Feeling Helpless While Watching Oppression- Gaza
Channel: Omar Suleiman
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Do we begin by praising Allah subhanho wa Taala and bearing witness that man has the right to be worshipped or unconditionally obeyed except for him. And we bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is his final messenger and we ask Allah to send his peace and blessings upon him, the prophets and messengers that came before him, his family and companions that served alongside him, those that follow in his blessed path until the day of judgment, and we ask Allah to make us amongst them Allah whom I mean, dear brothers and sisters imagine being in Mecca, in the early days of Islam,
without any place of strength, any place where we could collectively come to worship.
But the only open collection of Muslims that exists is a particular location on the outskirts of Mecca, where your weakest and most vulnerable are gathered together on a regular basis, where there is a display of torture taking place.
One of the moments that I wanted to take us back to
in the theater of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, as we've been talking about better and or hurt and hunt, duck, and so many of the lessons that took place after or that we learned after Medina, was a very specific episode in the seat of the prophets like Selim, which might be one of the most painful and obviously you read about painful episodes in the life of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him and they all have their set of lessons. But this one stuck with me for a reason.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam was subjected to all sorts of harm. He was physically harmed. He was emotionally betrayed. They tried to psychologically torture the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he is a Rama tunnel al Amin, he's a mercy to the world's you imagine as we sit and as we watched the images of the people of Gaza, the innocent children, women and men, elders, and people of all backgrounds, and we feel a great sense of helplessness. And maybe we even cry a little bit more than we used to. And that's with the little mercy that Allah has put in our hearts. Imagine a llama tunnel Alameen a mercy to the world's the Most Merciful human being that has ever walked the
face of the earth, walking around Makkah and seeing people tortured in front of him, because they believe in him and not being able to do anything about it. And so I wanted to actually pull from this very particular episode. It's about five years into the revelation of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam were Abu Jamal who is the pharaoh of the Ummah, the fair owner of this OMA decided to escalate his aggression against the Muslims because he saw that despite all of the tactics that were being used to de legitimize the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to call him names to deter the Muslims cutting them off from their families, none of that was working. And so he
decided to take it to the next level. And just like every Pharaoh in every era, he did so by starting off with the most vulnerable of society you that'd be Hoonah abna Como, esta Halen and Isa comedy. They always target the children, they target the women, they target, the downtrodden, they target those who are defenseless in society. They target those who do that they don't fear consequence from and so Abuja Hill decides to put on this display. And it's very interesting as an ambassador, the Allahumma describes the scene that he heard of later on. As he grew up the experiences of the people that lived that moment. Kenny was the born at home belongia in Makkah,
there was an area of bedroom zoom, which was the tribe of Abuja, the pharaoh of this ummah, the owner of this ummah,
where he used to take them to the outskirts of Mecca. And he picked an area that had the hottest surface, no trees, nothing to protect the people from as he tortured them. And he took a group of the early enslaved Muslims out there
and decided to make an example out of them. So that the Muslims in Mecca would walk by that area and they would see their brethren tied up starved,
prohibited from drinking any water. And they were completely unable to physically intervene.
So imagine living in Mecca.
And we talk about the pain of social media and watching this from afar. You walk by and there's an area where the people are tied up and being tortured regularly, you can hear their shouts
and you can see them barely hanging on and you can't do anything about it.
And our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam
did not use to ignore that group of Muslims.
counting your mortar will be him Rasul Allah He sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he used to actually go to them.
And all he had sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was words, he couldn't physically intervene. The Messenger of Allah was restraint.
And as he walks by, and he sees the family of Yasser
sumiya The Abyssinian woman, yes. Her husband and their son Amar, he walks by them and Abuja had reserved his worst torture for them.
