Lessons and Benefits From My Umrah Trip
Channel: Abu Usamah At-Thahabi
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We announced in our last class of the 40 Hadith that
We were going to cancel the two classes that will come in up. So this would have been that second class, right?
This is not the third Tuesday, today's the second Tuesday since that this is the second Sunday since that time.
And I think this way we have, although we have a lot of people from the lot, but some of the main students, I don't see them, so wouldn't be fair to move forward. And some of them were Kathy beam, they were writing and taking notes, although they could get it off of the internet. But we wouldn't be consistent with what we said. So that was a mistake on my part. Nonetheless, we take advantage of the time, I was thinking maybe we should do a pop quiz, a pop quiz, from the first Hadith all the way to this hadith. And just ask random questions. And x people randomly was to answer those questions to see how well you brothers are comprehending to see how well you Bo's understanding. So
what do you brothers think about that suggestion and that idea? I see people fidget in and stuff like that. Then Then down like this. I see you I see you. Yes, I see you. People are biting your fingernails. Now. You find his fingernails. You know that the security people, the police, when they interrogate you, and these people, they're trained to look for signs that indicate people are nervous. People do not tell them the truth because people's body language speaks against them despite, you know what they're trying to do. So a person's just sitting there normally, and then he hears is going to be an exam, a pop quiz, and he starts to delay this automatic, and the other one
is messing with his beard.
What he's thinking, think about that idea. Are you okay with that? You know, the reason why is not to put anybody on the spot. But the quiz is designed to make sure that you and your j ob, it's a clean to clean to get you ready, that makes sure you know where you are. That's the quiz is for. That's what the quiz is all about the information, we know that we have people were sitting here and want the baraka of the Doris being here with the mullah aikka and being with your brothers and so forth, and so on, and sit in between McGivney shot, but as serious students what I consider most of you are in shallow if not all of you. The quiz is just designed to see and get an idea of where you
So if I were to ask you for an example, in that hadith that we did last week, I'd even be taller. When he said that the Prophet solomani was setting them said May Allah curse the person who protects and gives refuge to a more death or a death with a casserole or Fatah over the dowel? Who knows the answer to that what's the difference between the two you're my brother was difference between a tool
like cleaning your throat like that
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Yeah, that's it. Simple is that it is as simple as that. Okay, what we'll do is we won't put you on the spot inshallah. But you guys have to go over all of those ahaadeeth All of those notes. Now I know and that's just last week, the last class two weeks ago, whatever it was a week and a half ago. So what about we we are in Hadith Number What 36 What about the other 34 Hadith that we've done?
Okay, Inshallah, we'll suspend that. But we still take advantage of the time.
Would you like to try one because you're one of my best students would you like to try?
What we'll do at 20 is I want to make a point about something that happened yesterday in the talk yesterday. It's really important one of the difficult things to
do is to give a hotbar. And there are 4500 people in the masjid like we have here. 5000 people in attendance from the men and the women, elders, youngsters, people can read and write, and some who can't read and write some people English is their first language, some people, English is not their first language, some people can barely understand English, they understand the hook based upon the item, the Hadith, they understand, but a lot of the hook by goes over their heads. So when you deliver a football lesson, not everybody is going to understand it the same way. So I can't possibly assume even that people understand the Arabic terminology, even though it has a context. I mean, say
something like, for example, when Allah gives you his nor, then you're going to be guided, I can't assume that everyone knows what Nora means. So a lot of times people say, Can you please translate all of the words, I can't translate all of the words, because sometimes it's just natural, just going to talk natural. But it's not that person's fault that some of those words may go over his head. And as a result of that, the understanding of what's being said may be compromised. So that requires some effort and some cooperation and understanding from me towards you, and from you towards me. So when you talk, you can always get into the nitty gritty details of every point that
you're making. And as such, people's understanding may be warped compromise. So I want to make a point about yesterday we were talking about the ease of Ellis lamb, taken from the fact that we find a lot of ease in the act can of fasting. So we have a religion that Eliza Jen made things easy for the people. We were praying just now. And the Imam was reading Sora to Juma and while reading sudo to Juma, I can hear baby upstairs crying, did you hear the baby. So if a person loves his baby, the way we all love our children, you know the cry of the child when the child is in distress. And you know, the cry of the child when he or she wants attention. That sounded like the baby was in
distress. So from the ease of Ellis lamb is for the man to not read very long, that Prophet sallallahu it was sending them as you all know, he said to his companion, sometimes I come into the prayer, and I intend to read long,
but then I'll hear the crying of a baby. And then I'll shorten that prayer, because I don't want it to make things difficult upon the mother and difficult upon the child. That's the ease of Allah SNAM. That's the aroma of the NABI SallAllahu Sallam who was Raouf Rahim as we mentioned yesterday.
So we spoke about the ease of Islam, and we said this, this is what I want to make clear here you shall I don't want anybody to be upset with me, unnecessarily. And I say, our children, we should not force our children too fast during the month of Ramadan when they're very young. And I gave the number the age, like a six year old. Now, there may be someone, I'm sure there is someone from our community who they are children at that age of fasting. And they put positive pressure on the child too fast. So the child who's six and one was five, they fast the whole day. And that mother, that father, they see that the children can handle that. Who am I to come now and say, No, you're being
too rough, you're being too tough. That's not what I was trying to do. I just threw that out there as a number. If anyone here has a child, who is six years old, and you have tested your child, and you know what your child can handle and what they can't handle, and you're competent, responsible parent, and you're not tough and rough in your nature in the way you are, you're easy going Jin to father or mother.
And you're doing that given the dream, the you know, practice to your children, and they don't complain, and they just do that, then you by all means can do that. You can have them too fast. So I'm not who am I to say that everybody out here knows his situation better than me. I just gave that as a general number, that my children at the age of six, were not able to fast at that time doesn't mean that your children are not able to fast. So nobody should take my words and go to an individual who has his child and fasten at the age of six and say, Well, I will Simon saying you're wrong. I didn't say that he's wrong. He could be wrong. He may not be wrong. That's not for me. But you have
to consider all
The issue is concerning that like,
if that child goes to school, and the people find out that your child is fasting at that age, they can get prevent involved. Now, when the dean of Allah when I talk about prevent, when I talked about the law of this land, we're talking about the dean, and the dean of Ellis Lamb, the mother and the father responsible for training their children, about the religion of Ellis lamb wearing hijab and things like that. But the non Muslims may look at some of that, and say, hey, that's OTT over the top. So you as a parent, you have to take that reality into consideration.
Whether it's fasting, whether it's a job, whatever it happens to be, you have to take that into consideration. And it should help you to form your opinion as to what you're going to have your child to do. This is one of the big challenges that we have live in here, the way that reliving that we have to be careful. So I want to make that first point. You guys are responsible for young children. My six year old children were not able to fast at that time. So I would be considered to be a person who was Chedid. rough, tough, too tough. If I was forcing my children too fast in the month of Ramadan because I saw what they were able to do. And I saw what they were not capable of
doing. But I can't speak on behalf of every person here. Eliza just mentioned in the Quran. As we mentioned, this is not a remember this is in surah al Qiyamah. Bella Linson, one enough, see, Bill Sierra, each person knows his situation better than everybody else. I know my children better than all of you. I know my children better than the teachers. I know my children better than their grandmothers, my mother, their mother's mother, I know my children. And you know yourselves and you know, your children. So in our audience is an individual who, like I said, he's from the shower,
is some bizarre. So he grew up somewhere, he's pretty strong, because he's only eaten camel meat all of his life. And he's drink camel's milk all of his life. And he didn't eat any of this poison that we eat every single day. The air that he breathes, is the pure air weight comes from the fish that he eats out of the ocean. It's not contaminated.
He's not eating plastic going inside of his body. So he or she is pretty strong. That individual can possibly go to the dentist and get his tooth pulled without having any Novocaine or any binge.
He goes there and gets a feeling without the doctor shooting him with anything. So he does that in the month of Ramadan. And he holds on to his fats. And then he comes to you. And he says to you because you have to fake your sound that fast. And today I have a to fake. He says I Ooby net. What do you mean, you have to fake I got a root canal in the month of Ramadan, and I don't even have a needle. So if I can do that, you can fast we say no, don't use super impose what you can do on me. And don't superimpose what you can do on other people don't do that. When we traveled to El Medina and Mecca, we were telling the people because we always have to tell the people look, some of you
are very young that you pumped up, and you're ready to make Toba to Allah for what you've done in your life. You're ready to make Tobin you ready to go. But we're not going to judge our 50 group.
Tour. Based upon the youngest strongest person here, we are going to be as strong as the weakest link from amongst us. So we have a lady who's in a wheelchair, and she's being pushed in that wheelchair by her daughter. That's the one we're going to base everybody else on, we're not going to base it on you. So we traveled for 24 hours getting from here to there. When we arrived in Medina, it was 24 hours that we've been traveling, now you are pumped up and ready to go, you're ready to leave the airport to run to the home so that you don't miss any prayers. And if you were to leave us you go, that's going to be problems. So we say to a real in real it in real it and come on in. And
what you have to do is you have to have knowledge about the importance of obeying the Emir in the trip.
You have to have knowledge about the importance of putting your desires secondarily to what the Emir says. And this is why many of you are married and you want your wives to pay attention to what you're saying and rightly so. And you want your children to pay attention to you and rightly so.
But when you come
for the FE bottle coffee, when you come and you go on a trip is easy for you to follow instructions and directions because you're the a mirror in your in your own house. And you know the employees or people listening to what you have to say. So when you come with the group is easier, but the one who's not married and the one who is on that me myself and I'm in hajj, he gets mad because he wants the people to do what he wants things to go based upon what he wants. So as it relates to the issue of your children want to make it clear, it came to my attention, that someone who has a six year old child that is fasting, and it's okay for that fat, that child to do it, he can handle it, she can
And mine saying that the mother and father are wrong is snap quickly. I'm not saying in the deen, that they're wrong. I'm not saying that. That's not what I meant yesterday. But still, you have to pay attention to those other peripheral issues that are connected to this, like the teacher finding out that that child is fasting. And if that child is sleep in the class, every day, that child was going to sleep as a child, what's the matter? The child said, I'm fasting, they bring food for the kid at lunchtime child said, now I'm fasting and the child is wearing hijab, and the child is trying to practice this religion, you have to be careful with these issues. Our Dean says something, but
the environment says something else. And before we move on to the next point, in sha Allah, this is something you have to be aware of. And unfortunately, if you are a professional, and you're working in a Muslim school, a Muslim school, many times, there's not much that is Islamic about some of the Muslim schools event is one of the good things about Birmingham, the level of Islam in the schools in application is higher than it is up north than it is down south and London, other places. That's a good thing about Birmingham. But even Birmingham, you have those issues I've had my child told you before, he's in a nursery for three, four hours. And in that nursery, the vast majority of the
teachers are Muslims. So that Muslim who's working in that school comes and dresses up as Santa Claus comes and dresses up as one of the elves that help Santa Claus. And then a non Muslims who are in the school, the teachers and the people, the directors, we send them mixed signals. So the parent who comes in complains, I don't want my child being exposed to this or this or this or that, that non Muslim person works in the school say, but what about Uilleann? And what about Alana? If it was not permissible? Why is he dressing up as Santa Claus? Well, the answer is, they're not me and I met them.
There the way we used to be when we were like, cute when we were Christians, we did whatever we wanted to do. It didn't have to make any connection to the deen. It didn't have to make any sense. So we drink common. We eat pork, although that wasn't part of the religion of a Seminole millennium, the way is not part of your religion, you Christian, those Muslims, who are teachers in that school, they're the way we used to be when we were Christians. They do whatever they want to do. But now I'm a Muslim. And things make sense. So don't judge me and my child, based upon what they're doing or not doing. Don't do that. My wife's job does not like her job, because she grew up on Islam, and it
was our culture. So the hijab is like that. My wife didn't grow up on Islam like that for an example. So we have to be aware of those issues. If you are part of the personnel in those schools, you have a religious responsibility to give Dawa.
And also the parents,
the parents, if you have your child in a situation like that is everybody's responsibility to bring that to the attention of the school, not just one or two families, everybody to give ourselves some strength. And we're speaking from a position of strength in sha Allah. Second thing that I wanted to mention that when he is from the trip, some things happen very quickly. I'll briefly talk to you guys about those things. We take this opportunity when we went to hijo went to Amara recently.
As I said in that talk yesterday, there was something that happened on the trip that made me say to the community yesterday for each and every one of you up shift up shift. The youngsters who are learning and studying in Arabia right now my shot a lot. I'd feel personally that Islam has a future now a dour has a future because now this dour of a judge with two g the wave of people practicing in the wrong way. It is
Is something's going on. And that's why you don't hear anything from them because they're Tao was always talk about and keep things going on all the time, they have to talk about things. Because it always has to be this effort of making the followers who don't know what's going on. They just want to be on this net. But we have, they always have to make it is us against everybody else. That's the coat thing, US and everybody else. So they always have something for them. They remain this quiet for so long. Maybe they got orders from above, because they are changes that are going on in the Muslim world. A lot of that dour had to do with politics, and their changes going on in the Middle
East. Some of these countries are moving away from things that used to be a cornerstone, and very important aspects of the dow of the sun and Tauheed. But now things are changing. So they get orders, hey, you people be quiet, stop talking. That's what I think happened. Allah knows best. But the point here is, and I want to mention this very quickly. On that trip. I met some brothers who hadn't mentioned them. And I want to mention them right now. Because of the incident that happened. It was two incidents coming out of the Harlem and I was trying to leave the Harlem of Medina very quickly come through the back door. And I will hotel was at number 379, something like that. As I
was exiting the masjid, and I just came out of the mischief. I heard someone call my name. I stopped, I turned around. It was a tall brother. And he was from America. But I could see he really didn't look like he was American look like he was from somewhere else. So we gave me set arms with love and respect. And actually we should name the brothers said that his name was Isa. And that he was from Virginia.
And that was his name. His name was a son.
His name was Yusuf Yosef, from Virginia, in United States. And I can see the way he was looking. He was smile on his face. He just wanted to give me set times. So your student here he says, yes. Second question I asked him was, Are you on that stuff? I didn't think he was on that stuff. Because he wouldn't have been smiling. He wouldn't have been calling me a little while. I say you want that stuff. Right away. knew I was saying said I'm not on that stuff. I said haven't do either. We started talking. I didn't really want to hang out because I wanted to get out of here. I wasn't trying to meet a lot of people. So I gave him some advice. And we hugged each other. And when I
hugged that brother, well, law, he calls my Eman to go up. It caused me to feel really good because that brother was clearly learning things about the religion that are positive, and constructive. Those things where you feel a love for Brother, you meet a brother for the first time. I meet you, you meet me for the first time and should not walk away from you. I'm talking about the people sit in here. I should not walk away from you and you walk away from me. And in my heart, I have negativity towards you and vice versa for no reason. We should be happy that okay, I met another brother. That is another brother that I know. He has another source of support. And I have another
source of support. Don't maybe financial maybe do on and we separate like that. So when I parted company from that brother and I was walking to my hotel, well law, he I felt like this is Islam that I remember because I was that kid 2030 years ago, when I studied in that university, that if someone preceded me and they graduated from America, I would be happy to meet that brother like below Phillips. When beat out Phillips was to come to Medina, we were raised that brother up and respect and love and honor. And that's the case until this day. Why? Because he's a Diwan the Quran. We ask Allah when I touch and feel Kullu been a real Nelly levena Saba Puna Billy man, Allah don't cause to
be in our heart, any animosity and enmity towards those people preceded us in the religion.
So I have to mention that, that brother Yusuf from Virginia, who is originally from Egypt, but he grew up in America, and he had edit.
And then after meeting him, I think it was the second day after that the third day, I'm not sure it happened again. I arrived to the steps of where our hotel was, and I heard someone call my name again. I turned around, it was a Somali brother. His name was Mohammed. He was from Canada from Mississauga, Mississauga. He had a nice vibe about himself. Very
be sociable. That's the vibe of a diary. very sociable. Someone who when you meet them, you say, Okay, this brother wants to talk to me. And he makes me feel like he wants to know me. So he said, I just was calling you. This the know you. I said, Are you wanting that stuff?
He said, Now Shane on that stuff. And so I gave him the similar advice to the other brother. Stay,
said fe. Stay on the sooner and stay sucker free. Don't be drinking no Kool Aid. Stay true to what you're here for study. And go back if you go back and help the Dow and help your family and our community. And after we parted, same thing, hug that brother. And the brother was with me from our group. He was in charge of our group. I said to him, he there's a consistent pattern that I'm finding from the brothers who are studying now. Edit. If the ROM test the deer. So I mentioned brothers yesterday like Sammy Musallam, who I sat with, and I raised that brother. I mentioned a booty Mia. I read that brother, but I have to mention that a lot of other brothers like this
brother, yes, seen me.
I call him omega.
But I'm gonna call him the right name because that's not his name of me. Yeah. And people may say to me, I don't want him to get mad at me. What's the last name? Monier? Moni Manya. Yes, these brothers like that. And the other brother from Nigeria. What's his name again, hasit. What's his name? Khalid Khalid Hassan, who came here. And you can see him may give an interview about a book, I think that
turning the page or something like that, we can't possibly mention all of the brothers. But the point I want to make when he is listen, the first group of Westerners who went to Medina, the first group, they were exposed to the sun, and they were exposed to low heat, and they were exposed to some of the NMR. But they were the first ones who blazed the trail. And then after them, the next generation came myself, people like me. And when we met those brothers, I believe that we have more exposure than they did to our dollar and to the rim of the dollar. So as a result of that, I believe that our generation in terms of inflammation, run a higher level. And that's when a set a few began
to take off. And now we have this next generation these brothers in are mentioning these brothers on a higher level than we are. I don't have a problem with saying that these brothers who you hear me mentioning their names, these brothers memorize the Quran.
These brothers are memorizing a different Kyra art. These brothers are memorizing Mattoon. And these brothers are reading this book in that book.
And as a result of that, I believe they're on a higher level level from the hikma of Allah, and that their future inshallah is going to be in need of those kind of ensaios sooner.
So as a person who's older than them, some of these brothers can be My sons. I'm older than them. But I'm gonna have a problem with saying the Huck, you will never amount to anything in this religion, until you're willing to take knowledge from a person who's below you in knowledge, someone who is similar to new knowledge, and someone who was more knowledgeable than you.
That was the problem.
And those brothers are respectful. So I say that you brothers, get knowledge from those guys. And pay attention to those. Yes, it's a learning curve. So they will make mistakes and as they get older, Inshallah, they'll get benefit from those mistakes. But for me, I say, hey, you know, some of those brothers were refuting they were refuted. They had the refutation bug, you know, the COVID is going around that book. They were COVID they had the refutation bug. You advise those brothers, those brothers, mashallah Abdul Rahman, Hassan, these brothers are beneficial. There's a difference between a wife, someone who's given a talk of Merida and between a person who has knowledge and the
one who has the Quran, in my opinion, is an Ireland.
They will always the best students in the university because they have all of the delille in their head. They just have to learn how to bring it together. And some of them are better than others in that.
So I say to you, once again, I couldn't mention all of those brothers in it's a lot of them. It's a lot of them. Those brothers who came in this third generation, I'm in a WhatsApp group with many of them these brothers mashallah his brothers, you should look
From these brothers learn from them. And I can't fail to mention Shikaku hate, who's an older person and Hamdulillah. And in being an older person, he's also been exposed to one of the Imams of the Dunia and his madrasa. And this political set of fear that these people will pond. One of the goals behind it was to put a dent in the Madras of an imam lll ban, that's a fat, Allahu Taala protect us from that because his his Tao was $1 that had been stuck at any at Burger King. The other thing I want to share with you is, I went on a group in 20. And then that group, we have 50 people in like 90% of them, 99% of them were DESE, Asians, men and women. But there was a brother who was from
Ghana, and his mother, he was a revert, and his mother was a revert. And I was impressed, super impressed with both of them. Because his mother, he was taking care of his mother. During the journey, she had some health issues, he was pushing around taking care of I would see them walking in front me in front of me holding hands with his mom Dukes.
And when I got a chance to meet the brother and started talking to the brother, I had to tell him, you know, as a young brother, you just need to learn a lot of things. And mashallah, by the end of the trip, we became like this now, it's one of the benefits of making hydrogen Omura. I don't want to plug any, any business group.
But I'm telling you, you have to be careful who you go to Hajj and Umrah with because you give your money to some of these people, and they don't care about your hedge or your camera. But the group that I went with, if you go with that group, you're gonna make sure to the best of their ability that your ammonia hij is going to be Islamically sound.
And they're going to make it as easy as possible for you within the religion. You're going to get spiritual information, and you're going to get benefit from going. And when you go with them. You will be brothers and sisters and friends to the people you met on that group for the rest of your life, what's the nature of the group? So I met that brother and his mother, next Elijah, Joan, to guide both of them and to help both of them because I was really impressed with the situation. But for the most part, most of them with DESE. Most of them are Pakistanis, so I'm sitting within them dealing with them. One morning after eating in Mecca, I was leaving the restaurant, the Muslim was
really big. And all of us used to sit over here, but you have to get out over there. I was walking and I heard someone say I will Selma
and the voice is so sound like an African American. I know my people. I know my people. They said I will sama
and it resonated in my DNA, my soul.
And I looked and sure enough, right there was an old African American brother with his beer brothers Salim had a beard down to here. And there was another brother sitting next to him and his sister in front of him with niqab with perfect, perfect hijab and everything. I say my people
so you guys don't know you don't understand what I'll be telling you Black Lives Matter and my people you don't understand that. I said those are my people. And I went over there they were gonna get up. I said no stated, and I hugged them and gave them love and everything. I was just so overwhelmed, became emotional, completely my people. That brother was sitting right here. He said, You don't even know who I am, do you? I looked at him.
I said this brother Saleem, when I was a little kid, his brother Jihad named Rama Talalay. He was a Muslim, one of the few Muslims where I came from a real Muslim, not the Nation of Islam. I looked at us, and we started hugging. I couldn't believe it. And that's why I was emotional. That I was with my people. I didn't want to leave them but I had to go. And then I said, who you here with? They told me they were with a group that some of the people had drink the Kool Aid.
From Miss Jada Rama in North New Jersey. They want a coolie like he likes it, hated who hates it coolly. People telling you, who you're who you're, who your admin should be in can be who you can invite to your conference and you can be talking about, we are a sovereign country. No one outside of our community should tell us what we should be doing or not doing. You can advise but don't tell us what to do. And if anybody that's how we used to be when we had some ACO. We used to be a group of people who no one's just gonna come and tell us
Hey, let him be the one over you. He is the most knowledgeable, he's the oldest. And that's not even true, we will have enough sense to say with all due respect, that's not true. Me not doing that. But anyway, I started seeing those brothers in the hotel and in the hotel in Mecca, and Hamdulillah. Some would give me Salam and some women, the ones who didn't give me Salam, I guess they would boycott me. Maybe they wouldn't be Mecca. Mecca asked a lot of break my back, I don't know. But I just felt that there was miskeen I'm not taking it personal. But if they wanted to come and talk to me, that would have been a nice opportunity to, to really chop it up to see and to show them, man
you need Come on, brother, wake up, wake up and smell the coffee, wake up. That stuff is Oh. So that was something that happened that I got a chance to rectify and to make peace with some of those brothers. And one of my best friends in jet, when back in a day and in doubt,
was one of my best friends. We used to travel all over America, his brother, at the giant drop of a dime, you call him up and you say to him, hey, so and so I need to drive from New Jersey and I need to go to California. This brother can drive half that distance without going to sleep Mashallah. And we were close. And then this problem came, and that brother boycotted me.
That brother was closer to me that anybody in this semester to me, anybody, all of you, you don't have love for all of you. We were close. But when that drama came, he dropped me like a hot potato.
But he heard that I was in Mecca. And he came to the class that I was given with my group. And I looked over and it was him couldn't believe it. He's been living in Yemen for something like 1314 years. And after that was over, I saw that he came to me might give him love. And I gave him love. And we hung out for like that day. And we had Campbell's meat and stuff like that.
Can you imagine that? That Dow was responsible for dividing husbands and wives, dividing families that down? That Dow is not a productive Dow was not a dow of Rama is a dour, not with the spirit of Al Islam is easy.
I mean, my brother for the first time, first time I'm meeting my brother, why should I be mean mugging him upset with him? I don't know that man.
What I have to do is try to make a relationship that's our deen Dow was a destructive, destructive Dow and I pray to Allah azza wa jal that those brothers who was still on that nonsense can realize these people were playing you people. The Arab politics playing you, they were playing us out of pocket. And a lot of the leaders who are on that stuff from our own people were playing, you're not playing you wake up and smell the coffee. I want the world to be going to tell these people as we did 30 years ago in this country other than this country, but when I met up with the Asians here, Pakistani
Bangladesh Afghanis, I would Tao was saying to these people don't blindly follow the Imam Abu Hanifa by saying he's the Imam and out of them, don't blindly follow him follow the dealio and then 30 years fast forward, these brothers are blindly following everything a chef says who comes nowhere near Imam Abu Hanifa so we'll make it haram for the four Imams for people to have tech lead of them and halau to make it permissible for them to make tech lead of this person. know something's wrong with that. But moving beyond that, I want to mention this
plenty the fit of of Islam is crucial.
And when we make hajj and umrah you see when you deal with the people lack of fit makes things difficult in our lives.
I saw this lack of flick of the religion. You know there's a hadith that the Prophet says the love Why do you send them anyone who makes will do in his house and then he goes out to mischief Koba to pray two rakaat he will get the reward of does anybody know the reward anybody?
Umrah complete Umrah that's why you guys have to save up your dope. You have to save up your chatter and you have to go and make Omura there are a bad that that you only can do there. While we were there. If it did, Zhao came out. We were saved from his fitna while we were there 100,000 prayers for every prayer whether you prayed in the prophet in the masjid or not, because if as long as you are in the huddle and you pray
In a local Masjid 100,000
Only then make will do your house in Medina and you go and pray two rakaat you get the reward of performing Umrah and then you're going to make another Umrah. It's like Paul who allow if you read it three times you get the reward of reading the whole Quran it's a third of the Quran. But if you read the whole Quran, you get that reward for right reading the whole Quran.
So, in order to get the whole Hadith, how do you say you should make will do in your house and then go the Hadith then say that you're outside doing this and you say, hey, let's just go to Michel Koba and pray, it didn't say that you make will do in your house and then you go. So what happens is a lot of times the pilgrims are pumped up about that. They mate will you go to mission, Koba, but
sometimes it's decided, let's not go to Mr. Koba. First, because logistically is better to go to Earth first. Because it's early in the morning, and then going to miss you early in the morning, we're going to be out in the sun. So we have to make decisions for the lady in the wheelchair. We have to make decision for this brother who has a cast on his leg, we have to make you know a decision for the women that we have. So we're going to base the decisions upon the weakest run from the group. So we all go this group with the NEA but some of us can't hold we'll do that long.
So when you go to mess your Koba to the to the earth, you lose your Waldo.
Now you lose your logo, and you get mad and upset. Because you don't have your will do now. So if you make will go somewhere else, you're not in your house. So the person becomes upset, and they begin to say what's going on? And he's made me make her Rouge.
They say if he if you just had basic knowledge this is why the hadith of Imam in Norway the 40 Hadith so important.
Your Nia was that you may will do I'm asking you this question you made the intention of making will go to go to Mount Earth to go to Cuba, but the guy took you to Earth first. So you wouldn't be in a sun. If you go to Masjid Koba first, and you went to the date form second, and then you went over here third, and then you went over here to a hood. And it's 11 o'clock in the morning in Medina. And now you're sweating. Now my question to you is, you may well do and you went to Masjid, you went to Mount Ohio, and you lost your will door. Now you go to Mr. Kobe you make Waldo? My question is, do you get the reward of a hedge an ombre? Do you get the reward and it went like that you lost your
window or you don't get the reward? Why you get the reward.
You had the intention. So no reason to jump up and down. Take it easy.
Another situation happened like that, because of the COVID use a lot of restrictions and Medina and Mecca. And I have to give it to the Saudi Arabians. They are experts when it comes to crowd control because they've been doing it for years. So trust me, when you go this way. And then when you're coming out, they see you around that way they know what they're doing. I saw with my own eyes how people were crushed to death in a stampede because of lack of crowd control.
But over there with the issue of knowing what you're doing, they were stopping people from going into the Prophet's masjid, right before the event before the before the Juma prayer. You have to get there early. If you get there 510 minutes before they won't let you in. So a lot of people came and the gate was closed. But you can see there was a lot of space. There was a lot of space, but the spaces were there because they didn't want the whole courtyard to be filled everybody next to each other. So they will put people in a barrier here, people in a barrier here and there was space. So the people came and we went in, we were going to go in, the guy said no, you can't come in. You have
to sit right there if you're going to stay or go back. I said that's all you got to tell me. I went back and went back up to my room to translate the hookah.
But before I went back to my room, they Eman came out as Santa Monica Mara to LA. And then the man got up and started the event. The people at the gate started arguing with the police. And then the Imam started giving the hookah and they were they're arguing with the police and it was going to turn into
Fight. The Imam has given the hotbar he's talking in the hopper. And you're there screaming and shouting and hollering as a guess as a pilgrim as you guys fit wise, fit wise suit a man, * wise. What do you think about that? What What should they have done and why?
I think what do you think they should have done about that
should have listened to him why why why?
So those people were there, the Cooper's going out and they're arguing and fighting with the guards and the voices are raised, and the man has given the hookah, the Hatim.
Clearly, they should have just sat down right there. And it's still HIPAA, because now the purpose of you want them to get in is defeated. Now you're doing what's haram. When a man starts to her team starts to hurt, but what should happen? What should we do?
We should be quiet. So arguing with the but that's how it is when you don't have flick of the religion. You become very, very intense and narrow minded and super laser focus on a you have to get inside.
And you don't realize you're competing with the man because you are over zealous about I must get inside.
No, yeah, he just sit right there. If that's what you want to do, because his son was there,
too, don't be one of those people who are too technical. Now the last thing I want to mention I had a few things but I want to stop now and was something that I saw that amazed me when we went and we went to get the Campbell's meat.
When we went into the restaurant, I saw in the restaurant, a group of Chabad
they Hey, hey, like crazy afros. And when I say crazy, I mean crazy.
Their hair was crazy, like many of the Chabad
the hair was crazy. When I saw that, I said, Man, the Saudi Arabians are really bugging out now. They really trip it. But then when I looked, I said those in our Saudi Arabians. Those people come from the west somewhere. We went in.
And we found out that they were from London.
Shabad from London. Most of them are were mixed race.
When I saw them, I kind of was like, man that's deep. Because I have a son who wants to wear his hair like that. And he doesn't know why. Why do you want to hear that? Well, you hear like that. If he told me something that made sense. I would listen. But I think it's because
he's a follower. Most alive, does it? So I want to do it. I think that's the answer. Mozilla did it. I want to do. It just won't say Mozilla or something.
Anyway, when I looked at them and reminded me of my son,
and we began to eat the camels, meat. It was so good. I forgot about that, man.
I was worried about that, brother. You guys got to get that camels meat, man. We ate that camels meat. We went back to our hotel. Fast forward. The last day there. I was invited to go give a talk.
We went to the hotel. And they all came in. And lo and behold, it was the brothers from London, who were there sitting in the thing. And all of them had cut all of the hair off
all of them.
And people don't cut all the hair off. When they make hygiene ombre. Especially people were making fashion statements. Right. We have a lot of Somali brothers in our class that have afros, which is cool, because they keep it comb is symmetrical. And I always encourage them because it's part of our culture. I say I like that.
We're African Americans. We have afros. Someone want to wear braids in his hair. You're the prophet had braids, but I wouldn't advise you to do that. Because Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to braid his hair when he was traveling,
and even braid his hair as a fashion statement. He breathed His hair so that he wouldn't have to be busy with his hair. He said something love while he was in Melbourne gather till middle he man I'll be GABA is not grooming yourself. Not being a person who says this in the mirror and you groom yourself. Some men may go and get their eyebrows
done like that. They get their fingernails and toenails manicured. They get the bead I mean I mean they really be they get that stuff on the mud on a face. You're going in the do has to cucumbers over his eyes and all. Yeah he would moja he doing man with cucumbers on our eyes. Who's going to make jihad of Islam with cucumbers on his eyes I asked you by the by Allah. His shampoo is cucumber fragrant shampoo.
Cucumber who does that? Who goes into Morrison's and says where's the cucumber shampoo
so a brother who has an afro knows what I'm talking about.
He doesn't cut his hair. So when it's time for Hajj or Umrah he wants to take that second one. This doesn't mean you're back. Some of the companions chose to shorten and some gave it a bowhead Rasul, I may do it three times for the one who shaved everything off. And once for the ones who shave some of it off. So both of them is good, but clearly to shave it all off is better. Now people like me and my age now, I have a receding hairline. And I don't care about someone who JD Shala I don't care about that. I'm not gonna go get hair plants. And that was big over in the Arab world. Some people shave their head and they had a steamer here. A lot of men from our OMA hit the hip implants.
Anyway, when I saw those brothers, I was praising them. And I told them first thing, you cannot judge a book by its color. You will look at those Shabaab. And you would think that they are more highly Thien, you would think that they are shipped back No.
May Allah bless the leader of that group, a Shehab. Dora man,
I will tell you what tour he's responsible for. But I'm not plugged in anybody's business from the Masjid. Not the group that I went with, and not the group that he was responsible for. But his group were a bunch of Arab brothers who were mixed race.
Their mother was British, or German, or Swedish, Swedish, but the father was Palestinian,
Moroccan Algerian so the boy grew up and he didn't have to have Arabic and stuff like that. Some of them were not really practicing and that's why they came and he did a lot of stuff. They was riding quad bikes. In Medina, they were riding animals and Medina horses. They were walking all over doing a tour. And I think I was telling my group, we need to do that with our group, our Chabad who come in our group, so I was really impressed. I was really impressed. And then when I gave the talk to the brothers, it was just a nice report. I had to tell these young brothers from London, because London is a fitna, if you are living in London, it's a fitna, fitna, Birmingham is a fitna, but not
like London. But anyway, the point that I wanted to make was, you can't judge a book by his color. Those kids cut their hair off and we had mashallah a wonderful time together. So I want to take this time out, to encourage you brothers, to save up your money, make dua to Allah to open up the way that you can go we have a brother in our measures right now. He kept calling me for three weeks something almost a month before I left asking me about are you going on his trip clearly wants to go a lot in writer form.
Go to Mecca, and make Ramadan and make hij alright, what are you going to stop the ad some other things to say? But I think that's enough. If you brothers have any questions up to this point about the book, anything came up. You want to ask about you could do so now. Hi, Linda. Come Shay. If not, we'll close this thing out. What do you call that thing again? Like here, they say if you want to ask questions, you put your phone and you get what does that call a cue rod? What is it?
Spell it for me.
QR code? What does that stand for?
Anybody know it people QR code? Anybody know? So those brothers this next generation of blind, those brothers, that brothers Salim Musallam
he brought me a book. And it was because we were discussing things and he was telling me all of these benefits about this iron and the connection of this ayah to that ayat, and it was from the laptop or from the Quran, those things none of us would be able to come to know those things if people didn't tell you about it. So sit in with that brother was a sit in filled with fat EDA was beautiful sitting with that brother. You don't waste
time making riba about people talking this in that you're going to sit with that brother. And he's going to tell you about different things. So I said, Man, listen, Ramadan is coming. And I would like to give some of these classes to my community and to the people. So where can I get all this stuff from? He says, Chef, there's a book, I'm going to get it for you. He got the book, he brought it to me to Mecca. When I opened up the book, the print was too small. I can't read that. Not at this age. I can't read it was a little. I was like, Man, you should have kept that book because I can't read it. He said, Nah, *, come on. He said, and the top of each page of the book, every
pay, there's a QR QR code. All you have to do is take a picture of it. And they're going to read the book out for you. They're going to read that page out. I say what?
All I have to do is take a picture. And they're gonna read it out everybody. He said yes.
And that's why I say these young brothers, they aren't away. If I give a lesson, I'm still going to write it on a piece of paper.
Those brothers bring.
We call those things again, iPads, and he just do iPad flip, flip, flip, flip, because we have to be people are willing to pass the baton. I'm old in in those brothers. They have to pass the baton. And they have to run in the app to get the baton and give it to the next generation. As for what the elders of our community do. They don't want to change the mess should admin they don't want to change. Like in Africa, the leaders of all of the African countries we come from, he's been a leader for 89 years. He's been a media for 50 years.
I look at his audience, we have Africans in this audience.
Those leaders from West Africa Muslim and non Muslims alike. They sit there and they want to terms to keep stealing the money. They cared about the people that cared about moving forward cared about the countries in the continent that they'll pass the baton. But we don't do that. And one of the worst places that that can happen is in the masjid cultural messages still speaking the same language when the Shabaab are speaking English. So we say to the elders in these communities to wake up and smell but Taha The time has come to move over and make room for these young brothers. Okay, why don't we go to an actor Phoebe have the cutter. When asked Allah Subhana Allah you were flipping
over? Yeah, can we call him are you able Yoruba how there was some Allah who was sending Mubarak on an abena why the it was hobby Jemaine Subhanak Allahumma why behind the coercion
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