Interpreting Language in Islamic Legal Theory

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fe that they've led he

actually taught Matic Shabazz for two

weeks in Beirut giving him lessons on

Islam when he first was transitioning

from the nation to send me Aslam spent

two weeks with him so it's just so much

history there and if you read man in

nature I mean he really is the first

person to identify the environmental

crises as a crises of metaphysics before

anybody was talking about the

environment they didn't really start

talking about environment until the late

60s although there's some earlier some

Germans that were aware of the problems

and I think Lewis Mumford is very

important also in the Pentagon of power

and other books but people don't realize

how central and important philosophy is

and certainly metaphysics you know

historically being the supreme science

and the loss of that in our Ummah and

what that means for the OMA because his

point about the inability to

intellectually address the

the most pressing issues confronting us

and also the loss of intellectuals

because when you don't have a strong

metaphysical foundation for your faith

you lose the intellectuals because

they're not finding answers to their

problems and religion and there's no

doubt that the majority of people in

Paradise are simple people and that's a

hadith and it's a blessing that simple

people's Iman is often much stronger

than people that are gifted with

intellect where they become confused if

they don't have those answers but you

need within the OMA you need a group

what old enough are I mean khuda

forgotten ba if it's a Papa who 15 there

has to be always a group that

understands the religion so that they

can refute the obfuscation z' that

people make and you can see in the west

christianity has really suffered and so

what remains now in amongst all though

there are still some Christian

intellectuals but by and large the

majority of the people that now

represent that faith do not have the

intellectual training or abilities to

defend the faith and atheism begins to

thrive and religion that diminishes and

this has happened so it's it's and and

the idea I mean if you just look like

why is the vine motif so common in

Islamic architecture what he was talking

about how art reflects the metaphysical

understanding of the religion the vine

if you go to all of our great massage

around the world you'll see this motif

even in Medina if you look in the

Ottoman which is quite late and it's

already influenced it's a little bit

Baroque and it's influenced by European

architecture which is interesting also

because there was a fire in the 1830s

and I'm done Majeed the first

funded the rebuilding of the prophet's

mosque and so they were already being

influenced by European architects so

you'll see some European motifs in in

the mosque of the Prophet but it's a lot

e of center but one of the things that

you'll see is the vine motif it's very

common and the reason for that is

because of the three kingdoms the

metaphysical tradition had the kingdoms

the vegetable mineral and then the

animal the the vine represented will

because the vine has a type of yada that

other plants don't have it moves and it

can and it can its it has an inner

directedness and one of the Arabic words

for vine is the a shuck which is the

issue of the vine I ship a couple is to

intertwine and so this intense love that

we call H in Arabic is related to the

vine when it wraps around and so you'll

see the vine is on prayer rugs you'll

see this vine and it's in the massage it

because it represents metaphysically in

the vegetable world it represents the

highest vegetative state which is this

inner directedness and and gold is the

highest of the mineral kingdom because

it's incorruptible and man is the

highest of the animal kingdom because

he's the Calif so you'll see these

things all throughout our tradition and

they're being lost I mean Muslims

unfortunately today are blowing up these

these great the the mosque of of Yunus

Haile Saddam has been around for a

thousand years in Mosul they just blew

it up it's just madness

complete insanity so back to took

we'll still in fact come down to the

earth now the so we went yesterday we

were looking at his introduction on

assorted filth and in the in the next

section he talks about the importance of

the Arabic language well before that

let's see if yeah then a feel bottle so

in the field ah he is like then the

field that is it's a it's a group that

goes out it's called the vanguard it's

like Bali ah so he's got this chapter

which he calls Anna feel ba which is

like the vanguard and the question that

he asks is how our rulings derived in

our tradition and the most ahead is is

is called a mutasarrif

yet a sorrowful fill a tilde so tasarov

is is this ability to - he says you

shall live another is to look deeply

into matters and and so to sorrow fees

Taha lobe a lot of behin Wattana talks

about two three aria

the movement of the winds is one of the

things you saw her for RIA Allah subhana

WA Ta'ala moves the winds and so this

movement this inner intellectual

movement with the light of the intellect

to arrive at some understanding and to

bring out and draw out the the meanings

of the new souls of these texts of the

book and the sooner the the Quran talks

about allodynia stumble upon a whole min

home those who make is Tim Bob and nabob

is the first water that comes out of the

of the spring and so your stumble toe is

to draw out those meanings from

from the Quran and that's what the

he or the mujtahid does is Istanbul -

hadn't money and so he says that that

you have the the nuke right which is the

the the actual statement itself the

notebook it's the logos it's the it's

it's what's expressed it's what's

articulate but then you have them of

whom and these this is what the puppy is

dealing with he's dealing with the Nook

which is the the utterance itself and

then what is understood from that and

that's where all the problems arrive it

arrives in them of whom not in the

montauk so we have the montauk which is

what's spoken so what lost Mohammed Atta

speaks in language and speaks to us

through the prophets in language but

language has problems because it's not

precise it's ambiguous and so there

they're different so in terms of the

what's called delayed at a level FEMA

Helen not you have five different

connotations or different delay that

these significations what they mean so

you have what's what's called the nuts

which is just the outward and then it's

it's it's it's the actual text itself

and then the VAR what's the most

apparent meaning and then you have de

latitude equity law so when you deal

with with Tesla rods which is how you

conceptualize things a conceptualization

of something implies also other things

so for instance if you understand what

fire is the the if you BA

yep oddly a knob the what's understood

from fire from smoke is fire even though

the this fire is not in the smoke but

you you you derive from that so this is

a type of signification is seeing that

and then you have the latter two Azshara

which which

is a more subtle understanding it's it's

something that that comes out are you

filming this because I don't want it

filmed oh okay

Oh masha'Allah you have it isn't is it

online so behind Allah I didn't know it

was online okay because you were holding

it up I was like yeah I believe you I

believe you I just don't like people I

believe you yeah I should have thought a

personal button you know I should have

thought of course you're reading the

book from the iPad but I didn't you know

some of them they say you know well

huzzah that I need a session you Jade

Oklahoma meaner karate llamado house no

one and Balaji from Erbil a bad

homo agenda been a little a net there's

two qualities that are above every other

quality good opinion of God and a good

opinion of the servants of God right and

so he said so follow those and don't be


you know don't say I'm not there but one

of the later scholars he said personal

Bonnie Phil a yam among a certain

verdona Sharon will come in Halawa

jelly-like having good opinion these

days is not advisable think the worst

and then beware that's like you know he

who hesitates is lost

right but but you know look before you

leap because these these these proverbs

that have opposite meanings they're

there because they're contextualized and

this is what the ah do they do to

people mengapa

which is to understand when you apply

the proper so there's times when he who

hesitates is lost is the appropriate as

you're seeing the tsunami coming

you don't say hmm you know what should I


no you run like the animals all the

animals got out of there right peep the

the aboriginals they saw the animals all

heading for the hills so they went for

the hills right because if the animals

are going and something is up that and


you know everybody else all these stupid

tourists right I mean you don't really

need the adjective all you need is

tourists and that should tell you but

the stupid tourists they saw the the

waves receding and they all went out oh

let's go look at the coral and the

animals are saying it's time to add for

the hills because the animals are in


but the people are not in cetera the

Aboriginal people knew it because they

had traditions their ancestors told them

if you see that water receding head for

the hills and some of the elephants put

children on their backs they didn't put

adults because they know it's the adults

that caused the tsunami right and the

children didn't do it they're innocent

right people don't they don't want it

they don't want to relate natural

disasters to to human behavior this is

the modern world they want to pretend

that natural disasters are just not

that's all they are

it's just natural disaster it has

nothing to do with what we're doing but

we affect the world our physical aspects

affect the way we know that as we

pollute the oceans get polluted the

acidity of the oceans is is is rising

every year well the acidity in our blood

is rising with that the acidosis is one

of the the major epidemics on the planet

now because diabetes is one of the

fastest growing illnesses so there's a

relationship between our blood which is

very similar in its constituents to

ocean water right there's a relationship

to our blood and to the oceans and

there's also when he said that nothing's

gonna remain except the mice and the

lice that's that's some metaphysical

reality because if you look at the

animals that are disappearing in the

world they are not the mice and the lice

they're not the cockroaches they're

flourishing it's the high exalted

animals that people used to name their

children after like soccer the Falcons

are disappearing the Tigers are


the gazelles are disappearing the whales

are disappearing the ocean is actually

the jellyfish are flourishing spineless

mindless consumers they're flourishing

but the whales there they're not there

so there's a relationship between what's

happening to us in the microcosmic world

and what's happening out there and if we

want to change the real environmental

crises is here it's not out there that

is only a reflection of what's happening

in here it's the pollution of our souls

that is manifesting in the physical

world the apparent the phenomenon what

is appearing so that's all that's

happening and and these are metaphysical

realities which people have lost but the

ancients knew them the heart facade ofit

buttery wood body Vemma cassava to Aiden

s corruption pollution deterioration

degradation all these meanings of facade

have manifested in on the land and in

the seas because of what people's hands

have been doing what they've been

earning that's why it's happening so

back to and then delayed earth will

email these are the five significations

of the nook or the Montauk but then when

you go into them of whom it has to move

home and Moapa and muffle manmohan otha

right so and the hanafis have certain

different variations so Muhammad

Mahadeva and Mohan and mohaka relate to

the a priori understanding something

that precedes the actual it's something

you understand before the thing itself

so like I said if Allah says don't curse

your parents then what we would

understand and I'm using a priority

incorrect and loosely but here but it's

something that you would understand

before you understood it in other words

if Allah says do not speak ill to them

then them of whom and Allah is would be

don't don't hit them or don't do

anything and so so then he goes into the

need of the the FUP e for arabic and i

just want to read this because it's very

beautiful section how many people know

arabic in here oh good a lot so this

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is adequate and the aqua

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par anubius a la la re wa salaam we can

interview you bathra Oh mija so what is

to eat acutally tomorrow is wet so he's

he's saying in a very beautiful Arabic

that it's necessary to revive really so

he's he's really saying that we have to

prepare these students in the Islamic

studies and in the Sharia colleges to be

grounded in the Arabic language and he's

saying that don't think that Arabic is a

matter that concerns the Arabic language

colleges or Arabic literature he said

that he's encouraging these people to

really give the Arabic language the type

of focus and the type of concern that's

net that it deserves because it is a

foundational condition and it is the

necessary key to open the doors of the

Sharia the doors are closed

if you don't know Arabic it's as simple

as that Arabic is a key and and and that

will let you into the house and then

there are other skills that you need to

know to be able to navigate the house to

know where the kitchen is to know where

the dining room is and then to know the

ED above the house because the house has

edit if you're a guest in the house this

is the the house that God has given us

and then he mentions if they do that

they're going to like a surgeon they

will cut in the wrong place or they'll

flee to the wrong place they want to

have a place of protection they'll go to

the wrong place that the the roads will

become confused they'll become crooked

they'll know that they'll lose the

straight path and so he says that on the

allah said this

pour on down in a clear Arabic tongue

and then he quotes the ayahs of the

Quran this is a revelation from the Lord

of the Worlds that has come from the the

trustworthy spirit the holy spirit on

your heart in order that you might be a

Warner in a clear Arabic tongue and also

we have revealed this in Arabic and we

made this a piranha an Arabic Quran in

order that you might use your alkyl use

this intellect of yours that you might

understand it in in in in the proper way

and then the Prophet Allah I am he says

this indicates out of ether Quran and

then he says and I'm not saying a little

better who so the Quran is Arabic but

it's not Arab right so that he's

distinguishing between Arabiya and/or

OVA arroba is related to a specific

ethnic group of people that are called

out up and but the outer via is a tongue

that anybody can learn and in that way

they they they become Arabic because the

Prophet SAW ycm removed arroba from the

Arabic nature of the tongue and he said

men to kill a man out of beautiful

Jarabe whoever speaks Arabic is Arabic

right so ethnically you're not an Arab

but linguistically you are an Arab and

and in that way the Arabic becomes our

lingua franca write this is a term

French used to be the language of

diplomats it for a few centuries because

the French were very powerful and so

diplomats all learned French

now the diplomatic language is English

because they're the most powerful the

Americans the English and then the

Americans became the most powerful and

so but in in in the in the Muslim

civilization Arabic was the lingua

franca and to a certain degree Persian

undeniably in the Eastern Arabic

tradition Persian became extremely

important Indians learned Persian every

educated in

Muslim learned Persian or Dew which is a

hybrid language of Arabic a little bit

of Turkish a large percentage of Persian

and Sanskrit all of these educated

people in what is now Pakistan what used

to be part of India or Hindi they knew

Persian so it was part of the

civilization many great books were

written in Persian the Sunni scholars

many of them Ghazali wrote in Persian he

was a great stylist in Persian and

Arabic so they mastered and they were

multilingual so Muslims traditionally

were poly lingual in many places they

knew more than one night which is very

important to learn more than one

language the prophets a licen could

could speak with people he's but he knew

what he knew just in the Arabic language

is not possible humanly possible it's

not and in fact the Arab the the great

grammarians have a pada in Arabic they

say layer you're fearful but out of

beauty Eleni Buena no one can know all

of Arabic except a prophet because it's

too vast as a language and I would for

any Arab just go online and look at the

Senate out of by even month or and just

look at at the the word out about the

routine or ball just just look at the

pages of meaning that come out of that

one root and then marvel at how one

human being could know that much about

the Arabic language even Man Thor but he

was a specialist and and so that's quite

rare so mastery of the Arabic language

was very important in the Islamic

civilization and this is why in the

early portion of the Islamic

civilization Muslims learned Arabic in

the same way that educated Europeans

knew Latin during the medieval period

and and in in in the later period they

learned French French was the language

that all educated Europeans knew and and

today it's English so you have Germans

they all speak English Danish

all speak English because it's the

language now that has become the

language historically all educated

Muslims knew Arabic this was part of

education and even the ones that had

very minimal education knew how to read

Arabic and most of our our vernaculars

the the provincial tongues that muslim

spoke with were written in Arabic so if

you look at how the land for instance

the the the the Nigerians there now

Nigerians but if you look at the Fulani

the Hausa demand inc the pla the the

these great clans of west africa they

all their their language it was arabic

and this is why we have arabic

manuscripts from slaves that came to

america they didn't write in they

weren't writing in in in any of their

local dialects they were writing in

arabic and we have proof and evidence of

that and these were not people whose

first language was arabic they were

educated west africans who were captured

unjustly and brought to the Americas as

slaves and in the Bahia revolt in Brazil

in the 1830s they had they were their

court their language of Correspondence

was Arabic and and this made it very

difficult for the Portuguese because

they didn't know Arabic so these slaves

that were revolting against their unjust

captivity they were their code language

was Arabic so and then if you look at

the berber peoples of North Africa the

burghers became bilingual and this is

why even today the Berbers who speaks

aloha they also speak Arabic the Tuareg

when I went to the Tuareg lands I met

many many Tuareg they all spoke Arabic

even though Thomas Scheck is their

language but they all spoke Arabic

because wherever Islam went Arabic went

with it this was our lingua franca and

we have to revive Arabic as a language

that binds us were bound now by English

this is the dominant language because

the dominant culture speaks English it's

a hegemonic culture its media has had

massive influence you now meet I've met


from Gulf states who speak much better

English than they speak Arabic and this

is a crises and I would argue that

Arabic is going to be a dead language if

things continue as they're going it will

become like Latin because it's a very

difficult language to master and one of

the interesting things about modern

Arabs and I really believe that a lot of

the problems in the Arab world is

because of the data because the data is

like Ebonics

Ebonics is is a very rich cultural

language of African Americans but

Ebonics will limit people's abilities

it's as simple as that and that's why a

culture that wants to keep a people

oppressed will leave them in their

provincial languages they won't educate

them out of those languages they will

keep them oppressed and so it's very

important and that's why you find

educated African Americans that came out

of inner cities are bilingual they speak

the language of the the inner city where

they grow up and then they speak what

they call the job interview language

right which is how to speak in in in

good English but if you look at at

Malcolm Malcolm spoke beautiful English

and he learned the first thing even was

diction which is proper word choice

which diction is almost a lost art now

because people don't know the meanings

and the subtle differences what's called

fit Aloha in the Arabic language the

subtle differences between words and why

we would choose one word over another

word to mean something very specific

because precision if we want to

communicate it demands that we be as

precise as possible and in order for the

ambiguities to be removed in logic when

when we use terms the first and most

important thing about terms is that

they're they're clear and unambiguous in

other words that we define our terms so

that when we speak of I say democracy I

know the genus is government right and I

know that the difference is

of for and by the people right so

there's a definition that's a working

definition of democracy there are other

definitions if I say monarchy then it's

a form of government and what

distinguishes it is that the head of the

government is a hereditary line a family


that's a monarchy and then a dictator

the genus is government the form is an

individual who has absolute power so the

these are when we went when I'm talking

about democracy we cannot call for

instance a lot of the governments today

that are called democracies are not up

for and by the people they're up for and

by the corporations so this this becomes

important in terms of understanding when

we speak the words that we're using and

what they're communicating it's very

important so diction was traditionally

taught and that's why the first major

discipline of the human being is the

acquisition of words they're correct

meanings knowing one two three and four

because words have different meanings in

context I'll give you an example I read

a commentary I read a translation of an

Arabic book in which the person

translated in every sentence that the

word kiosk was used he translated as

syllogism and it was a completely

inaccurate translation because kiosk

means syllogism but it also means it

means reasoning it means it can mean

analogical reasoning there's different

