Channel: Omar Suleiman
An encouraging talk by Omar Suleiman on creating a wholesome community by giving thought-provoking stories of the sahabas and the next generation of scholars. Tune in to listen and learn from these stories.
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Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil aalameen whenever I go on and on and on I mean what I'm able to subpoena last Sunday was tell him about a karate kata. So they kill Mohammed and some a lot he was summed up, why not? He was talking to Salim to Seaman kathira. Their brothers and sisters, I want to first and foremost express my deepest gratitude and appreciation for the hospitality that I've received since I've been here. Well, lucky, this has been an amazing experience. I'm so sad that I have to go tomorrow. Had it not been that I'd committed to a convention actually in Toronto. Funny enough, I'm going to Toronto and settle up for one day tomorrow. For a convention that I'd already
committed to before I was invited to turn it down. Well, I Allah knows that my heart is with you. That I wish I could stay with you and spawn a lie. I want to thank the volunteers. I've never seen this much hospitality before ever. I want to thank my beloved mush if I love you for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala I've benefited from each of you in such a beautiful way, you know, just small interactions. But I've really truly benefited from you all. And I want to thank all of you for attending and just making this such a very special visit. I know Mufti mink is going to be speaking about Muslim youth inshallah, and I wanted to address things from a different perspective. My topic
was how to create a wholesome community. And I want to focus first and foremost, on how to bring about a great movement amongst the you. But you know, I don't want it to be so impractical. A lot of times when we talk about, you know, these things, we get people fired up, and we talk about these huge concepts. And we need to do this and we need to do that, but there's very little practicality. And first and foremost, I want to start off with a very beautiful Hadith. In that Hadith is an authentic hadith, where it was la sala how it was set up, set, US taco usma. And Harris will have Ma'am, that the most truthful of names to Allah subhanho wa Taala are at Harris and El hammam. And
Harris is the one who plows the fields. You know, he plants, the seeds, and her mom is the one who grows the crops. And these are these are very special names because a lot of times we talk about involvement in the community and creating a community. The only thing that I would that the only way that I feel like I can serve the community is by speaking at amanbo or by giving a speech A lot of times people come forward and they say that you know what, you know, I want to I want to go study Why do you want to go study so that I can be a speaker? I say that's not the right intention. Allah subhana wa tada wants something greater from us. Allies. So Intel has given each and every single
one of us a unique way of serving in the community, and will lie al Haddad is the one that you don't see. And Harris is the one who sets the stage last night, I swear by a lot. I was so humbled as as I was standing here, and we were presenting awards, Lifetime Achievement Awards to people that have done 10 times what I have done, if not more. Our elders, our our leaders, the people who support us set the stage for this, who made this happen. And I was so embarrassed to be on stage giving an award to them, who am I? Who am I, you know, somehow along with everything that they've done. So first and foremost, I want to thank and express my gratitude will lie to our elders who have been
here for years and years establishing Islam. May Allah Subhana hoods Allah bless you, may Allah Subhana Allah reward you for your efforts. If it wasn't for you, we wouldn't be able to do this. And harder. The one who's behind the scenes, the one who sets the stage, the one who prepares great The one who prepares the community for great things, the one who has a vision for the month. And then her mom is the one who comes in carries that vision and moves it forward. And so Pamela dear brothers and sisters, I want you to think about and I know we may have some people that are civil engineers here one of my one of my teachers is a civil engineer by profession. And he told me, he
Do you know the highways that we see and I don't know what you call them in Trinidad. I hope you call them highways, the interstates the highways, the roads, the bridges, whatever you call them.
He said Do you know what they're made of? I said cement concrete. He said no. He said that's what you see what they're actually made of the steel. What holds the structure is the steel. What covers it is the pavements, everyone sees the pavement no one sees the steel. If you are more or less if you are sincere with Allah subhana wa Tada.
You seek to be steel,
you seek to be steel, you want to be the one that's not being seen, but that's holding the structure up. And if Allah Subhana hoods Allah puts you in a position of pavement, then seek refuge in Allah subhanho wa Taala and make sure that you hold that position in great honor. And you do justice by it, because some of us will allow it to set up center if mom will be allowed to. Yeah, if not, turns their commission commerce sakalava do not take off a shirt that Allah Subhana Allah has placed on you, meaning what if a law puts you in a position of leadership, don't run away from it, but do justice by it and maintain your sincerity but don't seek out to be a leader. We don't find this in
the time of the prophets lie Selim that everyone wanted to have the authority and everyone wanted to be in the front. You know their brothers and sisters. Ahmed Rahim Allah to Allah when he was appointed the halifa
You know, he was so shocked he didn't see it coming. He thought that it would continue amongst the children of Abdullah Malik. And so when he was appointed as the halifa by Salima Abner Abdul Malik Rahim Allah and so a man had already passed away and gave his will to Raja Eva to inform Omar bin Abdulaziz that he is the new Khalifa and already been up there as he started to cry.
And he says Massa alto Hola. I never asked Allah subhana wa tada for not in secret or in public, not in private or in public. And he accepted it. But you know why he accepted it? Because he knew that if he ran away from it, then they just give it on to the shopping knob, the medic or some other corrupt Khalifa. So he went up to give his inauguration speech. And you know what his inauguration speech is Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah. I am I have no other Aziz, I am resigning from the post of khilafah. So go ahead and look to whom you want from rural to urban look to who you want and choose him.
And he tried to get off the member. This man left the member. And the people lifted him on their shoulders, and they said, Look, we don't want other than you and forced him back onto the motherboard. Can you imagine the leaders back then on this man running away from that public face, he didn't want it.
And they kept on taking him back to the man but until he finally submitted himself and accepted the position of the latha because that wasn't what they were all about being being out there. That wasn't their goal. Their goal was to please Allah subhanho wa Taala. You know, we all know the mahbubani for him alone. One of the reasons for his torture was because he Mama halifa did not take the position of a judge. He refused. You know, one time
he was talking to him. And he told him, You will accept the post of a judge you will become a body. And he said I'm not qualified. And he said to him, you're a liar. He said exactly. That's why I'm not qualified to be here.
That's the point. Somehow an ally just wasn't looking for it. This wasn't what he was all about. Why do I bring this all forward? Dear brothers and sisters? Well, law he there are ways to serve this oma and there are things that you can do Shanghai law gave one of the most beautiful speeches I've ever heard. So they helped me the whole lot to Allah May Allah Subhana Allah preserve him and bless his family and make them the coolness of his eyes and unite them all in genitive photos and all of us with our families, a llama. I mean, the woman who raised his children she doesn't think that she might not be out there. She might not be getting all the publicity. But do you really think that the
mother of a Sally has said that money or money has allowed her efforts go to waste No, look what she produced. Liquid she produced look at the reward a loss of Hannah went to Allah gave her and the wife of an Emraan when she thought when she gave birth to a girl and she said color throbbing.
And a lot. You know I gave birth to a girl and Allah subhanaw taala is narrating the story to us. And unless Azerbaijan breaks to tell us what Allahu Allah will be now, by the way, Allah knows what she gave birth to. When he says that carroca lewenza, but the boy is not like the girl. She was worried. Look what Allah gave her. Allah gave her money of a woman of perfect faith, who raised a prophet of a loss of hiding out from odorless mineral sin from the greatest messengers of Allah. They don't know. You don't know what your contribution is. You don't know what you could really be doing. You know, there were two brothers in the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and
we were just having a conversation amongst ourselves and mostly make mention something that made me think of this, to be honest with you. Are there two brothers in the time of the Prophet civil law audience and I'm one of them who used to always keep the company of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to always be with him and learning from him bar-lev and getting to benefit from him and things of that sort. And there is another brother
Who goes out and works, and sponsors his brother who stays in the company of the Prophet sallallahu. I didn't even send them. You can imagine, I mean, come on, one guy gets to spend all this time with the Prophet, slice Allah, and I have to go to work and I have to earn money and things of that sort. So he came to the prophets license to complain, you know, how come he gets to spend all this time with you? And I have to go out there and work and you know what the prophets I said, I'm told him now Allah cateura, Kobe,
perhaps only Allah gives you because of him. Because you provide for him maybe that's the only reason Allah subhana wa Taala gives to you. You don't know of the llama boss of the low tide. hydro Javi and oma, the scholar of this oma,
you know, his home became the first university in Islam. People used to come crowding in front of his house, each one entering as a panelized house will be crowded, he had days designated for different subjects that he would teach. And you can imagine he has a brother who's older than him, and then him obey the law and obey the law could have just looked at I love my boss and said, How come he gets to be the scholar of the oma? I'm older than him What happened? But instead of obey the law, he looks to that and he says, You know what?
while people are coming and studying from him, why don't I go and provide them food and drink
panela he would go out and he would bring food and drink so that the people that were coming to study with his brother would have always something to eat and drink.
And the people of Medina they used to say that Abdullah and obey the law have taken all of the edges of Medina, the good deeds of Medina, one of them feeds the soul and one of them feeds the body somehow and Allah could have easily just looked back and said, You know what, I don't you know, I need to go study so I can be like, Abdullah, I don't want to be a shame on my family, their brothers and sisters, you look to us, and you might think to yourself, I want to be like that person. Well, law he, I want to be like them.
Well, I want to be like them, those people that you don't see those volunteers that work day and night, because their agenda is the greatest edge of their at their reward is the greatest reward out of all of this, don't sit there and think that you know what, I wish I could be a speaker too. Because the greatest reward is the one that's done purely for the sake of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah with the least appreciation of people we get off of our comfortable planes come from our hotel rooms, and with all due respect to all of my mercy, I know how that you feel the same way that I do. We get off of our planes go to our hotel rooms, we have this hospitality, and then we come here and
as soon as we finish our lecture, people say Mashallah, [???], what an effort you've made, you know, you came all the way from there and you came all the way from there, you must be really, really, really tired. We're not nearly as tired as they are.
Don't just aspire to be in the public I
aspire to be the one who's
who's planting the seeds for something great. who's working greatness behind the scenes, and particularly dear brothers and sisters when it comes to our youth? I want to speak for a moment about our youth. And we talked about finding our role. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam made Islam a youth movement. I'm going to say that again, Islam was and in every single successful period of Islam, it was a youth movement. And when I say a youth movement, it doesn't mean that there were just some youth that were cleaning up the masjid and things of that sort. No, I mean, Islam, the first Allah pas were held in the house of a 20 year old, a lot of come all the time. I mean, most of
the time promised paradise where you were in their teens when they became Muslim. I mean, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, when he sends the first delegation of Muslims to have a senior who does he put up the head of them? Someone tell me? Who is that the head of the Muslims that were sent to avicennia? Does anyone know? yell it out?
JOHN for him, No, Abby, law, the law of Thailand.
21 years old. The first delegation of Muslims and the profit slice that I'm sensing out
and you know what the brothers and sisters Jaffa didn't disappoint. He gave one of the most eloquent speeches in history. Whenever and the joshy gathered the Muslims and Jafar on the line who came forward to speak on behalf of the Muslims as a 21 year old he didn't care he can say, let me call I'm worth man. It'd be my family. Allahu einmal. He's better than me. Well, Sula, so I sent him appointed Jennifer the head of that group, though he wasn't the best of them. Amongst that group was Earth llama the alone and the daughter of the prophets Isola Jaffer didn't say let me go put her it's not an ordinary man saying I think I should take over now. Oh, my son.
No, this was building character. You represent the Muslims. Go ahead and speak
He gave one of the most eloquent speeches in the history of Islam. He didn't disappoint me all the time. And the Prophet slicin I'm appointed and even though there was better than him in that group, likewise when the Prophet size and I'm sets the stage and and Medina, who does the prophets I send them send to a Medina.
Who does he send someone yell it out to teach the people It starts with an M, text message, your answers? Who does he send out?
Who is it?
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also 21 years old,
to do the most important tasks in Islamic history, set the stage for the history of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam.
And when the Prophet slicin them goes to meet with the unsolved you know the onslaught of their brothers and sisters when they came to take their bayaan their allegiance to the Prophet sly, some buzz worthy Allah, the uncle of the province, my son was with him.
And when he saw the unsought and only three of them were over the age of 40.
Only three of the unsalted were over 40 years old.
And then I bought the province like some you want me to hand you over to these kids. These are children. The downside of disappoint No. Our youth don't need Islam to be baby down for them. They don't need us to start making everything colossal maybe they can accept it. Our youth need to be inspired. They need to be told that this is your job, not just to clean up and not just to do the dirty work. It's your job to lead because the prophets I send a made Islam a youth movement for that reason. The people who carry this Deen were youth because the prophets I send them wanted it that way. These were motivated you do your brothers and sisters, one of the quiz questions was about they
didn't know Sabbath or the law. And we know when Zaid came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. He was 13 years old in the Battle of bedroom.
And he went and he stood in the ranks of the Muslims. And he stood there tippy toeing hoping that the prophets like Selim wouldn't send him home, wanting to be amongst the Muslims are better. And when the Prophet salallahu Salam sees him, the prophet sly seven he encourages somebody sends him back home. He comes back at home at the age of 15 years old.
And again, you know, he's trying to make sure that he looks big enough so that he can be amongst the Muslims on the Prophet size and I'm allowed some of the youth to find out that age, particularly of the love normal will be allowed because of the love No Omar Can I can be he was like his father in his in his semblance and his character and everything. He was a huge man. 15 years old, he probably could beat all of us up.
So as soon as I saw him, let him fight. He sent him back home again. They didn't know Sabbath didn't go home and say those mean uncles didn't let me fight
us I'm talking to you. Because a lot of times I hear that you'd say oh the most it's not making opportunities for us. Now I'm talking to you. They did not go home and say the uncles didn't let me participate. I'm gonna go back to playing Xbox or back then they used to play with pigeons. Back then the hobby of the youth was playing with pigeons. They didn't have the overstimulation that we have today.
They don't be alone annual goes home and he becomes a habit of
memorizes the Quran and his mother brings him to the Prophet sly Salaam to recite to the prophets lie Selim and he recites to the prophets I send them the ad beautifully. And you know what the prophet SAW I said I'm telling him
very good. Now learn Hebrew.
learn Hebrew? Can you imagine if you went to the province license me memorize the Quran? I've got it now. All right, you're gonna let me fight now you want me to recite to the people? go learn Hebrew.
I have an assignment for you. Go learn Hebrew. Why? So that he can write on behalf of the profits of the largest and I'm letters in Hebrew. They don't have the law and who did not go that's not fair.
Can I do something more exciting learning languages the most boring thing in the world. You know what your brothers and sisters we have begun an institute in Dallas. And I always see the students when they first come to Vienna to learn Arabic. This is gonna be exciting. We're going to be with Norman anicon. We're going to be with these Messiah. Nasir. We're going to be learning Tafseer every day and it's going to be awesome. After two months of that sort of a narrow and elfia trip nomadic and going out of here to mania date, they're not even coming to class anymore. Only a few people survive. Survival of the fittest. This is getting boring. Now this is getting too technical. Go
learn Hebrew, say the law, the law on who goes home and you know when it comes back to the profit slice alum.
After two weeks,
14 days, talk about a motivated young person. Talk about someone who does not let other people keep him down. yada so ly learn Hebrew. I'm ready.
Now I have a question for you.
The profit slice and I'm already have people that could write Hebrew for him and send me yes or no
yes or no answer. Yes. I mean, he had Abdullah Mousavi alone. I know that the chief of the rabbis who accepted Islam on the Prophet so I said I made hinges on he had JW Santa also a rabbi, they could have written letters from in Hebrew, but the Prophet slice on wants to inspire that young men. He wants him to recognize his capabilities. Then when Zayn comes back the prophets lie some doesn't say very good, Mashallah. The prophets I said I'm encouraging them but the Prophet size them says, Okay, now go learn Farsi. Go learn Persian
go learn another language now.
He goes and he learns Persian and this is a narration Abu Dawood by the way you know how long it took him 15 days.
He learned two languages in 31 days, to a point where he can write letters still memorize the full app. And when the next battle came around the Battle of conduct Zadar the law and who didn't say Well, now that I'm a body and a half of them, you know, I'm writing letters, I don't need to do all the dirty stuff. He came back to the profit slice and I mean, he was ready again. And the prophets lie Selim made him the leader of the left side of the army, Allahu Akbar. And then this young man was the one who wrote who compiled the Quran and must have at the suggestion of all mobile apps, may Allah be pleased with them all, as we heard, can you imagine a man who had the most important task
amongst all of the companions to compile the core and the must have so that you and I 1400 years later can read it?
Can you imagine that the one who did that was in his early 20s
there's a young man he came for now I'd say. It's Okay uncle, just you know, just wait and shallow one day you'll be able to do something important. That's not what our Deen is about. The prophets mycelium inspired the youth. He wanted them to know that they were capable Rasulullah saw Islam understood that unless Islam was carried on the backs of the youth that would go away their brothers and sisters some of our greatest scholars, I would say the most productive scholar in history in my opinion and the Messiah I'll see if you agree with me or not. Mm hmm No, we don't have a whole lot to add a Do you agree that he's possibly the most productive scholar in history? Have did I have we
fact from there whenever I have agreement from them mmm No. I never even got married
rhodiola sila hain ro arbaeen and knowing the 40 Hadith them know where you want to read how do you read out of Arina now we first the 40 hadith of knowing you want to read you know a compiler of Hadith that have that the teachers different manners and things of that sort. Then you read a mama know easily on the slide of Hey, do you want Sha 350? You go to him and know where you want commentary on Sahih Muslim, the shadow of an Imam and no, we don't he Mamata the man died barely at the age of 40 years old.
He wasn't sitting around with a gray beard. No, no, he died barely at the age of 40 years old. That's the type of culture The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam created for so you know what? It started off there brothers and sisters, with being there for the youth. I want you to listen very carefully to me, dear elders, the youth have some very serious issues right now.
The level of pornography, the level of filth, the level of pressure that they are exposed to is out of this world. It's beyond belief. The level of atheism and agnosticism amongst our youth is beyond belief. They're facing some serious issues. And you know what they need from us to sit with them, listen to them, and then tell them that they're greater than those issues. But they shouldn't be thinking about that they can do better than that. And that we are there for them. I want you know, some of the greatest ahaadeeth for the youth came when the Prophet sighs and I'm gonna sing them. How many of you have heard the Hadith? Yeah, maricella Shabaab man is Tovar. I mean, going back to
his own words, oh, young man who am whoever amongst you can afford to get married, let him get married. How many of you have heard that he didn't raise your hands? How many of you know the narrator of the hidey
hole. And you know what happened? Massoud said they were young men sitting in the masjid. And guess what? They talked about marriage to
the Sahaba didn't just sit around and talk about an incident all day. They wanted to get married. And the Prophet slicin I'm passed by and he sat with them. And that's when he gave them that mercy. When a young man walks into the masjid, and he says to them, and he's pacing and he's obviously you know, got something going on in his head. And eventually he walks over to the profits on the law.
And says he also the law gives me permission to commit adultery.
You know, I as an Imam, if someone walked out
To me like that, I'd probably be like, Alright, just get out of here.
Stop being you know, this is rude. It's disrespectful. The province is um, you walk up to them say give me permission to commit Zina.
And the Prophet slicin came down to his level.
And he said, Would you like that for your mother? Not would you like that for your mother?
You know, oh, son of mine. I thought a lavalier mic. Would you like that for your mother? He's reasoning with him.
And he said, No. So what about your sister said no, you're on No.
Can only cannot that's how people are too.
Now, a lot of times someone came up to me and said, Shay, I told my son, I thought the Dalai Lama one time do you? would you would you mind it for your mother said I wouldn't mind.
That's the level of exposure that we have today, unfortunately and indecency, the loss of Fiat. But it's the approach that the prophets I send came down to his level. Then he put his hand on the young man's chest and made your heart for him. compassion. And all of a sudden, the young man felt a love for Allah subhanho wa Taala, His Messenger slice lm and they and he was given the hatred of that sin. How beautiful is our messenger sallallahu sallam, he changed that man's life, that young man's life just by listening to him, and just by reasoning with him, and just by showing him that he cared. And you know what the most beautiful part of that Hadith is that the young man knew he could
go talk to the prophets on the law, and he was telling him about that and not get a shoo in his face. Do your kids know that they can come talk to you about that. I asked the Imams in here. Does our community know do our youth know that they can come to us and say I'm having a problem with drugs? I'm having doubts about my faith. Can you help me? Do they? Do they have that trust in us? Do they confide in us or are they just not talking to us? We need to get them above that and inspire greatness in them. You know, I'll give you this one story and then I'll end this one of my favorite stories. So I'm actually a chef, please forgive me. I I think I went over my five minutes. I did.
Can I tell this story shift one story inshallah Tada, which really touches my heart.
And the mom of a honeypot Rahim, Allah tala.
You know, he had a very interesting neighbor.
He had a young man as a neighbor. And guess what this young man wasn't a student of knowledge. And no, this young man was an alcoholic.
And every single night he would be drunk. And Mr. Mahadeva Rahim, Allah is praying his kiama Lane. And he's listening to this young man of his this neighbor of his. And what is he saying? about owning, other owning? They lost me, they wasted me. Why are you fat and avato. And what a young man they've lost, meaning they don't know what they're missing out on. They don't know who I am. The yummy curry Hudson was the daddy hovering for the date of battle for the hardships. They don't know what they're missing. They don't know what I'm capable of. And every night he feels like a loser. He gets drunk. And he sits there and he says they don't care about me. They've lost me. They've wasted
me. They don't know what they're missing. They don't know what I could do for them and I'll go hunting for him. Allah hears him every single night. Until one night he doesn't hear him anymore.
I know honey, for him alone didn't go next door and say hey, I'm trying to prove pm OLED here. Can you keep it down? nor did he say Alhamdulillah. He's gone when he was gone.
He went to inquire about him. Ask about him.
And when he went to ask about him, he found that this young man was buried in debt. And he owed so many people money. That you know, he was imprisoned. He was being held because he owed so many people money. I know what he meant money for him a lot did. He went and he paid off his debt.
And this young man comes out of prison.
And he sees that the one who freed him is none other than an Imam Abu hanifa Rahim Allah to Allah and he looks at him and he's shocked why
why do you care?
Why you Why would you even do that? You know when you mama honey for him? Allah says to him. Hello panaca Have we lost you? Oh, young man. Have we forgotten about you? Oh, young man. Have we wasted you? Oh, young man. lava. We didn't you know what the most beautiful part of the narration to me is. Is that any moment that Josie Rahim Allah to honor he doesn't say that the young man kept drinking. Alas, he stopped drinking. He's done now. Also bajada nikasha that young man became from us have a soft Omen
from the people that were always in the front line in salon, the mustards.
harbor 701. The people that never miss a lot in the front line of the messages.
Panama why someone reached out to him
someone cared about him. Someone told him you're better than the sin. The sin is not better than you. The Dean rests on your shoulders and look what he became. We have millions of people 1000s of people on this island alone, that just need someone to inspire them. That just needs someone to care for them. That just needs someone to tell them. Look, Islam depends on you. You can't be sitting around here just worrying about these issues and falling in these sins. You are better than that and I will help you realize that you're better than that. And you'll see what the youth are capable of producing. They will also become from us hava sofinnova. And B if nilah e to Allah they will carry
on the banner of this Deen after we are gone. So that 80 years from now, at the reviving Islam convention, they will begin getting their Lifetime Achievement Awards. We ask Allah subhana wa tada to bless them to have mercy upon them. The enforcer has come to throw me off the stage. No tomatoes. Mufti mink is here.
I love you all for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala I really enjoyed my trip. I cannot wait to like come back and salt what's out of the Trinidad and if I don't see you in Trinidad again. May Allah allow us to meet in general a lot more. I mean barakallahu li walakum wa salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakato