Peace requires Courage

Peace requires courage. Away from all the voices explaining why their side is right, oppressed, or ethical. Peace, goes beyond the commotion, it goes beyond picking sides. It is being able to hear the other person speak before combatting them with an answer. It is seeing the other side as equally human, equally in the right, equally fragile. It requires the ability to see the enemy through an altruistic lens of forgiveness, empathy, and vulnerability.

The Prophet, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was sent as a mercy to all of humanity – not just to the Muslim ummah but also to those who had once been against him (PBUH). Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Never aspire for confronting your enemies (in a fight). Pray to God to be among those who seek living peacefully with others.”

Friday Khutbah (Sermon) 18 Oct 2013

Beautiful Khutbah today, some simple notes:

الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ فِي السَّرَّاءِ وَالضَّرَّاءِ وَالْكَاظِمِينَ الْغَيْظَ وَالْعَافِينَ عَنِ النَّاسِ وَاللَّهُ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

Those who spend (benevolently) in ease as well as in straitness, and those who restrain (their) anger and pardon men; and Allah loves the doers of good (to others).

Surah Al-Imran, verse 134. 

To get to Jannah:

Give freely
Swallow your anger 
Forgive lovingly – This is especially difficult when you are right.

The verse uses the term وَالْعَافِينَ to highlight the importance of ‘forgiving out of love’, instead of the term ‘ghafoor’

It is important to remember that: “We should not destroy the bridge on which we ourselves are going to walk.” ~ Sheikh. 

7 qualities that Allah loves:

Tawbah – Repentance
Taharaa – Cleanliness, Purification
Taqwaa – Piety
Ihsan – Goodness and Perfection (Using the above mentioned traits – Those who spend freely, Swallow their anger and forgive lovingly)
Tawakul – Putting your trust in Allah (SWT) alone
Qist – Justice
Sabr – Patience

May Allah (SWT) always guide us on the right path and may we seek true knowledge with every passing day. Ameen.