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Ramadan Reset #14 Giving For Allahs Sake – Omar Esa
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Welcome to Ramadan reset with me your host, Lauren booth. This podcast series is sponsored by what ten.org.uk delivering services to Syrians in need.
Are we getting punished for what we have from our last panel? And we've not shown the gratitude. I mean, it's quite telling, isn't it that the brothers who do the cleaning of the machine Subhan Allah are the only ones who can pray right now. You know, the garbage that we yearn to go to when the doors of Mecca open. I'll be the first they're waiting. This smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa sallahu wa salam ala rasulillah salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatu. Great news today by the grace of Allah, brother, oma Isa, the International Nasheed artists and all around humble believer in Allah to Allah sharing some thoughts on Alhamdulillah everybody, everybody's well
so far. schukat Allah, we're having a heatwave here in Turkey and tell me what's everybody doing? Eat because Qatar isn't I was speaking to Brother Hamza who runs this, Mashallah he's from Bhutan. And he said that in Qatar, they haven't locked it down. They've just made it too boring to go out, which is really interesting. So in Qatar, you can go out anywhere you like, but the parks are closed, the pools are closed, the beaches are closed, the malls are closed, there's nowhere to go. And you can only have two people in your car and everybody wants to be with their families. So it's kind of smart. Clever. Yeah, year in London, is this a lockdown? So I think it'll be kind of like,
just at home with everyone who got at the hands of I guess it'll be it's gonna be really strange. But handedly, you know, you have to just go wherever most popular places we take it away. And we move forward with that. I mean, and one of the amazing things, of course, about us all being Muslim is that we recognize that this is going to be a memory and a teaching moment. So we will move through this by the grace of Allah. But what what is Allah trying to direct us to? And what's the learning? And in a way, this makes this age really, really special? And kind of intense, doesn't it? Yes, it does, you know, support late, it's been a it's kind of been a very different experience,
even though it has gone fast. So because I've always found that Ramadan always goes too fast. But it's upon my let's, it's been, it's been, it's been strange, you know, you know, like, people I was, I was watching a podcast and people were talking about how, you know, you know, it was it was a non Muslim podcast, we're talking about how, you know, this kind of what we're at the moment is really, really strange. And even for as Muslims, like, not being able to embrace each other, I miss hugging brothers, you know, that's one of the things that I really, really miss is going and hugging brothers, you know, enjoying the time with them upon So, you know, may Allah father allow this not
to happen again.
Ultimately, we are still really blessed compared to what other brothers sisters are going through, like, you know, as Syrian brothers and sisters, you know, so we have to really think, and think that, you know, hamdulillah for everything, and at the same time, we need to be grateful, and we need to help as much as we can, the less fortunate around the world.
as Muslims, we live a life with purpose by the grace of Allah. I remember before I came to Islam, living a life of acquisition, and lists and moments of beauty, of course with my daughters, Mashallah.
But what was the purpose? How did I, how did I back then figure out what what was the reason that I got up every day. And as Muslims, Allah, Allah tells us very clearly, you were created. You, angels, Jim, everything was created to worship him. You know, there was a very famous clip about six months ago to a year, and it was a very little boy us about five or six years old, and he was in a hospital bed, and he was dying of wounds, a Syrian boy. And they said, What's your what's your message? He said, I'm going to tell Allah all about this.
I am going to tell Allah when I see him, Allahu Akbar. Imagine that little child's testimony Subhana Allah brothers and sisters, this is our family. And if we if we don't share what we have, we are missing out.
Have you ever noticed how when you give charity, you feel so amazing afterwards? Subhana Allah, how is it possible that it gives so much to the one who is who's making the donation? And actually the size of the donation doesn't matter? Subhanallah because it's all it's all with the heart. It's the with the way you give, isn't it the way you give it? Exactly. Like, you know, martial arts Baraka, like, Muslims hamdullah we're still giving on the law you know, even in England, they're not they recognize that, you know, it's upon even all the mainstream charities even he understand that and you
You know, tap into the Muslim, you know, charity market let's say because they know that the Muslims are the most giving because they don't really fully understand why we give we give in a way that we give because we give for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala we actually we actually give for our button system but we also give for ourselves because we want to gain that reward will have less power with Allah, especially in these final days of Ramadan you know, and what opportunity to give for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala in this moment right now in the blessed month of Ramadan, spotless or give whatever you can walk into this place. So we're all in lockdown. I'm hearing from
brothers hearing. Kurdistan is in lockdown, Algeria is in lockdown. You know, there's only the cleaners May Allah bless them Marshal getting to create the Kaaba in the early hours of the morning, heartbreaking scenes.
What do you read into this? How is it? How is it you know, making you you feel as as a Muslim, that Allah to Allah is telling us about our behavior? I do ask this question. And I'm sure some people may agree, are we getting punished for for what we have from I was part of that. And we've not shown the gratitude. I mean, it's quite telling, isn't it that the brothers who do the cleaning of the motion to panela are the only ones who can pray right now. You know, the garbage that we yearn to go to? I saw a post yesterday on Facebook where brother said, when the doors of Mecca open, I'll be the first they're waiting, you know, we're all just waiting some time to go and I'm not when I went in
2018 I went I went and I went, the first time I went as a practicing man. And I just thought wow, like, how did I miss out on this opportunity for so long in my life, one of the come back and pray some Allah smart Allah forgive us. I mean, you know, we are transgressors. You know, we make mistakes all the time. And they almost found Allah forgive us. And Allah, Allah is the most forgiving. That is where the hope comes in that every apart from one shooter in the ground, every surrender grant starts with this filler for him, you know, in the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, The Most Merciful. And I say to people, I say, we are if we're compassionate to human
beings, imagine how compassionate and las panatela is, we can't even fathom His compassion and mercy, you know, to his servants, one. So you may always want to give us money. You know, I want to share the last time I was at the car, but by the grace of Allah was 2017.
Or was it 2018? It was January. And in the November, I suddenly looked at my daughter in 20 1620 1617. And I said, You know what, there's something wrong with my heart. Because I have not been praying for aamra and it just came into my mind and I said, I need to start praying for Okay, I've done Hajj, but do I not want to go back do I do not want to see the blessing of place and visit the Prophet peace be upon him in Medina? So I started praying in November, Oh Allah with real earnestness, please, that we go back to your house, I didn't pray properly. Last time, I have so much I want to say to you, I really want to be with the people again, I want to be humbled I want to
and in January, I got a phone call. And it was the most incredible phone call. It was from a charity and they said, sister Lauren, would you like to go on camera with Palestinian orphans next week?
And I just started to cry. And I said, Subhana Allah and you know, what really, really made me cry was to before I came to Islam, I was making a program. And the name of that program was remember the children of Palestine?
Now the children of Palestine, were taking me to the Kaaba,
isn't that I bring that up is because when I was, we were making a tariff, we were going around the Kaaba, and I was holding this little Palestinian refugee boy's hand from from Jordan, one of the refugee camps there. And I started to really, really cry about Syria. I was just saying, oh, a lot of little children. And he said, you know, what, you Why are you praying? I said, Syria, and that Palestinian office said, You're allowed to Syria. Yeah, Allah. So you've got a Palestinian orphan from a refugee camp, praying for his brothers and sisters in Syria. It was one of the most incredible pure moments of my existence. Because children, children can naturally for other people,
they haven't been crowded by thoughts and suspicions and what's worse, they're just, I've had this, you know, that their heart will say, I had this situation, I really don't want that for my brothers and sisters, the panel and the child. This is this is a child will give to somebody before they'll have it. If you pretend to cry in front of a child, and there's water, they'll say have some. That's how Allah has made us sure I'm going to do one of my favorite issues I've written is for them. Alhamdulillah and the reason I love performing this all the time, wherever it goes, because, you know, um, you know, being grateful to Allah founder is something that he said in the brown Allah,
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When you think about organizations you can trust it's based on making a real difference to the people that they're meant to serve. I support will turn UK because their programs lift Syrians out of misery, they've just constructed two new villages for internally displaced people in Kapha jealous which is an ad lib sub district these new camps they have schools, clinics, decent accommodation, real sanitation and educational opportunities for internally displaced children and adults you can support the continued running of these services right now by going to what tan.org.uk May Allah bless you
handily Landy that was so beautiful particle of EEG. Did you write Did you write that? Yes.
What did you write it in? them? I wrote it in 2015 2015.
And it seems such an anthem. Now we know every so often it just it pops into the ether. It'll come on to a timeline or it's it's an amazing, I you know, I remember saying obviously, we're hosting a radio show in Manchester. And it was one I just always loved to put on. When I wanted to calm down. When I was feeling I was a bit sort of like rushing around. I just put that on and handily left, what does it do to your heart, performing in that way, such a heavy, beautiful word. You know what it always it humbles me, you know, in front of us pound dollars, you know, my sister, like I'm a sinner, I'm a, I'm a person who strays. And I always also must point out to forgive me and I just
tried to be grateful, you know, life is really difficult. Sometimes, you know, sometimes, you know, especially when you're a recording artist, and you're self employed, and you're and you're in the Muslim artists world, and there's really no scene, you know, to be honest with you. And we always have to keep understanding that Alhamdulillah for everything, get working, keep pushing, that I keep saying this, I always will say there's nothing to say that there have been too much more harder stuff. But you have to always be grateful, always be helpful. And remember, God is always there for us, no matter what we go through. And this product is always there and we have to sell it. Even in
the hardest and darkest times. We have to say Alhamdulillah you know Allah Alhamdulillah.
And that's why you know, these are words that of course, are given to us by Allah to Allah, for him to increase us. It's like, imagine that.
You're given a test, but the headmaster gives you the answer paper at the same time and says, here's the test.
Here's the answer sheet, all you have to do is look at the answer sheet and write the questions and write the answers in and humanity says no, we're all right. I'll try and muddle through. Yeah, yeah, exactly. That's
a good way to explain it. Mashallah, let's find that has given us everything we have. Is this just, there's the answers, we have to just get them and just move forward to this point. That's such a good way to look at it under handler. And of course, in the, in the Holy Quran, Allah Allah says, and if you are grateful, I will increase you. And there is no limit to that increase, it isn't. I will I will give you such and such a specific thing. It's actually I will increase you. Yes, indeed.
That's so profound, isn't it that, you know, the more grateful you are, the more you give. And remember, I decided it's quite mad actually. Because I'm kind of always unfortunately, in my life, I've always been a
tough, like, Where's the other half glass? You know, I'm not a glass half full kind of guy. I'm the I'm the one who's been May Allah forgive me, I'll be the one who has always been like, you know, I need to keep pushing really hard on myself. And in the beginning of September 2020, I said, you know, what, I'm not gonna ever say that I'm the now the half the glass is half full guy, I'm going to move on with it. 100, and then suparna, COVID-19. And a cake came in,
at 100. You know, this is a test that we have to understand. And, and, and really appreciate, because, you know, I was speaking to someone the other day, I said, imagine that this virus has closed down everything. Like it's not, it's not there's not there's not a war, there's not a weapon, this is from Allah subhanaw taala. And everybody is shut down everybody, the kings, to the, to the cleaners, to the to the non brothers, to the rich people, to the poor people, everyone is just in one place waiting, when Allah is part of the sides, that there will be a vaccine or there'll be a cure, then it will happen otherwise, what we're going to do you know, if that makes sense, so
Alhamdulillah, for everything, unless part of his power is something we can't fathom. And it's a power that we have to respect, you know, and appreciate. And you know, and this is the, this is a lesson for everybody. Everybody out there who doesn't believe or has been questioning, they have to understand that power that's done created all of this, and we have to respect that power. And that's obviously as Muslims we lost panatela. Right. So you know, it's, it's really telling to wonder where we are. And when we talk about power as well, brothers and sisters, it's all about where Allah has placed us. So just think about this, this moment that we're all having right now was written 1000s
of years before creation. Before before the world was created. Before before any of this a lot wrote our names to be gathered here right now. Pray, listening to Omar, Isa, praise Him. And to you choosing to be here and not somewhere else. Because you know what the distractions don't go in Ramadan, we get stronger. You're here watching this now because Allah to Allah has chosen you to listen to this message, and to be grateful in Sharla. And for me to be grateful, and brother, Omar, Isa, to do his part he's been chosen to give his time. And we're all here as part of the oma because the Syrian refugees need us. So So imagine that we may be a part of a family or ours, that go up to
the heavens, and then they come down in this form. So Pamela, so brothers and sister, just a reminder, there are links below. And there's a link to my just giving page. And all the money I'm giving to
Syrian refugee families in an in. They're called the displaced persons camp, just outside ID lib. And they need the basics. You know, this isn't going away. Maybe right now. We all of us in our own way, including a brother Omar, right? We have a little bit of a, you know, we don't know where our risk is coming. Yeah, none of us. Because what happens after a lockdown after a plate comes a famine.
May Allah to Allah protect us.
And that doesn't mean it's a time for hoarding. It's a time forgiving to avert the catastrophe.
Dude, what do you say about about charity brother averting averting catastrophe? So Pamela, it's from our deal, you know, my sister in law's partner says that when you give charity actually will stop a potential calamity coming into your life. So that's the power of charity. And at this at this moment, like he said, something profound that the problem is is to help an intellect today's wonder right now, imagine, when you give just whatever you can give for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala. Imagine you're standing on the day of Yama, Yama. When everybody nobody everyone is saying nothing enough. See, go away from me, your parents, your children, your loved ones, everybody is sending me
go away from me. It's just me today. I'm worried about myself and worried about myself. And then all of us
sudden you see a brother come up your sister, you know, what do you want? Allah, this person helped us in a time when we needed it. And then there's a line of people. And you know,
these are responded with mercy, the people will will testify, say this man or this woman, when we needed the help, they came forward and they gave what you bless them with because ultimately the money that we have is not it's not even ours is Allah, Allah gave it to us. This is when we, as Muslims understand that everything we have is from Allah. That is when we will give more and more because we understand that then Allah Spano give us more this this is the beautiful thing about last panels Allah, our king, when we give, the more we get. So we never lose. When we get for our last point, I'd say, like you said, it's strange, isn't it when we give charity, we feel happy is when
about when you buy a train is when you buy a nice dress, you feel it over here, we know that when you give charity, there's a feeling that you feel in your heart that nothing else gives you. And that said that's a blessing from Allah subhanaw taala. So don't just as we need to give whatever you can give, give do Don't feel shy, that you know on the other little, that little might be your, your entry the agenda in sha Allah, you know and this is kind of what Allah and I love that the cat is one of the five pillars that giving is one of the five pillars what we want to have another Nasheed from you inshallah, what have you chosen for us brother, I will do inshallah and the casita, Buddha
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law, Akbar Masha Allah My heart feels so at ease after that radical or vague. And just being able to imagine just being able to recite that from memory every day. Subhan Allah, you really are blessed. There was a time You know, when Abu Bakar Allah and was the ameerul momineen, the leader of the Muslims and fudger time, he would he would go somewhere. And Omar the Alon noticed this. And then one day, Omar Abdullah and thought, you know what, I'm gonna actually follow Abubakar de la and I'm gonna see where it goes. So he followed me saw that we're gonna do the answer walking towards the desert. And as he was walking towards a desert, he saw that he entered a like a hut, like a little,
a temporary kind of shelter, place in order the land waited outside and he waited there waited there waited there, a few hours passed upon Allah. And as the few hours passed Subhanallah
You know, he saw that abubaker had walked out of the tent, and he started walking in the other direction. And O'Meara della unnao went into the tent, walked in, you know, he walked in, and he saw there was a woman sitting down. And Alma de Leon said to the woman, mother, who are you? And she said, My son, I'm a blind woman. You know, I'm, I'm a widow. I have nobody, and I'm just, you know, living, you know, and he goes, who was this man that came into your tent, you know, I don't know who he is. But I know that he comes every morning after fudger and he Subhanallah he cleans and he cooks for me. Personally, this was a meter aboubaker idea at the time was a meeting with me and oma there
and started crying.
Upon a thought, look at this, the man who the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam promised Jenna and he's still working for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala look at the the caliber of the Sahaba the people who were the companions of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
say give charity, he can't you please, he give the sake.
When you think about organizations you can trust it's based on making a real difference to the people that they're meant to serve. I support hutan. UK because their programs lift Syrians out of misery. They've just constructed two new villages for internally displaced people in Kapha jealous which is an ad lib sub district, these new camps they have schools, clinics, decent accommodation, real sanitation, and educational opportunities for internally displaced children and adults. You can support the continued running of these services right now by going to attend org.uk May Allah bless you