types of PS distant as istikhara Timothy

these are different types of PS and

you'll only notice by the context of the

sentences and this is where domain

knowledge becomes incredibly important

and very difficult for people because

domain knowledge takes a long time to

acquire one of the things that my sister

was criticized for was having books of

Greek and Roman mythology in her

curriculum for children if you want to

understand Western literature you have

to know Greek and Roman mythology at


point or another you will have to know

Greek and Roman mythology because it's

very very important a lot of metaphors a

lot of words are taken out of these I

mean people don't know cereal comes from

Sarris which was the god of grain in the

Romans so the word cereal is is honoring

the god of grain saris right so this is

this is part if you don't know Mars Mars

is the God of War you want to understand

all these references that you'll find if

you want to read Shakespeare there are

there are a lot of things you have to

understand about Elizabethan worldview

or you what you'll totally miss

Shakespeare because he was living in a

transitional phase between the

pre-modern world and the modern world

and the the greatest statement of that

is his play Hamlet now you can say all

this is irrelevant for me as a Muslim

that's fine and you can you can relegate

your tradition and say I'm not

interested in the Western tradition

that's fine but you're living in Western

civilization you're living here in this

world and if you want to understand this

world better then you have to understand

what informs the people that have the

most power and influence in this world

and what informs them are these

foundational texts that they have this

is what informs their culture the Iliad

is is still an informative text about

this civilization it's the Iliad and if

you read somebody like Kagan or

Victor Davis Hanson is a good example

who had he was at one of the

intellectual lightning rods of the

neoconservative movement during the

whole war on Iraq and Afghanistan he's a

classicist Robert Kagan these people are

drawing from classical literature

they're drawing from Herodotus they're

drawing from through Citadis the the

history of the Peloponnesian War it's a

very important text in in Western

civilization this is where they get

their ideas from we have our own

civilization but those amongst us who

are called to to

to be engaging we have to be bilingual

in two civilizations and it's not easy

to do that it takes a great deal of work

to get the domain knowledge the domain

knowledge to understand the average

Islamic text written in the pre-modern

world is immense if you want to read a

late 19th century book on Edmund Kadam

like imam ed by Judy imam advisory

assumes in his book on his shot of Johar

at the Tajin he assumed that you studied

Montek that you've studied narrow and

saw that you studied Bulava that you've

studied out all he makes an assumption

that you studied out old because he'll

explain to you in certain couplets in in

the poem he'll explain to you why he's

not repeating himself or this that or

the other so it's a multidisciplinary

tradition interdisciplinary the

interdisciplinary and tradition that's

emerged recently in the West is

ridiculous this idea that somehow it's a

new thing all of the pre-modern writers

whether they were European or African or

Middle Eastern or Turkish

or Indian all of them were

multi-disciplinarian they were polymath

and and this was our tradition so it

takes it's it's hard work but Arabic is

fundamental to our tradition you know I

actually just I'm working on a course

that I want to teach in one of the

prisons in in California so I'm working

within the Imams he's an imam in the

prison on teaching grammar to largely

african-american Muslims in in the

prison because one of the things that

prevents people from succeeding in in in

in just this incredibly mad world that

that we've inherited and are now

participating in it's perpetual or

perpetuity is is grammar

that that because grammar empowers

people it's an empowering subject and

this is why now and software so

important in the Islamic tradition and

this is why almost immediately if you

know Arabic you can determine a person's

level of education after a few sentences

in the Arabic world and you will see

that the people that have the most

influence in in putting forward their

opinions are the people that are the

most articulate this is a simple fact

now you do have a phenomenon where an

amount would move in and out of post

high and Daddy Jie

Imam shout Rani Xiao Tao he is a good

example of that the mph SEO from Egypt

but he he knew that there were I'm not

in in the audience where force how was

not as accessible to them and so he

would dip into the daddy Jie and that

that is a tradition but what we should

be working on is getting people out of

debt Isha into proper Arabic and it

takes a long time and this is one of

Chef Abdullah's you know he considers it

very important and so when you look at

them Mel fool he said that the Sharia is

taken from three sources is taken from a

loan so all of our thick that is derived

is taken from three sources obviously we

have the book and the Sunna but how are

we working with it it's taken from his

own what the Prophet said and that's

always over what he did or what he

agreed on that's over the highest source

is the Quran and the hadith and then the

hadith Oh obviously has many categories

the highest being motivator and then

sake that that is in the six books sake

and Bukhari and Muslim definitely and

then so on and so forth and then you

have the film which is the prophets

actions what he did and then you have to

determine why he did them are hit are

they just natural acts that he did that

the Arabs did so they're part of his

culture so he did them for instance he

ate with with with his hand

which was part of the tradition of his

people but he didn't eat with the whole

hand he ate only with the three the two

fingers and the thumb and so if you're

going to eat with your hands then you

should eat that way not with the whole

hand that's the Sunnah but that does not

mean that you can't eat with a spoon

wooden spoons are better than metal

spoons and traditionally wouldn't wooden

spoon to what we're used in fact if you

want the Shifa of honey you should

always give it in a wooden spoon and not

in a metal spoon and we know metal we

don't know how much metal is affecting

us the anions that would come off of

metal but we know that people benefit

for instance from cooking with with with

copper right and do they get iron so we

know that metal is coming into our

bodies and we there's a lot of metal now

out there that's very harmful for people

we you know we know mercury lead paint

all these things there's also the ninki

nanka poop theory of the decline and

fall of Roman civilization that argues

that it was the lead pipes that they

started using for their plumbing which

gave them plum plumbum right plumbum

right is led in in in on the chemical

table or the table of elements

so plumbing used to be it was lead pipes

so they were drinking water from lead

the lead was getting in the water and

lad will make you stupid and so that's

the nincompoop theory of how they

literally ended up declining and falling

so the most important one is the word

and then the fan what the prophet saw I

sent him did and then he did things

because they were why him he did things

because they were men do sometimes he

did things because they were simply moba

he always his neo was always would

elevate it to man doob or Wojcik and

then he did things that were makrooh in

order to show roba Marilyn McCoo

rahimova you know

tanzie he sometimes he will do something

that's my crew to show that it's for 10z

that it's simply it's not haram like

urinating standing up for men he did

that on rare occasion to show the men

that it was permissible because there

might be times where it's difficult not

to do that so that's like just making it

easier for people because my crew is not

sinful but you wrote you're rewarded if

you don't do it but he never did

anything how long ever it's a lot

incident so those are the five

categories and now this is very


the Shetty are all of it goes back to

canal and all of this Kalam this speech

is in the Arabic tongue whether it is

expressed by the prophets Eliza damned

or it's a story that was told of

something he did or something he agreed

to or saw it done and consented to it so

what he consents to as part of the the

comes out the Sunnah can come out of

that or he says be at the bar and aha in

another way of expressing this that led

you tomorrow man knows who's a Sharia t

least a garage Allah cam with the Creole


say in Omaha Allah assassin let Herot

allahumma this is really important in

other words we engage the new Souls the

the text of this Sharia in order to

derive rulings from it and to to come to

some determinations about new issues

there are two foundations one of them is

the no souls and the other is the

opposite so this is the whole foundation

of Sharia what the letter of the law and

the spirit of the law the letter of the

law is in the new Souls the spirit of

the law is in the musasat and these are

the two things that the FUP e is working

with the letter of the law which

sometimes does kill it right

to put it in the words of the New

Testament write the letter killeth and

the spirit giveth life in other words if

you don't understand them Abbasid the

and this gets back to metaphysics if you

don't understand the metaphysics which

is really what the pauses are about this

that then you kill the literalism will

kill you it will kill the religion it

will kill it and this is what's

happening why so many Muslims hearts are

dying because they've lost them opposite

they've lost a real deep understanding

of what this Sharia is for what it is

about it's not about punishing people

and humiliating people it's about Toba

it's about bringing people back to what

lawsuit behind without it's about making

people love allah subhanho wa to ana not

hate god the fear of God is in awe of

God in the same way that the child fears

the parent it doesn't fear the parent

out of out of an idea that the parent

hates it or wants to punish it no it

fears the parent and it doesn't want to

disappoint the parent out of love so the

fear of the parent is actually really

love of the parent and and so the fear

of Allah is it should be from from love

of God not because God is some horrible

tyrant you know I wouldn't be laughs

some petulant you know tribal deity that

needs sacrifices to be appeased it's not

our Lord our Lord is Allah dude he's a


he's dhul Jalali wal Ikram he is

majestic Azza WA Jalla he is but he's

his Halim he's Karim

he's sabor his moment these are the

calls and that's why he has beautiful

names that that they're all his asthma

are husana all of them are beautiful

even though some of them have majestic -

juliette' manifestations but all of his

names are beautiful because allah is

Jameel you Benjamin so this is really

important now the MA acid do not need

language to be understood the no fools

they're only understood through language

the Mikasa is our intellectual


lies Asians they're articulated through

language but they're understood

intellectually in other words they're

its wisdom its hikmah and this is the

highest of the intellectual virtues you

have the aqil you have the inn and then

you have hikmah the apple is the the

foundation of the intellect it's it's

the intuitive intellect the news it's

what understands things it has immediate

comprehension therein is what is learned

or and acquired and then hikmah is is is

the it's when the Aqualand there in are

working together then hikmah arises it's

it's it's the art and the science right

it's the art and the science its

prudence is the practical aspect of of

hikmah in Western tradition the Arabs

did not differentiate between

intellectual wisdom intellectual in the

pre-modern sense of that word not the

modern sense and and prudence they

didn't distinguish between those two but

in the West they did they made a

distinction between prudence and and

wisdom although it's the only in in in

the Western classification and in the

Muslim classification it's the only

virtue that is both moral and

intellectual it's the only one that

shares in the moral virtues and those

are the virtues of will of behavior and

in the intellectual virtues the virtues

of understanding so prudence is in in

both hikmah and so the this is what's

needed and this is jellybean Masada

without a facet so mal Korea tennis

right the hikmah of the Tichina is

what's called mockery and knows why

what's the intelligibility of the the


what do we understand from it you have

my cool enough right and and then

there's certain things that Allah has

hidden the wisdom from us but we know

that it's my pool it's just allah has

hidden that from us and this is done to

abuddin this is done out of devotion

there are certain things like we do not

know why there are three rockets for

Margaret but there's a reason we don't

know why there's two for fudger but

there's a reason we don't know why

there's four for Thor and for four

awesome we don't know why those times

specifically but there's reasons part of

it might be that it's it's really

important to get up at dawn when when

you know there's certain hormones in the

brain that are peaking you know your

cortisol levels peak at about that time

we don't know that might be part of it

because there are health benefits to the

practices that we do there are health

benefits to prayer physically there are

health benefits to to to or to

doing meditation but that's not the the

highest wisdom in these things the

highest wisdom is all that inner

directedness towards a lot to get us

closer to Allah subhana WA Ta'ala and so

this is really important now so all of

it goes back to jellybean masada without

anima fasten this is the essence of the

mikasa to to accrue benefit for human

beings and to ward off harm and warding

off harm is is always put before

accruing benefit warding off harm is

always you HUD them not a facet and a

gentleman Missoni

so whenever something's harmful you

override other things and in our Shetty

is beautiful I'll give you an example in

the Shetty app if you're in the mosque

praying and somebody is stealing your

shoes I mean if you have a personal one

you might think that they just

mistakenly but if it looks like a thief

right you're in the prayer it is

permitted to leave the prayer and go and

stop that thief now why why would I'll

not permit that because normally Deen in

the six universals Deen is over

preservation of property preservation of

religion is over preservation of

property because port there's poor

people that though

shoes are everything to them there's

people that he might have just saved up

months to get a brand-new pair of good

shoes and they're important to him and

so Allah lets him preserve his property

by leaving the Huq of Allah for the heck

of that this is Rama somebody who's

wealthy Allah like Kabara they might not

even who cares and you can have the

shoes maybe he needs them more than I do

it's a sub topple like a BA Bom Bom you

just give me a tapa I'll be as either

bastami so and then he said these are

this these are the the foundations of is

t hat and there are many proofs for this

so you go into PS s tents at the variety

and Masada and let's eat in many island

maja said all of these are based on the

Mikasa and and their three the borough

yacht the Haji at and the taxi nyet so

this is the triage of the O sudhi

scholar they look at the necessities

they look at the needs of humans and

they look at the embellishments of life

those things that make life enjoyable

because Allah wants us also to enjoy our

lives he created us Manzana karana

liquidity spa we didn't reveal this Iran

so you'd be miserable muffle Manmohan

otha lit Assad we revealed it for you to

be happy so the the Farhana will be that

occur fairly a Franco who had an image

Marilyn let them rejoice in this it's

better than all that those trappings out

there right and and and Allah says don't

prohibit those those embellishments of

the world that Allah brought forth for

his servants right Cluedo watcher Abu

eat and drink

muy Baha eat and drink I mean they're

obviously you have to do it to preserve

your life that's an obligation but you

can also eat and drink to enjoy you know

ice cream has no benefit

really I mean very little the more harm

than benefit but it's not how Tom to eat

a lot where you're harming your health

that's but every once in a while

buckle OA right yeah this I mean Allah

put these things in the world but the

problem is when they become the

overriding purpose Socrates once

somebody asked him how did how did you

become so wise and everybody else so

foolish he said I don't know about that

but I know one difference between you

and me is that I eat to live and you

live to eat and there's a lot of people

out there digging their graves with

their teeth really there are a lot of

people out there digging their goods and

obesity is a major problem on the planet

there's so much overeating you only need

1,600 to 2,000 I mean rarely you get

these you know people that might need

more than that but that's basically what

you need we know how much food you need

anything that's excess of that is going

to become harmful and cumbersome it's

going to weigh you down and make you

sick so the dodo rot are the necessities

and the necessities are actually very

few you need for instance food and drink

this is Maslow's hierarchy of needs

which are profits lights him perfectly

articulated long before Maslow in in in

the hadith his first hope but in Medina

right where he said up I'm open you know

feed food right up Shuster Nam wallop

I'm open

well so Lupin se will a well so doable

ad when a Sunni answered Khalil

generative asana he said create security

spread peace that's security that's the

base in Maslow's needs security up I'm

open feed people next one

yep Ted so you have security food and

then Self Realization

right pray yeah your purpose in life

which is to worship Allah that's the

fundamental purpose of life so find

purpose and

so and and this is again in fede I'll go

to Robin and let the upon movement you

are in were armament help the worship

your Lord the Lord of this house who fed

you and give you security once you have

the baseline of food and security

devotion you have to have devotion so

that those are the bottle rods right

though that's the basic security we have

security needs and then we have our

basic food clothing shelter those times

and they're very minimal I lived with

Bedouins so I know how little and and

and you know Zaytuna are our campuses

next to one of the largest homeless

communities in America which is People's

Park in Berkeley and when I was

interviewed by CNN they said why did you

choose this I said well we've got the

largest homeless community next to us so

nobody can say when the Muslims moved in

there goes the neighborhood so you know

homeless people do find without all

these right the accrued amounts of of

life the embellishments but Hajji at our

the next the Hajj yet are those things

that they're not necessary but they're

important some of the Oh sooty scholars

use the house as the house is necessary

but windows are hijacked you know you

have to have a you have to have windows

like I mean the door is necessary to get

in and out of the house but windows are

you need them to keep the house bring

light into the house

Oh bring fresh air into the house all

those things so that's a Hodja and then

the tech mediate are the embellishments

that's the furniture in the house you

don't need furniture it's not a need and

it's not a necessity you can sleep on

the floor you don't need a bed you can

sleep on the floor right the earth is a

Faraj you know the earth Allah made the

earth our bed so people sleep on the


but those are and that's why if you look

for instance in Sharia preservation of

life is about all

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furniture in the house you don't need

furniture it's not a need and it's not a

necessity you can sleep on the floor you

don't need a bed you can sleep on the

floor right the earth is a Faraj you

know the earth Allah made the earth our

bed so the people sleep on the earth but

those are and that's why if you look for

instance in Shetty on preservation of

life is about aura so if you go to the

doctor and and and and so you've got

your you've got pain to remove that pain

as a Hodja right I mean it might not be

a doddle right it might be the doctor

needs to determine that because it could

be something you could live with right

but it could be something that will harm

you so a woman the the hijab is from the

taxi niet it's not from the Dora or the

Hajj yet and this is very interesting

because people don't realize this in

assault the the hijab the covering our

nakedness is considered from the testing

yet and Aboriginal peoples walk around

almost naked so it's neither a necessity

or a need but it's it's an embellishment

it's wedge it I'm not going to say it's

not logic but the old foodie scholars

put it in the text in yet and this is

why for a need you can remove that the

job to the doctor because in the triage

of things the need overrides the

embellishment so if you have a need if

you've got something and the doctor

needs to see your nakedness or check the

woman's breasts to see if there's lumps

or something like that that's


why because of this triaging so this is

how the Oh Saudi scholars look look at

these things now I want to two points

that he that he brings out that I think

are very important I mean all these

points are important but these are very


even though yeah ich mentions in his

shot of the mufasal' that the all

madhavan at hop up when he was the

kailath he got a letter from

abu musa al-ashari and abu musa was a

pave in Kufa al Kufa is a place in Iraq

city in Iraq it's great city of

knowledge and the the the letter he got

from him was written by a scribe and the

scribe wrote min Abu Musa ela amir al

mu'minin from abu musa to the amirul

mumineen but he didn't write min Evie


he wrote min Abu Musa now men in Arabic

scald half jar it's a preposition so

anything that follows it is an object of

the preposition and therefore it's

considered my drawer and then Abu is

from the Asthma al hamsa or citta if you

add a pin malik adds a 6 so you have

like Ibuka right a hookah yeah these

these Fuuka du mal and these when you

when you put a half jar there then they

have to have a casa to indicate that

they're much raw so it should have said

min ABI Musa not min Abu Musa but he

wrote min Abu Musa Allah Amir


and he made the Albemarle for because

the Wow is the primary allama or sign of

the nominative case in in if you used

English grammar terms

well candidly IB Musa ketchup they are

sin Aloha he wasn't good at Arabic let

me Albania and Hamilton Alexander Moda

and Wow so he didn't put the the yeah as

a sign that it was in the genitive case

and so what did all Maher do he got


Lavetta in tibet aha who had a Lanham so

this bad grammar caught his attention

and he got upset and he says well I know

Allah little our ability such a hip

would be had in Halawa

what made him upset or angry was the

effects that bad

we'll have it wasn't the actual it's a

minor mistake it's not a big deal but

he's looking down the road this is

called nother little mallet what are the

consequences if this becomes widespread

and so he wrote back and he said IRA

ABI Moussa and he commanded him to flog

his secretary once and to remove him

from his position people say wow it's

pretty hard for a grammatical mistake

now and that makes like the Hat this the

unhappy face on the when your teacher

gives you a little bad grammar and puts

a lot on a happy face on the side right

feel better about your teachers that was

a no model in the Pettibone Shadid one

yet Huck will be more lovin the unique

admit to who this is a harsh

disciplinary action that that he gave to

this employee and ended his employment

right well you must be the he basalt and

then he gave him the harshness of the

width I mean mm and Mela ad-dunya

Adalind this is from an imam who filled

the world with justice well better than

who cama Fabri he surpassed all these

who came in virtue heading tech in tech

at hermitage area to he cat hermitage

sharia Hatami Omar was the Sharia the

sanctity of the shady are so affected

that Omar gets angry in this way hell

had a third vid at 1:15 is this a bidet

that occurred in the religion hat alpha

assault that he would raise the assault

in a typical moneylender Konoha Everton

and Danny Amma in reality these are the

meanings that were not far from the mind

of Amma for a Nakata Shariati Bellotti

Ikeda tune because the relationship of

the Sharia attend language is absolute

what if tada cardamon I tell em to stop

him at Elsinore - what a plan and the

dad comes out all of the mistakes in the

history of Islam all of the mistakes

that these deviant sex made in the Quran

and the Sunnah most of them go back to

their lack of knowledge in Bulava

literally some of them to their lack of

knowledge in Arabic all of them

and so what amar saw was if this becomes

widespread will lose the foundation of

our religion which is language and this

is something the modern world it's very

troubling because we're losing the

ability to communicate private languages

are emerging we have a whole generation

of youth that speak in private languages

we can't understand them they speak in

acronyms they they use words that we

don't know what they mean they invert

words so bad becomes good right hot

becomes cool they law now another

example of that is from Omar from Abu

Bakr a Sudhir he was once my Ravi Raja

Muda ho Abu Ali Baba see hadith Obon he

had he was carrying a garment and Abu

Bakr was a garment merchant fatahna no

Sudhir part of the lowdown on who a

t-butyl hadith oh are you gonna sell

this robe and the man said Lera he

mccullaugh know may God have mercy on


what did Abu Bakr say but oh we met else

inna to come low to stock a moon had you

been morally upright your tongues would

have been grammatically correct it's a

very deep metaphysical statement this is

a very deep metaphysical statement had

you been morally upright your tongues

would have been grammatically correct in

other words the corruption

of the language only occurs with the

corruption with a metaphysical

corruption that precedes it

and that's why language is at the root

of the problem on the planet literally

it is at the root of the problem now why

did he say that well the reason for that

is in Arabic you have two types of

sentences you have what are called

hibari a' which is indicative and then

you have an inch at which there in

English we we divide them into several

categories but it's basically a

subjective sentence like an optic of an

interrogative sentence if you ask

somebody like where are you going or how

are you doing those are those are all

forms subjective senses whereas if you

have a hub Edea it's it's in it's

indicative it's a it's a categorical

statement it's raining that's Cabiria

Jim not huh buddy yeah right you can go

outside and see whether it's true or

false so when he said Tibby or Hannah

are you selling this that was a question

that's a in chat yeah but it demands a

hub area right so it's an interrogative

sentence that demands an indicative

response either yes or no or maybe when

he said no he followed it with a dua


is not a hub idiots in chat yeah but

it's when when we make dua in Arabic we

usually use the past tense which is hub

area that a haematoma

God has had mercy on you but the reason

we use the the the form of the Hibernia

is because it's out of hope that God has

already forgiven you so we use the past

tense because it's writing look a lot as

if it's already happened but what you're

really saying is may God forgive you so

when he said that

Hibernia indicative and then he said an

optic of sent statement but I McCallum

may God have mercy on you it's a wish so

he said may God have mercy on you

he didn't divide it with a fossil he

didn't put any staff there he didn't put

a Wow which would indicate that they're

separate he put them together and that

could make you think that he's saying

may God not have mercy on you so Abu

Bakr was correcting his grammar

now what to che bella say about this he

says this indicates that the Calif

should be concerned about the grammar of

his population the most the whoever the

ruler is he should be concerned about

the grammar of his population and this

is something that Muslims were obsessed

with really there are so many books on

grammar and language and no community in

the human history ever served language

like the Muslims did the dictionaries we

have are by far the best dictionaries in

human history

Muslims were writing dictionaries long

before any other civilization wrote

scientific dictionaries the Europeans

didn't start in English we don't have a

dictionary from Shakespeare's period

there's no dictionary from Elizabethan

English there's no diction I mean

Johnson's dictionary is the first

dictionary 18th century in English it's

the first dictionary and it's it's an

interesting dictionary but it's not

anywhere near as sophisticated as the

early most objection our first

dictionary was incredibly sophisticated

and I mean it's amazing Italian it's

amazing dictionary and then if you look

at the Senate out of beyond belief

Sajid ah who's amazing there's something

that al baqarah drazi dozen is more

thought of see how because there's a

famous dictionary called C ha and then

most thought of see how which is the one

I used when I was a student all the time

I would look up a word and he'd say my

room like everybody knows that that was

his definition in other words listen

dummy if you're having to look up this

word you're not ready for this dish


yeah so and using words is important

right my father told me a story about

Van Doren who was his teacher

Mark Van Dorn at the University of

Columbia and my father read with him Don

Quixote it was a literature course and

you know he was 19 or 20 and he met him

in the hall and he said dr. Van Doren I

I think I understand what Don Quixote is

doing in that book and he said really

well what do you think he's doing and he

said I think he's it's a satire of the

knee of the New Testament and Van Doren

looked at me he said do you mean parody

and my dad just said that shut me up for

the next year

like he just you know in other words

it's a great gift to be shown your

ignorance and to recognize it if you're

gonna use a word at least know what it

means because there was a difference

between satire and parody and my father

did not know that distinction at the

time so if you want to judge a book you

better have the tools to judge it you

know Chesterton who they called the

English Socrates GK Chesterton

Chesterton was probably one of the most

brilliant Europeans of the 20th century

but he was a devout Catholic or maybe

high Anglican anyway he was a devout

Orthodox Christian CS Lewis who had a

huge impact on Christianity CS Lewis

what when he first met him it was

Chesterton that restored Lewis's faith

and the reason for that is because he

said if a man this intelligent can

believe in God because he was an atheist

at the time Lewis not Chesterton he said

if a man this intelligent could believe

in God I must be missing something I

need to look more deeply into this like

the man who said you know his neighbor

they were gardening and

they got to know each other and he has

some what he did he said he was a

theologian and his neighbor said this is

a true story that an English Muslim told

me he said that oh you're an atheist

have you read have you read I use

Christian so here's how you read st. st.

