Channel: Ismail Kamdar
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He was difficult to choose a topic for today, because
historically, so very important month. So I hope you will oh well, demand of the birth of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And that should be our primary topic of focus for this month. But also in terms of recent history. Last week, a great man passed away. The great scholar Dr. Yusuf al Qaradawi Rahim Allah.
So, I have to choose do we do we talk about the legacy of Dr. Yusuf al Qaradawi, which is very relevant to the problems our community faces, right? Or do we discuss some lessons from the life of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam since this is the month of his birth. So I decided that we will discuss Rasulullah sums life and we will do Inshallah, over the next four weeks, if you could pass focus on the seerah of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, because this is timeless, this is something that will benefit everyone for all time to Inshallah, perhaps another day, maybe on the evenings or something, we can have a separate session on the life of Dr. Yusuf al Qaradawi, and
lessons that our community can learn from his life. So today's goodbye, Inshallah, I want to talk about the miracle of the success of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as a leader.
This is a very fascinating aspect of his Syrah that we do not discuss often.
But hamdulillah everyone here is familiar with the Sierra with the life story of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, I take it to everyone here knows his serum. Right? One thing we should be grateful for in South Africa, is that through our maktab system, we learn the basics at a very young age. We take it for granted. But there are many communities around the world, where when you go there and you meet Muslims, you find that the average Muslim in the 20s don't even know the Sierra. They don't even know the life of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi salam because they don't have access to these resources. So we should be grateful for this, that we have this knowledge, and
it's a knowledge we tend to take for granted. Right that when we are young and we go to school, we learn about the life of the prophet Sallallahu Sallam his struggles, the Hijra that you had, and eventually the conquest of Makkah, and we learn these events, we don't take time to, to analyze it, and to understand, you know, the impact that this story this this biography this great man had on the history of the world.
We begin by stating that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in our Aqeedah in the Akita Kahuna will jump out of Islam in general, was the greatest human being ever created.
The best of creation, the greatest of all creation, not just humans, the greatest of all creation, Allah subhanho wa Taala chose him above everyone else.
And spiritually, we believe this. And we love Rasulullah salAllahu alayhi wasallam more than our own selves and more than our own families.
And it hurts us. When we find the enemies of Islam. Using the most vulgar of language in describing him, the day will twist and turn events from his life to try and portray him in a negative way. It hurts us because we truly and genuinely love him more than our own selves.
Rasulullah saw his legacy as a leader. It's so great that even non Muslims have to admit that he was the greatest leader in the history of this world. So even if people reject his message, even if people don't accept Islam, when they study his biography, and compared to any other leader that lived, you have no conclusion to come to accept that this was the greatest leader in the history of humanity. Because every other leader may have accomplished one or two things in their life. They may have established an empire, they may have reformed the policy, you know, they may have ended some oppression. They may have changed some beliefs. But only one man in history accomplished all of
dissemble. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the amount of things he accomplished in a short period of time is nothing. It is there's no other way to describe it, except as a Marchesa as a miracle. Because no other human being comes this close comes close to him in terms of accomplishments.
And I want us to analyze one statement from a non Muslim poet who 150 years ago, he wrote about Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, and he
he gave a very beautiful description of him. And I want to look at this because, you know, we often hear from non Muslims very negative comments about Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam. So when someone says something positive, I think it's good for you to hear it. But more importantly, I want us to think about this and analyze it, analyze what he said in terms of history, because the deeper you analyze the statement, the more the miracle of Islam becomes dominant in your mind. I'm not going to mention the name of the poet because here he was a French poet and French is a difficult language, right? I'll probably mispronounce his name before mentioning it. But nonetheless, this French poet
he said, If greatness of purpose, smallness of means, and astonishing results are the three criterion of human genius than who would dare compare any man in history with Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. He said that most famous men, they created arms large or empires, and they founded material powers that crumbled before the eyes. But this man moved not only armies, and laws and empires and dynasties, but millions of people across 1/3 of the known world at the time.
And he changed the beliefs and the ideas of people. He was a philosopher and orator, a prophet, a conqueror of ideas, a restorer of rational beliefs, the founder of 20 empires in one spiritual empire. He said, But regarding any standard, by which greatness of human greatness is measured, we should ask ourselves was the any man greater than he have any powerful statement, a very beautiful description, but I want to analyze it, take it piece by piece because the deeper you look at these various aspects of the life and accomplishments of Rasulullah sallallahu, alayhi wasallam, the more your love for him will grow. And the more you will begin to see that Islam is truly a miracle,
really, that the growth of Islam is in of itself a miracle.
So the Prophet started by saying that Rasulullah saw Islam he said about him, greatness of purpose, smallness of means, and astonishing results. The three criterion of human greatness, greatness of purpose, you know, when we look at great leaders in human history, they all had a purpose, right? Mandela, his purpose was to end the party. Right? We know that Gandhi his purpose was, you know, to get rid of British British colonialism in India, everyone had a purpose and they achieved their purpose, but was the any purpose greater than the purpose of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that he his message was for people to worship Allah Allah.
And this was one man in a small town in Arabia, where everybody else was worshipping idols 1400 years ago, yet today, a quarter of the earth follows his message of worshipping Allah Allah and submitting to Allah subhanho wa Taala greatness of purpose is there any greater purpose and calling towards the Oneness of Allah, there isn't smallness of means this is where the political comes in. If you look materialistically at the life of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he did not have the material means of establishing an empire.
Yet within a period of 10 years, he established the greatest empire in the history of this world.
Makkah, at that time, was not a civilization. It was a small tribal city. People did not know how to read and write besides a handful. It was ignored by the empires of the time, the Persian that the Romans because he was seen as insignificant. They were seen as backwards people, they were seen as not important, not the competition to us. They were a they were nothing on the map of the world at the time.
In terms of his personal life, Rasulullah sallallahu sallam was born into a poor family. He did not get educated in reading and writing. He was an orphan having lost both both of his parents at a young age, his whole community turned against him when he started preaching Islam. When you put all of this together, it seems like all of the odds are stacked against him.
Yet when he passes away, all of Arabia is worshipping Allah Allah. idol worship has been eradicated from the Arabian Peninsula, and he has established a community of righteousness, a community of transformed individuals that will go on to conquer Roman lands to conquer Persian lands to conquer less than 100 years later parts of India and Europe and to establish the greatest empires in the history of this world.
And that's when we say, astonishing results, astonishing results, a man in the middle of Arabia, calling to the Oneness of Allah.
And from that grew Empire upon Empire upon empire, to such an extent that today a quarter of the earth believes in and follows his message, that is astonishing results. In fact, we would say it's a miraculous results because no human being in history has accomplished anything close to this. No one. There is no human being in history, who has accomplished anything close to this. He then went on to say that other famous men, they may have established laws, they may have established empires, but it was all material, it all crumbled before the eyes. Alexander the Great, he established a huge empire. What happened when he died? It fell apart. Genghis Khan know sweeping through Asia,
conquering land upon land, establishing one of the biggest empires in human history. What happens when he dies,
it falls apart, it becomes his sons fight each other in the split into many, many empires in into more and more mini empires with each passing decade.
Because these are material accomplishments only, it didn't transform the hearts of people. It was just attaining worldly objectives. Sadly, we see this even in our own country, that we know that years ago, Nelson Mandela fought to free this country from a party and already we're seeing the undoing of what he accomplished.
So we see that most leaders, the accomplishments lasted for a short time.
Yet the legacy of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is still going strong today.
It's still going strong today. Maybe not politically, although I believe politically, Islam is rising once again. But in every other area, Islam is still going strong.
We are the largest community of practicing religious people on earth.
They may be more Christians by name, but in terms of practicing Muslims are number one.
And we are growing faster than any other religion.
We are dominant in every field. You know, we have actually reached a point today compared to 20 years ago that even in sports almost any sport you look at, there's a Muslim at the top right Muslims are dominating in science. We're dominating in medicine. My when people go to doctors, they're very happy to see a Muslim doctor because you know, our guys are the best right? We are dominating in every other field inshallah. Politically, Muslims will get to the top again. So how does a man 1400 years ago with no political training, with no formal education in the middle of Arabia, with a very small following established such a major Empire? It is nothing short of a more
of a miracle.
He says that Rasulullah sallallahu. So not only did he move armies and lords and empires, but the hearts of millions of men, he said of 1/3 of the known world. So back then 150 years ago, when when the statement was made, Muslims made up 1/3 of the world, right of the known world because they were the known world was much smaller back then, right. At the time of Rasulullah, saw some the known world was much smaller.
And he didn't says the Rasulullah sallallahu sallam was the founder of 20 empires and one spiritual empire. 20 empires think about this. Every other great political leader in history, established One Empire, maybe maximum two.
But how many empires in history are established by people who follow Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam that the entire code of the civilization is based on the teachings of Rasulullah sallallahu. The use of the cauliflower Rashidi in the Romanians, the Abbasids, the Ottomans, the Mughals, the devil he Saltanat, the Safar weeds, the the Fatimids, the the Morabito, the MOI hides underneath, and you can go on and on the cell jokes and many others. There are so many, there are so many great empires of the various denominations of Islam. But they all had one thing in common that their country and they Empire was established on following Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi salam, not
one empire, many, and some of these empires grew to magnificent players. If you look at the height of the power of the Romanians, or the Abbasids, or Islamic Spain, or the Ottomans, all of these empires reached at one point in their lives a point where this empire was the dominant civilization on earth. It was the superpower of the world and multiple points in our history. Muslims were the superpower of this world, and inshallah we will be again one day
and he says one spiritual Empire
What is the one spiritual empire that unites all of these great empires in our history is Islam. Islam is a spiritual Empire. It is a spiritual force that has changed the lives of billions of people across the world. You can visit any part of this world, and you will see the impact of Islam. Wherever you go on this earth, you will find Muslims praying. And even when you don't see Muslims, you can still see the effects of Islam. Even in non Muslim societies, you can still see the effects of Islam. For example, Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was the first man to preach that a black man is not better than a white man and a white man is not better than a black man. He's the
first person to preach against racism. Today, we know globally there is a movement against us. But the legacy started with Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. We know today globally, the majority of people Muslim or non Muslim believe that people are innocent until proven guilty. But where did this concept come from? It came from the Quran. It came from the teachings of Islam, it originated in the Sharia, that our Sharia has a very strong policy, everyone is innocent, until you can prove them guilty. That's why we have that full witness system. Right that people are innocent until they can be proven guilty beyond doubt. That's where the concept came from. So we see the impact of
Islam, even on non Muslim societies.
And more than that, we see Muslims everywhere and Islam growing everywhere. And so he says, by every standard by which human greatness may be measured, can we get ask ourselves was the any man greater than he? Now what I find sad about these statements is that there are people throughout history who recognize the greatness of Rasulullah sallallahu, some as the greatest human being to ever live, yet they still didn't embrace his message. And that is a reminder to us. That guidance is from Allah subhanho wa taala. And if Allah has chosen you to be a Muslim, you should thank Allah, with every fiber of your being for being a Muslim. thank Allah for guiding your heart. Because there are people
out there who studied the life of Rasulullah saw some who recognize his greatness, who learned about him, who saw that he was the greatest human to ever love, who could teach you why he was the greatest human to ever love. But he didn't embrace his message at the end of the day. Because guidance is from Allah. guidance is from Allah. And so we ask Allah to keep our hearts guided on the straight path we ask Allah to keep us steadfast, we ask Allah to make this ummah, and Ahmed is worthy of the legacy of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa salam Subhanallah bigger Robin is at the mercy phone or Salam and mousseline with Hamdulillah.
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one of the things that many non Muslims they can't understand is why we love Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa salam so much. It puzzles them, that this is a man who lived 1400 years ago. Why are you being offended when we mock him? Why are you being offended when we see you know, derogatory things about him.
And I see, to understand why Muslims love Rasulullah saw. So Allahu alayhi wa sallam is something that is very difficult for someone who has not been given the gift of iman.
Because our love for the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam stems from our iman, it stems from our fate. It is part of the miracle of fate, that we never met him.
He lived over 1000 years ago. But do we love him more than our own parents?
And the most we can do when talking to people, is give him some of the reasons why he brought Islam to this world. He changed the world. And he sacrificed so much for this religion. He allowed us without ever meeting us. Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam loved us without ever meeting us He will make dua for us. He will make dua for the forgiveness of the future followers of his religion, he will make dua for the major sinners that would come 1000s of years after him.
We were in his heart even before we came into this world. How can we not love him back
Rasulullah sallallahu allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was the greatest human to ever love.
And when you recognize this, how can you not love him? You know, we love people with very simple things. Nowadays, people love the celebrities for the flimsiest emotion material of reasons you know, most bizarre reasons somebody made a funny video on Tiktok if people love him, while this new love some of us something trivial like that, and you wonder why we love someone to change the world. This is this shows how messed up people's understand
angle of what what should we love this? We love Rasulullah sallallahu isa number one because this is this is from our faith. It is a miracle of our faith that our love is automatic, it comes naturally to us even to someone who is not even taking Islam seriously, who is not even like following most of the rules of Islam, they still have that love of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam if you had to insult Rasulullah Salallahu Salam in front of a Muslim who is not even, you know, following Islam properly, you will see the fire in their eyes. Why? Because that love is real. That love is very, very real.
And so we ask Allah to allow us to live up to his legacy to be the kind of followers that this woman needs. Because this Omar is in a very, in a very important and difficult point in history. So history goes through cycles, nations rise and nations fall and out of the ashes of the fall, other nations rise again. And 100 years ago, the Ottoman Empire fell,
which means historically, this ummah is due for another rise. And this can happen in our lifetimes. But every single Muslim has to figure out what the role is in the rise of Islam. Whether you contribute to the intellectual rise of Islam, the political rise of Islam, economical rise of Islam, that's up to you. But everyone needs to play a role. And everyone needs to see what we can do. Because we are living in a very interesting time.
It's interesting because politically, Muslims are weak, yet spiritually, we are strong, and we are going stronger with every passing year. Look at the number of practicing Muslims in the world today compared to 50 years ago. It's amazing. It's amazing. Every Muslim country you visit there is an awakening in the hearts of the younger generation. There are people who grew up in homes with their parents and grandparents didn't practice Islam at all. They were just Muslims by name and the younger generation are in the masjid and they are praying and they want Islam to be revived. There is an awakening happening across the Muslim world. What role are we playing in it?
We are the followers of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, you must do what we can to revive his legacy and to make sure that Islam is dominant on earth. It is dominant in the hearts of people. It is the message everyone is attracted to. It is seen by everyone as a solution to their problems. But that only comes when we portrayed properly when we are role models of it. And when we are preaching to others. We ask Allah subhana wa Taala to keep us steadfast on a straight path we ask Allah subhana wa ala to increase our love of Him and His Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and his religion. We ask Allah subhana wa Taala to make us a means of guidance for others. Allah who much on
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