The Courage of Instrospection – Reaching New Heights From Within
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Bismillah Al Rahman Rahim
shadow Allah Allah illallah wa the hola should eCola
was shadow under Mohammed Abdullah who was solely on the bad
brothers and sisters um
I'm going to try to do two things
in the next few minutes
I want to try my hardest
to get every one of us tonight
to take a brutal
and honest look
at our individual selves
I don't believe
that we could move forward
until we do that.
I want to try my best
to get us
a brutal and honest
at our collective selves as an ummah.
our individual selves
and our collective selves. I want to first
Before I became a Muslim
I used to love music.
Every kind of music that you can imagine
rhythm and blues, rock, classical music, jazz, all of it.
And I must admit for you youngsters
that the singers that we had in those days are not like we have today.
There was a woman
I don't know if you ever heard of her called Aretha Franklin.
The Queen of Soul. Have you ever heard her?
In 1964 Sheikh Abdullah the year that Malcolm made pilgrimage to Mecca
Aretha Franklin had a hit song
entitled take a look
and I decided that I'm going to sing it for you tonight
Are you ready?
You really think I'm gonna do that
listen to the words
take a look in the mirror
look at yourself
but don't look too close
cause you just might
see the person
that you hate the most.
Look what's happening to this human race.
I can't even find
I think it was just give me a second
Michael Jackson sing the song
You remember him?
Shake up delta you know Michael Jackson
Man in the Mirror
I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I am asking for him to change his ways
a beautiful song.
The Man in the Mirror
take a look at yourself.
What kind of Muslim am I?
When need a standard to measure?
I can think of no better standard
than 114 100 years ago when the Prophet alayhi salat wa salam said hello O Matic coordinate from Allah Dena, your Luna home formula, Dana, you know,
the best of my own math is my generation. And then the generation that follows it and then the generation that follows it. If you want to compare yourself to see how you're doing when you look in the mirror.
You have to look at that generation 1400 years ago, what made them so great.
I remember reading about the great battle of Uhud.
And the Prophet was gathering the soldiers together, preparing them to fight and a little bit before McGraw.
He was going and looking at the men who were given, ready to fight to defend the faith.
And among those men were eight boys.
was sama bin Zaid
and another one Abdullah ibn O'Meara de la and Omar
13 years old.
ready to fight jihad.
And the Prophet told them to go home
if you study the history was unbelievable.
Every kind of test that Allah could give them He gave them so the first 13 years in Mecca,
psychological oppression, oppression.
And yet they would stood
in none of them fought back.
And you know why they didn't fight back. Because Allah didn't give them the commandment to fight back
13 years, they own people against them.
Until Allah gave them the commandment to make migration and when they made migration, I want you to think about your home,
to leave all of that behind and Mecca to go to Abyssinia to go to El Medina
and then when they make migration to El Medina,
another tests you have to fight to defend the faith.
These one warriors
that one fighters.
They're like you and I.
But yet they had to defend their faith.
Tonight I'm going to talk about
an introspection of one of the companions of the Prophet peace and blessings be upon them. I'm going to make some commentary on that. And then I'm finish
Ababa bakr wrote the law and was a friend of a man companion name hunt villa.
And one day Abu Bakr said Kay for Anthea handler How you doing? handler
100 has said nah Sokka handler
I have become a hypocrite.
Abu Bakr said, What are you saying?
He said that
When ever we are with the messenger of allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, you that you will not fill Jana will not Cana right? Yeah in and whenever we will, the Messenger of Allah. He reminds us of the jinn, he reminds us of Paradise, he reminds us of hell, as if we are looking at it.
And when we go to our families, and we sport with our families, we forget much of what he said.
And Abu Bakr said, we have experienced the same thing. Let us go to the messenger of allah sallallahu alayhi salam.
So they go to the Messenger of Allah, he explains himself and the Prophet. So the handler,
if you will remember Allah remember the agenda. Remember the novel, the hellfire, the paradise the same way in my presence.
The angels was shake your hands on the roads and in your beds. Yeah, handler, satin, was satin, was satin was satin, was satin was satin. There's a time for this and a time for that, a time for this and a time for that a time for this and a time for that.
And we'll line this hadith, I must have read 100 times.
But for the first time,
I saw something in it
to make me appreciate where we are as individual Muslims and as an own man.
In this what I like to do for the next few minutes
I'm going to do something that some of you
may be opposed to
the next few minutes is not my intention to make you feel good.
Or feel good speech.
In fact, the opposite.
I want you to feel nervous and anxious about what I'm about to say.
I want you to be nervous and I want you to be a little bit scared about what I'm going to say. I'm warning you is not going to be pretty
in the reason that I'm going to do this,
I believe will help us
what is it that made those companions the way they were? What is it?
The easy answer well they will with the Messenger of Allah if we will with the Messenger of Allah will be the same way Allah knows best.
But the answer is this.
What they had
was the highest level of Eman.
We think we have a man
that elusive thing.
What is it?
How do I get it? I can't buy it. I can't find it. I can't steal it. I can't inherit it from my parents.
In order for me to get it, I got to get it for myself.
How important is it?
Let's talk Hello Jana Hatta to me No.
You will not go to Jana until you believe.
I believe most of us think we have a man
but when I started studying the Companions
I came to the conclusion
that our Eman
Elmo Menaka would you hide on well how about you Lola mini mini die even Murphy Cooley siren before calling it a strong believer is better and more love Bala than weak believer in the as good in all of them.
a faith in Allah so great.
That causes us to do magnificent deeds.
Let me give you an example.
And it's another or the lion
the uncle of Anas Ibn man
never participated in the Battle of Bhadra.
But he said, If I have to fight again, you see what I will do.
The Battle of Uhud came. And I want you to imagine the Battle of hood. And I want you to imagine that the Prophet peace and blessing be upon him was wounded, and the muscles were in all this dis disarray, when they disobeyed the Prophet peace and blessings be upon them after they had victory in the hand, and some of them left the polls, and they will run it around. And the rumor was that the Prophet peace and blessing be upon him had died. And they were scattering and they were wandering around and all of a sudden hit comes at us even another What'd he do?
And it's even another he goes right in the thick of the battle
to defend the Messenger of Allah to defend the faith.
And as he was going he saw sad the sad sad, sad
Anantha sad where you going? I smell the fragrance of Jenna at
an anus another went into the enemy line and he was slain and they said that he had over 80 wounds on his body they knew related him so that no one could recognize him except his sister. And he recognized him by the tips of his finger
make you do that?
What is it that made these companions give everything that they had Sheikh Abdullah Idris Ali has gone all over the country all over the world raising money countless of millions of dollars for Islamic masters and schools in Islamic programs. By the salah has raised money for Islamic Relief all over the world.
when they were asked to give the game
what was it?
The man but how did they get that level of faith? That's what I'm talking about now.
I want you
it's not gonna be pretty.
Not this part.
If you can get through this part for the next couple of minutes. You're gonna be okay.
Okay, can I do it?
I read this verse in the Quran.
button fill or the Illa Allah Allah is Guha.
There is not a creature on Earth, except Allah has taken upon Himself to give its sustenance.
needs the sustenance of Allah.
Go to all the creatures, the creations of Allah the creatures and you see they all eat.
I would like to take one animal,
the largest animal known to man, the blue whale.
The blue whale
100 feet long.
Weighing 200 tons
with a tongue,
the size of an elephant
with a heart
the size of an automobile
and what does it eat?
A little shrimp like animal called Crail.
And how many Crail
does it eat
40 million quail a day
weighing four ton.
While you mentioned that
I am of the conclusion that one of the reasons that we fail as leaders is that we don't make the people like the Prophet did make them see Allah Jana we're not.
We don't make them see the hellfire and we don't make them see the jinn. So the Hellfire in general is like oh, right, some fancy place some make believe some some fairy tale. It's not a fairy tale. It's real. It's so real that Allah talks about it in the Quran over and over again. He talks about a no
Oh, he talks about that agenda over and over again. So what I decided to do, I'm going to take one aspect of Al Anon a few points. And then I'm going to conclude with something about Jana, because I want us to look at ourselves as individual. And I want us to look at ourselves as an old man, because me, I am not satisfied with myself. I don't think there's any one of us here right now that is satisfied every level of our lives that we our faith is so very high. I don't think any of us is that confident, I know I am not, I'm not satisfied with where I am, I think I can do better. And I think that the OMA can do much better than what we're doing.
I want to make an observation about the hereafter.
Because the believers must believe in
one of the foundations of faith to believe in an accurate, don't speak enough about it.
I looked up the largest church in America,
in Texas, I think usin Texas. 43,000 people attend a church.
And I asked myself the question, why so many people go to that church. So I said, Let me listen to what the Minister is saying. So I listened to his speeches.
And I said, Wow,
never, ever, any mention of the hereafter. Never, ever, any mention of the Hellfire never, ever, any mention of the life after except this life, and how to get money in this life.
And I said, that's the problem.
The people in the Hellfire is not going to be the same size as the people here.
To give you an idea how big the person in the Hellfire will be the Prophet peace and blessing be upon him said that the size of the tooth of one tooth of a person in hellfire will be the size of Mount Hood.
The distance between the shoulders of a person in the hereafter will be the distance of a fast rider for three days.
how huge the person will be in the Hellfire you asked the question why? Why would Allah make the person in the Hellfire so big? Because there's wisdom and everything that he does?
Two reasons that I see.
if you're into hellfire
will you be hungry?
Will you be thirsty? The Quran is replete with the messages of the agenda and the drinks of Jen and the food of Jenna how beautiful it is you will eat and not answer the call of nature. You won't even a sneeze and you won't have menses and none of that in Jana. But in hell you also eat but what will you eat? What would it be like? In the hellfire, the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said that the person least punished in the Hellfire will be a person that would have two brands under their feet that will cause their brains to boil and they would think that they're the worst punished person in the Hellfire but but they would be the least
why so big because the people in hellfire will eat
imagine being that big appetite. So huge. You got to eat. You're hungry. They will be hungry in the hellfire and they will eat they Salah Hoon Tao mon in lemon.
They will have nothing to eat but Daria
the food of the people of the Hellfire is the purpose of the people on hell. It is a horrible thing. It's a horrible taste. And then they will eat and they will become so thirsty that they want to drink and what will a drink? Will it drink water like they would ask the people in hellfire and agenda just give me a drop of water. Just a drop of water. But they won't get a drop of water. They will drink boiling hot
Tap water that will tear the insides out.
Imagine that and then after eating that and drinking that you still thirsty you're still hungry and you go over and over and over again.
See the people in Jana people Jeddah got beautiful clothing beautiful silk garments
but not so and hellfire is real if you don't think is real see what Allah said it Namo Allah shall do the cover on the log the full Rahim you better know that Allah Sivan punishing and he is been
forgiving and merciful. You better know you gotta know it. Why? Imam you scaring us? Yes, yes, I am. I know I am. But fear is a part of Eman. If you don't have fear, your Eman is not complete.
X the Christian minister,
they will tell you in the Bible it says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. This world have lost the fear of God
they don't feed him no more. And that's why they do whatever they want to do. That's the world we live in now the very opposite of what Allah say Do they do opposite whatever Allah say Do they don't they say not do
so in the Hellfire
you ever get burned by fire? Not pretty.
But the fire of hell fire
70 times harder than the fire here.
Why so big?
You ever have a root canal?
When you have a root canal? You know what the dentist does? He take out
the nerve. You know what causes pain? It's the nerves. If you don't have nerves, you don't feel any pain. Part of the blessing that Allah created the human being is with nerves so that when there's a fire, you can feel it. You can turn around and say something and
you can feel the pain. But then the Hellfire Allah says in the Quran, that the people in the Hellfire will burn, burn thoroughly until all the skin is gone. And when the skin is gone, Allah bring new skin to burn it again and to skin to bring in again and new skin to burn it again. Some will be in the Hellfire Holly, doula fee her someone never escaped.
And you say oh my god, what will I wear? What kind of clothing will I wear?
So brothers and sisters, I say that time is near.
One of the tragedies of death is not that you die. But it's the cessation of deeds. Because as long as you're alive, you got a chance. Ali radula answered for inna Yeoman Ahmed wala he said Walker, then he said, Well, I'm old.
Now is the time of action, and no accounting. But tomorrow will be a time of accounting, and no action. Finally,
We go to the grave,
punishment in the grave. And then we are resurrected. The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said naked barefoot uncircumcised in our era the law and has said Yeah, Rasulullah people be naked men won't men and woman be looking at one another. He said I Isha.
The experience is too great for that.
How bad is it?
It is so bad that this woman this this mother.
Can you imagine?
The great love that we have for mothers?
You know, Abdullah ibn Omar.
He saw a man in Yemen
carrying his mother on his back around the Kaaba.
And he said to Abdullah him and Omar Abdullah and, and Huma he says, I have now carried my mother more than she carried me. Have I paid my debt to her.
Abdullah said no. You haven't even paid one conception that he has one contraction that she had.
But on that day,
things will be so bad
that a person would rather give their mother their father, their children, every human being as a ransom, so they would escape that day.
That's how bad is going to be.
And Abraham and Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him said that Abraham will be the first to be dressed on Yom Okayama. In my conclusion
is faith. Amen.
To see the hellfire and the Jana.
Praise be to Allah.
The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said that Aurora wrote in his book when he created creation, that My Mercy will overcome my wrath.
Now's the time to do it. Oh, Jana.
Oh, Jenna, what a beautiful place.
Can you imagine I was telling somebody the other day and I read this hadith of the Prophet peace and blessings be upon them.
He said that when men and women, husband and wife are in Jannah,
the husband will go away to the marketplace.
And when he come back home, he looked at his wife and said, You have grown more beautiful since I left.
And she will say yeah, you've grown more handsome. And this will continue to happen.
More and more handsome, more more beautiful.
And then a voice will come and say no more death.
No more sickness, no old age. None of that.
The question is, do you believe?
Do you believe in the hereafter?
If your faith is that strong,
you will make a difference. I was at the airport and JFK or LaGuardia Airport recently. I'm sitting down a man comes to me and says salam o aleikum sy Salam, he sits down. He doesn't recognize me as Imam Suraj just a Muslim. And I said, What Masjid do you go to? He said, Well, I'm not really on my religion like that.
In I just keep up the diet.
But I had a good talk with him. No, I had a good talk with him. And Allah knows that man would never be the same. And I'm gonna read this to you.
In my office this past Wednesday,
a young Muslim sister that I knew since she was a little girl know her family had stopped practicing Islam a long time ago. And every time I see her, I give her the greetings and I encourage her. She came to see me Wednesday.
And during our talk,
she kept crying and crying. I was talking about Islam without forcing her.
And then when she left to text me later on and said,
I just want to say Imam,
thank you for always having my back. And for always being in my corner.
Never Have you once judged me, not shun me away.
I appreciate all that you've done for me. Milan continue to bestow was blessed blessings upon you and your family. I am very grateful to have you in my life as my mentor.
Why do I say that?
We are suffering in many ways, individual and as the old man. I say this as an old man. We have to do better.
The real tragedy of Boko Haram in Nigeria
is not just merely that this man misrepresents Islam he does, craze has managed to galvanize the whole world against himself and against Islam. That's bad enough.
But the tragedy to me is that we have done nothing about it, that we are not strong enough to do something about it. To stop it. The old man has to do better.
70% of the refugees in the world
But you know what?
I'm gonna read
a statement that
Added to this internal confidence was the fact that Muslims enjoyed outstanding success. During the first six or so centuries, to be a Muslim, meant to belong to a winning civilization. This pattern of success started right away at the beginning. In 8622, Muhammad fled Mecca as a refugee, then returned there and 630 as its ruler.
By the year 715, Muslim conquerors had assembled an empire that reached Spain in the west and India. In the east,
Muslims boasted some of the most powerful armies, the highest standards of living, the best health and most impressive rates of literacy, and the most impressive scientific and technological advances. In the words of modern Kramer and historian who said, Had there been Nobel Prizes in 1000 They'd have gone they would have gone almost exclusively to the Muslims, you know, said that Sheikh Abdullah, you have any idea who said that then you pipes in a book and title militant Islam reaches America chapter number one, is Islam a threat? On page four. This man has won as one of the biggest opponents to Islam and Muslims. He said that you know, the good news. The good news that we still
alive in Allah subhana wa Tada is so merciful. I don't care what you did yesterday. The fact that you are alive today, and Allah is open to forgiveness. May Allah subhana wa Tada forgive us our sins into all of us into agenda and save us from the hellfire. May Allah bless you. May Allah bless Islam, may Allah bless this great conference that you come out of this conference more vibrant, more informed, more pious than ever before. I mean, a Sonali come