The Courage To Speak The Truth
Channel: Moutasem al-Hameedy
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Jumuah Khutbah/Talk/Sermon delivered at the Abu Huraira Center on March 03, 2017.
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All praise is due to Allah.
We praise Him. We seek his aid and we ask 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 and M can guide I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped. 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 sallam is his servant and His messenger or you who believe fear Allah as he should be feared, and die not except in a state of submission and Islam to Allah, 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 and all watcher over you, or you who believe keep your duty to Allah, 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
The best words are the words of Allah. And the best guidance is that of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa early he was setting them and the worst thing that could could that could be done in the religion or the newly invented matters. For all the newly invented matters in religion are considered to be bid and innovation, and every bit is misguidance. And every misguidance leads to the hellfire.
When the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam set out
on a journey on an expedition to Tuborg to the north of the Arabian Peninsula, expecting to meet the Byzantine army
and the Arabs who are living in a sham natural Syria. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam called upon all the Muslims to join him, all the ones who are able to afford it financially and physically to join him there were meant and there was supposed to join him.
And all the companions joined the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, except for a handful.
The ones who remained behind were mainly the hypocrites, and the ones who were incapable physically and financially incapable to join him in that expedition.
That was on this journey of this expedition was conducted at times of extreme heat,
very challenging weather
and it was the time to harvest the crops that that was the time to harvest the produce in Medina.
So it was a big challenge and a big test for the Muslims yet they joined the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and they made the sacrifice.
When the prophet SAW Selim made it back and there was no battle and there was no fighting, the prophet SAW Selim makes it back to Medina when he's back in Medina. As usual, the first thing the prophets of Salaam does, he goes to the masjid prays to Raka and that's assuming that the prophets of Salaam used to do every time he travels out of Medina, he comes back to Medina, the first thing he adds to the first place he goes to is the masjid and he prays to a locker.
Then the prophet SAW Selim sat down there. And the hypocrites who are in Medina flocked to the Prophet so loud, it was an attempt to present their excuses why they fail to join that expedition. Some of them said, My wife was ill, some of them said, I had some unfinished business and I couldn't leave it hanging. And I had this and I had that and I was ill, I wasn't feeling well, and so on and so forth.
So the prophet SAW Selim, excuse them, he accepted their excuses and he let them go.
But three among the companions of the Prophet Solomon who did not join among them was kept book nomadic.
He didn't go and present excuses to the Prophet sallallahu Sallam because he had intended to join the messenger, Sol, Sol, Sol, Sol Sol them.
But every day he went out to get himself ready and buy whatever he needed in order to join the expedition, and close some of the businesses he was meant to deal with before leaving.
It just didn't materialize. It didn't happen.
And he kept putting it off
without seriously meaning to stay behind the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam
until it got to a point where it was too late for him to join the messenger sallallahu usila.
So some of his relatives and some of his close companions, they said Why didn't you go to the prophet SAW Selim approached him and present your excuse, because on the way the prophet SAW Selim asked about you
who saw Sol cabbage nomadic
so they said to him, go to the professor's and present an excuse
because if you leave a vacuum in that in this kind of
scenario in this kind of situation, that's not going to be good for you with the Prophet sallallahu sallam. He said I'm not gonna lie to the prophets of Salaam I had no excuse.
So he was sitting in the masjid and the prophets of Salaam was there so he saw cabin nomadic. And he said, What made you stay behind?
What prevented you from joining me?
He looked at the Prophet Solomon. He said, Yeah, Rasul Allah. Malley will let him in.
On messenger of Allah, I have no other. I have no excuse. And he said O Messenger of Allah. People here in Medina know that I'm amongst the most well spoken people in Medina. I can mesmerize people with my words. I have a persuasive style of talking. And I can present you with so many excuses. But I'm afraid that I will tell you a lie. Or I will say something that's inaccurate. In order to save myself today that I get myself in trouble with Allah subhanho wa Taala. I'm not going to do that. Almost in Java, Allah, I have no excuse.
That takes a lot of courage to say it. That takes a lot of courage because the prophets of Salaam took that expedition seriously. Seriously. And when Allah subhanaw taala revealed versus insalata toolbar about this, allow me to clear that the ones who failed to join the prophet SAW Selim, in such times are hypocrites.
It was a very serious situation. It was about someone being ostracized.
It's about someone, his reputation being demolished and tarnished for the rest of his life, about some someone being seen as an outsider, as an outcast.
So it's a serious matter and among other people, but I'm of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam and his companion, his companions the best among humanity. That was a huge and weighty challenge and situation for cabin nomadic and his companions. And a lot of his companions a lot of his relatives came to him and they said, Why don't you just go to the prophet SAW Solomon the prophecies even stipulated the punishment from Allah subhanaw taala that came from a law that not not no one in Medina speaks to these three people who presented no excuses no one communicates with them. No one exchanges a word with them.
Then even got intensified where the professor's haven't said even their spouses should not stay with them in their homes, they should go back
back to their family and leave them alone and not communicate with them and not help them.
So cabin nomadic himself in the midst of this flight and this challenge, he says that I started walking the streets of Medina denying myself denying myself, even the earth or the earth that I know there in Medina, the landscape, I couldn't recognize it. I started living, I started denying the things that I've known all my life.
This is such a scruciating psychological pain. When the house you know, you've lived in all your life, you can't recognize it anymore. The land that you lived in, you don't feel any attachment to it anymore. When you feel left alone and ostracized, and left back behind everyone, no one wants to talk to you. That's a very challenging feeling to be in for 40 days. 40 days, this predicament intensified day in and day out.
And then one day to kind of nomadic a person comes from a sham from the Arabs of a sham. He comes and he asks about Captain America when he comes to come and medic he hands him a letter, a letter from the Byzantines and from their Arab allies in a sham. It has been an wassaic Come and join us. Join us we know that look at Bella vana and Asahi Baca Jaffa.
The news has come to our attention that your friend Mohammed has ostracized you.
So come and join us and you will find good friends, you will find good supporters people who will take care of you and know your value.
When he saw that he cried, and he said,
I have reached this such a low level in my life, that even the enemies of Allah are having hopes in me.
Then he threw that letter in the fire.
And he remained truthful to Allah Subhan Allah to Allah and His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
Then the last penciler revealed verses in salata, tober
declaring that Allah has accepted the repentance of these companions
law has accepted the tobacco laws accepted the repentance and why? Because they spoke the truth. They didn't lie. And the law said as the hypocrites Allah would deal with them. They gave you false excuses. They told you lies, but Allah will deal with them. They passed the buck, they got away with it. But Allah is lying in wait for them once they come back to Allah, Allah will deal with them. But then a lot of analysis as to those who told the truth Allah has forgiven them. Then afterwards straight away a lot of adults either gives an advice to every Muslim to every believer and he says yeah, you are Latina woman of Allah. We're kuno Masada teen, or you who believe fear Allah and be
with the truthful be among the truthful that you say the truth.
The reason I'm mentioning this story is that there's a beautiful combination in Islam,
a beautiful combination of two powerful traits. And that's truthfulness with justice, truthfulness with justice that gives us a powerful advantage as human beings.
And these two traits empower nations and give them an advantage over others. And there are one of the main reasons Allah gives power to nations over others. And when we as Muslims have neglected these in our personal lives, and our collective lives, in our social life, and even in our political dealings, Allah subhanho wa Taala made it even hard for us not because Allah wants to take it out on us, but because Allah wants to teach us a lesson. Allah wants to wake us up. And that's how Allah subhanaw taala takes care of his creation. Allah sends us messages. And we are supposed to pick them up and read them and take lessons.
Allah Subhana Allah says insalata Nyssa Yeah, you're Latina and okuno Amina Bucharest. Oh you who believe. Stand up for justice. Stand up for justice and uphold it
be witnesses for Allah. Witness with the truth. witness for the truth for the sake of Allah subhana wa tada
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Allah unfussy comm even if it's against yourself, you make a mistake. You wronged someone,
you do something wrong.
And you are the one on the wrong admitted, face it Be brave enough to stand up for justice, even when it's against yourself, even when it means you are the one who's going to lose, even if it means the other person who win.
Even if it means you're going to lose a lot.
Don't ever give up on the truth and justice regardless, when other unforeseen come. Sometimes there are people who don't care about themselves, they say I don't care, I'm going to take the blame. I'm going to take the hardship, I'm going to take it upon myself fine. But when it comes to people who are dear to them, their children, their family, their parents, their relatives, their tribe, their nation,
their ethnicity, they're unwilling to compromise. So Allah subhanaw taala says, Well,
I will worry Dini will carabin stand up for justice, oppose the truth and justice for the sake of Allah be witnesses for the sake of Allah, even if it's against yourself, or against one of your parents or both of them, or against those who are related to the people who have DTU
I will worried anyone carabin econ avani Gen alpha theorem, follow olavi Hema, they are rich, and you feel that they will lose.
Or they are poor and you think there will be more disadvantaged because of the truth and because of justice. Allah will take care of them.
Allah will take care of them. So don't worry about that. That's none of your business. None of your business to break the law of a law, to break justice, to go against the truth for the sake of helping out someone or being nice to them or being kind to them.
Once you do this, you are transgressing the limits of Allah because that's Allah's area. And law takes care of people.
And law takes care of people. Your job is to uphold justice and to defend it.
Economy and Allah will be Hema fella who will help
untidy do never follow your desires, never follow your whims and your personal preferences filata tibial, helwa and taddle never follow your desires. So you go against justice and against the truth, what Intel will do, and if you seek means round if you seek tricks around the truth, if you try to find treacherous ways to go around the truth,
infallible authority or your turn completely away from the truth,
what internal alternative in the law salovey matamanoa hubiera, the last one that is well aware of what you do.
So that means when you uphold the truth, even if seemingly it's against you, even if seemingly evil views are the ones that you love would lose.
This is a delusion.
This is a delusion because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said in the authentic hadith assert common law, truthfulness is safety. It will deliver you safe from predicaments, even though you might lose on the short term is going to work for you on the long term. And we said previously many times over and over again, the ethical principles are practical principles, truth and justice, and forgiveness and generosity and gratefulness are they're not for any fancy reason. They are there because this is the system that this life works according to they are practical in their essence. When a law tells us about ethical principles, and the principles of Islam, Allah subhanaw taala is
telling us how to work the dynamics that underlie this universe are how this world works. So now once this world to work for us, so he's showing us the principles, and that's the majesty of his creation, that this universe is based on just principles, beautiful, noble principles, and this is how it works. Even though in the short term, you will see the opposite. But that's just merely a delusion. And it's merely a delusion. Because Allah subhanaw taala says, old
school was a bad thing. in Alberta, Canada, who can say the truth has come
forward has been pushed away. in Alberta, Canada, the evil is weak in its own, it has no merit of its own in and of itself. It is weak, it is vulnerable, it's feasible. It can be removed when the truth is there falsehood has no space. It cannot hold its ground. We have to realize this. So you This is why you can't as a Muslim, you cannot force the truth, because it has its own power.
You cannot exercise power to force the truth. That's against the truth itself. The truth has its own momentum, its own power, and it takes its own time. So you need to let Allah do what he knows how to do best. You need to trust in Allah subhana wa Tada. And that's why the Prophet sallallaahu Selim says al Qaeda booty a scotoma Nina will caribou Reba, truthfulness, truthfulness brings about peace and tranquility, and trust. Whereas lying brings about brings about doubts, suspicion, that is why it brings about weakness.
the reason I'm bringing all of this is that as human beings today with all these challenges that we're facing, political, social,
and you know what's going on in the media, and personal and on our, on personal levels. We're all going through so many predicaments. We shouldn't forget, in the midst of this, that each one of us needs to develop, develop themselves. You need to develop yourself to be just to develop this trait beautiful trait within yourself, eldest elkus, that you uphold the truth and justice, even when it's against yourself.
Look at your own personal life. How many people have you wronged in your life?
Whether directly or indirectly.
Try to meet write down a list.
Write that make an inventory of the people that you have wronged in your life. Maybe you've taken something that belongs to them. Maybe you've wronged them, maybe you've offended them. Maybe you just slammed them. Maybe you were backbiting them at some point. Maybe you just had even just an evil suspicion about them. Write this down. And make sure that before you leave this world, you get each one of those settled before you leave. Because the prophet SAW Selim said, when he when they asked the companions at their own m&m office, you know who's the one who's lost everything. Someone who's penniless, completely bankrupt. They said he's the one who was no money, no harm, no dinner,
nothing. No, no, no, no currency. The professor Sallam said no. So that amorphous
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he's the person who comes on the Day of Judgment with prayers, a lot of fasting, and all of Southern charity, a lot of good deeds
and he has heard that person has caused some damage to that person, either in their physical body, or their physical possessions, or in their even psychological,
you know, makeup. Even when you slander someone and go against the rights psychologically, you disrespect them, you violate their dignity and the right and their honor.
So he has done so many in justices to this and that and that. So those people, each one of them will take from his has an ad from his good deeds, this one will take and this one will take until the dispute is settled.
And if he's left with no assets, they're evil deeds, they say yet will be taken from their scales, and then they will be thrown at him, then he will be thrown into the fire. That's the one who's penniless who's bankrupt, because on the Day of Judgment, his balance will be in the negative,
his balance will be in the negative. Having done so many great deeds, you might see him as a righteous person, praying, fasting, and doing so many great things. But because he had, he didn't have the courage, he didn't have the code or she didn't have the courage
to recognize and acknowledge that I have wronged this person and that person. And I'm going to stand up for justice now and apply the version that we're on. I'm going to take it against myself and against my brother and against my sister, and against my mother and against my father, in order to free them in the day of judgment and free myself. I'm going to give that person the rights.
I'm going to take the weight off my shoulders, so I live my life light and simplify it. And if more of a simplified life that has so much clarity, it's not cluttered by the injustices that I committed against people.
Each one of us should do this. Don't make this hot budgeter theory. take it to heart. Take it today write down the major in justices that you have committed in your life. Ask people around you people who know you. Maybe there are in justices that you have no clue about, you forgot all about or you're offended someone without knowing about it. Search for these, write them down to the plan that slowly slowly you start to give each one their rights
and you lighten up your shoulders. And that when you return to Allah subhanaw taala your return light and this will bring about so much Baraka in your life.
For the Lord He will accompany them
hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala Sayyidina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa
this issue that we're talking about is a very serious one is a very serious matter. The prophets of Allah when he was sending them clarifies this even to do it preemptively. He says one day to the companions, also Akaka volumen, Omar Luma. You know, you support him back your brother, your Muslim brother, whether he is on the right or on the wrong. So when the companions heard this, they said, we know what the prophet SAW. Selim teaches us, we understand that you support him when he's on the right when he's taken advantage of when some injustice has occurred against him. We understand this, but we can't figure out what you mean or messenger of Allah by backing him and supporting him when
he's on the wrong when he has committed an injustice. How can we do this? The prophet SAW Selim says, called yasumasa, who maluma and
when he is taking advantage of we're gonna support him. But if he is doing an injustice, what do you mean by supporting him? He said,
he, he says, You hold him back from the injustice. you prevent him from doing it. He's engaged in it, you pull him back, you open his eyes, and you tell him that's wrong. That's wrong. You can't do it. I'm going to stand against you here because I care for you.
How often in family disputes, how often in family disputes, we stand against people who are on the right why because I want to side with this or that person. I want to side with my mother, I want to side with my father, I want to side with my in laws. I want to side with my wife. I'm going to side with my husband, I want to side with my children. I want to side with my friends, and at work and so on and so forth. And life goes on and on. And that clutters up our vision. And that brings about darkness into our hearts and pain into our minds. And it disturbs us emotionally because we
Carry huge sacks full of injustices against people that keep getting bigger and bigger, every day, each day in our lives.
And then we say Oh Allah, why am I going through so much pain? Why so much depression so much negativity? why things are not working out for me? Oh Allah ways this all injustice in the world.
free yourself from the injustice is that you have brought about into this world and you will see how Allah will open up a way for you in diverse that we start this hotbar with and almost every Friday, Allah subhanaw taala says yeah, you are Latina, de la wakulla Valencia de de or you believe. Keep your duty to Allah and say, statements when you say something that it be straight. It's more than just saying the truth. It has an element of upholding the Justice and the truth.
That's what Colin said either means what is Allah promised if you do this, you slash America como filicudi novacom. Allah will fix your deeds.
Allah will fix your deeds and allow will forgive your sins. So when you fix the injustices that you have incurred, and you have brought about in this world, Allah will fix so many injustices so many disturbances and imbalances in your life. trust in Allah and see how it goes. It's a beautiful journey of cleansing spiritual cleansing where you cleanse your heart from a lot of the injustice is because one of the main reasons people enter the Hellfire is a volatile injustice. And a boon could be just an evil word or a curse word you say to someone. It could be some times a frown you give to an innocent person unjustly. That's an act of injustice. That's how it is in Islam.
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