Channel: Zaid Shakir
Imam Zaid Shakir emphasizes the importance of being a spiritual light in non-material terms in order to offer the world a different way of seeing reality.
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Rabbil alameen All praises due to love the Lord of all the words
of praises due to Allah who has guided us to this path that we would not have been able to guide ourselves have not alone guided us.
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I mean, you need for their head. Yeah, that. And the one a law needs to stray. There's no one to guide
A lot of like,
a lot has guided us to this wave of his insistence.
And he's made us likes we recently mentioned
he's made us lights to guide others.
many sincere Muslims
pray and fast
feel they have nothing to offer
to the wider society
a more optimistic view.
They have something to offer but there is no one who is willing to accept it after all, people look at Muslims or so some people rationalize as
finding people, as barbaric people as backward people,
obscurantist their view of things.
So who wants to listen to me?
there are many,
who would not be guided by your words.
By life by the light you possess, to be irresistible.
In other words, sometimes guidance or error are not related
to rational processes.
As he remembers that he mentioned faith is a light that a lot cast into the heart of the belief.
And this was after a lifetime.
Spent rationalizing and trying to understand at an intellectual level. Various proofs for God were various arguments for this or that aspect associated with the divine.
so all about the life that we have brothers and sisters
It's not necessarily about a superior idea. It's not as many superior ideas.
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the report of Oxfam
that 62 individuals control more wealth than half of humanity. The top 62 and wealthy individuals control more wealth than the bottom half of humanity.
What does Islam say about that Islam says many things about that.
And we might think as Muslims were too weak, or too poor,
to distribute enough wealth
amongst people don't even that divide.
Though it's not about how much wealth we have brothers and sisters, it's about how much light we have.
It's about homeless guy we mentioned recently
he states a lot more so that went to a lot of laws, the light of the heavens in the earth.
And he described this messenger
there is come to you from a law a light, referring to the messages email me mentioned, yani bin, Mohammed, and
he means by the light Mohammed, bye witchy law illuminated the truth. And he describes the core end. So law describes themselves as light. And of course, that's an uncomfortable light. And he describes his prophet is like sallallahu wasallam. And he described the scripture as like
a zoo, I find that the movie was the whoo, whoo, whatever, whatever, whatever, whatever, and more or less a mountain.
Those who believe in Him the Prophet, and they magnify him. So as a whoo whoo. But then he says not so cool. So
then magnify them as yourself brothers and sisters. And we've left grubbier our, the time of mentioning the virtue of the top seller seller, some people celebrating his coming into the world.
Others commemorating others ignoring, seeing that have no special significance to be commemorated or celebrated. Whatever the case may be, ask yourself a simple question. Do you magnify the Prophet sallallahu Sallam? Do you extol his greatness? Do you hold him to be great?
Great enough to tell people about him. Great enough to follow his example. Great enough to want to walk in his footsteps. So a lot of them great enough to want to defend him against the lies and slanders and distorted distortion directed at him and not defending him. Some people might say well, I'm not a writer. I'm not a scholar. No, the best defense
is to live as he lived. The best defense is the law that he loved. The best defense is the shoulder mercy that he showed. So the law it was sent him the best defense is to approach children the way he approached children. The way he approached us it was the same
man and the other children from the Sahaba. The best of the best defense is to make sure your household is like his household.
And not just some mentioning a litany of his virtues. He mended his own clothes. He repaired his own sandal he swept his own room out.
Are we repairing our own clothes on the domestic equivalent? Are we printing our own standards? Are we sweeping our own room.
So a lot of it was said that the best defenses that had the patience. He had to have the forbearance he had to have
to strive to have will never attain it, but to strive to have the strength of the connection with the loss of talent that he has. That's the best defense of the Prophet sola Southern. Because if we do those things, as a community, and there are millions of us in this country and our billion worldwide, there will be a qualitative change in the nature of this world.
There will be a qualitative change in the nature of this world. You're an employer, treat your treat your employees the way he treated his servants, the equivalent of his employees. So the law it was said that
that's the best defense
and help him in the way that we just mentioned, if we magnify him, we will help him
we will defend his honor. We stand up for his own repulsive respond to the slanders and distortions against him so long, why they will send them but the point and then whatever and more or less.
And they finally follow the light that was revealed with them that night is the end that night is
and then the knowledge of the, of the religion that comes from those three lights from the light of a law that shines through His Messenger and shines through the port in his ear, which contains His eternal speech. What is that knowledge call woody madness, Shafi rah, rah rah rah him along, was complaining of his memory becoming dim. And he wrote a couple of couplets. Chicago to
the for our shadow, the electirc, in the Aussie, foster borrow the
Aussie, he complained to my teacher, my memories getting a little dim, he had to read something twice, instead of wants to memorize it. If only we could have that problem.
He instructed me to leave off all city farshad any electrical mahasi. And he thought and thought and thought, you know, his sin was he remember us walking in the marketplace, he saw ladies Hill, the hill of our foot from under the bottom of her dress. And he repented from that, and his memory came back to straight. But the point here for
the NFL in
his struct at me that knowledge is a light
that all see the light of a law that he doesn't give to a sinner.
Knowledge is like the core and his life, the prophet his life.
And brothers and sisters, all of us are meant to be lights. All of us are meant to be lights. We are the ones who illuminate the darkness.
We are the ones
through following those lights, provide lights for humanity.
We are the ones in so we should be praying that alone makes us light as the Prophet is on the southern part of us. When he made a prayer is a prayer he's making for himself, but he's also making it to instruct his Roomba.
So he prayed along the Johnny B neuron, put a light in my heart. And we should all pray for that. Once the passerby neuron and then my vision for light and my vision will be summary more on and put light in my hearing while and he said the neuron and put light on my tongue. One of the meaning of life to my wife one yes.
And light to my love when painting
the light before we even have the neuron and light behind me when in fact, the light above me woman tapped in or on the light beneath me.
Make me a light. So we should be praying that alone makes us so light and makes makes light in our heart in our hearing in our seeing our speech to right or left before it's behind us above us beneath us.
So that we can be guys brothers and sisters. So as I said, it's not about how much wealth we possess
in terms of making a contribution to address these gross inequalities of wealth.
It's about how much light we possess so we can direct people to start thinking in different
this situation is a direct result of people thinking in certain ways about wealth.
as a direct result, as a direct result of people being distanced from the teachings of the prophets
at the time of Christ, who the Christians refer back to being distance from the teachings of Christ, who forbade usury.
The Catholic workers movement
started by Dorothy Day, the whole movement was built on taking seriously the prohibition of usury. Because this mid 20th century movement in the United States saw that most of the economic problems in this society are rooted in usury.
religious teachings forbade that religious teachings encourage charity.
And billionaires a charitable Bill Gates gives away $2 billion a year. Okay, we saw
that his reports that he has 60 billion.
And a lot of that is invested in these hedge funds, and saying he's getting a 10% return, that 60 billion, and he gave away 2 billion he still profited 4 billion was the charity, and that
was the charity. And that
is a direct result of people being distanced from the teaching of God. So we instruct people not
give your wealth away, that might address the problem for their
long term resolution. Don't look at the wealth as your wealth.
So what does the law tell us a lot tell us tells us when
the attacker will get them from the wealth of a law that he's given you. This is God's wealth, it's not your wealth, you didn't bring it into the world with you, and you're not going to take out with the world out of the world with you.
And you know that. So it was a result of people being oriented and moved by the loss of talent, to put that love in your head as a trust
is a lot as well.
It is not your wealth. You're a trustee.
You're a trustee of the wealth.
And being a trustee, you have to honor the rights and responsibilities that come with the trusteeship elements, the greatest of those rights, those who have who have less wealth than those 62 individuals, those almost 4 billion people
will feel where they were from where they could have to say he will have
that they're custodians of because the law they say, render unto Caesar that the that which is Caesar's in the Bible, right, and we'll render the God that which is done.
Islam says, Caesar, and what Caesar possesses belongs to God.
So at the end of the day, it's all service to God. That's all from Caesar.
For those under the authority of Caesar,
and Caesars wealth, and the modern day equivalents,
there's a well defined right?
those who asked and those who circumstances prevent them from even asking.
They shouldn't have to ask, in other words,
because the right they have is recognized.
That's what we offer the world brothers and sisters.
offer the world a different way of seeing reality.
But it starts with us seeing reality different. It starts with us even recognizing the nature of reality.
And that there is no reality without a loss of Hanawon. There is no reality without God.
That's the first most fundamental
Concept idea associated with understanding reality. So he learned he
learned a lot. And when we acknowledge that we recognize that we understand that the world in reality is the laws Well,
the rights that the poor people have more rights established by Almighty God,
the responsibilities that the wealthy have our rights established by Almighty God.
looking at things differently.
And what Todd is trying to do is to remove a lot Tyler from the equation
and remove a lot from the equation, then we're left with base human
Evil is not a function of a political system.
We have to understand that
economic justice is not a function of a political system,
by the capitalist, as the emerging bourgeoisie can the power, what do they say? We're going to create an equal distribution of wealth that the kings and the monarchs have not created
their wealth, and then they pass it down. And they claim that the poverty of 30 the wealth they had is a God given right, the divine right of kings, we're going to change that, and the suffering that results we're going to change it. And so what do we have, we have capitalism, and there's 62 individuals
having more wealth than the bottom half of humanity is the direct result of capitalism. And so the communists came, and there's going to be just moved on in the capitalist state and the associated exploitation, and what happened, there are just as corrupt the inequalities is just as great as in the under the capitalist.
Look at the old Soviet Union, the Communist Party in Communist China today that's still there, they
look how much money the heads of the party have, and the business people who learn to them look at how much money they have, and look at what the average Chinese factory worker has.
And his Communist China, just as corrupt just as great inequalities as the capitalists. And the same is true in the old Soviet Union.
His brothers and sisters is not about the system. So what happened Islamic State
now the Islamic Republic of Iran, look at somebody like was saying he names a school teacher who became the prime minister and enriched himself and his whole family Iran is here no one talking about
just as much corruption look at the Islamic State.
We have political oppression in the so called Islamic State people being killed indiscriminately
love being usurped the cut the the the fruits of Lifetime's of labor being burned and bulldoze the smashed was the justice in that. It's not about the system, it's about the human being himself or herself. And change doesn't come until we change ourselves in the law.
And the meaning of that from bad from good to bad, but it works the other way also,
we have to change and we change who we don't see ourselves as just a compilation of blood and flesh. When we see ourselves as light. When we see ourselves in non material terms. And by moving ourselves away from the material. We can see ourselves in spiritual terms. And in seeing ourselves in spiritual terms. We can envision the the connection we have not a physical connection with our Lord as a spiritual level. As a reflection of that light
the light of a law symbolized by the sun, which is the source of all light
Be clear, was reflected in his most perfect human form by the prophet sola, sola, just as the full moon the better is the most perfect reflection of the light of the sun.
And then the stars of
the stars or lesser lights that guy wouldn't do that provide their guidance, they provide their guidance when the when the better is gone, because when the vendor is there, the light of the full moon is so bright, the light of the stars is drowned out.
So when the property was here,
he was a guy for everyone who chose to be guided.
There is no choice. But what is more, now the stars are visible. Now the stars are visible. But if the stars are extinguished, was there to guide so brothers and sisters don't see yourself as some
economic has. I don't know if that's a Latin word, just as his economic actor. Don't see yourself as homosapien just as his thinking, being.
See yourself as light, see yourself at a spiritual level. And that's what you have to offer the world light.
That's what you have to offer the world. And that has nothing to do with your political status, political power, or lack thereof has nothing to do with your economic status, economic power, or lack thereof. It has nothing to do with other people love you or hate you. It has to do with the state of your heart.
And that's something we have
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brothers and sisters, once we understand and see ourselves in different terms, we realize we have a mission. We have a mission to illuminate the sky. With those bright stars, we have a mission to be guides for people. We have a mission.
And once we realize we have a mission, then we realize we can't be bogged down with the petty mundane concerns that other people have who don't have this mission. So when the prophets wives, solo violin was sent them they started viguerie, and they want a little more of this and then more of that. What did a lot of time to reveal? Yeah, these
are wives of the Prophet. You're not like all the women. If they're bickering about having this or that from the dude, you're not having this or that that's not your concern.
And we're not like other people. We shouldn't see ourselves like other people. We are the ones who are the followers of the last prophet sent to humanity for the guidance of humanity.
That being the case we cannot be concerned about this petty dooney affairs people are concerned. Do I have the latest car or not? Do I have the latest bit of wardrobe that's fashionable, all my clothes are too baggy. I thought Muslim poses are supposed to be baggy. I know what the dunia says it has to be skinny now.
My skinny jeans skinny enough to go on too easy. Something must be wrong. They have new ones you can spray paint on. Oh, I'm getting those.
That's the status of the people who are sent to follow the last and to take up the mission of the last messenger sent to humanity. Brothers and sisters who better than that, brothers and sisters you better than that. We don't have time for petty concerns as far as you are people trying to wipe religion, not just Islam religion from the face of the earth. So there's no source of hope.
There is no source of guidance. There is no source of looking at reality from a non materialistic viewpoint.
We have work to do brothers and sisters as we said it starts with simple things within our various realms and capacities. But it starts with us seeing ourselves as something other than what the world is trying to make us see ourselves as although feelings
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