Learning Courage from Palestine & Our Predecessors
Channel: Omar Suleiman
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Dear brothers and sisters, we begin by praising Allah subhana wa tada and bearing witness that none has the right to be worshipped or unconditionally obeyed except for him. And we bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as his final messenger, we ask Allah to send his peace and blessings upon him, the prophets and messengers that came to for him, his family and companions that served alongside him, and those that follow in his blessing path until the day of judgment. And we asked a lot to make us amongst them a lot in that, I mean, I know that in the end of Ramadan going into now, a week later, there was this overwhelming sense of grief and anxiety about what's been
happening with our brothers and sisters and Philistine particularly surrounding and most of the upset. And I want us to actually now think about where we are a week later in the law, but to connect it to something else and to go back to what we were spiritually trying to generate in ourselves in Ramadan. The exercise of Ramadan is a syllable. In fact, when Allah says was the angel, the slavery was still on, that exert yourself seek the help of Allah subhana wa tada through patience and prayer. Many of them did not actually say that the word assaulted here, which technically means patience, is actually referring to fasting, that you see closeness to Allah
subhana wa tada through fasting and through prayer. But Allah called this noble act of ours, patients Southern. And I want us to connect what we see of what we were trying to generate of patients in Milan, in a very specific sense, to the patients that we see from our brothers and sisters and Philistine in particular, and how we generate that from them. And from our brothers and sisters all over the world that so bravely and courageously stand in front of their oppressors and do not relent, but maintain a posture in front of their brother in front of their oppressors that we can't help but admire and we think to ourselves, Suppan, Allah, where do they get that from? Now,
obviously, it's one thing to be patient with food and drink. It's another thing of course, to be patient with bombs over your head. It's one thing to be patient with someone that's being annoying, someone that's a little insulting, a little bit rude and the Prophet sallallahu wasallam said say in the site and I am fasting and I hope inshallah to Allah, that what was in the Psalm and Ramadan, that I'm fasting in Ramadan, when you see something that warrants that has turned into any Muslim, I'm just a Muslim, and I don't do those things inside or outside of it, I'm alone, I'm going to hold myself back. But it's another thing when you have occupying forces in front of you troops in front
of you, settlers walking into your house and throwing you out. People that show you absolutely nothing of any redeeming human quality. And you have to be patient in the face of that, but they are connected to each other. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught us when it comes to patients in particular, that sometimes seeing someone else or knowing of someone else that is going through something harder than you are has been through a difficulty harder than you allows you to be able to overcome the trials and the difficulties in your own life because you're able to draw inspiration from them and ultimately, try to connect yourself to the same connect yourself to the
same source that they are drawing from and that's why we have the famous Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Rahim Allah Hakim wasa. May Allah have mercy on my brother musante. He said, I'm not at all to be accurate. I mean, whether he was struck with worse than this, he was annoyed by his people more than I'm being annoyed in this situation, he faced a greater difficulty. And he was patient for sub, it should be patient when I look back on my brother musante and cinnamon draw from that inspiration. And there's something very important here. Our notion of patience in Islam is not passive. Saba is not just holding yourself back. It is actively thinking about what is
more worth the situation what is more worth it for you to engage in than what is immediately in front of you. And that's why when you hear what's Beatle wasabi, wasabi, right? Like these are very active terms that we find in the Quran, to be patient and to make other patient people patients, people that were patients in the face of their oppressors people that were patients in battle. Some of these things don't translate well when you're just thinking about the word patients but they do translate well when you think about the concept of Southern whatsoever Soviet hockey, what tell us all the stuff. They actively enjoying one another with truth and they actively enjoying one
Another with patients because patients is not just holding yourself back. It's not just passiveness. It's filling yourself with something greater. It's not just not responding to the person in front of you. It's being engaged with the one that is above you so that there's perspective with the person that's in front of you. It's not just not being afraid of the the oppressor in front of you who is actually a coward. It is understanding that this person who finds strength derives strength from their weapons and from their so called access to power and whatever it is that they have, is actually drawing strength from something that is in reality, vulnerable to Allah subhanho wa Taala,
and can immediately be taken from Allah subhanaw taala. Whereas you draw strength directly from the source, you draw strength from Allah subhanho wa Taala. without weapons without the same access to material power, as they have summer is investing in something Southern is feeling connected to something, somebody is active worship of the heart that leads to certain qualities and certain characteristics. And Subhanallah we find multiple notions of this in the Quran. But let's just say really quickly about our brothers and sisters and Philistine in Palestine, and what's happening over there, that what those people have been subjected to for now, over 70 years. They should have
buckled A long time ago, they should have crumbled A long time ago, how do you deal with that much pressure? How do you deal with occupation? How do you deal with a regime that is meant to break your spirits? And all of the powers conspiring against you? How do you still generate the strength if you saw the images from an ACC saw today? So Pamela slyke, eighth was today? Where do you find that? What is the last panel it's Anna filling their hearts with for them to be able to go out there. And again, as we said, not move, not move when you're watching them on the 27th night, it says if they didn't even hear the bombs, they were just thinking about what they found was reciting. They were
focused, their hearts were established. So their feet were firm as well. And this is what I want us to connect ourselves to been lucky to be
a leadership role requires patience, a very particular type of patience. In fact, I'm loving my bus all the time. And Homer, he said that the two qualities that are necessary for leadership are certainty and Allah subhanho, wa, taala, and patience, those are the two qualities that are necessary for a leader. Now, I want us to not just imagine this one day situation where we're in this, you know, horrible environment, where we have to generate some sort of, you know, majestic type of patients to overcome a monstrous situation, because that would disconnect the brothers and sisters and Palestine from us, and turn them into some sort of mythology that we look to and we just
say, martial law, but then in our own lines, we're not connecting the dots about what we should be generating in our own selves. And that's why they're intimate say that subtler patience is connected to all of the other good qualities that we find in the Quran and Sunnah. And that's why the Prophet slicin um, said, there is no blessing, oh, Central, middle Southern, that is more expensive than patience. It brings out so much good inside of a person. And they say it brings out generosity. How does it bring out generosity? How does it bring out courage? How does it generate a person being very calculated, and how they approach situations in their lives? Because when a person has
patience, they have perspective all the time.
And when they have perspective, they are focused on the greatness of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, and not the claims to greatness in this life nor the smallness of their own means. They're constantly focused on the greatness of Allah subhana wa Tada. Remember that? Allah to Allah He comments on the Hadith where the Prophet slice on him said, Well, I will be kept mina jugni will book on that I seek refuge in You, Oh Allah from being a coward or from being a stingy person. Any comments that have you know him Allah to Allah He comments he says a shujaaz Sahaja hawan. Thurman lumea just to be mad, he forgot to do the BNF see that. The opposite of that is that courage and
generosity are brothers. If a person does not find expanse, if a person is not able to give up their wealth freely because they believe in something greater than the fear of poverty, or from the material pleasure of this life, if they're not able to do that, then they can't do that with their own selves and courage requires you to not fear anything that comes your way.
This life the same way that generosity, true generosity, and that's why the prophets lie. Some of them said, it might be that a person gives one dental home. And they are superior in the sight of Allah subhana wa tada than someone who gives 100,000 times that Why? Because they're actually putting themselves at risk when they do. So. They're giving. And they're actually putting themselves in a situation where they're having to trust the loss of hundreds out of there's a telecoil in their Southern, that's embedded in their Southern trust in God that is embedded in their charity. It's not just that they're crunching numbers, saying this is how much I can give. It is a trust in Allah
subhanho data that leads them to not have such a fear of poverty that paralyzes them. And it is a longing for what Allah has, that allows them to readily and happily overlook the temporary pleasures of this life. I'm not deceived by the pleasure of this life, normally deceived by the fear of poverty. And what remember, Kamala saying is that courage is the same thing.
I am not deceived by
the fear of what you seem to possess that's greater than me, I'm not afraid of you. I'm not afraid of you, because I'm really afraid of Allah subhana wa jal, I'm really not afraid of the means that you possess, because they don't scare me. They're just means at the end of the day, nor do I long for the position that you have, because I long for what Allah subhana wa tada has promised me instead,
if a person has power in this life, power ends with death. But if a person has the reward from Allah Subhana, hands out in the next life that's everlasting. And so courage and generosity are generated from what, from the exact same thing. And Emanuel paymo haemagglutinin. He comments on this as well. And this is very profound. And I know that as we were going through the last two nights of Ramadan, and then playing him rocking Allah was a genius. And when he would talk about these things, sometimes he would decipher it, and you can miss it in a book when you just read through the sentence, but he said, notice the Hadith where the Prophet slicin says, Lisa Shadi do the surah in
the machete, Allah dm, Nico nafsa, who are in the model, that the Prophet slicin I'm set a strong person is not the person that overcomes their enemy.
Right. It's not a person that's very strong, that was able to overcome their enemy. But it's a person that was able to control themselves when they got angry. He said, notice here, that sometimes when a person gets into an argument, what are the considerations that you make? At some point, there's a point in the fight. If you're just thinking in terms of material things, where you know what, I'm bigger than this guy, I can take him, if we're going to fight, I'm going to be able to overcome him anyway. Or, you know what, I don't really have to worry about the there are no consequences in this world to this argument that we're having, because most fights are not my fists
anymore. Right? I don't really have to worry about it. I have more power. I don't, what, who cares? I don't, my job's not at risk, my career is not at risk, they start to make all of these worldly calculations. That's one way. So he says some people, they focus on the worldly calculations of the arguments, right, and the fight like they start to make the case that the calculations in their mind, I'm pretty sure I could take them this way, or take them that way, or I have more means more power. The consequences of this fight are heavier on that person than me. He said the other part of that which is cowardice. cowardice is when a person backs down in an argument or backs down in a
fight. Not because not because they see see a greater reward from Allah subhanaw taala because they're, they're deriving some sort of dignity in the moment, but because they're afraid.
Right? So wait a minute, I'm just really afraid of this person. Let me keep my mouth shut.
But so Pamela, Abraham, Allah said, notice that the prophets I said, I love the Yemeni canossa who are in the love. He overcame his enemy by overcoming himself. Now I'm in control of the situation, because I'm connected to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Why did he overcome himself in that anger? Why did he overcome himself in that situation? Because he was able to maintain perspective and his perspective was Allah subhana wa Tada. And so he had dignity. He had honor. Even in the midst of an argument, everybody else around might see that Oh, he lost the argument. He lost the fight. In his mind, he didn't lose the fight because he overcame himself. And by overcoming himself, he overcame
his enemy. And he was focused on a loss of habitat and what Allah subhanaw taala has prepared for him in the hereafter. And this is what I want to conclude with inshallah time, a few ways to think about now how we read some of these ions in a hadith about courage and how they're connected to patience and longing for Allah subhanho wa Taala, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam when he mentioned that as an oma.
You become like phone, the nations of the world gather around and they feast on you. You are the meal on the table and these enemies and these oppressors start to come and they start to feast on you. One by one.
One they start to eat away at you.
And they're asking the prophets I send them because they were thinking maybe it's in terms of worldly needs, is it because we're a small number? yada Silla? Is it because there's so many enemies and we're so little profits. My son said, it's not that it's that you have in your heart something called when
you're paralyzed. And they said, Why are we paralyzed? Allah Silla? What is it one? He said, dunya. What can I hear to note? You love the world too much, and you hate death too much. Now, I need to contextualize this, because you know what? The stereotype of the Palestinians, the angry savages of the Arabs, the barbarians that the French had to colonize the Muslims. These people are animals, they love that they don't care about life. And so the implication of that is that they're saying we're destructive, will destroy them and destroy ourselves and we have no regard for human dignity and human life. That's not what the Hadeeth is talking about. You know what else is very interesting
about the Hadith the Prophet sly seldom said, Have the dunya Baccarat here to note you hate death. But aren't you saw the Allahu taala and when she spoke to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam she said Jada will lay some in their head on in La Jolla. Caroll note in another Hadith, Yasser Allah There is not a single person amongst us, except that they hate death.
Is it hate death? In the sense that you hate what awaits you in the hereafter? Are we supposed to long for death? Are we supposed to love death? Is that what the prophet slice on the same because seemingly, there's a contradiction here. And that's what I use all the time, is saying to the prophet SAW someone he said, Whoever loves to meet Allah, or whoever, you know, whoever loves to meet Allah subhanaw taala does not fear it and whoever hates to meet Allah Subhana Allah sponza hates to meet them and I saw the law and so but Yama Silla, we all hate death. And the Prophet slice I'm so that's not the point. But it's what it's one of the believer is given the bush law, the glad
tidings of what Allah subhanaw taala has the glad tidings of his pleasure, the glad tidings of his reward, the glad tidings of his forgiveness that that points, they're invested, they don't care at that point. There is ease of the transition.
So what is the heavy saying, and how did the relevant reconcile between the two are saying that the believer does not love death? The believer does not actually love death. But the believer does not fear it in a way that paralyzes them from pursuing what comes after it's, that's the difference.
No one loves death. No one likes the idea of of being separated from their families. No one likes the I mean, when you hear these widows and cousins talking about their husbands who have left them and talking about the Shahadat and saying that he proceeded me to agenda. It's not that they don't wish that their husbands were not still with them to be with their children.
It's not theirs perspective. You know what, I'm happy for him. Not that I'm happy I lost him. I'm happy for him and that Allah subhanaw taala has promised him a wonderful reward in paradise. I'm going to miss him. I'm going to long for him. But I have that perspective. And so they're in a Nazi, we can transfer that to everything. Have the dunya What can I hear? It's in fact,
you love the world too much. And you fear poverty too much. So you withhold from your wealth, when you're called to give charity from the dunya What can I hear?
You love the world too much, and you fear humiliation so much that you instead try to impose yourself and arrogance.
And you become foul and you lose your principles in the process. It's not about that. But what it truly is, is what when levena amanu Ayesha Bonilla, those who believe love a lot more. They love a lot more than they hate death. They love a lot more than they love anything of this world. They fear a lot more than they fear their oppressors. They're connected to Allah subhanaw taala more than people are connected to the things of this world. And so that gives them a sense of courage. That gives them a sense of generosity. That gives them a sense of firmness because they always maintain perspective.
They keep it all in front of them. When levena ominous shadow Bonilla
as Pamela was looking at that woman whose house was destroyed
and she's looking in front of the camera. You know, it's one thing to be able to stay at home that Allah Allah will give me something more.
When I saw this woman I said panel, I've never seen anything like that in my life. What was she saying? She said this house that will come you know houses are destroyed. They come back we rebuild them but an axon the house of Allah subhana wa Tada. The people need to stay connected to that. Giving a message to the world forget about my house. airstrikes will destroy
Other houses, but that's the first tip love the Muslims. What about an officer? What about an officer? How do we then shut that? That phone off for that computer off and then just go back and sleep comfortably in our own beds and think well 100 I know bombs are falling on my house right now. I don't have to worry about the things she has to worry about know
that woman has something here that's greater than anything that can be out here.
You can't kill a person like that. You can't break a person like that. That a that's able to maintain that perspective and say, I don't care about my house. I care about an Aqsa, you think she likes being homeless? You think the nights since that video went viral of her saying you know, my house, my house doesn't matter and oxa matters more. You think that those nights have not been difficult for her? You think that there aren't moments of sadness where she remembers the memories in that house where she remembers the people in that house that have been taken away from her. It's not the point a lot did not make us people have no emotion. A lot did not make us people with no
heart. But Allah gave us something to give us greater perspective. Greatest perspective and that's where we find steadfastness from and with Imam Ahmed Rahim Allah.
In Africa, Rahim Allah to Allah was being tortured for his principles, and found that his best friends had turned their backs on him. He didn't find the solidarity from his scholarly class that others found. One oppressor drags him. The next one drags him. This oppressor dies another oppressor is born, they whip him in public, they humiliate him and he said something very powerful. He said, You know, I never used to fear I didn't used to fear death.
And at the same time, you know, it's not about the imprisonment or death, but I feared the whip, he's being very vulnerable. So I didn't want to live a life of imprisonment and humiliation, like the idea of death. I could come to terms with that, that I might die. But I don't want to live my life under a width.
And he said, I drew perspective, from the most interesting of people, one person was a thief.
Or he was he was a criminal. And he said to me that look after the first few lashes, you go numb, you'll be okay.
He's telling you at some point, the whip stops hurting.
Your body will go numb. And Melissa, I drew inspiration from that man.
And he said Is everyone was talking at me and shouting at me. There was another man that shouted out to me and said, Yeah, ma'am, in that kind of help. Oh, man, look, you're on the truth. And he said to him, in them took a turn. If you're not killed Tim, what to die anyway.
If you're not killed in this noble way, you'll die anyway. You might as well die for something more meaningful. You might as well hold firm to your principles. Your brothers and sisters, we have to take inspiration from our predecessors, we have to take inspiration from our brothers and sisters and Philistine, how easily do we relinquish our Deen
our principles when we feel like our dunya is being threatened. When we feel like our world is being threatened. How easy do we threaten our dean and let our Dean go draw inspiration from our predecessors and draw inspiration from our present brothers and sisters in Palestine and elsewhere? That constantly show us that if you're connected to something greater, everything else everything else becomes miniscule.
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