Five Points to Consider During Difficult Times
Channel: Adnan Rajeh
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Never in my life have I dreaded Joomla
Never have I not looks forward to Friday. But recently, I wish him I was farther away, because I don't know what to get up here and say anymore. Because I don't have words, my words are failing me, I don't know how to articulate what's going on and what we need to do. I just have nothing to see. And if you know me, you'll know that I fail in many things. But I always have something to say. But I couldn't, I can't figure out what to say. I don't know what it is that needs to be said at this moment at this point. So I dread Jumaane I wish it's farther away, because I know I have to get up here. And I have to say something comforting, or I have to offer something of value. And I don't
know what that's going to look like anymore. I'm a third generation Canadian, I traveled a lot as a kid, but I'm a third generation and I don't feel Canadian right now. I don't feel like I belong to my own country. I don't feel like I matter. I don't feel you like don't feel like my voice has any impact. I don't feel like those who represent me represent anything to do with me at all. I feel neglected, I feel ignored. I feel like I am trashed to them that I am not someone important that I'm only here because I have to be here, they don't want me here, they would like me to leave or to get in line and continue to use the propaganda that they seem to have convinced themselves in the world
And that's an ugly scene. The second time in my life, I felt this, I'm running out of places to go, I have to find a place that will take me because my first the other country did the same thing. They actually kicked me out, they removed me. And now I'm here and I feel the same way. I feel exactly the same way. I don't feel safe. I don't feel heard. I don't feel like I matter anymore.
And I think most of you feel the same way. And we are Canadians. And we have the right for our country, we have the right for the people who represent us in this country, to consider us to consider what we have to say not to blacklist us for it, not to persecute us and put us under pressure making us feel ashamed because we have an opinion that they don't seem to agree with.
How do we call this a democracy? If that's not the case? How are we any better than any third world country where the tyrants do whatever they want? How is this different? Well, Allah He I can't seem to find it anymore. Like I'm trying to ask myself, how is this different? It's not different. It's not that different?
Well, at least in the third world country, they were open about it, they will come and tell me Look, you don't get to say anything. You're a second class citizen. So deal with it, at least they were honest about it.
But here, we're lacking this honesty piece.
Either we do matter. And what we have to say, is equal to what others have to say. And we are going to be listened to and heard and treated equally. And we don't have to fear for our jobs, or fear for our livelihood. Because we have an opinion that doesn't seem to suit what the political climate of the world is either. That's the case come out and tell us otherwise, just fade to my face. I'll respect you more. Honesty makes life so much easier. But this no, this is not this is not healthy for anyone. This is just not healthy.
I'm going to share with you five points, because I don't know how else to give this hope or what to say. Five points to consider.
Number one, you must continue your advocacy.
You have to continue whatever lane of advocacy you find yourself good at or you find yourself thriving in or you feel that matters. I know people will walk around telling you this is not the way you are. That's the way you're there's another way. Look.
No one knows what the exact right answer is right now. Do what it is that you feel is helpful within obviously the framework of the country that you live in. But advocacy has to continue we cannot allow yet again.
It's not over yet. So I can't say this. If anything, today's probably the worst day in the last 20 years. I've never seen anything like it I've never seen I've never seen this carpet bombing occurred before. I'd never seen it because whenever this happened, it wasn't documented on live news. It wasn't something that people could watch it used it happen to you if you find out about it later. But this is really weird. They're just carpet bombing a pleat a complete an extremely highly dense populated area all over, just going forward with it as if none of those people matter.
