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Imam Dukuley discusses what it means to be good in Islam and the importance of humility and standing up for justice.
Being Good in Islam
He says, in the same verse, “The reason why I say you are the best of nations is because why? Because He commands everything that is good....He commands every excellent action, everything that is good. That’s what Islam is about. It’s not just, “you better wash and pray, give zakat, this, that.” They are only actions....You also prevent the doing of injustice. Anything that is wrong, He says, “No. Islam, eschews all those things...." “You believe in Allah, and Allah alone.” This is a specific, what do you call, preference of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala (most glorious, most high), on a condition though, “....Because you do this, that’s why you are the best of nations.” What if we don’t do it? We are not the best of nations. We cannot be the best of nations. We are only the best of nations because we [are] commanded the doing of good.
Witness to Justice
Allah says, “All you who believe, be maintainers of justice and bearers of true witness for Allah. “Even if the truth goes against your own selves, your parents, your relatives, or someone who is rich or poor. You know why Allah mentioned the poor and the rich in this? Now it says, “You should be good witnesses.” ...Allah says...“Even if they are poor or rich, Allah says, I will protect both, it’s not your responsibility.” The reason why... Allah said, I’ll protect both [is] because, nowadays, justice is about money. Right? The one who has money can get justice. Muslims can’t be like this. When you go to court, if you saw something and you are called to account, you are not doing it for yourself, you are doing it for the sake of Allah.... He said, “You should be witnesses and maintainers of justice for the sake of Allah. And even if speaking that truth is speaking out against yourself, or your father, your parents, all your close relatives, Allah says, speak the truth. To protect them, it is your duty. Now, some people…some people come, say, “Oh, this man has a lot of money. If I go and witness against him, he’s going to lose a lot of money. Or, this guy is very poor. If I go witness against him, oh, he’s going to end up in jail. So you know what, I’m going to say something else.” Either case, Muslim, you’re not supposed to do it....Allah already mentioned that..Their protection lies with Allah, not you. Allah says,... “Do not follow your heart’s desire... in making justice.”
Lessons of Humility
But I’m just saying, this is a governor, he was so humble he only had one garment. One. So we need to be humble.
Importance of Humility
You have to be a moderate community. A community that does not go to the extreme in everything. Even in doing good. You can’t do good until the point you don’t have no clothes to wear.
Imam Dukuley discusses the importance of Islamic teachings for Muslim youth.
We are living in a very challenging environment. And if you want to be good Muslims, you have to choose your friends. Not because you go to the same school… If you are a believer...be with those that are truthful...Be with the righteous.