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for LA comes in overcome warming up a la hora Sudha who *a defassa Frozen Alima my barons we begin by praising Allah subhanaw taala by bearing witness that none has the right to be worshipped or unconditionally obeyed. And we bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is his final 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 we ask Allah to make us amongst them Allah I mean, your brothers and sisters, there's a very beautiful incident that took place in the life of the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that was narrated by one of his companions by the name of Abby
Buddha about the Allahu Taala and he says that one day we went out and we prayed Salah to the Muslim
With the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam in the masjid. And after we prayed the method of prayer the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam went back to his home. And we thought to ourselves that it would be good for us to wait until Aisha so that we can get the reward of praying or Isha with the Prophets lie some as well. So they prayed. They sat amongst themselves, and they waited until our Isha. For the Prophet SAW Allah honey was for them to return. When the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam came out and he saw them still in their same spot, he was surprised and he said, you're still here. And they said to the prophets lie Selim era sort of Allah, we observed Muslim with you. So we
thought to ourselves, let us wait until our Isha and observer Aisha with you, as well. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, I sent him, you've done well. And then he sat with us. And when the prophets lie, some sat with them. He then lifted his head to the sky. And he said that he lifted his head to the sky all the way, meaning he looked all the way up at the stars in the sky. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam made this comment. He said a new Jumeau Amira tuneless Sama, but you have to have a new job at her Santa Ana to add, that the sky is that the stars, the stars are a source of security and safety for the sky. So when the star disappears, when the stars
disappeared, that which has been promised to the sky will come to it. The explanation of that is that the stars are a source of safety for the skies, in the sense that once the stars fall as Allah subhanho wa Taala promised in the unfolding of the Day of Judgment, the fate of the skies will also come to them. In essence, the heavens and the earth would all rip as Allah azza wa jal mentions to us in various sources. So so long as the stars settle in the skies the way that they do, so long as the universe functions in its normal function, then the sky is safe, but once the stars fall, then everything will start to come apart as well. Then the Prophet salallahu it was set up said, Well,
no, I'm gonna turn the US hobby, the either the hub to attack us hobby, now you are doing and I am a source of safety and security for my companions. But then once I'm gone, that which has been promised to my companions will come to them as well, they too will meet their fate. And the context of that is that the Prophet SAW Salem being around ensured a certain level of safety because Allah azza wa jal would not punish the OMA with the Prophets lie Selim amongst them, it ensured a certain level of clarity, and that the mission would not be lost of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam because he was amongst them. It ensured that that same spirit that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa
sallam brought to Medina when he first came, would remain that love for Allah, that love for the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu and he was still clinging on to his example, would still be there. And that is perhaps why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was commenting on the Companions, feeling compelled to wait in the masjid between microbe inertia so that they could catch the issue of Salah in the presence of the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Then he said, What else hobby I'm gonna turn me on my team for either a hobby attack on my team or your I don't. My Companions are a source of safety and security for my nation. And once my companions are gone, then that which has
been promised to the OMA to the Nation of Muhammad, sallallahu alayhi wa salam as a whole, we'll come to it. It's a very interesting Hadith because as we said, the concept of safety here is not restricted to physical safety. Rather, the safety of the mission, and that it is preserved in its clearest form is the most important form of safety, our spirituality being maintained, our religion being maintained, our sense of purpose being maintained, is the greatest sense of preservation that which requires the greatest call of safeguarding. So the prophets lie. Some said, once the companions are gone, the OMA will lose something very important to it, you can no longer come to the
Companions and clarify
what the example of the Prophet size and I'm actually was, it becomes an era of documentation trying to hold on to those who spoke to the Companions and those who narrated from the Companions, who narrated what the Prophet sallallahu wasallam said and did and in a very beautiful example, that is not the salam Rahim Allah to Allah gave that
Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to the Quran, or the Sahaba to the prophets lie Selim are what the prophets lie Selim is to the Quran. The prophets lie Selim is the manifestation of the Quran when you looked at the prophets lie Selim, you saw the Quran in flesh, the Sahaba were to the prophets lysozyme what he was to the Quran in that when you looked at the companions of the messenger, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the example of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam still remains, you could still see it alive in those companions, because the each took something unique from the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and amplified one of his beautiful qualities and
safeguarded his words. These were the people that listen to his holebas These were the people that sat with him. These were the people that took from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, what was necessary. And if you realize here, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam did something that he does often, which is he paralyzed, he paralleled the decay of circumstances, with the disappearance of righteous people. Meaning as righteous people start to disappear, darkness starts to become more rampant corruption starts to rise. And with the quality of people, the quality of time will also match. And so if the quality of people starts to go down, then the quality of the times that we live
in also reflects
those circumstances. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam calls us as people that seek to be righteous like those who preceded us, to look to their example. And in the midst of all of this chaos, and all of this craziness, to find our heroes in them, and to find examples in them, role models in them, so that we can draw the proper inspiration and methodology to deal with the craziness that's around us to deal with the circumstances that are around us. And this is very important. Because in our deen, we speak the language of touch deeds of revival, not reformation. And there is a difference between those two things. Reformation as of society and reformation of
society doesn't come except by reviving that which reformed society in the first place. So we don't feel like we have to remove anything from our Prophet sly sums example, or remove anything from our companions. Instead, we feel like the inspiration that they brought to the world in the seventh century, if it is packaged properly, can inspire the world in the 21st century, can reform us and reform the world around us. So the language is the language of touch deeds of revival, and that's something that the Companions paid very close attention to when I'm beloved Massoud little the Allahu Anhu said men Arada and the Astana Philea. Stan Nabi Mankad, Matt, whoever is looking for
people to follow, let them look in those who have already passed away, meaning whoever is waiting for heroes to come around for people to come around that would serve as inspiration for them. Look to those that have already passed before you they are the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. They're your heroes. They're your stars. They're your sources of inspiration and guidance.
And those two don't always coexist in a person. Sometimes you can be inspired by someone. That doesn't mean necessarily that they're a vessel of Allah's guidance to you. But the Companions serve as both because they have the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam before them.
And so the prophets lie Selim taught us to look back to him and his companions, the messenger sly salaam, himself, look to the prophets that came before him. He also had role models. He also had people to inspire him and they were the prophets of Allah, the people that belonged in his tear. So when he was struck with affliction, he said, Rahim Allahu Allah He Musa occurred to be actory minha for Sabah, may Allah have mercy on my brother musante Salam, he was struck with worse than this and he was patient. He looked to the prophets that came before him that suffered, but used what Allah gave them to power through the companions had the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the tab there
in had the Companions, we have those that came before and after of pious predecessors, a legacy of righteous people that witnessed craziness around them, but managed to be sources of inspiration to the world around them. Not only did they weather the storm, they calm the storm. And that special that Islam doesn't just call us to buckle and survive. Islam calls us to make everything around us thrive. They were able to influence
The environment not just duck, the bad influence of the times that they lived in. And so we need heroes. We need role models. Heroes inspire us. Heroes calm our fears. They let us know when we look at those that came before us that we're going to be okay. Because Allah calls them that way. I sent it to him and said hello Jana, Willa Maya Chico method Latina Holloman publikum Messiah tamale Bazza what the raw was zero. You know, do you think you just enter Jana, but those that came before you look what they went through, look what they were struck with. So when you look at heroes that lived in the past, you're inspired by their courage and your comps, by the way that they were able to
overcome their circumstances. So it's necessary for us to be able to look to them the way the prophets lie, some look to Musa alayhis salam, arguably the situation of the prophets lie, some was worse than Morsani his Salam situation, because the prophets lie, some got a share of all of the prophets trials. But when he looked at Musa alayhis salam, he saw something to give him comfort. And Allah comforted him with the examples of the prophets in his most difficult times. It was when the prophets lie Selim was undergoing the boycott in Mecca, that most of the stories of the prophets came down because he needed that Salah Harney, who was salam, it reinforced his heart, and it
reinforced the hearts of the companions that were around. And of course, a hero gives you someone to identify with. We look at those that came before us. And we try to be small examples of them. We try to take what they did, right and do it ourselves. So they give us people that we can identify with friends, that can that are companions to us, not just the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in physical form, but companions to us and the books that we still have of their examples that we can identify with them, we can identify with aboubaker on Earth man, and only we can identify with Khadija and Aisha and Fatima. We can find what they did, and we can identify with those things. But
there's a caveat.
Every single hero story
has this moment of a personal transformation, something that every single one of those people did, that made their journey unique. Abu Bakr radi, Allahu Anhu. And all model the law I know have very personal stories of transformation, they ended up at the same place, they end up with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, but each one of them had to go through a very unique personal transformation.
You cannot get that from anybody else. That's only you. That's something you have to do. That's something you have to be willing to undergo a serious moment of personal transformation. And subhanAllah, you find that usually, there are two ways that that transformation takes place. And if you start playing the, you know, all the hero movies and stories that you read, it's usually one of these two things, either a recognition of strength, that person did not believe that Allah had given them strength before, but they find strength in themselves. And in that strength, they're able to make great change. So it's a moment of courage. And when you honor the tools of greatness that Allah
put in you, you honor Allah's greatness. That's the way that's the best way to honor the near term of Allah, the blessings of Allah is to use those blessings for him. So it's a moment where a person didn't know they have the capability to do something. And they had a boost of courage, confidence, they recognize that Allah gave them something special. Or on the other side, you have someone that was very arrogant, and that was humbled and recognize their weakness. And in that weakness understood, that they are not entitled and invincible, that there is something more than the vanity that Allah subhanaw taala has provided them with, and that they have to use those things that they
overestimated in the past, to serve something greater than themselves, because otherwise those things will be in complete waste. So it's one person's either humbled, or one person has a boost of self confidence, but there's a personal transformation. But what does Allah call us to?
how high you're willing to elevate yourself? Depends on how high your purpose is, and how low you're willing to sink. Depends on how much you're willing to succumb to those base desires that Allah subhanaw taala gave, but its purpose. And I want to end with this because it's very beautiful. You've heard the example or you've heard the I O Allah subhanaw taala says, Look, God can Allah configure
So the law he was Watson Hassan, attune Lehmann Karna Yaga joola William and Arthur was the Kerala cathedral that you have in the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam, an excellent example.
You have an excellent example. You have a person to follow, you have a person that gives you so much in his example, but it's not about the qualities that you have. It's not about you know, you can look in the profit slice sums example if you already are directed in this direction.
It all depends on how high your purposes the man County, Abdulla Yamanaka Do you desire Allah on the last day, the goodness of the last day, if your purpose is as high as the purpose of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, then that reflects in your actions, whether that cut Allah cathedra and remembers Allah frequently. The reason for the frequent remembrance of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was his recognition of a higher goal and a higher purpose. Allah calls us to that, to say that if you put that in front of you, you don't look at the heroes that came before you as being inaccessible as attaining something. That was crazy. Because at the end of the day, the purpose that
made them great, still exists for you to how much of Allah's pleasure Do you want? How much of Allah's Astra do you want, and if that's the case, push yourself. So the mistakes that we make with our heroes. Number one is we make them inaccessible to our own elevation.
If it's not a profit, we make them too perfect and too popular when usually people that came in the past were not perfect, and they were not popular heroes are not perfect. And they're not popular, especially in the moment. So we make them either too inaccessible for us to strive for because they were too great. We can't touch that example. And in the process of that we make ourselves idle or even worse, we make them tools for our own deviation. So we tarnish them and sanitize them and cast things on them that were not true to them to justify our own loneliness. So we raised their name, but we do away with their example. When people celebrate the prophets that came before you know
Subhanallah it's really interesting. There's a saying of reciting his salaam, that when Jesus peace be upon him, saw when he came to Jerusalem and he gave his words that stirred everybody.
He said you people love only the dead prophets.
You only love Prophets when they're dead. When Muhammad Ali Rahim Allah to Allah passed away and Ted Cruz, masha Allah and Donald Trump and everybody was tweeting great things about Muhammad Ali, can you imagine how hated a 25 year old Muhammad it would have been to America in the year 2018.
But now he can't talk and you love him when he can't talk anymore because you can tarnish you can customize you can raise up the dead tomb of the tomb of a dead person while defiling their lives. And that's what our SID is salaam saw and Benny saw you so celebrating your hero, but in quantum to hipbone Allah fit to be Rooney, you've come a long way if you're lucky with the Nova comb. If you really love Allah, follow the prophets lie Selim. Follow your heroes, seek the purpose that they sought, let Allah do the rest when Medina Jaha Delphina Lana Deanna home sabudana those who strive in our way, we will guide them to our paths we ask Allah subhanaw taala to send his peace and
blessings upon the prophets before us to be pleased with the companions that were alongside of the prophets like Selim, and to allow us to strive for the purpose that they strove for, and to make us great in his eyes, and ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada site and to keep us sincere along the way. Allahumma Amin Akula Kalia, there was talk about de la comunidad Muslim infrastructural.
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activities Okay, so now I can work on slavery to capture the residents sisters I want to apologize again for being late I was under the assumption that football was 115 so please forgive me for that I know it's annoying to wait for that long so please do forgive me inshallah was not intentional. And I'll try not to do that again. Today why I'm here those for something very special. So if you'll give me just a few minutes inshallah to Allah, I won't take too much of your time. There is a masjid here in Dallas, that I have no hesitation calling the most important Masjid in the Dallas Fort Worth community. And I say that as the resident scholar at Valley Ranch Islamic center that this method is
more important than both VRC and epic in this method, Islam, the first Masjid that was here in Dallas, a masjid that belongs to a community that preceded most of the emigration of Muslim communities here to the United States. And we were talking about heroes. It's very easy for us to celebrate Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali. It's another thing to appreciate the seeds that they properly planted that their work was in the inner cities that they did things for our community and served when no one else wood
at their fundraiser for their new messages. They did not raise the amount of money that many other massages raise. Now they are trying to build a three and a half million dollar project of which they've already raised a million and Hamdulillah. But this is a masjid that hosts the largest service day in Dallas. This is a measure that for the ground breaking. The mayor of Dallas, the many of the Congress people all the local politicians came up because they recognize what that message has done for the community. And the mayor made a comment he said that Imam Khalid and this Masjid were serving before service was cool. Before people took pictures and did anything of that sort.
This was a masjid that's been serving the community. It's our roots as a Muslim community. In Dallas. Every single Masjid is responsible for this Masjid. Every Muslim who benefits from the struggles and the sacrifices of the communities that preceded us owe something to that message. So I'm here today on their behalf. I'm only here for that reason on their behalf so that all of us inshallah can push ourselves to give to them, their fundraising banquet, they were trying to raise $250,000 They raised $85,000. Last week, we need to make sure that we far surpass the $250,000 Inshallah, so please stretch yourself as you go out there and sha Allah to Allah write as big of a
check as you can swipe your card, every single person in here needs to donate towards that mustard and sha Allah to honor and support our brothers and sisters that have been planted that have planted the seeds for us long before we got to benefit from them. And we asked the last contact to bless them for their service and for their work. So everyone on your way out please write a check swipe the credit card you'll see the table from us or the snom on site. Does that come along? Fade on
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