Living Islam – Session 6
Channel: Mirza Yawar Baig
Series: Mirza Yawar Baig - Living Islam
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Solving the Eternal Dilemma
he sent me a set of questions that people have asked in there. And he said, Can you please answer these parts?
The questions are very common. So I will read out the question and inshallah we'll talk about them, and how it is to be seen and interpreted. The question The first one was, in your view, what does it mean to be a Muslim in this day and age?
It says, in your view, what does it mean to be a Muslim? In our times today, in this day and age? What are some of the responsibilities and opportunities for us over the next five to 10 years? That's the first question.
Second question is, as Muslims, we understand that the ultimate success is entry into gentlemen.
But there are also other forms of success, I want you to listen to the question that
he says that as Muslims, we understand that the ultimate success is entry into gender. But there are also other forms of success in this world, if you will.
The success in this world, such as financial success, political success, I've titled success, does worldly success bring happiness? Is it allowed?
And then he asked, Can you elaborate and so on?
finally, he says that,
that question, he says that
an attitude which exists among our communities, that I am a minority in Australia, Australia, America, our minority in Australia, I'm only one person, therefore, I'm too insignificant to do anything to make an impact on society. So what does it say about this?
And the last one, he says is that we can see that the Quran provides guidance for us. But as a regular Muslim, regular person who doesn't understand Arabic, I have two options.
To understand what LS LS rather saying one is, go to internet videos, or read a translation of the Quran? What are the pros and cons of this? And what message can you leave? For those who are seeking success and happiness by? Now I want you to think about these questions. And I'll come back to that I'm not expecting you to remember all of this, often like that. So I'll come back to them.
I want to broadly
contain all of these questions in three or four blocks of things, which I think are very critical to understand. And these are unfortunately, the basic fundamental causes of confusion in the minds of Muslims, and especially our youth.
I'm sad to say I mean, I as a generation, I am personally not responsible for this, because I never did that. But I'm saying that my generation
and the generation before that, we take the responsibility of creating this confusion because of our own lack of understanding of what living in the world according to Islam means.
So the first question is, what are what does it mean to be and live as a Muslim in this day and age? And therefore what are the responsibilities and opportunities?
My other very simple answer is that the truth does not change.
So question on day and age is frankly, redundant and irrelevant.
Whichever day whichever age, whether it was a time of service, or whether it was 500 years from then 1000 years from now, we are 1400 plus years from that,
whether it is 10,000 years from
the day and age makes no difference.
The message of Islam remains the same.
And therefore the responsibility of the Muslim remains the same. Right? I want to separate the two things, responsibilities and opportunity. So the responsibility of the Muslim is independent of time and space. It is independent of day and age. It is a same responsibility that our civilized Arsenal taught us and this responsibility continues and will continue until the last Muslim exists on the face of the planet. And what is their responsibility. That responsibility is where Allah said come to
leanness unless you are the best of people, and you have been selected and extracted for the benefit of people. So the fundamental responsibility of every Muslim of every day, every time every
Place is only one which is to spread goodness around himself or herself, wherever they might be. So whether we are talking to Muslims in Australia, we're talking to Muslims in America, we're talking to Muslims on the moon, we're talking to Muslims anywhere, you would say the same thing, whether I'm talking now in 2019, or whether somebody sits in my place in 2000 2000, if somebody's sitting in my place, God, what they will still have to say the safety of the understand Islam, which is what's the responsibility to the Muslim, to spread goodness around himself or herself, wherever they might be, because Allah says, You have been extracted for the benefit of everyone, not only mankind, for
everyone, especially mankind in us, but also everyone
does the delille from the Hadees about this is as soon as observed that the best of you is the one who is the most beneficial of
idleness, my yarn found us isn't the best of the people,
the best among the people is the one who is the most beneficial to the people.
So, this is the as far as the responsibility is concerned. So to say that, what is the message for Muslims in today's world, it is the same message that was there for Muslims at the time and also Salah, and it is the same message that will be for Muslims until the end of time, which is become beneficial for all of people around yours.
Now, what about opportunities,
opportunities will change, opportunities will will differ depending on time, on place, on your profession, on your resources, on your health, on your energy, on the money you have, and so on and so on. So, the opportunity to spread goodness around himself for a physician will be different from that of an engineer would be different from that of a businessman would be different from that of an academician will be different from that of a theologian will be different from that scholar will be different from that of a mother will be different from that of a father and so also the opportunity, how will I spread goodness around me? This depends on who you are, depends on what resources you
have, depend on what access you have.
So what must I do, I must do the best that I can do in my situation.
Right? It's a it's a very, very simple thing. Alhamdulillah Allah has given us a religion, which is your which is beautiful, which is simple.
There's no complexity and there's no complication in Islam.
Now, second one,
he says that ultimate success is entry into job right, we know this we accept this.
But there are also other forms of success are repeating is what are the other forms of success. Now, how do we bring these two together?
Now, this is unfortunately, the
root cause of confusion in the minds of Muslims globally speaking, which is that they define success as many.
Allah did not say success many
analysts around the zip guru laughs in the echo towboat.
Lesson, everyone will taste it.
And then others in your VUDU Roku Yoga
is in your Azure your your reward will be given to you on the day of gentlemen.
And then I must define,
is there 1001 Jetta sockets is the one who has been freed from fire and who has been entered into Gemini May Allah include all of us.
Only that person is successful woman I have to do in
this life of this world is deception. This is what
misunderstood I won't say this caused confusion because the column of data does not cause confusion. The color of under smarter clarifies. But we have in our understanding of this we have confused ourselves.
So what is this? What is the I think I have to say that what is success? Is entry into them. So there's no confusion about that. Then what does this random person who asked this question what does he mean by saying but there are other successful also political success? Find out
Success, professional success and so on and so forth. And therefore, what must I choose?
So apparently, we are putting success. First of all, we have created this dichotomy, which is a completely artificial false dichotomy.
In terms of goals, one antigen to become the best scientist become the best doctor become the best religion, become the best
engineer, become the best world leader
to things, and apparently mutually exclusive, I can't get both.
Why? Because in our motto, is a life of deception.
So, if I'm engaged in deception, how will I get junk? This is the root cause of the problem. So let me explain this to you. Let me give you a example.
There are three things I want you to give me.
is the goal.
Number two, is our current position. And number three, is the way to reach three things.
Imagine you are in a desert
and you're lost.
Right? You lost you, you have no clue where you are. So what do you do? You try and find a high point, maybe it's some rock, or maybe it's a hill or something, you try and buy an iPad to climb on top of that. And then you look around, and you see you try to see if you can spot something, maybe it's a highway or maybe it's of light or something. And then you say, Okay, let me go to that place, either. That is the highway, that's the place to get out or somebody will be there will be
the ability to hold two positions simultaneously in your mind is called perspective.
What are these two positions where I am now and where I want to go? This is called perspective. When you have perspective, you have direction.
For example, if somebody pulls me here, and says I want to get to is who I know you are doing this lecture on, I want to come to the lecture. How do I get you?
What to ask him?
Where are you now?
Where are you now? Suppose in the minds, I have no clue. I don't know, where can you give directions? No,
you cannot it's impossible. You cannot give directions with one with one location point you need to location points. To add best what we'll do today is okay, you don't know where you are asked somebody to take you to MGM you know to Santa and then from there you will come to Alabama is wl what is the opposite MGM is so you did?
Right, I mean, the wind is too thick. So now here
I want you to keep this to the number one His goal is one gentleman.
Wherever now, Julian,
what is the route that route is called the
three words asherah don't yet dhania in the middle is the
what is the the is the roadmap
then is the roadmap then is your Google
you know that is
the is the way to live in this dunya so that you can get to the Acura you want
and we'll repeat that what is the deal is not the opposite of the problem. The problem is how we have interpreted this and this is what has caused this enormous confusion in the minds of people where they think it is dunia or the is not doing or the
the is the roadmap The is the way of living in this dunya so that we can get to them
dunya is our location where I am now Gemini is the location where I want to get to
how do I do that? What is that roadmap? It is the it is
if I follow this day, I will get to that if I do not follow this roadmap, I will be lost I will not be
So now if I am living in this world today, I
am a teacher What must I do?
I must teach to the best of my ability. I must eat the right things. I will teach for the right reasons. I must do my work. Two important things with sincerity and with consistency
Short of death, I must show up.
I don't care who is what the weather is like, I don't care who's coming who's not coming.
My job. The reason I'm saying this is this is what takes the stress out of your life. If you follow this, you will not lose any sleep or anything.
You come there there are 10,000 people that have you come there there are 10,000 Well, I can you can't see anyone means no problem.
But instead of that, if you get focused on who is coming, what is happening, you are finished, you cannot do over because you will get distracted, you will get dejected. So, sincere work was what is sincerity as defined in
So do your work, whatever the work is. I'm a truck driver, what must I do? and drive sincerely
and true to my job.
And the second word is consistently, sincerely How many times? Every time
every time? What happens if I mess up one time? Is the farmer.
Repent come back.
But never lower the standard. The standard is what every time is not one time. It's not once in a week. No.
I have given a government What must I do with the government? What's the government?
The government can be anything.
Very simple. I tell you, I'm going to meet you tomorrow at 645 at 645. I must be there.
As I said,
unless there is some disaster, you broke your leg with the hospital. I mean, other than under every normal circumstances, including sickness, you give a commitment show up. If you can't show up, ensure that we inform in advance that you tell the guy brother, I'm sorry, I told you, I motivate you I can't do that today. This is my situation. Okay.
So three important the three locations are current is where I want to get to
dounia is where I am, and then is the way to get to the rocker. And how's it been to interpret it any profession anything that I do in my life? I'm not even going to say Helen because that is understood a Muslim is not supposed to do something which is haram.
So, if you are doing something which is not good, it is not getting you to join so forget leave it
so every provision of arts which is Alhamdulillah
do that to the best of your ability. So now if you if you if you understand it like this political success, does it come in the way of German? No, it is the way to attention.
What are my sentences an engineer does it come in in the way of gentlemen that is the way to add to
what is my my business as a as a businessman? Is it something which will come in the way of no that is?
Right? There's no there's no conflict? There is no conflict.
This person also said how about I just sit and read or are 24 seven I do nothing I just sit and read the Quran 24 seven
is a hypothetical question. But what about that if I choose that, that I am going to do nothing but read the Quran? 24 seven. So I said to you, it is not hard.
But it is not the sooner?
It is not the sooner?
It is not the sooner any of us have. It is not the sooner of any of this ourselves early. It is not the sooner of any of the ambient levels.
Even Emily, Sarah is what Sophia right? What did he do? He read the book.
He lived the book.
He traveled the earth. He talked to people who presented Islam. He built the cover
What did he do certainly thought
he was a warrior. He fought to save his people from the ground he fought to take the one of Israel out of Egypt and then in your own life
to do the therapy of his people
what what whosoever is in
your country? What would allow the listener in our country also made chainmail armor with his abs will allow given this ability
whatsoever in His Kingdom like nobody else would want masala Hollywood
So I usually am going to sit in the corner and 24. Seven. I can't say I mean, I won't say it is hard, but definitely not. So not no one ever did it. Why would why would you want to do it? How is that going to earn you?
If that was the best thing to do, the first person to do that would be awesome.
But this kind of a question comes because of this mistake and understanding of this life. Allah subhanaw taala sent us to be leaders to show this world how to live their lives in a way, which creates a beautiful society, a beautiful environment, and inshallah they also accept Islam that it gives them Jannah. But even if they don't accept Islam, what do you call a society which is based on justice, on compassion, or kindness, on charity?
on taking care of each other, on taking care of the environment. Remember, I have not brought the word God into this right?
I'm talking about a society which is based based on what kind of society would that be?
That would be the most beautiful place on earth, and hamdulillah if those people also accept Allah subhanaw taala Oh, cha cha. But even if they are, if these principles, and these ethics and values models are followed by people who are not Muslim, they will still be able to create a very beautiful society, in this world, following Islamic principles.
So please remove this confusion following Islam does not prevent you from doing unfollowing any profession, any work
in this world,
provided that work is positive, obviously visible in life, I want to become the best drug dealer dealer in the world, I want to set up the largest cigarette company in the world I want to be
as long as it is something which is positive. Islam does not not only does Islam not stop you from following that profession or doing that business. But he's legit tells you that that is your personal vote to change.
Right. Now, to give you an example.
I want to go from here
Right? So I'm here, I want to get Mark
what options do I have? I can walk
theoretically speaking, I can walk, I can walk across water yet, but you know, I can take a ship.
Another way is I can drive
car motorcycle cycling.
Also way to get to mechanic mindset, okay.
I can get a job on board a cargo ship, which is crossing the Atlantic. So I also work and make some money. And then I get out there and I ride or something else. Maybe I want to cruise ship.
So not only do I get some money out to get some nice food.
Or I do what most people will do, which is I go and book a ticket on Emirates. I get myself a business class
and harmony and comfort.
Multiple choice. So now if somebody comes and asks you,
what do you think I should do? What's the answer?
Do whatever you like.
Do whatever makes sense to you do whatever you enjoy, do whatever you feel like doing as long as you are getting to mark without robbing without stealing and without doing something wrong.
No problem. If you say, you know if he says I really want to walk all the way until no problem he has the time and energy and so on. So we're going to say that that is wrong. It's not fun.
I may not like to do that. But that doesn't make it wrong.
So no professional no business no nothing is wrong or prohibited in Islam. As long as it is hella
White is doing spreading goodness in the world. That is your personal route to success, your personal route to jump. So as I said, like we have a choice but we go
take any means.
The means is not the end.
As long as that thing takes you to your destination, any means is fine. Then what about
the part of the ayah which says in number nine?
Why is Allah saying that this word deception?
If you will another example. This person who asked me the question is Rob plus.
So the wording is important and he won't
Get to work and he's flying Singapore Airlines.
So he takes off from work the first stop is Singapore.
A Singapore Changi Airport is probably the number one airport in the world. It's so beautiful.
There is a natural waterfall in it there is a slice of a rain forest in it. All kinds of games and amusements, beautiful lounges and beautiful restaurants. Right It is absolutely brilliant.
So now this person takes off from Perth come to jaggies in Singapore In Singapore come to Changi Airport and he left truly fascinated by this airport he is walking around is going to this restaurant eating here going into that Lounge is it oh by fantastic these are you know lovely resting place I'm going to sleep here for a couple of hours. He sleeps there so I must have a shower Oh beautiful shower. Lovely
bathroom after that. He
What did he say to you say you tell him boss all of this is fine but you keep track of your departure time.
You have to catch your connecting flight don't get lost in changhie
Don't get distracted in janky office rain forest in Georgia what is fine, but you must catch that flight when the flight is around you better be at the gate not in in the lounge somewhere you better be at the gate.
This is the meaning of minimal
ln did not say leave the union if he wanted to leave the union this question to ask
why did you sit here in the first place? I mean, if I was asked to leave this I didn't ask to come here you sent me a
large amount of data I said this is janky airport. This is a transit stop for you.
By all means enjoy no problem I've given you a beautiful airport but nobody says stop today the lovely restaurant or eat eat good food. You're tired go light on sleep for a while no problem, right? You want to go and look at the rain forest you want to go stand under the waterfall do whatever you like, but keep your eye on the gate
Keep your eye on
the ball, when the time is around the flight will take off you better be on it.
In this case, we have no choice you will be on that flight issue is on your condition.
So don't get lost in this dunia means don't allow the junior to distract you from your final destination which is done.
So I will enjoy my life in this world. But I will ensure that I will not do anything which compromises that so somebody says you know for business success, you must tell a bit of lies. A little bit of exaggeration, as far as advertising is concerned is okay. Right? Taking some loan on interest is okay. We have to give a bribe to somebody and that's all right. This is the Buddha. This is India This is Pakistan, whatever you want to call it right?
A bribery or a bribe there. This is part of our life. It's
not part of life, or everyone is doing it Everyone is not my teacher.
Let everyone do anything if they am not responsible. Allah did not make me bucola for them, Allah did not make them who call upon me will bring me to the last point which is easier. In Australia. We are a minority.
One person what can I alone?
How many people will know
how many people were bribed militia?
How many people were musalla?
Newell is individual one person.
Allah Serrano della told us the number that he preached and he presented Islam to people for 950 years.
This is a no brainer.
Why does he have to count the number of years and tell us because there is a message for 950 years alone.
And this is not more than 100 people accepted his message. After 950 years of work, not even 100 people accepted missing. So was your failure or what will
what was his impact?
Will after the flood came everything will work out anyway. So what do we
please understand Allah.
Allah did not hold you and me responsible for impact. Lenders responsible for showing up
and I did not hold responsible
For impact, he held us responsible for showing up
as long as we show up.
That's why Allah subhanaw taala on the Day of Judgment.
Will he asked you about what was happening in Springfield? Or will he asked you about what was happening in your life? When he asked me what I did in my life, or when he asked me what was the people of Iris WAP,
I don't care what they're doing.
It's not my job.
My job is to make sure that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing.
The accounting is for the individual accounting is not for everybody. Forget about everybody. accounting is not even for your own near and dear ones, Allah will not question you about your own father and mother. Allah will not question your father.
So when Allah is only going to question me alone,
and when I learned to question me or what I did, not about
and why am I bothered? Why am I allowing myself to get distracted by saying, after all my work, I am alone, there is no impact. What do I kill? And
when Allah is not asking me about that, why am I bothered about that? Let me make sure that I work to the best of my ability.
I'm not working in a way where I don't care about the pay. I care about the fact I am trying to do my best.
But whether there is impact or not, isn't the answer.
I learned in Nakula that burden on you don't take it on. There's no need.
But focus on yourself and say, am I doing what I'm supposed to be doing?
I am not supposed to tell lies. Lies.
I am supposed to show up in the masjid for five times a day for the person am I doing that?
I am supposed to be is I got am I paying?
I am supposed to be good to my brothers and sisters. I'm supposed I'm not supposed to use foul language. If somebody argues with me
guarantee out in the in the middle of Jennifer one who gives them the argument, even if he's right. Now, final question with the with the brother aspect is the issue of saying that as a normal person. I mean, people lose language as if Arabs are abnormal. It's something as a normal person, I don't understand it. So anyone who's understanding Arabic is not normal.
What is that?
So is it as a normal person? I don't understand Arabic. So I have two options. One option is videos, internet videos. Second option is translation. I told him no, you have three options. And there is an option before these two options, which is learn Arabic. Why is that not an option?
You didn't know English?
You didn't know English. English is not my mother tongue.
But as being better English than most people. How it's not magic. I learned English.
So whichever language you speak, you learnt it. Even if it's your mother tongue, you recover out of your mother's womb speaking that language you learn the language.
So none of that is learning Arabic is not only the option, but it is the number one option. learn Arabic is the column of Botswana, why on earth would you not want to understand it in its original language.
To learn Arabic, and while you are learning Arabic, by all means, refer to translation always, you know, watch videos and so on and so but
And the last and not the least, and most important is the color of Allah subhanaw taala did not come for us to sit and decided the color was around until all the books and especially the these are what we call field books. These are manuals. These are our story books to be read for entertainment. This is a operations manual.
You read it and you apply it.
Then you see the benefits. By read a book on gardening.
I will not have a garden.
Should I read the book on gardening. Of course if I don't know how to do it. I need to read the book. So I'm not discounting reading the book. But if I just say I'm going to sit and read this book on gardening, 24 seven. from morning till night I'm going to make this unput go halfway through this book of bedroom book five book of gardening. I am now the I have memorized the whole book from you know you can ask me by page number you will ask me to read it backwards. I can do all of that. The end of the day. My yard looks like garbage. There is no God.
Even though I am a half of this book of gardening.
That book of gardening is not a storable It's a manual
It is a field book.
It is an operations manual, I have to read it in order to implement it.
And that is why we have this story of Abdullayev number of the alarm
took 12 years to memorize Surah Baqarah alone.
Julius, at the end of that he gave away a big volume I give a big party, he's not a coward, he called all the people they asked him to 12 years to memorize whatsoever just just do and in less than half of the third juice.
He said we used to go to Roswell
and take 10
then we would memorize those if we would reflect on them, if we had any clarification clarification
then we would implement those in our lives.
And when we were satisfied,
then we will go for the next day.
Today we take any, any use, especially in our countries, two years, if we cannot complete the whole for our 30 Jews in two years, they talk about
which is I was in a house I was pouring wine for my friends and the other side over there, undermined and now rather than one of them.
He said I was pouring the wine when I heard the announcer of
calling out the ayah which Allah had revealed. And those around the desert that
alcohol or summer or any intoxicant
and gambling of any kind, and dividing arrows and astrology and feng shui and Vastu all of these kinds of things are the worst they are the 50 highest among the acts of shaytan every act object and themselves are 50
and losing even among that these are the words leave the person who don't go here
so that you might be successful.
What was going on? What is your Mashallah beautiful recitation of this
travelers are pouring their drink, I moved by and I poured the drink on the ground. It poured out the drinking less easier. My friends who had wide already bought the drink for they threw it on the ground. Somebody had it in his mouth. What do you do the same? One last one before that? No,
he spat it out. And then the Sava took with us to manufacture alcohol so they had big bags full of wine, and they took those bags and they emptied them in the drains.
And then the
interesting thing, this match the wax the growth of x somebody went into
breaking up the he called the reason why you why wasting the utensils, you can use them you wash them after that you will use them because they said we don't even want
anything to remind us that we used to disobey Allah.
This is the effect of the Quran.
People lived by the heart and because they lived is that it had that huge impact. Massive, massive massive impact. But when they were leaving, they were not saying oh you know what? Am I doing that?
how's it gonna look on Facebook? How many likes Am I going to get how many thumbs up sides know
who's watching who's not watching? How is this get to the hole? I am supposed to alcohol is made haram on me. I was drinking I give up finished has impact on the world that is
was their impact.
So this is my method. Please understand that our destination. Our goal, inshallah is just
the way where we are located is that
the way to get to Geneva is by following the dean
how to follow the lead according to the Sunnah of
how much to follow the complete, you will follow visit Mika was
entered into Islam we believe and trade with love completely and totally and do not follow the footsteps of China. Very easy to
ask Allah subhanaw taala
Hello, my gentlemen,