Channel: Mohammed Faqih
Jumuah Khutbah By Sh. Mohammed Faqih at IIOC on December 16, 2016
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Dear brothers and sisters,
we see what is happening around us.
we see what is happening to many of our brothers and sisters globally.
And many people wondering they ask a question.
They ask many questions.
One of these questions that
bothers me the most actually, is the question why would God or Allah allow this to happen?
And to answer that question properly,
inshallah Allah will address it in the near future.
However, I must quickly say,
the problem is that we are dealing with our manmade.
So stop asking this question, the question is not appropriate, it's not fair. And most importantly,
it is in a way offensive.
It is offensive.
When we try to blame,
our problems, our choices, our failure
Allah subhanho wa Taala.
It is extremely offensive, and perhaps it may even be blasphemous.
And we're not going to be able to solve our issues and problems until we own
these problems. Until we say to ourselves,
we are at fault. We contributed to this.
We cause this to happen, we let this happen.
And as I said, we shall address this later. But I just wanted to make this point before we go any further, because the topic of my talk but has to do with one of the elements of the conflicts and the problems that we have right now. of the mess that we have right now just one of the elements.
The challenges that we're facing are so complex that there is no way for anyone to come and say this is the problem or that's a problem.
There are many ingredients and many element elements to this one that we cannot ignore. We can no longer ignore it or pretend like it does not exist is the division that we have within our ranks within the oma
first and foremost, and some people may not like this. When we were not to met we were not meant to be as fragmented as we are
in spite of the fact that many of us are used to and very comfortable with what we have
that was not
setting for the Muslims, we were not supposed to be this fragmented, we were not supposed to be this divided, we were not supposed to have nor are there real borders, that separate us from one another.
And until we come to terms with this post colonial reality that was imposed upon us, but somehow we accepted, adopted and embrace.
Until we realize it until we wake up, we fully wake up and realize what was done to us, and what we allow to be done to us and what we have embraced
At least internally, I understand, you have to be practical, and you have to be pragmatic and you have to, you know, deal with reality as, as it is. But deep inside at a human level, at a spiritual level deep in your heart,
you must realize that
it doesn't make any sense.
And get rid of rid yourself of it to your heart of it, remove it from your heart.
And I see that many of us have not been able to do that.
Which tells me that we have to work on ourselves as individuals spiritually we have to cleanse we have to remove these borders, these you know, ethnic or tribal or national divisions.
For those who still feel you know, this you know, nationalism, you know, you don't understand my people, my country, our people what they have done.
It's garbage. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says that he will have montina
leave it alone, forget about it for it's right. It's rotters it's rattling.
It's disgusting, means nothing, absolutely no individual,
family, clan, tribe, or people or nation has any superiority over another.
whatsoever. Except with taqwa which is only known to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
No people, no ethnic group, no division, no subgroup, no race,
no color nothing has is better than the other Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says could look on all of you,
the Adam you belong to Adam, Adam interrupt.
This evolution is this natural division that occurred because human beings multiplied and, and scattered throughout this planet. Right? It's a natural result of this Allah subhanaw taala says, part of it has to do with what
he learned Lolita we made you into peoples and nations or tribes and
so that you can identify and get to know one another and understand or try to understand or relate to one another for identification purposes.
And of course, it's natural for anyone to have allegiance or or or or emotional attachment to what they are used to their upbringing, their culture their
but to consider it to be better than anything else or anyone else. It's ridiculous.
And to cause division or fights based on it is worse.
So as an oma as as Muslim, we were not supposed to be divided like we are.
But what concerns me the most is that
there is a human weakness which is called Atilla Allah subhanaw taala says human beings are prone to divide dispute. And we have differences. It happens within the same family. It happens within the same community. It happens between couples.
But what the poor and for business from falling into
is the following.
Allah subhana wa Taala warns us of failure. That's what the Quran tells us not to do, do not fail, don't fail as individuals or as families as communities. Failure is not an option.
And let me just focus on the familial and community
No responsibility, don't fail as a family, or as families or as communities do not fail. Humanity cannot afford for that. And perhaps maybe in the future, we can dedicate a whole network to what the world what humanity has lost due to the failure of Muslims.
It's unfortunate that many Muslims don't realize that. I mean, it's unfortunate that many non Muslims don't realize that, let alone Muslims. What the world with humanity is missing due to the failure of Muslims, that Islam but the Muslims. So Allah Subhana, Allah warns that says do not fail.
Right tells us not to fail. But how does a loss of habitat to tell us not to fail? By letting us know what are the elements or the ingredients of failure
and Warning Warning us against the ingredients of failure because if you have these ingredients,
then you're doomed. You're going to fail. When there's a loss of Hana what Allah says.
Allah subhanaw taala says, well, lt Allah, wa salam, WA, oh, photog shallow water.
Number one, obey Allah and His messenger.
That's the first ingredient to obey Allah and His Messenger, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, even if it goes against your own will your own feelings, your own tribal values, your own culture, what you're used to.
And don't ever think that everything about you is in alignment with what Allah has Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught or ordered. Let's also get that out of our system. For those of us who, who, who feel that they as individuals, or as whatever ethnic group, or as even, you know,
madhhab, or as that somehow they have exclusive, like they are on the health,
they have the truth.
Always, and they're always right. And whatever they choose to do, or whatever they're used to, is the truth.
And it's the right thing to do. No,
that's not the case.
The only one someone wahala you send them the only person that
that this belongs to this kind of claim belongs to his
hammer, Salalah, hollywood center.
Anyone else, they're going to do mistakes, they're going to have flaws, they're going to have shortcomings, they're going to have personal personality flaws that causes them to do something or misunderstand something or have a misconception and that can evolve. And that can can even become a tradition, or it may become even a practice.
Or it may become part of the culture
doesn't make it right, getting used to it. Or the fact that our forefathers our parents, or our entire the people that we love and respect and that should not diminish from our love and respect for them. The fact that they were, they always did and that's how they did it. That doesn't give it any value.
If it goes against the truth, it goes against hope. It goes against what Allah and His Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught.
And until we understand this, and we're fully ready to come to commit, ready, I'm not saying we're fully committed, because that's a lifelong struggle.
That's a lifelong struggle. None of us is perfect, even in our, in our adherence or practice of, but until we are willing, until we believe we believe in this principle, and we're committed to it.
Right? As long as even if I am doing something wrong, that goes against what Allah has promised, I send them to talk because I'm just weak or I'm you, I'm used to it, or I'm just trying to get over it. But yes, in principle, I agree with the fact that I have to be in alignment with what aligns profits in life and I'm taught you're,
you're upon the right path.
So that's the first element to it your lower sooner, the second element is when
I had a hard time, you know, translating this word, what
it means do not challenge one another.
means do not dispute with one another.
My favorite of all is do not challenge one another one another
in a negative way.
Don't challenge one another.
In the state Allah subhanaw taala tells us in other parts of the Quran, what are our know?
What defines the relationship that you and I have is what? cooperation, collaboration, be there for each other accommodation, support one another, embrace each other.
Even if somebody is doing something wrong Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says this, also a haka volume and Omar Lama Didn't he say this? He said, What did he say? He said, also support.
Right, give support and victory to your brother in
volume and our mother, Lola p, whether he is oppressed, so or whether he is the oppressor or whether he is oppressed? He's being oppressed. Of course, some of you might say, really? Rasulullah said that. The Sahaba had a very similar reaction, they said rasulillah. Did you mean I mean, is there something that we're misunderstanding here? Because they said, rasulillah, we understand how we can support the oppressed.
Of course, we know how to, you know, we have to you taught us this. So that's consistent with what you have been teaching us. But sorry, they didn't say, well, this doesn't make sense. We're not accepting. They said, wrestler, can you explain to us how we can support the oppressor?
Look at the other, you know, they knew the province of Salem wanted to get their attention, there was something that he wanted to teach them, or there is a concept that he wants to reveal to them. He said, he said, Yes, indeed, your support of the oppressor is by stopping them from their oppression.
You're helping the oppressor, you're helping the wrongdoer. When you say to that person, what you're doing is wrong. What you're doing to your children is not right, what you're doing to your wife is not correct. What you're saying in the way you're dealing or treating your husband is not right. It may not be politically correct for me to tell you this, but it's not right. religiously, spiritually, morally, I have to tell you, it's not right.
The way you are dealing with you, your fellow Muslims, or your community members is not right.
The way you abused people, the way you talk to people, the way you look down upon people is not right, the way you abuse somebody, that is not what you're doing is not right. You tell that person stop what you're doing, you're hurting yourself, first and foremost, and you're hurting others. By doing that you have supported that individual and fulfilled your obligation towards him, as well as your obligation towards the oppressed.
But you cannot remain silent and just watch and say no.
You must support. So even when somebody is doing something wrong jet, you know, and you realize genuinely that they're doing something wrong, you have an obligation to support them, by stopping them from what they're doing. What we cannot do, what we should not do, what we ought to stop doing is challenge one another in a negative way where we go after one another. Allah says, If you continue to do this, what happens for tough shadow, you will fail. And further he says, What doesn't have to come and you will lose your victory. You will lose your strength. You will no longer have the upper hand you will you you will lose
what makes you special and as strong which is your unity. You're compromising that unity of yours.
Then once you're weak, you're done. You're done.
ask Allah subhanaw taala to bring our hearts together make us of those who listen and follow the best of where they listened to a coda coda sophomoric.
Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala nabina Safa bad
Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tells us that the example of the believers in the way they relate to one another in the way they connect with one another. It's like the example of a body.
One part of that body haix one that one part of that body
suffers the rest of the body response.
The rest of the body responds.
You have to ask yourself, are you are we like a body? Are we part of that body? And don't ask yourself that question when you are aching and say look, I'm not gonna ask yourself that question when somebody else is in pain when somebody else is suffering
because if you feel like you're
For several years, you are not part of that body you don't feel like because most of us we complain or look at the disunity Look at that.
But until we ask ourselves as individuals, what have I done
because we are not just simply an animal, or we're not just some
We are, we are active members or we're supposed to be active members of this community and of this ummah.
So, therefore, brothers and sisters, we must, we have no other option, we must we must reconcile
with one another,
as I said, we'll talk about the individual later, but we must reconcile with ourselves, we must reconcile with within our families,
we must reconcile reconcile within our community. And reconciliation means that doing away with anger,
bitterness and resentment,
you have to remove yourself from that, that anger, there is a lot of anger
there is bitterness, there is there is you know, resentment, we cannot, you cannot, the longer you hold on to it. Right, the longer you are going to suffer, your family is going to suffer and the community is going to suffer, the world is going to suffer.
You have to remove yourself from it, you have to let go of it. Some of us have resentments with their with their with their own selves. Some of some of us have anger issues with members of our families or extended families and, and what you know, our siblings have done to us. And we cannot get over it. For some reason. Some of us have issues with our spouses and our children.
And everybody is just running around with with with a lot of negative emotion and energy and feelings,
hurting themselves and hurting others in the process. And then when something happens, we lash out or we this anger comes out.
No wonder we can't come together. But I wonder and I have mentioned this before, I'm going to mention it again, you know, what
amazes me is how we are able to reconnect or how we're able to make deals and compromise when it comes to our businesses or when it comes to our professions. And when it comes to the Corporation for which we work. We work with people that we don't agree with people that we don't like people that we don't have much in common with. But somehow we managed to make it work. And we stay in the same job for 10 years, 20 years, 30 years, somehow, right? controlling our emotions and our anger and our resentment and all of that, for the benefit of that company. And for that paycheck that we get or the bonus that we get at the end of the year. We do it.
That's the thing. No one can say, well, we as human beings, we have deficiencies, and we disagree with one another. It's part of our nature, but it's also part of our nature that we can adapt. It's part of our nature that we can adjust and change and improve. It is part of our nature. We can we can reconcile if there's a will if there is, why can't we take that?
and use it with our family members, with our community members and come together? Why can we use that? What can we do that? Do we not see the value? Do we not see what happens when the oma is divided? You end up with the rohingyas being slaughtered, you end up with Muslims in Africa being slaughtered, nobody even talks about them or know about them, you end up with Aleppo, the whole world is watching. And we we look with disgust as you know, at the Europeans and the western, you know forces and societies we say look what is happening to us. We don't even care for our own brothers and sisters. We want others to care for us.
This is what happens when we're divided.
So we asked a loss of power to alleviate the pain and the suffering. And speaking of Aleppo, brothers and sisters, for those who are asking what can we do, there's a lot that you can do do whatever you can, whatever it is within your capacity do is something that you can do. donating is something that you can do picking up the phone and calling somebody you know, to to end this and protesting is part of it. There are many things that you can do you have many options, do as much as you can of it. And at this point, I don't I I appreciate and I welcome any contribution from anyone, please. The one thing that asked me not to do is don't look at somebody who's trying to do something
and tell them or how is that going to benefit? You know, the people available? How is that going to even end up you know, this is bigger than all of us to say stuff like that just gets under my skin
Do say something good or keep silent. Do something good or keep silent. May Allah subhanaw taala help us overcome its challenges Robin.
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