Leaving a Legacy
Channel: Bilal Assad
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Today, or this evening, I will talk about the topic leaving a legacy,
leaving a legacy. It's such an important topic
in our brothers and sisters,
let us remind ourselves about something.
And that is,
after we die,
the majority of people
will forget that we even existed
by the third generation
How many of you
remember your great grandparents?
I want you to think about that for a minute.
It is commonly known. And many studies have already been done on this.
That the average time
for people to forget that you even existed after you die,
is by the third generation.
And all you have to do is to see if you can remember your great grandparents, or your great, great grandparents,
as if they never existed in this world.
Isn't that right?
Some of the time you and I
will be soon forgotten
This is a fact that everybody knows.
So what is your value? Who are you in this world?
All this effort and all this work that we do all this tiredness that we go through the sacrifices, the tears in the sweat,
all to be in vain. And the only thing left is for us to hold on to something that gives us some kind of hope or purpose.
But the truth is, once we die,
soon we are forgotten by people that is
our children will soon lose memory of us, and then their children and the children who come after them.
Not only that,
there is a study that a friend of mine gave to me and I found it very interesting.
It says that in according to a widely quoted, longitudinal study of 3250 families conducted over 25 years by us wealth consultancy the Williams group in 2000. And into they said, about 70% of a family's wealth is squandered by the second generation. And by the third generation, it's 90% squandered all that wealth that you accumulated by the third generation perishes, and it's spent and gone.
And then you think to yourself, I lived all my life, accumulating this wealth for my children, for my children's children and the generations to come.
And majority of people, by the third generation, have already spent all that money. And they give reasons. There are many theories, the children kind of remember your efforts, but not as much because they didn't work as hard for their children. They forget, they don't even know how much work has been put into it. And they just enjoy that luxury. And when you haven't worked hard for something, you spend it very quick. By the fourth generation, forget it, it's gone, your wealth is perished.
So I wonder why people work for wealth.
Now, of course, we do need wealth. And wealth is a means of many benefits for us in life and a Muslim should not look at wealth as something that they should not have. Rather, you should have wealth, and you should work for wealth, money and things like that, because they save you from begging other people, they save you from needing other people, they make you stronger and a benefit to other people. Wealth is strength. It is power. However, I'm not talking about that. We're talking about people who live their life for two things, solely and only confined to worldly gain.
And don't believe or even care or think that there is a life after death that there is a hereafter. Don't think about why we are here, where we came from and where we're going just like an animal kingdom. We're just here as the product of the biodiversity and the chemical reactions that happened in the world and haphazardly and suddenly you and I are here we just
live and die like just any other object in life that has no other meaning or purpose, and we just create purposes.
Allah subhanaw taala talks about these types of people. So if you make money, your sole purpose to gain it and to accumulate it,
then it will be lost by the third generation. And there it goes. And if you want to be remembered for a glory or an achievement that you've done,
by the third or fourth generation, you're forgotten. Even your own family doesn't know you existed.
In the past, people who didn't believe in Allah didn't believe in their messengers of Prophets when they used to fight in wars, they fought for one thing that most chivalrous among them, fought for glory, glory to have statues built of them, and to be remembered in the books to come. And they say this is how we live on but this is just the fallacy and and just a way to cover up the emptiness.
My dear brothers and sisters, so what is the solution?
Allah subhanho wa taala.
He tells us in the Quran
in surah to sin chapter 36 Verse 12. How the bIllahi min ash shaytaan rajim Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim in No, no, no she
went back to boom, God.
Lashay in Salina, Goofy, amen. Mubi mean, Allah says, We shall surely raise the dead to life.
And we record what they did.
And the traces of the deeds that they have left behind.
We have encompassed that all in a clear book. Let's analyze the verse first. And then we'll go on insha Allah with the explanations. This particular verse in the Quran which is inserted the scene tells us about three things for us to remember. The first thing to remember is this. Number one, whatever a person does, in this life, whether it's good or bad,
is entered into a divine register.
It is all recorded, and it stays there.
And it will be reproduced on the Day of Judgment. That's the first thing. The second thing we'll learn from this verse is the following. That all of a person's impressions and marks on the objects of this environment, even on his own body, everything he did in this life leaves a mark and an impression.
Even on your body,
all of your actions, your intentions, your goals, and your doings good and bad, will be brought to life one day, as you watch them, and you must answer to them.
That's the second thing we learn you we are going to answer to everything. Everything that is done has an impression in life, our goals, our intentions.
And the third thing that Allah tells us in this verse, whatever influences
influences how you affected other people.
Whatever influences, this is the modern age of influencers. So whatever influences
you have left behind of your good and bad actions, on the future generations,
on your society, on mankind as a whole
will go in being recorded in your account as far as they reach.
And as long as they remain active, and operative as long as people act upon what you influenced people on before you died. And after you died, and you're left behind the full record of the good and bad training given by you to your children,
the good and the evil that you have spread in society
and its impact on people, as a whole will go on being maintained till the time that it goes on producing good or evil results in this world.
And that verse is really deep to me I don't know if you thought about it that deeply.
Allah is telling you
not only are your actions which you do or did in this world are recorded or you will be accountable you and I be accountable for them.
Even the influences we left behind after we're dead, we are dead and we are no longer doing anything yet. If we have left something behind of good or evil, and it's affecting people in that way, it's influencing people, they're still acting on it,
I'm still going to either get its reward or carpet, I'm going to still suffer or get rewarded for even after I have long gone and dead.
These are things I left behind.
In other words, the legacy that you leave behind, good or bad, will also come back to you.
So that is not even the end.
Allah tells us even what you left behind, because that's your work. The question now is, what kind of a legacy Do you want to leave behind? That will count for you, ongoing after you die.
We live in age right now, with social media. Nearly every person in the world is on it, old young, all types.
And nearly every single person in this world in the past at least 10 years to 20 years,
has recorded or written or posted something
on social media somewhere, and someone has read it, or watched it
or copied it or acted upon it, or listened to it.
From nearly every single person in this world.
We've never had such a thing in the history of this world, where every individual
has an influence
on large numbers of people.
You'll be sitting in your bed in your lounge, you could be a nobody, you could be what they call an NPC
non player character.
And you will be influencing 1000s of people and nobody knows you. Or they might know you. Or you might have another name.
And you just this dark person living in this dark room behind the screen. And these seriously wicked headphones with a wicked chair.
And you're influencing 1000s of hundreds of 1000s Millions of people.
That is going to be your legacy. After you die.
What do you want to leave? What do you want to influence? What do you want to be remembered by?
Listen to this hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And I'll just summarize as reported by Muslim number 1017 And Timothy number 2675. It's a long Hadith, but I'll just summarize it and speak the end of it, what the process Adam said. So there was an incident where a group of tribes from Madera at the time of the Prophet Muhammad Salah Salem. They were a very respectable tribe, and they came to Medina to the masjid of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
And they were friends with the Muslims and some of them had converted to Islam. And when the Prophet Salah Salem saw them, he saw them in a very destitute state, they were shrubby they were poor. It looked like they hadn't eaten, they haven't got food in their land. They're poor. And he got very, he felt very sorry for them. So he stood up, and he called bill out of the Elana to make the event. And all the Muslims came along. Whenever the event is called the Muslims came, it was outside of prayer.
And the Prophet peace be upon him, gave them a short hot bath and recited some verses. And then he said to them, if any of you can donate anything, even if it is one coin, a silver coin, a bit of wheat, a handful of barley, a piece of clothing, anyone, even a piece of date, anyone to help these people, as soon as he said that one man got up and beat everyone else and came with a bag of coins, which he could barely hold in his hand, and he threw it to the props that I sent him to give to the poor. Then when the other companions saw him, they rushed and they started racing each other, each one bringing bags upon bags and this person carrying stuff on his shoulder from home, and bringing
all this wealth to donate to these destitute people. The process Allah said of his face was radiant, and then he stood up, and he said the following words, whoever starts a good thing, and is followed by others
will have his own reward and the reward equal to that of those who follow him
without detracting or decreasing from their reward in any way. Meaning that if you do a good deed, and you influence others to follow you and copy you by being motivated,
by you to also do this good deed,
then you will have your reward for doing your part. And for every person who does it after you because of you, you will also get a copy of their reward of what they do, because you influenced it and started a chain reaction.
And it will keep going until the end of time until the people stop and it's no longer exists, you will enter your grave if you had left it behind. And if people are still copying you because of your influence, they might have forgotten your name. Number people probably won't know who you are anymore. That's not important anymore. Your name and who you are is not important for a Muslim anymore. But it is the actions which you leave behind the people continue them.
Because who is the one that knows you? Who really matters to know you anyway? Is that people is that family? They're all going to forget you. And at the end the day everybody moves on and they live their lives, but who is the one that really matters that you want to remember you and record you and reward you? Allah subhanaw taala Allah says in the Quran, and ni la Oh diorama Allah I am Le min comienza Karina Onza tell them a messenger of God, that I will never lose a single good deed of any of you whether you are male or female. And Allah says in surah to Zuma in surah
and Muslim men why man don't quite Diem only
for Cinco I'm in coin Aryan, tangy do Mayan and Allah Goyle fire Oh, one angel was still federal law, in law, one, four or one rushing, and whatever you put forth, even if it's a little bit for yourselves,
for the sake of Allah, you will find its reward with Allah, He is the best one to reward you. And when he rewards He rewards abundantly.
So seek forgiveness from your Lord for whatever's left of your sins. Allah is always forgiving, Most Merciful as well.
So no good deed is lost. If you start a good trend that is pleasing to Allah within the Islamic boundaries, then you will have the role of yourself and everyone else as an investment, the Hadith goes on. But whoever starts a bad thing. Now the opposite. But whoever starts a bad thing that is displeasing to Allah
and is followed by others will bear the burden of his own sin and a burden equal to that of those who follow him without detracting or decreasing from their burden in any way.
So people who start an influence others on social media, for example, and they start a bad trend, a haram trend, a sinful trend at detested trend, and immodest trend, whether in looks or listening, or words or writing. And people carry that on and for example, share it and post it on and repost and it's not good. It's not pleasing to Allah. Then you will have the sin of doing it first, and everybody who shared it and reposted it
Of course, a person can repent and can retract the bad deed. Allah is Forgiving, Most Merciful. That's what he told us. Meaning that if you do bad deeds, and people copy them, that's what Allah says we're stuck with Allah seek Allah's forgiveness, meaning Allah can forgive all sins, retract what you posted, retract what you did try to fix as much as you can.
And start to replace what you did wrong with something better for the rest of your life. Insha Allah it'll cover you.
Rasul Salatu was Salam also said the Hadith in Sahih, Muslim, whoever guides to something good is like the one who does it. You merely point in a particular direction of goodness, let's say somebody
says to you do you know anybody who is in need around here, I have a bit of money, I want to help them or have a bit of service that I would love to help them and you know, this person is sincere, and you merely give a name or your point in a direction or somebody wants help and you point and you help them in a direction and they achieve it or don't achieve it, you will still get the reward of guiding them and pointing
Did you know that something as simple as that
when you reflect upon these words, brothers and sisters,
we find that
we all strive for some sort of success. And most of us believe that
that it has to do with climbing the career ladder for example, or become
Having a blue chip CEO,
you know owning a business and paying off our house becoming millionaires and so on.
Or just having just enough to live a comfortable life.
If we are indeed remembered, we are not going to be remembered for our own personal achievements, brothers and sisters, we're going to be remembered for what we left behind that benefit other people.
The morals, the ethics, the work the services that benefit other people for the sake of Allah. And that's what really matters. And that's what really counts for us. Insha Allah God, there was a woman. The hadith is in Bihar, Buhari somewhat, and in Timothy and Buddhahood, her name was called we don't know exactly, it was probably a more measured, some say it was probably a young boy as well named version. And he she wasn't known other than that name, her lineage wasn't known. Nobody knew who she was. Because for a Muslim, it doesn't matter what your what your name is, and what color or race you belong to. It is based on your value of your righteousness, and your good work, and your
benefit to others. And your honesty and your integrity and your
values, your morals, all of that.
So this woman used to simply clean the mustard of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
And that's all she could do. That's all she was able to do.
And one day, she passed away.
In the night,
the Prophet SAW Selim had told them that if anybody passes away in the community, don't bury them until you tell me. Tell me about it.
Well, maybe he just said, let me know. Without the word. Don't bury them until you told me let me know. So this lady passed away. And they went to the Prophet sallallahu Sallam and found him asleep. And they didn't want to disturb him out of love for him. So they went and buried her in the night. And in the morning, Russell Salah Salem in Frasier, he noticed that the woman wasn't there. She wasn't picking up or cleaning before or after. So immediately asked about it. Where is she? They said the Rasul Allah, she passed away last night and we buried her. He said, Didn't I tell you to tell me did I say tell me, show me and they said, Dr. Salah, we didn't want this to be out of love
for you and respect. You were asleep. He said, Show me her grave. So he went there. And he prayed for her, the Salah and Janessa, and may Darfur, and he said, My dua benefits the people of the graves.
The point of this hadith, and his incident is that her name is not important. Her lineage is not important. What is important is her actions and work that she left behind that she did for the sake of Allah. And it's something very small yet to Allah. It's very big,
very big. Rasulillah Salam said, lots of Quran nominal Maru fishy. Don't take for granted even the smallest of good deeds. Well, and telco a haka Belgian Pollack, even if you were to meet your brother, with a delightful face, a cheerful welcoming face, even that is an act of goodness and charity.
Rasul Salah Salem also told us that even if moving an obstacle, off a pathway or a place or a thing that you know, people could be harmed by.
The other day I saw a brother, he was on him highway, and another man was in his car. He drove off with his shoes on the car on the roof, he forgot him on the roof. As he was driving up, the shoes fell on the highway, and cars were coming and going. And this brother, he went waited for the cars. It was a very busy road, when outside moves the shoes onto the footpath. I said, why he said well, in case some car,
you know, goes over it. And because there's strong shoes, it might cause an accident or harm someone so I moved in
or car maybe swerving away from or something like that. The point is, whether it was going to happen or not. Whether it was that dangerous or not. The brothers intentions was what matters and the action for the sake of Allah. He said I heard a Hadith from the prophesy Salem that even moving an obstacle off the road is an act of charity. Do you think Allah will not count that for him? Of course he will count that for him and he will multiply subhanho wa Taala add
in the Malama luminette actions are by intentions.
But my dear brothers and sisters, in order to leave a good legacy behind and a good work we have to be careful on condition.
If a person does
their work and their good deed, solely for worldly gain and no hereafter gained the hereafter is not even in their mind. Or number two, they do it solely to show off and so that people can praise them for their ego, for their popularity for their fame, and purely only for money. And that's it, no sign of any intention for Allah or the hereafter.
Then those actions brothers and sisters, if they are acts of worship such as solid,
then it's a problem. It's Schick. It's making partners with Allah, how can you pray, when you suppose we don't for Allah subhanaw taala and the person does it in order to please people, if that's the intention that Salat is in vain. And it is a major sin and Chinook. If it is a non worship act, such as worldly acts. It's you can do it for that you can show it off, but you if it does, not for the sake of Allah, there is no legacy left that will benefit you in the hereafter. There's no rewards for you except what You gained in the worldly reward. And if for example, if a person shows off their car, the car is not an act of worship, and I show it off to please do and
that's all the only reason why. And they do it with that intention. We cannot judge people's intention by the way brothers sisters, I can look at somebody and say, Look at this guy with his rims and shiny car. He's trying to impress people that's haram of me to judge that person's heart. Don't ever do that brothers and sisters, because now you've fallen into a problem and that is you are judging the unseen and who is the only one who knows the Unseen, Allah subhanaw taala so don't ever judge a person's heart. However, I'm talking to you as an individual. If you yourself you every person knows himself if I do that, if I buy that thing, if I drive that thing, if I dressed in that
way, if I say that thing, if I post that thing, solely and purely because I want to impress people and my life is based on impressing people, then that's all I'm gonna get. I have no other reward from Allah subhana wa Tada
and that is why Allah Subhana Allah tells us in the Quran
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I'll be him one o'clock. Or
for her being a blood man whom fella no queen moolah who Mia woman.
Dean was in
chapter 18 Verse 105, Allah's pandai Allah says, say, oh Muhammad, shall we tell you who will be the greatest losers in respect of their works.
It will be those whose effort went astray in the life of the world, and who believe nevertheless, that they are doing good.
They thought they're doing good, but they went astray with their work. Those are the ones who refuse to believe in the revelations of the Lord and that they are bound to meet him. Hence all their deeds have come to not they are worthless, and we shall assign no weight to them on the Day of Resurrection. So there are two types of people, those who don't believe in hereafter and ALLAH subhanaw taala and those who do believe in the hereafter and ALLAH, but their actions were done solely and only for anything other than Allah other than the hereafter other than goodness and only for their own selfish selves, and only so that they can receive only the worldly benefit and nothing
else. Now, lots of other talks here about acts of worship and acts of goodness that are meant to be pleasing to Allah, the RIA showing it off.
Now, some people might ask, What if I do an act of goodness and I get some money for it such as I teach Quran or I teach Islam or I give Dawa or give a hotbar or I'm an imam of the masjid or I share some material online and I prepare them for Islamic purposes to teach people the answer to that Brothers Sisters is that the majority of the scholars say this is permissible because of the Hadith which is in Buhari, where the Prophet sallallahu sallam said to his companion, one of the companions who had done a service for someone who was sick and he did a Rukia Surrett some Quran for them, and they gave him some wealth and a reward or some payment. And they said you took a payment for
reciting the Quran and when I went to the Prophet sallallahu wasallam. They said he did this Rasul Allah, and he said, The best type of reward to receive four is the Quran.
The best type of reward to receive for is the Quran.
The hadith is in Buhari and I think I can actually do
Bring it up because some people will have a problem with that, wouldn't they?
You got keyboard warriors, I'm sorry, there are a lot of keyboard warriors they just write without thinking. The hadith is in Buhari number 5405. In a hug god man customarily run Kitab Allah, one of the biggest rites of receiving reward for is the Quran. The only thing that the scholars said not to do is a person who sits in front of people and recites and says now payment.
That's not allowed in Islam, or a person who goes to pray and says, pay me for my prayer. That's obviously should can haram. But if a person puts effort to teach people and they prepare material and take their time off, and for some people, this is the only thing they do. And they have to leave their worldly work that how are they going to survive? How do they pay for their rent? How do they pay for their bills? How do they pay for their family to feed them brothers and sisters? So there are scholars and our lemma, and we need to pay for to help in order to help the community and this is considered a sadaqa insha Allah from the community.
So those who say or they can't and they call the puffer Mushrikeen really, honestly, I advise you to study Islam well and ask the scholars properly and don't just throw words around.
Everything we are judged for. Even when you write stuff on social media, whether a person is jealous or they're trying to attack a person or they're trying to judge a person I was gonna ask you about that.
So brothers and sisters, let's move on.
Rasul Allah Allah wa sallam said the hadith is insane Muslim. When a man dies, his deeds come to an end, except for three things. And this is where I'll end my talk. Insha Allah with these three things, and explain them a little bit sadaqa jariya a ceaseless charity. When a person dies, no more actions can continue for you. You can't pray anymore. You can't fast anymore. You can't go to Hajj anymore. You can't do good deeds, you can't give charity is not correct. So that means your actions become to an end, no more rewards and no more sins
unless you lift a bad legacy behind. He said except for three things Salah Salem, number one sadaqa jariya an ongoing charity or a ceaseless charity charity that you left behind that continues for people to benefit from that charity. Or number two, a knowledge which is beneficial. You left a piece of knowledge that people benefit from that continues for people that that continue to benefit from. Number three are a righteous descendant, a child and a grandchild, and a great grandchild. All your descendants till the end of time so long as what he says a righteous descendant who prays for you.
For the deceased, makes for you it makes us that far for you.
It doesn't matter how far they go in your generations. That Hadith in Sahih Muslim also real solid in number 1383
And another Hadith the Prophet sallallahu wasallam, which is also an imagined authenticator by Imam Al Burnie. He said, among the acts and good deeds that will reach a believer after his death of knowledge which he learned and then spread
good knowledge, a righteous son, or, in other words, daughter, a child. Because in Arabic, you can apply to both genders, a righteous child, him he leaves behind, or she leaves behind a copy of the Quran that he leaves as a legacy. It doesn't have to be literally a copy like those ones you see there. It could be online, of course, it could be memorized and toured.
A mosque that he built, and doesn't have to be the entire mosque. Plus also asked him another Hadith says even if it were a brick that you contributed to, or a piece of cement Lebanon, or cleaner, a rock or stone, or a piece of pillar or anything of the masjid which contributed to it in sha Allah, you would have been considered one of those who built that Masjid.
A house that he built for wayfarers. So like a refuge home
homes for destitute homes for people who are homeless homes for people who have had a bad, probably separated in their marriage, for example, a single mother for example, or a single father who does not have any income, and you make a shelter for them, these types of things, and all of whatever goes under that the house or a shelter built for wayfarers or people who are in need a canal that they dug. So let's say people try and build a road and you took part in it for the sake of Allah as a charity, then even something like that, so paving ways for people building, constructing something that serves people
for a charity that he gave during his lifetime, when he was in good health.
Why? Because when you're in bad health, you can need that money to use for yourself. So when you're in good health, and you gave it, what does it mean? It means that this person has true reliance on the last pantile. They don't think what if I one day go into bad health? What if this happens, so he holds on to his money? So that's why he said in good health, meaning that you have to work good. You're not thinking about tomorrow, a charity event comes people are in need your brothers and Palestine need your brothers and understand your brothers in China, your brothers in there, your brothers in there, your brothers and sisters everywhere around the world. And you give a charity and
you don't think, man, if I gave this maybe next year, I'll be sick and end up and I'll probably need it. You don't know that. That's why he said, those who are in good health and given charity
and so on. He said these deeds will reach him after his death. One man said Yeah, Rasul Allah, what kinds of charity the minimal that I can receive? You said any kind of charity frequently, can be the robbing
sadaqa. He said, in every creature that lives and breathes. In other words, if it benefits from your charity, it is a charity. So for example, a person
planted a tree in the middle of the desert, and you've got scorpions and snakes and other little creatures, no humans there. They benefit from that tree in some way.
Or whatever other animals or insects, he said everything that lives that lives and breathes and moves, you have a sadaqa for SubhanAllah. And there's a hadith Francois salaam which forbids the killing of ants, for example, in the bee, because the bees in the Quran answering the Quran in a way that is praiseworthy, to avoid killing them as a sadaqa SubhanAllah. Can you imagine that, or that man or that woman who did a very bad deed, the Hadees in Bahati where they gave a dog water to drink, hoping that Allah will forgive them, Allah forgave them because of it. So don't ever take for granted even these little things. That was also said, and therefore said ongoing charity, or
semantic not offended or the Allahu anhu, the third Khalifa, you know his story, how wealthy he was.
And in fact, when I talk about wealth, I say wealth is power, so long as you use it in a good way. So long as you look at wealth, you know, the article I read to you before that the next generation, after you feel the wealth behind 70% of them would have spent that money that you left behind, and in the third generation, 90% of them would have 90% of your wealth would have gone. In the article, they say something very interesting. They also say that there are some families who maintain the assets and they keep going on and on. How do they do that? They say their parents have trained their children have a mindset. The mindset is, money is not this. It is as if they're custodians, over the
money, like it is a trust that they have to maintain, and care for. You see, that's different to being selfish. And it's very interesting, because in Islam, it teaches us that all the wealth, and whatever we have, are all called blessings that we are entrusted with. Allah doesn't give you your wealth for you only he gives you a wealth you are entrusted with it. So the more you have, don't sit there thinking, Oh, if a person has a lot of money means God must love Him. God is blessing them. favorably know Allah is testing them. It's a blessing and a test. If you use it in the right way, it's a blessing. If you use it in the wrong way and let it affect your heart. It is a test and a
punishment and we'll punish you in the Hereafter. And poverty doesn't mean that Allah Subhana Allah hates that person or is punishing them. Don't ever think that many prophets were poor in wealth, many Sahabas were poor in wealth. But they're still strived and worked. They didn't just sit there saying that's it? No, they're all a test. And seven of the 10 who were promised paradise, you know, I'm gonna show on the 10 companions mentioned one Hadith promised paradise. Seven of them seven out of 10 were extremely wealthy,
extremely wealthy, very rich with money. They say some historians and experts, they analysts, they say that Abdullah himanta been out for the Allahu Anhu was one of the most wealthiest companions. They say they estimated his wealth in today's currency and American dollars to be I forgot the figure, but they were in the billions like the hundreds of billions.
His wealth in today's currency, but he used it for the sake of the deen for Islam for the Muslims for the community for the benefit of the Allahu Anhu So brothers and sisters, all of that off man I'm not a fan was one of those he bought a well called the well of Roma. Roma was a Jewish man who lived close to Medina and he had a well known Muslims were needed water, and they offered him to buy it. And he his price was very high and smarter than was the only one who could afford it and he bought it and donated it as an ongoing charity for the Muslims. Subhanallah the wealth of Earth matter the Allah who I know is still active till today and it is still a work of in Saudi Arabia.
I need Medina. And it's still used for the poor people and Zhou go there, the pilgrims who are poor and need a shelter, they use the profit from that well, and whatever is produced, and they've got palm trees grown and they've invested it all from us, none of their Lionheart and all of its rewards for free, all of its rewards go back to who to ask them out, or they're low on 1000, nearly 1400 years later, that is called an ongoing charity, something so small like that, that you leave. Well, it's big to him, but for you guys, anything, anything that comes to be creative, and leave something behind that can benefit other people. So that's the charity and also outside and then said
beneficial knowledge. Some people tell me beneficial knowledge is only shehryar knowledge only religious knowledge. Wrong. Wrong. Muslims don't just need solid zakat, some harsh will do what breaks it will do.
You know, all the acts of worship? No. That's one aspect of benefit for the people. The other aspect is also services for the people that benefit them in their livelihood. For example, services that help people in their lives, academic knowledge, and all fields of science, medicine, astronomy, maths and engineering, agriculture, the arts, there are great scholars of the past such as Abu Bakar Rossi ethnographies. Abdullah Haifa, however, is me, our best urban foreigners, Maryam astroyogi, who invented the calculations of astrolabes, they call it
how it is me who is mathematic calculations called algorithms were named after Ibn
bingeable, who was where the name algebra was named after and so on. These are all better but they did it for the sake of Allah and they earn from it. And Allah's Fanta rewards them for it for the intention in normal and Melbournian actions or just by intentions. Beneficial knowledge just as an academy that you left behind a school a Quran school or weekend school, a Training and Development Institute, even self defense life skills, survival skills, a book a manual an article, all of these Inshallah, so long as your intention is right you earn a bit of money for it, and you do it because it is beneficial for the sake of Allah. You could have chosen a haram bin knowledge to leave behind
and you could have chosen a halal launch to leave behind you chose the Hellenic chose the one that pleases Allah and benefits the people and you earn money from it, then Hamdulillah you will also get rewarded as a legacy left behind. Of course if you did it for free and you're able to do it the reward is even greater.
So brothers sisters, that's the mindset that was also self taught us beneficial, not anything that benefit people so long as it's valid and not haram. Number three, the last one, a righteous child to supplicate for him.
Rasul Salah Salem told us the hadith is in Musa Ahmed 10611 He said, Verily, Allah Almighty will raise the status of his righteous servants in paradise. And they will say, Oh, Lord, where did I get this all from? Meaning my deeds were all over. I don't have anything else to receive these palaces and all this extra. And Allah will say, this is your child seeking forgiveness for you after you passed away.
Your rank rises because your child makes up for you. So that means you got to teach your child and train your child and get them ready to be righteous.
Rasul Salah Salem also said in Al Hakim in Albania is authentic this hadith in Sahih, the rib is that whoever reads the Quran, learns it, and acts in accordance with it. On the Day of Resurrection, his parents will be given a crown to wear whose light will be like the light of the sun. And his parents will be given garments which for which far surpass everything that is found in the world. They will say, why have we been given this to wear and it will be set to them because your child learned the Quran
the one of the some of the best ways that parents can teach their children to be a benefit for them after their death.
Number one, everybody can do this, aren't you remember,
Role modeling your behavior in front of your children is by far the best education and influence you will have on your child to remember.
What kind of a role model are you?
How do you as a father treat his mother or her mother? How will you as a mother, you treat their father? How do you treat your parents in front of your children? If they have grandparents? How do you show your children about how you deal with
issues in your families and relatives?
What are you teaching them connecting or cutting off?
I know that some of them are very harmful. But how do you show the role modeling and how to deal with these conflicts? Do you erupt? Do you become immortal
What do you do? How do you role model in front of your children, for example, the Salah, I'll give you a little tip, if you want your children to start praying. Among the first things you got to do is as soon as Salat arrives, make it a habit, that you stop everything.
You stop everything. Whatever you're doing, you're on your phone, you're reciting Quran, you're whatever you're doing, make it a habit, doesn't matter if it's eight out of 10 times because sometimes you can't stop it in front of your children. Let them see that the majority of the time you stop as soon as that comes and you get up and make solid. If you're a father and you go to the masjid or you pray at home or your mother or your brother or your sister, it doesn't matter who you are.
And I say pray prayers in the in the house, if you've got children every now and then. And invite your children to pray with you. They will know that prayer is very important. That's one of the tactics. Another thing you can do is words of vicar. Whenever you leave your house into your car, come back home, go to sleep wake up, make sure your thinker is said out loud. If your children are still small, say it loudly and and encourage them to stay with you. Such as when you get in the car Subhanallah the Sahara Luna Harada one man Hakuna Allahu and your children. Continue mockery, Nene. Okay, we're in Isla Rabina. And they say La Mancha lagoon, even if they say it wrong. When I first
taught my little daughter, she was about two years old. She used to say Baba blee boom.
But it doesn't matter. That's beautiful. As they get older, you instill that, why don't you make dua in the morning as you're taking them to school? So today we're going to make dua for special people. Who do you want to choose? So instead, let's make
all these beautiful things, run the systems, you're teaching them role modeling. Isn't that better than road rage?
Isn't that better than far out? It's all your fault. I told you to wake up and it's because you didn't wear your clothes and your uniform on time. God You make me sick. That's what parents don't hear them all. They're saying that.
In so far out, you're shouting me every day get to school and we as teachers, we come and see what's wrong, darling, what's going on? What's happened
to little kid?
Student You okay? It's just my parents, you know, just had a fight with my brother and sister, make the morning, wake up earlier and make a little bit more time for this.
Teaching them to say Bismillah before they eat everybody does that if they continue to do that and teach their children that's an ongoing legacy for you.
Being involved with their interests and their activities, ask what are the activities don't put it down. Don't say why you're wasting your time
reading a fantasy book
about a dragon that flies
to Planet Zorro.
Sit down with her.
Sit down with him. Say let's read it together. And let's see what we're learning over here. Why don't you become a teacher.
You see a little daughter, your son looking on something to watch cartoon thing, sit with them and say what's happening over here and be a teacher for them as they watch it.
And you can guide them in sha Allah, so be involved in their interests, and watch how much connection you will have with them.
take that advantage to teach them morals, ethics, and so on.
Righteous company, take them with you to the mosque every now and then.
Of course, if you know that they're going to run amok and in the masjid and you know, you know, your child's like that maybe bring them in times when you know there's going to be less harm. And as they get older inshallah bring them to the masjid fathers, mothers, boys and girls. Even if it's outside of Sudan, the idea is to bring them and let them see the environment and the people and what their, what their identity and community is.
Try to visit people who have good character, make some friends who you visit every now and then and take your children with them.
Even if they don't want to go try.
It's really good. I remember when I was a child at righteous people come to our house. You know, I got used to the hijab from very young age, I get used to men with beards all the time and different clothings and Koran and always talking, I learned so much. I'll tell you a little story. You wanna hear their story. I was about six, five years old. My father told me, I was five years old. And my father he had just started to get religious. So people used to come over and he would open up the topic of Dean. And I would listen. Nobody would notice me there, this little skinny, tiny kid sitting there, deep in the couch.
And I'll just be listening one day I hear my father saying, when you go to the toilet, you shouldn't talk. Like it's not good to talk in the toilet.
Next day, little below five years old goes to the toilet. And my father calls me and I didn't respond.
My mom calls me.
So they didn't wait. But I'm not only five years old, why isn't he responding? It's first time it's ever happened. So they go to the neighbor's. I'm not there.
My father gets hysterical my mother starts to raise her voice. And so within a few minutes, a little bit loud comes out.
And I'm right in front of mom coming out of the house. And he's like, at the neighbor's. He rushes to me says Where were you? So that was in the bathroom?
Because Why didn't you answer me what's wrong? You scared me I'm about to call the police. Where did you go? And I said, Didn't you say yesterday? That is how long to talk in the toilet.
Of course not haram but it's just that's what I understood as a child. Instead of Allah he carried me started breaking right round the round the world twists with me and he's slotless as well. You're right. That is true. I did say that with a legal dialect. May Allah make you righteous? I still remember it till today.
But do you understand having righteous company talking about it? Isn't that better than always talking about rubbish in front of our children all they grow up and that's what they learned. So let us insha Allah know that they are an Amana and that they will benefit us after we die inshallah doll.
we can also donate and do charity on behalf of our loved ones who have passed away. There'll be an ongoing legacy for them, let's say your parents and your loved ones, or brother and sister or husband or a wife or child passed away before you and you want to leave for them a legacy because they didn't leave a legacy of goodness you can share in that donate towards a well for example, if you're able to afford it, give a charity on their behalf. They haven't done has do the hash on their behalf. So long as you've done your hash first not allowed to do a hash on behalf of someone else until you've done your hash first.
And there was a man Aisha sorry, I showed her the Allahu anha. She said that a man came to the Prophet sallallaahu Salam and said to him Yeah, Rasul Allah, my mother passed away. And I know that if she were to be alive right now, and she wanted to do any good deed, she would give charity jasola If I gave charity on her behalf, knowing that she would have loved to do that. Will that count for her as if she was alive? And Francois Selim said yes, the Hadith in Bukhari and Muslim.
Another man said, The Rasul Allah, my mother passed away, and can I give charity on her behalf? And he said, Yes, and go and like, give it in towards water, because water was in need, and water continues to flow a lot. So any kind of churning behalf people insha Allah can benefit them. So my brothers and sisters, I ask Allah Subhana Allah to make us among those who gives us the strength and accept for myself good deeds, forgives us our bad deeds, and to forgive whatever we've left behind of wrong those that we know and those we don't know. Some people they say to me What if you're a bad things that I can't remember? How do I ask Allah to forgive me, we say what the problem was, and I
said, Oh, Allah forgive me of sins of the past, which I remember. And those I didn't remember, those I did by mistake or forgetfulness, and those which I did out of ignorance and those which I did deliberately a new, forgive me for them and Allah Subhana Allah forgives, and to count 12 needs to be a legacy for us an ongoing knowledge or charity or righteous children who will leave behind. I mean, your ability I mean, just Hello, hey, for listening. So the law has been a Muhammad and while Ernie was talking to me