Channel: Yasir Qadhi
Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi’s gives a mesmerising lecture on ‘Unity in the Muslim Ummah and the Islamic Brotherhood’
The Islamic brotherhood transcends cast, colour, race & nationality. Its only foundation is based on belief and acceptance of Allah as our deity and Prophet Muhammad ﷺ as His final Messenger.
Allah will ask on the Day of Judgement: ‘Where are those who loved each other for the sake of My glory? Today, (on a day when there is no shade but mine) I shall shade them with My shade.”
Listen intently to fully fathom the need for this quality to be embedded in our life so as to attain unity in the Muslim Ummah.
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of us in Canada to either roll the earth up for me, he rolled it up for me. And so I saw the easternmost point and the westernmost point from east to west, I was able to see it and the profits a lot of money who said that said Mr. Obama shall reach the easternmost point as it shall reach the westernmost point. And this is exactly what we see. Who even knows where Trinidad and Tobago is.
One person would be able to identify on an
emergency small island even a few 100 years ago, who would have thought that there would be so many massages full time schools being built curriculums of Islamic education being inactive in a small island in the middle of the ocean in the middle of the Caribbean.
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who could have possibly known except for Allah subhana wa Tada. And then through the knowledge of the prophecies have given to him by the law. We were informed of this as well.
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Salam aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh.
I had no idea seven years ago that I would be here in Trinidad and Tobago. And they made a rather awkward comment that was discovered on YouTube. But it was meant in praise of all of you. I was speaking to an audience in Houston, Texas, and one of the brothers from Trinidad had come to Houston, and he'd given a presentation about Islamic schools and fields and whatnot. And we were all very impressed. And I was given the final speech of the day. And so to make the point I basically said, who's ever heard of Trinidad and Tobago, and yet still we find so much Muslims over there. And in fact,
it is true that unfortunately, not too many Muslims in America are aware that there are thriving Muslims here in Trinidad and Tobago, frankly, Americans are very bad in geography, so many of them were not even aware there are islands called Trinidad and Tobago, unfortunately, but hamdulillah here I am, so many years later, and Allah subhana wa tada has blessed me to have a very wonderful journey to see the Brotherhood and the sisterhood here in Trinidad. And my topic today of course, is about Muslim unity. And no doubt we've had a lot on a personal note even before I began my lecture, that will lie many of you know I travel around the world I traveled to so many countries I travel to
so many cities in America, Canada, England, Europe, and it truly is amazing to see the global oma. It is amazing to walk into a Masjid. Today I walked into a Masjid here in Trinidad. Five days ago, I was in a Masjid in outskirts of London. 10 days ago, I was in a Masjid in the middle of Mumbai. And literally just you walk in and nobody knows you. Nobody knows you but you
You know exactly what to do you know where to go, you know, the brothers are seeing or they're gonna say, Sarah, why they come, they don't recognize you as some big chef or something. They recognize you as a stranger, but as a Muslim stranger, they recognize you as somebody new because you're dressed differently because you're not a part of that small little Masjid. And there's this brotherhood, this whole world and what law you understand the reality of what it means when Allah says in the Quran in manana,
all the believers are our, and our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told us about this reality. And it is beautifully demonstrated in the incident that took place in around 30 hijra or so when a young man went to travel to study Islam. And he entered into the capital of the Muslim world, Damascus, Damascus was the beginning of a new civilization. And this young man did not know it at the time, he was to become the judge of Damascus. He was to become the judge of this grand city. But right now he's still a student. His judge hood will wait another 2030 years. Right now he's coming as a new student, beginner, and he enters the masjid. And he says his name was Abu Idris aulani is a
famous scholar. At the time he was not a scholar, but he became a famous scholar. And he said I entered the masjid I saw a young man, a young man with a bright forehead, and who was prone to silence. He wasn't a rabble rouser causing attention. And the people around him were gathered in humility and awe. Every time he spoke, they listened and paid attention. When he opened his mouth, they were in silence listening to him. And I pointed to the guy next to me said, Who is this man? Who is this guy that there are people double his age? I recognize one or two Sahaba older than him. And they're sitting at the feet of this young man who is he? So the man next to me said Don't you
know, this is moron in Japan. Now pause here before going, who is wiser in Japan more as a Benjamin was the scholar of the Sahaba. Despite his young age, he died when he was barely 3040 years old, he died a young man, but he was the he was the jurist of the scholar. In one Hadith our prophets are sometimes said that when the day of judgment will happen, the scholars will all be in one area, and more either bingeable will be their leader leading them on that day. That's why the Benjamin, and he was a young man, and he died a young man relatively compared to the other Sahaba. So he said, that he said, as soon as I heard that this is more as a love of him, entered my heart for coffee.
