Whoever Is In Service Of His Brother
Channel: Omar Suleiman
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Jumuah Khutbah: Whoever Is In Service Of His Brother, Allah Is In His Service
December 23, 2016
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Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is his final messenger, we ask Allah to send his peace and blessings upon him. The prophets, the messengers, his family, his companions, those that follow until the day of judgment, and we asked a lot to make us amongst them a llama, I mean, their brothers and sisters, typically when we discuss the concept of wanting for your brother, what you want for yourself, a very particular Hadith comes to mind, which is the famous Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam. You know, I had to come, no, one of you truly believes until he loves for his brother, what he loves for himself, and an Imam and no wairakei mohalla he said that this hadith
extends beyond all people. One last one, the prophet peace be upon him says your brother in this Hadeeth honey Mama, no, we says that means your brother who is sinful. Your brother, who is a part of you, your brother, who is from your tribe, your brother, who is from your faith, your brother, in humanity, no, one of you truly believes until he loves for his brother, what he loves for himself. But usually when we talk about serving our brothers when we talk about being in the service of others, and we talk about what that unity looks like, and what empathy looks like, we don't speak about how we connect that back to our relationship with the one who created us in the first place,
how we connect that back to a loss of handling time, how we make that a spiritual experience, rather than just purely an an experience of empathy. And empathy is a beloved trait. It is the trait that our messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was described within the portal on Aziz and Ali Hema, and it tumhari. So not a company what meaning are often Rahim? So he's described as being someone who is pained by the experiences of others who wants good for other people, who has a has a particular, you know, hurt when he sees that others are being hurt sallallahu wasallam, who is keen to the guidance of other people. So empathy is a beloved quality that we are supposed to have and the messenger
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he mentioned that there are traits from the days of ignorance, traits, that were good positive traits and qualities, and they needed to simply be polished with Islam. criado come from jdf era confront Islam, but the best of you before Islam or the best of you after Islam. So good qualities are good qualities and a lot of nurtures those qualities, with this with His revelation. But when we talk about connecting it to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah and remembering how Allah found us and what Allah has done for us, we find many ayat and a hadith in that regard. One of them the very famous Hadith, which really lays the groundwork for this principle, men can if
he had it, he can allow for Hagerty. Whoever is in the service of his brother, Allah is in his service. Whoever is in the service of his brother, Allah is in his service. Now what being in the hijab being in the service of your brother means can mean many different things. When your brother is hungry, you feed him when your brother is sick, you help him when your brother is in poverty, you financially assistance. When your brother needs someone to talk to then you're there for him to talk to. When your brother needs guidance, then you
Try to provide that guidance, you try to be an instrument of that guidance. When your brother is in need, then you yourself are in such concern for that brother that it is as if it is you yourself who is in need. When your brother's family is in need it is as if it is your own family that's in need. And sometimes you're even in the service of your brother without your brother knowing that you're in his service. So sometimes it's not as tangible. So for example, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam mentioned that whoever prays and supplicates for his brother in his absence, Viva hari labx. What that means is he has no idea that you're praying for him, you're standing up in the
middle of the night and the last third of the night, and you're invoking Allah subhanaw taala to make things easy for him to be in that person service that Allah has appointed an angel that says, mean, we're not gonna be missing he mean, and for you as well, the same prayer you make for your brother may be for you, as well. So sometimes your brother has no idea that you're making your app for them. That's your supplicating for them, but you're in his service. And some goodness might come to their lives, and they have no idea what the source of it was. And that's to your benefit. It's more sincere that way. It's a beautiful connection. And in fact, any mammal has already Rahim Allah,
he said, that you should look to your brother's conditions and you should make do out for them. You should supplicate to them for very specific things. And you would see that Allah would give you those same things. So for example, you know, someone that lacks health, you know, or that's going through some sort of health crisis or that has an illness, then you pray that Allah alleviates them that a loss penalty cures them from that element from that illness, that that would be a means by which Allah preserves your own health. You know that someone is going through financial difficulties, so behind their backs without them knowing you pray for them, for Allah subhanaw taala
to take them out of that financial hardship As a result, the angel says, I mean, and for you as well. And you would find that that would happen in your life as well. You pray for guidance for someone else and guidance would come to you. So it becomes a selfish endeavor in that situation. And sometimes your brother sees you trying to serve them, but they don't recognize that what you're doing for them is actually for them, but they perceive it as being against them. So as for example, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said on sort of a haka volume and form of loom, support your brother, whether he is a transgressor or whether he's being transgressed. And they said to the
Prophet, salallahu, alayhi wasallam. How can we support him when he himself is the transgressor when he's the oppressor? How do we support him, and they thought that the Prophet peace be upon him was referring to a jolly concept, in the days of ignorance, when what that meant, what a statement like that meant was that if someone from my tribe is wrong, then I still have to have his back because he's from my tribe. So if two people get into it, if two people quarrel, and one of them is my cousin, then I have to have his back. So when the Prophet slicin A made that statement, they immediately went there, they said, yada sola, they said, O Messenger of Allah, this conflicts with
everything you've been teaching us about the end of tribalism and racism and, and and the coming of justice and equality, and doing away with those barriers. So how do we support someone from our own our brother who is wronging, someone else or who is oppressing, and the profit slice, I'm said, by stopping him from oppressing,
by holding his hand, stopping him from oppressing, stopping him from that wrongdoing. Now, here's the thing about that. Most of the times, our egos will not allow us to accept advice from people that weren't good for us, and that sincerely want to help us when it's against the course of action that we want to take. So it's easy, easier for us to take that experience. And to put that person in the bucket of enemy. It just, it's easier for us to reason through our course of action that way, that instead of seeing the person in front of me who loves me, who's always been there for me, who's always tried to help me as being in my service by trying to stop me from doing something wrong.
