Uniting Our Ummah When Politics Divide
Channel: Omar Suleiman
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Begin by praising Allah subhanaw taala and bearing witness that nun has the right to be worshipped or unconditionally obeyed except for him. And we bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa Salam is his final messenger We ask Allah to send his peace and blessings upon him the prophets and messengers that came before him, his family and companions that served alongside him, and those that follow in his best path until the Day of Judgment, we ask Allah to make us amongst them Allahumma Amin, the brothers and sisters, when Allah Subhana Allah says in the Quran, where Tasleem will be heavily learned hegemony and one are tougher Waku. What Karuna atma Tala hiya Alikum is coming to
America and for Ella Verbena polo become for us back from being naughty. He is one last answer I says and hold firmly to the rope of Allah subhana wa Tada. All of you hold on to the rope of Allah and do not be divided amongst yourselves. And remember the favor of Allah upon you. Allah mentions his Neshama twice. Some of the scholars here mentioned that this is to emphasize that this is only by the blessing of Allah as Allah subhanaw taala says in another part, if you would spend what is in the heavens and the earth, not a left Avena colloquium you would not be able to unite their hearts. This is something that is purely a favor and a miracle of Allah. Remember when you were enemies, and
Allah Subhana Allah United you and you became brothers, us back to be near mercy, He, it Juana once again, by His blessing, brothers, united as one and SubhanAllah. When you look at the Society of Medina, you find a people that could not but be united by La ilaha illallah, Muhammad Rasool Allah, there is nothing else that would have been powerful enough to help them see past their differences and to come together. And to not only start to see one another as human beings, but to see one another as brothers and sisters. It's one of the great desires of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, when he would make dua, night and day for the unity of the Ummah, for the unity of this
community. Because when we are united, we're focused and when we're focused, we're productive, we're guided, we are living in accordance with the mandate that Allah subhanaw taala has given to us as an ummah. Now SubhanAllah. Today, I wanted to speak about a very particular elements of this. And it was really because there have been a lot of articles over the last few weeks that are asking the question whether or not the country that we're actually in right now is even sustainable with the amount of political polarization that exists. And the amount of disagreement that exists around us that eventually, as people are fed, through their algorithm, everything that they want to hear
everything that they want to know about the world, that they no longer see anyone as capable of having a near difference of opinion on anything, but they see them as enemies that they have to destroy. And eventually, people hurt each other people hate each other, and then they hurt each other. And then it becomes an unsustainable situation. And subhanAllah when you look at what the Prophet sallallahu, alayhi, wasallam dealt with in his community, without social media, without the algorithms without that polarization, you still always had the potential of that fire to be lit. And then suddenly, people that have come together starting to see each other in a certain way. Now
Subhanallah in this situation, we're talking about the companions of the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And so I wanted to actually focus on just a few benefits from this and how we start to see each other once again as brothers and sisters past differences of opinion, legitimate differences of opinion, I'm not talking about film, I'm talking about just differences of opinion on different things that are around us, and how quickly those things can be magnified. We're talking about the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And, of course, the first place to start is Hadith uttered FCAs one it showed the Allahu Taala and he was slandered. And the Prophet
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam stood up on the member and he said, Yeah, Marissa and Muslimeen many Ardizzone men Rosalyn cut Bella houfy Ali Beatty. Oh my people who's going to help me in regards to who's going to relieve me from a person that has hurt my family, and you know the purity of my family you know the purity of your mother it subtlety Allah Tada, Anna, who's going to take care of him once and for all sides even more of all the Allahu Taala and who gets up and who's narrating this? Show? The Allahu anha the one who's the subject of the slander, she she's the one watching all of this unfold. And she says side of morons got up and he said, an hour of hero come in who Yasuda?
Allah O Messenger of Allah. I'll take care of him in Canada minute Oh Stogner Monica, if he's from an iOS will take care of him. And if he is from our brothers from a husband's if he's from the other tribe in Canada, and it's windy and cause
A large amount of toner for Anna, if you told us to do away with that person, we would do away with that person as well for Anna Amarok, whatever you command us to do, we're going to do it on Messenger of Allah. And she says that Sarah regada got up well, who says we'll have lunch? And he's from the other sub tribe. Now Subhanallah we don't say hello, squirrel, huzzah. Raj, we say the unsolved because to us, they're all one. We love the unsolved we praise the unsolved and Allah refers to them in the Quran as the unsought of the onslaught of the unsolved but those old wounds were there. And so the old wounds got triggered. This man from an else said, if he's from our people
will take care of them. And if he's from an huzzah Raj from the other tribe, will take care of him as well. And Sarah didn't know our brothers from Al Hassan. And he stood up and he settled the Allahu Anhu says, and this is what I want you to pay attention to. She says, What can Roger in Saudi Ha, this is so beautiful.
Isha is the one who's being slandered. She says, sadly, mineral Baba was a good man. He was a pious man. He was a pious man. But she said to her, that Wilhemina he was overtaken by the heat of the moment, and some of the old divisions of jelly of the days of ignorance. Aisha is the one who has the most to lose in the situation. And she feels like it's important to actually qualify what's happening here by saying, Look, sad, immortal, bad, makes a mistake here. But by the way, he's a good man. He's a good man that slipped for a moment and went back to those days of tribalism. And he responds back and he says, conduct Allah Amarula. He learned talk to who will talk to you or Allah
partly, or you stood up and he said to the other side, he said, if he's from us, you will never touch him. You will never be able to overcome him. And then she says, we'll save them and for leave from the first tribe. He got up and he said to Sarah Dibner, bada Kepta Lambro ally, Lana to Lana Hofer in NACA Munna, fic, 232 and 115.
You have lied, you better believe that if he's from your people, we will take him out, and you're a hypocrite arguing on behalf of the hypocrites.
And then it all became yelling and screaming back to the old days back to the old wounds, and the prophets lie some understanding on the member disappointed, standing on the pulpit, disappointed and Subhanallah in this moment, and these are companions of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa salam, what ended up happening, it wasn't about the issue anymore. They become they became quickly Team Hosts and team hazards very quickly, they went back to being team Osen team hazards instead of just being Muslims, which had been nurtured over that entire time. And who gets away as a result of the distraction, who's looking at that not disappointed at all and saying, I dodged one, the actual
hypocrite the actual nathnac, the actual person who caused all the problems is sitting there going, I'm glad they're fighting each other. Because now he gets to walk out of the masjid peacefully, while great people start to argue with one another again, because they stopped being team on my team Islam, they stopped being just Muslims. And they went back to being else and has Raj and who stands to benefit the actual evil party's stand to benefit most from that? Because it becomes a distraction. It's Pamela, when you talk about political polarization in America, how often more often than not almost always the same corruption that is present and the Republican Party is present
in the Democratic Party. It's the same group of people that control and pull the strings and they stand to benefit from poor people all trying to fight each other. Over what over defending their platforms, defending their parties, and drifting back into that because we are as human beings, naturally tribal, Muslim, or not Muslim. We can descend very quickly into my team. That's my team. You're on my team. He's on my team. She's on my team. That's it. And so when anyone from my team slips, I'm going to overlook it.
But when anyone from the other team stirs something up, let's all gang up on that person. And what does Allah subhanaw taala say? Remember who you were and remember what you became, you became a people of la ilaha illAllah Muhammadan rasul Allah, you became a people that stand up and pray at night you became a people that spent of your wealth for the sake of Allah, you became a people that were willing to put your lives on the line. Don't go back to that the Prophet sign says don't go back to being Cathar striking at each other's necks. What's wrong with you don't go back to that. But we're human.
And the companions are the best human beings after the prophets of Allah. They didn't go further than what that happened, but sometimes it gives us a good
In fact Subhanallah the best two people of this ummah, Abu Bakr and Omar, may Allah be pleased with them. The best two men after the Prophet slice Allah, I was just reading about the disagreement that they had because guess what they disagreed sometimes the CHE Han of this ummah, the two shakes of this ummah, they disagreed sometimes. And in this one particular disagreement, it was actually some of the context of certain hoods riots where they started to raise their voices in the presence of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. almoradi Allahu Anhu expressed an opinion different from Abu Bakr Siddiq while the Allahu Anhu. Now these two men love each other, they love each other. But
what a double back up on the Hello, I'm Jose, he said Matt Arata, Ilahi laughy you only expressed a different opinion because you want it to differ with me.
I will work it and Omar. But there was hurt sometimes. You only said that you only suggested something else because you want it to be different from me. And that's when they started to argue.
Now, of course, this is Abu Bakr and Omar and not only did they reconcile in the moment and not go too far with this, they took Islam far and wide in ways that we're still benefiting today. Always, always Subhan Allah because they put Allah first and they put the messenger of allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam first. After those moments, they were able to come back and get back to Allah rasool Allah every single time because they had bigger goals. And sometimes we have to be reminded of what that bigger goal actually is, and how we actually come back to something that is
uniting. That is more important to us than anything else. The brothers and sisters Subhanallah there are legitimate disagreements and there are disagreements that are far out of the realm of what is legitimate. But when you see a person next to you who says Lila Allah, Muhammad Rasul Allah, your brother, your sister, who says La ilaha illAllah Muhammadan rasul Allah,
you have to always keep that perspective ahead of you. You have to be able to put that ahead of you over and over and over again.
And not let things that are secondary to to hate and everything is secondary to to hate. Everything is secondary tonight, Allah Muhammad Rasul Allah, become a source of this type of disagreement. It's human nature. But it is prophetic call. It's the call of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that always get back to who you are and what you are supposed to be. We're human beings. And sometimes, sometimes we're going to disagree now Subhanallah right now I'm talking about politics. And, you know, the political polarization. Some of you probably don't care about politics at all. You're like, I never fight anyone over any politics. I just don't care. I don't read the news. I don't get
involved. But it's just one example of what leads to a lot of heated discussions and you'll see a lot of people arguing on two sides of the political aisle. And it says if there were Latin Bara is to a political party or to a political figure rather than to Allah and His Messenger, sallallahu alayhi salam willing to cut off ties to insult and cut off ties and Mark people who say Lai Allah, Allah, Muhammad Rasul Allah, who you hope to see in Jana next to you.
But here you are. You cut it off, you know, subhanAllah there was a brother who once said something very profound. He said, You know, when I signed up for the shahada card when I said lie Allah Allah, Muhammad Rasul Allah, there wasn't a tick box that said Democrat or Republican, liberal conservative, I didn't have these tickbox you know, I had to sign Salafi Sufi I had to go wanting to use a series like I didn't know when I said Lila Allah Muhammad Rasul Allah, I'm gonna have all these tick boxes here in front of me. What happened to Lila Allah Muhammad Rasul Allah, the very, the very basic of habla Allah, the rope of Allah subhanho wa taala. And it's important for us to say
that despite all of this, we do have red lines. We have red lines in our differences of opinion, we have red lines, and our disagreements are key those are red line.
Our P that is a red line. Our Aqsa is a red line. Definitely, the blood of our brothers and sisters is a red line. You know, you can have differences of opinion on very real things. But like if it gets to the point where you are now insulting Allah Subhana Allah clearly going against Alana messenger slice Allah, clearly going against your brothers and sisters actually putting those things, these are red lines. But their brothers and sisters, there's a lot in between those red lines, we're just as human beings, sometimes we're going to have these disagreements, we're going to have discussions and you have to still see your brother and your sister as your brother and sister
and not succumb to
the dominant way of discourse, where people just quickly hate each other and people quickly cut each other off. You have to remind yourself and I have to remind myself we're all on the same team. We're all on the team of Lila Mohammed and we're all on the same team. And we have to see each other
There insha Allah to Allah as tawassul been happier to our sub sub in joining one another in good in truth and enjoying one another in patience trying to bring people to that rope of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah and have them go through and the rope of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah is the Quran as a scholar say, Well howdy Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and the guidance of our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has many of the scholars edited the book of Allah and the guidance of our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and we want to have as many people as possible hanging on to that. And one of the promises that we are seeking to make to people is that if they prioritize
Allah and the messenger, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, then it sorts out the worldviews it sorts out the differences. It doesn't stop making us human. It doesn't stop making us differ all together, but it does unite us around a purpose that is greater and that cannot be exploited by corrupt people and evil people.
And so you stop seeing your brothers and sisters as teams, you stopped seeing that a you know, anytime. And it can be something as small as your Whatsapp group, it can be something as big as whatever it is on social media. Anytime this person says something, I don't care if it's good, I'm going to disagree because that person is not on my team. And anytime someone on my team says something, I'm going to support it. This is exactly the Janelia the prophets lie some condemned on sort of a haka volume and one of Rome support your brother, whether he's oppressed or whether he's an oppressor. How do we support the oppressor, stop him from oppressing, he's still your brother,
you're still on the same team, stop him from oppressing, but your goal, your goal is to have as many people holding on to this rope as possible. Some of the people you know, some of the scholars mentioned that sometimes Subhanallah when you do the opposite of nasiha. When you start to offend someone and you start to come really aggressive at someone, you might make their opinion worse than it already is.
Someone's still within the red line. And then because you're lobbing shots at them, and you're fighting each other and yelling at each other and calling each other each other names, that person might say something that's going to take them out, just because they're mad at you and just because of the heat of the argument. Shot at all we Rahim Allah said something beautiful about the rope of Allah subhanaw taala he said, if you're trying to kick someone off the rope of Allah, it's like you got your brother or sister hanging on by a thread and you're trying to stomp them off of the rope of Allah Subhana Allah and kick them into hellfire. What's the difference between you and the shaitan
trying to get as many people kicked off as possible into hellfire as possible. That's not who we are. It's not who we are. Our condition of light illa Allah Muhammad Rasul Allah keeps us united as brothers and sisters. And sometimes when we say something to each other, we take it back. We apologize, we come back to each other and we try as much as possible to make room on the rope and I'll see how to build people up to say, let's get as many people as possible holding on to this rope of Allah subhanaw taala and protected bit in the nighttime, and not let our egos take us away from our prophetic way. The way of our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Tada sallallahu alayhi wa
sallam Allah has to do, while at about one or two just as to whether to hustle. While our teenagers who work who know about Allah Juana so beautiful Hadith in Sahih, Muslim, he said, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam don't envy one another, don't hate one another. Do not spy on one another. Don't go fishing around on one another. And do not become people that raise prices on one another and try to exploit one another. But instead be able to Allah, Atlanta, the servants of Allah and brothers and sisters on that condition that we're all there about of Allah. And with this idea in the scene of the controller, the controller is an interesting place, if you read about the Day of Judgment. You
know, we often talk about the marathon. And indeed there are some people at the scale on the Day of Judgment, who will have their good deeds taken away because of their Tunc. In fact, that's what the profit slice and I mentioned is the majority of people going bankrupt on the Day of Judgment.
That running Tunc was running fingers, they offended they hurt, they abused, they backbiting whatever it may be. Then you have those people that make it to this controller. The controller the profit slice that I'm set is the bridge right before gentlemen. Right before agenda. It's the brothers and sisters that made it you're going to Jana with the night it may Allah make us from the people of Jamaica, people that said, people that said and that acted in righteous ways in ways that were satisfactory enough for them to be on this bridge right about to get into Jana.
Then some of them have hard feelings towards one another.
Some of them have some hard feelings and Allah is not going to let you into Jana. With those hard feelings Subhanallah in this situation, it's not even an obvious transgression. The way that the transgressions happen in are dealt with in the grave and at the scale and things of that sort. It's the brothers and the sisters that used to always go at it. It's the brothers and the sisters that tried to avoid each other in the masala and now you're looking over and you see that person next to you on the Contura
and imagine getting
held up from Jana.
Because you need to work this out between yourselves.
How silly would we feel? How silly would we feel? I can see Jana over there and I want to get in there. But I need to work this out.
May Allah subhanaw taala remove from our hearts removed from our hearts those grudges and that malice May Allah Subhana Allah protect us from it may Allah azza wa jal allow us to enter into Jannah as brothers and sisters around their prophet slice I'm gonna for those that are that llama I mean Akula Kalia there was stuff that I do recommend certain Muslim infrastructural in a hula for rocking
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