Channel: Mufti Menk
Straight Path Convention Series Lecture Seven. Kuching, Serawak, Malaysia
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Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam O Allah shuffle, MBA mousseline, Nabina Muhammad, Allah Allah He was
in the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Most Gracious, Most Merciful All praise is due to Allah subhanho wa Taala we praise him for everything he's given us, we thank him. For those things that we take for granted as well We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless his entire household and all his companions, and May Allah bless every single one of us, my brothers and sisters here, as well as all your children and mine as well. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah bless the oma at large in humanity at large and May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness up to the end. I mean,
my brothers and sisters coexisting
is something that we would never ever be able to ignore.
We cannot ignore and it is something that a human being has to live by. Because if we did not live by that, we would not even be here today.
And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to protect us from some of the misunderstandings that people may be creating, especially recently. And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us a great lesson to help us to educate one another, and to educate our children in this regard. So we take cue from the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, as well as the Quran that is revealed by Allah subhanho wa Taala brought to us through Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
If we take a careful look at the Prophet peace be upon him, we would find that right at the beginning, when he came and declared the call to Allah. And he asked his people, the people of kurush, the Arabs at the time, to stop the persecution that they were perpetrating, and to turn to the maker alone to stop worshipping sticks and stones and idols and people and graves, and so on. And to turn to the maker alone, they began to persecute him and anyone who followed him, I'm sure you're aware of that.
They tried to kill him so many times they tried to assassinate him, and they succeeded in the assassination of several of his companions. They you serve to the wealth of the people and made life difficult for them in the books of history known as the Syrah of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And the books that have recorded the lives of his of his companions have made it clear
of what happened to them. And yet they were told to bear patience, they were told to calm down, they were told not to retaliate at the at the early stages. And in fact, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was issued an instruction by Allah subhanho wa Taala when it was becoming quite unbearable for a lot of them.
He was instructed to send his companions to Africa. It was known as the first he job, Mashallah
he was told that in Africa was a leader, adjust ruler, a king, the neck is of a senior, his name was hammer.
The necklace was his title, and the joshy is actually a title, but his name was a scammer.
And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told his people
go to Abyssinia, you will find a Christian man
who understands the revelation, and who abides by that which was revealed to the Prophet Jesus, my brother May peace be upon him.
So as they left, they arrived
in Abyssinia to be welcomed by a Christian yet they were Muslims. So Panama.
And this Christian man was so upright
that when the enemies of Quraysh followed the people of Islam into Abyssinia in order to con him that these were criminals
who just ran away after having perpetrated crimes in Mecca, and they were wanted by their people. And Naja. She heard these senior leaders of Quraysh he heard them and he heard what they said.
Just to repeat, they actually went to Anna Joshi and they said, these people who have come here, they are not just as they say they are
In fact, they are criminals who are needed and required in Makkah to answer for crimes they've committed. So send them back with us. We have been sent by the chiefs of Mecca to come and collect these people and take them back. But do you know what he did? He was an honest man. The Prophet peace be upon him had already told the Muslims, he's just
May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us stand up for justice.
So he says, no problem. I've heard your story, let me call them and listen to what they have to say. How many of us are guilty of passing judgment without listening to the other side? How many of us hear little stories and squabbles where we pass decisions just by hearing someone say this man is bad, and he's not really bad. You haven't even given him a chance to speak. So Panama.
So we are guilty sometimes of instilling within ourselves qualities that are not Islamic qualities, and in fact, they are not heavenly qualities. These qualities are supposed to be shared by anyone
who believes in their maker.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us and guide us. May He make us from those who can learn a lesson from the justice of Najafi who was a Christian at the time.
And so he called the companions and he asked them, look at what these people have said, What is your story? Jaffer?
Who got up and he made mention of something very interesting. He says, Okay. We were people who were worshipping sticks and stones and idols, we oppress each other, we stole the strong from amongst us down or warped over those who are weak, and we usurped the wealth of whomsoever we could. We were so upset if we had daughters as children that we buried them alive. And we engaged in all forms of immorality, we drank alcohol and intoxicants until we didn't know what we were doing. And we continued misbehaving in this manner, until Allah sent to us a messenger, the messenger came with goodness, reminding us to worship our maker alone, reminding us to respect one another and to
fulfill each other's rights and so on. And he continued with a beautiful speech. So beautiful the speech was that and he told him, Do you have some of
the revelation that was revealed to the Prophet? I'd like to hear it. And so verses of the Quran were read some narration say they were read the following day, which means this hearing lasted more than a day.
What happened is after the first statement of the kuffaar, the clarification was made by the Muslim meme. Then the kuffaar came back the following day and said, Do you know these people are so evil you believe in Jesus, don't you? And you do believe in Jesus. And what they say about Jesus is blasphemous, it's very bad. So again, he did not just believe them.
In order to be able to live and to coexist, you don't just believe tails, you got to know people for themselves. When the non Muslims hear that the Muslims are terrorists, if they believe that they will hate very good people.
But if they understand that realize that Islam does not preach terrorism, Islam stands for peace, and Islam stands for coexistence and the fulfillment of each other's rights in a way that you do not trample upon the toes of the other. We will not be able to coexist if we trample the toes of one another. If I think it's my right to believe whatever I want, but it is not your right to believe what you want, I will not be able to coexist. And this is what the Quran says lacunae de novo Lee ID. This is one of the primary verses that explain and express to us coexistence.
That is pseudo Cafiero in the surah named after the disbelievers why the disbelievers those who don't believe in what you believe Allah says, Oh, you who disbelieve say, Oh, you just believe
Oh, you who disbelieve say to the disbelievers oh you disbelievers. I do not worship what you worship. We are different in this regard. I believe in something else, you believe in something else.
And you do not worship or believe in what I worship.
And it continues
But once again, Allah says and I do not believe or worship that which you worship or believe Lakhan Dino komali in for you is your faith and for me is mine. You do what you believe is right. I do what I believe is right. We will discuss the matter. We will
present to each other what we have, they will always be propagation. Most faiths believe that they should propagate their beliefs. Islam is one of them, Christianity is another and various other faiths. The propagation of a faith is part and parcel of the nature of men. If I firmly believe something, it's only my nature to want to convince you in that regard. It's common. So Allah takes this into consideration. And Allah knows about it, in fact, because he's the one who made us. And Allah subhanho wa Taala requires you to go out and discuss Tao, what is the meaning of what it means to propagate? It means it doesn't mean to go out and kill anyone who disagrees with you know, that
is a misunderstanding and the MIS notion that we who are Muslims for centuries or for decades, we understand this, and we know this, and we live by it, and we believe it. And we know we look at the teachings of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And we realize that the best from amongst us it is a person who learns the goodness puts it into practice and conveys it to others. So you can mentor Allah or Anwar Lama who the best from amongst you Is he or she who learns the Quran and teaches it to others, you learn it, you put it into practice, and you convey it to those who don't know, Muslim or non Muslim.
So if you take a look now at what happened towards the end of this discussion with Jeffery Vitali on one hand, and the joshy on the other, and those who had come from Makkah, also present. And the joshy says, What do you say about Jesus?
You don't just believe the enemy.
Today, people hate Islam, because they are listening to the enemy's narrative of what Islam is. That's the problem. But the minute you have lived with Muslims and I have addressed 1000s of non Muslims who tell me Muslims are very good people, because they've lived with them, they work with them, they've gone to school with them, they've grown up with him. And the same I would be able to say about non Muslims. They are non Muslims I've met in my life who are more upright and honest, and a lot of Muslims I've seen
they are non Muslims in my life that I've met, who have qualities in them that are actually taught in the boron and in the sooner Mohamed Salah, Salah, yet we who call ourselves Muslims sometimes lack in that regard, sometimes in their character and conduct, they happen to surpass us, yet the same character, if not better, is taught in Islam. So we are guilty of not showcasing the correct faith from Allah.
And this is why we always say that if Muslims had to live by Islam, today, the whole globe would have been Muslim. A lot of people know that Islam teaches high values, but they are let down when they see Muslims live. And they see that these people are leading a life that is far away from their teaching. So it would be hard for me to adopt the faith because why should I adopt a faith that the own, the followers of the same faith are not following? May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive our shortcomings, may he make a strong it is your duty and mine to live by Islam so that people can understand this beautiful coexistence. They can understand the way we are supposed to be living.
And the Joshua says What do you say about Jesus so jaffery Vitaly, Allah, Allah He says,
we say that he is not the Son of God. In fact, he is the messenger of God. He is the messenger who was created without a father miraculously, through a woman alone and Allah creates in four different ways. He has created Adam without the involvement of a female or a male, he has created Eve through the involvement of a male without a female, he created Jesus through the involvement of a female without a male, and he has created you and I with the involvement of both male and female.
explain explains that Jesus is not the Son of God, he was not crucified, he did not die for the sins of everyone in anyone. And this is an explanation. He was very respectful, but he's explaining something that he believes and this we realize and understand, we may differ my brothers and sisters even amongst us, but we need to have mutual respect because if we don't,
definitely there will be chaos and corruption on Earth. In our home, there is sometimes dispute between husband and wife, but it needs to be respectfully addressed. When there is disrespect. You will never come to a solution you will create a third problem but when there is respect
You want to do something your husband wants to do something else, you want to eat something your children want to eat something else? Who knows, you might want to cook both things, Mashallah you solve the problem.
May Allah subhana wa Taala, grant us ease. I'm giving you examples of petty matters, because that's how we're starting. Some people do not like life at home, because of petty issues, really, you want to study something, and your father says, No, don't study, look, let's get around the table and discuss it beautifully and respectfully. And let's come to a conclusion and the decision
and where there is a problem, and I can give you one of the big problems of today, because of the internet, Mashallah, we have access to so many people across the globe. So what happens is, when your child wants to get married to someone from across the oceans, what happens, fathers is not over my dead body.
there is a discussion that needs to take place, you need to sit your child down, and you need to listen to them, and you need to understand them and you need to explain and engage we are in an age way, instruction is not as convincing
as engaging the person in discussion.
I cannot just issue an instruction to my kids anymore. I need to convince them why I'm saying what I'm saying. And for that to happen, I need to use my brain. So in a way, it's good that we've moved technologically so forward, that we now need to use our brains. Finally, may Allah subhanho wa Taala help us we need to convince if I want my child to get up for Salah or the prayer. If I tell them I want you to get up at six o'clock before the sun rises, or four o'clock depending on when the sun rises, the child will just say
okay, by the way, you know,
but if you explain, you know, Mashallah we have a responsibility, the giver of your life, you have to put your head on the ground for the one who made you, that is part and parcel of thanking Him and worshipping him and him alone. And so and you talk to them, and then you lead by example, they will come a day when you don't even need to tell them anything anymore. They will follow they will adopt because you've spoken. The same applies to people of other faiths. The same applies to your own home, if you want to live together when we talk of coexisting we're not only speaking of coexisting with those who have a different faith with you. That is probably the bulk of the topic, but it
starts off at home we cannot coexist amongst ourselves sometimes because we have issues we need to deal with amongst ourselves in our own homes. We need to take care of matters
Subhana Allah, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to make it easy for us, whereas on one hand, we have the story that I'm just trying to end inshallah or trying to complete an A joshy Lin hears the verses of the Quran.
And guess what? He was a just men.
He took out of his heart partiality, so he was impartial. He wanted to hear the truth. So jaffery Vitaly, he decided to read the verses of surah, Malian. Imagine the Quran has the surah chapter known as the Virgin Mary, may peace be upon her.
Even the Bible doesn't have a chapter known as the Virgin Mary. So this was something powerful. It's definitely something worth looking into. And a lot of the Christians look into it, what's going on? Because Christians are taught, and I've come across New churches that lie about Islam in order to keep people away from the truth. And I tell you, my experience is when you lie, the day those people find out that you are lying to them, the chances are, they will stay away from you more than anyone else. So don't lie, even to your own kids, even to your spouse. It's better, to just be honest.
Tell them the truth. Look, this is what they believe. I remember back in my country, there was a church that sprung up that was quite popular. And the priest happened to say, these Muslims are so bad, they drink and eat food that is cooked after washing the intestines of the dead people. And they have it after three days and after 40 days. So that is why they serve rice and they give drink and so on. And all the people were like shocked and so some people later accepted Islam from amongst them, and they told us the reason why we accepted Islam is because our priests tell us a lie.
May Allah subhanahu wa Jalla grant us guidance we need to learn
Lesson Do not lie. You don't need to, like just be honest. Tell the truth, no matter what it is, this is what it is, if I understand it, I do if I don't, let's ask them.
There is no need for us to lie about the Christians Not at all. It's wrong. There is no need for us to lie about the Jews, it is wrong. If we have a problem with anyone, keep the problem where it is, and try and resolve it. Do not make it big for no reason. You and I do know that Islam, Judaism and Christianity share in common so much. We have messages that we reveal and Islam reveals the most
Subhan Allah we have teachings in common a woman's hair to be covered is in the Jewish faith.
A very, very important part. Did you know that although over time, they have covered their hair and they still cover their hair, but with a weak
and I'm being honest, did you know that did you know that they see the women separately just like we have
Did you know that
the segregation and separation of men and women is even a teaching of Christianity, but over time, things are watered down and things begin to change but with Islam by the will of Allah the reason why it is prevalent is because it is uncontaminated and every time some contamination comes in they will be scholars they will be people they won't be from amongst us one another reminding me hang on this is not part of your religion, hang on culture is very very important. You know when they say a person is cultured, they mean he has good manners he has some form of system that he is abiding by
culture is extremely important but within the culture there will be one or two things that might be against religion, for example, making it difficult for people to get married. If that is part of the culture, then we will tell you please make it easy for people to get married Mashallah, you know, one of the youngsters saw me earlier and he was saying how difficult it was to get married and I said I thought Iraq was the easiest Mashallah
Allah make it easy for all those who don't have spouses to be married to the dream spouses Mashallah. And I hope our dreams are quite clean inshallah.
My brothers and sisters, we share so much in common with these faiths, we have so much that the Quran speaks about the rulings regarding marriage to their women, and the Quran speaks about the consumption of their food and so on. These matters would never have been discussed. And talking of a discussion level, if we were taught not to get along with them, not to look at them not to talk to them, to be honest. And I've said this, this is the third time I'm saying it here in Sarawak. All of us a few generations back, we will not Muslim, myself included.
Some of us may be in our lives, maybe we are reverted ourselves, but all of us some way back, maybe 100 200 500 go take it back. 1000 no matter how many years you want to take it back, but there was a point when someone into the fold of Islam,
it goes to show that there was a beautiful discussion, there was some form of convincing there was some form of entry to the fold in goodness. And today Mashallah we are seated here. If Islam had taught that you have nothing to do with those who are not Muslim, what would happen? We will be doing no business we will be doing no dealings, no speech, no nothing they wouldn't know we wouldn't know it would create animosity and hatred, and by right, Islam would not grow, and no other faith would actually have any form of respect for true Islam.
Today, even the world leaders
have to admit those who are not Muslim, that as a religion, Islam is indeed a peaceful thing. Even though you might find people who politicize the whole picture, and use religion to forward their own personal gains, and pretend and portray that we're not supposed to be even greeting a non Muslim.
But the same people, if they were earning a million dollars through dealing with the same men, that they are preaching to others not to greet, they would quietly do the deal. It's a reality. I remember once many years back, there was a person who had a lot of hatred, a lot of hatred in his heart for a lot of other people.
And in his business, he had a shop and in his shop whenever there were people who came in with money, forget about every difference of mine. I need to make the money.
Do you think we teach people that your life here is more important than the life after
We've always taught that the life after is far more important than this one.
So Panama. So for my Deen and my faith, it is far more important for me to reach out to others than it is for business.
And this is why we Almighty calls the relationship with him a deal. It's a business you are learning hard currency, that currency which will take you through into paradise. Yeah, I mean,
Hell, I don't know. kumala Ninja, g Kumi nada. Any of you who believe?
Should I not show you a business?
Should I not show you lead you to a trade
that would save you from severe punishment? What is the trade, develop your link with Allah and His messenger
and strive and struggle in the cause of the Almighty become a better person says Allah subhanho wa Taala. It's called a business. It's called some form of dealing.
And the reason is, we should realize that the money I have today is not going to come with me into the hereafter. Unless I spent it in the right course.
Whatever I've kept, it's not mine. It belongs to someone after me. And whatever I spent in the wrong cause I asked a lot of Forgive me, whatever you spent in the right cause that is what comes.
So a magician here is the verses of Surah
big loser carry.
Amazing versus when Allah speaks about the story of Zakaria and Allah subhanho wa Taala continues into the story of Mary and how Jesus May peace be upon him was born as a miracle and so on. It's amazing how Allah subhanho wa Taala words it And here is an joshy beginning to cry, you know, tears roll down his cheeks. It happens to us all the time. When we hear something motivating, touching, tears roll down our cheeks, because our hearts are softened, his heart was softening. And alarm makes mention of these tears in the urine. And this shows us that tears
are so so important. They are so valuable in the eyes of Allah, those eyes that have cried or shed tears for the sake of Allah because of the remembrance of Allah, the person will be granted a special position on the day of judgment and they will be granted Paradise by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala through the way their eyes used to cry for the sake of Allah. You know, there is a Hadith, which makes mention of seven categories of people who will be gone to the shade on the day of Tiana on the Day of Judgment. We mentioned one category yesterday and that was the young men or young woman whom in their adolescent life and slightly beyond. They grow up in the obedience of
Allah subhanho wa Taala they will be granted that shape. One of them is Roger, de la, De Anza. Dinah
a person and obviously the male is used but male or female, who remembers Allah Who thinks of Allah who is reminded of Allah and Christ, it fills their eyes with tears. Allah says that person deserves to be a VIP on the Day of Judgment. What made you cry? What made your eyes become filled with tears? Just the remembrance of Allah my making my job I've got to go back to Him. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to cry for his sake. Today we cry when our team lost Liverpool last.
It's true. We cry because South Africa did not win the World Cup it was Australia. We cry because of something well laheem people cry for reasons. But they forget that primarily your tears are supposed to be shed for purposes that are far more noble, higher than that. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala help us and guide us in this regard. So Naja, she says, to the people of Quraysh, who had come to take your Muslims away, you can go back and definitely not giving these people to you. You have been liars. You have come here with a false accusation
that shows us coexistence. You want to coexist. You need to stand up for justice. Even if it is a
Gives you and your own family and your own kind of time. Yeah
Oh, you who believe stand up firm for justice for the sake of Allah even if it is against you, or your parents or your own relatives, if they are wrong, they are wrong. So Pamela
imagine this is the teaching of the Quran. And I will give you a beautiful example just now of something that did happen unique.
But before that, and Naja, she then says, all you who are Muslims who have come here to seek refuge and asylum, you can stay here for as long as you want. You're welcome. So Panama Allah, imagine.
And they lived in the state, and they benefited and the others benefited. And there was a beautiful time they make mention of the times that they had in Africa. And voila, he that was the first feature of the muslimeen.
So the story I wanted to make mention of is a story at the time of Ireland, if not be tolerant of your loved one when he was the halifa. You know, today when we hear the term kalif, we get scared because they have false beliefs across the globe. I am,
you better pledge allegiance to me, otherwise, I won't slaughter you. That's not what Islam has said. And that's not how a belief is actually decorated, or confirmed or confirmed in Islam. Never. Not at all. The true philosopher of the Muslim mean, when ever the halifa or the true halifa happened to take control, those who are non Muslim felt the most secure under their room. Remember this, if you want to know a system, when the non Muslims and those who really disagree with your faith, feel more secure than the people of the same faith. You didn't need to know that this is true enough.
The same applies to the others, whether it was Salahuddin Abu Bakar
A farmer melas peace and blessings be upon them all. Even Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, you know, when he passed away, right at the end, you know what happened? And I'm going to give you many examples.
They found that his armor was with a Jewish man.
Why was it with a Jewish man? So the Jewish man explained No, he had some guests some time, not too long ago, and he didn't have some food at his house. So he wanted some grain from me. And he told me I will I give you this
armor, and you give me the grain.
And so he had kept the armor. And he had given him the grain and the understanding was, obviously if the payment comes in, it comes in. If it doesn't, then the armor is yours.
and easy. And this was like near the end. And who was the man a Jewish man? You know, today you hear the word Jew and what do you think your enemy? You know, we're not supposed to talk. There are so many Jewish people who entered the fold of Islam. Abdullah Abu Salam Romani was a Jewish rabbi, he entered the fall of Islam. There are many Jews who support the cause of the Palestinians. Did you know that?
There are many Jews who are upright, they are honest, they have a different faith.
It doesn't mean that just because they have a different face. Now suddenly, I need to go and eradicate them. No. Like I told you if that was the case, not one of us would be seated here this morning.
So Olive nappy thought it was the I mean, he was the belief, the true belief.
And his appointed judge was a man known as Sri Lanka, when he appointed the judge.
And he found one day that his own armor that was very valuable to him was missing.
And according to some narrations, some property of is very valuable was missing. And he saw it with a Jewish man. This shows that they were Jews living coexisting with the Muslims because he has the belief. And there are Jewish people around Subhanallah, which means they are living. So it means they were living Yes, they were indeed they were safe and secure. So much so that the belief is saying that Jewish man has my arm. So did he just go and kill someone and take it as if I'm taking this out? No. They are honest and upright, because one of the cornerstones of coexistence is to be honest, upright, and to, you know, to understand the justice system and it needs to be operating
correctly. So he took the Jewish man to the courts,
who's at the courts Shreya Akali.
The meaning the judge
Should I was appointed by Ali Vitali.
And what happened?
He comes to Sheree. And he says, Oh, sure, I know this is me, man. He's the. He's the boss. He rules so much of land that so panela Today, there are perhaps 35 countries that we would count. That's the amount of space that was being ruled the territory at the time, by the failure of the muslimeen.
He says, This man has my armor.
And the men knew it was Alibaba, Alibaba. Lohan was armor. He knew it. But what did he say? Sure. He says, oh, amigo mini now I'm here with all respect. Oh, ameerul momineen. It's not like I don't believe you. But this is a justice system. Do you have any evidence that it's yours? Wow. So Han Allah imagine the question being, and the man is a Jewish man. He's a Jewish man.
Do you have any evidence? He says?
I don't have evidence besides the fact that I know it's mine.
And he has it in his head, but it is actually mine.
But tell me is that evidence?
That's not evidence. That's just your statement? Yes, no problem. But the Islamic system is someone who needs evidence. If no one has evidence, then we will get to swearing the oath and so on.
So he says, Oh, ameerul momineen? Because you don't have evidence, I need to now ask the Jewish man.
Do you have any evidence? He says the evidence is it's in my hands. So it's mine.
It is in my hands. So it is mine.
So surely, according to the Islamic law, if it is in someone's hand, and the other does not have any evidence that it belongs to them, then you rule for it to be for the person who's handling. If I'm driving a car, and I'm going and you don't have any evidence to prove it's your car, you cannot just claim my car. It's mine because it's I'm driving it. If there is reason for you to believe it's not mine, put your evidence up and presented and it will be taken away from me and given to you. But no evidence you cannot. So surely it says with all due respect, my judgment is that it will remain in the hands of this Jewish man.
And ameerul momineen.
What could he do? He knew it was his. There was nothing that could be done. He walks away and the Jewish man took a few steps. And he was so delighted that it was now declared is okay, but something told him Hey, hey, do you know what it's really not yours. And then a meal that halifa of the Muslims has actually just had a judgment by his own judge passed against him, yet, it was actually his and not mine. So he turns around, and he says, Oh hobby.
This actually belongs to the amine. And I bear witness there is none worthy of worship besides Allah and that Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam is indeed the Messenger of Allah. If this is the system, I'd like to be a part of it.
imagine one ruling, which was just that proved not only coexistence, but the respect, the integrity and the rights of those who do not share your faith.
That was enough to move the heart of this individual and to bring him to Islam. Yet, he was trying to steal something away initially.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors. What better example can there be than that of the companions of Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam comes in
after having and I'm fast forwarding because I'm sure a lot of us so if all of us perhaps would know that there was a hedgerow that took place when the Muslims were literally driven out of Mecca. It was their land, their property, but because they had a different belief, they Quraysh had driven them out. So they went to Madina, munawwara in Medina, they were Jews, they were Christians, they were Muslims, and they were people who were missionaries mushriks are the polytheists. And Muhammad peace be upon him was made the head and the ruler and the leader, what did he do? He struck a deal and he wrote a parchment or he instructed for it to be written, obviously, he was unlettered but he
instructed for it to be written, so it was written and what was in that parchment part of the details were enshrining the rights of everyone.
part of the deal was we will ensure that we look after, maintain and stand up for the rights of the Jewish
Christian people who live here,
and the others those of other things, and they too, will ensure that they do not use our rights in any way they should fulfill them as well. And this was the agreement and they lived by it. It was broken by them, not by us. So Panama,
there was a deal that was struck, and they lived in coexistence. And a lot of them because they saw the goodness of Islam, they entered the fold of Islam. ask yourself a question today. Do you really think if someone who's a non Muslim sees you as a person, and your life and the way you live, that they would be attracted to it?
If not, let's improve starting with myself. Allah subhanho wa Taala helped me to improve.
We should be such that when we walk when we talk, when we present ourselves,
the media has definitely portrayed us to be bad people based simply on our names and our dress that's there. So you are already judged. Just because you have a scarf on your head, you are already judged just because your name is Mashallah, perhaps Miriam, or Fatima, or Abdul Aziz or Abdullah or whatever else you already judged. So it makes your mission a little bit more difficult. But do not abandon that mission as a result of people who want you to abandon it. Otherwise, you will become a nobody on Earth.
You need to enforce and ensure that the change comes by yourself, I cannot enforce it upon you and force it on myself. So if people know me as this bearded guy, but he's so good when someone and I can tell you something really, one day back at home, I was traveling with my family we were coming back from certain town city back to the Capitol. And it was towards the evening and there was there were three ladies who were stuck with their vehicle they had a puncture on the side of the road and you know our roads are not as great as yours Mashallah, we have a lane going in the lane coming in some of the lane is also eroded and eaten. So it's not so safe even to drive on it, let alone to
stop on it. So when I noticed this
I told my family you know what, you guys wait for a moment.
A visa women, they are asking for help, they need to change the tire. And I know I can do it in a few seconds. So I was dressed in white complete from the top to the bottom.
And what happened is, I put on these gloves. I went out I greeted them. I did not bother telling them who I was or whatever. It's irrelevant. They are human beings. I didn't ask him you guys gays or lesbians or
Jews or Christians or what are you guys? Oh, that for now becomes totally irrelevant because I need to help human beings if I am dying and drowning and a gay guy happens to save me well.
Let me just die.
It's true. I might. I might not be I might disagree. I might we might not see eye to eye on certain matters. But we are human beings, my brothers and sisters, we share humanity. We are all brothers and sisters, children of Adam children of law. We are children of the same parents. We are children from the same route. It's a challenge. I need to tell myself am I a person who can save the lives of others. The Quran says woman I hear her.
Whoever saves a single life, it doesn't say the life of a Muslim. Whoever saves a single life, it is as though they have saved entire humanity.
So panela and whoever
destroys a single life takes away commits murder of a single person. It's as though they have taken away lies of entire humanity. That's the Quranic injunction.
So when I stopped I greeted them with all due respect I told them you guys can step aside and do me a favor we have a triangle Can you put it 50 meters behind the vehicle so people know that you know we are there we are trying to do something we are stuck here basically break down. And Mashallah, it took me five minutes, 10 minutes, and the tire was repaired and I put it back and I took out these gloves of mine, and I put them back in the vehicle. Thank you very much. I was still as spotless as I was. Nothing actually changed Alhamdulillah meaning I did not become dirty or anything. It was quite simple. Nowadays, it's easy. It's quite easy to change it to change a tire. So what happened
is I went to you know, asking questions, who are you what's happening and we were gone. We drove about a year later, we were in the mall.
And because of the way I was dressed, it's quite easy to pick up. This is the men and one lady came running to me
Hello sir. Hello sir. How are you sir? Oh, I've been looking for you
Last year ever since this happened, you know, I saw you on television.
And I was trying to tell people that this is the same guy who repaired our tire and they all thought I'm just crazy. It can't have been him.
Lola, I said, my sister, you know what, I repaired your your tire. But whether I appear on television or not is irrelevant, it's absolutely irrelevant, which means it's got nothing to do with the fixing. You are my sister in humanity, and I was reaching out to you. And to be honest with you.
The minimum I do know is it left a lasting impression in the eyes of these people. And I hope and I pray that at least and listen to this, it's a very important statement I'm making you and I know that guidance is in the hands of Allah, right? I cannot guide someone I can only show them the path, whether they walk on the path or not is in the hands of Allah. But what I know
is those who hate Islam, all of them do not understand Islam, or they would not hate it. That's what I know.
Those who hate Islam, 100% of them have wrong information, something wrong.
So what I do know is by me being a good Muslim, minimum is the enmity will be reduced. That's it, they will now recognize that this is a fake. This is why I told her at the end my system. I'm a Muslim, and Islam requires me to help you no matter what, as a human being, I must reach out.
That's all I wanted Islam to come into the picture to say it's Islam because of Islam. I did this. Have you noticed? And I've noticed it, maybe if you've mixed with a few people of Christians and of Christianity and other faiths, they will tell you, I'm a Christian, I don't lie. They make sure that that comes in. I'm a Christian, I do this.
If, for example, they do something good, they will immediately say I'm a Christian, I won't do but how many of us say I'm a Muslim. That's why I helped you.
I'm a Muslim. That's why I did this Subhanallah The only thing they know about us is Salah, and Ed, and perhaps a scarf or a dress code and your name. That's it. That's Islam. No, Islam is not that it's a whole way of life. Subhan Allah.
So, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
When he came to Medina, you know what I told you of the covenant and they lived beautifully after that. The people of Quraysh the people of Makkah, who had driven them out of their homes, it was the Muslims right?
To go back to get their homes, their properties and their whatever they had belonged to them and to go and live back in their homeland. It was their right to go back to Mecca. So wars took place between the people of Mecca and the Muslims who were driven out of Mecca, and the people of Medina and the others chose to assist them meaning because they were their brothers. So the Battle of battle took place, the Battle of gopher took place, the Battle of conduct took place and several other skirmishes and battles took place. And at the end, the Muslims were victorious. And they arrived at a time known as the victory of Mecca. Have you heard of it? Victory of Mecca? What
happened 10s of 1000s of Muslims marching on to Mecca and the people of Makkah, just looking and they're shocked, shocked. So many people coming we stand absolutely no chance today, there is no chance.
I don't stand any chance. So it was very easy for Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam to do whatever he wanted. But definitely, he did not do what ISIS is doing today. Not at all.
He was very, very far from that. He had these enemies, who had fought them and killed some of them and stole their property and did whatever crimes that were committed.
And he comes up to them with the whole army of 10s of 1000s of powerful companions. And he says yeah, Mashallah. Quraysh Oh, you disbelievers of brush you polytheists of Quraysh.
What do you think I'm going to do to you today?
Well, today, people use the name of Islam, to butcher, those who disagree with them. And they say that's Islam, and they take a video of it. And they want to push it across the whole globe to say, yes, these are Muslims. And we are we are winning. That's a loss. That's the biggest loss. You're making a fool of yourself. Yes, we do have problems and we do have oppression. And we would like to stand up for those who are oppressed, but this is not the way of doing things.
That's not the way of doing things.
So the people of courage, they said, Well, what do we expect? We hope goodness from you. You're a good man. Now I'm a good man, isn't it? Mashallah.
He says, I tell you today what the Prophet Joseph told his brothers that they lack a three by a communion. No blame upon you today no recompense today in Hubble's law. You are all free, you may go and continue with your lives.
Did he say right? You guys are all Christians? Let's kill all of you guys. Did you say that? Did you say you people don't belong to my faith, you don't deserve to live out. This proves to us that what is being done by ISIS in the name of Islam is actually not Islam. This was towards the end of the life of Mohammed Salah Salah, what did he do?
He told him as a result of his beautiful action. The people of Croatia so shocked. They used to hear rumors of how barbaric the Muslims are, and how they've become an as a result of this beautiful acts. Do you know what happened? A lot of them just accepted the fold of Islam there and then to say, wow, this is the case. This can only be a prophet and the messenger from God from Allah
Subhana Allah, so many of the companions who were there on the day, and they were on the wrong side, wrong side, meaning they were the disbelievers and they accepted Islam. As a result, they explain their stories and they say, well, likely we saw this, we wouldn't miss the day. And it was a magnificent day.
This is Islam. This is coexistence. They lived and they continued living into the khilafah and even beyond.
And I've only presented to you a few examples. But there are so many other examples that we have. The popcorn speaks about. The Quran addresses the People of the Book. Yeah, Helen kitabi.
in academia, or people have the book which means all Jews or Christians Come let's come to a common statement between us. So it shows us that the discussion is supposed to be taking place.
We are supposed to be engaging one another in beautiful discussion, learn your faith my brothers and sisters and conveyed discuss it speak to people. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, de la Sabina be kabylake Maggie, Latina Santa Rosa de
la de son, Cole towards the path of your law
and with good speech, good reminders, good words. And when you are debating or discussing,
use the best of arguments, not the worst of them.
This means we are supposed to be engaging those whom we disagree with in discussion in dialogue, we will sit around the table once, twice, 10 times and 100 times No matter how much. But we will make sure that we do not just promote violence, intolerance. It's not Islam.
Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us, my brothers and sisters. It's been an honor to be standing here in front of you. And really, as much as I have discussed this topic, if you notice, what I've done is I've only presented the tip of the iceberg. But we've got the gist of it to say we are we have proven from the life of Rasulullah sallallahu. From the Quran, from the life of some of the greatest of companions that we are being taught to coexist to live together to understand and coexistence does not mean you must give up your faith not at all. Some people think I need to coexist. So now let me just go I can wear my cross, I can take off my hijab, I don't need to say because I need to
fit in fit in. It does not mean fit in No not at all. It means
to understand your differences and to appreciate them with respect.
the others will never be like you and you will never be like the others. It does not mean I need to change my whole life to be like you in order for me to get along with you. You know we have a problem.
Where we don't understand what what the term unity means and how to achieve unity. A lot of us think unity means we uniformity.
Really, we think unity means we all wearing one uniform, and we all thinking the same and we all eat the same and we are united they see a family everyone is just eating exactly the same. And they say the United they're not united their hearts and this united. Unity is when you can live with diversity, talk with tolerance and respect. You are united.
I'm totally different from you. My nationality is different. My style is different. My dress code is different. My food liking is different. My liking of so many other things is different but I'm united because we respect one another we will fulfill each other's rights and we tolerate
to one another that is unity. As a Muslim oma, we have so many little sects that we have. And this is what is destroying us. It's about time we call ourselves Muslims. Someone asks you, what are you and they've asked me a lot. What are you a Muslim? But But But what? There's no buts in Islam. I am a Muslim. But I mean, you know, but what? I'm a Muslim, or a Jew or Muslim. Yes, I am. Well, I love you. So
May Allah subhanahu wa taala help us to love one another for the Jew since we share the Shahada. Do you know there was a companion of Rasulullah Salah who committed a murder.
It was a war and it was actually a mistake and the prophets Allah seldom was told about it and he calls this companion and he says, Why did you do that? He says, No, this man he said, Allah, Allah, Allah Muhammad Rasul Allah, but that was when I was about to strike him, so I just liked him.
So the prophet SAW Selim says,
Allah, Dr. Calvin,
did you look into his heart to see that he was false that you did this to him? Could you see the heart You are supposed to take the statement of the time? So panela the judging is left for Allah. He says, to whom Allah Allah, once a person declares their faith, they are my brothers and sisters now in faith, after they had already been my brothers and sisters in humanity. They are now my brothers and sisters in faith. And the condition of their heart is not for me to judge. It's for Allah to judge.
Yes, if they committed a crime against me, definitely. I have the right to seek justice. But vigilantism is haram in Islam.
You know, what's vigilantism?
When people take the law into their own hands, they want to burn others, they want to have this street justice, they call it law of the jungle. Islam is not a jungle. Nor is it part of the jungle.
But in fact,
Islam is civilization. If I have a problem with you, I mean, to seek justice, through those who are in authority, report the man to the police, take the men to the court, do whatever you have to, but you do not take the law into your own hands and go and say, Look, he stole from me, I'm going to steal from him, otherwise, you will be the criminal. Remember this.
And this is why we say even amongst us, let us learn to love one another, let us learn to promote tolerance, respect and peace, you will be different. You know, they say
like, poles repel, you heard that when you have a magnet, positives repel, but you have
a positive and a negative machine that comes together, comes together, it sticks. And you find something unique. If every one of us can use the speciality we are in the diversity we may be within we, in order to promote goodness, perhaps we will be able to reach out to much more from amongst us. There's an engineer, there's a doctor, there's a lawyer, there's an accountant, there is a plumber, there is perhaps a driver, they are cleaners, they are cooks, they are politicians, there are so many people Subhanallah Not a single one of them can say it's just me, and all the others are not on the path. All of us together, belong to the nation. Similarly, we have so many Muslims, we have this
with all of us together make up Islam.
Let us just ensure that what we are following is valid and authentic. That's the main important point. If there are things that have crept up in the name of Islam, that are not Islam, it's our duty to take it out as simple as that. And that is quite logical and simple. I call myself a Muslim, so I need to follow Islam and Revelation.
And at the same time, if someone else has another opinion, I need to respect him. And I need to understand that the same way I have my right to my opinion so do they. They have their right to their opinion, for as long as I don't trample on toes. I want to end by making mention about something disastrous that is happening on the globe today.
People are promoting a crime using a good word. What is the word? The word is freedom, freedom. And the crime being committed through the word freedom is trampling on the feet of others and insulting them.
We cannot coexist. If you have given people the right to insult others. No you don't. The Quran says all adults have been either onami
If so, law,
do not sway or mock at those who are calling out to Gods besides a law, do not make a joke out of them, because they they may sway or mock regarding a law without knowledge, who would have caused it, you
even if there is something that is totally useless in terms of belief or whatever else, according to you, you do not have to go out and mock and use derogatory terms, because then you will only create hatred.
So, for example, what happened in France,
there are two issues that need to be dealt with not just one.
The issue of vigilantism where people took the law into their own hands in order to go out and perpetrate murder, that was wrong. But the issue of allowing people to insult in the name of joking and freedom of speech and freedom of expression is also wrong. Something we need to know it's clear, clear cut. And I want to say today, that anyone who provokes others and continues provoking them will definitely definitely be able to get that provocation completed.
I cannot keep on swearing you and expect no one to say anything when I'm provoking you day and night. We are not promoting anyone to take the law into their own hands. But we are saying that law that allows people to sway others is an incomplete law that has any loopholes. They need to go back and ensure that that does not repeat itself. It has nothing to do with Islam as a religion. It's got to do with human nature.
It's got to do with human nature. Say for example, it was not Islam that was insulted. But it was an individual who was insulted and their mothers were insulted and their fathers were insulted in the most derogatory way. There are so many people across the globe, who have already taken the law in their own hands and dealt with it through blows, and fists and fights. Because you don't insult my mother, you don't insult something that I look up to. No, it's part of human nature. So those laws that do not take human nature into consideration are flaw. They have loopholes that need to be rectified. It's a fact. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us and guide us. So if you want to coexist,
you need to take into consideration the feelings of the people, you need to take into consideration what is sacred to the people, you need to understand. I do not have to sway you Why should I sway you? So they say no, but it's freedom. So are you so advanced, that in order for you to feel happy, you need to sway me? Is that advancement? Does it make sense to you, in order for you to feel they are so depressed in their lives that they've got to swear those who are content in order to achieve contentment? Is that what it is? I hope that's not the case. Imagine, in order for me to prove that I'm free, I need to sway you and sway you again and again and walk around, I'm free. And now I'm
free. What do you mean? Is that how low you are? Is that how cheap you become? That in order to prove that you are free? You must attack someone swear? Islam says do not do it. So that's why we are talking about Islam.
Because Islam teaches you that listen, even though they are non Muslims, don't you dare sway them, even though they are worshipping food that they've actually eaten thereafter. Some people worship food, do you know that?
So panela some people worship items, you know things, they worship the cow or anything else. You can talk about what they worship, you can discuss it, but you do not insult them. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us because it's sacred to them. That's what it is. I remember when I went to India, for example,
I found people drinking the urination of a car. And I found it rather for me, I found it rather absurd or dirty. But at the end of the day, that's what they're doing. It's up to them. We can talk we can discuss and we have spoken and discuss. But Islam tells you hang on. Don't insult them. Because if you insult them, it will just create hatred. There's no point. And I can give you one last little example as we close you know Abu Jahan was a man who was one of the biggest enemies of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam and Islam.
One day some years later,
well after Abu john was dead and you know, sometime later, after the victory of maca, so a crema even in Abuja, a crema was the son of Abuja, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam was sitting with his companions and he says, Oh, my companion
crema is about to come to declare his entry into Islam, when he comes to not mention a single bad word about his father.
Yet that was the Pharaoh of our nation here. He was the worst of the lot. He was so bad, he had beaten Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam with a stick at one stage with a bow at one stage, or somehow, he used to make life so difficult. So why so Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam explains to his companions to say, by you swearing the man's biological father.
It is not going to hurt the 10th person.
It will only hurt the one who's alive. And there's no point. You're not going to reach the dead person with those insults. He's already gone.
And the son
you may hurt his feelings at the end of the day. That's his father. Perhaps he's battling to come to terms with the fact that that was his father.
So don't mention bad words. This shows us the limits of freedom of speech. This shows us the limits of freedom of speech is not endless. We are free to drive our cars our country, we are free. But are we free to pump our cars into other people's cars?
Common logic, but I fear that in France there might be a law very soon to say you can drive and bump into anyone no problem.
Allah subhanahu Allah safeguard us and may protect us may grant us ease and goodness it's been really an awesome visit of Malaysia this time. And really this beautiful city of cooking. I was wondering why is it so beautiful You know, the atmosphere is lovely, but I realized it comes from the hearts of the people Mashallah beautiful hearts beautiful environment, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us beauty in this world and the next desert from Allah table sallallahu wasallam ah Baraka Allah and Amina Mohammed Subhana Allah behind the issue panic alarm will be handing a shadow Allah Allah Allah