Channel: Bilal Philips
Doubt in the Youth
Khutbah @ Abu Huraira Center
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Brothers and sisters,
I would like to stress
two main points
I have seen with my own eyes heard with my own ears
the Muslim community here
in a minority circumstance
is a high risk community,
back home in our countries
wherever where people grow up
as a culture
conforms because of the pressure
of the community, the relatives, etc.
It is rare
that you would find back home
a young man or a young woman
addressing their parents, their family and telling them
I don't believe in a law.
I don't believe that Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam was a messenger of Allah.
I don't believe that the Quran is a book of Revelation.
That is unthinkable
that is the unthinkable
But here in Canada,
it is happening.
It is happening continuously.
You may not find it
coming from small children, young children,
but it is happening at different stages
of adulthood. early adulthood, teenage it is happening
because our young ones, our children
are at risk their faith is
In the society
in the schools
and the institutions of education.
This is where
their faith is challenged.
We cannot afford
to be complacent back home yes we could be complacent because the society is there as a safety net
to catch those that may slip, doubt etc. and help them back.
But here there is no safety net.
There is a family
but the family is not enough.
While I was in Doha, Qatar
one sister called me from here
from a religious practicing family
my son memorize the Quran at the age of 10
he memorized the Quran the age of 10
went for Amara.
We took him for Hajj,
praise fast everything.
But at the age of 15,
five years later, she's calling. She said he came home and told us that he doesn't believe in a law.
What should we do?
We have other young children in the house,
should you kick him out?
Because he could possibly affect the rest of the family members. The younger ones, he could infect them, this is a disease.
What should I do?
I advised her to take him to the
local Imam or some knowledgeable individuals from the community here to discuss with him and try to help him find his way back.
This is a tragic situation.
And a few days ago,
I met with another young man
completed his bachelor's degree in University of Toronto,
doing his master's
science subjects, etc.
And he reached the same point.
He said, I don't believe in Allah.
His family members brought him for me to talk to him.
And I spoke with him.
It didn't believe in Oman.
I spoke something of No, I do believe in God. But
in the end, when I pinned him down, he didn't believe
in the existence of God.
The Koran was not a miracle.
was not a prophet of God.
Yes, he's a good man. He was a good man. He was known as a good man.
But as he said, good people, like
good people can lie, just like anybody else.
That's where he reached.
The issue is, this could happen to any of you.
This could happen to any one of you.
That brother who I spoke to a few days back, his family's a practicing Muslim family,
And the one who called me from here,
So it's not just a matter of those people were not good Muslims. They weren't really practicing so and so and so. So it's not surprising. No.
This is really serious.
This is something that we all face, all of us who have children who are going to these institutions.
And you never know when it can happen.
I remember when I was here in 2012. The same thing. Another family told me you know, here our daughter.
She doesn't want to pray.
She's going to university that she wants to take over her job.
But you know, this was an active practicing family. When I spoke to the young lady. She said actually, I'd stopped praying from way back.
Mom didn't realize it.
She would pray on some occasions.
Establishing the prayer. It was gone.
belief was gone.
She was just maintaining a front for her mother.
The issue is
Why is this happening? On one hand,
we can save the environment because in all of these cases,
these young people are surrounded by non Muslim Canadians
who have been raised to doubt faith.
which studies religions in the world religions classes as examples of fables and myths.
They're all around the world, people get caught up in these fables and myths.
So when they find amongst them,
someone who claims to be a believer, then they focus on that person, and they fire all kinds of questions at them. And of course, we haven't prepared our young people to deal with this.
We haven't realized its importance, the seriousness
that these issues that are raised, our children should be firmly grounded in how to deal with these issues. We cannot afford
to neglect this.
We as parents need to have the answers.
As a Masjid, we need to have programs where we are equipping the youth with the necessary responses, how to tackle these sugarwod these doubts which will be raised in the minds of the children.
We cannot afford
to treat this lightly.
Because the numbers are increasing.
When I was here, I spent
almost a year here back in 2012. Not by choice by allows other
and the Canadian government's will
I met a number of cases.
When I was here, then
a number of families brought their young
children, young adults to me
with these kinds of ideas, doubts, most of them were on the way.
I did meet a couple who had become disbelievers. But the majority were just on the way they were facing the adults that didn't know how to handle them and
I spoke with them.
But the challenge remains
the challenge remains.
And if we don't take constructive steps to deal with this, it is going to become an avalanche a tsunami that is going to hit our community
in such a way
that we will have a
very difficult time standing.
It will knock us over.
So I advise you.
As the Prophet sallallahu wasallam advised us
when he said Tara to FICO ambrane intima sanctum Bahama, lanta delu.
I've left with you two things. If you hold on firmly to them, we will never go astray.
the book of Allah
And by sooner.
This is the
advice of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam,
which we need to implement on the highest possible scale here.
As I said back home,
the pressure of community culture tradition is enough to keep our young people in line.
But here, we are all at risk.
Our children, you're here in the masjid, no problem.
But the young people
in the twilight zone
12, the beginning of the teenage years,
and the 20s
you don't see that many of that group amongst us.
The masjids are filled with the older generation 30s 40s 50s
and the very young
who are brought in, but that
to a large degree.
And they are the
element that is at the highest risk.
From my discussion with the young man
a few days ago,
the thought of holding on firmly to the Quran and the Sunnah, kept reverberating in my mind.
This young man,
though he was active islamically and
engaged in activities.
He told me he even read some of my books and
watch my new YouTube lectures and
enjoyed them cetera.
he was a young adult, who had his own mind to make his own decisions.
And his decision was
that he was not a Muslim.
In the course of the discussion,
I could see that he had
with the core
and a disconnect
with Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam this one not
the missing link
which would leave the door open for doubt.
And I asked the last one to Allah
to reconnect us
to build in our hearts
through our efforts, and his toll free IQ, a true love of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam
a love of the messenger and a love of Allah.
I ask Allah to guide us
to convey that love
to our children,
our young people here
for Islam to be firmly embedded in their minds and their hearts.
And ask allows forgiveness
for our negligence,
our ignorance, our error
and not fulfilling our responsibility to our children.
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the time does not permit me to go into the details of the Quran and the Sunnah
with regards to holding on firmly and what that means,
but it is sufficient for me to say
that with regards to the Koran
it involves us,
loving it, loving to read it,
loving to reflect on its meanings,
being attached to it, giving time to it
enlightening our children
to its wisdom
in such a way that they would be encouraged to love the Quran.
Because it is the love
of the Quran.
which caused the Prophet Mohammed Al Salam
on one occasion
to ask his companions,
who has the most amazing faith
is an authentic hadith.
Who has the most amazing faith?
The companion said, the angels?
He said, The angels are in the presence of a law.
They carry the revelation.
How could they not believe?
said the prophets,
the messengers of Allah? He said, the messengers of Allah receive revelation?
How could they not believe?
So? The Sahaba the companions of the prophets,
not necessarily themselves only, but all of the companions of the prophets.
the companions of the prophets were there with the prophets,
they work miracles, and they saw them they saw a revelation coming and how it affected they were there, how could they not believe?
it is a people
who would come
who would discover a book of Revelation
and they would believe in it.
No messenger, no companions.
the prophets are seldom
was referring to the generations that would come later, the later generations
from the tablet tabin and onwards
till our time,
we are a generation
we found the Quran
and we have believed in it.
If we truly believe in it,
then our faith, as the prophet SAW Solomon said is the most amazing
because we didn't see the Messenger of Allah
but we are believing.
So this is what we have to convey.
To our young people,
we have to connect them to the Quran
in such a way
that they have no doubt diabolical kita boo, Laura Murphy, who then
they have no doubt
that this is a book of guidance.
They would be guided by
they should know Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam.
They should know him well
to understand who he was,
so that they should love him, they would love him.
Be thankful to Allah that He was sent.
We have to convey this to our young people.
So that when doubts are raised, because we are in the time of doubts,
the prophets alive is seldom married a young girl
by the love and
the doubts are there.
The Prophet sallahu wa sallam
as this individual that I spoke with a few days ago rate did not prohibit slavery.
say for his evil,
What kind of Prophet is this?
God is condoning slavery.
This raise doubts in that person, but he didn't know
how Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam
treated those who were slaves.
The slaves were in his household.
He adopted made them a part of his family.
They loved him so much, that when their own parents came, they prefer to stay with the province as a slave rather than go with their own parents.
that connection, there's a disconnect.
We talk about the loss of our salon,
but we haven't conveyed who he was to our young people.
And that is what's going to help them be firm in their faith when they understand these doubts etc. They understand the context they understand who Prophet Muhammad wa sallam was, that there is no doubt he was a messenger of Allah.
There is no doubt that the plan that was revealed to him was in fact revelation did in fact come from Allah.
So this is our challenge my brothers and sisters
that the firm hold on the Quran and the Sunnah is conveyed to our young people.
conveyed in the best way
not with sticks and
belts and choose hitting the kids when they don't do what we tell them to do in relationship to the Quran and Sunnah.
But in a loving way,
building in them the love of Allah and His Messenger
so I asked her last month Allah to protect the Oh my hair in Canada to own my hair in Toronto.
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to protect the adults and the children and those in between.
I asked him
to give us the means to fulfill our responsibility to our young ones,
to put them on the right path
and to ourselves, establish our own selves on the right path.
Because if we are not firm,
then our children cannot learn and gain firmness.
If we are ourselves in doubt,
Friday Muslims, Ramadan, Muslims, then our children are lost.
If they remain believers, it will be in spite of us, not because of us.
I asked a lot to forgive our negligence and our errors and our sins with regards to our families and our children.
And I asked him
to protect this oma and make it
an example to other branches in this country. And in this world.
if we are sincere, can make a difference. It is not too late.
We still are living we still have
whether intellectual, financial, etc. We need to utilize those means
for the sake of Allah and for the preservation of this Houma.
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