You Can Always Become A Better Muslim

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Moutasem al-Hameedy

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Friday Khutbah at the Abu Huraira Center on March 20, 2016.

Being addicted to sins doesn’t mean you can’t change yourself.

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our actions. Whomsoever Allah guides, none can lead astray and whomsoever Allah leaves to go astray and on can guide I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped. None has the right to our ultimate love and devotion but our Creator Allah subhanho wa Taala alone, who has no partners and I bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa early he was sending him his his servant and His Messenger.

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Indeed, the best speech are the words of Allah and the best guidance is that of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa early he was sending them.

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And the worst thing in the religion or the newly invented matters, and all the newly invented matters in religion are considered to be innovation and bidder and every bidder is misguidance. And it leads to the Hellfire

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in the early stages of the history of the Muslim ummah.

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There was a man

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living in Kufa and he was notorious for his misbehaviors

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he was a troublemaker. And in his youth, he created so much trouble and he was addicted to alcohol,

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he would be the only one in his group in his gang in his clinic that would drink alcohol in public. Because that was a Muslim land is prohibited. It's shame for someone to drink alcohol in public and show off. This guy was an exception. He had a rude character, and he would openly in public in front of everyone hold the bottle and drink and get drunk. So this drunken guy at the time was notorious, made so much struggle.

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put so many people in difficult situations, made a lot of people uncomfortable. So he was notorious. He was known for that kind of behavior.

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So one day, he's with some of his friends walking around. And something captures his attention.

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He sees a huge number of people gathering around one person on his riding animal on his mount.

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So that grabs his attention. Why would all these people grind, you know, gather around one person What's so special about this man? So he wasn't he was curious. He wanted to see, he wanted to find out for himself. So he goes directly with his obnoxious, straightforward, rude manner. And he approaches that man directly without asking anything. And he stops him when the guy was on his riding animal. He stops and he says, Who are you? I want to know who you are.

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That that was his style. That was his character. That was his approach. No Greetings, no respect. Nothing in the middle of all of these people, trying to have a conversation and speak with that man, trying to ask him questions. This guy comes and abruptly breaks that kind of flow. And he says to this guy, who are you?

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And who are these people?

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Were they all gathered around you trying to talk to you or strike a conversation with you? What's going on here?

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So one of the guys around he says,

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You don't know this guy.

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This is an Imam Sure.

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Sure above the head judge

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he's the head death.

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He says surebonder head judge ammo head death. What does that even mean? What is this? What does it mean I had this? I don't understand what that means. I don't understand your jargon guys, what are these words?

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So they explained to him they say more headache is a scholar of Hadith. That means this person has dedicated his life to studying the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he would travel from one city to the other, from one country to the other, all around trying to collect the narrations from the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam the statements of the prophets are telling me he wants to learn the Sunnah of the prophet SAW Selim, he wants to learn it, embody it, act upon it and teach it. That was his lifestyle. That was his dedication, that was his message in this life. So he dedicated his life for this kind of study. He's more headed, that's what this means. It is okay

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that makes sense to me. Then he addresses this scholarship mm hmm judge directly and he says to him, okay, if you are a scholar of Hadith, you know, and rate Hadith, then the rate one had the for me, you can still see that kind of background showing on his attitude. So when I read the Hadith to me now,

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Shabbat was a wise man.

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He reflected on the state of that man, he recognized where he comes from, what kind of background he has, what kind of characters so he wanted to give him something that might strike a chord with him might hit a nerve and wake him up.

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So he contemplated the state of this man, he said, Okay. He says, had enough to land on and Fulani said it was narrated to me from I heard so and so say this, he narrated it from so and so from the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam that he said in me madaraka National mean Kalamazoo. What a Lula lm test a first night nasheeds.

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In the American national or in the American NASA mean column in Nobu, watching oola Lm testfairy first nap, mash it.

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The meaning of the Hadith says

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that from the old wisdom that was given to the prophets, the revelation that was given to previous prophets, who were sent to previous nations. And it still the statement is still alive today

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is that a few lacks shyness and bashfulness and good character, you can do what you want, you will behave the way you wish,

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there will be no restrictions, no limitations on you, because you don't care, you simply don't care, you're gonna be happy, you don't, you don't even care how you come across. You don't care if you violate other people, you don't care if you make other people uncomfortable. Because if you have no sense of shyness, and bashfulness, and decency, you're gonna behave on roadways,

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you're gonna do what you wish and what your desires push you and drive you to do regardless of whether these things are ethical or unethical, whether they are good or bad.

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So that's a wisdom from previous messengers that was given to them by means of Revelation, but it still survived until that time.

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So although this guy, the drunken guy,

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although he had this kind of negative background, still, he had some kind of wisdom,

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some part in his heart and his soul was still alive. And it seems that the choice of Imam shot button had just what he judged was very wise. So the man seems to have reflected on the words. He said, this, this makes this makes sense to me. It makes sense to me. If you don't have shyness, if you don't have decency, you're going to end up doing what you want. You don't care. Because you just simply don't care. He reflected upon his state, because he would drink in public. He would do nasty things in public, he would have no sense of shame, shameless, completely shameless.

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So that made him reflect upon his life. So he took these words to heart, he contemplated them thought about them.

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Then somehow they woke him up.

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They woke him up and he asks around, he says, I want to change my life style. I want to become a better person. I don't want to live my life, the rest of my life like this. I don't want to waste my life in alcohol and trouble and mischief. I don't want to do this.

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I want to follow a different lifestyle. What should I do? So people said to him, why don't you travel to Medina?

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There's a great scholar there called an Imam Malik wanted to go to Imam Malik and study with him and learn he says

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I want to become

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I want to become like the man who inspired me this short but not a judge. This guy he's added his manners, his beautiful character. his demeanor inspired me I want to be like him. They said you need to go to the man Malik and Medina. He can teach you the Hadith. You can learn from him You can learn from his beautiful character. That's the way for you.

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He gets himself ready he goes to Medina studies with Imam Malik for a number of years.

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And a few years later, he becomes a scholar of Hadith

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scholar of Hadith.

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And

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this man is actually considered to be one of the main sure you have a emammal Buhari. So when you go to Al Bukhari and you're gonna check some of the narrations you will find women Buhari saying had death Anna, Mohammed Abu muslimah al parnaby

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it's this guy. It's this man just had death and that means he's the shape of Al Bukhari saying I was this narration was given to me by Helmut ignoramus lemma parnaby.

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So my teacher, so he's the he became he became the teacher, one of the main scholars of Hadith. So later on Imam Al Bukhari travels and he gathers Hadith. He searches for him and he comes in he learns Hadith from this man, Mohammed widow, Muslim, Carnaby and Imam Muslim as well does the same. So you will find the name of this guy in the narrations and slightly help Bukhari and Sahih Muslim and other collections of Hadith.

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He's one of the main scholars of hadith of that time, Mohammed, Barnaby, then later on his life, he says, I want to be thankful I want to be grateful to the man who changed my life who inspired me. I want to go back to a head judge or to shoulder the head judge. And I want to go, I want to thank him. I want to let him know what that word did to me how he inspired me.

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So he travels back to Iraq or to Alaska where he went mm Shaban had judge lips. And when he arrives there, he receives the news that any man shortland had judge had already passed away.

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He says my Allah have mercy on the man that inspired me and changed my life. What is the point behind the story, that no matter what you do in your life, or what anyone else for that matter, does in their life. You can always come back to Allah.

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You can always change your ways.

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Allah subhanaw taala did not create us evil. We were born in a state of purity and perfection. The prophet SAW Selim says kulu they knew that

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each child is born when they are born in a state of fitrah, purity, and the companions of the promises and I'm like even ambassadors and Fatah is Islam, the religion of Islam itself that was given to Prophet Mohammed Salah Salem, to Jesus peace be upon him to Moses, to David to Solomon, to all these prophets, who Prophet Ibrahim and Adam and Noah, and all of these great prophets that were given the same message, submit to Allah, because that's human nature. That's how we are born. And the revelation was sent down, to maintain this nature, and to develop it and to nourish it, and to make it unfold and express itself in a worldly fashion

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that we can see and feel and touch.

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So that means every one of us can change no matter what you did in your life, you can always become a better person. Why? Because this seed of goodness is inside you. It's at your core. And when you see someone who has done so much evil and so much bad, don't ever lose hope in them. Don't ever give up on them. Goodness is in every human being.

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Who in their wildest dreams thought in the early stages would become a Muslim.

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When one of the early companions who migrated to Abba senior to flee, the torture and the the persecution of

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one of the women there,

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Omar Abdullah, she was waiting for her husband. He went just to do something, and he was coming back. So they set out on the journey to Abbey senior. Oman, Qatar was a non Muslim at the time and he says, Yeah, Omar Abdullah, where are you going? Where are you guys going at the horn Elaine?

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So she says we are running away from you guys. You prevented us from practicing our religion. From being obedient to Allah, you persecuted us. You tortured us. We can't live among you anymore. We need freedom to worship our Lord alone. You made it hard for us. I'm gonna hubub got emotional. She sends some kind of sympathy in his attitude. She couldn't believe it. When her husband came she said I saw something strange. I saw he came and he asked me he said where are you guys go in.

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And I told him that we are running away. We are fleeing Mecca because we want to worship Allah. We want to be safe. We want our freedoms to be able to worship Allah.

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And I felt a change in his attitude. He said, kind of lahoma

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May Allah be with you. He said, may Allah preserve you.

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So her husband and that's the point. Her husband says,

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You seem to have hope that might change and become a Muslim. She said yes. He said well law he

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could usefully move him out Nakata.

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He says the donkey the writing animal of his father might become a Muslim and change his mind, but not Omar. Omar will never do that. And who guess what happened? One of the main leaders in Islam, one of the best companions of the Prophet SAW Selim, who influenced status, it had such a great influence in the history of the Muslim ummah. So don't give up on anyone, no matter who they are. And whatever happens, don't ever give up. Don't give up on yourself. You had since you've done so much evil, you've grown so much people still. Still you can always come back to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Still, you can always make a change and make a difference. You can always embrace your true

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nature and that is loving towards Allah that is obedient towards Allah, that recognizes the way of the messenger Salah Salem and realizes this is the only way to embrace my humanity. This is the only way to make it a last panel to be true and authentic.

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So this is a beautiful part of our religion that opens our eyes that never give up on yourself. Never Never give up on any human being. As long as their hearts are beating, as long as there is breath

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coming in and going out.

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As long as they can open their eyes. As long as they wake up. As long as there's life in them. There's always an opportunity and a chance for change.