Sunday Tafseer Halaqah Surat Al-Jumah
Channel: Adnan Rajeh
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Medina Lee he was so happy to hear your marine robot. Today inshallah Allah we actually begin a new Surah because we can include it as soon as the soft last week and we start with with Joomla. Now who to Joomla
is one of my favorites, because I get to rant a lot about aspects regarding with Joomla
exactly what you think it is when you hear the name of the Sodom and Gomorrah is one of the main rituals of our deen
Salah obviously being the pillar of Islam are the main or major pillars of Islam and Juma is the most important prayer of all prayers. Like if you were to rank Salawat, from the most important to the least, which is fine, they're all everything within Salah is valuable and important. But if you rank them from the most important and going downwards, then by far Joomla is ranked, you know, a high number one with a pretty, pretty long dropped and number two afterwards, so that that come later. Because if you don't, because you're more specific in terms of where you do it, and when you do it, you just can't pray Jawad home, you have to come to a masjid, and if you pray will hold
instead of it with no reason, then as a mate at least as a male, you're, you're held accountable, you're held accountable. So even if you select the gym at home, and you're you have all for sure and everything, it doesn't count, because you have to be there for Joomla. And it says it has that degree of importance. And I'll give some examples on what the Prophet alayhi salatu salam said,
attached to that, or rulings that we have to discuss. And so the JAMA, within this just that talks about organizing relationships within the Muslim nation, talks about talks about leadership, it talks about the concept of leadership or within Islam. If too much I had that I talked about the relationships between Muslims within their nation, whether it's between the Muslim to Muslim people or or spouses or between the Muslims and their leaders that are between Muslims, and their family members. And so we'll have to talk about citizenship and what rights and obligations attached to that. And so we're gonna Dinah talked about the relationships between Muslims and non Muslims, and
categorize those relationships into different groups. And so the stuff talked about the social contract with Islam, which is the relationship between the individual and the group. So it talks about leadership specifically looks at this ritual that is there, it's instilled, it's installed into it's embedded into Islamic law, to make sure that you have a system of leadership within within your way of life and with your methodology, Muslims wherever they may be around the world, and in from Alaska to any to the Far East, in the middle of a jungle or in in a big desert, three Muslims or tumors will find each other and they'll build a masjid and they'll have a Joomla. And someone has
to get up necessary if you work. This is how it works is this is the universal method for how Muslims function within within their communities. Whether they are minorities or majorities doesn't doesn't make a difference. It's universal. And that's how you know if there are Muslims in a city you at the time of Joma, you look to see if there are Friday prayers running somewhere. It is it there is no exception almost to this rule. And when you think about it, Allah subhanaw taala he instilled this, the system within within Islam to make sure that there was going to there was going to be a system of leadership. Yet somehow we figured out a way to need to override that or to or to
ruin it. Every Friday, how many pairs of Joomla occur around the world
if you want to if you want to estimate
you think how many massages are there in the world. So Joomla from maybe any over a 24 hour span width is the day of Juma
fighting parents begin in one place and then it keeps on going for a full 24 hours all across the globe. Millions upon millions of massages have joumana and Friday pairs and millions hundreds of millions of Muslims go in the attendees yo MAs
and it's a weekly thing.
Imagine any other society in the world that had weekly
meetings with whom who should be within their community should be those who speak on their behalf like those who are supposed to be in a in a state of leadership. By the way that Jomo was based on leadership. It wasn't just it wasn't based on knowledge and every number is based on knowledge. Jim was specifically was based on leadership, meaning the Khalifa had to give the Jo MA The Hakeem had to give the Joomla the Emir had to give the Joomla the Worli had to give the jamaa not the scholar.
Things changed later on in Islamic law. It wasn't based on knowledge,
leading general prayers and giving lessons
that is based on on a knowledge given Giovanna was based on leadership. It was full fully based on leadership. So the Khalifa had to speak. And the word he had to speak and then he had to speak and they had to do it on the member. That's how this thing ran for a long time. And anyone within the Muslim ummah, who was getting on the member to speak was doing it on behalf of the of the leadership of the place that they're living in. That's how this worked. And the person who was doing that had to have a certain aspect of leadership. And if they didn't, then they had no business speaking on the member to begin with. And of course, throughout time, a lot of that got skewed and it morphed
into something different, which took away a certain degree of the of its of its allure.
And then this is not to say that people shouldn't be attending it. No, you should 100% Attend Jo Ma. But when it's not done appropriately, then that's when people start losing interest. Because Allah subhanaw taala took on his on his on himself to gather people. People want on the day of Jomo, when I give the hotbar they're not there for me, it's Allah subhanaw taala. Because this is, this is who shows up for me, this is this is it.
This is for me, the only job is not for me or for any other hoccleve Joma is because Allah subhanaw taala gathered, told people to come to the come. So and the reason, the reason for that is to make sure that the Muslims are never lacking leadership, or never lacked direction, there's always there's always a plan forward, every every Friday.
The men have to come together, and their leader has to tell them addressed the problem to see what's coming next, and everyone has to has to adhere moving forward, which is why which is why Islam. Yeah. And you went you basically expanded within such a small period of time, which is such a short period of time he just talking about 30 years from the day he passed away out of your salatu salam from 30 years when he passed away. Islam was the largest empire on earth at the time, and it was in three different continents. And that Khalifa Khalifa was was ruling the Lord that he did the supreme ruler, like the ruler that had the most power, the largest armies, the most resources, the biggest
populations that they were ruling was the Muslim Khalifa was it was a North mine and they saved it and saved them. Wow. Yeah, they were the bit. That's why it was. That's why there's so much political turmoil in Islamic history is because it was so huge. It was the stakes were extremely high. They were You were ruling all of Mesopotamia, which at the time was what what the old world was known to be. For a long time, the Americans, south and north were known to the world in terms of historic documentation, historical documentation, that was only found out later. Of course, people live there and their lives mattered. But that wasn't a part that was happening within the world
because we need the world was known for the Europeans, the Africans in the in the Asians at this, and these groups have gone back and forth upon each other for many years for hundreds of years. And in Africa, the Islamics enough are basically covered. And he covered most of what the old role was, went as far as the US Pakistan because Pakistan, which is what is known to be Yanni,
and a Cebu, and Bukhara, and when somebody London where they were just known known scholars of Islam, that you know, the names on the human body and they say, that's where that's where they that's where the Muslim they came from. And obviously, all of North Africa going down to the Middle East, the middle of Africa, to the Horn of Africa, all of the Middle East, going into to Eastern Europe. And so it's a huge, huge was a huge kidnapper for a very long time. And the reason that that happened is because the system of leadership was instilled right into Islam. It's right there, right when total Jomon has an early mid 20s sutra, it's an early mid Denisova all like all of this user is
Madani all in Medina and Joomla is an early but then he sunnah Some scholars say within the first week of him arriving in Medina and he has to lottosend Um So the gem Allah has revealed because Jo MA The first year man was established, were there any gem was in Mecca? No, they never Angeline Mecca they pray boyhood only Jomo, I became a ritual once the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam had his own city, he had his own and his country he was he was able to establish some degree of leadership. So he led that in his thought was I mean anyone will give a hope. But in Medina, or later on where the people the Prophet alayhi salatu was sent as O'Meara sent them as as people who
are going to lead the army to lead the groups or, or be the judge of the city or be the ruler of the ruler of the city on his behalf, how to use a lot of wisdom. So that's how it went.
So when this is all before we cite the source, it's always very beautiful and you'll enjoy yourselves in it, but I have to I have to get this off my chest first. First of all, I can't, won't be able to talk to you about it. So the moment we removed from jhamora The concept of leadership the moment that was removed, it became you basically neutralized it. You neutralized your mind once the person standing on the member had no pole at all, aside from encouraging people
Well to be better than doing some reminders for the sake of Allah, whether they are given a piece of paper to read from by some other organization, or it's just a hired employee by a group of people, just to be a mouthpiece and say certain things to individuals, which kills off any hope of this ritual having any actual importance or significance. And through time, people stop feeling the importance of doing it. And then you have too many of them. For example, the Shafia
here if, if there's more than one, Masjid, that is performing July in a city, you have to praise lotto lower after Joomla you have to pay someone to do for work after Joomla because one of them is wrong.
And since we can't establish that everyone does it, this is not for all them in their head, but I'm giving you and this is not for me, I'm not telling you what to do. I'm explaining to you the concept of some of the Imams because the Imam Shafi said well in any Gemma is only one Jamar to st one city one Jomar you can have massage it and they can pray all the different periods but Jamaat one place, everyone goes attend to one place. If you're having more than one joumana Even for the Imam Shafi even if it is needed, they both have to pray for her afterwards. The other Maga him say if it's not needed, then some of them will talk about repeating her afterwards. But if needed there, okay. So
the other muda habit depends within the debate within the month of I don't want to get into but I'm just giving you an something to think about. So this concept that we have now, these, you know, what, how many of you have 25, your city and every person who has a little bit of a beard, and notice I can buy a hat that fits his head can step up and speak German. I was I was 15. I was 17 years into my into my talab realm. Before I was granted the ability by my teachers to do it conditionally with their attendance. I did that for three years before I was allowed to do it based on need. I am doing it today based on need. Meaning the moment there are scholars i don't i It's not
my business anymore. I sit down because I was not allowed. I was never told that you can take this and do this as much as you like. It's not I wasn't an open invitation for me. So so the way that we're running Jomar is actually yes, it's a we want to grant people the ability to attend it. Great, that's beautiful. But when you neutralize or you're removed from it any form of leadership, the argument I made when I first came to I told them what I had seen and assessed in the city of like, what I can, what I suppose I can tell the Imams and all these massages aren't really Imams that mean, the word doesn't really apply, like you're not really leaders, like you're not coming to them
for visions, like you're not asking them, What is your vision for the future? What are our problems? How do we fix them, you're not looking for guidance from this person, you just hired them, because you want things done. So the person or the member shouldn't be that person version. And the member is the person who's actually leading the organization, which in most cases is one of the senior board members or the chair of the board, that person could be on the member. And actually, I that's what I told them, that's just how they should work. The person who's giving you the buck shouldn't be the leader of the community to get up there. If he doesn't know what to do what he's taught, it's
not that difficult. Even if that person has not given granted permission by anyone, that's fine. You need permission, if you're not the permission piece that I explained to you was in the context, if there was no if leadership was out, right, it was going to be based on scholarship, it is gonna be based on scholarship and and then you need to go through that. But if you're a leader, you don't need any of that. If you're a leader of a group, then you don't need permission from anyone you give the hook well, because that is your obligation. You have to do it. And if you don't know how you have to be taught, and if you cannot learn for some reason, then probably you shouldn't be the
leader of that group.
If you can't, if you cannot be taught just to do the basics, and then taught and then give some reminders and then explain direction, you probably shouldn't be the person on the leading group to begin with. Some scholars talked about the concept of nega mean, you could have someone who dues does on behalf of another scholar who gives a hope on behalf of a leader. And in that case, that scholar has to be an advisor to the leader, someone who's advising the leader and his voices heard so he can actually, you know, speak about what the leaders plan is because he believes in it because he's gonna advise me in a part of the team. Not so yeah, I need some fun, which are the people who
are paid off or the scholars who are just basically too scared to say anything so they'll say whatever they're told to say no, it's talking about someone who actually has weighed someone a scholar who who's who's gonna need
a consultation is required by the by the leader and the leader is working in conjunction so this person will speak on their behalf and then he would be attending that
so that's what I was like Jamal was built on that on this on this concept. It was like that for a long time.
And say notice mine for example, the law or the law and he was probably the person you would expect the least to be giving an
extremely shy gentleman very, very low tone voice and not much of a public speaker of the law. One little black beautiful gentleman very, very intelligent. Obviously one of the great I don't know what are the great cooler for the great Sahaba and I shouldn't machine agenda, but not a public speaker. Yet he gave all the
you have to any, any any saving, I know you trained him and helped him so he can learn to do it properly. Because he had to you're the leader, you have to do this if you if you can't do this and you cannot, you cannot lead, it's a part of the system. So if you think about that, and this is not because I
always have to give a disclaimer, I don't care for leadership, I actually don't think I would qualify to be if we had the proper setup, I would not be on the new board to begin with. It wouldn't be me speaking to people at all.
But the system the way it is, is not healthy. The system the way it is, is not healthy. People were those who were on the member speaking to people on Jomar have to be the leaders of the community. If they're not, then we're in trouble. And now I understand it in in countries, majority Muslim countries where governments and tyrants some of the land will not allow for such a setup to be so most of these poor Imams, they get their paper facts to them Thursday night, so they know what they're gonna be talking about. And they have to read certain things as sent to them by the government, which obviously neutralizes any for any hope of Joma having an effect. But I was side of
Muslim countries, for example, we have no, there's really nothing missing here, no one's going to tells me about what I should talk about or what I shouldn't talk about. And, and God knows that we need leadership within our community, if we're going to be able to make any change to our lives and the lives with the coming generations. I just think there's a lack of understanding of what this ritual is, and how it's supposed to function. And if we can educate everyone, and if you guys are educated in Shaolin educate others, because in the future, at some point, you'll be called upon to be a board member in some masjid. And then you can bring this forward that if you're not Imams gonna
be paid, that's fine. I even though I don't think that should be the case, but fine, they can be paid. But if you're not bringing them in, as leaders, you're willing to buy into their visions, you're willing to have them walk and you follow along that don't hire them. Don't bring in any if we're going to hire them for that, bring in a mama tip. There's something called Imamura. TV, Mama Rajib is a guy who just praised the five prayers, and gives the co authored and organizes the Halacha, which is fine, it's not it's not a low light, no, it's fine. It is very important. But then the Jo Ma has to be given by the person who's actually leading, the person is actually making
decisions. The person who's who's going to be accountable for the failures. Yes, they may be the people who end up
enjoying the victories, the race skarsten Spread out, but the person who's gonna be accountable for things don't work, who's accountable for when nothing works for us right now? Like when things when we have failures in our community? Who do who do we blame?
Who can you blame? Who can you go to and ask Where's who?
You have no idea when things don't work in the government, you know exactly where to turn to, you know, the for certain things, you go to MPs. These are you know, which party and the leader of the party, the Prime Minister, there are people who are accountable when things fail, there are people who are responsible for certain things running when the Muslim community, the 36,000 of us when we lock certain things, or when people are killed, for example, or run down at a streetlight, or something. Who do you go to? And question Where was the?
Who can you turn to? No, you can turn to no one. No, sometimes people like coming to us, and I get to laugh when you have new things I can do, I can do nothing. I have no pull whatsoever. We have no ability to make any decisions on any level at all. And just yesterday, any ima well like, I am probably the one who has the most freedom. Because I do this and it is not it is not. I don't live from this and I am not being paid for any of it. So it's it's I speak my mind. And it's based on my my vision of things. But I know for sure that my brothers who are running massages elsewhere have no very little say on things. Aside from maybe not even sometimes they either even censored on a fifth
opinion. Even if they have an opinion that they believe is great. They they can't even if it doesn't suit the you know, the majority of the group or the board members or if some ones that are influential, they can come and shut them down.
It's not to say the Imams cannot make mistakes. So for sure, I'm sure there's a lot of problems with how we set up our leadership structure to begin with. There's a huge problem. We don't do this well, because humans are humans they have to be held accountable I have to be if you don't hold me accountable then after a while I get lazy. And I'll start saying anything. If no one's no one's listening and questioning and making sure I stay in line. It's It's human nature, human nature. If everyone is plops everything you say you'll stop doing any research and you'll say anything because everyone's gonna clap for you anyway. So it's important. Same thing when it comes to behavior and
dealing with people around you to actually meet regulation has to be law have to be rules and what you're allowed to do what you're not allowed to do. This is again, you have to be most of most rules in this world are designed to protect you from yourself first, to protect you from the mistakes that you will make if you're subjecting yourself to circumstances that you're not qualified to be subjected to or it's not within your your area of expertise.
So this has to be one
back out again, we have a sutra that talks about the nature or it organizes the concept of leadership for us, and it's gonna come through. So when it comes to the system of Joomla, that was set up for us beautiful system, it really is. Can't imagine I feel like any other group in the world would do so much better if they were able to assemble their people every week.
In the community that assembly every single week, how is it that we're not getting things done? Allah, he's beyond me. Like every week, we have to come together every single week, there's not no weeks off like no long weekends don't count nothing. Every Jamaat since he started it in the first year of age of the hair salon twist until this date, we have not missed a Friday.
The Muslims have, since that moment, there hasn't been slower, there is yo Mara, every Friday since even through COVID, there are some Moctezuma they ran, it's been consistent all throughout the Muslim world. When you think about the number of times, how many jewelers Have you attended in your life, think about how many times have you attended
you, if you're attending appropriately, you're doing at least 5050 A week, a year, let's say you're
staying for two weeks, 50 a year, if you're 500, your margin for 10 years,
right 500,000 in a decade. If those domains were being being done correctly, you don't think you'd be more knowledgeable. You don't think you'd have more direction
500 You attend you attend Yadi man over it over a decade of time has also been an inequity would like it or not mandatory 500 Half an hour lectures you have to attend. It's not up to you, you can't say you know, you have to attend them.
I don't I don't, it bothers me to my core. One of the things bothered me is the mode is the lack of utilization of the simple ritual of this simple concept that we have.
Just don't just don't do it well, and we just have to get back to the essence of it. Get back to the essence of the ultimate measure that I I was a part of growing up that I I saw what happen is was that when the Imam was the leader of the of the actual masjid, he wasn't walled off from the cough. He wasn't someone who was hired by the the o clock or by whatever ministry, whenever the Imam was actually a there a pharmacist or a business owner or a physician or a lawyer or accountant had a job. And they they ran this mess in residency for years. And they they made decisions and they actually directed domestically, they were part they are the ones who put the vision together. And
they were responsible for the things that were missing. Those are the mistakes that things actually worked. They got things done and a lot of knowledge was was given that people learned and people benefited from masajid that don't have that won't, won't survive.
Unless there's a leader in the background, who's actually taking the reins, and will only bring in those who will do what they want. I respect leadership, I don't care who the leader is, I just need the leader, the person who's leading to just come up just come front, I don't care who it is. You don't have to be knowledgeable not to be it just have to be a leader. If you're the leader, and people listen to you, and you're actually making decisions, people trust you then fine, you shouldn't be on the member, you shouldn't be on the member. And no one else should be on it the person. And if you're not, and let's say for example, someone like me gets on that I have to be
aligned with his vision. Like I have to be someone who's like I totally advocate for his vision. So and this is the vision of, of our leader and this is what I think we will all do to help him if he doesn't want you to if he for sure doesn't want to do it. But that's how Joomla was and that's what we did. That's why we worked. That's why the system actually functioned for a long time. And then slowly when Juma was neutralized slowly Islam people's my fear is that look, we are still quite lucky in the Muslim world people show up for Jamar every message is always struggling with parking and placements during Juma like every Masjid always struggles because people come they come. But the
only keep I think we have too much trust in that.
I think I've too much trust at some point people get tired. If you keep on coming to your mind and it's useless to them. There's they're not learning anything, there's no progress. I think after a while they'll start coming. Maybe this generation is coming because that's what they agree but the next generation and third generation they'll start to you know slack because there's nothing in it for them. There's no incentive there's no incentive for them to come. And then when they don't come you know, then we ended up like you know our fellow faith holders
with their empty wind, you blowing in the couple of people on oxygen tanks listening to becomes an optional it dies off and dies off because we have too much if Allah subhanaw taala summons people for you, you better have a message worth listening to. And if you don't, then you shouldn't have You have no business standing or speak. If you don't have a message worth listening to. You don't because Allah subhanaw taala he gathered them they didn't come for you the he gathered them and if he did that subhanaw taala if you have respect for him, you understood that even better when he was when someone stands on the member for Juma you're standing
Were the prophets of Allah, Allah wa salam should be standing, but he's not here. He's not here. This is what you think about every time. This is what we were told and taught. When you ever wondered walk up the steps towards a hobo or something, do what you think about is that you are going to stand where Muhammad Rasulullah Salallahu Salam would be standing. And you're only there because he's not, he's not here, there's no one more because you're gonna go stand in and speak. So what would he want to say to people to speak to them the way he would have wanted to speak to them out of here, so to summon and convey a message that he would think is valuable. So you have to have
you have to know what you're talking about. You have to be able to lead the way he led down to use the law to set up you have to offer that piece or else you're not doing you're not doing the job. I just think if we thought about all these things, and there was a little bit more effort and trying to establish that massage and and do it in the right way, then then we wouldn't have a different we'd have a different reality. We'd have a different reality for sure. And as communities and as Muslims young in general, but neutralizing Dumars I remember once
a person close to me God God did for me second year here something he attended the drama
I got a legal theory and he the person tried their best but
I guess I don't I've never complained I'm gonna draw on my life I tend not to learn the ritual and we'll talk about that peace in shelter you attend you try your but you come in with the intention of trying to learn you know, the person up there is speaking gibberish or some language you've never heard of come with the intention of learning and try to learn you try to attach yourself to a lightyear it's your weekly opportunity to remember Allah subhanaw taala and embrace and engage in remembrance with people around you and learn stuff used to even if the person is saying sometimes you'd look for something that's good, don't look for things that were about look for something I did
always as an attendee, that's what you're taught to do. So I've never completed a job with someone. And he looked at me he said, Danny, is it partly it? How is it that Allah would hold me accountable? If I didn't attend this?
How would Allah hold me accountable? If I didn't attend this today? Like, what was this what what did what did we just listen to, like, you know, you're gonna, you're held accountable is not about the person what they're saying, still, while you have to attend the ritual, but when we when you when you're writing something that is this sacred, and it's important, and you get a human being to say something like that you start wondering, maybe maybe there needs to be a little bit of an adjustment of this whole system should be done in a way that's a little bit more meaningful, like I've been advocating for Joomla has to be in different languages, rather than this whole translation
business that never works. Never works. I speak both languages, I dream in both languages, I don't think and this is not a bragging point, I'm just trying to explain to you something to understand that I am truly bilingual. I speak Arabic as comfortably as I speak English, and I hate translating on them, but I hate it. I'm not good. It's very difficult. It's very hard to repeat yourself word for word as you're trying to speak. Because you're going through a thought process, you're trying to help people understand something, then you'd have to hit the brakes, and go back to the beginning and say this all get over again and another language and then pick up again. And not that it's
impossible to do. It's a waste of everyone's time and the hope it takes way too long. And you're like, No, the hope is to say less than 25 minutes, fine. Well, how am I going to do that? How am I going to give a thought that is worthy of listening to in both languages and 25 minutes? Why do you think the Imam is a human being you have to ask for what is possible. A 15 would have been two languages, what you want us to also dance and maybe it will put a show on for you, there's not enough time to do this. If the if the thought or the message is worthy of conveying, it's gonna take a little bit of unpacking, explaining, you mean you need at least 2025 minutes, 30 minutes to get an
idea across, you say from one language to say in the other. So instead of this bilingual stuff, you just have different genres during the city, one is fully in Arabic, another fully in English and other fully in order to do and one in Bangla. And one in Somali, put it in the language is that the people of your community understand, so they can learn. So it's everyone's right, in my opinion, to hear the word, the message of Allah in their mother tongue so they can connect to it. And it's not that hard. It's not like we like people who know how to do this. We can for sure to get people on the table who can speak that line and train them make sure they're good public speakers. And we can
talk about messaging and they can get up and they can speak to their communities so that we have something there. But that requires a high level of
leadership, which is what we lack in the first place, which is why the whole ritual isn't working. So I don't know. I don't know how to fix this. I have no idea how to fix it. But about this reads, I don't know what's missing. But this if we were able to figure it out, then Jomo is a tool that is extremely effective. It is an extremely effective tool. It's a weekly gathering, that people come to kind of compulsory manner, they have to come to it. So you have an opportunity to make sure everyone's on the same page on a seven week bait seven day basis. Like only seven days go apart without pay, you have the opportunity for people to be on the same page again. And you can put
direction and you can talk about problems. You can get people to advocate it's not that difficult, but it was every group does their own thing and you have people on the money that will have no pool and have no leadership have no direction and they're just there to tell stories or to you know, make general reminders then then things stay exactly as they are, which is what I do.
And that's the end of my rant. So now we can actually read the surah and enjoy it so hopefully inshallah you'll find it beneficial to beautiful sutra teaches us aspects of leadership that are that are very meaningful and I hope I can convey it to you in a way that you'll find it. Find beneficial start this little gem on show Allah Tada. We will be laying him in a shape on your Raji.
Bismillah here Walkman your Rahim.
us before we learn him this summer where do you feel are willing Maliki could do sea lice easy hockey
so you watch out that all the names at the end of this area or have a customer right so in Maliki liquid do see Azizi Makini. Musa Hakim, obviously, the suitors that start with some background or user behavior, as I explained in previous sessions, when we, for example, went through Swizzle Hadid. The point of it is that Allah subhanaw taala is going to usually he's going to talk about something very technical, you can talk about something has technicalities that we'll there'll be a lot of details. And there'll be very much a practical, there'll be a practice that is involved with it, and he's talking about it pragmatically. So he starts the suit out with you set out as a
reminder of why you're doing what you're doing to begin with. Because if that piece is forgotten, then nothing really works. And I purposely left that out in my rent so I can bring it up here. Because everything I've talked about in terms of leadership and community and having the right people why is that necessary? It's because that is what Allah subhanaw taala wants, because that is what Allah subhanaw taala put within Islam as a system. And if you're trying to please Allah subhanaw taala and to adhere to his teachings, the way he wants us to adhere to them, then we have to remind ourselves that we're not allowed actually to run Joomla any other way than what how he
wants it somehow know what to honor, we are obligated to make sure that Jamal functions the way Allah subhanaw taala wants it to function not the way it works for ours in a situation or community or organization or whatever it is that we are you we are taking into consideration. The only consideration is that how does Allah subhanaw taala want this to be run, and they will run it the way he wants it to be run subhanho wa taala. And to all the students that step behind, you said but that's why a lot of these sorts of this doesn't do because this is just as very technical. It's talking about relationships, and how to deal with these people and how to look at these people. It
starts with you somebody who at the beginning is going to remember why you're doing adult. Never forget the purpose because the moment you forget the purpose, then the means become the purpose or the group becomes the purpose or something else becomes the purpose and it ruins the genuineness and sincerity in this in the sanctity of what you're doing all together.
You don't as Muslims, we don't have value in our group as an ummah, except because Allah subhanaw taala told us we have to do that. That's why we do it. It's not because I want to strengthen my own. I want to be strong myself. So I'll strengthen those who seem to be no that's not why I'm doing it. I'm doing it because Allah subhanaw said, this is the correct way. So I will go and adhere to that way and I'll strengthen those who stand by it with her it doesn't matter. There's no other there's no other considerations in this whole story. are also becomes an issue of nationalism becomes an issue of, of Mike versus versus others. And that's that's exactly what JD was about. JD it was about
this is my tribe. I'm with my tribe. They're my people. So for better or for worse, or good or for bad. And with them, it doesn't work.
As during the summer we'll say when I lemon Razia to enter our giveaway to Intel she was eager to overshoot the I'm just from my Z I mean my small tribe in other words, if they lose their way no way to I lose my way when Taylor Swift does he finds its way oh god I'll find my way to whatever they do. I don't care. This is my group I send my my group I strengthen my group. No, that's not why we when we talk about Islam and Muslim we don't do that because it's just ours is because Allah subhanahu tackless command, we have this had that attachment is is key is critical and remind so every Surah are most So doesn't this just start with himself? Do you have at least four or five of
them reminding you of that piece? Everything exalts a lot you said the map is similar to mapping up all that into cosmos and all of that on Earth, continues to exalt ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada. And then he describes himself as molecule could do similar diseases.
So why these four
He's establishing for use upon or what Allah why he is worthy of leadership.
Why he is worthy of being followed? Why do you follow Him? subhanaw taala and do what he says well, he's gonna give you four names that will allow you to understand why number one, He is admitted he is the king. He owns it all. the sovereignty of all of this is in his hands so no one else really has any sovereignty on it. He's the King is it you and I are our property of Allah subhanho wa Taala
Is your wall stamped it's made by Allah. It's all his no one else owns anything. So there's no point in going to anyone else because it's all his anyways
produce the holy the sacred
produce is the one who
So at the beginning of the semester you said behold Allah. So let's just be as to exalt Mr. Subhanallah building Subhanallah Bella. So what is exalting mean? It means that you claim no flaw, you claim no flaw, you see no imperfection, you see no mistake or fault by him. subhanaw taala everything that you don't like, you hold yourself accountable, and you accept from him Subhanallah which Allah knowing that it's maybe some you just don't understand at this point. And you can this is, this is an extremely specific aspect of who you are as a Muslim, by the way in comparison to other faiths, not even to none, not to non believers, or even people who believe in God but have
their own system of belief as a Muslim is, this is a piece that you stand out in the way that you speak about Allah subhanaw taala where you speak to Allah subhanaw taala who is a producer, he is the one who makes no mistakes. If you want to who else would you look for leadership like Who else would you follow? Right? He does this Allah subhanaw taala in the Quran, Rob will magically will magically be La ilaha illa Huwa. But Joaquina he makes a selling point here, here's why you shouldn't here's why you should have this loss. Here's why you should have
let me tell you about myself. So you understand why he's worthy. Why, why am I am worthy of your trust, you should use you jealous at all. He doesn't need to do it because he doesn't he he explains himself to you a little bit so they understand that he's not asking you to follow by No. Follow him to pounce on him because he's the king in magic. So he owns it all he was produced and he is the one who makes no mistakes. So when he when he when he gives you direction that he has a license he has the unfathomable meaning his knowledge is way beyond yours. You cannot even you can't comprehend what it is that he does. And he is unbeatable ly as he is as a couple of meanings unfathomable and
gonna call him Mr. Salli wa Cavalli, Yanni later on provider, and as usual, we'll have our legally liable number is the one who's the Conqueror who cannot be beaten. He's not, which is the same concept of unfathomable if you understand like the point, but it's not necessary for this for this talk. As he's the one who he's always the king he owns at all. He's a producer, you will make the right decisions. He doesn't make easily he is as easy as the Unfabulous is not us not beatable, and he's keen, he's the all wise. Because if if, without that BS, you start wondering, Well, if he's this, he's that strong, and he owns all of that, and he is beyond blame, then how do I know that he
doesn't just say whatever.
Because he's not, he's not accountable? And he was he isn't? And how do I know that he's not going to tell me to go do something that's going to harm me he's lucky he does the all wise to all that he tells you to do is only within your best interest. You'll never tell you to do something that's not in your best interest ever. Who else do you want?
Someone else that's not the king. That's not the holy. That's not the unfathomable subpoena without that's not the always well, so he pitched you pitch something for you. This is why you should this is why you should listen. This is why I am worthy of you following subpoena with the other use these four names for that, for that reason use case you were wondering why? Because it's the only idea that we have that way, right. The only one that's similar to it is the one that you'd like recited at the end of the show. Hola, hola, de la ilaha illa Guatemala, Mexico could do so sit down with him and then we talked about why those names were together at that point. But here these names are
medical producing is easier Hakeem is putting forth the pillars of what you need in a good leader. You need someone who takes ownership and Medic you need someone who sees the purpose to be larger than personal interests of produce there's there's a there's a holy matter to the sanctity to the whole story. It's not just based on their personal interest and not trying to take something in for themselves. Maybe a leader that's leading you in a direction will where they will only go benefit personally it doesn't really matter what you what happens to you they're trying to get more status more power, more fame or strength like get voted or get politically a claim for something. You want
someone who is wholly who will do it for a higher purposes, the purpose of the good of all you want someone who takes ownership and Melek someone who doesn't take ownership over stuff it doesn't feel that he's responsible won't do a good job. If they'll just do their they'll do all right and then when things don't work it not my problem. I know you want to someone who feels that everything that's going like say no more. Say no more. I would say I wake up at night wondering if I should have paved this road earlier.
Should I have noticed that I have not maybe pushed it until next year? Should I have done it right now? Because maybe wait, maybe a couple of sheep walk down that path and fall. And then Allah asked me, Why didn't you pave the road for the Myanmar? Do you have the ability to do it? It took ownership on what he had. He felt that he leaders who don't feel that way, leaders who don't feel that they are responsible for that for those whom they are lifted at the congregation are the people that they're leading aren't good leaders.
Leaders who are willing to have others suffer as they continue to do well aren't leaders they have to be willing to Emilich there's ownership in that he's using the words that you can understand without because because we can't obviously project our values on Allah subhanho wa Taala human leader is not similar to Allah subhanho wa uses the words that have the concepts that you can understand there's many keys the owner to understand there's ownership and his in his name Subhana wa Tada regarding the first piece that is holy is not based on his personal interest, he's not looking to benefit somehow, as you burn your burn your wheel or spin your wheels or broken your,
your tires for him. No, it's there's a hope there's a there's a sacred aspect of why you're doing what you're doing. So as these
if there's a concept of, of strength and power, and it's, he says, Just strength strong leader, he's not a weak leader. He's not a leader who goes in and afraid he's gonna leave the upper back could back out. And he's gonna Hakeem is he always is not someone who was who lacks wisdom.
A leader that lacks wisdom may have good intentions, and may love you very much. You may work hard for you, but he will run you into a brick wall. If there's like a wisdom, you don't know where to go, you know what, what the right choices versus the wrong choice. But honestly, Anything's better than I actually started doing this. And I didn't do it. I didn't do it.
My son has at home. A chicken toy. He ripped the head off a year ago. So it's a
I thought I'm bringing it one day and Joe mind just putting it there. This is what we are. We are this toy. We are a headless chicken.
We suffer because this is what we are ahead. We don't have. We don't have. We don't we don't know where we're going. We don't know what we're doing. We don't know what we're trying to achieve. I don't know what we're I don't know what the next steps are. I don't know what the priorities are. I don't have we don't know, honestly, this last pieces of Hala.
The as horrible as these 110 or 107 days have been as horrible as they had been. And honestly, they've been the worst I've experienced in a long time since maybe coming back from Syria and maybe 2015 When the bombings were really bad, you the helpless feeling. But what did happen, at least in the first maybe 45 days to 50 days is that we had a little bit of leadership going on. It happened organically, anytime a problem would happen, people would turn to either NCCM or hikmah. And they kind of fused together in terms of their in terms of their
consultation and discussions. And all of them massage it and everyone just turned to whatever they were saying what do we do next? This is what we do next. And it felt really nice. For a very short period of time, I felt like we had something going something worthy. We had like some direction, there was a group that was kind of telling the whole community this what the next step is, and everyone was except, and that would be beautiful if you were able to continue that. And I'm not I don't belong to either of these organizations, nor do I know the people who run it. So I have no, I have no My heart is not in this political arena. I don't care. Like I just liked the feeling of
there being some degree of leadership of unity, that not every Mercy was doing its own thing. We were all turning to the same group wondering what we should do next. Because none of us knew what to do next. Because we all came to the same conclusion that maybe we act like we know what we're doing. But then this problem came around and we knew nothing I had no none of us had any clue what how do we deal with this? We don't we don't know how to advocate and we don't know how to reach the people who have political pull, and everyone is suffering and in tears and people are in pain. And we are seeing something horrific and and Jomo why can I so I stand here on the jumble and I get all upset
and you get up. So I don't know what's
so what's who's listening. I'm preaching to Mike to the choir, then the people who actually have pulled aren't listening to what we have to say they don't care. How do we reach them? We didn't think about that piece. And then this happened. It was nice that first 45 days we had that for a little bit and then it went away again. And we were back to square one. But it would be nice. If you're if cities, like if you have a model was able to emerge where you actually had some degree of leadership for the community. Instead of everyone. You have any other Leila as they say, just singing the dancing to their own tunes, doing their own thing, because we are too stubborn or to
need arrogance, or we don't or we just like the other group or we think that they're deviant or we think that this we think they're that so we're not willing to work with them or we want to exile them. We want to remove ourselves from them. We want to act like our little group. This is the only group this is the
This is a horrible way of going by things. To think that your small little group is somehow this grandiose some tiny group approach of the, you actually think that this little message and this corner of the world, and this city that no one even knows belongs to this country to begin with cares
Do you think we're going to know or not? The only value we're going to have is that we're a part of a bigger picture. And for a part of what's happening elsewhere, we and we advocate for that unity and that oneness.
Subhanallah, we, we don't study our history. So we don't know. Go look at what happened in this. It was a beautiful, beautiful experience for the Muslims for the first bit. It was beautiful when they first got because I need to Europe got to see religion and science come in hand in hand. And the filthy land LLC, which is something that I hope in Charlotte to run this course on here at some point. In the future, I just have to have the reason I just have to put together the slides and whatnot. The tail end LOC is extremely interesting. Because it's fifth, there's a lot of Maliki scholars who are in in in NGOs, and other scholars from other backgrounds, some of them hi Nabila.
And the filth, the jurisprudence that came from an endless was just as mesmerizing. Some of them some of those opinions didn't make it to mainstream, but they're in books that were written 9900 years ago. opinions that when I say people look at me, like I, any ball will move all those words or issues, but I can pull, I can pull a book that's 850 years old, where it says certain theory by an imam that you can't touch. You can call me what you want, you can touch him. He's way he's from your setup Assad, you can talk.
And the reason the reason that's the case is because and it was, it was a different it was a new culture a new place. So as it always should be, it grows as time and space change. So the fact that exists in Baghdad and the sham and gufa and existed in firstlight and existed in Miguel Medina. And he was it was it works for the people living there. But within that when the scholars went and lived in in the US, in Barcelona and Baleia, and Soviet, he lived in these cities. And then they built these, he made these, these were built by the these Muslims, they had to have a different filter, through their filter it was was beautiful.
If you study the names of them Maliki for kaha Indras, you'll find them describe kind of Akiha and Muhaddith. And Barry and look away and look away. And as he moves up, and he was the some of the the Maliki scholars, they invented instruments. They invented instruments, forget about them, they invented instruments, because they're living it was a different culture there. So their understanding of film was very different than any man living. So I don't think they were writing these men wrong. I'm just saying that there's a difference in how they would view certain things that difference is worthy of anyways, it was a beautiful, beautiful thing that happened. And then it
fell and it fell. It was painful when it felt it was horrible when it fell. Actually some of the most gruesome and disgusting stories of torture and myths and mistreatment of human beings occurred when the Muslims were on their way out. And the Muslim who stayed there were There are museums that talk of the horrors of the Muslim saw when that and why did it fall? It fell because of every small every couple of cities had a ruler and the ruler wanted
to be independent from everyone else. And every this instead of having a unified front, you had like 50 small kingdoms, so they just picked them like
they picked him off. Like it's nothing. It's like shoot shooting down soda cans. They felt one after the other. They tumbled like dominoes. It was nothing. And they took no Muslims usually put up a fight nothing. And then there was nothing at the end, it was nothing. There was it felt so, so painfully,
because there was this lack of willingness to work together. Even if you don't like the other person or you think that they are this or they think that they are that we can't afford to do that. We're too weak. We're in the wrong part of our history to be discussing and arguing over small issues of fit. We just did. We can't we're not in that position. We're not We're not there. They could easily do that back in the early stages of our life and no problem for the for the scholars of the Hanafi and Maliki metab to sit and debate upon aspects of Salah and which is more correct in terms of the movements and in the sequences and no problem are this to the followers of Imam Shafi and the Imam
Muhammad to sit down and debate for hours issues if it is fine. There are others position where Muslims were strong, there was unity there was you can sit down you have the luxury of talking about details. We don't have the luxury of talking about details today. We don't and we shouldn't be doing that we should be focusing on the basics like Joomla, for example, on the basics like Joomla, that making sure that Joomla is run appropriately that people have incentive to come to Joomla that they come here and they get served
spiritually, religiously and then financially and socially and, and in every way possible you make it you incentivizes and when people come not,
you give them reason to come to them are Allah who are called upon to know gives them reason to come, give them reason to him, give them benefit and make sure that you use it in the best interest of the community. That's what you do. You focus on the basics. What's more basic than Juma? What's more basic than the than the number one ritual that we have in our deen? And we still can't get that right. If you can't get that right, we're gonna sit down and argue about your opinions within tertiary issues. And whether it's okay to do this. What are you doing? This is not
I'm coming to a point where I when I read a Q and A's and I just if a question comes to like, nope, not important enough not answering that question. It's not important, it doesn't rank within the first 100 things that we care about as Muslims, go look it up. I don't care. I'm not gonna answer that because not worth the time, not worth the discussion not worth the difference we have, we're dealing with problems that are much more dire. We're dealing with substance abuse and, and severe anxiety and depression and people leaving the dean and suicidal attempts and families being broken down. And we're losing not only identity in our language, but we're losing, you're going to talk to
why some of the questions are just
some questions I get I delete the contact immediately. I lost the hand, I don't want to see this. If certain questions are just being asked about stuff that tells me that you need to sit and we have to go through the priorities. How is this issue even? How is this important? When what in what scenario of life? Are some of these questions important? I can't imagine I struggled with imagining how this issue is coming up and why we're talking about it to begin with. And it comes from that from this problem.
That's what happens when there's no leadership, there's no direction. There's, there's loss. So we talk about anything. So we'll discuss anything, and we'll talk about anything, and we'll disagree about anything, and we'll debate anything, and it just becomes
asking me whether, you know, eight or 20 luck, I'm
sure. That is
for sure. The
if we got that one, right, everything would work, the borders within the Muslim countries would all fall down and people of designers would just leave immediately and everything would just work if you just got eight or 20. For sure, that would make a big difference.
We have to be you have to start we as we don't we have to, we have to we can't afford not to as most of you can't afford not to start thinking a little bit bigger. So looking at what actually matters and what we're losing, we're losing ground, every day we sleep and wake up, we lose ground, we lose, we lose from our own, we can't prove it. We want it you want to reach out to new Muslims, reserve your own, have a system where you can hold on to your own way, we don't have our children going to high schools and then 50% of them coming out, not ever wanting to go not ever going to a masjid again, or falling into issues of Yanni of atheism and Xena and it just in my arm and you just
falling into issues that will ruin whatever is and families being ripped, ripped to pieces and people this is what has this, this is what has to be discussed. And this one has to be fixed, or at least has to have a system that allows it to function better. We have to have those services available and has to be prioritized for us. And that's where the efforts have to be put.
And just going back to some of the basics in Islam, and we would be much better as we would do with the solution to our problems is not that difficult, that we always say the solution is Islam. And I agree. But I sometimes wonder when you say Islam, what are you thinking about? You said the assumption of Islam? What do you mean? What What do you mean? And what aspects of it that you see missing? You want back? What is it?
It's you see some people that don't have beards is that was bothering you you want them to is that? Is that the problem? What is it? What do you mean? Explain to me when you say that the solution is Islam? Because that's a big word. That's a huge umbrella statement. I love it. But what is I agree? Of course it is. It's why I wouldn't I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't agree. But what exactly is missing?
If you can talk about the basics, just the basics of what our deen is built upon, then, because that's what we don't function at the basic level. We don't function at the basic level. That's why Senator Joe Manchin is important, because there's nothing more basic than that. What's more basic notes about your mom, and yet nothing. It's just, it's chaotic, and it's a circus, and it's up for grabs. And it's used just so that institutions can get more people in so maybe get more done. It's a complete waste. There's no leadership and it's like the one thing that is there for it is not none of that is it is the one thing that Jim are supposed to do, which is to bring leadership is not
there. What's the point then?
What are we doing this to begin with? That's what it's for. It's for leadership. That's why it's there is to make sure that the Muslims are not a headless chicken, whether they're in a as a minority, or as a majority or whatever it is.
It was very hard during these these
these 100 days, the first seven, eight hope was that I give the most difficult I've ever given because I don't know what to say, What am I going to tell people? What do I have to share with you? What do I share with you? What would I stand up there and say,
I have nothing, I have no pull. I have no ability to make any difference at all. Forget about what's happening there. I don't have a building make a difference in my own community. So what I'm going to send up on the member and say,
there's nothing but understand the problem. There's nothing. I couldn't say anything I can up there and tell you Yeah, it's sad. And it's hard, and I'm in pain. And you're in pain, too. And I'm sorry, this is happening. And I wish it wasn't. But I don't know what to tell you. Because I have no authority or autonomy. No one else does, either. And if someone did, I'm happy to speak on their behalf and tell you what the next steps should be. Aside from a few Jonnie silent protests. And if you need the email sent and phone calls made that was it was very pathetic. I felt very pathetic. These 100 days have humbled me, I love many, many, many levels. And this is definitely one of them.
Right? I felt that I was very useless. That this is not functional. It should be it isn't. Shouldn't be. So if you want Islam back, let's talk let's talk the basics. Let's talk some of the basic stuff. Just Just the basics. We can go into details later and we can defer on details. No problem but let's go back to what Islam is the religion is built upon. And that's why this sutra to me is extremely, extremely valuable. And that's where the tie between would recite it every Thursday night Anisha
the they don't attribute it to the Prophet Allah you saw some directly but 10s of the type beings would do this in this unknown practice all across the the Muslim world as a sentiment of this is what this is for. And this is what needs to stay as and I'll end with that. I'm sorry, we only got through one area, but the next week inshallah we'll we'll do a bit more spikelet Allah so he'll go to Allah wa salam O Allah. Mohammed on earth he was talking to me he's like my love hate on the border Hello. So don't want to crop later I don't work out
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