Channel: Omar Suleiman
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We begin by praising Allah subhanaw taala and bearing witness that nun has the right to be worshipped or unconditionally obeyed except for him. And we ask Allah to send his peace and blessings upon his messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the prophets and messengers that came before him, his family and companions that served alongside him and those that follow in his westward path until the Day of Judgment. When we ask Allah to make us amongst them, Allahumma Amin, your brothers and sisters, I want to give you an image that really would not resonates unless you think about it in the presence. And then we'll come back to this image at the end of this whole
class. So to properly understand the end of this hotspot and the consequences of the final image, I want you to pay attention to the first image and think about it in the presence. A world without Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam
a world where the name Muhammad is actually unknown, the name itself imagine a world in which there is no shadow and no Mohammedan Rasul Allah. Imagine a world in which the name of Rasulullah sallallahu it was Saddam is not mentioned. A world that we know right now, where the most famous name in the world baby name in the world is Mohammed, imagine if the name was unknown? And then take it further. What if we didn't have his sunnah? What if we didn't have his example? Imagine if he was a carrier of a message that left behind no example of how to implement that message. What would our relationship with the Quran be like without the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam? And how
ambiguous not because the Quran is ambiguous. But how much ambiguity? Would we intentionally or unintentionally read into the scripture to fit with what's happening today? Because we don't have the clear, pristine pristine example of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam amongst us but just take a moment and think about what would your life be like if you didn't have the stories and the guide? If you didn't know the man, if you didn't have his Shema and to connect yourself to him it is Salatu was Salam. If you didn't know if the CR if there was no such thing as the seed of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, you know, in many religious traditions, the central figure of the
religious tradition is lost to a point in which the existence of that person could be questioned. Imagine if we didn't have sila, how lost and confused would we be in the presence? Now the first image is the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam giving us this view of the world before his sending, are they his Salatu was Salam in Allah, Allah novela EDA and a lot of Allah look towards the people of the world, from Naka Tahoma, out of the Hawaii, Gemma home Illa, Boko Haram and Al Kitab. And the people were in a repulsive state, an absolutely repulsive state, the Arab and the non Arab, except for a small group of the People of the Book that were clinging on to whatever they could have the
way of Ibrahim alayhis salam, the way of Mussolini's cinema, the way a very signing is set up and trying to salvage those principles. But you're talking about an entirely confused world, a world that has no ethical paradigm, a world that has no upstanding example of creed, a world in which oppression and exploitation take place. And there is no counterbalance to that oppression and exploitation that is based in anything that is divine and untouched. And subhanAllah. You think about the change in the world. One was sort of loss of Allah Harney was salam assent, and the way that it sends a ripple effect across the entire world, you know, a lot of us might think of 23
years, as a long time. But to give you some perspective, the entire public call of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and if this wasn't a gem, Mahatma asked you to raise your hands, but the entire call of the Prophet slice and that was public call is literally equivalent to our time as Muslims now from September 11 2001 911, to now 21 years, that's literally the exact equivalent of the public call of the Prophet sallallahu. It was Saddam and we still talk about the effect of those two decades on ourselves and we remember vividly what it was like those that were alive and those that were able to comprehend the shift and the the turns and the trends was so raw sigh sums entire
Is that long
And it's suppressed and suffocated for the first half of it almost entirely. And so you only really have a decade in Medina to create a model civilization that has a ripple effect across the world and becomes the central conversation of the entire world. That in and of itself is absolutely remarkable. The transformation of one community, in that short span of time is something to marvel at. What do you say about the transformation of hundreds of 1000s of people at that time, and the transformation of the conversation of the world without digital means, with the sending of this one man sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, without the power of the armies that existed at the time or the
means of spread and digital communication, also lustleigh Sanlam shifted the world's conversation. And through him, Allah shifted the hearts
of this entire set of people and took a society from being the most repulsive to being the most pristine, not just for its presence, but for all future generations to come. That we look back at that society. And our idea of success is how much we can model our society and our worldviews to match with what reality they lived in at the time. That's the sending of the prophets of Allah hottie he was salam. And so you have a repulsive world first image where the name of Muhammad slice them is not known. Where there are where there's utter confusion, ignorance Janelia and then you can even see in the switch of hearts when John for them Robbie pausable, the Allahu Anhu goes to
And for the sake of time, I can't even paraphrase the beautiful address, but it's very easy to find where you could read the address of Jafar will be alone who tuna Joshi explaining to a Najafi it will be Allahu Anhu the change in the companions in Mecca with the sending of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam a complete reorientation of worldview of ethics, of character of faith, a complete reorientation of everything to how the furthest parts of the world that they would never see in their lifetimes, we're now perceived by them to how they perceive their family members, perceive their parents, how they perceive their neighbors, how they perceive strangers, how they perceive
notions of spiritual equality, how they shifted in their minds, every single thing that was known to them in just a few years. This is just the first few years of Islam This is before this is before the things that are most familiar to us of Islam were even legislated. John follow the Allah I know when he's giving that representation of Islam to an A Joshi and saying we used to be the lowest of low are people in complete darkness. And Allah sent this man to us salAllahu alayhi salam who completely shifted that. He's saying that before Ramadan was legislated the fasting of Ramadan was legislated. He's saying that before is a cop existed in its formal manifestation. He's saying that
before the five Salawat even came he's saying that before the Hajj of the prophets lie some took place before literally four of the five pillars of Islam had even panned out. He's already talking about a transformation
of an entire worldview.
I'm also lost my son comes to Medina
and how does anisul The Allah Tala Andrew describe the day the prophets lie some came to Medina and left Medina.
He said lemma can alone Allah the duckula fi rasool Allah He sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the day the prophets lie some entered into Medina, not a year later, the very day that he set foot into Medina, into our world, into Medina.
Allah A minha Kumu Sheikh, everything in the city lit up.
Was he talking about streetlights? Was he talking about artificial light? What did he mean by that? Everything in the city was touched by that light. And the day that he died Salallahu it he was salam, everything went dark. It was as if everything went dark the day that he left us Salallahu it he was Saddam. And what is he speaking about the change in hearts.
And we immediately felt a shift in our hearts, from the moment that we buried him out of his Salatu was Salam. His presence brought light to us, changed everything about our being.
The way we viewed each other the way we viewed ourselves, our family relations, our business relations.
Our view of life and death changed with this man sallallahu alayhi wa salam in such a short period of time.
Now the final image is when the prophets lie some talks about the end of times.
You know, it's really interesting here when ossola Salallahu Salam speaks about the end of times before there is a loss of text, there is a loss of the spirit of that text. And before there is a loss of the spirit of that text. There is a loss of scholarly access to that text, meaning the clarity of those texts and so the prophets I some says that the our will not be established. Until Allah Allah is not set on earth anymore when people don't even say the name of Allah on earth anymore. But before we get to that point, where people don't even say the name of Allah The Prophet Sai, some said there's a phase before that the phase before that is where people say Allah, Allah,
Allah, Allah, why did they say Lila Allah wants to hear our parents saying it. It's an inherited cultural, religious testimony.
Our parents taught us to say Lila Allah, maybe they said we shouldn't eat pork so we don't eat pork. But they lost all of the creedal implications, and practical manifestations of Lila in their lives. And they just had the cultural repetition of Allah Allah, Allah Allah.
You know what's lost before not Allah? Muhammad Rasul Allah.
What it's lost before Allah, Allah, Allah Allah is Mohammad Rasool Allah.
Because once you eliminate the prophets like Selim from the equation,
you self sabotage, in regards to your relationship with the one who sent him.
Your connection to him, not endure, not in your prayer, not in your drop, not in your EBA but you're even there. There's something there because without Salah Brahimi at the end of your Salah, your Salah is not valid.
And saying Salawat on the Prophet slice, I'm at the end of your DUA is a means by which it is elevated. But that's not the point here. The point is not what you know of Allah subhanaw taala how you connect to Allah, how you worship Allah, how you be pleasing in the sight of Allah, you learned that through the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam once Muhammad Allah so Allah is gone, then La Ilaha illa Allah, as far as what it carries its implications
is obviously next similar to how those who seek to negate the Quran don't come after the Quran. They come after the Sunnah because if you negate the Sunnah, you negate any proper interpretation and manifestation of the Quran and then you can attack the meanings by swaying them and introducing ambiguity.
Ambiguity gives room for corruption. The beauty of the way of the prophets lie Selim is its specific nature, and where it's not specific, it's still guides and such clear ways for us to his character and through his being sallallahu alayhi wa salam so before now Illa Allah Allah is lost clearly Muhammad Rasul Allah is lost and before Mohammad Rasool Allah, as a statement is lost. The meanings of Muhammad, Allah Sula are lost.
There comes a time where people may be repeat that we knew of a man named Muhammad Sallallahu it was salam. We knew that there was a prophet that was sent but I can't tell you anything about him.
Now I want to make this practical, inshallah tie with the last few moments beyond just an appreciation of him sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
that if you want to have a character that is pleasing to Allah, you do so by adapting the Ceylon as much as possible into your own biography into your own life. And if you want to understand the Quran, you go through the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and the practice of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, that that is the connection.
But I want to talk about it from a day to day for a moment in sha Allah Tiana
beyond our just utter appreciation of little celestial Allahu it he was salam,
every arena of our lives,
in which his way is not the key orienting mechanism
by which we view and carry ourselves in that domain is going to be darkened
is going to lose light,
our marriages, our family relationships, our community relationships, our relationships with our neighbors, our relationships with every single person and every single thing.
The more they start to lack that spirit and that guidance of the prophets like Sanlam
the more the light starts to leave those places. And those places start to become places of constriction and hardship and burden rather than
places of light and places of goodness. You know what that looks like from a religious perspective?
You know how many times people will walk up to an Imam and say, Can you give me a dua from the Prophet slice i love to fix this part of my life?
Can you give me a dua is there what did the prophets lie some say to say, if you're in this predicament?
The problem is, is that you just introduced the prophets lie some into your predicament
before actually going to what the prophet slice and I would have done prior to that predicament.
So our approach becomes purely one of teach me the supplication from the Sunnah.
What did the prophesy some say here, which is good and Hamdulillah, you should look for two hours from the prophets like Selim.
But before looking at what he would say, to get out of something, ask yourself from the very beginning, how do I bring in what he would do sallallahu alayhi wa salam, to bring goodness to this. What would have been his behavior? What is the guidance that he left behind? Beyond all of that? You know, when he my Malik Rahim, Allah Allah to Allah talks about a very beautiful analogy that he gives a parable that he gives he he says that the Sunnah of the Prophet sly Salam is the Safina of no headaches. Now it's the Ark of Noah, on the world is drowning, in its ethics and its values, and its exploitation and corruption and its inequality and all of those things.
The prophets lie salams way is obviously a Safina. And when it loses its way in terms of creed and faith, which is the primary the primary reason for which the prophets lysozyme was son to arrange that perspective of God, first of Allah subhanaw taala, first in a way to him first, it's the Safina of Nora hunay Salam, and when innovations are introduced, it's the Safina it's the Ark of Noah, to save yourself.
But on your day to day, encounters with this world that Allah has given to you.
When you immediately resort, first and foremost, to the way of the one who was sent as a mercy to the world's SallAllahu, alayhi wasallam.
People ask, and I have to give this example because it's really, it really is something
one of the hardest things that you can change about yourself is your temper. I think we can all agree if you have a hot temper, if you're prone to anger, if you're prone to fast responses, and get hot headed, very quick changing that are trying to rein that in. It's very difficult.
But it's not impossible. And the prophets lies I'm stuck in the middle and will be tied into my hidden mode. But Hello, knowledge is to seeking knowledge. forbearance, which is one of the most beautiful traits of the prophets lie some was how forbearing and patient he was with people. Forbearance is a learned quality as well, some elements of it are learned. Some of them, some people are more prone to that type of a nature. And that's a gift from Allah subhanaw taala. And some people have to work a little bit harder at it, but it's not impossible to come up to become a patient person. Some people immediately excuse themselves, Well, you know, I'm hot headed, I have a
bad temper. That's why I blow up immediately at the implication of this or that.
And then you start talking to someone who,
you know, as soon as something is lit, they immediately respond. And explosive Lee's saying no, have you ever considered the practice of the prophets lie some in this regard?
Like, you know, what do I do Shift? Can you make dua for me? I said, Well, let me ask you this. When's the last time either volleyball or Hadoken? Philia. Squid, what's the last time prophesy some sudden authenticate, even listening? When you got angry? You purposely said, I'm not going to say anything for the next couple of hours. And I'm not going to respond to my text or my email. When's the last time you practice that silence? You don't have to say I'll get to that. No, no silence, two hours, three hours, four hours. Silence. When's the last time you said that over the 90 Minute shape on hola Jean.
In the midst of an argument, when's the last time you made will do
when you were having an argument with your spouse?
These things are not there for us to just admire and say, Oh, this is, you know, sounds great. Like when's the last time you actually sat down and removed yourself?
Did you actually try to bring that into your situation because I can guarantee you that it would have spared you a lot of trouble. It's not easy. It takes practice, and sometimes you'll fall short. But that's just one way in which the light of the prophets lie Selim can come into your life
and can bring ease and tranquility to even your most
intimate relationships. It's there, you just have to practice it instead of just coming afterwards and saying, what's the Sunnah of the Prophet? sighs I'm here, what do I do I make what do I do here? What do I can I make someone came up to me and said ship, while pointing to his wife? What's the DUA I can make to correct her? To rectify her? You gotta fix her. It's like he's bringing a broken toy or something like that, you know, like,
I was like, well, first and foremost, what's the Sunnah of how to deal with the situation that brought you here in the first place? You're looking for what the prophets lie some would have said, in this situation, and done in this situation, after the fact not considering what the prophets lie some would have said to even introduce the situation. So are you really looking for the prophets lie some as a guide? Or are you looking for the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam, as a means of validation of a way you've already chosen.
And when we do that, we ruin our ethics.
We ruin our relationships, and we disconnect ourselves from something that is so beautiful in the way of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. What would a world be like without Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, a world not worth living in?
What would life be like without the example of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, a very empty one. And him did enough for the guidance of Islam. And him did enough for the guidance of the Quran and hamdulillah for the guidance of our messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam May Allah azza wa jal Sun His peace and blessings upon him, allow us to be like him in this life and allow us to be with him in the next Allahumma Amin Akuto Coldharbour was definitely welcome Melissa Mr. Marine first of all overwhelming.
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