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Am I let's say you didn't mursaleen cd now Mohammed. While Ernie he was so happy he was selling to cinnamon Cathedral Salam aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh hamdulillah. It's great to be here May Allah bless everyone beautiful Masjid, it's my first time being here, to my knowledge, very lovely edifice law law preserved and protected and preserve and protect everyone
here and your families and relatives and
your loved ones, the topic, Malcolm X.
And his significance. For us today is a very timely topic. It's a timely topic, because we see a lot of the things that Malcolm X proposed. And that led him to stand up to be a voice of conscious and a voice of justice, are resurfacing. today.
It's my understanding that yesterday, three young men were killed in Fort Wayne, Indiana presumed to be Muslim.
Know the case of the gentleman in Oregon, was attacked with a shovel.
So these these crimes against Muslims seem to be accelerating.
And the rhetoric that stimulates hatred and bigotry, and disproportionately
blaming muslims for various situations that by and large are beyond any of our control.
We see these things increasing. And these are the kinds of situations that Malcolm X spoke out against.
Talking about Malcolm X, many people who are of African American descent, sometimes
feel well, what's the relevance for me?
You know, I'm not African American. So why should I be concerned about someone like Malcolm X, Malika Chavez, the point of concern is, if you're a Muslim, then this is your Muslim brother. Number one. Secondly, if you're a Muslim,
the African slaves who came to this country and who contributed their blood, sweat and tears to build this country, they're your Muslim ancestors.
And this is their story is
another chapter in the book of the oma. And that's why it concerns us. That's why should concern us.
And we should be very much connected to this history. Because in connecting ourselves to this history, we plant our roots in this country.
And so when people start to say things like Muslims should leave this as a Judeo Christian society, say, wait a minute, no, my Muslim ancestors helped to build this country, my Muslim ancestors, through their free labor
helped to provide the finance capital that gave America a competitive advantage
in the global economy, and led to the rise of America as an economic superpower. So I have not even as much right problem may be more right
to claim this land than anyone else. So that's why we must relate.
It is our Muslim history. We read about Muslims in China and we proudly identify with them as our Muslims,
brothers and sisters, and their forefathers as our Muslim ancestors in China or Malaysia, or parts of Russia and Siberian taught our Muslims or Crimea, many places, so we should have the same approach in the same attitude concerning Muslims who are here in this country. Now, Malcolm X, we were talking about this earlier was an heir
to many different streams, if you will, and he represented many different things.
His significance, though, was to be found number one, his ability to change
formed as his knowledge changed and evolved based on his pursuit of the truth. So the lesson in that for us is we shouldn't be so fixed and rigid and dogmatic, that we're not open to having our views change in the light of truth. Now we have a wave of dogmatism,
sweeping our oma that people become so dogmatic and thick in their positions, which is fine, but when it moves us to not even consider the legitimacy position. This is very, very dangerous.
Because it can be devolve into my way or the highway.
And it can devolve into what we see now is tech fear. You disagree with me?
My Islam is the rightest lamb. You disagree with the rightest lamb, that means your Islam is the wrongest lamb. That means you're not a Muslim. And because you're not a Muslim, I can kill you.
I can blow you up with a bomb, I can shoot you, your life has no meaning of value. This is a very, very dangerous trend that we see happening. So we have to have the ability. And this is something Malcolm demonstrated to entertain the argument of those we might disagree with.
And then entertaining those arguments, Malcolm evolved, evolved from where he was in the Nation of Islam. And then when he left the Nation of Islam, he evolved from what he described as a black nationalist petition to our wider perspective, we began to look at issues he wants to look at as issues of civil rights combined, confined to the domestic arena here in the United States, to the issue of human rights, and then he continued to grow from that position until he was he was killed. So this is something very important that we can take from Malcolm and does approach situations, especially those involving knowledge and think
very open mind and not necessarily that we're going to surrender.
Respect the other position. And then we can think,
well, if it's just my way or the highway, nothing you say has any basis in truth, then there's nothing there that I can identify with. And then can begin to build on this common ground there is no common ground.
So this sort of black and white view of the world we can call it
Penguin, zebra or
what is the penguin the zebra and the skunk or have in common?
The black and white
and the skunk stinks.
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live in a
and the prophets Allah says Allah Allah, Allah says, Buddha to that. And then halala Bina Bian Rama, Bian ouabain oma Warren wish to behead Liana moon Kathy Roman and
the Dow which is unambiguously Haram is clear. And that which is unambiguously halal is clear. between them. There is a area of doubtful matters most people don't know the ruling.
So there's a large area
of doubtful things that most people don't know the rulings considered. So gray area is it her on that holiday? And that's what that's the job of the key who thinks and applies his or her intellect and trying to deduce the proper rulings? For think less than a
This is Darla slam
where the Muslims are, this is dharohar with a coup fara
and End of discussion you should leave and you should go to darkness. That
was one of the
one, the definitions are land that's waging war against the Muslims.
And darvis nam is a land where Muslims are being defended and safe. What does that make Saudi Arabia? Even right now?
What does it make Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War when they were actively fighting against the Muslims of Iraq?
What is it like them now when they're
actively fighting against the Muslims in Yemen?
Ask a question you might get an answer.
But if doorless, ma'am, or Donald Horeb is a nation that is fighting against the Muslims and leaving the nuances and politics aside by that definition, there dharohar.
What What does that make America when they intervene on behalf of the Muslims of Kosovo,
against the Christian Serbs,
you know, things their their gray areas.
that defies simple and simplistic explanations. And this is something that that Malcolm X helped us to understand when he began to move away from the notion of Islam, which was a very black and white, daikon, highly dichotomized view of the world into a more
nuanced, more complicated view of things. Where it's not just all white people are the devils No, they're the people who are good people as he saw America, who don't have those characteristics that the devilish white men in America that Malcolm was familiar with, possess. So now how does he go back and reformulate his thinking.
So the is very important for us to to begin to look at these aspects of the life of someone like a Malcolm X and then learning from those lessons. Secondly, we point to his
building institutions like we like to talk to Malcolm speeches, but
there have been amazing orators in our history
of your Carter Gilani, for example, we talk to
10s if not hundreds of 1000s of people and mesmerize them, but he wasn't known as a hottie who is known as a spiritual guide.
Many others who were fuqaha they were amazing kotoba but they weren't known as people to give speeches they were known for people had a deep insight into the Sharia.
And that was something on the side. So I say that to say we know of Malcolm speeches, but perhaps the lasting legacy of Malcolm X isn't his speeches is the organization's he helped to build and to strengthen.
He was instrumental and expanding the Nation of Islam opening up temples from on the east coast and places like Springfield, Massachusetts, or Hartford, Connecticut or Bridgeport, Connecticut or many other cities, Providence, Rhode Island,
Newark, New Jersey, I believe many other cities and who popularizing that message drawing many intellectuals
to that message.
such as those who are writing for Mohammed speaks at one time Mohammed speaks which was the newspaper of the Nation of Islam at one time during Malcolm's life. It was the most influential African American newspaper more influential than the Amsterdam dumb daily news or any of the other major African American newspapers in this country. Why was that? Because Malcolm drew top talent to that newspaper, writers, editors.
He was instrumental in drawing top talent to that newspaper. So that's an institution
the Nation of Islam he built
instrumental in starting that newspaper, establishing the fly the fruit of Islam, the MGT Muslim girls training.
The Vanguard's a lot of those things came from Malcolm's organizing. So the point he was building institutions, when he left the Nation of Islam, what's the first thing he did? He did. He started the Muslim, Muslim Muslim mosque Incorporated, and organization of African American unity. Because you realize the condition of his people wasn't going to change on the basis of, of speeches, people can be inspired and motivated, uplifted, given a vision by a speech. But if there's no institutional structure to channel that energy through, so that it can become the basis of building something powerful, and focusing that energy is this feature, eventually, it's like, it'll go in one ear and
out the other.
But when that that energy that the speech is generating and the inspiration and the motivation is then coupled with strong institutions, then that speech will have lasting impact impact.
Because if you hear it, it goes in there and it comes out there. Especially if there's nothing between you two years.
But if you see it, if you see that institution and you see that organization, it goes in your eyes and it's trapped by the back of your head, it can escape.
So they say Jani and listen as Lisa Samar kellyann. hearing something is not like seeing it.
And to see it, it has to be built.
That's the strength of this country. People will say, Oh, you know, I work Americans, I don't understand why this country is so powerful. You know, I work with people that have alcohol, they're alcoholics or drug addicts, bla bla, bla, bla, bla, they don't speak any foreign languages. The educational system is shot. But they're still running the world. Why is that? Because the strength of this country isn't in the strength of individuals. It's in the strength of institutions.
And then the Muslim has a Muslim speaks five languages for PhDs. Annie Jani, and Jani
was so effective. Why, because if you take a weak person, and put them in the context of a strong institution, the strength of that institution will negate the weaknesses. But if you take a strong person and put that person in the contact context of a weakens the tuition, the weakness of that institution will negate their strengths.
And so the power of this country lies in the strength of us institutions. So as Muslims, of we're looking to enhance our position in the world,
we have to build strong institutions, is that simple, that can amplify the individual strengths that we might possess. We have to build strong institutions. Malcolm understood that. That's why Malcolm immediately,
he worked to build up the Nation of Islam when he got out of prison and join that movement. And when he left that movement immediately started building two other institutions, one for the advancement of Islam Muslim mosque incorporated and one for the advancement of the African American people organization of African American unity. So again, what can we take from that we can take from that, that that? Yes, it's important to motivate people, it's important to inspire people. But it's more important that we commit ourselves to building strong institutions, where those people that those people we develop can be very effective in doing meaningful things in the world.
That's something we can take from Malcolm X. Another thing we can take something we were just talking about tangent
tangential tangentially, and the Irvine mass mass, it is love Malcolm love his people.
