Notes from Prof. Tariq Ramadan's "In the Footsteps of the Prophet".

by Aneesah Satriya on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 9:37am · Quotes and points transcribed / paraphrased from the YouTube recording[]. Feel free to copy/paste/share any part of the text below if you so wish. Jazakumullahu khairan kathira to []One Heart Creative Solution as the organiser.


I was told that you are 2500 people this evening, and it's huge, and it's nothing. The Prophet 'alaihi solatu wassalam

told us from the very beginning, "The time will come when you are going to be numerous, millions, and then your impact in the world will be like nothing." Because we are not counting how many are believing, we are talking about the quality of our faith.


At the end of the day, this last message came to the Prophet 'alaihi solatu wassalam not only for the Muslims, it came

for the worlds -- the visible and the invisible worlds. So it's a message that is stronger than us. It's not for us only, we have a human responsibility to live by it, and to spread it around: through our words, through our deeds, and with our behavious with our fellow human beings.


The most important thing is not to start with "Allah seeing our mistakes", but "Allah is close to our intentions". And it's

not the same. Your intentions might be good even though the people can't see them. Ihsan, the highest level of faith. That you worship God as if you are seeing Him, or that He's seeing you. He is not monitoring your mistakes, He is welcoming your intentions.


The word "Allah" (non-)issue: We have, sometimes, an inferiority complex that we want to monopoly on words. What

we should try to have is a share on good deeds. Let us monopolise the good deeds.


No -- by the way there is something which is a personal fatwa: in my talk you don't clap. Not because it's not Islamic,

just because it helps us -- when you like something, you take ten seconds to think about it. Clapping is making you forget what you heard and ten seconds is making you think about what you heard.


"Happy with what I'm not doing" = Hypocrisy


"Struggling against my own contradictions" = Sincerity


The starting point of spirituality is to look at nature and what is natural, in a new way. Convert your sight, convert the

way you look at things. The way you look at things is a mirror. Look at nature as if it is a gift. Thank Allah.

You have to put your trust in this community because even though there are divisions. is "la hawla wa la quwwata illa billah". who is telling you. 16. when it comes to entertainment. Ambitious means with Allah's help. Anyone who is coming to you today. The third quality is ambition. 17. and prepare yourself for the next life. not to doubt yourself. The first one is confidence. I can't read"." No. and second is your own life -. and The One. "Iqra' bismi rabbik". WITH ME YOU CAN. There is something which is very important: four qualities that are a starting point." 14. The second is trust. And confidence is not. Celebrate your life with the right principles. "forget about humanity and forget this life. we can do it. having a family. it's more Islamic". you can feel it everywhere you go. sometimes it will be sadness. And the Sunnah is not important". The secret of a link. Don't forget your share of this life. even though sometimes you have the feeling that you are doing exactly the opposite of what we have to do. having joy.9. 19. 13. and you are going to be asked about things that you were not the owner of. But what you should not doubt. "Even if you think you can't change this world on your own. and Allah is telling him. there is a secret: this community will never come to an agreement on something which is wrong. by definition."When it's against the West. I'm sorry. you have only one question to ask him or her: "Tell me how to pray by reading the Qur'an". and you have to care about your life and humanity.t. 11."When it's difficult. Islam is. And the discussion is closed. Understanding with your heart is always the condition of humility. 12. with your principles. the first thing that the people want you to forget. Allah s. is courage. the Prophet 'alaihi solatu wassalam. is not telling us. feel good here." No. And you can feel it. feeling good. is that one day you are going to die. The last quality which is missing very often in our community these days. "Follow the Qur'an. Which just shows how much we don't understand Islam. Second -. this life is important! You need to find your way in this life: well-being. "even if you can't read on your own. The difference of understanding with your mind and understanding with your heart: understanding with your mind could lead you towards arrogance. This is a scoop: one day you are going to die. Meaning. means "read in the name of your Educator" -- he was able to read. It's always good to doubt yourself.w. It means that this life is limited. 18. Remember that in the consumerist society. between us.what have you done? . but your life is your life. it's all about balance. We have two things -. it's Islamic. 10." 15. "I can't read. WITH ME YOU CAN.

" 26. in which way can I be creative with my knowledge. the oppressed. The way we have to educate in our schools. 21. 23. Sometimes we need also have to have a sense of priority. is in fact the roots of "At-Tarbiyyah" which is "the educator". to institutions. In the past time. In Islam. Look. 29. Sometimes we have to think about. If you want to have a good life. is to stress on meanings and not only rituals. imagination. and to add knowledge to knowledge. Not eat more and sleep more. in creativity. and they are not coming back to their community. because this is the way that the Prophet 'alaihi solatu wassalam was. when it comes to our Islam. And many people among you here are very skilled and they are very much at the forefront of these new sciences. We want to drink and to eat fast. say bismillahirrahmanirrahim and take your time. you put some Arabic words. do you want only Islamic songs. Very often the American way of life is "Islamised". 25. The very meaning of fiqh is deep understanding. We are not distinguishing between Muslims and non-Muslims when the people are victims. "In which way am I useful here. now. and I look at what you are producing. it's to talk about them! 24. To eat fast is not to eat well.. Are you working tomorrow? Yes? I'm not. You eat less and think more. not only the Islamic schools. astronomy. in science.. and say this is Islam? Where is your culture? . 27. what could you bring me that is something specific to you? Where are you? What do you want. we were very great in . fast food by definition is problematic. but in everything. "Ar-Rabb". We are on the side of the poor.20. and we put halal meat. in architecture. expression. if I am coming from Europe. in culture. Compare what you are eating during Ramadan and what you are eating now: it should be less. and when it comes to life. never forget that you are going to die. Take your time when you eat. Alhamdulillah. but in fact it is "The Supreme Educator". So it's a lost knowledge for the Muslims today because we are bringing this to the people who are paying more. There is no humanity without education. Education is not to ignore things. 28. in arts. in my society. 22. We translate this into English by "Lord". But very often. halal fast food. they give their skills and their competence to industries. when you care about creation.

ethical arts. not because you are selfish. 31. to go beyond these divisions and to come to some agreement. We are not only looking at the religion.. you always have to start with yourself. wherever you are. We are silently colonised and this is not acceptable. He was talking beautifully. "Is God loving me when I am like this?" it means that Allah is within the question. He is close to your conscience. though we disagree with their behaviour. 35. 34. "You don't have to listen to music". By the forget all the principles that we may have as Muslims. they are going to the internet and they are listening to music and we are in a state of denial. And this is our freedom to be able to say this. If you are asking the question. this is where the Muslims should be -. Not in an easy the name of being open-minded -. (kecekapan). in a very negative way. Remember something: learn to forgive yourself. When you are making du'a. within the Sunni tradition the Salafi. 32. He (the Prophet 'alaihi solatu wassalam) himself was talking in the way that was beautiful: few words but with deep meaning. the Reformists. Three conditions for someone when he/she is going to work in a specific field within the community: competence integrity. and all the kids. and compassion is rahmah. (hati kecil) 33. Two difficult things for Muslim communities to give up: the "victimhood" mentality. I keep on repeating to Muslims.not to disappear. 37.. it's talking about compassion (belas kasihan). We don't thank God if we don't thank humanity and human beings . The people who are complaining the most about Muslims are Muslims themselves. They are always saying something which is very true: start with yourself. and to talk about unity and complaining that we are divided. We should be clear on some references. it is one of the great challenges: Sunni. 36. accountability (bertanggungjawab). Shi'a. then to say. Ethical entertainment. and not -.30. Be full of rahmah towards yourself first. the sense that we can blame the world for what we are doing. It's coming from the Buddhist tradition by the way. we respect the people.