Everybody’s Prophet () – By Muslim Alliance Of North America (Mana)
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How do bIllahi min ash shaytani R rajim Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim Allahumma Salli ala Sayidina Muhammad Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh who everyone. Welcome everyone to this evening's program with manna. We are so glad to be able to gather this evening with you all. As we learn more about the man that Allah refers to in the Quran as the mercy to all of mankind. The Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, everybody's Prophet sallallahu sallam.
This evening, we have some esteemed panelists who are going to delve deeper into various aspects of the Beloved, peace and blessings be upon him. We will hear from Mustafa Ayesha prime Imam Mujahid Fletcher Imam Hamza Abdul Malik as well as Imam Zaid Shaka
later in the evening, we will be joined by world renowned woodshed Imam Ibrahim that that the Saudi
each of our panelists are part of the manatee when and mana leadership. So we really encourage each of you to check out our Meet man of Facebook Lives we did one a few weeks ago and it is up on the man of Facebook page. So please check out some of get to know a little bit more about the men, the men leadership and shallow and we will have another one in a few weeks and learn a little bit more about who our panelists are. Inshallah and without further ado, we would like to begin our program Charla and learn and benefits about our beloved Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. First we will be hearing from Gustavo, Aisha prime, and inshallah she will be speaking about the prophet as a
helper for the weak and the marginalized, who started Aisha prime Bismillah Bismillah
Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh. I pray that Subhan Allah, you all are doing well this evening, be it Nina does that Camilla. I've said to mana for hosting this program. And, you know, just for being a reminder for us about all the things that are wonderful and blessed about our Prophet salaat, the last ceremony. And, you know, just addressing the issue about how he is all of our Prophet that he wasn't just specifically for a group of people, but that he was, he was a mercy to humanity, and that mercy to humanity is one that Subhanallah we can benefit from. And so in these days, some analysts were looking, you know, as we're fighting for so much justice, and we're fighting for, you
know, all types of guidance to have one who was a mercy to us to have one that would uplift us to have one that Subhan Allah would would put himself in the way in order to support a marginalized people. And so the prophets are not alone with cinema. And they he was that one, even before revelation, as we know that Allah Subhan, Allah to Allah created him as Kulu colada in. So even his entire life is an example of what it means to stand up for those who are marginalized, and for those who are oppressed by others. And so when we look at the, the example of the Prophet alayhi, salatu, was salam and before revelation, how he joined the organization here from the football, that he
joined an organization that actually stood up and would, you know, basically be active in fighting for the rights of those who were marginalized, for those who were oppressed, but he wasn't the type that you know, had a saying that, you know, my because my, my best friend is black, right? That the Prophet Sanathana almost Rama and they had intimate in close relationships with all types of people, and including those who are of African descent. And so even the one that even by giving them Iman the title he making that statement, right that Oh, my man, this woman who was of Abyssinian descent, even in making the statement that she is my mother after my mother, right letting it be known that
this is the woman that I even I drink from her own milk, right let him letting it be known about this close relationship that he has. And then in the
case of Zaid even had it how he makes it known to the people, you know, just wanting to express his love before it became something that Allah subhanaw taala said we have to preserve their lineage isn't the Zetas even Muhammad? Right? Meaning I'm letting it be known the level of love and honor that I have for this young man Subhan Allah. And so these are things that we see in the life of the Prophet alayhi salaatu wa Salaam in terms of that his that his relationship with those who are oppressed are not a side point that they are forefront in his life. And so Subhanallah Of course, we look at when the Prophet alayhi salatu salam, that when he was advocating from Bilbao, and the
famous narration that we know that when there was a companion who came to, you know, came basically him and Bilal had a conflict Bilal had they were sitting in a Holika. And Bilal had stepped on his foot. And he jumped up and said, Oh, you son of a black woman, right? And so in this moment, you know how beloved recognize that you're insulting me. And so Bilal Ivanova are the Allah Tala. And once the Prophet SAW not on our ceremony, and said to him, O Messenger of Allah, I, this is this is what he said to me. And the Prophet alayhi salaatu wa Salaam. What I love about that moment, is the validation that he gives to be loud, right that he just immediately looks at in some narration, I
will go out into the forest and some another that that he looks at him and he says, you still have jambalaya, you still have ignorance in you letting him know that he's wrong, right? So many times we would say, Oh, we love this doesn't matter. You know, we many times we begin to dismiss it. And now you are a son of a black woman. Oh, this is no insult. Oh, don't take it's such a big deal. Be patient, be loud. This is your brother forgive him. Right? Know the Prophet. I know you sent out to us. And I've let him know from the beginning. This is wrong. Right? Instead of addressing Bilal and telling him to calm down and stop being such angry black man right now, he addresses the one who's
actually made the insult. And so from this, there's, there's two things that happens. Number one, there's there's a consoling and a gentleness that he's giving to the heart of beloved and all those others who would come after him that would, in that wouldn't experience such insults. And then in addition to it's a checking of those who are saying this on a personal level, right, that it's not just you know, not just one of those who I'm advocating and yelling at the tyrants from from above, but that he's addressing it from the grassroots level from the from the position of relationships and changing hearts SubhanAllah. And so of course, even as we think about, you know, again, these
relationships were not something on the side for the Prophet alayhi salatu salam, even his marriage to soul that is a relationship of love. It's a relationship of intimacy. It's a relationship where he lets her know that she's that she's going to be of those who are in gender. This is a woman that helps him raise his children, the great Fatima Zahara, the queen of all women of all times is actually is the stepmother. Right of the Saudi is the stepmother to Fatima Sahara. And so what we have is the prophet Sanathana was said, Imani is addressing some very deep ills inside of our community foot all the way to the end of time that he's addressing this, you know, even in the
