Planning for Tommorow (Malaria Speech)

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Allahumma salli wa sallim wa barik ala sayyidina muhammad wa ala sayidina

Ramadan Mubarak.  when I was watching some of the footage there for some people when they watch these things especially people in the United States there's some of the young people here, they're very alien distant images but Imam Majid, myself Imams Zaid, people that have actually lived in these areas these are not foreign pictures their memories actually like

I was actually remembering places I'd lived in place it places I'd been Mali is particularly interesting for me because and I was telling...I don't really like to...

I had a very interesting youth after I became Muslim because one of the interesting things about converting to a religion with a lot of fervor is it it's it's almost like a temporary insanity that you go through because you are just so filled with this incredible in shock this expansion that occurs.  When I was in high school I was I was kind of a daredevil I used to do things that I think now I would consider completely insane but when I became Muslim one of the benefits of having a personality like that is that I would do things that I think more rational people would be hesitant to do and one of them was going to West Africa, With really little or no means and pretty much joining a bedouin tribe out there and drinking water that they drank without ever thinking about any bacteria.  I used to just say

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And I was convinced that that was enough, which is why you need that hadith, you know "Tie Your Camel, and Trust in God."

So taking pills preventive pills is sometimes very useful thing to do but I didn't think like that at that time so when I was in Mali I got amoebic dysentery and I was with a man who lives in San Francisco he was an eyewitness to this named Hassan Barrett. Had it not been for him really, I was very fortunate that he was with me because I was in a place there weren't any hospitals.  There's no 911 you can't call an ambulance shows up and takes you and I was literally defecating blood.  Going into what I would now understand as a dehydrated state.  I couldn't even get up, I mean he had to clean me, He took care of me during that time that I was sick.  But I was very fortunate in that some French tourists happen to come in to town and he was telling them about what was going on with his travelling companion and they gave him Flagyl which is an antibiotic and it's specific to amoebic dysentery and literally, I believe it saved my life at the time, By Allah but it was it was serendipitous it was very fortunate that they were there, just some pills.  it's a very strange thing when you're sick and the truly some pills can you can be given pills and suddenly you're starting to feel better after a little time and you regain your health so these things when you watch these things they're very real. 

There was a man who a book called Guns Germs and something rather steel Guns Germs and Steel I think Jared Diamond's his name anyway he they did a documentary on that and he's a scientist that study disease and when he was in Africa he was in at one in West Africa sub-saharan Africa and he was in a malaria clinic and if anybody saw that documentary it's the most powerful moment I think in that entire documentary where he literally breaks down it starts crying I mean here's a PhD American scientist wrote a very callous book about the influence of Guns Germs and Steel on civilizations and and their rises and falls and there he was

confronted with the reality of a disease

right in front of him and seeing little

children that were dying from this

disease and he broke down he it had a

serious impact on him but I want also to

remind you of a few things as somebody

who lived in this area knew my magic and

say the same thing you can talk about

all the tragedies in in in West Africa

and in and you could talk about poverty

like they said well that Mali was one of

the poorest countries in the world I

spent enough time in Mali to know that

Mali and Maya summation is one of the

richest countries in the world the

Malian people are an amazing people they

have beautiful social networks they have

a religious community they have their

wonderful generous people

the Bambaataa people the quality people

you go and sit with these people and

they don't need Prozac we've got dogs on

Prozac in America and you know things

are bad when the dog is depressed about

the house he's living in now seriously

we have dogs on Prozac there's bright

some veterinarians here that have

depressed dogs we have cats

America are depressed so when you talk

about impoverished countries and wealthy

countries that depends on what standard

you're using to determine what is

poverty and what is wealth if you're

talking about material wealth Molly's

definitely one of the poorest countries

outwardly but it's also one of the

richest countries in the world in terms

of Natural Resources uranium deposits in

Nigeria and Mali a lot of this stuff we

don't even know what's going on there

because nefarious things happen behind

the scenes much of the problem in these

countries doesn't have to do with

poverty it doesn't have to do with

inability or lack of human resources or

all of the other things that are used in

criteria it gets reduced to one simple

major problem corruption morality basic

human ethics and this is a crises that

there's only two things that address

this crisis there's only two things one

is Fatah fitrah people that have an

access to their original nature and this

is why you'll meet people who are not

necessarily religious but they're

morally upright people because they're

connected to their Fatah but the other

thing that addresses this problem is

religion itself the beauty of Islam is

the religion of Lothrop that it

addresses human nature it recognizes our

weaknesses and addresses how to deal

with those weaknesses in the book of

allah subhana wa ta'ala and in the

sunnah of the prophet solomon anywhere

and we'll send them if you look now one

of the most interesting things that's

happening right now in our lifetime is

this sister

of grieve is collapsing people are

seeing where greed takes people where

the breakdown of community takes people

I want to use one example and after this

man I don't believe anybody can ever

take applause or award seriously and I I

love one of the aspects of Islam is that

it's a religion that warns you about

applause and Awards I love that aspect

of Islam Bernie Madoff Bernie Madoff in

in the hood they call him Bernie Madoff

that's what preacher Mazdas told me

Bernie Madoff Bernie Madoff between 1950

and 1970 to the United States spent 1.4

billion dollars on the eradication of

malaria 1.4 billion dollars that's about

two weeks of bernie madoffs bookkeeping

Bernie Madoff was stealing all of this

money from mostly Jewish investors that

trusted him got a trustworthy named head

of yeshivas Business School a Jewish

University a wall filled with plaques

attesting to his humanitarian impulses

because of the million dollars he gave

in donations but he was robbing these

people blind that's what he was doing he

was robbing these people blind when you

look Bernie Madoff is indicative of a

certain state of mind on Wall Street

make money at any cost not a cost to you

at a cost to others many of the people

that have looted the United States

government we're coming out of Ivy

League colleges with degrees attesting

to their intellectual abilities

degrees in business and they always had

a course in Yale or Harvard on business

ethics but all of that learning did not

benefit those people in their human

behavior this is the fundamental problem

then unless this is addressed nothing

else will change our work what motivates

you what makes you tick this is what our

prophet sala like I said I'm called Nia

what is your intention

what is your Nia what do you want when

you're doing something what's your

intention for fasting

what's your intention for giving money

once you begin to address the essence of

your own being you can begin to

understand who you are and that's why

self-knowledge is foundational in our

religion if you don't know who you are

you're certainly not going to know who's

you are so we all have to ask ourselves

we're living in a on a planet where the

two largest enterprises are armaments

and drugs these are the largest economic

enterprises taking the most vital

intellects the most amount of human

labor and activity is being funneled in

to war and drugs mostly illegal drugs to

numb people and op8 them from the pain

of living on a planet whose two major

priorities are building weapons and

selling them and making drugs and

pushing them that's what's going on so

if you want to ask who's happy and who's

sad I'll take a Malian happiness really

I'll take a Malian happiness anything

/ the scientists that are working out

better ways to kill people that live in

beautiful houses with their 401k plans

or what's left of them and I'm not I'm

not just saying this I'm telling you I

live this I lived with people who smile

it's just a natural thing for them to

smile because they're happy people they

just smile we're living in a country

where despite the fact that it has the

best dental health care in the world

people know aren't too generous with

their teeth when I try to talk to people

at stores because in the schaffen II

meant to have you're supposed to have a

human transaction and when you isn't a

transaction shouldn't just be commercial

you should have a human transaction when

I try to talk to people some people they

don't want to talk to you they just want

to move it along reduce everything to a

commercial transaction life is more than

just commercial transactions life is

about community it's about humanity it's

about sharing if you look at a child

those of you who have children I've only

got one who's very small now five but

I've had five children I've seen them

through these stages these children will

come in you've got to see this come here

quick and I'll jump up get excited run

out what what and it's some bug that

they'd never seen before look at that

now why does he have to share it with me

why can't he just enjoy the bug because

life is about sharing experiences are

enriched by sharing them with others and

that's what the fifth row knows that's

what a child knows and that's what too

many people have forgotten as they've

gotten older in an increasingly cynic

world and our religion is against

cynicism because one of our foundational

beliefs is that behind this universe is

a benevolent Lord we believe in a

benevolent Laurel you want to know about

a mosquito if this world had any

significant and I'm talking not about

the island because a lot of Muslims

don't differentiate between the world as

the theater of divine attributes where

God reveals himself to his creation I'm

not talking about the atom I'm talking

about dunya Hayatou dunya I'm talking

about the illusory and ephemeral nature

of the world the belief that were here

for permanent status the Quran condemns

the dunya but tells us to look at the

world to honor the world to care for the

world to protect the world but warns us

against dunya not the atom the prophets

allah allah allah allah wa sallam said

lo canada dunya terra delue in the law

he Jenna have Biola if this world had

the weight of a mosquitos wing with God

moussaka caviar on Shabbat imagine an

atheist would not get a drink of water

and atheist would not get a drink of

water if this world was equivalent to

the wing of a mosquito so when we talk

about who's suffering and who's not

suffering the prophet sallallaahu said

I'm said that fever was from a place in

Hell fever the prophets Elijah have said

removes wrong actions from the body and

I've been in very intense fever when I

lived in Mauritania remanent fever

this is just normal life getting a fever

every four days getting a fever every

three days every two days this is normal

life for many many people all of those

people that I lived with and I got

fevers I got chills night chills and I

know that mosquitoes do discriminate

somebody said they don't discourage I

know for a fact that they prefer white

meat over dark meat because I used to

wake up with red they were all over my

arm and the kids used to marvel cuz they

didn't show up red on their arms I look

like I had smallpox fever is a part of

life in this hadith and EEMA Majid

mentioned earlier about this in this

hadith method and me Nina

veto ID him what sorrow me him what a

low fee him commit analgesic the

likeness of the believers in their

mutual love of each other in their

mutual desire for mercy of showing mercy

for each other and in their mutual

empathy to alphaf is empathy

to be empathic to feel the pain of

another he said it is like the body it

is like the body the OMA is like a body

and then he said soul alight he sort of

either Stucker a lung tada anda ho it's

his language is so beautiful if one part

of the body begins to complain the rest

of the body calls each other

tada Allah who calls each other today I

know who calls each other

beside he with him with

insomnia and with fever the profits

Eliza was pointing to symptoms but

indicating what's really going on today

Ella who they respond with their immune

system the Sahara and the fever are only

active their that their symptoms of a

body responding to some harm this is

what our OMA is like and mantra no

liniment many Cala Bunyan the believer

to other believers is like a building

you shoot throughout the whole Baba in

another metaphor he said we're like a

building we support one another we have

problems all over this world these

problems aren't going to go away

overnight but we're here for a short

time to address these problems but

unless we address the fundamental

problems and I'm talking about the human

element in all of these things because

if you look at malaria today malaria was

a major problem here in Washington area

this was a major center of malaria in

the nineteenth century

Baltimore Philadelphia New York all had

major malarial problems half of Illinois

was infected with malaria fever in the

1860s according to their their own

studies at that time half of rural

Illinois was infected with malaria

malaria was widespread in the United

States Benjamin Rush one of the signers

of the Constitution of the Declaration

of Independence was a physician in

Massachusetts he was one of the most

staunch anti-slavery founders of this

country and wrote beautiful things he

actually went to one of the African

American churches in Boston supported

them in their efforts he felt that

ignoring the problem of racism was one

of the biggest mistakes that the

founders had done

Benjamin Rush said just as clearing a

land destroys it like when you go in and

cut everything down you destroy land

cultivating land and I mean by that and

he said draining it swamps burning its

brush removing its weeds taking away the

unwholesome effects of too much moisture

in the land makes it healthy renders the

land healthy

he said malaria will not be eradicated

until we cultivate the land land

cultivation this is why malaria no

longer exists in places like Italy where

the bona fication efforts in the 1920s

during the fascist government got rid of

malaria Sardinia a major center of

malaria England people don't realize

that England was once a major center of

malaria how was it treated raising the

standards of living cultivating the land

changing the landscape changing the

ecology so that the malaria bug could no

longer flourish in that type of

environment bringing in livestock

because certain malaria bugs will thrive

on livestock and they will actually

begin to outnumber the ones that thrive

on human blood these were the ways that

malaria disappeared from large segments

of the earth but in in the 20th century

especially after World War two DDT was

discovered by a Swiss pharmaceutical

company and hundreds of millions of

dollars went in to funding the idea of

eradicating the malaria bug with


unfortunately they found out later what

DDT was doing to the environment this is

always the problem of looking at the

world without holistic eyes looking at

the world without understanding the deep

intricacies of the world that the world

is bound up with each other you can't

separate this from that you have to

address problems ecologically the

says exactly and I'll use a political

metaphor here this is exactly the the

plan of the bush government in

eradicating terrorism just like they

want to eradicate malaria just send

bombs drop bombs on people eradicate

these evildoers and suddenly it's just

all going to go away well life doesn't

work like that life doesn't work like

that you have to address the causes of

malaria malaria is directly related to


malaria is directly if you look now on

the map of countries that are suffering

from malaria these have some of the

highest rates of conflict in the world

they're like maps for places where

there's large conflicts why because war

and malaria go together we have a

history of war and malaria and that's

why when you sell these countries

weapons when you sell these countries

weapons you are depriving them of health

care programs you're depriving them of

sanitary water you're depriving them of

education that will elevate their

populations that's what you're depriving

them up and you're giving them malaria

you're giving them yellow fever you're

giving them hiv/aids that's what you're

doing there's a direct correlation to

Commerce and what's happening in the

worst parts of the country and in the

best parts of the country there is a

direct correlation you cannot separate

economics from morality Adam Smith who's

called the father of capitalism and if

he was alive today he would spit on the

men that are calling him the father of

capitalism because the capitalism that

Adam Smith believed in and the

capitalism that exists today has nothing

to do with each other out of Smith

before he wrote The Wealth of Nations

wrote a book on Moral Sentiments saying

that the basis of Commerce was morality

that every transaction is a moral

transaction because it gives each of the

people in the transaction a chance to

honor the other and not cheat them and

this leads to a win-win situation which

is necessary

for civil society that is a different

type of capitalism than the type of

capitalism we see when it's a

dog-eat-dog world the high price of low

cost when Walmart comes in and destroys

whole communities we have to see the

relationship our religion is an economic

religion it is the last religion that is

addressing the economic problems of

humanity the Jews have abandoned their

economic injunctions the Christians have

abandoned their economic injunctions

it's in the Old Testament they know

usury is prohibited ly in the Old

Testament but nobody talks about it more

of Imam Malik two-thirds of that book

deal with economic matters Medina was a

place of transactions until we begin to

address these problems and the

fundamental core issues of these

problems we need societies that are

committed to law and order but you can't

have societies that are committed to law

and order when there are people above

the law if you have people above the law

that people below the law see no reason

to obey the law if they can get away

with it when George W Bush got away with

murder and he did get away with murder

and I encourage all of you to read

Vincent Bugliosi book on the prosecution

of george w bush for murder Vincent

Bugliosi argues in that book that George

W Bush is guilty of murder in the first

degree because in our legal system you

have a principle called felony murder

felony murder is a type of murder that

that occurs during the committee the

commitment of a felony crime if you fire

a gun in the air during a robbery and it

ricochets and kills somebody in that

room you are guilty of first-degree

murder in our legal system lying to the

American people to send them to war is a

felony lying to the American people to

send them war is a felony it's a felony

Vincent Bugliosi who was the District

Attorney of Los Angeles

said we cannot have a legal system a

system of law and order when there are

people above the law this is hakama


is what the Prophet came to eradicate

not malaria he came to eradicate

injustice and when you eradicate

injustice you eradicate things like

malaria because they're inextricably

bound that's what we should be working

to do we should be working towards more

just societies more just distribution of

wealth this is what we have to be doing

as a community the Muslims have lost

their moral compass we have the most

corrupt countries in the world we have

no moral capital to speak from as a

Ummah but we still have individuals the

Oulu bhatia people that abide by the

truth of the Quran and there are many

people like that in this country there

are many good Muslims in this country

these are the people that need to rise

up and OMA in this country to become a

role model to come in come on ma let

there be amongst you I grew minute

separate most of the elements say this

is a positive proposition that this

means some of you there should be

amongst you those young Moroni been

mauve they called to good wayan hona and

in Mongkok and they forbid evil these

are the people that we want to be from

that's what I see in this country a

thriving Muslim community that is

dealing with root problems not with

mosquito nets and that's good and I'm

not in any way detracting from that

because I used a mosquito net when I was

in West Africa that's fine but that's

still looking at the symptomatic

problems until the root problems are

addressed and that's why we need malaria

lodges we need scientists we need social

commentators we need people that are

going to write papers on how to do with

these issues we need our community to

rise to the challenge not to be obsessed

with the pursuit of wealth which is a

false pursuit all of these people who've

had the equity of their homes wiped out

all of that pursuit it's gone all of the

wealth there are hundreds of thousands

that they thought they had in their in

their homes they'd spent their whole

lives paying off their mortgages and

they got wiped out in a yuzuriha system

that they don't even understand they

don't even understand fractional reserve

banking or how printing up false money I

I was at a store yet

two days ago and I gave him a

hundred-dollar bill and he was looking

like that I said man you're never gonna

spot the counterfeit on that because the

one that counterfeited that is so good

at it it looks exactly like a real

dollar he said he looked at me like I

was crazy I said the US Treasury

counterfeited that man that's right that

is well that doesn't exist it's not

backed by anything it's not backed by

gold it's not backed by silver it's not

even backed by debt anymore they're just

printing it up churning it out trillions

of dollars bailing out all of these fat


I mean Jesse James and Frank James had

nothing on the bank robbers today they

used to go in with their faces covered

these guys are on the board of the banks

seriously they don't need to cover their

faces they're on the boards of the banks

they've got the congressman facilitating

the robbery like John Dillinger who used

to go in and pretend they were having a

movie and and the people would watch him

rob the bank thinking they were part of

a movie scene that's what we've got

today Americans watching their

children's wealth and their children's

children's wealth being robbed from them

blind and they think that this is part

of the recovery package people have no

idea what's going on there and Muslims

should find out if they don't know and

begin to educate our own community how

can we address real problems not

artificial real problems the real

problems of this world and I'll finish

Ghandi said there was seven things that

were going to destroy us wealth without

work people that want to invest in a

hedge fund do nothing but put their

money there no risk if it fails they get

bailed out by taxpayer

this has to end and the only way it can

end is by a populace that's vigilant a

citizenry that actually reads and knows

what's going on and that's why

entertainment and dumbing people down

and keeping them from thinking about

these things as long as that continues

on as long as people are more concerned

about what's going on on the reality

television show they're obsessed with or

who won this that or the other game as

long as they're entertained by those

things and the Wolves out there are

going to keep eating the Sheep

wealth without work pleasure without

conscience we live in a society where

sexuality now has become a technique you

buy a book to learn how to become a good

lover there's websites now that that for

where married couples can find other

married couples that want to commit

adultery what's happened to our society

people you can't sit around and just

think these things are normal these are

terrible signs pleasure without

conscience without thinking of the

repercussions of what happens when you

pursue pleasure without any moral

compunction knowledge without character

going to Yale Harvard getting these

degrees and then robbing people blind

and laughing about it and Ron the

smartest men in the room that's what

happened in Enron they were laughing

about the money they were robbing from

old people there's transcripts of their

phone calls laughing about grandmas that

were losing their shirts paying for the

high cost of energy in California

because they were being completely

robbed blind by immoral people commerce

without morality is an extension of

business with a of character knowledge

without character Commerce without

morality the foundation of Islam is is

character innama bu'ithtu leo tell me

mom Academy a flop I was only sent to

perfect character that's the foundation

of our religion inculcating character

that comes from examples that

from living in communities where

character is practiced on a daily basis

generosity courage modesty chastity love

of knowledge science without humanity

we've got studies here on dogs seriously

on dogs and cats and I'm all for taking

care of dogs and cats when when the

Muslims had thriving civilizations they

had off for dogs and cats we know that

they had al-kahf even even in infest

they had a look for stray dogs to feed

them but when you're taking care of dogs

and cats and you've got baby human

babies dying something is seriously

wrong with your priorities because in a

hospital you have what's called triaging

every emergency doctor knows and nurse

knows about triaging if a patient comes

in and their limbs often they're

bleeding out you don't sit next to that

patient talking to the guy with the

headache and asking them is it sharp or

is it cutting what type of headache do

you have you take care of the man who's

hemorrhaging to death triaging

priorities science we've got all of our

talented scientists developing weapons

of mass destruction for enemies that are

created out of thin air enemies that are

more like characters out of a James Bond

film living in caves somewhere boogie

men that are conjured up to scare people

are you scared yet that was a headline

on Time magazine we need our scientists

to actually be in the pursuit of

excellence not for profit not for the

Nobel Peace Prize visa bv lab FISA

beating that it's a completely different

set religion without sacrifice Imams day

was talking about can you have submit

motive is salamy katha enter into Islam

totally and completely don't be

half-hearted half-baked you can't have


mission it's called me that's what

half submissions called in our religion

is called NEFA laya full moon a la ku


they just get up they're lazy they do it


and finally politics without principal

politics without principal Barack

Obama's from from ancestry his father

was from Kenya malaria is a major

problem in Kenya it's a personal problem

for him but when you're in a political

machine that eats it principal when you

can't speak the truth because you're so

afraid of what the spin doctors are

gonna do Fox News will turn everything

upside down and so on ABC and CBS CBC

and NBC and all of the other ones they

just have different degrees of it but

I'll give you an example of politics

without principal when you don't deal

with tort reform in malpractice cases

that's politics without principal

because the tort lawyers in this country

are so powerful they don't want caps on

malpractice suits which raises up the

cost of everything it forces doctors to

do unnecessary procedures which elevates

the cost of health care but they don't

want to talk about that because it's

politics without principle instead of

looking at the principle and we have

caps in Islam the Prophet put caps on a

human life no life can be judged by

wealth and that's the point the higher

you go doesn't make it any less or more

but the cap is a cap because people

can't afford if you if you make things

so exorbitant everything goes up with it

we have caps every a finger has a

certain amount a tooth has a certain

amount a ear has a certain amount

it's already done Allah did it the

Shetty I did it

we don't need tort reform in Islam but

they needed in this country politics

without principle Socrates said in the

apology to the people of Athens if you

stop worrying about the interests of the

state and start worrying about the

interests of your souls the state will

take care of itself said I'm a newcomer

I'm to live