The Greatest Love
Channel: Abdulbary Yahya
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when we mentioned when we mentioned the word love
you think about
me some people they think about loving for the sake of Allah Subhana Allah panna
and it seems sometimes for a person
to really say that they love someone
In some cultures it's almost like a taboo.
when the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was asked
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and when he returned, because the Muslims
were in that battle, accompanied by Amitabh nos, and led by him also.
And so he came home and he said,
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Who is the most beloved of the people to you? Who is more beloved to you?
if someone were to be at work, someone were asked this question.
In our time, what do you think they would say? Like, say someone practicing?
Well, what do you think they would say? Who's more beloved to you?
You would say, maybe, you would sound some people if this was just a regular question without me amongst the people who are monks who, who is more beloved to you. Who do you love the most?
Some people would say your mother, some people would say Allah. Right? He will mention Allah. But
if you were to ask someone,
maybe the mom or the teacher or someone in the community, or even your relatives, who's more beloved to you, would they mention
their wife's name?
Like sometimes it's difficult to say, you know, in some cultures, especially nowadays, to say somebody's name, especially your wife's name, but that's what the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, he said,
he said it.
Like, in our time, let's save the mom said, someone were to ask who's more we love to you. Who do you love the most? And he mentioned Fatima, or, or Ayesha or Asya, or whatever his wife's name was.
She mentions his wife's name with a villa, how could he say something like that in front of everybody?
let's do it.
So but do you understand? Like it would be it would, some people will feel uncomfortable, but the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was open when it came to proclaiming his love for Asia. And then he said in them
Then he then after that,
I would have nicely said in my luminary job, they know what I mean is the men amongst the men, who do you love the most. And he doesn't even mention her father's name. Her father's name is of course abubaker when he says abou her, her father, her father, it's, it's the way that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam showed his love also for for his wives for his wives. And
even though the beginning and said this is the love for the loving Allah subhanho wa Taala but the topic that I want to speak about the greatest love of all, was, is the love for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala the love that is for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala and that's the strongest love of all, and that's why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Men have vanilla
we're above Oban Illa, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah for Paddy stickman, Eman.
loves, for the sake of Allah. And this likes for the sake of Allah. And he gives for the sake of Allah and he holds back for the sake of Allah, then his faith has been completed.
So what does it mean? When we say?
Loving for the sake of Allah subhana wa tada?
And why did why is it important for us to love each other for the sake of Allah. The reason is, because if we want to intergender
we have to learn to love each other.
If we want to intergender we have to learn to love each other.
You might say, Well, you know what, I just need to take care of myself.
But the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
a few things
to the entry of gender.
And he says, Let that whole genetic data to me No, you will not enter Paradise until you have faith until you believe.
Well, that'll mean you had to have blue. And you will not have faith until you learn to love each other.
If Allah do leukomalacia, in either fall to move to have to do you like me to show you something that if you were to do it, you would love each other? He said, after Salama by Nick Bailey, he said spread the salams amongst yourselves. So why is it important for us to love because if we don't love each other, we won't be able to work with each other. And we will not be able to
we will not be able to
have faith in true Eman until we love each other, you will not be able to get things done. Just like if you want to complete a project. If you want to do anything, you can't do it by yourself. We have to learn to love each other we have to learn to work with each other, we have to learn to respect each other and if we can't do that, then what ends up happening is that people will continue to fight over this and over that. And a lot of people will
Will not you know will will be fighting because of their own enough's. What I mean by this is loving for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala
is different than just, you know, just the natural love that a person has. It's much stronger,
loving for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala as you're doing all of this, based on your love of Allah subhanho wa Taala and based and you're doing all of this not for your own personal gain. And that's why when people are sincere and they love each other for the sake of Allah,
you will see that people will do things and they will embark on things and they'll do it, even if they don't get the credit.
Because no matter what you do, Allah subhanho wa Taala will always know what you're doing. And we would get so much more done. If people would just do things and not worry who gets the credit. Because there are so many organizations, so many
projects that get bogged down, because maybe there's opposition from another person or another group why
Because they didn't start it, and if this project were successful, then the other person would get the credit. But any, if you love each other for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala
then, and you're doing it solely for the sake of Allah subhana wa tada and there's sincerity in it. Then Allah Subhana puts Baraka in it, and everyone helps each other. And that's why we have to try to build this love. We have to do things that will increase this love. And that's why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said, If Allah De Luca Marashi, neither for ultimo, to hubub, let me show you something
that you can do,
to increase that love amongst yourselves. And so this is something practical. And this is what the prophet Salam always, when he taught us to do something, he always gave us something practical that we can do to fulfill that objective. And so what is something that we can do to increase our love? The first thing he said, is after Salama Bionicle, this spread this alarms amongst yourselves, spread the salaams giving salaams to someone not because not because you know them already know. You give salaams because it is part of a vida. It's an act of Riba, that act of worship, and you're trying to earn the pleasure of Allah.
