United For Change 3rd Annual Conference: United We Stand: One Nation, One Destiny
One of the popular phrases found in activist circles is speaking truth to power. The importance of doing so is alluded to in the prophetic hadith, The best Jihad is a word of truth in the face of a tyrannical ruler. However, to really bring an Islamic voice to bear on the issues of the day we are going to have to build power. In this lecture, Tariq Ramadan, one of this generation_s towering intellectuals, addresses these twin issues. Why must we continue to speak truth to power, and what are the means by which we can build our own moral, spiritual and intellectual power? Finally, what are some of the avenues open to us to join our strength with other communities to help create a moral counterweight to an increasingly amoral politics?