Working in an Islamic Organization #1
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salatu salam ala Rasulillah
Salam aleikum, wa barakato. The general theme inshallah will be about working in an Islamic organization, volunteering,
charitable work, or Islamic work. Now, when we talk about volunteering, the
what comes to mind first, or usually what people think, is
some charity or some money. And that's only just one aspect of volunteering. What we really need in our time, more than money is actually expertise.
When you volunteer, when you are giving your skills for the sake of Allah azza wa jal.
This is what we really need. So, first,
talk or first few minutes,
the first session out of the five sessions tonight inshallah will be on why volunteering,
and about the intention.
We all know the Hadith in Sahih Bukhari, the first Hadith in the Maranello, vignette, you all know that. So the question is, what is your intention? And actually, every single time I start any talk, I like to remind myself and my brothers and sisters, why we are here? Is it to impress others? Is it to share with others and get some likes and some shares on Facebook on social media? Is it to please Allah azza wa jal
giving some of your time or some of your wealth, or some of your expertise for the sake of Allah azza wa jal, that's a duty. That's not excess, or a virtue. It is a duty, it's like giving back from what Allah azza wa jal gave you.
It is a must. And the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the pious predecessors, they knew that very well. And they exercised that with their time with their wealth.
Couple of things actually yesterday, looks like a long time ago, but it was yesterday, I gave a hot one about how Muslims can contribute financially.
And I gave an example, which I'd like to share with you also, because I'm not just going to talk about examples from the pious predecessors examples of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam and us man from the Allah Han and others know in our time, one man and you can Google that later, one man in Egypt.
He passed away Mahala in the in 2016. January 11 2016, just a few years ago, this man left with a lot of wealth, not for him for the needy.
He was born in a village, poor village, not in the capital, Cairo or Alexandria. No, he was born in a poor village. When he grew up, he thought of how can he help
the people of this village? First Council he established
then shares that's what he decided. We are partners with 10 shares. They said we are only nine he said yes, the 10th is Allah azza wa jal
10% of everything we make goes for the sake of Allah.
And that's what happened.
Slowly, they started with a small Institute for primary school for girls. They wanted to secure education for girls because they are the ones who were forgotten at that time. Then, they started another one for boys, then high school for girls, then high school for boys. Now they achieved education. What is next college, they said you cannot build the college college requires bus station bus stops, train stations, and you don't have that. He said we will secure that. And he made the bus
and the train line going through the village.
He wasn't looking for any recognition. That's why people didn't know him until he died. And that's the point. You don't have to make an announcement. Make announcement Look at me. I'm going to do charitable work. Look at me. I'm going to volunteer. No, you're doing it
For the sake of Allah subhana, Allah Allah, that maybe one day, someone who knew about that, who benefited from it will help you. After you are long gone. This is why we volunteer. It is not for today or for tomorrow. Yes, that's the primary goal, but it is on the long run for the future. Now in 2016 when Salah happy Rahim Allah, this is the millionaire who passed away.
What did he leave? He left for colleges? Not one or two. For colleges. It was not not in anywhere else. I don't know. Do we need the mic? I mean, can you hear me? Because it's going to okay now it's
for colleges in a small village that was not heard of the question is all that started with what
it started with small intention.
pure intention. So my question to you
to everyone is what is your intention?
You are now by the way how many of you in their final in their senior year?
very mind sharing? What are you studying?
Mass Communication, which we need now. Now I find myself. So what is your plan after you finish? I mean, are you looking for? Of course you are looking for job offers somewhere, right? And then what?
Isn't that what we are thinking of? You haven't thought that far?
For now, I just want to be able to provide for my comments.
Okay. Do you mind sharing that? Lets everyone hear because I want it to be interactive. Go ahead.
I'm just trying to look for a job so that I can provide for my family
until I get married.
What's your name?
You all heard? That said?
Our primary goal is what I mean when we study what's the purpose when people ask you what are you studying? For now, later, once you graduate? They will ask you, what are you doing for a living? Isn't that what everyone asks? Our primary goal is what we have a family that we want to provide for you. So guess what? Isn't that what every single one is doing?
We Muslims, we should be better than that. No denial that this is essential. And this is important. I have to provide for my family, for myself and for my family. I need to make a living. We are better than that. I need to make a living. But at the same time, I need to do something for those who cannot do anything for themselves. That is the pure intention when we think and try to help those who are helpless. Because the kuffar by the way, that's what they do. Actually, I will share with you something that I saw when I was in the states,
companies, the big companies, they
look for candidates,
those who can get a scholarship. Remember, they are not Muslims, so they don't really care about charity. They are companies they are caring mainly about what making profits. So they sponsor students who are about to graduate from high school, before they even go to college. They pay for their full education, four years, full expenses. And after that, that's the catch what is the catch? They have to work for them for a certain amount of years. So they make 10 times what they spent.
We Muslims, we should do that for the sake of Allah azza wa jal because when we do it for the sake of Allah, we ourselves will be the primary beneficiaries.
Now, when we talk and this is also what I shared with the audience yesterday, when we talk about business, and people say, please separate religion from business No. Now, and this is this Tuesday. It's like three days ago, this was published in The Associated Press news. And then it was published in Wall Street Journal
20% of the top 100 fortune
100 companies in on the Fortune list 20% of those companies which means like 20 companies, they are providing religious based services for their employees.
Just based services for their employees why do they care about the region? No, you are a Muslim will provide for you masala What else do you want you want break for Joomla will provide for that. What else do you want? Why? They don't care about your religion? What do they care about?
making more money? They are smart. Y'all my brothers and sisters you need to be smart as well. Because let me ask you this now we are here in this year 1441 Hijra 2020 10 years later, chances are will we be here? Most likely we will be somewhere else. Yes No.
50 years from now, chances are will we be here?
Most likely no. We are dead. Right? So what is the Prophet sallallahu Sallam say? Either a matter of no Adam in Fatah, Malou Illa. Allah, you know this hadith or no? No, this hadith when the son of Adam dies, his deeds will stop. Except for what?
Three things? So do you realize that even if every single year if you were able to make it for Hajj and Umrah
50 times 60 times 100 times what will happen? It will stop when you die. The smart one is the one who plans after that.
There is a book you should read it, how to plan for the next 500 years.
One would say I will never make it 500 years. Yes. You don't have to be alive. You think the projects that we see nowadays, these beautiful achievements. People saw it.
They didn't see it with their eyes. They dreamt about it. Yes. They planted the seed. Yes. So one of your greatest achievements could be not something that you did now but something you planned.
Volunteering is the key
doing something other than what everyone else is thinking. Now, again, I shared with you the concern, year in year out, the economy is becoming more difficult. Sustaining and providing for the family is getting more and more difficult. The worry is higher. The pay is less everyone is worried. Yes, that's what everyone we are better than that because we are Muslims.
