The Importance Of Tawbah – Part 2
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smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen
wa sallahu wa salam ala Saito mousseline while he was happy with medical Salah. Our praise the due to Allah, Lord of the worlds and peace and blessings be constantly showered upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad and his upon his family, his companions and all those who call to his way and establish his sadhana, to the day of judgment
as to what follows
Alhamdulillah we thank Allah subhanaw taala
for the blessing of life, and for this opportunity to be fasting in this month, and especially now that we are we have reached into the last third of the month.
And this is a time that
may hear about but not be fully aware about. And prophets are seldom is reported to have said inauthentic IDs, men sama Ramadan, Eman and YT seven Warfield Allahu Mata Kadima min Danby woman karma Laila toccata.
Eman what is urban warfare Allahu Mata Cardamom into
the province of sanlam said whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan
with faith and confident expectation in the reward of Allah,
all previous sins are forgiven. And whoever stands in the night of power
with faith and with confident expectation and the reward of Allah, then all of the previous sins have been forgiven. And so this is an important night. And the companions used to look for it
in the last 10 days of the month, especially on the 27th night, and the 27th night is still the most probable for it to be although because of a dispute in the mastered the promises alum said he told his companions to hydro, Laila to other feed Phil winter menasha, Allah waka in Ramadan, he said, look for it in the odd nights of the last 10 days.
And so the 21st, the 23rd, the 25th, the 27th and the 29th. Although on the 27th you see the masses of the people come on the 27th. But tonight is the 21st.
So it could possibly be the night of power.
And that is important for us to be aware of the fact because, again, the province of Saddam
did not speak from himself. He is explaining to us it could actually fall on this night. So this could be a night where there are very few people who are who are gaining the benefit. But this is as we know, we've heard so many times Edelman Alfie Shahar it is better than 1000 months, right for your pre prayers, for your your fasting, you're
right, this is an amazing spiritual blessing for the Muslims. And I want to look at this time that we are in
from another point of view as well. Because the condition of Muslims today in the world has reached a critical place. And you have to study Islamic history. You have to realize that in the 13th century
of the Common Era
when the hillock was in Baghdad,
When Muslims were widespread in the earth, but they were broken into nation states,
when the olema were only receiving a small amount of of pay, and the wealth was was in the hands of a few,
and what it is reported by Abdullah Thea and other great scholars that they will know how to judge who left from Baghdad to Mecca, they were too busy with the dunya.
It is at that point, when the contradiction was there, we have this great material, but we do not take advantage of it.
We actually exploit people when this happened, Allah subhanaw taala unleashed upon this nation. He unleashed upon this nation, a punishment by law. It was a punishment, to the point where many of the scholars were saying they thought it was Yamaha piano.
They thought that when the Alma Hall when the Mongols came out of North East Asia, and started to destroy our towns, although we appeared to be a large number,
we had money, we had numbers, we had young people, we had strategic position, we had everything that you want, but we did not have the man.
We did not have that, that equity sub, those things that are needed for us. Right and when we started to
take advantage of the dunya to fall into the trap, that a lot purified us tummies we were purified.
And when the Mongol invasion came,
and so many people lost their lives. Finally Muslims took a stand
and purified themselves and it is reported safety POTUS, Rahim, Allah united of the mameluke, united the Muslims together he defeated the Mongols in angels.
After that time, was the flowering of Islam. So many scholars that you're reading today, we're actually in the loop period.
So many of our scholars, but it took this massive purification,
and as on all different levels, it's not just nations, we complain about nation states. What about ourselves,
division can happen a man with his wife, divisions can happen between one brother and another brother in the masjid. All different levels is a test. Each one will get the test the empty hand according to how they were created. But the test is upon everybody. And so in this light
because of what is happening in the world, and because of the critical situation in certain Norse. Allah subhanaw taala tells us very clearly what to boo Illallah he Jamia
I you help me known Lala comfortably
and make Toba make repentance talk to Allah Jamia everybody
in order that you will be successful, and so Allah is saying it directly to those who have email
and Toba is described in many ways. Say devil Messiah. Rahim Allah He said, sincere repentance is what purifies your souls. When you make Toba, you purify, and is also described Toba as described Toba to NASA. It is described pure Toba and the NASA how when you say naseeha it is not only giving it advice naziha is to be sincere.
It is support.
And when you clean metal, when you clean gold and metal you fire is used. So the fire burns away the impurities. And so what Toba really is, is what you could call self analysis and reconstruction.
It's self analysis to understand yourself and reconstruction.
And this is one of the great blessings of that this oma has been given is that even though we have suffered right from the beginning
with you the the attacks on the province are seldom, after his time, the Ridha where we saw people pass dating and not paying as a cat and then we saw a great feeling
That happened amongst the Sahaba. And then we saw our fees were actually controlled by foreign powers. In some cases, it was slavery period that we were put into a state of slavery as well.
Then we saw destructions coming out but still and hamdulillah our numbers are increasing.
Still there are more and more people reading the Quran. So, we have a chance to still light at the end of the tunnel, but we need to on an individual level,
group level and ultimately inshallah even on a nation state level, we need to make Toba
we need to repent to Allah subhanaw taala we need to analyze what we have done wrong
and reconstruct ourself
reconstruct the oma. So, we will not be put down we will have the right position, we will have the answer.
And is there is not just physical strength, as Aziz Aziz is something which is valuable. Something which is dear. All right, so we will have this respect
that we deserve in this world. But the Toba is not just saying, Oh, I'm sorry. I'm sorry, Toba, Toba, and finished.
The Toba is a process that we have to go through. Number one, we have to recognize our sins. If there's something wrong that we have done, we have to recognize that it's wrong.
Sometimes we break off one mustard bricks from another, another Muslim insults another and we say no, that's my right. We don't recognize that what we have done is wrong. That's the first part. The second part, then is to really sincerely regret the sin. And know that we really regret it, that we're sorry that we actually did this type of thing. Following that, we have to make the intention not to return to the sin.
See, so it's not enough, you recognize it is istockphoto. Law, you cry.
Right, the next day is doing it again.
No sincere intention
not to return to the sin. And that's not enough. There's another one called ragdoll mythology.
And that means that you compensate people for the sin. Because in some cases, the wrong that we have done, needs compensation.
It needs compensation. Even that's not enough.
The last part is to recognize our weaknesses. recognize ourselves, think about yourself. Think about your eyes, how strong are your eyes?
Think about your mouth? How strong Can you really control your tongue?
Think about your ears. What do you listen to during the day?
Think about your hands. What do you do with your hands? See? Where do you walk with your feet?
To think about all these things. And then this is the basis of a strong reconstruction. And this reconstruction is really important for us.
The first part we know about
we can recognize in many cases, this is something wrong.
We can feel our regret inside of us. But it has to be sincere regret.
But the intention not to return to the sin. How can you do that?
This is a great question. And many of the Olimar looked at Toba in a very deep way. There was one of the scholars of great scholar fez in Morocco, the shackled America
who looked at this and he said
that making intention
to read not to return to the sin. One of the ways practically to do this is by continuous good deeds.
So you try to do as many good deeds as possible. You do good deeds. It could even be just smiling at somebody. It could be given sadaqa it could be a little bit maruf we're not here Mancha. You can do many different things, but try to be continuous. So we don't just do it one day and don't do another day. Try every day that we're going to try to do something this astronaut try to do something good if you make this intention.
You see what it's doing is fighting the evil.
It's your good side, right? You're not salomaa right which is fighting you're not so Amada Sue right? So your good side is fighting the bad side. So continuous good deeds secondly
be conscious of Allah
in secret and in the open.
So talk to Allah facility will Alinea.
Right so you have the code Yes. Many times when we're in a big crowd.
It's Juma, it's salaat, then we are good Muslim.
Right? We make us a lot.
But when you're by yourself in your room, nobody's watching you
is your prayer on the level that it would be if you're in the masjid.
Think about this. And we try to repair it. So that least the prayer that we're doing by ourself, would be equal to the one done in public, the higher level is better. Because the more things that we are doing secretly,
in a good way, means that the consciousness of Allah because who's watching you in the secret? Nobody.
So that opens up the relationship with Allah subhanaw taala. See this advice that's given to us how to open up this relationship, so we don't return. Also, another important point constant is
to be asking a lot of what to do not just when something happens, right, I stopped federal law, because a lot of things were doing wrong, but be consistent. You know, about asking Allah to forgive you. And also, when you hear the name of Prophet Muhammad, so seldom, then say sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we need this you know, because the presence of them said men, Salah Allah sallallahu, Alayhi, Bihar Asha
ever says Salawat to me once, Allah will give it 10 times. And we need this, we need this right? We're trying to fight off evil things. Now. This is the conditions of Muslim today.
We have large numbers, we have beautiful masjids we have all of the books, all of the things some of the scholars would travel 100 kilometers to hear one Hadith.
Some people would spend half their life just to sit under a scholar to learn how to read the Quran. Now, we have all of the books, say e books, and khordad all of it in a disk. Is it a chip, you put it in your pocket?
So it's not information.
There's plenty of information.
So all of these things are in place. Right But something else
the intention not to return. How else can you do this?
One way is to avoid
Avoid the places of corruption.
This is really important thing. Avoid corrupt places that maybe somebody had a weakness with their eyes, they would go on a certain mall, a plaza, they stand there and they watch it. They their eyes are loose, right?
Go somewhere else now. Stay away from that place. Right? Which tested you when when you're strong enough, you can still go past it. But change your living your patterns of life. Change the pattern of your life. We're talking about a practical way to deal with this now.
Some of your friends that you may have had are weak minded people.
Try to be around those friends that remind you of Allah subhanaw taala there's certain brothers you might see your sister. The brother comes and you know, when he comes in the room everybody starts looking at is a time for salaat Elisa.
right every time you see him you think about salaat
that's the one you want to be around.
You want to be the one around the one that reminds you of Allah subhanaw taala remind you of the province on Sunday. You start thinking about Sunday.
The one that's the opposite.
Avoid this now.
Because when we're doing wrong, right, we may have a habit of stealing. We may have a habit of lying. Some people have a habit of smoking drugs.
Drinking alcohol. You say that's strange for a Muslim right? But there's Muslims now. They smoke
do a lot of things. Right and forgiveness is there. In the law young federal denuvo Jamia, Allah forgives all sins. So there's nothing we can do.
That cannot gain the help of Allah azza wa jal. But we have to be sincere. We have to go through this process right. The next point is a shocker Lila, we have to be have gratitude to Allah subhanaw taala. show real gratitude. If you have recognized something wrong with yourself,
and you are turning to a lot, you should be thankful to Allah that you can recognize. There's some people committing sins, they don't recognize. They think they're on top of the room, their president,
or their movie stars, they think they're on top of the world. They don't recognize that they're moving to a jahannam.
They don't recognize this, if we recognize we have a chance to avoid the fire of Johanna what he has to be done.
We have a chance, we should be thankful to Allah subhanaw taala. And finally, that we need to have rhythm, we need to be thankful we need to be are satisfied and pleased with what Allah has given us. And how Allah has made us
we have to be satisfied with this.
So these are practical suggestions. Remember, Toba is a process
recognize the sin,
sincerely regret falling into the sin.
Make the intention or Nia Elia. The intention is not going to return.
Make a strong intention.
But that's not enough. The other one is read the mythology.
And this is one that people most people do not understand.
compensating the wrong that has been done.
There is the obvious case of a person who used to steal. We had people who embraced Islam and they felt the capitalist system is an evil system. So he stole from the store. And when he stole he said I liberated this in order to understand what that means. He stole it. He said I liberated it.
Right because the capitalist. But then when he accepted Islam, he realized, no, I stole and I did something wrong. So if you stole from this store 711 store and you stole $1,000 from the store.
You say Oh ALLAH forgive me, but you still owe that man $1,000?
How are you going to pay him back? The scholars say don't do something that's going to harm you. If you walk in the store and say to the owner, I stole $1,000 from your store. He's gonna call the police
don't do that. But somehow whether you take an envelope, put some money in it, or whatever it is when you can pay him back.
If you really want Toba. If you really want to be complete,
then pay him back.
the other one which is really serious, is that when we have
we have attacked the honor of a person.
And so we say this person, you know,
Zaid displease a liar
is cut that up. And we say this about that one that went about this one. And we start to spread right backbiting and then resort, right? We're doing it right.
And then you recognize
that it's wrong.
I was wrong.
I was living in South Africa for many years in a city called Cape Town. And there there were 150 masjids is a strong Muslim community. And so the enemies of Allah in the businesses, they said, We want to pull the Muslim youth out of Islam.
So they made a special discotheque.
Right? for dancing in the shape of a Turkish Masjid.
And it had seven levels of dancing. seven levels right? is shaped like a Turkish master.
And on the boat, the fifth level going into heavens, right? You really go into into the hell right? On the fifth level, they had halau food.
So in case you wanted halau food, so the person would be dancing and dancing and taking his ecstasy drugs and dance
sit around everything. And then he goes to the standard. He says, Do you have halau food?
See how confused his mind is
when he's doing something wrong, but he still wants halau food, right? That's a common problem amongst us. So one of our imams does Allah here.
He had an madressa. And he found out that his children, some of his teenagers were dancing in dark side. So they commonplace.
And so he went down. He is the kind of person who takes things in his own hands. And he went with his job bar and his cap. And he went right into the up to the fifth floor that dancing around and the chef came onto the dance floor, right? And he grabbed the students by their ears, and he marched them off.
Right when they all saw him, the other ones ran right.
Now, what's the SHA headedness when the shack goes downstairs after calling to the good and forbidding evil, and he walks out of dockside with his jumper, and is kept right. And somebody is driving by. And they see him leaving dockside. They say you're stuck for the law. There it is. I knew this Imam was corrupt.
I knew it. And then they start backbiting.
I saw the chef in dark side. And as an as the rumor goes across the city, it gets bigger and bigger and bigger, right?
One time it starts he entered dockside. By the time it reaches the other side of the city. He was breakdancing in the middle of the floor.
It gets bigger and bigger, right?
When the person now finds out if that person had gone to the chef and said, Brother
slept for like I saw you a duck citement like why were you there?
If he had asked him and he said I was there to correct my students.
You see, then then he would say, you know, yeah, Allah. I was about to spread scandal. Now if the person spread the scandal about him
and the word spread around the city, and some people will say, I'm not making a lot behind that email. You know what Muslims do? Right? I'm not gonna make any more stock for law. I just that's what I want it.
ragdoll mythology. You want to make Toba? Right?
You first recognize it was wrong to scandalize the chef,
then you ask a lot of forgive you.
You really regret it,
then you made the intention not to return to the sin.
But the last part that the other Next one is there.
That is compensation. How do you compensate him that the Olimar say you compensate him by saying good things about him to the level where it will wipe out the other one.
So you will have to now compensate? You can't physically compensate it right. Because once you ruin any mom's character, his his life is finished, right?
You can't pay your money, the money is not going to help him. His character was insulted. So you have to now announce to people I was wrong.
And you need to say positive things about about this person until the community knows no he has a decent amount.
This is rather Madonna, if you really want tober now,
he really wants over there or sometimes. Sometime it really gets deep.
It really gets deep because you know, in religious matters, if we make tuck fear on a person,
right, well you call that person coffin.
Right? This is serious thing.
That person has been named kafir. And
it is it is not true about this person.
And then you find out it's serious thing.
And so this is where we have to be able to compensate. We have to be able to understand or make it clear. This was not the situation and turn it around.
The final point in Toba and this is the issue that we're talking about which is so important. It's so important for Muslims today, because we have great potential.
Allah has given us so much. It is unbelievable how much Allah has given to us.
In some parts of the Muslim world, when they did a study of the population, they found out that 25%
or 50% of the Muslims were under 25 years old.
The majority, if you take all the Muslims and put them on a field, you're going to find the majority of our young people. So we are a nation of the future. If you take all the European nations and put them on the field, you see the majority of them are older people.
Right? They have good health systems. Right now laws, Allah gave them the will. And they have good health and whatever. But they're not having babies, right? They're not having babies. And so they said, In Germany, and they said, in Belgium and Holland, they said, Any person who has citizenship, if you have a baby, will give you extra money
will pay you to have a baby. That's literally what they're doing in some country. But the problem they're running in now is that Muslims now are living in large numbers in that country. So in Belgium, and in Holland, 50% of the children born in the hospitals are Muslims. And they're getting paid. You see, and they're getting paid. So we didn't do anything. It's the will of Allah, we can't be stopped, right? But it's just a matter of we got to stop ourself.
That's the difference. Are we going to stop ourselves? Or are we going to really turn to Allah azza wa jal and make proper Toba and come out of this, the final area of Toba. And remember, we said the beginning is to recognize the sin
to regret it. Right? We have a serious regret, the intention not to return
And finally, it is to avoid unlawful deeds, to understand what the unlawful deeds are, and how to avoid them.
Now, how do you avoid it? we avoided by understanding ourselves
we have to understand the sins of the tongue.
We have to understand how dangerous it is to lies. Especially if you lie on Allah and His messenger. And the process Salim said men kariba Alia Mohammedan, philea turbo Mercado, whom are not whoever lies on me intentionally.
That he has a place in the fire waiting for you.
That's the worst forms. But we can also lie on each other.
And Caleb can come in different forms. So we need to understand this. This is a homework assignment for all of us. What is a lie? What's the whole rules around lying?
What is permissible, what is not permissible?
There is some type of lying that you can do.
You can lie. That might sound strange, right?
But if we are walking down the street, we turn the corner and a group of islamophobes they're looking for Muslims, right? And the Muslims are over there. And they come with their tattoos. And they come from Muslims, and they come to you and they say, Where are those people?
Don't be a good Muslim and tell them the truth. Lies.
You understand? You can lie to save their life. Right? That's permissible, right?
Also, the husband and his wife
and the wife and the husband, the husband might look at his wife. Right? She took her makeup off. And you know, whatever. He looks at his wife.
And he should say, darling, you're the most beautiful woman on earth.
You can lie.
She can look at her husband, he comes in
and he's looking terrible. He's weak.
He made a mistake. She shouldn't put him down further. She should say you are strong. The Strongest Man. You are my hero.
Right? This is like we call it flattery in English. It's a type of lie. You can do that.
Right? bringing peace also, peace between two Muslims
to Muslim brothers, sisters or factions. You can you know say the good things suppress the negative things. Right to bring peace. There's a time when you can do it. But we have to avoid altogether.
We have to avoid insults.
swearing, and we can swear in all languages, right? Some people will need to learn a language. The first they learned to do is tell us where?
Right? You have to shut it off some brothers. They're very good Muslim, but if you if you hit him if you do something wrong, then he swears.
Because these this got banned, right? That's why the President gave advice and one of his competitors laptop, don't get angry. Just don't get angry, right? control yourself. control your emotions, and the insults that come out in
our eyes, we have to learn to control our eyes. We are under a major test by the handheld devices.
But we have to learn to control our eyes, right? And Ramadan is the best time check yourself. Check your eyes. So after Ramadan, it continues. It's not just based upon the month, but it is a continuous thing.
That is what we are listening to. Right during this month. It's difficult to listen to some of these things. Right? If it was difficult Ramadan, why is it easy outside of Ramadan.
So it should be all year round. So it's a chance you have to know your ears some people are strong with it is but they're weak with their eyes.
Some people are strong with their eyes, but they're most
they can't control the tongue.
So, whatever is our weakness, we have to understand it.
And we have to be able to deal with it during this month.
Your hands the power that Allah has given to you, whatever level of that power, right check your power, some are given power, state power, they can take life.
Right? Some people are given institutional power, you can fire someone from the job.
Right? Some people can do things in the masjid.
Right? Or maybe it's just a man in his house, or maybe just a woman with a children. Everybody has a certain amount of this batise power right?
Everybody has something.
But do we check it for Allah subhanaw taala
these are the things that we have to think about.
These are the issues that are hitting us in this month, which are crucial to us in order to make Toba to make a proper repentance to Allah azza wa jal
and we pray that Allah azza wa jal would help us and, and give us this Toba to know Soha this sincere talk we have to pray to Allah for the Muslim world, really, that Allah would give this Toba to us so to gain forgiveness before it's too late. It has happened before in Islamic history. It's happened last summer holla.
But we have to really turn to Allah azza wa jal.
Brothers and sisters in the province of Solomon informed us that amongst the companions,
he told the companions that there was a man in Benny Israel
and this man wore his armor
and he struggled for a law for 1000 months
1000 months and the companions were amazed at this. How can this person from Benny as for him have reached this status? This is amazing.
And in this light, Allah subhanaw taala revealed surah Takata. And in this chapter as you know the repeated verses Layla toccata hydron alpha, that the night of power is better than 1000 months better than the reward that person got from Benny's value.
And so this is an opportunity for us. But the power of xlm has informed us look for it on the odd nights of the last 10 days 2120 357 and nine
most people will go for 27 and that is still considered by the scholars to be the strongest night however, the premises of them said could be any of the nights. So it could be tonight.
And what is important I want to stress to myself and you is not quantity is not the amount of times that you pray, but it is quality.
It is sincerity the class that you need to show to Allah be sincere
even if it's one
but a sincere
this is what we're looking for. We need some sincere changes on the ground. So we have this night. Right and then you count the majority will come up
The 27th 29th everybody's getting ready for eat.
In some cultures, they drank their falooda you know falooda this pink drink, they drank their falooda they drank their drinks, the supposes are gone. Now it's eat Mubarak is the 29th Night night, which could be later toccata.
So we need to be observant.
on all of these nights. be observant, and it may not be the amount but at least with sincerity.
Let us turn to Allah azza wa jal, with this true meaning of Toba self analysis and reconstruction, we can reconstruct ourselves. If we analyze ourselves really turned to Allah azza wa jal, we can reconstruct ourselves and come out of this month as a better person. This is an amazing opportunity we have been given.
And I pray that Allah azza wa jal would have mercy on you and me. We pray that Allah subhanaw taala would accept our prayers and our fasting or banana kebab Dr. mana was yamana robata Cabo Qian, ba ba ba, ba, ba ba ba ba ba ba ba malita Khuda hafiz Shadi Roberta
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