Lecture 2 Summary: Sheikh Salim YusufaliIn: General, Lecture Summaries
• The topic we are covering is practical advise for Muslims in a minority from the Ahlul Bayt (as) from teachings which are relevant to our situation, living with non-Muslims.
• We should try and benefit from lecturers/ scholars; the minbar is one way of communication. We should also benefit in a less formal environment and try to make the most of these opportunities. Sometimes what we hear is repetition but we shouldn’t perceive that as a negative, it can be treated as a reminder and that can encourage us to practical application.
• We should also partake emotionally in these majalis the best way possible. They are a source of Barakah (blessings) and we are strongly advised by scholars to try and mourn on the Masaib (gham) of Imam Hussain (as) and his family in whatever capacity.
• There is a hadith of Imam Ali which is found also Nahjul Balagha and other sources which is advice to Malik Ahtar (a close companion) on the governance. He guides Malik to feel love in his heart for the people and not to act barbarically. He further says that people are of two types: either your brethren in faith and or peer in humanity/creation
• This hadith clear shows that there is a level of respect one earns just by being a human being. There is a principle of Ahsan (kindness) and A’dl (Justice) for all humans. 6th Imam witnessed a man insulting a person of another religion and rebukes him as that religion is worthy to him
• Holy Quran mentions about those that come from of different religions that if they are not an enemy than you should treat in kindness and justice and Allah loves those who are just
• Justice is part of innate and core beliefs especially as Shias and this should be looked at material and spiritual level. The common idea is that if I am not causing injustice physically to others then that is enough, but there is a higher level of injustice as well and that this doing injustice to oneself
• We perform injustice to ourselves when we follow our base desires without regards to the Shariah and there is always a battle going on between the Aql and the base desires. Committing sin doing is injustice to own self.
• There is a difference between a brother in faith and a peer in humanity but we should have friendly relations to all
• Holy Prophet (sa) in Medina lives with different tribes and different religions and was able to have a working relationship with all of them but still is able to preserve the Muslim identity
• We also need to take care of people with whom we have close relationship. One of the main criteria of choosing close associates is that they are not performing injustice (both material and spiritual) and also not supporting it
• Holy prophet (sa) said famously that whoever wakes up in the morning and is not concerned over the affairs of Muslims is NOT A MUSLIM. Hence we should have a special affinity to a Muslim and we should care for them irrespective of their geographical location
• Sometimes the injustice we perform is in the choice of careers. If we are choosing a career that is not helping the cause of justice, at least we shouldn’t choose something that is going to increase injustice. Also, don’t compromise your religion for wealth and go against your principles. For e.g. avoid being involved in the system of interest and advertising of haram material or alcohol.