Channel: Omar Suleiman
Jummah Khutbah delivered on the 4th November 2016 by Sheikh Omar Suleiman
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you Hannah Sakuraba como la de la Kakuma? nafsa wahida Allah caminhada Baba salmon humare john and Kathy are on one Isa, what's up? Hola. Hola. De Tessa I don't wanna be halal or haram in Allah Hakuna la cumbre Kiba Yeah, you Latina Amano, choco La La Kudo, Colin sadita Kumara Malecon young, local Mizuno back home woman in la hora, seudah hufa defassa fosun Avi mathema my bags. We begin by praising Allah subhana wa tada by declaring that nun 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 prophet and messenger. We ask Allah to send his peace and blessings upon him, his
family, his companions, and those that follow until the day of judgment, and we ask a lot to make us amongst them a lot more. I mean, the brothers and sisters, the goal of this whole TVA is nothing more than to teach you $1 app to teach you a supplication that you can make, especially in the coming days and that we can learn, understand, comprehend properly. And usually, the goal of the hotel is not known until the end of the Altima and sometimes it's not even known then. And I want you to know exactly what I want you to take from this hope but from now, there are many drafts for victory in the Quran. And there are many different connotations of victory in the Quran. The most
famous of those there is his or the last few weeks of shooting Baccarat where we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah is not in the center of Patna until the end, where we ask Allah subhana wa Jalla wa for an hour an hour Hannah antimo Lana from sadhana Anil Coleman caffeine so very famous that you will hear sometimes in the Juma hutzpah that the Prophet sallallahu it was sent and received directly from Allah subhanho wa Taala as he ascended on the night of an Israelite with Mirage, and that the prophets lie some taught us to say every single night before we go to sleep, the last two nights of sutra, Baccarat, and the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said
that that supplication of asking Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, for Allah was filled in our hands to forgive us, to pardon us to have mercy upon us. You are our master, so grant us victory over Coleman caffine and grant us victory over the disbelievers this year. The profits license of these two verses suffice a believer as they go to sleep at night. You know, if there's nothing else that you would say before you sleep at night, if you forget all of your God, remember those two verses, and there are other ads that we find within the Quran and within the Sunnah of the messenger, sallAllahu wasallam. But there is another that's very interesting because it's not often interpreted as a
victory. And I want to preface this by saying that when we talk about victory, and we talk about the victory of the oma, as we make sure every single Jew Mahatma, there is no shying away from this or we ask Allah Subhana Allah maricel Islam, all Muslims, we ask Allah to honor Islam and to honor the believers. And we ask Allah to make it easy for the believers around the world. And we mentioned the believers in the East and in the West, and so on so forth. But what why is this relevant to us now? Why is this relevant to us now?
People are extremely nervous in this country. And don't even bother trying to interpret my do app or me saying that the do out for victory is a do app for the victory of Hillary Clinton. I'm not even implying that and I have to put that on the table from now before I even go any further in this cultiva people are extremely nervous about what direction this country will take about what this election represents in the greater sense beyond two candidates who are wildly unpopular in the first place. People are very nervous about whether
This election coming up will validate a certain ugliness and bigotry and racism that has resurfaced in America that really never disappeared. But at least from rhetoric, mainstream rhetoric and political discourse has been out of the discussion for a very long time, people are nervous, and rightfully so, people are also very nervous that this election is really not ending on November 8. And that's a very legitimate concern that this election will not end on November 8, no matter who is elected President of the United States, no matter what the polls give us, at every legislative level, while on November 8, we can expect rising hate crimes rising anti Islamophobic, or rising
anti Islamic rhetoric, rising bigotry, you know, unfortunately, this is what people are expecting that things will continue no matter what, which candidate wins the race. So we're very nervous and as a Muslim community, in particular, having been the victims of such ugliness in this particular election. Yes, we're extremely nervous. You know, a black church was burned down in Mississippi a couple of days ago. And was, you know, it was spray painted vote Trump. So people have a right to be nervous houses of worship being vandalized, people being targeted, hate crimes rising, and so on, so forth. Here's what we can say for sure. Our debt, what does not end no matter what happens on
November 8, our presence in this country does not end no matter what happens on November 8, our benefit to society as a whole and the need for us to reform not just our own communities, but society as a whole, to stand on the side of justice, no matter who is on either side, to be with the people and to make sure that we err on the side of truth, and we're on the right side of history. That doesn't end with November 8, we're still going to have a lot of work cut out for us our organizing as a community. And learning to be like the Prophet slicin was left unattended, I mean a mercy to all the worlds, one who was a standard one who used to bear the flag of truth and in every
way possible, sometimes manifest injustice, sometimes manifest and mercy and compassion and service. That doesn't end after November 8, we still have to learn to be good Muslim productive citizens and build viable institutions that can continue to face challenges that will come after November 8. Nothing ends on November 8, for us as a community as far as we're concerned. So as all of this takes place, what are the ads that we should be making? And what are the supplications that we should be making? Now I'm assuming that everyone has already got the point of voting and is doing their part, we have a lot of Muslims registered to vote, but hopefully people actually made use of that and went
out and voted. So I'm not even talking about voting right now. What do you ask should we be making and there was one particular that stood out to me that I wanted to share with you in this whole time that I wanted us to talk about? It's a dude, that in two different wordings, comes on the tongue of two prophets of Allah. Two of the greatest prophets of Allah from Allah, Allah as women are Rasul the greatest messengers of Allah. Ibrahim alayhis salam, and morsani hisle. As for Ibrahim alayhis salam, when he called upon Allah subhanho wa Taala and said Rob Bana, Lata Jana fitna Chen Leela Dena Kaffir O Allah do not make us a trial. For those who have rejected truth. Don't make us a test
for people. Don't let us be their fitna. That's an interesting Don't let us be their trial or tribulation, the dura of Musa alayhis salaam urban Allah to Jana fitna 10 will call me varla mean Oh Allah Do not let us be a trial or a test for a transgressing or oppressing people. Now the reason why these two dryers and again they're along the same tone are so interesting is because most Muslims would read that and have no idea what that means.
I mean, aren't they a fitna for us? If Allah gives victory to to, to that which stands opposed to the truth, and all of its different forms and manifestations, isn't that a test for us? Aren't we going to question ourselves, when we are humiliated? And we go through certain things as an oma collectively as a community as a people? Aren't we going to take a step back and question ourselves and say, wait a minute, what does this mean for us? And why is the loss of hundreds out of forsaking us? The answer is no. The implied meaning of this verse first and foremost is that the believers understand that what comes from Allah subhanaw taala whether it is good or bad, whether it is
hardship or ease, whether it is victory or defeat, that there is a lesson in all of that, and even if the defeat comes at our own hands, and because of what we have
reaped in whatever battle and whatever debate and whatever discussion and whatever it may be whatever referendum if defeat comes to us as a people, then it's because of what our hands have reaped. But there's a lesson in that from Allah subhana wa Tada. There's divine wisdom in that. So the believers understand that. And when they are faced with difficulty as a community, they wake up to themselves and they reassess themselves and reevaluate themselves. They do not say, Why did a lot do this to us? They said, why didn't Allah give us victory? What should we be doing better? That's the attitude of the believer when these things come. So Ibrahim Ali salaams, do as he faced hardship
was not Oh, a lot. Don't make them a trial for us. It was Don't make us a trial for them.
What does he mean by that? What Ibrahim alayhis salam meant by that as the manifest they don't point out, that if you allow them to win,
then they might think that they are upon the truth and we are upon false. It will be a fitna for them, it will be a trial for them, because they will think that their rights and they will think that their actions are justified and validated. And they will continue in their arrogance if you let them win.
As for us, we know, if you let us win, we need to be humble. If we lose, we need to be humble. If we are humiliated, we need to be humble. If we're given victory, we need to be humble. If we're given victory, we think what what could we have done better? And what did we do? Right? Perhaps that gave us the victory of a lot if we're given defeat? What do we do better so that we're not defeated the next time around? Where is our spiritual being? And where is our actual physical tangible action being placed? What do we do next time and we reassess ourselves, but for those that oppress and those that are on the side of falsehood, if they are validated, then it's a problem for them.
Scholars pointed out something very powerful about Ibrahim alayhis salaam, that Ibrahim alayhis salam, despite the humiliation that he faced in his life and despite the hatred that was hurled towards him, and despite the rejection that he faced, Ibrahim did not resent people. He didn't hold it in his heart against his people.
He was still worried about them. So do you ever find Ibrahim IE Salaam cursing his father, even after his father put him through the most traumatic, you know, phase of his life? And in the worst situation, Ibrahim alayhis. Salaam did not resent his father. Ibrahim, he said I'm still wanted good for his father. So when abrahamyan salaam was facing that over and over and over again, there's a concern. The concern is not that Allah subhana wa Tada. Will he give me victory or not? Because it's a matter of when it's not a matter of if for the believers? That's not a question. The concern is what happens to those people. I don't want them to think that their rights Lesnar I don't have that
we're not upon the truth, that they're upon the truth. And we're upon both in and false that I want them to wake up. And that is a beautiful sign of the hope of Ibrahim alayhis salam in his people, the hope of Musashi Salaam and his people, and also the benevolence that they had with their people, even as their people took directions that were troublesome, even as their people took positions of falsehood. They did not give up on them, so that your ad is comprehensive in many ways. Don't make us a fit enough for them. They can't be a fit enough for us because we're not going to question our stance or our faith. For the believer, forsaking the truth is not an option. And the truth is at
what Allah subhanaw taala has said, and what the messengers ally cillum, has given to us, that's the truth for saving that is not an option. What comes circumstantially that's out of our hands, we need to assess ourselves, always assess ourselves, but for them, for them.
One of the greatest dangers we have as a country and one of the eyes We should be making for a country for our nation. And yes, it's our country to is that bigotry is not validated, is that that direction is the direction of the past. Because it will hold us down as a community it will hold other communities down it would hold the nation down. That's in the general sense. We don't want that stuff to be validated. And that's not out of hatred or vengeance that's out of our wanting good for people. Musa alayhis salam when he says Don't make us a fitna for those who are vile. I mean, don't make us a fitna for the oppressors.
It's so that they don't continue in their oppression. Because what happens when an oppressor gets away with his oppression? What does he do he continues to oppress his oppression gross.
So whether it's oppression or whether it is Khufu, as it grows and as it's validated, it becomes more difficult for a person to repent from those things. So one of the demands that we inevitably should be making his little banner lotta Jana Fitton, attendee Latina cafo or banner lotta Jana fitna Tandil comment on me, don't let us be a trial for them. Now what is what is what else do we take from this to reflect for ourselves on a very practical level? On a very practical level? It's one of the moment, of course, to be Rahim Allah said that as a believer, if you encounter someone who's upon falsehood, and you give them data, what are you trying to show them the truth? If they
don't leave convinced with the truth, at least don't let your actions push them away from Islam. Don't be a cause for them being pushed away from the truth. Don't make us a fitna for them. What does that mean? If I'm a non and we've already established that in this in this nation, by the way, half of people have never met a Muslim, they've never known a Muslim.
And that's not entirely their fault. That's our fault. A lot of people have never met a Muslim because you never made it a point to reach out to them. And I'm not even just talking about pamphlet distribution. I'm not even just talking about Darwin, in that sense, in terms of, you know, printing things, I'm talking about people that you could have talked to that were within your scope, the neighbor that you said hi to all, you know, hopefully at least you said hi to, you know, as you're walking out of your house, but you never made it a point to actually go and introduce yourself, and humanize yourself and humanize your religion. If the only experience and interaction I have with a
Muslim is a negative one, that I'm likely to think bad about Islam as well. And if I was the cause of that negative perception of Islam by my bad character and my bad hook, then I am a pfitzner. for that person. I've helped turn that person further away from the truth. So if my encounter with a Muslim in business is that that Muslim is a corrupt businessman and a cheater, if my encounter with a Muslim in public is that that Muslim is rude. And that Muslim, you know, has no basic decency and ethics, if my encounter with the Muslim community is that the Muslim community is not an ethical community. It's not a community that stands for others. It's a community that's self serving, it's a
community that only expects others to stand with it. If that's my experience with the Muslims, then the Muslims are a fits enough to me.
They're making it harder for me to find the truth, it's already hard enough in this world, it's already hard enough to find Islam. So if you're not going to give someone Deadwood, then at least don't push them further away with your behavior. At least don't push them further away with your actions. And so that your app as well is to be interpreted at a very practical level that I with my actions, don't make that person hate Islam. Don't make that person hate Muslims.
You and I could have created a Trump voter and you weren't even paying attention. You and I could have created a person who hates you know, Muslims hates everybody, and we weren't even paying attention. All you have to do is pay a little bit more attention and be a little bit more courteous but you allowed yourself and your community to be dehumanized by not serving as a bridge. Whereas Japan Allah Subhana Allah, one smile. Well, you know, it's just amazing. One courteous moment. You know how much it confuses someone that hates Muslims, when a Muslim does something nice for them.
Just confuses them. Right.
I was I was getting off a plane. This This actually on my way back. So how long this weekend. And, you know, I just wanted to offer the lady that was sitting across to get her bag and she was freaked. She was freaked out. She was scared, like, what's he going to put in my bag? What's he going to do to my bag? And somehow a lot just putting a bag down and smiling and saying, you know, go ahead. Is that yours? It's just confused. He was visibly confused. That's how much we've been dehumanized. That even our nice small actions are treated with suspect.
Even your nice actions are suspicious. So what do you have to do? break that perception that's been created about you. That doesn't stop with an election. It doesn't matter who wins on November 8. You still have to do that. Because you know what, no matter who wins, a lot of people in this country still hate you and I's guts and hate the beautiful religion that we've been given. Because we haven't done a good enough job of showing people the beauty of it. We ask Allah subhana wa Tada. Not to make us a fit enough for the people and start to make us a guidance for the people. But I've done a lotta Jana fitna. 10 Latina. cafaro Robin alotta Jana fit Nutan lil Coleman Varley mean a hula
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is as we grow, continue to make and learn from the drought learn from the supplication and the spirit and the framework that's created by the supplications of the MBR of Allah. We ask Allah subhana wa tada to forgive us, to use us for good to not to not allow us to be a source of anyone's aversion to the truth We ask Allah to rectify us and to rectify through us, to guide us and to guide through us. We ask Allah to to allow this country to move away from oppression to allow this country to move away from hatred and bigotry. We asked a lot to allow this country to move away from killing innocent people. We asked a lot to allow this country to move away from imperialism and racism and
militarism. And we ask a lot to allow this country to develop and to develop into a great country to continue to grow to be a place where our Deen can flourish where goodness can flourish where truth is made Supreme. It's a false alarm. I mean, a lot more meaning to me now it's one Muslim you know what a Muslim and I hear a minimal amount in that case. I mean, even when he was there a lot. Lama Fitzalan our Hamner wire for an hour or two I live in Nevada and for Santa Ana water hammer Lana coonan nominum ha serene Aloha, one and we'll start off in a famous article out of the Mahara via a llama Islam Islam and Muslim meanwhile Villa cerca de been well done Raja Deen Allah Allah Khiladi
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