Welcome to a special edition of Mindful Meeting! In this episode, we delve deep into the Day of Quds and its significance for the Muslim community worldwide. We are joined by Sheikh Mansour Leghaei, a Muslim scholar and founder of the Imam Husain Islamic Center in Earlwood, Australia, as we explore the pressing issue of the Palestinian cause and the engagement of religious Shia youth in activism. From the lack of statistics on youth involvement in social justice to the spiritual rewards of standing against oppression, the conversation touches on the duty of Muslims to fight for social justice and speak against oppression, the power of protesting in supporting oppressed people, and the obligations and consequences of speaking out or staying silent about critical issues. Join us as we unravel the complexities of the Palestinian conflict and the ethical responsibilities that come with it.

Timestamps:

[00:00] Introduction
[01:28] Discussing lack of statistics on youth involvement in social justice
[04:15] Importance of upbringing, education, and community leaders in engaging youth in social justice
[07:52] Obligation for Muslims to fight for social justice and speak against oppression
[11:10] Duty of Muslims in the West to be ambassadors and messengers of oppressed people
[13:45] The Quran’s stance on those who remain silent about oppression
[15:30] Spiritual and mystical rewards of standing against oppression
[18:02] Obligation for Muslims to support and fight for the oppressed
[21:00] Importance of not being indifferent to injustice
[23:45] Global attention and support for Palestine
[26:10] Objectives of observing Yom al-Quds
[28:55] Life as a test and calling for support to the Palestinians
[31:20] Importance of responding within one’s ability
[33:40] Silver lining in the bravery and resistance of the Palestinians
[36:15] The significance of the Day of Quds
[40:00] Power of protesting in supporting oppressed people
[42:18] Political and military support for Palestine from certain countries
[45:30] Engagement of religious Shia youth in activism
[48:00] Different methods to oppose oppression
[50:15] Importance of not being indifferent to injustice
[53:10] Impact of public demonstrations on political stance
[55:45] Obligations and consequences of speaking out or staying silent about issues
[58:20] Distinction between Zionism and Judaism
[01:00:05] Importance of not being indifferent, especially in the current pivotal time in history

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Quotes:

Justice in Islam, similar to Christianity and many, perhaps all other, divine religions is a fundamental principle.
— Sheikh Mansour Leghaei 00:11:41- 00:12:58

“I remember one of the Palestinian youth, he was saying that he will not forgive those who remain silent and are not delivering their message to the world.”
— Sheikh Mansour Leghaei 00:43:57 – 00:44:03

“We appreciate now the humanity appreciates the four sides of this greatest scholar that more than 40 years ago, he was talking about the atrocities and the injustice that was occurred in that part of the world and what was talking about the occupied regime of Palestine or in Israel.”
— Sheikh Mansour Leghaei 00:09:41 – 00:09:49
Clips:

Start at: 00:22:15 This issue of opposing to an operation…
End at: 00:22:37 …it’s a matter of common sense by the way as well

Start at: 00:13:22 If the person or the patient at the moment…
End at: 00:13:43 …So, first, we have to save it.

Start at: 00:35:27 How often in the history of mankind…
End at: 00:35:41 …number is not an issue.