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The importance of Companionship and lessons we learn about it. A lecture delivered at Masjid Al Falaah in Harare Zimbabwe.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam O Allah Shafi lamea he will mousseline Nabina Muhammad, Allah Allah He was happy he would have been on to be on BSN in Isla yo Medina by my beloved brothers and sisters in Islam. It is absolutely important for us to understand that the messengers of Allah subhanho wa Taala, those who were sent by Allah subhanho wa Taala they were chosen by Allah. They were chosen very, very carefully. And Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about it in the Quran. The term used these is the fat is puffy, puffy means to choose to select, Allah says, Allahu Yes, puffy meenal Mela aka to sola Amina.
Allah selects Allah chooses the messengers that he wants from the angels and from the mankind. So the messengers of Allah, those who will carry his message, they are chosen by Allah. When you have a nation for example, if they want to choose an ambassador who will represent that nation in a different place, they will select the best, they will select someone whom they will be proud of. So Allah subhanho wa Taala selected the best. And from among all of them the best was Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam having the largest oma and being the final of all the messengers, Allah kept a certain soul that was the most beloved to him, the highest of all creation, the most noble of
all those prophets, as being Mohammed Abdullah Al Hashimi abou Rashi Salallahu alaihe alayhi wa sallam.
Thereafter, Allah chose companions. These companions were chosen for one year, every Wednesday, we've been speaking about some of these companions. And we've been trying to make mention of their names and a little bit of their biographies. In order for us to become acquainted with the best of the heroes, every country has heroes who struggled when it came to the difficulties of that nation, be it to break loose from the shackles of colonialism or whatever else they are heroes. These heroes The streets are named after them. Sometimes cities are named airports are named important places are named after the heroes so that when the generations come, they will ask you who was this man? What
was this name, the little children and the next generations will know. But the greatest of heroes for us as Muslim men, we know that Abu Bakr Siddiq of the Allahu anhu He is known as of lumen Masha Allah of the battle Ambien, without doubt, he was the best person to walk on the ground, meaning to trick the earth after the messengers of Allah. So the best person to trade the earth after the messengers of Allah subhanho wa Taala was a man known as Abu Bakr Siddiq of your loved one. We've spoken about him at length in the past. And we've also made mentioned that his name is Abdullah hypnobirth. Man, his father's name was rough man, his name was Abdullah as a common practice at the
time, they used to call him abubaker. These were known as Guna Kona, meaning a specific name, father of so and so, Abu hurayrah, Abu phoolan, Abu Musab etc. He was known as Abu Bakar, father of bhaker. So his name was Abdullah heaven Earth Man, what a great man. Now what I'd like to go through this evening, after having been through so many of these companions, we need to know what is the greatness of companionship? What is it all about? My beloved brothers and sisters, let me explain something important. Do you know that your character, your life, your the way of speaking, your actions, the way you look, the way you dress, the way your whole life operates? is very, very
closely connected to those whom you mix with, very closely connected to those whom you mix with. When you interact with people who speak in a specific way, you begin to speak like them, because you mix with them. If they speak correct English or the correct language of that area that you live in, you will speak correctly with the rest of them, you cannot have one person speaking bad language and the rest of them are all proper. It doesn't happen that one will actually come with the rest at a certain stage. And the same applies if you have an entire nation that has foul language and you are living amongst them, you will also develop found Lang foul language. There may be a few exceptions
of those who are strong, but they will find it very, very difficult if they are the only ones in that company. So if we were to go to us
School our children were to go to a school did you know that we have chosen for them how they are going to come out how they're going to grow up based on the type of children that are at that particular school. It has to happen. When they grow up, they will have that thinking. They will have had friends who think like that. If those people were materialistic, well, your child is going to be materialistic. If those children had brilliant habits, they were concerned about goodness and Salah, your child will be so because of the company companionship. The Quran warns us about it. The sooner of Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam warns us about Yeah, Are you loving?
Me, oh you who believe. Be conscious of Allah and be with those who are truthful. Be with those who are truthful, who are those, your company, make sure it is straight, make sure it is upright. When you mix with people, all of them have crooked dealings, you begin to think that it's normal to have a crooked dealing and you deal just like them.
When you mix with people who have straight dealings, you, you purify the way you look at things. So panela when you mix with people who are complaining, you complain with those who complain and when you mix with people who enjoy and still thank Allah you become like that. Allah is warning you. In fact in Surah Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the Surah Al Furqan Allah says
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On the day of judgment, the oppressor will eat his hands. That means he's going to regret very seriously. And he will say,
I wish and I hope I had not had such and such a person as my friend.
That's what he will say. Why? Because he led me astray after the guidance came to me.
He will say I wish I had chosen the path of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he will say I wish I had chosen the path of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and I wish I had not had such and such a person as my friend. Because after I knew the truth, these people led me astray. That's what happened. What was that? companionship, the company companionship. So Pamela, choose your friends. It goes beyond that. Choose the neighborhood that you are living in, it becomes an honor to have good friends, you mix with good people, it's an honor, you are known as a top person because of those you interact with. When people look at you, they know you're not the cheapest and because you
don't interact with those who are cheap. And when we say cheap, we're talking of character conduct. We're talking of uprightness, the closeness to Allah. There are two things you look into a person when you want to marry Deen when you look into the level of closeness to Allah and you look at their character, you do not need to see a third thing, they can be any race to be honest. They can belong to any tribe, they can belong to whatever in the world if they have been and they are fit to let your daughter get married to that is the deen of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So it means those are the most important things to look for in a person uprightness. And the Prophet sallallahu Sallam tells
us very clearly, that when it comes to company, it will make you a break. So panela your addressable market will be highly valuable a hadoken manuka honey, a man is known by the company he keeps, so each one of you be careful who is your company.
Like we say the young boys who go and the girls who are going to the clubs and who perhaps have bad habits, a lot of it is connected to their friends. They mix with the people, you mix with 20 guys all on drugs, don't come and tell me you're not on it. You have not done it. It doesn't work that way.
Now Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy. Sometimes life can become lonely because there comes a stage in the life of a person when he begins to think, am I right? Or am I wrong? And all these people are right. Or am I
right? And all of them are wrong, what's going on here? Because of the number of people that are not fit for the companionship of a movement of a believer because they're not upright? The number of people who are weird, the number of people who have shady deals will increase towards the end of time. And we need to know that this will make us if we
We are upright feel uncomfortable and that's it No Don't worry just cheat meaning you can put 900 grams and right there one kilo. We everyone does it. Everyone does it. Is that the case? Well, something's wrong with me then a little bit too straight for this company. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. So going back to Abu Bakr, Siddiq Allahu Allah subhanho wa Taala decided to choose a certain type of people, a certain type of people one by one to be the companions of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, Allah He every example there is in the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam or in the Quran that Allah has revealed. Every example is for us to learn a lesson from in our lives.
Some of these people, they found it difficult to accept Islam because of their families today, so many people they find it difficult to accept Islam because of their families. Some people find it difficult to start practicing Islam, a girl who lives in a home where the family is not interested in the deen. But the names of Islamic names and they claim that they are Muslim in when she wants to put a scarf on her head, she will have to battle her own folks. That's what happens. That the examples and the strength she can derive is from the stories of those companions who are around Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam and Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam himself.
Sometimes you have a situation whereby you you have been cheated in business. Well go back to the lives of the prophets of Allah Selim. They were people who cheated in business and they cheated the Sahaba of Allah know, how did they deal the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam saw a pile of dates, and they were looking superb, absolutely lovely. Nice. You know, you see the stock from the top looks tops as they say. He put his hand in it and he felt that Bella Bella means it was wet inside there was a rotten date underneath. And the Prophet sallallahu Sallam said marhaba sahibabad What is this? Oh, businessman, what is this man, the questioner Felisa meaning, whoever cheats us cannot
claim to be from amongst us done.
So, this was a story that's there because we needed to learn a lesson for us. That's why the story is there. There were people who accused others of adultery, the story is there because you or I may be accused tomorrow of something we have not perpetrated. We may be, don't worry, Allah gives you comfort to say there are some crackpots in society, who will accuse you of something you did not do no problem, the crackpots are there they are there, and they are there in numbers and the numbers may be increasing. But Allah kept a hadith for you and your comfort. And as a warning for those, that Hadith is there, not for nothing, not because the Sahaba were bad people, but you needed the
comfort that's why it's there. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam was sworn and people saw him. Why did this way he did not deserve it. But he was sworn because tomorrow when we are sworn, we should not think we are a big deal. There was a man who was the biggest deal who was also sworn How did he react? So kind of law? So do you see those around Mohammed Salah Salem, they were chosen they were Sahaba of the Allahu anhu they were killing some of them. They defend their land with their lives. They defended their Deen with their lives of the Allahu anhu Jimmy And may Allah be pleased with all of them. It is an insult to say the name of any one of them without saying may Allah be happy with
them. Why? Because they did a such a great service. One day a man was speaking ill he was saying something about the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu in the presence of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he was speaking about those who had the Maha God and who had come from Mecca, and the Prophet sallallahu Sallam looked and says la de su boss happy for London FCB a de lo and Sokka had to commit.
Don't ever you dare say one word bad about my companions, for By Allah, I swear that if any one of you were to spend a mountain mount should filled with gold in the cause of Allah, it would not reach in reward or in value in the eyes of Allah, one handful that does my companion spent, or even half of that handful.
So even if you spend 3 billion, 5 billion 10 billion, and they spent one, one handful of dates, their hand was far more in the value in the eyes of Allah than your billions remember this, so don't talk bad about them. This is what Allah is saying. This also means when someone does a little bit for the dean, don't talk bad about him. You don't know how close he is to Allah subhanho wa Taala people do small things. There was a man who used to clean the masjid the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala just cleaning the house of Allah asking him he said you know what, this is the house of Allah when I see did I pick it up? I pick up all this dirt. That is his service to Allah subhanho wa Taala
Allah he when he gets on the Day of Judgment, he will have a VIP status because the King's House, you did not want to see any
Did you didn't have to tell someone, please come here, look this dish, do it yourself. It's the Kings place. It is the king of kings. So Pamela is that he was the one who gave you your life, the one in whose hands lies your happiness or sadness, that is the one. So this is Allah Subhana Mota. He chose these companions Be careful. There is a campaign my brothers and sisters today we have people are swearing the Sahaba of the Allahu Akbar. powerful man. The Hadith says when he walked down a galley chez Thun was too scared to walk up or down the same galley he had to go to another galley. The Hadith says no canon a BM bad de la Cana Omar, if there was going to be a prophet after
me and there is not going to be a prophet. But if there was it was going to be Omar Nakata. Today people say Omar is cursed Omar is this Be careful of those statements. Islam is not a religion of kissing people. Just remember that.
Allah subhanho wa Taala would never choose companions of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam who were cheats. It's an insult to Allah. Imagine. Imagine Allah subhanho wa Taala in full control of the situation. And you are telling me that he the all the companions are on Mohammed salatu salam with cheats? They were hypocrites. Who did we insult Allah subhanho wa Taala look at this man, the man who murdered while reading the Quran in the condition of fasting and people Swain what type of death did he have? Very few people have had such a blessing of death. And the Prophet sallallahu Sallam predicted it.
Don't ever let anyone speak bad about these heroes of ours will live just like in a nation, they will never allow you to insult the president, they will never allow you to insult the heroes who have died for the land. Similarly, in Islam, we should never insult those who have sacrificed we should just say about their loved one, if there were disputes among them. Remember, sometimes the people carrying the stories have exaggerated some of these stories. I've come across stories, we went to trial authenticate some of these stories. A lot of them in fact about the disputes between the Sahaba have been exaggerated so that a person like you and I we lose respect for those who
carried the deen so that now when it comes to you and you hear about horror of Allah and who said this, you think ah Who was that man? And when you hear Ilana said this Who was that man, I shall,
between eyeshadow de la casa de la Juan, sorry, between eyeshadow De La Hoya and Abu huraira de la one, they carried the most Hadith between the two of them. And if you are to cause problem, in the respect of those two, you have deleted half of the dino even more. So people have carefully done this. They have started insulting you find out each other now when you say she said this, and she said that she lived with the Prophet sallallahu sallam, she knew what was going on. People say no, no, no, she was stung. Bad things they mentioned what you're done. Just watch your tongue. That's all. When you hear her name say don't be alarmed. If anyone says there was this a look I don't want
to talk bad about those who were heroes. And the story's over he Sabo whom Allah Allah if there was anything in between them and Allah subhanho wa Taala. We, we have taken everything they brought to us in terms of the goodness they brought the deen will lolly they carried the deen to us today. They brought it here. So we will respect these companions. These are the companions but to do yourself a favor, you need to make sure that you live your life in a way that you deserve the companionship of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam in the hereafter. And how will that be? by me following the sooner number one and trying to be the best that I can. Making sure I have good company. When you make sure you
have the best company in this world alone will give you the best company in the hereafter. Remember that. So when don't feel ashamed to distance yourself from bad company, whether you tell them or not is another story. I might not tell you but I've stepped 10 steps back because you know what? You're a bad influence on me. Whenever I sit with you, I miss my Salah. I'm not going to sit with you. When I sit with you. I start smoking. When I sit with you I start doing some sort of all due respect to the smokers, okay? But when I sit with you something else happens when I sit with you. I swear I start backbiting I don't want to sit with you. It's okay. And if you don't say that at least take a
step back two steps back big be busy yourself in something brilliant. And Allah subhanho wa Taala will bless you, my beloved brothers and sisters I decided to choose today to talk about it because we've been speaking about the Companions for a year. It's about time we feel within ourselves, Oh Allah, on the day of judgment and in the Akira make me a companion of Muhammad Sallallahu. So, in the dunya I missed out because I was too weak. I want to end with one action.
Example. When the Sahaba of the Allahu Allah were told by a man who rushed to
the galleys of Medina, and he said, Allah in Morocco to hurt him, that was the announcement he made a man random, one of the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu. He was rushing and he said, Hey, alcohol has been made prohibited. Did you hear what he said? The people who were drinking you know what they did, they spat it out of their mouth. That's why they were Sahaba because when they heard from someone saying that hammer was haram alchol Hara, they spat it out. They threw it away. They had bottles, they may not bottles, as in such but containers, they threw them the drums that were filled with alcohol, they spilled them, they say the galleys of Medina were rolling, meaning they were
flooding with whatever these people had the question I have for you, you see, they were Sahaba You know why? They could immediately Listen, they didn't need to think they didn't think they as soon as the instruction came, they dropped it and they were gone. No one said but why but I've got a lot I need to quickly sell my stock and I'm gonna make a loss and this is going to happen that's going to happen. Let me think let me go back instead try and see if we can have a few more days you know, maybe after two weeks we'll be able to sell out all this thing here and good, nothing big dropped, it's pathetic was gone, it was out and finished over. That's why they were known as Sahaba. They had
this quality in them of mttr in detail means to immediately adopt but with us not no one is screaming shouting a alcohol is haram we are being told live that listen my brother This is bad for you. Here's the verse of the Quran it's revealed here's the verse is a courage to think about it you know he shocks you know make dua for me. That's the new one we've heard. Men you involved my brother drugs, everything else you beating up your wife you disrespecting your family. You never there you committing this and that people are trying to help you. But you still say You know what? I'm not the only one doing this. So just don't talk to me only but make dua for me Mind you, you know I'm gonna
try No problem. My brother, it's a favor. You're doing yourself you want to be a companion in the era. Become a person who adopts immediately I promise you the chances are great, the chances are great. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all. Allah bless you all. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala alleviate the suffering of those who are suffering in Aleppo, in Hallam in Syria in all the other countries were lucky the Muslim Mena struggling, may Allah grant us peace and stability in all the nations and May Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors and goodness, may Allah subhanho wa Taala really create ease for every single one of us. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala help us through the
uncertain times that we are going through whether it is regarding the economic situation of this particular nation, or whether it is any other problem Yeah, Allah make it easy for us. I mean akuto li hada sallallahu wasallam Allah Baraka Allah Nabina Muhammad
Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen