Lessons from the Black Companions – Ubadah ibn al-Samit
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Today as part of our series for Black History Month, lessons from the black companions we look at the life of protests was sommets
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Medina had two main the Arab tribes, the House and the whole garage over there was from the tribe of those
that have been described through that as a large fan, exceedingly tall and strong. His skin was dark brown, even black, according to some of the historians,
or Gaza, was one of the early Medina and converts to Islam. Toward the end of the Mexican period the province is allowed to make contact with a visiting group of believers from Medina. They made a pledge of allegiance to the Prophet's Aloha body he was at the house of Allah, which became known as the conditions of this pledge were few and straightforward. Number one, obey the prophets solidify your son in ease, and in hardship, whether you feel like it or not,
to don't disputes qualified people that have been put in charge and things.
Three, speak and act truthfully, in all situations. And four, don't fear, criticism or blame if acting for a loss, saying
that the first condition was obey things that are difficult, or inconvenience to uphold and defend what you believe.
Allah says so as
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and obey Allah and obey the messenger.
Allah makes them separate commands in this day to emphasize that our duty to obey the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sunnah is equal to our duty to obey Allah azza wa jal at first thoughts that might seem strange, isn't the prophets of Allah why he was suddenly a human being? Isn't it possible that he can make mistakes? Wasn't he influenced by the culture of his time? How can we obey a human being to the same degree that we obey Allah?
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who ever has obey the messenger has obey Allah, meaning that they are one and the same thing. There is no difference between obey Allah azza wa jal and obey the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, because it was Allah Himself, who made Muhammad Sallallahu I mean, he was a messenger. It was Allah Himself, who told us that Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa Salam is not just any messenger, but his final messenger. And it was the law himself. And so we know the old knowing we all aware that aren't even familiar that told us to obey will happen some of the love or anything, and failure parts of our faith, without which, there is no faith.
His Prophetic Mission, Allah was guiding him along the way every step, either telling the messengers of Allah who it was on what to say what to do, or even correcting him. He sought to surround himself with ask Allah's help from what he called a fitness and public trial and test of poverty.
But for other people, it's the opposites. When the world is falling apart around you, you hold on to the theme and you dig deep. And it's your faith and obedience to Allah and His messenger, Allah inside the sun, that carries you through your darkness our, for this group of people is when they emerge from hardship, that is the real test.
Suddenly, life becomes easy. We get too comfortable,
we can lose our sense of urgency, we can get distracted by chasing the sweet things in life. The Prophet alayhi salatu salam seemed even more concerned about this possibility. He said, I swear by Allah, it's not poverty that I fear for you. I fear that the dunya will be offered to you like it was offered to those before you and you will compete for us. Just like those before you competed for it. And so it will wait you just like it destroyed those who came before you.
This is the external struggle, fighting to keep our obedience of Allah and His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam consistent, no matter what happens to us whether we are in hardship, or in ease. The second warning that's the applied and the pleasure when it comes to obey the messengers of Allah, why you don't have to delay our obedience until we are driven by inspiration. As part of the pledge, it helps us have reasonable expectations of ourselves, and stresses the importance of following through on our commitments, even when we don't feel like this.
So that was the first condition of the pleasure aka obey the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in ease and hardship, whether we feel like it's or not. The second condition was to not dispute qualified people that have been put in charge of things.
That the message of this condition is that there must be some sort of hierarchy in the Muslim community. In order for us to function properly, there must be different roles. A chain of command, this chain of command is not based on your tribe. It's not based on the color of your skin. It's not based on your ethnicity, but on your expertise, and on your ability. This is true meritocracy. If someone is an expert in a certain area, they shouldn't be given a position in which they can make decisions to improve the community in that area. They shouldn't be put on the same level as someone with no expertise and no knowledge at all. For example, someone such as myself, I spent most of my
time reading in the Islamic disciplines and the social sciences. That is my area of expertise. But when it comes to arts,
I am absolutely worthless. I don't know the first thing about hearts. So we recently had an art competition for our young people, many of them here today. Mashallah. After the salon, we're going to be handing out awards. Should I have to pay the judge in the art competition simply because I'm the man
that would have been an injustice.
This doesn't mean
this doesn't mean that I can't have questions or concerns. It also doesn't mean that I can't enrich a certain conversation with the perspective of an outsider.
What it does mean and what is meant by the spirits here in the pledge is that I should not have a prideful attitude that rejects authority and expertise. At some points decisions must be made in a qualified trustworthy people to make decisions.
If you put the wrong people in authority, people will eventually catch on you will lose their trust
pandemic has exposed how difficult it is to regain trust when it really matters.
The history of politically motivated medical research from the tobacco industry, the sugar industry has led many people distrustful, the decades of spying the federal government has done on its own citizens has had a similar offense. We end up with a scenario similar to the story of the boy who cried wolf. When something really dangerous happens, and the people need to be warned, the lack of credibility and trust hurts everyone. As we see happening around this society can't function it can't move forward without this trust between specialists and non specialists. It wastes time and energy it brings chaos and confusion. The second condition of the play that
reminds us of the remedy to appoints qualified people that you can trust and then follow their lead.
The third condition of the pledge of honor though was to speak and act truthfully, no matter what. This doesn't mean that we should be harsh and insensitive. It means that our attachment to the truth is greater than our attachment to ourselves. It means that we can't just speak the truth when it's in our favor. We have to speak the truth even when it's against us and our interests.
The fourth and final condition of the pleasure of Allah was to not fear criticism or blame. When we act for the sake of Allah. We don't act for the people.
Again, this doesn't mean acting without whistle. We can't stop