Distinguishing Yourself as a Muslim
Channel: Kamil Ahmad
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One of the main obstacles faced by many Muslims living in the West is assimilation into Western society at the cost of their religion. Should Muslims blend into society or distinguish themselves from others?
Jumuah Khutbah delivered at Abu Huraira Center in Toronto.
Date: March 18, 2016 (Juma-da al-Akhir 9, 1437).
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My dear brothers and sisters, when our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was sent by Allah Subhana, who were to Hydra
as a prophet, and messenger for mankind.
When he was first sent, he was alone.
He was one man.
He was alone. He was a stranger.
He was a stranger filled in a world.
He was a stranger in a world that was filled with ignorance, that was filled with disbelief, that was filled with *. And that was filled with oppression, and injustice. And so Allah subhana wa tada sent him
to change that reality,
to change the oppression and the injustice, to justice, to change the disbelief and the shift to the tawheed of a loss of Hannah who had the honor and belief in him.
My dear brothers and sisters, when he first received the revelation, from a loss of Hannah, who went to Allah, only a handful of intelligent people, accepted his message.
And so in the beginning, there were very, very few believers,
a handful of believers who accepted the message, and so they too became strangers in the society in which they lived in. They were strangers, to their own family members,
to their own society, in which they were born and grew up in.
And so the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
Along with these handful of believers,
they continued to strive hard and to struggle,
until many entered into the fold of Islam, but they were still persecuted and tortured, when they were in Mecca.
Until a loss of Hannah, who had to Allah commanded His Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to migrate to Medina where they moved and established, a society
established a state and then
one victory after the other, against their opponents, against their enemies. Until Islam spread throughout the Arabian Peninsula.
And the tribes the Arab Christ came into Islam one after the other. And so Islam spread, and that strangeness
vanished. And so those strangers we're no longer strangers. And so Islam spread with the death of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam as his companions radi Allahu Allah whom took that Deen and spread it throughout the world. And so Islam was no longer something strange
until many, many centuries later.
And until our current time,
where Islam is once again looked at as being something strange
and its followers who truly follow Islam, as revealed to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam are looked at as strangers
This is something that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam foretold. This is something that he told us. So he said, better and Islamorada worse iaru do horiba can I better for to the little Harada
he said, salatu wa, he was Allahu LA, that Islam began as something strange. And it will once again return to being something strange, the same way in which began, and then what did he say, for to ballyhoura
so glad tidings for those strangers.
And so, in every era, in every land, these strangers will appear.
They are those who look odd,
who don't fit into society. Why? Because they have left the norms, the customs or traditions of their people, the religion of their forefathers, and they decided to change.
And so in our times, especially in the society we live in,
there is no doubt that Islam is something strange. And its followers who adhere to its teachings are looked at as being strangers. And this is how it has always been.
And so these followers of Islam have always been like
a black cow,
which has a white patch on it, standing out, small, few in number,
or like a birthmark on your body, it stands out. It's small, and yet it stands out.
And so these are the strangers that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam spoke about,
when he said that there will come a time when Islam will return to being something straight.
And so a Muslim, he lives his life in this dunya
the true Muslim lives,
and yet, he is different.
He is different and distinguished from the enemies of Islam.
Although he may physically be living with them, in this life in this world, He's different.
his religion, in his beliefs, in his customs, in the way he carries himself. He's different to all the others. And so, this distinguishing feature isn't something that we have come up with ourselves.
Or is it something that Allah Subhana who Allah gave to us?
And I asked this question because many Muslims are confused today. And so they think that we shouldn't draw these lines between us and the others. And that we Muslims are no different than the others. Let us all unite, let the Muslim stand beside his Christian brother or his Jewish brother. There's nothing wrong with that. However, I'm here to tell you today that Allah subhanho wa Taala from above the seven heavens, he is the one who made these lines between us and all the others. And so Allah subhanahu wa tada said in various places in the Quran, that there is this line that needs to be drawn between the Muslims and their enemies of energy Hello Muslim ina carmudi mean mela
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Allah subhana wa attallah tells us that the difference between the two camps
between the camp of a man and the camp of copper It is like the blind,
and the one who can see and the one who can hear
is the blind like the one who can see is the one who is deaf. He cannot hear. Is he the same like he who can hear and so Allah subhanho wa Taala says, hell yes there we are.
are these two equal?
Can they be compared of Allah Takeru? Do you not think? And so
if these lines become blurred, as they have become blurred today, among many Muslims who we associate with,
if these lines become blurred, then there's no meaning of Eman and there's no meaning of Cofer. There is no longer any meaning of Toshi, and there's no longer any meaning to shake. There is no longer any meaning to the struggle that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam went through, and his companions, what they went through, in order for them in order for that Deen to reach us today.
My dear brothers and sisters,
the Muslim is distinguished
from the non Muslim in many different ways. And so in his aqeedah in his belief, he worships a lot alone.
Unlike all the others, who either do not believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala, or they associate partners with Allah subhana wa tada directing their worship to other than Allah.
this is a distinguishing feature between the believer, the Muslim and non Muslim in his al Qaeda, in his worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this is exactly what Allah subhanho wa Taala told His Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in an entire surah that he revealed to him. Could you help Kathy rune?
Allah subhanho wa Taala commands His Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Say,
say to them, oh, disbelievers.
Oh Kathy rune. Unlike many Muslims today, who don't even want to use this term anymore, they say we should not make any difference between us and them by using such terms. Allah subhanho wa Taala refer to them as such. And he commands His Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to call them as such. kuliah you
say Oh, disbelievers say to them what
law abou matter boon. I do not worship that what you worship. Yes, I worship Allah and you do not worship Allah, like you claim you worship others, besides Allah subhana wa tada without unto Him.
And, you know, disbelievers do not worship what I worship, while and I
will be doing good stressing on those same meanings. Allah Subhana Allah says, and I shall never worship what you worship, and You will never worship, what I worship. And then how does Allah subhana wa tada conclude these verses, let them do what God for you is your religion, you keep your religion, and I will keep mine.
And so this is the difference between the Muslim and non Muslim. he worships Allah alone.
And he does not associate partners with Allah subhanho wa Taala in his worship. And so the Muslim distinguishes himself in his Akita. And he just he distinguishes himself from others in his worship of Allah subhana wa Tada. And in his character, in his manners, the we the way he conducts himself, with the best of manners taught to us by Allah subhana wa tada and His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he distinguishes himself in his customs, and in his way.
And so my dear brothers and sisters,
the Muslim is not like the calf ear, the disbeliever in everything that he does, especially in that which he believes in. And so today
in the West, in this part of the world that we live in, we currently have two kinds of Islam that are being offered.
One type is that which fits
is that which fits with the people's current understanding their current lifestyles,
the way in which they are currently living in
this Western lifestyle
that is concerned with only
being able to get along
in the world in which the West dominates,
giving people an Islam
that is compatible with their lives in which there is no distinguishing features. The second kind of Islam is that, which teaches people, how Islam came to change the reality, how Islam came to change the norms of the people, not how it is compatible with the ways of the people in which they currently stand.
And, of course, the first kind, the first type will be promoted,
it will be taught,
the core ad will be twisted, in order for this version of Islam,
to be made acceptable by the Muslims. Why? Because it is the Islam that the people want. It is the Islam that makes the lives of the people easy for them.
That doesn't make them stand out. That doesn't cause them any difficulty,
any so called difficulties. And so the second kind of Islam
will be denounced. It will be fought against its people will be labeled with every kind of label.
And so I want you now to bring your minds back from this current
picture that we have back to the first strangers,
those few Sahaba
who were strangers
in their society?
Don't you see the similarity?
Every single kind of attack they faced verbal, physical.
They were told that this is a new religion.
They were told that this man has come to change you from the ways of your forefathers. And so they were persecuted. They were tortured.
And the media was all over the Muslims announcing to the various tribes around the Arabian Peninsula, to be aware of this man. Why? Because he's either a magician, or he's a poet, or he's a madman.
And so, this is what we face today. My dear brothers and sisters. This is a reality of what we face today. But who are the successful ones? The ones who the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he gave them glad tidings for to ballyhoura so give glad tidings to the strangers. Those who put up with these attacks, those who remain steadfast upon the deen of Allah subhanho wa Taala in such trying times barakallahu li walakum Felker and Avi. Whenever I mean, what can be Murphy mean it ridiculous Hakeem aku loca there was a federal law honey welcome when he said he didn't see me and I'm incredibly there'll be no soup festival for you who know who can have affair or what to LA in
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My dear brothers and sisters.
It's not easy to live as a stranger, as a prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam described to us who the strangers are.
It's not easy, and that's why you find many Muslims
giving up and not persisting, not remaining steadfast upon this theme.
However, there are certain ways that if we were to focus on it'll help us
To rise from the ashes, and to once again become true strangers, those strangers who the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam gave his glad tidings for the first is by understanding that this Deen of Allah subhanahu wa tada
is the truth and there is no other truth besides it, no matter what they say no matter what theories they bring forth, to try to disprove Islam, or to try to disprove the very existence of Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah is the truth and this Deen that he has revealed to us it is the truth and the way you find out is by firstly attaching your heart to Allah subhana wa tada begging him to show you the truth as it is. And then secondly, to studying this deal, and to understanding that this Deen is based upon not myths, but rather it is based upon evidence, sound arguments that coincide with the sound intellect. Secondly,
understanding that this Deen that we have it is that which Allah subhana wa tada is pleased for us. It is that which he is satisfied for us and the oma acmella to lacantina comm where it's meant to add a community worldly to lakmal Islam Medina on this day I perfected for you your deen I have completed for you your deen and, and perfected and completed my favorite upon you worldly to lakmal Islam Edina and I am satisfied by saying this. I am satisfied with Islam as a religion for you.
As for the others, what are they satisfied with? They are pleased and satisfied with us abandoning our dd 131 and nassarawa Toyama letter home.
These are the words of Allah subhanho wa Taala not the words of any human being.
Allah says that the Jews and the Christians will never be pleased with you. They will never be satisfied with you until you follow their wings until you follow their religion. Now you tell me which one would you rather prefer that which allies please with or that which your enemy is pleased with for you
thoroughly understand the temporary nature of dystonia. So yes, it's not easy to live as a Muslim as a stranger standing out with your beliefs with your ways in which you carry yourself in a majority non Muslim society. But what will help you is understanding the temporary nature of dystonia, and that these difficulties
are temporary. It's only a matter of days before you move on to the Acura which will last forever. Kalamata adonia khaleel Well, zero to hero Lima taco say to them, that
the desire the pleasures of this dunya are temporary. As for the Acura, it is better for those who fear of loss of Hannah who want to hide and then finally,
if you are a stranger in this dunya today, then you need to reconnect yourself with the strangers of the past. And so read the biographies beginning with the biography of our Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam for he was the first stranger and then read the biographies of those companions. Who were the first strangers of this
read about Abubakar radi Allahu and read about Khadija radi Allahu Allah.
Read about Amara vinyasa. And the entire family of Amar, his mother and his father. Read about Abdullah ibn Massoud, read about Villa read about these companions and reconnect yourself with those first strangers. I asked a loss of Hannah who would to Hannah to keep us all steadfast upon his Deen
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