migration to Abyssinia that he's saying that if you were one who were looking down upon these people, if you were one who had a negative opinion, if you will want thinking that they were meant to be in service to you, now you're going to look up to their king. Now you're going to learn civilization from them. Now you're going to learn about governance from them. Now you're going to salute an honor. Right now you're going to recognize where these people come from and through that the changing of your heart, you need to make a Hijra on migration or removal of the deep centered deep seated colorism and racism that exists, right. But with the Messenger of Allah, I know he stood
up to us and it didn't end there. We know this from Panama, even as he put below his feet on top of the Kaaba, right giving him the inheritance of Ibrahim and the histogram that he will be responsible for calling the people back to the prayer not just because of yet not only because of the beautiful voice of Beloved, but because of the rank and the spiritual position that he held. Right. And so, these are some of the things we know that in addition to that, the Prophet alayhi salaatu wa salam would do much to elevate the status of women or to return women to the position that Allah subhanaw taala gave them in from even Hadith saying agenda. them in Omaha, that paradise is at the foot of
the mother, when we recognize that before that the women have very few rights. And so addressing it like basically you're going to be you should be in service you should be have a high level of respect. You should speak to her
gently and so even in that Subhan Allah Allah Prophet alayhi salaatu wa sallam said the best of you was the one who's best to your family. So he's changing the dynamic with the mentality that these people are meant to be in service to you as opposed to you should be in that your faith shouldn't be one of action by which you preferring them even over yourself right? Alone was on the NSA, Dena Modena, Mohammed. And now in with this one example, of the Prophet, son, autonomous animal and a human, we all know the famous narration where he calls 100. Suffer, right? Or I will, Herrera is hungry, and he goes from one companion to the next until he gets to the Prophet sallallahu wasallam.
And the Prophet invites him to his home. And he asked if there's anything in this house, you know, to eat. It's an era Simona we don't have anything except we have some milk, we have this vessel of milk. And so what he does is he tells them now go call, Mustafa. And as he calls them, what's so significant about this is literally this group of poor people, this group of, you know, are actually very close to the home of the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam. And he invites them in, right? He doesn't just, you know, walk past them and say, Oh, May Allah help you, or throw them, you know, a coin every now and then that it's like, if even I have the smallest amount of food or drink, I will
bring you into my home and share it with you. All right. And so even in this moment, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa Salam is teaching us about how we are to treat those who are marginalized, where they're marginalized because of color or because of race or because of economic status, or because of gender. Right. And even in terms of ageism, we know that the Prophet SAW Milani was sending me input or Sam ovens ate like making him the leader of the Army, right, that there were other companions who were like, well, we're older than him, then there are a number of things so Han Allah, he's only he's young, he's only 17 How can you make him a leader, so because he has the mind,
he has the heart, he has the Eman he has the spiritual thought of via Allah subhanaw taala to Allah has given him this position. And so I, you know, should put him in this so that you recognize so throughout just step by step by step throughout the zero for profit, a nice rattle tsunami, those who were all the other teachers who are on this call tonight, be in the lab or even detail it even further up how there isn't a population of people who are not touched, elevated, shown the mercy of the Prophet alayhi salatu salam. And so with that, I will in about how our beloved messenger of Allah was specifically for all of us. For all of us. May Allah bless us to implement his good
qualities, and may we be of benefit in a mercy to humanity does that Mila Hainan cinematical Rahmatullahi?
Wa alaykum wa sallam who started Aisha prime hamdulillah she's like I love her so much for sharing more about how the Prophet sallallahu sallam was a healer for the weak and the marginalized. As she mentioned, we learned how the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him gives validation to those who are oppressed and have been wronged. It's a reminder for us to listen and to acknowledge the pains of those that are oppressed and marginalized, as well as offer gentleness to those that are most vulnerable and moderate marginalized within our communities. As a takeaway from her lesson, let's learn to truly listen like the Prophet sallallahu Sallam and to uplift and recognize the qualities
of the people that are around us just like he did. Let's take on that sunnah. Charla.
As we began the program, and learning more about everybody's Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam, it's a reminder as well that we are in the month of reveal our world. And there are so many blessings that happened during this month. We have the birth of the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam, the migration, the hedgerow from Mecca to Medina, as well as the death of the beloved sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
Let's focus a little bit more on the migration from Mecca to Medina. In this migration, there is an establishment of community that happened in Medina and this plural society, and so many lessons that we can take. Our next speaker Imam Majah, had Fletcher will be delving into the prophet as a color to faith and how can we in our own communities learn how to embody this particular sunnah. Inshallah Imam Majah had
a salam Wa alaykum Thank you sister Hazel. Salaam to everyone. Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah while he was savvy woman went up a MOBA. And so I have the unique privilege to share with you this message today are just a few words.
Regarding this very important topic that really has shaped many of our lives and has transformed many of our lives, some of us including myself, if we did not find out about the essence of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we would have lost ourselves, we would not have had the clarity and the guidance as to our purpose. And not only ourselves, but many of our family members, and I'll explain Inshallah, in a short story. But before that, I want to let you know as well, that I will be also sharing this message right afterwards in a summarized version, in the Spanish language. I've been asked by Al Hamdulillah, the organizers of this program to also
speak in the Spanish language and Hamdulillah, we have people from this loving Spanish community following this great program.
Brothers and sisters, it was 2001, three months before September 11. And I sat in the back of a mosque in Houston, Texas, with my father, who was 57 years old, who did not know how to speak the English language. And I was only a three month old Muslim. I embraced Islam in a time when my community or the Spanish speaking community didn't even know who the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was, it sounded like something foreign. It sounded like something that by accepting Islam, it's as if we were leaving our culture. In fact, we had some family members claim that we became Arab when we became Muslim. And so my father is an avid reader. And when I embraced Islam, he didn't
judge, he just said, Give me material in the Spanish language. So we had a hard time at that moment looking for material because that a Salaam and the ignor bookstore that was available at that time, just had like two books in Spanish. And so my father asked, how universal can this religion be? If there's no material in the Spanish language, being that almost 20% of the population in the US are Latinos, and use them happens to be 44%, Latino, almost half. And so I had a hard time explaining and conveying to him, this beauty of Islam because I wasn't equipped with the information. So I had to go to the mosque, take him in sit down and translate what people were teaching in the front. And
I simultaneously would translate for him. It was on one occasion, when we were sitting there. And my father looked at me, as different people of knowledge, we're talking about a certain topic of Islam, including the example of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu, alayhi, Salam. And he turned to me and he said, every religion that I have looked into, and he has looked into so many religions all his life, he said, every religion I looked into, I found that the followers of that religion, were not representative of the theology of the religion, meaning they were not following what was said in their book. He said, Now I see that there's a difference with this religion. There is an example of
a human being, who actually embodied the message, and because his message has remained, talking about the summer, it's the first religion that I see that has an example a living example of how to connect with God. And I thought that that was very interesting because up until that point,
he didn't know what to make of Islam, but it was still knowing about the example of the prophets Allah Allah wa salam that he realized regardless of language, culture, his age being 57 and the lack of information,
I let him know, as Allah azza wa jal mentions in his book that Allah mentioned Juana RSL NACA ILAHA, illAllah. mean, we have not sent you O Muhammad, except as a mercy to all of the worlds. I told him, this message through this messenger is for every body. And I asked them, What do you not like about Islam? Now that he knew was connected to the example of the price lesson? He said, I don't have any issue against it. I don't see anything. That's bad. That was the only thing he always looked for an example in finding out about the example the profit last of them, made him feel that he found something that was unique and different. And it was that they brothers and sisters, that when he
said I don't have any issue with Islam, I said then why don't you accept it?
I was 23 years old at that time, and I remember him looking at me and he said, why now? I've been looking for the truth on my life. And I walked him up to the front. And I asked the person of knowledge to please give shahada to my father. And he took off his mic and he gave me the mic and he said, You give them Shahada. So my father in his language said, nine argument ESCA said lol except to own Dios, Allah, Mohammed Salman Sahara, in that language that's just Shahada. Maybe it was the first time in that match to that they saw someone embrace Islam after saying the Arabic Shahada.
He mentioned that in his language, brothers and sisters are priceless alone.
To a person like my father became a guy that he didn't even know existed. And then we found out that even message is general for humanity. It is um, it is general. There is something about it that is hos very specific. The promise la Salam was sent as a mercy to mankind. But Allah azza wa jal mentioned one hour Santa Mira saline elaborately Sani call me the ubaye in Allah whom, what you did Lula who made your shot what you had in Asia, but who will Aziz will hacking hearken, Allah azza wa jal said, and we haven't sent any messenger, except that he has spoken the language of his people, in order to make the message clear for them. Then it is Allah who leaves the street whomsoever He
wills, and guides him. So every wills and He is the Exalted in Might the one that's capable of doing things in whatever way he wishes, the all wise, he uses his capability with wisdom. So brothers and sisters language is a vehicle by which we translate the symbolism of culture and the way we understand the world. So speak into my father in the Spanish language in now, explaining Islam in the Spanish language, it humanized the Prophet SAW Selim. Even though the Quran and the Sunnah are in the Arabic language, we go on and understand that based on the symbolism and how we grew up, how our parents taught us how our culture taught us, and then we look at what is good within Islam
within our culture. And then we bring about the benefits. And we found out that as Latinos, we have deep seated roots from Al Andalus, Muslim Spain, where Muslims govern Spain's for 781 years. And what hamdulillah my father turned to me when he found this out. And he said, Listen, if there's no material in the Spanish language, then you need to produce it. And I'll help you. And so I went to the artists that sort of Euston to learn multimedia audio video production film, and he became the person who read the Koran in the Spanish language, and we recorded the entire quote and we did it for now will you reroute rather slowly when so many works in this as you realize that the mercy that
Allah sent the Prophet with should be given to the people in their language? In May Allah azza wa jal bless him because he's still alive. He's 76 years old. And till this day, Alhamdulillah he realizes that the promise law seldom made an impact. And that impact obviously resonated with me as a son. You know, Alhamdulillah my wife embrace Aslan, my mother eventually embraced Islam. So it was that mercy that was felt. And I'll leave you with this brothers and sisters as Muslims, if you were born in Islam, or if you accept that Islam, we see that Allah azza wa jal has told us
through the process of him he commanded the process and he said who literally say Mohammed salah of Islam to mankind hold in quantum to hipbone Allah to be early, you become Allah, what you're lacking do MobiCom Allah hookah foto Rahim se O Muhammad to humanity. If you truly love Allah, then follow me. Then Allah will love you and forgive you of your sins. And Allah is all forgiven the Most Merciful. Brothers and sisters, this is the message Alhamdulillah of kindness. And if we want to follow the example the process of them, we need to do it with the etiquette that the process alone brought. We're not about breaking people down tearing them down. We're about building people up.