Love entered my heart. And I said, I will become a student of this man. And that's how he became the judge. That's how he became the day he studied under Marvin Benjamin. And so he said, I'm going to come the next day, the first to the masjid, so that when more either Benjamin enters, I will have one on one time with him privacy, because he knew more i'd would pray in the masjid early on. So he said, I entered the masjid in the middle of the night. And lo and behold, while I was praying to head up behind the pillar, more I beat him anyway to the masjid. So I waited. And one more I'd set this to set up. He noticed my presence around me. And he turned around, and I walked up to him, and
I said a Salam or Aleikum, and he said, Why was Sam and I said, Well, LA, he
was in Japan, I want you to know in knee or hip book a fella
that I love you for the sake of Allah subhana wa Tada. I love you for the sake of Allah. When we're out and he doesn't know who this young man is, he's never met this young man in his life. One more I've heard this, he held on to his color. And he dragged him close. And he said, Did you swear by Allah? Allah, this is a big thing. You know, you're swearing By Allah, Allah, you swear by Allah that you have a love for me just because of Allah. You don't know me. You never met me before. But you say you have this connection just because of a law. So I will add said, law I swear by Allah, that I love you for the sake of Allah. Three times more I told him to swear and Abu Idris swore. So
then said, If what you say is true, that you are saying you love me for the sake of Allah. Let me tell you what these ears heard from the Prophet salallahu idea he was set up. Let me tell you what I heard directly from the Prophet salallahu idea he was sending them. I heard the Prophet salallahu idea he was sending them say that on the Day of Judgment. Allah subhanho wa Taala will place people who love one another for the sake of a law upon
pulpits made out of lights manabi ramen noodles you know what the hotdog stands on the member what the hotdog stands on the member on the Day of Judgment there will be members placed made out of what divine light there will be made out of light can you imagine you are standing and there's nothing underneath you but you see your lights. There's gonna be a light that you're standing on. And the people who love one another for the sake of Allah will be on these lights above everybody else. And our Prophet says that I'm said even then maybe you understood the cone will feel jealous of that honor and privilege. Even the profits and the sit the cone with the sneakers the highest level under
the profit and the V us and then Shahid Shaheed is level number three and then solid which is level number four, being solid, her righteousness level four above that is Shaheed above that is so deep above that is Navy, the Navy and the Cydia will feel jealousy, looking at those Muslims. They didn't have long to have Jude's they didn't have half a million check charity. They didn't build orphanages, what did they do? They had genuine love in their hearts, genuine camaraderie respect, Rama, mercy, compassion, tenderness for all those who professed not either in Nova and they will be placed upon this member and why the bin Java Hadid goes on. That why the bingeable said this to
avoid resell our nanny and Abu Idris was so happy because he's never heard this hadith before that he goes outside the masjid wanting to tell every Muslim he meets. Do you know what I just heard why the bin Java told me this. Do you know what i heard why the bijela told me this. And as he's walking out another Sahabi comes to pray in the masjid early in the morning. And this Sahabi is the famous Sahabi. Robot even assignments are by the Ignace summit. He meets Oba Ignace summit, and he says to revive the Ignace sommet. Do you know what I just heard what I did in Java SE and he narrated the whole idea to him. So nobody said let me tell you as well what I heard from the prophets, I send
them beautiful, he got to Hades for the price of nothing. He got to hide it for free directly from the people who heard it. That was a blessed time. Those were blessing eras. You walk around you meet one Sahabi here, another Sahabi there. And here's a witness of our nanny, Allah blesses him because why he wanted to create 100 in the masjid. He wanted to go early to say Salaam he wanted to express his love for why they've been given. Allah blessed him with too heavy that he didn't know before. And so Oba Ignace Ahmed said, let me tell you as well what I heard directly from the Prophet salallahu it he was telling them that Allah subhana wa Taala said so this is a hadith could see, you
know what had he could see a hadith could see as a sacred Hadith I had the footsie has extra honor ahaadeeth Pudsey is extra special Why? Because Allah spoke it's, it's a hadith that Allah spoke and our Prophet system narrated our Prophet system will narrate that Allah said something and this makes it a Hadith, Pudsey and in English as you could see me as a sacred addition and it's called sacred because Allah spoke it so I had you could see is a hadith that has extra nobility every Hadith is noble, but how do you put see the wording or the meaning is coming from Allah subhana wa tada directly. So that why the bingeable told me one ad then he goes outside about them the farmer told
him another ID and this is what is the idea that Allah subhana wa tada has said, What's your that's muhabba T. One Shabbat wajib assuaging much, it's obligatory, my love has been made obligatory. For those who love one another for me. My love Allah's love has been made obligatory for those who love one another for my sake. And for those who visit one another for my sake, and for those who give one another gifts for my sake, and for those who establish the ties of kinship for my sake. And this beautiful long had it which is actually two edits and one with an incident of avoided ease you understand there's an incident and do it. This is a long narration found in the Muslim Ummah in an
authentic narration. And these two Hadith are central to understand the blessings of being a what in Islam. And what exactly does it mean? Allah says in the Quran, the believers or the believers are what? Well, many of us translate it as brothers, but the word actually comes from an original Arabic word called or comes from the three letter verb wha ha, wow ha yah Wah ha
Work hard means to intend good for somebody. waha means to intend good for somebody. So your is somebody whom you want good for linguistically. And that's why your brother is called your brother because you want nothing but good for your brother. You have nothing but positive intentions for your brother. And in the Quran, the word of is used not just for blood brother. It's used for many different connotations. It's used for somebody who is a real brother. Yes, it's also in the Quran. But it's also use for somebody of the same tribe have the same religion of the same ethnicity and have the same oma, all of these usages are found in the Quran. And Allah subhana wa tada is the one
who has said in a minute, and this is not translatable in English because the word in NEMA even though it's only one word, it's actually a very profound word in the MA is a word that is exclusive. The believers are nothing other than brothers. This is what innama means. The believers are nothing other than brothers in them and me No wonder if what and Allah subhanho wa Taala refers to all Muslims as brothers. In another verse in the Quran, Allah says why it sounds to me move the habenula hegemony and wallet for Rocco that all of you should hold on to the rope of Allah subhana wa tada and do not separate from that rope. And Allah says, Remember, he was the one who brought your hearts
together after you hated each other so much. If you were to give all of the money in this world to bring those hearts together, they would not have come together. But a law brought those hearts together. No unfuck them nothing out of the journey on my left have been a Peruvian. I was talking about the Sahaba Allah talking about the unsought the Maha judo. I was talking about the house and the hazard the Oh send the hazards. We're waging a civil war for 100 years before Islam for 100 years before Islam. And the fact of the matter is, we find these tensions amongst the hypocrites resurfacing of the ocean coverage. So Allah says, if you were to give all of the money in the world
to bring these people together, that money would not have brought them together when I can no law lF Sabina pulumi Allah is the one who bought all of them together. So Allah is saying that of the greatest blessings he has given you. Is the blessing of brotherhood being brought together. All the money in the world could not purchase what Allah has granted the oma free of charge. And what is that in? Me? No, no.
