Why Muslims are
Jumuah Khutbah given by
Dr. Ibrahim B. Syed
At the Islamic Center of
Louisville, Louisville, KY
On August 13, 1999.
63: 8 Munafiqoon
Why Izzat or Honor is
not there for the believers (Momineen?)
3: 110, Ali Imran
Allah says that Muslims
are the best people or nation? Are we now?
Muslims are backward
educationally, socially, and economically and in world power politically. Need
to make a self-critical study: Nobel Prize winners, Olympic Gold Medal winners.
Number of Books published, number of Articles published. Number of scientists
per 100,000 population.
The Qur'an and Hadith
exhort the Muslims to read and excel in education- both men and women. In this
Masjid people leave free literature. How many of the worshippers pick them and
read them and take action?
Look at the literacy
rate in the Muslim Ummah. Muslim countries like, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Ethiopia,
Bangladesh, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, etc. Now Afghanistan is in a hopeless
situation with civil wars. Sisters who constitute 50% of the population are not
allowed to go pursue education.
Rabbi Zidni Ilma, 20:
114 (Ta Ha) Oh Lord enrich me with knowledge.
literacy rate is 26% for all the population-male and female. Contrast this with
India's which has an average literacy rate of 52 %. Pakistan is the most
advanced country in Science and Technology. It is the only Muslim Nuclear Power
country. What is the GDP for Education and for Defense? How much is wasted
The average literary rate of the whole Muslim Ummah is around
35 %. For our sisters it is about one half. In rural areas only it is only about
2 to 5 %. In United States a woman gets 12.4 years of school education. In
Bangladesh she gets only 0.9 year of school education and in Yemen she gets only
0.2 years of school education.
Knowledge is power. The
U.S. is the only Super Power. Why? Because it has knowledge in every field of
human endeavor. Most of the Immigrant Muslims came here for higher education. Go
to any developing country and ask a student where do you want to go for higher
education. The answer invariably will be United States. US is a super power and
power corrupts and absolutely corrupts absolutely. No doubt the US Foreign
Policy is not even handed and commits wrong to some Muslim countries because of
the lobbyists. Then how do Muslims correct the situation? Most of us are
Immigrants and many are US Citizens. Our children and grand children are growing
here. With violence we cannot correct the situation which is not Islamic when it
is targeted towards the innocent civilians. I have seen many brothers call the
Westerners as "Kuffar", but what I know is they are called the Ahl-e-Kitab-
people of the Book. We can change the situation thro' Ilm and Aml plus Sabr. We
need to be organized. First we need to be united. We can learn many lessons from
other communities how they correct their situations and shortcomings.
Thousand years ago, our ancestors were masters in Astronomy,
like Al-Biruni, Battani, etc. Today our knowledge of Astronomy is weak. The
built astronomical observatories created calendars, astrolabes, etc. Day before
yesterday (Wednesday) was the new moon. The solar eclipse occurs when the moon
comes between the sun and the earth and when they are all in conjunction or in a
straight line. It happens on the new moon day. On a new moon day the Hilal is
not visible anywhere in the world. It is visible the next day. The Hilal was
seen yesterday (Thursday) and hence today is the first day of Jumada ul Awwal.
Some Muslim countries declared yesterday was the first day of Jumada ul Awwal.
No wonder why Muslims celebrate Ids on three different days in the same town. It
happened here in the United States. It is just ignorance. We do not have sound
Deeni Talim nor of the Duniya.
30 years ago man landed on the moon. Many Muslims consider
moon as a sacred celestial clock. The devout Muslims refused to believe that man
had landed on the moon.
1,000 years ago Muslims
were in the forefront in every field of knowledge. The students from the West
came to Muslim Spain, Sicily, Cairo, and Baghdad to study the sciences.
Take the example of Abu
Rayhan al-Biruni. He was 26 years old, 1,000 years ago today. Sultan Mahmood of
Ghazna in Afghanistan conquered his native place Khev and brought him to his
capitol. Sultan Mahmood was not only a conqueror but also a scholar who gathered
eminent scholars like Firdousi who is famous for Shah Nama and Abu Rayhan Al-Biruni.
Sultan Mahood took Al-Biruni with him to India. In India al-Biruni stayed for 20
years studying from Pandits their sciences, mathematics, philosophy, etc. He
learnt Sanskrit and translated Snakhya and Patanjali into Arabic. He measured
the radius and diameter of the earth to within + or _ 20 km and 200 km
respectively. He showed the earth rotates on its axis. He explained how the
solar and lunar eclipses occur. He saved the life of a traveler who told the
Sultan that in a land the Sun never sets. The land of the midnight sun. The
Sultan decreed a death sentence to the traveler for blasphemy. However al-Biruni
explained that the tilt of the earth towards the sun in the summer causes the
phenomenon of the midnight sun.
Like our ancestors
Muslims should take the lead in scientific study, exploration and knowledge.
INTELLECTUAL REVIVAL OF MUSLIMS is the need of the hour.
The greatest pleasure
for a father or mother is when their son or daughter achieves or rather excels
in education, profession, power, wealth, etc. The most important is education.
If I am a middle school graduate, then it is my responsibility to make my
children high-school graduates or college graduates. If I am a high school
graduate, then I should make my children college graduates or postgraduates. If
I am a college graduate, then I should make my children obtain doctoral degrees.
May Allah (SWT) give us the Tawfeek to understand His Deen and follow His