When a reporter is there reporting the news gets a phone call to be told that his family is dead. And he has to go on live news been his farewell to his wife and children. When you see a two year old in shock and shock a two year old in shock they ever seen it. It's impossible. When you see it you never forget it. When you see a two year old in shock, you'll never forget it. I saw it and see it you'll never forget it. It will haunt you for the rest of your life. When you see these things these days right there. It's happening right now. It's hard to understand
And how is that not? How is that not playing? And then anyone has decision making process? What is that? Okay, why is it just makes no sense? Makes no sense. It makes no sense. You have to continue advocacy. Whatever lane you find, whether it's whether it's emailing, emailing political figures, whether it's emailing people of influence, whether it's whether it's letters, whether it's protest, or whatever it may be whatever with social media, I don't even know where there's
lobbying of some sort, you have to continue advocacy. This has to see what happens in these problems that after a little bit of time, people get tired of it, and it cools down. They bank on that. That's what the World Bank's on that all you have to do is criticize a problem. Just make it chronic. Just let it live out the two week, Mark Wallahi there are studies talk about this. It's a two week mark. After two weeks people lose interest. That's our attention span today as human beings two weeks then we get bored, you want something new, something different.
We can't afford, you have to continue to advocate if ever there was a hill to die on. This is it. If ever there was something worth your time, worth your effort worth your energy, this is it. There's 2000 million Muslims in the world. Seven of those, 7 million of them are in North America. 900,000 are in Ontario, and 30,000 are in the city 700 In this masjid. And then there's you.
And then there's you.
Do not underestimate the importance of what you do, or what you're capable of doing. Do not underestimate the importance of your voice. Now, Dylan, I mean, Malraux Fisher is what he said Allahu Allah to them. Do not underestimate any act of models and the act of goodness, no matter how small it may be. And he will give you an example of smiling if someone's face, do not underestimate the power of that. And do not underestimate the effect that you have, and what it is that you can do.
So I beg you, I plead with you, that you continue your advocacy, that if this is something that bothers you that you make sure that it continues to do so. And that you continue to move forward with this and what and once the Charlotte stops, and we ask Allah subhanaw taala to relieve their suffering today, now on this member now for it to end, that's what we hope for. That's why we ask Allah subhanaw taala to grant them. But even if it takes longer if it doesn't, that advocacy, advocacy must continue to the rest of your life. I don't think our generation will be forgiven. If we want after this all we just go back to normal lifestyles, we just go back to No, no, this has to
be a turning. This is a turning point, in my opinion in this country. I believe right now we are this is these are historical moments. Never before has something like this happened. Now we don't have a scene so many people lose their jobs get fired, being removed from their position being threatened by it. I am seeing right seeing right now, I've never seen such movement in the opposite direction, we have built a little bit of a backbone, I have to say, I'm proud of my younger brothers and sisters, they have more, they have more courage than I do. But that backbone has to continue. And that advocacy has to move forward in order for us to change the status quo in order for the
norm, the political norm of our country to change that has to continue, and we have to be even better, more even more organized. And we have to have better plans for the future. And we have to work harder on this. So we have you have to continue your advocacy.
do not lose hope.
You're not permitted Islamically to do so. Meaning you're not allowed. There's you're not allowed you may want to I sure have always wanted to but you're not allowed Islamically you're not allowed to Hola, yes, you may have Rohilla he will cafiero Lie up and mature or be in a balloon. Only the disbelievers only the misled will lose hope and the mercy and compassion of their Lord. You never lose hope, you see is in the midst of the darkest moments that the Prophet alayhi salatu salam extracted hope, he pulled hope out of the darkest moments out of his mouth was and this is a hallmark of his of his character.
On the day of of, of hunt duck when they when they were digging a trench because 10,000 people were marching to annihilate them and they only had 1500 could bear arms. They dug a trench hoping that they could keep the other group across the trench and hoping that the people who owned the castles on the other side didn't open the doors and flood the gates. They were digging and this was 15 days into the digging and they're tired and they were starving. And they were scared
and they couldn't seem and they had lost a morale to the point where they just had they just were just there were beat and there was one big boulder they couldn't break and it was big enough for a horse to jump on and come over the other side it would be a very vulnerable point they're whacking at it it's not going away they call him out of here so twisted I'm he's the leader doesn't come for a boulder. Other people can do it but but some of them
The captain saw this and said no, this is not the issue of Iraq. There's something else going on here. So you got to sort of love their, their beat. They're brought down. So we came out of your assault to seven commanded for them to spray water on the rock and he took Yaks with a chisel and he hit the rock and a spark went flying. And he said Allahu Akbar for Jihad Felis Praise be to Allah you will one day, you will one day conquer Persia. And the Muslims look around and say we can't even go to the bathroom.
I can't even I'm too scared to walk over there to go to the bathroom. Persia which Persia actual
hits again Allahu Akbar. footie hatin muda and you're going to conquer Yemen one day.
You get to the third time and other spark goes up and it falls to pieces Allahu Akbar 40 hotel room, you will one day conquer the Roman Empire, from the midst of despair, to extract hope. pallial salatu salam, and they did.
They did. He wasn't around for it. But they did that they did the same people who stood with him they're frightened, terrified, beaten, hungry, feeling weak, feeling targeted, the same people one day watched as the treasures of Kisara were brought to the heat of Omraam laptop and the message of the Prophet alayhi salatu salam. They were there for Yarmouk. They were there for the Medina and they were there for these things. They witnessed these moments. The best person here is the one who projects the most hope amongst people around them, not just by saying it as I am, because that's cheap. It's by doing things is by action. You bring hope when you show others that you you're you're
still alive, you still believe there's a heart pounding in your chest and you still stand by what is righteous and you will never ever stop doing so that brings hope that brings hope is hopeful when you know that you're not standing alone is hopeful when you see others that are as committed if not more than yourself. That's how you bring hope. From those moments out of here. Salatu Salam when
he was walking once in Mecca with his daughter and generation Xena another iteration was faulty I think it Xena because the time when doesn't work faulting was too young. He's walking with Zainab and he's talking to his daughter they're holding hands and a man would come up with a you would take a handful of sand and he would throw it right in the Prophet alayhi salatu salam space. So he would stand there I leave solid wiping the sand off his face and his beard and his daughter starts to cry because it's very humiliating moment for her to witness of her father Tukwila Wouldn't you love to pick your daughter Do not cry for in the Lucha no suit when Becky went oh, by the hain, Allah
subhanaw taala will indeed grant your father's success when they even if it comes later. Don't worry, it'll come. It'll come. This is not this is not our moment. But it will come. It will come here. The reason he knew wasn't, it wasn't. It wasn't really a prophecy. These aren't prophecies you can't really argue they are we don't have revelation to support that. This was his confidence in what he believed in. And knowing that he would never stop. If you're relentless. If you're someone who doesn't lose hope and continues to move down the path that they know is correct and righteous, then you will prevail.
You will prevail it is the end the last I read in these verses, men Khurana Yahoo. This ayah it says if you whoever believes that Allah will grant them victory after they strive all their lives, will tell them to go hang themselves and see if that makes it better. It's a very harsh verse. Go Go hang yourself and dice it. See if that makes it better for you. What are you talking about? Of course Allah subhanaw taala grants you will grant you success. If you continue to strive, it'll come late. You may not be around for it. Yes, you may not be around for it. That should be okay with you. This is not about you or me is it? Is it about me? Is it about me being able at one point to enjoy the
glory of success? No, it isn't. It's about righteousness prevailing. So it may not happen during my lifetime, that doesn't matter. That doesn't matter never did. What matters is that righteousness prevails again. And that will happen unless by this day, if you think that's not going to happen, and that's how you're going by then go home, see if hanging yourself will make make it better. Oh gee, one of the most interesting but very interesting idea in the Quran.
do not compromise your ethics or your values or your principles in the midst of all of this. It's easy to actually want to do that. It's very easy to want to want to stoop to the same low those are in the mud. They want you down there with them. They want you down there to lose whatever ethic you have lead because that that equals that makes it all equals all the same. We're all we're all corrupt. So I'm a bit more corrupt than you so what so what's a little bit more corrupt? Doesn't make a difference. We're all corrupt. Do not compromise your ethics. What are your journeyman ACOEM shanann Ohlman alerta do you do never allow the hatred of another group of people to make you less
objective or less just the same sort of well I dream and Nico machina an omen on Sudoku Manuel Masjid Al haram and Tata do don't let the
fact that a group of people denied you access to the HUD on this was the only law in Arabia that actually was followed. They had no political law. But there was one. You don't no one is denied access from the HUD on there was nothing you could do as a human being that would allow someone in Mecca to deny you the ability to enter the haram. Now, it was a sacred law. And the Muslims at that time were denied and told go back you can't make ombre in a haram. You know, most of us don't understand the magnitude of that moment. That being actually said that's what Asaba lost their minds know. If you don't follow our law, fine, but that's your law. We all agreed on this one no one can
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my last two points. And I'll make them quick and shallow because it's taking too long.
