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Ramadan Lessons from the life of Muhammad Ali
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Jummah Khutbah – Ramadan Lessons from the life of Muhammad Ali
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fosun alima My barons. 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 subpoena and we asked him to send his peace and blessings upon His messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his family, his companions and those that follow until the day of judgment. And we asked a lot to make us amongst them Allah I mean, the brothers Mashallah, it's, it's the Ramadan Juma. So I'm going to ask you guys to come forward from now, so that we don't have to do this midway through the whole demo. So please move forward as much as you can right now, and make space for the people that are coming
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I want to begin today's hooked up with a story of one of the greatest companions of the Prophet sallallahu. And he was suddenly a man who followed the example of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to the teeth, who followed it until the people called him crazy, who loved to imitate and emulate each and every single thing he saw the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam do not out of a fanatic love, but out of hope that he would gain the pleasure of Allah Subhana which Allah by following the example of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and that man is above the law of normal above the Allahu taala. And in this particular incidence, there's a beautiful lesson for us
to take for the rest of this whole book, and for the rest of Ramadan. In fact, even after Ramadan, he saw the new year here he says that a beggar came to have the love and the alone time when he said to him, Earthling Ed, now, give me a dino. Now the currency in the time of had been Alma was Dillingham, and Dino, and in the time of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam. You had a digital home which wasn't worth too much. And it was common for a person to give a few Durham's away to a beggar and you had that
The dinar, which is several grams of gold, which is very expensive and very pricey and a person is not likely to give that to a beggar. So this beggar had the audacity to ask him in the alongside I know from the start, give me a dino, don't just give me a double hump. Don't just give me a little coin, give me a dino. So you've been on model D alongside I know he gave that man Edina. Now Salim his son looked at him and he was shocked at the generosity. So he said to combat Allah home in Kenya be May Allah accept from you oh my father. You know, it wasn't expected of you to give that much to that poor man. And I'm the loving model the allowance and he started to cry.
And he said, No have mono and not be cobalamin ni fi jr comm sajida o cobalamin ni fi jr comm savoca terminate will note he said if I could guarantee that Allah has accepted from me a single such the a single prostration or that Allah has accepted from me a single coin of sadhaka a single coin of charity, then I would have wished for death. If I could just know that a lot accepted the smallest thing from me. And I was certain about that than I would wish for death and then he recited in Nehemiah takamura long on WhatsApp in Verily Allah accepts from the pious and of course Ramadan kuchibhotla Aiko, siyam okemah acquittee Valentina min public Allah Allah Azza Koon Ramadan was
legislated fasting was legislated so that we could gain that piety that allows for the acceptance of good deeds, we don't know which good deeds will be accepted. And a person could do millions and millions of good deeds without having that fear of a loss of data and without having that piety. And none of it would be accepted. And a person could do very few good deeds. And they do it with a genuine sense of all of the loss of data a lot accepts that and elevates them by ranks and ranks and ranks in gender. Now, what does this have to do with Ramadan? And what does it have to do with our brother who just passed away? Mohammed Ali? May Allah subhanaw taala have mercy upon him? What does
it have to do with Muhammad Ali? And what does it have to do with Ramadan as we look at the life of this man, and his life is being celebrated. Some had a lot in this last week in particular after his death, and today as he finally goes to his grave, as we look at this life that's been celebrated. There's a lot of history in that life. Some had a lot. I was actually on my way here, right before I came here, I was listening to a hobo from Chef kiszko him Allah to Allah in Egypt in the 1970s, about something Muhammad Ali did and said,
there's so much American history and Muhammad Ali, this is a man who lived and was a protege of Malcolm X Rahim Allah, who stands on the Vietnam War was adopted by Martin Luther King, Jr. So there's a lot of American history and Mohammed Ali, and so much more. There's, there's, you know, Muhammad Ali being the United Nations ambassador of peace, acting in the form of a diplomat, acting in the form of the world's most famous human beings panel, I mean, the world's most famous human being, you can think about what that means to be the world's most famous human being and your name is Mohammed, Daddy, there is Muhammad Ali as a humanitarian, there's Muhammad Ali, as the boxer, the
greatest boxer of all time, when the greatest athlete of all time, there are so many things that he claims in his life, and there are so many things that he was able to put forward in his life. And the beauty of it is that his portfolio of good deeds is so diverse, that if you were to do a simple Google search on 25 things, or 50, things you didn't know about Mohammed Ali, you'll find all of these random acts of charity and random acts of good deeds that he's done. I wanted today to focus on an aspect of his life that we can particularly draw inspiration while not losing the spirit of Ramadan. We could talk about his brave political stances any day, about the way that he the way that
he changed the game in this country, the way that he inspired a sense of confidence and young black children that could say they are beautiful that didn't have to shy away from their image because they were told that they were an inferior race in this country for so long. We could shed light on so many aspects of his life, but I want to focus today on that portfolio of good deeds, that portfolio of hassle not why because you don't know which good deed is going to be accepted from a person and you don't know which good deed Allah subhanaw taala would accept from you and you can only hope that it would be one of them. You can only hope that a lot would look at one of your good
deeds and say this is good enough for you
To be elevated rank upon rank upon rank and gender because of it. So when we look at the life of a person like Muhammad Ali, what is it that we can draw inspiration from in regards to our good deeds? What good deed would it be that Allah subhana wa tada would accept? Would it be Kelly motto endosulfan and just because that's a good deed to a word of truth spoken in the face of an oppressor. He spoke in the face of that oppressor over and over and over again, he challenged that oppression throughout his entire life, is that his good deed? That Allah subhanaw taala would accept we asked a lot to accept it from him along I mean, is it the smile that he was so famous for? To
assemble coffee Wednesday, I think soda the free charity, a smile in the face of your brother is charity, you know, some kind of law yesterday as myself and she asked him for Justin others as we were on our way to the janazah, the shuttle bus driver, you know, the guy that was taking us from the hotel to his janazah, who's just an old Caucasian man started to get emotional. And he started to talk about when Muhammad Ali came to school as a child, and how how beautiful his smile was and the way he started playing with children in the airport. And the way that he never turned down an autograph request. Even if there was 1000 people that were lined up for him, he signed each and
every single autograph was it that beautiful character and that smile that he gave to each and every single person we asked a lot to accept it from him allow him I mean, that's a free charity. It doesn't take you to be the greatest athlete in the world, to be able to smile at everyone around you, and to show that type of generosity and to show that type of character. But he was famous for that as well the way that he treated people. Almost everyone in Louisville, Kentucky has a story with Mohammed Ali. And, and you'll never find someone who came into contact with him saying that he was a jerk or he was a diva. Or he was you know, he acted like he was above this world. No, despite
the fact that he was in the ring shouting that he's the greatest. He was extremely humble and down to earth when he dealt with the people. And that's the most beautiful of characteristics to Allah subhana wa Tada. And that is greatness because the prophets I send them says mentor, Waldo Allah, Allah, whoever lowers himself to Allah, Allah elevates him. So when you see the status of this man, and you see the way that he's being celebrated in the world today, don't think that that's anything but Allah Subhana, which Allah elevating his rank, that's not because of boxing. That's because when he spoke about Allah, or when he dealt with the creation of Allah, he dealt with humility, he
lowered himself. And that's a lesson for all of us. Because if there's one quality that you can take out of Ramadan, that you can beautify yourself your whole look in the sight of Allah. It's that humility, and that humbleness that true humility to a loss of Hannah Horton, is it the charity and the Sahaba, were in the month of charity. And this is one of the most charitable men in the history of the world. And if you look at the millions and millions of dollars that he spent in South Africa, towards fighting Parkinson's towards Cancer Research towards feeding the poor around the world, he himself delivering meals in Indonesia and Afghanistan in many parts of the world with his own two
hands, the various charities that he contributed to over 20 charities he's given over, he's given millions of dollars to support a lot in particular, through his charity foundations, he's provided over 232 million meals, to the world's hungry 232 million meals to the poor around the world, is that the saga that Allah subhanho wa Taala would look at and accept or the medical supplies that he delivered to Kenya himself, is not what Allah Subhana Allah would accept, we asked a lot that he accepts each and every single penny, each and every single meal, each and every single dollar of soda from our brother, Mohammed Ali, Allah, I mean, we could take that for ourselves, that he was
still delivering food, that he was still going around the world that there was a cared that there was a love that there was a sense of empathy, that he recognized his place of privilege. And everyone in here is in a place of privilege. Each and every single person in here is in some form of privilege. And there are people around the world that don't have what you have. Is it the time that he stopped in 1981, a 21 year old man from committing suicide, where he ran out of his car and saw a man about to jump off of a building and went up to that building and started to speak to that man, he could have ignored that man. He could have said that that person that's jumping off the building
is a loser the world probably doesn't need him anyway. Why would I have to care about a person like that? But some kind of law he took his time to leave his car to run out to go to the toilet
Have that building to step out of that window and to counsel that man out of committing suicide and he succeeded. And Allah subhanaw taala says that whoever saves the life, it says if he saved all of mankind,
when you see your brother or your sister failing, when you see your brother or your sister on the brink, when you see your brother or your sister spiritually or emotionally or mentally declining, do you care about them? Do you care about them? And so we ask Allah subhana wa tada to accept from him, that life that he saved for that man, and we ask Allah subhanaw taala to grant us that empathy as well. Is it the time that he's a diplomat, in 1985, or in 1990, securing the release of hostages? Is it the time that he refused to have his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to be put on the ground because he did not want people to walk over the name of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and
instead became the only man who's named who star is actually placed vertically at the Hollywood Walk of Fame somehow let's it's a thing of beauty. When you if you see that all of these celebrities names everyone's name on the ground, and the one name that's on the wall, Muhammad Ali, not because he thought his name himself that he was too great to have his name on the ground. But because the one he was named after truly the greatest of all time, Mohamed Salah lahardee, he was setting up his name was the name that he took, is it that is it the countless times that he spoke against bigotry and terrorism against the world and somehow a lot even until Donald Trump, who ironically celebrates
the legacy of Muhammad Ali today. And all of these people that would have despised a 25 year old Muhammad Ali today, that would have been speaking about black lives matter that would have been speaking about Islamophobia that would have been speaking about the injustices around the world that still would have been anti war, that still would have been taking all the controversial stances he took before that made much of America hate him. people celebrate him today. But somehow a lot even when Donald Trump makes the band proposal to ban Muslims. You still have a statement from Muhammad Ali. He couldn't speak it but he could write it he could still issue a statement. When 911 happened
the video of Muhammad Ali and Will Smith reminding people what this Deen is. He never stopped caring about teaching the people what this religion truly was, how to love within his autobiography. It's beautiful. He said that he wished that he could have been the Muslim version of Billy Graham, meaning he could have been a preacher. He wished that he could have spent his entire life doing dour. That was what he wished when he retired from boxing. He wanted to speak and call people to a loss of Hanover town and be that dairy. He said but Parkinson's the disease stopped him. But Subhanallah look at the amount of damage that he's done even with that disease. Even with silence,
Allah subhanho wa Taala still made him the most famous man in the world, a man named Mohammed Ali, the most famous Muslim in the world. Even though he could no longer give an eloquent speech he could no longer call people to Allah subhana wa tada with his words, still Subhan Allah, even his janazah is dead. Even his janazah is there. It's absolutely unbelievable. People 1000s of people yesterday sitting in his janazah listening to the recitation of the poor and for the first time, it wasn't just the dawn kings in the Lennox lewis's there was the average admirer that was non Muslim wearing a shirt that said, I am Li with Mohammed on the back, listening to the Koran. So even in his deaths
upon Allah, even in his janazah, there is Dawa. And there many times somehow, while you can find gatherings in which he's giving Dawa, to people before he lost his ability to speak. In fact, there is one video of 15 people taking Shahada with him. All of that data, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to accept it from him, everyone that learned about Islam and that learn to admire the religion, even though they never met him. We asked a lot to accept that from him alone. I mean, and of course, above all, some kind of love the fact that his kindness and his character spanned across the entire world and covered not just Muslims, but non Muslims. Some of you might be wondering right now, why
all of this from hamadani? Why not further, that have passed away? Well, I know people that I could probably bet, prayed more than Muhammad Ali read more than Mohammed Ali and we're wonderful Allah and scholars and that takes away nothing from their legacy. Some of you might be wondering, why not this hoopla and everyone else? Why aren't we talking about the other LMR are these great people these great abundance, ascetics and worshipers? Why Mohammed Daddy, why does he get
All of this attention, because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says in the hydrogenous And Pharaoh homeliness, plain and simple. The best of people are those who benefit people the most. The best of people are those who benefit people the most. When he chose it is Salatu was salam to praise salatu
salam in absentia for janazah and absentia for an A joshy. In Abyssinia. It was because of the benefit that Naja she brought not because of his Edom or his Eva, his worship or his knowledge, the benefit that he brought. Those are the best people in the sight of Allah, and from Shahada, Allah, if a lot of you are the witnesses of Allah on earth. Each and every single one of us bears witness to the amount of benefit that was brought through this person. And that's not a eulogy. That's not to exaggerate. You don't have to exaggerate a resume here. This is what it comes from. And when Allah describes a person of a man, the tree of faith, and Allah Subhana Allah mentions us through
hatha bits, well thought through half his summer, that its foundations are firm, and its branches are high in the sky. Many of the reader Matt mentioned that the believers eema the tree of faith provides shade to everyone and everything around it, everyone and everything around it. So the benefit that came from a person like Mohammed Ali was not limited to any Muslim community. It wasn't limited to any Murray BOD or anything of that sort, but rather expand and it covered many people. Now how does this benefit us in Ramadan other than to make up for our brother and he he deserves that from us. We owe that to him to make your app for him and to ask Allah for his forgiveness. But
what do I take from this? I'm not a famous boxer. I'm not a famous humanitarian. I'm not someone that's that's going to have the eloquence of Muhammad Ali or the status of Muhammad Ali. So how does this benefit me? I leave no avatar liberal the allowed to Allah and who says in the law. If an attorney fee is nothing
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Olia who fear about the Allah has concealed his earlier, his close friends, his beloved ones from amongst his service, fellow 30 female telco au homoeo Lila, so you don't know which person that you meet is what you know what that person's status is with a lie you don't know who you meet, or whether or not that person is a really of Allah subhana wa tada or not. You don't know the person sitting next to you right now and Juma might be someone that is celebrated in the heavens day and night by Allah subhana wa tada and you have no clue.
You have no idea because a lot does not need the the obituaries or the eulogies or the large Genesis to love a person or to praise a person. Allah subhanho to Allah has chosen chosen his Olia his close friends from amongst the people, and they're hidden throughout this earth. You don't know which of them is truly elite to Allah, wa Juana houfy la RT, and Allah has hidden and concealed His pleasure amongst his good deeds, fellow Teddy, au apart in luck, apart from La vehicon, at suburban, the Revlon in LA. So you don't know which of your good deeds that you did for the sake of Allah is a plus is a means of attaining the pleasure of Allah. You don't know which Eva that you did is the one
that attained a lot of pleasure and Allah's mercy. It could be that the man that's being buried today in Mohammed Ali, that what a lot except from him is something that I did not mention at all, a moment between him and Allah subhana wa tada at night that none of us saw where the cameras were off, where he was not giving a speech where he wasn't smiling at a person and being caught on camera doing so. We're an act of kindness when undocumented by the people, it could be that that's the action that Allah Subhana Allah elevates him by.
And it could be that a loss of Hannah to add it looks to us with similar actions. And Allah gives us the same status in the heavens, that he's given to our brother in the earth. And we asked a lot also in the heavens, for him along. I mean, why you don't have to be a famous boxer or a great man to smile in the face of people. You don't have to be that amazing human being to give data. You don't have to be that amazing human being to talk someone through a difficult moment of their lives. You don't have to be an amazing human being to go deliver meals to people. You don't have to be a celebrated person to apply much of what was mentioned from the life of our brother Muhammad Ali. And
Ramadan is the time where you become conscious of those good deeds and you start paying closer attention to Allah subhana wa tada and trying to do the things that earned that pleasure and that celebration from Allah and from the angels and the people of the heavens. That's what you're supposed to be doing in Ramadan. You
You're paying closer attention. You're looking for those good deeds and you're being enabled with the taqwa that allows for your good deeds to be accepted in the first place. Because handing a date to your brother or smiling or doing an act of charity, while you're in a state of taqwa, that's what brings about COBOL from Allah. That's what brings about acceptance. You don't have to be super famous. You don't have to be celebrated. Your legacy can be with Allah subhana wa tada and you can go completely unnoticed in this world. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, in a definitivamente by our beloved Massoud and others learn Zulu, Kodama, abdeen, Yeoman chiamata, use
Allah and Allah, that your feet will not move on the Day of Judgment until you are asked about four things. And Omri he FEMA of now about your life and how you spent it. How you spent your years with Allah Subhana hoods. One just me he FEMA blah and how you consumed your body for the sake of a loss of Hannah which add your health and your body and your energy and your fatigue? Where does it come from? Is it coming for purpose? Or is it coming from meaninglessness? Why an enemy he female fan Oh mother and FMV about his knowledge and how he benefited people with that knowledge. And that's what I was just talking about why Muhammad Ali the amount of benefit that he brought plain and simple.
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and about his money, where he got it from, and how he spent it. Allah knows that he did not make each and every single person a millionaire. In fact, I assume very few of us in here are a loss of Hannah hoods. Allah knows your capability, your health, the amount of status, he's given you, the amount of knowledge he's given you, the amount of energy has he's given you. Every single thing about you that is healthy and sound is an amount of from a loss of hundreds out of it's a trust from Allah. Are you fulfilling that trust? Are you fulfilling that trust with Allah or not? We ask Allah subhana wa tada that for our Brother Mohammed Ali, who lived a long life of benefiting his creation
and serving Allah subhanaw taala in various ways, we asked a lot that he accept each and every single deed from him, that Allah subhanho wa Taala expiate his sins through his through the illness that he lived with for decades that Allah subhana wa Tada, except every person that comes closer to the Diener that loves the deen even after Muhammad Ali passes away, we asked a lot to accept it from his scale of good deeds and Darrow and we asked a lot to enable us to do those good deeds that earned his pleasure as well to make us amongst those that are celebrated not in this world, but in the heavens and in the sight of Allah subhana wa tada and to accept our Juma and to accept our
Ramadan and to accept our cleome and everything we do this month alone. I mean akula called he had there was stuff a lot he will accompany certain Muslim infested through in the Hoover for him.
hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala rasulillah Karim Allah Allah He will be marrying the brothers and sisters as you see everything unfold. Do not forget your brother in your Allah subhanho wa Taala gave him that right upon you. You do not know how Muhammad Ali could have possibly benefited you someone that you know or that you met that had a positive perspective of Islam because of him. And so you owe it to him and shout lots out of today to sincerely keep him in your ear. May Allah Subhana Allah forgive him and have mercy upon him. May Allah subhanaw taala accept from him and May Allah make him even more beloved in His sight than he is in the sight of the people today.
May Allah Subhana Allah to Allah forgive his shortcomings May Allah Subhana Allah forgive him for his sins. May Allah Subhana Allah accept his good deeds and May Allah accept from all of us. And May Allah forgive all of us a llama for the limited meaning minutes when a Muslim you know a Muslim out here in the casimiro and caribou Ji was there a lot longer than our wife Wanda whether to Adam, Robin of Allah enforcing our Islam tougher than our toward him. Then akuna Minal hacer de la mina, caribou and Karima to hibbeler for a fact for an a lot muffle the YT Deena out of the ham Omar Kamara, bonus ivara robina habanero as well as you know the reacts in our karate Aryan Jana subpoena
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