Islam for Peace
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was Salatu was Salam ala
we commence always by praising Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, the One who made us and the one whom we worship the one who is
every act of worship none besides Him, may we ever wish
to Allah protect us from worshipping anyone, but
limitations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and all his companions, his entire household, may Allah Subhana Allah bless them all, and bless every single one of us. Those who come up to the end of time, our offspring, Allah keep them steadfast on this, the
my brothers and sisters,
searching for peace, although we belong to the religion of Islam, and there are others who do not belong to this religion, who are also looking for peace. And we have the word
peace. We all know if I were to ask you what is the meaning of Islam
is derived from the root word. And at the same time, they will tell you it also means submission.
To submit to Allah Subhana Allah. So the idea is very, very simple. And that is, if you submit to Allah subhanho wa Taala, you will definitely achieve.
But the problem is a lot of us said, you get caught up in the worldly life that is full of glitter and glamour around us. And we do not realize that the piece that we really need is enshrined in the revelation.
The Revelation of Allah subhanho wa Taala. If I were to use my mind and
removing revelation from the entire equation, we would think that if I've got a beautiful car, I wouldn't be happy.
If I got a nice house
example, then I will be
no, ask those with Well, they will tell you something is lacking us those who have everything in the world, they will tell you something is lacking. so kindly ask those perhaps we might have lots of children, they have bungalows, perhaps they have so many different things. They do not have
that I'm not happy something is missing.
from across the globe, they will obviously confirm to you that once we get into the fold of Islam, we have found lots and lots of pieces because the maker who made me, the major who made you he has instructed us he has done rules and regulations as to how to carry ourselves in a way that we will achieve through inner and outer peace. Allah subhanho wa Taala granted to us,
my brothers and sisters.
Sometimes when we look at it, and we look at what is going on around the globe, we might think for a moment that the two are far apart to the degree that those who are Muslim, are the very one sometimes who are guilty of perpetrating acts that are not befitting for them. And for this reason, it is important that we discuss this topic from several angles. The first, as I've already
mentioned, the surrendering to the decree.
I have no choice in that regard.
It is not befitting of a believing male or believing female, that when Allah
has declared something, that they have a choice in that regard
that they have no choice in that regard. Allah has declared something once.
He has declared something a true believer feels in his or her heart, that I definitely have absolutely no choice in this regard. This is the only path to peace and this is how I will achieve true inner and outer peace. And this is why whenever we read Salah when we fulfill our prayer, we have to read
and there is a beautiful,
beautiful, but one in particular is
the most important supplication for a believing male or female, or for that matter, any human being, asking the maker, guide us to the space, guide us to the space every day we need to because we went apart that lead us not only to paradise, but even in this world, all the difficulties and issues we face we would like to be from amongst those who can be assisted by
to go through them what our heart is,
the condition of our bodies, by the will of Allah Subhana Allah. So
manifest way, so we ask Allah Subhana Allah to protect us. This is why we always say, my brothers and sisters, it is important for us to return to what
is important for us, check what we are doing as Muslims, what we are doing even as human beings and to ask ourselves
is this what Allah subhanho wa Taala
makes mention of the very purpose of creation of existence, and I'm sure you would know this
the reason why you have been created
I have not created mankind except for the purpose of worshiping me what
their lifespan should
make it easy for us to do that.
So someone might ask a question, what about my salary, what about my job, what about my routines
in order to live a life and look after my family that is important, but that should be within the limits of
has told you that something is wrong, something is prohibited, something is not allowed. And if that path is going to lead you towards achieving some form of money, remember that money will not come about goodness, it will come about with lack of
understanding it is important.
globe we have a very very materialistic
and we will notice aggressive media and the advertising media
which will help us temporarily
take a look at the various other accessories and luxuries that we enjoy.
You have such a beautiful mobile phone, I'm giving you that example. It's a reality, it affects all of us, sometimes myself included.
It has some form of, you know, the latest maybe in technology and so on and you think to yourself, I must get one like this, ask yourself for a moment Do I really, really, if we continue to follow that which is the latest?
We will never be continuous. Do you know why? Because technology moves faster than myself. You buy the latest phone today, within a few days, there is another one
you get the top computers today with the highest number of gigabytes, terabytes
they have produced something better and higher.
and paradise paradise he says
those who want to compete with one another.
That is what you should compete regarding.
Man for example, he gets up every night, you should ask yourself do I remember
the morning before in fact we can call it the last portion of the night. Such that no one is watching you. You get up quietly between you and Allah.
Allah that is preparation for paradise, you will be getting the latest
So we will not be able to be happy if we are running behind. I met a brother who has one of the latest motor vehicles, one of the latest motor vehicles.
And he told me this was in Africa to Panama, in South Africa. He told me this is the latest car.
I told him my brother right now as we speak, they either have one or the
other like you if you are not happy with if you want to continue saying that.
You need to know you will be running forever. He looked at me and started laughing. He says you know you wish as you always like to put us down. I said it's not a question of putting you or anyone else down. It's a question of reality reality what is reality. Make use of what you have. If Allah has blessed you with wealth, you can get what is the latest but remember
and remember to humble yourself within the obedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Across the globe, there are people who have their names up.
They are very famous actors and actresses.
If you see there is something missing in their lives
rather than running behind material items which we will not be able to make use of when we pass away.
If you look at another
Allah has told us to rush towards to run to him.
means to run away from running away from something towards Allah. It means to run away from all that which is distracting you from Allah subhanho wa Taala and go towards
Allah This is when you will achieve goodness. This is when you achieve much happiness. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all that goodness. So if we take a closer look at ourselves, we will find that sometimes there are people who own a meager amount in this world
They are people who might have
a specific way you know, I am so impressed
I feel VIP. But look at how they dress,
how they talk
they have the time to smile at others for the sake of Allah that goes a long way in,
you know, yesterday or was it the previous day? I saw
the best of creation, the highest of all prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala the beautiful city has such peace. I'm sure you know that. You feel this tranquility in the city of Medina menorah, and there was a certain brother, who was looking,
frowning as he was looking so upset and angry. And I looked at him and I smile, that's my normal habit. You know, you look at someone you smile at them, and you have a nice broad smile. And I smiled.
And he looked at me and he says,
thinking what is? The man does not have peace, there is something wrong. I said my brother, may Allah make life easy for you, whatever it is, that is harming you, whatever it is, that is bogging you down. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless you in every single way. I don't know who he is, but this is why I was making for him because I felt the man does not have peace. What is it? And I told him my brother, can I tell you something? Can I tell you something you will not be offended? He says no. I said please break into a broad smile for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala
immediately started laughing and he broke into a smile.
But we did not touch his problem. I don't even know what his problem is up to now, I have no clue what it was. But what I do know is that the smile is
adopted, you will definitely achieve
maximum number of sooner you will be in maximum amount of peace. As simple as that is Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. This is the path he chose this
lifestyle. This is how he treated his enemies. This is how he treated his family members and everyone else. The more we adopt of it, the more we will be at peace because he brought to the religion.
So the point I just made is when we learn to smile, we learn to achieve the peace through the deal if you are smiling for the right reason. But if you are smiling for the wrong reasons,
you might not be able to achieve that peace. We need to love one another for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala many times people complain you know, I can't sleep at night Can I tell you a lot of the times diagnosing the problem is not very difficult. My brother
a lot of the times when we owe people money we cannot see when if we were people who did not borrow the money in the first place we would be able to sleep and another thing is as much as it is a worry. You need to know as
your best dressed in the hands of Allah subhanho wa Taala
work hard to achieve that which is beneficial for you.
Do not be lazy. That's definitely the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala perhaps tomorrow we will speak of productivity We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to make it easy for us. So if we know that Allah subhanho wa Taala his plan is such that he has pre designed for us our lives, we will come to realize that my effort, Allah has put within me the capacity to make an effort. So let me make an effort. What fruit I get as a result is in the hands of Allah. Allah. Some people work from morning to evening, they come back with a few 1000 rupees.
