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Abdullah ibn Salaam

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A weekly live session by Mufti Menk educating us about the life of one of the great companion of Prophet SAW who was extremely knowledgeable, noble and a pious individual, Abdullah Ibn Salaam formerly a Jewish leader known as Al-Hussain Ibn Salaam. Prophet SAW said whoever wants to look at a man from Jannah should look at him. Tune in to learn more on how he accepted Islam being a top Jewish leader.

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smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala MB mursaleen Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa Tabby Norman tibia humby son Elijah Medina Abed, we praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household without exception all his companions without exception May Allah Subhana Allah Allah bless them all. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless every one of us, my beloved brothers and sisters, something that's extremely important for us to know is they were very few fortunate companions of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who actually told that you are from Paradise.

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We know the 10 common ones known as alash, Allah, Allah MOBA, sharena bilgin, the 10, who were given this glad tiding all at once, then they were the others, those who took part in the Battle of better they were given signs towards that. And there were some who actually told you, or you are from among those in Genoa Villa live Nora baja viola, one who was told by the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that I heard your footsteps in general. And there were so many ways to know that this companion is definitely in general. There was one such companion, who the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said man sallallahu, anyango illa Allah Julie min le Jen, for younger Ella, Abdullah

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Abdullah hypno, salaam, whoever would like to see a companion or a man from amongst the men of jinn should look at this man who was he Abdullah hypno Salam. So today we will spend a few minutes in Sharla speaking about this wonderful, beautiful, extremely knowledgeable, pious individual and how he came to Islam and his history. His name was alphason Abu salam, this was prior to him accepting Islam. He was one of the chief rabbis of the Jewish community in Madina munawwara part of Bhanu binaca Banu Kanaka were part of the Jewish people, the tribes that were they banana, D, et cetera. So he was one of the chiefs of Bonnaroo Kanaka very knowledgeable, he was such a pious man he was

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born according to the narrations 20 years prior to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam which means 20 years before the year of the elephant's. Now the Jewish people had heard that they will be a messenger sent by Allah subhanho wa Taala coming to a certain type of land, desert land with some rocks and it will have palms and so on. So they were looking for that type of land. They found some in hybrid, so they came to there, they found some in Madina munawwara so they camped there. So they were divided in different areas hoping that perhaps we who have read the previous scriptures or the Torah with those who know it, well, we will find this messenger we will be from among the followers,

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the first followers of this new or this final messenger of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Among them was this beautiful man, lovely person, they say, according to some of the historians that he was from the lineage of Yusuf alayhi salatu wa sallam.

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Now, the people used to respect him tremendously. The people have been okay, no car, not only them, but even those who are not Jewish, the Christians and the others. He was a just man, when anyone stands for justice, the entire humanity will respect the person they will love him, they will know that this would this person you will not be oppressed in any way similar is no joshy. He was a Christian man but the Muslim mean in fact, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam praised him to say, when you go there to his companions, when you go there, you will find a man, he will be a Christian ruler, but he's adjustment, you He won't oppress you at all. So this is a teaching that we learned

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from the life of an Hossaini mussalam. He he was a just person loved by all and at the same time. He was always respected by the people. It is said that he was so pious that he divided his day into three, a third of the day he would spend in the synagogue, you know, the place of worship, and he would address people speak to them, meet to the needs of the people, guide them and so on. That was one third of the date. Another third of the day, he had his business, what was his business, he was a farmer. So he had a garden where he used to plant dates and so on, he used to go there for a third of the day. And another third of the day, he used to sit towards the evening with the Torah. And he

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used to read it repeatedly. And he used to look into it. And he had a particular topic of interest in the Torah. What was it? It was the qualities that were made mention of the next prophet. He used to read it, he used to picture it he used to, he used to make a dua to Allah always, Oh Allah give me the life to see this prophet. Give me a life to follow him. Give me a life to be able to support him to be able to stand with him from the persecutions that would reach him because obviously the animal

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BIA of Allah subhanho wa Taala the prophets, they have been told that you will be persecuted by your people. In fact, the Hadith says, The those who are persecuted the most are the prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And then those who are closest to the prophets are persecuted similarly. So if you want to know whether you are close to the Prophet of Allah subhanho wa Taala, or the prophets in terms of in terms of the work that you are doing, you need to ask yourself, Am I persecuted? If you are seriously persecuted, perhaps you are on the right path. May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us goodness, people today look at some of the Muslim men as being persecuted and they think, look,