Malcolm loves his people.
And because he loved his people, he was willing
sacrifice his life.
So you you don't die for someone you don't love.
You don't love your wife. There's a burglary like, Oh, honey, go see if someone's in the kitchen.
If you love Eli Honeywell here, I heard something in the kitchen. Let me go check it out. I don't want anything to happen to you.
You don't love him like this though it's something in the kitchen, go check it out.
You don't you don't put your life on the line for someone you don't love.
We have to love each other.
That's part of our religion
is part of what it means to be human.
Humans are an empathetic species.
And the conservatives argue otherwise conservatives say human nature is humans are inherently selfish, self interested.
Say this is part of our nature.
What happens when there's a disaster?
Hurricane Katrina, what did 1000s of people do? dropped everything and went to New Orleans.
What motivated them that wasn't self interest?
No, there were an earthquake a major earthquake in this part of the world which could happen May Allah bless is not to witness it.
What would be the first thing you you la was flattened by an earthquake you go down down and start killing pulling people out of the rubble start digging people out, you organize, call up the youth group. Come on, we're going to LA we're going to dig people out of the rubble, right or wrong.
There'll be an instinct of a lot of people including a lot of Muslims, because we're an empathetic
If we weren't, human civilization wouldn't be possible.
And so this was Malcolm Malcolm could empathize with his people and loved his people. And because of that love, he was willing to sacrifice you mentioned those go together.
Men, TN Haleakala comm and fusi comas wotja the test una de la medalla Bella Kuma what that omarama in the fie datacolor Yachty. la comida de facto amongst this size is made for you for yourself spouses to live together with them and peace and in peace and tranquility and he's made between you love and mercy surely in this are Signs for people who reflect law said he's made love and mercy not just love, love and mercy. Mercy is love that actualize.
You could talk about love. I love you, baby. I love you baby. You're the sunshine of my life, the apple of my eye. When your star comes out all of the stars disappear from the sky.
Now shut up your bomb. Go get a job.
Just words, but Mercy. Mercy is real. You can't fake Mercy.
Mercy is when you sacrificing your suffering, willing to suffer for somebody
in order to protect them in order to uplift them. Now calm was willing to sacrifice he sacrificed his life. Why? Because he loved we have to love each other when we love each other, as opposed to be so eager, as in some places to kill each other.
will be willing to die, to save and to give life to each other.
And that's that's that's love. And that's mercy. And Malcolm gave his life No, he was assassinated. He could have left. There was a plan afoot to bring Malcolm to Africa
go into hiding. Let everything blow over in America. things calm down. Come back. No he chose and I'm staying here with my people. And if I have to die out die for my people.
Why? Because he
He loves his people. So brothers and sisters, we need love between us.
The families are falling apart. Why? Because the love dies.
Relations between believers led me in a fetal wedding. matara, Herman tah, tah tah tah tah em, Natalie Jessa. The believer is there mutual love mutual mercy and the bonds of affection between them are like a single body.
That's who we are. That's who we have been. But there are forces pulling that are pulling us away from that ideal.
pulling us away from that ideal.
We have to preserve it, we have to struggle to preserve it, we have to make it real, we have to keep it alive. And that's, that's what that's who Malcolm X was. Malcolm was obsessed with history.
And look, his whole life is a miracle.
It's a miracle is someone with
a junior high school education, formally, not in reality?
Who's the baiting professors at Oxford,
and getting the better of them?
Why? Because when he went to prison, so many.
The first prison he goes to normal prison, then is transferred in Massachusetts to a second prison.
a Harvard philosophy professor,
We caught properly donated his entire library to that prison that Malcolm was sent to.
So Malcolm could have had all the yearning in the world to educate himself. And if there's no books,
what are his resources?
If he stayed in the first prison, and the professor donated his books to the second prison, how does that benefit Malcolm. But the books come the library comes and then Malcolm comes and then Malcolm stays up, Night after night reading sometimes by the light of the moon.
As you see the famous Malcolm X glasses, they're not like this. They're more like those
Malcolm X glasses.
And they laugh.
So now come
after stretch, I just got a cramp.
he goes there, and the library is waiting for him. The library's waiting for him.
And, and so that's, that's no divine arrangement.
And so he reads,
he becomes a logician. He knows how to construct to arrive at truth,
through argumentation, how to structure
well reasoned arguments. He studies rhetoric, he learns how to deliver very convincing arguments
as rhetoric, and effectively communicating truth, logic arriving at the truth
through systematic thought, grammar, formulating the truth into communicable forms, and then rhetoric, effectively communicating the truth, Malcolm masters, those subjects,
he becomes a student of history, especially African history, but general history also. We have to be
people who have a firm understanding of history.
Because if we understand history, then we understand how societies work. We understand what we're going through, because as they say, there's nothing new under the sun. We understand these cycles of demagoguery that we are currently experiencing in this country and where they usually lead. We understand what undermines them.
And if we're serious about that, we then undertake the steps that are necessary to undermine them what undermines demagoguery. Truth and education
was necessary for demagogues appeal to have some credibility.
It is an ill educated population
demagogues who is Trump appealing to with the base
ridiculous statement, and I'm going to have the Mexican government build the wall what a what a Mexican politician saying we're not gonna build jack. When the master we can't use the language some of them are saying
but people eat it up. Why because they're ignorant they're ill educated. They don't demand a credible argument.
They just want to a lot of people just want to feel good or they want to feel someone empathizes with them.
Trump understands how white supremacist feels, he makes me feel good, sick, Heil to Trump.
This, these are the elements.
What will counters that truth and education.
When people are educated, they begin to dissect the arguments and to see that they're illogical.
So we have a responsibility to educate people, starting with educating them about Islam, as Hollywood isn't going to do it. Well for Hollywood to make a movie that's gonna educate people about it.
It's not gonna do it. We're talking about Malcolm X, if any movie would have educated people about Islam would have been Malcolm X by Spike Lee,
They would have had, no you had like, one third of the movie was Malcolm's gangster life. What does that have to do with anything? You could have told that story in five or 10 minutes? Didn't take an hour.
They're not gonna do it. Hollywood isn't going to do a new hire a few. Then we are the Nation of Islam. And then we had a like a few
minutes of Sunni Islam. No Mecca and Egypt. And that's it.
No, hollywood isn't going to do it. We that's our job. Brothers and sisters. We have to educate people about Islam. We have to be the messengers in the ambassadors of Islam. This is our job a lot has commissioned us to do come to Cairo. in Accra gentlemen, as you are the best community raised up for the people to serve the people to educate the people.
Yeah, you hanabi and Arthur NACA Shahid, Omar mubasher, on one of the era where dianella law he beat me he was urogen muneera Oh, nice. Oh, Prophet. Yeah, you tend to be very we have sent you as a witness.
We have to be witnesses in this world and the next How do you witness you witness with your dignity?
you witness with your courage. You witness with your with with the truth that you convey.
That's how we witness we witness with moral integrity.
kulu Amina bill is shuhada alila be upright for justice witnesses for law
to be a witness in the court of law
can you be a known pathological liar?
You can be the throw you out.
You won't be a credible witness.
You have to be upright in the court of man's law.
How much upright for witnesses for loss of Hannah wattana
how much upright we have to be upright people
we have to be honest people
so one of the foundations of our religion is honesty. Sincerity
Yeah, you Halloween amla taco lava coup, Masada.
Oh you believe Be mindful of a lie. Keep yourself with the truthful.
Keep yourself with the truthful.
That's who we are.
We're witnesses for loss shaden one mubasher on and a giver of glad tidings to tell people you don't have to live like this.
Don't have to be you can live a drug free life. You can live a alcohol free life and still be happy. millions of Muslims are doing it
you don't have to find a cave doesn't have to be that way.
You can be happy without those vices
snon shows us how you people glad tidings you know
when a diorama and a warner
so Malcolm was all of those things Malcolm was upright.
Anyone ever hear Malcolm X all this speech is The Ballad of the bullet message to the grassroots in the nation after the nation you ever hear Malcolm use a four letter word?
You ever seen Malcolm and any face when he wasn't?
neatly dressed, properly dressed?
See Malcolm without a suit on?
outcome was a witness in his character you ever see Malcolm even in the most difficult and dire situations, couldn't muster a smile.
Malcolm X smile t
he was a witness.
You ever see Malcolm when he didn't take a courageous stand?
The police station in Harlem flying out here to LA after one of the brothers who was killed in the nation.
risking his life.
You ever see Malcolm not take a courageous stand.
He was a witness to his character.
Now, Malcolm gave people glad tidings. That's how he's able to pull people out of the streets out of the gutter.
Drug infested prostitutes, you can do better. There's a better way and explain it to you. Giving people hope, given them glad tidings of a better way of a better day.
Whenever you're on a morning he warned this country of you don't deal with this race issue is going to haunt you as haunting us now You still haven't dealt with it. Now they put the veneer of Islam over but you can remove that veneer and it's just old fashioned American racism.
So all it is still haven't come to grips over 100 years ago. What did w w Eb do boss do? Boy?
Two boys, some say to boy, but he said to boys.
What did he say would be the problem of the 20th century.
The color line? Here we are now in the 21st century and the problem in this country that nags this country is still the problem of the color line.
still hasn't come to grips with it. And Malcolm warns that the country will have to come to grips with this issue.
And what better people to take up that that legacy to take up that call that message then the Muslims
who Scripture tells us our scripture tells us in the coming decade and more and welcome to urban wakaba li li Tara fu N A Chroma COMM And at home in La Jolla and the Mojave
that we've created you you have nurse we've created you from a single pair of male and female major nations and tribes that you may know one another
guitar or food not that you may despise and hate one another. The most noble of you with the laws the one most conscious of him and allows knowing well informed and our Prophet sallallahu wasallam told us in Nola hola yom guru illa suvari Kumar m where the comb Allah doesn't look at your physical forms a lot doesn't care what color you are allowed doesn't care what hair texture you have don't doesn't care about how what color your eyes are, what shape your nose is, how tall you are, how short you are fat skinny, any other physical quality or characteristic. A lot of them. Look at you
physical forms in the Lala young guru Illa Swami come, and a lot doesn't work. Look at your wealth, a lot of the care of you rich or poor.
