Excellence in Ramadan & Beyond
Channel: Ahmed Hamed
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hamdulillahi rabbil Alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah al Karim? What are the early he was happy Jemaine
Allah to Allah Phil Quran Al Majeed well for carnal Hamid, in Allah your eyeball mercy, Nene. Rubbish. Surely you saw the way a surly Emery. One. That's a melissani yufka who only my brothers and sisters.
At the outset, I ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless each one of you. And I ask Allah, to gather us in the best of the gatherings with our Hubby, our beloved Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in Jannah, to fulfill those.
The topic of my talk is excellence in Ramadan, and beyond. Let me ask you this question. How many of you would like to excel in life? Raise your hands?
Everyone, it's quite candid, that everyone wants to excel in their lives, and Subhanallah what better way would be than to choose the divine way to excel in Ramadan and beyond? For this reason, my brothers and sisters, when we study the Quran and the teachings of Islam,
we get to know the word if son, which is excellence, the best level. And as we know the hadith of Gibreel.
questions that was asked by him to Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi salam, What is Islam what is Eman and then what is your son. And that's when we get to know the concept of your son, that you worship Allah subhanaw taala as if you see him
and Allah sees you for sure, we can see Allah in this world, but Allah sees you, this level of consciousness, this level of excellence is what we aim to achieve. My brothers and sisters, when we get to understand the the meaning of sun in Islam, it is off basically son Illa. Son with Allah, Allah Riza, to Allah, Allah Azza, to have the best of relations to bet to have the best of the faith in Allah subhanaw taala and son, Elan NUS the best level of behavior with the people. So, in my presentation, I would like to highlight
some of the areas where we have to excel in Ramadan and beyond for your better understanding.
And with an objective to give you the framework, you know, a lot of times what happens is we want to excel but in what area how we get to, you know, have a gap in that so for your better understanding I have, I have the presentation, for you to take the structure to have the framework Inshallah, that will help us to understand the Excellence in Ramadan and beyond and SubhanAllah. When we say excellence, we don't leave this dunya we're talking about an inclusive excellence that is the excellence for dunya will occur in this world and the hereafter and that is the reason Allah Allah is taught us this dua Rabbana Artina for dunya Hassan Warfield accurate the hustler working out
governor, oh Lord grant is the best in this hole and the best in the hereafter and protect us from the torment of the Hellfire. So my brothers and sisters, what are those areas where we need to excel? We need to have a clear roadmap we need to have a clear structure and a framework for us to work on it. And that comes when we know about it. So basically, when we know excellence in Ramadan, there are basically four areas, four areas that we need to excel in Ramadan and beyond number one
you bother? Number three o'clock? And number four? What am I not? These are the four areas that you need to keep in mind, in order to Excel for dunya will occur in this world and the hereafter.
Let's dwell into it one by one. Without going in much details, I'll just share with you the structure or the framework for you to register in your minds and so that insha Allah isn't the data Allah, we can move on in our lives with the mindset of excellence, they should not be anything lower, that we should think we should have the best hopes, in the in with Allah subhanho wa taala. So let's begin in sha Allah, with iman. Obviously, the believers
first priority is his faith. And when we talk about faith, we know the articles of faith, you know, believing in Allah subhanaw taala, His angels, His books, His messengers, they day of judgment, and predestination, And subhanAllah the crux of it is you need to have a stronger impact of this emaan in Allah, but that is the read of Allah, and the Risala of sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and all the previous messengers and an agora anytime when a person has this clear understanding and importance in his life, number one, having Allah believes in his equation all the time, having the concept of messenger rule, and always had the mindset that one day, I'm going to stand before Allah and give
all my accounts. With this mindset. We will be able to excel in Ramadan and beyond. And obviously, when we talk about
levels of Eman when we talk about the excellence of, you know, ourselves in Ramadan and beyond, we got to understand that number one thing for a believer is to have strong, firm faith in Allah subhanaw taala. And a lot of times, we are not very clear exactly what do we mean by having strong faith in Allah but it is. So for you to simplify and share these five things that you need to always keep in mind when you say I believe in Allah. These are the five things that you always have to have the structure in your life and the framework for you to believe in Allah number one, believe in His existence, believe in His names, believe in His attributes, believe in his actions and believe in
His worship. When we are talking about believing in His existence, Allah Bonanza, he says laser chemistry he shaved
there is nothing like Unto Allah or Buddhism. His existence is unique. His names are beautiful as Allah but he says, what Allah heal us MA and Husna for the room who behalf to Allah belong the most beautiful things. So call upon Allah by using those names. His attributes are perfect. This is what we need to strongly believing that he is capable and powerful. As Allah, Allah says in Allah, Allah only shaking
a lot of barista he's powerful. He has entire power over everything. That's Allah rub colorism. So having the
beautiful limbs positive attributes alongside with the actions, the actions of Allah Buddha is that we need to believe in, we need to accept the decisions of Allah Allah is in our lives, whatever happens it is the decree of Allah and that's how we need to ensure that we believe in that right and then finally his worship. He enjoys and celebrates exclusive version there is no one who can come along in any of the aspects of believing in Allah subhanahu Tada and obviously when we talk about the great things and having the strong concept, we also need to understand the dangers what can actually ruin my Iman what can actually you know, spoil my Eman because hon Allah Eman is something
which is the most precious thing for a believer. Eman is such that Allah Allah is revealed the entire Surah when answered in sanel, of course Illa Lavina Amanu Allah may have made an exception if you and I want to
prevent from the greatest of loss. We need to believe in Allah and have faith. Allah Allah is. He says for those who do good deeds, whether male or female, Allah Allah Azza will grant them good life. So that life
which is good is guaranteed by Allah when you have faith.
And Subhan Allah Allah, Allah is also says that the one
only who believes in Allah will resign does not tarnish his belief with falsehood for them. Allah Bonanza, he says is security and guidance. So my brothers and sisters believe faith in Allah, Allah is the greatest asset of a believer. And now what are the dangers that we have to be aware of?
When we talk about the dangers,
we understand that there are basically three dangers that revolves around which
we are more vulnerable to those. And that's the reason we need to be really cautious, we need to be really careful about
number one is sure. associating partners with Allah subhanahu wa taala is something which is so crucial that we need to have that red line, there is no way that we can actually, you know, associate Allah Almighty in his existence in His Names, Attributes, actions, or worship. He enjoys exclusivity in his worship. Likewise, we need to ensure that we have to be very clear in terms of doubts and disbelief, that those are the red lines that so we need to be careful as we are careful about any other precious thing. If you have a very precious thing, you will take care of it, you'll be very mindful about it. And that's the reason we need to be mindful about the disbelief and doubts
never ever have an iota of doubt. In the existence of Allah. Allah is never, ever catty a thought which is negative about Allah subhanahu wa taala you should be highly hopeful in the Mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala Rahmatullah never, ever lose hope in the Mercy of Allah. Likewise,
hypocrisy is something which is so dangerous that creeps in our heart and spoils our belief. So we got to understand that these are the dangers for our Eman. So my brothers and sisters Eman is something which is the focus area for you and me to excel in Ramadan and beyond.
Let's move on to the second area which is the Ibadah we have been created for this purpose to worship Allah Almighty. But then let me tell you that we generally have a very narrow or a shallow perspective about the bada
and Allah or Buddha Riza. When we study the Quran and the Sunnah we get to know that Subhan Allah, a bada is divided into two categories and this is the way that Allah Bucha encompasses everything and made Islam as a way of life. So who Allah which is the rights of Allah and her Coco the rebar which are the rights of the creation, when you know, you're the rights that you have to fulfill of Allah,
you will start developing the level of Ersan you will never give right of Allah to any other one.
And when you know the rights of the creation, like for example, a lot of ERISA is what Kadar Rob Dukkha Allah terrible do ya will be valid any son and it is decreed that you worship none. But Allah Allah is and you'll be kind you'd be best to your parents. So we have one on one side, love which is the right of Allah. And then on the other side, we have the right for the creation, beat parents, spouse, family, brothers and sisters, neighbors, the entire human kind and the entire creation for that matter. So you got to be mindful about these two areas and then Excel yourself, grow yourself inshallah.
When we talk about the ways of Riba and how do I actually accelerate myself, how do I grow in my life?
When it comes to Alibaba, we have basically the bar double colon which is using your speech using a tongue and then we have a bad bill. When you have engagement on your actions, other than mild which is which you
A world and everybody will call which is with your heart, this is something which we always need to focus on and excel ourselves. So when you speak, you speak not which is, you know, God,
you do things which are pleasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala and you give things for the sake of Allah and you have pure heart, for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala. And we talked about bilkul we have basically three types. In the bottom of your heart, you have cough, which is fear, fear of Allah subhanaw taala is very unique. You know, when you fear anything, for example, if you fear a lion or a tiger, when you get closer to it, or you go away,
you go away. Why did this you feel you fear any danger in the wall anyway, buddy whom you fear off, you try to escape. But the fear of Allah is so beautiful, that the more you fear Allah, the more you get closer to Allah subhanaw taala you feel about what you feel about displeasing Allah, the rub, Who has created you, the rub, who is nourishing you the rub, who has so many favors done to you? In you disappointed?
How can you dishearten How can you displease him? So you're a friend of that practice which is keeping you distend from Allah subhanaw taala. So you have that fear of not losing Allah in your life. My brothers and sisters, when you have Allah and you have nothing from this wall, you should be rejoiced. Because if you have Allah you have everything.
If you are on Allah side, then you will enjoy the success, the true success and true happiness of this world and the hereafter. Likewise,
we have hope, we should have hope in the Mercy of Allah like no other. Right like we know mother's Masha Allah, they are miraculous. Mother will forgive anything and everything. And but then they will be someone among the mothers who might have some in their hearts. But then when it comes to Allah, hope in Allah Allah Riza should be the highest. You should have the best expectations from Allah subhanho wa taala.
In the Hadith Bootsy Allah Allah is honoring the Afghani appdb I am as my servants think of Me, if you think the best about Allah, you will be delivered the best. If you think negative, you will face negativism. Right? So you have on the one side fear, which you're afraid of displeasing Allah and you have hope that even though you have so many shortcomings, you hope in the Mercy of Allah robberies, and the top of it is what you love Allah like no other.
In your life, the most important being that regulates and governs your life is Allah or Buddha Riza. Why shouldn't I love him the most. And this is the reason why brothers and sisters sisters, the sweetness of Eman can be tasted by the one who keeps Allah and His messenger as priority. Who loves each other for the sake of Allah, Allah Riza, who hate to the to turn to disbelief as he hates to be thrown into the fire. This is how you gain the hello to Eman the sweetness of faith.
or, for example, the dangers also we need to always keep remembering the dangers, you know the dangers of rabada is the innovations that you bring in.
And the association when you pray throughout your life but you pray to be seen. That's mean, you know simply that you are doing for someone besides Allah you believe in Allah, but then you are associating partners with Allah Allah is when you do things only for the sake of Allah, that is pure ibadah. So we need to be aware we need to be mindful of not having anyone in our equation when it comes to doing worship to Allah subhanaw taala and always we need to be mindful about the actions that we do. My brothers and sisters for all the people throughout the ages. There are two conditions for our deeds, on our prayers on our charity on our Hajj Umrah Quran
Yeah, everything. If they have to be accepted, they must fulfill two conditions. One, it should be for the sake of Allah. And two, it should be in the way of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So that's the concept of ibadah. And that's how we need to excel. So we do things which are really needed for us to excel in our ibadah. And we abstain we are away from the practices that will violate or, you know, make a hole in our ibadah.
area of which you need to focus we always have to focus on is definitely of luck. You know, the character is something about which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, On the Day of Judgment, the healthiest of all the deeds is that
of a man who has good character, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said, the nearest and dearest to me on the day of judgment is the one who will come with good character. Imagine the honor to be with rasool Allah salAllahu Alaihe Salam, imagine the honor to be the servant of Rasulullah Salallahu Alaihe Salam on the Day of Judgment.
We need to have the best of our luck. Excellence in character is what is expected from a true believer. And what do we mean by having excellence in our character is we need to inculcate the value of love and compassion in our lives. Prefer, prefer love over hate, prefer forgiveness, over enmity or revenge. My brothers and sisters the life is too short, to hate people, the life is too short.
To keep practicing your heart, a person who has good luck, he always forgives, He keeps his heart pure. For the sake of Allah, He comes out of and this is the reason he develops a sense of kindness and mercy. always live with the principle of having kindness in your affairs, kindness and mercy is something which will take you to the next level.
And obviously, having the pure
heart and having the patients in your life is something that drives people towards you because you have an excellent luck.
And not just that, these are the things which are really impacting us in this world, but then in the hereafter as well. As I said, you and I if we carry the best of characters will be among the nearest and dearest with Rasul Allah, He sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Obviously, these things also have dangerous you know those things which we need to be mindful about. And that is, number one, and V. Number two, ego, anger and excessive desires, you got to be aware and be mindful, and be alarmed with these four evils that will violate your character. Having envy
is something which will ruin your good deeds as the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam said, having tuckable having pride or ego is something which only belongs to Allah, we humans are weak, we don't deserve to be egoistic it's only Allah and that's the reason he's
the one who is pride, right. So, we need to also ensure that our o'clock is ruled with with other with anger, you know, in anger, we lose our temper and we say something which we regret about, we do something which we are regretting about. So we need to be very sure of having the understanding that these are the red lines or red zones that we need to ensure that we don't get closer to the last area. In couple of minutes I would like to mention is the ad off Why am I not you know, the the ad of Muhammad is something which is so important. And there are two signature qualities of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Sadiq Khan I mean we all know that bring up civic truthfulness in your
affair to XL environmental bring honesty Amana in your dealings to excel in your more amulet bring up Adam justice and that's the reason Allah commands in Allah Yeah, more Billa delete son, bring down the other, an exon, the goodness in your affairs and you will see excellence
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the last point of which I would like to share with you what actually ruins again that we need to be cautioned about in terms of our Mamilla and the ways of Mamilla that can actually spoil, in our personal, in our financial, relational, and societal. These are the four areas that we need to be really mindful about. And we need to ensure that we be truthful, we be trustworthy, we will be the one who do justice, and we should be the one who should do good in all these areas, my brothers and sisters, we ask Allah subhanaw taala for excellence in dunya and akhira. We ask Allah to give us the ability to perform that which takes us closer to Allah subhanaw taala May Allah Robinett Riza always
again, unite us with Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi salam and help us to gain this momentum to witness Allah Akbar. Allah is in Accra, Amin wa Dawa Anna and Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen thank you so much for your patient listening