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ala while he was sending me that always, we remember a lot we begin with praising Allah subhana wa tada we send our greetings and prayers of peace upon the messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
So I'm storytelling.
All right, look, let's begin with stories from the past, like distant, distant past. You know how we were talking about Sahaba and Tabby and sometimes we think, you know, they live a dry life actually, they lived a very comical life at times.
So let's look at you know,
people that we, that we that we kind of know, in Miami Shafi and you know we're in Malaysia right?
Which is Al Hamdulillah you know, well established upon the method overly mama Shafi refer to life Holly.
Ever wonder why.
Why is it Amanda Shaka is so foundational, like why is he so you know, authoritative? Who is this mountain of a man?
There's numerous amazing instance of intellect and wisdom from the life of a mammoth Shafiq is he as a young boy, his mother, who and he was an orphan, he didn't have a father. His mother brought him back from hodza Philistine May Allah subhanho wa Taala granted its freedom.
And she travelled back he is Satoshi she's from the tribes of Quraysh. She left Philistine where he was born and went back to Mecca and wanted to raise him to be alum. And there are authentic Hadith of the Prophet Mohammed Salim where he says, that there will be a scholar from Qureshi dunia Alma, who will feel the world with knowledge. Right? You're sitting here, way over the other side of the world right?
Full of full of knowledge that is virtuous, that is attributed this man Rama to life. Howdy mama Shafi. So as a young boy, his mother took care in his education. And at around the age of nine, some say 12 years old. He had exhausted all of the scholars in Mecca.
There was no one there in Mecca, that he could not that he could learn from. He had mastered everyone in everything. So the head teacher of Mecca wrote a lecture
for Imam Shafi, he told him and I'm not the most knowledgeable of people living now, who can benefit you is Imam Malik who lives in
which city, Medina and Imam Malik Malik mianus Rahmatullah Holly,
take this letter, tell him that I want to be your student, and return this book to him. Now, the book of an Imam Malik is called an motha.
At that time, up to the time of the mumble Hardy, which is 300 years later, we're at
150 years later, no book on the face of the earth was more authentic in terms of the narration of the statements of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam than the book of the man Malik Eman Malik, after he wrote his book, he sent a copy to Mecca to the scholars. And he told them put this copy on the roof of the cabinet and leave it there for a year before I publish it and let anyone read it. If it is a work that is blessed by Allah, Allah will preserve the book Can you imagine in the heat in the sun, in the desert, in Mecca in the ancient times, in that is written on parchment, for it to remain preserved in that condition in the open. It would be something that
would be divine intervention.
And the Imams of Mecca at the time gave the book as it was the day it was written to Imam Shafi and wrote in the note caballo la hoomin. Allah has accepted it for me return this back to him and Malik now the journey would take about 12 days on Camelback from Mecca to Medina at that time. Amanda Shafi who's nine years old,
opens the book and begins to read. When we say read, I mean memorize
By the time he travelled from Mecca to Medina, at the age of nine, maybe 12, up to nine to 12 years old, he memorize all of the motto
in nine days, in 12 days, all of it
knocks on the door remember Malik. So Salaam Alaikum. I have this letter for you. I know I'm only 12.
But I want to be your student, Mr. Malik, who was Harlem, la youth, our Malik confetti, no one can get fatwah. If Malik lives in that city. No one's allowed to speak because his knowledge overwhelms overcomes any adversary who's going to debate him. In my Malik, it's almost as if he looks down on me and says, Listen, you need to sit with my students, students, not even my students, the students of my students. Mr. Mishra, he says yes, but I have this lecture. He says, Listen, man, that what what have you learned? So Mr. Michel, he says, I know your book. He said which book? He said the one that was on the cabin that I bring to you back today. He calls a karate who you read it? He says,
Yeah, yes. He says, What did you understand from it? He says how Pfister who an article I've memorized it in my heart.
