“Be Peacemakers”, Sermon by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Eid Al-Fitr 2010
Be pious people, be good people. Don’t cheat the system, live within the laws, this is our religion. To be good citizens. Be exemplars to this religion, your here your not somewhere else. You have immense opportunity, many of you have been blessed greatly. Use your wealth for good. Don’t squander this opportunity, life is very short. Many of us are growing old before our eyes. We have young children, we need to sow the seeds for those young children to reap the benefits of our hard work and labor.
Please take it as an opportunity. Don’t ignore the winds that are blowing out there. Many of the Jews in Nazi Germany didn’t see those winds blowing. They thought this must be as bad as it’s going to get. We are watching it get worse and worse and worse. At which point, if we allow this is happen, they will make it impossible for Muslims to live in this land with their children without concern every time their child goes to school. I believe in the heart of hearts, it’s Allah swt that is waking us up. If we don’t wake up, we have no one to blame but ourselves. Allah swt has told us “tell people who you are”, our beloved Prophet (S) said “empower people if you can’t do it yourself”.
– Shaykh Hamza Yusuf