bad because it's like the brain trainer and Olympics and stuff like that. So I recommend that one is like the best of a bad bunch. The rest of them, switch them off. Get rid of them. There was one rabbi who was asked,
he said, Would you allow television set in your house? He said, Would I allow an open sewer to run in my house?
It's what he said. And there are many people now, they are asking big questions about what we should allow the eyes of young kids to see.
You see, on every street corner, there is a woman bending over an object to sell it. This is the truth. In London, you go there, you will find the image of woman is Dutch. The image of a woman is the
woman is not respected.
They are only used to buy and sell.
You know, and it comes also is reiterated in this culture of hip hop and rap, hip hop and rap. Big time.
a woman is referred to as bitch as Whoa, whoa, slag. These are the terms that we should call women by
mother. Darling, dear, maybe but not all flags.
my God. And this is the culture we've let invade us as British people. We used to have something, we used to have some intelligence, we used to have something special that the world loved.
we've lost something, we need to get it back to my suggestion that we need to spend more time thinking about other possibilities, other ways to share our livelihoods to share our lives as fellow citizens and human beings of this planet Planet Earth, England, Newcastle.
Now, alcohol has been in the news a lot. And I'm not asking people to think, right, the old alcoholic beverages and all drinking is bad. In fact, the Quran when it refers to alcohol, it says the good in it is outweighed by the bad. Yeah. And he says if you come to a state of prayer, later on it said, in a state of intoxication, you won't know what you're saying. So don't come in to save and detoxification. In fact, the desert Arabs used to be the heaviest drinkers among all the worlds, because they didn't have any purified water, they used to drink wine. Right? And when the Prophet Muhammad
Sallallahu, alayhi wasalam peace and blessings be upon him, when he, when he declared this verse saying that alcohol is has evil in it, don't drink it, because you can't think about what you're saying in your prayers. The Streets of Medina ran with wine for a few days, because they got rid of it very quickly.
So, in our society, it is clear that at least half if not more, because some of the figures are massage, you see, at least half if not more of violent crimes happen when under the intoxication of alcohol or some other drug like that. So we should consider how we go about this. And why is it in Britain, it's, you know, the effects of these alcoholic beverages are much more than, let's say, then continental Europe, like Spain, and France, etc. We need to look into these things. We need to get real and start thinking.
Again, 40% 46% of all violent incidents believed victims believed their offenders to be under the influence of alcohol. Yeah. 39% of all domestic violence cases involve alcohol. Okay.
Very, very important figures British crime survey.
What about women? It's an incidence Now recently that new medical research has taken place since the woman has ventured forth in the workplace, which is a good thing. We need women in the workplace. I'm not saying I want to go and join the Taliban tomorrow. But I'm telling you that when a woman goes out, a man goes out. Where are the kids? Who's babysitting the kids? Let's have a look. PSP, PS to Wi Fi. And a stranger, you invited into the house?
And you don't know him? He doesn't know you. He doesn't know little Jimmy and little Adam. But he wants to know them.
Yeah, you get me?
Yeah, it's bad. Bad news.
So what we're talking about here, of course, I'm saying it in that way, but it's very serious. We are allowing our children to be influenced by people that really shouldn't be influencing our children. They shouldn't be looking after our children. And so the woman when she goes out to the workplace, and she's fighting to pay the mortgage, because by the way, in lab growth, I don't know what it's like up here. But it costs 750,000 pounds for a three bedroom,
terraced house with a little pokey garden. You couldn't even put a bird flying around it, right? 750,000 pounds. And guess what, guys, you need 10 times that that's minimum 75,000 salary just to pay for that mortgage. And that's why this morning I was listening to overwhelming figures amongst the middle class 57 or 50 56% of them cannot afford to buy a house now. Okay, amongst the what they called lower class or poor class or working class. 80% can't afford to buy their own house now in England. Yeah, it's the land of freedom, democracy and we can't do what we want.
Do really, you know, we need to start thinking rethinking what's affecting us? What's it what's affecting us? HSBC?
HSBC gonna make 12.2? Or is it 20 point 2 billion the other day. That was their recorded figures. 20 point 2 billion. That's why you can't afford your mortgage, my friends, you know, and all of the banks have made huge profits this year was everyone is losing money hand over fist, you see.
And yet, when the government was approached by some unions to say
that we want another holiday for the workers, because they're really oppressed, you know, they said, Sorry, we can't afford to lose 7 billion pounds. You see, because that's what it costs to give one day off for all of the people in the country bank holiday, they call it? Yeah. So profits come before you and I, you see
80,000 people working in prostitution in England.
Overwhelmingly, most of them, okay. are under the influence of serious Class A or Class A plus plus drugs, you know, serious drugs. Okay. What are we doing about these poor people?
You see, we're allowing, as it cannabis to be downscaled, you see. And somebody said the other day, if alcohol was classified, it would be a
bit no one says anything about alcohol, because the government makes serious dough every year in the budget.
10 pounds on the price of a pint of beer, you know, okay, we'll have to pay. Right? So what's going on? It's becoming more and more difficult to live in the UK. It is. And we need to start changing. We need to get hold of our communities and start asking questions we need to get hold of our MPs and our counselors and our civic leaders and start asking what's going on guys?
What is going on?
violence in the UK schools is another really serious issue. Are there any teachers here? You teach us? One, two.
I've been into many schools and I've seen the changes from when I was at school in Bristol Portishead in Bristol. Go Dino comprehensive. You want to phone them and ask them whether I went there. You know you anyway, you don't want to do that. But the
in that school, I remember we used to have the old fight. You know, you start the old fight. Back round the shed. The Hard Knocks of the school used to follow him there because you see a bit of violence, gratuitous violence. Yeah.
So he used to go off and not the other guy on the floor. bit of blood on his face. That was it. Nowadays, you don't fight in schools you kill.
That's what's happening. It's happening. stabbings in school. Okay. In the schools that I know of in London, is frequent. And now they're building huge, great big fences, erecting fences around the schools. It's true. And I went to a school I gave a lecture. And the head teacher said to me, as you're leaving, can you please make sure he will lock the door because they will all escape.
This is where we're living.
Why is it happening? Why?
Why can't we rethink these things? We know things are going wrong. We know things are progressively getting worse and worse. The government massage is the biggest.
And they pretend that it's not getting worse. But year on year decade on decade is getting worse. And everyone tells me Oh yeah, but it was like that back in the day when it you know, I mean, we used to do those things. But it's not like that. Because the the statistics prove is getting worse and worse and getting more violence progressively day in and day out.
two thirds of teachers in the UK have been physically or verbally assaulted in the past year. 17% threatened with incidents involving weapons. weapons.
weapon is a tongue. Your tongue is a weapon. Yeah, serious weapon, lethal weapon. But when you start presenting knives, pin knives, pens, whatever they call them, and you start frightening teachers who were supposed to be in a position of authority on you. What's happening? What's that all about?
What is it all about?
Almost all teachers 99% of them
said they've been verbally abused by their pupils in the past year, with 74% claiming it happened at least once.
every two or three weeks, every two or three weeks?
What is happening with us? We lost the plot.
And we stopped thinking,
what is it?
We are not being nice to each other. And it starts off with our kids, and the relationship they build with their parents.
You see, even my children, I'm finding, I'm not saying that I'm any better than you. I'm not saying because I'm a Muslim that I've got absolute. I know exactly what to do. I don't. That's why I'm speaking here today. Maybe some of you guys have got some good ideas about how we can get together and how we can make this society a better society. And we can stop these things happening. And I think I've given you some ideas. It's about community cohesion, but it's about real community cohesion, not ticking boxes, ticking boxes. That's what we're good at, isn't it? I need that funding tick. Oh, yeah. I done that.
health and safety. Yeah, I've done that.
Outreach. Yeah, I've done that. One day last year.
With four people when they turn it up.
We not engaging My dear brothers and sisters in humanity, not doing
St. James's Park is full on a Saturday.
And our community centers are empty. Every day, our churches empty every day, our synagogues, and even the mosques will be empty soon.
our community engagement places, the forums, they're empty as well.
Over 20% of teachers have been verbally or physically assaulted by a parent. We're not just talking about kids. We're talking about the the ones who are addressing the issues of bringing their offspring up into this world.
So look, if Joey is attacking the teacher, what's he doing with his peers?
is killing. And there was one case a couple of years ago, a 15 year old kid walked into the classroom and raped the female teacher in broad daylight.
You think I'm joking?
You guys need to read.
Because when I read, I get fright. I get sick, actually. And I've got nowhere else to go. I'm Irish, right? My father's Irish. My mother is a sorry, person bowling. Sorry.
I got nowhere else to go.
I'm stuck here. I can't go to Afghanistan. I don't know. I can't even read the I can't read or write Afghani. Or do
I can't go to Saudi Arabia. Because I just see some injustice over there.
I can't go anywhere in the world. I've tried. I've traveled in every part of the world.
When I come back, my heart is attached to Britain. I'm a British person.
But I'm a person who has endeavours to try and make the society better place a better place for myself. Yeah, I'm selfish. And for my children, and for my neighbors and the Prophet Mohammed. By the way, he said, Hello Islam, Sal, Allahu Allah. Islam means peace and blessings be upon him. By the way, when I keep saying that, he's not that I got a nervous twitch in the mouth or something. But
40 that way, is your neighbors. And 40 that way, you got to look after 40 over there, and 40 over there. If you don't look after them. You get judged brothers and sisters in Islam, you get judged for not looking after them. And you know what, looking after the neighbor is he said, he said you're not looking after and then a bit is the harm that they do unto you. You suffer with patience. That's what's looking after the neighbor because if you suffer that harm they do unto you sooner enough, they're going to come over to you like the Prophet Mohammed said that when the Jewish girl, the Jewish lady that used to throw rubbish outside his door. One day, she didn't turn up. You see, she
didn't turn up. So he knocked on the door, and he was worried. Why didn't you throw the rubbish today? She's he said. So he finds that the woman is dying on a deathbed she's on a deathbed.
So this is an indication that as soon as she saw that man who she's done evil to for years and years, she said, verily you must be a prophet. And she accepted Islam there and then you see, it's not easy to be a good citizen. It's not easy to stand up against the tide. When the tide is coming forward. The first thing that
First need that you have to is to save your life and jump up on the bank isn't it? Get out of the way.
But we need to stand up against the tide
for the sake of our progeny for the sake of these kids here
in the us again this is related very much to what the what our dear respected on guests will speak about later on today.
That when asking young us Black Girls,
I don't know why they asked black girls don't ask me I didn't read the the research very, very closely. But when asking them
who spent those who spent a lot of time watching
rap music, listen to rap music, you know, watching all that sort of scene that we've been discussing.
They were more likely to binge drink, have sex with multiple partners test positively for marijuana and have negative body image, negative body image because they're constantly being called halls and bitches.
They're constantly being referred to as basically
an object of desire.
That's what it is.
And that is the reality out there in society when it comes to women.
It really is. I don't see any different and in fact, it's getting worse. Have you noticed? When I was a kid, I was a paper boy. Yeah, you said three paper rounds. He's be the richest paper boy in in Bristol. And you know what? I remember, the pornography was on the top shelf? Yeah. You remember that day when the pornography was right on the top shelf?
Nowadays, it's on the bottom shelf?
Yeah, nuts. Yeah. The star? The sport? Yeah, you can see them all there on the bottom shelf for all the kids to view Oh, my God, what's that? I don't know.
We better find out. Let's ask mom and dad when we get home tonight. I don't think they're gonna do that.
Yeah, this is true. So it's about having respect for our mothers having respect for our other, the other half of civilization, the women, the women who bring the children up for nine months, my wife is pregnant. For the last nine months. For the last seven months, I've observed the pain, the torture that she's had to go through bearing a child.
But the society doesn't value a woman. It's true.
A media system uses the image of a woman terribly. We got to do something about it. I think all of us will agree. Apart from the guys who like to read the papers, maybe but you know, I saw something really sick the other day. I don't know if you think this is sick. But tell me if you don't. Honestly.
A guy was reading the sun. And he was open. It was all open on page three. You know what's on page three is not football is it? That's on the back page. So page three, and he has his daughters. He's holding his daughter like that. And he's got the page open. I'm thinking what's happened here? Am I approved?
Or is that really happening? You see. And I've seen many cases, even porn, pornographic magazines, guys reading them on the train next to a woman
you know, is disrespecting them, you see.
So we got into this thing.
We've looked also some research between 15 and 17 year olds, 540 of them were looked at and they were questioned about their, their drinking habits. You see.
They track the drinking habits of 540 young people
from five secondary schools for over 18 months and revealed that one in 10 of the youngsters felt drinking disrupted their education at crucial times was doing their GCSEs. Right.
First thing is it's disruptive. for them. It's disruptive for the other kids. You know, it's peer pressure. Lots of things going on here for you 59%. were drinking once a week at the start growing to 80% by the end of the research.
36% claims that not to have been asked for proof of the age before the
before the study started.
And this issue. I'm not saying I'm very serious about this issue. I mean, a lot of the crimes about these dogs that are out in our society never get mentioned with us just some of the graphic images of children that have been bitten by Johnny here. Yeah, this is Johnny
Johnny has been biting people, right?
And Johnny gets treated better than the human beings in the society. It is true now. My Mother, she loves the dogs more than she loves me, I'm sure sometime. Maybe it's because it's me. But I mean, but look, how can we stop this happening to children like this? These are motive figures. But there's been an increase of 40% in the last four years, to 3800 a year of people that have been admitted to NHS establishments with dog bites, serious attacks, and many of the I don't know, the figures of how many deaths, but definitely, there's been some high profile deaths two or three last year. Okay. Why are we allowing these things and we are told that pitbulls have been stopped, but
there's a whole load of other dogs coming in to replace the pitbulls. Yeah.
And when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases,
syphilis is something they got rid of, in the 60s, in the 60s, when I was born,
they got rid of them and 19 1997 through 2006, there was a 1,607% increase in the number of people who can contracted syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease. chlamydia is a disease which you don't know you got, you don't know you got it until you try and have a baby and you find out you're sterile. You know, the erodes your organs from within you, you don't know you got it.
And that's massively on the increase a lot. And but the problem is, many of people don't even know they've got these STDs, because they don't ever go and get checked. Got to go to the doctors.
You know, and again, herpes, and all these different things are still on the increase despite big government campaigns to stop, you know, people trying to have sex, under age and stuff like that without condoms, etc. But the issue is that on the one hand, you get the message out loud and clear. Don't do this. Don't do this is bad for you. Yeah. Say No, you remember back in the 70s, the 80s. Just say no to drugs? Yeah. Then all the other media is pumping the message, drink drugs, drink drugs, sex, drink, drugs, sex everywhere. So there's a contradiction in terms.
We as a community,
not as Muslims are not as non Muslims as a community, we need to do a lot more to address these issues, and to try to find some solutions.
73,000 people are living with AIDS in this country right now.
A third of them, were unaware that they even had the disease.
At the end of June 2007, nearly 40,000 men who had sex with men had been diagnosed with HIV. If I am a humanist,
I'm not going to let any PC, get in my way to tell me, I'd like to save your life. If I'm a true humans, I will tell you the truth, if it's something which is affecting you, is going to hurt you. I would like to stop that hurt. And that punishment happening to you. So I will tell you
that this statistic proves something.
I'll leave that for you to decide. But over 14 estimated 40 million people living with AIDS today. Okay, 40 million people. Right? 3 million deaths in 2004.
aids in the US is even more stark, right?
Around 77% of adults and adolescents living with AIDS or men.
a very big percentage of them 59% are people men having sex with men. And 20% of those are intravenous drug users. So if you add those two fingers up of all the men, you'll find that that's nearly 80% of people doing things which really should be a question mark about why they should do it.
Really, there's an issue. I'm not saying don't allow them in society. No, that would be wrong. But I'm saying I want to help my brothers and sisters in humanity from stopping them doing things which are going to harm them. And if I'm a real honest guy, I'm going to tell you like it the way it is. Like it says in the in the in the Bible, it says in loot. Like it says in the NGO, the NGO is the Gospels, like it says in the mood, like it says in the Koran, like it says in every major religious work. Don't do that stuff because it's
backfill, the evil that your hands brought forth, will cause you know, into suffering. She's true.
But you might have your own ideas about that. Look,
rape, one in four women in the world says they've experienced sexual violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. 47,000 women,
adult women are raped every year in the UK.
Just a few statistics, okay, just to give bring home to you some of the stark realities of what it's like to live as some of the population to live here in the UK.
But it's not all bad. Of course, there are many, many good things about living here in the UK, we still have our national health service, we still have some education establishments, which are worth taking our children to, we still have good universities, we still have free to a point,
we still have
a little amount of corruption compared to what you see, especially in Muslim countries, you can still be a Muslim here, better than you can be anywhere in the world. It's my advice to you guys to really start looking, taking stock of yourselves. And we all start taking stock of ourselves to try and find a better way and a better shared future.
The problem with rape, of course, is that the figure of actual convictions now is so drastically horribly low, only 5.7% as of 2007.
So, when rapes happen, they don't always get punished, as you know,
looking at debt as an issue, we are living increasingly, with the sceptre of debt rising and falling out of all proportion all around us, the average family in this country has 5000 pounds on their credit card.
The average family can't really afford to pay the mortgage repayments these days.
And if you look at this chart, this is an indication from 1993 to 2007.
And this is credit card, credit card spending here. This is consumables others like cars and whatever it is expensive dresses and watches. And this is
secured loans. So you can see from 93 that that has at least doubled if not almost trebled in the number in the terms of the number of people borrowing stuff, to have a lifestyle.
And now you remember back in the days used to used to give your house and used to give all your your money to your kids, didn't you? You know, put it in the will. Now what you do is you sign over your mortgage repayments. That is a reality.
It is a reality.
And you know I can't afford a house. I'll never afford a house as far as I'm concerned. Unless tomorrow, the house price, you know, plummet severely. You know, I don't think it's going to do that somehow. But it is a frightening thing. When questioned 2000 people a question in a BBC survey about two years ago, and one out of six of the people that was questioned, said they regularly lost sleep because of their debts, amounting spiraling out of control deaths. Why is that such an issue?
According to UNICEF,
around about 30,000 children die each day due to poverty in the world. Yeah, I need to relate it because this is a global economy. We live in a global economy. What happens here in Newcastle and London, ultimately affects what happens in Africa and in the developing countries and developing worlds. So we can't ignore it. 30,000 Kids dying every day, for every $1 in AIDS.
The developing country receives $25 $25 is spent on servicing the debt. You know, just paying for that $1. That's called interest. What used to be called in the Bible usury remember that term when we used to read the Bible usury Oh yeah. What's that man?
usury. We call it an Arabic they call Reba. Reba. Reba is interesting. It's when you make money out of money.
That's why the HSBC made so much money because we are borrowing more than we've ever done before from these people. We're borrowing from these people, and we're not paying it back. They're paying 1520 times 30 times the amount back when we give them $1 that's the reality. This is why we have a life here. 20% of the world's poverty.
In the developing nations consume 86% of the world's goods. That's us, by the way, we're amongst the 20%. We don't know what we've got. We haven't got a clue. Now I worked for international relief in a organization. And if you see what the people have got over there, you will respect yourself so much. I think it should be standard par for the course that every child who goes to UK school here needs to spend a week in a refugee camp in Somalia.
You will then understand what you've got. Yeah, I reckon we should make that as part of the curriculum. We have to understand what people don't have and what we have.
Almost half Kofi Annan said that almost half of the world's population lives on less than $2 a day.
31 billion batches of Prozac. This is the next issue
31 billion or million, should I say million batches of Prozac were prescribed in 2006. In England alone.
We have become a nation of also very depressed people.
And the funny thing is, and crazy thing is, it's not just the
the poor, the like the classified working class, we're in that category? No. It's very rich and famous and well off people. You know, like Robbie Williams is IT guy, the crazy musician, Robbie Williams
is addicted to Prozac wasn't at one stage.
May Allah guide him and help him.
And all of these people that we see in the media, the pop stars, the multimillionaires, you know, they recently said that Prozac, actually and many other names that, you know, medical sort of generics that we won't talk about now. Actually, they don't do too much either. They're a bit like placebos, there's a new study, which is saying this as well. So why are we becoming a nation of depressed people as well, we need to look into this. And we need to try to work towards finding shared common value shared common futures, you know, using every ounce and every little piece of advice that we've got from the greatest academics from the greatest philosophers, from the greatest
people in the worlds that we know people that have made it their life's worth, to study and to make our life better in this
in this world. So what's the answers? imprisonment? How the punishments
socialism the answer? Is capitalism the answer?
Or should we look at a different way?
I want today to do something special, I want you to imagine that
you've got rid of the Daily Express, and the Daily Mail and your local journalists, as not contacted you for a while. And you turned off the press, turn off the televisions turned off the internet, and you just start to look at a few things. When it comes to rape. I want to show you this.
This is a verse of the Quran one of the verses of the Quran it says in the discord, the light nor 2431 you can read it yourself is in English. They the believing women should draw their head coverings over their bosoms, right.
And the Prophet Mohammed says, tell the wives and the daughters of the believing woman they should put on their outer garments that is most convenient in order that they may be recognized. It says here as Muslims is not the right translation, and not be molested.
So what this actually indicates that what God says is that if a woman draws her veils over her dresses modestly yet, she doesn't get molested. Now, if you look at the statistics in a country where women tend to wear less, and a country where, for instance, we're not going to use Saudi Arabia, because it's really extreme. In terms of it, you know, this stock differences. We look at a country which is slightly less prone, a woman wearing more, you'll find that incidents of rape are much, much less and much less. I'm talking about if you look at New York City, the number of rapes that happen in one day in New York City. It takes a whole year to happen in Saudi Arabia. I haven't
had those statistics. I've done the research there. But you know, why? Because the woman is covering herself. So it's good for a woman
and the man should
Of course, yeah, shouldn't be just the woman's responsibility shouldn't be that the woman because it says in the verses that, oh believing men and believing will lower your gaze, lower your gaze. So the woman and the man has equal responsibility in making sure that rape, incidence of rape and stuff like that doesn't happen, and that we don't want women to be raped. You don't want them to be manhandled. We don't want them to be called slags or holes or holes. No, we want them to be respected. And they should be they're the ones for goodness sake, who will bring up Johnny and Adam and Sue.
And admit, and Soumya. Right. Those are the ones nine months, then three years of weaning, and then 25 years, some of them 40 years, you know, the kid never leaves home. Back in the Moroccan families up in Ladbroke Grove. Yeah. They never leave home. 2540 still got married, they go back home, you know. So it's about
a god. That's what his job is, by the way. That's why you see some women wearing hijab, that doesn't mean to say the necessarily any better than the ones wearing hijab. I'm not saying that. I'm just saying that they wear that and I want to explain that issue. Okay, that's explained. Hopefully, you've got some really good questions and some researching one for me, because I need to be searched. Come on, police officer. Right. The word used for intoxicants, right is common intoxicants or alcohol, right, there's, there's a statement that towards the end of the days, alcohol will be known by every other term apart from intoxicant. So you got vodka, you got rum, you've got Martini?
show my age here. Yeah, whatever it is, you got all these different terms for alcohol. But it's a well known fact that alcohol is an absolute poison to the system to the body. That's why you go dizzy, and you start vomiting. Because you poison your body, isn't it?
And in in, in research, we found that many Yani people that research and asked why do you drink, and particularly women, they drank to socialize easily. Okay, so they relax more, and then they can talk to their friends more. Yeah. So hammered is from the root word hamara, which means to cover. In other words, Hammad covers your
your what your your social responsibility. So as a human being, when you want to do a crime, you drink lots. Yeah, we drink lots, and then you decide let's go and do a crime. Or you put you harm up, you cover yourself. Yeah, that's why the word the Arabic word is hammered. So Oh, you who believe in toxicants, gambling and the altars of idols, and the games of chance and abomination of the devil and you avoid them, that you may succeed. And then they ask you about intoxicants and gambling say in them, there is a gross sin and some benefit for the people, like I mentioned earlier on. So there are some benefits. You see, God says that it doesn't deny because right now this
they're saying, well, one glass of wine a day is good for you, isn't it? Yeah, they say that. But the problem is from one glass. You you end up drinking five? Because I know I've been there. I used to every night. One glass. Oh, yeah.
JOHN, man, let's have another beer. And it just goes on. And then by the end of the night. Oh, man, maybe I shouldn't have had that last one.
And you walk home and you know things happen. When you're drunk. Things happen one day. I was walking in Soho, in London. And I asked the policeman the time. Big mistake when you're drunk is a big mistake. Because we were shouting I was with some Australian guys. Yeah. So I was. Hey, man, how you doing? And I did a little jig round the police officer. He rugby tackled me to the ground. Bang.
I got a good kicking. I'm telling you. Because I was drunk. I was being irresponsible. Stupid, you know? only one to blame me. Number one. You see, so drink.
I'm saying that these I'm trying to tell you that this is another angle on it. That's all. And you guys, you go off and do what you want because it's a free country free world. But there's another angle Prophet Mohammed said
when he's talking about what he terms which we don't see now is illegal sexual acts. Yeah, that's when a woman and a man who's not married in in the eyes of the law, Sharia or British law, whatever it is, they're not married and then they go off and they perform
You know, they have sex. Yeah. He says that the performing of illegal sexual acts would lead to the coming of new diseases not seen before.
I think that's self explanatory. You know, you I've already explained that there is aids and it's rapidly on the increase.
And nowadays, brothers and sisters coming together, then they're not through marriage at all. They're through anything but marriage. Yeah. So maybe we need to start thinking
about bringing marriage back. Because you know, marriage has many benefits for the married couples, for the children, for the neighbors for the wider community. If you look at it really does. Okay, so let's have a look. He said, Abu huraira is one of the companions of the Prophet. You see, he said, he reported that the Prophet said, a time will certainly come over the people when none will remain who NOT DO NOT devour usery. If it does not devour it, if he does not devour it, its vapor will overtake him, he says that there is
usury or interest will be consumed by most of the people. But those who don't consume it, the vapor of it, the smell of it, it will be all around them and all encompassing and now, there's nobody that hasn't signed a credit card agreement. You see in the credit card agreement that is straightaway
So the only way to get rid of that is if all the Muslims pay their 2.5% zakkai. It's called a tax on wealth zaca 2.5%. If they pay that,
we will get rid of all the world poverty, not anyone else paying it just the Muslim 1.6 billion of them. If the Gulf Arabs just pay it is all finished. All the world poverty is finished forever, just if they pay that 2.5% but they're not painting. See, that's why we're in a mess.
So, and I'll end with a couple of statements from some Western intellectuals, HG Wells, War of the Worlds he said, Islamic teachings have great left great traditions for equitable and gentle dealings and behavior and inspire people with nobility and tolerance. These are human teachings of the highest order, and at the same time practicable. these teachings bought into existence, a society in which hard heartedness and collective oppression and injustice were the least as compared with all other societies preceding it. Islam is replete with gentleness, courtesy, and fraternity. And George Bernard Shaw,
one of my favorite,
guys 1936. He said, this is just 18 years after the Ottoman Empire had gone forever.
Is there a genuine Islam Volume One, Number eight,
if any religion had the chance of ruling over England, now Europe within the next 100 years, it could be Islam.
But you know, why did he say that? He goes on to explain. I've always held the religion of Mohammed in high estimation, because of this wonderful vitality. It's the only religion which appears to possess these assimilating capacities to the changing face of existence, which can make itself appeal to every age. I've studied him. He's a wonderful man, in my opinion, far from being the Antichrist, he must be the savior of humanity. Okay. Why did he say that? Because this man is a learned man. He read, and he read and he read, he didn't read, necessarily the media.
Right? You might read it at the time, but he was reading also around the whole issue. Yeah. And he read the books as an open playing field.
Just like I have to read all the stuff. When I go to university, I can't pick and choose what I read. I have to read all the stuff on the curriculum.
Yeah, a lot of the books that you see on the curriculum, you won't find any of this stuff written. That's the problem. So we need to go and search it out. And then we will understand each other better. That's really it's all about what I started with. It's about community cohesion. He says, he goes on to say, I believe that if a man like him would assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems in in a way that would bring it much needed peace and happiness, I have prophesized about the faith of Mohammed, that it would be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow, as it is in the beginning to be accepted, acceptable to the Europe of today.
That clearly, I'm not asking anyone to say, to accept that Islam will take over England. All I'm saying is, we should consider the teachings of Islam
as being a continuation of the teachings of Jesus. Peace be upon him the teaching of Moses
Is the teaching of Abraham, the teaching of all the different prophets that ever hit the world. And in some narrations, there are 124,000 or more. And we have neglected all of them. Jesus, we don't care about Jesus, to be honest. We left it for the Muslims as well. Because if you say you're a Muslim, you know very well, that if someone cusses, Jesus, they customize it. But if the customer Hamad, and because Jesus, you say, Don't cuss Mohammed, you shouldn't be saying that you should be saying, Don't cuss, that honorable person, Mohammed, and the honorable man, that Prophet, great man, Jesus, and the Bible. And the Quran particularly speaks about Mary as being the most pious, the most
pious woman that's ever lived. Okay. So I think this is where we start from, we start from humanity. And we end with humanity we end with, we've all got messages to share. We've all got something to add to the equation. But we need to have this forum.
Right, we need to open up the community centers again.
And we need to come in together and say, Look, Johnny got killed and this guy, this is bad stuff happening in society, can we come together to find out how we can lessen that let's help the police. Let's help the the civic leaders to try and do a better job and have a better society for all. And with that, I asked Allah subhanaw taala to forgive me, anything I said, which is wrong. Anything which I've said which you feel
is hurt you. But if it's the greater good that I've done by telling you something, you know,
then I hope that God will accept it from all of us. And if you want to ask any questions, there's the man