: Feb 12, 2018

It is troubling to see, of late, some respected scholars and religious leaders form strong alliances with and become defenders of regimes who don’t have the bes…

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It is troubling to see, of late, some respected scholars and religious leaders form strong alliances with and become defenders of regimes who don’t have the best track records when it comes to Islam and Islamic movements.

Our Prophet (salla Allah alayhi wa sallam) explicitly warned us from frequenting the palaces of the rulers, and Islamic history has shown that the most respected scholars of all the various movements, such as Imam al-Nawawi or Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyya, always kept their distance from rulers.

There are many reasons for this, but ultimately the main one is that in our tradition, the scholars keep the rulers in check, not the other way around. And if the credibility of a scholar is compromised, the religion itself suffers in the eyes of the masses.

In my talk at the RIS conference in Toronto, I spoke about some of the dangers of scholars cozying up to rulers, and I advise myself and other scholars, even as we assume that they have the best intentions, to not allow the public to presume evil of them by blindly defending regimes whose interests are not those of the Ummah, but rather of their own personal power and profit.

The talk also touched on sectarianism, disunity, and others issues.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4siOlbutcY&feature=youtu.be

NOTE: ABSOLUTELY NO NAMES WILL BE TOLERATED IN THE COMMENTS BELOW, AND ANY DISPARAGING REMARKS ON A SPECIFIC SCHOLAR WILL BE DELETED IMMEDIATELY.
This talk is generic in nature, and not directed to any one person.

Speech Title: Looking Ahead: Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing World Location: Toronto, Canada Date: December 22nd, 2017 Watch The Full Video for Mo…

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