Because I don't want to change my course of action. I'm just going to put them in the same bucket of suspicion. And that's how we kill friendships and relationships and brotherhood. Right? I don't take sincere advice anymore. All advice is against me. They're all out to get. So sometimes you are willing, out of your love for your brother and this is the peak of sincerity to your brother. You are willing to sacrifice your friendship for the good of that person.
You know what, I don't care if you hate me as a result of this, but you need to hear what's better for you. It would be much more pleasant for me to tell you exactly what you want to hear and support you in your wrongdoing.
The way that you want me to support you.
But because I care about you more than I care about you thinking I care about you, I'm going to, I'm going to tell you what you need to hear not what you want to hear, that's service that's being in the hands of your brother, that's serving your brother. But here's the thing. At some point, your intentions could be diluted. And you could go from a place of trying to correct your brother for his good to assaulting and insulting your brother, for your own good and for your own ego, taunting him for his sin and taunting him for his wrong course of action. So you need to also make sure that it continues to be service to that person. And that's in the habit of that person. And that when I'm
trying to stop my brother from taking the wrong course of action, it's really for his own good, because the opposite extreme is that I see him going down a certain path, and I want to beat him up for for the sake of my own ego, for my own petty victory. Right. So sometimes service is not interpreted as service, and sometimes it's not seen. But the point is, you are always in his hajer you're always in his service, knowing that Allah would be in your service as a result of that. One of the beauties of the internet age, there aren't many of them. There are very, there are a lot of ugly things about the internet age. But one of the beauties of the internet age and being able to
give sadaqa and transfer charity to someone that you will never meet in this world, is that you could literally be making a change in somebody's life and they never see I mean a very tangible financial change. Can you imagine the Society of our Prophet peace be upon him? All model the great omnipotent Bob, may Allah be pleased with him, but was worried about an animal in a land 2000 miles away, testifying against him on the Day of Judgment, because he did not do enough to stop it from being overburdened by its owner. Can you imagine if all muddled the a lot of time I knew I had an app
where he could support that animal or support that person? That's being wrong. Right? Click for a donation, send $5,000 build someone a home sponsor an orphan, I mean, that's beautiful. Alliance, beautiful, we can use that to our advantage. How many people if we are people of charity, how many people will we meet on the Day of Judgment whose lives we have changed without ever having met them in this world or even known their names in this world? So that's one of the good things and hamdulillah that Allah has enabled us with that we can make serious change, you know, somehow alone, when I was there in this in the refugee camp in Jordan, the Syrian refugee camps, and this is not a
fundraiser for it. All right. But the the $5,000 homes this home, literally that would change a family's life, they will never meet you most likely, you literally gave these people a home. Where as they were they would be living in the desert otherwise abandons freezing right now in the winter. It's beautiful that on the Day of Judgment, that's probably the first time you'll meet them and they'll testify for you in shot one time. So sometimes being in there hajer has its benefits because they don't know you, they don't see you or they know you but they don't see what you're doing for them behind their back. Sometimes you're in a gathering the Prophet peace be upon him, mentioned to
us the blessing in the virtue of a person who sits in the gathering and hears that his brother's dignity is being tarnished and he stands up for his brother. How many of us have the courage to do that? When we sit in a gathering, and the lever starts, the backbiting starts and the gossip starts and the beating up on that person starts the most decent person in our day and age is the person that won't join in. How many people actually jump in and say that's not acceptable. Stop talking about my brother that way. Don't talk about my sister that way. That's not acceptable. And you have that person's back. When other people don't. That's also a part of our religion. It's a part of our
Deen. It's a part of service to your brother. The messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Man, Allah madman, Allah, NASA besotted law. Whoever pleases the people meeting sits with people and pleases them by engaging in their sinfulness by displeasing Allah. So they're there. They're gossiping, they're backbiting they're speaking ill about someone because it's funny it's it's it's engaging. It's how you get in, you know, into that crowd. It's what's keeping the night alive or keeping the gathering alive, man autobahn, NASA B Saha, Tila Safi de la Juan was caught on NASA and the Prophet peace be upon him said that God will be angry with him and Allah will make the people be
displeased with him as well and Allah will turn the people against him as well. But man out of the law he suffered in US whoever pleases Allah by displeasing the people. You're the party pooper because you're not going to have that in your presence.
Whoever pleases Allah
By displeasing the people about the Allah, one waddled on nasaan Allah will be pleased with that person and Allah will turn the hearts of the people towards that person as well. So sometimes you do service for your brother in defending them, when other people are dishonouring them, but you're still in Hagerty elite, you're still in the service of your brother. So how do we connect that to this happy man can have he had it, he can have love he had it he, whoever's in the service of his brother, Allah is in his service. Sometimes Allah is in our service, and we don't interpret it that way. And we don't see that. Right? Sometimes a lot is working something good for us as a crochet.
And you think it's horrible for you something happens in your life. And you even start to question God, why is this happening to me and Allah is actually planning in your favor, even as you question him. So sometimes a lot is in our service as well, but we don't interpret it that way. Or we don't see it that way. However, I want you to pay attention to all of these ahadeeth and they're all ahaadeeth that you've heard, but I want you to see if you can hear something common. Yep naadam un* onfi colic,
the prophet peace be upon him said oh child of Adam, spend and I will spend on you. Allah says, Oh child of Adam, spend and I will spend on you. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said it'll hammelmann fill out of your hammock or Memphis Santa show mercy to those that are on the earth and the one who is in the heavens will show mercy to you. The prophets lie Selim Seidman sets out our Muslim man cetara hola yo milky Amma, whoever covers up the fault of his brother Muslim Allah will cover up his faults on the day of judgments. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said man Yes Allah Allah Morrison. Whoever makes things easy for someone who's in hardship, yes, subtle. Allahu
alayhi for dunya with
Allah will make things easy for him and the dunya in this world and in the hereafter in this life and in the Hereafter. What do you keep on hearing here, you literally are being told do for others what you want a lot to do for you.
It's actually amazing spends and Allah will spend on you. So your charity has an added motivation and added incentive you want God to give you give to others. When the Prophet slicin says show mercy to people on earth, Allah subhana wa Tada, actually, Memphis goes beyond people, that God will show mercy upon you. The prophets lie Selim says, Whoever covers up the faults of his brother, this is powerful. You know, we all love second chances, second chances, just only for ourselves or for anybody else. We don't want to give anybody else a second chance. We don't want to give anybody else a second chance. We just want everyone else to give us 100 chances. So men settled on muslimah
whoever covers up the fault of his brother or his sister, and tries to help them through that which is a that which is which is shameful. Allah will cover up for them on the Day of Judgment, the opposite of that, what the prophets lysozyme said that whoever taunts a brother with his sin, that he would not die until he commits the exact same sin that he taunted his brother with. The opposite of that is that Allah would expose the one who exposes other even had toughie, Beatty even if he's in his home, so you want a lot to cover up your faults and cover up your shame. You cover up the shame of other people, you want a lot to make things easy for you. You make things easy for other
people. What was the response to abubaker on Abu Bakr radi Allahu Allah and who did not want to continue to give charity to the man that slandered his daughter, who was also the wife of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam used to give him charity every day, mister.
I mean, I'm giving you charity and you're slandering my daughter and you're slandering the wife of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is the one whose wife was slandered who has caused all this pain to whom Allah revealed while the Alfa Williams for her Ella to have bona fide Allah Hola, ko forgive and Pardon? Don't you want a lots of forgiven? Pardon you? Isn't that amazing? And I will back out on the low end who said okay, I'll continue to give them charity. And he actually started giving him more charity than what it used to give him before why you want a lot of forgive you? How much forgiveness Are you willing to show to other
How much forgiveness Are you willing to show to other people? How much forgiveness do you want from Allah?
How many Second Chances are you willing to give other people how many, you know, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, chances Do you want a lot to give you you want to forgive someone but you still want to hold them. You know you want to you want to make sure they always remember their their transgression against you. You know, you want to make sure that you hold them accountable all the time that you never let them forget.
They've sought your forgiveness but you want to constantly guilt trip them?
Do you want a lot of do the same with you on the day of judgment? Or do you want a lot to never mentioned that sin in your presence in the hereafter?
What do you want from Allah? What are you doing for a loss creation? What's amazing about all these ahaadeeth and this I and I want you to pay very close attention.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
did not change even the wording
of these ahaadeeth when describing what we want from Allah, like, it's not like spend, and you'll get paradise it spends and Allah will spend on you. Show mercy and Allah will show mercy on you. Forgive and Allah will forgive you. The same wording is used each and every single time. And that's not by accident, every single time. So how I actually did not even notice this until today,
exact same wordings and he never sallallahu alayhi wasallam digresses, he never goes away from doing that the equation is always the same, to the point that linguistically it's the same do for this person, Allah will do this for you.
It's beautiful. It's powerful. But it's also scary.
It's also scary. Because we need to connect these experiences back to a loss of Hannah Montana, and treat people and do with people what we want a lot to do with us. And I want to share with you all a very famous narration but I want you to pay attention to a nuance that maybe you have overlooked a subtlety. We know about the woman that enter gender, the prostitute from Bani Israel aid from the children of Israel, but the prophets license that entered paradise because she gave water to a thirsty doc. We know that Howdy, there's another narration. And most of the scar states another incident another man meaning two people went to Jenna, for no other reason than giving water to a
thirsty dog. All right. This is the Hadith that's narrated by avoidable the allowance and I know that the prophets lie some mentioned to us a man who was walking and this man was walking on a hot summer day, and he became thirsty.
Now he didn't have a water bottle. He didn't have his jug with him. There were no seven elevens around. It's him in the desert by himself. He's looking for water. So he started to look until he found a well and he got that water and he drank from it when he came out and satisfied his thirst. Then he saw a thirsty doc.
And look at the connection that he made the profit slice and I'm sad for Colorado. Handle Cal Mina La Paz mithila levy cannibal. Ah, honey.
The way that dog is thirsty is the same way that I was just thirsty.
You see, he made a connection. I was thirsty. Allah gave me water. I am less than Allah infinitely less than Allah. But Allah showed mercy to me. And Allah gave me water. This dog is less than me and vulnerable. Maybe I should give water to this dog too, just like this dog is thirsty. So he went back to the well, he filled his shoe with water. And he put that shoe in front of that dog until the dog satisfied its thirst, the profits license said and this is beautiful. He says festac Allahu Allahu Allah for Allah. So Allah thanked him and forgave him. Not he entered genda. And then the story. No, let's look at the wording. Allah thanked him. Why did you give water to a large? Did he
give water to a dog? give water to a dog he didn't you can't give a lot doesn't need us, right? So why did Allah thank him? Because he made that connection. He figured it out. That's what we're here for. We're trying to figure it out. We're here for that one message. Now connect that to the Hadith where the prophets lie. Selim said that Verily, Allah will raise his servant on the Day of Judgment. And He will say to him, oh, son of Adam, I was hungry, and you did not feed me? And the man would answer how could I feed you? Well, until I will admin and you are the Lord of the worlds and Allah will say, Did you not know that my servant, so and so who was the son of so and so felt hunger and
you didn't feed him?
Alas, had you fed him you would have found my reward with or I'm sorry, you would have found that reward with me, oh, son of Adam, I was thirsty, and you did not give me anything to drink. And he would say How could I give you anything to drink? You are the Lord of the worlds he said, Did you not know that my servant so and so was thirsty? And had you gone to him and satisfied his thirst you would have found that reward with me? Oh, son of Adam, I became sick and you did not visit me He will answer how can I visit you and you are the Lord of the worlds. He will say did you not know that my servants so and so the son of so and so became sick and you did not visit him? Had you
visited him you would have found me with him. That's a subtlety. We can do.
The point is dear brothers and sisters, this is what Allah has put us here to figure out.
When you figure it out, it's the difference between this man or that woman from bunnies fly, that did something very small. And the man who would not even smell the scent of Paradise though he lived the life in generosity, because he was giving that charity only so that people would praise Him. He never made that connection back to Allah subhanho wa Taala that Allah will I want a lot to do for me on the Day of Judgment, what I'm doing for people, and I want a lot to do for me now what I do for people, and not only that Allah has given me enough now. Enough now to where I already have something to thank him for and do for other people connecting it back to Allah subhanho wa Taala as
one sister, I'm sorry, one quote, which is an unknown quote, but it's a very powerful quote. I'm not interested if you stood with the great I'm interested if you sat with the broken I'm not interested if you stood with the great I'm interested if you sat with the broken nowadays it's how can you get a selfie? With a celebrity? How can you get a selfie with a famous person? How can you prove that you're this How can you prove with your that that very few people sit with the broken May Allah subhanho wa Taala allow us to be amongst those that are in the service of others that he'd be in our service may Allah subhanaw taala be amongst make us amongst those that comfort others and are
comforted by him on the day of judgment? May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us amongst those that stands on others and that are instruments of his guidance that he may guide us and provide for us in this world. And may Allah subhanaw taala give us the hearts to forgive others that he may forgive us on the Day of Judgment Oklahoma I mean akula holy cow that was tough like you look at what he said was the mean for us to fill in the hole for wine
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