Channel: Kamal El-Mekki
comes all the way across the room to greet me like this.
Oh, that's nice.
People don't want to smile because they're hard. Oh yeah. Yeah, thugs. gangster, your rough.
Smile people smile.
If you think I came all the way from the US so a bunch of kids can just frown at me.
mentality. So all over the place. He's taught Muslims.
Mashallah smile people, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam said that smiling in the face of your brother is a charity, you get rewarded for that. Look how many smiles you missed? so far. 1000s of them that's 1000s of reward. So smile. That's number one. Number two,
I want to remind everybody why we're here. We're not here. So we can, like take part in the Islamic event for the year, or I did my Islamic event for this month. We're here so we can learn something. So we can go and change. We're here so we can apply what we learn. We're not just here to listen to this talk and see what that guy looks like and listen to, you know, my superb, superb jokes.
And then just go home here so we can change. So I was given this topic of overcoming academic challenges. And you know why I was given that topic? Yeah. Everybody know why?
Because I'm a student.
I'm an A student. When I was in school, my teacher was always telling me, Hey, where's your homework? Hey, what's in your lunchbox? Hey, stop doing that. So I always know is in a student.
See how great that joke was?
Now, the problem with the reason this topic came about is that a lot of young men and women in this community do not take your education seriously. They don't take school seriously. They don't take classes seriously. And I asked what is the problem, they said the problem. people sit together in groups, they laugh, they joke, they skip class a lot. They get very, very bad grades. They don't care, even to the point where the counselors don't care. I heard if some students going to speak to a counselor, Counselor, look at your grades, see their D's and F's and see minuses and say, Well, why don't you learn to do something with your hands? When you learn to do something with your hands?
You know, not that there's anything wrong with that. Not that that's like,
demeaning, there's nothing wrong with that if you as long as you're earning an honest living, if you become a carpenter, if you become a plumber, is nothing wrong with that whatsoever. But we have to understand a couple of things. First of all, one of the one of the fakers, he was asked about the future of a nation, you know what he said to them? He said, show me their educational system. And I'll tell you what their future will look like. Obviously, he's not saying he's gonna predict the future. But he says that from how they study and how serious our educational system is, we can see what they're going to do for themselves in the future with the new generation will do.
when you keep skipping class, and we don't care about your grades, what does that say about the future of Muslims in Canada, or the future of Muslims in the West in general, what that means, and again, we're not saying there's anything wrong, or demeaning about, you know, the jobs that I'm going to mention. But what that means is that other people will have the ones in charge of the country, the lawmakers will be from other groups, the politicians will be from other groups, that people who are in charge of positions and offices and companies will be from other groups, and what are we going to do for them? We're going to be serving these other groups. Now, is this the future
you want for the Muslims in Canada, like 30 years from now that every other group, they're in charge of businesses in charge of any government are in charge of everything in education? What are we doing? We're providing them.
We do work for them. We build their houses, we fix their cars, you know, we unplug and plug their plumbing systems. Now there's nothing again, nothing wrong, nothing haram about that, or nothing demeaning about that. But is this what we want for ourselves? Is this what we want our community to be?
So you have that opportunity. Some of us are parents, they didn't have these opportunities, and then they're doing these types of work, this time.
work so you can get a good education. So you don't have to do it. It's such a shame that your father breaks his back doing manual labor, and he's sick, he still has to work. So he can provide you with a good education and what do you do? skip class?
And then get these?
And then what?
I mean, is that fair to your parents? Is that fair to yourself? Is that fair to your community? Is that fair to your oma? It's not, it's not at all.
So, the prophets Allah, Allah Han Li,
he was sending them he taught us to aim high. Always he taught us to aim higher. He even told the man he says when you ask Allah asked for,
for those, the highest level
in higher, ask for the highest level, when asked for the lowest level? Have you seen anyone make $1? Or let me be that last man to go out of the Hellfire mentioned in the Heidi? Because he gets good paradise in the end. But that's also the lowest level view. So Allah make me that person? No, you asked for the highest level of Paradise, you aim high. So with everything else, you aim high.
I want to tell you about someone that I know personally, I always tell all my students about this person. I know him personally, he's not a fictional character. We're gonna call him Dr. H, just so as not to reveal his secret identity because he's a superhero at night as well.
All right, he's not but do you guys are asleep? That's the problem. I know you said from one lecture to another, but try to bear with me, because this is important. So Dr. h. Dr. So he has a PhD. He's got a couple of master's degrees. He speaks, reads and writes English, way beyond the average person superb. His English, absolutely superb written, spoken everything. And his Arabic is way beyond Arabic. First superb Arabic, reading, writing, poetry, everything. And he speaks Malay as well. Anyone know where they speak Malay?
Malaysia, very good. He speaks French. Excellent reading, writing. I mean, not not like he just as bond. Sure. And that's it. But he really speaks excellent French. And he speaks Spanish reading, writing. I mean, he can write literature in Spanish. And three years ago, when I met him, he was learning, teaching himself to speak Hebrew. Now I can guarantee that inshallah he probably by now speaks fluent Hebrew. So I can understand how he spoke all these languages, because he lived in Malaysia for a while he spoke French, he spoke Arabic and English. But how did we learn Spanish? I'll tell you later on how he learned Spanish.
He memorized the entire Quran. So it's not just a nerd in the dunya by memorize interferon, but his recitation is so superb that in his home country, which will go unnamed, they have recorded the entire Miss huff in his voice, and they play it on the radio, and they sell it as a set. His restriction is really, really beautiful. So you think, Okay, well, he memorize the Quran, he speaks languages probably doesn't have a lot of Islamic knowledge. A trustworthy source who sat with him and knows him? Well, he said, his level of knowledge is just a little bit beyond below that of a scholar, almost a scholar in his knowledge of Islam. So you might think, Well, you know, a lot of
sports, you've been here, well, at least I've got one advantage over him. I can beat him up. All right?
Because that's what happens when someone is better than you academically will say, Well, I can knock him out. So I still have that edge over him. Right?
This is probably don't understand what we're talking about. Unless you go around knocking each other out as well. But he was on the national diving team, you know, those folks, they get off and they do flips, and he used to be on his national diving team. Until now he can benchpress over 350 pounds. He has a second degree black belt in Aikido. And he spent six months with the samurai in Japan. So he'll beat you up. Okay.
and he's very well read in history and politics in geography, and he can comment on about any topic that you give a nice to enjoy my time very much with this man. So the question is, how did Dr. h become like this? And when did he become like this? Do you think he waited until he was 35? Suddenly he said, Okay, give me all the books that I have much time he's supposed to read. When do you think he started?
Yes, sir. When do you think he started?
Before he started very early, he told me that, you know, he used to love to read so much that he would his parents would send him to bed. He would be under the cover with a book reading until 3am. Every single night, until now he does that. Now, let me get back to why the man knows how to speak Spanish understand why he speaks all these other languages. So I asked him, How did you learn to speak Spanish there? You know what he said? Listen up people.
Listen up. Mr. Hale over there.
during the week, from diving class, to training, to language to or on to Islamic studies to school, I found that I have one free hour during the week.
So what would you do in this hour?
Break out the Xbox, of course, start playing to the thumbs become blistered. No. He said, I have one free hour. I can't waste it. He went and signed up for Spanish class.
But so the question was, how will you think? Or when do you think he started his job as a young man, and most people who are something today, most of the time, there are people who started when they were young, they were serious when they were young. They cared about their time when they were young.
Not like what we have today. When you're young. You're just trying to find free time to waste somehow watching a movie, listen to music, playing a video game overdoing it with sports, whatever it is, I want to share with you my favorite story of a young man who's serious about knowledge. My favorite story, maybe I said it before.
with Mr. Malik in the young boy, did I tell it to you before?
Okay, so you know, Malik Rahim, Allah was a great scholar of Medina. And he had halaqa. In the message of the Prophet from the law, it was a lamb. And a lot of people would sit in his gathering. Some of them were scholars, some were young, some are old people, but everybody would sit and nobody would would open their mouth. Nobody would argue they would just sit down. And the chef was very serious, who would teach them and they were right. Scholars, young men, old men, everybody.
It is said one day while he's teaching his class, someone, someone, you know, push the door open, and he yelled out to everybody, fee, elephant.
