Channel: Mirza Yawar Baig
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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was salam, ala sherfield, MBA with mousseline mohammadu Rasulullah, sallallahu alayhi, wa aalihi, wa sahbihi, seldom at the Sleeman, kathira and casilla.
From abudu, mighty brothers sisters,
if I am asked to describe for you
a formula of success
for a Muslim
man, I will say that it consists of three words
identity, integrity, and courage,
identity, integrity, and courage. This is the formula for success,
frankly, for anybody in the world, but definitely for Muslims.
Now, you might say, Well,
why is it that you don't speak in terms of behavior? a code of conduct? For example, why don't you say that a Muslim who
does such and such or does not do such and such
will be successful? Why don't you talk about
behavior? I don't talk about behavior, because behavior is in the middle values, drive behavior, and behavior drives results. This is a slogan from GE, which
when I first heard it,
what was it 1994.
In Croton Ville, when I first went to the G covered University, to audit a course and we accredited on it,
it really touched my heart and struck me values drive behavior, and behavior drives results. And I think that's a beautiful quote, and it is absolutely,
I think, very, very correct.
And that is something that I really want to present before you to ask you to consider that. No for yourselves.
Values drive behavior and behavior drives results.
The reason I'm talking about that I'm starting from there is because if you want
certain behaviors, then you must look at the values which drive that behavior.
For example, if you say that in a team setting, if you say that I want to have teams, which are collaborative
teams, where which are self
inspired, and self energized, I want teams where people take responsibility for their work, then we have to go to the values that create that behavior and the values that create that behavior.
For example, the value that people are worthy of respect.
That equality is not just in a name, but equality is in how we treat each other
that the value that operates again, another one is that others have something useful and valuable to offer
to me to succeed in the goal of the team, right? So there are these various values which produce the behavior, where you find team members trust one another.
they collaborate with one another, they help one another in order to succeed, and intra team competition does not have, right, I'm not against competition, I'm just saying competition within a team, which is really very
destructive, which is which is completely useless and very destructive.
it is something that we need to think about and say, What is what are the values that we want. So if you want to address as I said earlier, if you want to address behavior, you must first address the values that drive that behavior. Now without that, without that without addressing the values. Any behavior, you see, can be playacting.
People get pretty good at
this is what hypocrisy is built off or built upon, which is the ability to
act in ways which are politically correct, whether or not you believe with them, and that is the basis the fundamental
basis of lies.
So, any behavior without going if that does not arising out of a root core value is play acting, and pretension. Now, problem with that is that play acting cannot be sustained. And play acting is always seen through by everyone except the actor, and it completely destroys credibility. Totally.
So, let me talk about the values that Muslims must have.
The first value is
that of identity, who are you?
Let me take you back to where it all began,
which is when the sewer lines
stood on the hillock of Safa, and he called out to the people and he said was to Baja. And this was like a emergency call, people came running.
And they came running because they saw who was calling them.
And who was calling them. The one who was calling them was the one about whom
they knew that he never lied. That was the one to whom they had given the title of Assad, the whole I mean,
the truthful and the trustworthy.
He was the one who was calling them.
So they came,
and they came
running and they came rushing.
And when they came,
what did you tell them?
He reminded them of who they really are.
Some accepted that
some woke up to it and accepted it. Some continued to deny it.
What am I talking about? I'm talking about the message of also Salah, which was called Allah Illa Illa Allah autoflow
c'est la ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasul Allah, c'est la, la la la. See, there is no one worthy of worship except Allah. And it's not an academic statement. It's not a statement that you are just making, pointing to somebody else.
When I say there is no one worthy of worship except Allah. Who am I talking about? I'm talking about myself as the abbot of Allah, as Abdullah.
When I say there is no one worthy of worship except Allah, then who do I worship? I worship Allah. Because there is no one worthy of worship except Allah.
I think this is very important to understand in this in this context, we are not just saying, for example, you're not saying Washington DC is the capital of the United States. No.
It's not a statement of Lyda Hill, Allah is not a Statement of Information. It's not academic data.
It is a statement, which is which reflects and which communicates and which talks about a relationship that we have
with Allah subhanaw taala.
When I say a shadow Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, I bear witness, that there is no one worthy of worship except Allah. I'm talking about myself. I'm bearing witness to that.
I'm standing up there and saying that I am saying this and I am the first
a one minute shady.
And the first one
among those who bear witness.
And I'm not saying I'm the first one because I'm the greatest because it begins with me.
My life begins with me, not for somebody else. So I am the first one in my life homes who say, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah.
So what did he do what was
Rasul? Allah says, Allah comes first
and greatest and most fundamental contribution to humanity and followers. It was to give us a sense of our real identity as about the law.
that was the contribution. If you think about it, everything else emanates from that.
Why must you pray? Because you are above the law?
Why must you use the God because you are above the law?
Why must you control your anger? Because you are Abdullah? Why must you keep your tongue clean? Because you are above the law?
Why must you guard your eyesight? and not look at her? Because you are Abdullah?
Why should you be respectful to your elders? Because your agenda? Why should you be affectionate with the with your with your children, because you are of the law?
And anyway, why must you eat this? Why must you not eat that? Why must you earn in this way? Why must you not earn in that in the other way? Why must you go to this place? Why must you not go to that place? every single question of life has only one answer.
And that answer is because you are up the law or amatola.
How beautiful is that?
Think about that how utterly simple and immensely powerful
is there one single thing
and this is the
the nature of the message of the MBA was
simple, but immensely powerful.
It is something that does not require a PhD
doesn't require you to have a PhD to understand.
It is some It is not something that you need to have an IQ of 200 to understand.
It's not something that you have to go to university or school or college or whatever to understand. It is something that any living, walking, talking human being, meaning anyone who is artful and valid or anyone will not even bother will just ask
any person who has any intelligence, no matter how small or big, can understand absolutely perfectly without any problem, that I am the ABS of Allah subhanho wa Taala
that I am the AB the slave of the one who created me, the one who feeds me, the one who sustains me the one who protects me
and the one to whom is my ultimate return.
That there is nobody on the face of the earth who can help me or harm me.
If Allah subhanaw taala does not wish for that to happen.
It is from this feeling and his understanding of being being the abbot of Allah subhanho wa Taala that we have the Hadees or a source of Salah where he said Salah Holly he was he was
that the head is a hace where Allah subhanho wa Taala said that if all of mankind
and all the jinn
from the first of them to the last of them.
What does that mean?
That means from Adam and Eve Salah to the last human being whoever he or she is from the first of the gym,
to the last of them whoever
he or she is
if they all collect and enjoy did I think about that in this first to the last
is every king and queen
is every Prince and Papa is every Nabhi and Russell
is everyone in between.
No one is exempted. No one is left up every scholar, every man.
Every good person, every bad person. All of them. If they simultaneously get together and gather in one place.
And then they all simultaneously make dua and ask Allah subhana wa Taala in this door for every single thing that they ever wanted.
All their room,
all their house, all their high shirt, everything they need and everything they want
without any boundary.
you if they all simultaneously all of them get together in one place. And simultaneously all of them ask for all that. They want a neat
Remember this is not just material, right? We're not talking here only about cars and planes know
all the knowledge
all the health and wealth, all the strength and power
all the beautiful relationships all the spouses and children and parents and whatnot
all the name and fame, all the beauty and you know you name it every single day, all of them get together and they ask for everything together. And unlike gives it to them instantaneously, at the same time,
it will not decrease
from the treasure of Allah Serrano tala. Even as much as
you're not comparing even here, it will not decrease from the treasure of Allah, even as much as the water that comes off on the tip of a needle. If you dip a needle into the ocean and take it out.
You if you actually dip a needle into the ocean and take it out, believe me.
What is on the tip of the needle is not even a micro drop.
Most of the time, you can't even see it with your with your naked eyes.
You probably need to put it under a lens to see.
And is it equal to that no Allah saying it is not even equal to that. If Allah gives everything
simultaneously to everybody,
it will not decrease from his treasures, even to that extent.
And that is Allah subhanho wa.
zol, Jalla. livery kalaam Hi, you Yo, yo, buddy, osawa.
This is Allah.
This is the one we worship when we say a chavela.
All I've ever witnessed that I worship only you and nobody else.
My brother sisters,
this is what
he just made one single change.
one tiny switch in the programming of the mind.
And that one tiny switch changed everything.
Every single thing.
You know our world today, especially for those who know a little bit of technology. And believe me, I know.
I don't even know the first tier of technology available. But even I know that the example I want to give of this is that you've got this whole pages and pages and pages and pages of code that you original, which runs a very complex process. And then you go and you change one letter of that code.
Right? One critical part of that code.
And you will find that that whole system
becomes enormously different. Completely different, enormously powerful, because of that one change. And similarly, you can have this fantastic system, and you make that one change. And holding collapses.
Hacking is actually based on this, isn't it?
One little change in the coding, and that's it. everything collapses, freezes, everything freezes, what used to work is dead.
All the data is stored is lost. You can't you can you cannot revert you cannot reverse it, you can't get it back.
That code is the halo law.
So the first and foremost thing to understand is that this is what he
did for us.
He gave people a sense of identity and that's why I began with a three things identity, integrity, courage.
So my question to you, my brother and sisters, who are you as a Muslim?
And how does that set you apart from everyone else?
In what way? Does that make you special?
To give you an idea, you are a doctor, you are a medical professional. You are You are a physician.
So are 10 million others? What sets you apart? Because you are a Muslim physician?
What is it?
And again, remember, don't tell me. I'm a Muslim physician because I have a beard. No.
I'm not talking about your personal practice of Islam. I'm talking about the effect of that personal brand of Islam on others. How do others experience you as a Muslim doctor, different from how they experience somebody else who's not a Muslim doctor. Both are doctors. Both are highly competent. You're not talking about competence. You're not talking about personal appearance. We are not I can't say that I am a better Muslim doctor because I pray five times a day No.
Your prayer five times a day is between you and Allah subhanaw taala if you read if you did not do that, you will not even be Muslim in the first place for a doctor or not.
The one who deliberately knowingly consciously rejects and does not pray, reject salah and does not pray has existed has exited from Islam. Not by fatwa Rasul Allah says Sallam said this.
He said something.
I had a lady by Nana verbena whom a Salah foreman arada called Guevara. Oh kumbhakarna alayhi salatu salam, he said the I had the boundary line, the differentiator,
the thing that sets us apart between us and them, meaning between Muslims and non Muslims is the Salah, the one who lives it has committed, Cofer has left Islam.
I'm not talking about that. I am talking about because I'm a Muslim because I pray because blah, blah, blah.
When I interact with my patients,
how's that different from how a non Muslim Doctor Who has the same competence and level of experience on as I do have?
What's the difference? That difference will be on the basis of my Islam? How does my Islam set me apart? What How does it make me special, not superior for you to feel arrogant about, but special in terms of the responsibility it bestows on you and which it is your honor to uphold until your last breath.
The responsibility that Islam gives you that is the meaning of identity.
This is something which must be felt in the deepest core of our being.
And it is something which will be visible in all our actions. The sense of identity.
The sense of identity is not a bunch of words concocted by some wordsmith for you to make speeches on.
It is the core of your being.
It doesn't matter.
It is what you live by.
And what you are willing to die for.
It is the core of your being.
And it is what you live by, and what you're willing to die for.
It may not even you may not even be able to state this eloquently doesn't matter.
What matters is how much you feel it and what it will enable and strengthen you to do
this is what does have a had those who accepted Islam, the reason why they were so completely and totally committed to Islam the reason why this stuck to Islam the reason why they became so enormously strong on Islam instantaneously. How many years of Serbia and how many years of Saskia to knifes and how many years of the hedgerow than how many years and and how many million times of zeker did sumaiya been to yet rhodiola when I have before she went to Allah subhanho wa Taala at the hands of the Malarone I will gel as the first Shaheed in Islam.
How many how many years? Yours
may not even have been days.
What about a husband about the alano
How many years of mosquito knifes and how many years of of Zohan it
Before he became
so strong in Islam,
that about him he just said ba, ba, ba, ba ba.
His level and his standard is after the first among the believers siddik or the Ella Han
is not a question of number of years.
It is a question of having this identity issue solved
firmly in their lives.
Take the sabarimala helmet may take any of them
men and women.
The Cobra delana our mother
what is it that enabled this lady
completely destitute herself, completely beggars life completely take all her considerable wealth
and give it to her husband to spend in the path of Allah?
What enabled her to spend all our wealth
in the line of the work of our husband? mohammadu Rasul Allah is Allah is Allah.
And this is what enabled her and gave her the position. That one day rustlers are salami sitting
in his house in Makkah.
And Julius ROM comes
and he says, jasola your wife Khadija is about to come through that door with something for you.
When she comes, please give her my Salaam
and then tell her
that her Raj Jalla Jalla wa Allah subhanho wa Taala send his Salam on her are the Allahu Allah
and run a Khadija delana came in rasulillah salam Salam told her this. He said jabril is here Allah is Allah and he's saying salam to you
and he has come to inform you
that your Rabbi Allah subhanho wa Taala
is sending Salah Manu
What was that?
That was that sense of identity of Who am I?
Am what what would she have told you? If you had asked her?
She would have told you I am a Muslim.
inshallah. inshallah This is what you were told I am a Muslim.
What sets you apart from anyone else in the world, that I am a Muslim.
I worship by Rob gelato, alone and not anybody else. And that's why I said it's not a matter of making a eloquent statement. It's not a matter of giving a speech. It's a matter of knowing in the core of your being who you are, and living your life according to that.
And that is why last word that I said in the Latina girl, Robin Allah who must accommo
I said these are the people that I said these are the people who said Allah is our
upon Allah, so muster calm and they had this the Ramadan that and they were stood steadfast on that.
sense of identity.
So what matters is not whether you can make an eloquent statement.
What matters is how much you feel it and what will it enable and strengthen you too do
my brother just to remind myself I knew that your identity is your brand. It is your signature, it is your face.
It is who you are.
And far more importantly, it is the why.
Why are you this? Because I am Abdullah
your identity is what people see when they
See you or experience you in any way.
It is like the color of your skin, like the color of your skin.
You don't have to tell people what it is, they can see it the minute the see you.
That is the meaning of identity.
Identity is the thing that
you are aware of instantly
as long as you want to wear meaning that if somebody wakes you up in the middle of the night and you open your eyes, the first thing you are aware of is your identity. And you search our Laila hi Lola Warszawa Mohammed Rasulullah
This is what will happen when you go into your cover inshallah, when you go into your cover with the identity that you are Muslim, then when
Mancha come and wake you up, you will wake up by saying hi Lola wash
and that's why I advise you and I try to practice it myself that when you go to bed in the night before you go to sleep
finish the Oscar
finish all the
vigor that resources are taught us to make read sort of size the resource of milk
and then do the car.
does Wi Fi to me
that's what he calls
the last Wyatt of sort of Bukhara from from another soul to the end
Finish all this
and then say Shall I Lola, or shadow no harm others
and then go to sleep. And when you wake up, also do that consciously. Remind yourself to do it a few times and inshallah this will become reflex.
So anytime you wake up in the night, tshabalala Allah Allah Allah, Allah
then ask Allah Subhana Allah inshallah,
when we are woken up in our cover, we will settle the lie Lola.
And when the sword is blown, and when we are woken up again from our cover, to go to the gathering place,
we will wake up by saying, I shall lie Lola.
This is the sense of identity
that I want to share with you. This is what our solar system did. This is what Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam did, this is what he helped his hava redonda help him his main to develop in themselves to develop a sense of identity, where when they whatever they did in life, they did it with the understanding, and from the standpoint that they were Muslim.
And that's the reason why they were able to stand so firmly
in the face of all kinds of trials and tribulations.
All kinds of rather demolitions. You know, today hamdulillah. Some of us tend to feel that the tests we face
in our lives,
especially the youth, we tend to feel that these tests are the toughest ever. The most difficult test that anybody has ever felt. We feel also sometimes I'm overstate also. And Angela, sometimes I have also mentioned this, which is that the tests that the youth feel today are even more difficult than the test at the cyber field.
me a lot Forgive me for saying that. Because one of the realities is
that first of all, every generation feels that what they are going through is the most difficult and that no one went through that before them. Now that's almost by definition that is incorrect. Because everything is in context.
What is difficult for our generation is in the context of our generation.
But what was difficult for the Sahaba
was something else.
We think we have difficult tests. Tell me how many of us
because of our Islam, because we said Asha Allah Allah Allah Allah, Masha Allah Muhammad Rasul
How many of us were laid down?
on our backs on a bed of burning charcoal?
Is that happened to me did happen to you? May Allah protect you and me from this? Did someone take off our shirt and put us there?
So I want to know that I asked about him in the law of the land.
Because he was the one
who was among those who were tortured
by the mushrikeen omaka.
Because they said, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, sense of identity.
So say that I wanted to ask him, he said,
What did they do to you?
So then what are the hubbub now a lot of Delano, he removed his shirt.
He doesn't, he turned, he turned his back to Southern Omar. And he lifted his shirt. So that a lot of Delano said I have never seen a back like that.
He says his back was an absolute nightmare.
I've never seen a back like that.
It was pitted completely and which is impossible to describe. By looking at that back.
He said, you could imagine the kind of torture the kind of difficulty the kind of pain that the man must have suffered.
And above the law of generosity that they used to take on my church.
And they will put me on this bed of burning coals.
And the fire would die
with my melted fat and blood from my body.
So those who feel that their tests are the most difficult. Think about this. When was the last time this happened to you?
And if you think that your test is difficult, what do you say about this test within this was easy.
Using what you are facing is more difficult than that?
What would you say about the one again, they would take off his clothes.
And they would put him on the burning sands of the desert.
Right? We live here in this nice, cold temperate climate of Massachusetts.
Have you ever walked barefoot? in Makkah?
an almost created called myself permanent injury.
I didn't do it deliberately. I just lost my slippers.
They would lay him
on that sand
and rocks and Zen. And that wasn't enough.
The way I've been half
who was his master?
His slave owner
would plays a big rock on his chest.
And sometimes would that they would drag him they would tie ropes to his legs and drag it
And you might have been salvaged to say
recant can't leave Islam. And I will for you.
And what was the the response of Bilal Avalon used to say, I had a I had a I had
many years later.
Somebody asked him
why did you do that? Why did you keep saying I had to? I had to I had?
He said because it used to make that Maya very mad. It used to drive him crazy. He would become insane with anger.
I think about that. Here. Are you in a state of complete helplessness. You can't help yourself. You can't protect yourself. And it's not because they didn't have the courage or didn't have the strength. He had all the garbage in the world.
He did have strength because he was one man and they were you know omiya wasn't doing this alone. He had people around him.
So already you are in that situation. The normal tendency is what how can I relieve this? Okay, I'm not going to recant. Now, I'm not going to leave Islam, but at least let me try to keep this guy you know, keep his anger down.
So it doesn't bother me too much. It doesn't bother him more than what he's doing already.
not say that I will say that I will say I want to make him more more angry.
I want there to be no doubt whatsoever in the mind of anybody to say who am I? I am Muslim.
I am the Abdul Ahad
I am Abdullah.
all who Allah who I had
when I am
hubs of the Annette
so he's to say he said, I used to say it because I knew that made him most angry, because he workers you do he will do even more.
And I kept saying after that
another than they asked him what was the most beautiful time of your life? What is it that you really really what which time of your life? Do you really enjoy yourself? He said when I used to be placed naked without my shirt
on the burning sand. And they would place a rock on my chest. And they would beat me and they would say, leave us now and I would say I have done. I have done that. That was the most beautiful time of my life.
What's he doing?
He's establishing his identity
as a Muslim.
That's why I said yeah below.
When I went to Mirage
I heard your footsteps in Jannah.
And I sort of said that I will enter Jenna Templeton for those who Allah May Allah grant that we entered them so for those who Allah behind Rasul Allah, Allah, but as soon as I said I will enter agenda for those who Allah, I will be mounted on a camel and my camel will be led by Bill Albion Allah one.
So even though sort of SRM is the first person to enter Jana Belbin, Roberto delana, will lead his government agenda.
Why? Because he was a Muslim
sisters more later, but for today, identity, and that's why I want you
when you finish this lecture, go stand in front of a mirror, look at yourself
and ask, Who are you?
Who are you?
Who are you?
answer that question for yourself.
And the answer is, I'm a Muslim, but that's not an answer you are going to give because you heard me saying that that is an answer that is going to come out from inside your heart
to say Who are you and listen for the answer from inside your heart. And may Allah grant that you hear the answer from inside your heart. I am Muslim. I am a Muslim
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Salahuddin Abdul Karim Ali he was always been burrata Gamora Hamid wa salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.