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these people are really bad and terrible. Some of the Muslims, they lose courage, they lose hope. They start thinking, when is this going to stop? But I was speaking to a Christian a few days ago who was telling me the same thing that you people are very bad. I said, What is the sign of it? He says the sign of it is you people are persecuted. Everywhere you go. I told him my brother, what religion Do you follow? He said, I'm a Christian. Do you agree that Jesus was more persecuted than I was? He said, Yes, without a doubt. I said, There you are. If being persecuted had to actually mean that you're on the wrong path, then Jesus was on the most wrong path. And I wouldn't say that being

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a Muslim. So I think you need to get your facts right. May Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us an understanding my beloved brothers and listen is Do you know that, in essence, when a person is persecuted, the amount of contentment that he has in his heart would actually determine his closeness to Allah. So if you are persecuted and you become angry, you become upset, you become sad, you become depressed, perhaps it may be the Wrath of Allah subhanho wa Taala. But if you are a person who's persecuted so much, you've lost wealth, you've lost perhaps some of your health, you might have lost something greater, and you are so content, you are so happy Subhanallah that's a

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sign of acceptance from Allah. It's a sign of closeness to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, may Allah subhanahu wa Jalla not test us with tests that are too difficult for us to pass and at the same time, may he keep us content with whatever comes in our direction. I mean, so he used to read for a long time and long hours every evening, and he used to picture within his own mind that inshallah day will come when I will be the supporter of this messenger. And as time passed, he heard, as I said, he made it to Allah give me a long life. He heard that there is a messenger in Makkah, he started asking, he started going to meet people, he started visiting people, what's going to happen?

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This messenger who is he? There was one discrepancy, what was the discrepancy? He was in the wrong place? Now, according to the scriptures of the Jewish people, the messenger would have come with a date palms and the description is of Medina. But why was he maccha? That was a question. But then he understood that perhaps he will be persecuted there. Something will drive him to Medina, always unreliable Salaam whose name was Salam before he accepted Islam. He always had this feeling that I think this is the man because he calls to one Allah, he's being persecuted by his people, they are calling him names. Normally, they call you a madman, they call you a womanizer, perhaps they call

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you someone who's interested in wealth. And they have so many different names. So this was something that he always made a dua for. And he was now after asking questions, convinced that you know what that man is definitely than the be of Allah. But he was now quite elderly. So he used to make a two hour while in his garden, whilst in the synagogue that Oh, Allah, let me meet this man believe in him. And let me express, show me a sign further sign. And let me go beyond this and accept this message. So what happened is one day he was sitting in his boosterthon, in his garden, he was sitting in the garden, and he's his aunt by the name of Harley,

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Harley, the mental Harris.

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She was seated with him, and they heard a man called, you know, at that time, the call is used to call WhatsApp messages and so on, you know, BBM and it's online suddenly know that time, a caller used to call loudly that, hey, this has happened. So the whole village knows that this has happened nowadays to some rural areas. They do this, where someone yells at the top of their voice, hey, this happened and they walk around and so on. And the village now knows that this has happened. So the man calls and says, Hey, the Messenger of Allah has come, the Messenger of Allah has come. And Abdullah hypno Salaam was so excited that he said Allahu Akbar loudly. And his aunt was shocked

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because he's a Jewish man, declaring Allahu Akbar upon the arrival of someone who doesn't belong to his faith. So his answers were law, he has a meaning speaking to the nephew, the it seems like even if the Prophet Moses came, may peace be upon him, you wouldn't have said such a loud, Allahu Akbar. So he says, indeed, this is the brother of Moses, may peace be upon him. This is the brother of Musa alayhis salam now. He used to

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keeps his family members always informed about his findings. So he used to always tell them look, I'm reading about a messenger is going to come, inshallah we will support him, we will be so the family was in sync with him. They knew that this man is a very good man. He's a pious man, he helps everyone. He's just, he's respected by all and he is concerned. He's been looking out for this for many, many years for decades. So what happened is Subhana Allah, as he declared this, and he was so loud, and the ant got so excited. And the answer is, what is this? And he says, This is the brother of Musa alayhi salatu was Salam. So the answer is no, what are you going to do? He says, I will just

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go and make sure it's him. And then I will take it from there. So he says, now as I'm proceeding towards the messenger, he's an old man. He's well respected, a very good looking man at the same time. And he's walking towards very come walking towards where the messengers of Allah Salam was in Cuba, Cuba, that initially he just come into Medina Manoa and he says it was so difficult to get near him, because there were hundreds of the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu around. So who was around him, the Maha jurien, who had made hegira already was so excited to see Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam they went out and they were all around him greeting meeting so on so forth, and they were they were

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trying to contain themselves. In the meantime, the answers were from among those of Madina munawwara who were excited that the visitor came, the one whom we invited has finally come. So it was difficult for this old man to come near. He says, I stood up at a slight, slightly high position. One narration says he tiptoed a bit and he moved the shoulders of the people to look at the face of this messenger. And he says, I saw this face and immediately I began to smile, why, he noticed a calmness in the face, he noticed that the this person is really pious. Sometimes we look at someone who's fade in complexion, and we say, Mashallah, this moon, but we don't understand more is beyond

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being fair or dark skinned.

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You can be very dark and you can have a lot of mood. And you can be very fair, but you can look devilish or satanic. May Allah protect us. So that is why in the Arabic language, there is a very powerful statement, which we all need to know, in NEMA. Yeah, de feu, they'll probably mean a nurse either. Whoo. What does that mean? A person of virtue is only known by a person of similar virtue. When you have a reciter of the Koran people will say Mashallah beautiful, lovely. They talking about his voice, they talking about his melody. They don't know whether he's a property site, but you get another powerful recite to he'll tell you this man knows how to read. He knows the pronunciation. He

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knows the qualities of the letters, he knows how to join it. For example, you have a man who can talk to you about medicine. Everyone says this is a top doctor. But you can have another one who is a qualified professional, well known doctor, powerful results. Those who are intelligent, those who have similar virtue will be able to tell you You know what, this person's a really good doctor. This is just an example. Similarly, this man was pious, he was religious. he worshipped one Allah alone all his life, and he was from the Jewish community. He was a really respectable person. So he was also calm and collected. When he saw the face of the messenger sallallahu Sallam immediately he felt

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the calmness come, you know, some people you look at them and you feel okay, Mashallah, I'm so happy. You know, Subhana Allah. So what happened is, he says, I was listening to what this man had to say, in order to try and now put two and two together, you know, everything I know. And now I'm seeing, let me just confirm that's it. So he says the first words I heard him say, now remember this guy, his father, or should we call him a Sahabi? Who has not yet as a hobby, but his father was Salam.

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And Allah subhanho wa Taala had, it's such that Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam was speaking about a hadith or he was mentioning words, which became a famous narration. It is known as the narration of Abdullah Abu Salah. So I'm delighted Mr. Lam later on the rates. He says the first words I heard from the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was a yohannes. Calm, very calm, relaxed, oh people of Shu salam, spread the Salam Salam here meaning the piece, spread the goodness spread the greeting as well in a genuine fashion. When we say genuine fashion Assalamu alaykum means, may all Peace be upon you. May all Peace be upon you. Which means you are safe. SubhanAllah you are safe. May peace

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be upon you. So Salaam has deep meanings very very deep. That's not our topic tonight. But he says I heard him say Shu Salaam

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What's up, Tom feed the people food, not necessarily only the poor, but feed people, your relatives and so on. When you feed people, you connect people, you actually relate to people, you begin to become closer to them people's bellies, for example, are very dear to them very special to them. So if you have a similar concern for them, they may become closer to you so panela feed the people. So, the first words you heard, spread the Salaam and feed the food

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was signal or hammer. Now everything is rhyming, look at this up Shu sallam, what to mo bomb or Sulu or ham swindle or ham means fulfill your family ties make an effort to mend relations make an effort to go out and to create a bond where the bonds have been broken between you and family members go out or harm referring to those who are related to you to begin with. Go and make amends, make an effort to go out and develop relations because it is only common logic that when you have good relations, you have a good concentration when you are praying to Allah subhanho wa Taala. When your relations are broken, you you feel uneasy, you are uneasy when it comes to anything you do or say

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especially when it comes to worshiping Allah subhanho wa Taala you have the burden there are other creatures of Allah have a good relationship as far as possible. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy. So this hadith he continues he say he says what Sunil or Hama was Aloo belay Li one nurse, Sunni

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and fulfill prayer or pray at night, we know the people are sleeping.

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Pray at night when all the people are sleeping, this is speaking to over, about over and above your heart, you know your duty or responsibility or your obligatory prayer. This is over and above that. So the Hadith says, pray at night when all others are sleeping. Why? Again, it develops a link between you and Allah. No one knows. I'm sitting, I'm praying, everyone is asleep. Nobody knows it's me and my maker. My secret. When I meet Allah, you know, I have a smile because he knows something that only I know. And he knows, and perhaps the angels who carried it, no one else knows what happened. There must be some secret relation of good deeds between you and Allah. When when it's a

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bad deed, we all want it to be secret. Why don't we have some good deeds that are a secret between you and Allah? How many of us are prepared to do that secret? No one knows. You know, Allah knows that's it. So it's amazing how these were the first words and at the end, he says to the Hulu, janitor become be salam, you will enter the the paradise of your Lord in peace or with peace. Amazing. So he says, well, ah, he when I looked at his face, I knew it was not the face of a liar. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. He says, When I looked at the face of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, I knew it was not the face of Elia. And at the same time, I heard his words, I knew that this was a

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revelation. This is not the name, the words of an ordinary man, these are powerful, they are jam packed with meaning. And he says, I quietly went to him and I declared my Shahada straight. I shadow Allah, Allah, Allah Allah wa shadow Naka, Mohammed,

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Abu rasuluh, I've been witness none worthy of worship besides Allah, you are the Messenger of Allah. He asked me What is your name? I said, No, Salam. He said bill and Abdullah Abu Salah. He told him you are a reliable Salam. So he says what law he I have never had a more beloved name to me. And Abdullah given to me by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he loved to use that. So before we end, there is one more beautiful incident that must be mentioned.

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It must be mentioned what happened. So Abdullah Abdullah Salaam when later on it was found out that this man is actually one of the chiefs of the Jews of Madina. munawwara so I'm delighted Mr. Lamb according to some narration, he suggested it and according to another narration, it was suggested by Rasulullah, Salah Salem, whatever happened or whatever it was. The occurrence was that Abdullah Abu Salam was told that if you are the head of the Jews, why don't you call them and tell them you accepted Islam perhaps they will all accept it says all messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam my people, they will not accept they will not. They have their pride. And because you are not from

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their family, they won't you see family meaning from the children of his hat, Mohammed Salah Salem from the children of Israel. So because you are the children of the cousin, we've got a problem here. May Allah forgive us May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us an understanding never reject the truth based on who is bringing it to you. The fact that it is the truth, no matter who

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It is it's the truth. It could be your enemy, but he spoke the truth. So basically, Abdullah Abu Salam was hidden in one of the rooms and the prophets of Salaam called a lot of the Jewish people and asked them who is assigned him the Salam from amongst you. They said he's a leader, a son of our leader, the most knowledgeable, the son of the most knowledgeable. So the prophets, Allah Allah says, What if he accepted Islam? So they said never impossible. He cannot accept Islam. It's out of a question that will never happen. So he says, oh, people of this community fear Allah. Here is the man he emerged from the rooms and he says, I have borne witness that there is none worthy of worship

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besides Allah. This is the messenger we were waiting for. sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, none worthy of worship besides Allah and he is the messenger. You know what they said immediately, they said, He's a liar. His father was a liar. Imagine after years, he's a liar and a cheat. His father is a liar and a cheat. And you know what? He is a, he is the worst of us and his father is the worst of us as well.

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So he says to Mohammed Salah salam, you see, I told you, these are the people. These are the people when pride overtakes a person, they reject the truth. I think we have a lesson to learn from that in our own lives, myself included where we should never ever reject the truth based on pride that might be in our hearts. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us an understanding. Also what's important for us to know is this man's tongue was always wet with the vicar of Allah subhanho wa Taala. He was so amused by the Quran that he used to spend the whole day with the Quran he used to read it love it. He was known as a person who just loved the Quran and he used to say I'm working towards gender. And

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one day the professor Salam told him you are from among those who are in gender. He was a very happy man and he loved the Quran. He used to compare it with what was revealed and he used to say Subhana Allah the Quran has a different sweetness to it. Also, it is reported by Mujahideen is the seal that Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about Abdullah hypno Salaam in one of the verses, but it's it's not mentioning his name, but pointing towards him where the verse Allah subhanho wa Taala says why akula vena cava fabulist mo Salah, this belief is tell you that you are not a messenger. So answer them in the following way. While your Guru larina cafaro esta masala kafa biLlahi shahidan vainio vena cava

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tell them Allah is sufficient as a witness between you and me, woman in the horrible Makita and the one who has deep knowledge of the book, referring to whom have to live in a salon, according to the CEO of Mujahid, according to the facility and there is a different meaning to it. But it's interesting that Allah says Allah is a witness between you and them and the one who has deep knowledge of the book. He's also a witness. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us an understanding, it's reported that he passed away in Medina menorah and some Regency he passed away in a sham. We ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to grant us a beautiful lesson. His family members all accepted

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Islam, but the community did not later on there was there were skirmishes between the Jewish people and the Muslim mean. We ask Allah Subhana Allah Allah to grant us all the lesson. Also the La Silla mobarak Allah Nabina Muhammad Subhana Allah Abraham the satanic alarm or bionic eye shadow Allah Allah Allah