Channel: Moutasem al-Hameedy
Friday Khutbah held at the Abu Huraira Center in Toronto on February 10, 2017.
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old phrase is due to Allah. We praise Him. We seek his aid and we are
Ask for his forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evils of ourselves and the evil consequences of our actions. Whomsoever Allah guides, none can lead us astray. And whomsoever Allah abandons and leaves to go astray and on can guide, I bear witness that no one has the right to be worshipped. No one has the right to our ultimate love and devotion, but Allah alone, who has no partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa early he was selling them his 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 Lord, who created you from a
single person. And from that single person, he created his own 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, all you who believe keep your duty to Allah, fear Him, and speak the truth. He will direct you to righteous deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has indeed attained a great achievement. The best words are the words of Allah. And the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa early was sending them and the worst things in the religion are the newly invented matters
because all the newly invented message matters in religion or innovation and, and every bit as misguidance. And every misguidance leads to the hellfire.
Humans asked for miracles.
People who don't believe in Allah asked for miracles so that they claim that they would accept Islam and the truth. Muslims asked for miracles and for signs so that they become better Muslims.
Muslims asked for miracles through which Allah would elevate their state and improve their situation and their conditions. We all expecting some kind of miracle. We want some miracle from Allah. We want Allah subhanaw taala to fix our efforts in some miraculous way.
And because of that, we sit back and we give up our response, that sense of responsibility, and we find something else to blame, and hang the negative aspects of our life on.
And Allah subhanaw taala refers to this in the Quran when he says what called hula hula, Allah, Allah He.
And they ask, why doesn't Allah give him a sign a miracle? What isn't a logarithm, some miraculous sign that would open our hearts to faith and belief in a man. Why this does not only apply to non Muslims and people who refuse Islam and reject Islam, but also applies to many Muslims that when you tell them, why don't you pray, this elders don't feel like it now. Maybe at some stage in my life, something happens and then I will pray? Why didn't you truly believe in Allah? You're doing something wrong? Why don't you give it up? Why didn't you fix your ways? And oh, someday something will happen. And I will, you know, become a better Muslim, I will become a good Muslim, I will start
And you can take the same kind of analogy with so many actions, with so many attitudes by non Muslims, and by Muslims themselves, but to the question of a sign and a miracle from Allah subhanaw taala. Allah responds by saying, well in America in the law, say the signs and the miracles are with a law and from Allah.
Then Allah subhanaw taala says, Well, now you shall come unto
me known. And how would you know that even if these signs and miracles took place and ally, send them down? What's the guarantee that these people would accept them and believe in them?
There is a an Eastern proverb or piece of wisdom that says, when the student is ready, the teacher appears.
Often times we misconstrue and misunderstand our relationship with the truth.
We think that we are neutral. We think that we are open to the truth, and we are receptive to it, but the truth hasn't come our way.
But the reality is, the truth is everywhere.
Wherever you turn your eyesight you will find the truth. Miracles are all over the place. But we have not opened our eyes and our hearts to see them for what they really are.
Human life itself is a miracle. The human body, and everything in it and within it
has so many meanings.
Life itself is a miracle. The air that we breathe is a miracle. Our heart that beats is a miracle. The way your hair grows, is a miracle. The way you are able to speak and express your feelings into words is a miracle.
The fact that you can see is a miracle.
Water itself that we drink, so unconsciously, and we quench your thirst with it. And we survive through this miraculous substance is a profound and huge miracle.
I saw this beautiful story from an Australian convert or a revert, he said at some stage, he was looking for some kind of philosophy to adopt a religion to believe in. So he just all possible with available accessible religions and philosophies from all over the world.
And he said, I didn't find my heart in any of them. But Islam seemed to appeal to me and draw me in. So I started reading the translation of the Quran.
And it appealed to me and I loved it. And it made so much sense to me.
When he said, I was some somehow somewhere in the middle of the Quran. And when I was reciting, I said, that makes full sense. But in order for me to believe, if Allah is really there, and this is his word, he should give me a sign. So he basically, in his innocent, spontaneous way, he just sends and he addresses the last one. And he says, if you are there, if these are your words, if Islam is the truth, give me a sign. Show me a sign, give me a miracle.
Then he said, I sat down, it was almost midnight, summer night, in my house, I sat down, and I was waiting for a miracle to happen.
And he had a very simple conversation with like addressing or talking to our last panel to add and he said in his, as I said, in his naive, even stylee said, Oh, Allah give you 20 minutes, show me a sign in 20 minutes, so I could accept this as the truth. So the 20 minutes.
When they're past, there were over. So in the last minute, he said all I only have 30 seconds. Give me a sign, give me a miracle, before time runs out. And he says there was no sign I was sitting in wait for a sign, no sign showed up.
Then I said, Allah gave you enough chance. That's not the religion. That's not the truth. That's not the engine for me to follow. And he said, I decided consciously to stop looking into Islam. And they moved on. He said, but there was something in my chest that was pulling me towards Islam towards that book, the Koran that I left, she said two days later, at night as well. He said, I found myself drawn into the Koran. So he left a mark, where he ended up where he also left for a sign. So he said, I decided to open the Koran.
I decided to open the Koran and recite I found myself drawn into it to read more. So I said, I started off where I left off last time. So I started reading. He said, the first verse that I came across was the first test I recited at the beginning of the hotbar.
They asked you for signs, they asked you for signs.
But who guarantees that when they see signs that these people would believe? But the translator put a commentary and he said, basically what the verse says that these people ask you for a sign and a miracle. But if they look around, they would see the miracles are already there.
So he said that blew me away.
And I looked around and I saw everything around me as a miracle and aside from Allah Subhana, Allah to Allah, and he said, he said, I felt shy, how I was trying to impose my own conditions, my own rules on Allah subhana wa Tada. He realized how blind he had been.
She said, When I opened up my eyes, I saw so many signs that said, My life is a sign. Everything about me is a sign. And then he became Muslim.
So sometimes it's our arrogance. It's our pride that holds us back from seeing the signs from making us better Muslims. So today I want to talk about one of the most important miracles that Allah subhanaw taala has given us has given humanity it's a beautiful gift from Allah. It's a miracle in its own right. And so profound blessing from Allah subhana wa Tada. And that's the prayer. That's the prayer that we take for granted that we go through and perform and go through the motions, so robotically, so unconsciously, that we don't even feel it. We don't even feel it. It's become more of a routine.
It's become more of a physical exercise that has no wait on us.
When Allah subhanaw taala says about this beautiful miracle in a salata and in fashion, it will Mancha. Indeed, indeed, the Salah, the prayer
is a deterrence. It's a tool to take you away from fascia from evil acts and lewdness
and from everything that is evil and despicable. So Salah has this miraculous side and impact on human beings, that it has the ability and it has the capacity to elevate your state and your morality and your behavior and your practice and elevate you as a person. That's what the prayer does. The Prayer is a transformative tool, powerful tool to change us. In the Salatin, Annie Sasha, he will make up the Salah takes your way, it prevents you hold you back, gives you another way other than lewdness and evil and sin.
But why is it not paying off in the lives of so many Muslims who pray, why? Let alone the Muslims who don't observe, observe the prayer. These people have missed the mark completely.
They don't know what they're missing when they think of Salah is a burden.
They think Salah is something that drags them out of the beauty of their life and is more of a heavy weight and constraint upon them. But somehow has always been throughout the ages. A liberating experience a transcendental experience. It takes you away from the shackles of the earth and the body and it connects you to your soul and connects your soul to Allah. And this is why it's called Salah it comes from the Arabic world's word sweeter and sweeter means a connection. Because all the acts of worship that you do, all of them, they are a means to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah so you are approaching Allah through a means when you give sadaqa it's through the money. When you teaching
people you are dealing with people for the sake of Allah. There's a medium between you and Allah.
When you are performing hajj, there are so many apps and there's so many interactions and rituals to observe.
When you do righteousness, you're doing it through something, but will follow you it's only a law and you
it's just straight between you and the law. It's a straight line between you and Allah.
You are conversing with Allah subhanaw taala, as the prophet SAW, Selim says, is our common app do you suddenly
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that one of you stands in the prayer you are conversing with Allah, privately. You're having a private conversation with Allah, you are speaking with Allah.
It's not only your tongue,
it's your heart.
And that's the only time that prayer has an impact on you and me.
So when we pray the prayer, this miraculous act that we do not seem to appreciate, is so profound and so powerful, that it has the ability to elevate generations and nations to a higher moral standard, a higher spiritual standard, a higher behavioral practice.
That's what it's what the soul is supposed to be. That's why the prophet SAW him when he talks about the prayer he says a solid to higher model. He says Salah is the best subject to talk about.
It's the best thing to think about is the salon. That's why the prophet SAW so much spend his time at night, praying, standing up in the Presence of Allah subhanaw taala, to pray, because during the daytime, he had to deal with so many people, he had to run the affairs of his people. He had to settle disputes. He had to teach people.
He had to engage in so many issues throughout the day. So he was kept busy. So in the night, he deprived himself of sleep, because he needed that time with a law he needed to build himself he needed that space, where he's the only the only thing or the only one in his life is a lot at that time. So he deals with a lot directly and that gave him the growth, the spiritual growth, the personal growth, to grow as a leader who changed the history of humanity. Salah is not a joke. So the Prophet sallallahu wasallam would pray at night and shut off the alarm and his wife would miss him sometimes. So one night she expressed the need to be with him spend time with him. Then he turns
to her and he says yeah Isha that really.
Yeah shall leave me let me to worship Allah. Let me spend some time with my Lord.
Because that was a time for him to express his love for Allah.
to pour his heart out to Allah
and forget about, you know, the physical constraints about life,
to break from the shackles of the earth and embrace the spiritual aspect of who we are where the heart connects to Allah, regardless, regardless of all physical constraints.
So the process of selling them that specific night he stood up in prayer and he prayed and I showered with Allah and had a spreadsheet says he wept and wept and wept until his whole film is well amines became wet because he was crying.
Then when the time for his fragile cane believably Allahu anhu knocked on his door to wake him up to make sure to remind him that it was time he sees the Prophet sallallahu send them in tears and he says, Yeah, Rasul Allah
Lima danika, waka de la la Mata at the moment Ambika vomit, or messenger of Allah, why do you do this when I was forgiven all your sins? is you have been an akuna. absentia Oh, yeah, but I shouldn't I be thankful sermon shouldn't be grateful to Allah. That means, in other words, to paraphrase this, he said to be that that's where my heart is.
I'm not overburden myself. That's what I want to do. That's what I find. This is where I find my heart. This is where I find joy. This is where I find peace. This is where I find myself when I am standing and unless presence are connect to my source of being,
I come back to my origin. So Allah Who created me, and I know I will return back to him. What if we stand in prayer in prayer in that kind of spirit? How what would be the impact of Salah on us?
Would we still cheat, manipulate, lie? Seek means round, this respect,
do injustice and all the other mistakes and and problems that we are engaging in on a daily basis? Absolutely not? Absolutely not. The Prayer is a miracle. Look at the prayer the process of the prayer. It starts first with that within then it's a declaration of the most beautiful meanings in existence that Allah is the Greatest. So when the event is making the event, you are supposed to listen with your ears, and open up your heart to these meanings because your heart recognizes these meanings. Allahu Akbar, Allah is the Greatest
shadow Allah Allah, Allah, Allah testified that none has the right to be worshipped.
My ultimate life should only be to Allah. That means I live my life for Allah.
unloving for Allah because I was brought here to worship Allah. So that's the sole reason why I exist, and why this whole world exists.
So I embrace these meanings I shadow, Mohammed Al rasulillah, this beautiful example of what a human being could be. I believe in it and embrace it. Then Haryana Sala here means come over come here, but it also has the meaning of higher life. Come and find life in salah and your connection with Allah, halal fella come to success, find life in this kind of success. There is life for your heart in it. Come and cultivate your soul in this process in this beautiful process.
So you contemplate these meanings, you are ready to engage with Allah subhana wa tada you will make will do and what is not only a physical act, when you wash the parts of your body for will do it's a physical cleansing and ritual cleansing
the Prophet son in law and he will send them says
either had to confess and if one of you makes will do and he makes it well, he makes it well it makes me well he doesn't rush through it.
So he makes me do well as described by the prophet sallallahu wasallam
Harada kataya whom ingested the sins that you have committed will start flowing with the water had to fall until it comes even from underneath his nails. So when you the water that runs over your your skin is also wishing washing away the sins that you have committed in your life. So it's a cleansing process this way at the end of the window, we say a shadow on La ilaha illallah wa shadow now Mohammed Abdul Rasul Allah Allahu alayhi wa bien which eliminare Matata hidden Allah make you from the one who repent. That's spiritual cleansing because I wash myself from the sins right so by repentance which eliminated multiple hidden making me from those who keep cleansing themselves,
meaning physically and spiritually
and then you face the Kabbalah
Have Allah subhana wa tada
all the Muslims in unison face that one direction, there's a powerful sense of unity. All the hearts are geared towards that one direction regardless of their place of residence, in all corners of the globe, alternative to one direction, and this direction has its own power, its own magnitude, that's the house of Allah. That's the first house to be built. That's the point of balance on this earth spiritual balance.
And it brings the Muslims at you in unity.
Not only Muslims of today, Muslims of the past followers of all the prophets
because that's the first house that is built for the sake of Allah subhana wa Tada.
And then after that, you tend to Allah subhanaw taala. You engage with him directly. You engage with Allah directly, you open up your heart. Listen to how Allah subhanaw taala describes the believers Allah Subhana Allah says in Surah milone God help me know the believers are the successful ones. The first description Allah gives to them, and levena Humphrey salata him pass you on. They are the ones who have for sure, and there's a lot what is crucial.
Salah the physical Salah is the obligation of your buddy, who is the obligation of your hearts
is when your heart open up to Allah open opens up to Allah and it praise the Salah performs the Salah, in love for Allah. That's where it comes from.
When you are happy that you are standing in the Presence of Allah, when you appreciate that this Salah is not your own merit, you don't feel good about performing the prayer. You don't see it like that. You see the prayer is a gift from Allah, the fact that he guided you to Islam, the fact that he guided you to Salah the fact that he made you and chose you among the Muslims to pray. And he gave you a buddy to pray with. And he gave you a rule and intention to pray. And he showed you a way to pray. And he designed a format of prayer for you to worship Him through. And he allowed you to come and stand in his presence. And then when you converse with him, he listens to you.
This allows a great gift from Allah. So when you make Salah, don't think you are doing a lot of favor.
Allah is doing you a favor when he allows you to pray for him.
That's the reality. And when you see this, you will humble yourself in Salah. You will never develop pride about yourself, your ego will grow smaller and smaller. You don't feel good about yourself or I gave a love I'm better than others because I pray. You don't see it this way. It is see a law has so many blessings on me. Thank you Allah for guiding me to the prayer and allowing me to pray and giving me this privilege. When billions and billions of people are deprived of it.
I feel so special to Allah when he allows me to pray.
And the second thing when you pray, pray and love,
pray and love do these two things. See the prayer as a gift from Allah rather than as something that you offer to Allah, but as a gift from Allah, so you are on the receiving end, and allies on the giving in.
And the second thing is pray in love. Because that's what hate is and that's what loss is, remember beam says and it allows for solar, having loss in sincerity and pure intention insula,
who unto Salim had until Sunday and the hug button Lila it means that you are performing the prayer out of your love for Allah because you're happy to stand in the presence of Allah. You can't wait for that moment when you open up your heart and your chest for Allah. And you are allowed to spend these moments in Allah's presence, conversing with him directly.
So you want to show your love for Allah. You want to run away from the whole creation through Allah. And prayer is the means for you to do this. So you leave the whole world behind and you are standing in almost presence, expressing your longing to him your love for him, that you can't wait to meet a lot on the day of judgment and see his face. Hopefully that this prayer would be a way for you and a means for you to get you closer to Allah and allow you that privilege.
Otherwise the Fulani will come and kill you.
hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala Sayyidina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi ijma in Tibet. So if we are asking for signs and miracles from Allah, here you go. Salah itself is a miracle and you will not be able to absorb this miracle and reap its benefits unless you open up your heart and your eyes to see the prayer as such.
And as we said, This Eastern proverb says the teacher will appear when the student is
Ready, when you are ready, when you are receptive to the truth, you will be surprised that everything around you is a miracle. Everything around you is a sign pointing to Allah subhanho wa Taala you will see the justice of Allah in everything you will see the mercy of Allah in everything. So the Salah becomes a lens through which you see the world, it colors your life. So it's not just a daily action that you do is not just a routine, physical exercise. It's a transcendental experience. It's a profound experience. It's something out of this world. And if you are not allowing yourself to delve into that depth, delve into that taste, delve into this beauty of the Salah, you're missing
out big time. You're missing out big time, the great companion for the familiar man. He himself predicted that if his shoe is taken away from Salah, even the people who performs Allah will not be good.
He says inauthentic coloration from him from are they familiar man he says a Walmart uniform in Dini. kumoko. He says to his students, the first thing that will be taken away from your religion is for sure and Sala. That's the first aspect to be taken away would be taken away from your Salah.
Then he says what IBAMA son in law,
he says and how often you will find someone who's performing Salah, but there is no goodness in them.
Why? Because there's no for sure.
There's no cure. So we should tap into the beauty and the power of sola sola can change communities, it can change nations. In the past when scholars someone came to them with depression and issues and problems and anxiety, they would refer them to Salah
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and you would find peace because the Salah was that's what that's why the prophet SAW Selim says jewelry that to me for Salah, the piece of my heart The beauty of my life is found in Salah
is found in Salah you want peace you want tranquility, you want insight when wisdom whatever you want, you will find it in Salah. As I said it's something out of this world. And we should tap into this beauty of Salah.
I want to conclude this hotbar with extending the thanks and gratitude I mean to this community and the people who supported the campaign of Abu hurayrah to raise funds for the families of the victims in Quebec shooting and hamdulillah from this community and from some online funding as well from other people who follow up with Ebola, we have managed to raise about $10,000 then inshallah we will be giving directly to the families of the ones who got
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