We must pull together. These are times were pulling together. These are times for dropping whatever that whatever divides us, whatever grudges, whatever dislikes you have in your heart towards other people, this is the time for you to drop all that all that is petty and meaningless. It doesn't. It doesn't add up to anything. We pulled together during difficult times. It is a an Islamic obligation. It's a lawful obligation of Islam, that we not only act in a way where we bring our Ummah together, but we work against those who divide, and we do what we can to remove that division. Because our strength is not in numbers, I know that we say that strength and it's not in numbers.
Strength is in Unity. Strength isn't in togetherness, that's what strength is in, he told us a lot to us. And he told us that we'll look I'm not making it up. He said A day will come where you will be many will give you a lot of you. And you will still be
unsuccessful. You will be like the foam that exists on the ocean. There's a lot of it, but it's useless and it has no weight. Because you're just organized and you're unprepared.
Strength is in unity in organization and togetherness, be a force of unity and togetherness in your community, to the best of your ability. We must pull together and it's hard you have to pull together. If you don't, it's almost saying
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just take it from don't. When it's hard you pull together.
Shameful. When a family is under stress that they continue to quarrel or whatever they're fighting over. It's shameful they have to come together. They have to forget about what the what they said to one another and they come together when it's difficult when someone passes away or when someone's in when someone's ill. Painful if they didn't you wouldn't accept it. Yeah, I don't like you don't like me, but I
but I'm in pain right now. I'm dying. Not even now. No, it's shameful. You must pull together. And finally,
reach out to people around you who may be struggling. This is a normal human
aspect. It's normal for people to find these times extremely challenging.
And to feel isolated and to feel alone and to feel scared and to feel targeted and confused. That is human, to human to feel that way. Reach out to people and make sure that you offer them comfort, utilize your social networks and strengthen yourself and the people around you with your with yourselves.
It's a dark tunnel that we're walking down. It's very dark. Muslims always see the speck of light in its matter how dark it is we can we always know that there's light at the end of it, just keep on walking. It's pitch black, but you walk you're scared. So you look around and find someone to hold their hand. So you walk together in the darkness through the difficulty because you know the light at the end, it's coming, it's coming, it's always there.
So reach out to those around you and look out for them and make sure you offer them whatever comfort they need and comfort yourself as well. Because it's normal for you to suffer and to feel the pain of others and
it wouldn't. I would expect nothing less. But no one no one's invincible, and no one can get through these times alone. So reach out and make sure you take care of people around you. Those are the five people three pieces of advice that I want to offer for whatever they're worth.
You will continue in Charlotte to talk about this issue. Make dua for them and advocate in every way possible. Talk about all of the organized efforts that are happening.
Recently, the chaplain at UWA got fired
making comments on something that he didn't agree with, to is removed. So not only do our students at Western, at this time feel targeted and unsafe because of what's going on now the last the only person who's actually standing with them,
we have to point out these actions, we have to make sure that these actions, those who do these things are accountable for what they do. These things can't just pass.
We shouldn't be bullied.
We shouldn't allow ourselves to be bullied. And that requires us to continue advocacy. And to be clear on what it is that we need to do. In order for us to explain, we're not asking for anything but to be heard, for our opinions to matter. For there to be an equal playing ground for everyone who has something to say, for us not to be bullied out of our own opinions and our principles. And that's not too much to ask. It's even pathetic that we have to ask for it. It really is. But if that's where we are, then that's where we are. These are important moments in our history. Mark my words, how we behave, what we do,
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