Living Islam #70
Channel: Mirza Yawar Baig
Series: Mirza Yawar Baig - Living Islam
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As we learn how to handle Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam O Allah pmba wellmune serene. Muhammad Rasul Allah is Allah Allah highly highly he was
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Allah subhana wa tada told us why He created us.
And he gave us two definitions, one,
our creation as individuals, and the second one, our creation collectively as the oma of our souls ourselves.
As individuals, the last run into Xero mouth and octogenarian sale earlier, I have not created the insert and the gin the humans in the gin for anything other than my worship,
that applies to every human being in a region.
The purpose of creation is to worship Allah subhanaw taala, there can be no, there can be no purpose which is superior to the worship of others.
That is the highest rank that is the highest job better, the most prestigious, the most honorable of
jobs, which is the worship of Allah subhanaw taala.
There is no priesthood in Islam. We do not have priests and monks, and we do not have clerics and we don't have
you know, anyone who worships on our behalf, or who performs worship on the behalf of somebody else, or who
is a confessor of somebody's sins, and who forgives others, this is all all of these are things we're only allowed us.
We as Muslims believe that we worship ourselves, we worship, the responsibility worship is our eyes on ourselves, and we worship Allah Subhana Allah. This is not some something that someone does for us. We do it for ourselves, number one, number two, is that seeking forgiveness, we ask Allah and Allah forgives us there is no interest intercessor there is no person in between. This is part of our kids Alhamdulillah and this is what makes us and our religion Mashallah unique. So the first purpose of creation is to worship Allah Subhana Allah and the second purpose which is a collective purpose of the omata Muhammad Salah.
All of us together is Allah said condom Kira on button or frigidly nasta moorabool my roofie what an hona Anil moon curry. Allah, Allah subhanaw taala said, which means you are the best of people, and you have been created for the benefit of people.
And you how do you do that by enjoying good and forbidding evil, and you have faith in Allah subhanho wa Taala. So these two things have been specified for us now. Looking at the first one, of course,
we must worship Allah subhanaw taala and try to fulfill his right meaning that we should try to worship Him as it is his right to be worshipped and we'll know no matter whether we succeed in it or not. The effort must be made and the effort must be made continuously until our last breath and we ask Allah subhanaw taala
to make it easy for us and to accept it from us inshallah.
But the issue of Dawa issue of benefiting others this is the essence of our what is it that was our is to enjoin good and forbid evil. And our is something which is beneficial for people's on us rather than us and we have created to benefit people benefit people in every way, whatever the way, and that's why I want to Morrow and nail monger is not something to be interpreted narrowly, as only enjoining what is halal and stopping what is haram in Islam, for example, building a hospital or encouraging people to build a good school or encouraging people to improve the quality of teaching and learning in schools and mothers in the room. Or to talk about the maintenance of a Masjid to to
have that as a benchmark for maintenance. Do it in such a beautiful way that people can, can bring each other and show them and say, Look, if you want a place to be to be rented. Look at this. Look at this place. This is how you maintain a place is think about this.
I keep on talking about the importance of quality. I'll tell you a real story. And the story is that several years ago, in 2014, I was invited to speak at the International Conference on education on faith based education.
In London, by the Association of Muslim schools of England, and I was, I was, I was invited to speak that.
And I'm meant I met, among others, the head of the department of education for you gave a very interesting story, which was that the Department of Education, obviously, they are concerned with the quality of education. So they were talking to the people who run faith based schools. So this is non secular schools. And this includes the three, three,
what they call the Abrahamic faiths, which is Jewish schools, Muslim schools, and Christian Schools, so Catholic schools, and brought us to scheduling London schools.
So they were talking about the quality and they were talking about, they said, you know, this should be like this teaching quality should be like this, and cleanliness, and this is that all all parameters of quality of those schools, so this meeting is going on,
you want the heads of different schools in there in that meeting, and speaking with the head of the Department of Education of UK, and this person says that the head of
the Jewish schools, he stood up and said,
just make your schools like our schools that are gonna
just make your schools like our schools. Now, my point is, that, that may look like you might say, Oh, you know, big statement. But that's not that's not true. It is a true statement. The quality of education, the quality of maintenance, the quality of everything in Jewish schools, is superior and far superior to the same quality in Christian Schools, or Muslim schools, or for that matter in secular schools. In the UK, so here is a community, which
not just takes pride in running a, you know, very good establishment, but they're able to present it
very confidently to others and say that, look, I mean, why am I sitting in a meeting where you're talking about standards of education, what my standard is already superior to what you're saying?
