You’ve Seen More Death Than the Rest of Your Life Gaza
Channel: Omar Suleiman
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would ask him your administrators Mr. Narayan Rahim Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen whatever one Illa Allah Allah Amin will ask you about two little machete and Allah masala he was telling me about a karate karate can Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. By early he also can be he was salam to Seaman kathira. So very similar to the last few weeks, I wanted to use this opportunity and shout Lazzara to speak to some of the sentiments some of the questions that have been coming up in regards to what we see unfolding right now with our brothers and sisters in Philistine specifically in the husband, may Allah subhanaw taala. Make it easy for them and give them victory. Allahu Amin,
and it's hard to say which days are harder than the other days, but particularly today, when we witnessed what might have been the worst massacre since the beginning of this aggression over the last few weeks. And eligibility or where you have a refugee camp that was bombed May Allah subhanaw taala accept them all, a shahada, Allahumma, Amin, and you see the images of people pulling their children from the rubble once again.
And there is a comment, there's a sentiment that I've heard expressed. And I'm sure many of you have either expressed or hurt yourselves, which is that I've seen more depth in these last few weeks than I've seen over the course of my entire life.
That we have become so accustomed to scrolling through the videos of people pulling their dead loved ones from beneath the rubble.
And there is a question of, is that healthy? Do I keep watching? How do I not let that completely demoralize me and shut me off? How do I engage this to a point that it's still productive for me? Is it okay for me to walk away from my device for a few hours? Because there's almost a guilt panel, I think that many of us are experiencing that the last thing you see before you sleep are videos out of Philistine and the first thing that you wake up to are updates about what's happening in Gaza, and hamdulillah that's a good thing that we're engaged, that our hearts are beating for our Ummah, but at the same time, is it healthy. And I want to give you a scenario because even the Prophet
sallallahu alayhi wa salam spoke to how sometimes seeing too much of something even if it is beneficial for you can actually paralyze and it reminded me of a Hadith from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
And I want you to think about this scenario. Imagine if as you drove by graveyards, you could hear the noise of either Hubble Hubble, I want you to imagine as a human being, if when you went to the cemetery, you could hear the cries from those that are facing or double cupboard or those that are facing the punishment of the grave malice chronotype protect the Salama, I mean, how would we be able to function as people? If every time we drove by a graveyard, we could actually hear the noises from the grapes. Now is it good to remember death? Absolutely. Is it good to seek refuge in Allah subhanaw taala from Allah will cover Absolutely. But the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said
in this hadith it's not authentic hadith isa Aisha Radi Allahu Taala Anna, cada Nola en la to death no la Darrow to Allah and your smear Caminada will cover a la vie us marrow Minh. He said sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that had I not feared that you would not Bury Your Dead. If I wasn't scared that if you heard what I was hearing,
you would stop burying your duck. I would have asked Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to allow you to hear what I'm hearing.
