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My verse that I’m going to talk about comes from the eighth juz, and it’s Surah Al-An’am, verse 161.
Say: Surely, (as for) me, my Lord has guided me to the right path; (to) a most right religion, the faith of Ibrahim the upright one, and he was not of the polytheists.
This is a commandment. Allah is telling us to say that indeed, He has guided us to a straight path and that He has given us this upright way of living, and this is the same path that Prophet Abraham followed, and he didn’t associate people with God.
The reason why I think this is so important is because sometimes we get locked into terminology. We get locked in into calling ourselves this or calling ourselves that, and we forget verses like this where Allah is teaching us a way to find a connection with other people here on Earth in this society. And it’s also the best form of da’wah, when you can connect to someone that they love, connect to someone that they respect, connect to someone that they believe was on the straight path as well, and you say that I’m following that way. And what do you have against me? I’m living an upright way of living. I’m avoiding alcohol, I’m avoiding bad deeds. I’m trying to help the poor and help the needy. And this is the same way that Abraham followed, so I follow his way.
For me, this is just one of the most important things that we need to remember in this day and time in America, with all this going on, is to follow the commandment of Allah (SWT), and tell the people we’re following a straight path. It’s an upstanding way of life, and it’s the same way that Prophet Abraham followed.
Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah.