Channel: Ali Albarghouthi
Can we turn our professional and academic lives into an act of worship? Can our housework bring us closer to Allah and into heaven? In this khutbah, we learn how to bring Allah into these areas of our lives and how this improves the quality of our work, and our motivation and satisfaction with it. We also go through the dangers of having greed and showing-off as the intention that drives our professional/academic/domestic life.
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in Alhamdulillah Muhammad
when Himanshu Rory and fusina was the tiama Nina, Mia de la, la,
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la la la la la la hula Sheree calahonda hamedan Abu Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallam
I'm about to find the higher and
higher Alhaji Mohammed and sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was shalom Auriemma to Hakuna Matata.
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All praise belongs to Allah the Most High. We thank Him, we seek His help and aid and we asked him to forgive us. And we seek His refuge from the evil of ourselves in the sense that we commit. Indeed, whomsoever Allah guides, no one can lead astray. And whomsoever Allah leads astray, no one can guide they bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship except Allah alone. Then Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is a slave and messenger. The best This is the book of Allah. And the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And the worst of religious matters are those that are innovated and every religious innovation is a bit and every bit is
misguidance. Every misguidance will be in Hellfire,
about before we start, so Kamala Harris, as much as you can fill these empty spaces, move up as close as you can to the amount
you will help the brothers or the sisters in the back, have a good luck.
So if you find an empty space that's yours, if you notice it, that's yours.
how much time we devote,
to working for a living,
and before that, studying, getting ready for our professional life
or for some of our sisters, the long hours that they spend every day, taking care of their children, and home and families. When you look at how many hours we spent doing all of these things every day and every week, month, and year,
you will notice that these are some of the activities that we devote most time to. These are some of the activities that we give most of our time to in our life. In fact, for most of us, these activities would constitute most of our lives.
The activity that we go most to while we are awake, would be these activities working for a living studying, so that we can work for a living or working at home.
More than praying more than fasting.
This is what we do for most of our lives.
And the question that we want to ask ourselves is such a significant portion of our life?
can it help us with Allah? subhanho? wa Taala? And does it? does it bring us closer to Allah subhana wa tada? Will it help us enter heaven? Or will it be irrelevant when we think about heaven and hell? Or worse off? Can it even take us through there away from Allah subhana wa tada and his mercy.
So this type of activity working for a living? Does it help? Does it matter? Or does it hinder? Which one of them?
And to answer this question, we're going to be seeking guidance from a Hadith of the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and I want you brothers and sisters to listen carefully to it. And to remember it so that you can convey it and you can teach it to others who don't know about it, because it is important, because it is significant. Because if this is most of what we're spending our life on, then this is something serious.
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for us have Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Angela de una Shaka Hema Java home. So a man was passed in front of the prophets, a lot of us and he had some of his companions with him.
And they saw his energy and patience and strength, what made him admire him. So we understand that he was to work, he was going to work. And they saw these qualities that made have them admire him. And they commented on that
era Salalah he was in America canopy Sabine and they said, O Messenger of Allah, we wish that these qualities would have had been used, feasibility.
And feasibility law has a specific meaning and a more general meaning as we will see, when the Hadith continues, the more specific meaning is Jihad
meaning that they were staying here so Lola we wish that that strength and enthusiasm and energy would have been spent in Jihad feasterville instead of doing whatever else he is doing,
and the messenger sallallahu wasallam commented on their comments. And he said, caller you can Harada Yes.
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He said if he had come out from his home, to work,
to support young children,
it is feasible in LA.
And he had come out from his home to work to support the elderly parents, it is feasible in LA.
And he has come out to work
to attain for himself.
here means avoiding harm, so that he can own to avoid harm. And also avoid asking people relying on them and begging them so he doesn't need them. So he's working there to avoid harm and avoid needing and relying on other people. So he has done that to attain it is his ability.
And he if he had come out,
for Ria and mooka hora showing off and to boast
then it is feasible to shape on in the past and for the sake of the shape one.
And he is still allowed to sell them is telling us here that the intention makes all the difference. Outwardly, it could look the same person just leaving his home or her home to work. It could look the same, but the intention makes all the difference. And he's telling us a lot of you it was seldom that your intention will judge and will determine the type of activity that you have. And will it bring you closer to allow further away from him.
You're setting out to fulfill an obligation or something that is recommended. And all of us by the way, when you ask us why are you working? All of us are going to say or come up with an answer similar to to support myself. I have to eat I have to pay the bills.
I have young children, I have elderly parents, I have responsibilities. That's why we work Muslim or non Muslim.
And yes, you can set out and you can have that intention and you can fulfill your obligation. So when you meet Allah subhanho wa Taala, you will not have neglected your responsibilities the children, the parents, the wife, the husband, whatever it is.
But there is something higher than that, other than just simply fulfilling an obligation will allow reward for it or not. And this hadith is telling us that when you link these actions to Allah subhanho wa Taala I'm supporting these kids and these parents and that spouse, because Allah loves that from me.
I'm supporting myself to avoid the head on because Allah hates the head on and loves the head on. So all of my activities I am supporting and cleaning the house I'm raising these children because Allah loves that from me, when you link that activity to Allah subhanho wa Taala
that becomes jihad,
the sake of Allah subhana wa tada you will be considered you will be rewarded as a Mujahid
so jihad is very close to you.
If we have the intention, and if we have the determination. Now, is there another evidence that could support this claim? That this is Jihad for the sake of Allah will be rewarded like it? Say yes, because in the
pursuit of life ally, so a lot of you will tell them says,
say I love it when miskeen can move
out can call me lady or fire him in the heart, the one who supports financially who supports the widow and the poor, is like no more j. t. Sabine is
not an authentic hadith, or is like the person who fasts during the day and prays during the night meaning continuously, every day, as long as he's offering that support. That is his station, and that is his level, and that is his reward.
But that is all contingent and dependent on the intention. Do you have that intention? When you go out from your home, this is for Allah subhanho wa Taala and that's what I'm doing.
This is why I'm doing all of what I'm doing it because Because Allah loves it, Allah hates its opposite. And if that is your intention, then you can expect that reward from Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Now we can add another intention to this virtuous intention.
What is that other intention? helping other people through your profession through your studies?
You understand that the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, When Ferrara he called me korabik dunia for Raja Mohan Bo mille kiama. If you alleviate and remove hardship from this dunya that someone is suffering from Allah remove your hardship on the Day of Judgment. He also said mechanically, he can allow.
It says if you are helping your brother, allies helping you so you understand and I understand that Allah loves is such an act, and Allah who reward you for it. So through your profession, whatever your profession is, through your position, you will come in contact with people who will have difficulties, hardships, they will need your help, they will need your support, and you can guide them, you can make them feel better. Maybe you don't come in contact directly with people but you're doing some research, you're studying and you have to put in your intention. I'm doing this to make people's life better, so I can help them If not now, in the future. When I come in contact with
someone who needs help, I will help them.
When you have that intention that Allah Subhana Allah will reward you for every hour and every minute that you're spending working for a living.
And let's add a third intention.
What is that third intention giving? sadaqa?
Is that an intention? Yes, it's an intention.
So why sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says
a Muslim in South Africa has an obligation on every Muslim.
We are also live a limited life he didn't have it.
he says he works earns money, benefits himself and it gives charity called we also have a life a limited he cannot call your
booth he says he
supports or relieves the need of one who's or no didn't need
add he cannot do this. He cannot find that person.
commands what's good commands virtue rasulillah in JIRA, so if he cannot find this if he cannot do this,
he says he protects people from his heart that
there is a sadhaka. So we see how we a lot less than the companions of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam were teaching us and going from the highest to the lowest What if you cannot find what if he cannot find?
But notice the first thing that he said, it's an obligation. And if you don't have money, you own money.
You benefit yourself, but you also donate, you give in charity. And some of the Sahaba of the messengers, Allah Allahu Allah, you are you are sending them? What would the expressed intent of earning money so that they can give to other people? Not so that we can keep it? They didn't need it, or they needed very little, why did they work, they want to work to give it away.
And sometimes, when all of these bad things are happening to Muslims around us.
And we tell you, when we tell ourselves make do our but we sometimes feel or we want to do more.
And one of the things that you can do more is tell yourself, today I'm going out to work. And whatever I am going to earn today is going to be for those orphans and for those widows and for those refugees in this country, and in that country. Now the entire day, half of that day, not half of that day, 123 hours, but you will feel it as you are working, that I am doing something I'm trying to contribute and do something and save people through my profession and through my work.
And when you add all of these intention together,
Ernie because Allah loves that you would support yourself and those who are immediately dependent on you work because you want to benefit people and make a change in your society, in your community, in your surroundings. You want to improve it, make people's lives better work because you want to earn money so you can give it to other people.
When that is the case, that will transform your work experience and your professional life significantly by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala How so? How will it influence it?
in three ways, at least.
First of all, when you're doing it's for a loss of Hana, what's the quality of your work
and your happiness and contentment which will increase?
Why because now you are doing it for a loss of Hana what data you're going out and you notice Ally's observing me
and you know that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in the law your head Buddha Amina had to come and and
Allah loves that when some of the was one of you does something that he or she perfected. You do your best at it. In Allah.
Allah Felicia another Hadith says Allah commanded prescribed and everything
else and doing your best perfecting that deed in everything that you do.
Not only inside the messenger but outside of the masjid not only inside the house but outside of the house. And everything that you set out to do a lot loves, that you would perfect it and make it the best that you can make it
we understand the law of love. We understand that a lot of love cm But who do we understand that when we're actually working that along loves that we perfect this action and we do our best at it.
And then when you have that feeling, you will stop doing it for the sake of so and so. For the sake of the employer or the supervisor or the boss, you will stop doing it when they are watching.
And because they are watching and when they are not watching you, then you will neglect your work and compromise it you will not do that. You will come on time and leave on time because Allah subhanho wa Taala is in a sense as your supervisor, right? Who's supervising you Allah subhanho wa Taala in a sense, allies, your employer, in a sense allies, your boss, not that human boss, but Allah subhanho wa Taala is and when you start dealing with ally rather than with other human beings, you will do your best. What What do they appreciate it or not? What are they going to promote you for it or not? Whether they deserve it or not? You will do your best because you're dealing with a
lot you're not dealing with other human beings. So the quality will increase and then your happiness with what you're doing will increase because it has a meaning Now, a lot of us let's be honest, we feel sometimes that a lot of times that we trapped in our professions trapped in our jobs. That's not what I like to do. I have to do it. I have to feed myself and families and what have you. I'm sick
Have it and you feel suffocated, trapped with no exit.
But if you inject these meanings into it, and you notice, yes, I may have to do it to support myself. But this has another side to it aside that will help me with a loss of Hanover data. And Allah had put me in this place, maybe so I can help other people around me.
Allah has put me in this place maybe so I can earn whatever little I can earn, I can help other people with it, it will have a dimension to it that is greater than going to work and coming back from it every day, it will have a greater meaning to it, and know and suddenly you will be actually more creative and more innovative. You will like what you're doing, and you will improve it and he will continue to improve it. As long as you remember, this is for Allah subhanho wa Taala. And I'm doing it for him. And I will continue to do it for him as long as he allows me to stay in this place.
So this is the first thing, the second thing that we will notice is that we will avoid all of those ugly habits that we may have, we will not compromise our work, we will not neglect it. We will not lie glide, we will not cheat will not swindle all the people who will not suppress the truth, why would we do any of that when you are dealing with a loss of Hana what data and this is for his sake.
And the third thing that we will notice is that our life will be a continuous stream of us trying to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala. And that is really very significant. It will stop being divided into compartments that are disconnected from each other. I'm in the masjid worshiping Allah Abdullah, I leave them arrested. That's not on my mind. And that's not my concern. And that's not what I worry about. And I can violate all the things I've learned in domestic outside. And what am I told I'm not worshipping Allah subhanaw taala. So these are separate compartments that are not connected at all to each other. But when you connect them all you become a worshipper of Allah
subhana wa Tada, wherever you may be, whatever you may be doing. If I'm at work, I'm trying to be closer to Allah through that work. If I'm at home, I'm trying to be closer to Allah through whatever is it that whatever is at home, when I come to the masjid, I tried to be closer to Allah subhanaw taala through the activities in the masjid. And all of these things, feed each other, they don't cancel each other.
What we sometimes suffer from brothers and sisters is the contradiction in our lives. We act in the masjid, with other Muslims, pious, one way, outside the masjid, at our work in our homes with other friends differently. These are the contradictions This is a clash to want to create a more harmonious homogeneous type of Islam, where you're always worried about Allah subhana wa tada and what he wants and what he hates. So when you start doing that, that action which is working for a living your professional life, your academic life, your work at home, becomes part and an extension of the masjid and in the midst it becomes an extension of it. And it becomes something that you will
see with Allah subhana wa Taala when you meet him, Apollo kolyada was the federal law it would have come first
hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen
wa salatu salam O Allah Rasool e Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallam.
The second part of the Hadith is no less important. Where he sets a lot he will send them when Kennecott Adria and
establish a fund if he had come out if he intends to work because of showing off and boastfulness than it is for the sake and in the path of the shade pond.
And a lot of us may not think about this. We think if I go out and I work, whatever my intention may be, that's not something that is gonna count against me, that's not a sin.
But this hadith is telling us differently. If we have a corrupt intention in sight, I'm working, I'm going out to work. I'm studying, I intend to study, what is my intention
and move on. I want others to praise me and admire me and respect me and elevate me, and I want them to envy me and I want them to respect me
I am better than they and they should feel that I am better than they are.
And that is the intention that is a corrupt intention. And a corrupt intention leads to corrupt act and to corrupt life and to corrupt and.
And we see that a lot of time we boast with our titles, this is my title and you don't have it.
We both with our houses, I have the bigger house, and you have the smaller house. And if you're gonna buy a house, as big as mine, I will sell mine and buy a bigger house because I'm better than you.
This is not fantasy, this happens on my car that I'm gonna buy, I'm gonna buy it because it's status, it's going to tell everybody who I am and how much I earn.
And if somebody else is going to buy that, I'm going to buy something that is more expensive,
and so on my shoes are going to tell people who I am, and my dress is going to cost $1,000, I could have, you know, I could have been satisfied with $100 $200 dress, but $1,000 that will make people's next turn that will make people's head turn and admire me. That is the idea and kibra and arrogance.
So he says if you're going out seeking titles and admiration, and arrogance like that, that is pre Sabina shapen, for the sake of the shavon. Go into the show. And then we said it's a corrupt act. It's a corrupt act, because now you're only worried about the dollar, and you will lie and he will cheat and you will twist the truth.
And you will step on other people, and you will compete for that mighty dollar. And you will not care who do you destroy in your path, all for the sake of feeling better and superior to other people.
And imagine if an individual acts like this, and then a group of individuals act like this, and then a society acts like that, with no moral compass at all except the dollar and owning that and being better than other people. That is a society and a person and a community that is destined kind of destined themselves to destruction.
Because they will lose any moral fiber that they have. And that's why the Prophet said peace ability shavon imagine anything for the sake of the shaitaan or in the path of the shaytaan or the shaytan is with it, what is going to happen to it, what this can bring to your life. What has ever been brought to life except sadness, and misery and destruction in this life, and when you meet Allah subhanho wa Taala. So imagine yourself, you're spending 10 years, 12 years, 40 years more than that working every day.
You meet Allah subhanho wa Taala and think that you're going to be blameless with all of that work you with what Allah subhana wa Tada. And he says, Yeah, Abdi, you have done all of this for
all of that is against you on the Day of Judgment, what are you going to do, you have not prayed as many hours as you have worked, you have not started as many hours as you have worked, you have not done too hard, you have not done anything, me and you as many hours as we have worked. So to find it on the book, of your wicked deeds, rather than the book of your good deeds, is the misery.
Someone might say and ask, Does this mean that we're not allowed to buy nice things for ourselves.
And that's not the case. You can buy nice things for yourself and for your family and for your friends. As long as you avoid three things.
First of all, you don't overspend, you don't excessively spend on that thing, that you reach the level of a slog.
Because Allah will then ask you are you going to spend 100 or $200 on this, why the 2000
that is excessive.
Especially that you hear every day of people pleading with you give $1 or two for this destitute area. And you become very miser when it comes to giving to other people and very generous when you are spending on these brand names.
So your voice is the second thing you avoid kibble you're not buying it so that he could top other people and fake make them feel miserable. And make yourself feel better on top of everybody because of what you bought. If that is your intention, you have to avoid buying these things, shoes, bags, dresses, houses, cars, whatever it is. You have to avoid buying these things. And all the prophets A lot of it was in them said that the person who will have a mustard seed of arrogance in his heart will not enter Paradise.
So this is something that is serious.
The last thing that you have to avoid that you may set out to
Buy something and there is no arrogance in your heart, there is no pride. There's no intention of any of that. But then when you own it, you start seeing that it is changing you
that it is changing you. And if you're unable to control your heart at that time, and wrestle with it, to bring it back to me, man, you have to let go of that thing as well.
And we take that from
the law was riding on a donkey on his way to Jerusalem. And when they brought a horse to him, the harissa of the mini, think of him as the King now. And he's a conquering King, and he's riding on a donkey.
When they bring him a horse, he rides on that horse, and it's a step up. He dismounts after he rides it, and he says, take it away from me, I noticed that my heart was starting to change.
He noticed it immediately. Because it's a better animal, a fancier animal, right? He felt superior because of it. And he didn't want to have that feeling. So if you buy something, that's why you have to watch yourself when you're buying when you buy something, and you notice that it is starting to change, you let go of it if you cannot treat your heart.
But no, you can buy nice things. And also you can be humble and you know yourself best. Some people have a personality that will enable them to be more humble and live a simple life. Others don't have that capacity. And you're allowed to buy a nice thing as long as you avoid these things that we talked about. So brothers and sisters, let us emphasize before we leave, why are you working for a living? Why are you taking care of your family and kids? Why are you studying? Do you have an intention? Ask yourself and if you have an intention is this an intention that will bring you closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala and into heaven and or an intention that will take you away from both of
And it's really beautiful, to meet Allah subhanho wa Taala and you find that you spent most of your life in Allah as worship not only inside the masjid, but also as soon as you step outside of the masjid, and in your workplace and wherever you may be, you are Abdullah. So be Abdullah wherever you may be and help wherever you may be and through that means that Allah subhanho wa Taala has given to you and expect immense reward from Allah subhanho wa Taala because your Lord is shackled with thankful. So we ask Allah subhana wa Taala Allah correct our intentions for us, your lawmakers of those who work for your sake, and study for your sake and take care of your for their families for
your state or law correct our intention for us all I give us a good, sincere intention or like give us a good and a sincere intention in this life. Our lie give us a good and a sincere intention in this life. Allah help us to do the things that will bring us closer to Allah help us to do the things that will bring us closer to you. ie Allah help us to do the things that will bring us closer to you and to you and to avoid the things that will take us further away from you. And to avoid the things that will take us further away from you and to avoid the things that will take us further away from you. ie Allah we ask you that you forgive all of our sins, He ALLAH forgive the sins of
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