Channel: Zaid Shakir
Imam Zaid Shakir expounds on the crises of despair in society, impact on the Muslim community, and the cure for this disease.
All praises do to allow is revealed the scripture unto His servant and there's been no crookedness there in Alhamdulillah, Allah subhanho wa Taala has blessed us to live in interesting times, as they say,
one of the characteristics of our time, speaking specifically of this land that we reside in,
is the despair that we see.
And that despair can be measured by what collectively are referred to as the diseases of despair, drug addiction, alcoholism, suicide,
terms of drug addiction, just discarding other forms of drugs every day in this country. 170 fatal overdoses from opioids alone heroin, morphine, Percocet and Oxycontin, the whole family of opioids 170. And word not for Narcan which revives
overdose victims, maybe it would be 800 a day.
Because everyone fatally overdoses, seven or eight are revived, who would otherwise federally overdose
241 alcohol consumption related deaths every day in this country.
excluding alcohol related deaths, most fatal fatalities from auto accidents the majority of alcohol related.
Most killings domestic violence are alcohol related, not maybe not most a large percentage. Most alcohol, most traffic deaths, yes, but a large percentage, but excluding all of that 241 who died from overconsumption of alcohol every day, 123 suicides every day, almost 4000 suicide attempts every day, which means what the far more because a lot of suicide attempts are reported to the authorities. That's what's reported.
increasingly large numbers of our children who should be the most hopeful,
dead as a result of suicide.
diseases of despair.
Muslims you see Muslims increasingly falling into many of these categories,
which indicates what indicates two things, or one, one or two things are both one or the other, or both. One is ignorance of our religion.
ignorance of the religion because one who has knowledge of this religion understands this is the anti despair or the antidote to despair. The anti despair, medicine
or ignorance of the religion or weakness of faith
means there might be knowledge of the religion but that knowledge hasn't penetrated to the depths of the heart so that it affects the hearts and ways that insulates the individual from the ravages of despair.
We should understand understanding is is very important. There are a lot of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
He says men you read the letter will be higher on you feckin who fit Deen? The one a law design is good for he gives him or her a sound understanding of the religion
or the convention the balance of the Hadeeth because it has benefited so it's related on why we are and why we are total De La Hoya and Han Kala Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, when you read the letter who be here higher on effect COVID de the one Allah desire is good for he gives him or her a sound understanding of the religion. We're in them and a costume Allah azzawajal you are clean, I dispense the revelation is the law gives understanding. So the Prophet gives it freely to everyone but a law causes those seeds that he spreads out to take root in some hearts.
We'll enter zella tar effort when men head his material image and be angry lay, lay your men her left arm, hotter Yeti and law. And there will always remain from this community of believers, a party, a group who will establish their affair on the basis of the commandment of Allah.
And so what what the Messenger of Allah is telling us is that understanding translates into action. And the foundation of our action is establishing our fear on the commandment of Allah. And as people are rejecting their traditional religious teachings, as people increasingly turned to atheism, and that's part and parcel of the crisis of despair, there's no coincidence that as atheism goes up, suicide goes up. Because atheism is telling a human being that You're no different from this roster monster this member I'm standing on, You're no different than these walls, You're no different than a fly, you no different than feces or urine. You're just physical stuff.
If a human being comes in believe that he or she is just physical stuff, there is no relationship to a higher power, there is nothing to hope for beyond the demise of this physical body. Why not commit suicide? Why not ended off?
There's nothing beyond this to hope for.
That's one of the reasons you see this upward trajectory.
So the believers must hold on to the commandment of Allah, the believers must hold as lawful that which our Lord,
through His Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has declared to be lawful, and the believer must maintain and hold on to what our Lord through His Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam directly through revelation, which came through the prophet sallahu sallallahu wasallam, or through his sooner have declared to be unlawful and null Hillel opinion, were in the Brahma Bian, were being a human or more on wish to be had later layout of lejana Muna casiotone Menendez, the lawful is unambiguously clear, and the unlawful is unambiguously clear. And between those two are doubtful matters. Most people don't know their rulings. There are people who want to make that which is
unambiguously clear from the multi shabby hat.
