Channel: Siraj Wahhaj
This is the Ramadan Khutbah which Imam Siraj Wahaj gave at the Islamic Center of Tennessee
My brothers and sisters we praise Allah the Almighty. We believe in him we trust in Him and we bear witness that none deserves to be worshipped except Allah. And we bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as a last messenger and his slave.
Whomever Allah guides his guidance, all right,
and whomever Allah leaves the earth, no one can guide them. We ask Allah to bless His Messenger, Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam alayhi wa sallam,
we ask Allah to bless
his companions, all of them and his family. I mean,
you call Allah azza wa jal one casumo hola como en cuanto. Charla moon
and that you fast is better for you, if you but know it.
Not too long ago.
I was listening to a minister give a sermon
and in his sermon, he surprised me
by saying that he would go to Paradise There is no doubt about it.
And I asked myself the question as a Muslim
What do I and what do we believe about? us going to gender I believe
that every one of us here today
want to go to agenda and to avoid going to the Hellfire I believe that
but what I want to know this afternoon in this Masjid
Is there any one of you
who can say for sure?
Ain't no doubt about it. I will go to Jen if there is even one of you I want to give today a wake up call
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that Allah is severe and punishing.
On the one hand,
but on the other hand, he's Forgiving and Merciful.
Even the prophets of Allah
have this feeling about a law so that even on the Day of Judgment, when every human being will go to Adam and go to Moses and go to Abraham and go to Jesus.
They all say the same thing. neps enough's enough, co myself, myself, myself is her boo Illa Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
I am concerned about my own self.
I would like to give a wake up call.
I am a convert to Islam, I am a revert
the best day of my life. Without a doubt, when I became a Muslim,
there is nothing
that can compare. For me the joy with being a Muslim.
All of you brothers and sisters who've been blessed to have Muslim parents.
You were born to Muslim parents.
How blessed you are.
Some of them even brag they say ma'am Suraj you're you're just a convert. I was born in Islam. I will caution you
that it is not how you begin the race.
But how you end the race.
After all, the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said koulamallah Don't you know do Allah fitrah every one by nature, every human being is born.
By nature, Muslim,
and their parents make them Jews and the parents make them Christians and their parents make them this of that.
Why was I a Christian? Because my mother was a Christian. But why was I Baptist? I was a Baptist because my mother was a Baptist. Had she been a Jehovah Witness? I would have been a Jehovah Witness. Had she been a Mormon, I would have been a Mormon had she been a Catholic, I would have been a Catholic.
How blessed you are.
When you are being raised up by your mother and your father, your father, brother, take you by the hand as a young man and walk you and bring you to the masjid nobody ever brought me to the masjid.
As a young boy and young girl, your mother and father read to you and recite to you the words of our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, nobody ever recite the Quran to me.
Nobody ever read me Hadees
your young child, your mother and father trying to encourage you to fast in the month of Ramadan. Nobody encouraged me to fast in the month of Ramadan.
But this is the issue.
The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said in them and if Milo bill Hawa, team, your D shall be judged by your last deeds. Don't tell me how you were born. But tell me how you died last 11 to Muslim don't die.
Not Don't be born. Don't die, don't die, except as a Muslim.
is good your mother and father did all up to you. That's good. That's fine. But the question is What about today?
So today for a few moments, I like to give us a wake up call. I got a wake up call from Omar Lohan. And I would like to tell you about that wake up call inshallah.
As the brothers continued to, to come in, come to the side and show off so we get everybody in.
What's the issue?
What's the issue with human beings?
The issue is
that human beings are sinners.
Yes, human beings are sinners.
Over and over again.
I have not created I have not created the gym, nor the humans except to worship me.
We are sinners. And every religion recognizes the fact that we are sinners Christians recognize it. Jews recognize Hindus and Buddhists and Sikhs all realize that the problem with human beings is that they are sin us
how to get rid of the sin. I remember years ago, I'm standing in front of my Masjid in Brooklyn, early in the morning.
And this young man comes with four children.
One of them a little girl about seven or eight years old, she was lingering behind.
And it looked at the young girl so come on, come on, come on. Let's go Come on.
And I can almost see her little face now saying to this man saying to this young man, leave me alone. You're not my father.
