Focus on Quality
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Jumaah Khutbah at The Sultan Hj Ahmad Shah Mosque, International Islamic University Malaysia on the 14th Sep 2012.
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All praise is due to Allah alone. We praise Him. We ask his forgiveness, and we seek his assistance. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. Indeed, the best of speech is the book of Allah. And the best of guidance is the guidance of Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
Brothers and sisters.
Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the Quran
called the F Lucha metaphysica zeca. Successful indeed is the one who purifies himself.
Allah told us in the Quran, why we are created in this world why we came to this life.
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The mission, the job of mankind was mentioned in desire and people, every one of them from all walks of life. They think that they are true worshipers of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
We come to the messages
in obedience to Allah azza wa jal to perform the prayer. We fast the month of Ramadan, in obedience to Allah azza wa jal, we are anticipating and waiting for the season of Hajj
in hope that insha Allah Allah will forgive all our sins. We all do that because we want to worship Allah azza wa jal as he commanded us. This is the general mission. However,
it is unfortunate that many Muslims
are deviating from the straight path without knowing in this fast pace of life that we are living
in this time, and generation of consumption, and using the new technology, forgetting about what happened last year and asking for more and more, we lose track of what we are supposed to do, how we can improve ourselves as Muslims. How can we
fulfill the command of Allah subhanho wa Taala that every single Friday, almost every single speaker comes here and reminds the brothers and sisters in law Yeah, you're Latina. No, all you who believe fear Allah, all Muslims. Yeah yohannes all mankind, Fear Allah. We have been
hearing these reminders, times and times again and again. But the same question remains, how can we become better Muslims? How can we improve our lives?
Allah Subhana Allah Allah says, In the second
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who is better.
This is where many Muslims lose track, they are focusing on the quantity more, do more, say more. They are forgetting about the quality,
the quality, this is what Allah has legitimation and you can ask Mr. malla, who is better? Allah did not say who is more.
It's not about more. That's why
when the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam are mentioned, and abubaker radi Allahu Allah stands alone, amongst the companions
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He did not surpass them because he prayed more or He fasted more during the month of Ramadan or optional fast, then what was it that made the long run, stand alone in front of all the companions
of the law? Or the law Han says we're lacking.
But it was something settled in his heart. It was the certainty
it was the true belief
of Allah subhanho wa Taala how certain are you? brothers and sisters? Let's be honest, how certain are you to meet Allah subhana wa Taala and to be held accountable for every single deed that you have done?
What was the best deed that you would be proud of in front of Allah subhana wa Taala many people are asking for more are complaining, they are forgetting the beautiful things that Allah has gave them. Allah chose you to be here instead of being somewhere else. Thank Allah azza wa jal for that many people
are deviating. They are misguided. They don't pray. They don't fast. They're not even Muslims. Many people
did not wake up today.
Even if they woke up, they couldn't make it. They are not healthy enough to come to stand on their feet. When was the last time you thank Allah subhanho wa Taala for something that you think it's granted. One simple example. This air that you breathe, that you inhale? When was the last time you thank Allah subhanho wa Taala for this air that you are breathing
every second you inhale
How much did you pay for it? How much
of the wonderful things
and have the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala that he made whatever people need most. He made it free
or very cheap.
Either it is free or it is very
achieve. The example of that is the air that you breathe.
The example of that is the water that you drink.
People cannot live more than three days on average without water.
How much is it? It's very cheap, almost free. People cannot live for a second without reading this air.
How much did you pay for it?
On the other hand,
you complain about things that they are expensive. If there is something that is expensive, you have to know that you don't need it. You don't need it. That's the Sunnah. That's the way of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Anything that is very expensive. It means you don't need it. Think of the diamonds.
sisters, woman, they love the diamond. How much is it?
If you lived your entire life, without seeing a diamond without buying diamond, nothing wrong will happen to you. But it's very expensive. That is the son of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So take back one step in this fast pace of life that we are living, just one step back and try to think of what you are doing in your life. For how longer you will keep asking for more. Instead of thanking Allah subhanho wa Taala for what he already gave you.
Allah azza wa jal says in Surah Ibrahim, why is that as an Arab buku shaka laka lezzy, the Neko, you want more? thank Allah for what he gave you. That's what Musa alayhis salam said to his people. That's what Allah has. dogen says in Surah t Rahim in the Quran. And remember when your Lord proclaimed, if you are grateful, you shall be increased in the bounty in the blessing of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
So, focus on the quality of what you are doing, not the quantity, usually, whatever is repeated a lot, lose value. But whatever is made carefully, specifically, that will have a lot of value. Look as the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, they change the world.
How many companions they were
in the Battle of better few 100 300 companions, that's all but they change the world. So it is not about numbers. It is about the quality. What are you doing?
to please Allah subhana wa Tada. What are you doing in your life? That will make you stand out
in front of the gatherings. Think of the moment you will meet Allah azza wa jal and he will ask you, I gave you your life. I gave you the body that you lived in for 5060 years. What have you done? All what you were focused on? Is this dunya?
bigger house? better job? Nice car. Aren't you ashamed? To meet Allah subhanaw taala with such low goals? Islam does not tell you. You shouldn't look for the dunya dunya is part of our life.
No one argues about that there is nothing wrong with having the best job. But your main focus is to please Allah subhanho wa Taala that's the reminder of Allah has Odin verbetering FEMA, Doc Allahu darel
see with what the laws are gela has given you the hereafter one Athens and as Eva kameena dunya then only then after you make your major goal of your life is pleasing Allah after that, then there is no problem with giving some of your time to this dunya with giving little portion to this dunya but unfortunately, some Muslims nowadays they say we are living for the sake of Allah. You look at their life 12 hours a day on average, they are working for this dunya and only you
left over, is for prayer for a better, and then they come and complain, I don't have security in my life, I don't feel the man the connection with my Creator. Why is that? And the answer is clear, because you are not doing what Allah has commanded you to do. Allah did not tell you. Your main worry is this dunya Allah did not tell you when you wake up all your focus should be on how much money are you going to make? No, Allah granted that for you. What is Santa is
your provision is written, it is prescribed for you. Yes, you have to look for it, you have to seek it. But don't think that your employer is the one who is giving you a provision. Allah made him means to help you, that's all always, always ask Allah Subhana Allah Allah. That's why in the most
private and precious moments of the life of the Muslim in the entire year, during the month of Ramadan, during Laila,
during Laila to other when you witness Lila to other
when I saw them,
as the Prophet sallallahu, alayhi wasallam, or messenger of Allah, if I witness this night, what should I say,
during that precious moment? That night, the Prophet sallallahu wasallam instructed the action of the law, to ask for forgiveness from Allah, Allah in regard to head to LA for fun, why?
It's yours. Allah promised you whatever you ask, you'll get. Why don't you ask? millions of dollars? Why don't you ask? houses? possessions. Why? Because in that moment, what matters is the pleasure of Allah. If Allah is pleased with you, then everything else is insignificant. But in that precious moment, if Allah is not pleased with you, then anything else, whatever you do, will not help you. That's why brothers and sisters, we need to change our way of approaching our data.
We need to change focusing on how much more are we doing to how good our deeds are,
the quality of our deeds, even one single deed, one single deed as long as it is sincere, feel from your heart, and it is accepted.
You should be happy with it. One of the pious predecessors, he said, If I knew for sure, that Allah have accepted only to America, if Allah only accepted Torah for me, I would rely on that I would be that would be sufficient for me Why? He quoted the ayah he said because Allah says in the Quran, in the pub de la mina Mata Ki.
That's it. That's the testament, that whoever Allah accepts from him, is pious is righteous. We could claim that 1000s of times, we could say whoever we want to be, but unless we have a certification,
that means we are not saying the truth. But when Allah testifies for you, that you are of the righteous, and that's all what you need. How can you get that? When you focus on accepting the deeds, after the month of Ramadan, the worry of the pious predecessors, the job is done. Still, the worry was to have their deeds accepted.
When was the last time you thought about your deed after you did it not before you did it after you did it? When we pray, after we finished the prayer, we asked a lot for forgiveness, why you didn't do something wrong. You obey the law, but you are saying stuff you love. Why? It is complete. You are better with stuff
with Vicar of Allah subhanaw taala that is the attitude of the Muslim that you don't rely on your deeds. You don't show off and take your things for granted that I did it. So that's enough. No, you did it.
You are still worried that maybe it will not be accepted. So what should I do? I asked Allah, I am always fearful and mindful that maybe this deed will not be accepted. So I ask Allah for forgiveness, that is the instruction of Allah subhanho wa Taala. In the Quran. You know, when people build a building, nice project, project that costs millions of dollars that took 10 years to finish, then they celebrate, we finish this project. Now it's time to celebrate it's done. The attitude of the Muslim after he finishes the Nevada is to thank Allah
to give all the credit of what he did to Allah subhana wa Tada. Allah says about head, which is coming soon inshallah.
From fee boom in Haifa, mass, was the federal law. You already finished all the rituals of Hajj, you already did the tawaf around the cabin. Why you are asking for forgiveness. You did something good. Still, you ask for forgiveness.
When Muslims finished the month of Ramadan, after they finish it? Well, it took me longer in that. One, he took up your Maha
one once you complete the term
30 days or 29 days and you see the moon, start the tech we're Allahu Akbar, why
that's the attitude of the Muslim you are always in connection with Allah subhanaw taala. You don't rely on the deed itself. You don't worry, what people are going to say.
It's interesting that people for this dunya they travel 1000s of miles, they pay 1000s of dollars for worldly gain for a gold medal.
The Olympics just finished a few months back.
And you look at the people.
They had to compete for a couple of minutes. That's all the preparation was, how maybe few years, but then for two minutes, they competed and they got the gold medal. And you see their tears, there are tears of joy. This is for Jr. You are better than those people. You are champion. Not them. You are real champion. Because what you are doing is not for the people is not for the dunya it is to please the loss of Anahata Allah and it is continuous. It's not only this year, it's not only this month, it's as long as you are living.
But those people were champions next year, they will be ex champions, they have to compete again, otherwise they will lose their place. You on the other hand, you the Muslim is better, you are in a better position. But only when you have this sincerity in your heart. That your worry is to please Allah subhanaw taala that's your main goal. Anything else after that? It doesn't matter if people give you credit and hamdulillah This is the glad tidings. There is no problem with that. But that's not your main goal. Your main goal is to please Allah subhanho wa Taala So again, this is our worry,
Muslims, our worry is how we fulfill the commands of Allah, how to become better Muslims, as Allah azza wa jal commanded us in the Quran, to worship Him, how we improve our ambassador.
It is by focusing on the quality of our lives, whether it is by leaving something
that people would say, this is our fingerprint. This is what we left for the generations.
It is by focusing on sincerity. That's how we become better Muslims.
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brothers and sisters,
as you yourselves for how long will you live 50 years, 60 years 100 years and then what will happen? What will happen? You will die. So, if you focus only on the years that you will live,
which is good, because many people they are not even focusing on that. But if you focus only on the years that you are living, and then you die, your deeds will stop even 400 years, they will stop. The Smart Muslim is the one who thinks just like the businessman who wants more money, even if he receives a paycheck at the end of the month, even if he is making 1000s of dollars at the end of the month, he still wants to invest and to get more money for you smart Muslim. You also want more hassle net, even after your death. And now, we mentioned people that passed away over 1000 years ago, and we still pray for them. We still ask Allah subhanaw taala to grant them forgiveness, to
show mercy to them. They are receiving has an ad even after 1000s of years. That's the smart investment for the Muslim.
How? How can you get us an X even after your death, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam gave us the way
either a matter of no Adam in kottayam Allahu Allah means when the son of Adam dies, his deeds will cease, they will stop except for three things. So the cotton geria
continuous charity out anymore noon, the foul Bay or useful knowledge, our wallet on solid Hamidullah or righteous some that will pray for him.
These are three venues. These are three broad ways for the Muslim to increase the hustle net, even after death. So look at the investment, where can you invest. So even after long time of your death, you are still getting has an axe. Again, brothers and sisters, the Muslim should be smart. Just like we are smart in our dunya we try our best to make more money, we should try our best to make more Hassan and we should not focus on the number we should focus on the quality,
the quality that will lead one man who said only one word, but he said it sincerely it will lead him to paradise Illa in the law.
Many people say that we say that a lot of times, but how many times we took a step backward. And we reflect on this word. And we said it sincerely from our heart that we do meanings
Illa in the law because on the Day of Judgment, a man would come with 100 Records 100 records all of them are filled with bad deeds. But he will come with one car, one car
and Allah will tell him to witness the scale 100 Records filled with bad deeds and one car. So the man would say Oh Allah, what would this car do in front of these 100 D 100 Records, but a lot would tell him you will not suffer any injustice. So witness your scale. And this one cart with overweight the 100 Records 100 records of bad deeds. Why? Because when he said La ilaha illAllah it was sincere from his heart. When was the last time you perform to do properly not focusing on how long it will take from you. What are you going to miss on TV lecture business? When was the last time you
gave a quality will do. And you stood up in front of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And you perform to Africa, only to Raka. Sincerely to Allah subhanaw taala forgetting about this dunya When was the last time you did that? You know the reward for the one who does that? All his past sins, all of them
They are forgiven, only because of this need, yes. Because that the matters. Compare that to the many prayers that we do. Like just movements. We are not conscious of what we are doing things that sometimes we are embarrassed to do in front of our employers, our bosses, we have to stand up respectfully. We cannot talk on the phone, or think of something else, talking to the boss, to the employer. But we do that in front of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And then we come and complain, what is wrong with our life? Why we are not feeling this beauty of a man.
This delicious and sweet taste of Eman
And believe me there is sweetness for a man, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam mentioned that.
If you are pleased with Allah,
as your Lord
and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as your messenger and Islam as your deen and you don't want to go back to the days of ignorance, you don't want to go back to this belief, then you will taste this sweetness. Once you have this certainty, then it doesn't matter. Whatever job that you are doing. Brothers and sisters, you don't have to have very high position
to serve a last panel.
You don't have to make a lot of money to be a good Muslim. Even if you are cleaning the masters.
As long as you are doing this with quality with sincerity, you are doing your job. And you are significant, at least in the sight of Allah subhanho wa Taala the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam miss the lady who used to clean domestic people would not care. She is not one of the prominent companions like a walk around tomorrow.
But he missed her. And he asked what is she? And they told him she passed away. We buried her we did not want to wake you up. He told him show me her grave. He went there and performed the prayer for her.
Who can say that the prophet SAW Allah would pray for me.
We say we love the Prophet sallallahu sallam. But with the prophets, I seldom confirm that he confirmed that to this woman
who used to clean the mustard. So it doesn't matter what position you hold. As long as you have this sincerity, the break will come. The breakthrough will come Don't worry about us as long as you have this sincerity earlier on. When he migrated to Medina, he came with nothing. He didn't say I am the cousin of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam give me money. No, he used to work hard.
You know how much he used to make how much money he made. When he came to Medina, he used to go to the whale of a Jewish man filled the bucket with water and come out 14 times 15 times a day. Again, how many times Could you go down the well fill empty bucket with water and come up? How many times 10 times 15 times? That's what he could do in one day. What was his wage? What was his payment? For every full bucket of water? He gets one day.
One day, only one day.
So the wage of the entire day is 15 days. That's not even half pound.
250 grams maybe
Did he complain? Did he say what's wrong with people I am the cousin of the prophet SAW Selim. What happened later, he became the Khalifa of the entire oma.
Again, it doesn't matter what position you hold. You have the sincerity. You have the belief in Allah subhanho wa Taala. You will get the reward.
You will get the reward never ever doubt or question the culture of Allah subhanho wa Taala
I ask Allah subhana wa Taala to accept our deeds, all of them and they asked Allah azza wa jal to perfect our Eman and to make us better Muslims along miserly Islam. I mean, what are the lessons?
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