Channel: Mohammed Hijab
Now, what I want to talk about first and foremost in the speech is a very important principle in our religion, which is, it's almost like a principle. It's the idea of attire, which in Arabic means living peacefully with one another.
I want to put your submit to you today is that actually, this is something in our religion. It's not just a cultural thing or Ghanian practice or whatever. Maybe it's actually you're, you're embodying a very important part of our religion. The Quran says lay unhackable law and the Latina let me go to config Dini. Well, I'm usually joking Indiana, and tomorrow motoko City proceed to lay him in the law, you know, sitting in chapter 60 verse of the Quran, Allah subhanaw taala says, Allah does not forbid you
to be just to those individuals who don't try to kick you out of your homes and they don't try to kill you. They may be just to them.
Because Allah loves the just now Who is he talking about? In this verse? Allah is talking about non Muslims. So the the awesome the foundational position for a Muslim is the way we should deal with a non Muslim is we should deal with them with respect and tolerance. And the Quran says we're cool in Lassie Vokoun, se ha snap and say good things to people. And now because leanness is am, which means it's a general words. It doesn't mean just to the Muslims and not for example, to the Christians or Jews or atheists or people who do witchcraft here in Ghana, or whatever it may be. Yes, I know that they exist.
And you should do now to them as well. That's something that we'll come to. But just be careful that you know, no, Jim comes on you or anything like that. The point is,
so we and there's a beautiful Hadith where the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he says, hammelmann fill out the yarmulke Memphis, mF be merciful to those on the earth and the one in the heaven will be merciful to you, ie Allah will be merciful to you. But what's really interesting about this hadith of humble men, villains, and the Arabic language men is mean alpha of the moon, which means from the general expressions. So when you say a high momentum out, it means be be merciful to all of those things on the earth, including the animals. And this shows you the depths of the mercy in Islam. Obviously, the verse that I'm sure all of you are aware of, well now outsell
NACA Illa met and Delilah mean that the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said to him, we have not sent you except for a mercy to all human beings, that he is a mercy to the people. Now,
the question now is where are the limits? Where are the parameters? Where do we stop being merciful? Well, because we said that Mercy is the absolute position, the foundation position, the default position. So when do we
maybe not be merciful? And that's an important question as well, because, as honorable kebab said, and I loved what he said, he said something beautiful, like, I don't want you to remember this, I want it not best came to him. One of the cousins of the Prophet Mohammed Elias, he says, what do you do to be a leader? He says,
it says that you will not be able to deal with it, ie leadership. And we know that the Muslims are the leaders because Allah subhanaw taala has chosen the oma of Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam to be the witnesses of all of the other Oman, all of the other nations on the earth. So he says
you will not be able to deal with this matter. Or anyone will not be able to deal with this matter of leadership inlab except to listen to this. And this is beautiful advice for everybody here. He says a les interview laid off in number one, the lenient one and other than weakness, yes, there's a difference between being kind and being weak and there is a fine line. You see, as Muslims as human beings.
As humans on planet Earth, we cannot assume that everyone's going to treat us with perfect respect. And for those individuals who don't treat you with perfect respect, Allah deem Islam gives us very
and very important guidelines. So Allah subhanaw taala says, well, where does that was a year to say yeah to miss will have. For example, if someone who is a transgressor could be a Muslim, yes, he comes to you. And he does something that goes against you. Yes, he does. He takes your rights away from you. Or she takes your rights away from you.
In many circumstances, you're allowed to respond to that individual in kind now we don't have an awkward on the equivalent of slap you on one cheek. Now give me the other cheek. Now, believe me, I don't think many Christians would practice this happening. One time I met one guy is on camera. Actually.
I think of him one day, and he was shouting at me as a Christian. His name is Godwin.
Yes, some of you might know. Anyways, his name is Guy. He is such a, you know in the Bible. We believe that you've slept on one cheek, they will give him the other cheek. I had enough of this guy said, Okay, give me the cheek. I'll slap you right now.
So I would like to know what happened. I put you're going to give me the other cheek. So really, it's an unpractical, unimplemented unreasonable thing to slap someone on one cheek. Imagine someone slaps your mom and one cheek, you will say, mommy give her the other cheek.
Someone's slaps your grandma and your cheek, Grandma, you know, let him slap you on the other cheek.
That's no one would do this is an implementable unreasonable demand.
It's contradictory to human logic, really, what we'll come to things in Christianity which are contradictory to human logic in a second.
Anyway, so a lay up lady doctrine, you have to be lenient, and you have to be kind, but you cannot be weak.
Well, how we will feel
that's number two now. So I'm upset number one, be lenient, but don't be weak. Number one, and he was very, very strong armour, Under Armour will hapa
just look at how Islam spreads Allah. Unbelievable. Unbelievable how Islam spread. How did Islam spread?
Islam spread 642, Egypt was part of the Islamic empire 640 to 643, Libya was part of the Islamic empire. 644 was now referred to as a Muslim, the Muslim region, whereas Morocco, and Tunisia and Algeria that became part of the Islamic empire, but that took about 49 years of fighting. Yes, it was, it was quite a long thing. And then Islam trickled down to West and it went to East. And it didn't go to Western east by conquest, as Christianity did, by the way, and we'll come to this. When it came to when Islam came to West Africa, which has gone up, you know, these places where we live now. And it went to East Africa, which Ethiopia and Somalia, it was through trade, for the most
part, it was through the nobles, the tribes, leaders adopting the faith. It was, and there were some skirmishes, we're not saying that the more hidden and the Morabito and these empires did not have wars with Africans, and it didn't happen. It didn't happen. But that was less than the case it was usually the Africans choice, Islam was the West African choice. This whereas Christianity really wasn't To be frank, for the most part, Christianity was forced upon the West African. This is the reality, and we'll come to this. But the point is, Islam spreads very quickly Under Armour. So he was a strong man. And he was such a strong man, that Michael Hart, the one who wrote, you know, the
100 Most Influential People of all time he put armor will have in the top 10. Because he knows as a political leader, he was very strong. So what listen to what he says, He says, alcohol we you feel like you're on. He says Be strong.
Yes, he says Be strong, but don't be aggressive.
Be strong in other than aggression.
Because there isn't, there is a fine line in strength versus aggression. Can we rely on being strong doesn't mean you're going to oppress the people now and take their rights and push people around that we can you know, you give people what they deserve.
And then he said two other things. He says, I'll try to evade CV slough. He's also the one who gives money is a he is, you could say, generous, but he is not
someone who's extravagant to give him too much money, you have no money as the process. Well, I touch on a cap muffuletta. Allah, Allah.
In chapter 17, Ron says that don't bring your hand too close to you like this, it would be you know, stingy, and don't bring out too much. Because you'll be regretting that. So
these are four principles. And the first thing he says, well, Mom, 60 lady book, and you save money, but you're not stingy. So if as as we start off by saying, the way we deal with the other woman, or the other people can be summarized in those two points of armor. Number one, we're lenient, but we're not weak.
We're strong, but we're not aggressive. We, at least in theory, that's how it should be here. Number three, were generous, but we're not extravagant. And number four,
we are, we save money, but we don't hold back on people. It's good to be generous. Mashallah, it's part of the culture here too. As the brother said, In the beginning, to be generous, we actually went to a village and we went to a village in North Ghana because we're trying to do
projects were put in bore holes into the ground. It's like a mechanical bull. So it takes out the water, and the whole finish gets the water. So there are lots of villages, you know, in North Ghana, which they need, like kinda like infrastructure in place. Otherwise they have to go a long way to get water. It's very big problem in Ghana, which by the way, we should all we should all help out with, because there are Ghanian brothers, Muslim Brothers, or brothers in humanity might be Christians, doesn't matter, but people deserve water. Yes. So everyone should be involved in that should be aware of that. And that's happening in this country. Yeah, in big cities like Acura, we
might not be had that awareness. But in villages, because according to statistics, 48% of Ghanian population is rural dispersed, which means it's not one of those countries like in Egypt, for example, maybe 80% of people live in cities. Yes. But in Ghana, it's not like that. And Ghana is like 5050. So you have a lot of people scattered around in villages, who don't even have internet connection, they don't have electricity, they don't have water even. And so we need to know who they are. And we need to do something to help those individuals. And so when you go to North, we went to this one place where there was no water or there was water, but it was just difficult. They had to
go through a whole process filtration, get the water, the mud, water, bring it out and clean it up and all these things. As soon as we came down, we sat down.
And we actually filmed this as well. Yeah. And these people that they were very poor, very, very humble people. They actually gave us water, clean water. They went and they found water for us, and they gave it as a gift. And we had to accept the gift as the son of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam. But this is, this is beautiful. It's a beautiful act of generosity. You know, it's amazing. So it made me learn this is a learning experience. For me. It was a deep, deep experience. I don't think I'll ever forget