Our prophetic tradition teaches that every child is born with a natural disposition, or fitra. The great minds of all religious traditions grounded their outlook about human beings in this universal reality. Today, however, this profound first principle has been lost, and our distinctiveness as human beings is challenged by contemporary fields, from biology to psychology to social sciences and beyond. How do we then know the truth of our shared natural disposition? In other words, how do we learn to be human?
Muslims are not just concerned with the here and now – we have to actively plan for tomorrow. To emphasize the importance of planning adequately for the future, Shaykh Abdullah Hakim Quick spoke at length on the topic on January 1st 2011.
Our Earth is changing. The environment is changing. Global warming is real and the scientific evidence showing that Human beings are partly responsible is abundantly clear. What is the response of Muslims? How should we be with regards to our relationship with the Earth?
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf discusses his concerns he finds in the changing world today from the lack of beauty in humanity, the sin of destractibility, the lack of poetry in languages, waste in food and destruction of nature. He then explains what Muslims and Islam can offer in these crises.
Shaykh Hamza gave a general talk on the changing world around us and the warnings Allah and the Prophet (s) gave us to deal with the sins around us. This was after a special prayer for rain in the San Francisco area which has experienced a serious drought over the several years.
The signs of decimation and devastation are all around us. Species are becoming extinct at alarming rates. The oceans’ acidity levels are rising and now threaten the great coral reefs and many aquatic species. Tuna fish will not be around in 25 years because of overfishing. Meanwhile, jellyfish are dominating the oceans, which marine biologists warn is an ominous harbinger. Some scientists believe we as a species may not survive this century. Such prognostications echo what some Islamic scholars, including Imam al-Suyuti and Imam Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, argued: the 15th century would be Islam’s last. We know from our Prophet (God’s peace and blessings be upon him) that he came to usher in the last days and to remind people of the imminent end. What are its signs? How do we make sense of the apocalyptic news we see daily, and what do we do about it? How do we protect our children from the depression and despair so common to the hearts and minds of too many of today’s youth? This talk will address these and other questions.