Life Of The Prophet 29
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salam ala Sayidina Muhammad, while early he also have a domain, so inshallah after this break and Ramadan, we're going to go back to this era of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam, and a way to recap and shall hopefully maximize your benefit from this era. Allah Subhana Allah says in the Quran Dapatkan Allah configure rasool Allah. He also atone has Anatoly McKenna Abdullah with human error. Indeed in the messenger of allah sallallahu sallam, there is a great role model and example for you, those who believe in Allah and the Last Day.
So studying the life of the prophet saw, Selim is not merely an act of entertainment. It's not merely storytelling, although these elements are there. But the most important thing is to learn how to
learn the lessons from the life of the prophets of Salaam, learn from his example, and implement that and benefit from it in our lives just one second.
So one of the ways to do this, and this is something that has to do with language is symbolism,
symbolism and Arabic, we call it a Ramseyer.
Rumsey symbolism, symbolism means things that happen and things that I said have also symbolic power, the life of the prophets of Salaam, really one of the ways to draw lessons from it is to take it symbolically in the sense.
Things that happened in the life of the prophets of Allah syndrome, were meant for a reason, the fact that his father had died before he was born. The fact that his mother died when he was about six years old. The fact that he was taken to the custody of his grandfather, and he was exposed to this leadership, this great example in leadership, and then his grandfather passing away, then he has to be passed on to his uncle, and having to work from an early age provide for himself.
Growing given in that kind of environment,
getting married the way he got married to her digital, the Allahu anha.
Getting involved in business and trade. All of these none of this is random. None of this is random. Allah subhanaw taala says about Musa alayhis salam, when Allah speaks to him directly, Allah says to him, Well, he chose Na, Allah Haney will lead to SNA, Allah Aney. So that you, Allah Subhan, Allah mentioned to Musa Ali, some sort of Allah, his story, how he was in the household, how he was born, his mother feared for him, she put him in a basket in the river. And she let go of him on the base. And he was basically taken by the household of around himself, he was taken as often adopted as a son, he grew up in the house of his enemy, who was supposed to kill him, who was trying to kill him.
then he grows up, and he sort of sees what for our own, you know, was upon so he takes the opposite stance or takes the other side against Iran. Then he goes through different experiences, which ends up with him running away, or go into exile by himself, and then living for about 10 years away from Egypt, where he meets the people that he meets as well. They're not random. So all of these experiences have been designed by Allah subhanaw taala is on purpose. Things that are happening in our lives are on purpose, they seem random to us. But no, none of all of this was written before the creation of the heavens and the earth. So Allah Subhan Allah after mentioning all of these stages in
the story and the life of Musa Islam, he says, Well, he chose SNA, Allah AMI, and so that you are made, you are designed under my attention, under my care,
so Allah so meticulously and precisely designed the experience, the experiences of Musa alayhis salam, why to to prepare him for that later stage in his life, where he showed us the message, and he approaches for our own, and then he's able to engage with Bani Israel, the children of Israel, then he educates them and teaches them and he rallies them, then he escapes with them. Then he starts teaching teaching them. So everything that happened was actually serving a purpose. It might, as he said, See, seem random that he met random people, he went through these experiences, but there's nothing random with Allah subhanaw taala there's nothing random. The same applies obviously
to the prophets, Allah, Allah said, not only to the Prophet, even every one of us, every one of us, all our experiences are designed by Allah. They're designed by Allah
The people that you meet in your life didn't just come into your life randomly. They weren't just loose and running around there. And they just happened to be Allah is not surprised by the people that are in your life, Allah, Allah, Allah knows that Allah knew that beforehand. He actually brought them into your life. So what seems to be random and purposeless is actually purposeful?
This how Allah creates Allah Subhana Allah says in Kula che in Halacha, who be other everything that we created, we created it according to a precise measure.
precise measure, there's no random, no randomness in this world. There's no randomness, even a leaf of a tree that falls and seems to be completely random. Like what's the significance of a leaf of a tree falling off a certain tree? What's the big deal? No, it was meant to fall. And that specific time and that specific place off that specific tree on that specific spot.
For reasons and wisdoms only Allah knows, we can't encompass Allah's wisdom. So the prophets, Allah Salam, the experiences he went through, were not random.
Even later on everything that happened in his life, was not random was meant for a purpose. So all of this has symbolic power, as we can see, the boys can, how can you get the boys to play somewhere else.
if we look at the life of the prophet saw something from the symbolic perspective is going to add so much power and relevance to our times, for example. So this is what we're going to do today. And it's a good way to come back into this era, before we, you know, resume with the events.
The prophets of salaam went through, I would say, a challenging
challenging childhood, because a child needs the attention, and the care and the emotional presence of their parents. They need someone to model they need someone to mirror their feelings so they can grow, they can actually grow into healthy human beings. It's important, you know, a child gives smiles and you smile back. And I think this is this isn't just a daily thing right? Now you're building the emotional life of that child. You're building that sense of identity for that child. What seems to be like an insignificant everyday activity, a fun activity is actually extremely significant for the growth of that human being.
Then, you know, feedback, child smiles child behaves in a certain way you respond in certain way you treat them in a certain way. They're responding and sort of all of this builds who they are, builds their future. So the Prophet SAW Selim
was born and his father had already been dead. There is no father figure in his in his personal in his house in his household.
Then he spends time away from his mother, with his nursing mother Halima Sadia of the Allahu Ana.
So he spends time with him, away from his mother. So he has to take some responsibility that life of the breadwinner at the time was challenging. It was demanding it placed a lot of responsibility on the child so they can grow. And then he went back to his mother, as soon as he went back to him, his mother probably lived with her for two years. Then she passes away, she dies. So imagine a six years old, losing his mother, and his father is already gone.
That's a very challenging experience, experience. It's not random. It was meant that it was meant to be there in the life of the prophet Sallallahu sallam, then he goes to the custody of his grandfather.
And I've been more tolerant with Abdul Muttalib. What does the prophets of salaam do? He learns a lot of leadership because when Abdullah was,
was the leader of Maccha, but the most important person in Makkah. So in that position, in that capacity, he had a lot of influence on people, people treated him in a certain way. He had to exert certain powers, he had to do certain things. He had to observe certain norms. The prophets, Islam was there to observe all of this. And usually leaders, by the way, leaders later on in their life, when they excelled as leaders, they usually refer to some kind of figure in the childhood that really inspired them to be leaders
really gave them that spark of leadership.
So, this challenging childhood.
Almost every human being goes through that challenging childhood. It doesn't have to be the loss of a parent, but it takes many forms. It could be an emotionally absent parents.
It could be an abusive parents. It could be some kind
And of abuse the child went through, maybe physical, maybe sexual, maybe emotional. So the childhood of the prophets, Allah Salam has symbolic power,
or some symbolic significance as well, that despite going through a challenging childhood, the Prophet Solomon grew up to be the best man ever, in the history of humanity, the most influential.
So that means when if you had challenge, a challenging childhood, it doesn't mean you are doomed to a life of mediocrity or life of weakness, or a life of trauma. No.
So looking at the life of the prophet saw Salem, he had this challenging childhood. He didn't get in the fatherly love. He didn't get to spend enough time with his mother, he lost his mother, and this is such a traumatic event. You don't want children lose a parent, do you know usually a child six years old, they don't realize what death really means. And oftentimes
when a child loses their mother, do you know what their impression is? Their impression is? Why did my mother choose to leave me? They think the person who does that especially a parent, they does that on purpose. They decide or they choose to leave. So a child says, Why does mama Leave me? What Why did she decide to leave us and go somewhere else.
And that's traumatic. It is and has such a big impact on humans. So the symbolic power of the childhood of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam is yes, humans are going to go through some traumatic events to some challenges in their childhood. That's not the end that actually should empower you. That made the prophets of salaam more independent as a human being independent of what emotionally independent so when he Salah Salem was challenged later on in his life, he like the acceptance and the approval of the people wasn't a big deal for him. He wasn't willing to sacrifice his goal and his mission, his connection to Allah subhanaw taala his responsibility to convey the message, he
wasn't willing to compromise on this for the sake of people's approval and acceptance. He wasn't willing to do that, because he learned that kind of independence, emotional independence from an early age.
It gave him that independence.
Now, how can we benefit from this?
What was your challenge as a child?
So the Prophet SAW salams childhood has symbolic power also, this should draw into your life in the sense of all of us had challenges as children. Now, as I said, could be an abusive parent, and emotionally absent parent, physically, maybe abusive parent.
So many things, it could be some relatives, it could be bullying, being bullied in school, it could be anything, it could be a life of deprivation and poverty and lack etcetera, people go through different traumas. So the point is, you want to see how your challenges in your childhood, what they have given you, not what they have taken away from you, but what they have given you. That's the point. Because the Prophet SAW someone's childhood really gave him so much give him that emotional independence. It gave him that sense of responsibility for oneself and being able to carry on despite the great loss. So the Prophet saw some also when he lost his wife, Khadija, probably Allahu
Anhu. Later on, he was able to recover, he was able to move on. And this was such a big calamity for the Prophet source. And when he lost his uncle, who was also defending him, same year, the problem was able to move on, it was challenging, it was emotionally challenging and difficult, but the problem was able to move on.
So his childhood actually helped him out later on.
So in order for us to see the symbolic power of the childhood of the Prophet SAW Selim, you ask yourself, you ask yourself, things somebody needs to speak to the kids.
So the prophecy now you need to ask yourself, what traumas what challenges I had in my childhood? And how can I use that? How can I see that in a positive light to see what my childhood has really given me?
That's the question that you should see. How can I benefit from my experience in my childhood, so instead of just keep, you know, whining and complaining about childhood, and challenges in our childhood, why don't we look at the other side of it? What did these challenges give us?
So that's one thing. Then the Prophet SAW Selim, as I said, he was in the company of his grandfather, Abdulmutallab, and from his father at Motorola, he learned a lot of leadership, a lot of leadership. So there are people in who had influence over you in your childhood in your early years, and they were they sort of shaped who you are.
They gave you a shortcut into a high place or high state of being that otherwise was almost inaccessible to you.
So the Prophet SAW Selim being in the company of his grandfather, he saw firsthand what leadership really means, how leaders are treated, how leaders treat others, how leaders think how leaders respond to situation, how leaders even feel there's there's something magical about leadership. There's something that is artistic about leadership. This is why really, I'm in the study of leadership, academic study of leadership, a lot of experts, they say, you know, leadership cannot be pinpointed. You can only tell it when you see it.
It's hard, really to reduce into principles.
who are the biggest influences in your life positive influences in your life, could be a teacher,
could be a friend,
could be a peer, who really impacted you in your life.
Looking at my own life, I remember there was a few individuals that had a huge impact on me, that when I grew up, things that needed a lot of work to get to they were all readily available to me. Why? Because I saw people working at their best. And they were close to me in my life, that I could see these people were in, for example, in the position of teaching.
So somehow, these people take you by the hand, and they put you in an advanced level of their expertise, just by virtue of you being in their presence, having the luxury of observing them and seeing them. So this aspect of the life of the prophet saw Selim, ask yourself, Who are the greatest influences on you during your childhood? Don't stop looking for negative influences, to positive influences? Who are the people in your life that impacted you?
If you say no one, you're, you're exaggerating. You're literally exaggerating. You must be people in your life in your childhood in your early years that had such a powerful, positive impact on you. Who are they people inspire who inspired you,
people who set your standards really high, and how they act and how they behave and the level of their skills and so on and so forth.
Let's move on with the life of the prophets, Allah. So I'm walking you through the life of the prophet Salam, trying to see the symbolic power because we don't want this era to be mere stories. We want it to influence our lives. So I would say to put it symbolically as well, who has the Abdulmutallab in your life?
Who are the Abdulmutallab in your life? Who are they, as it could be teachers could be parents, could be friends, could be sometimes a celebrity who really had a big impact on you or it could be, it could be
so who are the Abdulmutallab in your life? You might want to write this this down.
And maybe investigate and study a bit more carefully. How this person has really impacted me how that how has this person really inspired me? What was the impact on me? What is the spirit? What was the spark that they gave me without me having to work towards it?
the death of Abdulmutallab which was a big thing for the poor, actually, the narration goes as Omar Amon, who was the the servant in the house of the Prophet Solomon for House of his grandfather, she says when Abdul Muttalib died, the Prophet SAW Selim was behind his bed.
And he sat down and he was weeping and crying as a little child, about eight years old.
He was crying profusely he was in tears. Why? Cuz I've done what for him was everything was everyone for him.
So he lost him.
And now, you might want to look at people that you have lost in your life. Good people when your life and you lost. What was the impact that this actually gave the Prophet salaam or took the process to a higher level of independence? Yes, he moved to the custody of his uncle. Ebola but Abu Talib had so many children, a lot of children, a lot of children, and he had financial difficulties. So the Prophet SAW Selim had to stand on his own feet. From a young age he needed to work. He needed to take care of himself emotionally imagine like a father with so many kids. He won't be able to provide a lot of time and emotion and attention to each one of their kids, let alone his nephew.
So the prophets of salaam had to take care of himself. He had to grow up early.
And you could look at that as a negative thing, but in every cloud
there's a silver lining, right? And every calamity, there is a blessing.
And what you put your attention on decides how this experience is going to turn out to be for you. So some people look at the negative side, which is the glass, the half of the glass that's, that's empty. Or you could look at the half that's full. It depends what you look at and where you place your attention on. So challenges difficulties, calamities could actually become blessings.
So the death of Abdullah Abdullah Mata, so living in the in the custody of Ebola, the prophet Salam had to take care of himself. He had to become independent and he started working from an early age.
But Abdul Muttalib was,
I would say, a good supervisor of the prophets, Allah, he wasn't good influence. Abdulmutallab as well had some influence in Mecca. Later on, he becomes one of the main leaders in Mecca. He was one of the people were respected in Mecca. And he was a businessman as well, he was traveling.
But the prophets Islam growing under his wing,
added a lot of value to the life of the prophets of Allah center. Now, I would ask again, who are the Abdullah Mata lives in your life, or the abattoir sorry,
who are the Abu Talib times in your life for the people who gave you this kind of supervision, this kind of mentorship might not be like you, they might not be heavily involved in your life and your education. But just their presence was more of a canopy for you. That helps you grow safely. You realize you had this protection, you could go on your own, but you had this protection, or this cushion to fall back on in case things went wrong. So this kind of supervision this kind of canopy, presence of a more toilet really helped the profits. Awesome. So you might want to ask yourself, Who are the people who gave you that mentorship? Or that kind of supervision? Who are these people? What
did you learn from them? What did this add to your life? What skills? What space did it give you?
It's important really to understand these things about your life. Because not everything everyone around is heavily involved. It could be an uncle, it could be an aunt, it could be a teacher. It could be a big brother. It could be one of the older friends in the neighborhood in school, who really sort of had a good relationship with you. And they were more like the big brother for you. They weren't heavily involved in your life, but just in their presence, it really helped you could be the friend of your older brother.
This kind of presence is important, is extremely important for us to grow.
Then the prophets, Allah wa salam moved on, he became a businessman. He became a businessman, he, he learned to trade. And he started working in that business in that trait. He started becoming more independent, more responsible for himself. So he's growing more independent now. So the problem had a trade, he had a skill, he had a profession.
And that profession gave him many things, for example, a sense of self.
When you become independent, that actually crystallizes your set your identity, your sense of self,
your human being, I don't have I'm not dependent on anyone financially anymore. I take care of myself. That's a huge transition in people's lives. It's a huge trend transition. And there is something
I want to point it out carefully.
The school system
is sort of hijacks 12 years of the life of our younger generation, while adding, adding some value. I agree there is value, but it takes most of their time. But it doesn't pay back in proportion.
In the early days of humanity,
what we call children, people around 1011 1215 They started actually learning a trade a business and a lot of them started to earn money.
Now they call it child labor, they call it child there is forms of child labor where children are abused, taken advantage of when we absolutely we know this is there and any sensible human being would be against that. But
overwhelming children until the age of 1718. With a lot of information they're not going to end up using in their life. Most of the information they learn they're not going to use it. And the really doesn't add even any deeper type of learning might say, Oh, they're learning principles and things like that. A lot of the principles they learn
and they don't need that huge amount of information, that huge flood of information that just gets a lot of them more confused. It's all about storing and learning information, information information, which they're gonna forget anyway.
So, but there's a lot of valuable education, still, there's a lot of information, we need a lot of skills we need to learn at school. But what I'm, what I'm talking about is the extreme exaggerated emphasis on a lot of details that actually end up with little or no value at all. So the kids start, when they finish school, they start going to, a lot of them are confused, they don't know what to do any university. So they go into one specialization, then they start shifting to this transferring to that program, this program, that program and so on and so forth. A lot of them even when they graduate, they don't know what they're going to do.
A lot of them don't know what, and according to some statistics in the early about 2005.
Around 65% of university graduates work in fields other than their field of study
65%, other than their field of study, but look at the life of the prophet, suddenly, he started actually earning a living from a young age, we're talking about 1213 years old, he started earning a living. So learning a trade is a good thing. And by the way, the world is, in case you wonder this might be against the system, it's not against the system. There's actually a lot with this move towards entrepreneurship, online business, a lot of kids are actually jumping in the wagon.
There are a lot of millionaires Self Made Millionaires who are 14 years old,
14 years old, there is billionaires, self made billionaires who actually still younger than 18 years old,
18 years old. So it's actually a good thing, a good thing to start preparing our kids as Muslims to get some trade. I want to say trade doesn't have to be business like direct business, selling and buying and retailing, etc. It doesn't have to be like that. It could be a skill.
Some some kids have skills in terms of
maybe reading and educating themselves in one area. Some of them are good with the say novels and stories and literature. Some of them are good with maybe study skills. So I'm on the I saw this YouTube channel and the kid made millions out of the channel, then, you know, venturing out into business based on this YouTube channel. Basically, the kid was doing reviews on toys, like people do reviews on laptops, iPhones, and,
and gadgets and devices, right. And they get a lot of views. This kid, what he does, basically is I think he's about 10 years old, and he does reviews on toys, he buys toys, and he makes reviews on toys, and he's got millions of views. So he's making a lot of money, then he ventured out into other things with the help of his parents. So keeping this in mind as parents, our children is actually going to help them you know, navigate the world, in the future more successfully.
In case you trapped completely in in the old pattern, you know, just get go through school, get an education, and then study whatever and you get a good job and you make a lot of money. This is turning I'm not I don't think that's going to turn completely obsolete or outdated, but it's shrinking, is shrinking. So it's good actually to give your kids the education that is offered by the schools, but also give them something else some other trade on the side where their talents or the natural gifts seem to be, you know, pushing them to. So it's a good thing to keep in mind. So the profits are some of them learn to trade from an early age. The question is, what's your trade
without trade? Without skills, you cannot navigate the world skills are your passport, into this world, by the way into becoming financially independent, becoming successful becoming a person who has a contribution and service to humanity. You need to find skills, what are your skills, some people like they have, they don't have skills, but they have a little bit of skills, a little bit of skills, but they don't have a specialization, you need to find. You need to be good at something. You need to be special and excellent at something. We're actually in your field, you're contributing. So you're helping out you're offering a service and also you are making a living. It's
So the question is, what's your trade? What's your specialty? What are you good at? And it's good to excel in the world. So the Prophet SAW Selim had business look at Abu Bakr Radi Allahu Allah. He was a businessman, right? Amana ricotta Bossa Malhotra before Islam.
And even afterwards, in Islam, what do you think among Fatah boys?
He wasn't shepherded as young as a young boy but later on what was he?
He was an investor. Yes, he was a businessman. He was a big business Amala was rich by the way.
This is not highlighted as much as it is highlighted with Abu Bakr and with Mandalay Allah annum as you mean. But Amana was actually a businessman and he traveled a lot. He traveled to Yemen traveled to Sham, he used to do a lot of business from a young age about 17 years old. He was an independent businessman, he had his own his own investment, the profit I'm used to invest in people's money, and investors money now I'm gonna have had his own wealth
to make business with.
so the trade of the problem has this symbolic power what's what's your trade? What's your specialty? And if you don't know, you might want to ask yourself, What's the value I'm adding to people's lives? What skills do I have to make people's lives and experiences better?
Really, what service am I offering to people?
So that's the symbolic power of the trade of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, something extremely important personal traits of the messengers wa salam, thus the symbolic power as well of the character of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. The messenger Salam was known for two specific personal traits that really stood out and made him stand out amongst everyone in Mecca,
which is Al Amin, or a Saudi al Amin, the trustworthy and the truthful, trustworthy. These are two different traits, the connected about truthfulness about honesty, about trustworthiness, but they play out differently.
Was the problem the only trustworthy person in Mecca? know there was a lot of trustworthy people. Was he the only truthful one in Makkah? No, he was, there was many other others were truthful, yet the prophets Islam stood out, stood out. So the question is, what are the personal traits, positive personal traits that you have in your life that really stand out and make you different?
Because we all have ethical principles, and personal traits, but some of your personal traits
are natural, so natural and so powerful within you that they become extremely visible.
Hear your mouth, you might want to ask other people, you might want to ask other people.
approach other people that you trust. Don't go to people who are extremely critical. People who like to point out mistakes, don't go to negative people. Don't give them that opportunity over yourself. By the way, don't give go to honest people who you really trust and you feel these people have a good heart. They don't have jealousy or envy towards you. Really. Sometimes we're under the impression that I have to take any advice that comes No, there's a lot of poor quality advice. There's a lot of poisonous advice. It's not advice. It's poison.
There are people who have a lot of negativity and poison within themselves, and they're going to use religion. They're going to put you down.
And they might even quote a verse, or quote, even Hadith from the prophets of salaam like the man who came to the messengers of Solomon, the problem was giving out the spoils of war. This man comes to the Prophet Solomon he says, What does he come and the problem with his Mohammed?
Is Omaha Muhammad be just
what do you think?
Problem is given out spoils of war and the man approaches and he says, Yeah, Mohamed, el Mohammed be just be fair.
You see how poisonous that is?
It seems to be very ethical, right? I'm just commanded him to be. I'm advising him to be what fair? Is there anything wrong with that? And that's very poisonous, very conniving, and very evil, very subtle.
So it processes the way he says we hack. Many I didn't in the middle, who would be fair if the Messenger of Allah Salam is not fair.
So the person was baffled by that audacity, by that boldness, by that lack of manners.
So, so you're going to find people in your life just like this.
You're going to find people in your life just like this. The poisonous
the poisonous so when you go ask people make sure you're asking well, meaning people, people who really care for you, people who are good people who really have concern for you.
And don't go after pushy people or people will try to force their agenda on you. Because still they're gonna say something to serve their own purpose.
And it's hard to find these type of people, but it's good actually, to start off, start figuring around who are the people around you. So what are your traits that make you stand out? The reason is, these are actually going to set you apart. These are your advantage. These are your tools. These are the things that will make you excel, make you excel, the most important thing about a prophet and a messenger is being trustworthy.
Not only his speech and his action and his whole lifestyle, because that's credibility to them, you're conveying the message. It's all about credibility. So because the Prophet SAW Selim, was meant to be a messenger, Allah subhanaw taala designed him in a way that he made
trustworthiness and honesty and truthfulness, to be the most outstanding when the person I'm all his good traits are actually outstanding. But these two stood out.
They were like, super, kind of personal traits. Why? Because they're going to serve his message, they're going to help him convey the message in the best way humanly possible.
And they're all paid off later on. So the question to you is, well, if you want to, you might want to follow the example of the prophets of Salaam. So you can follow the example of the Prophet Salam in details being trustworthy and honest, which is a given. But you can also follow the example of the process of finding out what are the personal traits that stand out for me, for a marble hubub? Obviously, he was trustworthy and honest. But what was it? Let's do it as an exercise. What do you think the two outstanding traits personal traits about American Heart, Bob?
Justice, justice, excellent justice. What else?
Courage. That's actually that's a good choice. Courage and Justice Alito was extremely courageous and very powerful. So he added a lot of power to the Muslims in Medina like I'm the loving Mr. Little the Allahu Anhu. He said, We could not pray in public.
Yeah, in Makkah, we could not pray in public in Mecca. Until Amana Maha pub and Hamza bin Abdullah mattala became Muslim. Then we could pray to people made a big difference huge difference in the balance of power among duties courage, he had that type of contribution to the Muslims. And during the life or the reign of Mr. Malhotra what happened because of that personal treat as a leader, by the way, it leaks into his followers. So with Armando HotJobs, the Muslim state expanded exponentially. The biggest rate of expansion in the history of Islam was during the life of
because of his courage, because of his courage,
and also his justice. So he was a great example of a leader of a governor who would set everything straight with regards to governance with regards to finances with regards to
you know, appointing right people in the right place and so on so forth. By the way, you know, that there was a complete clash of perspective, between America tab and our backlog the Allahu anima among Abu Bakr Radi Allahu Anhu really favorite Halloween worried as a leader?
Abu Bakr gave Halloween read a lot of power, a lot of space, a lot of leeway. And he was the leader who was
mainly fighting in a sham and an Iraq had been worried among top was exactly of the opposite perspective, he says no, you know, don't make him a leader don't make money to take him out. And he was he was actually following overcome anytime he says Zeno. Wilaya. So as long as Jaysh emulator Jaysh not take him out of that position, don't make him the leader of the army don't. But Abu Bakr ignored. Along with that he didn't take that off that opinion, that advice.
Now, when I became the Khalifa, one of the first things he did, what did he do? Take Hello.
Somebody might say, Oh, he betrayed Abu Bakr, who was right and who is wrong? There's no right and wrong.
There's no right and wrong. These are matters of which he had personal assessment of the situation. So what am I say? I'm gonna hit that one. Now, it didn't go against them. There is this space for this kind of difference, different perspectives here. So one of the first things I'm going to adopt this
as a candidate, when will it take him out of that position and give it to
avoid the anvil mineral Java?
Exactly, yes. I was concerned with the issue of Tawheed that, you know, Haldeman read by the way he never lost the battle.
Calm lead never lost a battle to the point that some of the layman some of the probably the masses among
Muslims, they thought any.
If calanoid is the leader of any army, there's no chance that they could lose. So they started attaching victory not to Allah. But to Haldeman when it Amata was concerned about this, yet Abu Bakr didn't see that point. He didn't agree with it. Was he wrong? No.
was America wrong? No.
How come? There are so many things that are not just black and white.
They're not just black and white. And we have to feel comfortable with that. That's the maturity of the companions of the Prophet sallallahu sallam. When I'm gonna change by the way, I'm gonna have changed a lot of the things that Abubaker put in place. A lot of the systems Abubaker put in place I'm gonna hotel came and change them.
You find none of the companions or the people of that time saying, Oh, you betrayed Abu Bakr. You change the system. He actually did quite the opposite of what Abu Bakr Did you know, but Bakr,
Radi Allahu anhu, there was something about new newly opened law open lands, there were a lot of lands unoccupied in Iraq in a sham open lands didn't belong to no one.
Because rule was
that the early companions, the early Companions would get the biggest share of this, it was automatically given to them.
And they used to get a higher percentage of the spoils of war at the time of Ebola. When America became Khalifa, he cancelled all royalties, all special treatments, you guys get equal stuff, equal shares.
That's a huge change in the system.
Was it an act of betrayal to overcome? No. So we need to stop seeing things as black and white specially with these issues. There are things in Islam that are black and white. These are clear, no one no one argues against this, but there are many issues where there is space for difference. So with these ones, you need to slam the Blake brakes and stop being aggressive, critical, judgmental, etcetera.
So the Prophet SAW Selim again, went into digression. But there's a lot of lessons there to learn. Shala so the prophets of salaam had his trade. And he became known as we said, for these two traits, what are your personal traits that really stand out, that make you different, most likely, they come naturally to you, but they stand out. These are the very nature of who you are. And it's hard for you to break from them. Could be so many things. For some people that might be you know, work ethic might be persistence, for some people might be forgiveness, and softness. For some people it might be
devotion, and generosity and selflessness. For some people, it might be intellectualism being deep thoughts. For some people, it might be socialization, and social influence. Find out these personal traits that really stand out and make your difference. Because this is your area of excellence. This is where you can maximize your impact. It's important.
Again, the profits loss alum leads a very clean life, a very clean life in the sense he didn't get involved in relationships, unhealthy relationships in terms of, you know, the opposite gender, and so on and so forth. And that's important. That's important for everyone to create, keep themselves clean. Keep yourself clean,
especially with these type of relationships, man, woman relationships, keep yourself clean there. Don't get involved, if haram, you know, offers itself to you.
Make sure you protect yourself from it no matter what, especially the youth. And you have a lot you know, you go to university to school, you may Allah make it easy for the youth, what they see. Like, I don't know how they put up with that. But May Allah make it easy for them. But that's not an excuse to fall into Harlem, that just means you have a bigger challenge. And there's an opportunity for you to grow stronger as well. And you might want to search the tools that will protect you from getting involved into adultery and fornication and into as well watching pornography and stuff like that, because this destroys your life. It destroys your heart. It destroys your ethical structure.
If you watch, you know, pornography and stuff like that, it really hijacks you.
So the Prophet is only the clean life. And then he's also got married,
got married and the marriage of the prophets of salaam was an extremely successful example of marriage. So Khadija, Robbie Allahu Anhu was not only the spouse of the prophets of Salaam, she was his closest friend and Best Supporter and Best Supporter, and the symbolism there is for us to build our marriages
on that foundation,
and that foundation, really being being stuck in a marriage and unhealthy marriage is a disaster. It's going to drain your energy it's going to consume your will set you
You up for a lot of problems in your life. So this is no one person can work on this both spouses how to have to work on this, they have to invest in the relationship, they have to build that trust. And by the way, this trust is not born overnight. It actually builds over time and develops over time. So many people think
they're going to figure out their spouse in the first couple of weeks. No, no, really building a marriage takes so many years. It takes a lifetime. It takes a non marriage really becomes a final products.
And marriages actually on the production line, it's being processed and developed and built and finalized. As you go by you could be two people can be married for 30 years and still the building that relationship.
What matters is the direction in which it's going. So the Prophet SAW Selim with Khadija will be Allah Anna. She was his closest friend. He was her closest friend, to the point where the Prophet Solomon he first received the revelation, what did you do? Straight he got he went to Khadija. He didn't think of anyone else. And you know, in these moments, you don't even think you act on instinct, right? You act on instinct, you don't. You don't process Oh, who's the best person you don't have this luxury, you're on survival. And on survival is just like,
you know, fight, flee or freeze right?
So your mind is not thinking your your your analytical thinking is not there, your mind just acting on survival. So you go to the person that you just trust without even thinking.
So the problem went to hottie Jarrell the Allahu Ana, and this shows this, it shows us well, if you really want to make an impact, you want to add value to people's live lives. It's important to build your private life first.
Build your private life first, because that's the foundation you build on.
That's the foundation you build on. It's really hard not to say it's impossible, but it's hard. If you don't have a healthy household, a healthy home, when you feel comfortable, you're able to be yourself, you're not judged. You're not bombarded with criticism and judgment and negativity, right, you can be yourself at home, it can be at peace.
It can be at home when you're back home. Really, that's the foundation for you to have an impact outside.
Otherwise, it becomes it's not impossible, but it becomes difficult. It becomes difficult. The Prophet SAW Selim was extremely happy at home. He was a happy husband.
And that gave him the power to influence people outside.
So it's extremely important to work on the inside. It's extremely important. Invest in your spouse, invest in your children, invest in the system you build in the house, it's extremely important, extremely important.
So that's the symbolism of the power, the power of the symbol of the marital life, or the married married life of the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
The Prophet SAW Salem was not made a messenger until he was 40 years old. Right? There wasn't made a profit until he was 40 years old. What does this tell us? That is symbolic power, their symbolic power? Many people, they want success too early in their life.
You might somebody might think, Oh, it's a waste of time, like because the lifetime of the problem was 63 years. And that's lunar years. That's lunar years in, in our years, which is the solar years. It's 61, almost 61 years, by the way.
So out of 63 years, 40 years, the prophet Salam was just a normal person. As an average person, somebody might say what loss, right? What Allah so if you're going to send them as a prophet as a messenger, you could have sent him maybe at age 20. So he has 40 something years to have an impact, right?
But it's not about numbers. cinnabar numbers, the preparation is part of it.
The preparation is part of it. As we said the word reverse ultimately addresses Musa Islam. He says what he to SNA Allah Haney so that you are made and designed and prepared under my care and attention.
And by the way, not only most at least, that I'm not only the message on Salem has a share in this verse, everyone who puts their trust in Allah subhanaw taala that there's nothing random in their life. I will call nothing random in their life. They actually have a share of this. If you really put your trust in Allah that Allah has designed your life in the best way that Allah takes x the best care of you. You put that trust in Allah and it's not a lip service.
not just like, I want to put my trust in Allah not you feel so safe and secure and so happy and content with how Allah designed your life and our last years, your life and what Allah made Acoust to happen in your life and will bring about into your life, that's going to actually
make the verse apply to you.
Well, it wasn't me. So Allah is preparing you, things you went through in your life, Allah is preparing you for something,
but still rests with you to accept it or not to be content with it or not. So instead of saying Allah, why does this happen to me, you actually see that Allah is preparing you because the discomfort that happens, the challenges that takes place in your life, is actually building you to, you know, give your biggest contribution, you know, because we humans are full of potential. Humans are full of possibilities. But these possibilities will not reveal themselves until they are challenged.
Until the challenge is, you know, a very beautiful example that I I personally really love so much, eagles,
eagles, you know, when the babies, the eagle babies, they hatch out of the eggs, and then you start feeding, it comes a point where the small little eagle has to fly, and it's ready.
It's physically ready to fly. But it doesn't have the guts to fly, where are the nests of the eagles
on top of mountains, right on cliffs, most of the time inaccessible to others.
So the baby Eagle would not jump it scared of the height is not going to jump. It never it never used its wings to fly.
So you know what the mother of the eagle does,
it actually pushes its babies into the unknown.
off the cliff.
That's the mother. So when the
the little ego finds itself in the air, and starts flapping its wings, right? When it starts, because it's gonna fight for its life now. So the intensity of the situation. And the desire to live causes them to flap their wings in a way that actually makes them fly. And then they discover flying and they start flying in that moment, actually, the muscles in their wings grow exponentially in no time.
Without this push, they won't be able to figure out how to fly
as well. The same is with the butterflies when they're in their cocoons.
You know, there was an experiment that was done, I think in the in the past century. And they thought cocoons, Goethe you like the butterfly is it's, you know, getting out of its cocoon. And if it's old skin, it goes through a lot of pain.
So some scientists decided to help some butterflies by ripping their cocoons with with blades. So as it started to get out of the cocoon and rip it apart, they started actually
helping them with the blades, so they would cut the cocoon for them to come out.
And the butterflies they were helped, their cocoon was cut open for them, they could not fly.
They could not fly and the wings could not spread fully.
So the struggle to push the cocoon and rip it open with the wings. That challenge that pain, that difficulty actually allows their wings to grow stronger, so they're able to fly.
So oftentimes what, what we say we call a problem or a challenge, and we were trying to avoid and push away from our lives. That's actually your growth as a gift from Allah to help you grow, to become the fuller version of who you are, so you can achieve the success that Allah wants for you. But we don't want it because we're only looking at looking at it from one side, but you don't see the other side. That's the problem. So the Prophet says I'm going through these challenges it was for him, it was preparation. He went through all these difficulties in childhood.
And then growing up having to build a home build a household, build a family with Khadija Roby Allahu Ana, you might think Well, that's all a waste of time. No, it's part of the process. That preparation is part of the process you are being prepared for success. And success is not only for the final product is the whole journey. It's the whole journey of you going through the hardships and you can ask any any person who arrived at their goal like the dream the life dream, they've achieved the love Do they really miss the days when they were struggling?
They missed the days when they were struggling. So you find usually, people who will really reach success, they start searching for a new success, because they want to go through the same process is the whole thing, the whole experience. So the Prophet SAW Salem, having spent 40 years of his life outside, like that's two thirds of his life not in, in his mission. No, it was in his mission, that preparation is part of the process. And the thing is, whatever you went through during whatever the problem went through, in these 41st 40 years, paid off later on,
paid off later on.
So how can we benefit from that? Oftentimes, we want success too early. And are we happy with these people who achieve overnight success, right? These like someone gets on YouTube or on Instagram, and all of a sudden, they have millions of views and likes, and so on, and so forth. And really, a lot of them are adding no value. No demand is nonsense. I didn't know true value to people's lives, right. And you might be
under the assumption, oh, this is what I want. This is empty success. There's no value. There's no value.
And a lot of the people who achieve this kind of fake illusionary success early, early on in life, they end up being in bad shape later on, they will sabotage that so called success. Because they're not adding value. They're not there's no service to others. They're not adding any kind of utility to others. And it's like people's admiration and lice, literally has no value, unless you're just you know, getting paid by the likes. But still, there's no real human value.
So the Prophet SAW Selim wasn't a popular figure in Mecca, he was still going through all these years Chow
challenges in his life, daily struggles. And so it wasn't a normal average person, normal average person. You might think, oh, leaders, they have to show right from the beginning, not necessarily, not necessarily. Some of the people who started leaders, great leaders.
The actually define a phenomena they say there are
once made leaders, and there is twice made leaders, they say there are people who really excel in leadership or any field they get into too early in their life, and they achieve an early success.
And they, they move on. But there are people who only arrive at their gifts, they figure out who they are, and they start achieving something later on in their life in their 40s 50s 60s.
And they call this twice born leaders and they say they are better quality, the particular better quality of leaders. The reason is they have a lot of preparation. They had a lot of preparation, and a lot of self knowledge and a lot of experiment with the world before they achieved a breakthrough that came later on in life. And they have a lot of depth in them. They have a rich inner life. Why? Because they weren't. They were not distracted by early success. They had a lot to learn and go through in life. So the Prophet SAW Selim was actually learning he was being prepared in these 40 years, and they are as important and his as easy as later on. Because without this preparation, he
wouldn't achieve what he achieved later on. So again, taking that symbolism into our lives is.
You don't have to necessarily get early success.
See yourself, where are you being prepared and what direction
in what direction you're being prepared. And what really gives you an indication of your direction is to look at your personal traits that really stand out. Look at your gifts and your talents. Everyone has given gifts and talents. And these are gifts, we call them gifts, the gifts from Allah. And really, it's not a good thing to live your life, ignoring them. These are gifts from Allah, truly the and this we said there's nothing random. So when Allah gives you gifts, that you really stand out for these gifts, in these in these areas, you learn faster than others. You You can become an expert in a short period of time. And you have a bigger impact when you're newer in these areas.
So for example, some people are just
social activists, and when they're around people, they just they connect with people and they are able to inspire people and change people's minds and build a huge network and they can sort of rally people and they can get people to do something occurs naturally to them naturally to them. So these people can really achieve much career and they excel in the socialization and networking, way, way, way better than others. Others might need to go to school and study for years and experiment and they might somebody might need 2030 years to do
Velop the skills that this gifted person can develop in one or two years.
So it's good to really see what gifts Allah Subhana Allah has given you, what are they? Some people have. Some people are just intellectuals that can really analyze ideas break down concepts. And some people are just gifted teachers. So they can just teach and they can simplify things. And they can reach make, you know, information accessible to so many others, they can inspire students.
And so you need to find out your gifts, natural gifts, this tells you along with your personal traits, where are you headed to or where you should be heading to? And also your past, your personal circumstances? What you've been through what is it seem if you put all these elements together, they might give you a very strong indication as to where you are supposed to go, what you are supposed to do with your life.
So that's the part of the symbolism of the life of the prophet Sallallahu sallam. So I'll go over some things very quickly before the than look at the life of the prophets of salaam you will find the messenger Salam, as I said today in the hotbar, there were defining moments in his life there were turning points in his life for example.
Before that, the prophets are seldom did not
follow this social narrative of his day. People worshipped idols,
he distanced himself from that there was no revelation yet. The person realized in his guts in his heart, this was wrong. He had no problem separating himself from that social norm and that social system, still he kept in stayed in peace with them.
So that shows confirmatory conformity
is not necessarily a good thing.
You need to have a mind of your own but doesn't have to be for the sake of being different. Some people do it for the sake of being different No,
it's in response to your principles. It's in response to your values. You see something violates principles and values and violates the truth I don't agree with that. And I dissociate from that.
This takes a lot of courage takes a lot of personal power a lot of maturity.
So the Prophet saw someone he became a prophet or messenger
something was on such on and then Sharla later on Charlotte and future like Hello, cause inshallah we might just talk about them to add some flavor to they help us look at the life of the prophet solemn promise on them had supporters close supporters like Abu Bakr Radi Allahu Allah, no personal personal has like close person, you might want to ask yourself who's the Abu Bakr in your life?
Who's the Abu Bakr in your life and if you don't have a bucket in your life, someone to support you believe in you.
You know, this might be problematic.
Really might be problematic. Maybe you're not socializing enough. Maybe you're not reaching out enough. Maybe you haven't been been trying to build bridges of trust with other people.
The Prophet SAW Salem, for example made hijra, right, the person that made digital
leaving his home country.
There might be Hijra in your life that he did to make not travel. Not necessarily travel. But as a man like I am he actually wrote a book about this but he's calendula teen he calls it the pathways of the to immigration so you have to make
maybe there are things in your life you have to abandon and give up on because they're destroying and sabotaging your life and your religion and your hearts. You need to make huge draw from them. Maybe you have some habits that you need to make HiDrive from So the Prophet SAW Selim needed to make his will from Mecca to Medina because there in Medina there was more potential, there was more reception.
You might want to ask yourself, you know, what is the nature I need to make in your life and my life it might be changing profession
might be changing. your field of study may be changing your location, it could be figuring out what type of a JIRA problem in his life. He had a bullet app. He had a Bucha when these naysayers negative people critics just for the sake of these poisonous people
in almost everyone's life there's a lot of Ebola hubs and Abuja hands
in the life of the prophet Islam they were the hypocrites there was Abdullah and obey even a saloon people who give you smile but they're against you.
They show you other than what they have in the huts.
So you need to figure out who are the Abdullah and obeys in your in your in your in your life. You need to figure them out. You need to figure them out. So the life of the prophet has a lot of symbolism. And we can learn a lot we can draw it nearer into our lives. If we see it through
That kind of symbolism. So Inshallah, next week we are going to start again resume with the events where the where we left off before Ramadan and we will try to add this level of symbolism in more details inshallah as we go over the events Desikan Allah heyland for your attendance, your attention bulk Molefi comes Allah Allah Mr Muhammad Ali