Channel: Zaid Shakir
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zyada como la houfy Kula hair, Vanessa Hola Hola, como La Nina. wilin muslimeen as yummy tofu equal afia. So we will continue with the farewell message of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his last advice to humanity
before his passing sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So the thing we point we left off with last week was the sanctity of life.
We mentioned Salalah SLM and the demand outcome rod. Harmon Alec
hotair telecom had teleco Robuchon, conformity ami, compare the FIBA ladder, compare the fishery compare that. So your your lives and your honor are sacred to each other, until you meet your Lord Kelvin, like the sanctity of this day of yours in this land of you this month of yours in this land of yours sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So then he says so from there he moves from the sanctity of life to the
conveying the trust,
that are owed
to each other to the earth, to a lot Tyler to the Messenger of Allah
to the angels.
So he says, For men Canada into Amana tune fed you at the hair Illa many tamanna who Allah so we serve whoever has been amongst you
or whoever has been entrusted with something let him convey that trust to whomsoever has entrusted him with it. So delivering the trust this is an integral part of our religion and the trust are vast. As you mentioned, we've been entrusted with this life we've been entrusted with this body. Some of us have been entrusted with children, some of us have been entrusted with proper property with wealth. Some of us have been entrusted with public offices and duties. All of those widecombe salaam Rahmatullah have to be delivered to their rightful possessors a lot of Thailand mentions in the Quran and lo La Jolla. muro comment to add doula mana Tila and Neha with accom benenati and taco
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combi in Ghana, tennis Mian basura so Allah has commanded you in the law Moodle comm and to Abdul MNF Tila and he had that you deliver the trust to his rightful possessors
that you deliver the trust. So this is a commandment from Allah with a quantum veneziane mobile app. So if you rule or judge or we should say judge or rule between people that you do so with justice.
So if we judge between people we have to be just we can't say, Okay, how much justice can you afford? How much justice can you afford? You can afford a lot you get a lot. You can afford much you won't get much. They say nowadays, that doesn't apply to Ian when he gets done. And sumaiya Sharla for the average lawyer out there when you go to see them. The first question is, how much justice can you afford?
The average doctor doesn't ask you where it hurts. Yes. How are you going to pay
if you don't have insurance? Well, I don't know if I can help you.
Because Hippocratic Oath has become the hypocritical.
we should not be involved with any of that. Why is the sacred is a commandment from Allah and no
Morricone, Allah commend you, and to adullam and Natalie and Neha, that you deliver the trust to its rightful possessor. So even if someone owes you money,
so if someone gives you $1, to hold, hold this dollar for me, you can spend it and then give them another dollar.
You have to give them the exact dollar they gave you. Because what have what have they said,
or let's say $100, little weightier. Or they said, you He gave you a serial ii $100 bill, and you gave him back a B. And then they said, after you gave it back, all the B Series are null and void.
Then you violated the trust.
or what have the word of the dollar he gave you was a good one, or the $100 bill. And the one you get them back unwittingly was counterfeit. So he goes to the store, and the merchant says, Wait a minute, this is a counterfeit one,
then you violated the trust. And the old days, he gives you a gold coin. That's 100% pure, you give him back a gold coin 90% pure, they both look the same. So if you're interested with money with cash, you have to give back the exact bills, the exact coins that you were given, otherwise, you violated the trust is how precise the Divine Law is in that regard. And is general as we said and anything so if you rule or judge between judge rule between people and tackle mobile app, that you do so with justice.
You do so with justice, blind, impartial, justice and fairness, and no law and every year the can be what an excellent thing a lot of commends you with in the law of Canada Semyon basura, Allah hears and knows all.
Emily Tamia mentions in his book as he I said, Sharia
because say, divine the legislative politics
that this verse is the foundation of the relationship between the ruler and the ruled that the ruler has been entrusted with a public office
and has a responsibility to deliver that trust to the people so it's not rule should not be self serving, it should not be self and grab that aggrandizing it should not be partial towards one family clan, ethnic group neighborhood. It should be taken as a trust a weighty trust given by Allah tala. To those he tests with it to be executed with perfect impartiality, and with the interest of the rule ruled at heart. And the Prophet sallallahu Sallam demonstrated that he didn't usurp anyone's money he could have could have taken everything everyone had a few more or not just solo Laila was son he died, he didn't have any money.
He didn't leave, he couldn't leave anything to his immediate family.
So then Hashem then of the motala can receive zakat. This is his opinion, Shafi opinion, they can't be enriched by the public wealth and public lands.
And this is a controversy between the Sunni and Shia. They say that Abu Bakr and Omar took the land that was left for Fatima. Both public learned that the family of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam couldn't inherit.
And that was from the perfect justice of the prophet SAW Selim. That was the greatest door to not to nepotism is leaving things and giving favors to your family and your kith and kin. So that door was closed
so that the rule could be impartial. And they'll get their reward with Allah subhanho wa Taala. One of the great
trust is privacy which we don't have any of today.
And and we don't have it because people have gotten away from religion, religion, religion provides the objective
is from from God, a Christian my says from on high
is not for many of us standing
for us to have an ethical foundation to check what we can do. So all this technology is enabling us to do some wonderful things. But it's enabling us to do some really terrible things. By the NSA, why are they spying on the leaders of friendly nations? Because they have the technical technical capability to do it?
No, why? Why are these companies making genetically modified plants? Now the bees are dying because the beads have been coded to respond to these flowers, over 1000s of years, if not millions of years. They've the genetic code. Now they altered the genetic code, the bee doesn't recognize the flower, so they don't feed on it. And so they're dying.
So we're so smart, right? We can make high your plants we can feed the planet, not without the bees. Oh, we didn't think about that. There's a lot we don't think about. Why do we bombs that can kill everybody, because we can do it.
So we have to have an ethical standard that checks and this is what a laws establish forth is called is the limit set by God
tilka, who do the lawful attire to do hair, these are the limits set by God don't transgress them
to get hoodoo to laferla takanobu these are the limits set by God don't even come close to them.
So it's not about what we can do, it should be about what we should do
in a week can create an economic system where only the top 1% have any meaning of for viable economic activity. So everyone else just sits around idly. And because idle people tend to get restless, we'll build prisons and put them into prisons, or because we can create a virus will kill off. I'm not saying aids came like this. I'm just speaking hypothetically, because we can make a virus to kill off billions of people who are useless. Now, as far as we are concerned, whoever we are, because we can do it, we will do it because there are no ethical standards of boundaries to check our actions. And this is the this is the job of the Muslims. I can speak for other religions.
I'm not a member.
I'm not a member, I'm not a car carrying Christian, I used to be, I'll just speak for the Muslims, this is our job is to let humanity know about these limits. We can just sit back in the masjid and just talk to each other, we have to go out there and share this. We have to inform people, we have to let people know we have to be filled with a sense of mission and purpose. Otherwise, we like the proverbial feather in the wind, just whichever way the wind blows. There we go. So privacy is one of those great trust. And now we don't have privacy. You give a talk like this, we're talking to the people in the messages here. Probably most of Muslim if not everyone has some understanding of
Islam, we can say things you'll understand them. If we saying have we speaking in a theoretical hypothetical sense, as a Muslim, you immediately understand, but you you you take it and then blast it out into cyberspace. And there are no people out there, they have no context. So you're saying listen, this is a private talk. But someone because you know they want to drive traffic to their little Facebook page, they put it out there and the next thing you know
they're big problems for people work is being undermined,
leaders are being villainized
etc. So, privacy is is is is is is huge. Our Prophet sallallahu wasallam in addition to the trust that it involves, he said he emphasized that or what we just mentioned the Continental law your motor command to do laminata and yeah, so what we say with each other is in a manner that we owe to each other.
Call us Alliance and Medallia Sue bill Amana. They private settings are involved with sacred trust.
You have to ask, I know someone that you have a quote by recently they didn't want to
broadcast to the whole world. But it's out there no one asked them you only desert does the trust you owe to that person. Can I put this on YouTube?
No one even asked you anymore.
This Oh, I got it I recorded some my phone. I could do whatever I want with it.
It is and then so what happens?
You'll find people not not giving serious talks
because you guys need to hear this. But
as if I'm not sure you're the only ones that gonna hear it. I want to hold back.
Because and people might say, you know, well, you should just tell it like it is rather believe me they're not gonna pay your bill.
Serious. You just you'd be left you caught out. I'm telling you, they're not going to pay you rent
Allahumma salli ala rasulillah LBL majelis bill Amana
private meetings involve a sacred trust. Now this the Everything you say is being recorded.
Your phone is recording you even when it's off. They know where you are at all times. Now they're talking about driverless cars, they know where you go or that information will be gone to some supercomputer where you go how you move, you know, so and then so the driverless car will suddenly malfunction
at the most inopportune time. So oops,
whatever. But all that information, your your shopping patterns and driving patterns. Now there so people get around the system economically, will you use a credit card they know where you bought gas where you bought food where you bought toothpaste, or you bought Pampers for your baby shouldn't be buying Pampers, you should buy reusable cloth diapers. But that's a whole nother issue. They know everything
the way you did now, so you use cash to get around and now they're going to put chips in the cache. So when you take the cash out of the ATM, they know you took this particular dollar bill is got a chip in it. And when you go to the store, they'll scan it. So you won't even be able to escape with cash.
After move to a mountain where the no privacy.
We have a constitutional amendment guaranteeing privacy.
But people just sit back and let everything be taken.
Then, who are we to blame but the point is Islam. Islam emphasizes the core and the soon of our process. The laws derived there from emphasize privacy and the right to privacy, this is something that that we should uphold. And we should be very
careful because we forget, we forget and then we take liberties that are not sanctioned by Sharia, and are sanctioned by Sharia.
And we get into trouble because we have to answer to a law we don't answer to the person whose rights would violate, but we want to definitely have to answer to Allah subhanho wa Taala
while no harm was done, so then after mentioning the sanctity of life, and then the sacred nature of trust, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he mentions usury and interest bearing
transactions for Allah. When rebel Jia helia Timo Dorn wagon Lacan, Rousseau and where'd he come? Lot of the moon Allah tala moon wacaco Allahu Allahu la Riba when ovolo diva Adobe Amir, a best blue Abdulmutallab. So he says sallallahu alayhi wa sallam the interest from users transactions contracted before Islam is waived. However you can so even if you contracted this interest before Islam
is null and void. No one can give or take any interest. However, you can keep the principle involved. But the principle that is you have a right to that you will not oppressing others nor will you be oppressed. Allah has decreed that there is no to be no interest. And the first interest to be waived is owed to my uncle, Ambassador Abdullah.
So again, the profit or the sum starts with his family. So this isn't
something for all of you folks out there. But those close to me, you know, we have this little thing going on. Now he said the first interest to be waived, is that on my uncle, bass, so in other words, I'm starting with the members of my own family sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So there's a connection between interest and oppression that's been recognized by all of the Abrahamic religions,
taking people making wealth
without providing any immediate service without doing any work was considered to be sinful, and is considered to be against the natural order the fitrah that God created people upon that Allah tala created
the the natural disposition. We were created to earn for ourselves, and we were created from our own labor. And we were created to serve others through our own labor
and efforts. Quantum hydrometer Bridgette Lin asked you the best people raised up to serve humanity leanness, aliah, hidden metalness chemical mufa assume that you will the best of nations raised up for humanity that is to say, to serve humanity to advance the common good of humanity. And interest doesn't do that. So just I want to give you a an ideal first by just quoting some of the biblical prohibitions against interest. And there, there are many
interests this system we have a global finance, you have to remember this is a 20. Well, in its current form is a 20th century innovation. And, and being widespread and human societies, globally is unprecedented globally.
Being widespread is only a couple 100 years old.
It's not something that
has been with us. And one of the things that shaytan does when shaytaan introduces these things, then it becomes what's known as a fait accompli is a it's an established fact you can't go back.
Just this is how it has to be. Why does it have to be like this?
For for most of human history, it wasn't like this human being so fundamentally different today.
Like you slap them real hard.
They won't say Ouch. No, they still say Ouch. you punch them, they still say Ouch. Unless they wired a little funny. They might laugh and do it again.
But normal human beings, you pinch them. They say Ouch.
They're thirsty, they drink water. If someone's in the desert, and they're dying of thirst, and you have no cold soda, is they want water. They don't want to cold soda. It will make them more thirsty.
They're hungry, we eat.
We tired we sleep. That's the nature of human we look for something to worship. They don't. If they take away a lot Allah they all start worshipping the devil
or themselves, or the clothing or the cars or who knows what. But anyway, just to give an idea of the ancient
outrage that interest involves just read some verses from the Bible first and the first one is from Exodus 20 to 25. If you lend money to any of my people who are poor among you, you should not be like the moneylender. To him You shall not charge him interest. Then the verrucous 2536 and 37 take no interest, no usury or interest from him. But fear your god that your brother may live with you.
This which is really deep and then 37 You shall not lend him your money for usury Lord nor lend him your food at profit. So Islam prove his interest on money and food.
So things have to be light as they have lit they have will fit the little Fender will make milk will come they'll come like go for gold, silver for silver.
Salt for salt, wheat for wheat is its money and its food. And so here in the Bible, both are mentioned nor lindum your food at a profit
fear your fear your God. So again it's not it's not what you can do but I can do this he doesn't have money he needs it so badly I can charge him for is not what you can do is what you should do.
And what you should do what we should do is to a large extent predicated on the depth of our fear forma
dude around the 2320 You shall not charge interest to your brother, interest on money or food or anything that is lent out at interest or increase. Jeremiah 1510 woe is me, my mother that you are born me a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth. I have neither let for entries nor have min to me for entries, every one of them, curses me so he's lamenting that he hasn't done these grave crimes known people for interest nor taken interest from others, yet still the people they curse him.
If he is not oppressed anyone but as restored to the debtor, his pledge has robbed no one by violence, but is given his bread to the hungry and covered the naked with clothing, if he is not exact that usury nor taken any increase, but is withdrawn his hand from iniquity and executed through judgment between men and men. If he has walked in my statutes and kept my judgments faithfully, he is just he shall surely live, says the Lord God is zekiel seven nine, that's the good man, the good person who's the bad person. So Zico goes on. If he is exact that usury are taken, increase chaldee then live, he shall not live. If he has done any of these abominations, he shall
surely die his blood shall be upon him.
And then it goes on,
who have withdrawn his hand from the poor and not received into user increase, but as executed my judgments and walked in my statutes, he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live. If you take if you take bribes to shed blood, you take usury and increase you have made profit of your neighbors by extortion and have forgotten me, says the Lord God.
passage from iziko he eats in this the bad man, he eats at the mountain shrines, he defiles his neighbor's wife, he oppresses the poor and needy, he commits robbery, he does not return what you took in pledge, he looks at the idol, he looks to the idols, he does detestable things, he lends that interest and takes a profit was such a man live, he will not because he has done all these detestable things, he is to be put to death, his blood will be on his own head.
So this is this is how Christians understood usury historically, until the last couple of centuries. Now I want to read something from Dante. So Dante, and his infernal Where does he put the people of usury, so he's inheriting these Christian
ethics. And then he writes this epic poem.
So he says,
from divine intellect, and divine art, and if you pour over your physics closely, you'll find not many pages from the start, that when possible your art follows nature, as a pupil does his master, and artists all things that people create is context, that when possible, your art follows nature as a pupil follows his master, in effect, your artists like the grandchild of our God, for art and nature, if you will, will recall the opening of Genesis, man is meant to earn his way and further humankind. But still, the user takes another way. He scorns nature and her follower art because he puts his hope in something else. So then, there's some commentary on this. Dante puts the users in
the lowest sub circle of the seventh circle of Hell with others who sins are regarded as doing violence against nature and nature's God
Many people have noted that users are placed deeper into hell than violent murderers, violent suicides blasphemers and sodomites. Dante regards users as perverting art, ie productive skill, by means of which we are supposed to produce and create and thereby imitate the goodness of God. usery is the anti art, it produces nothing substantial, being just a set of multiplication games with money, and therefore, does not really contribute any thing to quote, earning one's way and furthering human time. It merely gives the illusion of doing so and is therefore sort of mockery of both human reason and divine providence and deed a sort of universal violence against neighbor, God
and one's own reason, an extraordinarily efficient form of violence, by which you do the most damage with the least effort.
So we have a whole system built on a practice that a conscience is Christian, put someone in hell, Lord, the murders
Allah has done a lot to help us.
Yes, isn't capitalism
doing what you can? Because you look at
the prices, people charge like we can we can get away with it as much as they can get away with
just the whole general system, I wouldn't say is just capitalism is definitely capitalism opens the door to such exploitation by looking at communism.
If the party can take all the wealth and give all the privileges to their kids, then they'll do it.
You know, if they can create an economic system, that's just as materialistic, even more rapacious in terms of the ecological destruction. Look at the old Soviet Union. They destroyed the earth.
They drain the waters out of the lakes, they poisoned the land look at Communist China right now even though it's a capitalist economy, look at the ecological damage, they have to stop driving cars someday there's so much air pollution, the fish are dead and all the rivers there's so much toxic waste dumping with no regulations, is human greed
is it's definitely manifests itself in amongst capitalists, but it also manifests itself amongst communists.
You know, when when Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge were murdering everyone, and Cambodia and the name of communism would be murdering their own children.
You know, your children can die, but our children were sending the Europe to go to school.
So it's human greed, human hypocrisy. velata, Alice Paris
latonya Spears, one of the modern movements that tried to revive, revive real Christian teaching. Some of you have heard of the, the Catholic Worker movement, founded by Dorothy Day primarily
in the 30s, or the 40s. So they would set up their one in Berkeley, the Dorothy Day house where they ran out or buy property and some of the most blighted neighborhoods and feed people and give medical services that people sleep there. But one of their foundational principles was a rejection of law interest.
And so she wrote a letter when one of the houses one of the cities claimed I forget, I think, maybe in Detroit, or New York, thing was New York, eminent domain, but they didn't pay them right away. So when they paid them like 18 months later, what they owe that accrued interest. So she wrote a letter and she said, we're returning the interest on the money we have received because we do not believe in money lending at interest. as Catholics who are acquainted with the early teaching of the Church, all the early counselors for beta declaring it reprehensible to make money by lending it out at interest. Canon Law of the Middle Ages forbade it, and various decrees order that profits ordained
was to be restored, and the Christian emphasis on the in the Christian emphasis on the duty of charity. We are commanded to link gratuitously gratuitously to
give freely, even in the case of confiscation, as in our own case, not to resist but to accept cheerfully. So she, she, she gave the money back. So we don't deal with interest
even though it was, is based on you, you surfing our property. And if you want to take our property property, then we give it to you and in a spirit of graciousness,
because it's not about our property, it's about our principles.
And well, these these are, I'm not saying
to that extent, but we have to stay focus is not about property. It's about principle. And, and we have to, we have to maintain our integrity as Muslims because if we're the last community that takes as a community that takes the prohibition of interest seriously.
And a lot of people who are renting because they don't even want to go with Islamic finance models that are out there because there's Shobha. There's doubtfulness in them.
So we're renting hamdulillah an Eon Lachlan.
So but we have to hold on if we let go, it's over.
It's over, as they were on the barricades,
and we're holding it down.
And if we we give up our positions, the fortress is going to be overrun.
So there's a
what we'll get to that in sha Allah.
Allah subhanho wa Taala in Korean declares war on the person dealing and usury and interest only. There are only three things one is where I forgot, but it's not in email.
That hubbies Kitab al Kabir is in the Haji Hainanese collection, but two well known
situations for a lot highly declares war on the perpetrator. One is interest.
And so a lot a paladin M and takala whether whether woman documentary, bang come to me selam falou set the moon the Harbin mineral oil water Sudan. Falcon roussanne Welcome left on the moon over the moon. So Allah says oh you believers Be mindful of Allah and leave what remains of interest? What over and beyond your principle, if indeed you are believers, and if you fail to do so then be warned of war
from Allah and His messenger. And if you repent, then you can have your principle, you will not you will not oppress other others, nor will you be oppressed.
You will not oppress others nor will you be oppressed as we say interest is the key to oppression. And is the from the deception of shaytaan. So shaytan only promises deception, or now you're the coup shaytaan illa gururaj. So shaytan says, He says, Listen, human beings
Because when I'm voiceprint, West West,
West West, West West was Onomatopoeia. So let me whisper to you. So it says, you know, listen, I know, all these books, they say don't deal with interest. But listen, if you have interest, you know, you can make exponentially more money, then there's enough everybody.
And then, yeah, you know, more, one gets more.
And so what happens, we build this user system. And then we see the greatest disparities in income distribution in the history of humanity, though, shaytani promises deception.
whole countries are impoverished
because they're cut out
of the the international fiscal pecking order the bottom of the totem pole, the last rung on the ladder, that whole communities here being systematically disenfranchised,
and then you should see the things they're talking about we should do with these people, these marginal people.
So one thing you do with them, you try to get them all to hate Muslims and Islam.
to divert their attention away from the real source of their problems. That's part of it.
You know, that's part of the whole setup. Historically, or you you revive a simmering racial tensions
at times when people are starting to build transmission, trans racial solidarity,
and all these tricks, but where's the promises? shaytaan? Where is everyone benefiting?
You have all this inequality 1% of the people have more wealth 1% at the top and more wealth than the bottom 50%
Allahumma Stan, so last declares war.
The Prophet sallallahu sallam, and the other The second one is one who offends and transgressors against one a law has loved the idea of a law, which could be any of us Ella and only a law, the whole finale malami, Asan and Edina and what can we attack Ooh, this is the description. Rarely those Beloved of Allah and Allah Allah, the whole finale malaria soon they will have no fear nor were they grief there with the law. They don't care about what's happening
in the world too much. They do the best but it doesn't grieve them kumala to belly.
it could be Ella Dena ermanno. Who are they and lady in Amman, all those who sincerely believe what can we attack Ooh. And they're mindful of Allah, His commandments and prohibitions can be any righteous servant, it can be your husband, your wife, your child, your parents.
So is screaming at you or your wife or your husband? Ah,
you drive them too
close to insanity. That could be an Wally, or Walia of Allah. And then a law declares war on you.
That's my theory. What happened to the Soviet Union? I've said this many times. Say it again. They kill the wrong they killed some old lady and Afghanistan when they bombed one of those villages. And she's making to hedge Jude for the last 60 years. When a carton of Quran every 10 days, for the last 60 years, she was always taking care of the orphans in the village, feeding them and providing for them and then they bombed their house and then a lot declared war on them. And that was the end of the Soviet Union.
And that's what our country has better be careful. One day they're gonna bomb the wrong house
is not going to be pleasant.
So that I said that once in the FBI came to visit me.
We heard that you are threatening war on America.
was one of these riots tell you they saw like they saw it on YouTube? And so on these right wing groups they call the FBI and then they came? I said, No, I gave them I'll give you a copy of. I said God's gonna declare war on America.
It's all good. God, not me.
Not the brothers and sisters here. God, so be careful.
As a true story.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is one of the most humiliating parables concerning the people of enter his land and understand all the Alon and then the V solo and he will sell McCall Rebus habarana who that one will have kawakawa Rasul Allah oma Will Ferrell fury wetin hawan O'Hair. keleti yonka oma. So he said sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that interests involve 70 degrees of sin. The least of them the least aware no has the least of them is like a man having sexual relations with his mother.
That's the lowest
of the 70
that's the lowest of the 70
along with Stan
so the prophets Allah Salim and Islam
laying the foundation for a new economic order. And it led to economic press prosperity. And we've abandoned it as Muslims our peril.
We've abandoned at our peril,
and is still relevant today. So there's a
scholar by the name of owl star McIntosh, he wrote a book called The history of usury prohibition.
And he's saying he says in that book,
he says, in particular, it is the belief of the authors that individuals or organizations in the West with money to invest, especially those who would like to consider themselves as being ethical, might have rather more to learn from Islam than is generally acknowledged.
But first society has to be really conscious size, to the relevance of the age old usury debate in modern times.
So he's saying we have this economic system has more to learn from Islam that we will acknowledge. But he says before any learning can take place, there has to be a reconstruction of consciousness of the gravity of the crime of usury, we have to be re conscience sighs I can't properly pronounce it to the relevance of the age old usury debate in modern times. So for modern times is over you usually, this is the way to go. It's not the way to go. All of all of all of the things we see destroying the earth are predicated, without usury, you can't have modern war.
And that if you look at the history of the Rothschilds, and how they loan money to the governments to finance their wars,
and that's how they got their power.
And without usury, they wouldn't have their money. Without the money, you couldn't finance these war machines.
Without the money you couldn't, you couldn't produce on the economies of scale that are sucking all these resources out of the earth. And on the one hand, and producing all this in disposable waste, on the other hand, is all facilitated by the economies of scale that are made possible by by usury. We have to return to human scales and our activities is all rooted in usury. So this is what
Mackintosh so we as again, as Muslims, all of these things, we we should be in the forefront of the movement to preserve our privacy.
We should be in the forefront of the movement to preserve the sanctity of life. Because as one of the sisters mentioned, last week, we see a non Muslim country murder is normalized. Using a fat was for murder.
Innocent people who are Muslim,
to just bombed and blown up.
And it's a disease. It's a disease. I'll tell you a story I went during
the early 90s when the Afghan war was winding down.
And at that point, the Russians were gone. So what was happening? Primarily Hekmatyar, his group there were bombing Cabo with all these rockets. So I was just one of their people. We were going around fundraising, going to different messages.
And so we were talking about this. I said, you know,
how can you kill innocent Muslims
as grave men men we mentioned here many times so
when we did the 10 commandments, law kutlu Rosalyn movement in our mo and the law minzu Allah dunya the killer believing person is graver with the law than wiping out the whole world. Man and I love the movement and wallow be shut to be kalama yo la yo metal PMT mag tube on beignet he he Suman Rahmatullah, whoever participates in killing a believer, even by ordering half a word, or low be shot to be kalama meat so on the Day of Judgment written across their forehead. I've despaired of a loss
is these are great things. But you know what he said?
He said, during the war, the people in Kabul they had a good, you know, everyone else was being bombed by the Russians and they're just going about their business. Now it's their turn.
This is a Muslim.
justify murdering NSF award, about 60,000 people were killed during those bombardments this innocent civilians minding their own business, they just send the wrong side of town. This is the side we want to take over.
So all this stuff left over is bombing the city bombing the city.
And then you rationalize this sister said, normalizing mercy. Murder is not murder anymore. is justifiable killing.
Oh, we should be in the forefront of condemning this madness.
Because that's what it is, is madness. And why? Because we can do it.
We can do it. I say no, it's not about what you can do is what you should do.
Or lahoma Stan. So then he moves from there, to talking about
blood based retribution, and not the manager he let him do it, da. So the the
blood feuds of the pre Islamic period are
They're ended. So we'll stop here next weekend. Shall we stop here any questions comments? Allah was silent. More haben.
Allah has definitely has the ability to stop it but a lot Tyler put us in this world to test us as as to what we're going to do.
And so it's up to us to stop it. And it's up to us not to engage in it. Because we are the ones who are here to be test tested as to how we're going to act.
Allah do and Allah says he led Holla Holla nota well. hayata Leah Balu come au come Assalam Allah, the One who has created death and life to test you which of you are best indeed.
And so it's definitely a lack of stop it but the nature of the test is the sea of we're going to stop it and even more importantly if we're going to engage in it
and so we have to make we have to make we have to convince ourselves our Prophet Silla Salah Michel Cohn,
Abdullah and MK tool well ethercon Abdullah Abdullah Al cotton, so be the servant of Allah was killed Don't be the servant of Allah who's who's who kills.
So if you're facing a Muslim, let him kill you. Unless you meet a law with a clean slate. This and this is called the puzzle. This is called the position of men. If men could have wiped out those rebels who descended on Medina, there there were at least 10,000 people in Medina and they will all with men, including Imam Ali. And then Ali was with Earth men like people rewrite history. Hassan and Hussein were guarding Earth man's door. Mmm Ali was one of the last people to leave Earth man's house. And he told him to go away. He could have told them wipe them out. But he didn't want to meet a law with the blood of a Muslim on his head. She said let them kill me they have their answer to a
For they're doing.
I'll meet a law My hands are clean.
We all gonna die. So it's how you're gonna die. How and so we have to make a priority decisions. Like there's certain things I'm not going to do. Even if it means that I die. Like someone gives us a gun. And then they put a gun to our head give us a gun and they say kill this guy. I'm gonna kill you. Is I okay, man. I had a few more things planned but
go ahead and kill me. Cuz it's haram for you to kill him. So you can say to save my life. I'm going to kill this person and take their life.
Now that you find that example, mentioning in effect books, so there are a priority says that if I'm in that situation, I'm going to die.
Because I'm not going to take an innocent life, even if it means I lose my life. So so you lose your life that day. Or if if you shot the person now you have to meet a lot and answer for an innocent life that you took. And then you only live two more days you got hit by a truck two days later.
Everyone's gonna die.
Just is just choosing the terms of your death
and choosing what you're not going to do and be led to do.
Will law homeless time?
A lot of people don't
listen for interest. We didn't take mortgages, but they still put money in banks and the bank is part of that money. for many purposes, that's
theory itself. And we oftentimes, like just back away.
Well include in terms of the bank, will you try the prop sell to suddenly set a time will come when the dust of usury would touch everything? So it's hard to escape? Totally. And, you know, keeping your money at home under your pillow? hasn't proven to be necessarily the best place for your money.
Yeah, well, you could look for alternatives Charlottetown and share them and encourage people? Yes.
It says, If you rent Are you helping the landlord pays his mortgage?
Does this what we're saying? your intention in the Milanello vignette
is hard to escape totally. So you do the best you can do your contractual arrangement with the landlord, you have a contract with the landlord. That contract doesn't involve interest. The landlord has a contract with the bank. That contract involves interest. his contract is between him and a law and your contract is between you and the law. So you you could get real strict and then you create so much hardship on people that they don't even try.
So we have to understand these are the circles we live in here. Wherever Anna tells her boom, you go somewhere else is the same system.
So where are you going to go? So you just do your best and you make your intention. You pay taxes, someone I was talking after Juma this past week, someone say you know,
I don't even know if I should live here because I'm paying taxes and the taxes are going for the war as my taxes go to fix the roads. And the men are men who Binya, you make the NEA when you pay your money. This is the fix the potholes. cause some discipline a lot of money for public works. So you make your Nia so you do your best you make your intention you do your best. And you know you can say you know, brother sister, you're absolutely right. So, you know, I'm going into the 10th business and you can pitch a tent in the park. That might be fine if you're single, but most sisters aren't going to go for that.
So so you do your best you do your best, seriously, single guys where we It's amazing.
He and yet he could tell you
his thing he could sleep under a bridge? Not anymore.
Now for that, while he concerned I'm on amatola Bearcat any suggestions or maybe examples of Muslim communities that have been able to, you know, check out even if they are in hyper capitalist societies of creating their own, you know, autonomous
you know, economic models where we don't have to participate in it. And also the tax question. Do we have religious basis to not pay taxes because of the bloodshed that it creates? And if so, are there any examples of Muslims kind of trying to make alternative economic? I mean, you can look in different parts of the world where they have it a little a little more flexibility
and certain neighborhoods
in certain countries are
the financials in terms of, do they have a separate sort of money or 10 sign of a lead or alternative local currency system allow Ireland, but they definitely have terms of shops, make their own clothing, have their own food production, etc. Definitely. They're places where people have that. Those are things I think that
people have to start doing.
And it's possible but again, you have to be practical at a certain point in terms of, you know, how much independence Do you really have, even if you have a local alternative currency?
And it has its own multiplier effect. But at the end of the day, what what is it going to be based on
another what is the value that that currency have, like a gold standard is going to be based on a deposit of gold that we have somewhere, is going to be based on dollars that people contribute into the system, then Where is that coming from? So at the end of the day, people have to work for more just system period.
And it might seem a daunting task. But this, this wasn't always here, which means it doesn't always have to be here.
And we should definitely work and advocate and begin to theorize for a more just system that weekend. And like Macintosh says, before you can do anything, you have to have the consciousness that something needs to be done. And so even developing the system you're implying, one has to have the consciousness of the need for it. Number one, and then water is parameters. Number two, in terms of wealth generation,
in terms of
ultimate connections to the larger system, what are the nature of those connections? How do you make them in a way that the user you user is nature of that system doesn't taint it? So there's a lot of theorizing that has to be done. And it's in the early stages of capital. Right? Marx wrote his
magnum opus, Opus, open,
Right, and tried to build a movement.
And look at the difficulty here.
Even when communism gained state power, and several locations in the former Soviet Union in the Eastern Bloc countries, and China, Vietnam, etc. Still,
the word LED and now capitalism is far more advanced, far more globalized, far more institutionalized. And the the means of
ideologically perpetuating that system are far more sophisticated.
And so it's a daunting challenge, but anything's possible with Allah subhanho wa Taala. But it takes a lot of work, people have to be really serious, and you talk in alternative economic arrangements. I mean, look how hard it is to create a truly interest free bank. Look how hard it is to get oil from Cesar Chavez or Iran or whoever is offering some oil and distributed to poor people here. Look how hard it was to get fish from Peru and start selling to poor people.
And the nation was doing a Whiting HMG
fresh from the sea, imported from Peru just for you.
And you know what happened to that program? You know, so there are definitely challenges but with vision and courage and hard work, and tofik from Allah, Allah wants it to be and it is, it will be
a lot of work
Well, it did. And then with
Coming over is profit. So let's sell. But it didn't permanently?
implicitly or explicitly prohibits
Let's have dealin How can lead Let there be no alteration in the natural way created by a law?
So that's definitely altering the natural order of things.
Well, law explicitly No, that's implicit explicitly. That's see this is where you need the flexibility of the legal thinking. And that one of the great fun, fundamental foundational legal Maxim's in our religion, lavadora, Allah dirar, and the Hadith of the Prophet, so the sender should be no harm nor reciprocating harm. So from that, we get one of our great legal legal Maxim's adorable use and harm is to be removed. And so we see the harm that's caused by these German genetically modified plants a lot we don't even know yet. But now they're saying this is probably one of the primary reasons the bees are dying.
It creates a situation where certain corporations are gaining control over the food supply of entire nations.
Because they're putting in a lot of these, they're putting killer genes in the seeds, where if they cross pollinate with an organic plant, they'll kill the organic gene.
You know, so there's this compound evil, that's only multiplying.
And there are a lot of them, they can't grow naturally without. So all of these Monsanto seeds, the only thing that you can use as a pesticide is Roundup, one of the most vicious poisons in the history of humanity. And
that kills everything except that particular plant.
And then, but gradually,
the weeds in the vicinity, they, they, they mutate, they, their genes get crossed, and you get these these super weeds, like the finding in Canada and the canola fields and nothing can kill.
So you know, you it's a very slippery slope. And I would say that if you look at.org use and harmless debris removed, then you could definitely argue that the harm is clear. And
we need to we need to remove it. Well, we'll lower it alum but there's nothing implicitly How could there be these things were unknown when the Quran was revealed. So there's a temporal aspect of many of the legal injunctions in the court and they have a context for their revelation. So there How can the process a seller seldom don't use genetic genetically modified seeds, when there were no genetically modified seeds. So we can only infer from the principles that are available to us when to stop us getting late. People have to go home and get ready for work tomorrow.
there any other remaining questions we can start next week with those and Shalom? Well, I'll give everyone long life feel good health, and much kenema and much blessing. May Allah tala bless us to
try to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. May Allah blesses us to escape the
dust of Riba to the extent possible in our circumstances. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us to to respect the sanctity of life may Allah Allah bless us to convey the trust that we have, and to respect the sanctity and sacred nature of the trust. Well, hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salam ala Sayyidina Muhammad, while early he was Sammy, was Selim personal and kathiresan Hannah Keller, and more the handig A Chateau en la ilaha illa and estoque sharika What were you like what asked in an incentive to close in letting me know I'm gonna solve the heart what was sold will happen what was sold the solver was Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh