Channel: Kamil Ahmad
It is highly unfortunate today that most people don’t check the state of their Īmān, is it increasing or decreasing? So how do we check the state of our Īmān? How do we know if our Īmān is strong or weak? What are the signs of weak Īmān?
Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah.
inshallah, in this
halaqaat, tonight, we're going to basically look at a very common phenomenon.
And that is the weakness of a man.
We'll look at some of its signs, some of its causes, and the cure behind it.
when you get up in the morning,
you check yourself.
You check your clothes,
you check, do you have everything in place before you set out? Whether it be to work or to school or whatever?
Your car, you check it? Does it have enough gas? Have I maintained it? Have I changed the oil?
in our daily lives, we check many things.
We check our bank accounts, Do I have enough money? When is my salary coming? and so on and so forth.
But when was the last time that we checked? What is more important than any of that? And that is our email.
When was the last time we checked our email?
And that's why
the sell off they used to say that it is from the look
of the slave from his understanding of the dean,
that he checks his email.
Where is his email? What is the state of his email? Is it on the rise? Or is it on the decline?
Is it strong or is it weak.
And since we are in the month of Ramadan
since we are in the month of Ramadan,
there is no doubt
of the importance of
taking this opportunity to check our email.
And so imagine it being like you know you're traveling
to a foreign destination in your car you're driving
and along the way you need to stop.
You need to feel gas you need to maintain your car etc.
And so Ramadan is like a station that comes
in the way
on your journey.
And so you stop
to fill up
to maintain your car, etc. so that you can continue on your journey. And so times like Ramadan, not only Ramadan but times like Ramadan are an opportunity for us to stop and recharge that Eman on this journey that we are taking in this life towards the loss of Hannah who want to have
and not checking once a man in and of itself is a sign that a person's a man is weak that he lives this life
neglectful, heedless of the state of his email. And this is a common phenomenon among many Muslims today in our times, that they live their lives heedless not realizing whether their Eman
is strong or weak. Is it on the rise or is on the decline?
And so the question is, how do we check our email and
what is the way to see whether our email is strong or whether it is weak, whether it is increasing or whether it is decreasing. I'm going to give you two ways of measuring your email.
Two tools that you can use to measure the state of your email
and a way to use it in your life. At all times use this tool these two tools to measure the state of your email.
The first is
you are not affected. You are not affected by missing out
on those things that are pleasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala what are known as more obatala
The things that are pleasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala they come and they go
and it has not affected you in any way, whatsoever.
These are the things that are pleasing to Allah Subhana who without an act of worship, good deeds, virtuous acts, that are pleasing to Allah Subhana who when
they come, and they go, you've missed out on it and yet
you do not regret it.
Nor do you have any interests for these acts that you have missed out on.
You don't grieve, you don't regret and you have no interest for these things which are pleasing to Allah Subhana who what
and there are different types of things which are pleasing to Allah subhanahu wa Tada, we have two main kinds, we have the larger bat.
The obligatory acts that Allah subhanho wa Taala has made obligatory upon each and every single Muslim
such as praying five times a day,
even with regards to our Salawat making sure that we are performing the pillars and the wider bat, the obligatory parts and aspects of the Salah,
fasting the motto Ramadan
and others such obligatory acts.
And then we have the most Habad the things which are not obligatory, but
they are encouraged.
The prophet SAW Selim either did these acts, or he encouraged that we do these acts.
And every single act of worship, it has obligatory act and it has these non obligatory acts. And so for example, you have
the students are robotic, each and every single solo it has soon as
we have Korea, Malaysia.
With regards to fasting, we have fasting Mondays and Thursdays,
we have fasting three days, out of every month,
giving sadaqa charity
with regards to sola sola to Jana, and making it to the first row Sophia will
making it early for salah and so on and so forth.
And so, we have the obligatory acts that are pleasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And then we have the non obligatory acts which are encouraged and recommended.
And so, we need to ask ourselves, what is our relationship with regards to these acts, whether they be the obligatory acts or, or the non obligatory acts.
And here is a rule or a principle that I want you to remember.
And that is that every single virtuous act, every single virtuous act,
that you have no interest for,
that you are not keen on performing.
Or you do not grieve for having missed out on this virtuous act, then this is a sign of weak Eman in your heart. This is a sign of weak man in your heart. And so every single virtuous act
that you miss out on
that you have no aggrieved
you do not feel any regret for having missed out on the on this particular act.
Nor do you have any interest for it, then this is a sign of week a man in your heart and we have different types of virtuous acts. We have those that are done on a daily basis. We have those that are done on a weekly basis. We have those that are done on a monthly basis. And then we have those are done yearly.
And so for example, virtuous acts that we can do every single day, sooner or robotic. As soon as that are related with every single solar. We have
the other car that we say after our Solar Water humps, we have the earth car that we say at various times of the day, such as before going to sleep when getting up from sleep before eating after eating.
The car that we say in the morning, in the evening,
recitation of the Quran,
giving in soccer, these are daily acts, things that we can do on a daily basis. And then we have those that we can do on a weekly basis, such as fasting. We mentioned fasting, Mondays and Thursdays also Salatu. Juma coming early for Salatu. Juma
praying to Allah subhanho wa Taala, making dua
at the time when the door is accepted on, on which day, on Fridays, the prophet SAW, Allah mentioned that there is a an hour in which the doula is accepted that hour is the last hour on Friday.
And then we have those acts that are done
on a monthly basis, such as fasting, three days, out of every month, and especially the three, the three middle days. And then we have those acts that we can do on a yearly basis, such as fasting, on the day of
fasting on the 10th of harem,
fasting, the six days of Shabbat, which come right after Ramadan,
going for Hajj, these are things that can be done on a yearly basis. And so we have different kinds of virtuous acts.
And so many of us these acts, these virtuous acts that carry a lot of reward,
many of us are heedless of they pass by without us having even noticed.
And so how in the world would we grieve and regret having missed out on these acts, when we don't even notice that these opportunities came? And we didn't even realize it.
Also, a very important point to mention here is
that there are some people who belittle
certain acts, certain good deeds, certain virtuous acts, they consider them as being insignificant as being small and worthless.
And this is also a sign of weak a man in the heart of the individual.
That he looks at certain good deeds as being nothing
as being worthless, insignificant. And that's why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said
that we should not belittle
good deeds, we should not look down
on virtuous acts, and we shouldn't consider them as being insignificant, even if
it is to meet your brother with a cheerful face. What does that mean? It means that smiling in the face of your brother is a good deed. It is an act of charity, as a prophet SAW Selim mentioned in another Hadith.
And so the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam here wanted us, he wanted to bring our attention to the fact that we shouldn't belittle good deeds, no matter how small they may seem in our eyes, no matter how small and insignificant, they may seem in our eyes.
Also, another important point to mention here
is that some people, they carry out their acts of worship, they pray, for example, they fast
and so on and so forth.
But they don't perfect, they're a bad.
They perform these virtuous acts, and perhaps they are
very keen to perform these acts.
And they want the reward from Allah subhana wa Taala. But they don't perfect. These acts of worship.
And so you find them when they come for Salah. They come lazy, they come not making sure that they are perfecting their Salah. They just want to get it done and over with. They don't realize what they're saying in their Salah. They have no clue of what's going on. They are mindless, they have no concentration, no for sure in their soul.
And so realize that if this is your state, then this is also a sign of weak a man in your heart
that you perform acts which are great acts, but you do not care for perfecting these acts.
Also, another very, very important point to mention here
that some people are very lazy to perform righteous deeds and acts of worship.
these various righteous and virtuous acts that I mentioned
You find that they have no interest for these acts of worship and these good deeds.
But when it comes to matters of the dunya,
you find them, they are foremost
in making sure that they are there.
And so for example, some people,
they don't care for their saltwater lumps their five daily prayers,
and perhaps they will miss them.
Without it really affecting them.
We mentioned that this is a sign of weak, even worse than that is somebody who misses out on these acts. And then you find him foremost when it comes to matters of the dunya.
you will see that he won't miss out
on a certain TV show that comes on weekly,
you find that he won't miss out
on a certain game that's going to take place today that he has to watch. He's keen on being there on time, but not keen when it comes to virtuous deeds, whether it be obligatory or the non obligatory kind. And nowadays, for example, you have the World Cup, and you have many Muslims, who
have all their interest in it.
While they are completely heedless of the fact that it is a month of Ramadan. And they are completely heedless of Salatu tarawih. or, worse than that completely heedless of their five daily songs.
And so, there is no doubt my dear brothers and sisters, that this is also a sign of weak a man in the heart of the individual.
Now, we mentioned
two different kinds of virtuous acts, we mentioned that there are the obligatory kind, and then there are the non obligatory kind, which is basically the most,
there is another categorization that we can make here. And that is to categorize it into two kinds, those virtuous acts that are restricted to the individual. In other words, they benefit the person, and they don't go beyond him. And then those
whose benefit reaches others,
those virtuous acts, whose benefit reaches others,
you find some Muslims, and there is no doubt that this is a good sign,
that they are keen to perform those virtuous acts that are beneficial to themselves.
Whether it be family,
the recommended type of fasting, Mondays and Thursdays, and so on and so forth, giving charity and all the other various good deeds, but they are restricted to oneself.
Recite in the Quran, and so on and so forth.
These are good deeds without a doubt and some Muslim you find them very, very keen on performing these acts. There is no doubt that this is a good sign.
But the problem is, when the same Muslims, they have no care for the second time. What was the second kind? It was
those good deeds that any its benefit reaches others, such as
seeking knowledge so that you benefit others,
teaching others giving Dawa,
giving sadaqa feeding the poor,
commanding the good forbidding the evil,
fighting jihad in a lost sake.
And other virtuous acts, you find some Muslims, they have no care on these great virtuous acts whose benefit reaches others. And that's why this is also a sign of weak a man in the heart of the individual. When you find that he is only concerned about himself, he is only concerned about gaining reward for himself. Even though there are certain acts that if he was to do he would gain reward and also be benefiting others and also be benefiting others. That's why the scholars say
they say that if you were to be given a choice between two acts
one whose benefit only reaches you
And another whose benefit reaches others. And you can only perform one or the other you cannot combine between the two.
Which one would you choose?
Who can tell me? Which one would you choose?
The one that benefits others. That's what the scholars say that you should choose the one that benefit that benefits others. So for example,
if you had the option of Priam Klamath Lake,
and getting up in the night,
for kiama, Lael, and this is good, and you'll, it'll benefit you,
you'll get the reward for it.
Well, on the other hand,
if you had to do that,
then when you get up in the morning,
to go to school, or to seek knowledge of the deen, then you will be lazy,
and you will not be able to perform it
in the best of manners,
then the scholars say that in this case,
choose that deed that benefits others, which is
to seek knowledge of the deen or to seek knowledge of anything else. Why? Because the benefit, the benefit will reach beyond yourself. It is not restricted to yourself.
And so this is the first sign or this is the first way of measuring your email. The first way we mentioned of measuring your email is by looking at the virtuous acts.
What is your state regarding the virtuous acts?
Are you keen on performing them?
If you miss out on them, what is your state?
Do you regret it?
Are you sad and remorseful for having missed out on these great acts? Or do they go by without affecting you in any way.
This is the first way of measuring your email. The second way of measuring one's Eman
is by looking at
those things that are displeasing to Allah Subhana who with that.
And so if you are not protecting your body parts and your limbs
from that which Allah has prohibited,
even though you know that you will be brought to account for that, then know that this is a sign of weak a man in your heart.
That those things which are displeasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala
the prohibitions that which Allah has made her on that which the prophet SAW Selim has made her on,
if you are committing these sins, and these things which are displeasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala and it doesn't have any effect on you, then this is a sign of weak man in your heart, and we have different kinds of the prohibitions of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Just like we have different kinds of virtuous acts, we also have different kinds of displeasing things to Allah subhanho wa Taala we have different kinds of the prohibitions of Allah subhanho wa Taala. We have first of all those that are related to the heart.
We have those prohibitions that are related to the heart such as
envy and hazard, such as
performing acts of worship, for other than a law sake,
such as a Norfolk hypocrisy,
such as looking down on your Muslim brothers and sisters.
These are all prohibitions that are related to the heart, their place, where does it belong in the heart, and then we have those prohibitions that are related to the tongue,
such as lying
and Amina, spreading false rumors, with evil intention,
saying things about Allah and about the religion without knowledge.
These are all prohibitions related to the tongue. And then we have those that are related to the rest of the body parts.
Those prohibitions that are related to the limbs,
such as the eyes, the hands,
And so for example, looking at her arm, listening to her arm, touching, what is her arm stealing,
and so on so forth.
the danger is not with regards to committing sin.
Why? Because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, that every single son of Adam is a sinner, he makes mistakes.
So the problem is not merely committing sin, and falling into these things which Allah has prohibited.
That is not where the danger lines. And so the prophet SAW Selim, what did he say, there, every single son of Adam is a sinner, he makes mistakes, and the best of those who sin are those who repent, those who turn to Allah in repentance after they have committed an error.
But the danger is becoming accustomed to these sins, until they become a part of one's life.
They become a part of his daily life, his daily habits, that he can now no longer separate himself from.
And so for example,
if somebody was to commit Zina
the first time, and he is a believer,
he will feel regret in his heart,
he will feel sad, he will feel remorse. And this is a good sign.
And so he will turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala in repentance.
But the problem is, if he goes back to that scene again, and again and again,
until he becomes so used to it,
that it doesn't shake his heart.
And so why is this so dangerous? It is dangerous, because
as for the person who committed the first time,
then, you know, he'll turn to align to repentance.
But as for the one who it becomes a habit for him,
then it is as if he has closed the doors for repentance before him.
And so it is very, very unlikely that he will turn to Allah in repentance, after this sin has become so ingrained in his life.
And this is something that we can see.
This is something that we can witness.
And so for example, another example is somebody who drinks
the first time that he takes a cup to drink.
If he is a believer, then he will turn to align repentance, you'll feel sad for having committed this evil sin.
But once he becomes addicted to it, and he drinks, another glass and another,
and he continues in this way, it'll become a part of his life. It'll become so difficult for him
to detach himself from the sin. And so this is where the danger lies. And this is what we're talking about here.
That if you want to measure your Eman, where is it?
Then look at those things, which are displeasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala the prohibitions of Allah and where do you stand regarding these prohibitions?
Do you commit these sins? Do you fall into these forbidden acts easily?
Are they a part of your life are they habits
and so if they are
and if you fall into the sins very easily without it affecting your Eman in any way, the know the know that this is a sign of weak Eman in your heart.