A Mercy To Mankind
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Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa sallahu wa salam O Allah
Al amin, wa ala alihi wa sahbihi h Marina Salam alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
As Salam alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
See hamdulillah we've woken up.
The topic of today's lecture is Muhammad, the Messenger of mercy sallallahu alayhi, wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallam.
And the Prophet Mohammed sly Salaam, Allah subhanaw taala tells in the Koran
me, we did not send you except as a mercy for mankind.
We didn't send you except as a mercy for all of the worlds in fact.
And we see this in the era of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. We see this in the stages before he was given Prophethood we see this in the second phase of prophethood. And we see this in the Medina phase of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam his mission.
And a very easy way to have a look at this is to simply look at some glimpses of the life of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
we find when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was given
the mission at the beginning of this mission, calling people to the worship of one God, to the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala. He was tortured. It was tortured both physically, as well as mentally. In fact, the media of the time, they utilize the influence the poets of that time, they would call him a madman, they would call him a magician, a soothsayer.
One who has been possessed by a jinn and the list goes on.
In fact, they would position people at the outskirts of mucker soul that anybody who comes into Makkah, anyone who's not heard of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, or he's not heard his message, they will warn him against the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, keep away from this man. His words are mesmerizing. They will, you know, they have caused people to go astray. He's caused the young to go against the old, he's caused the father to go against the brother, he's caused divorce and so on and so forth. The list goes on.
So the media continued his job, the poet's
but yet the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam he did not waver. He continued on his message, which is the message of La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
And this torture was not something just merely a mental torture. It was also something physical. It was physically tortured. We know the famous story where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he was praying by the caliber.
And at that time,
the Qibla was by to knock this it was Jerusalem.
And the prophet SAW Selim, he actually wanted the Qibla to be moved to the Kaaba.
So what he would do when he was praying by the Kaaba, he would pray between the Yemeni corner and the Blackstone.
He would face the face of the caliber between the Yemeni corner and the Blackstone, because this is the direction
where he would also be facing not just the cowboy, also beta knock this which was the fibula at that time. And while the prophets lie, Selim was praying, Abu Jamal,
he stood up and he created a challenge.
He challenged the people around him. He said, which of you has got the courage to get up, go to the outskirts of Mecca and pick up a carcass or an intense Stein
of a dead animal and bring it back to Mohammed and throw it on him? sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
So one of the
Got up while the prophet SAW Selim was praying.
he went to the outskirts of Makkah to the scrapyard of Makkah, he would pick up this carcass and he bought it back all the way back to the carrabba.
And the Prophet sallallahu Sallam was still praying. He was still praying.
And he threw it on the Prophet sallallahu Sallam such that the prophet SAW Selim fell over and the Mashallah Khun of Makkah, they began to laugh.
for tomorrow, the Allahu anhu was told about the shooting young girl of maybe five years old or six years old, and she came running to help her father salallahu alayhi wasallam.
Eventually, she helped the prophets I saw them remove this carcass and remove this filth from the prophets lie Selim. And the prophets lie Selim he got up and he said, Allah Houma, la cabeza, Allah, Oh Allah, I leave you to deal with those people. And the narrator of this Hadith, he says,
while la he, I saw every single one of those people laying flat lying flat on their faces, after the Battle of butter.
We know the famous story of a thought if where the prophets lie Selim, he walked all the way to bite if for no other reason except to call the people to the worship of one God.
And this is a very important point here.
Because when he got there, and he went this, and pif, is a reasonable distance from Makkah. It's about an hour's drive, an hour and 15 minutes drive.
And you would go down a motorway in today's time, you'd go down a motorway until you get to a mountain. And you have to climb this mountain. And it takes about 15 to 20 minutes by car just climbing up this mountain.
When you finally reached the top of the mountain, you reach a place called El Haddad.
And from hada it's five is about 1520 minutes drive from there. So you can see that it's quite a distance by the prophets. I send them he walked in the desert heat.
And when he got there, we all know what happened. It was not the youth,
of the people of five but the children of the people of five. They stone the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, until he was chased out of the city of life.
And there the prophets lie Selim sat down, and we find
that his sandals were covered in blood.
And the Prophet sallallahu Sallam was visited by jabril alayhis salam who came and gave him the greetings As salam o Allah, Rasool Allah
said, while a coma, Salama debris
jabril said I have come with the angels who is in charge of the mountain.
And all you have to do is say yes, Allah subhana wa Taala has ordered this angel to lift up this mountain and crush the people have thought of below this mountain.
