Mirza Yawar Baig – Remember the Standard

Mirza Yawar Baig
AI: Summary © The importance of living the way Allah wants for a life of purpose is emphasized, along with the need to be aware of one's accountability and always be conscious of it. The speaker also emphasizes the importance of learning from the past, remembering accountability and being careful with one's actions. The speaker warns against being deceived by the glitter of life and reminds the audience to remember that one day they will meet Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.
AI: Transcript ©
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My brothers and sisters, there are 2 ways

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to lead our lives,

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The way we want

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and the way that Allah

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wants for us.

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Whichever way we choose,

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we will be held accountable

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for it when we die.

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The issue with living the way we want

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is that our knowledge is limited and our

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desires rule us.

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The benefit of living the way Allah

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wants us to live is that He knows

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what is best for us and guides us

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to that. And since the accounting

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is with him, if we live by his

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way,

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that day, the day of judgment will it

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shall be a day of

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rejoicing for us.

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I remind you and myself that to live

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is not merely to draw breath.

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That is the way animals live. They are

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the slaves of their drives.

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They follow their desires and one day they

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die and the story is over.

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Humans, on the other hand, have the option

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of living like animals,

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fulfilling every desire,

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or of living a life of purpose

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and leaving behind a legacy of honor.

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That is the choice which we must make.

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To underline this and set the standard, Allah

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Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala said which means every

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soul, every person, every everyone

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who lives, everything which is born and

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which lives, every soul will taste death.

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And you will only receive your full reward

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on the day of judgment.

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Whoever

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is spared from the fire

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and admitted into Jannah

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will indeed triumph, only that person will be

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successful.

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Whereas

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the life of this world is no more

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than delusion

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of enjoyment.

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Let us give this some thought and ask

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ourselves

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how our lives compare to this standard.

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Success and failure

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in life are products of the choices we

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make.

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The Quran and Sunnah guide us to the

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best of them. The path of

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the The path of those whom Allah Subhanahu

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Wa Ta'ala rewarded

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and who did not anger him,

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not the path of those who angered Allah

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Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

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In this Ayatul Kareemah, Allah

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mentioned

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4 critical things

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that we must always keep in mind.

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Number 1, that we will die.

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Number 2,

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that we will be called to account

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and will be rewarded or punished.

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Number 3,

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freedom from the fire and entry into jannah

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is final success,

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nothing else. Number 4,

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the life of this world is deception.

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So let us look at each of these.

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There is a saying in English,

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forewarned

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is forearmed.

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This means that if you have advanced intelligence,

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advanced knowledge about a forthcoming event, especially a

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danger,

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then you can be prepared to face it

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and succeed.

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That is the reason

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the famous Hadith of

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Abu Saiid al Khudri

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where Rasulullah

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is reported to have said,

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Abu Sayid Al Khudri

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narrated,

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then a youth from the Ansar came and

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greeted, Rasool Allah SWA, made salaam and then

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he sat down and he said, You Rasool

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Allah

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which of the believers is the best?

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He

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said the best of them

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in character. The best is the best in

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character. The boy asked, which of the believers

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is the wisest, is the most intelligent?

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He, salallahu alayhi salam replied,

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the one who remembers

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death the most

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and are the best prepared for it

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before those people take them down from the

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bags.

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And

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and

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then the boy

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was silent.

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Now

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we see from this hadith that it is

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a sign of intelligence

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to be prepared for death.

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There are numerous ayat where Allah

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mentioned death

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and the need to be prepared for it.

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Allah

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said about those who continue to

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live a life of heedlessness,

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denying the meeting with Allah

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on the day of judgment.

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Up into the earth,

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will we really be raised as a new

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creation?

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In fact, they are in denial

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of the meeting with their

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Rabb.

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Allah is saying, verily,

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they deny

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the meeting with their Rabb. Say, O Muhammad

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sallallahu alaihi wasallam,

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your soul will be taken by the Angel

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of death who is in charge of you.

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You will die and the malakor moth will

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take your soul. He's in charge of that.

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Then do your run, you will all be

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returned.

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If only you could see the wicked

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hanging their heads in shame before their crying,

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our rabbi, we have now seen and heard,

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so send us back and we will do

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good.

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We truly have

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sure faith now.

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But we know

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it's a one way street.

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You go there, you go down that only

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once

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and therefore,

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drive safely.

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This preparation for death has numerous values.

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The best of them in this world is

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a life without stress.

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The one who's preparing for death is never

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disappointed

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about not getting any worldly success because he

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knows that if he had got it, he

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would have had to leave it behind anyway.

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He makes all the effort he needs to

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succeed

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in his legitimate goals,

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but is saved from disappointment

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and sadness and believe me, that's a huge,

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huge, huge

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wealth and a huge reward.

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The second matter

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is to always be conscious of our accountability

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before Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

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The cause of confusion in life is that

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Shaytan and his agents

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constantly try to deceive us into believing that

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there can

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be benefit in disobeying Allah

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It seems such an oxymoronic and stupid thing

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to believe, but I've come to the conclusion

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that the more oxymoronic

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and stupid something is, the more easily people

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believe it.

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I don't think I need to give you

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examples

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because we are surrounded by such beliefs.

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Sadly, we Muslims

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who believe in Allah and the last day

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subscribe to these beliefs

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and allow ourselves

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to be misguided

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in pursuit

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of transient pleasures.

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Remembering the day of judgment reminds us

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that

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pleasure

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is transient

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and temporary, but its consequence

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is permanent.

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Once again,

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examples are unnecessary. Just think of everything

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that Allah has prohibited and you can see

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if it is worth the pleasure

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it gives.

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It is pleasant and attractive that is why

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it's prohibited.

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The choice of whether to still indulge in

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it or not is ours

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because the consequences

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are also ours.

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Allah

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warned us about shaytan.

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Allah said, O believers,

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enter into Islam completely and fully and wholeheartedly

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and do not follow Shaytan,

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do not follow the footsteps of Shaytan, surely

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he is your sworn enemy.

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Allah

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told us that on the day of judgment,

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Shaitan will abandon his followers

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and declare that he had deceived them.

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And shaytan will say to his followers,

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after the judgement has been passed,

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indeed Allah made you a promise.

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I too made you a promise, but I

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failed you. I did not have any authority

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over you. I only called you and you

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responded to me. So do not blame me,

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Blame yourself.

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I cannot save you nor can you save

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me. Indeed,

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I denounce

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your previous association

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of me with Allah in loyalty. Surely the

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wrongdoers will suffer a painful punishment.

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Vision will be 2020 on that day for

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everybody.

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The key is to believe in the unseen,

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the unperceivable

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while it is still unperceivable.

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Remember that when we die, we will be

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account remembering that when we die

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and that we will die

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and be called to account helps us to

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stay on track and shows us the deception

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of this life in its true form so

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that we can stay away from it and

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not be deceived by shaitan.

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The third thing that Allah Subhanahu wa'ala had

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mentioned in this ayatul

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karima is that on the day of judgment

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people will receive their full reward. That only

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on the day of judgment

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people will receive their

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full reward.

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This is a matter of huge consolation because

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we see so many instances in life where

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either people do a lot of good and

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remain unknown and rewarded

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or they do a lot of evil and

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seem to get away with it. Once again,

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examples are plenty. This leads to some people

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who don't know Allah and who don't believe

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in the day of judgment to ask,

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if there is a God, why is it

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happening? The answer is very simple. As Allah

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told us, this life is a test for

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us to see what decisions we take.

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In the entire

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continuum of our existence,

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from the ilb of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala

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to Jannatul Firdaus Insha'Allah,

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it is in this short life

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that we have been granted

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limited choice,

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but that choice has permanent consequences.

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This is so important that Allah Subhanahu Wa

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Ta'ala sent his ambiya

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and his books to guide us to make

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the right choices.

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It is an open book exam with infinite

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opportunities

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to correct any wrong choices and to seek

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forgiveness. Allah promised

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to forgive all sins.

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Allah

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mentioned,

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he said, say, oh Muhammad alaihi wasalam, say,

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oh prophet that Allah says, oh my slaves

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who have transgressed against themselves,

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do not despair of the mercy of Allah

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for Allah

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certainly forgives all sins. He is indeed the

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all forgiving

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and the most merciful.

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Finally, Allah

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warns us that this life is deceptive.

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The demo or promo

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is different from the real thing.

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Forwarding messages on WhatsApp that people are starving

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is not the same as putting your hand

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in your pocket and donating to feed them.

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Forwarding messages about being dutiful to your parents

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is not the same as picking up the

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phone and talking to them or even better

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visiting them.

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Today, one of the biggest Complaining

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about the state

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Complaining about the state of youth

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is not the same as spending time in

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of your children.

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Throwing money at them won't do the same

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thing

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and handing over parenting to Ipads or smartphones

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has consequences.

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Today, we face a world that seems to

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seems to have been taken over by people

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who are totally devoid of ethics and morals.

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People whose

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rapacious

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greed has no end.

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People who will do anything at all to

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get more money.

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People to whom human life and suffering has

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no meaning.

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People whose hearts are made of iron or

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something even harder.

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People who have not an iota of kindness

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or compassion. Models.

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We did

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models. We did that in this Masjid that

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there were there are many here who were

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there

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at the time and you know the names

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of the people

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who are mentioned

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as role models.

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When you define net worth as amount of

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money a person has,

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that too in terms of notional wealth,

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share value

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and nothing else,

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then we should stop wondering at the results.

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Just ask yourself, when was the last time

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we defined net worth as character

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or kindness or mercy or compassion or commitment

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to justice or human rights to freedom for

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all people. When did any of these

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one or or more form part of what

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is called network of a person?

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This life is like a fertile field. It

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will give you a harvest

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of whatever you plant.

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You plant rice, you get rice. You plant

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wheat, you get wheat. You plant rice, you

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want wheat, you no get.

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We get what we pay for in this

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life.

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So be very careful what you plant.

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The Quran warns us

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not to be deceived by this life and

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its glitter,

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but to remember that one day we will

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meet Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

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I ask Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala to make

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that the best day, to make the last

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of our days the best of our days

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and the day we meet Him as the

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absolute best day of our lives.

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