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Understanding our purpose #1
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hamdulillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala COVID mursaleen Hualalai. He was happy he bought Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. Welcome to the program. The topic of our discussion today is understanding our purpose.
What is the purpose? Why do we live? What did Allah Subhana Allah send us to do? Why do we exist? What must we think about in terms of our legacy to the world?
What do we want this legacy to be? You know, if life is only interpreted, and that's what happens in today's world of commercialism, where I say that this world today, the official religion of the world is commercialism. And the temples of commercialism are the malls, the shopping malls, and the high priests of commercialism or the marketing people whose aim in life is to put you into a cycle where you never stop buying. And you buy and buy and buy. And obviously, since you cannot buy unless you need something, and they artificially create need, and they make you believe that you actually need things that you don't need, so you go on buying them. And the other side of the cycle, of
course, is that also, this increases the amount of there is a, there's actually a value in junking good stuff. Because the more good stuff you junk, the more new stuff you can buy. And to keep this cycle going, you're doing two things. One is that you are increasing the amount of garbage in the world, increasing the amount of wastage in the world, increasing the resources that are used, and throw it away, in order to keep on buying and buying and buying new stuff. Now, in this age of commercialism, if we stop for a minute and think about it and say that what did I come into this world to do? Was I sent into this world to have a life, which is, which begins and ends in a
shopping mall, was I just sent it to this world so that I eat and drink and I consume, and I consume and I consume, and one day I die, and I go into the earth? Is that the reason why I have come into this world? Is my life going to be just like the life of an animal like the life of a cow, or a bull or a buffalo, where I eat and eat and eat? And I make a few babies, and I die? And that's it. I mean, this is the purpose of life, then in that case, that what is the difference between any animal and a human being? I mean, is there any essentially any difference at all? Or if you are saying that there is a difference, then what is the difference? In addition to that, since we are Muslims, is
there a difference between the humanity in general and the Muslims in particular, is there any difference at all, as a Muslim? What was I sent to send to do? Now, if we don't think about these matters, then the chances are that we get caught up in the whole flow of society, and we flow with the current and we keep on going downstream. forgetting that, you know, it's only dead fish that go with the flow, live fish swims against the flow against the current. Now unless we are ready to swim against the current. It's very, very, very, very common. And we have CBS seeing this everywhere, that we get stuck in this in this whole flow of consumption and consumption, consumption,
consumption and garbage and consumption and garbage, the whole thing is just consumption. Now, this is not the reason why we are created. So why were we created? Allah subhanaw taala describes for us in the Quran. Two reasons for our creation. One is what I call the individual purpose. Why was the individual created? And the second one is the collective purpose. Why was the Muslim oma created? Allah subhanaw taala said and sort of those areas where Allah said about individual purpose, he's aroma Kala agenda well inside Alia Buddha, Allah subhanaw taala said I have not created the human being in the gym for any purpose other than to worship me. Baba Kala Jin well, INSA ilaria Bhutto,
the individual purpose of being created is to worship Allah Subhana Allah
and Allah subhanaw taala said, In Surah Al Iran, about the collective purpose of the Muslim Ummah, where Allah subhanaw taala said, Kira, Martin oferuje leanness, Tamura will narrow view on how an ideal moon career to Villa Allah
Not that I said you are the best of peoples, not the best of peoples because you are in some way elevated in status or you are in some way a higher caste or you are in some way a superior being, you are the best of people big and you have been selected for the benefit of people, you are the best of people because you benefit people the most. So if you look at this and analysis rather dislike what is the benefit, he's a moron I Bill maruf what and how not Anil munkar Allah said that you are the people who enjoy everything, which is good, Alma rove is everything which is good and maruf is not to be limited to the issues of halal and haram. Al maruf is anything which is good.
It's things that that benefits society, say things that that do good for people in the world. planting a tree is a matter of cleaning a garden is a matter of washing a car is a matter of building a hospital is a matter of building a road or a bridge or digging a well or building or building an orphanage, or helping widows and orphans or doing anything which is good is our motto. And Allah said, what and how a little moon car and you stop something which is evil, and you want people against that which is evil, and a consequence of doing these two things of Mr. Bill Morrow, and here among God, you were to be known Abdullah and you have faith in Allah subhanho wa Taala. I
want you to consider these two purposes and see how beautifully they are linked with one another. Allah subhanaw taala, as I said, begins by talking about the individual purpose of creation of the human being, when he said Rama to Jean novoline, sila Yabu. Now what is the meaning of a bada bada is any action that is done for the pleasure of Allah subhanaw taala with the expectation of reward from Allah subhanaw taala. So anything that is done with the
intention to please Allah, and with the expectation of reward from Allah subhanaw taala is a bother. Now obviously, this means that this Avada the action of Nevada has to be within the boundary and the purview of the Sharia. Because naturally, one cannot be doing something which is prohibited in the Sharia, even if you have the intention of pleasing Allah subhanaw taala. Let me give you an example. For example, you might say, well, Allah subhanaw taala is pleased if I feed the poor people, if I feed poor people, Allah subhanaw taala is pleased. Now I live in a country where the majority of the population is not Muslim, and they eat pork. And they, their idea of a good time is to have a nice
meal with pork, and then to have a nice drink of alcohol after that have a nice bottle of rum or have, you know, a couple of cans of beer after that. And then they feel very satisfied. So I say to myself, well, Allah subhanaw taala likes people who feed the poor, so I'm going to feed the poor. And since that's what they eat, I'm going to give them a nice pork meal and I'm going to give them cases of beer. So let them have a good time and let them get drunk now is this provision of the Sharia? Do you think this will please Allah subhanaw taala? Of course not. Because it's the issue of pork and alcohol in Islam is haram. And it is not only haram for the Muslim to consume it himself.
It is also haram for the Muslim to have anything to do with it. It's haram to deal in it and haram to buy it and sell it and store it and transport it. It's haram to sell it to other people it's haram to give it to other people. So naturally, when we say feed people, we mean feed people according to the rules of the Sharia. So now if we say I want to feed people and I will give them food which is halal which is good for them. Because what is halal is Thai. What is halal is pure what is halal is beneficial. And what is haram is scabies what is haram is dirty, it's bad, it is harmful. So naturally Islam does not permit us to cause harm to anybody. People get into this into
this whole argument unnecessarily where they say well, you know, I'm selling alcohol in my shop in my 711 I'm selling beer and if you say brothers one law you're not allowed to sell this thing is no No, no, I am not selling Muslim, I am selling it only non Muslim. What is the meaning of that? It does Islam permit you to cause harm to non Muslims. No, Islam does not permit you to cause harm to anybody on the face of the earth. Islam has been has come and you are have been charged with with with doing good to people. So naturally if alcohol in itself enough see it is haram and fantasy it is harmful, then it is hard, it is not permitted for a Muslim to deal in it and to sell it to
anybody else. And that applies to drugs and that applies to all kinds of things which cause harm to society and people. So the purpose of as I was explaining to you the issue are invalid. So what is about about any action that is done with the intention of pleasing Allah subhanaw taala and with the expectation of reward from Allah subhanaw taala and that is why the first requirement of Nevada is that it must be within the purview of the Sharia. It must be something that is permitted in the Sharia of Islam number one, number two life we take this ayah Allah says Allah Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah said, I have not created the human being and the jinn for any purpose
other than to worship me.
If you think about that as worship, and he said, there's no purpose other than that, which means now that any action that I do, which does not constitute worship is an action that is outside the purview of the purpose of my life. Now, you might say, well, that is very tough, because how is it that Allah subhanaw taala said, I have created human beings only to worship me. And then but necessarily, I have to do certain things, which are not normally worship, for example, I have to go eat breakfast. Now breakfast, eating breakfast is not necessarily how's it worship? Or you might say, Well, I have to go to work. And I work in a in an IT company, and I'm a computer programmer.
Well, you know, I can do a bit of a stretch, but how's that worship? How's right, how's writing computer code worship? Or you might say, Well, I'm driving a bus and you know, I was driving a bus worship, and so forth. And one can extend this, I have to go to the toilet. I mean, you know that that's a physical need that I have in a house that worship. So if we take this and say, Allah said, I have created you only for worship, then it means that necessarily some part of my life I have to necessarily spend in things which I don't consider worship. So then how is it that Allah subhanaw taala is saying, that I have created you only for worship, but he has made life such that I cannot
possibly worship him all the time. So why Allah is the Quran wrong is the is the is the statement of Allah subhanaw taala wrong, that a person Allah says, You have been created for worship, but he made life such that I cannot possibly worship him all the time, even if I want to worship him all the time. So what is the secret behind this whole thing? What is the purpose of why I have been created? Let me explain Let me explain this to you. The secret lies in the definition of worship, as I said, something, what is worship what is a rather something which is done for the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala alone, and something which is done with the expectation of reward from Allah
subhanaw taala. And the only requirement for that is that the action itself must be within the purview of the Sharia, it must not be something which is prohibited in the Sharia. Now, if we take this, and we say, I'm going to eat my food, but why am I eating my food, I'm eating my food, so that I can build strengthen my body, so that I can worship Allah subhanaw taala better so that I can do the work of Islam better than this eating of the food becomes a bother because I'm doing it for the pleasure of Allah subhanaw taala and we expect from Allah subhanaw taala that inshallah Allah subhanaw taala will reward us for this. Now the same thing apply. I want you to think and apply this
to every single action that you do in your life, whether it's at work, whether it's at home, whether it is commuting, going backward, forward, think about this and say, How can I convert every action of mine into an act of worship? I want you to think about this. When we come back after the break. How can I convert every action of mine into an action of worship? Because that is the purpose for which I was created. Don't go away. This is the break a Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala Sheila philomela evil masurian. While Allah He was happy, his main or bad Solomonic Omar Abdullah barakato. Welcome back to our program, understanding our purpose, we were talking about the issue of data, and how we can convert every action of ours into an act of worship, asked you to think about that, how can you convert every action of yours into an act of worship, there are two conditions for an action to become an act of worship. One is what we call our two three conditions. One is the fact that the condition that the action must be, as I mentioned before, in accordance with the Sharia, the action had cannot be
something which is outside the Sharia. And I gave you the example of feeding people and so on. So the action has to be something which is in accordance with the Sharia. The second condition is that the action has to be for the sake of pleasing Allah subhanho wa Taala alone, which means that there must be a class there must be sincerity in the action. There must not be any other reason for doing the action. You're not doing the action to look good before people. You're not doing the action to become popular with people. You're not doing the action to get fame and name. You're not doing the action for any other reason, except to please Allah subhanho wa Taala. And the third condition for
something to become a bother is that the action must be in accordance with the Sunnah of mohammadu Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, my request to you, whenever we take the name of sola sola Salam is to send salatu salam ala rasulillah salam, because not only is this the the hokum of Allah subhanho wa Taala that to send Salat and Sullivan is W sallallahu Sallam where he said in Allah melodica tahu saloon Allah Nabi Yahuwah, levina ammonoosuc sallu alayhi wa sallam with us Lima, Allah Wa salli ala Sayyidina Muhammad Anwar Ali Muhammad kamasan later Allah Ibrahim Allah Allah him in the Gambia Majid Allahumma barik Allah Mohammed
Allah Allah Mohammed comma Baraka Allah. Allah Allah.
Allah subhanaw taala said that Allah and His Malaika sentence a lot and salaams and Peace and blessings on his messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Muhammad and Allah has ordered Yola, Xena amanu sallu alayhi wa sallam, Buddhists, Lima, Allah subhanaw taala said, Oh, you believe you also send Salat and Salam on Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi salam, and greet him with the greeting of peace. And rasulillah salam said, the one who sends Salat and Salam on me once Allah subhanho wa Taala send Salawat on that person 10 times for every time with salatu salam ala rasulillah salam Salam once Allah subhanaw taala sends the sleeve and salatu salam on us, Allah subhanaw taala sends
salvaterra some blessings on us 10 times for every once that we do to swallow, let us make this a make this something that we do with great shock. I'm not saying habit because it's not a question of habit. It's something that we do with a clear intention. It is a bother to send Salawat on the undersold la sala de la sala. So, let us do that more and more and inshallah May Allah subhanaw taala feel your lives and our lives if with the Baraka of the of sending Salaam on his Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So I was saying here that three things are required for any action to be considered and Nevada one is that it must be in accordance with the Sharia. Second one is that it
with his last with the Nia of pleasing Allah subhanaw taala alone. And third, that it must be something which is in accordance with the Sunnah of Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam. Now think about this, you might say, feeding the poor, or you might say I'm eating my food, my dinner. Now Allah, this is I'm eating halal food. So this is a coordinate in accordance with the Sharia. And I would like to I'm eating this food so that Allah subhanaw taala will give me the strength for me to worship Allah better for me to do the work of the better for me to have the strength to look after my family and so on and so forth. All of which are things which are permitted, and I have a
class I am not eating my dinner to show anybody or something so the class now, if I eat my dinner, in accordance with the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, then I get additional rewards for following the Sunnah, for the tip of the Sunnah, in addition to the rewards that I get as far as far as the body is concerned, so when I'm eating my food, I use my right hand, not my left hand, I make dry before I eat the food, I finished my food at the during my food, I don't talk here about all sorts of things. I try to I try to speak a little less, I eat my food, I make sugar
continuously during the food that Allah subhanaw taala has given me good food, I do not complain if the food is not tasty or something like this, because I know and my belief in the market is that this food actually comes from Allah subhanaw taala it is not my wife who cooked it on my husband to cook to have someone to cook it or somebody who cooked it however, these are the means but the giver of the food is Allah subhanaw taala so even if the food is not so tasty, doesn't matter Alhamdulillah that Allah subhanaw taala has given me this food, I make sugar to Allah subhanaw taala and then when I finish, I make a lot of ending the meal Alhamdulillah now my whole eating is
something which is a source of benefit for me, which has been converted into an act of Nevada. Think about this, what is the Sunnah way of doing something and that is the reason why it's so important for us to learn the Sunnah way of doing things. Let me give you another example. I need to clip my nails. Right I need to clip my nails. Now what do I do?
Is it permitted to clip nails of course, is the issue of a flat is not a big issue with last because you're clipping the nails. And that's it. Now, how do you make this into an acrobat, you make it into active either again by following the Sunnah way of clipping the nails, and also lasala Sallam used to clip his nails on a Friday. So Angela, that's one way of doing it. But if they if they really need cutting badly on a Monday or a Sunday, I suggest you don't wait until the next Friday for that you go ahead and cut them. But how did wrestler Saracen do it, he started with the the the the index finger of the right hand and he will clip this this finger and this and this and this and
then he would go to this, this, this this this and then he would come back to the thumb. So it's all these fingers like that if you if you hold your hand and start from this finger go all across here and you come back to this finger. And that is the last finger that you are the light that this time is the last one that you clip and Alhamdulillah a simple action of clipping your nails has been converted into an actual Nevada because you're following us on our last lesson. Another one you put on your shoes as soon as Allah Salim said First of all, shake your shoes out before you put them on. First of all very sensible advice because you don't know some insect may have bought into the shoe
or something or even the maybe a piece of stone or something in the shoe which is going to cause you some harm. So you take your shoes out before you put them on. And then you put on your right shoe first and then you put on your left shoe. When you're taking them off. You take off the left one first and then you