Just like when you pray, you pray because you want to earn the pleasure of Allah. So you give salams because it's an act of a Bada, an act of worship, when you're saying it towards another Muslim, and you're looking for those opportunities, whether you know, that Muslim or not. And that's why amongst the signs of the Day of Judgment is that akona salaamu malefor, that person will give salons because it's only because they know the other person or because they need to know something. They only give to those who they know. And also when they need to know something like for example, someone might come to you, you've never seen them before, you've never seen them in the area. And they come to you
and say Salaam Alaikum brother, so they give salons and hamdulillah. But then they'll say,
Brother, do you know where the closest highlight restaurant is?
The reason why they gave salaams is to get your attention.
And if they did not, if they didn't need anything, they wouldn't have given setups to you. And this is one of the signs of the Day of Judgment. And that's why we should revive this by giving salams for the, for the sake of Allah and doing it as an act of worship. Another thing that we should do, to increase this love is to tell each other, that we love each other. That's why the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said, either have
a heart for you, and know who you have.
If someone loves his brother, then let him tell him that he that he loves him.
And so that's why if you love someone, you see someone you love them for the sake of Allah, then you go and tell them that you love them. And a lot of people do not realize that
the people who are closest to you,
those who are closest to you are deserving of this more than anyone else. Which means that part of an act, one of the acts of worship
is that you tell the people who are closest to you that you love them.
And you say it over and over again. And you do it often, to tell them that you love them. If not every day, then at least three or four times a day.
If you're at work, call your wife, or call your husband to tell them that you love them for no other reason except that you love them. just telling them even though they might know that you love them, and sometimes they'll say, well then show it like
that you love them. Yeah, but the thing is, when you tell them also, and you let them know that you love them. It increases the bond and that's why the Prophet sallallahu wasallam mentioned and then we're talking about even other people you know, not not not even close relatives in the Hadith from in sooner. Abu Dawood from nsmb Malik, Nairobi alojado
there was a man
who said that there was a man who was with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and a man passed by and he said to the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa so he said, Yeah, Rasul Allah, in your head, Buddha said, You know, I love that man. For call Allah, Allah, Allah Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said,
did you let him know? Did you let him know that you know
him? And he said, No, I didn't tell him. So he said, Go and tell him. And so he caught up with him. And he said to him,
he said in your head Book of Allah, he said, Surely I love you, for the sake of Allah and the other person said, hubback Allah the above Tony law, said May the one whom you love for his sake, one whom you love me for his sake, love you also. So the love is for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala you love the good that people do and also you tell them and you visit each other for the sake of Allah Subhana Allah and if a person loves each person loves another person, for the sake of Allah, he might love him
and that person might not when he that when you don't tell that person
you know there's a bond between you and that person but it's not that strong yet. But as soon as you tell that person right out of the blue, you come to Him not because hey, you know he just fix your car. Let me go salami Brother, you know, I love you for the sake of Allah. No, after he fixes your car after he helps you move, or after he does something for you know, you don't need to just out of the blue go to him and approach him and he hasn't done anything for you. But you say you love him for the sake of Allah telling each other, that you love each other for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala increases the love. And so in order for us remember to increase our Eman because the Prophet
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Let that whole agenda to Hata to me, no,
you will not enter Paradise until you have faith. One of the strongest ways to increase our faith is to do things that will do things that helps us to love each other. And that's why he said, well let that hold.
You will not have faith until you learn to love each other until you love each other. And so it's the beginning. In other words,
trying to love each other. And doing things that will increase our love for each other is an act that is pleasing to Allah that will earn the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala also,
why because any act of worship, the definition of worship is anything that we do, whether it's physical or verbal, or even internally, emotionally, anything that is pleasing to Allah is considered to worship. So loving that which is you know, that which is that which Allah subhanho wa Taala loves, is an act of worship. Why because because we when we love each other for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala it's something that's pleasing to Allah. And so
another thing that we have to do and we have to learn to do is that we have to realize we're all humans
and humans make mistakes.
And there are things that we do sometimes, you know, that we regret.
And we ourselves, all of us, we make mistakes in order for us, you know, true loving for loving someone for the sake of Allah subhana wa tada is wanting the best for that person.
Having a clean heart and wanting the best for that person. And so when you see someone doing something wrong,
do not belittle them just because of that act.
The first thing that you have to do
ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to keep you firm
on the path that you're on, and then you have to,
of course you have to thank Allah subhanho wa Taala that Allah did not test you with what he was he tested him and then you make dua
you make do ask for that brother or that sister? Yeah, Allah sincere, do I not just to say May Allah guide you? You know, some people say May Allah guide you, but really, may Allah guide you. It's the bad thing. right in the heart, they're not like loving Allah guide you like this difference? May Allah guide you out of anger and you say, may Allah guide you don't worry, sometimes you just say it. But do you really mean it? Say it from the bottom of your heart? May Allah guide you. May Allah strengthen you. And then of course, of course you're able to remind them you remind them
but never have that arrogance. To say that you're better because maybe that that which he is the act that he is
maybe forgiven for, but your arrogance may not be.
And that's why you have to realize that we have to be humble, we have to learn humbleness. In order to love each other. We have to be humble. And I'm going to share with you a story that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told us
about two men from Bani Israel, two men from buddy Israel, they were friends.
One of them was very good, quote, unquote, the righteous one, and the other one used to always commit sins. And that one who was practicing would always remind the other one every time he would see him, fall slip, do a do something wrong. He would try to remind him
until one day, he committed an act.
And that man, though his friend said to him, said Allah who never forgive you, love will never forgive you. So the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, and so a lot of handmade, both of them passed away. So they both passed away. And on the Day of Judgment, the prophet SAW I was telling a story that was in the past, and what's going to happen. So on the Day of Judgment, Allah subhanho wa Taala, will bring both of them forward in front of Allah.
And He will say to him say was, he will bring forth the one who, who said that
Allah will never forgive you.
And he will bring them forward and he will say, Who is this person? Who is it?
Who has the who is it that has the audacity to say that I will not forgive so and so? Surely I have forgiven him.
I haven't forgiven him.
And he will say to that man As for you, he will order the angels and he'll be dragged to drag him into the Hellfire I mean, that the one that was supposed to so so so so called pious one. And that's why when you see someone make a mistake,
just know that we're not perfect, but make do it for them. And ask a lot that you be asked a lot for,
for allistic karma,
for righteousness and being righteous, being strong on the path of Allah Subhana Allah
and making the alpha that rather and so that's why part of loving each other for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala is learning to forgive that person also when they make mistakes. And that's why the people of gentlemen as Allah Subhana Allah mentions was that he or lm and Virata Mira de como Jan,
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and why and compete with each other for the forgiveness of Allah. And the paradise of which the width of which is the width of the heavens and the earth, who ate that little bit.
prepared for them. attackin who are the multiple? Who are they? Allah Subhana Allah Allah Allah says, Allah, Dena Yun, Fukuda fissara.
Those who spend in in times of ease and hardship, meaning they're consistent. They're consistently generous in terms of ease and hardship their generous, will count the mean and value. Those who hold back their anger will Athena and Ines and those who forgive others will know who you have been seen in. Surely Allah loves those who do good. So Allah subhanho wa Taala loves those who forgive and the people of gender are the ones who forgive others. Part of learning to love each other for the sake of Allah is also learning to forgive. And you know, when I speak about loving each other for the sake of Allah, most people they think about loving each other for the sake of other people. But the
people who you interact with the most are the people who are closest to you. So if your husband makes a mistake, or when your wife makes a mistake, you have to learn to forgive them also. You have to learn to forgive them. And sometimes when we don't learn to forgive, when we don't learn to truly forgive for the sake of Allah, it's when sometimes when that's when relationships sometimes break apart.
Because no, as I mentioned, you were not all perfect. And so sometimes when a person makes a mistake,
sometimes relationships break apart because
whenever something happens,
You say, Okay, I forgive, you forgive. And then two or three weeks later, or two or three years later, right, two or three years later, when
you get mad at your spouse again, remember you did so and so
you bring it up again.
Even though you said you already forgave.
But part true forgiveness is to forgive them, and also not to harm them with it afterwards, not to use it to harm them afterwards. And
you know, Prophet Yusuf
Alayhi Salam was tested, with so many things.
His own brothers,
his own brothers, were the ones who tried to get rid of him, tried to kill him. And in the in the end,
they all met again,
when they all met again,
and he praised Allah subhanho wa Taala.
He What is he meant mentioned?
He may he doesn't mention
the incident before.
He mentioned that
Allah Subhana rajani mean a surgeon with a Beco mineral battery bad. He says, our praises be to Allah who has favored me and blessed me by taking me out of prison and brought all of you from the desert to Egypt.
When his brothers were in front of him,
there was something else that happened to him. He was in he was thrown into a well,
he was thrown into a world by his brothers. And now he had full authority. He was the most powerful person in Egypt.
He had full authority.
And in that situation, he could have easily just, you know what, just mentioned it a little bit. But when he mentioned the incidents before and praising Allah, what happened to him before? He says Alhamdulillah
Allah Subhana has blessed me when he is rajani mean a surgeon. When he took me out of prison, he didn't say, when remember what Alhamdulillah Allah took me out of the well
took me out of the well remember you guys threw me in there? Well, you know, Allah saved me from the well, no, he didn't mention that incident. Because he already forgave them. And they had nothing to do with the with him being imprisoned. So he mentioned that when he was in front of his brothers, but he avoided mentioning himself being thrown into the well. And that was the beginning of everything that happened. He didn't mention that at all. And so when you forgive someone, you know, don't, don't open up old wounds and scabs.
Forgive them, part of loving for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala is, is that is that you learn to forgive.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala
will also shade those who love each other for the sake of Allah.
amongst the people on the seven who are shade on a day of judgment, on a day in which there will be no shade except for the shade of Allah. Raja led to have by Philip h tema, la he was the father of highlighting
to two men who love each other for the sake of Allah. They come together for his sake, and they also separate for his sake. And so, on the day of judgment, this act of loving each other for the sake of Allah is so great
that Allah will shade them, when shade those who love each other, for the sake of Allah, who get together for the sake of Allah, and who separate for the sake of Allah subhana wa Tada. And so that's why one of the things that we can do, also to increase our love for each other is to learn from each other.
And even if you're not learning to recite or add to each other,
when you're in the masjid, there should always be gatherings where we recite when we enter the masjid. We should recite the Quran to each other. When you sit, recite the Quran to each other and learn from each other. And if you do this, there's great blessings.
In learning the Quran with each other,
and that's what the companions did. And this is a pseudonym that has been abandoned. I mean we do recite the Quran we have halaqaat of Quran, but not as often as the companions had. And not all not all the time. You know, during the Battle of during the battle 170 companions were martyred on that day.
