5 Tips for Successful Year
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Islamic Institute of Toronto, Published on Jun 22, 2018
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I'll praise the due to Allah, Lord of the worlds.
And surely the best reward ultimately, is for those who have done
and surely there is no animosity, no ill feeling except for the oppressor.
And I feel a witness that allows one, and has no partner
that Mohammed the son of Abdullah, is the servant of his last messenger, and mailmark constantly, always send peace and blessings to Mohammed to his family and his companions at all those who call to his way, and establish His kingdom, to the day of judgment
as to what follows. I begin by reminding myself and you have the critical importance of
one word, which carries such a great meaning. It is a combination of the fear of Allah, but the hope in the mercy of Allah.
It is the love of Allah subhanaw taala the love in meeting him, the love in serving Him, which gives the believer strength to make the right decision in everything that he or she does.
Allah subhanaw taala revealed his book in a special way, the final report and the last Testament was revealed not only to deal with the circumstances in Arabia 1400 years ago, but also to deal with our situation today.
And in the form, and there are special points that reflect upon issues in our lives.
There are special areas where a lot of what Allah has given divine guidance that we should see
when we find ourselves at special points.
And the end of the circle hacia Allah told us are you believe, have the consciousness of Allah and let every soul look to what they put forward for tomorrow? And fear Allah? Surely Allah is well aware of all that you do.
And be not as those who forgot a lot. And so he made them forget themselves.
Surely they are the disobedient ones.
And so this divine formula
begins with informing the believers of the importance of taqwa
informing the believers never to forget Allah subhanaw taala in anything that they do.
And most people in hearing this think about today, they think about now what is happening around me at this point in time, but the verse tells them, let every soul look to what they put forward for tomorrow.
Think about the future.
Don't just think about today. What seeds Did you plan for tomorrow?
Because the future is tied to the present.
The present is tied to the past.
And we are moving in the three stages out of the past into the present into the future. We're in a constant cycle, in the stages that Allah azza wa jal tells us, let every soul remember, reflect
upon what it is not just for today,
but for tomorrow. And when you reflect, then feel alone.
Because Surely, Allah knows everything that you do.
And Allah ends this passage by saying what
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Do not be as those who forgot a lot, he will make them forget themselves. It is a divine use of the verb nesea.
If you forget about that Allah added one letter, the other two, how to see if it's a minor. one letter is added to nesea. If you forget a lot,
he will make them forget themselves.
And this is critical for us. Because to forget ourselves would mean that we would forget the blessings that Allah subhanaw taala has given to us, we would forget that we make up over 26% of the earth's population.
We would forget that we have, despite the setbacks, we have great potential for the future.
We will forget that our young people are some of the strongest, healthiest young people in the world.
We would forget the potential that we have, if we forget Allah subhanaw taala now in the things that we have been doing,
and so time is a critical factor.
And here time is given to us and we are at one of those points with time makes a great difference in what we will do.
Those of us who fasted yesterday,
fasted in the summer solstice, this day is recorded to be the longest possible day
in the whole year
is a time based event.
But during that event, believers all over the world. It is Thursday show well
believe is all over the world we're fasting.
And so when time came, they remembered Allah subhanaw taala.
And so when we apply that same principle, to the month of Ramadan, we are leaving the month around we have left it in so well. The principle of time
that we have gone into another month, but a lot of sense, less aku contadina not so long.
Do not be as those in this critical point. who forgot Allah.
And so those who did not forget a lot.
Then the struggle of Ramadan continues.
The benefits of Ramadan, the fruits of Ramadan, stay with us. It's like a beautiful basket of fruits have been given to you.
And instead of preserving the fruit
and benefiting from the fruit, we throw it out the window
and say well, we'll get those fruit next year.
When the fruits have ripened, but no those who remember Allah subhanaw taala. Remember that we were seeking neediness to Allah azza wa jal.
We were seeking through the fasting.
Not just a victory over our stomachs.
But we were seeking taqwa closeness to Allah neediness to Allah subhanaw taala. So that this would impact upon us in everything that we would do.
And this relationship with Allah azza wa jal, and the month of Ramadan reminded us of the shortness of life.
That life is not eternal.
Our conditions change from one moment to another moment in the month of Ramadan.
Similarly, our lives can change. And we saw people in the month of Ramadan, whose lives were changed.
Ramadan also reminded us
or gave us as a fruit of Sabah. It gave us patience, constantly.
We had to be patient not just on one day or two days,
but patients have a whole month.
And so that patient for other believers, who were fasting consciously
helped them to raise their status.
And it helped them to gain
a special relationship with Allah azza wa jal who told us
in the law
that Verily Allah is with those
Patients who are consistent, who persevere under all conditions.
And that patients had many different levels we learned it was not only just patients is difficulty, it's even patients in good times
are subpar last year,
that when we are in good times, we have to have patience by not losing control of ourselves. Because we think we're in a state of peace.
We think we're in a state of wealth. We think we're in a state of health, but that can change overnight. Well,
Ramadan for the believers,
helped us to gain self control,
to be able to see our body to feel our body.
To recognize we were hungry, to recognize we were thirsty, but we refuse to eat and drink for all of us to find out Allah.
It wasn't for political reasons.
It wasn't just for health reasons.
But it was for Allah azza wa jal that we refuse to eat. We did that, in fact, and the believer
who gains the fruit of Ramadan will have that ability to control himself or herself after the month of Ramadan. That is the victory in the month of Ramadan.
The victory is to continue the struggle.
The victory is that that's self control will define us for the rest of the year.
in Ramadan, also both
we learn to confront our fear.
Many people were afraid of the month of Ramadan.
And they said how can we fast the day is too long.
The night is too short.
How can we do this is not medically possible.
And Allah made it easy.
Allah made it easy not only for those who are able to hold during the month, but also for those who got sick. There is a way out.
Those who are traveling, there was a way out.
Those who are not able to fast for medical reasons, there was a way out. Because fasting is not a punishment.
Fasting is not supposed to be
a destruction of the knifes of destruction of the body. But it is a strengthening
of what is inside of us. So we confronted our fear.
And that is critical for us in the rest of the year to confront our fear. Because around our nation
are the evil ones, trying to put fear into our hearts. And as we confronted our fears in Ramadan, we also need to confront our fear and realize that Allah subhanaw taala is with those who are with him.
And that's a victory from Allah subhanaw taala is near
the help from Allah subhanaw taala. It is near
the month of Ramadan also helped us it enabled us to cultivate good men.
We even found out that the prophet SAW Selim told us that if you are in the month of Ramadan, and a person approaches you to fight you,
or to argue with you,
then you say no. In the fall if I'm fasting, I will not get into this.
The victory for the fasting person is that outside of the month of Ramadan.
Outside even if the person is not fasting outside of Ramadan, when foolishness and argumentation comes, then the person is strong enough to resist
to have self control and not to lower themselves.
So the low level of the evil ones that are around us. And so we cultivated good character.
we cultivated good character in our tongues.
We cultivated good character in our eyes.
We cultivate a good character how you deal with people, parents, how you deal with your children,
children, how you deal with your parents.
Husband to wife, wife, the husband. Ramadan helped us to refine our men.
The prophet SAW them once said in translation, I am the guarantor for a house on the outskirts of paradise for whoever leaves off arguing,
even if he's right,
just stop here and think about
the product or sell them said he will guarantee a house on the outskirts of Paradise, or the one who stops arguing,
even if he's correct,
Then the prophet SAW themselves in translation.
And I am the guarantor of a house in the center of Paradise For whosoever abandons false foot parties.
Even when he's joking,
somebody tells us joke, he doesn't start swearing many of us in our culture, when we joke
we they say we curse bad words. We say thing is a joke, right? The prophet SAW some of them said abandon Bobtail even in the joking.
Even when you're playing around, then he would guarantee this. And then he said, Allah histological salaam, and I am the guarantor of a house, in the uppermost part of Paradise For whosoever makes his character, good.
Whether it makes his character foot, I will guarantee him a house to the highest part of paradise. This is the hottest affordable download. Yes, Latin serif.
Ramadan was a victory
for those whose character continues, those who are the highest level of fasting,
the highest level of fasting, and that is where not only did the limbs fast, but the heart was fasting.
The highest level
we confronted our hearts.
pride, arrogance. being proud of my color, I'm proud of my nation. proud of my language, I'm
proud of my passport.
means nothing to a lot of fun without
this prize is a fool's paradise.
Because some think that they are proud. But Ramadan taught us that in one day,
just before if you felt your body
if you missed that if tar and wet, two days, even if you miss Joseph, oh, how did you feel? Where's the strong man?
Where's the strong woman?
We became weak.
If you happen to miss the iftaar the Soho for three days. Imagine this. We would probably be in a stretch of carry to the hospital.
Where is the strong man? Where's the strong woman? So pride, we confronted
and we should realize
that these physical things mean nothing to Allah subhanaw taala Prophet Mohammed souls done them who had the highest lineage. He was hassling me.
I know Hashem.
And he was chosen by Allah subhanaw taala.
And when they asked him, Who are you?
Tell us about yourself. And many people today, they will say higher than the son of this and the son of that. Who's the son of him from this country from this section? You know how he answered he said, I am the son of one of your women.
I'm the son of one of your women.
humbled for a person that definitely
so confront, try and realize your brother and your sister, regardless of how they physically look.
That is your real brothers and sisters in Islam. At the highest level of brotherhood, and sisterhood possible.
We also confronted our heart Hassan jealousy,
jealous of material things, jealous of some gain that another person makes in their life. We confronted it in this month on the highest level of fasting
The victors, those who will really be victorious will continue this confrontation
and not be jealous of material things because we see in our Muslim world, that those who gain materials, especially rapidly, their lives are destroyed.
In most cases, except for a few, they lose their connection with Allah.
Ramadan also gave us a sense of unity.
Because no matter who you were, no matter what class you were, if you were fasting, you couldn't eat, you couldn't drink.
Even though you have a high level, you stay at the top of the hotel, you couldn't eat.
So you have to identify with the person in the street.
So when that person in the street is breaking their fast, you are breaking your fast.
And if we were thinking about what is happening, then we should empathize. Empathy is not just sympathy, sympathy, you feel sorry for the person. But empathy is when you identify with the person.
You identify with the person who is suffering. And this is what the month of Ramadan gave to the victorious ones
we know as up to LA
and for up to LA, the slave service of Allah is Lord is highly valuable,
is loaded society.
It will never die.
But the other individual who creeps into our life is up to Ramadan.
Up to Ramadan is the slave of Ramadan.
His Lord is dead. And he won't come back for a whole year.
For Abdullah, prayer continues, fasting continues sadaqa continues, good character continues. We lower our gaze we continue to lower our gaze, we continue to not swear from our mouth, we continue to not tell lies,
but for how to Ramadan,
the slave of Ramadan, it changes.
When Ramadan goes well.
Then the feeling from the masjid, the feeling for the community, the feeling for the poor, it leaves it leaves the individual and that is a test.
And we have to try to avoid this to try to stay in the position of Abdullah and Emma to love
the slave servant of Allah subhanaw taala
and to look at Islam, not just as ritualistic occasional religion.
Think about this term, ritualistic occasional religion.
That is a religion that people do on occasion, special occasions.
It's a religion they do for rituals. No, it is a way of life. And a lot told us in circles Baqarah verse two of 208 Yeah, you had Latina mother who would follow Sylvia Kapha What are you for the water shake on in the hula can
Allah tell us Oh you who believe
enter into Islam completely.
Every aspect enter into Islam and do not follow the footsteps of the evil one.
So, piecemeal ritualistic, occasional religion is actually the way of the shaytaan will be
the way of Allah subhanaw taala is to follow this silly
and to completely into Islam, everything every aspect of our life.
And that is what we are looking for balanced Islam.
The type of balanced Islam second can take up to a higher stage. And so let us focus this year amongst other things. Number one,
let us think about Allah subhanaw taala
before we act,
think about a loss before you do an action.
That's really important access.
That is also before we make decisions, reflect on profit
Mohamed Salah says what would he have done in this circumstance?
Number three, that has focused on character o'clock, that our Islam is not just the clothes we wear or the slogans, but it is our character, interpersonal relationships. Number four,
let us try and strive for operational unity, to find a way to unite with other Muslim
even though there are some things different.
number five, to bring Islamic solutions to real problems in the world. And that will mean that we will seek alliances with people of other faiths. Seek alliances with those good minds that people
and try to provide Islamic solutions to the real problems of society.
This then inshallah would make Ramadan a victory for the believers.
It would make us victorious. And inshallah, if this oma can take this on,
that we can raise with a thought if it's on Mansehra, we can raise with the victorious party who still live.
And we pray that Allah subhanaw taala would strengthen and raise up a thought if it's a man Sora that along with bring up this victorious party and unite Muslims around the truth as we move to the rest of the year. a coup locally how that was stopped for a while. When he started he was the minimum Coulee Dam been discovered in Navajos affordable