Channel: Said Rageah
Youth talk at Quds, December 2014.
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For the short time that we have together in the house, one of the houses of a loss of Hanover what to add up
with the permission of our Creator, Allah subhanho wa Taala Anna,
I would like to touch upon a subject that is very sensitive, very serious, yet very crucial and important in our lives.
And this is the subject that relate and pertains to our Muslim youth.
Another a Muslim youth who was raised in the West in a non Muslim country, I can firmly say I can relate to the brothers and the sisters who live in Ohio and live in the West, all in Muslim countries in the world.
What if we left
around the world facing different challenges?
And unfortunately, a lot of time the older generation May Allah bless them for those. And may Allah bless I should say me a lot of us of those who are still alive. And may Allah have mercy among those who have passed away because because of them, that Islam that didn't have a lot of weak us.
as many of you used to say
do not try to raise your children the same way that you were raised because they you had your own life and they have their own lives.
And as a Muslim community members,
we must cater to the need of these young people especially those who are living in Muslim countries.
And we must understand
that this facilities facilities that we have, must be catered for their needs, not for our needs.
And we must learn and acknowledge and understand that it is because of young people messenger overload was able to find help us.
the messenger. I used to say
the old generation rejected me while the younger generation accepted my muscle
animus near the center
messenger Allah used to praise the young people and he used to say in the law
to keep the young people you know, motivated to keep them engaged to give them more fuel for the email, he used to say a law is so impressed. so amazed how about young men who have no corruption, no desire for the low things have high higher ambitions?
That's what if we love
our youth are facing tremendous challenges.
Not because only from the previous generation, we do not understand how to handle these young people who wants to come to the masjid. And instead of picking them up reading the muzzle for decoding the alpha Messiah, he rather have one of those iPad or smartphone and click on the earth. And we form is a smartphone. And they say to them, so Pamela, the book of the law is right there. I knew rather well, this minicabee made product in your hand the Mr. novella,
we need to be updated. We need to understand what they going through. And what we went through is a different thing. But we weren't good.
And they also got
I will say, My dear brothers and sisters,
I can tell you my personal struggle
with the Muslim community.
As a young man,
who was madly in love with the sports,
yet more in love with the Dean of a law in a non Muslim environment, I had to choose.
I had to choose
between leaving my friends go out and have fun and enjoy themselves, you know, and come back and tell me all about the great time that they had, and the fun that they had, and the games that they played, and how many score or how many points that they score, or how many goals of the score. And for me to say I was sitting in the Mr.
Because I was concerned if I go out, I will miss my job.
And I want to play. And a lot of times, a [???]load would come and say, What are you doing here? Go have fun like everyone else. And I look around and all I see is people who have gray hair sitting in the masjid.
And yes, I was guilty of time, I was guilty of leaving the mystery. Sometimes, an infant came that burning, undeniable desire of having fun with my friends.
And what Muslim community needs to do is they need to create that environment for our youth, for them to be part of the building, not necessarily inside of the mystery,
entertaining their desire and what they have locked for, but at the same time are protected
with the secrecy of the mystery.
If what if you learned
when I was a little child,
you know, we didn't have YouTube.
Facebook, not have to check into my status every five minutes. We didn't even have SMS or Twitter that it has to tweet to someone else. So outside of my environment.
I know what destruction was limited to sports. And the bad ones we used are those who used to listen to music and we used to tell this is haram I stay away from but nowadays, our children our youth are faced with multiple sources of
mass multiple sources of faith. Now, you may force your son and say sit and learn and sit in the misery but he's going through
His Facebook in the message.
I used to see young people, you know, listening, you know, they have headphones, and they listening to the [???]ty to something. And I used to see a sitter and I know I know what they're going through. And I used to say, What are you doing? You say, Oh, I'm listening. I said what are you listening? You know, I can hear causes listen to music is sitting in the back of the mystery. You know, leaning back was his father forced him to be in the masjid because he wants to be somewhere else because the missus boring.
And he was saying, and he said, I'm listening to share these
days, and I know is listening to music.
And he says, Sure you want to listen to I said, Yeah, he said, No, no, sure. You know, don't you trust me? I trust you. But I like to listen to yesterday's as well.
And then you know what? Shame? He says no, I'm listening to music.
Oh, he's following the game.
Know, when we built our center Sakina we had youth lounge. And in the youth lounge, some of you may disapprove. But in the youth lounge, we had two huge TV screens.
And one of them they have video games.
On the other one, they have TV where they also can bring on watch something that is beneficial but we were monitoring them so their optic was on wasn't an enough sick one hour for a long one hour for yourself. But if you see on Buhari, he had the sunny he had these you know for how long can you suppress that desire? Not for long?
Not for long.
I'll tell you one of the sadness, the sadness, you know, instead of that I ever faced
and this is because you don't understand the US psychology.
You know we have this young man
you know young brother Mashallah his mother will drive him to the Minister. His father will call and make sure that he's in the on Chanukah. He's mobilizing the Koran. We took him to the city of the province of the long run he was setting them in the city of the province inside the ministry that maybe some of the long run he was selling he completed his head
because we want him to finish the art in a holy place.
And he came and he I said okay, Masha, Allah you have it. Now you go need some attitude, are we in such a such a location goal now was swept your wing and spread the deen of Allah.
And periodically, he will come to me and he said, she, I have some doubts.
And I will listen to him, because that is very important as well for every minister to have youth counselor. Someone when the youth come to the mission, they sit next to someone that they come, come come to him, and they can tell the problems too.
And we used to, he used to come and express some confusion. But we were all you know, we all know the depth of his prop.
And every time that we can we counseling he will go back and you know, he's a new person, Mashallah, when I left, I moved away from that neighborhood.
And then the mother. As a matter of fact, someone of the family calls me and they said that boy, he's no longer coming to the mercy. Can you go and visit him?
And I took two of my brothers and we went to his house, and some Herman law. We went to the house, are we the law, we work he was coming out of his house, and he saw us, but Subhanallah that neuron, his face was gone. He shaved his beard.
He's no longer the same. The sujood alhama tissue is no longer on his face. And then when he saw us, he looked at us upon law, and his we said sonamarg Allah Kuma Salaam and he opened the house. They come on
and we sat,
we sat down, and he said, just ate I have something to tell you.
I said, Mashallah,
what would you like to tell?
In my mind, I want to ask him about his beer. I want to ask about what happened.
And he told me, he told me
two things. One,
I no longer believe in a
I discovered myself.
And so some common law. You know, what happened to the horror on what happened to 30 Jews that he had memorialize What happened? He say I was forced to memorize.
I was pushed to come to the message. I was forced to sit.
And it says to Panama, I forgot about being him being you know, in a different, you know, orientation, sexual orientation, but I said, Okay, let us just concentrate on that. Oh, he bring, you know, the ones of a law in his heart, bring, you know, that move along. And when I start talking to you, I didn't say so. Pamela, you from Leo, from Oman? Look, you like this? I don't want to shake your hand. I don't want to talk to you. You know, I said, let us talk about a lot. First.
Tell me your doubts about Allah.
Boy, he had the courage to come out and speak his mind.
But I know for sure there are hundreds of you. One not willing to come and speak
because they don't see the messy the place where they can come express their thoughts and ideologies and ideas. And the most, it is not a place when our children can come and feel free to talk to the email to talk to the sheriff to talk to his brothers, and the man in the shield on the administrators. They should be the one who's saving, fashioning, you know, directing the fonts, and the faith and the belief of these young people. Nowadays, unfortunately,
in the massage, and I'm not discriminating, or I'm sorry, criticizing anyone, but in the massage, we have more autonomy
at the Drona
Do you know the difference between more autonomy
and what we need?
What we need is thermal
modeling is someone who comes and teach children how to read the Koran. Teach them Arabic, teach them you know, you know, voc rehab is solid he that's on them. And then the boys been picked by his parents, or the girls been picked by him and done that.
And in the massage, we have more autonomy, but what we missing is more
we missed him Robbie, what is the difference? More of a someone that's teaching everything that a Muslim can teach, but it's also someone who is keen and concern about the E none of that child.
How's your Salah, how's you loo how, you know, I saw this little boy, five years old. He's in the masjid. And he said Allahu Akbar, and I'm coming to the mercy I was late for Salah.
And then he said, What? And he left and I say boy, what are you going? He said I have normal.
I have no rule. And I said to my son Han Allah, five years old, he's conscious that is a standard in form of Allah. And he knows he cannot pray without Whoo. But I have seen 15 years old kid chewing gum in the salon.
I have seen them
because that boy, the one was chewing gum was taught by a mandolin while this little boy was taught by.
Remember the beautiful story of the morrow one of them being
who, as a little bit of the children. He wanted to be
As the faith of these children, so he said to them to more, get ready our give each one of you our gifts. And then he came that day, and he gave each child candy. And he said, it is not for you to eat, don't eat it.
Go and hide it, where no one can see it. Go and hide and hide from everyone. So one of the one of the children, you know, of course, the next day he came back, and the tickets are what is your candy? He said, I hid it from everyone. He said, What did you do with he say I put under my you know, my Mac, just normal, whatever thing of that. And the second one is your candy, all my Shangla, I come to the tree and I put it on the branch. No one can ever get to that. And the third one I buried my candy and one boy.
He came and he say to the mother to the to the mommy.
I bought back my candy.
adjust the anti economic loss. He said my son, you can't do what your friends did. He say you told me to hide it from everyone. And wherever I put it I realized Allah is watching. I couldn't hide it from Allah. Now you go hide from Allah.
And he said, Now you
Allah has blessed you with no,
Allah has burst. You see, that is what we need. We need more.
We don't need materials. We don't need teachers, we need more.
And when the child is conscious conscious over law and is aware of a lot, then you have to worry about him. But now we're not concerned much about this. I have only eight in a saw it for the youth. And I will like them, hopefully to hear or try to remember these.
If the massage and handily learned that embracing them, they can still do their duties and responsibility. But I am humbled in law, all the Messiah as far as I know. They shifting to words that trying to accommodate the youth as much as they can. First of the thing that our youth need to do is learn and machinery.
You must learn Islamic knowledge.
Allah said in the Koran, Halle esta we Medina Alamo when levena Diana,
those who know are not equal to those who do not know
if you are ignorant,
you cannot benefit yourself. You cannot benefit your family. You cannot benefit your community. You cannot benefit your city. You cannot benefit your oma, we do not need you.
If you are jazzy. If you're ignorant, you are just an extra weight.
But if you have your own way of learning this Deen then you can benefit yourself. You can benefit your family, you can benefit your community you can benefit your city and you can benefit the whole oma
and that's why Navy is a lot of money he was selling them. He said in the heavy, portable n seeking n is forever on couldn't be on every Muslim cannot even imagine is for
so as a young man as a young lady, you must go out and learn your deed. Learn your deed. I remember when I live in Abuja, all the sudden this is the three types of people he say to Kwame Venezia Jaco main I in our area
for nurse to Senator
Bernie warm water
he said lists
learn from me
and let me your heart and bigger Your heart is better it is Vanessa Sarah that people three different categories and the more Rabbani scon. That is connected to a law connected to Allah.
Allah Jana and we are so much in need of those type of onomah we are in so much of music
So much need of a router now.
Because today we have run ama in Dota. And we have run a ma in Alma, but we do not have run ama in minlan. Because Rama, Rama of the state, they will only give the Fatah we only speak based on what the government and the president of that government and the city wants. And we don't need those women are thorough, and they are all around the world.
The second time
an owner or owner own Mama,
Mama, what does it mean? You know, when you hear the term Oh, my you think is something good?
Mama is the addenda like to entertain what the people wants to hear. He this person would come. And it will say to him, yeah.
As the Muslims, our economy should be strong. We need to buy houses through a river. We need to open our businesses through this. And then he says true. That is what it is. We need to do that. And then a next person would come and say to him, Yes, chef.
Donna waging war against interest. It is harmony says it is haram, he's trying to please everyone. And those type of also everywhere nowadays.
But what we're missing
is the amount of men
who do not care about anyone, rather they care about Allah subhanho wa Taala they hear about a lot, because no one else can help them or benefit them on the day of Yeoman piano. So I thought we said we are in a band he is he cannot be out in my body.
Then be students of knowledge.
Matalan see Matalan someone is trying to seek knowledge and a civilian Naja note so he can be on the podium or be on the member or sit in the hammock and teach no other civilian so he can save himself.
And then he said the third category of people are Hamlet, Rhea
Hamlet literally means people who are useless. They are number II, they just follow couldn't deny everyone who speaks. They don't know which one is affecting from which one is fake. They don't know the quantity from the speech of the speaker, they cannot depreciate because they thought his son is just praying five times a lead.
So this is important. Second year is what we learn. And that's what a lot
our youth remember.
It was never the older generation who delivered the hour to the to the non Muslim at the time of the Sahaba it was the younger generation, they have so much energy they have so much you know, the fire in them to make sure the war the war leads to others.
And I remember
I remember when I started signing, you know we were in young boys when we start giving that money to the people
and because without n you can be a diet
and we were derived without any Subhana Allah.
And of course, I was the Mufti of my neighborhood. Imagine, you know, I'm a German ignorant person. I have no and I have nothing, but we set up.
And then we used to realize we need some Muslims who drink
the use of drink alcohol.
And by the way, I only had this item, this Mufti who was living there. I only had one book that I sold, not even hallen books, I sold the book, but I sold it for my brother, Mashallah. How do they do that? And my brother, I told them, I took your book. He said Hamas is harder for you. And in this book, I didn't know what something called authentic and something called an authentic. So what I would do, I will just read
and the book said, If you see someone who consumes alcohol
Do not give them Salah, do not talk to them, Do not in a one day talk to you look the other way, don't eat with them. If they live with you don't even look, you know, towards them.
So the mix community, and there were a lot of Muslim boys who you know, arrogantly used to come and drink beer in front of everyone. And my middle group, my little group, they boycott all of those guys. And Subhanallah
I caused so much fitna in the community,
in the community, because I thought I'm a dad, I should tell people what is right, but without any.
So if you want to be that if you want to call people to Allah, then you must have n yet you must be a die.
One of the funny thing that happened to me at that time was, you know, sometimes in a non Muslim environment, being different is not necessarily good. But being, you know, confident of who you are is also good. So I'm informed because I'm a diet. I wanted to try to tell everyone Muslim and non Muslim, that I'm a Muslim. So what I used to do, I used to wear a turban, and a short phone
And when the people see how they dress,
and they talk to me, I didn't even have the knowledge to direct them to Allah.
I used to tell them be a Muslim or go to hell
to options, Mashallah.
Be a Muslim agatti Johanna.
So the people, some of them will say I'm going to Johanna, who are you telling me that?
So one of those days, and I'm buying milk from one of the stores called 711.
And I'm carrying my milk I just got out of the store. And then I saw two. And by the way, the whites the, you know, European over there, they friendly majority of them very friendly. They want you to be like them, they want you to sit with them. Except this is Canada except one little province called Quebec.
In Quebec, they speak French, and they don't like Muslims.
They want the women to take off the hijab, and there's a niqab, they want the niqab to be removed, and so on.
So I saw two non Jew non Muslim Why are they running towards me they have long hair, and they have you know, you know, wearing funny things. So I said to myself,
they are looking for problems, they looking for trouble.
And of course, I'm a Somali so I was ready for fights and hamdulillah I was ready for a fight.
So when they got to me, to my surprise, they all went down on their knees and they think Jesus is back Jesus is back and satisfying to me.
Later I learned the kind of drunk so they do in the praying to me Jesus is back they on their knees. And one of them said, but he's black, you know Jesus bar.
And this guy, he said, Be quiet. This is a late 90s Who cares? Jesus What should we do?
And of course, I didn't even have you know the enemy to say this is a good opportunity. You had died, Masha Allah, tell them about Islam I walked away
is only later that I learned as it that you must have certain added an etiquette. So as a Muslim as a young Muslim, it is your responsibility to call people to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And remember when a worker is significant in the long run some of the SIOP when a worker of the long run, who came and he accepted his snom after he said a shadow under the law, Shadow, Muhammad Rasulullah he took upon himself to carry the message of a dissent to the rest of the world. And he came back with six of eyeshadow questionable, Jelena six.
I've been out.
Look, I've been sad when Abby will pass. As right when our Iceman Aveda look at those people. One of them was enough for him to say
Mashallah, he's from the people of Japan, but six of them are from the people of Japan.
Your responsibility brothers and sisters, is not to keep these details.
This Diem, snap for you on
this D is for everyone else. However, Allah subhanho wa Taala made you a soldier, a foot soldier. He made you they invest you open Islam, you are the raw soul of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And that's why you say he Muslim, the Messiah Buhari, the Messenger of Allah said, Ben, you know, what I?
You know, I've been, I came to this country a week ago. And I went to three different cities.
And I've seen non Muslims.
I have seen how much respect they have muslims for Muslims. And I'm sure if you stop for a second, and you invite them to Islam, they are willing to listen,
they are willing to listen.
And I'm sure if you give them enough time, they will accept and Islam
will lie, I wish. If we have the opportunity that you have here, we live with people who have no faith,
no faith in God, my father in law, he is non Muslim. My father in law is a non Muslim is a Italian background.
You know, and I said, Why don't you become you know, Muslim.
And I told him about Islam.
And he says, you know, son, I have no faith
They have no faith in Christianity, they have no faith in any of those religions. So they don't want religion, they don't want to hear as a matter of fact is from unwritten rules, that it is not allowed for you to talk about religion in our country.
You can talk about whatever you want to talk about, that you can talk about your personal life, your family issues, but you cannot talk about Islam or any religion. But here you have this beautiful people while willing to listen to you.
So as a daddy, you should take advantage of that. Number three, my dear brothers
you must understand that you must have a sub n
you must have patience
for what would happen to you when you call people to Allah.
it takes five stage one you learn the correct knowledge, not any knowledge. Learning magic is a knowledge you're on the moon and NASA cetera that's
even though it's magic and but is harmful in
learning, any knowledge is not what required, what we require is for you to learn the correct any second, and
that you must act according to this end, you should not be like a DVD or CD, just pilot or not, but not practicing. Number three, you must call people to notch
number four, you must have suck
in American as
because when you call people if you come to me, like back home in Somalia, we pray like this. We pray like this.
You know, some people pray like this, some people pray like this, some people pray like this, they all constructed hamdulillah but if you try to change me,
do you think I will listen to you?
You know, so you need some?
You need some. We had some had a lot. We had one of the brothers who read
you know in the son of Nabi sallallahu, alayhi wasallam we find that foot to foot his son, it's not far sooner. What is also son is for you to pray or I'm sorry, not sooner was common at the time of the Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa sallam for people to pray with their shoes.
That's why maybe some a long run he was on one of the summer what he took his shoes off and the sun
Have all of them they took they took the shoes off. And after he made it to sneem he said Why did you take your shoes off? They say jasola Look, we saw you taking your shoes off so we followed you he said no gv came to me Sorry Sarah and he told me that impurity on my shoes, give me a shoe, pray with your shoes and be different from the route. So that was a sinner. Now this person who read that howdy
unknown Shama his name Mashallah he's, he was African American and African Americans Mashallah did this big? Yeah, nice. I said, I'm not a good brother. How are you? Mashallah Tamara kala, and he is in the military, you can imagine they always fit, and he's wearing military boots. And he comes to this mystery, the small mystery.
And he learns that foot to foot. I'm praying with your shoes off on the summer.
And next to him is this all it was the sweetest all men that you would ever meet.
But he was never taught foot to foot is from the sun. And praying with your shoes is from the center.
So he The old man, he was awkward. And this African American brother, he came late. And he said Allahu Akbar, the old man is concentrating on his Salah. And Alhamdulillah
the brother almost met him at the time of record. So the old man he made record and he saw the shoe Nick and he bounced back from record by himself.
an African American brother, he wanted to put foot to foot.
And the old man he's saying it's negative and he's running away from him. And the African American is doing splits in the message because the both guys are running away from him.
And after the Salah was piano
this always kind of religion is this. What kind of Dean is this? What do you learn these things from?
So as you know,
you have to have suck. You have to learn how to deal with people because we all have different levels of air.
I want to a city called zenni or something I cannot even pronounce it with the T it's a beautiful city. One of the brothers he took he was recording and one of the boys he got upset brother is
and it was almost a fifth.
So as a nanny, you need to have something with everyone. Otherwise your message will not reach for what time South Asia.
Humans shall our conclude with two what two three more points. Number three. What if we learn
that you must have as kitten knifes
purification of the house? Nowadays, we do have a lot of brothers who try to follow the sun to the teeth. They follow the son of nimbyism, the long run he was on them, they have beer they have short throws, they follow you know they do everything according to the Sunnah in terms of appearance,
in terms of the outer shell, but the heart is dry. There is no test here. There is no there is no Harsha. There is no inner they know then they have their n but there is no
and that taqwa imagine that it is the fuel of your doubt.
You know one of their own amount of him or her law. him and his son. The old man when he says to the his son was very eloquent, very excellent speaker. And he used to see you know, give lectures and deliver hotdogs. But he was never able to move the hearts of the people. And his father, you know a simple man. As soon as he says it a lot. Everybody's crying.
So the sunset, I'm better than you in speech. I keep telling them about Jenna and jahannam death and the journey of the soul. But no tears ever came from all these people. But you tell them he took the lead and everyone cries. He says son is not from here. It's from here. It's not what comes from your tongue. It is what comes from your heart. So if you have no email, no telephone, you don't have that secret bond between you and Allah when no one
else can see you. And then you come in public and you want to give that one deliver and you want everybody to accept his son is not gonna.
So you have to have that you have to have that test here in a heartbeat hasn't innovated and maybe some of
the consumer has and others they consider that hazard and so on.
The Messenger of Allah said on the day of human PM, people will come with Hester nets like mountains, like Mt.
Fire Johanna Hawaii
and the law will turn this has centered imagine on the day of your milk Do you wish you wish a fashion of a good deed? And you see all your good deeds what had been there and a lot turns them into dust.
The Sahaba said why on messenger of Allah
Allah He said indeed they used to pray the way you pray, they used to give support the way you give Salah they used to fast the way you fast and he mentioned good deeds, whatever can no either Hello the Maha Taku However, when they are alone with the limits of the law, they used to break all the limits.
You know when you are alone with a law and you read something haram or you look at something haram or you listen to something head on now that you showed the people outside people will not count on the day of your mouth damage, because this is who you are, bro you all when you are alone with the last panel with Donna. Number five years What if you learn
and I will conclude with this.
link yourself. connect yourself with the scholars with Ernst and Young people. Do not allow the internet and move to Google to be your shift.
Do not allow that you must learn you must sit in the massage. Learn from the shoe. I know a lot of young people they think how what does he know? He's just a habit. What does he know? He doesn't even know he can not pronounce the letters correct he doesn't pray the way that it should be prayed as soon as you disrespect the people of any guess what he's a habit but you know
Guess what? He was learning the Quran before you were born. So you gotta learn from these people that they that you become happier than that and what this person then you can move to someone else. be connected to the people of normal people of n and do not depend on the flying photography or branch of things. I'd say I know everything. This is what I have to say there's our common law had me Allah Subhana Allah reward you and bless you cinematical.