Do Good While You Are Strong
Channel: Abdulbary Yahya
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Shaykh Abdul Bary Yahya gives the Friday lecture at the Roswell Community Masjid on Friday, May 5, 2017.
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A brother came to me
a few months ago.
He came from a refugee camp.
Not the type of refugee camps that we imagined.
It was in Indonesia.
And a ship
had come ashore.
This boat or ship
was full of
people fleeing the persecution and the killings of Mayan Mar,
in Southeast Asia.
The ship came ashore.
And they built a fence around that ship.
And this was the refugee camp that was in one of those islands.
there waiting for people to accept them, maybe sponsor them go to Europe, America or any other Muslim country.
That friend of mine went
and we were
assistance and help food,
medicine and the likes for them.
And a man approached him
and he had with him
a young girl
whom he was carrying.
And he said
this girl here is not my daughter.
When we left the shores of my Mr.
The boat was full.
People are hanging from the side of the boat.
A woman came running towards the boat.
And she handed me
this young girl.
And she said, Take this Daughter of mine.
For she will have a better chance at survival for their villages have been ransacked.
The young, the old
the men the woman
had been killed and slaughtered.
She was running for her life. And she does not know if she's going to survive. To see the sunset.
And there are escaping on this boat.
Imagine this woman she says take this daughter, maybe she will have a better chance at survival. If you take her for she remains with me. There's very little chance that I will be able to survive
and take care of her.
So this man has this daughter, but I want you to put
yourself in that position.
Some of us have children
imagine to be put in that position. A mother
you know the love of the mother for their children. You know how much it is especially at that age. There's the most precious thing in the world for you
to give that up, to be put in that situation.
We are about this. But what we don't realize is that there are many people in the world
that are facing difficulties.
And they're making dua to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
For some of the things that we take for granted every day in every moment in our lives
for the things that we take for granted, every single moment in our lives
they're making the law do is that they can be in our shoes. Yeah, we have those blessings that Allah Subhana Allah has bestowed upon us.
You know, are we thankful for those blessings?
Are we thankful to Allah subhanho wa Taala
for the glass of water
that we save every morning, and every time we're thirsty?
Are we thankful for the clothing that we have on our backs? Are we thankful for the shelter that we have the houses that keep us comfortable? There are people who are making dua every single day, for some of the things that we take for granted every single moment.
I'll share with you another story.
was in Turkey.
He was near the border area where the refugees were fleeing Syria.
they had raised enough money
a bakery so that they could make bread and distributed every single day to the refugees who will come in.
And a man
approach that brother who was passing out the bread, and the man looked at the bread and he broke down and he cried and he cried.
And he said for the last two months,
we had been scouring for food.
We never had anything fresh. And seeing this piece of bread
brought tears to my eyes.
Because he was so thankful for that piece of bread.
Yet he was also thinking about what he had before.
He used to own
He said before the war
I had many bakeries and had people working for me.
I could swim in bread.
That's what I made on a daily basis.
But I never appreciate it like I did today.
And he cried. Because he said I for the last two months. I never had anything fresh until today.
That's what some people are going through in the world right now.
Allah subhanho wa Taala is testing them
with trials and tribulations. What we don't realize is the loss of hanworth Allah is also testing us.
Allah subhanho wa Taala says when a bloke with a blue combi sharply will hire a fit.
we test you.
We test you with difficulties in ears with bad and good as a fit.
And surely in the end, you all shall return to us.
Allah subhanho wa Taala is testing us. This life is a test. But most of us when we think about trials and tribulations and tests, we think about the difficulties that may be fall upon us so that we may be patient.
But we don't think and we don't realize that the prosperity is and the blessings that Allah subhana wa Taala showers upon us are also tests and trials and tribulations for us to see we're thankful to Allah subhanho wa Taala or not.
We're all being tested.
To see if we're thankful and if we are thankful. What do we do
with Allah subhanho wa Taala gives us health, then we should use that energy and strengthen the obedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala and if Allah subhanho wa Taala gives us wealth, then we should spend it in the obedience of Allah subhana wa
Allah spending that which Allah subhanho wa Taala has given to us in that which is pleasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala and whenever there is someone who is in need Allah subhana wa Taala is testing us to see if we pass that test and so when you have the opportunity to help those who are needy and those who are poor, when you are at and when you are at a fundraiser or when you see someone pour in or need a loss of hand vitalis testing you at that moment to see if you're thankful to him or not. If you are thankful, then you will give what you have in the obedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala and you will help with with whatever you have.
Allah subhanho wa Taala is testing us all the time.
He tests us with difficulties, and he has
hardships and prosperity. But you know which of the two is more difficult,
the more difficult of the two to pass, as mentioned by the scholars, the more difficult of the two the pass is actually the test of prosperity.
Because those who are those who have been tested with hardships or difficulties, they're more likely to return to a loss of an ally in times of hardships, you're more likely to return to Allah subhanho wa Taala when you lose your job, you come to the masjid, when something happens in your life that makes you sad you turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala
people are more likely
to pass the test of difficulties and hardships. But the trials and tribulations of prosperity, people don't realize and forget that they are being tested by Allah subhanho wa Taala also, and that they're not thankful for the blessings that Allah Subhana Allah has bestowed upon them. And that's why the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam himself, he said, lol fakra sha Allah.
It is not poverty, that I that I feel for you. It is not poverty that I fear for you. But what I fear for you is that the dunya will be opened up for you like it was opened up for the others before you
and they will destroy you just like a destroyed them.
And it will destroy you just like it destroy them. Notice he said, I don't fear poverty for you. But I fear that Allah Subhana Allah will open up the bounties and the blessings. But then you're you know, then you don't appreciate those blessings.
And so, think about all of that which is going on.
And whenever you are confronted with sin, if you put in a situation where you're confronted with sin, think about the blessing that Allah Subhana Allah has bestowed upon you.
Think about the eyes that you that Allah Subhana Allah has given to you, the eyes that help us to help you to see how can you disobey a law by looking at that, which is this, how that which is our arm, when he has given all that to you? How can you be disobedient to Allah? When he's giving you these ears, so that you can hear? How can you listen to that which is displeasing to Allah, with that which Allah has bestowed upon you such great blessings, that if it were taken away from you,
you wouldn't be able to
get it back. Even with all the money in the world.
Even if we were the richest man on earth, for long takes that site away from you who can restore it to you.
And that's why when you are healthy when you have the strength when you have the energy, use that
energy and spend it in the obedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala
we don't realize what we have until it's taken away from us. That's why the Arabs they say a sangha to Allah Roussel
layer of ill.
Health is like a crown, on the heads of all of those who are healthy, but nobody sees this crown
except for the sick.
The help that we have, the children that Allah Subhana has given to us, bestowed upon us when we come home.
We smile. We enjoy our presence with them.
We should be thankful to Allah subhanho wa Taala for that by teaching them to be obedient to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And that's why the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
he would spend his nights standing up in prayer, to the point where his feet were swollen. And Ayesha, radi Allahu anhu. She said, because she saw him in that states and this and the swelling of his feet. She was compassionate towards him, and said,
O Messenger of Allah, hasn't Allah already forgiven your past and future sins?
In other words, why are you still standing like this and doing this to yourself? And so the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he was the most thankful. And he said, Follow up denisha Cora, should I not be a faithful servant of Allah, within the loss of Anwar has bestowed me and given me so much, maybe a prophet and messenger of God should I not be thankful to Allah, Allah has given so much for all of us. There are people
And for us, we make do it for them. And if we're able to help them, then we do without we do all that we can to help them.
But there are also people who are around us, in our neighborhoods, in our areas. The people around us here, whether they be Muslim or non Muslim.
We as Muslims living here in the United States of America, first and foremost, we have to be thankful that Allah subhana wa tada has put us here,
to have the opportunity to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala freely, to come to the masjid and have schools and nobody questions us
to be able to do that as a great blessing. There are many people in the world, not only in non Muslim countries, but in Muslim countries that don't have the same freedoms that we have. And that's why take advantage of it by being obedient to Allah subhanho wa Taala and supplicating to Allah subhanho wa Taala and being thankful for the blessings that Allah subhanho wa Taala has bestowed upon us by spending it spending the wealth that we have in the obedience of Allah, to help the poor spending in the masjid in Islamic schools. And if the non Muslims,
the battered woman,
people who are in need, if they are in need, then we as Muslims should be the first to be there to help them out. To be there for them. We are so much in need of being good neighbors, of being people who are examples for others. We are not like everybody else, we are the best. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, quantum hydro met in Oak Ridge, Atlantis, you are the best of nations brought forth for humanity
brought forth for humanity, you are the best of nations. And that's why in the time that we're living in right now, we can't afford to be ordinary. We have to be extra ordinary. We can't afford to just be different. People look at us as being different.
They already look at us as being different. We can't just be different, we have to make a difference.
We have to be thankful to Allah subhanho wa Taala
by spending our time and effort at the service of Islam and the Muslims and at the service of humanity. And that's why the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam informed us of a man. And another narration It was a woman who was a prostitute and she was walking in the desert. And then she came across a well. And she said she went down to drink it until she was quenched. And she came out and she saw a dog licking the wet ground around the well.
And she said to herself, this dog is just as thirsty as I was before I went down.
And so she went back into that well, and filled up her leather socks with water and gave that water to this dog. And because of that a loss of Hannah tefra gave her another narration It was a man and the loss of a handler that entered him paradise. Allahu Akbar.
paradise because he was kind to a dog. She was forgiven for for our sins, because she gave water to a dog.
What about humans and others who are in need. That's the example that our Prophet has taught us. He was the best. He was the most kind. He was the most helpful when revelation came to a loss came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in Mecca, and he was afraid for his own life because he did not know what was happening. Gabriel squeezed them and said, This Mira baccala, the holla read in the name of your Lord who creates it.
The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam ran down the mountain and he said, I feel for myself and he said, cover me up Cover me up. The moon is a Maloney Dorothy Rooney, the thoroughly Cover me up, I fear for my life.
His wife, Heidi God, Allahu Allah. He said, By Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah who abides by Allah, Allah would never humiliate you, because you're good to your guests. And you enjoy and you enjoy and relations with taxable mydoom. And you're always there for those who are need to know I don't know why it will help, and you're always there for the calamity stricken ones. Every time Someone's in trouble, he is the first one to be there. And you have to understand this was even before revelation when he was living amongst non Muslims. That's the example that our Prophet set he was the best, the most kind, the most helpful. And that's why we as Muslims living in the United States of America, we
have to be the best. We have to be there. When the when there's a when there's a tornado, we have to be there. When there's a hurricane, we have to be there when there's an earthquake, we have to be there when people are in need, because that's what our religion teaches us to do. We have to be the best neighbors, the best coworkers, the most honest people, we have to be the most trustworthy of people, because that's what our religion teaches us.
And if we are like that,
then things around us will change.
The media always bashes Islam says this and says that, and we hear it every single day, from CNN, BBC, CBC, especially Fox, we hear it all the time. But you know what? They can say whatever they want to say.
Because if we embody the teachings of Islam in our daily lives, it will not matter. Because you know what they say?
Your actions speak so loud. I can't even hear what you're saying.
Your neighbors will know. And they will say you guys at Fox are lying. Because I have a Muslim neighbor. And he's the most kind, the most helpful neighbor I have ever had. I have a Muslim coworker, and he's the most trustworthy, most honest person that I that I've ever met. He never checks his personal email when he's at work. He's so trustworthy and so honest. That's what we need to be. We need to stop blaming others or blaming the times that we are living in. That's why he of Alabama shafa he said, Now he was a man and a
woman is a man Mannina Avon sivanna. We blame the times that we are living in. But there's nothing wrong with the times that we're living in. The only thing that's wrong with the times that we are living in is us.
We need to change and we need to be the change that we want to see.
The Messenger of Allah set Aloha and we need to the Prophet
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
was is our example is the best example. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the Valhalla yiruma.
Hatha Yoga, you may be unfussy him a lot will not change what's in the people until they change within themselves. Unless we start to unless we decide to be the change that we want to see. The change around us is not going to happen. And that's why we need to make that change. Along with Hulu Holly Hannah was officially welcome first and Pharaoh in know who was before him.
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it what to be thankful to Allah subhana wa tada we also have to be thankful for the greatest blessing that Allah has given to us. And that is the blessing of La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasulullah the blessing of Eman, the blessing of Islam as the greatest blessing that anyone can have.
That's the blessing in which even if you don't have anything, but if you have La ilaha illa Allah, then inshallah you'll be successful in this life in the hereafter. But if you have
yet you don't have La Ilaha Illa, then you will not be successful. And that's why when you have something that you're thankful for, you also want others to have and you want to share and you want to imply, apply it in your daily life. If we are thankful for this guidance that we have them when Allah Subhana Allah guides us, then we have to be strong Muslims and we have to ask Allah for guidance. And we have to be firm in that when we say dinner syrup and Mr. Team, Oh Allah Guide us to the straight path. Allah has put us on a straight path but you don't just stand there, move forward and keep on going. Continue to prove yourself every single day on that straight path on your journey
to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And don't forget
to be thankful to Allah subhanho wa Taala In fact, some of the scholars like scheffel, Islam, IGNOU tavia and others of hydrolysed kolodny they said something similar to the effect, I was reflecting upon the most beneficial
and I came to the conclusion that is this, it is this.
And he said it is the drug that the Prophet sallallahu Sallam taught Abu huraira and the other companions when he said, Oh, and surely he says surely I love you. He says surely I love you. So do not forget to say
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helped me to remember you.
helped me to be
thankful to you and help me to perfect my worship of you. What better than that remembrance of Allah in the remembrance of Allah we find tranquility, being thankful to Allah subhanho wa Taala you also find tranquility and peace and it will help you also abstain from that which is forbidden because when you think about the blessings of Allah, you think how can you be obedient to a lot that has given me so much and then ask a lot to keep you firm upon this religion, to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala perfectly in the best way possible. And so we should seek help from Allah subhanho wa Taala and ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to help us be thankful, and then show that because the start of
being thankful, if you want more blessings of Allah Subhana if you want more Allah subhanho wa Taala says, when an ceccato lazy dynaco if you're thankful, then I'll give you more and times and things can change very quickly.
Remember the brother that I told you about?
him he used to make bread every single day, and he owned many bakeries. But then there came a time in which a lot took all that away. When one piece of bread brought tears to his eyes,
the water that we sip, the bread that we put in our mouths. Be thankful to Allah subhanho wa Taala the energy that we have spent it in the obedience of Allah, by doing that which is pleasing to Allah, the wealth that Allah has bestowed upon us when you have the opportunity to give and help others and you don't help that you have failed the test of prosperity. If you fail that test, maybe Allah Subhana Allah take that away from you, in hopes that you can return to Allah in your test you with with hardships and difficulties. And that's why as related nyathi said continue to be thankful. Continue to be thankful for indeed, rarely is a blessing taken away from people and then returned to
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