Humility In Authority
Channel: Abdul Nasir Jangda
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Jumuah Khutbah on March 3, 2017
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at the time and during the lifetime of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
One of the most remarkable and monumental events and moments from the life of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam is what we remember as fetch from Makkah, roughly translated as the conquest of Makkah, the opening of Makkah, Islam finally coming in arriving, and being embraced by the Moroccans and the people of Makkah.
And to understand exactly the significance of everything that happens during this monumental event, which I would like to talk about today, we need to first understand the context and we need to understand the entirety of the scope of what this event actually represented what it meant.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam 20 years before this, he received over 20 years before this event, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam received divine revelation and you receive divine inspiration the message from Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And shortly thereafter, it had been about 18 years since the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam began to openly preach and teach the message of Islam in Mecca.
And we know the history that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was almost immediately faced with he was met with denial, rejection, ridicule from the people of Mecca.
And that conduct and that tone of the people of Makkah continued until it it it became even worse. Eventually, they turned to violence and persecution.
And it got so bad that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam had to send many Muslims nearly 100 believers, he had to send them away from their homes and their families. The place that they knew that was the that was their own, he had to send them away from there to live as refugees in East Africa inhibition. And amongst the people who fled was the own daughter of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam along with her husband, earthman rockfon.
And this continued on for the next few years, until eventually the situation got so bad that they boycotts and placed sanctions against the Muslim community, and anyone who would support the Muslim community and remove them from the city of Mecca, and made them live in the valley, the sheriff of obatala for three years, where people starved and they suffered.
And even after rejoining the community, the persecution and the violence only became worse. So much so that it got to the point of putting together outright assassination attempts against the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, which ultimately, it culminated in the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam leaving the city of Mecca and migrating to the city of Medina. And once they had gone to the city of Medina 13 years into this mission, it did not stop.
But there were constant attacks and intimidation and spying and efforts made to
destabilize the Muslim community in Medina. And she even eventually got to the point in the fifth year of their Revit residents in the city of Medina, where they came with an allied army and tried to burn Medina to the ground, what we remember as a battle of the trench, so this had continued on for a very long time. And this relationship had been extremely difficult and, and strenuous. And a great challenge for the prophets allowed him in the believers.
Ultimately, as we know, there was a treaty of who they be. And there was some semblance of peace that was secured at that time. But even at that time, there was a lack of respect, a complete rejection and denial, and a very begrudging type of ceasefire that they remained it. So much so that in the year after the Treaty of who they be, when the profits a lot of these women, the Muslims would come to Mecca to perform.
Many of the leadership of the city of Mecca, left to Makkah for three days while the prophets Allah, he said, I'm in the Muslims would be in Mecca, and boy, and they protested, the presence of the profits allowed to summon the city of Makkah, that have Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is inaka, we will not be in Mecca, Mecca is not big enough for both of us.
And this was the tone. So much so that eventually in the eighth year of hegira, not even two whole years after the treaty, they violated and they broke the treaty. And that led to the conquest of Makkah. Now I want everyone in your, for just a moment in your head, to kind of do the math at all, connect all these different dots together. Think about
what the nature of this relationship and what the dynamic between the prophets allottee someone who has been,
they've persecuted Muslims, they've tortured people, they've attacked and even tried to assassinate the prophets, a lot of the time, they have murdered believers in broad daylight. They have waged war against the prophets allottee, some of the Muslims in Islam. And this has been a 20 year long ordeal.
And after 20 years, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam has the upper hand.
He marches into Makkah, the qure surrenders, and they hand over the city of Mecca to the profits allottee center.
So you have finally, try to put yourself in that situation. Imagine yourself in that scenario, if you have finally achieved victory over
your mortal enemy of 20 years,
someone who has done everything in their power to destroy you for 20 years, for two decades.
You now have the upper hand, you now have victory, you have the last laugh.
Now try to envision and try to imagine how you would conduct yourself in that situation. And many of us can't even begin to
it's very easy for us to talk about forgiveness and kindness and generosity and forbearance and patience. And it's very easy to talk about it. But imagine actually being in that situation.
And we all experience
authority, because essentially, this is not just the fact of the profits of lobbyists on one.
It's not just a simple game, like it's not sports, like you finally beat your opponent.
No, no, it's far beyond that. Not only did he win, but he now has authority over them.
He can do whatever he wants, he can say whatever you want, he can decide whatever he wills, and there's no one to check him. There's no one to correct him. There's no one to fight him.
He has authority over them.
And we as I was saying before, we all have some level of authority.
