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Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah Allah, Allah He was a big marine
Alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu.
I hope and pray that everyone is well on this blessed day a Friday, a day that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, is a day of light, a day of illumination, a day of nearness and closeness to Allah subhanaw taala. There is a reserved hour during this day, a time during this day, when the supplications of people are accepted by Allah.
This is a day on which the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam he advised us to send Salawat to send peace and blessings and salutations doodled upon the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam abundantly. This is a day on which the prophets a lot he said I'm taught us to commit to reciting the Quran on a regular basis, particularly surah number 18. So to get half, that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam demonstrated and he instructed us to have a regular practice of reading sort of to get half every single Friday. So this is indeed a very, very blessed and remarkable day. And as has probably been said on previous sessions of the Friday reminder,
it is not lost on me.
The difficulty, the adversity, and the unusual nature of our circumstances, where many of us are still not able to attend the masjid or different congregations, even where there are congregations occurring, then it is a very brief short congregation. But we are all missing and lacking that inspiration, that motivation that insight that we
gain on the day of Friday, where Allah subhanaw taala says either new deal is Salatu Meeow meeow. Juma it first Oh elastically lanky whether they are that whenever the call is made on the day of Friday for prayer, the Friday prayer so lots of the call is made, it is time for Juma Allah subhanaw taala says fessor o Elijah Kayla, rush to the remembrance of God rush to the remembrance of Allah subhanaw taala. And that remembrance of Allah is something that sustains our soul. It nourishes our hearts. And it's a lot of times something that keeps you going and motivated throughout the rest of your week going into the following week. And when that next Friday rolls around, you're already
eager once again, to get that nourishment for your hearts. In the current circumstance, the predicament of the pandemic that we face right now, that's something that is not as available. That is something that has become very difficult than scarce to acquire due to the circumstances. But it's important for us to utilize whatever means we do have whatever outlets we do have whatever capability we possess, to do the best that we can, and to do the most that we can. The Prophet of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says in a very beautiful Hadith, that man he took a man who fetched any boo, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says, When I tell you to abstain from something, the
prophet to lobbyism says what I tell you to stay away from something, to abstain from something, to desist with something
then stay away from it. abandon it, immediately stop engaging in it. Well, my mother token behavior. And when I tell you to do something, when I instruct you to do something, to mean who must have taught them, then do it to the best of your ability, do it to the best of your ability. And so we are supposed to engage with the remembrance of Allah subhanaw taala we're supposed to be inspired and motivated, and to be reinvigorated in our commitment to Allah subhanaw taala on the day of Friday, that is a function of July. And there's an ideal way to do it. If that is not available, then it becomes
it becomes our responsibility to do the best that we can. And so in light of that, in the spirit of that we join you here every Friday afternoon in the current circumstances, to be able to provide a little insight and motivation for ourselves and also be able to share some of this inspiration with y'all at home.
The theme that we're going to be talking about and that overall dominates the days that we are in right now is the Prophet Ibrahim alayhis. Salam, the month of
the 100 without the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the spirit of the season of Hajj. And through all of that we have a very clear focus on the Prophet Ibrahim Ali said, I mean, let's be clear about him as a loss of power which Allah says, The Prophet of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, our messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, when he was asked Maha de la Bahia, Rasul Allah, the Messenger of God the sacrifices that we offer, what is the purpose? What is the objective? What exactly is the inspiration behind the sacrifice? And the Prophet of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said sooner to abiko Ibrahim, that this is the tradition established by your
spiritual forefather Ibrahim alayhis salam. And as Ron also tells us, what Jackie doofy lucky haka Jihad II, that strive for the pleasure of Allah subhana wa tada to the best of your ability and to the level that Allah deserves from you. What is it about him? Well, my Java config demon, Harbhajan Illa chose you for this demon this religion, and he did not put an excessive undue amount of hardship upon you within this religion, mini lecture or become Ibrahim, this is the tradition of your spiritual forefather Ibrahim, who has some macromol muslimeen. God has named you as Muslims. So Ibrahim Ali Salaam, in his remarkable profound tradition is a big part of the focus in these first
10 days of the month of the hijab. And one of the thing the thing that I wanted to talk about here today, very briefly, is that when you look at a lot of the stories of Ibrahim Ali Salman Ibrahim Ali sama, some of the most remarkable stories that are mentioned within the Quran, it starts off with these very, very young and he takes on the idols of his town and his village, and he smashes and destroys all the idols. And as a result of that, he is basically thrown into a fire. They're trying to burn him alive as an example. And Allah subhanaw taala makes the fire cool for him. And I'll come back to that in just a moment.
Ibrahim Ali Salaam is willing to even confront his own father about what he believes Ibrahim alayhis salam is ordered by Allah subhanaw taala to leave his family in the middle of nowhere.
