Channel: Abdullah Oduro
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah here. But Academy that peace and blessings of Allah be upon you all, amongst many of the people that I've talked to that have converted to Islam or those that were born Muslim, but came around and trying to make the effort to show gratitude to their Lord show gratitude to their mothers or fathers people that they realize Finally, that they deserve a lot more love and thanks for me. Amongst those people, I talked to one person, you know, as the typical question is, as even I was asked is, what did it What made you change? What was the catalyst that made you say, you know what, I gotta do something I'll never forget. He said, You know, I stood in the mirror, and
I asked myself, Is this it? Is this what it's all about? Basically, what am I doing in life? I'm fulfilling my desires and having fun. But when that time comes, which I don't know, have I prepared for it? This reminds me of the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam when one of the companions asked him, when is the hour? And then he asked them hell I did tell her. Really the question is, have you prepared for it? And that's what I want us to remember now, is the aspect of accountability. Allah subhana wa Taala says in the Quran, yeah, you had livina amruta. Allah her what atone for love some epidemic Lila, oh, you who believe fear a lot and will tell you a little
innocent, and the self should look you should look at yourself for what you have prepared for tomorrow. But Allah here really means that day of judgment, when you will stand in front of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And he calls it a lot as one of the tabs he mentioned that he uses the term tomorrow to show the proximity of the event. So due to the fact that we are uncertain of when this will take place. What's most important is how we are preparing for that one of the strongest means of preparation for that is accountability, self accountability, looking at yourself consistently. What are you putting forth? What have you done for tomorrow? When we look at right now the situation
that we are in? Many of us look at it as a hindrance from going to work from seeing our friends from talking to our friends, up close and personal offline, from just being stuck at home. But how do we really look at it, because when when it comes to Islam, and it comes to the risk of a loss upon whom, what are the provisions, those things that you have as a loss, kind of what Allah mentions, from minute to Ilona, Yama, even, and in nine, and barely you will be asked about that time, you will be asked about denying about the blissful things that you had in this life, that things that he has given you. And that's what I want to capitalize on here. Take us take a moment and just think
about it. Everything that Allah has given you from that what you're pleased to being given,
are you using it in a manner that shows gratitude to the one that has given it to you.
And I'm silent on purpose for a couple of minutes or moments for you just to think of that, in the midst of everything that's going on of what we've quote unquote lost, whether it's even a job, whether it's even a friend,
but what you have now,
are you using it in a manner that shows gratitude to the one that made the decision for all of this to happen? Because the object that you have, can either be an Arabic what is called a,
an argument for you or against you the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam even mentioned
that of course, an Fujitsu lecture or alayka, with the coming of Ramadan, the advent of Ramadan coming soon. The Quran is an establishment for us an argument for us or against us, your children. The ones that you see day in and day out, because you're not leaving home, are the ones that you are not able to see because you are in a far off land or for you that's in the university, and you can't see your family, in particular mothers, fathers, your children? Or will they be an establishment for an argument for you or against you?
These questions will only come to the one that holds themselves accountable. Your time? Is it an establishment or an argument for you or against you? How are you using your time?
Your health, which we are all in fear for right now? Which we are all taking the means to protect ourselves primarily to protect our health for ourselves and our loved ones? How are we using our health for our children? are we telling them about the stories of IU B'nai Sena sitting down with them and trying to pray one prayer at home? One prayer are we taking away which
is a form of advice to fast from electronics, fast from your phone and to sit with one another, or to see where you are from your electronics. What is your position in regards to all the electronics in your home? All these forms of distraction from what really matters, appreciation of what Allah has given you.
And prioritizing those things that he has given you. You may appreciate the phone. But what about your son, your father, your mother, showing levels of appreciation for them? Your health, eating right? Drinking, right, sleeping adequately drinking water and eating vegetables for your immune system, and sleeping at an adequate time sleeping early, and waking up early in order to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala to show gratitude towards him
with these blessings that you have, make sure that you hold yourself accountable. Make sure that before you go to sleep, look in the mirror and ask yourself, what have you put forth? And let that question be a means of motivation to where when you wake up, you'll wake up as someone that has a plan of gratitude, to be more disciplined and be good tissues. The alasa kinda went down and make you those individuals that hold themselves accountable, may last supine and went down and make you have those individuals that when they hold themselves accountable, they act in a consistent fashion to become better people in the midst of any calamity. A cinematic what happened to lie but a captain