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Ramadan Reflections Day 5 – Being Generous
Channel: Hussain Kamani
Series: Hussain Kamani – Ramadan Reflections 2014
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hamdulillah Al Hamdulillah salat
wa salam ala rasulillah Hartman MBA
as a part of our series of Ramana reflections, the idea behind these classes is that every day we reflect over a point and try to make a point inshallah to practice these new characteristics and bring them into our lives. So, every day whatever we take back home, the idea is in the next 24 hours we try to bring that into our life inshallah and as use and as the obviously as a part of a reflection for the entire Milan then try to maintain that act of worship till the end of Ramadan, inshallah and Aziz
today I wanted to discuss a very beautiful characteristic of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, in the month of Ramadan. And the prophets that Allahu alayhi wa sallam, and hamdulillah he was very generous outside Ramadan. But when the companions described the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his generosity in the month of Ramadan, they described it as a beautiful beneficial wind.
And the wind when it comes, it hits everything in its way. It doesn't pick and choose anything that it's Wait, it touches it on the way out. And the good thing about a beneficial one is that it gives benefit to things. The profits that are long lasting was something that was charitable as it was, but in the month of Ramadan, this characteristic of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam even exceeded even more, and the Prophet said a long line he was said now in the month of Ramadan, even more so the hot and more charity. Now in order for us to understand the reality of charity, there's one very beautiful verse of the Quran I want to discuss the verses in sort of Toba Allah subhanho wa
Taala is describing the hypocrites in this particular verse, when we're not one on one when I feel called to Babu whom in Bath, yeah, Motorola
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Allah subhana wa tada he describes the hypocrites with three characteristics. And if you wish to say the fourth one, the first thing they encourage one another towards evil, yet one would have been one.
The second thing Yan honan and maruf. They prevent they they they prevent each other from doing good. The third thing yet will be Luna Ada whom they do not give in the path of Allah subhana wa Tada. They hold their hands back they don't give them the path of Allah. And these actions of theirs have caused them to forget Allah natural law they are providing Allah subhana wa tada Allah subhanho wa Taala says nesea home and in return Allah subhanho wa Taala has forgotten that. Now in this beautiful I have a Quran Allah subhana wa tada while describing the hypocrites, he mentioned that the hypocrites are those who do not spend in the path of Allah. And why is that? It's because a
hypocrite in reality doesn't believe in Allah subhana wa Tada. His Islam is nothing more than a show. It's a front so people will treat him as a Muslim but in reality from inside, he's empty of Islam. And when you spend in the path of a law, you have to really trust Allah subhana wa Tada. It's an absolute matter of Iman. If you have a mind and trusting the law, spending in the path of a low be very easy. But if you lack in that firmness in your faith, then spending in the path of Allah will be so hard. Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the Quran, a shaytani r equals that shaytaan promises you poverty, Allah subhana wa Taala promises you forgiveness, but which promise do you
take? Do you take the promise of a law or law says don't live in the past and we will forgive you? Or do you take the promise of shaitaan and say, You know what, if I spent on the path of Allah I will become poor. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told us in a very beautiful tradition, that every single day to angels, they make a call. One Angel makes it the law. He says, Allahu
Allah, Oh Allah, whoever spends, give him a substitute of what he spent, give him something in return. And the other Angel makes it while Allahumma rtmm shikantaza Oh Allah, the One who holds money back, destroy that person. Because believing in Allah subhana wa tada entails that you leave aside your logic and you spend in the path of Allah. Now think about this. Every single person sitting in this gathering, no matter how much we're struggling. The reality of the matter is that we all live like kings. No matter how much we're struggling. We all still live like kings. We all have phones in our pockets and our phones are our messengers, you know, before you have to hire a
messenger. Now, we have
Everyone has their personal messenger. And now we have people who read our news to us our radio players. When we sit in the car if we're bored before you'd have to hire entertainers but now all you have to do is press the button and you have an entertainer there before they would hire people defend them now we all have fans around us. You know they would have people to entertain them go home turn the TV on. I'm not saying turn the TV on and I'm just giving an example. Here.
Watching TV as opposed to having a month
outside of I'm willing to look at we live a life of Kings we have we have machines that wash our clothes, we have you know automatic fire out on stoves just turn a knob and it's right there. We have someone securing our house while they sleep at nighttime a security system we have a guard standing there smelling your house to make sure there's no carbon monoxide you know, miraculous smell right? It smells that and any smoke it smells that as well. We have fire alarms and if we think about it, and then if the fire alarm trips and summer in some buildings they have the sprinklers ready every single thing Allah subhana wa tada has made us a king. We are no longer even
used to sleeping on hard mattresses now they call it memory foam. And pillow cover pillow cushion sorry, when it's so comfortable. We should think about some kind of Madonna for that. But while we're thinking along never ever forget about the poor people in the world who are still sleeping on rockin set. And the poor people on the road who don't have the luxury to choose whether today for a star there's going to be samosa or Briana, and the poor people and the poor people, you know, one time a person came to shift to La Jolla and asked him he's a chef. Is it so not to start the meal with something sweet or something bitter? Because it's a difference of opinion amongst the scholars?
It's a it's a it's a there's a there's a math on this? That is should you start with something sweet or something that has a salty taste to it not bitter, something that's salty. Mmm. Was it held one opinion is a it's a famous discussion. So he asked has a chef monitor a chef and how do you What's your opinion? Should we start the meal with something sweet, or something salty? Chef Hadid says something very beautiful. He said pathless.
starvation is the sole thing of choosing whether you're going to start with this or that they didn't have those luxuries in those days. The real sin that was starvation, whatever they had, they picked it up, they ate it and whatever wasn't there was gone. So we should always remember these people. Remember the orphans across the world, who can wake up to a father who will hug them every morning and walk them with the hand in the park. Remember the widows in the rope who do not have a spouse to hold them tightly at the time when they're struggling with their children. Remember the poor students across the world who are studying in modalities and don't have food to feed themselves
properly. You know, there was a time in my life where I studied in the Islamic Institute. And we used to wait for the generous people of the West we used to sit down together. This is an out of America. We sit together and say what are those rich American and British people going to spend and give us something we used to sit together and wait. And when someone would donate a camel or not a camel sorry, a cow or a goat based on some article or some sacrifice they were doing the whole school become happy because that was the day we'll be given meat will be days and days and months have passed by before we meet. And for us eating meat is just another thing on the menu. We should
always remember the poor people across the road. And remember, if you remember people in difficulty, Allah subhanho wa Taala will always take care of you. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says in a very beautiful heavy
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that entire creation is like a like a like a family to Allah subhana wa tada and the most beloved to Allah creation are those who take care of this beautiful family that Allah subhanho wa Taala has created in this. So always be caring for the people always be generous to other people. There are so many verses in this regard the companions they say the prophets of Allah azza wa jal, the purpose of the law Hollywood set themselves in the La jawatan that Indeed Allah subhanho wa Taala is generous and allow some Pottermore data he loves to see generosity and his companions. The Companions they say the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was the most generous person in the month of Ramadan.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, for every son of Adam, for every good deed there is a multiply by 10 rewards, but in the month of Ramadan, that 10 reward is now multiplied to 700 rewards. So the idea of gender and you know, optional, charity is one thing, but what about our Zakat? What about what's obligated on us? How many of us actually even care about giving us like on our personal property, or our our conventional properties or business properties? How many people even consider giving us a garden that if the rich people have the right of the people who are eligible have given us a God gives the cat at least one awesome community? I'm confident to say
inshallah, we would have no poor people. Do you guys agree with me? Do you guys agree with me? Alhamdulillah we should think a lot that America is a very rich community. The Muslims in America are very wealthy and hamdulillah. You know, we need a mustard. Within two years, we've raised $6 million five like this. We raise money very quickly, you know, 100 sometimes I think that our money outgrows our minds in America. We've built so fast that we've after we build it, we don't even know what to do with it. That's another discussion altogether.
There was a measure that saw somewhere in the country, five to $6 million, but somehow they got the Qibla wrong. This is a real story. Okay. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, in a very beautiful Hadith, that indeed in general there is a room or there is a palace, and it's so beautiful that the interior can be seen from the exterior and the exterior can be seen from the interior. You know, some people they have beautiful houses, but they don't like seeing their backyard because they haven't cut the grass in a while. Or they don't like seeing their next door neighbor because he has a monkey hanging outside or they don't want to see the front door because they have garbage that I
would never live in New York. They put garbage on their streets. In Chicago, we have Mashallah alleyways, it's a blessing from Allah subhana wa Tada, right. And some people that live outside they don't want to see the inside because the outside is more beautiful than the inside. Allah subhana wa tada says we have places in genma that the interior is as beautiful as the exterior, and the exterior is as beautiful as the interior. That's some architecture. The mine is no shock what kind of architecture that is. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam says, This is prepared for the people Mulana column, the one who keeps his speech, very, very soft, and for the person.
And the one who feeds people, the one who gives charity, one was very generous with about a car. And the person who asked one after the other, he's always fasting always as fasting as a part of his schedule, or something I've been lately with NASA neon, and this person stands in front of a lot during the nights to pray, while the rest of the creation is sleeping. So let's be people who are generous, let's not be miserly, let's be the upper hand. And let us not be the lower hand. Let's be the people who are out there searching for people to give some thought and pay it off to let's be a generous community that feels for one another. I pray that Allah subhanho wa Taala gives us an
ability to implement this beautiful characteristic into our life. Actually, I have to add one point if I didn't, at this point I would be wrong in the speech would be incomplete, which is that when I talk about generosity and charity, charity and generosity is not limited to wealth. We all know that right? It's not only about giving money, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said even a part of a date will do. And even beyond that, even though some high robot will do even what 100 law will do, even a smile will do. And subtle guys also moving something from the
From the pathway, these are all form of saliva, so we should be generous. What we learned from these Hadith is that only we should be generous with our wealth. For those people who cannot show generosity with their wealth because of their personal situation. Then show generosity with your actions. Show generosity with your statements, show generosity with your expressions, there's so much to be generous with. And one more thing, a million dollars is not always called being generous. Sometimes the person who gets a million can actually be
very stingy. He can be the most mildly miserly person on the face of this earth, the one who gets how much, a million dollars, but sometimes a student of college can give $1 and he could be the most generous person on the face of the earth. Okay, you have to see what you're capable of giving. And then give accordingly. We pray that Allah subhanho wa Taala gives us authorities to implement Subhana Allah Subhana Allah. So Allah, Allah, Allah and the stuff we're going to do today, after the