I came across this video a little while ago, and originally didn’t know who the speaker was. After a bit of research, I found out a week or so ago that it is Mufti Ismail Menk. I have been watching and enjoying Mufti Menk’s videos quite a lot lately, and I also wrote a brief meditation, for another site I write for, on this particular sermon.
Take the good and leave the bad — it’s an important and timely message for us all.
Here are a few words from his talk, and you can find the video at the bottom:
“I believe every teacher makes mistakes… without exception. Take the good from all of them, and leave the bad.”
“When someone preaches hatred against another, discount it and if you have the opportunity go to them and tell them ‘please don’t talk about other people. Those who talk about others don’t have something [good] to present themselves.”
“The minute I turn to fight them I become a fighter, I cause a bigger problem, and now who is going to do this good work? Because my energy is being utilized — waste of resources — to do something which is going to be less beneficial, in fact destructive.”