The Sanctity Of Life
Channel: Omar Suleiman
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Jumuah Khutbah delivered on the 2nd Dec 2016
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la hora pseudo cada fosun alima mahama Barrett, we begin by praising Allah subhana wa tada declaring that none has the right to be worshipped or unconditionally obeyed except for him. And we bear witness that Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam is this final messenger, we asked a lot to send his peace and blessings upon him, his family, his companions and those that follow until the day of judgment, Allah I mean,
their brothers and sisters, usually when we talk about issues that are affecting the Muslim community, whether they are
on a global level or on a national level, or at a very local community level, or when we speak about the issues of relevance to our family lives into our personal lives, we often make many assumptions that we are at a certain place and we're able to,
we're able to accept certain notions, and certain facts of life before even moving on to those things. That's not a lot. It's very sad. But I thought about this a few days ago, and I decided to actually give a whole talk about why we shouldn't kill people, essentially, the sanctity of life. And we talk about the sanctity of life, obviously, there's more, there are more dimensions to the discussion of half the knifes that the sanctity of life than why you shouldn't pull out a gun and kill somebody. There are dimensions of what it means to preserve life and what it means to sanctify life and what it means to view people in certain ways. There are discussions that need to be had,
that reflect the spectrum by which this by which Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks of it in the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam speaks of it. So a spiritual aspect, and also a practical element into our daily lives. So obviously, if there was one take home message you should take from now. And I'll just say it simply and I'll say it at the end, don't kill anybody. No matter what the circumstances are, in your own personal life, when you find yourself in a situation where things escalate, you don't allow that to escalate to a point in which you take the life of someone else. Now, what that means is there are legitimate reasons obviously, that Allah subhana wa tada mentions,
and those are not, that's not the discussion that I want to have today. When the Prophet sallallahu wasallam speaks about this issue, he says to us, adding his Salatu was Salam that the very first thing that a person will be asked about on the Day of Judgment is the crime of a dump the crime of shedding blood, that the greatest crime or the greatest violation of your existence, in regards to your relationship with Allah subhana wa tada it should have been is to associate another partner with him. And the greatest crime in regards to your interactions with people is murder is that you actually take into your own hands, the liberty of taking the life of someone else, that Allah
subhanho wa Taala has created, that Allah has given life to without a legitimate reason that a person actually puts themselves in that position. And he said it is Salatu was Salam in a hadith it's narrated by Eben Amato the alongside that a believer is faith will always be sound that a movement will always be sound in regards to his religion, so long as he doesn't shut blood as long as he does not get to a point where he spills the blood of someone else. And that shows us that a dumb blood is a red line and a true red line. Right It's it is a red line in our religion, that there are things that will take place and transpire between people but blood is the red line.
And the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam reiterates this in numerous different numerous ways. And even one of his IRA Hema lay comments on this in a very comprehensive fashion. He says on the Day of Judgment, Allah subhanaw taala will ask us about our relationship with him, our obligations towards him, and then the rights of people. And he said that when it comes to a dumb when it comes to murder, it involves the right of Allah because Allah Subhana hoods Allah was the one who gave life to that person. And Allah created that person and a lot dignified that person. And so it involves the right of Allah. And it involves the right of that person, that you took the life of
that person. And the model has already Rahim Allah said and the extent of that crime, only Allah knows why because it's bad enough to kill somebody. But let's say that that person had they live longer, they might have made Toba for a certain sin that's a that's something that's known only to Allah subhanaw taala a lot might have given them he died or something only known to Allah subhana wa Tada, they might have done something good for someone else. And you prevented that by killing that person, Allah subhanaw taala only know so that you know the layers of complication here as to what the extent of the crime, the degree of the crime of taking the life of someone else, only Allah
subhanaw taala knows these are things that are completely unseen to us. They involve Divine Decree and the will of Allah Subhana Allah things that we cannot in any way grasp. But listen to the third thing he said. He said that and it involves the rights of the family members of that person.
