Six Keys to Steadfastness
Channel: Bilal Dannoun
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my dear respected brothers and sisters in Islam
during this transitory life, during this short life, called dunya,
there will be many challenges.
And as Muslims, one of the greatest challenges that we will endure is the challenge to remain steadfast to remain
on the sirata Mr. Hakim, that we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala for no less than 17 times a day to be on.
When we recites suit that in fact, the HA in our Salah, which is one of the pillars of the Salah, we say it didn't fill up and Mr. Hakim, Guide us to the straight path to the right path.
my dear brothers and sisters in Islam,
the greatest battle we will enjoy in this life is the battle to remain steadfast especially that there will be certain times in our lives where the challenges are very difficult.
And they will be a pillar and Allah subhanho wa Taala he addresses us and he says has he been ness? Do people think? Has he been so and you Turku aku
wha whom lay you've turned on to people think that they will be left alone. That they will not be trial just because they
Say we are believers,
that believers will be trialed. And we need to always remain steadfast in every situation.
And so, we know that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was addressed by Allah subhanho wa Taala to be steadfast as Allah subhanho wa Taala says, first ochem cannot omit and be steadfast as you have been commanded. So here Allah subhanho wa Taala is addressing the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the first instance. But this address is to every single person who follows in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Allah subhanho wa Taala he says, We're stuck in karma or meet while tabea
and remain on the right course, remain on a certain Mr. Kane, and do not follow their inclinations. As Allah subhanho wa Taala elsewhere says in the Quran, where you read a lady named Toby, Rona Shahar T, and Tammy Lou Malin azeema, that those who follow the desires,
they want you to deviate. They want you to go on a separate path. One day, Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was with the Sahaba.
he drew a very straight line on the ground. And then he recited the area whereby Allah subhanho wa Taala says, We're gonna have the crrt Mr. keema phetchaburi Oh, this is my path. It's straight. It's Mr Hakeem fat who follow it. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, to the right and to the left of this line, he drew some other smaller lines. And he said at the head of each one of these lines is the shape and calling to this way, calling to that way. And he continued on with the verse while Tabby arrow Subala Fatah, Farah kabhi command sabini. And do not follow the other paths, for they will scatter you about from Allah subhanahu wa tireless path.
My dear brothers and sisters in
other paths have shaped on other many paths of shaytaan really easier than a Serato master game, ask yourself this question.
Ask yourself, are these paths going to be easier than the punishment in the grave? these paths going to be easier than the day that we will be standing before Allah subhanho wa Taala a day in which will be 50,000 years long, the day of judgment? Are these paths going to be easier? Then? The path that leads to Gehenna Malaya Isabella, a fire that burned for 1000 years until it became red 1000 years until he became white, another 1000 years until it became black. Are these paths better? Or is the path of La ilaha illa Allah and remaining on a very steadfast path. And so my dear brothers and my dear sisters in Islam, Islam, Islam has offered us a myriad of plethora, many ways in which we
can exercise our Eman Allah azza wa jal, he sent prophets and messengers, Allah subhanho wa Taala he says scriptures in Islam there's no room for boredom. There's many ways that we can avoid this boredom. There is solar, there is cm there is Southern. There is a car there is Amara, there is just being just putting on a smile to your Muslim brother or your Muslim sister for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. My dear brothers, and mighty sisters in Islam, I'd like to share with you six, only six exercises that insha Allah. Allah will help your Eman will exercise your Eman that will keep you Mr. Clean that will keep you an eye steadfast in sha Allah, Allah. Just like our physical
body requires exercise. We need to do certain things to our physical body to ensure that it functions right. Likewise when it comes to our
Man, when it comes to our faith, we need to water it. We need to nurture it in the ways in the nutrition that Allah subhana wa Taala has offered us through the Quran and through the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So what are these weapons? What are these exercises that mean that you and I can do to ensure that we remain steadfast and that exercise our Amen. And that gives us an Amen rush. Where we feel by we feel always honor a man Hi, when hamdu Lillahi Rabbil aalameen The first one is Ellen, the first one is knowledge to have knowledge of Allah subhanho wa Taala knowledge of the core and knowledge of the Sunnah of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Allah
subhanho wa Taala he says in sha Allah ha mean everybody Betty Hill Rola that those who have the harsher of Allah, those who have the horseshoe of Allah azza wa jal as early as the scholars are the people who have knowledge about Allah. Notice how Allah subhanho wa Taala uses the word Crusher, because the word Harsha is a fear of Allah zoa Jen, coupled with the intimate knowledge of Allah azza wa jal whereby you know, Allah subhana wa Taala not on a superficial level, but you truly know what Allah azza wa jal wants from us, and who is Allah soprano with the eila in sha Allah her, meaner Abadi, he and rula and so the more that we know Allah subhanahu wa taala the more that we
know him, the more that we will love him, the more that we love Allah and we, we show this love through our actions, the more that Allah subhana wa Taala will envelop us with his Rama will love us to insha Allah to Allah, especially ensure that you are you are educating your children. Many children today have very superficial or very little knowledge about Allah azza wa jal. And so we need to be mindful that the children today are exposed to many, many dangerous elements through social media, and the social the social media, and the environment around them is shaping their identity. Many of our children have an identity issue. They don't know which way to go. Am I
Lebanese? Am I a gyptian? Am I Australian am a Muslim? Am I both? What am I who am I? And we find many, many children with this going through this battle, this battle to know to find themselves and unfortunately many children are derailing because they don't have the sound proper knowledge. We need to invest in our children. And this is insha Allah what we saw what we see with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and the Sahaba when we find for example, young companions like he had been our best, but the Allahu Allahu wa The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam instills in him the foundations of fundamentals from a very young age, when he was riding behind him on the riding
animal. He says to him, Yahoo learn in the Marley mocha kalimat a young boy, I'm going to teach you a few words, only a few words, sometimes less is better. It's not about giving them a massive lecture to your child, but just instilling in them the right concept of La ilaha illAllah of tauheed of what is required of them to be outstanding Muslims. So he says yagoona enamal pneumococcal him at a young boy I'm going to teach you a few words for vanilla.
Be mindful of Allah. Maintain the boundaries stay within the boundaries of Allah soprano without his limits.
He will protect you will look after you he will amaze you with His blessings and his bounties for the Lucha, turgid who teacher hack. When you maintain the limits of Allah you'll find a love there for you.
He teaches in foundations, wireless and omega which tamat Allah Kirby Shea, lamb young Pharaoh cabbie Shea in inlet cassava, hula laka. If the if the owner, if the nation was to get together and to try and benefit you, they will not be able to benefit you except with that which Allah subhana wa Taala has already decreed. And if they tried to harm you, they will not be able to harm you except by that which has already been decreed 50,000 G's before
The creation of the heavens and the earth. instill in your children in the young ones, the concept of tawheed of La ilaha illAllah of Muhammad Rasul Allah.
My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, we need to learn, and Subhanallah many of us don't have sound knowledge in many important areas of our lives, whether it comes to our relationships with our parents, relationships with our spouse, relationship with our children, and we see many, many problems in our communities. Whether Hola, quwata illa Billah. But knowledge also needs a home and that home is actions, amen. And when we look at the word lm, which is knowledge and we look at the word Amen, they both share the same letters, meaning these two concepts they go hand in hand, amen, and amen.
And so, the storehouse, and the place for knowledge is your actions. That's where the fruit of their of their lm of the knowledge is. So we need to begin by the brothers and the sisters in Islam with what is most important
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We begin with that which is most important and we move on to that which is important and everything in our Deen is important. This is the start. If we want to have steadfastness we need to have the knowledge of Allah azza wa jal and Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, so panela when we want we want to buy a car, we want to buy a phone, we will go through the social, we will go through the internet, and we will read reviews and we will do so much research. But how much research are we doing about Allah azza wa jal and His Messenger Mohammed Salah love while he was sending them, the second most important exercise for our airmen to ensure that we remain steadfast. And we have very
firm faith is remembrance of Allah azza wa jal that our tongue is always in a state of Vicar of remembering Allah azza wa jal through the words of the Quran. Through the words of Vicar that the prophet SAW Selim taught us to say every morning and every every evening, there is a lot of evil out there and the best way to protect yourself from the evil that is lurking is to put a foot a fortress around you put a shield around you through the earth god yes, after fudger after Mercury, rules will be Kelly Mattila, he met me Sheree mahalo Bismillah he led the line of mass me he shall fill up the villa is sama Eva who was semi clean. If you don't know these as God, it's time to know them at them
to Airtel courtesy at them to go ahead and Fanuc and an S. Do yourself a favor. Do yourself a favor, do your family a favor, do your a favor. The Corolla has our Gen remembrance of Allah with the Quran, recite Surah tilka. Have every Friday, recite the escar after the Salah, the asker of the morning in the evening that has gone before going to sleep, though if God when you wake up in sha Allah to Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala protect you remembrance of Allah, even just saying a feudal law again and again.
This is a very powerful word. We were probably looking for something very big. We want something we think that it has to be a massive workout for our airmen. But sometimes it's something that you already know. But you just start implementing it. Like I stuck to the law one day
and then walked into the masjid. And he said to the chef, he said to him, I am a poor man. I require some wealth, what can I say? What can I do? That will make me rich that will make me come out of this poverty. He said, say you're stuck. If you're in LA, and he walks out. Another man walks in. And he says, I don't have any children. I haven't been blessed with children yet. I'm trying. What can I say? What can I do? He said, say a structural law. A third man walks in. And he says, There is much drought, there is no water, no rain. What can I say? What can I do for the rain to come about? He said say you're stuck through law. That's why I say stuff, little law. And so the students of
knowledge around the chef, they said, your chef you are asked three different questions. And you gave the same response. The same answer.
To three different questions. And then he reminded them of a very important verse in the Quran in surah new whereby Allah subhanahu wa taala says, for people to start a funeral Rob back home in who can
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he reminded them of this beautiful area whereby Allah says to I said, say a feudal law in the who can have a pharaoh he always forgives you. Allah never stops forgiving you
for as long as you are breathing, and you are asking for his forgiveness, for call to start Europe back home in Canada Farah is always forgiving you to silly sama, la comida rara he brings down the heavens, he brings down the rain from the heavens midata, plentiful William dip combi Anwar he gives you wealth, which I love, Janet, and he gives you Janet, we will go in and children, which I love him Janet and he provides you with gardens with rivers. But it's just up to me and you to implement to say these words with sincerity. And this is very important when it comes to our knowledge. It's very important for when Allah says for lots of power, that to accept the action to have the right
knowledge and for and to also have the right intention that you do things for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala and so our second exercise after alien after knowledge is the remembrance of Allah. And number three insha Allah who to Allah is adore, adore her. Always be asked me Allah subhana wa tada to keep you steadfast. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam himself as a prophet, as an amazing man was always making dua and asking Allah one of the most said by the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is Allahumma yamaoka libelle kulu be a bit Colombia Allah Dini law, turn of the hearts make my heart steadfast on your dean. How many of us are saying this to her again and
again. Allahumma yarmulke liberal kulu sub bit pal big Nick and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would say a lahoma India alukkas Tabatha Phil Amma to make him steadfast because there will be some calamities some misfortunes which will try and derail you from the Serato Mr. came, make dua when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam himself was going through a tough time. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam went through his own challenges and battles. And Allah subhanho wa Taala addressed him and he says, He says
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becomes very stressed out because of what they are saying. So then, Allah subhanaw taala guides him to something that he can do that will remove this tightness that will remove this maybe anxiety or denial mo naka de casa de Luca de Maya Kowloon and then he says to him for some behind the Arabic The first thing that he says to him make the spear. The spear is a form of remembrance of Allah, because Allah be the karela he took my inner kulu it is through the remembrance of Allah, that your hearts will find tranquility.
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exalt with the praise of your Lord and be from amongst those who make sujood and what is he mentioned sujood because sujood is the best place to make your dua, the closest time that you were alive zoa Jin is when you are in servitude. And so make dua to Allah subhana wa Taala number four from amongst the exercises that will ensure low to Allah keep you steadfast and will give your Eman a workout in shallow Tyler is to show your gratitude. Be grateful. Be thankful always say
hamdulillah for whatever blessing that you have, I know that there are many, many people in the world that are killing one another for the blessings that we have.
And hamdulillah and what is amazing is that Subhana Allah, Allah subhanaw taala has really has smothered us with His blessings. And I'm thorough. And Allah has Sahara Khun Murphy somewhere to fill out well as Beverly Komiyama who Hirata Anwar delphina, Allah subhanho wa Taala has smothered us with blessings that are conceal that we don't even see and that which is apparent. And so in Hamdulillah, he has given us all of these blessings and some of these blessings, we even use them against him. We use these blessings of Allah Subhana Allah has blessed us with we use them against him.
And so we need to be thankful to Allah subhanho wa Taala and know my dear brothers and sisters in a stem. When you show your thankfulness to Allah, Allah gives you increase, he says, Let in shocker to him. Let us as he then naku that when you show your gratitude and you show your thankfulness to Allah gives you the other thank him for what he didn't say. He just said thank you when a insha Khartoum thank him, thank the people around you. Be thankful for everything that you have and what's gonna happen as he then accom is going to give you the ad, he's going to give you increase increase in what he can increase you in absolutely anything that you want. Is it your health? Is it your
wealth? Is it your career? Is it your children? What is it that you want, thanking, be grateful to Allah subhanho wa Taala and insha Allah subhana wa Taala will amaze you with his bounties in this dunya and the era, the fifth most important
weapon for remaining steadfast and to build the game. And to give you a man a workout is to surround yourself with the right people. Surround yourself with the right people, surround your children with the right people give your children the right environment. You see your children are going to be a product as a result of three things. Three things are going to shape the minds and the identities of your children. The first one is their environment. What sort of environment Have you placed your children in? Is it Islamic? Is it an Islamic? Is it a good environment? It's a healthy environment. The second one is their influences. Who are you sending your children to learn from? The influences
are very important. And number three are the experiences they are going through in this dunya what sort of experiences are they going through? Are they going through good experiences or depressive experiences, sad experience? This is things that we need to be mindful of in shallow dialer. So we need to place ourselves with the best of the best. And in solitude. Allah subhanho wa Taala says was built enough cerca
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wanna do it NACA and whom Allah subhanaw taala says, and keep yourself patient by being with those who call upon the Lord in the morning and in the evening seeking His pleasure seeking his approval. And so it's so important and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said and Maru. Allah, Dini Holly, a person will be on the way on the religion of his friends of his close friends who are your friends. Maybe you have to sack some of your friends. Maybe you just have to just keep the connection there but maybe not so close. Don't burn your bridges. But maybe you have to consider Who are these people around you? Are they conducive for your Eman? Are they doing your Eman justice? Or
are they keeping you away from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And as the saying goes, tell me who your friends are and you who you are. You are a reflection of your friends. My dear brothers and sisters in Islam know that when it comes to showing your gratitude, and when it comes to being around the good people, it will always be the minority. Again and again. Allah subhanho wa Taala reminds us of the minority it's never about numbers in Islam. Allah subhanho wa Taala says we'll call it a bad idea Shaku it is the few mighty bird who are thankful and Allah subhanho wa Taala says Illa Latina airman while I'm in asylee hearty welcome home except for those
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mighty brothers and mighty sisters in Islam, we've looked at five ways that we can ensure that our man stays firm sound that we can stay uncertain Mr. Kane, one other very important factor the sixth and the last one is a very important concept that is mentioned in over 90 places in the end, and that is the concept of suburb of being patient. Be patient when it comes to the commands of Allah azza wa jal, with your Salah, with your Zakat, with your fasting with your children with your hijab. When you're performing hajj when you're performing ombre whatever it is, be patient with the commands of Allah azza wa jal Be patient by not committing the Haram Be patient by staying back from
the Haram and SubhanAllah. The more you engage in haraam, you will see the fruits of that perhaps in this dunya before the Hereafter, maybe Allah subhanaw taala made this issue in this life, before he disgraces you in the Hereafter, and be very patient when it comes to the third area and that is calamities and misfortunes. There's going to be calamities, there's going to be misfortunes there's going to be hardships as Allah subhanho wa Taala reminds us but he also tells us where Bashir is Siberian and Latina either a saw but to masiva Carlo in the law, he but in LA he writes your own when Namo Sabir afflicts them, they say to Allah we belong and to Him, we shall return. So my dear
brothers, and mighty sisters in Islam, be prepared to leave your comfort zones. Yes, many of us are too comfortable, not prepared to leave our comfort zone. If we want to be successful, then we need to understand that most of our successes, the border of our comfort zone, the moment we leave that comfort zone, the moment we will see many amazing things as Allah subhanho wa Taala says, will levena jahad rufina Linda Deanna home sabudana at those who strive in our cause, we will guide them to our path, the path that is pleasing to Allah pan with Tyler. And so I remind you, my dear brothers and sisters in Islam in sha Allah who tyla where we began, that one of the greatest battles
is the battle to remain steadfast and Subhanallah bill Alibaba bill Alibaba, the first Muslim of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, you know about Bilal, you know about the torture that he went through, despite the torture that he was going through. He said some words that should be written in gold. We live in Russia, despite all this torture, wanting him to commit Cofer wanting him to commit shed, but he refused. And then they asked him later, after he kept on saying I had I had La ilaha illAllah. They asked him what was going through your mind What were you feeling? He said, musi jet holla. What will a man be Murat ellada fatawa Halawa to a man. He said. He said, The
the sweetness of a man and this is what a man can do to your lives. He said the sweetness of he man, he man became mixed with the bitterness with the marrara of the dab with the bitterness of the punishment, but the sweetness of he man prevailed. La ilaha illAllah that's what a man can do to your lives, even in the worst of times.