And what did the Prophet sallallahu Sallam say?
He said, No, oh jabril his sandals were covered in blood. I want you to take a step back for a second.
And imagine yourself in this position. You are giving dour,
you calling these people to the worship of one God.
They stone you.
And you know the only people that one is allowed to be that we stone
or the adulterous in Islam. In an Islamic State. There is the only people because this the sin is so great. Yet these people they stoned Rasulullah salicylate, the children, in fact, not even the youth to show the human humiliation.
They stone the Prophet size elemental he was chased out of the city. His body was probably covered in blood, his sandals were covered in blood. So now imagine you're in this situation.
The Prophet sallallahu Sallam replied to jabril he says no jabril rather, I pray to Allah, that even though these people were not blessed with Islam, I pray to Allah that they are their offspring be saved from the hellfire.
And this is why Allah subhanaw taala says, well,
Marta, la la la me. We didn't send you except as a mercy to the world's
So why did the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam have so much concern?
Why is it that he felt
so concerned even though it was his right to get retribution on the people of bife.
Sometimes we get a bit of apathy. And we think that the kuffaar deserve what they getting. We think, oh, they deserve to go to hell, they should go to hell. And we have this kind of course mentality. Whereas in reality, if you sit down and ponder, and anybody who realizes the true nature of jahannam, he doesn't think in this manner.
Anyone who truly realizes the nature who has true faith in jahannam, he doesn't have this attitude.
Because think about it for a second. The problem prophets lie Selim told us that the fire of this world, or rather, the fire of the Hellfire,
of jahannam, is 70 times stronger than the fire of this world. 70 times more intense in its heat.
Now, think of today's time, if you were to see somebody
and you had the choice
to put this person
in a 10. Do you know what a tender is? Where you where you?
You know, you cook nuns and bread in an oven.
Just a few minutes in the oven. Most of us would say no, we don't want a person to go in there. Definitely not a Muslim.
But yet the way we behave as if we want the people to go to the hell but we don't really actualize what is held.
Just five minutes in an oven, in a thunderstorm with the fire there, and the fire is not even touching you. It's not even burning is just above the fire.
But we wouldn't be able to take it. Neither would we want anybody anybody to face that punishment.
But yet, we find it easy to say oh, you know, let them go to hell. Go to hell. Not just against non Muslims but against Muslims as well. Those who we have a grudge against.
But the true person, he should sit down a sincere person I think to himself. In actuality, it's not something minor. It's not something minor. What cool Doohan nurse Well, hey, Jarrod, the fuel of this fire of jahannam
is men and stone, men and stone. It's not something minor.
So we should actually feel sorry for those people. Like the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam felt sorry for them.
And therefore he went out of his way to stop them from going to Johanna. This was the character of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, we did not send you down except as the mercy to the worlds.
In fact, if we look at the Battle of 100, when Akbar even a beer, he threw a spear at the Prophet sallallahu sallam, such that it went through his cheek and his molar tooth fell out. Again, think about this, your molar tooth has fallen out.
What did the Prophet sallallahu Sallam say at this stage? He said, How can ALLAH forgive a people who have done this to their Prophet sallallahu Sallam? He was concerned about these people concerned about how will Allah show mercy to these people? Because of what they did to the Prophet that Allah sent to them. sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
the prophet so I said I'm used to make a de Allahumma fellahin for in como la.
Oh ALLAH forgive them, because they are people who don't know ignorant, forgive them Allah. The Prophet of Allah sallallahu Sallam would make draft for them. Oh Allah make so and so a Muslim Oh Allah strengthen Islam with someone so our law makes someone so a Muslim. This was the nature of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
The Sahaba said about the prophets I seldom he would never get angry for himself. But rather he would get angry only if Allah his rights had been violated. While Bara for the sake of Allah alone subhanho wa Taala.
The prophets lie Selim if we look at his character
that when he was given the choice between two matters,
the Prophet sallallaahu I've sent him would take the easiest of these two matters
as long as my lahmacun ifma as long as it was not a sin.
I showed the love on her reports, she says, is a query and abuse of alcohol even sell them abena ambrane I have a Sarah Houma, Marla mucuna.
If he was given the choice between two things, you would take the easiest of the two options as long as it was not a sin. And one of the reasons that the prophet SAW Selim would do this is because he knew that whatever he does, is Sunnah is something is a way that people would follow. And so he would want the easiest of matters for the people.
That Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Eben aka Swati, Allah Han who said
Cana Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam edge woodenness he was the most generous of people. Even though in another generation I shadowed the loved one who said that one month would go by in our house when we didn't have fire. No fire would be lit for food. So she was asked, how what did you survive on? She said dates and water as well then the two black substances in other words, dates and waters what the Arabs would call dates and water.
jogger or the Allahu anhu says about the prophet SAW Selim. He says the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam would never deny anything that he was asked for. He would never deny it. Anything he never said no, ever.
In fact, when you look at the profits, I sell them,
as we mentioned, even above the prophesized syllabus edge whether or not he's the most generous of people. And when he was asked about when was he most generous, he said in the month of Ramadan when jabril used to come and review the Quran with him.
And when even our best went to describe the generosity of the prophet SAW Selim in Ramadan, he simply couldn't think of anything to say. He said it was like a World Wind. It was like a World Wind he couldn't imagine of a word that could describe the generosity of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
His mercy to mankind was such that he would put others before himself always.
We find that the prophets I send them Ali rhodiola Han, who says that whenever the fight grew fist, in battle in jihad, whenever the fight group is, and the eyes of the Mujahideen, this fighters went red.
We used to resort to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam for relief, because and he was always closest to the enemy sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So this kindness, and this mercy was not just a one sided balance, rather, he was courageous, and he was willing to defend the Muslims, even the Mujahideen in the battlefield, it was actually the prophet SAW Selim, who is the one closest to the enemy.
Furthermore, one night and I saw the Allahu anhu reports that one night, the people of Medina they heard a sound, they felt alarmed. And obviously, in a desert in the desert city of Medina was a small city. When you hear a noise, when you hear a sound, which is abnormal, strange, then one of the possibilities is that in its army approaching, so the people of Medina they woke up to this sound. And they didn't know what is this sound. So they started waking up, they started coming out of their homes.
And they started walking out to see what is this noise?
And what did they find?
They found the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam. He had already won his battle gear. He had his sword
out. He had his shield ready. He was on his horse. And he had already gone and he was now on the way back he had come back into Medina. And he said, You have nothing to fear. You have nothing to fear. Don't worry about it. He'd already gone out himself to go and check. What is the sound
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was known as El amin, and Assad. And think about this, the trustworthy one. And the truthful one. What do you think about these two nicknames that he was given sallallahu alayhi wasallam. We sometimes don't really understand the significance of this. But when we think about nicknames, they say,
when you're a company, and you're trying to sell something, they say, if one customer is pleased with you, how many customers find out about that? One, one customer is pleased, he's happy with your service, he will tell one other person.
But if one person is unhappy with your service, how many people will he tell 20
to 20 people, this is the nature of people, they concentrate on bad qualities, they will concentrate on good qualities. They won't even remember the good qualities.
And if you think about the nicknames of people that you know, around, you think about if you know anybody who's called the truthful one, the trustworthy one, awesome, good qualities like this. Quite the contrary. And know if your mother calls you that, that doesn't count.
Okay, but by the people on mass. If you think about it, usually what do you call people in India nicknames, it will be by qualities that are not necessarily perceived as something good. by the people, they may be good qualities, but people don't perceive them as being good.
Fat, so shorty, totally whatever. Okay, these are the nicknames that people often call themselves or call each other, they don't concentrate on good qualities. So for somebody to be known as being truthful
or trustworthy, he has to be so exceptional, that it goes way beyond the what the people expect, even from general people.
It has to be something amazing. And this is only then does the nickname stick.
In fact, about Sophia, when he went to
the Emperor when he asked him and Abu sufian at the time, he was not a Muslim. He was not a Muslim at the time. And he went to heraclius and heraclius poor Abu Sufyan at the front. And behind him,
he put abou Sofia's companions, all of them were not Muslim.
And then he asked some questions. But before he asked the questions to Abu sufian heraclius, searches companions
to the companions of Abu sufian.
If Abu sufian lies, then signal to me, and then I will know that he's lying.
So now I've also found he can't see who's he can't see what they're saying behind him. So he scared that if he lies, his companions will go against what he's saying they'll contradict him.
And one of the questions Abu sufian asked about Mohammed sly Selim, he said, Oh, Abu sufian.
Have you ever accused him of lying before the Ministry of prophethood. And Abu Sufyan said no. Abu sufian said, No, we've never done this. Now these were people, that if the prophets of Allah alayhi wa sallam said black, they would say white, if he said up, they would say down. If he said North, they would say south, they would contradict everything that the prophet SAW, Selim said, later on Abu Sufyan, of course, he became Muslim. And he said, the only reason I told the truth was because I was worried that my companions behind me would contradict me and then I would look like a liar.
We find the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was always in control of himself. And whenever he got angry, he only got angry for the sake of Allah subhana wa eiler. You he was cheerful, easygoing, pleasant tempered, and he was lenient.
The prophet SAW Selim would laugh at what the Sahaba would laugh about, and he would cry when they would cry.
And these were some of the qualities of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam that made him mentally ill. I mean,
in fact, even when we look at the death of the prophets, I send them we find the same
Where in the last few days of the prophet SAW Selim his life, he became sick and unwell.
And even though he had a number of wives, he took their permission because he was so sick, he took their permission to remain in the house of one of their wives, and they chose from eyeshot of the law who to either and so even at this time, he was just between his wives, and he only stayed at the house of one of them after seeking the permission of the others.
And one day he was asked, he asked for bags of water to cool his fever. And he went to the masjid exhorted them to do jihad. And then he said, a servant of Allah has been given the choice between this world and the Akira.
And he has chosen the Astra and all of the companions of messenger of Allah Selim, God happy that a servant of Allah has been given the choice between this world and the ohana, and he's chosen to hear after
all, except for a worker of the Allahu anhu, who began to cry, because he realized that the servant that the prophets lie Selim is talking about is actually himself.
In fact, during these last few days, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
asked the companions, is there any debt that I owe or any write that I have taken from somebody, then tell me now, and then I will repay that person and give back that right.
And the prophet SAW Selim was ill.
He was very sick.
And one of the companions of the Prophet SAW Selim, he said, I, I have something that I want my right back.
the companion said, One day when he was straightening the lines,
you hit me and you hurt me by mistake.
And now I want to get my right back.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he lifted his stick. And he went to give it to this companion. Here you go. Take it and take your rights back. The Sahaba were crying. They were begging this person. Look, can you not see the profits? I sell him look at the state that he's in.
But they were crying.
And the prophet SAW Selim was very sick. He was ill his last few days.
But this companion said, No, I want my right.
So that you can imagine the prophets I send them he's lifting up his stick to take to hand it over to this companion. The companion comes forward.
He goes to take the stick. He takes a stick from the prophets, I send them he lifts the steak, and then he throws it on the ground. He grabs the profits of Solomon kisses the prophets lie Selim on his shoulder, because of his love for Rasulullah sallallahu sallam.
If we look at the
message of the prophets, I sell them or the legacy of the prophets I sell them this prophet of mercy.
You find that when the prophet SAW Selim,
he went back to his room,
and he put his head in the in the lap of eyeshadow, the Allahu taala.
And after a man the brother of Ayesha
even Abby, backer of the Allahu anhu, match mine. He came with a Sivak
a tooth stick.
And I shadowed the Allahu anhu. She asked the prophet SAW Selim, would you like that to stick? She knew her husband? And she said, he said, Yes. So then she took the toothpick from her brother.
And she bit at the end of the toothache to soften it and to moisten it with her saliva. She bet at the end, and then she gave it to the profit center. And she said, and of course the profits are Ceylon would usually be the most clean of people.
But she said this time, he cleaned his teeth in a way
that I've never seen him do before. It was as if he was preparing to meet his Lord
and the prophets Allah hives alum sallam, and later on she would boast about this she said that Allah subhanaw taala caused my saliva and the saliva of the Prophet Mohammed sly Selim to
Mick's, just at the time before he died. So the law Hilson
the Prophet sallallahu Sallam he then he said rafiqul Allah, He said the companionship of the high ones, and I shadowed the law and he says,
at that time,
I had heard beforehand, the province of Salem had told us that no profit, no profits, life is taken from this world, except that he is given the choice between the companionship of this dunya the low people and the companionship of the high one. And I knew that now he had made his choice sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
And then he said, he said, Ah, Allah, in the most accurate, death has its pangs. And then the prophets I seldom, he closed his eyes for the last time and passed away from this dunya news spread in Medina, and people started to people started to wonder what happened. And if you put yourself in this position, and think about this, we've all gone through experiences where somebody who is beloved to us, has passed away.
But now think about the experience with the Messenger of Allah sallallahu wasallam, passes away, this prophet of mercy, this prophet, who by the grace of Allah took the people out away from the darkness,
of copper and schilke of worshipping many gods worshiping the creation, to the light of Islam, the light of worshiping one God, Allah Subhana, wa Taala. This person who by Allah's grace often is coming, he united these people together by Allah subhanaw taala is grace, a people who would fight sometimes for 13 years, over what have a one sheep that had crossed the boundary from one person's land to another person's land.
for 13 years, they fought over the sheep. Maybe the sheep has died, but the war has continued. But they, this is the profit slice that has just passed away. The Quran is no longer going to be revealed in their time.
Any problem they had, they would go to the prophet of mercy. sallallahu alayhi wasallam. In fact, you find that a woman she's going to the battlefield and, and people are coming back, as she is told your son has died, or your husband has died. She said, How is Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam?
They said he's okay. She said, I have nothing to fear. She continues working. She is told your brother has died. She says how is Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam?
He said it's okay. She said then I have nothing to worry about. She continued walking, your son has died. Your brothers died. Your husband has died. Your father has died. How is Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam?
She said then I have nothing to worry about.
This was the character of the Sahaba based on the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa ala alihi wa sallam tarbiyah.
And so at this time, this habit they were perplex they were worried about the fact that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has gone and in fact, even the Allahu anhu
he was standing outside the masjid of the Prophet sighs lm and he said
that whoever says the prophets lie Selim has died.
Then I will chop off his head because he couldn't believe that this prophets lie Selim had died. But as for a worker of the Allahu anhu, he went into the quarters of his daughter I shot of the lava and he lifted her veil and he saw her crying.
And then he went to the side, and he saw the Shroud of the prophets lie Selim.
And he lifted the shroud and he kissed the forehead of the Prophet sallallahu sallallahu sallam, and he said, How beautiful you are, both when you were alive, and now that you have died, he covered the shroud and he went back to the masjid of the Prophet slicin. And he told Amara della Han who to come down Amara della Han who ignored him, and then he started the hospital, in El Centro de la. And then people left Amr and they came to listen to what the worker have to say.
I'm working with Villa one who said
said man can i mean come? Yeah, boo de la Mancha, min Camila, Buddha Mohammed and Mohammed and cannot. woman can i mean come Yahoo De La La Jolla,
whoever among you used to worship Mohammed, the let him know that Mohammed has died and whoever among you used to worship Allah, then let him know that Allah is Ever living and he never dies.
And by this Amara de la Han who said he fell and he felt that his legs had been chopped off beneath him because of the weightiness of what he had just heard. And by this, the legacy of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
he left that legacy warmer out of Southern Africa. Illa Rahmatullah I mean, we did not send you down, except as a mercy to the world's or sallallahu wasallam robotic ala nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi.
inshallah will now have a reminder by the ship titled, perfection personified. smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa certainly, certainly more Allah Malala mungo Natal al amin, Allah Allah He was off the edge Medina salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
As salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
You have the energy just need a bit of you know, there are flips going on. Okay.
Perfection personified. Okay. Whatever that means. I guess what it means is that the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
was the perfection.
personified. Were the prophets I seldom In fact, this reminds me of a hadith of eyeshadow, the Allahu taala, who was asked about the character of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, who knows what does she reply?
he, his character was the Quran, his character was the Quran. And in fact, one of the reasons or the reason I should say that we are studying about the seed of the prophets lie Selim, about his character, about his dealings with the different types of people, about his tears, about his death, about his wars, about his struggles, about his fits. And there's a reason why we are studying these matters.
We're not just studying these things, just so that we can be people who just know a little bit about the Syrah that we can, you know, regurgitate a few facts about how many wives the prophet SAW Selim had, and the battles he fought, and so on, and so forth. All of this is good.
All of this is good. But the reality of the situation is,
what we don't want is a situation where we learn about something, we attend a series of lectures, and then we go away, and nothing has changed.
It's like a theater performance song. So he gave a good lecture, so and so in brackets of one discipline, his lecture wasn't that good, and so on and so forth.
But the reality of the situation is that we should take what we learn
and practically apply it in our lives.
And if we love the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, indeed if we love a larger love Allah, Allah subhanaw taala tells us in the Quran call in kuntum, to Hebron Allah, for Toby, oni you have in common law, who will
say oh Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, a command from Allah, Allah, Allah to the prophets lie Selim, that if you truly love Allah,
this is the question.
And in fact, if you were to ask the Christian, do you love Allah? What would he say? Yes or no? What would he say? Yes. If you were to ask the Jews, do you love Allah? Do you love God? What would he say yes or no? Yes, you are, say Hindu, they seek the Buddha, the monk, the everything. You ask them, Do you love Allah? They will reply. What? Yes. So you also Muslim, do you love Allah? He says yes. So what is the difference here? Allah tells us in this ayah burn in control
To a boon Allah, say, if you truly love Allah, then what? Then what comes next? But be only then Follow me Follow, follow the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
And that is what the scholars they call sharp with Java sharp
that the question comes at the beginning the condition. If you love Allah, prove it. You claim you love Allah prove it because all of these other people, they claim that they love Allah
How do you prove it, but we only follow me. And then what is the reward of this? What is the reward you they become Allah.
Allah will love you.
Allah will love you, and forgive you of your sins. And this is what really matters. That's what really counts. It doesn't matter if other people love you or not. It doesn't matter if you even love Allah. Because Allah said, the Christian, the Jew, the Hindu, the Buddhist, the CIF, all of them claim to love Allah subhanho wa Taala. So how do you know you love Allah? The more you love Allah, the more you follow Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam?
You know, a question that I get asked very often
is, there are so many different sects in Islam, or among the Muslims, I should say.
There's so many different groups and sects. How do we know which one is upon the truth?
How do we know which one is upon the truth?
And if I said, if I replied by saying, Well, you know, this sect is upon the truth, then all I've done is just given you yet another opinion. I've just given you yet another thing to follow. But actually, the answer is much simpler than that. It doesn't matter what other abdus salam says, it doesn't matter what anybody says.
We read in the Quran
17 times a day.
In surah, Al Fatiha
we say, is Dena, Sirocco. mustafi?
Who knows what that means?
Don't tell me people of Birmingham don't know what that means.
What does it mean?
Guide us to the straight path was the theme. The upright steadfast, the perfect is the karma.
The true path of Islam. Okay. Let me ask you a question. And you should respond with a yes or no.
If you ask Allah subhanho wa Taala 17 times a day
at least because that's the obligatory
practice the obligatory prayers, if you ask Allah 17 times a day, to guide us to the straight path.
Do you think it is conceivable? That a God who is a rough man,
Most Merciful would leave you a stray? Yes or no? Yes or no? No, it's impossible.
So why May I ask? Why is it that 17 times a day?
Sincerely insha Allah. We ask Allah for guidance, but we don't know.
We don't get the guidance.
It's a question that we really need to ask ourselves. If we find that we don't know which is a straight path and a straight path, it doesn't just mean arcada It doesn't just mean you belong to a sect by name.
And you got a bad thing. This is the sect that I believe in. No, that's not the straight path.
You have to work to be on that straight path. It is in your belief. It is in your action. And it is in your spirituality, Islam, Eman and SM
it is in your body. It is in your mind and it is in your soul.
So the question is how comes? We ask for guidance 17 times a day.
But we don't read it. We don't know what it is. The answer is very simple.
If you pick up a Muslim if you pick up a Quran
On the first page,
you asked for guidance, the path of whom the path of those who rapala Dena and and I lay him The path of those whom You have blessed and favored
realm of Bowlby I lay him not the path of those who have earned who I've got anger upon them. Well at Ball lean and not of those who have gone astray. You ask for guidance 17 times a day.
But you know what?
All you have to do is turn over the page. Because what comes in the next page Bismillah Ar Rahman AR Rahim. Alif laam
Meem Valley Cal kita Bula ye Buffy.
That is the book in which there is no doubt what comes next.
What comes next? Who then will move in a guidance for those who have Taqwa? So where's the guidance? It's the Koran.
It's the Quran. So we have two fact two points here. That the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
as I showed, the law one has said was a his character was that of the Quran.
The second point is, the Quran is guidance. And the third point we've learned is that if we love Allah, we must follow the Prophet slicin. So in other words, we must follow what what? The Quran and Sunnah.
Now, let me ask a question,
a very important question. And I want you to raise your hands.
Who among you has read the Quran from beginning to end in a language that you understand? Put your hand up?
panela that's a disgrace.
That is an absolute disgrace.
A message from Allah from above the seven heavens comes down. And the huge overwhelming majority of Muslims, non Muslims on the street, not Muslims in the nightclubs, not Muslims, you know, who are out there on the street, but Muslims who are in a Masjid, so called practicing Muslims, so called religious Muslims, you've come here for a purpose. You've come here to gain knowledge of a loss deem that in and of itself is a minority of the Muslims.
Most Muslims don't care.
And yet, even in this minority of Muslims, we have maybe 1% or 2% of Muslims have read the Quran, the whole Quran in a language that they understand you tell me? Is that a disgrace? Yes or no? Yes or no? Let's be honest with ourselves. So yet, we expect to be guided to the truth six, we expect to have impeccable character. We expect that every man should be hired. We expect to be upon the path of the province I sell them, but we haven't read the Quran.
Isn't that disgraceful brothers and sisters? Yes or no? He's absolutely disgraceful.
It's it's like a person.
In fact, it's worse than this.
But it's like a person who is told
that you are going to
have a an exam tomorrow.
And all the answers are in this, you know, small page, small pages.
You have an exam and according to this exam, you will live the rest of your life. Let's just imagine that scenario. According to this exam, you will have an exam tomorrow. And according to this exam, you will live the rest of your life. The higher your marks, the better your standard of living.
And guess what?
All of the answers are on this paper. All of the answers on this paper, would you Yes or no? Would you read that paper? Yes or no?
So what does that tell us about ourselves? It tells us we're not serious about our Deen. It tells us we don't have fully a pain certainty.
In the afterlife, because if we had full certainty in the afterlife,
in the eternal life,
then we would learn, we would read, we will find out what is Allah telling us in the Quran? What is the what are the steps to paradise? And what are the steps to the hell that I must avoid? What are the rewards in paradise? What are the punishment in hell? Who is this prophet Mohammed slicin? And what was his message? What was the message of the prophets before us?
And you know what brothers and sisters?
It's worse than that. Because in the Quran, you find solutions to our daily problems.
And as a die, you get a lot of questions. And one of the most common questions we find,
especially from the west,
our questions revolving around depression,
revolving around problems. This happened to me that happened to me, I've gone through this difficulty or that difficulty. I don't know what to do. I feel down my Eman is weak. I'm feeling depressed. I'm missing the prayers. I'm doing this I'm doing that. The most of our questions that we get revolve around this kind of difficulties in life.
But Allah tells us about those who turn
away from the remembrance of Allah. In Nana Luna zelner
in the hula, half moon, indeed, We have revealed the remembrance and we are preserving it the remembrance here refers to the Quran and Sunnah. So those who turn away from a large remembrance, they will have Naija dunka you know, despicable life, a life of trial and test, alive, or not just trial and test because we all have to go through trials and tests, but a life of constraint, you don't have happiness, you feel depressed, you feel down, you don't know what to do. You've gone from this problem, you solve that problem, you go to the next problem in life.
And you don't know how to deal with these problems.
That is the if that is the way you are failing, then know for certain teachers because you have turned away you have boycotted the book of Allah Jalla wa ala.
You have boycotted the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And that's a really sad state of affairs. We wonder why Muslims are being humiliated all over the world, in Iraq, and Afghanistan. And all over the world. everywhere we look, we find Muslims being humiliated. But you know what, we don't even bother to pick up the book of Allah which has a solution for our problems. It's disgusting and despicable to be honest. It's really sick. It's a really sick state of affairs.
for practicing Muslims, for people who visit the masjid at least, they have not read the book of Allah from cover to cover.
cover to cover. We haven't read the book. How long does it take to read 600 pages? Does it take that long?
How many people have read a book? Whether it's a novel, whether it's Harry Potter, whether it's any book, how many people have read a book cover to cover? Put your hand up? Come on, let's be honest.
Put your hand up. I know it's more than that.
You will tell me you've never read a book at school. Yes, that's more like it.
Pretty much every single person in this room.
Isn't that despicable? we bother to read the books, the words of the creation, but we don't read the book of our Creator.
Imagine I told you that today.
You got a letter
Okay, okay. You got a letter from the queen.
And you knew that this letter, the one who gave you that letter
said to you the look in this letter.
There are some instructions that you have to follow. If you follow those instructions. You will get 1 million pounds. And if you don't follow those instructions, you're gonna go to jail to prison. Okay, let's just imagine you're going to get tax credits back for a million pounds. Yeah.
How many people would be the first to read that?
I know I would. million pounds.
You know so, but yet the book of Allah, the creator,
the creator, we haven't bothered to read. It's a really sad state of affairs and in, in actuality
it's not all doom and gloom because Alhamdulillah Allah Subhan Allah has blessed us today to be just a week or two or two weeks away from Ramadan, roughly.
And that's let's say approximately 15 days, let's say
for you to read the whole Quran before Ramadan would mean that you would read to just have the Quran every day.
Right? How many Jews have the Quran we have
30 if we have 15 days left roughly speaking, that means
we have approximately Okay, we have to read to Jews of the Quran every single day and inshallah we'll be able to finish it in the month before we even start the month of Ramadan. So that when you enter the month of Ramadan, you have already engaged or started a process of purification. So the after that, the month of Ramadan, because it takes you time to get into
you know, into the mode. So rather than waiting for Ramadan because you have not got a contract with Allah to say that you will live until Ramadan, you sign a contract with Allah say that you will live to Ramadan Yes or no? No. So I would like to make a request.
And before we make this request, I would like for brothers to volunteer to come up on this stage.
And also on the sisters side. You have contact the sisters.
His wife brothers.
Can you ask for the sisters to stand up?
Okay, can I ask for volunteers, brother?
Come on for Yep, number two.
Number three. One more.
come on the stage on the brother right there. Yep.
Okay, you stand up
and this crowd
Okay, these brothers are going to witness what we're saying. I want a promise from every single person in this room.
That we will read the Koran by the first of Ramadan in a language that we understand. Put your hand up if you're going to attempt to do this challenge in Sharla every single person in this room I want to see the hands up come on you over there. No, I'm not letting anybody go. We've got a microphone.
Okay, you brothers need to witness this and Allah is the best of witnesses. Come on. Yeah. I'm watching
in a language you understand? Or the or the English English mainpuri mirpuri no problem. All right, any language you understand Come on Keep your hands up we witnessing still.
There is only one brother that I know
but I'm gonna give him an extension everybody else first of Ramadan this brother is gonna get 15th Ramadan is that fair or not? 15th Ramadan
Yes, the brothers agreed. So everybody in this room has agreed and I'm for witnesses. For witnesses you witness or not? You saw for witnesses everybody in this room and the sisters. Can the sisters Raise your hands please. Have you got the sisters witnessing please.
inshallah, so that means the whole of this Masjid in sha Allah
will take on this challenge the Quran challenge that you will read the whole Quran from beginning to end and yes, it's going to be a struggle. And yes, it's going to be difficult and yes, it takes an hour or so a day, but it's in your own language. So read it from beginning to end. And then afterwards go back and ponder over things if you need to ponder things, highlight them, go back to it. No problem salata right in your Quran. Okay. Now, before we go.
Before we go, I want you before you leave to take the number of the person next to you.
Now you Yes.
Or email. No, no, no emails, not forceful enough.
Okay, you take the number of the person next to you. Sorry, a few minutes.
And before you leave, and so you can chase each other up. So for example, those two brothers, okay, take a person next to you to chase each other up that you will read a couple of dollars a day every single day.
Okay, in sha Allah, I promise you this will be the best thing that you've ever undertaken. I promise you that.
Before the first of Ramadan
Yeah, before the don't leave a chill Tara, we
have the first Ramadan, make sure just in case Siobhan might be 29 days.
Okay, so they'll give you five minutes to take numbers before when I leave in Sharla. So brothers and sisters, sorry, could have your attention please.
Just two more minutes in Sharla
Hello, this can we just quiet down for the chef please? Go ahead.
Okay, so inshallah this will be the most defining point in your entire lives in sha Allah. And that's what we want to try to get. We want to make this a practical session. It's not just something that you know for two three days you attend a Masjid you hear some lectures, and that's the end of that. No, we want to be walking Korans. Yes or no? Yes, and the only way we can be working Korans is to first find out what is in the Quran. Right. So we all want our demand to be increased. We all want to get the the recipes of the Quran for a good life. And a good here after I asked Allah subhanaw taala to make us make the Quran, our guide and our axiom for our lives. ask Allah Subhana
Allah to raise us with the prophets lifestyle and on the last day, even though we were not companions of him in this day, but may Allah subhanaw taala make his companions of the Prophet sly cillum on the day when it really counts, and ask Allah subhanaw taala to make us be able to give us the tofik to read the Quran to understand the Quran to act upon the Quran. And finally, if you go to WWW dot the Quran challenge.com that's www dot What?
Yeah, the Koran challenge all one word, the Quran challenge.com if you go there, there is lots of other people from all around the world who have undertaken the same challenge. And many, many, many people handler finished this challenge already. So I'm asking you practically to go away and register yourself on the website. Go on the forums encourage each other. If you find something inspirational, go to the forums and put yourself there. What's the website
WWW dot the Quran challenge.com or sallallahu wasallam Okay, O Allah Bina Mohammed Ali, he was off th Marine Massara Molly Kumara