Khutba Recording: ‘A Human Response to Climate Change: Including all Parts’
A Khutbah delivered by Wisdom In Nature Rep, Muzammal Hussain. YouTube Recording is below
Hosted by Inclusive Mosque Initiative on Fri Oct 23rd, 2015 in Bethnal Green, London
Some words Muzammal shared in advance of the day>>>
“I am honoured to have been invited by IMI to deliver a khutba at their Friday prayer. I would really like to use this opportunity to invite us to reflect on our relationship with the earth, and how we might respond when it calls out in pain.
To me, this call from the earth – is a call to heal. It involves a journey of awareness and healing: of our selves, our beliefs (acknowledged and unacknowledged), our communities, and the structures and paradigms that our lives are embedded into.
It means giving attention and ‘listening’ to all parts – for the voices that cry out in pain are the voices that we have marginalised. Yet, every voice offers itself to be witnessed and included, so that together we – individually, and as communities in nature, in our diversity and beauty – can be healed, all parts can come together as we become whole.
I look forward to sharing and connecting with you this Friday in Bethnal Green .”
YouTube Talk Content
Intro: 0 secs
Climate Change: Entering into the Context: 1 min 30secs
An Islamic perspective: Fasad & the Voice of the Earth: 5 mins 15secs
Responding to the Earth’s voice incl. Social Movements & Reflection on Power: 8 mins 15 secs
Interconnectedness: Nature, Economy and Us: 12 mins 5 secs
Creating Alternatives: Mirroring the World We Want: 15 mins
The Importance of ‘Conflict’ as a Vehicle to Grow: 17 mins 10 secs
Including Marginalised Voices: A Reflective Exercise: 18 mins 45 secs
‘Nature’ as a teacher (Permaculture) & the Qur’ an : 21 mins 22 secs
Where Next?: Questions for Reflection: 24 mins 50 secs
And some after thoughts…
“I am feeling humbled by the courageous and pioneering work IMI are doing, Conscious inclusivity is a quality that was palpable for me at the jummah – Big thank you and much appreciation to the organisers! It was an honour to have had the opportunity to have delivered the khutbah, and my first time in delivering one.
While being in the role of khateeb felt a little surreal and I felt a bit awkward in the role (more used to delivering interactive workshops!) it was a really valuable experience. It’s got me reflecting on how a khutbah could be pitched to be relevant to those listening without diluting the depth and holistic importance of any message.
I am thus asking myself, how can I better tap into what is alive for those in the room in a setup where people are coming for jummah, and verbal communcation is essentially one-way?”