Gregory he said no he said have you read

a Gustin he said no he said have you

read Aquinas on unbelief he said no he

said sir you're not an atheist you are

an ignoramus so and that gets back to

you know Chesterton really when

brilliant people believe in God

it should strengthen your Eman because a

lot of these so-called atheist today

want to say that only stupid people

believe in God right but the most

brilliant people in human history of

believed in God Newton wrote a

commentary on the Bible that he

considered more important than than all

the works he did in science so it's it's


Chesterton when he first met Lewis Lewis

said they were meeting in Surrey and he

said I didn't expect the the flora here

to be so wild and and Chesterton looked

at me he said what do you mean by wild

sir yeah and then he said and why

wouldn't you expect it to be that and

Lewis was taken aback by it and and then

he said the Assumption here is that

you've read something about the

geography of Surrey that would lead you

to conclude that it shouldn't be so wild

you know he said I don't know anything

about Surrey and he said then why would

you expect it to be anything

yeah you know we should all just shut up

really really we should all just shut up

that's the truth yeah that's what vit

consigned it at the end of his life and

you know I was once in moody Tanny the

true story and there were these two

little girls and one of them just talked

all the time the other one never said

anything and I remarked to one of my

teachers at the time he was actually

younger than me but he became a great

scholar and and I said to him I said

Pamela I had the oculata you know she's

so intelligent

he said not happy de and and I said I

mean her her language skills are amazing

at that age he said italia and with the

kidney were talking about the one

talking I did I said yeah he said I

thought you meant the silent one yeah

and then he said he said he's gonna sue

cooter I know it said that guy he said

that silence is a sign of intelligence

in our culture yeah it was really

interesting to see that so let me finish

up here and then I think now what's

interesting is imam ali founded grammar

not fascinating imam ali because of us

where the doily came to him he was with

his daughter and they were looking at

the the stars and she said madison a

Samana Madison a Somali yeah baba and

she made it my drawer right and it

should have been Madison a semi because

she what she wanted was to amazement

right so and and he said a new zoom like

cuz he she asked it like what's the most

beautiful thing in heaven she didn't she

meant to say oh how beautiful the

heavens are but she said it like what's

the most beautiful thing in heaven my

accent was so Matty

yeah Baba and he realized that she made

a grammatical most

he got distressed by it so he went to

his teacher said 'no ali all delano and

told him and said 'no ali said you

should know one a la rubia and he said

in and out of its in and out of ietter I

said ass now Arabic has three things

it's moon or VeriFone fan who had a now

he said it's it's it's nouns or what we

would call because in traditional

grammar even in English that they they

they they adjectives were were put with

attributive and substantives were put

together so adjectives used to be one

part of speech adjectives and nouns

because they're descriptive of a

substance and so they were put together

so the ISM in Arabic is massif as an

adjective so it's it's put together with

the nouns even though we distinguish it

in the eight parts of speech in English

but he said language is three things

substantives right and then the the

verbs fit alone so that so you have the

substantive which is either an accident

a property or it's the thing itself or

it's an action or it's a word that

facilitates meaning of those other two

what we would call like prepositions

adverbs all those type things so that

began and he said so follow this path

and who had a now and that's where we

get the word natural from from this

story so that was how important he

considered it to be

so let me just do the I would have liked

to I you know this is such an

interesting book and I would have liked

to have gone into some other things but

time waits for no man


and he goes into moon out of here

Tusheti are the differences between Imam

mattock and Chevy and humbly and Imam

Abu Hanifa because they differed on that

about is the Sharia Arabic or is it not

and mahadji's inclined towards that it

wasn't that the Arabic was that the

Arabic was the vehicle it could be

transmitted through other vehicles and

the other three mom said no it's

actually the vehicle that it's

transmitted through is Arabic and it

really can't be transmitted through

other vehicles and they both have merit

and then he goes into is language from

God or is it conventional and and this

is a very important debate that and then

does can Arabic be established by by

means of of analogical reasoning or not

that's another debate and then he goes

into dela that alpha which are all of

these different ways of interpreting of

interpreting the the meanings the Motaba

codicil dominant exam which what things

correspond to what's included in their

meaning and then what they indicate and

then he goes into Montauk and whom he

goes into the Hakata I talked about

those the the the or Thea the Sharia and

the world idea and the Magi as we talked

about that yesterday and then he goes

into the the nas the the mahkum right of

the Montauk which is the the nas de la

da de da de da de chartres ability

and then the demo foam which is the

Moapa and the mahadeva and then he goes

into the the problems of you have of the

MoBay in the mode what's what's

clarifying what's needs to be

interpreted the Haas the arm what's

specific what's general the Millea the

mukluks what's what's absolute and what

is constrained at Amida when a he the

commands and the prohibitions the Cooley

and the jewsí the universal and the

particular right the Mojave and the

machete kick the one that corresponds in

the one that puts doubt the most Derrick

and the motive things that have shared

meaning and then things that are

synonymous so these are all the D that

that have to be learned by the scholar

before they can really navigate the the

texts and this takes it takes work it's

hard work but it's certainly possible so

I think they're gonna show you the film

and then I'll just make a a plea so go

ahead if you want to show that we're

living at a time where people associate

Boko Haram with Islam we're living at a

time when people don't think of Imam

al-ghazali or fucka being or Ozzy

or all of these great giants of went

before us they think of ignorant people

and they and many too many people

believe that this is Islam and that's

why we're here that's what this is about

this is about restoring the centrality

of knowledge to our religion the

centrality of knowledge to our religion


education doesn't just educate the

intellect no education czar much more

dynamic and holistic integrity thing

it's an integrative process that helps

to integrate the various parts so if an

education does not have anything to do

with the spirit of the human being it

has nothing to do with the psyche of the

human being then it's not according to

Mark Van Doren really education this

course is to help them map the next four

years of their education and to think

really deeply about that I've never

really been able to tap into this course

and that this school has allowed

daddy come weapon well and why don't you

leave say Toretto phil heartman that can

have a body and ability in a shot

attack me too Marton an astronut early

civil eyetality hunting the essence

right the this hold the foundation the

basis of the divine decree is God's

secret within creation this is all my

secret you know how is it that I can

choose on my own accord but that's in

perfect harmony and alignment with a

pre-eternal decision God's preached own

decision it's a secret it's a la secret

and we cannot we're not privy to it we

do not have access to that but the mind

has limits and this is well beyond the

limits of the human intellect you have

to do such that with the putter does

that make sense the mind has to make a

such duck after taking theology 1 and

theology - it makes complete sense fly

compare religions it's the third thing

that you take because you get there you

get yours you want the others - to gain

a strong grounding your own beliefs and

then taking not taking that and running

with it and then setting but Hinduism

and Confucianism

you really realize how similar a lot of

them are but how unique your own

tradition is I can look at the other

traditions I can take whatever wisdom I

mean but at the same time be strong in

my own in my own faith and it's an

angelic being so let's say managing a

job would be when you would say no what

is it no is it no no it isn't yes it is

well obviously you're not gonna solve

that you're not gonna resolve that are

you there on the street but you will say

okay no human being is an angelic

creature so what are you doing you're

saying absolutely no member of the

species man is an angelic creature so

you're separating actually separating

the predicate angelic creature from the

concept man this whole idea of being a

better person or a better individual or

we're finding our souls it's not just in

Islam it's in so many other traditions

that came before and I think we cut like

we just don't you know we're not exposed

to it and so I think it's amazing cuz

that's where you get your philosophy

classes are in philosophy class comes in

that's where your body class comes in

all the Western tradition is so

important because it's there it's

similar to our tradition

I think that's saying a lot is that you

don't just reject things and don't know

because you don't know what could be in

that that it's good for you so many

questions I have about certain things

you know Western philosophy doesn't have

the answers to but if you understand I

Lena if you underst

Islamic scholarly tradition of theology

and you want to share those arguments

then all of a sudden some of those

questions that were so perplexing before

now you have a clear answer and it's not

like it's a dogmatic answer it actually

makes sense rationally the most

important and difficult thing is to

continue to preserve the authenticity of

Islamic rules

I would not mean only by that the daily

prayers that's very very important of

course I do not mean by that on the

Islamic ethics that's also very very

important but I mean awed by that also

to preserve a mental ambience which is

Islamic in which the reality that Islam

can be breathed if we don't have

committed knowledgeable and fearless

Muslim youth we don't have Islam we have

some perversion of Islam so this is the


here say tuna let there rise among you

right a group rejoining good and

forbidding wrong let them start here

they start here in say tuna and then

they spread so that's the to me the

ultimate benefit of say tuna is that it

it is the vehicle for sustaining the

life of the human spirit


so miss Meena we that have indeed uh we

started this college really with a lot

of trust and we did it in many ways in

the reverse way in which colleges are

started because colleges usually start

with a endowment and they build from

that endowment we did not start with an

endowment so we're trying to build an

endowment but one of the issues that we

face on a constant basis is budgetary

restrictions and crises so that's the

mode and inshallah were very close to

accreditation we had a glowing WASC

report that's going to be put up on the

online because we have the site visit

they have 39 criteria that you have to

fulfill to get accreditation what

accreditation means if we get it and

shala we're hoping to get it this year

or next year or on the verge of 2015 but

it means that we can take Canadian

students we that they can get the visas

that they need to study student visas we

can take foreign students even from the

Muslim world because we've had many

people from Turkey even from the Middle

East that have wanted to study there so

we we're expanding and we need a lot of

help to build this but this has to be

seen as you know it's it's it's it's a

it's a project that concerns the OMA

because we do not have an academic

address in the West Muslims do not have

an academic dress in the West

so it's accredited because one of the

things that we get when we're credit is

is an edu we get an actual academic

address for the Muslims which is to get

the edu org which is an educational

email that Harvard has so if you get a

letter from a Harvard professor it's

usually on

you dot org right at Harvard so that

that is a major step I think for our

community that we need to fulfill but we

need your help we have a program which

is 12,000 strong taken from the hadith

that prophet said 12,000 people with

working with one heart won't be defeated

for lack of numbers if the if they're if

they don't succeed it's for other

reasons but it won't be for lack of

numbers so we're asking for 12,000

people we've probably got about 1200

some of you already how many people in

here already doing that so hum do that

there's some people but a lot more is

needed and we're really hoping that

people will step up we're asking for a

dollar a day give us a couple years

commitment four or five years whatever

you can do if you're able to but it's

literally you know it's less than a

latte you know people go everyday spend

four dollars on a latte or something

like that it's you know we're asking for

a little bit of sacrifice or help from

our community it's not much that's

really all we're asking for is dollar a

day if you want to give more that's fine

but we're asking for a like a $30 a

month commitment to you know do every

month so that that's the hope that

people will do that there's a booth at

the bazaar if you want to sign up but I

really hope that you do that I I think

it's a it's an excellent project that we

hope to develop more I mean I literally

just had a major Foundation come to me

they asked for a meeting with me the

major foundation and these are people

they're not Muslims and they said we

want to help say tuna you know it's

amazing so they're reaching out to me

from a major foundation they said what

you're doing is really important there's

a lot of ignorance about Islam you know

we're in a multicultural civilization

and people have to have a better

understanding so we'd really like to

find ways that we could work we'd like

you to write grants you know if we can

help with certain things now this is a

foundation that that has it's a

multi-billion dollar foundation

philanthropist did and they had they

have to give out a certain amount of

money every year so they actually

sometimes they'll all have to give it

out and if they don't get enough grants

they go looking for people to give but

it's very ironic for me that people

outside of our faith come to ask if they

can help us and it's like we've got

billionaires in the Muslim community

like where are they

it's a very strange time and it's really

sad but I'm not counting on the

billionaires I'm counting on the

thousand Aires series I think there's a

lot more Baraka and just getting a lot

of small donations from people that work

hard for their money and the money is

halal you know I had which is a true

story I had somebody who was in

derivatives and a hedge fund that came

they wanted to help as a Muslim I didn't

want the money didn't take the money cuz

I I don't want money from you Zuri from

armaments from alcohol pornography I

don't want I don't want that money in

the lot by even whatever loved by you

but allows pure and he only accepts

what's pure so I'd much rather have

small donations from a lot of sincere

Muslims that want to see the succeed for

for the Ummah really I think you know

it's a it's a lighthouse for people give

them some hope and some pretty dark

times the Muslims you know they're

gutted all over the world Muslims are

really gutted you know they just okay

what's next so anyway whatever you can

do to help Jews are coming off pattern

somebody said I felt a wave of joy

mingled with sadness when you mentioned

that chef I'm Bella van Bayer got his

PhD in Tunisia

I'm Tunisian I find it heartbreaking

that we don't learn about our legacy

what were his advisers you know I don't

know they drives back in the early 60s I

would also like time in another crisis

changing accept of our kids I you know

if you smile at kids they don't smile

back you know if they're little they're

very often shy which is a good thing so

that they're just shy that's a normal

thing for children over friendly little

children to strangers is not

healthy time when you have so much

stranger danger and so but children by

their nature are sanguine you know if

you know about the humoral theory their

children are happy by nature it's the

world that will make you sad the world

that we've created not that allow

created but in terms of Tunisia Tunisia

has one of the greatest legacies of

scholarship in Islamic history I'm in

the same to know we named between after

this a tune of of Tunisia I mean it's

taken from the piranha that's where they

named they got from Ottoman Shahada to

maracas it's from a blessed tree neither

of the East or the west in other words

of both according to one tough seal so

and I had some of my teachers were

Tunisian she said that a knife was a

great man great malachy scholar a really

true truly great one of the last

great scholars of Tunisia she demanded

how a MIDI beautiful scholar that I knew

I actually met also the Imam of the

Halloween Shihab Rahman clave another

amazing man

so yeah

Tunisia may Allah restore Zaytuna and

bring it back to greatness in the lie

ahead out of the bottom ot huh Allah can

bring a dead earth back to life so you

know solid fill Israel and v not as

important as tip itself to inculcate the

octave personality we need for the next

generation of intelligent

odama is it time to change the model of

how we teach and actually train the next

generation of scholars to meet the

challenges of the likes of the

transhumanists shouldn't we teach a fool

you know food is very important and you

should always learn food what before

also so it's it would seem in some ways

it's putting the cart before the horse

because the O's tool is really the horse

but it's it's not in that food what is

is what we practice it's very important

to trust the scholars we don't need any

new med hubs what we need is is she had

from within the Med hubs there's there's

nothing new that is needed we don't need

this renewal of all swollen v to rewrite

all sorted fit we couldn't do it first

of all I mean these people had

intellects that God bestowed upon them

in that early period that are beyond

comprehension in some ways and they came

all at the same time so we don't need ro

food is very rich our traditions

extremely rich and everything's in there

but it has to be it has to be accessed

and that access means training and that

training takes a long time unfortunately

it's hard work and it does take a long

time in and learning Arabic mastering

Arabic is is one of the major keys and

that in it of itself takes a long time

dr. Nelson yesterday chided me for not

learning Persian and and God knows I

have actually tried to learn Persian on

several occasions trade image entities

here and he can tell me he can tell you

that that's true I actually had a great

Persian scholar who offered to give me

lessons and everything but I told dr.

and all sort of that my problem is I got

dove into the sea of Arabic because you

have the Arabian Sea and the Persian see

there's kind of a debate about what it's

called is that I don't in to the Arabian

Sea and I've been drowning ever since so

it's just I haven't been able to get out

because I always think when I'm trying

to learn something gals I could be

learning more Arabic because Arabic

doesn't end it's just it's just does not

end and the subtleties of air that go on

and on

but it's Arabic takes a long time to

learn sort of is very difficult now is

actually reasonably easy it's it's a

it's pretty logical and it's it's

actually the irregularities of naku are

not that many it's it's it's very

logical and and you can learn it there's

not that many concepts in now but sort

of is a whole issue pop and sort of this

that's a whole other and then also fit

Aloha learning the meanings of words and

the meanings of words in context I mean

if you just look at all that you're

audible has so many meanings it just has

so many meanings in Arabic and and they

mean very different ways on you know

face has many meanings it's used for

many different meanings

it can mean aspect it can mean you know

equality lots of things and then they

have a lot of idioms that take a long

time to learn like mad watch you know

the water of the face which is you know

it doesn't make any sense on the face of

it no pun intended

but you know mad you know of Habana I

would watch hehehe you know the Arabs

say he he dissipated the water of his

face which is something that happens to

people when they live bad lives they

lose a type of clarity in their faces

the the reflection that water enables to

happen something bad happens to their

faces and so that's an idiom of Arabic

that they use you know that America

shadow and up here you know and you'll

see these come up in in books so that

takes a long time but I would say you

know the Arabs the Arabs the more

Italians they say aha moment for a homo

ha Eden tomorrow one too so often were

added to be a shorter one the most

important in in knowledge is that peda

that's the most important and I Peter

has a lot of metaphysical foundations

like if you study in the Quran you will

find a lot of metaphysics

and when you get into sophisticated

theology there's a great deal of

metaphysics and all of our great

theologians were masters of metaphysics

all of them tough touzani though see I

mean truly great metaphysicians and when

you get into their books we have many

people at the level of Aquinas in in the

West we have several with the kidney

moon that are at the level of Aquinas

and my father who knows Aquinas very

well when when when I did a film on

Ghazali and he watched the film he got

intrigued and he wanted to read some

books he said is he translate I said yes

he said could you get me some of his

book so I got him several of Gasol's

books and he read through them and then

he said to me the West never produced a

Ghazali and and I know his knowledge of

the Western canon is very very strong so

that statement to me holds a lot of

weight but that's what he said he said

that the West never produced a ghazali

and and it's sad that now people

disparage imam al-ghazali's name it's

just tragic

it's the ignorance of the time and the

prophets said the end of time won't come

until the later part of this community

curses the first part of it so that's

one of the signs at the end of time is

that people will curse the earlier

people so so you have to learn a Kyi's

and then you have to learn for 1/5

before o Sole also it is not it's a 45

but for what is for dying and then you

have to learn tasawwuf means Allah I

mean there's two types of two souls

there's a metaphysical to solve which is

very complicated and and it's it's like

it's like quantum mechanics you're

entering into a realm that just it to be

able to read those books and understand

them takes a long long time but the the

tussle that we need is that the soul of

a holic and our ethics is generally in

the books of the self

I mean that's where the ethical

tradition ended up in us

so you learn to have even apps how to

rectify the fault of the self I think

she thought her mother always been

talking about these things from the icon

and and and these think this is really

that a lot of of Islam is in the books

of tussle wolf and and and nobody

disagreed about that even Tamiya even a

bit of a hob all the people that they

use to bash to solve all of them except

that that aspect of to solve what they

were against was metaphysical Sufism so

Inman Tamiya was against metaphysical

Sufism even Umberto Wahab was against

met if that's true but they were not

against ethical to solve that that's

absolute fact so that's the soul of

Allah and the soul of an earth walk

those are the two types of tussle

you know the experiential tasawwuf which

is about States and stations of the

heart and the other one is about

refining your character so nobody

disagrees about that and even a layman

josiya wrote a famous book on to sew

wolf which is his commentary of Abdullah

on Saudi khawaja abdullah onslaught his

famous book amenaza de set 18 right

madad is just a tea keen so the this is

well known even akadama did a motifs are

of imam al-ghazali's yeah yeah is mostly

he says you have no Kashyap and Mohammed

ah those are the two types of azov mocha

Java Inman mocha Java and aluminum arm

but he said I'm not this book is not

about element of mocha Java

it's about Edmond Muhammad ah so what he

was saying is the idea is not about

spiritual states it's about a clock and

refining the soul the he's got the the

key tab and I bet that right sheet a bit

more I'm a dad and then he's got the

monocot and the moons yet it's four

sections forty books right and at the

heart of it is what book twenty the lap

of the prophets a lot isn't that's the

heart of the area so the architecture is

very impressive

he begins it with the book of knowledge

not the book about Peter the book of

knowledge defining what knowledge is and

defining who the knowledgeable who the

true anima are differentiating them from

recall the motorists amoun the formalist

and then showing you what false ottoman

do one of the things that false Illuma

do is they they attack other Annamma and

belittle them in order to gain followers

that's a sign of false aroma because

true allama work at the level of ideas

and they don't attack people like that

they look at ideas and and they write

and and do that but they don't get up

and slander Muslims and things like that

so so that and then he says add a toombi

hot shoe or a tool that you need to

start with and that's the Arabic

language so that's this tool that you

need to start and that doesn't mean that

you cannot you can learn Islam and

become a very educated Muslim in English

you can learn Islam then come a very

educated Muslim in order do you can

learn Islam become a very educated

Muslim in Turkish or any of these

languages that's absolutely true and

there are many many very learned Muslims

that don't know Arabic but to to to

enter into really the the realm of

defending Islam and moving into that

realm it's to have access to those

primary texts important but the Hanafy

position is you don't need Arabic to

understand Islam and and as an ad you

mean you know Alba Hani who was a Janee

I think to me that's that's the truth

that but the vehicle of Arabic is

extremely important that's the position

of the other three Imams because the

meanings that are embedded in Arabic the

semantic fields that are created by

Arabic the deep dimensions of the

language are extremely important and

there's a reason why Allah chose Arabic

to be the language that he spoke to his

creation through and so that's very

important so but a solid fifth is really

important in order to understand this

religion and I think it's good to have

what we did was just a very basic

introduction to all soon and flip which

is useful to have some idea

of how sophisticated our scholarship is

in that I think there was one other and

with that you know I also want to say to

everybody somebody asked me what course

do I teach I teach ethics that's a tuna

I've taught logic

I've taught astronomy I've taught the

Freshman Seminar and I've taught

prophetic biography but right now I'm

teaching ethics so we have to break but

I want to say I was I'm really very

happy with a dev of this group and it's

really been impressive and I you know we

have to get to a point where we can just

benefit from our people and not you know

and so I was I was just really pleased

with how everybody because I know people

there's people that could you know with

dr. Nelson could have brought up things

that you know just for me would there

there's no point in bringing them up and

and I was really happy that nobody did

that you know because he's somebody that

I feel has just been such an

intellectual powerhouse for our

community and he comes from a different

tradition than I do but he's he's not

and he's not on Rothfeld Lee by any

stretch of the word you know he's not

somebody that speaks ill of Sahaba or

anything like that so it's you know it's

important that that we respect and I not

and in our early period imam niye tabu

Hadi has people from the Shia community

in his Senate there are Shia in soluble

Hadi and this was the early period it

was much more fluid than a lot of what's

happened now with the divisive miss the

Muslim world right now between the

Sunnis and the Shia's and undeniably

there have been atrocities on both sides

so in Iraq there have been Shia death

squads that have gone we've gone out and

and and killed but we're not those this

is not what we're about we're about

intelligence and honoring people and

honoring differences and respecting

different positions so he's somebody

that respects the own amount

irrespective of where they came from or

who they are and that's something that

we really need to inculcate in our youth

just a respect for intelligence and for

intellect and and for achievement in any

field or endeavor and for goodness

people that have a floppin character so

I just want to thank everybody for being

so respectful and and just really

wonderful group of people young people

that it's you know you give me

personally give me hope to see so many

good faces and in our youth and I'll a

bless all of you it's nothing enough