Channel: Mohammad Elshinawy
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we begin the name of Allah, Almighty God,
the Most Merciful, the grantor of mercy, all praise and glory belongs to our love Lord of the worlds. Certainly Allah is deserving of the best of thanks and the beautiful, most beautiful breezes and we thank him and we praise Him and we rush to him seeking His forgiveness and his protection and his guidance
and the exit he provides from the evil whispers within us and the evil consequences of our misdeeds for whomever are large, diligent guides. No one can lead us astray and remember Allah, in his infinite various and perfect wisdom leaves a Sri Lankan guy. And we testify that no one in our worship, our devotion,
our focus, our love, our obedience in the absolute sense, but Allah subhanho wa Taala, the glorified exalted alone, finding partners that the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
was the best of his creation and the seal of His revelation, and His mercy to the world. By the guidance he brought, the warnings he carried and the glad tidings he delivered. We asked about the center's finest Peace and blessings upon His messenger Muhammad, and to send it for us as an inspiration to follow his path until the day we are surrounded with him. I think he's a lot to set up.
And here we are at the last job from about
yesterday, we welcomed it and now we bid it farewell. And we asked a lot so just to make us of those that even if it's in these last hours, if we did not do our due diligence, showing gratitude to Allah in welcoming this honored guests, that we do an even better job at bidding his farewell for this is what matters most in them and our motto with our team, that actions are ultimately judged considered by Allah in light of what they are sealed upon. So May Allah give our Madonna blessing seal and give our lives unless it's sealed?
And give our questioning in front of Allah the best of endings and best of outcomes among them.
And so what's your plan for after Ramadan? How do you plan on retaining those games, keeping a bit of that purity, not getting smudged again with the mud that Allah washed off of you with another robot, the forgiveness that inshallah McKee has granted Be confident in that the guidance and the perspective that he has opened up in your heart to see things the way he wants us to see them or the way that you've never seen them before.
A lot. So agenda strike, so many examples in the end, to help us better understand because with examples things become clear.
And so, one of these examples is the example of the tree of faith that ally selligent mentions when he says
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a lot of strikes and example for you. He presents it on a similar to a comparison for you to be able to draw a parallel understand how things work. The example of a good beautiful word and so many of the early Muslims they knew it was understood without even being explicitly stated. This word is when your heart says that you hate, love, love when your tongue says that you got hate on law, it's the word of faith. It's your commitment to all love that statement. Allah strikes an example for that beautiful word of faith. kashia Jonathan, bye, eBay. It's like a beautiful pure blessing tree. A slew has. its roots are deeply trenched in the ground. It's anchored.
With firmness good cannot be uprooted. It's true. its roots are deep in the ground. Well thought will have the same app and it reaches amazing heights this tree, it goes above and beyond this world it reaches into the skies into the heavens. Then he says not just that to do cola Coca Cola, meaning it yields its fruits, it renders its fruits all the time. The Infineon beha by permission from its load. And so this is the tree of faith. It is deeply rooted in the ground, and it extends so far in every direction, and it renders few fruits not seasonally. And likewise is the believer when the tree of fate is implanted in their heart, and its roots are solid and firm. it renders fruits all
year round. That doesn't mean that you may not have a high season in your fruit production in Ramadan, that's expected normal. Don't get depressed after Ramadan if all cannot be retained. But to understand the fluctuation of VEDA loves making things easy for you telling you listen, if it's deeply rooted, it will keep growing. And there will always be fruits even if they lessen, and so it will not be a seasonal tree. And that's what we're looking for. We're looking for Africa, Rama bond to retain our faith, even if we're not going to keep the caliber of Ramadan to not go back to where we were before move on to continue tasting the sweetness of these roots to continue providing these
roots to our scale of good deeds continue serving our destiny.
And so Ramadan is the highest season but this tree has no offseason. This is the first thing we need to understand. The second thing is Allah wants you to think about this parable. Like what? Look how similar you are to a tree, can this tree survive render any fruit at all, if it is not taken care of. Doesn't a tree require a fertile land a fertile soil.
Not something that's dry, arid, not something that's without nutrients, not something that's Rocky and the roots can't move easily get deeper and deeper inside. So a tree requires firm roots of fertile soil works roots to extend and to suck up what it needs to produce. But if there is fertile land if the earth is good, but the climate is not. So you have awesome topsoil, you have excellent land under you. But the problem is that it's just it's been a long winter. It's been too long without the proper atmosphere, can the trees survive, it cannot survive.
And what if there is fertile soil, and there is the right climate around you to temperatures about right.
But there's no sunlight, there are no rays of light, so that the tree can produce as it produces go through that process. Likewise, your faith requires these factors as well. The same way the tree the fruits will not be readily available, unless these things are regularly available that help you that are conducive to its growth conducive to the trees help likewise your tree of human it needs something to dig deep into something to anchor it something to feed that faith and soak up faith. And that is solid,
among many other things, but what's better than Sala and that's why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said to us is that the more we learn to be upright, you want the tree to fall over. He's telling you be straight, and you will not be able to meaning you will not be able to at all times in all places, you're not going to be able to be an angel. Why never ending higher our medical musalla but know that the best of your deeds is prayer. That is the strongest factor to keep you upright.
To keep you straight on this path you started walking on towards Allah azza wa jal and then the right atmosphere of the greatest reasons why we are told to keep good company in Islam is because goodness is contagious. And so you need to make Salah, but how much better is your Salah when you're not squeezing it in a cubicle somewhere all day, every day without exception. But when you come and you pray with your brothers, you're not just rushing through this or that you may even look at them and say look at how focused he is. And look how hard it is to try and look how consistent he is every single night. And so that is the climates. Even if it's not the perfect climate. It's a very
useful climate. Because we are social creatures. We identify with those around us.
And then if you have a fertile soil, your surrounding climate is nice. You cannot survive without reason. Light
To long under the clouds will destroy almost any tree.
And so you constantly need to revisit regrip reassert your grip on the rope that Allah said that he called the light. It's not just sunlight, there's the light of guidance that are less than down in his book. When noting that the antenna he calls it, follow this light that we set it down for you. It needs, your dream needs constant visits. So here are buzzwords to reset its mindset to reset its hard set even its insight, you need to pull out of all the things that people are telling you or people are doing and seeing with their actions, if you will, and you need to go back to hearing the voice of the messengers from above, or send them to the storm through the Rockies through the lives.
And so anchoring yourself in Sala after this month of Ramadan, and solidifying your relationship with the believers, and hearing
the voice of the messenger out of his love to set up a statement for him hear a whisper from him there, a hadith and a reminder each night, these three things together can put you in good standing for survival.
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And I want to ask you another question. Can these three ever come together in a better place than the message
where you will be anchored in your prayer, pray in a more meaningful prayer where you will see believers but you don't have to know them personally, you don't even have to like them. But there are qualities in them that you need to draw from them.
And where are you going to hear the words of Allah His Messenger than his house, which he deemed to be a lighthouse for the world that's filled with darkness. And so let that be wherever your Miss Judy is, wherever is closest to you. Let that be your Ramadan resolution right now.
I haven't been praying Alicia in the mystery of I'll add one thing, I'll pray Russia in the masjid. I haven't been praying fetch, I'm going to add veggie to demonstrate. I'm going to go to my children. And I'm going to tell them I messed up.
And I've been taking you to so many places consistently. And I want you to forgive me. And I want you to help me make up for what I did. And you bring them to a mother's house. Regardless of what the house is, regardless of what's wrong with that house, that's a very minimum.
This is the first message.
The second message is what is more
A child that is afraid of the dark, or an adult that is afraid of the light.
This is a wise statement that a person should really linger on. Children are afraid of the dark because they don't know what's in the dark. They don't know it, maybe there's a boogie monster, maybe there's something to be afraid of. But isn't it worse that someone knows what's going on and chooses not to recognize it.
And so with your children,
you see all of the system, all of the symptoms flaring for a certain diagnosis, and you choose not to notice. And I'm going to be frank here for the next 15 minutes of the book,
you'll see that your children are far less connected with understanding of us words than you. And it's increasing with every day. Even if you don't understand Arabic, you understand the Quranic concepts that are leaking from our families one generation at a time.
Don't you see that your children have values that you didn't, that you had values they have today.
And it's not seemingly getting any better.
We don't need the Pew Research forums to tell us and they as a big established second generation Muslims in America 23% of them refuse to identify as Muslims.
Which means that 77% of them are Muslim a lot a lot of how, even if Muslim by name 23% are just gone. I refuse to be called Muslim.
We don't need statistics to say these things. I don't need to tell you that us as Imams, we have children coming to us and saying to us, I wish I was Christian. Why you haven't even studied the world's religions because of all the decorations of Christmas. We love less the brother that came to me he may not know what he did. He came and said here are $2,000 I want you to buy gifts for all the kids at free, and they'll be distributed to each child.
But you don't need statistics. You don't need to hear them as much as I hear to know these things. 77% may be Muslim, nominally by name and if push comes to shove when there are Muslims being smeared everywhere and everyone
Once in a while a Muslim gets hurt somewhere. Why should I hold on to a name if it's just the name?
This is the reality we're living in today. And do you know why that is? It's because we have refused to acknowledge that we did not place for them. We did not place for them and environment a climate for their trees to thrive.
We did not place for them a place with a tree of faith can survive.
And that's my message to this community here. We are beyond the leads in putting together a message in a message like that and the province of
not only holding 1000 people, not the message that is sad in the ground and pump fibers up top. I messaged you that served every need. I messaged you, that was a sanctuary I met my dad for the believers and their feet.
Almost everywhere I go, it has not clicked yet. We're ignoring that this is our greatest emergency.
We resigned to the fact so many times and what can I do? I cannot change the world I cannot take on the world.
Do not overlook what you can do. Because of the things that you cannot currently do.
Had there are non Muslims that this has clicked for. had that been the mentality of Rachel Corrie, for example, who's a non Muslim,
who went all the way to hersa to try to stop the illegal settlements there and she's not Muslim, and she was killed doing that by a bulldozer. She did not say, Oh, it's none of my business. I'll just stay in my Midwest home in America. What can I do I cannot take on the world. had that been the mentality of
love I mentioned last time on, there would not be 11 million more Muslims in Africa, in the lifetime of one man at this man's hands, they would not be 9500 more wells, they would not be 5700 Maasai they would not be 240 Islamic centers, they will not be 15,000 orphans being taken care of, because one man who didn't have money to donate to all of this, but he did not overlook the things he could do. He would travel from place to place and stay away from his family for 10 months a year. And they will come to him sometimes in the difficult jungles of Africa, leaving the luxuries of their lives and Queen and this man's a position
until he caused the change to happen.
If this was the mentality of our province, a lot of you it was seldom when he was walking to bed. And the Sahaba relieved him of the of the task relieved through the responsibility. They said you keep writing we'll walk instead of alternating.
He said to them,
let's do my be applauded Miss, you mean the weather.
I am not less in need of their award than you. I need this. And you are not more capable of working than me, I have to carry my share as well. Whatever that share may be. We cannot just resign and say it's just the tidal waves are too high. There's nothing we can do. There is much we can do. Far beyond donating. We can even get other people to donate, we can vote, we can volunteer, we can make this message. Let's start here not to build a message but to build a movement. I told you at the beginning of Ramadan, that we're going to have to put together the funds to remodel this place quickly.
But this is our opportunity. I want you to think about the people that could be brought back to life before this trauma bond. And they hear this whole debacle. Well what kind of panic mode sense of urgency would they be in because they feel like they have one more opportunity? It is not going to be them. So let it be you.
We need MSG. We need MSG like the message of the prophets of above audio send a message where the light of Islam shines a message where the equality of Islam is realized between Arabs and non Arabs between everybody messages where people feel that I don't have our you feel I don't have to give up my rationale, my science my facts that I learned to follow my religion. A message where people can feel belonging to this oma one line. This is a great great great great oma and this is not the most difficult time in the oma but we will either step up to the plate, or else Allah liberate this oma from us and He will bring about new people that are more deserving of his pleasure than us.
We need the message of love is not needed. Islam is not needed. Islam is invincible Islam never set in any land except that it grows like the son somewhere else.
So Allah says to us about the immediate task at hand because the host was running out of time handed to him to the our medical feasibility lab.
They're all here you are being called to spend in the way of Allah. And spending is not just money, though if you have money don't look at why didn't this guy spend Why didn't that guy Allah give you the ability to spend the guidance to be interested in spending, the opera I know of money one brother, people don't spend a look at him in New York, if he would have given 20, I would have given 20. And I know from this man personally, this physician that right before Ramadan, he was whacked with a penalty of $180,000. And so look at this guy who deprived himself comparing it to that guy. And he didn't know that Allah gave a much more than he gave that guy. Allah says, I'm inviting you
to spend it from whatever I've given you your time, your wealth, sacrifice in the path of a lot, he says, and some of you hold back, and whomever holds back for them, if
you're withholding from yourself, what laws
and applies free of me. And you are the ones that are dependent on this
message. And then he says, at the end of the day, something that fills the whole message of hope. But it's very scary for our generation, we're in that low step the government
needs, the need is yours. For him and his pleasure. He says, and if you turn away, he will replace you with other people. And they will not be like you may or may not replace us with a generation more deserving of Him. May Allah make our children better than us. Make that because of us, not at the expense of us.
Time to relax,
a person they wonder,
Is this the most relevant topic for the last one Ramadan?
And I believe it certainly is. Because if we're not going to break out of our shells,
before the simulation mode is over before shavon comes back, then what exactly if we're not going to place a balance with ourselves with a love for ourselves and our children, then we can be susceptible from every direction. Once the enemies come back after Ramadan.
I have two fears for this community. The first of them is that this lesson takes too long to develop structurally, they're a measly 200 $250,000 is not collected fast enough. And so we get susceptible to human nature, we lose when we lose confidence, we wonder if it's ever going to be fruitful or not. And it slows down.
Or it happens just it's too late.
One man invited me to his mysteries in Virginia. And he came to my hotel room before the hotel. And he said I came to this country 30 years ago. And I came from the airport to the gas station. And I made enough money to like work my own gas stations. And I built my own message for $4 million.
And my children have left Islam.
I think I'm too late.
May Allah never allow us and you to stand that step to be in that situation.
I spoke to me some time and time again. He would be convinced for a few minutes to get sucked back into the tornadoes outside.
And now he's insisting on changing his name. Because Mohammed is the name of my enemies.
That's my first fear. My second fear for this community. And this is the result of the first is that this becomes MSG that becomes an impressive building for bragging rights. And we don't remove everything. Monetary, social, personal, emotional, to make sure this message serves us on our journey to our last panel.
And so I closed the door reminding you that Allah spent on you, so you may spend very sick, and if you spend for his sake, he will spend on you more. And it's always the same people who donate because no one ever loses their money from donate. And I want to remind you to snart not stop there because your profits have a lot where it goes.
And I want to remind you that tomorrow morning they will be on this and it could be the last list in Ramadan that our profits on the level I spoke about when he said
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And this hadith is because even if you weren't going to get your money back,
even if you weren't, even if Allah had not promised that he promised that the promise will be kept. But even if he didn't promise that he said every single morning when the sun rises, Allah sends on its two sides rising with it, two angels calling out to humanity.
You cannot hear them with your ears, but you hear them with your heart because their profits of above why they do send them never spoke anything but truth.
They call out and they say all humankind Hurry up and rush to your Lord. For what is little meaning don't get caught up. Whatever is little and enough is so much better than what is plenty and distracting.
He says and then the sun does not set on that day, except that there's a list to me a list of very special to add by the angels, where they see where they say for those on that list of lahoma it won't feel bad However, a lot of them are the ones he can tell. Oh Allah, give those who spend. Spend your money. Spend your time spend, spend with your rest, spend of your comfort, give those who spend more. And all Allah give destruction give ruin to those who withhold and those who would hold withhold from themselves. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said to us when he was asked what is the best charity to give? He said no one does.
giving charity while you're still healthy, while you're still holding on to them make money.
While you are still hopeful to become rich, still fearful to become poor. Everyone's worried about the rainy day they need to save money for the rainiest day that is the day to day of judgment catches you by surprise that the Angel of Death says that's it no more days no more or more bonds, no more solid, no more such that.
He says before or while you're still fearing poverty. He says why that to me and don't put it off had that either. Boom until the Your soul is that your throat choking you you say this is for so and so and this is for so and so everyone wants to be cherished cherished small deathbed. Everyone wants to be charitable when they get sick. Everyone wants to be charitable in the hospital. Because things get very real. In those moments, he says the best charity is the charity of the one who does it before that far more rewarding in the sight of Allah.
There are a bunch of groups that our youth have prepared holding for you after the saw that there are five envelopes that are $10,000 and there are 10 envelopes for $5,000 and 10 envelopes for $2,500 and 20 envelopes for $1,000 if we collect those we will be almost finished with the plans that we will explain to you I'll wait for the messages to rush so that we can get to the services we can get past the building get past the structure we are Marcel agenda make us and you worthy to surface cause worthy of his pleasure Allahu
Allah forgive us for what he knows about us and to free our neck from a lot from the fire. May Allah never subject us our children to the doubts and the desires that derail us from walking towards him safely. Grant us a proper standing in front of him where our faces our writing, and our scales are made heavy and our books are received with their right hands. May Allah rescue this woman through us and make our contributions or movement to be replicated in other places and other massagin May Allah use us for his Deen and not to replace us protect us and to not leave us without his guardian ship may have lost though did not leave us to ourselves with a blink of an eye not deprive us from the
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