You could not buy with any power in this world with any wealth what Allah has automatically gifted the oma wherever you go in the world, my dear brothers and sisters, you have people that will help you out. You have an oma, you have those who understand your situation will sympathize with you will know who you are, where you're coming from. They'll share your ethics, your values, they'll share your system, they will know to help you out just because you are a member of this oma and this is a gift from Allah subhanho wa Taala. Allah subhana wa tada uses this concept of a hook this concept of brotherhood to reinforce the rights of one Muslim over another. A lot reminds us of our rights with
with the term of brotherhood, for example, and this relates to some issues. For example, Allah azza wa jal says, in reference to the guardians of orphans, so suppose you have a distant cousin, he dies, he has young children, you will take these orphans and raise them, but they have money that their parents left them, and you have this money, and you have to save it for the orphan. We all know the orphans property is sacred, we know this. But Allah says, if you're forced to take some of the money to take care of them, if you're poor, Allah says what into hodja to whom you want to come. If you must take some of the money to feed them. Then remember, they are your brothers. Allah azza
wa jal is talking about the guardians of orphans that are not son and daughter are as they wouldn't be orphan. They're not nephews and nieces. These are orphans, distant relatives, strangers, you have an orphan in your household. And Allah says, Look, if you must take some of the money. Remember, in the end of the day, these Muslims even though their children, even though they're 30 years younger than you, for one, they are your brothers, how would you want your brothers to be treated? Would you eat the brothers yet the money of your brother like this in another verse with regards to Muslims fighting one another
With regards to Muslims going to war with one another. In this context, Allah subhana wa tada says, In mizuna watan for us, obeying away, realize that the believers are brothers. So reconcile between your brothers. The rest of the oma should get involved if two groups are fighting the rest of the almost obliged to help out when two groups are fighting. Allah says all of you are brothers. So you should call Sudan reconciliation between the brothers with regards to backbiting with regards to talking about brothers behind their backs. What does Allah say in the famous verse of gerat? Allah azza wa jal says, you have to come. And yeah, God Allah He made. Can you imagine eating the flesh of
your dead brother? And Allah reminds us fuckery to move you would be disgusted. So how can you back bite? So when it comes to backbiting? Once again, Allah says, Who are you talking about? Who are you talking about? He is your brother? Would you like to eat the flesh of your blood? Brother? No. So then how can you eat the flesh of your Muslim brother? And by eating the flesh, it means backbiting, even with regards to murder, which is the greatest sin you can do?
The one who murders another Muslim unjustly, this relationship? Can you imagine the murder and the murdered? Can you imagine the killer and the killed? Can you imagine a further a trade between the two? What does Allah say with regards to the rights and the privileges of the one who has been murdered over the one who killed him there is a hack, and that is the hack of execution. What do I mean by this? Let me explain this point in Islamic law in Islamic law. If a man kills another man unjustly, we're not talking about self defense, we're not talking about unjustly, then the Shetty allows the relatives and family of the one who was murdered, the right to retaliate in the Islamic
court. And the right to execute, of course, the judge will execute, the judge will be the one after the court of law that the Islamic State will execute the murder. And this is called the sauce An eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth, a light for a life who has this right? the relatives of the one who was killed, clear, their relatives will collectively decide do we want to kill the murderer or not. And they have the right in the court of law, to kill to execute. And they also have the right to forgive. Now, can you imagine how tense that relationship will be? You have a brother, a son, a father who was murdered by this man, you're standing in the court of law and the judge asks you what
is your position now? Do you want the sauce? Or do you want the other option which is forgiveness and move on? What is the law say in the Quran, the judge has to say this verse in Islamic law the judge will say this verse that Allah as though it just says Femina. roofie Allahu Minh, he shaves on
whoever finds that his brother has forgiven him. Then let him follow up that forgiveness by being good to that family. Now what is being talked about here? The murder and the murdered? A lot is establishing look in the end of the tape. You are still in whorfin Islam.
Furman roofie, Allahu Minh, he shaven. If the brother your brother forgives, meaning of the sauce, he forgives, he says to the judge, okay, I forgive for the sake of Allah and that is better. Of course, in the eyes of Allah, it is better to forgive whoever forgives. Then Allah says, once your brother has forgiven, then you better follow up by being good and and being generous and kind to that family. The point here for our lecture, Allah subhanho wa Taala called the relationship between the murdered family and the murder the relationship of acquah Can you believe this, that even the murderer still has the whole of Islam, and our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in a
beautiful editor a few days before he passed away. And this is one of the last goodbyes that he gave in his life. He said in that quote, that if I were to take a close friend out of all of you, and the Arabic word is Holly, I would have chosen Abubakar as my halleen. But Allah has chosen me as his Holly, so I cannot choose anybody else. Basically, this is an exclusive relationship. Holly Roma is a term for our prophet SAW Selim and also for the Prophet Ibrahim Karim. Allah is Moosa. Right Karim Allah is Isa excuse me, as well because we both can be called Karim Allah, Allah spoke to Musa and from the word Isha was born. Khalid Allah is both Ibrahim and our Prophet sallallahu sallam, and
The highest strength of friendship. And Allah azzawajal took our profit system as a colleague, because a lot took him as a family, then he cannot take anybody else as a family. So what did he say? If I were to take a holiday, it would have been Abu Bakar. But Allah has taken me as a hot deal. And therefore, for Abu Bakar, while Anakin who were to Islam for Abu Bakar I have the Brotherhood of Islam for Abu Bakar. So the highest honor that he wanted to give, he used the word when I can overturn Islam, this brotherhood that Muslims are supposed to have for every other Muslim, it transcends everything. It transcends nations ethnicities. Allah says in Surah gerat we
have made you into different tribes and different ethnicities so that you may know one another later out of blue. Can you imagine how boring the world would be if we were all exactly the same? Can you imagine how uninteresting the world would be if our cultures and cuisines were exactly the same? We are fascinated by different cultures, different societies, different ethnicities. I love hearing the Trinidadian accent. It's very unique for me.
Your cuisine Mashallah Tabata Cola, those spices Mashallah it's about a cola.
This is a different culture. It's nice. It's interesting, how boring literally, how bland what spite would the cuisine be if we didn't have your spices? Think about it. So Allah is saying, I have given you all of these cultures so that you can have some doubt of you can get to know one another. It's the blessing of Allah. But the whole of Islam transcends that culture. It's okay to be proud of your ethnicity. As long as the pride doesn't lead to looking down at other ethnicities. It's okay to like your country. It's nothing wrong with that our Profit System loved the tribe of the origins his tribe, but the Islamic identity is always your number one identity, nothing will trump the Islamic
identity. You are first Muslim and last are Muslim, then you can be whatever you want, then you can be American Indian, Pakistani Trinidadian, then you can be this country that ethnicity, this language. All of this comes next. And this transcends Islamic identity transcends all other identities, Islamic or homework. It transcends even genders. Allah subhana wa tada says, One minute, one minute to bow boom only about the believing men, the believing women that are helpers of one another. We help one another out the Islamic homework. It transcends time, past and present and future. As for the past, we are supposed to have a connection with Muslims who lived before us. In
the Quran, we are taught we're supposed to make a DA when levena Jerome embody him, those Muslims who come afterwards they make dua robina fildena Wali is one in a Latina, sobre una de Lima, and in every football you will hear this drop, Allah forgive us, and forgive all of our brethren who came before us. We don't know their names. We don't know their genders. We don't know their ethnicities. We don't know the era they lived in, but Oh Allah, they are our brothers forgive them. robina fildena one is one Nina and our brothers Subbu una, they came before us. It transcends even the future. How can it transcend the future? The famous Hadith in Sahih Muslim that when took place, and
all of those Shahada died, and these Shahada went to gender. They're already in gender.
As you know, the Shahada in general, and in some sense, we can say that's in the future for us, in some sense, it's not in our world. Our Profit System said, Do you know what the Shahada, the Shaheed said? Do you know what they said in general? They said to Allah, that Oh Allah, who will tell our Juan Luna dunia, who will tell our brother and in this world that have been left behind that we are alive and well and living in gentlemen,
can you imagine the hula that the Sahaba had? They've made it? They're in gender, they're flying around enjoying gender, but whereas their hearts attached, when a lot asks them, what can I do for you? They say, Oh Allah, who will tell a Juan Luna dunia, who will tell our brother in this world, that we are alive and we are not dead and we are enjoying and we are not in distress. So Allah said, I will take this responsibility for you. And Allah revealed verses that we recite to this day. Allah says in the Quran
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they are well alive with a lot being supplied by him for the hanaa the Machado, they are happy with what Allah has given them. The point is Allah responded to their plea. But what did the Sahaba say? Who will tell our brother in back home, they've made it, but the connection of Islam is still there. And they're still wanting to give the image and their perception to the equality and effort dunya In fact, this brotherhood of Islam, not only does it transcend ethnicities and cultures, not only does it transcend genders, not only that, does it does it transcend the past and transcend the future? It even transcends the human race. How so? Beautiful Hadith in Sahih Bukhari
our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is teaching us manners. He's teaching us Adam, and of the manners he teaches us is, how to eat and how to drink, and how to go to the restroom and cleanse ourselves. This is all a part of Virginia. So he told us that when we eat some food and we eat a bone, we say Bismillah. And he told us that in those days, as you know, they didn't have the restrooms and washrooms they would go and take care of themselves in the public in the, in the forest in the in the in the desert, and they would cleanse themselves with whatever material was there. So he said that it isn't Bahati when you have to cleanse yourself after going to the
restroom. After relieving yourself, then use some stones use of this and that and do not use bones. Why?
Because it shows serve as food. Li one eco minute gene.
The one that we have from the gym.
The whole of Islam transcends the human race. And we have brother in from amongst the jinn. They are our brother in this lab and we take care of them by not polluting their food now positive What is this mean their food and whatnot, very simple. But your brothers and sisters we know that the jinn are under the creation of Allah, Allah has created three creations with with that have intelligence, the angels, the jinn and the humans. And of these three two of them have the will to obey and disobeyed and that is the jinn and the humans and now the to Allah has blessed the humans with more intelligence and the jinn with more physical strength. So the jinn are powerful and the gym are
faster and the gym can go, you know, do many things that we cannot do, but we have more intelligence than them and because of that we are superior to them. And because of that it believes who is a Jin was told to Prostrate to Adam, who is a human out of respect. However, the jinns some of them are Muslim and some are cafard. Allah says in the Quran, Surah telegin insulinogenic. We're in the middle Muslim auto mineral casita, we have some who are Muslims and some who are unrighteous, some who are rebels and bad. So there are Muslims who are that are jinns, who are Muslims. And by the way, just as a side point here is a tangent here, do you know that the djinns came to our Prophet
sallallahu I think he was sent them wanting to learn Islam, and he spent an entire night with them, and it is called the night of the jinn. So the jinn have Sahaba as well there are Sahaba of the June we don't know their names, but there are a hadith that the Djinn have, that we do not have. There are sayings of the Prophet system that he gave to them. There is fix that he taught to the gym, the gyms don't make will do before solid they'd extinguish themselves. So the jinn have their own. They'll have their own fix and of their fear that we need to help them out with. their fifth that we help them out with is what we help them by taking care of their food. What will the Jin eats, the
Muslim Jin's have a blessing because look, I'm going into a tangent but everybody loves Jen stories. I know you're all mesmerized and thrilled with gin stuff, right?
