Save Others to Save Yourself

Abdullah Hakeem


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Bismillah Rahmanir Rahim I can ask the brothers if you want to stay back in sha Allah to come forward a little bit. There is more reward definitely more Hassan out in sha Allah.

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Just like Allah who

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are also bIllahi min ash shaytani R rajim Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim in Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam ala Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa salam ala to Sleeman Kathira rubbish. Rocklea Saudi wire Siddeley Emery wash Lola, that's a melissani of Akali a mother.

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Mighty Brothers and Sisters are Salam. Wa alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

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We begin by praising Allah subhanahu wa taala. We praise Him. We seek His help, and we ask for his forgiveness.

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We send salutations upon the Beloved Prophet Mohammed Abdullah Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his family and his friends.

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I thank Allah subhanahu wa taala and we should all thank Allah to Allah for allowing us all to be gathered here today Al Hamdulillah we just performed the salah to Maverick together in Jamar and now we are here sitting down and gaining some beneficial knowledge. I ask Allah subhanahu 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 janitorial fair dose I mean

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the topic for today is or it's titled save others and be saved

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or support others and be supported.

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And I thought this is a great opportunity to speak about the importance of supporting one another.

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The importance of helping each other and in turn, Allah to Allah supporting us, Allah to Allah taking care of us, Allah to Allah helping us

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because at the end of the day, we want to achieve Jana we want to achieve Jana tune for the dose

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and to get there. Allah subhanahu wa taala places things in our life, places situations in our life, that he is testing us what are we going to do when these situations arise?

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You see Allah subhanahu wa taala he tells us in the Quran in nama Mina ICWA

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that verily Muslims are brothers, the believers are but brothers. We are brothers and sisters.

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And we know that brothers and sisters, we take care of each other. We look after one another. When someone is falling down, we'll help them we pick them up. When we are in a state or a situation where we need help. We can rely on someone to help us and pick us back up.

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That is what brothers that is what they do. And in a very similar words the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said I

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a Muslim or a whole Muslim, that a Muslim is a brother to another Muslim.

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And another very beautiful Hadith. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said about the believers.

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He said I'll meet me know a little more meanie Cal Boone Yan, yes should the bow goo bow

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that I believe, to another believer, they are like a building, each part supporting the other. If you look at the buildings, you will notice the pillars the walls, the floor, the foundation, each part of the building supports another part of that building. And if that part wasn't there, if that pillar wasn't there, the building may collapse. So Muslim is like that. We look for opportunities to help our brothers and sisters whenever they are in need. That is what a Muslim does. A Muslim is not a person that when a calamity happens, when a hardship happens to another, we clap, we don't do that. We rejoice we say they deserve it. No, we don't do that. Rather, we think in our mind, our

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brothers, our sisters need help. What can I do to support them?

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A recent example.

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And I'm sure every one of us have heard of this example. The floods in Pakistan.

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It cause chaos in the country. And just to tell you some of the stats of the destruction that that flood caused, it is mentioned that approximately over 1700 people have been killed.

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And from amongst them, over 600 children, our children are youngsters.

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And the cause of this, they say was a monsoon rain. They heat wave during the summer. It caused the ice glaciers to melt. And that caused the floods to come throughout Pakistan.

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Now who knows the population of Australia who can tell me

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25 million. It said or estimated that in Pakistan, over 33 million people have been affected. And I'm gonna be giving you an example of one country here. 33 million brothers and sisters of ours have been affected 100,000 homes completely destroyed.

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2.1 million homes partially affected 1.1 million livestock have been killed.

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And a third of the country they say was underwater.

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That's huge. That's a massive destruction.

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And approximately they say about $40 billion worth of destruction.

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Now when these things happen, unfortunately, many Muslims in their mind they start saying yeah, you know, it's, they deserve it.

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It was coming. Political issues, problems, you know, fighting amongst each other. Well, it's bound to happen. A Muslim does not respond like that. And Muslim never thinks like that. Rather a Muslim when a destruction like this happens when a calamity happens. They think this is a test from Allah subhanho wa taala. Not only is it a test for them, but it is a test for me. What am I going to do? What is my response to a calamity like this? Allah Allah is testing you and I.

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You see, Allah has placed situations all around the world. And he's put the situation to test all of us why? Because Jana is not given to us on a silver platter. You're not just gonna gain Jana like that.

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Allah subhanahu wa taala he said, A Hasib a nurse who and youth Roku and your Kulu mana wa hula, you afternoon.

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The people think that they will be left alone, just because they say I believe or not be tested. They will be tested.

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And a part of these tests Allah Tala lists them down in the Quran. In one ayah Allah to Allah said well hon one Nakum be che in mineral whole fee will draw one oxy mineral and while while unforce what Thammarat. WaterShed solvating Alladhina either Asaba Tommaso Eva alo in Lillahi wa ala urogen. Allah Tala gives us five examples of the type of tests he may give us. The first one he says me too

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Have something of fee, Allah Tala might place fee in someone's heart. So if you look around the world, especially where there is wall, they are living in constant fee. People are sleeping at night, not knowing that they will be awake in the morning, not knowing there'll be alive in the morning. Because a bomb might come and that's it, they're gone. They live again fi, they might wake up and say Alhamdulillah but they feel that they might not see the night and fall asleep. They are living in constant fear. Mental Health will draw from hunger. Allah to Allah might place people in a situation where they will have no food to eat for many days. And we know this. When the floods came

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in Pakistan. Some of our closest friends who have relatives there, they haven't eaten in days. Because of the destruction. clean drinking water wasn't available. Subhanallah contaminated water is what they were drinking. And we know many parts of the world in poverty stricken countries where our own Muslim brothers and sisters don't eat for days. And we've seen this all over social media Subhanallah we feel a little bit during Ramadan. We go through a few hours of hunger, you know and just before Iftar you get so hungry you see the food in front of you. And then as soon as the event happens, you gobble it all up.

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And we only feel a pinch of it a tater just just a pinch. Our brothers and sisters go for days without

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well jaw, mineral mineral whole fuel jaw one oxy mineral um while bankruptcy. Your wealth taken away from you, your house taken away from you, your company taken away from you. Those brothers and sisters in Pakistan, I'm gonna giving you this example. Because this is a recent one.

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They one day they were rich. And today it's all gone. The floods have taken their homes, the flood has taken the company, their business is gone.

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When oximeter um while while unforce and Allah to Allah testing people by taking loved ones away the lives of people

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Subhanallah when I was studying abroad, I met a brother who was a student.

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He said My biggest test that Allah Allah gave me

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was during the tsunami that happened in Bandar che in Indonesia and other parts of the world. He said that day, I lost my parents. I lost my siblings. I lost my grandparents. I lost my uncles and aunts and some of my cousins, all in the blink of an eye all gone.

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Can you imagine what he went through? He went through so much depression, that the thoughts of suicide came to his mind

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and the country where he was studying, they provided help and support for him. But Subhanallah can you think Can you imagine the tests that people go through? What some are odds? And Allah subhanaw taala says and I will test people with the loss of vegetations and crops, again with the floods, people have lost their livelihood, they have lost their crops, the vegetations their livestock 1.1 million livestock killed Subhanallah well the shade is solid in you say Allah subhanho wa Taala will test us and in other forms of tests, this is only five mentioned there are many other tests that Allah gives us in Nama and we're looking what Allah do come Pfitzner that verily your wealth and

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your children, they are a test for you. There are fitna there are trial for you. How are you going to raise your children? How do you earn your wealth? Where are you spending your wealth? Everything is a test. And when we see destruction happen, we forget ourself.

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We forget Hey, this is also a test for me.

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What's happening there? Allah Allah is now looking at us what are you going to do? Subhanallah that is how a Muslim thinks. What is my responsibility now to help our brothers and sisters that are in need. That is in sha Allah what we want to discuss today.

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You see Allah subhanahu wa taala places these opportunities for a reason.

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Some of us we may think, you know Allah to Allah, in all this hardship that is happening Subhanallah it looks really bad. It looks evil, but we forget there is no such thing as pure evil. There is no such thing. Even shaitan is not pure evil. How can you say that shell shaitan is not pure evil? No. Why? shaitana Pure evil because he does anyone know

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knows what he believes in Allah. He believes in Allah. Yet he turns away, he doesn't obey.

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If something bad happens look at the floods for example, we may look at it as a negative.

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But those brothers and sisters who died for them insha Allah Allahu taala, they died as a martyr. We know from authentic hadith those who drowned, those who get crushed to death, by a building of older, they died as a matter for them the ranks elevated in sha Allah. So for them, Rejoice Insha Allah, but test for those around them. Subhanallah so Allah to Allah creates these opportunities, so that we can put our part or we can do our part. Allah to Allah has created individuals in different ways. Some are rich, some are poor, some are wealthy, some are very, very wealthy, and some don't have anything. Some are strong

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and some are very weak. Some people are academically smart, some people are not.

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Some people may be good technicians and some people are not. Some are very skillful, others are not. Allah Tala creates people differently. We need to use our skills and what we have what we possess in order to help and support each other.

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It's your Allah Tala has ordered zakat.

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And we know Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. This is something we need to give.

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But more than that is sadaqa. On top of that is sadaqa. To top up what is already compulsory, in order to gain more Hassan art from Allah subhanahu wa taala. If there was no poverty, wait a second, it's gonna go, Where is the Sadako gonna go? How do we get that Hessonite from Allah to Allah, so he creates these opportunities.

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So the point I'm trying to make is do not think of something negative that happens. I something really terrible. Think of it. This is my opportunity. You know, when a business happens when a business starts up, and then investors coming to invest. A lot of people see this as an opportunity. I'm going to put in money, and I'm going to invest and insha Allah in a couple of years, I'm going to see my return. Right? People look for opportunities in business, when we see a calamity with charities needed. That's an opportunity for us to gain not only has an urge from Allah to Allah, but to also gain wealth.

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The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has promised those who give sadaqa you will never be poor,

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you will never be poor Subhanallah your wealth will only increase and your Hessonite will only increase. Therefore we need to look for these opportunities. So there's many different ways how a Muslim can support each other. One amazing statement I want to read out to you mentioned but even a un Rahim Allah he says there are different ways of supporting a fellow believer

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with one's wealth with one's position or authority of power

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by means of physical service by offering sincere advice and guidance by making supplications DUA and asking for forgiveness for them. And by feeling their pain, their level of one support will be affected by the level of one's faith. The weaker a person's faith, the weaker his support will be. The stronger the 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 the support for their fellow believers. Beautiful statement, so many different ways to support each other.

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One amazing statement that was mentioned by the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in authentic hadith was authenticated by cecconi Rahim Allah He said, listen to this, the most beloved people to Allah are those who are most beneficial to people. The ones who bring benefit to people, the most beloved de to Allah, is to make a Muslim happy, or to remove one of his troubles, or to forgive his debt, or to feed his hunger

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for me to walk with a brother and to help him with his needs, is more beloved to me than to seclude myself in this Masjid in Medina for a month

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Let me repeat that statement he said, It is more beneficial for me to walk with a brother and to help him is in his needs than to seclude myself in this Masjid in Medina for an entire month.

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That's a massive statement.

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And then the Prophet sallahu alayhi wa sallam, he continues, whoever swallows his anger than Allah will conceal his faults. 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 shaken.

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Amazing statement by the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. This shows us that to help your Muslim brother is dearer to Allah than worshiping Allah in the Sunnah things in the masjid. SubhanAllah. Can you can you can you imagine this? And yet today, when a brother is going through hardship, we laugh at him.

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When a sister is going through a divorce, you say it, she deserved it.

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When a person is going through a hardship, losing or crashing in his car, yeah, he was speeding, he always speeds he deserved it.

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We think like this, we think negatively. And we never think what can I do to help or to give a lending hand.

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You see, when a calamity happens, I consider when a calamity happens, or when something bad happens. The minimum you should do is you should feel it in your heart

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and make dua for that person. That's the minimum.

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The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said man ROM in Cameroon current value of a euro will be ready for LM yesterday, Arthur Bailey sunny for LM Eustacia alpha will only be with elica, alpha Eman. He said Allahu alayhi wa sallam, he said, When you see a moon car, a haram happening, something bad happening in front of you, then if you can change it physically, go there and change it physically. If you have the means and capabilities to do so. If you don't, if you can't do that, maybe the situation is not a place where you can physically change things, then familly sunny here, then at least with your tongue, say something,

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say something. Because at the end, you're helping someone, fail them you're starting. And if you can't do that, maybe you're a little bit shy, maybe there's a lot of people around the situation, he's not right for the Calbee he then at least in your heart, at least know that that Moncure is happening is wrong.

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And I hope and I wish my brother or my sister is away from that. But what I can whether they can fall in, that is the weakest of faith, that's the minimum.

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So we should aspire to do more for the sake of Allah subhanho wa taala. So let's look at a few things or few situations that Allah has blessed us with, of what we can do with those possessions or those things that Allah has given to help and support others.

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For those of us who are physically able to physically support each other, they know that in any situation where a person needs your help physically, be there for that person, if you can.

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I'll give you very simple examples.

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Elders in your family, those who are elderly, that maybe can't do things physically need help and support to even walk across the road. Simple things like this, be there for them, even helping someone to lift their bag and put it on the top of the shelf, in the aeroplane, wherever it is those little things. That is a physical service that you are doing for the sake of Allah subhanahu wa taala.

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If you have certain position or authority, if you've got some type of title, then use that to serve people remember, you are placed as a servant to people.

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Allah to Allah has given you that authority so you can make others lives easier. That's how we should think a simple example fathers or mothers, you have responsibilities over your children.

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The Prophet sallahu alayhi wa sallam he said, could look a moron what could LUCAM must hold on and arrive at that all of you are shepherds. And each and every one of you are responsible for your flock. So if you have certain authority, if you are fathers, mothers, if you have authority in your business, then you are responsible to make the lives of those under you easier

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to help them and to support them

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to guide them if

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If you've got a bit of knowledge, then use that knowledge to make the life of that person easier. Very important. We do this with our children all the time. We want to make sure that our child grows up, they have a good job. You know, they have a good business, maybe they marry the right person. You want to advise them throughout the life because you've lived that life and you want to give them that advice so that they can inshallah become successful in this life and the hereafter, what about others around? What about those that are not directly under you? We also need to help and support them with the knowledge that you have. There is a reason why Allah Allah, Allah has given you that

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knowledge. And in one Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said, When the child of Adam dies, all their deeds come to an end, except for three, three things continue even after you pass away. So the cartoon geria we'll talk about that later. Our elbow new and tougher will be knowledge that benefits others. A Walden Salah here the ruler, and the righteous child that makes dua for you. So you spend that much time for your children great, inshallah they become righteous, they make dua for you, but that knowledge that you have that benefits others, give that knowledge to them. A Dino Naziha, the prophet Allah, Allah Salam, he said, This deen is advice, to give people

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beneficial advice. You know, when you see a bargain, we go to the shops, we see a bargain. We don't want to tell anyone about it. Because we want to keep it to ourself, right, you find something cheap, that's mine, I'm going for it. And I take it, even though there's plenty out there for others, I'm not going to tell anyone about it. And I'm going to show what I have to people how much I spent Subhanallah you know, what type of Muslims are we, we want to help and support others. If you find a place, and you know that that place is beneficial to buy from. And you know, others are looking your friends, your other family members are looking for certain places like this, let them

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know about it. Tell them about it. You're not losing anything. Rather Allah to Allah will put Baraka in what you have. Allah to Allah will give you more, we got to change our mindset. Allah to Allah will give me more. When I support others, it's very hard to grasp that concept. And when I give, how do I get more Subhanallah but that's the concept that we Muslims need to have in our minds.

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Also, and this is the big part that I want to talk about today. Insha Allah, supporting each other with your wealth, supporting each other with your wealth.

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Alhamdulillah Allah has blessed us to live in Australia.

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And they say people who live in Australia, they are from the top 10 percentile of the world, in terms of living.

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We have everything Subhanallah so many things we have here compared to the rest of the world.

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Think about it for a moment, top 10 Other people say top five.

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So can you imagine the blessing of Allah to Allah. So that is now a test for us? Since we've got that blessing. How can we help others who don't have that blessing? Think of opportunities in sha Allah, those who need any help and support.

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I'll give you a few scenarios.

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Ali rhodiola, Juan,

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he was quite poor.

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From a very poor family as we know, the Prophet SAW Selim raised him. He was his cousin the prophets of salaam raised him. His father at the time, couldn't look after him.

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So he lived a very poor life. And at the time, where he was able to get married, and he wanted to marry Fawlty modal, the Allahu anha, the daughter of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam asked Ali, what do you have to give him out?

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He said he had a suit Allah. I don't have anything.

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The Prophet SAW Selim, he said, What about the shield? He said, This is all I have. The Prophet SAW Selim said, give that in mouth.

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So the So Ali rhodiola, who went to the marketplace, look at this scenario, he went to the marketplace. He thought, Okay, let me sell this. And, you know, I'll get something out of it. I'll give that formula and I'll buy a few more things.

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But when he was asked, How much is this worth? He was like four or five different It's not much. Look at the condition of it.

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He went to the marketplace and who did he meet? Or oh man, or the Aloha Isle of Man or the Allah one sees him sees a shield for sale, you're selling the shield? You know how come you're selling the shield? Allah the Allah when he told him the story, I want to marry Fatima. My intentions are to marry Fatima. I don't have anything to give his my heart. I have the shield. I'm selling it so I can give us my heart.

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So, off man being the wealthy man he was. He found an

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opportunity to help his brother. He said how much he is selling it for a little the longest said, How much do you think it's worth? Now, man, he's a smart man. He knows about warfare. He knows how much that is worth. It's not worth much. But he said, I'll give you 400 Dirham.

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I'll give you 400 Zero for it. Because in the back of the mind of man, his intentions for what? To help his brother.

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He gave him 400. And I'll leave it alone and said, If you think that's what it's worth, great, the hamdulillah Ali knows what he knows. And he knows it's not worth that much. But they knew I understood he was helping him. Say he took 400 Ali was so happy as he was going off man calls him back. And he says you said you're getting married?

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And he said yes. He said, This shield is the wedding gift for you. Subhanallah not only did he get 400 Durham's, but he also got the shield back

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off man with the law and finding opportunities to help his brother and knowing how poor it was the time of their marriage. They got married the humble home that him and Fatima lived in Subhanallah you wouldn't have thought the type of home they had the bed that they had, they didn't have a sofa. Their bed was their sofa as well. So Pamela is all they heard the pillows, they put branches and leaves in material to make their pillows. This is the humble home that Ali and Fatima they lived in Subhanallah but we know from this, that not only did they didn't have much, but they were one of the couples that gave so much for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala and when I say so much, I don't mean

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in quantity. I mean in quality. Because Allah subhanahu wa taala does not look at the amount you give Allah to Allah looks at your heart when you are giving the quality of your giving.

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You see the Allah Subhana Allah to Allah in the Quran, he talks about the situation of Ali and Fatima

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he said he Allah subhanahu wa taala he mentioned in a verse that they gave way to a Munna to Allah who became his skin and when you're Tina was zero in nonmonetary. More commonly what Allah learn with the domain comm Jazza Allah Shakira

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Allah subhanho wa Taala he said, from the situation of Ali and Fatima to teach us while you are a Munna to ham. They were giving food to the poor while they will pull himself while he was there a monitor Arma Allah Hopi, despite the love for it. Myskina WIAA team I want to see how they used to give to the poor. They used to give to the team they used to give to those who are captives. why in a minute or EMERCOM, they would say we only give this food to people leeward. Hila. So we can find the face of Allah, the pleasure of Allah, learn who really do mean Come Jazza wala Shankara we don't need from anyone rewards, maybe people we don't need you to return back to their favor. And we don't

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need Thanks. That's the way we're doing it.

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You know, a lot of us when we help someone, when they need the car's broken down, you help him something's wrong in their home, you go and fix it for them. If they're going through a hard time you give them a bit of money. They you remember this? And then when you need something you say hey, do you remember when I helped you?

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A Muslim doesn't do that. When you help each other out, you do it for what for the sake of Allah, that's the mindset that I am doing it to find the face of Allah the pleasure of Allah subhanahu wa taala to find the content of Allah subhanho wa Taala that is the reason why I am doing this. And subhanAllah he would give for the sake of Allah as much so much. There are so many stories that we can talk about, or the man or the Ilona another example when he bought the well we know the story for the Muslims he bought that well, and he gave us a work till today that will exists till today that will produce his water and the date palms around it. It makes so much money. So much money that

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the government built hotels under the name of Hawkman and today there is a bank account under the name of of man.

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How long ago did he die?

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And today there is a bank account under his name.

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Going back to the Hadith we just said the book of deeds are closed except for three things. So the cotton Jarrod is one of them. find opportunities to give sadaqa so that can save you and continue to support you. Even after you've hustled

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way, your deeds are still going on the Day of Judgment, you're going to see the mountains of deeds and you're going to say, Oh Allah, I didn't do all of that.

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And Allah subhanahu wa taala will tell you, it's the sadaqa you gave, that's the benefit that you received from that sadaqa that is how a Muslim thinks, that is opportunity that Muslim takes. So what I want from this talk today, my brothers and sisters, is to change our mindset

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that we don't

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wait for people to come to us for help.

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We find opportunities.

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We look for opportunities. Abu Bakr Radi Allahu Allah, when he was Khalifa, he would look for opportunities to go and help the widows to go and help those who couldn't help themself. without even telling them that I'm the Khalifa.

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He would go do that on his own. And Omar rhodiola, when he found out what Abu Bakar was doing, he would say a tapped in for the fact that you have a buck, you have exhausted the Khalifa who will come after you. How are people going to follow you? Subhanallah they would compete with one another, to give sadaqa to help each other that would compete. Where are we in that competition?

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We are very far behind. We need to catch up.

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Say insha Allah Who to Allah, I'm going to end off here in sha Allah Huhtala We ask Allah subhanahu wa taala to make us understand of the opportunities that Allah has given us, that we should grab them and we should take them

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to find these opportunities and to help and support our Muslim brothers and sisters. Make an intention from today. That every single day if possible, if you can't, every single week, I'm going to look for someone who needs help, who need support. If I can't find someone, I'm going to leave this much money aside. Because when that opportunity arises, I'm going to give that and that will be counted every day you're giving sadaqa

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the Prophet SAW Selim after fajr he asked the Companions who have you gave sadaqa Abubakar What did he say? iddrisu. Allah is Fajr

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Abu Bakr took opportunities. How many of you followed a funeral idea? Rasulullah? How many of you visited the sick it Dr. Salah, it's Fajr. But he would do that at night? SubhanAllah. He looked for opportunities. That is what a Muslim should do? Yes, we're not at the level of a buck. But let's push ourselves towards that level. Find those opportunities in sha Allah. And I want us to think of it this way. We when we give sadaqa

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we become investors investing in our asset I

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don't think you know, I'm giving this to help someone No, never think that. I'm giving this. Yes, that person will get help by me, but I'm investing in my earthhero that Allah Tala is going to give me more in the era. That's how a Muslim thinks and to find that happiness that smile in the face of your brother. That satisfaction is priceless. So we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to help us to help us understand the importance of helping and supporting each other. I ask Allah subhanahu wa taala to help us understand the importance of giving. I ask Allah subhanahu wata Allah to forgive our sins for all those negative thoughts we had of our brothers and sisters. I ask Allah subhanahu wa taala

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to strengthen the unity of the Muslims to help those Muslims all around the world that are suffering. I ask Allah subhanahu wa taala to give us that motivation to find people to support people to help each other. I ask Allah subhanho wa Taala for everything that we have said to use it as a benefit for us to understand to apply in our life. If there's anything that was said that was an error, I ask Allah subhanahu wa taala to forgive me and to forgive all of us. And I asked Allah subhanahu wa taala to gather all of us like we gather he in Jannah tool for those Subhan Allah Byham this panic Allahumma will be handing a shadow Allah Illa Illa and a stole Furukawa to be like salam

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Wa alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh