This past friday at my universitys’ (SBU) msas’ (SBU MSA) khutbah, I was awakened to something really important and great in every single Muslim’s life living here in North America. That was our akhlaq, or our character: how we interact with others, how we display ourselves, our speech, etc. The khateeb (one who gives the khutbah) was firing back at the young students at my MSA passing out magazines and flyers talking about bringing a khilafah back, establishing an Islamic state, etc. Yeah, you know the deal. The wannabe HT’ers, the khalafites, etc. The khateeb also emphasized our akhlaq towards our parents, and how Allah subhana hu wa ta’ala commands us to obey them and respect them to our utmost capablitily, even if it requires us to ‘swallow our pride’. He also mentioned how we want to do so many things for Islam, but yet we don’t even know anyone in this jamma’ (the group or gathering that was there that day). How we don’t even smile at our brothers (and sisters, hehe) and get to know each other. Our akhlaq is poor and needs a lot of work. The most important thing that hit me was when he said: “If you don’t pray, THEN START IMMEDIATELY. Nothing can be accomplished without a connection to Allah.” (It’s not exact, but that’s the jist of it.) SubhanAllah! What a statement! Usually, speakers would say take it slow or start praying or try to do a few, but this khateeb, he was just flat out: DO IT NOW! That was really effective. Straight to the point. Straight up. A stand up nigga. (excuse my vocabulary, must attract all types of audiences.)
This khateeb is no stranger to me. He is one of my close friends. I love him dearly. He has helped me a lot. A LOT! He has taught me many things. He is like my older brother. So I dedicate this post to him.
May Allah subhana hu wa ta’ala give you what is best in this world for you and give you the highest jannah! May he grant you want you may desire! Ameen! Ameen! Ameen!