The Khutba was about the people who come into our lives and cross our paths.
- It is important to know what am I supposed to learn from these encounters:
- Prophet ﷺ said in a beautiful hadith: “Souls are like troops gathered together. Those who were familiar with each other (in heaven) would have affinity with one another (in the world). Those who opposed each other (in heaven) would also be divergent (in the world).” (Bukhari, Muslim)
Story 1: of a young boy in a juvenile detention facility which I used to visit for dawa.
One time I was talking to them about increasing worship in Ramadan and reciting the Quran and I remember, this young boy who had special needs saying, “I cannot remember much or read much. Tell me something that is easy to do on Laila tul-Qadr so I can get lot of reward!”
I told him to recite Surah al-Ikhlas three times from his mushaf which had transliteration!
- If Allah gives us tawfiq, no matter what our limitations are, no matter what my situation is, I can worship Him, I can come close to Him.
- His doors are always open no matter how broken or challenged a person is.
Story 2: A young Algerian brother who used to pray with us in Arlington, Texas. I still remember his constant smile.
One day, we saw him walking into the masjid, and I noticed something was different…he was missing a leg! He was still smiling! Reminded me of the sabr of Aasiya, the wife of Pharaoh.
- No matter what trial we are going through in life, if the help of Allah comes to us, any trial can become easy.
- We need not worry about whether a trial would come, we know it will, but what we need to worry about is if the aid of Allah will come, because if it won’t, sabr won’t be there to withstand the trial.
Story 3: of a sister from Wisconsin, married to a handsome, good-looking attorney. Soon after moving to the US for a better life, he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He could not go to the toilet or eat himself, but she took care of him. To her, it was the least she could do for a husband she loved. This extreme test brought her closer to Allah. Her whole life since the loss of her husband revolves around Allah and His Rasul ﷺ. There is this light due to inner peace that shines on her face.
- The favor of Allah on us is more than that of a husband, more than a mother, and more than a father.
- Allah is always showering His blessings on us.
- Along with fearing Allah, teach the love of Allah to children. Always tell your children that everything they have is from Allah and He loves you because you are a Muslim.
Summary: sometimes you meet a Muslim who is such a blessing that you want to be a better person after meeting him or her. Aspire to be that person for those around you. Connect with people, get close to them, and build a connection.
May Allah make us a blessing for those around us and may we see lessons that Allah teaches us through the people around us.
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