Chirstmas Challenges For A Muslim
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Brothers and sisters in Islam last night in this facility in this place, we had an event.
We call it story night, good story night that we try to do every month. And we try to pick up a relevant subject and we tell the story of a messenger for profit. And Christmas is around and so we thought about sharing something about property Sally Salama about his birth, and about his baby hood, according to the Islamic perspective.
And it was amazing you know, first of all, it was snowing and Mashallah, we still had some people brought their children to the event. Alhamdulillah but here's what I want to share with you is, I wanted two children to play this out. One of them celebrate Christmas. I don't want to say a non Muslim, he's a Muslim, but I want him to act to take on that rule. And the other one is a Muslim and I you know, I would like to them to implement what I told them. So panela when I told that little boy, okay, you you're gonna be the you're gonna play the Christmas guy. When Lloyd Well, he jumped from the ground and said, No, and he left.
I'm not gonna do
it come back is just pretend No, I'm not doing it even pretending.
You know, it's so amazing.
We, as adults, we as adults, have a very hard time dealing with this particular subject. And I can really, I can understand, you know, it's a blessing to be an Imam. You know, sometimes you say things that really not practical in a way because you're not in the labor force. Do you don't know what you go through. But I can understand you being out there and trying to strike that balance between appearing as the tolerant person, that open progressive person, especially if you're a professional, and at the same time maintain an extremely important aspect of your beliefs.
which is you know, that the subject is very sensitive, because it relates to the belief system to the Akita.
And I'm talking about grownups What about these children? You know, and, and these children are walking around and seeing this life.
And especially the children who attend the public schools. It's all now about Christmas, about these slides about medical, all these things and they have to deal with them. I can tell that we, as elders have a hard time dealing with the issue. A lot of the brothers they would find it very difficult to have that balance. And what about the children, brothers and sisters in Islam?
First of all the the first issue that I really would like to address and I hope, I will be able to conveyed in a manner that, you know,
conceivable that you can actually understand what I'm trying to say. Here is the line
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tolerance being open is in dealing with one another, interacting with one another nothing believes.
You see, I want to tell you something in Christianity. There is a brand called Catholic and a brand called orthodox basically the Middle East, Christianity and the European Christianity. That's what that's what they are trying to do with Islam too. They're trying to create a new Islam here. You know, but this is beside the point. They celebrate Christmas The Middle Eastern guy, guys they celebrate Christmas and what the
That's their Christmas it's like the Sunni Shia divide regarding the birthday of the prophets of Salah Muslim suppose that well, but again, this is not this is beside the point. I'm not approving that but I just would. But the Shia Islam, they celebrating the 17th. So they celebrate the birthday, the Middle Eastern Orthodox Christian, they celebrate on the seventh of January, the European, the Kennedy the Catholic, the the Italian, the where it originated, they celebrate on 25th. And by the way, why I came across this the steps, it is unlawful
according to Orthodox Christianity, to congratulate a Christian orthodox by saying Merry Christmas because he's celebrating the wrong day.
Imagine and we'll talk about what
denominations in the same
religion for again, I go back to the line that I thrown at you. You see being tolerant, there's nothing that believes you see, tolerance is in interacting with one another and it is being phased being just being polite, being respectful to the people, in spite of them doing that. Listen, the freedom to choose a religion is Allah has given the right to every human being. And
there is no way you can force that on people you can you cannot do that, especially at this time and age. He cannot do it. So now you chose your way of of believing.
I'm still gonna respect you. I'm still gonna show you, you know,
what's it called? Bill?
Lay layan halco lohani leadin Allah, Makati? openfit do you want me to come in the area come and bar room. We're too cozy to lie him in a law how you will move
a lot does not stop you from dealing with Bill. You know what they that you know, the one who translated that I had a very hard time explaining what it means in that particular situation. A Christian, a Jew who's not combative. He doesn't fight you. He doesn't he doesn't harm you. He's peaceful with you. You can have been with him while I got this from a priest. You know. So I tried to explain to him I'm supposed to have this all acting love. That's the translation that he actually chose for me that you act in love with him. You acted. It can come from the heart. It can't. It cannot come from the heart. It cannot. As a matter of fact if it comes from the heart unless this is
a natural love that this is a relative that is a wife but I'm talking about because of his beliefs that you end up loving that person. If it comes from the heart that means the heart there is something wrong with it.
