A Believers Escape
Channel: Mohammad Elshinawy
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May Allah azza wa jal allow us to see it. May Allah Allah allow us to reach the month of Ramadan and reap its greatest fruits Allah whom I mean.
When the Muslims during the reign of aroma have been hubbub, about the Allahu anhu,
had opened, liberated,
the lands of a sham the lands of greater Syria.
This came with a great deal of sudden prosperity for the Muslims. These were, you know, former territories of the superpower of the world, the Byzantine Romans, this is a sham, the mild temperatures, you know, land of milk and honey, as they call it, lush green place of a former superpower. And so prosperity was about. And for the Sahaba, the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, they understood what that meant that prosperity came with great risks came with great dangers. They remembered very vividly that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Melfa, Crusher alikoum it's actually not poverty that I fear for you. But I fear that this
world open up the opportunities of this world open up for you, and you start competing in them. And so they destroy you. The same way they destroyed the people before you when they had a similar opportunity. They remember that hadith very clearly. And he would often say it's a Salatu was Salam. And so Omar was very worried what to do in this context, who do I send to be the governor of Hashem
and keep things from spiraling out of control in the middle of all of this prosperity? And so he couldn't think of anyone better than a man by the name of Sati dibny Ahmed, about the Allahu Han, say that anamod Number one, he was from hymns. He was already originally from the greater Syria region, he was an MC. And also he was known among the Sahaba as Rohit, like he was a man that was a monk but in the Islamic sense, because monasticism monk ship is not fully accepted, in the full sense of the word, the way it exists in other traditions, doesn't exist that way in Islam, but he was known as Abraham, due to how dedicated he was to worship, due to how aloof he was, you know, to
prosperity in this world or chasing after this world, due to him simply being unfazed by any glitter or glamour that this world had to offer. He said, No one's gonna be able to do it better than I demanded. So he sends
and he assumes the office the position, and immediately the complaints start coming to Omar
that this man is no good. This man is not fit for the job. You have to take him back this man that you recruited for us. And so Amara, the Allahu untraveled to a Shem. And he hears the people's grievances. He listened to them what's going on?
They say listen, this man said he didn't admit we have many complaints. And he collected four complaints about him. They said first of all, every single day, he doesn't come out until the sun is high in the sky, like deep into the midday period. We don't see him.
They said Second of all, sorry, didn't Ahmed actually has
two days in the month that he does not come out whatsoever.
And then the third complaint they said, and every single day in the month, he does not come out at night whatsoever. He only comes out during the daytime to the people to the subject to his followers to the citizens.
They said and there's this fourth thing that we can't really hold against him, but it just bothers us too much. Suddenly, and without warning, he sort of has these like Sarada seizures and just falls unconscious. he faints out of the blue every now and again.
And so on one of them hooked up with the Allahu and being the man of justice that he was and the legacy that he left he brings a different arm it forward. And he says
Allah who met in the alley for whom in Hyderabad, Oh Allah, I know him to be one of your best servants. Allah whom Allah to him for Oceti fee. Oh, Allah don't disappoint me regarding my good assumptions about him. I had a really good hunch about him. Don't let me be wrong. Don't let me show up on the Day of Judgment, having been totally blinded to this guy being a corrupt monster. And I put him in this position for all this time until the complaints came to me. Because yeah, Allah don't let this happen. And then he says to him, oh, sorry, I didn't
explain yourself. They mentioned these four things about you.
He said, Yeah, I mean, first of all,
They say I only come out during the midday time. And this is true. Because I don't have a servant at home. So in the morning hours, I have to need, I have to roll my own hygiene my own dough.
And then I have to wait for it to rise. And then I have to bake it. Because that's my meal for the day. And after that I make my will do and I come out. That's why it has to happen this way. I'm making bread for myself and my household.
He said, and they said there two days out of the month, you never come out. He said, this is true because I only own this one garment that I have one pair of clothes that I have. And I don't have any replacements. And so every two weeks, basically what twice in the month, I have to wash it and I have nothing else to wear. So I wait till it dries before I can come out. I come out later that night. Most people don't notice. They're assuming I didn't come out but I come out late those days.
Or Omar says and they said that
you come out midday two days you don't come out at all and you never answer anyone at night. He said this is true. I never answer anyone.
My entire day. And my night belongs to Allah.
I would not have said this. He said Had you not interrogated me but my night is for Allah the entirety of it the same way I give them my day.
So I almost said and what about the fourth one, they say that you fall unconscious you have these episodes over and over again.
He says this is true. And I cannot help it every time I remember the execution of Hebei big nadie you see how big an idea on sorry about the Allahu Han was a man from Medina during the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that after the Battle of bedeutet. Kobe was one of those taken captive by foolish the idolaters from Mecca.
And they also believe that you don't harm anyone during a shoulder shot on the sacred months. And so they basically held out on him until the sacred months were over. Then they brought him outside of the Sacred Precinct, the Haram and they hung him up. They crucified him basically not in the Christian sense, but just hung them up on some planks of wood.
And they mutilated him and tore the skin off of his body and taunted him and they would say to him, Where is Mohamed now? Wouldn't you prefer now that Mohammed be up here instead of you? They would say this to Kobe Radi Allahu Allah and that Muhammad been up there instead of you. And you get to go home now to your business and you get to go home back to your family.
And he would hope he would say no, absolutely not. I would not rather have my wealth and my family restored. If that meant that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam gets pricked by a thorn, and they kept torturing him until ultimately, on his last day, they asked he asked them to pray to rock us and he prayed this to rock us. And then he he kept his rock I was brief and said to them, I would have prayed longer, but I didn't want you to think that I was afraid of dying.
And then he said, Well, I still barely Hina Octo Muslim and Allah Eugen been in Canada for Allah, he masari I don't care how I die. It doesn't make a difference. So long as I die, I'm Muslim, and it was for Allah that I'm dying, makes no difference to me. Do whatever you want. He says so they killed him. And they mutilated his body. And I was there. He wasn't a Muslim at the time. Sorry, he didn't I met the governor of Sham in this incident was not Muslim at the time. And yet I was there and I didn't do anything.
And every time I remember that incident, and wonder if it will ever come back to haunt me on the day of judgment. I tremble and I think thinking about the possibility of still being accountable in front of Allah azza wa jal for the crime we did to that righteous man, Kobe with an idea of the Allah who won.
So Omar heard these four explanations, perfectly justified explanations. And he turned to the people and he turned to the eighth and he said, Alhamdulillah Hillel de la New Haven NiFi. I thank Allah that Allah has not disappointed me regarding my assumption about salaried. And then he got up and kiss saved on his head for putting him in that difficult situation, and putting him under questioning to explain himself and maybe expose more about his private life and his sincere dimensions that he would not have loved to otherwise state.
This one snapshot I often remember or I've repeatedly remembered
to just reflect on the blessing nature of the lives of the Sahaba one incident. What does it teach us?
And so many things it teaches us for life in general. But even for the upcoming Ramadan, there are so many useful parallels here.
one of them is the fact that he didn't, Ahmed remembered his sins from his past for so long.
And people often wonder, by the way, should I forget my sins after I start practicing or repenting or becoming more religious or not? And the answer is, it depends. If remembering your sins, remembering your past, will make you like Sorry, didn't honor, then yes, remember your past.
Right? If it's going to drive you and give you that motivation, or motivation or fear that will bring out of you the best version of yourself. That is when you should be remembering your past, remembering your sins.
But if remembering your sins is going to demotivate you, it's going to cause you to feel like there's no point and you start despairing and you stop trying, and you become a worse person. That's when you're supposed to forget your sins. This is the way it works.
People think that, you know, regrets and fear and otherwise are just like things that need to be removed from our mindset. They can be extremely inspirational. The same way they were for someone like say, the hola Juan and for us as well. Many people will never value the opportunity of being forgiven in Ramadan, the season of forgiveness, unless you realize just how intensely we need to be forgiven. Just how many crimes we are all guilty of. And so remember it not just flog yourself and just be guilty for the sake of guilty, but for realizing the treasure ahead of you in this upcoming month.
The other lesson I wish to share very quickly from this incident of Sorry, didn't answer the second one second of three is that he washed his own clothes and he made his own bread he served himself at home.
One of the reasons why that was possible is because he was eating basically bred he was having very simple food. And the more you minimize, you minimize your intake on this life, the more you simplify life. I know that means a very different thing in our age, but still even as it relates to people like us, us moderns, the more you simplify your life, the more you will be able to serve yourself and your needs, the less you will be dependent on people the more dignified of a human being you will be become independent.
The prophets Allah Allahu alayhi wa sallam told us that Allah loves such people.
At circa you will huffy you will honey, a person that has piety and a person that's discreet and a person that's independent, he's content with Allah and not trying to chase doing things on their own. Even within your own household the Prophet alayhi salaatu wa salaam taught us he used to stitch his own sandals Allah Allah Allah yourself Sallam milk, his own goats sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he taught us to be like that even behind closed doors, but that will not be possible and we have very high demands. And then we started depending on others, to do them for us. And the uncomfortable Ramadan example I would give here is the complexity or simplicity of your Iftar will determine many
This is a month for us to sever as many strings without burning out as possible. Simplify your life and serve yourself as best as possible. Allah will love you for it and the people respect you more for it. afford the quality has I will start from Mahalia Murray welcome.
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The most direct and obvious may be less than or parallel. We can take by reflecting on this incident of sorry, the phenomenon Hemsley or the hola Juan is his statement. My day is for the people and my night is for my Lord subhanho wa taala.
You know, in Islam, we are not taught we're actually not allowed to be like isolationists to isolate ourselves from people. But for there to be a compartment of our day, a compartment of our week, a compartment of our year called Ramadan, for example, where you distance yourself a little bit for your own good and for your relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala that is very much Islamic.
You know, people think that you know, Ramadan is just about staying away from food and drink some people like
Think this, but the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that Ramadan is a retreat, a retreat away from many things,
including even socializing, including even socializing to some extent. Like some people don't know that, you know, it is not haram at all to socialize or speaking Ramadan. Rather, this is a community event, and we should be deliberate about that. But there should be certain hours in your day and hours in your night, where you are not talking.
And he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam encouraged us to minimize our words and minimize our volume even in our words in Ramadan. In one Hadith, you said to us sallallahu alayhi wa sallam when you one of you is fasting Fellay our fourth wala FSOC let him not well I have so
when I asked help, let him not be obscene, let him not be sinful, and let him not be loud. He said that Allah He Salatu was Salam.
And he said In another Hadith at times, some people are fasting, and all they're missing out on is food and drink. They get nothing from their fast but hunger and thirst. Well, what else is there, there's an experience of disconnecting a little bit for the sake of connecting with Allah subhanho wa Taala there's a certain version of yourself that will never emerge a very healthy version of yourself that will never emerge, so long as you're constantly in the grind, as we call it nowadays, with people if you're just like a gear or a cog in a machine, you have to pull out. You know, they actually used to think that Abu Hanifa Rahim Allah, if you read his biography, he was arrogant. And
the reason why he was arrogant, according to them is that he wouldn't mix with us like other scholars with Abu Hanifa Rahim Allah, Allah He cared a lot about his personal time, he carved out of the noise of life certain spaces all year round. And perhaps that's why he became Abu Hanifa. And the others perhaps did not write and for the living area, Rahimullah
some of his haters and Veer otherwise, they actually tried to argue if you read his biography, that he was acting like he's Muslim, he's not even Muslim. He's actually Jewish. And where did you get that from? Because he never comes out on Saturdays. And for de la Rahima Hola. Used to dedicate his Saturdays to writing. That was his writing day. You know, nowadays in like in the business world, or in the corporate world, they talk about deep dives, right, where there's no phones and retreats, right, where you can be especially productive. And so you will be able to be especially productive into your Ramadan. If you plan to carve out a certain amount of Tibet total time. Allah says in the
Quran or Tibet, tell elites Abdullah sever a little bit and dedicate yourself to Allah in a very special way in a very sincere way. And if we, if we don't plan now with seven days to go and we fail to plan as they say, it becomes a plan to fail, may Allah forbid. And so plan for your Ramadan, your social time, but also your quiet time. And see this month as an opportunity of the forgiveness we need. And see it as an opportunity to figure out what we can do without what we can handle simplifying of our lives for the greater good in sha Allah Allah. May Allah allow us to meet you. Meet Ramadan, and prioritize correctly in Ramadan and enjoy unique moments of seclusion and solitude
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