Five Additional Points to Consider During Difficult Times
Channel: Adnan Rajeh
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becoming harder and harder to get up here and keep a straight face.
It's becoming harder to walk down the street and keep a straight face. It's harder to go to work.
Harder to stay at home with your kids. It's hard to do anything and be focused and feel engaged
Anything that we do, as we just watched this death count, climb,
as if there's no end to it.
If there's no end to it, you walk in here today, after three hospitals were just bombed, thrown 300 people, most of them people who are sick, would pass and be martyred in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala accept them.
And I don't know what else I can say up here at this point that will offer you any comfort.
But I have another five points I want to share with you.
Something to contemplate to reflect upon, as we see what occurs in Gaza.
The unprecedented amount of barbarianism that we are witnessing the world is fiddling their thumbs watching it.
Something we've never
seen before. Our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan are dealing with an earthquake almost completely ignored, as the world is focused on this one problem. And God knows how many other acts of oppression are occurring elsewhere that we have just just hasn't reached the importance that the media will actually share it with us.
So the first point I want to share with you is well, why is all this happening? Because this must come to some people's minds. Maybe many of you actually why is this going on? Why is this occurring? Why it philosophical meaning as in why not as in explaining the political background for why or, or explaining the
intricacies of the scientific house? Or know why? Why is this occurring? Why is it getting so difficult and so dark and so hard?
Sometimes Wake Up Calls are harsh.
Sometimes wake up calls can be really harsh. It can be very painful. Those who are sleeping out the driver in the driver's seat it
sometimes a harsh Wake Up Call is needed. Those who are stuck in their bubbles are living their lives focused on issues of, of reveal, of trivial importance, sometimes await a harsh Wake Up Call is what is required.
And is there to serve a purpose to make sure the person wakes up.
And that's what this is, this is a wake up call. For a generation of human beings. It's a wake up call.
This is a wake up call that we must wake up,
we must wake up.
In the darkest of moments, you find yourself you find your calling, when it becomes very dark and very painful. That is when you find what you're here to do.
We're seeing a lot of bravery today.
We're seeing a lot of courage amongst Muslim people in the West. People are looting losing their jobs, people who are losing their status, people are being targeted.
Because I believe that most of us are starting to find our voice.
Finding Your voice is important. Wake Up Calls do exactly that.
They come to a group of people that are just cruising along, just getting comfortable in their lifestyle is comfortable with their little plans for what's going to come next in the next couple of decades. When that's not what they're here to do. And that was never their purpose. And that's not what life is about. And you can be left for for a while to figure it out. And then you don't. And then a wake up call comes. And it can be sometimes as harsh as this one for sure is, but it's harsh for a reason. So that we may never forget
that we truly, profoundly and sincerely wake up to understand that there's more to our lives, and maybe what we were thinking our lives were going to be about to begin with. It's moments like these that you have the opportunity. And yes, I use that term, it's an opportunity for you to change your life. May you be 15 or 85. It's moments like these that come and come throughout time to offer people an opportunity to change their lives, to make some dishes decisions that are difficult to make but are meaningful. So that you may continue whatever journey you have left may be long or short, walking a path that has purpose to it. And that's why these things occur. That's why stuff
like this happen.
Whether whether it may be man made or natural disasters, they're there for that one purpose and one reason
may not be in vain. May they're suffering not be in vain.
While we continue to wait for it to finish so we can just go back to what we were doing before it began.
That is my that is that is the fear will lie that's the fear. The fear is in them two months or three or whatever. This become
seems a distant memory and we're back to just focus, we're back into trivial issues that don't matter. That's number two.
Number one, why number two,
long term, long term work, the long term work. The long term works every among it for a crisis. For any given crisis, there are two things. There's the short term work. And then there's a long term work, the short term work, which is surely you will continue to do, you will continue to email, you will continue to go on rallies and protesting, you will continue to make phone calls, you will continue to voice your concerns and participate in social media, you will boycott you will do whatever it is that you have within your strength or within your power to do you'll follow the guy with the local advocacy groups like ECMO or NCCAM are putting out there we'll do whatever it is that
they think we should do, do the short term solution, we try to do something short term to stop what's happening to get a ceasefire to make sure that the blood count does not continue to to rise. That's the short term short term plan. Of course, we all have to be a part of that none of us are excused for not being a part of a short term plan short term efforts to make sure that we make a difference. But really, it's about the long term plan is the long term work that will make it make that make the difference here. You see what we are reaping today is what was sown 30 years ago,
but we're reaping today is what was sown 30 years ago,
you are not responsible. Especially if you're a miner. You're not responsible for what's happening right now directly. Because this was put into motion a long time ago, this was inevitable to happen. But in 30 years, they will so what they will reap whatever we sow today. They will reap whatever we sow to that whatever we do today will affect whether it's 30 years from now, when we're most of us are not here and I'm too old to do was the Halima have to get up and say the same stuff and complain about the same problem and born the same number of people? Or will it be a different reality. It's the long term work that matters, not the short term work. As important as the short term work is I'm
not trying to dismiss it.
But the long term work,
unfortunately, is unattractive. It's unattractive. It's boring.
And it's not fun. And it's not flashy, and it doesn't make the news.
And I walk into massage and I see a gentleman or an older lady sitting in a corner somewhere with a couple of kids teaching her I say that's where this is coming. That's where the that's where it will come from. That's where the change will come from that little person who's sitting there, just doing their role, doing their best trying to educate and raise awareness and make sure that there's something coming down the pipeline, to make sure that the future is not going to be like the present. But no one likes doing that piece. I'm not saying everyone should come and sit and teach kids at msgid.
But are you understanding what I'm trying to say? It's about the long term efforts.
People come to massages when there's a crisis. And they get upset when there's a crisis. And they get emotional when there's a crisis. But then when the crisis is gone, you can barely find anyone to do anything anymore.
We can find we can find people to do stuff, outside of times of crisis. During a time of crisis. We are bombarded with ideas and suggestions and action and events. And then when it's done, everyone just goes on with their life. That's not how you solve these things. It's the long term investment profit either yourself doesn't didn't live long enough. You ever think about that? He never lived long enough to see
what he asked what the consequences of what he did. He passed away before it. Sometimes we've studied to see we don't realize that piece. When he passed away. Islam was just in parts of, of Arabia, and Yemen and but it wasn't no, it was only 30 years later.
During the time of Earth man where it was covering three or four continents, that's when the fruits were clear where were born. He didn't see it. He was okay with that. He was okay with that said Allah is no problem. I'll do this. I'll do my work. He knew it was coming. Can you understand how the world works and understands that you you put in the long you put in those hours and you and you work for the long term goal, and you may pass away before you actually see it. Maybe even your child children will do as long as they have the same mentality it'll come
the long term effort. Number three, the long term advocacy, specifically for this long term effort in general for this OMA status for this OMA struggle, but long term advocacy.
They want to bomb hospitals and kill children.
All right. For every child you kill, we will make sure another one here is properly educated to speak on his behalf. For a young woman for every young man and for every elderly person that you bury under the rubble. We will make sure another one will pop up here to speak on their behalf and be their voice and advocate
case for their cause and make sure that their blood will not be forgotten. That is how you advocate long term. That's how you because we are one big family, aren't we? Isn't that what it means to be an OMA, we're one big family. So my son over there passed away, I'll make sure my one over here never forgets his brother who passed away there, and will speak for him till the day he passes. And every time they kill someone there, someone here will speak on their behalf. And we will educate and we will advocate, we will make sure that they are prepared and make sure that they are
taken care of so they can do what they're going to do in the future. They can be their voice so they can move this needle so they can change the reality. That is long term advocacy. And that is what we have to focus on. Because maybe right now we don't have the image. Do you have the ability? Do you control the sky? You control the winds? Are you able, what are you able to control to stop the blood count?
Yeah, I don't think so. Neither am I.
I don't, I can't either. There's nothing I would want more. Just so we can sleep. Just so you can sleep.
Just for a moment just started so we can sleep. But we can't. So what's the long term work, then that's going to be the long term work in the long term advocacy.
our youth. That is where the hope is.
That is why I do what I do. That's why I do it. Because I've I've always been a pessimist. Just naturally speaking, this is how I'm built I just don't
working with youth is the only thing that gives you a little bit of hope. Because you look at each one of them, you say you never know who has the potential of being the one who make the difference. They need to be protected in their schools. They need to be protected in their universities, they need to be protected and advocated for and they cannot be left alone. And they cannot be left in an environment where they're discriminated against where they are being targeted.
This is our this is our obligation in the city and as an OMA to make sure our youth are equipped with the skill set with the knowledge with the proper preparation and the protection so that they can become Who are they who they are destined to become. And this is our obligation in the city to make sure that our children and their schools and their universities and their colleges, that they are protected, and they are equipped because they are the hope.
Over here it seems that the Hadith of the Prophet alayhi salatu salam, when he talks about
you know, this hadith everyone here has heard it before. The Karma is our that when the time of the day of judgment comes with the ethical VAD, I had to confess ILA for the sutra alerta Houma, Hatha Yoga, Hatha Yoga often, and you feel like this UTM is starting and you have a small tree in your hand, then make sure before UTM happens that you put it in the ground and you prepare it, prepare it. What, Why, what could possibly be the point of doing that? Because it's all about that hope. It's all about that, that
always about that seed, that youth and what they can do, and it's not your business or mine, to dictate what whether it's going to be worth anything or not, whether it's going to add up to anything or not, whether there's hope, there's always hope is, and that's the Islamic mentality, you have it you put in the ground, but there's put it in the ground, just do your job. Just take care of whom you need to take care of, or you have to be protected. And I'm saying that here.
Because as we watch more and more people in schools and universities are being targeted, and I can't have our youth start feeling unsafe, or wanting not to,
not to voice their concerns or wanting to hide their identities and that that's not okay. And that has to be counted that has to be dealt with. Number five.
This is just a practical piece of advice for all of us. Beware, during these days, be careful.
What does What does oppression, ongoing oppression do? Ongoing unopposed oppression that is surrounded by hypocrisy and lies, making the oppressed field not only are they being oppressed, but they're wrong as well, and they're evil that provokes anger.
It provokes anger.
It's one thing for you to take away something that's not mine. It's another thing for you to tell everyone that you didn't, and make me admit that you didn't. That's a whole different story, at least if I can, if we can at least be clear about things. Now, honesty goes a long way.
But when oppression is actually manipulating the narrative, so now the oppressed are seeming evil and the oppressors are seeming becomes one step too far. So it can provoke anger. Do not allow it to provoke anger in you
We have to be careful. We cannot make mistakes we can't afford at this time to make mistakes. You want to make a difference. We have to do this right? We have to take the right steps and we have to do it in a way we're working as a group and not allow anger to dictate how we're going to behave and not go out and do something for Hogan caught up. No, that's all that will be focused on. You know that. All it takes is one person one and Muslims say one wrong thing and that becomes the center of attention. 9000 people dead under the elbow, no, doesn't matter. 3372 children dead. That doesn't matter. This person said this.
Because when when it's based on lies, it's based on lies.
So be careful. And be wise. Continue to advocate. Continue to speak your mind. Continue to speak the truth but be wise about it. Be careful and consult and consult those who have more knowledge than you and consult those who have something to offer you and help you out so you can make the right decision of who you already have started. Hola. Hello, welcome. First of all, we have a federal law Camilla Fosun mustafina Roma.
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