Gaza – A Test for the Believers by Dr. Ibrahim Dremali

This is a powerful Khutbah that reminds the believers that through Allah’s great mercy, He puts us through hardships in order to test us, to distinguish who the true believers are, and to purify us. 

Our Ummah is going through a lot of trials and tribulations at the present time, but the Sheikh gives examples of some of the greatest trials in the past that resulted in victory.  During the time of Ahmad Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahu Allah), the Muslim Ummah went through severe harships.  The Tatars invaded the Muslim countries, killing everybody, from men, women, soldiers, children, animals… making piles of bodies.  But those killers, those Tatars, those Mongolians entered Islam after that and Islam became victorious with those people ya Allah.  Look at the number of Muslims in China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, and the surrounding areas!  The Mongolians carried Islam there.  Subhan’Allah.  

The situation in Gaza right now is inhumane in a way that is beyond belief.  But there is hope, a light, something that will come sooner or later.  The Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) swore that Islam would prevail and be victorious, bringing peace to the earth.  May Allah SWT reparate Ghazzah, and grant victory to them, and Muslims all around the world.  Ameen Ya Rabb!

Don’t ever lose hope.  Hasbi Allah wa naimal wakeel – Allah is sufficient for us and the best of Guardians!

Reflections of the Hijra

With the start of the Islamic new year a few weeks ago, there are many bounties and lessons to be reflected on.    Although we do not take the Islamic New Year as a holiday or celebrate it, we should reflect on what led to the development of the Islamic Calendar – which is the greatest event during the prophethood of Rasulullah (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) – The HIJRA.  It is so important in many aspects, and today we can see the fruits of this major event and efforts of the Prophet, the Sahaba, and the Ansar – as there are Muslims literally in every corner of the earth united under the banner of La ilaha illa Allah.
 
It is just as important to instill these lessons in our children, who will be our future leaders in Islam.  With the state of our Ummah now, and at the same time with how much Islam is growing, it is crucial that we remember the great efforts taken to unite this Ummah, and to try and renew these efforts.  As I tried to convey these points to my son, I wrote a poem for children about the Hijra that I wanted to share.
 
Al-Hijra
A Celebration of Light and Unity
 
My hero, my Prophet, I strive to be like him
He changed the entire Ummah, with the migration
He travelled across the desert, from Makkah to Yathrib
In search for peace and unity, for our Ummah this he did
 
The only thing he fought for, and wanted to preserve
Was the religion of al-Islam, so Allah alone we could serve 
For 13 years he taught Tawheed, until the hearts were firm
With knowing Allah is the Only God, to worship, love and yearn
 
The time had come to leave Makkah, under Allah’s command
Then the Prophet and his followers, migrated to a new land
A place where they could establish, the laws set by Allah
The Ummah was small but united, in Madinah al-Munawarrah
 
The migrants went with happiness, leaving all their wealth behind
Being with the Prophet, was the only thing on their mind
The Ansar or the “helpers”, welcomed the Prophet to their land
To him they pledged allegiance, for Islam they took a stand
 
They all sang songs of welcome – Men, women, and the youth,
For Islam brought to humanity – Justice, Peace and Truth
And from that trip in 622, Islam spread far and near
To every corner on the earth, to every hemisphere
 
Muslims standing together, with no cultural boundaries
It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, Arab or Chinese
The only thing that unites us, so beautiful and strong
Is the belief in the Shahadatain, and you cannot go wrong
 
The year is now 1429, after the Hijri year
And still we continue to grow in size – O Muslims listen here
Smile for this Ummah – Be proud of our Deen
The stronger we will stand, and more united we will be
 
Here’s a special message from our family
We’re thankful for the Hijra, a celebration of light and unity!

~ Um Yusuf as-Siddiq

The Muslim and the Date-Palm Tree

Narrated ibn Omar (radiyAllahu anhu):

The Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Amongst the trees, there is a tree, the leaves of which do not fall and is like a Muslim.  Tell me the name of that tree.”  Everybody started thinking about the trees of the desert areas.  And I thought of the date-palm tree but felt too shy to answer.  The others then asked, “What is that tree, O Allah’s Apostle?”  He replied, “It is the date-palm tree.”

Sahih Bukhari, Book of Knowledge, Hadith #58

In a recent course with Sheikh Ibrahim Dremali, where he taught ‘The Fiqh of Hadith’, he discussed various points relating to this beautiful hadith that I want to share:

1.  The leaves of the date-palm tree which do not fall all year round, were compared to the Muslim by the Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam).  This means that the Muslim will bring benefit at all times, whereever they are and at any given time. 

2. The Sheikh brought up the benefits of the date-palm tree itself, and how every single part of the tree has benefit, from the roots to the leaves to the dates.  Subhan’Allah.  By using the Prophet’s comparison of a Muslim to this tree, the Sheikh reminds us of all the potential benefits of a Muslim, and how we should never give up in any matter.  Whether it is in making dawah, facing hardship, dealing with family, fellow Muslims, problems in the Masjid, or any other matter – DONT EVER GIVE UP. 

This was an excellent reminder extracted from the beautiful words and comparison by our Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam).  May Allah SWT preserve the Sheikh and help us all to spread the benefit of Islam; Ameen.