Imam Dr Mufti SajidUniversal Peace Federation (UPF) - UK

Anniversary of Father Moon's Ascension (UPF Co-Founder)

Speech by IMAM DR Mufti Abduljalil Sajid, The Muslim Council for Religious and Racial Harmony UK

‘I have witnessed myself his great contribution in building bridges to bring peace in the world. That is why he is rightly named as a ‘peace king’ and he has worked beyond borders of any differences of race, culture, religion and many other differences in which we human beings are divided.’

The two slogans emphasised by Rev'd Moon I first heard from my father at the age of four and a half. He taught me several sentences in Arabic from the Koran:

‘Best human beings are those who serve others, (my father added) selflessly’

When I read that Rev'd Moon said ‘you must live for the sake of others’, I thought that 'this is the Prophet’s Message so he is the Prophet of God who inviting us to sacrifice ourselves for the sake of others.'

It means don’t bring your ego or your personality in bringing love, harmony, peace and care among human beings who are divided. We all know the division among humans are natural. Some people live on these divisions and made their life on them. Prophets of God always come to work beyond borders.  This is what I think is his achievement has been throughout.

How do you achieve that? It is through the practice of human life centred on the world we call the family. It is the only institution that is God-ordained. Adam and Eve, religious stories of the origin of the family, were two personalities created by God and were given responsibility to respect, tolerate and work to love each other. Work hard to build yourself in this world so that Satan, who opposed the creation of mankind, will be ashamed from your love that overcomes hatred. That was the real message of God – 'I have created you in differences but work hard, tolerate each other, respect each other and overcome your differences.'

I met Rev Moon personally. I was impressed by his generosity by his love and by his spirit. I am a Muslim and he knows it. He called me his favourite Imam. Those around me heard it. I was shaking when he called me because I did not believe I could live up to his standards which were very high. He was a man of courage and insight. He was bearing the future for all of us. My thought is can we live up to the legacy of Father Moon.

He was a man of courage and insight. ‘Remember this man as a man of God, as a man of peace, the man who worked beyond boundaries, and also who told us to be honest and truthful, unselfish, overcome your own prejudices work with others for peace and joy for all humanity’

‘Can we live up to the legacy of the Rev Moon?  It’s up to us how much we practice these golden principles in our lives.’

Prepared notes:

Bismillah Hir Rahma Nir Rahim (I begin with name of God the Most Kind the Most Merciful). I greet you with the greetings of Islam (Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakathu (May God’s blessing and peace be with us all.)

I am honoured, and deeply humbled, to the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) for inviting me on this historic occasion to say a few words on Revd Moon whome I have an honour to meet several times. From the very outset I wish to give my personal and, on behalf of the Muslim Council for Religious and Racial Harmony UK, congratulations to  UPF as an international organisation for doing the very valuable work you have done which has been very much recognised by international agencies.

Islamically Our Beloved Holy Prophet advised us “Man La Yashkarun Nas La yashkaru-aAlah”,  (Those who does not thank a human being actually does not thank God). And “Kharun Nas min yanfaunas” (Best humanbeing are those who serve others selflessly).

I fully appreciated two slogans. Firstly ' Humanity is One Family Under God' implies the equality of the status of each person as a child of a loving God. Secondly "Living for the Sake of Others" is entrenched in all the activities of UPF. Rev’d Moon's most visible achievements has been the promotion of Family values and supporting God inspired institution of marriage and culture. Rev’d Moon  perceived the ideal of Blessed Families as the basic building block of peaceful societies, nations and world. Another goal that is a founding purpose of UPF is the renewal of the United Nations in which an interfaith forum would complement the political decision making process.

The driving passion of UPF to solve injustice and build a world of peace stems from this inherited vision. UPF Ambassadors of Peace have been inspired and motivated by these mottoes and the work of UPF that has developed from this vision.

The starting point in reviving transcendent justice and applying it should be recognizing that the transcendent sources in revelation, natural law, and human reason (known in Islamic philosophy as haqq al yaqin, 'ain al yaqin, and 'ilm al yaqin) can be the starting point. The transcendent approach looks upon the details of the law, known in Arabic as the ahkam or rules and regulations, from the starting point of the whole. The details can be understood and intelligently applied only as applications of higher principles. The opposite approach looks at the whole, if at all, from the starting point of the details. In the transcendent approach, analysis takes precedence over synthesis. In its opposite, synthesis takes precedence over analysis, often without any principles whatsoever.

Many centuries of the best Islamic scholarship developed Islamic jurisprudence into an elaborate and sophisticated holistic framework of human responsibilities and rights. The holistic system of Islamic philosophy and its expression in shari’ah thought is primarily educational and inspirational, focused on transcendent justice, in contrast to the positivist systems of tyrannical and totalitarian governance which serve primarily to consolidate the status quo with all of its injustices. The holistic regards the use of any force to assure compliance as a failure of the system, and it reveres non-violence though not to the extent of absolute pacifism. The positivist system, on the other hand, tends to regard the monopoly of violence and its application by the power of established government as rule by law and as the very definition of justice. As some Muslims use the term, justice can even mean revenge.

According to some classical Islamic scholars, seven universal principles of law, known variously as kulliyat or universals, maqasid or purposes, and dururiyat or essentials, best reflect the architectonics of human rights and constitutional law in Islamic thought. The art of these maqasid as part of the science of 'usul al fiqh (especially in the form of istislah) was initiated by the Prophet Muhammad but was first systematically developed by Imam Jafar and Abu Hamid al Ghazali. It reached its zenith in the writings of Abu Ishaq al Shatibi in the later 1300s and then suddenly died out. These universal principles finally were revived again toward the end of the twentieth century.

Unity through Diversity with joy and Hope: We have seen that history has not ended and civilisations have not clashed even after 11 September 2001 and Gulf War I or II. Institutions, nations, groups and all decent individuals must work together and shape the modern world as peaceful place. It is our collective responsibly to give the hope and make this happen.  We should pledge to increase our awareness by positive thinking in understanding one another. We must pledge to be courageous defenders of peaceful teachings and interpretations of Islam, and to be exemplary peacemakers in our personal, family and social conduct of our lives in order to socially beneficial, peace fostering, bridge-builder and nature-friendly way of life. A religious Muslim person accepts God given diversity in the World. To him, all people (Muslims and others; People of faith or none) are God’s creatures and have equal rights and responsibilities.

IMAM Dr Mufti Abduljalil SAJID

The Muslim Council for Religious and Racial Harmony UK

Other Reports of the 2nd Anniversary Commemoration in London:

Imam Dr Mufti Sajid's Comments:

Justina Mutale: 'One Global Human Family Built on Love Peace & Unity'

Keith Bennett: On the relationship of North Korea with Father Moon

Thanks to Lauren Turner of 'Roadworks Media' and Gianni Raineri 'Good Images' for photos and David Stacey for the Audio Visual support.

Thank you to Margaret Ali, Joyce Suda, Anne Kobayashi and Noemi Todorov for their help with different parts of the programme.