Navigating Stormy Waters
Channel: Mirza Yawar Baig
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The topic of this lecture we named it navigating stormy waters, because
Allah allegorically speaking, that is how we find ourselves the Muslim Ummah, in the world, we are like people on a ship, which is caught in a storm.
Now, if you are on a ship, which is caught in a storm, you need to be able to do two things which are apparently paradoxical, but do them well. One is to keep your focus on your goal.
Without any distraction, make sure that you remain focused on your goal, because without the focus on the goal, you will be blown off track. But at the same time you are in a storm, there are strong winds, the unfavorable winds, the ocean currents, the big waves, that are rocks waiting for you to wreck your ship on them. And therefore, you also need to be aware of all these things and all these forces interacting with you and surrounding you. And I'm saying paradoxical, because if you want to be focused on something, then by definition, you have to be focused from somewhere else.
So if you want to be focused on your goal, then you have to get defocus from what is surrounding you. But in this particular case, if you get defocus, from what is surrounding you, then you will get blown off track by those same forces. So simultaneously, you need to be focused and also be aware of all the other stuff that is around you. And that's why I call this navigating stormy waters because I think we as a people are in very stormy waters. We are on the ship and the ship is at risk of being wrecked. And Allah May Allah save us from that. Globally, I won't go into for want of time, I won't go into describing what is happening globally or in different countries, including this
country, because we are all aware of all that. There is no need for me to repeat all that stuff. You are seeing it on the news and in the media and in the papers and so on, almost on a hourly, minutely permanent basis, not even on a daily basis. May Allah save us from all those sins, which only drag your heart down? So that's why this particular topic now, the subtitle lessons from the Sierra so what is it that the Sierra can teach us Sheila is the biography of Ursula.
How is it a what is it that the biography of the prophet SAW seldom? He lived in the seventh century we are in the 21st century? What is it that somebody who lived in the seventh century can teach us about living in the 21st century? This is a straight question and it's not a matter of you no respect for the promises elements on respect of SSL and more than we respect anyone else. We love him more than we love anyone else. And this is the this is the it's it's a pillar of Islam. The love for Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam is not something which is discretionary, left to the will and fancy of the individual. It is something which Allah subhanho wa Taala incorporated in the deen Allah
subhanaw taala made this conditional on EMA and the one who does not love the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam more than he or she loves anyone or anyone else. Allah subhanho wa Taala told them to go and wait for each other
on whom he will work exhibited this law. So therefore I must remember that I mentioned the ayat in Surah Tauba where Allah subhanaw taala said about Boom,
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Allah subhanaw taala described
as things and Allah said, say to them, if they love their parents, or their brothers and sisters, or their children, or their brothers and sisters, or their spouses, or their relatives, or the wealth that they accumulate, or the trade in which they fear a decline, or the houses that they build, and they look at them and they feel happy, if they love all of these things, or any of these things I have by like whom if these are more beloved to you, min Allahi wa rasuluh he was he has infeasibility if they are more beloved to Allah subhanho wa Taala
Then Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam then struggling and working in the path of Allah subhanaw taala then Fatah, Swati Allahu Allah said that go and wait for the ASVAB and the armor of Allah subhanho wa Taala and then Allah subhanaw taala did not end the AI there he said something else he said wala who will Komal versity Allah promised not to give him a lesson ad Allah does not guide the people who are rebellious. So this is a clear indication and there are many other indications in the Quran, where Allah subhanaw taala ordered us to love his messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam not as we like not in any way we like, but the way in which he has described and therefore we begin with
the Hakama phenomena with Anna to send Salat and Salam on his nappy Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam
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Allah, Allah, Mohammed, Mohammed Guevara Allah.
Now, as I said, therefore, the love of Mohammed Salah Salem is not the issue here. The issue here is here is the Prophet sallahu lived in the seventh century, we are talking about issues of the 21st century, what can we learn? How is it applicable? They are the automatic answer a question that arises in the minds of those who have not studied this era and who have not studied this era, in the in a contextual sense is that how can there be any match between centuries apart? 15 centuries apart? How can there be any match between conditions in those days and these days? And therefore, yes, it's a good idea to study the biographer of Salah. We are not against that but really applying
it in this world. Is it possible?
I submit to you that it is entirely possible it is totally and completely possible. And also it is something which is the way that Allah subhanaw taala ordered us to do this is what allowed us to study the life of my boss and make your life like his life.
Canada comfy Rasulullah escena lemon gonorrhea de la jolla Akira was a Corolla haka serum. Allah said that, indeed in the Messenger of Allah subhanho wa Taala Muhammad wa sallam, you have a good example, the best example to follow for the one who hopes in the meeting with Allah and the Day of Judgment. And remember Allah subhanho wa Taala, who is the one who hopes for meeting the one who expects something good from that meeting. Allah subhanaw taala described the day of judgment as a day of fear. Allah described he warned us about the horrors and the trials and tribulations and difficulties of the Day of Judgment. But as I say, calling the same day of judgment a day for some
people, they will hope for it. Some people they will look forward to that some people they will hope for the meeting with Allah, everybody will meet Allah no matter what. But the ones who hope to meet Allah, Who are they the ones who expect something good from that meeting? And who are these people? These are the people who follow the life of Mohammed Salah as their template for their own lives. Now, how is it applicable in today's life?
Why is it that Allah tells us to model our lives on the life of his Navy, Mohammed Salah when he lived centuries before us? If you look at the types of resources, let me describe for you the times of Salah, especially the time in Makkah, in our modern contemporary Trump's
lived in a society which was pluralistic. It was a society which had multiple religions in it. The dominant religion was a polytheistic religion where people worshipped idols. But there were also other religions in that society. There were people who followed nothing. There were people who
were Christians, there were people who are Jewish. They came and went Makkah was a city I was the center of trade. And therefore, it had a population which was permanent and it had a large population, which was also migratory people came and went as they went. So therefore, the society is Makkah was a pluralistic multi religious society. Mark also had because not only a land of Arabs, maka people for all kinds of places, including from what we know from our history,
people from India went to Makkah from Kerala, the the gentleman piramal, the king of of the colorchecker dynasty. He went
to Makkah, so therefore there were people in Makkah from all kinds of places. So Malcolm Makkah was pluralistic. It was multi religious, it was multicultural. Then it was also multilingual because Arabic was the predominant language obviously, but people who came from different places I haven't seen in this book, African languages, the people who came from Egypt, this, this book optic and so on. So there are multiple languages. So it was multi lingual MCE was a society, which was, in today's terms, for want of a better word, you would say it was democratic. It was not democratic as in they didn't have, you know, national elections. But it was democratic in the sense that it had no
No leader of maka, maka was ruled by a group of people which was called the Naga which is the people who were all of them were business leaders. So maca was a city which was ruled by businessmen. So the businessman called the shots, and they were the people who made the laws. So this is another aspect of modern society, Marquez economy, because social order was fluid, it was not it was not for example, like India, Indian social order was caste based it is from birth, I mean, if you are, if you are born a satria, you cannot become a Brahmin. If you're born a sudra, you cannot become a Brahmin, and vice versa. Whereas in Makkah, that was not the case, you went to go go up the ranks of
society, even if you are not born within quartz, noble
by one reason, and that reason was if you had enough money, so in Makkah, the ruling thing was How much money did you have networks, the definition of networks in Makkah, was exactly the definition of network. Today, if you go to a merchant bank, who's Chennai who's a high net worth individual, somebody who has a lot of money, that's all they're looking at, they're not looking at how to do and the money was ddddd, and the money and compassionate ways. The money legal ways, illegal ways, what was he trading in? And it how much money does he have? What is the person's net worth was based on that person's material possessions alone, irrespective of that another aspect of modern society was
if you have it flaunted, they will, what's the point having was if I can't show up, so I have to show off to show what I have. There's no point in not having it. So wearing jewelry and you know, big parties and so on, so forth, then self indulgence, alcoholism, prostitution was not just proposed, not just there, but it was accepted to the extent that says, I just heard the law says that when one of these ladies got pregnant, then she would simply come out and she would point at a man and say, You are the father of this child.
And that man took ownership of this child or something like that. It was it was not just there, but it was accepted, it was open to the extent of how have described it. So the you talk about it, I mean, you did whatever you wanted, in terms of hierarchies, women were baggage, women were property, they would be owned, they were all they were inherited. When you die, you inherited the wives of your father
as your property.
I mean, that's like a horrible evil thing to think about. But that that is what the the the Status of Women was women were property. So your wife, your father's wife, or his property when he died, you inherited them as your property you would do with them, whatever you want to do with the
women had no rights to speak of wealthy women like a digital Cobra delana, thanks to the fact that they had Well, they had some rights, they own property, and so on, so forth. But by and large, this was the state of women, the state of the greatest society, which was a slave owner, so slave owning, so people had slaves, slaves were again, they were like, you know, their property again. So you could, you could buy and sell slaves and the slave owner could do and this was true also of women. They could do anything to the slave, or a man could do anything to a woman, including killing her, including killing the slave and no questions asked.
This was your right it was like I want to ship and if I want to slaughter the ship, I slaughter the ship and you know, who do I have transferred over that nobody? Because my ship, it was like that, that was the state of human beings. Islam came in this
to relate that to our so think about today's society. I do see similarities. there almost exactly the same. We are today society globally speaking, as well as in this country, a society that is ruled by businessmen. We are not ruled by politicians, politicians work for businessmen. We are not ruled by military generals, military generals were for businessmen, businessmen rule the world. Money runs the world and the people who
have money around the world, the 1% runs the entire world, right? 62 people. And these are what the
United Nations figures 62 people own more wealth than 50% of the world. That's the world we're living in today.
So the world is run by businessmen, they call the shots, they call them, they make the laws, the rest of the world follows suit falls in line. If they don't, then nasty things happen to them. And no questions asked to the people who are at the top, calling the shots. Right? Right. So women, we like to feel that women today have great rights. In Europe, as well as in America, to this day to the day literally 2017 women get paid 80% for the same work that men get paid 100% so women get paid 20% less. And when I say women, I'm not talking about
you know, waitresses and hotels, I'm talking about CEOs of companies. A woman takes over as the CEO of a company and she gets 20% salary less than a predecessor, who was a male.
No questions asked. She does not ask that question. She does not say I sorry, I don't want this lousy job. If you haven't maybe 20% less, why is that? Am I doing 20%? less work? No, you am not I have struggled I have come here? No, she will not ask she gets that money. I can give you names. And I can give you figures.
Not my dad died in invention, dissolved World Bank data. And this is all public data about data, the public public space, right? So that is the state actual state of women. Don't worry about whether you can be aware of beginning or not that that is not a sign of anything.
Sign of equality is dignity. Sign of equality is equal pay for equal work.
You can't pay a woman equal money for equal work, then don't talk Don't talk to me about equality is no equality. That's rubbish.
And that is what is the state today as well. You haven't you planted ostentation showing off? All of this is not?
Right. material possessions, buying stuff? retail therapy?
I don't even want to get started on that. That's my favorite gripe. So
let's not go there. So the point i'm saying is that why am I saying all I'm saying all this is that we have a situation where in the seventh century, the world was a particular way 21st century The world is exactly the same way. The only differences is in terms of scale. There it was once it inherits the whole world.
But in the same seventh century here was Rasul Allah,
who applied a method. And that method was hugely successful. Because in the same one generation, the state of the Muslims when he started, he was only Muslim.
When he started in Makkah, the number of Muslims.
The state of the Muslim was that Muslims were few. They were completely uninfluenced. They were weak, they were poor, they were poverty stricken. They had no political power, they had no military power, obviously, they wouldn't have had military power.
They were hated.
Nobody liked them.
But the same
bunch of people.
And when I say same, I mean literally the same. The individuals remain the same, the same bunch of people. In the same generation, they became the most influential, they became benchmarks for the world, they became the most highly respected, they became the most highly Beloved.
And they became the rulers.
So you have a model, which is highly successful, you have a model, which is measurable, and we can see the measured success of that model. All we need to do is to take the model and apply it in the modern in the modern world today. Again, as I said, a matter of scale. Too small now it's big. Now that's the only difference. Otherwise there's no difference. And this is exactly what Allah subhanaw taala is telling us when he said,
Allah said, I have given you an example of the life of mine. Just supplies and that is a reason why to take the life of a Surah Surah Salah. I love reading biographies.
Because biographies are highly interesting. They are they are real, of real people so you can see what they do in their lives and so on and so forth. Use lessons to be learned from biographies.
The one thing which stands out about the Sierra the biography
is the immense diversity in that biography, which you do not find in other places.
For example, you might find somebody who was a great political leader but if you see his family life, it is fairly easy for example, the great political leader of our family life is shambles. Take Nelson Mandela great fantastic political leader family life in shambles.
jack welch, phenomenal business leader went through five wives or three or four wives something like this. Right? So family life in a shambles. You take somebody who has a beautiful, fantastic family life. And you might find that well, you know, nice, nice, nice person nice life. That's it. What is the person's footprint on the sands of time? Nothing, what is the person's influence on the on society and on the world?
So you find people who are one way somebody is a great military leader? How is that person that how does that person map on to ideating? Or, you know, looking at conceptualizing of things, probably nothing much that how many books did Alexander
man was illiterate. So the point i'm saying is that seriously, if you look at Amazon seller, here was a person who had whose lives for example, in practically every aspect of our life that we can imagine if it's family life, look at the life of Muhammad, Allah if you are in difficulties in business look at the life masala if you have difficulties in society in your life of feeling depressed look at the life of masala
as a military leader as a head of state
as somebody who brought together diverse people who are at war with each other and join them together by the person who created a an Omar a created a people want people out of people whose differences between each other wish they had they make our differences today look like the Sunday school picnic. Today we will How can we come together if the people in Makkah and Medina could come together? Well, I don't know how we can not come together with our differences are nothing compared to the kind of differences that were that were there in tribal Arabian society.
But they came together and they came together because of one person and that person was Muhammad Rasul Allah is a muscle. That is why his life, Allah Subhana Allah gave him a life like this, which was so diverse. Second thing is Allah Subhana Allah gave him also a life which was beautifully documented in so much detail that today it's just reading it you are amazed by God somebody actually noticed and they wrote things down.
People have if I asked you for example, if somebody asked you Do you love your father? My father, what is the favorite food of your father? You know that?
You might guess but is that consumes what pleases
you as a father of a beard? Yes. How many white hair are in his beard?
Someone asked you what does the underside of the foot of your father look like?
I'm not talking about his Parma underside of his soul of his foot. What describe the soul of your foot of your father or your mother? We would love so much that
they did that for Mohammed Salah.
They describe the soul of the foot of Mohammed Salah.
Somebody noticed that they wrote it down this is what the the Shama is that the appearance or absorption from the head from his breasts head to his blessed feet. every single detail his eyelashes, how the curve how his eyes were positioned on his face, the bridge of his nose.
How did he look like when he smiles?
How did it look like when he got angry?
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on his on his forehead. When he got very angry.
How did he speak? What was the what was his tone when he spoke when he was angry? What was his tone when he spoke when he was soft? How did he walk? Notice how fast did he what what was the angle of his body when he worked?
totally amazing. Supposedly, I tell you you love your wife so much. How does she clickfunnels you love your husband so much you love your father mother. How do they click there is you know that if they clip their nails according to the sooner then he will say they do it like this but then that's not their way that's the way
but if not do know that they notice and they they said that this is how he clipped his nails. Starting with the index finger on the right hand going through this way like you hold your hand for going through this and then finally the top of the right hand. This is the sooner way of
clipping your nose and say let me teach you this as well when we talk about this
So unless amantha does not do things halfway, Allah does not say, during the life of my province or asylum as an example, and then you look for it. Well, you know, I don't know, how did he live? We don't know. We know, we know that I gave an example. And then he caused that whole life to be documented in such intimate detail
that no one has an excuse to say, I don't know, we know, we know in absolute detail, far more detail than we know the lives of our own beloved people, whoever they might be.
So that is the reason why I believe it is absolutely critical and essential for Muslims and all of us. hamdulillah here to study the life of a socializer. Please notice, I'm not saying he read about it, of course, we read about I'm talking about studying it in detail, we need to do that we need to sit with our children and help them understand that and so on. And that's why I keep doing these classes to the extent possible, if we can
study the life of a saucer, sir, because we love him. And because you cannot love someone unless you know them. So it is essential to know the power seller to love the processor. And it's not just a matter of knowing and loving, it's a matter also of implementing his way in our lives, so that we might also become successful.
I love this
quote of lamartine, the French historian
and see how wonderful he says it he says a greatness of purpose, smallness of means, and astonishing results. Three things greatness of purpose, smallness of means, and astonishing results. In greater purpose, smallest of means, and astonishing results are the three criteria of human genius, who could compare any great man in history with Muhammad Salam.
lamartine was not a friend of his lab or the front of Robert waters and of either he was one of the greatest critics of Islam. But it is his integrity as a historian that when he saw something, he recognized it and he said, what needed to be said, whether he liked the the person or he'd like the religion or not, did not stop him from speaking the truth as the soil.
So what were the challenges that I faced?
In my study of the Sierra, I have identified five challenges that also lies.
And in my role as a leadership, trainer and consultant, if you ask me, what are the most difficult things to change things which are difficult to the point of being impossible, I don't like to say impossible, but you tell me what give me a couple of things which are so difficult that they are impossible, that I would probably name these five things. Number one is changing people's belief.
Try it for yourself.
Try to change your friends, loyalty from one football club to another.
I mean, he'll fight you tooth and nail it or murder you in the process. You know, you say that Real Madrid is better than then Manchester United or something. Right? Dry changing somebody's political affiliation for that matter.
Here we're not talking about football, we're talking about soccer. We're talking about God Himself.
Changing the one you worship and who's the one you worship the one that your parents and grandparents and ancestors for time immemorial, worship somebody or something and you are coming and saying that that is wrong and worship Allah subhanho wa Taala geladeira change a person's belief number two, changing people's ethics and values.
Is it is
changing people that is invalid. Number three, changing social structure and hierarchy. You are actually telling the people who are the Chiefs who are beyond law,
who are who are unquestionable who are untouchable. Not in our sense of the Untouchable, untouchable in the English language and
you're telling them
that we are all equal.
Women are actually equal women. Women are human beings, sorry, you know, no makeup. People.
They can own property, they have rights they can.
For those people, it was like saying your sheep is a is people, you know, ask your sheep what he wants to eat it. It was like that. It was I mean, this was as dramatic as that.
changing people's life goals and priorities, how they view success. How do you see the successful person you're changing that model and finally changing people
concept of justice.
We look at each of these very quickly. But I'm just saying these are five things which are probably the most difficult things to change, almost to the point of saying they're impossible.
This was a challenge given to Rasul Allah.
And the ending of the story before we even read the story is that he was successful in doing all of these
amazingly successful in achieving all of these goals, not every one of them.
So what are changing the belief, changing belief from
three ways one was holy worship. The second one was that you are accountable to the one you worship. And the third one was, therefore you have to make your own will and desires subservient to the will of the one you worship.
So it wasn't simply a question of going and something you know, making some obedience, gestures and you're done. No.
It was an active action, active choice
of not testing our worship. When I with the word worship, a Baba also means obedience. In Islam, it is not just about to say I worship Allah, if you worship Allah and obey Allah. What is the meaning obey Allah, Allah means that if there is any situation in life, where it is my wish, versus what Allah wishes that Allah subhanaw taala has, which will always take precedence over what I wish, no matter what.
That's not easy.
You know, it's not easy. I know, it's not easy. But that is that was a challenge. That is the meaning of worship, to move from being sovereign to be wise, Jared.
I'll come to that in a minute. And I explained to you what is the why I say that?
Who is a sovereign and whose advice Jared? Allah says it in Ninja Ilan, Phil Rd halifa. Allah did not say any giant will are the money. Allah did not say I'm going to send you on the earth as the King to send you on the earth as a viceroy, as the vice chair, who is what's the difference between a sovereign and advisor? a sovereign is the lawmaker. And therefore by being the lawmaker a sovereign is actually above the law. In British law, for example, the The king is above the law. And indeed, there was some jokes going going around to say that if Donald Trump visits Britain, then the Queen can actually bump you up and she'll get up because she cannot be questioned by the rock.
Because she's above the law. Right. So the even today this this remains in monarchies, where the king is above the last king is a lawmaker.
So therefore, obviously, if you are above the law, you're not accountable to the law, nobody can hold you to account. And that's alarming. But what about the viceroy? the viceroy is not the lawmaker, he or she is the implementer of the law. Law is made by somebody who has laws made by the king, the visor job is to implement the law. Therefore the visor is subject to the law and therefore the vice Jarrett is accountable to the sovereign like everyone else, that is the real meaning of rule of law. Incidentally, what is the difference between feudalism and civilization? feudalism is the rule of the person.
My Word is wrong.
Whereas the rule of law is the law is the law the law is not your word. You are also subject to the law. And that is the reason why.
When we talked about ibadah Allah subhanaw taala mentioned his aka his his greatness and His Majesty and then Allah subhanho wa Taala mentioned what a person must do a beautiful eyes, which which says this
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is the one who created the heavens and the earth in six days, and then made his wishes that he rose over the throne he placed himself on the throne in a made in a way that suits His Majesty and grace. He knows what goes into the earth and what comes out from it. He knows what descends from the heavens and what ascends to the heavens and he is with you in a manner that
Lord says majesty wherever you might be. And Allah Subhana Allah sees all that you do.
Not just knows he sees
the difference between just knowing and knowing by seeing the vast difference. I know Yaki and Elmo Okay. Now
what is the benefit of desire very bit of desire is threefold. One is it reminds us of the great of the greatness and glory and majesty of Allah. And it reminds us that we are accountable to Allah subhanho data from whom Nothing can be hidden. It also reminds us when Allah said Baba mackmyra marcantonio Quantum he is with you wherever you are, it's a matter of sorts of great comfort and great confidence for us because my rub is with me, no matter where I am. So no matter how difficult the situation might be, Allah subhanho wa Taala is with me it is a source of comfort. And finally, safety from since this say this, I had this awareness that allies with me saves me from sin. Anytime
there is a opportunity or there is temptation to do something which is against the law, I remind myself and say, and I say to myself, my Rob geladeira, who is with me, and he is seeing is watching me, therefore How can I do this thing, which is not permissible.
This was Islams concept of this women's loves concept of the worship of one God Allah man of that. second one was changing of ethics and values. Racial Discrimination was rampant.
The Arab world considered themselves to be superior. In the Arab, they had their own sense of superiority, the poorest were the most superior and the rest.
There was discrimination against black people, of course, always those gender discrimination, women were discriminated against and so on. Islam said all of this does not work. Islam said that
all people are
equal, and that you cannot discriminate against anybody. Second thing was fulfilling of desires, doing whatever you wanted, you know, devil take the last and so forth, as I mentioned earlier, to compassion for others. My wealth is not only my own, my wife is a trust and I am supposed to use this wealth to spread goodness around myself is what Islam came to came to teach. And the last one was from flaunting of wealth to charity.
So it's not a question I'm with you if you're wealthy do something good for other people.
So the challenge was to change what people consider to be valuable. And for that Allah subhanaw taala said in the Rena Khan ohana shotty wacana shaitan Mora Allah subhanaw taala said Verily, people ostentatious spenders, are brothers of shatin brothers are shatta and the shaitaan is ever ungrateful to his rupture. The
third challenge was changing
social structure and hierarchy, from feudalism, feudal superiority to human equality question of human rights question of equality of gender and responsibility. This is what Islam came to preach it No, no feudal kind of ways where people who have power can do whatever they want, from tribal loyalty to universal brotherhood, the Brotherhood of all people, and the special brotherhood of Muslims in that group as a group, right? Allah subhanaw taala said that Allah said very clearly that in a happy home moto moto wahida wanna boo boo,
Allah verily this oma of yours is one oma and I am your up so worship me in the Javi moto Kuma de vida wanna boo boo, from gender discrimination to women's rights, huge mind shift mindset shift where people they they kind of eyes open as to how is this possible but this is what Islam brought that and for all of this, the only consideration was the pleasure of Allah subhanaw taala just think about that even to this day. Today we do things which we know are wrong for example our the the kind of insane marriages that we have the the crazy spending in marriages, you ask people Why'd you do that? They said no, but you know, we have to do good is it? What will people say?
Islam said not know that Allah will look at what is it that Allah Subhana Allah will say, what is it that pleases Allah subhanho wa Taala not people and then
Well, as Roger said with respect to who is superior or who is inferior, unless everyone has in common Zachary Mwanza.
chauveau acaba, Isla de tarraco, in Accra, McComb in de la jolla. Come in Allahu Allah, Roger said, all mankind, we have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may recognize one another, you may know one another, you may appreciate each other the differences of each other not so that you look down on one another not so that you do discriminate against one another, the difference, right?
What is that?
How do you how to interview somebody by their good qualities that
you introduce them by their good qualities, this one so so and so these are his achievements or achievements. This is the idea of that is not for the black man to look down on the white man or the white man route or the black man and so on and so forth. This is for people to recognize and appreciate each other's differences, analysis.
Vary the most honorable of you is the one who is the Who is the most Mutare The one who is most concerned about the pleasure of another man, that person is the most honorable person, not the Arab over the non Arab or the white or the black or the black or the white, or the Hyderabadi or everybody else no.
The most honorable of you is the one who is most concerned about the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Even though in society that person may be poor, that person may not fit the framework of whose society considers to be honorable, doesn't matter. society doesn't mean anything. It is Allah subhanaw taala as will and pleasure, which means everything is the only one single point of reference for every single action, does it please ally, If it pleases Allah, Allah we do it if it does not please Allah, we do not do it. If we have a doubt we clarify,
become the next one, which is changing of life goals and priorities. And this was, once again, the concept of success. As I mentioned, the concept of successful what a person who has money,
high net worth individuals, you know what is rounded, Islam changed the definition of high net worth individual from our lab, to a worker, a
high net worth individual was not somebody who had the most money, but somebody who had the most character, somebody who had the most integrity, somebody who was the most truthful, somebody who was the most just somebody who was the most compassionate
became a believer.
And when he became a believer, the people around his where he used to live, he or
a girl saying to her mother, that now he has become Halima, who will milk our goats, because he used to come and help us milk the goats. Now he has become the elephant.
Cave there and he said to them,
I used to milk your goats until now because I wanted to do it. He said now I will do it because it is my duty to do it.
He became the halifa
someone came and told him that there is a
just outside of Medina there is a camp. And
every day before Salatin father, he would go into this into this place into this tent, and he would spend some time there and he would come out and you know, so he went there. And when he went to us to this tent, he saw there was an old, very old woman who was blind.
So she was there alone, and she had a couple of goats. So Sarah went there, and he
realized what is to be done. So he cleaned the place and he cooked some food for this old lady. And he milked the goats and he put the milk and so on. And then he put the food there for the old lady and he said to her mother, the food is ready.
The old lady said you are not the person who comes every day.
He said How do you know?
She said because he used to chew the food and feed me because I have not eaten
visited Khalifa of the Muslims
come on over
So, this is the changing of goals and priorities what is success? Success is not how much money I have and so on. So what is world success is
am I able to please a lot
and that is the reason why
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raza, the only one who's successful is the one who obeys Allah His Messenger Salah sir
oh you believe have Taqwa of Allah and speak the truth. colocar la Sangeeta. When should I speak when should I speak the truth. When I when it is convenient, when it is safe, when it is politic know every time I speak the truth.
And if you do that, what will happen?
I will direct you to do good deeds. And he will forgive you if you say hello Mama.
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is the only one who will have holes who will be finally free Supremes success, final success after which there is no test and the greatest success. And finally, the last of them
want to change the concept of justice, from the rule of man to the rule of law, rule of divine law, the rule of law.
In locker, the system was the same as it is today. Punishment according to the person who is committing the crime, not punishment, according to the crime itself.
Today in Syria, more than half a million people have died.
And that's not counting.
You know, it's not an exact headcount or anything like that. rough estimates half a million people whose time is it?
Today we live in a world where people are not punished for the crime. People are not punished for the crime, they are punished depending on who they are. So some people get punished, and other people nothing else.
I can give you a list and you don't need the list. You know that is better than me. But
Islam says no.
Islam says that crime is punishable. And that's the reason why
even my mama or the olana He said if even she steals and the crime is proven that I will pass the same sentence on her which Allah subhanaw taala passed, which is the amputation of the right hand.
This is what Islam can do. And that is the reason why I said yeah, you're Nina Morocco, kawabe, Nabila, Shahada, Walla Walla and for cinco, even if it is against yourself, stand for justice before Allah subhanho wa Taala as witnesses to Allah even against yourself.
Which means if you're done something wrong on up, don't hide it.
Or your parents wanna be in or the closest of your relatives, he gone Ronnie and now Akira, whether that person is rich or poor. Today justice is for the poor.
Not for the rich. You have no money, you can get away with it.
If you're poor, you get stuck. Yeah.
Holla Holla Holla Holla Holla a road follow your desires and that you went out to find Allah Hakuna Matata Dona Kabira Allah that is it. Oh, you believe that out firmly for justice as witnesses to Allah, even though it is against yourselves or your parents or your kin.
kin is like not the best translation of academic because kin is all kinds of relatives but a carabiner
The closest of your relatives,
be the person rich or poor, and there is a better protector to both than yourself. So do not follow the lust of your heart, lest you may do injustice, our justice. And if you distort your witness, or refused to give it very much manual data is ever well acquainted with what you do.
Now, here we have a situation where I told you that Allah subhanaw taala gave
these five great challenges. And we try to go over them as we as possible.
If I asked you this question, I say, Well, here is a situation there is a man who has been given this job literally to change the world in which he lives. What do you think he or she needs? What does this person need? What would you say I just put here something which I would probably say.
So I said, the usual means of gaining influence. And if you read history, this is the format that almost any rule have followed, if you take any of the great rulers of the world, they all follow the same thing, which is start with wealth, acquire money, acquire wealth, however, wherever you get it, which leads to personal and political power, increase that in whichever way you can, which then results in greater and greater number of followers. And then eventually, military power by which you then make your will
to impose it on other people. So this is the usual format, that is followed by all conquerors as well. And we go all the way back to Julius Caesar, even before him to Alexander you go come back later on to any of the kingdom you can come to any country, any key or other, including today. This is the model of, of political, political structures and political power. That is how you get this right. So if you want to change, bring about change, this is the way
this is what is
needed, but see what he's given.
Allah subhanaw taala gave me faith and courage. He didn't give Well, now,
he never even asked for Well, I mean, we our agenda is that if he had made while I would have given given it to him, but he didn't ask about
faith and courage.
complete and total faith in his mission.
In the correctness of his way,
complete confidence he never lost confidence to become depressed. Nothing broke his heart, big heart.
Physically, number two was consistency and resilience. He consistently did good, he was never reactive. Today, we are like puppets, anyone can make us do anything. We dance everybody has to
tell us or never did that. Whatever action he took was a deliberate decision. It was a conscious, thoughtful action that he took. He was not reacting to what anyone else did. People did things with him, which really seriously if you ask ourselves, how many people are doing such things about us? Nobody.
People reviled him. People would point against him, people reviled him in the marketplace, we will try to assassinate him, they tried to kill him. They actually ended up killing one of his daughters, they
killed his uncle, all kinds of things happened to him.
They completely took away his property. And you know, it's all around his money, then all of that. But still, he never reacted to anything. All his responses were thought out responses. And they were all good, moral, compassionate things that he did, including with his worst enemies. And that's what one in the hearts of people.
That is what one in the hearts of he took it. He always maintained the high moral ground, he never came down to the level of anybody else. Number one, number two is resilience, which is a refuse to give up. No matter what, after everybody got up after every after every apparent failure, he always stood up. No one could keep him down. Maybe they would knock him down. Like it was entire, for example, there has already been thought, but nobody could stop him from his mission
in any way. In time, they tried to do that physically by hurting him. The people of Makkah, they tried the other way, which was by trying to bribe him and you're saying we'll give you this and that and you want women we give you all the women you want money, we give you all this money, we make you our king and so on. And when his uncle asked him, I said look, they are saying all of this, what do you say? He said, if they put the sun in one hand and the more in the other hand, I will still not give up what I have been sent to do.
So, resilience and willingness to change what he believed
To be right. And the last one was enormous and amazing wisdom, to see things, the real nature of things.
As they say, we're just a bunch of another cat, if something cannot see the reality of something, what what site is that?
So the point is that this is what he did. So he, of course, he also had the, the benefit of what he but irrespective of that, the question was that there was a wrestler, did, he understood the reality of things, and then he responded only to that, and enormous importance is forgiveness.
He forgive those people who did him the greatest harm.
And when he for me never kept anything in his heart, you know, he is completely devoid of them. And that is why he was able to win the hearts of people and get people. And that's why he had a few people, but very high quality people
that have never had bothered about even even in MCI, even if you look at it, the closest Sahaba, who were people who had his Serbia who were close to him was never more than towards the 100 people.
Maybe even less than that.
But this is the world.
We come to the closing of this. And the question I asked myself is therefore what do we need today? And what are we doing to get it?
Because we're looking at his model here was the model in Makkah, which was like a pilot here is this global scale that we have to apply this on? What is it that they needed? And what did they do for that? What is it that we need? And what do we need to do?
And what do we need to do? We need to know what the problems are?
And what did he do the six things that would list them? I'm not going to talk about them in detail. Very important number one, it starts with connecting with a lot of adults. We start with Salah start with the hydro obviously start with brings out the budget in the budget today the tragedies we cannot even come to Greece
regularly what I mean how do you want to be successful? Tell me how is it possible?
If you cannot even get out of your bed and go and break a larger budget in the budget how on earth are you ever going to be successful?
I'm not even talking to religion here. I don't have any successful great successful person who slept for more than four four and a half hours I don't have any great successful personal did not wake up early and insanely early in the in the mornings.
Even people who are not Muslim key factors of highly successful people is this great little and they wake up very early in the morning.
We sleep like dead people,
then you want to be successful. If you are not paying, believe me for that success is not gonna happen. Take it from me in writing. If you are not praying that you are not 60 you are not serious about your own success you will not get it and your brain tattoos or how come you are not sitting in it you are not in the budget and some other further because you are you are awake anyway.
Right? So seriously think about that, connecting with a lot of other numbers as well. Number two is being beneficial to all people, not only Muslims, the Muslim was sent to benefit every living creature on the face of the earth, the Muslim was sent to benefit the entire earth and all that it contains, which is the environment which is plants and animals and it's an every single human being irrespective of whether that person is Muslim or not. If another human being is not benefiting from you, then it's a reflection on your faith. It's a reflection of your faith. It means you are not a proper Muslim because you are causing harm to another creature. That's the reason why the two
examples of a woman Allah subhanaw taala gave her jahannam Buddha the Hellfire because he died up her cat and the cat died of starvation the cat couldn't get any food and the cat died swallow Samaritan hellfire. Allah
said there was a man who was traveling somewhere and he found a thirsty dog which was very, very thirsty the man Lord his shoe into a well and pulled out some water and gave water to this dog and Allah subhanaw taala forgive his sins I gave Jenna for that reason, a cat or a dog.
Somebody gets punished for that somebody gets rewarded for that. That is the reality of the Muslim is supposed to be beneficial to every single creature on the face of the earth. Obviously we're human beings and then also to everyone else, irrespective of whether they are positive or not. Number three is keep the goal foremost.
Not get distracted today. This is the worst part of our lives. We get distracted by everything.
We are worse than two year old kids. You know every single balloon can distract us. Every single thing can distract us nothing can stay in focus is impossible. We don't read you ask people what what do you read? I love you ask me this question. What are you reading nowadays? We've got one guy who always had this question may Allah bless him
puts you gives you a light. I know if I want to meet him, you could ask me what it is even the previous evening.
To find some books.
No reading, if you don't read how to get how do you get knowledge from well?
Number four, be patient and forgiving. Unless we forgive you cannot build relationship, believe me, we are all imperfect, we all make mistakes, no one is free from that. And if we are not willing to forgive each other, we cannot have good marriages. You cannot have good relationships, you cannot have good friendships, you cannot unless you are willing to forgive. And forgiveness means that the other person did something wrong. Otherwise, what are you forgiving?
As a person?
You did nothing? What do you forgive me, of course the person did something wrong. That is why you forgive them.
So forgive people. And number five is work with anyone, no matter what their history, we need to be able to work across the boundaries of culture of religion of belief, or what if a person has a skill that we need, we need to work with them. We need to get around those differences. Yes, the person is a nasty piece of action, but the person knows something which I really need. So therefore that to work with them, whoever that person may be boundaries of all kinds of things. We need to work across them, no matter the history, or this person used to do this. Or that person said this to me that no doesn't matter.
the man responsible for the killing of 70 Sabha including Hamza bin Abdullah, the most beloved person who
was responsible for their debts, when, when it came to Medina, honored he was stood up in his in his honoring, we put his shawl on the ground and weight alysus of this and he made me worried commander in chief of the army.
The man who fought all his life, whose goal in life was to kill masala when he comes to meet him, he gives them the commander commander of the army. Why? Because he's not looking at holiday worried in terms of what did he say what he's looking at him in terms of this man has a key skill that we need.
He is the best military commander going I need a military commander. I don't care what he did or didn't do, he has now come to me. So
there is no Believe me there is no example in history to my knowledge, which compares with the example of Mohammed Salah Salah with regard to his ability to forgive you forgive all the people of backup. What amazes me is forgiving is one thing, but he had a legitimate right to ask for compensation, at least minimum return what you took away from us
and not talking about, you know, compensation as in terms of findings on it or or no, as you took $10 from a Give back my 10 bucks.
He did not even do that. He did not even get the people who had taken away the property or the Muslims to say give it back to them. He did not even do that he forgave everyone, irrespective of what they did. And what was the result of that the result of that was they all came to him and they all accepted him as the ruler. And maybe if he had not done that, if he had taken remains if he had perished them, which was his right, he would have opened more wounds or more swords, and he would have created more confusion. He did not do that.
That is a result of being a patient and forgiving, and the ability to work with everyone, no matter the history of the last one is never stopped working no matter how long it takes. There is wonderful code, how do I know if my mission is over? And the answer is if you are alive, it is not over?
How do I know if our mission is or if your life is not over.
And therefore the process of building continue to work in the last breath in his life in his body. He continued to work to bring the message and the goodness of Islam to every living being on the face of the earth.
To be pleased with you and never to be displeased ask Allah to accept your coming here. I ask Allah subhanaw taala to become the to make you ambassadors to the rest of the world to take forth the message of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam to me
Anyone not just by talking but by practicing it in your and my life which we need to do that the best our the best proselytization the best preaching is the preaching without words by action. Actions, convince people don't care what you say or what you do, and therefore we need to do first. If you do, you don't have to talk.
We don't have to win debates. We have to win hearts. And the way to win hearts is by being good to people. And by spreading goodness all around us as well as matter to make it possible for us to do that and to be pleased with us and never to displace Wasabi Wasabi Wasabi, erotica,
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