One of the scariest things that you and I, all have to think about is when we stand in front of Allah and we have to explain to Allah, why the gift of “La illaha illallah”, that was given to you, that was given to me, the gift of Muhammad (SAW), that we could so easily have planted inside the hearts of our growing generation, why we failed to do it. Because we were too busy with other things, too busy with other things so that two generations down the road, one generation down the road, there’s nobody left to say “La ilaha illallah”.
We’re gonna have to answer Allah for that one “A long period passed, their hearts became hard, most of them are corrupt.” (Quran 57:16). That’s why I want to share these verses (Aya’t) with you. This concern is real; everybody thinks their own family is immune and their family’s safe. It would have been Ibrahim (A.S), “I raised my kids properly” and he did. His kid is so willing to submit to Allah, “Do whatever you’ve been told.” (Quran 37:102). “If Allah is telling you to cut my neck, cut it, my father.” “It’s okay. It’s for the sake of Allah.” “When they both submitted and he put his head down” (Quran 37:103) and even that father, Ibrahim (A.S.), he’s so worried about his kids. He turns to Allah and says, I am shocked at these words, He says to Allah, “Ya Allah, keep me and keep my sons from worshipping idols” (Quran 14:35).
If he said (dhuriyyati), it would have meant, keep me and my children and their grandchildren and their grandchildren and their grandchildren from worshipping idols. He’s not even thinking that far. He’s worried that himself and his own kids, even after they’ve come to Islam, Ya Allah, does that mean we’re safe? “You’re the only one who keeps us safe” “keeps us from falling into the worship of idols” (Quran 14:35).
I’m shocked at that dua. I am just absolutely shocked, that’s the house that he built, that’s the house that he built with his son and he comes back and it’s this thriving city where everybody worships Allah. And he’s still worried that “Ya Allah, keep me and my children from worshipping idols” (Quran 14:35) from falling into that. So now, the last thing I want to share with you, just about our kids, just to think about how Islam has to become a conscious thing not just some practices, not just “We used to go to Jum’ah”. It can’t, that’s not gonna be enough, I’m telling you now.
You might be offended by what I’m saying, but that’s okay I’d rather you get offended and do something than not. For you own selves, for your own families. You know, this is our matter. Every child that falls into doubt, every child that cares more about video games than they care about Allah’s book. You know, that’s our loss. What I want to tell you about is idols. Ibrahim (A.S) was worried about idols. We don’t have that problem. There’s no statue over here. There’s no cross over here. We’re not worried about our kids falling into the worship of idols but you need understand what idols are. What a (Sana’m) is.
Every generation has its own idols. Every era has its own idols. Our idols today by the way, an idol is something you worship, something your hopes are associated with, something you think about all the time, something that replaces the place of Allah in your heart, that’s an idol and very easily, in our times, technology can become an idol.
Very easily, in our times, money can become somebody’s idol that they worship. All they care about is money, all they care about is looks, and all they care about is the gadget. People are crying because they can’t make (Hajj) and now you have people crying because they don’t have the iPhone 8 Plus. They’re having a spiritual crisis because they don’t have that video game. You know, “I only have a PS3, I don’t have a PS4”. You know? They’re crying, our kids are, like, bawling tears over this stuff. What have we done? We are creating for our children. They’re innocent. What you put in front of them, they will become obsessed with and then, you cannot blame them for their obsession.
All my kids play games, I play games with them but there’s a balance that has to be achieved. Your job is not just to give your kids these luxuries in life and nothing else. Then these things will become their idol. This is all they will worship. This is all their life will amount to. You know how many times I hear stories about teenage Muslim boys and girls, teenage kids. “I don’t believe in God, leave me alone I just want to play my video games” and those two things are not unrelated. That God got replaced with another God that’s what happened. This is when you’re gaming 8 hours a day but we think “Oh we’re Muslim, at least we go pray Jumah at least we do something at Eid so we should be fine” this is only “if you continue to obey Allah and his messenger, none of your deeds will be wasted away” (Quran 49:14)