The 12 Principles of Success #01
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Any university graduate Dear brothers and sisters who finally gets his or her hand
on the job that they have been aspiring for for many years,
maybe they've been sending out the interviews and they haven't been hitting much tofield assistance from Allah. Finally, they get that dream job opportunity, they will show a lot of
zeal to do as they are told. And they will want to be at the discretion of their employer.
Fearing that it may lose, they may lose the opportunity. Similarly,
a person who has been looking for marriage male or female for a long time,
and they almost hit the verge of despair.
And then finally, the ideal marriage candidate approached himself approached herself to yourself.
Again, you will find that there is a lot of eagerness to remain within the confines of this marriage. To be as amicable as possible and to not step beyond lines because it's something that you value you feel it is something that you need.
This is how we behave. Dear brothers and sisters in the life of this world when trying to please other human beings whether they are
wives, husbands, children, parents, employers, employees, business partners, relatives or their likes, we go out of our way to stay within line.
However, the Quran tells us that there is no one in existence who is worthy of this type of pursuit, and eagerness to obtain his pleasure and his acceptance other than Allah subhanahu wata Allah.
Allah Almighty said, speaking about some of the hypocrites, wala who are our Zulu who are Hakkoda ulu, in Canada, what meaning Allah and His messenger are far worthy of them trying to please and satisfy if they are believers, Allah is worthy.
We please people,
and we endeavor to stay within the parameters of instructions because we want something from them, or we may fear something from them.
However, the one who has the keys to the success of the happiness of this world before the next he is none other than Allah. So what type of efforts you and I be exerting in pleasing Him and seeking those characteristics that he has described, that he loves?
Out of fear of him fear of Allah and out of hope in Him hoping his reward and out of love in him the love for Allah subhana wa Adana, nobody is worthy of that type of pursuit.
So, what are those characteristics?
That will make us dear to him?
Nobody is worthy of being competed over and race towards other than Elijah Medina. What are those characteristics? The good news is that the Quran has not made this a secret
for those in Ramadan 2019 who wish to make this month a year like none other month of Ramadan like none other. The Quran has not kept it a secret regarding the ingredients that is needed to plug into my life, your life characteristics, things that we are supposed to do by day, by night,
the type of walk, how we respond to ignorance, the very words that we use when making dua, our relationship with the Quran that while we make for our wives and our children, all of these are necessary components for those who wish to be the closest to Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah Jagow. This is why we have chosen this particular lecture series. I don't think that there can be a more useful study in the month of Ramadan than this, because the season lends itself to this type of development this month lends itself to this type of nurturing. Therefore a Muslim who does not grow in the month of Ramadan and see an active change from who he was a week ago. Then according to the dua of the
prophets that I said, and the dua of Angel Jibreel the either who Allah may Allah distancing that's harsh, isn't it? Yeah. That's harsh.
You know, when the messengers are sending was sending the pulpit. He came on the first step. He said, Me second step, I mean, third step. I mean, it seems so odd. You see, I mean, when there was a DUA, is he talking to himself? So the Companions they said me
syndrome Allah we saw you do something we haven't seen you do before. I
mean, I mean I mean he said to the attorney Jaipuri Angel Jibreel came to me you didn't see him. Angel Jibreel came to me and he said to me yeah Mohammed Oh messenger SallAllahu I didn't he was second
man Andraka Ramadan
philam Yo farolito thermometer for DACA na for about a hula hula Amin for call to me. He said to me Oh Mohamed Salah Salem, any Muslim who experiences the month of Ramadan and then the month departs and he is still carrying sins and then dies and enters the fire. May Allah distance him say I mean messenger so I sent him said I mean
in other words this month of Ramadan is so dense, so busy, so crammed with opportunities and prices to change, to change. If we still don't change, then we qualify for a dua being made against us from the greatest of all angels
and the greatest of all of creation Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who said me May Allah distance such a person. So what can we do? I want to change somebody may says, somebody may say I want to know what's next, give me a practical recipe, that I may follow. And I will try. This is the purpose of this lecture series. 12 milestones of success taken from the very words of the Creator Himself and hamdulillah it's not the word of a che, a scholar, a revivalist of a key, not even the four Imams, not even the words of a prophet. They are the words of ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada
brother brothers and sisters, I have a request if you please use your phones or your laptops or your physical copies of the most half that you may have
turned to chapter 25
Surah two chapter of the criterion Serato.
And then go all the way to Isaiah 63 Is this not the month of the Quran? Let us take our study from the book of Allah.
Chapter 25, which area
We're going to be going through all of those area add
up until just before the very last verse
I want you to go through these verses read through them look into the Book, look into those verses read them, these are the 12 characteristics identified by Allah then here is the task
we require that you categorize these characteristics, there is a certain way of approaching this study these characteristics are not random, you can put them in a chart.
If I was to ask you to put these characteristics in a chart, what would the nature of that chart be? What are the headings? What is the theme How could you separate these characteristics? Read through the brothers and sisters two minutes inshallah Tada then we will we will touch base any ideas?
Any ideas? How can we
divide these verses?
How can we categorize them? If you wish you can say these characteristics can be categorized into two main columns,
that were affirmed
and negative attributes that were negated.
Clear. So the first couple of characteristics of these men and women, Allah is telling us about certain positive things that they do.
And then the other set of characteristics. Allah Jalla Jalla Allah Who tells us about certain things that they
they don't do that they avoid.
Why about the Rahmani Latina? I am Shona and RB Hona. The true servants of Allah are those who walk upon the earth with ease. That's number one. Is that a positive trait or a negative trait? A positive trait. They walk on the earth with ease.
What is Mohammed Jaya Halona Kalu Salah when the ignorant people address them, they respond with words of peace is that positive or negative? Positive. And then Allah speaks about their relationship in the prayer of the night positive.
And so on and so forth. Then Allah subhanaw taala goes on to tell us about things that they don't do.
Now you're the owner, ma Allah inanda. They don't associate partners with Allah, they don't kill unlawfully. They don't engage in adultery, fornication.
And they don't participate in gatherings of low idle talk, they they pass by it, they don't engage in ill speech themselves and so on and so forth. So these are the two main
And then you have this last verse, this last verse, where Allah says that the true servants of Allah human, this is the last characteristic mentioned are those who make dua, saying, Oh Allah bestow upon us from our spouses and our children, the coolness of our eyes and make us righteous leaders for the believers. And I've put that out about at the bottom with a question mark, as you can see, right, so we don't really know is that a positive trait affirmed? Or is that a negative trait that Allah has negated from them?
And if it is a positive trait, you may say to me, Why does it not come under the column? Why was it not mentioned? After Allah spoke about the positives before then moving on to the negatives? Why was this one made mentioned towards the end? positives, and the negatives? And then it concludes with a positive? How come? What is the wisdom behind that?
Again, we're going to speak about this inshallah in four weeks time inshallah or three weeks time, yeah, so keep that in mind to that question in mind, a few questions before we proceed. These are essential questions to set the foundations before we continue.
We always speak about context, right? The context of these verses?
What is the link between these characteristics of the true servants of Iran? May Allah make us amongst them?
And the verses before it from Surah Furqan? Has anybody looked into this topic at all?
What is the link between these beautiful characteristics of the worshipers of Allah and some of the verses that have come before it?
There is an idea in Surah Furqan, which is verse number 16. Not long before the beginning of these verses, just three verses before, where Allah Almighty said about the pagans were either to Allah whom was Judo or Rama and Makalu wa Rama and as you do remember that model now was the hello for when they are told to prostrate to a rational and the Most Merciful. They say, what is the rush man? What is a rush man? Do you want us to prostrate what you are commanding us to? And it increased I mean arrogance. So the verses before these characteristics are speaking about those aliens, those disbelievers who reject Allah, Allah Nang, and they refuse to prostrate to him. And therefore it
only makes sense that what comes after is a description of the true servants of man who do know him and who do prostrate to him.
This is one link that the scholars have made
it clear there is a second link. The scholars they say, Look at Verse 61.
Just two verses before these, verse 61, can you see it in your book?
We're Allah Allah, Allah, Allah Allah who said, the baraka, Lady De La Rocca, la dee da fe, Santa EBO. Raja Raja Anna V has your arm Zhang camara Munira, where Allah Almighty is praising himself, praising himself, the one who has placed the sun and the moon and the stars.
And one of the functions of these is what guidance isn't it? One of their functions is worldly guidance, so that we know how to traverse and to walk the earth to navigate.
So it's almost as if we're being told
that if the stars and the moon
and the sun
are used for your navigation, oh human beings, to walk through the earth, then those people, the real stars of the Hereafter, who you need to follow and imitate and copy, to navigate yourself to hereafter to the safety of the Hereafter, they are the true servants of Allah subhanaw taala Rama
Do you see the link are those that are speaking about worldly navigation and then two verses after the human beings who are the hereafter navigation
there are the keys these are their characteristics. So, this is the answer to question number one, what is the link between these verses and the verses that came before it who can summarize it very quickly? 30 seconds, one link.
One link Nabil yella Bismillah.
So in the verses previously it speaks about pagans who reject the rush man and then these characteristics who know are human, the second link
excellent Yes, the stars in the moon and the
sun being navigation for mankind in the life of this world. And these people represent the navigation to the hereafter. Look towards them if you want to see how Allah is to be worshipped. Subhanallah well then,
what is the link between these verses? And the verse that comes after
It can you see the verse that comes after it?
What is it
Allah Almighty He said, This is the last I actually have the whole sewer Our Allah said call Maya OB kumara Biloela dua
Say to the People say to the people on profits a lesson, what is your worth in Allah Almighty's eyes if it wasn't for your two?
What is your worth or human beings? If it wasn't for your worship,
as if to say, oh man, don't feel for one moment that your virtue has anything to do with your reflection in the mirror, or your wealth, or your caste or your color, your lineage, your achievements, your titles next to your name, you have absolutely no worth Oh humanity in my eyes, Allah said, if it wasn't for these characteristics, that the true servants of man possess Allahu Akbar. This is what gives man worth
his salah, his dua, his Quran that we're going to be studying. And what is our worth in Allah agenda? Did Allah whose eyes nothing if it wasn't for the likes of these characteristics? Is the link layer?
Question number three, we are still setting the scene because we're going to live with these verses, aren't we for several weeks. So this is an essential precursor. Question number three. How do we translate the word? I bad?
First of all, how has the word a bad been translated here in the translation?
How has it been translated?
Servants? Yeah. The servants of Iraq man Why are you bad? Or what man the servants of a rough man.
But is this the best translation?
Is this the best translation so servants? is the plural of servant Isn't it bad? Is the plural of what
am I bad is the plural of AB focus here brothers and sisters is maybe a little bit confusing, but it's an essential linguistic discussion.
A bad is the plural of armed servants plural of servant.
Some of the scholars have said however, this word a bad is not the plural of slaves.
It's the plural of another word. Which is what
a hobbit worshiper?
Is it clear? They say that this word is the actual plural for Abbot which is worshipers so it should be translated as what the true worshipers of Iraq man.
And this was the opinion of the from the contemporary shadow from the predecessors as well you have the likes of
I mean Abu Hassan Al Andalusi. He said the opposite of this. That's the worst right? I loosey goosey he said that no servants a bad they are the translation it is the translation of habit.
And the translation of servants or the singular of servants is what? Abd so abd slave translates as a bad or IB it abd slave translators avid slaves servants,
an avid worshiper translates as what I bad. And when you look into the Quran, in the overwhelming majority of cases, whenever Allah Almighty describes people as being his worshiper, the word a bad is used.
Not Hamid, a bad worshippers in the majority of cases. So another very suitable translation for this would be the true worshipers of Iran.
Is it clear? Anybody does not understand. So now we're ready. Question number four, what do we know about the true worshipers and the true servants of Allah? What do we know about them? Yeah, Allah, how do you want us to live our lives? Our morning and our evening? What do you want us to do? Give us a practical recipe. This is now the title of our journey.
What do we know about their characteristics and what do we know about their eventual reward? Let us begin and please use your notes or use your slides if you have a copy of these if not just used your copy of the Quran.
Allah Almighty said why bad or rough man in Medina Shuna Allah, they
were either Umoja he Luna God who Salama.
The true worshipers, the true serve and serve or rationale are those
who walk the earth with ease. who walk the earth with ease Allahu Akbar.
The very first description that has been given to us about these righteous people has nothing to do with their prayer, their sadaqa, their fasting, their beards, their hijabs, their new clubs, none of it. And all of this is essential, don't get me wrong.
It is a description of how they walk.
And the Quran has given so much attention to this topic of walking the style of walk. These true worshipers of Allah
can be recognized as a very special category of people merely by looking at their gait. Looking at the way they walk, there is no struck. There's no limp, there's no swagger. There's nothing stylish about the way they walk in the lease. Maybe you are aware of the billionaire struck, right? You move your shoulders back and forth and you swear your arms maybe some UFC fighters are known for this more than others.
Yeah, this is the epitome of what this is speaking against.
They walk the earth with ease Hola, gelatin, Allahu said.
What does the word how would that mean is we're going to find out. But a brief introduction to this topic. Brothers and sisters, so much can be said about the personality of a person.
Simply by looking at the way this man this woman conducts himself or herself when they are walking.
And more and more, more and more research is coming out to actually establish this particular point, you can tell that someone is pretentious, from the way they walk, or at least that I say it is signs it is an indicator just in case we are accused of being judgmental. And the rest of it. It's a sign somebody coming across as a little bit arrogant or boastful, or he prideful, but doesn't really have the goods to back it up. Somebody who's cautious somebody who was afraid somebody who was confident somebody who's outgoing, somebody who's not. So much can be read about a person merely by looking at the way they walk. And the Quran has given this topic attention.
There was a study in 2017. That concluded that it's not just anecdotal evidence is not just subjective. There is robust evidence to suggest that there is a link between the personality of an adult that can be deduced from the way they work. They did the study, and they found the following. They found that people who walk faster than others, it's usually an indicator that they are, you know, very outgoing. People who walk in the slow pace is an indication that they're a little bit more cautious. They're afraid of something. You also find that there are some people who are anxious by themselves, they by their nature, they continually veer to the left.
Allah Almighty knows why they go to the left. And maybe it's because the right side of the brain is so busy thinking about how I'm going to escape this encounter, am I going to run away what what am I going to do that you start walking towards the left, maybe I have to ask the medics here.
They found that people who, who saw on tourists is an indication that they are a little bit more confident in themselves and others who you know walk with Slumped Shoulders and arched backs, in the case an indicator that they are not very confident or more so they are trying to ward away some sort of harm from themselves. They're afraid of something.
And what is even more worrying Subhanallah is that they found that those inmates criminals, who have higher levels of psychopathy are more able to detect a person who had previously been attacked or victimized simply by assessing their gait the way they walk. The higher the levels of psychopathy, the more aware they were of who had been traumatized when they were still when they were when they were still young, perhaps.
And there was a study that was done on Ted Bundy himself Ted Bundy, I'm sure you are aware of him famous American serial killer 1970s
Subhanallah How can you describe him a rapist, a killer, a fraudster a murderer, savage whatever you want. Even he himself said about himself before he was killed that I'm the
most cold hearted son of something that you will ever meet.
And he confessed to around 30 homicides himself. He was imprisoned several times escaped several times as well. It was a mastermind that what he did
and he was put on the electrical chair towards the end of his life.
And Ted Bundy himself he said that I am able to tell a victim simply by the way she walks
so before he would attack he will just look at the way this person walks and then he will realize whether he he can carry out what he wants to carry out or not. So it's quite frightening, isn't it? Yeah, the walks has so much so much about their person. These true servants have arrived man
They glorify the Lord so much.
And they are so shy of him that it appears not only in their bearing on frustration at night, it shows by day when they are walking, going to work, going to the marketplace, visiting their relatives, by the way they walk, you know, this is a very special category of people, Allahu Akbar.
And the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
has taught us that this particular humble walk is not about looking like you're ill. And it's not about
mercy. We hate Elmo tonight yet to walk as if you're about to pass away. Because of supposedly, humidity and putting your head on the ground and dragging your feet. You're slow, just like you've been fasting a week, not 12 hours or so. And
as if this is some sort of, you know, renunciation of dunya No. And when Omar Radi Allahu Anhu came across one of those young men who was walking in this manner. He said to him, Brother, are you are you ill? He said, no leader of the believers, I'm not ill. I'm gonna set him okay. So I'm gonna took his stick. And he introduced him to his stick, let us say, he beat the heck out of him, until he was walking straight like a man.
This is not how a believer walks. And it is not a sign of piety. Rather than when you look at the way in which our messenger SallAllahu Sallam he walked, it was phenomenal. He was described as by Adira, the Allahu Anhu Radi Allahu Anhu and others as walking as if the unhappy woman suburb
as if he was coming down from a mountain slope.
We'll get another Twyla who it was as if the earth was being folded for him. In other words, he was able to cover so much distance without making much effort, and others would need to try and catch up with him. And he looked like he was exerting no effort from his part that he sought to send him so it was a walk of seriousness.
But at the same token, it was a walk of ease Waqar humility, humbleness and dignity
and allow him not does. This was mentioned by Allah when speaking about the description of how you walked sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said, God and never use Allah Allahu Allah. He will send them either Masha, Masha, Masha and Majid me. You are a foreigner who Lisa behind is in Welaka. Salon. He said whenever the prophets that I send them would walk, he would gather himself, he was completely collected.
And so that when people saw that people when they would see him they would recognize this is not a man who was lazy or tired.
This is not the walk of a man who was lazy or weak, is walking with strength, a man who has a mission, I'm going somewhere.
At the same token, and this is what emammal Munna where he said about his works on Allah Ania was, despite it being a walk of seriousness, and, and let's say decisiveness and firmness. But at the same token, it was a walk of ease and humility. It's not the type of hasty walking whereby you look at a person and you think this person is like two weeks late for an appointment. It's not like that not not that type of walking. He was walking in a fast pace, controlled and get it but at the same token, it was a walk of serenity and composure May Allah Almighty allow us to walk like him and he started with cinema. So it is a topic that the Quran has given attention to their brothers and
sisters, how you walk, the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said about a man who the earth swallowed him in the past because of how much Allah hated him. And part of Allah's hatred for him was because of the way he walked.
He said Ali he started doing Salam Minamata, Julian UMMC if you hold letting todibo honeck Soho What agilone razza who, ACTA Luffy machete, it herself Allah Who beat him up for her waiata gel gel roofie her in our yo Milty Amma.
There was a man in the past he said who was walking on the earth having worn his finest clothes. He had combed his hair. He was admiring himself. And he was walking arrogantly.
Look at the description that hadith has given attention to his walk. He was walking with arrogance. All of a sudden the earth opened up and swallowed him. Thus he is plummeting inside till the Day of Judgment. Loic
is speaking about Qarun perhaps
the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said menta Luffy enough See he will die Luffy machete he'll agree Allah Azza wa Jalla wa Hawala he have been
whoever admires himself
and walks with arrogance La Ilaha illa Allah another description of the walk. So the Quran has given it attention and the Sunnah has given it attention. It means a lot the way you walk it means a lot.
Whilst there was a man, he said, or he said, Whoever admires himself
And he walks with arrogance will meet Allah subhanaw taala. Whilst he is angry with him, he's angry with him.
There is another description
of the way in which the true servants of Allah human walk that we can deduce from this area.
One deduction is as what we just said they walk the earth with ease and humility. There's Waqar dignity, their walk. But there is another description
who can read between the lines?
The true servants of a Rockman are those who walk upon
Allah upon the earth with ease. Do you sense any other description? I hope you're seeing the urgency of this topic. Brothers and sisters, we want to walk home today like this.
What other description can you read?
Very good. Okay, so this element of walking on top of the Earth,
the brother says, maybe we should give that some attention. Very good.
Why is this important, my dear brother, because in all of the verses in the Quran, all of them without fail, where Allah Almighty speaks about walking on the earth, it's always using the particle of fee, the heart Fujairah fee within the earth, not to be understood literally inside of the Earth, but it's an expression, they work within the earth. With me, I see you fill out considero fill or walltime she fill in. When you have this one area that sticks out this one here, where Allah says they walk Allah on the earth, look at the word of Allah. It's harmful stay Allah.
Meaning it's a particle of elevation. It indicates something being above something, highs above something.
So they are walking high above the earth. What do you take from that walk? I am
Allahu Akbar. So we have a sense of their answers a sense of
They are proud with their Islam. So Allah says they walk on top of the earth. It's not a walk of arrogance, as we have established. It is a walk of confidence with the religion that you have been given. You're not hiding any part of your identity. My name is Ali. My name is Abdullah Rama and my name is Fatima. Not any other abbreviation to appease you.
This is my beard. This is my hijab. This is my conduct, this is my fasting. This is my requirement in the evening to pray. They walk up on the earth, Allah says they have pride.
Not arrogance, confidence in the religion that Allah has given them.
This is another consideration brothers and sisters, we also want to now finally open up the meaning before proceeding. Let's open up the meaning here.
I will hyaena Andalusi, the famous Andalusi and poet and Mufasa scholar of Islam, he says
it is not correct to say that this verse is merely a description of their walk.
No, he can't be just a description of their work. Why? He says because there may be a person who walks the earth with ease humbleness, but he's a wolf in disguise,
It's a wolf in disguise. He says therefore, this verse needs to have a wider implication. It's a description of their walk, they walk the earth with ease, but it's a description of how they conduct themselves in life in general.
There are approach to everything in life is one of these. Let us take a few applications, a few examples of this news that comes to them. That is yet to be verified. Somebody said this about you. They don't rush to draw conclusions. What happens? The true servants of Allah are those who walk the earth with ease. They wait.
They assess the news that has come to them. They pray maybe it's too hard to think about how they're going to react. They deliberate they think the ponder as it has an adversary he said, describing the believer I'll move me to walk off on yesterday and I believe the true believer always
with holds till he verifies the news. He holds fire till he verifies the news. So they walk the earth with ease. That's one application. Do you see how we opening up the meaning here to to see the application of the idea is a lot wider than we thought another one when driving.
It doesn't make sense to say Allah says I have to walk the earth.
It doesn't say have to drive the car with ease.
So there's no issue with speeding.
And this is a disaster your brothers and sisters, really
how many people have died and continue and will die in the future because of reckless driving or reckless behavior with any vehicle. In Saudi alone, statistics are saying these are recent statistics about two years old.
In just one year alone between 2016 2017 One year 460,000 people died
because of reckless driving.
Traffic related accidents, half a million. That's an average of one a minute. Somebody is dying in that part of the world. We are Muslims. This is inexcusable, dear brothers and sisters. And there will be accountability for this. Allah says they walk on the earth with ease. They drive their car with ease that are under motorbike with ease.
And that is why look man he said to his son Watson fee magic be moderate in your walk.
father's advice to his son be moderate in your walk. There was a beautiful incident.
After nice even Abdullah he mentioned this contemporary of ours in his book called An imam with blue bars malarkey from Arkansas on why bar. He has a book that he's written about the ex Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah Zubaz. May Allah have mercy on him. And he says that I was once with him.
Before that I was with Sheikh Nasser Adina Alberni, you know, the famous Albanian scholar of Hadith Chef nasaw Deen. And he had a habit he liked to really drive fast. So I was with him once he was just recklessly driving Amin in the streets and I said chef, I mean, so fast. You know, Chef Abdulaziz, you know, boss has told us in Saudi that this, this photo is that this is a form of suicide.
Because Allah said what to do and full circle don't kill yourself and Allah said lactone Coby ID Camila Toluca, don't throw yourself into destruction.
And then a shake, shake and also to tell Danny, he smiled, he laughed. He said, That's the fat Wah of a man who does not enjoy the sweetness of driving. I'll tell you about driving. Of course, you know, she had Abdulaziz SubhanAllah. He was blind. So he never really drove a car.
So he said, Do you mind if I tell Sheikh Abdulaziz about what you said? He said, Yeah, tell him. So he said, I traveled to Saudi on one particular conference, I made the shift. I said, you know, I was with Jeff. And I settled in Alberta, and he was driving so fast. I told him about you're affected by that we shouldn't be driving this fast. And he responded to me by saying that this is the fat wide verdict of a man who doesn't know that joy of speeding. And so Abdulaziz Zubaz may Allah have mercy on him smile, took it on the chin scholars not like us. That would be like the end of the relationship.
He took it on the chin and he smiled, he said, and that is the fatwa of a man
who has not experienced the bitterness of blood money.
You know, a deer blood money that needs to be paid for the family.
Of those who have died because of the likes of these things. It's extortionate.
So he said that is the photo of a man who has not experienced the bitterness of what of not money and shake up nobles. It was a of course, call the judge in Saudi so he's dealing with these cases, day in day out. Point is brothers and sisters, walks with the machine, be moderate in your driving, it's an obligation. It's not a recommendation. And it's one of the characteristics of the true servants of our humanity. walk the earth with these.
Genuinely speaking, brothers and sisters, they walk the earth with ease in everything that they do in life. They're composed.
They don't rush to conclusions. They're not hasty in their approach. They're just very common composed people in everything that is duniya related focus that were focused on that word and underlying it worldly dunya related, when it comes to the hereafter, it's a different individual we're looking at now.
When it's about the hereafter, the narrative of the Quran changes is one of racing, pursuing, running, not wasting time. Dunya you can relax.
So look Subhanallah let's take it in levels when Allah speaks about dunya the lowest of matters dunya How does Allah speak about our movement in dunya
feng shui, Feng Shui, walk, walk on the earth, eat from its fruits.
But when Allah speaks about something more important than dunya like Salah praying, what does Allah say?
In an odd Salah Timmy Yogi Giamatti, first rush, okay, now we are rushing, because it's, it's worth more, so it deserves a bit more attention. When Allah Jalla did and who speaks about paradise? What is the narrative? Sir do race or rush, Serbia KU KU
compete with one another is not just rushing, it's a race.
When Allah subhanaw taala speaks about him, and our race to Him, His divine self, what is the narrative it is fulfilled through, Flee to Allah Flee to Allah. So, not everything in life is deserving of your effort
and your sweat and tears, but a lot of us Subhanallah we have flipped this equation upside down.
When it's a dunya related matter, we don't sleep at night planning, devising, consulting, running from country to country place to place, linking the night with day working around the clock when it comes to the hereafter. If I have extra time.
Yeah, if I can spare one or two in the week, I'll be there and shot. This is not the way this is not the characteristic of the true servants of Rama. They walk the earth with ease, worldly related matters hereafter. They're the first ones now.
What else do we know about the true servants of Iraq? Man? We know about their choice of words when provoked.
Why bad? Man in leadin am Shuna I'll be hung either. Umoja Hironaka, who salah
the true servants of our rock man are those who walk the earth with ease and when they are addressed by the ignorant
they say salaam they respond with words of peace. Allah, this one is so hard.
Let's be honest here. Yeah, it's so easy talking about this. It's so hard to play.
These people don't meet insults with insults and ignorance with ignorance. They have reserved their words for the greatest of all matters. Having realized life is a marketplace life is a marketplace. And by the evening that marketplace is going to shut and people will leave with profits and other people will leave with a loss so they don't have time to waste the even if it's words they don't respond to insults with insults.
I would not have that the companion was once insulted by a stranger so I would love that responded to him by saying you're asking my brother Lautoka nephew Sabina don't go overboard in insulting us without undersold Hey moldy and leave an opportunity for reconciliation for in LA new curfew Manasa Hola. Hina be acts out. I mean, nobody Allah has he, because of the way that we behave with those who disobey Allah with regards to us, is by obeying Allah with regards to them.
These can only be the words of a student of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, Allahu Akbar.
you have a confrontation, this could be tonight.
When you have a confrontation, when we have confrontations, there's usually four or so ways in which we go about responding isn't that
what are the four possible ways?
Give us headings, brothers and sisters. Somebody has said something about your height your with your family, your children, your car. There's four ways of dealing with the matter.
Give us one.
You have to raise your voice.
Anger. Okay, so in terms of a response, an aggressive response. Okay, what else? What other options there?
To return the insult. Tit for tat.
Yeah. Not to give you more than what he gave you.
But you won't let him go scot free.
a composed response. Okay. Any other ways?
Say that, again? pacify the situation could be to neutralize the situation. Okay. What else? There's a very high level here that nobody has addressed yet.
They will say nothing that's like second from highest. Ah, respond with kindness,
meaning forgiveness, meaning to do good to the one who did bad to you. These are really the four ways that we deal with ignorance, isn't it? Either. Let's take it step by step focus here. Brothers and sisters, as you hear these, ask yourself, which of the four do I fit him?
It's all of us. We fit these four characteristics one or the other.
Either we meet ignorance with more ignorance. So somebody insults your mother, you give him an insult of his mother and his grandmother and all of his lineage. And then you take out all of his contemporaries, and then you take out of his progeny that are going to come to the day of judgment as well.
So this is number one, right? You deal with ignorance with more ignorance. This can never be the characteristic of a believer. How come?
You know why? Because the messengers I sent him when he described the hypocrites. He gave a science so that
We identify them.
And one of those signs was what? Either Hazama fragile. When this person quarrels, they go way overboard.
And it could be a dispute, may Allah forgive us, we fought it out over something. And we also exchanged insults. You take it to another level, I take it to another level, that is a sign of hypocrisy. Allahu Akbar, that Eman hasn't settled in the heart.
So this can never be the characteristic of a believer.
And the other day, I was reading a statistic or finding that concluded that the worst thing that you can say to an angry person is one.
Hate it. Just rattle your cage, calm down. I'm already calm. Right? They say that's the worst thing you can say to an angry person.
And that's why the messages I sent him never told anyone to be like this during their fit of rage.
So this is approach number one. But then you have approach number two, which is as brother I may have said, you meet ignorance with ignorance. So someone insults your mother in silence his mother, someone insults your father take out his father. Now this is a haram I'm not saying this approvingly.
But that is one way of dealing with the problem.
And is this good? This doesn't go against this goes against the Quranic instruction here, that the true servants of our Rahman are those who when they are addressed harshly,
they say Salama, they respond with words of goodness doesn't fit.
It's not ideal at all.
Then you have a third level, which is better than the previous two. Which is what? Who said this Manuel, to stay silent. To stay silent. someone insults you ridicule you? backstabs you you just keep quiet. This is a high status, isn't it? Would you say it's a high status. It is a high status
to be able to bite the bullet Bite your tongue to withhold. That's high status. And
the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
was one sat in a gathering I would I wouldn't raise Institutionen human aboubaker Then a man came and insulted the life out of Abu Bakr in front of the prophets are synonyms Han Allah very bold.
And he insulted the first time I could have stayed quiet Allahu Akbar. A second time Abu Bakr did not respond and a third time Abu Bakar couldn't take it anymore, and he gave him the earful. Then the messenger syscom got up and he left the gathering.
He said to Abubaker
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one second, so numb or that either he the harder or harder or show your paw mechanically and aqualisa Walker the harder shape on he said Allah subhana wa Donna had sent an angel to respond on your behalf. Every time he insulted you the angel was insulting him back. And he kept doing this until you took the initiative to insult him back. So the angel left and the Shavon came instead. And I would never sit in a gathering where shaytan is present.
So this is a high status, learning how to stay quiet. It is a lofty status like a man when he tripped over Ameerul Momineen, the Khalifa of the Muslims, Omar Abdullah Aziz imagine tripping over the close of one of our presidents today. It's the end of this person and his family. And everything you know about him, tripped over the Khalifa of the Muslims.
And so the man he didn't recognize the Khalifa. He said to him, Are you a donkey?
He said to him No brother, I'm Alma.
And the problem.
I am Amara not a donkey.
A shabby. One of the tabula in scholars of Hadith man said to him yaki now
called the fee Wahida. Semi I mean the Isola if you insult me just once. I'll give you 10 Back a sham you said to him, you're asking a local fee Ashura, masa Miata mini Wahida my brother if you insulted me 10 times you wouldn't hear even one response from me Allah, the status number number three just stay quiet. And then you have a status that is even better than it and this is undoubtedly as well the status of Abu Bakr don't get me wrong here, as was exemplified in Chapter of the light which is when you do Hassan you show go to the one who did wrong, Allah so tough.
You do good to the one who did wrong to you.
The SEC they respond with words of peace.
Which of the categories would you say our Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam always conducted himself by
category number three, or category number four, category number four. And here is one example. Look at this next slide.
Bukhari and Muslim the rate that Abdullah having no matter how old he said
I remember when the prophets that I sent him was giving us giving us a description of a prophet who was hit so badly by his community that his face began to bleed. And he was wiping away the blood from his face and saying, oh, Allah is the whole river in the Himalaya, Allah will forgive them. Forgive my people, they don't know. Allahu Akbar. This is the Prophet Muhammad's Allah said no. And he did this on the day of Otto. Forgive my people or Allah as his face rupturing with blood. Yeah, my people they don't know.
I have a small exercise for you here, please. And just two minutes, identify the four, four levels of excellence are found in these words. So put aside the previous discussion. Now those four levels, this is something else. Identify from those words. Four levels of excellence. Yeah, give us one of them. Anybody?
Very good. Yeah. So brother says that his belief in Allah Almighty was governing his behavior even during his time of anger. Very good. Excellent. Yeah. All right.
Okay, so here is number one. Yeah, these four were mentioned by your mammogram, can you email me looks at this hadith. And he says four levels of excellence. May Allah allow us to live by it. It's unlikely that someone will strike your face with a sword and cause you to bleed in your lifetime. But if someone strikes out, Your Honor, here is a recipe. First thing that he did was that he made too hot for them.
He made too hot for them such an effective mechanism in putting out spoiling the whisperings of shaytaan you feel that you want to annihilate this person in front of you. You say Allah I ask you to forgive his sins to overlook her sins. Oh Allah pardon them Oh ALLAH forgive them. Oh Allah Reyes direct Oh ALLAH elevate them, Oh Allah purify them while your heart has just changed. Try it. It is miraculous.
Yeah. Even if the Duat starts off on the wrong foot, it will find its way around. He made dua for them. Because even the prophets I send them started this dua on the day of offered by saying when he began to bleed, Allah has anger is so great towards the people who cause the face of their messenger to bleed. He said this on the day of awkward, Allah's Anger is stirred the Ebola hiya Allah Coleman Bara Barnaby Yamaha at No. Allah's wrath is severe, he said, against a people who hit the face of their prophet till he bleeds. And then Allah gave him an iron. Lisa Lika who down there guidance is not upon you. It's got nothing to do with you whether they are guided or not.
So he said, Oh ALLAH forgive my people for they do not know love.
Yeah, he made dua for them. What was number two?
He's still thinking about other people. Yeah, so his life is under threat. Okay, and he's still thinking about other people. Very good. How else has he shown excellence to those who have harmed him in this narration in these words, jumpsuit, Allahu Akbar, he found an excuse for them.
He found an excuse for they don't know a lot. This is why they hit the face of the Prophet. It's not out of maybe malice or they're just so ignorant. It's not an excuse for them.
What about you're gonna say the same one? Yeah, you didn't steal it often.
Excellent. He's there's not this abou himself from them. They have disbelieved and they are fighting him for his Islam. And despite that, he said, My people our me above him Ilan FC, he attributed them to himself, forgive my people on
Maybe we can say on top of this, that He Himself forgave them. So let's go through these four. Again, he forgave them. Obviously, for a person to use all of these expressions, it's a sign that he has forgiven, he forgave them.
Number two, he asks Allah to forgive them as well. Number three, he attributes them to Himself. Number four, he finds them an excuse Allah. Don't get me wrong, everything has a time and place. And we learned this from our Prophet sallallahu ala he was saying, everything has a time in place. We don't forgive all of the time, forgiveness, if it is misplaced, it is weakness, the same way that when power on might is misplaced, it is what it is tyranny. So we are balanced people, some people nowadays it's very appeasing, and conducive and suitable to speak about one element of Islam which is the forgiveness and the pardoning of it, and that is part of our Sharia. But our system is a
mumbo jumbo. Our religion is an entire system that deals with problems holistically.
But this is just one example of forgiveness in the life of the prophet so
I send them what either hot or humid J Luna Kalu Salama, when the ignorant people address them. They respond with what? With words of peace. These are two characteristics brothers and sisters, we wanted to go through a third,
which was how they behaved by night notice, all of what you just heard is how they behave by day. We now need to know what happens behind closed doors. What happens when people are asleep? What do they do? What happens when no one is looking? When no one is around? When sin is available and accessible? When the friends call them out? What do they do? How do they behave? The Quran has given us a sneak preview of how they behave when they are at places that you and I do not see.
And we're going to speak about this in shallow data next week. And we're going to ask a key question and I want you to think about this. Why does Allah Almighty first speak about their characteristics with people before his before their characteristics with Allah?
Let's repeat the question in a more appropriate way. Why does Allah Almighty first speak about their behavior with people before speaking about their behavior with Allah through the prayer of the night, that is a goldmine of a lesson, which we will speak about to be eaten in the next week, and it is most suitable. Now that we are in the month of Ramadan, and praying at night, every single night. Some of us have not knocked on the door of the night prayer for the entire year. Allah knows after a shot, they stay awake with their friends or they go to sleep and they don't even do their research sometimes at handling Ramadan, things are changing. So we want to know about the night
prayer. How much do I need to recite if I pray at home? And what is better to pray Taraweeh in the masjid, or at home, or is there kind of a balanced, nuanced answer to this one? We want to discuss some of these questions next week in sha Allah, Allah was all alone and Amina Mohammed, what have you learned about any