Video: “Be Peacemakers” by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf – Eid Al-Fitr 2010

From a proposed Islamic center in New York City, to a proposed Quran burning in Florida, Muslims in the West have again come under siege. On the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf delivers a sermon filled with hope, balance and guidance to navigate the troubled waters. Brought to you Zaytuna College.

-‘Everyday the headlines are about Muslims. Who did this? If you ask me I say Allah swt did this because Muslims have been sitting on this religion for so long, and not sharing it the whole world is turning against them. Because this is the age of the Internet this is the age of mass communication, this is the first time in human history where you could be in a Christian country and openly talk about Islam and they won’t burn you, they might burn the Quran but they won’t burn you.’

-‘Muslims have to rise above their own egos, tribalism, their self-identity and their own images of worth that they put higher than the deen sometimes.’

-‘As Shakespeare said: “Their is a tide in the affairs of men, which if taken at the flood leads onto ventures, fortune, omit it then you spend your life in shallows and miseries. Upon such a sea are we now afloat.”‘

-‘Thomas Clearly said, “American’s can’t even think about thinking about Islam” so we have to break down the barriers and let them know who we are. This is an immense opportunity people, the Prophet salallahua alayhi wasalam only asked for one thing from Quraysh: “Just let me talk to people.” That’s all he asked for.’

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"Whoever guides someone to goodness will have a similar reward"-- The Prophet (Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him)