Quotes

The Prophet ﷺ said:
“If someone wishes to offer counsel to a ruler, then let it not be done in public. Rather, he should take the ruler by his hand [and speak to him] in private. If the ruler accepts his counsel then so be it, and if not, then he has at least fulfilled his duty”

(Grade: sound, reported in Musnad Ahmad, Tabarani in Musnad al-Shamiyyin and al-Mujam al-Kabir, Mustadrak Hakim, Sunna Ibn Abi Asim)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote the book “Stride Toward Freedom” at the age of 27 after successfully leading the Montgomery Boycott and shortly prior to co-founding the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for which he would serve as president. He had finished his Phd. in 1955, but already wrote like a tenured professor. The first time I met Dr. Michael Waters, he told me that this was a book that frequently needed to be revisited to understand the philosophy and strategy of Dr. King. Of the many quotes that stand out to me, this is one to reflect on:

“The nonviolent approach does not immediately change the heart of the oppressor. It first does something to the hearts and souls of those committed to it. It gives them new self-respect; it calls up resources of strength and courage that they did not know they had.”

The first step to combatting any real form of oppression is conquering your own chained self. It’s you finding the moral courage to resist the measures meant to break you. When you find your “self” and connect it to it’s Creator, your foes cannot penetrate your heart. If your heart is fortified, and your integrity is intact, the dignity that you demand will follow even if found in defeat.

One of my favorite quotes on Malcolm X by his wife Betty (May Allah have mercy on them both):

“I looked over and saw this man on the extreme right aisle sort of galloping to the podium. He was tall, he was thin, and the way he was galloping it looked as though he was going someplace much more important than the podium.”

May that more important place be the highest level of paradise. Ameen

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