Thursday, August 25, 2011

Faith Fridays - The Social Justice of Umar ibn al-Khattab by Alyas Karmani [VIDEO]

Every Friday we hope to bring you a khutbah or short lecture in English that we feel may be of benefit to you. Think of it as a weekly khutbah from a different perspective. All you need to do is spend 30 minutes (or less) a week to learn something new.

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This weekend YMP will be hosting Paying it Forward as part of our Ramadhan Chit Chat Series. Check out the event here. As such this week's video will focus on the charity work and social justice.

Alyas Karmani is a social justice activist in the UK that has been involved in anti-racism work since his early teens. He has previously worked in universities and governments with regards to social policy covering a wide range of issues - mental health, housing, HIV/AIDS, religion and religious discrimination. He is a regular khateed at mosques in the UK and has shared the stage with Tawfique Chowdhury and Khalid Yasin.

In this video he explains a little about Amir al-Mu'minin Umar ibn al-Khattab (ra) whose reign was the first time social policy was put into place and how this has evolved into welfare that we see today. He ends with a beautiful story of Caliph Umar and his wife and how they attended to the health and well being of a poor family in their city.



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