Channel: Omar Suleiman
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But in a lot of these other situations in these other countries where kids are just I mean, you continue to destabilize them and they don't have any way of recourse other than, you know, they they pray to Allah and you can see the sincerity of their prayers. Their prayer is just, that's what they have. That's what to rely on.
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So if you look at the story of why Islam, it's tyrants, to tyrants to tyrants. He's never really safe. Right? He deals with his father, a tyrant, right? And his father says the enemy tend to hate the average woman, Nick, well, hegemony Malia, like if you don't get out of my face, I'm going to stone you. His father's the one who suggests the punishment. Right? And subhanAllah. I mean, imagine how hurtful that was to him, right? But again, it's a tyrant, he has to deal with Nimrod, right? Another tyrant in their life, who says, you know that I give life and I give death, how just I mean, with absolutely no hesitation, brings forth a man who was sentenced to death and frees him and
brings forth a completely innocent man and kills him. So see, I give life and I give death, he has to deal with that guy. Right? He has to stand in front of him and give doubt, he has to deal with the king of Egypt, right, who's known to take the husbands of beautiful women and dispose of them and then take the women for himself. And this is coming out of an experience a traumatic experience. And he's with saba. And this seems to be the fate And subhanAllah he's saved from that. There's something very interesting here because it almost becomes counterintuitive. Allah is protecting Ibrahim is because of his doubt. And a lot of times we might think that, you know, if I'm to visibly
Muslim, if I pray in public, if I act to Muslim, if I am to Muslim then uncompromising my safety and so we relinquish those things and Allah says in the Quran, you also dealt with mountains here, they come in Lubbock or messenger of Allah, convey what your Lord has given to you, when I'm terrified for my beloved result, and if you don't do so, then you have not conveyed the message of Allah who yet seem okay in us and Allah will actually protect you from the people. So Allah connects the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, during their hour with protection, right that this actually becomes a means of protection for you. Can any of you recall a time where you felt unsafe and then
you summoned that courage and that tawakkul that trust in Allah subhanaw taala and you felt that mercy this Akina come down upon you.
And just thinking back to like, my school days, like, as a teenager, and you know, being in an environment where, you know, you practicing your values is very difficult.
And in that moment, you just have to trust that your values are gonna guide you through whatever it is that you don't even know, you know, when I had certain certain friends that come to me at the end and be like,
seen of like, you know, your values, the way you held on to them that was
that made us not want to be bad around you.
And to know that, like, when I think back thinking about all the things I was around and thinking that's parallel last point that protected me from those things.
It only makes sense for it to come back to those values, if that makes sense.
So I think for me, it was always like, Ha doesn't make sense that I came out of this clean, second really bad accident, you're like, how did I come out of this clean?
And so as you see that, not only did I come out of this clean, but somehow it had an impact on other people. So for me, it was just like holding on to those values through school and you know, there's teach days around different friends and whatnot. That's very profound. And I imagine obviously
Our sisters usually bear the brunt of this more so than anyone else, right?
And the any of the brothers, and if you have a moment where he like you felt fear, and then suddenly a moment of calmness, you know, when it came to your Islam, or you were in a place, any moment where you felt fear and just safety came into you a sense of tranquility?
No, I have, I mean, I grew up in DC. So every time you get pulled over by a police officer, you know, and then you're the triple like your black male and Muslim. And so,
you know, there's,
as you grew up, we, you know, you're accustomed to how to interact with the police, but you still never feels, you know, you never feel safe, you always feel, you know, they can, you know, pull the gun on you and there'll be no recourse, they'll just, you know, walk away. So it's really sad, but you're you always have your guard and your safety up. And, you know, after you know, except Islam, then you just start making dua, like you took her in the car, when they pull you over. And you, you know, you really focus because you just you just really never know. I mean, so it was either that or sometimes, you know, just even random shootings now, you know, we seem to be in that space of time
where, you know, random gunfire, drug shootings, whatever the case may be,
where you have to just be very cognizant of what you're going on. And wanting to get to the school shootings, and safeties, and those kinds of things where now you're, you know, you're fearing the safety of your kids, and just, you know, any any moment, so it just shows you the shortness of you know, what life has, and you're making dua hoping to Allah is putting you in good places. And that sometimes, when you, you know, I will have a habit of, you know, when you starting to come into Islam, and you'll go to an event with other Muslims, you will move, remove yourself away from people who have presented or put themselves in a in a difficult situation. Or maybe they're the ones who
are being targeted. And now that you've removed yourself from those elements, or from those individuals, you put yourself around people who are speaking about, you know, Allah in Islam, and now you've protected yourself by just by just doing is just doing that. And so that's where your safety comes in, you feel a relief of
when, you know, Islam is easy, like you said earlier, and let me go that path of, you know, staying around people are comfortable being around people who aren't remembering a law, and that's helping to protect you. I want to stay with that thought for a moment. You touched on an experience. Yeah. Right. Being a black man in America period, right. And then being a black Muslim in America and the fear that maybe others will not have, right when when they're pulled over by a cop, which actually, to me, I think, you know, allows us to maybe touch on another element of this, which is,
do we feel entitled to a sense of safety, because of where we live and who we are in one in one dimension. So for example, you know, mosques, get bombed drones, right by US presidents Democrat and Republican. Safety is not an option in places like Palestine, right. But when it happens in a Western country in a relatively wealthy place,
maybe it hurts a little bit more, because it's like, wait a minute, that I could see myself being that person?
How do we reckon with that, like, how do you how do you deal with that? Because I think those moments where it's almost like a, you know, I don't want to call it a hypocrisy. I think it's natural, right? Where like, wait a minute, I can relate to that. And so it's it hits closer to home, that's what they say, right? It hits closer to home. Has your safety being compromised, at any point ever made? You think I need to be activated towards the safety of other people that deserve it just as much as I do? Can any of you like think of an incident something that happened were like, wait a minute, you know, people in Syria, people in Yemen, people in Somalia, people? Yeah, I mean, I think
about it all the time. I mean, I took government and politics and college. And I took defense policy courses, and worked for government agencies a lot. And you can see the footprint of, you know, us, Jeremy, going into other countries using environmental or other organizations to kind of gain that footprint into a different country. But you can see the effects of either globalization militarization, or these other industrial complexes, and how they of course they affect them. So the bombs and you know, whether it's going to other countries, but they're bombing Yemen and kids and you know, your blast, I mean, just to grow
Up in the US your blast is, you know, you have the ability to, for the most part, wake up with food, water, you know, food, water, shelter, and you're not getting shelled and bomb, you know, my fear is still pretty much in my control. You know, even if I do get pulled over or someone randomly shoots, you know, you still have a sense of feeling of a little bit of control in that situation, like you can defend yourself, you can arm yourself, but in a lot of these other situations in these other countries where kids are just I mean, you continue to destabilize them, and they don't have any way of recourse other than, you know, they they prey to a lie. And you can see the sincerity of their
prayers. That's what they're relying on, on a lot of really helped them. And you always feel, you know, not that you want to be in a situation but you feel man, like their prayer is just, that's what they have. That's what they're relying on. They don't know if they're gonna live to the next day or the next day, or if they're going to eat the next day. And so when a law says he feeds a bird and wakes up in the morning and comes back and makes sure that it's fed, that you pray and you give dua for those persons, especially during Ramadan, and you're given you as a chi and you're thinking, Man, I just hope this this is feeding someone that is serving his purpose, and that they feel a
sense of security and safety and love and that Allah you know what that connection to us, between us as Muslims.
So I'm going to sort of summarize this there's something very interesting about the Quranic terminology in this regard, health fear.
Allah subhanaw taala says, well inevitable and that can be shaped in an unhealthy way the joueur that we will test you with something of fear and hunger. And then Allah Subhana Allah says of the greatest favors to Quraysh sorry, I will drop the hurdle date Allah the upper hammer home endure in what Anna home and hope, the one who said them when they were hungry, and gave them security from fear. Ironically, through the drought of a boy he mighty Saddam, Allah gave them sustenance, and Allah gave them safety. And here, they were rejecting the descendant of Ibrahim is up and running him out, and denying him sustenance through the boycott and safety by trying to kill him and
eventually running him out, forcing him to migrate. So the law already has some of them. But Allah says that he will test you with fear and hunger. And Allah says of the greatest favors that he can bestow upon you is safety, and sustenance. And what you come away with is this idea that the only real safety net then is the one who provides safety. It's not it's not the people, it's not anything else. And so why would I do what displeases the one who provides actual safety in search of it? It doesn't make sense. So instead, I DO what is pleasing to Him knowing that ultimate safety comes from Him. And one of the things that we take from the prophets of Allah Hardy was Salam is when he's
making drought, when he's supplicating, the night before bedtime, and you see him crying, and you see his desperation. If you don't know any better, you might think he's losing it. You know, we don't know if he, you know, if he's getting desperate now, is there a lack of trust in Allah subhanaw taala out of the way his hands are going up the way his tears are. But the moment he puts those hands down from that job, he's Iraq's, on the law. He was right, he can't be moved. And that's the perfect balance of the believer, and what we take from these prophets of Allah, that in their moments fear, they turn to Allah and do. And then as soon as they said, Amin, they felt em, they
felt safety. And that's where the next chapter always reveals itself in the Quran with each one of these prophets.
So sister sada fear is a natural human emotion. How important is it for people to manage their fears properly? And how does that affect the relationship with the last panel? Absolutely. You know, fear is functional Michela Ellis paths that have created it within us for a reason. But it can get in the way, if it becomes amplified. Or if it takes us down a path that's displeasing to Allah subhanaw taala. And when we choose to follow the standards of other people, out of fear of what their reactions or their perceptions will be, like, that's when fear can really get in the way of our faith, our relationship with Allah subhanho data, our identity, all of these different things. And
so being able to combat that is really important. What if we were to ask, you know, all of us, you know, who Who do you Who do you worship? Who do you prioritize? Is it you know, do you care more about what this person thinks of you or do you care more about what Ellis paradata thinks of you? Everybody will likely answer I care more about what ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada thinks of me. But a lot of times, our actions don't align
With that, and Allah's path that reminds us of this where he, you know, he tells us that, you know, do you fear them? But I am you know, truly I'm the one who is truly to be feared if you're truly believers, alright and Abraham is that I'm rebukes his people, when he destroys the idols, and he tells them are you taking to worship other than Allah subhanaw taala something that can't benefit or harm you? And how often do we tend to do that with the choices that we make, where we choose to please the people in our lives, and we're inadvertently almost worshipping them in that situation where we're we are we are prioritizing a standard other than the standard of electronic data. So
being able to ask ourselves, who you know who is going to be able to benefit me? And that is truly almost packed out at like I, I remember, she hopped a load or once mentioned, there's a difference between believing in Allah and believing Allah, believing we believe Allah Subhana Allah to be our Lord and our Creator. But do we believe Alas, pathauto when he tells us that he's the best of planners, that when we worship him, you know, there's going to be tremendous reward for it, that with hardship comes ease. Do we believe that Allah subhanaw taala is truly an MO Haman, our protector, and if we truly believe that, then we're going to be able to overcome our fears and
choose his standards and following him rather than following people. If you're benefiting from this content, then please make sure to click subscribe and make sure that you turn on your notifications.