Community is the key to unity; why we can’t do it alone
Channel: Abdullah Oduro
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worthy of worship except Allah Who subhanho wa Taala and that the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa Salam is his last messenger and servant. Oh you believe be mindful of Allah. And dineout acceptance in a state of submission to Him alone, or humanity be mindful of Allah who created who created you from a single soul and from that created his mate and from that scatters many men and women of humanity be mindful of Allah and do not cut off relations with your kin with your relatives and deed. Allah is the monitor over you his team of humanity, be mindful of Allah and speak the truth in order for him to accept your deeds and forgive us of our shortcomings.
And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has indeed indeed achieved the greatest achievement as to what follows indeed the best speech is the book of Allah subhanho wa Tada. And the best guidance is that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa salam, peace and blessings be upon him and the worst affairs in our doctrinal system of Islam are the newly invented once. For every newly invented affair in this situation is an innovation. And for every innovation is a form of going astray. And for every form of going astray isn't the fire of hell and we seek refuge in Allah subhanho wa taala. From that
bolstering education resources on the Israeli conflict for Texas K to 12 schools. As we continue to stand with Israel, Texas will promote informed discussions to ensure students to ensure that students have a thorough understanding of current acts of the war. Now, this is what I read word for word from the officer of the Governor Greg Abbott.
Many of us probably do not know. And now you do. It is important that when we hear or read something of this nature, that the Muslim reacts firstly, and if it is not internal, if it is not externally with our statements, or with our hands, that it is at least with the heart, but acts in a way that is productive and conducive. Rather, if it is conducive, it is productive conducive, meaning that it serves as a must must Lucha and that a MEF said that it serves as more beneficial than harmful. When we talk about something being beneficial, it doesn't mean that it may be harmful, but the harm the benefit outweighs the harm. Such as if you were to write a letter to Greg Abbott's office and to
give him a clear understanding or to say there is another understanding or to say maybe your wording could be misunderstood. There is more benefit and that than harm, the harm could be some people could be displeased with you, why are you speaking out? The benefit outweighs the harm here, because it could be misunderstood from what was just read that there is a certain bias. And we would not want to assume that in the beginning. Or we do not want by the way that we act and the way that we respond to come in a belligerent fashion that would ultimately serve as a Masada something that is harmful, not individually only, but collectively for the community. It is important that we speak
out for justice with integrity. And it is important that we know when to be silent with integrity. So when looking at this brothers and sisters
hamdulillah by the permission of Allah subhanho wa Taala and by some Muslims that took it upon themselves, to speak out and to write and to call the superintendent of the schools here in Capelle. I was sent an email by the superintendent of schools here in Capelle, wanting to meet and the purpose of the meeting was to see how can we help.
Not only that, but how can you educate us about your community?
How can we help? And how or what can you educate us about your community, your community being the Muslim community, because Muslims reached out and not to say that this is only only a religious issue? Rather, when we look at the issue, what's going on? For those of you that don't know all of us know what is going on in Palestine, that did not start in October 7. Rather, if we want to go further back, we can say 1917.
If we want to go further back, we can say the days of jacobellis, but particularly 1917 is when a lot of this particularly generically generally started.
Somewhat called immigration as someone called the bill, the beginning of colonialization.
When all of this started, so it is important that we as Muslims educate, but to understand that there is a religious tone here as well, because this is the art of the NACA DESA. It is a blessing land, and if we want to be particular, it is the mesh to the UK saw which is one of the three holiest mosques in Islam.
And when we even say Islam, we're talking about the religion of all of the prophets. We have to remember that Islam as Muslims, we believe that Islam is a religion from Adam, all the way to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam and the masjid is a method that was there
before Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa salam so it has a religious significance and when Allah subhanho wa Taala mentions six times in the Quran when he talks about the mastery the UC saw the majority, if not all the times when he says ality barrack Nafisa, oh how Allah that we replace the blessings upon it or around it. And some scholars mentioned the blessings of this Masjid is the vegetation the agriculture
meaning that it could extend beyond the actual Dome of the Rock. So understanding that there is a blessing location that we as Muslims should have in our hearts, the preservation of it should and have in our hearts, that preservation which is couched which is preserved by the Oneness of Allah subhana wa Tada the inhabitants of those that believe in His Oneness.
But that does not mean the exclusion, or the expelling of people that do not believe in that.
And this is not only theoretical, we see it with Bob Radi Allahu Anhu. When they construct Concord goods, and as soon as he entered, he told the people there at that time, the Christians here at that time, and the Jews as well, but particularly those that were over the rule at that time from the Byzantines, it told them that fairly, you're dumb, your blood, your church's your money is preserved in sha Allah Tada. It wasn't an excessive massacre of people that we've seen from before.
So understanding when we read something like this brothers and sisters, that is from our governor here, that we take the appropriate means of action that is conducive and productive. But firstly, I want to relate to you a Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that has relevance to this and is foundational for us as Muslims because when we look at the city or the deen of Islam,
it is very, very important for all of us to have a foundation, a foundation in our faith.
When we say generically, the five pillars of Islam or when we say the Six Pillars of Eman, believing that there was no one worthy of worship except Allah subhanho wa taala, but not stopping there. The motivation behind our action is La ilaha IL Allah, the motivation behind sending an email is letting alone the motivation behind our sadness and anger is because Allah subhanho wa Taala is our goal, meaning that Jen is our goal, meaning that whatever we do the motivation than Mia is to do it for Allah sake. Which can mean which does mean that I want to do this because I want you please with me alone, from that is standing up for justice, in this particular case with our brothers and sisters
in Palestine, particularly now in Gaza.
And even in the West Bank, which are the only areas that are designated for the designated as even a problematic word.
When seeing what's going on, the Muslims should do what is within their power,
within their power, to show a level of displeasure of what's going on or to get educated about what is going on, and to do what is within their power to spread this message of what is happening.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says in a beautiful, beautiful Hadith, and it is beautiful can i lay him but if you Bukhari and Muslim,
where he gives a beautiful Hadith in regards to our relationship with each other, he says sallallahu alayhi wa sallam method of meaning for you to add to add feito add to him. What are our homie him? What's your outlook for him? mithril Jessen? Either stick I mean, who are going to the law who says it will just the Bizzarri were
the prophets of Allah Allah wa salam says in an authentic hadith, he says the believers in their mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy are just like one body. When one of the limbs suffers, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever. This hadith is so important in regards to firstly, the characteristics of the believer
the characteristics of the believer because I want to the one of the main reasons I'm bringing this hadith because my reality and many realities for myself before I became a Muslim, when I was here, something what was going on overseas? I'd be like, That doesn't concern me. Number one, that it's overseas. And number two, what are they done for me?
But when you hear this hadith, and then you, you know, coming into the faith and seeing that, the first the most the most important priority is the first portion of what the province of Allahu Allah was some is talking about here. He said, methylone meaning the example of the believers,
of the believers, the ones that have faith in the Oneness of Allah subhanho wa taala. And they're doing their best to exemplify that.
So when he says the Eman anything that comes after that we should strive. We should strive and struggle to inculcate that within our lives, or to do the things that would incite those inner feelings of faith.
So sometimes when we say I'm praying and I can't feel it, or when tragedy hits, there's some people when tragedy hits, they say I go numb.
I don't know why I don't cry. I don't know why I don't really feel anything. We say to that person, keep practicing the faith, the actions of prayer, you may not feel it. But the more you do it with the most important aspect of you, worshiping Allah via, Oh Allah, I want to do this because you have told me to.
Because you have told me to, I don't feel it. But in sha Allah being you are the one that controls the hearts ultimately, I will do my best and that's what Allah wants from you. That's what Allah wants from me.
So that is how the Imam can be inculcated or be nurtured
in the hearts of the believer, the Prophet SAW Selim, he says here that the example of the believer feature while doing what total homey him what's the outdoor theme? So the first thing he says is to add him to why this is love, but it's mutual love, as some of the scholars mentioned, Alfred Cobain and Herbie were taught with wood and the whole minute profane, that the difference between love and mutual respect or love is that it is from both parties. So the one the movement it is it is expected that they love each other.
What's on our homie him and the mercy that they have towards one another, towards one another? And some scholars Michonne Why did he mention this because love would imply mercy, not necessarily, someone may have mercy on you and not love you.
Someone may cease fire on you and not love you feel awesome.
So when we see here, the Prophet sallallaahu Salam is saying in their mutual love and their mutual mercy, and also saying what the output for him and their compassion or their sympathy, their sympathy, brothers and sisters, make no mistake, even if this was happening to people that may not be Muslim. The humanitarian aspect of someone that is being oppressed, taken out of their homes, isolated, taking the elements that are needed for them for daily living for survival is taken away, the Muslim has a level of sympathy.
The Muslim has a level of sympathy.
