What Is The Level Of My Faith
Channel: Siraj Wahhaj
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Bismillah R Rahman Rahim Al hamdu lillah wa salatu wa salam ala Rasulillah. He, salam, Salam.
I want to make sure that you can hear me well.
I'm going to do everything I can to speak clearly because sometimes the mic doesn't sound clear. So will you help me? By letting me know if it's not clear?
In 1978, we had a mayor of New York City named Ed Koch.
And he was famous for asking this question.
He would see me in a radio station TV station, he said Imam Suraj
How am I doing?
And every once in a while, everybody has to ask the question, How am I doing as an imam?
As the board chairman?
As a father as a husband, as a wife?
How am I doing?
Every once in a while, if you are Muslim,
you better ask yourself the question How am I doing?
And movement loca we hide on our harbor Illa Allah Mina movement is die for the colon.
is strong believer is better, more love by Allah than a weak believer though. There's good and all of them. Can you hear me?
Can you hear me? Well?
I'm saying to you, I may be down there.
I may sit at your table.
I want us to ask the question. How am I doing?
years ago I was in Atlanta, Georgia.
And I ran into a doctor friend of mine Muslim doctor near Z.
And he was agitated that day.
He said Imam we have three enemies.
And he was agitated.
He said the first enemy
you know anybody from Sudan
do not be like to Sudan is the Sudan knees. Never put sugar in their coffee. They put coffee in the sugar.
Probably to hear what I said.
Sugar Be careful.
Number two, he said salt.
We have high blood pressure from salt. And I watched some of you as you put the salt in your food. What you as you put the sugar in diabetes,
sugar and salt. The third one? I'm not going to tell you unless you ask me.
Like you want me to tell you. Sorry, the third one. I don't tell you.
I'm not going to tell you unless you ask me later on. I'll tell you in sha Allah.
The question is,
what is the level of our faith?
Is that high was long.
There is a Muslim store that I go to everyday to get my newspapers.
In one day,
I saw something that I never saw before.
Muslims still owned by Muslims and the workers, the Muslims.
And it said
no alcohol sold here.
I said Allahu Akbar.
A Muslim stall that said, no alcohol sold here. I said Allahu Akbar.
Until I looked carefully. They said no alcohol sold here on Sundays.
How's your faith?
If you study Islam,
you will learn for sure.
Everything that Allah invites us to is for our good.
Everything Allah prohibits from us is something bad for us. How many of you ever heard of the Congressional Black Caucus? In the United States, the Congressional Black Caucus are legislators, African American legislators and the motto of the Congressional Black Caucus is Black Pete
We'll have neither permanent friends, no permanent enemies, just permanent interest. And if you are a Muslim, if you are a human being, you want something that's in your best interests.
In America, there's a news station called Ms. NBC.
And one of the workers there, a woman named Rachel Maddow.
She said this and I'll never forget it.
He said, watch what they do. Not what they say.
on a Muslim. Really,
Aretha Franklin said take a look in the mirror.
What don't look too close, you may find the one you always take the most take a look in the mirror.
So what I would like to do tonight for a few moments is to take a look about our faith.
Because the future of South Africa has everything to do with our faith.
The future of the world have everything to do with our faith.
You believe? Sure.
Probably every one of you said Yeah, ma'am, I believe.
So the Prophet alayhi salat wa salam was asked by Jabril. US building on halimun What is face? Imam This is basic, we all have faith really sure.
To be Nabila. Malayaka T wakatobi, who are solely where you will ask your tubular Bill 35 He was sorry.
About 30 years ago.
I'm in a subway on my way to a prison to teach a lecture at a prison.
I went there,
came back, took a bus to the prison and took a train. And as I'm standing on the platform,
I said to myself
you have to understand predestination kodra.
What I'm going to tell you you're not going to believe that you're gonna say Imam Suraj you're making this up. I swear by Allah what I'm about to tell you the truth. I'm standing there saying I have to learn about the cultural of Allah. What does it mean? I'm saying, what does it mean? I said, I'm gonna study it. I go on the train. I sit down on the train, and there's a man next to me a white man. He said, Are you a Muslim? I said yes. He said, What do the Muslims say about predestination?
And I realized that 100 On this I had to understand about predestination as part of faith. What does it mean? predestination? You may Allah wrote it out before it happened. Yes. But Allah is just he cannot be unjust even an Adam's wait. It doesn't mean Allah made you do it. You had a choice. Let me give you an example.
The big opponent to man Satan.
color two gentlemen, it's Hillary Abu doon. I have not created the jail of the humans except to worship me.
Allah gave a commandment bliss.
He feels man Menaka Allah test you that is about to come.
Why did you refuse when? I ordered you to? He said I'm better than him. You created me your sire in heaven you created mutt
select the name the naira and stop there for a moment. Who speaking shaytaan
you created me.
In the United States we have what you call chaplains. Do you have chaplains?
An imam, Imam over a masjid
a rabbi over a synagogue, a minister of a church. But when you have an institution
you have imams in a school Imams and a hospital institutions
rabbis in institutions police, do you have that here?
You don't have it.
in Harvard, one of the most prestigious universities in the world ever have Harvard University
Harvard have more than 40 chaplains
again when I'm about to tell you you're not going to believe me you gotta say Imam you making it up.
Allah my witness, the head chaplain of Harvard University is an atheist.
So a student come in they want to learn about God they want to learn about Allah they want to learn about the Hereafter. And the chaplains say I am an atheist
The question is today
to take a look
at ourselves, the cutter of Allah yes shaytaan telling you a lot created me
holla rugby fan derny Illa human being
this is Satan speaking
is returnable believer
knows your man after he knows. He know who Allah is. He knows
you know what it's gonna be resurrection
is the believer.
Yes, if you think he's a believer, raise your hand if
you're not sure.
You really believe is believed. Even though Allah said his calf alone may not caffeine. I get it. See, the point is brothers and sisters The point I want to make belief isn't acknowledgement
just merely say yeah, Allah's God. What is the practice? Let me leave you with this, this thought about about the hereafter and about the culture of Allah subhanho wa taala.
If there is no life after death, this life makes no sense. Series. There's an imam I know Imam Ahmed from Arizona,
went to visit him,
said Imam Suraj I went to Jordan to visit my mother.
And when I went to visit my mother, I said As salam o aleikum.
She says while they come salaam, who you
send me a son
five minutes later.
She said to him who you you sit on your son.
Five minutes later, his mother His Beloved Mother said who are you? I'm your son.
If there is no life after death, this life makes no sense.
World Health Organization
said that 95% of the people of the world have ailments 95% More than 1/3 have more than five ailments.
There is a brother my master.
He said Imam Suraj I take 29 pills a day.
29 pills Why
kulula son and eager to mouths heavy social taste of death. What's the point? Your mother die your father died your children die your husband died. Your leaders died your Imams died. Your stylists die. What's the point?
If you don't have faith, this life makes no sense. Let me give you an example.
The Prophet peace and blessings be upon them
said that Allah
acts the angels.
Did you take the life of my beloved child the beloved child of my my slave? Your kulana? Um You said Yes.
Mother color Abdi? What did my slave say? When you took the life of his daughter when you took the life of the son when you took the life of his beloved wife, husband, the grandfather, the mother the Father, what did they say?
Whenever Allah acts a question, he don't ask the question because
But you don't know the answer. He's asking a question to teach us a lesson. Now the caller ID,
the cooloola Hamidah was soldier. They say Praise be to you Allah. We come from Allah to Allah we return what's Allah's response? If normally at the bait until gender, build from my slave a house and gender? Why? Why? Because you know that you are a slave of Allah and you have to do what Allah say you have to act as Allah tells us that
we're the Hadith
it's called the in the Hadith literature, a black woman, the mark tools out there.
She came to the Prophet peace and blessings upon them.
And she complained that she had epilepsy.
And she said, like a faithful slave,
slave of Allah. Ya rasool Allah make dua for me, and Allah heal me.
What the prophets response he said, it's about a theme. In shift this ability will occur Jana.
If you are patient, with this disease,
Allah will give you agenda
if you wish and make dua for you
said to myself,
why didn't the Prophet just make dua for her? But long term? I'm thinking why.
And then you know what? I got it
will lie I've got it.
What the Prophet did peace and blessings be upon him taught us a lesson.
The real lesson in life laws in charge of everything you can ask him.
But if it doesn't happen, you have Sabra
do some research.
How many people on this earth do you think have epilepsy
in full of people, 50 million people on this earth have epilepsy. And the prophet is not here to make dua for them. But because he taught her a lesson about Sabra about patience.
When I talk to an audience, I like to look at the people.
See if they're listening to the message.
Whenever I'm talking, I'm talking to the people and I'm looking to one day I was in Pittsburgh, and there was a table to my left. And I noticed nobody was watching me on that table. Everybody else looking at me but that table there had died somewhere else. So I followed their eyes to see what they were looking
in on my right. Wasn't until interpreter for the Deaf.
what they heard me through the interpreter.
Allah gave them the ability to read signs. And sometimes we are so ungrateful for what we have. We have the ability to have Imam the Imam besides the Quran, leaves the salon. We have all of that. But there are some people can hear. We can hear come to the dock.
And when you look at this world, the world is suffering.
There was a flood in Pakistan.
1/3 of the nation was underwater.
How did you feel about
all over the world people are suffering.
You may know about Pakistan, but most of you don't know about Mississippi State and United States of America where a lot of black people couldn't get clean water.
How you feel about people?
Watch what they do, not what they say.
Because we as Muslims say a lot of wonderful things flowery things, beautiful things.
But the question today before us
take a look at our faith.
I say brothers and sisters you know we're going to be tested.
You have a test here in South Africa, unlike the United States.
But you know what?
You have your faith.
Let me ask you a question. The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said RGB camera movement. wonderous is the affair of the believer, no matter what happens to him is good.
If he's tested with some difficulty, he's patient. That's good for him.
But if he given some blessing
He's thankful for the blessing Allah gave him and that's good for him.
I want you to be honest with me.
If Allah gave you a choice to be wealthy, or poor, which would you choose? How many will say welfare? By way, my hand is up.
Oh, now you're gonna put your hand up. Or you Your hand is up now. All right. I'm going to choose to be poor.
Okay, I'm going to talk to you later and then you
got to talk right?
You know, something everybody would love. Well, there's nothing wrong with that. Why you can give sadaqa
the Prophet peace and blessings be upon them.
Never anyone asked for sadaqa he said, No, he never said no. To give, forgive, forgive, forgive, forgive, forgive.
And there are some people that are wealthy and they don't give
bluebay They don't give
and even though we would rather be wealthy
let me tell you what the Prophet said Elisa that was around your milk Yama. He said it allowed to fill Jana fry to after a while Fukuro
I looked in Jen and saw that the majority of the inhabitants were poor people.
Here the cool *er agenda keable Ugly something major and and the poor people will reach into Gen 500 years before the welfare
I'm not saying don't want wealth.
I'm saying do what you're supposed to do. My good friend yaku
you know what I'm gonna say? He texted me.
This man texted me almost every day from South Africa.
I love you man but you crazy
and always wisdom.
You said Imam Suraj do everything with a good heart. Expect the no reward.
And I wrote him back.
Do everything with a good heart expecting no reward except from Allah.
Never, ever, ever in Quran never and Sunnah. Where Allah asks you to do something without him saying what are you going to do for you? Martin Luther King Jr. said life's most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others?
I changed it like Yaqoob lives most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for yourself by serving others?
We I get that from from the Quran. Well, natuzzi Coleman Hyden fully unphysical whatever good you spend this way yourself.
Whatever good you spend this for yourself.
So now today we want to take a look at ourselves. Martin Luther King said every one of you has either a hammer on anvil.
Either you will shake the society or be shaped by the society.
Your children may Allah bless them.
will leave the losing some of our children
leaving the fold of Islam. I was blessed
to become Muslim. After having lived a life as a non Muslim, Allah guided me to Islam the happiest time of my life is when I became Muslim.
So the abre brothers and sisters I conclude with this
what's what they do?
Not what they say.
The essence of Islam
always is what Allah is going to do for us.
Man Jabil has an ad for the WHO
whoever does a good deed we'll have 10
Min Salah Salatin Sal Allah Allah He behind
wherever make Salam on me pray on me. Allah will make prayer new 10 times
you come to get me
come here for a second.
I'm gonna let you know he's trying to come get me on Thank you. You're gonna let them come get me.
Ah, yes, he's a yes
Okay, I'm almost finished.
In the Bible it says, um
Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend that's in the Bible.
The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said no one who dies and gold agenda
will want to come back to this earth even though he's given the whole earth and everything in it. Elon Shaheed, except the Shaheed
say he give his life for slam
why he wants to come back to this dunya to get all of the things in it. No, no, no, no.
He wants to come back to this world
and die 10 more times in the way of Allah because of the great honor that he received from Allah subhanaw taala
you can't, you can't lose.
Majan living in Jannah forever.
You know, everywhere I go, you know, we may not be flown this big plane coming from New York to Dubai.
And Ali, you probably didn't count how many bathrooms? I bet you didn't. I do stuff like that.
A lot of bathrooms. You know what? In general, no bathrooms.
You hear Allah has blessed you chosen you to be Muslim. You accepted.
My one advice for you as I leave.
Don't forget about the people that are non Muslim.
If you're not going to invite them to Islam, and once you listen what I'm about to say?
Would you allow me to be honest tonight, truthful?
Watch what they do.
How can I say I'm a slave of Allah
and sell the people something that's destructive for them.
If I got a business, I ain't selling No pork.
If I got a business, I'm not selling cigarettes. We are working. We sell cigarettes. Are you kidding me? According to the World Health Organization, they say if the nations of the world do nothing about it, by the end of the 21st century, 1 billion people would have died as a result of smoking cigarettes.
Remember, no alcohol. So
if you are Muslim business, I don't know nothing about your business. But I'm telling you as your brother if you have a most Muslim business, don't sell alcohol. Don't sell pork. Don't sell cigarettes. Because you can't tell me that you love the people at the same time you give the people something that's destructive for them.
Very leaf, give them Dawa.
And say to you, Mrs. Jones, I'm sorry. I don't have pork. Pork is not good for you. I'm not gonna sell you pork alcohols. Not good for you. I'm not gonna sell you alcohol. Cigarettes are not good for you. I'm not going to sell cigarettes. I want to say to you, I love you.
some of you I'm just meeting now for the first time and I love you so much. You can't even begin to imagine
the thing that we can do we can make South Africa better me and Ali talk about this country out of South Africa. Powerful when a lot of possibilities.
Then you will play your part as Muslims in this country to make South Africa better now Allah bless all of you does Allah Hydra. Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.