Islam – A just way of life

Navaid Aziz


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ICNA-MAS Convention 2022 Baltimore, MD


AI: Summary © The importance of knowing the rights of Islam to fulfill spiritual strength and success is highlighted, along with the need for strong psychological health and mental health advice. The responsibility of Islam to restore values, protect families, and restore the "fitless life" of the world is emphasized, along with the importance of prioritizing one's own success and not allowing others to achieve their own success. A culture of empowerment and giving back is also emphasized.
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hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa sallahu wa Salam wa barakaatuh Nabina Muhammad Ali, he was so happy he married my bad. You know, I was just joking with chicks. I was like, Man your fire your talk was so fire you you set off the alarm Subhanallah and I was like how do you you know, start a lecture off the fire alarm has gotten off Subhanallah but it's beautiful how Allah subhanho wa Taala brings everything together. If you remember the beginning of Sheikh sads talk What did he start off with? A hassy But now I want you to Laconia. Kulu I'm in our home now you've known this mankind think they will be left to say we believe and not be tested. Allah subhanaw taala tested us all in different

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ways. This was my test and Alhamdulillah I'm content with Allah wherever Allah subhanaw taala has decreed. It is with that sentiment My dear brothers and sisters, realizing that we are the property of ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada Allah subhanho wa Taala created us to serve him that I introduced to you this talk Islam adjust way of life. There were two companions that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had paired together a Buddha and Salman al Farsi. Salman went to visit a Buddha one day and he was not home. His wife opens the door and she's in a not comfortable state. Her clothes are raggedy, she doesn't look presentable. And he asks her Why are you in such a state? And she says a

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hookah Buddha Dalai Salah who had written for dunya, that your brother a Buddha, he has no need of this dunya. So what is the point of taking care of myself and Buddha was in terms of Salman excused himself, and he comes back later on. And when Salman comes back, Abu Dhabi does the hospitable thing and offers some food. But Salman says I'm not going to eat till you eat dinner Buddha. He mentioned that he is fasting at that time. And so nine reminds him that the etiquette of the host is that if the guest is to eat and the host has to partake as well. So he eats at that time. Nighttime comes and Buddha is very anxious to wake up at the 104 pm online. And every little while he keeps waking

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up and Salman reminds him that go back to sleep. Wake up in the last third of night. And this happened several times till the last third of the night comes and Salman wakes up the Buddha and says Let us pray together now. After they're done praying some monsters giving him some advice. He says in earlier Rebecca Laker Huck won enough seeker alayka Huck when he Ellika Laker hack for article that the hacking hacker who then indeed your Lord has rights upon you, your body and your soul has rights upon you. Your family has rights upon you to fulfill the rights of every possessor of rights over you. When Abu darda heard this advice, he goes to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa

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sallam and he says Yara Shula is this advice, sound advice, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says sadaqa Salman that Salman has spoken the truth. My dear brothers and sisters, I begin with this example because when we talk about Islam as a just a way of life, we need to understand what Justice actually means in this context. Our scholars tell us that justice is to put everything in its proper place. And in order to do that, you need to know where everything belongs. And that starts off with knowing the rights that you have to fulfill starting off with the rights of Allah subhanaw taala I love it and Hamdulillah that we live in a day and age where Muslims are conscious

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about social justice. We are aware of the various causes across the globe, whether it is Palestine, whether it is our Uighur brothers and sisters, whether it is our brothers and sisters in India, and everywhere else in the globe, it's a beautiful thing. But in such a day and age, when you're constantly bombarded with different causes, do we sometimes fall short with our responsibilities to Allah subhanho wa Taala I like to highlight this for a single second, just for a single moment. And this is to remind myself and you that we are people not only a physical means it's not just about marching. It's not just about writing letters. It's not just about creating awareness, but it's also

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about seeking the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala and the body that is strong but is spiritually weak will not be successful. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam guides us and educates us to be spiritually strong and physically strong, that spiritual strength needs to be there as well. And that only comes in the obedience of Allah subhanaw taala so in our seeking of justice for others, let us not do injustice to ourselves by falling short and worshiping to Allah subhanaw taala praying our fajr prayer on time, being good to our parents giving ours the carrot and giving our charity, we may think that these are the fundamentals of Islam, and that's all they are is the very basics. But

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my dear brothers and sisters, this is what gives us our spiritual strength.

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The slave of Allah does not come closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala with anything other than that which Allah subhanaw taala has obliged. So when we fulfill our obligations, Allah subhanho wa Taala gives us strength. I want to share with you something beautiful that Ahmed Abdullah photogra Allah who I know shared with his companions, that as they're on their way to Jerusalem, Abu Zubaydah, lamrim, to Jura, he sees that Bob and the simple clothing that has patches that he may need, has stowed himself. So he says here, little Momineen I've seen the rulers of the Byzantines, I've seen the rulers of other empires, with all of their luxurious and pompous clothing. Are you not more

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deserving of this? And oh, my God, no, photogra Allahu Anhu Subhan Allah, he was a merciful and just man. And he had the statement that he used to scare people with, but Subhanallah never implemented. He says I've already there hadn't been anyone other than you that said this, I would have struck them. And he says yeah, but obey the nanoco moon isern Allah who Bill Islam for either the hubnut

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Allah, Allah, that we are a people that Allah subhanaw taala has given on or might end respect through our Islam. And when we seek that honor and bite and respect through other than Islam, that is when Allah subhanaw taala humiliates us. My dear brothers and sisters, this is not to say that this is the only cause of humiliation. Yes, there is oppression in the world. Yes, there is cheating, lying, deceit, betrayal, backstabbing happening in the world. But how do we get out of that predicament? It starts with us turning back to Allah subhanho wa taala. It starts with us turning back to our faith. It starts with us making sure that we are not doing injustice is to

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ourselves before we seek justice for others. This is the Sunnah that Allah subhanho wa Taala has established that when the OMA turns back to remembering Allah subhanho wa Taala and turn his back to the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, that is when the help and victory of Allah subhanho wa Taala will come May Allah subhanaw taala help us all Allahumma Amin. Number two, when you look at the rights of the body and the rights of the soul, spiritually, emotionally even mental health this is all a part of Islam. And it's amazing that it hamdulillah we're creating we're creating more awareness in this day and age about mental health. But if you look at the advice of

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Sandman, what does he tell a Buddha well enough seeker, alayka hack, that your own soul has rights upon you, the way that you maintain yourself and your soul and your mental health well being that is a part of it. psychological strength is very, very important to my dear brothers and sisters. And this is why when you look at the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his approach to Salah what was his approach to Salah he used to tell me Lazarus Allahu Anhu be Halyard, Billa bring us comfort, bring a serenity bring us tranquility through the prayer your beloved by giving that Advan and letting us reconnect with Allah subhanho wa taala. When we think about psychological well being,

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it's not just about going to a counselor, not just about going to a therapist, all of those are important things and means that should be sought. But that spiritual means of connecting with the Quran of making the vicar of ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada. Why else does Allah subhanho wa Taala tell us Allah be Vickery Allah He taught me that it is only in the remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala that the hearts do find rest. So when you talk about bringing justice, a part of that equation is making sure that we are taking our care of our own mental health. This means managing your own stress, managing your own anxiety, seeking help, when you need that help be proactive in seeking

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that help. My dear brothers and sisters, there is no shame in seeking help for our mental health and for our psychological well being. Just like there is no shame. If someone were to go to the hospital for a broken arm, we have to treat them equally. And we have to eradicate the stigma that exists within our communities with regards to mental health. Someone says that they're seeking help or they're taking a break for their own mental health well being this should be encouraged because that means that they're trying to get stronger to help the cause of the ummah. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam regularly did that through his worship of Allah subhanho wa taala. And when we take

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care of our mental health, and when we take care of our well being, then we can actually care for the causes of the ummah. But if we get burnt out, and we can't even take care of ourselves, how are we going to take care of other people? And this is why my dear brothers and sisters, there needs to be that spiritual focus in mental health, where you're really engaging and spiritually rejuvenating, by taking care of yourself so that you can connect with Allah subhanho wa Taala and then take care of the OMA as well. When you look at the secret of success of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he used to pray through the night in order to take care of the Ummah during the day. And that

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is the secret to success that we need to go

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Back to the UN in order to restore justice in this world, it will not happen open until we are taking care of ourselves spiritually, emotionally, psychologically by connecting with Allah subhanho wa Taala as well. And then number three Salman mentioned, while the early Gallica, Huck that your family has the rights upon you. And subhanAllah in this day and age where the family unit is being destroyed and completely disregarded for it is our responsibility as Muslims our responsibility as an ummah, that we restore the very Family values that the Quran and the Sunnah, and the Sharia of Allah subhanho wa Taala came with my dear brothers and sisters family is integral to Islam, Allah

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subhanaw taala he commands a sincere to Hareem Gu and fusuma Alikum Naira, save yourselves and save your family from the hellfire. So after you've taken care of yourself and protected yourself, it is our responsibility to protect our families. And there's so much that can be said about this with regards to the rights of the parents that were the regards to the rights of the children regards to the rights of the spouses and everyone else. So Islam is a family religion that one should be concerned of. and a time where people are taught to be very individualistic and care about number one alone care about themselves. We have to be counter intuitive to that when we are altruistic as

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the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam teaches us that we care about others more than we even care for ourselves with regards to the matters of this dunya. And a part of our success is making sure that we can guide our families and help our families achieve the utmost success not only in this life, but in the hereafter as well. And when we have this altruistic perspective, where we want people to success, not only in this life, but in the hereafter as well. That is when justice will be restored. My dear brothers and sisters, people are unjust, because they care only about the life of this world. People want more power, people want more money, people want more faith, and that is what

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they think is going to be their ultimate success. But we as Muslims, we need to practice before we preach that we put Allah subhanaw taala First we put our akhira first Jana is our ultimate goal. And when we can restore these own values within ourselves, that is when Allah subhanaw taala will restore justice in this world is going to take time is going to take patience is going to cause a lot of hardship and grief. But keep your eyes on the prize that as long as we get to gender Bismillah he Tada at the end of the day, everything else will seem irrelevant. Allah subhanho wa Taala has tested us with the injustices that are happening in our times to see how we respond to

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those that are being tried goes that they're being oppressed, they are being rewarded for their patience, they are being rewarded for all of the hardships and calamities that they're going through. But us that are sitting in comfort, that are here are able to enjoy this amazing family convention that we're here for today. My dear brothers and sisters, our test is our response. And what I want to conclude with in these final two minutes is that we cannot allow ourselves to burn out and a more focused approach to social justice is needed. Not every individual can care about every single cause it is impossible. Allah subhanho wa Taala did not create our hearts and minds

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that strong that we can equally care about every course. So naturally, some of causes will naturally have affinity in our hearts, whatever it may be. Whatever that cause is, my dear brothers and sisters, take that cause as far as you possibly can create awareness for it, petition, March do whatever you have to do, but understand that you will not be truly Sussex successful up and until you're right with Allah subhanho wa taala. And this is what we need to support this one more with that if someone's supporting one cause someone's supporting another cause we're not in competition with one another. This is one oh man at the end of the day, and we support every single cause, but

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our focus should be able to take whatever cause we can participate in as far as we possibly can. How do we do that? It starts off by us being spiritually strong and connected with Allah subhanaw taala us reframing our understanding and contextualization of the Quran and the Sunnah to be relevant in this day and age and US turning back to Allah subhana wa Tada and seeking his help and following the prophetic example of being empathetic with people and being sympathetic towards people and caring for people beyond even our own selves. This money, this fame, this power will all fade away, and the only thing that will remain are the sincere deeds that you did for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala

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are the things that you strove for, for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala and to restore justice in a day of injustice is one of the greatest of good deeds that you can do. And that starts off with fulfilling the

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rites of Allah subhanaw taala, fulfilling the rights of your body, your soul and your mind, fulfilling the rights of your family and then fulfilling the rights of the greater community. When we start off with the small baby steps and make change within our spheres of influence, that is how we change the world. And I leave you with the exact same words that Ahmed Abdullah photogra della Huang who said that Allah subhanho wa Taala will honor this OMA as long as this ummah continues to submit to Islam to Allah subhanho wa Taala but as soon as we abandon ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada. We have sealed our own fate, and in our pursuit for justice for others, Let us not become unjust to

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ourselves, may Allah subhanaw taala forgive us for our sins and shortcomings United this ummah, and help us restore justice in this times Allahumma Amin Giselle Kamala was Salam alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh