Channel: Kamil Ahmad
Series: Kamil Ahmad – Prophetic Parables
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We continue our series on the prophetic parables. Those parables that we find in various Hadith which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam gave us. And so tonight we have two parables,
both of which revolve around the topic of good deeds.
And so the first parable that we have is a Hadees found in Sudan, in Sudan in the major
which is narrated by while we're in Abbey Sofia and are the electron yakou similar to Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam a cool, enamel.
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The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in this hadith
deeds are nothing but like vessels.
If the lower part is good, then the upper part will be good.
And if the lower part is bad, then the upper part will be bad.
And so this heavy, has been disputed over its authenticity. However, there are scholars of Hadith who graded it as being Sufi and authentic. Among them were even hidden, as well as share Alberni be graded this hadith as being authentic.
And so here the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, in this hadith wanting to teach us about what really matters, concerning our deeds.
And that is our intentions.
And also, how good deeds
are only as a result of what comes from inside.
Our good deeds are only a result of the good that we have inside of our hearts. And vice versa. Whatever bad deeds we do, they are a sign of our bad hearts.
And so, he in this Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam compared our deeds to a vessel
or a bottle or a jug, something that is filled with
water, any kind of drink.
And so, as long as what is at the bottom is good
and tasty, then that will also appear at the top.
But as long as what is at the bottom is not good, then likewise,
what will appear at the top will not be good either.
And so, liquids are connected in a way that you cannot separate them, you cannot separate the ingredients. And so if you mix
if you mix several ingredients in a liquid, that's it, you know they become mixed together. Likewise, our our deeds, likewise our our deeds, they are connected to their intentions, in a way that is inseparable, which is why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in the famous Hadith in Albania,
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that deeds are only based on their intentions. We only do a deed because of an intention. And so the intention and the deed go hand in hand. They are inseparable. We're in Nevada culinary in Manoa. And each one of you will get what he intended. And so if the intention
was righteous and sincere,
the deed that comes out will be good and it will be accepted by Allah but
If but if the intention is insincere, and the intention is corrupt, then the bat that the good deed that comes out, no matter how good it may seem, it is the worst of deeds.
And so our intentions are where they are in our hearts, they are in our hearts.
And that's why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said,
in the other Hadith,
and now what in the villages said, The Buddha,
that in our bodies, is a piece of flesh is an organ,
solid, or just a cola. If it is upright, if it is good, then the rest of our body will be good.
But if it is corrupt, what Professor that Professor, they'll just do cooler, if it is corrupt, if it is not upright, then the rest of the body will not be upright, and our heel cold. It is the heart It is the heart. And so a person's outer and appearance actions are evidence of what is inside of his heart. And so the two are interconnected in a way that is inseparable. And so as long as a person's heart is clean,
then that will also appear outwardly. And vice versa.
If a person's heart is not clean, then that is also what will appear outwardly.
whatever a person does outwardly, it's an evidence of what is in his heart
of good and bad.
And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala compared
the thelema of a tauheed.
He compared it to a tree a good tree.
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Have you not seen how Allah presents a parable of the good word that it is like, the good tree
also has habit? Well, Thoreau, you have
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that its foundation, this tree, its foundation is strong, its roots are, you know, very strong, holding this tree upright.
And its branches are extended into the sky, given fruit, every time. And so
a man in the heart is like this, when it is strong, then it will produce it will produce only that which is good. And so any good deeds that are coming out, it's because of a strong basis, a strong foundation in the heart, and that is the foundation of a man. And likewise, Allah compared the evil word
to an evil tree,
that is uprooted from the surface of the earth and does not produce anything.
And so Likewise, if a man is absent from the heart,
a person will not perform any good deeds.
Or if his event is weak, then the amount of good that he is doing is also going to be very, very,
very, very little.
And so this is the meaning of this Hadith, where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam compares our deeds to, to a vessel or
a bottle, a jug that has something in it of drink, that if the bottom is good, then what appears at the top will also be good. And if what is at the bottom is not good, than what is appearing to us at the top will also not be will not be good.
And so among the lessons that we learn from this parable, firstly,
the most important part of our deeds are our intentions.
This is what we learned from this Hadith, that the most important thing that we should focus on regarding our deeds
is our intentions and not the actual deeds that we do.
And so some people they will put more emphasis on perfecting their outer actions
while neglecting the very base the very foundation that the actions
Or emitting from,
which is the intention.
this is why one of the conditions for an accepted deed
one of the two conditions that are required for any of our deeds to be accepted by Allah, one of those conditions is the intention, showing us the importance of having
a pure and sincere intention that you are doing this deed solely and sincerely for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
The second lesson that we learned from this parable
is that our actions are directly linked to the interactions of the heart.
And so, our heart produces actions.
And this is known as a man aku the actions of the hearts
these actions of the hearts are things like Amen,
you'll clean certainty
tawakkol putting your trust and reliance in Allah, love for Allah, fear of Allah, hoping for Allah reward,
all of these things are considered actions of the heart. And so
our outward actions that we do,
they are linked directly to these interactions of the hearts. And so unfortunately, many people today
they have a wrong concept concerning what is in the heart.
And so they tell you don't judge me based on
based on what you see.
Don't judge me based on what you see, apparently, from my state and my actions. Why because you don't know what is in my heart.
You don't know what is in my heart.
to respond to this argument, we say that
a man is not just what is in the heart.
a man also consists of our actions. And this is the position of knowledge, as opposed to
those who went astray concerning the concept of email.
And so the deviant sets that went astray concerning the concept of email, they said that email is only in the heart. And no matter what a person does
It will not affect his email in his heart. And his email in his heart is no different than the man of the companions of the prophets.
the two are directly related to one another, the outer actions are related to what is in the heart. And so, we do judge a person based on what is apparent to us.
We do judge a person based on what is apparent to us. So if a person is righteous, and we see that outwardly, then we say it is a sign of what is in his art.
And vice versa. If we see a person he is corrupt, and he is evil,
then that is a sign of what is in his heart.
Thirdly, the importance what we learned from this hadith is the importance of cleaning and purifying our hearts of the diseases of the hearts. Because
we will never
have clean hearts
that have strong Eman until we have cleansed these hearts of ours. of the diseases of shubo hat and Shahar have doubts concerning our Deen and also have lustful desires
that are Haram.
And so as long as the heart is clean,
then that will translate in inaction in good deeds.
And so many of us will complain of a lack of interest in doing good deeds.
Don't find, you know, the determination, the
to do good deeds. And one of the reasons for that is that our hearts are not clean.
Our hearts are not filled with a man that will push us to action.
Our hearts are not filled with
the love for Allah subhanahu wa tada and the love for what is with a law of reward.
Because if our heart was, if our hearts were truly filled with love for Allah, then we would only love what he loves.
We would only love what he loves. But unfortunately,
unfortunately, most of us, our hearts are in love with the dunya.
And not in love with what is with us kind of who, what. And so we need to clean our hearts in order for, you know, deeds to be performed.
The fourth lesson that we learned from this Hadeeth is the danger of not paying attention to our
and our hearts.
And the danger of that
is that many of our deeds could go to waste.
If we don't pay attention to
perfecting our intentions,
no matter how many good deeds we do,
they could all go to waste all that energy, all of that effort could go to waste. And so
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam warned us from things like a rehab.
And that is to do a good deed or in a bad an act of worship.
Where you do it to impress others, you do it for the praise of others, and you're not doing it solely for the sake of Allah Subhana whatnot. And so this is also another thing that causes our deeds to go to waste is a little job where you do a good deed.
And then afterwards, you,
you you have self admiration where, you know, you look at the good deeds that you did, and you think, Wow, look at what I did
such a huge deed, and you start admiring yourself forgetting that it is Allah subhanahu wa tada who guided you to do that good deed. And he's the one who helped you to do that critique.
And so, instead of attributing,
instead of attributing the bounty to Allah, you attribute it to yourself. And so, this also
causes our deeds to go to waste.
And this is why in merger
he mentioned this idea
that we are discussing, he mentioned the under the chapter that he entitled, protecting one deeds,
by fearing that they will not be accepted.
And so the sell if
we find that they would worry more about their deeds being accepted, then worrying about doing the deeds in the first place.
And we have statement after statement from
the setup, where, you know, they would show their worry, and how worried they were about their deeds being accepted,
more than doing the deeds in the first place.
And so what we need to focus on is
quality more than quantity. What we need to focus on more is the quality of our deeds. Firstly, looking at our intentions, and secondly, making sure that we're doing it, how the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught us
perfecting the quality, instead of focusing on the quantity, because you can do 100 or 1000 good deeds, but if your intention is not there, if it is not sincerely, for the sake of a lot, and it could all go to waste, whereas on the other hand, you could do one good deed
where your heart is solely for the sake of Allah, and you make it completely sincerely for the sake of Allah and that one good deed
Could be more of a benefit to you than 1000 good deeds, where the intention was insincere, and for other than the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Finally, the last point concerning this hadith is
that what matters is the ending.
And that's why some of the scholars who commented on this Hadith, they said, what it actually means is
that deeds, that deeds, what matter concerning our deeds is how we end them.
How we end our lives, is more important than what we do throughout our lives.
the Prophet sallallahu wasallam says, In this regard, in our model, we'll have a team that deeds are only what only matters concerning deeds are their ending,
how we end off
and so, some people, they may accept Islam at the end of their lives.
And they may be on their deathbed.
And they say the Shahada
and they don't even
pray once Allah
and they could end up in jail.
he could have been a Muslim his entire life. And then at the end of his life, he ends up doing things or seeing things that are Kufa or shift. And he ends up apostates and leaving Islam and ending up in the hellfire.
And this happens, both scenarios happen because of one thing.
And that is what is in our hearts.
That is what is in our hearts. And so Allah subhanho wa Taala knew the good of that person who said the Shahada at the end of his life, Allah knew that he had a heart that would accept the truth when it came.
And so this was a pure heart, that when it saw the light of guidance, it accepted it,
even though it may have been at the end of his life.
with regards to the other person, Allah subhanho wa Taala knew that this person had an evil heart, even if he spent his entire life worshipping Allah, but he had a corrupt heart.
And that showed its fruit at the end of his life.
And so, all of this shows us all of this shows us the importance of working out on our hearts and making sure that we are constantly
working on purifying our hearts and focusing on what matters and that is the intention.