So now, of course, you imagine people back then they had never seen an elephant. They didn't have internet didn't have magazines or television. But they know superfine. And they know the description of this animal that it's much, much bigger than a camel, much bigger in size taller, and it's gray and has thick skin. What if I mean, you've all seen an elephant? What if I tell you there is an animal that has a long nose and this nose can pull things out of the ground can even pull trees out of the ground? You can't even imagine what it looks like. And it has huge ears. What will you imagine it to look like and all you've seen cows and camels and goats and sheep. So everybody wanted
to see what an elephant looked like. So the men pushed the doors of the mustard open dog field in the field, an elephant in Medina. Everybody left the gathering. Scholars, people with big beards, everybody's running out to see what the elephant looks like.
Except for I
didn't give them permission to leave. They all respect him very much. He didn't say you can leave everybody just ran out and left. So the amount when suddenly in a few seconds, the gathering is empty. The machine is empty. He looks and he finds this little boy sitting down. He still has his pen and paper.
So the amount of surprise grown men scholars ran out this little voice still here. So we asked a little boy, he said when you get up to see the elephant. This young boy said to him, I didn't come here to Medina to see the elephant. But I came to see you.
Nobody's affected. Let me say that one more time. Pretend that you really moved by that. Okay.
So the little boy said, I didn't come here to Medina to see the elephant. But I came here to see you.
Thank you. I don't know what's wrong with the brothers. Oh, you guys are hard. forgot about that. Oh, hard and stuff.
You guys better quit that hard stuff. I'm telling you right now. Stop it.
Alright, so this young boy cared so much about knowledge. Let me tell you something. Right now every single one in this room. You've seen what an elephant looks like, right?
If somebody burst open those doors right now and said there's an elephant in the parking lot. How many of you would leave to go see the elephant? I think a lot of people would leave their room. And we've all seen elephants before. But we'll go see what he's doing in the parking lot.
Well, I want it to be serious about everything that we do. So like the example doctor that I gave, he was a young man that he cared about his time, he didn't want to waste his time, he felt the value of time. And that's something you do investing in the future. Because in the future, you reap the benefits of how many courses you took, and how many skills you gained and attained.
But now young people, all they think about is fun. All they think about is fun. Can't wait to have a few minutes free. So we can kill that time, sports, you know, video clips on the internet, or watching you know, movies, or just exaggerating in one thing or another. And this is something that in the West, people tend to go overboard, when they love something, they love it too much. And they go overboard with it. And that's all they talk about. And they have posters of it, and they wear t shirts, and they just, it's all over there everything, just they go overboard with things. So most people that have free time, you want to kill that time, find a way to spend that time, always I hate
kids talking about I'm bored.
You give them a lecture and
you give them a course I'm bored. Oh sweetheart, we want me to do for you.
I gotta jump through hoops to keep people entertained now, so you can tell him a few words about the breakfast.
After coming here, and the clown car, six, you come out of the car just to entertain people.
a lot of a lot of youth.
And this is a huge majority of you, their dreams to become professional athlete.
That's it. Every time I'm in the classroom, I'm gonna spare you the embarrassment here. But every time I'm in a class asked who wants to become a doctor? one guy's like, barely can put his arm up.
Then who is recovering athlete
basketball is football. These guys. And this is studies have been done about this where with a lot of youth, this is in the US, especially African American youth, the majority of them want to become professional athletes. Because of that they don't care for school very much. Because they're sure well, you know, so and so he's contract, he makes a couple of million a year, and he doesn't look like a very smart person. So I can be also not very intelligent, but good in my sport. And that's it, I'll make it in the business.
That's all they want.
You know, you can be that athlete on the side. But also medical doctor, there's nothing to stop you from doing that.
When and you also have to have a backup plan. So what if I don't become the NBA star, whatever it is, have some knowledge to fall back on. I was bouncing a ball all all my life, and I put all my eggs in that basket, I'm gonna be a basketball player, then Allah decrees you have some kind of accident to protect you said I mean.
And then what would happen is to plan a there is no plan B.
I don't have any like specific time. In the end, you can tell me if there are any specific obstacles that you want us to discuss together. But really, if you spend time studying, you can do it. It's not difficult. I'll tell you why. Okay, here's the secret. These courses in middle school, elementary school, high school, college university, they were designed so that anybody can pass these courses with a certain amount of studying time. That's it. It can't be that difficult. It is designed so that the average person can pass. But you just have to put the effort into it. That's it.
So it's not like you expect me to tell you some kind of miraculous words or how to become an A student or anything like that. But the courses were made so that the average person can pass. Do not that difficult. You just have to put the time into it. That's it. So one of the things that means is that you have to discipline yourself, to force yourself to organize your own time to stay away from distractions, because there's so many distractions. I know so many brothers who talk about how busy they are. Like they don't have a minute to spare.
Oh, I'm so busy. I don't have time. And they tell me how can you do this for the dollar? We need someone to design this. No, no, no, I'm too busy. You think they're like they're flying from London to Paris, and then they've got things to do. And then they tell you about Oh, last night I was watching this movie. And oh, oh, you have time to watch movies? Oh, that's sweet.
How long is that movie? Two hours. Hope it wasn't Lord of the Rings, three hours or whatever you spent watching that ugly guy roll around the floor.
And then they tell you so busy.
It's about organizing time people. It's about discipline, you know in the month of Ramadan that's coming up and if
days in Sharla, were supposed to learn discipline,
supposed to learn discipline, take that as a stepping stone to the change that you will make for the rest of your life. Because you know, if you can stop yourself from doing things that you really need, like eating and drinking, you can definitely stop yourself from other things that are not essential to survival.
I want to talk about something called
or it can. And this is, this is like, a characteristic or a mannerism that we're lacking severely in our communities, and we're lacking severely in our own Sun, or it can. And that is when you do the best that you can with whatever task that's in front of you. Whether it's studies, whether you're fixing something, whether you're building something, or you're starting a business, whatever it is that you do your best in it, it's fine that you perfect it to the best of your ability. Anyone heard of this before? It
was right when he said it doesn't exist very much. And
I hate to say this, but you know, when you enter, like a regular restaurant, the chairs are clean, the floors cleaned, the tables are clean. Enter Muslim business, what does it look like?
I mean, I really hate to say that you think I enjoy making fun of Muslims. But the walls are chipped. The menu is busted up and torn. The chairs are chipped. That mean the tables wobbling is everything is busted up. The guy is not dressed well. And on top of that, they give you the brother treatment. You know why? Because he's a brother. You know, they give you the brother treatment. catheter standing right behind you. They serve him before you.
I don't see anybody in front of me move you
the weather treatment you get?
it's it's sad. It's disappointing. So
look at how the profits of the law hottest Ellen mentioned in Howdy. Howdy,
boo. How do
that Allah subhanaw taala loves, when one of you does something that he perfected that he does it to the best of his ability or her ability.
So listen to the Hadith one more time. Okay, focus.
Okay, and it is not talking about just praying and just fasting and doing it with any of you does anything, any work or any deed, that you do it to the best of your ability. So Allah loves it, if you're fixing a table, you do it to the best of your abilities.
If you're hanging the picture up, you do it to the best of your ability. But if you're praying, you do it best of your ability, whatever it is that you do it to the best of your ability, this is a whole This is part of a religion. This is something Allah loves people. It's very strange that this is part of our Deen. And we'll have The Omen that least care about this.
And of course, you're starting to see shala how this relates to studies. How can it be everybody's, you know, working hard in school, you know, the bringing happens
putting marks on their book, bookmarks, highlighting points, talking about the instructor, but this point where the Muslims
actually like thugs, sitting up smiling
and skipping class, talking about how they're gonna
become excellent athletes, then I heard something from today that even to become an athlete in the schools, you have to have a certain grade level to reach a certain grade level. And
so many good athletes didn't make the grade. So actually, at one point even canceled the T. So which team is this is going to propel you forward? Basically what they did, they linked your athletic ability to your academic ability. So even if you want to, if someone said, Look, I want to become an athlete, at least do the other side that will help you become an athlete.
The person's goal is to become an athlete, but he doesn't do something that's unnecessary to that goal. So what kind of planning is that? So
that he does it to the best of their ability.
whatever type of work it is, if you're fixing something, if you're getting a degree in school, if you're building something, whatever it is, you do it to the best of your ability. And even if it's part of the things that I was caught, I would love that you do it to the best of your ability.
this is what it translates to school. People want to get into the bare minimum. They want to do the bare minimum just passed with C's or B's even in school. I hear people commenting about which
They suggest to each other which course to take the exam, take this course the professor is easy, you can get an easy a, that's all you want. No want to learn anything. You're gonna make your parents pay so much money, are you gonna fall into so much debt? Just not gonna learn anything in the end? You know, I always wonder people who sell textbooks, this is when you go to a college, the people who sell the textbook at the end of the year.
What does that say? Okay?
How are you? How are you going to sell that knowledge you pay $100 or whatever more for a course. You sell a textbook, and all the knowledge evaporates. No one cares anymore.
I have like five minutes left.
So I just want to mention one happy hour concerning it can hear me to the best of your ability, where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he mentioned that Allah subhanaw taala commanded his son in everything that you do a good job in everything. So if you kill, then do do that in a good way, meaning you're going to kill a sheep or something, you do it in the best way. And if you slowly slow it in the best way, and one of you should sharpen his knife, and he should like, put his animal at ease. I want you to think why did the Prophet sallallahu Sallam use this example of sharpening the knife and putting the animal at ease? First of all, Allah subhanaw taala commanded in all things
that it's been, it will be done, according to the best of your ability. That's the first thing.
The second thing the prophets have allowed for them is giving an example with killing a sheep or a goat or an animal. What Who cares if you make a son at this point, I know it's gonna die. Even if you let it suffer for electoral units in two minutes is not going to exist anymore. It's not like we bring you a sheep with a broken limb. And they say you have to do a surgery and you have to do a good job because it's going to live after that based on how you operate. Now, understand what I'm saying? You kill an animal is not going to exist in a few minutes.
commanded to do people even then, one time the prophet SAW a man he had tied the sheep and put it down to be slaughtered. And then he starts to sharpen his knife in front of the animal. So the prophet SAW.
Jason, do you want to kill this animal twice? He says how do you mean, he says you should sharpen your knife away from the animal and then bring it in live down and
put it down? Well, it's in the state of fear. And you sharpening the tool that you're going to kill it with in front of the animal.
Even in a time of death sign is required. So your parents or
your education, your father working so hard to go to school, when he skipped class
is easy. waking up in the morning, going to work all day and all night. You know, our parents in this generation they break their back trying to make your life easy and even given back.
Great news. I've been given more time.
But I'm actually I'm wrapping up anyway. So.
in speaking to people using the right words, proper respect, someone's older than you proper respect. And in listening,
with schools, with your education when you're fixing something when you're washing the dishes, you know, so many people didn't do a good job with anything. sweep the floor when missing things all over the place.
Wash the dishes, they're missing huge things. I guarantee some people in this room, their mother doesn't like it when they wash the dishes.
Right or wrong. was gonna say some sisters, but let's just say everybody in the room. Your mother hates it when you do the dishes. Because they're stuck stuck all over the place in the cup still. Because you do a poor job. No people, it's part of your D everything you do to the best of your ability.
When I wash dishes, I do a superb job.
When I clean my car, I do a superb job.
Okay, let's just mention, you know, like I said, the schools and the courses in school, they're made so that the average person can pass and the average person can
Make it through middle school and make it through high school, make it through college, even though that's how it is the average person, and inshallah all of you are above average. So very simple things that if you do no matter what the challenge is that you can take care of whatever course is in front of one. Listen, when you're when your professor or your teacher is speaking, listen, and this is a huge problem. Now a lot of people have severe listening problems. And many people have a DD and ADHD. And many people don't have those, but they still don't listen. Because you have to train yourself to listen. So all sit in the front of the class.
I always tell my people sit in the back of the class you paying for these courses, or these courses are related to your future, you sit in the front. So you give the teacher undivided attention. So try to train yourself to listen, and I'm telling you right now, a lot of people, the majority of people, if you pay attention to this, you will see it's the truth. The majority of people do not listen.
There this conference, this community, people don't listen to this. I've been here since yesterday. And people ask me questions, and they don't listen for the answer. And I see them to ask me a question. I'm giving an answer. We're not listening. I can see it in their eyes. Especially because when I say something, they don't even let it sink in. They're asking another question immediately. So train yourself to listen, sit in the front of the classroom to help you listen, and
come to the class willing to learn. A lot of times people say, Well, you know, this is something you know, doing your knowledge or this is come to hear what you're going to what the professor will say, we don't come with the ability and the willingness to listen. So do so number one.
