Channel: Mirza Yawar Baig
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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala Shara freedom bi Eva mousseline. Muhammad Rasul Allah is Allah Allah Allah He while he was IV he was seldom does Lehmann, cathedra and cathedra. For my brother my brothers and sisters I mentioned my last foot but living in the revolution there are three things that we must change in our approach to life. To leverage the benefits of technology and counter ill effects.
Number one is changed the way we connect with Allah subhanho data and Rasul Allah, his online seller to change the way we teach.
And three, change the way we relate with one another.
Each of these is important enough for us to reflect on. So here goes.
Let us reflect on how we relate with Allah Subhana Allah and His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam today.
For most of us.
It is ceremonial, ritualistic, restricted to special occasions like when we go to the masjid or when we pray, and when we are in a religious gathering. We read the words of Allah subhanaw taala ceremoniously at the beginning of some of our meetings, which is not even a sunnah. We have Quran recitation competitions, we try to memorize the Quran and learn to recite it in a melodious way. We learn the rules of Tajweed and we criticize others whose touch we think is incorrect. We write the Quran in different styles of calligraphy and decorated beautifully and make it a work of art.
When our children and I'm talking about the subcontinent, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, in the Middle East, I'm sure that you have similar customs and elsewhere. When our children are four years, four months and four days old, we do a ceremony called Bismillah. In my in my city, Hyderabad in Bangalore, they call it Amin,
where a child is made to recite the first five ayat of surah to Iraq, from Accra Bismillah because of the color to the fifth tire,
by an Imam, the Masjid local Muslim comes and he recited this item, this little boy or girl they repeat after them and then they're given sweets.
When we enter a new house, we carry the Quran on our heads on top like this.
When we get married, the Quran is carried over the head of the bride like an umbrella, maybe to shield her from her husband.
I can go on but this will suffice to illustrate our relationship with the Qalam of Allah subhanaw taala which is the only means that we have to get close to Allah subhanaw taala in this life.
He geladeira Allah who gave us the tools to vet and assess our relationship with him. And he said, enamel McMinnville, Anna Levine either Rukia Allahu wa de la Kulu, whom were either too late I lay him to the tomb Imana where I'll be him yet our cologne, he said which means zero will unveil the believers are only those, the believers are only those who when ALLAH SubhanA wa otalgia Legionella who is mentioned their hearts tremble with the author and Majesty of Allah.
And when His ayat the Quran
is recited before them,
or recited to them or they read it, they the ayat increase their faith.
And these people put their trust in the rub alone. But Allah Robbie him yet our karoun My brothers and sisters, I remind myself when you to ask what the purpose of the revelation of the Quran is, is it to get stuck in how to pronounce it? To sing it, no matter that we call it recitation?
To write it in beautiful fonts
to translate it into many languages to create all sorts of ceremonial uses for it most or none of which have which wrestlers are seldom ever did.
And of course to argue about it,
or is it one simple purpose? To understand it and to live by to practice it in our lives? Let us ask what Allah subhanaw taala will question us about that as with the pronunciation, the Kitab but the writing and the calligraphy, the Russa the traditions, many of us, many of them, invented by us or the
Amal will Quran the actions by the Quran, which of these will we be questioned about?
And which of these do we focus on?
I remind you of myself, that the kalam of Allah subhanaw taala is the closest that we can get to Allah subhanho wa Taala in this life.
Let us use it to get close to him jello.
The way to do that is to forget everyone else and to focus on ourselves. To ask ourselves, what is the Quran doing for us? Or doing to us? When we recite it? Or listen to it?
Forget the decider. Forget
everything, focus on yourself and ask what happened to me when I heard or read that I
think about is what do you say about a farmer who spent his time examining the fields and crops of his neighbors, criticizing them and so on, instead of dealing his own field, treating the soil planting the seeds, watering them, protecting them from pests and diseases and predators? He's doing none of that. He's spending all his time looking at the field of his neighbors and criticizing them. Who do you think is going to starve in winter?
Forget everyone. Focus on yourself.
Not even our children, ourselves, focus on ourselves. Because only a lighted lamp can light others.
If the lamp wants to light others, what advice would you give it?
Light up yourself. Where is your flame? Without your flame? You will never light anyone else's lamp.
So let's do a little self test.
Focus on your heart and see what happens to it as I reside some Quran for you.
It is the color of Allah see what it does for you.
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I'm deliberately not translating these Iots Firstly, because I know that you know that
and those who don't can read the translation. I decided first either Corsi, which is unsolder Bacara
is number 255. That is 255. Then I resided the last ayat of surah Harsha, which is 5921 to 24. And then I decided sort of to the class could
read the translation and ask yourself, do you know the meaning of these? If
it's interesting, you might say, Well, I've asked you to first read the
translation. And then I'm asking you, do you know the meaning of these words?
Let me explain by asking you another question. What is the meaning of Muhammad?
What is the meaning of Mohamed
there let me tell you
what Mohammed meant
to Hawaii, or the or the allah sallallahu Sallam
there to Kobe with nearly in a huge procession,
led by levels of yarn being heard, and so far been aware
to the place that they had chosen
to execute him for his execution.
The women and children were a company that and who made up their possession, they were screaming and making a big racket
and saying, kill him kill him.
When there is the place, obey with the idea of their law. No. As the leaders he said, Will you allow me to pray two rakaat. Before my death, they allowed him
He prayed to God
and recited short sutras. When he finished he said to them, by Allah.
If you thought that I had asked to pray out of fear of death, or to delete, my prayer would not be worth the trouble.
then started to attack him with their swords.
And they chopped off parts of his body that chopped off his hands. Eventually, the chapter was in the dismembered in the chapter was that his legs and so on. But as they inflicted those first wounds, they shouted, they taunted him and someone called out and said, What is the meaning of Muhammad? SallAllahu listen,
they actually didn't say that. They said, Would you like Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam to be in your place now, while you go free.
Away We have no idea who replied with bloods flowing with parts of his body severed.
He said by Allah.
I will not want to be safe and secure among my family, while even a thon breaks and hurts Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
They got even more unrest and they started screaming for his blood.
COBRA COBRA Delano then lifted his eyes to the heavens. And he said oh Allah sent my salam to Rasulullah sallallahu.
That was the meaning of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi salam to have a given.
Now tell me
Mohammed mean to you?
What does that mean to you?
My brothers and sisters, there's a world of difference between meaning and translation.
What you told me was translation, what I asked you was Meaning.
Meaning means value.
Meaning means value.
What does he mean to you?
Its value not translation of the word in some other language.
The problem is that when we separated the Skia from Talim the nor left their ill and only words remained
when we separated, purification
the knowledge, the light of understanding,
left knowledge and only words remained.
We remain stuck in the words in our own word games, while our hearts remain dark
with the Zulu mirth, the darkness of doubt and fear,
fear and hope from people,
envy and greed, arrogance and ignorance, and worst of all divisions and sectarian politics. Ask why Muslims have more conflicts with Muslims than with anyone else.
Tragically, this is our history.
The reality is that nations that don't learn from history are condemned to repeat it.
Let's see now how do we lead with Rasul Allah Azza wa sallam
once again the same story tradition rituals, mostly ending in biryani
invention of acts of worship, no matter that he warned us about inventing acts of worship
Gulaba didn't be that cool without Ebola or cool was allowed in Canada via Grimsel Allah Allah said, oh come on calories that was set up.
But we invent all kinds of acts of worship in the name of Azusa salah.
We sing that he and Nadia Kalam some of it with words of OpenShift
raising resources or sell them to a level that is specifically wonders against doing
let's do a little test
about our relationship with Russell life.
Let me ask you how many of us can name the children of Rasulullah assassin?
I want to ask you in order of their ages,
just name them.
How many of you can do that? How many of us can name our mothers?
The wives of Rasul Allah is seldom, how many of us can name the wives, the US Virgin matara, no matter what we need.
How many of us have read I'm not even talking about studied, I'm saying how many of us have read any book of Syrah of the biography of Rosa offers online?
How many of you are attending my class? I love the messenger. So now listen.
I can ask him any more questions, but this will suffice.
how we can say that we love someone
we know so little or nothing about
how can we say that we
love someone we know so little.
Even nothing about
love for us to realize as LM is expressed by obeying and emulating him in his ethos, and diva Allah Subhana Allah said to us in Surah Zab lacquered cannula computers will allow us to have Santa Lehmann, Ghana, your doula while you're Malarkey, that was luck, God Allah cathedra. Allah subhanaw taala said which means, indeed, in the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, you have a good example of the best example you have an excellent example to follow for the one who hopes in the meeting with Allah and the Last Day and remember Allah subhanho wa Taala a great deal.
A way of life recommended and guaranteed by Allah subhanho wa taala. Think about this. We make dua for the company of Rasul Allah Azza wa sallam in the ACA, right?
Ask you and myself, are you serious about that?
I was serious about this. Do you really want that?
If we are, it's easy. A lot of our data told us how to get it and he promised it to us.
Let's ask what stops us from ensuring that we are with Rasul Allah he says I sell them in Jannah
a lot around that has no value at all also, for Allah you come I live in an AMA Allah Wiley him in and RBG in our CDP in our Shuhada he was here he has one Hola, chica Rafi.
Allah says in surah Nisa,
And whosoever obeys Allah Subhana Allah, Allah and the messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
then they will be in the company of those on whom Allah subhanho wa Taala has bestowed His grace
of the prophets. This is the whole, like ovoca cities and others, the martyr, the shahada and the righteous and how excellent these companions are.
Obey and emulate.
Allah Subhana Allah ordered us to emulate rasool Allah is Allah Allah is Selim in every aspect of life
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for WA only you have been como la jolla Fiddler calm the Nova calm, while Lahore for Rahim Allah says, Oliver and say, Oh Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tell the people if you really love Allah, then emulate me, Imitate me do like I do talk like I talk, walk like I walk, make decisions, like I make decisions. Right? Emulate me. Because emulation is a true sign of love.
We emulate for one reason only. We may obey out of fear, or out of love, but emulation is only and only out of love.
People we emulate may not even know emulate them, but we emulate them because we love them.
So Allah said say oh Muhammad to the people. If you really love Allah that emulate me, then Allah will love you.
And He will forgive your sins. And Allah subhanaw taala is oft Forgiving and most Merciful.
My brothers and sisters, the time has come for us to make a choice. Let me tell you true to true stories.
Roughly about 100 years ago or so Muslims went to South America to Brazil to Argentina to Venezuela,
from the Middle East, mostly from the Middle East, went to the South American countries
today, of the original families,
almost all have lost his love.
I want many stories of old men meeting
the brothers of Wu who go there, with tears in their eyes
showing them a ragged masala
some with a copy of the most have the Quran. And lots of photos of their families, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, all Christian.
Remember that not even one was forced to convert to Islam.
They did it because nobody taught them Islam.
Generation after generation, parents are too busy to worry about their children. They thought that after all
their mother tongue
Quran was their inheritance, Mary with acid Islam was in their blood. And so nothing would happen to their children. They were wrong, very wrong.
And then, when they discovered that it was too late.
Contrast this with South Africa, where Muslims went not 100 years ago, but 300 years ago. They lived through apartheid in small segregated enclaves
today in Dharavi, the vote venue of the big massages in South Africa. The first half is reserved for who first of all?
How did this happen?
It happened because of the mucked up system.
Two hours a day, four days a week after school.
Now you might say well, what about driving to and from the budget? They did it the parents did it. What about soccer, cricket, tennis, basketball, gym, whatnot. Everything after the mcta
non negotiable No compromise. Most of these people are business people. So the children also walk in the shops
when most South Africans vast majority of them pray at least one Salah in the masjid
They have some magnificent mothers. But the backbone of the Islamic education is the mcta.
The after school,
that is the guard, the fortress, which protected them for 300 years, and continues to protect them from the evil influences of society.
And it preserved both Islam and their culture.
Today, you see South Africans in all kinds of highly complex and powerful, professional positions, but you also see they're confident adherence to the Sunnah of Rasulullah he's alive.
They look like Muslims. They practice Islam with total confidence and they work for the good of society in many ways.
My brothers sisters, ALLAH SubhanA does law of successes, that success comes to anyone who makes intelligent effort consistently over time.
That is ask if we want to be successful or not. And then see, if we are making intelligent effort consistently.
Let us reflect and become aware of what the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala is doing to us internally and in our lives. Ensure that we follow the Sunnah of Muhammad Rasul Allah Azza wa sallam, joyfully and confidently not apologetic and make it our identity and our signature
and focus on our live goal and work intelligently and consistently. That is why Allah subhanho wa Taala taught us to ask for the path, the path of steadfastness
if you are process focused, focused on the path, then not only is the goal assured Inshallah, but you will reach the goal in the right way.
This is very important,
because in the sight of Allah, both the means and the goal, the path and the destination are equally important.
If you focus on the goal, forgetting the path, that it is possible, that you may achieve the goal in ways that are dishonorable exploitative, and even illegal perhaps. But if you focus on acting rights, on being honorable and charitable and forgiving and humble, and working with integrity,
as your inalienable non negotiable differentiator, then you will not only succeed spectacularly in this world, but you will leave behind a legacy of honor your sadaqa jariya for the next world. That is how that is our and that is why Alphonse de Lamartine
the French historian and writer,
wrote in his book called The history of Turkey,
if greatness of purpose, smallness of means, and astonishing results. Three things if greatness of purpose,
smallness of means, and astonishing results are the three criteria of human genius
who will dare compare any great man in history with Muhammad salallahu Alaihe Salam
I remember the sisters ask Allah Subhana Allah diligent to be pleased with us and never to be displeased ask us Valterra to enable us to connect with him in a way that is pleasing to Him and to connect with us our lives Allah is set up in a way that is pleasing to Allah subhanaw taala and to keep us connected
until an after we meet him Jalla jalla wa salam O Allah Allah will carry while Allah he was awake they were after God