The media in the West has marginalized the role of the scholars, Imams and faith leaders in the successful uprising in Egypt and Tunisia. They paint this as a Facebook uprising. Many people are confused. Some say that the ‘Ulema are out-dated and not in touch with the people and their suffering. They’ve become immune to the hunger in the streets. Some feel the ‘Ulema are aligned with the government. What is the role of sacred knowledge (‘ilm) in these times and what is the responsibility of the ordinary man with respect to the ‘Ulema?
Introduction of Habib Umar and speech commences at 30:00 mark in the following video with translation from Shaykh AbdulKarim Yahya.
Video courtesy of Islamic Foundation of Toronto‘s web broadcast.