Loyal Rue – IN LIGHT OF SCIENCE, LET’S BEGIN ANEW WITH A ‘NOBLE LIE’, PHILOSOPHER SAYS

Loyal Rue

Loyal Rue is a philosopher who is questioning the Christian Worldview based on new revelations that is arising from Science.

I first became aware of Mr. Rue and his views based on listening to Ravi Zacharias and others from RZIM.

 

Noble Lie

George W. Cornell, AP religion writer
Published On 2001-Jan-20th
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Religious philosopher Loyal D. Rue says modern culture urgently needs a “noble lie” – a myth that links the moral teachings of religion with the scientific facts of life.

He said science “has eroded the plausibility of the Judeo-Christian myths. It has got into our heads and consciousness in such a way that the traditional myths can’t be swallowed.”The myths, he said, include archaic views of the universe; a presumption that humans are at the center of existence; and the stories of Jesus’ resurrection and of Moses bringing God’s Ten Commandments down from a mountain.

Dispel the myths of religion, he said, and all that is left is nihilism, which considers life and the universe meaningless.

“Nihilism is not something that can be argued away. . . . ,” he said. “I assume it’s true. But it is ultimately destructive,” a “monstrous truth.”

The myths served as a framework for religious teachings that brought about man’s betterment, Rue says. Without their “integration of cosmology and morality” – of cosmic facts with idealism – people will deny fixed standards and do whatever they choose, splintering society.

Or, they might embrace the “totalitarian option,” which relies on government to force humans to behave, he said.

Rue, 46, a professor of religion and philosophy at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, presented his thesis at a recent symposium of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington.

A churchgoing but skeptical Lutheran, Rue suggests that we start all over, and create a new myth – a “noble lie” that squares with what is known scientifically, something that is convincing though it may not be factual.

What would that lie be? He doesn’t specify. “It remains for the artists, the poets, the novelists, the musicians, the filmmakers, the tricksters and the masters of illusion to winch us toward our salvation by seducing us into an embrace with a noble lie,” he told the scientific meeting.

Perhaps, he said in an interview, it is possible to rework, transpose and rephrase the Judeo-Christian tradition to make it plausible again.

In any case, the illusion must be “so imaginative and so compelling that it can’t be resisted,” so “beautiful and satisfying” that all would feel they have to accept it, he told the meeting.

“What I mean by the noble lie is one that deceives us, tricks us, compels us beyond self-interest, beyond ego, beyond family, nation, race . . . that will deceive us into the view that our moral discourse must serve the interests not only of ourselves and each other, but those of the earth as well.”

He said this lie would present a “universe that is infused with value. And such a universe is ultimately, I think, a great fiction. The universe just is. But a noble lie attributes objective value to it.”

He said “the great irony of our moment in history” is that what “we have most deeply feared” – being deceived – “is the ultimate source of our salvation from psychological and social chaos.”

He said “a good lie, a noble lie, is one that can’t be shown to be a lie by exposing it to a known truth or to science.”

“We need a kind of myth, a story, a vision of universality, that will get us pulling together, not just as Americans, but that will make us one, and give us solidarity of purpose,” he said.

“It must be a lie that inspires us to give up selfish interests in the service of noble ideals. . . . ” he said. “Without some kind of shared orientation, we can’t cooperate and can’t have a coherent society.”

“Without such lies we cannot live,” he said.

 

Interviews

  1. Loyal Rue pt 1: “Amythia” (interviewed by Barlow and Dowd)
    Loyal Rue, professor emeritus of Luther College in Decorah Iowa, wrote his first book, Amythia, in 1989. In 2014, Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd conversed with Loyal about his book and the malady of modernism, amythia.
    Date Published :- 2014-August-22nd
    Link

 

Indepth

Loyal Rue pt 1: “Amythia” (interviewed by Barlow and Dowd)

  1. Many religious people are seeing their Children leave the Church and what Amythia offers is one of the ways to accommodate what is attractive to these young people and what is unattractive in staying in traditional Churches; while also emphasizing that staying in Church and de-emphasis the problematic areas
  2. My thinking is changed about the Church
    • There has to be a new story, yet
      • It has to have continuity with the past
      • It has to be plausible
      • Intelligible, it could not be embarrassing to an Intelligent Being
  3. Tried to give an art to the new Story
    • The distinctiveness was the covenant
    • And, the plausibility is the Scientific World View
  4. But, the problem
    • Is that you have a myth that is embedded in a Cosmetology that is unbelievable
  5. And, the bigger problem became
    • How does one leave behind a cosmology that is becoming increasingly unbelievable
    • But, bring along the myth that was constructed upon the old cosmetology
  6. Customology together with humanity
  7. Michael Down – The Road Ahead
    • Take “BIG HISTORY” and trying to see how to “wrest” that destiny unto a naturalistic World View
      • Rather than wait to be saved by Cosmo Element
      • Taking hold of Saving the Planet
    • Covenant
      • Covenant becomes our covenant with Reality
    • Serving/Saving
      • Saving the Future
      • Serving becomes saving the Planet
    • If the Church will have any future
      • It will be the second coming of Christ
      • It will not be waiting on Christ
    • It will have to take responsibility
    • The Story of the Gospel is so hugely invested in Western Culture to just trash the whole thing
    • And, found that they just have to re-interpreted in a Science and in an Inspiring Way
  8. Loyal Rue
    • And, that is not too difficult to do
    • If you think about what the covenant is
    • If you think about the Hebraic Covenant
      • Most people will say that is the 616 laws
    • But, if you abstract it and say that it simply dictates if you follow these rules, you will live
    • And, so when will being that into the 21st Century we will see that it translates to our responsibility to
      • Global Warming – Take care of the environment
      • Address lack of Water
    • If Humanity accepts that and the Church accepts then we should be able to go the Churches and present it to them
    • Part of writing the book is an hope that the art will help us do that
    • Encourage Churchgoers to go back into their Church and evangelize this new message

 

Book

  1. Amythia – Crisis in the Natural History of Western Culture

Suleiman the Magnificent

Intro

Based on listening in on one of Robert Mawire’s video, decided to google on Suleiman.

