Sacrifice or Investment
Channel: Mirza Yawar Baig
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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim
Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala
Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallam.
They just introduced me as a international speaker so I should know what to do with this mic.
My brothers and sisters
Ramadan al Karim, which Allah subhanaw taala has given us a hungry love you ask Allah subhanaw taala to give us the whole month in our lives beyond in good health,
with the man and Yaqeen and with the desire and ability to do the best for our hereafter.
This is the opportunity to reboot our lives and gain the rigor of Allah subhanho wa Taala to gain the pleasure of Allah subhanaw taala
to start over again and make our lives Sharia compliant and achieve closeness to Allah subhanaw taala.
In life all human beings have only to the jury and
the jury is something the absence of which will lead to death.
The to the jury are not food and water, it's not even air. They are hidayah while we live and mafara When we die, guidance while we are alive, and forgiveness when we are debt. Because if a person has guidance, and is forgiven when he or she dies, no matter what their situation in the dunya was, they will go to Jannah We ask Allah to make us among them. And on the contrary, if a person did not have guidance, didn't have desire
and when they die, they do not get the forgiveness of Allah. Then it doesn't matter what they had in this world. When they die they go to Johanna.
The key is to ask ourselves, where we stand.
Ramadan al Karim comes to put into perspective, where by following the order of Allah subhanaw taala we hold ourselves back from things which are normally Halon.
This specifies and reinforces the meaning of being Muslim, someone who submits to Allah subhanho data for no reason other than Allah said so.
Ramadan, Al Karim forces us to understand that when it comes to choosing between what is good for the soul and what is good for the body, we give proceedings to what is good for the soul over what is good for the body.
We remind ourselves that on the top of every beautiful face, on top of every strong body, on top of the cutest child on top of the most dignified scholar, on top of the most magnificent king and queen, one day will be dumped 1000s of pounds of Earth.
Talk about helplessness.
Death is not the cessation of life. Death is the cessation of power and authority, the capability to help ourselves
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Death is the name for a state of total helplessness and vulnerability that is impossible to imagine this life.
At that time, the only thing that will help us is what we send ahead.
You came here today for a purpose.
Do not go from here without accomplishing that purpose.
You did not come here to donate to help enhance
Let me repeat that you did not come here to donate to help enhance you came here to transfer your funds from an account
where you will be questioned to an account
where you will be rewarded.
It's a transfer of funds.
And that's why I believe that we need to change the way we think about charity and recognize it for what it is.
I want you to think of two words sacrifice and invest.
These two words sacrifice and invest
which is a better word. Sacrifice investor.
We unfortunately have already been told
that we need to sacrifice for the sake of Allah. Allah ki Rama qurbani DJ. qurbani tosyl tandoori chicken a Diageo. apne Jiang Guevara your aapko our Bosco cargo is Camilla Bucha me, Jericho.
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And I'll tell you why this is a I'll tell you why this is a false narrative
to tell you to sacrifice in the path of Allah subhanaw taala. So I want you to please do this. Remove this word sacrifice from your vocabulary. Right? Can you do that?
Remove it. Do you know the word sacrifice Sr? No. Never heard the word right. Never
replace it with the word invest. And I'll tell you in a minute why.
For something to be considered a sacrifice, it must satisfy two conditions.
It must be something that belongs to you. I cannot sacrifice my dear friend and brother Dr. Nadeem secondaires watch
I can't take his watch and say I'm sacrificing this word it doesn't belong to his watch.
So for something to be a sacrifice two conditions must be satisfied number one it must belong to you. And number two, you must not get any return for it. Zero return
right I cannot take this phone of mine
and I sell it to me as I when I say you know I sacrificed bye for now you sold the phone you didn't sacrifice as usual to vote he gave you a price for it right
let's see what happens when we spend in the path of Allah subhanaw taala
let us see if the conditions of sacrifice are satisfied.