And it was actually the sacred place of the Kaaba. But at that time as he sees it, he describes it, boo. I didn't add that I there's nothing growing there. There's no signs of life there.
Ibrahim alayhi salam, and he does so Ibrahim Ali son was commanded by Allah subhanho wa Taala to sacrifice his son.
And again, he's willing to do that. Allah subhanho wa Taala spares him from that, but he's willing to go through with it if that's what Allah subhanaw taala commands and requires time and time again and the last panel will tell us summarizes it best. We live in tele Ibrahim Abu Dhabi Kalimantan, Fatima hoonah. So Allah subhanaw taala says that you're that Abraham's Lord Ibrahim Alayhi, salam, his Lord his, his master, tested him in a number of different ways for a term mahina. He always came through every single time he passed with flying colors. He fulfilled the obligation, the responsibility every single time. If Allah Allahu Rabu a slim can assume too little blood. I mean,
Allah subhanaw taala tells us that when Allah His Lord, his master his rub, Allah commanded him, Ibrahim, submit
something terrible on me. He said, I have submitted to the Lord of all the worlds.
So if I knew and he said, this is remarkable figure of devotion and dedication that no matter what comes his way, he takes it on. And he's able to thrive and succeed in the face of every single test and trial that he faces. And what I wanted to highlight is, while all these events are very remarkable and profound, and we would benefit from an in depth discussion about any of them,
but what I specifically wanted to talk about is something Allah subhanaw taala brings our attention to in Seurat Ibrahim, the sutra named after Ibrahim Ali Sina sutra number 14
intuitive Rahim where Allah subhanaw taala tells us about Ibrahim Ali Salam at the end.
Allah subhanho wa Taala says something very interesting in the in the beginning of the sutra
that there are a few things here a few principles
there are a few principles here in the beginning stated in the beginning of the sutra, that thematically helps you understand who Ibrahim Alayhi Salam is, why he does what he does, and how he's able to do what he's able to do.
So Allah subhanaw taala says, first and foremost, what is the other than a broken leg in Chicago Tula as either know
that your Lord has indeed decreed
that if you are grateful,
that I shall increase you. Allah subhanaw taala says, if you are grateful, Allah is telling us that if we are grateful, then he Allah will increase us.
So the very and then if you are ungrateful, well in comfort him if you're ungrateful.
In other vilasa D, then Allah says, indeed, my punishment is very severe. So the very first principle that we see is gratitude. See, to take on challenges to face adversity head on, to be able to succeed through difficulty and tragedy and adversity and trial and tribulation. If you do not have gratitude, it's very difficult to do. Because if you are not grateful for what you have, if you are not grateful for what you have been given, then the moment that tragedy strikes, the moment that difficulty arrives,
you're only going to be thinking about one thing, you're going only going to be obsessing about the fact that why me Why me?
What am I supposed to do with this? How am I supposed to handle this? What am I supposed to do now.
But if you have a baseline, if you have a foundation of gratitude to Allah subhanaw taala. And one thing goes wrong. That's exactly what you'll think at that time, is that one thing has gone wrong, and 100 other things are correct and right.
100 other things are correct and right.
It's the summertime.
Like many other people, I might have had some plans to take my kids here to take my family there, to vacation or to have some, you know, excursion, you go out to explore, you see different places, I might have had some plans like that along with a lot of other people. Maybe in the current situation, that's not something that's, you know, I feel like I'm able to do.
So, once again, if I do not have a baseline, a foundation of gratitude, all I'm going to be thinking about is, oh, man, I worked hard all year long. The kids went to school, we finally have summer, and now our summers ruined, we don't have anything anymore. versus if I have a baseline and a foundation of gratitude, that I'm sitting there thinking I'm still alive and healthy, with a roof over my head.
with bread on the table.
My wife and my kids are alive and healthy,
safe and sound. We're all together
with a roof over our head bread on our table Imani in our hearts.
And if I have that foundation, I'm thinking about that, then when I think about the fact that Oh, but I wasn't able to go here, I wasn't able to do that.
Then at that point in time, that will not rattle me, that will not shake me because I know what I do have they in Shackleton? And through that gratitude, Allah subhanaw taala says he will give you more. But if you think about it, you grow in that moment. You grow you realize more and more blessings in that moment.
Let us see the next. The second principle that I wanted to highlight here, that is talked about in the beginning of surah number 14, so let's Ebrahim and it helps us understand.
You know, who Ibrahim Alayhi Salam is all what he did and how he was able to do what he was able to do.
And that is the last panel which Allah says that one marlana so they call it the whom Russolo in elaboration on Mithra come when I came to La Jolla Mundo let me shut them in everybody here are my Candela and not to be so gone in 1111 that Allah subhanaw taala says that the messengers who were sent to the people, they said to them, we are human beings just like the rest of y'all. Rather, however, Allah subhanaw taala has given us a blessing. And he gives that blessing to whomsoever He chooses from amongst his servants. And it is not allowed for us it is not possible for us to claim to come to you with any kind of authority unless we come
With the permission and the will of Allah subhanaw taala. And then they say, Why Allah Allah He folia tawakoni me known and only upon God
and only upon Allah.
Do the believers place their faith in their trust.
And then in verse number 12, while marlana
Why wouldn't we? Atlanta Taka Allah, Allah lucky? Why wouldn't we
put our faith in our trust in our reliance upon Allah? Why wouldn't we
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when he is the one who had who guided us to the truth,
he's the one who showed us the way
when us read on allama day to Luna, and we will endure whatever you throw our way, with patience, with resilience, with steadfastness, while a lucky failure to work kellele moto killer,
and let those who have the capacity
to show trust, to show faith, to show reliance.
Let those who have the ability, the capacity to show faith and trust, let them put their faith and trust in Allah and only and solely upon the law.
And so these are two principles that we see here laid out for us to very foundational ideals laid out here in the beginning of sort of to Brahim that helps to decipher it is decipher it helps us understand the stories and the experiences of Ibrahim Ali Sara, that how is somebody able to endure that and do that? Stand up?
In the face of such difficulty, such adversity, be able to make such profound sacrifices? How is someone able to do that? What when they are grateful to Allah for what they have?
And then they put their faith and trust in Allah?
Then really anything is possible.
And to illustrate this, I will close with this one particular moment from the life of Ibrahim Ali Salam that is illustrated to us in the Quran, you might have, you know, heard me talk about this before previously. If that's the case, I apologize. But nonetheless, the Quran tells us whether kid we need to continuously be reminded
that they cannot infer meaning because there are benefits to believer. So Allah subhanaw taala in Surah number 21 tells us about one particular moment from the life of Ibrahim alayhis Salam welaka atina Ibrahim urrutia NaVi alameen he came of age he was a young man now young adults is a bee You owe me he Mojave Timothy realty until the hockey phone. He told his people his father, what are the sculptures the statues that you worship? Other than God? Follow? Would you then I bought another hobby then they said we found our forefathers worshipping them. Finally, look at the quantum computer Aladdin movie and he goes that means that they were wrong and you are wrong. That doesn't
make it okay.
By the way, to not be happy. I'm antamina. Larry, when they said are you going to tell us what you want to tell us? Are you here to just make fun of us? Bah, bah, bah, boom Ragusa, watching watty will urban levy Fatah hoonah Anna Allah Danica mina shocky. Dean. He said, Indeed, I am here to tell you something and that is your Lord in the Lord of all the heavens and the earth is the one who uniquely created everything that that is a law. And I am here as a witness
to that fact, before you in upon you, what's a lucky lucky cinema combined that into along with the bidding, Ibrahim Ali Salam says that I swear to God, I will show you I will make clear to you the reality of these idols that you show such devotion to
very, very soon.
And this variation tells us that they had a festival of some sorts outside of the town. They all went there he brought him on he said I'm stayed back, due to not feeling well and up to going and while they were gone, he smashed and broke all the idols. For john let him do that and the lack of below 1111 we lay here and you're only left the big one, so that he could really show these people how misguided this worship of idols is. By lumen father Javi Ali hatena in level Amina volley me, they said who did that to our idols? It's a terror only a terrible person would do such a thing on was send me an alpha 10 Yes, go to whom you Allahu Ibrahim. They said we've heard about this young
We've heard this young man who is always criticizing our idols, and they call him Ibrahim.
Glad to be here Allah unit nesina Allah who they said Go and bring him in front of the people so that we can make an example out of him before the people. Babu and Stefan Ali hatena Ibrahim, they said did you do this to our gods into our idols? Oh we Brahim Bala been for Allah who Kavita whom he said Why? Couldn't have the largest idol have done this? why they're all smashed and broken, he is still left standing and one generations have been cathedra hum Allahu taala mentions that the acts are the sledgehammer the tool that Ibraheem alehissalaam had used to smash up all the idols that he left that in the hands, he hung it around the biggest idol. So he says he's still standing holding
Why couldn't he have done it for aluminum and getting into an asteroid or these are your gods, your deities? Talk to them? Ask them they'll tell you for rajala unforeseen for Apollo in the momentum of volume. They thought for a moment and they said, Are we really that seriously misguided.
Thelma Lucas who are allowed to see him, but then they let themselves get deceived and diluted once again. For Paolo, la Darlington Maha Shula EMT Poon and they said, Hey, why are you telling us I see idols, you know, these idols can't talk to us. Father of a taboo, let me during the lagging my lagging for Oh, come on, what are you doing wrong? He said, Then why do you worship other than God, something that cannot benefit you in the least bit nor could it ever harm you or felucca Malema will do them into the law. It is very regrettable you in your behavior and what you worship other than Allah is truly regrettable. I felt alone, are you not thinking or you're not using your God given
intellect to understand how misguided our foolishness is? Follow Hari Oh, who wants to come in counterfactually. They got together and they said, let's turn this into a moment, a rally cry. And they started this propaganda. And they said that let's burn him at the stake and help your Gods What does burning him have to do with helping their idols, but they said, burn him at the stake, and help your gut in quantum fire healing.
If you are worth anything at all, if you're ever going to do anything useful in your life, come through now help the gods and burn this innocent man at the stake. So people can be started to fire and people started bringing whatever they could bring to throw into the fire. And the fire kept growing and increasing and growing and increasing to the point where it got so huge. And it was so out of hand that people could not even get near it.
So they said how do we put Ibrahim into the fire now. So they construct a catapult will launch them into the fire.
And once they build the catapult, they take your knees and they tie his arms, they tie his legs. They put him inside of the catapult and while he's sitting there arms tied legs tied completely at the mercy of the situation. Or so it looks like
that he turns to Allah.
Allah anta Anthony Illa who fill up
well, and then to fill Excuse me, I love my anthem, ALLAH hafiz sama to fill up. Excuse me.
A love my until 11 fifth summer. Oh ally You are the Lord in the heavens.
What an ally Bluefin
and I am your devout slave and worshiper on the earth.
Please save me and help me.
At that point in time, they come and they launched a catapult.
And Ibrahim Ali said, I'm flying through the year
and over and flying through the air. Think about how helpless someone would feel in that situation.
End over end arms and legs tied flying through the air. And when he reaches a trajectory, the height of the trajectory
that then he starts to be able to see where he's falling. And they see this giant raging fire. This beast waiting to devour him.
And at that point in time,
it's like time froze. The angel gibreel alehissalaam comes to Ibrahim Alayhi Salam
and says Anima dawn, I'm here I've requested permission to
And then he says Alexa hajah
Is there anything I can do for you? And Ibrahim Ali so even though jabril Ali Salaam Of course comes from Allah subhanho wa Taala but Ibrahim Ali some to teach us a lesson to illustrate the deeper understanding an idea here. He says something very powerful so that we never get it wrong. We never get it twisted. We never get confused in this matter.
He says I'm not a Laker fella.
As far as you are concerned, I don't need anything.
I'm not a lucky phenom.
But do I need a lot? Oh, yes, absolutely. All the time, every time.
Always. I am in need of Allah.
And he says that
and at that moment, Allah subhanaw taala does something. The most remarkable things that's ever happened in the history of the world. It's mentioned in the Quran. One of the most powerful moments in the Quran.
Allah says putting now we we decreed we said we pronounced at that moment in time. Yeah, now. Oh fire. Cooney berdan wa salam and Allah Ibrahim
become cool and peaceful. Cool and safe. Upon Ibrahim
Ibrahim Alayhi Salam lands in the fire. And I'm delivering Mr. radi Allahu Allahu says is narrated by even cathedra from Allah to Allah mentioned in his to seed. I've done him in Lesotho, the Allahu Allahu says when he lands in the fire, the ropes that were tied to his arm and his legs, they burn away.
But it doesn't burn a single hair on his head, not a single spot on his skin, nothing. It does not harm him in the least bit.
is what exemplifies the gratitude that Ibrahim Ali Salam had, that he acknowledges in that moment, that desperate moment, that Oh, Allah, I worship you. I have faith, I have human, I know who you are, I worship you. And he was grateful for his faith, even when his life was in jeopardy, think about that.
And number two, look at how much faith and trust he has in Allah.
even the impossible,
the seemingly impossible, what people would call it impossible. It's totally possible.
Miracles will happen.
But we first have to remember to be grateful.
And we got to remind ourselves to put our faith and trust in Allah. Now I know that's easier said than done.
I'm certain somebody's thinking, well, that's easier said than done, brother.
But there is a pathway to it, there is a formula to it, there is a method for it. And that method is, initially you'll have to start off by just telling yourself that you put your trust in Allah telecontrol Allah Allah, I put my trust in Allah. That's all you got. You just tell yourself that and tell yourself that every time you face a difficulty, tell yourself that when you wake up in the morning, tell yourself that in the afternoon, tell yourself that when you are going to bed at night, I put my trust in Allah. And you will keep telling yourself and then you'll start arriving at moments where you'll get the opportunity to practice that. And ultimately it will start to become
your reality, your default mode, that you just have your faith in your trust in Allah.
May Allah subhanaw taala grant us all Eamonn May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant his gratitude, and May Allah subhanaw taala grant us the trust, the resolve, the resilience and the reliance upon Allah, as demonstrated by the prayer by the great prophet and messenger of Allah, Ibrahim alayhis salam. I mean the Arab land I mean,
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