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it's great to be back may Allah subhana wa Tada bliss or community may Allah azza wa jal accept that or deeds and forgive our sins. And I heard that you guys had that mashallah great that heat
before I share my reflections in that, you know, and I want to keep it short and then open the floor for any questions or comments and I see some fellow who judge as well here, mashallah, maybe they have something to share as well.
Can you hear me well? Or do I need to use the handheld? This good? Okay. Um, so I'm going to share some personal reflections. But before I do that, for those of you who are really, you know, wondering how it went this year, logistically speaking,
it went, it was much better than I expected it to be.
Things you know, this has been the case throughout history. For some people how it goes very smoothly. They they speak of how everything was so easy with so amazing and everything. And some people face difficulties and some people. You know, for some people, I remember one time I asked one guy, like, how was it? He's like, 100 last once in a lifetime.
Yeah, and he will never go to Hajj again. And somehow that has been his experience.
And, and I think what makes a huge difference for so many people is the preparation that they they are part of, if someone is prepared mentally, emotionally, and even physically, for the journey itself, and they have
they take their time to really
prepare and set set their expectations to be to be as realistic as possible. I think they tend to do better when they go there overall, as opposed to someone who doesn't have a clue or someone who has this like rosy picture or someone sometimes who may even have like the wrong idea. Some people think hedge is like you're going to die.
They're so nervous or uptight. They're like, you know, just relaxed. I mean, it's just
Preparation is very, very important. So logistically speaking, it went better. My understanding from the statistics that I saw, again, I, this particular time I was I had very little
presence on social media and, you know, texting and all of that.
So from what I remember, I think it was the official count was 1.8
million people, they were very strict with regards to who they allow in if you don't have
if you don't have permits in even if you're a local, or from the region, and you're caught that there was hefty penalty, one year of imprisonment, 100,000 rial fine and 10 year ban on getting a visa or entry to Saudi Arabia.
And for the for the locals, even for the citizens they had, they were very strict.
But then, once you're inside,
it's not as strict anymore. So it's just, it can it you know, this is just the nature of Hajj. So this year, it went better than I expected much better from what I heard of people who attended last year. And what were with us this year, day and night, huge difference between the two, just to be for us or for me, and for some of the fellow who judge here from Memphis.
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though we didn't sign up with them.
They ended up being the actual service provider, the person the this data, salami staff, many of you are familiar with data, Salem, they ended up being the ones that actually facilitated things. And I can't thank them enough and Hamdulillah that they were in charge. I don't work for Delta salaam, I'm not on commission. They didn't pay me to make these comments, but they really saved the day, they did a marvelous job. They put a lot of people at ease, they, you know, I don't know what it would have been like, if it was someone else. But 100 i They did an excellent job. We ended up being you know, we ended up in the same minute camps that I am very familiar with near the gym, right. So
very smoothly. Hamdulillah.
So I thank Allah subhanaw taala for that prices, is just outrageous. I can't justify it. Again, it's not the salons fault, because it's not their salon that receives or demands the payments, is the Saudi company has, you know, the service providers who contracted data set out to facilitate things for them. So basically, you're paying on a platform called nusach. Directly, you're wiring your money, or you're paying with a credit card. And the process is not go down, they actually went up. And it's just outrageous. But guess what, the demand is there.
The demand is there.
So people people were jumping on it, they were buying it, people were just so excited and happy just to be there, domain. And everyone that was there was persistent enough.
Right, and focus enough or they had someone who was just refreshing and clicking and so persistent to actually go.
You know, I rarely found someone who was there because they were forced to, because they didn't really want to come and they were dragged or they were just there to check things out.
People, people are desperate to go and when they had the opportunity, and finally to go, they were so happy and excited. Some of these people have been waiting for two or three or four years.
So So that's that part. Now, the reflections that I wanted to share with you.
You see, Hajj is is a journey into history.
So every time you go to Hajj or you go to armor, or even if you go just to visit that area, you feel like you're going back into history or especially if you're familiar with the seal of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, and Islamic history, you're going to just feel like you're going back in time.
Miss an amazing feeling, especially when you go into state of a bad or a better that you were taught about by the very people whose history and legacy are celebrating
Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Prophet Ibrahim Anissa. And then if you have information or if you have a, you know, a hedge guide, or someone who is actually providing you with accurate information, telling you where things happened, and all of that, it gives it a different perspective. Like you really feel like you're part of history.
And this is something unique and I just want to tell, especially our young ladies and our young men here
that we're the only religion the only culture the only community on the face of this planet
they'd have something like this.
Now, some of you might say, What are you talking about? We studied world religion. Other religions will also have traditions. They have historic sites and they have holy sites.
We're the only ones that have
a tradition that is tied to a geographic location. And that is tied to historic.
Basically, historically proven events that is authentic. No one else has that.
No one else.
No one else has that claim. We're the only ones you know this.
Any of you've heard of any other religious groups that go make pilgrimage to Mecca.
If you make pilgrimage, anyone Muslim Right? to Mecca, they may make pilgrimage to other places, Jerusalem to different places, but not Mecca. Now, Maccha is the place the only place that Allah subhanaw taala from the time of Adam alayhis salam until the end of time that Allah azza wa jal called people to make pilgrimage to.
And every prophet made pilgrimage to the Kaaba,
I think with the exception of one, so this is a long, you know, the other thing is, we're the only ones that know exactly our tip law. That is the couple of there is no, there is no doubt about it. The Kaaba, the site of the Kaaba is Aqaba, obviously, the stones are not the same stones. Right? It was rebuilt multiple times. But the cabin is a cabinet site is that site that Ibrahim Ali said, I mean this man who did he built it and before that it was built by you know other prophets. So that is the place. zamzam is from the same zamzam that has been in and of itself by the way, it's a miracle
you know, some some experts were telling me that you know, a well can serve for about 15 to 20 years max and then after that you
but you have millions of people drinking from an every year and it continues to add maca has very limited sources of water you like you wonder where that is coming from? Now, some people say, well, it's not the same taste anymore, I can tell you that it's not the same taste.
Because I grew up in that region. So I remember when I was young, it was very hard and it was
Are they diluting it? Is it? Are they using different different ways to basically filter it and process it? Is it just over time? Things change anyways? I'm assuming that is, it's known, but zum zum zum zum zum zum it's the same taste and so don't
Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu I didn't send the message is that that mission? I mean, obviously, not the new building and all of that that's the place.
The only profit the only actually not only the only prophet, the only historic figure, whose grave we know with certainty is Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and the other two people happen to be his companions who are buried next to him or walk around Omar no one else's grave is known for sure except Prophet Muhammad Salah and it's and we know that that green dome right below it are the the graves and the actual body of the prophets Allah Allah Allah said there was preserved there we know that his actual body is still preserved there. No other prophets grave is known. No other prophets grave. No, no one nodded Rahim and he said um, some people say what about Jericho? No
one period. Speculations maybe? Yes, maybe not. Maybe it's a tomb they move the body. Joseph No, no profit. No profits grave is known except Prophet Mohammed Solomonic.
When and when you're there, you're in the very place where these verses you know, one of the most amazing things moments is when you're praying in Medina and the Imam is reciting certain verses that were revealed right there to the prophets of Allah is telling you right there the prophesy set them to whom it was revealed is buried right there. That's the place where you believe actually came there, there is a door a gate called dodge Jibreel.
So it hits you like nothing, you know,
nothing else. I mean, it just hits you really that wow, this is it. So you are part of and I just want, especially our youth and I know those who came for a camera with me. They they felt it they sense that they felt that realization, if you guys remember when we prayed to be our land and then and then we discovered that that corner on the second floor where we prayed had access straight to the prophetic chamber, and to the grave of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, we didn't realize that we just looked through a window and then it's right there. It was like a surreal moment. Right right there where we were reciting Quran and where we were making your eye and saying I mean
1400 years ago, it was the Prophet, his family members of his household and the Sahaba doing the same thing
saying the same job. So you have an authentic tradition, a tradition that is deeply rooted in history, unlike any other group like faith group or any other group, that that has any claim to make.
something to be proud of something to really appreciate and thank Allah and say, Alhamdulillah he led he had an early hadda WOMAC COVID-19 Teddy Allah, Allah and hijama Allah, we should humbly say Alhamdulillah who guided us through this, we would have not been guided if it wasn't for Allah. So again, it's not like we chose to be born in Muslim families or we, you know, ourselves we're, you know, somehow, you know, the ones that found guidance and then converted to Islam, Allah azza wa jal guided us and opened our hearts chose us out of so many people. Some of us have non Muslim ancestors. Allah guided one of our ancestors to Islam and we inherited Islam.
Maybe that person that first person that accepted Islam in your, in your lineage, you know, had a brother or a sister that didn't accept it.
But Allah chose for you to receive this religion.
You are meant to be Muslim.
Allah azza wa jal was pleased with his lab as you realize your worldly and the Olmecs meant to welcome Dena combattimento La Cumbre Namath, you will need to look at Mr. Medina. And that is why we constantly have to study to Allahu Akbar with the Sami Deena we Mohamed Salah Salem in Abuja. And we should realize that we're so privileged, we're so honored, we're so lucky and fortunate to be part of this religion. And this community.
I we should a Muslim should not have an identity and identity crisis.
I'm Muslim should be very, very, very humbly should be humbly proud
and realize that you are chosen. And on top of that you're chosen to actually be amongst the very few to actually make it. And I was telling this to some of our fellow judges Watch your attitude because listen, there are millions and millions of people who would who would pay anything to take your spot. And out of all of these people you are meant to be here. Allah brought you here. There are some people who three weeks ago, two weeks ago, three weeks ago, they didn't know they were coming for Hajj. I ran into, you know, a national figure. I was like, What are you doing here? He's like, I was in Mauritania on on a in a conference and then someone called me you have an invitation
come? Someone called him from the Saudi consulate in Washington DC. Where are you? I'm in Mauritania. Oh, we have a huge invitation for you.
He didn't know he was it wasn't his family didn't know. No one knew in his community until he ended up in Mecca.
is a cool
so, so something to keep in mind. Then the other the other reflection that I wanted to share with you, which is not only a journey into history, and into a journey to a particular geographic location, but it's also a journey into yourself.
So that inward journey is one of the most amazing realities of health and someone so how I think it will shift your head yeah, Abraham, that put it nicely. And I was thinking about this, you see in hajj, whether Hajj or Umrah when you're making throw off when you're making the day of out of especially you feel like you're just your your you'll want to spot your we just one thing, one one person in the midst of this large number of people praying to Allah subhanaw taala. So you realize how insignificant you are, yet somehow you manage to tune out every one and you feel like you're there with Allah alone. Like no matter no one else matters. It feels like you is you and Allah.
And that Allah Subhana Allah, you feel like, especially if you're if you manage to completely focus, you're gonna feel like Allah subhanaw taala is just looking at you paying attention to you dealing with you conversing with you, no one else.
Right. And it's amazing. It's just an amazing thing. And if you can actually achieve that, then you're in the right place. Because some people again, they go there they they lack the ability to focus, they're just they're easily distracted by different things. The heat, right? The the noise,
the crowd, people doing weird things.
They're easily distracted by that.
So So hedge as a good friend of mine once long time ago said And ever since I always use this line hedge is really an opportunity that helps you
define yourself and refine yourself.
It really thinks puts not only does it put things in perspective, but it's reflects. It shows you like it actually shows
You who you are, what you're made of what your priorities in life are.
Especially if you take the time and you do not. And you follow the advice Allah gave us fell out of that, whatever so well as you delve in, If you abide by that, and if you hold yourself accountable, and if you don't want to really ruin it Now, having said that, I want to share with you some
was, again, there were the positive and, and outweighs the negative, but some of the things that really caught my attention, and it's really it's heartbreaking, is how little prepper is how unprepared some people are. They, they pay the money, they go through the effort of going there, and then there, they go there, they're unprepared. And
you know, they miss a great opportunity, for instance, they may not be prepared with their dua, they may not be prepared with their attitudes and expectations, they may not be prepared with with their level of like, tolerance and resilience.
So so it's it's really unfortunate to see that sometimes people go there and they don't know what to do.
They did everything right. Like they went through the system, they booked, they went in, like they took care of everything except the most important part, which is preparing themselves spiritually and emotionally for this journey. So they get there and they're like, What do I do?
What do I make dua. Okay, what do I say? Okay, repeat after me or say, I mean?
Okay, I'm getting sleepy, I'm tired.
It's really sad. Worse than that, is that, you know, people sometimes do things that could they actually just completely
mess up. You know.
In one of our projects, he was telling me how someone came to inspect that though those who were on the bus, were actually from the group and one of the brothers who was actually from the group couldn't find his ID to prove that he is actually part of the group. And then he got so frustrated, he punched the guy in the face
and his frustration
it's just again, this is this is what happens when or people make a big fuss or a big deal about the long lines over the waiting, you know, I always tell the judge, listen, waiting for a bad day is in and of itself a bad
what you know, this is a reminder of what is going to be like on the day of judgment on the Day of Judgment people will be so desperate to move past that point where they're all standing waiting.
People will be so desperate that they won't care if they're going to end up in hellfire they just want the hisab to start
and that they're just waiting there in the heat sweating. And
so he does give you glimpses from the Day of Judgment. You're just standing there Yeah. I'm like okay, good. Get busy. Do they crop Allahu ala Baker Lahoma bake, read Quran remind yourself what you're here for? Here. I am Allah.
So, so again, the lack of preparation, this is what it does to people people complain about, oh, where's my coffee?
Actually, some projects from like Canada and Australia, they were making fun of us that like you Americans get traumatized by anything. And
what really wasn't someone Someone told me that
we just used to convenience and things like, we're used to being in control. When you go to hedge
you better, you better be prepared to have very little control and just go with the flow. I even tell people when you're making go off, put your hands down. Don't keep pushing people. And it always amazes me when people push you out of the way because they want to go on like I'm going to the same place dude. What are you doing? Oh, I want to get to the blank me to
believe it or not, I'm making it off as well.
Like they make you feel like you're just an obstacle, you're an object in their way Get out of my way.
also the other reflection that just hit me very hard this time. Muslims are amazing. We're a very complex community. It's just It fascinates me how Muslims come from different places, especially
how they they're willing to put up with abuse.
They're willing to put up with tyrannical regimes and figures. They will get oppressed, they will get
humiliated and they're very patient with these.
But they're so impatient with one another with their fellow Hajaj.
Like they, you know, I have to be
So with other believers,
Allah azza wa jal praises the believers and the lettin Allenwood meaning they are humbled with each other. So what if your fellow Hajj gets water before you so what?
So what? So what if they're in the line before you so what if they get to kiss a black swan or pray in the role of if so, what?
What is more important to pray in the robot and say to people, ie I pray them that Allah or to actually, you know,
maintain your dignity and you know, I tell people, everyone Inshallah, to Allah Most people are everyone is going to get to go from one place to another and perform their health, some people do it with their dignity intact, and inshallah the reward guaranteed, and others lose it on the way fight over, you know, spots, places, turns.
And another another very disappointing thing was that people sometimes put priority on the wrong things. For instance, I mentioned Ronaldo, and a lot of people think that when you go to Medina, make sure that you pray in Ramadan, spend as much time as you can there and then people will come and say, Yeah, I sat there for an hour. How did you do with Mashallah? Well, I trick them.
Good for you as Allah.
the I personally, this is a modern day phenomena. By the way. I don't remember reading anything in the books of history that scholars from Iraq and from Morocco, and from, you know, India, from East Africa and from Sham used to like make it a point that they have to pray and spend as much time as possible and then older. That wasn't that your destination when you go to Medina is Masjid Nabawi. And then you say salaam to the Prophet salallahu alayhi salam,
mission accomplished other Sooners while you're there is to pray to raka in the masjid of Koba, and if you can walk to it or Dr. Then Great, that's sunnah. Another sunnah is to visit Bucky and say Salaam and make your app to the people of the booklet, the process I'm used to do that frequently. Another sunnah is to
visit the martyrs of Earth and go to the site of a hut and make dua for them. These are the Sooners, everything else?
Not necessarily something, right? I'll bake for our tea, all of these things are not seen that some of you will say, Oh, I can't wait until I eat at the bake. Good for you. But for for same thing when we go to also to Makkah, sometimes people they just have their passion misplace you know, so it's very important to, to realize that and also distinguish between the, you know, what is meant to be symbolic and what is meant in and of itself to be, you know, for, for whatever value it holds, right? You know, so I'll just give you one reflection that will end with this.
You know, still people show so much enthusiasm about Jamaat
throwing the gym, and I know that we laugh, and sometimes people share different things, people running and doing certain moves, and dancing. And as you know, isn't a bad. It's an act of worship. It should not be, you know, a joking matter. It's not a lie. It's no longer funny. Maybe it was funny when I was first hired I made when I was 15. And I remember I went with a friend of mine, we were eating ice cream, a day of hate, said let's go to gym a lot. Back in the days didn't have structures. It was like You remember right, it was like one load.
So we went there.
And there was a lady standing there. Still throwing Gemora It was after maghrib.
And I was wondering, she was on a mission because she had a big huge bottle half of it. She went through half of it and there's another half left. She's taking one at a time cursing Shavon and saying all kinds of things and then throwing her rocks. I don't know who told her to do that. But she felt compelled to do that. She was standing there for a long time doing that I got too close. I was so curious and noisy. To know what she you know what her issue was? I think it was like a therapy session session. Like it was she was so I could hear her say you're the one that messed up my marriage. You were the one that caused my husband and I to get divorce. May Allah curse you.
You're the one that yes, she was like just saying all kinds of things I'm like, and then all of a sudden this guy gets so.
I don't know maybe some people get possessed by gin or demons or something. This guy, you know, just goes crazy picks up a stick jumps into the pool where the rocks were thrown and start striking the monument the wall with it with a stick
And the police had to come and restrain him and pull him out.
And I said to myself, mashallah, we hate Shere Khan so much, but we forced for some reason we keep falling for the same tricks over and over again and
we got issues right? We've got issues and all we have to say is our relationship follows him. I'll leave you with one thing there is a beautiful vicar. Scholars in the authentic hadith says that if you say so, if you say La ilaha illallah wa who will actually color the whole corner and how do you hear me to who Allah coalition and Kadir right? One of the benefits of that vicar is Shavon will leave you alone all day. If you'd say it in the morning, will not come near you. You're protected, you're fortified. And if you say it at night, Shavon won't come near you all night.
Live in La ilaha illallah wa de hula, it's the same ticker as the day of ARAVA, Lila Hill Allah, why don't we actually call on you? Who are you meet who I'll actually share 100 times yourself.
And when you go to jemalloc, all you have to do just throw the pebbles seven times and say Allahu Akbar, and you won't have to do any of these crazy.
All right, so may Allah subhanaw taala accept our Hajj and Hajj of the hijab May Allah subhanaw taala grant mouthfeel and forgiveness to those who pass away during Hajj May Allah Subhana Allah accept from them may Allah azza wa jal welcome them in the highest places of Jannah if anyone has has any specific questions about you know, our hedge experience or if any of our fellow who judge will you know have a moment or something, something that really they want to share feel free
I can see two or three people mashallah here
hi Johanna. Hi Johanna and Masha Allah may Allah accept from you had you Norman? Salah mashallah
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if you go too hard with your spouse, believe it or not, some people use that opportunity to run away from them as well.
Yeah, now have you so so yeah, pretty much except in meaner and meaner. In the middle camp, basically women have their own section men have their own section. Yeah. So other than that, you can you can have double occupancy. I know some people intentionally did like quad occupancy. So.
So it depends on the package that you get. Yes. But by the way, speaking of spouses, hagit is actually one of the greatest bonding experiences people have, especially if the couple are prepared. If, especially if they if they go through the Hajj preparation properly. Of course, it can be a huge test. I've known couples that it was a huge test for them Hajj was, was the straw that broke the camel's back, and their marriage ended after they're very rare cases. But I hear and I saw I personally you know, with my wife, which was a great experience, a great bonding experience. There's so much especially when you pray together Robin, our young Muslim and you need like a woman daughter
yet you know, my time was limited, you pray together, you perform a battle together, thus reminding us of the power of the spiritual connection. The reason Hajj is a great bonding experience is because when they perform Hajj or Umrah together as a family, what it does is actually it adds that missing element that you know people have emotional connection they have, you know, physical attraction to one another. But most relationships.
Basically, the missing element is the spiritual connection. And people don't realize that the spiritual connection is unlike any other bond unlike and because it ties you with Allah subhanaw taala in hearts, emotions are in the hands of Allah subhana at that.
So it takes the relationship to a completely different level.
When people have spiritual and remember that's the place where Ibrahim and Hajra Ibrahim had to leave her Uranus married. He may have had to leave them in a physically right People say he abandoned them he didn't abandon them, but they were spiritually still connected.
Spiritually Ibrahim Ali Salah was present
that's why it's my
He grew up to be who he was. His his father's legacy, his father's presence, his father's spiritual impact on him stayed with him. Regardless, his drive, reach them. Ibrahim was behind the valley
on the other side of the valley, sorry, on the other side of the valley making dua for them.
And that don't reach them.
How's your did not feel wasn't bitter, like have you ever read
a narration that when Abraham came back Hydra was like, How dare you? You abandoned us and
they know it was just their destiny it was it was a test from Allah subhanaw taala it wasn't like Ibrahim really wanted to do that. Or I mean he wanted to do it because Allah Subhana Allah told him to do so but it wasn't like something that he planned or something that
so to show you that spiritual bond is much much it's it's something that we need to invest time and effort into.
Any other questions from the sisters yes?
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to metal or Quran a person who is combining a hedge Nomura together has to offer so hardy is the and traditionally had he is something is the animal that you take with you. You are you are supposed to travel with it. You bring it to Maccha from your homeland. You bring it with you and you slaughter it in Mecca, and you will offer it to the people of Makkah or to the poor of Macau to the judge. That's howdy howdy is what you actually bring with you and you slaughter and you do that it's mandatory. For a person who's performing Hajj and Umrah combining hajj and umrah if you're performing only hedge. You don't have to but you can if you want to. So that's hottie all the way on
the other hand is done in the same season, the same around the same time. But it's to commemorate the basically sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim and it's it's the Sunnah of the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam he used to do in Medina. So the problem is that him did had the once in his lifetime. He brought 100 camels with him. He he killed with his own hands 63 And then the rest were finished by early early Allah Han.
Right, so Eliasson, but Olivia is something that he used to do when he was in Medina. He did it every year and the prompts on him used to
slaughter two rounds,
two rounds, one for himself and his family and the other one on behalf of his OMA and his community. So the problem consistently, so that's all healed here something that a non Hajj, a person who's not an anon pilgrim sacrifices in their own country that's over here. So that's as they call it, also qurbani. So, in addition to that, obviously, if you're performing Hajj, or if you're in state of a haram, and you've committed certain violations, then, you know, the penalty or the expiation for that would be to slaughter an animal that's called them or Vidya.
So these are just different
classifications for what appears to be the same act.
From the loves able to do Hajj with my mom and hamdulillah by the way, I'm so envious of Johan that you have no idea how envious because it was a dream of mine to perform Hajj with my mother, which actually happened, but in my case, in your case, you're like, 1516 1616 In my case, you're 16 years old, right? In my case, I was 16 months old. So instead of carrying my mother, she was carrying me, you know, so I don't remember any of it. You know, that's the only and I always envied people who just who are there for their parents. May Allah bless you, except for me. So
Yeoman, Yeoman Otto for special that day like Elijah like in the minute camps when you just there alone with Allah for like hours on hours on end? Well, that's the first time I was ever able to zone out like that and just be as close as possible to the lowest possible that I made just like it made me like break down. And all I remember after coming out of the minicamp, I was like, the idea of you start brand new that you just came out your mother's womb.
I hit me so deep and I was like after I collected myself after like two hours, I was like, I called my mom. I was like, Mama, can I meet you outside the camp?
And I met her outside and all I remember just like looking at her. And I told her Can we go sit down onto the shade and it's hot and we didn't care. And I remember just sitting down under the tree, just like guiding my mom's hand and lap just to thinking about Subhan Allah like, this is we started from zero. So how
Now whoever the province has says that's a beautiful reflection, whoever performs hedge.
Sound hedge, an accepted hedge will come out of their sin like the day their mothers gave birth to them. And I tell you one thing, and Michelle will conclude with this.
We really have. I mean, if you think about the Sahaba the Prophet SAW Selim and his companions, the sacrifices they're made, what they did for Allah azza wa jal, what they had to give up the struggle, they had to go through the suffering, the losses, the thing, like the actions and the deeds for which they earn Jana, they earn these, these amazing rewards that were from Allah subhanaw taala. You and I don't have to. It's not that we don't have to, we don't have that. We're not at that level are we?
Which one of us had to be chased around or beaten by or watch their parent get beaten by Abu Jamal, or omega to death, which one of us had to endure what beloved Allah and who had to endure?
Which one of us had to give up his entire wealth, everything for the sake of Allah azza wa jal like Sohei probably Allah on
which one of us had to be ironed with hot iron rods like above electoral the Allah and
none of us had to really sit there and and be stabbed to death like Kobe with an ID just simply because he was a follower of the Prophet SLM or beaten to death and tortured like Somalia or like
Yes, sir. The father of AMA, or the Allahu anhu, none of us
and then you move forward and you see the things that they had to do after they gave a Mecca and they went to Medina, and some of them you know, there were 60 Something companions when you look at the name of Allah so far, the homeless companions who were staying in the back of the masjid the area that some Muslims now fight over, and they do shameless things to each other, that area used to be the place that houses these amazing 60 to 70 companions at a time. Amazing names including Zaid ibn hotswap, the brother of Mr. Yu sometimes people think and also for water unknown. None of that sits there you go look up the names of animals sofa so you know who you're talking about.
These These were the promise Jana the companions were promised Jenna, probably Allah Anwar along
so so when you look at what they earn Jana for, like what they had to do for Jana, and what they would what they gave up, you're like, Okay, how do we expect to be with them? Or to earn Jana? What are we doing?
What are we doing ready
for Allah subhanaw
I don't want us to belittle the good that we're doing. But I'm just saying that compared to what they have done for Islam of okay, you have to really ask yourself, you don't have to do any of these things. I mean, we think it's a big deal when someone looks at us and just laughs because we look different because we had coffee or something we think is a big deal because someone you know, pulls us out of the line and says for extra screening because your name is or your coffee or your some people decide to come back and selves and they get some dirty looks for that. We think that's a big deal. It's nothing, it's nothing.
So, so what do we have? The opportunities that we have Allah azza wa jal gave us fortune we can spend that fee Sabine Allah do as much good as you can't. We have parents, and it's very convenient to set to serve our parents and to be dutiful to them. Yeah, Shabaab will lie I'm telling you, and compared to what other people have have to go, it's very convenient what our parents are asking us to do to be dutiful, to your parents and to be mildly to be blessed and to earn your parents. Your parents really pleasure is so easy, man.
It's so easy. Jana is made easy for us. Like this generation like we the people of this time. Jenna so easy for us.
We ride nice vehicles to come to the masjid. We have beautiful fancy massages to do that. So so take advantage of it and we also have opportunities to make hygiene ombre
hedging camera. That's the That's our Did you had no. Really? So yeah, so go through the process. Yeah, even if it's they made it complicated. Unnecessarily I hate it myself. You know, it can be done in a better fashion. But I told myself, I'm not going there to reform the system.
Right, they're not going to listen to my suggestions or something like that, obviously, we have to, you know, but
go with it, do whatever you can go perform Hajj and Umrah, give sadaqa when you're there, give Sadako you know, reach out to your relatives back home, make a difference, get active look at you know, look for opportunities. And I'll leave you with this. This thought there's a lot that we need to do, by the way. And one of the ideas that that that came up, I was looking today, when I was coming out of my neighborhood today, there was a huge branch of a tree that block the entire entrance. I don't know who lives in Woodland.
So you didn't see it this morning, your dad, maybe brother.
But it will say in maybe.
So today basically when I was coming for free, I couldn't I couldn't exit the branch completely blocked that that the the exit completely. So So later, we you know, me and a couple of brothers from the community, we try to at least create a path for people to exit because if you're coming fast, and it's completely dark, you're gonna run into it. I almost hit it. If I wasn't careful, I would have had it.
And we put some cones to slow people down and stuff like that. But later when I came, I found the sky from the neighborhood. It's just came in his golf cart. And he had a saw with him. And he was like cutting. He was like removing some some debris out of it. So I said, Do you work here? Are you contracting? He's like, No, I just love to do this stuff. I'm like, thank you so much for doing this.
And brother Nadeem, it was, you know, in a Brahim, we were talking about this already in the morning. You know, there are a lot of opportunities for us as Muslims.
Obviously, there is some something systemically wrong. I didn't experience it. But my neighbor, my non Muslim neighbor sent me a message when I was in Mecca, you know, saying that we had a power outage for four days.
Which means all my dear meat will go to
have to get rid of
it's crazy. The frequency of it.
And obviously we need to, we need to look at it that you know, it's one of two things either this is from Allah subhanaw taala, or there's huge corruption. Why does it take four or five or you know, or seven days for for electricity to be
to be restored. It's just beyond me.
So we have we have an opportunity, one of the things that we can do is we can create teams of volunteers. Sure, neither one of them.
We can create maybe teams of volunteers that can be deployed around to help with the cleaning process if there is because obviously the the local agencies are just overwhelmed and they're not able to, to keep up with this.
And I think is a great thing. It's a great deal opportunity, something that we really need to look into.
May Allah subhanaw taala strengthen you and I to be more involved, more active, make things better for ourselves and for our neighborhoods, and for our cities and communities. And may Allah Subhana Allah protect us from the consequences of the evil and the sins that are being committed around us. Which we have to shun and detest and reject and ask Allah azza wa jal for forgiveness and not participate in or tolerate in any way or fashion or for Allah. May Allah Subhana Allah forgive us and forgive and guide other people. We really have to continue to do so far and take these signs seriously May Allah subhanaw taala again, protect and preserve our communities and our cities and
our neighborhoods. Allah humara Bella to actually not be my pilot superhet mean? Allahu manana oh the become Zool in hermetic, What the How will the ifI attic of Bucha at NF mimetic watch me a psychotic or Allah will seek refuge in You from your wrath, or Allah We seek refuge in You from your wrath or Allah We seek refuge in You from your wrath. Or Lord, protect us and preserve us or Lord, do not punish us and forgive us. Oh Lord, we ask for your love and for your grace Oh Allah, forgive us for our sins and for the sins that are being committed and around us that we may not be able to do so much about, Oh Allah forgive us, O Allah guide us and make us a means for other people to be
guided. Allah bless our communities and our societies and our massages in our our families and protect us and preserve us and forgive us, O Allah. And if Allah you intend a fitna to overtake any community, or any or humanity or
Allah take us to you. Allow us to return to you in the best of the states Allah. Zack will not here Salam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh