Don’t Wait For Others To Ask
Channel: Omar Suleiman
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When global hunger is expected to double this next year, and people are losing their jobs, and people are experiencing for the very first time food insecurity where they have to make a choice whether or not they feed themselves, or their children, they have to make a choice, whether they pay their cell phone bill, or they use whatever money they have to purchase food, they have to make choices that they never had to make about the types of food that they would purchase, and span a lot, you have people that because of the hardship that they are in and because this is so new to them, will not go to those that they know will not go to their local community centers will not go
to their places of worship will not go to their close circle of friends, but would actually prefer to drive out to a food bank far away where they know that none of the volunteers will recognize them. Well actually be afraid of a camera that is taking a picture of the lines of cars now that are at every single feeding station. By the way, this is something that we have to be very conscious of that many times in our desire to show good efforts, people will snap a camp will take a camera, I'll take their phone out and take pictures of some of these feeding stations. And you'll notice that that person that's rolling down the window maybe for the first time in their lives, to get a plate
is trying to keep their face away. And we have to be conscious of that we have to be aware of that. I wanted to talk about this from the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam that is narrated and Bahati and with another variation and Anasazi, a very powerful Hadith about people and asking, he says Salah long running with Salah lady said mosquito larvae Tara do a tomato. What Tell me what time we're looking at? Well, look, my time. The one who is poor is not the one who leaves when you give him a date or two, or give him a small piece of food a morsel or two. And in one narration Yoku how the nurse he's walking around the people with his handout asking for something here asking for
something there. He said in his scheme and mood after this.
He said the one who really is poor is the one who holds back out of sinus. And he says quote in ship tongueless alone and NASA in hatha read, if you will, they don't ask the people for anything, they don't beg of the people at all. And the prophets lie some is speaking to the heart, he's speaking to the sinus that a person would have that they don't want to give up their dignity, in the process of asking that they're shy that they don't want to be in that situation of asking someone for help. No one wants to be the receiving hand, everyone prefers to be the giving hands. No one wants that to become a normal to them. And that's why there's so much emphasis in Islam on words, on smiling when
you give charity, on the way that you look your body language on the words that you say, colon models, right? To say nice words to say things that are not harmful. Because if it's some
other, if it's charity that's with harm than the person who you give charity to and wish they never asked for charity, they would wish that you never gave them anything, keep your food, keep your keep your help keep your loan, keep all the money, keep the assistance to yourself if you're going to degrade me when you give it to me. And in reality, society should be set up in a way that people don't have to ask that people don't have to come forward and ask but they are actively being surveyed, they're actively being sought out. That instead of the homeless person walking up to your car at an intersection and hoping that you'll roll down the window that you're going out and looking
for them. That instead of the brother or sister that used to come to the masjid that now is afraid of being asked questions that might be lowering their head and some sort of shame because of some hardship they're undergoing that people in the messages that their own community is saying, Are you okay? Hey, I haven't seen you Is everything okay? Can I help you? How is your work life going? Are you covered? Is your income okay? Or is your family okay? Anything I can do to help you and absolutely not probing to be nosy probing to be helpful by selling concern. Do you mean anything?
Because people are going to struggle now that have not struggled before. And it's going to be important for us to expand our thoughts to expand our concern to expand our asking and to think about what the prophets like Selim is saying hear about those who don't ask because they're shy. They don't like that feeling of wanting to ask or needing to ask and they need people
To go look for them instead. And so Pamela This is the difference, a subtle difference in the poor and pay attention and certain adage a lot is talking about those and fulfill their obligations and levena whom Allah salata him that even those who make sure to pray on time and obligation on us a lot have a loan an obligation they guard their prayers, and how does the law refer to their charity? What see emmalee him How can this How can that loom Lisa, anyone?
And in there well, there is a no right How could not alone and established rights Lisa in my room for the one who asks, and for the one who does not ask for the one who's forbidden from asking.
There is an obligatory right and this refers to your account. This refers to the obligatory charity that is due out of your well for those that are in need. And suited to that yet, which is not too far away from it matters. A lot talks about a different category of people. The people that have moved beyond just establishing their obligatory prayer and their obligatory charity. A loss of kind of autonomy mentions will be as howdy homea stuffy rune worthy and worthy him happen. Lissa Lee will mahalo. Allah mentions that they spend the nights they spend the nights seeking forgiveness from Allah subhanaw taala, meaning what
they pray, they pray to hundreds. They pray the night prayer, they stand up and petition their Lord and pray to their Lord. When others sleep, they don't have to do that the AMA is not an obligation, you will not be punished for not praying pm. But they voluntarily wake themselves up and while other sleep, they look for Allah subhanaw taala they look for their Lord, they call out to their Lord. And then Allah mentions the charity here and look what a loss pantai says the same thing he says in certain matters. But the word Malou unknown right is missing. The word Magnum is missing. And the scholar say because this is referring to voluntary charity. This is referring to the southern
thought that comes beyond the charity that comes beyond the obligatory it's not an established right on your wealth. It's not that you have to give that extra well. It's not that you have to take that extra step. But just like you spend your night looking for your Creator, while others sleep, you spend your day looking after the creation, while others ignore them.
You look for them. You asked about people, you're concerned about people, you give more than what is demanded of you. You give more than the standard, you look more than what is customary customarily done, you push others to look for. And that is true for us as individuals and for communities. What is a community of Exxon, what is a community of excellence? The brothers and sisters, I want you to think about this
every month, when there is any feeding point anywhere out there.
The way that those lines are going to double and triple is overwhelming.
It really is overwhelming. That traffic is caused not by people going to work now. Traffic is caused by the lines of cars on a highway to a food bank by people who no longer have a job.
As a community, we need to think how do we go the next level before these food banks before these other institutions come out and ask for us to support them even? How do we go out and offer the manpower and offer the finances to do more that's at the community level to help people that are struggling with food insecurity for the for the first time and maintaining their dignity. And then as a community ourselves, check up on each other.
check up on your neighbors. Ask about those that you used to see in the midst of the normal times. Ask about those that you didn't use to see in the midst of and this goes beyond well
ask people how their families are asked people how their work life is ask people if there's anything you can do for them. Push not to be nosy, not to scrutinize, to help to help and just offer yourself offer yourself to people and do that with the intention of embodying this person and sort of that yet.
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One who pays attention to the creators while others to the creation, while others don't. The one who stands up and invokes the creator at night while others sleep, and the one who goes out and searches out the creation, while others turn a blind eye to them. That is a son. What does it sound look like in our individual lives? What does that sound look like? As a community? May Allah subhanaw taala enable us, enable us to help those that are in need to look for those that are in need. May Allah allow us to go beyond what is obligated upon us to do that which is excellence. And may Allah subhanaw taala respond to that for us with excellence? May Allah subhanho wa Taala help each and
every single person who is in here who is listening, every single person who is struggling the last panel to Allah, see for your struggles, may Allah subhanho wa Taala see you through your struggles and your finances, with your family, whatever it may be, may Allah subhanaw taala help you through it. May Allah subhanaw taala allow us to see each other better, so that we can do better for each other. And may Allah subhana wa tada shower us all with his mercy and His generosity. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala allow us to be amongst those that call upon him at night and that serve His creation in the day. A lot. I mean, a cool idea was to hold on to the community certain Muslim in
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