Channel: Mirza Yawar Baig
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Hola Mundo Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was salam, ala, MBA will mousseline mohammadu Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa sahbihi wa sallam to Sleeman kathira Sierra Nevada My dear brothers and sisters, we are looking at the clock of the oma T. And we are looking at the specific characteristics of the people who Allah subhanho wa Taala especially honored by calling them about or a man. And these are the ayat of
Surah Rahman, in the end, where Allah subhanaw taala mentioned those special slaves of his who he loves who he
honored, my calling them about man, those who love last minute Allah, the special slaves of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
My brothers and sisters,
welcome to the voluntary wellness mental I mentioned, which has to do with one of the most important aspects of character and that is
how we use our wealth.
In what do we use our wealth analyst router I mentioned that and he said earlier either a man or those who when they spend, they are neither extravagant nor are they stingy. But they hold a medium way between these two extremes. Now, the
natural consequence of being focused on the ACA is to spend in the path of Allah Subhana. Allah serata encourages us to do that in many places, and he promises great reward for those who spend in his path and for his causes. A lot of granted I said yeah, you are livina armano and fiocco. Mimara zakenna Khun min calmly and yet by own fee, Allah Allah to Allah Shiva, welcome if you don't know Solomon, Allah subhanaw taala said and sort of baccara in the eye or just before idle kursi he said oh believe spend of that which give provided for you given you before a day comes when there will be no bargaining, no friendship, no intercession and it is the disbelievers who are the zaarly Moon. It
is the disbelievers Who are the people who are transgressing.
And then our last round that I said in other place also in Surat Al Baqarah masala, Vina Yun Fukunaga, homefries Amelie la he come as le betin unbuttered savasana Villa de su mulethi Mia to have bad luck, Allahu la de feu, Lima Yeshua, one law who was using
the likeness of the example of the resemblance of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like the likeness of a grain of corn. It grows seven years and each year has 100 grains, Allah subhanaw taala gives manifold increase to whom he pleases and Allah is all sufficient for his creatures needs and all Noah as I am reciting This is for you and telling you the translation of it. That ally sufficient for all his creatures needs. There is a
and an orange tailed Hawk, I think that is what it is, which is coasting on the thermals here, and
beautiful sight. It's a full grown adult bird, so it's big, and he's coasting on the thermals and lots of antelope provides for them. And
looking for rotors, and mostly filled vise and things like that, but he's not.
He's not above taking a small rabbit. Lots of small ones here. And, of course, any birds, the most common usual one is the is the fact Isaiah might miss the morning, morning dub. So they're around as well. So I don't know what Allah wants to provide for him but his cost on the table is absolutely beautiful. summer afternoon,
The days are passing and passing fast
as I speak to you
We are in we are in September. And
I think we probably got about, we should have been in Fall already should have been in autumn already.
this is one of the
one of the effects of global warming that
seasons have got delayed. And so we probably have another month of this weather, but also weather which will go towards becoming cooler and cooler before we come into the fall, which probably this year will be in October, and maybe early November. And then in December, we come into winter, and this whole landscape will change. I mean, it's amazing. This is what I like about this part of the world, New England, northeast of the United States, where you see four clear seasons that is spring, which with its own completely
distinct scenery, I have taken photographs and circulated them lots of a lot of you have seen those
photographs of spring. And then there is summer, which is which you are in now. And then there's autumn, which is called fall and you have the fall colors, it's amazing. It is something to see people come to try to travel long distances. This year, of course, everyone is stuck. But people travel long distances just to come here to drive around on these roads, beautiful roads all over Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island,
Vermont, all of these northern states, and you'll see some absolutely fabulous fall
foliage. The colors are are indescribable, I can't tell you it's like somebody's thrown paint into the atmosphere. And you know, where it settled itself.
Beautiful, beautiful, incredibly beautiful colors. I'm trying to do a series on two trees that are there in our in the house here.
How they change over the seasons, and then when the fall finishes, all that Leaf Drops. And then you have this absolutely Stark landscape of trees, which look completely dead totally dead, as if they will never come back to life again, then the ground is carpeted and depends on the time depends on the weather, but it can be completely carpeted with snow. And in some cases, snow which is from anything from several inches to several feet high.
So it's totally half completed. And nothing the only ice and snow and waterfalls have frozen in mid fall. So you have the whole fall this sheet of ice, and so on and so forth. And then of course, come spring again, and all the dead trees come to life. And the first thing that happens is they fill up with flowers because that's what they want, they want to ensure that the species continues and they want to attract insects. And I've done a fair amount on this I'm sure you would have heard that
the trees are completely covered with flowers. And with those flowers then the flowers are not for you and me The flowers are only for one purpose which is to attract bees and other insects. So, they can come and pollinate and the trees then form their seeds. And then of course come summer and then the tree The flowers are all drop and the tree is not covered with foliage with green leaves. And it's now a factory which is producing starch and sugars for it to last through the
autumn and winter. I mean so out of this whole cycle of life that Allah Subhana denisse created, this is the provide the provision of the Creator Suhana La Jolla where Allah subhanaw taala creator systems which which work in perpetuity and continuously
self supporting systems which do not need anybody's help to to run the run themselves. And this is where human interference which is what we are doing with our
with with the creating of
you know carbon consumption, creating of
excess creation of carbon dioxide and other harmful gases, and so on and so forth all resulting in damage to the ozone layer damage to the environment and to global warming in excess of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere means that
oxygen exchange drops it means that the heat does not get dissipated. And it's like it's like lying under a thick blanket
in the burning sun.
You know, try it and see how see what it feels like. That's what's happening to the earth. And because of that you have glaciers melting you have,
you know, water, huge, huge, huge water crisis,
very difficult to visualize water crisis, sitting in a place like America or in Canada,
Canada has the largest amount of freshwater in the world is in Canada whole world, no one has more freshwater than Canada, the lakes in Canada have more freshwater than
any other country in the world. So very difficult to visualize the actual situation of
off the water crisis in the world. So it doesn't matter. Canada has all the fresh water in the world, the fact is that the world itself is running artificial. And
so therefore, usage of water, trying to conserve water, and so on, so forth,
trying to reduce your carbon footprint. All of these things are so critically important. But we don't see the we don't we don't see them as important. Because they're not mentioned, we don't talk about them. These are not Top of Mind, recall things for us stopping them and anxiety things. They should be, but they are not. And we're seeing the result of that anyway,
not to come back, because I think I'm still on the topic, because I'm talking about the provision of homeless.
But not that I said here. Now he's linking in these two items, which I mentioned to you.
Last round della mentioned, first of all, he was mentioning
dual effect. This is something very important to understand, the thing to understand is that our actions are not the effect of our actions is not confined to this world. Even though the action is in this world. The effect of the action is, of course in this world also. But it is also somewhere else. That's what second thing is that the effect of the action in this world is temporary, but the same action produces a permanent effect in the next one. Now.
A simplistic way to understand that is when we move our mouse on the mouse pad, you see the cursor moving on the screen. So the action is here, now and the reaction is here, and the reaction is somewhere else. But important thing is that it's not just the cursor moving on the screen, the cursor is doing something on the screen. So if I move my mouse here, and I click on something, then the computer runs a program, which produces some result. Right. So now if I
am moving my mouse, all I'm seeing is the mouse is moving on the on the on the mouse pad, up and down, or I'm scrolling it with my finger. But the program that the computer's running, actually has a material effect.
The program is doing something, right. So it's creating something good or bad or whatever it is. Now, this is a rather simple way of trying to understand. So for example, I mean, take one of the very simple things that also Sam said, smile at your brothers, because a smile is now a smile. How much effort does it take nothing like showing your teeth.
But when you smile, then it produces first of all a physical effect. When you smile, you feel good.
Not even talking about the other person use mine or somebody you feel nice. Yesterday, I was saying in my whole book, that one of the things we have discovered, thanks to COVID is that the smile is in the eyes, it's not in the moment, or your mask, the whole face is covered. But when you're smiling, people can still make out that you're smiling. If you're not smiling or frowning, but smiling people can make it, they don't have to see this or they don't have to see your teeth. So, just the face being covered is doesn't take away from the smile. So, you feel good, when you smile you feel good, then again still material effect in this dunya the other person feels good. So, when you smile more
than likely you will get a smile in return you will be propagating some you know good feeling the other person also feels nice, you feel nice other person feel nice, feels nice. So this is the effect in the environment here itself. Then we saw some said this is sakana. What does that mean? It means that this smile, quite apart from the good effect it had here has been written in your account as a act of charity. That means that on the Day of Judgment, that act of charity, which is written in your book of accounts, actually has a material weight. So when it is put on the scale, provided you didn't fritter it away by doing away with and this and that and backbiting and you know, you
lost it, as long as you didn't do that.
It is with you. And when you go for Allah subhanaw taala, that smile will come on your scale and will have material weight. And what is the weight of one good deed? The weight of one good deed is the difference between john and john.
That is how important the good deed is. And that's the reason why Rosaura solemn and all the surface are here. They They advised us to do as many good deeds as possible, and never to decline to do a good deed thinking that it is too small.
There are two things you must never do. Never stop doing a good deed thinking it is too small, and never do a bad deed thinking it is too small, both are not. Both are very big. The good deed is good because Allah subhanaw taala likes it.
You're doing it for the pleasure of Allah subhanaw taala the bad deed is bad because Allah dislikes it. It's not the deed in itself. Right? It's not a deed in itself. It is, who am I who am I disobeying? Whose will Am I going against in this case, who am I trying to please?
Who am I obeying?
So do not look down upon do not discount either good deeds are bad deeds. There's no such thing as a small good deed. There's no such thing as a small evil deed, even the smallest of it.
The point is that
Allah subhanaw taala told us that this thing has an effect. So here Allah is saying spend in the part of Allah subhanaw taala before a day comes, when you will not have a chance to spend
you will not have a chance to spend and you will not have anything any other help and hope there will be la Byeon Walla Walla shafa there will be no bya there will be no trade there will be no bargaining. There will be no ransoming yourself, there will be no chance to do this or that there will be no hola there will be no friendship.
Today Alhamdulillah I have friends in this world and and this is not my the figment of my imagination. Some of them have already done such things for me, may Allah bless them, and May Allah reward them in keeping with his majesty and grace. And others, I know that if I need anything in this world itself, if I go to one of them and say look, I am in need, I need this, they will do it. I mean, there's no doubt in my mind that those friends of mine will help me and they will help me beyond whatever I can imagine. I know these people are those people. And I have complete trust and faith in them that they will do whatever it takes to help me in that situation. I asked Allah to
prevent that from ever happening. I asked Allah never to make me depend on anyone other than him jealous. And I asked Allah to bless these people and to reward them and give him with the majesty and grace, even before they do anything. But I'm saying in this world, we have all of us have, I'm sure you have this i'm sure other people have this. We have friends, relatives, brothers, sisters, parents, children, who we can rely upon, right? So hola Ll is the is the closest form or closest level of friendship Holly rula is the Khalid of Allah subhanaw taala in the case of Allah subhanaw taala is not a friendship as in a human friendship. It means this is the person who Allah loved more
than he loved anybody else in love, Mashallah. But the point I'm making is that in this world, there is hula there is there is friendship, there are people who will help each other, while Asha. And also in this world, we have shafa, we have intercession, we have vasta we have somebody who will take you to someone to whom you had no access somebody who is a great and powerful, you had no access to that person, but this person who has access will take you will sit you down in front of that person, and this person will be you will be able to,
to speak to that person and to to put your case, whatever the case might be before that person, but on the Day of Judgment. None of this
by noon, Hola. Hola. Hola, shafa. Neither of these three things. So let's take advantage of that here. Now when you're giving charity think about that, that this charity is not only here and this charity has a has a positive effect in this dunya as I told you makes you feel good. It makes the other people feel good. It makes you good to see that you've done something where other people will make you better.
popular with them, they will love you so and so on, you will have influenced, blah, blah. But
the main thing, and the most important thing
is the fact
that before when you go to forest mountain, this thing goes with you the effect in this dunya all of these effects which I mentioned to you, you're feeling good, others feeling good, and so on, are all temporary.
They are important, they are nice, we should do it. But they're not there. How long will I fully feel good for a while? How long will they feel good for a while and so on. But
the action itself, once it is recorded in my book, once it is recorded in your book that has eternal life, that's not going anywhere that doesn't deteriorate or discount or fade away, that has life and that will be with you and with me in our current books, and it will be earning reward for us.
Eternity and it will be there for us. When we meet Allah Subhana Allah, Allah, Allah just asked you to reflect on these things and to think about it. Similarly, Allah Rhonda and the next day which I decided for you,
Allah subhanaw taala gave us an exam. He said like you plant corn, for example, that you how many grains do plant one grain? And what does that grain do it the plant grows from it. And that plant has multiple shoots. In this case Allah said seven. So it has seven years of corn. Each year of corn has 100 grains 100 seeds in it. So I planted one and I got 700 and then Allah subhanaw taala, the Shan Omar Abdullah gelato, he does not count and give and he said will allow you to live fully my Yeshua and Allah subhanaw taala increases as he will. Allah does not simply Count 700 and then out 701 No, no, no remove that one. It used to be 700 no
700 for us to understand because we understand numbers, our minds are limited. If Allah subhanaw taala just said Allah gives whatever he wants, our mind doesn't expand to that. So Allah says here is 700 that should be enough for you because there's no trade, there is no investment in this dunya in this world, which gives you one is to 700 and Allah will give you even more in keeping with his majesty and grace. final point I want to make for you is this that the value of any investment is based on two things, one is return. Second one is surety, what is the what is the likelihood that I will get this what is the surety that I will get this, for example? Why do we discourage gambling?
And we encourage investment in something at the end of the day? What is what are we talking about? We're talking about spending money to get money, right? I mean, that's in both cases. What is it if I say if I if you have $100,000 and you say I want to go and you know, spend it on the slot machines at MGM, or I want to take this to Las Vegas, and I want to spend it there on the roulette tables, all the all the alternative is I buy a house for 100,000 or a buyer I buy two shops for 100,000 and I rent them out effectively what am I doing? I'm spending money to get money.
Okay, and tell me the chance the or the the option of return the chance of return. Where is it higher? You might say well straight away No it's the highest chance of return in all the amount or unlimited such as the the amount of return right?
What is the maximum I can get? Well roulette table obviously I mean you I hit the jackpot and my 100,000 turns into 10 million by house was never going to have that kind of value. It will never but what about the surety I'm not even going into the halala please roulette tables, slot machines all of this is horrible. I'm seeing just this the logical example. So now you say where is the surety where what is definite? Well the house is definitely there is a physical thing it is sitting there it is earning me rental value. The value of the house also real estate value also is going up tomorrow when I want to sell the house I have whatever money I got his rent is mine. Plus I sell the
house and the increment
the on the price that also is mine. Did that 100,000 become 10 million No. But this I know this is not what I this is in my control. I know it and this much I will definitely in Shall I get but that 100,000
what chances are there of me of that actually becoming 10 million very, very little chances. If those chances were high Las Vegas wouldn't be there. MGM wouldn't be there.
Those gambling dens. They exist because the gambler makes the money the the owner of the table makes the money not you. And that's why in Islam it is haram because all these games are chances games of chance. These are not permissible in Islam.
All kinds of gambling is haram in Islam policies. Because it's a it's a money sink, it's a it's a deception, so it takes your money away. Now you might say, Well, you know, someone's got a jackpot, well, how many of them?
If everybody got a jackpot, the the casino would shut down.
So, here we are saying that I'm spending something to get a return. So, two options, two things that that we base our investment decisions on. One is, what is the quantum of return? How much return will I get? Two is what is the surety guarantee of that? in a in a gamble, I may get a huge return possibility, but guarantee is zero, right? less than zero. Here, Allah saying, what is the quantum of return one is to 700 and then Allah will give in keeping with his majesty and grace, what is the surety of that? What is the surety that this will actually happen?
Depends on my level of humor, if I have given and if I believe in my Arab dolla dolla Lu, and if I believe in his promises, and I believe that he does not tell lies, when he does not make false promises, then what guaranteed you here is Allah subhanho wa Taala himself, who is guaranteeing the reward who is guaranteeing the result of my charity. Third point also to keep in mind is how much of control does the guarantor have?
Because the example I gave you off of investing in real estate, now, you might say, Well, you know, what, I mean, I invest in real estate, but what happens like it happened in the subprime subprime crisis, what happens if the, if the my whole market of real estate collapse?
So, I need my money to the mutual fund, which is investing in real estate and then the whole market now what
I What can I do, as a fund does not control the real estate market? I do not control the real estate market, but guess what, who controls everything else? So when the one who controls everything, it is actually in his control? For it to drop right? Why not? The one who controls everything, the only one who controls everything, and then that, that one that in that that entity does not tell us does not make false promises. So that person who controls that entity, and this in this case, Allah subhanaw taala, who controls everything, who always always always delivers on his promises, is promising us something.
What does what should we do?
What should we do?
Because whatever we do, that is an indication of our EMA of our EMA and on a lot of our EMA on the ACA.
If I have him on on the last round of eligibility level, if I have a man on the arcada then I will spend
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with the hope and the absolute certainty and surety of getting a return as Allah subhanaw taala promised me
then this is the one side of it which is spending the baton. But Allah also warned us against extravagance, and spending to show the world Allah said Allah tajmahal Jada karma Hulu
Isla Ono pick, wala tabo suta. Hakuna busty Fatah, Oda Malou Mum, Masha, Allah subhanaw taala said in so to Lisa, and do not let your hand be tied like a miser to your neck and not stretch it for two weeks at most reach like a spendthrift so that you become blameworthy and then you fall into severe poverty. Medicine in our in our countries. How many people spend money they don't even have? they borrow money on interest to spend on ostentatious weddings, because they want to show
how many people and how many people's whole family their their entire financial security is destroyed. And nobody destroyed it for them. They destroyed for themselves, because they wanted to show up.
And what will you show up to home will you show up? Because the point is that there is always somebody else in the world who is more stupid than you are and who can spend more than you can spend. And so at the end of the day, you have shown off and you have to home for what purpose
I know of cases where where Hyderabad is famous for ostentatious weddings. May Allah Subhana Allah give them some sense, because thanks to this COVID Now, all of this spending had to had to stop because the gatherings were not permitted. But weddings still happen. They happen in the home, they happened, you know, by having four or five people in the house and the rest of them have zoom on something.
Family members, weddings happen, everything happened, people did not get to spend their money even though they may not have had me they they not because they became any better. It's just that the opportunity was not there. So they need to think now and say, Why were we spending all this money? What value did it add to us? All the All we did was we bought the anger of Allah because Allah subhanaw taala strongly
condemned analysts rantala.
You know, he,
he warned against ostentatious spending. And I'll tell you that in a minute. So despite that we used to do but now at least we must get some sense. So here, Allah rantala saying, don't be the truth. One is, don't be so stingy, that anyone comes in need and you are not spending and at the same time, don't spend
extravagantly, don't throw money or money like water, because at the end of the day, then you can put yourself into severe financial hardship, because you are so busy trying to show off somebody.
You have seen many, many cases. Now you might say, Well, you know, I have enough money, I don't need to take a loan. But I want to have my daughter or my, my the wedding or my daughter or my son in this in this seven star hotel and i and i want to book the hotel. And I want to book another two, three hotels, and I want to give a fleet of luxury cars, starting from Rolls Royce, and to Bentley's to, you know, to Lexus and BMW and Mercedes and right whatnot.
To my guests, right? I want to do all I can do all I can afford Allah money, I can afford it. So why can't I do and I think about that. This is ostentation. Now, even though Allah did not,
Allah gave you enough that you don't have to borrow money? Is this the best use of your money?
I always tell people like this instead of that, right? plan this whole thing, total it up that total amount of money, give it as a gift to your own son or daughter. I'm not telling you to give it to me, give it to your son or instead of spending their money on hotel bills and car bills and airplane bills and and you know all this
shows that give this money to your own child.
Now, what's the problem with that?
But today we have insane people. We have children who don't.
I know again, where the child says no, I want I want a fancy wedding. I want a fat wedding.
What kind of bread? I mean, what sort of, I mean I said no child marriage is is not permissible. Don't let that that is not a adult you're talking about is a little kid. Because the brain has not developed the putting in a body a developed brain is still atrophied.
Louder Than sisters, please understand, this is not a game. And Allah subhanaw taala
mandus and I mentioned that you are going to add is a horrible hakuho while Myskina obra cebelia Allah to bad ville de xira in El Medina, California Shafi Akana shaytan, the rugby he called for Allah said and give to your relative his do and to the miskeen to the poor person who is poor, they don't ask they are to go find them. Who are the people who might have needs, and which they don't ask. So go find them. I sent you an appeal recently to go and give money to the authorities or to the teachers of Banaras. And to the Imams today, massages are closed, they don't have money, the magazines and the massage. Similarly, the Saudis are the teachers who are teaching in motherisk they
don't have money with mother's eyes closed, and many mothers cannot pay them because there is no fees. So you go find them and ensure that they have money to spend and to take care of their families without having to go and ask for it. Don't put them in a situation where they have to ask you, you go find them and give them a lesson give them Allah says give to the to the relatives because they're right is above everybody else. Give to your Kindred to your relatives, their do and to the miskeen a person who's poor especially those who don't ask, and to the wayfarer, this is a you know I only service somebody who's on the on the path who's doing it.
Work of public good or just a traveler stranger, give it to them, but do not spend wastefully in the matter in the manor office print of a spendthrift Right. Well as to bazille of zero, and then last it. Verily, Inaba, z Naka, can we get in Allah said Verily spendthrifts are the brothers of Satan. And the shaytan is ever ungrateful to Islam. wacana shaitan Odisha be Carrefour. So if you are spending ostentatious remember Allah subhanaw taala called that behavior. And so he called you, a brother of Stan. Now tell me is that? Is that a description? Is that your signature? Is that the face? You want to take our last monitor? That you are the brother of Jetta? What do you think
happens to the brothers of shaitan? When they meet Allah subhanaw taala on the Day of Judgment, why do you want to put yourself in that place? Allah subhanaw taala called those who do is rough is rough is to spend in order to show people this is the dangerous part of of this thing. Allah did not give a definition in terms of value. So you can't say well, no, it is not disruptive to spend 10,000, but it is route 200,000. No, it is rough. Even if you spend $1 with the intention of showing off to somebody else
is not a matter of quantity. It's a matter of what how you are doing that. By all means. For example, if a person spends a million dollars, feeding the poor, and you don't know who did it, he's doing it quietly, without fanfare. Nobody knows what he did. Nobody knows who did it, but he's doing it is beautiful. Mashallah hamdulillah This is what we should do. So, it's a matter of His love. So, never do anything to show off to anybody else. So Allah said, Eve, that these people who do Muslim, these are the Juana Shanti. And Alice rantala called those people, the brothers of shatta. If even this will not convince us to make changes in our lifestyle, and I don't know, what will. The whole
focus of Islam is to promote good of society, so that any action that has the potential to cause corruption is banned. extravagance has many evils that are associated with it. And so it is banned in the strongest possible terms. Only complete fools believe that being extravagant adds to honor Yeah, many people are so incredibly stupid. I've had people saying Mesa Verde zip Casa de casa Laguna Ross Kanaka. De La la la hotel, is that comes from spending money in a in a ostentatious manner, in Allah when Allah Allah, please don't fool yourself. Don't
Don't act in a in a way which is completely lacking in wisdom. spend on what Allah has told us to spend, spend
in a proper way not extravagantly and spend keeping in mind your aka that whatever I'm spending must do good for me in the occur, it must not light for me a fire of Jannah that's very important. ask Allah subhanaw taala to enable us to see the reality of life in the context that Allah has explained it to us and to live that in a way which is beneficial for us was Allah Allah Nabila Karim Allah Allah He was savage made karateka Amara, he made one