Social Responsibility in Islam
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This is Juma
and it is
the best of all days.
It is the day of worship in a day of sacred rituals.
But in layman's terminology, the Juma is like a clinic
and Allah subhanho wa Taala in his wisdom,
really realizing his creatures, his servants
that if he did not order them to go to the clinic on Juma, they would not have their blood cleaned, like someone
who has to have
their blood cleaned every week.
And you know,
when you have a disease in the blood
and you have to have your blood cleaned once a week or twice a week or three times a week, if you don't go to that, your body will become toxic
and you will die.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala orders his creatures
to leave their business and leave their occupations and go to Juma
so that they can have their bodies and their minds and their constitutions cleaned.
And a prescription can be given to them which will benefit them
in the world which we are living in today.
Not the world that has passed or the world that will come.
But in the contemporary world that we are living in today.
The Muslim cannot afford
to be preoccupied
then on the Day of Judgment, every soul will look to itself.
But in this dunya
and the societies that we live in, we cannot afford to only look to ourselves
and we can discuss this topic
in an intellectual gathering
and get many benefits and perspectives.
But since this is Juma I want to use the
of Vitaly Brazil Oh, and he said,
the best speech or presentation
is the one that is short,
but it is prolific and pregnant with meanings.
It means you don't have to talk a lot to say much.
And so we want to use the core and
the best guidance and the best words
to discuss something which we Muslims must be aware of.
The topic is called social responsibility.
And this ayah
Allah subhanho wa Taala says, water he FEMA attack.
So seek, pursue
through which Allah subhana wa Taala has endowed you or given to you, the devil akhira
seek the hereafter.
Seek the hereafter
perform your worship,
make your as car
read, call and
perform all of the photo is
do all the sooner that you can do.
these are only rituals and exercises that help you stay within the bounds. These are rituals and exercises that Allah has given to you as a prescription so that your body and your mind and your spirit and your endeavors they remain balanced.
But the religion the dean, the system of Islam, it is not constrained only to those things. It is very wide.
Some people go to the beach, some people go to the beach, only to sit on the beach and watch the water.
They can't swim.
Some people go to the beach to swim.
But not too far out because they're not that good of a swimmer.
Some people get in a boat and they go out. Some people cross the ocean, others dive looking for pearls and other kinds of things. Why? Because what the ocean contains what benefit it has, is very deep and very wide. And this religion is deeper and wider than the ocean.
So we can discuss many things
about the deen of Islam. But I want to remind myself and I want to remind the Muslims that this deal, although we will be accountable ourselves, this Deen is a social mechanism.
This way our prophets Allah told us that marriage is one half of the faith
because you cannot prove your responsibility in this life until you get
married, because when you get married, the challenges of society begins on you.
So when you get married, you start to learn, experience and understand
what it means to be responsible.
You begin to build a family. It's not about you.
It's about you and your spouse,
then it becomes about you and your spouse and children
and then how they fit with your parents and your siblings. And then how you fit in that neighborhood with the rest of the extended family, and then how you interact in that neighborhood and that neighborhood and that society and then that society and how it impacts upon the world.
So something as simple as seeking marriage is your influence into your responsibility in the society and your impact upon the world.
So, Allah told us seek
that which Allah subhanho wa Taala has given you
towards the devil,
because that is the mocassin The objective is the devil.
So, the next idea, he says, What attends
nusseibeh minute Jr. But do not forget, do not neglect do not circumvent
in this dunya law, the law
now your share doesn't mean your slice of the pie. That's not what it means here.
Your share means your share of responsibility,
your share of influence
your share of empowerment,
Because at the end of the day
the objective of this Dean is not a personal objective.
in another area Allah subhanho wa Taala he says
he mentioned the use of Hera who Allah Dini Cooley water,
curry healthcare Pharaoh liyu, the hero who Allah Dini Cooley,
that the objective of this Dean is that eventually
inevitably, this Dean it will have
it will supersede it will have influence, it will obtain a position of power over every other system, regardless of whether the unbelievers are the mercenary kin, or the Momo, the manaphy King, they hate it or not.
Therefore we should not forget neglect, or circumvent
of influence our portion
of response responsibility and our portion of seeking power in this earth.
He follows up this idea by saying
can act on a law a lake as an aloha a lake subhanaw taala.
In another area, Allah says, Well as you know, in Allah has your head bone masini
and just for the record,
this word is and it has many meanings according to where it is recited or spoken.
You know, in a famous Hadith
when jabril Allah Islam came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and taught him.
He taught him.
He asked him, What is sn?
And his answer to the professor Sam was that it said, is that you worship Allah.
As if you see him, although you do not see him, you must worship him knowing that he is seeing you.
But in this context, in this ayah that's not the meaning.
In this context, the meaning of what I say no or in this meaning will
come at some level a lake, it means and be benevolent.
As the law has been benevolent towards you,
and each one of us should look up the word the Netherlands,
the object of the of giving sadaqa
the object of giving sadaqa is to become benevolent.
benevolence is when a gift is given without any conditions and the giver is giving without any consideration of the loss sapan Allah
Allah wants us Muslims to be in a position to give to benefit to endow humanity without the expectation of getting something back. And secondly, without the consideration of any loss, Suppan Allah
Walla Walla temple Hill facade, the film out of the end do not seek corruption in the earth, seeking benefit,
do not see corruption in the earth, seeking influence,
do not seek corruption in the earth,
seeking empowerment. Because Allah He does not love and he will not bless the people
who seek corruption.
I am reminded
of a Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam which I will give him a power Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam about a group of people who drew lots
to get on a boat.
And some people they do relaxed for the bottom of the boat, and others, they do the lots for the top of the boat.
And as we know, when you get on a boat, once you get your position your ticket or your seat on the boat or the plane, once you take your seat in your position, you don't have any choice about that matter after that.
the people who was on the bottom of the boat,
they didn't like the fact that the water was put at the top of the boat.
And then the people from the top of the boat have to bring the water down to them. You know, it's it's called gravity feed.
devils no pumps, you know, no way to pump the water and around the whole boat is called gravity feed. So the water comes from the top and it naturally comes down to the bottom, but the people on the bottom because maybe they are on the bottom because of their mentality. Maybe they are on the bottom because of their behavior. Maybe they're on the bottom because of their clock, maybe they're on the bottom because of their face. Maybe they're on the bottom of the world or the life or the Society for many reasons and they become jealous.
They said no, you don't have to bring us any water.
We will drill a hole in the bottom of the boat and get our own water.
So the profits of last name he reminded us
that if those at the top of the boat, because they have more responsibility. Those who are at the top of the boat because they are more intellectual, the people who are at the top of the boat because they are more responsible. The people who are at the top of the boat because they got the GPS. They're at the top of the boat because they've been consigned to be at the top of the boat. They are responsible. If they allow the people on the bottom of the boat to drill a hole in the bottom of the boat they will all drown.
Now this rule applies to any society doesn't matter that we happen to be in Kuwait
and I happen to be an American
is the ocean
and our society is a boat
and we have been placed by Allah subhanaw taala at the top of the boat.
And if we allow the people who's in the bottom of the boat to drill a hole
subvert the mission of the society,
every day when you get up,
seeking your benefit,
sending your children to school, yourself going to work, your wives going to the marketplace, seeking the benefit in the society, you must reflect and think for yourselves.
How you get this benefit in this society.
is responsible people.
It provided you with this structure that gives you the dignity and the opportunities that you have. And you must not be the kind of person that takes it for granted that you get these benefits that you have, just because you are who you are, and you are where you are. No, somebody worked and strove, and suffered and planned and cultivated the society and its institutions for you to have that. Therefore, you must wake up in the morning to do what you normally do. But you must wake up in the morning also thinking about the well being of the society.
When you come out of your house, if there's some trash in the street, you cannot say to yourself, oh, the street sweepers, they will pick that up.
No use you the street sweeper. It's your block, it's where you live.
And you know, in this religion, there is a principle called eyemobile maruf. We're now hidden. monka is a principle in our religion that is sometimes neglected. Because we become so intellectual, we become so spiritual, we've become so preoccupied that we forget about America, my roof would not hit a moon God. And because of that, we become agents against ourselves.
In joining the right and forbidding the wrong is a social responsibility.
It is not just the responsibility of the Army or the police.
Is that the responsibility of the government? No, every person, every father must teach this principle to his children. Every mother must teach it to her children.
Every family must practice it in their neighborhood.
Because our Prophet salallahu alaihe salam before he received the revelation, before he was commissioned officially as a prophet. He was born as a prophet. He was born as a messenger. This was a part of his endowment. But he was not formally commissioned until he was 40 years old. So what he was doing until that time, well, you know, when our prophet SAW Sam was about 18 years old, 17 or 18 years old, according to the Sierra, he belong to a group called his healthful food, healthful food.
It is like a society to do good. It is like a group of people who are doing good for the society. What are they doing, they're making sure that the old people, you know, send me off facilitated, they make sure that there's no bad people that surround the neighborhood causing any problems. They are cleaning the neighborhood, they doing chores, they looking for the good, they help people out, they give me sadaqa they are getting water for people they do into relating to people, they see children, they're looking at people who is in different situations, and they're helping them so the prophets lost them before he was formally commissioned as a prophet and a messenger. He was doing
what social work
as a young man, he was doing social work. That was the nature of a profit. That was the nature of our profits allows them and that's the nature of prophethood to be concerned about the people.
So my talk today, I remind myself and I remind you, that you should not take for granted what you have or who you are, or where you are. But you must adopt a position and an attitude and a disposition about social responsibility. This was our subject is today
you know our profits last time he mentioned that the believer to another believers like a building kelburn yen, you should do Baba Baba and he put his fingers together like that. So we are to each other like the bricks are to the building. That means what we support each other with our new taqwa wallet. Isn't isn't good when
he said we also like the parts of our body. If one part of the body is hurting, the whole body is registered, the brain will register that pain and send that signal throughout the entire body and that body will not sleep, it will not rest until that pain is relieved.
Muslims are suffering all over the world,
starving all over the world.
And shame on us, that we go to sleep at night. And we do not think about the suffering of the Muslims, or the suffering of humanity, because it is a part of our religion, that we take stock of ourselves that we review the benefits Allah has given to us, and that we are thankful to Allah subhanaw taala for what he has given to us. And in our minds, we regret, that we are not able to share what we have and relieve the pain and the suffering of other Muslims and other people who are just human beings.
In this regard,
I remind myself and I remind you,
the aim of all that you invest for yourself, for your children, for your family, for your neighborhood,
for your society, for your country.
It is to benefit humanity.
You want to benefit your country.
You want your country, to have the best integrity, you want your country to have the best reputation, you want your country to have the best quality of life, you want your country to have the best resources, that's natural.
But you should also think about
the world and humanity.
Because at the end of the day, Muslims are humanitarians.
We are concerned as our professors them about those we cannot see those that we don't know, those we don't hear their voices and will never hear our voice. We must be concerned about them and our life has to reflect that.
And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala that we all become more concerned about our social responsibility. Even you should go home and look up this area and start to assess, look some ideas from the prophet SAW some and write some small half page or write a page, not for somebody else not to print in a magazine just for yourself. And then share it, husband, share it with your wife, wife, share it with your husband, husband, wife, share it with your children, children, share it with your siblings, children, share it with your fellow students, your coworkers share it, because that which is good when it is shared. It makes it even better.
We ask Allah subhanaw taala that he he bless this country
that he bless the custodians of this country.
That he blessed the ruling family who had who holds the supreme social responsibility of this country
and that he blesses all the people who are in prime positions of influence in this country.
And we ask Allah Subhana Allah to bless the men who themselves comunale
and that we that he bless and preserve the women who's responsible for raising and cultivating and protecting the home
and that he bless the children
from the fitna and the foresaid, which they are subject to more so than we are.
And we ask Allah subhana wa Taala that each one of us, we go back to our homes with the prescription that we got today to benefit ourselves to benefit our families to benefit our society, and inevitably, to benefit the world. While kuqali Heather was talking about Holly Vokoun your local
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the brothers and sisters in Islam
to be mobilized
through a mechanism called the JAMA
What the individual cannot do by themselves, a group of organized individuals are able to do.
And it has been constructed in such a way that that community and that Gemma
that it is led
through the wisdom
and through the insight
of a selected human being,
whom the people in trust, the responsibility is like being on the road, and you only have one driver, and the driver has to drive 300 miles now, you know, in the course of driving 300 miles, even on beautiful highways in a Mercedes or whatever you're driving, you know, if the driver goes to sleep,
it can mean a sudden in and destruction for the everybody in the car.
we must always pray
for the driver,
give good advice and all of that, but don't bother the driver.
Trust the driver, pick the best driver, let the driver drivers make our prayer, whatever you see, this is a collective effort. But he's the only one to get the driver license. It's a collective effort. So he cannot take the note.
No, when you point your finger, one finger, three fingers pointing back at you
for responsibility of this journey and the lives in that vehicle, it is a collective effort. So I want everyone to think about the fact that they have a responsibility in the society where they live at. And you can't just point the finger when something goes wrong. You can't point the finger at somebody who you say is the driver.
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video he was
when he was put in the ocean and swallowed by the fish.
He didn't like that experience. He didn't know what happened to him when he was swallowed by the fish. And he found that he's in the belly of the fish and his body was burning from the from the acid inside the belly of the fish. He didn't trust the fish. He didn't trust the water. He didn't trust the people in the boat. Know what did he said he said La ilaha illa Anta suparna in equal to me, nobody mean he blamed himself. He didn't blame others. So Muslims stop blaming others and take full responsibility for yourself.
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here is the Kuma Allah come to the Quran. You heard this ayah. But did you think about the ayah? Did you reflect upon the ayah? Did you look to the meaning of the idea? You heard I all of your life? You heard it 1000s of times, but did you stop for a moment and see what's the meaning of this idea? Most of us we're thinking to ourselves, when we hear that I it's time to prayer, and we start moving and we're gonna stand up and pray but we forgot the idea even before we leave the masjid. Today, along with the first ayah that I gained from social classes, I want you to look for the area.
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You need to look to this area. And the meaning of this is in relationship to what we have discussed today. If you don't know where the eye is, I'm not going to tell you so as those who know and they will tell you.
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and that you be benevolent towards your neighbors, your family and the poor people
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of our responsibility as custodians, as shepherds
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that he protect our families. He preserved our Eman
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