Why Ashura is so important
Channel: Omar Suleiman
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Do we begin by praising Allah Subhana Allah to Allah and bearing witness that none 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 blessed path until the day of judgment and we ask Allah to make us amongst them, Allah him I mean, your brothers and sisters, as we come to the sacred occasion of Ashura, there are many different things to decipher and to talk about, but I wanted to focus on one
thing that ties together the incidents both of the history calendar, and the incidence of Ashura specifically, and SubhanAllah. There are many different things to take from this occasion that we could speak about in regards to the virtues of the day as it exists now, which is obviously that first and foremost an opportunity to have your sins forgiven. Another mercy from Allah subhanaw taala that he has sent to us one of his NEFA hats one of his seasons of mercy, that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam spoke about, that if a person fast this one day then Allah subhanaw taala expats an entire year worth of sins, may Allah subhanaw taala forgive all of our sins, Allah who I
mean, so another thing to thank Allah Subhana Allah to Allah for, but specifically when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam enters into El Medina and the messenger of allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam finds that the Jewish community of El Medina is fasting this day, in gratitude to Allah subhanaw taala for the victory of Musa it is Sudan over for their own and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says Nana hola be Musa mimco We have more right to Musa Islam, we are closer to musante Saddam, then you we love most it is Saddam, and we celebrate as well. And he ordered it to be a day of fasting. But there's a quality here. And subhanAllah we come into the hijra, which is of
course what we mark our years by and we come specifically into this 10th day. And there was something that stood out to me about this, and it ties what Ashura is attributed to and the thought and the narrations before this incident of Musa alayhis salam, and what we know of what happened historically on this day, all the way from whether the narrations of this being the day in which Allah subhanaw taala saved New Hadith Salaam and his people to the prophets lie Selim making the Hijra to Musa alayhis salam being given victory to Al Hussein or the Allahu Taala and who and his martyrdom on this day on a day of Friday on the day of Ashura, there is something that ties all of
it together and that is, with whom is Allah's favor and support and aid and what qualities bring about Allah subhanaw taala support something striking in the Quran about that
there are only two occasions in the Quran where Allah subhanaw taala speaks about his Mariya his being present with a people or with a person on the tongue of a prophets, only two occasions. And they both specifically tie into this span of two weeks that we're speaking about the history of the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam and Musa alayhis salam. When Allah says that he is with someone, he is with someone, typically we find this with qualities in the Quran in Allah when Allah Muhammad Allah is with the believers in Allah hamara Sabreen Allah is with the patients. When Allah Allah Martin Luther King, Allah Subhana Allah is with the people of piety in Hola Hola. Hola, Nina taco
well Latina who Maxine on Allah is with people who have Taqwa who have piety, and those who excel in good deeds, Allah is with these categories of people, but to specific incidents there are only two.
One of them is when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is in the cave with Al Baqarah Sadiq Well, the Allahu Taala and
in the hijra, as they are on their way to Medina, and they hear the footsteps and they see the feet of those that are trying to kill them.
Effectively, this is the end of the journey. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says to his companion Latta Hassan in Allah Mariner, do not grieve Allah is with us. So this is one occasion, where we find Allah as being with someone on the tongue of a prophet of Allah, being established with our messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, in those moments where he
And Rebecca severe called the low tide and who can see the feet of the enemy and danger is imminent. It's a matter of moments. It's a matter of them looking down, seeing them in the cave and ending them. There was no secret about what their intentions were when they found the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the intention was to kill him.
And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in those moments says to Abu Bakr Radi Allahu Anhu in Allah mana Allah is with us.
And the other incident happens to be Musa alayhis salam, the only other incidents, the Prophet Moses peace be upon him when he is at the final moments of being pursued by the army of our own. Danger is imminent. Once again, you are about to be killed and your people are saying Inala mudra coin we've been caught.
Imagine hearing the army of fit around behind you.
And they make no secret of their intentions. They will mutilate you, they will cut you into pieces, they will do all sorts of horrible things with you.
And in that moment, Musa alayhis salam says killer in America, Robbie Surya Dean.
He says, no, no, Allah is with me and He will guide me Subhan Allah, the two incidents both tied to the moment that we are in right now of Ashura in the beginning of the Hijiri year, both of those moments involve Musa Ali Salaam and Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And both of them speak to the most vulnerable and dangerous and desperate moments when both of those prophets were able to say, Allah is with us. It's okay.
Allah is with us.
And when they say that, Allah subhanaw taala brings about the victory. He brings about that goodness Subhan Allah, that courage, that certainty that they had in those moments, it is something that once again, ties together all of the historical incidents that take place, whether before the day in which Ashura becomes legislated, or after that when believers face their most desperate moments, they are able to lean on the fact that Allah is with them so long as they exhibit the qualities that bring about Allah's favor upon them.
It's what ties the Hijra.
It's what ties Musa alayhis salam, it's what ties Al Hussain will the Allahu Taala and, and all of these incidents into one is Allah with us or not, because if Allah is with you, you are victorious. Whether that victory is one that has a material consequence in this life or not, is irrelevant to the discussion. Allah subhanaw wants out as being with someone does not always mean that that is imminent victory in the material worldly sense, but sometimes it is. And it happens to be so with moosari salah, and with Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
But if Allah is with you, you don't lose, you actually attain victory And subhanAllah you then go into all of the qualities where Allah subhanaw taala mentions he is with a people. And as an ambassador, Allah, Allah, Allah and Omar says commenting on the area, when Allah says to Musa and he has Salam go you and Harun to frown in the murukku ma I am with you Cardinal bustle the Allah Tala and warmer in the more a new Kuma I am your supporter a smarter Wha, I hear I see I'm there with you with my knowledge and with my support, you have my support as you go forward. Why do you have the support of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, and how is this relevant to us? It's very easy for us to
look at these historical incidents and to say, all we take from it is Alhamdulillah for Allah subhanaw taala giving victory to Musa alayhis salam, we're not going to Oh La Vie Musa we are closer to Musa Islam than anybody else we love Musa Ali salaam we are closer to Him we have a great right to Musa Islam therefore when ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada gives victory to Musa Islam, that is our victory and hamdulillah for that and indeed,
and as for the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who are older, meaning he is closer to the believers than their own selves. And so surely when Allah gives victory to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, then that is something that we celebrate and we are happy about and we are proud of, but then you ask yourself
Do I have the qualities that establish Allah being with me? See, it's very interesting. You know, if you watch a football game or a basketball game or when the when the winter comes out on top, and the winter says If God is for you who can be against you?
Right? And everyone sort of claims God is with them. Right? Because I want a football game. Therefore God is with me. When two people face off when two groups face off, when two armies face off, it's very easy for the one who is victorious to say, Well, God was with me.
Therefore I won. Right? For the believer, you don't measure whether or not Allah is with you, by the outcome of victory or defeat. You measure it by the qualities that Allah mentions in the Quran, about whether or not he is with a person in their situation. What does that mean when you're going through a hardship or a struggle?
When you're being oppressed when you're being wronged when you're facing a difficult long tribulation? And you start to ask yourself, Is Allah with me or not? How do you even determine that? That's when you go back to the qualities now what are the qualities Subhanallah they boil down to three qualities that are repeated over and over and over again in the Quran. Number one, Alladhina TECHO in Allah Allah, Allah, Masha.
Allah is with people of piety. What is taqwa? To leave off sin,
to leave off sin. No person can be engaging in disobedience, in a dispute with someone else or in their own personal battle with the shape on and claimed that Allah is with them, no matter what the material outcome is in those moments. Is Allah with those who murdered her same old the Allahu Tada? No, absolutely not. Is Allah subhanaw taala murdered with those who won the battle of? Absolutely not? Was Allah subhanaw taala with the Crusaders in the in the Battle of Anwar Allah? Absolutely not. Is Allah subhanaw taala with the Zionist aggressors that killed more children of Gaza today? Absolutely not. We don't measure this stuff by outcome. We don't measure this stuff, by the way that
it comes out. Is Allah with the person who's able to overcome someone by resorting to sinful tactics, whether it's a dispute between believers or not? Absolutely not. In Allah, Allah Lena tipo, in Allah hamari Mateen. Allah is with the one who leaves off sin. Therefore Allah is with the one who is seeking to overcome the shape on their enemy, even in a very personal battle with their shape on so long as they don't engage in sin. Well Lavina have mercy known and Allah is with the good doers.
Those who do good, so those who leave off sin those who do good when Allah hamara Savarin and more often than any other phrase Allah repeats in the Quran in regards to his being present, Allah is with the patients.
And subhanAllah there's a very beautiful way that the mountain for it to be Rahim Allah to advertisers together, Allah is with those who are patients with their leaving off sin and doing good.
What does that mean? That no matter what the circumstances are, as they're evolving in our lives, happening to us collectively or as individuals, when we don't resort to what contradicts Taqwa or leave off doing good, and we are patient with that methodology of life, patience with the leaving off of sin and the performance of good deeds, patience with the adversity that comes with that. Allah is with us. How do I know if Allah is with me? If I have the quality of Taqwa and Sam, and I am patient, I have suffered with those two qualities, not by the outcome, as as it pertains to material success. However, I'll end with this.
When Allah subhanho wa Taala does give those outcomes that are pleasing to us.
We respond to those outcomes with gratitude.
And subhanAllah there is something very beautiful for you to take from this and sha Allah to Allah and for me to take from this as well.
If you saw the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, in a moment of such that in a moment of prostration I want you to imagine walking into a Muslim neighbor walking into the muscles of the prophets lie Selim, and seeing the Prophet SAW Salem in a state of prostration.
would you be able to tell if something really bad happened to him or if something really good happened to him? Would you be able to tell if he just got the news of having a baby or if he just lost a child? Would you be able to tell the difference if this was after bed that are out
If the answer is absolutely not, because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and both of those outcomes whether Great Tribulation had come to him or great joy had come to him, he was always Institute, it would lead him to a place of frustration and setting tears and showing either gratitude to Allah subhanaw taala for something great that came to him, or patients with something hard that had happened to him, but the outcome of it with the Prophets lie some as himself was the same every time which was, you would see him in sujood, bawling his eyes out and remembering his Lord.
So the prophets lie Selim exemplifies them harder than the Emerald moment. What an amazing state the believer is always in, and only the believer has this gift. When something good happens to him, he thinks Allah subhanaw taala and that's better for him when something bad happens to him. He has patience, and that is better for him. What an amazing state of affairs. The believer is always in and so what's the lesson that underlines how showed up for us dear brothers and sisters, when you hear Allah is with
is Allah subhanaw taala with me in the moment that I'm going through
you, you don't have to sit there and measure the outcome. And say it's been this many years or this is happening or that's happening. You measure your taqwa, you measure your son, you measure yourself, may Allah subhanaw taala make us people have all of those qualities that he loves. People have all of those qualities that established His presence and His support and his aid. Allahumma Amina Furukawa was stuck Lalibela community garden was to mean faster flow in order for
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