Channel: Hamza Yusuf
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that among the things that he told them to do was he told the Jews that they should seek help in prayer and patience. Mr. Inaba, somebody was salaat. And then he informed us that this is a very difficult thing.
In her Kabira todo lo que baritone Illa Alhaji in it is a grievous thing or a difficult thing sharp cartoon like the morphus Iran are the people that may comment on the Quran said it's a difficult thing on the self to have patience.
It's also a difficult thing because some of them say that the pronoun they're in a house in goes back to St. Anna and some say it goes back to the prayer itself, that the prayer itself is difficult. And some say that the esteana or the seeking help in prayer and impatience is difficult. And there are other verses in the Quran that would confirm that the meaning is related to esteana that it's difficult for somebody to take help in patience, because Allah Subhana Allah when he talks about those in the Quran that Allah subhana wa tada says, woman sent okonomi manda Illa. Well, I'm so sorry, handwerker in an email and muslimeen.
He says, Who is better in speech than the one who calls to Allah, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam and anyone who follows him. And then he says that the Prophet sallallahu Sallam or rather those who call to Allah Subhana, Allah to Allah, and then say that we are among the Muslims. What At first, we had Hasina to what I say, infallibility here. arson, and good deeds are not like bad deeds, they're not equal, you can equate a good deed with a bad deed a good deed is much greater than a bad deed. And then Allah Subhana Allah says to repel evil with good
for either the van Cobain or add our tune and know who What do you mean? And you will find that the one who between you and that person is animosity, it's as if he was a good friend. Suddenly, by repelling his wrong with a right you will find that he becomes like your friend. Now this is one of the things that the prophets Allah is him who is the exemplar and really is the, the first and foremost in this verse itself when the national olan minnemann Damn it a lot. Because the prophets Allah Islam is the best of us.
The prophets Allah Allah Allah, Allah wa sallam was somebody who was constantly patient with his enemies, people that gave him the worst of times. Once when he gave out some wealth, one of the hypocrites said this is how he epis Mattoon les euro to be hard, what law This is a distribution that Allah was not intended by it, saying it about the prophets, Allah, Islam, and the prophets, Allah like they were and he was setting them was informed of what this man said. In one rewire one of the ansara went to the prophet and he told him he actually whispered in his ear, he didn't say it in public. He said, The Prophet became distressed to the point where he wished he had not informed
him. And he said, pod. Moosa if he moves,
axon minha, for Saba, they did those type of things of harm to my brother Moses, and yet he was patient and the profit slice him didn't do anything about it. So he himself was the most patient and he would repel evil with good. This is something that he did, which is
Why one of his miracles is that he transformed his enemies into his allies.
He actually took people that wanted to destroy him that wanted to eliminate him that wanted to kill him. There were over 13 assassination attempts on his life
between poison and other conspiracies, to eliminate the prophets, a lot of them despite that even the woman at haber who gave the sheep to poison him, the province of Assam forgave her.
Even though she attempted to kill him, he actually asked her why she did it.
Just to find out
why she did that. So the province Eliza was the most patient of those who show patients. Allah Subhana Allah tells him in several verses to be patient was filled with Mr. soroka illa Billah. Be patient and your patient is only through God.
What are him? Don't grieve about all of these things that are happening to you? What are too goofy about the meme am Kuru and don't be constricted about their plots?
And that's advice from Allah subhana wa Adana, don't be constricted about their plots. In another verse, Allah subhana wa tada says in teta poo in hospital with a taco like guru calm Caterham shaida
if you have patience, and if you have Taqwa piety, dutiful awareness of your Lord and fulfilling his obligations and avoiding his prohibitions, that you will not be harmed by their plots. This is a promise from Allah subhana wa Tada. It's a Joomla sharqiya conditional sentence, that if you do this, God promises you this if you show patience,
and even in the command to show patience, when Allah subhana wa tada says, When our captain for our people, we missed the amount of Captain V, will let him suffer from the highroller submarine.
If you should repel justly, some harm that has come to you, then do it only
to the degree that that harm was done to you with the condition of justice. In other words, if they mutilated
your people, you can't mutilate their so that that's what the condition of justice. In other words don't do what the jelly Arabs, the Zealot Arabs of the pre Islamic period did, which is when somebody harmed them, they would actually increase the harm.
One of the wise men was once cursed by a man shut them a hole.
And he said to him,
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I'm not going to enter into a war. The Victor is worse than the vanquished. In other words, if I curse you, I have to do a better job than what you did to me.
So if I win the cursing, match the war of curses. The Victor in this war is worse than the vanquished. So I'm not even going to answer or reply, which is called the him forbearance, which is a type of patience. In fact, the commentators of the Divine Names of Allah subhana wa tada say, the difference between a savour Well haleem is that Allah is patience, of savour, because he does not punish people immediately when they do their wrongs. But his him or when he's haleem, is when he actually doesn't punish them because he's forgiving them.
But they're related. Patience and forbearance are similar. So Allah subhana wa tada says about those who call to Allah subhanho wa Taala. If you call to Allah, you should know that harm is going to come to you. If harm comes to you, you should know that a good deed is better than an evil deed. In other words, repel evil with good. And you will find that the whole point of your call, which is to win people over to the truth, will be successful. Allah will give you success, because you're using principles that are divine principles that Allah Subhana Allah has promised, will be effective. And when you don't use those principles, you will not get the results that you desire, you can get
vengeance. But vengeance isn't something where you win people over you just make more enemies. That's why war is so wretched, because war, people might go into war, good people, but suddenly the person next to them who's their friend gets his head blown off, and all that person wants to do is blow somebody's head off on the other side. It doesn't matter who it is. That's human nature.
That's human nature.
And that's as old as
Human beings you can read the Iliad, written by Homer about the Trojan War and that's all it's about is people getting furious because their best friend just got killed and they just want to go out and find anybody to kill.
On the other side, that's the essence of jelenia.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala says
that what am i unica, Elana Dino Subaru, the only people that are capable of doing this are people that have patience. Well, now you do have an army and no one can achieve this unless they have a vast portion because patience is a vast portion. There's a hadith of sobre nuestra Eman.
Patience is half of faith itself. If you have patience, you've got half of faith. What's the other half? What do you Aquino at Emmanuel kulu. And you have been is all of faith.
But patience is from faith itself.
and European or certainty results in patience. You can't have one without the other which is why Allah subhana wa tada said with the minimum aim to be a Medina, lamb masaharu What can we it now up known, we made them imaams we made them leaders in the earth, the vinyasa em, from among them, we made leaders. Why? Because they were patient, because they had certainty about our science.
So patience is a virtue that is almost absent from the modern world. And the modern world is in some ways designed to drive you mad, or to teach you patience. I mean, that's the way it's set up because you get on the phone, and they say, if you want this, wait for this, if you want that, wait for that, if you want this, wait for this, and 15 minutes later, you've forgotten what you were calling for in the first place. That's what happens. It's designed to either drive you insane, or to teach you patience. There was a picture in the newspaper The other day
of somebody trying to get their passport. And the person was actually he had dived over all of the other people. It was just a crowd around this little window. And this man had jumped over the people and he was trying to get his passport in over everybody else.
So the concept of waiting in line,
just getting in line creating a line I was at the Kaaba and somebody there was this person, South Asian with an American accent, trying to convince people if they could just line up they could all kiss the black stone
and they wouldn't have to harm anybody else. He was saying please brothers just line up
and people weren't doing it.
Because it's never enough See?
It's me me you see what and patience and me me Don't go together. Because patience in essence is actually it's a type of ethos and the Arabs in the beauty of their language because their language is filled with opposites contained in the same roots. Very common in Arabic Lang.
Like gospel will absorb justice and injustice being in the roots of Sapa acetone when moxa tone pasa tone or unjust Maxi tone or just the same root.
If you look at the root for deference to others, its ethos where you actually prefer other people Allah subhana wa tada says about the unsolved where you hit on Allah and fusi him without canopy him house also. These are people that prefer other people to themselves, even when they're in need,
which is why they have such a high station. And unless isn't around kuno on sotto la be the helpers of God.
One of the ways you help God is by helping others because Allah subhana wa tada said, the best of you are the best of you to God's dependence. hydrocarbon barrel camillia Yeah, Lila. But if you're in the mimimi mode, the Nazi Nazi mode. And if you don't think that modes increasing, I'll give you one example, in a recent book, which you can't buy in a store, because they don't like you to see these books. But I happen to know somebody that worked in the corporation that published the internal document. So I got a copy of it, but I wasn't supposed to get that copy. I don't know if it was something I did wrong if it was a self aroma, but it was interesting information. It was called
the emerging consumer.
And there were four new types of consumers being identified. The hedonists, which is translated into Arabic as Shaolin Yun,
right, people that all they care about is appetite.
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and then the liberated females. And the last one were called aimless teenagers. Ella ha Woon and Maura harpoon. Now what was interesting is this was done on a large study, they'd actually interviewed 1000s of people to do this statistical analysis. And what they said was the Mimi group was becoming increasingly larger.
So that's the type of world and the prophets alighted system said, whoever lives amongst you will see a thora that's the other word from ethos. ansara is selfishness.
That's what it is. It's selfishness. When you think only about yourself, you don't think about other people. It's just about me, me, me.
Me, myself and I some people's favorite words. Once a man knocked on the profits, doors, a lady who it was send them, and he said, Who's there and he said, Anna, and the Prophet said, Anna, Anna, Anna, who carry her. He just repeated Anna as if he disliked it. Don't assume I'm going to recognize your voice or I know who you are.
Tell me who you are. It's me.
That's it. That's a disease in Islam, that's a disease. And the cure for it
is one patience because patients involves actually thinking about other people. For instance, if you're driving in the road, and you have to learn either patience or you end up probably endangering other people's lives, which some people don't really care about either, but on the road patience, you have to learn patience. I was in Medina and one man cut off another man he started honking over and over again and I told him you know, we're in Medina, it's probably better not to honk.
Because it's it's, we don't mean in a bit at MCC festival, you know, people that harm believers and they didn't do anything so the person next he didn't cut you off, but he has to hear the honking
so you're harming people that didn't do anything to you. I said it's better not to honk unless it's an emergency. But just to let them know you're angry make a do out for him a lady. I was in Jordan and a taxi driver got cut off in the men's and ally yoga basic. And I told him you know you should change that drive because I was answering that prayer.
Arab houses are being destroyed all over the place. Maybe it's because they keep saying a lot you could have a tick and they're getting answered. Why don't you say Allah God? Allah Subhana
Allah Hola, Rahim Allah He a tequila and muslimeen. You know, there's other things you can say. The Prophet said, What's it a Muslim? coupon? Was the Bible who saw that to kill a believer is disbelief to kill believers disbelief, but to curse him is profligacy.
Its degradation it's something low, it's a low thing.
So patience is a virtue that is almost absent in the modern world. Everybody people get on the fax machine. What's wrong with this thing? You know, they should upgrade the system. It used to be It took months to get a letter.
It took months you just waited people just wait it it's called stoicism.
The riwaka Unum, the Arabs called them stoics people that just are patient because they realize it's just more intelligent to be patient. You're just expanding all that negative energy, creating all these free radicals, increasing your age, you know, aging process, doing all these things that are harmful for you. The Quran says that you just have to read the Quran. Allah Subhana Allah commanded the Prophet many times was parama Kowloon Be patient about what they say to you.
What's better, c'mon sobre una and as memento Russa Be patient like the the only lasts me from the profits before you were paid and the Prophet himself he was the most patient of people, but he's been commanded to patient just to be patient to be patient about other people,
to give people the time of day to actually just do some ethos to prefer other people when they're in line
or trying to find a parking place.
Really, this is something that the Muslims have to inculcate in themselves. And according to the Quran, Allah will not elevate people unless they show these qualities it's one of the conditions for Tim keen for establishment. One of the
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What is better to be established in the earth or to be patient with tribulation, he said, the second one has to precede the first.
In other words, you won't get the first one if you don't have the second one. And that's why if you look at the first 13 years of the Prophet's life, it's all just being patient not doing anything.
Dealing with the situation by showing kindness, being patient with these people. sovereign Jamil Milan was the and the beautiful patients is one where there's no complaint. And some of the elements say that that verse indicates that if you complain, but are still patient, it doesn't negate your patience.
So patience is one of the great virtues. Some of them place it under the category of courage in the moral virtues, what the Arabs call mahathat. For him, the matrix is of the virtues where all the virtues emanate from the moral virtues. The patience is a type of courage because it's courageous. To show patience is it's an act of will.
And that's why the prophets allies that I've said are several under submitted oola patience is when the calamity first happens, it's not later when you have time to think about it.
It's when it first happens, and the opposite of it is physical,
is where you lose control, you completely lose it, like they say in this culture, you lose it. And one of the gifts of those who show patience in this world is that they are freed from an fuzzle Akbar, in the next world when everybody else is in a total state of anxiety and dread. Before the ominous reality of Judgment Day. These people are in a state of Sakina they're not troubled by it. Because Allah subhana wa tada promised him that.
So this is one of the gifts there are many other gifts that Allah Subhana Allah promises. Allah says, His spiritual sobre la gratuita que la, la La come to have patience, and have more savara. The oma differ about what that means. Some of them say that masaba is where it's patience towards an enemy outside of yourself. For instance, Siobhan or a martial enemy, somebody trying to conquer your lands, that you have to show patience, because victory doesn't come immediately. It takes time. The Prophet said, horrible, vain and obeyed him see, john, war between me and my opponents is one of attrition. One day for them another day for me, what are you battling with the pain?
This is what this promise, even if there's no victory for the people have righteousness in this world, they're promised victory in the next world, somebody might live their life and never see that. But in the era, they're promised that so anybody that attempts to go out into the world to make the world a better place, not for themselves, because you can just go into Ursula, you going to retreat, but actually, for other people, for your children. For your society, you're going to come up against people that don't want that because there's people that benefit from those things that are harmful out there. There's people that benefit from selling arms. The prophets ally said him
said barrows see that and that fits in a team alone. The one who sells armaments during conflict periods of conflict is damned to hell
is a curse person.
Because it's an evil and odious thing to do that to sell arms when people are suffering.
armaments is the largest industry on the planet. So if you start opposing arguments, you want to see that change. Because, I mean, this country has a $7.7 trillion deficit. People don't think about what that means. A lot of it is because over half of the budget is going to armaments, what's called the Ministry of Defense. It used to be called before World War Two, they call it the Ministry of war.
But when they started trying to collect money, we need more money for war. It didn't sound good. So they changed it to defense $7.7 trillion deficit, the children are going to inherit that every American is $35,000 in debt, and it's it's rising every day. So if you go out and say, you know what we should be spending this money on education, on elevating people. We can win lots of friends, if we actually help people now drop bombs on their heads, and you want to get enemies, that's the quickest way you can do it. Just harm people. That's the quickest way you'll gain enemies. Just go out and harm people. That's why the prophet SAW them with his enemies. He actually was constantly
doing good to them.
Or via one of his worst enemies.
When he came to me said, Yeah, well, he he called him by the name that he loved. It's in term of Indians.
She's one of his worst enemies. But he didn't say Yeah. He said, Yeah, but really, it's a term of respect. He was commanding the Koran to say to those people that he was debating, we know Yakuza, who didn't have been one of us has guided and one of us is, is a stray, let's talk about it. Let's see, who's guided who's astray. He used out in that, as a way that's called edible he laugh. When you differ with somebody, you're trying to get to the truth of things. So you're willing to listen to the other person, even if you think they're wrong. You might learn something. That's from patience. You can't do that without patience.
You can't do that the problem size them was the most patient of people and he taught us patience. And he had a long term vision. He wasn't short term.
He wasn't short term. He was thinking about the end of time, he was thinking about the last people. He was trying to protect his people from the latter days. He gave us counsel that was not for his companions. It was actually for us. It's not for his companions.
There are ideas that have nothing to do with the companions. They're clearly for people that would come later.
Because he was thinking about other people. That was all he did. He thought about other people for the sake of Allah subhana wa Adana.
And that takes great patience. being patient with people.
It's one of the great gifts of Islam. And that's why we just finished Ramadan, it's called shadow Saba, the month of patience. It's supposed to teach people patient, when you stop eating. When somebody gets you angry, you're supposed to Aloma in Islam.
That's to teach you how to deal with people who make you angry, instead of being somebody who's a victim of button pushing. Like one of my boys, I heard this crying and I went in, I said, What happened? He said, I pushed his buttons. And I was glad to at least he knew exactly what he was doing.
There's a lot of people don't know that. And that's the type of self knowledge.
So even though I didn't like the fact he was pushing his little brother's buttons, I was pleased that he realized that's exactly what he was doing. Because there's people that go out there, and they're just pushing people's buttons, and they do it all day long. You'll meet people, all they want to do is get in an argument with you has nothing to do you. Because it's a dorama Abdullah, it doesn't matter. It's just social pathology. So he's using the world as an arena to express his social pathology.
And the world is filled with people like that people without any self knowledge, any critical introspection, where they have to look at themselves, think about their behavior, think about how they're responding. And the Quran is a mirror, it holds itself right up to humanity. And it says, find yourself in there. Because I guarantee you, you're in there. You might be Pharaoh.
You might be high man, you might be
you might be asked Yeah, you might be the abused wife in a bad relationship.
You're gonna find yourself in the Quran, you'll find yourself I guarantee you, you might find an amalgam.
I've got a little bit of that. I've got a little bit of that. Because the archetypes are there, but you will find yourself and that's what the Quran is there to show us ourselves.
That we might change ourselves in order to accord with divine revelation, to be a Muslim to be one in submission to Allah subhana wa Adana, and the path is arduous and it takes time and patience.
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