In some type of situation.
Someone is a parent. And that way you have authority over your children.
And you can tell them what to do and what not to do.
And especially if they're young, they're not even really in a position to ask you why or why not or to challenge your authority.
Someone might find themselves in a position of authority at work. You might be you might own a business. You might have employees, you might be a supervisor or a manager and you have people for lack of a better phrase at your mercy.
You can do what you want. You can say what you want, even not completely, not totally but to somebody
To some capacity,
someone might find themselves in a position of authority. This is a little bit more specific, more unique. But what if somebody finds themselves in a position of financial authority
where you're holding the checkbook.
And you have this illusion of power in this situation? What if you go as far as finding yourself in a position of political authority, social capital.
And then think about how we handle those situations and how we conduct ourselves.
And look around the world today how people handle that level of authority.
And then imagine having this type of authority at your fingertips.
And this is where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he teaches us a very profound lesson.
And I there's so many different moments and interactions and conversations from the financial market the conquest of Makkah, but I wanted to specifically key in on the profits, a lot of times the interactions with just one person
who may have been heard of was the name of a senior leader of the Pradesh.
Back when the Prophet sallallahu Sallam was in the city of Mecca, preaching and teaching his message.
And this men, without any exaggeration, was a vile human being.
He was rude, he was arrogant, he was
unethical, immoral. He was a wealthy, influential, powerful,
mean spirited human being.
So when you combine those things together where someone's mean spirited, and on top of that, then they have power, money and influence, it's very dangerous combination. And so this man, he persecuted and tortured Muslims. He verbally assaulted and attacked the profits a lot of these on a regular basis. He physically tried to attack the profits a lot of the time on multiple occasions. He participated in funding wars against Medina.
He did everything in his power to undermine the Prophet sallallahu sallam, and to make the lives of Muslims as difficult and as challenging as possible.
And this man eventually ended up dying. In that same conflict. He had a son by the name of soft one, soft one, even omega
soft one was considered amongst the next generation, the next wave of leadership in the city of Mecca.
It was supplying the son of omega, there was a crema who was the son of Abu JAL. These were all kind of the next up and coming generation of leaders of Makkah.
They were the Arab parents,
and so forth, just like academia and others, took up the mantle and carried on the work of their fathers. And he did the same thing. Stefan joined the opposition against the prophets a lot. He said them, he participated in wars against the city of Medina, he continued the attacks against the prophets allottee to them, the allegations in the slander against the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and the Muslims.
And he dedicated himself to this cause of destroying the profits of lobbies and destroying the Muslims destroying Islam and persecuting them.
And he was amongst those people. He was amongst a group of people who objected to the Treaty of Philadelphia. We don't we don't want to go into a peace treaty with these people. And he was amongst those people who protested the following year, the profits alonnisos presence in Mecca.
And he went outside and said, I will not be in makalah Mohamed Salah December's in Mecca.
When the Congress of Mecca when fetch omaka finally happened, Cephalon said, I have to flee, I have to run.
I know the crimes that I've committed
against this community against these people, these human beings, I've murdered, I've tortured. I've slandered. I've done terrible things. And so he fled.
And he said that I don't care if I have to drown in the ocean. But I will not stay here in Makkah and suffered the indignity of surrendering to Mohammed Salah the symbol of being at the mercy of Mohammed. I won't. I'll drown in the ocean if I have to. And so he runs and flees my cup. And again, I mentioned in this, this is not a man who is repentant. This is not Abu sufian who goes outside of Macau before the Prophet Allah is home sits down and he says, Please forgive me.
Allow me to try to make things right. That's not what he's doing. He's saying No, I will not suffer. Do
surrendering to Mohammed salatu salam, I'm leaving, I'm gone, I'll drown in the ocean if I have to, but I won't do this.
And he flees, and he runs one of his very close friends, another one of the younger kind of like, ranks of leadership in Mecca, are made a big one.
He accepts Islam. He comes to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And it says, a messenger of God, my good friend, a leader of his people, and he kind of tries to petition the prophets a lot, he Salah, he says all messenger of God, we want to secure the city of Mecca, you will need these people to buy into the message. We are a tribal people.
And what that means is that we have loyalty to our leaders.
And the leaders who are the sons of our leaders, we have loyalty.
And so people feel a sense of affinity and loyalty to the to the leaders of their tribes. My good friend who is a leader of his tribe,
and if he comes on board, if you show him, you know, mercy
and that wins him over that will win over all of his people. This is a strategic move Yasuko law very humbly.
And so he says this friend, leader of his people that I speak of is sulphonic Beatlemania. I know that he's a criminal.
But I asked you, I beg you, I plead with you.
grant him safe passage. guarantee him protection, amnesty,
please, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam without hesitating for a second amento without blinking. Immediately, the prophets of Allah said he has been granted amnesty. He is safe. No one will lay a finger on it. But I'm going to just like that.
wiping away 20 years of enmity, animosity, hatred, aggression, violence, like that. But
but the prophets allottee, some says.
he says, All messenger of Allah, because they just witnessed something miraculous, something that normal people are not capable of just forgiveness like that.
And so even he's having a hard time believing it. He's standing right there. He's having a hard time believing. He says a messenger of a life I go when I get him, and I tell him, the process of us forgiving you.
He won't believe me, who would believe it?
Who would believe that?
So please give me something arduini Allah Martin, give me something that is a sign
that proves to him that I'm coming from you.
Like in our day and age, maybe you would record a video of yourself saying that. So give me something that guarantees to him that you have, in fact, given him this protection to safety.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is wearing in a mama, a turban, a head covering
the profits, a lot of em takes off his turban. And this was a sign of dignity, that head covering
in that culture was a sign of like one's dignity. If you wanted to show honor to someone, you would take off your headcovering and put it on their head. And it was a way for you to like show honor to someone respect to someone.
The profits, a lot of them takes off, is there a mama? And he hands it to him and he goes here, take my mama, take my turban, take my head covering and show it to him. This will prove to him that you come from me. And how would somebody just come and snatch the head covering of the profits a lot isn't possible. You can only have this if I give it to you. So here you go. For an enemy.
What would we have said in that situation? Go and tell him I forgave him. I need some proof. Well, that's his problem, not mine. Right? I know myself. That's what I would have said.
That's fine. I forgive him. Oh, but he won't forgive Believe me and can you provide some proof or evidence? Listen, I already forgave him. What more do you want from me? That's not my problem. If he doesn't believe it, that's his problem. Let him deal with it.
I know myself, but the prophets a lot of humans going to this man trouble to prove to an enemy, a criminal, that he's forgiven him.
generosity that knows no bounds. And so the prophets allowed him gives him a mama or maybe even goes to Safari in omega Safari. He finds a fund in omega at the at the shores at the port and he's looking for a ship to
aboard a ship, and he sees him from a distance and he's about to board the ship. So one knows that Romanian has accepted a song. So when he sees him, he doesn't completely trust him.
And so are made calls up to Safari. He says, Yes, have fun.
Yes, have fun. And then he says that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has granted you protection.
And someone tells him that
He says, Get away from me, what are you talking about? He's forgiven me a half an octave octan I'm afraid that I'm going to be executed in your you're talking about forgiveness,
and are made runs keeps on running closer to him. And then waves the a mama shows him the turban. And he says, Look, this is the turban of the prophets. A lot of a sudden he put it in my hands, I'm coming to you guaranteed to you that the profits a lobbyist has granted you protection and supply is in disbelief. Like how is that even possible? And then serve? Ahmed tells him that he says j to come in in the hiding us. You see what you don't understand is that I'm coming to you from the best of people. We're all sullenness the most, you know, compassionate and a person who brings people together. There's been no greater human being to join people together.
What about in us the most pious and righteous of the people? Well, I mean us, the most patient and gentle and forbearing of the people
much to whom much do come listen to me. Come with me. Go to him, and his nobility will be your nobility. His Zulu is suka his honor will be your honor. align yourself with him and you'll benefit monka who will KUKA
his dominion his kingdom is something that you will benefit from.
And then he says that
aina abou aina omocha beak he says that where we're at today is your mother and father they're long gone. And he says that Koo Kumba, have enough Sica. He says please I beg you and plead you for the sake of Allah. I beg and plead with you for the sake of Allah, that save your soul, save your life, in this life and in the next income to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
Stefan returns back with his buddy are made, comes into Mecca, sits down in front of the prophets, a lot of the prophets, a lot of them welcomed him. And when he sits the profits, a lot of a sudden tells him as your buddy or Mater has told you, you have been granted protection. But I want to talk to you about Islam.
And he shares within the message of Islam calls into a law invites him to Islam.
Now, listen again here.
So one has already been granted protection forgiven in spite of being a criminal.
And when the process of inviting to a song he says, I hear you, but I'm not convinced of your message.
Give me two months. And I'll think about it.
You know, they say Beggars can't be choosers. He's in this position. What type of leverage does he have? How is he in a position to negotiate anything at all?
And yet, in spite of that, he says that give me two months and I think about your message.
The profits or money some says you asked for two months take four months. But think about it, figure it out.
Now the story doesn't even end here. It continues. A month later, not even a whole month later, about three weeks after this. When Mecca is safe and secure the profits alarmism receives news that there's an army getting together from the Bedouin tribes of Hawaii as in the people have bought if have joined in and there's an army that is coming towards Makkah to fight the Muslims.
The Prophet sallallahu Sallam gathers all the believers together and he says that we have to go face this threat. It was known as a battle of who named Stefan as I mentioned before, was a very wealthy person.
He was a wealthy person. He owned himself personally and entire armory.
He owned an entire armory. The narrations mentioned that he had 100 armors enough weapons to equip 100 soldiers he personally owned that many weapons.
So he had this entire stock of like weaponry, enough to supply 100 soldiers.
The profits a lot he seldom goes to him.
Now listen, again, I want to remind every
One of the context the profits a lot SLM is in charge of the city of Mecca, Croatia surrendered to Him.
Stefan has been forgiven by him and been given amnesty by the profits, a lot of the profits, a lot of them has total authority in Mecca. If you wanted to, he would have called someone and said, hey, go get all your weaponry.
You have 10 minutes.
That was that he had that type of power. But the Prophet salani some speaks to Stefan and he says that I have been told that you have a lot of equipment. We're about to go out to battle. I have soldiers who need equipment.
Can you can we use your equipment?
He says a husband Yeah, Muhammad.
He says are you forcefully taking it from me Mohammed? Look at this. He's living in Mecca under the protection of the process of doesn't call him jasola la Yana biella. Nothing like that just calls him Hey, Mohammed.
The Audacity. He says a husband Yeah, Mohammed. So what you're gonna force me to give you my stuff, Mohammed.
If, again, I know myself if I wasn't gonna forcefully take it before I forcefully take it now. I'd be like, actually, yes, I will forcefully take it. But who's the prophets Allah? The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says LA, Bella return mug, Mona 10 Hatton at the lake? He says, No, no, we would like to borrow it from you. And I fully guaranteed the safe return of your equipment. And if the equipment is damaged, I will replace it. And we will bring it back to you. Such humility. Why?
Because it's the right thing to do. And it doesn't even end there. They go through the Battle of who name then they have the Battle of thought if then they return back to Makkah. And a few weeks later, and when they return back to Morocco A few weeks later, the prophets a lot even tells us about bringing Stefan's equipment, bring it and deliver it back to him. And when they deliver the equipment back this one some of the equipment is missing. Some of the equipment is damaged the profits or loss of a certain telsa form Can you please tell me what's missing and what's damaged so that I can pay you for it?
attain paying is subject
so I can pay you for it.
Now listen to what Stefan says.
He says Laia rasulillah interesting. Before he said yeah, Mohammed now he says Yara sudama he says no messenger of God.
In me Allah Yama or boof in Islam.
He says no messenger of Allah I am interested in Islam.
It is my honor to be able to contribute something to the cause.
This is how the prophets Allah be someone over
even the most bitterest of his enemies. Literally a practical demonstration of the eye of the Quran that we talked about that we that we translate
but he lived it and showed us how to live it.
What that is so we'll have one or two when I say we are good and bad or not equal
it for our ability here is an always respond back with something better. For even though the vena cava Vina who Adama all of a sudden miraculously inexplicably, the person that was your most bitter enemy,
enemy will become your most loyal friend and supporter would do anything for you.
This is what the prophets Allah Thomas, this is the value of humility.
And I want to conclude and wrap this up
with the words of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam where he summarized this trait this attribute this quality, Mantovani, lackey Rafa hula,
then he whosoever
humbles themselves for the sake of Allah, regardless of who's in front of you.
Even if you have power over that person, even if you have authority in that equation, Whosoever humbles themselves for the sake of a lot of our law, a lot will elevate them a lot elevates that person, honors that person.
And so, each and every single one of us need to really think about this reflect upon this.
What situations do we find ourselves in?
whether it'd be like I said before, at home,
amongst friends, family, at work in our businesses,
let alone in society in the community. Whenever we find ourselves in any type of a position with even a modicum of authority. Humility
is the secret ingredient. Humility is what it what the situation calls for humility.
is the key to success.
That's what the prophets a lot of them did. And that's why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had the type of love. That's why they loved him. That's why they adored him. That's why they would do anything for him.
Baraka love Milena, welcome.
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