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Navigating in this Materialistic World
Channel: Kamil Ahmad
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But your brothers and sisters,
the world that we live in today
is unlike the world that our forefathers lived in.
The world that we live in today
is a very, very materialistic world.
A very, very materialistic world, where all that we are concerned about
to satisfy our bodily pleasures, and how can we maximize our games, in terms of material games. And so the media, so the media,
and the advertisement industry
has taken control of our minds and our hearts.
And they have portrayed an image
of what each and every single one of us should aspire to become
this ideal image of an ideal person that has
everything in this world
and has reached
this level where he has
all that a person should aspire to what.
And so what has this led to
what this has led to first and foremost is that it has caused most of us to focus our lives,
to focus our lives on materialism, and consumerism,
to focus on how we can have more,
constantly wanting something new, not satisfied with what we have.
When something becomes old, we see a new model. And we'll say, let us forget about this, this is old, we have to get the new and the latest thing that is out there.
What it has also led to is it has led to many to resort
to credit loans
and drowning in debt.
Most cases in which they are hit by these deaths. Why? Because if I don't have it,
then this is a means. This is a means for me to have it. You see people who are rich. And you think, well I don't have that I don't have the means to become rich. But this is an easy shortcut.
Also what has what it has led to is that it has led to internal internal emptiness, as a result of neglecting our soul.
And so when we chase after our bodily pleasure
seeking happiness, outwardly, we forget about the inward happiness. And what this has led to is all kinds of mental disorders, anxieties, depressions.
Also among the things that it has led to is believing that true success is
success in this dunya
and not success as
defined by Allah subhanho wa Taala do we find even a single area in the Quran that tells us that true success is the success of this dunya no rather every single area in the Quran that mentioned success, and the people who are successful
are those who have succeeded in
what it has also led to his heedlessness
forgetting about the temporary nature of this dunya and the eternal nature of the accuracy,
what it has also led to his weak Amen.
And for some, for some, no amen at all, in an in the hype.
And so, Allah subhanho wa Taala
He wants us to believe in the unseen
He wants us to believe in that which we cannot see today. But what but that which we will see tomorrow, he wants us to believe in it today when we cannot see it
before a day comes when we will regret
not believing in what we could not see.
And for those as for those
the people of the dunya
for them, all they care about is what they can see.
So this leads to a weakness in our Eman in Ohio. And for some
it ends up in not believing at all and resorting to atheism and resorting to not believing in life after death.
And finally, what it has led to is that it has led to many worshipping materialism
putting their tawakkol their trust in material means and so yes, there are material means in this dunya
that can lead us
to attaining certain things in this dunya
whether it be well
whether it be
curing ourselves of illness, there are these material means that Allah has created but then there are also
the means that come from Allah subhanahu wa tada
and so the people of the dunya who their concern is this material world.
They forget about
those means that come from Allah subhanahu wa data and they put their trust all of their trust. Only in these material means industry.
But your brothers and sisters Allah subhanahu wa tada
he mentioned to us a story in the Koran
have two men
whose only concern was this material world and the other who didn't care about the material world. But what he cared about more was his
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Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us give to them the example of the two men, the two companions, one who was a believer and the other who was a disbeliever.
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we gave to him to gardens,
between these two gardens surrounding these two gardens, deep on streams, between these two gardens, crops of every kind.
And all of these gardens, both of these gardens and the crops, they would yield their fruit
not preventing, not depriving him of anything.
And then between them there was a river.
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he had other he had other goods and other sources of income, whether it be gold and silver wealth in general.
He had everything
thing that a person can aspire to have
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that he said to his companion the believing slave the believer who didn't have what he had he turned to him and he said
i have far more wealth than you on top of that i have more strength than you have more manpower than what you have
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and then he entered his garden
he saw what he had
and he said i don't believe that any of this will ever perish
and he also said
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and even if i am to return to my lord i will have what is far better than what i have in dystonia
and then allah subhanho wa taala goes on to tell us the response of the believer and how he admonished him he reminded him of his origin how you came from dust you came from nothing and then allah subhanho wa taala is the one who blessed you with all that you have
in that he reminded him if allah wills he can take all of this away from you and then allah tells us that that is exactly what happens
and so overnight everything that he had perished it was gone
and so what do we learn from this story
we learn many things among the things that we learn from this story is first of all that materialism is one of the leading causes of arrogance of prey
because once a person has amassed wealth
he starts looking down on others like this man
among the things that we learn from this story is that materialistic deception plays a huge role in the denial of allah
and in the denial of the world of the unseen and of life after death
most people who deny the existence of allah or of the existence of life after death it is because they only believe in what they can see and what they can perceive in this in this life
this material world has deceived them
among the lessons that we learned from this story is that material blessings they come and they go
as for each man that is the only thing that remains and so you had two individuals one who all he cared cared about was his material possessions once it was gone he fell into regret he fell into depression
but the other individual was a person of he man and his he man stayed with him until the day he met or was apparent and
among the lessons that we learned from this story
is that a true believer does not become diluted by the material by the materialistic advancements of others
and so unfortunately
a disease that exists among many muslims today
is this mindset where we look at the materialistic advancement of the west for example and we think that the reason for that is something that we're missing that the reason for that is because of our islam this is what has caused us to remain behind because of our
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He said he will Allah come to flee Hoon? My dear brothers and sisters.
The question is,
how can how can a Muslim survive in this materialistic world that we live in today?
A world unlike
on unlike ever before.
Where we are constantly being bombarded,
day in day out
with the media, with the with the advertisement industry,
constantly calling us to become attached to this disappearing dunya that we live in.
The first means that can help us to survive is by reminding ourselves that Allah subhanho wa Taala He created us of two things of our body and a soul.
The body was created from
Deus which came from this earth.
As for our souls, it was created by Allah subhanahu wa tada and it came from above, it came from him some hands on with that. And so the choice is yours either satisfy what came from this earth and what is returning to this earth or satisfy and purify what came from Allah and what is going back to Allah Subhana
Allah subhanahu wa tada
he calls upon us asking us, why it is that we cling to this earth instead of instead of aspiring for what is with Allah subhana wa tada
Yeah, are you?
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O you who believe what is the matter with you? That when you are called to march forward in the path of Allah. Instead, you cling on and hold on to the earth.
All the time, Bill hayati dunya. Amina.
Are you satisfied? Are you pleased with this worldly life over the
thermometer dunya fill it in luckily.
But what is
what is the short
worldly life in comparison to
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purifying our souls or satisfying our bodies. Allah tells us truly successful are those who purify their souls. And truly the losers those who have lost or those who have corrupted and neglected their souls.
The second means that will help us
the second means that will help us
to survive in this materialistic world that we live in.
by reminding ourselves of the temporary nature of the student,
and its enjoyments
the temporary nature of this dunya and its enjoyments, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he gave us his example. And he said,
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that my example compared to the dunya What is my relationship with this dunya It is nothing but like a person who is traveling out into the in the desert.
And then he comes across a tree
and he decides to take a rest under this tree in the shade of this tree.
How long will he be there for
an hour, less than an hour.
And then he gets up and he leaves it.
My dear brothers and sisters, this is how long we have in dystonia.
When we are to compare, if we were to compare
how short this dunya is, versus the US euro, we will realize that it is not worth chasing after it is not worth investing in. Rather, what is worth investing in
among the ways,
among the ways that will help us to survive in this material in this materialistic world that we live in, is by reminding ourselves of the near miss of debt
and how it is fast approaching.
And so Allah subhanho wa Taala reminds us
when we become deceived and we become distracted,
aloha Kumar takato.
Had zu makabe.
Chasing after the dunya amassing this wealth,
it has distracted us. It has distracted us from what is far more important.
When you chase after the dunya you think that you will be here forever. And you forget about the fact that death
is very near.
And that's why a wall says until when until you visit the graveyards until you are buried in your grave. Meaning that we will constantly be in this cycle
of chasing after the dunya amassing as much wealth as we can. Until before we know it.
There will be washing our bodies
and praying hours a lot to janazah and then burying us and then leaving us behind in that gray
call in a lot of your room. I mean who were in hula pecan, say to them, oh Mohammed, that this death that you are fleeing from constantly avoiding, it will eventually come to catch up to you.
Among the ways,
among the ways that will help us to survive in this materialistic world, is by being grateful to Allah subhanho wa Taala for what he has given to you.
And then looking
looking at those less fortunate than you
not those who have more than you. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Oh Lu Iam and who is Phantom income, one atom guru Illa men who come for who are agitato alatus de matar wahala
he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Look at those who are below you, those who are less fortunate than you do not look at those who are better off than you. And then he gave the reason for that. He said, because this will cause you to not belittle the blessings of Allah upon you. Think about it.
When you look
at the people of the dunya and you look at
at those who are rich and affluent
and then you compare yourself to them
what does that do
it causes you to belittle what you have and so you start complaining
and then you start accusing allah subhana wa tada that allah has not given me anything
but then when you set your eyes on the poor and the needy
on those who are going through all kinds of tests and trials whether it be financial whether it be a sickness whatever calamity whatever trial it may be when you look at them and their state
and then you compare yourself to them
you say alhamdulillah you thank allah subhanho wa taala for the numerous unlimited blessings that he has given to you
finally among them among the means that will help us to survive in this materialistic world that we live in is by attaching our hearts
to allah subhana wa tada
into the islam that allah subhanho wa taala has gifted us yes this islam
this deen of allah subhanahu wa tada
there has become something strange in this world today
and his followers are looked at as strangers
where every single day we hear
of muslims leaving islam or muslims who no longer appreciate this gift of allah subhanho wa taala muslims who no longer treasure and value this gift of allah subhanahu wa tada
allah subhanho wa taala reminds us
allah subhanho wa taala reminds us
of what we should rejoice over and so the true test of a man
is to ask yourself
to ask yourself what do you feel more happy about
when you gain a little bit of wealth
or a little bit of material possessions
does that cause you to become happy or treasuring and valuing this islam that was gifted you with
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