The Importance of Dawah: Sharing the Light
Channel: Yusha Evans
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Sheikh Yusha Evans speaks at the University of Missouri-St. Louis MSA’s conference entitled “The Straight Path” on Saturday March 24th, 2012.
This will be my only time okay today.
So after hitting five with me yesterday for yesterday, last
time shuffle, so you'll get to enjoy a lot more of our speakers today. And the topic, the importance of data is something that I realistically I go on and on and on and on and on. Because this is a topic that is near and dear to my heart, it is something that is at the core of my identity, it drives me to do what I do is the reason why I'm standing here in front of you today. So this is a subject that really doesn't take a lot of preparation and planning because this is something that I've decided to do 24 seven. But one thing that I want to share with you today
is the dire need for everyone else to understand the importance of this normal work. Because we are in a crisis situation throughout the world when it comes to this work. Realistically, we're in a crisis situation. And rather than giving you all the knowledge and by the way, I'm going to just talk to you I'm going to be really, that we are in dire straits.
When it comes to understanding debt. And its capacity and its importance in the world right now.
If you wanted to give
a list of people who are giving their lives to this noble work, or sacrificing their time, their effort away from their families, sometimes they're sacrificing their their own income, their own well being their own health. To put forward the message of lay the human mind on safety in some places to put forward this work. That list wouldn't be very long. That list wouldn't be very long.
Give me some names. People that are doing this work full time sacrificing their entire life. To put the message of this man off to the world, bringing people to the knowledge of learning behave online, give me some minutes.
Pie series usually happens is not even close.
How many more?
Do you see the point I'm getting a hit. You only give me a few days and you're already thinking hard.
You've only given me five six names. But you have to think hard now.
The point is that that list is very short.
How many of you in the world
just a couple billion We are the people who are doing the work of conveying this message to the world is a list that you can put on one to two hands.
And one thing I want to say is how many of you when you were born Muslim, born and raised Muslim Put your hands up
Wow. We put my glasses on make sure I saw that and put them up again.
Hands down. How many of you in here reverted back to snap to
that list I just gave you you see the proportion now right? majority of you born Muslim? Few in here reverted to spam. The list of names you just gave me. The majority of them which category Do you go into?
People who reverted
Do you see this? There's many is there's something wrong with this. For sure there's something wrong with this. Because you were born with a
when our virgin created you and placed you in a Muslim family, it was a net matter you. You were raised knowing who Allah is. You were raised knowing what the book of Allah was. You were raised hearing the book of the very collapsible law you were raised healing. You were raised seeing correct worship. You were taught proper Athena.
And that is an Atlanta favorite that Allah has given to you.
Some of us, we weren't given that favor by birth.
We were born as a Muslim, but then raised to something else.
And we struggled for a little while. Some people struggled for a long while very hard to receive that same amount that you were born with.
But we all owe the same debt of gratitude, as I talked about yesterday that we can't repay.
We are in debt to Allah with a debt.
We cannot repay.
And that debt is greater than the vision that we were given the psyching we were given the heart that beats in our chest the air that we breathe, because Allah gives that to the number of students to Allah give that to this believe it's
the greatest network given to every one of you in this room was being guided to the truth.
Because for sure that heart in your body without guidance, doing you no good, those eyes that see a loss without guidance, they're blind. Those ears he gave to hear losses without guidance, the depth
that might he gave you to think with Allah says without guidance, it is done.
So for sure you have given been given a number from Allah as you did.
You need to question yourself each and every single day. How much am I done in an attempt to repay that?
And some of repaying that net that Allah has given you, is to realize that other people deserve just as much as you, other people deserve. And just as much as you. You don't hold some monopoly, they just because you were born in a Muslim country deserve to be a Muslim.
Allah created everyone in the same form and fashion
in the best of both worlds. And he wants everyone to have guidance, if it was his will, he would have guided everyone. But we know that this is real for everyone to walk right.
And they deserve to know about love, just as much as you deserve to know about Allah.
I'm going to give you a few things and then I'm going to tell you a story we'll be done.
beautiful verses from the book of Allah as the agenda should be enough to get this topic home. But I'm going to try to be a little bit thorough inshallah, since they gave me some leeway to have some time.
We know the very beautiful version, some of them the Hummer law says about opennebula English terminology.
Allah says conveyed in command and call to the way of your Lord with wisdom. And we know that wisdom is to use with us knowledge at the right time in the right place, called the way the Lord with wisdom and with good speech with beautiful words,
and argue with him or discourse with him in a way that is best. But then a lot goes on to say and he knows better those who are guided and he knows best those who are straining
the very first word of this verse with the
what group? Where does it come from?
to call the same work we get from Dora, the same root word we get from data. But when it takes the form of the road, has a connotation. What form is the word
it takes the form of command, a lot of giving a command.
First and foremost is messenger. So below, it was seldom when he did his job, he did his job, he fulfilled it perfectly. Then that command was passed on to the companions of the Prophet peace in the road, they did their job. While logging, we have to say on family law, they did their job. Because if they had done what we do, we'd all be in trouble. You might not have been born with that. And if they did what we do
we also have been given that command.
Because that command is a jet, it is an
excuse me, I'm answering your question. It is an hour. But is that command general?
Or is that command specific?
Breaking down some grammar for you today and shall show you the beauty of the book of Allah? Is that command general or specific?
General, the general
meaning that is for who?
Allah doesn't say, oh, oh, you do this. He doesn't give me any conditions after for those who should be called the general command to anyone who reads this verse. If you believe in this book, this commandment speaking to you.
And the unfortunate fact which is an entire another lecture, which some of you may have heard I've been here. I think this is the fifth time in like the past the past year. You've heard me say
that one of the most unfortunate things about our own. And when I say our own law, I'm not talking about this group or that group or this nation and that nation I'm speaking in the Hideo
mahira this year almost 100 so let's say and we're all in it for the good or for the bad.
The one of the most unfortunate things about this arena is our face.
Facts are completely an action.
You know the companions are of the law. And may Allah be pleased with all of them. And we know that he was pleased with him and he's pleased with him with they are pleased with him. Allah says about them, when he would command them to anything. Their response will be simply two words for the conjunction. What would it be?
We hear you and we obey. That was the D. That was the simplicity of the companions. d. We hear, and we obey. There was nothing more today than this. We hear you, and we obeyed. And they were going to kind of reject us, they were the best of us. They were the best of us. And Allah says about the quantum of reject leanness,
that was then, unfortunately, we have tried to say that we are those people
when it is a very unfortunate attribute that we give to ourselves, because our loss has gone to kind of reject leanness.
You were the best nation ever developed for mankind.
That wasn't for no reason. Allah didn't just tell them they were the best nation for no reason.
There were some conditions that came behind. Why there was a there was the best nation.
you are the best nation ever raised for mankind because you command to good and evil. And you believe in Allah.
If we're not doing that we are not.
that's the best of us. And Allah says about them.
They have preceded us. twice, they proceeded to stab me beat this two gentlemen.
On the other side of the scale,
you have a people whom Allah subhanahu Wata, Allah gave them a very despicable attribution. When he commanded them to do something they would say so manna for assignment, we hear you, but we disobeyed.
We hear you, but we don't care. We usually when we go to do that.
And initially, this was badly sorry.
And that's the worst end of the spectrum.
And you know, the thing about this is that we're not really on either end. And I'm not telling you what I've heard what I've read about, traveled the world, spend some time moving around the room, you'll see that we all have the same problems. No matter what language you come from, or suffering from any of the same things. We're not on either end of that spectrum. We don't hear it your way. And most of us do not have the audacity to say we hear you a lot of we're just not going to do it. We fall somewhere in between. For those of you who heard me make a mistake, you know what I'm going to say? We are a people who want to assess something we say so yeah.
We hear you and that's it. We just hear we just listen.
The Book of Allah has become a recitation to us. We use the book of Allah recited, what do we say? We don't say Submit. Now I don't always say nah sha Allah with a beautiful recitation.
No matter what it is. I did this study for a year all throughout the world where I would get the index cards out and I stopped doing it because I just I always I really got my Eman, trashed on them.
I would hand out index cards and I would say I'm gonna play something 30 seconds. And all I want you to do is write down the first thing that comes to your mind sociological survey.
I will play the recitation
of some of the work here.
Yeah, it was from Michelle Yoshida fancy, beautiful recitation, no doubt. But you know what I would get on 99% of those cards. beautiful recitation.
That's all you can get from silica.
silica Walia is what nightmares are made of. So the one thing is what keeps the righteous up at nights prevents them from sleep.
If all you can get is a beautiful presentation that I have proved my point.
When Allah speaks to us, we act like he's speaking to someone else.
We look at the book of Allah as a recitation. We don't look at it as a guide book that is speaking to me is telling me to do something. We don't look at the Sunnah of the Prophet release that up from Sudan anymore, like a code of conduct. We look at it as something that is Mashallah good for those who do it. May Allah bless him, he follows the suit.
But, you know, that's not very
necessarily, it's an extreme kind of understanding you don't gotta go that far to 2012
this is part of our problem is our failure to act
and for sure we know that Allah subhanho wa Taala will never
ever blesses people who do nothing
especially in the face of the command to act
we can't just say you know what I'm not doing bad
not doing good really either. Not doing anything. So I'm gonna kind of take the safe route. Not gonna go over there to form it will be here to form is going to kind of just kind of kind of play it out right here and we'll fill this one out for a minute and see what happens.
I must have found a hole with the island I would never buy something like that.
Because a lot of Magellan has told us in the Quran, you had the Dina Udo Thiessen, Mika, O you who believe enter into Islam completely and follow that the footsteps of site bomb for Easter you are
an open enemy. What does the law telling us? He's telling you that the safety of your life is indeed the safety from shape on from following the footsteps of Stefan comes in your dean. And not in 50% of your team, not an 80% of you do not in 90% not a 99.999% it comes in 100% of your deed. This is the safety from straight bomb.
because let me tell you something for sure. The Prophet alayhi salatu was Salam. And I'm going to get to the point of why it was so important.
The prophets of the law were they whether you sell them and his last address to this as a whole in the farewell sermon. He said something about shape on the need to take to heart.
He said shake on has given up on you with the big things shaitan has given up on you with the large things he knows he can't get you to words of sticks and rocks and stone and human beings anymore.
He said so beware of minima, small things. Beware of him and the small things.
And we're lucky if Satan can get you to have a little bit of doubt about one thing and God is shaken can eat. You gotta have a little bit of aversion to maybe one thing that you find in the book of Allah Oh, one thing you find authentically in the son of the Prophet alayhi salatu salam. So you say See, you know what, I'm just gonna leave that alone.
Satan has already got you.
He's already tricked you. Because one degree of the straight path will no longer keep you on the straight path.
You turn a ship's compass one degree off, it won't make it where it's supposed to go. You start from New York City heading for the Cape Town. And you turn that ships compass one degree going to end up in China.
We need to be very careful about this, the prophets of the Lord and we send them also set him up the straight path, he made an analogy. He said the straight path is like a long pathway with noise all down their doors all along. And there's a curtain over every door.
And over every single one of those characters, there's a shake on calling Come in, come in, enter in. He said at the end of that road is a color saying come forward and do not deviate. Don't even look through those cartoons just come forward.
He said the color at the end of the road is the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala calling us to continue to come forward.
But unfortunately, we are too curious, too curious to speak to these countries. And we'll log in and open those curtains in certification. There's so
tempting that you say Oh, can we just have a peek, I know what the straight path is about.
It's about that.
And when you get into that room, it's it's amazing mirrors.
It's a maze of mirrors that you might never find your way out of. This is the trick of Showtime.
And one thing for sure chiffon does not want us to do and this is we're gonna get back to the subject.
For sure one thing Siobhan does not want us to do
is follow that one beautiful command and burn
in his very beautiful book, which I quoted from last night, but
he has a chapter about the war other strangers which we hear this title thrown around a lot now, especially from the youth. You see lectures about the sound machines about the word of
everybody's the word of everybody wants to be the word
Is the strangest tool in the strangest path this that and the other.
Half the time none of us even know what the strangers are. They don't know we don't know who they are.
The prophets of the Lord My name was said that when talking about the strangers, he said that
his name began as a strange thing, we'll go back to the strange things of glad tidings to the strangers. So everybody likes to stand up, say yes, I'm stranger, for
Hold on a second.
Hold on a second. This is this is part of our problem. When we look at the DNA of the companions brought them over, and it shows very clearly in this howdy there question wasn't
they didn't make a statement 100 last word from the water. The question was very simple. Woman. Who are these people? Who are these people? Tell us, describe him to us if we need to know him.
He said alanine and
they are the people who when they see corruption in the earth, they correct it. When they see corruption in the earth, they change it, they get involved in helping it, making it better.
And then another narration said alanine is the feminine masculine natural embodiment.
They are those who when they see my son have been corrupted, they rectify, they rectify it, even a time of jealousy. I am speaking about this ad, which if you really wanted to know about the Buddha, there are volumes written about the Buddha volumes written about the Buddha, you don't need a 30 minute lecture there's volumes written about this very early.
Enough time, I'll just say that there are three levels of
strangeness there are three levels of automatic strangeness.
He said, The first level of strangeness is the Muslim. Islam is the first level of strangeness, because indeed, the Muslim is strange to humanity. Even if you are a marginal Muslim, a Friday, Muslim, Ramadan Muslim, and a Muslim, you're still strange. I don't care how much you try to throw that identity off.
If you still hold anything of this man, you are still one of them.
And Omar tells us, they will never be pleased with you to become like them.
Meaning that if you really want to impress them, could be one of them. Until then, you're always going to be one of us. ticularly. He said, The first level of the state of Florida is strange is Islam. And
he said that is praiseworthy.
He says there's a higher level of strangeness. And that is the level of people who are not only Muslim, but they strive to live their lives according to the book of Allah. And they strive to live their lives according to the student of the continent at South Africa.
Because those people will become strangers even amongst the strangers. They will be strangers even to their own fellow brothers and sisters. And we see that happening a lot. Sister decided she wants to dress properly now. She wants to put on proper clothing. Cover herself garden modesty. Her parents, what is this strange thing you have put on?
This strange idea you have now that you need to put on a tent when you leave the house? What is wrong with you?
The brother now wants to he doesn't want to grow his beard because let me tell you how you can make it grow.
People come and ask me how do you make your beard grow? And I wish I knew that you can't put Miracle Grow and there's no secret formula. It just grows or doesn't grow. But they decided to leave what a lot put on their face alone.
What is wrong with you? They can't walk around that bush on your face in 2012 just doesn't work like that anymore.
is coming back in style, whether or not
you get complimented on my view more than you would believe. The bigger it gets, the more compliments I get.
But then he starts to try to follow suit and now he practices Don't even think about practicing. It's about pulling your pants up now. Michael Jackson put that in style is going out of style. Leave those pylons alone. What are you doing to get an answer that call will be taken. Even my tailor who is a Muslim looks at me crazy every time I'm bringing in pants to cut them. Like why are you destroying these beautiful plants.
You become strange even amongst your own brothers and sisters. He said and this is a phrase where the quality higher than the other one.
He said but the highest level of strangeness and that one
is the one that is inhabited by very few people. The highest level of wonder,
are the people who are not only Muslim. They are not only striving to live but according to the book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Prophet leads to that.
But now they become involved in calling other people to them. They become involved in calling other people to come on to that. Now, they're not only just dressing modestly, they're calling their parents come on, you need to just write to mom, seriously, mommy too old to be dressing like that. Come on.
You start calling your friends at school, your brothers and sisters, look here, the sooner or later, that
is something that is beautiful. dress properly, our feet.
Start cutting your face up. But
this will make you a stranger amongst the strangers of the strangers. And these are the people who say on has a sworn immunity towards pseudonymity.
Because not only now, are you on the straight path? Right?
Let's equate the straight path to a highway, major highway,
every few miles on a major highway. What is the
exit right places to get off?
When you start approaching exits, what do you start seeing on the side of the road?
signs, billboards, what are those signs and billboards telling you to do? Get off at the next station, get off.
They're trying to do everything they can to get you off the highway. And when you get off the highway, there's all kinds of stuff going on their goal really, if they could have it their way you would never get back on the highway. There is even signs on the highway telling you to move here.
Yes or no beautiful homes burned. Right down the road, take a ride two miles down, they don't want you they want you to get off the highway never get back on.
This is the marketing they have
to lose nothing is very similar, very similar to this highway. Because along this highway, there are many exits along the straight path, there's many places you can just get off.
And tricon has set up signposts and billboards along that road trying to catch you get off.
And when you get off here, we'll try to keep you off everything he can.
think about the person who goes up and down the highway. Let's say I took it on my own. I'm tired of this whole idea of getting people off the highway. So I go up and down the highway tearing down billboards, ripping down the signs. What's gonna happen to me, I'm gonna go to jail, be in trouble? Correct.
I'm a nuisance.
The drives are going up and down. This allows us to keep tearing down.
The signs that shaytan is putting up they're trying to warn people, they're standing in those exits, saying look, those of you who are on here, don't get off. And there are some other brave souls that are going off
and trying to tell other people don't get back on the highway come on to this road. So shikon is like Okay, hold on a second. It's hard enough to keep people getting off. But now you're making it even more difficult. You're making my job harder. So Satan has some vested interest in those people.
And these why these are the people who are the true strangers, they are the real, who are the that fulfill the honey under the nose, the mess.
these are people
are jealous. This is another place
that we owe a debt of gratitude to. We owe them a debt of gratitude. Because it is the drugs that avoid the Wrath of Allah for humanity.
It is the durrett that withhold the Wrath of Allah from his creation, because a lot of us lagenda says I will never punish the people. While there is punishment for me