Today, I attended Jummah at Masjid Manhattan.
It's a multi-story building, much like the first mosque I attended while in New York, Masjid Uthman ibn Affan, or better known as the Midtown Mosque.
Do you think these companions that love him so much will ever disobey him?
And if we say we love the Prophet (S), let'sprove it by obeying him. You should always remember him, always mention him when speaking to others.
We should constantly send Salam to him [also known as Salawat]. God has appointed angels that accept that Salam and deliver it the Prophet (S), it reaches him.
He cared for humanity, loved humanity. He gave good counsel and advice. And if you love the Prophet (S), you will show that by loving humanity as well!
When the Prophet (S) went to Ta'if, and he was stoned, he was insulted and tormented, the angels came to ask if they should destroy them, he said no, maybe their children or grandchildren will believe. This is how merciful he was and how much he loved humanity.
If you love the Prophet (S)you will try to follow the examples of those that truly love the Prophet (S), the sahabah (companions). How much do we know about today's celebrities? We don't need to know about who's pregnant. The sahabah should be our celebrities. Know what they did, how they proved their love for the Prophet (S) and we should emulate them.
You have the perfect example in the Prophet (S). Whatever Allah sent him with, even if our limited intellect does not understand it, we follow it because it will be good for us. If we love him, we will defend him and his teachings. How do we defend him? Not foolishly, not angrily or with emotion, not with stupid demonstrations, but with wisdom. We should feel sorry for those that insult the prophet and try to educate them.
My dear gathering if you want to love the prophet, you have to be connected to him and what he came with, the Qur'an. Ibn Masud said if you want to be connected to the Prophet (S), read the Qur'an. How often do you read the Qur'an? We should read it once a day.
I pray to Allah to help us and get close to His book and follow and love His Prophet (S).
Middle aged Arab man.
My dear gathering, the Prophet (S) was not just a political or a military leader, he was a father, brother, husband, son, a human being. His personality is what we need to study. How he, this is what relates to all of us, how did he conduct.himself as a family man? In order to increase our love for him, we need to know him in detail.
Make an effort to know him more, the more you know him the more you will love him.
Unfortunately shaytan has been successful in keeping us away from our roots and from knowing the Prophet (S). Once you know him, you will love him, it will make you better, it will make you a refined human being.
The Prophet (S) said he came to refine our character, to teach us how to behave with our family, wife, children, and everyone.
This is how he conducted himself:
- How he spoke, when he wanted to say something, he spent time in contemplation and said only what was beneficial.
- He would walk with a sense of urgency, even if he was walking at a steady pace his companions would be out of breath.
- When someone spoke, he would listen and allow them to finish before he himself spoke.
- He never criticized anyone or blamed anyone for anything. Even in the battle of Badr if he was injured he would not blame anyone.
- His wives described him as a smiling person, he always smiled, he would joke but not lie in his joking.
Learn about him to be better
I pray to Allah to help us to understand him so we can be better husbands, bolrothers, human beings. If we follow and love him, Allah will love us. Insha'Allah.
The congregation was really diverse, which is to be expected, but the dominant ethnic groups present were Arabs and Desis, you had your smattering of Africans as well.
I can't really complain, this was the best experience in New York thus far.
I really don't have to say anything more, read the khutbah again, it's a good reminder for all of us.