I gave you an example. Salah happy Rama Allah, the Egyptian meaning who thought of the others from the pious predecessors remember Osman of Allah Han.
You all know the story, the year of famine, when Amara de la has the Khalifa, and he had to suspend the punishment of people who had no choice. Either they steal or they dice. So do you punish them for test? No. That time when everyone is thinking how can I make money? I smell rotten Lohan. Fourth, how can I make her Sanath?
At that time when the caravan came and people started offering him?
We give you 100% profits?
Not 30% or 50% 100%. He said no. I was paid more to 100% No, I was paid more up to 600%. So wondering get your cost. You're paid six trinkets profits? No, I was paid more. They said Who paid you more? What are the first ones to come? He said Allah azza wa jal
and he gave everything for the sake of Allah. Can you do that? Nowadays people talk about Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and others who dedicated their wealth for charity. But when that's the key, when they dedicated that, after they die, because they cannot let go when they are alive. Well, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam gave up that when he was alive,
you see, talking is easy brothers and sisters, but action. What is Allah azza wa jal see in so that Allah Imran is 90 to Allah azza wa jal said learn tonight will be rock heptathlon Zico be metalhead boon, you will not attain Bill.
Bill not just simple Iman or Islam bill that's a higher level which Allah says in Ion 77 of Surah Baqarah
listen Quran will would you have comfortable administrator will not read well I can Anelka Rahman Hammond Avila he will Young will after you will Mala catchable. Kita Do you want to be what I tell Malala that's all is good. So Allah says instead of talent, Mr. Beer you will attain it. Only when you spend on what you love.
Nowadays, what do we spend, we spend on what we love we spend on what we hate. Something that I used for five years.
It's worn off now. It's worn out, so let's give it to charity. Yeah, of course, it's better than throwing it away. But is that beer? No. Beer is when you spend off what you love. Keep this in mind.
Tonight inshallah and we believe every single one of us has to think of something that would make him achieve this level of Beauty by letting go of something that is dear, not something that you don't like your clothes. You have been wearing them for couple of years now you're tired or maybe they are tired. They don't fit you anymore. So now you say let's give them in charities know when you buy something brand new. You love it. You like it? You've been waiting for it, and then you give it in charity. That's That's what philosopher Joseph.
One of the great scholars in our time, Rahim Allah. Shakira was one of the
members of the grand jurists in Saudi, I don't know if you heard that his name BackRub was eight, he passed away. I'm online the 1414.
About 20 plus years ago, she was on a visit to Damascus.
And he visited one of the scholars, Sheikh Abdullah Abdullah, now prime Allah, who is a Hadith scholar of Hadith. And when he visited him, he saw that the chef has a small apartment
where people visiting students of knowledge, I was actually one of those students who visited him in his place. He had only one where his library, his office, and the visitors and the other room for his family. So anytime he has a visitor, his family they are.
They are limited restrained in that room. So what did the chef do?
Now? Anyone else would see that and say, May Allah help him or what we can do is that she's back and told him after he left, he said, chef, I think I am planning on having
us summer home, and a summer vacation in Damascus. So I'd like you to find me a house big enough where I could enjoy the summertime in Damascus in Syria. He said, Okay. And the chef looked around. He said, I found that place. It's brand new, three bedrooms with a separate one for the visitors just as you requested. He said, Okay, now it's time to put furniture. How much money does it cost 140,000 US dollars. At that time. He transferred the money to him. When everything was ready, he told him now you must come. The key is ready.
Is the chief. Take the key? This is yours? He said no. He said yes. This is yours. And please do not tell anyone. That's the key. The Sheikh was not looking for Facebook pictures and chairs and no, he told them please don't tell anyone. I didn't do this. So people would know I did it because when I'm doing it, I'm serving the Hadith of the prophets of Allah Azza wa sallam, and indeed, I visited the sheikh at his new place. I was fortunate enough to live and see that please. I didn't know the story. Until the chef died. The chef honored the will of Chef Bucher until chef baccarat passed away when he passed away. He published that story and only when I knew it, so why I'm sharing with you
this. Everyone can live for himself. That's what we all thinking about. How much money can I make? How much money can I save?
What can I do? Which is better than others? That's what we are thinking we want that but not only in dunya we want that in our religion for others.
When everyone is trying to be selfish when everyone is trying to do Neff CNF, see? What is the prophets Allah cnmc Almighty Yara Prophet SAW Selim was granted German. He didn't need any more has an act. Allah azza wa jal is gave him already the highest level yet at that time, what did he say?
That should be our concern. I have seen of the great scholars in our time who passed away Ramallah 20 years ago. Other times was dedicated for others they didn't have to do that they made enough money
in the 10s of 1000s every month.
Allah He most of their salary is spent on what on the poor and the needy. Did they have to do that know why they did it, then they did it because they knew that they will see that someday when they meet Allah azza wa jal when they need it most. So again, my brothers and sisters, it's time to shift a little bit our thinking. Everyone is looking for a living. Everyone wants to secure a good job, wants to build a family wants to have a big house wants to have a nice car. Yes, that's everyone. You are better than that because you are Muslim.
You want that and better. And you can, you can do that. Your life is not random.
You need to be focused. Your intention helps you being focused. When you have a pure intention and Allah azza wa jal gave us the story
of the mother of Imran.
The entire story of a Sallys Allah that Allah azza wa jal brothers leaves the paper, it's okay. You don't have to finish it.
That's just an example.
You could be focused, you know what to do, because you have an intention. Or you could go right and left, waste, more time, more energy, and eventually you will not do more than what is supposed to be done. It's your choice. How can you save more and do more, with a pure intention with a purpose.
This pure intention gives you a purpose.
The mother of Maryam, which we call her even the mother of Karim, Allah azza wa jal didn't even name her in the Quran because it really doesn't matter. As long as Allah knows her.
She doesn't have to be known to the people.
If call it immoral to Imran, the entire story of a Sally salaam starts with what was a pure intention from his grandmother, when she wanted someone to serve in the house of Allah.
Philip nanodots her call it will be in the world. Say Oh Allah, I gave birth to a baby girl. Wow, let me know about she's, she's telling Allah what He doesn't know. He knows well what she gave birth to. Then why Allah tells us this. Allah tells us that because it was kind of Allah why you give me baby girl when I wanted baby boy. Little did she know that Allah azza wa jal give her the mother of one of the best five messengers. Did she ask for that? No. She just asked for a righteous son.
That's what the pure intention gives you. You are here but with pure intention, you become there. Allah azza wa jal will open doors for you that you would never imagine.
Try it Wallah, you will enjoy it. Because never in the Quran not a single time in the Quran that Allah azza wa jal told us a story about someone who asked from Allah would pray to Allah except that Allah azza wa jal gave him or her more than what they asked for. So sure, you want to live for yourself, you can, but when you die, you will die for yourself also. But when you live for others, others will remember you and Allah will remember you, first and foremost. And that's what really matters.
I never imagined that when I started more than 15 years ago, in a small Institute, in a small room, I never imagined that I will be in the other side of the world, that I will be having classes in all continents of the world.
I'm not trying to say that I had pure intention. But at that time, I really wanted to do something, not for myself, I could have worked as a lecturer and I was offered to be a lecturer, but I felt like this is just a job. I don't want a job, I want a message. That's the difference. If you are looking for a job to start from nine to five, then believe me, you are wasting your time. You want something you enjoy, that doesn't matter how much you give it, you enjoy it
with pure intention that could happen.
And I have many examples. I just wanted to share with you feel. So we are starting with what every time purify your intention. Ask yourself why I am doing what I'm doing. Is it for the sake of Allah? Is it for fame for recognition? Is it for what? For what purpose? So this was the first point of the first session and I will stop here inshallah. I don't know what is the
order you want to have q&a now or you leave that until the end? It's up to you.
Okay, so, we will continue inshallah. And then after that we will break before Marieb for the q&a.
topic is about of Dawa.
relationship with scholars and seniors being receptive to advice, relationship with colleagues and other organizations.
Now I, I will tell you something, and I have to be honest about it.
It is unfortunate that we live in a time of division. This is the reality.
I come to you talking to you about unity, about the importance of being one hand about how important is it to be united. And then I go, and I do something that divides the Muslims.
We need diversity, but not division.
We need unity.
I started something helpful. You liked it.
Instead of you competing me, let's complete one another, let's complement one another. And unfortunately, this is not what's happening now. That's the sad reality.
We need to come together.
This is on the individual level. This is of the community level, this is even on country's level.
We see some projects, some good projects, instead of trying, you see now in the West.
This is what
we see in the West, a small company that is successful, what happens a big company immediately
acquired that company and they pay good money. Why? Because they know
it's not for their best interest to be to they need to be one. We've seen many acquisitions happening. And you all know some examples.
While what happens on the Dallas sphere, with Muslims organizations is something different. Like let's say there is good charitable organization, helping the Rohingya
doing good job, they are able to reach them. Why would I come and I start another organization to also help the Rohingya.
This is what we see, the money is divided, the effort is doubled. And the result is sometimes even less.
Again, no one can say he's the only one who's holding the truth. Or he's the only one who could do such a good job. No, even at the time of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, we learned something beautiful, which is diversity. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam didn't do everything on his own. No, he dedicated and delegated the companions to do jobs on his behalf.
So what did Hydra de la han do?
Khalid was good at what
But in other areas, Herrera de la han was not even average less than average. To the extent that some companies complained to the Prophet sallallahu sallam, he keeps repeating the same source.
Did the prophets hustle and blame him? No, that's what Khalid knows from the Quran. But when it comes to jihad, the Prophet SAW Selim said say from Salah hola he's assault from Allah.
Imagine if harlot left that and he decided to become a scholar. Why? Because he sees that people are gathered around a scholar. No one has read the law when he was young. But the Prophet sallallahu sallam said Allah, Mohammed even halal or haram, the most knowledgeable in halal and haram. So
look at what you are good at. Oh, I don't even know what I'm good at. And that's actually a problem. Some people come sometimes and asking, What should I do? Immediately? I asked back, what can you do? I don't know. What do you mean? You don't know.
You are now 20 plus years old? And he still didn't figure it out? Unfortunately. Yes, some people and it's okay, at least you realize where you are. The first step is to know where you are. So what are you good at? I don't know. What do you love? Think about something you love?
I don't know.
That's too much, but it could happen. How can you tell? What do you love? What are the things that you constantly think about?
video games, laptops, technology. That's what comes to mind. That's what you like. So think about something there that you could be good at.
Don't look at someone who's doing something and try to copy him because no matter how good you are, you will be second.
Try to be unique. Again, I'm not asking for division. I'm asking for diversity. We need to help one another. So again, it is unfortunate that we come we talk about unity. Muslims are weak and the prophets I send them on does Yes. And then I go and I do exactly opposite to what I said.
is that we should not be doing.
That's what's happening.
We need to be united.
seeking knowledge is a long journey. It doesn't happen overnight. There is no magic wand where you just do it and you become knowledgeable. There is no magic pill. You take it and you become knowledgeable. No.
Imam Sofia Rahim Allah says a feelin Santa Ana Illa be sick. The team certainly can't have Celia happy by adding the car on your headstone, which they hadn't gotten Mustafa to study of Buddhism and that's what Imam Shafi Rahim Allah said, Okay, moving on.
You all know what Imam Sathya amla said right?
Who doesn't know what I just said?
You don't speak Arabic.
It's okay. It's okay. I'm just joking. Imam Shafi Ramallah said there are six qualities, you need to acquire knowledge.
Intelligence, you have to be smart. And this is subjective. Yes. But it means you cannot be average only. You cannot settle for mediocre standards. That's what everyone else is doing. You are better than that. The guy
had been Ambassador Allahumma. He had a friend when they were young, at the time of the prophets, Allah Salam, when others around him I actually was born in Medina. So he was only 11 years old when the Prophet SAW Selim passed away 11 years old. So
he was seeking knowledge. He had to wait in front of the door of Zanesville habit, which Allah Han
and say, The Lord told him, why would you do that, or cousin of the Prophet sallallahu sallam? He said, That's how we treat people have knowledge. We come to them. He said, If you told me I would have come to you, he said, No. The point is what his friend he told him, what are you doing?
You think people will need you when they have those scholars, the old companions of the Prophet sallallahu sallam. That's what his friend told him. Did he listen to him know, if an ambassador or no market seeking knowledge, years past what happened later,
he passed by the prophetic masjid and he saw an artist
teaching everyone he saw OH MY GOD, ALLAH Han included, including even our das in his special counsel. So he said that man was wiser. He had more wisdom than I.
Just like nowadays, when people say why do you need a scholar just open shift Google.
You can open in Google and you find the answer. That's not how knowledge is. Why don't you do that with medicine open Google. Dr. Google engineer Google. Unfortunately, only when it comes to Islam. Yeah, go ahead.
Anyone else who speaks in something he doesn't know. He either will be prosecuted or even imprisoned or stripped from the license but someone speaks about Islam without knowledge becomes thinker, Islamic thinker expert.
intelligence once you've been ambassador on Houma had focus. That's what Imam Shafi Rahim Allah said, the Catalan watch the hadden.
You need to make effort.
Scholars documented their trips for seeking knowledge.
Now, I know some of you, maybe most of you, you're not locals.
Right? Who's coming from another country?
MashAllah the vast majority. So you made the trip for seeking knowledge right? And may Allah azza wa jal reward you for that. Anyone of you came walking to Malaysia?
Anyone have you faced dangerous wild
animals on the way
you had some difficulty at the immigration you had some difficulty at the garden maybe students housing maybe in the past, some scholars said we had to
make the bread wet. The bread was so dry and so hard they couldn't chew it. They had to add water so it would be worth this or they could eat it. That's all what they have.
One of them was Josie Rahim Allah. It means Josie Rahim Allah says I came there
Like after two years of seeking knowledge, remember, at that time flip means walking. There were no planes or cars, even animals, mostly for students of knowledge was not an option. Most of them had to walk. So he said, I came back after two years. And I saw that my peers, they still doing what they were doing. I didn't miss anything, but I surpassed all of them. And I don't ever regret what I did.
That's HD hat.
When everyone is asleep, you are studying.
You will excel Oh, look, you you will pass. Yes, maybe everyone will pass.
But it is different. When you pass with 60, or you pass with full mark with excellence. There is difference. Never ever settle for more standards. So the cat on which they hadn't Wilhelmsen you need to care. If you don't care, nothing else will work. This has to come from your own from inside. And that goes back to what we talked about earlier about the intention. person you need to care. Because the one who's careless, whatever comes, we'll accept it. And that's why I always ask like here, for instance, two hours ago before our sort of prayer when we came here.
You heard about this talk yes or no?
You knew there will be a talk yes or no? What are your expectations?
What did you expect?
What do you want to achieve? After leaving you just sit and enjoy and maybe drink a cup of tea? What What are your expectations? Without correct beginnings? You don't reach correct endings.
So always have expectations.
What were your expectations today?
So that's important in anything you do. You are focused, you have pure intention, and you have a goal. I think that is one of the topics about planning. We'll talk about it later. I will.
Yeah, in self development.
I will be addressing that Sharma. But for now, always make sure that you don't do just anything randomly because you do anything just like that. You will be satisfied with any result. No, I am doing this because I am expecting that. If I don't get that then there is something happening. I have to correct. That's what successful companies do. They always ask for feedback. Why? At the end of the month, they don't just accept any income. They don't just accept any work. They have a target. You as a Muslim also you have a target.
So Imam Shafi Rahim Allah back to it. I'm always trying to digress. The county, which they handle here soon, soon.
You need the means money, expenses,
resources. At that time, it was simple. You have some food, you are able to walk that's it. Nowadays, you need residency, you need students pass, you need acceptance from the university, you need. So that's Buddha.
And you know, all these are important, but I didn't mention them because of them, but because of what comes next
for social battles that that's the point. So I mentioning what Imam Safira Kamala said, because after the QA, which they had, what are after all those four comes what the companionship of a teacher
with a great teacher, you have great students, without great teacher, you will not have great students. Look at the companions of the Prophet sallallaahu Salam, without the Prophet SAW Selim, who they were they were idol worshipers.
Before Islam, what were they? After Islam? What did they become? They became leaders of the world.
I give this as an example. Now many of you who want to study Arabic. You heard about someone teaching Arabic.
Why? He knows Arabic? Here's the thing. If you wanted to learn English, do you learn English from Chinese?
Whose English is not his first language? Yes or no?
Why you are racist?
No, because that's how knowledge is.
You seek it from its sources. You need someone whose native speaker yes or no. So when it comes to Arabic, someone who studied four levels of Arabic, how much can he give you? Oh, I'm just looking for level one. Okay, but someone who studied 12 levels
Is he the same as someone who studied for levels? Yes or No? No. The same thing with great leaders, you have great achievement.
And you're not what all of us understand that when it comes to dunya. If they told you there is a doctor cheap, but then there is another doctor who's good. Do you take a chance with your health?
Yes or no? You will not mind paying little bit extra yes or no, you will use a reason why? It's my health. It's no joke. Same thing
with your knowledge with your life.
Always seek the best.
If you can go to the Prophet sallallahu wasallam Why would you settle for other than Him? If you can have it from the Quran? Why do you settle for less than that? So
nowadays, we have a lot of people who are self taught and self made. That could work in in many fields, but not in the religion.
We had examples like if it hasn't Rahim, Allah, he was a great scholar. But he had the problem. Most people talked about him.
He was very offensive to other scholars, he would actually attack the schools of thought, why he didn't have a chef who didn't have a teacher, he was the son of the Prime Minister. At that time, in attendance. He was very rich. So he was able to buy all the books, and he sat at home and he learns from the books directly. He had some knowledge, but scholars said that's not the right way to seek knowledge.
So yes, you could reach but after what, after a long time, or you could have the proper methodology.
Who can tell you that a teacher, an expert Subhan Allah Allah azza wa jal says was in the Quran, the story of Musa alayhis salam, one I think can be aminika Musa This is not just a story to enjoy reading the Quran? No, this is experience why companies require experience, because they want to avoid the mistakes that previous employees did. They want to save on human resources. That's what experience means.
Allah azza wa jal did not want to Sally Salem.
Too hot to chalk in front of town. So first, let's see what he will do. What happened? When the staff became a snake? What happens? He ran away. Imagine if he did that in front of round. Will people listen to him? So Allah azza wa jal taught him.
What did the Prophet sallallahu sallam said at the Benny Rafi, who's the one who taught the Prophet salallahu Salam, Allah. That's why he was born orphan. He lost his father before he was even born. He lost his mother shortly after he lost his grandfather. So he was only attached to Allah azza wa jal
at the by the Iraqi and that's why What did Allah say about the Prophet salallahu Salam wa in Allah Allah, who in Abilene.
One thing I like to share with you now just because someone is a teacher, it doesn't mean that he knows everything. And that is true. Many times we as students have knowledge, we as students, we look at what the teacher is saying. And we can tell specifically that he or she is wrong in that area. Does this happen or no?
It happens. Does that make you more knowledgeable than the teacher?
Just in that area, just like a patient who studied
his symptoms very well. So he knows exactly what is happening in his own disease in his own diagnosis. He's better than many doctors but that doesn't make him adopted. Remember that? Why I'm saying this because many times we feel like oh yeah, I know this. Okay, so what so I am more knowledgeable.
And Subhan Allah in the Quran, Allah azza wa jal told us the story of Musa Ali salaam with a cover for a reason. Well, actually many reasons. But one main reason is about knowledge. Now, here's a question for all of you. Who's better?
With Allah azza wa jal in the sight of Allah Musa or alphabet?
Musa there is no question. No doubt Musa was better.
Yet what happened?
When Musa went on a quest for knowledge?
Did he go to Al Hunter and tell him Look man, I am better than you. So give me all what you have held at the Bureau. Okay, Allah Antoine lemony Mima on Linda wash that, May I follow you? Musa alayhis salam at the time
For, I mean children of Israel,
they were very hard to deal with.
Musa alayhis salam was known for that. And yet when he came to Al Hadi, he respect the knowledge or No, he did. So respect the knowledge so your knowledge also later will be respected.
Part of respecting the knowledge is not to speak about everything. Nowadays we feel like we are experts in everything, medicine, engineering, religion, leave the experts Subhanallah even in the religion. You see the statements of some of the scholars you read them in Hydra last Kalani Rahim Allah one time he commented on one of the scholars of faith, he was talking about Hadith. So he said, Don't kill me lady sent me a terrible allergy. Whoever speaks other than his field of expertise,
he will bring amazing things amazing not in the good way. Strange things. Monster Kalama be really funny, a terrible algae. And that's within the field of knowledge. And remember, at that time, not anyone becomes a scholar. First they start with the Quran. Now, someone who memorize the Quran we consider that like a great achievement it is. But at that time, that was the beginning, not the end. In their biographies, you read that the hospital Quran he memorized the Quran when he was seven years old. That's the beginning, not the end. So they were scholars qualified yet. They respected the knowledge.
Another thing, and this is what I respect when it comes to the west to the kuffar. You hire someone, like public speaker, you know how much they make?
The you know.
Take a guess.
10,000 10,000. That's what he said.
They have certain classification $10,000, which seems a lot, right. That's for one speech, beat an hour or an hour and a half.
This is actually the lower level.
The national speakers, I tell you from experience, because I had to pay that money.
I was charged per hour. The national speakers, they are charging 30,000 hours.
Some celebrities, well known speakers, it won't be less than 100,000 per speech.
Some former candidates for the presidency, they were Senators, and they made a lot of money. How do you know because when they fight for tax returns, in their taxes, they report how much money they made from public speaking. Mitt Romney. That's one of them. He was the former candidate for presidency, he made 640,000 US dollars in one year from speaking on. These are fees for speaking. Now. You think people in the West, they are very generous, they just give their money like that.
They are stingy. How could they pay that money? Because they know they value the knowledge? I paid you that much because I am expecting also that much.
So when people and this you may experience that, when someone says oh, this one is charging a lot of what he did was five minutes. That could happen? Yes. He's not charging for those five minutes. He's charging for the years of accumulated experience and knowledge. Because without him, you wouldn't be able to solve this problem.
Again, for us Muslims, we always have a noble goal. We always have another aspect. I like my knowledge to be respected. But I'm not crew. I'm not just taking advantage of you. And I'm not just looking for making profits or money. No, everyone is looking for comfortable income. Yes. But at the same time, I am delivering a message. So you need to balance this. This is something that the kuffaar don't understand. And I like to share with you something that we did at Aris, in the past few years ago.
Since the beginning, actually for over 15 years. Any class students take
its charge, you have to pay we have expenses, but we never told any students you cannot come.
We don't want anyone to say I was prevented from knowledge because I didn't have money. Now we didn't publicize that because sometimes people tried to take advantage of this. But this was not policy for all our employees. This year, however, I changed that. What I did, I told everyone it's free.
for free, you're more than welcome to come, what happened? Numbers quadrupled. Instead of 25. We have now 100. Without them, it's free and we are keeping our word. But remember, we still have the same expenses we were able to make.
Today break even,
and to make ends meet every year, so inshallah this year the same. Actually most of our staff were worried I told them not to be worried because there is always an aspect you are dealing with Allah azza wa jal, not only with people, especially when you say you are spreading Islamic knowledge.
This is what the kuffar don't understand. This doesn't have monetary value, there is always something
you can do that even if you are an engineer, even if you are a doctor. I remember one doctor, well, more than one but this one in particular. That was in the past, back in the day, when there was no computer or secretaries where they charge, you come to the doctor, he says, This is how much you paid. He had $2 for money.
Whenever a patient comes, finishes, pays, you put some money here and some money there.
So one time he was asked why you have two drawers, he said that's for me, and that's for Allah. For Allah. Yes. What do you mean? He said, some patients they come, they cannot afford thing. So I take from that drawer and I put it here.
Eventually, I never tell any patient you cannot come look at that. How much would that cost? Honestly, it just needs pure intention.
the old people told me about a prison in front of the main market called Prison of the depositional. And what?
What does it mean? Whenever someone dies, and leaves that they wash him, they shout him. They wrap him, but they don't bury the place in them. You're coming in the morning, you want to go and buy something and suddenly you find in front of you at the corner before the entrance. What do you find that buddy? What is this? This person died and he left some debts? How much 5000 I don't have 5000. But I have 200. Okay, everyone chips in within few hours, what happens? The man is debt free. So we guarantee we're burying him debt free.
These simple initiatives we can do that we can do much more with noble intentions. And the more we do together, we need to be united. The more we do together, the better it is. And that's what we need in our time.
If I tell you about the past what scholars achieved with work, that's some example.
What endowment, which also what the Prophet salallahu alayhi salam guided the Companions, including Amara de la has to do is to guarantee permanent return.
In the previous session, I didn't continue when I told you about when you die, what will happen? Your deeds will stop. How do you guarantee continuation? Every one of us should think about that. Because the Prophet SAW Selim gave us the way, three ways sadaqa jariya, a beautiful Alvin wallet Salah hirola,
you can secure one of those three, or you can secure even all of them. Continuous charity,
useful knowledge or righteous offspring righteous son doesn't have to be your own son, someone that you help someone that you sponsor who will pray for you.
Again, I told you about the companies who do that for Kenya. But if you did that, because your illusion is reminding you of social welfare. That person will forget about you will pray for you long time after your death. And this is what you really want.
There were institutions that were established hundreds of years ago, how could they continue? How could they survive? Because the honors the founders when they established them? They made them what works.
They weren't looking for instant income. They were looking for the long run. And you as a Muslim in any job you take whether you are a
technician, an engineer, a doctor, a scholar
To look always for continuation, growth, that's what the Prophet sallallahu wasallam guided us through. When Omar Abdullah one told him on Messenger of Allah, I earned a piece of land.
Most Precious property I have, what do you advise me? Now if you have a lot of money, or even little money and you give it in charity, that's it, you will get the reward once, maybe it's great reward but still wants. That's not what the Prophet SAW said unfolding. What did he tell him in the how best to
keep the assets, donate the fruit?
So that guarantees what, four minutes return?
Think like that. Brothers and sisters tomorrow Inshallah, when you are providing service, and you charge for that, you're not just charging for the service. You have to show that your service is excellent. Unfortunately for us Muslims, we try to take advantage of Islam. Brother, you are my brother, so if he's charging 50 you charge me 30 No, because you are my brother, if I can afford 60 and not give you 50 I'll give you 60 That's how it should be.
I know this sounds crazy, but believe me this is how it was in the past.
All over the Allaha Ottawa sell me
over selling Mirabella one
alterity at the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
After the death of the Prophet salallahu Salam, he bought a horse.
He didn't buy directly. He gave the money 500 to His servants. Because the average price of the horse at that time 500 Did him 500 silver coins. So give him he gave him the 500 and buy me a horse. He went and he brought him a horse. So all of the law one
rode the horse.
And he liked it. This is amazing. How much do you pay? 500? He said no, that cannot be he said yes. He told him show me the seller. He went to the seller. He told him. You saw myself on this horse? Yes. 500. Yes.
Here is 100 Extra.
The man looked at him while he said this was worth 600 Not 500.
Okay, is the money. Would anyone reject that? So he took it. Then.
In another narration, it was actually Jared and Abdullah and Virgin. But in the narration, it was all well, then he read it again. And he liked it more. He said this horse is worth more than that. 800 So he came back, and he gave him 200 Extra. The man thought that this man is crazy. He's just giving me extra money. He said, Look, I know what you're thinking. They will Allah He. That's the point. You said I gave the pledge to the Prophet salallahu Salam, ala suddenly were to listen and obey. When most frequently Muslim, to advise for every Muslim to be sincere. I was sincere to your brother when you know he's in need, and you're the only one who could help him. So you could charge
him and you're charging the maximum. Are you sincere, then? No, you're not. You took advantage of them? Is that what the Prophet SAW sent him focus? No. So again, this is what the kuffaar don't understand. Always think about that. There is always a margin, you make profits, you charge people, but on the other hand, you always have a margin for excellence for
for doing the job better. not settling for anything. I did the job. So pay me.
We agreed on 1000 So here is 900. Why?
Unfortunately, that's what we see also from some people.
You asked a lot, but that's what we agreed 1000 No, 1000 is a lot why didn't you say that before we signed the agreement. The job is done. So I'm waiting. Here is 900 Forgive the 100
you know the example of that in the Quran. Allah azza wa jal says way limit of 15 That's the thief. The thief is not just when you have a scale when you are owning a grocery shop, and you give people instead of one kilo you give them 800 grams No, that's the thief. When if you did the job you want your payment through but if someone did do the full job, you want them to give up some of what they charge. And Medina is Italian. Us Your cell phone. When I was in your serum, we have double standards.
It's okay he is okay with this money.
Yeah, okay, no, then why it's okay.
That's what we see some people doing. No.
my aunt's husband in Damascus. He contracted someone an expert to do the mirror job. He had almost a palace mashallah his house was 1000 square meters, not foot square meters. So we hired someone to do the mirrors. And that man came, and he did the job, but then he noticed that it is not straight. So he said, I need to come tomorrow. My aunt's husband, he said, No, no, it's okay. He said, No, it's not okay. He said, I'm telling you, it's okay. He said, No, I don't care. It's my house. I paid the money. It doesn't matter. This is my reputation. My work if it's not 100%, I will not accept it.
He came and he did it. You know, what is the sad thing after he left? I asked him, he said this man is Jewish.
That's what amazed me. He didn't settle for lower standard Subhanallah Why don't we do that? I am Muslim brother. We take advantage of Islam. It's okay for free for the sake of Allah. I love you for yes. But because I love you for the sake of Allah, I can afford that. I will pay that.
I will pay even more.
That's what Islam is teaching us.
So I know I went a little bit away from the topic. I forgot actually. The main points. Let's see what
being receptive to advice. That's an important thing. Because
this is something I like to do, especially with my students. Not all students, those who I feel that they pretend to know everything.
I'm very nice with my students, except the ones who seem arrogant. I like to break their spirits. Honestly, like if some of them you'll find me pounding on the wall like that.
Why not? Because I try to scare them. But I know on the long run, what will happen and then hamdulillah they always thank me later. Now yes, they hate me. They don't like me they say it's okay, but later I know this is for their own good.
Always, always be receptive to advice. Because Imam Muhammad Rahim Allah who was Imam and Sunnah wal jamaa. He was seen until his last days with his inkwell.
So they asked him Yeah, Imam until when you are Enam have an asana and you still write? He said, Yes, Ma, il Maqbara until I die, maybe the word that will save me I didn't receive it yet.
Just because you have master's degree or PhD, or it doesn't mean that you are more knowledgeable. It doesn't mean that you know everything. For some people, honestly, it's just a piece of paper for some people. For others. Yes, it is a testimony of their achievement. But generally speaking, there is no stopping for knowledge.
Here's a simple question. What do we know more or what we don't know?
What we don't know, evidence
is certainly strong. Allah azza wa jal says 182 Minella AMI Illa kalila. But you are given of knowledge is what little even uncovered that Musa alayhis salam was sent to learn from him. It was reported that and how they told Musa alayhis salam when they saw a birth flicking from the river.
And how they thought Musa, my knowledge and your knowledge combined are like this drop of water compared to the river. That's the knowledge and what is our knowledge compared to them? So always humble yourself to knowledge. You don't have to humble yourself to the person. No, it's not because of the person is because of what that person carries of knowledge.
Again, what's even at best of the law on whom I said, how you acquire this knowledge, two things, two qualities Billy Sannin
we've been asking punk keeping questions. Don't pretend I know Do you understand? And you don't understand? Because you're only fooling yourself. Especially when it is paid course you paid for it. You came a long way.
Or no, I don't want people to think that I'm stupid. Who said why you are here you are here to learn. If you know everything go back to your home.
We are all here to learn. And I tell you Subhanallah This is my personal experience. The same course I teach 10 times every single time I learned some
you think you knew everything? If you are a teacher after all still, because Subhanallah it is the Quran. It is the knowledge, the religious knowledge. Every single time you see something new, you learn something new.
Nowadays, there is a trend where very few people you heard them say, I don't know.
How could I say I don't know. What will people think? SubhanAllah? What do you mean what people think? If you don't know say, I don't know. Imam Malik Rahim Allah out of 40 questions, he would answer 36 by saying, I don't know 36 Only four. To the extent sometimes his students will tell him enough. This is simple. He says there is not anything simple in the religion. Don't you hear what Allah azza wa jal said, in Sanuki, Alec Akula, tequila. So that was a mean, nothing is like everything is heavy. It's responsibility. Oh, I am the teacher. So I will just make up any answer.
And this is one way I teach you. So in the future, if you became teachers, when a student embarrasses you with a question you don't know, and you are too arrogant to say, I don't feel you ask back. Oh, who does this answer? It's simple.
Whenever you hear that, that means most likely the teacher doesn't know. Most likely.
There is nothing wrong with saying I don't. Again, even when the student tells you something, it doesn't make him a teacher. He's still a student, but in that area, he knew something more than you. Musa alayhis salam we learned that from him. He was better than 100 but in that area, I'll have it had more knowledge.
Allah azza wa jal says about the career Hoonah Lika as a career
you sort of Marian when was that? That was when he asked Mary Anna lackey had what is that from? And she said who I mean India is a colossal
this is what
I took off. Oh, you took it off. Okay, so it's sealed. Yeah, because copyright.
Copyrights because it's on the camera. Okay.
So next time I have a banner here, what will you do then you can
so who's better not Mr. ZAKARIA?
Still says the career which is correct, because Maryam we're only more severe.
Zakariya is a profit profits come first. Then, man maybe was the thing. Maybe in our first then so DP Abubaker, Maryam, they are in the second level. So the career is better, not Western. But in that particular time. At that realization, she was better she reminded him amalaki has a pilot who am in windy.
So did that make her better? No. But in that area, she reminded him he didn't say I don't need that I am a prophet of Allah. Guna Anika has a career.
So, always be open to advice. And in order for people to listen to you, you have to listen to them.
We complain that people are not listening to us. Well, actually I have a practical thing about listening but that will be inshallah after the break after the prayer.
You want people to treat you treat them the way you would like to be treated? Don't have double standards. That's not fair.
So when you are advising, remember it is what
is advice? What does that mean? It's not a command.
Many people don't differentiate between advice and command or I advise him then why you are upset. He didn't listen to me who said he has to listen to you?
Is it a command or advice?
You see what Allah says in the Quran. In me i vocab I advise you.
Language Lola, John Wiley. Why did they not all these are ways of advice. Even the Prophet sallallahu Sallam that's what he did, naturally. Do you like to be instructed directly by commands and prohibitions do don't naturally know. Even children, they don't like that.
What we like is when we are given an option, would you be able to do this please? Can you do that?
Even when the Companions came to the Prophet
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam asking him so they are ready to accept whatever he says. The Prophet SAW Selim didn't say, that's what you have to do in Schecter if you want, if you wish.
in order for you
to give advice, you have to accept the advice.
And remember, it is an advice it is not a must. It is not a command, there is a difference between commands and advice. A command you have no option.
So, don't be offended, or I advised him but he doesn't listen who said he has to listen. You give him what you think is right. And he chose something else. It's up to him.
11 hasn't Rahim Allah says something very beautiful. And I want you all to remember that.
When someone asks you to do something for him, do it the way he wants, not the way you want.
Again, when someone asks you to do something for him or for her for that matter, do it the way he wants, not the way you want. Otherwise, you would be blameworthy not praiseworthy. We're in La Quinta, mercy and Lama cinema. Mr. Haqqani them, Elon Musk. What does that mean?
We want to install Internet service. You are an expert in telecommunication. And you know where the signal will be better. So you said that's where it should be? On the honor of the house? I said no, I cannot put it there. No, no, it has to be there. No, I want it here. Here the signal is weak. Doesn't matter. I really cannot put it there. No, it has to be there. Just imagine if you insist what will happen.
I want it to be here. You did your part. This is my advice. That's it. It's wrong.
What is Allah said the Prophet salallahu salam for the Cure in cinema and music kill, let's tally him be Messiah. You are only a warner, you're not in control over them.
So when you advice, you have to expect that people may not take your advice. Do not be offended. Because guess what? Even the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Is there anyone better than the Prophet sallallahu sallam?
No, his advice was not taken.
Did he say you are bad Muslim? You are weak in your email? No. That era or the Allahu anha. She was married to Maurice. Both of them were slaves. Betty era was manumitted she was fried. So now socially, she became higher than her husband. So she had the option. And you know, when women have the option,
she divorced him.
The poor guy started chasing her crying. See what love does. So the prophets, Allah Sam looked at that. And he wanted to help. He came to her. He told her that era, why don't you take movie back? Look at her. At her respect. She said, O Messenger of Allah. Are you commanding me? Is that the command? Because she knew there is a line we cannot cross? Is this a command? He said? No. She said, I don't need him.
Did they tell her Oh, what about woman you are? I am domestic? No.
So even the Prophet sallallahu Sallam one time his advice was not taken.
So don't be offended. Because
advice. What does it mean? You are wishing good for others. That's all. That's where it stops. I wish every good thing for you. And that's why I told you, this is what you should do. Whatever comes next, it's, it's up to you. I cannot control it. I cannot force you.
That's what advice is. So when you are open to that,
people will listen to you.
So first, you have to accept people's advice. Because here's the thing. Now, if you look at your picture 10 years ago,
many ladies they like to keep pictures for a long time ago for us. Maybe we bought if you looked at your picture 10 years ago, that time 10 years ago, how did you think how did you feel? Didn't you feel that you know everything?
Yes or no? Now, don't you feel the same? Who's coming to teach me I know everything. But SubhanAllah 10 years ago until now how much you have learnt. That's how it is. We think we know everything but we don't actually what we don't know is much more than what we know what ot to mean and Illa alila. What we know is much less than what we don't know
So always be open.
And this is what I respect about the Quran. I have to respect that because for them, they don't have something called impossible. They want to reach Mars. For us. That's crazy.
Why Allah azza wa jal told us in the Quran in Surah
Surah 27 The story of Maltese
with Suleiman Alayhis Salam, ala Euphemia teeny, the ASHA, who would bring me her throne of the year, Tony Muslimeen. Where did they come from?
They came from Yemen,
where? to Jerusalem? So by the way, one, they are already on the way he wanted someone to bring her throne, from Yemen to Palestine while they were already on the way.
Now, throne we're talking about thrown we're not talking about something. We're not talking about. Technology or information. We're talking about physical thing. What's the fastest delivery service in our time?
Now Amazon in the States, they give same day delivery
for major cities, they have same day delivery, but in most places it's overnight or at least few hours, but it happened instantly.
Again, what is Allah say about her throne? Wallah? Ha some are when she had great throne she was Queen
imagine just the Makeup How much would take that from her phone?
So what happened?
Carla Anna Chica the cobbler
before your eye blinks before a blink of an eye. Did that happen or no? So when we read that, what's the purpose just to enjoy the story between Solomon As Salam and Belkis it is to remind us that what we don't know is much more than what we know
200 years ago,
people imagined but now they are living
what they imagined that they are going to be flying. There is internet video audio.
I remember when first audio was installed.
Good job Masha. Allah, yella Baba ZAN.
the telephone, some people said there are Jean,
how could you hear someone on the other side of the world? When the TV they started to see what's inside the box when they were before they are flat screens? That's how it is. But now no one talks about that. So where will we reach 182 Minella AMI Illa kalila. There is always room. When you are having this mentality and this attitude, you will benefit. You will always be receptive for more. But when you say I know everything, you close the door.
And we say in Arabic we have a saying an insight or do my attorney and then is enemy of what he doesn't know. Something you don't know you don't like it. That's like commercials. The purpose of commercials is to make you accustomed to normalize the thing. So you would be open to take it in knowledge. You shouldn't need that. You are always open for something new. Something useful. So
it's almost seven. And this is it for this session. How much time for multiplayer 1520 minutes. Half an hour. So
If you have if you don't have them, we can move to the next
You want to share your questions so they can hear it
I said five right. Yeah. The sixth one is homework.
Colusa man Palooza man. The last one is long time. I said that earlier in the comments, but I didn't specifically mention it a long time. Don't take shortcuts.
Nowadays, four years, two years, one year.
Imagine this is the thing.
This is the example I give always. You're flying over a city if you are flying. What do you see from the city?
What can you remember? Because you flew over it? So that means it's like, just few seconds. But if you are driving, will you see more or no? What if you are walking
scholars when they wrote books, every book at the beginning or the end, what do you have?
When you're looking for something? What do you have to help you looking at?
Table of Contents, right to make things easy. Remember, Ben had bad Rahimullah his size? He didn't try it according to any order.
Deliberately, so you would spend more time so you would benefit more?
So you need a long time. Nowadays, everything shortcut shortcut? No. That's why people who are experts, people who can do the troubleshooting, they are the ones who spent more time. So
you cannot just become a scholar like that.
It takes time. So this is the sixth form for the question. Any other questions?
So the question is about if you have a book, or YouTube or a chef,
because it's video. Now, there is no contradiction. It's not this or that. It could be all. But I ask you this. Now you are a student here, right?
On site or online?
Why isn't there online studies? Maybe not here in this university? Or maybe I'm not sure. But other universities do they have online or know which one is better? And why? You know the answer. So always when you have when you have access to direct
interaction, it's better.
But that doesn't, because sometimes you don't have this option. Sometimes. So if that's the case, then you deal with what you have.
I hope this answers the question.
Masala, you don't have your own papers they Okay.
Ladies, please, please try to write with larger
letters. Okay. Don't just assume that I can read everything. So
I'll try. I mean,
okay, this one is clear. How do we ensure that we stay sincere, while volunteering for the sake of Allah? To have a class? Are there any specific class? Yes. And this is really important. Because it's not the diet, it's not the beginnings that really matters, what matters, the end?
People, they're not given awards,
how they started the work, but you get the salary, at the end of the month for doing a good job. Same thing in Ramadan. After we finished Ramadan, the day of Eid comes not before Ramadan. So the same thing. So you need to think of the continuation. And it is a challenge. At the beginning. You had good intention. But then the Chapin came, and people started recognizing your work. And now you are looking for the recognition that for the sake of Allah? What do you do? Always check on your intention? How could you tell if
you can tell that if people are not seeing you?
You put this scenario always. Now people know about my work. But if they don't know, will I still be doing what I'm doing? If yes, then that means you are sincere. You still do it. And that's what the scholars used to do.
They would watch anyone is watching when no one is watching. That's when they do it.
That's why later on they would know that this person that's what he did. They didn't know because they didn't see.
So it is a challenge. It's not easy. By the way. Sometimes predecessors they said Jha had to our was installed with my knee for 20 years. But then I enjoyed the Ibadah beyond description, in a way that I cannot describe. So it is a struggle. Yes. Is there a dua of course always ask Allah. Whatever you want. You want sincerity. Ask Allah.
Ask Allah to help you. That's the best draft. ask Allah to keep you sincere. But when you ask Allah azza wa jal try to translate that in actions. Don't ask Allah to be sincere and then go ahead and publish what you did on Facebook, on social media
Your your words in actions that could help
Okay, here we have two students. Two questions. Does students have knowledge start studying fake first or Hadith?
It is about priorities.
Is it fifth or Hadith? It doesn't matter.
It is something I didn't really talk about in details about seeking knowledge. All scholars they had methodology. Unlike now when you want to take everything at once,
one day, what is this site? MashAllah Of course, what's the best book after the book of Allah Good. Next day, what is this? This is the fear of poverty, the fear of the book of Allah Yes, mashallah, next day, what is this this is the book of faith
and much more in I mean, now I feel called Imam Shafi. So every day you are jumping from one knowledge to another, eventually what happens you didn't acquire anything? When you start something? This applies to books, this applies to knowledge. When was the last time you bought a book? You bought a book? Last bookfair you liked the title, but that was the last of it. Maybe you open the first few pages and that's it know the Sunnah of the Prophet Salah Salem always you start something you finish it.
Don't stop midway. So it's not whether Hadith or
either one, it's about your priorities. But when you start finish, some scholars they started with some started some scholars, they started with Hadith, there is no contradiction.
As long as you finish
actually before both of them there is the Quran.
Scholars used to start with the Quran after the Quran, Arabic language.
Arabic language, yes, they are Arab speakers. Yes. It doesn't matter to understand the language of the Quran. The language of the religion.
Imam Al Bukhari
he's from where from Bukhara?
Where is Bukhara?
was the extent so was the Arab, the non Muslim from were
in a Muslim and they start already from the Sabbath? What is the Sabbath?
In Afghanistan in our time, Imam Abu Dhabi Imam eternity all of them, they're not Arab. But guess what? They all spoke Arabic. Why? Because it is the language of the Quran. So they start with Quran, Arabic language, then the other sciences, whether Hadith or these are the priorities.
Could you give some tips for us as volunteers, of students,
societies to do our work efficiently? And with SN? Yes, just like Alaska, this is good question. I haven't talked about that. Many times the notion that we are volunteering, we can do anything? No. Just because you are volunteering you are you're not paid. It doesn't mean you can do anything.
To guarantee good results, there has to be accountability, expectations. And just because you're not paid doesn't mean you do anything. So whenever you are undertaking a job, you are commissioned to do something, always ask, what is the target? Or what is the expectation, and always strive to exceed that. Unfortunately, and this is something true in many organizations, because we are doing voluntary work, I don't care whenever I come, or whenever I leave, no. Efficiency is required. Now, even in paid companies, and that's what I started with my staff actually, I told them, I don't care when you come or when you leave. Because what do I care if you come early, and you leave late, but
you didn't do the job? I want you to do the job. As long as you do the tasks for today, you can leave anytime, that will raise the efficiency level.
Nowadays, I mean, people care more about procedures, that achievement, and not like that. Now, people are different. It depends. But for me, I always look at the end result. So I expect something give me that how you did it. I don't care. Well, I care as long as it is Islamic within the rules of Islam. That's it. You did it at home, you did it at the park, at the resort wherever you are, it doesn't matter. But then I noticed I gave them too much leeway, too much flexibility. And that made the work efficiency lower. So I told them no, you have to come now