Here are some of what I found:

  1. ISRAIR Airlines & Tourism
    Holy Sites in Jerusalem
    Link
    Throughout the history of Jerusalem, the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths have treasured the sacredness of the Holy Land and its Holy City Jerusalem. From the uniqueness of this City built on Seven Hills, each faith has flourished. Today’s visitor to the Holy City of Jerusalem delights in the passion and greatness of Israel’s capital awash with history, shrines holy to three faiths and relics of the past still very much alive today. The major shrines, the Wailing Wall, Temple Mount and Church of the Holy Sepulcher are highlights of each tourist’s experience. Ancient Jerusalem flourished in what today we call The Old City surrounded by its 465-year old wall. The wall has a total of 11 gates, but only seven are open – Jaffa, Zion, Dung, Loins (St. Stephen’s), Herod’s, Damascus (Shechem) and The New Gate. During the years 1536 – 1541, the Turkish sultan Suleiman built these walls. 
  2. Suleiman the Magnificent: Builder of Ottoman Jerusalem
    Link

    Suleiman commissioned the city wall overhaul in 1536 to protect Jerusalem’s perse inhabitants from a feared Crusader invasion. Although the European kingdoms had not launched a potent Crusade for several centuries by Suleiman’s time, the memory of successive Christian assaults on the Holy Land was still fresh in the minds of the region’s Muslim majority. Suleiman’s crenellated wall, over 40 feet in height, included over thirty towers and countless firing slits, all to provide ample defense from an invasion force that, ironically, never arrived. Seven gates, still open today, allowed access to every quarter of the newly fortified city.Suleiman, possessed of a remarkable religious tolerance for his time, also stressed the inclusion of the holy sites of all Jerusalem’s faiths within his city plan. When he learned that his architects had left Mount Zion, holy to the city’s Jews and Christians, outside the confines of the new wall, he had them executed (the sultan was somewhat less tolerant of failure). Under Suleiman’s benevolent rule, the revitalized Jerusalem flourished, the increased security and enforced religious tolerance sparking immigration to the city and an expansion of the mercantile economy. 

 

Videos

  1. Suleiman the Magnificent – I: Hero of All That Is – Extra History
    A young Suleiman ascends the throne of the Ottoman Empire. He wants to be a benevolent ruler, but he must prove that he is no pushover.
    Published on :- 2017-May-12th
    Link
  2. Suleiman the Magnificent – II: Master of the World – Extra History
    Knowing that most of Europe is preoccupied with internal struggles, Suleiman launches his wars against Hungary and Rhodes while they’re cut off from outside reinforcements.
    Published On:- 2016-May-19th
    Link
  3. Suleiman the Magnificent – III: Sultan of Sultans – Extra History
    The victorious Suleiman begins to consolidate his empire and his home. With Ibrahim and his favorite concubine, Roxelana, by his side, he reorganizes the empire and begins his great work: a book of laws. But Hungary still stands untaken, and he must have it
    Published On:- 2016-May-26th
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  4. Suleiman the Magnificent – IV: The Shadow of God – Extra History
    When a dispute arose over the control of Hungary, Suleiman saw an opportunity to extend his empire into Europe and gain allies from those who’d asked for his help. Though he took Buda quickly, Vienna had time to fortify against him and pushed his troops back.
    Published On:- 2016-April-2nd
    Link
  5. Suleiman the Magnificent – V: Slave of God – Extra History
    Suleiman’s empire stretches across the Mediterranean, but in the midst of his success, he suspects betrayal in his own house. His best friend, Ibrahim, and his most promising son, Mustafa, both seem to have designs upon the throne.
    Published On:- 2016-April-2nd
    Link
  6. Suleiman the Magnificent – VI: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques – Extra History
    Suleiman’s decisions came back to haunt him, starting with the Knights of Malta (once Rhodes). He tried to kick them off their island again, but failed. He launched a new campaign to take Vienna and prove the might of his empire. But he was so old…
    Published On:- 2016-April-2nd
    Link
  7. Suleiman the Magnificent – Lies – Extra History
    Suleiman lost faith in those who surrounded him, fearing that they schemed to replace him. Why do we so rarely see such destructive suspicion in our governments today? We also need to talk about what made the West dub Suleiman “Magnificent,” and the flourishing of arts and education which took place under his reign.
    Published On:- 2016-April-23rd
    Link

 

Indepth

Ibrahim

Executed Today – May 15, 2011
1536: Pargali Ibrahim Pasha, Suleiman the Magnificent’s friend and grand vizier
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On this date in 1536,* the Ottoman Empire’s mightiest Grand Vizier was strangled at the order of the Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.

An Albanian [update: and/or Greek] Christian, Ibrahim Pasha — not to be confused with several other historical figures of that name, notably an Egyptian general — found his way into the Ottoman slave quarters and became a boyhood friend of the young Suleiman.

Thereafter the two would rise together: as Sultan, Suleiman rapidly promoted his trusted friend, and even married a sister to him.

So absolute was Ibrahim’s power that Italian diplomats** called him “Ibrahim the Magnificent”.
At the Ottomans’ acme, his word was law as surely as his distinguished master’s. Ibrahim’s achievements in war, diplomacy, and as a patron of the arts attested his worthiness of the honors.

References

  1. Ibrahim Pasha
    • 1536: Pargali Ibrahim Pasha, Suleiman the Magnificent’s friend and grand vizier
      Link

Microsoft – Brad Smith – Community

 

Bill Gates

Those who have used email prior to 2000 or so, will remember how much Bill Gates used to be vilified.

With his Giving Pledge ( Link ) and work with United Nations it is likely that the angst might be receding a bit.

 

Microsoft

I was effused with the same relieve, enthusiasm, and hope upon reading this blog posting by Microsoft’s General Counsel, Brad Smith.

 

Proposal calls for case-by-case exception process for law-abiding visa holders with pressing needs
Link

In last Friday’s executive order, the President expressly gave to the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security the authority to grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis, consistent with the national interest, to issue visas and other immigration benefits. Today Microsoft is filing a formal request asking these cabinet officers to create a process to grant exceptions that will permit “Responsible Known Travelers with Pressing Needs” to re-enter the country while protecting the nation’s security. The important details for this proposal are included in our formal request and are outlined below.

At the outset, we recognize that this proposal will not and should not end the broader debate and deliberations regarding last week’s executive order. Our company is one among many that has expressed its views, and we will continue to participate energetically and constructively in the public discussions that help define our democratic processes.

But even amidst these debates, there is an opportunity under the executive order to address the pressing needs of real people. There currently are law-abiding visa holders who are parents that were outside the United States last Friday and therefore cannot re-enter the country. These parents are stranded and separated from their children. Other individuals are confronting genuine family emergencies such as the need to visit a critically ill parent.

At Microsoft we have seen these needs first-hand through some of our 76 employees who are impacted by last week’s order and, together with their 41 dependents, have nonimmigrant visas to live in the United States. These needs almost certainly are not unique to our employees and their families. We believe that limited but important steps to help all such individuals can be taken by the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security, consistent with national security and the authority that the President expressly gave to them.

As we explain in our formal request, U.S. immigration authorities already have a wide range of personal information about individuals in the visa categories that we have proposed. This includes individuals’ occupation, place of residence, place of work, family members, state identification/driver’s license information, and the existence of any criminal history. In short, these individuals are “known quantities” in their communities: their character, personalities, conduct, and behavior is understood by their colleagues, employers, friends, and neighbors.

Many of these individuals also fill critical roles in the organizations that employ them, whether they are doctors, scientists, engineers, medical technicians, software developers, or any number of other highly skilled professionals. They are deeply valued contributors to the innovation, research and business acumen of our nation, and they serve critical roles in the successful operations of U.S. companies.

We also believe it is appropriate to consider the needs of impacted foreign students pursuing their studies at our nation’s universities. It would be tragic for a student to be faced with the need to forfeit a dream of completing one’s education in the United States to tend to family needs that are entirely outside of one’s control.

In sum, we believe there is a clear opportunity for limited and important action under last week’s executive order.

We know that we do not have all the answers; in publishing this proposal, we hope that others will improve upon our ideas. Nor does this request attempt to address all the important immigration questions currently before the nation. But we believe there is a need and opportunity, amidst the broader debate, for immediate action under the executive order to help real people address pressing needs.

Bible Quotes

  1. Most Important Commandments
    • One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”
      Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”
      The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’
      And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

      “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!
      ( Luke 10:25-28 )
  2. Good Samaritan
    • “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.
      The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”
      Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
      ( Luke 10:36-37 )
  3. Justice
    • The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.
    • To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed, So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror ( Psalm 10:18 )
    • He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing. ( Deuteronomy 10:18 )
  4. Eldership
    • Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them. ( Ezekiel 34:4 )
    • But Jesus called them aside and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their superiors exercise authority over them”. ( Matthew 20:25, Mark 10:42, Luke 22:25 )

 

