Share-inspired-Reflection: “Internal and External State Of Humans”
By Hamza Yusuf
You gotta take the leap and hear him out before judging the knowledge being disseminated from the title and thumbnail. Anyways, Sheikh Ibn-al-Habib: Just so I remember to bring him up in class if the need arises. He’s the poet I took down a quote of a while back because it resonated tremendously w/ me.
Umm Topics touched on are too many to be written out here and now, but there’s mention of how the outer world is a reflection of the inner reality of humans and the metaphysical cause of magnificent animals like whales going extinct as supposed to those like cockroaches, pigs etc.
Sounds to me like he’s reading Ghazali’s workat the start ’cause it’s only Ghazali who had the galls to distinguish humans as dogs, pigs, demons and angels etc. but I have yet to confirm.
Listen in and enjoy! But…
The best part about this li’l audio was the confirmation that “Those who disbelieve in the last messenger are still part of his nation. Apparently, there are two types of people in a prophet’s nation; The ones who’re invited, but don’t accept the invite and the ones who’re invited and accept the invite. There’s so much I could on about on this, but I gotta get this module done and over w/ first.
Bottom-line (of all I want to say though): It makes absolutely no sense for us (especially Muslims) to look at non-Muslims w/ a lens of scorn and disdain ’cause okay, fine! They (or rather, their ancestors) didn’t accept the invite, but do we do our part in inviting them?! Inviting = Treating them as all humans deserve to be treated.
I understand some of them (especially the ones oppressing the Uyghur, Kashmiri and Palestinian Muslims) never learnt to respect the right to freedom of choice of other humans regardless of their race, religion or whatever else, but how different would we be if we start to mistreat others (especially non-Muslims) in whatever capacity we can.
Yes, we don’t have the power or capability to drop bombs, isolate, torture etc., but we do have the capability of hurting others w/ our words and actions in our daily actions even. I don’t know where I’m going w/ this, but I argue we learn to first become proper humans and treat others w/ immense regard despite our lack of “power” at the moment,
for us to then be able to not abuse that power when it does come our way. And yes, Power can also be understood as Knowledge. You won’t get any unless you set out to acquire beneficial knowledge that’ll allow you to become a better person (’cause what other purpose is their to becoming more knowledgeable about oneself and the world, hmm?)
Then, once we become good humans and not cattle in the bodies of humans, we’ll be granted the power to lessen (or possibly, eradicate) the ongoing oppression happening around us. Just a matter of time and no, I don’t think the rights/ rewards deserved to be practiced  by HUMANS should differ between two different groups of Muslims and non-Muslims.
I don’t know. Just feels weird to think of someone as less of a human being merely because of their difference(s) in faith, race, views of the world, education level and of course, careers.
They differ in the context of the next life, of course, because there’s no denying that there are going to be the people of the garden and the people of the fire then, but for matters of and in this world, we (humans) don’t have that authority to decide who is who (especially to then use our subjective judgement as an excuse to mistreat someone).
I think I’ve started going around in circles now.
Give the video a watch, people, I’m sure you’ll get SOME good out of it.