That so instead of me sitting here and listening to this, why don't you just go and see what we are doing and and replicated. Now, my point is this, that that opportunity is available to anyone, right? It's not restricted to Jewish schools, it is anybody.
Whatever kind of school you're running, whatever kind of house of worship, you're running, whatever kind of anything, you have the opportunity to create a benchmark to become a benchmark, the opportunity to become somebody who others will look up to as a role model and compare for quality of product and service. This opportunity is available to everybody.
So why don't we do that?
Now, why am I saying this because the issue of maruf and Hellman can issue or enjoining, good and forbidding evil. The reason why this is so important, is because this is the essence of them.
This is the essence of presenting Islam. The thing about this,
when we talk about Islam, when you present Islam, there are two things one is our own worship. All our worship is internal. We do worship inside our homes, or we do worship inside our massages. Unless you are doing say for example and eat prayer in open grounds, the general public has no opportunity to see you in a state of worship, right? today thanks to television and thanks to the fact that the hydrogen omura and so on is broadcast people can do it and watch that otherwise, that also was closed to non Muslim non Muslims are not allowed in the Harmon. So therefore their worship happening there is not open to them. They can see and most people are not even interested. I mean if
for example, I mean, the massages of every place are open to everybody and it's not only Muslim, all our hearts are how many non Muslims go to the budget to see how people are worshiping I mean in America for that matter. That's probably one of the places where this happens more than it happens anywhere else to the best of my knowledge. Most other places people that people don't go right people live in the same place. They live with the same for example our budget.
We have people Hindus living in our in the apartment building, except for one family who who come
And who, you know who listened to the Juma hotbar, and so on. Others don't come.
They don't bother, they are interested. Obviously, we don't force them either. But the point is that if somebody wants to see Islam, how do they see it?
So one except for going into the budget, so that is the reason why am I doing more of an Al Mancha is so important, which is, how do we present Islam to people in a way, which is pleasing to them, which is hopefully,
you know, persuades them to consider Islam positively as a way of life. How do you do that, we do that through our interaction with them. So we do that through and short word for that is
our manners we do that with the way we treat people, we do that with the way we mentor our facilities, we do that with the way we deal with each other, and so on and so far, and this is the best presentation of Islamic lab, Islamic manners, Islamic behavior that you can imagine, right?
Now, Allah subhanho data himself mentioned this. And he mentioned resources seldom as the shining example as the standard as the benchmark for good o'clock. And the last round that I said I will diminish it on the regime. We're in luck, Allah Allah full Okay, nauseam, in Salatu column, Allah is right. And I said, and indeed you all
are on the highest moral character you are of a great moral character. And then Allah subhanaw taala mentioned.
The ways to behave, Allah mentioned ways to be and he connected them with people that he that Allah loves, right? People who are in sha Allah, the earlier of Allah, Allah subhanaw taala said we're evolved over the special slaves of Allah, one of the most merciful. Allah said wherever the Rahmani levina, Yom June Allah, Allah the whole know, what is the heart of our whole Jai Radha? Carlos, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah said, and the slaves of Allah, one of the most merciful are those who walk upon the earth humbly. And when the ignorance accost them, when they address them harshly, they don't respond kind, they say salah and they go away. Now think about that. Allah Subhana Allah is
specifically meant showing us the and and telling us the importance of humility, the importance of being humble, the importance of shunning any form of arrogance, the importance of not behaving badly because somebody behaves badly with you, that the importance of not falling into this trap of,
of a negative,
you know, negative cycle, right? So somebody you do something wrong, somebody does something wrong kind of just continues, somebody curses you because the back end continues. Allah saying, No, don't Don't do that. Don't even start that cycle. If somebody talks to you in appropriately
don't don't lower yourself to that level. And the person who is doing that is obviously demonstrating his or her own raising his or her own upbringing. They are making a statement about their own family. They're making their statement about their own own parents of how they were brought up. Don't do that. Don't fall don't lower yourself to that level. Right? Maybe that's how they are but why do you want to become like that? Well as writers they just go away. Don't don't respond in kind.
They're less right that is
the reason why I would allow one or two silly goofy or will validate near Santa. What Brazil Korba Walia thermowell masa Kini? Well, Jerry zil. corba Well, Jerry will, June ob wasabi will Jim beaver Musa video Marika de Monaco in Allah Allah your head Bowman Ghana Matalan hora in Surah Nisa, Allah said in worship Allah Jalla Geraldo alone and do not associate anything or anyone with him and to your parents, be good to your parents, and be good to relatives, and to offers and to people who are needy and be good to the near neighbor and the neighbor further away. Mr. Syrian have said that near neighbor means Muslim and neighbor farther away means somebody who's not Muslim.
So it should be good to then Allah said we go to the near neighbor, and be able to the neighbor who's far away and we go to the companion at your side and be good to the traveler and be good
All those who are in your power and control,
right people who you employ people who are in your, in your power and control and that is the man Malika de Monaco.
Those whom your right hand, right hands possess, meaning people who are in your control who are, who you work, who, who you have authority over. And indeed, and Indeed, Allah does not like those who are self deluding and boastful. In Allah live head woman, Ghana, mastan for hora, people who are who are boastful. Now think about this, Allah rantala is making a list of people to whom you should be good, and hamdulillah
it's a comprehensive, complete list, and it takes into account all the constitute words of our, of our society. So it's, you know, parents and relatives and neighbors, Muslim neighbors, non Muslim neighbors, and then strangers, you know, orphans, people who are needy, somebody with an average knee and Ed may not even be by neighbor, I mean, obvious may not even be related to me, maybe Muslim, non Muslim, doesn't matter. Allah did not say Muslim or for Muslims who are in the door, other than people who are named needy, anybody, obviously, just like your family and in the family, the one who are closest to you. So it's your parents, your siblings, and then in the circle moves
further and further away. So just like they take precedence over others, Muslims and Muslims in need will take precedence and should take precedence for your charity, or people who are not Muslim, but they are any. But Islam does not prohibit you from helping non Muslims who are in need, right? It's just a matter of prioritizing. Obviously, if you're going to feed somebody to feed your children first and then you feed other people, you don't leave your home,
in a state of
destitution and need, and you have gone away outside somewhere to help the rest of the world that would be completely inappropriate, because you're your own family takes precedence over others, this is not a matter of selfishness, you cannot find fault with anybody if they are doing that, that is how they should behave, that is how that is how it should be. Right. So similarly, there in this case, we are saying that if if your Muslim brothers and sisters, if you give them precedence over others, this is nothing wrong, there is no sin on you for doing that. I always tell people, especially in countries where they have sovereigns and so on and drivers and whatnot, I try to I
tell them, my Muslim brothers, sisters try to employ Muslims first. Because they are in need, they are poor, they are in need, they have no alternatives for work, they get discriminated against in other places, so at least gives them a place where they can honestly earn a living and you know, do some good work. And of course, if you if you can't find a Muslim by all means, employ a non Muslim absolutely no problem. Also, just because you're you are employing a Muslim does not mean that you must settle for substandard work, no, by all means employer Muslim, but insist on proper work standards, you that is your right as an individual, there's no need for you to compromise on that,
let them do that. And if the person is not willing to work to your quality standard, then you are more than free to send them home and employ somebody else in their place.
And then the last round that I said well couldn't play by the lady here I said, listen and tell my slaves to say that which is best thing is again a clap, when you when you speak speak something good. So as an observer, if you have something good to say said otherwise remain silent and very famous or this. So therefore, individual service again saying the same thing, which is if you have to speak say something good. If you do not have anything good to say keep quiet, don't say anything at all. The major a big, massive a big problem with people, they when they talk they talk negative stuff, they talk hopeless stuff. They constantly criticizing the constantly abusing people and
others, they constantly complaining and moaning and groaning it's very debilitating to be with people like that. So, remove them remove yourself from the company and remove them from your
from your friends list and this is drag you down this makes no makes no sense right. So therefore, ensure that you
are with people who are positive people who are who are beneficial to you in terms of your
Mental mental and psychological health also. And that's why Russell Russell Russell
told us you know, the importance of having good friends, he said have friends, he said that he gave the quote the characteristic characteristics of friends. He said a friend should be somebody who remind you have Allah subhanaw taala then he said a friend to be somebody that you learn something from. And then he said, a third thing is, friendship is somebody who reminds you of the ACA, meaning the friend behavior should be such that it gives you always focused on the, on the Atilla. So, these are the three qualities of of a good friend somebody who can learn from somebody who would find your most valuable and somebody who is
remind you of the affair. So, you look at the you you see the friend, you are in the company, you are very efficient. Of course, the question to ask ourselves is, am I such a friend for others?
One is that I am looking for good friends. And second thing is that Am I a good friend, a good friend is not just a matter of being close to somebody, a good friend is in terms of the accurately described
today we place a lot of
emphasis on on fun and games and, you know, having friends and so on, think about that. Think about that. Because in in our
way of having fun, and so on so forth. You know, are you becoming a means of people to pray this love or you make me a means of people to hate Islam.
recently on an outing that I went on with some people and that's observation that they had a bunch of young people and in the hotel, they made so much noise and you're jumping and leaping and screaming and whatnot, that people give out other guests came out of their rooms and abuse them and they can they curse them back and then they shattered and now is this the is this the impression of Islam and Muslims that you want the world to have?
that people have no consideration for the Muslims or people who have no consideration for others
that you make a noise you yell and scream and so on, don't you know that there are other people staying in the hotel?
Somebody has to tell you that I mean, what kind of what kind of raising Is this what kind of hold you come from what kind of parent you have.
They didn't teach you this that you shouldn't be running and screaming like a maniac and in order
right, you you you pass to some place and then next thing you know it the whole place is littered with all kinds of garbage.
he was negative, these are things to be taught right parents should teach the children this and so called children must teach other teach each other this I'm saying so called children because the people concerned are you know, between the ages of 15 or 17 to the age of 25. These are not children. These are adults.
At this age, if they don't know if they don't have manners if they don't have consideration for others, if they have no sense of quality, and no sense of cleanliness and neatness and so on. So what kind of children are they going to have what kind of generation are they going to raise
so they must be taught
that when you wake up the first thing you do is make your bed
before you go to bed Polish your shoes put your shoes in it together in one place neatly not not thrown them all over the room.
Doesn't matter if the hotel has room service or not. Doesn't matter if the hotel has housekeeping or not you make the bed you make sure that the housekeeping person comes in they see a neat cleanly made bed
make sure that when you have when you have a shower that you hang the towel on the other towel rack not throw it as a
like a lump in the in the shower stock.
Make sure that if you're using toilet paper that the toilet paper goes into the correct place after after you use the toilet paper don't throw it somewhere it stinks it's miserable. It's horrible. I'm not making all this up. These are things that I personally observed
and they're very shameful
no My point is that if you are if this is your impression that you're creating in the world as Muslims What do you expect people to do? Love Islam come to Islam
teach me how to throw toilet paper all over the place. Teach me how to throw
towels like a lump in the in the in the in the shower store. This is what Islam is I would like to learn Islam is going to happen
or are people going to said never bring a Muslim into the hotel again?
You can keep your money you can keep your your reservations we don't want you
which which Which one? What do you think?
My brother sister Seriously Seriously? The diamond scam when people the whole world is saying we are sick and tired of listening to people talking about Islam
Shut your mouth and show us Islam if you can't show us Islam then shut your mouth and get out go away. We don't want you
if this is what Islam is, we go What is
complete disrespect the way people you know young people may Allah protect us from such people I know there are 100 I have the benefit of knowing the opposite of young people who are very well brought up who have other wives whoever respect father otherwise they sit in the seat in a halaqa of the Quran. And you have the chef that who is giving darson
he's going to most of open there
and you have the young guy will but we've got a problem with the backbone. The holla what is Babylon is no problem when he's watching Super Bowl. He's back one has no problem when he's playing basketball his back was no problem when he's playing soccer. But when he's sitting in the alpha, he says that and his feet are extended
towards the Qibla towards the face of face of the chef towards the towards the buzzer towards the hora what what what is this? What banners is this?
Seriously Seriously please.
Life is not a joke.
Everything you do remember
that people are watching
word is watching they're watching a Muslim living Islam
ask yourself Is this what you want them to see?
The South I used to say Qunu Miss Lana is to say become like us
can we say that become like us run our like like like Banshee screaming in hotels
become like us.
Driver the street like maniacs
in Delhi lay when they
become like us. We are people who bring
in the name of donating things. They bring their garbage quite literally they bring stuff which they which nobody wants, they don't want it. Nobody wants it and they can't give it anywhere else they put it up they put this into trash bag literally plastic trash bags, and they bring it up and dump it in front of the budget in the main entrance door of the masjid.
And they call it donation you want you want to donate garbage to Allah subhanaw taala.
to donate garbage to us. If it is stuff you don't want, believe me, nobody wants it either.
And if you are going to bring it to the budget and dump it in front of the budget that's showing the impression that that is showing how important the budget is for you.
think about this. Allah is watching.
And not only is Allah watching, and not only will Allah reward or not reward based on this, but people are watching. The world is watching. The neighbors are watching.
And every one of them is getting away an impression of Islam. Because of you
know, ask yourself what impression are they getting away? If the impression they're getting away is good. The impression they're getting away is bad. You're responsible
is no use. You can have all kinds of websites you can have books, you can have videos, you can have, you know whatever you want in terms of the work of the hour.
But if you're if you're and my behavior is bad,
then all of that becomes nullified.
Always know the issue of parking. Right? global pride What is wrong with Muslims? I mean global problem. I have seen this thanks to my travels. I've seen this in country after country after country.
Everywhere. If there is a Masjid then Muslims must Park badly.
They will park their cars anywhere, including on the neighbor's lawns.
I mean can't have some have some sense for God's sake. I mean that is that man's property. That is his law.
What is your car doing on his law?
Am I going to pray? I'm going to pray.
cars parked across gates we have in our budget in Hyderabad, right? Opposite the masjid is the church,
the church that we have been there for 10 years for 11 years? In 11 years, not one single time Did any of the church goers park their cars across our massive gate? Never.
Not one single time.
almost every Ramadan, we have this problem in Dharavi. Or if you have a lead, you will have some intelligent genius who will proc his or her car across the gate of the church across the gate of the church. I mean,
what should we do? Tell me
how to park a car across the gate of some of somebody's church or house or whatever it is.
And we had a big serious problem once because we have a very good relationship with those people and those people now that the judge people they have, you know, they get very embarrassed because now some creature has parked his car or her car across the gate. And one day we had a problem because somebody was sick that the pastor was sick and he had to be taken to a hospital and they couldn't come out of their own church church because one of our Muslim brothers or sisters had parked their car across the gate
What should we do?
You got the brains to buy a car but you don't have brains to to know where to park it.
This is the meaning of life What is the meaning of living is it's the meaning of living Islam is to live Islam in a way where a person looks at you and says one lie. This is a Muslim I want to be like this person.
This is a Muslim child. I want to go meet the parents and say what a beautiful child you brought up.
How can we bring up our children like this? This is a Muslim home see how beautiful it looks?
This is the Muslim majan is a Muslim house of worship. Oh fantastic. Beautiful. Let us see what is it they do how they do that.
This is a Muslim school see the quality of education. She is happy the children are see how caring and concerned and compassionate The teachers are. See the quality of the teachers
with the Muslim business, see how they treat people. They pay them proper wages. They don't they don't cut their they don't steal their wages.
They treat them well.
They treat them with respect. They don't abuse them. They don't treat them like personal servants.
This is a Muslim driving a car on the road Mashallah, look at the driving see how beautifully he drives. He doesn't overspeed he doesn't cut lanes, he doesn't cut corners.
When he parks his car, he parks his properly according to the law.
And with consideration for others,
I will do the same. Why can we not do this?
You know perfectly well, every single thing that I'm saying? Almost every one of you are seeing that. I'm not exaggerating. I'm saying it as it is.
Why? Why is it like this?
Leave me today.
The negative wrap them Islam and Muslims.
I agree. A lot of it is propaganda. A lot of it is lies. A lot of it is complete falsehood.
But also some of it is based on fact.
And some of it is based on fact maybe the fact that gets exaggerated maybe because of the fact people are upset. So they go and look for they create, you know, false things. I'm not justifying that. But I'm saying that there is not just a spark of
effect is a lot of fact and what people are saying
it's our job to ensure that we present the best view of Islam and what is their best view. It is the way we talk the way we work the way we deal with people the way we conduct ourselves, at home, in workplaces, in public places.
That is the Islam that the world will see. This Love does not zero, either inside your heart. What you believe nobody knows except Allah
You are you're invited to worship. By and large, nobody sees. If I'm fasting, you don't know that
even our Zakat is given to Muslims.
So what do non Muslims What do the others, the subjects or the market absorb the the customers of our doubt? What do they see?
They see our charity other than
they see the way we conduct ourselves. They see how we walk and talk. And they see they see how we deal with each other. He does see how we deal how they see how we deal with them.
And others to seriously let us pay attention to this.
Yes, correct ourselves. Because not only are these things wrong, and not only are these things going to be a problem for us when we meet a lot of anatella. But we are actually doing damage to the impression and to the image of Islam in this world. I don't know if that is how you want to be remembered as people who would damage their own community, their own religion and their own faith.
That's the reason why also lies aulani Sallam
the Hadees narrated by Alberto de la mano, he said I have only been sent to perfect righteous behavior.
Right in Nevada boys to Lee huitema Sadie Hill, I
think God is or this
is not saying I have been sent to correct bad o'clock, kids have been sent to correct bad behavior, bad manners, no, I have been sent to perfect, righteous behave.
So already the behavior is righteous, already the behavior is good. But Allah, Allah sent in a B, to make it even better,
to perfect it.
That is the importance of good behavior of righteous.
And that's why most pay attention to this. not ignore it.
matters of law is what people see.
And that is the meaning of leaving Islam. And these are these
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However, the landowner rated a man sector sources alum jasola, please advise me.
As soon as I said, I'm said to him, Do not become angry and furious.
I don't get angry.
The man asked him the same thing. And as soon as he replied, the same thing, do not become angry and furious. The man asked him again a third time.
He said exactly the same thing. He said, Do not get angry and do this. And this, isn't it. Now, think about that. One, of course, we know that Russell Russell seldom knew his Sahaba his convenience so well, that he always give them
the advice which was the best for them. And which was really sort of, you know, targeted or
to them, and customized for them.
And we know this. So maybe the person who asked this advice from Louisa Sarah was somebody who was susceptible perhaps to he had some anger issues, he probably had some anger control issues. But other than apart from that. This is good advice. Alhamdulillah. For anybody in any situation. It's not only for somebody who has issues of anger, controlling anger, but it's better to control your hand everybody gets angry. Anger is,
is a natural emotion, like emotions are people's negative positive. Emotions are value neutral,
neither negative or positive. How you express that emotion makes it positive or negative.
Anger is very neutral. Anger is also something that you should feel in the right place.
Because if there is an issue, where you should feel angry, somebody is being obnoxious.
Somebody is creating a problem. Somebody's lying or cheating and you're not angry. Why are you not angry? Because then it means that you don't understand what's happening but
The way you express that anger if you express that anger negatively by yelling, screaming, raving and you know abusing and so on and then your expression of anger is worse than whatever caused the anger.
don't do that. Instead don't feel like he said no. He said do not express anger don't get furious.
I demand myself a new In conclusion, that the whole point of leaving Islam is because that is the most powerful
the most powerful invitation to Islam is by the way we live Islam ourselves.
May Allah make it easy for us a male accepted from us inshallah and enable us to live on the beautiful so now of course verla is Salah, Asana will carry while Allah He was I remember I forgot what or who he was at Amari Cooper.