Four Imams And Their Biographies 05 – Imam Ahmad
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In part 5 of the series Sheikh Navaid discusses the life of Imam Ahmad Bin Hanbal.
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So as I was mentioning, after the Salah, you know, as this is the final halaqa, I was reviewing in my head, what has it been like to review their biographies?
And I don't think we're ever going to see the likes of these people. Again, obviously, I must point out Allah knows best. But it doesn't seem likely that these were luminaries that Allah subhanaw taala had specifically chosen to revive the data protected this Deen and to leave as an example for those that came after them. And it's almost ideal that Mr. Mohammed Mohammed Rahim, Allah was the last of them, because he went through the most serious amount of challenges. But he also put forth the gate greatest contribution in terms of the preservation of Hadith, as well as the preservation of the Muslim creed as well as the arcada. So it's like that sweet ending that Allah subhanaw taala
talks about in the Quran, okitama who misc. Now obviously, these weren't the only imams that Islam has known, but they were from the finest of them. So inshallah we're going to begin with the life of Mr. Mohammed Mohammed, genuinely, we've tried to take three to five stories from ichi mom's life and, you know, expand upon those. But when I tried to do that with the life of Mr. Muhammad, it was just too difficult. They were just way too many stories that had powerful lessons that I wanted to share, not only for the sake of reminding myself, but I think that they'll be beneficial for the community as well. So there's going to be quite a few more stories that we'll be discussing tonight,
and inshallah magentas topic to go through all of them. So to get to the details out of the way, Mr. Mathematica humbles name his name was Achmad, if no Mohammed able to humble him though Hillel, a shibani. He was one in the 164 and he died in the year 261. Those dates are pretty much consensus, meaning that there's no difference of opinion. Unlike the dates of a man bonafide Mr. Medic, his father, Muhammad, he was actually a soldier for the busted,
caliphate. And he eventually became a governor as well. his inheritance that he left behind for his family were two things, they're actually two houses. One was the house that my mother in law used to live in him and his family. And then the second was a house that they had left as another property mean that they use to get income from. Now, the reason why that's significant is because the my mother Rahim, Allah, He chose to live the life love. I don't want to use the term extreme, but a very, very, you know, proactive asetek mean that anything that he could possibly do to get detached from this dunya Mr. Mohammed Rahim Allah would actively try to do so when he knew that his father
had left behind this house for them. He almost made the intention at that time, that as long as it's enough for my family, and I am not going to work anymore. And I'm just going to dedicate my life to studying Islam and doing as much as I possibly can. And you'll notice that Marshall at the article, he actually goes very, very far in that he goes very, very far in that. So in law, he begins studying Islam, relatively early, 15 years old, at the end of 179, which also was the year that he passed away. So you're noticing like a reoccurring theme, one email is passing away, or something drastic is happening in the oma. And then Allah subhanaw. taala is sending like another great
amount, like step up to the to the plate at that time. So as soon as the my mother grandmother dies, Mr. Muhammad began studying at that age.
From you know, the virtues of Mr. Muhammad is that he made hives five times in his life out of all the Imams, it seems that he did it the most. But what sticks out about it is that he made three of those journeys on foot from Baghdad, so not walking. Now, why did he do that? There's two possible points of discussion number one, as we mentioned, he chose to live a life of asceticism, so he didn't own much, nor does he have much money. And you see that this comes later on into play that he starts to become a hindrance and his path of seeking knowledge that he doesn't have money, but he's put himself in a conundrum, that not only is he willing to help except are willing to accept help
from people, but he's not going to work either. So he's like, let me just rough it out. And then the other opinion was that in my mom Rahim, Allah actually believed in struggling in the way of Allah subhanaw taala. So for himself, not on the people for the people. He liked to make things easy as we do.
discussed yesterday in his principles of luck, but for himself, if he could make things more difficult for himself, he would actually choose to do so because he believed there was a greater reward. He believed there was a greater reward. So he walked for Hajj, either due to the poverty or for the sake of the greater reward, or possibly due to both and possibly due to both of them. Now, the first major story I want to share with you is how Mr. McNamara Sinhala excelled how he excelled. Now, when we talk about excelling in the field of Hadith, there are two phenomenal things that he was able to achieve. The other book that we use as a supporting texts for this class is the book
called The four emails by Sheikh Mohammed Al Jazeera. and in it he mentions that Mr. Muhammad Rahim Allah was possibly the first individual to collect a hadith from all of the quadrants of the Muslim Ummah mean that Mr. Malik Rahim Allah when he compiled a more thought he got to the a hadith from he just so Makkah and Medina and that area he had down pact, when in terms of the hadith of Sham the hadith of Iraq, he didn't really have access to it. Why is he my mama Rahim Allah, he was able to travel around and gather a hadith from all of the quadrants. And that is why you'll see later on in the discussion that Imam Shafi Rahim Allah has with Mr. Mohammed, that while the man Mohammed is 27
years old, at that time, he's asking him Mohamad, tell me which are the authentic hadith from the non authentic hadith? Tell me what are the authentic hadith from Sham and from Yemen and from he just so that I may act upon them, this is what a sharpie is telling him and so that is his first form of excelling. He was able to gather the Hadith from all the coordinates from Kala. The second thing is the amount of Hadith that Mr. Muhammad Rahim Allah knew. This is going to come as a surprise to people. But there are multiple narrations that say that Mr. Mohammed Rahim, Allah had memorized 1 million Hadith. Now, you may think, where does this 1 million come from 1 million that
Hadith actually exists? And the answer is no. When you look at, you know, the issue of Africa, you might find about 50,000 a day, if you add a key, then a bit more to it, all of it, you're looking at, you know, 50 to 70,000 Hadees, altogether from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So when we say 1 million, that Hadith, we're talking about the different chains of narrations. This is what Mr. Muhammad had specialized in. So he had dedicated his life to this. Now, how did this actually happen? And this is where we get the first quote. So Ibrahim, and how to be one of the major imams of hadith of that time. He says of Mr. Muhammad, I spent 20 years with Ahmed night and day, in
winter, and in summer, in heat and in cold. And every day I saw him, he worked harder than the day before, he worked harder than the day before. Now we live in a day and age where people are in love and infatuated with self development. And this is phenomenal. But what often gets lost in this discussion is the Islamic component to self development. When you looked at the act of Toba in Islam, when leaving off a bad deed, replacing it with a good one, this is developing good habits, this attitude that Mr. Muhammad Rahim Allah has that make each and every day, a better day than the day before. Right? Such a positive attitude to have that Imagine if we tried to exemplify this in
our own lives, how far we would come. And we see this that as young men, when he took this upon himself at a young age, look at how far he was able to come this life. Look at what he was able to achieve. And I think this often gets forgotten that aim big, achieve as much as you can, in this dunya excel in your field become the best of the best, not for the sake of the dunya but for the sake of showing your son to Allah subhanho wa Taala he has given you capability he has given you intellect, what is preventing us from becoming the best of the best. It is our own lackadaisical approach, lack of self confidence, and just not having lofty aspirations and goals for ourselves. So
live each and every single day to the best of your ability. And yes, certain days will come where they will be terrible, you're not going to feel good, and certain days will come and you'll actually be you know, you'll feel that day you will not achieve any of your goals. But as long as you continue to learn from your mistakes, and you continue to learn from the mistakes of others, that is how you will continue to grow. And that is what we want to strive for. That is what we want to strive for.
Number two, Mr Mohammed's demeanor and his personality. So I want you to think about the type of intellect it takes to memorize a million ahadeeth you have to be a living, walking, breathing encyclopedia, like you have to have, you know computer for brain. Often what's what happens when people are very intelligent. They lack social skills, right? their social skills are underdeveloped because
their brain just functions in a completely different way. They'll naturally become introverted, for the most part. And that is how Imam Ahmed was. And it's amazing the stories that you hear of how anti humor, Mr. Mohammed was, right. We talked about a chef last week, he had a real good sense of humor in life. It's like he used to walk into a room, and like, people will go silent. He was like, you know, the party pooper but he's like the guy that no one wants to hang out with. But he didn't mind that. And I want to share multiple stories with you. So one of the great scholars of Hadith at the time was using heroin. And you see him heroin, he's teaching a class, but he's joking with his
students, then all of a sudden someone goes
and you see it, he looks around Who is this guy? And he looks and he's like, humble. And he's like, had I known you were here, I wouldn't have joked, ingested. Like, that's what he did to the Holocaust. So people have to change their personalities around him. And another incident, once he My mother was attending a smiling, steady circle, some of his students left. And he smiled even earlier, he became upset and said, did you laugh while he's here with us? Do you laugh or laugh with them, nobody's here with us. Like you could not laugh and joke around whatsoever. Now, the reason why I highlight this is because last week, we talked about how Imam Shafi would handle law, he would
go out of his way to entertain people to engage people to communicate with people in law, like trying to have a non Islamic discussion with him is like talking to a wall, you might as well not have it, you're not going to get anywhere. And the reason why I mentioned both of them, is because both of them are fine. islamically speaking, our personalities are not meant to change, right, but rather than meant to be enhanced. So if you are silent person, then Islam embraces that and there's a place for it. And if you're a person that loves to engage and communicate and intermingle with people, there is a place for that as well. And neither one is better than the other. Nor should one
person look upon the other for not having that skill. And I think often we put so much pressure pressure on social engagement, that if someone doesn't want to socially engage, or that's a bad thing, or if someone you know likes to joke around and in the Holocaust, then that's a bad thing as well. There's always a balance, as long as you stay within that balance. It's okay to have other personality, it's okay to have either personality,
Mr Mohammed's relationship to the Quran, and his ibadah and his ibadah.
So, his relationship to the Quran and I think we'll just take the the quote, as a whole, Mr. Mohammed son of the law. He says that my father used to pray 300 rock eyes per day. And then after his flogging, and you see that his major trauma that happened, he became weak. And he used to play 150 Rocco's per day. So this is between throughout the whole day, including his camera died, and this is the hoppers, all these press, he's spending 150 lockers to 300 Records per day. consistently, my father used to finish the Koran every seven days. And he used to do this in two ways. One, in reading the Koran during the daytime, and reflecting upon it. So he says that his
father used to reflect upon the whole entire Koran during the daytime. And then at nighttime, he would recite the whole entire Quran in seven days. So he's doing two columns of the Quran per week, which is absolutely phenomenal. But then what gets really interesting is Mr. Mohammed Rahim, Allah his relationship with fasting. Then when we get to his trial, you'll see that the way you might mathema him Allah, like, viewed the world was a very peculiar I don't want to say strange but strange looks bad, but peculiar, very unique, that when he's being punished and persecuted, email, mud is fasting at that time. Why is he fasting while he's being flogged when he has every excuse not
to fasting to break his fast? Because he says, I want my agenda to be increased during this time of hardship. Like just think about that perspective. at time of Archie people are focusing on how do I survive? How will I get out of this hardship? A Mohammed's like, this hardship is here to stay. There's nothing that I can do to change it. I might as well magnify and increase my son, my son says that my father used to go for long periods of time, where he would fast every single day, then he will go for long periods of time, where he wouldn't first but even then he would never missed two types of fasting, the Mondays and Thursdays, and then the 13th 14th and 15th of every month, he
would never give this up. And for me, you know, when I look at this, like there's so much wisdom behind fasting in terms of teaching us tolerance and restraint and empathy and gratitude. There's a reason why it's legislated in our faith, particularly in the month of Ramadan.
But I think if we're trying to develop good habits for ourselves, and to make sure that we're stronger than our own desires and stronger than our own carnal instincts, we have to try to do that, right? And do whatever you're capable of. If you're able to do just Monday, that's great, you're able to do just Thursday. That's great if you can do either of those, then at least into the 13th 14th and 15th of every month, and these are good habits to develop. And my mother Rahim, Allah is exemplifying that. But I think out of all these things, his relationship with the Quran is what strikes me the most right to have two copies of the Quran per week, one in contemplation, and one in
recitation. And he would actually put his students down, that wouldn't have a relationship with the Quran. So if you didn't memorize the Quran, so you're not studying Hadith with me? Or if you saw them over engaged with Hadith, he would tell them when will you make time for the Quran? You're spending all your time with Hadith? When will you make time for the Quran? Now, why this point is highlighted? Is because you know, Mohammed Al Hamdulillah. It's understood he had a relationship with Hadith. He's done a huge service to Hadith. But we often forget that how Mr. Muhammad Rahim Allah was able to stay steadfast in his trial was due to his sticking to the Quran and the Sunnah,
right? The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam clearly tells us that if you hold on to the Quran, and the Sunnah, you will never go astray after me. And that is what Mr. Muhammad Rahim Allah exemplified that if you hold on to the so two sources of legislation in Islam, you will not go astray you will not go astray.
So how did he manage Majora him holla? Stop giving first one What What happened? What was the story behind it? Well, Mr. Muhammad Rahim Allah as he grew older, he became more famous and more renowned as he traveled from line to line. People wanted to study Hadith with him. But he would refuse to answer people's questions. People would ask him a question. He would say go and ask someone else right? You have such and such person in your town, go and ask him. The only time you mama hammer him or load answer a question is if no one else was available, or no one else in that town was capable to drink. And that is the only time that he managed to do so. And this happened in one particular
incident. In in Hutch that my mother in law was 34 years old. People have questions about hygiene about the monastic about the rituals. No one else is around and no one else is willing to answer. That email. Mohamad took it upon himself to answer questions at that time. But officially, when Mr. mahama took it upon himself, he took it upon himself at the age of 40 that at that time is when to start teaching halaqaat start giving lectures start teaching a hadith and start giving fatawa at that time, why did he choose the age of 40? multiple reasons number one, is fine without a cause at the age of pinnacle of our of our of our lives in the art and number two, the Prophet sallallahu
alayhi wa sallam received revelation at that time, so it was a very significant moment. Now in my masterminds love for the sinner was phenomenal. And I genuinely believe when a person loves the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Allah subhanaw taala shows, you know miraculous things, from the miraculous things that we find is that Mr. Muhammad Rahim Allah was born in the month of Ramadan, and he died in the month of our beloved. In fact, his date of death was the 12th of February. Now I'm not going to get into the whole issue of the the motive of the Prophet sallallahu it was sent them but the more common and popular opinion is that the prophets of Allah
while he was sent them, burn, was born and died on the 12th of the Bureau. Now for the DMF Muhammad Rahim Allah go and practicing the sin that he was almost a literalist, when it came to practicing the sinner. One time he got a Jama done, he got crop copying done to himself, and he intentionally paid the man one dinner. The man is the man says this is like overcompensation for what I have done. And then he says, I heard from so and so who knows from so and so who knows from so and so that when the Prophet sallallahu Sallam had he Jama done, he paid the man one dinner, right that is how far he would go and follow the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu and he was send them
do Tina Mohammed's personality of being introverted? One of the things he really really struggled with was the fame that he achieved, been everywhere that he would go, he had become famous and he would become recognized and used to actively make dua to Allah, that Oh Allah take this test away from me. He used to say frequently Blissett are those who are not permitted to go unremembered mean that unrecognized amongst the people, they can walk through and back and no one recognizes them. This is what my mama mama used to pray for. Now, what we learned from the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is that whoever humbles himself for the sake of Allah, what does Allah
do, unless I know what the other raises their status. So look at what happens when you're stupid why Mohamad?
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at a grocery store in Egypt, and the store owner received us very well. And we fell into conversation. Then he asked me about humble. I told him I have studied under him. When I tried to pay him, he refused my money sink. I do not take a price for my goods for someone who knows how many of the humble, like I look at this, like the one generation or these people living in this corner has so much respect across the world that if you studied with him, free groceries for you, right? And he found the story phenomenal. And you'll see that this is like a reoccurring theme that
whatever Mr. Mohamad run away from Allah subhanho wa Taala gave him so much of it. And this is like a constant test almost that Allah I don't want this. Why do you keep giving it to me, but a lot of capital showing his mercy and His bounty and his favors. And you'll see how the mama Rahim Allah reacted to it. One of the beautiful stories from the life of the mammoth is how his students were. So after his prosecution was finished, he went back to teaching. And at that time, his numbers of students grew exponentially. Everyone wanted to see who is the man that defended the creed of the setup? Who is the man that stood up to three different holes that were persecuting him? Who was this
man humbled. So none of that have been mentioned. And if no claim that 5000 people started attending the Holocaust.
Now that wouldn't have itself is not the big achievement. The big achievement was the teddy bear that he had given his students that out of these 5000 only 500 are writing down Howdy.
The rest of them are just there to observe his character, and to observe his luck, and to see what can we learn from it. And this brings us back to the story of the mother of my medical himolla that she clearly told me my medic that when you study with an idea, study from his o'clock before you study from his knowledge, and this is something that's lost in our day and age. Now particularly with students of knowledge, we want to go out and study knowledge before we study a HELOC. When the HELOC comes before the knowledge, and this is something we need to bring back the emphasis on the HELOC, the emphasis on good carry the emphasis on gentleness and be softer on one another and doing
things according to the center, you take with the right hand you give with the right hand, right, all of these small simple things, bring them back, they're a part of our tradition. And this is part of our identity. It's things that were mentioned to be proud of mounted to be proud of. Now one thing I'll share with you was outside the scope of our discussion. So the author of this book is 69 and older, and shifts another know that he mentioned something here, which almost seems as if he shared his own experience, and I want to share this with you. He says most famous people find their fame, a mixed blessing. They have to deal with undeserved praise, as well as unfounded criticism,
both of them which take their toll on a person's peace of mind. This gets worse with age when a person wants to focus more on spiritual things.
So now, the reason why I show this show this is because we live in a day and age where everyone wants to be famous. You're on Snapchat, you're on Instagram, you're on Facebook, how many followers do you have, the more followers you have, the more reputation you have. But what people fail to understand is that having followers and having an online following and having a social media following is a blessing and a curse at the same time. The Blessing is that if you're able to use it in code, you're easily getting you know amounts of agile, you tell people to mix the Panama, everyone's gonna see some hammer, you get the idea for all of them. But at the same time, there's a
huge negative aspect to it as well, where people will praise You for things that you're not worthy of praise off, and people will criticize you for things that you didn't even do. People will gossip, people will spread rumors. And as you age, you realize that how futile This is that as you age more you want to focus on your relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala you want to focus on good things. But when you have so many people looking up to you so many people following you, you lose that peace of mind and from what I understood, it's like the person experience that shifts alone and Oh, that
is sharing for himself what he's sharing for him self.
Now, Mr. Mohammed's awkward personality continues. Right? So in my mother in law, his relationships were very like black and white. There's very little area for gray. So shout out to him a lot. One of his teachers. He saw he looked at the mammoth and he saw that he
is poor. He's wearing the same clothes day in and day out, even though he keeps himself very clean. Mashallah, but extremely poor eating like the humblest of foods going days, you know without things. In fact, you know, in my mother Emma Lamia problem
To a Shafi that I will come and visit you in Egypt. What prevented him from visiting him? He didn't have the money to do so. So when the nama showed him Allah sees him in this predicament, he thinks, how can I help him out? So one of the things that he had conveyed to Imam Shafi is that he wants to meet this great scholar of hadith of Dora czaka son, honey from Yemen. So he tells him, I'm a chef. And you know, this is my ambition. I want to go to Yemen to study Hadith from him. See Mama, Sheffield, Angola, we mentioned that, you know,
he had gone to Iran and he's working in Toronto at the time, which is a part of of Yemen at that time. And he finds about about a posting that is in the area of abrazos and Ani, where he Mohamad can be a judge in that area. So shall he tells Ahmed Ahmed, I have some good news for you. I found an opening for a judge in the Osaka Santa Anas area, and they pay very well you get to serve the dean, you get to study with Osaka Sinani win win situation. You think that he met my mother in law, he'd be over the only vehicle
for doing this for me his response? If you ever offer this to me again, I will stop seeing you. That was his response. Now, why was why why did he do that? Well, as you come to see, he has a very particular methodology of going through hardship. But he also has a very strict stance on government money. He will like do anything as much as he can to stay away from it. So what is his stance on strictness and his, you know, relationship with Pakistan Army. So now in his third Hajj
Imam is on hedge via hypno mine. And this is like one of the things that span a lot. I don't want to say I'm envious off but I don't know what other word to use. Like you my mother in law he was hanging out with like the cream of the crop of the over like your mama Chava is his teacher and close friend of the reserved person and he is there in the Medina part of his crew. I was like, Man, this is amazing. So he's in hij, with no mind. And as Ron Hodge
was telling ya, he again, after heights, let's go to Yemen, and study with Alison Ani. So now they're making off what happens after asaka Santa Ana is making power off, young lady. He's amazing with a woman who wants to see him wants to study with him. Yeah, he goes up to him. bolometers there, starts talking to him. And he says to them, when they come here, shake, you know, I'm young and humble, and have the results like myself. I've heard so much about the humble. I can't wait to medium. And he's like, sure, can we make an appointment with you tomorrow? So we can come and study with you? And you know, yeah, he has like, Michelle, I just did amazing thing. Someone's gonna love
me. He goes back to what his response? What is wrong with you? Why would you do that? Why is he saying that? Because he says that I made intention that after hedge, I'm going to walk to Yemen. And I want to miss panatela to reward me for each and every single step. And there is much more of a word in studying with him in Yemen than there is over here. So my mother didn't actually go and study with him the next day, he waited till after hives, to travel to Yemen to study with Dr. Sun Annie. And this is like the type of hardship that the mama himolla used to go through. This is the type of hardship he would put himself through.
Now, when he gets to Yemen,
abersoch notices that Ahmed has come with a lot of stuff with him, like I remember I'm It is very, very poor. But he arrives into Yemen, and he has a lot of like luggage, like what's going on? Why do you have like, you know, three horses and eight camels, all carrying the stuff. So in our Mohamad says that, you know, this is this is just something personal for me. I've got a duck digs around. And if I saw that on his way to Yemen, in my Muhammad, he went broke, he had no money left. So he eventually found a caravan that needed help. So he told the caravan that look, I'll take your stuff to Yemen, for you in exchange for some financial compensation. And that is what they agreed upon. So
now my mother was responsible for delivering these commodities to Yemen when he arrived somewhere as UK when he finds this out, he tells Ahmed that look, you know, this is an area where you're not going to find much livelihood. There's nothing that you can do here. So why don't you let me help me? Why don't you let me help you out? Let me just give you a little bit of money. You can go back to your homeland. You can stay over here. You know, do as you please. Mr. Muhammad Rahim Allah, he's like desert calacatta. Appreciate it, but I'm in no need of it.
I mean, no niramit stories get even more interesting. People find out about the poverty of Imam Muhammad. So one man makes an intention. And I want you to think about this. He says, whatever, you know money, I get a profit from my business and want to give it to Mr. Mohammed, I'm going to give it to him. And I want to think about this, who does this? Who says whatever money I make for my business, I'm going to give to one of the scholars. No one does this anymore. But you might not know about him. Allah had this exclusive position in the society that people saw his poverty, but they also saw his contribution to the ummah. And this is like the driving force that I wanted to
dimension over here. It has nothing to do with Mr. Mohammed as an individual per se. That is not Mr. Muhammad, because of Mr. Mohammed is Mr. Mohammed because of the contribution and the struggles he's making for the Ummah, that people are willing to support him. Now, why I mentioned this over here, is because as human beings, we're constantly going to be looking for support. We want people as financial support people, as you know, moral support people that human resource support, we want people to back us up. But what needs to be understood that in order to achieve that from the people, you have to develop credibility with them, you have to show them hard work, you have to show them
dedication. And when you can show them that with results. People will support you, people will support you. And that is why this man, he had made an intention that when I get this money, I'm going to give it a mammoth, same scenario, the man comes and he's like, Yeah, man, I made this intention that if I made this money, I was going to give you all the prophets. Allah blessed me with 10,000 gold coins, 10,000 gold coins. This is for you. Remember how much Jessica locker my family and I are sufficed. Now, this happened in front of his sons, he says realize that they're literally having dates, like every two or three days. How is my father seeing that we're flying? We're
struggling, we're barely getting by, you know, why is this? You know, happening? Why is this happening?
So now, you'll notice that a small dispute started happening between him and his sons.
The dispute was that as the sons obviously get older, they're free to do whatever they want, right? His father's not going to interject in terms of the paths that they choose. They both his son, Abdullah and his son saw that they choose to become judges inside of the caliphate. What ends up happening is that as soon as Sala became judge, and he was first Imam Ahmed refused to eat in his house, he would not even it is obviously like, your money is tainted, and I cannot allow tainted money to go inside of me. And other time, he my mother, mother was in need of something. So his son brought him whatever he needed. And he said, I can't accept it from you, because your money is
tainted, so much so that he eventually boycott his children. Like he was no joke. Like he took his Deen very, very seriously, that he cut off his children, because they did something not that was Haram. But because they put themselves in a compromising situation. And my mama, mama felt that he had talked to them better, he felt that he had talked to them better.
There's another story that I want to share with you just about Mr. Mohammed's worth and then we'll move on to the next topic. So the last Keller Khalifa that Mr. magma dealt with Alma Tolkien, he was, you know, probably the best out of all the qualified that he's dealt with. And he realizes the mistakes that his predecessors have made. So he called upon the nephew of Imam Ahmed. And he says, Look, I recognize all the mistakes that my predecessors have made. And they want to make it up to them. But these are 10,000 gold coins. Go and give them to the humble, and tell them and tell him that, you know, except this from the from the caliphate, to make up for all the misery that we've
put him through. Ahmed refused, he said, I have no need for it. So then the the nephew, he says, or father of abroad law, meaning or above the law, take it from the Commander of the Faithful, this is better for your standing with him. If you refuse it, I'm afraid that he might become suspicious of you. Now you'll come to see his problem with the caliphate. But basically, he was a nightmare for all for the qualify that proceeded with Tolkien. And he actually developed a very bad relationship that he got persecuted and imprisoned multiple times. So now when his nephew tells us to him, Imam Muhammad thinks, you know what, I don't want to go through that persecution again. I don't want to
go through that persecution again.
So he accepts the money. Now what does he do though? Then when his nephew left, he summoned his sons. He said, Take like the the bag and stash it.
Under like this private area, the next morning caught in the middle of the night, when everyone there was at home, everyone is woken up and summoned back to his room. He told us that he could not sleep, he was distraught by the fact that he had received this money. So taking that money was causing a lot of anxiety. And he says, we tried to tell him go to sleep, you can figure out what to do in the morning. So he My mom is like fine. You know what, let me not disturb my family. Next Monday comes What are we going to do? he summons his like helper, he has a locker, thank you very much. He has a helper
by the name of
nomadic, he calls him and he says, Come up with all of the names of the poor families of all of the needy, and of all of the students of knowledge from Baghdad to Kufa.
And then he says, we went meaning of those, and
they went to each and every single needy person, giving them 50, giving them 100, or even 200 gold coins. And we continued like this until there is no money left. And then we even gave the money back away in charity to an anonymous person.
I want you to think about this, like he had such a central government money. This is our family is growing, that even the guy that was leftover is too tainted, you know, given the bag he gave away, and charity, even the bag he gave away in charity.
So now let's actually get into
the actual trial, what was the actual trial. So now in the year 198, a new Khalifa is appointed in the bastard Caliphate, he is known as known and not known. He's a highly educated man, but not in terms of religious sciences, more in the rational sciences. So he was really into Greek philosophy and having it translated into Arabic, and that is what he would study. That is what he would study. Now, two heretical groups that existed during that time. One was the Jamia and the other one was Mr. Tesla, and he heavily aligned himself with the Moto Z that didn't make the, I don't want to see the rationalists. But pseudo rationalists of the Muslim oma at that time, because they claim that they
are rational, but the rationality led them away from Islam and not to Islam.
As he's aligning this, he's developed a personal opinion, a personal doctrine, and that is that the Koran is created. Now this personal doctrine, he's made it a public doctrine, no. Now in the history of Islam, this concept of a public doctrine has not existed. And what we mean by that is that even when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi, salaam moved to Medina, the three Jewish tribes lived there, he did not impose Islam upon them, they were allowed to stay Jewish on their faith. Later on, as Islam continues to develop, Muslim city continues to expand, the non Muslims are allowed to stay upon their faith.
So now for the first time, this is being imposed upon the Muslims, that you have to believe the Koran is created, you have to believe that the Quran is created. Now, let's go on a small tangent. When you look at the evolution,
yeah, we'll use the term evolution because evolution can be good and bad. But if you look at the evolution of Christianity and Judaism, and we and people have started to astray, within Christianity and Judaism, when did that heresy begin, when he started to have the discussion was the Bible and the Torah, the spoken word of God. And it became relevant, that the more they claimed that the bar that the Bible was not the spoken word of God, and was rather something created, the more ability they had to reject the wordings and the meanings of the Quran. Because it's no longer spoken by Allah, this the interpretation of a man who conveyed it to another man, and we are men as well and
we can do whatever we want. That is essentially what it leads to. So remember what Rahim Allah He understands the danger of this heresy, and he understands that no matter what happens, he cannot allow this to become mainstream. Because if he allows it to mainstream, he is allowing the door of Islam, you know, changing drastically to take place. So now my mother in law understood the drastic nature of it. So now, I'm not alone. In the year that he dies. He puts two people in charge. These two individuals, they're like living shopping. Like if you want to talk about living a police, these are like the two people number 100. And he is the Chief Justice meaning the main head judge at the
time of a lot more
The second is is Hakuna Brahim. And he is like, you know, the chief of police. So the chief of police, and the judge completely bought out completely in the pockets of the corrupt Khalifa at that time, and he gives them a dying grill. So now that he is dying, he tells them that look, I'm going to pass away, the next person to become halifa. He needs to keep you too in power. And your mandate is to test the people, test these people and anyone that feels the test and says that the Quran is the spoken word of Allah subhanho wa Taala, then first what's going to happen, they're going to be removed from any official positions. if they have any official positions in the caliphate, they'll
be removed. Number two is that their testimony will not be accepted, they will clearly be branded as people whose testimony is not accepted. If they still persist, and they continue, then they will be imprisoned. If they go into further and they still persist, then they shall be flogged and hopefully by then you're assuming that people will give up their positions. Now, in the year 218. Moon he is passing away so now a new Khalifa is coming into power. And major he moms are now brought into the courtyard. And they're being tested by a soccer player by him the chief of police and they're and he's asking them, what do you think about the Quran? And they all said the Quran is the speech of
Allah subhanaw taala. So now sorry, just to give you context, who's here? Well, you have your human mind there, you have to humble you have another great Hadith by he has a famous book called a pocket. He is in this gathering as well. So these are like, you know, major prominent scholars, they try their best to get out of this scenario as best as they could. And you really see their creativity, right, amazing creativity. So they like the Quran is the speech of Allah. That was a stunning line that all of them spoke. But then the way they got out of it, yeah, have no means and so I'll give you his answer. He says the Koran, the title, and the gene, and there's a board. All
four of these are created. What is he referring to his fingers, right? That was his way out of it. Now, he copped out, right? He didn't give a straightforward answer. So now when the time comes, I told you my mother in law, he already had like, this strong strict personality, no messing around. He's like the Quran is the speech of Allah. It was spoken by him on created during as you please. Now, how do you think the chief of police is gonna react? Is like everyone else comped in Who are you? Who do you think you are? to stand up against to me?
Interestingly enough, at that time, nothing happened to Mr. Mohammed, he's excused and pardoned. But what did that lead to? As soon as Mr. Mohamad stance became public, scholars are empowered. They're emboldened to take the stance of Ahmed. So now we have three other people that are joining in on Ahmed from them is Mohammed Abdullah. And he's like the the name that you should remember. Out of these, remember Mohammed?
The other one was such other and I can't remember the fourth person's name, maybe I can find it. No, say the third person was almost a commodity, and the fourth person was Hasina Mohamed
Obaidullah karate, and these are the four individuals. So now a second round of testing is done. And this time before the second round of testing even begins, these four people are taken, and they were imprisoned, put into prison, serve as an example, that if we don't deal with these people, as an example, people want to keep following them.
One night in prison goes by, and two of them turn. Right. So you have to obey the law accordingly. And
the next day direct costs which is your opinion, the Quran is created. Let us out. So now you're left with a hammer,
and a hammer, the hammer. These are like the two vanner gods of the Islamic creed. Now, when this incident happened in the Himalayas don't have developed this resentment, like not only towards the people that are, are testing him, but even towards like the other scholars. He's like, What is wrong with you people like Allah has blessed you with so much knowledge if you are not going to stand up for what you believe. What is the point of that knowledge, and this is like the attitude, he started to take lead on the legs, He forgive all of them. But at that time, he's like, what good is your knowledge if you can stand up for the truth. So now the only individual left with him is
now they're being transported to see the halifa. At that time, they're being transported to see the Khalifa. And the Khalifa at that time. I will not know this is like in his last year
in Anaheim was like, or LA. I don't care what happens. But I don't want to see the face of a lot more than like this is the source of all the fitna. I don't want to lose my composure by needing like a disgraceful individual like this. What happens? Mr. Mohammed Rahim, Allah arrives into the town of a moon, and not one passes away that day, before
I can can meet with him. And the guards are freaking out because they hurt him.
And they're like, Is he gonna make blankets? Does he know what's gonna happen? So now, my mother in law is sent back to the dad where he came from. And on the way back what happens? Mohammed Abdullah, passes away. So now you only have Mr. Mohammed 100, out of all of the scholars of Islam, that are holding on to this position. Now in the second Khalifa comes in, as McPherson, when he comes in as the Khalifa, he wasn't an intellectual man, he wasn't a smart man. He was an army general, all he knew was war strategy. So he's like, Look, whatever mandates my brother left behind, I'm just going to continue with those. So he's been left behind, you have to leave Ahmed and Ibrahim in charge,
Chief of justice chief of police, leave them there. And whatever they do, you know, let them go ahead and do it. He wants to honor the legacy of his brother. So now, I'm not even able to do it. As I said, this guy was like a walking sheath on he continues this whole Inquisition of testing the people with the Koran is created. And slowly but surely, as people are being threatened, everyone's changing their positions. And it's now becoming mainstream opinion, in the caliphate, that the Koran is created. And it's a very scary reality span a lot. And the only person holding on to it, or to hold on to the truth at that time, is I'm humbled. And every single day someone is being sent in to
debate humbled. And this person as they're debating,
if I haven't said something that they agreed with, they would remove some of the changes that Mr. Mohammed was shackled in. But if he said that something that he they disagreed with, they would increase the sharpness upon
the shackles, not so much. By the end of all of the debates that Mr. Mohammed came along, he was literally just collapsed, that he couldn't move. He was just, you know, compounded with chain upon chain. That's how heavy it had become. Now, when he saw that he wasn't willing to compromise his position, they started lashing out. And the lashings were so severe that every day they would lash him till he would pass out. How long did this lashing last for 30 months, 30 months, every single day. He's being lashed till he passes out. And people are like, you know, what is wrong with this man? Like, why won't he just compromise and just get out of this predicament? Mr. Muhammad Rahim
Allah would not compromise because he knew that if he compromise his position, that's literally the end of Islam, which led to
his friend, him saying that Allah subhanaw taala saved Islam twice, once the rubber Baccarat on the roads. And the second time through Ahmed Mohammed, when he held his stance against the Quran being created. Like that's how difficult this pfitzner was. That's how difficult this pfitzner was. So now, the time of autism eventually comes to an end. And a new Khalifa comes into play. And wafak alethic. He's a very sensible guy. He's not religious, but he's sensible. He tells Ahmed, look, I have no issue with you. If you can change your position, I would prefer that. But if you're not going to change your position, I will let you go on the condition that you get out of this land.
Right? I cannot have a figure like you out in the open. And there will be like a revolt against the best of color. I cannot handle that. But also i'm going to recognize that what my predecessors did was unjust to you. And it wasn't right. So you know, mackmyra himolla he's given a set of clothes. And he sent home to pack his bags. What does he have to do? He gets home. The clothes that he received in prison, takes them off, sells them, gives the money away to charity and puts on his own clothes. I'm telling you next level that next lowest Pamela but in America
him a lot. He decides not to leave. But what he decides to do is be very, very discreet. So he stopped playing in the machine at that time, he wouldn't go out of his house except to his close companions. So for a period of time, you know, that is it, that there's there's no seeing a monument. And people are like, you know, is this the end of his reign of the great scholar of Islam? What is going to happen? But what happens at that time, and new Khalifa comes into play? And that is what Tolkien, Tolkien comes. Everything changes, what changes very drastically, Mohammed bin Abu Ahmed Ibrahim, the Chief Justice and the Chief of Police, they're removed from their positions.
They're publicly humiliated and disgraced, the wealth is taken away, and Ahmed bin Abu Ahmed, he becomes paralyzed. How does he end up dying, just like excluding himself, that is a state that he died. Like this is the punishment that Allah subhanaw taala gave him at the end, being completely humiliated and disgraced by putting him on Muhammad Yunus persecution, putting the oma through the persecution. That was the the compensation that Allah subhanho wa Taala gave him when the announcement came to Mr. Mohammed of the humble that, you know, how many of you do I'd had passed away? How do you think mama has responded? You'd think that someone has persecuted you and put you
through all this punishment and paid, you would rejoice that hum did Allah, you know, it's over. But he might have not met. He says that he is someone that I had forgiven long ago, and are lucky to deal with him as he pleases. Now as his response, he let it be. And as he
got older, people would always ask, you know, do you have any resentment towards the California Avenue resentment towards the scholars, and he said, these are matters that are now between them, and Allah subhana wa Tada. And I don't hold anything in my heart towards them. And this is like courage, man, the true courage to remember whether him Allah, and Allah subhanaw taala knows best the physical aspect was burying the the last years of everyday being last till you pass out. But the stronger, more difficult component is that when your companions abandoned you, when your honor abandons you, when you're, you know, government is against you, and they're persecuting you, like,
how do you not hold it against them, so to find it in yourself, to forgive them and not take anything from them even as compensation? Like that takes courage. And that is where the true strength of remember, is really shown as the Imam of the center, and his ability to forgive his opponents, and his ability to forgive those that wronged him. And this is something that needs to be remembered that, you know, we're all going to be in a situation from time to time where we were wrong, others and others were wronged us. And we need to find it in ourselves, that if we want to be forgiven by Allah, if we want to be forgiven by the people, we have to forgive others as well. We
have to forgive others as well.
Now, you might not remember him Allah, he never actually recovered from his persecution. Like I said, he was punished so severely, and every day, he would, you know, pass out from the from the pain pass out from the punishment. So as he's getting older, now, he's 77 years old, towards the end of his life, he's in Baghdad, and he's gotten so weak that his sons have to help him in everything he needs to go to the bathroom, his sons are helping him. And there are two like powerful incidents before he passes away that I want to share with you. So his son, sorry, I said, I would sleep beside him at night. When he needed something, he would shake me awake, and I would give it to him. Once he
says to me, give me the book, which contains the Hadith or even Idris from life from Davos, where it says that he would hate morning out of pain. I got it, and I read it to him. And my father did not utter a single moan, except in the night that he died.
This story if you understand it properly, email Muhammad Rahim Allah is looking for motivation, or not to complain from the pangs of death. When an individual is about to die, you know, they go through a severe amount of pain, especially if you're going through a natural death, right? These are the pangs of death. The parser SLM himself talks about, you know, the Socrative note. This is what he was going through. But he's looking for a motivation of not to mourn not to show any agony on his face. What is it going to motivate him? Well, he remembers narrating a hadith. So he tells his son go and find the book that has this hadith and read it to me, and his son reads it to him.
And he said that my father did not mourn or show any agony throughout his pain. Up until the very last day mini as long as he was able to be patient. He was patient. And this is something phenomenal.
At that time, Mr. Muhammad Rahim Allah he would try to
is not as much as possible. And people who are visiting him they used to come and say, you know, even in this day do you want to continue studying, and he says, my ink pot will be buried with me meaning that the pen that I write with is going to be buried with me.
Now, eventually, people start hearing that Mr. Muhammad Rahim Allah is going to pass away. So everyone wants to come and show their regards and show their respects to Mr. Mohamad. And he start gathering around his house. And they would come, you know, group by group to there was no space left in his house. And there's so many people gathering, that they're causing, like a traffic blockade and the streets. So the family decided that you know what, we're just going to shut the doors, we're not going to take any more guests. So a day or two before his death, he said, with great difficulty, go outside, and bring the children to me, all the children that are there, he says, bring them to
The children were admitted, and he let them come across. And he scoffed to their hair, meaning he patted their hands over his over their heads, and his eyes and his eyes flooded with trs at that time. Why is he doing that? These are the orphaned children and the prophets of Allah who said that whoever wants to soft in his heart, let him rub the head of the orphan child. So it's as if he knew that his death is imminent. And he wants to soften his heart. Why? Your medallion for America when a balloon in laminata law has been studied, that on that day, your wealth and children will not avail you, except for the man that comes with a sound heart. And that is what my mother in law wanted to
achieve. So when do you think you mama died? after pregnancy, a lot Alicia has said is holding him up. He refused to play sitting down. His son had to hold them up so that he could play selectively shot. And he says let me lay down to rest. And he passed away in that state. He didn't wake up for fidget.
syndrome my time comes. And you know, it has been found out that he might have been a member of the Himalayas has passed away.
And people have gathered up in the hundreds of 1000s. I want to read this to you. He says that for the first time in the history of Baghdad, the vast majority of massage it did not have us or celebrate the massage it didn't pass or Salah. Why? Because they're all at the janazah of Mr. Mohammed in the humble. The Khalifa Al Motta Wakil, mobilized a team of 20 people to estimate the numbers in attendance. And you reported that there were between 600,001 and a half million men, along with 60,000. Women.
These are the amount of people that showed up to his jenessa. Now, when you study like intricate, detailed aqidah, you have this very famous statement by the seller. They used to say that the difference between us and the people of innovation is the janaza. What did that mean? That means that the people have understood that when they will pass away,
people's will people will show up in hordes like the hundreds of 1000s. Whereas the people of innovation when they would pass away, hardly anyone would show up. In my mathematical himolla, look at the numbers this the women 60,000 men, approximately up to one and a half million. When I made a bid who would do i'd passed away how many people were added to Denizer. They said we couldn't even count five, because the Imam had to be there to lead the Salah. And then four people just decided to show up. And that is like that statement of and assume numbers and the data being you know, implemented that understand that will always have the larger Genesis. Now this was because of
multiple reasons that Mr. mahama taught him a lot he made a contribution to Hadith made a contribution to *, he was a living example of what asceticism should look like. He was a living example of what our relationship with the Koran our relationship with our relationship with fasting should look like. And then on top of that, he was the vanguard of the center, right he was the one that made the conscious decision that I will not let Islam fail. I will not let the oma be abandoned. And I'm going to take it upon my shoulders to make sure that this innovation doesn't become mainstream. And this is like a turning point in history spinal that if you think about it,
that had the Mohammed Rahim Allah compromised on this position. And this became the official doctrine of the oma. We may not know the dean that we know right now. Like this is like how pivotal of a moment it was. That is how huge
And that is how he met my mother in law passed away on the 12th of a beard award in the year 241. And let's find out what the other have mercy upon forgive him for his sins alone. I mean,
you know that the series comes to an end. And it's a very, you know, bittersweet ending. But I showed this last night in terms of the principles of film what we learned. And I also want to share a conclusion now in terms of the personalities that we discussed. We discussed these personalities, not just for the sake of being entertained, not just for the sake of coming to the mustard on a Friday night. But we discussed these personalities in hopes that we're going to bring about change in ourselves and in our communities. Each of these imams had a particular contribution. Each of these imams were very relevant to their times, each of their moms understood that they had it upon
themselves to stand up for this deal. And unless I know what Allah chose them through their hard work, through their sincerity, through their piety, that Allah subhanaw taala allowed them to be remembered. And as what we need to remember from their legacies, that yes, they were amazing individuals, but at the end of the day, they're also human beings. And Allah leaves these examples behind for us, because we need to be able to relate to human beings, we need to strive for a higher standard, and we get motivated and empowered when we see other people capable of it. Now, no one is asking us to become the next Abu hanifa or Malik or chef or Ahmed, no one is asking us, that of us.
What is being asked of all of us is let us take our religious education more seriously. let us study the deen more. Let us read the Quran more. let us study the Sunnah more, let us study the CLR more, let us fast more, let us pray more. And do it gradually build upon it. Don't take one everything at one time. Do everything gradually and build upon it have a system for yourself where you increase. And you'll notice that if you have these lofty aspirations and these high goals, even though we may not achieve their level, we can become very, very close. And we can become just as relevant to our times as they were to their times. I've mentioned time and time again, that when you look at the
challenges they went through, they stood up in the face of those challenges. We need to do the exact same thing as the Muslim almost confronted by the left and the right. Through terrorism and radicalization and secular liberalism. The religious identity that is meant to be in the middle is being lost to both sides, people that are completely losing their faith do to the right, and people that are completely compromising on their faith due to the left and this is where people like yourselves that are going to become inshallah specialized, the best of the best in your field. If you can compliment that with religious knowledge, inshallah this Deen will be safe. But if you don't
compliment it with religious knowledge, then I am fearful genuinely fearful, not for my grandchildren, but for the generation of my own children. What Islam will look like for them, will we be able to recognize Islam at that time, if we do not stand up to the challenges that exists today? Right. So this is just a reminder inshallah, that if you leave with anything, try to leave with trying to be a better person who has a congruent personality of his religion and his profession and excels in both of them. That's what we want to see. Now let's find out what the other grant is that don't work to do. So. Forgive us for our sins and shortcomings. Allahumma amin, Allahu Allah,
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