Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE MOST BENEFICENT, THE MOST MERCIFUL
Many rich people pass by poor people and don’t even say Salam to them.
Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) says: the one who works hard to earn his money is the beloved of Allah. Allah loves the one who works hard to earn his money. The Pathan guy who was making naan all day and his salwar kamiz is like brown, even though it’s white it’s turned brown and grey, he worked all day and he passes by you and are like ”What are these disgusting people doing here” you should, at the very least they deserve your Salam and we’ve ingrained this idea that some people are better than others.
There is no such thing in this religion, every human being is equal and especially the Muslims ”All Believers Are Equal” this guy comes to me he worked at the hotel, he recognized me ”Sir, can I take a picture with you? I was like why are you calling me sir bro, I’m your brother. Okay sir brother lol can I take a picture with you? It’s embedded in the mind that some people are better than them, that’s not right, people are dignified.
We stand in one row (for prayers) yes or no? You don’t check somebody’s passport before you put them in the first row, you don’t check out how much money you make? Oh you go fourth row? You don’t do that and the Salah itself teaches us that every human being is supposed to be treated equally. In this society and in so many Muslim societies, this is happening.
What’s the point of memorizing Quran, studying the Book of Allah and you don’t treat the janitors with respect and the cleaners with respect and the taxi driver with respect? What are you learning? Why are you learning? What’s the point? So we have to change our thinking? This is more Hasanat for you to make people feel dignified in society, give them good counsel, speak to them like equals, and speak to them with respect.
Every human being deserves respect, every human being and I told you today it’s not just the Muslims, every human being should be treated with respect. Why in the world would they want to come close to Islam when they see us behave like this? What reason have we given them? People keep saying ”the problem of the Ummah is the political problem, it’s the economic problem, it’s the social problem, it’s the education and I say NO!!! The problem of the Ummah is the Hikma (Wisdom) problem, that’s the real problem we have and then, by the way in Dawah that doesn’t mean you’re always soft, this is wisdom of Allah, everything is balanced, you’re not always soft.
Sometimes people attack you, sometimes they will make fun of you, sometimes people insult your Prophet (pbuh) and when that happens, this is not the time to be soft, this is the time to be tough and so what does Allah say: ”and debate with them, argue with them, take them head-on with something that is better, with what is better, if they argue, you argue with something better, if they use anger, you use calmness, if they use dirty words, you only use clean words because every time you respond, it should be with something what? Something better. )
ALLAH KNOWS BEST.