Channel: Ali Albarghouthi
Increasingly, Baraka is missing from our lives. We have less time, less money, more disharmony, and more unhappiness in our lives and in the world around us. We try to understand here the role that Baraka plays in all of this and how we can bring more Baraka into our lives.
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all praise and thanks belongs to Allah the Most High we thank him. And we seek His help and aid and we asked him to forgive us. And we seek His protection from the evil of ourselves and the sins that we commit. Indeed, whomsoever Allah guides, no one can lead us astray. And whomsoever Allah leads astray, no one can guide and bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship except Allah alone, that Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is a slave and messenger, that best of speech is a book of Allah. And the best of guidance is the guidance of Mohammed salallahu alayhi wa sallam. And the worst of religious matters are those that are invaded. And every religious innovation is a bit of
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one of the important things that we all pursue in our lives even though sometimes we will not be conscious of the fact that we are pursuing it. One of these important things is the pursuit of Baraka in our lives.
We want our life to be blessed to have Baraka in it. We want our marriages, our children to have Baraka in them. We want our money to have Baraka, the food to have Baraka, our life in general our work, the land where we live, we want all of that to be blessed, by Allah subhanho wa Taala. But although this is a common pursuit and a common interest, we all may not fail to realize that as we look around us, we observed that Baraka is slowly or sometimes even rapidly is missing or diminishing from our lives, especially our modern life.
We look at the time we want to return to be blessed, but we look our time. And we find that it slips away. Before we know the day is over the week is over the month, and then the year. And we wonder where it all has gone.
We want the money to be blessed. But we find that we are spending more on less and we're not satisfied with what we buy. By the end of the month. We don't have much money left. And we may not even have any savings,
our relationships, there's a lot of quarrels and arguments and disharmony in the relationship between husband and wife, parents and children. You look at people's character in general in society, and there's less also Baraka in there as well. People are less generous, less kind, less thoughtful, even sometimes the food that we consume, compared to maybe at times
We've lived before, or what we hear from the elders or what we read in the books. It doesn't taste the same, it doesn't satisfy the same, and it's not as nutritious. So there's also less Baraka in the food as well and runs out very quickly when we purchase it. So the question is, if it is so important to us, how can we regain bought a car and put it back into our lives? If it is that important?
And we have for that purpose, to understand that we have to understand first, what is Baraka? Because it could be a very mysterious concept, and hopefully today that will, you know, go a step towards demystifying what Baraka is, what do we mean when we say Baraka, there's Baraka in this space, or time or person or thing? What do we mean by Baraka? Well, in Arabic, if the camel sits down, we say, but I can value.
If you look at a lake, we call it bitka. Now, try to remember these images, because they will help you remember what Baraka means, in the future. What is common in these posts in these two images, stability, things staying put on the ground, not leaving. And Baraka really simply means catarratto, Heidi was the one who
means that there is a multitude of a multitude of goodness in this thing. And it stays it does not depart. So they are here are two important thing, this thing, that space that time when we say has Baraka in it, we mean it has higher in it, when the standard was higher means right? Good. Goodness, there's higher in this thing, and there is a lot of it, and it's continuous, it doesn't stop, actually it increases and it doesn't depart and does not leave it stable. That's what Baraka is.
Why do we need barako should we have Baraka in our lives? Because if we don't have Baraka in our lives, our life may be spent without results or fruit or with little fruit in them. It may be very difficult and hard on an unhappy life, when it likes Baraka. As we said,
if there is no Baraka in the money that we have, we will earn it and spend it and it won't satisfy our needs. If there is no Baraka in our relationships, you will find that you will always be quarreling and fighting with your spouse, always fighting with your children, the children always fighting with their parents, there is no peace around you.
And instead of that spouse or that child being a NEMA, they tend to be a curse.
And some people and some relationships end up people condemning
and hating each other. Because there is no Baraka. In that relationship. The food that you eat, won't satisfy you, it will not be nutritious, or will not help your health, but rather it will hurt it.
Your relationships in society as a whole will turn sour.
People of different colors of different ethnicities of different class types will be fighting under they will be hating each other because there's no barakah in that relationship. So overall, when you look at all of that, you will find that you will be living a long life even, but the product the food of that long life is little or if there's anything in it, it's not worth talking about.
Now compare that to the life of the Prophet Sall Allahu Allah, he was in them, because we want to see the opposite.
This is a man. Well, lots of Hannover to Allah gave him this message. And he started this message alone. And in the span of 23 years.
He was able, first of all, he accomplished so much. One of the things are so few of the things that he had accomplished, he was able to attract some of the best people that we've ever known in human history. And they became Muslim. And he molded them into some of the greatest leaders that we know Abu Bakr and Omar or the Allahu anhu. Man and Alia of the Allahu anhu. Look at these giants. They were produced by Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam
he was able to transform all of Arabia into Islam. And you think about it in 23 years, he was able to transform not only the physical reality, but the hearts of the population as well. How was he able to do so? That's not achievable by any human standards that is not achievable. And just consider our own situation right now. All of us the Muslims were more than a billion. We're all trying to regain our past.
Glory, right? Our past dignity. And we've been trying to do this for so many years, and will not be successful yet. Mohammed So a lot of you it was silom starts from what not from where we're starting starting from zero
and 23 years, he transforms all of that. And it doesn't stop with his death sallallahu alayhi wasallam because the force of what he started continues after his death with the whole affair, you find that Islam is sweeping across Asia and across Africa.
What did that course come from, from the Baraka of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, so there was great Baraka in him. And there's great Baraka in the people that he immediately left after Abu Bakr radi Allahu anhu. That's why they were able to capture as many lands and convert as many people. And in Omar wrote the law on how to be able to produce such greatness there is great Baraka in him, great higher in him. So this is the higher that you get, versus the lack of Baraka that we may be experiencing today. So, we want to ask ourselves, how do we inject more Baraka into our lives?
And before we start discussing this, let's lay out some principles that will help us in sha Allah before we go into the specifics. These general principles will help you discover and continue to discover where to find Baraka from Allah subhanho wa Taala, and what to do with it.
First of all, the first principle is all Baraka comes from Allah subhanho, wa Taala. All higher, comes from Allah subhanho wa Taala
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In Your hands are all the good as the Tafseer says in our property, cool, hi reaming. All the good comes from you Yala. So, if this is a fact, and we believe in that, when that next two principles also emanate from it,
what emanates from this fact is that if Allah is the source of all good, it means that if you want good and goodness in your life, you go closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Generally, you find that Baraka is missing before you know the details of how to get it, and how Allah told you and spoke about it. In general, do you want more Baraka, you move closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala to his commands, and away from what upsets him. That's where you will find the Baraka because that is the source you move closer to the source, right?
If you move away from Allah subhanho wa Taala, you're moving away from Baraka from pain,
and you're moving closer, taking steps closer to the shaman. And the shaman is the thief that steals Baraka from your life.
That's the task of the shaman. And there is Baraka in the food, the shape and will take it away from you. And there's Baraka in the relationship in the house that she will try to take it away from you. If this Baraka in your health was shaytaan will take it away from you. So the task of the shaytan is to destroy you and part of that is to steal the Baraka from you. So, you want Baraka you move closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala and then you will get all the Baraka. Now, the third principle is that is the source of all the Baraka which is Allah subhanho wa Taala. Then you only ask Allah for Baraka.
You only ask Allah for the sparker
a lot may put barakah in certain things, certain people, certain times and places, but these are means by which Allah gives us the Baraka, that is, they themselves don't possess it.
But Allah subhanho wa Taala decided that through this thing, you will be blessed. So, when you get it, just like medicine, when you get it, the medicine that cures you only by the permission of Allah subhana wa Taala. And if Allah wants, it does not work. The same thing you get Baraka from this thing, because Allah had made it so So Allah is the grantor of Baraka and no one else. So let us not also forget about it. The last thing that I want to say as a general principle
is that when we discuss and we want to get more Baraka into our life, this is not a get rich, quick scheme. When we talk about multiplying our wealth or being blessed in our wealth and our families, this is not to tell us all, do this, this this and you will become millionaires. That's not realistic.
The Baraka is how could you bring blessing into Allah is giving you How can you find blessing and restore blessing and what you have, and it could increase and could multiply, but your eyesight your objective should not be on the middle
see you look at the Sahaba of the prophets of Allah Allah you It was said that they were the most blessed community. But among them they were the rich and the one who the middle and the one who is poor. They did not understand Baraka did not interpret Barak as all of them being rich, some will be rich, the movie middle, some will be poor. But what they understood the Baraka to be his ally is going to give you when you ask him, but is it going to be blessed? Allah could give you millions of dollars
that could be a curse on you and your family and you could run through that like water if it's not blessed
there are a lot of people just consider some lottery winners they wouldn't millions of dollars after five seven years they filed for bankruptcy Where did all the money go? There is no bucket in it.
So all I could give you though these millions, but it turns your life into hell on tours your children against you who would be wishing when is my father when is my mother gonna die so I can inherit them
and may not bring you any happiness yet Allah subhanaw taala could give you just 1000s yet bless what he has given you put satisfaction in your heart and you can live a better life a more satisfying life a happier life than the one who is who has possesses reveals.
Now, as we are talking about injecting Baraka into our lives, I want to also remind myself on you have something
there are general trend trends that we cannot overcome.
For instance, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says that the homosassa carabas demand for the kulu Center to kashia was sharika Juma Amato kaleo, William Luca was Osaka Kodama t na, it says, The Day of Judgment is not going to come to pass until time shrinks.
And the year will be like a month and the month will be like a week and the week will be like a day and the day will be like an hour, and the hour will be like a flash, they'll pass very quickly. That is a general trend that we cannot overcome as you move closer to the Day of Judgment, and away from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam stay
away from the Prophet solo, send them time this is going to happen. But we can still do our part to inject as much blessing as possible into our lives and the people who are around this. So we're not completely helpless. But there are general trends that are taking place. Also what society does as a whole impacts Baraka in that place, we may not be able to reverse it,
but we can do our part.
So let's begin with specific examples of getting Baraka from Allah subhanho wa Tada.
And the first thing that we should mention and talk about is the book of Allah.
And just think about it If Allah is the source of all the Baraka and the Quran, is the word of Allah subhana wa tada that would be the strongest source of the Baraka that you can find, right?
That'd be the strongest. Allah describes that book in the Quran itself as Mubarak kita Bonanza now, when I come
to it, a book that we have revealed to you, that is blessed has a lot of blessings in it. And we can take this to talk about the many blessings of the Quran, but we'll just mention a few. The fact that it guides you to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah and saved you from Hellfire and grants you eternal happiness. And also happiness as the slide is the greatest blessing that the Quran can give you because it saves you.
And the Quran also reforms the way that we think and we see the world around us who are not fooled by it, or were not deceived by the deceitful such a fun. So that is a NEMA and apart from the Quran.
The Quran also provides a sort of a medicine to what ails us inside, she felt old enough is to do
so there's any disease that we have
depression, anxiety, we're worried about something we're not sure about what's going to happen to us, what is the purpose of my life? Why am I living etc, all of these troubling questions, you bring the hold on and you read it and you take it in and it was a cure and that is part of the blessings and the Baraka of the Quran.
In addition to that, it also is a medicine or a cure physically.
Because we know from the Sunnah of the prophet Sall, Allahu Allah you it will send them the parts of the Quran were useful Rukia like 30
someone suffer suffered from a venomous bite. And one of those have already the fatty how on that person who wasn't even Muslim and a lot fewer
Him, the prophet said, Well you can do that it is really. So parts of the Quran you can read them, and they can physically make you feel better. And that's part of the Baraka of the Quran.
The last three sutras in the Quran and while we that, and also surah, Al Baqarah,
the prophet Sall, Allahu Allah UID we send them says, a crown Surah Al Baqarah
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It says read Surah Al Baqarah, because taking it, reading it frequently, repeatedly is Baraka and leaving it is a cause of regret, and the magician's cannot read it.
So there is Baraka in Surah Al Baqarah. So, one of the she says that once he was on a flight, and someone came, and he says, I want to share this with you. He says my wife for the past four years has been reading Surah Baqarah every day.
And I can tell you, that there has been a profound change in our lives.
He says the fights that we used to have with each other, and with the kids diminished, decreased significantly. This is the things that I used to bring to home used to expire very quickly, one out very quickly, the food and what have you. Now, I bring it and it stays, things don't get malfunction in the home as much.
And he says even when I'm overseas, and sometimes they're talking, they are in a Muslim country, even sometimes when I'm overseas. And sometimes there are places that has heroin in them, I decided I want to go, it says a lot of times I find that a lot blocks me from going there.
So he says there is this transformation just from reading Surah Al Baqarah every day.
So if you want it, it's there.
Now Someone may say, Panama, salted buckler every day no time, I'd have no time to do this. How is it possible to do all of that?
It said, Listen,
go and read some of the seer of the odema.
Not us today. But some of the seer of someone like Noah, we someone like igloo Tamia and see how much they were able to accomplish in a single day. If you look at it, you will say I can't even do this in a week. I'm not sure about a month but for sure a week I won't be able to do this if they were doing this every day. And that would every Sunday, attending every soldier in the masjid.
How did they were able to do that? Is because Allah bless their times.
So don't say I don't have time. That's the problem. Now you want the solution? How are you going to fix that problem? Not by restating it? by fixing it. How do you fix it? You read the Koran, past and contemporary scholars and students of knowledge will tell you you read the Quran especially the beginning of your day read the Quran Allah blesses remainder of your day. And they will tell you if we miss it, then our day is not going to be best blessed we won't be able to accomplish as much.
So try it. And when I say try it, I don't mean try it for one day or two days and then quit after or one week and then quit after No. Make it part of your life so that you can see that transformation taking place. And Allah subhana wa tada will bless not only your time, but everything else that is around you
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the next source of Baraka is Mohammed Sall, Allahu Allah, you earlier he was sitting there.
And he's Baraka, first of all, and most importantly in the teachings that he had left behind, in his Hadith, and in his example,
and you look at his Hadith and this is also part of the bulk of the brand that we did not mention. You look at the words of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, very short, succinct, yet lies behind them deep meanings, that if you were to sit and try to extract all of it, it will take you pages. How is he still allowed he was able to summarize all of these meanings and very short words. And the Prophet was not verbose. You could count his words when he's sitting
All that comes from the Baraka, Allah subhanho wa Taala gave to him that he was able to speak and who his speech was very profound that when you are even now when you reading the Hadith, it stays with you. If your heart is open, it really goes into your heart and it stays with you, and it leaves a mark, and so is with the Quran. The Baraka of the way is that it stays with you. That's what Baraka is stability, right? It doesn't fly. So it stays and it leaves an effect and it leaves a mark
and the Sahaba of the prophets of Allah, Allah, you will send them more as blessed as they were following him.
Just briefly look at the example of aboubaker probably alone, after the death of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, he was confronted with the fact Should I fight those who refused to give this account or not. And he said, if they deny me anything, even the smallest thing that they used to give to the prophets of the Lord, he was a nun, I will fight them. He was confronted with another decision send the the army Osama although he's very young, or replaced the leader, he says, I will never replace a leader that the Prophet sallallahu Sallam had put in place. And he did all of these things. And Allah subhanho wa Taala, given great success, and by that saved Arabia from apostasy.
So there is Baraka in listening to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and following his example.
So if you want Baraka, attach yourself to this hadith attach yourself to his example, I trust yourself to his character, and do everything that he did. And the Baraka that he has a lot to send them, some of it will be transferred to you. Now, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Before we leave, we have to mention that he also had physical Baraka that the Sahaba knew that they could take pieces from his hair, and that would be a source of blessing. They could take his sweat and that's what smelled like perfume and that also is a source of blessing. His hand when it touches a person, he could cure this person and that is a source of Baraka and a source of blessing from Allah Allah
you it was in them. And that is because his inside was so filled with a man for like, granted him this spot, okay, now this belongs to him. So a lot of you are sitting them, no one should come today and claim that he could touch someone and heal him like he did. So a lot of you and he was in it. And the last thing that I want to leave us with
is the Baraka of remembering Allah subhana wa Tada. Now, if you look around you and you find that there are stuff missing in your life, and you want to bring more blessing into it.
Harmony in the relationship, kids, listening to you, money lasting longer, etc, etc, etc. One of the things that you should do and hold on too tightly and never leave is remembering Allah subhanho wa Taala at all times, especially is too far. asking Allah for forgiveness, as Allah says in the hold on the hook to stop the robber come in who can you see this summer it can be Laura. It can be Mr. De Nino he come janati way agenda caminhada new Holly certainly speak to his people. And he said ask Allah for forgiveness for his off forgiving. So this is their next rule the reward when you ask a lot for forgiveness.
But also Allah subhana wa Taala will give you blessings in this life. Allah will cause the sky to rain and bless you with it. And Allah will give you children and will give you wealth and it will give you lush gardens and will give you rivers that run around them.
That is ask Allah for forgiveness. And Allah Subhana Allah will bless you in the next slide. And also in this life, increased wealth, children and property.
Now, of course, you look at the example because I don't want someone to try it for a week and say it didn't work.
Or for a month and say it didn't work.
The Sahaba of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam they when they started a lot tested them when they were patient, and they prevailed, Allah gave them the entire world. Right?
So you may see an immediate result to this. Or imagery may come after some time. But a lot wants to distinguish who's sincere and who's not who's in it just for the money. I'm saying is too far. I want to see if I get 100 or 1000 or a million dollars in a week, who's in it for the money alone and who's doing it because he's really asking me and he wants me to forgive him. And then after that, he wants me to bless him what the whatever way I want to bless him.
And there is a hadith it's a weak Hadith, but the meaning is right man does a man is still far. Jarl Allahu Allahu Nikolay hamin faraja Maharaja was
the one who continues to make his define Allah subhanho wa Taala will be
him exit from every difficulty he's facing and relief from every distress and he will provide from him from when he does not expect
it this week it is changing but as soon as I mean says the mana is it's right, the meaning is right.
So if you have something like that various provisions are not coming as Allah subhana wa tada and keep making this the foreign law will give you you are in trouble or you're in a problem you're in distress. Keep making this default Allah will give you an exit and relief from it. And all that is from increased blessings and Baraka in your life. And that Baraka sometimes
extends to the person who's sitting next to you even though they don't know it to your family to your neighbor, even though they don't know it. How so?
In a hadith Allah subhanho wa Taala the Prophet tells us that Allah subhana wa Taala as angels, these people who are sitting and remembering me
How do they have they seen me? They said no, he said if they are sitting and remember me without seeing me What would they do if they see me is that they would remember you even more so what they're asking me they're asking you for paradise did they see it no Yala did not see what if they were to see it they would ask it even more and more. It said what they are seeking protection from Hellfire Allah the angels are telling Allah. He says what if they were to see how far they say they would they would even ask for more and more protection from it. That is they would worship you even more and more. So Allah says, I make you witnesses that I forgiven them all.
So one of the angels said and this is very beautiful, one of the angels said Dr. La,
what hadn't went home, they sent me home in the majority hajra he said Allah one of them is not really part of that group. He just came for a worldly reason. He's sitting, but for a world The reason. So he said oh nice to him. So they're gonna bless him as well.
Though his intention is not to be with them to listen to the same things and ask for the same things. But because he's around, he's included as well. And that is the Baraka the pious and charlena later football we'll talk about that, and some other means of getting Baraka but this is the protocol of the pious for everyone who's around them.
That Allah subhana wa Taala could bless and forgive and delay punishment. Because there are pious people living in an area we ask Allah subhana wa Taala to make us among them, to make us of those who are receiving the work of Allah subhana wa tada and preserving the buttock of Allah subhanho wa Taala in their lives. He Allah I ask you to plant Baraka in our lives and the lives of our families and communities and in this land era, we ask that you plant Baraka in our lives and in the eyes of our families and communities. And in this land, you Allah we ask you to bless our lives and times and money and families and spouses and children. You Allah bless our health. Allah bless our time.
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