Quranic Character 001 – Introduction
Channel: Ahmad Saleem
Series: Ahmad Saleem - Quranic Character
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For those of you that missed the introduction to the series, I want to take I won't go into much detail but I happened to meet that person from the church, and not the church from the Forsyth County Jail, Ben I happen to meet him. And after listening to his story and what he did for his religion, it literally made me feel ashamed that I we have done I have done nothing for my religion. He spent over 4548 years in total
going in Africa and serving people, and not once ever asking anybody to convert to the Christian Christian religion, but rather providing services through which their hearts automatically turn towards Christianity. So he used the weapon of a clot or character. And that was his primary thing and he went to like you like from Muslim countries such as Bangladesh and and no country that this person leaves at all. And he went in, did the work that needed to be done. And that for me was a moment where I realized that if we go and study the Sierra of Nabi SallAllahu, alayhi wa sallam, we quickly find that the first 13 years, we have less than 50, a hadith
about what happened.
In those 13 years, we don't know anything, you know, that will come where all the teaching was taking place. We have not a single Hadith from Donald America. We don't know anything, what Rasul Allah taught for 13 years, we have nothing. So I've been on the quest of asking different different scholars every time I meet a scholar, this is the thing that's bothering me like, why don't we have any like, the entire the 100 Sahabas were built with all of those Druze where all those groups, why don't we have them?
And the answer that I get, keep getting was that two fold number one, in their times, their primary focus was on the
what is it that you and I need to do and that was their focus. So they focused on developing themselves and their connection with Allah. The second thing was the Quran that was revealed at that time had already embodied so many of the characteristics
the that sadly, our Omar doesn't have or not even knows.
So the maki Quran is where you know what Rasul Allah used to teach them.
Ie there were no the teaching was the Quran,
and the Ophira, installment and all of that. So from there, I realized that, you know, if we take an opportunity, and we do something, in terms of collectively sitting together and learning about the, I mean, like, I think we're probably going to go over like 1012, maybe 14 characteristics, those are the basic primary ones. Just so you don't how much material is there?
There is a book called Rodolfo Nether. If you pick that book up. It is a 17 volume book, or 16 volumes, eight volumes are all good characteristics. And the other eight are all the evil characteristics we should stay away from.
And it's called the Encyclopedia of ethics and morals and values written by our scholars. So we're only going to touch on maybe 12. Right, whatever Allah gives us, Sophia 12 1314. So before we begin that conversation, whenever we talk about the history, whenever we talk about Islam, what does Islam mean? What does it entail? We always talk about the element you'll hear them they say they talk about the tree of Islam, ie it's got roots, it's got the trunk and the branches and it's got fruits, the roots of this tree is our toe hate our belief in Allah subhanaw taala its trunk and its branches are the Occam Halal haram, Salah, Wajid Mundo macro, all of these things that you know, Do this,
don't do this stop, don't stop highly recommended not recommended. All of these discussions, we have those other the branches and the trunk.
And its fruits are o'clock.
And the Allama they say that if a person is found.
Really adhering to the branches of the branches and the trunk ie salawat and all the five pillars and everything the person is doing it 100% Yet their character is not being impacted. And there's something wrong, there's a disconnect. It's just like a tree. You know, like when the closer I came to my house, like you know, we have a tree it's a it's a it's a fig tree. It's got its roots, it's got its trunk, but for some odd reason it's not giving fruits. The winter happened this happened so many reasons. The the tree is there, it looks like the fig tree. But it is not going to give any fruits this year.
Okay, the environment was not right, something happened that didn't happen. So a flop or hollow characteristics are the fruits of your EBA in my a bad.
And that is why the society today is struggling with three primary crisis, you have the political crisis, you have the economic crisis, and you have the morals and ethics crisis. But realistically, if you think about it, the morality and moral ethics crisis or the value crisis that we're having,
if you think about it, the economic crisis and the political crisis are all products of this third, moral and characteristics.
They're only happening, economic crises are happening because there are people who says, You know what, it's okay for me to harm other people in the process of my profit.
It's a it's a wrong moral that he has the political crisis is it really doesn't matter. By hook or crook, I need to get into power. Even if that person is not worthy of getting in power, as most of the people you know, as the political science students who will tell you that most people that should be in politics are not in politics. And most people who shouldn't be in politics or in politics, that's the reality. That is the reality from the time of Rasulullah till today, things are just like that. People who were in power should not be in power because they don't have the morals and ethics because they're willing to trample upon everybody's rights and everything to get what
Then, the other part about this is we're going to discuss four verses and we'll come back to our
you know, huh, yeah, it will come back to Yemen. So he was like, he's like, hopefully the surprise ends today. Right. So, so four verses that are very important for us to understand, in reference to the whole of or characteristics of the Quran. Number one, what is the will was Leafa what is the job of Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Allah subhanaw taala says in Surah Al Imran
and this is something for us. Yet to do it him it
are you exactly him? Are you only Mohammed Al Kitab al Hikmah the word you use a key him rice is translated as Teskey or o'clock What is this Kia that we rectify all the filth and we become the best versions of ourselves. So provinces salams job is through it him it that he recites the verses
we use a key him and he purifies us. But another verse Allah subhanaw taala says something opposite to that which is yet to do it him it He Allah subhanaw taala says through ally MIT he recited the verses while he was a key him and does does care why you are named Mohammed Kitab so it's opposite over here that Allah subhanaw taala in the first one does Kia comes first Kitab come second and it sorry in the first one rhythm comes first right LM comes first and then get through ally him it really comes first but he was a key him and then does Kia and the second one does Kia comes first and then I come second. And the relevant they say the reason for that is for any reason you must
any knowledge that you must attain you must have characteristics you must have other and HOLC in order for you to be able to benefit from that class. In order for you to be able to benefit from that teacher, you go in with a glass full you go into the arrogance, you're not going to benefit from that teacher.
So it is necessary that we embody certain characteristics before we get on.
And it is also necessary that when we learn that knowledge, it impacts our hearts and we inculcate ourselves with all of those Allah that Rasul Allah Azza wa sallam was meant to embody. That is why Allah subhanaw taala prophesy centum he says, In nama Boris to liotta Mima
mockery Mila I have only inevitable is to my sole purpose of coming as a messenger is what established though eight follow the outcome of Sharia no inoperable is to the only reason why I have been sent is Li o tam nema. So the I complete and I perfect Makati mill o'clock the noblest of character.
What that tells you is the the community and the society of Arabs, they had characters. That's what Allah promises are saying, I'm here to just perfect them. So every single one of us, we have nobility. We have humility, we have humbleness, shyness, all of these characteristics are there. The question we need to ask is KitchenAid Rijeka what level do I have in there? Because the minute a person starts feeling satiated Alhamdulillah I'm great Muslim, Mashallah. I'm practicing now. That's where we lose faith. That's where we lose everything.
So that's the first verse Leotta Mima. So this this this purpose of Rasulullah was to do Teskey of ours. Eva embodies certain characteristics, so we become worthy of learning. And once we are learning, whatever we learn, we enhance those characteristics of ours through that learning. You cannot learn without a dub, that is why if you find a teacher, if you find somebody, right, if they, their primary source of knowledge was that they went to a university and got a degree, a bachelor's degree or some shady art program, and for years and now they're like a scholar, that's a person you should run away from.
If they have not spent 1012 years studying with individual scholars in the softbox of some shade for 234 years, 234 years. Imam Shafi having spent 15 years with one teacher and other 20 years with one teacher, one teacher, and that is why he said how do you become a scholar? Somebody asked him Shafi, he said, number one is exam che Huck make sure that you hold on to one share. And number two is bonus Zemon you must spend a lot of time today what is happening is you have a lot of these
institutes that are producing a lot of these scholars and they are doing their scholars so called because they have degrees.
But honestly, if you go and ask what percentage would you pass your Sharia degree from was 50%. And that is a person that is now in charge of leading a congregation.
And that is very sad. You have somebody coming with like you, oh, that person won't even get an engineering job if he was an engineer.
Because we don't have standards left in our sharing era. So anybody with a four year online degree, we have so many of those people in Canada. Where did you study online?
If your Ellen was with books, as the relevant
They say that if your knowledge was only sawed through books and not through scholars, not at the hands of scholars, kapa haka, Agatha, Roman sabich, the mistakes you're going to make are going to be a lot more than than the things that you're going to say correctly. And that is the natural and that isn't ever to and what that has done is it has divided our religious institutions sadly of luck.
As a person graduating from I can tell you firsthand. o'clock is the last thing we're concerned about.
See the kids that were studying with me, I'll tell you firsthand, I dub is not even there. It's not there at all. It's only when the teacher is there and that's because of the robe of Dunda it is not from inside.
And what has happened is these institutions have become factories of moolah productions. So they produce small V's everywhere they produce these scholars everywhere, but sadly, no other instilled in them that person doesn't have a job of talking to someone.
And our problem as a community is we don't look at a clock as a as a as a barometer, we look at our title. If a person has a great title, then that's fine. Many people came to me they said, Oh, you graduated from you know, the Delta Nizami Why don't you put Maulana next to your name for a reason?
Right because I don't attribute to that mentality.
I did graduate and they asked me and they even threatened me they said we'll take away your degree. I'm like, go ahead.
Like can you imagine the institute that I graduated from they said you are not putting Mowlana in your names. We are going to take your degree away. I'm like fogden Take it. I don't need the degree. As a matter of fact, when I applied for this job, I never presented the degree to them. I said you will take me for who I am not for the degrees that I have. So have a look and characteristics is something that we have to focus on. In our households in our children within our jobs every place this is one thing that never leaves you. The second is
the Where's USIA he left he resided with surah and the first raka Euro Shams okay. So, somebody would need to do the custom counting, do the custom counting. I will read and you will count how many exam or there was Shamcey will do ha ha custom means oath was Shamsi will do ha ha welcome Marie either tele one hurry is Angela one Layli is Ayesha was sama e y muy bien AHA Well, early warm up AHA one I've seen one Massa 11. What's after that?
But I'll have Maha foodora Ha ha
ha God, la Herman's aka today if I come to you and I say Hola, Ki Kasam What are you waiting for after?
What are you waiting? There's a lovely person ma'am. What are you waiting for you waiting for me to make a statement right over here Allah subhanaw taala Dola they say that this is the Avila Herman's a QA that indeed He who rectified his clock becomes a successful one. He is the definition of success, who has perfected a clock?
before Allah says this statement? There are 11 customs that Allah takes
11 This is called an IRA to act through Casselman This is why no other ayah in the Quran precedes 11 customs.
And who is the one who is taking the custom Allah? By which things is he taking? Kasam was Shams What do ha ha Well, Tamar was Santa, all of these things that are celestial things that have puzzled humanity for ages.
And all of those exam are for you.
Right for Allah Maha Fujimura or Toccoa. Allah is like, heard Aikido will mean every person's heart Allah has placed who everybody knows what's bad.
But Allah Maha voodoo Raha what taqwa and in the in there, Allah has inspired us right and wrong. But then Allah says in this dichotomy, but the Lucha Monza aka
the successful one is the one who chose the that Ischia the right path.
So it's not a small thing. Oh, it's only a flop.
Only o'clock, only characteristic, and that as a community as my one of my chefs before I was coming here, I told him, I said, you know, I want to invite you over here. He usually comes to RCM chef server jazz. He usually comes to RCM. So he messaged me. He said the weekend I was traveling, he messaged me, he said, Hey in your city, Atlanta, where are you? And I was like, Oh, I'm in Toronto. Like why did you leave? I'm like, I didn't know you were coming here. So
When I was talking to Jeff Cassar I said to him how do I know that I have succeeded
as an imam wood building character in the community he said three things if I come one day and I see them in order you know that you've succeeded
I'm Oh, he's said that I'm saying bathrooms
and when you're parking can operate without volunteers.
He said, like, oh, yeah, hearing all of these they're like, impossible No, there are possible
there are possibles.
But it takes a few to change the culture.
It literally takes a few a group of few to make that change. And how that change happens is if all of us today say when I'm coming in, right when I'm coming in, especially on Joomla on normal days, it's fine like this it's not a big mess um, that everybody puts their even if somebody puts a shoe here it's not like an obscene scene you go oh my god, choose every year but for Joomla all of us are regular massages. If we just say you know what, let's put if I see somebody shoes I put them there. JC was saying that you know, first Ramadan he was gentle with them the next Ramadan which is going to be your next Ramadan with me in sha Allah. He started taking away shoes.
He's like I would leave at the four Raka and after four o'clock I would go around any shoe that was found on the ground, gone.
Yeah, it didn't. It didn't work. Well, I think people will lose they need to lose more shoes.
They were checking with CCTV cameras. Subhanallah next IR the second third third eye app that Allah subhanaw taala talks about is also in Serbia has not because Allah when Allah subhanaw taala says
but Allah Harmon does that CA
The one who did the test kiya he is the successful one. What's after that?
Was aka Ross Mara be here for Salah
Corolla man they said your Salah
does Kia and o'clock is a prerequisite for your Salah.
Whether charisma and doing vicar of Allah was Salah before that Allah is like does Kia Canajoharie we must come in with holo. We must come in with clothes that represents the masjid we must come in in a state that I would be happy to meet Allah subhanaw taala we must come in parking in the right manner. We must come in driving in the right manner.
We must leave in the right manner. Because all of that Allah is like a US law man because we all want success in life. But if we don't have success,
what like if we don't have does gear and we don't do tusky of our hearts and our whole look and our characters are not rectified GAFA the intended use, okay, what's the benefit of all of that? More than half and we but actually
we're not going to be able to benefit from that.
So those are the four is there's a lot by the way, that that sets the stage for us to know why this is important to us for learn. Okay. I mean, the most important for me is like 11 assumes,
like this is something we should really take seriously. Allah is trying to tell us that
now the next part
the story of morality Benjamin Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and Musa and Musa Abu Musa al Asha de la the Allahu Anhu says ma they've been nama nama batha rasool Allah He SallAllahu Sallam wired even Jebel Illa Yemen, why the bingeable was sent to Yemen
Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he sent to him and he gave him a very long list of things to do.
Okay, first thing he starts off what do you think should be the command?
You're going to Al Kitab people you're going to be a minority just like you and I we're going to be a minority in these lands people of Allah kita people of the book is going there. What's the first command he tells them established? Oh, hey, what's the first command What do you think
wish them What do you mean wish them
said I'm already come
Okay, first thing I will probably sell him he says to him Yes sir. Wala to
make things easy for people and don't make the difficult for them.
I mean, like and he says, more odd in NACA or demon Illa. Allah kita belt that Al Kitab you are going to a land which is the land of people of the book.
Yes sir voila twice
as Prophet sallallahu sallam was talking about this
I almost threw the lash. I'm sorry. It must overland sorry. He comes in. He says. He says Ya rasool Allah.
There's a person who doesn't come for Fudger.
So Rasulullah Sasaram calls him he said Lima della Tati?
He says Wallahi la Salatin. Fajr May I come in late until the first record? I
mean actually Falange because of the Imam mimma you routine will be Nafi her word Lemina mas burrata.
Not a listen to this. This isn't body
what lamina was right at it oh salata et
firma are you to Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, I did not see Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, God don't ever in my life. This isn't the seventh standard. This is in the seventh Hijiri this person has been Sahabi since the beginning he says I have never seen Prophet sallallahu Sallam God don't ever shed do herder been more angry than that woman
sama calm then promises on God up
well Maori Latin he gave a Maori that he gave a warning he gave up and reminder to mock Alia you have NASA or people
in Amman come Mona fearing there are people amongst you that turn other people away from religion.
In a minute he's talking to Habermann
not you and I used to say hovers he's saying that to the Sahaba that there are a group amongst you that are so religious that you are causing other people to run away from religion.
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Ma Salovey nurse, pal UGC if you're about to lead Salah shorty pa b it will make it easy for them
for in Nephi him Al Caballero was my buddy there are older people they can stand up well the eighth some weak people kids
weather will hijacked
and people that have some you know needs they're like they're like running they have a car business they've just only have limited time.
And then he turns to why they've been jevelin and he says yes sir. What are two Assef make it easy. Don't make it difficult.
Well bash shell and give glad tidings give good news to people while our tuna Phil and do not turn away people do not rip like don't spread the hate from the member. Wallah tuna fill
what abou where what are attentive and submit to what they want to do ie if they say you cannot Carlo philosophy great crew. Lotta
don't create an extra laugh with them.
Go as much as you can. Then he comes back Rasulullah Salallahu Salam and he says I live whom La Ilaha illa Allah
first teach them after though. We're in inherently more if they know La Ilaha illa Allah then begin with salah.
And if they begin with Salah and then so on and so forth, teach them the deen
and that's the sequence. It's really interesting over here the Hadith and I want to allude to that the word Bashir What's the opposite is opposite of Bashir the Arabs No.
Nazir who said that
you tried it yes. But she don't want as era okay in czar but why did prophecy Saddam did then fill in never ie you're so hateful that people run away from you
Nephele Nam and what's the opposite of never
once an opposite of that is NEFA anus. So technically, this should have been Bashir wala to another one. But over here we're gonna fill Allah's prophecy Selim brought something extreme. Ie when you are in the process of warning people you are doing in that you have to warn people Allah bruxism did not say don't give warnings.
This ahadees says give them glad tidings that should be the predominant message. Warn them
But in the warning, there should be no hatred.
That's why he brought Wallah to an affair.
Right and this has been lost in translation because if you don't know Arabic, you will just pick up that translation, you think that's the Hadees you lost an entire element of that. So inshallah from next week, we will start taking one character, there's one more introductory lesson that I need to do about setting the stage and inshallah from there, we will not tomorrow, next week, next Tuesday, tomorrow, people are like, what? So next Tuesday, inshallah we'll begin Jazak Allah here, may Allah subhana, Allah bless you all, again, as I tell this, a dad to Alan, Heidi Caffarelli. These are all opportunities. Now we have six touch points with the community. We have Tuesday, we have Thursday,
we have Friday, we have Sunday morning. And then we have Sunday, the youth five touch points, right. So make this an opportunity when you go and meet your friends and stuff, tell them to come to one of these sessions, they have so many to choose from now. Right? Because you never know that one person may come and that becomes a change of turn point of turning point for them. The other part is if there are people that are listening to this so from next week, some of the sisters also message me. So we brought that lighter partition so the sisters can pray upstairs, and then they can come down and we'll just have the partition at the back and they can see their one of their requests as they
want to be able to see the amount which is fine, they can sit at the back and you know at the back, they appraise the upstairs and they can come down or we can set up somewhere for them to pray in the in the hall here or something like that, if that they're comfortable in sha Allah with that, may Allah subhanaw taala give us the tofield to truly truly implement these o'clock and characteristics. And we become the role models for other people. And we as the core of this Masjid becomes those who can change who can go and change the world in sha Allah and also changed the masjid first with shoe racks and bathrooms and parking and we have a new cleaning company. So I don't know just so you
know, there's a new cleaning company or if you've seen them, there is right Okay, good to handle. Yeah, so hopefully they do a better job and if they're not doing a better job than tell me talk to brother harlot, talk to their shop or any of them and let us know if there's any concerns in Sharla Baraka lofi I said, Imani Kuma, rahmatullah wa barakato. Savannah cologne will be I'm the eyeshadow Hola. Hola. Hola. And stuff to like Santa Monica.
It was amazing.