Consistent Small Good Deeds
Channel: Abdullah Hakeem
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My dear brothers and sisters Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
Firstly, we begin by praising Allah subhanho wa Taala. We praise Him, we seek His help and we ask for his forgiveness. We also send salutations upon the Beloved Prophet Mohammed, Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his family and his friends. We should all praise and thank Allah subhanho wa Taala for once again, allowing us all to be gathered here together in this beautiful mystery. We have just performed the salata ledger together in JAMA Alhamdulillah. Just a few weeks ago, the massages were closed, as you know due to the pandemic, but Alhamdulillah in Australia in many other countries and massages have reopened. And now we can perform our Eva together, of course, with some sort of social
distancing, but uh hamdulillah we can be in the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala and pray together. We're also here to learn from the knowledge that has been passed down to us by our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, I asked Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless each and every one of us. And I asked Allah subhanahu wa taala to gather us, like we are gathered here, but in general for those I mean.
Now, as you all know, the topic for today is consistent good deeds.
And before I go on to the topic, I wanted to give a very special quote, by a very famous boxer as we all know, Muhammad Ali.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive him, may Allah subhana wa Taala give him paradise. He said, do not count the days rather make the days count.
And of course many other athletes have said similar quotes to this. But this is something very, very interesting and something that we really need to ponder and think about. Because before Ramadan began,
if you look at social media platforms, you will see that people organizations, also individuals, they were counting down the days before Ramadan began, you know, 10 days left, nine days left until Ramadan came and that's brilliant, Mashallah, that's great.
And when Ramadan came in, you know, one week past two weeks past, a lot of people started to count down the days until Ramadan ends. Because, you know, we would give it up a lot of ariba fasting the entire day, the MLA the entire night, although we couldn't go to the massages at that time. But we were still giving up a lot of us. And then now that Ramadan has left us, a lot of us are happy that Ramadan has gone and we think hamdulillah 11 more months left 11 moments of freedom until Ramadan comes again. Now a lot of us think like this, although we don't want to say it. But we have these thoughts in our minds. And I met a person and I'm sure there's a lot of them. When Ramadan was in,
he actually said that I was very happy that Ramadan came, he was telling me about his heart and what's happening with his heart. He said, I was very happy that Ramadan came but now that Ramadan is in, I just can't wait for Ramadan to finish. He was open, he was opening up his heart, because he found it very difficult.
But so patola we need to make sure that every single day that we are living, we are making that day count. We are always preparing for the next Ramadan. We are always preparing to do better in our lives. Allah subhanho wa Taala has not taken our soul away. We are still alive, our hearts are beating. Therefore we still have a chance to repent to Allah subhanho wa Taala to turn back to him to become a better person than before.
When you ask athletes when you ask, you know sports players, when you ask, you know it could be a soccer star, it could be a football star it could be could be anyone who's achieved a lot of fame in his or her life. When you ask them what makes you so successful. What did you do to become at the level that you're in currently,
they tell you something very similar. They say
that it was a lot of training. It was a lot of hard work. A lot of them will tell you that we used to get up early
In the morning, and we will train every single day.
And of course, the training only became intense. When the competition came closer.
When the competition came, they gave an all they heard, they push themselves to the limit. If they failed, meaning they didn't hold up that trophy, they probably came second runners up, they came third, or they didn't make it to even the top five or top 10. They'll tell you that they never gave up. They push themselves even more
throughout the year until the next competition, they did more training, they did harder work. So that when that next competition came, they did even better. If you look at those top players, they never got this level. overnight. It was a lot of hard work and training, a lot of years of competition. And then finally they came to a point where they could hold that cup of victory.
Later on, they probably became older, and they decided to retire.
Now as Muslims,
every single year, we can call it a competition. But every single year this event comes, this month comes and that is that month of Ramadan in which everything that we have practiced. We are putting it into place and we are trying our best to make sure that we perform the greatest that we've ever performed before. It's because of that years of training. We prayed our Salah, we fostered the voluntary fasts we gave sadaqa we made. We made it still fun. We read the Quran, we did the account. And when Ramadan came we pushed ourselves even more, because that is when it really really matters. Of course every day matters. But the month of Ramadan is the month we increase our hessonite our
So when do we retire the athletes that retire? You know when they get their fame and glory? When do Muslims retire? they retire when they pass away.
So right now our hearts are still beating, we are alive, we have not retired. Therefore right now that Ramadan has left, we need to make sure that every day right now it counts every single day, you are training yourself so that when that next Ramadan comes in sha Allah, Allah, you will perform even better than before.
And to do that, when you ask those athletes again, I remember there was an interview by one of the NRL coaches, and they asked him, How do you do your training? How do you get your squat to train on a regular basis? He said something very simple. He said, we always do the basics. We always begin with the basics. What's the basics, throwing the ball, catching the ball, throwing the ball catching the ball. Simple as that why you may think, you know, NRL stars, great stars, and all they're doing is catching and throwing. They do that on a regular basis. Why? Because when the competition comes, they have to make sure when they pass the ball, they pass it correctly. They have to make sure when
they catch the ball, they don't drop it. That's why they train that on a regular basis. Allah subhanahu wa taala does not want us to do deeds that are so gigantic, but you only do it once in a while. He doesn't want that. Rather Allah subhanho wa Taala wants us to do deeds, small deeds, simple tasks, but you do it on a consistent basis. Are you sure rhodiola one has she said in a beautiful Hadith. She said that the prophets of Allah wa alayhi wa sallam he said, I have been married Allah Allah azza wa jal as a woman, one who ha we're in color.
She said, or the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said that the most beloved deed to Allah subhanho wa Taala is the one that is consistent, even if they are small. If even if they are little, that is what Allah subhanho wa Taala wants from us. A lot of us, you know, sometimes we wake up in the morning, and we get some type of a man shot during the night and we think From today onwards, it's a good thought, From today onwards, I'm going to recycle juice a day. From today onwards, I'm going to give a lot of soda. From today onwards, I'm going to perform a rock out of tahajjud prayer and you get up and you perform it. That's great, beautiful intention. But how long does that last? A
day, two days three days and you burn out slowly. You burn out. That is the Warlords of Karnataka is asking for and we are not talking about the compulsory deeds. That's a separate issue. We are talking about the Noah feel the sooner deeds, the deeds that will increase our history.
Not even more. That is the days that we are talking about and discussing.
Allah subhanho wa Taala loves the deed that is consistent, even if it is small.
What we need to do? Let's learn from the past Ramadan.
What did we do in the past Ramadan, we did many, many deeds many days. And we want to make sure that we continue those deeds even after Ramadan on a consistent basis even if they're small.
So let's look at the apparent deeds that we do or that we did in the month of Ramadan.
The first, the most apparent thing that we did was we fasted the month of Ramadan.
And a lot of us unfortunately we only keep fasting to Ramadan.
We only fast in the month of Ramadan. That's why many Muslims find it difficult to fast after one or two weeks of fasting because they start to burn out. They haven't practiced before.
This is something that we can continue even after the month of Ramadan. Sima Ramadan ended a lot of us said hamdulillah we don't need to fast anymore, we can enjoy our food. We can enjoy our drink, we can enjoy our morning coffee. That's something I missed a lot. Yes, but Alhamdulillah now that Ramadan has gone we can enjoy it.
But let's consistently choose one of the student actions of fasting. Choose one of them and consistently do that throughout the year until the next Ramadan comes. We all know from the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam when he said man Samarra, Madonna sama Sita min Shawwal, casia Buddha when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said, Whoever fasts the entire month of Ramadan, then follows up with the six days of show when it is as if he has fasted the entire IE, the Hassan out of that. So one thing that we could do now I know there's only a few days left till the end of show well. But one thing that we could do is we could fast those six days of show Well, if
that's all you do, that's great.
Also, we know from the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam where at times, he would fast one day, and he would leave the fast The next day, he would fast again, he will leave the fast The next day, he did this from time to time. And we know from the history of some of the ambia they used to fast this way.
If you're a person who does fast, consistently outside of Ramadan, maybe you could take this way and fast one day, leave the other. If you can't do this, if that is too difficult for you, then we know from the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, where He fasted Mondays and Thursdays, and there's a lot of hacernos for this, maybe that's the sooner we can adopt in sha Allah, and continuously do that throughout the year. If that is too difficult for us, then we know from the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, when he encouraged us to harvest and us too fast for three days in the middle of the month, the 13th, the 14th and the 15th of the month, three days
in the month, that's it.
If we can't do that, then we know from the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam when he said that it is a sooner to fast the day of alpha, it is a sooner to fast the day of Ashura one day before one day after, maybe we can adopt that. If you're a person that doesn't fast at all other than Ramadan, then maybe the last option is the best one for you. Do that this year. And then next year, when Ramadan passes, you can increase it and do even more, but pick one inshallah and do it on a consistent basis. That is what Allah subhanho wa Taala loves. What else did we do in the month of Ramadan?
We prayed that the pm will lay the Torah will praise although we didn't pray in the masjid. But Alhamdulillah many of us we performed the Torah which prayers at home. And we did this on a nightly basis in the month of Ramadan. And we increase the the last 10 nights of Ramadan and that's brilliant. We ask Allah subhana wa tada to accept our deeds. But as soon as Ramadan ended Alhamdulillah we say no more commonly, no matter how good we don't need to perform the night prayers anymore.
But this is such a great act of worship, that there is an aeration, where Abdullayev and aroma rhodiola when he saw a dream
and in his dream, he saw that he was in paradise.
And that wherever he was going in Paradise, this garment of silk was following him.
And then he said that he saw two angels, who were trying to take him to the hellfire.
But there were other angels who were there protecting him and telling him Do not worry you are in paradise. When he woke up, he told his sister have sold his dream.
And then his sister told the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, who happen to be the, the wife of the Prophet hausa. She told the Prophet salallahu alaihe salam, this dream, the process that Allahu alayhi wa sallam he said,
That's what a great man Abdullah, even Omar is, and he would only be greater if he were to perform the tahajjud prayers, the pmla prayers. At that time he wasn't performing that tahajjud praise Abdullah bin Ahmad when he heard this, he said from that day onwards, from the advice that was given by the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, I never left much praise. I never left but to emulate praise. It doesn't mean he was going to hellfire. That's the dream that he had no, he was still in paradise. But he would be even better if he performed the keyamo Lail prayers
and Subhanallah we know so many virtues of the tml prayers, how Allah subhanho wa Taala descends to the first heavens by His Majesty. And he asks people who is there who asks from me, I will be I'm here to give. So Pinilla we know so many virtues, that people are asleep. And there is there a bad law, the ones who are worshipping Allah, they are praying at night, Allah subhanho wa Taala forgives them, Allah accepts the DA Allah increases them in rank.
So in sha Allah huhtala, what we could do is we could, if we can try our best to perform that tahajjud prayers on a daily basis, even if it is to Raka even if it is to Raka you could wake up early
10 1520 minutes before February begins and perform two units of prayer as your head you completed with the altar. And then surgery starts you may pray your surgery, and then go about your business. If that is too difficult for you. Then maybe you could pick a day in a week where the next day you don't have work. Maybe on a Friday on a Saturday morning, maybe on a Friday, maybe on a Sunday morning, where the next day you don't have work the next day you don't have school the next day you don't have University in which you could probably sleep afterwards and gain that sleep. Wake up early and perform your to hydrate praise. So maybe pick a day pick a pick two days in the week. If
that's too difficult for you. Then at least pick a day in a month.
Something don't leave adjust for Ramadan. You need to practice so that when Ramadan begins you will be used to praise and light praise and you will have no issues performing the Torah with praise.
What else did we do in the month of Ramadan?
We recited a lot of Quran.
Many of us we decided to recite Jews a day to complete the entire Quran in the month of Ramadan and that's brilliant Mashallah. Some people I know they finished the Quran three times, the first 10 days, the second 10 days and last 10 days they finished the Quran. I know some people who finish the karate in the 20 days and then the last 10 days they finished the twice I know some people we finished the entire Quran and they completed the the meaning of the Quran, the Tafseer of the Quran they recited the entire thing. And that's brilliant Mashallah. But as soon as Ramadan ended, many of us have put the Quran aside. Many of us have deleted the Quran apps from our phones. Many of us are
not reading the Quran as we were reading before.
The Quran is not only to be read in the month of Ramadan, although we know that the Quran was revealed in the month of Ramadan. shahara Madonna lady on Salafi Hill for an houda linas verbena, Cimino Buddha one photon we know this by Rama but but for an has been revealed to us to be recited on a daily basis.
So insha Allah tala and we know the Senate and the rewards of reciting the Quran. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said that every single letter that you recite, you will receive 10 Hassan x and that's the minimum. And he said, I'm not saying Alif Lam Meem is one letter. Rather Elif is one meaning you get 10 hessonite lamb you get 10 hessonite mean you get 10 100. So imagine if you recite on a daily basis, half a page one page, you might not be able to count the letters and the hassle that you're receiving.
So inshallah who Tada. Maybe we can choose a time in the day where we can sit down, open up the Quran and recite even if it is
For 10 minutes, even if it's 15 minutes, a half a page, a page, two pages, whatever you are comfortable with. Do not be a person who only picks up the Quran in the month of Ramadan and leaves it and forgets it afterwards. Because as we know Allah subhanho wa Taala he says Alif Lam Meem Valley culty kita boo la isla de la Motta sin, this is the book, radical Kitsap labor fi There is no doubt in it. Who del mar 13. It's a guidance for those who either hooked up on the pious the righteous people. And in sha Allah huhtala we'll all the righteous and pious people, that's what he wants to be. And if you want to be that, then hold the Quran as your guide, recited and implemented
in your life on a daily basis. What you could do in sha Allah huhtala you could pick certain sources that you don't know. And on a daily basis, maybe memorize one verse of it, two verses of three verses of it, whatever you're comfortable with. Spend a time during that day where it's just between you and Allah, sit down and learn, revise, memorize the Quran. This will benefit you in this life and in the spirit of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said that the Quran can be our future for you or against you on the Day of Judgment. The Quran will either speak for you or against you on the Day of Judgment. And your rank in paradise could be determined by the amount of Quran
that you know.
So therefore put efforts in reciting the Quran. What else did we do in the month of Ramadan?
We gave a lot of sadhaka we gave a lot of charity we gave a lot of us gave us a cat during the month of Ramadan, and we choose to give it during that month because of the blessings the month has hamdulillah but what happens after the month of Ramadan many of us we have shut down our bank accounts. We don't look at it, we don't want to send money anymore. We don't reach in deep to our pockets anymore to give for the sake of Allah subhana wa tada because we've given a lot in the month of Ramadan.
Allah subhanho wa Taala does not want you to give so much at one day or one time, and then you forget the poor afterwards. Remember, poverty doesn't only exist in Ramadan, poverty exists even after the month of Ramadan. And Allah subhanho wa Taala has given poverty on Earth, so that you could achieve the hessonite of giving so that you could ensure Allahu taala give sadaqa to gain that benefits.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he encouraged us he said, save yourself from the fire even if it is half a date in South Africa. Even if you give something small in South Africa, your intentions are clear you're giving it for the sake of Allah give it on a consistent basis.
And we know from so many is in the Quran, where even Allah subhanho wa Taala says when a person passes away,
at that moment, when he passes away, many of them will be thinking at that time, and asking Allah sent us back to the earth, why send us back alive on earth? Why not so that you may give not so that even that you may pray? No sir, that you may fast no for us so dako akumina Salim as Allah says, so that I may give photocopies
and that I am from the righteous slaves of Allah. So give sadaqa and increase your ranks on the Day of Judgment.
If you're a person
who has a certain amount of money, it could be any amount $10,000 in your account $20,000 $100,000 and you're receiving an income, then what you could do in Sharla on a consistent basis, have a certain amount that you give for the sake of Allah subhana wa. If you want to give when need arises, then what you could do on a daily basis, have a separate account and put in money that you're intending to give every day your money is going into that account every day. And then when need arises, you take a chunk and you give it for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala and inshallah that will be counted as if you have given sadaqa every single day. Some people like to do direct debit to
a certain charity organization, on a daily basis on a weekly basis or monthly basis. And that's brilliant. Continue that in sha Allah tada and you will see the rewards in the f0 wallonie. The rewards of sadaqa is great. A friend of mine to panelo
in Malaysia where I was studying at one point in time, he only had 100 ringgit in his account, which is approximately $30. That's all he had is in his bank account. And it so happened that
Another brother, he came up to him and he said, I haven't eaten for a few days. You know, can you give me something? So he went to the ATM. And he looked into the ATM, he only had the 100 ringgit, and he was going to get paid from his parents, you know, maybe a week or two weeks later. So he decided to give 50 ringgit half of what he had, which is approximately $15. He gave it to this brother, for the sake of Allah
Subhana Allah, approximately, you know, a few weeks later, he received a call from a nearby school. And because his brother knew Arabic, the school gave him a call when he applied for a job. And that school offered him an Arabic teaching job last October, and he took that role. Later on, maybe after a couple of months, a sister from the same university, through her father, of course, proposed to him in marriage, and the Maharaja, she wanted all she wanted for him to teach her core and because he was a housewife, so Pinilla he got married. After maybe a few months later, he had enough money to buy himself a small car.
Then later on, he had enough money to rent an apartment outside for him and his wife, all within a span of a year. And that could just be because he gave that $15 to his brother. So panelo the deeds of giving for the sake of Allah, you will not imagine the places where Allah subhana wa tada will give you the Baraka in your money.
What else did we do in the month of Ramadan? We did a lot of Allah
Subhana Allah, Al hamdu, lillah Allahu Akbar, La ilaha illa Allah. We did a lot of care and we did a lot of stuff.
We spent a lot of time during the month of Ramadan. When we sat in front of Allah and we made that other cow we moisten our tongue with the remembrance of Allah. But as soon as Ramadan ended, we have forgotten about Allah. We have less the vicar of Allah subhanho wa Taala. When the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said, moisten your tongue with the remembrance of Allah, he did not mean only in Ramadan. He meant throughout your life.
So therefore, spend a time during the day when you could do to speak, maybe after every prayer on a consistent basis. Maybe while you're driving to work in back, rather than listening to music or the radio, you could probably do your to speech, you could probably do is still follow the professor Allahu alayhi wa sallam, there is a narration where he says in the last ofuro la Julio, Mia Samarra, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said, every single day, I asked forgiveness from Allah subhanho wa Taala 100 times a man who was sinless, and we commit sins on a daily basis. Therefore we need to ask forgiveness from Allah, we need to remember Allah subhanahu wa taala as much as we can.
So therefore, spend time during the day where you could do your account where you could do you still fall and don't do so much that you burn out after a couple of days. do enough insha Allah start off with something small, and then maybe a few months or a few couple of years later, you can increase that in sha Allah.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said another Hadith
that there are two phrases that are lights on the tongue, but he's heavy on the scale. What is that sapan Allah He will be hungry he Subhana Allah allow him
to phrases so lights, how long did it take me maybe three seconds. But it is so heavy on this scale. It is mentioned in one narration that a man will be brought on the day of judgment
and his bad deeds will be the size of not offered. And he will be placed on one side of the scale. And then a little scrolling Angel will bring a little piece of paper that says La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasul Allah on it, and that man will look at that paper and think to himself, what is that going to do with the mountain of sin that I have? As soon as that paper is placed on the scale, it will outweigh your bad deeds.
So light on the tongue, but so heavy on the scale each time you say so panela you have planted yourself a tree in paradise. How long does it take for us to plant a small fruit plants or a vegetable plants? For those of you who like to do some planting in the backyard? How long does it take? You know you plant the seed you you you water it you wait for the sunshine you wait for the rain. It takes a few months for you to finally enjoy the fruits and the vegetables. But each time you say so panela which takes a second
You have planted yourself a tree in paradise. So build the acreage build the huge land that you're going to have in paradise with the beautiful plantations of your trees, vegetables and your fruits that you're going to enjoy in paradise. What else did we do in the month of Ramadan?
We did a lot of law.
We did a lot of law. And that month is a month of law. But it doesn't mean that to our ends. We did so much to our many of us we cried in the month of Ramadan begging from Allah subhanho wa Taala to forgive our sins, begging for Allah subhanho wa Taala to give us genital Fritos. But as soon as Ramadan ended, the tears went away. As soon as Ramadan ended, no more raising of the hands to Allah. As soon as Ramadan ended, no more begging from Allah subhanho wa Taala
we don't only ask a lot in the month of Ramadan, we need to ask Allah on a daily basis. Allah subhana wa Taala never gets tired of giving yet we get tired of asking. But let us on a daily basis have a time where you can sit, raise your hands in front of Allah, beg Allah subhana wa tada for anything you want. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said, when you ask Allah asked for the best, when you ask Allah for paradise, asked for genital Fritos. And so upon Allah after the end of Ramadan, after the is of fasting, Allah subhanho wa Taala revealed a verse where either Salah kaiba, the need for in the corrib ouji Buddha die either done. So can Allah Allah subhanho wa Taala
says, and when my servant asks about me, tell them Yokohama tell them that I am ni huji Buddha da, da da, I will answer the douar of that person when he asks from me. Am I saying this to us? Allah subhana wa Taala will accept our da when we beg Allah for it. So therefore Don't forget to ask Allah so whatever small or big you want, remember Allah is always giving. Be consistent in your da. Always be consistent in your da maybe after Asana calm before in the middle of adapting your karma during that time, ask when you're driving to work or from work. Make a small dollar after every dollar or insula in your sujood while you're performing your sadhana, Salah, lengthen your sujood and ask
Allah subhanho wa Taala.
As some of the scholars say, as many scholars say that you need to recite or ask Allah in Arabic in your prayer, what you could do if you don't know Arabic, you could say in your sujood or ogbonna, attina freedonia Hashanah, Warfield, Satya Hasina joaquina other but now you are asking Allah subhanahu wa taala for the goodness of this world in the goodness of the earth. And while you are doing that, think about what you want in your language Allah He is your heart. Allah can read your heart Allah can read your mind. ask Allah subhana wa Taala on a consistent basis.
Allah He this moment that we have, we don't know if we're going to get the next Ramadan. So make Every Day Counts every single day before the next Ramadan, make it counts and prepare yourself train yourself and then increase yourself in Nevada before Ramadan begins so that when Ramadan comes the next Ramadan, that will be better than the one that passed.
And as I said, we only retire when we pass away. That is the time that we retire.
So we ask Allah subhanahu wa taala to bless each and every one of us, we ask Allah subhanahu wa taala to give us the ability to worship Allah the small deeds that we just spoke about, that we did in the month of Ramadan. This smoothie needs to do it on a daily basis on a consistent basis. So that inshallah Allah we will increase our deeds and inshallah tada we will be ready for the next Ramadan and we will inshallah do great in the next Ramadan and be forgiven by Allah subhanahu wa taala We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to accept our deeds, and we ask Allah subhana wa Taala to forgive all of us, may Allah subhanaw taala reward all of you for coming and I asked Allah subhanho
wa Taala to inshallah hope that this benefits all of us and to implement this inshallah, and together us all in genitals results, which is optimal outside aku kolyada was tofu la la de la ku, WA Salam alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh