The Resilience of A Muslim – Palestine
Channel: Omar Suleiman
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Salam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
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him. Do you know what I mean? I think that, first and foremost, I want to thank you all for being here, making it a point to be here and keeping your hearts engaged. I shot a lot, it's been inspiring to see the response of the community, I think, to every single action that we've had for Philistine in the last few weeks, whether it is a community of your app or whether it is a protest or whether it is some form of educational form,
to see the way that the hearts are so connected, I think in and of itself is proof that this OMA is not dead. So before I start with anything else, if there is one thing that we take as an immediate silver lining of what is happening right now is that the hearts of the OMA are beating heart, and inshallah Thailand this is a means by which we come back to Allah subhanaw taala. And we, once again, remember that we're part of this one human body, this one OMA that the prophesy some spoke to us about. Now, with that being said, you know, I fought as we talk about this topic of resilience and solidarity with our brothers and sisters and Philistine and how we learn resilience so that we
can be resilient like them and for the resilience like them, and for them, and we'll kind of break that down and Charlotte's on a bit. You know, it's very interesting that the electricity went out today for a lot of us. And it's kind of been flickering on and off, some of our houses still don't have power. And you can see just in a few hours, the way that we start to get uncomfortable with ourselves, and we start to, you know, wonder what we're going to do with this and what we're going to do with that. And you can imagine what it's like for our brothers and sisters and Philistine in the desert right now, that have been without power, without fuel, without water without food, and
under the cruel bombs that are financed by the American government dropped on them by the Israeli government. And here we are, and we learned a lesson. And solidarity can only truly be felt with empathy. And so I think it's a teaching moment for all of us. Every single time we experience a little bit of discomfort to remember what it is like for our brothers and sisters. Right now, in sha Allah Tirana, we're going to be speaking about the topic of resilience. And resilience has many connotations and Hamdulillah. We're joined tonight by of course, she answered riddles. And she helped a lot of Douro. So this is a community event for us. But we want to get to a very specific
angle, as we've been talking about Palestine, which is resilience. And I think that as we watch the scenes of our brothers and sisters there, we wonder, how is it that they have such strong faith, as much pain as we feel for them, we should also feel for our own spiritual poverty, when we see the richness that they have in their email, the richness that they have in their spirituality Subhanallah The bombs are dropping on them. They are unsettled, they're not sustained by the things that we expect on a daily basis. Yet somehow they're able to breathe Vica to breathe not you know, hidden Allah Allahu Akbar, hamdulillah they're able to breathe Subhan Allah when a Jota when
upwards, love Allah has to be alone and medical cube, they breathe these things so naturally, and that in and of itself is a miracle. And you know, before we get started, because this does hit us close to home, I want to mention brother er, who was here, our beloved brother er who lost 21 members of his family a few nights ago, may Allah Subhana Allah have mercy on them, accept them all as shahada May Allah subhanaw taala allow them all to be nestled from the throne of God. In this moment, Allah Subhana Allah to Allah join them and all of the Shahadat of the vessels with senior to shahada and with a sign of the healing and with the MBR and may Allah subhanaw taala. Join us with
them along with me. So this is hit close to home, and our hearts are with our brothers and sisters that are experiencing this maybe a little bit deeper. But I want to start with this part. When the Prophet SAW Selim says that the moment is to the moment like a building you should do
that one part of it enforces the other that means that the relationship of the OMA with each other is a relationship of solidarity. And one of the ways that you develop resilience is
When you look at another part of the body, and you see the weight that it is carrying, and you say, if they can carry those 3000 pounds, then surely I can carry my 30 pounds. If my brothers and sisters can hold it down like that, and they are carrying the weight of lamb, Allah Muhammad Rasul Allah and that way that I need to be able to hold it down for them. And one of the most important lessons that we take from this is that it's all interconnected. Your overall righteousness is connected to your brothers and sisters in the Gaza, your overall wickedness is connected to your brothers and sisters and husband. So when we are stronger as Muslims more resilient as Muslims
stronger as a human body in general, that we naturally reinforced that part of the body, we remove some of the burden some of the load off of them. And that's part of the reason why we want to develop that resilience so that we can be doing our part. And so when someone says, My piano, my dear out, you know what your prayers, your Pm, just the very fact that you're praying piano and in the very fact that you're crying before Allah subhanaw taala. Now, the very fact that you're learning to make do not with more sincerity, the very fact that you've put aside your personal concerns in a world that tells you to be a narcissist, and you are glued 24/7, to the affairs of
your brothers and sisters in Gaza and trying to think of ways to be there for them. All of that is a means by which we become a stronger body with him, did he NOT have an enemy? And so when it comes to solidarity, individual resilience is part of solidarity. Now there are different words, different terms that are used in the religion for resilience. One of those words is Azeema. It's very interesting. I Zima. How do you build determination? You know, if you look at this on an individual level, no claim Rahim Allah talks about after Nia after intention comes as EMA comes determination. It's one thing to say I want to help my brothers and sisters. It's another thing to try to turn
every single stone to try to look at every single course of action and to situate yourself in every single place that you possibly can, so that you can help them.
And so one person says, I want to help the people of us. I want to help Philistine. But your Azeema is the sincerity of that intention. The zeal that you bring the determination that you bring is the zeal that comes with that intention, and we don't want to just be people of rhetoric. We don't just want to be people that say we want to be there for our brothers and sisters and cousins and then disappear. Right? We don't just want to be people that tune in for the cycle. We want to be people that pace ourselves for the long run. And it's important for us to understand that our enemies, our enemies, because the people that are crushing Gaza right now are our enemies to sow our enemies in
the most wholesome sense. They count on us losing spirits. They count on us getting tired. The mom has an embassy Rahim Allah Azza Usha Jarrah sub Rosa, another word that's used courage is being patient for another hour. What does that mean? The scholars used to say that was that patients in this sense is resilience it's outlasting your enemy for an hour, it's being willing to stay the course. And drawing from something that is divine, that defies the laws of just physics and nature, and comes from Allah subhanaw taala. You know, when you talk about attrition, when there are two people that are competing with one another in a sports match, and I noticed that Abdullah can talk a
lot about this from a physical perspective, honestly, you draw from something deeper. Willpower is what they'll call it, right? You have to have a stronger willpower, you have to want it more. A sovereign, a shujaa sub Russa, the Muslims were always able to outlast because they drew from something greater, they saw something greater and so we have to pace ourselves and not let our spirits get crushed. One of the beautiful things about our brothers and sisters and Philistine is how long they've been at this. It is resilience, to have every sort of trauma inflicted on you and to say, I'm not leaving my home.
Allahu Akbar, I'm not leaving my home, what's left of your home? I'm not leaving my home.
Can any one of us actually say that if we were in that position? We'd be able to muster up I'm not leaving my home. So the question becomes, how did they get there? And how do we get there for them? And inshallah Tada as we as we start to go through some of the questions, you know, which would shift yes or shut up though. I want to mention something that I found very instructive from The Revenant in this regard, because it will take us back to Ramadan and a bit
and that is that the scholars say that determination is built
through learning, to be patient with things that you don't desire with hardship, and to outwood, Neff suck at an mechanic to make yourself accustomed to
adjustable to hardships to be able to inflict discomfort on yourself on a regular basis for the sake of something greater, so that when a greater hardship hits you,
you have already established that type of a relationship with your knifes with yourself and with Allah subhanaw taala. And so waking up professionally.
On an early morning, waking up for a PM, fighting your sleep, fighting your hunger, fighting your thirst, fighting your desires, taking some of the hardship that comes with being a Muslim right now, all of that is you are teaching yourself how to be patient with things that are undesirable because you desire something greater from Allah subhanaw taala.
And so when I, when we talk about the people of Gaza, they didn't just find the light switch somewhere. They didn't find the light switch on October 8, or ninth or 10th. Or whenever the bombings started to come down that way. They didn't just find the light switch. This is a light that has been kindled on a regular basis. And then it shines brightest when it gets darker around them. And so a suburb resilience is when you are able to endure discomfort for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala on a regular basis intentionally, you don't inflict doddle. You don't inflict hardship on yourself, by the way harm on yourself. But you do incur and endure discomfort on a regular basis.
One of the sisters that spoke on the on the pain program that we had two nights ago Subhanallah she was talking about our sisters in the Gaza. I couldn't believe what she said. She said that the women are going to sleep in their hijab
in case they get exposed in a bombing. And they want to make sure that they're still practicing that everybody.
I mean, if that does not bring to life,
the very real example
of that woman who came to the Prophet sallallahu and he was Sunday
and said that I have epilepsy goddess little law. Sometimes I I am overtaken by a seizure and then I pass out and that's a cache chef and I'm late bear and the profit slice I'm told her to be patients and she would have Jana and she said yellow. So what can you just make your than that when I have a seizure? My IRA is not exposed. Here you have an example. In our day and age of that woman, and she was promised Jana. These women do that under airstrikes. Where do they get that from? They still pray you see the pictures of them praying and destruction? How many people do we see on a regular basis? And I don't mean to put us all to shame. But when someone says I stopped praying because
something bad happen, I'm finding it hard to pray these days because I made the right and I wasn't getting the answer to my dear I look at these people. They make the Athan and they go and they pray in their ruins. And they pray janazah more than they pray Solana more than they pray their regular salawat and they're still praying. So the light switch was not suddenly found they've been making themselves adjusting themselves to something greater on a regular basis on Subhanallah CIF when you read about resilience, they say it's finding meaning in adversity and the Prophet slice and I'm taught us that on a regular basis, we find meaning in adversity. We don't just wait for the
adversity to finish we find meaning in adversity, and we try to gather the lessons of that adversity. When Allah azza wa jal says to the community, after the slander of our mother, it shall the Allahu anha that taxa guna who shall run LePen that you think that it's bad for you but
but it's better for you. And then on an individual level, I sat on Takara who shaped Well, well, how you gonna come you might hate something and it's better for you, the believer finds meaning and adversity. And then we build a community of resilience to Allah subhanho wa taala. So
we are enjoying one another and good enjoying one another impatience. Right now our brothers and sisters and Philistine, they're holding up their end of the deal with showing us and teaching us a lesson in resilience. And unhemmed inaudible I mean, the OMA is alive. And we want to keep as many of our brothers and sisters alive as possible in sha Allah to Allah and be there alongside them. So bitten nahi Tada. We're going to inshallah have a panel now and just sort of discuss, how do we build resilience? How do we, how do we do our part here, learn from them, and then also see the end goal? So chef Abdullah, I'll start with you in sha Allah to Allah how do these events keep us
resilience in our faith? How do we find triumph in trial, not after trial in trial in the midst of it?
And the last one to Allah protect our brothers and sisters of Palestine and the last one is Allah bless them and protect them in their Eman mostly in the last month to protect our brothers and sisters also that are suffering in Libya and
Morocco and Ivana Stan in China, may Allah subhanaw taala protect them.
Really what we are seeing what we are hearing now is a trial without a doubt. But it's important to know that that is something that is conditional. I mean, when we see the word resilience, resilience comes after a trial, you fall and then you get back up, you fall and you get back up, you fall and you get back up. And right now we're seeing this fall with our brothers and sisters right now in an open prison without food, or water, or even Subhanallah any means of even exiting Subhanallah it's something that just as you mentioned, when the lights flickered off before we left that stopped my family. So just think about what's happening. You know, we're leaving our home, but there's no
lights, there's no electricity. So it's that it's this job, it's that that feeling, that feeling and that empathy that we must have in order to activate what we initially have with our faith in Allah subhanho wa taala. So the trials firstly brothers and sisters, when in trial comes know that it is a sunnah, a Sunnah of Allah subhana wa Tada. It is what Allah has predestined, and is what Allah has willed. Subhana but what's most important is when that comes to you where you face it not if but when you face it, what is your response? What is your response with the reality that we as human beings will fall short, or with the reality that we as human beings will get emotional, we will get
sad. And this is normal as human beings, this sadness when you watch on the news, watch on your phone when you read in that ilaha illa. Here's your own. When you hear with your brothers and sisters, like our brother that is suffering, you know, his family members have passed away and we have some in our community as well. You read those text messages, and that you recited to yourself. And you say subhanallah What if it was me, and it makes you sad? This is normal as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was sad when his son passed away. And he mentioned that his eyes shed tears and the hardest saddened but at the very end, he said, Well, Amanda kulula mejorada Rob, we
will not say anything that displeases our Lord Subhan Allah. So Allah subhanho wa Taala created us as human beings, but even within the word, a nurse or Insan, some scholars mentioned comes from NESEA, which means that there is a level of negligence or forgetfulness. And that is exactly what took place with our father Adam Alayhis Salam. So with this natural trait that we have that Allah has created and put within us, there is a timeframe that Allah subhanaw taala gives us to be human. But at the same time from our humanity, there is a timeframe for us to come back. Whether it's Inaba turning back to Allah. And that's why it's so important. During the times of Raha the times of ease,
that one is still turning to Allah subhanahu wa Tada. You know, subhanAllah, you know, I was mentioning
in the chapter of Enron, and I tell my community and all of us that this is a time for us to read, sorted and Emraan because it speaks about certain trials, particularly that of the Battle of Oxford, which took place in Medina, a couple of years after him. So we see when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam with this battle someone consider and we say that the Muslims lost, quote, unquote, in this battle, there could even be a level of disappointment, a level of sadness, because we'll see we see what took place in the beginning they were winning. But when those Angela Roma came down, some of them came down. They didn't obey the message of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam Radi
Allahu Anhu may Allah be pleased with them. Allah subhanho wa Taala was mentioning a statement that one of the mentioned about a boost of Yan when he with his army when he was non Muslim, when he came as the General of the Army of the Mexicans and he wanted to annihilate the Muslims.
What was meant you want Allah subhana wa Taala was giving a description of the believers
when he said Allah Dena was the ones that when people come to me either call it the humaneness in the NASA Kojima Allah confirm show him I want to capitalize on this portion of this verse. When people came to the Prophet sallallahu I there was some of them, as was mentioned, and they said in the NASA but the gemera will come. They all of mankind, or particularly some scholars mentioned was a boost to Fianna particular, which was a representative of all of the Mexican army at that time.
They've come as a battalion against you, you are more in number.
What did he say for showhome?
be fearful of them.
Just stop right now.
How many times do we see on the media the messaging from these news agencies, major news agencies, and they come with this message messaging for us to say the Muslims have lost their
Come with this messaging for us to say we are destroyed to where the sadness will persist and possibly lead to despair and that's where it can be problematic. Not the sadness. The sadness rather is from our Eman. The anger is from our iman.
But the despair is where there's a fine line. So when he said phospho Hoon
fear fear them. Allah subhanho wa Taala after that mentioned what happened to the meaning at that time internally for Azad to whom, Eman
when that what one would expect the one that is does not have a ultimate purpose in life by turning to Allah ultimately, initially and ultimately, Allah is my motivation. And Allah is my destination.
The reason I do something is for the sake of Allah because I want to be with Allah Subhana. So when that statement of fear came to them, it increased their Eman. It increased their Eman. It increased their Eman and that is how the trial is the Sunnah and the means. The means that ALLAH SubhanA wa Taala uses for you to strengthen your faith. How many videos have we seen some brothers and sisters in my community, they'll send a text message they'll send you know, our brothers and sisters, they're running and they're repeating this has to be alone. It has to be alone, if they're running out of breath has Allah is sufficient for me. And that's exactly what Allah subhanaw taala said,
after that the ones that their email was increased. And they said Allah says and they say has to be alone, when near network He
Allah is sufficient for me. And he's the most excellent of those that is relied upon. This is important as well. Allah is showing the statement of the believers in a time of trial and tribulation, that when that time of trial comes, you say Allah is sufficient for me. And what does that even really mean? That when I the more that I get to know Allah subhana wa Taala in ease, the more I will know Him in hardship
Todra Fetullah federal Ha, yeah, if he should, and this is a beautiful Hadith the Prophet sallallaahu Salam, a portion of his Hadith and this is a conditional sentence. The Prophet saw similar saying to I don't know if it Allah Federica get to know Allah or come closer to Allah subhanho wa taala. In times of ease, what will happen? What's the result? Yeah, it if he will know you in times of hardship, meaning that he will be there, Allah is always there for all of us. And it is a test for us to see what is our response? What is our response, and with that response of making the attempt to do better, as a chef, I mentioned, making that intention with yourself, setting your
alarm, Inshallah, at least five minutes before Fajr goes off, I'm going to wake up, I'm going to wake my children up, and I'm going to have them be a little uncomfortable. Because with uncomfortability comes success. And that's ultimately generally how the trial can be a means of triumph. The choice that you make, to be a better person to be the best version of yourself, particularly in times of hardship. And when you see that, know that it is a huge opportunity to be a stronger believer to be a believer even because some of us this can be a catalyst for us to start praying. It can be a catalyst for us to start praying five times a day, a catalyst for us to wake up
in the middle of the night. And remembering that beautiful statement has to be Allah that Allah subhanho wa Taala is enough for me. Allah is enough for me, turning to him, I am sufficient. It is enough for me. The predestination would have taken taken place with our brothers and sisters in Palestine. I know that Allah subhanaw taala has a bigger plan, what Allah has allowed to happen, I will try my best to go through the process,
process of resilience, and that's what I want to end on. Well, like, it is a process. It is not something overnight.
You know, I couldn't imagine Subhanallah if a family member family members of mine passed away in the you see it on the news you hear from someone it's a process and Allah subhanho wa Taala and Eileen and hugging the all knowledgeable he always knows that it is a process, but he wants us to stick through it because that is ultimately what the believer is in those characteristics because he is ultimately the one that we trust on when near metal working. And he is the excellent one that we trust and ultimately so really the trial is a means for us for trying
If we trusted him ultimately, and we turned back to him Subhana wa Taala and do not rely on those things that could bring us down a slippery slope. Because sometimes it may be a rough patch back.
Hello, I think that one thing shift when you say to Allah for Allah Hi, I have to for shinda so powerful Hadith that fits the situation, get to know Allah in good times, and he will know you and in bad times.
Good times are very relative. The best times of the people of Gaza are probably your worst nightmare. Their best times, right? Are things that we would consider of the worst of Iowa. I said that Iowa the worst of situations, but it is perspective to them. What a Ha is what the fuel turned on. The electricity turned on, we're not getting bombed right now. We're able to have our weddings and have our social activities in this open air prison without the prison guard violating us in the moment, that to them? Is it a hot?
That's the good time, right? So it's perspective. And you got to think about that. And the reality is, is that if you never knew should, if you did not even know what real hardship is in the first place, and I speak to myself, I speak to myself, I don't know real hardship is I've never been tested like that. I've never been tested like that, right. So I don't, I'll say I don't know what real hardship is. But that comes back to the more you know, Allah, the less important that all becomes. All of that relativity is then factored in, there's a saying Subhanallah that at once, I'm probably mixing up a few things. But you know, you can't reduce your tests, but you can choose to
not be reduced by them. And truly your trials are going to come and you're not going to be able to choose what selection of trials are given to you in life. In the same way, you're not going to really be in control of what selection of blessings come in your life. But you can choose as a person to not be reduced by them. And in the case of the Muslim, that is a Tadlock biller. That is a connection to Allah subhanaw taala, that connection cannot be disrupted, the cell phones are cut, the lines are cut, but they're lying to Allah subhanaw taala is still there, they still have that connection to Allah subhanaw taala. So long as that is not disrupted, the sense of purpose is not
disrupted. Shifting, so I'm going to turn it to you and Chef know if you could talk to the theater component of this. I think that, you know, a lot of this resembles sort of that makin period, right? The early Muslims, the struggle of the early Muslims that look and find hostility in every direction, can you kind of walk us through how we can learn resilience through that
means that allows us to kind of
have your self esteem and my bad palate, before I get to the Sierra component, I was just thinking about what you guys were saying about hard times, and convenient times, and so on. I couldn't help but remember the statement that hard times create strong men, and strong men create convenient times, and convenient times create weak men, and weak men create hard times. And the cycle is gonna go on and on and on and on. So for us, we are living in a convenient time SubhanAllah. And that's why she helped the society in America, you know, forget about the 1950s after the Second World War, and then after that's paler, those strong men that we now will say the veterans in those times, they
create convenient time for the society that came afterwards. And now we're suffering because of that convenient and creating unfortunately, weak leadership and weak with people even to the level of unfortunately, that emptiness and morality in that sense. So when we look at the brothers and sisters, I'm sure that you guys have seen a lot of these viral videos
about this young kid remembers of how this young kid was pretending to be a reporter and reporting about Russia. And as he was reporting, suddenly, a bomb or alternately actual rocket came over his head. So he just paused and looked up. And then he heard the bomb and has continued continued reporting. Like nothing happened. He didn't flinch. He didn't move. He didn't want to hide nothing he could do speaking. And just like, where is this strength coming from? Seriously Subhanallah people just going about their lives and trying to get the best out of this difficult time. They're going to cannula. And then I see also I saw just today, a video when little kids are playing in a
trench that was just opened in the ground. They made a big ditch action in the ground preparing for the mass grave that they're going to be actually burying the people in them. And these kids were playing. They were jumping in that space and having fun, you know, that was the new thing that happened in the streets. And then when the camera came to them, they said well, we just we're having fun right now we're playing with this. We never know we might be buried here too.
I'm just like
Wow, they're saying it and they speak and it's just like, no seriousness to the matter of death to them. So they don't feel that. So where does this come and come to a word this is really coming from, I think a land that really recently even from another video that came maybe some of you have seen that video, somebody forwarded to me actually. And I'm Muslim lady, who was also observant of the resilience of these people in these kids. And she was wondering where this is coming from for somebody told her it's from the Quran.
So she never read the Quran before. So what she did, she went actually and she started listening to the Quran, she found an audible version of the Quran shows listed the Quran, and she was mesmerized by the message that she was getting from that Quran. And she goes, No wonder
no more of these people, they find that strength and their resilience and that power, actually, it's in their teachings. And we can see that from the Sera, from the time of the Prophet saw some of the beginning of the revelation, obviously. So in the Meccan period, if we look at how the Sahaba were conducted themselves, and what were the teachings that were given to them, and for 13 years, imagine 13 years of their time, in comparison to 10 years in Medina
13 years, the Sahaba in Makkah, in terms of the numbers were few.
