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which seems like at first glance, is not something that's going to apply to everybody watching or listening in on a Jamal Hooda. Because not everybody's taking care of an orphan, and not everybody has access to the money of an orphan. Right? So the question is, why would such a commandment be placed in a set of commandments that are so universal, and in the middle of them, something that doesn't apply to everybody but only applies to very few, you know, in some cases, that people are taking care of an orphan, and it applies to them, sometimes Eliza, which will give us a commandment, but it represents more than itself. And we'll talk about the team, we'll talk about the orphan and
why that's important. And then by extension, what does that mean for the rest of us. So he says, Don't go near the wealth of the orphan 11 let eosin except by way that except in a way that is more is better, or more beautiful. In other words, you can go near the wealth of the or federalizing but in a good way, in a good way. So what's the scenario that this is talking about? Let's start with that. You know, when a lot of times when somebody's parents died, then they're no longer they don't have a custodian. And the money that their parents left behind it, let's say the parents had a house or their parents out of business, and they died in a car accident or something like that. Or they
had a bunch of money in the bank, or they had investments, or whatever it may be,
a child of six or seven years old, can't manage that money. There's no way they can handle what to do with that estate, or with that house, or with the income that's coming in, or the business or whatever. So somebody has to manage that for the child, even though they're the heir, or the children or the heir. And it's got to be distributed eventually. But whatever share belongs to the child. It can't just be given to them. It has to be some custodian, somebody who has legal rights nowadays, they have things like power of attorney and things like that, right. So you have somebody who takes care of that for them until they become of age, and they can legally take over, you know,
and Koran will describe it in another place and certainly suffer in an Estonian home Raj done for the federal election, a model when you find that they have maturity in them now, when you've discovered they have good sense now then give their monies back to them. Until then you control it. Other places that look rather live in describes people that were raising orphans, right. So now when you're raising orphans, they're not your own, and you've got your own kids and they maybe you can't afford to raise them. So some of what their parents left behind, or some of what their guardians left behind is being used to cover their expenses and that's allowed in our Dean, right? But what
was for some companies they were so worried that if we use some of their money to get the groceries to cover for the expenses of these kids, and then we use our money to to get the groceries and it's both mixed together, then when we make the food, how many spoon fills was it that we paid for that we gave to them? And how did we did we even take take a single spoonful? Or did we even take a single piece of bread that was from their money and it went in our mouth? Right? So they got worried because Allah says in the Quran, if you you know, in a Latina, Karuna, Amalia Tama volman in Mia, Tony him Nara era, those who eat the money belonging to the orphan in a wrong way, are only eating
fire into their bellies. And they will soon be thrown into a fire. So there's belly inside, and they're being thrown into a fire on the outside. That's the description in the Quran for people who eat the money of the orphan. So Sahaba got really worried that if we cook the food together, and some of the money of the orphans was used to pay for it, then maybe if we even took one bite, that would be us eating fire. So what they started doing was making two pots, and cooking two meals, one for the orphans, one for themselves. Now, that's a very difficult way to run a household, isn't it? Because now it's becoming their poor enough as it is. Some of them don't even have two pots. And now
they have to cook separately for the orphans and cook separately for themselves, because they're too careful about what Allah said. This is remarkable because it's teaching us something about the first people who came into contact with the Quran. When the Quran said something, it immediately affected the way they behave inside their homes, nobody on the outside is going to come and check if you're doing this with the orphan or not. It's they don't have a security monitor on them. They're not living in a police state, the prophets I send them doesn't have that kind of control over the community. And yet with nobody watching, they're so scared of Allah, that Allah said one thing and
that's it, that they're making such a major inconvenience inside of their household. And that's something we should inspire towards. We've come to a point where Allah describes people in the Quran that we shouldn't be like, you know, a Latina, either look up it or behave like they have some piano, those who when they are reminded of the art of their rub, they don't trip over them deaf and blind. Like don't trip over them meaning Oh, yeah, I heard it. But then you keep going, Oh, yeah, I saw I saw, I see what you're saying. And you keep going and you don't change anything. These people made some serious changes in their life immediately. You know, and that's, that's how this is why
les has a lovely Allahu anhu what are the one who Allah is pleased with them, they're pleased with Allah. You know, it's because of this when the law said something, they're happy with it, even if it brings them some kind of inconvenience. So Allah revealed in the Quran, when to Holly to home by Juan Newcomb. Now, if you do mix in with them, you have good intention. Overall, you're not using their money to get rich, but you did some of it, and you're not sure which bite was yours and which bite was there. You don't have to go to that extreme. If you do mix with them and you cook together then they're your brother into It's okay. Now I'm not asking Allah did ask us to go to that extreme,
which is a pretty powerful thing for a lot to say to. On the one hand, he's telling us this is a very serious commandment. On the other hand, he's telling us OCD is also a problem. obsessive compulsive disorder, you know. So let's say, for example, that you have to have sure in your prayer, and somebody can develop OCD, they say in the second look, I had a thought about if
I gotta start over. Now in the third record, I hadn't thought about the carpet, I gotta start over. And for four hours, they're praying, because they've developed OCD, or to hear Hadith about will do. And there's like one spot missing. I think there was a spot missing. I think there's a hair on my arm that didn't get as well as I thought it should, not to the top. So I need to do that again. And you develop overly conscious, this is not this is not something Allah wants for you a lot of roofie Dini comm Quran says, Don't become excessive in the matters of your religion. Don't become overboard. Right? So on the one hand, he'll tell us how serious a commandment is, and take it very
seriously. On the other hand, he says seriously means that your intentions are in the right place, your actions are the right place, but you're never going to be perfect. And I'm not asking for perfection. So you don't have to become a perfectionist to the point where you miss the point. And you become too overly obsessed, you know? So that's, that's the other beautiful kind of balance between those two. But coming back to the idea at hand, Allah says, Don't go near the wealth of the orphan. What does that represent? I told you it represents more than itself. Yes. So the orphans of the time or the people that were
there not in a position to financially help themselves. There is no government institution that protects them or their rights. There is nobody that's protecting the money that is there that they're entitled to. That more powerful people, like people in government or wealthier people can just take over the land and nobody would even find out. They could just move this
backyard fence a little further back and take over the property a little who's gonna check? Who's gonna know, there is no surveyor of the land, there's no government governance like that in Medina. So that can happen people's homes can be taken over people's properties can be taken over, maybe somebody owed the father money and he died. And the guy says, Well, he's dead. So I guess the debts cleared, so he's not going to pay it back. Right? Because there's no checks and balances. What this represents is a scenario in which people are not powerful politically, they're not influential socially, they're cut off. You know, the the team is even cut off from the relationship of the womb.
Your team in orphan means that the most powerful relationship the mother and the father is gone. That's that's what that means. And when that relationship is cut, then these in a sense, they become helpless, entirely helpless. It's pretty remarkable in the Quran. In surah, Nisa, Allah told us what de la la de la luna B he will have harm in Allah Hakuna alikum rocky by the first ayah he told us that you have to be mindful of Allah, in whose name you ask each other for things. I asked you for the sake of Allah, Allah, He I'm telling you a lot here I'm asking you, etc. You call on Allah, his name for God's sake, to ask each other for things. He says, Be mindful of Allah and be prepared, you
know, protect yourself from making a lion happy, whose name you use all the time, in this way to ask each other for things. And then he says what are Hama and be mindful of the sacred relationship of the womb,
in a laconic community, but what why the sacred relationship of the womb, because the blood relationships, they have certain rights and responsibilities. And Allah says, Be mindful of them as you are of Allah. But Allah, but the whole harm. The reason I bring that up is the very next ayah talks about the orphans. That's interesting. First, Allah says, Be mindful of the womb, and then he starts talking immediately about the orphans. Why? Because the orphans are the ones who no longer have the womb, protecting them. And because you have so much respect for the womb, that you came from, that I came from, and those relationships, those blood relationships that you Allah says Be
mindful of, than anybody who has been, you know, Allah has tested them with not having those relationships anymore, you have to go out of your way to take care of them, because they don't have a lot of harm to take care of them. They don't have that. So go out of your way to take care of them. The point again, being those who cannot help themselves, those who cannot protect themselves financially, those who have rights, but those rights are in theory, but in practice, unless somebody gives them to them, they won't have them, those who if somebody violated their rights, they cannot take any legal action, because they don't know how they can reinforce it in any way. They don't know
how those kinds of people are actually being represented by Allah's words yet.
And so for example, if you have, you know, in the United States, we have, you know, people that work, and people that work, we have minimum minimum wage laws, right. So there's a least amount of money, you should pay somebody if they work for you for an hour. And so that's hourly wages, but you don't want to pay that much money. So some employers, you know, whether than the construction industry, or they're running a grocery store, or whatever else, they'll sometimes hire somebody who's not legally documented, right, and they'll hire somebody illegally documented, not because they're interested in harboring illegal aliens, or they're interested in helping those illegal
refugees, because they can't get a job, nowhere else, they're interested in hiring them, because minimum wage is this much. Let's say it's $10. But I need to pay them $2 an hour, I can get the same work done, not have to pay taxes on it, because if I pay them wages, I have to report that as text wages to then issue them their forms, and report that to the government. That's just a lot of headache. And then on top of that, it cost me way more. So why don't just hired them for two bucks an hour, and they're gonna be happy to take it because they can't make a dime in URLs. And on top of that, you know, what I could do if they get if they act up a little bit, I'll just call immigration
You know, I can get them deported.
It does. That's a scenario the United States and I'm actually familiar with that scenario. Because I worked at a store. I got it. When I was in 10th grade, I got a job. My first job, I worked there for one day, I got a job at a store carrying bags of flour and rice down to the basement where they had their stories like a mom and pop shop. Right. And I worked. It was the most exhausting work I've ever done in my life. And the guy that was had been working there for a while. I asked him, like, you know, throughout the day, because it's the first time I have a job. And I'm like 1615 years old. I'm super excited I'm gonna get because they said they get paid daily. And that should have already
been a red flag if you get paid daily, because that's off the books, but I don't know anything about that at the time. So the guy that's working, you know, working completely exhausting himself. I asked him so how long do you work? He was I work 16 hours. Like what do you get?
paid. He said $20 20 Wait, what? Yeah, 16 hours I get paid $20. At the end of the day, that's highly illegal. I was like, Why do you get, because I already at least I knew something about minimum wage, right? So it was at the time, back in 1735. It was $4.25. Right. So if you're gonna work 16 bucks, 16 or 10 hours, you're gonna get 42 bucks. If he says, okay, they'll take tax out, six, to go up to the employer. And I say,
I've been working 10 hours, my shift is over, don't you pay minimum wage, he goes all your legal
does reasonably. And he handed me a tip, he handed me 20 bucks.
You know, I happened to be in a family where parents, you know, I have a home and parents are providing for sure they needed financial help. But my pride at the time kicked in, I took the 20 in this face, and I walked out.
But I wanted to say something about that, too, you know, report them or whatever. But then I felt like there's people in down there, I don't know what's gonna happen with them. You know. So the idea fee, you can take advantage of people because they're in a desperate situation, and you're working them and you're taking advantage of them. Because there's monies that are owed to them, that you're not giving them. That's not your money, that's theirs. This is just a story from the United States. But this happens all over the world, people that can't get a job. There's there's people that are in child labor situations, kids that are in child labor situations, there are people that are working
in places where they can't find a job in their country. So they come to another country with hopes of having a better livelihood for their families. And those people that hire them know that. So they'll even hold on to their passports, they'll hold on to the passport. And now they're just basically a slave. So you're going to work for me, however long I tell you to work for me, and I'll pay you when I feel like paying you. And you can report anything to anybody. Because guess what, I got your passport. And if you do complain about me, I know the judge, he's a cousin of mine.
So nobody will ever see you again. So these people will work, you know, endless hours, like slaves, and hope that they might get paid. And then one day for EAD, their employer or slave owner really, in that case, will just come in and say, Hey, why don't you just buy yourself a shirt, or whatever this is, this is the scenario for a lot of people that I've met people like this, I've had conversations with people like this. And while they're having conversations like that with me, they're looking around, somebody might hear me, because that might happen. And they haven't seen their family for two or three years. These people work so much they have a system, where do you
live? Well, you know, we work, you know, 12 1314 hours, and I have this one room, but I share that one room with three other men. And we have one mattress in there. So while they're working, I get five hours of sleep. And when I'm working, they get five hours of sleep, and they share a single mattress that they live on. And he's got a family of five to feed a home. And these are people that are dying in construction projects and dying in the middle of the street and nobody cares. Nobody cares. This is actually the extension of without acabo malaria team don't even go near the wealth of the orphan. Because the orphan represents who someone who did not who unless you give them their
rights, they don't have the power to get them. They can do the right thing, they can be entitled to something. But just because they're entitled to it doesn't mean they're going to get it doesn't mean they're going to have it. The team also represents you know, sometimes there are family feuds, not the game show actual family feuds, fights between family where, you know, you've got you've got
a property that's, you know, brothers own, and the father dies, and the brothers are fighting each other tooth and nail about who's gonna get what, right or some takeover and the others get kicked out or whatever else happens. But even if, you know, if they finally came to an agreement, and everybody gets their share, when one of those brothers dies, Then all hell breaks loose. Because that brother, his family's not going to get nothing because we didn't include them. That was just him. You know, and now those teams will get nothing, because he's not there to fight for it. He's not old enough. By the time he's old enough, they'll have already eaten all the wealth and consumed
it and it'll be gone. This is the way that I wish I was talking about situations that happen among those who don't believe in Allah and don't believe in his messenger and don't recite his book and don't celebrate the recitation of the Quran in the month of Ramadan. But I'm talking about people that believe in the laws book, I'm talking about us and our own law. This This happens among us. And yet we recite out like these what are called Medallia Timmy illegibility, he said had a blue eyeshadow until he reaches mature age, meaning the orphan which has mature age they can take take care of themselves. So the other implication here is those who are not powerless, not powerful
enough to defend themselves. You have to have a responsibility not only to defend them until they become strong enough, but also to make sure that
To become strong enough, they're not going to reach older age without you taking care of them. They're not going to become mature, self sufficient adults until you empower them to become that way. So we got to put us in a position of responsibility over those who can't help themselves and to empower them economically even empower them socially. empower them educationally. This is a, this is how a family should operate. This is how a neighborhood should operate. By extension, this is how a nation should operate. And we should look at those who are in the in the worst position, and the least position and figure out how can we show first make sure they have rights? And then make sure
how they reach maturity? How do they How do they come out of that situation? That's the two step thing that I'll put here. In a very small society. in Medina, the immediate social crisis was the uttama. So he addressed it that way. But again, it's not limited today. It's the phenomenon that's being talked about here. While at the trouble Malia Timmy illegibility action, you know,
what, I had an hour and with this, what I had in Alaska, Canada, masala, and fulfill the promise, the promise is something that will be asked about
remarkable wording, fulfill the promise, maybe somebody was dying. And by the way, this idea came inheritance law hadn't yet been revealed. So parents mother gets how much daughter gets How much? You know, father gets how much children get how none of that was revealed yet. That's Medina, this is Makkah.
So what's the promise? The promise could be that the father was dying, the uncle said, or somebody said, I'll take care of him, don't you worry. They'll get what they deserve. you fulfill the promise, Allah isn't. First, he's talking about the promise made to Allah that you'll be mindful of him. But actually, our life is full of promises.
every relationship every responsibility actually is a promise, a driver's license is a promise to stay within your lane. And to stop at a red light. That's a promise you made with your state with your government. So they issued you this because you're going to abide by what they said. And you signed a waiver, which is literally a promise. That's a promise. The same way, when you make an agreement with someone, for example, when kids are going to school and their parents are paying for their tuition,
then whether or not they told them to get up and do their homework or go to class, they already made a promise that they're going to do that. That's already a promise, unspoken, but it's a promise that I'm going to do my part because you did your part. So there are under there are spoken promises. And there are also unspoken promises. Marriage is a promise, and what the rights and responsibilities that come with a marriage, the loyalty that comes with the marriage, the transparency and the respect that comes with the marriage. All of those are promises. I promise to respect you. I promise to honor you. I promise to be loyal, I promise. Those you don't have to say that it's already
included the moment you have Annika. So Allah says, fulfill the promise, the promise will be asked about. So instead of hearing this, I am saying well thank Allah, I didn't make any promises to anybody. So I'm good. This is why I don't make promises. Because I know I'm gonna mess up.
So you already made a lot of promises, by the very fact that you have connections to other human beings. There are spoken and unspoken promises, not to mention the promise you have with a lower cost aka meetup.com, before we even came on this earth, that our existence started with a promise we made to Allah. So actually in in one sense, our entire journey begins with a promise. It begins with a promise. Our entire lifecycle is a series of promises. every relationship is made up of rights and responsibilities that we promised to fulfill or others promises that they'll fulfill. That's what it boils down to. It's no surprise that the last sutra that Allah revealed, so till the end of the
Quran, the last surah the first if that's what Isaiah, you have the denominator, alphabet code, believers, those of you who claim to have faith, fulfill binding agreements, basically fulfill promises. I saw I'm going to leave you with this. And I pray that we seriously think about it. One last thought that I had, I know Ramadan is nearing an end. So I want to share something with you about how a lot of talks about Ramadan that comes to this subject.
So a lot in Iowa 80 to 186 in makara talks about Ramadan, fasting, and then Ramadan. Yeah. When he's done talking about Ramadan, which is the most spiritual time of the year, and it's the time to connect with Allah and to connect with Allah 's words. And it's a profound passage. Everybody should go through it. I did a series last year, so I didn't repeat it this year, on the part of the eye of Ramadan, just the ayah not even the passage, just the eye of Ramadan. But what's remarkable about that passages as soon as it ends, as soon as it ends, what does Allah say? When I thought Hulu and Wanda combiner con bill Barton, don't eat each other's money using falsehood. Don't cheat each other
out of money. He just Ramadan was about our spiritual connection to Allah. And the first thing he talks about after that is what money issues. Some people even wondered, why am I talking about money matters during Ramadan? Because that's, you know, how do you know the purpose of Ramadan is we can be grateful we can have Taqwa
What's the what is the one of the first litmus tests to put yourself to the test whether or not you and I have Taqwa is what are we doing with our wealth? What are we doing with what others are owed? You know, like, in this case, the orphan. So milanovich Amicus, you know, aware of that, and be mindful of the responsibilities we owe to others. And if there are those in our life that or responsibilities to us that we're able to gently remind them, Dr. Murray sent me a reminder, I really appreciated that he sent it. He was, you know, on WhatsApp, and he talked about something that akademin humbled him Allah said,
said that, you know, somebody asked him when you you know, you, you guys have heard the phrase, enjoying the good and forbidding the evil, right? So he goes, Well, what if somebody asked him well, what if you enjoy the good and forbid the evil, but the person doesn't listen? Then what should you do? Like you tried to help them and try to tell them what this is wrong? Or this is right, and they don't listen, then what should you do? And I said, then leave them because at that point, it's become a matter of your own pride.
Right now, you're not trying to make something right now. You're just trying to conquer somebody. So he said, this has become a matter of you're old enough Syrian pride. So we can you can if you find something wrong with somebody, I'm not saying you use this kind of thing to go badger somebody because that's your own pride. But if you have an opportunity to share something in a way that may be taken with a gentle heart, then take the opportunity if it's not being taken that way, and back away. barakallahu li walakum filco Annette Hakeem when finally we are complete, it will decode Hakeem.
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