Channel: Ismail Kamdar
Selam Aleykum Rahmatullahi
hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah begin by creating online asking Allah to send his peace and blessings upon the final prophet Mohammed even Abdullah sobre la while he was selam and all those who follow his way with righteousness until the end of time, welcome to this new series on the concept of sin and hoping allows forgiveness, a series of lectures dedicated to repentance and reform and becoming better Muslims. This series is based on a book that I wrote about a year ago, which is called the book of hope for sinners. I published this book in December 2018. And the reason why I wrote the book and published it was to have a simple guide in English. For anybody who is
looking to reform themselves anyone who is looking
to seek forgiveness for the sins they have committed and to get back onto the straight path. And so as we are going through a crisis at the moment, the kind of crisis that gets people thinking about a life kind of crisis that meant to go back to a washroom and all the other thought this may be a good time for us to do a deep dive into the concepts covered in the book, discussing some of the verses of the Quran and this is mentioned in the book. So we can go deeper into this topic and that together we can inshallah, move closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala overcome our sins and become better Muslims.
I want to begin by reminding myself in yourself, why does Allah Subhana Allah send us these difficulties? Why did Allah subhanaw taala send us tests and trials and difficulties in our lives?
And you know, people ask me, this coronavirus pandemic? Do we consider it to be a test? Or do we consider it to be a punishment?
And the answer is, it depends on the individual. The same masiva can be a punishment for one person, a test for another person, a blessing for a third person and a worldly punishment for fourth person. So, for example, if someone is living a life of evil,
and this virus just pushes them further into the evil, and further into the arrogance, and they die upon that, then it's just the beginning of the punishment of a wash of $100 40.
If someone is living a life of sin,
and this virus causes them, you know, to pass away, but they are believers, true believers, then the violence could be seen as they will be punishment for their sin so that they don't have any punishment point in the afternoon. So they forgiven for it in the afternoon.
For someone who
is drifting away from Russia, Hana with Allah, and this virus forces them to change their life and become better Muslims, for that individual is a blessing. It is probably one of the best things Allah sent into their life. Because what matters is not how long we live in this world. But whether we live a life that is pleasing to worship Allah with Allah.
And the same virus when he fixed a believer, and he's a source of trouble for them a source of reward for them for the server, and they go through genuine difficulties because of it. But through those difficulties, they aren't the reward unless you have a hand up data, then it is a test for such individuals. So really, when a global crisis strikes, it is a punishment for some people or reminder for others, a test for others, and even a blessing for others. So which of these categories are we going to fall into? Really, it comes down to us. And it really takes me back to when my book first came out. There was some negative feedback from certain segments of society about the name of
the book. Some people did not like the word sitters, or even the word sin,
and all the talk about that. But before we get into actual topic,
one of the reasons why I actually wrote this book is that we are living in a time where sin has really become not only rampant and common, but people aren't even taking it seriously anymore. I mean,
in the olden days, people when it comes to their sins, they would
they would acknowledge that they are sinful. And they will ask Allah for forgiveness. But today, many people don't want to be told that what they're doing is a sin.
You don't want to hear the word sin. They don't want
Other words sentence, you just want freedom to do whatever they want, whenever they want. They find ways to justify even the worst of sense. So we have these liberal movements going around, trying to make Xena hollow, trying to make alcohol trying to make homosexuality Hello, because they can't accept the idea that I'm a sinner.
And so for this segment of society, when they see the name of the book, the book of hope for sinners, they are immediately triggered, Who you calling a center?
Well, reality I'm calling myself.
This book I wrote for myself,
and anybody else like me, who recognizes that we sent
and when we sin, we need a means to get back to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And so what I did in his book is I compiled a series of Quranic verses of hope, and Hadith of hope. And I explained it should that whenever someone feels overwhelmed by their sin, whenever someone feels like, No, it's too much love, not going to forgive me, they can open this book, you can read the translation of the verse of the Quran, it says, and they can feel that hope again. And you can help them to get closer to Allah subhana wa.
And so, the first thing that I want to mention about this book for the readers is that it's very, very important that we acknowledge the concept of sin. And that we acknowledge the idea that we said, each and every one of us said,
No, the very first Heidi's that I mentioned in the book, in chapter number two, Chapter Two actually called everybody since and in this chapter, I begin with the Hadees also malarkey sallallahu alayhi wa sallam khulumani, Adam facto five to one,
every descendant of Adam Simms, and the best of those who say that those who repent.
So this is in a television it is stage is authentic, and
your loss matters is the MP descendant of Adam Simms. Now, the exception to this rule is the prophets. The prophets DO NOT SIN when there's a difference of opinion. minicomic minuses are just learning mistakes. I'm of the opinion that just won't do mistakes did not commit sin, but every other descendant of Adamson's
so when someone says, I'm not a sinner,
that's a sense of delusion.
Because every human being has this sense.
And the difference between a believer and someone who is on the street is that the believer recognizes your sins when someone who's gone astray, becomes arrogant about their sins, and maybe even refuses to acknowledge that these are actually sins.
So in this chapter, how to begin with the first one to four on which Allah Subhana Allah says, We're fully called insano, the ephah mankind was created
and explained this verse should be understood as one of the Greek davine stated that what's meant by this is, if a beautiful woman walks past him that can't stop himself from looking at them, meaning weakness or we have incentive. Now think about this, we talking about a Tabby living in the time of the Davina the Sahaba, and that batavi the three best generations of Muslims. And he's saying about that time that human beings are so weak that when a beautiful woman walks past they can't stop themselves from looking. Now what about today, when our demand is even weaker, and evil, only beautiful person walking past the so much, three images and videos of beautiful people immodestly
just an acting all over the internet. How many people are free from the sin of looking at that?
So it's foolish for us to say, I don't send
rather from the humility of the believer is I'm a sinner. What can I do to uncollapse forgiveness.
And so, that is the approach with which a Muslim should have to watch sin. Especially in times like this, a pandemic should get us thinking twice for how we live our lives. If we have spent a lot of our lives in cinah in regard these transactions, lying, cheating people being racist towards people,
abusing people, oppressing people, now is a time to reflect now's the time to change. Now is a time for us to truly take stock of ourselves and turn things around.
So as everyone not to be offended when you hear about
And when you use the word sinner, because this is a reminder to myself and to yourself, this is a reminder to all of us, we said, What can we do about it to get close to us.
And so I write in the book and I say sin is part of human nature, a lot has created the humans weak and sinful. It is not possible for the average person to go through life without ever falling into sin.
Every person has his own challenges and weaknesses. Some find it harder to avoid fornication, while others find it harder to give up addictive substances. Some struggle with deeper spiritual essence, like arrogance or jealousy that they may not even be aware of.
Everyone is fighting his own battle. And each of us have our own individualized test. You must help each other forward to what Allah for encouraging each other to do good deeds. There is no benefit in denying our tendency to sin 90 day benefit to feeling superior to a person because their sin is different from our own. We need to focus on improving ourselves and fighting our own weaknesses.
improvement begins by identifying the areas that we struggle with asking for less help and guidance. And in seeking advice of scholars on how to overcome those struggles. Good, we need to focus on repentance, seeking forgiveness, making up for our sins by following up with good deeds. Everybody, since the righteous are those who repent and keep trying to be better. So this part of the second chapter of the book, and only focus on a couple of points that I wrote there. I think the most important point the roadies, each of us need to recognize our own area of weakness. And, and work on improving that area. So some people
struggle with homosexual tendencies, right. And for that individual, their struggles in life is to stay away from that sin.
And to seek Allah's forgiveness whenever they do something that is haram, because of that desire.
For others, fornication or adultery, or something other fee for others drugs or alcohol. What's also important, as I mentioned in this chapter, not just the physical sense, but the spiritual sense as well,
to some people advertent. But because they don't do more hospitable, they don't take themselves into account, they never realize that giving.
Some people have jealousy. But because they don't look internally, they don't realize that they have jealousy.
And the other internal sense as well malice, hatred,
greed for this world. All of these are internal sense that if someone is not looking inside and trying to figure out what is wrong with my heart, they may not even realize they have this sense.
So the first thing each and every one of us need to do.
We need to look into ourselves.
And we need to look into our own hearts. And ask ourselves, what is my point of weakness?
Maybe it's falling into credit card debt, with rubber.
Maybe it's not being able to know what gays maybe it's lying about often all the time. Maybe it's putting things into our body that we shouldn't be putting into our body.
Maybe it's fighting with our elders and our scholars, and maybe it's backed by people. Maybe it's spreading rumors, and slander, or whatever it is, each of us have our areas of weakness. The first step to improvement is to recognize your area of weakness, just sit by yourself and do what is called more hassle. Taking yourself into account and think, what do I do wrong?
And let me say right now you think that you are perfect and you don't do anything wrong. If you are sinless, then that is in of itself one of the traps of shape one because none of us are at that level, especially in this day, and none of us have that level. Each and every individual knows they own today, I must mention on this point. It is hard to tell anybody chooses.
If Allah has kept just sin a secret, you must keep it a secret.
Part of being a Muslim means being ashamed of our sense. And being ashamed of our sins means we don't tell anyone about we keep it a secret. Now again, many liberals are more than people. They look at this as a type of hypocrisy. And they say, Oh, this guy actual pious in public, but in secret, he does this and that's it. He's a hypocrite. No, he's not a hypocrite. He's human.
who in public is a good Muslim, but in private, since is a human being. In fact, that is every human being who's trying to be good because they
There's no such thing as a perfect person, this person, rather, a believer, is ashamed of his or her sins. So they do it in practice. A believer knows that the sins are wrong. So they keep it private. A believer knows that it doesn't become public, it might encourage other people to sin. So they keep it private. And believe it is the shame of distance, and ask Allah for forgiveness, to keep it private. There's nothing to do with hypocrisy. It has everything to do with the mind. So don't ever let a modern liberal person, you know, make you feel bad about the fact that you keep your sensor secret. Because keeping your sensor secret is part of
keeping us in the secret is what our religion teaches us to do.
We must minimize our sins, you must try and decrease them over time, you must try and overcome them. But we should never accomplish something you should never go out in public and say, I do this is that this is how.
So this act of Bahasa of taking yourself into account for whatever sins you have done, it must be done privately.
And now that many of us are in quarantine, or lockdown, we are in our homes, we are spending time alone, take time in the morning of swap with budget after the evening after the shop, to just sit on the muscle. And think about everything that we may be doing wrong. And to ask a lot for forgiveness, and to work out a plan to improve it better. Because every single one of us have these areas where we can improve.
So I really jumped a bit. I went into chapter two before chapter one because I really felt we need to cover that first. And everybody says, and so the book of hope for sinners is for everybody. And so you know, that small group of people who take offense to the name Well, you have to ask yourself, if you're offended by the word sin, and by the name sinner, that's really a reflection of your own attitude towards the concept. Because a Muslim is supposed to be humble and some troubleshooting i sin. I want to learn how to overcome it.
And some people ask me, why don't you just call it the book of hope? Why do you have to add sinners, but because the book of Hope is is too generic, you can refer to a variety of different topics. So hoping what hope that the pandemic ends, hope that life gets better hope that you get wealthy hope that you go to Paradise, hope that Islam is real hope that,
you know, you're going to get better from whatever illness that you're suffering from. Hope that you get married someday hope that you have kids someday, what is hope, who can refer to a million different things. And the book is is very clear, the book is meant for people who are going through some kind of, of addiction to sin, and they're feeling overwhelmed by this and and they want to change their life, they want to be better, they want to do better. And so it's clear this book is to give hope to you if you have to do simple. That's all it's for. So that's what I want you to clarify that for now. Let's jump into the first chapter, which is one of my favorite verses of the Quran.
It's literally called the verse of hope. And that's where the name of the book came from. I started off the book of hope with the first of all,
this was Alicia Hannah without us.
And I'll just get the translation. All my siblings who have transgressed against their own souls, meaning Oh my servants we have sinned. Do not despair of the mercy of Allah Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, Allah is most forgiving, Most Merciful.
Now in this verse, Allah subhanho wa Taala.
He's giving hope to every single sinner, every single sin.
Firstly, Allah addresses are steady. And he says, Oh, my slaves, who have transgressed against their own selves. notice a lot is addressing the center with love.
He's calling the center my slave.
Not you did not use centers, not you, rebels, my sleeves.
So Allah begins the verse with hope. A love begins the verse
reminding us that we are still slaves, and he still loves us and he still has a pot back but he still has a way back to me.
Unless one this is those slaves who have transgressed against their own self, their own souls. This is important. Sin in Islam doesn't have a wash of a hand with Allah. it harms ourselves. When we commit a sin, we are harming our own souls. We are damaging our own hearts. We are corrupting our own spirituality. The person who suffers the most from our sins is ourselves.
Allah addressed the Justice the sinner, as someone who has harmed their own soul, someone who has transgressed a soul. And I really want us to think about this for a second when we commit sins. When we commit sins, we are harming ourselves. When we fail to lower our gaze, we are harming our own demand. When we lie, we are corrupting our own souls. When we cheat, abuse oppress people, we are corrupting our own hearts, more than anybody else, we are directly harming our own selves. This is the nature of sin, this is the biggest issue with sin.
Allah adjust his descent directly calling them he sleeps is oh my sleeves we accomplish on so do not display of the mercy of
the spirit of the mercy of Allah is from the traps of shape on
shavon does not just want us to send everybody sends shade on one says to give us hope in ever being forgiven. That is what she wants. He wants us to give up hope that Allah will ever forgive us.
as believers, we can never give up on
the day we give up hope
is the day that we allow shape onto
the day that we gave up hope is the day that we fall, not just Indonesian but into Kufa. I giving up hoping Allah sing a lot is not merciful enough to forgive me. This can be a type of
depending on the person's thoughts and intentions at the time of doing this. Obviously the ignorant and don't know what they say it's different but if it's stemming from the idea that Allah is not merciful enough to forgive me, you need a violation of Allah name our man or him. For the Love is a violation or listening to a lie. It's a form of disbelief in these names of Allah and therefore it is a type of offer.
we have to be very careful, no matter what sins we fall into, do not display of the mercy of do not display of the mercy of by selling us directly in the Quran. Whether you are a fornication and adultery whether you are involved the interest rate or you are involved in lying, stealing, backbiting, slandering, arrogance,
jealousy, whatever it is, whatever sin it is, to not display off the mercy of Allah. If you seek forgiveness, if you repent, if you turn your life around a lot for people's sins. Now it's important to make a distinction between the person who repent and the person who does not repent. For a person who depends Allah will forgive any significant from any sin no matter what it is, for a person who does not repent, and they die upon sin, can you allow wills, He can forgive any sin besides the big one, which is to give the rights of Allah to other than Allah shook that sin can only be forgiven if someone repents from it in this life. And the way to repent for me to dislike is to convert to
Islam, and to take one Shahada and to become a formulator.
So, while we are alive, Allah has given us the opportunity to repent from any sin.
So let's take some time to think about sin. Think after fudger after the 100 after Isha, sit and think about the sins in your life
and ask Allah for forgiveness, knowing that Allah forgives all sins. In this verse, Allah mentions two of his names over four and man, that he is most forgiving and he's most merciful. A lot is most forgiving. In fact, a loss of a handled Allah created human beings as sinners, so that he has someone to forgive. How does one be the most forgiving if there's no one to forgive? How does one display mercy there's no one to show mercy upon and show this part of Allah's mercy and part of a less forgiveness and part of Allah's divine attributes that He created us as sinners so that we can repent, he can forgive and he can show us mercy.
So this use this time that we have, in which we are stuck in our homes, we are able to go out, we are able to, to do go about our regular lives. It is usually for election. That is usually for repentance, they just usually for transformation, that's usually for change. What I'm going to do over the next few weeks is every day for about 30 to 45 minutes depending on the chapter, I'm going to go over one or two chapters from my book of the book of hope for sinners. And I'm going to discuss the person of the Quran. And the Hadith is mentioned in this book. If you want a copy of the book, it's available on Amazon ebook Kindle, and people got
format is also available in PDF format to gumroad. I'll put the links in the description of the video. And you can follow along in the book or either on your own as well. I really spend more time looking for the best person and producer on this topic, rather than writing deep explanations of it. And hamdulillah this book has been uploaded, many people have had people messaged me saying that they started wearing Hijab after eating in different for hijab did meaning to start praying five times a day after reading it. Really, really it has helped people and I think a lot for God, because that's the purpose for writing it. Hoping now that I'm able to explain it to people via video to
YouTube, I've been able to benefit even more people.
Because of Rasulullah saw some of my brothers and sisters in Islam.
We cannot be arrogant about these topics. We cannot be those kind of people who don't like being told what to do.
Our religion is a religion of reminders.
And it is our duty to remind each other everyone since and we must always seek forgiveness, you should always repent we should always try to be better. And especially at times like this, many of us may have been heedless over the past few years. enjoying all that this dunya has to offer, thinking that this liberal world that we living in all of its mega powers and all of its Hollywood get all of this will never end. And now suddenly we find ourselves locked at home wondering what if we die What if someone we love dies, what what's going on what's what's the world going to be like after this.
This is a time for eviction. This is a time for repentance. This is a time to transform and change ourselves to get closer to what should be.
The best thing any of us can do for our own soul during this time is to use it as a kind of spiritual epic after time of spiritual being or worship.
So whatever level of image we are at by it, and this overall image must be two or three stages.
We must move towards somewhat stuck to becoming better people. And that begins by recognizing that we serve by recognizing what our simply weaknesses are. And by recognizing the way forward. To end today's video, I really briefly want to just narrate some of the verses of the Quran and Hadith that are mentioned in the book that I'm going to explain over the next few weeks. So, next Hadees, the Prophet Muhammad Ali some stated that there is a piece of flesh in the body, if it is sound, the entire body itself if this corrupt, the entire body is corrupt, and that is the heart. So in that chapter and perhaps in the next video, I will discuss the concept of the spiritual heart and its
link towards spirituality.
Another Hadees the prophets like some narrated amasya so this is how these are Pudsey phone intermediate even though is 40 Heidi's unless you have a handle that says Oh son of Adam, as long as you call upon me and ask of me I will forgive you for what you have done and I would not mind
Oh son of Adam, would your sins reach the clouds of the sky and you ask for forgiveness for me? I would forgive you.
Oh son of Adam, we used to come with me. Come to me with sins, as great as the earth and you had to face me ascribing no partners to me I will bring you forgiveness as great as it
absolutely beautiful and powerful East which we will discuss inshallah, in a future video.
Another Hadith the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam stated that he prostituted once forgiven. She passed by a dog that was thirsty and the dust nearly killed him. So she took out her sock tied it to a veil and drop some water above forgive her for that can beautiful Huggies perhaps you do an entire video explaining all the lessons that Heidi's
Allah subhanaw taala states in the Quran
about those who have committed major sins, except for those who repent and believe and do righteous deeds for them Allah will turn your sins into cookies. Because a lot is most forgiving, most merciful to in this first law not only tells us that if you repent, you will forgive our sins but he said he will transform them into good teachers can get hold of infinite mercy is truly truly remarkable.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said
a lot has divided his mercy into 100 portions. And everything that you see on this earth is only one portion of Allah's mercy, and he has reserved the other 99 portions for the Day of Judgment.
Again, very powerful energies to think about.
Then later on in the book is the story about the murderer who killed 100 people in Aleppo gave him
the verse of the Quran which Allah says for myself
When I'm most forgiving, Most Merciful,
which losses will they not repent to Allah and seek forgiveness because he's most forgiving, Most Merciful.
Again, these are all verses in the Quran. And Hadith is from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
And then there are many stories and read from the different pieces and stories of the seller of Trump the book
is one way one of the Sahaba kissed a lady and then he went to the prophet SAW them and told him what he had done. And so Allah revealed the verse in the Quran, establish the prayers at the two ends of the day and during the night. Indeed good deeds. In a sense, this is a reminder for those who remember
the man as old prophet of Allah, is this verse for me only facilities for the entire ummah.
So when a man committed the sin of kissing a woman
and you wanted to seek forgiveness, Allah said follow up your sins with good deeds because good deeds he raises
a very important verse of the Quran important principle that I will discuss when we get to that chapter.
In other Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, if you were to commit sins until your sins reach the heavens, then you were to repent, your repentance will be accepted.
Again, it doesn't matter how many sins you have committed up to this point. Toba in reasons everyone, repentance erases everything.
The Prophet sallallahu Nizam also stated the one who repent from sin is like someone who has never sinned, meaning complete, clean slate.
Yet all of these are meant to bring hope.
All of these are meant to bring about hope in our lives. And that's why it called the book of
the Old verses of hope, desus of hope, stories of hope. And then the rest of the book and read a variety of stories, from the Quran, from the Hadees from the set of all related to the topic of sin and people who repented from sin and how we change their lives.
So we end today by asking a logical give us except our good deeds to conceal our sins to overlook our faults, to give us the strength to be better, to give us the strength to repent, to give us the strength to become better Muslims to become better believers. Give us the ability to rise up about our sins and to become
from those who he loves those who are close to him.
me Hello, except from us all our good deeds and forgive us for sins. Thank you for your time and attention. bottler Dhawan Rohit alameen, wa salam alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh