Jummuah Khutbah 3-06-2015
Channel: Omar Suleiman
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dose, and we asked him to send his peace and blessings upon his messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we bear witness that he was sent as a final guide to
mankind as a mercy to the world's. And we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to send his peace and blessings upon him, his family, his companions, and those that follow until the Day of Judgment, we ask Allah subhanaw taala to make us amongst them alone, I mean, the brothers and sisters, the hotbar that I had in mind today, it's scattered, even in my own mind, there's so much that I want to say, and so little time, and I hope Inshallah, two out of that over the next, you know, 20 minutes or so 25 minutes, I'll actually be able to take you through a thought process that I feel like is very important for us to address. And usually, when I give a whole tomorrow, it's very easy, I have the
topic in mind, and I have the idea that I want to deliver. And I can easily find the ayat and the Hadith to go with it. But what I want to address today is something bigger, it's, it's a concept that I feel like is very lost within our community and actually, in society as a whole. It's a concept of taking care of the vulnerable and not only caring for the vulnerable in our communities and caring for the weak in our communities, be it a spiritual weakness that they have, or a physical weakness that they have, but actually deriving blessings from those that are vulnerable in our community, actually feeling not only a sense of, you know, of care and being in a, in a state of
being entrusted with a lot of thought with those that are weak amongst us, but actually feeling like we are blessed, and we benefit as a community, from those that are weaker amongst us. And it's a difficult concept. And there's a very famous statement, a very famous saying, it's not in Islamic saying it's outside of the scope of Quran and Hadith, but it's very true and its meaning, and it's very much so enforced throughout our teachings from Allah and His Messenger, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, that you're only as strong as your weakest link. And that concept, you know, subhanAllah, I actually, when we were having an activity, you know, in this masjid, one of the brothers mentioned
to me, he said, you know, there are some people that might not be able to afford this event, and maybe they'll feel left out. And some how about that got me thinking for a very long time about this concept, that Allah subhanaw taala actually puts blessing in a community because of the vulnerable amongst them. And because of the way that the community takes care of those that are vulnerable amongst them. And the worst situation to be in and as a community, as a people is when those who are vulnerable, and those who are weak, you know, for example, they're going through financial hardship, or they have a physical disability, or they have a child with autism, or you know, they have
a terminal illness, or they have something that happened to one of their family members, or, you know, they're being pursued for some reason that you know, where they're in a situation of being oppressed or transgressed against, the worst situation we can be in as a community is when those who are facing harm, not only don't feel comfortable enough to come and seek help, and to come and find comfort from their brothers and sisters who are not suffering from that predicament, but they actually are embarrassed to have others know of their predicaments. They'd rather suffer in silence, whether it's domestic violence, or whatever it may be, they'd rather suffer from their illnesses and
from their predicaments in silence, then be exposed to the community out of fear of being ridiculed by that community. And we face that in many different phases. And in many different aspects in our community, I just brought up one of domestic violence. I can't tell you how many sisters I have known of and know of today, that are oppressed by their husbands, I use the word oppression, it is born, they live in a state of oppression, they are beaten, they are abused, they are physically, emotionally and verbally abused. But they would rather stay in those marriages and in some cases, even risked their lives because they're afraid of being exposed, and they're afraid of what the
community would say about them, if they were to come out, and that's a pitiful state as a community that reflects poorly on a community that we have, and on the culture of a community, when people that are in that situation feel that way. We have many of you here And subhanAllah you know, that have people in their family that are not doing so well religiously, you know, they they're not Muslim goers. And you would be afraid to bring them to the masjid because they won't be dressed exactly the way they're supposed to be dressed for the masjid even though you want them to come back to Allah subhanaw taala even though you want them to come with whatever it is that's going on
whatever funky hairstyles or clothes or piercings that they have, or tattoos that they have, you would want them to come back to Allah subhanaw taala, but you'd rather not expose them to an environment where they might be harmed, and they might be ridiculed. And again, all of that reflects poorly on a community and I'm not talking about this community in particular, I mean, it's society as a whole the feasting on the weak and the feeling light and the feeling that
Those who are less than us and those that that are a burden to society, and a burden to our community needs to be cast aside. That's something that plagues not just the Muslim community plagues the community as a whole. I mean, I'm from New Orleans. And if anyone knows anything about New Orleans, you know how in Hurricane Katrina, certain neighborhoods were spared where certain neighborhoods were purposely and intentionally destroyed and done away with because one group of people was viewed as a burden to society. You know, subhanAllah, there was an article that was written in Time magazine just a few months ago. That said, America's war on homelessness has become
America's war on the homeless. You know, we just saw the video of the the man that was shot dead, the homeless man that was shot dead by the LAPD, but how even the attitudes in this country have shifted towards homelessness, from trying to help the homeless and trying to find a way out for them and trying to come up with programs to take care of those that are under bridges and don't have food for themselves. It shifted from that to how do we clean up the cosmetics of our city? How do we put them in certain areas so that they don't make our city look bad? And how, again, our country's war on homelessness is becoming a war on the homeless? How does this translate into Quran and Sunnah?
And what do we take from this? Number one, there's there are people obviously there are two aspects, there's physical weakness and their spiritual weakness. We know that on the on the side of spiritual weakness, there's a very famous Hadith of the Prophet slice Allah. And the reason why I'm not gonna go too much into detail with it is because I want to address the physical weakness aspect. There's a hadith of the messenger SallAllahu Sallam where he mentioned the community he described the OMA as being a people on a ship. It's a very famous Hadith the people on the upper deck, and the people on the lower deck, the people on the lower deck need water, but they don't go up to those who are on
the upper deck. Why? Because the people on the upper deck feel annoyed by their presence. They don't like to see them. They're on the upper deck. It's not about you being thirsty. It's about you distracting my harmony and my peace of mind here on the upper deck. And so while sunless ice, and I'm sad, they carve a hole into the bottom of the ship. And if they do that, obviously, then the entire ship is going to sink. And the people on the upper deck come to them and say why did you do that? Why are you why are you sinking the ship? And they say what they turn Bina, you were harmed by our presence, we were sick of harming you, we were sick of the degrading looks. We were sick of the
way that you treated us when we came to you for water when Allah you know, water in the Quran. And the Sunnah is illustrated as the source of life as a source of spiritual life as well. Right? It's an analogy that we came to you for our iman, we came to the masjid we came to these activities, we came to these events, we tried to ask questions, you know, but we were so sick of the feeling of being judged. And we were so sick of the looks that we were getting that we just decided to go ahead and figure it out our own way. And the profit slice and I'm so obviously if they do that, if they take the water from from from the bottom of the surface, then the entire ship is going to sink,
everyone dies, everyone goes down the upper deck and the lower deck. Why? Because you allow the spiritually weak of your community to suffer. And you didn't provide for them and outlets. You didn't give them an opportunity, a way for them to come up to the to the upper deck and to have their thirst fulfilled. Now how does this translate to the physically weak amongst us? You know, if you look at the messenger, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he recognized the deep intricacies of this topic. And also lost like Salam understood that charity, for example, was not just giving someone money for them to be happy and say at Hamdulillah, you've got your food for the day, go on. Why?
Because if you give money to someone, but you give it to them in a way that makes them feel like they were a burden, then they're going to hate themselves for asking for money. They're going to be disgusted with themselves. And so that's why you know, a lot of the Hadith where the prophets I send them said to assemble coffee once a week. sadhaka a smile in the face of your brother is charity, also lost by someone connected that smile with an act of charity. So a smile in the face of your brother's charity when you serve them a glass of water for example. Why? Because it's not just giving the charity, it's not making that person feel like they're a burden upon you when you give
them that charity. Right. And that's why last prototype tells us in the Quran column out of just a nice word. You know, even saying a nice word, a nice matte roof doing something nice, is better than a sadhaka is better than a charity tutbury Her other that's followed by harming the person that's followed by breaking the person down emotionally and breaking down their self esteem to where they wish they never even asked you for help. Right? That's worse than not giving them charity at all. You know, think about what Allah subhanaw taala tells us I'm also lost my son I'm here
recognize that he didn't burden the one who was coming to ask him for charity. He didn't make them feel like they were a burden to the community. Likewise, those who were low in society, and those who had physical deformities will slowly loss ly Salem did not make them feel repulsive animal sort of muscle Isola. He even taught us not to stare at people who have leprosy for example. So whilst I said I'm said not to stare at people who would have leprosy why because you don't want to make people feel like they're repulsive to you. And so you find the prophets lie Selim with July beaver or the Allahu Taala July beep, who is name actually Julie B means the one who's deformed, who was so
ridiculed in his society that he used to hide amongst the women before the Ayat of hijab. Can you imagine um, Salah model the Allah Anna, she says that Julie D used to come amongst a Nisa. He used to actually hide amongst the women, because he didn't want to deal with the taunts and the ridicules and the insults that the man would give to him until the Ayat of hijab were revealed. And the prophets Isola went out of his way to ask about him, to look for him to compliment him. Right that's something that's charity in and of itself to not make him feel like he's a burden in society. After the battles whenever you want to ask about their tribesmen, tribesmen the Prophet slice I'm asked
about God be Subhanallah he made the Sahaba wish they could be Julie be because of Sula, Sly Salam would ask Where's Julie beep after a battle, treating him like his own family? Right? That's something that the Prophet slicin I'm understood that that person, not only should he be made comfortable and should should I protect him from insults and harm, but he should also not be made to feel like he's a burden on the community. And it's in the very, very small things of our religion. We find it in our salah, a very famous Hadith you might have heard but of course the context of it, or snon Even of analysis will be a long time. He says that the last thing the Prophet sallallahu
alayhi wa sallam gave me as Alessia as a will before he appointed me as governor of Thoth. Is he said to me Yeah, Earth man to jail was for Salah. Oh Earth man, you know, take it easy, be tolerable in the way that you lead the people in Salah. He said NACA didn't NASA be a Rafi him and consider the people measure the people by the weakest of them. Right? Consider the people by the weakest of them. Don't sit there and pray and say you know what? hamdulillah I've got the people behind me that you know some of the Sahaba that love to hear Al Baqarah recited in one Raqqa and earlier Miranda in another record the prophets I seldom said consider the weakest amongst them for in the female cubby
it was so here they have amongst them the old and the young was sucking while they're eating they have amongst them the sick and the one who lives far away or someone who has any sort of need. Meaning even as you're leading the Salah, you already have enough on your mind thinking about the touch weed and the gap and whether your heft is going to be okay your memorization is going to be okay because let's face it, he's not leading a group of nobodies and Salah he's leading Sahaba and Salah right you that's that's that's a pretty heavy task. But also whilst I Salam is saying Be considerate of even the weakest amongst you, even the most, you don't know the circumstances of the
people amongst you. And a lot of times we forget that and I say we including, you know, the Imam or you know, or the blessing or whoever it may be all of us might forget that we might meet we might be heedless of that at times. But the prophets like Selim, he didn't forget that. Not only that, the prophet slice Allah, He took it to another level, one of the most beautiful Hadith and the point, the only point that I hope that you'll really take from the ultimate is the hadith of Mossad and resizeable, the Allahu taala, who said that once my father said, he felt like he was superior to the to those that were low in society. Well, so last night, Salam could see that there was a sense of
pride that you know, as Sahaba, this was very new for them, mixing the nobles with the weak mixing those who were elites, whether it was tribal status, or whether it was in their wealth, with a very poor people in society with with freed slaves in society. This was a very different contexts than what they were used to. I mean, their social context, changed overnight. There wasn't a generation to change things, it changed overnight with them, you know, the same people that used to boast about their tribes and boast about their fathers and boast about their wealth. Now they're sitting with the weakest people in society. And the prophets like Selim, he recognized that, that some of the the
good people, you know, even the good people amongst the Sahaba, they felt uncomfortable with the low people amongst them. You know, I'll put you in this circumstance as well. I mean, it's not the same situation. But let's say that you're at a dinner table at a friend of yours or let's say that you're at a wedding of a friend of yours and a homeless person walks in, and he sits right next to you, with his clothes with everything like that. How are you going to feel you know, you're
mashallah, with your suit with, you know, clean shaved, whatever it may be, you've got gel in your hair, you know, you're there looking, you know, like you're the one getting married and you've got a person sitting there all of a sudden that comes in there and his hair is all over the place, and his clothes are smelly. How would you feel? Now think about that 1400 years ago in Arabia, and it's a lot more complex than that. It's a lot deeper than that. This is something they grew up with. And what did the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam say to side he looked at side that will be a low tide. And he said headed towards our own our totals Akona in libido Alpha.
Helton Sarana. Were tourists Hakuna Illa Allah Subhan Allah, what a deep concept? Are you given victory, or given sustenance, by anything except for the weak amongst you? Isn't that the only reason Allah gives you victory and gives you support as an individual in your life, it'll hammelmann Fill out your hunger man for Santa, show mercy to those on this world. The one who is in the heaven will show mercy upon you on an individual level. Now I like a total circle there. It might be that the only reason Allah gives you anything in life is because of the good that you're going to turn around and do because Allah knows of the charity that you're going to give it might be that that's
the only reason that Allah subhanaw taala provides for you, as a community, as a group of people have told us upon our turn so on, are you given victory or given help except by those who are weak amongst you, except by taking up the cause of the vulnerable, in whatever circumstance they may be? Whatever situation they may may be, the vulnerable might be your parents, it might be your parents. Why? Because you go up and Subhanallah the same woman that used to change your diaper, guess what now maybe you have to clean after her. You have to do things for your parents that they did for you as a child, and that might feel burdensome to you. You know that this is wasting my time I'm losing
work time because I have to take care of my old grouchy parents now that that mentality that attitude, which is beyond disobedience and disregard it's arrogance and ingratitude to Allah subhana wa Tada. They you know what now I've got to worry about them will lie. The only reason Allah will do anything for you is because of how you take care of your parents. You know, and that's your spiritual status and your physical status. As we learned in an authentic narration, that Musa alayhis salam Musa asked Allah Subhana Allah to add another 55th agenda, Oh Allah, who is my companion in Jana? Because Musa is not looked around at many Swahili and he said these people
somehow Allah Who amongst them is going to be my it'll fit in Jana who amongst these people will be my companion and Jana, he's asking Allah Subhana Allah, Allah and Allah and for Musa Islam, the next person that enters upon you, and that person that enters upon him moves is not looks at him. And he's a completely unknown individual. You know, he's not held on it his setup. He's not one of the elites of Benny slide. He's not one of the pious of Benny aside. In fact, Musa is and this is his first time seeing him. So Musa alayhis, salam, he asked that person I mean, this, this man just came in to ask him a question. He asked the person he said, What is your story? You know, what is what is
it about you tell me about yourself, I want to know about and he said that the only thing that I have between me and Allah and the reason why I'm not amongst you more often, the reason why I'm not going around and I'm not showing myself in the community more often, he says a como Ana only he said, Look, I'm serving my mother. My mother is an old woman and I'm serving her. What could you do? Martha dumped to her for them to her because every time I give her something, I serve her with something called it Allah Allah, what are the other Rafita Musa vagenda? She responds and she says, Oh Allah make this child of mine. The companion of Mossad, Islam and Jana, that's all I do a call
when we could, Mattia I just, I just keep myself in her service. You know, you might think when you get older that somehow these parents are a burden and they need to just be kept. Well, Allah He they are your source of Baraka in your own family. I'm not referring to inlaw oppression here, that's another story or are abusing your family? No, I'm talking about when you start to actually think for a moment that you are cursed and overburdened by your now vulnerable parents. Your Baraka in life comes as a result of those parents. And there's something very profound here as well. That Musa alayhis salam has companion was given that great companionship in Jannah by virtue of service, and
if you look at the two, a Hadith of the Prophet salallahu, it he was Sunday, where he mentioned people that would be with him in Jannah. What does he say? Right, the one who takes care of the orphan, right? And actually, if you read the whole Hadith, it's very interesting because the prophets licenses Kefalonia team law who are the writer, he's the one who takes care of an orphan, whether it's from amongst his family or someone outside, someone that you know, there's
absolutely no interest whatsoever. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says and our work haha tiny for the Jana that I and he will be like these two fingers in Jannah the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam also said, man, what about the 14 Whoever raises two girls, right? The vulnerable daughters, especially in that society in pre Islamic society, the vulnerable daughters, whoever raises them, well I sent it out to her and he really you know, shows Ersan he shows excellence in the way that he raises the prophets of Allah articulate salah. He says, Yeah, Kunal knife and Jana cohabitate, he will be with me and Jana, like these two fingers, and another time the prophets lie
Selim, he said, da Yama, piano and our Hua AI and he will come on the Day of Judgment like these two, so he actually interlace his fingers already his thoughts was set up. The point being, again, people that are in the service of the vulnerable of their society, that are in the service of those that are not given much of a chance of society, and they dedicate themselves to them seeking Baraka seeking goodness from Allah subhanho wa Taala as a result, not because they necessarily have been plagued themselves, but because they recognize that Allah's mercy descends upon us both individually and collectively. When we are in the service of others, we ask Allah subhanho to Allah to make us
the people that are in the service of others and to forgive us for our shortcomings and so forgive us when we when we neglect the opportunities that he puts forth before us to do good Allah him I mean, a protocol the other was talk for Allah he will come when he started and what's the mean first off, you don't know who will afford Rahim?
Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen. Wa everyone Ileana Volman mean, we'll keep it to them. It's been a lot more slowly. We're sending methodical avocados, Zuleika Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, while he was trying to sell them to see him and cathedra the brothers and sisters, I could choose any cause now at the end of this khutba and deliver a point but I'm not going to do that. I'm gonna leave it open, I want you to take it. So when it comes to orphans, I want you to start thinking about supporting the orphans when it comes to those that are abused in your community. Whether you know whether it's domestic violence, I want you to start thinking about that when it comes to your
people who are oppressed, I want you to think about that when it comes to your family members who are probably a burden upon you or the sick in our community that at times we might think that you don't have to keep visiting this person and taking care of them. I want you to apply everything that you've heard in this hotspot today and recognize that that that the Prophet size some he cultivated a culture in this community. He cultivated a culture in this ummah, you know, subhanAllah, that those who are of the highest rank did not forget those who are the most vulnerable in their communities. You know, our beloved UModel the Allahu taala. And one of the descriptions of him while
the Allah on was that he wouldn't have a meal except that there was an orphan sitting at the table with him. And Amara bin Abdulaziz Rahim Allah to Allah, his nephew, he also has this idea. And by the way that there is no fundraising for orphans here I'm not even talking about orphans. I'm just using that example because they are the most they could be the most vulnerable of our society. On would have been on the disease, Rahim Allah, I want you to imagine as this great man was dying, he turned away the foreign emissaries of the world, he didn't want to have the ambassador of Lille, the third or the patriarch or whoever they may be, he turned away all of the Royals. And he said,
Instead, I want to live amongst I want to live my last days amongst the vulnerable of my community amongst a lot.
Because Allah subhanho To Allah loves them the most. So he surrounded himself. I want you to think about this in his last few days of life as he spent his life in their cars anyway. But his last few days of his life, he surrounded himself, the greatest man that was living at that time, with those who are diseased with those who are orphaned with those who were, who were in the worst situations, he surrounded himself with them seeking that blessing from Allah subhanho wa taala, we need to take care of our vulnerable and we need to look for them, and we need to not make them feel like they're a burden or community, individually or collectively. But rather, we need to always feel that sense
of expanse that the Prophet sallallahu Sallam taught us to have in our hearts, for those that might appear to be less than us and recognize that on the Day of Judgment, they would indeed, possibly be higher than us and we would be seeking blessing from them. On that day as well. We ask Allah subhanaw taala to alleviate the stress and the trials and the tribulations upon our own law upon the innocent all over the world, whether they're suffering from oppression or illness or whether they're suffering from stress or whether they're suffering from debt, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to help them and to be in their cause. And we ask Allah subhanaw taala to cure us as well and to help
us and to put us in a situation where we are the upper hand the giving hand and not the lower receiving hand where we are in a situation of giving and contributing and and caring for others rather than being cared
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