A beautiful talk by brother yassir fazaga at 3rd international peace convention for harmony, awarness and education in chennai(india)
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all praise to
there is no God
rajim Bismillah R Rahman Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala
l mursaleen. Shafi shaffir in Missouri vino Habib el amin, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa even upon hearing, All praise is due to Allah and made his peace and blessings be upon our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, indeed the best of speeches The Book of Allah. And the best of guidance is the guidance of Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam on the wards of all matters is to innovate and religion, and every such kind of innovation is a misguidance and this guidance leads to the hellfire. I begin by greeting my brothers and sisters saying salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
Also, very quickly, just to briefly said, to briefly say what we said last night, I'd like to offer my sincere condolences to all the people that have that have lost any of their loved ones. In this last tragedy that we had,
like I said, as Muslims,
one of the beauties, the religious obligations that are upon us is that we be and we become an instruments of change,
facilitators of peace and justice. So as terrible as this tragedy,
is what we want to also see it as an opportunity to make a difference on the community level, as far as the Muslim community is concerned here, and also on the personal level, where each and every one of us, a man or a woman, young or old, rich or poor, we have something to contribute.
And that contribution that we make, does not have to be in in the sense of money, doesn't have to be in the sense of food, even though it's very dire and very important at this point. But sometimes, lending an attentive ear, sometimes, embracing someone that has lost a loved one, crying with them, and feeling with them, may be the best way of controlling and contributing to our brothers and sisters in humanity.
And also remember, when we do these acts, we are not selectively picking and choosing, oh, I want to help them, they are Muslims, I want to help them or I do not want to help them because they are not in Islam, that becomes very irrelevant.
At all of goodness, do not become good, because you are giving it to one that is considered to be of your own good is good, regardless of who is on the receiving hand. And that's what we want. That's what we want to display. And that's what we want to show, not to the world, not when the media is there, not to be politically correct, because this is good.
This is what ought to be done at this point. And we want to be sure, and we want to be of those who are making a difference at this time.
Subhana Allah, which is also an excellent timing for this convention to be taken place, and also an excellent time for us here this evening. shala to be discussing the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
If you remember a few months or few years ago, a lot of talk was going on about Islam, and specifically the prophet of Islam sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was used as as what for lack of a better word. He was being bashed, left and right. where people are attributing all the atrocities that were taking place all the nonsense that was taking place, they would say
It was the fault of the Prophet of Islam sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. If you remember an evangelical priest in the US by the name of Jerry Falwell, he spoke and he said, I think that Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wasallam was a terrorist. You've got someone like Bill Graham's speaking and saying that I think that Islam is a wicked religion.
And when you compare fair minded Westerners, who did not necessarily convert to Islam, but they have studied the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam, you will be amazed by what these people have to say about the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
But it has to do more with their honesty, and with their impartiality in the process. And this is what we invite people to do. Study the life and the era of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. By the end of the day, you may choose not to follow the theology and the teachings of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, but you will definitely admire the man. And you would not attribute such nonsense to this beloved man, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And when you look during the time when this prophet SAW Selim came, you'd be amazed to see the similarities between what was going on back then, and what is going on nowadays. And you would feel that the world is in a need to
a man like Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, by the way to the benefit of my non Muslim brothers and sisters. Whenever we mentioned any messengers name or Muslim, say Mohammed, we would say sallallahu alayhi wa sallam say that made peace and blessings of God be upon him. And sometimes I would say Raisa, alehissalaam, Jesus peace be upon him, or Moses peace be upon him, of the teachings of Islam, is that the way we show our appreciation to what these great men have done is that every time we mentioned their name, we say, Allahu wa sallam, also, Allahu alayhi wa sallam May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon them. So every time you hear me mentioning these words, this is what
we are saying, in reference with our appreciation to these great to these great men. One thing that stands about Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam out there, and right away is that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was of the masses. And he spoke on behalf of the masses. He was not an elite that was disconnected from the reality of his people. He was not an elite that was disconnected from the majority of his people that were living back then. But rather he was asked them, and he made sure that he speaks to them. And he speaks on their behalf sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And that is why when his messages started, he did not start speaking of his followers were
not the elites, but rather his followers were the downtrodden. Those whom society considered to be faceless, voiceless, absolutely come from a family that is not very known from an ethnic background that was looked down upon the Arab culture back then, was based on tribalism. You come from a good tribe, you get respect. You do not come from a good tribe, you are highly disrespected the same way that our world is today. If you look into it, people who come from the northern hemisphere are the people who are in charge of everything. People who come from the southern hemisphere, these are the people that are exploited, they are the ones that are downtrodden. Nowadays, people may not consider
you by your tribal Association. But what kind of a passport do you hold?
What is your citizenship? What country do you come from, and at that point, people will decide whether you deserve respect or you do not deserve respect on the basis of where you come from. So we had an elite back then that was in charge of everything that was enjoying everything that was exploiting everyone that was beneath them. The same way that we have this going on today.
86% of the resources of the world are enjoyed by 20% of the people of the world.
Please listen to this carefully. 86% of the resources of the world are enjoyed by 20% of the people of the world, which means that 80% of the people who are living in the world are fighting over the remain that 16% of the resources of the world.
You've got farmers that grow produce that grow vegetations that grow fruits that they themselves, they cannot afford but it will be shaped. It will
be shipped somewhere else, while the locals that are growing the farms in their own places are going hungry, speaking of exploitation, so Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam came, and he spoke on behalf of these people, he did not only speak on their behalf, but he made sure that he be seen as one of them. He is one of the narration say narrations habit, that a man will come from outside Mecca,
or outside Medina after the process Allah migrated to Medina, and he will ask, in a gathering of people he will say, which one is Muhammad? Because he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was not distinguished from his people. He would live with his people. He would dress like his people. He would be with his people, and he wouldn't even you are not able to tell who is Muhammad from from the gathering that was there. sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So he spoke on their behalf. And that is why the people that love the most were the common man, not the elites, even though the elites loved him. But it was the common man that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was speaking about. And we
see this also in the teachings of the Quran, my brothers and sisters, in the fourth year of prophethood. The process is receiving revelation. And what is the revelation that he receives? Our eyes? Because we will be seen, have you seen the one who belies religion? Now, when you think of a person that belies religion, what comes to mind? A person that does not pray, a person that does not believe in God, a person that does not believe in a day of judgment, a person that does not believe in the prophethood of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. But to the contrary of our expectations, Allah says, gives us a description of those who belie religion. What is the law says, Are it lazy
you because we will be Dean? Have you seen the one who belies religion? What are his characteristics for the local levee? team? It is he who repairs an orphan with harshness, Walla Walla, Pamela miskeen. And he does not encourage, he does not promote the feeding of those who are poor, the feeding of the homeless sallallahu alayhi wasallam. He's teaching us this,
assign that now the people that are downtrodden, those who are exploited Allah Subhana Allah is telling us that from now on, if you want to see whether you truly believe or not, Allah is going to say these are going to be the measurements, these are going to be the reference points, these are going to be the criterion that tell us what kind of a person you are.
How do you react to these people? And that's why they say the greatness of any nation should not be based on the self congratulatory statement that that state makes about itself. Because obviously, no country will say that we are bad people, no matter who they may be, they will never say that we are bad people.
So they said wait a minute, we cannot in order for us to judge you. We cannot take your own statements and then say, well, they are good, because what they say about themselves is very good. You know, people who praise themselves. They have
they have a joke. By the way, do people in India like jokes?
Do they laugh if you tell them a joke, even if it's not funny,
you know, Subhanallah of the of the characteristics of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, you know, you would not expect a messenger, a profit, to be a person that smiles or tells jokes, or appreciates jokes. But you look into the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and you will be amazed by how approachable this man was, and how much people loved him. And they love joking with him, and he also loves joking with them. And that is why sometimes we have this erroneous belief that the more Muslim you are, you're supposed to laugh less. laughter is not unholy brothers and sisters, and the Hadith the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is as a prophet of Allah. What are
the dearest deeds to Allah? What does Allah love most? So the Prophet peace be upon said it's harmless. Surah Allah called memory in Muslim. He said it is to bring joy into the heart of another believer, and sometimes he can bring joy, different methods to bring joy sometimes she can tell them something nice. Sometimes you may do something nice to them. And also sometimes you may tell them something that is funny. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said if you had the correct intention, then at that point, you will be doing a deed that is most beloved to Allah subhanho wa Taala they said that there was a man he was Mashallah very big man. Very, very big. Danny masala he
was very very big Mashallah. A really big man. So he came to visit the prophet SAW
Allahu alayhi salam, and he extends his head in the room and he said prophet of Allah, may I come in and the professor and said come in and bring the rest of you with you as well. Okay, so here we see the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, not only smiling, but also making other people smile, as well. But anyways, just going back to the issue of self congratulatory statements, this man comes to the masjid and he is praying and he is looking very good in his in his prayers. He is you know, looking very devoted and he is looking very, very humble and, and what have you. So, people are talking, as he is listening, then they are praising his Salah, Mashallah we like where he's placing
his hand, Mashallah, we like this. We like that. And the man just became so very, very big headed by what they they're saying about him. In his Salah, as he's praying, he looks back at them. And he goes, by the way, I'm also fasting today, okay. There's more of the self congratulatory statements that are made about,
about ourselves, very similar to this, by the way, one time, a man comes in the masjid. And he starts praying and he's looking very devout, and what have you, and Mr. Pop sees this and he gets very angry. And he goes to him and he goes, humbleness is not in your physical appearance. humbleness is in your heart. Go ahead and pray again. So the man this time prays, and he prays very different than how he prayed the first time. So he says Salaam Alaikum Salam Alikum rumor comes when he goes, did you see that? Which prayer is better? The first prayer or the second prayer? And the man looked at him and he goes, Mr. Can I be honest with you? And you know that there is a problem
now coming? Because Can I be honest with you says Yes. What is it? He said, The first prayer was better. He says, Why is that? He said the first prayer was for Allah and the second prayer was for Mr. No, to please, to please you. At any case, the goodness of any society is not to be based on the self congratulatory statements that that society makes about itself, then what should it be based on? They say the goodness of any society should be based on what does that society say about those who are forgotten?
Because many times, that is really what determines whether a society is a good society or not. So here the foreign comes in. And in the midst of the persecution that is going on the torture that is going on. Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam comes in on to the people who are already being oppressed, what does he tell them? He tells them in the process, do not become the person that you are persecuting. And what does he say? He says, Do not repel an orphan was harshness, and make sure that you be of those who encouraged the feeding of those who are needy. And that's why I say there could have been no better time for us to discuss the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam
than the present circumstances that are going on. It is these kinds of teachings that are going to make a difference. The teachings of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam were How do you react to people in need is part of what kind of religiosity you have. So one problem brothers and sisters we have made
with regard to our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is that we only made an image out of Mohammed.
We have limited Mohammed, peace be upon him in the masjid. We have limited Mohammed peace be upon him in the pulpit. Do you give a hotbar in the same manner that Hamza Salaam gave the hot one? Do you pray inside the mystery of the same way that Mohammed Al Salaam prayed? And then the minute you step outside of the masjid, you do not take the teachings of Muhammad wa salam with you, but rather you leave Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the masjid.
And what happens at that point is that our imitation of the Prophet peace be upon him, becomes very, very physical. It has to do with our appearance.