The Crisis Of Humanity – Omar Suleiman When people come to me and they tell me that, “My child, my teenager all they do is they watch pornography, waste away on social media, waste away on games. I can’t get them off of drugs. I can’t get them to pray.” I remember hadith of the Prophet (ﷺ): (شَكَا رَجُلاً إِلَى النَّبِىِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم بِقَسْوَةَ قَلْبِهِ) A man came to the Prophet (ﷺ) and said, “My heart has been hardened.” (فَ اَوْصَاهُ أَنْ يَامْسَحْ رَأْسَ الْيَتِيمِ) Rasulullah (ﷺ) told him, “You should accompany an orphan and you should caress his head.” Caressing the head, (يَامْسَحْ رَأْسَ الْيَتِيمِ). The literal meaning is to caress the head. It means acquaint yourself with people that are less fortunate. Acquaint yourself with the orphans. Acquaint yourself with the problems
around the world with your brothers and sisters all over, with your brothers and sisters locally, with the homeless people under this place, locally. Acquaint yourself with those circumstances, with those situations, with those people. And your heart will naturally be soften. Because the world is no longer all about you. It’s no longer nafsi, nafsi in this world. It’s about something greater than you. And if you want to tame your nafs, attach it to a cause that is greater than itself, attach it to something that is greater
than shahawat, than just this desires. So, when I go online, I’m not going to waste away on idle things. You know what? I’m going to read the news and I will be grieved and I will think action and solution, what can I do to change it? I’ll be interested in what’s going on around me, interested in the world, interested in changing this world. Because the world doesn’t revolve around me. And subhanallah, when you’re in that state of mind, wallahi, I always remember my father. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) bless and preserve him. I remember subhanallah, when the issue of Bosnia took place, he adopted a family from Bosnia and put them in an apartment, right next to us. And we used to go daily and take groceries to them. The refugees from Bosnia. And we couldn’t even speak their language. We couldn’t even understand what they were saying and they couldn’t understand us But we go take our groceries and he told us, “Take your gaming consoles.” Back then it was Nintendo, Super Nintendo. Things have changed. “Take your Super Nintendo over. Play Super Mario with them.” “Hook up your Super Nintendo, hook up your Sega. Play with them.” “Try to talk to them. Try to communicate with them.” “What do you want to buy them today?” “What do you want to take for them today?” Subhanallah. As we would go there, wallahi, I would be too embarrassed to ask my dad to buy me a new pair of shoes. I’m seeing these young people, that were just like me, teenagers, and here they are, and they’re in a country that they don’t know. They’ve lost their parents. And they’re in a foreign place and they’re living in an apartment, that they don’t… I mean they’re there, look at t where they are. How can I then have the nerve to ask for a new pairs of sneakers? The world wasn’t about me anymore. It changed my entire perspective about things. I had a connection to the crisis in Bosnia. I had a connection to the issues in the Ummah. And that purified my heart as a young teenagers. Subhanallah, in those moments I never felt closer to Allah as a teenager than those moments, wallahi. And I remember that slowly as they moved on and we moved on. I started going back to
what every teenager goes back to. Acquaint yourself with the issues of the Ummah. And that way, when you commit a sin, not only will you feel guilty, because you wronged yourself, and you did not appreciate
Allah’s (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) blessings upon you. You will feel like you betrayed the Ummah. And that will cause you to desist, that will cause you to hold back. Because when you break the lid of that bottle
to drink, when you go party, when you commit that sin, when you sit in that gathering, when you dress the way you do, when you act the way you do. You are causing hardship to the Ummah. I don’t want to bring that hard to the Ummah. The ummah deserves more from me. I owe them. I should be hoping them. I should be concerned about them. I should be making dua for them. You know subhanallah, most of us have made more dua for our new houses and our new cars and our very trivial things in life than we have for people that are being killed all over the world. And wallahi, that’s a faith crisis. When you’re more concerned about your sports team losing a game than 600-700 people being massacred. That’s a crisis of iman. That’s a crisis of humanity.