A lot of cares if your heart is attached and oriented towards him, and not towards your wealth or your poverty.
Well, I can yolngu ilco lubi como una de come by the law looks at your hearts and he looks at your deeds. The hearts are all the same color.
And the deeds have no color.
This is our religion.
We have to warn.
And we have to, to inform and educate people.
Concerning this nagging issue that the country has put off at the time of this inception,
the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, Bill of Rights, didn't deal with the question of race.
Put off after briefly during Reconstruction, addressing the issue. Then we had the Connecticut Compromise reconstruction ended. And then the Negro
was put back in his place through what one of the greatest, most pervasive organized terror campaigns and world history. Terror campaigns.
You had the Ku Klux Klan the other day, right here in Orange County rally yesterday.
Three people got stabbed.
The white shirts, the red Legion, the red shirts, white legions, all of these racist terrorist organizations, laws formulated to disenfranchise African Americans, many of them still on the books, misdemeanors written up as felonies, and then felons, disenfranchise for life, and only people get arrested for committing those particular offenses, overwhelmingly African American, still on the books today, so that in the state of Florida,
Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, a large percentage of African American males who have felony records are disenfranchised for life.
or part of a campaign, terrorizing people poll tax. How many of you saw Selma that's h. e. l Ma, na s a l Ma. I saw so much is looking good to
see them. She says in them back to me. My heart went flattery, flattery. zippity doo do
Selma, how do you do as Salam alikoum? No, not Selma, Selma, se? How many of you saw the movie Selma?
Alright, and remember when the character Oprah Winfrey was playing, tried to go register the vote, and you had these
Name, this and name that and how many they sent, reject, reject rejected,
literacy test poll taxes after pay to register to vote, intimidation, lynching
lynching, how many of you know about lynching
up with the 10,000 people and innocent people
taken off the streets, some taken out of jail houses his mob come into the jail house and the sheriff a member of the county and given the key to the cell going and take the person out of a jail cell, hang them on a tree, brutalize them in ways that make these ISIS snuff films
look like child's play. castration, burning, alive, mutilating, cutting off body parts for souvenirs, you've seen some of the pictures 10,000 people.
And Malcolm was air will stop here to
the legacy of a lot of people who preceded him. And one of those in the context of lynching was the great Ida B. Wells. How many of you sisters heard of Ida B. Wells? Allahu Akbar. Can you all be well, education be well
Be well as single handedly took on the institution of lynching.
Coming up in Mississippi, taking care of her family, her younger brothers and sisters at the age of 12, moving to Memphis, Tennessee, seeing three of her good friends and lynched and then becoming outraged, but not just getting mad. It's one thing to get mad, it's another thing to get even.
Getting even involved working and dedicating her life to ending this scourge, documenting every single lynching, giving a human face to these individuals, men, most of them innocent human beings such as Emmett Till,
who were subjugated to these brutal, brutal murders,
chased out of Memphis having to move to Chicago, where she culminated her efforts in her career, she was a courageous lady.
We have to be courageous men and women, brothers and sisters. That's something Malcolm taught us,
taught us that part of being a Muslim. Malcolm was a Muslim, conscious Muslim,
means to be courageous,
not to back down. It means having a militant spirit sometimes
means saying, you know, I'm not going to give you the satisfaction
of robbing me of my identity.
At the end of the day, you're nothing but an agent for shaytaan
in the magnetic emotion that can Shame on you how we fall the
latter half of makafui in quantum meaning that Satan wants to instill in you the fear of his dupes, fear them not fear me if indeed you are believers.
So we had this she wasn't a Muslim I to be wells, but she was a courageous lady.
And she gave her life working for justice and gave her life working to end a scourge that befell many innocent people. Brothers and sisters, this is a time for courage. This is a time for dedicating ourselves to ending these things, so that future generations won't be played by them. And we have a great inspiration, a great exemplar, and Malcolm X, a lot Allah bless all of you, give you tawfeeq success in all your endeavors. So take some time. Okay, I got a cue that on March 26, in Newport Beach, myself Shaykh Hamza Yusuf will be here. Part of a fundraising initiative for zaytuna College in Berkeley, California, that we've been blessed to start accredited, first and only
accredited Muslim college, not only in the United States in the Western world, and we've only been able to do that with your support. So come out support have a good time.
March 26, Newport Beach. details on this flyer here at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. I look forward to seeing you there. We have some fliers in the back. And I don't know you're gonna pass them out or out on the table. out on the table in the lobby. We don't want to violate any policies of the mascot. So I'm going to sit back down hopefully I won't get another crap. A lot. bless all of you. Give you tofik and hope to see you soon.
March 26 or sooner Zackham lock higher on failing fast running out of gas. Hopefully this video won't be the last salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
A few questions or comments, any questions or comments? You can bring the mic to someone. You'll see that movie the mic runner,
hour, this is the Kite Runner. It says sister had a question or comment.
You don't want to run the mic?
Here's someone take.
Just curiosity how, how did Malcolm amin Malik shabads become became Malcolm X
are the opposite
The question How did
Malcolm Liddell become Malcolm X and subsequently, Hajj medica Chavez
Malcolm X was born Malcolm Liddell, the son of Earl and Louise little. both of his parents were active in the movie of Marcus Garvey, the United Negro Improvement Association. Marcus Garvey was mentored by a Muslim when he was in London, his Jamaican went to London, subsequently to Harlem, New York, we started the United Negro Improvement Association. When he was in London, he was mentored by do say Mohammed,
a Muslim with us, Egyptian father, Sudanese mother, who himself went to London for his education. He started a major newspaper, discussing the struggle of the oppressed people in the world. And through that newspaper, he not only became associated with Marcus Garvey, but also Booker T. Washington and wb Dubois to have of the greatest
figures and the struggle of African people in the in the Americas. And I say it that way, because Marcus Garvey was Jamaican
in the 20th century. In any case, Malcolm join the Nation of Islam, who was the Nation of Islam considered the last name that African Americans had to be slave names. Because the African slaves came here, they were named continente. They were named au bin Sulaiman. They were named Abraham, men. And in most instances, they were given the name of their owner. So if you went from Africa, and your name was up there, man Sorrell, and you came to America, you became
William Brown, if Mr. Brown on your plantation, you became Marvin Williams, or you became George Jefferson.
And so when you join the nation, that last name was called the slave name. Because if you trace his origin, it went back to the name that the slave master gave your grandfather, your great grandfather. And so that slave name was replaced by an X. So Malcolm Liddell became Malcolm X, X, meaning unknown, we don't know what your true African name was. So that's how Malcolm little became Malcolm X. And then when Malcolm X made the pilgrimage, and he moved beyond the Nation of Islam, he became an Hajj medic, a shot bass. So that's the evolution of the appellation, if you will, Yes, sister. How can someone run the mic back to the sister back there?
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Santa Monica, Wiley counselor, my name is Sister latonya. I come from a Native American background and I want you to ensure that if you can, which background Native American Navajo and Apache Tribe, Navajo and Apache chick
hamdulillah. The question I want or maybe if you can put some shed a little bit light on the interrelation between Muslims and Native Americans in early history when it comes to the, with the with the Africans coming here and teaching Islam to the tribes and maybe you know, there's something you know that I don't know.
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And Lord bless you and bless your people, and may snam find a home amongst the native people of this country.
There's a long history of interaction between the native people here and Muslims. It precedes the birth of the United States. Amongst the milestones in that history around 1560.
There was a Muslim.
If I can remember his name,
Wolof from Senegal, was brought here by the Spanish and
the name escapes me I've been talking about them in years but he and this is in the Spanish records was boiled to death and a pot of oil near present day Mexico City.
for spreading Islam amongst the native people here, when when
the Spanish Conquistadores started to fight the native people one of their battle cries was San Diego Matamoros. So Santiago is the St. James the Muslim Slayer.
And we have Matamoros. mera Matamoros, Mexico Matamoros, Texas. So why would the battle cry be Santiago Matamoros as there were no Muslims here, Columbus when he, the Carib and arawak people of the Caribbean when Columbus, as in his journal, you can go read it and the Spanish museum sailed past the coast of Cuba. He said there's a beautiful Masjid on the, on a hill on the near the coast of Cuba. on Cuba. There is evidence of Ivan van sertoma, the great
African historian and his book that came before Columbus documents a textile exchange between the the West African Muslims and the indigenous people of these lands.
Also gold trade by looking at the alloy the the wasn't pure gold but an alloy of bronze copper and gold. exact proportions of each metal on both sides of the Atlantic exact uses as ornamental spearheads and other ornamental weapons on both sides of the Atlantic. When when Cortez went to
what will become Mexico City
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He documents and is now these are people who are trained by the Inquisition. Who is still going on in Spain. They knew what a Masjid was, because they were trained to recognize them so they can shut them down. He says in this city is a beautiful city with beautiful temples and mosques.
If he said temples yourself, okay, he saw temples. If he said a mosque, we could say okay, he's just using mass to describe the temple. He said, temples and mosques.
And then the work of
Dr. Wiener, who documents in cave drawings, Native people Arabic script. So there's a lot of evidence indicating the existence of Islam amongst the native people of what would become the Americas. And so we pray that people become aware of that. Osceola, some people say that
an anglicized version of a skill law. And we see OC Allah He always has a turban on and he was married to an African woman who's believed to be a Muslim.
afford moose afford Moses and Florida near St. Augustine.
Many runaway Muslim stage will go there and resume practicing their religion. The oldest structure in America is the fortress and then the city, the old city of St. Augustine, Florida. It was built by a book by moriscos moriscos were Muslims.
Excuse me who were forcibly converted to Christianity. In Spain. When they got here, they started practicing Islam again, many of them and they built St. Augustine. And today you can to this day you can go and see on some of the old Green Bay, not the fortress where the archway and leading into the old city will now call in Lola, the the the slogan of andaluza. During this latter period, there's no Victor except a law without kaliba illallah carved in Arabic still legible in St. Augustine, Florida. So there was a cross pollination
of of Islam and Native people and
It makes sense because everywhere is now when it indigenized itself and this monstrosity that we see now this
what some would call this culturally predatory version of Islam where it tries to wipe out culture this is this is a product of modernity it's not a product of Islam it's a product of the hijacked hegemonic
thinking that has qualified modernity that's been adopted by some Muslims and that these this no singing no culture no recognition of indigenous cultures when Islam was strong as a civilization are one of the key legal concepts that govern that civil civilization and added to mahakam
Custom and convention has legal weight so the customer people that didn't conflict with this name is legally recognized and acceptable. And that's why you saw the great variety if you go traditional dress now everyone's wearing a gel labia, which isn't Arabian is Persian and Origin The Arabs were the like you were the is era and the re that
not agenda via
but now that's Muslim dress from Malaysia to America
unless you're Pakistani and anish Shah well commies
that's Muslim dress.
By look at cultural the Muslims in Indonesia draft is different than the Muslims and, and and India dressed different than the Muslims in Central Asia dress different than the Muslims in Kurdistan Kurdistan that the baggy pants and the big waist bands. They dress differently than the Muslims in Iran. They dress differently than Muslims in the Arabian Peninsula. They dress different than the Muslims in Bosnia. They dress differently than the Muslims in West Africa, West Africa had the boo boo and the grand booboo
big robes and shoulder and stripe everyone had different kind of headgear. There's the Tunisian says it's different than the Moroccan fez
different than the iron and the Nigerian, you know the striped tats different than the Indonesia the black fez
people the food you are different
and and how did they just whatever food was their fat pork in it, took the pork out Muslim food
then impose one type of food, one type of dress, one type of cultural expression on the online.
Muslims develop we're talking about love that love permeated throughout the society.
And so when Muslims gather, and children will pick up the songs and as they grow mature, they'd understand them and understand ultimately they're pointing to a loss upon what and the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala you have shikumen who's Nina
Maha Luna Nima and you're off to buena so the one who wants to know the the who loves and longs for the understanding the deeper meanings of our beauty. Our dowry is high for one who proposes to us.
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a love is insincerely of Nia and hug boo fi set coniah we're here hydrolyse fair to Maria's the most is the best of all desirable characteristics. If you're with us, then follow us and conterminous at banner and be patient and enduring what it takes to persevere in love with us. Last year I learned hope B man
this is this is who we are the people
and all that's being taken away and we're left with this sterile culturally void wasteland
and then what
fills that vacuum.
Ideal is filled with Quran and soon in reality is filled with Madonna and Beyonce, and Lil Wayne, and in the Muslim countries.
La give us tawfik. Allah bless you, sister. That's a long, convoluted answer to a short direct question.
Brother right here.
So, brother right there, like masala. First I want to make the comment
talking about prison, because I was in prison. And that's where I studied Islam. And then
though I could read and write before I went to prison, I didn't have the value for it. So when you become incarcerated, it's like, now you understand what slavery was the fact that African Americans could not read and write. When I went to prison, I took reading serious before prior to that, I I did just enough to be able to make the basketball team. But when I went to prison, I started reading books so I can I can relate to what
the awakening that Malcolm had, and many other African Americans who are now Muslims today because of prison. It's It's It's odd that we have more people that came to Islam in the United States to prison than reverted through the coming of the different nation, Muslims from different parts of the world. And that's a miracle from Allah, it is that but at the same time, one of the problems that people have is they come out of the prison. And they think that there's a utopia in the in the oma and they think that we're going to have open arms. And there's a lot of disappointment. For me. I'm a strong brother, so I don't I come here for brotherhood. I come here for Islam, first and foremost.
So I don't let that determine. But a lot of people when they come, they feel isolated. There's a difference between Islam in the suburbs than there is in the inner cities. Absolutely. watts, Compton, South Central LA. So the Muslims here today, they don't relate to what's going on in the inner cities. Chicago, which is a large pot, one of the largest populations, Muslims in the United States has the highest
murder rate for African Americans. And so, if Malcolm was alive today, after 51 years, he would be very disappointed in the lack of sincere brotherhood and sisterhood. Yes, we can come to the masjid. And no one's going to tell me you're not welcome. And no one's going to not speak to me or, and things like that. But that's not true brotherhood. That's just surface brotherhood, right. And after 50 years, we've got to go beyond that. Malcolm taught us so many things. He's one of the most inspirational people in my life, because he taught us about colonization. And I go to Masjid after Masjid, I see Muslim from all over the world all been colonized and are currently colonized.
Otherwise, they wouldn't have come to the United States. If your country was safe, secure, education and everything was relevant. They would have never come to the United States. But yet at our Masjid, we never talked about colonization. So we're not developing we have a supermarket here in Orange County called fresh choice market is the best market in all of California, Muslim or non Muslim. But yet, we only have one, but we have over 200 machines in in California. So we're not developing as a human. We come together and we have things like this. Maybe it's called Black History Month. I don't know what it's called. But it's superficial, because I can take you to Compton, la watch right now.
And there's hundreds of Muslims who've never even come to this Masjid. And when we have conferences, and I tell them, brothers come to the conference, they say that's for them. It has nothing to do with us. So we can't, we can't, I mean, for me, I travel all over it. Most of the people here have seen me or know me. But I speak for the people that don't make it out this way. And I wanted to to touch upon slavery and colonization and compare the two because this is what Malcolm gave us a understanding of, because when when, when he talked when he introduced us to Franz Fanon, the wretched of the earth, white skins, black mask, all these different individuals. And then we got to
learn from that about Algeria and about Libya and all the things that are going on. So the Muslims that have come to the United States all came from colonized oppressed nations, and the African Americans or the indigenous Americans or the Mexican Americans, or the or the poor people could easily relate to to Muslims. When I heard about Palestine, it was easy to relate. Egypt, Libya, easy to relate because we're
still dealing with depression. Now in the 21st century 2016, we got groups like Black Lives Matter. We're still trying to convince the world that our lives matter. And I'm saying to the Muslims, if we partnered up, and you came to the inner city and looked at the potential there, you look at a market like this is a beautiful structure. We have storefront mastered. You've been in Los Angeles, I seen you
on Florida, storefront last year, we still we still we started to have them Yes, as the three. So I wanted you to touch upon colonization and slavery and parallel the two. And I wanted to tell the Muslims that we we got to tear down these walls and start being sincere to each other slowly. Finally, come Samara.
hamdulillah. A feeling rather
under the law, yeah, can relate to and is part of this how poor people in this world in this country, our condition, the same thing, I went to school, but for me, it was football just did enough to stay eligible to play football. That's it.
And I got good grades, as long as you didn't have to do homework to get a good grade. Because I didn't do any homework, I just went to school, went to class, read the book, understood it got to a on the test. But if it was homework part of the grade, I didn't do so well. And so and I didn't get serious about I didn't go to prison.
But I got injured, and I couldn't play football anymore. And at that point, I got serious about education. Because realize that there has to be another route now.
Another route out. And so I can definitely relate to that. And I think that's just part of the worldview, that to a certain extent is imposed on poor folks, I give you some encouraging news. And Oakland, we started a lighthouse mosque in North Oakland. And over the last two years, we partnered with brothers and sisters in two of the wealthier suburban messages, who don't have anyone to give them a cat tool. And over the last two years, we've distributed almost $300,000 as a cat amongst Muslims in the inner city areas of Oakland. And most of that's coming from suburban messages. So that was a partnership that was developed. And the initiative was mostly the young folks at those
two messages, one primarily San Ramon Valley Islamic Center, and the other one Muslim community center but mostly as we srcic. In any case, I just wanted to share that.
So things are happening. And when we sit down and come together we can we can make better things happening. I think the next program is to do it and watch this doing in South Central. Find a gym somewhere, if the message is not big enough, and we'll go over there make that happen, inshallah. Oh, okay, so his tongue got cut it off. So anyway, the colonisation if you look at the structures of oppression, that are operative, domestically, and you look at how those erupt, one of those is the prison is not ironic that the prisoners who were implicated Of course, the real culprits are higher up in the chain
of the torture in Abu Ghraib.
Were prison guards in the Army Reserves, right here in the United States.
I think the two main the girl and the guy her boyfriend war and a prison in Pennsylvania. And so the way that prisons are used to, to suppress
resistance to oppressive structures, both domestically and globally, you find a lot of parallels between the two. The way that people are pushed towards the narces towards Neolithic violence, both domestically and that sometimes manifests itself in gang warfare, the way weapons are provided. How do people in South Central get ak 47 they don't make them
They were being distributed by government agents out the trunk of cars.
I had an ISIS good American may weapons.
We don't want to deal with those realities, the same mechanisms. I work domestically to divide
to set people against each other. I work internationally, how do we stop it? We stop it by being a prime making a priority decisions a priori decisions before the fact. I'm not going to participate in it. I'm not going to participate in it domestically. I'm not going to participate in it internationally. That's how we stop it. You know, this nonsense has no one to play these games. The games will stop.
So anyway, I've been told that it's time to pack it in. Look forward to coming back again. The Lord bless all of you, keep us all free from sin. may bless us to enjoy all the blessings that we find within and may we at the end of the day, enjoy each other's company again and again. And again. A lot better. A lot a couple men calm. Zara como la houfy Kula hire a Salam aleikum. wa rahmatullah Rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh.
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