Just to make sure you're all here what are the two conditions number one
must belong to you number two,
no return zero return right? Zero to 10 now
so now we're talking about sacrificing within quotes in the path of Allah subhanaw taala take money take time. Take strength, power health.
your money belongs to involved by
your health belongs to
your time belongs to
you know why I'm saying that will not semantics
is not semantics. You know the condition to know whether something belongs to someone or not. You know what the condition is? If something belongs to me, I can take it away anytime I want. And you can do nothing about it.
That is the condition. Truly. If it is my car, you are driving it, but it's my car I can take it away. And if I take away my car you can go and cry to who you want. It is not a problem. Oh my god, I took it away. Oh, I did it. Sorry. Excuse me. Mica.
Alhamdulillah. Allah gave us health. If Allah Jesus take it away, what can you tell me?
Can you do something?
This life Allah gave us. If Allah takes this we do it. We see it every day.
This bunny Allah takes us you know the most iconic. I mentioned the other day I was the most iconic picture that I saw out of this earthquake in torchia. And Syria.
was a picture of a man standing in a line food line with three loaves of bread in his hand. three loaves of bread.
You know what is the price of that one loaf of bread in the man's hand 11 apartment buildings, not apartments 11 apartment buildings. You know I'm saying that because that man the caption said this man used to own 33 apartment buildings a few seconds of a shake like that. He is standing in a food line.
For food to be given to him he gets three loaves of bread. What is the value of that bread? Each loaf is worth 11 apartment buildings.
So who does it belong to?
It belongs to them. That is a condition you want to see what somebody if something belongs to someone. See who can take it away.
The only thing we can do is to be here with somebody and restraint and not
complaint and whatnot Other than that, nothing. Now that is why for the old Do people know that I won't translate because Shari go translator gram Baba was the guy good shade OneLogin Gaga John Dee Dee ziggity
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and that is why Allah subhanaw taala warned us to spend before it is too late.
Allah subhanaw taala said I will be learning when I share it on your regime. Yeah, you are the man who was the homie maraga gonna come cobbly To me commonly do by your own v one
Chava welcome V Runa homos zali mod. The i two sort of Bukhara which is just before either go see Allah subhanaw taala said oh you will believe spend from what We have given you Allah did not sacrifice Find me the word sacrifice in the Quran and I will take my words but there is no there is no such word as sacrifice. Allah said spend invest. Allah said spend from what We have given you. Before a day comes in which there is law by own fee one a whole nother wala Chava there is no trade there is no commerce, there is no friendship. There is no shafa there is no intersection. And those who deny are the people who are the oppressors.
Despite that, now what is Allah give us a last round that has said
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Do the sums if you get two for one that is how many percent 100% Right. If you get 10 For one, it is what 1,000%
That is the minimum that Allah subhanaw taala will give less than that you can't get you can't go to online say Allah gives us give me three times no
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and then Allah subhanaw taala said butter Lavina Yun Vihara M while home feasability ly comma Sally Huberty number that savasana Bill fee equally so moolah, the mere two hubba Wallah who live who live on yesha Walla, Washington Aleem Allah subhanaw taala said the example of those who spend their wealth in the path of Allah is as the example of a grain of corn, which when planted it grows seven years and each year has 100 grains. Allah subhanaw taala gives money for increase to whom He pleases and Allah subhanaw taala is all sufficient for his creatures and needs, or and creatures needs and he's you all know
Allah does not count and give. Even when Allah is giving the example for one he will give 701 is to 10 is the minimum. One is to 700 is what Allah said. And then Allah said, Allah who use it for Ma sha, Allah will increase as he wishes increase, how much increasing in keeping with his majesty and grace?
So what sacrifice are we talking about?
What do desire sound like? Giving up something without return net loss, or unimaginable gain guaranteed by the one who has the power to guarantee it.
Another problem with the sacrifice mindset is that sins to sacrifice something is to give it away without any return. It's a zero sum game.