The time of Salatu last was called the event. He said basil asks, If Quran Allah read it to me, meaning from your memory. Eman Malik sat with the Imam Shafi in the magic of the Prophet Mohammed cisilion. Imam Malik because he used to sit near the grave of the prophets I send them near the home of Chateau de la Juana. Before he would narrate shahadi, he would point and he would say, car less LA, he will have a little club, the one who inhabits this grave said some of the LA Hollywood said, that's a path. Could you imagine? When you narrate Hadeeth you're in the presence of the prophets I seldom, he says the one who's there, who is now in that grave spoke this word. That's, that's got to
shake you. So Imam Shafi from our sort of prayer till the next our sort of prayer narrated from memory, the whole morpha at the age of nine to 12 years old.
So he became a student to remember. Now let's let's start to tell you some stories.
One day a man comes to Imam Malik asked him a question. He says, Yeah, a man
who's more beautiful. My wife or the full moon,
my wife or a comma?
Mr. Malik said your wife What do you mean your wife? Look at the moon man called beautiful is this full moon bad? people when they would describe the prophets I send them they would say cannon which rule can better His face was like the beautiful moon. If you've been to Saudi Arabia,
and you travel at night, and you stopped somewhere where there isn't city lights halfway in your journey somewhere. Sometimes you stop for a rest. And it's a full moon light look up and see how beautiful the moon looks in that desert environment. Something else? So a man Malick says to him Nah, man, come on what your wife couldn't be better than the moon. Look at the moon. In my Michelle, very interesting interrupts and says, Can you repeat the question? The man said I asked him and Malik Who are you? little one. I asked him Malik, who is more beautiful. My wife for the moon. He said the moon.
I said no. Your wife is more beautiful. So the man, the man grabs the shuffle. He says Where did you see my wife?
A chef? He says no, no, I didn't look at your wife. I don't know who your wife is. But Allah tells us
that he created Benny Adams. Selita queen. The best of his creation was Benny Adams. So surely it doesn't matter even if your wife is not the most beautiful. She will definitely be more beautiful than that moon. And the chart kind of shows you the way the man has sharpened. He would think a man comes and says to Mr. Michel ferry. He says yes ma'am. I'm a poor man. Look at me. Where are the people? Where are they? Who are law says in the Quran, Yun Fukuda and wila whom they give from their wealth they share with their with people who are poor. How come no one's giving me anything.
So Alabama Scheffer, he says those people you're asking about they're sitting with those who don't ask anyone for anything.
Meaning stop begging. Right? The people of charity are with those who don't ask people for anything they will find a law will send them those who will meet their needs. It shows you that the thought process of a demand Shafi he was a person of intellectual power.
We move forward a little bit when Imam Shafi is living in Baghdad. And there was a great fitna,
the Imam at the time, the halifa at the time, he was a heretic.
Now you would say a heretic. Yes. He was a person who believed about false teachings as it relates to the religion of Islam. He used to believe that the Koran is not the words of Allah, Allah doesn't speak.
And because of his arrogance, and his severe punishment of the scholars,
many scholars, they would Yes. Okay, whatever you say whatever you say, we'll say it.
So when he heard that there were others who rejected this, he heard that a chef and he said no, he said, No, he my Malik said, No, these great imams. They're known to us with that title he Ma'am, because they were leaders when others felt they were strong upon the truth.
He said, bring them to me.
Mr. Malik, his arms were put between two horses.
And he was asked is the Quran the word of Allah or did Allah create it? Now if you say the Orion is created, it means it lives and can die. So it's not eternal? And it means you are limiting Allah that Allah cannot speak when Allah says in the Quran, we're Kela mama who moves attack Lima. Remember how one of the brothers asked about 73 sects? That's one of them. These people came with these philosophical ramblings, how can the divine speak doesn't make sense. But the scholars they stood firm know Allah said he spoke to Musa and Allah tells us that the Quran kalama Law and the Prophets I sell him Senate. So as soon as the Imam Malik said No, I will not say what you just said.
He ordered the horses to be pulled and the arm of the Imam Malik his arms with dislocated.
Have you seen the Maliki meds? Have people how they pray? How do they pray? their arms down? Not on their chest? Not on their stomach. Why do they do that?
Because Imam Malik his arms became immobile. So he used to pray like this. Right? That's where a part of where they get it from. Right.
He said bring the Shafi Shafi remember we're telling you as an intelligent young man, he saw this happened heard of this happen? He said, Well, I'm going to find an avenue that frees me from this fitness and will show others how to also save themselves. So this morning, he brings him up in front of everyone and he says is that for an created?
So Amanda Shafi holds his hand up, he says
in jail Zaboo Tara? Oh created
the man the halifaxes Oh, that's good. Not just cron, everything. All right, you've ready to go.
And everyone's shocked. Mama Shatta He said, No, no, no.
My finger is on. Injeel Tara Zaboo all of me as a person is created.
The word of Allah is not. So he used his logic. Eman Shafi was a person who was not just a literalist. He was a person who could think who found avenues to escape in the right way and saved many of the oma from grueling punishment that was being inflicted by that man. So whenever that a man would come any with tests on the mat, what would they all do? They follow shabari they go Koran, Dora de Boer. It's all created, meaning our fingers. So go Good, good, good. All of you are like a Shafi used his intellect Rahmatullah Holly.
It shows us that the Imams that we come to appreciate who are part of our namesake are people we admire, not just in, you know, a mythological kind of context. But they dealt with real problems. They were put under real strain. You know, they were tested.
In their faith, they have to show leadership at times when other crumble.
There's another Imam, his name is Mama. They're heavy. And if you hear of this, a man that heavy he's Recorder of the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. He's one of the students of an imam of Nicosia. Any of you here have ribnica Theater, the explainer of the haoran, right FC ribnica few. And the moment that happens one of the most profound verifiers of the Hadith of the prophets, I send them which is Sahil, which is life and so on.
Imam is that he was not a very handsome man. He says that about himself. One of the books he wrote, one of the most valuable books for students of knowledge is called sia lm in novella, the biography of the noble individuals in Islamic history. From the Sahaba onwards, up to his generation, everyone who had something to contribute to Islam, he wrote their name and gave their biography and stories of their life. And he includes his own story. He says, I know I'm not a handsome man.
I can admit it.
But because of my knowledge, and my sincerity to Allah, when I wanted to get married, all of the women of my city,
they would be very happy to marry me. So I chose the wealthiest, the prettiest, and the most noble of them. I didn't aim low and high.
I went for the top.
And he says, After many years of marriage, my wife said to me,
she said, and what NFL agenda You and I are definitely going to gentlemen. Now that's a strange statement. How do you know? He says, How do you know I'm going to gender? She said, it's easy.
Allah blessed you with marriage to me.
And you've been good to me. So you're definitely going to gender. You're a good man, a good husband. You know what it means when your wife says that to you brothers. Because your wife when you get married, she's gonna know the things outside people don't know.
She's gonna know whether you really pray
or not. She's going to know how much code on you read or not. She's gonna see do you make do I and Vic and test B or not? She knows you in your real life, not just what people outside see. So when your met your wife in shot law, one day you're watching cha
cha, your wife. Your wife may look you in the face one day and say because of what I know of you, I am sure in my heart You will intergender you should be proud if Mashallah a mountain shotgun is advised sha Allah, Masha Allah, He said, But hold on a second. Okay. We know why I'm going to Agenda How about you?
She said, because I accepted your proposal and have been patient
because he's not very handsome right.
Now, could you imagine that you mind writing that about himself? Right. It's amazing. But it's an amazing you know, account of of realism you know, we look at it we say mama the hubby. Right? But look at the frankness that he talks about. There's a wedding I'll be attending soon inshallah for sister Sakina. And
this Thursday and Friday.
family friends of mine. And you know, I were thinking, What am I going to say on the day? You know, I'm gonna give us a small one minute talk.
And I remembered the story of two of the most important judges who lived in the time of the Targaryen and imama. shabby was rihel Hardy. He was the chief judge of the Muslim Empire. And one day they met and they asked each other k for hi Luca Mazur. Jetix. How is your life with your wife? He says this to me Mama shabby. When you look at the Sohail Buhari, you will find almost maybe 50% of all the Hadees to the property Selim. He's one of the main narrators. He's one of the foundation points in relaying the signal to us. Through sight and Buhari. He's a foundation in Hadith. So he's a man of uprightness. How do you live? How you live with your wife? How are you? He goes one law he
Yes, right. One law he by law from the first day, she taught me lessons. How did she teach you lessons? He said as soon as we got married
I came to sit next to her.
Carla imperva, Stop, wait a second. And she said in Alhamdulillah, she began to lecture.
In Hamdulillah, do we want to start you don't want us to huddle? Just give me
Hold on, she starts, she begins to give me a lecture and she says,
of all the women in the world
who were prized by their father and mother.
I am that one.
And had not Allah created men for women and women for men, I wouldn't have married you. I would have stayed with my family. They're rich, they're wealthy every I don't need you.
But Allah has joined us together for the last half a year. So fear Allah, in how you deal with me, because I'll leave you. Right. That's what she's saying.
For our journey, Ellen hotma. her speech was so long and eloquent. She embarrassed me that I had to give her a lecture for holy England hamdulillah So I said to her in the handle in LA, cuz I can't let her give me a talk and I don't give her one back. So now I'm lecturing her Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah.
And I said iNec equality Kellerman, you said words, if you adhere to it,
you will be the most treasured of women in the world. I will love you, I will treasure you. If you remain in what you promised. And what you ask of me and if we live that life, you will never have any difficulty. And he says what law he actually by Allah.
for 20 years I have been married to her. Lem amin, hi, Ma, you will do need not once did I see something that upset me from her? Except one time Welcome to La balma. Except once and I was actually the one who was wrong. It was my fault.
That's a powerful statement.
Right? Look at the
the union how it begins. It's funny that you know on one's wedding night they begin to give advice to each other you know of a religious nature. But this is really the the inner workings of, of real individuals who worship Allah subhana wa Tada. It's not all about the bling, bling and the glamour.
I know in Malay culture, I've been to many weddings, back home and birth mostly. You know, the 15 wardrobe changes
1615 1617 right. You get tired Wow, didn't you already wear pink is wearing pink again.
It's amazing, right? But the start of have a foundation of love is built on that promise to each other to govern oneself by the word of Allah, and the student of his messenger, Mohammed salicyclic. Compare that to another one of the Imams.
He lived with a woman who he hated.
And she used to hurt him. She would be you know, she was abusive in her language. She was difficult in her treatment. She used to put him to the twist. And his friends. Others would say, Yeah, man, political, just divorce her. Maybe it's better if you were divorced. He said, No, I'll split. I'll be patient. She passes away after 20 years. They're married longer. She passes away. And as people had buried her, you know, people are now starting to go back home. He said, No, no, no, don't leave. I want you all to be my witnesses. He says or she to come. I want you all to witness. What was she law? And I make a law a witness. anti tarlac I divorce you. They said what's wrong with this man?
She's dead. How you gonna divorce a dead woman? He says no, no, no, you don't understand. She put me so through much. So through so too much difficulty in this dunya. I asked her a lot not to even join me with her agenda.
So he divorces her. So she can be in general on her own. Right. It shows you the difference between shahadi and the others.
Let's fast forward a little let's
I was asked to
talk about some of the funnier moments that I've experienced in my life. Maybe something that I think Keitel has has heard them before.
He said tell them about
Your example. And really, you know, I was a student at the University of Toronto, I was in my second year. And as you guys know, I was telling yesterday I was doing geology, chemistry. And I got really interested in forensic science, you know, see CSI and all that kind of stuff. So I was doing I thought, I'll do a minor and CSI kind of stuff, forensic science.
And initially, you're allowed to do the first two years of it, and then they wash out that they kicked me out. They said, no, sorry, Mr. berhane. After your psychological profile, we can't have you on you're not fit for the job. They, you know, there's certain criterias if they're right, I don't like blood.
I don't know what we're thinking.
So here I am in this forensic science exam, and I'm taking forensic science with he's still teaching, you can google him, University of Toronto, Professor melon B.
And he's the department head.
And it's forensics 239, the course. And we came to a module about forensic psychology.
And I had an exam and it coincided with Juma prayer. And I was asked to be the Imam of Juma at a faraway Masjid from where the university campuses 20 minute drive, at least, even if I'm super quick.
So I call up the machine and say, brother, you're here. This is really you know, we have no one else you have to come.
I said, One, I got an exam, please, brother.
I said, Okay. Let me talk to my professor. I ring up. Can I come and see you when you're out? Yes, come Mr. Ibrahim. I went, I said, Listen, you know,
the exam starts at one, but we have Friday prayers, that one.
And because I'm praying at a mosque in Mississauga, which is a little bit of a distance from where we are, it's going to take me at least 2530 minutes to get here. And the exam, it's a 15 minute exam from one to 150 means I'm only going to have 20 minutes left. Do you mind if I take it from 12 you know, and as soon as I'm finished, the next set of students will come in, I won't be able to talk to him. He goes, Mr. Brahim. We're not here to meet your you know, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Either you're there or you're not whatever time you'll have left is the time you have we have no extensions.
And I said, Alright, thank you.
And I thought it's okay. I'm gonna go do my Joomla. And after Joomla, I said Santa Monica. Santa Monica was running. Right jumping over people got in the car flying.
And I got to the university double parked my car. I said, If I get a ticket, it's okay. To throw my car. And I ran. And I got there. 141 40 something 10 minutes left.
And he smiles at me as he gives me a
you know that smile? Right? Oh, thank you very much, sir. Yeah, thank you. And I sat down. And I thought, Okay, look, let me do as many and it's multiple choice, you know, the, the multiple choice card that you put through the computer that scans it. Do you use those here? You just fill in the circles? Yeah.
I read the questions. It's a psycho, psycho, psycho psychology and psychiatric component. I read it. First answer. See?
Was that cool? Second one, see, like, Oh, that's all right. Third one. See?
Something's not right.
But I don't have time to go back and read it. Fourth one, see, one minute left. fifth one, see. And I thought 30 seconds left. I just put si si si si si si si
80 questions. And I just put the whole thing see
we come back after a fortnight, you know, we have a holiday after exams come back after a fortnight. And melby is reading a face. He looks like a dinosaur
ready to bite my head off. And I'm saying I don't know what's happening.
And he goes, this was supposed to be part of your psychological component. And we wanted to do something different this year. We made all the answers see to see who would doubt themselves cuz you're not going to put in see for 80 questions, but because I never read the questions I just what cc says.
And I said one line that's from Allah right. 100% and when he gave me back
and it had 100 and I'm sitting there, and he goes, we won't be doing this again because
cuz you know, certain things happen that cause statistical irregularity, irregularities. I was like you have a law brother.
You keep your statistics man. Right? 100%.
And honestly, you know, when I tell that I honestly say it, in reality, in my heart of hearts, in my belief, that that is a law helping an individual who chooses something for Allah. Right? And I got an aim at course, because that exam was a 40 Mark exam 40% of my final. And I knew I was being graded and I was still doing well, like I was still I get back my exam, you know, B plus, when it really isn't a paper. It really was a, but I get like a B, A B plus, you get that sometimes, right. And that exam put me over the top. I was like, yeah,
that's how we do it. Muslim style, brother.
Don't you go against Joe Maha? You know?
Yeah. So things like that happen in life all the time. And University you guys many of you are university students, you know that University is a strange place to be in.
I have a a person who I met maybe 10 years ago, tall tall guy.
Austria when I first went to Australia to lecture about Islam, I was there on a tour. And there was this tall six foot something. Skip, you know, he's like Skippy, he's an all the all the white, Australian 15th generation Australian if there is
as an Oh, so I want that I want to say like, how are you? It goes, my name is Abu Bakar is like bobak Mashallah. When do you become Muslim? He goes, Oh, I became a Muslim for like four or five years now. And hamdulillah. I said, You know what, what brought you to Islam. He was all it's kind of a long story. And now we were getting on a flight. So we tells me story on the flight is one of the most amazing stories I've ever heard. He actually, I encourage them to make a video like to lecture it and get it recorded and put on YouTube. So you can actually find it. His version on YouTube, he leaves some things out. Just because you know, anyway, I'll tell you the real story.
I will walk through was at Monash University in Melbourne. He goes I saw this hot girl.
You know, it's gonna be a juicy story. When it starts like that. I I saw this girl.
She looked nice. So I walked over to her. I said, Hey, how you doing? She goes, hi. Who are you? He goes on? No, I'm just wanting to say hi, what's your name? She goes, uh, don't talk to me.
I don't do that kind of stuff. I'm a Muslim.
Now, this is before 911. Right? Like, Islam was wasn't you know, like, everyone knows Islam, like kind of thing. He's like me to meet you. She's like, you're not Muslim. He was how do you know? She goes, I know. I know if you're Muslim.
He goes, Okay. Okay, I want to be Muslim.
How about you make me Muslim?
She goes, listen,
to continue with this conversation. Right? If you really want to be Muslim, you go to the mosque. He goes, where's the mosque? He goes on Coburg. He goes, Okay. Yeah, I know what the hell yeah, I know what that is that building with that thing? You know, the minaret? That thing? She goes, Yeah, that's the one.
So she ran away. He goes to lunch, she drank.
And he goes, every now and then I'd see it from a design Say hi Muslim. Right, you know, that kind of thing.
And every time she'd see me, she just run. He goes, and one night, I thought, you know, what is this whole Muslim thing? This is before Google.
He said, let me just go down and see, you know, he goes, it was like, late at night. It was like 10. He said, I'll do a drive by just to see like, what's happening. He goes, I drove
and there were like, 1000 cars. There was like 5000 people in that mosque at 10 o'clock at night. And he goes, I said to myself, wow, these Muslims are really dedicated like people, men.
Let me just park and see what are they doing?
So he walks you know in Now if you've been to Melbourne that area Kohlberg. And Preston that Preston mosque. There's some brothers there who look rough.
Ex boxers, football players who just look rough.
But soft, like marshmallows on the inside. Right?
He goes, I walked in.
And as soon as I walked in, I had like, 10 guys with big beards looking at me and surround me.
And one of them came up and said, Hey, how are you going, Mike, where are you from? I said, Well, okay, who are these guys?
He goes, Oh, I'm Andrew.
I just wanted to come here to be Muslim. He goes, I said that naturally, I didn't really mean it. I just came to be Muslim. That's good.
He goes, take your shoes off, I will take my shoes off. So I took my shoes off. And he goes, I just did what they said, because I didn't want them to kill me.
So I took my shoes off. And they're all surrounding me. And they're all talking Arabic kind of stuff. And the next thing I know, I entered this big hole, and everyone turns around and looks at me, and they go, Oh, he's coming to be Muslim.
Now it is the second night of Ramadan.
He goes, they were singing, but the guy stopped singing.
And they pushed me kept pushing me and everyone's like, touching me and stuff.
And then all of a sudden, I'm in the front. And I'm looking at all these people and they're all smiling at me. And the guy says, repeat after me. So I said, Okay.
He goes, and as soon as I say that,
and people just start kissing me, hugging me and kissing me. And I was like, Okay, I just want to get out of here before I die.
So I get kissed, and I move back. He goes, I get out of the mosque. And as soon as I get there, I see that girl, she's looking down because the second story is for women, and she goes, You are Muslim.
So he walks out the game.
And he goes, I went home. I'm like, I don't know what just happened.
I got home, and I put the Quran on the shelf. And I didn't look at it for a week or two. And I thought to myself, well, let me just, you know, open it, see what's in it.
And it goes, I opened it randomly and I started to read.
And I don't know how long I was reading for I was reading for a long time in English. Just a long time. It was just mesmerizing. And something told me in my heart.
That's it. This is it. He said, so I said out loud. Okay, God, if this is the truth, and you want me to be Muslim, give me a sign.
He goes, if I saw an ant crawling, I would have said that's a sign. Nothing happened. He goes, I thought the curtains would swirl.
He goes anything? Nothing.
So he goes after about 510 minutes of waiting. I said, Okay, God, I'm gonna give you five more minutes.
And he literally said, You know, I said, Okay, I'll wait another five minutes. He goes, nothing happened.
And then he turned back to where he had stopped reading.
And the next area says, Don't you see in the order of the heavens and the earth and the creation that is within yourself assigned to mankind? And he goes, it was like, someone electrocuted me. It was like I got a jolt. Whoa, that's the sign. And he said, I went back to the mosque. And I told him, Look, I want to be Muslim like properly. And he goes, they sat me in the office. They talked to me, and I became Muslim. Now here's the thing.
A year later, he asks for that same girl's hand in marriage, and now has four children. Mashallah.
Right? It's amazing, right? You know?
never ever, ever, ever, ever underestimate the contact you have with people never underestimate you know, everyone's
Asking about that one stuff. That's our right you know your limit. No, no, I don't do that kind of garbage. I'm a Muslim. What's that mean? Oh, you want to find out? Go find out over there. I'm not gonna give you that Allah. Oh, here's my here's my number call me. No, that's not our brother or sister, right? That's not it. You have limits, go to the mosque. A lot opens hearts who have hardened and make some soft right? People come to Islam either jack ma who will fight when you see the victory of Assam Kamara at NASA Kaduna feed in LA, you will see people flooding into the way of a loss of Hannah Montana into the faith of Islam and submission to Allah.
One more. One more story.
will give you a Malaysia story. No, no, no. No.
I'll give you a spooky story. Because we're at a camp campfires. And
I was a young guy. I'm still young, by the way. But I was a young guy. Younger, younger. Yes, yes.
I was about 17 maybe the age of some of you guys.
At the age of 17 Alhamdulillah. I was maybe 18 1718 maybe even 19 me, I was still a teen.
And I was privileged enough Alhamdulillah because of my Arabic background and because I had a keen desire to learn. And because it was an opportune time in North America that there were people who were coming from different places around the world to talk about Islam scholars. And because the people who translated for the scholars either had a really thick English accent they didn't know English well or they knew English but didn't know Arabic well, so all of a sudden they say hey, yeah, you know the Koran. you've memorized the Quran you speak audibly. You know, you're beginning to study Howdy, why don't you translate for these people? So I became a really sought after speaker
for about the first five years of my Islamic education. It was just basically translating for these big big dignitaries. Whenever the you know, the Mufti of Saudi Arabia would come. So I got to meet these people who I normally would never ever, ever have had any access to.
And I was in New York City, translating for
one of the students of Sheffield Alberni, I don't know if you've heard scheffel al Bernie, who he is, he is one of the scholars of Hadith. May Allah have mercy on him. Now he's one of his students. He's a PhD, a doctor in Hadith. And in chronic sciences, his name is Abu unece, Muhammad Musa Nos. and Mohammed Musa Nasir is one of probably the top Rocky, you know, people who read an to cure a person of spiritual problems of black magic of gene and things like that. Now, I didn't know that.
And after translating, you know, for a few days in New York, one of the most prominent Muslim physicians in the cities are very well known men. He used to attend, he came and he said, You need to tell Dr. Moosa, he needs to come to dinner at my house, I want to host you, and all these scholars from Saudi Arabia, all these people from Egypt who have come for this conference, they must have dinner at my house. So I told them, they said, okay, we'd like to come.
And when we pull up to this, you know, it's a semi like a mansion, really, we pull up to this mansion. And we all start getting out of the cars that the man has sent.
Ennis, Dr. Moosa. He says, I know why this guy asked us here. Now at that moment, I should have got back in the car.
But I didn't know.
I said, Oh, I didn't understand what that meant. So all the other shields they looked at and they said, Yeah, I will, unless none of your activity today, let us have a peaceful dinner. And let's get out of here. And we don't want any funny business. And I don't know what's happening. I'm this shy, innocent little puppy was 17 years old.
I say all right. Well, I don't know what these guys are talking about. So we go and there was you know, this large entrance area couches and everything. And I sat on the ground next to right behind them. So you had thing today and all these chefs were there that day. So I'm sitting on the ground, you know, translating and stuff.
And I will ns tells me ask doctor you know, the doctor
To bring his son, now I go, okay, who's his son? How do you know is like you've never spoken to this man before. As soon as I say to the doctor, you know, and this wants to speak to your son, he starts crying. He says, How does he know about my son?
I say, I don't know, man. I'm just hanging out.
I don't know. How do you know? I don't know.
He starts crying. He goes, yes. The reason I brought you here, tell him is that my son, I heard that you're very good at helping people. And my son needs your help to report on him.
He's got a little bit of a theme bothering him.
And I've almost goes, yes, yes, I know. I know. I can feel it. Like, feel it? What's he feeling? What's happening.
So I'm sitting there, hanging out.
In enters this 18 year old, young man, he looks healthy enough. And he says, Come. So I tell the guy he did just come over. The chef wants to say somebody and the chef sitting on the couch. As soon as this young guy comes, the chef gets up off his seat, grabs him by the chest. And this boy just goes leave.
Now I'm about to face.
Cuz I'm like, Oh, it's going down.
Something's going on. Yo, what's happening? This young guy just goes like this.
I love like, now if you see a blender, he's a big guy, right?
He's holding this guy up like this from his shirt color. And he goes, Yeah,
hold my arm. I think he needs me to like support him.
So as soon as I touch,
Chef, Mohammed mooses arm, I feel it's as if razors are clogging up my scheme. Something wants to like de Beaune, me.
And I like go and scream.
I just start running.
If you're scared, leave, as I know, going.
So I just need to make with old man. So I run, I go to the bathroom. I'm reading every verse in the Quran that I know simultaneously.
And I look through the door. And he's reading Quran on this boy,
as I go back in there, and I literally didn't. He told me if you're scared, don't come in, go sit in the car. They actually brought me dinner in the car. I sat there the whole night. I said they can find another translator, man.
That's one of my funnier moments. And I mentioned this story for two reasons. One is, as we live in this world, there are things we see that are tangible, that are real.
You can knock on them, they're there. But equal and parallel to this world, in our world. In with us. Now, don't be scared.
There is a world that you don't see a world of angels in a world of gene. All of it is governed by a loss of Hannah Horton. And our trust is always in Allah. So we don't fear anything like that. Right? So don't have any nightmares. Or, you know, we're not going to camp with brother anymore. Right? No, the, once you learn that Allah Subhana Allah to Allah has honored human beings, and has given us a protection in the arm and in our faith, you become fearless. And that's something that I learned from that incident. I was spoken to by the chef he said, Listen, don't ever be afraid of anything but Allah subhanho wa Taala
your fear cannot be of anything ever except the Creator of the heavens and the earth. So Connaughton so hopefully, inshallah some of the stories that we share today, although some are amusing, they all have a real sense in establishing elements of al Qaeda, of our belief as Muslims, and what we see and what we don't see in the love that we have of the ancient scholars in, you know, relying upon the law and the truth of our of our commitment to him as origin. I hand you over to Brother title in trouble.