VIDEO: Sheikh Hamza Yusuf
Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, co-founder of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, calls on religious people of all faiths to face head-on the “negative externalities of religion” — those toxic side effects of religion that we don’t like to deal with. In an age of nuclear proliferation, he explains, religious extremists of all faiths — not to mention the fundamentalist secularism of people like Sam Harris, who calls for a pre-emptive strike on Muslims — are capable of destroying massive numbers of people. The way out of this mess, Yusuf says, is for Jews to emulate the Judaism of Rabbi Hillel, Muslims to practice the Islam of Imam Al Hasadi and Fakhr al-Din al-Razi, and Christians to draw inspiration from Francis Assisi. Hamza Yusuf gave this speech after accepting the Tikkun Award at Tikkun’s Twenty-Fifth Anniversary celebration.