Number two, take notes. And I think I told you, I tell you this every year that you should take notes, when you listen to a lecture, you should take notes. How many people are taking notes right now? Show of hands, please. So 1234 This is a very small number
one whole session, one guy put his hand up.
This is a
lot of good lectures coming up here. Take notes.
Who knows? What happens a lot of young people especially confused between understanding and memorizing, and who said that last year. People don't take notes, they forget everything that said, The minute you leave this room, we're gonna forget 25% of everything that I said. Eight hours later, you're going to forget 50% of everything that was said right now. And then whatever you retain 20 to 30% of it will be incorrect.
So what are you left with?
Take notes. So one learn to listen, it might take you some training to get to pay attention, you're gonna pay attention, suddenly, you're gonna start drifting away, slam dunks, video games, come back again, slam dunks video again, come back again. Slam Dunk, video games, come back again.
So train yourself to listen. Number two, take notes, all the important things that the professor or your teacher is saying write it down. Because when you go home, you're not gonna have anything left. And your notes will supplement what's in the textbook, and are right or wrong.
Okay. And then the third thing, review, review or study. So if you're not going to study, now, you're just going to review what happened in that class. And you can do it wherever you are, just review your notes at least once before the next class, it's not so difficult. It might take you 10 minutes, just 10 minutes to read over everything that you've done. You can do that in the commercials as you're watching an episode of Pokemon or something.
You know, even your social standing has a lot to do with your education. Even if you say oh, I want to become anything I just want to become a chef. Go around giving go and talking to people. Even then when you get out and you're a doctor. People love that you can move your legs at more. See if our adoption right now.
Listening a little bit better to me. And I'll be speaking to you looking over my glasses like this. That's how doctors do it. Anybody knows about so virtually what we're referring to
speak like that, because I don't have a PhD. But if it makes you more credible, more effective as a diet, then do it. If your education will make you more effective, and it will to some degree have an impact on
You're standing in the community, then you have to do it.
The last piece of advice, try to find companions who have good study habits as well. I know, an intelligent man who isn't very good with studies, he basically became friends with, with the person who developed Victorian of the class. He did it on purpose, with study habits from the first. And he got very good grades The next year, but it was part of that person, it's very intelligent of him. So he had very bad study habits, all his friends just want to hang out and talk and stuff and be hard and all that. But he went, and he became friends with the super nerd. And he, some of the, like, the study habits of that person rubbed off on him. And he was more serious that year. So make sure your
friends are like that as well. His friends that encourage you to skip class, you try to change them, don't let them change you.
so pay attention, take good notes, do a quick review, or just a quick read over your notes. Try to organize your time, not everything is gonna be fun and running around. Because in the end, when you grow up, and you go a little older, you're gonna find that all the fun you had is gone.
But now I asked you all the fun that you have in your life, can you draw on it right now put it in front of you and laugh again.
It's gone, people, you can't spend your whole life doing something that's gonna be gone in a few hours. It's not there anymore.
I want to tell you
to not belittle any career, do not belittle any career, I was very proud of a brother, who is drooling over the over here. And he was telling me that he's actually now studying. So he can become from like, from the border bookstore.
But his reason I loved it. He said, one time my mother and I came at the airport, and my mother was in a cop and we were harassed. So I felt I should join with this, join this tea so I can make a difference.
You know, I met and I told him I met a brother in the US who's with the police force, just this one man made a huge difference. made a huge difference. They were in a seminar and the robot to teach all the police officers how to spot an extremist Muslim. And they destroyed the gophers describing a regular Muslim. He's got a beard. He may have a mark here.
Everybody's gonna be in trouble. This is an extremist now. So this guy got up instead of in front of everybody said, well, by your division, I'm an extremist. So suddenly, we discredited that person, that Muslim hater. One man he made so much they change the entire police force. But at least this young man, he saw something he wanted to make a change. And we always talked about change. And we'll talk about the future of Islam in the West. We're not doing anything in our youth are skipping school, and then when they're in charge, is going to be a nightmare. I'm personally gonna pack and ship off somewhere else.
All right, people
is only time left with
10 minutes by the end here. And there might be a specific issue or concern that you have dealing with studies. So if that's if that's the case, and I'll leave time for you to ask you specific questions. solomo Mohamad.