70 is a lot to dig up graves individually. So the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had a grave Doug, and sometimes he would put three per grave. And he would arrange the people who were buried in a particular grave, in accordance to how much core and they memorized.
And every single time he had three people, would he ever he would he would ask, Who knows more of the Quran indicate the companions would know every single person and how much it memorized?
How did they know?
There are people in our community right now that we see every single day? Do we know what of the hora how much of the Quran they memorize? Or what are they memorizing? Or what are they reviewing? Do we know
people who are closest to us sometimes our best friends? We don't know how much could they memorize or where they're memorizing. Why because we don't read to each other. See the companions when they were in the masjid. And when they would always recite the Quran to each other. They would teach each other the Quran. And they would learn from each other the Koran, and this is what they did in the massage. This is what they did in the masjid of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And that's why the bond between them was so strong, because that bond is a blessing bond and when you're learning and teaching people
because the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, how you Come man
or an hour Allah, the best of you, you want to be the best.
The best of you are those who learn the Quran and teach it. So you should either be teaching the Koran or should be learning the Quran. At any time we should be reciting to each other often and nowadays. You know, if you might say, Well, now we're busy. Yes, we are busy, but you know what there are other means also, when you there are other means, which we in which we especially for the sisters, you should always have a partner or or group that you recite the Quran to. And nowadays, it's easier because we have social media. You can use it through your chats, your FaceTime and so forth. And you can recite Quran to each other. So you can motivate each other and strengthen each
other. So this should be something that we should start up as a community as family members. And as individuals, we should we should start something where we're learning the Quran from each other. And we're teaching each other and because this is something that will increase our love amongst ourselves and increase the level of our Eman and will help us in sha Allah enter the paradise of Allah subhanho wa Taala and one of the things that will greatly earn the earn the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala as I mentioned, is the love of Allah is loving each other for the sake of Allah that's why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said Why do you have but Maha Betty Lavinia
tabula rasa Jalla sudah ySr una una familia.
He said wotja but the hub Betty. Those are strong words. When you say what Shabbat? What Shabbat means mandatory, it's going to happen. It's obligatory, Allah has put it upon himself.
Allah has put it upon himself and no one can put anything in front of us man except for himself. But he has put it on himself. Well, yeah, but my habit is I'm going to do it. This is for, for, for strong emphasis of how great this deed is my love and that My love will surely is guaranteed. I have put it upon myself. To love those who love each other. For the sake of Allah, who sit with each other. For the sake of Allah remember getting together, sitting with each other. For the sake of Allah, we act as our owner and also the they visit each other for the sake of Allah and they help each other and exchange gifts.
sacrifice and help each other for the sake of Allah. And if we do that for the sake of Allah, it increases our love for each other. Another thing that increases our love for each other, between us and ourselves, us in our spouses and our children in our mothers and fathers and our relatives,
is giving gifts.
The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said,
the heart, the heart do, to have
exchange gifts, and you'll learn to love each other exchange gifts, and you will learn to love each other. What do I mean by exchanging gifts? You might say, Well, you know what? You mean? Like, you know, Christmas? No, not like Christmas? Because Christmas giving gifts, like during Christmas?
defeating the purpose. It's not increasing love.
Do you know why it's not increasing love? Because it's expected? And if you were to ask anyone
in this society, what, when is the most stressful time of the year for you? What are they going to tell you?
When is the most stressful time of the year all the time? Right? When is the most stressful time of the year for you? If you'd ask them, what would they say?
The holidays? Well, don't they say Merry Christmas? A time of joy, joy and happiness? Why is this a time of joy and happiness? Yet, if you dig deep and cents and ask them, What is the most stressful time of the year for you?
They will tell you that it's Christmas. Isn't that like contradictory?
Well, why is that the case? The reason is because first we have to understand this society.
It's a very materialistic society. It's a society where it pushes you to do to buy things you don't need
At A Price You Can Afford.
impress people you don't even like.
You buy things you don't need all the time we buy things we don't need, I mean, your iPhone five, or what is it now six.
Your iPhone five is perfect, by the way until the sixth came.
And then for some reason, it's not perfect anymore. And they make you think and your internet is fine, until they have a next level of speed. Or you need this, you don't really need it. But what sometimes you do, but you know, if you're still using a 2g phone, flip phone, maybe you might need it, you know, nowadays, but not to the extent where they're telling you, right, and so we're always buying things we don't need with money we don't have at a price we can afford to impress people we don't even like. And so when you're buying things, also gifts, most of these gifts are things that
sometimes we don't really need them.
Yet, the most important part or the thing that makes people stressful is that they have to buy them even if they can't afford them.
And, and they're expected and when you when you're expected to buy something also It doesn't mean much. So on Christmas morning, a person in the family gets together. And they're sitting around, and then john gets a gift. He opens up a gift and it's a beautiful sweater.
He smiles and says Thank you, brother, or Thank you, you know, uncle. He looks at the sweater and he realizes this sweater was probably you know, but maybe at Ross on sale for $15.
Right. He's looking at it. And he knows that he spent
$90 or $100 for his brother and his brother just bought him a cheapo sweater. Right and he's thinking he's Thank you very much. But he's thinking you cheap. Like, like, like, look how much I spent this. I bought you this and that and he buy me a sweater like this. Right he spent maybe 10 times more yet if he were to have received that same sweater
at any other time of the year from now.
same person, he would be saying, Well, what is this for, and his brother says, I love you, he would say he would be so happy. Why because he was not expecting anything. And so we as Muslims, we have to get into a habit of buying gifts for each other, it doesn't have to be expensive. And the cheapest form of gift giving, is giving food, you cook something, and then you give you cook something and you cook something extra. And you give to your neighbors, your aunt, your uncle, and you bring him to your, to your mother to your cousin's, maybe it's very simple, yet it increases the love. And this is what the companions did often. And that's why sometimes they would bring food from
their houses for the Messenger of Allah sallallahu, alayhi wasallam. And if we do this every single day, or not day, but every single time we go to the supermarket, let's say just you don't have to buy it for everyone, buy something for someone in your family.
Right. And you know, don't forget the mom once in a while also
something like let's say this time you buy something for your mother the next time, and it might just be a chocolate candy bar, they like chocolate, okay? And it might be on sale three $4. Like, you know, but if they're not expecting anything, you come to your mother, or your sister, or your cousin. And you say, sister, you know, I got this for you, you know, I thought you'd like this, this candy bar. I know you like, you know, my wife likes Twix ratios. I know you like Twix. So I got this one for you. They don't know if it's on sale or anything like that doesn't matter. It doesn't really matter. But they're not expecting anything. The first thing that they might think is, What's this
And then you say, No, I just love you. I just want to give you this, I was thinking about you.
That's all what would you say, oh, immediately. Immediately, there's this, this feeling of thankfulness and love.
And you know what?
Most people will forget what you bought them, especially when something like a candy bar, but they won't forget how you made them feel.
They won't forget how you made them feel. And so sometimes, you know, like, especially the brothers, your brothers, sometimes, you know, don't worry, you don't have to buy a diamond ring every single time for your wife like this, you don't want to hear this. But
you don't have to, you know, it's this is the minute the times the amount of times that you make her happy, something maybe a rose, or something you pass by in the store and you see something very nice. And you buy for her and you say, you know this is for you. Even though it might be like two or $3. But those two or $3 can go a long way. Because you're scoring points. I mean, you might score a little bit more for diamonds, but it's not much. It's not much for the price that you pay, right. And Converse.
But you know, the thing is to be consistent when people are not expecting it. When they're not expecting it, it will increase the love and bond amongst each other. And, and so
loving for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala is something that
we sometimes don't realize the importance of, and we don't see how, how you know how great this is. How great of a deed This is to work towards loving each other for the sake of Allah.
Abu huraira hora de la and he said, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said in them in a bad Illa
a bad and lace will be MBA,
MBA or shuhada.
They are amongst the servants of Allah.
Whom who are not profits.
They're not profits and most of them are servants of Allah. But they're the profits themselves.
Jacobi to whom in irreparable damage Do you see someone have something? You see? Then you you ask you, you love you love what they have.
You know the difference between jealousy is that and ripta is jealousy. When you see someone having something
you ask you want that whatever they have to be destroyed. Like when someone's jealous of a new car that you might have. If you get into an accident, those haven't developed.
Or they were like, they're happy that something happened to that car. But hip thought is when you see what they have
Yet, you also you don't want that to be destroyed. But you also, you know, you want that you want that also because it's so it's so great. So the prophets and the Shahadat when they see someone, when they see these groups of people, amongst the servants of Allah, they have crypto for them. And
the companions, they said, Man home la luna, new head boom, said, Who are these people that may be so that maybe we will love them? You know why? Why did they say why? Maybe we'll love them.
Because these people have high status. And if you love someone of high status, Allah puts you with him. Right? That's how the companions understood how important this love for the sake of Allah is. Because when you love someone for the sake of Allah, Allah raises you with him. Allah raises with you, you with them. So they said, Who are these people who have such high status, so that maybe, so that we may love them. And so the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam they said, home home,
to have boo be Nutella mean lady, or ham, wala Anza
they are people who love each other, for the light of alarming for the sake of Allah, and they have no or harm, they have no relationship with each other, and they're not related to each other. And they're not close to each other, nor related to each other. Would you whom would you whom no, the lights, their faces will have liked a lemenager manure, and they will be on pulpits of lights, lay half on either half an S when people are afraid and scared, they won't be scared when they don't, either hasn't hasn't. And they will not be saddened when the people are sad and
and who are those people. As I mentioned,
they love each other for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala those are the people who love each other for the sake of Allah. And so when you love each other, for the sake of Allah subhana wa Tada, the status of it is very high. And that's why and notice the Prophet sallallaahu salam said here, mean the lady at ham, Villa and sad.
That means they're not related to each other.
And this is one of the strongest love, you're not related to them. I'm going to share with you a story. And it's one of the things that really, you know, motivated me to, to help help each other and help other people. And it's one of the reasons why I went to Cambodia and Vietnam after I graduated. You know, I grew up in Seattle. And when I went to when I went to school, when I went to Medina, one of my teachers, he said, he immediately he knew, he knew that I was from originally from Vietnam. And, you know, I was on the board of Cambodia, this group, the Muslims are called the Cham people there in Vietnam and Cambodia. So when he knew that he knew where I was from,
he or he, he, I didn't approach he approached me.
And he said,
I want you to study hard.
I want you to really be serious.
There are people who need you
to lay a lot of people out, they know they need, you know, need knowledge and so forth. He says, I want you
I want you to promise me something.
And I barely knew him. You didn't even know him. Sir, I want you to promise me
that after you graduate,
I want you to go to Cambodia.
And I'm like, I didn't know why is that okay?
And he was in charge of admittance, you know, so he used to travel to many places. He said, I want you to promise me that.
And he took me under his wing. He taught me. He called me to his house often. And he would teach me to see it and other things. And when he would go to Omaha, he would invite me said would you like to come with me? He wanted to make sure that you know what I'm going to take care of but you have to go there are people who are in need. And I did not know why.
I did not know why he was like all of a sudden like taking care of me and making sure that I you know that I am hanging around with the right people studying hard.
Then he told me, one of the classes one of the sessions, he was sitting with me.
He said a couple of years ago,
I went to Cambodia.
And this was when this was after the war. Cambodia was very dangerous at that time.
I knew that there. I heard that there was a fact there's a a village,
a Muslim village and he was on the Thai border, the Thai Cambodian border. He said there's a village there.
I knew that there's a village. And so I spoke to one of the people in the borders. I said, I'll pay you if you can get me, bring me to those Muslim villages that that are across the border, and bring me back safe. Bring me then bring back safe after in the in the afternoon, I'll pay you. I'll pay you, I'll give you some insight such and such amount of money. Like I said, Okay. So he went, and he visited the Muslims, he couldn't speak their language. But he saw that these were people who were in need of knowledge. Why? Because Cambodia, after the first people that they killed your scholars,
the first people that they killed were the scholars. So the scholars had been killed. Only the, you know, the regular people were left alive. And so after the war, there was widespread ignorance. And most people, you wouldn't even be able to find the person that memorized Jews ama.
Anyone who had anything of any Dean, they killed them during the war.
And so he said, when I knew that they gave slabs, they saw that I was Muslim, they give slabs. But I saw a lot of ignorance. And I saw a lot of, you know, data and things that they were doing. But they didn't have anyone who even spoke, spoke Arabic or could communicate with me, that these people,
they need someone to teach them. You have a whole country of Muslims, where the scholars have been killed.
And so he said,
and so that's why when I knew where you were from, I can't I wanted to help them.
I wanted to teach them. I wanted to live there and be with them to teach them the deen.
But I can't do that. Because by the time I learned the language, to be able to communicate with them properly, I'd be in the grave.
It would take me years just to learn their language. You have the capabilities to do now. And
so, I want you to go because there are people who need you.
He's not related to them.
He, of course he's not. He just knows that there are Muslims.
And he was more concerned about them
than I was.
And these are my own people. And I don't think these are my own people. But he's more concerned about them. Why? Because of La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasul Allah, there's nothing that's connecting them, between him and them except for La la la la. That he wants that goodness for them. He wants someone to teach them. He wants someone to learn to teach them their Deen
that he himself took me under his wings. So that I would return. And he paid for my ticket to go every year
from his own pocket,
his own pocket from his own salary, I knew from his own pocket, he would say, Take this money, buy your ticket. I said, but you know, this is the summer I want to be with my family also. Right? You know, he can't. The summer you have three months, right? And so he wants me to go to Cambodia, I miss home to like Seattle was home. I don't want to go to a place that has no bathroom, no electricity or running water. Right? So he said, I understand. But I'll give you two weeks in Seattle.
And so I said, Okay, I'll say I spend the first week in Seattle. And the last week, I'll come back to Seattle. First week, and last week, in the summer, mostly, I'll be there, I'll go there. Instead, I'll pay for everything just go.
I didn't. He just wanted me to see the people to see them. So that I myself would see maybe the same thing be motivated to go back and teach them also. But you see, when you love each other for the sake of Allah, it doesn't matter. The skin color doesn't matter what language you speak. But when somebody says La ilaha illAllah, Muhammad Rasulullah you have that bond and you want the best for them, even if they're not related to you. Those are the people
that the Prophet sallallahu has mentioned, that they love each other for the sake of Allah, meaning they are harming well, and
so when we hear about Muslims in Burma, Muslims in Syria and Iraq, and Yemen and Somalia, they might not be related to us, but they're our brothers. nephew. You can't claim to love someone for the sake of Allah and not make dua for them.
You can't claim to love someone for the sake of Allah, and you don't make dua for them.
If you can't help them physically, at least make dua for them.
And so that's why this love for the sake of Allah
is very powerful. And
it is very rewarding. In order for us to have a mind and faith and intergender we have to learn to love each other.
We have to try to work and loving each other. Because the shavon also knows this. And so he's always trying to break it up. He's always trying to bring in our eagles, and so forth, and to try to destroy it. And so we asked Allah subhanho wa Taala that just as he has gathered us here tonight, to also gather us in the highest level in paradise. And we ask Allah subhana wa tada that he gathers for our love for his sake together as the highest level of Paradise with the prophets and messengers. I mean, Europe, Delilah, meanwhile Jackman, Hokkaido sallallahu, ala nabina, Muhammad, while he was so happy, I want
I would, I will take few questions, inshallah. And
the first question here that sent forward, as you mentioned today, about Muslims helping in the community, at homeless shelters, food kitchens, it's been my experience that Muslims generally don't mix with non Muslims. That's true, Muslims generally are not really good mixing with non Muslims. And the thing is, we have to realize that
we live in America,
we live in a society.
We are a part of the society now.
Maybe some of us maybe when we came here, maybe we thought maybe, you know, we might return back to our hometown or home or homeland and so forth. But, you know, for the for the majority of us, if not most, if not all of us. This is our country, and this is our place. And so we can't be isolations we have to be out there and helping people. We have to hear and says the majority of Muslims generally don't mix when they can you say something to give proof to the Muslims here that are non Muslims are a potential for our potential Muslims, and to treat non Muslims with respect and that it is okay to help non Muslims to be a part of the community.
we are ordered to be kind.
The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
lived in Mecca. The majority of his life, he was in Mecca.
The majority of his Tao life even after revelation, he was in Mecca. Remember 13 years in Mecca we're talking about even before we're talking about, you know, 13 years in Mecca, and of course, even before that, so he lived this the last portion of his life in what we could say, a Muslim society, the majority of his life, he lived amongst non Muslims. And he lived the majority of his life. The Muslims are the majority of the time in Mecca. The Muslims, of course, were a religious minority.
Yet the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
he stood out.
He was always the best. He was always the most kind. He was even kind. He was even even so respected and so, so loved for his for his honesty.
And the people trusted him so much, that they would leave their wealth
with the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam. So he was the most honest,
in America, in the United States of America, and in England,
the United States of America and in England,
there are two towns
that the insurance rates is the highest
in the whole country.
The highest insurance rate
is in a town called Bradford
where it's a huge Muslim population they call it
they call it something like bread, bread bread stand or something like that, because almost like it's Pakistan.
Everywhere you go, they're Muslims.
But why is insurance rate the highest and in America,
it's in Detroit, the Detroit area and the Dearborn area.
insurance rate is the highest in the whole
And the reason for it
they have the highest percentage
of insurance fraud,
that the people there
are not very honest people
always trying to take advantage of the system
trying to take advantage of the system. So these companies insurance in order to make up for because they're seeing like a Why is it more? Why are there more claims coming from this area than other areas?
So the change rate is higher in those areas. The Why is that?
that has to change.
And when, when when someone mentions Islam and the Muslims, we have to try to be the best, we have to be the most honest.
We have to be the most helpful people. And when we're talking about helping people, we're talking about not just Muslims, Muslims and non Muslims.
even know how General escallonia Rahim Allah.
after mentioning the Hadith, there's a hadith in which the Prophet sallallaahu said,
there was a woman. In another narration, it was a man who came to a well, and she went into that world to drink from that water.
And when she came out of the well, she saw and this was about, you know, this was a prostitute.
When she came out of that, well,
she saw a dog
that was so thirsty,
that it was licking the ground.
It was licking the ground.
And so she said to herself,
this dog is just as thirsty as I was,
before I went into that wall to get the water in, so she returned to the well. And she filled her leather socks with water, and gave water to this dog. And as a result of that, Allah forgave her. And another narration It was a man in La interdum Jana, into the paradise for being kind to a dog.
The scholars are most
of Nigeria has collided others also a man always had the same thing. He said, this is evidence is proof
that the reward
for someone helping a human, even if he's not Muslim,
when he or she is in need, is greater in reward than helping a dog if one is sincere, because this is a human and that's a dog, if you're getting that type of reward for helping a dog, what about helping someone who's in need.
And so this is proof also evidence that it's, you know, it's it's, the reward is very great for anyone who's in need.
And, you know, the thing is we, for us,
if we're helping at the soup kitchens, brothers with beards, sisters with a job, people see that people can see that and they can and that in itself is a form of doubt.
we, we, we have to be there for the people how, just how the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was, and that's why the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had a very bad neighbor.
You know, he had a Jewish neighbor. Yet when his son was sick, he came and visited his son.
He went and he visited his son,
the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
called him. This is his last last few moments of his life. During his last breaths, when he was taking his last breaths, the last breath and the breath, the profits or the lightness, I'm told him to say La Isla de la. And so the son looked up at his father, as if to say, Father, what should I do?
So the Father who is Jewish, says to his son, obey abou Qasim or son, the father loves his son and he knows the Prophet Salam is telling the truth, that his Deen is the correct deed he's telling he himself will only be accepted Islam later or not. But at that moment, he did it. He didn't care about himself but he loved his son so much. You don't want my son to have yet. So he says son obey us.
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The prophets of Allah Himself. He visited him when he heard that he was sick. You might nowadays, the Jewish house or Christian, who cares, you know, they're gonna go the Hellfire anyways. Right? That's the thing. We, we have to, we have to be the most kind, we have to be the best. And we have to be a people who, you know who who smile. Also, you know, I'm going to share with you a short story that happened to our two people in Seattle, we received an email,
we received an email from the neighbor of the masjid.
And it was from an old lady, elderly lady. In that email, she said, I have been living next to the mosque for the last 13 years.
when possible, I would go I go out and have my morning or afternoon walks around the block.
And I try to be friendly.
I try to be friendly, they make a lot of effort to try to be friendly.
I say hi.
I say good morning, and I try to smile. But every time I try to be friendly,
I might get a response, a soft voice that might say, Good morning. And to you too.
And then they tried and people avoided me as if I have the plague or something.
And I thought it was just the men.
So I tried it with the woman also who were coming to the mosque.
And I received the same kind of response.
Is this what your religion teaches you?
Like is it haram to say Hi, good morning to a non Muslim? Sometimes, you know, sometimes when you're in an elevator, and they see like, you know, you have your beard and so forth. Sometimes you have to understand, you know, because of the media and what they say. You might feel very, very, you might you have to realize sometimes they're like very, very, very tense. Or maybe they're afraid what are these guys going to do? Are they going to bomb this elevator? And if you say, Good morning, how's your day, nice weather outside? Isn't it? Immediately, you know, you break that that break the ice right away. So you know, when you're meeting people try to be friendly. And this is how the
Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was, you would always see a smile on his face, and he always made people feel comfortable. And that's why again, I'm an asset of the law, who we mentioned the First Lady under law sort of delivery approach the Messenger of Allah sallallahu one day, and he said, Every time the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam looked at me, he looked at me in such a way that he Oh, he would always smile at me. And he smiled at me in such a way that I thought that I was the best. And so I approached him and I said, O Messenger of Allah. Is Abu Bakar better than me? Or am I better than Abu Bakar
Allahu Akbar, he seriously thought that he must be close to a boubakeur or better than a robocall. Why, because of the way the Prophet salallahu alaihe salam used to smile at him. He smiled at him and he made him feel so comfortable, that he thought that he must have been the best. The way that the prophet SAW him treated him and smiled at him was so special, that you know how some people when they smile at you, they smile at you in a way that makes you feel very comfortable as if you're their favorite. That's how the Prophet Solomon smile was. And then the Prophet sallallahu then broke the news. He said, No, I will work it is better than you. But you know, that's understandable,
right? Everyone knows the position of Abu Bakr. But you know, this smile was so special that Amazon last gave it another try. And he said O Messenger of Allah. is Omar better than me or am I better than Omar?
and then the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said, Omar is better than you.
I'm going to last he said after I heard that answer, I realize that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam was like this to everyone.
He was friendly, and kind of made everyone feel comfortable as if they were his favorite everyone. And so that's why even the non believer even the non Muslims, when they really interacted with the Prophet said a lot so sometimes they would meet him and they would hate him and then they would see him and then Allah would guide them. They say, you know, like, you know, before I came into the mosque, you were the most hated person.
But afterwards, he became the most beloved person
Many of the dishes made in the non Muslims you know before were like that, because of the way the Prophet sallallaahu legend treated them. And if he were coarse and harsh from the very beginning and not helpful and crying, then you see people running away well are going to have a real problem and how like, if you were harsh and cold hearted, they would all have fled, ran away from you. And so that's why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
his demeanor, his kindness towards Muslims, and even non Muslims you know, unless of course the non Muslim was attacking, attacking but even then Allah subhanho wa Taala ordered him to make dua for them. And then later on they were many many liberal guided like Abu Sofia, he used to fight against the Muslims but Allah somehow guided him and made it a tribes also. So we asked Allah subhanho wa Taala to teach us that was benefits and benefits from that was just taught us but jack ma Hokkaido masala lo Elena, Bina Mohammed Well, he was like this
okay Sharla the you guys
as you know, the the project that's coming that's coming up. I think you guys have the donation letter and or the the pamphlet or donation forms. Please help with with all that you can if you if you have already it's okay also to give again, remember I said one of the characteristics of the people of Jenna is that they give in they consistently give and they always give and lots of bandwidth Allah mentions as the first characteristics. When in sort of Allium Bronwyn Allah subhanho wa Taala mentions the wasabi Rila muffuletta Mela become agenda and other similar to a lot of edits limit up in Allegheny County fissara. Spending times with ease and in times of hardship, and of
course the you know, the, the project that's coming up
of expansion and also fixing the you know, lowering taken out the concrete and so forth. This is all something that sadaqa jariya. So take the opportunity in sha Allah, to give as much as you're able to give because this is sort of Nigeria that will inshallah help us even after we pass away, when everything has gone. Meaning everything that we have in this world is gone. When we spend in the way of Allah Subhana Allah that's the only thing that will keep that that will remain. And that's why a lot of people they say that you can't take it with you in the hereafter you can't take this with you. Your house, you can't take it with you your car you can't take what I say is you can take
anything you want with you. Will you know that anything that you have in this life that you love, you can take with you to the hereafter. But the only way to take it with you is to spend it in the way of Allah subhana wa,
suspended in the way of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So I encourage you, all you, everyone in Sharla to take advantage of the opportunity to give and also to support the project. And as I mentioned, you know, part of supporting the project Of course, it's important to support all you know, all Muslims, but at the same time, especially when it's local. It's even more important, it's more incumbent upon us to support it and we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to increase our faith and strengthen our faith yamaka liberal colleagues a bit kulu banana Deena keyamo Caliban kulu kulu banality Nick. Robin attina feduni Hassan, Hassan, Burkina Faso