And then the prophets lie some turned to us and he said to our little bit lamb and Ida will cover seek refuge in Allah subhanaw taala from Allah, and he would sallallahu alayhi wa salam do so in the words of it showed the alo Anna she said I never heard him praying he never made us Allah, except that he sought refuge in Allah subhanho wa Taala from it. The prophets lie some could hear it. Other people could not and the messenger of allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was saying that Allah had spared us from hearing gifts because it would paralyze us. We would not be able to function. Had we been able to hear all of that which takes place, the prophets lifetime and another narration he said
helped her own IRA. Do you see what I see? Are you capable of seeing what I see? And he said sallallahu alayhi wa salam in the oral fitna, Taka Rohilla beauty como que Alcatra he said that I can see the tests and the tribulations falling on your homes like raindrops. I see things that you are incapable of seeing. And the messenger of allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is saying it is Rama from Allah subhanaw taala it's a mercy from Allah subhanaw taala that you are spared from some of this. Now
Why do I start off tonight, with this, this short reminder bitten the lights out with this, because let's take a step back. And let's actually acknowledge it is not natural for us to see people being pulled out in pieces at the rate in which we are seeing it happen. We're not psychologically primed that way. We're not emotionally primed that way. This is not natural. What we are witnessing is not natural. And our witnessing of it is not natural. And what is more unnatural than that is the evil that is actually taking place that we're seeing. Right. So it's not natural for us to be seeing that much this many frames of death a day, this many frames of genocide a day, this many frames of trauma
a day. And it's even more unnatural. What is happening to our brothers and sisters, I was just reading Subhanallah tweet from Brother Muhammad smeeting, one of the people from Gaza that's been keeping people up to date. And he said, You know, I've seen what I thought I'd never seen before. Imagine running for your life from your home, and then seeing the heads of people that you knew on the street. And you can't even stop Subhan Allah to actually mourn and grieve, you just run, you have to flee for your life. And he doesn't understand Subhanallah how this is happening. And it's not natural, it shouldn't be natural. And as believers, this is not okay for us to accept as a
status quo, right? That's why we're so engaged in this. So it doesn't have to keep happening. Now for us, as we're watching it from afar, and we have our hearts attached to this cause, what are some things that we can take from the guidance of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam in this regard as to what is a healthy level of exposure and engagement? And what does it mean to take a step back? First and foremost, How perfect is he sallallahu alayhi wa salam that he used to hear all that, and he used to see all that, like in Canada, and he his salatu salam, the salmon, the haka, still the Prophet slice I'm used to smile, and he used to make people smile. And he used to bring joy to
people some Allahu Allahu wa salam. And so the messenger of allah sallallahu Sallam is the best of all of examples. And he saw and he heard things on it, his philosophy was salaam, that no one else would, but the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam still did not deprive the people in his life. I need his salatu salam of his essence of his excellence in his kindness to them. When he would say sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to assemble curfew he ethics sadaqa to smile in the face of your brother is a charity. What do you think he was doing for the rest of us? Allah, Allah, Allah and he was summoned when he was in our midst. Don't you think that some days it might have been hard for the
Messenger of Allah sai some to smile?
I don't know. I don't have a hadith to prove it. I'm purely guessing that there were probably some days because as perfect as he was to Allah when he was salam he grieved. He had a big heart. I think his thought was so damn as easy on it humor and it's um, how do you soon Alikum Ben want me in a row for him? He had a big heart Salalah Hall and he was he was worried about people. He was even worried about the people of Mecca he was thinking about so these are the Allahu Anhu every day. Don't you think that sometimes the prophets of Allah Azza wa sallam was smiling through a lot of pain.
Don't you think that there were days that the prophets lie Selim? When Allah azza wa jal says taxable Alinea, you would think that they were Alinea that they were fine Minitab because of their TAF, of because of this quality of modesty? Don't you think the messenger of allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was the greatest manifestation of that? Yes. Why?
Because the prophets lie. Some of them still wanted to bring a son to his family and to the people that were around him several Allah Almighty who was Saddam because that's the rebound of the moment.
The rebirth of the moment is not to come home. And your family sees you with a frown on your face all the time. And you say Why are you frowning? And you say, Well, I'm you know, don't you see what's happening? Right? Sometimes our families deserve more from us. So let's just acknowledge that he is the most perfect example some Allahu it he was salam and that it is not what is asked of us
to walk around without the ability to steal, to steal. I don't want to even say find joy because it's hard to find joy right now. But to steal exude what Allah subhanaw taala gave you a axon of excellence and courtesy to the people that are around you. So that is actually a form of moja to neffs. That's actually a form of striving to sometimes do that, so that you can manifest what the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was manifesting. That's number one. Number two, the messenger of allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam did not stop the daily activities of life.
Even as there were more
Months of great grief. You know, one of the great wisdoms that we take from the messenger SallAllahu wasallam is that there were limits and boundaries that were placed around grief, even though grief was given its space cry, but don't well.