If you look at the ratio of the Muslims, who were in Mecca all these 13 years in comparison to the number of Muslims who embraced Islam in 10 years afterward. That number was very, very little. The number of the Mahajan that came from Macedonia was very, very hard, but they were the strongest of the strongest, because they were very well prepared during those hard times. And those difficult times in Mecca. The makan era and the Meccan period was all about building a strong believer, a strong individual. That's why in my case, I don't see salad to Gemma, there was no congregational prayer in Mecca. There was no fasting together Ramadan in Mecca, there was no collective, you know,
activator that they all had to participate in, in the collective as a gym as a group there wasn't. But they were responsible to do their own duty to Allah subhana first and foremost. So in the first year after the revelation of Accra, the Sahaba della donna, were given the order to trade 100 They were ordered to braid 100 for an entire year, every single night. They were ordered and commanded to pray at night. I mean, you guys in Ramadan when we do that for 30 days and 30 Nights, you know, back to back, half not even halfway the first few days, Marsha, we're very excited, maybe therefore night, five nights six, the muscles are empty already.
And by the time Ramadan is over what happens to the 100
we put on the shelf until the next year. But this Sahaba they worked on this for an entire year. And then finally they came to the Prophet saw some complaint Yasser Allah, we can't take this anymore. It's too much. Can you ask Allah so how to make it easy on us, Allah Subhanallah they made that riguarda to become optional, not obligatory anymore.
So when it became optional, it became voluntarily, they did not stop. Now they have a choice. So they chose to do it even now even more, because now they have a choice Subhanallah that build resilience for them. These people, when they embrace Islam, the Eman and their heart was strong and powerful.
There was notice even by the people around them, they were shocked and surprised. How could they handle all the pressure they had to go to look at Villa, for example, below their lateral morada in which he was every single day, his master at the time or mayor even Hello, he would bring him and drag him all the way in the middle of Mecca or in the desert outside and the desert and the brain and a boulder or rock to put on his chest and ask him to renounce his faith and curse the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam and he would deny he said absolutely not. But he keeps saying one word says I hadn't had I believe in one and only one. I believe in one and only one and they will be
enraged by that. They keep trying. And he himself has said that then you find out another word that makes you more more it anger I would use it.
But he could say in one and only one because he believed in Allah subhana wa Donna, we've seen the love in the throat or the Allah Bernardo and he became Muslim as well. And Abdullah was owed for the context and drama sort of the long run in terms of his in terms of his physique. It was actually a very tiny man who wasn't a strong big man was very little accident. But when he embraced Islam, he loved the Quran. And his voice was so beautiful with the Quran that he decided to go and decide that publicly in the main court and Mecca, where the leaders of Christ will be there listening.
Although he was warned against it, but he didn't mind it. So he went and he was the first person to ever recite the Quran publicly for the Allah Tala. Why was the result of that? Abuja one of the big guys in college came and slapped him severed his ear for the Latino Oregon. But it's I'm gonna do it again. And he kept trying to do it again. Why? Because I am going to decide the words of the ALLAH SubhanA wa Tala
between them so they can listen to
where do they get that resilience from? We look at kebab and aura cyber room, you know, the Latin Auradon, all the other Sahaba. Delano. And then later on in the history of the Sierra, all the Sahaba were put together and what we know today as concentration camp, which are called shape of your toilet, literally, they were physically were removed and put in one valley. And they were barricaded over they're not allowed to give to come in and out as, as they wish. And they were banned from trading with them, marrying from them dealing with them. So no, they cut them off completely ostracized from the society socially, financially, you name it.
Few people will help them out secretly, because they still believe their relatives, no matter how. So they smuggle some, you know, home and humanitarian aid to them here and there. And every now and then, to show you how difficult it was sad Miguel Castro de Landa Companion of the Prophet Salah Salem and said one night I wasn't able to sleep I was so hungry. I haven't eaten days, he said. So he got up at night and he started looking around for something to eat. There was nothing no grass, no leaves nothing left. Because I remember that night I stepped on something that was soft and tender. So I bent down grab a put it in my mouth. Because until this day, I have no idea what that
But just something to satisfy their hunger with.
And then when you look at that, why they remain so strong during those difficult times. So the dilemma they they study the Syrah, and they say the number one reason for that the number one reason for that is their strong Eman and belief in Allah subhanho wa taala. Once you subjugate yourself to one and only God, people become irrelevant to you.
Once you believe that you belong to Him,
then everybody else becomes no nothing to that's why as Muslim, what do we say? In that Allah, we're in Isla urogen We always say these words we all belong to Allah, and our return shall always be back to him. So if you believe that you belong to Allah, who is out there who can subjugate you to themselves?
Why would you even subject yourself to anybody to the whims and desires and the flooding and so on? Who's strong right now? Because Allah subhana wa Tada is on your side, we've seen that on the Prophet sallallahu wasallam was in the cave with over Casa de and that was it, it was anxious. And what did he tell him? Carla has an Allah hermana don't be sad, Allah is with us. That strong belief that Allah is one and only in his word, Mr. Hanna Wattana is so powerful, it really frees them from anyone, or any need or any dependence on anybody.
The second thing we know about the Sahaba della Tirana, that made them be so strong is their strong belief in the ACA in the ACA, which means that the hereafter that they believe this life is temporary, this life is just a test and Allah subhanaw prepares for the believers, you know, a better life. That's what the Prophet says and says about the soul as well. This is just a cog in this a prison for the believer. And the answer is going to be actually their freedom. So when they believe in that and if you look at the Quran, the Quran, most of the verses of the Quran, when ALLAH SubhanA wa does the speaking to the people highlighting these two things. You believe in Allah azza
wa jal to strengthen your mind and one God and only one. Number two, believe in the hereafter. That is a day of judgment, which means you now at ease, you are going to be compensated for what you have done in good deeds. And you know that all these people also are going to be returned back to Allah subhana wa Tada, no one's going to get away with all that they do.
And even if I don't get my right here, we're getting into alpha. And that's something that gives you that sense of strength and stability as well to the sahaba. Also, they learned that from the history of the, the nations from before Allah subhanho wa Taala mentioned a story in the Quran for what reason? He spoke about the Pharaoh. He spoke about the story of Ibrahim alayhis salam and his father and his people. He spoke about private Noah, hundreds people can imagine all these stories, what's the reason for that? To tell us that we're not the only people going through trials and hardships, and eventually Allah Subhana Allah give them trial. So when we get into that point, we realize how
serious the matter is Subhanallah so I think it's extremely important for us, when we look at our brothers and sisters,
unfortunately, and we think that we're grieving, you know, we're grieving for them, right, and for what they're going through. Here's the fact that I really when I observe what they're going through, and the thing that they have to run through and so on. They don't even have time to grieve.
Like literally, there's no time to grieve from one bomb to the other one for man, one massacre to the other one, and from one death to the other one so they don't even have time to grieve with him. They simply just gonna have to pick up the pieces and just move on.
We're grieving on their behalf. And frankly, instead of us teaching them lessons we should learn from them. We should learn from them how to be resilient Allah
Subhan Allah is the hadith of dunya citizen and Whatman they call it as the world's largest open air prison. Dunya as a whole, this whole world is an open air prison Subhan Allah and it's about perspective once again, you know thinking about Makkah and what you're mentioning chef like, imagine that that moment where hubbub Arataura, Delano comes to the profit slice on them.
Because there's this idea of like, we know we have the truth on our side.
But also la sigh Salem, we've seen this man split the moon. We've seen those soulless, like some split the moon and two halves by Allah subhanaw taala Anna's permission. You've seen trees and stones cry for him out of his thoughts with some you've seen some of the miracles around the Prophet sallallahu wasallam and you know, that he is Rasul Allah and that his dura is not rejected.
And Ababa, the law and who walks up to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he's got you know, they say skin in the game. He's got no more skin left to give to the game. He has no more skin on his back. It's been burnt off and torture skinless back.
And he sees the Prophet sign Saddam and says Yasuda Hola. Hola. Hola.
Aren't you going to make up for us? Anna to sponsor Nana. Aren't you going to ask Allah to give us victory
on the prophets line Salam,
he responds to him and he reacts them with what?
Look, there were people that came before you
that were placed in the ground and sliced into two because they said Nyla
you're being hasty.
As Hamid there's so much that you can unpack from that in Makkah in particular because there is no end in sight in Mecca. There is no end in sight in Mecca. There is no superpower that's coming from outside to save you remember how Medina was a surprise gift to the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam. The Romans are not coming to help. The Persians are not coming to help. No one's coming from outside to rescue this group of people with a new religion.
And the prophets lie Selim says to hubbub with full confidence. You're being impatient. Hold on, you're being impatient. He's saying that to a man with no skin on his back anymore. Allah will certainly give victory to the sufferer. Do not be impatient
Subhan Allah in this regard? You know, there's a frustration that gross, right? Every day you're seeing and and seems to be getting worse, and worse and worse. And we've only been in this now for a few weeks in this particular episode of the ordeal, right? I mean, if you've been engaged in sort of the the occupation and what's happening with it all this time, that's one thing, but this last episode only a few weeks every day, it's like you're waiting for the miracle.
Do not be hasty. Do not be hasty to not be hasty. I think that's where that individual or Eva, that you're talking about shift and Maccha so important. Some of the unit comes around and you have a community now and unhindered. And I think one of the things that we have is we do have a community. So as much as you have the voices of suppression from the media and from the political establishments. I think there's something inspiring about the streets of the OMA being filled and the connection that Muslims are forging across continents, despite social media platforms, trying to shut them down, that are expressing the sense of community solidarity. So what does this look like
now on a community level? When we have that, in the muddy phase, if you will, with the profit slice on how I look at the money, situation phase, we say that an American era, the focus was on building strong individuals. Once these individuals became strong enough, when they moved into a community, what do you expect they're going to produce a strong community? So when they build that strong community, but how was it what how, what made them so strong or resilient, especially I'm going to talk about Medina at the time of the Prophet saw some was Yathrib, which was not so significant city or town, actually, in the Arabian Peninsula. It wasn't like a thought of benefit to big actually
community, or Mecca, or anything else around it. It was something on the road of their path to go to a sham. It wasn't significant. But Allah Subhana Allah made us so significant because that small group of people who believe says, You know what, we're willing to take you in, we'll support you. So the Prophet says at the moment, he arrived in Medina, the first thing he worked on, is strengthening the ties of the community, obviously. And the first thing he did is that the Pact of brotherhood al Maha, so he made them into brothers and sisters, literally, as if they became like blood brothers and sisters that you live with them. You marry from them, you assist them, you help them out in
every aspect every way that you can think of. It's like saying nowadays we have refugees for example, you know,
Are there circumstances are very unique and different than our circumstances. When they come hunker we help them to Palestine, live that life so they become strong as part of the community as well. That's something the professors did to the community in Medina. And what did he do? He made sure that he built that community based on brotherhood and sisterhood. Now that's what the chef Hama began the conversation with hydrogen abuse Allah Selim, you are like one structure, you strengthen each other. So Hamdulillah I think one of the things we learn is that the OMA is strong because of the teaching show. Not because of any particular leader, or any particular geography or any
particular circumstance, it's because of the teachings of the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam. Like I remember hearing, Farmer speaking about the Muslim community in general. So it's one One thing unique about the Muslim community. It's a living organism. What does that mean? It thrives anywhere it goes, no matter what the circumstances are, it thrives anywhere it goes. Why so because you build your life around Allah subhanho wa taala. The first you think about as what we did them as it
and then when you start to have Quran classes, we need to come to the masjid, we need to do this way to do this, we need to do this. When the community grows around the masjid, you come around the notion the idea of what you worship Allah and only Allah subhanho wa Taala That in itself is so powerful, nothing can kill that.
So the OMA is always a strong as a community, as long as we have the same principles, we always strive for Hamdulillah. If we hold on to our teachings, which is why I'm a Kappa Delta Nevada, he mentioned his very famous statement he says called Nanako Moon as an Allah Who beat Islam, for Muhammad, Abdullah analysts that they already had Allah and Allah, we are no mother being dignified by Islam. If you see dignity throughout throughout anything else, we will not get it, we will be actually humiliated. So as a result, what I would say is that for us, and we need to strengthen that as a brother and sister then we we ache when we see someone else aching, and of course, you know,
it's planted in pain. But I also want to extend that part of beings Hala Muslim being compassionate even with the non Muslims. Even in that sense, that our actually our Rama extends to everybody. So therefore, we need to make sure that you look around and see who's in need of help. We look for one community, the other around us and financial strength and their town could be that we live in, when Elijah Baraka, Tana
Sheikh Abdullah, I want to give you an Schelotto chance to comment, obviously, I checked me been listening to a lot, I'm sure you have some reflections. So instead of me asking a question, so any final thoughts you'd like to share with us and Shawn, then we'll have a close up message from all three of us. But then, no, so as David mentioned, when did he say it Suhana when he opened what puts when he came into Hello against Philistine in the open puts on Allah. That's this, when he said that statement, it was a statement of humility. And that's ultimately what this connection with Allah subhanho wa Taala should make us is, is humble, humble towards him, humbled towards his creation.
And this is one beautiful dua I really want to end with. And I remind myself of it And subhanAllah and these times, the fortification of the heart, and making sure that the heart is pure, that it is that it is soft,
and that it is firm, being that it's pure for the sake of Allah subhanho wa taala. And there's a beautiful dua that I want all of us I think all of us know this dua and I hope we say this dua in our schedule, because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to say this in his sujood for resilience, because there will be times that the heart will be sad and to the degree to where you will ask Allah, Mata Nasrallah,
when is the help of Allah as Allah Subhan Allah mentioned that companions even said, Allah in the nostril Allah He, buddy, the help of Allah subhanaw taala is near sometimes your heart will say okay, okay, I know that but when
okay, just do ah
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to say in his sujood yarmulke label called everyone repeat after me. yarmulke label Hello.
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through. It is important that we always try our level best to resort to Allah and seeing how did he use these ayat that are in front of me
And how did I embark upon the usage of them in a way that's, that's a blessing in a way that He is pleased with. Because it's a highlight I remember when I became a new Muslim I remember the statement of Allah subhanaw taala. And in chapter one after going after the national gene, yeah, you had Adina Avenue lead tool, he come and welcome Well, in order to go and have a killer. Oh, you believe Do not allow your children and your money to divert you. It has to equal al hakam attacker who you have been distracted from gathering things in abundance. So distraction is that which takes you away from traction, which takes you away from that which is more purposeful. So here last month,
I said Do not allow your children and your money to be a distraction for you. From the remembrance of Allah, children and money is what Allah gives you. It is a form of sustenance, it is a form of something that you can look at and use to remember him more. But if it is the opposite, that's where it can make the heart weak. When our hearts are weak for our children, or for the money, that's when the choices that we make can take us away from the vicar of Allah subhanho wa taala. So when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam acknowledges that Allah subhanaw taala is ultimately the one that is in control of the hearts. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said Yamaka,
acknowledging him, that should be for us a sign that we should get to know Allah subhanho wa Taala more from everything that we encounter, as Sheikh Omar mentioned, anything that we encounter, try to associate it to how Allah Allah has given me this, how it is a sign and how I'm showing thankfulness to him by calling on him. And then he asked him for something a bit Albee make my heart firm. Make my heart firm. So what is it Yeah, mocha liberal, collude the heart that is constantly. I'm happy one day, I'm sad. I'm asking Allah why I don't want to speak I'm very angry. These consistent emotions. Fitbits called the make my heart firm. But my heart formed upon what I let D Nick, Isla de
Nick allergenic, I initially I tick, Allah, Allah, Allah Podrick, to make my heart firm in believing in your predestination, that what you have planned it is for a divine wisdom, it is for a divine reason. And with that being the case, this is how one gets that resilience in times. And let's be honest, there will be times as human beings, we will be all of us were caught off guard on October 7.
All of us were caught off guard. But what happens at that movie? What happens a couple of moments later?
What happens when we're crying? And that anger comes to us? What do we say? What do we say moments after that days after that? Yeah,
it's called br radionic because I cannot do it by myself.
So it's important that Subhan Allah what we've heard from the time of the companions to look at their lives, to see how Subhan Allah shaped, he answered, mentioned elec so eloquently, how we look at what they're going through as a lesson for us to look back at ourselves, look in the mirror, and asking ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada, the one that makes the hearts firm, to keep us firm on his faith by knowing him more. And using these ayat, whether it's a time, whether it's something that we're going through within ourselves, to use it as a sign, and it means to make the right choices to come closer to him. And without a doubt brothers and sisters, as was mentioned before, it will take you being
uncomfortable, being uncomfortable being uncomfortable, and we just got a small dosage of it. Subhanallah I almost hit a car on the way here because the lights were off from the parking lot. And then all of a sudden, the lights came on all of a sudden. And it just reminded me again right before I left home and reminded my family of Subhanallah just that small moment of darkness, ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada can bring the light at any particular time. But what are we doing individually and collectively to keep our hearts firm? with Allah subhanho wa Taala and that time of ease because it's not as he promised. It's got it all on his best. So I'm gonna go ahead and close. That's okay,
Inshallah, do you have someone, please go. Just if someone wants to take for example, an action item to do in order to build their resilience.
I want to remind ourselves that Allah subhanho wa Taala says to the prophets that Allah Salam, as he was given his Dawa, called VEDA for the funds supplied are bigger for her. When you're done, given the data, and we need to do when you're done going out there and putting yourself in the streets and the roads and inviting people to Allah subhana wa Taala and dealing with the hardships and so forth with the people. Once you're done with that, he says, we're a lot bigger follow up, then. Fun sub radar ferrata funds up when you're done, stand in worship until you feel fit
Now that's unusual because when someone is done doing something as important as given Dawa, and they come back, what do you ask them to do?
Rest, take a break. But Allah subhanaw taala him, there's not a time for you to rest. There's a time for you to stand up and start building yourself. So if we hamdulillah many of us maybe participated in the rallies and went helped out here and there and went online, make some comments and put some posts and so forth. This is all beautiful. Now my question for you, how are you building your own resilience?
How are you? How are you strengthening yourself? So here's how we do that. Number one knowledge.
Allah Subhan Allah says Allah no La Ilaha illa Allah, what is your knowledge about Allah subhanho wa Taala how strong your knowledge of Allah subhana wa Is it strong enough? is strong enough for you to make everything as irrelevant when it comes to Allah subhanho wa Taala if not, you need to start working on this. Number two, with knowledge you build your iman Faith and Faith is in the heart as Allah subhanaw taala says Alina I want to automate in Gulu womb with Aquila, those who have faith and their hearts find peace and tranquility to the remembrance of Allah. Because in the remembrance of Allah, the heart will find peace and tranquility. You to work on that. Number three, that faith
should result into your pin. Absolute certainty. When Allah described the believers at the beginning of certain Bacara Alladhina he's Alif Lam him that he could get tabula rasa filled dilemma Turpin, Allah the numerable available up Manasa Tamara Jack Ma Cornwell Lavinia Minami mountains in a coma Angela Merkel Malika will occur to me opinion, he speaks about speaks about the believers, those who have no doubt in the book, those who believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala they believe in the right the unseen they pray, they give them a car, they believe it was revealed to you what was the real before you what will occur to them, you know, they're absolutely certain about the day of judgment,
and there's an end for this. Number four, after you have these three things, you put this into action, and Amman, which is I need to translate that into action.
That's the last part of the Quran says what? Alladhina amanu. What I'm sorry, I know I'm gonna solid you have faith now. Prove it. When a man asks the prophet Samuel Rasulullah How should I understand Islam? Tell me something about Islam. I don't have to ask anybody after you. What did they say, is a cool man to be Lhasa Mustafa say I believe the truth of it. remain steadfast, don't fluctuate in your faith and your play and your practice. So prove it through your actions. And the last thing, when you do that what is left for you right now is to put your trust in Allah subhanaw taala and put your toe cool on Allah xuejun
I have my knowledge that produced a man my heart. Hopefully it makes me so certain about things. I put that into action. And then I put my trust in Allah azza wa jal, because I believe he's in charge of everything that will raise resilience for Allah.
I want to leave you all with this point, which in Charlotte's on I hope you all hear me very carefully on this. Very similar to what Chef Yasser said, you know, the prophet sighing some talks about this idea of walking with a person in need, until you complete their needs had to you up to the Allahu Hajra till you finish the job till you see that person to the finish line. I think that one of the greatest risks that we have right now and the initial excitement of activism and the initial sense of rage and the initial sense of empathy and, and seeing everything happening in front of you, is that you blow all of your steam out and a protest or two you come home and you feel like
you liberated Philistine and then you're done.
This needs you to stay engaged. And that's a proof of sincerity, by the way, your willingness to stay engaged until
the matter is seen to its end. We want a ceasefire right now, we want the end of the killing of innocent people. Right. Since the beginning, we want a ceasefire we want the end of the killing of innocent people. We want occupation to end we want apartheid and we want our brothers and sisters to live in the full freedom that we hope to live with ourselves seeing your tweets and I know for a lot of us Subhanallah this consciousness was awakened in us and by the way, this is character building for the young people as well. This is a cause that you need to engage with for the long run inshallah Tana Right now. It's, you know, we want to see people stop dying.
Eventually, in sha Allah Tada we want to see our brothers and sisters live in full prosperity. Stay the course. And the last thing speak speak with confidence but in the light Anna woman accent or Poland women there are in Allah Well, I mean, no Saudi. What Carla in an imminent Muslimeen there's this emphasis in the Quran. Speak with confidence. Don't let the fear be seen in your eyes. Don't stutter. I
of the Muslims we believe in La ilaha illallah hola hola. Wala Quwata illa biLlah husband Allah when Allah kill forced to Allah, this idea of speaking it and not being afraid to speak is a powerful concept in our deen and we need to nurture that inshallah to Allah in our young people as well speak with wisdom. Speak with courage, speak with consistency. Be smart, but be sincere Bitna Nikita Anna, we hope that we will see that Allah azza wa jal to liberate our brothers and sisters and Philistine, and that we all get a chance to pray and Mizzou Oxon, while it is liberated, we ask Allah subhanaw taala to
to support our brothers and sisters in Gaza in these dark moments we ask Allah subhanaw taala to free them from this activity we ask Allah to lift the seeds we ask Allah subhanaw taala to open up the ways of sustenance for them, to accept their dead shahada to heal their wounded. We ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to place us in their service Allahumma Amin was southern Animal Center about account of you know Muhammad wiener and he was so heavy edge mine was salam aleikum wa rahmatullah to council