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All praise is due to Allah, we praise Him, we seek his aid and we ask for his forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evils of ourselves and the evil consequences of our actions. Whomsoever Allah guides done can lead us astray. And whomsoever Allah leaves to go astray in and can guide I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped. None has the right to our ultimate love and devotion. But Allah alone, who has no partners, and they bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa early he was in his his slave and His Messenger, or you will believe, Fear Allah as he should be feared and die not except except in a state of submission, and Islam to Allah, or mankind.
Be dutiful to Lord who created you from a single person, and from him he created his wife, and from them both he created many men and women and fear Allah through whom you demand your mutual rights and observe the rights of your kins. Surely Allah is Ever and all watcher over you, or you who believe keep your duty to Allah, fear him and speak the truth. He will direct you to righteous deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has indeed attained a great achievement. The best speech is that of Allah. And the best guidance is that of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he was alone. And the worst thing in the religion are the newly invented
matters. And all the newly invented matters are innovation. And every innovation in the dean is misguidance. And every misguidance takes its people to the hellfire. There was a highway robber, a thief.
Very famous at his time.
He was in love with one girl, and he had the habit of sneaking to her house some way and watching her observing her for some time.
And in night, he would go and attack caravans, hedge caravans travelers,
and he would strip them of their property and the wealth and their belongings. He was notorious to the extent that a lot of the caravans were tracked, most of the time will change route to avoid that area.
One night, he climbs up the wall of the house of that girl that he loves. And he sneaks into the house and he was he was making his way into the house. Someone was praying pmla someone was standing before Allah subhanho wa Taala and praying at night alone, reciting the words of Allah subhana wa tada and Amir Neely levena
manual and duck shampoo homely decorilla has in the time come yet for the believers that the hearts pay heed and feel humility to the words of Allah. Hasn't that time come yet. And the words shook him and grabbed his hearts.
And he was moved deep inside, it hit a chord.
He started thinking about these words, and he forgot the main reason why he came to this house. And the only response that was on his tongue, his spontaneous response was Bella Yara, and, indeed, my Lord, the time has come.
And that moment, he changed. So he went out of his house,
roaming aimlessly, contemplating his life contemplating his past his behavior, his reputation, and his future and his relationship with Allah.
He ended up with a group of people who gathered together and they lit a fire, and they were travelers, strangers, he asked their permission to join them, he sat with them. And there were disputing whether to spend the night there, or to carry on their journey. And one of them said, we should stay here, because there's that famous thief, that famous rubber.
That's his area. And if we carry on traveling, we might, or he might jump on us. And you know, we will be in trouble. So let's spend the night here, then we will set off in the morning.
And the name they mentioned, the name of that thief, was this very person.
It made him think to himself, what did I do that people feed me that much? What kind of curse I have become to humans to humanity, that people don't even feel safe about their lives and about their property because of me.
All of this made him question his life question his way of life.
And he then he made the decision that I will change because it's my responsibility.
It's not someone else's responsibility to change me, and set me on the right course. It's my own initiative. And if I don't take it,
it might never happen. And that will face the consequences on the Day of Judgment. And that's exactly what he did. And he became one of the famous scholars, one of the famous worshipers in the history of Islam. And that's alpha Boyle. ibnu al.
That's the story of alpha 11. A up until today, the books that talk about our relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala, how to purify ourselves how to become better Muslims, better believers have dozens of his beautiful statements full of wisdom. Who was one day a thief? famous one?
What does that tell us? what lessons can we take from this story
is that it's our responsibility to change.
in general is about change. The whole story of life, life is a game of change. If you play well, you'll end up in paradise. But if you don't understand the rules of the game, you'll end up in the Hellfire and it's your responsibility to seek that knowledge and act upon it.
Another famous scholar
he was an alcoholic. He was addicted to alcohol.
He had no education whatsoever. No manners whatsoever. He was one of the worst people, the worst youth in his community in his town.
And one day, he was drinking alcohol with a group of his friends and he had he was the only one who would hold the bottle in his hand in public and drink. This is how
shameless he was. This is how low his level of morality he had at the time. So he saw that group of people, people gathering around one man who wasn't on his donkey.
huge number of people gathering around him. They seem to respect him, speak to him, and everyone wanted to have wanted to converse with him.
So that created some curiosity. He wanted to know who this man is and why these people
People are so keen to speak to him. So he went there. And he came close to that man. And he held on he stopped the donkey. And he said, Who are you? This is How shameless he was. This is that kind of character that he was. Who are you?
People around, said this is a shabby.
This is a man shabby.
He said, who's a shabby? Anyone doesn't know him shabby.
That's the famous scholar of Hadith. No one doesn't know him.
You don't know shabby. He said, who's a shabby? What does he do? They said he's a.
He's a scholar of Hadith that reads the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he says, what does that mean? What does it mean to be a hadith?
They told him, he's someone who narrates the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he memorizes it he teaches it. That's what he does. He said, Okay, if you are more Hadith, then narrate it for me, give me a hadith.
Now, this Imam
and that's what the people have knowledge Oh, this how they should be. He could read the situation, and he could read that man. So he wanted to give him something suitable for him.
So he narrated the Hadith to him.
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reported the Hadith from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that he said
if you don't have shyness, if you don't have this quality of bashfulness
then you can do whatever you wish.
Because there's nothing to stop you from doing shameless things.
That moment, the heart of this man was open. So the word went straight into his heart.
And after that, he decided to change.
He decided to change his whole life. So he left his past behind. And he went to the famous Imam, Imam Malik, the Imam of Medina. He went to him and he studied under him and he learned Hadith from Imam Malik.
And this man
this very man who was an alcoholic is the teacher of Al Bukhari and Muslim.
He became the teacher of an Imam Bukhari and Muslim. His name is Abdullah ignoramus lemon, Carnaby, famous, one of the most famous scholars of Hadith was an alcoholic
was someone who had no manners whatsoever, no respect for anyone that he would drink alcohol in public.
And when he started for long years under Eman Malik, he said, I need to see the person who was the reason for me coming to this way to guidance. So he decided to travel to Al Basra.
Where a shabby was.
So he goes there. As soon as he arrives. He finds that that amount of shabby had already passed away.
What is the lesson that we take from this story as well?
That life is about change.
Life is all about change. You will never be the same person.
Next year, you'll be different. But the question is, which direction Have you taken?
That's what Imam Shafi used to say. There's no standstill in this world. There's no standstill in this life. You can't stay who you are. You're either moving forward or going backward. So if you are not keen about moving forward, you will find yourself going backward.
Because if you don't change yourself shaytan is working full time to change you. That's his vow. That's the goal of his life. He dedicated his whole life for you, just to destroy you, to make sure you end up in the hellfire.
So if you don't counter that,
his momentum will carry you or you will get carried away and he will take you in the direction he wants. So it's your mission. It's your responsibility to change and never want or never wait for anyone to change you.
It should be your own thing. And if you were to look at the life of a Muslim, consider the life of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam, the life of the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam the lives of the great people in the history of Islam, the great scholars, the great leaders.
What were they doing?
The we're doing two main things,
changing themselves, and changing others. That's what life is all about.
You spend your life cultivating yourself, growing your spirit, and your heart, your knowledge,
progressing, and helping others progress and grow. That's the story of life. And if you think that change is impossible, which is the case with the majority of us today, we feel helpless. We wait for some kind of strange occasions, occasion to take place and change us. We wait for that strange man of our dreams, who's going to come and make things happen? We think that we think that circumstances will change us. But you might wait forever. And this occasion or this man never come to your life. What will you say to Allah subhanho wa Taala on the Day of Judgment.
The world will not change until you change because this is how Allah subhanaw taala put the world together.
A Lost Planet Allah says in the law her learn to
be calm in Hatha Yoga yo Maddie unfussy him. Indeed, Allah does not change the state of a people until they have changed what's in themselves. So it's your own initiative. And this applies to your personal life and to the to the home as a whole. When we see the Muslims suffering today
in all Muslim countries,
what's happening in Gaza, Palestine as a whole Syria,
even Egypt, even Libya, Kashmir,
Chechnya, you name it, the The list goes on and on.
Why does that happen? And we we mainly think in military terms. But the reality is much deeper than that, until we change ourselves, until we are willing to wake up for federal income to the masjid until we are willing to give up our bad habits until we are willing to dedicate some of our time for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala until we are willing to go the extra mile for the sake of Allah get out of our comfort zone, only then things will change.
Because everything is linked together.
The Prophet sallallahu Sallam told that to the companions, many times that you need to be aware of this reality. This world, this universe is connected together. You fall in a sin. And you will see the outcome, the consequences, the outcomes of this, the consequences of this could be 2030 years later.
Or maybe it will affect the owner in another corner of the globe and the globe. You don't see it. But this is how the dynamics of this world works.
Why was the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam sent to this earth with this message? What was he sent with? What did he do?
He changed the people.
Because life is about change. Look at it. Life is about change.
And that's what the prophet SAW Selim did. And change is possible. Because the Arabs at that time before the message was given to the prophets of Salaam were the lowest on that divided amongst themselves killing one another eating dead animals worshipping stones, doing filthy things.
Getting them the profits or loss of them came 23 years they became the number one on earth.
And the momentum was still there. And the Muslim nation, Muslim Ummah expanded all over the globe, from China, to Morocco to Spain.
All of this was because of the change initiated by the prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam we still live on that legacy on the remains of that legacy. We still live in that momentum.
So we need to take take life seriously. Which direction I'm taking this life, what kind of change I'm making this year, because you can you will never be the same person next year the year after the year after. So you are the Choose your direction, or shippon will choose it for you. There is no standstill in this world. But you need to choose
yourself, there are things you have to do.
You need to wake up. Wake up from the state of heedlessness. If you feel good about yourself, that you pray a couple of prayers a day, or I pray the five daily prayers, but you do different things you happy about that you proud about yourself, wake up to the reality.
That no matter what you do for the sake of Allah, it's never enough. You should grow day in and day out, you should be growing. The moment you decide to stop your European drone down with Bathsheba.
You need to wake up to the reality, don't use happy talk, don't say oh, I give sadaqa I give 100 pounds a year, every now and then I pray for the sake of life awesome about what more than that there's a low one for me.
But you do all sorts of other things.
No matter what you do, it's never enough. Because you can never pay a law back. You can never reach
state of thankfulness that Allah truly deserves. So that humbleness is needed, but you try your best, but you still feel you've fallen short of the mark. Because Allah is far greater than whatever you do and is right upon us are greater.
Something else you need to pay attention to after you wake up to the reality is about your shortcomings. About your weaknesses, about you not doing enough is to hang around with the right people. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, Allah Dini holiday, a man a person is upon the same religion, as his close friends.
The people you hang around with, this is who you are, tell me tell me who your friends are. I tell you who you are, you can't be different to them. Impossible, because that's against human nature.
You have to find the right people. Mix with them, spend time with them, they'll inspire you, they'll change you. And you will grow mutually together.
We all know the story, the Hadith, where the Prophet of Allah mentions the story of the man who killed 99 people. Then he asked for someone to guide him. He was directed to a hermit, he told him there's no chance for you repenting. So he killed them. And now the number became his record became 100 people 100 murders.
Then he was directed to a scholar, this cultural him, nothing prevents you from repentance from the mercy of Allah. But you are in a town where people are mainly evil, you need to go to that town where there are good people so you can mix with them. Because he knows the impacts of company, the impact of the people you hang around with. And thus he made his way there and on the way he passed away. But Allah subhana wa tada ultimately made him from the people of paradise.
So who are your friends who are the people you spend time with, you might say I want to change them. But watch out, they might be changing you.
All of these are important factors. For us to change, when you are about to change and come to Allah subhanho wa Taala start changing your habits. It's very useful to let the people around you know what moves you're making.
Because if people around you in the family, know that you are a smoker,
they will always offer you a cigarette or that you drink they will always offer you a drink or you do bad things, they will always do bad things in your presence and they will expect you to take part in it. And sometimes it will be hard for you to say no or refuse because the context is compelling and overwhelming.
So you need to tell people that I have decided to make that change.
And I'm not drinking alcohol anymore. I'm not smoking anymore. I'm not backbiting anymore.
I will pray in the masjid I'm not praying at home anymore and so on and so forth. So people, you you do this kind of communication people are aware of that so they know what to expect and they will end up helping you inshallah,
then you need to take things easy. One thing at a time, one step at a time.
Look at the most important things your knowledge about Allah, your prayer, five daily prayers. If you have fallen short there, start with this. Once you get it right, and it's fixed it become part of your life. Move on to something else. Start with the most important take yourself with ease and be gradual.
Don't jump to the 10th Step. Don't leap.
Take it easy, because that's against your own human nature. You need to take it easy, one step at a time and that's what the prophet SAW Selim advised. This religion is deep and intense, so enter in it with ease, and gentleness. That's how these are some advice about how we can help change ourselves. move on towards Allah subhanho wa Taala in sha Allah and the second part of the football talk about how we can help change people Hola Hola. Hola was the full body when Alhamdulillah hamdulillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu wa salam ala nabina Muhammad, wa ala alihi wa sahbihi Jemaine changing ourselves is not enough.
In order to keep changing, we need to help others change. That's the sadaqa that you give for change. If Allah has helped you, and enabled you to change and correct your ways, help others it will help you create momentum. And that's the underlying principle over billing myself
enjoying the good, and forbidding the evil, and we all know the story, where the prophecies talked about past nations.
But there were a town indulging in sin, and then a Lost Planet Allah sent upon them punishment. When the angels of punishment came down, they found this one person, he worships Allah, he's righteous. So they said to Allah, there is one good righteous person among them.
Allah subhanaw taala said start with him. Because he saw people sinning against Allah subhanaw taala, violating the rights of Allah. And he never moved him.
He had no resistance to that in his heart. He never gave advice. So start with him.
Because Muslims are productive.
Muslims don't only care for themselves, they care for others. And that's the premise for that one.
That's the premise for the premise for Dawa. That's what the prophet SAW Selim spent his life doing. That's what the companions did. They traveled the earth, sharing the message of Islam. Don't be selfish. Share it, not only with your words, but with your actions, the more eloquent
through honesty, cleanliness, truthfulness, justice, kindness, care, attention, integrity. People should should associate these meanings with Islam.
But most of the time is the opposite. And we're responsible for it. So we need to change that state.
When you see people around you, people falling into something wrong. Don't think you're infringing on their personal rights. When you live when when you give them advice. No, you're violating their rights, if you let them alone, if you let them do that sin, you are violating their rights, you're not being sincere, you're not taking care of them. You're not being or you're not acting as a real Muslim.
That's why we have the concept of naseeha in Islam, and most of the time we miss understand it, we think mostly hair is only advice. naseeha is a way of life. Nestle Han the Arabic language means purity of the heart, that you have a pure heart that cares for others. That was good for others. That's what mostly means. But one of its manifestations is when you want good for others is that you give them advice. That's all what it is. But the reality of nothing has that you have a pure heart, towards others, concern for them. Just as the prophet SAW Selim had concern for his people, that even when they pushed him out of Mecca, when they caused them to bleed, they held stones on him. And
the angel lesson done the angel of the mountains, and jabril said to the process of selling he is the angel of the mountains, he can cause the mountains to collapse fall on them, destroy them, he said, No. I'm hoping that Allah will bring from their descendants, the progeny, people who would worship Allah and he would say allow Matthew Likoni for in home alone, oh, Allah forgive my people, because they don't know after all the harm and pain they inflicted on him.
And how we how do we do this with gentleness and kindness? No harshness? That's how the prophet SAW Salem was and he said Allah gives from gentleness and kindness more than he gives for harshness. So this is the way of our prophet SAW Selim. And that's what Islam teaches us. Islam makes us the best human beings ever. It cultivates us in all aspects of human life. It teaches us the skills and the meanings we need for life.
Life to lead a good, purposeful life. That's what Islam teaches us. allama Philomena Minato Muslim you know when a Muslim at Allah ma ma ma ma ma ma, ma, ma ma ma, ma, ma ma, ma ma ma do we care why do we have a llama?
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