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From Protest to Engagement

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There are few talks I listed to that floor me as ‘gem-filled’ but this talk by Imam Suhaib Webb was one of them. It is one of those that forces some tough introspection into ourselves. It makes us evaluate what are real priorities are, and what we are doing to further the true essence of the Shari’ah – to bring benefit to people, and prevent harm to people.

I came across this video after reading an article on Imam Suhaib’s blog giving advice to how a Sufi should act in a Salafi masjid, and vice versa. Please read that article if you have not done so, as it gives excellent advice that I pray Allah(swt) gives us all the tawfeeq to implement.

Here are a few points I found of particular interest that I took down from the talk. The videos of his lecture Protest to Engagement follow after.

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*Islam is a religion of moderation, and moderation is a distinguishing characteristic of the Muslim. The ayah mentioning moderation is ayah 143 of Surah Baqarah, exactly in the middle of the surah (it has 286 ayaat).

*Imam ash-Shatibi said the Shari’ah is moving on balance and justice. If one of the servants of Allah moves towards any type of extremism, the shari’ah will react and bring him to moderation.

*Can you imagine a person who has lived their entire life and never said alhamdulillah, or said sal-Allahu ‘alayhi was-Sallam?

*Escaping and fleeing differences is an admirable action.

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Our youth have taken people who have been shot 9 times and dress like prisoners as heroes.

*We must clean our hearts of ill-feelings towards each other.

*Mike Tyson, hafidhahullah, is our brother, and we must be careful of backbiting him.

*Al-‘Izz bin Salam (rahimahullah) thought about what it is that Islam wants from us for a long period of time. He concluded that the sharia’h in its sum total is to bring benefit and prevent harm.

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Ask yourself in a Western context how you can bring benefit to your society?

Part 1

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Part 2

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Part 3

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Omar Usman is a founding member of MuslimMatters and Qalam Institute. He teaches Islamic seminars across the US including Khateeb Workshop and Fiqh of Social Media. He has served in varying administrative capacities for multiple national and local Islamic organizations. You can follow his work at ibnabeeomar.com.

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. MR

    August 22, 2007 at 1:29 AM

    I love this lecture a lot!

    Check out Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s Protest to Engagement lecture here:
    http://www.halaltube.com/hamza-yusuf/video/from-protest-to-engagement-2

  2. Halal Tube

    August 22, 2007 at 1:30 AM

    More Imam Suhaib Webb lectures here:
    http://www.halaltube.com/suhaib-webb

  3. aarij

    August 22, 2007 at 10:54 AM

    I haven’t heard this one, but maybe today in sha Allah i will.

    His lecture on du’a was awesome, ma sha Allah.

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  5. Iman

    August 22, 2007 at 2:25 PM

    “*Escaping and fleeing differences is an admirable action.”

    This is very profound.

    It is necessary to understand this in order to establish healthy, united, and diverse communities especially here in the US. But people have to come to this realization themselves either through maturity or experience.

    I remember being young and objecting to my local Shaykh avoiding confrontation and arguments (that lead no where in the end) and trying to resolve things with love and muhabbah, but now years later and having experienced many different situations, I understand the Hikmah in it.

    May Allah forgive me as I thought and even said things like, “He isn’t brave or strong enough to stand up to people”.

    May Allah reward the righteous and patient leaders of our Ummah.

  6. BintMuhammed

    August 23, 2007 at 2:08 PM

    Mike Tyson is muslim?????????

  7. ibnabeeomar

    August 23, 2007 at 2:24 PM

    has been for a while.. hence his (in)famous line, “i want to eat your children.. praise be to Allah”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb28FxNRUOI

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Tyson

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