Lecture – Save Others To Save Yourself
Channel: Abdullah Hakeem
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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim in Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam ala Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallam to Sleeman Kathira rubbish. Rafi sultry wire Siddeley Emery wa Hello. That's me Listen, yes or who only a mother.
My dear brothers and sisters as salam Wa alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
We begin by praising Allah subhanahu wa taala. We praise Him, we seek His help, and we ask for his forgiveness. We send salutations upon the Beloved Prophet Mohammed, Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his family and his friends. We should all praise and thank Allah to Allah for once again, allowing us all to be gathered here today. Alhamdulillah we have just performed the salah told mercury in Jamar, this is a great Yama a great blessing from Allah subhanho wa taala. And now we have stayed back to learn some beneficial knowledge in Allah. So for that I ask Allah subhanahu wa to Allah to bless each and every one of us. And I ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to gather us like we
are gathered here but in Jannah tool for the dose me
the topic for today is save others and be saved, or in other words, support others and be supported.
And inshallah this topic I believe is very, very vital. It is very important for each and every one of us. It is not another lecture where we are going to do a fundraiser, and we're going to collect some money and so on and so forth. No. But the purpose of this talk in sha Allah is to make us all have the mindset of going out of our own way to find people to help and support
to look for opportunities rather than people coming to us. That is the aim of this talk. Insha Allah.
You see Allah subhanahu wata Allah in the Quran, he says, in normal Mina ICWA
that Verily, the believers are nothing else but brothers, all of us, Allah subhanahu wa taala had has created all of us, that we can be from different backgrounds, from different nationalities. But what unites us is that we all say La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasool Allah, this is what brings us together. This is what Brotherhood is. This is what is known to be a Muslim, to love one another, to care for each other. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in a hadith he said, I will mostly move upon Muslim, that a Muslim is a brother of another Muslim and this term brother, or Brotherhood or sisterhood, it is very loosely taken by the Muslims unfortunately, you see the Sahaba has understood
the meaning of brotherhood.
You know when this when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam they were hired, you don't have Maccha when they migrated from Mecca to Medina, they left everything behind. They didn't bring many things with them, some Sahabas they were so wealthy in Makkah, that they left their wealth. They left their family, they came to Medina with nothing, absolutely nothing. And one of the first things the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam established in Medina was brotherhood. And we know that so many of the scenarios or stories of companions, the unsolved of Medina, the way they would go out of their way to help them Ohio Jiun.
And we know so many of those stories, but they understood the meaning of what it means to be brothers or brothers in Islam. And this is something that all of us need to understand the if Nila
also the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said in a hadith I will move me no little mini Caledonian yes should the BA goo Baba, that a believer to another believer is like a building, each part supporting the other. If we just have a look at this building right now in front of us, or right now that we are in all of all parts of the building support each other, the foundation of this masjid, the walls of this masjid, the pillars of this masjid, supporting the next level of this message that supports the roof of this message. That is how a Muslim is that they support every single believer that is there.
That is something that we all need to comprehend and understand in sha Allah.
A lot of us we wait for incidences, or damages to occur, calamity to strike. And when that happens, then there are fundraisers here and there. And a lot of us unfortunately have a very negative mindset. We start saying, Oh, my goodness, another fundraiser, and another brother coming to take my money, something else happening again, something else happening again. And all of those negative thoughts go into our mind. And we forget the essence of sadaqa we forget the essence of helping each other. Why do you think that zakah is a pillar of Islam. And if you look at zakat, how much money or how much of your wealth is actually going it's two and a half percent of your savings for the entire
year that you are giving for the sake of Allah. But again, on top of that, you have sadaqa so many is in the Quran about sadaqa so many Hadith of the prophets of Allah, Allah Salam about sadaqa Why do you think they are there? Because Allah to Allah will give us opportunities in front of our eyes. And he is testing us, what are we going to do for our brothers and sisters that are in need?
I'll give you a very recent example. And we all know this example. Maybe some of us were affected by this. The floods in Pakistan this year. I'm sure all of you know the destruction that was caused Subhanallah It is said that the floods in Pakistan killed over 1700 of our brothers and sisters 600 of them being children.