Think about that. When someone is killed, when someone's life is taken away. It's not just the life of that person. It can be the life of that person's spouse as well. not physically. But in a figurative sense. That life no longer has meaning for that person. You know, that you've You have ruined that person's life. You've ruined the lives of the children, you've ruined the lives maybe of the parents, you've ruined the lives of their close friends, and they're close family members, and only a lost pilots Allah knows and their physical violations there. And then there are spiritual transgressions. So you might have, you know, a person might have been a breadwinner, and their life
has been taken away. So financially, you ruin the life of someone else, spiritually, morally, mentally, emotionally, you've ruined the right of someone else. So the crime is so comprehensive, and that there are so many different parties to think about in this entire thing. That it would be horrific to meet Allah subhanaw taala with that sin, and it is the greatest and most grievous of the sins, and regards to people in the sight of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Now those things seem very obvious. But how serious was this taken in our religion? When you look at the messenger, sallAllahu wasallam. And you see, as I'm loving this rule, all the alone time I know narrates that a woman from
the opposing army was killed that the messenger sallallahu alayhi wasallam found a woman who was killed in a battle, though she was not one of the participants of that battle. So she was she was accompany the mushrikeen presumably her husband was fighting in that battle, and the messenger Salallahu it was sort of noticed this woman that was killed in that battle. There are a few things to mention here. Number one, there were believers that were killed in that battle as well. And there were companions that were killed in that battle as well. But the prophets lie Selim did not disregard this woman's life because of who she was or where she came from. The messenger sallallahu
alayhi wa sallam husband, Mr. Little the law and who says he stopped the entire army. And he demanded an explanation. I mean, his Salatu was Salam who took this woman's life for what crime was she killed? What you know, who was it? And I'm loving Mr. Little the allot of time who says that the face of the prophets lysozyme turned red, and the messenger slicing them for betas he reiterated the prohibition on the killing of women and children. I'm loving all model. The law narrates about his father. He says that there was a young boy that was killed in Yemen, and how many people are being killed in Yemen today, a young boy that was killed in Yemen and Amaro the alojado he says My father
was the halifa. And he said, when he heard about that young boy that was killed all the time. He said, Well, if everyone in Sonora every single person shared in killing that young boy that I would kill them all. I would hold them all accountable, because he was so moved all the time. By the death of that young child, even though he never saw that child or never met that child. the sanctity of life to Amaro the allowance honor and what it meant that young child's life on the line who didn't need a Facebook video. He didn't need to see gruesome images. He didn't need to see. limbs falling apart all the time.
Just knowing that a young child was killed, was moved by that all the time, and said that I would hold each and every single person accountable. So there is there is this internal pulse
that many of us have lost because of how normal it has become to hear about people being killed, to see murder around us to see the statistics and to see to see the numbers to where we become so desensitized that we're not even moved by that anymore. And that's a problem, even if you yourself, are not killing anybody. You're being desensitized is in a way partaking in that murder, enabling future murders, enabling future casualties because you don't care. It doesn't move you anymore. Your heart does not feel impacted by the death of children anymore. That's a problem that shows that we don't, again, sanctify what Allah subhanho wa Taala has sanctified. Now obviously a person would
respond and say, well, that's the that's because there's so much how much can you keep up with? There is a murder here, there's a murder there. There's a murder in Dallas, there's a murder. In Louisiana, there is a murder in you know, in New York than globally, right? Hundreds of people in Syria, the Burmese, the people of Philistines, the people of the Central African Republic, you know, at what, you know, how can we keep up with all of this? And the prophets lie Selim, he mentioned that that would be a sign of our times he said it is Salatu was Salam describing the ends of the end of times, you have thought
that there would be an increase in murder a large and they asked the Prophet slice on what is a large and he said a carton that there's just so much murder constantly, that it's hard to even keep up with that humanity that we claim progress and you think about this panela with all the progress that we've made, look at how far we've progressed, because we equate the progress of technology with the progress of man and that's anything but true. That adherence that people are killed so frequently. He said it his salatu salam will not enough CBD I swear by the warden whose hand is in whose hands is my soul. He says laya Tiana's Amano la gadreel Carthy roofie ha in pattern, what are
your drill back to Allah Ha. He said a time will come when the murderer will not know why he's murdering. And the one who's being killed will not know for what crime he's being killed. It is so easy to take the life of someone else. So easy to murder that the one who's killing doesn't even consciously think about it anymore. And the one who's being killed has no explanation for why he's being killed. You know, we see people that get shot in you know, in road rage incidents, traffic stops. We see people killing pizza delivery men today, right? We see people that kill their children. We see people that killed their spouses over silly altercations. And people are not even
consciously thinking about the fact that they're taking a life that they're actually taking someone's soul. And the one who's being killed probably had no idea that it would escalate to that point, but you can't bring the person back to life. And you know, I guarantee you a lot of the people that went on to become murderers never thought that they would become murderers. They might have been sitting in hotels like you
thinking that this is ridiculous. Why is the mom talking about murder? It doesn't make sense. But guess what in the Muslim community alone, we've had three domestic violence murders in Dallas in the last year. They went to Juma to some of them went to Juma. So a person does not even consciously think about why they're doing what they're doing anymore. And this is of course, a product or a symptom of Leffler of heedlessness is the ultimate sign of heedlessness, that a person doesn't even think anymore about things as they're escalating. So the prophets lysozyme said that time would come where a person would not even know why am I killing. And the person who's killed has no idea that it
would have escalated to that point, and has no idea for what reason they are killed and they would not have an answer until the day of judgment. So we know sometimes it's over money, sometimes it's over a commodity. And many of the wars that are waged today in the name of freedom and liberation are really economics. It's really about money. It's really about oil, it's really about whatever it may be all in the name of freedom. But what ends up happening and he said So allow it was um, this is a very powerful Hadid, some kind of law that really makes you think, particularly the last part. He said sallalahu it was sentiment ad from Abu hurayrah that the Earth would vomit its insights. You
know, when you know when everything comes out of the earth, all of the secrets of the earth all of the slots that it used to conceal all
The murder all of the sin, all of the facade comes out on the Day of Judgment. He said some allow it with some the earth, its insides would come out. And he said, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam columns of gold and silver would be laid in front of people. Can you imagine the sight all the treasures of the earth as well, coming out and being laid in front of the people?
And he said, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the murderer would come and say it was for this that I committed murder. It was because of this, he would point to the golden the silver and say it was because of this, that I committed murder. And the one who broke Family Ties how many people don't talk to their family members because of a dispute over a business or a dispute over land. They're willing to sever their relationship with Allah over a piece of lands
or, or a little bit of money, and they break ties with their family members. So the prophets lysozyme said the one who broke silicon wire would come and he would point to the golden silver. I would say it's for this that I broke my family ties. I can't believe how idiotic I was that I broke my family ties over this. And he said some alohar It was said that the thief would come and see and he would say it's for this that I stole. This is what caused me to steal. And he said Sal, Allahu alayhi wa sallam, Fela Yehuda minutiae. They wouldn't even bother picking it up. Think about that.
They killed each other over it. They fought over it. They broke Family Ties over it, they stole for it. And he says fella who don't know men who say they'd come and they point to it and express their remorse and their regret. But it would have such little value, that the murderer, the one who broke family ties, and the thief would not even think to pick it up.
Think about that. But people kill each other over it. wars are waged in the name of it.
And innocent people die. Why over money? He said, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam or rather This is actually a narration that it might rub some people the wrong way. But let's think about it. This is a narration of Bahati from ebony w naureen. that a man came to the lobby of the allowance. And he said, What's the hook on what's the ruling on killing flies
of the lobby of the law and he said where are you from? He said from a drop of the love nor the allowance either. I know he walked away. And he said yes. aluna and Zubov. They asked about killing flies, while hot potato, urbanity, Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and they had no problem murdering the grandson of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam that murdering people was not a big deal to them. Right now, this is not about the people of Iraq, by the way. It was a particular historical context, but that these people came to him. And they were from presumably based on this narration from the people that killed the grandson of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And what are
they asking about? What's the hurco? What's the ruling on swatting flies? What does that tell you? That when you dehumanize people so much that you could even be humanize the grandson of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam.
And you could still be caught up in this delusion that you're still somehow a religious person, where you're even asking about the fear of swatting flies. And it's as its as one of the scars the mountain wasn't here, he will not describe the whole adage. He said they were more concerned about making a mistake in touch weed than they were about murdering people. Like they could kill people but don't make a mistake in your touch weeds, that they had discovered that there was such a disconnect between the between their religion and their humanity that they didn't even connect the two anymore. And that becomes a problem as well. And we have to watch that. Right? What what are we
you know, what are our priorities? Do we really have to go back to the foundations and the fundamentals that Allah subhanho wa Taala has given to us that the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has given to us and he warns and he warns and he warns Allah who it was Salam and it's very powerful because he's telling the Sahaba in a very famous Hadith of the love No hubbub, about the Allahu anhu. He said tokoto pfitzner prophets license said listen, there is going to be lots of fitna lots of tribulation. He says if I couldn't see how Abdullah he loves to be in those days, the one who is killed Do not be Alcatel Do not be the one who kills.
Why is that Hadid? so important? Number one, the prophets lie some felt it was necessary to warn the people of those times when that threat did not seem imminent. They're in Medina. Things seem to be good. They're under the prophets lie Selim would fit in Are you talking about what tribulations are you talking about? What do you you know, what does this even mean? They they were in a time where they seem safe and secure from those types of things.
But the prophets lie Selim felt it was important to warn them that a time might come
We'll be in a situation where you could be at a party and you could be the one taking the life of someone else. unjustly, this isn't about defending yourself, you can defend yourself. But where people are killing, right left. And you could be in a situation where you could also take the life of someone who's innocent. And the prophets lie. Some said, When that time comes be the one who has to be the one who's killed Don't be the one who's doing the killing. That's how severe the crime of murder is. So if the messenger sallallahu alayhi, wasallam, felt it was important to warn the Sahaba. About that, then what about us, I would argue that we have some alarming signs of fitness
spreading of people killing each other in the streets, that already happens. To some extent, I would argue that it's also important for us to take that into consideration, and to warn ourselves of that time. Now, in conclusion, and I want to move now to a very practical level. And I want you to think about this for a moment. Are we guilty in any way of not sanctifying the lives that Allah subhana wa, tada, sanctified, I'll give you an example. You might associate murder only with a gun and with a knife. But your car could also be a weapon, you drive around recklessly, that could also be a weapon, you might not be taking seriously the other people on the road or your own life. You know,
there was a uproar. When she sent me an email. Allah, Allah actually gave the feds what that if a person, you know, is driving, and they're driving recklessly, and they kill someone as they're speeding and driving recklessly. That person's a murderer. negligence, that's part of the law here too, right? And a person who drives crazy and recklessly and then they end up losing their own lives, that person could be treated as a suicide. Think about? So are we guilty of not taking life seriously there? also recognize that when you are not honoring, you are going down the pathway of dishonouring?
How many times have had a law between spouses, between brothers between sisters? does it start off as an argument and it escalates and escalates and escalates and you start to be little.
And then next thing, you know, you find yourself in that situation of violence. How how many people like I'll never forget this, there was a brother, that that that actually hit his wife with a baseball bat. And he was reported and he was charged for them.
And when I went to see that brother in jail, you know, he started crying, and he said, I never thought I would be a person to do that. I never thought I would reach a position of lowness where I would pick up a baton hit my wife with I never thought that would be me.
But somehow a lot things escalate. And you have to watch yourselves early on. Do you have control of your temper? Do you have control of your mother? Do you have control of your driving? Are you paying attention to these things because these are also forms of sanctifying life that a lot in the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam have given to us. And we have to pay attention to policy. And we have to understand that when we allow Muslims here when we allow ourselves to be dehumanized as a people that can directly impact and belittle the lives of Muslims overseas.
We have to humanize ourselves to others as well.
And we also have to recognize that in this country, not all lives are treated equally. And that means something that means something, the whole mantra and the whole model of Black Lives Matter. That means something because it is not equal. And we have to recognize them and we have to fight against them. So whether people are dehumanizing us or we're dehumanizing others, when lives are not given the proper sanctity, that is a call for us to take up. And that's something that we have to remind ourselves of in our personal lives. And we have to remind others as well and remind people, you know some how to love We constantly have to be people's, you know, moral compass we have to be
the people that remind others of values that remind others of their morality that remind others of what Allah subhana wa tada has given to us. We ask Allah subhanaw taala to protect us from that sin of murder. We ask Allah subhanaw taala to protect us from all of the sins that precede murder. We ask Allah subhanaw taala to protect us from ever spilling the blood of anyone else we ask Allah subhana wa tada to protect us and our families and our oma from murder and from bloodshed. We ask Allah Subhana Allah not to allow the shavon to cause us to be overcome with an anger that would make us irrational and that would Doom us in the hereafter We ask Allah subhana wa tada to forgive us, to
protect us to protect our children to protect our communities. To protect our oma, we ask Allah Subhana hota Allah to forgive us for our transgressions and we ask Allah Subhana what's out of that? Shall we shall we come upon a time of fitna that we are not upon those that that we are not alone.
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righteous people. The tools that actually make a man take the life of a spouse, or make a woman take the life of her husband or make a woman take the life of her children or a man take the life of her children. We have to keep ourselves protected from those things and safeguarded from those root causes. And we have to always be a people that are aware. So just as there is the extreme of doing away with the rights of people we should have a son and upholding the rights of people excellence and upholding the rights of people. So we ask Allah subhana wa tada to make us the people of Exxon as opposed to the people of Buffalo llama for what we need all about me now it's with Muslim you
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