Struggling to Change Bad Habits
Channel: Kamil Ahmad
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My dear brothers and sisters.
From the very first day in which we came into this world,
we were pleased
in a situation in a circumstance in an environment
that was not of our own choosing.
Me and you did not choose which family to be born into
me and you did not choose which environment in which society to grow up in.
And so as we grew up from childhood,
based on the circumstance that we were in, based on the environment that we are placed in,
we picked up habits.
Each and every single one of us we picked up habits, that became a part of our life.
We picked up good bad good habits, as well as bad habits
that formed and shaped our lives later on.
And so now regardless of how old you may be, whether you're still a teenager, whether you're in your 30s 40s whether you're in your 50s 60s 70s or 80s you have habits that you picked up when you were young,
that have stayed with you, that have shaped your life
that have become a part of your personality.
And so just like we picked up good habits, we also picked up bad habits. And these bad habits have stayed with us.
Whether they are to do with bad o'clock
or whether they are to do
with that which is between us and Allah subhanahu wa tada
whether it be related to our tongues, lying, swearing, backbiting,
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whether it be related to our hearts,
and what our hearts contain, of envy,
of looking down on others of arrogance, of hatred for our brothers and sisters, looking down upon them,
whether it be related to our eyes, and what we look out of her arm, or our ears, and what we have become accustomed to, of hearing and listening to
whatever it be, they are bad habits
that we have become accustomed to.
And so my dear brothers and sisters, there are many out there
of the danger of these bad habits
they know very well
The danger of them, but they have chosen to ignore them. They have chosen to ignore its danger.
to their knifes
and living the life
as their life has become shaped.
And so my dear brothers and sisters, Allah subhanahu wa attallah created us and placed us in this life as a test. He subhanho wa Taala put you in the circumstance that he put you in
not of your own choosing
not to do injustice to you,
but rather to test you.
Each and every single one of us is in this life as a test. Do I object to the decree of Allah subhanho wa Taala Why did Allah subhanahu wa taala put me in this test? Why has a lot tested me with this, but he has tested others with something else.
Allah subhanahu wa replaced us each and every single one of us in a circumstance that was due to his wisdom
that was due to his justice.
And so now is not the time to be complaining. Now is not the time to be objecting to Allah has decreed, but rather accepting it and moving forward.
And so Allah subhanho wa Taala wanted to test each and every single one of us to see who among his servants
will be conscious of him sort of Hernan with Allah, every moment of their lives, while who on the other hand, will be heedless, will be negligent. He lists of the commandments of a law of the prohibitions of Allah, heedless of Allah watching us, heedless of the punishment of a law that comes in the era.
Allah subhanho wa Taala wants to test us to see who among us will work hard will strive real struggle
to change their bad habits to fight against the enough's
and who on the other hand, will be lazy
will give in to their knifes
will try to strive for some time, but then give up.
This My dear brothers and sisters is the test of this life.
Not for one or two people,
not for a segment of society, not for some people, but rather for each and every single one of us.
And it is these two camps that Allah subhanho wa Taala told us when he Subhanahu wa tada said, for
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and prefers the life of this world, the dunia prefers to give in to the weakness of his knifes
prefers the temporary life of the dounia
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and prevents his knifes from following his desires. For him his abode
is nothing but gentle.
My dear brothers and sisters, this Jenna that we all seek that we all want that we all ask Allah subhanho wa Taala for
it's not something that we will enter with a free ticket.
But rather the ticket to enter Jenna
is extremely expensive.
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that the best of generations 1400 years ago, they understood and they understood very well.
They understood extremely well. And that is why we find the overnights
their lives changed. They transform their lives,
from living the worst of lives.
We all read in this era and from the lives of the companions,
what they used to be indulged in what they used to be involved in, in the days of Jamelia
for worse than what many of us have become accustomed to in our lives. And yet, they gave it all up.
They gave it all up Why?
Because they understood the true nature of the test of this life. And they understood very well.
That what is expected of us is to prefer the pleasure of Allah
over our own pleasure.
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the very, very first step
in changing our lives, in changing our bad habits. Regardless of what it may be.
The very first step is to acknowledge these bad habits
to acknowledge them to accept them, to look for them to ask, what are my shortcomings? What are my bad habits that I need to work on? Because the worst of people are those who live this life thinking that they are guided and upon right guidance.
But the path that they're creating is the path that's leading them to the hellfire.
Secondly, by recognizing the very nature of this, of this neffs that we all have
enough Salah ammara tumby sui Ilana Rahim Allah be use of Allah His Salam he said that his knifes
this knifes within us,
it inclines towards evil
except those upon whom I Lord has had mercy, and they are few among the majority.
And so the very nature of of our neffs
is that it is attracted towards evil. It naturally
inclines towards evil. This is its nature and we need to recognize that Thirdly, we
We need to recognize where these bad habits are leading us to many of us, we look at them our bad habits, and we see that they're small, they're not a big deal.
But these baby steps are leading us to our own destruction. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said about one such example, er como el Khatib. Beware of lying
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For lying, it leads to immorality, to corruption to saying
we're in our food or it l&r and that for jewel, that sin, it leads to the hellfire.
You may think that one or two lies is okay, but no,
you become accustomed to it, and then it becomes a part of your life, it becomes a habit, an evil habit that you become accustomed to. And that is what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was warning us from, that this is what leads to the hellfire. Fourthly, recognize the danger of deleting many of us, we think we're young, we have an entire lifetime ahead of us, we have a lot of time to transform ourselves, to change ourselves.
But the reality is that this is only a delusion that has been placed in our minds, by our enemy by shaitan.
How many of us can guarantee ourselves to live even another day, if you work hard today, if you put in the effort today, if you struggle against your enough's today, than tomorrow,
in the afternoon,
you will rest in peace.
But if you give in and cave in, and be lazy today, and and decide to rest today,
then in the era, you won't have any rests.
Finally, my dear brothers and sisters, remind yourself that the beginning of this path, the beginning of transformation, the beginning of struggling against your bad habits,
It comes with hardship.
It comes with many challenges. It comes with many hurdles.
But you have to persist, you have to continue.
You have to have your determination high.
Because you will struggle in the beginning. But later on,
you will rest later on your life when it changes. These bad habits will become a part of your past.
And you will be able to live your life without them. Many of us we think that these bad habits have been with me for so long, especially those of us who are older in age.
For those of us who are elder
we've had these habits, our entire lives. And so we think that we can never give up. We can never give them up.
But if you work hard now, even if
even if you are in your 60s or 70s or 80s if you work hard now
in a few years, that will become a part of your past and your life will be accustomed
will become accustomed without without those habits. My dear brothers and sisters in this dunya we train hard. We work hard to achieve many goals.
For those of us who want a certain career or a certain profession.
We work hard we train hard. We take courses
that keep us up the night. For those of us who want a nice body. We go to the gym we train day in day out
for a goal that we have in mind.
But why is it
that when it comes to the commandments of a law to the prohibitions of a law why
Is it that we don't strive? Why is it that we may try to strive? We may try to struggle but then we give up very easily.
The answer is three things.
The answer is three things.
Our evil inclining knifes
our external enemy shaitan.
this dunya that we live in
and we are attracted by it. This dounia that is visible to us, as opposed to the Acura that is invisible from us. I swear by Allah, that if me and you were to see what Allah has prepared for the believers and the disbelievers in the Acura, if we are to see it with our eyes, for even a split second
we would not sin we would not disobey a law for even a single day.
But it is because this dunya is visible to us and the athlete is from the world of the unseen. It is because of that.
That striving against our enough's
and struggling to perfect ourselves.
It is because of that, that it becomes difficult. And it is because of that. That the majority of us we give in and we give up. We ask Allah subhanahu wa tada to make us from among those whom he Subhana who were to Allah said, One lady in a jar to Faena. The unknown sabudana we're in Allahu Allah, Allah mercy mean indeed.
Those who strive and struggle for our sake
they strive and struggle against their enough's. Then we owe it is a lost promise. We will open up for them the wings in this dunya and in the Euro, we ask Allah subhanahu wa tada to make us from among them. We ask Allah subhanahu Adana to make us to see our shortcomings and to work against them. Alone, no feeling Massimino will mostly not work meaning me not
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