And the kofod gin, they eat unhealthy. They eat food that is not righteous, what is not righteous food, food that we don't say Bismillah over or they eat carrion, they eat swine, they eat things that are filthy for us the images that they eat filthy things. When the jinn converts to Islam, he deprives himself from all of this food. So Allah promised the jinn an alternative which is pure and better. What is this alternative? Every single food item that we Muslims eat and we say Bismillah over that food item that remains so the bones basically the main thing here is the bones will have
sustenance and nourishment for the jinns.
So we don't pollute our food items by putting ledges on the bone if you wipe yourself up not just on the boat. So our Prophet system said that when you use the restroom, you need to wipe yourself, do not use bones because it will become food for your brother and of the jinn. Think about what Islam once of taking care of our brethren, if we're supposed to take care of a brother, and we don't even see, think about what a law once for the brethren we meet with the brethren we physically are with, if even the jinn we have to think about taking care of them. The Islamic or whole world transcends all other identities. And it brings about many blessings of these blessings of these blessings what
happens when we establish the bonds of a whole world? Number one, you cannot be a Muslim without loving your fellow Muslims. You cannot be a righteous person without having a feeling of love for all other righteous people. And our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned this in the famous Hadith none of you truly believes until what is the end of the head if you know it, you love for your brother, what you love for yourself. This is known as the golden rule. Every single Prophet taught it. It is found in the Old Testament with Moses, New Testament with Jesus it is found that the sayings of those people we don't even know if they were prophets or not, but there are wise
people according to their civilization, it is called the Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would like to be done unto yourself. None of you truly believes until you love for your brother what you love for yourself. And this is embodied in so many instances of the of the Sahaba of the righteous past one of them perhaps one that we can only idealize we can never actually do it in our lives is the famous story of intermodal, the Allahu taala had been over once passed by a merchandise. It was actually a camel, he wanted to purchase the camel. And when the man saw it was even Oman, so enormous and how much is the camel? So the man gave him a very, very low price. This is after all, a
bin Omar, the son of Bob the famous Sahabi he gave him a low price. He said, Oh, it will be for eight gold coins. Eight gold coins. So it's been over looked at the camel walked around it. He said no. Nine
the man said okay, nine
a bit more thought for a while I examine the neck. He said you know what? I changed my mind. 10 minutes. Okay, give me 10 and he kept on going up until he almost gave him double the price that the man had offered. And then a bit over purchased the camera and walked away. His servant who later became the most famous scholar now fair, and the chain of magic enough. What is the most famous chain in Headey, Mr. Malik of Medina, he studied with this slave called not fair. And this slave was actually a sham. Because in Rome, I purchased him as a slave then he freed him, but the slave stuck with him and became a ship. And so now fear became the sheriff of Mr. Malik. So Mr. Malik, from now
fair from abnormal, so not fair. He said to me in Roma that
Oh, man, oh, my teacher, the man agreed to sell it for a smaller price. Why did you have to bargain it up to almost double? And do you know what happened? Omar said, because I heard the Prophet sallallahu Sallam say, none of you is a true believer until he loves for his brother, what he loves for himself. And had I been the owner of the camel, I would have been satisfied, very happy with the price that I paid.
Now, honestly, who amongst us can do this?
Somebody wants to sell you a car for a cheap price, you will be the first person in line.
And it's good that these stories exists to be ideals and role models because the fact of the matter is most of us we cannot get to that level. But at hamdulillah Allah blessed us with righteous people we can look up to at least the role model is there at least the concept is there for us that inshallah maybe if we cannot do it in everything, in some things we can try our best so of the blessings of being good brothers is that it is a sign of a man. And you know what another point here My dear brothers and sisters, mankind humanity divides itself along many different lines. We divide ourselves based upon clans, based upon tribes based upon ethnicities based upon nation states. And
if you think about it, and this is a very profound concept, every one of these divisions, it has some sense, but it's also very shallow. Who cares if you have a person who shares your
Blood, who is committing a crime, and you will help him just because he's sharing your blood. Who cares if somebody of your nation state is doing something and you're supposed to support him just because it's your nation state?
You should support values and not ethnicities, you should support the truth, regardless of who is saying it or doing it correct. What is our religion teach us? The most important identity is the identity of shared values. And that is religion. Think about it. I'm an American. I was born in America. And yes, I am happy to be an American. And at some level, yes, indeed, I'm proud and halaal way to be American and hamdulillah. It's my culture I've grown. They're raised there. It's who I am. But at the same time, I also say, as an American, that what is the one thing that combines all of us in America? It's definitely not our skin color. It's definitely not our ethnicity. It's not our
blood. It's not our language is definitely not shared values. Look at all of the tensions happening in America between values right now, what's right, what's wrong? If you really think about it, the only thing that combines all Americans, is the fact that they are Americans, which is a circular thing. Correct? You see what I'm saying here? So On what basis? Should I support every American just because he's an American? The same goes for tribes? On what basis Should I support a tribe just because I happen to belong to it? On what basis? What does Islam teach us? You support someone who has the same value system as you, a Chinese Muslim, doesn't speak my language, he doesn't have my
cuisine. He doesn't have anything similar to me in dress or whatnot. But guess what, when it comes to right and wrong, when it comes to head out and hat on, when it comes to respect and love and mercy and charity, we share the exact we're on the same wavelength, even if we cannot communicate to each other in the same language. And that's what Islam teaches us that Islam is that thing that gives us the framework to unite together are the blessings of of being brothers in Islam is that when you feel the love for your fellow Muslims, then you will taste the joy of being a Muslim. When you feel the joy of being a Muslim, you will also give back to the other Muslims. It's a circular
thing here. When you're good to others, you will reap the fruits of your good. When you show your brotherhood you will reap the fruits of that brotherhood. Our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, three or the matters. Three are the things whoever has them will taste the sweetness of Eva
three or the mattress whoever has them will taste the sweetness of Eman. Number one amongst them that, that Allah and His Messenger are more beloved to him than everything else.
And number two, that he loves his fellow believers, only for the sake of Allah subhana wa Tada. And number three that he despises to return to paganism or to Cofer, just like he despises being thrown into the fire of hell. These are the three matters if you have them, what happens, you will taste the sweetness of emac. And one of these three is what is to love your fellow Muslims. So when you love your fellow Muslims, you will reap that love by tasting the sweetness of aroma of the blessings of loving one's Muslim brothers and sisters, is the fact that one of the most obvious blessings, the oma will rise because of unity, and the oma will fracture and fall because of disunity. Through
unity comes our strength, through unity comes our oneness. And the fact of the matter not going into a deep history of colonialism and whatnot. But we're lucky this is so true. That colonialism, one of the main tactics they use to destroy the oma was the simple tactic of divide and divide and divide and then conquer small bits one after the other.
This is one of the simplest things that took place, beginning from 150 years ago that the western colonialist powers and in particular it was Britain is no doubt number one on the list, but there were other countries as well. Wherever they went, the first thing they did divided people up. This is this this is that the whole concept of nation states of countries is a concept that was imposed upon us from without.
This is not something that we had as our own. And again, I'm going a little bit deep here, but this is the beginning of 2014
and do you know what happened? 100 years ago? 1914. Who can tell me 1914 is one of the
Significant eras in human history because it was the beginning of World War One, World War One. And World War One saw the collapse of the
the caliphate, the Philippines. for 1400 years, we had a caliphate. It was good, it was bad. It was up, it was down. But it was a caliphate. It wasn't perfect, but at least it was a caliphate. In 1914, the first domino fell, that would eventually result in the end of the caliphate. And, again, I'm going into a tangent here, but this is very relevant. And we shall be talking about this throughout these next three, four years to commemorate not to to commemorate, but to feel the loss, commemorate is a positive word, but to feel the pain and the anguish of what happened 100 years ago, the Sykes Pico agreement who has heard of this 1918 began in 1914. Finish in 1918, who has heard of
the Sykes picot agreement between a Frenchman and a British Sykes was British and Pico was French. In the end of World War One, they literally sat down in front of a map of the Ottoman Empire. And I'm not exaggerating at all. And they drew arbitrary lines, this will be given to this, this will be given to that Germany will take this, we will take that the the French will take this. And so the French took Lebanon, the British took what is called trans Jordan. And that's how they carved out Israel. And they gave it over to the Zionist Federation. So the Sykes picot agreement was when all of these countries of the Middle East Iraq and Jordan and Arabia, and all of these lands were
literally drawn out the borders of these countries. And the reality was before these countries, there was no Iraqi identity is separate from Islamic identity. There was no Jordanian identity separate from Islamic identity. There was no Lebanese or Arabian identity separate from Islamic identity before this time, these were provinces and Muslims were one identity after this time, oh, this is Pakistani, that is Indian, this is Bengali that is this all of these divisions. Most of you are ethnically from India. What did the Indians do it? What did the British do in India? With the War of Independence with the Raj, what did they do divide and conquer, divide, give this here give
that there create divisions when they did not exist? This is the reality. And I know this is controversial. But think my dear brothers and sisters think where did these countries come from? How long have they been around? All of this goes against that basic element in them.
Every single Muslim should be a part of a global unity, of fraternity of believers. But what has happened, we are now divided into over 60 countries, majority Muslim, and every country in the world has Muslim minorities, over 60 nations have majority Muslim. This is the reality of the oma where there used to be. One 100 years from now there are more than 60. And just recently they divided another Muslim land Sudan, they cut away another bit and gave it to another region here. This is the reality of the oma, what does Allah say? Allah subhana wa tada tells us in the Quran, that are sorry, the Prophet says and doesn't say that the Mothman is like a brick to another movement. The
two of them strengthen one another. The movement is like a brick of foundation to the other movement. And he literally our process, and him did like this. He put his fingers together. And he said that believers strengthen other believers, you should do Baba Baba. So what do you think's going to happen if the bricks start breaking away?
What do you think's going to happen if every finger is saying no, I have nothing to do with you. And this is the reality of the oma right now. Well, law II it's a pathetic state we are in read your brothers and sisters. It's a pathetic state we are in what is happening in Syria, what is happening in Kashmir, what is happening upon his stock, what is happening in Iraq, what is happening in the federal scene. And the fact of the matter is, every country and every one of us we are simply worried about ourselves ourselves ourselves. If the oma were to unite under the umbrella of La ilaha illAllah what force on earth could possibly stand against us think about that. But the fact of the
matter is, every country, every ethnicity, every tribe, every nation state is worried about its own borders. And that's what Allah told us in the Quran, that if you don't do this, I'll quote this verse at the end. That if you don't unite will actually accord it now because I'm getting to the point here Illa de fou. If you don't tonight, Allah says that and I'm talkin fitna to fill out your facade and if you don't unite together, then there will be a lot of bloodshed and evil in the world. And this is exactly what Allah tells us in the Quran, of the blessings of being believers. We're talking about the blessings of the blessings of being believers is that our Prophet sallallahu
alayhi wa sallam told us that the believers who love one another for this
sake of their email for the sake of their Islam will be the ones who Allah loves. And there's a beautiful Hadith in this regard that a man, the process of him said that a man went to visit his brother in another village, just for the sake of Islam. And Allah sent an angel to stop him in the path. And the angel said to him, where are you going? And the man said, to visit my brother in Islam. So the angel said, Do you have any other reason a business transaction said, No, you want to discuss a matter of this world? No, I just want to visit him for the sake of Allah. So the angel said, I am an angel sent by a lot to tell you that Allah loves you because of the love that you have
for your brother.
Allah has sent me just to tell you that Allah loves you, because of the love you have for your brother of the blessings that happens when we have this love for other people, is that Allah will shelter us on the day of judgment
when there is no shelter other than his shelter. There's a famous Hadith I quoted in today's quote, but for those who attended, seven are the people who will be sheltered by Allah, on that day when there is no shade other than that the shade of Allah, and one of those seven categories is radula need to have bathinda to people they had love for the sake of Allah, they met for his sake, and they parted upon that love as well. So when you have that genuine love, Allah subhana wa, tada will bless you. And there are many things to be pointed out. But the last one that we'll mention, before we conclude, the last one that we'll mention is that the fact of the matter is, we will not enter
Jannah until we have this love for our fellow Muslims.
And this is exactly what our Prophet system said. He swore by Allah will lead in fcba. He swore by a law, law to the whole janitor, you will never enter agenda until you believe that you have a man and you will never have a man until you love one another. So he put the condition of entering gender, to have love for one another.
And then he told us how to have love for one another. And so I'll conclude this Hooda by some very brief points, how do we strengthen this bond of brotherhood? How do we strengthen how do we make sure that we genuinely have these bonds for our Muslim brothers and sisters, number one, number one,
we should make it our regular habit to make dua to Allah subhana wa tada for Muslims that we know and Muslims that we don't know.
Make dua to Allah. For those whom you know by name, Allah bless so and so my cousin, Oh ALLAH forgive so and so Oh Allah, give my friend so and so extra wealth or Allah so and so doesn't have a child, give him righteous children. And go ahead and be selfish when you make this drug. It's harder to be selfish in this regard. Why be selfish, our Profit System said, Whoever makes a dua for another Muslim, Allah will send an angel to say a mean to his daughter, and then make a draft for the band and say, and may you also get the exact same thing that you may do off to him for training to get. So when you raise your hands and you say, Oh Allah, my cousin, so and so give him a million
dollars. Guess what
an angel has just made to offer you $4 million.
Go ahead and be selfish. And put your trust in Allah, that Oh Allah, I believe in your promise that if I make dua for him, an angel will make to offer me Go ahead. This is the point of encouraging us to make all sorts of does not have righteous children, give him righteous children, and even those whom you don't know. Oh, Allah, the Muslims of Syria are in great pain and trouble make their situation easier for them. Oh Allah, those women who have been expelled or or molested or whatnot in the in those battlefields Oh Allah, give them sub extract vengeance upon those who did this. You make dua for them. And guess what? All of a sudden, you'll feel a connection with them. You will
feel a connection with them because you're making to offer them and this leads me to my second point, how can you increase the bonds of homework, find out what's happening in the oma be aware of what's going on? Don't live a life where you only think about yourself yourself. Find out what's happening in the oma find out the situation in Iraq, in Burma, in Syria in Afghanistan in fell asleep. And when you find out this will affect your heart. My dear brothers and sisters, if you go to sleep every single night, without once giving a care for the rest of the oma will lie. This is a weakness of your own heart. It's a sign of a selfishness. That is how long
And if you go to sleep thinking, here I am, Allah has blessed me with this bed with this roof with this family. And there are people that don't have this. And there are Muslims here and there, you know what, you become a better human being a human being, you become more tender, more sympathetic, more appreciative of the blessings you have, you become a better Muslim, simply by thinking about other people. And this is the reality of a whole, and of the ways that we can increase this a whole lot of other ways we can increase this a whole lot this Brotherhood is by implementing the command of our Prophet sallallahu. I think he was setting them when he told us what to do to increase this
brotherhood. He said a number of things, number one gives the lamps to everybody, I've just set up every Muslim You see, give set out to them number to visit one another. Visit one another, just for the sake of Allah, not for any business transaction, oh, call up. Somebody say, you know what, after we haven't seen each other for a long time, let's just meet up 510 minutes, let's go to the coffee place. When we come to your house, when my family come, we can cook something, just make something for the sake of Allah subhana wa Tada. Number three, in terms of what you can do giving gifts,
our processing them said, give gifts, you will love one another, to have do to have to give gifts. And you know, you don't have to think of expensive gifts. Because the problem with many of us when we think of a gift, we think of a Rolex watch or something. No, yeah. Well, law is something that you do with thoughtfulness with care with time, you just bring a small item that you know, I came from such and such a trip and I just thought of you and I thought you would like this thing. small box small momento cost $5 $10. It really is the thought that counts you like, Hello, you actually remember to bring me something. And when you give gifts, it brings tenderness to the heart, to have
do to have both of the ways that we can increase the Brotherhood. amongst ourselves. of the ways we can increase brotherhood amongst ourselves is to realize the opposite, is to see the effects of not having that brotherhood. We live in a time in a place where the enemies of our religion are many.
I don't know about you guys in Trinidad, we in America, we have the rise of the far right party, we call them the islamophobes. The rise of those fear mongers that want to streamline. They want to castigate all Muslims as terrorists. We have the rise of these types of people in Europe and in America. And they are well funded. There was a survey study done two years ago, where they talked about these groups, and it was discovered that they have over $100 million of funding just for the sole This is American dollars, just for the sole purpose of what, of fearmongering. Now you tell me what your brothers and sisters, are we going to get $100 million to battle that? No, we can't. In
America, we don't have access to them. They have networks and television stations, they have Fox News all in their entire grip. I don't know if you're aware of fox news or not. And the way it smears the Muslims, they have this, they have that. Now you tell me what can we do? In response to all of this? What can we do? If even at this stage, we're hating on other Muslims because they're placing their hands here versus here. Because they're saying Amit out loud or silently. Because one is doing the task. And the other is doing the task. Because one is doing the mold and the other is not doing them. Oh, my dear brothers and sisters, I know exactly what I'm saying. These are
controversial issues. And we're lucky I as an Islamic scholar have positions about them. I have Islamic positions about them. But hear me clearly. Even if you do it or you don't do it, in the end of the day, what we share compared to the people who are slandering us, smearing us fighting us, well, why do we share 90 95% of the same religion, we worship the same God, we read the same book, we love the same Prophet, we face the same clip that we do, we'll go everything is the same. Okay? We have disagreements. And there's a time and there's a place to talk about those disagreements, but I cannot and I will not preach hatred of other Muslims. I cannot tell one mustard to break away from
another mustard just because of differences of a trivial nature.
We don't have the luxury we never did. But especially now we don't have the luxury. The one thing that we have from Allah subhana wa tada is the whole of Islam.
Unfortunately, we're even breaking back now, over the most trivial of issues, my dear brothers and sisters.
If even now we're going to take these minor issues, to make calls for football, to make calls
For your data to make cause for disunity, then when can we possibly unite and inshallah tomorrow in the lecture that I have, I will talk a little bit more in academic detail about differences of opinion and when are they major and when are they minor. But today I want to conclude in shallow data on a very simple note, on a very simple point. No doubt Muslims have different understandings of Islam. No doubt there are those who do Tarsem, don't do this. Don't do that. No doubt, we pray differently and whatnot. But the real question, is,
this group, whatever it might be, is it still Muslim? Yes or no? Frank question. Is anybody here gonna say because you do Tarsem, you're not a Muslim? I'll be frank, your I don't do it. And I think it's not appropriate islamically academically, but if you do do it, guess what, you're still my brother in Islam. You still are my brother in Islam? Because you worship the same God and believe in the same prophet and recite the same book. And guess what, because you're my brother in Islam, all of these a hadith about being good to Muslims, it applies to you as well.
Just because you're not a member of my group, does not mean I can exclude you from a member of the group of Mohammed Salah laquanda, he will send them Do you understand this point? All of us are a part of the Almighty mohammedia the owner of our processes, and that is what is the main characteristic of our oma, we believe in this prophet in this book in this God in this Qibla. The other differences, I am not saying they're all trivial, some are big, but there's a time and place to discuss them. And that time in place is never amongst the masses. It's never on the member of Miss Mustard to castigate another mustard. All of the Quran and Sunnah that talks about having ties
of kinship with other Muslims. It doesn't say with other selfies with other selfies with other but enemies with other this with other this dark room with us. No. Islam is above any one group. I have said it before. And I will say it again, no matter how controversial this might be. Yes, we have differences. Yes, there are selfies and asja, the obon, D and Dada alone. But Islam is about all of these groups, and Islam unites all of these groups. And that is the ultimate reality that La ilaha illAllah, Muhammad Rasulullah. It is shared by all of these groups and platforms, all other differences, there's a time and place to discuss them. But we have to be united in the face of this
onslaught. And we need to show this unity not just through mere talk, but also through action, and inshallah we'll continue along this theme and topic tomorrow night. I'll conclude today by reminding myself in all of you have a very simple Hadith in Bukhari and Muslim and it is called the Hadith of the vocal Islam, Muslim in the rights of the Muslims, where our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that a Muslim or a whole Muslim, the Muslim is the brother of the other Muslim law, your neighbor whom he never does injustice to him, while Lulu he never humiliates him. Why not?
He never trivializes or denigrates him. He never trivializes or looks down at him, and Muslim or Muslim. And then he said a toccoa Hakuna, he pointed to his heart, he said, The piety of Allah, it is in the heart, and then he concluded this hadith and he said, It is enough to be considered a sin that any Muslim thinks himself better than or above another Muslim. It is enough of a sin to think you are holier than another Muslim. This is enough to be considered a sinner in the eyes of Allah. Everything that a Muslim has is held on for another Muslim, his money, his wealth, his honor, his property Madhu who were demo who were able who all of it is how long it is not allowed for you to
denigrate or look down at another Muslim May Allah subhana wa tada grant us that love that Allah subhana wa tada wants us to have that our prophets ism told us to have I pray that Allah subhana wa tada as he has gathered us here today to express that love and to show that unity I pray that insha Allah We are gathered as well in Janet's dejima Tatiana, now in Janata, for those that are either I pray that Allah subhana wa Taala cleanses our hearts of the evil of the rancor of the jealousy that might exist for other Muslims. I pray that Allah subhanho wa Taala replaces that rancor with mercy with tenderness with compassion. And I pray that Allah subhana wa tada causes us to rise up above
petty differences and to see the reality of the strength that he has blessed.
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