Resistance through resilience
Channel: Abdullah Oduro
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And Hamdulillah we praise Allah we seek his aid and his forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil of ourselves and the evil of our bad deeds whomsoever Allah guides, none can misguide. And whomsoever Allah allow us to be led straight and then can guide her right. And I bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship except Allah subhanho wa Tada and that the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa Salam is his last messenger and servants. Oh, you will believe be mindful of Allah and dinette except in a state of submission to Him alone, or humanity be mindful of Allah Who created you from a single soul and from that created his mates, and from that scatters many men and
women are commanded to be mindful of Allah and do not cut off relations with your kin, with your relatives, and deed. Allah is the monitor over you, or humanity to be mindful of Allah and speak the truth, in order for Allah to accept your deeds and forgive us of our sins of our shortcomings. And whoever obeys Alon His Messenger has indeed achieved the greatest achievement as to what follows. And deed the best speech is the book of Allah subhanho wa taala. And the best guidance is that of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa salam, and the worst affairs in our doctrinal system of Islam are the newly invented ones, for every newly invented affair. And 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 Hill 1965, roughly the 60s, some of us here live through lived through those moments in America. Another interesting year for those that may not have been in America, primarily in the Middle East, or eastern continent in Asia, 1947 1948 are years that are very, very important in human history. And we can even say it was the beginning of Islamic history for some brothers and sisters the year 1947 And 1948 is when Pakistan was established, separating from India and also trans Jordan, some would say Jordan from Philistine. This was because there was an emergence primarily from the UK from
Britain, when they came in, established what they established, to come in, to destroy and then to build in a different type of way, to the degree, that the language that we speak, is the language of our previous oppressor. The language of our colonialist of a colonist, the one that came to a land and said, You know what, let we want this, let's take it for like a, like a long story short, that is history. That is something that we must embrace. When we look at 1965, roughly the 60s In general,
we see that there is the emergence of Subhanallah what is known as the sexual revolution, where it was about your feelings, and exemplifying and showing your feelings and anything that compromises that must be eradicated as a result, they separated marriage from mating from multiplication, to our mating can be totally recreational, to where marriage is something that's obsolete, to where the word modesty, the concept of modesty must be eradicated for you to live your feelings, brothers and sisters, it's important for us to be of those as Muslims. And that's why I say brothers and sisters, yes in humanity, but most importantly, in faith.
There has to be a level of resistance. What we are seeing now in Palestine in Gaza throughout many Juma as we've heard since October 7, and even before that, the month of Ramadan is coming. We remember when Ramadan when the masjid and Philistine was ransacked.
It was bombarded
by the army when they came in and cause havoc to people that were worshipping Allah in the house of Allah subhanho wa taala. It is as though they're making a mockery of our brothers and sisters in Palestine. But this is nothing new. The mockery is currently being made in China, in Uyghur the brothers and sisters are Uighur Muslims in Rohingya as well, and Sudan. There's infighting. This is all over the world what is taking place, brothers and sisters during the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam don't mean to sound cliche, but this is nothing new, not to belittle the current situation, but I'm mentioning it like this to establish a foundation that Allah wants us to
establish and to maintain within ourselves. There has to be in order to be of those people that are successful, there has to be a level of resistance, but the resistance initially
is that what
Internal. We see from 1965. Many of you have come to this country because of the efforts of African Americans in the East Coast, primarily,
the civil rights movement. When people said no, we're not going to stand for this. Why because we are black, we are belittled, we are looked at as lessor SubhanAllah. As a matter of fact, some would even argue the terminology black. Where did this come from? We do not say black or white anywhere else outside of the US.
European, this part of Africa, so on and so forth. To the degree sometimes and to be totally honest, I remember the first time I met a brother from Egypt, I said, Brother, where are you from? He said, Africa. I was surprised you're from Egypt. At the beginning, I said, Egypt's not Africa.
When we look at the mainstream media, sometimes we have to resist. When we're on our telephone, we have to resist the conditioning that takes place in our minds, which ultimately can affect our hearts. If there's no resistance, you will fall, Vic, you'll fall for the Okey doke. You will fall for the what the mainstream media wants you to understand. Historically.
You will fall for that, to where when we look at and many of us hamdulillah because of our efforts, and understanding what is going on.
That we realize that there are problems in policy, we never probably realized that before October 7.
Because we're not conscious of what is going on.
We only look at certain media and that is the world to us. Granted, we work, we're busy, yes. But there is a level of importance for us, particularly as Muslims to understand what is going on with your brothers and sisters around the world. Because everything has historical context. And you will be surprised as I mentioned, the very language that you speak, has historical context of those that probably tried to resist and were not successful. As was mentioned, brothers and sisters, the first type of resistance is the resistance of the self. The resistance of shaytaan
we hear this countless times within our huddle up within our sermons, but make no mistake, that activism, that resistance that emanates, that starts from that is founded in that is couched in belief in Allah subhanho wa taala. And that belief in a deity is and serves as the primary or initial motivating factor behind you moving
behind you moving behind you doing whatever you do. This is what is requested by Allah subhanho wa taala. And that motivation is what we term as a clause sincerity. The reason I do this is for Allah, let God do men come Jessa and Wallace, you Cora, as mentioned in the chapter in San, that we in the manual to mo criminal law, verily We feed the poor for the sake of Allah subhanho wa taala. We don't want from you any reward, nor thanks, I'm not looking for something tangible in this life.
Thanks from people, yes, we as human beings want a level of appreciation, no doubt about it.
But that ultimately, ultimately to reach the highest part of yourself, and connection with Allah, you do not do an action in order to be appreciated or seen by people. Because if you go far too far off on that realm, or on that angle, it could fall into lack of sincerity, which can fall into the lesser shirk the lesser form of polytheism, which the Prophet sallallahu ala was selling them compared to a dark ant on a black rock in the middle of the night inconspicuous, you won't even realize it.
You won't even realize it. So internally, brothers and sisters that shape font that may come to us to where we say what's happening in these other parts of the world. Well, that's what that nationality that is not dealing with us. Or we're totally oblivious because we're engulfed in the dunya. We are so busy with the dollar that we want to make with the friends that we want to establish with the reputation that we want. We don't take time to sit back and think about life, about what is going on in our life. What is going on with our brothers and sisters following up making to offer them this is why it is important and imperative for the Muslim. As we see in the
last 10 days of Ramadan. What was done by the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
He would detach.
He would detach. He would fast. Notice this
he would fast
From eating, drinking, drinking in relations during the day, but fast from society at night
you will have to fast from people sometimes you will have to fast from ego. You will have to fast from and sometimes even your own family, especially our sisters Subhan Allah when they're in golf with taking care of the kids which ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada has created the mashallah the mercy that they have is unlike any other
but it's important that they have a level of separation. Allah subhanho wa Taala has legislated for us five times a day, brothers and sisters, for us to detach.
For you to say Allahu Akbar and to pray.
Allah subhana wa to Allah has given you structure to where you can meet people five times a day, at least, at least to meet people that have that level of discipline, to detach, to meet your brothers and sisters, by praying and congregation, for example, we see within the structure and the framework of this Shinya. Allah subhanho wa Taala wants you to be a person that gets resilience through resistance, that resistance in fighting the shape on that is always pushing you to be negligent, to be distracted. Because shaytaan is the strongest level and the seed of distraction.
And the worst type of extraction is shark with Allah subhanho wa Taala saying that Allah has a son, a daughter, or disbelieving in the power and might of Allah subhanho Santa Ana, which can indirectly be losing hope, and his mercy and his strength and his wisdom. What is going on in Gaza right now? How can a merciful God allow this? My father, father and mother are divorcing? How could a God that is all loving allow this to happen?
this is the resistance that we need internally, to constantly look at our Lord, His names and attributes and ask him for Tibet for firmness in our hearts. Because the firmness of the hearts is the most important type of strength that the human being has the firmness of their hearts and the belief in Allah subhana wa Tada Allah subhanho wa Taala says something that is very important. That's we've heard this probably many times in regards to
someone that may lose their life, man, woman, or child.
He said Do not hold accountable do not think those that were killed in the path of Allah are dead, rather they are alive.
And they are happy from what Allah has given them credit and we met at time alone and funnily.
So the concept of when we see these images,
the fact that they have left this earth, especially, especially an innocent, pure, pristine, beautiful, soft, loving, child,
make no mistake there with Allah subhanho wa taala.
What is our ultimate goal brothers and sisters?
Our ultimate goal is to be with Allah. And Allah naturally made the condition of leaving this earth to determine where you're going to go, death. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said up through increase yourself in the destroyer of pleasures, which is death. Why? Because in this life, we may indulge too much in those pleasures that cause us that train us and conditioned us to forget about the purpose of life.
This is why I mentioned the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, even outside of the last 10 days of Ramadan. He would fast from society. How did he receive revelation?
