Channel: Yaser Birjas
This lecture was given at the Valley Ranch Islamic Center on Feb 24, 2017.
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la la cama Malecon, welcome druva Kumamoto, la hora sudo foccacia fosun Allah, Allah Mary Barra de la a national canon Corolla Toyota Corolla. O'Hara Alhaji Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Mashallah Marina de to Hakuna Matata, Hakuna Matata Hakuna Matata mapa de la Mati brothers and sisters within the Muslim community, especially in time like ours until this moment, some people are so confused about how we should interact with the people who are around us how we will interact with our neighbors, people of other faiths until this moment when we hear about incidents, we hear about accidents when he bought vandalism in any way that affected people of other faiths or minorities.
Still, until this moment, people wondering what should the actual Muslim should be
in the recent controversy that happened, because of the recent incident happened in one of the Jewish churches, I mean, cemeteries, the vandalism that took place there and destroyed some of the
basically the graves, some Muslims in that moment until this moment. So arguing if the Muslim should even actually participate in helping alleviate some of the kind of like the suffering of the individuals who relate it to that particular group, or from that community in any way just to bring confidence back to them. Still some people wondering about this as how would you look back, we look back at the state of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we find completely completely different, different tradition, and different participation within that community from Rasulullah, sallAllahu wasallam. But a lot of people this day still, because this situation is politically
charged. Many people are trying to calculate and make calculated decisions with regard to these movements. But when it comes to being kind when it comes to being a human being, that should come very natural.
There should be no hesitation when it comes to standing there for the rights of others. And helping you know, in terms of disaster, or times or difficulties, hardships are ordeal. It's not because you're trying to validate anything to anybody or prove anything to anybody. This is the natural thing. We should think twice before you step in and start helping and making sure everything is being taken care of for everybody who around you. I'm going to share with you a shout out about God and this football few stories from the from the life of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So at least we could realize this is something very, very natural. For us, the Muslim community growing
up in different cultures that we come back with come from completely different backgrounds, the diversity of the Muslim community sometimes, you know, clashes among themselves. Some they come from an extreme, you know, conservative community, some communities are more liberal, some more are theological, whatever that is. So when we come, the debates are still going on amongst us. But when we go back to the to the source, the example of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, we see a whole different thing. And that's the pure again message of Islam, from the life of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam. We know that the main principle, the main principle that was given to us about the
prophets, Allah says in the Quran, Allah says about him or in Allah, Allah Hello, Kannada. Dr. Mohammed, indeed, you are on a high standard of character. That is just simply a summary of the life of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam a summary of the message of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam. All his message is about a matter of law, not of Nanos, out of character. That's a simple message of being religious. That's a simple message of being a Muslim. Someone was great level of love, a lot of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam because we have been ordered to follow his example laqad can Allah compute Rasulullah Hasina? In the example of the Prophet sallahu wa sallam?
There you will find the best model, which means we let's see what was the mother of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, and let's follow that. Now Subhan Allah as Muslims, you know, again, when it comes to kind of in terms like ours, when you see the difficulty and the oldest Muslim community living in America, it's very hard to see the boundaries. But Allah azza wa jal made it very clear when it comes to humanity and human beings. There are no boundaries. He said, subhana wa Taala you are not gonna come into all people. The goal was to all mankind wasn't just for the believers says, Yeah, you
All Mankind Oh people in Alekna commander Carranza, we have created you from male and female. He says, You know what Allah wa jal Nakamura been wakaba is honorable. And then we made you out of this, of course, you know, first. First, a couple, we made you into nations were made to different different people and tribes later on, so that you get to know each other, you get acquainted with one another. So the purpose of actually the human race is just to get to learn about each other and know of one another. One of the biggest issues in this time is when people don't know much about one another. Allah in the Arabic language, we say, a NASA omega Hello, we always we always, you know,
have this sense of hostility and have sense of you know, animosity towards that we don't which we don't know.
You get afraid and out of fear, you get motivated, unfortunately, to be taking extra precaution. And those stereotypes in your mind that you build out of fear becomes the norm and dealing with other people. And either loss of power suddenly, you get to know one another. about humanity. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Well, I've had Corona bunny Adam, look what Allah says in the Quran woollacott kurama Benny Adam, Allah says we have honored Benny Adam, the children of Adam, which means people human beings, what are called Corona bunny Adam he didn't say the believers or the non believers or whatever, all mankind in terms of race in terms of humanity he says Aparna was Allah wa
laqad Corona Valley Adam ohama na homefield peribulbar. We have raised we have honored the children of Adam wahama novel very well but we have carried him over the sea and over over the land, which is Allah made all the facilities the land and the earth and and the sea and the creation, all for the children of Adam was Hakuna hamanaka but we have provided for them from the bottom all that which is good. Well, football now whom Allah Cassie remember, Allah, Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala says that he has preferred this creation, the creation of mankind over so many other creations. Look at the animal kingdom, lots of houses that we have raised them, we made them over all other creatures of
Allah as the Hilton, he says Panama's de la which means actually, over all kinds of limits. When you think you can compare human beings to any other creation, in terms of the creation on this earth, you can't compare that and Allah subhana wa tada and this church teaching us the value of humanity. So when to come to the Prophet sallallahu wasallam based on that, how did he deal with the people of other faiths and people from around him? Yes, we understand the history of the of the of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam in Mecca. And then Medina afterwards, there was some sense of you know, hostility at some moment, there were some actually words that were weight. But overall, when the professor
said he had the power, when the professor said he had the ability to retaliate or hurt, he didn't.
Because he wasn't instead, he was actually trying as much as possible to stop all the hostility, so that Peace and mercy start spreading among the people. We see the Prophet Salah Salem caring for human beings, whether they were alive, or even dead. And it doesn't matter if their faith one of the incidents that were reported in say, Muslim, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he was passing by he was walking with some of the Sahaba passing by some of the captives after a battle. As he was passing by, a man starts calling Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam on those captives. Yeah, Mohammed, Mohammed.
So the professor and he's talked for him, Allah, Masha.
Allah in Utah in India jayron felter, MD, what I'm on fiscally is I'm hungry. I'm hungry, I want some food. I'm thirsty, need some water? So the professors and we looked at the people he was kind of surprised, like,
what are you doing? Why are you waiting so long?
to sell them so he did the order immediately take care of him.
Like it wasn't about you know, just, you know, torture him or about, you know, just cap capturing him and, and just make a model for the other people that No, it's just a matter of humanity, right?
This man was hungry. Basically, he was thirsty basic needs. The purposes didn't think actually twice to just take care of him right away. No question asked. And that's who was it was alive. But even with the dead, even that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he actually took that consideration also in mind. And one of the incidents that were reported in Bukhari and Muslim Salah when honey for the law of the land, and place it inside the Sahaba to convince the Prophet sallallahu Sallam Kanaka Danny filter this year, they were there in Iraq at the time wasn't, you know, part of the Persian Empire. As they were there after the conquest of Persia, they were sitting
in an area over there, called a former Robbie who may be janazah.
An as a funeral procession passed by.
Now in Persia, people they worshipped actually, they weren't even people at the book to begin with.
So as soon as I passed by, so they got up.
They were still standing while the procession was going actually through
Oklahoma. So some of the people around him they said, indigenous, Muslim, non Muslim, like why are you standing This is non Muslims janaza bacala Marathi Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam janazah for Carmela.
They said we remember one day with the Prophet sallallahu wasallam at a funeral procession a janazah pass by and the prophet SAW the loss and he got up for that janazah he stood up there
for Kerala who Yasser Allah in our generosity. yahudi is that's actually a funeral for a Jew. For cada sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, He's surprised at the question or a certain lesson. Isn't that a human soul?
Is that a human being?
And in another narration, the prophet SAW some when he was asked that question he said, all in the multi channel. Now when it comes to death, it's so significant which means it equalizes of everybody.
Once a person dies, in the hands of Allah subhanho wa Taala and the Prophet sallallahu wasallam is zero is continuing and all was taken consideration the people around the why is that for because his mission salata lie was that it was to be to be rock metal, I mean, to be mercy to the world, mercy to mankind. Our Deen is supposed to be that example. Our actions, supposed to reflect that message of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that we're there to bring that peace and tranquility to bring that that Rama and mercy to the world, Allah subhanho wa Taala, the man of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Wallah does Allah tala at minimum Illa Allah minimum, he said that you
listen, Allah Subhana knows that listen, some of them will betray you, which is true, which means when we say to be merciful, and to be compassionate, and to show those beautiful flowers and manners. That doesn't mean that doesn't mean not to be decisive, and requires actually some some, some force that needs to be taken care of, or at least being decisive in a moment. And that's what the last record the prophet SAW said, Listen, some of them may betray you, so be careful. But then he said farfan whom was for however, which would come to the majority, but one whom forgive them was fine. Isn't it just kind of like, move on? Don't hold grudges against. Just forgive, forget and move
on. That's what it means. And he says, Hannah, what are in the life have been my son in law loves those who are mercy means perfect and their good deeds and regard to this issue, obviously, once again, it's all about being mercy to mankind.
Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam showed that example when he came to Mecca. I mean, for you guys read the Syrah multiple times, you know what happened?
All what they did to him so Allah, someone who was in Mecca, 13 years. They even threatened his life. They almost killed him. So Allah was Allah. He had to he had to flee the city and go as a stranger. Go as a refugee, and mahaya to remote town we know today as Medina visa Lhasa, el Medina, II wonder sallallahu wasallam he's just trying to live there peacefully, but it didn't stop.
There is stop harassing him. He had to fight back for the next seven, eight years, the lalala was silent. Until they conquered Mecca. He lost a lot of his companions and his Sahaba and his followers for these battles. sallallahu wasallam. But it was time to take revenge. And revenge the professor some offer these people complete amnesty.
He went to Mecca stanning have one of them in a time in a time they usually the victorious army destroys cities, burn them down, burns it to ashes burned down to the ground, killing people and still be reported in history as being great leaders, great emperors, whatever their name, they may look sophistry, the professor said could have done that. But that wasn't his mission.
Instead, the professor someone who when they when he asked them for their motto, don't have the commodity thing that I'm going to do to
their answer was, you know, our own criminal inquiry we know
you got a brother, a good relative, which means you're going to be you're going to take care of us. But what he did was beyond our expectation, he completely forgive them complete amnesty says it above and tomato aka you all free. Now that's something they couldn't actually comprehend easily. Why? Because for them, this level, this level of forgiveness, this level of tolerance cannot just come from a regular human being.
It must be a level of divine divine forgiveness, you could say it's coming for a man with a message. And that message indeed was to bring mercy to the world who masala hasta la silla, mala subhanho wa Taala
Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam even
on a times that interacting with with again people of other faiths and
Having strategic interaction with the people when he conquered Mecca, sallAllahu wasallam. And he was hoping that this will be the end of it that no more fighting, no more wars. But instead, some of the some of the defeated defeated communities and defeated actually towns and tribes in the area they gathered. And they wanted to have a counter attack in what we know as the Battle of Hunan.
So, the Prophet sallallahu sallam, he realized how big their army was. So he went looking for some, some assistance, some help. And he went to one of the people, one of the leaders of Mecca, Mecca, remember just conquered right now. So he went to one of the leaders of Mecca safonov and omega before he became Muslim. And the Prophet says that he knew that he was a man was actually used to use to trade with weapons and arms and armors and swords and so on. So the professor said, Let me follow I would like to borrow some of your some of your weapons.
They have alien abuse laws and he went to him and asked him to to lend them some of that stuff. I mean, remember the problem he could have just taken it you know, without even asking
is can I borrow some of the weapon that you have some of the armors that you have, so far was kind of taken by surprise but espania Mohammed
taking this by force? The professors of the No no,
no, no, no, I'm just borrowing it and bringing it back to you I guarantee
and I was shocked
and any other professors that we took it
and when the battle was over, and they collected all the these these pieces back to be sent back again to safarnama some of these pieces obviously, when you in a chaotic, you know battlefield, some of them were lost.
So the Prophet salla semi came back to him and he said to him, says, Listen, this is what we found. What is left? I would like to pay you back for the one that we lost.
So far into this is Carla, not today.
This is not today, Carla, Anna Anna Leon Islamia says, You know what, I'm much closer to Islam today than before. And he gave his Shahada
realize, you know what he just said, How could a person was such a great power, and such a moment of victory in the in the mind of someone like someone who would if it was him who was there, actually, he wouldn't care. This is definitely not just because he's not looking for power. He's not looking for position. He's not looking for anything from this world. He's looking for something else. And that was the mission of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam Ali, Ramadan, Al amin, when the prophets of Allah Allah was setting them according to being cathedra him Allah to Allah, Allah Buddha to Nina. When the Prophet sallallahu Sallam he sent more added in Java to Yemen, he sent him a message. He
sent him a message exclusively to the Christians of Niger on modern Dana drawn in the southern region of Saudi Arabia. And they're in the area. He sent to them a special message, and they were the Christians for generations.
What was the message of the prophets of Allah set up now that they almost conquered that area, but allow you to spoof
it should not change any position of any pastor, any Bishop and priest? Like, don't get involved?
Don't mess up the religious system, basically, he said,
Well, ah, when
the monks in the monasteries leave them,
don't even touch them, don't even just leave them alone. What are your ohakune hoquiam nothing of the rights that been preserved for them all this generation should ever be altered. Keep it for them, while assault on him, and if they had any ownership of over any land, any property stays in their hands, this for them and with them, what am McConnell ally, another founder tradition should be changed,
like their ways, stays in their hands and this for them. And that is a man who just could again, could change this culture of that during that place, you know, just in an instant. But that wasn't for him. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam he wasn't sent there to force guidance upon people. He was sent there just to open to give him the opportunity to find guidance. Allah Subhana told him that salatu wa salam Allah when Allah says, Allah, Allah, Allah will settle them
in Nicoletta demon, but you don't guide those who you love. And he said lays the alcohol down. It's not for you. It's not for you to give them that guidance. But I can allow you at the Masha Allah surprise, the one who guides them over who was your your job is just to deliver the message. Give them the opportunity to receive guidance, let them make the decision. So all of this we see how the prophets Allah said I was trying on a personal level, on a strategic level and a community level in difficult times. Sometimes Allah Allah wa sallam the mission is always consistent justice, kindness, mercy dealing in the best way possible. So what the law he was the Romani. But once again, people
they're gonna say but what about you know, when these people now become the enemy, when they assault you obviously in all
In all the books that were revealed from before someone is in a position to defend himself or herself, they are allowed to do so. That's what lots of hunter says. Learn how comala who anila Dino Lemieux Cthulhu confident Allah subhanho wa Taala and terbaru moto Ptolemy said that Allah doesn't actually forbid you, doesn't forbid you from being kind and being fair and just with those who never fought against you or felt far too, or even driven you out of your your homeland and someone else wanted you to know for them justice. And also kindness is the main rule and standard. For this, we say that whenever we live at wherever you live, that should be the mission.
The cultural baggage we bring with us from our from many, many Muslim countries, that inhibits many people to act really upon their faith. Once again, being a Muslim is truly being the best human being you can. And if there is something wrong, something wrong with understanding humanity, then there is something wrong with your understanding of being a Muslim. Look back at it. And check it out. And compare this to the son of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam May Allah subhana wa Taala give you the best of luck and best measurable I mean akuto kolyada was taught for a law degree will come
through in order for
Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa sallahu wa salam Baraka Bina Mohammed Ali was Abu Salah, Mata Sleeman kathira, the mama bad about Allah, inside Bukhari, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he had,
at some point in Medina, there was a young boy who used to serve the Prophet sallallahu wasallam, who was from a Jewish family. And, and, and one of those days he wasn't there. So the Prophet says, he inquired about you that young boy, what was he? And he was told that he was actually sick. So the Prophet salaallah, Salah, went to his house, went to his house to check on this young man or young boy, he went to check on him sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Takada andrassy, he said by his head,
and he came to him.
He came to me again to check on him. And then he said, Well, Carlos Slim, he said, I asked him, I asked him, you know, give your Shahada
and the fact that the professor said I took the initiative to go and visit him. Obviously, it wasn't anything that is forceful, because a young boy Look at his father, like, What do I do?
The father told him after our cousin, just available customers listen to you, okay, you're okay. You're good, pal. Just the fact that gesture the prophets, Allah Selim took an initiative to go and visit that young boy, and visit him in his house salatu wa, Salam O Allah. That's, that's an act of kindness, an act of higher an evidence of the high character of the Prophet sallallahu, alayhi wasallam. You see, some people, they say, well, we don't have to go out of our way to prove anything to anybody. I'm not asking you to prove anything to anybody. All I'm asking is just to do the right thing.
Doing the right thing. And if you're not doing the right thing, and you believe that what you're doing is that I think that is the problem. Which means if you truly believe that not being kind by design, or consciously avoid being kind with anybody, regardless, if consciously, you're trying to be unkind to them, that is something wrong with your understanding of the deen. There's something wrong with you understanding humanity.
But yes, indeed, if we do actually have this kind of, you know, cultural baggage that we need to change and make the extra effort to change it, making sure that we have the conscious effort to shallow Tyler again, to follow the example of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam Allah Molina and fana when finally Montana in the country rollingwood Hakeem Allah Martin fusina taqwa was a canta. Herman's aka Antonio hom Allah, Allah, Allah Monica de Luna Allah Nabhi yeah you alladhina amanu sallu alayhi wa sallam Otis Lima Allahumma salli wa sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa de la Mancha Farah Sheena Amara was nanavati one ser Sahaba Jasmine momento
beyond biasanya Medina from Salah.