And that which in terms of its lawfulness, and that which is unambiguously clear in terms of his unlawfulness amongst the doubtful matters, well, we need to reassess this 1400 years of Islam and scholarship from some of the most brilliant minds to ever walk this planet, couldn't figure out how Muslims are supposed to dress 1400 years of scholarship with clear unambiguous evidence, scriptural evidence, couldn't figure out who Muslims should go to bed width 40 we need to reassess No, we need to adhere to the book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger and die upon that and pass it on to our descendants. If we do that, we've done our job. And we fail to do that there are going to be
more suicides. There's going to be more alcoholism, there's going to be more drug overdoses because people will be lost.
And the profits were set to guide people.
And this oma the scholars of this Omar, the heirs of the prophets
and their communities are the community of believers. In this world, volunteers will enter zela effort on Manhattan multi car Emerton, the Emory lab, they will establish their fare on the commandment of Allah lay your doodle home and holla for whom they will not be harmed by those who will pose them hot yet to law until the command second Mr. Avalon some scholars say it's the emergence of the debt jazz. Some scholar says the wind that will blow at the end of time and take the souls of the believers most scholars say is the doomsday your mental piano. There won't be hard so our task brothers and sisters if you want to be safe and you want to be sound, make sure you in
that group and Mr. hajus lolani he says it can be one group in one place but most
likely it is many groups. There's some here, there's some there. There's some in America, the southern Africa, there's some in Asia, the southern Europe.
And this is a source of mercy not just for us, but for the world. As we said, the world, this country and the world in general being besieged by despair, and hopelessness.
We are the people of hope.
Not foolish optimism, but the people of hope. Will the people are prophetic guidance and prophetic glide guidance, believes clarity were the people of mercy. One of the reasons a lot of Muslims are so downcast and gloom stuck
in our day and times, is because they believe the lies of people who profit from there being no source of hope for people.
There are people that profit from that.
So you Muslims, you have no mercy and compassion in your heart.
Muslim, start believing that
you want to know no compassion, no compassion?
who would sell 9 million narcotic pills in a small town in Appalachia prescribe 9 million Knock hard knowing this is going to addict the entire population who has the mercy in that?
And then the people are dropping like flies from overdoses? What is the mercy in that?
What is the mercy in fabricating enemies for the sole purpose of feeding a war machine that's financed by $700 billion of our tax money
to keep the factories making bombs, and so inventing most inventing enemies, and many enemies in this country to keep this machine of Islamic hate going? Their stealth Jihad? They're taking over taking over what?
Well, we don't stop the start. Oh, yeah. You know, am I self jihadist? I don't know. You know, it's in the air is
taking over what
are the the Muslim Brotherhood taking over Congress and the Senate and our institution where they're doing a terrible job?
There are 535 congressmen and senators 100 senators, 435 representatives. There are zero Muslim senators and one Muslim Congressman, zero out of 101 out of 435 and that stuff jihad.
There's a mercy of the scheme to demoralize the community to villainize and demonize the community for the sole purpose of making money.
Because they're financed by 10s, hundreds of millions of dollars.
It's an industry
who is the mercy right now this hurricane the winds died down, but the rain is coming. And they have open lagoons of pig manure and pig fetuses and pig but from these hog farms, next, African American communities, poor people who can't go anywhere, and they're gonna flood over, even without flooding. They're spraying in the air coats their houses, they can't read the air. People have respiratory problems have to breathe that garbage. And the North Carolina legislator banned a bill that would even declare this a harmful practice quiz. The mercy in that.
Court is the mercy in that you go up and down the ledger, there's no mercy. There's total exploitation of people. They won't even give you a meal. You can fly on Ethiopian Airlines, one of the poorest countries in the world. You can fly from Addis Ababa to Harvard, they give you a hot meal.
hot towel to clean your hands with
for a two hour flight. You fly from New York City to Los Angeles five and a half hours. You look if you get a bag of pretzels.
Then when you learn there are when you got on the plane.
The skycap, the company is gonna take their tips
what is the mercy and all that
and they'll tell you Muslim, you know merciful
And then you believe it
and get all demoralized.
Be proud to be a Muslim. Don't hang your head. Don't give those people the satisfaction of demoralizing you.
feeds and killers hosts the people that the lady Beth Macy wrote a book about this whole opioid epidemic recently.
And the subtitle the company that addicted America, Purdue pharma,
responsible for 10s of 1000s of dead Americans.
And no one went to jail, to misdemeanor to 10s of 1000s of dead people, millions of addicts
and to misdemeanor charges
for false advertisement, because they said this stuff is in abusive.
Like pure morphine. repackaged
is not abusive, 1% rate of abuse. And so when the abuse rate was almost 100% of were guilty misdemeanor on two of their executives, no one goes to jail.
But all these little people, not selling heroin, selling marijuana on the street corner or going to jail feeding this prison industrial complex was the mercy in that
and you demoralize belief in your your religion has no mercy.
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Allah forgives all sins, Allah forgives the idolatry. Allah forgave the man who killed 100 people.
people, one man came
and long story short and mentioned his sin. And he couldn't do this. He couldn't do that. to atone the profits all of a sudden SLM. He started laughing and said just scram, get out of here.
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
111 you sin is one against you.
You sin is one against you. You do a good deed and Hasina to be actually unfairly is immediately multiply 100 times excuse me 10 times
lsmu me there 700 times allowed us in kathira 7000 70,000 7 million laws, Rahim and Kenny how hard Do you have to work to go to hell?
If that's how things are record.
One sin is one against you. Even if you conspired to sin and then you leave it, then is credited as a good deed. Leaving a bad deed is a good deed. You know, I'm going to do this in that. Mashallah. I get home, get dressed makalah So, and I'm gonna go visit and we're going to go out and
That's totally wrong. That's the good deed you left the bad deed is a good deed.
podcast. ceja Hasina leaving the bad deed is a good day. And so the cycle kicks in and I set out to shoot him fairly semia did how hard does one have to work to go to hell? This is the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala in the law yo fruitville Nova gymea Allah forgives all sins. What did you do? Just repaired to Allah and Allah will forgive you.
Why do you have no hope? Why do you have no dis Why are you despairing of the Lord's mercy and if no
Are the odds and if this is the mercy of Allah, then it's rightfully said in the hula Yes, tomorrow Hilah in the comun carefree room is only a disbelieving people that despair of the Lord's mercy. So believers
never despair of a loss mercy. We should don't don't walk around here in a state of doom and gloom. Lift up your head smile in the face of your your your your, your fellow believers smile in the face of everybody the ordinary people. spread peace spread greetings of peace to people, feed people. Y'all know Sula, ye al Islami about call and talk to the salon and took him on a tour Mr. Tom will talk RS lm lm n RF the woman named Tara yeah messenger of Allah what is the best manifestation of Islam most virtuous manifestation of Islam that you feed people in Greek people those you know and those you don't know you know not
with our sister I don't know if the she started back
in the rainbow rec center is feeding people. That's one for 20 something years every Saturday so one of the best manifestations of Islam put them on time and greet people in those you know, in those you know, not should be a greeting machine. Everyone you pass salaam aleikum How you doing? Hello, Shannon, Omar haben. What does that mean? That means Hey, you're welcome. You're like my family. Really? No one ever said that to me.
We Muslims, that's how we roll. Pick your head up. This is a beautiful religion, don't despair.
It's not a believing characteristic is the correct characteristics. We said people who have no faith
in the hula yet asuma, rohilla in the McAfee room, those other people, unfortunately, falling into drugs falling into despair, falling into suicide falling into alcoholism. We're the antidote.
We should be going to people. That's why they want to demoralize the Muslims. So we don't believe we have anything to offer. Anybody who wants to listen to us. There are think we're a bunch of terrorists, I'll tell you who wants to listen to you, those hundreds of people every day, who are taking their Shahada,
who are taking their Shahada every day all over this country. They don't want to see that.
We have to organize ourselves to serve them and deserve those people aren't Muslim.
The sister feeding the people at the Red Bulls rainbow rec in East Oakland, most of those people are Muslim, but they're human beings and their human needs.
And we should be rising up and organizing ourselves to meet their needs. And don't let them politicize our religion. They want to politicize it. So they can frame the discussion and frame the way that they present Islam to people.
No, we have to, we have to spiritualize it. It's not a political struggle. And we as Muslims, we do a disservice when we frame it like that, because we're playing into their hands.
It's a spiritual struggle.
It's a struggle between truth and falsehood. It's a struggle between people who want to victimize and exploit and destroy people. And people want to give them life, and to give them hope, and to give them direction. That's the struggle. And we have to keep it at that level. Because that's our strength. Everything else would take care of itself, the politics, the economics would take care of themselves.
That will take care of itself. But if we become wrapped up into this political struggle, that's been the parameters of which have been defined by the enemies of Islam, we'll never get to the spiritual
and the people will never get the hope, because in their mind, they're looking at Islam through a frame that we as Muslims sometimes help to reinforce. We have to frame the issue
along the lines that play into our strength. And when you have one congressman and zero senators, politics is not our strength.
hope you understand that.
You can hoop and holler all you want.
But when those are the odds, I'm not saying there's no politics in Islam, I am saying that our struggle is a grassroots struggle. Our struggle is a struggle to save people. Our struggle is a struggle to give people hope. I struggle
So to inspire people our struggle is a struggle to put people back in touch with their humanity. And when that happens to 10s and hundreds of 1000s of people to millions of people, everything else will take care of itself. May Allah give us tofik alone more Google call the head will stop for it rally will sell me your common stock through war stuff.
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A lot Allah mentions in the Quran Colby fought the law he will be rahmati he fedeli cataleya for who who are Hiraman judge Marilyn, say to the mall Mohammed Cole, he fought the law and the grace of Allah will be rahmati here and in His mercy in this let them rejoice is better than anything they can gather from this world.
We should be a joyous people.
Yeah, all this stuff is happening out there. slama phobia and all this other stuff is happening. depression, suicide, we went through the whole gamut. In the first cook bar.
We still should be a joyous people.
Because we have faith in our heart. Because we have belief in the era. Because we know no matter how bad things get in this world, if we patiently persevere, if we struggle, and we forge on, then we're opening the gates for unimaginable bliss for the rest of eternity. Assad will ever dear, eternal bliss.
And when we understand what eternity means, and we understand that everyone's life in this world will end. Young or old, rich or poor, black or white, cooler enough Cinder acre to melt notes. Were in what follows giora comio mezzo piano, then Enzo aneri Hillel, gender, fez, woman hyah to Dunia illimitable galore. Everyone is going to die.
Everybody's going to die.
And so our life really begins when we die. In the big scheme of things,
in the greater scheme of things, and once we die, the gate is opened to eternity. This world is finite. paradise, and hell are eternal.
Callie Deena Fie had dwelling there in forever. Holly Dena Fie habitat, dwelling there and forever and ever.
Either Hellfire, not forever and ever for believer.
But who wants to experience a second of that? For Jen.
She was all about and a lot of time and giving us faith has blessed us and placed us on a path to gender. We have to nurture our faith and cultivate our faith and rejoice and our faith or be there early carefully afra who let them rejoice in this?
Who has hi Roman Nijmegen is better than anything anyone could gather from the world? What does it mean someone gets all the cars they have the whole collection. They have the 1965 Mustang all the way up to the 2018 Tesla. They have the and everything in between the guy the Rolls Royce, their Lamborghini, the Bugatti, you name it, they got it. They even got the Bugatti. They got the whole lineup. They have the whole residential lineup. They have the condo at Lake Merritt. They have the Chateau in the Rocky Mountains and Aspen. They have their home in the Hamptons that they never get to there but they have
The whole lineup from the condo to the Chateau to the the house in the Hamptons, check everything on the list.
They got it.
wardrobe they have it all from the alligator shoes to whatever whatever you supposed to have if you have money they got it.
And the house in the Hamptons they have horses they never ride the horses because they never get over there. But they got the horses too they got the house and they got the horse What does it mean if they don't have faith?
What does it mean that as soon as they get the house with the horses and they've checked the final check the final box on the list they die
What does it mean? People are deceived in the thinking all this means something
low tide Elon Jr. en de la. Hey, Jana, how about that in less apathy? Hey, Catherine sure better man.
If this world meant to a lot as much as our net swing, now smaller than that is, isn't that a net swing?
He wouldn't have given an arrogant rejecter a single drop of water to to drink. So allow gives you freely to be free. Please give it to the Muslim he gives it to the person who's not a Muslim. He gives it to the the rich dad. course he gives it to the rich. It gives it to the black, he gives it to the white, he gives it to those who come who inherit it. And those who get it because they can throw a ball in a basket. He gives it freely to him howsoever he pleases but he only gets faith to those he loves.
He only gives faith to those he loves. That's why the believer rejoices
will be then he can failure for who who?
May Allah give us faith that leads us to rejoice. No matter what's happening in the world. Because we can look beyond the world. We can look at something that transcends the world. We can look at something more valuable than the world and everything in it.