The Life Series #1 – The Gangster Life
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
Smilla Al hamdu lillah wa salatu salam ala Rasulillah, who Allah early he was so happy human who Allah.
Welcome your brothers and sisters to our yearly Lecture Series this year Alhamdulillah in the south Wales Islamic center who are always so welcoming to every initiative that comes their way. So my gratitude goes firstly to Allah Jalla Jalla Allah who added to the Imam, the Dara, the Committee of the masjid who has given us this opportunity.
And for this year, we've chosen to call the lecture series, The Life series,
which is comprised of four lectures
starting at the bottom of the food chain, with the intention of working our way up to an ideal that we want to reach.
So the first lecture is titled
The gangster life.
Next week will be the empowered life.
The week after that will be the goodly life, I'll hire to play EBA
and then it will be the final talk which will be the final life.
And as a disclaimer, I should mention right from the outset, a apology in advance to our young brothers because I'm not intending to cause anyone any type of offence.
And it's very difficult to address a topic like this without offending someone or something. Whether a brother or a sister as you shall find out.
So if you find me using terms pronouns like you,
I'm not necessarily referring to you the brother who was sat in front of me in the masjid.
And again, a second apology goes out to our seniors who are sat amongst this, some of my teachers who are sat here as well. This is from your humility, and your tobacco that you sit in a topic and in front of a person speaking about this.
Everything in existence,
cut it off from its source of life, it begins to die.
Whether you are speaking about an insect, an animal, a plant,
and it is certainly the case is well with the human heart. When you cut it off from its source of life, the Masjid vicar, Quran,
Muslim companionship, remembrance of Allah Salah tell that it also begins to die.
And that process of dying of the human heart can be so subtle and slow that we may not even notice it happening but those who love you who are close to you who see your degeneration, they say, your heart is dying.
our roadmap brother, when he started doing what he started,
there was a huge amount of guilt that was consuming him it didn't feel right, this just isn't me.
Then with the passage of time that guilt began to subside and lessen
until that guilt disappeared completely, it became normal.
Then you began to enjoy what you are doing, what you are pedaling what you are pushing out into the community how you were dancing before a camera, it became enjoyable, then it became a thrill then it became an ecstasy that you can't do without
then the heart continue to die until you are ready to kill through it.
But no matter how low you go,
one thing you are never willing to do is die upon that thing.
Because there is always that much is salaam that sits in your heart that says to you, this is not a hill I want to die upon.
And this is not a state I can meet Allah Jalla Jalla who in so you run.
So there you are roaming the streets singing Bugsy Malone if you live by the gun, you die by the gun.
But what happens is that the moment you find yourself looking down the barrel of a gun, and it's aimed at you when someone starts taking pops at you what happens you run
while you're running. Live by the gun die by the gun. No, that's fake.
In reality, you know you're not willing to die upon this. You can't meet Allah Jalla Jalla Allahu in that state.
If you've done
understood this. You have just understood why a lot of our brothers who should be here this afternoon are not here and they know exactly what we're speaking about. They run away from these topics that involve death, accountability, Bahasa looking into the mirror, understanding who you are, and then turning a new leaf with your Lord. They run from these topics why? Simple reason.
So they might even Abdul Malik, one of our predecessors, he asked a question to a scholar Abu hasm.
He said to him, yeah, Abba has a Mallanna Anna Quran note. Father of hazard, asked me I am asking you why is it that we hate the topic of death?
He said to him, the unknown man Martin dunya, goon Walker, Roberto heracleum were unknown Takara Hoonah and tentativo Milan, Rani, Et Al Quran. He said, Because you have built your dunya.
You've built your dome. You've built your empire.
You've kitted out your grit your crib. You've made bags full of money, you have built your dunya
and you have destroyed your hereafter. You haven't given that any attention, he said, and naturally, you hate to move from that which is built and established to that which is in ruins.
And that's why we hate this topic.
And what is interesting is that no matter how much the grime music industry tries to convince you,
no matter how much your homeboy tries to put it in your head that somehow you are building your dome and you're establishing your empire. This is your future we're building for you on the road. The reality and this is something they will not share with you
is that you are building somebody else's dunya it's not yours.
So there you are.
racketeering, pimping, hustling, grinding,
all for the purpose of building something that you can't hold in your hand.
To make it very simple. All of it stops at the grief. How much of it can you take to your grave with you when you die?
Your inheritance, the people you love. They will be the ones standing in front of your caucus in front of your coop saying take it off.
Take it off him nothing. It's ours now.
Take off the the Gucci belt take off the Montclair jacket take off the the AP and take off the PP take out the the iced out Rolex, all of it, all of it, take it off.
That's what that's us now. He goes down with nothing
even the gold tooth perhaps that sits in your mouth your grills.
They will say why should it go down in the grave.
We are still alive. That money is ours. What do you go down with poor man who thought you were building your empire you go down naked. Now even your underwear they will keep on you
and they will prey upon you and they will forget you and your inheritance will say as for the RS threes and our sixes and the Mae backs and the Lambo Lambo cars, these are hours. These are hours now. So after a lifetime's worth of running around chasing dunya, running the fields from plug to plug from pimp to paint from knitty tunity.
In the end, you go down with nothing, none of it was yours.
So you will never build in your dunya and your future you will building somebody else's. And that's your life and your after life that you have wasted to build somebody else's aspirations.
And that's why one of the poets he beautifully put it when he said
we have the cafe playfully in Danila de Daly you don't have seen Mariah Carey, Phil Hi, wifey. buslee Hema and del Mammootty ishara tune Allah aficionado and the courage to be last year. He said look at the newborn baby who comes out of the womb of his mother
clasping his fists tightly like this as if to say I'm a greedy man.
He said but look at him when he dies. 80 years down the line 20 years down the line. That very same hand that once used to be class like this is now opened out he's dead, as if to say, oh humanity realized that I have left
dunya without anything to my name
you are building somebody else's dunya Allah Gallica who will Cusano Moby and this is the ultimate loss and the ultimate waste of time and resources. You are above that
I share with you a promise that Allah Jalla Jalla Allahu has made
you have the right to doubt any promise that comes your way by anyone but go a long way to doubt promise that comes from Allah Jalla Jalla Allahu and his Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, what is that promise?
Allah Jalla Jalla Allah who said in a Latina yo Hey Bona, and that she Alpha he she had to feel that
love from either Abu Ali movie dunya Allah,
those people listen Allah Jalla Jalla who is communicating a promise that you have to see in your life, if the condition meets you?
Those who love
to see that he shall what is fascia,
obscenity, major sins,
those who love to see that he shall spread among the believers. They are to expect a severe punishment in this world and in the hereafter.
Their punishment will not start at the grave. Their punishment does not start on the day of judgment or in hell. Allah Jalla Jalla Allah who promises the punishment starts in dunya
Allah He just now as I was coming into the masjid, one brother helped me by the hand he said, What are you talking about today? I said the gangster life. He said, is it I said, Yeah, he said, Please tell them that we are suffering. Tell them we are suffering. We can't sleep we're high on meds.
who love to see immorality spread. That's the condition. Notice the area does not say they are pushing out crack into their community. No.
They just love it.
It makes them happy. They approve of it internally to see that he says spread amongst the people. So what about the one who's singing about it? And glorifying it?
And shutting up be and and white and dark and
spice and Charlie and crack? What about this person who's actively spreading fat he share in the community and singing about it in his videos. What do you make of this person? La Hamada Aleem on Fifth dunya Allah says in dunya their punishment will come to them, then in the hereafter.
Then you say what punishment is this? Open? what suffering is this? I mean, it's a Coolio classic. Isn't it? The Gangster's paradise? Let me tell you what the gangster's paradise looks like. And then you choose who to believe the music artists who tells you it's a paradise or Allah who tells you it is Jahannam it is suffering and dunya what is the paradise look like?
It looks like a four by five cell.
dark and dingy where you're sharing one toilet with two or three other people from the same cell who don't know anything about the hara, and will do and gruesome.
The Gangster's paradise looks like a cell whereby when you finish with your toothbrush, you hand it over to security because you can't be trusted with a toothbrush.
The Gangster's paradise looks like a can of tuna that you have for dinner. If you're a good boy, maybe you will have some unflavored noodles as well.
One phone call a day you can make to your mother and even that phone call is tapped by the security. Why? Because you can't be trusted on the phone.
toilet roll finishes you put in another application like a slave for your second toilet roll.
And then yeah, you have a job. How much you get paid 30 pm an hour. So you do a full time job of 36 hours a week that's nine pounds 60 a week. And back in the days you started serving up correct to your community because you weren't happy living on minimum wage. 10 pound an hour, nine pound hour what am I gonna do with that? That's fine. You go live off now 10 pounds a week.
You didn't Allah promise either. Aleem is suffering in this world before the hereafter. Allah agenda Gela who speaks the ultimate truth?
you eat all of the junk food that you can get your way just to keep your mind off of things. How did I land in this place? Because you're down and you're depressed and you're anxious. You're scared, you're lonely? You weren't expecting this outcome you thought you'd be the one who would evade the feds. You start eating just to get your mind off things.
Then your food runs out and now your mind starts eating you
Just thinking about your mother now who sat on the stairs crying, you start thinking about the siblings now who are left with no role model. You start thinking about this religion that you have betrayed. So you start running around now the prison looking for your Muslim chaplain to cry to him and say to him, how are they landed here? And when you find him, you hold his hand and you weep and you realize that to 1520 years of your young life has been wasted, you got nothing to talk to you about. Nothing to discuss with him about those 20 years of your life, other than the fact that you sat in a Bugatti for five minutes. And once upon a time you you own the pair of Balenciaga is what a
what a lovely way to end as a Muslim.
This is the Promise of Allah severe punishment in dunya. How else do they suffer? Tell us about this Gangster's paradise that we have been promised by these road men. What else is there to offer?
They live a state of humiliation and disgrace. They are embarrassed.
That's why they can't come in the public and say to people, I'm a pimp.
I shall be. I'm a slinger I run the fields. I walk between the plugs, the the Italians and the Albanians and the Turks before them. No one can say that. They're embarrassed so they hide their identity.
I'm a property developer. Yeah, we know that's just the front.
I have a luxury car rental hire business as a front.
I have an antique shop.
Fast food. I have a restaurant an Indian restaurant. I have a laundrette I have a chain of barbers these are just friends to cover up your dirty money. Because you can't come clean and tell the people what you do I sell meth.
What is that? That is a life of degradation. That's a life of shame.
That's one big con man who stinks of prison. There's nothing real about that.
And that is why I'll have him on bursary. He said speaking about these people
in our home or in doctor could be him will be while
we're having lunch at behemoth ravine for in Zulu mass. So yeah, Tiller to ferry who whom? Allahu Allah and using the Manasa.
He said it doesn't matter how expensive the rights may be that they're upon.
And it doesn't matter how amazing their swagger may be.
But the shame of sin can be seen from their faces because Allah has promised to disgrace those who disobey Him.
This is the Promise of Allah they suffer in this world before the hereafter. How else do they suffer? You will say to me, tell us more about this Gangster's paradise. I say to you, they are a people of fear.
They are pero
they are scared they can't walk a straight line on the streets during the day or night without looking over their shoulders because it's going to be there's going to be up somewhere waiting out for them a pagan to put a Rambo through the to Buddha zombie through them. There is somebody you have beef with you fear that someone is going to snake you. You can't even go to the bathroom without carrying straps with you a tool in your pocket. Why? Because you're scared.
You can't sleep another brother from Bradford told me
Alhamdulillah Allah Jalla Jalla and hopefully has forgiven him. He's moved away from this industry. He said Ali tell them this. There isn't a single brother I know in this industry, except that he can't sleep at night. So they go on benders to three days in a row High as a kite snorting up coke all night just to get two or three hours in mental health issues.
how else do they suffer in the life of this world? Look at the ending of a lot of them. How do they live?
And how do they die? And at what age? And that's a question nobody speaks to you about which is how come there's no elders in this game?
Why they all 18 year olds? 15 year olds 20 year olds 30 year olds max then you have this cut off? How come? Where are the elders? That's a conversation you won't be having with your plug.
How do they end? Subhanallah
I don't even need to tell you about the classic examples. The old school examples I used to hear back in my day when I was a teenager. Pablo Escobar dying at the age of 44. The bullet going through his ear. Tupac Amaru Shakur dying bullet wounds to his lungs dying at the age of 25 Biggie with a bullet going through his hip cutting through his colon stopping over his shoulder dying at the age of 24 old school examples you know about them. We can just look at our city of Cardiff. How many people do you know who've died? How many people do you know who got poked up whether they were innocent?
Whether they were guilty
I'm gonna sit deity may Allah have mercy on him, a young practicing Muslim boy who got caught up. By no sin of him. No wrong of him mistaken identity by criminals, drug dealers, they knock on his door thinking he's the wrong person or he was the right person. They stabbed him up to death. He was just in his house, young man waiting for his Quran teacher to come that evening.
May Allah have mercy upon him. So we don't need to speak about the old examples of criminals who have died or innocent people like him who got caught up in this industry. I speak to you about sneaky wild, you know, pop smoke, smoke dog Houdini, what it Who are these people? And how did they end
Nipsey Hussle dead. And the average age is what
25 to 30 years old.
So you're telling me that Allah has yet let you down? Who intended this for the Muslims.
Allah intended for the young man who has a body to last maybe 200 years if he takes care of it. In the worship of Allah, Allah intended that you die at the age of 18 and 20 and 30.
This is self inflicted your brothers and sisters.
And here's the thing with death.
There you have you've been building this brand around your name.
Allah honored you with this name of Khalid Ali, or today in fact, he Shah, Mohammed Saeed, honorable names Allah gave you, you put them aside and you chose something smoke or something, dog or something, hustle. You spent years building a brand about this name around this name. What is interesting is that the moment you die, the very first thing that is forgotten about you is your name.
and you're in the masjid waiting for someone to wash your corpse. People come in looking for you. What do they say? Where's Muhammad?
Where's such and such smoke? hussle? No, they say where's the corpse?
In a juicer? Once the corpse they have forgotten your name? It's only been five minutes, your body's still warm. Your name is gone.
And then they wash you.
Make sure how do they strip you? They sent you and in my book, some of these brothers who Allah perhaps don't even deserve to be treated in this way, they should be thrown back into the fields that they served all their lives. Let them be dealt with over there.
Then you carried now on a wooden plank.
And you're moving they're taking you to your grave. Now people when they ask you about you, what do they say? Where is the corpse? They have forgotten that you are a corpse as well. Now they say anal genealogy. Where is the procession? Where is the funeral?
Then you are lowered into your grave with the four or five people who have come just to carry out this obligation because no one really wants to prey upon you.
And there's no man who sheds a tear over you.
Because you never left no legacy only a legacy of sin and intoxication and Xena and alcohol
and the sky and the earth does not cry upon a person like that. La ilaha illa Allah you were saying to me I need the sky and the earth cries over some people when they die I say to you Yes. Have you not read the IOER Allah Jalla Jalla Allah who said about the people of Pharaoh and Allah despise them when he took them away in punishment they died Allah said from Beckett la hemos Santa
Monica who carry the sky and the earth did not weep over them.
Abdullah even know how bass was asked the question. Oh Imam, the sky on the earth, it cries over some people he said, Yeah. Because every human being has a door in the sky. For him, for her.
From that door comes your risk, your provisions, your fluid, your drink your hedaya it comes from this door. And to that door rises your good deeds, like your Salah, your thicker the lecture you are attending through that door goes up your deeds.
And so when you pass away, that door is closed.
And so the sky cries
because it misses seeing those good deeds you used to send up to the heavens.
And similarly, he said, every one of you has a plot of land where you do a bad job where you worship Allah on when you die, that land is missing you now, so with cries, and as for the people of the pharaoh,
when Allah Jalla Jalla Allah who took them away, Allah said the heavens and the earth did not cry over them. Don't be that person who when you die, the sky and the earth does not weep over you
I've always thought that the grime industry and being erode man was about real. Yeah, real nose real.
I asked you a question my brother.
What is real? What is real about you speaking in a way braiding your hair in a way dressing in a way, behaving in a way, selling in a way, making your peace in a way that has absolutely nothing to do with your religion or culture?
What's real about that?
Your name is Mohammed. Your name is Ali. Your name is Khalid, you're an Arab. You're from Yemen. You're from Libya. You're from Palestine, you're from Somalia. You're an afghan, you're a Bengali, you're a Pakistani, why are you talking like that?
When a black man speaks black, he stalks Yadi I get that that's his culture that says people, that's how they've been raised to speak. Why are you talking like that?
There's nothing real about that.
And you know, the classic interview with Tupac Shakur, who, when they offered him the role of Muslim gangster
and they offered him $100,000. He said, I refuse these were his words to the tee, what do you say? I refuse to play a role that does not exist. There's no such thing as a Muslim gangster. That's what he said. The man that was idolized up until maybe just 10 or 20 years ago.
There's no such thing as a Muslim gangster, then what do you do? As early as Scarlett? You say, no, no, there is watch me I can do it.
And we go groveling at their feet, and showing them that we can be like them, and we can be better than them. And now they are using or do they are using Arabic in their rap and you guys know what I'm talking about? What happened?
That is nothing that has nothing to do with being real to sheep. That is sheep.
That's blind imitation. That's an identity crisis.
And that is the Promise of Allah who said Walter Kulu can live in earnest Allah for Anselm and Fusa Don't be those people who from like, don't be those people who forgot Allah so Allah made them forget themselves.
You don't know who you are anymore. So you try to search for your identity on the road.
That is not real that is being an imitator and that is degrading and you are above that. Because as a Muslim, you don't like identity. You don't like heritage. You don't like uncle's
Abu Bakr Omar Osman hotel, family, these are your uncle's these are your this is your heritage. I understand why they behave like that they have no heritage, no identity, but you What are you doing?
But this is the promise of the Navy you will carry Allah Allah Allah who said,
Who said 1400 years ago, as if Allah had shown him everything that Muslims would become today. He said, Let it be on the Senate and men can Republican.
You are going to imitate the ways of the people before you.
She wouldn't be shiver. with Iran be the raw, you're going to copy them hands by my hand span foot by foot.
Hut, Salah coo Harada Beenleigh, select to move. Even if they were to go inside of the hole of a lizard.
You will follow them.
And you'll enter that hole right behind them.
The Companions they said at Yahoo and Masada messenger of Allah. Are you referring to the Jews and the Christians? Were going to imitate them? He said them and who else am I speaking about? Who else am I talking about? It's not real. It's not you? Because that's not how you talk with your mother and father. That's not how you speak with your grant.
You know that if you go back to Libya, you go back to Afghanistan, you go back to Pakistan, you try to push that stuff into the community. You try to dance like that in your community, what happens? What happens? You get beaten black and blue to a pole.
So it's not you? Your Prophets, Allah Allah, Allah who has said that if you're newbie Ali salatu salam was to enter the gathering, and to that studio that you're recording
and moving your head up and down like shaytaan as if you're possessed by a spirit. He came in and he saw you What would you do? You'd stop if he met you at the edge of the road. Verse one, when you're dealing and you're shouting, what would you do? You'd stop? What does that show you? It's not you.
But for me, brothers and sisters, in my books, there's something far more dangerous, far more severe than simply being a sheep, a copy of a culture that's not us. There's something far more severe. You know what that is.
When you behave like that,
and you forget your identity, your heritage as a Muslim. You have betrayed your trust to
you know a lot of these people, why they behave the way they do, why they snort up crack, why they talk to themselves, why they inject why they tried to find their identity in the music industry why they do these things because they're broken inside.
A lot of them come from broken families.
They are lost.
What is the man like me going to do in this world? So they try to find some identity some pride in this.
You however, as a Muslim, Allah has given you answers, you know, this is the problem. You know, you know, the secret to success.
You know, the potion to happiness. It's this statement here. La ilaha illAllah. Muhammad Rasul Allah, Allah has given it to you free of charge. And instead of serving this religion to the people, you serve them a crack and you say, it's okay, because there are too far.
Who is more of a criminal in your eyes? I ask you.
Is it the average Tom, Dick and Harry who doesn't help ill people? He's no doctor, or is it the doctor who has the antidote, but he hides it from the people? Who is more of a criminal in your eyes? Who is more of a criminal, the one who has no money. So he looks past the Messiah King, the poor, or the one who has money. But then he looks over the poor people who is more of a criminal in your eyes.
And so in the same vein, I asked you who is more of a criminal in your eyes? Is it the calf ear? The non Muslim, the miskeen, who does not have answers to the happiness and secret to success in life? Or is it the Muslim like you? Yeah, Muhammad, Ali, Muhammad, Muhammad, you know,
and instead of pouring a beautiful picture for Islam, for the people who need it,
you hide it away.
And you chase after their lifestyle. So they say this religion can be from God.
This religion of Islam cannot be from God. It can't be divine. Why? Because if it was gonna work for me, it would have worked for you.
In min kimono theory, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said some of you turn people away from Islam. By the way.
This was the most powerful and aggressive hookah he gave Ali he's about to set up in his life.
It was the angriest he ever was when he was on the pulpit speaking to the Muslims. Which context was it? Drugs, music, alcohol? No.
It was a Sahabi may Allah be pleased with him who led people in Salah to Asia, and it was a little bit longer than what should have been. And the Companions got tired. So they complained to the Prophet alayhi salaatu wa salaam, they said the Salah is way too long. And so he got on to the pulpit and he shouted the place down allihies Salatu was there and he said, some of you are turning people away from the religion of Allah.
That's in the context of what
the pure act of Salah that was a little bit longer than usual. What then someone who's
sweet swinging drugs, peddling crack into his community 1000s of people becoming Scaggs, and dough pads and knitties because of his product because of his food. What do you make of such a person?
And how severely has he turned people away from the religion of Allah, gender Jannatul? That is the question that you're going to have to take up with the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam imagine his blessing and radiant face looking straight into your eyes on the day of reckoning. When he says to you in disappointment, and sadness and anger, he said, I bled over this religion.
And I lost family, and I lost friends and I lost my country. I lost my people for Islam. Why are you undoing everything that I did in my 23 years?
You weren't a good Muslim, you could have kept yourself to yourself. You went out and you showed the world Islam is not a solution through the product you put onto the fields.
That imagine yourself standing on the bridge of the slot, thinner than your hair and sharper than a blade. And this is a spirit that moves a spirit that speaks of rage that talks it has pincers, and knives and spears and blades and change and hooks.
And imagine your homeboys now crossing over, and they don't make it they fall into oblivion.
And now it's your turn to crossover.
And then one of those men turns back and he catches a glimpse of your face and he says you're up that was a Muslim right there. That was my friend. I knew him. Not once did he tell me about you? Rather, he
gave me the image that Islam is no different to our lifestyle serving up to things were serving up snorting up the things we were snorting up and singing Just like us a gangster just like us erode man, just like us. Y'all be if I fall into hell he should fall to.
And I believe that this is a request that Allah subhanaw taala will honor.
Some of us are turning people away from Islam.
We as Muslims are supposed to be picking people up from Kufa from disbelief from confusion from misery.
Why is it now that the Muslim has become a man who's roaming the street picking up cigarette butts because he's now gagging for another? Another rap.
People should be coming to our ends, the Muslim ends, looking for answers, looking for guidance, looking for knowledge, looking for information about this honorable Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, they should be coming to our ends looking for security. Now they come to our ends if they they're wearing riot gear, bulletproof jackets. Why? Because they fear for their lives.
What have we become?
You see brothers and sisters.
I know that it's very easy in the 21st century now to evade defense. The brothers now are so creative in doing this.
Maybe it's through your Nokia phone, your brick phone that you've been using, maybe it's the SIM cards you swap around. Maybe it's the ringer that you drive about in
maybe it's encrypted chat. I got busted a few years ago.
I know you have your ways of evading law enforcement.
And by the way, I just want to say something here.
You're not really evading them. And I'm not here representing the police. I don't speak for them. I speak for myself. But if I miskeen little Imam like Ali and nobody from Cardiff, what experience does he have on the road? Yet? Give me three hours in any part of this city and I will tell you who the big peddlers are. I tell you who the kingpins are. I tell you who smuggling what into what area and that's just me miski Little area with no experience you think they don't know? No, they do. But you see what they do is that they just give you a little bit more time so that when they get you they bring you down to your knees. Putting that aside for a moment, assuming you really managed to
evade them through your intelligence
and your skin.
You are in plain sight of Elijah and Lagenaria
you are naked. You're unclosed you're fully visible to him Subhana wa Tada. So he needed to have wound Allah asked Where are you going? What can you go?
Allah asks me Allah am B and Allah Hi yah does you not know that Allah can see?
You think you can evade him? The king al Malik Allah Abood, the supreme the sovereign might is His power is his.
And the sky above you is his the earth beneath you. You walk on his is the product you're selling isn't is the limbs you're using to disobey Him there is it's all alone. It's all on tick. You gotta give him back.
For it, that doesn't happen when where can you go?
That is one authority you cannot evade.
Here also, I want to give a quick message to our sisters
who look up to these boys. And that is exactly what they are.
They're boys, they're not men.
They don't know the meaning of manhood.
Our sisters who look up to these boys, these road men
for a reason that is known to Allah unknown to them.
Maybe her father had put her under extreme restriction in her home.
So she sees this roadman this gangsta and he represents a certain thrill and excitement that she never had in her life. Maybe that's the reason.
Maybe it's the money. Maybe it's the car. Maybe it's the display of confidence. These are attractive things to a woman.
What is interesting is that that same girl, that very same young girl give her one or two years, she will be the one who will turn around and say it's all a con. It's all fake. Where was my mind? But it's too late for me now. She said.
She said the money that was just an image that was all rented the car, the Bentley, an image. It was rented for a three minute 42nd video
and he had no lions in a cage.
and his confidence. Yeah, right. She goes, his confidence is riddled with paranoia and anxiety. He can't sleep, taking all sorts of meds.
He comes home paranoid, snapping at any creaky hears in the house, she can't have a conversation with him.
She said to him, she says to him, you come home High as a kite every single night, we can't even talk we can't live. And he gives her a black eye.
And then she says to him, can you go upstairs and see the kids before they sleep, and then he punches her teeth in and he rips her hair out.
And next thing we know we find our sister on the streets roaming the roads trying to find a woman's refuge to find some escape.
Whilst I don't justify any of this behavior, I find no excuses for it. But I asked my dear sister, who's my daughter, who's my sister.
I say why do you accept this trade off?
While you overlook that Muslim gentleman have higher of shyness?
Unfortunately, there's no demand for it in today's market of womanhood.
Why except this trade off?
The trade off with a man a righteous man who works who brings in Halal money to feed you and your children, whose mind is yours, whose wealth is yours, whose health is yours, whose religion is shared with yours whose children are yours, why you replace that purity, that cave that goodness, that upright behavior with with a boy who sees nothing but his mirror reflection, and pursue is nothing but his desires.
And I give a message to my young brothers
who may feel pressured after time to pretend to be something that he's not because he realizes that as a practicing Muslim, there isn't much demand for your likes. And so he starts to concede and give up some of his principles and starts changing the way he talks and invest in new gear. Because in the hope of bringing in a girl, I say to you actually stay patient, have me stay patient.
Because those very same women, those very same girls, they will be the first to turn around and say to you just two three years into their lives. They will say to you that the Muslim gentleman of hire of patients who brings in Halal money of Adam o'clock of Salah that is the man I want and that is the one who will always win the race in the end.
Yeah, be patient because those are not men. Those are boys.
What is a man?
What is a man today in the eyes of many of our youth?
A man is someone who is wearing a nice stout Rolex.
A 1000 pound Armani jacket.
He's set in a Bugatti. A black girl on one side, maybe a white girl on the other side. Two or three Latinos hovering around girls from high school that they're helping him out in his video in his fake image
and serving up crack to his community and singing about that what he snorts up in the evening.
That's a man accordingly, according to many of our brothers and sisters, what is it man?
are whom Allah Jalla Jalla Allah who has described in the Quran when he said that he JAL men
love to hear him t Jarrah tune wala by your own and decorilla men.
They are those who are not distracted by business and commerce from the remembrance of Allah. What is gone is Salah, and the establishment of the prayer where etha is Zika and the giving of Zika how can your California women that are called La Buffy Hilco global well absorbed because they fear a Day in which eyes and hearts will turn? That is the day of judgment? They are men according to Allah Jalla Jalla region.
You want to know what a man looks like?
A Buddha kettleby Allahu Allahu Anhu that is a man and man of a small bill, they hunched back not the finest of appearances of the Allahu Anhu but that was a man.
When the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam passes away, droves of new Muslims, they leave the religion
and they try to change Islam by saying no more Zakah we don't pay it. A Buddha says we will fight them until they pay this occur. It's the right of the poor.
Nobody agreed with Abu Bakr Radi Allahu Allah. The entire Muslim community was against him. Even mighty Omar himself Robley Allahu Anhu. He says leader of the believers, we're not ready for this war yet.
And Abu Bakr Radi Allahu Anhu grabs him by his clothes and pulls him to his knees. And he says to him hawan
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You were a tyrant. When you
aren't a Muslim
and now that you've become a Muslim, you've become a coward.
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That is a man.
That is a man.
Not a man who's popping and locking two young adds
King up in a kitchen. I don't need no apron.
This is the idea of being a king. Right? Okay, thank you. But you don't know what it means to be a man. That's just boyish behavior. What is a man?
A man is Abu Jana are the Allahu Anhu. That is a man. That's your uncle. That's your heritage. You are an extension to that.
Abu Jana, here's the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam before the Battle of God happens, lifting up a sword saying who will take this sword? All of the Sahaba said we'll take it from you messenger of Allah. He said no. Who will take the sword and give it it's right. They said what is the right of that sword? He said, you hit with it so much that it burns
up to John who said I will take it. He took it from the messenger of allah sallallahu sallam, and he ties a red bandana on his head as if to say there's going to be blood on this day. And then he walks in front of the lines of the pagans before battle with his head Hi, his back spread forth, his arms and shoulders swinging all over the place, looking down upon the pagans with arrogance and pride and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, you see the way he's walking.
Allah hates this walk.
Allah Jalla did Allah who despises this walk only in this circumstance before?
So Allah hates the way you walk my brother if it's not in that circumstance.
Allah hates it when you walk that way on the road. Allah hates it when you walk that way in your video. That is not a man. That is a boy wearing the clothes of a man.
What is the man?
I tell you what a man looks like.
I'm the velociter the Allahu Anhu is busy conquering Egypt.
And he struggles to finish the conquering.
So he sends a letter to a mutual meaning or marine Medina saying I need men helped me finish this job. I need men. I need reinforcements. Omar sends him a letter. He says to him, I'm going to send you 4000 men, they wait for men turn up.
I'm in the house. He says I told you we need men. We need reinforcements. You promised us 1000s You've sent this for he said I have sent you 4000 men, because that is Zubaydah.
And that is all that there is no summit. And that is Muslim DOMA Khaled. And that is El Mercado de Bulus word. Every one of those four men is equivalent to 1000 men.
Now you line up all of those brothers in the music industry and all of those roadman put them all together, all 1000s of them. They don't even come up to the foot of a man an arm of a man the mind of one man.
Four men 4000 In the eyes of the Sahaba that's what a man looks like my sister and that is what a man looks like my brother.
What is a man?
A man is Omar Roby Allah who I know whom the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says to him, I have seen that the Devils of the human beings and the Devils of the jinn, they run away from you, Omar.
Not a slave to his desires, not a slave to money. People who have made their motto in life there is no God worthy of worship, but money. And the plug is the messenger of God. A stockfeed Allah who will really this was an Omar shaytaan was afraid of him. That is what a man looks like. manhood is the title of responsibility and duty.
ha literal the Allahu Anhu was a man who said that on the battle of Moto Nine Swords crumbled in my hand. Nine Swords crumbled in my hand, and no artillery was able to show patients in my arm other than a bit of iron work that I received from Yemen.
And Omar Radi Allahu anhu, had to demote harlot and take him off from his position because he was an unstoppable knight in the Cause of Allah that people began to forget that victory is not from harlot victory is from Allah. That is what a man looks like.
Not someone appearing behind the video with rented money, rented apartment, rented jewelry, I don't want to say rented women as well.
These are men.
What does a man look like?
of man, even with me, Paul Hi is a man.
And this is interesting because he wasn't even a Muslim at the time of the incident that I'm going to share with you. This is how men behave with women.
And then you compare it against what you're doing or what you're seeing other people doing. US man, it'd be Talha sees our mother almost Helena
on her way from Mecca to Medina by herself. They made her suffer, they took away her husband, they disabled her child. They were now in Medina and she's by herself in Mecca, she is detained. Finally they saw her crying so much they felt sorry for her. They said Go Go to your husband in Medina.
She made her way to Medina. That's a two week trip, by the way, 500 kilometres on foot
of Mandalay Bay Tallahassee is what he said, almost dilemma, where are you going?
He said, I'm going to my husband and my children.
He said, Who's with you? She said, No one except Allah. He said, I will not let you travel by yourself, I will take you. That's a pagan. Look, he has an opportunity now to be alone with a woman, one of the most noble women of the Muslims all by himself with her in a desert for two weeks. And by the way, he had beef with the Muslims of man. At that time, his dad was killed at home, his four brothers and an uncle. This was an opportunity to do something evil with a woman of the Muslims.
He says I will take you, she said he was one of the most honorable people I met in my life.
When we needed to travel,
he'd asked me to move away, and he would lower the camel. And then he would turn away to give me an opportunity to amount the camera without him seeing something that he shouldn't see that when I was on the camera, he would raise it and pull the camera up towards the media.
Then when we needed to stop the rest, he'd bring down the camera, then he would turn away and move so that you can come off the camera without him seeing something he shouldn't see
a woman in a compromising position.
And then in the evening when they needed to sleep. He would take one side of that, I mean, she took the other side of the valley, he kept his back to her and would fall asleep. wouldn't speak to her, didn't touch her, didn't try to harass her. And he did that for two or three weeks making his way from Mecca to Medina 500 kilometers on foot to go to the gates of Medina. They're now in Cuba. He said to her, you see the tribe? She said, Yeah, he said, your husband is over there, go and join him. And he waited until she disappeared.
And then he turned back 180 degrees, making his way back to Makkah, another two weeks worth of travel in the desert by foot.
Was that for Allah?
Was that what Allah was that for religion, that's a pagan. He's a man
our another Onsala machine comments she goes, I don't know of a family who has suffered in the cause of Islam more than my family. And I don't know of a man who was more honorable than it was man. It'd be Tala Al Hamdulillah. Allah honored him with Islam. And he took his shahada because a man like him,
deserved the religion of Islam. And Allah Allah knows best who deserves his religion.
These are what men look like.
manhood has nothing to do with alcohol has nothing to do with sleeping around. Has nothing to do with moving the kilos has nothing to do with running the fields has nothing to do with being a shutter. That's not manhood. manhood
is about knowing that Allah has rights. Mum and Dad have rights. My siblings who look up to me have rights. My Masjid has rights. The Muslim community have rights. The non Muslims have rights.
My lungs have rights. My liver has rights my soul my health my mind my money has rights. And a man is the one who realizes this and gives every one of them their due right beginning with the king Allah Jalla Jalla Allahu and moving down to people as for boys.
They see nothing but their mirror reflection and the peace pursuit nothing about their desires.
My brother if you need to sin,
and we all fall weak from time to time.
If you need to sin two things, please. The first don't justify it.
No, no. Don't make excuses for what you're upon. Don't sing about it. Don't say it's okay to serve up this crap because they're a cough
are no are you mad? Don't make excuses. rather say what will be them be I confess my sin, because the one who is doing even major sins, but he's confessing it to Allah. He's close to the Rama of Allah
and the one who is doing maybe minor sins, but He said it's no problem. What are you going to do about it? Let the world know what I'm upon. This person is far away from the Mercy of Allah, even if his sins are minor.
Don't justify it.
Although the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam predicted that there will come a time where people will justify their sins
did he not say Hakuna mean? Oh naughty ocho ammonia stir. Hey Luenell Hara will hairier our camera will merge if there will come a people from my nation is this person you? There will come a people from my nation who will say it is halal to listen to musical instruments and it is halal to fornication and it is halal to wear silk IE for men and it is halal to drink alcohol. He said there will come a time when people will say this Allahu Akbar he is truly a Prophet from Allah.
What is the biggest dream of any young man today
to appear in a video?
What are they doing in the video? They're singing and dancing with Shavon? That's the first part of the Hadith, the musical instruments. What are they wearing? Their finest clothes? That's the second part of the Hadith, the sin. What are they doing in that video? They're drinking alcohol. That's the third part of the Hadith. What does alcohol lead to fornication? That's the fourth part of the Hadith.
So if you must sing, minimize collateral, your hobby and don't justify it.
Secondly, don't damage others.
One thing is for you to go home
and to listen to something a musical track May Allah Almighty pardon you. And
another thing however, is for you to write those lyrics or to push it out to your community.
Because now you're damaging others.
One thing is for you to snort up crack yourself. May Allah protect you and your children. Another thing is pushing it out into the community because now you're damaging eyes
and realize that any sin that is consumed, smelled, taken hurt engaged in because of your influence, because of your food, your product.
Then that sin has your name on it on the Day of Judgment, even if you didn't do it yourself.
Now just allow that to simmer for a moment in your mind.
You know what that looks like? Then you create through some scenarios.
Imagine man stands in front of Allah gently gelato
for Allah to say to him, Tell me now.
About the 5000 times you took coke.
You say Allah I honestly didn't take drugs myself. I I served it up to the people. I never smoked it out myself. Allah said you lie.
Because the product that you push into the community 5000 People inhaled it, so it's got your name on it. Pick it up big man.
Then Allah, Allahu says to you in his court.
Tell me about the 10,000 people that you've killed me, England slashed.
You say AutoPIPE never killed anyone. I carried out I carry the blade with me. Maybe I injured one or two people. I never killed anyone unless they you lie.
Because the product you pushed out into the community people die and people became injured because of your stuff. It has your name on it now. Pick it up big man.
Then the king says to you how know did you go when you stole from your mom?
How low did you go when you get your mama Blackeye because she wouldn't give you what's in her savings.
You said your one thing I did not do was hit my mum. Allah say you lie. And that is because the crack you served up to people cause people to steal from their mothers or to hit their parents. Pick it up big man
who can deal with this? Who could carry his sins and the sense of others? Do you not realize Lea Miru Eleazar Camila Yeoman piano Allah said you will have to carry your sins in full on the Day of Judgment Listen, let me Zarrella you know you'll be known or who betray you and you will carry the sins of the people who misled
who could do that.
Go to share with you now really come to the end of that
So I will share with you a few farewell messages about the way forward.
You've heard what I wanted to share with you. Maybe some of you are guilty of some of what I have said. And perhaps your heart is pounding at you, you want to make changes,
I will give you some suggestions three of them.
And don't limit your choices in life yet.
Don't make your choices, Allah has not limited you.
As it stands, you've limited your choices to one of two outcomes. Either you get poked up by someone on the street and you die like a carcass, like a dog, may Allah elevate you from that.
Either you get caught by the fence and you rot in the prison.
Don't limit your choices, I give you a third option. The third option is that you turn a new leaf with the luck and
the third option is that you make peace with Allah subhanho wa Taala and you apologize to him from the core of your heart.
The third option is that you look at all of the material you've been putting out whether in the form of food, whether in the form of music, whatever it may be, you remove it from the market, delete it from socials
and turn to Allah and say autobuy I'm sorry.
And you are all aware of the man who killed 99 people. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told us mass murder serial killer.
Yet he wanted to change his ways.
So he asked, Tell me about the most knowledgeable person in the community. They said this person over that he is a worshipper of God, or a scholar, though. So he goes to him. I killed 99 people. Can Allah forgive me? He said to him? Of course not.
So what did he do? He killed him. And now he's got 100 bodies on his name.
Now, let me just tell you something here, brothers before I proceed with the Hadith, you know, I know that a lot of you can relate to this part of the Hadith.
I know firsthand that some of you sat in this Masjid.
You searched for your identity somewhere on the road, because you couldn't find it in the masjid.
You came into the message as a young man with a bad reputation. And people looked at you like Angel of Death has just walked into the Masjid.
They started to whisper to one another talk about you create lies that perhaps did not represent you in full.
So you hated the message. You never came here. You said the heck with you all. I'll go and see my homeboys, they'll give me the attention I deserve.
This is what this man is experiencing. Why are you telling me Allah can't forgive me.
And he takes out his anger on him. And he makes him number 100. That's casualties on his name. And by the way, his uncles have said to me personally, they said yesterday, we made a big error with these young men.
By Allah He they said this, we made a big mistake.
When they went off the rails, we their fathers were newly practicing. We didn't have the nurturing the development that we needed in Islam, we didn't know how to deal with these you.
So we kicked them out. We spoke about them, and they hated us. And a lot of them never found their identity ever again, we confess that we were part of the problem.
So he says, I killed 99. He said you cannot be forgiven. So he kills him. He's frustrated because he wants to change.
And then he feels sorry for what he's done again. And he makes a second inquiry about the most knowledgeable person who could speak with him. They said go to this person, this is a scholar.
Ah, this is the job of a scholar. It's not to make things difficult for the people, but to open up space where there is scope. The job of a scholar is not to curse people and to chastise them upon labels upon them.
So he goes to the scholar I killed 100 People believe it or not, can Allah forgive me? Now he gives him the accurate answer. He said, Yes. Women. Yeah, from Dubai, in the whole world. Who can stand between you and Toba? Who can stand between you and repentance?
on condition that you will leave your community because it is an evil community.
Do you see what he's saying? So long as you stay with the same crowd of people, you're going to go back to your old ways. Don't say I've got this stuff. I've got this because trust me, I've changed. You stay in that circle. You're going to go back to the circle. You stay with shelters, you're going to become a shelter again, because in the beginning, that's not what you wanted to become. You wanted to get businessman. You want to be a taxi driver. You want to be a doctor, a lawyer, an engineer, a bricklayer, it doesn't matter that it was the people who came around you and gave you ideas that you never harbored.
could be a runner.
You can be a cloud,
you can supply. You can make it one week what you'd make in a month.
So he said to him, leave your community, friends, brothers, who are your circle of friends, and take this as a rule from your older brother.
For you to have a Muslim friend who drags you by your face to Paradise is better than to have a non practicing friend who drives you in a Bentley to the hellfire.
She said, Allah can forgive no problem, leave your pack up your bags and go. If you can, leave your immediate surroundings, maybe move to another city. And I know many brothers who have done this.
It's too toxic for me. I need to get on my system, I need to get on my account, I need to get on my Square's. Got to leave the city leave the city if you're serious, he said and go with such and such people and worship Allah with them. They are righteous people.
He packs his back because he's serious about changing. He packs his back, he makes his way to the New City.
And then Subhanallah the Angel of Death surprises him started getting kidnapped his soul and now he dropped dead
in Allah. And so the angels of Mercy Alhamdulillah come to claim his soul for Paradise. But the angels of torture come to claim him as well. And they get into a debate. The angel of mercy they say, What are you doing here? This is hours. He has come to Allah in Toba. What are you doing here? The angels have told you they say no. What are you doing here? He hasn't done a good deed in his life, he's hours to go to hell. And so Allah sent a third angel in the form of a human being. And they said, will you judge? Will you help us settle this dispute? He said, Let me tell you what to do. Measure the distance between the two lions relative to this man
and the land that you find him nearer to the angels will take care.
Meanwhile, Allah, the Most Merciful, who Yakubu tell that in either way, if
he inspires the land of sin, to move away, overlay,
make him like sovereign.
And he inspires the land of righteousness to come here. So the land shrinks. And he says, no measure. And they find him nearer to the land of righteousness by one hands back, just about.
And so the angels of Mercy taking Allah wants to forgive you, doesn't take away from his kingdom to accept you. But make the step. That's number one. Number two, before I leave you with the third, go to your mother
and ask her to forgive you.
That woman will you have tortured.
That woman who would spend every morning sat until 3am. On the stairs, crying her eyes out looking at her phone waiting to see your name hoping to see you coming through the door. Then you come in at three 4am in the morning, and she's weeping. She's knackered because she hasn't slept. You say to her, what are you looking at? Why are you still awake?
Go on, give her some peace. And ask her to forgive you.
Who was the one writing you letters? When you were behind bars was in your homeboys? Who was the one paying for your court fees? That was your mom
who was the one who needed to sell her gold?
Because you messed up
because you bought product on it. And then what you didn't realize was that the plug mugged you 10 minutes later, not knowing it was him and now you're in debt. So he keeps you under him. So you went crying to your mother and she had to sell the gold that your dad gave her
to get you out of this situation?
Who was the one who spoke to you every day on the phone? That was your mom. So go back to her and fall to her feet and kiss her head and kiss her feet hmm I have changed. I have changed for Allah. And then I have changed for you.
Give her some peace in the few years that she has left in her life, the piece that you've stripped her from and the piece that I know Allah was stripping from if you don't take my advice, she's number two. Go to your mother. Give her an apology, promise that you've changed. That's the number three this will not apply to all of you. Some of you who are fully clean now and it's been some time.
Put your talents now to good use.
The people that you misguided find a way to bring them back.
Because if anything this drug industry has taught you and I that you have a brain
And that when you want to achieve something and you want to smuggle something into the country, you will do it in a very creative way. Some of the brothers using mangoes, some of the brothers brothers using Chowpatty, ovens, some of them are using African rods. Some of them are using drones, some of them using broads, I'm sorry, very creative way, traffic in this this rubbish into the community.
you know, never broke again will convince you that you can only make drugs, you can only make money through drugs.
That's an insult to your intelligence. That's an insult to your dad and your mom who raised you. That's an insult to your religion. It's an insult to your Lord who said to you travel on the earth and eat from my provisions I will provide. So let no man convince you that the only way to prosperity and richness comfort is to go down to doubtful groups. You are above that.
We ask Allah subhana wa gajner To forgive us for any mistake that was said in this session. We ask Allah subhana wa Adana to bring back our Shabbat our youth, our young, our elders, our brothers, our sisters, to the straight path of Islam. We ask Elijah and Julianne who to inspire them a wholesome full complete retreat and return to Elijah Nigeria and to make Eman more beloved to them than this dunya and everything within it are some Allah and and Amina Muhammad would have been out of that and we will see you next week same place same time inshallah.