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Khutbah by Sh. Mohammed Mana on Aug. 19, 2016 at IIOC.
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la como de la ku con woman up here in La Jolla Sula, who has 1000 women. We begin by thanking and praising Allah Subhana Allah to Allah exclusively in abundance, we beseech him to send his peace and blessings and shower the last and final messenger with his mercy Mohammed so the longer it will send them, along with his family and his companions and all those who follow his tradition, his sooner until the end of time. We remind one another to renew our taqwa of Allah subhanahu wa tada our awareness that Allah subhana wa tada is fully aware of what we are seeing and doing at all times. And that we take every possible effort to protect ourselves from the anger from the punishment of
Allahu subhana wa tada we protect ourselves from doing anything that would lead to the displeasure of Allahu subhanho wa Taala.
Brothers and sisters that are sort of law who said a long way earlier he was Salam was sitting one day with his companions and he asked them a question
he told them or they sought out to a certain menu who there anyhow Allah in karamat
Manya who there anyhow Allah Al Karim at fair amount will be hidden Oh, you will be hidden
prophets of Allah, Allah wa sallam said, speaking to the companions, who amongst you will take these few words that I'm about to give you right now, and act upon them, implement them, or teach them to someone who will act upon them. Meaning perhaps you might not have the ability to act upon it. But you can share that message with someone that can like for example, there is an announcement about hedge, you are not able to make hedge, but you know, a friend or a relative that is, so you share that reminder with them. Perhaps there is an announcement to help with the funding of a good project, whether it's a Masjid or a school, or some other Muslim organization or institution that is
serving the needs of Muslims are serving the needs of the greater community. And they are asking for help. And you might not be in a situation to help. But you know, someone that is, and so you carry that message on, you remind you share, you spread the reminder. And that person may act upon it and then you share in the reward. The promise I send them said who is going to take from me a few words, act upon them or teach them to someone who will act upon them.
And so, Allahu taala and who is the narrator of this hadith recorded in the book of Deuteronomy. And the scholars have discussed the authenticity of this narration varying from sound to some that said it has weakness. Nonetheless, it isn't it is an aeration involving the virtues of actions. So with that weakness, we can still relate it and implement it.
So the prophets of Allah where it was Salaam said who will take these words Abu huraira jumped at the opportunity.
And he said, I will own messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said I will take them. And so Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told me that I can hear
now the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, as a lot told us in Nepal, and was sent as a role model the hurricane and according to Rasulullah, he also has an app or a sweater and has an app for the Messenger of Allah is the best example in the Messenger of Allah is the best example for you, the best possible the most perfect role model you can have. And throughout the human experience, since the beginning of the creation of Adam alayhis, salaam, and human beings are living for 1000s and 1000s of years on this earth. Every so often Allah subhanho wa Taala would send the people a messenger, once they became so distracted, by their desires and by
other factors that would lead them away from the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala every so often would send a messenger from amongst them with miracles to prove that he is coming from Allah with a message with a revelation to remind people to come back to the right track. And that continued messenger after messenger
until a sort of like a long rally who will send them the last and final of all the messengers. But there's something interesting about the sort of lines of along radio Ceylon, which is that he was sent for all people until the day of judgment. Every messenger that was sent before the sort of law he said aloha to Salem was sent for a specific people at a specific place for a specific
duration of time.
But let's do the long instead of the long run.
And the revelation that he came forward with honor came was set for not only the Arabs in that time, in the middle of Arabia and the middle of the desert, no,
but rather this message was sent for everyone that comes after sewline, Solaris alum intil, all creation will cease to exist and we all will return back to our Creator. So it also means RS lm is special.
And the teachings of the messengers of aloha it was seldom have been preserved and protected. Allah subhanaw taala promised to protect the revelation of a portal and, and the tradition of Rasulullah sallallahu. It was similar. No other messenger or prophet that came before their teachings were preserved and protected and disseminated and spread and tapped and understood and discussed as much as also lines a little longer it was in them.
And there's a reason for that. It's because those of us You and I here, in the middle of Anaheim, California,
1437 years after the prophets of Aloha, it was solemn. And we are still discussing his teachings, they are preserved, they're recorded, we are learning from them. They are applicable to our time and our place.
Because we are part of the home of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And so in his teachings are sort of like use a lot longer I do sell him would give recommendations would give advice,
a variety of different recommendations and advice. Sometimes it would be an answer to a question, a companion would come and say what are the most beloved actions to Allah? And so the process of them would give him an answer. And other companion may ask the same question, but he would give him a different answer.
Not that they are contradictory, but that they are applicable to a different personality, different character traits, different circumstances. And they are all good and recommended. They're all fall under the umbrella of the tradition of the sort of the overall sort of law instead of law where it was in them.
Sometimes the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam would take the initiative, as in the case of this narration that we are sharing today. Nobody asked a question, but he's been alohar SLM, took the initiative, and shared with them some pieces of advice, some words of advice, applicable, practical, pragmatic things that you can apply in your life, to improve your situation to improve your relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala. And to guarantee a good place for yourself in a healer in the hereafter. And so totaliser SLM says, who are going to take these few words from me, a Buddha, Allah jumped on the opportunity. And may Allah Subhana, Allah be pleased with him.
And so the prophets of Allah who took his hand,
and he shook his hand.
And then he began to count five things on the fingers of Abu hula.
Just imagine that experience,
a very beautiful, a very gentle, a very intimate way of teaching a lesson to someone. Nowadays, they discuss it, when they talk about human relationships and interactions and communication. When you establish an emotional connection,
then the listener is automatically more inclined to take in what you have to say. I remember when I was about six or seven years old, there was a scholar who was visiting our Masjid from another area from another locality. And he was very nice, very gentle person. And I remember one day, in the masjid, I went to give him saddam, I said, Sir, I'm already cool. And then he reached in his pocket, and he took out a tiny little bottle of perfume, a little bottle of another tiny, very insignificant thing. But he put it in my hand, and then he calls my fingers on top and clutched my fingers over it. So this is a gift for you. And in the middle of saying that we're holding my hand, he said, make
sure that you learn the Quran.
I've never forgotten that experience. And I don't think I ever will.
Because there was an emotional connection established, the heart was opened, somebody can just come up to you and say, make sure you learn the Quran Okay, goes in through one ear goes out the other. But when there is attention, there is care, there is mercy, there is an emotional connection, then that message will stick. And this is one of many teaching methodologies of this perfect role model it is Salatu was Salam ala hard to sell him that he employed, but we can also learn from when you want to advise one of your children.
There are different ways you can do it. You could do it with a lot of anger and decibels and redness in the face. They'll probably remember that experience too, by the way, because there's some emotions attached to that experience as well, but negative ones. And that will affect how the listener perceives that message if it's associated with negative emotions, but if it's associated with kindness and mercy
See, and gentleness and love, then the heart is open, the ears are open, the mind is open and the message will stick. And also the law, his alarm system, this is how he is teaching
and the other companions this lesson
and sort of sort of like his little aloha to sell him gives him the first of the lessons.
He tells him,
it definitely my hire him to come by the nurse.
He told a Valera have Taqwa of El Muharram. plural of something that is how long have Taqwa of that which is impermissible, you will be the most devotional of people are better than us the most in Riba in servitude and in worship to Allah subhana wa Tada.
Now, remember, in the beginning, we talked about taqwa.
And we usually try to describe as having awareness that allows the panel to Allah is aware of what you are doing having this idea in your subconscious that maybe no one is watching me but allies watching me.
One of the linguistic definitions of taqwa comes from with higher protection.
You literally want to put a barrier between you and the consequences of the anger of Allah subhanaw taala. In the Quran, Allah subhanaw taala gave us a very balanced message he told us about now even agenda about the rewards and the blessings of Paradise, great things to look forward to it and to inspire us and to give us hope, but allows the panel to also told us about, about punishment in jahannam so that the message will be balanced, so that we have reasons to maintain hope and love. But we also have a description of what the consequences will be if we don't follow what Allah subhana wa tada is commanding us to do, and stay away from what he is prohibiting. And so the
prophets have a long way to sell em todo por hora and is instructing by extension all of us here today. It took me in my head him techwin Aberdeen's, oftentimes when we think about worship, and when we think about servitude and a badger, we think about what we can do, which is great. We can I can pray extra prayers, I can give my sadaqa I can be kind to other people,
etc. I can participate in building this Masjid, I can donate for a well to be dug in such village so people can have water and sustenance in life, beautiful acts of worship, great, I can go for Hajj this year, wonderful. But that's only one side of the coin. The other side of the coin is also what not to do. Because many times we find ourselves in the situation where the opportunity presents itself to do something which is wrong.
So when that opportunity presents itself, will we be of those who protect ourselves? Who do we hire who put a barrier between ourselves and the anger of Allah subhanaw taala?
Or will we have those that say, Well, you know,
just this one time and I'll give some soda tomorrow, my slate will be clean around the corner. You know, I'm going for hedging. You know, when you come back from hedging like a newborn baby, I'm good to go.
If that's the mindset that we have, then that's disrespectful to the commandments in the laws of Allah subhanaw taala, we should strive to do good, but we should also protect ourselves. Which is very interesting. When you analyze this hadith the prophet SAW Selim didn't say don't do heroin.
protect yourself. Oftentimes, it's a few steps down a particular road, being in a particular setting around certain people at a specific place at a specific time of the day or night, when it becomes more difficult to hold ourselves back from making a poor choice, which will lead to the displeasure of Allah subhanaw taala. But when we think ahead of the game, we want to be a few steps ahead. We think it might hurt him, let me protect myself from even getting to a situation where it might be too difficult for me to resist. Let me be ahead of the game on top of things. And that's how we will be a burden on us. A person who goes the extra mile to protect themselves from that they can be at a
higher status of worship and devotion than the one who is praying all night and fasting all day, but it's not doing anything to hold themselves back from poor choices.
So we have to keep in mind both sides of the coin it took in my harem token averageness. Then the Prophet sallallahu wasallam gave him the second recommendation, countered the first one on his hand. And then he gently added his salatu salam countered the second one. He told him he said to Abu Laila, it'll be my first pasa la hudak tekun algunas be content with what Allah Subhana Allah to Allah
has decreed for you. You
the wealthiest of people, the wealthiest.
amassing wealth and gathering and increasing our wealth is something that most people strive to do. And in and of itself, it's not a bad thing as long as it's done. inherited means
in an appropriate way. But the pastor said him, said, Eldon, Marcus en la hora. De please be content with what Allah Subhana Allah has given you, does that mean you should just sit back and not put any effort into improving your situation? Absolutely not. But what it means is, for example, when I see my friend who's got a bigger house than me, what is my reaction? My reaction is alarm, was it robotic, may Allah bless for your house. Now, let me think of what I can do to improve the situation for my family.
It's very unfortunate and very evil and very dark, that when we don't have contentment of what Allah Subhana, Allah has given us, up until this time, that we look at those who have more than us in a very despising very envious way. And that can harm ourselves and harm that person as well, for no reason.
For no reason, when I am mad when I am angry, when I am envious of my friend for having something better than me, is that going to get me what he has? Long, it's not, it's only going to harm me and harm him.
So why not have a positive mindset? Be content, be pleased with what you have. And we should also be careful not to get in the habit of always looking towards those that physically materially have more than us, one of the Imams
nationally known Imams, may Allah bless him, he recently took a group of volunteers and they went to a refugee camp in Jordan.
They visited a refugee camp, and the beginning of the trip, there were some messages. And he said, may Allah bless him. Somebody asked him, you know, what's the lesson that you've noticed? from this experience? He said, honestly, I'm speechless. I can't. I don't know what lesson to tell you. The only thing that is amazing, is these people are literally living in sewers. But they still find the ability to smile and say, Alhamdulillah
But how often do we compare ourselves to those types of people and say, Wow, hamdulillah
I've been spirit. I've been gifted. I've been blessed.
Our default responses to look at those that have more than us. I wish I could have had that. Why did they get that and I don't, God isn't fair. Life isn't fair. And we start making all of these statements that are ridiculous and that are disrespectful and unlawful and displeasing to Allah subhanaw taala No, Bobby Mufasa malonic. Be pleased with what Allah Subhana Allah has given you be content, look towards those that are less fortunate than you that will inspire you to help them. Helping them with sincerity will increase and bless you in what you have and strive and work hard within the header within the means in the parameters that Allah has given us and they are very
expensive to improve your situation and do better. May Allah Subhana Allah make us of those who listen and follow the best of what they hear about a calamity. What a comfortable one apparently what year can be my female IoT with the Quran hachimura meta smartphone, but still feel lonely with a commonly cited Muslim and couldn't even pay for stuff euro inna who who will follow him? repent to Allah subhanaw taala for He is the Most Merciful, the most compassionate.
hamdu Lillah wa salatu salam Ala Moana via VEDA, Mr Barrett
These are just a couple of the recommendations that are sort of like it's a little longer it was said them gave to Abu hooray Allah. This is what we will end with for today's kotoba and inshallah we'll continue at a later time. But before we conclude here today, I wanted to announce to you an event and speak about its importance. There are some statistics that say that 15% of the prison population in this country consists of Muslims, Muslim inmates, I was told that approximately 35 to 45,000 inmates accept Islam per year in prison while incarcerated. I have a stack of envelopes here.
These are letters from Muslim inmates sent to this Masjid, sent to a program in the semester. This is just a couple of weeks. Dozens of letters every single day they are pouring in letters from inmates
that want to communicate with other Muslims that want to learn.
For that reason a program at this mustard has been established called link outside, they often refer to people that are incarcerated as being inside.
And once you're out of prison, you are on the outside. And so this program is linked outside. We want
to link the community, with our brothers and sisters that are incarcerated, they are Muslims. They are believers. And they are righteous people. Some of them are there because of poor choices, and some of them are there unjustly. Just because somebody is incarcerated does not necessarily mean that they made a mistake. The criminal justice system has a lot of flaws, especially with the advent of all these podcasts right now, people are starting their eyes are starting to be opened up to all of the flaws in the criminal justice system. But nonetheless, it doesn't matter. They are there. And they are Muslims. And they want to have a connection. And so a program has been established. Some of
them accepted Islam inside prison. As we mentioned, the numbers and many of them were Muslim before being placed in those facilities to begin with. There's a really beautiful program that is going to be taking place tonight.
At the ffm program tonight that we have every week, it will be an interview with four ex inmates, Muslims, between the group of them you have a combined more than 50 years of experience behind bars. They are going to share their experiences of what it's like to be a Muslim behind bars.
And we should listen to these stories. We should open our hearts and our minds, we should be aware that their entire Muslim communities. I was told there's a prison here in California, that in each yard there's more than 100 inmates and there are multiple yards. Some of these facilities are huge with 1000s of inmates. So these are our brothers and our sisters, we want to connect with them. Just like we want to connect with all of our brothers and sisters in different situations. We are one on one we are like one body. So we should educate and be aware of their struggles and what they're going through. So this program is going to be taking place tonight, there's a table outside for the
link outside program in the lobby, please visit that table. If you have any questions or more information, it's a free event. It's open to everyone. It will be an interview we will hear from their stories. It'll be enlightening and emotional and very interesting. I am personally very much looking forward to it. And I would like to encourage all of you to attend and to spread the news to all of your friends and family members if they can't physically be here. It will be live streamed on the IOC YouTube account. So take advantage of these programs and familiarize yourself with the condition of our different Muslim brothers and sisters in different places of this country may Allah
subhana wa tada grant us the best and this life the best in the hereafter and protect us from the torment of the Hellfire Illuminati and if you're doing your house and if you feel like you're gonna have dinner agribon now about the law in the law here.
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