His own slaves and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam could only say to them someone who has more either como Jana sobre, las more Edo como Jana, be patient or family of Yasser paradises promised for you. I promise you paradises around the corner, be patient or family of Yasser paradise is promised you have an appointment with Allah subhanaw taala it's coming Sabra and Ali Asad and he would go by them and Abuja would increase the torture he take it up a notch. When the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was around and inflict a greater sense of torture. And at that point, there had not yet been a casualty. There had not yet been a Shaheed of Islam, someone who was
actually taken to the point of death, but so many Jarold the Allahu Taala and how would respond to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam saying that we will be patient yellow suit Allah.
We're not going to exchange our religion in the midst of this torture. And the prophets lie Selim has to walk by that and the Muslims have to walk by that and you're either in it or you're walking by it. And Abuja is gathering a larger group and increasing the torture. And there are many Seumas and many Beloved's there are people whose names that we don't know and people whose names we get a glimpse of the torture that they faced. It was very similar to them, but they're all being lined up. And there is an im Quran that speaks about this. Sorry, dinner Jubeir said I asked him in Abasto, the Allah Tala and Houma that those people when they used to torture, that group of Muslims when
Abuja had was carrying this out on them, did they use to get anything out of them? Would they get them to say anything? And have been Abbasali Allahu Taala and Homer, he says that what they used to do to them is that they would lay them out and he said that they would hit them and strike them. And at the same time you they would starve them and they would prohibit them from water so they would inflict on them elders will outwash hunger thirst.
And Osama bin Hakim he says that particularly about amount of Myasthenia kala Kana and marbling acid, you add the layer three Maya cool, Amar would be tortured until he wouldn't know what he was saying anymore. And so the torture that was inflicted on them would lead them to a point that they didn't even have words, they didn't even know what they were saying. And in that process, once they got them to a point where they couldn't even sit up straight anymore. I mean, I Basile the law on whom I says they were unable to even seat themselves at that point. They would say to them, quoted lots who didn't say the names of your idols alert Elisa, and one of them would say, as a person was
shaking their face a lot with Erza they would say the names of those idols in the midst of that torture. And Allah subhanaw taala revealed about those people. Men Cafaro Villa him and Bertie Imani he in them and oak Korea were called boho Mahatma ennoble. Eema that those who disbelieve after faith except for those who spoke words of disbelief, but their hearts were filled with faith. They didn't mean it. But in the midst of all of that, they were forced to say things
that their hearts did not agree with. One of them would be a model in the US that will be allowed to hide and hold himself, whose parents would be martyred. And in the midst of that torture, the severity of that torture where he didn't even know what he was saying anymore. He said something. And he was so embarrassed from the Prophet sallallahu. And he was Saddam after that, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam goes to him and he says, Amar, what is it? What's wrong? And he tells the prophets line Saddam that I said, what I said, and I don't know how to reconcile with that. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he says, was your heart at ease with faith?
Was your heart at ease with faith? And I modeled the Allahu Anhu says yes, and the prophets lie, Selim says, and I'll do farrowed So if they do to you again, it's okay. Do it again. It's fine. You didn't do anything wrong. He has to actually walk him through the guilt of having supposedly crumbled in the midst of
that torture that was being inflicted on him just because he was a Muslim. Now to your brothers and sisters, I can't think of a more fitting time a more fitting moment for us to revisit this episode of the Sierra. When we're watching what we are seeing and we feel completely mcglue completely overcome and unable to help our brothers and sisters.
Imagine what it was like for your Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
and you know the heart that he has.
Every single time the prophets lie Selim has to walk by. Do you know what it was like on his heart to hear the crying of salam ala the hola Ana? Can you even imagine? For a moment what it was like for him to hear her last shout knowing that she's the first martyr of Islam, it's not that he has any doubt about that. But hearing that woman as Abuja Hall inflicts the worst type of punishment, and in his frustration, because he can't get her to say anything bad about the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam, he can't get her to renounce the faith. He takes that spear and he puts it through her midsection and the Prophet slice of them has to hear her last shout. Imagine what it was like on his
heart sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
And I would say with certainty that it was more difficult on him than it is on us right now. He's seeing it, he's experiencing it. Muslims had to walk around for a whole decade in Mecca.
After that, with those that did that to their people. Imagine being a mod walking around Mecca with the man who killed your parents for six years, walking around and struggling with a sense of arrogance and a sense of victory not feeling accountable to anyone plotting his next victims. What was it like for a modern Yasa? Well, the Allah one, six years to be able to do that, and to not be able to physically intervene
and do something to the one who did that to his parents. What was it like for beloved the Allahu Taala and to have to walk around and see what he saw and know what he went through and not be able to do anything.
And in the midst of all of that,
Allah subhanaw taala sends down these little things that let you know, sub Ron, yeah, Allah Yasser, no Adel, Kamal Jana. Be patient, oh people of Islam. Your place is Junga. As we watch our brothers and sisters in Gaza, and we see these little clips, sometimes in the midst of the gore, sometimes in the midst of the people that are being pulled out from the rubble, sometimes in the midst of the horror, you see a scene and you go, yeah, Allah.
What a miracle.
There was a woman that was being tortured next to Somalia. Her name was in Neeraj about the Allahu taala. And
now Bucha, who was nasty in his torture of her as well, to the point that he beat her to blindness.
And when he beat her to blindness, you know, sometimes Abuja had went a little too far, and even his friends nudged him. You know, the way that the United States put up, puts out a statement about Israel every once in a while, they just nudge him. And they'd say, Hey, you went too far. Calm down, settle down a bit. When he beat the woman blind. They told him settle down, you went too far, and he laughed and he said earlier, he said the idols made her blind I didn't do that to her. Hola to Larissa the the gods made her blind.
And as she could barely speak while she's tied up to a stick.
She responds MC says Hola, hola, Rosa lace Allahumma Cova they have no power, no power.
And Allah azza wa jal gives her back her eyesight
in the middle of a cut on a miracle where she could see again, and I'm Bucha has said that's the secret of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam that says his magic his sorcery
because in the middle of all of these things, Allah sons the signs
that even though it feels like these people are abandoned, they're not abandoned.
Somewhere Rania Allah Vasa more Edo como Jana, be patient or people of Gaza. Your place is paradise, but then it comes back to us. Watching this, feeling a sense of guilt, feeling a sense of helplessness. Rob the intimate group. Fantastic. And this is where we find that lesson in the prophets. Ya Allah I'm overcome. Fantastic, and I beseech you for help. I don't know what to do at this point. Just know that your Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he's been through that know that the prophets of old had been through that know that the companions had been through that. But what's the silver lining of this all what comes out of this? What after this? You know what happens?
Joe made the mistake that of every single frown every single Farrell ever makes,
that they think that with brute force, they can break people down, they can break them down psychologically. And if they increase the force, they can ruin them and they can completely devastate them.
And what ended up happening is while Abuja had thought that he was breaking the people of Islam, he was actually breaking his own image all along.
Everything that he was trying to portray of himself as a man of generosity who cared about his people. And who was doing this because he had to protect people. All of that was going out the window, his own brothers, his half brother is gonna be it'll be his full brother Salem Avenue, he sham became Muslims, they were disgusted by him.
The people that he was trying to convince that he was protecting Mecca, for saw him for what he really was, and moved away from him. And he lost his claim to any sort of morality or any sort of generosity or any sort of ideal that he claimed to stand for.
And the other slaves that watch that torture,
and weren't Muslim, yet saw the strength of their brothers and sisters. And they found something inside of them and the passer bys, who were those that were passing by and watching. Abuja had to do this, and the Muslims being tortured. They saw that. And if they weren't convinced, as to which group was on truth in which group was on falsehood, before that, they certainly were convinced after that.
And so while he was trying to break the people of Islam, he only broke his own image. And it would be so decreed that one of those that he tortured would one day stand on his chest in the Battle of better and I'm Bucha had would ask him, Lehmann Ilhabela, to whom this victory belong, and he would say, I love Allah to Allah. When he Rasul Allah, here I do Allah.
Victory is to Allah and to His messengers, like Southern mo enemy of God, it would be poetic, that that's what would happen to him. Your brothers and sisters is we're living in this time.
And we connect with our messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in that moment of pain. And we feel that sense of helplessness.
There is something from the fifth from the understanding that there is I mentioned this, the the way the prophets like Selim was talking to his own people, that he didn't speak to them when he spoke to them in these difficult moments. He spoke to them not with rasa, not with the license to do what they had to do to escape that torture, but with a sense of Azima with determination. There's Zima, and there's rasa. There's determination, and then there is the license, the excuse to remove yourself from that harm. And the prophets like some always spoke to his community with Azeema spoke to them with determination, and instilled in them that courage to move forward. And when you had the
situations where some people needed to be excused, the prophets lie, some excused them, and he didn't make them feel bad. So if you see some old woman being pulled out of her home in the West Bank, and she shouts out a few statements saying, I support Israel, because she's about to go to jail in front of her kids for a year, she has that rock star. She's our sister.
But we speak with Azima we speak with determination, the prophets, I'm spoke to his community and told them to aim for something higher, and so on the people of Gaza speak, what are you hearing, you're hearing Azima determination, in the midst of it all, a refusal to be broken, a refusal to be broken, psychologically, a refusal to succumb to that type of oppression?
Then it comes back to us. What are we witnessing happening right now dear brothers and sisters? What we're witnessing is that anyone with half a heart and half a brain can see Israel for what it is right now.
Can see the genocide for what it is right now. Despite all of the blinders, despite everything that's been put in the way, anyone with half a heart and half a brain can see this for what it is at this point.
So what does that mean? That just like a Buddha had made the mistake in thinking that if he increased the brutality, he could suppress
the voices that would call him out and challenge him he could suppress the resistance to his torture.
The same thing is happening in sha Allah Tala around the world, where this film this Pharaoh is increasing the brutality, has no shame anymore in bombing hospitals and schools doesn't even bother to deny it anymore. And it's up to us as we're watching that to first and foremost take comfort that better than us, the messenger Salallahu Salam once had to walk that path and he wasn't watching it on his screen. He was watching it right in front of him. And it was hard on his heart SallAllahu it was
it was hard on his heart. When fonti modeled the Allah Anna had to come and take the gun.
hat's off of his back when he was tortured, when he himself was persecuted his own daughter in front of him crying, cleaning up the guts from his back and he shivering sallallahu alayhi wa sallam because of everything that was put on him. He tells his daughter, don't cry nulla Nacion Bercy, Allah is going to support your father.
You can imagine how difficult it was for him salAllahu alayhi wasallam. What we're in right now is not more difficult than that. But the silver lining in this all and there are some that we can see in some that we can't see is that through this, things will change and Allahu taala. Through this, things will change. And in sha Allah to Allah, we're witnessing a shift, even if we can't see it right now. Because when Abuja Hill did what he did to the early Muslims, it was the shift in Islam. It was a shift in Islam. And right now, this is a shift Bismillahi Tyler. And I want to end with this, because it is something that we have to also take a step back and realize all of us, all of us
have had our priorities shift over the last month, people's hearts have come towards this faith, people that were already Muslim, have found the reconnection. And there are people that are witnessing this and saying I cannot understand how much faith these people have and how they're able to endure what they endure, and still say what they say, what is it that they have, and you have people that are looking into this religion for the very first time.
Today, we have at least three people accepting Islam after slaughter Jamaat, if you are here, and you're thinking about it be the fourth and the fifth, but around the world, we're seeing this where people are looking at that and saying, These people are a miracle, because in the midst of them, we see this Neela as well the Allahu Taala and
we're a little miracle shows. And if anything, the collective miracle is the existence of the people of Gaza. And we ask Allah subhanaw taala that as we feel helpless watching them that we renew our intentions, and that Allah subhanaw taala guide us to the ways that we can tangibly help them while understanding when we cannot help them that Allah Subhana Allah Allah sees them and that Allah subhanaw taala does help and victory is near Allahumma Amin Aquila, we heard there was talking about you're not only certain was seen for stuff you don't know for right
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