Khutbah Lessons From Sh Muhammad Alshareef
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All praises due to Allah alone. And then we seek aid and assistance and to Him we turn both in repentance and for forgiveness. Truly him Allah Subhana Allah to Allah guides and and can mislead and whom Allah leaves to go astray, There is none who can guide and I bear witness that there is nothing worthy of worship, save Allah alone. And then Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is both his servant and His messenger.
Allah subhanaw taala in the Quran
talks to us often about death.
He says Kulu nacinda Call to note indeed every soul shall taste death.
This is a reminder from Allah subhanaw taala about a truth that we already know
that we shall all
die. No matter how much we try to avoid it.
No matter how much we think that it will avoid us,
no matter how much we think we're going to escape it.
Allah subhanaw taala tells us in the Quran, ama to follow your direct criminal notes will come from fever Raja Moshe yada, that wherever you may be, death will overtake you. Even if you should be within a tower of fortresses.
No matter where we go, no matter where we hide,
in a tower or in a fortress, no matter if you are young or old. No matter if you are healthy or ill,
that will overtake us, wherever we may be, when it is our time.
And our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said to his companions, at the room in victory hadn't been led that increase in the remembrance of the destroyer of desires. All Omaha demanded that ya rasool Allah, they said, O Messenger of Allah, what is the destroyer of desires, file and mouth, he said it is death. And so the believer is instructed,
to think about death often,
to remember death, often to visit the graveyards often.
And so it's important that we reflect upon death every day, to prepare ourselves for the day that will come.
Yesterday, many of us received shocking news that one of our teachers, Sheikh Mohammed Sharif, passed away suddenly.
And perhaps many of you do not know him.
But he had a profound impact on the datawalk around the world. And especially in the Western world.
Each of you has benefited either directly or indirectly from him.
If you come to Juma here, you listen to my football. I have benefited and had, he has had a profound impact on me on how I've learned my approach, how I speak. And this is true of so many different teachers and speakers throughout the West.
And his life is full of many many lessons that we can all learn and benefit from. And I wish today in the spots to discuss just some of the lessons that I have learned in my life from Chef Bahama this city.
My family has known his family for many, many years. And growing up I used to attend Masjid Salah Kadena and Scarborough where my father remains the Imam.
And their shift, Muhammad's father would run the bookstore. And his sister taught in the Islamic school.
And so his father was like my second father, because I would go to the masjid spend hours with him in the bookstore, talking to him.
And one day he told me his son,
who had been in Medina studying was now in America.
And he was starting a school where he was teaching people courses about Islam.
And I was young, still in high school, about to go to university. And I wanted to study Islam. But it was very difficult at that time.
There it was difficult to travel abroad to study
and hear there were very little options. The Halaqaat in the massage would start then the students would slowly thin out and then the Halacha would die.
There seemed to be nowhere where you could study and learn. Many of the teachers didn't know English very well. So it was difficult to understand them sometimes. And when I heard that Sheikh Mohammed started this initiative, I messaged him and emailed him. I said you have to start in Canada. And I started working with him at that time. For two years. I would go to every message every MSA in Toronto, talk to them about a Muslim, bring Sheikh Mohammed to come and to speak and to teach.
And Sheikh Mohammed's goal was very simple. He wanted to make learning the religion accessible. He wanted to make learning the deen very easy and accessible. And he understood as someone who was born and raised in Canada or raised in Canada, he understood the mindsets of Muslim youth. He understood that they needed something that was professional that was organized. So instead of teaching in the masjid, he brought the classes to the universities. So he would teach there where they already are.
And he made sure that his classes they use power
are pointing presentations at a time when no one else would. He had very well designed workbooks, quizzes. And more importantly, he would think about examples and parables that would connect with the life of young Muslims. So that they didn't feel learning the religion was learning
an old history book that they had no connection with, but that they understood the deen was something that was living and affected them in their daily lives.
And the past, there were people who criticized his approach in one way or another. But eventually, it became clear that what he was doing was resonating with young Muslims. And so many different data initiatives, and institutes and organizations have since been established, all of them utilizing the techniques and the approaches of Sheikh Mohammed.
And so in sha Allah,
even as he has passed away, he takes a share of the reward of not only his work, but the work of so many others that became inspired by his work.
He made learning accessible not only in these techniques and approaches, but by him himself being accessible. Sometimes the people have knowledge, they carry themselves above the people,
but he wouldn't be with us. So if he taught a class, he would come and eat dinner with us, He will say jokes with us. And this is very important to connect with people in order to understand them.
Enamel that had been his car, LM novella his book on the biographies of different scholars, he mentions the one of the descriptions of Muhammad Eman serine, Rahim Allah, Muhammad even seen as one of the great scholars of the self. They said right at Mohammed even Syrian, yet to see a hadith in us, while you're in the shower, will take her Terry O'Neill, the of the descriptions of Muhammad ibn city in this great scholar of the stuff that they said he would speak the speech of the people, he would tell the stories of the people speak the language of the people, and he would say the poetry that the people would say. And he would laugh, when someone would say a joke, he would laugh so much
that he would kill over in his laughter. They said, but way that hadith Muslim, but if someone mentioned the Hadith of the Prophet, sallAllahu, alayhi wasallam, then he would cry, then he would weep. So he was connected to the dean. But at the same time, he would be with the people. And he would spread the words amongst the people and say, the poetry amongst the people. And so being with the people, being on their level, seeing what they are seeing, feeling what they are feeling, this is important to be a good leader who can connect with other people.
And he was very action oriented. Another lesson of his, famously, the institute that he
founded, and Maghrib Institute has taught more than 100,000 students over the years. But in reality throughout his life, he was constantly doing different things. He started something called Eman rush, which was CDs of lectures back when no one was doing CDs. And the CDs were very bad audio, he made sure the audio quality was good. He marketed it very well. He started a website called clickbank.com, which was what was that were written down. So many different initiatives that he did throughout his life.
And he did all of this in a short period of time, he passed away yesterday at the age of 47.
And he would say something to us, he would say, I saw many people, they studied the deen. And they got a lot of knowledge. But they did very little with that knowledge. He said, I want to be someone who use the knowledge and acted with it. Whatever knowledge I have, I want to act with him. And this is the truth. He studied Shediac in Medina, and he received a bachelor's. And there are others who received masters and received PhDs. And even beyond the PhDs, they've written books, and they've, you know, studied with scholars, yet his work has been far more impactful than others. He benefited more people because he acted and he worked, constantly coming up with new initiatives, new projects,
constantly trying to help people and do things to serve people. And from this, he would teach us of the teachings that he would teach many people is that dua helps you set your goals, you're making dua to Allah subhanaw taala. When you make that dua that lets you see your vision of the future. And that's what you're working towards.
and do it. It's not something you do and then you recline on your cushion. You sit back and you say, I may do it. That's my job. No, do I, it's about you setting a goal, finding that goal, setting that goal working towards that goal.
And he preached very strongly for all of us
to strive towards
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that I had the document, Amazon, for neutralino, if any of you does a deed and let them perfect it. And this is something he would teach us over and over again. And he wouldn't just preach it, he would do it. And so he would seek the best methods of advertising, of marketing, read their books, take their courses himself, then he would apply it to his own data organizations. Once I remember I made a flyer we made a flyer for an event, we sent it to him. And he said, No, you have to change it, you have to change this and this and you need to make this align. Because he says the way the person looks at the flyer, they look at it in a certain
way. And so if we align it properly, then it will be pleasing to the person that much detail about a flyer.
But he wanted things to be as perfect as possible. He wanted us to strive to do things as beautifully as possible, that Allah loves and mercy Nene loves the people who do it son, who do that which is of excellence. So he made us strive. That everything we do in our life, we try to do it as perfectly as possible, as excellently as possible. So if we're making a flyer, we make the best possible flyer, if we're teaching a class, we try to teach the best possible class. If we're giving a hoot, well, we try to give the best possible chutzpah. This is what he taught us that everything we do, we strive always to do the best always to do the best.
And I remember once I asked him,
I said, you know, we did a project, and the project was very successful. And I felt very good. I did this really good project. And then the next time the project came, or we're going to do a different project, I didn't have the motivation, because I felt like I already did something. So I said to him, how do you deal with that? When you're already succeeding? How do you have motivation to do more.
And he said to me, that you should always say, Allah subhanaw taala wants to better for me, whatever I've achieved, Allah wants better for me. And when he said this, I actually wrote it down. And I put it on my desk, that every time I would feel my motivation fading away, I can look at this statement. Allah wants better for me. Whatever good I've done, Allah still wants to see better for me. Whatever I think I've achieved, Allah wants to see even better for me.
And this is one of the lessons that he taught us that we constantly strive to achieve more. We never feel like we've done enough, there's more that we can do, and more that we can do.
And the chef also very much disliked gossip, and backbiting and hearing about other people in a negative way, if anyone spoke in his presence negatively about other Muslims, he would visibly be very uncomfortable and get upsets. And once when I was younger, I made this mistake, I was too interested in what people would say, this person and that person and sometimes the drama and the refutations that would happen in the Dallas scene. So one day I said to him, did you hear that Forman said this about you.
So he took me aside. And he said Ibrahim in the future, if you hear something like this, don't ever tell me. He said I don't want to have negative feelings in my heart towards other Muslims.
And this was a sign of his sincerity, because he really did love the ummah.
And even if people were saying negative things about him, he didn't want to hear it.
Because he wanted when he met that person, to only meet them with happiness, if he met that person to only meet them with a sign and with Rama and with mercy.
And he loved the OMA. In fact, his email address later his social media handle was nation builder.
Because he saw his goal as this. He wanted to build the OMA.
That was his goal. That was his understanding that he saw for himself was building the OMA that was his, you know, his vision.
And he would always ask us, what's your vision? What's your goal? And that's something we should be asking ourselves what is our vision and our goal? He saw his vision was helping to build the OMA of Allah he that's what he did. He built a generation of youth that learned from him. A generation of dewata preachers and
scholars and teachers who learned from him and benefited from him.
And so Subhanallah you know, the scholars talk about this as well.
We have different modalities in Islam, the method of Abu Hanifa them with help of Imam Shafi,
inner Malik and in a magnet and sometimes the scholars asked this question, why did these Menachem become prominent?
Because they were not the only
there were other scholars who also founded Madame Imam is over, has emerged have many other scholars founded their own method.
But these muda had became prominence and others did not. Why.
One of the reasons for this this is because these four individuals, Imam, Abu Hanifa, they built students that were leaders and those students spread their message hub and they're also across the Muslim world. So Imam Malik had his students, Abdul Rahman Carson
Rahim Allah Allah, and there are many because it took them with me man, Malik took it to Egypt, and then to North Africa. And until today, throughout North Africa, the the method of Imam Malik is prominent Imam Muhammad his sons took his madhhab amongst the students took his mother, and they spread his method and his teachings in Abu Hanifa had Mohammed bin hasna che Burnie and call the Abu Yusuf and they took his meth head and they spread it. So because they invested in students, that became leaders, they invested their time in their students, and they built them up, and they mentored them, their teachings then became spread. And this is what we see in our prophets of Allah,
if our Prophet was our Prophet, but he never invested in the Sahaba, and teaching them and building them and strengthening them, and giving them responsibilities. If he never did this sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and he passed away, what would have happened to the Ummah,
the religion would not have spread, because there would not be an ammo buck to take over after there would not be a rumor, to spread this religion. There would not be people that God isn't worried. There would not be people like Mr made them that
there would not have been leaders to spread Islam across the world. But the prophet invested in them.
He gave them responsibilities. He taught them, he corrected them, he strengthened them, he helped them. He invested in people in the youth around him. And when he passed away, they were able to take the mantle, and go, and Islam became incredibly prominent around the world. And this is a very, very important lesson for all of us. If we want to build Islam, we have to build the youth. If we want to build Islam, we have to invest in the next generation, invest in the resources they need, invest in the teachers they need, and being with them, mentoring them, helping them hamdulillah in this building, we have a summer camp in the morning. And as a summer camp in the evening.
We have youth who are coming in and trying to build them have different teachers that are building them and helping them and strengthening them. This is important that we invest even more what we're doing is not enough, we have to invest even more in the youth so that next generation can take it forward. Because eventually we're going to pass away too. And so what are we leaving forward? And what is the baraka we're looking to leap forward. And in sha Allah think of that solo kajaria That Sheikh Mohammed has earned, of all the different tools that are preaching, learning from him.
All the different Institute's that have taken, you know, a cue from his cues, who have taken an approach from his approaches. And he receives a share of all of that reward. He passes away and the good maybe is constantly increasing for him.
And one of the lessons I'll take from him as well, was he was incredibly optimistic. Every time you see him, he has a smile. And that wasn't just him when he's giving a speech or giving a lecture all the time. He's like this. He's smiling.
And I remember my brother told me a story yesterday, after we heard he passed away.
He said he went for Hajj. And Sheikh Mohammed would tell people when you go for Hajj, very good advice, make a list of dua, he said I spent months maybe three months building a list of all the things I want to make to ask for telling people what do you want me to pray for? So the names of things
People were asking him to give to
me. So he has this huge list. He says on the day of the autofill, I lost the list, the list is gone. He said, I felt frustrated, he said, so I started making dua, Oh Allah, anyone who asked me for forgiveness, please forgive them. And you know, things like anyone who asked me if something, you know, please fulfill the request. And then he's a later on, I met up with Sheikh Mohammed. And I told him the story, I listened to your advice, I wrote the list, and then the day of audit for the list is gone. So he said to him, and Hamdulillah, look at how Allah took away the lists. And he made your DUA very efficient, very simple, so that you can make this slide over and over without worrying
too much. Anytime something would happen, he would always find the good about it. And this demeanor of being optimistic is so important, and perhaps is the reason why he was so productive. I mentioned this in the football before, then there's a book called The Happiness Advantage. And it seeks to answer the question, are successful people happy? Or are happy people successful? And the answer is happy people are successful. Because when you're happy and you're optimistic, and no matter what happens, you look for the good and the bright side, then when you fail, the failure is not going to keep you down. If you fail, you'll say I'm gonna let me try something else, you're gonna get up and
do something else right away. Whereas if we're unhappy people and we fail, then that we stay depressed and sad, and not able to, to emerge from the failure that we've, that we've experienced. And we see this in our prophets of Allah who it was sending them optimistic, even in the most dire circumstances, and a thought if, after his wife has died, and his uncle has died, and the people who thought if cast him out with stones, some Allahu Allah, He will send them and it feels like every single door has closed. The people of Mecca are attacking him physically, even the people of authority for kicking him out. And the angel comes to our Prophet sallallahu, and he was in them and
tells them give me your command, I will collapse the mountains on the people of a life. And the Prophet says no, perhaps their offspring, their children will be Muslim,
optimistic, positive. And every moment, perhaps in sha Allah, something good will happen in the future. And this is something that we should carry on.
Final point, I will say
there is commentary on the greats Khalifa Ahmed Abdullah Aziz Rahim, Allah Huhtala. Along with that, as he's one of the great caliphs in the history of Islam. There are books and books about the life of longer than that, as is the rule of Ahmedabad, because he has his reign, what he said what he did, the reforms, the changes he made.
There is more about the life of normative novelties than the rulers who came before him and after him, even though he was only in power for two years, and those who are before him, and after him, were in power for a decade, more than a decade.
And yet, he did more in two years than they did in decades.
And the scholars say this is a sign of sincerity of the Closs. Allah puts Baraka in your time. And so in a short period of time, they're able to do so much. Sheikh Mohammed Sharif was alive for only 47 years. And he passed away yesterday. We might live double his lifespan, we might live to 80 to 90 to 100. But the question is, are we going to do even half as much as what he did?
And subhanAllah I, as I say this, if he was alive and here, he would be motivating you. He will be telling you, if I could do this, you could definitely do it. If I did this much, you can definitely do even more. That was his way.
on one day, just like he passed away, we're going to pass away.
Just like he was buried today we are going to be buried one day. And our prophets, Allah, Allah, Allah and he was sending money sacks on the footsteps of a grave. He said to the Sahaba limits the harder for the army, the army, and the likes of this moment, let those who do do do your work, do your actions because this moment is going to come. So let's not let our time slip away. Let's learn the lessons of people who are alive in our communities like Sheikh Mohammed, and people of the past like the Sahaba and the great scholars learn from their examples and try to do as much as we can try to do whatever initiatives we can for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala so that when we pass away,
there is a southern Nigeria. There is good that is continuing that we will benefit from in our grave comedy
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