Channel: Moutasem al-Hameedy
Jummuah/Friday Khutbah on February 17, 2017 at the Abu Huraira Center.
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all praises due to Allah, we praise Him, we seek his aid and we asked for his forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evils of ourselves and the evil consequences of our own actions. Whomsoever Allah guides, none can lead astray and whomsoever Allah leaves to go astray, none can guide I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped, but Allah alone, none has the right to our ultimate love and devotion, but Allah subhanho wa Taala alone, who has no partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa alayhi wa sallam is his servant, and His messenger or you who believe fear Allah as he should be feared, and do not accept as Muslims, all mankind, be dutiful
to your Lord, who created you from a single person and from him he created his wife, and from them both he created many men and women and fear Allah through whom you demand your mutual rights, and observe the rights of your kins. Surely Allah is Ever an all watch over you, all you who believe. Keep your duty to Allah fear him and speak the truth. He will direct you to righteous deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has indeed attained a great achievement. The best speech is the speech of Allah. And the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
And the worst thing in the religion are the newly invented matters. And all the newly invented matters and religion and Islam are considered to be innovation, and every bit as misguidance. And every misguidance is in the Hellfire
in the midst of
a lot of the things that are going around us, going on around us,
in the light of the focus and the
light being shed,
on highlighting Muslim minorities in different places, and the reality of Islam and the reality of Muslims, and in the midst of what we hear is going on against Muslims in different parts of the world, sometimes compromising on the rights sometimes putting these whole Muslim communities at Jeopardy because of some political gains and some agenda.
Sometimes the Muslim really feel feels a little bit threatened, sometimes helpless, what can I do? What should I do? Allah subhana wa tada advises the Muslims, the early Muslims who are in a similar situation. Allah gives them an advice.
And he says,
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out of their jealousy, a sense of envy in their hearts. And then Allah spent Allah other verses in the Quran he says, and he indicates that the Muslims will face enmity when it does not mean alladhina Auto Kitano publikum wamena Latina Ashoka, Evan kathira and you will hear from the people of this scripture
from people of disbelief, you shall hear a lot of bad words. A lot of harm, verbal harm, a lot of threats, a lot of, you know, attacks on your rights. Sometimes they might even exceed that limit and reach the point of physical harm and real attacks. Yet Allah subhanaw taala. At the end of all these verses, he says to the Muslims,
was turning over somebody was Salah, and he says, what are the most salata? What are two zecca?
So Allah subhanaw taala, advises the Muslims that in the at times of danger at times of hardship, at times of severe threats against you,
you should not lose sight of the importance of the prayer. Because the prayer connects you to Allah, the source of your strength.
And in your understanding, the prayer is merely a physical act, you won't be able to understand this verse. And you might even go to the point where your question allows wisdom.
You somebody might even verbalize it and say, these verses are even impractical.
We are being attacked, we are being demonized, we're being compromised.
And all of this going around, and all we do is focus on the prayer. That's because you see it merely as a physical act. But we said, Salah, and the prayer is such a powerful, profound human experience. And it is meant to strengthen you. And it is meant to connect you to the source of your power. And that's Allah subhana wa Tada.
So I was contemplating what to talk about today. Because there are so many hot topics to talk about a lot of catchy topics, we can talk politics all day long. But the point is, what's the benefit you will walk away with,
based on what we talk what we say here.
We can, you know, take all this and Muslim sent in sentiment of being victims of being targeted, and so on and so forth. But that doesn't help us. And that doesn't strengthen us. And that doesn't even increase our Eman. And that doesn't even help our situation. There are social activists, activists, there are Muslim leaders among the community, there are people who do a great deal of work, and they deserve our support. They deserve our backing, we should be aware we should not be disconnected from reality, we should live in our times being relevant, being responsible, addressing the needs, addressing the challenging circumstances, yes. But not everyone should be a politician. We shouldn't
be talking politics all the time, or legal issues all the time.
In the midst of all of these distractions, and all of these topics that can draw us forcefully into them, we should not forget the central points in our life. And that's connection to Allah subhanho wa Taala and belief in him.
And the reason a lot of the Muslims don't really lose that focus is that they don't see the power in a man. They don't see the dynamism in that beautiful concept of a man that it empowers you. And it puts you in a very positive state to handle your situation is doesn't call on you to run away from reality and hide from it. That's not what a man calls us to.
Islam, or any man helps us rise up to the challenge.
So I thought of sharing with you something that might seem to be irrelevant, but yet it is actually relevant and very powerful. But it shows us some aspects of our Amen. Because sometimes you speak to some Muslim, they do something wrong. You tell them they tell you a man is in the heart. It's in the chest. The prophet SAW Solomon, he talks about a man he says in the authentic hadith, and a man will be gone was Abu nashoba. Eman man is 70 and something branches. So a man is not only one small single thing is not just a thought. It's not just a state of mind or a state of hearts that some people experience at a very tacit level and they don't even realize what it what it is.
But the prophet SAW Selim says he man is 70 something branches.
Allah has Shahada to Allah, Allah, Allah Allah, the highest of it, the highest of these branches, the most important, the heaviest and the weightiest is to testify that no one has the right to be worshipped. No one has the right to our ultimate love and devotion, except Allah alone.
And that Muhammad is His Messenger. That's the highest and the most important and the most central in email, aspect of email. Then the prophet SAW Selim says,
what a dinner and one of the lowest branches of a man and that doesn't undermine his value is it just shows a level of
priority and level of importance and weights. Wagner, Mr. Potts will ever anaphoric. And among the lowest of them,
are probably the lightest of them that would be a better translation is to remove the harm from people's weight. So you have some dirt, some some dirt, some garbage, something harmful on the sidewalk on the street, you remove it on the stairs, you remove it, because you don't want someone else to be hurt by it. You don't want someone else to feel uncomfortable because of that. So you remove it. That's part of a man. It's part and parcel of a man. It's a branch of a man. Among the lightest branches of email, than the prophet SAW, Selim says well, higher.
and higher bashfulness shyness is a branch of email. So the prophet SAW Selim in this hadith clarifies that a man is not just an elusive concept, an abstract experience. He man is a holistic experience. It's about who you are. It's about what you believe, who you become as a person, how you behave in different situations. That's what a man is. So this is why it is dynamic. So when you have a man, and your community is facing a certain challenging situation, it is your responsibility. And that's what a man calls you to and pushes you to, is to do something for the welfare of the collective group. That's what Islam teaches us. It doesn't teach you to hide. It's not about you
just reciting Koran, and praying your Salah, which are great and good. And then saying, Well, everything will fix itself. That's not the way things happen. That's not the way things happen.
You know, the historians have the last in the last 200 years of the history of the Muslim oma, in some of the countries, the Muslim lands in Asia Minor. Some of those countries that were taken over by the Soviet Union at some stage.
The scholar said that one of the main cities there
when the Soviets were approaching that city to take it over,
the Muslims were puzzled what to do. What should we do? Some of them said, Let's take up arms and defend ourselves defend our honor and die, die with honor instead of living with humiliation.
But the majority of them, they said, No, what we will do we will sit in the masjid. And we will start reciting and reading together collectively Sahih al Bukhari
and the blessings of that is going to help us some of you.
You know, look at that with amazement, what kind of logic is this? Well, that was prevalent there at the time, that was prevalent. So they thought there would be so many blessings and Baraka, which there are blessings and Baraka, in reciting Quran or reciting the words of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, but that's not the right way to approach it. That's not the right situation, to take the Baraka
because Allah made us live this life and experience it according to the rules that run this life. So you need to assess the situation, from so many perspectives, and military perspective. What are the consequences going to be? What are the best options? What are the options we have, which is the best among them. But for you to go and sit in the masjid and just recite sigh al Bukhari that's obviously not what Stan caused us to that's a faulty understanding of Islam.
So faith is a very powerful so some people have this.
This kind of wrong understanding, they sort of reduce a man to some of its small, tiny actions. But that's not the whole thing of it. So your Salah, your reciting of the Quran should make you relevant to your times. And if it doesn't, there's something wrong, you're doing something wrong you in your approach to the Koran, and to Islam and to Eman And to Allah. So you need to check it out, and you need to fix it.
So I'm going to deal with two of the manifestations or aspects of a man that the prophet SAW Selim pointed to. And these are actually important human traits, very powerful, and very empowering, very empowering. They will raise the quality of your life. And they will strengthen any community wherever that community is, although they seem to be very friendly. And they seem to be very soft sort of soft skills, but they are very powerful. Because the human dynamics of power, by the way, are not so straightforward.
Or not so straightforward. This is why people sometimes those who manipulate and have masters they mastered the game of manipulation. Sometimes they are too nice. And they are too soft and too compromising. Why
Because that gives them power in the situation.
So human dynamics is not about you having the loudest voice isn't about you stating always your needs and your rights and having no compromise. Life is much more dynamic than this. So in one Hadith the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says
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Waheguru, NASA and Pharaoh homeliness, simple Hadith, beautiful, profound and powerful. The prophet SAW, Selim says, me know, the believer yet left.
What does that mean? That means the believer
is easy to get on with.
As simple as that. But that's very profound.
The believer is someone, it is easy for you to get on with him.
He's accommodating, he's kind, he's loving. He's forgiving, forgiving, he's soft, he gives you space.
Yet he is grounded in his turf.
He's powerful. He's profound. And he's stable. That's what Yeah, for you. And as a believer, it's easy for you to get on with a believer to connect with him. at a personal level, it's easy. And it's easy for him as well to respond with the same. So it's a mutual process. What does this come from? It comes from a very peaceful heart.
The heart has no anger in it has no resentment in it. It has no fear in it. So the guy is comfortable. So it's easy for you to handle that man. It's easy for you to deal with him. And if you are troubled, he has the safety, the security and the space to accommodate you. And help you out. That's what a believer is. So I mean, we're left left. When our hire of human labor law you've left and there is no good in a person that's not easy to get on with.
That's what the prophet SAW Selim says, that's a Muslim.
So we might look at that as a simple trait. It's not a big deal. It is a powerful deal. That means the believer once you see him, and that's why another narration the process of selling says about the believer is that it's some it's a person that when you see them, you feel you know them. You feel you know them.
You know, when they're one of the companions, I believe it was Abdullah at best. He saw a man he's seen for the first time, he says, This man loves me.
So his students, they said, How did you know you haven't seen him? That's the first time you see him. He said, I know because I as soon as I saw him, I loved him. I loved him. And I know he loves me. So he recognized the man in the heart of that person. He recognized the man in that person. So I believe is easygoing is accommodating, and that reflects balance. It's not weakness. Some people see this as a weakness. It's, it's a source of power. It's a sign of balance. It's a sign of strength.
And then the prophet SAW Selim says, and the best among people clear on us and
the best among people is the one that is most helpful that is of most service to others.
These are the criteria of Islam. So the prophet SAW that blinked that trait personal trait of easygoing pneus that a person is easy for you to get on with them and connect with them. The Prophet was on LinkedIn he man and me know yet Allah for Allah. So in the Arabic language, this call this kind of statement shows causality. So Eman leads the person to be easy for you to relate to, easy for you to get on with. And that's why another Hadith reported by a man in his Muslim the prophet SAW solemn says,
will Mona Tina, Allah Max, some outcome a colossal loss loss are seldom the hypocrites have signs
mustek viramune Allah Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah form, they are haughty and full of pride. And it's not easy for anyone to get on with them. These are the hypocrites, the non African. So that shows that this kind of easygoing Enos comes from a man and from faith. That's a beautiful treat. And when we have this, I'll tell you, we will have less disunity among us as Muslims, less disputes, how often we dispute and we have fights and quarrels over very simple things, tiny things that don't deserve that kind of attention. But we have issues.
We don't we don't give each other the benefit of the doubt. We searching for
The people's mistakes we want. We want to we're searching for an opportunity. We are on the lookout for an opportunity to put someone else down. That shows a troubled hearts that shows a weak heart. And that shows a low level of Eman. So that means when a person has a higher level of emotion this person is more easygoing it's easy to relate to. A second trait the prophet SAW Selim says I'll hire a man Korean
and hire a man or arena Jamia the Prophet Solomon says I'll hire bashfulness shyness and Eman and faith are bound together are bound together. They are intertwined for either a roofie.
So if one of those two things is taken up, lifted, taken away from that person, the other one will follow.
What's that strong connection between a man and Hey bashfulness shyness and here we're talking about a good form a good type of shyness, because people often confuse shyness with timidness.
inshallah, we'll talk about the difference in the second part of the article
hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala Sayyidina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi ajmeri. So shyness is one of the branches of Eman and it is connected strongly to a man so if the person if the person loses their Eman, their higher their shyness, the bashfulness their sense of chastity will be taken away.
And if the person's sense of chastity and shyness and bashfulness is removed, then his email will also leave him. His email will also leave him.
That's a very important point. One day the prophet SAW Selim so a man of ours who lives alone, salaam wa juhlin.
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The process I'm sorry man, blaming his brother, blaming his brother for being too shy, being too shy.
So the prophet SAW Selim says to him that who leave him leaving for internal higher allottee in La Jolla, shyness and bashfulness can only bring goodness can only bring goodness. But shyness is not timidness shyness is a sense of chastity is a sense of respect his sense of decency,
a sense of decency that you feel shy and you feel bad about yourself, should you violate someone else's rights? Or should you do something that is unethical? That's what shameful shyness is, and bashfulness is, that's what it is. So you feel shy? Should you cross the limits of Allah, you're going against him.
You feel shy, should you take the right of someone else or violate it.
Regardless of what culture you come from, or what background you've been brought up in, that's irrelevant. So you feel shy. But that doesn't mean you feel shy and compromise on your rights. That's not shyness. That's timidness. That's timidness. Some people think shyness is to speak, or they think shyness is to speak low in a low voice, and to be timid and to hide from reality, to hide from people. Keep away from people and not to stand up for your rights. That's not shyness. That's not higher. The prophet SAW someone who was the strongest among men. Yet, he was described by the companion kind of shed the higher and meaning either, if you look at her, the professor Saddam was
more shy and much more bashful than a young woman. In The Deep recesses of our own house, the person was shy. But still, when he spoke, people could hear him
when he made a command that was decisive. When he made a decision, it was carefully taken and was communicated properly. When the rights of love were violated, who would stand up for them. When people were violated, he would not stand or take any injustice and be silent about it.
So shyness is a very powerful and beautiful, personal trait that comes with email. You cannot fake it, you cannot manufacture it. But the way to get it is to have more email. And the way to have more email is to connect to a lot more recite more Koran, mindfully. Pray more in a state of for sure.
Start doing acts of righteousness like kindness to other others like forgiveness, like charity for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala not for any personal gain, not for any show off
These two traits are so powerful and they are connected to a man. But the point here is to show that a man is a very dynamic state is a very empowering human state. It's not a joke. It's not something that we just theorize and talk about. It's not an abstract thing. It's what human life is about.
It's about what human life is meant to be, is to be in faith, to believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala. So this is how a man is very powerful. This is why it enabled us to handle our situations, to face them, rise up to whatever challenges we are facing,
and that we should not back off. And we should not be timid, because that's not shyness. And that's not a man. And what helps us to do this is to know that life and death is with Allah, and everything that's going to happen. We know it's the decree of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So we should accept it when it happens. And we should see how best we can utilize it. In the light of the rules of practicality. We're just human beings having a human experience and we should be relevant to this world and never run away from it. But we should not forget that everything comes from Allah. And if we want support we need to connect Allah, we want help. We need to connect to Allah we want
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