Quotes

  1. Andre Agassi
    • You think to yourself : Am I making him do something special, or am I letting him get away with something ? I think I made him earn it. I made him play the big shot at crucial times, and he came through , so that’s just full credit to him – Andre Agassi – On losing to Mark Philippoussis in the British Open 2003 ( here )
    • First of all, let me say, 1:15 in the morning, for 20,000 people to still be here, I wasn’t the winner, tennis was. That’s awesome. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt so good here before.  ( Link )
    • Sex doesn’t interfere with your tennis; it’s staying out all night trying to find it that affects your tennis.
    • Tennis was always sort of a – a learning. It was a vehicle for me to discover a lot about myself.
      And the things that I sort of discovered at times I not only didn’t want to see it for myself but I certainly didn’t want millions of people to see it
  2. Warren Buffett
    • My wealth has come from a combination of living in America, some lucky genes, and compound interest. Both my children and I won what I call the ovarian lottery. (For starters, the odds against my 1930 birth taking place in the U.S. were at least 30 to 1. My being male and white also removed huge obstacles that a majority of Americans then faced.) My luck was accentuated by my living in a market system that sometimes produces distorted results, though overall it serves our country well. I’ve worked in an economy that rewards someone who saves the lives of others on a battlefield with a medal, rewards a great teacher with thank-you notes from parents, but rewards those who can detect the mispricing of securities with sums reaching into the billions. In short, fate’s distribution of long straws is wildly capricious – Warren Buffett
  3. George B. Kaiser
    • I suppose I arrived at my charitable commitment largely through guilt. I recognized early on, that my good fortune was not due to superior personal character or initiative so much as it was to dumb luck.
      I was blessed to be born in an advanced society with caring parents. So, I had the advantage of both genetics (winning the “ovarian lottery”) and upbringing.
      As I looked around at those who did not have these advantages, it became clear to me that I had a moral obligation to direct my resources to help right that balance.America’s “social contract” is equal opportunity.
      It is the most fundamental principle in our founding documents and it is what originally distinguished us from the old Europe.
      Yet, we have failed in achieving that seminal goal; in fact, we have lost ground in recent years.
      Another distinctly American principle is a shared partnership between the public and private sectors to foster the public good.
      So, if the democratically-directed public sector is shirking, to some degree, its responsibility to level the playing field, more of that role must shift to the private sector – George B. Kaiser

Seeing Things as they were

Brad Smith joined Microsoft 1in 1993.

He worked internally and with outside counsel through what many adversaries judged was anti-competitive.

In its early years, it was a small company that barely had a face in Washington.

I am old enough to sense that people’s opinion and tagging does not always change.

Pride

Personally, today is one of those days that I am proud to have invested in Microsoft tools and products for a while here.

And, even more importantly, to belong to a group that is closely aligned with the stewardess of what is best and the only thing that will last in all of us.

 

Closing

And, in closing “Rejoice in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality” ( Romans 12:12-13 ).

I hope your religion, but more intimately your proximity to God, allows you to enjoin yourself and others to him in love.

One wise man once  said “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

Peter wrote to the elders:

Be shepherds of God’s flock that is among you, watching over them not out of compulsion, but because it is God’s will; not out of greed, but out of eagerness; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.…

As that is what is son came and laid on the cross for.

As prophesied in the Psalms:

The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

The Caliph

Prelude

Betrothed to Pop Culture never looked into the Khalifa in Wiz Khalifa’s name.

But, now with was is on TV, I am forced to look elsewhere.

 

Caliphate

Wikipedia
A caliphate (Arabic: خِلافة‎‎ khilāfa) is an area containing an Islamic steward known as a caliph (Arabic: خَليفة‎‎ khalīfah )—a person considered a religious successor to the Islamic prophet, Muhammad (Muhammad ibn ʿAbdullāh), and a leader of the entire Muslim community.  

The Rashidun caliphs, who directly succeeded Muhammad as leaders of the Muslim community, were chosen through shura, a process of community consultation that some consider loosely to be an early form of Islamic democracy.  During the history of Islam after the Rashidun period, many Muslim states, almost all of them hereditary monarchies, have claimed to be caliphates. Even though caliphs were thought to go back to Muhammad, they were not thought of as having the same prophetic power as he did.

The Sunni branch of Islam stipulates that, as a head of state, a caliph should be elected by Muslims or their representatives.  Followers of Shia Islam, however, believe a caliph should be an Imam chosen by God from the Ahl al-Bayt (the “Family of the House”, Muhammad’s direct descendants).

 

 

Videos

  1. The Caliph – Part 1: Foundation
    Link
  2. The Caliph – Part 2: Division
    Link
  3. The Caliph – Part 3: Decline
    Link

 

Indepth

Part 2: Division

  1. Iraq become the center and hub of Civilization
    • Transcribed Cultural & Scientific work of past civilization
      • Medicine
        • Translated into Latin
    • Will later become the roots of Europe Renaissance
  2. Caliph 8
    • Move Embassy to Iraq
  3. Turkey installed the 10th Caliph
  4. An Army that will soon erode the Power of the Caliph
  5. For a century to come that will effectively rule the Caliph
    • Installing and Deposing twelve Caliphs who were nothing more than puppets

 

Part 3: Decline

  1. Lasted for almost 13 centuries
    • Death of Prophet in the 6th Century
    • Till fall of Ottoman Dynasty in 1924
  2. By 11th Century, Caliph started losing control
    • Controlled wrestled by Political & Military Elite
  3. Pope Urban Ii
    • Christian campaign to get get back Jerusalem from the muslim
    • Pope reasserted his authority to declare War
  4. 1096 – Pope Urban II orders first Crusade ( Link )
    • On November 27, 1095, Pope Urban II makes perhaps the most influential speech of the Middle Ages, giving rise to the Crusades by calling all Christians in Europe to war against Muslims in order to reclaim the Holy Land, with a cry of “Deus vult!” or “God wills it!”
    • Born Odo of Lagery in 1042, Urban was a protege of the great reformer Pope Gregory VII. Like Gregory, he made internal reform his main focus, railing against simony (the selling of church offices) and other clerical abuses prevalent during the Middle Ages. Urban showed himself to be an adept and powerful cleric, and when he was elected pope in 1088, he applied his statecraft to weakening support for his rivals, notably Clement III.
    • By the end of the 11th century, the Holy Land—the area now commonly referred to as the Middle East—had become a point of conflict for European Christians. Since the 6th century, Christians frequently made pilgrimages to the birthplace of their religion, but when the Seljuk Turks took control of Jerusalem, Christians were barred from the Holy City. When the Turks then threatened to invade the Byzantine Empire and take Constantinople, Byzantine Emperor Alexius I made a special appeal to Urban for help. This was not the first appeal of its kind, but it came at an important time for Urban. Wanting to reinforce the power of the papacy, Urban seized the opportunity to unite Christian Europe under him as he fought to take back the Holy Land from the Turks.
    • At the Council of Clermont, in France, at which several hundred clerics and noblemen gathered, Urban delivered a rousing speech summoning rich and poor alike to stop their in-fighting and embark on a righteous war to help their fellow Christians in the East and take back Jerusalem. Urban denigrated the Muslims, exaggerating stories of their anti-Christian acts, and promised absolution and remission of sins for all who died in the service of Christ.
    • Urban’s war cry caught fire, mobilizing clerics to drum up support throughout Europe for the crusade against the Muslims. All told, between 60,000 and 100,000 people responded to Urban’s call to march on Jerusalem. Not all who responded did so out of piety: European nobles were tempted by the prospect of increased land holdings and riches to be gained from the conquest. These nobles were responsible for the death of a great many innocents both on the way to and in the Holy Land, absorbing the riches and estates of those they conveniently deemed opponents to their cause. Adding to the death toll was the inexperience and lack of discipline of the Christian peasants against the trained, professional armies of the Muslims. As a result, the Christians were initially beaten back, and only through sheer force of numbers were they eventually able to triumph.
    • Urban died in 1099, two weeks after the fall of Jerusalem but before news of the Christian victory made it back to Europe. His was the first of seven major military campaigns fought over the next two centuries known as the Crusades, the bloody repercussions of which are still felt today. Urban was beatified by the Roman Catholic Church in 1881.
  5. Prophet Muhammad, Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
    • In 571, Born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
    • Born into Banu Hashim clan, part of the Quraysh tribe

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Background

Through the power of youtube video selections I ran across a video by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad.

BTW, he is a british born convert to Islam.

 

Videos

Due to the times in which we all live, I find myself blessed from listening to reasoned, measured, and tempered voices.

Here is the one word I have listened to thus far:

  1. Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad – The Khilafa of Sayyidina Ali – The Mortal Choice

 

Indepth

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad – The Khilafa of Sayyidina Ali – The Mortal Choice

  1. Good for us
    • As there are tragedies in our lives
    • And, often things don’t work out for us
  2. Mysteries of our lives
    • Adam
      • Sent out of Eden’s Garden
    • Ibrahim
      • Ibrahim was tested with a knife
    • Jacob
      • Jacob was tested with the loss of Joseph
    • Joseph
      • Joseph was tested in the depths of a well
    • Prophets
      • Prophets were stoned
    • Abubaker
      • Left the words in the anguish of a poisoned sword
    • Koran
      • Martyrdom came to he who ordered the Koran
  3. He was content with the love of God alone
    • To him shall pain and anguish ever come
  4. Realities of Life
    • Bereavement
      • Parents die
    • We become sick
    • Relationships don’t work
    • We do not get the job we want
  5. Books
    • About me, two groups of people will be destroyed
      • He who loves me to the excess
        • so that love takes him from what is correct
      • He who hates me so much to the excess
        • so that the hatred takes him from what is true
      • He who takes the middle course
        • Because Allah is with the unity of the course
        • Be with the great majority of muslims
        • Allah’s heart is with the maintenance of Unity
      • Beware of division
        • Isolation
        • Prey to Satan
        • Isolation from sheep’s lead to being a prey of the wolves
      • Sectarianism & Terrorism
        • He who sojourns under the banner of Terrorism
          • Fight him
  6. When they found Allah they found him to have a broad and great mercy
    • Were about the extremist
      • They found Hell
    • So what do we say about all the Prophets
      • All of them were upright witnesses
  7. Special Fragrance
    • The great saints
    • Ali drew a veil over people’s misunderstanding
    • Work towards unity
    • One can not be spiritual
    • Two Options
      • Allocate problem
      • Allah is forgiven
        • All of them were following a path which we perceive to be good
    • We can not base a spiritual life on passing blame
    • The necessity of the self
    • Can not operate a successful spirituality without given other people the benefit of doubt, forgiven, and going forward

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

Intro

Met another young lady via public transit.

She was reading via her Amazon Kindle.

And, upon asking what she is reading she responded Koran.

I asked for other accessible voices and offered Shaykh Hamza Yusuf.

In the days and weeks ahead, I will share some of the videos I have taken in from him.

Videos

    1. A Life Worth Living – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
      • What is a life worth living? Shaykh Hamza presents, and discusses the question with Miroslav Volf, Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School.
        Link
    2. Dr Hamza Yusuf The poor to the rich mind 2016
      • Published on August 17th, 2016
        • Link ( Full )
        • Link ( Closing Segment )
    3. Many Lessons from the story of Adam – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
      • Published on August 25th, 2016
      • Link
    4. Shaikh Hamza Yusuf Emotional Q & A 2016 University session America
      • Published on July 22nd, 2016
      • Video
        • Link ( Full )
        • Link ( Closing Segment)
    5. BBC HardTalk | Shaykh Hamza Yusuf [Full Interview] [Enhanced VHS]
      • Published On Dec 13 8th, 2015
      • Added On Aug 8th, 2016
      • Video
        • Link (Full )
        • Link ( Pain, Anger, and Intoxicants )

Indepth

A Life Worth Living – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

      1. 50 years ago, Time came out with a question asking whether God is dead
        • Atheist take a position that God is too great and it is impossible to believe in him
      2. We taught Allah the names
        1. Adam replied with the names
        2. And, God confirmed that yes, this is a learning creature
      3. Go down to the earth
        • Go down to the earth, and knowledge will come
        • Whomever follows that guidance will be well
      4. Breaking the desires
        • Breaking the desire of lust and food
        • Control desire for corruption
      5. Franz Rosenthal
        • Quotes
          • Know of no longer civilization that places the acquisition of knowledge at the center of ethos
        •  Books
          • Knowledge Triumphant: The Concept of Knowledge in Medieval Islam 1970 (reprinted 2007 with a Preface by Dimitri Gutas)
      6. Knowledge
        • Read in the name of your Lord
        • Be a student, be a lover of Knowledge
        • If one can not be a student, then help and facilitate it
        • Family Traits & Dedication
          • Every Irish family, gave at least one of their children to priesthood
          • Every muslim family gave at least one of their children to Islamic Scholarship
      7. Non Scholars can participate, as well
        • In Example
          • A bedouin in West Africa
            • Whoever believes in Allah in the last days should honor his guests
      8. Two people
        • Learners
          • Some people are facilitated to learn
          • The circumstances are right for it
        • Whereas some are not
          • Other people are deprived
          • Those that have the gift should actively seek to spread it
          • Honor for sake of our tradition and of our God
      9. Signs of the latter days
        • People will no longer learn for the sake of Allah, but for other ends
      10. Sign of depravity
        • It is a sign of the improvised state of our community that people like me actually represent …
        • Do not say so humbly, but based on knowledge of our tradition
      11. Why people choose not to believe
        • Those who see knowledge
          • But, yet fail to ascribe source to it
          • Sees a beautiful written letter, yet state their is no writer
      12. Empathy
        • Empathy is core of most religions
        • Social-path
          • So important that some people fake it just to be seen has having it
            • Just to be part of quorum
          • 1 out of 20 in US are suspected to be social-path
        • lack compassion from our own adversity
        • Some people
        • To know God through secondary knowledge
          • Not as Angels
          • But, through difficulty the soul is expanded
      13. Fundamental Sin
        • Distraction
          • Easily distracted
          • Boredom
          • NoonDay Devil
          • Spiritual Sickness
          • Seek distraction through Sex, Money, Pursuit of Money
      14. Atheist
        • Koran states to the Atheist let us weigh it out
        • God is too mighty to create all this
        • Unrequited Love
      15. Questioned about Job
        • My servant, Job, has spoken rightly of me
          • Job insisted that he was not not in the wrong
          • But, is it possible that someone spoke the truth, and yet still be wrong
            • One can speak personal truth
            • But, yet not speak God’s truth
      16. Is suffering a wound that will remain until clarity comes
      17. Abrahamic tradition did not fully develop the concept of Karma
        • It speaks of it in a world to come
      18. Where is God
        • Free will is a packaged deal
          • We are caretakers of the children
          • Where are God’s people
          • We have moral responsibility
      19. Atheist is closer to God
      20. For Believers God sometimes becomes an errand boy
      21. Taking Responsibility
        • Adam took responsibility
        • Satan did not take responsibility
      22. Current TV
        • Lamented that we have lost the pleasure derived from real beauty
        • Father is an erudite
        • Visited Sea World
          • No longer nature based
          • Stupid dresses on animal
          • Whereas animals are by nature dignified
      23. Knowledge & Submission to God
        • Knowledge
          • One has to know self
          • Soul
            • Indivisible
          • He who know himself comes his creator
          • He who knows self know God
          • From your tongues and complexities ( complexion )
            • Language is a celestial thing
            • Part of revelation is worth
            • God taught him from the names of all the animals
            • See the one in the many
            • From the knowledge of all, comes knowledge of one
        • Submission
          • Abdullah

Dr Hamza Yusuf  – The poor to the rich mind 2016

      1. A re-emergence of family has the center
        • Father has been taking out of fatherhood
        • Father has been taking of motherhood
        • Brother out of bortherhood
        • Sister out of sisterhoo
        • And,  all you have left is the hood
      2. Chris Hedges
        • Boook – Empire of Illusion
        • Dissolve the Police Force in Camden
        • Throwaway people
      3. The immigrant population has a moral responsibility they have not accepted.  And,  that responsibility is to adopt the indigenous people.
        • A ethical and strategic mistake
        • Clip – 30 minutes
        • Inner City
        • Giving victory by the weakest among you
        • Dignify poverty
        • Protestantism at his worst
          • Matthew 19:21
      4. The lion has a natural limit
        • He will not eat the whole flock

 

Many Lessons from the story of Adam – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

      1. Satan refused to bow them because of
        • Superiority
          • the fact that he felt he was created through fire, but Adam was created through the soil
          • Material Superiority
        • Sameness
          • Both Satan and Adam have consciousness of God
        • Casted down
          • The presence of God is not the place to show show superiority
      2. Question gratitude
        • I will come ahead of them
        • I will come before them
        • And, will show they are ingratitude
      3.  Knowledge
        • Above is revelation
          • As long as you have connection to God, the Devil can not come overcome you
        • Under is humility
          • Satan does not accept humility to anyone
      4. Only Authority
        • Only Authority Satan as is suggestion
      5. Satan lied
        • He led them astray with guile
        • Law
          • Buyers Beware
            • Roman Law
          • Sellers Beware
            • Islamic Law
        • Trick to it
        • In Belgium there are squatters in there
        • When they tasted the tree, there nakedness appeared to them
      6. Lessons Learned
        • Oh Children of Adam learn this lesson for yourself
        • The one who is felicitous is he one who does not have to learn that lessons for themselves
      7. Two Struggles
        • The Struggles
          • Your desire
          • And, then there is this thing, that is tempting you
        • And, the struggle is that you continue in it
      8. Book
        • Religion creates the problem that it solves
          • It makes people feel bad
          • And, then it tells them how to make amends

 

Shaikh Hamza Yusuf Emotional Q & A 2016 University session America

      1. Terms
        • Define terms before you enter them into dialogue
      2. Books
        • The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi: Hamza Yusuf
          • Book endorsed by Arch Bishop of Canterbury Dr.Rowan Williams
      3. Faith
        • Faith is without experience
        • Faith increases with good acts
        • Faith happens in the Heart
        • Increases With
          • Fasting
          • Give Charity
          • Purification
      4. Islam
        • Piety
        • relationship with Allah
        • Direct and immediate

 

BBC HardTalk | Shaykh Hamza Yusuf [Full Interview] [Enhanced VHS]

 

Nouman Ali Khan

Forward

During the evening commute last week, a young lady gave up her seat for me.

She had on her Hijab and I asked her why she gave up her seat.

And, she said that she thought I might need it.

We talked about what she studies at her School, UC Berkeley, and where it might lead her.

Knowing that she is likely sitting under good leadership, I asked for the names of some of her Teachers.

She offered up “Nouman Ali Khan” and “Mufti Menk

I found containment in Brother Nouman’s work and so will not cover Mufti Menk’s work in this post.

 

Words

Nouman Ali Khan

  1. Power of Good Deed [REMINDER] | Nouman Ali Khan
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  2. A Life Changing Motivational Speech by Nouman Ali Khan
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  3. Pursuit Beyond Happiness [LATEST] | Nouman Ali Khan
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  4. Cult vs. Community – Khutbah by Nouman Ali Khan
    Added on 2016-08-16
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  5. The Cost of Ignorance – Amazed by the Quran w/ Nouman Ali Khan
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  6. Allah is Always Near – Amazed by the Quran w/ Nouman Ali Khan
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  7. The Way She Walks – Amazed by the Quran w/ Nouman Ali Khan
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  8. In Need of Wisdom – Nouman Ali Khan – Gulf Tour 2015
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  9. This Lecture Will Change Your Life~ ᴴᴰ iA | Islam and Ego | Nouman Ali Khan
    Added on Monday ( 2016-08-22)
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  10. “We Ask Allah” Tafsir of Last Two Verses of Baqarah – Nouman Ali Khan – Gulf Tour 2015
    Added on Monday ( 2016-09-01)
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Insight

Power of Good Deed

  1. A good and pure Word
    • A tree whose root are very well planted
    • Root that will last generation
    • Provides fruit at every hour
    • Trees only provides fruit at one season
      • This tree on the other hand provides fruit in all seasons
      • By special permission from it master
    • Locust is about to lay eggs and build its next generation
  2.  Example
    • The Professor simplifies the subject
    • I have given you this example, a good word and a good tree
    • A good teacher provides good example
  3. The benefit of a good word benefits everyone, so that they may make an effort to remember
    • A tree does not discriminate and say “Is it a muslim that is picking this fruit
  4. Idea
    • The idea of thinking long term
    • I can not change this desert into a garden over night
    • The idea of change that does not happen over night
    • The idea of producing  change that takes a generation
    • The Power of a seed that will change into a Tree
  5.  I have not being able to make my point yet
  6. The only thing the Prophet had is a good word
  7. All he had is the good word that Allah kept giving him
  8. A fifth of the World’s Population will hold these words in
  9. Underestimated the Power of spreading a good word
  10. Something must be missing in our confidence
  11. A good word carrying and resonating its effect
  12. Groups of People
    • Groups
      •  Haters
        • Love Incidents
        • Business grows
        • Spread Fears
        • And, fear mongering
        • Profit from Islamophobia Industry
      • Group of muslims doing things in name of Islam
        • Jihad
        • The other extreme
      • Middle – Non Muslims
        • Do not hate each other
      • Middle – Muslims
        • Hugh confluence of muslims who do not know each other
    • Co-dependency of Haters and Jihadist

A Life Changing Motivational Speech

Message to the youth

  1. Cultural Onslaught
    • Pulling oneself out of cultural onslaught
    • When life is in danger, one can pull back from Society
    • We can not pull ourselves away from Society
    • It is a defect to do so
    • Hurl truth against falsehood
  2. Age is often not mentioned in the Koran
    • people’s age is not mentioned
  3. Worship
    • Get better at worship
    • Sets targeted time
    • Go to sleep early
    • Deep conversation over Hookah?
    • Wake up early
    • Change the world … Can not even change the Day
  4. Whoever is scared to climb the mountain stays at the ditch
  5.  Knowledge
    • Get better at knowledge
    • Study and Memorize the Koran
      • Prophet Muhammed
        • Take Surahs that target the Life of Prophet Muhammed
      • Study other Koran Surahs

Pursuit Beyond Happiness

  1. Happiness
  2. Cool
    • Pursuit of Social Acceptability
      • Kids
        • Go to School and look different than others
        • Look a way, talk in a way, that makes me look cool
        • Girls
          • Young Kids that wear Hijab
  3. Popularity
    • Wear expensive clothes
    • Need attention, live off attention
    • Celebrity
      • Any means necessary
  4. Prestige
    • Pursue Prestige
    • Brand of Clothes that you wear
    • Which College they go to
      • Btw, I went to Harvard
    • What they have might
    • Association
      • By their association
  5. Money
    • Self Focused
  6. Excellence
    • Top percentile
    • Always have to have an A+
  7. Impact
    • Thing outside of Self Satisfaction
    • And, unto helping others
    • Life is bigger than my personal impact
    • Help industry, help around the world
  8. Koran
    • What the Koran will inspire you to do will be different for each person
    • Pursuit
      • Primary can not be towards impact, but pursuit
      • Effort comes from you, impact comes from God
      • Impact does not come from you
      • Once pursuit is genuine, Allah gives impact
    • Fruitless and Discouragement
      • Prophet
        • Muhammad’s visit to Ta’if
          Link

          • Impact in the world of the unknown
    • Attitude
      • Develop and Internalize a particular kind of attitude that is not discouraged
      • Ironclad
      • Messenger of Allah
    • Single Heartedness
    • Not always a new thing
      • Sometimes just a  reminder
    • He is the one who selected you
    • Allah did not pursue anyone outside of their own potential
    • Knowledge
      • If Knowledge is not helping your worship, then I don’t know if it is real knowledge
      • Knowledge of Prophet is increasing as you are learning more about him
    • Service
      • If you want to help out with Habitat for Humanity, then it is good
      • Whether it is being run by Christians, Jews, if it is good Service, then it is good service
      • Parents should encourage kids
      • Teenage years youths are the most self absorbed
        • Petty
        • Help them to come out of it
        • Allow them to see suffering
    • Goals
      • What are your goals?
      • Don’t aim to be a Doctor, aim to own a Hospital
      • Run Doctors without Borders
      • Don’t just go into Pharmaceutical, clean it up
      • Think Big
      • Part of thinking big is thinking entrepreneurially
    • Acknowledgement
      • We are slaves to Allah, we are lowest to the group
      • Yet, when Allah gives you a gift, intelligence, education, and you say I am way too humble, then that is not humility, it is ingratitude
      • Allah will not make you become materialistic
      • Not here to serve the Ummah, here to fix the world
      • Everyone should work with his own disposition
      • One day I am going to make people come out of poverty in this neighborhood
      • New Language of Power is Economics
      • Develop Work Ethics for it

Cult vs. Community – Khutbah by Nouman Ali Khan

  1. When those who were followed, disown (declare themselves innocent of) those who followed (them), and they see the torment, then all their relations will be cut off from them.
    [ Chapter (2) sūrat l-baqarah (The Cow) ]
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Ready to Withstand Challenges | Nouman Ali Khan 2016

  1. Surah – Hayat ( Life )
    • Koran does not change
      • Recite Every Friday
        • Protect believers from the greatest trial that has ever hitting humanity
      • Never blends
      • Morality changes every year

“We Ask Allah” Tafsir of Last Two Verses of Baqarah – Nouman Ali Khan – Gulf Tour 2015

Quotes

  1. Spend in the path of Allah
  2. Every messenger is valuable to us
    1. We do make distinction between messengers
    2. Segment 54 minute
  3. Messengers valuable to us includes
    • Messenger
      • Abraham
      • Joseph
      • Moses
    • Every message is timeless
  4. Our many people upset because of Charlie Hebdo
    1. Simpson
    2. Jesus was made fun of
    3. Moses was made fun of
  5. When Prophet is stressed, Allah encouraged him with examples of other prophets life
    • Joseph
    • How can Prophet find comfort and we don’t find comfort
  6. Allah is proud of those who believe and obey
    • Two commandments
      • Learn
      • Obey
    • Go sit and hear & learn what Allah has to say
    • Angels are writing this down
  7. I was raised in a Pakistani family
  8. Listen First
    • If there is good in their live, then they have to obey
  9. Provide opportunity to hear in a loving way
    • We keep complaining about obedience
    • We complain they do not come
      • But, we have to go to them
  10. I reached you, before you reached me
    • I got to you through podcast
    • I got to you through youtube
  11. Nothing is missing in the book of Allah
    • If we do not reach them, then something is missing in your message
  12. They were told Allah will forgive your sin
  13. If a prophet has a right to have Sabbah
    • Sample
      • Then you are telling a woman, she does not have right to have Sabbah
      • A man came and said that he stumbles when he reads Sabbah
    • Allah wants to see effort from you
    • Gets twice the reward
  14. I have six children, I can talk through anything
  15. Goals
    • You goal is not to learn arabic.  You goal is progress
  16. We have made artificial goals
  17. Responsibility [ 1 hour 20 Minutes ]
    • Allah does not put any burden unless it is within their capacity
    • Extent to which you can do something, that is what is required of you
      • Reach full potential
      • Every person is different
      • Identify your potential
        • And, then you will be asked
        • Social Friends
          • Make friends
        • Creativity
          • Movies

Closing

Again, writing can be to proselytize.

But, the grace of good deeds, such as giving up a seat, goes far beyond that.