And this was caused by the monsoon rain, that heatwave causing the ice glaciers to melt, which caused the flooding, as we all know.
So many people were affected. Does anyone know the population of Australia?
20 28 million, about 28 million. That's the population of Australia. This floods in Pakistan affected 33 million people
more than the population of Australia. That's how many brothers and sisters of ours that were affected 100 1000s 800,000 homes completely destroyed. They cannot live in those homes. 2.1 million homes partially affected 1.1 million livestock that was killed 1/3 of the country they say was underwater, and approximately $14 billion worth of destruction.
This was a massive calamity that happened to our brothers and sisters. And then when we had a lot of fundraisers happening, a lot of people coming in to ask for support and help many of our brothers and sisters. Unfortunately, they were saying again, another fundraiser. Again, we're gonna take money out of our pockets. You know, these things happen maybe they deserve it. These are type of words People Say Subhan Allah and we forget Allah has put an opportunity in front of your eyes. What are you going to do to help and support each other?
You see Allah is not going to give us Jana on a silver platter. Allah Allah is going to give tests calamities, and he's testing you What are you going to do? I have been asked to a new track on your Kulu Amana hula, you stand on Allah subhanaw taala asks this question.
Do they think that there will be given Janna just because they say I believe and not be tested? Allah Tala will put test, it could be a test for you. It could be a test for others, but anyone going through a calamity. It is not only a test for the people of that region, it is a test for every single Muslim. The minimum you could do is you make dua for them. That's the minimum. But some of us we go the opposite. And we say something that we should never utter. Unfortunately, Allah Tala
gets or gives us these tests to make us realize and understand the limitations of human beings and how we can support each other. Allah subhanho wa taala, he says, will enable one Nakamichi in mental health while drawer one XML and world while unforced what's the Murat whereby she was already a Latina either I was horrible to Messiah Paulo in Kerala, he were in LA Rajon, in this particular verse, Allah subhanho wa Taala gives us five examples of tests that Allah gives us. What are they mental health, the first one something of fie. Allah Tala might put something in your situation, which will strike fi in your heart. Let's have a look at our brothers and sisters who are
Even in war torn countries, some of them when they are sleeping at night, they don't know if they will be able to wake up the next morning. They don't know, anything can happen that night. And those who wake up in the morning, they don't know if they will be able to sleep at night, they are living in constant fee. And fee doesn't only mean that it has to be in a war torn country. It could also mean fear of losing a job. It could mean fee of someone's life or one of your relatives that's really sick, and is about to pass away. There's fear in your heart, what's going to happen to them. I feel even doing an exam for our students. Allah Tala puts fee in the heart to test what are you
going to do? All tests those who are going through fee? What are you going to do to alleviate that fee from their heart? It's a test from Allah subhanaw taala will joueur hunger.
Allah subhanahu wa taala will test people through hunger. Again, looking at our brothers and sisters
in poverty stricken countries, many of them go through days without food. I remember watching a video of a Syrian girl
when the war was happening at that time, there was a man who was recording the scene and a little girl, probably about eight or nine years old, came to his brother and said in Arabic saying uncle, do you have anything for us to eat we haven't eaten in days.
So this man took out a small piece of bread and gave it to her. She was so happy. She went to a certain place now they followed her with it with a camera. She went to a certain place. And it was this little tin hut or shed shed type of thing. She went inside. And it was all open around anyway. And she had two younger siblings, no parents, two younger siblings, siblings, she took the bread tour in half and gave it to her siblings and she didn't eat.
These are the type of brothers and sisters around the world that are suffering of hunger Subhanallah in the floods that happen in Pakistan, many of our brothers and sisters the stories I've heard, they will go through days without food. They were drinking contaminated water.
Allah Tala is testing us what are we going to do to help them? You know we get a glimpse of it in Ramadan, don't we? We feel a little bit hunger in Ramadan in winter, maybe not really. But those who have experienced Ramadan in summer, you felt it. Right? And just before Iftar our stomachs grumbling, isn't it. And you see the food in front of you the smile on your faces, the first taste or gulp of that water or milk that you drink? How beautiful is that when you feel it going down your stomach? You know we feel it it's in and that is supposed to help us understand. Our brothers and sisters who are in need be a bit more humble in sha Allah to help out people will not see mineral
and wild bankruptcy. The third one Allah Allah says, Allah will tell test people through bankruptcy, through your wealth being taken away, maybe through robbery,
maybe through a natural disaster that takes away your house like a flood. Your business that was was was going well, all of a sudden it became bankrupt. Allah Tala is gonna test you through that.
One unforce Allah to Allah will test people by taking loved ones away, their lives being taken away. You know, subhanAllah I remember I met a brother in Malaysia. And his brother was saying that in the 2004 tsunami that happened in Bandar che in Indonesia. He said at the time he was overseas, he said, My parents, my siblings, my grandparents, my uncles and aunts, and most of my cousins are gone.
We're gone. blink of an eye.
Imagine the tests he went through. You know, subhanAllah we lose one family member. It's hard. But imagine losing all of them.
He said that I was at a point where I was suicidal. But the country he was in helped him out. Now hamdulillah the brothers helped him out and he went through with it. Now these are the types of tests Allah Tala will test people. What some are odd. And Allah Tala will test people through the destruction of vegetations and crops. And again through floods, through hurricanes. Through the drought, people lose their livestock, people lose their vegetations and crops. While Bashir is sovereign, give glad tidings to those who are patient. And of course, even when good things happen to us, this is also a test from Allah subhanaw taala. A lot of us have a lot of wealth. We have
children. They are also a test from Allah subhanaw taala. Allah says, In NAMA, I'm one
Okay, we're gonna do confits now, that verily, your wealth and your children, they are a test for you. How are you going to raise them? How are you going to look after them? Are you going to give them Islamic knowledge? The money that you earn is halal? Where are you spending it? This is all a test from Allah subhanho wa taala. So we should look at every calamity that happens or every test, every suffering our brothers and sisters that are going through, we should look at it as an opportunity. What can we do? Allah is putting this in front of me right now. What am I going to do to please my job is to please my Creator, I'm not going to run away from it.
I'm here right now, what can I do to help and support my brothers and sisters.
So for this, we need to make sure that we use our strength to help our brothers and sisters to help them in any way. Some of us are physically strong and some of us are not. Some of us are wealthy. Some of us are not. Some of us are academically smart. Some of us are not. Some of us are maybe good technicians. Some of us are not. But let's use our strengths that Allah has blessed us with, to help our community to help our brothers and sisters. Look for these opportunities. The Prophet sallahu alayhi wa sallam he said, the relationship of the believer towards the people of faith is like the head to a body.
The believer feels the pain of the people of faith, just as the body feels the pain of the head. You know, when you get a headache, you get a fever, don't you? Don't you feel the fever throughout the body. Likewise, when someone is going through a hard time, you should feel that pinch. And then take it that this is my opportunity to help my brother and sister.
Now want you to listen to this beautiful Hadith. In Alma Radi Allahu Allah, he reported. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, the most beloved people to Allah are those who are most beneficial to people.
Let me say that again. The most beloved people to Allah of those who are most beneficial to people, the most beloved de to Allah is to make a Muslim happy, or to remove one of his troubles away, or to forgive his debt, or to feed his hunger. Walking with a brother regarding his needs, is more beloved to me than to seclude myself in this mosque meeting in Medina for a month. Let me repeat that part, working with a brother regarding his need, is more beloved to me. Then I seclude myself in this Masjid in Medina for a month. This is the prophets of Allah, Allah Salam, saying, Whoever swallows his anger, then Allah will conceal his false whoever suppresses his rage, even though he could
fulfill his anger if he wished, then Allah will secure his heart on the Day of Resurrection. whoever walks with his brother regarding a need until he secures it for him. Then Allah Almighty will make his footing firm across the bridge on the day when the footings are shaking. This is the Hadith of the Prophet SAW Salem. And this is Suhail. According to Albania Rahim Allah, how beautiful is this hadith. Even Korean Rahim Allah He mentions a beautiful saying. He says there are different ways of supporting a fellow believer through one's wealth with one's position of authority or power by means of physical service by offering sincere advice and guidance by making supplication DUA and asking
for forgiveness for them. And by feeling their pain. The level of one support will be affected by the level of one state. The weaker the person's faith, the weaker his support will be. The stronger his faith, the stronger the support. The messenger of allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was the greatest of all people in his support for his companions. So the more closely his followers follow him, the greater will be their support for their fellow fellow believers. So here even am Rahim Allah He mentioned five or six things, or strengths that I believe are has to support each other. One of the first things are one of them that he says with one's position of authority or power.
Now some of us could have a certain authority over others. You could be an employer of a company and you have people working under you.
Your task is to make sure that the needs are met in accordance to what is right. The prophets of Allah Allah and salami tells us to pay your worker before He sweat dries up, to give him his heart to give him his right man
Make your workers happy. Many of us here are fathers. That means we have a sense of authority of our children, the mothers, you have a sense of authority over your children. Therefore, you need to make sure that your children are being raised in a manner that is safe and they are gaining Islamic knowledge. So we you are using that to help people that are under you, that are working below you or they are below you. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said could look Qumran. What could look us all on and right here see that all of you are shepherds. And each and every one of you are responsible for your flock.
The second thing he said is physical service. Help your brothers and sisters physically if you are able to, it could be anything. If you see an elderly person and they need help to even walk, cross the road, coming to the masjid helping support them. Look after them. If you see someone struggling entering the masjid hold their hand. Bring them closer. That is physical service. Go out of your way look for those people who are in need widows orphans go and help and support them. Let me give you this beautiful story of Abu Bakr Radi Allahu Allah. Almighty Allah one here, he narrates this hadith. He says that during the philosopher of ABAC he said that I used to notice something very
unusual about Ababa. He said after Fajr Salah Abu Bakr would get up and he would walk out of the masjid and he would walk away from his home towards the outskirts of Medina. And I noticed that it will you know, it'd be quite a while the sun will be out and then he would come back home and he would do this every single day. So oh my god Allah one being a curious person and always competing with elbow buck. He thought you know what, today I'm gonna follow him. I want to see what what he does. So I'm out of the Allahu and decided to follow Him one day after surgery.
He said that I kept a bit of a distance. And Abu Bakr Radi Allahu one was walking to the outskirts of Medina.
And he said that I noticed there was this really old house and Abu Bakr to the Allah Who knocked on the door and he entered. And he said, I hid behind a certain place. And he said, I waited and I waited and I waited until the sun was out and it was getting hot. So you can say a few hours. And then Abu Bakr, Viola when he got out of the house and he went back to Medina, you know, to his home.
So he was a bit curious. He thought, Okay, this House who's here, then Amata De La Hoya and went to that house. He knocked on the door.
And an old lady, she opened the door. She was blind. So he greeted her Salam Alikum you know, who are you?
And she said, Well, I am an elderly lady. I am a widow, I am blind. And Omar GILLA. Notice there was a lot of children in her house.
And he asked what is children? And she said, Well, they are all orphans. Now they could have been orphans of other people or they could have been, you know, her grandchildren, Allahu Allah, but they were orphans.
And I want to be alone. When asked who was the man who just came?
She said, Well, I don't know.
She said, I don't know who he is.
And then Almaraz what does he do? She said that well, he comes he every single day.
He washes our clothes. He cleans the house. He grinds the wheat. He cooks the bread and he gives us breakfast.
And then he leaves after that. Almighty Allah one he said every single day. She said Bala every single day, May Allah reward him. Then I'm one of the Allah who when asked, Do you pay him anything?
And then she said, Well, I don't pay anything to him. He does this for the sake of Allah.
Almighty Allah one was so amazed by this. He didn't even tell this lady who he was. I mean, he was the Khalifa of Rasulullah saw Salah, the Khalifa at that time doing this regularly physical service for the elderly widow.
Then Ahmed Abdullah, he began to cry and he said adopt and full of fiber optic cable. He said you have exhausted the believers who will come after you. Oh Baba, how are people going to follow you? And subhanAllah with our buck. This is just one story. We know he tried to hide this from everyone else. He tried to keep it between him and Allah. There are so many things he probably did that we don't know of. And we know one day when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam asked the Companions after fajr you know how many of you are fasting today? He said, I am Yara Sula. How many of you visited the Sikh iddrisu Allah every time put his hand up? I did. How many of you felt a poor
person? I hated the Rasul Allah. So there's so many things Abubaker did that we probably don't even know. This was physical service that he was doing. Why
While he was the leader of the Muslims Subhanallah
what can we do my brothers and sister? How can we be a physical service to people around us who are in need. So we this is something that we need to think about Inshallah, offering sincere advice and guidance.
If you have some beneficial knowledge that helps you share that with those who are in need, share that with those that will benefit them as well. And it could be anything even simple. No, a lot of us we like bargains, right? We go and find things. And we know everyone is looking for it, you find a bargain. And we don't want to tell anyone about it. Right? We want to keep it all to ourselves. And then we say hey, I bought this, I bought that and we show it off.
share that information to others. Let others benefit as well. That's an information that you were giving someone else that could benefit that person Subhanallah it could be any type of knowledge that benefits people. We know from the Hadith of the Prophet, Allah, Allah Salam, when he said, When the Son of Adam dies, all of his deeds come to an end except for three, three things continue, your good deeds continue after you pass away. One of them is Takata and giardia, which we will discuss later. The second one he said he will MoonJune tougher, it will be knowledge that people benefit from knowledge that people benefit from. If you teach someone something, you tell someone, something
that benefits them, they gain that benefit. They, they put that into practice, you continue to get the reward even after you pass away. Think about that. Subhanallah and the third one he said, Well, I don't Salah here to Allah, Rogers children that pray or the make dua for you. That also continues after you pass away.
Number four, by making supplications DUA and asking forgiveness for them. This is something else we can do for our brothers and sisters. That's the minimum you can do. That's the minimum you should do making dua for those who are going through a hard time. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said no Muslim servant supplicate for his brother behind his back, but that the angel says, and for you the same.
You know when you make dua and you say Allah forgive this brother. The angel also makes the DUA and says yeah, ALLAH forgive him as well. If you make a Dwyer Allah alleviate the person suffering, the angel makes the same dua for you.
When was the last time you went out of the way without someone telling you make dua for me, you went out of the way and make dua for someone else. It doesn't even have to be a relative relative. That's a given. You should make dua for your relatives all the time. But what about those who are not your relatives, but they are your brothers in Islam? Have we made dua for that person? Have you seen someone doing something great? And you said, may Allah reward him? May Allah give him genital dose, the same dua is applied to you, the angels make the same do out for you. And lastly, with one's wealth, helping others through your wealth. Now Subhanallah we are very fortunate living in
I'll take five minutes inshallah. We are very fortunate living in Australia.
We are from the top 10 percentile of the world in terms of living.
We live great, great health, our house beautiful cars that we drive. Roads are nice, everything's top 10 percentile of the world in comparison to everybody else. Allah Allah has given us wealth. Many of us Allah, Allah has given us wealth. Let's use this wealth for the sake of Allah subhanahu wa taala. Let's use this wealth to help others that are in need, look for opportunities, don't wait for people to come to you. Look for opportunities to go and help and support through your wealth. Let me give you one amazing story. This is Story of Osman Rhodiola one again, there are so many stories we can think of. But one of these stories strikes me and I want to share with you the story
of Aquaman or the Allah one and Ali Rhodiola one we know that the old man was very wealthy
and the early you know the Allah Han was very cool. Very, very cool. I little do Allah who I'm proposed to the Prophet of Allah, Allah salam to marry his daughter Fatima.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam asked earlier of the Allah one. What do you have to give her asthma? What do you have?
And you know, the alarm. He said he had a sort of lie. I don't have anything.
The professor Arsalan he said, What about that shield that you have? You had a shield?
So he looked at the processor and he said, Yeah, Rasulullah I have this but it's not worth much for five Dirham maybe. That's it. I mean, all the marks on the shield. It's not worth much. The Prophet SAW Selim said that should be enough, go sell it and that will be the
so he went to the marketplace to sell his shield for sale on this field and who comes across ally Rhodiola one off man Rhodiola one and also man sees the shield and he sees a little yellow and trying to sell the shield and out of the barrel the Allah one asks him your ally you know, how can you selling this shoe? Because the old man or the or knew how much this meant to you? Or you know the Allahu and told him I'm getting married, and I'm selling this shield so I can you know, I can give as much. Now off Marathi Allah when he's a very smart man. He knows about warfare. He knows how much that shield costs. But he says to ally, I will buy that shield from you. For 400 get home.
Not for 400 Dirham 400 silver coins.
I literally alone he said 400 He said Yes. 400 I will take the shoe from you. I'll you know the last one was so happy soul the shield to Earth man took that 400 And as he was going away with one called him back, come back, come back. Did you say you were getting married? He said yes. He said, Well, you know the law. He said, This shield is a wedding gift for you. He gave the shield to a little the loved one as a wedding gift. Oh, smile Rhodiola who I'm found that as an opportunity. I have wealth. This is my position. aliotti alone is in need. My job is to help him. And he helped him out Subhanallah that was a blessing. And there are so many stories, you can open up these books and just
continue reading them. I'll start with the alarm binder well for the Muslims, for example, which benefits till today SubhanAllah. So let's use these examples and the strengths that we have in sha Allah to help our brothers and sisters that are in need. Because if we do so, they know that Allah Allah will also help us. We will be supported by Allah subhanahu wa taala. As we said, the three things that when you pass away, and they continue to benefit, one of them being sadaqa jariya. That is a way Allah Tala helps you benefit. You're gonna see mountains of good deeds on the day of judgment are going to ask you Allah, I didn't do this. Where did this come from? He will say it is
the Son of God that you have given. It is the knowledge that you passed on to someone else. It is the dua your righteous children are making for you. This is your good deeds, you will continue to see them rise on the Day of Judgment.
My brothers and sisters, we also benefit in this world when we help others. And I want to end it off with a last story in sha Allah have a friend of mine,
a friend of mine, at one stage of his life, he had approximately $30 in his accounts, that's all he had.
And there was a brother who was in need. He went up to him and he said to him, you know, I'm in need. I don't have much money. I'm going to get money from my father a bit later on. They were both studying. Can you help me up? So he said no problem took it as an opportunity. No problem. He went to the ATM it looked at his account $30 It was 100 ringgit, it was in Malaysia. But $30 Approximately, he took out half of it. He took out 50 ringgit, which is $15. Roughly, and he gave it to his brother, this is for you. Now, it's not about the quantity that you give. It's about the quality of your giving, right? Allah subhanahu wa taala I believe because of that deed, Allah
subhanho wa Taala loved that deed so much, that what happened to his life this brother was able to get within a couple of weeks was he got a call from a neighboring Islamic school, which he applied for a job there, got a call and said you've got the job. He got the job at an Islamic school and he started working there.
In a few I think a couple of weeks after that. A sister who was also studying at the University of roaches sister, got her father involved proposed to this brother for marriage. I had hardly asked for much in MMA and the country that is from the bar is very, very high. And he was able to get married.
In another couple of months after that he had enough money to buy a nice car. Another month after that he had enough money to rent himself and his wife and apartment outside of the university. The way Allah Tala helped him benefit from that $15 that he gave, I believe, for the sake of Allah subhanho wa taala. You gain that benefit. You never get poor by giving for the sake of Allah. You never become weaker by helping someone physically. You want Insha Allah, Allah to Allah will strengthen you.
And you will never be deprived of the dua of the angels when you make dua for others.
So I asked Allah subhanahu wa taala to help us all understand the benefits of of helping each other
I ask Allah subhanahu wa taala to make us look for opportunities to help our brothers and sisters, sisters that are in need. I ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to change our mindset to make it more positive when calamity happens, or even when calamity doesn't happen to help our brothers and sisters who are in need. I ask Allah subhanho wa Taala for all of us to benefit from this talk and ask Allah subhanahu wa taala to gather us like we are gathered here but in general for the DOS Jazak Allah subhanaw taala behind this pentacle, locomobi 100 Shadow Allah ilaha illa and still Fluka were to be like wa salam Wa alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh