Great Mosque of Granada anniversary, June 29th 2019
I would like to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to talk at the anniversary of the Great Mosque of Granada on a theme that is of vital importance and interest. The women have had quite a week! Today, we invite the men to share in some of our reflections and conclusions that took place at the very first Women’s Encounters Conference.
Let me begin by providing some context. Last year at the Mawsim of Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi in Cape Town, a group of women preparing breakfast in a house overlooking the sea were inspired to come together to make a space for a gathering of women from all of our various communities. Hajja Jadiya Martinez took on this task and gained the support of Rais Abu Baker Rieger, who stressed the importance of conveying and sharing the conclusions with the men. An organizing team consisting of Hajja Zulaikha Lund, Hajja Atika Jiminez, Tahira Narbona and Aisha Hernandez was created in order to assist Hajja Jadiya in the realisation of this conference which has taken months of careful preparation. We can only thank them all and ask Allah to bless them for putting together this conference.
Below is a link to Mega for hafidh Luqman Nieto’s talk at the Granada Mosque Anniversary entitled, ‘The Mosque in Modern Society; it’s Importance for Muslims and Da’wa’. Delivered on Sunday 8th July 2018.
“At a certain stage the bedouin in their power of growth and expansion, and by a genetic vitalisation denied the passive urban community, begin to identify themselves as a new civic force. A natural need becomes wedded to a higher evaluation, an evaluation of themselves. There emerges among them the most powerful force that social man can experience. It is kinship, but not of blood. It transcends the tribal and the familial. This unification of the group takes them to the Second Stage. Stage Two is defined by Ibn Khaldun with the term ‘Asabiyya’. Asabiyya, normally ‘kinship’, is here used to mark as distinctive the bond, the life and death unifying bond of a brotherhood without blood ties. In the excellent Pléiade edition of ‘The Muqaddima’ its editor and translator calls it ‘esprit de corps’, but it is much more than that, for it has in it also a moral evaluation as in the term ‘Futuwwa’, chivalry or nobility of character. Asabiyya unites men to find the power to act and transform and command. If its motor power is high, its brotherhood is raised higher. If the binding factor (religio – to bind together) is there, that is Divine religion, it is, that being its highest possibility, assured a triumph.”
Thanks to: Shaykh Mawlay Murtada for his permission and checking the typesetting and to Hajj Abdassamad Clarke for the typesetting.
Note: The closest tunes that I can find in the Diwan of Shaykh Muhammad ibn al-Habib are; ‘Kana li wahmun’, ‘Ya man yurid hadratal ‘iyani’, ‘Ruhi tuhadithuni’. Any other suggestions for tunes you have, please let us know.