Nourishing Faith And Embracing Diversity
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It is our first duty to remind one another to be conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala. It is something known as
something known as the consciousness of Allah some translated as the fear of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, the knowledge that Allah subhanho wa Taala is the creator make nareesha cherisher sustainer provider protect cure at all times we need to understand and realize this, we need to be conscious of the fact that we are returning to Allah subhanho wa Taala. If we are conscious of the fact that we are returning to Allah subhanho wa Taala we will become better people, we will become people who fulfill the plan of Allah subhanho wa Taala as his wish, the creator, he is the one who decides how whom he created, shall operate on earth.
And this is why my brothers and sisters the verse that I read before you just now
is very closely connected to the creation of mankind and its purpose.
In surah, mulk Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us and lanie holla
at you come on man.
It is He Allah subhanho wa Taala who created death and life in order to test you, who from amongst you has better deeds, which means I need to try and have better deeds. You need to try and have better deeds, and we need to try and become better as the days pass and not worse. In order to understand this the verse of Surah 200.
Yeah, you Hanna's or people
or people imagine Allah is addressing all people, not just the Muslims.
But in fact, Allah says, Oh people why because the people were created by Allah. The one who created the Muslims is the one who created the non Muslims is the one who created all the other creatures that we see around us. Everything was created by Allah subhanho wa Taala that Allah is telling us or people. The message of the Quran is not just for the Muslim men, but it is for entire mankind, for humanity, men and jinn, they will receive the message of Allah subhanho wa Taala. It is what they do with that message that will distinguish them from one another. But it is Allah subhanho wa Taala who will judge ultimately between the people and will judge them based on his own divine justice.
So this beautiful address is to all mankind. Remember, Islam does not belong to me, nor does it belong to you as ownership, but it belongs to us as belief. We believe and we are convinced we are on we are actually believe is within our hearts, in our actions in our tongues, the way we operate the way we live. We believe in Allah, but it is not sole ownership to us. What that means is no one can come forth and say Islam is just an Arab religion. Islam is just an Indian religion. Islam is just a Malay religion, etc. No, Islam is for all it is for all in the
sense that that message is totally and absolutely universal. The question is, why did Allah subhanho wa Taala?
Being so powerful, create people who did not accept that message of the deen? Yet he is able to actually have everyone on the team. Well, Allah subhanho wa Taala says
fill out the loom Jeremy
Meaning, if Allah will, he could have had all mankind, every one of them, be believers in Allah. If he wanted, he could have had that they could have done it. Allah says you don't force the people to enter into the fold of belief.
No one can compel another to become a believer or to believe no one can force so what is my duty? My duty is to convey the message in a very respectful way. Look at Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam How did he convey the message I asked you by Allah? Did he swear anyone? In order to convey the message? Did he insult someone? In order to convey the message? We are talking of the machine of Mecca did the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam swear them? Did he insult them? Did he call them names yet they were harming him. They were trying to harm him that harm obviously Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam being the best of creation, the most noble of all prophets, the most
dear unto Allah subhanho wa Taala the most perfect from all of the creation of Allah subhanho wa Taala none can harm him. None can reach him with the insults. Allah subhanho wa Taala says to us in such a beautiful way, while addressing Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in a cafe ina
z. We have indeed protected you completely and totally from those who try and market you have you not noticed
that every time someone tries to mock it Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. In fact, in fact, that very mockery results in more people accepting the fold of Islam, more people entering the fold of Islam. It is through their mockery when they think they are creating a mockery. In actual fact they can never be doing that no matter what they do. It is only awareness.
their intentions will be against them, but it will not harm Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam he is the perfect He is the one who is the most loved by Allah subhanho wa Taala no ways can anyone's statements ever, ever
insult Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam In fact, they would be insulting themselves. May Allah subhanahu wa taala protect us. So Allah subhanho wa Taala shows us the blessing path of the messenger, the most common sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the most humble sallallahu alayhi wasallam the most eloquent sallallahu alayhi wasallam the most highly educated sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the example to follow sallallahu alayhi wasallam
when Allah shows this to us, he shows us that no matter what the people of Makkah did, he never saw them. When they saw him, he did not swear back. When they tried to harm him. He did not harm back. When they try all their shenanigans. He did not return it with something similar. If it was negative, rather, he kept on doing good. He kept on ignoring the insults. He kept on praying for them. He kept on smiling with them. He kept on trying with them until the day came you and I know that there was the victory of McCann Subhana Allah, look at the people of power if what did Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam do When the angels came to him and told him we can destroy these people.
It was very simple for him to just nod his head but he was the messenger of mercy on
alami O Muhammad Sallallahu Allah
usnm we have not sent you except as a mercy for all the creations for all the worlds You are a point of mercy. your followers are supposed to be merciful amongst one another. They are supposed to reach out to others in the way that you taught them suddenly Allahu alayhi wa sallam. So my brothers and sisters,
we need to go back to this original teaching of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam we need to stop insulting one another. We need to stop spreading hate against one another. We need to stop enmity against one another. If we do not do that. We will start fighting one another killing one another destroying one another. As we are witnessing across the globe. We are seeing the problem. We can see what is happening. What lesson do we learn from it? Let's be honest, this is a straight talk. We need to make sure that the heart is protected from hate. In fact, when someone else spews hate, we need to think positively of how to resolve the problem because hate plus hate does not make love. In
fact it makes more hate enmity fighting and killing. And that is not the plan of Allah subhanho wa Taala one might argue that they were was fought by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. I want to tell you that right at the end, there was something known as the victory of Mecca, which was the best example that we could follow. What was it?
When the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam entered mccurtain, mocha Rama with all his companions, and they were beyond 100,000. Do you know what happened? He was very powerful. They could see the numbers alone.
They could see the power of this beautiful Dean that had now come back to Makkah to mocha Rama.
And do you know what happened? He gathered the people of polish. And he asked them a simple question. And this goes to show you the mercy of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam
he says yeah, Mashallah Polish muda, Tanana omniva, a lot of people have courage. What do you really think I'm going to do with you today? Imagine the enemy, not just those who spewed hate from their mouths. Those who fought with weapons against Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and his most blessed companions abubaker acidic of the Alon, Omar, viola, one man with no rain on me.
And the others, they were fought against by these people whom the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was now addressing on this blessed occasion of the victory of Mecca. And he's asking them a question. What do you think I'm going to do to you imagine someone harmed you for so long, so many years? They said so much they harm do they cause loss, they did so much of negativity.
Look at how positive the Prophet sallallahu Sallam was. They looked at him, they had no option but to hope in goodness. Now, when you see that this man is so powerful, he can actually execute all of us or he can punish us jailers whatever he wants to do, he can do he can decide to whip every one of us because he is the powerful on this day and Allah. That is when the true quality of mercy the true quality of love. The true quality of positivity definitely shows. He says, If Habu fun to move to LA he says go all of you You are free today there will be no retribution. I tell you today what the prophet Yusuf Alayhi Salaam told his brothers latter three ballet Coolio, they will be no
retribution against you today. Guess what? These people will not get Muslim? Do you know that? The bulk of them who are not yet Muslim, when he forgave them, they will not yet Muslim most of them. And what happened as a result of the beautiful gesture of his as a result of that forgiveness whole sale as a result of the positivity as a result of the mercy as a result of the goodness and kindness of the most blessings of creation. sallallahu alayhi wasallam most of them accepted Islam.
Most of them turn. Where are we? What do we do today? The religious from amongst us sometimes spew hatred against those they differ women in certain matters. Why? My brothers my sisters? Is that the way of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam Is that really the way
is that the way to spew hate to spew that which will create dissent, disunity dissatisfaction
Fighting, killing, enmity, etc. You have a difference. discuss it with respect. Sometimes you will not be able to solve the matter. Don't worry, leave it to Allah subhanho wa Taala Don't we have differences amongst us as the Muslim Ummah? Don't you think it is more important for us to be merciful amongst those who say the Shahada, yet we are being taught to be merciful even to those who do not say the Shahada by virtue of one of the examples that is this victory of Makkah that I mentioned moments ago. So if Allah subhanho wa Taala, and the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam are teaching you and I to be kind and merciful to those who don't believe, what do you think is your
duty to those who say the Shahada? And notice I'm uttering these words for a reason. People say the Shahada, but sometimes we say they're not Muslims. Who are we to say that, don't you think it's unfair to say that? Don't you think it's unrealistic to say that when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, MN o la la ilaha illAllah de hallen Jana, whoever utters the Shahada shall enter Jannah and obviously, the complete Shahada is La ilaha illAllah, who Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam they shall enter gentlemen, imagine the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tells his uncle about barley on his deathbed. He says, Yeah, I'm me.
joola copy her Yeoman qiyamah Oh, my uncle, I want you to utter. What is it? It's an utterance. It is an utterance I want you to say la ilaha illAllah. I want you to say the statement, Kelly Martin, what is the statement La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasulullah. I want you to say the statement and I will fight your case on the Day of Judgment. So Han Allah, don't you think if any one of us have uttered that statement, the same would apply to us we receive the intercession of the most blessing than the most loved one to Allah subhanho wa Taala. That's what we are looking forward to. May Allah grant us the intercession of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam say, amin
May Allah subhanahu wa taala bless every one of us, my brothers and sisters, this is the pure teaching of Rasulullah. It was a teaching of love of kindness. When the Christians speak. They say that Jesus taught love and kindness we agree with that we believe in Jesus, we believe he was a messenger of Allah subhanho wa Taala. He indeed taught love, forgiveness and kindness and the worship of Allah alone. And we also believe that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam went even beyond that. And he taught us how to free ourselves and that he will be the owner of an intercession on the Day of Judgment by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And we are looking forward towards
that, therefore spread love and don't spread hate, spread love. That is your religion. Don't spread hate, I promise you, if someone is trying to make you hate another than indeed, they are making you heading the wrong direction. We might hate a deed for example, a drunkard who is drinking, we don't like the habit of that drinking, but the person he may be our brother. In fact, he is our brother minimum in humanity, sometimes even in faith, but he is committing a sin. Therefore with love, we will try and correct him with love, we will try and reach out to him. No one knows when that will work, how that will work. My brothers and sisters, how many of us know of young people who had very
bad habits. After some time they quit their bad habits by the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala by the dua of a parent, perhaps by the dua of someone of the community, perhaps a pious person, a saint, etc. Perhaps a do out of anyone who may have prayed for them, perhaps somehow somewhere they left their bad ways and habits. Imagine if we had written them off earlier on what would have happened. How many of us know of pious people in fact, how many of us sitting here right now have had bad habits that we have quit. Therefore spread love correct people with care. Be careful, the oma is fragile. Don't destroy it. When you have an egg in your hand. You are expecting to benefit from the
egg but you need to be very careful it is fragile, small movement and it is correct small movement and it is destroyed. We need to make sure that we love one another even more than this. This is why like I say we have to keep reminding each other when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam addressed the co founder of Mecca the machete king of Mecca who
circumambulating the Kaabah naked, he would look down and he continued repeating the positive message. A yohannes are people who do La ilaha illAllah to flipo c'est la ilaha illa Allah you will be successful. He kept on saying this or people after the Shahada, you will be successful or people after the Shahada, you will be successful. Guess what happened? They were from amongst them people who uttered the Shahada as a result of the constant effect, the constant statement, the beauty, the kindness, so many times the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Forgive me, if if it was any one of us, I'm sure we would say Oh Allah, destroy this person or Allah destroy them. How many of us do
make that dua against our brothers and sisters from one mother and one Father, because we are weak we say Allah destroy him out to Billa the enemies of life that did not happen to them, but we are doing it to our own brothers, our sisters from one mother, one Father, sometimes one family, sometimes one community and sometimes from the oma. We are quick to withdraw people from the oma throw them out and curse them completely.
Why do we do this? Is that the prophetic way? keep on asking yourself when you hear people spew hate? Is this the way of Rasulullah? Is this really the way of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. As a Muslim, you will realize very quickly, no, it is not. It is not. He taught us love. He taught us kindness. He taught us when you have differences, you need to really respect one another and deal with it in the most positive way in the most respectful way. And at times, you may not be able to solve and resolve your matter, you still need to learn to respect one another. Let's listen to this verse. Oh people yeah, you Hannah's enough Allah Tina comienza karimunjawa. We have
created all of you from one male, one female, stop for a moment. That means you and I are brothers. Your father, father, my forefather was one person. We are related to each other. Almost all of us here are related to each other. A few generations down not even too many, maybe 30 4050 generations. We have one person who's a parent and I'm honest with you, if you want to look and you want to search and you are a professional in DNA, etc. You can actually check it up and you will find we are related. Guess what? Your great great. You add a few more grades depending on how great it was. And you will actually get one person Subhanallah and today we are killing each other. We are fighting
each other. We are swearing each other Oh, Allah is reminding you Oh people yeah you Hannah's it was enough for him to say
Oh, people learn to know one another. But he did not say that. He says oh people we created you from one male, one female. Why did he say that? For you to realize we are family. We're lucky we are family. I promise I swear by Allah that we are family. We are insane. We are called Bhanu. Adam. If your father's name is Abdullah he the children of Abdullah he are known as Banu Abdullah, the children of Abdul Ali Baba Abdul muttalib the children of for example, Abdul, for example, Abdullah Berry, Banu, Abdullah Berry, for example. So the children of Adam are known as Bhanu. Adam, who is Bhanu Adam, you have to put your hand up and say it was me. Am I right? You have to admit I am by no
Adam, what about the man next to you? What about the man who is not a Muslim on the street? He's also bunu. Adam, what about the children outside who do not believe in anything? They are also bunu. Adam, what about those who are sinful they have been Adam, I want to ask you, if your brother, your sister, from one mother, one father or your son was sinful in his ways or habits or did something wrong? Would you like that people kill him? Would you like that people harm him? Would you like that people insult him or would you like to see the matter resolved? Would you like to see him come forth and for example, become better in his ways? When will our mother give up? A mother will never give
up. She will continue praying continue trying continue having hope. While I tell you something, we do need to continue trying with one another because we are indeed brothers and sisters.
We are indeed brothers and sisters. Now come the differences. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, enough Allah Kanako min Zachary nwaba, we have created you from a single male and female. What jalna comme Shu been wakaba illa Lita araku and we have created you into various people, peoples and tribes, which means groupings your race is different. Your perhaps ethnicity is different. You come from different places. You have a different color. You are from a different tribe. You are from a different place.
cation. You look different to others, you go to Africa, you see people slightly darker in complexion, some of the most amazing people, you go to Europe you see people slightly fairer in complexion. Also sometimes you will find amazing people, you come to this part of the world, you find the brown color Subhanallah amazing people, you go for example to China, you you can immediately recognize them amazing people, it does not mean they are bad, they are all banana. So why did Allah make us different?
He answers the question for you, he says Lita, one thing? What do
we have made you into different peoples and different tribes in order that you know one another, you recognize one another? Can you not recognize an African brother or sister who walks in must make you hate them because of their complexion? For example, never. If you do that you are a person who has Jamelia or ignorance in him, you are wrong, you need to be corrected. The same applies when you see a Caucasian automatically you can recognize them. That's what Allah says, When you see a person from somewhere, you can recognize them because of the way they look, their habits, perhaps sometimes their culture. May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us a deep understanding. I mean, so Allah says, we
made you different for you to recognize one another. If you were all the same, you would not recognize each other. If everyone was the same, like a Toyota, for example, all the Corolla is 1.6 are the same, what would happen? life would be boring, we wouldn't have the Jaguars we wouldn't have the Mercedes, we wouldn't have the dune guys, we wouldn't have all these others. But Allah says to us, the example of men is higher, very high. We made you different so that you recognize each other. But Allah did not say what Jana comme Shu been wakaba Isla de la Lita katello, we didn't, Allah did not say that we may do peoples and tribes so that you can fight one another, so that you can kill
one another so that you can believe that you are superior to the other who is superior. Nobody is superior. Besides He who has piety and piety is known by Allah. piety is known by Allah alone, a man can have a beard reaching the ground, a sister can be covered as modest as ever. But the true condition of the heart is only known by Allah. Sometimes you can have a person who doesn't appear to be so religious, yet the condition of their heart is better than those sometimes who fulfill five Salah a day because Islam is not only about praying, yes, praying is extremely important, but it is also about fulfilling the rights of the other creatures of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Remember this?
When Allah created you, yes, he created you to worship Him alone. But with you, he created entire creation to test you. How are you going to treat them? That's all? Why did Allah make the snakes? Why did he make the crocodiles? Why did he make the pigeons and the parents? Why did he make animals we love and some we don't? Why did he make people some we get along with them? Some we don't. If Allah wanted, he could have taken their lives away he can and he does. Because he is the giver of the life. He's also the taker of that life. So why do we then need to fight, hate, etc, so much negativity from us as muslimeen forth that needs to change my brothers and sisters do you want to
see a solution to the problems of the oma, we need to learn to worship Allah. And we need to learn to respect one another. And we need to understand when we are different, it should not result in hatred amongst us or between us as human beings, but rather we understand each other we differ with respect. That is something important we differ with respect, we will discuss brother, I think you are wrong. I think what you've said is wrong because of x, y and Zed and the brother will say In fact, I think you are wrong because of a B and C Okay, let's sit down let's try and see if we can come on common ground. If we cannot still You are my brother, so can Allah we differ in this matter?
You are my brother, we get along and we should be getting along with people of other faiths. We get along with we should be getting along with people of other faiths To be honest, the time of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. They were Jewish people that they got along with. They were Christian people they got along with they were people who were missionary came they got along with Subhanallah they did business with and they were honest, upright and it
fact, they had dealings such that they got along so well, one would not have even told the difference. Doesn't it happen in our lives, all of us we have people whom we interact with who are not Muslim.
We have so many differences, but we will still interact. While there is a lot of common ground. We are human beings, we are human beings, we need to build we need to actually progress as human beings. But when the discussion of religion comes, you don't give up your faith in the same way that they may choose not to give up their faith. You can discuss it, you will continue being mature about it. You will be very respectful about it. You put forward what you believe they will put forward what they believe they know that this is the line you don't expect them to come into the masjid and they don't expect you to do something that is perhaps against what you believe. That is what life
is. And that is what we live by. Yes, Dawa and propagation shall continue, but in a respectful way, did the Prophet sallallahu Sallam say call towards Allah with hatred, call towards Allah with fighting with killing? No. In fact, he says Allah subhanho wa Taala oduro illa Sabine, a big Cabinet Committee, one Mahoney baatein Hassan.
Bin Lottie, son, speaking of non Muslims, Allah says, Call towards the path of your Lord,
with wisdom, with wisdom, and with beautiful reminders, with beautiful reminders. And when you are discussing the matters given take, then you need to use the best possible arguments, the best possible the most respectful way and you need to present that argument in a way that is convincing at the end of the day, who is the guide, the guide is Allah subhanho wa Taala. What is your duty convey the message I've conveyed it may be after you die, they might accept Islam, they might not accept Islam, but maybe their enmity towards us might be reduced as a result of your goodness and your kindness as an ummah. I hope and I pray that these words that are prophetic, that have come
from Allah and His Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam will help us as believers, I pray that we find the love in our hearts for one another with our differences. And I pray that we can embrace one another and we can learn to love each other and we learn to identify hate mongers and we learn really, to convert that into love. I'm not saying that you need to love sinful behavior, or you need to love something that is harmful, but I'm talking about the people you need to ensure that you respect them. When someone has a bad habit when someone has a sin. It is the sin that you're trying to eradicate. Not the person. The mistake we make. We want to eradicate the person and the sin and
everything and five meters be in front of him and five meters behind him and sometimes even more. That is very bad. It is very harmful. Remember these words of golden my brothers and sisters. We do not want to repeat the mistakes that have happened around us in our lives that have resulted in fighting and killing in an indiscriminate way we need to do something about it. That is why I'm speaking from this blessing, sacred purpose in the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala to remind yourselves and myself, let us work on ourselves. Let us become better people. The heart needs to be filled with the remembrance of Allah with the praise of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam and it needs
to be filled with the love of the oma and the oma is larger than you think it is. The oma is larger than you think it is. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all Apolo Kohli hada wa stone Villa de la camisa al muslimeen festival Pharaoh who in who Allah