“I’m convinced that no society can ever achieve its potential if there is no rule of law because merit is also associated with rule of law. If you do not have meritocracy in society, you get an elite which is rich, spoiled, has captured the resources, doesn’t struggle and strive. They sit on the main positions [of government] and decay. Countries disintegrate because of a decadent elite.”—Prime Minister Iman Khan
“A lot of the problems of the world are a result of seeing the world as a commodity, seeing it as something you simply consume and there’s a type of human arrogance that goes with that.”—Hamza Yusuf
In this conversation, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Renovatio editor-in-chief Hamza Yusuf discuss the cardinal sin of pride which the major religious traditions view as the first and most affronting sin of humankind.
Imran Khan is the 22nd Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. He is also the current Chairman of Pakistan's Movement for Justice. He holds the vision to transform Pakistan into a Welfare State, based on the principles of "Riyasat-e-Madina."
Hamza Yusuf is a leading proponent of classical learning in Islam and president of Zaytuna College, a Muslim liberal arts college in Berkeley, California.
THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS IN THE MODERN WORLD, A SPECIAL RENOVATIO SERIES HOSTED BY HAMZA YUSUF
Renovatio editor-in-chief Hamza Yusuf—conversing with scholars, leaders, and writers—explores one of religion’s most enduring conceptual frameworks, the Seven Deadly Sins. These conversations, filmed to capture their warmth and intimacy, shed light on how the sins manifest themselves within us, illustrate their devastating consequences on our culture, and elucidate their corresponding virtues for all of us who struggle with sin.