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“God’s Wikileaks”: Progressive Muslim Sheikh Hamz Yussuf wins Tikkun award

Sheikh Hamza Yussuf, founder of Islamic Studies in Zaytuna College, defends wikileaks, whistleblowers, and the need for transparency in our political life. He cites the Qur’an to make his case for a world without secrets. Rabbi Michael Lerner presents him with an award for his work.  This video is definitely worth seeing. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0IMzz7p6Mk&feature=player_embedded]

Ready or not, all secrets will be revealed. So teaches Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, who will receive the Tikkun Award at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Tikkun Magazine. Yusuf is the founder of the Zaytuna College for Islamic Studies.

Excerpt from his speech “God’s Wikileaks”: 


Hamza Yusuf
To God belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and the day on which the end of time will happen, a day on which prattlers will lose out. And you will see every people kneeling; every people will be summoned to its record: “Today you are being repaid for what you used to do. This record of Ours speaks about you in truth; for We have been transcribing what you have been doing.” As for those who believed and did good works, their Lord will admit them into divine mercy. That is the evident success. And as for those who scoffed, were not My signs recited to you, yet you were arrogant, and were sinning people? And when it has been said that the promise of God is true, and there is no doubt about the end of time, you have said, “We do not understand what the end of time is; we suppose it merely speculation, and we cannot be sure.” And the evils they did will be manifest to them, and what they used to sneer at will have surrounded them.
– Qur’an, 45:27-33
No matter what a Man’s foul character may be,
Though he imagines it is concealed from the people,
It shall be revealed.
– Zuhayr b. Abi Sulma, Favorite seventh century Arabian poet of Umar b. al-Khatab
        In the seven years I spent with Mauritanians who are Bedouin people of the Sahara, what struck me most about them was the transparency in their lives. They live without walls, and hence what the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung termed the “shadow self,” which holds our repressed weaknesses and darker side, seems wholly absent from their personalities. I never saw the Bedouins hide anything from me. Even when they go to relieve themselves, it is often in open space. Once I was with a particularly gruff Bedouin, and in the middle of our conversation, he turned around, walked a few paces from me, and, taking cover with his outer robe, he dropped his pants, squatted, urinated, cleaned himself with sand, returned, and continued the conversation.
Bedouins are entirely comfortable in their skin and completely unself-conscious. If I intruded on a Bedouin without warning, he did not suddenly become nervous or uneasy; he remained calm. Even after many years in “civilized” society, Bedouins retain an uncanny openness. Their homes in Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital, always have open doors. A hungry person, upon smelling food being served, will sometimes walk in from the street, eat a meal with them, say little, and depart as unobtrusively as he appeared. For more see http://www.spiritualprogressives.org/article.php/20110106082404424

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