Channel: Siraj Wahhaj
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The topic is leaving a legacy.
Many of you, especially the younger crowd, probably haven't heard much of the Montserrat, in the past couple of years. He's kind of been ditching our youth sessions, the last couple of years, we have to force him, I think because of the $100 giveaway he actually show up. But one last thing on a serious note, he's gonna be talking about Malcolm X. And anyone that is in this session, under the age of 1718, any of the youth really take this opportunity and because 40 5060 years down the road, when you're talking to your grandchildren, and you're talking to your children, you're gonna say, I heard him speak live.
You're gonna be able to say this to your grandchildren. Really take this opportunity to hear him upside your head
Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim al
Brothers and sisters.
You might ask the question
Why should I sit
in a session
to talk about a man named Malcolm X.
is not Sahaba
he doesn't have the impeccable credentials of cotton even when he
only have Sahaba.
He's not having one
of the incredible credentials of handsome person and bursary
is neither sahaabah nor taboo. Why should I sit in a session?
Talk about Malcolm X acts
as the hall
the Messenger of Allah Allah alayhi wa sallam said
hi to corny former Latina you Luna whom former Latina Luna the best of my family is my generation.
And then the generation that follows it, and then the generation that follows it, then why you want to talk about Malcolm X
I would like to do two things.
Number one talk about mountain.
And number two is
a question that was given to me
in a session yesterday that we didn't have a chance to answer.
A parent wrote this question.
What do we do
when we find that our 15 year old
I want you to know what this session is about.
In a real sense, it's not about Omar Evan Kitab
O'Sullivan or Ali or digital leader hustler bursary
really what we talk about here in this session right now is you
because every one of you the youth
have something going on with you right now.
All of us we we suffer
trying to in America
have an our shortcomings.
In then, therefore, what can we take from sahaabah? What can we take from tabin? What can we take from Malcolm X
So, when we go away back home from this conference,
we go back home a little bit better than they were when became
I have a lot in common with Malcolm.
No, I wasn't born in 1925 like Malcolm,
but I have a lot in common.
He was Malcolm X. I was Jeffrey 12. x.
He spent 12 years in the Nation of Islam as a minister.
I spent 12 years in the Nation of Islam.
Malcolm X had six wonderful daughters. I had seven wonderful daughters. One of them in the back Who's your has a
very wonderful though I love I love that
series. And she's she's so smart. And she has her own radio program and listened to it. Get inspired from it.
Samatha was a minister in the Nation of Islam. He Montserrat's was a minister of the Nation of Islam. One of the funniest things happened to me. years ago, I was in the city of
Brothers picked me up from the airport.
And as we were driving to our destination, I noticed that there were a lot of huge posters of Imam Suraj swash.
And I told the brother Stop the car, I wanted to read what was on the poster.
And as I read books on the post, I started to laugh.
It's a meme Suraj Why are you laughing?
Because when I read the post that said he met him, Suraj was the best friend of Malcolm X. What?
Malcolm died in 1964,
I was 14 years old.
So I never got the chance to meet Malcolm nor wasn't his best friend.
But I love mountain.
Allah blessed me to meet his wife, Dr. Barry shabads. And we became friends for years, met the children of Malcolm.
So why should we talk about Malcolm X in this conference of Muslim use? Why?
What did Malcolm accomplish that we should sit in the session to get from him so that we can be inspired?
Few things about Malcolm that maybe you didn't know.
Not only was he born in Omaha, Nebraska, you know about that? In 1925.
But maybe you didn't know that when my son was six years old, his father was murdered
by the KKK.
And maybe you didn't know that when my son was 13 years old.
His mother Louise little,
was committed to an insane asylum.
Most of you know that criminal life.
You know that Malcolm spent eight years in prison.
And everything that you can imagine Malcolm did
those of you who are wondering about smoking reefer Should I travel reefer, smoke, a little reefer, a little weed, a little marijuana, I can drink a little wine or a little bear a little alcohol and go to the prom, I can go to the party. I want to go to the club.
If you thinking about that right now.
I want you to listen to me carefully because even though Malcolm X was assassinated in 1964, he still reaches out of the grave and can still influence Muslim youths today.
Malcolm lived in a world of crime
and everything you can think of selling drugs and, and alcohol and being a pimp and, and all those kinds of things Malcolm did and he's not afraid to admit it.
To me the best book to read about Malcolm
and if I were you, when I leave the conference today, I will buy this book called The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
I know there's a lot of controversy now about a new book
written by a man named Manning Mara be
600 pages and I
Got it, I read it. I read a lot of it.
bringing down more information about Malcolm X, but in my opinion,
still the definitive book about Malcolm, if you want to know about Malcolm, you should read The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
And let's see what the Times Magazine said.
named The Autobiography of Malcolm X
as one of the 10 most influential non fiction books of the 20th century.
am a teacher.
And if I would give you an assignment, my assignment would be to go out and buy The Autobiography of Malcolm X. How many of you have a copy of The Autobiography of Malcolm X? Raise your hand? Good.
How many of you who do not have a copy? make a commitment that some where when the conference is over, you want to pick up a copy of The Autobiography of Malcolm X? Raise your hand.
Malcolm got out of prison.
In came a minister of the Nation of Islam,
how many of you heard
about the newspaper of the Nation of Islam called Mohammed speaks? Raise your hand.
Muhammad speaks was a newspaper that was put together by Malcolm X.
Malcolm X was a man who went around America and caused the great growth of the Nation of Islam.
When he joined the ranks in 1952, maybe they had about 400 followers throughout the whole country. Malcolm went all around the country opening up temples in the Nation of Islam. Malcolm became very famous in the Nation of Islam.
Now, you brothers and sisters, if you want to study some of the history of the nature of Islam, in America, you want to read about something in the Nation of Islam.
Muhammad Ali, came from the Nation of Islam, he ma'am Suraj Rojas came from the Nation of Islam, many people were influenced by the Nation of Islam.
I know many Muslims around America today who, who influenced by The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and it was the inspirational teachings of Malcolm on
his his great charisma that caused a lot of people to come toward Islam.
So Malcolm X was bold and bodacious. And he helped to establish the Nation of Islam.
Now, the Nation of Islam
didn't have the right act either.
They didn't believe in allies, we believe in Allah.
They didn't believe in Prophet Mohammed, the way we believe in Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon them. They didn't fast in a month of Ramadan, like we fast in the month of Ramadan.
And really, when you look at Malcolm, how great he was
compared to our distinguished speakers, that come to the conferences, compared to your mother and father, even compared to your old brothers and sisters, and compared to many of you, when you look at the knowledge that Malcolm had islamically couldn't compare to these great giants that we have today.
Malcolm X in 1963,
as a minister of the Nation of Islam,
in New York City, at the Manhattan center gave a speech.
Present president john F. Kennedy was just assassinated.
And Elijah Muhammad told his ministers to say nothing negative about john F. Kennedy because he was loved by the nation.
Now who gave a speech at Manhattan center, and he didn't mention
john F. Kennedy.
But in the question and answer period, someone from the Times newspaper asked a question about john F. Kennedy, and he said the death of john F. Kennedy is coming home to roost and being an old farm boy.
I never became sad. When chickens came home to home to roost. The Times magazine or newspaper put out that mountain said some negative things about Johnny
So Elijah Muhammad, the leader of the Nation of Islam, suspended mountain for 90 days. But it became clear to Malcolm that he would never go back to the Nation of Islam. So in March 1964, Malcolm X made his declaration of independence from the Nation of Islam.
And in that year, a few months later, he was in Mecca, performing pilgrimage. And when he went to Mecca, performing pilgrimage, he saw Muslims that were white. And he began to learn more about Islam. So when he came back to America, he became a Sunni Muslim.
And a lot of you brothers and sisters who've heard speeches of Malcolm X. I will tell you as one who teaches about Malcolm, that you must always ask the question, when you hear Malcolm speech, which mountain
isn't the mountain before 1964? Is it the Malcolm after 1964? And when you think about it, a mile from left the Nation of Islam in March 1964. Malcolm was assassinated February 21 1965. So one year, one year my phone was a Sunni Muslim.
You know what it reminds me of? It reminds me of a man who came to the Prophet peace and blessings be upon them.
He said, Yeah, Rasulullah this man wasn't a Muslim. He said, Oh, I honestly move
on messenger of Allah, should I fight? Or should I become a Muslim? Our beloved Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. So
he said, become a Muslim first and then fight for Isla de la, la casa de la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la la la was suddenly I'm in la colina mucho La Casita. Man, he became a Muslim. He fought and he was slain. And the Prophet said, He's a man, that little little bit of work and got a big reward. He was a man who never made one prayer didn't make Whoo. He didn't make Salah. He never fasted in the month of Ramadan. He didn't give the cat he didn't go to Omar or Haji like you. But even though that man got the blessing of going to Jenner, because he, at the right time, became a Muslim, and then he died. That comes down to you, Malcolm X and hydrophillic shabads. When I think of Malcolm,
you know what I think about I don't think about Sahaba I don't think about taboo. I think about what the prophet said about him, and what the prophet said about you.
run that again.
I think about what the prophet said about Malcolm and what the prophet said about you.
Mm hmm. Okay.
What are you talking about?
What a prophet didn't mention his name.
But he said this one day,
he was writing something in the ground.
And he said to his companions, oh, what that I can see my lover's
we are lovers. He says, No, you're my son.
My lovers will come after me.
They will believe in me, though they have never seen me.
Know Muhammad Sahaba. These a man that believes in the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, though he never saw him.
You're not Sahaba mm Surat, not Sahaba Allah Tabby, we're not that. We are those who believe in the Messenger of Allah, even though we have never seen him.
Surely, certainly, we can't be like the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. We can't be like the companions. We want around him to watch his illustrious character.
So what can we learn? From Malcolm in my conclusion?
She asks the question.
And this could be your mother or father.
Speaking about you,
What about my son, my daughter, who smoked weed
about a month ago
from a parent and parents of a young Muslim boy, 16 years old,
who has smoking marijuana
just like this young man or young woman
had a talk with this young man.
And listen to what I said.
Now what I'm going to tell you now, I never said it before publicly. So you got to leave it here.
You can leave it here.
You're not gonna take it out this session.
I know what you're saying. Mmm this session is publicized. People can turn on a computer right now to hear it. But you don't tell it.
You know what I told that young man?
I said Listen, you 16 years old.
When I was a young teenager, I smoked reefer today for a few days.
You never heard me say that digital. Never said it. You never dreamed that smoke reefer digital.
Survive while you tell us this.
I said you know when I was a young man I I drank a little bit of wine. Wasn't a wine. Oh.
I wasn't a prat. Can
I drink a little while
when I was a in college,
to all the women in my building.
Got me to drink some alcohol.
I drink a little beer.
16 year old Muslim boy was smoking marijuana.
But then you know what I told him?
You know the difference between me and you?
The difference between you and me is that I didn't do that. When I became a Muslim. Once I became a Muslim, I never went back to that.
From 1969 until now, I have never drinking wine. I have never drinking beer. Except nebbia.
I have never done any of that.
And that's the difference. You Muslim youth are different.
How many of you raise your hand?
How many of you in high school? Raise your hand?
How many of you in junior high school? Raise your hand?
How many of you in elementary school? Raise your hand. Look at this.
elementary school, junior high school, high school, college, young Muslim men and women and guess what?
Yeah, America. And you can do whatever you want to do. Nobody can stop you. Your parents can watch you 24 hours a day. You go to school. And you can trick your mother and dad, you can leave the house with a beautiful chemo. And when you leave the house and not have the view of your mother, you can take the chemo off. You can act like the most pious in the house in the masjid. But when you go to Rutgers University, or when you go to New York University, or when you go to any of the universities, then you are your real self. The question is Who are you really, in this world laughs upon a watch that I mentioned in the Qur'an.
In talking about the monastic
he talks about those
while they're L'Aquila Xena army, no Paulo, Al,
Allah, Elijah tinian Paulo in macoun, in
ASEAN, and when they meet those who believe they say we believe, and when they go to the economic conference, all the Muslims, all the sisters and he jabbed, they said, We believe when they go to the masjid, they said, we believe, but when they are alone with the evil ones in the elementary school, in the high school in the junior high school in the college, when they meet those who don't believe they say, we are really with you, we were only marking. We were kidding. We were tricking our mothers and dad, my mother and father don't know that I smoke reefer, they think I'm a good Muslim. My mom and dad don't know that I take off my hijab. When I go out the house. My mother don't
know that I've got a boyfriend, my father don't know that I have a girlfriend. They don't know that I go to the club, because I cheat and I hide and not pretend to be a good Muslim in reality, a lot know what I am. But you as Muslims in this century, are those who are responsible to help the non Muslims to become Muslims. They have could you help them and you're just like them. You do what they do. They go to a party, you go to a party, they go to the club, you go to the club, you hang out with
Then you take off your beautiful robes and your beautiful garments that our Lord gives you. And then you want to look like them, rather than looking like what Allah had intended for us to look like. No, you want to be something? You want to be something look at Malcolm. Malcolm was not Sahaba Muslim was not shabby. No. But one thing about Malcolm was that you know what it was in, even though he had a little bit of Islam, one year as a Sunni Muslim, but he took that little bit of Islam, and he practice it. And you never heard about Muslim once you became a Muslim ever gone back to that old stuff in the old habits that he used to have never, never went back to the women. He got married to
Dr. Betty Chavez in the liver, excellent life. So what about you? I close with this. I honor you. I respect you. You have something that you have what I didn't have. You know what you had? You have parents that were Muslims.
You had parents in the month of Ramadan that got you up for school.
You had mothers that read the Quran to you. You had fathers that took you by the hand and took you to the masjid. You had parents that spent money to send you to madrasa to Islamia to the Muslim school madrasa to nor you have parents like that I didn't have that Muslim didn't have that. But you had and you can brag about Yeah, I'm born a Muslim, you can brag and you would be right. But then again, the prophet said peace and blessings be upon them. colo colo colo malo don't you do Allah filter forever while you have it done. He will you know,
every one of you born a Muslim, they no big deal. You born a Muslim? Great, but it's not how you were born. But how you die. It's not how you begin the race. How you ended the race in this wild lesson could lead to mutanda illa. Muslims do not die, except as a Muslim. Do not die. Except as the Muslim. Ain't no big thing being Muslim. Everybody is born Muslim. But can you live a Muslim? Can you go to college and live a Muslim and be a Muslim? You are the proof that you can go to college and keep your Islam. You are proof that you can go to high school in a non Muslim or non Muslim school and go to high school, go to a public school and still keep your Islam. You want to do your
parents proud. You want to make them proud. And you make them proud by being a Muslim. Not only in the house, not only in the bastion. But being Muslim in the street. being Muslim when you go play basketball into the to the to the basketball
Be a Muslim
So the Prophet said peace and blessings be upon him as I close.
In the middle of my low bill.
Your D shall be judged by your last deeds. Brothers and sisters. You never know.
You never know when our time is coming.
One thing about mountain you know the beautiful thing about mountains.
You read about all that he did.
The beautiful thing about mountain. The mountain changed. He changes to the good
and he stayed there.
May Allah bless you
to get back
the mistakes that you made.
May Allah forgive you.
at this conference.
Go back home better than you came. May Allah bless you Salaam Alaikum