Fair Trade Commerce for a Better World

(Finance and Economics, RIS CA 2011)


Sharing Success: Fair Trade Commerce for a Better World
by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
December 25, 2011 :: Toronto :: Canada
Reviving the Islamic Spirit
I love when Shaykh Hamza quote poems during his lectures:
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
Emily Dickinson, 1830 - 1886

Date: 2018-11-04T08:08:36.000Z | By: Zirah Akira Azlan
Very knowledgeable man

Date: 2018-05-27T20:21:14.000Z | By: Abraham Osrs
Hamza sir really you are gold for our community. Allah bless you

Date: 2018-05-24T09:44:28.000Z | By: Sameer chudesara
One of the best lectures I've heard.


Date: 2016-09-21T14:31:02.000Z | By: aminul1984
SubhanAllah, May Allah bless Sheikh Hamza Yusuf. He is one of the great scholar of this time.

Date: 2016-05-26T18:07:26.000Z | By: Ashiq Khan
chills everytime i hear this, subhanAllah!

Date: 2016-01-28T06:30:54.000Z | By: Ali Abbasi
thnx 4 share, life changing

Date: 2015-11-01T22:25:56.000Z | By: Danish Aziz
What an important topic we should all be more informed about! Beautiful talk as usual, mashallah!

Date: 2015-05-16T06:53:32.000Z | By: mysticalcupcake
The reason that MUHAMMAD (pbuh) was chosen to be a merchant.
Because there is no one more beneficial to human society than a merchant.
Everything ... the chair that you are sitting on is from commerce.
the fillings in your teeth are from commerce.The medication that is keeping your blood pressue optimum is from commerce.
Everything that is beneficial to the material well being of the human being is from commerce.
Commerce teaches you a good character. Because the most successful merchants are the one with good character. The merchant can never get angry because if he got angry the person buying from him will leave and the merchant will lose the sale. They always say "customer is king","customer is always right" .So it actually creates good character. Because simply you are forced to care what others want in order to fulfill your sale.
Plus another reason is that If you want your commerce to be successful you must be trustworthy. If you don't people will stop doing business with you.
Muhamed was called "altaqer elamin" meaning the honest merchant. This man was chosen as a prophet of the greatest peaceful messages to Earth. Now we have over 1.6 billion human-being who embrace this message.
Few hours ago I was buying oranges from a merchant who embraces that same message. However this man gave me 3 rotten oranges hidden under the rest. If that merchant knew anything about this message he embraced, he would know that misleading or falsely persuading others; and the practice of deceit has no part in that message he embraced. We have millions of people like this man that embrace this heavenly message by name. They talk and do in its name. Although all their doing contradicts Prophet Muhammed's message.
Bottom line: Please know your message that you decided to embrace, have clear view of it, know the teachings of the man behind this message and share it based on a clear understanding by your acts and behaviors before words and statements.
I would never believe this merchant nor his message ever again. So be-careful, you are a seller of your message that you embrace.
~Inspired by Sheikh Hamza Yusuf

Date: 2015-02-25T14:10:33.000Z | By: My ChapterZ
Excellent talk.

Date: 2014-12-29T17:05:18.000Z | By: Fat Tony
Very informative talk, thanks

Date: 2014-11-02T12:49:08.000Z | By: Elkilani Maliuna
the muslims needs to get rid of the kufr ways

Date: 2014-05-21T12:28:56.000Z | By: my name is my name
I'm going to move my money into a credit union, fast Thursday and Monday, and get the better world app, Inshallah.

Date: 2014-04-10T02:09:41.000Z | By: Asad Jaleel
(41:40) !

Date: 2014-04-04T00:28:35.000Z | By: abdelbaasit1
(38:18) !

Date: 2014-04-04T00:24:03.000Z | By: abdelbaasit1
Assalamu Alaikum,


Shukran , Love your Post, It's A very interesting Lecture, May Allah Bless our Brother Shaykh Hamza Yusuf And His Family, Ameen.

Date: 2014-01-05T16:26:31.000Z | By: Riyaz Yacoob Saheb
فيديو ممتاز.. استفدت منه كثيرا.. أرجو أن تطلعوا عليه.. 😎

Date: 2013-10-16T03:50:57.000Z | By: Mohammed Ali
science is serving corporate USURY (INTEREST) = That is wrong 34:00

Date: 2013-05-28T12:01:59.000Z | By: Marwa Mamdouh
I want to know why there is no translation of these lectures by SH. Hamza Yusuf into Arabic !

Date: 2013-05-28T11:38:44.000Z | By: Marwa Mamdouh
agriculture and commerce

Date: 2013-05-28T11:26:39.000Z | By: Marwa Mamdouh

Date: 2013-04-25T13:45:23.000Z | By: SAMI BIN MOHAMMED

Date: 2013-04-16T10:32:09.000Z | By: Najeeb
when he says meat, what exactly does he mean? Does he mean just red meat, or does he mean any kind of animal flesh (chicken, fish, etc.)?

Date: 2013-03-13T16:39:38.000Z | By: HealthyLiving90
lol. Muslims are Christian as well, and may you forgive us for that. We are Unitarian Christians.

Date: 2013-03-09T04:26:01.000Z | By: POLO commander
Wow, breathtaking speech. Shaykh Hamza never ceases to amaze me. May Allah preserve him and allow us to benefit from him.

Date: 2013-03-02T01:17:59.000Z | By: Sid
Eating too much meat with hormones in the USA makes completely stupid as this american man. Too much fast food buddy!!!

Date: 2013-02-13T13:35:42.000Z | By: Guillaume Hersant
Which Islamic bank is following Islamic Sharia in the USA ? I want to refinance.please let me know . Zaza Allah khair

Date: 2013-02-06T16:46:20.000Z | By: Abdullah Siddique
A force of wisdom, a light of hope. Alhumdulillah!

Date: 2013-02-04T03:22:55.000Z | By: cluedout
It is appropriate to say whatever just as long as it comes from the kindness of your heart, just as long as you wish the utmost best for whomever you are speaking to. Please be a voice for our collectivism, please do not see us Muslims as aliens for we are VERY similar to you. Good bless you! Peace and blessings be with you!

Date: 2013-02-04T03:21:08.000Z | By: cluedout
Muslims need to go back to the dinar and dirham monetary system. Any "islamic finance" not based on dinar and dirham is void.

Date: 2013-01-22T13:37:59.000Z | By: smoke489
Just to be clear again I have no issue with the message of his presentation, but he clearly states between 15.53 and 16.01 that the average American has 59 slaves working for him. Maybe it is a misquote (to be honest i cant find the reference anywhere) but he clearly does not suggest shared slaves. As a converted Muslim I find the inability of adherents to engage in meaningful self criticism abhorrent. Its a minor issue. Ours is a great religion it can withstand a minor math error Get over it

Date: 2013-01-14T07:54:06.000Z | By: Peter Pemmelaar
The absence of gold as a currency being linked to a dajjalic system, this is an astounding read: "Jerusalem in the Quran" by shaykh imran hosein. This book demonstrates how Jerusalem is the key to understanding the Dajjalic world order with evidence from Quran and ahadith.

Date: 2013-01-10T23:19:17.000Z | By: oddizzee
Eloquently spoken. Don't get me wrong it's great to see that this issue is being highlighed to an audience of this scale and by a scholar of this caliber no less, however this issue has been expounded upon by Shaykh Imran Nazar Hosein and Umar Vadillo and others who are beyond just identifying the issue but are actively searching for practical steps Muslims can take to brace for the inevitable. Shaykh Hamza is providing some practical steps but action is needed promptly. time is almost up.

Date: 2013-01-10T13:11:00.000Z | By: shonoxs79
They overlap...People with the same intrest have the same slaves...

Date: 2013-01-09T22:54:10.000Z | By: SaceedAbul
anyone who is interested in the RIS event in Canada is welcome, including you!

Date: 2013-01-04T04:59:31.000Z | By: tdona77
I greatly admire his speech but 59 slaves per person in the US is impossible. multiply 300 million (us pop) by 59 and you get over 17 billion thats twice the population of the world

Date: 2012-12-31T08:58:54.000Z | By: Peter Pemmelaar
Trade with Dinar and Dirham, not fiat money.

Date: 2012-12-30T19:19:19.000Z | By: alawiyahv1

Date: 2012-12-28T15:56:00.000Z | By: Mizan Abdullah
Minds for righteousness think alike.

Date: 2012-12-28T15:55:29.000Z | By: Mizan Abdullah
It is ok. Perhaps they are multi-tasking. Alhamdulillah.

Date: 2012-12-28T15:50:46.000Z | By: Mizan Abdullah
No, we are already knew and there are many more like him. Alhamdulillah. Love the message.

Date: 2012-12-28T15:48:50.000Z | By: Mizan Abdullah
thank for informing the poverty of Indonesian workers that I've been long relizing that why only small people in the factories that gaining good livings, but many of the workers are just diging in diging out every month and still can't pay debts

Date: 2012-12-16T16:09:17.000Z | By: zaidan P.Negara
Look at these idiots busy waving to the camera when he's talking where the hell is the presence of mind?

Date: 2012-12-15T14:44:29.000Z | By: Ravenmongoose
Dec 13, 2012. There has never been anything flippant Hamza Yusef ever said about anything, perhaps you should listen to him more often. The world is not living entirely on COCO, Chocolate is a NOT a staple food of any country.

Date: 2012-12-13T22:04:58.000Z | By: HISmercies nbounties
Zatuna Institute, California...Google it pls you will get all INFO you need

Date: 2012-12-13T21:45:40.000Z | By: HISmercies nbounties
Thank you Sheikh Hamza for highlighting perhaps the most important third way to the false dialectics: Keynesian or moneytarist conception of ecomoics; the Planned or so-called self-regulating economy. We have always been told that religion is a personal thing and thus have nothing to do with our social discourse or our collective obligation to those less fortunate than ourselves. Talks like this ought to be encouraged to people to understand and appreciate their obligation to those in need.

Date: 2012-12-08T03:51:21.000Z | By: Famalang
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf be quoting Bob Marley's Redemption Song 47:00

Date: 2012-12-05T19:33:53.000Z | By: itheomar
Does anyone know where I could find a full transcript of this speech (if one exists), or an easy way to create one myself? I am working on a paper and really want to cite to numerous parts of this speech.

Date: 2012-11-26T08:54:41.000Z | By: sk
Consuming the products of a business enhances its growth. An immoral growing business is no thing humane individuals want to see occur.

Date: 2012-11-04T02:18:16.000Z | By: Azzam Tomeh
shaykh Hamza Yusuf I met you only 2 hours ago having listened to two of your talks. I am a Christian, may be you will forgive me for that. I certainly do relate to what you say. Society, commerce, banking, virtue, healthful practices like eating all this and more I am in your camp. It would be my pleasure to be present when you speak. Send me a schedule when in San Diego or near by. I am not sure what might be appropriate to say, so "God Bless"

Date: 2012-10-21T04:46:07.000Z | By: Bill
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