Palestine Sermon – Outside the White House
Channel: Omar Suleiman
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Allah by praising our Lord and bearing witness that Muhammad is His final prophet and messenger, and we asked him to send his peace and blessings upon His Prophet Muhammad's. All of the prophets that came before him, his family and companions that served alongside him and those that follow in their blessed path until the day of judgment. And we ask Allah that He may count us amongst them, Allah him I mean, the brothers and sisters, there is a concept in our faith, of being a witness to something. And everyone bears witness in different ways. And when we go back to a very famous story
of the father of the prophets, Ibrahim, it has Salam, Abraham,
when he was being thrown into the fire, by his father, and by his people, you have to imagine that as this fire was kindled, and as a man is about to be thrown into that fire, that there are some who are paying attention. And who may be thought at that moment, that this is inhumane. That may be thought at this moment, that Ibrahim did not deserve, what was being done to him.
And what the Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him tells us is that there are various creations of Allah creations of God that wanted to intervene and intercede on behalf of Ibrahim and cool down the fire. And there's one particular narration that I want to stick with you because it might feel like it at the moment. The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said that, as the angels wanted to intercede with that fire, as the heavens and the earth are bearing witness and the various creations are bearing witness, that there are frogs that wanted to carry whatever water they could in their mouths, and go to the fire and extinguish the fire with that water. All of you have seen
the size of a frog. And all of you have heard of the size of the fire that Abraham was to be thrown into. But even they, as witnesses were inspired, guided by their Creator, to find a way to try to put out the fire. But of course, the Creator Allah had a plan himself, which was to make the fire cool and peaceful on Ibrahim.
But I want you to think about the difference between those frogs that saw a huge fire in front of them and wanted to extinguish the fire. To save this one man, a special man the friend of Allah Ibrahim ani has set up
and think about a story and sort of broach
a chapter in the Quran, in which God talks about the people of the ditch,
a people of faith who are rounded together
and thrown into a ditch of fire by a tyrant
until the very last one was a mother who was holding her child.
And Allah says to us in the Quran, God tells us in the Quran, well whom Allah Maya Farah Luna bill, me, Nina shoot,
they were witnesses upon themselves as to what they were watching and what they were participating in those who were actively throwing them into it, those who kindle the fire and those who sat back and watched silently.
And Allah subhanaw taala tells us God tells us in the Quran, when Allah who Allah cliche in Shaheed
and one of the names of Allah is this name that he uses here that God is a witness upon all things that they are witnesses to upon themselves, that the heavens in the earth, the animals in the angels were witnessing, what was unjust, but upon all of that was Allah was God himself witnessing everything, and he introduces to us a name. And he has multiple names, though he has one God and attributes and one of them is a Shaheed, the witness.
And the implications of him being the witness is that he witnesses everything on the heavens and the earth, everything that is hidden and made public, everything that is disputed and agreed upon that which is concealed in the depths of our hearts and that which is as obvious to us as the trees in our midst. He is a witness of all of that.
And he is a witness.
When people fabricate lies, and then murder in the name of those fabrications, and he is a witness to those who do what they can
to establish truth even when they are surrounded by falsehood. And on the Day of Judgment, he is a witness for the one who has no other witness but him. And that is one of the most profound things that we learned from our tradition that he is a shahid. He is the witness. And on the Day of Judgment, there will be people who have no one to witness for them.
And if he is their only witness, that will be sufficient. And on that day, people will be called forth as witnesses. Tyrants will be gathered in front of those that they harmed, and those that they harmed will bear witness against them. And those who saw the oppression will bear witness alongside them. When the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said that no honey is Saddam that Noah peace be upon him as brought forth.
And that this OMA is brought forth to bear witness on behalf of new Hudy his Salam, because we have a trustworthy messenger. We know that Noah conveyed the message to his people. And we have the faculties that Allah has given to us the faculties that God has given to us. We know what we are watching, and we bear witness with our eyes and our here, ears and our hearts, not just to his oneness, but to the aggressions and transgressions that are done, that he did not sanction.
And one of the names of those that are martyred, in fact, the word that we use as a Shaheed, the witness, why, because those children and those that are shahada, they witness the generosity of Allah, the generosity of God, the promise of God, at the first strike, at the first moment that their souls leave this body, even if a cruel punishment was carried out like that of the pharaoh against his wife.
They witness the Paradise and the comfort and the compassion and the honor of their Lord, when they depart from this world. And the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said unto him shahada, Allah He fell out of that when someone passes away. You are the witnesses of God on this earth. You witness whether or not they were people who brought ease and comfort
and welfare to everyone around them. And you witness as well if they were people who brought harm to everyone that was around them Antrim shahada, Allah if at all, you're all witnesses. And finally Allah tells us in the Quran, God tells us Yeah, you are Lavina Amanu Kunal Kawa, Amina Lila shahada Bill quest, Oh you who believe? stand firmly for your Lord and be witnesses to justice. be witnesses to justice. When I entered the mana come shenana Coleman, Allah, Allah Tadeu and do not like let your dislike for people your hatred for a people
swerve you to injustice leads you to be unjust with them what Tukwila be mindful of your Lord.
Allah loves those who are God conscious, who stand firm upon his way, and stand firm with the measure of justice that he has sent us with the brothers and sisters. We are witnessing,
before our eyes, the slaughter of 1000s of people, a genocide on our screens. Many of us may have lived in the genocide in Bosnia, Serbia NITSA when things showed on a TV screen or in a newspaper column,
but never have we witnessed a genocide at this rate that we are exposed to at this rate
that some of you have been glued to a cell phone have been glued to your computer screens and so many of us have been watching every single moment, hours and hours a day as innocent people as children are pulled from under the rubble with weapons that we pay for, against our will, that are sanctioned from here that go to kill them. And we can't even keep up with the death toll. We are witnesses to the cruelty
that has been inflicted upon our brothers and sisters in Palestine on a regular basis. We are witnesses to the cruelty of occupation, witnesses to the cruelty of apartheid. Some of you closer than others. We have
People in this community that have lost 4045 members of their family, every single generation have their family wiped out.
We have people who siblings whose parents whose children whose spouses that are amongst us here in the United States, have witnessed that massive cruelty have witnessed it personally, and will be calling their family members in Gaza, calling their family members in Palestine even though they know that they're dead because it's instinctive. We are all witnesses
to the lies that have been told by the Israeli PR machine.
That always throws us into confusion and distracts people in public debate about which civilians they killed about the method, the mechanisms and methods that they use to inflict cruelty. But by the time we finished this prayer, the death toll would have been even higher, because the airstrikes have not stopped. We are witnesses to the starvation, witnesses,
to 2023, where people can have water stripped from them.
power and fuel taken away from them.
Crimes against humanity committed against them, while their humanity is called into question in our midst, all of you are witnesses. You have seen it. And I want you to take a step back. And I want you to ask yourself, when you read the story of Ibrahim being thrown into a fire unjustly, when you read the story of the people of a ditch.
And indeed, the people of Gaza, are dealing with all sorts of torture,
not one form of cruelty,
but compounded cruelty, various forms of torture, when you see that, think of yourself as the frog that is trying to carry that water and put out the fire. I know it feels overwhelming. It feels like we don't have enough people to overcome the lies,
the fabrications, and the aggression, that is being inflicted against our brothers and sisters. But just as Allah made miracles happen before, through small dedicated groups, we pray that we can be that small, dedicated group that He is pleased with and proud of, and that we can amplify and count on as Shaheed, the ultimate witness to amplify, I am with one tradition for you all. And it is what the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said that on the Day of Judgment, Allah will say, Oh, my servant, I was hungry, and you did not feed me.
And a person would say back to Allah, Oh Allah, how can I feed you? And you are the Lord of the Worlds? And Allah will say, Don't you know that so and so was hungry?
And had you went to feed that person, you would have found my reward with him?
And then, oh, my servant. I was thirsty. And you did not give me water to drink? Oh, my Lord, how can I quench your thirst and You are the Lord of the Worlds? Don't you know that so and so was thirsty. And had you gone and provided water, you would have found my reward with that person? Oh, so and so I was sick, and you did not visit me? Oh, my Lord, how can I visit you and you are the Lord of the Worlds? Don't you know?
That so and so was sick. And as you went to visit that person, you would have found me with them? If this is what Allah would say, on behalf of one who is hungry on behalf of one who is thirsty on behalf of one who is sick, what then of the people of Gaza, who are hungry, who are thirsty, who are sick, who cannot get a break from the air strikes that are falling above them? What is our excuse? How are we bearing witness? We're bearing witness here.
And we're going to keep bearing witness as long as we can on this on this earth. And we will bear witness on that final day that we will not be silent and passive. While our money is used to murder people, innocent people in the 1000s and to keep them starved under occupation and apartheid, that we will use every last bit of our breath. Every last one of our heartbeats every last bit of our physical energy and our emotional kappa
acity to fight back so that our brothers and sisters are not slaughtered in silence because we know that one day we will be called to witness. An O Allah bear witness. Oh Allah bear witness Allah Allah bear witness that we are trying to do the best that we can for our brothers and sisters Akula Cody ha That was tough Allah he will accompany me and fester for an hour before rushing
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