Some people make a five minute phone call and they have struck a deal with 200,000 rupees it can happen. So this is all about plan. So we need to make the effort but what we get as a result, do not become depressed.
Remember, it's for you ultimately, this whole the whole
is a tip from Allah subhanho wa Taala. What will be happening? When we die? We will return to
us what we've done. And he will ask us, how was your period?
What did you do your deeds will be brought
up easy, and may we get our deeds on our right hand.
Sometimes people lack sleep because
of various reasons.
Worried about something that you are not supposed to be worried about tomorrow is another day, you need to be at peace. If you have a lie, you won't be able to sleep, because you will be worried when am I going to get caught? What is going to happen? Perhaps someone is going to realize that I live in a person who
will not be at peace, because one who has committed adultery will be wondering if someone is someone going to catch me. Maybe after some time this will happen that will happen. We have no peace, love. We'd like peace, it's important for us. Turn to Allah. Remember, as we obey the instructions of
Allah, so we achieve a lot of love.
He was a prophet of Allah. He was the Prophet of Allah subhanho wa Taala sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, there was peace and blessings be upon him. Sometimes what people do is they follow the suit. Outwardly, they might have for example, a beard, and they might have
clothing that is, according to the suit.
They might have perhaps, a little car and so on. And they use it often and what have you and they say, you know what, I am a condo.
Or you look at
my brother, that is only three or four things, there are more than 100,000.
I don't know if you know what I'm saying. People sometimes
when they have outwardly, four or five minutes
from your heart, and it continues out, it includes those items that are external, and also that which is internal, how you deal in business, in that regard, your family, some people do not have the time for their own children, and they claim to be following the suit.
What are they going to achieve? What are their family members going to achieve? You don't have time for your family. Look at
how he spoke to his children, how he spoke to his daughters, his wives, how he respected them, how he addressed his son in law and the law and how
many of us have bad now sometimes
the words we use with our wives or family members, dirty words and we expect to have peace.
few moments in order to
we commence once again.
Brothers and sisters I just want to recap on one point before I continue
That is definitely the most powerful point in existence alone.
Worship Allah alone, do not associate partners with Allah subhanho wa Taala in any way will be easily snatched away from the heart. A lot of the times due to the fact that the person is not worshipping Allah know, how do you worship Allah alone. every act of worship is solely for the one who made me who made me Allah. For him I will put my head on the ground, but then just go on the ground for anyone else.
I will definitely fulfill my friend but we do not pray to anyone else we do not reach out to others besides Allah subhanho wa Taala
Indeed, the places of frustration belong to Allah.
Whether we say the massages, as in the houses of Allah subhanho wa Taala
that which we are permitted to put our heads on the ground, or to put our heads upon prostration belongs to Allah. And we should remember, never call out.
do not call out to anyone but Allah.
The minute we turn to others, besides,
that amount of peace will be snatched away from our hearts and from our existence, even though we might feel happy for a few moments, that is
making us feel happy. Yes, it is like bamboo inside. And the outside just looks like it's something strong.
Now returning to the tsunami
I will say there are hundreds of 1000s of
his entire life is ensuring it is written quite clearly, so many aspects of his life. Where are we? How are we going to improve my brothers and sisters?
Sometimes, at work, we robbed some of the time
of those who we work for how you're supposed to work from eight to five and you have a one hour lunch. We arrive to work at half past eight and we're sitting on our phone. What are you doing? What's happened?
And after a little while we are surfing the internet. What are you doing? I have two three emails. No, I have a Blackberry. So Blackberry, every little while my email comes through. I'm replying Why are you working for someone
claiming that you are working here but in actual fact you're doing your own job, you're doing your own job.
We are taught by the scholars and
whoever deceives us
working and yet you are doing your own thing. Do you have permission to do that?
If you have the permission, if you do not have the permission. Remember that amount of wealth that you have earned, for those moments that you are doing something else that may match your piece away? May Allah subhana wa Jalla not do that to us. It's important for us to know these things, we take them lightly, no matter how religious we appear outwardly. Remember, if we have not refined the inside, we have followed the path of failure. May Allah Subhana Allah help us to strengthen ourselves.
My brothers and sisters, people are looking for sleep at night.
If your Salah is in order, your prayer is in order you have read for the sake of Allah because you want to you love it. In that case, when you recline in your bed
How can I be at peace, I have a good link with the one who made me, He who made me I have a powerful link with him because I know that I will as best as I can the duties and obligations I have to him. Now when I'm in my bed, I switch off and I'm ready to wake up early in the morning back to pray.
This is the link that will result in it is something that will definitely result in
salah and this is why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has given us so much
advice. And in terms of warning regarding salah and missing what is the goodness of fulfilling it? And what is the warning regarding
we claim to be Muslim and yet
how can that be how we claim to be Muslim yet we tell a lie.
A lie it will come back to haunt us.
We have you said somebodies well can that be? We do not live in harmony with those who are around us because we say You know what? This person is not a Muslim, I can spit in his face. No. Did the prophets of Allah
spit in the face of a non Muslim?
Even those who are his enemies? Did he ever spit in their face
in such respect, and he ensured that this wasn't carried through to us. Because obviously it's ensuring from Allah subhanho wa Taala it came to us. So now you need the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam you find
when he wasn't granted, he was alone.
What meant he was alone as soon as he came down
They started accepting it slowly but surely, and the finger slowly moved up. How did it move up? How did that figure move up? If he was hard against those who are around him, although they were hard against him, the dean would not have spent a lot.
very important characteristic of
and that is the fact that he was lenient towards
lenient towards those around him. And it is
hard, hard to,
if you were harsh and hard hearted, they would have
they would have gone around.
beautiful way of speaking, beautiful way of addressing people, talking to them, looking at him and giving them important, very honest, very bright,
shining example with his family with his own companions and so on. When the others watch, they say no, this man is definitely a prophet of Allah subhanho wa Taala. He's definitely worth following.
That is why you should not be
still be at peace.
If you have, if you have conviction, every one of us has suffered some form of health problem, whether it is a minor flu or something major.
Every one of us goes through difficulty and turbulence, sometimes we have profit, sometimes we have loss. Sometimes we have good health sometimes.
Sometimes we have good news, sometimes we have bad sometimes people have been born in our family, sometimes they have passed away. All these are tests from Allah, every one of us that
it has have to happen to us.
It has to have happened to us because it was part of the text from Allah subhanho wa Taala, Allah
subhanho wa Taala that he will do
so many different types of tests, in order to see
we will definitely test you
with so many different items, lawsuit terms of material items.
Allah subhanho wa Taala says, we will test you with some fear, we will test you with all the different types of tests there are hunger,
loss in terms of material items,
lost in terms of produce,
loss in terms of life, loss is good news for those who are some of
those who may suffer. So what
is the acceptance of the decree of Allah and enduring for the sake of Allah knowing that ultimately I have to return to Allah. No matter how healthy I am today, there will come a time when I will become old, if Allah wants me to arrive at that age.
And there has to be a day when I
take a look at Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And I always make mention of this. He was the most content. He had the most so much peace that when he was in
and you know what they did to him. They ridiculed him. They tried to better him. They caused his body to bleed.
And yet he prayed to Allah subhanahu wa jal
If you are not upset with me, all this is okay. I don't mind anything for as long as you are pleased with me, everything else is okay.
He wasn't so much peaceful though, if we were in that position, we might have been in so much disturbance within ourselves. And we might be so angry at the people who are doing that to us.
In so much of peace that he actually said,
rather than punish.
Rather than punish these Yama leave them in order for their generations to be guided. This is a powerful, I'm sure we know that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
When they inflicted harm on him bodily harm,
he was a piece of
take a look at another part of
life, he was informed that he
was struggling to breathe.
This is an example that I really, really feel we need to learn.
At that time, there was no way when people had a child, when they were blessed with a newborn, they would send the newborn into the open a what we would now perhaps the rural areas and let them be suckled
by the nurses and at the same time, grow up for a few years with eloquence, and good language and good habits and breathe the fresh air and so on. That was the culture. And he came and confirmed it and
when they had the son,
he went and he was taken. The man was a blacksmith and there was a lot of smoke that used to come when he was staying. And after some time what happened is the son suffered some respiratory problems. And he passed away. Take a look at your hammock, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam now carrying his own child in the last few moments, and a tear drops from his eyes. But he's at least he's at peace.
But he has dropped
and his child
Meaning passed away in the hands of Muhammad.
He did not for one moment, blame the blacksmith.
Not even for a split moment, not even one, not even one with us. If something happens, we will immediately try and blame someone and say you know what?
Because this is what happened. We are suing him for 20 lakhs
or more, I think someone might be thinking that is nothing today.
People today want to sue here they are not happy, not a piece that will never give you closure. You can sue how much you like. But it will not give you closure. You will be lacking peace until you surrender to the decree of Allah.
We believe that good in bad faith is from Allah. One of the reasons why that is made the condition of the man is
if we do not believe that good and bad faith is from Allah, we will be killing one another.
We will be blaming everything on anyone else. I recall when I traveled once one of the Western countries, and I read the newspaper, and I was astonished because it was something new to me at the time. Many, many years ago, there was a robber who was trying to go to steal in someone's house. And when he was
in the garden, which was not closed, and he tripped and he broke his leg. And he took that man to the court. And he won the case. And he achieved money from the owner of the house because his legs broke when he was when he fell and trip from a hole that was in a small garden of this man's house. Yet he had come to see but what his point was.
Why? Because they don't believe in
they don't believe in another house.
This issue of fate, destiny.
The question you need to ask yourself, did you try your best according to the capacity Allah gave you
need to be depressed?
Did you try your best?
Some people cannot sleep. You know what I'm going to say? Obviously we are speaking to a lot
Have students as well, because they cannot marry the person they want. So now they're depressed. The story, the whole globe and one and a half million women, they all mean nothing close, why I'm depressed Why?
I didn't manage. But that person is one, they might be 100 people who want to marry that person
based on not just my beloved brothers and the sisters as well, you want to marry someone.
You want happiness, very important to decide to make the important decision of marriage based on the advice.
That is how you get.
So I'm not saying you do not look at what they look like you look at it, but make sure that
those two are the main most important things to look at. today. Immediately, people look at what car you're driving, what salary you are getting, what house you are living in, and so on. Allah subhanho wa Taala does
what Allah tells us to get married to the women. And if there is poverty in the equation, marriage itself will bring about
a coup d'etat.
If they are poor,
it is true that marriage, Allah will grant them sustenance through his virtue, the virtue belongs to Allah subhanho wa Taala. So the point I was raising is 100 people want to marry the same person? How many are going to marry that person? 100 boys have?
Should they be depressed?
Should they be in bed all day? I don't want to get up. Why? Because my son has already.
We all know
how can you allow yourself to become depressed because of the degree of Allah subhanho wa Taala? You tried your best?
What was the result?
It was not possible for some reason.
Short, in Java, you will get one youngster came to me reminds me now he told me, but will I get?
What am I going to say? If I say no problem?
If I say yes, it's another problem, because she's the wife of someone else.
People are making to be together in general with someone else's wife.
So I always say the best answer is work towards when you get there, Allah has promised you that you will get what you desire. But the condition is you must
the condition is when you get there, then you decide what you want and what
it's like, for example,
a person traveling from this part of the world, maybe they are going to
one of the Western countries and they have someone says what would you have to eat. And from here, they decide they're going to have you know, of all the local foods and so on
this place, whether it is whatever it is, you know, the the Indian food that we have.
And he's thinking, Okay, you must give me that when he gets there. fast food places, you can only order chips and burgers.
Now he looks at it and he says, All my food, forget about it. Give me this, give me some of the children. And
this is just an example. Obviously, it's a very low example. But the idea is when you get somewhere you will be in a better position to decide what you want.
How is gentlemen, we only know what was described in the Quran and
we do not know anything else. And even that we have an understanding which is very limited regarding what gender it is limited to Revelation alone.
No one else can inform us of what is in paradise only alive.
do not become depressed because you could not have something in this world. No, if you tried your best. Remember, it's not for you. It was nothing. Sometimes people want to become engineers. They want to go to university, but they fail and they try
again. They try very hard and they fail again.
Perhaps Allah has another plan for you. I remember a story I read about a man who was selling tomatoes
on the side of the road. And a certain gentlemen
offered him a job, or he saw the advantage of a job as a cleaner in one big company. So
he went into the company
to get the job. And in the interview, they asked him, oh, they were very happy with him. This man is hard workers on with a job as a cleaner, cleaning, one, cleaning, you know, sweeping, cleaning the toilet and the bathroom and whatever else they eat.
Whatever they want to clean and dust every day, that was the job. So they asked him at the end of the interview, what is your email?
What is that?
What do you mean? What is that email, you have no email, you have no email, you have no life. Sorry, we cannot give you a job because we want to respond to you via email, you don't have email, we don't have a life, you can receive the message, okay. And he went out. And he saw, in fact, he saw tomatoes, he decided I'm going to sell these tomatoes. So he was he bought a few tomatoes, he sold it, he made a small profit. He bought a few more shows, he made a profit, he bought a larger number. Then he went to the market. And he used to buy in one place and sell in another place
until he opened his own small store to sell vegetables and fruits. And after that he became one of the biggest fruit and veggie wholesalers in his city. So much so that he was now a few years later in competition in business with the same man who told him no email, no life. So one day, he was invited to one big business party and meeting and he met this man and they were talking and he remembered at the back of his mind that you know what? No business meaning no email, no life here is the man. Anyway, they got talking. This man took out his card and gave him the car.
The big businessmen the original man gave
the car and tells him this is my car. What about yours? He says, I have nothing. There's no you have no email. He says no email and I will never have anything he says but if you have no email, you will have no lies.
Because I did not have an email.
If I had an email, I was going to clean the toilet.
If I had an email, I was going to be wiping all the dirt from your office because I was going to get the job but because there was a bigger plan for me. That is the reason why I did not have the email. Now I am in no way telling you to give up your email.
But what I am saying is look at the distribution of Allah subhanho wa Taala he will he can give him something that sometimes the most highly qualified people
in my life, I have seen some of the wealthiest people and you ask them how much did you study they say I was a dropout at school. I dropped off and
it can happen it does happen. This is the moral of the story.
What is a portion for you from Allah subhanho wa Taala that is the piece that is taught in Islam. That is how we achieve Allah subhanho wa Taala bless
my brothers and sisters in order to taste the beautiful piece that Allah subhanho wa Taala has promised us in this world that we need to fulfill
as much as we can of the responsibilities and obligations we have on our shoulders. One of them is the way we dress.
If we want to dress obviously people say we're living in a free world. Because I'm living in a free world I can dress how I want.
Technically speaking from a secular point of view that answer might be it might be right. All you want. You are in a secular world, no one is going to tell you anything. And don't come crying. Do not come crying to say I don't have because we have the ingredients.
I like to give the example of a cake.
People say no I have bought all the ingredients of this cake. Now I can do what I want.
There is a specific way
there is a specific way of putting out
after you follow all the instructions then you put it in a beautiful nice cake. But you can have all the ingredients if you think that you are allowed to do what you want to do. You are free to do that. But when your cake does not come out, do not blame us. blame yourself for not fulfilling that particular method after you had all the ingredients. So what happens why
Living in a free world Who is this man to tell me how to dress,
dress how you want
your cake don't come and blame us.
Same applies if we put it correctly, dress appropriately Mashallah
not tell you that you will become popular you will become you know you will have a lot of wealth you will have the minimum is you will have peace in your heart, you will be at peace, no matter what happens.
I was mentioning the story of Ibrahim Mohamed Salah,
you know what he says?
famous which we know always repeats in Allah Hema,
indeed to Allah belongs that which he has taken away, and for him is that which he gave in the first place, everything belongs to Allah. It is just an amount of a little while that came to us we do not get too attached to it to the degree that we become depressed. If Allah took it away. Today I have a hand I have legs Alhamdulillah I have eyesight I have hearing, I think Allah
if Allah chooses to take it away.
But if he does choose to take it away, I need to get up and make do with what is remaining what is left.
One brother lost his eyesight. And he became so angry.
So I advised him I instructed him to visit the Center for the Blind.
He visited the Center for the Blind, he came back and told me I learned a big lesson. Some of these people have never ever seen in their whole life, at least.
You know, when you tell a person who's blind from birth, that a banana is yellow. Firstly, they do not know what the color yellow is. They just have to in their mind they have something.
If you tell a person who is blind that you know the sky is blue. They don't know if they've been blind from the beginning. They don't know what blue is. So this man told me that at least I know what is yellow and what is blue. So
take a look at the gift of Allah. Allah gave you something when he decided to take it away, he took it away. You use the finitude, yes,
that is the piece. But when we become agitated, angry, we will not say everything belongs to Allah, and everything has a fixed time. When the time comes, you take it away.
So we ask Allah Subhana Allah to bless every one of us, and to open our doors of goodness, brothers and sisters,
it is extremely important for us to respect one another.
In order to achieve peace, we need to learn to respect one another.
One of the most important aspects taught in Islam is the removal of hatred in the
regarding any of your brothers, it means that hatred, hatred is actually a burden on your shoulders. When you take it out to be like. Hatred is a burden on your shoulders. It is baggage. When you have a grudge against someone. When you are envious of someone when you are jealous of someone. You're you're being snatched away, not there.
So these are some of the teachings of Islam to clean your heart. Sometimes we are right, we know we are right. But because we are impatient to deliver the correct message, and we do not have the patience, and we are not wise enough we become angry and agitated and to everyone else is completely deviant. Take it easy, you do not need to use those words.
You want to talk to someone what is your aim? I can give you an example, if I'm a Muslim. And if I believe I'm following that which is correct. And I see others who are following that which is wrong. The first thing that comes to my heart in mind is Yala. Use me to convince these people to do the right thing.
Or at least if you're not going to use me at least guide them to the right thing to anyone else. yourself. guidance is man's of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So when you see a man, you know, one day I walked into a certain place.
And I saw lots of deviants in that place. People were actually prostrating to a grave they were going around the grave and they were asking the man in the grave certain things and one man told me there is no even men in the clinic. He told me some long story of what is in that grave. There is no man inside. And I'm saying Yama guide these people somehow guide these people. You know, the man who was driving the taxi was one of them.
I happen to talk to him because he saw me angry. I told him I wanted to see what these people are doing. I've learned a lot from going inside. But these people, they don't realize that
that's the meaning of Islam to worship Allah.
Allah Muhammad Rasul.
I'm calling out to the dead.
So he says, What is wrong? I said, you cannot do that, because you are risking your whole existence. He told me no, but you know, I have been at some times my problem is so that so many things have happened, because I said, you know, what,
sometimes will lead you on. So your problem is solved, and you think it was done by this. And by that, that is
what we definitely need to know.
What we definitely need to know when a person is deviant
in that way, and this is what I asked him, Do you consider it compulsory to call out on the grave? He said, No, it's just voluntary, not compulsory.
We considered it compulsory to call out to alarm. So why don't you just leave that?
Because common sense.
If a person is calling out to a grave, asking, Is it compulsory to call out to say, no, it is voluntary? It's a good deal. Now the answer is wrong. But at least he's saying volunteer, meaning I do not have to do this. So you tell him that
all of us believe that it's compulsory to go out to Allah and you're not allowed to do this. Who is risking? What if you call out to Allah, you're doing something wrong? He will tell you no.
So why are you risking it? Why do you want to do something that half of the world is going to tell you that you are wrong? rather do something that you also admit? That is correct. I hope you're seeing the logic of what I'm saying.
Is your right makes a lot of sense. Then I took it a step further. I said, Now you need to correct your heart to believe that that is
to believe that to call out to that grave is wrong.
Now I want to ask you a question. Getting back to our topic of the question. If I was not prepared to talk to him in a respectful way, and if I was just going to tell him
and I turned the other way and spit in his face, was there going to be any luck? No luck. No, no chance. Why? Because the hatred, go back to the moments ago, where we said, if you were harsh and hard hearted, they would have dismissed away. But become be cool, be relaxed.
Yes, you have a flame in you, you want to actually give the message to the others, but do it in a calm way. And you need to know you might not see results in one day, in one year.
It might come later, but you need to sow the seeds of the goodness.
So there is no point in going out and eating and starting to swear people swear to god, no, calm down, relax, maybe you don't understand the system and the way to reach out to the hearts and minds of others by the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
So people are sometimes not at peace, because
they have not known how to speak to those they disagree with you.
I have not known. You know I'm coming from muckety muck column and I share with you a message that we had in Makkah conference was regarding certain issues facing the Muslim woman.
one of the top scholars of Bosnia, former move to Bosnia.
He made the remark and I have to share this with you because Amanda, Amanda, meaning it's interesting.
He said, you know, several years ago in Bosnia, the enemy was attacking us and we were a lot of us were wiped out. I'm sure you know, the war in Bosnia in the 90s took place. He
was miserable. Why was it terrible because the enemy was attacking us and the whole oma was behind us. Listen carefully. The enemy was attacking us and the whole was behind us.
So that was
it was tough, but we managed by the help of Allah.
But today it is unbearable, because the oma itself is killing us.
There is no more outside enemy and there is no one because the oma itself is torn into pieces. Each one is killing the other. How can you
how can we begin to even imagine for a moment that that is part of Islamic teaching to be violent? Where is that from? Where did it come from?
Just because I have a different, must be violent, that is not Islam. Go and study.
See what he has taught. He taught, he promoted peace. Today we are citizens of this beautiful country, it is your duty to promote peace. It is your duty to ensure that when people look at the
icons of peace,
stability, tranquility, harmony, help one another, people will turn to the dean in 1000s and 1000s. But the minute we become known as people who are violent, people who do not have any patience, people who are arrogant and they swear what type of peace,
we will have disaster and chaos, we would have sown the seeds of dissent, even within our own children, because we would have taught them when you disagree with someone
eradicated when is that?
the soul that we have in us. Sometimes we overreact and we think it is part of the deal with it is not for like the disasters that are on the globe, it is our duty to ensure that we speak about it to educate the young and the old and all the Muslim and non Muslim to say Listen, my brothers and sisters, it is important for us to live in harmony and we will
we will spread the goodness is a beautiful way it is their right to talk about their own face. That is why we are all part and parcel of this particular country for example, with this type of freedom is enjoyed by all
I really plead with you. I really plead with you. And I encourage myself also to utter words that promote peace, to promote harmony. Even if I disagree with you, my brother, you are my brother, two types of brotherhood one is the Brotherhood of the Brotherhood of faith and the other You are my brother in humanity. You are my brother in humanity even that is proven from the Quran and the Sunnah of
a person is a brother in humanity, like Allah subhanho wa Taala says
regarding some of the prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala take a look at
these people who have not accepted Allah Subhana Allah.
Remember when their brother told him
what is the law says they are brothers.
But they were not part of the faith. So that brotherhood was not in faith, that brotherhood was because they were part of the same community because they were part of the same nation. So they were called brothers in that. So when we say brotherhood, there are different levels of brotherhood.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to spread the good message of the deen and may we be from amongst those who are calm, relaxed, who are people who are at peace, even if we are going through difficulty we can do for the sake of Allah, Allah.
Allah is indeed enough for us and He is the best and sufficient to dispose of all our affairs, my brothers and sisters I hope and I pray that we have learned a thing or two myself to begin with and then all of us inshallah we hope to meet again tomorrow. And perhaps we will be discussing a slightly different topic, and I hope and I pray that you will forgive me for my shortcomings May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive my shortcomings and yours and maybe grant as a blessing entry into paradise, a place where there will be complete peace.
there on the day that they will meet with him, what Allah subhanho wa Taala will be peace