O Muslims! Stop Imitating Gangstas!

Subhan'Allah! It is very disturbing that more and more Muslim men and women are falling into the imitation of "gang culture". Dressing in baggy pants that show off one's underwear, talking about "getting high" and showing off their "gunz" and referring to one another as "n*gga" and "b*tches" ... astaghfirullah!

Is this the way a Muslim should act? Is this the way a Muslim should speak?

Unfortunately this behaviour is not limited to the youth and is not specific to one gender. It's sad that we see grown women, mothers of teenagers themselves also immersing themselves in this culture. My sisters in Islam, think! What sort of message are you sending to your children? How will your unIslamic behaviour reflect on them!?

Shaykh Ahmed an-Najmi said: "The mother is the first school. If she is righteous, the progeny becomes righteous." [Fath-ur- Rabb al-Wadud (2/256)]

Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala tells us in the Qur'an:

Indeed in the Messenger of Allah (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes for (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much.

[Surah Al-Ahzab 33:21]

Our example, our role model is the Prophet Muhammad, sall'Allahu alayhi wasalam. Why do we feel the need to imitate gangstas? Gang culture is the complete opposite of Islam. Gang culture promotes a life of drugs, violence, and illicit sexual activity, all of which are haraam in Islam.
Gang culture is a lifestyle from the kuffar (disbelievers). Imitating this lifestyle and showing love for it and those who are part of it is misguidance and sinful.

We know from the ahadith, if you love the Muslims, you will be raised with the Muslims on Yaumul Qiyamah. If you love the Kuffar, you will be raised with the Kuffar on Yaumul Qiyamah.

You Will Be With Those Whom You Love

A man asked the Prophet (sall'Allahu alayhi wa salam), "When will the Hour be established O Allah's Messenger?" The Prophet (sall'Allahu alayhi wa salam) asked, "What have you prepared for it?" The man sa
id, "I haven't prepared for it much of prayers or fast or alms, but I love Allah and His Messenger." The Prophet (sall'Allahu alayhi wa salam) said, "You will be with those whom you love." [Bukhari]

There are three important points to note here:

1. There is something more important than knowing when the Day of Judgement will occur. The more important thing is our preparation for that Day. What good or bad deeds have you sent forth for that Day? Each person's Judgement begins as soon as they die, and their grave becomes either a pit of fire or a garden of Paradise. Therefore, the most relevant thing to worry about are our daily deeds, as we never know when we will die and our Judgement commence.

2. The questioner in the hadith did the required (Fardh) prayers, fasts, and charity but not a whole lot extra. Some people do the opposite; they neglect the Fardh while doing a lot of the Sunnah (supererogatory). This is misguided because the greatest reward is for Fardh deeds and punishment is for neglecting the Fardh, not the Sunnah.

3. Most sobering is that you will be with the people you love on the Day of Judgement. If you love the Muslims, you will be with the Muslims and will follow them where they will go (Jannah). If you have love for the Kuffar, you will be with the Kuffar on the Day of Judgement. Peer into your heart to see who it is you really love. This will tell you where you will be on the Day of Judgement.

On the Day of Judgement “Allah will tell the people, ‘Follow the gods you used to worship.’ So whoever used to worship the cross will follow the cross, and whoever used to worship an idol will follow that idol." What Allah is telling us is that if somebody didn’t worship Him, they shouldn't expect the Reward from Him either. They should go to the gods they worshipped for their reward. That’s the justice of Allah. Then Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) will take all the false gods and throw them in Hell; and their people will have to follow them. And there is no god besides Allah.
 
May Allah guide us forgive us our shortcomings and may He help us in perfecting our character and make us perfect role models for our children, the future generation of Muslims, ameen.
 
Below is a beneficial khutbah entitled: The Time For Gangsta is Over (3 part audio)
 
 



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