You leave me alone. And I was haunted by the words of this young girl for years in my mind, saying Leave me alone. You're not my father.
In what she was saying.
Every human being recognizes the right of their parents to admonish them and the right of their parents to punish them.
She knows if that's the Father.
He has a right overhung Well, if fathers and mothers have a right over children,
our nation the United States of America is the third most populated nation in the world. We have a population of some 300 million people.
And even though we are the represent only 5% of the total population of the world, we have in our nation 25% of
Prisoners of the world are in the United States of America.
If all those in prison in the United States was a state, we will be the 17th most populated state in the nation.
everybody recognizes the the rank of the nation to punish us citizens, famous cases around the country right now, determining the fate of people because of the inherent right of the nation, to punish its people, even to put them to death, put them in prison, find them
if parents have this right to punish if nations have the right to punish us citizens.
What about Allah, the creator of the heaven and earth has the right to punish his slaves.
And this is why the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said that the Prophet said Hadith could say that our law said yeah, he buddy
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Oh my servants, every one of you. Every one of you are misguided therefore, x me and I will guide you
17 times a day every day, at least we say is you know sir autonomous docking? Allah guide me on the straight path. Why? Because some of us are misguided. No. Every one of us are misguided.
So the problem of man is the problem of sin.
How are we going to deal with this sin?
One of my hobbies is reading bumper stickers. No, I love to read bumper stickers. On my way to the masjid One morning, four o'clock in the morning I'm driving my car.
And in front of me is a car with a bumper sticker. A low at bottom bumper sticker I say to myself,
and I read the bumper sticker and the bumper sticker says
Jesus is Lord.
Then I'm driving in Atlanta, Georgia down at five south
and I behold a billboard.
And the billboard said, Jesus is Lord.
And then one block from my Masjid one block. West there's a big church
and on the top of the church as a sign, Jesus is Lord.
So the Christian ministers tell them
if you want to get rid of your sin,
all you have to do is accept Jesus as the Savior and you will get rid of your sin.
And that scared me.
I got a wake up call from Omar Roger Lyon. I would like to give you the wake up call.
How are we going to get rid of the sin?
It is interesting to note what the prophet said the lady salat wa Salaam
Nan sama, Ramadan
Emmanuel de saben
goofier Allah who met the Kaaba momentum be
wherever fast during the month of Ramadan.
and seeking the reward from Allah. Allah would forgive us our sins. Ah, ah, this is why
this is why we got a hold day in the summertime and it's hot.
I just came from Australia a couple of days ago.
And they have the winter right now.
I mean, upon Alon
sunset like five something
they fast a few hours.
But you and Nashville, Tennessee,
all those hours in the hot in the heat and you can't even drink water.
While you do that,
because the law has given us a way to get rid of some of our sins.
incredibly, Muslims all over the world who have the ability to fast they won't fast one day in the month of Ramadan.
a lot give us this opportunity.
To get rid of the sin,
this great month of Ramadan, and even though Allah gives us the ability, by His mercy to get rid of the sin, some Muslims won't even
take the opportunity for the great blessing of Allah subhanho wa Taala
we have since since but the Prophet didn't stop there.
He said, Man, man,
man comma, Ramadan, amen. disarming goofy download let them be whoever stands up
stands up during the month of Ramadan. What do you mean stand up?
They pray the fluoride No, no, no,
I'm not talking about facha I'm not talking about I'm not talking about my butter. I'm talking about Serato tarawih Serato tahajjud piano ladies.
I'm talking about edge to prayer.
Whoever does that in the month of Ramadan along with Do what? Forgive them their sins, oh, man must be a sinner. But the prophet Alayhi salat wa salam he didn't stop there. Men comma Laila till
the same goes with Allah who
can be whoever stands in the night of power. When is the night of power we think of the last 10 nights so the last 10 nights
someone is trying to stand up and trying to find later.
Maybe they stand up one night, maybe the 27th night maybe that maybe maybe that's later to conflict. And if you stand and you pray in that day, what will you be given us reward? Allah will forgive your sins man must be a sinner.
I had given a hadith to my students.
Hadith of the Prophet peace and blessings be upon them and one student says to me, she's a principal of a school very smart woman.
When I gave this tradition of our Prophet peace and blessings be upon him, she said, he Ma'am, that is a dangerous Hadith.
That is a dangerous Hadith.
I said what the prophet said some lalala sudden them
laleham toodaloo if you had not committed sin,
if you have never committed sin,
Allah would destroy you.
Get rid of you.
And bring a people who would sin so that they will ask Allah forgiveness so that Allah will forgive them.
What are you saying?
I'm saying you don't understand the Arabic language. While Lao Tzu Lao to nibble. This Lao doesn't mean like in if you study you will become smart. No, no, no, no, no Lau means ain't gonna happen.
It's not a possibility.
If you have not committed to know if you never would have not committed no, no, you human being. Can I tell you something about us? If you can give me a moment to tell me something about us? As human beings?
What color bucola Malaika teeny j Luna fill out the halifa Kahlua talofa. Man You see, do you have one yesterday called the man? And when a lot said to the angels I'm about to make a vise Geron to the earth they said are you going to make in the earth that which is going to cause mischief and the shedding of blood while we celebrate your praises color in the
moon? He said I know what you know not man in June.
Man and chin. You got to be careful with man and Jin because man and Jin can go either way.
But you mean it can go either way.
Man is a sinner.
Let's start with our father Adam alayhis salat wa salam
with Guna Yeah, Adam, Busan Antigua Zelda Jenna wakulla. Mina Rakuten. Hi Toshi Toma, Takara
Guna Milan. Oh, me. Oh, Adam, you and your wife live in the garden and eat whatever you want in the garden. Whatever you want in this garden. Just one thing, don't, don't go near this tree. That's it.
One commandment don't go near the tree.
And lo and behold on father Adam and our mother ate from the tree human beings can go either way.
Let me give another example.
What were the angels concerned about? You're gonna put on the earth Mischief Makers and shedding the blood. How soon was man created? How soon was he created that we had the first murder
even though I will
Adams first son.
Now in America, every year 16,000 17,000 people will be murdered.
Every year in America, some 30,000 people will take their own lives suicide.
Someone once said that suicide
is a permanent solution for a temporary problem.
Man, liars and still isn't cheaters and deceivers, men and jinn, how far can we go? You can go so far that you can become a devil. And in fact, it bleeds became shaytaan
Why? Because of this ability of man even to disobey Allah and, and the end the beauty of it. Allah won't make you believe in him.
He won't make you believe in Him is up to you factors against the deen
if I wanted everyone on earth with a belief, but that's not his plan, the plan is to give you the opportunity
to obey Him. Man is the center. So the month of Ramadan is a way for us to get rid of our sin Finally,
don't go to sleep now.
Don't go to sleep.
I'm about to give you a wake up call.
It'd be crazy for me to give you a wake up call while you're sleeping.
So brothers and sisters I say this to you.
Let us use every possibility that we can
to get rid of this sin because if we don't get rid of it before we die, and we go before Allah subhanho wa Taala
and a law may decree all the BLM and valic that we go to the Hellfire will have the law horrible enemy.
So the Allahu Allahu wa Taala should ecola shadow under Mohammed Abdul Salam Omar
All right. What's the wake up call?
A man came to the Prophet peace and blessings be upon them.
Came to learn about Islam.
This Allahu Allah, Islam,
and the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said come to Salawat
The Prophet said five friends a day
and the man asks this question
hallelujah guru who knows?
Is there anything more than these five presidents? Allah Allah?
The Prophet said, No, except what is extra?
And then the Prophet peace and blessings be upon them said
Swami Shahe Ramadan fast fast in the month of Ramadan hallelujah guide who is anything more than this fast of Ramadan? Anything more?
No, the prophet said except what is extra.
And then the Prophet mentioned to him, such as the cat, hallelujah guy who had the man said Is there anything more than that Zakat? Allah Allah
says what is extra?
And the man turned around and said they begin to walk away your cool will lie. Let azido Allah help uncle soo min Whoa,
I swear by Allah. I'm not going to increase nor diminish
Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
as Lucha and satoko
he will be successful.
He will be successful if he is truthful.
extra. I remember when I was coming up in school
and I don't know about Tennessee and Nashville. But in
New York City, the passing grade in those years was 65, you get a 65, you pass
then some students.
In the end of the year, they get the report card, and they got 65. And they're so happy Oh, I passed, I got 65 I pass and they, they celebrate because they passed.
And then the other students
get a 98.
And they're miserable.
Because they wanted 111 every once in a while this teacher would give them an opportunity to get extra credit.
And their students always want extra credit. They're not even satisfied to get 100 they want extra credit.
So today I come to this Masjid
to push you
to see if you want to give extra credit.
There are those who will fail miserably. They won't fast in the month of Ramadan, they won't make their prints they won't give us a cat
and they fail.
And on your mom's piano
a lot Have mercy on their soul.
Then there are those among us who say, you know, I did the forearm? I'm okay.
I did all the mandatory.
I did okay.
May Allah give them lessons of Jenna
and take them away from the hellfire.
there are extra people like you
I've done the mandatory nine I want to do more.
I want to do more for the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And I'm going to give you a wake up call from Omar
to determine how much extra you want to do.
If I would ask all of you, the brothers and the sisters alike, the elders and the youth alike.
If I would tell you give me three of your favorite companions.
I can almost guarantee that
at least 50% of you or more will say Abu Bakar or Lauren
and some 50% or more will probably say Omar Ibn Al Khattab and then the third one. It could be a lot of people but Abu Bakr and Omar would appear on most of your list. I think you would agree with me.
If I would ask you this afternoon and this beautiful month of Ramadan to give me some of the credentials of Omar.
You can probably spend the whole day given the credentials of Omar with his impeccable credentials. His magnificent resume for instance, you would say Omar Raja Lauren became the second Khalifa none of us ever Khalifa.
You can say that Omar participated in everything he participated in every battle.
You say you know Omar was something special.
You could say
that someone acts the Prophet peace upon peace and blessings be upon them. Or you know Sahaba Lake, who of mankind that you love the most? He said Isha
minari JAL abou Ha. Oh my man.
Who do you love the most? Are you sure then who her father Abu Bakr. Omar,
the son of Ali x his father Roger and he said Dad,
what person was the best Muslim after the Prophet Alayhi salat wa salam, his father. He said abubaker his son said then who he said Omar
impeccable credentials you would say about Omar.
An impressive resume you would say?
Let's not stop there. The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said that whenever ever Omar goes down one road shaytan takes a different road than the road of Oman. That's impressive.
Omar is one of the
10 companions of the Prophet peace and blessings be upon them that he promised agenda while they were living.
Let me give you one more.
The Prophet peace and blessings be upon them to say I saw myself and agenda and I saw a palace in Acts the question Who does this palace belong to? It was said
and the Prophet peace and blessings be upon them said that I started to go into the palace until I remember the writer of
the dignity of Omar the self respect of Omar. And I didn't go into the palace that belongs to Omar in Elgin, it's there is already waiting for.
And when he told that to Omar Omar begin to cry and say Yato Sula, how dare I put my guide in front of you?
Enough of his credentials.
Think about this.
When Omar became al Khalifa, he became a middle momineen.
Every time a delegation came from Yemen,
he would ask the question
I see come always even our middle.
African always in the middle.
African, always even our mill. Is there a man among you name a waste in our mirror?
seems as if Obama was obsessed with following finding this man.
And he did this for 10 years, looking for ways.
And so finally,
he found him
and to always color now. Are you always Yes.
From the tribe of madora, a brands of cotton Yes.
Did you use to have leprosy
and it was cured except the size of a Durham? Yes.
Do you have a mother that's living? Yes.
You found them.
10 years looking for this man? Always. Even.
He said to him.
The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him told me
that there will come a delegation from Yemen
it will be a man among them name always been on Meldrum
from the tribe of Madonna, from the brands of cotton.
And he would have had leprosy the size of his whole body that was cured except the size of him.
And he would have a mother that he was faithful to
that whenever he took an oath about Allah, Allah will fulfill his oath.
If you find him
if you could
so x forgiveness of Allah for you.
With all of the impeccable credentials that half who of us have anything near that? And yet 10 years he's searching for one man so that that man can act allows forgiveness for him.
So brothers and sisters,
but actually something now
don't you ever rest on your laurels
never think that you made haven't made