Lecture: The Power of Powerlessness

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Lecture Details

Event Date6/4/2019
Event LocationCalifornia, USA
Event DescriptionRamadan Speech about Laylatul Qadr and other nights of Baraka.

Event Transcripts


Quotes Made at this Event

King Lear - "Read Shakespeare" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
King Lear - Note: King Lear had a jester
Muhammad and the Jews - "

We need to have our own banks. Banks are not hard to start. Its very easy to start. Its so easy to start, the Bank robbers, they used to rob the banks.

They realized, "We can just start our own banks...why rob them and risk going to jail? Let's just open up our own banks and then we can rob all the people."

" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
The Temperament God Gave You - Note: Someone asked a question about Temperment, and was told to read this book.
King Lear - "

King Lear: There's a wonderful scene at the end of King Lear, where he tells Cordelia,  We're gonna be free now from who's in and who's out at the court.  We can live life now without having to worry about these things

" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Muhammad and the Jews - "

Bani Nadir - Which is clearly an exaggerated number and the the book that Barakat Ahmed wrote "Muhammad and the Jews", is I think a really important book that that really shows that the numbers were grossly exaggerated much later.

" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires - "

If you haven't read Juan Cole's book, "Mohammad: The Prophet of Peace, Amid the Clash of Empires, It's an excellent book. 

I mean I recently read it and I actually had a meeting with the author and I was just so impressed with how he showed clearly that the Prophet SAW was far from a warmonger which we know that he really was constantly looking for avenues of peace.

" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
The Temperament God Gave You - Note:

Shaykh Hamza believes in the temperment tradition, and talks about it alot.  He recommends this book, which includes a temperment test.

Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires - "

About how the Prophet(SAW)'s political stance changed in Medina

" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires - "

A beautiful book that just came out recently by Juan Cole, who's a brilliant scholar of Islam in the United States...he makes a very compelling argument that the prophet said and did everything to avoid war.  That he was not somebody that was a war monger by any stretch.

" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf

I swear by the temperament tradition

-Shaikh Hamza Yusuf

I've been with the poorest people on the planet and I've been with the richest people on the planet.  I've seen the inside of palaces and I've lived in the huts of some of the poorest people on the planet and some of the most extraordinary people I've ever met are the poorest people

-Shaikh Hamza Yusuf