Channel: Zaid Shakir
Imam Zaid Shakir delivers a Khutbah about how we can patiently preserve through our challenges in the days ahead. This sermon was given on Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay in Pleasanton, California
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Alhamdulillah Allah subhanho wa Taala has truly blessed us with an opportunity to do great, great, great, emits good for our souls.
all appearances and sometimes appearances can be deceptive.
There are many challenging days ahead for the Muslim community here in North America.
Which means what which means that a loss of Hannah Watada has given us an opportunity to be patient.
A lot of time has given us an opportunity to be patient and thereby to do great great great immense good for our souls
nothing and our religion
has been rewarded patience with the exception of fasting which in the viewer committee is synonymous with patience
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that equals equates the reward for patience.
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Your prayer your recitation of your own rods, your own run your hunch, whatever you're commanding the good for getting the wrong your saga. You're assisting people.
you're visiting the city.
all of these these are multiplied 10 times
has over 700 times over many times over and beyond that, but they have a numerical limit.
As we mentioned, specifically with the exception of fasting, in terms of bazis directly.
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the order that they say that the reason fasting is exempted is because it embodies patience.
As a reward for patience has no numerical limit as Allah subhanho wa Taala reminds us and they'll put an end and then then what facade you're on an edge.
And then what foresaw
the potential ones will be given their reward was no numerical limits behind Isa.
So, patience is rewarded with no numerical limits. And many instances in the core n we find the reward of patience mentioned after the mention of tremendous difficulty and struggle. For example, a lot of times mentions one of them the one the only shade of hope, when the tour will not submit and millet and when will enforce whether or not what best true is saw beauty. One best sure saw the ring that surely you will be tested and then have to wonder emphatically
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wasn't sure what not minute and when he was enforced with Mr. Rock. What this year is forbidden. By law, you will surely be tested with something of fear so won't be overwhelmed. Some people are apprehensive now, but they go about their daily business.
overwhelm me shade him in at home. When you are in something of hunger, some wisdoms as tested with starvation like places like Syria or other places but that's not the overwhelming the dominant condition up to 1.7 billion Muslims on the face of this earth.
Most Muslims are well fed.
And the great cuisines of the world most of them are Muslim. The Turkish Iranian Afghani look at the restaurants in the area. North African the couscous,
Chow Wilma, doner kebab is all Muslim men toolani ash cobbly is almost
Muslims, he will generally be shaking, the whole world will not simulate and well he will enforce what Femara and a loss
of love and lives and fruits when she was saw really good glad tidings to those who patiently persevere in the face of that loss in the face of those tests. Give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere what best for saw the lead.
A lot of times mentions elsewhere and words that are incredibly precious in terms of our current situation.
When it comes to SQL, whether it is Nina Nadine, oh
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hear from some of those given the Scripture before you not all of them, because some of them have been the wonderful people and from some of the idolaters and then give iraq much of use. So if you're hearing Muslim abuse against your religion, when you turn on the radio,
if you have much abuse on the tongues of some of your co workers, the more ignorant amongst them.
Then No, this is only something Allah subhana wa tada has informed us about for over 1400 years ago that's surely directly addressed, addressing the community of the prophets on the line was seven, but it's relevant therapy went up.
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in hospital room. But if you patiently persevere in the face of that abuse in the face of that foul language, what and you remain mindful of a loss of handling time and mindful of your duty to Allah subhanho wa Taala fit in the den Kevin asmin. More than that is a demonstration of resolve and your affair. And that place is you.
You are now I want to adorn himself or herself with one of the characteristics of the greatest of the messengers of competence to fate to one up on this earth.
They're called coonan, awesome,
that he can then more.
So, this is a characteristic befitting
as a characteristic defeated befitting Abraham, and the characteristic defeat defending Moses and the characteristic befitting Jesus, that a characteristic befitting Mohammed, Allah He was so that was
for in the that he came in as well. And what is the allowed time to say to his prophet someone? Well, it was said, in the face of the abuse, the prosecution, the hardships and the difficulties that he encountered false beard.
False beard cannot Samarra as many men are muscle tension he persevere a 100 false spirit.
That's not mentioned but the addresses directly to the Prophet sallallahu. It was said a false fear, patiently endure. Can I summarize, as numero Russo, as those were the messengers who preceded you endure and persevere and more patient.
Whether it is agile, loving, and Don't be hasty and dismissing your people
and writing off your people and turning your back to your people, and responding to hatred with hatred towards your people,
or bigotry in the face of bigotry.
As simply says, and if you can be hated, not yet give way to hating.
If you can keep your head when all about losing theirs, and blaming it on you.
Very appropriate by the time
as you can trust yourself when all men doubt you yet make allowance for their doubting tool.
avoid being hated, not give away to hatred.
These are the messages
that we need to take to heart brothers and sisters.
Because these are there times and times it's in times like this,
where the opportunity to manifest prophetic characteristic is called for
to have the Prophet the patience rather that the problem is displayed. To have the good opinion
of people that the prophets displayed.
What is the opinion of the Prophet towards the people thought when they saw the law it was said when they stoned him when they
when they returned the imbeciles in the children of the city and unleash them against them in a humiliating terrain. Terada abuse,
perhaps their will arise from the progeny of those who worship Almighty God.
When the angels invited him to call upon them to bring the great mountains down upon his enemies, he refused to do so. When at the height of the Battle of a very desperate situation where
defeat was not victory rather was snatched away and then a and very psychologically
monetising defeat was inflicted upon the Muslims and in the thick of the fight, when so many good people are falling
on what's out there and others, and then pulling apart and the Prophet sola seven, he's desperately wiping his blood
from the injuries on his mouth, on his cheek rather, and his mouth.
And that's why he said, if the blood of the Prophet hits the ground during the battle, then God will bring his wrath down upon his enemies. And then they asked him to pray against them.
And he said solomani was threatened escuela Elena, what is this?
What is this I wasn't said to curse people.
I wasn't scented down people. I wasn't sent to invoke the wrath of God down upon people I was sent as a mercy.
Some of the law of lightning was headedness. I was sent as a mercy. So brothers and sisters patiently persevere, despite the trials and tribulation, no matter how difficult they like seem to be, no matter how daunting they might appear, you persevere for too long. And know that you have a righteous cause.
That you embody, the very best of human behavior characteristic is that characteristic reflects the prophetic virtues that we've been taught our promise of the law lot more they will send them in, he said, and explaining his mission and their explanation, but this was one he emphasized. And then that boy is to my liver. I've been sent as a teacher. I've been sent by as a teacher, as shown on the face of ignorance. What better thing can we do to teach people
in the face of ignorance, what better thing can we do? then teach people
ignorance only exists in the absence of
darkness only exists in the absence of light.
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in the body led cameras, the whole truth comes and forces parishes, forced to raise, especially also concerning the Muslims in our community, because we have not brought the light of truth
to our neighbors, to our co workers, to our fellow citizens. We have a calling brothers and sisters. And it doesn't involve something glamorous or something that requires focus groups to determine what to do. Just be yourself and tell people who you are. Just be yourself and share your religion with people. Be yourself and explain to people how this or that fallacy relating to Islam is not true. inviting people to your homes, invite people to the library and invite people to the mosque, to the masjid.
So that you have an opportunity to explain yourself for yourself
and not to have yourself misrepresent it by someone else.
So potentially persevere
with the Unreal movement, the affair of the believers amazing.
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his affair her affair all this good while they said daddy candy in London. And that's for no one except the believer and no saw that we started off shut off in Canada.
And some good befalls him as some good befalls her. He or she they thank God for His graces and that's best for them. Every good you enjoy the brothers and sisters, the freedom you enjoy the food that you enjoy the holding that you enjoy the side dish shelter that you enjoy the safety and security that you enjoy. Despite all the tension in the air. No one's caring right now that some lunatic will run in here. And perpetrate some ghastly crime.
against us. We sit here in 17 security.
That's a great blessing
for that blessing, Almighty God for that blessing.
led the them worship the Lord of this house. And an aspect of our worship is
His faithfulness is gratitude.
But Yahuwah has been paid, let them worship the Lord of this house. And then the other woman, Julian, the one who has fed them and driven hunger away from them,
and made them secure for prayer. Brothers and sisters, we should be absorbed in our worship
as gratitude to our Lord, for feeding us, and driving hunger away from us, and for blessing us with safety and security, in our homes, in our places of worship,
as we go to and forth back in Florida, and the streets conducting our business, and there are exceptional incidents that happen here and there. But there's statistically insignificant,
four or five or six incidents, seven 810 incidents, and a country of 319 million people.
Since the election, people are tense and uptight
that the alleges have unleashed all of these, these nasty and putrid for our forces
that we thought we overcome by and large, but despite that, have any Muslims in this country have been shocked since the election
to abuse, their incidence
where how many people have died in car accidents since the election
of the president he left?
How many people died from the strangers of ways
that we don't even take those
notes, those are perished.
wishes there is no law for that, as opposed to
working everyone up into a frenzy.
That leaves them vulnerable to the thing being eroded, we should strengthen people's faith and work to to reinforce their faces, their their faith so that if things do happen, they will have the strength and the fortitude the wherewithal to forge on,
and to be patient. And to trust in Allah subhanho wa Taala, to trust an almighty god
that his promise is true.
That his promise is true.
And that this world is just the test
is not the end of things. One of the terrible, terrible
conditions or situations we see afflicting many of our young people is that they're affected by an intellectual paradigm that's rooted in Neo Marxist atheism.
That there is nothing beyond this world. Therefore, all justice has to be secured now.
All good as the outcome has to accrue to a person now.
And then if justice is not forthcoming, if God does not approve to the person, that one has been engaged in desperate means, to ensure that it happens, because this is all there is. If you're a Marxist, this is all there is this world.
And if you're an atheist, this is all there is. This world. But if you're a believer, we believe that there's something beyond this world. We believe there's something greater than this world. We believe that this world is so insignificant. It doesn't even weigh insignificant doesn't even equate the wings of the mosquito, though the time didn't
But I met
this is the good year, as we mentioned on several occasions, what do you do take the 100 years if you had a good night
Like, hopefully 100 healthy years, and not 60 healthy years and then 40 tortures us that you wish you never experienced that it was all over at 60. But 100 healthy good years. What would that look like? If we placed it on a continuum that started with the creation of the heavens and earth and extended into eternity?
Because paradise or hell are realities that will extend until eternity with no end? What would 100 years look like? You couldn't even begin to measure it.
But there are those who would jeopardize eternal bliss.
For some passing fleeting gratification in this book. This is how this is not how believers sees it. Libra understands there's no public justice in this world
of Libra understands perfect justice is with that.
understands that there is no unrequited suffering in the world.
That suffering will be rewarded, patients in the face of suffering will be rewarded.
This is what a believer understands and believes to the very depths of his or her soul.
Amanda Shakira, you mentioned in one chapter in the Quran only was revealed it would have sufficed to the people will ask in the incentive at the host by the witness of time or the passing ages or the declining day. Verily humanity is last.
The only exception in leadin and accept those who need what Allah saw the heart and they do righteous deeds, what are what else open, and they comes with each other with truth. What a wise soul this song, and they counsel each other with patience. So brothers and sisters, be patient and understand that your patient as we mentioned, has an unlimited reward and then they want a soggy Mona
Lisa set and understand these are days where patience is required. We say this in conclusion, as we're reminded by our Prophet sallallahu It was said that he is a man pm to 7am a summer. At the end of time there will be days that are called would you call days of patience. We'll call people fi D poverty.
And one who holds on to their religion during that time is like one holding a smoldering Ember
or red hot Ember. Like a charcoal briquettes when you barbecue in the summer, and you just put the lighter fluid on, and they're red and glowing. Imagine holding one of those in your hand. That's how difficult it will be to hold on to your religion.
And we earn that our scholars, teachers and their cultural masaka that the reward for an act is commensurate to the difficulty of the Act. So if it's difficult, that difficult to hold on to your religion, what is the reward, whether you
can actually have seen or Ultraman as a reward for one who continues to practice who continues to add, who continues to hold on is that the reward of 50 men,
men from a Linda yoga school or law 50 from them, or 50 from us minko 50 from New 50 companions. The reward of the one who continues to hold on will be like the reward of 50 companions rhodiola
two brothers and sisters, hold on. Be patient for john continues to do the good things that you do work to improve your religion and to refine your religion, work to grow hope grow closer to the core and as each passing breath draws you closer to your death. Study the life of the prophet SAW the law it was said and done understand the tremendous challenges he was faced with and how he patiently persevered through them. akula probably had this
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who is able to smile? sadness was in his heart and space. So May Allah bless us to be able to smile. A lot bless us to be able to celebrate life is a struggle. But it's a struggle punctuated by many opportunities for celebration is a struggle, punctuated by many opportunities for leisure must bless us to take advantage of those opportunities with families with friends, to share a meal, to share the outdoors to hike in the ski and good skiing this winter and do other things that
bring happiness into our hearts and that rejuvenate us so that we're better prepared to go back into the struggle. And that's what life is it's a struggle punctuated by moments of leisure and celebration, and then those rejuvenate us and reinvigorate us and we jump back into the fray with greater resolve and greater energy. And then we celebrate again
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