takeoff the right one, the idea is to keep the right one in as long as as long as possible. So you while putting it on, you put on the right one first and then the left one. And while taking it off, you take off the left one first and you put on the right one. And you do all of this with the Nia of pleasing Allah subhanaw taala because Allah subhanaw taala is pleased when the sooner office who is followed so you do this with the neon pleasing Allah subhanaw taala putting on the act of putting on your shoes has been converted into an actual act of a bada. Just think about this, Allah Allah zero macula to jenolan sila Diablo. Now tell me, Do you seriously do you think Allah Subhana Allah has
given us a given us an order that intrinsically cannot be obeyed? Has he given us an order which is essentially impossible to do? No, Allah subhanaw taala has given us an order. And he has shown us how this order can be obeyed, and how this order is possible to carry out now think about the benefit of this sumaila. How many of us today would not be happy to know that every single breath they take, every single action they do is an action of worship. How many of us do not want a situation where our life from every breath from the money from the time we wake up to the time we go to bed, including the time that we are asleep? is an act of a bother is an act of worship? Would we
not like that to happen? Wouldn't would? Isn't that the ultimate? I mean? I do everything I do is worship palace. Now isn't that a beautiful situation to be in? Imagine you when you when you wake up on the Day of Judgment. Voila. And you have your your book of deed comes to you in sha Allah May Allah subhanaw taala make us among those who received the book of deeds in the right hands. So Allah as How will you mean Allah subhanaw taala talks about them, people who receive the people of the right hand, the people who receive the book of deeds in the right hand. And imagine when you open the book of deeds, every single thing you have done is seen as worship. So achieve Swan Allah how
beautiful that would be, and how easy it is to do. How easy it is to do. Now, obviously, it is important that while we are doing this, we keep in mind, the soul of the Sharia, we keep in mind we get we gain enough knowledge to have what is right and what is wrong of what is or what is haram, what are the in terms of of the things to do, which are the important things to do and so forth. For example, in the Salah, that we learn how to do Salah properly, that we don't make mistakes and Salah which invalidated the Salah, or which make the Salah less than perfect. So we the acquisition of the acquisition of knowledge is very important. It's a very important element of making sure that all
our life and all our actions become a bother, because if we have imperfect knowledge, or if we have wrong knowledge, then naturally it will interfere with making our actions and actions of of Buddha of actions that are better. So naturally, we have to ensure that we have the right knowledge. So we must gain this knowledge. now in the process of gaining the knowledge in the process of living life. We can we can come across a situation where we don't know in this particular matter, is it permitted is not permitted. Now what do we do three situations. Number one, I know for a fact that it is permitted. And I know for a fact that this is jazz, and therefore I I perform that action. And I
keep in mind, the sooner way of doing it. Now hamdulillah another one, I know this action is wrong. I know I should not be doing it. So I stopped I don't I don't do that action, no matter you know whether anyone else likes it or not. And third situation, matter of doubt. And also lasala Seamus Hadees he said leave that which is doubtful for that which is not doubtful. He said and if you are in doubt, leave the thing which is not full don't go into it. Obviously we go to we go to scholars, we go to people of knowledge we ask them, and if they clarify the doubt, or hamdulillah until the doubt is clarified, we don't do that action, we leave it alone. And we don't do that action until
the doubt is clarified. If the doubt is not clarified, we leave it alone. Once the doubt is clarified, obviously we know whether this action is should be done or shouldn't be done. And then we follow the guidance that has been given to us. So individual purpose, commercial oxygen novoline sila, Leah Don't I have been created only and only to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala? And how can I do that? by converting all my actions into actions of a Baba into acts of worship? How do I do that? How do I convert all my actions into acts of worship by ensuring three things number one, that the action is in keeping with the orders of Allah subhanaw taala with the shadow of Islam, number two,
that I have a class that I have sincerity, and I'm performing this action only and only for the pleasure of Allah subhanaw taala and action and point number three that I do this action in line with the Sunnah of Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam to ensure that this action is acceptable before law and gives me value added benefits because I'm following and doing the kebabs. So now for sola Salalah Lisa wasallam. In the next episode inshallah, we will talk about the collective purpose of life
Why we have been sent and then we will we will connect the two and we will see how the individual purpose helps to strengthen the collective purpose for which we have been created. JazakAllah O'Hara See you in the next episode. Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh