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Contemporary Lessons of Ashura
Channel: Ali Albarghouthi
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all praise and things belong to Allah Subhana who were to Allah, the Most High and the Most Merciful. We thank him, and we seek His help and aid and forgiveness. And we asked him to protect us from the evil of ourselves in the sins that we commit. Indeed, who serve Allah guides, no one can lead us astray and who serve Allah leads astray no one can guide I bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship except Allah alone. And that Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is his slave and messenger, the best of speeches The Book of Allah, and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And the worst of religious matters are those that are innovated
and every religious innovation is a bitter, and every bidder is misguidance. And every misguidance will be in Hellfire and bad.
We are living
in very interesting and trying times.
times when there is wave after wave
of Muslim persecution, persecution of Muslims
were in some lands.
They're being held in large concentration camps, and other areas. their lands are being turned into a big jail or a concentration camp when there is curfews and mass arrests.
And limitless number of atrocities being committed, some documented and some not, some are noticed and some go unnoticed.
So in almost every spot
in every continent, Muslims are facing increasing difficulties.
And with that, also there is the attempt the more dangerous attempt and changing Islam itself a challenge challenging the basics and fundamentals of Islam so that Islam is no longer Islam. And what we used to know before to be the foundations of our faith, are being challenged internally. Whereas before they were being challenged externally.
the day of Ashura
and the lessons from the day of Ashura to shed some light on what is happening to us and lend some support but not only support,
guidance and insight into how to combat all of this, and how to change our circumstances. We know very well that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
When he came to Medina, they saw he saw that the people of the book The Jews of Medina, we're commemorating that day, that day of Ashura, and he asked them, Why are you doing this? And they said that this is a day, where the young moon, Nigella hoffy Moosa, mean for our Navajo woman. It says this is a day where Allah has saved Moosa and the people of Musa Musa alayhis salam, the prophet of Allah.
He saved them from Pharaoh and his people. So He fasted that day, out of thankfulness, so we also fast that day out of thankfulness. So he said, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam nanolab mo Salman calm, we're closer to Moosa and more worthy of Him than you are for sama, who are obviously yummy. So He fasted that day and he commanded the Muslims to fast. So in that initial stage, the fasting of the day of Ashura was an obligation was not recommended until the fasting of Ramadan came. And then I fought I became only a voluntary recommended fast but in that
it was an obligation on every single Muslim, alive then in Medina who knew about it too fast.
And up until today, until the Day of Judgment every single year, we encounter that day. And we remember in that day, what Allah azza wa jal has done to Moosa and his people, and to Pharaoh and his people, and in that are lessons for us, we're not going to simply fast that day,
and only for the sake of the reward that is in it that is praiseworthy that you remember, and I would ask you to remember and heard that Nia present, that I'm fasting that day, because it was sort of law he said, the law your solemn commanded it, even if you don't understand why, yet, but Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam commanded it, and I'm seeking through that fast the forgiveness of the past year, because this is what he said, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, it will expiate forgive the sins of the past year, one single day
to erase the sins of the past year. So I want to fast it For this reason, definitely. But if you think about it, why is it that Allah azza wa jal wanted the Muslims every single year to remember that story?
Because there is something in it
our situation today.
In one of the areas Allah as the origin says that moose SS to his people walk or the moose or the comi Is there a novella he was
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in his Moosa turn to his people and he said, seek Allah's help and be patient.
Indeed, the land belongs to Allah and he gives it to whomever he wants. They become its caretakers. Allah azza wa jal is the owner of each land.
And final victory at CBRE the outcome belongs to who, the people of taqwa
we think about these statements.
Today, many Muslims around the world they have no power to repel the evil that they're facing. And as you stand witnessing all of this evil, you may have nothing more than you do.
And some of us in witnessing the onslaught of these waves of persecution and frustrations may grow desperate. And they say, Where is Allah azza wa jal? Why doesn't Allah champion us? When is this gonna end? Simply what is it that we can do? And what can we do to stop this?
And Musa alayhis salam, I want you to put yourself in their shoes for a minute. Musa alayhis salam is a prophet of Allah subhanho wa Taala of the best of the prophets of Allah, around him are of the best of bento is sort of in the are facing one of the worst tyrants, if not the worst tyrants who have ever lived, and all of his army and they have no power to fight back. They have no weapons, they don't have the numbers so physical means are lacking.
But if you think about it,
they had the secret weapon
not any nuclear weapon that can eradicate their enemy. They didn't need that they had something more powerful than that. And this is only for the faithful
the one who's the man is weak is soon gonna lose confidence in Allah's revelation and unless promise, but the length of the ordeal is to separate between those who believe and those who don't. Those who are certain in their belief and those who are in doubt, it will separate.
So when he says to them is there you know, Billa he was Bureau, seek Allah's assistance and be patient because you really have nothing else and nothing more that you can do but this, but if you hold on to this, then you're gonna win.
Internally, you're not defeated. It does not matter what your enemy does to you on the outside, because sooner or later Allah will reverse the situation if you believe
if you just simply believe the greatest defeat
in the face of any fitness and we're living
in an age of fitness
in an age of fitness
Where it's not only physical persecution,
but also an internal attack on Islam and what Islam means.
If you accept defeat internally, then you're defeated, you're done.
But if you don't accept it, even though you're overpowered externally, you're not defeated.
And this is why it also relies a lot. He said, I'm says in the Hadith, that if you see a monk or
you change it with your hand,
but there are times when you will not be able to do this, so at least change it with your tongue.
But there will be times when even that will not be possible.
What is left is the last gate of defense, internal,
then hate it with your heart, resist it with your heart, and that is the weakest of men. And if you fail you and I to do this, then there is no nothing of a man left.
So in your heart, you need to resist it.
No matter where you are, and what matter what the persecution may be. Internally, you should never be defeated, but always believe in Allah azza wa jal, and in His promise, and SubhanAllah. They even teach that in military strategy. That is, if you are an empire, a colonizer and you occupy a land, don't think that you actually won until you're able to subjugate the inhabitants of that land internally.
It does not matter what peace treaties you sign, it does not matter what promises their leaders give to you, if the population is unwilling to accept your presence, you have not won the war.
Because sooner or later under the ash there is fire.
And that fire is going to spread. And if people resist that internally and they say, you may have the means, but I'm gonna have something else. I will ask Allah for support. And I'll be patient. Because if I do that, and if I have Taqwa, Allah will give me power over you. Allah will guide me to the ways of doing that. This is a test and what we're going through is a test. So in the face of fitna, remember Musa alayhis salam.
Remember the people of Musa alayhis salaam who had nothing, absolutely nothing much less than what we have today. Fewer numbers than what we have today.
But because they believed in Allah azza wa jal, the mightiest and all might might have been the mightiest power on the face of this earth was completely destroyed. Because Allah has promised stands true then, and stands true today. You hold on to a less promise you hold on to Islam as revealed to Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam the pure Islam of the Quran and the Sunnah. Don't change it, don't alter it, don't compromise it, hold on to it, and believe.
And internally at least internally resist,
resist, resist any attempt to subjugate, resist any attempt to change Islam. resist any attempt to frustrate you and know that you have power from the most powerful
and when you lean on the most powerful you become, sooner or later, the more and more powerful
that is one of the lessons of Ashura.
Kenda, in your ob, know, Allah is with me, and he'll guide me. It does not matter if the enemy is behind you. And if the war is ahead of you, and you see no exit, no exit at all. It doesn't matter. What matters is is Allah with you.
And for Allah to be with you, you have to be with Allah azza wa jal. So are you with Allah, and if you are with Allah, have complete confidence that you're not going to be defeated. That's one of the lessons of Ashura. akula COVID he had was the ruler honey welcome
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what are what what part of what we're going through today globally?
is a sailing and attacking the Muslim character and Muslim convictions
and attempting also to fragment Muslims along artificial lines.
lines, racial lines, etc, etc.
And the incidence of actual law comes also to shed light and give us guidance on what we're supposed to do and how we're supposed to counter all of this.
So when Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam came and he said, We are more worthy of Moosa than you.
And when Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, If I were to live next year, I will fast the knife in addition to the 10th, when the Sahaba told them oh prophet of Allah, also the people of the book are fasting, the 10th, meaning we want our fast to be distinct, we want our a burger to be distinct. So in response to this sort of sort of lies on the lawyers enemies says, we're going to make our fast different, we're still going to fast the 10th because it is our day.
The day of Musa alayhis salam is our day. But we'll add the ninth to it so that our a better be distinct. He was teaching us a lesson about bonds,
bonds that exist across time and space,
and bonds that do not exist and should not exist. The first,
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam saw that he was close to Musa alayhis salam even though there are 1000s of years between them.
But time did not matter.
Being a servant of Allah azza wa jal compresses time, as if it is does not exist. And Moosa and Mohammed saw the law he was in the my brothers.
And what happened to moose is extremely relevant to what happened to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So he wanted the Muslims to fast it such that they would remember, they were going to be conflicts and battles that will follow remember the lesson of Moosa because he is your brother, and He is my brother, and he's your brother, today.
So every single Muslim, because of their Islam, from the time of Adam alayhis salaam, till the Day of Judgment is your brother, and is your sister.
And you must feel this bond.
Despite where they live, where they come from,
despite their color, their nationality where they were born, all of these distinctions are artificial, artificial, they make no sense. The only thing that makes sense is Allah as origin and those who serve Allah, everything else is man made,
or is emphasized erroneously by humans.
This is a lesson from
today you see Muslims aligning or
dividing across artificial lines. You see Muslims, sometimes in Muslim lands, when they receive other Muslims, they get fed up with their numbers, they say leave.
We're fed up with you, you're taking our jobs, you're taking our lands, you do this and you will do that. And we forget in that area that Allah has said in the law, the land belongs to Allah, it does not belong to you, and it does not belong to me. The fact that I or you were born in some place does not give me ownership over it. Because this other Muslim will had to travel, he had to flee, he had to migrate and come to your land, also is a possessor of this land as you are, I have no claim over it. And Allah says, this land, any land belongs to who lost his origin, it's not my land, and it's not your land. And if by historical accident, you have some power over it Wait, way, the generation
wait two generations that all is going to go away, and somebody else will inherit this land, not your answers, not not your progeny.
But somebody else in the audience.
So it's shameful for some Muslims to say well leave leave my life who can understand this happening on the tongue of non Muslims they have no they don't have the guidance to tell them right from wrong. But you have a large revelation, if you hold on to it, how could you tell another Muslim, you don't belong here.
Every Muslim belong in any land as long as they are a servant of Allah and this is the land of Allah has his origin.
So these divisions make no sense. And if a population of Muslims have to migrate and flee to another land and you start fear, fearing for your risk, remember, of his center it is
your risk is not here. Your risk comes from over there, from Allah azza wa jal so afraid that they're going to take something away from you
Think again. Because if you give them as the answer, gave them a hygiene, they didn't hold back and say no, we have so little we're not going to share that with you. No, they said you are our brothers and our sisters, we're going to split everything in half. And Allah blessed both because of their sacrifice, that if Reza is a reflection, of Muslim understanding and Muslim piety that this is my brother and this is my sister, and this is not my land. This is the land of Allah zildjian.
But also, as bonds need to be created and cemented also some bonds need to be rethought.
If the people have Moosa
and they were the minority, the enslaved minority, if they decided to sacrifice their distinction and say we're gonna be thinking like Pharaoh and his people, dressing like Pharaoh and his people, modeling ourselves after Pharaoh and his people, basically embracing the way of life of Pharaoh and his people, they're no longer gonna be the people of Allah azza wa jal, no, they no longer will be worthy of Allah's victory, because they've sacrificed the message of Allah azza wa jal, and today when we find ourselves equally weak,
and in some places, practically, physically enslaved, when under our under somebody else's power. What's important is not to be intellectually and psychologically and religiously enslaved. You may not have power physically, but don't lose your internal power.
That is why Allah azza wa jal, and that is why Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in this very simple example, he said, Let's be different.
Because you're supposed to be distinct. You're supposed to be the teachers,
not learning from other people, if they have wisdom, if they have some good qualities take that might not compromise your essential message of Islam in order to imitate somebody else. If you're imitating somebody else. Look at what they're wearing, look at how they're talking, look at what they're eating and out of being so impressed by them. You want to live their life, you want to pursue their goals, you're already enslaved, you're already defeated.
Your enemy has one.
But if you live a distinct life, where you say, I will put Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam in his sin above everybody else. And if anything else can flick with it, I know that righteousnesses with him, superior Allah or with him, superior lifestyle is with him. And I believe this and I will follow his footprint. If you say this,
then you have one.
If not today, you will see that physical victory later. But that
pride of being Muslim,
of being aware of who you are or where you're going, of knowing what the Quran is saying and believe in the promise of Allah, even with others are trying to make you doubt it. That's what's gonna take you to victory in this life and victory in the hereafter. They kept their distinction, they kept their email, they kept their salah and fasting, they stayed around Musa alayhis salam, and they never gave up on a lot delivered them to victory.
So this period that we are going through, is a testing period as well. And Islam, as far as far as teachings are concerned is going to be challenged and is being is being challenged. And Muslims are being challenged. And everything related to what you believe and your practice is going to be challenged some of the very basics of Islam, how to interpret the Quran, the validity of the sermon of Rasulullah, sallAllahu wasallam, the validity of hijab you hearing things right now that few years ago, we did not even imagine but now today people are questioning some of the very principles of Islam. There are that there is even clearly clear, as clear as soon as there's even a judgement
about them, and that is being questioned.
These are fitness.
But don't give up and say, Well, everything is changing, I better change with everybody hold on to what you know, the truth is, if you're in doubt, ask if you need evidence as it will be provided, but know
that this is a filtering time to separate the strong from the weak, the faithful of those who are not
to see who believes and who doesn't. So ask Allah zoton as we are fasting these days, to make us relive
the lessons of Musa alayhis salaam and understand the lessons of Musa alayhis salam
People we ask a lot of people alameen they enable us to fast that they have Ashura to make us of those who will gain the benefit of the day of Ashura and to forgive us our sins on that day. And the teachers the lesson of the experience of Musa alayhis salam and his people we asked me to save us from the Phaeton that are sweeping across this earth at this moment we asked her about alchemy to make us among the steadfast, the strong of those who follow his book and the son of his messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we asked him to grant his certainty in his promises as certainty in the promises that Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wasallam had given whereas Kim subhanho wa Taala, to
increase our Eman and to make it unshakable like the mountains. We asked them to make us give us piety in our actions, and to help us stay away and stay clear from the Haram whereas him subhanho wa Taala, to forgive us all of our sins and the sins of our parents, the sins of our spouses and children, our community and the sins of the Ummah Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, along Miam Oliver kulu with a bit Palutena Allah de Nick, Allah Yama, sorry Falco looby sorry fluvanna Allah.
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