He was in the cave of Hira by himself. The scholars call this halwa
being alone with your thoughts, being alone with Allah subhanho wa Taala it is an intimate moment And subhanAllah This is one of the wisdoms that is also mentioned a vehicle war between a man and a woman that are not related, because the possibility of intimacy is there is higher than if there was a crowd for example, when one is alone with a lawsuit with alone with themselves. It is a process to even relinquish those distractions that
Keep them busy. How many times when we're alone, we have to pick up our phone to scroll and look at the lives of people that don't even matter.
They don't even increase our connection with Allah.
So, firstly, brothers and sisters, that level of resistance internally and when you resist internally from the shayateen from those desires, when you suppress yourself and your desires that wants you to do that, which is not beneficial for you, or your family or society, the resistance externally will be much more fruitful, and most importantly, it will have a spiritual rippling godly effect that is beyond your control. A cola cola was thoughtfully welcome, when he said it must mean first of all, in the whole world for right.
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So firstly, brothers and sisters,
resisting, resisting internally, from those factors that will call you away from Allah subhanho wa Taala that will call you away from goodness that will try to persuade you to indulge upon those temporary benefits or temporary fulfillments that ultimately have a long term negative effect. And make no mistake, when you go through this process of resistance, there will be mistakes. When you go through this process of trying to do the right thing. There will be those externally that want to hold you down. When we see our brothers and sisters again, and again and again and constantly,
constantly falling, getting up
looking at people that Allah subhanaw taala has chosen to take and remaining hopeful does not mean that there will be that there are not moments, it doesn't mean that there will be moments that one may feel slightly helpless.
One may ask Allah why
one may want to know with a burning desire, what is the end going to look like?
This is normal. This is human. This is even a level of sympathy that one has, but the feelings and impulses that you have the responsibility for you is to resist on that which you know about Allah and you know about life. That is detrimental to your Eman because as I mentioned before, those that passed away
is not the sad part.
Although Allah understands our human nature, that we will be sad, we will be angry, especially if it was taken unjustly. And Allah gives us a timeframe to deal with that. But Allah also tells you
get up, be resilient. Resilient means that you still get up after facing something that is traumatic, you fall down and you get back up. Because if you fall down and you stay falling on the ground, or for figuratively, you stay down in the dumps. It could lead to depression, and that depression could cause to loss of hope, loss of hope in what loss of hope in people. Some of us and dare even say to a certain degree rightfully so, have lost hope and people that have responsibility over countries.
But as long as they are alive, it is even difficult for me to say but with the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam, as though he made dua against people because of their current oppression. He still made dua for people,
those that have oppressed, but make no mistake, when you face a trial or tribulation, it is not there for you to put your head down and to remain depressed, because that can ultimately lead and hopelessness and Allah subhanho wa taala.
And it is very important for us as Muslims in times of trial and tribulation. Let the trial be a means of triumph. Spiritual triumph, psychological triumph, too. Are you over
Come the challenges that face you. Because Subhanallah subconsciously, especially we us as adults, as parents, as grandparents, we have stories to tell our children that we do not even realize the trials that we faced.
We have stories to tell our children that Subhan Allah, many of us here from the continents that I just mentioned, 1947 1948 being a very impactful year,
to where we could talk about our grandparents, and what they faced the trials that they faced.
Throughout what happened in history, the persecution that they faced, and to say to them, you're here,
Allah subhanho wa taala, protected your grandfather, your great grandfather, great grandmother, to where you are here. History repeats itself. Brothers and sisters, at this time and moment in history that we are facing. It is important that we start and not stop only at but make sure that we start at looking at ourselves, looking at our hearts, looking at our deeds and seeing what are we resisting to where when we put our hands up to Allah subhana wa Tada in sha Allah, the DUA is accepted,
and not being afraid to resist because we don't want to deal with falling or making a mistake. Because the mistake is a means for you to learn.
And not being afraid to call in Allah subhanho wa taala. And the DUA that you were very sincere in at a particular time.
Was not answered according to you.
Brothers and sisters, it is important that we are conscious of our surroundings of what we are doing. And remember Allah subhanho wa Taala and remember the reality of shaped lon in that shaytaan will try to affect us internally, and the shayateen and people that may be influenced by Satan, externally, from lying, from displacing the truth, from eliciting certain emotions in people online and offline, that can cause one to do something that they may regret. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us of those that are strong in our Eman and in our hearts, to be of those that resists internally to be successful in this life to where our actions are fruitful for ourselves and for
others. May Allah subhanaw taala make us of those that have healthy halwa that are alone with him to do a self evaluation and review and review ourselves in this world our place in this world to see how we can have an everlasting impact in this world. Robin attina for dunya Hasina should
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