Channel: Navaid Aziz
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Al hamdu lillahi wa Hornstein who want to start off with now the villa human surely unforeseen a woman sejati Molina, Maria de la palma de la, la de la ilaha illallah wa hola Chica wa shadow under Mohammed Abdullah Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa seldom at the Sleeman kathira
My dear brothers and sisters salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
without a shadow of a doubt, the most rewarding deed that Allah subhanho wa Taala has given us after his oneness is to give out to people. And that is why this is the responsibility that Allah subhanho wa Taala chose for his prophets and messengers. Now the next section of surah Yaseen, we're going to be discussing the role of the messengers and the reaction of the vast majority of mankind towards them. Now, when we talk about giving Dawa, to people, people think, you know, due to it being very self satisfying, and very, you know, instilling gratitude inside the individual after they've done it, that this is something that will continue. But when you look at trends in our outside of the
realm of the prophets and messengers, this concept of burnout in the world of Dawa is very, very rampant. And you'll see that there will be a group of practicing people, they're practicing very, very well for a period of time, and then naturally, they'll burn out. And what ends up happening is, their experiences in the world of Dawa have been very, very negative. So for example, when they're interacting with other practicing Muslims, they'll find them backbiting they'll find them stealing the fan, find them swearing, they'll find them doing a wide variety of things. And this will lead them to having burnout. Or you'll have the exact opposite experience, where people are so busy
giving Dawa to others, that they forget about their own selves and protecting their own selves. So this next section that we're taking it from iOS 13 to 31, is going to be a reflection on the world of Dawa, which, you know, in this story, it's theoretically, almost 1000s of years ago, and how we're going to tie it into our times within the hits Allah. So Allah subhanaw taala, in verse number 13, he says, Well, donabe lahoma That was horrible Korea, it is
almost alone, that and put forward to them a similar to the story of the dwellers of the town, when there came to them messengers. So firstly, Allah subhanho wa Taala. He starts off by saying, What did it mean he put forth for them? An example. Now this part wouldn't have itself has been controversial, due to the fact that Aiden kefir, he mentioned that some of the seller they said that this is not an example. But this is an actual story. This is an actual story. What is the actual story that he is referring to? He said, If you were to look inside the Bible, the book of deeds chapters eight and 11, this exact same story or a similar story to this is mentioned. Now even
Kathir. He argues that this is not the case. Because here Allah subhanho wa Taala he says, what do they build a home that put forth for them the example of and didn't say what core and remember the case of so and so. But now briefly, let's looking back at the story in the Bible. The story in the Bible mentions that the city of Antioch, which is the the city in Turkey today called antakya, three messengers came to them, they had sodic, they had sadock. And they had a third messenger Shalom, that these three messengers were sent to them. And they were sent together, which is quite rare, altogether at one time, so that they could strengthen and fortify one another. And this is the story
of those three people. No, because he argues, he says, this is not the case, even though there are similarities between the story and the story in the book of deeds. This goes against the actual context of the Quran, where Allah subhanaw taala is saying, put forth an example. And when an example is put forth, it's not a story of the past, but rather it is something that mankind is meant to reflect upon, outside of reality, reflection, outside of reality, as habit, Korea that these are the people of a small town, meaning it's not a major city, but this is a small town when the messengers came to them, showing that Allah subhana wa tada on this planet even sent messengers to
the small towns. So when people think about the Dawa, people constantly think about giving Dawa to the bigger platforms, right? When you think about the state of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. The grand scale was Mecca. That's where people come in to perform hajj, people are going there for trade. But how about the smaller towns like five? Would you see the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam paid attention to as well. So in the grand scheme of things, Tao needs to be given everywhere. Allah subhanho wa Taala didn't just send messengers to the major cities, he sent them to the small cities as well. And this is a reflection for us as well. When we
think about data, someone needs to extend our to the smaller cities as well. When you look at the province of Alberta, literally how much damage is being done in Alberta. You have maybe Edmonton you have maybe you know, Red Deer, maybe one mushed it in Brooks, you know, I'm not even sure if the other cities have massaged or not. But the point being Muslims that are living in this province, we have an awkward
Unity and an obligation to fulfill in giving Dawa and that is why Allah subhanaw taala sent this group of people in a small town, messenger centers group of people in the small town messengers. Now listen, I know it's either he tells us what he does, he says he says it or Sunnah he Mignini, that when we send to them to forget the boomer and they be lied to them for others Now besides Listen, then we gave them a third to strengthen them for color in ecommerce alone, that Allah subhanaw taala had sent to people to these people to these to these to this town. And these two people were still not enough that the belied these two messengers. So let's find out what the other send to them a
third, he sent them a third. Now what is the wisdom behind Allah subhanho wa Taala sending two messengers, here listen, I know what Allah is showing that even though a group of a person, one person may be upon the truth is going to be a very difficult task, and that you need community support, you need support of others to do this our so now tying this into a modern day context, when you're having a double related event, you'll have one person that's the speaker, one person that's the graphic designer for the poster, one person that's booking the hall, you know, there's a wide variety of components. Similarly, at that time, Allah subhanaw taala sent multiple people to give
Dawa to strengthen one another because one person is not capable of doing all things. And that is why throughout history, Allah subhanho wa Taala sent multiple messengers and prophets, one to strengthen and reinforce the message and to one person is never enough one person is never enough. besides Allah subhanho wa Taala nothing else is one, the angels are many, the books are many, the prophets and messengers are many, everything is many, so that there's a lot of enforcement taking place. Now he says that the the group that the town The belied these two people and then Allah subhanaw taala sent a third to strengthen him they sent a third to strengthen him. Now you would
think a group of people that is sent three messengers, how could they ever go straight, right? We always think to ourselves, you know, had we lived at the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam such and such what have happened. But this makes a show that a listen, I know it's out of consent, three messengers at one time to one place, and you will still have people below them, you will still have people below them. And this is such a valuable lesson, that at the end of the day, even with the presence of multiple messengers, guidance comes from Allah subhanho wa Taala. They will witness the truth, they will know the truth, but Allah subhanho wa Taala will not allow the
truth to be instilled in their hearts. And this goes back to the introduction that we were talking about. When we spoke about when does one become eligible to receive guidance from Allah subhana wa Tada. And we mentioned the importance of sincerity, the importance of taking opportunity, advantage opportunities of guidance that Allah gives us a number three, asking guidance from Allah subhanho wa Taala himself, right, those three components always need to be there in order to be eligible for guidance. Here you see the people that even after three messengers being sent to them, they completely delighted them. Then they said, Coloma anthem Ella Bashara Miss Luna wanna answer the
rough nanomachine in anthem Illa Chuck the bone that the people of the town said you are only human beings like us and the Most Beneficent Allah has revealed nothing, you are only telling lies. So the first thing that these group of people do, rather than paying attention to what these people have to say, character assassination right off the spot, saying that you guys are liars, that Allah subhana wa tada has said nothing. And you guys are just like, so now when you can discredit a people, you've discredited the message right away. And you'll notice that's like the strategy in the elections right now. Like let's declare character assassinate every one that we can, and to take away their
potential because you'll destroy the message once you've assassinated the messenger. And that's what the attempt has always been, that anyone that gets within the realm of Dawa, he has to be so careful of his reputation. When it comes to the wind the way he speaks in terms of truth and lies, in terms of his financial dealings with people in terms of his dealings with the opposite gender, all of these things that that needs to be very, very careful of, because this is something people will attack right away. So this is something that they started off the bandwidth that these people they're just liars, right? Allah didn't revealed anything to them. These people are just liars. Now,
what's interesting over here is that of all of the names of Allah subhanho wa Taala, they could have chosen, they chose to affiliate with a rough man. Why did they fill it with a rock man? They did so because this is the one name and attribute of Allah subhanho wa Taala that everyone recognizes and is dependent on. We all depend upon the mercy of Allah. We all know that had it not been for the mercy of Allah. None of us would be alive right now. Had it not been for the mercy of Allah, our blood would not be running our lungs would not be pumping oxygen. Nothing would be taking
Place. So each and every one of the creation recognizes the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this is why they call him by a rock man. One of the wisdoms that some of the scholars of tafsir mentioned over here is that they mentioned rough man over here instead of Allah, because they recognize the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala. But they didn't recognize his right to be worshipped. And Allah comes from the one that is worshipped. So that is why Rahman is mentioned here instead of Allah, because they recognize the mercy but they didn't recognize the right to be worshiped over here. So you notice that right off the bat characterization is a character
assassination is taking place. These people are liars, don't listen to them, nothing has come down. Now, a third and last point I'll mention over here is that they recognize the fact that Allah subhanho wa Taala would send down revelation that even though these people are belying it, they said that Allah has not sent anything down mean that Allah does send something down, but he hasn't sent it to you. So this is the need of revelation that even the ignorant people that belied worshipping Allah subhanho wa Taala, the devil never denied the fact that Allah would receive would send down revelation, or that he would send down prophets, or that he had the right to be worshipped. They
just didn't recognize it. So now over here, it shows you the fundamental understanding of living a life of purpose. They understood it, living a life according to guidance and Revelation. They understood it, but it's just something that they didn't want to implement. They did not want to implement it. So now, how did the messengers respond? Did the messenger say, we're not liars? You guys are the liars, right? A lot of the times when you get into religious debates and discussions, it goes nowhere, right? Both our parties get hardheaded. They start arguing back and forth. You would say, you know, we're not the lawyers, we're not lying. You guys are the ones that are behind
us. But look at how the messengers respond, called aura buena yalom, in the La kumala masala, that the messenger said, Our Lord knows that we have been sent to you as messengers. So this shows us over here that these messengers, they weren't concerned with the recognition of the people, they just came to convey the message, if the people wanted to listen, Alhamdulillah, if they didn't want to listen, then that was their issue. But they weren't going to sit there and debate with people that were calling their names. And this is a fundamental principle over here, when engaging with people. When you look at your audience, I like to divide my audience into three groups of people.
group number one is going to be those people that no matter what you do in life, they're always going to hate you, you could you know, bend over backwards to serve them, they will never be grateful. And they will always find something to criticize you for group number two is the exact opposite. These are the people that will love you, no matter what happens, you could like, say bad things about these people, you could you know, not do anything for them, these people will always love you. These are like the first 20% 10% and 10%, then you have the greater 80% that are genuine people they genuinely want to see good. And they will give you general feedback, genuine feedback
when things are going bad. And this is the vast majority of people. So now when we're engaging with people, you want to figure out, where do these people fall into? Are they the people that are constantly criticizing and constantly saying bad things? Are the the people that are constantly praising you and giving you positive feedback? Or are the the genuine masses and population? How do we treat all three of them, as the people that are always criticizing Allah subhanho wa Taala, he tells us with a heart of a humble, je Luna colusa Dhamma, that you don't engage with them, you say Salaam Alaikum, and you work on the only time from what I understand the way do the times you would
engage these people that are always critical of you, is when you feel your ego is getting too big. When you feel your ego is getting big, engage with these people and they'll humble you right away, right, they'll let you know your place in society, then the second type of people are the people that always love you that you can make your 1000s of mistakes, 1000s of errors, treat people badly, even do something wrong, these people will still love you. In this situation, these people you go to, when you're feeling down, you're lacking morale, you need someone to boost you up. These are the people that you go to for feedback and engage them at that time. These are people that you want to
be kind to, but take everything they say with a grain of salt, because they put you on a pedestal higher than you deserve. They put you on a pedestal higher than you deserve. And then the third group of people, these are the 80% that are actually genuine, true people that if you're doing good, they'll let you know, you know, just a clock here, you're doing a good job. And if you're doing something bad, they will let you know, look, that was terrible. You got to work on yourself, you want to improve this. And these are the people that you genuinely want to engage with. You want to ask these people okay, what am I doing right? So that, you know, I can continue to do it, what am I
doing wrong, so that I can improve on it and that I can fix it. And this is how the world of data will work. All of your audience will be broken down into these three groups, groups of people.
And that is how you should engage them in my personal understanding and opinion. Now, these people did not aim to defend themselves. That is lesson number two, that as someone engaged in the world of Dharma, never spend your time defending yourself, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, as often as he was criticized, he wouldn't spend defense spend time defending himself, he would leave that up to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And in fact, when you look at the famous stories that are mentioned, in the center of the prophets are seldom like the story of Judah h the righteous man that was accused of Xena the story of a Santa Maria and the story of Medea. All these people who
didn't defend themselves Allah subhanaw taala actually told Modi and be quiet. Don't say anything, right? Let the baby speak on your behalf. These are the stories that are there to show us that when people are being accused, don't spend time defending yourself. Let Allah subhanaw taala defend you. If you truly are sincere and genuine, Allah subhanho wa Taala will defend you and will send help, you will never let falsehood prevail, you will never let a light prevail. You do not focus on defending yourself. Don't take it personally leave it up to Allah subhanho wa Taala to defend you. Now move on to the next idea. And this shows us the ultimate responsibility of dour when Marlena ill
Bella will mean that there is nothing upon us except to convey the message. And the responsibility of the die is just that convey the message. And you'll notice a lot of the times in Dawa will get very personally and emotionally attached. There will be someone that we like. And we will focus day and night on trying to get this person to convert. And then people will be coming. They're genuine. They want to learn about Islam, they want to learn from you. But you're not going to spend as much time because you're too focused on them. Why are we so focused on these individual because we feel it is our responsibility to guide people. It is not our responsibility to guide people in terms of
ultimate guidance, our responsibility in terms of guidance is show people the right way. plant the seed. And if Allah subhanaw taala wants it to grow, it will grow. And if it's not meant to grow, then move on to the next individual. dollar literally is like investment. You want to see where you will have the greatest returns on your effort. And that is why people don't understand the value of dollar right people think Let me pray a you know, clear malayala tahajjud Let me fast these are all great acts of Riba. But what they do not realize those acts do not supersede themselves, they stop and begin with them. Whereas in the world of Dawa you teach one person Fatiha, he ends up becoming a
half of the Quran opens his own madrasa. And it's like, you know,
well, it's like a franchise model. So now, like, you know how you have Walmart of like, grocery stores. Imagine this madness that becomes like a franchise. And you taught this kid how to recite facts behind the Quran. Every single person that learns Quran through him, you're getting a reward for, and this is why the world of Tao is so miraculous, that you never know who you're going to teach something to where many years down the line, they'll be like, you know what, Jessica, I learned this from you. I taught it to my kids, I taught it to my family. And you know, all these people are making the art for you now. And that's like your return on investment. And that is why
that was the best investment that you can make. Which is why the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he says, To guide one person is better than everything in the world, and that which is in it, and to guide one person is better than the red cameras. What is the red camel, at that time, it was considered the most valuable of commodities. But what it really signified was the red camel was also the fastest, signifying that your fastest way to agenda is to grant it to spread guidance amongst the people that give out to the people. This is the ideal opportunity to earn multiple adger by doing minimal efforts. So now, how did these people respond? You know, these
people, the martial law and the messengers, they're not getting riled up, they're not getting violent, they're not getting aggressive. What's this doing to the people? This is getting them even more angry and more upset? Because they thought if we can prove that these people aren't really messengers, by getting them to show their true character, while they're angry than the people who don't believe them anymore, but these messengers, they're not responding to any of this. They're like, Look, Allah knows that we're messengers and we're just here to convey the message. You want to believe us? That's great, if you don't, you know, doesn't matter to us. Now, this is getting them
even more upset. They go to on to their second tactic called the inner Tatyana become the LM tanto de nada joumana calm that if these people said for us, we see an evil Omen from you if you do not seize we will surely stone you and a painful tournament will touch you from us. So now they've gone from you know, trying to character assassinate to now physically threatening them that look, if you don't stop, we're going to take care of you physically, right. Now, the issue over here is why are these people feeling so directed? All these people are doing this
Giving them a Why are they getting physically violent with them. They're getting physically violent with them. Because their filter is telling them, these people, they're telling the truth. And you should follow them, what their desires are telling them. If you follow these people, you're going to have to give up all of your desires. So let's physically torment them, so that they no longer speak to us. And there's no longer an internal conflict. And this is why the Korea the people of Korea are getting violent now. They're threatening them that if you don't stop, we will take care of you. Now it is usually at this face, people will start to get scared. They're like, okay, okay, you know, I
don't want a physical altercation. And I agree, generally speaking, we don't want a physical altercation. We don't want to fight people. That's not what the world of Tao is about at all. Right? We're always the peaceful messengers. That's what we're aiming to be. But in this situation, if be being peaceful does not mean you give up giving the message right? being peaceful does not mean that you keep up that you stop giving the message. Now over here, the messengers could have said, You know what, we're going to stop giving you Dawa, you go your way, we go our way. And let's end it over here. And you'll notice that as things are about to get violet, there's a good news that is
about to come. And then two is from now, a very good news is about to come. And we'll see what that is. But let's look at what these people are saying. Now look at what the courier is saying that we've done an omen with you, and then Omen over here. And they say enough Tatyana become, that we looked at the birds that were coming, if a certain type of bird came, it means that this is a very good sign, and these people should be followed. And if it was a different type of bird, these are bad people. Let's keep them away. I want you to understand this. Would you put your fate of Jen and Jana, on the flight of a random bird taking off? You wouldn't? It doesn't make sense. Why would you
do something like that such a huge decision you're doing on a random act? Right? It doesn't make any sense whatsoever. So they're still not paying attention to what the messengers have to say, they're going to come up with any excuse not to follow them. So that's what you see over here. In that photo, you're now become the look, we did a superstition with you and your superstition came out negative that as when you're someone's giving a black cat walks by all this person must be misguided. A black cat came really when measured guidance by these omens and superstitions that you come up with. So that didn't work. But you're not because it did not work. Nine. The second one was
the physical threat that if you don't stop, we will physically hurt you. We will throw stones at you. And you will taste a punishable and you will taste a painful punishment. Yet the messengers did not stop. What did the messengers respond to them? They stayed peaceful. They said for iroko MCE, that these omens, they're with you, you're only upset because you have been reminded, and you are a people that are transgressive. You are a people that are trans ggressive. So here we see the real reason why these people are now getting upset, not because they don't believe in what they have to say. But because internally they're in conflict, they understand that, hey, if we follow these
people, we're going to have to give our desires, which is a huge conflict for people, right? Like literally you will see people, many, many times, Oh, I can't become Muslim, because I don't want to give up drinking or I can't become Muslim, because I'm not ready to ready to put on the hijab yet, or I can become Muslim, because I don't know if I'm ready to pray five times a day, their desires are always going to be a hindrance. And this is why the concept of submission is Islam. Islam means submission, you submit your will and desires to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And when you do that, Allah will make the path easy for you. But if you're not willing to submit, Allah subhanho wa Taala makes
the path of misguidance very, very easy for you that so much so you end up looking stupid like these people did that, you know, what we did is evil. We did a superstition and the superstition came out bad. That's why we're not following you. So now How did the messengers respond? They said, these superstitions are with you. They have nothing to do with us. Meaning that in the discussion, always bring the focus back to the message. Don't get distracted with what the people are saying. They're trying to bring the discussion to the evil omens and superstitions. You always bring it back to the message. Let us discuss what we're discussing rather than things that are not relevant. That is talk
about the fate of your dunya and akhira. Let's talk about the existence of Allah and the Quran and who is Mohammed and Allah is right to be worshipped. That is the core focus of our discussion. Not everything else that you're trying to spin around. Then they go on to say you are a people that is transgressive. muscley foon. And when you talk about someone that is much live, this is someone that that you know just wastes, they have no concept of being economical in anything, constantly wasting the talk too much. They eat too much. They sleep too much. All of their desires are in excess. And that is like their biggest threat that as soon as their desires come into threat then that is
When they get angry and upset, and the the messengers recognize this. So now what do we learn from the outside of this? When you're engaging with someone, and they're telling you that, look, I can't accept this or that, or I'm not ready to change my ways, because of this desire, you need to find them away and a method that will make them feel comfortable in giving up that desire. So for example, let's say, you know what, we have an individual here, this bottle, this bottle is male, okay? And is like, you know what, I have a girlfriend right now, I don't know if I'm ready to become Muslim and give up my girlfriend. So how do you approach the situation? What do you do? Let's hear
from you guys. This bottle wants to accept Islam knows that Islam is the truth. But he says, I have a girlfriend, and I'm not ready to give up my girlfriend. What do you say? Get married?
is like, okay, that's not an option for me right now.
And I just said when he was in algebra that the girlfriend is like, from a religion that we're not allowed to marry? Go ahead who had their hand up, man if you can become Muslim, become Muslim with the girlfriend.
What does that mean? You don't directly Tell him to become Muslim? The Bible doesn't recurring expenses. Right? Okay. Anyone else?
What he's actually saying, the proper
So that's the logical argument. And that is the crux of the message. And look, at the end of the day, this girl is not going to take you the agenda, right? She will be with you in this dunya, even for a limited amount of time, she's not going to get you the agenda. So that's the logical argument. But now you'll notice that when it comes to desires, people don't think logically, it's always about emotional attachment. Right? Anyone else want to give their two cents? Go ahead. So I will offer him just
Because while he gave it to the converted, then he can know lots of things and he will do willing to quantity. Okay.
So that's pretty much when he was saying Anyone have something different? Go ahead.
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to the I mean to fully accept the call.
Fantastic. So now we have three people with the same messages, almost a consensus. Go ahead.
Give him the ultimatum. Like you either choose, choose your gold, red, there's no combining the two. One condition can be that.
You want to be my girlfriend, and I don't want to leave you. But there's a slump. There's something. So it's hard to change. First yourself, do bad deed, good deed, which influence the girlfriend and then she will automatically attract, which is what the The last thing I was getting to is, why is anyone not mentioning we should give out to the grill as well. No one is mentioning.
Like we have ultimatums we're like give out to the guy and say, they'll go ahead except this time and keep the girlfriend but we didn't think of the obvious answer. Okay, how will we get down to the girl as well. And this is why you'll notice that when it comes to the realm of dour, there's multiple possibilities that you need to look at. And you're going to try to accommodate to the best case scenario. So the best case scenario is that they both become Muslim, and they get married, and they live happily happily ever after in this dunya. And in the worst case scenario is that this guy becomes Muslim. And he realizes that this girl doesn't want to become accepted slab. And you know,
he becomes guided and she goes on her own way. And that's where the story ends, right? So you want to look at all the possibilities, always look at all the possibilities. But the two main points I want you to extract from this is that when it comes to desires, people don't think logically you have to accommodate to their emotions. So explain Look, I understand you have a girlfriend I understand she means a lot to you. So how about we try to get you know a share this message with her and she feels she see how she feels about it. Okay, he's not up for that. Then you say you know what? Why don't you accept it slam and then see what things go with your girlfriend, the vast
majority of times people end up breaking up anyways. We don't know what's going to happen somewhere down the line, she may choose herself not to be with you, right? So just be emotionally supportive rather than bring a logical argument be emotionally supportive. Number two, is that you need to understand that in order for action to take place, a man is required. The Sahaba the Allahu anhu overnight did not change. Allah subhanho wa Taala revealed the Quran overtime, and as their demand increased, ask them to make more sacrifices. It wasn't the ultimate sacrifice just a one time so when someone is facing a
Difficulty get him to accept take their Shahada increase their email. And over time as the demand increases, they'll naturally want to give out the bad things. Because the heart wants to do what is right and it wants to stay away from what is wrong. It doesn't want to displease Allah. The heart was created to please Allah and the heart will recognize that once it submits to Allah subhanho wa Tada. So now what is the good news? So far in this discussion, all we've seen is that the people of the town in the village, they hate the prophets and messengers, and they don't want to listen. But what we fail to realize is as people talk about these prophets and messengers, word gets around to
the city, and Allah subhanho wa Taala gives us the good news. What I mean Oxon Medina, Raja nonius, kala, Jaco Amitabha, and more serene, that from the farthest outskirts of the town, a man comes into the city, and he says, oh, people follow the messengers. Who is this man? How did he find out? And this shows us the reality of media, that, you know, the media will always do a good job of putting the truth in the negative Limelight, the truth will always look bad, right? It's always going to look bad. And people around the town they start talking about these prophets and messengers. They're wicked people, they're liars. You know what, they aren't messengers. They're just here for other
reasons. word was getting around these people. And at the end of the city was a man whose heart was pure, his sweater was pure. And he knew that his prophets and messengers were on the truth. So even though he was not someone that these messengers and prophets had directly interacted with, guidance comes from places we cannot even imagine. And that is why you'll find one household that has like, one Buddhist father, an atheist mother, that the whole ancestry is filled with different religions. And then you get this amazing Muslim coming out from between and you're like, Where did this come from? Allah subhana wa tada shows us His miracles. Number two, is never despair in giving Dawa. The
Dow is not about numbers that was not about how many people accept Islam. It is about even if you are able to guide one person, then then Hamdulillah, you've done your job, your adjure is already increasing. Your idea is already there when you give the dour now you're just being multiplied as you get as people are accepting Islam. And sometimes it will be to the people that you're conversing with other types of someone that might be passing by, or someone that they're related to. Now, Sheikh Hasina and I were just speaking the other day, and we're talking about an individual that received the Quran as a gift. Four years ago, four years ago, they received the Quran as a gift,
they held on to it, from time to time, they would read it. And then it took her four years, this lady eventually took her Shahada, and who knew that whoever gave her the most half, four years ago, who knew that this lady would have accepted Islam? It didn't happen then and we don't even know what that person was. But now this lady is a Muslim. She's praying five times a day she's trying her best to be a good Muslim. This is the reality of Dawa. We do not know where the seeds will prosper. We just give the message and we allow Allah subhanho wa Taala to do the rest. The second thing we learn over here is that in every community, there will always remain goodness, you will get the story of
no Haile Salaam 950 years giving Dawa, very few people responded. But there's such a huge lesson in the story of no Haile Salaam which creation without any you know,
opposition followed nobody Salah the animal kingdom, right? These animals they followed no Holly salon, they didn't oppose anything. And it shows us that it's not the strong intellect that is required to accept Islam. It is to be in tune with your fitrah you can no it doesn't require that you be a super intelligent person to accept Islam. Islam is meant for everyone Assam is not complicated. So the animals followed no honey Salaam into his Safina. And over here we have a man from the outskirts of the city, even cathedra him Allah He says Abdullah bus, he mentioned that in the Salah Elliot he was called Habiba Naja, his name was Habib and the Jr. He was a carpenter. And
he used to spend half of his money in charity, and the money he would get half of it, he would give in charity, and he was very, you know, helpful in terms of his carpentry skills. So this is the man that has come from the outskirts of the town, and is telling the people after the prophets and messengers, all people follow the prophets and messengers follow the prophets and messengers, this is what he's telling them saying that look, I'm from amongst you. You may not know this officers messengers, but I'm from amongst you. And I'm telling you follow these prophets and messengers, and this is goes back to fortify the message have as many people support you as you can be very
inclusive of people that want to support. Now he goes on to give a message, who are these prophets and messengers at Toby Omen is a locum Agilent wahama after doing that, follow the people that ask him you know wages and who are rightly guided
That this is one of the clear distinguishing signs of people that are rightly guided, they will not want to financially benefit from this interaction or this from this, you know,
human interaction, that's the best word I can think of that when you notice a lot of the people have misguidance The first thing that they're looking for is money. So you'll find these spiritual healers, you know, call us us at one 800, you know, dot, dot, dot, and I will tell you what your love life lice are. But in order for you to do that, I need like a 15 $100 downpayment first, right? Or someone says, You know what, I'm in touch with someone that you lost. And if you want to speak to them, pay me $2,000. And I'll let you convey a message through me, everything comes down to about money, nothing is about genuine self interest right? Over here, the prophets and messengers, they're
not asking for any money, they don't want anything in return. All they want you is guy, all they want for you is guidance. And this brings about a very important lesson in our day and age. When you look at the world of Dawa. It's become extremely commercialized, extremely commercialized, you want to invite any speaker in the world, there's always a financial
cost to it may be a couple of $100, maybe, you know, a business class ticket, maybe a five star hotel, you know, and those anymore, but there's two sides of the spectrum over here. The first side of the spectrum, is that we went through a phase of Dawa, where we had elite do art, I mean, absolutely phenomenal, amazing art. And we treated them like trash, they will come to our communities, they will dedicate, you know, weeks and months of their time, leaving their family and friends behind. We wouldn't put them in a hotel, we would say, look, sleep at the mercy of insha Allah, use the bathroom, if you need to take a shower, we'll find one of the community members to
take you to his house to take a shower. And I'm not even exaggerating, like I witnessed some of these things as a child. And this is how the community I was in we interacted with these people. And at the end, you know, they're like, okay, you know, I'll do the teaching and they'll be like, Okay, can you leave the prayers as well? Oh, my son, he wants to learn how to recycle and can you teach him how to recycle as well? Or someone needs it? Okay. Can you come and do it okay, on this person as well. And we will abuse these people to absolutely, you know, the most possible way of abusing someone comes time to leave. Exactly. Okay. Thank you so much for coming. You know, have a safe,
Chubbuck, nothing, you know, guys spend so much time left his family, he's not earning any income. And all we give them as a thank you. Now this one creation that we had, it led to an exact opposite reaction that we saw a period of about 20 years, from the 80s to the 2000s. There was amazing with our right a lot of people were giving Dawa, and they didn't want anything from it. But people got burnt out. It became burdensome, they didn't have incomes anymore. And now the 2000s come and things slowly start changing the commercialization of Dawa takes place. All of a sudden, we have high class venues. We have amazing posters. We have you know, booklets that are presented. We have PowerPoint
presentations. And with that comes the charging now as well. And in the early days, it was something simple look, you know what, $100 $200 per day? I think that's very reasonable. That's the amount of money I would have earned, you know, had I been in at home working? I think that's fair. But now that one reaction that we had for that period of 20 years, led to the exact opposite reaction when now you'll have people asking, you know what, for one lecture, I want $3,000, or I'm going to do a fundraising event. I want 10% of everything that is earned. And I want you to think about that number. If you had an event where you raise $300,000 10% of it is $30,000. For each word, you
probably spoke, you're getting paid like $100, if not more than that is preposterous. But where did this come from? A came from an era of abuse, that this abuse take place. And it's so continuous, I'll tell you a personal story of myself, where I went to a city somewhere in Canada, and I only put one condition that the hotel that you put me in, please make sure it has internet. That is my only condition that I asked for. So they're like fine, no problem. So they put me in a really nice hotel, they put me in the western hotel, very nice hotel. And at this hotel, I'm like Mashallah, you know, companies treating me very nicely. Everything's taken care of, it's come time to go to the airport
after I'm done. And I'm on my way I check out and he says, you know, here's your bill. I look at the bill. It's like $600 and I'm like, Okay, brother, you know, can you take care of this? The brother looks at me, he's like, What are you talking about? You want an internet in your room up?
And yeah, I'll ask you to
tell. And then it became like very awkward, like this brother really died because I asked for internet that I would take care of my own accommodations. And I didn't ask for anything else. Literally all I asked was for the accommodation. So I ended up paying for the hotel, and I made a promise to myself that I'm never dealing with this community again, right? No, I like it.
Different if you can't take care of your guests, why would you want those guests to come here? And it's not an issue of having a clause for the sake of Allah the deeds that we do all for the sake of Allah. But it doesn't mean that you abuse the people right now this is one of the better stories that if you want to hear some really crazy stories, as the people who give Dawa in the 80s and 90s like Sheikh Khalid bassoon has some crazy stories. Like he was once in Utah, and literally, like for those with young kids, if you've played Grand Theft Auto, he stayed in the motel that was Grand Theft Auto, there was like a person that had died they had the the carving out of that person that
died there. They're people that are doing crack, you know, in cars outside the hotel, weird noises coming from everywhere. And this is where they capture, right? This is I'm like, what you wouldn't even keep like your, your, your your worst enemy in a place like this. Yeah, they're keeping like a shake at this hotel, who's coming to educate the community. And then again, you know, it's like, you can walk to the masjid much. It's like 45 minutes. And I'm looking for prostitutes, stuff like that. Well, that's what Tao is like, I'll tell you that story. yasir Qadhi. He gets invited to Arizona, he's in Houston. They're like, okay, we can't afford a plane ticket. So, you know, we'll put you on
a bus instead. Without thinking he's like, you know what, this is my first one of my first trips, I'll accept the bus, right? It's a 32 hour bus ride.
But he did it. This is like 80s and 90s. People did these sorts of things, right? That was what life was like. Now it's completely changed, because that is what we've created. And now I believe this reaction of, you know, commercialized our is going to create another reaction, where people are going to start hating their diet, and we're already start seeing that, because they're like, these people are money minded. All they want is compensation. They're asking for these stupid things. Like, you know, there's the story a lot, who I don't know if it's true or not. But one of the dads was actually asking for particular type of flowers to be inside of his room. And I was like, Who
needs these flowers? Why are you asking for flowers, and I couldn't understand it. But it's going to lead to people hating their thought. And then things will normal things will normalize again, and we're going to go through another cycle then. But the point being, the world of data should never be for financial compensation. It needs to be inside of us. If someone gives us a gift. Alhamdulillah if someone gives me nothing, Alhamdulillah I will still continue with the dour because at the end of the day, Allah is a shocker. He is the best of those that give compensation. And that is what the focus should be on that even when no one gives you anything. You know, Allah is watching and Allah
is giving. Allah was the verse and sort of tobacco Yeah, Milo fasciola. Sal, Allahu Allah Kumara pseudo, that we know that, that go ahead and do the actions because Allah is watching. And so are the believers and the prophets of Allah Hylian was said that there were those actions should only be for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Then the second characteristic he gives, these people will hold off, they're doing that they are guided, meaning that look at the conduct of these people. These are the people that speak the truth. These are people that keep their promises. These are people that are not deceptive. These are people that are gentle and soft, they are not
argumentative. These are all positive characteristics that we have seen in the story about these people. So now when you're looking for a person of the truth, he has to live up to that character. It's not enough to carry the message of the truth. You have to exemplify it in your character as well. Well, muster done.
Then he goes on to say, this is the individual This is heavy when the job that we're talking about he goes on to say we're malita Abdullah, the Fatah Ronnie what he told us that why should I not worship Him alone who has created me and to whom all of you shall return? So here, Habib is saying that why would I not worship the one that created me? And this shows us that he or he is calling to their intellects? Who created you, the one that created you, who created you for a reason, and that is to worship Him? So why would we not worship the one that created us? Then ego fortifies this point by saying, not only that he creates the worshipers, but eventually we're going to return to
Him. So you're going to have to respond to everything that you've done. If you've done bad, you have to say, you know, I did this bad and why did you do it? You have to have a reason and a justification for this. So be ready for that to be ready for that, because we're all eventually going to return back to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Then he goes on to say, shall I take besides Him, God's even the Most Beneficent intends me any harm, their intercession will be of no use for me whatsoever, nor can they save me. So now he's talking about the fallacious nature of polytheism. So he goes on to say, why would I take an other Lord besides Allah? subhanaw taala? Why would I worship anyone besides Allah? subhanho wa Taala? Because if a rough man wanted any harm for me, could they save me and protect me? No, they couldn't. Right? So then why would I depend on anyone other than Allah subhanho wa Taala. One point that I'll point out over here is that he too uses the term rough man. Why does he
Use the term black man, he uses it particularly to build rapport with the people that he's talking about. He knows that they refer to Allah as a rough man, she's like, let me use the exact same name so that they feel comfortable with this. And you'll notice that Muslims are very particular about this, that when they're engaging with non Muslims, they have to refer to God as Allah. And we're not going to compromise on this. But in the initial discussions, when people don't know who Allah is, and all they recognize or understand is a concept of God, there's nothing wrong with using the term God in your discussions. And this is one of the lessons we learned over here of building rapport
with the vernacular that they're using, that they're used to and accustomed to. So if they use a particular terminology, go ahead and use it as long as it doesn't oppose the shoddy. There's nothing wrong with it. So now over here, after he's saying that he worships Allah, he's proving the fallacious nature of Schick, that why would you worship anyone other than Allah, when they cannot protect you from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this always comes down to in your moment of desperation? Who are you going to call out to? Who is the call that you make, that in your moment of desperation, the plane is sinking? Who are you calling out to act that time, right, they say you
want to make a believer out of an atheist, let him you know, go through a turbulent play, that he naturally will call out to Allah, because that is what the fitrah is for. So here he is saying that when it comes to your moment of distress, who is going to save you? Now, the people of the past, they didn't have a concept of atheism, they always believed in something or another. And this is why the argument over here is based upon that, that you're assuming that someone can intercede on your behalf and will save you from Allah. But the reality is, if Allah created that person, why would Allah want you to worship that person instead of Allah subhanho wa Taala that is the argument that
he is building over here.
I'm going to do one more I and then we'll, I'll just do open up the floor for questions. inshallah. So actually, we'll do two is together. So he goes on to say in the next verse,
in the event, lufia, bodily mubin, that if I was to, you know, except worshiping other than Allah subhanho wa Taala, I would be in manifest and clear, ever, in clear error in the amount to be robbed, because now that I have believed in your Lord. So pay attention and listen to what I am saying. So in these two verses over here, he's making it very clear that look, if you don't accept Islam, if you're not accepting the truth, you will be in clear misguidance. So you want to make sure that the message is very, very clear that there should be no doubt in what you're calling to the worshipping of Allah staying away from worshiping anything else, right. That's a clear message of
Islam. That's what you want to make sure it's clear. It's not about me, it's not about you. It's about worshipping Allah subhanho wa Taala. That is what the message comes down to. Then the second part of it is, not only do you need to worship Allah, it's about worshiping Allah alone, and realizing that no one can help you in front of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Because if you agree to the fact that he created everything, then who can help anyone in the face of the Creator, no one can, it is only the creator that can protect you, it is only created that can save you. And that is why Allah subhanaw taala has the ultimate right to be worshiped alone. And if I was to do that, meaning
not follow this path of the truth, I will be unclear and manifest error. Now what's interesting over here, he says, If I was to take this path, I would be in clear manifest error. He didn't say all of you aren't clear manifest error. He didn't want to antagonize them. He didn't want them to feel that you know what this person is being very condescending towards us. He's saying that if I was to do that, then I would have been clear manifester, letting them know that this is a path of misguidance without making them feel bad. So you can have a person that is upon Cofer, and you don't need to call them a capital, let them know that there are cafard, right? You don't need to call them a
disbeliever or an innovator or a heretic in order to know that they're upon that path. Just make it very clear. This is what misguidance is. Anyone that goes upon this path is misguided. And this is what he's doing over here. Then he goes, now that I made clear to you what Miss guidance is, let me make clear to you what guidance is and what the way out is. Right? He goes in the amount to be not become that I have believed in your Lord. So let there be no dispute. Whether you recognize it or not, he is your Lord. And I believed in him. So pay very close attention. So pay very close attention. Now pay very close attention to what pay very close attention to the prophets and
messengers pay very close attention to the prophets and messengers. Actually, the next part of the surah is actually like my favorite part of the surah. So I don't know if I can wait till next week to do this. So we're going to go ahead and anyways, even if I end up this thing, like right, who cares?
So the after he's made this claim that you know, follow the prophets and messengers. What is their reaction now? They're like, Who is this guy? Weird? Who does he think he is? Who gave him the right to speak to us? So they start stoning this man right away start stoning this man right away. And from that time, it
Shout it out. Kayla wood. Hello Jana Kala later Komiyama on that as we started stoning this man, it was said, enter into paradise. Now what is this man's reaction? He says yeah later call me on the moon that only if my people knew only if I people knew what he goes on to explain that but I want you to think about if you don't know the answer to this, what do you think he's talking about? Only if my people knew what could he be referring to that the level of misguidance that they're in that how much deep trouble they're going to be in in the hereafter that
right i mean that that's that's what the IRS says after and I'm assuming that's because you know theory has seen
but that's what the the is talking about. But for someone that doesn't know, it opens up the room for questioning what do I What is he referring to? Yeah, later call me on the moon that only my people knew. Only five people knew what. Let's go on to the next idea. And he says Be malefor Ali Robbie Gianni millinocket. I mean, that how much Allah subhanho wa Taala has forgiven me, and has made me from the noble people in paradise. And I want to conclude with this with this verse over here in sha Allah, that the world of Dawa, and even our commitment to Islam. This is what it comes down to at the end, that at the end of the day, being forgiven by Allah subhana wa tada and entered
into paradise. That is what everything comes down to. So no matter what problem you may be facing, no matter how difficult the world of Dawa is, if you are told enter into paradise, then you've achieved a great, great victory. Because everything in this dunya as soon as you enter Paradise will become worthless, you're not going to remember anything of this dunya you're not going to grieve over anything of this dunya everything would have been worthwhile when you enter Paradise, and that is the ultimate goal. Now this story is mentioned over here to encourage the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, that even though your people may not have listened to you, they might
have disobeyed you. They might have threatened you, they might have said bad things about you. But this is a reoccurring cycle. It happened with every prophet and messenger. And like every prophet and messenger, there were a few believers, and you will have your set few believers as well. And every problem that you go through will be worth it. When at the end of the day, you end up in Paradise, and you realize how much forgiveness you attained from Allah, and how noble Allah made your status. And this is from the benefit of the doubt that from the virtues of giving Dawa is that your turn to attain the forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And Allah increases your ranks in
Paradise he makes you from the noble people. Because for anyone that follows anything that you've said, then you're getting the reward, and you're getting a share of that reward as well. And for me just reading this, you know, two is what he says yeah, later call me.
And email me, it puts everything into perspective, that in order to achieve that great victory of Paradise, you have to go through that hardship. No one attains paradise through ease. And for this man, it meant telling the people to follow the messengers he was stoned, and Allah gave him paradise for it. And he was just a simple man. He wasn't a great squad. He wasn't a prophet. He was none of that. A very simple man trying to do his best in living his life and earning a high living giving out to people when he could spend in charity when he could. And this is a word that Allah subhanaw taala gave him because he died for what he believed and he died for what he believed in. And I pray
that Allah subhanho wa Taala graduates a similar ending and better to it along the army, well outside Allah sallallahu Sallam about according to Vienna Mohamad while early wasabi was set up