This is the example and etiquette and the legacy of the price lesson. So whether we're Muslims dealing with Muslims, we have to have the etiquette of mercy and of kindness. By even though we are neighbors may not be Muslim. We need to look at we live we need to look at people regardless of where they come from, what skin color, what language we have to look at them, as if they don't know about the press last Salam, it's almost as if they are void of this mercy that was sent to them as inhabitants of this earth may Allah azza wa jal make us from amongst those who follow in the footsteps of the proselyte Salam in that we may be a we may be a beacon of light amongst humanity. I
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sokola Harrity mama gehad hamdulillah mucha Gracia Paul heckled dunno the importance of looking at one another with mercy and a reminder that Subhan Allah there's people in this world that do not know who the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam is I'm reminded of this teaching by Imam DVD Muhammad Subhanallah I heard it years ago, when the Amen may Allah be pleased with him before he passed away in 2009. But one of my dear friends she actually shared a story. And she said that there was a convention and someone had said, Oh, Imam Muhammad, I want to learn Arabic. And he asked, Well, why do you want to learn Arabic? And the individual said I want to learn Arabic for Dawa and Subhan
Allah the heck come on the wisdom of Imam Muhammad. He said,
you learn we learn Arabic to learn the word of Allah to learn Quran. If you want to do Dawa, you learn Spanish and Subhanallah Imam Majah had the importance of meeting people where they're at, and also conveying in the language that people are at, right. And so Latinos were the fastest growing population that's accepting Islam. And the African American community is rapidly accepting Islam as well. And so I'm just really grateful for that reminder. Before we move on to to the next speaker, I wanted to share very briefly my own experience of ombre earlier this year hamdulillah to be on camera with Imam Zaid and my family and other amazing brothers and sisters and Subhan Allah in our
There was actually a good number of Latinas
and I think maybe one Latino. But it was really remarkable when Subhanallah we were sitting in Masjid Nabawi. And as we were like, some of the some of us were reading Quran and just doing a vicar. And the one sister next to me kind of like leaned in, and she said something in Spanish, right?
And that's when it hit me. And I turned to her and I said, subhanAllah we are sitting in Masjid Nabawi waiting to get into the rotunda waiting to get into this area that is considered heaven on earth. And we're speaking in a language that most people would not consider to be stomach, right or even Muslim. And it was a really profound moment for me to be reminded on who this man salAllahu alayhi salam is, he is everybody's prophet, and to be sitting with all these sisters, and speaking our language, and reading in Arabic, and to be present and to pray in this beautiful space. Allah It was a beautiful reminder again, I'm learning who the Prophet salallahu alayhi salam is so I'm so
grateful. We are so grateful in momager had for the work that a southern Spanish is doing, as well as the importance of mana as well to serve our various communities, specifically African American and Latino Muslim communities.
So without further ado, I would like to introduce Imam Hamza Abdul Malik Imam Hamza will be speaking about the prophet as a family man, inshallah Bismillah.
Now are they gonna have to live with a cat to be spun out of mountain or human hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa salatu automata Salim ala Sayyidina Muhammad and while early he was to have a th may know about Alhamdulillah it's a blessing to be here with you tonight to talk about the most blessings of creation the most beloved of creation Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And
one of the things I want to introduce this topic I want to share a little personal, my personal journey in learning more about the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as a family man. I spent about 15 years overseas and Hamdulillah, I had the opportunity to sit with many of the scholars and the Olia and the Saudi heen, the heirs of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, these are considered the people who inherited the legacy of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and yet, despite the fact that I was able to sit with them, and I spent nights with them, and I was in classes with them, and I walked with them, and I spent time eating with them, one of the concerns
that I always had, and I've asked one of my teachers heavy Valley, about this, you know, later on, or pretty much about halfway through my journey overseas was that, you know, 100, I'm able to sit with these scholars and you know, benefit from them. But it's really difficult for me to relate fully with them or really get an understanding of the holistic
practice that they have, if I really don't ever see how they deal with their families, or the people in their personal lives when I see them when they're, they're always, you know, on there with the people when they're with guests or when they're with students, but how are they with their family. And obviously, this is something that is a private matter for most people. And one of the things that Habib Riley had told me was that you don't have to look far. You don't have to look to the to your teachers or, or know as much about their private matters because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa Salam is sufficient in knowing everything about his private life and about his family. And I
thought about that, I started studying more about his family and I started really putting things into context. And really Subhan Allah, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his personal life, his family life is probably one of the most well recorded and transparent
personal and private
lives that is known. And as and when the more I started studying it, the more I thought about House Pamela that the relationship that we have with our family is really the most, we all know that this is the most important relationship and yet, it is not emphasized enough. We obviously we emphasize the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his family and his life, but we don't emphasize it enough, nor do we put all of his struggles within that
context. So for example, the prophet Sall, Allahu Allah, he was salam.
We, we know that he was in Mecca for 13 years and that he, he had to deal with all the pressures of the Meccans and the Quraysh, persecuting him, torturing his followers ridiculing him. And the pressures that come with that require a certain level of vulnerability at home, like the prophets of Allahu alayhi wa sallam, in the end of the day, after all the pressures that he would face, in society and in his community, and even among his relatives, he still had to come home with all of that pressure, all of that stress. And one of the things one of the first lessons that I learned about the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is that he was vulnerable with his wives, especially,
so he didn't say that's enough ardesia or the Allahu anha, he was vulnerable. And so you take the very first instance, or even before the first instance of prophethood, you take the fact that he did business with his wife, he was secure enough in his own manhood in his own abilities, to be able to do business and to be able to take the wisdom and to take his wife's business to the next level. And not only that, but when he when, even though he had these, the skill set in terms of trade and, and he had his own family lineage, and he had his own pride as a man. The Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam that didn't stop him from going to his home after he had received the first revelation and
telling his wife to cover me up, wrap me up. As men, most of us should be able to relate to this if we sometimes we can't relate to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam or we can't relate as much to the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam being the military leader in the battlefield, or being a political leader in the community, or being a person who had to
directly dealing with the poor in such an intimate way. But all of us should be able to relate to the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam coming home, after being
completely awestruck by by revelation by being completely awestruck by the inspiration that is given to him and the responsibility that he has as a prophet and a messenger to go to his people, and to incite positive change for his people. And to save His people. Every man should have that concern to save His people to save his family, cool and full circle, were Alikum Naira, save yourselves and save your families from the fire, the prophets of Allahu alayhi wa sallam he had to come back with, with with an even greater level of stress, and with a greater level of responsibility, and he was able in his, in his manhood and insecurity, to come home and to and to ask his wife, to cover him
up, and to ask for her for her comfort, and her and her constellation. This is something that, you know, gives us a side of the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam that we're not able to see even though this is a common, a common Hadith that is well known by most Muslims, but this isn't something this is this is the other side of life of leaders and religious leaders are just a mantra trying to make a difference in his community or in a society that we're never really able to see. We don't see what happens when they go home after they're called insulting names. We're gonna see what happens to them when they realize the state that the risks that they're taking, and they're really embracing that
risk, but they're still coming home with that level of pressure. How do they deal with that? Well, we looked at the house of how the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam dealt with it, he came home he asked his wife to cover him up, he laid his burdens out to her and his concerns out to her about his about his state of being and about and about where he was going in life. And we know as soon as we know from say that Tina Aisha that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, when he heard from say that Tina, Felicia, she said don't worry, For by Him who has the dominion over Khadija. So I hope that you are the prophet of this nation.
Allah will never humiliate you. For You are good in your you're good to your relatives, you are true to your word. You help those who are in need you support the week you feed the guests and you answer the call of those who are in distress and one of the things that we wanted the beautiful aspects of this, of this hadith is that one thing was the feminine principle or or the the way that
hadith or the Allah and has spoke to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam really breathed life into the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, so to speak.
She did it in a way that only only a wife and a woman could really do in terms of giving, getting him to understand his relationships with people coming from the aspect of relationships, not logic, right and a man men generally lose rationale and logic. Well, you know, how did the angel comment, you know, what did he say and so on and so forth. No, she, she reminded him of his relationships, his relationships with the poor, his relationships with his guests, his relationships with those who were weak. And they and she also reminded him of his relationship with Allah subhanho wa taala. And how Allah will never humiliate you after you have these type of relationships with Pete with people.
And we see the strength in having that vulnerability that gave him the strength that he needed in order to return back to society and continue the good fight. And we and we know that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he wasn't just this military leader, he wasn't just a political
savant, so to speak, he was a person who he while he was traveling, imagine this, you're a leader in your community, even a regular community, even a regular old Masjid community in a neighborhood, and you're walking with people and you tell people wonder if you go ahead, go ahead, go, you know, but walk ahead, you know, me and my wife, we got to do something here. And so and so you have your community walk ahead, and you challenge your wife in a race in front of everybody. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam, this is something that he did, he told his he told his people during one of his travels, he told the, the people go ahead of him get get in front of us, and put some
distance between between you and us. And he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he initiated a race will say that, in addition, he initiated sport he had initiated play. And not only that, not only did he do it one time, but he let her win as as as very likely let her win that race. And then he didn't say anything. So as I say that enough, Alicia, she, she she won the race. And he remained silent. But not only that, he calculated and he planned the next race. And he planned it for a long period of time, between the first race and the next race was a long period of time he waited until she got bigger, as I say that, you know, what the Allahu anha said so. So while all these things are going
on this is my point is we all know this hadith, but this is he's thinking about these things. While all these things are going on in his life, while battles are being fought every year, while his companions are being killed, while while Medina is always under the threat of invasion from the Arab tribes around him. He's thinking about how he can the best time for him to race with his wife again. So Allahu alayhi wa salam. And so we put these things in context. Not only that, but a lot of times we we think of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi salam, and the jovial times in his life, but we also have to think about the fact that this was a man, unlike most of the prophets, that we that we know
of, he was a man who had who had sons that all died, all of his sons died.
You look at the Quran, Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala he tests many of the prophets with sons, many of them are tested it with their sons, for example, Satan, nor are they Salam was tested with his son, in terms of disbelief,
one of his sons with with regard to his disbelief, or
we have Prophet Ibrahim alayhi salam he was tested with his son in terms of sacrificing his son, and is married to his son and was also tested was also tested by his own sacrifice that he had to make at the hands of his father. And we no prophet yaku
was tested. With the abandonment of Satan the use of Allah, his sunnah, this these tests came with great challenges for each of these Prophets when we take the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam we see and also the fact that Satana Zakia couldn't have sons for most of his for most of his life, and he finally had cDNA yeah here, but the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his challenge and his his his trial was that he was given sons,
but they all died and they all died at a young age.
And so imagine, imagine when you imagine if and put this in context, imagine that you're living in a society that hates you. We think whatever we calling, you know, so called Islamophobia now, is absolutely nothing compared to the time of the Prophet Summit.
Allahu Allahu wa sallam. And during the time it was so bad during the time of Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he would have a son and his son would die in infancy. And people would be celebrating his son's death, his own family members, Abu Lahab or the great cabinet or what would would celebrate and rejoice when his son would die. This is something that he had to deal with while he was giving doubt while he was embracing or modern photography Allahu I'm into Islam while Omar
was coming to try to kill him originally. He's embracing these people during a time where some of his daughters were had already had a contract and marriage and and and the Croatia disgracefully broken that contract of marriage with his daughters are celebrating his his his son's death. And then even later on, after all of his children die with the exception of say, that's enough Altima. He finally has over the last couple of years of his life, he finally has another son and this son lives longer than the other sons. And he and he's so and he's so merciful, and compassionate, and
and connected with his son Ibrahim, Radi Allahu Han, that when his when his son Ibrahim rhodiola, didn't get sick, and it's been Malik
and it's been Malik Radi Allahu Allah. And he reports that we entered into the house of Abu Sayyaf along with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and I will say it was the husband of Satan that Ibrahim's wet nurse. So so the the Satan a Rahim was, was was being nursed in the in the house of Abu safe. And so the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam we had heard that his son was ill, he goes to the house, salallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he took hold of Ibrahim, I've saved that even on him. And he kissed him, and he smelled him. He was smelling him, he was kissing him. And in other and other Hadith, it will be said that when sometimes the prophets of law, they will, some of them will
be outside in the outskirts of Medina, or he will be in some areas of Medina, he would just think about Satan, Abraham, and then he will go and just look just to look at him and just to kiss him. And even went to when he when he when Satan Abraham was born, he went to the houses of the Sahaba and said, Look at what Allah subhanho wa Taala is best, bless your Prophet with the sun. And so he was very close with Satana Ibrahim. And unlike
unlike his grandfather, Ibrahim, so even Abraham,
who had to sacrifice his son and his son ultimately was not sacrifice. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had to actually hold his son, Ibrahim, and when he held his son, he kissed him, and he smelled him. And then the Sahaba say they entered after that, as Ibrahim was taking his last breaths, and it made the eyes of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam shed tears and I've done madmen. I've said even you Rasul Allah, even you're going to cry and you cry about these things. The Prophet and because they, they looked at it, you know, culture and as we can see, sometimes, you know, the male culture doesn't change that much because it's this idea of toughness, and you know,
crying and extreme and compassion and empathy, the prophets of Allah while he was telling me say, Yeah, but he say, Yeah, but this is mercy, had the Rama, this is mercy. And then the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam, he wept some more and he said that the I shared tears in the heart is grieve. But we will not say anything except what is pleasing to our Lord. And we are saddened by your departure. Oh, Ibrahim. So the point here is brothers and sisters is that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the context that we that he is living in, he's losing children. As he is doing this Dawa as he he's trying to get the last moments with his children. While he is giving
Dawa while he was defending Medina while he's doing all of these important things for the community while people are asking him for food and coming to the house and asking for wealth, and money, or gifts that were just given to him and that he just passes on to the poor. While all of this is happening, he's still spending time he's finding the time to spend with his children, knowing that very likely his children are going to die or knowing for sure that his children are going to die before him. And he spends this time with the money but he makes sure he spends quality time
he's kissing his children, particularly his sons in this case, and even smells his children.
And this is the same prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, sometimes we don't, we don't take note of the of the of some of the more subtle things, like a person who just misses his mother. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was a person who grew up, barely spending any time with his mother.
To the point where they were one time they were passing by a place and he stopped the stop the sahaba. And he went to this space, and it was the grave of his mother, where he Allahu Allah, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he says, are the Sahaba they said they visited the grave of his mother, and he wept the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he wept, and he moved, and he wept so much that the people around him began to weep. And it because of the connection that they had with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, anything that made that made him said, made them sick, anything that made him pleased, made them pleased. And so the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa suddenly
said, I sought permission from my lord to beg forgiveness for them to rugby, Fiesta V and Estelle Farah, LA Film you ever been in film you then Lee? He said, I asked Allah subhanaw taala. If I can give if I can beg forgiveness for her, but I was not granted that. But then, but then he said was then to houfy and Azura Cobra, but I saw permission to visit her grave for originally for zoodle Kapoor. He said, it said this was granted to me so go visit the grapes to enact to that current mode because it reminds you of, of death, and visiting the grave. The fact that the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam visits a grave any grave is a good sign of them not being
not finding any discomfort. Why am I going to Womack can Allah Who God Viva whom what and why Viva Houma Enta fie him or Matt can Allah Who You Are diba whom what Enta fie him Well Matt can Allah we are the boom, we're home. Yes, stuff you don't. Allah subhanaw taala says that Allah says that he will not punish your people so long as you are among them.
Even even the likes of Abu Jahan, even the likes of Abu Lahab while the prophets of Allahu alayhi wa salam was with him Allah did not descend the the punishment upon him in Mecca so long as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was among them. Then the very fact that the presence of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam at the gravesite, and he knew that his presence and his mother's grey will bring her great comfort. And so this is these are things that are going through his mind while he's going while he's doing all of his Darwin his work. And lastly, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, unlike most of the other prophets that are mentioned in their stories that are mentioned
that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he was a man of daughters, even though we mentioned that he did have sons and that they had passed away. But he was a man of daughters and his daughters and he has such a strong connection with his daughters and his daughters actually share the burdens that he had in Mecca, for example in the UK, but even Evie
more I came and brought the intestines of a camel the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was, was making sujood and he was praying at the Kaaba, and this and this Catherine brought this these intestines and port of a camel, huge animal.
And he and he threw them on the back of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam didn't raise his head from from his prostration until his daughter Fatima. Say that you know, Fatima came and removed these intestines from his back. Imagine this you are you in the end of the day you're all this vitriol and hatred and abuse that would happen to you. Your your daughters would see this, your wife would see this your daughters will see this and they would also be engaged in and trying to help you in your in your trials and tribulations. This is the type of this is the type of family that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam raised you know, you
can imagine some of the some of the disbelievers in Mecca tried to strangle him. One of them tried to strangle him to death, pouring intestines over him spinning in his face, and then going home and being comforted by his daughter and his wife. Then this is why later on when they when when she gets older, it was narrated that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam
he would he would treat
he'd say that in a faulty manner with a special level of care and consideration. So he that's how he used to say Mt. 82. I hadn't kind of Asheboro Samten Oh no, this is the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he used to stand. When that when say, that's enough Altima would enter into,
into his house, he would stand, and then he would take her hands, and he would kiss her, and welcome her and embrace her, and bring her into his place where he was sitting. And she would also do the same thing when he will go to to her house, she would stand, and she would embrace him. And she would put and she would see to him where she was sitting
in the place that she said, look at the type of relationship that they have look at the type of relationship with the prophets of Allah while they were selling, how it was with his daughters. And we tried to emulate that we tried to build that within our own families. So we don't need to look, we don't need all the
the life of the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam suffices for us to know all the types of things that we need to know in terms of family life, in terms of the struggles of family life, in terms of the struggles of maintaining the balance between work and home, in terms of the struggles of raising our daughters and honoring our daughters and putting our daughters and empowering our daughters in a society that that that denigrates women during the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam girls were being buried alive. And it's in that society that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was raising daughters, who were among the best women, in all of humanity in the entire history of
humanity. He raised the best in the most empowered daughters in all of humanity in the most honorable women. These are the types of people who we want to emulate and in sha Allah may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us among the people who live up to that example, who followed that example, who embraced that example, and can be a light as it can, can be a reflection of the light of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in these very dark times, and light up the darkness and show people the right way to become the best version of human beings in their society was on Allahu ala Sayidina Muhammad, while early was Samuel Salam when hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa Flamengo.
Joseph colorfit Imam Hamza hamdulillah thank you so much for reminding us on having a balance and following the Sunnah the prophetic example to not only be good to our families, but also to serve the communities.
Imam Hamza reminded us on how much the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam and the early Muslim community, how much that they endured their own version, right of sama phobia of anti Muslim racism. Yet they continue to hold on to their faith, and they loved one another, and they were present with each other, and in their struggles, and how they upheld themselves and how the Prophet sallallahu Sallam upheld himself and endured all the things we are able to inshallah try our best to emulate it. And his example, in our own present society, and as Imam Hamza said, Inshallah, we will try to build these characteristics into ourselves, and as well as teach our children and teach our families
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Bismillah R Rahman Rahim Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala say you didn't mursaleen say you didn't know Muhammad. On early he was saying he was sending testament Kathira Salam alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh. A great honor to be participating in this program, everybody's Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam thing that's been emphasized by all of the presenters, the Prophet of the week, and the poor and downtrodden and marginalized as well or do sister Aisha prime, mention the profit of all the people here in the Americas, including the folks whose roots extend into Latin America and beyond back to the Iberian Peninsula.
The Prophet of Zima, Hamza mentioned in the description of
Khadija consoling the Prophet sallallaahu Selim is the prophet of the guests the profit of the poor, the profit of of everyone sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he was also the prophet
of his companions, who were looked down on in some instances,
it will treat it to various degrees, because of their skin complexion, he was the prophet of the black companions. And the the message of Islam that he brought didn't just
events, certain policies, certain attitudes, but the very language itself in the very nature of the religion created a lot of positive connotations that create an environment
that would make one
aware of the nature of the religion and the nature of the Prophet himself. And when I say that, it's in terms of the positive connotations in Islam associated with blackness. So you can find some verses in the Quran, Hadith that can be interpreted by some as advancing negative connotations. But, overwhelmingly, there are an overwhelmingly greater number of realities within Islam that events positive connotations for blackness, for example, the only object we can kiss as an act of worship is the black stone, and the Kaaba, which is also constructed of dark blackish grayish rocks itself is draped in a black cloth the Kiswa although at various times in history, it was the kiss while the
clothing the cloth of the Kaaba was various colors, but in recent history has been black and we find that
Very beautiful with the gold, inscriptions of the Quran that are also on the covering of the Kaaba. The Prophet standard was black, his turban was black, when the angel Gabriel comes, his distinguishing physical feature is black shadiness. So where to shower? Intensely black hair. And so this creates an atmosphere
that's positive but sometimes people don't understand and don't process adequately those messages. And so the prophets allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in his personal life he elevated his black companions and he just give a brief example.
The the child that he adopted as his son before the practice of forbidden Zaid Bin Mohammed was a black companions they've been Haritha who m&e, Josiane 10 Wirral rubbish illuminating the darkness, described as a black from the black Arabs.
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was a young black led
his mother, Barack had been Thalassa of Baroque Pearl Harbor shear whose name was subsequently changed to a man whom he described the Prophet himself as his mother after his mother. She was a black woman,
originally from Ethiopia, and that was his mother.
They eventually married
Zaman, Hadith and maman they had a son Osama, who was also very dark complexion. And he loved the Prophet loved him and he loved his father. His father was hipbone Rasulillah, the Beloved of the Messenger of Allah and His Son who Sam was hibel hiDPI rasool Allah, he was the beloved of the Beloved of the messenger of allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and so
in his personal life, and we could go on, but time is limited. In his personal life, he elevated his black companions as a matter of public policy.
He, we mentioned, Zaid Bin Haritha, before he married on a man he was married to Zane have been Josh, who was from the most noble lineage of the Arabs, very aristocratic,
Arab woman, who the Prophet Salah Salem and then reinforced by revelation, encouraged to marry a black former slave, not descendant of slave, a black former slave himself, Zaid Bin Haritha and they marry. Encouraged by revelation and after their divorce.
Zaid married Radi Allahu Anhu man's mind, on the peace and blessings of Allah be upon all of them. He married on Amon and they had their son Zeidman Osama bin Zayed
Rhodiola Han Jemaine Almighty God, Allah Tala be pleased with all of them. So and so he encouraged that.
He also as as public office, he elevated the black companions, so he didn't just encourage, marry your daughter, you're from the so called Red Arabs to this black Arab or this black African companion. He also elevated his black companions in terms of public office. Below we know the most
richly rewarded public offices, the more than the call to prayer will have the longest neck on the Day of Resurrection. So the more and then was Beeline and Ethiopian.
Bilbao was also the treasure of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, so he was the Secretary of the Treasury to use today's language. How Rhodiola Juan
Osama bin Zayed bin Haritha was the most distinguished general a lot of people don't realize that he was the Khalid bin al Walid of the early
He was in charge of he led many of the most critical campaigns in the early period.
It of Islamic organized political authority in Medina. I hesitate to call it a state that's a modern development. So he led the Battle of karada. He led many battles he was the first thing come in at the Battle of MATA and then he was killed and then
Abdullah after him and then jofra Tayyar Jaffa his cousin jofra was also killed during that battle Jaffa bin. Abi Talib, Radi Allahu Anhu manage mine, may Allah be pleased with all of them. And so, again, this is a topic we could spend the entire time that's allotted, talking about elevating his black companions in terms of public office. But as my time is limited, I want to return to the story mentioned by estaba. Aisha prime May Allah preserve her and give her a long life and continue her benefit to the community. She mentioned the story of Abby dar and Bilal who we were just talking about when he referred to Bilal as a Vivar. May Allah be pleased to thaw them out of them referred
to Bilal as the son of a black woman. Yes. So that, and the prophets, Allah Salam, when he was informed of this, just as Aisha said, The Ayesha reminded us, he didn't take that lightly, and you took it very seriously. But in reminding me of Dar, he did not tear him down.
He did not use today's language cancel him. Or if he were alive today, delete him from his friends, or his contacts. He just said, You are a man that has p Islamic ignorance in you. And in essence, he said, You are someone who still has some work to do.
You're someone who still has a lot of work to do. And I think is fitting for us in this moment we find ourselves in to remind ourselves, but to also remind our wider community and the members of our Nation members, our Muslim community, who's whose attitudes and or actions might not be, in many instances, the most favorable towards the African American or African.
or Latino, brothers and sisters converts in general, you still have work to do.
You have, you still have work to do. So we're not saying you're not good Muslims. We're not saying that we'll never speak to you. Again, we're not saying that you're less than human, we're just saying that you still have some work to do. And in that sense, all of us, we still have work to do. And that's one of the Beauty of Beauties of our religion, we elevate each other. We elevate each other. And I think one of the challenges we have at Manor is to address the needs of the African American and other inner city Muslim communities. We're primarily African American, Latino communities. But to do it in a way that doesn't lead to our being consumed by the disease of racism
as it manifests itself in this American environment. Because it manifests itself in ways that are extremely destructive, obviously, not just to those who might be victims of it, but those who are the perpetrators are guilty of it. And a final note on the black companions. When the prophets Allah Selim
addressed the issue of below the issue of some of the dark complexion companions who complained they couldn't find suitable marriage partners amongst in the wider community. He didn't always focus on the weaknesses, or the the ways that certain black companions were suffered. He looked at the fullness of that community. And he also
pointed out implicitly or explicitly the strength and the the ability to help others that this is not a community that always is in need of help. This is a community that helps and that's illustrated by a neglected usually neglected black companion and Najafi. The negative ever Senia
The Prophets Allah Selim twice and members of his community to a black African king for protection,
a Christian king originally for protection button a Joshi during all into his interaction with the Muslims and I plan to read part of surah. Miriam, that Jaffa we mentioned jofra Tayyar Jaffa been a bit taller, the son of Abi Talib read to them the Jesse but time doesn't allow. So I'll just leave it at this that and adjust she became Muslim. And so this companion was a source of strength for others. For other Muslims, this companion was a source of shelter and protection for other Muslims. This companion was a pillar of strength under our broad tree of shade of strengths, shade, strengths, shading strength, that others could take refuge and shelter and find comfort under his
branches. And so this is very important for us to realize and to look at the fullness of our community, and to look at the the the depth of skills and abilities and capabilities so that we can be recognized as a whole and recognize as a respectable part of the wider community. And I'll end with the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and movement in movement California and you should divide who bada the Muslims are, are unto each other like the individual bricks and a wall. Each one strengthens and supports the next. So we have a lot of strength to offer. And we
depend on the support and the strength of others. We are a wall and mana wants our community to be a solid brick in that wall that can strengthen and support others as well as we are strengthened and supported by others. I will turn the microphone and the camera back to our do sister Hazel Gomez to conclude the program because Kamala hearin was salam Wa alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
Jazak Allah here, so much Imam Zaid, for your incredible remarks. And it really shows us the importance of the prophetic saying where the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam said, My Companions are like the stars, whichever of them you follow, you will be rightly guided. And so learning more about the Sahaba, the companions of the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam, we learn more about who they are. And even within our own current context, who are the black companions, when we're able to learn more about them, we learn how human they were, but we also learn more about the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and it's unbelievably important to also show how universal this faith is. And it
transcends time and it transcends space. So just like a lot, right, Imam Zaid for really uplifting and how the Prophet salallahu Salam uplifted the black companions that were around him.
I also want to thank Imam Ibrahim, Allah thank you so much for the beautiful, beautiful praise poetry and singing of our beloved Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam. And before we end the program, we wanted to open it up for questions and comments, inshallah. So please feel free to type it in the chat box, and inshallah we'll be able to have our panelists join and answer any questions.
As questions may come in or not.
One thing I wanted to uplift is that in this evening, we learned more about the Prophet Muhammad, God's peace and blessings be upon him. And one of the beauties of having such a program as tonight is when we get to know someone, we get to hopefully develop love for that person. Right? If we don't really know someone, they have not become close to us. They haven't penetrated our heart. And one of the goals in Sharla of this program is that we really hope that by learning about the Prophet sallallahu wasallam, learning more about who he was as a family man, learning more about how he uplift