Three days of as up, don't go beyond that. Right? The Prophet sighs I'm putting limits and of course, this is all divinely inspired towards grief. Because that is from the Wrath of Allah subhanaw taala to us as well. So I've heard some people, you know, saying I'm going to cancel my wedding. You know, I don't feel like we should have a wedding right now. Let me tell you something. If the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam canceled weddings because of tragedy, half of the Sahaba would have never been married. Because they lived in a lot of hardship. They lived in a lot of tragedy. There were a lot of weddings that happened between bedridden or herds in between or her
than hunt, duck, and so on, so forth. They carried on and that's actually part of the resilience of the community is that we don't allow them to destroy every aspect of our lives. And so no, it's not insensitive, and it's not haram to carry on with the daily things. Some of the element in fact, reflected on the Hadith of the Prophet slice alum, where he talks about things like a Nikka home and Sunnah tea that then accounts for my sunnah, and the Lima and things of that sort, not inviting extravagance, but making room for people to still function the way that they are meant to be functioning. Those things are not problematic, those things in fact, should continue. Now what is it
that is an unhealthy form of decompressing and this is where I actually want to, in sha Allah to Allah hopefully focus a little bit on the prophets like Selim warned us from inviting ruffler inviting heedlessness into our lives. And so let me tell you what's not a healthy form of decompression. It's not a healthy form of decompression is to look at dying kids, and then to watch a lewd movie. And to tell yourself that I'm taking a break because I need a mental break.
Don't invite seeds of ruffler seeds of heedlessness into your heart. I'm going to hang out with my friends and we're going to gossip for a few hours, or I'm going to listen to these songs that have absolutely no benefit in the heart in the heart. That is not decompressing. That is in fact hardening the heart. And the messenger of allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught us to avoid the things that bear hafla that bear heedlessness in our hearts when we say what Allah azza wa jal says that Allah is never of often, Allah is never heedless. Unaware of what the transgressors do, we should not become heedless of those that are facing the brunt of transgression and oppression at any
moment in our lives. It's always presence. It's always somewhere there in the heart, and do not engage and indulge the things that actually bear hardness to the heart. This is a time to actually wake yourself up from that this is a time for us to actually think about, you know how we do not engage certain things. Number four, your relationship with the Quran, your relationship with the Quran, your relationship with the Quran, one who knows the nominal Quran Maha Shiva,
mean that we have revealed from the Quran, what is the cure and a mercy for the believers? There are many, many useful benefits to this verse. Some of the scholars they commented on this, they said she thought a little cult, it is a cure to your heart and to what you are ailing from and then it bears the Rama bring this mercy to the entirety of the believing community and there are many benefits from this idea. This is only one of those benefits and so it brings cure Sakina healing to your heart, and then it bears collective Rama upon this on the collective mercy upon this OMA, this is a time if when you're going to decompress and say you know what, I am not going to look at videos for
an hour, I'm going to spend a couple of hours away from the stuff I need to be able to function instead of watching a movie, read some Quran.
instead of scrolling from the devastating reel to a funny reel to make yourself laugh, read some Quran.
That doesn't mean that you don't have time for joy we already established that the Prophet slicin carried on with the with the activities of daily life and the means by which we bear healthy leisure in our lives. But this is a time to find the healing the medicine of the Quran in your life. And so when you're unplugging from that, that doesn't mean plug into the opposite extreme. Plug into the Quran. And let the Quran fill your heart it will cure your heart and it will descend mercy upon this ummah. The benefits of it are innumerable. Number five lpm a tahajjud in an ASHA, it's a lady here I should do what Anwar como Pilla. This is the time in the night
that is more suitable for you to honor what Allah Subhana Allah, Allah has sat down, and it bears within you revives within you, what will give you the ability to carry forward the next day.
And so this is a time for us to establish that habits as well in any way that we can. Number six. And I want you to also think about this because this is where we find the statement of more other than general the allotted time and in the letter C will Noma T tema act as he will komati that I seek the reward for my sleep, the way I seek the reward for my wakefulness, why, because he sleeps so that he can be more refreshed to read the Quran. I want you to actually set an intention for yourself when you decompress. When you unplug for some time, it's healthy to unplug sometimes. And whether that's you're going to play some sports you're going to exercise, you're going to enjoy the
halal companionship of other people that are not going to make you hoffen that are not going to bear reflet in your heart. But that will keep you in sha Allah to Allah energized in a way that doesn't bring about the seeds of haram the seeds of heedlessness.
Treat it like your sleep. Treat it like you're asleep.
Make the intention that when you take a step away, you're also doing it for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala and so that you can continue to be more productive in sha Allah to Allah for their cause. So be active in making the intention. You know what I'm going to set aside this time, I'm going to spend some time with family, I'm going to spend some time exercising, I'm going to sleep for a bit, I'm going to take a nap, I'm going to take a walk and that is FISA beat Allah, that's for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala, not to become heedless of my brothers and sisters, but to become healthy for my brothers and sisters.
This is this is going to need you for the long run. It's already very clear that this is not one of those, you know, two three day airstrikes and then they're gone and then we go back to the status quo. This is going to need you for the long run to be engaged in the law he to add. The last thing Dear brothers and sisters that I will share with you is there's a vicar from Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, that reminds you of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, and at the same time that reminds you of Allah subhanaw taala is power. La hawla wala Quwata illa biLlah La hawla wala Quwata illa biLlah a treasure of agenda.
And when you see what seems to be circumstances that will not change, or power that is insurmountable. Remember la Hola. No one can change circumstances while a Kuwa and no one actually has power except Allah subhanho wa Taala
and repeat the earth car right now especially this thicket La hawla wala Quwata illa biLlah especially this thicket, the earth car that are rewardable because they are of car because they remembrance is from Allah Subhana Allah to Allah.
But also within those remembrances are reminders of the power of Allah subhanho wa Taala en la hawla wala Quwata illa, Billah haspin Allah and Atmel were killed in LA he went later on to repeat these types of Escar take a moment to ponder upon them in sha Allah to Allah. When you feel paralyzed, remember that you're calling upon the most powerful
when you feel hopeless, remember you are calling upon the healer.
When you see mercilessness cruelty, remember that you're calling upon the Most Merciful. Take these treasures that Allah subhanaw taala has given to you and sustain yourself with what they are being sustained with right now. Allah subhanho wa Taala is testing them with a heavy heavy test. It's not natural. It is hard to watch it it's even harder to be in it. They need us for the long run with Nila heeta Allah. And so again, decompress, do not go into hafla you know the Prophet sallallahu sallam was perfect at this. Why? Because the prophets is someone who used to sleep what would he say? He was saying my eyes sleep, but my heart doesn't sleep. Right? When are you now Maccabi the
prophets my son's heart would not go to sleep. And so when he would sleep it his Salatu was set up. His heart would stay awake, none of us are to that point that our hearts would remain awake even when our eyes asleep to the weight to the extent that the profit sign sums heart would stay awake. But certainly the more we become like him SallAllahu wasallam the more our heart start to resemble his heart. sallallahu alayhi wasallam the more we start to practice his way are they his salatu salam, the more that our hearts start to resemble his heart it has a lot to say.
And so you're never distance your eyes sleep. Your brain is able to focus
on certain things that need to get you through the day, you still do well with your work. You still give your family the best possible version that you can give yourself. But your heart is always mindful, just as it does not become heedless of Allah subhanaw taala it does not become heedless of those who Allah has called your attention to. And right now Allah subhanaw taala is calling the attention of this ummah, to the people of philosophy to the people of Gaza. May Allah subhanho wa Taala give them victory. May Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, make firm the ground under them may Allah Subhana Allah Allah descend His angels of mercy and protection upon them from above them, may Allah
Subhana Allah protect them from every direction. May Allah subhanho wa Taala accept their dead Shahada. May Allah Subhana Allah to Allah cure their living. May Allah Subhana Allah to Allah guide us to the ways in which we can help them best. And may Allah subhanaw taala never allow us to be amongst the forgetful, may Allah subhanaw taala protect us from heedlessness May Allah Subhana Allah Allah join us with our brothers and sisters in our Masjid that OXA while it is liberated Allah humma Amin wa Salam wa sallim wa barik ala Nabina Muhammad Ali he also he as Marina said, I want to call him so uncut