And it ends long before we reach the zero.
Even the most generous person will come to a point where he has or she has nothing left to give.
And most will stop long before that. And that is why we have this term donor fatigue. You heard that term right donor fatigue.
Sadly, nobody seems to have a solution for that apart from doing what we do with grazing cattle.
Leave the field fallow for a while and then bring the cows back.
What is very interesting to me is that the real solution is crystal clear in the Quran and Sunnah for anyone who likes to look at it. Allah subhanaw taala said, Yeah, are you Alladhina amanu
Hello I don't look whom Allah T Jah rotten to ng Caminada Amina Lim Allah subhanaw taala said oh you will believe, Shall I show you not sacrifice the Jarrah a trade a business,
which will save you from grievous punishment, while other loco allottee Jarrah Kenji caminos I believe
in so tabula rasa in Allah hush Tara mandala me Nina and Fusa home where am wala whom be and Allah humble Jana?
No sacrifice. Allah said Allah has purchased Allah has bought from the believers their lives and the properties in exchange for Jana.
So this is a deal that we have done already. Jana is yours? What do you need to do?
Pay the money. That's it. It belongs to you. Allah in another place. One other moment, Allah said who will worry soon
after the first unit when I add conditions of bombing in human virus, who is a virus,
someone to whom it belongs
Sale Purchase trade return with Assa, we're not talking about sacrifice, we are talking about investment. So, I want you to remove the word sacrifice as I told you and replace it with the word investment. Now, think about this, when considering investment opportunities,
and assessing return on investment, and this is my other hat business consulting. When we look at return on ROI, we say ROI return on investment. We look at two parameters, number one is rate of return. And number two is the value of the guarantee.
That is a reason why for example, government bonds, which give you the lowest rate of return
are preferred investment.
Instruments, because the rate the it is guaranteed by the government. So we save even though the rate is low, but it's got the guarantor is safe. Right.
The usual principal and market in finance is high rate of return high risk, low rate of return, low risk this is the view of principle. So if you want invest in a startup, you might get a huge rate of return. But it might sick, you might get nothing
with Allah subhanaw taala is the opposite. It's a higher rate of return and zero risk, not just low risk, zero risk.
The big question is, do you really believe that?
Do you really believe that Allah spoke the truth? Do you really believe that Allah will fulfill his promises? That is a question to ask ourselves. I know we all say that up here of course we are Muslim how luck was Yeah. How can you ask a question like this? Again, believe me?
we have to ask ourselves because the truth.
You know where it comes out from? Not from here, not from the tongue?
polyoma not Timo, Allah He were to call the Mona ad him what I shall do or Jerome Baba, can we actually go on that day the lips will be sealed, the tongue will be sealed all the clever arguments.
The hand will speak the feet will speak the skin will speak the eyes will speak the ears will speak.
That's the question to ask do I really believe what Allah is telling me?
And that's the choice that Allah subhanaw taala gave us today.
Whether we want to save and invest for the life to come, which has no end, or whether we want to spend in this life, which will end we do not win.
Let's choose wisely, because this is about us. Think about this. You don't call what you spend our Wallstreet donation view. You go buy and sell shares, you say I donated to GE or donated to Microsoft. No, I don't have to address that. No. You bought the shares. I invested in Tesla finally somebody anywhere in the world who says I donated to Elon Musk.
I invested in Tesla
and that's why have you ever heard of NASDAQ or wall street talking about donor fatigue?
Nobody, you know why, because investments give returns sacrifices net loss, investment is net gain. Sacrifice has to end will end investment never ends because investment is net gain. So you keep getting a return, the bigger the investment that because return
I want to close by one final point. And that is
because all of this is, as I said, it's beyond as deeper than Cymatics is really in the heart. It is your issue of your cane.
The surest sign of life is the ability to feel pain.
It's not the ability to feel pleasure or understand anything or laugh at a joke or recognize anyone even
people can have advanced stage of dementia or Alzheimer's. May Allah protect us all that they don't even recognize their own children, but they are alive.
They're not dead.
The ability to feel pain, and that is why they are these are noble Bashir.
Nobody ever Shiro Delano, who reported the Rasul Salam said, the example of the believers in their affection and mercy and compassion for each other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body is restless with fever and sleeplessness.
When a person is in a coma, and doctors are trying to determine if he is dead or not,
of course, if he is in hospital, they work on the machine, but if he's not in hospital, and they want to check the pinch, or they poke a needle or something to see the reaction.
If there's no reaction, it means that
I'm saying this to you because the same logic applies to the heart.
A heart that stops feeling pain is dead. It just a pump, moving blood around the body
is no longer a heart.
Because Allah subhanaw taala said about the heart that Tamil Kulu wala la Tamil Afsar, well I can Tamil kulula Thief is to do Allah said their eyes don't become blind, their hearts become blind, the hearts which are in their chests.
The question is, do we believe in the promises of Allah subhanaw taala
I say to you and myself, that the hallmark of civilization of a civilized society is not how they treat people with power and authority. Because people with power and authority have means of getting good treatment.
It is how they treat the helpless and there is no one more helpless than an orphan.
To be an orphan the word Arabic word as we know and what it will do so what is your theme?
Your theme linguistically means somebody who is completely cut off
from all support has nobody in the world
that is your team.
And don't think it's a question of alone meaning physically alone.
The person sitting on the next bed sitting on the park bench next to you is not a companion the person sitting on the next seat in a bus is not a companion a person in the same hotel where you're staying is not a companion May Allah forgive us sometimes people living in the same house are not companions companionship is a partner is something of the heart
it's in the heart
and for the team that has gone forever never coming back to understand that
my father was a doctor
and he died when he died I was
almost out I forgot I'm so old.
So technically I could not recall your theme because after puberty There is no
you cannot recall the theme
but what I miss about him
is his dialogue with Allah
my brother myself the five of us
we travel all over the world we live different countries and so on. Anytime we had a problem anytime we needed some dua
we used to phone him and we just say Papa yeah muscle I have to Aki
and he used to say I'm from Hyderabad. So used to say our other body. He used to say my pocket Letho
me meet the techniques.
I will catch hold of him.
I will not let go until he gifts
when he died
There's nobody in the world who can replace that. Nobody, without exception.
It's not about money, it's not about holding your hand and saying oh I love you know, all that is good do it
what the parent brings only the parent can bring.
And so the your theme is alone in a way.
If you cannot understand that, thank Allah subhanaw taala for it. Thank Allah that Allah made you such that you do not have any clue what I'm saying that you do not understand what it means to be a team say Alhamdulillah thank Allah subhanaw taala
and then do something
for those who know what that means, they know that deep down here, not intellectual knowledge, not translation of the word the meaning of the meaning inside here.
And those who believed in the promises of Allah subhanaw taala and those who understood this I will tell you one last story and I'm God.
And the stories of this hobby Radi Allahu Allah Buddha, Allah and sorry.
One day he was in Majid, Nawaz Sharif,
and also Rosella was there.
And a young young boy came or your teen boy came,
and he was crying.
And you know, as soon as zelans position with the utama, how, because he was himself with him. So he understood that.
So he asked the visor Why, what is this? What happened? Why are you crying? He said, Yes, well, I've got a problem.
He said, My father left for me a small date garden, did Archer and I want to put a wall around this
and there is a date
in the way of that wall which belongs to my neighbor.
And the neighbor is also a Muslim. He was also savvy.
So instead, I went to my neighbor and asked him I said, Uncle, can I can you allow me to cut these trees or no, my tree
so he said, Can you sell me the tree them?
So he sent me the tree, I'll cut the tree and I put my wall through that. He said, I won't sell.
So I can't cut it, and he won't sell it to me.
Now what do I do?
So that's what I said, call him
they call him
we know the name is Abby. I'm deliberately not saying it because what happened happened to learners best.
He came to NASA and said to him, this boy has a problem. He wants to build a wall. He's a poor guy, you got to be garden and so on is one tree. Let him cut it. He said, You know,
it's my tree. May Allah protect us from ourselves sometimes? Shut down plays games.
So rather than selling the tree, put some price on it, we'll give it
here now it is my tree is my right. I can sell or not sell.
And Legally speaking, he's correct. But who is he talking to?
He's talking to the NABI Avasarala.
He says my right eye.
Rasa Salam said to him, he said do something they don't do. I'll do one more thing. Let me tell you something else. Another proposal. He said My proposal is sell the tree to me. So it's no longer you underbites me? He said sell the tree to me. And I will guarantee you a tree in Ghana.
What is the meaning of guaranteeing a tree in Ghana? It doesn't mean you're sitting in Ghana and saying you know what? I got a tree in Ghana. No, guarantee a tree in Jana means this is the Bashara of Jana for the man. Yes. The man said Jarocin Allah I don't want it.
And he left
the Abuja Rosario de la and I'm talking about people who understood the meaning of the word your team and who understood the meaning of the promises of Allah subhanaw taala. I will gather the Alana sitting there is watching the whole thing happen. As soon as the man left I will gather God up eventually. So Sal, let me say Dr. Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, you promised that man a tree in Ghana. If he sells that tree to this boy, if I get that tree will you give me the same thing?
Yes, I will the other island sorry that bend beyond is meant by this time this man is in the market. I would have stopped him.
He said to him, you know me. He said of course. He said what do you know about me?
He said we know that you are a Buddha and you have the most valuable
In real estate the most valuable date palm orchard in Medina in which there are 650 bearing date palms, your houses there there is a well of sweet water and the whole place has a wall around it it is secure. This is what we know this is what everyone knows about ABA Alan sorry. He said yes you are correct. He said I've got a proposal for you I've come to ask you please sell me that tree that tree which we talked about just now that man said you're crazy I did not even sell it to Rasulullah salsa Why would I sell it you
without doesn't know I haven't finished
I'm finished. So my proposal is you sell me that tree and I give you my whole garden 650 Trees house well while the works for one tree
the man says Are you crazy? You're nuts about what what's wrong with you? He said no. I'm telling you
now is a bunch of people collect obviously is colonization is happening a whole bunch of people collected around there they bought and what's going on?
I would rather rather than say all of these people are witness when you change your word. He said no. I'm not genuine. This is my deal. You give me that you sent me that tree I give you my whole garden
with everything in it
the man said you're sure he said sure. He said all these people are witnesses here witness. He said okay sold to the tree. It's yours the tree is yours.
How will the other other law no turn around, went back to Majid Nawaz Sharif. He said Ya rasool Allah, Allah salah
I got the tree for you
and then he said
he said your Salah you promised me a tree no
he's a dead
he said there
your Rob showed me your Jana.
And how many trees and how many trees and how many trees and how many trees and he repeated and repeated?
He said I promised you one tree. He said but your jelajah he showed me your Jana and how many trees and how many trees Rama trees.
I was either other law no went stories not ended. Final punch line. He went to his garden. He stood outside the wall he called out ya Omada is calling his wife. Yeah, oh my dad, she came out to the house. He said come bring the kids we are leaving. He said where are we going? Why? He said I saw this. She said so what she says what everything this whole house everything in the garden. She said to whom? He said to Rasul allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
She said for how much? He said for one dream Jana. She said Subhan Allah water bargain.
So our Allah water bargain.
He just saw the woman's houses or the roof over our head. He made this woman who was a wealthy woman with the most valuable real estate in Medina. You turned her into a homeless person. And what'd she say?
What a bargain.
Why? Because she's not thinking sacrifice. She's thinking investment. She is thinking transfer of funds. Here was his garden. Now we got the gin
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