Let it do Coleman you know Nebula
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Sure enough we had Len Malhotra it's impossible. My the present tense is impossible. You will not be able to find someone
who truly believes in Allah and His messenger? Has love in his heart toward someone who does not like Allah and His messenger?
You can't? You can't is him? Why? Or what is the technicality of this? Because love happens with the limb with the heart.
And our hearts in the hands of who
call us. Allahu Allah, us, Helen, in Abu Bhavani Adam Bay knows why even men you can evoke
the hearts of the children are in the hands of Allah. He turns them any way that you want. Now, do you expect a loss of Hannah with the island to turn your heart on to love someone who doesn't believe in Allah and His messenger? Will it happen
in Buddhism in a very
elegant, eloquent way pertaining to showing up, you know, when you show up to somebody I want to please. So I want to get your pleasure, your acceptance. But I'm not supposed to show up, I'm supposed to be sincere to what the new client said, Call boomin todo el dia de Manasa, in
the heart of the one for whom you showing up in order to like you, in the hands of the one you're disobeying. So if you want him to love you, then you turn to who? Then he will turn. So the point taken here, that acting a love that's tolerance, but believes No, listen, the moment and this is why when they define the man, they set us the
you're not asleep in the sleep, that you believe beyond any shadow of doubt that Islam is the path to salvation.
Listen, if you have some,
if you begin entertaining, the idea that there could be another path to salvation beside your path beside the love of hamato Rasulullah your commitment to the religion will begin to
fade away you will begin to break in. Well, there is there like in so many ways to God, you know, they tell you that he's not that normally that people who will say that he's not committed to even one way. But he wasn't. Oh, there are so many ways to God, that He really went out of his way, which really is not. NATO is not there in the books, but he made it
his way he knows
that. Now, you believe in the depths of your heart, that La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasulullah is the fastest path to salvation, is the way to get to gentlemen, is the way to earn the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala you believe that? and any other way is wrong. You must believe that.
separate this from dealing. That's another issue. That's a whole different set of things. But should look. Look, look look look how the world is split, la isla ha
that's one half of the Candela Ala
you must first disbelieve in the existence of any object any person who deserves the ocean deserves the submission first, and then you affirm it to Allah Allah.
And that's how we translate it. There is no one wall V of my worship and submission and commitment and devotion accept to accept the loss of our time, which is Lama Abu Dhabi Hakan, in the lobby, cause he created me and he made me again, I think we need to begin educating ourselves and educating our children, that tolerance is dealing with one another in a kind way, in a respectful manner, provided that the person doesn't harm you.
If he's a Christian chose to be a Christian, if he's a Jew, chose to be a Jew, that's his will free will have he a man he chose. He decided this, its allies given the right to him as long as he's not harming me as long as he deserves my best treatment. You can go and remove the snow from his backyard. He can help him shopping. He can help her with her
yard more grass, he can do this. There is nothing wrong with it. And you smile. You smile. How are you doing? How's it going and so forth. Separate between, you know being tolerance and looking progressive Muslim, because right now unfortunately,
we have Islamophobia amongst the Muslim
community more than than a Muslim?
Anyone a Muslim right now say Jackie Christmas Mother's
Day in the WTO What are you now? What are you believing now? And who did you say to it? Yeah, but if you look at it, it's really a key part. Let's come to the other side of the story here.
The subject is extremely important because it is in the depth of our beliefs.
If our believes if you read the Quran, you read the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Look at the reaction of the rest of the elements of the universe. When they hear that statement, Allah has a son. What God Takada rough man.
They say the Most Merciful bigots of son, Lucas, love Khadija dg, Toshi and
this is an awful thing
that God has
taught me, the heaven is about to break, crack.
I've been hearing that one shock cool. Earth is about to split open water.
And the mountains are about to fall crumble and Tao will rock manually.
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the son of Adam insults me Allah speaking. He, the son of Adam insults me Can verbally know Adam, the son of Adam belies me. a mashup UI as for the son of Adam insulting me saying that I have a son.
There is one of the scholars if we're
back learning his name.
He was very smart of his issues. And if he's over Maliki medication, some issues in Dallas some opinions that are weird, but he excelled in deleting Christians.
And he happened to go to a church to debate with a Catholic priest.
Look, he arrives.
Hey, how you doing? Good to see you. Remember, I said what a Catholic priest? How was your wife and your children? a Catholic priests right? hopefully getting in. Catholic priests do not want
to not marry?
Don't you know that I'm holy, I don't marry, I don't have children. He said, My debate is over, we'll see you.
So he consider this an insult.
And actually, if you look at it, not having a wife not having a child, as a human, it's actually a deficiency.
But without the point that he's rendering, you really, you really
are ashamed of something that you attribute your guns. That's what the statement that he's making.
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Now, you know for sure for you to go out there and condone what they're doing.
It's tough. But at the same time, you want to look open, tolerance, forgiving, modern guy, it's really very hard balance out there. Because the subject is in the depth of your beliefs, in that you're condoning it, and people coming and giving you gifts. And if you're working for somebody who's already given you a Christmas bonus, and there is a Christmas party, and a whole set of societal norms that been already in place before you even you were born, you came into this world and you have to deal with it and and how are you going to deal with it without losing a client without losing your job? And, and I'm talking about, again, elders, I'm talking about grown up
people. What about the children in the school? It's tough. It's not easy. But again, your brothers and sisters in Islam, there is nothing better than the truth.
But for the sake of understanding the people around you.
For the sake of understanding the people around you.
Easy, Christians have fallen into one of the most difficult type of ship.
ship is polytheism
the ship the scholars call it chill
Because you end up loving somebody so much, that leads you to,
to actually worshiping that person. And this is the first type of ship that emerged in the face of this earth. Look at this after
that buy in Adam
between Adam and Alisa, Adam, the first man, no 10 centuries,
could lumada the weight of Islam, though he knows at all in earth.
Now, after Adam came a messenger called a prophet call Chief, one of the sons of era then Idris, then right after Idris, a very righteous man, extremely righteous, his name is what
you would what would show righteous, so giving the people adored him, they loved him, he was the somewhat buddy who really helps people a lot. And he ended up with four children. So when yahoo yahoo.
For children, and they were likewise
righteousness and piety should be passed on. So he passed down to his children
so when the five of them passed away, that you will miss them, man, we miss We miss you. We is what life is, you know.
You know what Abu Bakr wanted to migrate from Mecca to Medina. Mecca total habashi at one time, by the way, I wanted to migrate monopolies.
A man who was a character His name is new to him. stopped him in Jeddah he was about to get on the ship to go to a senior Where are you going? Man? I'm leaving you guys like give us a hard time and we can even you know you can't even worse you know what he said to him than
someone like you should not leave no he should be expelled in Dhaka and he couldn't he he saw that his good characters
were you know righteous Miss is important in our community for diagnosis shaitan appeared to them and he said guys I can help you I can end up craving their shapes while they are performing these acts of worship. Like what then pray so when you see what you see him then you start praying what the naked what then giving sadaqa so I'll end up basically making different shapes of them in different positions as they are worshipping Allah so that you reminded with it.
Oh, that's a great idea.
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The live episode stood by it by a circle in the goof. And he found that people have some stones in front of them as a sapan Allah Subhan Allah
land tamala Milla Milla Mohammed Ahmed Abdullah, one of the two whether you are on a path of guidance better than the path of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, or your opening again to misguidance for the most. What can
the narrator have said I saw them fighting.
What I'm trying to say here is Lee
shaitan comes and he gives these steps. And by the way, they did not worship them. The first generation, they did not worship them, they actually ended up doing like them. But he came back to the second generation.
And he told them guys for that diabet that you're doing to be accepted. You must use dos shapes these idols as intercessors between you and Allah, the medium saints, the concept of scenes that you go through the idol to get to Allah. And that's how I was introduced to humanity through a shoe.
shoe that you end up loving someone so much that you end up placing them or giving them a status that is not theirs. This is exactly why of the Christians would actually
love to Hulu
was not mentioned in the Quran.
But in two places, the word will Hulu, excessively loving somebody excessively.
Sasha flow only in two places. One of them in Surah Nisa. Look at the verse, yeah, lol kita Bella Lu v kumada Taku Allah ma he lives
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Oh people of the above Do not be excessive do not exceed the boundaries in new religion and only say the truth about Allah, Allah.
Allah and the rest of the verse. He's not the son, he's not three. And if you
look at the next verse filma also also came after locka
locka indeed those who say Allah is the Messiah disbelievers lockup, Guevara de la.
Those who say Allah is one of three of these believers, and they know kuliah Lal Kitab villetta floofy newcomer
lumen wa Lucasfilm.
That is the type of Sheik which the prophets Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, by the way, in our religion, he plays
a big girdle for you. Imagine, one one day somebody came to the Prophet of Allah, and
you are my mess, you are our master.
You're the best of us.
And we know what to say, Ben, what are the normal pm? He's the leader of the children of Adam in the desert. But he said to them, what they say to them, what
do we say as you please am the slave of Allah and His Messenger, no more. Stop saying that. Stop saying that. And the slave of Allah hitless. Well, I
said but he went to Sham and he saw that some people are actually prostrating themselves before the
priests and rabbis scholars. So when he came back to Medina being affected by this, as soon as he saw the professor Salim Actually,
he went down. Well, what are you doing? What are you doing?
lay under the usage Allahu Illallah.
Allah was standing on the shoulders like this.
A bit tune into your soul Allah fulfill
own messenger of Allah. The animals are dying, the vegetation are drying, no rain.
That's how you mean by the way, Silla Allahu
Allahu mysskin ana swears he did not come down until the rain came down that everybody's was sweating. You know that the the machine of the roof did not have these nice ceilings
and it kept training for a whole week that the following Juma he's standing on the wall with the same bed when you're all alone message of Allah we're drowning.
Aloha mahalo Elena. Elena. Oh Allah Rhonda sonatinas and as waves he did not come down until we saw this one.
Now, you may assume who uses this quite well at the end of the time the jelly the jelly is gonna say rain stop raining go
in front of so have a shadow. Abdullah
don't make any conclusions here Dong. Dong.
Dong, I am the slave of Allah and His Messenger make things crystal cleave. Basically when his son Abraham passed away, so Pamela, the sun eclipsed the sun clips for a rumor circulated in Medina. husi fetishism Selena booty Brahim, the sun Eclipse because of the death of February
he called upon the oma in Assam several chroma
key Hema, the sun and the moon are two signs of Allah. They do not clips because of the depth of the life of an individual. This happened to be accident
and he said what led up to Rooney cannot rottenness are no more you don't fall into that trap. Don't Don't fall into that trap. So this is a very difficult, you know, when you fall into that trap of loving someone so much and some Muslims do this. Yes.
Unfortunately, we have some Muslims looking in there, and the so called birthday,
what they say what they say you are this and you are that and you are this and you are that and
things that the Prophet Salam would not approve of if he is alive sallallahu alayhi wasallam but the Christians
is very tough it's very difficult for you to go to them and tell them guys you know the stuff that you're doing is not correct is not right, this is gonna be very difficult. It's very trying for them to now what are you going to do?
What are you gonna do
you know, whether you want to compromise you want to make people happy, and at the same time you don't want to hurt their feelings either. It's a very tough formula and I'm again I'm talking about the elders I'm talking about grown up what about the children
Alhamdulillah Allah Allah mean love will handle Hassan was Santa Lucia Neil was shadow Allah ilaha illallah wa sallahu la sharika yaku
was shadow Mohammed and Navajo Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallam.
Imagine when the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam finally escaped Mecca.
They ended up in a Christian land
and the type of Christianity the Orthodox Christianity. I'm talking about our seniors.
And the disbelievers did not want the idea that they are established someone else they wanted to bring them back.
They took the advantage of having a good relationship with the leader of apocynin at the time, whom the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was informed by revelation that his adjustment failed man in digestion, the nagus
but he had a very good relationship with ambu loss, very good relationship. So they called upon him
and they said to him take as much brights Russia as you want, and bring these guys back.
Imagine now, Jaffa was the meal of the delegation.
The life is under threat.
You life is not under threat if you don't say Merry Christmas, hoping so?
I hope not.
Your life is not No. Their life was under threat. They are to be taken back to Makkah to be persecuted.
There were two rounds the first round they won. They really presented the case. Well, Jaffa rhodiola. One was very eloquent in defending the case. But Amber's new way to
listen. They don't believe Jesus is God. They don't believe he's the son of God. They don't do that these guys. This is a slave. He's a messenger. He's a prophet.
Call them back. Let's call them back, bring them back.
The new gaffer knew what happened. So they had a meeting. What are we gonna say?
by a law we're gonna say what Allah and His messenger said, call us.
Listen, if you like is threatened, you could compromise you could tell people what they want to hear to save your life. maravilhosa Marcus, Osama is no darkness mouth.
they said no, we're not going to compromise. So they stood in front of him. We say about a PSA. What Allah and His messenger said and they decided sort of
what was the result of this?
Allah protected them.
Allah saved them.
Not only this, because of them. There is Islam in Abyssinia now, and probably we have
more than one brother here and sister in this congregation and other message.
The leader himself one day later on the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam called upon your Sahaba in Medina and he said
righteous man died today. And this is permissible, but there is no jenessa performed, where he died, you could perform the apps in Genesis and the breed apps engine has owned him
for where are you from that?
I think that's a key. Where are you from that? I think brothers and sisters in Islam. The way to go about this is to tell people the truth. Tell them what you believe. be straightforward, but a piece of advice. Out of experience. People do not lie to be corrected while they are drawing on why while they are grieving
those to stay away. Don't try. Don't come to somebody who was burying his father. I'm doing better. Don't don't don't do. He's not gonna accept it. So, you as a Muslim Now, having a Christian neighbor, having a Christian coworker having a Christian climb. Listen, I respect your religion.
I don't have an issue with it. But I don't celebrate this because it's again, it's mine. But before Christmas, before Thanksgiving.
Where is the I'm sorry, I cannot accept during you know, but in no way I'm disrespecting no and no way. I'm disrespecting you. I have all respect for you. I believe everybody is free to do whatever they want to do. But that's my religion. And I hope you understand this. You express this in a very nice way. In a very eloquent way. You can do that. That's an hour that will actually open but don't wait until the Christmas in here. And then Okay, America.
Man, he's gonna hate you. Forget it. Give him power again.
educating people about it.
I'll never forget I know when
I was landing from somewhere in Chicago.
So that's how I'm dressed. It was I think Christmas Day or close to that. So the one of the people I think the bag that people will tell you know, when you come internationally, and they tell you go to delta place and take your bag. So the guy told me what, Merry Christmas.
And the other guy was standing in front of me.
I happen to be looking back and I saw what?
So they know.
They know why they don't.
If you hint that you're a Muslim they know.
And you will earn respect, man. Come on, man. This guy believes in.
This is beautiful.
This is beautiful.
A lot of the brothers they come
to Christmas. What are you gonna say? I do it all the time when I go to the shops. Merry Christmas. miracle. Hey, how you doing, man? Good to see you. Good to see you looking good.
Merry Christmas. Hey, how are you? How's it going? Good to see you. Oh, you look wonderful today. Oh, nice quote. But there is a way to go about it. But nobody said that. Nobody said that. That is not your position. Brothers and sisters in Islam who live here in America. It's my responsibility and your responsibility to protect your team and protect and when you say what do you Rokita your belief system? What do you believe in you have to protect that you have to be very protective of this. Because Listen, your Acura is building on this is contingent your success in the hero you believe that right? You believe that? You believe your salvation is in La ilaha illAllah Muhammad
Rasul Allah no other way if you believe that, then you have to be protective of it. But at the same time, in a kind, nice, respectful way. Allahumma furlanetto Bella, what is raffia Marina Allahumma
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