Maintaining Justice for All People; Quebec’s Discriminatory Bill – Maulana Syed Muhammad Rizvi
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Maintaining Justice for All People; Quebec’s Discriminatory Bill – Maulana Syed Muhammad Rizvi


We are into the last days of the month of Rajab Which is the month of amirul mumineen. Ali was the Imam of justice. he never accepted to compromise as far as his stance on Adl (justice) among the people is concerned. and if you look at the battles, which took place after that Whether it is Jamal or Siffin, the reasons were that these were the people who still wanted their special privileges to continue like before. Whereas Ali has said that I’ve come to deal with everyone on the basis of equality. Any Muslim; Arab, non Arab, Qurayshi or ont, they are all same in my eyes. The reason why Ali was loved by the non Arab Minority was because of this issue of justice and sense of equality. In one of his early sermons he talks about this issue, especially when he Was talking about the distribution of baytul maal. because they were Standards fixed by the previous administrations Where the Arabs would get more than the non Arabs, Qureshi will get more than non Qureshi Arab, Muhajireen will get more than ansar. And even among muhajireen there were different classes established. Ali has a very famous statement where he says when I look at bayt ul maal, [arabic] [arabic] This Baytul maal is maal of allah. and you are all ibaad of allah. I will not distinguish between Arab and non-arab, black and white, master and slave. And this is where we have to realize that as the followers of Ali in this part of the world We have to live up to that sense of justice And our duty, in order to support the rights of the minorities. Especially when it affects ourselves as a Muslim minority in the western part of the world. If you look at the situation going on with Quebec government influenced by the culture and the politics of France, they’ve been trying to discriminate against the minority, especially Against the Muslims under the pretext of promoting secularism. This is done in France as well as we see its Impact in Quebec. in the latest attempt yesterday the provincial government tabled a bill banning the wearing of religious symbols by Public sector employees, including teachers and policemen and others in that position of authority. The implication of that is very obvious. Anyone who wears what is known as a religious symbol, whether hijab or Turban or the keepa, They will not be treated equally like others they will become second-class citizens. a Practising Muslim, Sikh, or a Jewish person who is aspiring to be a teacher in the public school system of Quebec will not be employed if He or she decides to wear their religious symbol. their only option would be to go for private schools Where this law is not really affecting them in that way. and this is where we come to realise that this bill is the third attempt of the Quebec government to do this. This goes against the Canadian values of human rights. the people who will be mostly impacted Will be the Muslim minority, especially the women. Not even the men. it’s a matter of concern for all of us, as Muslims as well as Canadians. and When you look at the Quebec government at the moment, the premier there, He actually believes and he says that Islamophobia isn’t a systemic problem in Quebec. Whereas the worst mass shooting in a mosque happened two years ago in Quebec itself. You know, it’s just denying that Islamophobia is a problem there. the The minister of women in Quebec government. She twice has actually Clearly said that hijab, I considered that to be the symbol of oppression. so they would like to liberate Muslim women who wear hijab. No Muslim woman in Canada is forced by anyone to wear hijab. and If they are doing so, this is a sign that this is their own choice. if you’re a believer in secularism, you should give them that right to exercise their choice of wearing whatever they want. I’m surprised that when it comes to those who just discard their clothes and sell their body because of Circumstances, I don’t think any woman would willingly do that, Go and liberate them. Nobody talks about suppressing them because of the socio-economic circumstances. when you see a Muslim lady with a hijab. Oh, she is Mazloom, she is oppressed, we have to do something to liberate her. and This is basically taking all Their own rights by denying them the services as well as the issue of employment in a public sector. Amir al mu’minin in his Document that he wrote for Malik e Ashtar, there, he quotes a statement from rasulullah salallahu alaihe wasalam. Where he reminds Malik Ashtar, he says I Have heard this from Rasulullah not in one place, In different situations. I’ve seen him say [arabic] [arabic] [arabic] Where he says that no community can ever gain sanctity in which the weak Does not get his right without fear of speaking. and this is where we have to realize that this is the stand of ali bin abi talib, this is the message of ali bin abi Talib. and We have to look at these issues and do whatever we can within our ability. Although it’s a provincial issue for Quebec. But the pressure can be Put on them. so you can write to your MP as well as the Prime Minister to do whatever is within their means In order to again, stop this discrimination against the minorities There. it’s interesting that francophone Quebec is always anxious of preserving its own culture and language in the largely English-speaking Canada. so they want to maintain their own minority status and culture. yet they, when it comes to the minority within them, they do not shy away from taking away their basic rights. and this actually even goes against the philosophy of secularism that they are trying to Promote. and this is where Inshallah, we should do our own duty In order to help our Muslim and the other minorities in Quebec. May Allah bring better days for Quebec as well as the entire Canada. [arabic] We are already into the Season in Islamic calendar which can be classified as the spiritual season. the month of Rajab, Shaban, and Ramadan. three months together. This is known as the spiritual season. I’ve mentioned this before that even if you look at Mafatih, for example And if you look at the sequence how the amaal has been written in it, You will see it doesn’t start with Muharram. it starts with Rajab Because Rajab, Shaban, Ramadhan, this is the beginning of the season of spirituality. And interestingly in some of the Hadees that we have in our books Rajab is linked to Ali, and Sha’ban is linked to Rasool Allah, and Ramadhan is linked to Allah. It is through Ali that you can better understand Muhammad. And it is through rasoolallah that you can better appreciate The glory and power of allah. so our line is very clear. Even when we look at the spiritual season One of the messages I would like to present to you for myself as well as yourselves as a reminder, Is that when we say we are followers of Ali Let us learn certain things from him. Only one message that I have for this khutba is That learn the language of love when we communicate with allah subhana Wa ta’ala. The month of Rajab, Shaban, ramadan. These are the month of Duas (supplication), and when we talk to Allah we should not always be talking only on the level of Tama’ and khauf (fear), ‘I want this and I want that or I am afraid of this or that’. No, we have to inculcate this sense of love for Allah. The most beautiful way we can do that is if We really concentrate on Dua e Kumail. The reason I mention this example is that we have this habit Individually or collectively on Thursday nights to recite it. Why not use it in a better way? learn the message, which is from Dua e Kumail. if you see in that dua, we come to a point where Ali brings us to a level where we confess for our short comings and our sins, to the extent that we say to Allah subhana wa Ta’ala, I Don’t have any hujjat against you. I Don’t have any arguments to defend myself Against you on the day of judgement. I don’t have any excuse and So if you decide to punish me and put me in the Hellfire This is based on your adl (justice). But this is where A’imma told us never asked for Allah’s adl (justice). ask for his mercy. But then a point comes where he says, He is teaching us, Say to Allah that okay, the judgment has been done. I don’t have arguments to defend myself, You have the right to punish me, to put me in the Hellfire. [arabic] [arabic] but then Oh Allah, If you decide to punish me alongside with your enemies And put me among those who are Ahle Balaa, [arabic] and you will separate me from those who love you and who are your friends, [arabic] Then oh my lord, my master, my god, okay, I accept it. I don’t have any arguments against it. [arabic] I will even bear the punishment that you are going to give me. [arabic] but how will I be able to go through this sense of separation between me and you. because When you put me in punishment, it means spiritually I am Removed away from you. I am away from your Ahibba and Awliya, from those who love you and are your friends. How can I bear that separation forever between myself and you? [arabic], oh Allah for for a moment I Accept that I will bear patiently the heat of the fire of Jahannam (hell). [arabic], but how will I be able to bear The fact that you have turned away from me. You no more look towards me with mercy and forgiveness, [arabic] How will I be in the fire of Jahannam? [arabic], while my hope is that you are going to forgive me. So This is not the language of Bargaining with Allah. This is the language of love. Where you are saying that I will be more distressed when there is a difference, a separation between me and you. and this is where we have to realize that If we can understand Ali in the right way We will be able to appreciate the Asma-e-Husna, the good names of Allah which reflect his mercy and His Majesty and his power and glory. when we talk about Allah in that way and talk to him from the language of love, Our attitude will change, it will have an impact on us not only in the akhira (afterlife), But even in many things that we do in our daily life. Yesterday we had this open question & answer session, and one of the questions was that, Well, I’m not yet ready for fasting Mentally. so why should I fast if I’m not ready for it even though it’s Ramadan? Or sometimes, people say well, I don’t feel like doing Salat. I’ll do it when I am in that mood. All these kinds of issues that we seen, this actually is reflection of this The sense of putting ourselves above Allah. I Am looking at myself. If I feel like it, I will do it. So I have put myself over Allah. and there ís an ayat of Quran where Allah says [arabic] Have you seen somebody who has taken his own desires as his God? when I prefer my own desires and likes and dislikes over the Command of Allah, I have given myself a higher level than Allah. So this is where if we start looking at Allah, not just as a master and slave, rather We start looking at Allah as our Mehboob, And we are the Muhib. he is the beloved and I love him. Then things will change Then it doesn’t matter how I feel about something. Because my feelings then are not important. Then I’ll have to see what my beloved wants. Even though I feel the other way I’ll still do according to The wishes of the beloved, and that is Allah. you know once Ali mentioned about this issue and he says, just the last statement, [arabic] He says I have not worshipped you out of the desire for your paradise. [arabic] and I am not worship[ing you because I fear the fire of Jahannam. [arabic] [arabic], but I found you to be worthy of being worshipped Therefore I worship you. as followers of Ali, this is what we have to really take with ourselves and During the other two months of this season of spirituality. Let’s try to inculcate that sense of love towards Allah and we will see that it really has very powerful impact in our decisions and our actions. May Allah keep us always among the followers of Muhammad and Aale Muhammad. [arabic]

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