Reviving the Sunnah of Compassion
Channel: Zaid Shakir
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Imam Zaid Shakir speaks about the prophetic tradition of compassion in our everyday life.
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Let's see diversity so you know Mohammed was he he was suddenly he was telling testimony to
Santa Monica, to love the walker cats
cannot get along with all of the laws and all of them are in the park ordinance or edge handle your child on a number equal 100 meter mesh.
Allah, this is a,
I was recently speaking with someone and they were saying how
just they started talking about love at a lecture or something. And it struck people as being really strange. Like I thought we were Muslims.
That as if love is incompatible with Islam. like as if love is some sort of fuzzy Christian concept, that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son
love. But in reality it shouldn't be strange to us. Love is fundamental is foundational to our fair the
the the the entrance in the paradise has been a conditional and are loving on
some profits. So love it was seldom mentioned Linton janitor had taught me and taught me know how to have boo, you will not truly believe you will not intergender you will not enter Paradise until you truly believe and then tell the whole agenda to hotair taught new and you will not truly believe until you love one another.
Well, that taught me how to have both.
So we're not getting into paradise unless we love one another. Sometimes if we look at some aspects, or some parts of our community or some parts of our oma, we can we ask ourselves, where's the love? That wasn't just the popular song back in the day?
Where is the love? Some of you remember that? Now I'm gonna do my imitation
of Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack FORGET
TO TALK suhani. But when we ask, we look at what's going on. And we ask where's the love? How can people who love one another ludie do these things to each other? How can people who love where's the love for for your Muslim Brothers, you can bomb them like they're being bombed in Yemen,
blockade and boycott them? starve the children allow conditions to exist that afflicting a nation with over a million cases of cholera and growing. threatened avoids the 15 million people starvation.
Muslims are doing
so But America is providing the bombs and yeah, but who's who's buying the bombs? Who's dropping the bombs.
So America can't do anything anywhere. And this Muslim Omar, without the help of some Muslims, who lack love and compassion for your fellow Muslim, it's that simple.
We have to love one another. We have to love one another in our local communities. We have to love and not just love one another because that's a package.
The Prophet solo rather on lathom Ninja
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avoid release hulan when the latter just the first time we saw Martin the javelin a Masjid. And people are referring to him. And when I was fairly young rhodiola Haku. And they were deferring to him. They were referring the questions back to him and he's like, Who is this young person and they said his mind in the javelin and the next day he came back and he's walked in while he was praying and he walked up. And he said I love you.
And he said well law a law
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you repeat it again. And then was said to him that I heard the Messenger of Allah say,
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rude to her mother had been a fear that my love has been made incumbent. And of course online combated that upon himself we can accommodate anything upon my love. I've made my love obligatory for those who love each other. For my sake.
For tomorrow, one motor sorry, motor, one motor, we Nina, Thea and those who visit each other, for my sake, so it's not just loving each other. That love translates into visitations. And not just a one way street. Sometimes we love somebody and it's a one way street. We do all of the reaching out we do all of the nadase I guess texting you do we do is one way we do all of the visiting. And motors are we Rena Thea those who visit each other. For my sake.
Alpha one mu two JD Sina, Thea, those who sit together for my sake and they visit each other, for my sake will motivate the Lena, Thea. And they spend, they spend their money on each other. They spend their time on each other. They exert themselves for each other, meaning they sacrifice for each other, their money their time for each other. This is the nature of art. So we shouldn't find this idea strange. We should challenge ourselves to translate that idea into action and a tool reality that defines our community.
Because this is who we are. The foundation of our community is the union between a man and a woman, the family that's the foundation of the community. And what is the foundation that union a lot of Tyler mentioned in local women, tea and Haleakala and fusi come as well. It has to do with a jalapeno comb. My wife was in the feed Attica tillow komiya de facto that amongst this size is made for you from yourself spouses in order that you live together with them and peace and tranquility and he's joined me he's made between you love and mercy to facilitate that peace and that tranquility that Sakina he tests kulula
and he's made between love and mercy surely in this assigns for people respect reflect that's the that's the the bedrock of the foundation of community but was built on that the community built on that foundation of the family. What holds that together? The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he mentioned methadone, meaning a veto What do you have more Torah from him? We'll talk to him method we'll just set the the stack I mean, who would want to say we'll just set the the sound was
that the likeness of the believers that the Lumi Nina, Dieter Wendy Hill in their mutual love for each other, with Tara humi him and their mutual mercy are tied to him. And the affection between them is like an individual body
of one part complains of some injury the entire body responds with fevers decreases hamdulillah that love is there, but we have to nurture it. And we have to encourage it to grow. And this is what the message is trying to be is trying to be a space with a love between that should exist between the believers can be nurtured and it can grow. And it can it can it can reach few fruition and not be stuck, stifled and stymied and crushed.
before it even gets a chance to blossom. We want to see beautiful flowers, and that Gus was wanting to change the course of this nation. We find people going growing apart and being encouraged to hate each other.
This isn't who we are. And a lot of Muslims, not many, but there are some who buy into that philosophy that you're you're automatically at emnity. They set up these dichotomies and if you own one extreme or the other
You're instantly automatically with no consideration of your individual character, who you are, you're categorized into a group, and then there's an automatically emnity and that's from shaytaan that stuff from a lot shaitan while you're in the mail, you'll read a shaytani and you have a common idea with a Word doc doc that accompany with Mason, and other things that's that's, that's not restricted. Shay Tom wants to create hatred and enmity between you with alcohol and with gambling and whatever else he can use. He has a big toolkit.
A very clever is a lot of experience. Don't think you're going outside outsmart shape.
He's sitting around with his boots, they're laughing they're like
500 BC, some drivers
yeah 280 this
guy, outsmart us. He's seen it all. He knows the tricks. He has a big toolkit.
And he uses every tool in the kit
to get us to hate one another to get us to break relations with one another theater Ala Moana middleman. Now you follow Konami even more it was outing
he learned these shayol team they learned from the two angels how route and route at bad in their which SOS these tend dissension and division between the man and his wife, and between brother and brother and sister and sister.
But to go back to the point so there's there's actually a diagram of sorts that's been set up the draw line.
And then you put lines that cut through that line.
And on each line cutting through the horizontal line, the vertical lines, and on the vertical line. On the top, for example, there's heterosexual on the bottom, there's homosexual. On the top, there's rich on the bottom, this poor. On the top, there's white on the bottom, there's none white. On the top. There's a male on the bottom, there's female. On the top, there's black on the bottom, there's, there's white on the bottom, there's none white. So if you're on the top, if you're if you and if you have all of these characteristics, then you're instantly automatically
irredeemably an oppressor. So if you're a white, rich heterosexual male, forget it. You're the most oppressive force on Earth. If you're a homosexual, non white, poor, etc, you're oppressed. And because you fit in these categories, there's no consideration that a person might be white, male, heterosexual, rich person who is is charitable, who is highest, who is compassionate. It doesn't matter if you're in that category. You're bad if you're in this category, you're good if you're in this category, you're an oppressor. If you're in this category, you are no press and these these, this dichotomy is dichotomizing of groups is set and firm. This isn't s&m.
This is some strange figment of Herbert Mark who says imagination
is Nam says, well, it has you were zero to whistle, aka, no individual can bear the burden of another.
Islam says that everyone will come before allies and individuals they will come before allies a member of an oppressive or pressing or pressing world price group. They will come to a lot as as a pious believing righteous individual as a sinful individual. Based on their individual responsibilities, their individual acts their individual intentions.
And as nurses, there's nothing to prevent people who might be in this category the other from loving and having compassion for someone and the other rather is the lower which are the oppressed, or the upper which are the oppressors.
And this this is beautifully illustrated by the first four converts to Islam.
If you look at the first four converts to Islam, who
Did you have you you had a child that was poor? Mm IE,
you had a former slave zaven had etha. These are oppressed. You had a wealthy woman
who was who defies the whole paradigm because as a woman she's oppressed, but as a wealthy person, she's an oppressor. And then you have Abu Bakr, who is straight up or presser because he's male, and he's rich.
In the eyes of Islam, that all Muslims are believers, and they all supported the mission of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and collectively, the rich and the poor came together
and support it this mission and love and mercy was established between the hearts regardless of whether there were black zigman Heidi was black, he was Arab. There were black Arabs out of out of the soul that like the people and and and Aloma in Jericho. Arihant in Palestine, Palestine, a Palestinians.
You've been down there.
There are black Palestinians. There's one of the best kept secrets on Earth.
I mean, black Palestinians you think like man,
did I get on the wrong flight.
And then there are brothers and sisters of the any other Palestinian.
So you have black people. You are rich people like Khadija you have
aristocratic people bourgeoisie, like Khadija and Abu Bakr joining together with the slaves and the blacks like below and the oppressed and the downtrodden, coming together as one oma because a lot of put love between the hearts which Allah Allah love between the hearts method and what meaning the feet are wet,
was a habit in love Black
Desert when Harry fair was called the beloved, of the messenger of law headboard Rasulullah. The Prophet love that young boys so so deeply and when, when he refused to go to his own biological parents, his love just became that much deeper, even adopted him as his son before the practice was forgiven, was forbid enough to turn down his father and his uncle sam staying with Muhammad. No one ever treated me like he treated me.
The Prophet sallallahu Sallam grabbed him and said, hey, there's a bin Mohammed. This is a the son of Mohammed. That's how much he loved him. And then he married eventually after they divorced, Zainab bint Josh, when he married her son, Elijah was seven. He married say to another person he loved who was also someone downtrodden.
Amen was I was an Ethiopian slave. There, Khadija Fred fried
rhodiola. And as
she was from Ethiopia, she was a black woman. And the process of assigning me color only by the only she's my mother after my own biological mother. She was one of the people that nurtured the prophet in his youth. In his infancy some of the love it was send them and she married he went on a mission to save men Heidi
and they had a son
Sam they've been saved with a profit love so much. We know the stories anytime they wanted to ask the Prophet some some of it he was sending them something difficult they send you send me he never say no to salmon.
And salmon was caught Hippo hit B Rasulullah, the Beloved of the Beloved of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So this oma isn't predicated on people being rich or poor, black or white. It's not predicated on them being from this tribe or that tribe, this nationality, that nationality. That's why you have even this sampling here. We have black folks here, white folks here, people in between, and it doesn't matter. Our hearts are joined together in love and faith. This is what we need at this time when our country is being pulled apart by these divisions that have been foisted upon people and the divisions that are being accentuated and not de emphasized
that are being overly emphasized. And so
We need a force that's built on love and mercy
to go out, and to rescue this country from itself, and people say all things good. There's a book, thankfulness, some of you familiar with that book
that just breaks down how things really, they're not as bad as they seem, in some areas that that book focus on primarily on development, disease and standards of living, yes, those things are going up. We're wealthier than we've ever been, which is not necessarily a good thing. Because all that wealth comes from the earth, and we've devastating the earth.
So maybe we need to become accustomed to a little more poverty,
as opposed to only finding our fulfillment and an increase in material well being.
We need to find our fulfilment and spiritual well being, and there is no spiritual well being without love and mercy. So we're trying to create a space where people can be well, spiritually, and they can nurture each other, and help each other to attain to those levels of wellness. So they can go out and affect this world in a positive way. We can do that if we're sick, we can do that. If we're hurting a lot of Muslims or hurting.
wives or hurting.
And many, many relationships, husbands are hurting. So another thing we neglect the well being of men. Why? Because in this case, the men are the oppressors. Men are the bad guys. And now you're getting a black backlash. You get a mental power movement, because men are feeling neglected. And men are feeling like
Can I get a witness? I got a witness over there. Yes, sir. Can we reach for the power of men.
And we have a tip revival.
Now we need we need men to be healthy and well and nurtured. We need women to be healthy and well and nurture. We need children to be healthy and well. That white, red, brown, yellow indiscriminately. It shouldn't matter. And this is how Islam became great. Because when this woman was strong, it didn't matter.
It didn't matter. And the reason it didn't matter, and why should it matter now? Cuz it doesn't matter with the loss upon what time
in the La La jambu in US warrican what I'm wearing, where'd he come? Well, I can yanbu Kumu become 100 eco. Allah doesn't look at your physical forms. Allah doesn't care if you're black, white, red, brown, yellow polka dot purple.
Doesn't matter. A lot doesn't concern himself with that. And Allahu Allah yanbu
illa sawari tall short.
This kind of eyes this kind of hair is meaningless with a law where I'm where the comb, Allah doesn't concern himself rather your original port meaningless with a lot and show it should be meaningless with us. When I can young Google in our Kullu become medical. But he looks at your hearts and he looks at your actions when he looks at your hearts and he looks at your actions. The hearts are all the same color. I don't care what color your complexion is. They take your heart out. Allah forbid. This is a miraculous event. Like when the Prophet chalk was taken out and cleanse and they take that negativity out of our hearts. That would be great. But it's all the same color. Have
some cardiologist in him? Sure testified. bear witness. You take that heart out. It's the same color the actions have no color. That's what matters with the lung. Things that defy any physical differentiation. Well, that can the own liberal illa kulu become medical. And those hearts are healthy when they have love in them. Those hearts are healthy when they have mercy in them. Our faith is incomplete without the love of the Messenger of Allah we just pass Robin Oh well, or it's in the waning days. Maybe it's past the month the Prophet was born.
So Lola Barney who ascended
and we celebrate his life and we reflect on his life and one of the things we reflect on is that we need to enhance our love of our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam Why? Because as we said concerning the love that the faith is not complete without them mutual love,
and Len typical agenda, took me a while to to Habu. Our faith is complete without the love of the Messenger of Allah. Now you may know how to come to our corner. I have the lady early he went early he went when Nancy is trying
to come Hakuna happy lady.
Men were men when he when he went nasya tonight you know you don't truly believe until I'm more beloved to them to you then your your family, your wealth, your children, your parents and all of humanity. Some of the law while it was said that
we our faith is not complete without the love for loss of Hannah Montana.
And we went a long way loves us and one of the ways One of the things inviting allows love as we mentioned was a bit more hug Betty
little motor generally seen a Thea Mutasa, we read a fee for motor by the Nina Thea
those who sit with each other. Those who visit each other. Those who spend and exert themselves for each other. I've made my love and comment for them.
Those who follow the messenger code and continue to have Buddha Allah say if you love Allah, then follow me Yeah, build your fear.
While lavaca for Rahim say to them on Mohammed if indeed you will have a love and follow me.
There Allah will love you and forgive your sins and allows most forgiving, Most Merciful.
This is how religion brothers and sisters so we pray that this gathering of mood has been a multi JD Sina Mutasa, we Reena that this this Muta bear the Lena, someone spent money for this tent. This tent just in a pop up. You know, Bismillah they spent most of their demeanor they spent for us.
People came who they spent their money for the mejlis a significant amount of money, not an insignificant $91,000 is not insignificant.
It's a testimony though, to those who want the love of a loss of how to attack
and so they spend for each other. This is who we are, this is who we are, we have always been historically, and this is what we have to hang on to and this is a legacy we have to pass on to our children. We have to pass this on to our our children and they are led to come home to teach your children the love of the Messenger of Allah.
Teach your children the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala teach your children the love of this oma teach your children to spend no put put $1 in your child's hand and have them put it in the collection box. Get them in the habit of spinning. Tell them take a little out of your bank.
We call the sheepy Bank
and then you know slip they take $1 you slip $5 in
say look what happened when when you spend feasibility your money grows. Go check out to see the bank
and it could be a piggy bank or you're not gonna eat it.
Go check out your piggy bank and there's an increase
so they become a customer
in come a customer
witness right here.
This my man talks and panels you know each other for back on the east coast. He lost his job.
And Zach alhama we don't praise anyone before
but he's just he was a person that supports these events lost a job. What do I tell you
to keep spending just spend less. Don't stop this because you have some money coming from somewhere.
Unemployment workman's comp whatever keeps spinning and along with spin on you. This is sort of
unfair who yumna Adam.
And Adam, unfair colleague, Alec, spin child of Adam, I will spend on you.
In conclusion, let me just remind myself remind all of you, any wealth we have is not our wealth, it's a law as well
as the law as well. And the law says, to whom men men, the lady at hand,
give them from the wealth of a law that he's given you, many, many left. From the wealth of the law, this is not our wealth. This is a law's wealth.
This is a laws Well, we're not free agents.
Some of you might be in the NBA, and you're a free agent.
But even if you're in the NBA, you're a free agent, or the NFL or whatever. You're not a free agent. We're not a free agent. We are servants of a lot.
We're lost service. And we should understand this. That's why that by definition,
a law cannot behave aggressively with us,
alone come based upon himself certain things he won't do concerning us. But by definition, a law can oppress us.
Why? Because oppression is misappropriating the rights of property of others.
What do we say when someone says in
lilla, he were in LA he Roger and we belong to a law.
And unto Him we are returning, let him
until a law belongs where he takes him what he gives.
So we belong to Allah, he can do with us whatever he pleases.
We don't belong to ourselves. So that if Allah tala did something we might deem
to be unjust.
We belong to a lot.
And that being the case, a law can do whatever he chooses with us. But he's decreed good for us and he wants good for us.
And he's ordained mercy for himself. And he's opened the gates to those to that mercy and the gates that that love.
And one of the great openings is our mutual love for each other, and our mutual mercy for each other. Or those are the things that lead to the love of Allah. What do you have Betty?
My My love is in common for those who sit with each other and visit each other and spend on each other. So May Allah bless us to be amongst those people and to understand there's a great, great reward for those who do that. So why don't you love even Yama Lu.
There are seven types of people along with shade in the shape of his throne on a day there will be no shade except that shape.
emammal Adi, adjust leader was shoved in
a bed, a bed to lay as a young person grows up worshipping Allah subhanho wa Taala. These young people running around here with these white stickers. I saw them lined up at the head of the driveway when we pulled up. I thought they were the valet service.
the business people.
Those young people
who are dedicating themselves to serving this
and we're looking for a place where they can feel comfortable and belong. They have a great reward. Why because they have the energy to be doing a lot of mischief. And they don't have the spiritual maturity to recognize that as mischief. We mature physically and we mature spiritually. But despite that, when a young person can dedicate themselves to worshiping Allah, and serving allows demons serving the people of Allah, they get this great reward. So they said Toba to share Shay Hasson
one minute shad Asin that an old person who repents is good inaudible
has one foot in the grave doesn't have the energy to gala event and run around like he used to. It's good, it's good. He has a few years left mashella worship a lot. One minute shad be a sin, but it's better from a young person, but he's that person, the energy for mischief. That person has this spiritual immaturity to make valid excuses.
That but when that person repents despite that, now they have decades to serve this have decades the worship Allah subhanho wa Taala and so main male mela reward of these young people and the young people in here and then not so young, and the young at heart and allow reward everybody bless this effort versus initiative and inshallah we'll come together and good and paths of good and events that involve good and service and upliftment for this Omar was Salalah Valencia Eden, Muhammad Ali, he was sorry he was Salah was Salam aleykum Rahmatullahi wa barakato