Assessment of the current events and what we can do
Channel: Adnan Rajeh
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Dude, may the people of the trench be forever damned by Allah.
The reason I'm telling you this Surah
or I'm reciting the surah to you and explaining it is because you need to know who he meant. There are the people of a trench, or the story is known to you this story happened before the Prophet alayhi salatu salam was born, where people who decided to change their faith under the
rule of a tyrant
were dealt with in a way that
the easiest thing to say it was brutal. I will spare you the details of what happened to them as you are witnessing and being exposed to things that are just as bad if not in some aspects even worse,
that you are burned in a trench.
That's horrible, dude. And Allah says as he takes an oath by every witness, and everything that has been witnessed that may the people of the trench be ever be forever dammed by him. And he explains the trench and he says, it's a note of that Chiluba code,
the fire that was fueled by human beings.
And then he says, In Humala, you have code that is commonly misunderstood, as as the people who are punished or the people who were tortured sat on the fire, which is very, very wrong. linguistically, it's impossible for that to be the meaning if you understand Arabic, it can't mean that the words corrode means a setback. For old guy that can either Latina codeable la hora, su
Allahu wa Sula, sorry, well koa had. The concept in the Quran is repeated at least seven to eight times, it will corrode is the setback is for there to be something you should have done. But you decided not to, to sit down on a chair. That's Juno's furrowed is to sit back. There's something you should have done. You stayed back and didn't do it. So when Allah Subhanallah talks about the people of the trench, and he shows his
contempt with what they did, he said is Humala you have corrode as they
Well whom to make it clear. Well, who Milea Mallya falloon, Bill Momineen should and they were regarding what the disbelievers or the criminals were doing to the believers. They were witnessing it they were witnesses.
The people of the trench and disburse aren't the actual tyrants. Because you don't need God to tell you that. You don't need a verse in surah. In the Quran, they come and tell you that someone who burns people alive, someone who buries children under the rubble, someone who bombed hospitals and kills people who are on beds and who are ill, you don't need someone to tell you what Allah subhanaw taala thinks of them. That's clear. That's common sense. It goes without saying, but there's a third group you see, there's a third group. It's not the group that actually performed the atrocity or the group that had to undergo and persevere through the atrocity. There's the third group that just
witnessed it just watched from wherever they were watching the show. Who would you see the word Shahada? Oh, sure, who would in the sort of intuitive blues was there four times within six verses? That word is not used along the Quran the concept of witnessing something, shut it, but he took an oath. He swore by every witness, and everything that has ever been witnessed was shot, he didn't know much food. And then he talked about us harbor dude. And he said, Well, who am I love if I'm gonna build meaning or shoot the ones who sat there and witnessed what the others were doing to the believers? Why am I not by momentum? And the criminals The only thing that made them do this is that
these people believed in Allah Subhan to Island ICS it Hamid you know Allah subhanho wa Taala the unfathomable,
praiseworthy, and let Isla whom will cause some Alpha Chi will are the one who has the sovereignty of the cosmos and the earth you know? Allahu Allah Cooley che in Shaheed the one who witnesses all
the one who's witnessing everything as well. The one who's watching over it all. He sees who's doing what you see the problem in the sutra.
The problem is that on some points, the Day of Judgment, we're going to be asked a question
and our answer is going to be but I didn't do anything. And the reply from the Almighty will be exactly
exactly the problem.
Your call claim I didn't do anything. I wasn't a part of anything. I didn't do it. I didn't do anything. Yeah, exactly. You didn't do anything. That's why you're here. No, I mean, like I
didn't do anything. Yeah, I understand. That's why you're here. It'll take a minute to click. But then, hopefully, hopefully you'll figure that piece out before then. Because if you're figuring out then then that's a problem should be figured out now. Because it's very simple. If your child will at some point in your life, you're an older child in the household, and your younger sibling does something and your parents come home, they don't yell at them, they come and yell at you. They hold you accountable. Don't yelling at you. And you're studying this. I didn't break anything I was studying the whole time. I was praying the whole time. I was mad. I was supplicating. The whole time
I was actually inventing, I was I was finding the cure for cancer, the whole thing, they don't care.
You witnessed them? If you witness something, why don't you do something about it? Why don't you stop them and then you're punished.
Obviously, the person who broke whatever was broken is going to be held accountable within the capacity of that that's that goes without saying, but you are too and you think it's unfair at first, you don't like it. And then you grew up in you have children, your son exactly why. And then you read a little brooch and your stand that not doing anything is also a choice. Not doing anything is also a choice that we're held to.
As we witness what's occurring in the Holy Land, and what's happening to our brothers and sisters in the wazoo, for the last maybe 10 days or so when we're told days, or more even I've lost track.
It's becoming more and more difficult to accept the reality of it
with how it's being dealt with, on an international level.
on a national one is difficult, difficult to see, professionals being fired from their jobs for showing solidarity with the Palestinian people. It's difficult to live in a place where showing support to an oppressed group of people who are being killed and slaughtered, it's difficult to have that equated to being anti semitic, or pro terrorism, or some other some other label that's going to come out over the next week or so to be slapped on someone who is just trying to show support to people who have been oppressed for the last 75 years. It's very difficult. It's difficult to accept that being the case.
What I'm coming to the conclusion of day after day, is that the world isn't like this country that we live in isn't that different than the country I grew up in? It took me a while to accept that, like I lived in Syria, and I couldn't say a word about certain things, certain things I wasn't allowed to talk about. And it bothered me. It bothered me a lot that I couldn't talk about these things, because you're a part of your liberty and your dignity has been taken away. You can't talk about certain things. So we left and we came here because you wouldn't want it to have the freedom of speech and the freedom of choice. And we're finding out that we don't really have it, that we
don't not really not really not when it matters. Now we have something to say that certain groups don't agree with suddenly you're asked to be quiet, you lose your job, you lose your reputation, you're being threatened. This is happening right now as we speak. I know of people who are Luth who are being threatened with their job or their career status. That's, they say in Arabic, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah Arzak. It's easier to be head someone than to take away their means of livelihood.
But this was happening.
We are finding those who are questioning, questioning, questioning whether which which group it was that that bombed the hospital is actually an issue that needs investigation. You have to investigate, really, you do need to investigate who bombed a hospital in a certain interesting seems to me just seems to me based on the way you're doing that that one group is good by nature. And any accusation that they're not needs a specific and private investigation that will take a couple of years to figure out the other group is evil by nature, they're evil, everything about them is evil, anyone who stands by them as evil and until proven otherwise.
That's intellectual oppression.
That's what that is.
That's what that is.
That is bringing a culture and forcing it upon people and making sure that they can't say anything that goes against whatever it is they you believe in. There's no difference there's no difference. There's no difference from any blue all of his political tyranny makes no difference. Today brothers and sisters you are all we are all we're all Palestinian.
When they ask you where you're from Philistine that's what I say.
I am from the Holy Land, of course I am. You should everyone every person here either you're the descendant of Ismail Ibrahim, or you're a supporter of one of those families. And the Holy Land always welcomes you. That's what it is. So yes, we are all Palestinian today, all of us. We stand by them all. And we support them as people and we support their rights and with this support the right to be free and to be seen as human beings and to be treated as such.
Over 3000 for almost 4000 people have been killed now
number of people that are injured and in the 10s of 1000s. At this point, we're still arguing about petty details.
Difficult, which is why you're not hooked. But today, I'm going to answer three questions to the best of my ability.
Question number one, how do you cope with these images, you can probably tell I'm not doing a very good job myself.
It's hard to cope with these things. When you witness stuff like that, it's very difficult to cope. But it's important that you know that you're not alone in this, that if you feel frustrated, and you feel targeted, and you feel afraid and feel upset, and what you're seeing is just makes no sense at all. And you cannot understand, know that you're not alone. And that within your massage, there are people who feel the same way. And that this is the time for you to come together with them. It's during times of difficulty is during calamities, it's during moments like these, that we need to find one another, that we need to find each other, and find what we mean to each other. And
rediscover that, because that's important. That's important in the long run is very important. So if you are finding it difficult to cope, then this is a good time to reach out to those who are struggling to cope like you. Because everyone is.
The second question is why is it that the world believes what I believe? I think that's an important question. Taz
was asked at last week and a few times in the meantime, and something that I've been wanting, wanting to talk about for a while.
For us is extremely is crystal clear. As I pointed out last week, it's crystal clear that the actual issue does not require a PhD in Political Sciences to explain, it's very simple.
This land was promised by a foreign group to another foreign group. And the people who are living on it, were removed, ethnically cleansed over the course of 25 to 30 years. And apartheid Zionist
occupying state was established on illegal land, while the rest of the people who lived there were removed. And that removing continued for a number of decades until this day, they continue to build illegal settlements on land that the UN doesn't even allow them to. So it's really simple. We don't need to go into detailed arguments and talk about what about the time this happened? What about the people who said it doesn't matter? This piece is still there. So you ask the question, Well, why is it that so many people in the world believe otherwise? That's a question you should be asking yourself. There is no point in just getting upset for the sake of getting upset. If the world
doesn't believe that, well, why? Why do you understand why it's when you understand why that you can actually start doing something about it, when you understand why
I spent a lot of time when I was growing up, trying to figure out why. And it's not that difficult. The narrative that people in this country in this region grew up with is a very different one than the one you and I grew up with. It's pretty different. It's something that starts in the early, early ages, even before school and then throughout school, they are fed a specific narrative. Now as you people who aren't necessarily attached to that region, don't even know the countries that they are there, they don't even know how their geography looks like have no idea idea of the history behind it. For them, whatever narrative is handed to them, they'll accept. And naturally they'll
stand by whatever narrative everyone seems to be supporting around them. That is normal. That is normal. Many of us do the same thing. Many of us do the same thing. Unless you took time to educate yourself appropriately and make up your own mind. Many of us just kind of support whatever it is everyone else is supporting around us. So that's one thing. Another thing, there's a lot of reason I'm giving you two reasons to think about. Another thing is that there is a lot of control of what the media is, you see the media, we think it's there just to tell us the story to give us the truth. No story is told without some bias to it. Every story is being told by someone who has a belief of
some sort. And they are trying to tell the story in a way that suits whatever belief they've got. So when you talk about the narrative being presented in a specific manner, is because those who control the story telling guys what they believe, and that's what they're going to push. It's now it's normal. Again, when I say it's normal, it's not surprising. You shouldn't be in shock, or in why? That's what they're going to do. And
the real question, which is the third one I want to address today is, well, what can we do about that? And what is it that we should be doing about this whole issue? of cola cola was toasted Hola. Hola. Welcome. First of all, we have a fairly comatose animal still very Anastasia Roma.
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The final question is, what do we do? What do we do?
Now there's a lot of things that have already been made available to you in terms of protesting and silent stands and marches and all that in terms of emails to send and phone calls to make and petitions to sign
and videos to post and awareness to raise and education to offer and to others and to yourself first. And that is important, and it needs to happen, especially in the midst of the calamity, it needs to happen. But these are short term solutions, the short term, my experience and forgive me, I don't mean to generalize, but my experiences this will only last for as long as the actual event lasts. And very soon after it stops people forget about it. And I won't even talk about as again until they bomb it again.
It's my fault too. But I'm going to blame you today for it.
The reason being is that there's something missing in this story you feel in your heart for them. You don't want this to happen to them now. You don't want it to happen to them again. You don't want acts of oppression to occur upon anybody specifically especially Muslims who are who who live in the land of
is that what you want? You have a feeling inside you would love for that to stop you would like to see a different stat a different situation a different different circumstances. We're Muslims in general, that's what you hope for.
It's about the long haul is
Not about the short term solutions, forgive me. It's about the long term commitment, not the short term one.
But the short, but the long term commitment isn't fun. And it's not filled with the passion that you have right now. And it's not emotional. And it's not it doesn't make headlines. And people don't care about it too much. It's not flashy, it's boring, and it's tiring. And it sucks the life out of everyday you have to commit to the same idea. But that's how you fix a problem. I got asked this question a year and a half ago, and he's allocated the person who asked it to me, a dear brother, one of the shoes of this place, he asked me the question, and he and he caught me off guard, he told me what is the most difficult aspect of of the work of Dawa, that you do? What's the most difficult
aspect? The most difficult aspect? And well, I wasn't prepared to answer the question, but it just came out. I told him commitment. There's no commitment. People just, they float in, they float in, and they're there for a couple of months. And they're enthusiastic, and they work for a year maybe and then they disappear. For 234 or five years, they come back later, they float around for when they leave, you don't fix problems that way. And oh, my status doesn't change that way.
I need people who are in it for the long haul till the end, for good, better or for worse. Health or, or illness, wealth or poverty, things are going well or they're not they're busy, they have time, it doesn't make a difference. They're there. Because this issue is not an issue of there's nothing that trumps it in priority. That's how you fix a problem. You don't want to see this happen. Again, the activism behind it has to be something that goes on forever, that continues all it's always there and never dies off. It doesn't disappear the moment.
And until that changes, nothing will change. And at some point, I'm going to get tired of coming up here and talking about atrocities and I'll stop as someone else can do it. Because until that changes, nothing will until as an OMA as a community as people, we are willing to take a much take a step back and think about what it means to be a Muslim. What it means to have brothers and sisters from a different culture, different backgrounds, different color, and different Tang, and be united with them, and to stand by them. And to support them as they go through difficulties. And to make sure it doesn't happen to again, until that comes clear to you. And what that requires that nothing
is going to change. Nothing nothing's going to happen. It's just a cycle that will repeat itself. Each and every time eating away a little bit more of who we are breaking us down just a little bit more exhausting us just a little bit more breaking our hearts a little bit more. making us feel weak just a little bit more just time and every cycle wearing us down just a little bit more.
Or are we change? Or that changes? Are people understand what it means to be Muslim? And to commit? And to be in it for the long term? And to actually, I know it sounds Yes, educating yourself and educating your children and learning your deen and supporting your community and being successful academically and being successful professionally and building a strong family. Yes, that is how you do no sweat to them. That's how you support them. Yes, I know. I know. You're thinking yourself. No, it is. It is I know it's not fun, because that's a long term. That's that's a lifetime of work. Exactly. Exactly. That's the whole point. It's a lifetime of work. Of course, we have to respond
right now short term. Of course, of course, we can't ignore what's happening, of course, we're going to, and of course, we'll try our best. And of course, you have to try your best. But believe me,
the actual change is not going to come from that. It's going to come from something different from a feeling and a thought and an understanding in your mind, in your heart of what it means to be Muslim. And a decision that you make to turn your life around and change things and live differently and live differently will you'll be happier.
Will he'll be more fulfilled, for sure, Mark, my words will be more fulfilled. Without that, I'm sorry. You're gonna have to put up with me coming here and
giving an unemotional talk and getting all hyped up to do something as we wait for others to end it. As we wait for some other group to stop us going on because we're too weak. Because we don't have solidarity. We don't have unity. We don't have voices. We don't have any way to pressure people, by wealth or by lobbying, we don't have it. We have to depend on someone else to fix our problems for us. And that's the definition of weakness. That's the definition of being helpless. And that can change. The beauty of it is that can change because we don't like numbers. We don't like expertise. We don't like wealth. We don't like youth. We don't like conviction.
And what is it that we like? It's just commitment all ever was.
It's all it is now. And moving forward. Just go back to it. So the only problem that we got lack of commitment.
You believe in something, commit to it. Not for the short term period but for the rest of your life. And that is what Islam is about.
And that's how he lived illegal salatu salam, right. And with this story, I'm sorry I took a lot longer than I usually do.
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one of the few Hadith that we had that are authentic during the MKi period where they came to the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam.
And they were trying to tell him with Abu Talib that How about you stop it? How about you just cut down a bit. He was getting tired, obviously audio solos and half of the Muslims were when I be senior to persecution. It was either worse, people were being physically murdered. He was tired on his own. He was physically tired. And they came to him and he told him I thought it was like maybe maybe you cut it down. Well thought it was protecting him as silly maybe you cut it down a bit. Maybe you don't do this anymore. So he's the Hadith says so he, he looked he looked beyond their heads.
Like they're in front of him. He just looked beyond their heads and a tear runs on his face out of your Salatu was Salam. And he says mana be Akadama Allah thoroughly coming come and Tisha Illumina Shamcey be Sharla. In nila, as early wala he I love her the Lombardy had Yun feeder hula who opened Farida Sally Fateh. We told them, I can't do it, I can't stop. Just like you can't light a candle from the sun. I can't. I was commanded by the Almighty to live my life this way. And I'll always do that.
And I will continue to spread my message until Allah granted success or I die. But there's no there's no third option here. And I will call him saw that in his eyes, understood his commitment level. He said go do what you want to my son.
My son do what you want. I will continue to support you until I die because He promised his father but he saw a level of commitment in the eyes of Mohamed Salah Allah Muhammad Rasul Allah Allah Siva sallam, he knew that this is not going to stop. That commitment has to exist in the hearts of everyone has to be a part of who we are, or else expect
the cycle to happen.
Again and again and again.
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