And that is what is important for us now and in other situations as well, for the Muslim to do what they can
to show that level of sympathy in different ways. And as a side point, it is important for us as Muslims, as long as we are doing something that has a level a level of productivity, that we don't downplay another person's effort
that we don't say totally those people going out in buses and rallies, spreading a message. We don't downplay it, we don't speak about it in a bad fashion to where it can make it may not motivate that child that is 15 1617. And in their heart, they feel that this is doing something for the dean and it raises their level of consciousness. It literally gets them on the phone to look up 1917 Balfour Declaration, Nakba. And when they go out, they may be streaming they may be putting up posters, free Palestine fine.
But doing that, it brings them back to the faith indirectly. As long as it is not something that is counterproductive, that is universally understood. And this is important as counterproductive. It could be a way of articulating a message for people that never knew what was going on over over there.
So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is saying, in these examples
of mercy, love, compassion, sympathy.
They are like the body. The body of an individual, if one part is feels pain, they feel the pain if one part feels it, the body responds to it with wakefulness and fever. And then he gives the example with the wakefulness and the fever, because one side of the body may feel it, and another side will eventually feel that as we know what the sickness particularly of the fever, this is important, brothers and sisters to remind us, that through the daily life that we are living here, in AC in light with food, in a good area, that sometimes the effort of watching those videos, seeing those text messages, bring us back intensifies these three that we're talking about the sympathy, the
feeling of mercy,
because that will remind us of the blessings of Allah subhana wa Tada upon us. But not only that, it will make us people that have the same level in sha Allah. Have faith in him here that we see with our brothers and sisters that are there. A Kulu Callie Hello stokfella they will actually settle in with me for stuff and who will have affordable
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when reading this what was read to you earlier brothers and sisters? Yes, it can make some of us frustrated. But what can happen sometimes is that frustration will lead us to having a defeatist mentality.
A defeatist approach, why do anything? Why vote huddle? Why make any tough sweetie any, why should I do anything, it's going to be the same outcome. Well, I have brothers and sisters, that's an easy thing to do.
But it's difficult. It's a challenge. And I'm gonna say this, to worship Allah by sending an email, and having the intention that they're just Jaha. They don't know,
to educate them, to go to offices and talk to them, to knock on your neighbor's door, to speak with them.
To go to the library, and to put yourself out there to people to educate them about the reality of what's going on.
That's difficult. That's a challenge that's getting out of your comfort zone. But you know, what drove you to do that? The sympathy, the love, the mercy.
It is incumbent upon all of us in these times, brothers and sisters, as we feel the sadness, as we feel the love, as we feel the anger that has come from insha Allah and I say in sha Allah that has come from and as emanated from Eman from faith in Allah, that his slaves and his servants are, that one does what is within their power? The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says in the beautiful Hadith, Munroe. I mean c'mon Quran for Yuliya, who be Eddie, whoever which one of you sees any type of monk or any type of illicit bad deed or bad thing. For your value, it will be. And you notice the promises are acknowledged, if there is more, there will always be munkar. There will always be
munkar. There will always be similar situations what we've seen
always. But then he quit, he quit shoe fell yoga yet who and this has failed. Amara, this is an obligation. And this is important brothers and sisters. He acknowledges the fact that there's going to be bad things that are done on the earth. But then he orders the Muslim to be a person that stands up, because he gives an order felted you leave than they should change it. And then he gives the three ways and it's Delta jet or Marathi? B Eddie, he should change it, he or she should change it with their hands
with their hands.
In our particular case, if one was to send an email, if one was to write, if one was to pick up the phone,
this is a way that a Muslim can change it.
If someone was to send a message, this is one of the ways that a Muslim can change the munkar by giving examples of what is taking place and separating and distinguishing fake news from Real News. Educating the Muslims, our youth on a productive conducive way to go out if you're going to go out and go on rallies. It's important to be organized. It's important to be to have knowledge it's important to have an ultimate goal amongst Sheree. What is the Islamic objective behind what we are doing.
When one wakes up in the middle of the night and praise to Allah subhana wa Tada the province of Allah Allah wa salam that says after that,
for 11 years stop there and if he or she is not able to familia Sani with their tongue, to speak, to talk, to educate, to inform, to call on Allah subhanho wa taala. But to educate and to speak to people about what is going on. But not only that, not only from complaining which there is a place for that in Islam, but ultimately greater than that is to find a way to bring solace to the people that are struggling. There are brothers and sisters in our community that are struggling. There are brothers and sisters in our community, especially our young men and women that are wondering why would God allow this to happen?
And it is important that the parents educate themselves in order to educate their children. It is important that the young teens as well take it upon themselves to get educated about particularly predestination of Allah subhanho wa taala.
It is important that we educate ourselves of the history of how this event took place. How did we get here?
And lastly, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said LM yet still fit for B lb he and if he or she is not able to, then they should hate it in their heart.
They should hate it in their hearts. They should hate oppression in
in their hearts, they should hate fake news in their heart, they should hate a choosing of narratives, certain narratives to relate to people in their heart at least, if there is nothing that they can do, but each and every one of us brothers and sisters, there is something that we can do especially with our phones on deck.
There is something that we can do. The Prophet sal Allahu Allah wa salam says with the heart, he said, what had that had that Allah awful Eman, and that is the weakest of faith. He acknowledges that it is faith if one hates it in their heart, and it is important for us as Muslim parents, as uncles,
whether it's not at the masjid wherever to gather in our homes, particularly better in the massager to get the message for our youth, for our youth for our youth to understand why this is so important.
There is killing Yes.
But where's the relevance for us as Muslims? Why does it matter to us as Muslims as human beings it matters because we hate to see oppression which is Islamic, but also as Muslims. What is the significance of mushy lochsa? What is the significance of Palestine?
It is important that our children understand and have this in their heart this level of hatred of oppression
and love of justice.
So that is what we can do brothers and sisters when seeing what is going on. Sometimes you remain dormant as time goes by we live our lives. But I humbly ask all of you to keep following what is going on in order to live in your spirits, strengthen your Eman and become a person that is productive in your home and in society. Because when these trials hit, it is a strong means of Tibet. It is a strong means of maintaining that firmness in your heart or establishing that firmness in your heart as we know people are becoming Muslim.
Because of this trial, as in every trial, September 11 People became Muslim. They have questions, they realize that life is short and they want to do something about it.
So brothers or sisters, taking what is within your power to educate people about what's going on. But most importantly as we see today, many of us are coming to the masjid and and hamdulillah many of us have been coming to the masjid but make no mistake when Allah subhanho wa Taala legislated this Shetty and this Deen it is intentional, it is on purpose and it is very calculated. Meaning that when Allah subhanho wa Taala says that there are three massages that are wholly firstly shows the importance of having a place to where Muslims can come together and strengthen their wherewithal and faith. And in turbulent times, internally and externally. The Muslims can come together in a
place where they know there is safety, there is serenity, and there is a place where their faith can be increased by many different ways. When the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam says sold out to the Jamaat it teittleman salata and fed V, that the prayer in congregation is better than praying alone becomes aware of Shri Nina de Raja Sabha regime. It is better than praying alone by 25 more blessings and in another narration 27 more blessings, praying and congregation, the province of Allah Allah wa salam told companion let him know I'm at Salaam in massage de la do not prohibit the female slaves of Allah from coming to the houses of Allah. Allah subhana wa Tada said well and then
masajid that he lived for that to the Roma Allah He ohada Allah subhanaw taala said And Verily the houses of Allah, the places of frustration, the masajid of Allah.
They are for Allah, so do not call on others besides them. Brothers and sisters, this place that you were in used to be a video store
and now it is a mosque. Whenever I meet with capelli Ian's and some of the even yesterday when I met with the superintendent of schools, when I told them yes, we were across the street and now we are at the video store.
We have grown, there is a presence, there is representation, people are talking people are asking, there is a presence of the Cydia and of the dean and that is what is a competent incumbent upon all of us collectively as a community. So I want to say for all of you think Allah subhana wa Taala that he has given you the ability to make the choice to come here to come and worship Him. And make no mistake, the reward is with Allah subhanho wa Taala that you made the effort to come here to hear a message about current events that is connected with our faith and how do we actualize it in our life to be productive Muslims with Allah and productive people in society?
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Sisters to celebrate that, in sha Allah this Sunday there will be that effort for all of us to come together and to celebrate the greatness of Allah subhanho wa Taala by the maintenance of his house,
the maintenance of his house, the beautiful gathering of remembering that as we do every year, for those that want to contribute kidney, ly Subhana wa Tada understanding the importance of community because with the community, the exemplification of that the strongest sign of that is establishing the sign Allah sign and greatness of his Shetty on this earth being the Masjid. So may Allah subhanaw taala make use of those that continuously find the ways in strengthening your faith. May Allah subhanaw taala make use of those that throughout that finding of our faith and strengthening our faith, we understand what coincides with our faith. May Allah subhanaw taala make us of those
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