Jumuah Khutbah 30-06-2023
Channel: Abdul Nasir Jangda
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In the days of the hedgehog following the days of hedge, there's a lot of discussion leading up to the days of Hudson throughout these days about the idea and the concept of change.
A couple of months ago, as we were reaching the end of the month of Ramadan, we talked a lot about changing ourselves for the better, improving ourselves. That was a constant theme. As we went into today's of HUDs people that were going for hudge they were going to fulfill a great obligation of Islam. But there's also the intention and the objective of changing oneself coming back a changed person. Even those of us at home we are fasting on the day of alpha, talking about the legacy of Ibrahim Ali Salaam. There's that same theme and idea of how do I change myself for the better. And that seems to be a constant theme in this part of our year.
I wanted to talk a little bit about this concept of change. And what exactly the Quran says about this concept of change. This is one of the most
profound and significant concepts that is presented to us in the Quran.
su in Surah, two shrimps surah number 94. Allah subhanaw taala begins the sutra by taking a number of oaths. Allah swears by really beautiful and majestic things to gain to grab our attention. Allah says we're Shamcey will do ha. Allah swears by the sun and its brilliance will come with either Tada. He swears by the moon following the sun wouldn't know how to either Jhula he swears by the daytime and how it serves as a showcase for the brilliance of the Sun will lately either Yasha he swears by the knights and how it puts a damper on everything and a darkens everything was so mighty while my banana, he swears by the sky and how Allah built and constructed and elevated the sky. Will
Obi Wan Mata Ha he swears by the earth the ground that we walk on, and how he spread it out beneath our feet.
One of seal Amasa WA. And Allah swears by this human being
and how Allah created and fashioned and formed this human being for Al Hama ha voodoo Raha. And then Allah says that not only did he create this human being, but then he granted the human being consciousness.
He granted the human being the consciousness, to be able to discern between wrong and right, what is bad and what is good.
And that the fact that Allah
created this beautiful world, placed his human being inside of this remarkable world, made this human being the most remarkable part of this beautiful world. And then above all else gave the human being that consciousness, that sense, to be able to differentiate between bad and good.
And then comes the objective, Allah took all these oaths to lead up to to build up to this point. And the point that Allah makes here is, but the Alpha Herman Zakka, that indeed successful is success has been achieved and has been attained by the one who is able to correct themselves, who is able to correct their soul who is able to fix themselves, who is able to better themselves. Look at the hob oven, the saga. But on the flip side, Allah also took all these oaths to make this point,
that ruined destroyed is the one who spoiled themselves, who ruined themselves who destroyed themselves.
This is the goal and the objective that we have in life.
The mind that we have, the life that we have been given the time that has been allocated to us, the resources that we have been assigned.
Those things are fixed.
But our goal, our objective is to not attain more resources. That's impossible.
Our goal, our objective, our focus is not to focus on as attaining more time, that's an impossibility.
We have not been given the responsibility of being able to change any of these parameters
out our goal and our focus and our objective is the correction of ourselves.
To try to be the best that we can
and to continuously work towards improvement of ourselves and bettering of ourselves.
And this is the objective that Allah subhanaw taala gives to us in the Quran, and this is that oath that Allah takes. Now I wanted to not just talk about this theoretically,
even though it's very important to just even have this realization, just this reminder, there's a reason why Allah comes back to this theme, over and over and over and over and over again within the Quran. Every time Allah is talking about Iman, and well I'm Allah solid.
That is exactly the point that is being made there. Better yourself, improve yourself, do better, you're better than that. Every single time Allah talks to us about Kufa
and take the job.
That's exactly what Allah is warning us against is that that's the worst case scenario, don't allow yourself to even start going down that path.
So this is a very, very important theme that Allah revisits time and time again within the Quran. So just that reminder, and that realization is very, very important. But at the same time,
it is important to have a bit of a practical discussion about practically speaking, how do we go about in trying to realize this?
So first and foremost,
it's once again, just that reminder of the fact we need to constantly keep reminding ourselves of what our objective what our goal, what our focus is, this is something that they talk about in the business world all the time that you need to keep going back and reminding yourself you keep going back in reminding your team, what's the vision, what's the mission statement? And what's the vision, what's the mission statement, what are we doing here? Why are we doing what we're doing? For the sake of dunya for the sake of a few pennies, there's that understanding of we got to maintain focus, we got to remember, we got to keep everyone on the same page. They plastered the mission statement
on the walls, so that every day you walk in 10 times a day you walk by it, you see it over and over and over again. So that you remember why you're here, which more often than not, is to make money. But this is so much more important. So we have to keep reminding ourselves and that's the first step of this of a hasip Namaha
didn't really think you were just created for gaming play. You really think you were created to sleep and eat and use the restroom and then eat sleep and use the restroom all over again.
No wonder call me Lena Allah to Geron and that you would that we do not have to go back and face Allah. Of course we do. I let the you know Armando Wautoma inocle, over whom basically Allah
there will only really know what our purpose is when we have incorporated the remembrance of Allah, Allah be thinking like he talked about in localu. That's what brings tranquility peace purpose, to our lives to our minds to our hearts. So a constant reminder.
Number two is that when we figure out what our mission and what our purpose is,
then it's very naive of us to think that there won't be any challenges, that there won't be distractions, that there won't be times and situations that are very difficult and challenging.
Of course, we're going to be tested. Allah subhanaw taala tells us that the very, pretty much right out the door once we have emaan once we understand what our purpose and our objective is, and we start living according to that Alladhina amanu AMILO Sani had with this sort of philosophy. What a while so we'll help you with the wasabi Sabha. The very the very next thing that you're going to need is resilience. You're going to need patience, you're going to need a little bit of toughness.
There's gonna have you're gonna have to have a thick skin. You're gonna have to be able to endure and push through it no matter your for sabula Adjara Hoon belaid ASAP. That's why Allah promises the patient, resilient people with a reward that has no boundaries, no limits. That's why Allah promises the greatest reward to those who have that resilience in Allah, Hamas, sobbing that God is with them.
And number three, we're going to have to continue to we're going to have to be we're going to have to educate ourselves. We're going to have to educate ourselves about that purpose.
About that objective, and what fits into that purpose, what fits into that objective and what does not. We have to know we have to continue to enlighten ourselves.
They say knowledge is power, meaning that it will fuel you, it will give you guidance and direction. You The more knowledge you have the maybe the less resilience that will be required on a day to day basis, because now you're no longer taking missteps. You have a better perspective. And that's what Allah talked about. I saw and Takara who che and well hydralic and why, why certain to Hibu Sheikh and well whichever we like them, sometimes you hate something, but it's good for you. Sometimes you want something so badly, but it's bad for you.
Part of that is to put your faith and trust in Allah. But part of that the seed of that is also learn from your experiences, learn from the experiences of others, that right now, I seem to not like this, but let me learn. Let me listen. Let me understand that this is something that's actually good for me.
Right now, I want this thing so desperately. But let me learn and listen, grow, to understand that this is something that is bad for me. Let me stay away from it. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said that a ser Edelman worry that the lady that the really, really fortunate blessed person is the one who learns from the mistakes of others.
And another thing that is very important in this pursuit of self improvement, improving ourselves is to remain positive and remain hopeful.
and in just overall personal development, self help, they refer to it a lot of times as a growth mindset. Having a growth based mindset,
that not being negative, don't say can't say we'll in sha Allah.
And this is step away from kind of the
you know, just the pop psychology aspect of it to something more substantive. This is something that's in the Quran and the Sunnah, camera slice allottee some you have with the firewall, the prophets, Allah, the some were very much loved, and insisted on
pardon the translation, but what would, in my opinion, would translate to positive thinking? I know that that can seem kind of fluffy.
But the prophets allottee some folk had a very positive mindset, a growth mindset.
Who is focused on the possibilities, the opportunities
and the Quran talks about this as well. When your Uncle What are they he Salam
is sending his sons?
He says, yah, yah, bernia is Habu for the hustlers, who made use of our coffee that go and find out about use of and about his brother? He's sending them on a very, very difficult task. It's from the story of use of Anisa Masuda Yusuf, but here's the point. He tells them that is a very powerful piece of advice in the Quran. He says that they assume it Rohilla never, ever, ever despair, from the Mercy of Allah from the help of Allah.
never despair in the mercy of the help of Allah Lautoka to me Rahmatullah never despair, never lose hope. In the Mercy of Allah.
We have been taught to have this positive mindset that every day is going to be a profound victory. On this journey, of bettering oneself and improving oneself. Not every day is going to be some remarkable victory. But we just have to remain focused and we have to keep moving along and making that progress. And some days will be better than others, some days will be a little bit more challenging. But we have to remain focused on the objective and we have to remain positive and working and pushing forward.
The next thing that is very important, and essential and critical. On this journey of self improvement, is something I've already alluded to, in what we've talked about, but this is a separate point in and of itself. And that is to look at, to reflect on, to read, to listen to to draw strength from the stories of the people of the past, namely, the prophets and the messengers of Allah.
And the other remarkable people that have been talked to us that have been that we have been told about within the Quran within the book of Allah.
We spent many days the last week or so or a couple of weeks, repeatedly talking about Ibrahim alayhi, Salam Ismail ala Alagar Salam Hotjar salam alayka, we've been talking about these remarkable people. That is a very important thing. And that's a very important part of this journey and this strategy of self improvement and bettering oneself. Allah subhanaw taala told the prophets allowed him at the end of Surah use of Lakota canovee associ him are able to atone Lulu Bob, that within the stories, he's not just entertainment. These are not entertainment. But within their stories. There are powerful realizations, reminders, awakenings, for people of intelligence, for people with common
sense for people of rational thought. It is when we're overcome by our emotions and we lose kind of, you know, control of the steering wheel, we lose the reins, that we can't think clearly. And those are the moments that when we're told, remember the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam, remember when Ibraheem Alehissalaam and who said no, no? What does that have to do with anything?
That doesn't help my situation.
Don't bring that suffer.
But if we can calm ourselves and remember who we are, the mission division, who we are, what we're doing, why we're doing what we're doing,
then we'll find profound strength in the stories.
The prophets, W Houda, whom
Allah told the prophets, Allah determined the Quran, follow their guidance. These are the people whom Allah has given guidance to. So follow their guidance. We are being told in the stories Allah told the prophets Allah they said them that we are telling you the stories, man and by Rosalie man with a b2b Father, to strengthen your heart.
So looking at this, this habit that maybe we've developed are distinct that we were introduced over the last couple of weeks, a couple of weeks, this has to become a regular part of our regimen, our lives, is pick up a book, start listening to a series, start attending some gurus, start taking some lessons.
Just something small, something simple, something easy.
But we need a regular input, an influx of this inspiration of these remarkable people of the past and we'll see how they overcame their challenges, how they were able to push through the most difficult of circumstances
and how they arrived at the Promise of Allah subhanaw taala like the prophets, allotting some said in the bow in the battlefield, the budget after the dust had settled. Look at the word Jelena ma Donna, Rob Guna, Hakka we found that the promise that our Lord made to us was true. They arrived at the Promise of Allah. So how we can also draw inspiration from that. And that's exactly why
that the people of the past generations of the past, someone told that the very first generations of Muslims, this was something that they were very, very regular and consistent about.
That the son of Saudi interviewer Casa de Allahu taala, and who says
that we are sad whenever you have a customer, the Allahu Taala and he says that, that we taught our children and my Razia Kumar know Allah Muhammad, a surah terminal Quran, which we will teach our children the life and the challenges, the battles the campaigns, he expeditions of the life of the prophets a lot he said them, just like we would teach them a sutra from the Quran.
Xin labin Rahim, Allah hooter, Allah, the great grandson of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
he used to the great great grandson of the process, and we used to say, that same thing that we would teach our children, the life and the legacy of the prophets, Allah the psalm, just like we would teach them chapters and Sunnah of the Quran.
So we need this constant regular input reading of the Quran and the life of the prophets, Allah dictum. So find that hope, and inspiration. And lastly, and finally, is that we continue to after doing all these things, putting in all this work, remembering all these points,
that we continue to make dua to Allah subhanaw taala. We continue to pray to Allah,
to grant us Sophia, to give us the ability to guide us to strengthen us to give us the motivation, the inspiration, to allow us to see the fruits of our labors to allow us to see the change and transformation within ourselves and the people
fool around us. We continue to pray and make dua just a couple of days ago on the occasion of Eid that I shared the Dr. Ibrahim Ali salaam Raja Nemo crema Salah woman 380. What was he making dua for he was asking for that improvement of the self. Allow me to be someone who remains regular vigilant, consistent nonstop upon my salah my prayer until the day I die, and grant that ability to my children.
That we continue to make dua and make dua to Allah Allah unto MOOC in one village other make dua and you are fully convinced you believe that Allah will answer your DUA.
And we talked about the stories of the people of the past in the Sierra and the life of the prophets, Allah these, we see these examples. No more evidence needs to be provided. Khalid bin Walid or the Allahu Taala and who
he fights against Islam. He fights against the prophets also, he stands on the other side of the battlefield. Looking at the prophets, a lot of
Muslims died at his hands.
But 20 years later,
20 years later,
he puts his hand in the hand of the prophets, Allah vision becomes Muslim. And not only does he become Muslim, then he spends a couple of years in the company of the Prophet saw some as the Sahaba rasool and not only that, but then within a decade of the passing of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
He helps to take Islam further than it ever did in the lifetime to the Prophet says, within the lifetime of the prophets have some bite the tongue of the prophets, Allah Islam
within a year of becoming Muslim,
he is dubbed he is called he is titled by the prophets Allah de semana safe Allah. Allah Allah SallAllahu, sayfa Mitsui
like a man can go from 20 years of staunch gopher disbelief, opposition to Islam and the prophets awesome. And within months can become the sort of God
People talk about age how old are they Alana was not a 20 year old. He's not a 12 year old a 20 year old is an older man.
At the time of first hamaca, the conquest of Makkah. Again, more than 20 years after the mission of the Prophet system started more than 20 years after this man's own son became Muslim. The Prophet SAW son was sitting at the Haram at the Kaaba, like many people are today, the her judge
and Abu Bakar. Alana walks in and he's holding his father's hand bringing him in. And he's so old and elderly. All of his hair is white hair, his beard, his eyebrows, everything is white.
And he was blind, a vocal HOFA he's an old, elderly at 90 plus years old.
And the prophets Allah the salam says, Hello, Dr. Sheffield, one RT, why didn't you keep uncle at home? I would come see him.
And he said, No, he wanted to come to you because he is here to accept Islam.
People talk about oh, no set in my ways can do it now, brother. It's too hard. It's too difficult. You can't change after a certain point
of Oklahoma is accepting Islam.
At this advance of an age, completely changing his perspective, changing everything he believes in everything he's done in his life, off the table, starting new starting fresh.
And the examples go on and on and on and on and on.
And our books are filled. Our books of history are filled with these examples. Our communities are filled with these examples.
There's so many examples in front of us. We just have to remember to believe
we have to remember to work. We have to be patient. We have to be we have to have perseverance. We have to persevere. We have to educate ourselves. Continue to pray continue to work continue to push forward and draw inspiration from all these remarkable examples. BarakAllahu li Walakum Philippa anilao them one after another er Combi Hakim a sock for Allah Hi Lea welcome Melissa. Iliyan Muslimeen for sub zero in a hula hula fura.
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