Use Your Influence for Islam: Sweetnss of La Ilaaha Illa Allah
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came to a meeting with me in a pub of the long run who a Jewish man
and he told him Yeah, I mean what meaning
I atone fee kitabi comm chakra una ha lo la nazaret Masha dia hood that let her know that you can do Merida. He says oh leader of the believers, that there is an ayah there is a verse in your book that hadn't been revealed to our nation. We would have taken that day it was revealed as a day of celebration.
And so I'm gonna hop up and then ration of Sahih Muslim he tells him
what are you and why is that that you're referring to?
And he responds by saying,
the verse where Allah subhana wa Tada. He says, instead of turning it down, verse number three and leiomyoma command into that comb Dena como adds men to Allah incognita Mati warabi toda modal Islam Medina. Allah subhanho wa Taala says that today, I have completed my favor upon you.
I have completed the religion for you and I've completed my favor upon you and I am pleased
to have Islam as your religion.
Now I'm gonna hop on he heard that he said this ayah
when I know where it was revealed when it was revealed exactly the situation of everything that occurred when this ayah was revealed on the day of alpha
a few months before the prophets when I settled and passed away.
Allah subhana wa Tada. He says, As soon as he rots Yama, noona Anika and Islam
they come to you on Mohammed II Salaam, thinking that they have done you a favor by becoming Muslim.
culatta Manu Allah Islam. Allah tells the Prophet of Allah tell them don't think that you are doing me a favor.
Don't think that by waking up for salons and fetcher, you're doing Allah a favor, or you're doing the Prophet. So I send them a favor, that by coming to an faster by doing any of these things, that you're doing someone else a favor,
by any law who
saw the pain, but rather it is Allah subhanho wa Taala,
who has bestowed his favor upon you, that he guided you to this religion.
It's the greatest blessing of Allah upon us.
That we believe in Allah, Mohammed Rasulullah. And if the if we were to be lose everything, we lose our families, we lose our wealth, we lose our health, but we held on to Allah, then we have been given the greatest gift.
And the Sahaba, they internalize it, they understood it, they had a reputation. The Companions of the prophets, I send them had a reputation amongst the non Muslims of some being a nation. That's strange. There's something about them,
you know, when I'm gonna hop off the line, who,
when he converted to Islam, it was in the early days of Islam, the narrations say the books of history say that there were only 40 Muslim men and 11 Muslim woman when he embraced Islam. And when he embraced Islam, he went to doubt an outcome, or the prophets I send them was with the companions that this was the secret message of the Sahaba
were they were learned from the Prophet of Allah, they would pray in the security of this home. And he goes there after being told the Prophet is there and in his hand still is his sword that he set out to kill the promise and sell him with not too long before that. And he comes in, he knocks on the door, and they see it's almost and everybody becomes terrified. It's Amara
and so Hamza who had just become Muslim as well, low on who he says, I'll take care of him. And he said, No, I'll take care of him.
And he opens the door and he grabs it by his collar by his his clothes, and he wonders, he says, He puts him down to his knees. And he says, will you not stop fighting this religion?
And Omar says, I came to take the Shahada on messenger of Allah.
And when the Sahaba when the President first heard that, he said, tech be
the Sahaba all in their joy, the amount of hubbub
took his Shahada. They all said, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Allah.
Allahu Akbar celebrating the embrace of Islam of almost to the point that they gave away their location and they had to leave or it would be discovered.
Islam does something
after embracing Islam he, he wants to go through what the Muslims have been going through, he wants the people to know. So he says au correlation and Sheldon Hanif who is the person who has the biggest mouth and Quraysh.
And they tell him, my mother, even Jamil Juma, he is someone you want to go to. So he goes to my mother and he finds him sitting down and he says, Yeah, my mom slumped over Mama, I have embraced Islam.
Mama didn't say anything in response.
He literally jumped up from his seat in his seats. He grabbed his, his staff, his Coke, whatever. And he went out to the GABA where the people of Quraysh were sitting and he says, Yeah, Mashallah Quraysh.
He calls out to the people of grace in
They used to say to the Muslims back then they would, they would,
they would insult them instead of saying they became Muslim. They would say pub sub. And so he say, he said, Tom has left the religion he's embraced Islam and I'm gonna say he's better slumped, better slumped.
And so he went to the right man. It's like going to Fox News.
Right away, the news spread around and the people came in waves towards now motor was a strong man. But now he was facing dozens and dozens of people and they began attacking him and he began fighting them back. One person will jump on him, you throw him off a second, he would throw him off until they overpowered him any any was brought to his knees and they began striking him. And he said something subpanel a very prophetic.
He said that if we were only 300 people, you would either have left this to us or we would have left it to you. And what happened in the Battle of
Maha Maha when he became Muslim, he wanted the world to know. He wanted everyone to know that he was a Muslim. Right and we look at how we hide our Islam nowadays at work and at school and my name is Mohammed just call me mo Mohammed Kashif mo cash. It's all good, right?
We want to hide our Islam.
I wanted people to know he was a Muslim knowing that not only would it be criticized, but he would be attacked. They've been misled. He says, Canada, Islam or Oman, left at hand. That is when Islam when I'm gonna embrace the stamp, it was a it was a victory for the ummah. And he says, what Hitler to hula nasaan and his Hitler was a, again a victory for the Muslims. And he says, What email to who Rama and his leadership when he was a halifa was a mercy for the Ummah and he says what law he messed up on and no Sunday bill Beatty Aslam, fellow Muslim katella, whom
he says that, and I swear by Allah, we weren't able to pray publicly until he became a Muslim. And when he became a Muslim, then we were able to go out and pray.
It's very interesting. I'm gonna have that influence on the people. And so you might be at school, maybe you only have 10 Muslims in your school, or 20 or 50, or whatever, but you're a minority. We are a minority in this society in this country. But I want all every one of you to appreciate what Omar had, what he appreciated, what he understood, that allows blessing of Islam to you, is the greatest blessing you can have. And so I want you to be the hermit in your circle of influence. Let people begin to pray because they see you praying.
When you see people skipping prayer or hiding their prayer, when you go to school you pray in public. When you see sisters start taking off their hay job, or showing their bangs or their neck, you wear your hijab more tightly. You show the people that I'm happy of being a Muslim, I am proud of the symbols of Islam.
Be the hammer in your circle of influence, you may not be able to lead the Ummah and be Rama for all of mankind, but you could at least be Rama, be a guide be a source of strength for Muslims in your workplace or your school. Because we live in a time brothers and sisters when it's difficult, it's hard. And we see people every day struggling and they need a symbol of hope they need someone they could attach to right nowadays, unfortunately the the our role models have have flipped, who we take as as our examples in our guides who we learn our religion from, you know, when we choose to follow someone we check first, how many followers do they have on Instagram?
How many followers do they have on Twitter, and the social media personalities, these activists maybe we take them now as our source for our religion.
But they've been sitting alone Tada. He sees us relate about humanity
principle that you have to know, a principle that you can't forget.
He says that in the heaven in Medina,
this knowledge is the religion. So he says, from guru and mentor, Edina consola, everyone looked at who you're taking your religion from. So if you see someone on on Instagram, Mashallah, she has 100,000 followers, and she's giving you all these tutorials how to wear your hijab, what happens is, subconsciously, we take her as our example of how to wear hijab, or we have an activist who's speaking out and saying that we have to, you know, whatever it may be principles that are against our Sharia, that we have to accept homosexuality, for example,
we see that we see that they're given a public platform, and so we, we, we gravitate towards that, but we have to understand that our religion comes from people of knowledge, not those who have the numbers. So let your influence be taken from those who are appropriately they should be taken from and then let you take that and bring that to the other people. Let you be that example for the people around you, you know, this Islamophobia machine, right, millions and millions of dollars are spent to make people afraid of a stem right? Do you know who is the number one target of the islamophobes? Who, whose minds do they want to influence the most? Have you ever thought about that?
Who do you think?
You know, if Joe Blow down the street,
says, Yeah, these Muslims are terrorists, man, these Muslims are backwards. Do they bring him on TV and give him some airtime on CNN?
on fox news?
Do they give him a book deal?
Do they start inviting him around the country to speak at how backwards Muslims are?
But what happens when a person named Abdullah Ahmed
starts saying the same things. Muslims are backwards, I was a Muslim myself, I know them inside and outs.
Then all of a sudden, he's plastered all over the news channels. He gets every radio show and every talk show.
He gets booked deals and he makes he makes us his fame. He makes his money.
But why do Why does he get that attention?
You see a sama phobia. The number one target is actually you and i,
you and i,
to get us to hate ourselves, to get us to look in the mirror. And when we see the beard, when we see the hijab, when we see these symbols, when we see someone praying, when we see a Masjid, we say this isn't the place for the Muslims.
And it's working.
And you and I are beginning to embrace a change,
whether knowingly or unknowingly, that's now slowly creeping out and further and further into the mainstream Muslim society. So we have to be careful brothers and sisters, we have to be careful. But they are the people that don't like Islam. Love When this happens, you know, when I talked about the Sahaba, having an aura about them, there was a companion by the name Abdullah dafa of the Allahu Allah and who, who was in the amongst the Muslims who set out to battle, and he was taken as a prisoner of war. Now guys are the leader of the Romans, he heard about the Sahaba. And how that this world can't get to them, that their focus is Al Qaeda, their eyes are kept on the prize that they
love the Messenger of Allah, like no one else. And so he wanted to test their fortitude. He said, Is there a Sahaba? Is there a man who was a companion of the prophet who was amongst the prisoners of war? And they were told, yes, we have a man. So he said, Bring him to me. So they brought him to the king.
And he says, I'm gonna cut you a deal.
I'm going to give you half of my kingdom.
Half of my kingdom, if you become a Christian.
I'm the loving haha he tells him in response that if you were to give me all of your kingdom, and the kingdom of the whole world, mattock, to Dina Mohammed interfor time, I will not leave the religion of monocytes on him, even for the blink of an eye. He said, Okay, fine.
Power isn't going to do it. Let me see if a woman will do it. He says my daughter, the princess, who is beautiful.
I will give you my kingdom, half of my kingdom and my daughter in marriage.
He says no.
He says, fine. You want to be like that? Let's try the hard way. He's first he tried to entice them with dunya. Then he said let me try and entice them with punishment. He's he had him in
prisoned and he kept him from having any food or drink. And after a few days of starving, they brought him some wine and some pork.
And they told him to eat it. And he said, No. Now is he allowed to eat it?
Does Islam allow him to eat it in this situation?
The King knew that. And so when he refused, the king brings them and he says, Why don't you eat the pork and drink the wine when your religion has allowed you to do so?
You know what he said in response? He said something very powerful. He says, I'm in the Alamo and Medina Hello, Javier in the default mode. He says, I understand I know that my religion allows me to do these things in a case of need to stop me from dying. I know that.
But he says what's what I can Lambo hub and oh, Schmitz gabbiadini. But I do not want to give you the opportunity to gloats that I am sacrificing the principles of my religion.
You see the love he had for his religion. Allah subhanaw taala. He says, it says bits talisman full circle back then a man what an evil term for someone to be called a facet.
For a Muslim, after embracing Islam, to be called a facet.
And one of the understandings of this ayah is that it is not befitting for you and I for someone who says that, you know, in the law, Mohammed todo sobre la to be known as someone who is sinful. You shouldn't be the guy at school, who everybody knows that when you speak you curse. You shouldn't be the guy at school that everybody knows that when you talk about woman, you disrespect them, you shouldn't be the girl at school who everybody knows that she'll go with any guy, you shouldn't be that person.
Who when people see them, they see the opposite of what Islam should teach. Allah says it's not befitting for you, oh, believer, oh, the one who said La ilaha illAllah, Muhammad Rasulullah, to have that reputation.
he didn't want the Christian King to to gloat at his sin, or apparent sin, which wasn't even a sin, then you and I should have even more of that protective jealousy towards our religion. And that shape on see us sending and sending and let the others see us sending and sending.
So then he says the king tells Abdullah, he says what?
if you're not going to become a Christian, you'll see what I'll do. And so he brought this huge pot full of oil, and they set fire underneath it.
And they became boiling. And then he brought two Muslim prisoners from the prisoners of war. And he threw one into the boiling pot. And it was just a few moments before his his body literally disintegrated. And his bones were bubbling at the top. And when I saw that, he began to cry.
And so the king said, I got them now.
and so the law says, No. Season what why are you crying? And Abdullah tells him in response, you see the eyes of a believer. He says, When I saw my my companion die, I knew that I also will soon die.
And I realized that I only have one soul to give to Allah. But I wished from the bottom of my hearts,
that for every hair on my body,
I could die a death like this for the sake of Allah Spano, Todd.
And when the king heard that he gave up,
he said, I can beat him.
And then he said, Okay, fine. I will let you go, I will send you back to Medina. Just kiss me on my forehead. Just give me something. Give me something now he has the king literally begging. And he says no.
And then he says, kiss me on my forehead, I will let you go. And I will let 40 of your companions go and some narrations that he kept going up on the number.
And he said of the law, finally he thought to himself and he said, Well, there's no wrong in that. So he said, I'll only do it if you free all the Muslim prisoners and send us back. And so he said, I'll do it.
So Abdullah went and kissed him on his forehead. And all the Muslims were set free and they went back to Medina. And when I was told what happened, you know, he said, he said, How can Allah could Mnemosyne only Muslim? And you could be Ross Abdullah Abu hanifa. He said, this is a comment upon every single Muslim, that you will go and kiss the forehead of Abdullah for what he did for all the Muslims and he says well, that will be dannic
Calm for Kabbalah rasa. He says, and I will be the first one to do so. And he stood up and he kissed him on the forehead. And he told the Muslims to follow his lead. But you see there he said that he had the pride that he had not sacrificing, not giving in.
These are our These are our forefathers. These are who we take our examples from, you know, and the Muslims in China right now you know what's happening to them. Over 1 million Muslims are in concentration camps. And they're being told to give up your religion to give up the hijab give up the beard? No, no, they aren't even allowed to speak Arabic words.
And they're trying their best to stay strong on Islam. And this is a repetition of history. When we look at Muslim Spain for 800 years, the Muslim rule there, and when the time the Christians took over, when they first took over the Muslims, they were promised security, they were promised you could practice your religion, you can, you know, be free to be Muslims. But we have the power now. And they agreed.
But it was within eight years that all of this changed. And they began the Spanish Inquisition. And they banned the hijab, they banned the beard, they forced people to convert to Christianity.
And soon, if anybody was heard saying Arabic words, they were taken to prison or killed. If a Muslim was seen taking a shower, if someone was seen taking a shower on Thursday or Friday, they would take that he is a Muslim, and they would imprison him or kill him. And Muslims have to go undercover, they became known as the moriscos. The Secret Muslims and Subhanallah, you know, there was a sister, and one of the African countries who was working on translating some of these old manuscripts, because what happened was they banned the Arabic language. They banned the Arabic language. So Muslims, all the books, there was a library with over 1 million books that was burned. So the most
half the Quran, this is what they went through, they did what they could to hide it and preserve it, some people smuggle it out of the country, they crossed the sea into Morocco, and took it into Africa. Some people, the pillars in their homes, they would break the wall and put the Quran inside the pillar and then seal it up and cover it up again, whatever they could to hold on to their religion. And so there was a sister who was translating some of these words, and she came across a book, they even developed a secret language and forgetting the name of the language off top my head, but it was a secret language that they would use to transliterate things so they could still learn
the Quran and whatnot. And she came across an advice guide how to be a secret Muslim.
I'm sharing this with you to give you the idea of the extent they went through because they appreciated what they had. You know, there's a tradition in some parts of Spain that if you read the Bible, you should have a wall behind you.
If you're reading the Bible, you should do so with the wall behind you. It's became a tradition. Right?
Like this, add that within our religion. For example, when you make your heart you face the Fibonacci, right. When you read a quote on your face, circle, you have all these kinds of things. One of their things was when you read the Bible, you have a wall behind you. So as she's translating this book, How to be a secret moriscos secret Muslim, she comes across that the Muslims when they would pray,
they would pray with a wall behind them. Because if they were seen, if they were if I'm praying right here, I don't know if somebody sees me and even people's own families would give them up your own son, maybe your father may tell on you and to the to the authorities, your sister may telling you to the authorities so so to pray, what they would say is pray with a wall behind you, so that nobody could see you from behind, and always have a Bible next to you.
So if you're praying and somebody walks by, you can pick up the Bible and it looks like you were reading the Bible.
And it became a tradition that the Christians followed after the religion was lost. You know, there was a third.
When I went to Spain last year, and I got to see some of these things in tour some of these things. There's a brother who was giving us the history and Mashallah he takes tours for different groups that come in. And he was telling us that there was a brother He knows who is a third or fourth generation Muslim. And when he first met him, he said, I know almost all this a small community. I must know all the Muslims here.
And you know what the brother said, he said, You know, my great grandmother, when she was on her deathbed
when she was on her deathbed, she called her son
and said, Come here, I have to tell you something.
And she said, You can't tell anyone.
And but I want you to teach it to your children. Later when they get older.
She said we are the descendants of the moriscos the secret Muslims.
And she says I know nothing about this religion.
I know nothing about Sanaa's, Liam's the guy. I don't nothing. The only thing I remember I was taught from the religion that we our forefathers used to practice
She remembered. She said it in Spanish. I said to a la ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasul Allah.
And so this man,
he went to Morocco, the nearest Muslim country.
And he researched what what this was, he found out about Islam and he embraced, he came back to what his forefathers were on and he embraces that.
And now his kids are Muslim and his great grandkids and the brother who met his great great great grandchild as a Muslim. But this is what they went through brothers and sisters. What are we giving up our religion for? Why are we shy or scared to hold on to our religion? You know,
I'll wrap up my talk with sharing with you a couple of things.
After the prophets I send them died.
There was a man who had gained a lot of popularity and following him perhaps some of you've heard of him his name, his name is Mustafa Malika.
Hussain him at the false prophets. He had a huge following 10s of 1000s of people in the area known as yamamah.
And so the Sahaba were set out to to fight him. And before they went to him how to defend Walid he sent a man by the name of omega, even Bobby, Bobby, Alicia curry, who used to be from your mama and he says, try and convince them to, to leave him. And so he goes to the people, and he starts talking to them, about the Muslims. And he says a lot, he says that they've already taken care of this tribal auto fan. And I said, they've taken care of that as they're coming to you next. And he describes who they are. But then he says, less than one komazawa you
and then you're not the same.
You're not the same.
And he says, Islam and
Islam is coming. We're sure Komodo and shark is going to be wiped out and be erased. And he says, Well saw he will home Nabhi
who they follow is a prophets or saw, he will come up and who you follow, he's a liar.
And the same thing can be said to us.
So he will come never be
the one who you follow is a final prophet of Allah, the One who will last sense as a mercy to this world, the one who lost sense to bring people out of darkness and into the light, the one who will lost sense to bring people out of the oppression of other systems and other religions, to the justice of a snom. You are the follower of the one who lost sense, as a mercy to the animals as a mercy to the creation to the trees, and to the human beings of all races and nations and tribes.
You are the follower of a religion that teaches justice that teaches compassion, teaches mercy that teaches brotherhood and sisterhood that teaches that you give you love for yourself, love for your brother, what you love for yourself that teaches you to sacrifice and give preference to others over your own self that teaches you to show mercy to the cats and the dogs and the birds of the society. This is your religion in La Jolla, mucho de la de anyone ehsani Juanita
Allah says this is what a religion teaches a lot of commands you to what
He commands you to justice, and to get spend on your family and not commands you to goodness and he and he forbids you from evil deeds and wicked deeds, this is our religion. And by virtue of this now, you know Illallah Muhammad Rasulullah
by virtue of this Allah elevated people, by virtue of this Allah elevated a whole nation
by virtue of this statements, and it's by this statement, if we live by it, when our soul departs our body to meet Allah subhanho wa Taala we will hear the angels tell us now hopefully not a coma and some tests I don't know fear upon you, and nor will you grieve when we are in our grave by this statement, we will smell the fragrance of Paradise and a window will be open to the gates of Paradise by this phrase, we will be raised in front of Allah subhanho wa Taala and receive our books in our right hand by this phrase, we will enter gender or the Hulu hobby Salam in our I mean
by this phrase. Now you know in Allah, Muhammad Rasul Allah, so value what you have what many before us lost forcefully value what Allah has given you in the blessing his favorite upon you and be that example for others around you. Be the one who in your circles of influence and help bring a stamp as many people as you can walk around him to number 19 was Santa Monica Santa barakato