Channel: AbdelRahman Murphy
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one of the signs of an intelligent person, someone who was very, very smart, very wise, is that they have the ability to look at other people who have been successful. They have the capacity and the drive to examine why other people were able to succeed at their goals in life. And they're able to analyze the situation and try to take from that situation, and extract the benefits, or the secret ingredient as to why this person in particular was successful at their goal. You see today in business, for example, there are tons of textbooks, and tons of books, like Good to Great and others that talk about different companies, and how they were able to maintain success over a long period
of time. In fact, you could argue that in university studies in college studies, oftentimes when someone is looking at studying their certain field, there is a portion of that course of that curriculum that is devoted to looking at the history of those who have been successful in the field to come those theorists and scientists and political scientists, and all kinds of philosophers who have laid the groundwork and the foundation of success so that people can grow upon those milestones. And it's no different in our faith. It's no different with our relationship with Allah subhanaw taala. We know that of the people who are most successful with their Lord, were the
prophets. May Allah send his peace and blessings upon all of them. And we know that the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, his son, his example, His mentorship, his teaching, is the guide the light on the straight path of slaughter mystifying.
But there are people that are amazing examples, along with the example the Prophet Mohammed sauce on them because they themselves gave their effort, their all of their energy, to try to emulate that example. And because of that effort, because of that struggle, these people Allah subhanaw taala, he says about them in Soto, sorta Toba, in the area that we just mentioned, he says, in the long run home, what I'll do, that Allah is pleased with these people, imagine this for a second, imagine that you're living life. And all of a sudden you receive message or note that the one that is in charge of you, the one that has authority over you, the one that you strive so hard to please, and to do
good by, that person sends you a message saying that I'm happy with you. You know, it's like when you leave your classroom, and your professor tells you, you're doing a great job this semester, or your boss at work says you're one of the top performers, you leave that gathering feeling better about yourself, you can't help it and you know that that indication is a sign for better things to come. When the person that is in charge of you gives you a sign of pleasure, you know that later on, you can expect inshallah to have accomplished the goal of doing whatever that job required. And so in the job of a man of faith of these people, the Sahaba, the companions of the Prophet Thomas all
sudden them those who are closest to him, when Allah sends down this verse, that he is pleased with them. And then he says, After that, what are the law on him what I'll do on and they are pleased with Allah, this is a stamp of approval. This is a seal of authenticity of their actions that are lost run with Allah is letting all of us know the rest of humanity. whoever reads the Quran, this book, they will be able to know that Allah has given his stamp of approval as well to these people. And because of that, because of that, we can look and we can investigate, and we can study the lives of these amazing women and men, these amazing people who had the opportunity, the blessed
opportunity to live
In the same period of time and place, and to meet, study, learn and emulate the life of the Prophet camisole, send them. And this is why when you meet people, we have the names of Ayesha and man and Zane of insulin, and all kinds of names that pay homage that give the respect to these individuals that we try our best to copy. But there's one thing that's very interesting about the companions of the Prophet Mohammed Al Salaam. There's one thing that we often overlook. And there's one thing that I think it really puts a stress on, particularly the young people and converse to them. That it really makes things difficult when young people try to grow up and be strong in their faith, or when
someone accepts Islam or re engages later on is that oftentimes, the stories about the companions that we tell the narratives that are communicated, are ones of perfection.
And these narratives are framed in a way that remove the humanity from these individuals, that we forget that the companions were the best of people, the best of generations, but they were still people that we emulate, and strive to be like them. But we oftentimes forget that the same struggles that we have, or the struggles that they had, they were not born perfect. In fact, when you look at their lives, when you hear the stories of people like I've been called Bob rhodiola Han, who was a raging alcoholic, who was someone who had major issues with domestic violence. These are diseases and ills that we still see in society today, we still see the poison of alcohol flowing through
communities, particularly those of lower economic standing, that they build liquor stores and try to particularly target communities with liquor stores in areas that are rundown. And you find issues of domestic violence that are just ubiquitous husbands and wives and children and parents, and brothers and sisters, really attacking physically and emotionally hurting one another. Right. But before we forget that all might have been called Pablo de la Harun, who was the person who the prophet SAW sent him said that I am the final messenger. But if there was a messenger to come after me, it would be Alma, that he struggled with these problems before his acceptance of God Almighty in his life,
that he struggled with these things. And it wasn't that he was perfect. You see, Islam and religion and a relationship with our Creator doesn't happen to people because they're perfect, no, but in the process of happening, it perfects people. It doesn't people don't earn it with their pre exemption of perfection. But that relationship and that struggle, and that striving towards Allah towards God Almighty, that is what gives people this sense of fulfilling their deficiencies of polishing their blemishes and of cleaning the heart and the soul. So let's take a look at these people, these companions. And let's try to find out in today's jumaane, says hookah, what was it that made them so
special? And what are some habits that they had that we can copy that we can emulate in today, in 2015, in Boston, although Boston is beautiful, when it doesn't look like Antarctica, right, Mashallah. We asked a lot to give you guys a long summer, I mean, and keep winter far away. I mean,
but what was it that these individuals had, that we can copy today in our lives, that can make us closer to our Creator, and closer to the straight path and closer to the sun, the practice of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam.
There were three things that I want to talk about today. Now there's many, if you look at the lives of the companions, there are many things. And this is this by the way, you should do this. You should pick up the biographies of these individuals, and that the individual the Prophet Muhammad SAW suddenly the Syrah and as well as the hyouta Sahaba. You should pick up these books with your families, with your kids in your spouse's in your parents, and you should sit every day or once a week for 20 minutes and just talk about the stories of these people. You know, one of the issues with education of religion is that we teach it in a vacuum. We teach it in abstract when Allah
subhanaw taala says that he sent down to the Prophet camisole Sutherland.
He said we install the use of he says we sent you down the best of stories. I sent an
accidental causes. There's a reason why the majority of Scripture of the world and is in story mode narrative mode because it's very easy to learn from stories. It's very easy to remember stories. So sit with your friends and family
Believe once a week and have a little halaqa 15 minutes talking about the lives of the companions talk about faulty model the long run her talk about Muslim I've been on mirror talking about more I've been judged for the long run home and get some blessings and some extrapolate some lessons from their lives. The first that I will talk about today in today's COPPA
is one that Allah subhanaw taala teaches us in the revelation to the end, and how in mechon, called n in the initial revelation, there was a specific focus of topic. You know, in the, in the Quran in Medina, that was real to the prophet SAW Selim, the second stage of Revelation, you find there was a lot of fit, a lot of legality, a lot of rules, a lot of do's and don'ts. But in the beginning of Quranic revelation, you could argue in the first half or more 13 years, in the first half of that revelation, the focus was solely on belief in God as one belief in the Day of Resurrection, belief in the day of judgment in the day, His resurrection, and belief in the books and prophets, and all
the things of a man believed in the angels, etc. It didn't focus on rules, it didn't focus on do this do that. What it focused on was, what is the status and the quality of your relationship with your Creator. And this is genius for so many reasons. But particularly when we talk about how religion is taught today, we teach a lot of rules, you know, the seven year old and eight year olds, they know how to pray perfectly. But if you ask them why they pray, they don't know why.
People who accept Islam who convert to Islam, they know exactly what they can and cannot eat. But they don't know why that is, and they don't know details about their relationship with their love, we focus on rules a lot. And fifth is important. But if we don't have the foundation of tawheed, and a man, if we don't have that fertile soil, then we can't grow. You see fit is something that has to grow over time that people practice that people put into motion. But if there's no soil to hold it to anchor that plant of legality, then the people will struggle with that. And so you have here that the one reason to the first reason why the companions were so remarkable was that they had such
strong conviction in the existence of the afterlife. They were convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that the afterlife existed. Now if I ask anyone in this room right now, do you believe in the afterlife, everyone will say yes, inshallah. Right? I said, Do you believe as a Muslim? Do you believe in that one day we will be resurrected? And we have to answer for our deeds, and we will either be granted into paradise or we will have to suffer the consequence of hellfire. Everyone will say yes, this is basic, basic Islam. But the difference, or the thing that pushed them over the edge
was that their belief in an asset on their a man in the afterlife, changed their actions in this life. It wasn't theory. It wasn't future it was now you know, oftentimes, we think of the alpha as only being effective in our future. No, the app is effective and our lives right now. You find our bucket acidic la de la hora, en, the closest companions of the Prophet SAW Selim, I want you to think about this for a second. What was the famous statement that he made, he said, if you were to put Heaven and Hell fire in front of me right now, I can see both of them in front of my eyes, he said, I would not be increased in belief by them by one atom, by one seed of belief. I already
believe in them so much, that even seeing them with my own eyes wouldn't affect my quality of belief in them. So
that's the quality of belief that when someone is alone by themselves, and they are tempted to cook the books a little bit in their accounting office, to pocket some change, to have a conversation with somebody that they shouldn't to look at lewd material like pornography when they shouldn't. That kind of belief is what holds somebody back the absolute conviction that this is real, and that one day someone is going to have to go through that experience. They're imagine the afterlife was huge, and they didn't value this life, anywhere close to the next life. This life did not hold the weight of the next life. One of the poet's he said something beautiful. He said either shift to
either shift and die. So he then Fela takuna Allah, Allah Illa de to be doing when he was speaking about the dunya. He said, If you want to live a life of true happiness in this world, then live in such a way where you don't need it.
If you want to be someone who is truly happy in this life, the highest the dunya, then try to live your best in a way that you don't need this life. Not that you're going to live in a way where you're constantly struggling and your family's not taking care of No, but that in your heart of hearts, you know that this is not the end goal. And that is what the prophet Muhammad SAW Salim said, when he said Elena Lena knifes, that true wealth, true richness is actually contentment, true wealth, if someone is rich, it has nothing to do with the amount in their bank account because someone can be financially wealthy, but still be needy. And someone can be financially poor, but
still be content. So true wealth the Prophet Muhammad SAW sent him said is when a person is completely and totally satisfied with this life, and understands that all of their effort, all of their emotion and energy and focus should be on the next life. So the this companions what was remarkable about them was that any good that they received in this world, they used it to benefit the next world. Any car or camel, I'm sorry, right? Any mode of transportation, any money, property, wealth, gift, any blessing they got in this life? The first thought that crossed their mind was how can I use this to better my property in Alaska in the next life? They weren't ultimately concerned
with this life, which is a very difficult station to get to. But it changes everything We ask Allah, God Almighty to grant us that station, I mean,
the second, the second quality that they had the companions had, which was remarkable, absolutely amazing. That really shows you and and and shows us as a group, how they how they transcended from being the average human being to being enlightened was that when something was revealed, when something from the core and from divine scripture was shown to them or revealed to them through the prophet Mohammed Al Salaam, or when something came as a teaching from the Prophet Muhammad SAW Salah they listened to it right away. they obeyed it immediately. They didn't question you know, today nowadays, someone might come to you and say Brother, you know this, the Quran says this, we should
really try to stay away from that. Oh, but you know, isn't there some sort of loophole? You know, we live in America now, can't we? You know, there's this loophole searching system we become the best detectives Mashallah when it comes to what the Quran and the Hadith say, but listen to this story of Hakeem been his ATM or the long run, listen to the story, and think to yourself, the quality of dedication he had to his faith. Hakeem, in his rhodiola, Horan was the cousin of Khadija rhodiola. Haha, the wife of the Prophet chromocell send them and Hakeem was somebody who was not very wealthy. In fact, he struggled financially he didn't have a lot of money. So he would go to the Prophet
Mohammed Al Salaam, and he narrates this ad. He says sell to Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam for ottone he says I asked the Prophet Muhammad SAW Salaam and this is a very classy way of him saying basically asked him for some money, right so to file Tony I asked him, then he gave me then he said thermacell tufa ottone then I asked him again and he gave me then one more time for must do for autonomy. So he's begging from the Prophet Mohammed. So send them three times. Can I have some money? Okay, can I have some money? Okay, can I have some money? Okay. Then the Prophet Muhammad SAW Salaam says to him as salam aleikum, WA Hakeem hacking says, Salam ala rasulillah. He says, Yeah,
Hakeem in el mal, Hollywood, Wahhabi Iran. He says, Yeah, Hakeem, listen to me, let me teach you something about this money that you're asking for, because you're very focused on it. He said, this money that you keep striving for, that you keep pushing for. He said, it has two qualities. Number one, it's very sweet, which means the one that you can enjoy it for a brief moment, but it's not good for you, and it spoils quickly. And number two, he says, honey, you don't it's green. Right? Like it's very lively. It looks very, you know, full of life, but in reality, that's just a delusion. Then he tells him Yeah, Hakeem. He says femen aka who be Sahar what enough Cindy that
whoever takes it to satisfy their their soul to be satisfied with it and not seeking more money. He says boutique Allahu fi that Allah will please blessing in the amount that they got. So if someone wants some money and doesn't want more, they just want a little bit to take care of themselves, their family their needs a loaf of bread, aka in their money. But if a person man aka who he says, He says men, Shroff enough sin, that whoever takes it, and always constantly wants more of it, never satisfied with it. Then Allah will not put Baraka in it will Kana kalevi. Yet Kula Tom Lashkar that this person will be like a person who eats food and then
ever gets full like a teenage boy right? That they eat food and they never get full. They're constantly hungry. So what is he teaching Hakeem in this conversation? He's teaching Hakeem, Look, man, this money it has a purpose. But if you make this your end goal, if this dunya this money becomes your end goal in life, you'll never be satisfied. You'll never truly be happy if you constantly keep looking after money. And this is why the Prophet Mohammed Sosa them said that nothing will satisfy this sons and daughters of Adam, ie all of humanity, except for dirt, meaning the grave, nothing will satisfy the soul of the sons and daughter. Meaning what that this dunya is
in a way where we constantly want more your knifes when that will never tell you stop your neffs my next will never tell me, man, that's enough. It will always say get more and more and more. So it's up to the the heart of the individual, the man to say enough. Listen to this. That story was remarkable. Yes. But listen to how it Trent it completely transformed hacking from someone who asked the prophet SAW sent him three times. Now listen to this. He said I left the company of the Prophet Mohammed Al Salaam. I walked away from the Prophet Muhammad SAW Selim that moment, and I was shaking.
The knowledge he gave me, it caused me to actually shake, like to really think about who I am and what I'm doing with my life. And he said that later on, after the death of the Prophet Mohammed, so suddenly,
he proclaimed, actually, he told the prophet SAW Selim that day yet also a lot. I will never ask for money from anyone ever again. And I will never take it from anyone ever again. Look at that dedication. The Prophet says that and tells him Look, be smart. By the way, the prophet didn't forbid him from asking or taking, he just said, don't do it so often. But he was so fervent and so devote devout I'm sorry, so devoted, that he said, I will never do it again. And many of us have been in that situation, Ramadan comes we get very spiritually, you know, high up and we're like, I'm never gonna go back to that sin again. And now Ramadan is a little bit over a month gone and somehow
look at us back to the state that we've been in the masjid is empty, right? May Allah forgive us? So he leaves and the prophet SAW someone passes away. Now listen to this. The prophet SAW someone passes away, meaning the one who told him Don't ask so much is no longer there in the flesh. So you think to yourself, okay, he's a human being he's weak, he's probably going to start asking again. No. During the de la casa de Hakeem was given a stipend. Meaning what that the government gave him some welfare. When the time came for him to get his check. Hakeem said, No, I'm not going to take it. Show me where the marketplace is. Let me get to work. They said, Hakeem, this is your money. He
said, No, the Prophet Muhammad SAW Selim said that a little earlier, Edelman together so far, the one that gives us better than the one that takes, right the hand that gives be a giver, don't be a taker. So I'm going to go and make my own money and I'm going to give I don't want to take any more supanova then I'm not going to sit DEEK passes away, and all of the hotdogs, leadership comes and the oma has more wealth. And so there's more welfare. And Hakeem has his stipend. And he says, No, I'm not going to take it. So Armand he becomes concerned why because if Hakeem is not taking his money, everyone's gonna say who's who's keeping it? Oh, almost keeping the money. Ah, so he's
keeping a little extra on the side. So all our calls everyone into the middle of the city and he says, Listen, Hakeem, take your money, dude. If you don't take it, who's gonna take it? Hakeem says, will law he'll not take it. The prophet SAW them said that he had an ordeal feta mean he has a souffle, I'm not gonna take it. So I'm gonna call Thompson. Okay, we're gonna put it back into the beta man, the charity, the welfare system. But look at how Hakeem was transformed one conversation, one with the Prophet Muhammad SAW Salaam, and he completely stifled his ego.
Completely extinguished his sense of entitlement, his sense of selfishness and said, I'm gonna listen to what the prophet Mohammed Salim said. Imagine the quality of the Muslim the believer, when if they read something, they do it. If they hear something, they do it somehow. Now what?
That when the prophet SAW Selim says this, we do it and we do it happening. Imagine the quality of someone's faith that they're able to do that We ask Allah to give us that quality of faith. That when we hear qlm Allah will Heckman todo su Lee when we hear the speech of Allah or the wisdom and the Sunnah of His Prophet isole salaam, that our hearts yearn to follow that guidance. I mean, it'll be I mean
we're gonna do the third one inshallah tada after the break of dawn. So we asked Allah subhanaw taala, to accept and to accept the first when we ask Allah subhanaw taala to forgive us, all of our
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I want to finish the third characteristic by going back to something that I mentioned earlier. And the reason why I want to talk about this characteristic is because in the city that I that I live in right now,
there have been a large amount of young people and families, mothers and fathers of teenage and college age Muslims that have come to me and said that our young people, our kids, our, our children, they are all just leaving Islam, like in large groups, like I'm talking 30 4050 kids at a time.
And when I sit and talk to them, and I asked the parents, okay, you know, this is obviously a problem, but these things don't happen overnight. Can you tell me, you know that how did you how did you teach your kids about Islam? How did you teach them about Islam?
They said, you know, we just kind of did what our parents did. And we just kind of did what the community was doing Sunday school, prayer, prayers, fasting, Ramadan, etc, etc. And it's become clear to me, that we have become a community of what and how, without a why
we have become a community that tells people what to do and how to do it, without explaining to them why we do it in the first place. And this is a very, very dangerous way of explaining faith. It's a very dangerous way of mentoring someone's faith and their relationship with Allah subhanaw taala. Because after a period of time, a person's neffs their ego will revolt against the what and the how, and if they don't have the why to to de escalate the situation, then it's going to get out of control. You know, the companions. The last thing that I wanted to talk about today that made them great, was that they had a very thorough understanding of why they were doing what they were doing.
Why they did what they did, why am I praying? Because Allah subhanaw taala says that prayer is the sign of gratitude for the servant. Why am I fasting? Lala calm that acun because it gives me taqwa, why am I giving charity because it purifies my wealth, they would be able to quote, the code and for every instance of worship, to understand the rationale behind that worship. Now, I'm not saying that a human being has the right to question god, I'm not saying that. What I'm saying is that if we are going to teach our people, our community, that this is a faith that is beautiful and enriching, they have to be able to understand and explain to others who maybe are not Muslim. Why that is because
they're going to have the same questions. And I'm going to tell all of you parents, now, all you parents have Muslim kids right now, if you cannot explain to your co workers and your colleagues and your neighbors, why you do things in Islam, then you will not be able to explain it to your kids. Because the younger generation is growing up in a society now that is empirical in nature. We are empiricists we question everything is the basis upon what American philosophy was built on is questioning if I can't taste, touch, smell, see or feel or hear or feel something? I don't believe in it. So we have to really think deeply about why we are Muslim. The question that I ask young
people is that if you weren't Muslim, would you be the same quality of individual as you are? If you were, and the companions like almost hotdog, his story and all the answers that question for us? How does Islam change the companions that we look and we study their lives? How did it change them? And why did it change them? And the more we know about why we do what we do, the stronger our faith will become. We asked Allah subhanaw taala to give us, Sadat and our MN, to give a strong faith. We ask Allah Subhana Allah we ask God Almighty to forgive us all of our sins, and to forgive us all of our bad habits, and to make us people who strive for goodness and good habits. And we ask Allah subhana
wa tada to give us faith that is strong like a buckless to do to give us a man that is transformative, like I'm a bit hottub and to give us the devoutness and the devotion of hacking been his m who when we hear something, we decide we're going to do it right away. We ask Allah subhana wa tada to forgive all those who have passed away. We ask Allah subhana wa tada to cure all of those who are ill. We ask Allah we ask God Almighty to us.
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